South Dakota

Newscast, 5:04, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jun 8, 2017

Iowa's Fourth District Republican Steve King says he finds nothing troubling in James Comey's testimony to the a Senate committee today about his dealings with President Donald Trump, Iowa oak trees may be suffering because of herbicide use, and South Dakota will hold a special legislative session next Monday on the use of nonmeandering bodies of water on private land.

State tourism officials say South Dakota is on track to reach another record year for visitor spending. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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We’ve taken that razor-straight county road east and west often enough to have stopped, but never did. Last week, with time to kill, I pulled off where a bleached sign announced a historical marker with the headline Fort Brule.

The Exchange: 2.1.17

Feb 1, 2017

Impending budget cuts in the tri-state area threaten to deplete resources that our justice system is already short on. We talk with Iowa District Court Judge Duane Hoffmeyer and South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson about this crunch as well as about ways to improve our system of courts.

SD Chief Justice Mental Evaluations

South Dakota’s Supreme Court Chief Justice is urging lawmakers to ease regulations on who can perform mental health evaluations.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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The sign out front claims a well-kept church up on a hill north of Flandreau is "The Oldest Continuously Used Church in South Dakota" (all caps because it is, for sure, a title worth coveting). That means it's been "First Presbyterian" for 137 years, "River Bend Church" when it was established along the Big Sioux River long, long ago. The name change came later.

Rural Lawyers Wanted in Nebraska and South Dakota

Dec 19, 2016

The struggle to recruit attorneys to rural areas is still a problem despite the efforts of most Plains’ states.  Nebraska and South Dakota are hoping for better results with a relatively new program.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

The Rural Law Opportunities Program offers high-achieving high school students full-tuition undergraduate scholarships to three rural Nebraska colleges. The Program organizer hopes the rate of return will be as high as the 60 percent reported by a similar program to get doctors into small towns.

24/7 Program Might Help Ease Jail Overcrowding

Dec 7, 2016

e Woodbury County Board of Supervisors is planning to lobby Iowa lawmakers to adopt legislation that would help deal with jail overcrowding caused by incarcerating offenders guilty of multiple drunk driving offenses.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

About two-thirds of Woodbury County Jail inmates are there for alcohol related offenses. The 24/7 program would keep them out of jail while submitting to two breathalyzer tests per day. 

24/7 Program Might Help Ease Jail Overcrowding

Dec 7, 2016

e Woodbury County Board of Supervisors is planning to lobby Iowa lawmakers to adopt legislation that would help deal with jail overcrowding caused by incarcerating offenders guilty of multiple drunk driving offenses.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

About two-thirds of Woodbury County Jail inmates are there for alcohol related offenses. The 24/7 program would keep them out of jail while submitting to two breathalyzer tests per day. 

In 1875, the year before the Battle at Little Big Horn, a 30-year-old single woman named Mary C. Collins, who’d been living in eastern Iowa, accepted an appointment as a missionary/teacher on the Great Sioux Reservation of the Dakota territories.

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