Seth Tupper grew up in Wessington Springs and Kimball and earned a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. He has worked for The Daily Republic in various capacities since 2003, including region reporter, city hall reporter, assistant editor and editor. He was promoted to publisher in March 2014.
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PIERRE -- Legislation intended to take some or all legal announcements out of newspapers does not have the support of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, he told a gathering of newspaper officials Thursday. A bill has been introduced in the state House that would allow cities, schools and counties to put all of their public notices on a website of their choice instead of their official newspaper. A separate Senate bill would allow cities to publish only the titles of proposed ordinances in their official newspaper, instead of the entire text as is now required.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard does not support law changes to abolish structural deficits or place annual limits on state government spending, he said Monday. Last week, during his budget address to the Legislature in Pierre, the new governor proposed $127 million in cuts to eliminate the state's structural deficit. A "structural" deficit exists when a budget is balanced with money from sources such as reserves, while ongoing expenses remain greater than ongoing revenue. South Dakota has had a structural deficit since the 2008 fiscal year.
Last week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard referenced the largely forgotten name of Robert S. Vessey to make a point about the fleeting nature of power and fame. Daugaard, addressing the Legislature during his first State of the State address, said it was 100 years ago when Vessey became the first governor to deliver a State of the State address in the then-new Capitol building in Pierre. Like Daugaard, who delivered his speech in that same Capitol building, Vessey was elected to office by a wide margin.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard referenced a former governor from Wessington Springs to make a point Tuesday during his first State of the State address. Daugaard told the legislators assembled for his speech that it was 100 years ago last week when legislators gathered for the first lawmaking session in the Capitol building that still houses state government.
I'm both horrified and entertained by the "Jaywalking" segment on Jay Leno's late-night television show. The gag is simple: Jay walks out on the street with a camera and a list of trivia questions that pretty much every American should be able to answer, and he stops people and asks the questions. He might show a picture of the vice president and ask some seemingly intelligent people, "Who is this man?" Invariably, the people are clueless or hilariously wrong.
I'm a sucker for all things western, and I don't make any attempt to hide it. The fascination started early. When I was a toddler, one of my first words was "bupablo" -- my attempt to say "buffalo" -- and I cherished a stuffed-animal buffalo that my parents bought for me. Shortly after my daughter was born, one of the first gifts I gave her was a stuffed-animal buffalo I bought at Wall Drug.
When I was in high school, I traveled through Germany as part of a tour for students who'd studied the German language. The first week, I stayed with a host family. My host mother was an enthusiastic and prolific cook, and she offered a memorable pearl of wisdom to me one day as I was enjoying the fruits of her culinary labor. "All food is good for you," she said, "in moderation." It was sage advice.
Shouldn't we be doing more to prevent house explosions? In just the past three years, there have been four house explosions in our little part of South Dakota. One caused a death, two left their single occupants badly injured, and one occurred when nobody was home. Three were caused by natural gas leaks, and one was caused by a propane leak. That's four explosions in three years, all contained in just three counties in one state.
In the wake of the Nov. 2 election, I'm tired of hearing politicians talk. I'm especially tired of hearing them talk -- and never act -- on so-called "food for votes" scandals. On Oct. 14, The Daily Republic was among the first to report that Democratic voter feeds and early voting rallies scheduled that day on the Crow Creek and Lower Brule reservations -- plus one held previously on the Pine Ridge reservation -- were allegedly illegal. The events were conducted anyway, and Democrats angrily defended themselves.
The Stephanie Herseth Sandlin campaign is accusing the Kristi Noem campaign of "pretending" to receive an endorsement from the National Rifle Association. Noem sent a campaign mailer bearing pictures of herself in camouflage and blaze-orange hunting gear, along with an "A rating" NRA logo near the pictures. Noem does in fact have an "A" rating from the NRA, but so does Herseth Sandlin. The Noem mailer does not mention that.