South Dakota News Watch


Child hospitalizations, Long-COVID concerns rise amid omicron surge in South Dakota

As COVID-19 infections sweep across South Dakota in record numbers, concerns are rising that children and adolescents are suffering more severe illness than before and may be susceptible to symptoms that can afflict them long into their lifetimes. A growing body of medical research and reports from pediatricians in South Dakota indicate that some children who test positive and overcome […]

South Dakota returns millions in unused housing assistance funds to federal government

South Dakota has sent millions of dollars of unused COVID-19 housing assistance funds — allocated to help low-income renters — back to the federal government, mainly because not enough people applied for help. As of early January 2022, the state had received about $271 million in federal funding to pay rent and utilities of low-income residents who fell behind during […]

Abortion rights battle expected during 2022 South Dakota legislative session

Abortion is likely to be a major topic during the 2022 South Dakota legislative session that begins on Jan. 11, as opponents of the medical procedure see an opportunity to capitalize on recent legal cases across the country that further restricted access to abortion. The anticipated legislation seeking to restrict abortion rights will come as the future of legal abortion […]

South Dakota businesses get creative to overcome supply chain crisis

South Dakota businesses are feeling the costly effects of the lingering global supply chain issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but many business operators are finding creative ways to keep shelves stocked, to reduce the impact on customers and to continue making a profit. Throughout 2021, a trying year on many economic fronts, virtually all industries have been affected […]

Experts: Noem’s child care funding needed, but far from a solution to daycare crisis

Gov. Kristi Noem wants to spend $100 million to boost child care offerings across the state, but experts say it will take more than a one-time government investment to expand access to quality daycare for working parents in South Dakota. South Dakota is facing a child care crisis in which working parents have few options for placing their children during […]

Child care crisis in S.D. hurting families, employers and state economy

The signs of the workforce shortage in South Dakota are as omnipresent as they are ominous. “Now hiring” signs on nearly every business. Fast-food restaurants with shuttered dining rooms. Delayed building construction. Long wait times for consumer goods and  services. And a nursing shortage that in mid-December led Monument Health group to announce the closure of its elder care facility […]

Home heating costs high and getting higher in South Dakota

Many South Dakota consumers already facing high prices for gasoline and groceries should also expect to pay far more to heat their homes this winter, with prices for propane and heating oil already far higher than last year and rising fast. Some experts worry the high prices could push some families to take unsafe measures to provide household heat, raising […]

South Dakotans want Native studies taught in public school

South Dakota education officials have struggled to revise social studies standards that include guidelines for teaching Native American history and culture, but a new poll suggests state residents are very firm in their support for inclusion of Native studies in public schools. The poll of 500 registered South Dakota voters in October showed that 88% of respondents were very or […]

Lawmakers call for inquiry into Cammack COVID grants

Two South Dakota legislators are calling for further investigation into more than $700,000 in state COVID relief grants given to Chris Cammack, son of Senate Majority Leader Gary Cammack. The calls for deeper inquiry into the grants follow an Oct. 11 South Dakota News Watch investigation that raised questions about whether Chris Cammack followed the rules of the state COVID […]

Poll shows strong public support for removal of S.D. attorney general

As the South Dakota Legislature prepares to undertake impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who killed a pedestrian with his car in 2020, a new poll shows that a strong majority of state residents is in favor of removing him from office. The late October poll of 500 registered voters in South Dakota showed that 66.8% of respondents strongly […]

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