PIERRE — Locations for the latest trio of statues on the Trail of Governors won approval Thursday from the state Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission. Ralph E. Herseth, a Democrat (1959-61), goes at the south end of South Dakota Boulevard and East Broadway Avenue across from the Capitol. Two Republicans meanwhile will be in Pierre's downtown. M.Q. Sharpe (1943-1947) will be at the southeast corner of Pierre Street and Missouri Avenue, looking toward the Lake Sharpe reservoir on the Missouri River.
PIERRE — The state Value Added Finance Authority approved a $250,000 loan Thursday to a Lemmon man who plans to open a custom meat-processing plant. Authority members voted unanimously to lend the money at 3 percent interest to LemmonMade Inc. Owner Howard "Carl" Kimmerle (pronounced kim-mer-lee) said he and his wife, Kylee, moved from Utah recently. She is from the Lemmon area. The loan will finance land and the building. A bank loan will be used for equipment.
PIERRE — When the televised debate Tuesday night was done between state Attorney General Marty Jackley and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, it seemed one cautiously took a little more ground while the other didn't want to admit how close the enemy now was. The two candidates meet Tuesday, June 5, in the primary election that decides the Republican nomination for governor. The victor faces state Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton in the general election Nov. 6.
PIERRE — Attorney general is the only statewide seat up for election in South Dakota this year that has significant races in both major political parties. Delegates, rather than voters, select the nominees. Those choices come at the Democratic and Republican conventions next month, on successive weekends. The conventions are after the June 5 primary elections for the statewide offices of governor and U.S. House of Representatives. This year's AG contests are especially volatile. The known Democratic contenders are:
PIERRE — Some things he witnessed while seeking signatures for several ballot measures sparked changes that state Rep. Mark Mickelson sought this year. Mickelson, R-Sioux Falls, said Friday it was "disheartening" to watch other campaigns employ circulators who seemed to be from outside South Dakota. One result: The Legislature approved a bill from Mickelson and Sen. Ernie Otten, R-Tea, requiring ballot measure sponsors file proof each petition circulator is a state resident. Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed HB 1192. The new law takes effect July 1.
Candidates Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio stood before the cameras of South Dakota Public Television for a debate Thursday. The three Republicans seek their party's nomination in the June 5 primary election for South Dakota's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner faces Democrat Tim Bjorkman, a retired state circuit judge. Each wants to succeed four-term U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, a Republican who's running for governor.
PIERRE — Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville wanted motorists on US 14A slowed to 25 miles per hour through his city. The state Transportation Commission went partway Thursday, approving a reduction for the 30 mph zone. But the panel left the rest at 35 mph. State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said a look at traffic speeds in 2017 and 2018 didn't fully support the mayor's request. For the 30 mph zone, 85 percent of motorists were at or below 28 mph last year and 26 this year.
PIERRE – The state Aeronautics Commission discussed Tuesday the potential for a program that would reimburse tuition of students who take aviation jobs in South Dakota. The commission also began organizing a study panel on state aviation laws. In other action, the commission agreed to pay state government’s 5 percent share of $3,600 for a new beacon pole at the Eureka public airport in McPherson County.
PIERRE — State regulators agreed Monday to bar interveners from introducing third-party exhibits at a permit hearing for a wind farm planned in northeastern South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission ruled unanimously for the Dakota Range project proposed in Grant and Codington counties. The prohibition affects several exhibits from Teresa Kaaz, of South Shore, and more than 30 exhibits from Kristi Mogen, of Twin Brooks. Mollie Smith, a lawyer for a Minneapolis law firm, sought the ban.
PIERRE — There are two important seats wide open for statewide election this year in South Dakota, but South Dakota news organizations haven't shown interest so far in investing in public opinion surveys to learn which candidates the voters favor. Common wisdom is surveys need to be conducted several times in a race to spot a trend. To my knowledge, no news organization has been in the field.