PIERRE — Conservative legislators and lobbyists called Tuesday for repealing South Dakota's policy allowing transgender students to participate in high school sports as members of teams of the opposite sex. The board of directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association listened to an hour of comments, largely from opponents of the policy. The directors, when they adopted the policy one year ago, hadn't received any opposition comments at the two meetings where the policy was first considered and then approved. But the policy turned into what Sen.
PIERRE — The fight for control of Hutterville Colony went before the South Dakota Supreme Court for a fourth time Tuesday. The latest dispute is about 9,800 acres of the religious colony's farmland in Brown and Spink counties. Johnny Wipf Sr., acting as president, filed deeds in 2012 transferring farmland owned by the colony to him. Then, acting as trustee, he leased the 9,800 acres on a cash-rent agreement to an outside operator, Red Acre LLC, in 2014. Another group headed by George Waldner Sr.
PIERRE — A change in one of South Dakota's hunting rules now clarifies who gets counted among the maximum of 20 allowed in a group hunt. The old rule said no more than 20 persons could cooperate as a group. The new rule says there can be a maximum of 20 people carrying a bow and arrow, or cross bow or firearm including a muzzleloader. A person with a concealed pistol permit who is carrying only the concealed pistol also doesn't count as one of the 20. The 20-hunter limit doesn't apply when pursuing predators and varmints. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted the new rul
PIERRE — The decision earlier this year that allows hunters to use hounds year-round to track mountain lions outside the Black Hills can stand, the Legislature's rules review committee decided Monday. The committee voted 3-2 Monday against scheduling a hearing to consider suspending the rule. Sen.
PIERRE — Surely it is impossible that any other state's Democratic Party suffered more damage since President Barack Obama took office than what South Dakota has seen. It is likewise impossible that any other state's Republican Party gained more political power than the total control gained of every statewide elected office in South Dakota. What has happened since 2009 is worth considering ahead of President Obama's May 8 visit to Watertown. The president will speak at commencement for Lake Area Technical Institute.
PIERRE — No, the state Department of Social Services can't attach a lien after the fact to the property of a woman who died. So said the South Dakota Supreme Court in a decision released this week regarding a Yankton County woman. The five justices unanimously reversed a circuit judge's decision that had been in favor of the state officials. The woman, Darlene Hollman, began receiving Medicaid benefits in 2005 from the Department of Social Services while she was in a nursing home.
PIERRE — The state Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing next month in Yankton about NorthWestern Energy's request to raise rates for the company's South Dakota electricity customers. The increases would be the first for electricity rates by the company since 1980. The commission's decision to host a hearing came in response to a petition filed by Angela Wiebelhaus, of Yankton.
PIERRE — Starting later this summer, high school athletes in South Dakota might be allowed to each accept gifts such as clothing, shoes and other merchandise worth as much as $300 in total retail value from each camp or select event they attend. Athletics and activities directors from high schools throughout South Dakota recently voted 131-0 to recommend the rule change.
PIERRE—TransCanada's lawyers convinced state regulators Tuesday that some parties shouldn't be able to present direct evidence or direct witnesses in the hearing next month on the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline to be built through South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission placed partial sanctions on as many as 22 interveners who didn't comply fully or in part with the April 2 deadline for presenting pre-filed testimony from witnesses. PUC chairman Chris Nelson said there could be limited exceptions granted to the sanctions in some instances, because various sides wer
PIERRE — Highway safety data from 2008 through 2013 show motorists and passengers who weren't wearing seat belts died much more frequently in crashes in South Dakota. The rates were approximately two to three times higher, according to the most recent report from the state Department of Public Safety. The top reason for the high number of unbelted fatalities has been ejections from the vehicle. Of 103 people killed in 2013, for example, 61 weren't using seat belts in any form.