PIERRE, S.D. — In her continued battle against hemp, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem now says she will veto any hemp legalization bill in the 2020 legislative session should it land on her desk.
PIERRE, S.D. — Don and Becky Bergeson live only a 15-minute drive from South Dakota's state Capitol building. Over the course of the six-mile drive, the landscape transforms from Pierre's small-town atmosphere to rural, sprawling prairies punctuated by ranch homes and dirt roads. The Bergesons love it here; it's quiet and private, but close enough to town to grab a gallon of milk when you run out. But despite being close to everyday conveniences like Walmart, they didn't until this week have reliable access to what's considered a basic necessity in 2019: high-speed internet.
PIERRE, S.D. — As harsh weather continues to bear down on South Dakota , Republican Gov. Kristi Noem is requesting the White House grant two additional presidential disaster declarations to cover a total $11 million in additional damage.
PIERRE, S.D. — When a reported "rash of suicides" among tribal youth hit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in early 2015, JR LaPlante said leaders were "confounded." The onslaught claimed five young lives in a matter of two months, prompting leaders to declare a state of emergency.
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 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. — The agriculture industry's impact on South Dakota's statewide economy is more vital than ever, according to a newly released report.
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.