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Jason Harward, Reporter, Forum News Service

Jason Harward

South Dakota Correspondent

Jason Harward is a South Dakota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Harward graduated from Northwestern University in June of this year, where he spent stints in Washington covering Congress for the Medill News Service and in San Antonio with KSAT-12 News, focusing on housing and infrastructure policy.

He is a Los Angeles native and currently lives in Sioux Falls, where he enjoys backpacking and exploring the food scene.

He speaks English and would love any feedback, story ideas or fun facts you want to send his way. You can reach him at jharward@forumcomm.com or 605-301-0496.

The hour-long debate, hosted by KOTA and Dakota News Now in Rapid City, offered voters a look at Noem, Smith and Libertarian candidate Tracey Quint. Topics ranged from Noem's grocery tax announcement to Smith and Noem's differing opinions on how the pandemic should have been handled.
Crow Creek Tribal School, a combination boarding and day school serving the Crow Creek reservation and other Native students from around the country, put in place stringent security measures after a shooting in Fort Thompson involving at least one student.
Among the coalition pushing for South Dakotans to support Amendment D is a group of community health centers, which are key sources of basic medical and dental services for low-income South Dakotans. However, opponents of the measure say the promises of the expansion don't align with reality.
In 1996, the first soybean processing facility in South Dakota opened in Volga. With the company behind the plant looking to expand to Mitchell, the benefit of hindsight shows the growth that came from the facility, from more money for farmers to the advent of spinoff businesses.
Friday, Sept. 16, is the end of a cooling period in negotiations between railroad unions and the nation's major carriers. If no contract is reached by then, a strike halting a key artery of commerce could begin, barring congressional action.
On the morning of Sept. 12, the governor announced she had surgery to address an injury that affected her lumbar spine. The recovery will greatly reduce her ability to travel for "several months," though she said she expects a full recovery.
On Aug. 22, a state ethics board referred a complaint to the Division of Criminal Investigations for an investigation into whether Gov. Kristi Noem had misused the state airplane. Shortly thereafter, calls began coming in for Mark Vargo, the Noem-appointed interim attorney general, to recuse himself from the investigation. On Sept. 9, Vargo obliged.
One of the documents within the set of records released Sept. 9 by the Government Accountability Board in the complaint related to Noem and her daughter was a motion to dismiss the complaint entirely. In the 29-page document, Noem's legal team picks apart the constitutional basis for the ethics board, writing in part that adjudicating the complaint would "turn our State’s governmental hierarchy on its head."
Breaking News
The complaint alleges malfeasance, conflict of interest and a handful of other abuses of office stemming from the July 27, 2020 meeting between Gov. Kristi Noem, her daughter Kassidy Peters and the then-director of South Dakota's appraiser certification program, Sherry Bren.
Since a high water mark of attendance in 2015, attendance at the rally, a key driver of summer tourism in South Dakota, has stagnated around a half-million total attendees. Sturgis's city manager says attracting more first-time attendees is a major focus of the city's rally and events department.