PIERRE—Employers in South Dakota could save money in the years ahead, if the Legislature caps the state's unemployment insurance fund. State Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman opened discussions on the topic Monday with members of the state's Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council. The state's fund went broke during the 2008-2009 national recession and businesses paid surcharges. The fund finished 2015 with $99.5 million. Based on current circumstances, state Labor Department experts see the fund ending 2016 with $107.2 million.
PIERRE — May 23 might be the most important date on South Dakota's elections calendar this year. It is the final day to register to vote in the June 7 Democratic and Republican primary elections for legislative seats and courthouse positions. Primaries will decide the Democratic nominees for legislative seats in four districts and the Republican nominees for legislative seats in 22 contests in 17 districts. The primary elections already are under way. Absentee voting began April 22. The importance of June 7 is much greater in some parts of South Dakota.
PIERRE — The danger in Flint, Michigan, is leading toward many potential changes throughout the nation regarding lead and copper plumbing for drinking water, an official for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Thursday. The difficulty in the current process is citizens conduct the complex testing and report the results, according to Mark Mayer, the administrator for the agency's drinking water program. He provided an overview for the state Water Management Board.
PIERRE — TransCanada is nearly finished hauling away soil from the Hutchinson County site where the company's oil pipeline was found on April 2 to be leaking, an environmental scientist for state government said Thursday. Brian Walsh briefed members of the South Dakota Water Management Board about the incident. He said the pipeline lost about 400 barrels of oil. A landowner noticed oil on the surface of the ground. Within minutes TransCanada shut down the pipeline, according to Walsh. "It impacted soil only," he said.
PIERRE — Criminal sentencing changes adopted by the Legislature in 2013 made a difference the past two years in slowing the stream of inmates sent to South Dakota’s state prisons,...
PIERRE — Next week the South Dakota Board of Regents will consider how to allow alcohol on state university campuses for specific events. Adoption of the policy follows the decision by the Legislature to repeal the ban that had been in state law for decades. The regents are scheduled to discuss the proposed policy Wednesday when they meet at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Two Republican lawmakers from Brookings, Sen. Larry Tidemann and Rep. Scott Munsterman, sponsored the repeal measure.
PIERRE—Dozens of finance officers from throughout state government and some managers met with South Dakota's new State Board of Internal Control for the first time Monday. The Legislature created the board at the request of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, using a model suggested by Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and the state Bureau of Finance and Management. The board will monitor grants that flow through state government. Grants haven't been closely tracked on a regular basis in the past.
PIERRE — In 1973, as John Cooper put the U.S. Navy and the constant danger of guerilla warfare along the dark jungle rivers of Vietnam behind him, he knew a couple things. That what he did next needed to be something he could enjoy for the rest of his life. And, it probably should involve the bachelor degree in forensics he had earned at Long Beach State University. He met an agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who encouraged him to apply for a job.
PIERRE—Local breweries and creameries once dotted South Dakota, but beer and ice cream are now produced almost entirely outside the state's borders, according to presentations Saturday at the State Historical Society annual conference. There has been a gradual return of small brewers offering craft beers. But, generally, they aren't turning out the volumes once seen from factories in many South Dakota communities. Prohibition twice shut down or forced product changes at South Dakota's breweries. Voters approved state prohibition in 1889 and repealed it in 1896.
PIERRE — As registered voters who don't file as Republicans or Democrats rise in number in South Dakota, there are numerous candidates likewise running as independents for legislative seats and county elected offices this year. Unofficial tallies indicate there are 33 independents pursuing seats on county commissions, 10 running for state's attorneys, four wanting to be county treasurers and four seeking to be county coroners. Among legislative candidates, there are four independents running seats in the House of Representatives and three hoping to win Senate spots.