PIERRE — Marion’s high school has only four boys available for basketball in the coming season unless an eighth-grade student’s parents would allow him to be on varsity. The two...
PIERRE — Here’s the big news about South Dakota high school football. The seven-class system will stay in place for the 2015 and 2016 fall seasons. So will the lineup...
PIERRE -- Transgender students would be allowed to compete in gender-specific high school sports that don't align with the sexual designations on their birth certificates, under a proposal considered Tuesday by the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors. A transgender person is someone whose psychological gender identity doesn't match the person's physical sex at birth. The board wants its lawyer to analyze the policy, which is patterned after one in Illinois.
PIERRE -- The sudden death of Aberdeen school board member Mike Miller and the sudden resignation of Mike Ruth as Miller superintendent created two vacant seats on the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors. Now 11 people are competing to serve the remainders of their terms. A total of seven men and women received nominations Tuesday during the SDHSAA annual membership meeting for the large-school seat for a school board member that was held by Miller.
PIERRE -- Joop Bollen and Richard Benda, two of the men at the heart of recruiting foreign investments for South Dakota during the administration of previous Gov. Mike Rounds, spent much of their time trying to generate financing for large energy projects, planned by major companies, that fit into Rounds' strategy for economic expansion. Bollen and Benda wanted to use EB-5 loans for the proposed Hyperion oil refinery that was planned in Union County, according to public records.
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Sometimes the most money doesn't win. That was the case of South Dakota's 2002 primary election for the Republican nomination for governor. Steve Kirby began 2002 with $37,685.31. He raised $223,005 in cash contributions and put $1,958,229.63 of his money into the campaign. He spent $2,189,843.48 between Jan. 1 and May 25. Mark Barnett went into 2002 with $991,924.29 cash on hand in his campaign. He reported raising $528,112 in direct contributions and loaned his campaign $2,000. He spent $1,421,865.96 between Jan. 1 and May 25. Mike Rounds began 2002 with $20,326.64 cash in his campaign.
PIERRE -- Early absentee voting began Friday in South Dakota's party primary elections. Is victory inevitable for Mike Rounds in the contest for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination? With five candidates -- Stace Nelson, Larry Rhoden, Annette Bosworth and Jason Ravnsborg are the others -- the race is the most developed of the three statewide primaries that will be decided June 3. Rounds has been running the longest. He made his candidacy official Nov. 29, 2012.
PIERRE -- The state Board of Minerals and Environment adopted formal rules Thursday for handling actual and potential conflicts of interest by board members and their relatives regarding contested cases over air quality permits. The federal Environmental Protection Agency required that South Dakota adopt a policy dealing with at least potential conflicts on air quality decisions or face a possible federal takeover of the state's air quality regulatory program. The Legislature's rules review committee needs to give final clearance before the new regulations take effect. One board member, Rex
PIERRE — AT&T says it has invested nearly $120 million in its wireless and wired networks in South Dakota from 2010 through 2013. The telecom announced Tuesday it has conducted projects that enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for its South Dakota residential and business customers. In 2013, AT&T says it made more than 350 network upgrades in South Dakota, including, seven new sites, 250 capacity enhancements and 98 enhanced fiber (Ethernet) backhauls. In 2013, AT&T added the Brookings and Watertown to its LTE network.