PIERRE — The South Dakota Broadcasters Association is willing to host debates on some statewide ballot measures this year, lobbyist Steve Willard of Pierre said Monday. Willard proposed the idea to the Legislature's Executive Board. The lawmakers had a variety of reactions but didn't act. No one disagreed when Rep. Steven Haugaard, R-Sioux Falls, suggested letting the concept gel for a while. The board meets again May 21. "More information is better and I think you're coming with the right spirit about this," Haugaard said.
PIERRE — The Legislature's Executive Board set the work plan for the 2018 off-season Monday.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has made key appointments to state boards that oversee economic development and gambling. Matt Judson of Pierre and Joseph Pat Costello of Sioux Falls accepted seats on the Board of Economic Development. Judson, a banker, succeeds Tony Klein of Pierre. Klein was an original member of the board established in 1987 that makes low-interest loans to expanding or new businesses.
PIERRE — For the last time, Gov. Dennis Daugaard thanked top students from South Dakota's high schools for their academic performances Monday. The Associated School Boards of South Dakota sponsored the 28th annual event honoring the top 1 percent from each school. Several state constitutional officers and representatives of the state Board of Regents and the South Dakota Education Association attended. "Today we're here to recognize the best and the brightest," Daugaard said.
PIERRE — A new South Dakota law takes effect July 1. A drug dealer faces the possibility of spending life behind bars if the drug buyer dies using the drug. State Attorney General Marty Jackley pushed the Legislature to pass it. He and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem are competing June 5 for the Republican nomination to be South Dakota's next governor. The winner faces state Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton. The state law passed this year could be a step forward in South Dakota's battle against drugs.
SIOUX FALLS — A U.S. senator from South Dakota saw a promising future if federal officials extended Interstate 29 to Canada rather than end it at Interstate 90 in Sioux Falls, a historian from Aberdeen said Friday. U.S. Sen. Francis Case also was responsible for the I-229 bypass at Sioux Falls, Assistant Professor Brad Tennant told an audience at the Center for Western Studies annual conference at Augustana University. "The original plan did not include I-29 going up the eastern border of South Dakota," Tennant said.
SIOUX FALLS — This year marks the centennial of South Dakota men changing the state constitution and giving women the right to vote. Ruth Page Jones told the story Friday during the Center for Western Studies annual conference at Augustana University. She grew up at Plankinton and lives at Waukesha, Wisconsin. She retired in December from a non-profit organization and previously trained telecommunications employees in technology. She also writes a monthly column for the South Dakota Mail weekly newspaper that serves the Plankinton area.
PIERRE — House Speaker G. Mark Mickelson said Tuesday he doesn't have any plans to campaign again for elected office. Voters from the Sioux Falls area elected the Republican to the South Dakota Legislature in 2012 and returned him in 2014 and 2016. He is a son of the late Gov. George S. Mickelson, who was killed with seven other men in a state airplane crash, and a grandson of George T. Mickelson, who also had been governor. All three have been speakers presiding over the state House of Representatives.
PIERRE — Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of the one of the worst air crashes in South Dakota's history. Eight men died, including Gov. George S. Mickelson. Mickelson assembled them to fly to Cincinnati where they met with representatives for the parent corporation of the John Morrell meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls. During the return to South Dakota, air traffic control at Chicago received a message from the plane at 3:40 p.m.: "Chicago ahh sierra delta we had ahh a decompression." The controller asked him to "say again."
PIERRE — As a 1976 high school graduate, I was too late to enlist in the U.S. armed forces in time to fight in Vietnam. Friends joined "the service." John went. So did Jane. So did Tim, Jeff, Anita and Don. I thought about signing up but I chose college instead. Memories of them filtered back in recent days as I looked at a new book about the American war in Vietnam.