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Legislature Executive Board Sets Summer Study Members

Legislature Executive Board Sets Summer Study Members

PIERRE — The Executive Board of the South Dakota Legislature met Thursday at the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. District 24 Senator Mary Duvall is a member of the E-Board this year and says the group set course for this year’s interim summer studies… Members also discussed how much money South Dakota may receive…read more »

Regulators Still Investigating February Rolling Blackouts

Regulators Still Investigating February Rolling Blackouts

PIERRE — The rolling power blackouts during the extensive February cold wave are still being investigated.  South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says the Southwest Power Pool is leading the study… Frigid air plunged deep into Texas, causing damage to power plants, forcing utilities in fourteen states to roll the outages to prevent the…read more »

Johnson Working To Prevent Expansion Of US Supreme Court

Johnson Working To Prevent Expansion Of US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is co-sponsoring a Constitutional Amendment that would set the number of Justices on the US Supreme Court at nine.  Republicans fear a possible move by President Biden and democrats to add more Justices.  Johnson says while Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the expansion proposal wouldn’t come to the floor now,…read more »

Pierre Police Implementing Reforms To Use-Of-Force Policies

Pierre Police Implementing Reforms To Use-Of-Force Policies

PIERRE — Law enforcement agencies across the country are under the microscope with a number of high-profile, fatal officer-involved use-of-force incidents. The deaths have resulted in a movement to bring about policing reforms to how officers address the use-of-force. Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says those reforms are funneling down already to the local level……read more »

Airport Manager With Denver Air Connection Says Reliability Is Excellent

Airport Manager With Denver Air Connection Says Reliability Is Excellent

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN — The United States Department of Transportation’s selection of Denver Air Connection for a two-year contract to provide Essential Air Service to Pierre and Watertown has both communities wondering just what kind of air service parent company Key Lime Air will provide. One person with experience with Denver Air Connection’s abilities…read more »

South Dakota Severe Weather Takes Many Forms To Be Aware Of

South Dakota Severe Weather Takes Many Forms To Be Aware Of

PIERRE — South Dakota continues to prepare for severe weather as Severe Weather Awareness Week ends on Friday. While tornadoes, hail and flooding gain most of the attention for severe storms, Kelly Serr, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says there are other kinds of severe weather to be aware…read more »

Pierre City Commissioners Get Progress Update On Waldron Bridge Construction

Pierre City Commissioners Get Progress Update On Waldron Bridge Construction

PIERRE — Work on building a new Missouri River crossing between Pierre and Fort Pierre remains on schedule. The Pierre City Commission was given a progress report on the John Waldron Memorial Bridge Tuesday night. Denae Johnson with Project Solutions says traffic will remain open during construction with some restrictions and changes…. A 13-foot width…read more »

Officials Planning Prescribed Burns Near Oahe Dam

Officials Planning Prescribed Burns Near Oahe Dam

OMAHA, NE — The US Army Corps of Engineers is planning a number of prescribed burns on Corps of Engineers property around the Oahe Dam in the next few weeks. The grassland burns will depend on weather conditions at several restoration sites like wind, temperature, relative humidity, smoke dispersal and an appropriate number of local…read more »

Hughes County Looking To Address Rising Attorney Costs

Hughes County Looking To Address Rising Attorney Costs

PIERRE — The Hughes County Commission this week passed a budget supplement resolution to cover court appointed attorney costs incurred by the county. County Manager Kevin Hipple says county is spending a lot of money for lawyers for court… Hipple says State’s Attorney Jessica LaMie is trying to get costs under control… Commission Chair Randy…read more »