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Stanley County Commission To Meet On Rare Friday Night

Stanley County Commission To Meet On Rare Friday Night

FORT PIERRE — The Stanley County Commission is holding a rare Friday night meeting tonight at the Stanley County Courthouse in Fort Pierre. Commissioners will consider approval of the agenda and hear the Treasurer and Auditor report before getting into the agenda. The Commission will get an update on the Verendrye Museum and hear the…read more »

Bill To Cut A Portion Of Property Taxes Moved On To House Appropriations Committee

Bill To Cut A Portion Of Property Taxes Moved On To House Appropriations Committee

PIERRE — A bill that would exempt 100-thousand dollars in property tax from owner-occupied, single-family dwellings is headed to the House Appropriations Committee after passing from the House Taxation Committee. Eric Nelson with A-A-R-P South Dakota says the bill would help seniors and low income South Dakotans… The bill also had support from South Dakota…read more »

Little Frost Could Set Up Soil To Take In Much Of Plains Snowpack

Little Frost Could Set Up Soil To Take In Much Of Plains Snowpack

PIERRE — There was no change this week in the U-S Drought Monitor for South Dakota. South Dakota state climatologist Laura Edwards says many parts of South Dakota will be able to eat into drought conditions this spring… Edwards says the ground is actually in a good place for accepting a slow melting snow pack……read more »

Election Reform Bills Look To Prevent Issues Seen In Other States

Election Reform Bills Look To Prevent Issues Seen In Other States

PIERRE — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has submitted several pieces of legislation that deal with election issues. He says there have been some issues over the past few years… Jackley says the laws should apply to all types of elections…. Jackley says some loopholes have to be closed… Jackley says he wants to…read more »

Public Hearing Set On Commercial Landscaping Ordinance Changes

Public Hearing Set On Commercial Landscaping Ordinance Changes

PIERRE — The Pierre City Commission is looking to make changes to the city’s landscape ordinances for commercial properties. City Planner Sharon Pruess brought the proposed changes to the Pierre City Commission Tuesday night… Pruess says the proposals will use a points system to determine what landscaping is required… Placement of the landscaping has also…read more »

Monthly Survey Continues To Show Slowing Mid-America Economy

Monthly Survey Continues To Show Slowing Mid-America Economy

PIERRE — Signs continue to point to a slowing economy in the nine state Mid America region. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss coordinates the monthly survey of business managers… Goss says the managers they talk to are dealing with a number of issues… Goss says job openings are shrinking…. The survey covers businesses in…read more »

Congress Nearing Federal Credit Limit

Congress Nearing Federal Credit Limit

PIERRE — A number of republicans in the US House want to use the impending federal debt ceiling as leverage for budget cuts. South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says using the debt ceiling will get some attention… Rounds says they need to have continuing budget talks…. Rounds says he doesn’t want to put the credit…read more »

Pierre Dog Park Open And Ready To Ruff And Roll

Pierre Dog Park Open And Ready To Ruff And Roll

PIERRE — Fido and Bruiser can run wild…in a controlled kind of way with the opening of a community dog park in Pierre. Pierre Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Tipton says the park is comprised of three zones… And while the park is open for use it’s not completed… The 20 or so trees, to…read more »

Chamberlain Schools To Use Virtual Snow Days For Remainder Of School Year

Chamberlain Schools To Use Virtual Snow Days For Remainder Of School Year

CHAMBERLAIN — The Chamberlain School District has called off school seven days so far this school year due to snow. Superintendent Justin Zajic says the district has developed a plan to stay ahead of additional snow days… He says the district will notify teachers, students and families of a potential virtual snow day by 2pm…read more »

Senate Committee Clears Bill To Set Up Task Force On Court-Appointed Attorney Funding

Senate Committee Clears Bill To Set Up Task Force On Court-Appointed Attorney Funding

PIERRE — A bill allowing the Unified Judicial System to study the funding of court-appointed attorneys and indigent legal representation by counties will move to the Senate after passage by the Senate Judiciary Committee. State Court Administrator Greg Sattizahn says counties carry the burden of funding for court-appointed attorneys… Very little funding is currently provided…read more »