PIERRE — For three hours Wednesday, members of the South Dakota Board of Regents and state university presidents discussed whether to set a goal that 65 percent of people ages 25-34 should have some type of higher-education degree by 2025. According to the most recent estimate, using 2014 data, 45 percent of South Dakotans in that age group have some type of post-high school degree.
PIERRE — State regulators agreed Tuesday to dismiss the dispute between two utilities competing to deliver electricity to a proposed grain elevator and railroad center in northern Yankton County. Instead NorthWestern Energy and Bon Homme Yankton Electric Association will serve the portions of the site that are within their official service territories. Dakota Plains Ag Center wanted NorthWestern, an investor-owned company, to be its sole provider. Bon Homme Yankton Electric, which contested the NorthWestern deal, is a member-owned rural cooperative.
PIERRE — Black Hills Power invested more than $10 million during the past three years trimming trees and other vegetation along its electricity lines, according to a report approved Tuesday by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. The Rapid City-based utility intends to spend about $10 million more to continue the work during 2016 and 2017. The company wants to get all rights-of-way trimmed within five years. The project results from a 2012 agreement between the company and the commission to protect the utility's distribution system.
PIERRE — The Governor's Office of Economic Development is stressing relationships with community organizations and has a three-year recruitment campaign costing $3 million to bring workers to South Dakota, an official for the agency said Monday. Aaron Scheibe, the interim commissioner, met with the Legislative Planning Committee to discuss the office's strategic plan and agree on measurement goals. The lawmakers also brought in Cabinet-level officials from the Game, Fish and Parks; Transportation; and Tourism departments for similar conversations.
PIERRE — The state Board of Regents whose members govern South Dakota's public universities plan significant discussions this week about balancing the system's long-term finances and enrollments trends. The six universities as a whole have increasingly turned to non-resident students to cover debt and operating expenses while students increasingly select distance education courses. At the same time the regents want to play a larger role in helping South Dakota's businesses and workforce fill their economic potential.
PIERRE — Voter registration data from the past six months show a Republican surge and a Democratic decline in South Dakota. In county after county, Republicans posted gains, while Democrats found more pain. From Dec. 2, 2015, through June 1, 2016, Republican registration rose 4,855. Democratic registration meanwhile fell 939. This is how Republicans keep winning elections and Democrats keep losing them in South Dakota.
PIERRE – In a split decision Wednesday the South Dakota Brand Board awarded proceeds from a sale of 46 head of cattle to a rancher from the Manderson area. Gilvern...
PIERRE –The opposing sides have decided to end their dispute over which utility should supply electricity to Dakota Plains Ag Supply grain terminal and railroad loading facility planned at Napa...
PIERRE — The 2016 presidential campaign is one for the ages and the aged. Republican nominee Donald Trump turned 70 on June 14. Democratic nominee-to-be Hillary Clinton would be 69 on Oct. 26. Trump would be the oldest president if he wins. Clinton wouldn't be far off. The record-holder is Ronald Reagan. He was 69 years, 349 days old when he was inaugurated Jan. 20, 1981, and just shy of age 78 when he left the White House. One man's life doesn't make a rule, but his second term raised questions about what age might be too old.
PIERRE — South Dakota voters could have at least four choices for president on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. They are: Republican Donald Trump, of New York City, New York, whose nomination paperwork was received Friday; Libertarian Gary Johnson, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who was the first to qualify on June 14; Constitution candidate Darrell Castle, of Germantown, Tennessee, whose paperwork arrived July 18; and Democrat Hillary Clinton, of Chappaqua, New York, who awaits nomination later this week.