South Dakota News

South Dakota’s Brown County Gets $150K Grant for New Floodgate

Brown County is receiving more than $150,000 in grant funding to help install a new floodgate where Crow Creek meets the James River. The American News in Aberdeen reports that Brown County has been planning for several years to replace …

S. Dakota Director: Don’t Charge Work Comp Premiums for Independent Contractors

Merle Scheiber, director of South Dakota’s Insurance Division, has issued a reminder to workers’ compensation insurers that bona fide independent contractors are not required to carry workers’ comp insurance under state statute. Scheiber said the division has found that some …

Weak Tornado Confirmed in South Dakota

The National Weather Service says a weak tornado caused minor damage at Lake Cochrane in South Dakota’s Deuel County over the weekend. The afternoon twister had estimated peak winds of 75 mph and was rated an EF-0, the weakest on …

U.S. Attorneys in Dakotas Turning Up Heat on Health Care Fraud

The top federal prosecutors from South Dakota and North Dakota say they have increased their efforts to fight health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson of South Dakota said he has restructured his office to allow lawyers in the criminal …

Flood Losses Loom for Some South Dakota Farmers

Soybean and corn crops are progressing well in South Dakota, agriculture officials said, though farmers in the eastern part of the state could suffer some losses after heavy rains flooded portions of many fields. Gregg Ulrickson, owner of Crop Insurance …

Flood Damage in South Dakota’s Lincoln County Estimated at $2M

Officials in Lincoln County estimate recent flood damage to roads and bridges at more than $2 million, and they’re hoping for federal aid. “The damage is massive,” County Emergency Manager Harold Timmerman told the Argus Leader newspaper. Road repairs are …

South Dakota Lawmakers Seek Federal Help for Flooding and Tornado

South Dakota’s three members of Congress have asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for three counties hit last month by a tornado and flooding. In a letter to the president, Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. Tim Johnson …

Wellmark Opts Out of South Dakota Health Insurance Marketplace

The largest private health insurer in South Dakota has opted to not sell plans through the federal marketplace during the open enrollment period that begins in November. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield says it will forgo participating in the …

South Dakota Agency Owner to Fill Vacant House Seat

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Mark Willadsen, owner of Willadsen Insurance Agency in Sioux Falls, to the state House of Representatives. The governor’s office announced that Willadsen, 59, will represent District 11, filling the seat that was vacated …

Hailstorm Pummels Hundreds of Vehicles in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, S.D., auto body shops are in for a busy summer after a storm that pelted the metro area with pea- to golf ball-size hail, damaging hundreds of vehicles. No injuries were immediately reported from the afternoon storm on …