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Eighty-seven South Dakotans were the victim of foreign fraud in 2008 and the first six weeks of 2009, according to research by the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. Lt.
PIERRE -- High-ranking members of the state Republican and Democratic parties expect a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars will be passed in this year's Legislature. And if they don't decide favorably for a smoking ban between now and March, the legislative leaders expect South Dakota voters will make the decision on their own in a statewide vote later in the year. "Overhanging this all is the likelihood of a ballot initiative, if this bill fails.
It's Thursday, and for those of you who reside in small towns in South Dakota, that means your weekly paper is either still fresh on your kitchen table or in your mailbox. Enjoy it while it lasts because a bill that has been introduced to the state Legislature could doom some small papers and their local photos, unique stories and even those wonderfully old-fashioned social columns. HB 1135 is a bill to allow local governments to put their public notices online, on the Internet, rather than in local newspapers.
PIERRE -- Overheard while sitting at a bench under the Capitol dome here Thursday morning: "What have you heard?" a woman, possibly a lobbyist, asked a man sitting nearby. His reply came accompanied by an audible sigh: "There's no money." Whether it was among the people milling about the Capitol, at a tourism conference across town or among some -- but not all -- lawmakers, there was a definite buzz Thursday in Pierre, generated by Gov. Mike Rounds' predictably grim budget address in the afternoon.
A Mitchell bank has made an unsolicited donation to help fix computers in the Mitchell School District's troubled laptop program. The bank's local president, in turn, says he hopes others in town will consider making similar donations to the district when the need arises. First Dakota National Bank gave $5,000 to help pay for repairs for the laptop computers, helping ease a district-wide problem that has been exacerbated by the bankruptcy of the MPC Corporation, which owned most of the company that sold the computers to the district and which promised to make repairs to damaged units. "This
Penning a weekly column isn't easy. At first, it seems simple enough. But as the weeks fade into months and years, the ideas tend to dry up and the wit -- or bite, depending upon the writer -- begs to follow. It's precisely why the editor's column generally only appears here every other week. I wrote a regular weekly column when I was a sports writer and those many years led me to liken the experience to owning a milk cow. At times, it's richly satisfying and the results can be quite enjoyable. Other times, it's difficult and tedious, yet must be done.
An extension of the deadline for certain TV companies to change their analog signals to digital won't likely happen despite requests for a delay, Sen. John Thune said Thursday. Congress had been in talks with the Federal Communications Commission about possibly delaying its switchover of the nation's "full-power" TV signals and last month, Thune said there was a chance a postponement could happen.
Congressional legislation is in the works that will seek to exempt livestock from the Clean Air Act, U.S. Sen. John Thune said Thursday. With approval, the legislation would effectively eliminate the possibility that cattle and other livestock will be taxed as a way to cut down on the animals' alleged contribution to air pollution.
A study that will outline the possibilities of integrating hydroelectric power and wind-generated power is expected to soon be released by the Western Area Power Administration. The study is expected to recommend a demonstration project along the Missouri River, according to U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. A location for a project has not been determined. The idea comes from a wind-hydro project that was conducted on the Columbia River in Washington, where Thune said managers have successfully integrated the use of river dams and wind turbines.
Lila Steiber was hesitant to give me her name when she called to politely complain that The Daily Republic hadn't done a good job of publicizing the latest scam to hit South Dakota. What we call a "brief" -- a short story only three or four paragraphs in length -- had run at the bottom corner of Page 2 of Saturday's edition. We should have done more, she said. As we talked, the floodgates opened. Embarrassed, she told me how she fell for the scam just a few weeks ago. "Basically, this is all my fault, I guess," she said.