Ethanol plowing the way toward biocrude development

By David Lias david.lias@plaintalk.net Vermillion – When it comes to all sources of power, corn ethanol provides the worst energy return on investment. The technological breakthroughs that have allowed corn to be an energy source for several decades now, even with the inefficiencies involved, are allowing scientists and researchers to … Read Article

Speaker: Same-sex marriage is conservative idea

By Travis Gulbrandson travis.gulbrandson@plaintalk.net “Same-sex marriage” and “conservative” are not terms most people would associate with one another. Nonetheless, one recent visitor to the University of South Dakota said that, at its base, same-sex marriage a conservative idea. “Profoundly conservative,” in fact. “It’s occurred to me that gay people are … Read Article

USD Accounting professor’s Madoff case study published

Srini Ragothaman, Ph.D., accounting professor at the University of South Dakota, recently published a case study on the Madoff fraud in Issues in Accounting Education, a leading national journal published by the American Accounting Association (AAA). Ragothaman examined the fraudulent activities that occurred in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities (BMIS) … Read Article

Shakespeare Festival receives support Monday

By Travis Gulbrandson travis.gulbrandson@plaintalk.net The play’s the thing. Or at least it will be June 13-15 when the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) takes place at Prentis Park with a production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Now with the festival nearly two months away, the Vermillion City Council has … Read Article

Legislators want to ensure teachers get extra money

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations decided Monday that a letter of intent should be sent to all school districts throughout South Dakota explaining the extra 0.3 percent of state aid is meant for teacher salaries only. The appropriators agreed without a … Read Article