Category Archives: State News

Gov. Noem Calls for SD Attorney General to Resign

In a statement released late this morning from Pierre, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has called for the resignation of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (rouns-berg) of Yankton. Last week Rounsberg was charged with three misdemeanors stemming from an incident last September where his car hit and killed 55-year-old Joe Beever who was walking along the…read more »

Four Fatalities in Tuesday Crash Near Wagner

A two-vehicle accident west of Wagner killed four people and injured another Tuesday evening. A car was southbound on State Highway 50 two miles west of Wagner at 6:10 PM Tuesday and failed to stop at an intersection.  The car collided with a westbound Jeep Cherokee on State Highway 46. The 64-year-old female driver of…read more »

Rolling Power Blackouts Still Possible Today

There may still be more rolling blackouts in the Yankton area over the next 24 hours because of the extreme cold.  The Southwest Power Poll which manages the power grid over 14 states declared a Level 2 alert yesterday and instigated numerous rolling blackouts of power in the region to avoid a long interruption of…read more »

SD House of Reps Can Attend Session Remotely

Members of the South Dakota House of Representatives received the go-ahead to attend floor sessions remotely after an eighth person among the legislative body reported a positive COVID-19 test.  Republican House Speaker Spencer Gosch texted that if a legislator has been exposed, they are allowed to attend remotely because of temporary rules passed at the…read more »

SD Senate Clears Two Criminal Justice Reform Bills

The South Dakota Senate has approved a pair of proposals aimed at criminal justice reform by bolstering training for law enforcement officers, and allowing young convicts sentenced to life in prison a chance for parole after they reach the age of 50. Governor Kristi Noem pushed the bill to require police officers to receive training…read more »

SD Governor Plans to Delay Medical Pot Law for a Year

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has promised to honor the will of voters to legalize marijuana for medical use. but not this year.  The Republican Governor announced a plan to delay legislation until July 1, 2022.  She says there is not enough time to study the issue and implement a program. Medical cannibis passed a…read more »

SD Judge Rejects Voter-Approved Marijuana Law

A South Dakota judge has struck down a voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized the use of small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes. Circuit Court Judge Christina Klinger ruled the measure violated the state’s requirement that constitutional amendments deal with just one subject.  The amendment received around 54 percent of South Dakota voter approval in…read more »

SD Republicans Reject Effort to Disclose Security Costs

SDSouth Dakota Republicans have rejected a proposal to require Governor Kristi Noem and other state officials to disclose taxpayer funds used for their security.  Noem has traveled the country with a security detail from South Dakota’s Highway Patrol as she campaigned for Donald Trump and raised funds for her own gubernatorial committee. Noem’s public safety…read more »

Winter Weather Advisory Early Thursday

Winter weather moved into the region late Wednesday night with snowfall and high winds. The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of snow combined with northwest winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour caused for dangerous travel conditions. Southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska is in a Winter Weather Advisory until 9:00…read more »

Vaccine Doses to Increase in South Dakota

The weekly number of COVID-19 doses coming into South Dakota from the federal government has been around 11,000 but now that number is expected to increase up to near 12,800 doses. The SD Department of Health says vaccine availability has reached some people in Group 1-D.  As of February 1, there have been over 101,000…read more »