South Dakota News

South Dakota delegate opposes Trump with face palm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — One member of South Dakota's delegation to the Republican National Convention found it hard to look when the group announced its support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. State Rep. Isaac Latterell of Tea shook his head, rolled his eyes and clamped his hand over his face. Latterell was positioned just a few feet behind South Dakota Republican Party Chairwoman Pam Roberts as she spoke, and his gestures were captured Tuesday night by TV stations and media livestreams of the event in Cleveland. Latterell tells the Argus Leader newspaper that he thinks Trump's nomination is "a sad day for the Republican party." He says he doesn't think Trump has a chance of winning the presidency. Latterell says he voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in South Dakota's primary election.

Sioux Falls workforce development a victim of slow sales tax
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Workforce development efforts in Sioux Falls are being scaled back due to softening sales tax revenues. The Community Development Department last year made half a million dollars available for a workforce development grant program for schools, nonprofits and businesses. About $300,000 was used by six groups, prompting the City Council in its 2016 budget to set aside $350,000 for another grant round. But the Argus Leader reports City Hall is now scaling back the program to $100,000, and will use the difference to help balance the budget. Economic Development Coordinator Mike Gray says sales tax revenues aren't growing at the projected rate, and spending must be reduced. Councilwoman Christine Erickson says she sees the need for saving money but that it's unfortunate workforce development resources are taking a hit.

Feedlot rule changes moving forward in Bon Homme County
TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — Bon Homme County's zoning board is moving forward with changes to animal feedlot requirements after months of debate. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports the board wants to require a permit for operations of 500 or more animals. A permit currently is required for those with more than 1,000 animals. Changes also would allow a waiver of the requirement that all neighbors of new feedlots sign off on them, so that a single person can't veto a project. The proposed revisions will get a public hearing, and must be approved by the County Commission. Feedlot opponents want more restrictions to safeguard the health of people and the environment. Supporters say such operations boost the economy. A volunteer board has been working on a compromise but hasn't found one.

Small plane makes emergency landing in South Dakota field
HURON, S.D. (AP) — A woman from Hawaii suffered a minor injury when the small plane she was in made an emergency landing in a field in eastern South Dakota. Beadle County Sheriff Doug Solem tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the plane piloted by Bruce Mayes, also of Hawaii, was forced to land about 7 p.m. Tuesday after having engine problems shortly after takeoff from Huron. Solem says Mayes was not hurt but his wife suffered a cut to the head. Authorities did not release her name. The couple was flying from Hawaii to Wisconsin and had stopped in Huron to refuel. The Daily News and KOKK radio report that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Winter wheat harvest in South Dakota ahead of average pace
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — More than half of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is already in the bin, and the crop is piling up at some elevators. The weekly crop report from the Agriculture Department estimates that 53 percent of the state's winter wheat crop was harvested as of Sunday, well ahead of the five-year average of 22 percent. Harrold elevator manager Kevin Kjorsvik tells the Capital Journal that the pace of the harvest is unusual, but a mild winter and spring made it an early year. Harrold-area farmer Harlan Smith says the winter wheat crop is a good one. He says the downside is that prices are bad, due to a large crop in the Plains.

Officials approve egg farm that will use cage-free barns
PARKER, S.D. (AP) — Officials in Turner County have approved an egg farm that will house up to 2.5 million chickens in cage-free barns. The county's Board of Adjustment on Tuesday unanimously approved the project that will be located near Parker. The approval for the project proposed by Sioux Falls-based Sonstegard Foods comes with several requirements, including a disposal plan for potential bird-flu losses without composting carcasses and a promise to maintain odor and fly control measures. The company had initially proposed a 6 million-bird operation. It sparked controversy and a lawsuit against the county and the company. Some area residents still oppose the pared-down chicken farm, fearing harm to human health, the environment and property values. The company still has to secure a permit from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

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