PIERRE — The state Board of Economic Development approved more than $5.6 million in low-interest loans and potentially $8.1 million in reinvestment payments for South Dakota businesses Tuesday with Performance Pet Products of Mitchell receiving $3.6 million for facility expansion. "Speed round" was how Chairman Jeff Erickson, of Sioux Falls, described the string of roll-call votes that followed the closed-door teleconference.
PIERRE — The new administrator for the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton told state lawmakers Monday he won't accept supervisors discouraging employees from reporting work injuries. Rep. Susan Wismer, D-Britton, said some staff at South Dakota Development Center in Redfield told her some supervisors discouraged injury reporting. Ken Cole said he hasn't heard or seen anything like that during the 10 days he's been on the job at the state psychiatric hospital. "If I did, I would work to change that," Cole responded.
PIERRE — South Dakota is one of 26 states where voters choose a team for governor and lieutenant governor. They include five neighbors: Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Nebraska. Wyoming goes another way. Its secretary of state is next in line of succession. That's true too for Oregon and Arizona. Oregon adds a twist, electing secretary of state in a different year than governor. Four states have the presiding officer of the Senate as successor. And 17 states elect lieutenant governors separately.
PIERRE — The Watertown Police Department last week became South Dakota's first to switch to the next-generation system for taking 9-1-1 emergency telephone calls. "It was just over an hour it took to convert," Maria Bell told state 9-1-1 Coordination Board members in a teleconference Tuesday. Bell, the state 9-1-1 system's manager, said Lake County would be next on June 13, followed by Bon Homme County and then Lincoln County. "We're going to do one a week for the month of June and two a month starting in July," Bell said. The goal is to finish all 28 this fall.
PIERRE — Expanding substance-abuse service to any South Dakotans eligible for Medicaid won narrow approval Monday by the Legislature's Rules Review Committee. The vote of three to two divided on whether broader treatment service was Medicaid expansion. Treatment service has been limited to pregnant women and adolescents. The change takes effect later this month. Many lawmakers have opposed changing eligibility rules because they don't want more people to qualify for government-subsidized health care in South Dakota.
PIERRE — The two candidates battling over the Republican governor nomination will go to opposite corners Tuesday night to wait to see who wins. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem wants supporters to join her at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls starting at 8:30 p.m. CT. State Attorney General Marty Jackley plans to spend election night in Rapid City and then a bar in his hometown. "He will be at Hotel Alex Johnson when the results start to come in, then finish his night in Sturgis at the Loud American," Jackley spokesman Joe Schartz said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of three candidate profiles for the open U.S. House seat being vacated by Kristi Noem. The three Republican candidates running in Tuesday's primary are Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio. Neal Tapio is a Republican state senator from Watertown serving his first two-year term in the South Dakota Legislature. Campaign slogan: "America first. South Dakota strong."
PIERRE — South Dakota Democrats lost their best statewide candidate in 2010, when Stephanie Herseth Sandlin fell to Republican challenger Kristi Noem for the U.S. House. For more than 14 years, they were the first South Dakota women to hold the seat. Now Rep. Noem is battling state Attorney General Marty Jackley for the Republican nomination for governor. South Dakota has never elected a woman as governor. We'll know in a few days whether Jackley or Noem will face state Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton on Nov. 6.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of three candidate profiles for the open U.S. House seat being vacated by Kristi Noem. The three Republican candidates running in Tuesday's primary are Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio. Shantel Krebs is South Dakota secretary of state. She won election in 2014. She previously was a state legislator 10 years, serving in the House from 2005 through 2010 and in the Senate from 2011 through 2014. She previously was a businesswoman in Sioux Falls.
PIERRE — A likeness of the only House speaker whose middle name was Speaker is coming soon to the state Capitol. The bust of former Gov. George S. Mickelson will be, naturally, in the House lobby. Its placement along a wall, next to a photo collection of past House speakers, won approval Thursday from a panel that oversees state buildings and grounds in Pierre. The Legislature decided earlier this year the late governor, who died with seven other leaders and pilots in the 1993 crash of the state airplane, should be honored.