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South Dakota's U.S. senators sided with states and small businesses in voting Monday for a bill that would require most Internet retailers to pay sales taxes on all eligible purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed 69-27 but could face a tougher path in the more conservative U.S. House. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said the bill would correct a long-standing injustice. "I support leveling the playing field between online retailers and main street businesses to collect and remit a sales tax," Thune said in a written statement.
John J. "Jack" Billion, a native of the Sioux Falls area and former chairman of the DWU Board of Trustees, was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan University graduation at the Corn Palace. "In many of our endeavours, we find ourselves leaving with much more than we brought to an institution," Billion said.
The Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. Tuesday's commission agenda includes: --9 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes and citizen input. The commissioners will also rescind a motion made at last week's meeting that approved the purchase of two used vans for the jail. No explanation was given in the agenda for that pending action. --9:30 a.m. Jail Administrator Don Radel, regarding the previously noted van purchase. --9:45 a.m.
President Bob Duffett will say farewell to his final graduating class today at Dakota Wesleyan University. Duffett and wife Connie will move to St. Davids, Pa., this summer where he will assume the presidency of Eastern University. DWU's commencement ceremonies are at 1 p.m.
Following is a list of major Dakota Wesleyan University building projects during Bob Duffett's presidency. The cost of the projects totals $25.25 million and was funded mostly debt-free. Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center, 2013, $11.5 million. McGovern Library, dedicated in 2006, $6.5 million. Sherman Center, dedicated in 2004, $2.4 million. Student apartments, completed in 2003, $1.7 million. Allen Hall renovation, 2006, $1.3 million. Dayton Hall renovation, 2009, $1 million. Jackson Plaza, completed in 2007, $850,000.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- A Wessington Springs man has been sentenced to prison for illegally possessing a firearm. Jonathon Tyrrell, 54, was indicted by a federal grand jury Oct. 10 on one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and pleaded guilty Feb. 12. Tyrell was sentenced Wednesday to one year and one day in prison plus 18 months of supervised release. He was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The charge stems from an incident Dec. 15, 2011, when Tyrrell was stopped by the Jerauld County Sheriff's Office.
U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., this week sent a letter along with several of his colleagues urging evaluation of a recent decision by the European Commission to impose a country-wide anti-dumping duty on exports of U.S. ethanol. The letter was sent to Acting U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Demetrios Marantis and Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Rebecca Blank The duty of $83.20 per metric ton penalizes U.S. bioethanol exporters for allegedly selling ethanol in the European Union below cost, which is a practice known as dumping, according to a Thune news release. U.S.
The local drive-in theater will open Friday with some changes aimed at pleasing customers. The Starlite Drive-in Theatre in northern Mitchell will show its first movies of the season Friday. The evening will open with the animated family comedy-adventure "The Croods." The Three Stooges comedy "Cactus Makes Perfect" will also show. The Starlite will be open Friday and Saturday nights until May 24, when it will change to seven-nighta-week operation. Beginning on that date, most of the movies will be first-run films opening on the national release day.
Although pre-registration for the South Dakota Birding Festival has ended, anyone is welcome to register at the festival for any or all three days. FRIDAY At the Rainbow Room in Pickstown: 6 p.m. - Registration and social hour. 7 p.m. - Welcome, overview of weekend, door prizes. 8 p.m. - Listening to Birds: Basics of Bird Identification by Ear, with Dr. Dave Swanson, biology professor at USD. At the Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge: 9:15 p.m. - Owl Prowl with Nancy Drilling, South Dakota projects coordinator with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
A Ravinia man who went missing in March has been found dead near Corsica. The body of Harold Cavier, 83, was located Wednesday in a field approximately two miles east of Corsica. The investigation is continuing by the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation.