Number 9Volume 107March 1, 2012
Gov. Dennis Daugaard hassigned the following legislativebills:
An Act to revise cer-tain provisions regarding the salesand use tax.
An Act to revise cer-tain provisions regarding the ex-cuse from attendance of childrenreceiving alternative instruction.
An Act to revise cer-tain outdated and obsolete provi-sions regarding the Department of Education.
An Act to repeal cer-tain outdated and obsolete statutesregarding the Department of Edu-cation.
An Act to repeal cer-tain provisions relating to licensesissued by the Board of Pharmacy.
An Act to repeal cer-tain outdated and obsolete statutesand rules related to the Depart-ment of Health.
An Act to authorizethe Department of Game, Fish andParks to sell the Marcotte Tract lo-cated within the Marcotte GameProduction Area in Meade Countyto the City of Sturgis.
An Act to revise cer-tain provisions regarding the rightsof victims of crime.
An Act to repeal cer-tain outdated or unnecessarystatutes related to the Departmentof Social Services.
An Act to repeal cer-tain outdated or unnecessarystatutes related to the Division of Behavioral Health in the Depart-ment of Social Services.
An Act to revise cer-tain provisions relating to stateemployees and the administrationof state personnel matters.
An Act to authorizethe publication of the names of cer-tain delinquent taxpayers.
An Act to clarify cer-tain requirements relating to in-surance examinations.
An Act to revise thecircumstances under which alter-ations may be made to certain in-surance applications.
An Act to allow thedisclosure of the status of certaininsurance investigations and exam-inations.
An Act to establishand revise certain provisions andpenalties related to the regulationof grain warehouses, grain buyers,and warehouse receipts.
An Act to revise thepurpose of the agriculture media-tion program.
An Act to increase thepenalty for leaving the brand in-spection area without necessary in-spection and authorization.
An Act to make an ap-propriation for the payment of ex-traordinary litigation expenses andto declare an emergency.
An Act to authorize acarryover of the fiscal year 2012state aid to special education ap-
Governor Daugaard signs more bills
propriation to fiscal year 2013 forthe purpose of maintaining federalmaintenance of effort levels.
An Act to repeal cer-tain obsolete statutes relating tothe State Cement Plant Commis-sion.
An Act to repeal cer-tain provisions regarding the full-time equivalent staffing.
An Act to repeal cer-tain statutes relating to the Bureauof Intergovernmental Relations.
An Act to add certaindefinitions regarding the Depart-ment of the Military.
An Act to allow for joint physical custody orders aftera court awards joint legal custodyif in the best interest of the child.
An Act to permit aprobationer who is a registered sexoffender to reside in an assignedhalfway house or supervised livingcenter within a community safetyzone.
An Act to amend cer-tain provisions related to inter-preter services in the court system.
An Act to clarify thesupporting documentation neces-sary for a request to implement thestandard visitation guidelines.
An Act to revise cer-tain provisions relating to the cer-tificate of health requirement forthe importation of animals.
An Act to prohibit cer-tain indemnity provisions in motorcarrier transportation contracts.
An Act to allow cer-tain property tax documents to betransmitted electronically.
An Act to retain cer-tain members of municipal govern-ing bodies in office following the re-districting of municipal wards.
An Act to exempt cer-tain contracts from the competitivebidding requirements for wateruser districts.
An Act to revise cer-tain provisions concerning mechan-ical pull-tab devices.
An Act to permit aschool district, at the discretion of the school district, to pay the feescharged for any criminal back-ground investigation that is re-quired by law for a prospective em-ployee.
An Act to remove theindividual liability of a schoolboard member who authorizes themaking of a void contract, check orregistered warrant.
An Act to revise cer-tain provisions concerning the con-struction of roads outside the roaddistrict.
An Act to establishprovisions to exempt breastfeedingmothers or new parents from juryduty.
An Act to limit copay-ment or coinsurance amounts forphysical and occupational therapyservices.
An Act to revise au-
A picture of the Pleasant Ridge School taken in 1971.
~Photo by Iva Eisenbraun
Pleasant Ridge School
diting requirements for water de-velopment districts.
An Act to exemptfrom sales tax certain handlingfees paid by religious organiza-tions to approved relief agenciesfor the distribution of food which isprovided for the assistance or re-lief of the poor, distressed, or un-derprivileged through food give-away programs.
An Act to repeal theSouth Dakota Commission onHealth Care.
An Act to make an appro-priation to continue the veterans'bonus program and to declare anemergency.
An Act to repeal certainprovisions allowing for the certifi-cation of technology parks andallow public or private developersto apply for certification.
An Act to make an appro-priation to reimburse certain fam-ily physicians and dentists whohave complied with the require-ments of the physician tuition re-imbursement program and dentaltuition reimbursement programand to declare an emergency.
An Act to place certainsubstances on the controlled sub-stances schedule and to declare anemergency.
An Act to revise the suit-ability requirements for annuities.
An Act to revise the ex-emptions for insurance agent ex-aminations.
An Act to revise certainprovisions and delete certain obso-lete provisions pertaining to theDepartment of Labor and Regula-tion.
An Act to update certaincitations to federal regulations andincrease certain civil penalties re-garding pipeline safety inspection.
An Act to make an ap-propriation for costs related to sup-pression of wildfires in the stateand to declare an emergency.
An Act to provide for thetransfer of control of an officebuilding in Rapid City, to make anappropriation for the constructionand renovation of the office build-ing, and to declare an emergency.
An Act to appropriateadditional funds and to extend theavailability of appropriations to re-place storage facilities at the Cot-tonwood Agricultural ExperimentStation.
An Act to revise the per-missible uses of the cigarette firesafety standard act fund.
An Act to eliminate anobsolete reference to the Divisionof Commercial Inspection and Reg-ulation.
An Act to revise certainprovisions concerning electionsconducted at voting centers and todeclare an emergency.
An Act to clarify theprocedures for the apportionmentof funds among townships.The Pleasant Ridge School sat ahalf-mile from the Creighton Com-munity Hall was a normal countryschool. Lorna Hoffman Moore at-tended school there with her sib-lings, Floyd, Maurice, Betty,Colleen and Ray. The Hoffmanchildren lived one-quarter of a milefrom the school and walked toschool. Lorna recalls that Lil Shull,Mrs. Flatt, and Kathleen Shullwere a few of her teachers. Mary JoMason who taught in the late1940’s, taught the girls to tapdance. Lorna remembers the heat-ing stove used coal and all thecountry schools would get togetherat the Creighton hall at Christmastime and put on a program.Karel Eisenbraun Reiman beganher first teaching job there in 1959.She recalled it was nice, but had norunning water or indoor bath-rooms, which was typical of coun-try schools. Heat came from an oilstove. The stove would periodicallybelch soot everywhere and all overeverything Karel said, “The par-ents of students would have tocome to school. Mothers wouldscrub and polish while the fatherstried to figure out what caused themess.” Karel and her pupils wouldwipe off desks and books and allwould go well until the next“belch”. The school would remainsqueaky clean until the nextepisode.The school had a piano Karel re-counted it was out-of-tune but shefelt lucky to just have one. As shewould pound away on the piano,her pupils sang from the green
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music book and byChristmas they were actuallysinging on tune.Now every country schoolteacher has to endure a littlewildlife problem in the country butwhen a piano starts emittingsqueaky sounds every so often andthere isn’t anybody singing it usu-ally indicates a nest full of babymice. Now, Karel was deathlyafraid of mice and deciding that shedidn’t want her pupils to know of this she would quietly appoint oneof the older boys to dispose of them.Well wouldn’t you know it the wordspread of her fright and one nightsome of the local pranksters fromthe community crept into theschoolhouse and left a live mouseunder her school bell. As is custom-ary in country schools a school bellis rang to begin the school day andused at recess time and noon. AsKarel began to ring the bell thenext morning, there was a dizzymouse ....... and once again one of the older boys was sent to disposeof the rodent. Karel had a hunchthat one little boy went home to tellhis folks and older brother all aboutthe teacher’s screeches. Karel stillsmiles about that little incident tothis day.Remember when I said thatcountry schoolteachers had to dealwith wildlife problems. Besidesmice they had to deal with rat-tlesnakes and skunks and an occa-sional mad dog, which is one of thescariest incidents that Karel had atthe Pleasant Ridge School. Theteacher and students were insidethe school house when they heardthe frenzied howling of a dog tryingto get inside the school. They werecertain the dog had rabies! RodneyHoffman, the oldest male studentlooked out the window and recog-nized the dog as belonging to hisgreat uncle, Bev Graham, a hunterand trapper in the area. Karel said,“She was so thankful to have a tele-phone to call for help.” A vehiclesoon drove up to the school and theteacher and students heard a gun-shot and then silence. Grahamsadly explained to them that hishunting dog had gotten into somepoison and in agony headed for thePleasant Ridge School.Karel taught at the school forthree years and feels very fortunateto have taught such hard workingstudents, who had caring and help-ful parents. Students that shetaught were Rodney, J. Ben,Christy, Dawn and Kathy Hoff-man, George Hoffman, Don andLonna McDowell, JeanetteSchuler, Randy and Bradley Bab-cock, Pete Huether and PhyllisEisenbraun.Whenever Karel meets one of herformer pupils, she always tellsthem they were her favorite pupiland truly means it.The teacher who preceded Karelwas a man who has become a wellknow area author, Paul Hen-nessey. He has written a number of nonfiction western books and livesin Western South Dakota.Delores Peters taught from 1962 – 1964. Delores recalls it was a coldschool and she and the studentswould climb on the piano to keepwarm. Students were: Hoffmans, aHuether, Janet Schuler and theBabcock kids. In 1962, she taughtthe little Eisenbraun girls. A missile base was built close tothe school. Delores said, “Theywere made aware if the missileshould ever blast off the lid wouldprobably land in the schoolyard.”She also remembers Viola Schulercalling the school to inform her thatJFK had been assassinated. Theschool would hold a pie social in thefall, open house in the spring toshow off their school projects andthe annual Christmas program.Iva Eisenbruan taught from1969 – 1973. Students were: firstgrader Robert Meyer, secondgrader Barbara Hoffman, thirdgrader Boe Knapp, fifth graderLinda Meyer, sixth graders VickyKnapp and Darlene Pascoe, sev-enth grader Beverly Hoffman andeighth graders Bradley Babcock,Linda Drewitz, Kathryn Hoffmanand Thomas Shull in 1969 - 1970.Students from 1972 – 1973 were:Kindergarten Juston Eisenbraun,first grader Jim Eisenbraun, sec-ond graders James Babcock andMike Shull, fourth grade RobertMeyer and Roger Shull, sixthgraders John McGriff (half a term),Mary and Tim Shull and BoeKnapp, seventh grade Kerri Meyerand Wayne Shull.Iva said, “After they closed thebuilding it was vandalized. TheWall School District opened a smallschool trailer and later bought abigger trailer to use for a school-house when enough children in thearea were old enough to beginschool.Thank you to Karel EisenbraunReiman, Lorna Moore, Delores Pe-ters and Iva Eisenbraun for donat-ing pictures and information on thePleasant Ridge School.Badlands National Park hascompleted the purchase of 160acres of private land located inConata Basin. The property hadbeen purchased by the Nature Con-servancy in 2008 as part of a largerranch that contained land both in-side and outside the park.The 160 acres inside the parkwas held by The Nature Conser-vancy while the NPS workedthrough the administrative and fi-nancial challenges commonly asso-ciated with this type of purchase.“Despite common perceptions tothe contrary, acquiring land – evenland already inside the parkboundary – is not as easy and does-n’t go as fast as many might think,”explained Deputy SuperintendentSteve Thede.The Conservancy concluded thatpart of its land should be owned bythe park, as had been plannedwhen the park was created, andtook the steps necessary to facili-tate the process.The Conservancy’s ownershipalso enabled the property and sev-eral hundred additional acres of Badlands National Park to benefitfrom a prescribed burn for the first
BNP completes land purchaseof 160 acres in Conata Basin
time since the park was estab-lished. The land is located inConata Basin within the BadlandsWilderness Area and will be man-aged as wilderness. It will benefitwildlife and make a remote area of the park more accessible to visitors.“Acquiring this land will allowhikers into a part of the park wherewe didn’t really encourage visitorsto go before, because access was dif-ficult without crossing onto privateproperty,” said Brian Kenner, Chief of Science and Natural Resourcesat Badlands National Park. “Wecan now take down a fence andopen that area up for public access.There’s a picnic area and a trail-head nearby.”Other benefits include access forthe park’s bison herd with addi-tional places to find water andgraze and easier control of wildfireand prescribed burns which bene-fit native plants and wildlife andhelp rejuvenate the prairies.“It made a lot of sense for the Na-tional Park Service to own andmanage this property since it lieswithin the existing boundary of thePark,” said Bob Paulson, WesternDakotas Program Director for TheNature Conservancy.“We own land nearby and we useconservation grazing to ensurethat it remains healthy and di-verse,” Paulson said. “BadlandsNational Park is a good neighborand we know that the NationalPark Service will be an excellentsteward of this property.”The Conservancy works withlandowners, partners, the US For-est Service and the National ParkService to conserve Conata Basin,a 142,000-acre landscape locatedsouth of Badlands National Parkand considered one of North Amer-ica’s largest and most intact grass-lands.Together, Badlands NationalPark and the Conata Basin ishome to relatively large numbersof black-footed ferrets, one of therarest mammals on the continent,as well as bison, bighorn sheep,swift fox, prairie dogs and burrow-ing owls.“Badlands National Park justgot bigger and better and ConataBasin remains an incredible placefor both people and wildlife,” Paul-son said.
Legislative leaders predictablystill at odds over education bill
By Elizabeth “Sam” GroszCommunity News Service
Heading into the final week of the 2012 South Dakota Legisla-ture, leaders of both parties stillare at odds over the bill that seeksto reward the state’s best teachersand attract more in certain areas of study.The plan, which started as Gov.Dennis Daugaard’s plan, but hassuffered at last count 23 amend-ments to make it more palatable toeducators and the public, is embod-ied in HB1234.Republican House and Senateleaders said Friday at their weeklynews conference that the educationplan has gained the most media at-tention of any of the bills. But now,said Sen. Russ Olson, R-Madison,“I think we have the people’s plan.”With the current version, Olsonsaid, “we are allowing local schooldistricts to have continuing con-tracts,” and have expanded thelocal control option for schoolboards that want to give moremoney for such things as a teacherwho acts as a mentor. Olson saidas long as it is advancing studentachievement, “we want to rewardteachers.”The bill was approved in theSenate Education committee andnow is expected in the full Senate,perhaps on Tuesday.However, Democratic Senateleader Jason Frerichs, D-Wilmot,said what happened in the Educa-tion Committee was “something towitness first hand,” which he did.He said the bureaucrats were tes-tifying for the bill, continuing topush that top-down approach,while the foot soldiers, administra-tors, school board members, teach-ers and parents were saying “holdon, let’s do it right.”Frerichs said it looks like theGovernor means well, but he is re-ally “pushing this forward at anycost.”House Democratic LeaderBernie Hunhoff, Yankton, said theplan’s $15 million cost has inaccu-rately been called the “biggest in-vestment in history for education.”However, he said, that amount is just one-fifth of what was cut lastyear from school funding.Numerous Republican legisla-tors also have voiced their dis-pleasure with the bill, even withits amendments and are askingthat money be put back into thestate’s school funding formula tobenefit local school districts andthe taxpayers who support them. As legislators head into their
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