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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
May 13, 2022, at 9:30 A.M. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota


Commissioner Chris Nelson called the meeting to order. Present were Commission Attorney: Adam de Hueck; Staff Analyst: Brittany Mehlhaff; and Staff: Leah Mohr and Mikayla Frick.

Present were: Kara Semmler, South Dakota Telecommunications Association.  

Joining the meeting by telephone were Commissioners: Kristie Fiegen and Gary Hanson; Staff Attorney: Kristen Edwards; Josh Wurgler, James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company; J.G. Harrington, Cooley LLP representing Midcontinent Communications; Patrick Mastel, Midcontinent Communications.


1.      TC21-124    In the Matter of the Approval of the Petition for Arbitration of an Interconnection Agreement Between Midcontinent Communications and James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company (Staff Analyst: Brittany Mehlhaff; Staff Attorney: Kristen Edwards)

A lengthy discussion took place for docket TC21-124. An audio recording of the discussion can be found on the PUC website under Commission Actions, Commission Meeting Archives, 2022, May 13, 2022, recording located at:

Commissioner Nelson moved to Deny the Motion to Compel. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Fiegen moved to Grant the Motion to Strike. Motion carried 3-0.

There being no further business, at the hour of 10:02 a.m. the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission ad hoc meeting adjourned.



/s/Janeth A. Merriman         .
Janeth A. Merriman
Administrative Specialist
May 13, 2022