PIERRE -- I often turn off my cell phone for hours at a time. I often don't take it with me around town. Seldom do I text. I have no apps. I once put a friend's phone number in its memory. He now has a different number. But when I travel outside Pierre, I take my cell phone. That's why I truly fear -- and support -- South Dakota's texting ban that takes effect July 1. There I was, pushing up against the speed limit on Interstate 29 out of Fargo on a pouring-rain Sunday morning two weekends ago, and I was getting texts from home. The windshield wipers could barely keep pace.
PIERRE -- Five years of annual data indicate positive results from academic reforms adopted at South Dakota public schools and state universities during the past decade. The state Board of Regents received the latest high school transition report last week.
PIERRE -- The Wharf mine produced fewer ounces of gold in 2013, a company official said Thursday during a presentation to the state Board of Minerals and Environment. Wharf is South Dakota's only large-scale gold mine still operating. Environmental Manager Ron Waterland said Wharf mined 2.3 million tons of ore and generated 56,237 ounces of gold and 57,167 ounces of silver. The company paid $2.7 million in state severance taxes last year, along with $1.1 million in state sales and use taxes and $437,000 of Lawrence County taxes, he said. Wharf produced about 68,000 ounces of gold in each o
The state Board of Education eliminated a fees cap for students at South Dakota's four technical institutes Monday. The cap limited fees for payment of lease purchase agreements to 20 percent of total tuition and fees. The board took its action during a meeting at Northern State University in Aberdeen. State Department of Education official Tiffany Sanderson said the repeal was necessary.
The state Board of Education delivered a message to the presidents of South Dakota's public technical institutes Monday: Find agreement on adding and expanding programs. Otherwise, the board will become more involved and develop a longer and more detailed process of determining which schools offer various degrees. The board's position comes in the wake of a March dispute. Mitchell Technical Institute's leadership opposed the addition of an electrician program at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls that Gov.
BROOKINGS -- The two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor took opposite sides Tuesday on the death penalty, uranium mining, education funding and rural mass transit. State Rep.
PIERRE -- Trying to rebuild South Dakota's deer populations, state wildlife biologists want fewer does taken by hunters during the 2014 rifle seasons this fall. Their plan calls for greatly reducing two-tag and three-tag licenses, especially those that can be used only for taking antlerless deer. Those reductions would be partially offset by offering more single-tag licenses that can be used for any deer including bucks. The overall effect of the Wildlife Division's plan would be tens of thousands fewer does killed by hunters this autumn, and therefore, many more does available to bear fawn
SYLVAN LAKE -- In many South Dakota counties this fall, there won't be any firearms licenses available specifically for hunting only antlerless deer such as does and fawns, under proposals made Thursday by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The commissioners are following the recommendations of the state Wildlife Division.
PIERRE -- The Legislature's Executive Board renewed its travel-reimbursement policy for another year Thursday, including compensation for attending American Legislative Exchange Council events. The ALEC provision caused the board members to split 10-3 for approval. House Democrats Spencer Hawley, of Brookings, and Kathy Tyler, of Big Stone City, joined Republican Sen.
PIERRE -- The federal government's highway trust fund will run out of highway money this summer, putting road and bridge projects into financial uncertainty, South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said Thursday. He told members of the state Transportation Commission that the fund could be empty as early as July unless Congress provides an injection of general funds. This isn't new.