Governor names new member to minerals board

John Scheetz of Spearfish is the newest member of state government’s Board of Minerals and Environment.

He is environmental manager at the Sanford Underground Research facility in the former Homestake underground gold mine at Lead.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard named Scheetz to succeed Linda Hilde of Madison.

Hilde, 76, has been unable to attend meetings on a regular basis because of health issues in recent months. Board members chose Gregg Greenfield of Sioux Falls in July to succeed her as their secretary..

Scheetz is scheduled to attend the board’s Sept. 21 meeting. His appointment runs through June 30, 2019, which would have been the end of Hilde’s current term.

Hilde had served on the board since about 1987. Daugaard reappointed her June 15, 2015.