PIERRE — The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission turned down an application Wednesday for a wind-energy complex proposed for Clark County. The regulatory panel voted 3-0 to reject Crocker Wind Farm. The project called for up to 200 turbines spread across more than 29,000 acres north of Clark. State law gave the commission six months to decide whether to grant a wind facility permit. The commission received the Crocker application July 25 and held a public input hearing Sept. 13 at Clark.
PIERRE — The corporate parent for Great Plains Processing in Yankton received approval for a loan of $1,152,338 at a rate of 2 percent interest from state government's Revolving Economic Development Initiative program Tuesday. The South Dakota Board of Economic Development provided the financing to Fiedler Holdings, LLC, whose Yankton operation makes animal feeds.
PIERRE — South Dakota regulators agreed Tuesday to cap their potential costs at $282,500 for determining whether Otter Tail Power receives a state permit to build a natural gas-fired plant for producing electricity in rural Deuel County. The state Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 for the maximum and to require $8,000 initially from Otter Tail. The approval also covered a lump sum of $17,600 for Jongeling Consulting to conduct the local impact assessment. The company wants to construct the plant between Astoria and Toronto.
PIERRE — South Dakota sales tax revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30 was equivalent to 1.8 percent below the year before, state economist Jim Terwilliger said Tuesday. Masking the downturn was that the sales tax rate rose to 4.5 percent from four. The rate increase produced 10.5 percent more in revenue to the state treasury, Terwilliger told members of the state government's Council of Economic Advisors. But, he said, the money generated was less than the boost expected when the Legislature voted to raise the sales tax rate in 2016.
VERMILLION — Members of the Legislature’s State Tribal Relations Committee decided Monday they want their own piece of the investigation into Mid-Central Educational Cooperative’s mismanagement of the federally funded GEAR UP program. The panel supported the request from Sen. Lance Russell for legislation to be drafted on open records, record retention, conflict of interest and enforcement, including criminal and civil penalties.
PIERRE — Earlier this fall the always-innovative Trail of Governors program added four more statues to the streets of Pierre from South Dakota's history of chief executives. One shows a man with hatchet in hand. That's Tom Berry. It's an image based on a photograph from his 1932 campaign for governor, when he got axes as gifts from folks wanting spending cuts. He took an axe to state government many times during his pair of two-year terms from January of 1933 to January of 1937.
PIERRE — Fighters would be allowed to appeal results from their mixed martial-arts bouts under a rule change the South Dakota Athletic Commission made Friday. The request would need to be filed in writing within five days of the bout for the commission to review it. The fighter would need to describe the result being challenged and the alleged error. The commission could review or investigate as deemed necessary. If an error was found, the commission could officially amend the result, including declaring a different winner or loser or a no-contest.
PIERRE — State government's Board of Dentistry began discussions Friday on establishing different license requirements for dentists in South Dakota. Executive Director Brittany Novotny outlined 21 pages of potential changes covering dentists, dental hygienists, registered dental assistants and dental assistants. Dentists would have 10 specific criteria. They could submit results from parts of examinations by different testing organizations.
PIERRE — The Yankton County government shouldn't be financially punished for improperly spending 911 funds in 2012, state government's 911 Coordination Board decided Thursday. County Commission Chairman Don Kettering and county Auditor Patty Hojem spoke by telephone with the state board members. The amount was $141,139, according to Hojem and Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, deputy secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Rechtenbaugh is state coordinator for 911 telephone emergency services.
PIERRE — A change made by the Legislature earlier this year will pay off next year for most employers that contribute to South Dakota's unemployment insurance program. All things staying equal, they would fork over about $4.8 million less in 2018 than they are forecast to pay this calendar year, state UI director Pauline Heier said Wednesday. Lawmakers decided in March to reduce the contribution rate by 0.10 percent in nearly every bracket if a specific ratio was 1.60 or higher.