SD CapitolA summer study committee of the South Dakota legislature has decided to meet again next month and see if they can help find some solutions.  The Substance Abuse Prevention Study was formed to determine the spread and impact of meth in the state.  Committee Vice Chairman, Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton, says there are now a number of groups and agencies looking at the problem…


Stevens says the committee will meet October 11th in Pierre…


Stevens says education has to be a major part of any drug reduction program…


Stevens says they have had a lot of information on meth, along with heroin and opioids.

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voteThe push is on for voter registrations this week, as “National Registration Day” was recognized Wednesday.  Ryan Budmayr, Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party, says they have a push aimed at younger voters…

Budmayr says they are not planning as big a campaign as in the past…

The Secretary of State’s office says there are about five hundred fifty thousand registered voters in the state. The Voter Registration deadline in South Dakota is October 24th.

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HPD CarHuron police are hoping the public can find the driver or vehicle who struck a young boy crossing a busy Huron street. The incident happened Wednesday. A witness told police a minivan was traveling west on Fifth Street near the Huron Public Library. The van had a green light at the intersection of Fifth and Dakota Avenue. At the intersection, the van turned south, while the boy attempted to cross Dakota Avenue to the east. The van came to a stop on Dakota following the contact, but the boy got up and ran from the scene. The van then left as well. Authorities say the boy was taken to a hospital where the accident was reported to police. The boy sustained minor, unknown injuries. Police are attempting to locate the driver of the van. It’s described as a late 90’s blue Dodge Caravan. Those with information regarding the vehicle or driver should contact the Huron Police non-emergency number at 353-8550.

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2016-SDSF-LogoThe South Dakota State Fair continued it’s string of increases and record-breaking numbers with this year’s event. Fair Manger Peggy Besch calls it a success…

Attendance for the Fair is listed at 211-thousand, 371 people, a number slightly higher than last year, the first year 200-thousand visitors were surpassed. A record number of campers took in the fair with 1983 using expanded camping space at the Fair. Fair organizers would like to see 2000 campers next year. Camping revenue was up nine-percent along with other areas. Gate revenue was up five-percent. Increases were seen in concession and vendor rent too. Goldstar Amusements, who operate the Carnival had the biggest day in company history in Huron on the Saturday of the Fair. The Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H. Youth and Community made it’s debut and 4-H Youth Development Program Director Peter Nielson could tell it had an impact….

The Nordby housed 8,359 entries, while 4-H livestock exhibits were up 11-percent. Open Class Livestock barns saw increases of 14-percent for exhibitors and 26-percent for entries.

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Jail DoorA Miller man, who was a Baptist pastor at the time of the incident, has been convicted of attempted trafficking of a 15 year old girl.  According to US Attorney Randy Seiler, 34 year old Joseph Raleigh was sentenced to 46 months in custody, followed by three years of supervised release. Raleigh pled guilty to the indictment in July.  The conviction arose from an undercover operation conducted by the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force. Raleigh responded to an advertisement of a minor for sexual activities in exchange for money. The arrest occurred on October 16th of 2015.  Through email conversations, Raleigh negotiated a price and arranged to have a sexual encounter with a 15 year old girl in Blunt. Raleigh was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshall Service.  Raleigh is scheduled to be indicted in Hughes County Court next week on charges related to the incident, but those charges are expected to be dropped as part of the federal plea agreement.

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DaugaardSouth Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard did not call a special session of the legislature this summer to consider Medicaid expansion because he said he didn’t believe he had to votes to pass it.
Now he says he is ready to bring it to the 2017 session of the legislature…


Daugaard says he is ready to work with legislators in understanding the financial workings of the deal with the federal government…


Daugaard says he hopes legislators will take the time to look closely on the expansion proposal…


Daugaard says even those lawmakers that have a philosophical problem with expansion should withhold judgement until they see all the facts.

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City of HuronThe Huron City Commission approved the 2017 City Budget Monday night. The budget is approved as a yearly ordinance. City Finance Director Paullyn Carey says little changed in the budget from the first reading two weeks ago…

Carey says property tax information didn’t change from the first reading. Mayor Paul Aylward says wages are still being negotiated….

The 2017 City of Huron budget is four percent larger than last year. The general fund budget is up nine percent on the heels of the additional expense of Huron Event Center operations and lease payments for Central Park. Insurance rates have slightly increased for single plans and declined slightly for families.

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Matt NovakWOONSOCKET, S.D. (AP) – Law enforcement authorities in South Dakota are making public some details of a slaying that happened in late August in Woonsocket, including the victim’s cause of death.  The South Dakota attorney general’s office says the victim, Woonsocket resident Jennifer Gibson, died from a stab wound to the neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.  Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Novak has been charged with first-degree murder and two other counts in the Aug. 31 death of Gibson. Novak is scheduled to appear in court for motions hearings in November and for trial in January.  Authorities arrested Novak at a home after the incident that prompted a nearby school to go on lockdown.

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Rounds 2016 HYPCongress has yet to agree to continue funding for the federal government beyond this Friday.
South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says there are still a number of disagreements tied to the continuing resolution…


Rounds says he thinks they can at least agree on a short term extension…


Rounds says he thinks democrats will also get anxious to get out of Washington and on the campaign trail…


The short term continuing resolution would fund the government into early December.

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City of HuronThere was more to the Huron City Commission meeting Monday night beyond the Conditional Use Permit requested by Dakota Provisions, which was ultimately approved. Commissioners also approved an agreement with Banner Associates of Sioux Falls for technical assistance on the City’s waste water system. City Engineer Mike Wever says Banner is working with the city on updating the system…

Commissioners also approved the application for Community Development Block Grant funds for the proposed waste water improvements. Ted Dickey from the Northeast Council of Governments says the grant would cover a sewer re-lining project in the north central to north west part of Huron….

Dickey told the Commission the grand needed additional projects listed as part of the application. Sewer main replacement and the expansion of infrastructure in the Southtown Addition was included. Commissioners also allowed Mayor Paul Aylward to sign a letter of financial commitment for a railroad crossing replacement project on Lincoln Avenue…

City Engineer Mike Wever met yesterday with with State Transportation Department officials and representatives of the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad for additional details and responsibilities for the project.

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