PIERRE — More than 18 months after the Legislature voted for its creation, the new state collections office is almost ready for full operation. The state Bureau of Administration holds a rules hearing Sept. 21 in Pierre about how third-party collections agencies will perform their roles. The main contractor is CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. based in Fairfax, Virginia. State government offices will refer outstanding debts to the new office, known as the obligation recovery center, after exhausting their attempts to collect the money owed.
SIOUX FALLS — Nearly all of the 52 state-chartered banks in South Dakota are in the top two tiers of ratings for financial strength, the state Banking Commission learned Thursday That is a major improvement from their post-recession conditions six years ago. There were 19 that rated in the bottom three tiers then. Currently there aren't any in the lowest tier or the next weakest tier. Three are in the middle of the five-tier rating system.
PIERRE—Gov. Dennis Daugaard won't make any statement about filling the legislative vacancy created by the death of a Pennington County lawmaker until after the funeral Friday, the governor's spokesman said Wednesday. Daugaard has asked that flags fly at half-staff on Friday until sunset in honor of Rep. Dan Dryden, R-Rapid City. Dryden, 72, died Tuesday from cancer.
PIERRE – One week after a community meeting drew 300 people to the Avon gym and revealed how deeply they were split, the backers of the Prevailing Winds project asked...
PIERRE — To summarize the truths of Sean Burke, America's political parties are bad, the TV news networks are profiteers, the federal debt gets worse by the year and the people who represent us in Congress are spineless. Burke is crisscrossing the nation in a bus wrapped in his Reset Our Gov logo. He grew up at Pierre, a member of a locally significant family, and last lived in South Dakota during high school. He left for the University of San Diego and now lives near Seattle. He's urging people to vote and disrupt. He wants voters to throw out Congress.
PIERRE—State government officials showed on Thursday some of the tools they now are using to better assess risks when awarding public money for grants and contracts. One checklist helps detect conflicts of interest. Another helps determine whether a person is a contractor or a grant sub-recipient. That distinction is important in deciding the responsibilities that accompany the money. They are part of a new emphasis by Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration and the Legislature on internal controls within the state government.
PIERRE — The successor to Executive Director Wayne Carney should be picked by March 1, the board of directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association agreed Thursday. The application period opens on or about Sept. 15 and will run through October. Brian Maher, the superintendent for the Sioux Falls School District and an SDHSAA director, will coordinate the search.
PIERRE — The South Dakota High School Activities Association directors restructured the organization's finance committee Thursday so it would be only advisory in the future and won't stand as a semi-independent body. The change passed unanimously Thursday. The decision came after a floor vote at the annual meeting in April. School districts with representatives in attendance forbid the board, on a vote of 28-5, from putting spare ongoing revenue into the association's trust fund. Three directors will have seats on the reformed committee.
AVON – People packed the bleachers shoulder to shoulder on one side of the school gym and filled dozens of folding chairs for a meeting Wednesday night about a project...
PIERRE — Several directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association said Wednesday they don't like school representatives voting on policies at the association's annual meetings. The discussion came on the heels of a 26-5 vote at the annual meeting last April. School representatives blocked the directors from going ahead with a plan to transfer some of the ongoing revenue received by the association, including corporate sponsorships, and invest it in the association's foundation.