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PIERRE, S.D. — Laws the South Dakota Legislature passed last year regulating public recreational uses of non-meandered waters that lay over privately owned lands should continue until July 1, 2021, the state Senate decided Tuesday. Senators voted 26-9 for the extension. The measure, SB 24, now goes to the House of Representatives. Without an extension, the laws expire this year on June 30.
HURON, S.D. - Bringing back the parade of livestock champions is among the ideas a South Dakota State Fair task force is exploring for the annual event in Huron, S.D. Fair manager Peggy Besch said finding a time that could work for all 4-H, FFA and open-class winners is "a little challenging."
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission turned down the request from Crocker Wind Farm for reconsideration Tuesday. Commissioner Chris Nelson received yes votes from commissioner Gary Hanson and chairwoman Kristie Fiegen to reject it again.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota producers planted about 910,000 acres to winter wheat in fall 2016. That was down 23 percent from 2015. Even less appears to have been put in the ground this fall, members of state government's Wheat Commission said Monday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture mailed crop surveys to farmers last month. The South Dakota panel said producers have been increasingly shifting from winter wheat into somewhat more spring wheat but much more so into corn and soybeans.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Board of Water Management decided Wednesday landowners don't need gates in their fences any longer across much of Firesteel Creek in Davison County. Gates will still be required on fences that cross the stream between Lake Mitchell and Loomis Oil Road northwest of the city. That segment of about two miles receives the highest traffic from kayakers and canoeists, according to testimony. There also aren't any landowners raising livestock along that stretch.