Category Archives: State News

Nebraska Has Lowest Unemployment Rate In The Nation

Nebraska’s latest monthly unemployment rate of two percent was the nation’s lowest and the lowest on record for the state. The Nebraska Department of Labor said the September rate was down from August’s rate of 2.2%. The 2% is the lowest since Nebraska began keeping records of unemployment data in 1976, and is tied with…read more »

Beresford Man Sentenced On Child Porn Charges

A Beresford man has been convicted on charges of receipt and distribution of child pornography. 33-year-old Anthony James Berst was sentenced to sixty-six months in federal prison, followed by ten years of supervised release. According to court documents, Berst received child pornography by various means between September of 2020 and January of this year. He…read more »

Lawmakers Summon Key Figures For Noem Inquiry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have summoned two people who were present at a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included her daughter, Kassidy Peters, and state employees who were overseeing Peters’ application for a real estate appraiser license. The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee, which is controlled by…read more »

South Dakota Redistricting Hits The Road

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers redrawing the state’s political boundaries kicked off a three-day tour of public input meetings on Monday amid intra-party Republican bickering and competing proposals for new legislative districts. The House and Senate committees, both dominated by Republicans, had previously sought accord in the once-in-a-decade process. But as they presented…read more »

Pheasant Season Nears In South Dakota

SOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota pheasant hunting season gets underway in two weeks, and the numbers look more than promising. According to the Game, Fish and Parks Department, last year’s season was spectacular in South Dakota, with hunters harvesting over 1 million birds. While 2020 was incredible, the department says 2021 is…read more »

Governor Noem Denies Extramarital Affair

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem responded to “disgusting” rumors of an alleged affair with advisor and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. American Greatness, an online conservative journal, reported Tuesday that “multiple sources” allege an extramarital affair that has continued for months. The report says the sources allege members of Congress called the affair an…read more »

Ravnsborg Lawsuit Settled

Joe Boever’s widow Jenny has settled her wrongful death lawsuit with Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. That’s according to her lawyer, Matthew Tysdal, from Sioux Falls. The settlement terms are not disclosed. Tysdal says that “The parties will not have further comment, and Mrs. Boever requests that her privacy be respected going forward.” Ravnsborg struck and…read more »

Lawmakers To Consider Possible Ravnsborg Impeachment

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature will consider whether to try to impeach Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for a car crash last year that killed a pedestrian, a House leader said. Republican Speaker Spencer Gosch said Saturday that there is enough support in the state House to discuss impeachment. The state Senate had…read more »

Child Hunger Expected To Increase In South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization projects more children will go hungry in South Dakota this year and won’t know where their next meal is coming from. Feeding America says the child food in security rate for 2021 in South Dakota will be 16.3%, up from 15.3% in 2019. The…read more »

58 Percent Of Eligible South Dakotans Vaccinated

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials said Monday about 63% of state residents age 12 and up have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and nearly 58% are fully inoculated. The Department of Health has reported 446 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths since Friday. The latest deaths include…read more »