Camps to house up to 1,400 Keystone XL Pipeline workers will open in rural South Dakota soon. The influx of population worries some officials in neighboring small communities. But the pipeline expansion also will contribute significant money to counties, cities and businesses along the route.
State law could force counties in pipeline route to pay a large share of any protest costs before the state would help. Some counties' bills could reach as high as several million dollars, leading one official to say a significant protest could 'bankrupt' small counties.
Corrections officials say the atmosphere at the Women's Prison in Pierre is more relaxed than at the men's prisons. Eighty-five percent of the inmates are sentenced for non-violent crimes, usually drug-related offenses. The average stay is about eight months.
The number of women in prison in South Dakota has grown 35 percent over the past five years. Most are serving sentences for drug crimes and some say addiction treatment rather than incarceration would be more effective in changing behaviors.
State's hunting rules allow loaded guns to be uncased in vehicles and permit firing at pheasants and other small game from and across highways. Safety advocates say road hunting is dangerous. But others support the laws because they allow those without access to private land to hunt and eliminate the need for long distance walking.
A mandatory effort in Minnesota shows regulation can be effective in reducing agricultural runoff. But some say a regulatory approach is unnecessary, citing progress in South Dakota with volunteer methods.
Repairing and replacing aging, overworked treatment plants is an important step in improving the quality of South Dakota rivers, some of which provide drinking water for communities. But costs would fall largely to residents.