DaugaardWhile his December budget speech is a long way off, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says planning is underway.  He says this year, there will be a focus on one time, capital spending…

Daugaard says there hasn’t been enough attention on spending for buildings and repairs…

Daugaard says it’s part of a longer range planning process…

Agencies will have to have their plans submitted to the Governor’s office by mid-November.

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Noem HYPLow commodity prices are putting pressure on ag producers and the businesses that depend on them.  South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she has been hearing about it all over the state…

Noem says expanding trade is one way to bring those prices up…

Noem says ethanol production needs to be supported…

She says any help for producers will take some time.  Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day.

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voteThe November ballot is being finalized and will soon be sent to the printer.  South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says county auditors will have ballots by mid-September…


Krebs says all the issues will lead to a long physical ballot…


Krebs says she is expecting a large number of voters…


Krebs says they will be working with auditors in the larger counties to speed up ballot counting on election night.

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HPD CarThe recent officer involved shooting in Aberdeen has been tied to illegal drug use, and shows the increasing dangers.  South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he is concerned about rising violent crimes…

Jackley says there is a state wide effort now to educate people on the dangers of Meth…

Jackley says they see the damage meth does to families…

Jackley says while the number of meth lab busts have gone down, the usage of the drug is increasing.

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legislatureA number of cities in the state are seeing sales tax collections drop in July compared to a year ago. That has the attention of lawmakers.  Senator Deb Peters of Hartford is Chair of the Appropriations Committee…

Peters says the North Dakota legislature met in special session earlier this month to make budget cuts…

Peters says they have had to dial back spending increases in many areas…

Peters says with a number of new legislators after the election, it will be very difficult to see any budget expansion.

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cvbThe Huron Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau presented a semi-annual update to the Huron City Commission this week. Chamber president and C-E-O Laurie Shelton says the Leadership Huron program is going through a change of curriculum….

Shelton says the Chamber may step way from the Leadercast event next year…

Shelton says she has finally been able to work one of her goals to promote Huron….

The Huron Chamber is expanding it’s Shop Local initiatives by doing Shop Local Saturdays. Shopping receipts from the first Saturday of each month can be turned in to the Chamber for a chance to win $100 in Huron Bucks. Shelton also talked about efforts to promote Splash Central and pheasant hunting during her 20-minute presentation to Commissioners.

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Courtesy Nathan Munce

To say City of Huron Street Department crews removed “tons” of tree debris after a recent storm wouldn’t be far from the truth….

City Commissioner Bryan Smith gave the update Monday night during the weekly meeting of the Huron City Commission. Mayor Paul Aylward was surprised the number was so big….

Aylward reminded residents the 2016 South Dakota State Fair is creeping closer….

The State Fair is now one week away. An overnight wind storm on August 11th brought 70 mile an hour winds through Huron around midnight, causing not only tree damage but damage to vehicles and some businesses.

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MasonA 30-year-old Arkansas man in the Huron area to work on the Dakota Access Pipeline will be spending some extra time in South Dakota after construction of the pipeline is finished. Johnathon Mason, of Bradford, Arkansas was given a three-year term in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for leading Huron Police and Beadle County Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase with speeds reaching nearly 120 mile per hour. Mason’s attorney, Jeff Burns painted a picture of a young man who dealt with a difficult family life growing up, but that Mason is a worker. He arranged work opportunities should he have been released. The crimes he pleaded to, Aggravated Eluding and Possession of a Controlled Substance are eligible for presumptive probation in South Dakota, but Beadle County Deputy States Attorney Dan Nelson said Mason’s actions on June 13th of this year provided aggravating circumstances that would allow Judge Jon Erickson to deviate from the probation and recommended prison time. Nelson said Mason, not only sped, but tried to ram officers, drove toward oncoming traffic with deflated tires and fought officers while being arrested. He had methamphetamine in his system and on him when arrested.  Mason told Erickson he didn’t remember the night, but apologized for his actions saying he needs to pay for his crimes. Mason was on probation from criminal charges in Arkansas at the time and is facing up to a year there after release from South Dakota. He was given credit for 72 days served in the Beadle County Jail.

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court genericA 23 year-old Huron man is serving 30 days in the Beadle County Jail for breaking into a house and threatening the victim and his girlfriend with a Taser and baseball bat. Ramiro Gonzalez pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and intentional damage to property in a plea deal with Beadle County prosecutors that saw a felony charge of first degree burglary dismissed. In court, Gonzalez says he and a group of people where looking for a dog they believe was taken by the victim. They entered the victims home and caused damage to a door by kicking it in. Gonzalez was on probation at the time and the incident violated that probation, forcing Gonzalez to flat time his sentence in the previous case. Attorney Gary Blue asked Judge Jon Erickson to take the flat time served by Gonzales into his sentencing consideration. Erickson sentenced Gonzales to six months in jail on both counts, but suspended five months and ordered that the time be served at the same time. Gonzales was also ordered to pay restitution of over 600-dollars to cover damage to the door.

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Dakota ProvisonsThe Huron City Commission approved more steps this week that will allow Dakota Provisions to move forward with a 30-million dollar expansion project. The Commission approved a Deed that will transfer a series of lots in the West Industrial Park to the Greater Huron Development Corporation. Commissioners also approved a resolution that lifted restrictive covenants on the property. City Attorney Jeff Banks says the covenants prohibited animal industry operations on the land…

Greater Huron Development Corporation President and C-E-O Jim Borszich says Dakota Provisions will not house live animals on the site…

The proposed expansion by Dakota Provision to the West Industrial Park would open approximately 250 new jobs for Huron.

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