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Butte County Fatal Crash
A Belle Fourche man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Wood Road in Belle Fourche on Saturday, July 19.

Clay County Fatal Crash
A Volin, S.D., woman died in a one vehicle crash on 455th Avenue a mile north of Wakonda on Sunday, July 20.


Gov. Daugaard Seeks Disaster Declaration for Tornadoes, Flooding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from tornadoes and flooding produced by severe storms during the period June 13-20.


Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Sioux Falls woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 229 near the interchange with Interstate 29 on Wednesday, July 16.

Brown County Fatal Crash
An Aberdeen, S.D, man died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 about two miles east of Mina on Thursday, July 17.


Governor Daugaard Urges Flood, Tornado Victims to Contact SBA
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today urged South Dakotans whose homes or businesses suffered tornado or flood damage to take advantage of low-interest disaster loans available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Emergency Dispatch Services Consolidating in Central South Dakota
Effective Wednesday, July 16, the City of Pierre and State Department of Public Safety are consolidating emergency and law enforcement dispatch services in central South Dakota into a single operation run by the city.


Fall River County Fatal Crash
An Oelrichs man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 two miles north of the Nebraska border on Monday, July 14.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
A Texas man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 about five miles south of Deadwood on Saturday, July 12.


Gov. Daugaard Seeks SBA Help for Flooding, Tornado Victims
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today asked the Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster assistance to help South Dakotans recover from damages caused by flooding and tornadoes during a series of June storms.


FEMA Rejects State Request for Individual Assistance for June Storms
South Dakota received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected the state’s request for Individual Assistance programs to help residents impacted by tornadoes and flooding.


Jones County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City, S.D., man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 about nine miles west of Murdo on Saturday, July 5.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
A Hetland, S.D, man died in a one-vehicle crash about seven miles northwest of Arlington on Saturday, July 5, 2014.


State Seeks Preliminary Damage Assessment of Tornadoes, Flooding
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a joint preliminary damage assessment (PDA) of the cost of damages to public infrastructure from June tornadoes and flooding.

Highway Patrol Encourages Safe Driving Over Independence Day Holiday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol is encouraging travelers to make safe driving decisions over the Independence Day holiday.


Gov. Daugaard Seeks Individual Assistance for Flood, Tornado Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and flooding last month.


Yankton County Fatal Crash
Yankton, S.D. – A Yankton man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 434th Avenue and Kaiser Road about five miles west of Yankton on Monday, June 30.


Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in 14 counties in July.


Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., woman died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 18, one mile east of the Wyoming and South Dakota border near Edgemont, S.D.


Perkins County Fatal Crash
MEADOW, S.D. – A Faith, S.D., man died Thursday in a one vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Athboy Road and S.D. Highway 73 near Meadow, S.D.

Vikings’ Greenway to Help with Wessington Springs Youth Needs
Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Chad Greenway is joining the effort to help the children of Wessington Springs find some fun after the June 18 tornado destroyed homes and businesses in the community.

Highway Patrol Trains South Dakota Youth Recruits at Trooper Academy in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens trained this week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. It was co-sponsored by the American Legion.


Statewide Texting While Driving Ban Effective July 1
South Dakota’s Office of Highway Safety reminds drivers that a statewide ban on texting while driving takes effect on July 1.

New Law Makes Online Renewal of Driver License More Convenient
Online renewal of South Dakota driver licenses will be more convenient when a new law easing vision-test requirements takes effect on July 1.


Highway 34 to Close East of Howes at Noon (CDT)
State officials say Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed at noon (CDT) today (Monday, June 23) to allow crews to make temporary repairs for damage caused by heavy rains in the past several days.

Fire Marshal Urges Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
Sale of fireworks in South Dakota is legal beginning Friday, June 27, and Fire Marshal Paul Merriman reminds residents to be safe as they observe Independence Day.

Highway Patrol to Train South Dakota Youth Recruits at Trooper Academy in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens will train this week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. The week of training is co-sponsored by the American Legion.

Gov. Daugaard Seeks FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment for Homes, Businesses
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today requested that FEMA and SBA join state teams in a preliminary damage assessment of flood-related impacts to homes and businesses in three South Dakota counties because of recent heavy rains and a tornado.


Wessington Springs Establishes Volunteer Center
Officials coordinating Wessington Springs’ recovery from a June 18 tornado have established a volunteer reception center to match those offering assistance with community resident who need help.

Codington County Fatal Crash
A Watertown, S.D, man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 442nd Avenue and Medicine Lake Drive southeast of Florence on Saturday, June 21.

Highway 34 Likely to Close East of Howes on Monday
State officials say Highway 34 east of Howes likely will be closed sometime Monday, June 23, to allow crews to repair damage caused by heavy rains in the past several days.


Wessington Springs Makes Progress in Tornado Clean-up
Tornado clean-up efforts focused on clearing streets and removing debris from public property continue in the community of Wessington Springs and the surrounding Jerauld County.

Officials Warn Public To Stay Off Closed Roads
State officials are warning motorists that driving around barricades on closed sections of highways could result in a dangerous situation for drivers.


Interstate 29 Open
Interstate 29, is now open to traffic in southeastern South Dakota, state officials say.

Wessington Springs Tornado Relief Fund Established
Officials in Wessington Springs have established a relief fund and are finalizing a donation-reception center as the community works to recover from a devastating tornado Wednesday evening.


Gov. Daugaard Sends National Guard Soldiers, Other State Assets to Wessington Springs
Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered 100 soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard and many other state resources to help with recovery and clean-up from a tornado that hit Wessington Springs Wednesday evening.

Interstate 29 Closing at Noon
State officials are closing Interstate 29 in southeast South Dakota at noon today (Thursday).

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Spearfish, S.D. man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle ATV crash in the Black Hills on Sunday, June 15.


Heavy Rains Damage Roads Out West, Highway 85 Closed
State officials say heavy rains overnight in western South Dakota forced the closure of Highways 85 and 20 with water over the road in several locations.

Highway 73 Closed in Perkins County
PIERRE, S.D. – State officials have closed Highway 73 from the junction of Highway 212 to the junction of Highway 20 in Perkins County because of damage to the roadway due to flooding.

Highway 85 Re-Opened
State officials have re-opened Highway 85 in western South Dakota.


Officials Update Southeast Travel Conditions
Officials with the State Departments of Transportation and Public Safety remind commuters this morning (Tuesday) that Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls remains closed and numerous other highways in the area may be impassable because of standing or flowing water.

Interstate 29 Southbound Lanes Open for Travel
The southbound lanes of Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls are open for travel effective immediately, state officials announced.

Interstate 29 Northbound Lanes Open for Travel
The northbound lanes of Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls are open for travel effective immediately, state officials announced.

Governor Opens Emergency Operations Center for Flood Response
Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency and opened the State Emergency Operations Center early Tuesday morning to respond to severe flooding caused by torrential rains in southeast South Dakota.

Officials Urge Union County Residents to Take Steps Against Flooding
With the Big Sioux River forecast to crest on Friday night at a record level, local and state officials warn residents in southern Union County to take steps to protect themselves and their property.


South Dakota and Minnesota Troopers Conduct Joint I-90 Safety Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – State Troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota made 385 arrests and issued 1,004 warnings during a joint enforcement operation Thursday, June, 12, on Interstate 90 between the Wyoming and Minnesota borders.

Flash Flooding Hampers Travel along I-29 South of Sioux Falls
State officials are advising no travel on Interstate 29 and other highways in the area south of Sioux Falls because of flash flooding and limited visibility caused by a severe storm moving through the area Monday evening.

Interstate 29 Closed to Travel South of Sioux Falls
State officials have closed Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls because of water over the road.


South Dakota, Minnesota Troopers Join in I-90 Safety Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Interstate 90 travelers in Minnesota and South Dakota will see an increased law-enforcement presence today as troopers from the two states conduct a high-visibility highway-safety operation.

Mellette County Fatal Crash
A Kansas man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 83 about eight miles north of White River on Wednesday, June 11.


Highway Patrol Trooper Spielmann is AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year
PIERRE, S.D. – Trooper Chris Spielmann of the Highway Patrol was named the South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.


Walworth County Fatal Crash
A Watertown, S.D, man died from injuries received in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 near Mobridge on Thursday, May 29.


Pennington County Fatal Crash
A North Dakota woman has died of injuries received in a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 16 west of Rapid City on Saturday, May 24.


Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in June in 12 counties.


Walworth County Fatal Crash
Three people died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 about nine miles west of Bowdle on Friday, May 23.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 16 about four miles west of Rapid City on Friday, May 23.


Highway Patrol Hits the Roads with ‘Operation Safe Summer Kickoff’
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is out in force today (Friday) with a statewide, high-visibility effort to encourage travelers to make safe and responsible decisions on the highways.


Gregory County Fatal Crash
An Aberdeen, S.D., woman died in a two-vehicle crash on a gravel road southwest of Gregory on Saturday, May 17.


Highway Patrol Superintendent Presents Meritorious Service Awards
Three Mitchell college students and an area farmer will receive a South Dakota Highway Patrol’s Superintendent’s Award for Meritorious Service for heroic actions following a fatal crash last September near Mitchell.


Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Woonsocket, S.D. woman died in a motorcycle crash near Mitchell on South Dakota Highway 38.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish, S.D. man died in a one vehicle crash seven miles south of Spearfish, on Tuesday, April 29.


Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in May in the following counties: Beadle, Brookings, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Day, Edmunds, Gregory, Hand, Lake, Mellette, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Stanley and Yankton.


Jackson County Fatal Crash
An Interior teen-ager died in a one-vehicle crash on Old NE Road near Interior on Thursday, April 24.


Spink County Fatal Crash
A Redfield man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 174th Street and 392nd Avenue about six miles east and one mile south of Redfield on Wednesday, April 23.