PUC delays permitting process for Keystone XL Pipeline

From a release out this afternoon, it looks like the South Dakota PUC is dragging their feet on the Keystone XL re-permitting process: PUC postpones May 4 public input session for Keystone XL Pipeline certification PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission announces that the public input session scheduled for May 4, 2015, in Pierre, to hear comments about the construction permit certification for the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline Continue Reading →

Legislator to propose legalizing (low quality) pot growing in SD

From KCCR News: An industrial crop that is being imported from Canada on a daily basis, effectively denying South Dakota farmers an opportunity to compete and share in the profits of our neighbors to the north, might change if South Dakota Representative Elizabeth May has any say on the matter. The production and cultivation of hemp may be coming before the full legislature next session. May, who is a rancher near Kyle, says that farmers Continue Reading →

South Dakota Board of Geographic Names and Attorney General Jackley Caution of a Group Seeking Funds to Rename Harney Peak

South Dakota Board of Geographic Names and Attorney General Jackley Caution of a Group Seeking Funds to Rename Harney Peak PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names and Attorney General Marty Jackley are notifying South Dakota consumers about an organization that is asking for donations and holding itself out as the “Official and Authorized” site for the proposed renaming of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. This organization has no affiliation with Continue Reading →

Argus breathlessly reports on SDSU’s fraternity row. Where have they been for 30 years?

I was reading the Argus this morning with the top of the fold headline blaring “ARBORETUM COULD BECOME SDSU FRATS,” in large capitalized letters as if it represented a major disaster that has befallen the nation. And all I could think was “… where in the heck have they been?” SDSU has been pushing this for years, going back to when I was an undergraduate at South Dakota State, and a member of a fraternity. Continue Reading →

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Please welcome our newest sponsoring advertiser, the Sam Kooiker for Mayor Campaign, who has an ad at the SDWC through June for the Rapid City Municipal Election. Please take a moment, click on his ad, and find out what his campaign is all about.   And while you’re at it, make a point to visit all of our advertisers; Senator John Thune, Americans for Prosperity, Congresswoman Kristi Noem, and Rushmore PAC.         Continue Reading →

US Senator John Thune’s weekly column – Back to the Basics: Working and Listening

Back to the Basics: Working and Listening By Senator John Thune One of the things I enjoy about traveling when I am back in the state is picking up on some of the key messages South Dakotans have for me to take back to Washington. One of the messages ringing loud and clear is the desire of South Dakotans and the American people to return to the principles of our Founding Fathers – liberty, self-determination, Continue Reading →

US Senator Mike Rounds’ weekly column: Trade Opportunities Benefit South Dakota Famers, Producers, Manufacturers

Trade Opportunities Benefit South Dakota Famers, Producers, Manufacturers By Senator Mike Rounds April 26, 2015 Free and fair trade plays an important role in American commerce. From higher wages for U.S. workers to supporting small businesses and agriculture, trade has a proven record of keeping our economy healthy and vibrant. In South Dakota alone, trade supports 124,000 jobs. In 2013, we exported $3.7 billion worth of products. Trade levels the playing field in the global Continue Reading →

Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s Weekly Column: Do More with Less

Do More with Less By Rep. Kristi Noem April 24, 2015 This March, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that the IRS planned to ignore more than 60 percent of taxpayers’ phone calls during tax season.  The statistic in and of itself is infuriating, but the decisions that led to this “abysmal” level of customer service, as Commissioner Koskinen called it, are inexcusable. On April 22, the House Ways and Means Committee, of which I am Continue Reading →

Governor Daugaard’s Weekly Column: Celebrating Agriculture’s Leadership In Conservation

Celebrating Agriculture’s Leadership In Conservation A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard: In South Dakota, agriculture is a tradition and a way of life. As our No. 1 industry, agriculture defines who we are as South Dakotans and the practices that we pass on from generation to generation. One of those practices is conservation. No one understands the importance of being good stewards of the land better than our farmers and ranchers. Their livelihoods depend on Continue Reading →

Family Heritage Alliance sponsoring Rapid City Municipal Candidate’s Forum the coming Tuesday

From my e-mail box: Though you may not have seen much evidence, there is a Rapid City Municipal Election just around the corner.  FHA Action is planning to put the candidates for Mayor, City Council, and School Board in front of you to ask the questions important to your faith, family, and freedom.  Join us Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 PM at the Ramkoda Inn Washington Room.  Come 30 minutes early for some (yet to Continue Reading →