FORT PIERRE – The operator of a Seneca pheasant hunting business asked Tuesday that hunters be allowed to take 30 roosters per day at South Dakota preserves. The current limit...
PIERRE — Wine might become the first alcohol product that can be sold and shipped straight to South Dakota consumers. A legislative committee considered a proposal Monday. It would allow...
One year after South Dakota lawmakers commissioned an outside review, the old senior managers are gone from the Legislative Research Council. The new executive director, Jason Hancock, starts Aug. 5. The Legislature's Executive Board put the rest of the new leadership regime in place before Hancock was selected. Among the changes, women for the first time are in several top spots, including the new post of deputy director. Hancock, the deputy chief of staff for the Idaho Department of Education, replaces Jim Fry as director. Fry, who was 65, resigned Sept.
PIERRE -- Licensed sales of fireworks surpassed $10 million last year in South Dakota, according to the state Department of Revenue. The total of $10,268,402 might be the highest yet. "It seems to be for at least as far back as we readily have the numbers but I cannot say it was a record in 2013," revenue official Douglas Schinkel said. By contrast, 2012 sales reached only $7,676,887. That was a decrease from previous years. Sales in 2011 were $9,386,872.
PIERRE -- Rather than make the public come to them, the Legislature's interim committee on highway needs and financing hits the road this month, hoping to hear directly from officials and business people across South Dakota. The 15 lawmakers will fan out in sub-groups for a six-city schedule of hearings, with two meetings today and two more Wednesday. They start in Yankton this morning (11 a.m. at the regional technical education center) and move to Sioux Falls this afternoon (4 p.m. at the Southeast Technical Institute's Sullivan Center). Sen.
PIERRE -- I often turn off my cell phone for hours at a time. I often don't take it with me around town. Seldom do I text. I have no apps. I once put a friend's phone number in its memory. He now has a different number. But when I travel outside Pierre, I take my cell phone. That's why I truly fear -- and support -- South Dakota's texting ban that takes effect July 1. There I was, pushing up against the speed limit on Interstate 29 out of Fargo on a pouring-rain Sunday morning two weekends ago, and I was getting texts from home. The windshield wipers could barely keep pace.
PIERRE -- Six South Dakota communities, a county and a business saw their requests approved Thursday for loans and grants to help pay for water system improvements and waste disposal projects. Freeman will get a loan of $1,536,000 at 3 percent interest for 20 years.
PIERRE -- The 2014 budget year that ends June 30 hasn't been kind to the South Dakota Lottery. Officials said Thursday revenue was down; the estimated total through June 14 from the three sets of games was nearly $105.7 million. At the similar point one year ago it was $107.5 million. State government's 50 percent take from privately owned video lottery machines was almost $91.6 million.
PIERRE -- While the federal funding level remains uncertain, the state Department of Transportation is pushing forward with its public meetings this summer about South Dakota's next highway plan. In a switch, one meeting will be converted to a statewide Internet session. Department officials announced the change Thursday to the state Transportation Commission. "We're hoping we can get more participation on this," Joel Jundt said. He is the department's director of planning and engineering. The schedule in recent years has been five community meetings.
PIERRE -- Dakota Rural Action won a foothold Tuesday in a major utility company's request to charge higher prices for electricity to its western South Dakota customers. Black Hills Power, however, was able to convince the state Public Utilities Commission that Dakota Rural Action should be limited to participating as a commenter, rather than receive full status as an intervener. Black Hills Power applied for a 9.27 percent increase that would generate an estimated $14.6 million more annually in electricity revenue for the Rapid City-based utility. The company said the average residential cu