South Dakota Supreme Court hears lawsuit over PREMIER Center settlement

The South Dakota Supreme Court met in Pierre Wednesday to discuss a lawsuit against the City of Sioux Falls over the disclosure of information regarding a settlement involving the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Argus Leader Media is suing the City, claiming a secret $1 million settlement between the City and PREMIER Center's contractors violated state open records laws, because the case never actually went to court.

The settlement was between the City and private contractors over rippled paneling outside the new arena.

The Supreme Court heard arguments from both the City of Sioux Falls and Argus Leader Media.

The City argued that South Dakota's open records law allows for government contracts to be private if everyone involved agrees, which the Argus argued was not what the intent of the law was when it was passed.