Agweek edition moved from March 21 to March 28 due to adverse weather conditions

According to, Ag Day will be celebrated on March 14, 2019. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week, March 10-16, 2019. The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level and encourages Americans to recognize the contribution of agriculture to everyday lives. It also encourages people to make an effort to “understand how food and […]

State & National News

State: Noem Encourages Residents of Big Sioux River Valley to Prepare for Flooding SD State News| Winter snowmelt and rain have raised the water levels in Big Sioux River Valley areas north of Watertown to south of Sioux Falls. At this time, the National Weather Service predicts that when flooding starts sometime this weekend or next week, the flooding levels […]

9th Circuit federal judge rules against TransCanada

Ruling upholds injunction, a win for CRST says Chairman Frazier A March 15 court ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals against TransCanada is proclaimed as a win by tribal nations and environmental protectors throughout the Great Plains region. In yet another blow, the energy corporation lost its bid to lift an injunction which blocked construction and some pre-construction […]

Study: South Dakota Faces Growing Urban-Rural Digital Divide

South Dakota is threatened by a growing urban-rural digital divide, endangering residents’ quality of life and economic development efforts unless significant investments are made in advanced mobile technology, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of South Dakota and Virginia’s Old Dominion University interviewed and surveyed rural South Dakota residents last fall to determine their perceptions of coverage, capacity […]

National Emergency Declaration: A primer

Congress and the administration have been in a months-long debate over border barrier funding. In fact, it was this debate that led to the longest partial government shutdown in our history. The shutdown ended in February after Congress passed a funding bill that allotted $1.4 billion to fund physical barriers along our southern border. This will pay for approximately 55 […]

Congress must act on USMCA

Trade is about more than exchanging goods and services.  Trade can lift families and industries out of an economic slump and offer opportunities for growth.  The absence of trade can result in uncertainty and struggle. Here in South Dakota, it’s no secret that trade is vital to our economy and the numbers speak for themselves.  According to the U.S. Trade […]

NRCS SD announces ACEP Program signup deadline April 12, 2019

Batching date is April 12, 2019 Natural Resources Conservation  Service (NRCS), Huron, S.D. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials announce April 12, 2019 as the deadline for applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The purpose […]

Noem Signs Reporter Shield Law Approves 13 Bills on variety of topics

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed the Reporter Shield Law, a bill that protects journalists from revealing privileged sources and information. “Fact-based reporting can be a valuable tool in upholding the integrity of government entities, and investigative reporting can lead to much needed policy reforms. Even so, local reporters can be forced to testify for investigating important stories, […]

State of Emergency declared on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation

Eagle Butte, SD — A state of emergency has been declared by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The counties within the exterior boundaries of the reservation have experienced more than 30” of snowfall since the beginning of the year with more on the way. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared an emergency in the […]

FOIA requests quick and easy to make, not always quickly received

Making a Freedom of Information Act request is a simple process. Write a letter requesting the documents you want, the format you want (electronic or paper), and wait. The waiting is he hardest part. Some people wait years for their requests to be fulfilled, and some documents arrive heavily redacted — which means there are a lot of black boxes […]

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