PIERRE — The Governor's Office of Economic Development is stressing relationships with community organizations and has a three-year recruitment campaign costing $3 million to bring workers to South Dakota, an official for the agency said Monday. Aaron Scheibe, the interim commissioner, met with the Legislative Planning Committee to discuss the office's strategic plan and agree on measurement goals. The lawmakers also brought in Cabinet-level officials from the Game, Fish and Parks; Transportation; and Tourism departments for similar conversations.
PIERRE — The state Board of Regents whose members govern South Dakota's public universities plan significant discussions this week about balancing the system's long-term finances and enrollments trends. The six universities as a whole have increasingly turned to non-resident students to cover debt and operating expenses while students increasingly select distance education courses. At the same time the regents want to play a larger role in helping South Dakota's businesses and workforce fill their economic potential.
PIERRE — Voter registration data from the past six months show a Republican surge and a Democratic decline in South Dakota. In county after county, Republicans posted gains, while Democrats found more pain. From Dec. 2, 2015, through June 1, 2016, Republican registration rose 4,855. Democratic registration meanwhile fell 939. This is how Republicans keep winning elections and Democrats keep losing them in South Dakota.
PIERRE – In a split decision Wednesday the South Dakota Brand Board awarded proceeds from a sale of 46 head of cattle to a rancher from the Manderson area. Gilvern...
PIERRE –The opposing sides have decided to end their dispute over which utility should supply electricity to Dakota Plains Ag Supply grain terminal and railroad loading facility planned at Napa...
PIERRE — The 2016 presidential campaign is one for the ages and the aged. Republican nominee Donald Trump turned 70 on June 14. Democratic nominee-to-be Hillary Clinton would be 69 on Oct. 26. Trump would be the oldest president if he wins. Clinton wouldn't be far off. The record-holder is Ronald Reagan. He was 69 years, 349 days old when he was inaugurated Jan. 20, 1981, and just shy of age 78 when he left the White House. One man's life doesn't make a rule, but his second term raised questions about what age might be too old.
PIERRE — South Dakota voters could have at least four choices for president on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. They are: Republican Donald Trump, of New York City, New York, whose nomination paperwork was received Friday; Libertarian Gary Johnson, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was the first to qualify on June 14; Constitution candidate Darrell Castle, of Germantown, Tennessee, whose paperwork arrived July 18; and Democrat Hillary Clinton, of Chappaqua, New York, who awaits nomination later this week.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court has agreed insurance benefits weren't owed to a young man who had been shot in the head with a handgun by another student. The incident occurred while they were in the shooter's pickup truck in the Britton-Hecla High School parking lot three years ago. The court said in a decision released Thursday that the shooter, Dusty Groom, wasn't covered under his grandmother's insurance policy. The reason: He didn't live in the same house as his grandmother, Bonnie Buhl.
PIERRE — A couple who lost 93 yearling heifers to drowning in Winter Storm Atlas nearly three years ago should be compensated by their insurance company, the South Dakota Supreme Court decided in an opinion released Thursday. The state's high court overturned an earlier decision by Circuit Judge Wally Eklund that had gone against Richard and Larayna Papousek, of Quinn. They run a crop and livestock ranch and had a veterinarian examine eight to 10 of the dead cattle. The veterinarian, Jim McConaghy, of Wall, determined the cause of death was drowning.
PIERRE — State government's two panels that regulate legal gambling in South Dakota have new members coming aboard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently appointed Michael Wordeman, of Rapid City, and Karen Wagner, of Belle Fourche, to the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. The panel oversees Deadwood gambling and betting on horse and dog races, setting rules and policies and handling discipline and licensing disputes. Wordeman was the founder of Sodak Gaming, a pioneer in Indian casino gambling.