Category Archives: State News

Four Killed on Highway 275 Crash

The Nebraska State Patrol has identified four people killed in a head-on crash Thursday morning on Highway 275 just east of Scribner when a sedan and semi-trailer collided.  The four killed were a family from Fremont, including a wife and husband, along with their 10-year-old and nine-month-old children.  The State Patrol says the 37-year-old driver…read more »

Hit And Run Kills Man Near Plainview

PLAINVIEW, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Nebraska say a man who was walking along a rural road was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday in Pierce County just west of Plainview. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says the 57-year-old man’s body was found near the intersection of U.S.…read more »

SD Lawmakers Reject School Rules for Medical Pot

South Dakota lawmakers have rejected rules proposed by Governor Kristi Noem’s administration that would have set parameters for students who need to use medical marijuana at school.  A legislative committee on Monday sent the rules back to the Department of Education for revision.  Lawmakers complained the rules would have required access to medical pot in…read more »

SD Officials Plan Meetings on Medical Marijuana

South Dakota Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdom says she is trying to avoid missing a November deadline to start issuing medical marijuana ID cards by holding a series of meetings to head off any objections to its proposed rules. The Department of Health officials are balancing concerns from medical marijuana advocates, the state’s physicians, law…read more »

Federal Judge Declines Fireworks at Mount Rushmore

A federal judge has rebuffed South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s efforts to force the National Park Service to grant the state permission to shoot fireworks over the Mount Rushmore National Memorial to celebrate July 4th this year. Noem sued the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to reverse the decision to deny the state’s…read more »

Redistricting in SD Focus on Cities and Reservations

South Dakota lawmakers tasked with redrawing legislative districts will focus on the state’s two largest cities, as well as Native American reservations.  The House and Senate committees have created sub-committees to gather input from Sioux Falls, Rapid City and tribal areas. Lawmakers are preparing to receive data from the 2020 census, develop boundary lines for…read more »

Trial Date Set for South Dakota AG

A trial date has been set for the South Dakota Attorney General who struck and killed a man along a Hyde County highway.  Jason Ravnsborg of Yankton will go on trial August 26 on three misdemeanor charges including carless driving, operating a vehicle while on an electronic device and driving outside of his lane. The…read more »

Gov. Noem Forms a Political Action Committee

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has formed a federal Political Action Committee, indicating her growing fundraising prowess and national ambitions.  The Republican Noem insists she is focused on getting re-elected as governor next year. Her nationwide fundraising network has fueled speculation that she could be eyeing a 2024 presidential bid.  Last week, her campaign registered…read more »

Contempt Hearing Set Over Judge’s Order

A federal judge in Aberdeen will decide whether three members of the U-S Marshal’s Service should be found in civil contempt over his requirement to have everyone in his courtroom vaccinated for the coronavirus. Judge Charles Kornmann notified courthouse employees in March that vaccinations would be required in order to provide a safe environment for…read more »

SD Unemployment and Jobs Report are Stable

The latest jobs report in South Dakota shows unemployment claims continue to decline, but there is an uptick in first-time claims.  The Department of Labor reported 364 initial claims Thursday, an increase of 59 from the previous week. In the early months of the pandemic, first-time unemployment claims rose to several thousand each week.  In…read more »