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More than 200 new South Dakota laws taking effect

June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Nora Hertel

PIERRE (AP) — More than 200 new laws are taking effect in South Dakota this week, including requiring the recitation of the pledge of allegiance in schools — just in time for Independence Day. The new laws range from expanding…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Governor to SDNA: ‘Newspapers matter’

April 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Government should be as transparent as possible and there should be a presumption of openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Friday night at the annual [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”642623″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”",”class…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

OPINION: Celebrate a century of sunlight

March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Christian Trejbal

It was, perhaps, no coincidence that a century of “sunlight” was born during the winter holidays, when celebrants burn Yule logs, place stars atop trees and light candles to hold back the darkness during these longest nigh…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

OUR VIEW: Threat of costly legal fight means open records not truly open

March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Daily Republic has won a prestigious national award for its recent efforts in the name of government openness.

We’ve documented it quite well, but here’s a quick recap: A reader from Huron called and asked us to look into a secret agreement be…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

OUR VIEW: Important for restaurant scores to be accessible

February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

A great thing has happened in South Dakota, and one that is benefitting all.

Of course, that all depends upon the point of view of the reader, but we understand that some surely will disagree.

We’re talking about the state’s online posting of r…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Bill makes police logs public

February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Police logs would become public records in South Dakota under a measure that received approval Thursday by the state Senate.

Legislators killed a bill last year that sought public-record designation for police logs and mug shots.

Curr…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Bill makes police logs public

February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Police logs would become public records in South Dakota under a measure that received approval Thursday by the state Senate.

Legislators killed a bill last year that sought public-record designation for police logs and mug shots.

Curr…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

KOOIKER: Open meetings for all agencies

February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

I noticed the following headline in the Feb. 4 edition of the Pierre Capital Journal, while I was in Pierre for a gathering of the South Dakota [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”512408″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”",”class”:”media-image”…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

KOOIKER: Open meetings for all agencies

February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

I noticed the following headline in the Feb. 4 edition of the Pierre Capital Journal, while I was in Pierre for a gathering of the South Dakota [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”512408″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”",”class”:”media-image”…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

SD House panel kills bill to open caucus meetings

February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota House committee has defeated a measure to open meetings of the majority Republican Party that currently are private.

The House State Affairs Committee voted along party lines 9-3 against the measure. Three committe…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com