Two South Dakota school districts, American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Sisseton Wahpeton tribal court system received approval Tuesday for special federal aid administered through the state Council of Juvenile Services. The council met in Mitchell. Meeting audio was available by teleconference. Panel members voted to direct $50,000 to the Andes Central district for several coordinators and a consultant. They would monitor academics, behavior and activities.
PIERRE — The state Board of Elections decides today whether to ask lawmakers to require all polling places have voter-registration records on paper. This could have helped during the June 5 primaries. Citizens could have known numbers for state-level races one to two hours earlier from many counties. Pennington County, Republican giant of the west, fueled the delay. Election officials invoked a state law to keep 16 of 44 precincts open later. Hughes County also kept three of eight voting centers open longer.
PIERRE — The state Transportation Commission gave a thumbs-up Thursday to testing configurations of centerline rumble strips on eight miles of US 14 in Kingsbury County. Diamond Surface Inc. was the only bidder for the safety project between De Smet and Lake Preston. The Rogers, Minn., company set its price at $300,700. The state Department of Transportation estimate was $88,995.80.
PIERRE — The president for the South Dakota School Superintendents Association suggested Wednesday a way state lawmakers could add money to the extraordinary cost fund that helps school districts cover their special education needs. Watertown superintendent Jeff Danielsen proposed the Legislature divert 10 cents from the $1.42 special-education tax levy many school districts charge property owners. Ninety-nine districts currently used the full levy, two were at zero and 49 fell in between.
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.