SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Newspaper Association hosted a debate Saturday between candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Marty Jackley spent nearly an hour answering a dozen questions from four reporters and editors. The June 5 primary winner faces Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton in November. Each hopes to succeed Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican serving his second and final term.
CUSTER — The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Commission made a potentially significant change Friday that could help attract more adults to deer hunting. Commissioners expanded the youth deer season so all first-time hunters of any age can buy antlerless deer licenses. In the past hunters had to be younger than age 18. The apprentice season is Sept. 8 through Jan. 1, 2019. The commission also accepted a recommendation Friday to offer apprentice licenses to hunters who hadn't held a deer license for at least 10 years.
CUSTER — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission approved several deer-hunting seasons Friday. The archery season runs Sept. 22 through Jan. 1, 2019. Closing day this year was Jan. 15. Each archery deer hunter must obtain a free access permit to hunt in the Black Hills. The West River rifle season is Nov. 10 through Nov. 25. A Gregory County unit is Nov. 3 through Nov. 6 and reopens Nov. 19 through Nov. 25. The antlerless deer season is Dec. 8 through Dec. 16.
PIERRE — A Pennington County man wanted the South Dakota Water Management Board to declare jurisdiction over septic systems built before Feb. 28, 1975, in cities and counties. But state board members decided Wednesday they lack authority. Daniel Richer of rural Hill City, who sought the ruling, didn't attend the hearing. A series of emails between Richer and a state Division of Water Rights official showed Richer suggested the matter be delayed but later agreed to proceed.
CUSTER — More than one dozen people testified Thursday about the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal to change restrictions on snaring and trapping on public lands. Most spoke against the plan. The commission will take more testimony June 7 at 2 p.m. Central in Aberdeen. "Today we're gathering information," Chairman Barry Jensen of White River said. Snares now are prohibited May 1 through Nov. 13 statewide on public lands or any improved road right of way. The proposal would do three things:
PIERRE — On a 3-2 vote the South Dakota Water Management Board has given a green light for an irrigation permit to a farmer who operated the well illegally for four years. Tom Hummel of rural Jefferson received permission to irrigate 231 acres of cropland Wednesday. The board will decide final approval at its July 11 meeting. The decision turned on the recommendation from Jeanne Goodman there was "reasonable probability" the aquifer had water available. She is chief engineer for the state Division of Water Rights.
PIERRE — The state Water Management Board intended Wednesday to choose when and where to hold a hearing on a temporary permit Mineral Mountain Resources wanted. But board members set the matter aside, after learning the mining company decided against proceeding with the application. The company has been exploring for gold and related minerals in Pennington County on private land near the historic mining camp of Rochford. The site is about four miles from Pe' Sla, which are Indian trust lands, according to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
South Dakota needs to fight political corruption through changes such as limiting campaign contributions to candidates, reducing financial influence by lobbyists and making state government more open, the Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday. Sen. Billie Sutton of Burke answered questions about his "Restoring Trust and Integrity Plan" in a teleconference with news reporters. He faces the winner of the June 5 Republican primary election between U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Marty Jackley.
Richard Cofer Jr. brought a slide show from the Kansas City regional offices for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and showed it to members of the South Dakota Banking Commission at their meeting Tuesday in Sioux Falls. His messages were similar to his previous visit in December 2016: The agriculture economy hasn't turned around, as supply continues to outstrip demand; and the population of Sioux Falls keeps growing. Cofer is regional manager for the FDIC's division of insurance and research. Among the highlights:
PIERRE — Lawyers for a South Dakota grain-buyer whose license was revoked and the farmers who lost money asked a state government agency Tuesday to take receivership. Their hope is the state Public Utilities Commission would ask a circuit judge for permission to bring a lawsuit against a trading company for alleged speculation. Commissioners decided unanimously to consider the matter in the coming weeks. State law permits the commission to take receivership. The case involving H and I Grain Inc. of Hetland would be the first.