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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Former State Senator Walter C. Conahan Dies
Former South Dakota state senator Walter C. Conahan died Saturday, April 18, at his home in Sioux Falls.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Perkins County Man Arrested on 1st Degree Manslaughter Charge
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Perkins County States Attorney Shane Penfield and Perkins County Sheriff Kelly Serr announced today that Brady James Hooker, 22, Lemmon, was arrested on April 18, 2015 on one count of 1st degree manslaughter, class C felony, up to life imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine.

South Dakota Attorney General’s Office Celebrates Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to remind South Dakotans that this week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Agriculture

Governor Proclaims May as Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
PIERRE, S.D.-Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared May as South Dakota Noxious Weed Awareness Month to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

Mountain Pine Beetle Spraying Workshops Held In the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. - Three mountain pine beetle spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills through April and May.

Public Safety

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.

Tourism

State Historical Society Archaeology Camp registration opens May 1
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is sponsoring a three-day Archaeology Camp for students going into grades 4-6 for the 2015-16 school year.

Transportation

SPRING LOAD RESTRICTION PRESS RELEASE April 20, 2015
Pierre, SD – Effective at 8 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions were removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

US Highway 16A Construction On Iron Mountain Road
CUSTER, S.D. – Work resumes Thursday on an asphalt overlay project on US Highway16A which will require flaggers and a pilot car for the traveling public.

Board of Regents

Four Named as Finalists for Dakota State University Presidency
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today four candidates who are finalists to become the next president at Dakota State University.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Excellence Of The South Dakota National Guard
As the commander-in-chief of the South Dakota National Guard, I know well the role the National Guard plays in defending our nation and responding to domestic emergencies here in our state.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will serve as emcee for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area.

Health

CDC Honors Parkston Nurse With Childhood Immunization Champion Award
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is honoring Kerri Lutjens, RN as a 2015 Childhood Immunization Champion.

Public Safety

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.

Social Services

PUBLIC HEARING: FY 2016-Department of Energy State Plan for Home Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons
The Department of Social Services will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY 2016 Department of Energy State Plan for Home Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Highways 34 and 37 between Mitchell and Woonsocket
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says asphalt paving work will begin in the east- and westbound lanes of Highway 34 from two miles east of Woonsocket to the intersection of Highways 37 and 34 on Monday, April 20.

Traffic Study on Highway 14 in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is conducting a traffic study for the evaluation and potential removal of the traffic signal at the Highway 14/6th Street and 7th Avenue intersection in Brookings.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Oral Arguments Set for Greenhouse Gas Regulations Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the D.C. Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lawsuit today.

Aberdeen Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Canine Unit
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Aberdeen Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office have been awarded $17,000 to be used for start-up costs for a canine unit to be used in drug investigations.

Agriculture

Top Monster Trucks to Appear at SD State Fair
HURON, S.D.- Four of the nation’s top monster trucks will roar into the South Dakota State Fair in Huron on Labor Day afternoon, Sept. 7, according to Dakota State Fair Speedway track promoter Orville Chenoweth. Chenoweth is in his 20th year as promoter of the Dakota State Fair Speedway and wants to make 2015 special and memorable.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Ronald Rodden, age 73, passed away April 15 at a Yankton hospital following a lengthy illness.

Public Safety

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.

Tourism

“Not-So-Little Sales on the Prairie,” Wilder’s ‘Pioneer Girl’ still available at State Historical Society
Now in its fourth week on the New York Times Best Sellers list, “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” continues to defy the expectations of those involved in the making of the book.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday To Honor Fallen Firefighter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Sunday, April 19, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of Valley Springs firefighter Steven Ackerman.

Game, Fish and Parks

2015 Fish Consumption Advisories
The South Dakota departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are reminding anglers to check the current list of fish consumption advisories as the 2015 fishing season begins.

GFP Seeks Comments on Canada Goose and Turkey Management Plans
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2010-2014 resident Canada goose management plan prior to drafting the next five-year plan for 2015-2019. GFP is also seeking comments on the 2001-2010 wild turkey management plan prior to drafting a five-year plan for 2015-2019.

Public Safety

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.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Announces Economic Development Awards At 2015 Annual Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recognized two individuals and a community for achievements and contributions to economic development in South Dakota at the annual Governor’s Economic Development Conference.

TruXedo Inc. Approved for Two Grants, Expanding and Adding Jobs
TruXedo, Inc., manufacturer of tonneau covers and other truck accessories, announced today that it is moving forward with a 40,000 square foot addition and adding 18 jobs immediately with further positions planned.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Announces Members of Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced members of the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council.

President Requests Flags At Half Staff On Wednesday
President Obama has declared Wednesday, April 15, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated 150 years ago.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Court Scams Continue to Target South Dakota Citizens
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota citizens continue to be heavily targeted by two different types of telemarketing scams that use the court system as a means to construe urgency to their claims.

Agriculture

Three Statewide Organizations Donate to the State Fair Nordby Exhibit Hall 
HURON, S.D.-Three statewide organizations have made an investment in the future of South Dakota 4-H. South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, the SD 4-H Foundation and the state 4-H Leaders Association have joined forces to provide a total of $40,000 toward the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community on the State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D.

2015 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
PIERRE, S.D.-Matea Gordon of Whitewood, Madison Hofer of Dolton and Kennedy Mayelin of Mount Vernon are the winning essayists selected from the 1,563 entries in the 2015 Arbor Day Essay Contest.

Public Safety

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.

Tourism

Department of Tourism Launches Summer Marketing Campaign
The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s summer marketing campaign is in full swing and already drawing attention from travelers.

Transportation

Construction On Highway 14 In Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 14 (Brookings Bypass) in Brookings County will begin on Thursday, April 16.

Highway 212 Construction to Resume
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the eight-mile Highway 212 project from the intersection of Highway 20 west is scheduled to resume on Friday, April 17.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Make Sex Trafficking Arrests
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force have conducted investigations into sex trafficking in Sioux Falls.

Agriculture

Prescribed Fire at Coolidge Creek
CUSTER S.D. —The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division in collaboration with South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and the Black Hills National Forest will be performing a prescribed fire along Coolidge Creek, adjacent to Highway 16A in Custer State Park.

Tourism

First Smithsonian Night program at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on history & stamps
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host its first “Smithsonian Night” program on Tuesday, April 21, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Female homesteader’s letters available on South Dakota Digital Archives
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives recently added a collection of 186 letters written by early South Dakota female homesteader Elizabeth “Bachelor Bess” Corey to the South Dakota Digital Archives.


Corrections

Search For Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate Jonathan Archambeau failed to return to the Yankton Minimum Unit from his work release job site in Yankton Sunday night.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

First Lady's Column: Some Advice For New Parents
Much has changed for Dennis and me in the last five years. Moving from Dell Rapids to Pierre to serve as governor and first lady has been quite the adventure.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jane Wipf Pfeifle As Seventh Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Jane Wipf Pfeifle (FY’-flee) of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize Army & Air Force Cadets for their achievements at the Governor’s Day 2015 ceremony in Brookings on the SDSU Campus.

Tourism

“Smithsonian Night” program to be offered monthly at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will begin hosting a new evening program each month beginning April 21. “Smithsonian Night” will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, and it will feature a special webcast of a program produced by, for or with one of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums.

Transportation

Highway 12 Closing at Milbank
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 12 between Grant Street and 3rd Street in Milbank on Wednesday, April 15.


Agriculture

Black Hills Fire Protection District Brush Pile Burning Closed for the Season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Officials from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division closed the brush pile burning database on March 31. Permits will not be issued until next November.

Start Planning your Gardens to Exhibit at the SD State Fair
HURON, S.D.- Whether you plant early and protect your plants or wait until there will surely be no more frost, consider planning and planting to enter your vegetables in this year’s horticulture exhibit classes at the State Fair. There are new categories to consider.

Health

National Plan To Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Released, State Health Department, Health Care Partners Already At Work
A newly-launched federal plan will soon require states to take specific steps to reduce antibiotic resistance but South Dakota is already working on the issue says a state health official.

Human Services

DHS to oversee summer workgroup with focus on autism therapy for children
PIERRE, S.D. – In the second week of National Autism Awareness Month, the South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced it is taking nominations for a summer workgroup focusing on qualifications of applied behavior analysis therapy providers.

Tourism

South Dakota environment theme for 2015 State Historical Society conference
The South Dakota environment in its many forms will be the focus of this year’s history conference hosted by the South Dakota State Historical Society. The conference is May 29-30 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.

Baseball Tradition on Display at Cultural Heritage Center
While the nation celebrates the annual rite of spring known as “Opening Day” in professional baseball, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center has an exhibit on display that celebrates baseball tradition in South Dakota. “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota” will be on display in the Hogen Gallery of the Museum through April of 2016.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on Lake Mitchell Spillway Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin construction on the bridge over the Lake Mitchell Spillway on Highway 37 in Mitchell on Friday, April 10.

Highway 34 Bridge Removal East of Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin removal of the existing pavement 20 miles east of Sturgis on Highway 34 on Monday, April 13.

Highway 85 Asphalt Resurfacing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin an asphalt resurfacing project on Highway 85 from the south intersection with Highway 20 to 14 miles south of Buffalo on Tuesday, April 14.

Bridge Maintenance on Highway 85 Near Redig
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two bridges on Highway 85 will undergo routine maintenance beginning Wednesday, April 15.

Highway 46 Construction Through Beresford
he South Dakota Department of Transportation says two projects on Highway 46 through Beresford started earlier this week.


Transportation

Work to Begin on South I-90 Service Road
On Monday, April 13, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin work on the Interstate 90 service road from Exit 40 to Piedmont.

Asphalt Overlay Project at North Sioux City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt resurfacing on Highway 105 in North Sioux City the week of April 13.

Spring Load Restriction Release #12
Effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segment shown in the table below.

Board of Regents

Universities Team with K-12 Schools to Improve Math and Science
Six projects involving public universities and K-12 schools will receive nearly $270,000 in federal grant funding to improve science and mathematics instruction in middle and high schools.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Groton Police Department to Receive Money for Taser
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Groton Police Department has been awarded $1,262.38 for a taser to be used in drug investigations.

Agriculture

State Urges Residents to be Cautious with Fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. --- Vegetation is extraordinarily dry this spring season and fire danger is very high in the Black Hills and surrounding areas.

Growing in Agriculture: Governor's Ag Ambassador Nominations
For the last six years, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has hosted the Governor’s Agricultural Summit every summer at locations across South Dakota. This event brings together leaders in business, finance, education, government and production agriculture to discuss ways to harness the industry’s potential and learn more about the current challenges and opportunities happening for agriculture at local, regional and national levels.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Holds Annual Antler Auction
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host its annual antler auction Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Rapid City regional office shop located at 4130 Adventure Trail.

Turn In Poachers Program Approves New Board Member
The Board of Directors of the Turn In Poachers program has selected Mike McKernan of Twin Brooks to represent northeastern South Dakota which he will serve as appointed for a three-year term.

GFP Commission Adopts Final Elk Management Plan for South Dakota
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission formally adopted the Elk Management Plan for South Dakota (2015-2019) at their April meeting last week.

Health

Grant Funds Available For Local Mosquito Control Programs
Grant funds are again available to help South Dakota cities, counties and tribes to help control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Public Safety

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.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #11
Effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segment shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Lamphere As Artist Laureate
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order naming South Dakota artist Dale Lamphere of Sturgis as South Dakota’s Artist Laureate.

Health

Fewer South Dakota Babies Die In 2014
For the second year, South Dakota saw a decline in the number of babies dying before their first birthdays. New data released by the Department of Health today shows 73 infant deaths in 2014 for a rate of 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Public Safety

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.

Tourism

State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces Site Visit Opportunities
The South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SD SHRAB) is offering four site visit opportunities, with grant funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Transportation

DOT Seeks Nominations For Transportation Hall of Honor
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is now accepting nominations for consideration of persons to be inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal District Court Upholds Rails-to-Trails Designation
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the United States District Court has granted the State of South Dakota’s motion to dismiss in a Trevarton et al. and Miller et al. v. State of South Dakota and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. The decision preserves sections of the Mickelson Trail located in Fall River County.

Social Services

Long-Term Care Educational Sessions Scheduled Across South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is hosting several educational sessions in the coming weeks on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program (LTCPP).

Transportation

Highway 47 Construction Through Highmore Starting
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin to reconstruct Highway 47 through Highmore on Monday, April 6.

Bridge Repairs to Begin on Highway 12 Near Thunder Hawk
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge repair work will begin on Highway 12 near Thunder Hawk on Monday, April 6.

Board of Regents

Student Organizations Earn Regents’ Recognition
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week honored student organizations from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Preparing For A Dry Year
It’s only April and it’s already looking like it will be a dry year. Right now, 99 percent of the state’s ground is abnormally dry.

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 62nd Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will make the opening remarks for the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders Annual Meeting at the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Berget Denied Motion to Delay Execution
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Circuit Court Judge Brad Zell has denied Rodney Scott Berget’s recent motion to delay his execution.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate In Custody
Inmate John Collins was apprehended east of Yankton by the Yankton County Sheriff's Department at approximately 12:05 a.m. Thursday.

Game, Fish and Parks

Trophies, Bows and Scholarships Awarded at the 2015 NASP Tournament
Approximately 400 young archers from across South Dakota gathered in Rapid City last weekend to claim top honors in the 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament sponsored by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

South Dakota Anglers and Boaters Asked to Select Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign is again asking boaters and anglers to cast their votes in its 2015 America’s Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots Sweepstakes.

Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons Begin
South Dakota’s spring turkey hunters will get their chance to bag a gobbling tom this weekend as the 2015 archery turkey season begins April 4 and runs through May 17, 2015.

Black Hills Mountain Lion Hunting Season Ends
The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season officially closed on March 31, 2015.

Several Small Game Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission reviewed several small game seasons with no changes made from 2014 at their April meeting.

Elk and Mountain Goat Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2015 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting.

Board of Regents

Regents Approve Tuition & Fee Rates for 2015-16
The South Dakota Board of Regents Thursday approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $455.76 per year, or 5.8 percent.

Schaefer Elected to Head Board of Regents
Randy Schaefer, a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2009, is the board’s new president, succeeding Dean Krogman, who retired from the board this week.

New Academic Options Connect Students to Workforce Needs
Responding to identified workforce needs and student demand, the South Dakota Board of Regents this week created new minor degree programs in public health and agriculture, approved additional certificate programs in the fields of health, sciences, and community development, and authorized new delivery options for a South Dakota State University geography degree.

High School Dual Credit Courses Off to Strong Start
There is strong interest in a state-supported dual credit program that helps high school students get an affordable jump start on their college education. Officials told the South Dakota Board of Regents Wednesday that the reduced-tuition High School Dual Credit Program saw enrollments increase by 44 percent between the fall and spring semesters.

Public Universities to Offer Special ‘Children of Alumni’ Tuition Rate
Children of alumni from South Dakota public universities may have a new financial incentive to attend a parent’s alma mater.

Higher Ed Center to Become Black Hills State University-Rapid City
The South Dakota Board of Regents Wednesday approved a request to rebrand a Rapid City-based public higher education center as Black Hills State University-Rapid City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Senate Majority Leader Rave To Resign -- Governor Invites Public Input
State Sen. Tim Rave has announced his resignation from the South Dakota State Senate. Rave, a Baltic Republican who serves as senate majority leader, is resigning to accept a position with Sanford Health as enterprise vice president for public policy.

Governor Proclaims Oglala Lakota County Name Change
Following voter approval and a resolution from the Legislature, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed that Shannon County be renamed as Oglala Lakota County.

Corrections

Search For Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate John Collins was last seen at the work site in Yankton at approximately 3 p.m. CDT.

Game, Fish and Parks

New Aquatic Invasive Species Website Launches
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a new website today to help inform anglers and boaters about the new statewide aquatic invasive species rules.

Health

Watch For Ticks On Spring Outings
Tularemia and other tick-borne illnesses are reported every year in South Dakota so it’s important that residents protect themselves as they head outdoors, says a state health official.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the state in April.

Transportation

Pavement Repairs to Begin on Highway 83 near Vivian
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising the public that concrete pavement repair work will begin on Highway 83 on Monday, April 6.

Highway 212 Closed East of Gettysburg Due to Heavy Smoke From Grass Fire
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed a 10-mile stretch of Highway 212 from just east of Gettysburg to the junction of Highway 47 south of Lebanon (between mile markers 226 and 236).


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Flandreau Police Department to Receive Money for Service Dog and Equipment
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Flandreau Police Department has been awarded $10,000 for a police service dog, kennel and equipment to be used in drug investigations. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.

Attorney General Jackley and SD Board of Regents Prepare for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Board of Regents announce that April 1st marks the start to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Pierre
torney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) event:

South Dakota Highway Patrol to Receive Money for Police Service Dog
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Highway Patrol has been awarded $6,500 for a police service dog to be used in drug investigations. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.

Agriculture

Huey Lewis and the News Joins SD State Fair Concert Lineup
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces Huey Lewis and the News will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Cheaters Convicted
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation continues to investigate potential fraudulent conduct of unemployment insurance (UI) claimants.

Public Safety

Injured Highway Patrol Trooper Returns to Work
PIERRE, S.D – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper injured during a January standoff in Brule County has returned to work.

Social Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Nationwide, April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) encourages all South Dakotans to work together to keep children safe and secure, and offer the support families need to stay together.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #10
Effective at 5p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Sen. Lederman Resigns -- Governor Invites Public Input
State Sen. Dan Lederman has resigned his seat in the South Dakota State Senate. Lederman, a Dakota Dunes Republican, also serves as assistant majority leader.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State Will Not Seek the Death Penalty for Alexander Salgado
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County State’s Attorney Jim Davies announce today that in the interest of justice and based upon the totality of circumstances in the case, that it will not be their intent to file a Notice to Seek the Death Penalty and breach of agreement in the Alexander Salgado case.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. -- A Browns Valley, Minnesota man was killed in an ATV rollover crash Sunday night eight miles northeast of Sisseton.

Beadle County Fatal Crash
HURON, SD – A Huron man was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred northeast of Huron.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Notifications #8 and #9
Effective at 5 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Real Wage First of its kind
Things just got a whole lot easier for job seekers trying to decide which state will stretch their dollar furthest, thanks to The South Dakota Real Wage Calculator.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Expecting Another Busy Year For South Dakota’s Parks
Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner. Now is a good time to plan a summer trip to one of our state parks. If not a week-long vacation, consider at least a weekend or weeknight stay.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speakers at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony at the Capitol Lake.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Maricela Diaz Sentenced to 80 Years for Murder of Mitchell Teen
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County States Attorney Jim Davies announced today that Maricela N. Diaz, 20, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 80 years for first degree murder and 50 years for felony murder kidnapping. Sentences to run concurrently with no credit for time served. Diaz was convicted by a Minnehaha County jury on January 15, 2015.

Attorney General Jackley and other Attorneys General Call Upon EPA to Withdraw Proposed Greenhouse Rule
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 18 other State Attorneys General today asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the Proposed Rule for the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Emissions from New Stationary Sources, this rule provides new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions for new fossil-fuel fired generating units.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $83.2 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved nearly $83.2 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Black Hills Fisheries Management Plan Comment Period Remains Open through April 26
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife has drafted two five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans, one for streams and the other for reservoirs. The public comment period on these plans has been extended through April 26, 2015.

Tourism

Veteran to tell of his experiences in World War II at history book club
A veteran who fought in one of the turning points of World War II will share his experiences at a program in Pierre on April 14.

Revenue

Technical Issue Affecting Vehicle Registration System in Some Counties Fixed
PIERRE, S.D., -- Friday morning a technical issue surfaced, preventing some counties across the state from accessing a system that allows South Dakota drivers to renew their vehicle registration.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Man Sentenced in Witness Tampering Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Derek Chad Vice, 43, Rapid City, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years for conspiracy to commit tampering with a witness. Vice also admitted to a Part II Information for Habitual Offender exposing him to an elevated sentence from 5 years to 10 years.

Six Reappointed to Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that 6 members of the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission have been reappointed to their positions. They are as follows:

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Curtis Dosch, age 56, passed away earlier today in a Sioux Falls hospital.

Game, Fish and Parks

Warm Weather Accompanies the End of Snowmobile Season
Snowmobiling season ends on March 31, capping off a season where snow conditions fluctuated every couple of weeks.

Custer State Park Hosts Earth Day Bluebird Box Workshop
On Saturday, April 18, Custer State Park will host a Bluebird Box Workshop in celebration of Earth Day. Two sessions will be held starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center.

Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds Final Meeting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group held its third and final meeting on March 2, 2015, to finalize their recommendations on the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – A 14-year-old Belle Fourche juvenile male died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday night less than one mile east of Belle Fourche.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names To Meet In Pierre
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is meeting on Tuesday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. CDT in Pierre at the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room, 700 E. Broadway Ave.


Agriculture

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Proposed Rule
Excitement surrounds the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in our state’s agricultural industry. This technology could be used to fly over pastures and check cows or to take aerial surveys of crops and spray pesticide accordingly.

Veterans Affairs

ALL INVITED TO ATTEND WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speakers at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony at the Capitol Lake in Pierre at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, March 29.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On PRTC Expansion
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today commending the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to approve the Air Force’s expansion of the Powder River Training Complex.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Pierre Man Indicted on Multiple Charges of False Representation Filed for Water Pollution Control
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms today a Hughes County grand jury issued an indictment charging Greg V. Mohr, 47, Pierre, with 10 misdemeanor counts of false representation filed or maintained for water pollution control, maximum penalty one year imprisonment in a county jail and/or two thousand dollar fine.

Agriculture

Pesticide Drift during Spraying Season
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.

Transportation

I-29 Closure Scheduled at 10 p.m. March 25
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls will be closed Wednesday evening at 10 p.m. between Exit 79 (12th St.) and Exit 80 (Madison St.) for approximately 10 minutes.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Jim Morgan To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jim Morgan of Brookings to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Game, Fish and Parks

Trout Release Near Pierre
In an annual right of spring, thousands of catchable-sized trout will be released by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) at Oahe Downstream in the coming weeks.

GFP Seeking Comments on Current Pheasant Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2009-2014 pheasant management plan prior to drafting the next five-year plan for 2015-2020.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Connects Students to Internships
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s (DLR) online jobs database can help students search for internships at www.sdjobs.org.

Public Safety

Hand County Fatal Crash
Miller, S.D. – A Huron man died early Saturday morning in a one vehicle crash at the intersection of 216th Street and South Dakota Highway 45 in Hand County, nine miles south of Miller.

Sully County Fatal Crash
ONIDA, S.D. – An Onida man died Sunday morning in a one vehicle crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 83, 10 miles south of Onida.

Tourism

State Historical Society Recognizes Women’s History Month
The South Dakota State Historical Society and organizations across the country are recognizing March as “Women’s History Month.”

Veterans Affairs

GOVERNOR DAUGAARD PROCLAIMS WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Monday, March 30, 2015, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The South Dakota State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), which works closely with local emergency planners, will meet over the Digital Dakota Network at sites in Pierre, Mitchell, Rapid City and Brookings.

Governor's Column: Overview of the 2015 Legislative Session
Earlier this month, the State Legislature concluded the main run of its nine-week session.

Governor Signs Final Bills Of 2015 Legislative Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills from the 2015 Legislative Session into law today.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 100
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 100, an Act to create a leased residential property classification.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 136
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 136, an Act to exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 159
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 159, an Act to exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

Transportation

National Work Zone Awareness Week is March 23-27: Expect The Unexpected
National Work Zone Awareness Week is March 23-27, and motorists are reminded to drive safely not only for the sake of South Dakota’s highway workers, but also for the drivers themselves, their passengers and other travelers on the highways.

Veterans Affairs

SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE SESSION FOR VETERANS
With one day remaining in the 2015 South Dakota Legislative Session (Veto Day), this session can be termed a success for South Dakota’s veterans.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the General Appropriations Act, which sets the budget for Fiscal Year 2016.

Governor Signs Opportunity Scholarship Bill
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1147 to increase the amount of the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the Opportunity Scholarship and budget bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 17 other bills into law today.

Game, Fish and Parks

July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
As spring comes to South Dakota, thoughts turn to summer planning. Be sure to include plans for summer camping trips, as reservations for the Fourth of July weekend open up soon in South Dakota State Parks.

Register Today for a South Dakota HuntSAFE Class
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind parents and youth that now is the time to plan ahead and register for an upcoming HuntSAFE class near your community.

Trophies, Bows and Scholarships Up for Grabs at National Archery in the Schools Tournament
Youth from across South Dakota will have a chance to show off their archery skills at the 6th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament March 27-28, 2015, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

Call for Applications: 2015 Wildlife Habitat Award
The South Dakota Division of the Izaak Walton League of America will once again sponsor the Annual Wildlife Habitat Award Contest giving this year’s first place winner a chance to meet Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Putting South Dakota on the ‘3D Printing’ Map
There’s a certain allure of the Black Hills that intrigues people to not only visit, but eventually plant roots and call it home.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Makes Initial Appointments To Blue Ribbon Task Force On Teachers And Students
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced initial appointments to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students.

Agriculture

Thanking our Farmers, Ranchers and Consumers
This week marks National Ag Week with National Ag Day celebrated on March 18. We celebrate the farm and ranch families who supply our world with safe and affordable food. We also appreciate the consumers who place their confidence in our American feed, fuel, fiber, and food system.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Notice #7
Effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restriction will be removed from the road segment shown in the table below.

Revenue

South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles Clarifies Registration Fees
PIERRE, S.D., -- Noncommercial vehicle registrations and renewals that occur in a County Treasurer’s Office or a Division of Motor Vehicles electronic terminal on or before March 31 will pay the current fee for noncommercial vehicle registration.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Road And Bridge Funding Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive state and local road and bridge funding package.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Bi-Partisan AGs Encouraging ATF to Further Respect the Second Amendment
Attorney General Jackley joins 23 bi-partisan State Attorneys General recognizing ATFs recent decision to adhere to the Second Amendment and further requesting ATF to permanently discard a proposed ban on M855 5.56 x 45mm ammunition.

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Union Center
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) event:

Agriculture

Weyrich Named Ag Development Representative
PIERRE, S.D.- Robert Weyrich has been hired as an agricultural development representative for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Health

South Dakota Rabies Cases Down In 2014
Rabies cases dropped to 21 in 2014, the second straight year of declining cases in South Dakota. There were 28 cases of animal rabies in 2013 and 60 in 2012.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Releases Mobile-friendly Job Search Site
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has rolled out a mobile-friendly version of SDWORKS, the state’s largest jobs database.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #6
Effective at 12 p.m. (Noon) CDT on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limits shown in the table below.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names Seeks Input On Proposed Name Change For Harney Peak In Pennington County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is seeking public input on a proposed name change for Harney Peak in Pennington County.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Vermillion Celebrates Economic Development Successes
Gov. Dennis Daugaard spent the afternoon participating in two events showcasing the city’s continued growth and development.


Agriculture

2015 Wildland Fire Academy Extends Deadline for Registration
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The 2015 Wildland Fire Academy, which will be hosted in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 25-29, 2015, has extended its registration deadline. Registration will be open March 16-20 for interested parties.

Education

Board adopts technical institute tuition and fees for 2015-16
State tuition and fees at South Dakota’s four technical institutes will rise slightly, to $145 per credit, for the 2015-16 academic year.

Health

South Dakota’s Child, Adolescent Obesity Rate Remains Steady
The number of South Dakota kids who are overweight or obese is no longer increasing but it’s not decreasing either, a state health official said today.

Board of Regents

Warner to Retire from Board of Regents’ System
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces that Jack R. Warner will retire as its executive director and chief executive officer at the end of the current fiscal year.


Corrections

State prison inmate fails to return from funeral furlough
Inmate Dace Lunderman failed to return to the Rapid City Minimum Unit at the scheduled time March 14 following a funeral furlough to Mission, SD.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a number of bills today, including HB 1185, an Act to make an appropriation for property and casualty loss coverage, to establish the property and casualty captive insurance company fund for state properties, and to declare an emergency.

Governor's Column: Eliminating Unnecessary Red Tape In State Government
Every year, from the second Tuesday in January until mid-March, the South Dakota Legislature convenes in Pierre to create laws.

News Tips
On Tuesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the ribbon cutting event for Polaris Industries Inc.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grandparent Scam Resurfaces in South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley is telling South Dakota seniors to be leery of telephone calls from someone claiming to be their grandchild or other family member and requests money for a critical situation.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #5
Effective at 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limits shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bill To Reform Juvenile Justice System
Building on the success of earlier reforms to the adult corrections system, Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law legislation to reform South Dakota’s juvenile justice system.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a number of bills into law today, including HB 1145, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the payment of salary and compensation to legislators.

Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month “Tame the Flame” Poster Coloring Contest
RAPID CITY, S.D. –To kick off the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month, South Dakota Wildland Fire is calling all kids, ages 3-12, to showcase their artistic abilities in this year’s Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest.

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2015 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Unveils Four New Interactive Database Maps
Today at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference, DENR demonstrated four new interactive database GIS maps to a crowd of more than 100 people.

Tourism

State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces Re-Grant Opportunity
The South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SD SHRAB) is accepting re-grant applications from records caretakers across the state.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 33 bills into law today including HB 1058, an Act to revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control quarantine measures.

Agriculture

Kenny Rogers and the John Conlee Show Coming to the SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces Kenny Rogers and the John Conlee Show will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Record Yellow Perch Caught
Weighing 2 pounds, 13 ounces, an Aurora resident recently caught the largest yellow perch ever recorded in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Driver Licensing: Keep Your Gold Star with Two Proofs of Address
PIERRE, S.D. – Now that nearly all licensed drivers in South Dakota hold federally compliant licenses, the Driver Licensing Program reminds them that when they renew, they need only the compliant card and two documents showing proof of address.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 35 bills into law today, including SB 57, an Act to authorize and regulate the playing of craps, roulette, and keno within the city limits of the city of Deadwood.

Game, Fish and Parks

Draft Elk Management Plan Remains Open for Final Review
Last December, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife released a draft of its five-year elk management plan and sought review and comments from the public.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #4
Effective at 8a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limits shown in the table below.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue Offers Tax Seminars in Yankton
YANKTON, S.D., -- The South Dakota Department of Revenue announces two educational training courses available in Yankton, S.D., on Wednesday, March 18. These courses are free to attend for those who register.


Agriculture

Very High Fire Danger in the Black Hills and Grasslands
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Current weather conditions have led to very high fire danger in the Black Hills and grasslands. State officials remind area residents the increased potential for wildfires necessitates fire prevention precautions for all.

Tourism

South Dakota artifact featured in New York Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit
South Dakota’s own Sioux Horse Effigy, an artifact from the collection of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, will be on display March 9-May 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Transportation

I-90 Closure Between Presho and Kennebec on Tuesday
KENNEBEC, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of Interstate 90 at Exit 235 (Kennebec) on Tuesday, March 10, and 9:30 a.m. CDT for about 30 minutes.

Spring Load Restriction Notice #3
Effective at 1 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Legacy Electronics, Inc. Approved For A REDI Loan, Plans To Increase Workforce
Legacy Electronics, Inc., based in Canton, S.D., was approved today for a REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund Loan by the Board of Economic Development.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Preserving A Way Of Life Through Ag Development
In South Dakota, agriculture is more than just a sector of our economy. It’s a way of life. Whether it’s a small family farm, a sizeable cattle ranch or a dairy operation, all forms of agricultural businesses are important to that way of life.

News Tips
The Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, will hold its quarterly Family Support Council meeting.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR to Host 27th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
The 27th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 11-12 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

Public Safety

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
Pierre, S.D. –Daylight saving time begins this weekend. That means it’s time to change your clock AND change your batteries.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #2
Effective at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office and South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Warn Businesses of Labor Law Poster Scams
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are warning businesses to beware of poster scams from companies selling various federal agency postings.

Labor and Regulation

Anthem Breach May Affect South Dakotans
South Dakota Insurance Director Larry Deiter received notice that South Dakotans may be impacted by the recent data security breach of Anthem Inc.

Social Services

SHIINE Seeks Local Volunteers
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program is currently seeking volunteers for all aspects of the SHIINE program.

Tourism

State Historical Society seeks nominations for Gov’s Awards, board positions
The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s Awards for History and two open positions on its board of trustees.

Transportation

Westbound Highway 18 Bridge Removal Over I-29 at Exit 62 Tonight - March 5
Tonight, March 5, 2015, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will remove the westbound Highway 18 bridge over north bound Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton. This work was originally scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday of this week, but was postponed due to weather.

South Dakota Lottery

$53,679 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Bison
A single ticket sold in Bison matched all five numbers in the March 4, 2015 drawing to win the $53,679 Dakota Cash jackpot.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed six bills into law today including HB 1055, an Act to repeal certain outdated and unnecessary statutes and administrative rules related to the Department of Agriculture.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns Public of Increased Number of Sweepstakes Scams Targeting South Dakotans
Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking consumers statewide to reach out to their friends or neighbors to warn them of the dangers of sweepstake scams.

Health

SD Hospitals Quick To Sign Pledge To Reduce Early Elective Deliveries
First Lady Linda Daugaard said today that 16 hospitals have already signed pledges to reduce the number of early deliveries done for non-medical reasons.

Labor and Regulation

Division of Securities Office Moves to New Location
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation's Division of Securities office has relocated to 124 S. Euclid Ave., Ste. 104 in Pierre.


Game, Fish and Parks

Public Urged to Drive with Caution with Bighorn Sheep Present
Last month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) released 26 bighorn sheep in the high country near Deadwood. In the past two weeks, some of the herd has repeatedly traveled down and around roadways which, at times, has caused them to be a potential hazard to travelers.

Revenue

South Dakota Commission on Gaming Contributes Over a Half Million Dollars to Black Hills Area Municipalities and Schools
PIERRE, S.D., -- The South Dakota Commission on Gaming announces the 2015 annual funding release from Gaming Tax Revenues in South Dakota.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Ethanol Storage Tank Units added to Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program
In order to expand the Flex Pump Incentive Program, the state announced today that it is earmarking $300,000 for the installation of ethanol storage tank units.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

United States Supreme Court Denies Rodney Berget’s Petition for Relief
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the United States Supreme Court has denied Defendant Rodney Berget’s petition Writ of Certiorari.

Agriculture

SD Ag in the Classroom and SD Farm Families Host Essay Contest
MILLER, S.D.-South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAIC) and South Dakota Farm Families are sponsoring an essay contest for all South Dakota third- and fourth-graders and high school seniors in South Dakota.

Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 13
HURON, S.D. – Farm and ranch families who have enjoyed ownership of their South Dakota farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to be honored on Thursday, Sept. 3, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

Transportation

Dangerous Driving Conditions Expected Across Much of South Dakota
Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are advising motorists that travel will likely become difficult, if not impossible, overnight tonight (Monday) through Tuesday across much of South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves through the state.

WORK POSTPONED: Westbound Highway 18 Bridge Removal Over I-29 at Exit 62
Due to impending weather, the bridge removal of the westbound Highway 18 bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton has been postponed until Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Board of Regents

Students Gain a ‘Jump Start’ on College Success
Sixteen undergraduate student researchers from South Dakota colleges and universities will be at the State Capitol Thursday, sharing their research work with state lawmakers and the public.

Veterans Affairs

Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veterans Celebration
On March 27-30, 2015, South Dakotans will come together to pay tribute and honor the 27,000 young men and women from our state who served during the Vietnam War Era and those who gave their lives.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to Participate in National Consumer Protection Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) begins today and runs through March 7th and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will join with federal, state and local government agencies and national organization to celebrate this 17th annual event.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the Bureau of Finance and Management’s release of the South Dakota Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2014.

Governor's Column: The Future Of The Sanford Underground Research Lab
In 2001, when the Homestake Mine in Lead closed, South Dakota lost one of its iconic businesses.

News Tips
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will host an open house event on Monday, March 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. MST at the Outdoor Campus in Rapid City to discuss two draft five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans.

Agriculture

South Dakota Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Announcement
EASTERN S.D. — US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nature Conservancy will be hosting prescribed fire training in the mixed grass prairies of eastern South Dakota. Two sessions will be held April 27-May 6 and May 11-20, 2015.

Tourism

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn to speak at History and Heritage Book Club
A noted American Indian author will be the guest speaker at the March meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 12 bills into law today, including HB 1051, An Act to revise various trust and trust company provisions.

Labor and Regulation

It’s Job Fair Season at the Department of Labor and Regulation
With spring time approaching, many employers have positions to fill and are looking for skilled, qualified workers.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Innovation
One of the four Outstanding State Programs award went to South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) for Operation Reach All Veterans. SDDVA designated 2014 as the year to reach an estimated 75,000 veterans living in South Dakota. Operation RAV was conceived to identify and contact South Dakota’s Veterans to make them aware of the benefits and services available to them.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 24 bills into law today including HB 1006, an Act to allow bullheads to be used as bait.

Agriculture

Increased Trade Means Increased Opportunity for South Dakota Producers
In 2013, South Dakota exported almost $1.6 billion worth of goods to countries around the world. International trade has an incredible impact on the agricultural economy of our state. Soybeans, corn, wheat, and livestock, including pork and cattle are among the top 25 goods shipped from South Dakota overseas.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Black Hills Fisheries Management Plans Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife has drafted two five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans, one for streams and the other for reservoirs, and is currently seeking comments from the public.


Agriculture

South Dakota Legislators Donate to State Fair Foundation Capital Campaign
HURON, S.D. – The 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee recently purchased a brick for $1,000 showing their support for the State Fair Foundation’s Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community Capital Campaign.

Transportation

SDDOT and Meade County Seek Public Input into Meade County Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Meade County, will hold public open houses to gather public input for help in developing the update to the Meade County Master Transportation Plan.


Public Safety

Hughes County Fatal Crash
Pierre, S.D. – A Huron, S.D. woman died as a result of a three-vehicle crash on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, around 7:10 pm, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and U.S. Highway 14, approximately 14 miles east of Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Offering Quality, Affordable Higher Education In South Dakota
Education after high school can be expensive. Over the past few decades, the cost of higher education has increased much faster than average inflation.

News Tips
South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Day will be held on Thursday to highlight Cooperation in Agriculture and the a partnership between the South Dakota departments of Agriculture and Tribal Relations.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

RTI, LLC. Approved for Two Loans, Expanding and Adding Jobs
RTI (Research Technology Innovation), LLC will utilize funding from two loans facilitated by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to expand RTI’s present capabilities, add new research space and aid in hiring 10 new full time positions.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 14 – An Act to provide for the possession and administration of opioid antagonists by first responders for the treatment of drug overdoses.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grant County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Body Microphone and Transmitter
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $3,015.26 for a body microphone and transmitter to be used in drug investigations.

Transportation

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Tunnel Naming Group Looking for Public Input on Proposed Names for Tunnels
The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Tunnel Naming Group was established to propose names for tunnels along the byway. The request to name the tunnels originally came from emergency responders who felt tunnel names would aid the traveling public when requesting assistance.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Mobridge Police Department to Receive Money for In-Car Video Recording System
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Mobridge Police Department has been awarded $4,982 for an in-car video recording system to be used in drug investigations. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.

Tourism

“Children of South Dakota” Photo Display at Cultural Heritage Center
“Children of South Dakota” is a new photo display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre featuring 11 images of children chosen from the South Dakota Digital Archives collection of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

State Historical Society Lists Seven Properties on National Regi
Seven South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Transportation

Spider Van To Be Available for Public Viewing in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will make its pavement condition monitoring vehicle, otherwise known as the “spider van”, available for public viewing this week in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Board Announces Programs Eligible For Build Dakota Scholarship
Today the Build Dakota Scholarship Board announced the 54 program options within eight, high-need industry areas that will be covered in the first year of the scholarship program.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal Court Issues Temporary Injunction in State Challenge to Presidential Executive Order Powers on Immigration
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that United States District Court has issued an temporary injunction in the lawsuit challenging the executive action set forth by President Obama, which exceeds his authority on immigration reform. South Dakota joined 26 State Attorneys General and Governors in December 2014.

Brandon Man Indicted on Deceptive Business Transactions
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joseph Matthew Stanford, 38, Brandon, was indicted February 10, 2015 by a Minnehaha County Grand Jury.

Corrections

State prison inmate dies
Inmate Harold Kusick, age 60, passed away Feb. 16 in Sioux Falls following a lengthy illness.

Game, Fish and Parks

No Spring Canada Goose Program for 2015
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will not implement the Spring Canada Goose program for 2015.

Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds Second Meeting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group held its second meeting on Feb. 2, 2015, to continue discussions about the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota.

Tourism

Historical Society Foundation new Guardian for Works of Badger Clark
The work of South Dakota’s first poet laureate will continue to be available for future generations, thanks to the merging of organizations dedicated to keeping history alive.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Another Effort To Be Even Better Stewards
The word that best sums up the public trust held by all officials is stewardship. Stewardship – the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care – has been my goal over these past four years.

News Tips
On Wednesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on Viewpoint University, KSOO 1140, with Rick Knobe.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Murder Conviction of Eugene Edward Martin
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the first degree murder conviction of Eugene Edward Martin for the murder of Robert Thunderhawk.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 12 – An Act to allow the spouse of an active duty military person to qualify as a resident for a temporary permit to carry a concealed pistol.

Governors Urge President Obama To Reconsider Keystone XL
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has joined with other governors from across the country to urge President Obama to reconsider his decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Beresford Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Christopher Heuer on January 15, 2015, in Beresford, South Dakota.

Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Presents The Band Perry
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces The Band Perry will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

Financing Beginning Farmers
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) announces tax-exempt bonds are available for qualifying beginning farmers. Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Offers New Online Course for Hunter Education
Hunters who need to complete a South Dakota hunter safety certification course can now study the online portion at http://www.hunter-ed.com/southdakota/. The online component of the course was approved by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) this week.