South Dakota’s monumental moments and new offerings for 2018

South Dakota’s monumental moments and new offerings for 2018

From Travel Pulse From celebrating Crazy Horse Memorial’s 70th anniversary and the City of Presidents’ unveiling of the Barack Obama statue, to new adventures including zip-lining and finding your inner paleontologist, South Dakota is planning for an exciting 2018. In between all the fun, visitors can also get a taste of the state’s burgeoning culinary scene by […]

Why ‘sin’ taxes fail

Why ‘sin’ taxes fail

By Matthew Glans / Heartland Institute Voters in South Dakota may soon be considering a new proposal to dramatically increase the state’s tobacco tax. The current cigarette tax is levied at a rate of 76.5 mills per cigarette, making the average tax on a 20-cigarette pack $1.53. The tax on other tobacco products is set […]

Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the West, Mount Rushmore

Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the West, Mount Rushmore

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Rapid City, South Dakota, is where the west begins. It is here, in the western part of what was once mostly empty Dakota Territory, where the Great Plains of the upper Midwest gradually give roll to the volcanic Black Hills, a place sacred to the American Indians for centuries, and thus a fitting place […]

Threat of Mexican ban on U.S. corn sharpens focus on trade

Threat of Mexican ban on U.S. corn sharpens focus on trade

From The Westerner Blog A Mexican lawmaker’s threat to ban the importation of U.S. corn would mean lower prices for South Dakota corn farmers at a time when prices are already low. Although South Dakota corn exports go primarily to Asia, lower corn prices nationally would hurt an industry already staggering from low commodity prices, […]