Bob Mercer reports from the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre for The Daily Republic and other newspapers around the state.
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PIERRE — The $1 increases in ticket prices passed last year will remain for the playoff rounds of high school football in South Dakota this fall. Would you like to...
PIERRE — Following complaints in recent months about the criteria and the methods for choosing locations for state competitions, the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors took...
PIERRE -- The $1 increases in ticket prices passed last year will remain for the playoff rounds of high school football in South Dakota this fall. But this time, the revenue will be designated to directly help the high schools. The South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors made the decision Wednesday. Student tickets will be $5 and adult tickets will be $7 for football playoff games except state championships.
PIERRE -- A Mitchell corporation was among grant recipients Tuesday from the state Board of Economic Development. The board made a $139,502 grant for staff funding to the Mitchell Area Development Corp., a $200,000 grant to the Glacial Lakes Area Development group's revolving loan fund at Britton and an $84,000 grant for staff funding to the Brookings Economic Development Corp. Two infrastructure grants won approval from the board.
PIERRE -- The state Board of Economic Development decided Tuesday it won't review monthly bills from its service contractors any longer and will look at other bills only if the amounts exceed $2,500, rather than $1,000. The board also reduced the loan origination fee to 1 percent from the recent practice of 1.5 percent but will start passing along its lawyer fees to the loan recipients. State Commissioner of Economic Development Pat Costello introduced his new deputy commissioner, Aaron Scheibe. Scheibe, who began Monday, succeeds Nathan Lukkes in the position. Lukkes accepted a research a
PIERRE -- The state Department of Labor and its unemployment insurance advisory council plan to analyze the pros and cons of making partial UI benefits available for South Dakota workers whose employers reduce their hours rather than have lay-offs. Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman and state unemployment insurance director Pauline Heier discussed the topic Monday with members of the UI council. They informally agreed that several employer groups would survey members, while the department's UI staff would look at potential administration expenses and possible effects on the unemployment trust fu
PIERRE -- Meat processors in South Dakota could donate wild game that hunters don't claim, under a new rule proposed by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The plan would let processors declare wild game as abandoned after a certain length of time.
YANKTON -- Might flying fish become a tourist attraction?
YANKTON — Much bigger changes might be coming for deer hunting in South Dakota beyond the recommended reductions in licenses and tags that receive a public hearing today by the...
PIERRE — No incumbent lawmaker lost in the unofficial results, but one faces a potential recount, and voters chose new legislators from various districts Tuesday in Republican and Democratic primary...