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Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

South Dakota Public Safety Broadband Network is Looking for Feedback from First Responders
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) is requesting your participation in this FirstNet data and mobile application requirements survey.

Agriculture

Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
With the help of day sponsors, the State Fair can offer special days at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Transportation

Grade Raise on Highway 81 Started
The South Dakota Department of Transportation today announced that work to raise the grade on Highway 81 south of Arlington has begun. The highway has been closed to traffic since March of this year due to high lake levels overtopping the roadway.

Highways 20 and 79 Pavement Repair Project Starting
Crews will begin culvert repairs along Highway 79 from the North Dakota border south for 13 miles and along Highway 20 from 10 miles west of Reva to Prairie City, beginning Thursday, Aug. 22.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair offers several simple ways to save money during the fair.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem, Administration Officials Urge Lawmakers to Consider Extensive Questions Surrounding Industrial Hemp
Earlier this summer, Governor Kristi Noem submitted a list of 315 questions to House and Senate leadership involved in a summer hemp study. During a session in Pierre today, Noem’s administration will urge legislators to carefully consider the unknowns surrounding industrial hemp.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Charles Dammann Dies
Dammann passed away Aug. 18 in a comfort care setting at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls following an extended illness.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Celebrate National TRACK Trails Day on Aug. 24
PIERRE, S.D – The South Dakota state parks are inviting families to enjoy the outdoors in celebration of the first National TRACK Trails Day on Aug. 24.

Public Safety

Name Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – A 15-year-old Parkston female has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Parkston.

Transportation

Chip Seal, Fog Seal & Microsurface Projects in the Yankton Area
YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal, fog seal, and microsurface applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton Area of the state beginning Wednesday, Aug. 21, and will move from one project to the next in the following order:

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Mitchell Area Development Corporation Approved for Certified Site
The Mitchell West Development Park has been certified as a Light Industrial park through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s Certified Site Program.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Enhancing Bee Habitat
There are more than 400 species of native bees in South Dakota. Though we don’t have exact numbers on bee distribution or abundance, we know bees are critical to our state’s economy.

Public Safety

Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – One person died and three others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Parkston.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Appoints Fourth Circuit Judge
Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Kevin J. Krull to serve as judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Nathan Chase Back in Custody
Inmate Nathan Chase was arrested today in Pennington County.

Public Safety

DPS Receives Federal 9-1-1 Grant
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has received a federal grant of more than $1.5 million that will be used for equipment at the statewide 9-1-1 emergency centers, also known as public safety answering points (PSAPs).


Agriculture

Car and Tractor Show planned for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair invites classic car and antique tractor enthusiasts to take part in the Classic Car Show and Antique Tractor Show sponsored by Stan’s Inc. on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, during the State Fair.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for the Volkswagen Truck Program
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications for round one of the Volkswagen Truck program.

Health

Agency Village Puppy Tests Positive For Rabies
A Beagle Dachshund mix puppy approximately 3 months of age in Agency Village 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

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol To Cooperate On Joint Enforcement Operation For Pow Wow
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe will work together to keep people safe at this weekend’s Crow Creek Dakota Nation Pow Wow.

Transportation

High Friction Surface Treatment on Interstate 90
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction will start for High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) on eastbound Interstate 90, near Exit 55 (Deadwood Ave), on Thursday, Aug.15.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Nathan Chase Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Nathan Chase walked away from the Sioux Falls Community Work Center August 12 without authorization.

Education

Education department announces guidelines for 2019-20 free or reduced-price meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced-price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and/or Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP).

Public Safety

Third Fatality Recorded At Sturgis Rally
JOHNSON SIDING, S.D. – A Yuma, CO man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 near Johnson Siding.

Transportation

Final Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
Final vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019, show a slight decrease over 2018.


Agriculture

SD State Fair Advanced Daily Gate Admission Available Online
The South Dakota State Fair is excited to announce that fairgoers can now buy advanced daily gate admission for the 2019 SD State Fair online at www.sdstatefair.com.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Nicholas Skorka in Custody
Inmate Nicholas Skorka was arrested today and is in custody in Carver County, MN.

Transportation

Intersection of Highway 10 and 8th Avenue East in Sisseton to be Closed
SISSETON, S.D., – The Department of Transportation says motorists using Highway 10 in Sisseton through 8th Avenue East will need to use an alternate route beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 23.


Public Safety

Sunday August 11 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 11, 2019. FINAL NUMBERS


Public Safety

Saturday August 10 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Saturday August 10, 2019.

Cleanup Assistance Hotline Extended in South Dako
PIERRE, S.D. – The Cleanup Assistance Hotline established by South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters has been extended until Aug. 16.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Bringing in a New School Year
Earlier this year, I visited Todd County Middle School in Mission, South Dakota – a school that is doing a lot of things right. Their work has been bolstered in recent years by a state-funded Native American Achievement Grant, a 3-year project to jumpstart improvements in academic outcomes for Native American students and increase student success.

Public Safety

Friday Aug. 9 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Friday August 9, 2019

Flood Insurance an Important Resource for South Dakotans
PIERRE, S.D. – It won’t happen to me. Many South Dakotans may believe they don’t need to buy flood insurance. Their house has never flooded before. They don’t live in a high-risk flood zone.

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts - 7 day total
Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019.

Veterans Affairs

There is no Time Like Fair Time!
Whether you’re 5,15, 30, or 50 years of age, or older, the State Fair always promises a great time for all that attend.


Agriculture

Heirloom Recipe Contest to be Held at SD State Fair
Fairgoers will have the chance to enter a favorite family recipe in the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Family Heirloom Recipe Competition at the South Dakota State Fair in the Women’s Building on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Public Safety

Thursday Aug. 8 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Thursday August 8, 2019

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts - 6 day total
Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation still show a slight increase over 2018 in vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019.


Agriculture

Pay the ‘Fair Time’ Experience Forward
Help others embrace the feeling of ‘Fair Time’ with the 4th Annual Pay it Forward Day at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ronald Corder Dies
Inmate Ronald Corder passed away August 6 at a Sioux Falls hospital from a health condition.

Public Safety

Wednesday Aug. 7 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information.

State, FEMA Continue Work on South Dakota Recovery
PIERRE, S.D. – While the deadline to register for federal disaster assistance has passed, the State of South Dakota, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal partners continue to work on recovery for South Dakota communities impacted by the severe storms and flooding in April and May.

Board of Regents

Campus Academic Requests Approved
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved academic program requests from public universities to meet workforce and community development needs across the state.

South Dakota 811

South Dakota 811 Celebrates 811 Day
Rapid City, South Dakota (Aug. 6, 2019) – With Aug. 11 almost here, South Dakota 811, along with South Dakota Common Ground Alliance, hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.


Public Safety

Tuesday Aug. 6 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Tuesday August 6, 2019

Transportation

Hall of Honor Banquet Date Set for Ron Baumgart of Pierre
Ron Baumgart of Pierre is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor. A banquet, hosted by the Transportation Hall of Honor Committee, will be held in Ron’s honor on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Drifters Bar and Grill in Fort Pierre. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. CDT with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED Launches Newest Version of Wage Calculator
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has released its newest version of the Real Wage Calculator. The newly released version uses 2018 state and federal income tax laws and rates, as well as the most recent 2019 Regional Price Parities (RPP).


Agriculture

Ty Tuff Goat Tying Challenge Coming to the SD State Fair
For the first time, the Ty Tuff Goat Tying Challenge is coming to the South Dakota State Fair on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in the North Arena with $3,000 added money.

Public Safety

Monday Aug. 5 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Monday August 5, 2019

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation show a slight increase over 2018 in vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019.


Governor Kristi Noem

President Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Tragedies in Texas, Ohio
President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on August 8, 2019, to honor the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Public Safety

Sunday August 4 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 4, 2019


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Urges Traffic Safety During Sturgis Rally
PIERRE, S.D. –- South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds those attending this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally not to forget about traffic safety.

Name Released In July 18 Miner County Fatal Crash
HOWARD, S.D. – A 25-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a July 18, 2019 two-vehicle crash west of Howard.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Slowing the Spread of Zebra Mussels
It doesn’t get much better than spending a summer day on a lake or river in South Dakota. Recreating on the water always seems to be the perfect backdrop for family memories and laughter. It’s one of the great things about our state.

Education

Learn about America’s first Public Enemy No. 1 at Cultural Heritage Center program
On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Tim Bjorkman will tell the story of a good man gone bad when the History and Heritage Book Club meets at 7 p.m. CDT, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Cultural Heritage Center Museum to host outdoor concert, ice cream social Aug. 16
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host an outdoor concert called “Music of the American West” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem, SDHDA to Extend Grant Funding to Households Impacted by Spring Storms
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) today announced that the remaining balance of the 2019 Housing Opportunity Funds (HOF) will be used to help families whose homes were impacted by storms this spring. In total, $165,000 will be available.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dylan White Face Placed on Escape Status
White Face left his community service job site without authorization on August 1.

Public Safety

Crisis Counseling Available for South Dakotans
PIERRE, S.D. – Crisis counseling is available to help South Dakotans in areas impacted by the flooding this year.

August Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has released the list of sobriety checkpoints to be done during August.

Transportation

Highway 42 Closing between Highways 37 and 81 for Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin work on the James River Bridge on Highway 42 on Monday, Aug. 5.

Board of Regents

Forney Named System Vice President of Finance and Administration
Heather Forney will become the next system vice president of finance and administration for the South Dakota Board of Regents. The appointment, effective Sept. 9, was announced today.


Education

Harvest Time Family Fun Saturday to be held Aug. 10 at Cultural Heritage Center
Come to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT and make a harvest ornament incorporating wheat stems, chenille strips and ribbons.

Public Safety

Cleanup Assistance Hotline Established to Help South Dakotans
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters has created a Cleanup Assistance Hotline to assist South Dakotans with cleanup or debris removal as a result of the winter storm and flooding this year.

Transportation

I-229 Cliff Avenue Ramp Closure on Aug. 1
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Cliff Avenue Interstate 229 northbound on ramp in Sioux Falls will be closed Thursday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Announces DENR Secretary Following Pirner Retirement
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Hunter Roberts will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This follows the retirement of Steve Pirner, who has led DENR since 2000. Roberts will begin serving in this capacity on August 5.

Agriculture

Pork Butt Battle Returns to the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair will host the Pork Butt Battle presented by the SD Pork Producers and Jack’s Campers on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Horticulture Park.

Health

South Dakota Observes World Breastfeeding Week
In acknowledgment of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of South Dakota babies, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Aug. 1-7 World Breastfeeding Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
JOHNSON SIDING, S.D – A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash near Johnson Siding

One Week Remains to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans in communities impacted by the severe winter storm and flooding have one week left to apply for federal disaster assistance.

Transportation

Grade Raise on Highways 81 and 18
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is planning to construct two emergency grade-raise projects due to flooding on Highway 81 south of Arlington and on Highway 18 east of Lake Andes.

Two-Way Traffic On I-90 Near Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will place traffic into a two-way condition on eastbound Interstate 90 near exit 402 on Wednesday, July 31.

Temporary Road Closure on Highway 20 west of Hoven
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it will be closing Highway 20 from Highway 47 to Highway 83 from Monday, Aug 5, to Sat. Aug. 10.


Agriculture

New Study Shows $6.9 Billion Increase in SD Ag Economic Contribution
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has released the 2019 South Dakota Agricultural Economic Contribution Study.

Human Services

10th Annual South Dakota Gathering
Registration is now open for the South Dakota Gathering, an event intended to facilitate learning, networking and application of person-centered practices in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, education and beyond.

Transportation

Microsurfacing to Begin on Highway 63 From Highway 34 to Highway 212
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work will begin this week (July 29) on a microsurfacing project on Highway 63 from Highway 34 north to Highway 212.

Veterans Affairs

Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Dealing with Disaster
This year has been tough for South Dakotans. The storms this spring brought destruction to homes, businesses, roads, and communities throughout the state. Unprecedented flooding made it difficult for farmers and ranchers to get into fields. When you add it all up, it’s become the largest federally declared disaster our state has ever seen.

Education

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2020.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
JOHNSON SIDING, S.D – One man died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash near Johnson Siding.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – A Luverne, MN woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a four-vehicle crash that occurred on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Arvis Lewis Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Arvis Lewis has been placed on escape status. Lewis failed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center following his work release shift on July 24.

Public Safety

It’s Important for South Dakotans to Return SBA Application
PIERRE, S.D. – Some South Dakotans who apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration and asked to fill out a low-interest disaster loan application. It is important to complete the SBA disaster loan application prior to the deadline.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin Near 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 29.

Highway 34 Closure in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says they will be closing Highway 34 4th Street SE on Monday, July 29, thru Sept. 27.


Agriculture

Training Exercise Taking Place in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is planning an interagency live fire training exercise within the boundaries of Custer State Park.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

Public Safety

South Dakota Disaster Recovery Update: $6.7 Million in Federal Funding Provided
PIERRE, S.D. – Federal agencies have provided $6,765,847 million in grants, loans and flood insurance payments to assist South Dakotans as they recover from the major disaster declared June 7 by President Donald J. Trump following a request from Governor Kristi Noem.

Transportation

Highway 15 in Wilmot Closing for RR Crossing Upgrade
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 15 in Wilmot on Monday, July 29, for four days, to replace a railroad crossing.

I-29 Exit 246 Closing / Exit 242 Re-Opening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 29 Exit 246 southbound on and off ramps will be closing on Thursday, July 25, and remain closed through Aug. 8.


Agriculture

Make Your Voice Heard at the SD State Fair
Local singers can make their voices heard in the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union at the South Dakota State Fair.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ronald Demand Back in Custody
State prison inmate Ronald Demand is back in custody.

Labor and Regulation

Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Design Changes Approved for Plan Year 2021
State Division of Insurance Director Larry Deiter announced the proposed Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark design for plan year 2021 has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid/Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CMS/CCIIO).

Vermillion Job Service Temporarily Closed
The Vermillion Job Service office will be closed to walk-in traffic on Friday, Aug. 2 and Monday, Aug. 5 due to building renovations.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – One person died Tuesday morning in a crash involving four vehicles and four other occupants on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon.

Transportation

I-229 Reduced to Single Lane Traffic
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says I-229, north and southbound, in Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane east of the Cliff Avenue exit beginning Friday, July 26. The lane closures are expected to last 7-10 days.


Governor Kristi Noem

President Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor John Paul Stevens
President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to honor the life of John Paul Stevens, retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Kelly Brand Back in Custody
Brand was arrested in Pennington County July 21.

Public Safety

Names Released In Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, S.D. – A Bloomington, CA man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred south of Mound City.

Transportation

Temporary Traffic Devices To Be Placed During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Due to the increase in traffic volumes expected during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will activate temporary traffic signals at the following locations:

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on I-29 over the Big Sioux River
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on the Interstate 29 northbound bridge over the Big Sioux River will begin on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One man died late Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Yankton


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ronald Demand Placed on Escape Status
Demand failed to return to the Sioux Falls Community Work Center from his work release jobsite on July 20.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Living Within Our Means
South Dakotans value the dollar. We don’t spend money we don’t have. We live within our means. We understand the importance of the bottom line.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Kelly Brand Placed on Escape Status
Brand failed to report to his work release jobsite or return to the Rapid City Community Work Center on July 18.

Labor and Regulation

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reminds workers, self-employed individuals and farmworkers in Turner County that the deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Friday, July 26.

Transportation

Resurfacing Project to Begin on Highways 324 & 13
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to mill and resurface Highway 324 east of Interstate 29 and Highway 13 from the junction of Highway 324 south for 6.1 miles will begin on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Board of Regents

Barb Stork Appointed to Board of Regents
Barb Stork, a retired businesswoman from Dakota Dunes, has been named to the South Dakota Board of Regents by Gov. Kristi Noem.


Public Safety

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Closing in Eagle Butte on July 24
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will close the disaster recovery center on the Cheyenne River Reservation at 6 p.m. Mountain time Wednesday, July 24. The center is located at the Cultural Preservation Center, 98 S. Willow St., Eagle Butte. The closure comes as the center has seen a decline in visitation as area residents are moving forward in their recovery.

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a tractor crash northwest of Tea.

Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, S.D. – One man died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred south of Mound City.

Transportation

Public Meeting for U.S. Highway 16 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the City of Rapid City, Pennington County and the Rapid City Area MPO, will hold a public open house at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at the Event Center at Black Hills Energy, (7001 Mount Rushmore Road) in Rapid City to inform area residents of the beginning of the U.S. Highway 16 Corridor Study.

Highway 212 Traffic Being Detoured
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to mill and resurface Highway 212 from Highway 15 south junction to the Minnesota border will begin on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.


Education

South Dakota again receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2017. The state is one of only 14 across the country to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.

Transportation

Portion of Highway 79 Closed Due to Flooding
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say Highway 79 from the Highway 168 junction to the junction of Highway 20 at Reva is CLOSED to thru traffic.


Agriculture

Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Entries
Deadlines for all South Dakota State Fair open class entries are right around the corner.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Troy Quick Bear Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Troy Quick Bear has been placed on escape status.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s July Column – Disability Benefits Available to Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans Serving Offshore
With the passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, Blue Water Navy Veterans are now entitled to a presump¬tion of service connection for conditions related to Agent Orange exposure.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Ends 2019 Budget Year with $19.4 Million Surplus
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota closed the 2019 budget year on June 30 with a $19.4 million surplus. The state general fund budget ended with lower expenditures than budgeted, while ongoing revenue finished lower than projected levels.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Mitchell Area
MITCHELL, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell Area of the state beginning Thursday, July 18.

Two Way Traffic On I-90 at Exit 402
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will place traffic in a two-way condition in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near exit 402 on Tuesday, July 16.

I-29 Exit 242 Interchange Ramp Closed
WATERTOWN, SD – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 29 exit 242 interchange ramp closed on Saturday, July 13, and will remain closed through Saturday, July 27.

Construction on Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Exit 84B on Interstate 29 will close to northbound traffic on the evening of Tuesday, July 16, through the evening of July 19.

Bridge Work on 12th Street in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work on the 12th Street Bridge next to the Executive Golf Course on Monday, July 22.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Future-Focused Agriculture
In South Dakota, our way of life is largely rooted in agriculture. It’s where many of us learned how to work hard, how to be good stewards of the land, and how to focus on the things that matter most in life. While we treasure the traditions we grew up with, it’s important to acknowledge that agriculture is an ever-evolving industry. We must continually grow and learn together to be competitive on the market and prepare our farms and ranches for generations of success. We must be future-focused.

Human Services

DHS/SDRA Hosting Employment Webinar
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) will be providing a free employment webinar on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. CDT.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awarded $1.2 Million to Expand Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation was recently awarded a $1.2 million State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Public Safety

Register Now for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – Farmers and ranchers, employees and self-employed individuals in 16 counties and reservations across South Dakota who are unable to work as a result of the severe winter storms and flooding from March 13 to April 26 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is administered locally.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL TO MEET JULY 19
PIERRE, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Arts Council, the advisory board of the Office of the Arts, will gather in Spearfish on Friday, July 19 for the Council’s annual summer meeting.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Barry Offet In Custody
Minimum-security inmate Barry Offet is back in custody.

Public Safety

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Coming to Turner, Hutchinson Counties
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are sending mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to Turner and Hutchinson counties to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019.

Names Released In Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Madison

Names Released In Campbell County Fatal Crash
HERREID, S.D. – A Mound City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday, July 2 south of Herreid.

Transportation

Pavement Rehabilitation to Begin on Highways 83 and 212
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highways 83 and 212 north will begin July 30, from the Blunt junction to Gettysburg.


Human Services

Americans with Disabilities Act Day
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reminds workers, self-employed individuals and farmworkers the deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Monday, July 15.

Public Safety

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Closing in Sioux Falls and Yankton This Saturday
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will close two disaster recovery centers at 6 p.m Central time this Saturday, July 13. The facilities ceasing operation are located at the Southeast Technical Institute, 2000 N. Career Place in Sioux Falls and the County Emergency Management Building, 807 Capital St. in Yankton. The closures come as both centers have seen declines in visitation as South Dakotans are moving forward in their recovery.

Transportation

Highway 81 Closed South of Arlington
Highway 81 is closed six miles south of Arlington due to water over the road.

Milling and Asphalt Overlay on Highway 20 West of Hoven
HOVEN, S.D. –The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a milling and asphalt overlay project on Highway 20 will begin Thursday, July 11.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Names Interim Commissioner of Human Resources
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Thomas Steckel will serve as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR).

Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Town Hall at Governor’s Ag Summit
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is inviting all South Dakotans to attend an emerald ash borer (EAB) town hall at the 2019 Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Thursday, July 11, to learn about the insect, the quarantine, and effective treatments.

Education

Four more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Four more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

One Month After Federal Disaster Declaration,South Dakotans Benefitting from Federal Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – One month after President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for South Dakota because of severe winter storms and flooding, federal agencies have provided nearly $1.9 million in grants and loans to assist in recovery.


Public Safety

Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – One man died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Madison.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Scott Reiners In Custody
Minimum-security inmate Scott Reiners is back in custody and is currently in the Pennington County Jail.

Public Safety

Campbell County Fatal Crash
HERREID, S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday evening near Herreid.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Combating Meth for a Safer South Dakota
13 people. That’s how many South Dakotans died last year because of meth.

Agriculture

2019 Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Sioux Falls
The tenth annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit will be held July 10 and 11 in Sioux Falls, SD at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets to the 2019 South Dakota State Fair Grandstand are now on sale.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Scott Reiners Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security inmate Scott Reiners has been placed on escape status for violating rules of the work release program.

Education

State Historical Society hosting Apollo 11 50th anniversary video on July 20
The South Dakota State Historical Society is hosting the viewing of a new documentary about the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday, July 20, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Name Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Yankton, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Yankton.

Transportation

SD Highway 115 (Minnesota Avenue) and Lincoln County Highway 110 Intersection Closure
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it will be closing the Highway 115 and Lincoln County Highway 110 intersection for grading starting Monday, July 8, and is set to re-open Monday, Aug. 5.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem: Hold off on Roadside Mowing until July 10
Governor Kristi Noem today reminded East River residents and landowners that roadside mowing along state highways is not permitted until July 10 under state law.

PHOTO: Noem, Tribal Leaders Discuss Meth at State-Tribal Luncheon
On July 1, Governor Kristi Noem hosted 10 tribal leaders at the Governor’s Residence to discuss State-Tribal partnerships on meth prevention and law enforcement.

PHOTO & AUDIO: Noem Surveys Storm Damage in Charles Mix County
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem toured flood damage in Lake Andes and met with city and tribal leaders to discuss recovery efforts.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Barry Offet Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security inmate Barry Offet has been placed on escape status for violating rules of the work release program.

State Prison Inmate Nicholas Skorka Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security inmate Nicholas Skorka has been placed on escape status for violating rules of the work release program. Skorka failed to return to the Rapid City Community Work Center at the appointed time on July 1.

Education

Grant funds six out-of-school time programs
A total of six 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Public Safety

Damaged Wells, Septic Systems May Be FEMA Eligible
PIERRE, S.D. – Flood survivors in 16 South Dakota counties and reservations designated for federal disaster assistance could be eligible for financial help from FEMA if they have flood-damaged wells and/or septic systems. The deadline to register is August 6, 2019.

DPS Officials: Be Careful During July Fourth Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials remind citizens to make sure the anticipated fun of this week’s July Fourth holiday does not turn tragic.

DPS Announces July Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 19 South Dakota counties during July.


Health

First Human West Nile Virus Detection of 2019 Reported
A Turner County resident is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season, the state Health Department reported today. The person is in the 30 to 39 age group.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal Encourages Safety In Fireworks Use
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal urges people to make sure that fun with fireworks does not turn tragic this July Fourth holiday.

Transportation

Department of Transportation & Lincoln County Seek Public Input into Lincoln County Master Transportation Plan Study
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Lincoln County and the Sioux Falls MPO, will hold a public open house as part of the Lincoln County Master Transportation Plan.

SDDOT Awards Scholarship to SDSU Student
PIERRE, S.D. –Today, the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) announced that Samuel Caba, a South Dakota State University (SDSU) student, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship

Homestead and Wilmot Rest Areas and Welcome Centers Open – Reconstruction Complete
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Transportation have completed reconstruction of two Interstate Rest Areas/Welcome Centers.

South Dakota Lottery

Sisseton woman claims $594,260 Dakota Cash prize
Patty Nerison’s dreams came true through a $594,260 Dakota Cash jackpot.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Yankton.


Public Safety

Names Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash
ELKTON, S.D. – An Elkton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Elkton. .


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Weekly Column: Strengthening Families
Today, more than ever, it’s important we work to strengthen families, which is why I’m committed to being a family-first governor, fighting to strengthen the family unit and preserve the values South Dakotans have long embraced.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Jacob Abdo Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Jacob Abdo has been placed on escape status after violating conditions of the work release program.

Public Safety

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Closed on July 4th Holiday
PIERRE, SD – Disaster Recovery Centers opened by the State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The centers will resume regular operations at 9 a.m. Friday, July 5.

Transportation

Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind landowners of mowing regulations for the state right of way.


Education

Create flower bouquets July 13 at Cultural Heritage Center
Come to the Cultural Heritage Center on July 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT and celebrate summer by creating your own flower bouquet at Family Fun Saturday.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2020 Integrated Report
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) requests water quality data as part of its process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Gov. Noem Announces More Than $24.0 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $24.0 million for water, wastewater, and solid waste projects. The board met today in Pierre.

Public Safety

FEMA Eligibility Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – If you applied for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because of the severe storms/flooding earlier this year and received a letter or text message saying you were not eligible for disaster aid, you should know that the first communication may not be the last word. There may be an easy-to-resolve reason why some applicants received a notice stating that they are ineligible for assistance.

Names Released In Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON S.D. – A Clearwater, FL man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred last Friday afternoon near Plankinton.

Board of Regents

Universities to Offer Graduate Mathematics Certificates
To support K-12 teachers in the teaching of mathematics, South Dakota public universities will offer two nine credit-hour graduate certificates in math. Target audience is instructors teaching high school students who take a college-level math course for both high school and college credit.

Regents Approve Academic Program Requests to Develop Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from public universities to meet emerging workforce and economic development trends across the state.

South Dakota Lottery

Dakota Cash jackpot won in Wednesday’s drawing
A lucky South Dakota Lottery player will heat up his or her summer with a Dakota Cash jackpot win.


Education

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on Ben Reifel
Author Sean Flynn will tell about his new book about Ben Reifel at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Turner County
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA DR-4440.

Public Safety

Beware of Post-Disaster Scams
PIERRE, S.D. – Recovery officials urge South Dakota residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on those who suffered losses in the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April.

FEMA Hiring South Dakota Residents to Help With Disaster Recovery
Pierre, S.D. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now hiring for full-time, temporary jobs to help communities recover from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. Positions will be based in Pierre, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen, and may require local travel.

Highway Patrol Hosting Eighth Annual Youth Trooper Academy This Week
PIERRE, S.D. – For a group of South Dakota high school students, this week is a chance to learn what being a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper is all about.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Replacement east of Hazel
HAZEL, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 22 at the east edge of Hazel will be closed on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Board of Regents

Neuroscience Offerings Approved at USD
An undergraduate degree and a minor in one of the largest scientific fields in the country have been approved for delivery at the University of South Dakota. The bachelor of science in neuroscience degree will prepare USD students for professional pathways to graduate study and new careers in a growing field.

New Academic Programs Approved at SDSU
A new graduate degree at South Dakota State University aims to meet the needs of instructors at two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, especially those working at tribal colleges and universities. The master of science in interdisciplinary studies will allow students to design a flexible and individualized graduate program tailored to their needs and interests.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ryan Langford Back in Custody
Inmate Ryan Langford was arrested in Beadle County earlier today.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance Undergoes Name Change
Effective July 1, South Dakota’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program will be renamed Reemployment Assistance (RA).

Public Safety

Residents and Business in Turner County Now Eligible for Disaster Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Turner County may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019.

Brookings County Fatal Crash
ELKTON, S.D. – One man died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Elkton.

Name Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Watertown, S.D. man died Friday night in a motorcycle crash that occurred east of Brookings.

Transportation

Asphalt overlay on Highway 271 North of Java
JAVA, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction work will begin on Highway 271 from the North end of Main Street to the Walworth Campbell County Line starting Wednesday, June 26.


Agriculture

Don’t Miss Your Chance at Winning the Perfect Camping Set
Don’t miss out on a chance to win the “Perfect Camping Set” from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Education

Eight more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Eight more South Dakota properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Good Earth Guest Speaker, Mickelson Trail Trolley Rides, No Fireworks in State Parks
• Guest Speaker Coming to Good Earth State Park • Mickelson Trail Hosts Trolley on the Trail Events • State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Public Safety

Husby, Weinmeister Selected As New Highway Patrol Assistant Superintendents
PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota Highway Patrol captains, with a combined 40 years of experience, have been chosen as assistant superintendents of the Highway Patrol.

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens on Cheyenne River Reservation
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened a disaster recovery center on the Cheyenne River Reservation to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. This follows previous openings in Minnehaha and Yankton counties, and the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon near Plankinton.