PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would have prohibited school districts from suing the state was rejected Tuesday by a South Dakota Senate panel after opponents said it would have taken too much power from local school boards.
A legislative committee has given preliminary approval to a proposal that could create quite a ripple effect in South Dakota’s outdoors.
The panel — a study group made up of state lawmakers — feels landowners are entitled to a $500 penalty from those who are caught trespassing on their land. The measure will be brought up for debate before the full Legislature when it reconvenes early next year.
The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D.
, October 10, 2008
A 36-year-old Summit woman has been sent to the state prison in Pierre for an identity-theft conviction.
Melanie Moen was ordered to spend 21 months behind bars; she also must make $1,900 in restitution.
South Dakota and Minnesota have joined three other states to try to develop a regional electric transmission system that will foster increased wind energy development.
Other partners in the Upper Midwest Transmission Development Initiative include Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
By Joe Kafka, The Associated Press
, September 19, 2008
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has released the name of an officer who was shot while serving as part of a surge in law enforcement officers on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
Puzzling statistics come our way from the State Gaming Commission and Lottery Office.
Despite signs that the economy is stalled, gambling numbers in the state are on the increase. That means that as the price of basic necessities keeps rising, South Dakotans are still spending money in casinos, on video lottery and on scratch tickets.
The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D.
, September 10, 2008
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is looking at using a fossil fuel project as a way to help transport wind energy.
Basin Electric Cooperative of Bismarck, N.D., plans to build a $2 billion coal-fired power plant near Selby in north-central South Dakota.
Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson said Monday that if the project goes through, his agency would likely require the power lines that go with it to have extra transmission space so electricity created by wind turbines could be sent to larger markets.
Yankton and Parkston have been recognized by the state Health Department for outstanding efforts last year to immunize children against the flu.
The two communities had the highest flu vaccination levels in the state.
Nearly 700 children got the shots in Parkston and 2,800 children in Yankton.
According to figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, farming is South Dakota’s most dangerous occupation.
The agency says about half of the 21 work-related fatalities in the state last year involved people in the agriculture, forestry and fishing and hunting category.
A salmon spawning station on Lake Oahe will be back in operation after being idled the past four years because of low lake levels.
State fisheries crews at the Whitlocks Bay spawning station collect salmon eggs that are sent to fish hatcheries in Rapid City and Spearfish. The nearly hatched chinook salmon are then stocked back into Oahe where there is no natural salmon reproduction.
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