20160830_063126Members of the Huron Police and Fire Departments are getting into this year’s South Dakota State Fair for free, at least for a day. Police Chief Denny Meyer told the Huron City Commission Monday night he received a letter from the State Fair, outlining the day pass gift just minutes before the weekly meeting began….

In his letter to the South Dakota State Fair, Larry Robinson of the Korner Grocery of Pierre says he recognizes the “very vital role the first responders play in protecting the citizens of Huron and how challenging the job can be”. The State Fair’s Candi Briley says in the letter that Robinson seemed very passionate about the work of the Huron Police and Fire Departments and felt compelled to do something for them. The letter states he is a big supporter of the fair.

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harvestWith low ag prices into the harvest, it will be critical for producers to get the money they are owed.
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says grain dealing laws were changed a few years ago…

Nelson says he wants producers to know their rights when they sell grain…

Nelson says grain dealers have to be bonded, and that is checked by the PUC…

The law changes came about after the failure of a grain dealer in Redfield caused many producers to lose money on the grain they sold.

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Courtesy: Huron Amateur Radio Club

Courtesy: Huron Amateur Radio Club

The Huron City Commission approves a resolution adopting the Beadle County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan. City Planner Ralph Borkowski says he worked on an update to the Plan with Beadle County Emergency Manager Tom Moeding….

Borkowski says the P-DM could pave the way to grant funding for projects in the Plan…

Another project in the Plan focuses on a long time problem area in the southwest part of Huron…

The Beadle County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan was last updated in 2009 and before that, 2003.

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Huron Municipal BuildingRent is going up for two tenants on the second floor of the Huron Municipal Building. The Huron City Commission approved two addendums to the lease agreement…

City Attorney Jeff Banks says the rent for the office space does not go up every year…

The second lease agreement to change is for the ELO Professional LLC accounting firm…

 

City Finance Director Paullyn Carey says the increase is three-percent or reflective of the Consumer Price Index. This is the second straight year of a rent hike for the businesses.

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City CommissionThe Huron City Commission is meeting tonight for it’s regular weekly gathering. Commissioners will consider a seven-item consent agenda and a payment request for concrete replacement work. The Commission will also consider the final two annual trailer court license renewals for Huron Mobile Estates and Woody’s Trailer Court. Commissioners will consider two addendum to lease agreements for Blue and Haeder law firm and ELO Professional LLC, the former Harrington and Associates. Both companies lease space on the second floor of the Huron Municipal Building. The Commission will consider a resolution that would adpot the Beadle County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan and will consider a recommendation from the Capital Assets Committee to purchase a sod cutter for the Park and Recreation Department. Commissioners will also consider declaring surplus property and setting an auction date and will make announcements regarding the Labor Day holiday. The Commission will also continue work on the 2017 city budget in a work session. There are no scheduled executive sessions. The Huron City Commission meets tonight at 5:30 PM at the Huron Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

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SD CapitolThe US Drug Enforcement Agency has denied a request to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping it in the most restrictive category.  South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says while he agrees with the DEA, he supports a further look into any medical properties of marijuana…


Jackley says he has been working with the DEA and other federal agencies to take another look…..


Jackley says recent indictments around the proposed marijuana growing project by the Flandreau Sioux Tribe show the limits…


Jackley says recent marijuana ballot initiative attempts in the state were too broadly written.

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DUIThe Substance Abuse summer study committee of the South Dakota Legislature did not reach any consensus at their last meeting, and have not yet set a date for their next meeting.
Committee Co-Chair, Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton says while meth abuse was their primary focus, they heard about other drug dangers…


Stevens says not all the drug issues can be fixed with legislation….


Stevens says they plan to circulate some legislative ideas, and possibly meet later this fall…..


A statewide education campaign on the dangers of meth is also being launched this fall.

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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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