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South Dakota regents want another tuition freeze, counter to Noem budget

A call from Kristi, commutation questions & why we can't live in New Orleans

Catholic Diocese chancellor to lead South Dakota Social Services Department

Sioux Steel wins $12M jury verdict in patent lawsuit

New Census data show South Dakota had fifth highest rate of growth in population

State High Court allows Sioux Falls to demolish mansion that was never completed

Woman commuted by Noem worked in governor's mansion, has pending DUI charge

South Dakota Rep. Kevin Jensen to challenge Wiik in race for GOP chair

Murders and rapes down in latest South Dakota crime report, DUIs jump

Missouri River residential development challenged in court

Salary increases, Covid force Minnehaha County to dip into funds

A closer look at the crimes of some of the women Gov. Kristi Noem commuted on Christmas Eve

Three Minnehaha County elected officials could get big pay raises next year

Scouting Hollywood (Dec. 22, 2022)

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

A letter from Santa: St. Nick is all around us

A wonderful life in a northwestern Iowa valley

A holiday message from the governor: I Heard the Bells

Noem commutes seven prison sentences, including three women serving time for manslaughter.

Weekly cartoon: Happy Holidays

Evolving on China, the neurotic naming of winter storms & food tax vs. sales tax cuts

More reinforcements heading to Rosebud, other South Dakota Indian reservations

New social studies standards deserve your support

Emerald ash borer spreading across eastern South Dakota

Happy Birthday Amy!


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Noem appoints advanced nurse, former lawmaker, as Health Department secretary

U.S. defense sends hundreds of millions to South Dakota

Noem fires back at Family Heritage Alliance, scorns organization's director

Noem again closes state offices amid extreme winter weather in South Dakota

Union Gospel Mission

Brock Aldrich-Edward Jones

South Dakota sells China stocks in state's investment portfolio

John Thune endorses John Wiik in GOP chairman bid

Regents call for development of 'minors on campus' policy after 'kid-friendly' drag show

Governor's Office sees open cabinet positions, backlog in board vacancies as legislative session nears


Woods Fuller

Sioux Steel

Comfort King

Sioux Falls City Council OKs first hike of special downtown tax in three decades

Industry powerhouses gobble up most of Sioux Falls' remaining video lottery locations

Retirement around the corner for Minnehaha County Commissioners Jeff Barth and Cindy Heiberger

Ad Specs

Dale Lauck

Matthew Byers

Austin Goss and Katie Shroyer

Marty Jackley taps former South Dakota AG Barnett for eight-member leadership team

More anti-pot lobbyists headed to Pierre

First Bank & Trust

A. Unruh Chiropractic Clinic

Regents unhappy about 'kid-friendly' drag show on South Dakota college campus

Family Heritage Alliance wants action from Noem after 'kid-friendly' drag show at SDSU

After four years, Dusty Johnson to get taste of life in the majority

Court: Daughter's tip justified traffic stop that led to DUI conviction

Scouting Hollywood (Dec. 15, 2022)

The South Dakota Legislative Circus: Institutionalists versus performers

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

GOP leaders to propose legislative travel reform

Weekly cartoon: Draw

Legislative predictions, how the Partridge Amendment came to be, the value of lawmaker travel

Here's a look at 11 outdated, 'offensive' laws targeting Native Americans that are going away

Bah humbug! Scrooge and 'A Christmas Carol' return to the Orpheum Theater

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Sioux Falls restaurant caught underpaying workers

South Dakota accused of overtaxing sales by more than $4 million since 2021

Fatal brain disease confirmed in eastern South Dakota deer

Two more counties sued over opposition to carbon pipeline

Sioux Falls unveils concepts for new pools at Kuehn, Frank Olson, McKennan and other public parks

Noem announces legislation to restrict foreign ownership of ag land, cites China

Travel records for legislator Hawaii trip might not be available until April

Consultant: Fairground rebuild could cost Minnehaha County more than $100 million

Noem reopens state offices Thursday in several South Dakota counties

Wiik unveils list of heavyweight endorsements in bid for GOP chairman

Daktronics buffeted by supply chain shortages, China's zero-COVID-19 strategy

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

Outgoing South Dakota legislators criticized after taxpayer-paid Hawaii trip

South Dakota House Speaker injured in cliff jumping accident

Superhero-meets-Western script leads to honor for Sioux Falls writer

Following election defeat, battle to legalize marijuana not yet over in South Dakota

More marijuana cometh, dragging pajamas & an unhelpful bureaucrat

Lincoln County Commission approves $54.8M bond for new courthouse

Weekly cartoon: Knives out

Mayor TenHaken's top finance officer set to direct second department at Sioux Falls City Hall

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Gov. Noem gives South Dakota Investment Council a week to review $20B in assets

Can Noem win South Dakota’s looming food tax fight?

Daktronics shares plummet amid SEC report expressing doubts 'as a going concern'

Construction company: TIF-backed housing project on track despite cash flow challenges

Gaming companies scrambling for remaining video lottery locations in Sioux Falls

Push for downtown Sioux Falls tax hike hits snag

Holy cross markings spur policy forbidding Capitol property alterations

Noem tells lawmakers South Dakota can afford cut on food tax

Read South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's budget address here

GOP's Santorum: 'We're coming back' for constitutional convention

Attorney General's Office reverses course on hemp, says crop brings challenges to pot enforcement

Trump's remarks about U.S. Constitution draw criticisms from South Dakota's GOP politicians

Minnehaha County joins regulation talks regarding Airbnb, short-term rentals

Gov. Noem won't say what education shakeup means for re-write of South Dakota's social study standards

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

On new Lincoln County courthouse, one choice is clear

After starting one of the last hemp programs in the nation, South Dakota growers aiming to take the lead

Hemp, Monae Johnson's victory & hunting for South Dakota's missing and murdered

Monae Johnson to take over as Secretary of State early

Ellsworth Air Force Base's B-21s unveiled with South Dakota delegation on hand

Scouting Hollywood (Dec. 1, 2022)

Dusty Johnson blasts Apple and CEO Tim Cook, says company helped Chinese communists suppress protests

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Weekly cartoon: ...not as I do.

Gov. Kristi Noem wants free college for South Dakota Guard members

Constitutional amendment would open up South Dakota primaries to all voters

Pork plant lawsuit against city of Sioux Falls dismissed

Kristi Noem looks to Washington, D.C. to fill another position in governor's office

South Dakota stepping up hunt for missing, murdered Native women

Gov. Kristi Noem bans TikTok on state-owned devices

South Dakota taking nominations for endangered, threatened species study

South Dakota has new coordinator to tackle backlog of missing and murdered cases

Rick Santorum, Convention of States to make another push for constitutional overhaul in South Dakota

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

Post-election fallout, Holy chairs at the Capitol & what's on the mind of a new Democratic lawmaker

Weekly cartoon: Not so fast, Google

Forum Communications' entry into Sioux Falls broadcast market latest evolution in South Dakota media

Holy cross markings left on Capitol chairs prompt complaint

Analysis: Sioux Falls betting on video lottery regulations

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How one lawmaker swung the South Dakota house speaker race

Former House Speaker returning to South Dakota Secretary of State office

Letter: Marijuana. Is it a moral issue?

Scouting Hollywood

Polaris denies responsibility for crash that caused driver $500,000 in medical bills

Dueling concepts have Lincoln County split over potential justice center

Gov. Noem backing potential replacement for Lederman as South Dakota GOP chair

Dozens of South Dakota's Vietnam veterans honored for combat service decades later

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

Analysis: Did Election Day mark success for pipeline or weakness of Democratic Party?

Weekly cartoon: Meanwhile, at the South Dakota Gaming Commission

Moderates sweep GOP leadership elections in South Dakota state House

Task force unveils $1.5M, ‘action-driven’ plan to fight homelessness in Sioux Falls

The GOP's weed man, when Sanford two-timed Fairview & a lesson on the First Amendment

Kosher just got easier in South Dakota

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Noem rejects claim that she is 'inching away' from Trump

Sanford, Fairview's decade of flirtation

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison opens investigation into Sanford-Fairview merger

Lawmakers want answers after SDSU announces 'kid friendly' drag queen show

GOP chairman doubling as marijuana grower

Sioux Falls caps video lottery locations, reforms 2019 'co-mingling' ordinance

Google to pay South Dakota $4.2M in legal settlement stemming from consumer protection violations

Sanford, Fairview, announce Upper Great Plains merger

Native American man accuses former employer of discrimination after alleged assault by fellow employee

Counter-terrorism head returning to South Dakota's top detective agency

Sioux Falls considering de facto ban on short-term rental listings

Buy local: The Matrix

Weekly cartoon: Sorry, bud.

Crabtree elected to lead Senate Republicans

Did Sen. Rounds expect a red wave, is Noem meddling in leadership votes & are S.D. Dems still in the basement?

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

Dell Rapids musician inducted into South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Spike in Sioux Falls video lottery casinos brings push to overhaul city's gaming rules

Karl Rove tells Sioux Falls audience that U.S. political system has been far more vicious than now

Analysis: Slaughterhouse vote marks improbable victory in Sioux Falls contest

Sioux Falls voters reject ban on new slaughterhouses

South Dakotans change course, reject marijuana legalization in 2022 election

South Dakota voters say yes to key Obamacare provision

Noem wins convincing victory to seal second term

Dusty Johnson wins third congressional term

Thune carries South Dakota Senate election with ease

Special edition: Election Day predictions

Brown County joins list of entities, landowners, sued over carbon pipeline

South Dakota Senate candidate facing child sex charge posts $100,000 bail

The Dakota Scout: Our complete Election 2022 coverage

Sanford Health in merger negotiations with Minnesota-based Fairview

Pork processing advocates issue cease-and-desist notice, aerial footage of gated compound

Will Donald Trump rally for Gov. Noem at Black Hills event Monday?

Meet the candidates: Two competing to fill open Circuit Court judgeship

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

Weekly cartoon: '...if you can keep it.'

2020 election lingers over secretary of state contest

Bengs takes his shots in his one Senate debate against Thune

Running through the tape, show me the (campaign) money & Mayor TenHaken talks pot

Carbon pipeline, eminent domain powers roil Public Utilities Commission race

Voter registrations reach historic divide

Jeff Broin’s POET gives $1M to anti-slaughterhouse campaign

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Letter: Reject the fear, fluff and clothes pins

South Dakota senate candidate faces sexual grooming child abuse charge

Meet the candidates: Three spots up for grabs in Minnehaha County Commission race

Senate candidate under investigation in child abuse probe

Is Sioux Falls' events campus a 'sunk-cost fallacy?'

Second annual 'Novem-burn' grow-off to benefit Sioux Falls-area triage center, Helpline

Appeals court deals Noem, Legislature, defeat on petition case

LETTER: Brown County lawmaker says it's time to end cannabis prohibition in South Dakota

Sioux Empire Fair profits jump in 2022

Judicial candidate admonished for Code of Conduct violations

LETTER: Sioux Falls councilor voices support for Wholestone Farms

Carbon pipeline company sues Edmunds County and its commissioners

Newcomers vie to become Minnehaha County auditor

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

COUNTERPOINT: Vote ‘no’ - Proposed Sioux Falls slaughterhouse won’t stink, boost jobs and family farms

POINT: Vote ‘yes’ for less slaughterhouses in Sioux Falls

Meals for votes? Big Marijuana takes pass & Rick Steves' crusade to legalize grass

Kristi Noem makes $700K ad buy ahead of Election Day as Smith launches statewide tour

Weekly cartoon: Welcome to the neighborhood

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Lawmakers want answers about funds holding $55 million for work comp claims

Group behind Sioux Falls' newest butcher shop operates worldwide, including China

Sioux Falls video lottery boom has Councilors considering putting cap on new casinos

Noem won't face criminal investigation into state airplane

Out-of-state cash dries up for pro-pot group ahead of recreational marijuana vote

Cities would lose sales tax revenue from groceries under proposed ballot measures

South Dakota governor's race: Kristi Noem opts for veteran benefit over SDPB debate

Meet the candidates: A round up of Sioux Falls-area legislative contests

Letter: Slaughterhouse ban sets dangerous precedent

Long-shot Libertarian, Dusty Johnson square off ahead of U.S. House election

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

Op-ed: Jamie Smith is too extreme for common sense South Dakota

Op-ed: Vote out South Dakota Governor Noem’s 'Kristi Tax' to restore South Dakota values

Retired Brig. Gen. Dean Mann honored as National Guard breaks ground for new readiness center

Libertarian redeems party, DeSantis revisionism & 'Merica

GOP House Speaker: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem 'expressed disdain' for tax cuts in February

Weekly cartoon: Stuff's dangerous

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Meet the candidates: Spouses running dual campaigns in District 10 while Healy seeks office in new district

Letter: Pork plant vote skirts legislative process

Anti-pot coalition waging heavier campaign against recreational marijuana in S.D. this time around

South Dakota's last Democratic governor dies

Meet the candidates: Republicans retain District 9 Senate seat while three vie for two House seats

Judge won't revoke Wholestone butcher shop permits despite questions of legality

Letter: Councilor Cole endorses Bleyenberg for commission seat

Democrat Brian Bengs stands between John Thune and historic fourth term

Meet the Candidates: Bolin seeks final Senate term in District 16

Sioux Falls’ first accessible housing TIF gets approval

Letter: Hogs in the woodchipper

Letter: Farmers urged to stop buying from POET for slaughterhouse involvement

Thune campaign tops $17 million ahead of November election

Meet the candidates: District 12 voters to seat new Senator, at least one new House member

Meet the candidates: A pair of incumbents hope to maintain seats in crowded District 11 contests

Counterpoint: Research shows why IM27 should be resoundingly rejected

Point: Give South Dakotans the freedom to use pot responsibly

Brandon-area voters to decide three-way race for state House in newly created District 2

Food fight, political dancing & the resignation that never happened

Weekly cartoon: Moving on

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Letter: 340B Program provides access to medications

Letter: County Health and Human Service staff deserve praise for compassion, dedication

Noem's call to end levy on food latest wrinkle in balancing revenue, fairness

'These people are sick': Call to Freedom marshals support for human trafficking fight

Gov. Kristi Noem not calling special session to cut food tax

High fuel prices have city of Sioux Falls dipping into reserves

Sioux Falls councilors want proof another parking ramp project won't go belly-up

Freedom Scholarship endowment gets another $50 million donation

Wholestone slaughterhouse project dealt major defeat

Meet the candidates: Smith's candidacy for governor means at least one new face from District 15 headed to Pierre

Meet the candidates: District 14 voters have full slate of Democrats, Republicans on 2022 ballot

Letter: Support for Zikmund, participating in elections

Native American Day Parade returns to downtown Sioux Falls after two-year hiatus

Comedian Nick Hoff headlining at Tea comedy club

Outspoken swimmer helps Gov. Noem in new attack ad on Jamie Smith

Former Sioux Falls mayor survives motorcycle crash after colliding with bear in Idaho

Post Ravnsborg, South Dakota prosecutors again using Attorney General's Office training

Counterpoint: Will Medicaid expansion help or hurt South Dakotans?

Point: Amendment D good for South Dakota's health, economy

Weekly cartoon: GOP Fight Night

Pool, pork & latrine flies swarm

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Pork plant vote not Broin’s first foray into ballot process

Associates of Wholestone Farms project call bribery scandal 'ancient history'

Pro-pork plant group doubles up on opposition in latest campaign finance reports

Meet the candidates: Kolbeck, Hubbel on ballot in District 13 contest for state Senate

Despite unresolved lawsuits, Summit officials say CO2 pipeline on track for 2024 completion

Aberdeen-area lawmaker among 20 U.S. legislators to receive national award

Meet the candidates: Four vying for two spots in South Dakota's redrawn District 25

Analysis: Noem has spent her debating career going for the jugular; Friday's debate was no different

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Noem, Smith trade blows in lone South Dakota gubernatorial debate

Exploding hand grenades, testing for rabies & price-fixing meat lords

Lawmakers, candidates for governor want to leave city food taxes alone

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Weekly cartoon: Stuck in the middle

Letter: Bleyenberg suited for service

Letter: Setting the wind farm record straight

Letter: Do landowners have rights?

Smithfield Foods agrees to multimillion dollar price-fixing settlement

Gov. Kristi Noem accused of shifting on food tax cuts after call for grocery exemption

Minnehaha County Commission moves public comments to end of meetings

Democrat Jamie Smith looks to make South Dakota political history

Gov. Kristi Noem riding COVID-19 response, Biden unfavorability toward second term

To build or not to build? Sioux Falls considering moving bus barn out of downtown

Gold Star families from South Dakota get monument recognizing their sacrifice

On abortion, South Dakota Democrats following national strategy

Day Old Coffee: A lunch interview with Laura Jane Grace

Counterpoint: South Dakota social studies standards will hurt students

Point: Let's meet the social studies standards challenge

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest

Chernobyl on the River, lots of CO2 & a post-Pearl Jam glow

Weekly cartoon: David v. Goliath 2022

Sioux Falls, surrounding communities oppose Biden administration on greenhouse gas rules

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Concerns over food security leading to resurgence of home canning

Activists, officials continue sparring over South Dakota election records, vote counts

Sioux Falls City Hall could sell $21M downtown parking ramp to private sector

Lawsuits fly over carbon pipeline that would run through 18 South Dakota counties

Sioux Falls Open for Business organizes to block November slaughterhouse vote

Officials: Parolees, firearms and drugs driving South Dakota's violent crime trend

South Dakota state Senate leader: Change Republican Party nomination rules or else

A former environment and energy minister for Costa Rica is suing a South Dakota energy company. Here's why

Noem's bad back, Tequila the Rottweiler and Joe excoriates the Twitter trolls (Take 2)

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Wind projects deserve more scrutiny (Guest op-ed)

The Scouting Report: A weekly digest (Sept. 16, 2022)

Landlord not liable for dog attack, high court rules

$50k headed to State Theatre to help finish restoration project in downtown Sioux Falls

Business and ag groups announce opposition to slaughterhouse measure

High-profile violent crime puts spotlight on South Dakota parole system

Dell Rapids City Hall to relocate, but staying on main street

Art wars: Plan to put coordinator at Washington Pavilion called 'conflict of interest' by Sioux Falls creative community

Governor's office: Taxpayers not paying Noem's legal representation in ethics probe

Video: Jeff Barth strikes again with another quirky campaign ad

Judge orders Lincoln County to preserve election records, but questions if they exist

My bill to block the Tok (Guest op-ed)

$4.5M spillway replacement first phase of years-long Lake Alvin improvement plan

Weekly cartoon: Tug of war

Dogs of art: Sidewalk Arts Festival brings thousands to downtown Sioux Falls - and their pets

Night court, a crazy owl (plus bird impressions) & a boatload of breaking news

Noem-appointed Attorney General recuses himself from investigation into South Dakota governor's airplane usage

Sioux Falls police chief addresses Liberian protesters demanding more security after apartment complex murder

Anti-slaughterhouse group asks judge to block Wholestone Farms construction until after November vote

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Gun range, road course, burn tower: Take a tour of what will be South Dakota's top public safety training center

Video: Owl terrorizes Sioux Falls residents vacationing at Lake Okoboji

New court program will address growing backlog of outstanding warrants

First-ever accessible housing TIF headed to Sioux Falls City Council for approval

Report: POET, Broins not only backers of pork plant opposition

85th Street & I-29 interchange to break ground as early as 2023

Entertainment: Florida comic, a.k.a. 'Captain Autism,' at Boss' Comedy Club Friday

The Flower Shop opening marks Sioux Falls' first medical cannabis dispensary

Ellis: Kansas vote suggests South Dakota’s abortion ban could be on borrowed time

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Music: The Claudettes bringing soul & sass to Icon in downtown Sioux Falls

Opponents of new Sioux Falls slaughterhouse want Gov. Noem’s records. Here’s why they won’t get them

Judge orders county auditors to preserve election records

Downtown Sioux Falls property owners brace for tax hike as group makes case for need

What the heck is The Dakota Scout?

Jails are unpopular with voters, but money still needed, lawmakers say

Weekly cartoon: There's a new Scout on the Frontier

Union membership in South Dakota receding as private-sector workforce expands

First West River marijuana dispensary to open Thursday in Rapid City

Feds covering Covid sick leave for Minnehaha County until Christmas holiday

Dusty Johnson tells Chamber group that many U.S. House members suffer from cognitive decline

Anti-pot campaign launches ahead of November vote to legalize recreational marijuana use in South Dakota

Israeli consul general to Midwest makes stops in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Capitol

Karl Rove, George W. Bush advisor, to speak at law enforcement dinner

City Hall wants full-time arts staffer

Boat accident prompts South Dakota man to sue federal government

More than half of kids locked up in Sioux Falls on psychiatric drugs

Veteran reporters Jonathan Ellis, Joe Sneve mark new era in South Dakota journalism