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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for July
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in 17 counties during July.

Changes to Commercial Driver Licensing Regulations Begin Wednesday
PIERRE, S.D. – Several changes in South Dakota Commercial Driver Licensing (CDL) regulations become law Wednesday, July 1.

Process In Place For Name Change Requests For South Dakota Driver Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. – Effective today, same-sex married couples can get their names changed on their South Dakota driver licenses.

Miner County Fatal Crash
HOWARD, S.D. -- A Howard, S.D., man, identified as Bradley Neises, 51, died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Howard.

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- A Lake Norden man, identified as Jeffrey McCray, died in a two-vehicle accident that happened Friday afternoon in Watertown.

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, identified as Jeremy Langley, 33, was killed in a motorcycle crash that happened Friday afternoon near Flandreau.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Maryland man, identified as Lonnie Manuel, Jr., was killed in a motorcycle/semi-truck crash that occurred Friday morning near Beresford.

Fire Marshal Urges Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – While there has been more rain in most of South Dakota this summer, state Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says the public still needs to be safe discharging legal fireworks this July Fourth holiday.

Davison County Fatal Crash (Names Added)
MITCHELL, S.D. – Names have now officially been released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol regarding a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning two miles west of Mitchell.

Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 14-year-old Mitchell male died Thursday in a one vehicle fatal crash two miles west of Mitchell.

Roberts County Fatal Vehicle Fire
SUMMIT, S.D. – A Veblen woman has died as a result of injuries suffered in a vehicle fire earlier this month four miles south of Summit.

Fees for some driver license applications to increase July 1
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakotans will see an increase in driver license application fees starting July 1.

Highway Patrol’s Youth Trooper Academy Being Held in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens this week is learning what it is like to train as an actual recruit to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

South Dakota State Fire School This Weekend in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – An estimated 400 South Dakota firefighters are expected to attend the annual state Fire School being held this weekend in Pierre.

Sioux Falls Woman Receives Life Saving Award
PIERRE, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman, who pulled an injured driver away from a burning vehicle, has received the highest civilian award presented by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Highway Patrol Trooper Olson Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
PIERRE, S.D. – Trooper Josh Olson, a 13-year veteran of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, has been named as the South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Kennewick, WA man, identified as Donald Restad, died Thursday in a motorcycle crash 15 miles south of Lead.

FEMA Rejects State Request for Individual Assistance for May Tornado
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota received word Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected the state’s request for Individual Assistance programs to help residents impacted by a tornado in May.

Gov. Daugaard Seeks Individual Assistance for Tornado Damage
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and severe storm event May 10 in Douglas and Charles Mix counties. That includes the city of Delmont, which was heavily damaged by a tornado.

Highway Patrol to Conduct Statewide Sobriety Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols statewide during the month of June.

Gregory County Fatal Crash
HERRICK, S.D. – A Herrick, S.D., man, identified as Steven Wheeler, 24, died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash that occurred one mile east of Herrick.

Victim Identified in Pennington County Fatal Crash
Wall, S.D. – Authorities have now identified a Sallisaw, Oklahoma man who died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash that occurred 10 miles south of Wall.

Debris Removal Requires Closure of Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. – The use of heavy equipment and trailers to haul debris will mean closing parts of the city of Delmont to vehicle and foot traffic for two days this week.

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
LAKE NORDEN, S.D – A Bryant juvenile male, identified as Colton Beld, 10, was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning 4.5 miles west of Lake Norden.

Marshall County Fatal Rollover
AMHERST, S.D – A Claremont, S.D., man, identified as Darren Stahl, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Sunday night, one mile north of Amherst.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
Wall, S.D. – A Sallisaw, Oklahoma man died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash that occurred 10 miles south of Wall.

Delmont Cleanup Continues
PIERRE, S.D. – Cleanup continues in Delmont as citizens and volunteers clear away debris caused by the May 10 tornado.

South Dakota, Minnesota Troopers Join in I-90 Safety Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – Troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota, along with local law enforcement, join together later this week for a 21-hour joint operation designed to promote highway safety.

Delmont Cleanup Continues More Items Requested
PIERRE, S.D. - Cleanup work continues in Delmont, one week after a May 10 tornado did extensive damage to the community.

Walworth County Fatal Crash
BOWDLE, S.D. – A Colton, S.D. man, identified as David Hoffman, was killed and five others seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday on U.S. Highway 12, eight miles west of Bowdle.

Latest Numbers on Delmont Tornado Recovery
PIERRE, S.D. – Here are some of the latest numbers in the tornado recovery efforts at Delmont:

Donations Still Needed for Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. -- People interested in supporting the Delmont tornado response are asked to consider making donations of money or items that can be used by the survivors.

Volunteer Reception Center Opens Friday in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. - Citizens who want to help Delmont residents clean up from Sunday's tornado can do so starting Friday.

Boil Water Order Lifted in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. – A Boil Water Order has been lifted in Delmont, meaning that the community’s water is safe for residents to use. Residents are now able to use the water for drinking, bathing and cooking.

Victim Identified in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, who died Wednesday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred in Tea, has now been identified.

Multi Agency Resource Center Opens in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. – A one stop site opens Thursday in Delmont for citizens who need tornado recovery assistance.

Gov. Daugaard Seeks FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment of Tornado Damage to Homes and Businesses
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) join state teams for a preliminary damage assessment of impacts to homes and businesses in two South Dakota counties resulting from the May 10 tornado.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man died Wednesday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred in Tea.

Delmont Establishes Donations Management Center
DELMONT, S.D. - A donations management center has opened today (Wednesday) in Delmont to help residents impacted by the May 10 tornado that destroyed a major portion of that town.

Highway Patrol remembers troopers killed in line of duty
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is spending this Law Enforcement Memorial Week remembering the five Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty.

Latest Updates on Tornado Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – Here are the latest confirmed updates regarding the response to the Sunday tornado that damaged Delmont and the surrounding area.

Delmont Disaster Relief Fund Established
DELMONT, S.D – Officials in Delmont have established a relief fund as the community works to recover from a devastating tornado Sunday morning.

EOC activated to help with local response to tornado in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety, at the request of Governor Dennis Daugaard, has conducted a partial activation of the state Emergency Operations Center in Pierre to coordinate the local response to the town of Delmont where a tornado touched down Sunday morning.

Marshall County Fatal Crash
VEBLEN, S.D. – Two Sisseton, S.D. men, identified as Waylon Horne and Keith DuMarce, were killed in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Saturday night near Veblen, S.D.

Moody County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Brandon, S.D. man, identified as Adam Bauer, died early Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29.

Accident Records now Available Online
PIERRE, S.D. – Citizens can now obtain copies of state-reportable crash records online thanks to a new system unveiled by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For May
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted in 14 counties by the South Dakota Highway Patrol during May.

South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office Receives State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grant
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office has received a $6,000 grant from State Farm to support the South Dakota Smoke Alarm Grant Program, a statewide cooperative initiative to help provide smoke alarms for homes with high-risk populations.

VERMILLION, S.D. – A Burbank, S.D., woman has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday, April 23, at the Vermillion city limits.

Residents in Brookings, Madison and Mitchell areas Urged to Renew Driver Licenses Online
PIERRE, S.D. – Residents in three different areas of South Dakota who need to renew their driver licenses are being encouraged to avoid the lines at the driver exam station this spring and renew online.

South Dakota observes Severe Weather Awareness Week
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans are being encouraged this week to start making preparations for severe weather that may occur this spring and summer.

New Highway Patrol motorcycles to help with DUI enforcement
PIERRE, SD -- Thanks to a federal grant, South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will begin using motorcycles for the first time in 30 years.

Credit, debit cards now accepted at Driver License Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. -- Citizens now have another way to pay for services offered at South Dakota driver license exam stations.

New Highway Patrol Motorcycles To Be Unveiled Friday
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota Highway Patrol officials Friday will roll out three new motorcycles that primarily will be used for DUI enforcement.

Week celebrates state’s telecommunicators
PIERRE, S.D. – Those voices at the other end of the call are being honored statewide this week.

DPS Officials Urge Seat Belt Use
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials say so far in 2015, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of motor vehicle fatality victims who were not wearing seat belts.

Mellette County Fatal Crash
NORRIS, S.D – A Kadoka, SD youth died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 6:30 p.m. MDT Monday in Mellette County.

Highway Patrol Graduation Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – Ten recruits will officially join the ranks of the South Dakota Highway Patrol during a graduation ceremony to be held Friday, April 10, in the state Capitol Rotunda.

Roberts County Fatal Crash
WILMOT, S.D – A Wilmot, S.D. man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred sometime early Monday morning in Roberts County.

Office of Highway Safety unveils new seatbelt commercial
PIERRE, S.D. -- A new state Office of Highway Safety commercial that highlights how not wearing a seatbelt can bring unnecessary suffering and sorrow to a crash victim’s loved ones began airing on South Dakota television stations last Wednesday.

Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, SD – A Selby juvenile female was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash near Mound City.