Category Archives: State News

Mixed Reactions in SD to Halting Pipeline

Governor Kristi Noem and South Dakota’s congressional delegation are criticizing President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel a permit needed to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A coalition of indigenous people, environmental activists and some rural landowners are celebrating that decision. TC Energy and supporters of the pipeline are hoping Biden will change his mind…read more »

Nebraska Might Eliminate Gathering Restrictions Soon

The state of Nebraska could soon eliminate all of its virus-related restrictions on gatherings if the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to decline.  State officials say the restrictions might be lifted this weekend if COVID-19 patients continue to occupy less than ten percent of all hospital beds in Nebraska, and currently the number…read more »

Heavy Snow Monday Night and Tuesday in Midwest

A major winter storm has blanketed much of the Midwest with snowfall that has moved into the Great Lakes region on Tuesday.  Reports of snowfall from 3 to 12 inches have been recorded through much of Nebraska and Iowa, causing travel delays and many late starts and closings for school in the more »

SD Annual Count of Homeless Called Off Due to Pandemic

Organizers of South Dakota’s annual count for the state’s unsheltered homeless population have cancelled the effort this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The homeless count was called off this year mainly because of a shortage of volunteers, and Housing and Urban Development also decided against the more »

SD Delivers the Vaccines, Over 62,000 Given So Far

As South Dakota attempts to continue the fast pace of its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, health officials describe a multi-step process that can create a scramble for drivers to deliver the vaccine shipments in winter weather. Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdom says the work of people to help with deliveries can be a tricky process.  As…read more »

Trump Pardons Vermillion Native Erickson

In one of his final acts as President, Donald Trump pardoned Vermillion native Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina.  Erickson had pleaded guilty to fraudulent investment schemes that had nothing to do with Russia or the agent  The White house characterized Erickson’s conviction as “based off the…read more »

Governor Noem Orders Departments to Merge

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has issued an executive order to merge the state departments of agriculture and natural resources.  The order created the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which she says will be a one-stop shop for farmers and ranchers and will save money for the state. The South Dakota Farm…read more »

SD Launches Next Phase of COVID-19 Vaccinations

South Dakota health department officials say the state is launching the next phase of the coronavirus vaccinations.  Phase 1-D includes people 65 years and older, beginning with those who are at least 80 years old. Phase 1-D also includes high-risk patients, including those on dialysis and post-transplant recipients.  Avera Medical Group V-P Dr. David Basel…read more »

Interstate-29 Re-Opened on Friday Morning

Interstate-29 has fully re-opened in South Dakota again on this Friday morning.  I-29 was opened back up at 6:30 this morning from Sioux City to Sioux Falls, and I-29 north of Sioux Falls was back open at 7:30 AM. The South Dakota Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation had closed Interstate-29 in South Dakota Thursday…read more »

Two Men Arrested in Mitchell Shooting Death

Two men were arrested this week in the shooting death of a Mitchell man.  Police say the 27 and 28 year-old men were arrested on a preliminary charge of second-degree murder. Officers responded to a call Saturday at 11 pm and found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds in the hallway of a building on…read more »