PIERRE, S.D. — With 15 months to go before the 2020 general election, South Dakota elections officers are already looking to ramp up election security and make voter registration more accessible in the Mount Rushmore state. The Secretary of State Office's Board of Elections met on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to discuss plans to update ballot machines throughout the state, as well as proposed election-related legislation for the 2020 legislative session.
PIERRE, S.D. — As the federal government looks to "close the digital divide" in rural communities across the country, South Dakota will receive nearly $4.9 million over the next 10 years to invest in rural broadband. The Federal Communications Commission announced in a Monday, Aug. 12, news release that the commission is allocating $121 million in funding over the next decade to bring broadband to nearly 37,000 rural homes and businesses in 16 states.
PIERRE, S.D. — A former South Dakota state legislator and statewide campaigner for President Donald Trump might take another shot at winning the state's single seat in the U.S. House — this time, up against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson.
PIERRE, S.D. —A Wyoming feed company is facing a possible injunction for buying South Dakota grains after doing business in the state for over a decade without proper licensing.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota legislators are studying options to combat the state's methamphetamine crisis , and one legislator does not think the state is doing enough. The Legislature's summer study on combating methamphetamine addiction convened for their first meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
PIERRE, S.D. — Minnesota and the Dakotas have joined 35 other states and the District of Columbia in urging the federal government to remove what they say are governmental barriers preventing health care providers from offering opioid use disorder treatment.
PIERRE, S.D. — Months after a new president took the reigns of the South Dakota Democratic Party, a former staffer for former-U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is assuming the role as the party's executive director.
PIERRE, S.D. — Central South Dakota will be home to 92 more wind turbines come 2020. According to a Wednesday, July 10, news release, the Public Utilities Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday approved Triple H's construction permits for a 27,000-acre, 251-megawatt wind farm to be located in Hyde County, three miles southwest of Highmore. When the $300 million construction project is complete, Triple H will supply the nearby 150 megawatts of energy to Walmart, 48 to a "a confidential institutional buyer" and the remaining 52 will be sold on a merchant basis.
PIERRE, S.D. — The Public Utilities Commission has given the green light for construction to begin on a 300-megawatt, 130-turbine wind farm in northeastern South Dakota. The PUC at their Tuesday, July 9, meeting approved the permit, with exceptions, for Crowned Ridge Wind, LLC's planned wind farm to span 53,186 acres throughout Grant and Codington counties, according to a news release from the commission. With the state permits in place, Crowned Ridge said it plans to complete the $400 million construction project by 2020.
PIERRE, S.D. — As South Dakota's Board of Regents wrestles with questions on how to implement a recently passed law promoting so-called intellectual diversity on state college campuses , some legislators are suggesting schools track faculty members' political ideologies to ensure balance or eliminate campus diversity offices.