PIERRE — State government will pay higher rates for overnight lodging for its employees under a change that received final clearance Tuesday. The $50 rate will be replaced Jan. 1 by a new system that pays $55 per night for check-ins September through May and $70 per night for check-ins June through August. The state Board of Finance proposed the changes. The Legislature's Rules Review Committee gave its green light Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 in favor. "I think this is good," Sen. Jim Bradford, D-Pine Ridge, said.
PIERRE — Two business projects deserve large awards of money from state government because they made large investments in South Dakota, the state Board of Economic Development decided Tuesday. Day County Wind II will get a reinvestment payment of $4,419,600. The board limited the amount to a maximum 75 percent of the state sales and use tax paid on eligible project costs. Hansen Manufacturing Corp., of Sioux Falls, will get an equipment upgrades reinvestment payment of $294,543.
May 19 The Troy Township Board of Supervisors in Day County published legal notice stating that a petition had been received seeking to vacate 15 segments of public roadways covering more than 15 miles in the township. The adjoining landowners were Darwin Peckham, Donald Grode, Larry Herr, Theodore Myron, Michael Herr, Lauren Johnson, Stephen Witt, Daniel Grode, Elizabeth Korf, Jerry Busch, Lyle Busch, Daniel Ash, LaRon Herr, Leo Warrington, Jacquelyn Duerre, Mary Johnson, Robert Duerre, Thad Duerre, James Duerre Family Trust, Marcella Duerre, Linda Witt, Eugene Ausland, Lor
Farmers with flooded lands are using their elected township boards to legally shut down many miles of public roads in Day County this summer. The 66-feet wide strips are returned to the adjoining landowners to become private property. The strategy is to reduce or prevent people's ability to launch boats from public rights of way for recreational use of floodwaters over private lands. The road vacations began in May and continued every month since then, reaching at least five townships so far. The latest round came Monday with public notice from Webster Township that its board of supervisor
FORT PIERRE — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission informally agreed Friday that Gary Jensen, of Rapid City, should be its member on the building committee that will oversee...
PIERRE -- South Dakota students pay some of the highest tuition and fees for public campuses in the region. Yet the financial aid available to assist students lags far behind neighboring states. Earlier this year, the Legislature and Gov. Dennis Daugaard took a rare step.
FORT PIERRE -- A noted wildlife researcher delivered results from two more studies about mountain lions in the Black Hills on Thursday to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Jon Jenks, a South Dakota State University faculty member, said the population is genetically healthy, based on 10 years of studying dead lions, and deer comprise more than 80 percent of food for the lions. A third study of bighorn sheep found that most lambs died from pneumonia or predators, or a combination of the two. Jenks uses radio collars for much of his research into Black Hills species including t
PIERRE — State biologists aren't recommending any changes to the next hunting season for mountain lions. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission will consider the proposal at its meeting today and Friday in Fort Pierre. If changes aren't sought, the commission won't need to hold a public hearing next month about the season.
PIERRE — Unsure about some of the evidence, the state Public Utilities Commission delayed final action Wednesday on the permit for two companies to construct a high-voltage electricity transmission line across northeastern South Dakota. Montana-Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power want the line to connect new substations near the Big Stone power plant in Grant County and near Ellendale, N.D. Commission chairman Gary Hanson said he wants more time to review the evidence and the possible conditions that could be placed on the permit. "I'm just not 100 percent there ready to support thi
PIERRE -- South Dakota saw a spike in fiscal 2011 in charges filed in state courts alleging sex crimes involving minors, followed by a decline during the three years since then, according to Greg Sattizahn, the state court system's administrator. Sattizahn told members of the Legislature's task force on child sexual abuse that disposition of cases in the past five years appeared to be heavy on dismissals, but many cases involved multiple charges. In fiscal 2014, for example, there were 379 dismissals of charges, while 86 people pleaded guilty, 18 were convicted at trial and seven were acquit