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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Hilger’s Gulch Getting A New Look
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is embarking on an initiative to bring back the native landscape of South Dakota to Hilger’s Gulch and save taxpayer money.

Madison To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Madison has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Training Course Set for Enhanced Concealed Carry Gun Permit
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that rules for the enhanced concealed carry gun permit were approved last week by the Interim Rules Committee. September 23, 2015 has been set aside for the initial training class to be held at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre.

Agriculture

Become the Next “Dacotah Star” at the South Dakota State Fair
Make your voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair! Become the next “Dacotah Star” at the Dacotah Star Talent Competition presented by Dacotah Bank. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Dacotah Star division winners.

Corrections

Juvenile Runaway Back In Custody
A juvenile who ran away from the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy near Custer earlier this month is back in custody.

Game, Fish and Parks

Enjoy Family Events at South Dakota State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. – As July winds down and August rolls in, preparation begins for the return to school. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) continues to offer summer weekend programming. From festivals to excursions, South Dakota State Parks are hosting activities for all ages.

Entrepreneurs Still Encouraged to Submit Proposals for Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
PIERRE, S.D. - Entrepreneurs interested in operating a resort inside one of South Dakota’s most popular state parks are reminded that they still have time to submit their proposals until Sept. 16, 2015, at 3 p.m. CDT.

Farm Island Triathlon to be Held Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – Farm Island’s Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 1. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.

Outdoor Campus Hosts 5th Annual Outdoor University
PIERRE, S.D. – Are you and your family interested in learning a new outdoor activity together? Here’s your chance! The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls will host its fifth annual Outdoor University on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sertoma Park.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Striving To Achieve A Broad, Stable Tax Base
On June 30, South Dakota state government closed the books on the 2015 budget year. For the fourth year in a row, the state general fund budget ended with a surplus, with both higher revenues and lower expenditures than budgeted.

News Tips
On Monday, July 24, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR’s Ask the Governor Show with Kevin Larsen.

Health

South Dakota Marks World Breastfeeding Week
Health officials are marking World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, by encouraging moms to breastfeed and family members and employers to support them in that choice.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Thanks Public for Assistance in Person of Interest Case
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials are thanking the public and the media for their assistance in apprehending a person of interest.

Transportation

Transportation Commission Sets Hearing on New Administrative Rules
The South Dakota Transportation Commission set a hearing date of Aug. 27, 2015, to review and adopt rules for the County Highway and Bridge Improvement Plans and the Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) fund.

Construction On I-229 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin pavement repair on the southbound lanes of Interstate 229 from the Benson Road interchange (Exit 9) to the Louise Avenue interchange (Exit 1) in Sioux Falls on Monday, July 27.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeking Public's Help with Suspicious White Van Targeting Children
Local law enforcement is seeking information into a suspicious vehicle that is believed to be attempting to abduct children in communities in eastern South Dakota. Three separate incidents in Britton, Redfield and Sisseton have been reported to law enforcement.

Oklahoma Man Arrested for Deceptive Trade Practices Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Willie Buck Stanley Jr., 43, Spiro, Oklahoma was indicted yesterday on 1 count each of failure to inform buyer of their right to cancel and failure to furnish cancellation form, class 6 felonies, punishable by up to 2 years in the penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine.

Agriculture

BNSF Railway Provides Major Gift to State Fair Foundation
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Foundation recently presented the South Dakota State Fair Foundation with a $50,000 gift toward the fairgrounds’ Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community.

Human Services

SD celebrates 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
PIERRE, S.D. – Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, are taking place across the nation and South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Graduate Outcomes System Released
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has released the South Dakota Postsecondary Graduate Employment and Wage Outcomes system at http://dlr.sd.gov/graduate_outcomes.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Continues Search For Person of Interest
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to search for a person of interest who is a suspect in several possible stolen vehicles.

Transportation

Temporary Signs and Signals Being Installed for the Rally
STURGIS/HILL CITY, S.D. – Due to the increase in traffic volumes expected during the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be activating temporary traffic signals at the following locations:


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Clayton Walker Changes Plea in Election Law Violation Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Clayton G. Walker, 33, Black Hawk, has pled to one count of offering false or forged instrument for filing and one count of perjury, both class 6 felonies, punishable by up to 2 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $4,000 fine.

A. G. Jackley and 44 Other Attorneys General Call on Leading Telecommunication Providers to Offer Call-Blocking Technology
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 44 other State Attorneys General today called on the leading telecommunication providers to offer call-blocking technology to help consumers stop unwanted telemarketing calls and texts.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Seeks Person of Interest
HARTFORD. – On July 22, the South Dakota Highway Patrol recovered a stolen vehicle near Hartford.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For June Storms
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from June storms that did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property.

Walworth County Fatal Crash
SELBY – A Glenview, IL., motorcycle rider, identified as Irwin Lyons, died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash four miles west of Selby.

Transportation

Speed Limit Changes During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Due to the expected increased traffic volumes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and the anticipated reduced operating speeds, speed limits will be reduced on the following highways effective Friday, July 24, 2015.

Highway 123 Closed South of Wilmot
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 123 south of Wilmot closed to traffic this morning, Wednesday, July 22.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lieutenant Governors Encourage Participation In Clinical Trials
Lieutenant governors across the United States are encouraging patients to learn more about the benefits of clinical trials.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Chattanooga Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, July 16.

First Lady To Hold Book Walk
First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold the third annual book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Agriculture

Growing In Agriculture: Wrapping Up This Year’s Governor’s Ag Summit
Every summer for the past six years, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has helped to host the Governor’s Agricultural Summit.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Begins Women’s Recruiting Sessions
PIERRE, S.D. – An effort to encourage more women to join its ranks has been started by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in McCook County
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the McCook County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday, July 19, 2015, at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Jack Williams was apprehended in South Sioux City, NE earlier this morning.

Game, Fish and Parks

Upcoming S.D. State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education
PIERRE, S.D. – From holiday fun to furry or feathered friends, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has something to learn, to join and to enjoy. The programs and events combine facts, activities and fun in events that will draw all ages and interests.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 44 Westbound Bridge Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says repairs are being done to the Interstate 90 Exit 44 westbound bridge near Piedmont.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Fabric Inn Approved for MicroLOAN
MILLER, S.D. – The Fabric Inn, a fabric and craft store located in Miller, S.D., was approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC).


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Jack Williams failed to return to the Yankton Minimum Unit this morning following his work release shift at a local business.


Public Safety

McCook County Fatal Crash
BRIDGEWATER, S.D. -- An Emery, S.D., man, identified as Ronald Triebwasser, was killed in a one-vehicle accident that occurred Friday afternoon near Bridgewater.

Names Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. -- The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a Parkston man who was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon two miles north of Parkston.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

40 Students Receive Dakota Corps Scholarships
Forty new South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state.

25 Students Receive Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship
Twenty-five South Dakota college students have been awarded a state scholarship that supports new teachers who serve in critical-need teaching areas.

Governor's Column: Being Good Stewards Of Taxpayer Dollars
Throughout my time serving as governor, good stewardship of taxpayer dollars has been my goal. Two pieces of recent news can assure South Dakotans that state government is handling their money responsibly.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will attend the National Governors Association summer meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Ryan Dahl left the minimum-security unit on the grounds of the South Dakota State Penitentiary on a scheduled work release job search early this afternoon. He failed to return to the minimum-security unit by the scheduled time.

Public Safety

Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. -- A Parkston man, 52, was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon two miles north of Parkston.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 212 Repairs in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Highway 212 in Watertown on Monday, July 20.

Interstate Bridge Maintenance Scheduled in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing scheduled maintenance on the following Interstate bridges in Sioux Falls on Monday and Tuesday, July 20 and 21:

Governor's Office of Economic Development

ODIN Hunting Products, Inc. Approved for MicroLOAN
Sioux Falls-based ODIN Hunting Products, Inc., a two-time competitor in the Governor’s Giant Vision Competition, was recently approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC).


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Significant Provisions of South Dakota’s Prison Reform Act of 2013
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of South Dakota’s presumptive probation law.

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Clayton Walker Indicted on Failure to Appear
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Clayton G. Walker, 33, Black Hawk, was indicted July 14, 2015 by a Hughes County grand jury on Failure to Appear after Release on a Felony, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 2 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $4,000 fine.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Reminds Irrigators to Avoid Overspray
DENR reminds irrigators to check their center pivots to ensure they are operating properly and are adjusted to spray only upon land authorized for irrigation by their water permit.

Public Safety

Ribbon Cutting Held for New Highway Patrol Office in Rapid City
A new era for the South Dakota Highway Patrol was ushered in Thursday morning with the opening of a new district office in Rapid City.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Around Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the north central area of the state beginning Monday, July 20, weather permitting.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Around Pierre
Updated information in release: The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the central area of the state beginning Monday, July 13, weather permitting.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Officials Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Man
Law Enforcement Officials are seeking the public’s help in locating Hermes D. Miller. Miller is from Janesville, WI, but is said to have been traveling through South Dakota as recently as 11:47 a.m. today.

Education

South Dakota students elected to CTSO national officer positions
Three South Dakota students have recently been elected national officers of two Career and Technical Student Organizations.

Poet Laureate Badger Clark’s first book marks one century in print
“Sun and Saddle Leather,” the first collection of Badger Clark’s cowboy poetry, was first published in 1915 and has been in print ever since. The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, which is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, oversees the reprinting and distribution of Clark’s work and is observing the centennial of “Sun and Saddle Leather.”

Game, Fish and Parks

The North Face Awards SD GFP Explore Fund Grant
PIERRE, S.D. - The North Face recently announced South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) as a winner of the 2015 Explore Fund grant for their new Go Fourth program.

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Officer
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Michael Klosowski, regional conservation officer supervisor as its 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Boat Ramps in Northeast South Dakota Undergo Repairs
PIERRE, S.D. – Two popular boat ramps in northeast South Dakota will temporarily be closed for repairs in July.

Human Services

Workgroup with focus on autism therapy for children to commence
PIERRE, S.D. – The Applied Behavior Analysis Provider Workgroup established during the 2015 South Dakota Legislative Session will have its first meeting July 21.

Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Corsica, S.D., man, identified as Kevin Gardeman, 62, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday afternoon near Mitchell.

Third Fatality in Moody County Crash (Updated)
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A third person has died from injuries sustained Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred southeast of Flandreau.

Highway Safety Official: 16 fatalities in 14 days
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Safety officials are again reminding motorists to be careful in the wake of 16 fatalities that have occurred on South Dakota roads since July 1.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Constitutional Amendment Regarding Legislative Redistricting
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed Constitutional Amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Education

State Historical Society’s Sioux Horse Effigy Returned Following International Exhibition: Celebration Planned for Oct. 10-12
Representatives of the South Dakota State Historical Society announce the return of South Dakota’s Great Sioux Horse Effigy to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Releases Numbers from June Sobriety Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers arrested 55 people for DUI during 94 checkpoints and saturation patrols held statewide during June.

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – An adult and a juvenile were killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred southeast of Flandreau.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Marks Fourth Consecutive Fiscal Year End With Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2015 budget year on June 30 marking the fourth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Agriculture

Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Entries
Deadlines for all South Dakota State Fair open class entries are right around the corner. The static entry deadline is Friday, July 31.

Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Work Taking Place At Cabot Hill
A hazardous fuels reduction project has begun in the Laurel Heights Subdivision, north of Interstate 90 on Cabot Hill.

Education

Smithsonian Night Program at Cultural Heritage Center to Feature Space Junk and Hot Air Balloons
A Smithsonian Night program is coming up Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society. This month’s featured programs are entitled, “Space Junk: Fast Trash” and “Hot Air Balloons and Air Pressure” from the National Air & Space Museum.

Program about Northern Baseball League coming to Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is hosting a program entitled, “10 Things You Did Not Know About the Northern League” at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, July 18.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2016 Integrated Report
DENR is requesting water quality data as part of its process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Offer a Variety of Events This Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Running, fishing and a little bit of mystery are coming to state parks this weekend. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is continuing to host family-friendly events to get people away from TVs, off the couch and spending time in the summer sun.

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Two Yankton residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon five miles west of Yankton.


Corrections

Two State Prison Inmates Back In Custody
Inmates Brandon Suess and Troy Chase were apprehended in Weston County, WY earlier today.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Releases Victim’s Name in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has now released the name of a Dell Rapids man who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Baltic.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Receives High Ranking In Mercatus Fiscal Condition Study
South Dakota ranks third in the nation for fiscal condition according to a Mercatus Center study on state solvency released on Tuesday.

Governor's Column: Protecting Against West Nile Virus
It used to be mosquitoes weren’t much cause for concern. We considered them a nuisance, but otherwise mostly harmless. It wasn’t until 13 years ago when West Nile Virus emerged in South Dakota that the nuisance became a formidable health concern.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will visit and tour the Fermilab in Batavia, IL. Fermilab is in the process of partnering with the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Clint Eldeen was last seen leaving the minimum-security unit at the State Penitentiary at 6:45 p.m.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash (Friday Afternoon)
BALTIC, S.D. -- A Dell Rapids man, 89, died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Baltic.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Marion, S.D., man, identified as Roger Waltner, 60, was killed Thursday afternoon in a motorcycle-passenger car crash that occurred 11 miles west of Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Asphalt Concrete Crack Seal Project on I-90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crack sealing operations will take place on the Interstate 90 Loop (Havens Avenue) through Mitchell starting Monday, July 13.

Bridge Maintenance on Highway 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says routine maintenance will be done on a Highway 79 bridge located approximately 14 miles north of the junction of highways 79 and 20 beginning July 10.

Cold Milling and Turn Lane Construction on Highway 50
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says surface milling and construction of center turn lanes on Highway 50 between Tabor and Yankton began Monday, July 6.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Kimball Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, July 15, Kimball will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social and coffee time with the Governor, a main street walk, tours around Kimball and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Chase to Change Unlawful Credit Card Debt Collection Practices through $136 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement
Chase Bank USA N.A. and Chase Bankcard Services Inc. will reform its unlawful credit card debt collection practices through a $136 million joint state-federal settlement with Attorney General Marty Jackley, attorneys general in 47 states plus the District of Columbia, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

8th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Sex Offender’s 27 ½ Year Sentence
In 1997, a Walworth County jury found Richard Litschewski guilty of three child sex crimes. Litschewski was sentenced to serve three consecutive terms of imprisonment for a total of 27 ½ years.

Health

McLaughlin Puppy Positive For Rabies, Other Rabid Puppies Possible, Exposed Individuals Asked To Contact Health Officials
A golden colored puppy approximately 3-4 weeks of age in McLaughlin has tested positive for rabies and health officials are urging individuals who may have been bitten, scratched or in contact with the puppy’s saliva to call the state Department of Health or their physician to determine whether rabies shots are needed.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Requests FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment of Storm Damage In South Dakota Counties
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that FEMA join state and local teams for a preliminary assessment of damage done to public property during storms that occurred statewide June 17-24.

Transportation

DOT Changing Bridge Posting Signs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is changing the way vehicle weight limits are displayed on bridge posting signs.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Decriminalizing One Ounce or Less of Marijuana
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for an initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State. This statement will appear on petitions that will be circulated by the sponsor of the measure.

Attorney General Jackley’s Response to ACLU on Same-Sex Marriage
“It is disappointing to learn that the ACLU, who in their own words, works to “defend and preserve the Constitution’s promise of liberty for everyone in our country”, is now choosing to place certain Constitutional Rights ahead of others.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer returns $15.7 million in unclaimed property
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast returned nearly $16 million in unclaimed funds this fiscal year. That figure is up $5.6 million from 2014 when the state returned $10.1 million in unclaimed property.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Rep. Hickey Resigns: Governor Invites Public Input
State Rep. Steve Hickey has resigned his seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Hickey, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the state House since 2011.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Press Conference Seeking Public’s Assistance and to Unveil New Technology
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Lawrence County States Attorney John Fitzgerald, Lawrence Country Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation held a press conference today to address the public on the use of new technology, 3-D facial approximation, in Lawrence County cold case.

Attorney General Jackley Calls on Congress to Preserve Authority to Enforce State Data Breach and Data Security Laws
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 46 other State and Territorial Attorneys General have asked Congress to recognize the importance of maintaining states’ authority to enforce data breach and data security laws, and their ability to enact laws to address future data security risks.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Lawrence & Schiller TeleServices Expanding to North Sioux City
Lawrence & Schiller TeleServices announced today it will be opening a second center in South Dakota. Through continued growth with current partners, and new business opportunities, the expansion of a second center was deemed necessary to accommodate the company’s continued growth.


Agriculture

Secretary Lucas Lentsch speaks at Aberdeen Farmers’ Market
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch spoke to producers and consumers at the Aberdeen Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoon about the importance of local foods and the impact farmers’ markets have on South Dakota agriculture.

Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 13
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of the free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 13, through Wednesday, Sept. 9, in 37 locations around the state.

Education

All-Star Game & South Dakota baseball history on display at Cultural Heritage Center
While the nation turns its attention to the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on July 14, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre has an exhibit on display that celebrates baseball tradition closer to home. “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota” will be on display in the Hogen Gallery of the museum through August of 2016.

Game, Fish and Parks

Outdoor Campus-West Hosts 4th Annual Outdoor University
PIERRE, S.D. - Are you and your family interested in learning a new outdoor activity together? Here's your chance! The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks' (GFP) Outdoor Campus-West in Rapid City will host its fourth annual Outdoor University on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT.

State Parks Host Tasty Events
PIERRE, S.D. – As summer nears the half-way point, join South Dakota State Parks for outdoor food and fun! This weekend features outdoor cooking and Dutch oven demonstrations at a variety of state parks, alongside other nature and education programs.

Transportation

Highway 15 Repairs South of Milbank
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge repair projects will begin on Highway 15 between Milbank and Highway 212 on Monday, July 13.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
LENNOX, S.D. -- A Lennox, S.D., man, identified as Roger Almond, 62, died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon near Lennox.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- A Spearfish woman, identified as Megan Kellogg, 29, was killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Spearfish.


Public Safety

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- Names now have been released of those involved in Friday afternoon's two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Interstate 29, two miles south of the Baltic exit.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. -- An Arlington, S.D. woman, identified as Barbara Hudy, 71, died in a one-vehicle crash Friday night in Arlington.


Corrections

Search For Youth Runaways from STAR Academy
Department of Corrections staff members and law enforcement agencies are searching for two youth who ran away from the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy near Custer overnight.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- A Brookings, S.D., man, 60, died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29, 2 miles south of the Baltic exit.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Opening Of The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
This week I had the opportunity to attend the dedication of the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead.

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be hosting its 6th annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Agriculture

Despite Recent Moisture, Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day Weekend
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend.

Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit Registration Quickly Approaching
Registration for the sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will close on July 6. Those wanting to attend can register at www.sdagsummit.com. The Summit will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
DENR is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota’s Duck Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed the 2015 duck hunting season at their July meeting.

South Dakota’s Goose Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed the 2015 Goose Hunting Season at their July meeting.

Early Fall Canada Goose Season Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission set the 2015 early fall Canada goose hunting season at their July meeting this week.

Fall Turkey Hunting Season Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission finalized the 2015 fall turkey hunting season by offering 100 more one-tag licenses for resident turkey hunters in the East River prairie units and reducing the number of licenses available in the Black Hills for the 2015 hunting season from 750 to 400 resident single tag any turkey licenses.

Antelope Firearms Season Set
South Dakota antelope hunters will find 3,007 licenses available for the 2015 antelope firearms hunting season which runs from Oct. 3-18, 2015.

Custer State Park Hunting Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission set a consistent distance where hunting can take place in Custer State Park.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Roripaugh As Poet Laureate
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Lee Ann Roripaugh of Vermillion as South Dakota’s Poet Laureate.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Bosworth Sentenced in Election Law Violation Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Annette Bosworth, 43, Sioux Falls, was sentenced to 2 years for each of the 6 counts for offering false or forged instrument for filing and 2 years for each of the 6 counts for perjury.

Agriculture

Huron’s Bob Glanzer Prints Book Proceeds Benefit State Fair Foundation’s Exhibit Hall Campaign
Longtime Huron area resident and former State Fair manager Bob Glanzer has assembled a collection of articles he has written over the years for the Huron region’s monthly “Prairie Tracks” publication.

Education

New Biography from State Historical Society Focuses on Red Cloud
In “Red Cloud: Oglala Legend,” the latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society, author John D. McDermott examines the Sioux leader’s rise to prominence, his struggle against cultural domination and the victory that closed the Bozeman Trail in 1868.

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 In Community Mosquito Control Grants
More than 180 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $490,371 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Public Safety

South Dakota to Participate in National “See Something, Say Something” campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – As part of a national anti-terrorism effort, South Dakotans are being encouraged to become involved in protecting their community by reporting suspicious activity.


Agriculture

Let Your Creativity and Skills Shine at the SD State Fair
Sew it. Grow it. Show it. Create it. Enter it! The Women’s Building has two fun competitions for South Dakotans to show their skills at.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
PIERRE, S.D. – The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a busy time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.

State Parks Celebrate Fourth of July
PIERRE, S.D. – July begins with a bang with America’s Independence Day. As picnics, firework shows and barbeques celebrate the United States of America, state parks are also busy with festivities.

Riders Can Still Register for 18th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
PIERRE, S.D. – Openings still exist for riders to take part in the 18th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. The deadline for early registration is July 1 for the Sept. 18-20 ride. After that, merchandise is not included with registration.

Northern Fort Playhouse Celebrates Tenth Season
LAKE CITY, S.D. – The tenth season of Northern Fort Playhouse Productions Summer Theatre will commence this July. This season, Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross and Around the World in 80 Days, adapted by Mark Brown from the Jules Verne novel, will be acted in the historic South Barracks at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park.

Public Safety

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.

Transportation

Highway 85 – Subgrade Repair
LUDLOW, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a subgrade repair project on Highway 85 in Harding County, approximately two miles south of Ludlow, on Wednesday, June 30.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Virginia-based Healthcare Company Expanding to Ellsworth AFB
Advance Health, based in Chantilly, Va., announced today that Ellsworth Air Force Base will be the site for its third location, and the company expects to fill more than 200 jobs during the next three to five years.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Western Governors Adopt Gov. Daugaard’s Transportation Resolution
The Western Governors Association last week voted to approve a resolution on federal transportation introduced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Western State Attorneys General to Challenge EPA on Waters of the United States
Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with Attorneys General from twelve other states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the EPA’s new rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

Agriculture

Economists to Share Market Outlook at Governor’s Ag Summit
Two agricultural economists will participate in a discussion panel regarding market outlooks for a variety of agricultural commodities during Session 4 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center Invites Visitors for Fourth of July Weekend
Local and area residents and their guests are encouraged to visit the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre over the Fourth of July weekend.

State Historical Society awards historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and the Spearfish vicinity recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

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.


Public Safety

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.


Public Safety

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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On Same-Sex Marriage Decision
This morning, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Governor's Column: Those Who Have Carried The Flag
At the beginning of the Revolutionary War the individual states were not united by a national government and they lacked a symbol that could unite them.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be attending a major economic development announcement that will impact both Ellsworth Air Force Base and the Rapid City area as well as thesurrounding communities.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Divided United States Supreme Court Holds State Marriage Laws Prohibiting Same-sex Marriage Unconstitutional
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a very divided United States Supreme Court has issued its decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al., holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses between two people of the same-sex.

Attorney General’s Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage Decision
The United States Supreme Court has ordered that every State must recognize and license same-sex marriage.

Corrections

Two State Prison Inmates Placed On Escape Status
Inmates Brandon Suess and Troy Chase were last seen this afternoon working on the grounds of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. They failed to return to the minimum-security unit for a count of inmates at 3:45 p.m.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $23.7 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $23.7 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Discovers Invasive Rusty Crayfish in South Dakota Waters
A new aquatic invasive species (AIS) has been discovered in South Dakota waters.

Health

South Dakota Prepared To Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses
In response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage, the Department of Health has updated its electronic vital records system and is prepared to issue gender neutral licenses as of 1 p.m. today.

Public Safety

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.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Jurisdiction Over Marijuana in South Dakota and Our Reservations
The possession, distribution and manufacture of marijuana is a violation of both federal and state law.

Divided United States Supreme Court Upholds Tax Credits Under Affordable Care Act
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court issued a divided decision in King et al. v. Burwell, et.al., upholding section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any exchange under the Act.

Human Services

Yankton NDEAM committee seeking award nominations
Yankton’s local National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) committee is seeking nominations for the awards of Outstanding Employer of the Year and Outstanding Employee with a Disability. NDEAM is acknowledged nationally and in South Dakota each October.

Public Safety

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.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Belle Fourche Man Sentenced in Identity Theft Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Gregory Harrison, 43, Belle Fourche was sentenced to 10 years in the state penitentiary for aggravated grand theft and 5 years for forgery with both counts to run concurrent.

Final Autopsy Report Released in Clay County Homicide
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe announced today that Alicia Hummel’s autopsy report has been completed and that her cause of death was due to drowning with contributing circumstances of an incised wound to the neck and blunt force injuries to the head.

Health

Meade County Mosquito Pool First West Nile Detection Of Season
South Dakota’s first West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season is a Meade County mosquito pool, a state health official said today.

Public Safety

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.

Transportation

Chip Seal on Highway 75
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin applying a chip seal to Highway 75 near Lodgepole the week of June 29.

Highway 42 Turn Lane for the Bluffs at Willow Run
On Monday, June 29, a contractor for the Bluffs at Willow Run apartment complex in Sioux Falls will start constructing an eastbound center left-turn lane into the new development.

South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor to Induct Sen. Vehle
Sen. Mike Vehle from Mitchell has been selected for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2015.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

AG Jackley Announces National Attorney General Executive Committee
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General announces the National Attorney General Executive Committee that includes the Presidential appointments of Attorneys General Pam Bondi (Florida), Tim Fox (Montana) and Karl Racine (District of Columbia), as well as other elected regional leadership.

Agriculture

Growing In Agriculture: Honoring Fathers
This past weekend we paused in the midst of the hustle and bustle of summer to recognize and celebrate Father’s Day. It is the one day of the year we set aside specifically to thank the men in our lives who work hard to give us so much

Producers to Highlight Opportunities in South Dakota Agriculture at the Governor’s Ag Summit
Four South Dakota agricultural operations will be represented on a producer panel during Session 3 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Public Safety

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.


Education

Award-winning poet to read her work in Pierre
Award-winning poet Sharon Chmielarz (SHMEE-larz) will present two programs in Pierre on Tuesday, July 7.

Game, Fish and Parks

Importance of Boating Safety this Summer
PIERRE, S.D. -- With the approach of the Fourth of July holiday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

State Parks Hold Summer Events
PIERRE, S.D. – As the summer marches on, the parade of events at South Dakota state parks allows people to enjoy their summer outside. With a mixture of history, nature and hands-on activities, parks are stepping out to put on summer activities for visitors of all ages.

Roadside Mowing: Hold off until after July 10
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Transportation (DOT) want to remind individuals there are laws and rules governing when mowing of highway right-of-way ditches can begin.

Storm Damage Temporarily Closes Farm Island Recreation Area in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – Farm Island Recreation Area east of Pierre is temporarily closed after Sunday night’s storm downed trees and knocked out power to the park. The park will re-open as soon as the area is cleaned up.

2014 HuntSAFE Instructor Awards Announced
PIERRE, S.D. - The Onida HuntSAFE Instructor team and an instructor from the Tea community have been chosen as the 2014 State of South Dakota HuntSAFE Instructors of the Year.

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available
PIERRE, S.D. -- Officials of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) are reminding South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact GFP or SDDA if they have unwanted prairie dogs.

Missouri River Walleye Length Limits Change
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) would like to remind anglers that during the months of July and August, there is no minimum length restriction for walleyes on Lake Sharpe, Francis Case or on the portion of the Missouri River from the point where the river becomes Dakota/Nebraska border upstream to Fort Randall Dam.

Transportation

Sign Bridge Removal On I-29 Northbound Lanes North of Tea Interchange
On Tuesday, June 23, at 9 p.m., the South Dakota Department of Transportation will remove a sign bridge on Interstate 29 north of the Tea Interchange.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Update On The Tribal Pilot Parole Program
This week I had the honor of speaking about South Dakota’s criminal justice system at a policy briefing on Capitol Hill. I talked with policymakers about the process we undertook to study our growing prison population and the criminal justice reforms we adopted in 2013.

News Tips
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students will hold three meetings in Watertown on Monday, June 22, and three in Aberdeen on Tuesday, June 23.

Transportation

Construction On Highway 11 Near Brandon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on the Highway 11 bridge over Split Rock Creek south of Brandon on Monday, June 22.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Boston-based, Senscio Systems Announces Expansion to Vermillion
Senscio Systems, a Boston-based provider of artificial intelligence-based complex care management technology, has announced its intent to create a regional hub in Vermillion, S.D.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Sentence in Aggravated Assault Case Against SD Highway Patrol Officer
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of Rachel Lee Coleman.

Agriculture

Sen. John Thune to speak at Governor’s Ag Summit in Deadwood
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach and Dr. Dermont Hayes of Iowa State University will speak to audiences during Session 2 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 10:30 11:45 a.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Labor and Regulation

10,000th Career Readiness Certificate Issued
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) recognizes Tamara Dolney of Webster for being the 10,000th recipient of the National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC).

Transportation

Highway 44 Tree Clearing
On Monday, June 22, crews will begin tree clearing operations on Highway 44 west of Rapid City. This work will be done in the area 10 miles west of Rapid City from near Highway 385 to Overlook Drive.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Man Pleads Guilty in Sexual Contact Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Jesus “Jesse” Izaguirre, 51, Rapid City, entered a guilty plea to one count of sexual contact with a minor under 16, class 3 felony, maximum penalty of 15 years and/or $30,000 fine.

Agriculture

Summer Truck and Trailer Raffles to Benefit Exhibit Hall
Iverson Chrysler of Huron and Mitchell has donated a 2015 Ram 1500 Crew Express pick-up and a 2015 Featherlite Stock Combo trailer to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for two summer raffles to raise funds for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community.

Transportation

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding Available
Letters of Intent forms are now available on the website for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

SDDOT Distributing Highway Funds to Local Governments
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be distributing $12.5 million in state highway funds to local governments by the end of June 2015. The funds will go to counties and cities with populations above 5,000, also known as Class 1 cities.

I-29 Exit 61 Canton Ramp Detours
On Friday, June 19, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will continue work for the new Highway 18 bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton.

Construction on Highway 50
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on an asphalt resurfacing project on Highway 50 between the Yankton/Clay County line to Vermillion this week.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Jurisdiction Over Marijuana in South Dakota and Our Reservations
The possession, distribution and manufacture of marijuana is a violation of both federal and state law.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to host Everharts outdoor concert July 10
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center will host a free outdoor concert featuring traditional music artists Bob & Sheila Everhart on Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Students Earn National Career Readiness Certificates
During the 2014-2015 school year, 2,655 students from 76 high schools completed assessments to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Public Safety

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.

Board of Regents

State Grants Advance Public University Research
Eight faculty members from public universities are the latest to receive competitive state research grants through the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Information as One-Year Anniversary of Jackson County Death Investigation Nears
June 17, 2015 will mark the one-year anniversary of the discovery of Theresa M. Dashewich’s body in a culvert east of Kadoka, South Dakota.

Agriculture

Rising Country Star to Open for The Band Perry
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds welcome Logan Mize as opener for The Band Perry at the SD State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

Growing In Agriculture: Celebrating June Dairy Month
Like many South Dakotans, dairy was a part of my life growing up. The milk cows helped provide us a living that allowed our family to move home to South Dakota from Waterloo, Iowa where my father had worked for John Deere.

How To Obtain A Campfire Permit for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District
Is your campfire on private land permitted? To obtain a permanent residential campfire permit, please contact South Dakota Wildland Fire Division at 605.393.8011. Specify what county you are requesting the permit for and you will be directed to the respective field office.

Education

Free meals available to youth: Search for food service sites online
Organizations across South Dakota are serving free meals to the state’s youth this summer, as part of the Summer Food Service Program.

Game, Fish and Parks

Father’s Day Events Planned for South Dakota State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. – Celebrate this Father’s Day weekend at a South Dakota state park. Weekend programs and demonstrations are suited for families of all ages and sizes.

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
PIERRE, S.D. – In May, 12,000 South Dakota fourth graders received a free pass to South Dakota State Parks through the new “Go Fourth” program.

Transportation

Chip Seal on Black Hills Highways
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin a chip seal project at multiple locations on Monday, June 22.

Highway 87 Open Near Custer
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has opened Highway 87 near Custer.

Unified Judicial System

Elder Abuse Awareness in South Dakota
In recognition of June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Governor Dennis Daugaard announce the 2015 Elder Abuse Conference to be held on July 20, 2015 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

State, Governor to Promote Bioscience Industry at Annual BIO Convention
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will lead a delegation of state officials to Philadelphia, Pa., this week to promote South Dakota’s growing bioscience industry at the annual BIO International Convention.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Names Additional Members To Blue Ribbon Task Force
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the appointment of thirteen new members to the Blue Ribbon Task Force.

Governor's Column: Studying South Dakota's Education System With An Open Mind
South Dakotans all share three goals for our education system. First, we want a quality system of schools focused on student success.

Kimball To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Kimball has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, July 15.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2015 Flag Day Celebration at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Kim Vanneman of Ideal has been appointed to the South Dakota Transportation Commission by Gov. Dennis Daugaard effective immediately.

Pavement Marking To Be Done On Highways 34 and 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a pavement marking painting project on Highway 34 in Butte County and Highway 79 in Custer County on Thursday, June 17.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Madison Man Sentenced in Medicaid Fraud Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Shawn Earl Nills, 42, Madison, was sentenced to serve 5 years in the State Penitentiary for committing Medicaid fraud.

Agriculture

World Wildlife Fund and Protect the Harvest at Governor’s Ag Summit in Deadwood
Speakers from World Wildlife Fund and Protect the Harvest will address political, scientific and social challenges during the first session of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on July 9 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Education

State Historical Records Advisory Board announces grant funding awards, site visits
Five state history organizations were recently awarded grants through the South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SD SHRAB).

Public Safety

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.

Board of Regents

Regents Honor Student Groups from Dakota State
The South Dakota Board of Regents has recognized three student organizations from Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

South Dakota Lags in Educational Attainment
A recent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data confirms that educational attainment across South Dakota lags the region and the nation, with the state’s pool of postsecondary degrees skewed toward lower-level credentials.


Board of Regents

New Programs Approved for SDSU and USD
The South Dakota Board of Regents today approved new degree programs at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, ranging from natural resources law enforcement and agricultural education at SDSU to sport marketing and media at USD. Each degree program will be available beginning this fall.

Warner Awarded Honorary Doctorate
The South Dakota Board of Regents awarded its highest honor Wednesday to Jack R. Warner, who will retire June 30 as the regents’ executive director and chief executive officer.

Opportunity Scholarship Positively Impacts Degree Completion
Since 2004, when the merit-based South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship was first awarded, observers have credited the scholarship with keeping students in college and completing a degree. Now there are new data to prove that point.

Regents Update Policies on Sexual Assault Investigations
As part of its continuing efforts to prevent sexual assault or violence on university campuses and to respond promptly and fairly whenever an incident occurs, the South Dakota Board of Regents this week updated administrative policies to conform with new federal law and rules.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Relating to Medical Marijuana
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for an initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Public’s Help in Clay County Homicide Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe continue to request the public’s assistance with information that may assist in the Clay County homicide investigation.

South Dakota Joins to Protect Private Property Rights from Federal Prairie Dog Protections
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined 7 other states in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief to support asking the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a ruling striking down federal protections for the Utah prairie dog on private property.

Education

Award-winning novel to be discussed in Pierre
People will have two opportunities in Pierre to discuss award-winning writer William Kent Krueger’s “Ordinary Grace.”

Game, Fish and Parks

Thousands Attend 2015 Fort Sisseton Festival
PIERRE, S.D. -- The 2015 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival was well attended despite overcast skies on Saturday. This year’s festival boasted a historic dedication, political dignitaries and standing-room-only attendance.

Health

Cleanup Precautions Help Prevent Hantavirus
As South Dakotans work outdoors around sheds, barns or other places where mice are found, they need to take steps to prevent hantavirus says a state health official.

Public Safety

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.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rural Manufacturer: Partnership with State Grows Business, Community
SD Industries (SDI), a leading manufacturer in the swine industry, has been approved for a REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund loan by the Board of Economic Development. The loan will be used to purchase equipment and will allow the company to double its production, while decreasing its utility cost.

Veterans Affairs

SOUTH DAKOTA WORLD WAR II VETERAN RECEIVED FRENCH MEDAL
Hanson, now 97 and living in Bison, received the gratitude of France in the form of the French Legion of Honor medal. It was presented by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and SDDVA Secretary Larry Zimmerman, during a ceremony at the South Dakota State Capitol on Tuesday, June 9.


Education

Cultural Heritage Center offering program on Basin League baseball June 20
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is hosting a program about the former Basin League of baseball teams from South Dakota on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. CDT.


Transportation

Highways 16/385 and Needles Highway Reopened
HILL CITY, S.D. - Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say Highway 16/385 through Hill City and the Needles Highway (Highway 87) between the Playhouse and Sylvan Lake have both been reopened to traffic.

Highway 16/385 Closed thru Hill City and Portion of Needles Highway Closed
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say Highway 16 385 through Hill City is closed due to flooding within city limits. Officials also say the Needles Highway 87 is closed between the Playhouse and Sylvan Lake due to a rock side and water over the road.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Outdoors In South Dakota
When I was a young boy, I couldn’t wait for summer. After nine months of school, June meant a break from studies and long, adventure-filled days outdoors in South Dakota.

News Tips
A ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize World War II veteran James “Bob” Hanson for receiving the French Legion of Honor Medal.

Game, Fish and Parks

Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Submit Proposals for Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Entrepreneurs interested in operating a resort inside one of South Dakota’s most popular state parks can now submit their proposals.

2015 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed to offer 100 more one-tag licenses for resident turkey hunters in the East River prairie units and reduce the number of licenses available in the Black Hills for the 2015 hunting season.

Proposal to Change Hunting Restrictions in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed to limit hunting near roads and buildings in Custer State Park at their June meeting.

Early Canada Goose Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed a change to where September Canada goose hunters would be allowed to hunt during the early goose season.

Proposal to Remove Bald Eagles from the State Threatened and Endangered List
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission would remove the bald eagle from the state’s threatened and endangered list.

East River, West River and National Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons Finalized
South Dakota West River deer hunters will have fewer days to hunt antlerless deer in 2015 after the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission voted to eliminate the nine days of antlerless hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas. However, East River deer hunters will retain those nine days of deer hunting and be allowed to hunt with unfilled antlerless deer tags during that nine day time period.

Firearms Antelope Season Proposed and Archery Antelope and Custer State Park Antelope Seasons Finalized
South Dakota antelope hunters will have slightly more antelope licenses available for the 2015 prairie firearms antelope season if a proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission is approved in which resident hunters would have 75 more one-tag licenses (75 tags) and 125 more two-tag licenses (250 tags) for a total of 3,030 tags available. Nonresident hunters would have one more one-tag licenses (1 tag) and 5 more two-tag licenses (10 tags) for a total of 72 tags.

Archery Deer Hunting Access Permits for 2015
To assist with deer management on the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve area, 20 archery access permits will be made available this fall.

More Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses Available in 2015
Black Hills deer hunters will have 500 more resident and 40 more nonresident any whitetail deer hunting licenses available for the 2015 Black Hills deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Rejects Nonresident Waterfowl Proposal
Earlier today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission unanimously rejected the nonresident waterfowl proposal with the exception of creating 100 nonresident youth licenses valid during the two-day youth waterfowl hunting season.

Health

Warm Weather Means Return Of Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus Risk
July through September might be the peak transmission for West Nile virus (WNV) in South Dakota but cases have also occurred in June, said a state health official today.

Public Safety

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.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2015
PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes beginning July 1.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Milbank Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Thursday, June 11, Milbank will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social and coffee time with the Governor, a main street walk, tours around Milbank and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

U.S. Senate Candidate Clayton Walker’s Appeal to U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Federal District Court decision dismissing Clayton G. Walker’s lawsuit to be placed on the November 2014 ballot as an independent candidate for United States Senate.

Education

Seven afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of seven 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.

Game, Fish and Parks

Parks Host Summer Day Camps for Kids
PIERRE, S.D. – Kids can get outside, learn and have a blast this summer with Nature Day Camps at South Dakota state parks. Nature day camps are geared to connect kids to nature through activities and education.

Weekend Fun Continues at State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. – As summer is starting to fly by, weekend events are continuing at South Dakota state parks. These family-geared events take advantage of the summer weather and unique opportunities at each park.

Anglers are Reminded Not to Move Lake Water When Fishing
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) would like to remind anglers of the new rules regarding fish and bait transportation.

Transportation

Flooding Closes Portion of U.S. Highway 18/85 in Wyoming
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, is advising motorists that U.S. Highway 18/85 in Wyoming is closed from Newcastle to Highway 26 at Lingle.

Governor Proclaims June “General Aviation Appreciation” Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “General Aviation Appreciation” month in South Dakota.

Construction on Interstate 29 Northbound Lanes
Starting Monday, June 8, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin constructing temporary driving lanes on Interstate 29 from the Tea interchange (Exit 75) to 49th Street.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Two Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in Aurora County
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Christian Thomas, 41, Plankinton, was arrested on one count of aggravated incest, class 3 felony, punishable by up of 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine and one count of 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine and Larry J. Unruh, 42, Mitchell, one count 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on Mexican food
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host “Taco Nation/Planet Taco: How Mexican-American Food Conquered the World” on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. CDT.

Labor and Regulation

State Division of Insurance Levies Large Monetary Penalty
The South Dakota Division of Insurance (DOI) has reached a settlement that will assess the Farmers Insurance Group and Foremost Insurance Group a monetary penalty totaling $750,000.

Public Safety

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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On RESTORE Resolution
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a statement today in support of U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds’ bipartisan Regulation Sensibility Through Oversight Restoration (RESTORE) Resolution.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeks Public's Help in Suspicious Death in Clay County
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating a suspicious death of an adult female who was found late afternoon on Monday June 1, near the boat dock at Myron Grove, also known as the Highline Area of Clay County.

Agriculture

Crowd Gathers to Celebrate Groundbreaking for New State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community took place on Wednesday, May 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels was among those who addressed the group, which included campaign volunteers, donors, 4-H families and agricultural leaders from throughout the state.

Education

Baseball program coming to Cultural Heritage Center June 13
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, in conjunction with its new exhibit “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota,” is hosting a program about a baseball player who barnstormed through the Midwest from 1910-1940 with many teams, passing through South Dakota on several occasions.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Foundation Park is South Dakota’s First Megasite
World-class businesses are looking for world-class sites—and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation (SFDF) is announcing the creation of the state’s first economic development megasite: Foundation Park in northwest Sioux Falls.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Former City of Pierre Wastewater Worker Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Water Pollution Control
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Greg V. Mohr, 54, former city of Pierre wastewater superintendent, plead guilty to two counts of water pollution control violations.

Game, Fish and Parks

Mobile App Features GFP Trails
PIERRE, S.D. – Visitors can get the most out of National Trails Day this year with an app that helps users navigate state park trail systems. According to state park officials, a new interactive map on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) mobile app makes navigating trails easier for visitors.

Mickelson Trail Gains National Recognition
PIERRE, S.D. – As National Trails Day approaches and we celebrate the health and fun that trails bring, the George S. Mickelson Trail continues to attract bicyclists, hikers and nature enthusiasts from across the state and the nation. This past year, South Dakota’s most famous trail has received national and global recognition.

Transportation

Highway 1804 to be Closed South of Walworth County Landfill
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 1804 will be closed 2.3 miles south of the Highway 12 junction (south of the Walworth County Landfill) on Wednesday, June 3, beginning at 7 a.m.

Department of Transportation and Davison County Seek Public Input into Davison County Master Transportation Plan Study
he South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Davison County, will hold a public open house as part of the Davison County Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, in the Meeting Room at the Davison County Fairgrounds Complex (3200 W. Havens St.).

Project Delayed: Glenham Road in Walworth County Closed
The Walworth County Highway Department says Glenham Road (Walworth County 325) from Highway 12 north to the Campbell County line will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, June 8, for resurfacing. Work was originally scheduled to begin the week of June 1.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Awards Six Community Development Block Grants
Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $2.8 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to six projects throughout South Dakota.