PIERRE, S.D. — Two floors above Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's office in the Capitol, where four months ago she vetoed a bill that would have legalized hemp production in the state , legislators were given goody bags containing vials of CBD oil as they discussed potential hemp legislation for next year.
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. — South and North Dakota's governors have joined 25 other governors throughout the country urging U.S. Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a Thursday, June 20 letter signed by South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, both Republicans, the governors said to congressional leaders, "Nearly 25 years after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is time to update our trade policies with two of our most critical trading partners."
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota state and federal lawmakers are applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s decision to ease regulations on E15 fuel. Previously, E15 — a fuel blend consisting of 85% gasoline and 15% ethanol — could only be sold eight months out of the year without a special waiver. On Thursday, May 30, the EPA issued its final ruling allowing E15 to be sold year-round.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As part of Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's plan to expand rural internet access across South Dakota, the state is granting $5 million to help complete eight broadband expansion projects by the end of the year. The Governor's Office in a Tuesday, May 28, news release announced the first round of awards in Noem's Connect South Dakota program. The program's initial $5 million grants are planned to leverage more than $11.4 million in total project costs through public-private partnerships.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's Washington delegation is urging U.S. President Donald Trump's Administration to close trade negotiations and end the ongoing tariff war with a second, multi-billion dollar "Band-Aid" federal bailout to farmers on the horizon.
PIERRE, S.D. — Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has requested federal disaster relief and an emergency declaration to help rebuild communities after blizzards and floods wreaked havoc on the state in March and April.
PIERRE, S.D. -- In their latest hang-up with Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's pheasant habitat conservation mission, legislators on Monday, May 6, rejected proposed rule changes to allow certain aspects of the governor's program.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Local, state and federal agents have begun preliminary assessments of property damage to determine whether South Dakota can receive federal disaster aid after two severe winter storms slammed the state within weeks of one another. According to a Friday, May 3, news release from the state Department of Public Safety, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, as well as local and state officials, on Monday began assessing damage done to homes and businesses by Winter Storms Ulmer and Wesley in March and April.