PIERRE — Eight days of testimony concluded Friday afternoon on a state permit needed for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission will make its decision at a special meeting Nov. 30. "This has not been easy for any of us," Chris Nelson said. He is chairman of the three-member regulatory commission. Glenn Boomsma, a lawyer from Sioux Falls, made the only closing statement Friday afternoon.
ABERDEEN—South Dakota State University officials want to charge all students a fee that pays for utilities and bonding costs for student food service facilities. Currently, only students who buy campus meal plans pay the fee. The state Board of Regents gave preliminary approval to the change Thursday.
ABERDEEN—Student debts owed to a state university of $500 or more would be turned over to state government's new obligation recovery center and be subject to the center's surcharge and sanctions, under a change that received preliminary approval Thursday from the South Dakota Board of Regents. All debts sent to the center are to carry an additional 20 percent surcharge as a collection fee. Debtors, while listed on the center's system, also can't obtain or renew driver licenses, vehicle registrations, hunting or fishing licenses, or state park and camping permits. The Legislature, at t
PIERRE—The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe didn't work with Dakota Access when the company conducted a cultural resources survey along the route proposed for its oil pipeline, the tribe's historic preservation officer testified Wednesday. The officer said the tribe expected to go through the U.S.
PIERRE—Since statehood in 1889, Gov. Walter Dale Miller was South Dakota's only governor to never have been elected. Miller, a rancher and insurance business owner from New Underwood, served 20 years in the state House of Representatives. He rose through the Republican ranks to be one of the House leaders. Miller's route to the executive office came through George S.
PIERRE—A public authority created by the Legislature to finance health and education facilities held its annual meeting last month at an exclusive resort. Dougherty and Co., a Minneapolis-based financing company, allowed the authority to be a guest for the meeting. The company has a membership. The Sutton Bay golf and hunting club is in Sully County, overlooking the Missouri River west of Agar. A sign at the entrance reads, "Private Club" and "Members Only." A reporter who drove to the meeting, however, wasn't turned away when he parked or when he went inside the lodge. The meeti
PIERRE—A historic preservation official said Friday the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission could become better informed about granting a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline if the company filed its five-volume report about the proposed route. Paige Olson, who is archaeological review and compliance coordinator for the South Dakota state historic preservation office, said she received access to the report and an addendum as part of advising the commission staff on the project. Matthew Rappold, a lawyer representing the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, carefully cross-examined Olson.
PIERRE—Members of the governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on teachers and students left their meeting Thursday with a loose list of topics to privately think about during the next few weeks, before they gather a last time Oct.
PIERRE—The South Dakota Transportation Commission adopted a new policy Thursday for making loans from the state highway fund to local governments. The first loan will be for $6 million to Yankton County for constructing an industrial-grade service road. The concrete road would connect South Dakota Highway 50 and the Yankton area rail park proposed by Dakota Plains Ag Center in northern Yankton County. The park would be at the junction of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad and the state-owned Napa-Platte railroad. State government previously owned the BNSF line.
PIERRE—Dakota Access won't willingly provide its liability insurance policies to the state Public Utilities Commission, the lead lawyer for the crude-oil pipeline project in South Dakota said Wednesday. He was responding to a lawyer for the city government of Sioux Falls, who asked the commission to compel the company to turn over the policies. The question likely won't be settled until the middle of next week, near the scheduled conclusion of the project's permit hearing. Brett Koenecke, of Pierre, said he needed the weekend to prepare the company's argument against providing the ins