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Public Safety

Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – A 52-year-old Stockholm, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this morning. HB 1007, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding inspection affidavits for amusement rides.

Governor's Column: Steps Forward In Mental Health
A significant number of Americans struggle with mental illness. For many the struggle is silent. Some experience short-term mental health problems. It’s not uncommon for individuals temporarily to face mild forms of mental illness at some point during their lives.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 2017 National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to return to Sioux Empire Home Show
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at the Sioux Empire Home Show to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Agriculture

Grants Available for Tree Planting
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events.

Four Reappointed to State Conservation Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Doug Hansen of Webster, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City, Charlie Moe of Rosebud and Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen to the State Conservation Commission.

Public Safety

South Dakota’s Vehicle Fatality Rate Again Among Lowest in Nation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota had the nation’s fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner - Sen. Vehle
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that former Sen. Mike Vehle of Mitchell has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacant seat on the South Dakota Transportation Commission.

Railroad Board Seeking Rail Project Information
The South Dakota Railroad Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room in Pierre.

I-90 – Exit 14 – I-90 Closure with Detour and Bridge Demolition
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that starting the evening of Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, Interstate 90 in both directions will be closed for six nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. between the off and on ramps of Exit 14.

Spring Load Restriction Report #6
A spring load restriction report is usually issued in advance of any major load restriction change. This report is issued for guidance only and does not take precedence over load restriction signs in place. For further information or a copy of a Spring Load Restriction Map, please contact the DOT at 605-773-3571. Spring Load Limit Information may also be found on the Internet at: http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/

Revenue

Motor Vehicles Division offering trucking industry assistance in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Revenue has opened a motor carrier services branch in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Annual Criminal Justice Reform Report Released
The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms. The Governor announced the release of the report at his legislative press conference today.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Amicus to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court by 26 Attorneys General seeking to protect Second Amendment rights.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – One man died and another man was injured Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.

South Dakota Lottery

$138,779 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Canton
A single ticket sold in Canton hit the $138,779 Dakota Cash jackpot for the Feb. 15, 2017 drawing.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Update (notices 2-5)
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Education

State Historical Society officials promote June symposium in Black Hills
Officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society are encouraging interested people to attend a symposium in the Black Hills in June.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: Movin’ On Up: Equity Trust Relocating to Equity Square in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Equity Trust settled into Sioux Falls in 2011, setting up shop in what is now called the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. Since then, it’s grown to 300,000 accounts and $30 billion in assets.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Former Congressman Clint Roberts Passes Away
Clint Roberts, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota, died last night in Pierre. Roberts, 82, represented South Dakota’s second congressional district in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1983.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Edgemont
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:

Education

State Historical Society awards five historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Arlington, Delmont, Faulkton, Madison and St. Onge have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: South Dakota's Gun Laws
Gun control measures have been gaining ground in some places around the nation in recent years. In the more urban areas of the country and along the coasts, people are more wary, and perhaps fearful, of guns.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts banquet at the Ramkota in Pierre.

Agriculture

2017 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2017 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 23-26.

Caution Urged When Monitoring Burned Slash Piles
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, is urging residents who have burned brush piles this season to ensure that the piles have been completely extinguished.

Much More Than Fighting Wildland Fires
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire division serves as the primary firefighting agency for state owned land, but they do more than put out fires.

Education

Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, more than 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 8-9, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.

Remove your shoes to enjoy new exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center
You must remove your shoes in order to get the full effect of the newest exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Now through March 26, the museum will host “Walk Softly."


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Retirement System Bills
At his weekly press conference today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that he has signed House Bill 1016, a retirement system measure, into law.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the South Dakota Retirement System bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today.

Public Safety

State 9-1-1 Board Votes to Withhold Payment to Vendor
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 9-1-1 Coordination Board voted Thursday to withhold payment to the vendor who has been hired to upgrade the state’s 9-1-1 emergency communications system.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting agriculture tax seminars
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Department of Revenue announces its agriculture tax seminars to be held this spring.


Agriculture

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program Hits 1 Million Pounds
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) waste pesticide disposal program has topped the one million pound mark since the program began in 1993.

Health

Percentage of South Dakota’s Kids Overweight, Obese Unchanged
Almost one-third of South Dakota’s kids and teens are overweight or obese, according to a new state health report.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Surplus Land Bills Introduced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has introduced a package of bills to allow for the sale of surplus lands owned by the state. The measures include lands and properties on the STAR Academy, State Veterans Home, and State Training School campuses.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Pursuing Constitutional Reforms
Being governor is a serious responsibility, and I’ve never taken it lightly. Sometimes, it means making a difficult decision that is necessary, but unpopular to some.

Governor Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1048, An Act to exempt natural hair braiding from the practice of cosmetology.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is speaking at the Nurses Day Legislature Luncheon at the Ramkota.

Agriculture

Agriculture Officials Highlight Importance of International Trade and Establish Priorities for Next Farm Bill
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture emphasized the importance of international trade and expanded markets for U.S. agriculture at its annual Winter Policy Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

Education

State Historical Society seeks nominations for Governor’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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs House Bill 1069
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1069, An Act to repeal and revise certain provisions related to campaign finance and to declare an emergency. This bill repeals Initiated Measure 22.

State Animal Health Lab Bill Introduced
The Senate Appropriations Committee today introduced a bill on behalf of Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory. Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, the facility serves as the state animal health laboratory.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State Senate passes Attorney General Sponsored SB 27 to Address Criminal Self-Dealings and Conflicts of Interest
Under current South Dakota law, it is only a misdemeanor to engage in self dealings of taxpayer money for personal benefit or gain. See SDCL 5-18A-17.4.

Public Safety

Highway Safety to Promote Designated Drivers During Super Bowl
PIERRE, S.D. – Amid all of the football terms that will be thrown out Super Bowl Sunday, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety plans to remind fans of another important piece of terminology: Designated Driver.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1006, clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Brule County Man Enters Guilty Plea in Kimball Armed Standoff Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Donald Gerald London, 36, Kimball has pled guilty but mentally ill.

Circuit Court Signs Order to Unseal Briefing in Berget Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Circuit Court Judge Hoffman has signed an order allowing the briefs in Rodney Berget v. Darin Young to be unsealed.

Bollen Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Disposal of Personal Property Subject to Security Interest
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joop Bollen, 53, Aberdeen has pled guilty to one count of unauthorized disposal of personal property subject to security interest, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine.

Attorney General Jackley Announces Settlement with Western Union
Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a settlement with the Western Union Company, resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers.

Public Safety

Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says 24 South Dakota counties and two tribes may receive federal funding assistance to help recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

Veterans Affairs

VETERANS, THE PULSE OF OUR COUNTRY!
Remember your heart beats daily with your individual pulse! The heartbeat of America is driven by veterans and their pulse for freedom. These men and women represent everything that our nation fights to protect, everything we value in life. Our honor, our liberty, our livelihood, lies with them.


Education

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday to be celebrated at Cultural Heritage Center
A special program Feb. 7 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Help students by starting a local Summer Food Service Program
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.

Game, Fish and Parks

Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Visitors of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre have the opportunity to learn about the park's winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 15th Annual "Eagles and Bagels" Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Public Safety

February Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty sobriety checkpoints are scheduled to be held during the month of February by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Board of Regents

$2.66 Billion Economic Impact from Higher Education in South Dakota
The six public universities in South Dakota generate $2.66 billion a year in annual economic impact within the state, from a state investment of $197 million. That is a key finding from a research report released today that measures public higher education’s impact on the state economy.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Update on Medical Marijuana Issue
On August 19, 2016, Attorney General Marty Jackley provided correspondence to the FDA and DEA urging both to assist in the determination of whether marijuana presents medical opportunities and further setting forth considerations for public health and safety.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Washington Looking To The States
On Friday, Jan. 20, I was in Washington, D.C., among the many who attended the inaugural ceremonies for our 45th President.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 South Dakota Lions Convention which is being held at the AmericInn, Ft. Pierre.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Seize the Story Telling Opportunities
Everyone has to eat.

Public Safety

Spink County Fatal Crash (Jan. 2, 2017)
ASHTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen man has died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Jan. 2, 2017 north of Ashton.

Transportation

Drivers Cautioned About Difficult Travel Overnight
State officials are advising drivers that strong winds and blowing snow are creating difficult travel conditions across the state this evening.

Drivers Are Reminded About Snowplow Safety
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials remind motorists to use extra caution when encountering snowplows that are clearing highways, shoulders and ditches.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

No Entrance Fees For Spearfish Canyon State Park
Entrance fees are no longer being considered for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced at his weekly legislative press conference this morning.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: When it Comes to Firewood, Shop Local
When you bring firewood home or to your campsite, you may also unknowingly be transporting harmful pests.

Legendary Southern Rock Band Lynyrd Skynyrd to Play the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

Education

Museum Activity Day, SDSU ice cream at Cultural Heritage Center on Feb. 5
Create your own snowflakes at Museum Activity Day at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 1-4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Public Safety

Names Released in McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – Gabriel Ramirez, 26, of Freeman, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning near Canistota.

Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – An 87-year-old Platte woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.

Transportation

Department of Transportation / Highway Patrol Seeks Public Input into the U.S.12 Ipswich to Aberdeen Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, will hold a public open house at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Ipswich High School Theater, (211 5th Street) to inform area residents of the findings of the U.S. Highway 12 Ipswich to Aberdeen Corridor Study.

Board of Regents

Research Study Verifies Growing Economic Impact of Higher Education
A research study that measures the impact of South Dakota’s six public universities on the state economy will be released Tuesday, Jan. 31, at a briefing for state lawmakers in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Marli Wiese To District 8 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Marli Wiese of Madison to the South Dakota State House of Representatives. Wiese will be sworn in as a state representative on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Transportation

Westbound I-90 Construction between Exit 40 and Exit 44
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound shoulder of Interstate 90 between Exit 40 and Exit 44 will be closed this week.

Citizens Reminded About Illegally Dumping Snow
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

Interstate 90 Reopened Travel Caution
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 between Kadoka and Chamberlain in central South Dakota. Motorists are cautioned that snow and strong winds are still creating difficult travel conditions in many areas of south central and southeastern parts of the state.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For The Summer
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for a summer 2017 Governor’s Office Internship in Pierre. The position will be paid and run from early May through August 2017.

Transportation

Motorists Asked to Heed No Travel Advisories I90 remains closed Kadoka to Chamberlain
Officials want to remind travelers that many highways in central, south central and southeastern parts of the state are under a No Travel Advisory and I-90 remains closed from Kadoka to Chamberlain.

Interstate 90 Closing from Kadoka to Chamberlain at 6 p.m. CST
State officials will be closing Interstate 90 from Kadoka to Chamberlain effective at 6 p.m. CST (5 p.m. MST).

Tribal Relations

2017 State-Tribal Relations Events to Highlight ‘Partnerships in the Outdoors’
The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations has partnered with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to highlight Partnerships in the Outdoors during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Jan. 25 and 26

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Red’s All Natural Burritos Expanding to North Sioux City
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – Red’s All Natural, a producer of frozen burritos headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., announced today that it is expanding its operations to North Sioux City, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., and South Dakota’s priorities for federal health care reform.

Governor’s Statement on Rep. Wollmann’s Resignation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of District 8 Rep. Matthew Wollmann.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.

McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning near Canistota.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

Board of Regents

Statement of the South Dakota Board of Regents on President Heather Wilson’s Nomination to be Next Air Force Secretary
The President of the United States announced today his intention to nominate Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, as the next Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Joseph Standing Bear was apprehended in Rapid City earlier this week.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate
South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved.

Governor's Column: Taking On The Meth Problem
I recently heard a story about a young man who was exposed to meth as a child. The young man, named Chris, grew up around meth and the violence that the drug brings. Like any normal kid, he wanted attention from the adults in his life.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on South Dakota Public Radio’s In the Moment with Lori Walsh.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grandparent Scam Continues to Target South Dakota Seniors
Attorney General Marty Jackley is again warning South Dakota seniors that the grandparent scam has resurfaced targeting all parts of the state.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Knowing Your Financial Options
Low prices and high costs are affecting everyone involved in agriculture.

Tourism

Tourism Industry Leaders & Innovators Honored for Their Work
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top tourism industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

Tourism Department Posts Record Numbers in 2016
The South Dakota tourism industry has once again reached record numbers of visitors, visitor spending and impact on the state’s economy. This marks seven straight years of economic growth for the industry.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 406 SD11 Splitrock Boulevard Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Brandon, will hold a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mon. Jan. 23, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Express Convention Center, 1103 N Splitrock Boulevard, Sioux Falls, to inform area residents of the beginning of the study and begin receiving public input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the I-90 Exit 406 (SD11 / Splitrock Boulevard) Interchange.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to attend AARP Day during session
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth in the Capital to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Education

Board holds first public hearing on proposed certification rule changes
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes today.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Legislator Kenny McNenny
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Saturday, Jan. 21, to honor the life of former legislator Kenneth George “Kenny” McNenny of Sturgis, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Alvin Williams was apprehended in Sioux Falls earlier this morning.

Education

Paul Goble biography now available from State Historical Society
The first-ever biography of internationally known children’s author and illustrator Paul Goble, who passed away on Jan. 5, has been released by the South Dakota State Historical Society. Written by Gregory Bryan, “Paul Goble, Storyteller” captures a life that few Americans are familiar with.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects Officers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2017. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable supporting organization for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Funding Available for Trails
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments.

GFP Harvest and Opinion Surveys Underway
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently administering a number of different harvest and opinion surveys regarding the management of wildlife resources across the state.

Fort Sisseton Festival Vendor Applications Available
PIERRE, S.D. - Vendors interested in having a booth at the 2017 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival have until March 14 to submit an application. Applications are available for vendors of arts and crafts, concessions, and rendezvous. The annual festival is scheduled for June 2, 3 and 4, 2017.

GFP Conservation Officer Honored
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Joe Galbraith has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Public Safety

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Storm Lake, Iowa man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday in Sioux Falls.

Tourism

Officers Reelected for Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board
The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has selected its officers for 2017.


Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: Turning a life’s passion into a life’s work
For Jordan Miller, hunting and fitness are his two passions in life. The day he got the opportunity to combine the two and make a living doing it, he jumped at the chance.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Amazon's Big Step In The Right Direction
South Dakota is a state with a low tax burden. We are one of only seven states without a personal income tax. We also have no corporate income tax, no business inventory tax, no personal property tax and no inheritance tax. People who live here get to keep more of their earnings.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present his 2017 State of the State Address at the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Dakota Events Center.

Agriculture

Obtain Firewood from In-State Sources
Camp fires or fire pits are becoming a common sight year round in South Dakota.

Online Option for Grain Checkoff Payments
Grain elevators in South Dakota have a new option for submitting payments to the state’s grain checkoff funds.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Gregory County Man Pleads to Sexual Contact with a Minor and Distribution of Controlled Substance to a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Donald Kelvin Story, 51, Dallas, pled guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, methamphetamine, class 2 felony, punishable by to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine and one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

Attorney General Jackley Warns Against Travel Scams and Timeshare Resellers
It is that time of year again when people are planning winter trips to warmer regions and may be faced with advertisements to buy a timeshare or travel package. Attorney General Jackley would like to offer some advice on how to better protect you when contemplating these types of purchases.

Agriculture

Big & Rich First Concert Announcement for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich & Cowboy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Appoints Standing Rock Officer to Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the appointment of David Lawrence, Chief of Police with the Standing Rock Agency to the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission. He has been appointed to a two-year term effective January 2017.

Attorney General Jackley Reminds Provigil Users to File Claim Before April Deadline
Attorney General Marty Jackley is reminding consumers who feel they may be entitled to a recovery under the Provigil settlement to file their claim before the April 13, 2017 deadline.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Receives Grant for Park Project
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently received a $75,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant from the Wellmark Foundation. The money will be used for the Cottonwood Playground Project at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Backpage.com Suspends Controversial Sexual Advertising in Human Trafficking Fight
South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley confirms that Backpage.com has suspended its sexual advertising in relation to the ongoing human trafficking fight.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Moses Dubray, age 32, left the Rapid City Community Work Center today without authorization.

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Alvin Williams, age 42, left the Yankton Community Work Center this morning without authorization.

Brent Fluke Appointed Women’s Prison Warden
Bob Dooley, director of prison operations for the Department of Corrections, has appointed Brent Fluke as warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison.

Tourism

2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism “Builds for the Future”
The South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism, hosted by the Department of Tourism, encourages visitor industry professionals to come and be inspired to “Build for the Future” next week, Jan. 17-19, in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

State Forensic Lab Completes Project for Testing all Rape Kits
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that South Dakota Forensic Lab (SDFL) has completed the testing of all rape kits from law enforcement agencies in South Dakota.

Bureau of Administration

Blue Lights for Law Enforcement Appreciation
The front doors of the Capitol will be illuminated in blue tonight in recognition of the sacrifices made by South Dakota law enforcement officers and their families.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Dairy Checkoff Dollars Working Around the World
You may be eating the results of partnerships formed between various fast food restaurants and the dairy checkoff.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Joseph Olson, age 56, passed away Jan. 6 in a comfort care setting in the Jameson Annex to the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Requests FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment for Christmas Day Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested FEMA join state and local officials in a review of damage done to public property in 24 counties and on four tribal reservations during the recent Christmas Day storm.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Lane Closure and Opening the New Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that eastbound I-90 will be reduced to one-lane between the off and on ramps at Exit 14 on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. This is being done so the contractor can transport concrete barriers onto the new bridge.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Working for a Win in Vegas at Annual SHOT Show
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will return to Las Vegas, Nev., later this month to promote the state at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, Jan. 17-20.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Good News from the State Financial Report
This past week the state budget office issued South Dakota’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or what those of us within state government sometimes refer to as “the CAFR.” The Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on the Friday before New Year’s Day.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Doug Sharp to GFP Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Sharp of Watertown to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will broadcast the speech live on SDPB1 TV, SDPB Radio and SD.net. The State of the State Address will be archived on SDPB’s website.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Tara Hartse, on December 7, 2016, in Lake Norden, South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Currently Conducting Online Angler Survey
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU), is currently conducting an online angler survey to help gauge angler use, harvest and attitudes of resident and nonresident anglers.

Public Safety

2016 Traffic Fatalities Near Record Low Lack of Seatbelt Use Significant Cause in Most Deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 115 traffic fatalities in 2016 are expected to be the lowest since 2011 and second lowest since 1960.

Name Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Grand Island, NE man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Awards Eight Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to eight projects throughout South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5.36 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $5.36 million for solid waste and water projects when it met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

Game, Fish and Parks

Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park Master Planning Contract Awarded
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that Peaks to Plains Design, PC will be the consultant in the master planning efforts for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park and Bismarck Lake areas in the Black Hills.

Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Due Feb. 15
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wildlife diversity program is accepting proposals for the wildlife diversity small grants program.

Tourism

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at eight Information Center locations along interstates 29 and 90.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley’s 2017 Legislative Package
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the Attorney General’s proposed legislative package for 2017 will include a request that our Legislature consider and enact the following:

Education

Cultural Heritage Center announces new monthly programming series to debut in January
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 21, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will debut a new monthly programming series for 2017 entitled “Family Fun Saturdays.”

Mitchell teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Amanda Christensen, a fourth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, has received a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Announces Earliest CAFR Release In 20 Years
The state Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on Friday, meeting its goal of a December release.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sanborn County Man Pleads to First Degree Manslaughter
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Sanborn County States Attorney Jeffrey Larson announced today that Matthew Walter Novak, 33, Woonsocket, pled guilty to manslaughter in the first degree.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

Veterans Affairs

State Veterans Home Staff Recognized
The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network awarded the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home with the “Gold Milestone,” an award that recognizes the outstanding achievements and efforts to improve the quality of care and quality of life for veterans home residents.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Importance of South Dakota’s Animal Health Laboratory
For a state like South Dakota, with five times as many cattle and twice as many hogs and chickens as we have citizens, livestock health is a big deal. We all know the tremendous impact the livestock sector has on our state’s economy, but it’s easy to forget the connection between livestock health and human health.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Ervin Bader
The flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, to honor the life of former legislator Ervin Bader who passed away on Christmas Day.

News Tips
State parks in all 50 states will host First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. Hikes will be held in eight South Dakota state parks.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Arrest Spearfish Man for Enticement of a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced today that the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Spearfish Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations have arrested Nicholaus Tripp, 28, Spearfish, South Dakota, on one count of Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b).

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FSA Programs Help Keep Farmers and Ranchers Afloat
In this SD Ag Chat, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini talks about the role FSA programs play in providing financial stability for farmers and ranchers.

SD Ag Chat: Inside the SD Meat Inspection Program
Animal Industry Board inspectors in South Dakota take hundreds of samples each year from local locker plants or grocery store meat counters and send them to a lab to be tested.

Human Services

Assistive Daily Living Services Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public comment on the Assistive Daily Living Services (ADLS) Medicaid waiver renewal.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol announces January Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to ring in the first month of 2017 with another group of sobriety checkpoints.

Transportation

Department of Transportation & City of Pierre Seek Public Input into Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the city of Pierre, will hold a public open house as part of the Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2017, in the gymnasium at Kennedy Elementary School (2306 Brookstone Loop) in Pierre.

Veterans Affairs

Happy New Year
Let’s ensure that our 2017 book is not left blank! Let’s write a good one!


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Curtis Wayne Adams, Sr., on December 3, 2016, in Yankton, South Dakota. The Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation at the request of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Education

Jan. 3 program at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on Great Depression
The Great Depression and "A New Deal for South Dakota" will be the focus of a public program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Jan. 3.

Human Services

Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public comment on the Family Support 360 Medicaid waiver renewal application.

Labor and Regulation

Progressive Steps to Advance Technology
A column by State Labor & Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman In the past year, the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has embraced this notion and has taken many progressive steps to advance technology in the way we do business.


Corrections

Community Service Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Joseph Standing Bear walked away from the community service employer this afternoon.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2017
Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2017 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Declares State of Emergency Following Winter Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency for all of South Dakota following a Christmas Day storm that resulted in stranded motorists and electrical power outages.


Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Hermosa.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON , S.D. – A Valley Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon.

Transportation

Illegally Dumped Snow Can Cause Problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

Interstate 90 Reopened Rapid City to Vivian Fully open to traffic
State officials have reopened I-90 in both directions from Rapid City to Vivian. I-90 is now completely open to traffic, but motorists are cautioned that winter driving conditions still exist.

Interstate 90 Reopened Wyoming Border to Rapid City
State officials have reopened I-90 in both directions from the Wyoming border to Rapid City in western South Dakota. I-90 from Rapid City to Vivian (both directions) remains closed until further notice. I-90 was reopened in both directions from Vivian to Chamberlain earlier.

I90 open Vivian to Chamberlain Remains closed Vivian to Wyo. border
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain in central South Dakota. Motorists are cautioned that icy, snow-packed roads and strong winds are still creating difficult travel conditions along I-90, especially in western South Dakota.


Transportation

Interstate 90 Closed From Wyoming Border to Vivian
State officials have closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between the Wyoming border and Vivian effective immediately. Officials will be closing Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain at 7 p.m. CST. The temperature is expected to drop below freezing, and along with snow and strong winds, as travel will be treacherous during the overnight hours.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Fun Facts About Poinsettias
The poinsettia originated in Mexico, but the majority of the flowers are grown and exported from the US.

SD Ag Chat: Ice Melt Products May Harm Trees and Lawns
Ice melt products make it easier to clear off sidewalks and driveways during the winter.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON , S.D. – A 24-year-old man died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon.

State Officials Urge Caution with Holiday Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Those traveling for Christmas are being urged to prepare for a holiday storm that could produce both rain and snow in parts of South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Remembering Friends
The years go faster as one gets older, and as 2016 closes, I have been thinking back on the past year. As always, Linda and I have much to be thankful for. We are also remembering four good friends and great South Dakotans who we lost this year.

Transportation

Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE Four-Way Stop Functioning
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the all-way stop at the intersection at Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE in Watertown is now fully functional.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sixth Circuit Court Issues Order for Preliminary Injunction Enjoining and Declining to Sever Portions of Initiated Measure 22
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Sixth Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett has issued an Order Enjoining and Declining Severability in the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit.

A. G. Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Authorizing a Physician to Prescribe Life-Ending Drugs
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State

Attorney General Jackley Announces First Round Winners of Anti-Meth Campaign Contest
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the winners of the first round of the statewide “NO.METH.EVER.” contest.

Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
DAVIS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, 73, has died from injuries received in a Nov. 30, 2016 two-vehicle crash east of Davis.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State of South Dakota Seeks Request To Repurpose STAR Academy
The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer.

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 26
The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Monday.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Conservation Stewardship Program Well Received in SD
The Conservation Stewardship Program is helping farmers across the US manage working pasture and crop land.

Education

State Historical Society receives grant to put more historic newspapers online
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives was awarded a second round of grant funding in the amount of $240,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historical newspapers.

1941 recording of USS South Dakota christening available on State Historical Society website
Two lacquer radio transcription discs, held in the collections of the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, broadcast the June 7, 1941, double christening and launching of the battleship USS South Dakota from the New York Shipbuilding Corporation ways at Camden, N.J.

Transportation

I-90 – Exit 14 – Colorado Blvd Opening to Traffic
he South Dakota Department of Transportation says that Colorado Boulevard will open the new eastbound lane and turn lanes to traffic on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Traffic will continue to be one lane each direction.

Jackson Boulevard Storm Drain Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says storm drain repairs are taking place at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard (Highway 44) and Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City.

Highway 12 Corridor Study Aberdeen to Ipswich Project Update
On June 30, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Transportation held the first of two open house style public meetings to gather input on the U.S. Highway 12 Corridor from Aberdeen to Ipswich.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota's electoral votes cast
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pam Roberts joined Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the Capitol Building today to officially cast South Dakota’s electoral votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Day County Man Arrested for Grand Theft Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Gary Podzimek, 58, Bristol, has been indicted by a Day County Grand Jury.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Reflecting on Our Blessings
I can hardly believe 2016 is coming to a close.

Public Safety

DPS Officials: Be Safe During Holidays
PIERRE, S.D. – Whether celebrating the holiday season at home or traveling somewhere, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety encourages people to be safe.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Flags To Remain At Half-Staff Until Saturday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard requests that all flags in the state remain at half-mast to honor John Glenn until sunset on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Governor's Column: A Christmas Reminder From Laura Ingalls Wilder
Christmas is a special time in South Dakota, and it was no less special in the 1880s.

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

Agriculture

Burn Permits Open Within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
Winter burning season burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District.

Education

Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
The opportunity to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants will be available soon.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Receives ‘Smart On Crime’ Recommendations
Today the Smart on Crime Workgroup delivered its report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The workgroup was formed this summer by the Governor to study how the regional increase in meth trafficking has impacted South Dakota’s criminal justice system and to review the progress of the Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed in the 2013 Legislative Session.

Human Services

Assistive Daily Living Services Medicaid Waiver Renewal
Assistive Daily Living Services (ADLS) waiver participants, providers and partners are invited to participate in a webinar/conference call regarding the ADLS Medicaid waiver renewal.

Public Safety

DOT To Make Watertown Intersection Four-Way Stop
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Transportation is converting the intersection at US Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE in Watertown from a two-way stop control to an all-way (four-way) stop.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Drug Control Fund Awards Distributed to Law Enforcement Agencies
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that several law enforcement agencies throughout the state have been given awards from the Attorney General’s Drug Control Fund.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: SD FFA Developing Leaders
FFA members from across South Dakota recently came together to compete in a variety of speaking competitions at a state contest in Pierre.

Education

Native American achievement school grants awarded
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded three Native American achievement school grants.

Game, Fish and Parks

Mountain Lion Season To Begin
PIERRE, S.D. – The mountain lion hunting season for the Black Hills Fire Protection District will begin on Dec. 26, 2016, and run through March 31, 2017, or if the harvest limit of 60 lions or 40 female lions is met.

Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt To Be Held
PIERRE, S.D. – The Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be held Jan. 6-8, 2017, in the Pierre area.

Anglers Reminded to Use Caution While Ice Fishing
PIERRE, S.D. – With the recent temperatures, South Dakota lakes, ponds and sloughs are freezing quickly. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials urge anglers, snowmobilers and recreationists to take extreme caution when venturing out.

South Dakota Snowmobile Trails Open Dec. 15
PIERRE, S.D. – Snowmobile trails across South Dakota open Thursday, Dec. 15.

Health

Health Department Staff Honored
Five South Dakota Department of Health staff were recently recognized in the agency’s annual Secretary’s Awards Program.

Public Safety

Government Entities Set Information Release Policy
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and several local governmental entities statewide have implemented a three-day information release policy designed to meet the requirements of a new amendment to the South Dakota Constitution.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Awards Juvenile Diversion Funds To Counties
The State of South Dakota is awarding funds to 25 counties for successfully diverting juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Taking Proper Care of Live Christmas Trees
Your Christmas tree doesn’t need vodka or aspirin to last longer.

SD Ag Chat: Christmas Tree Inspections
Before that live Christmas tree can go home with you, it gets examined by inspectors with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


Agriculture

Farmers and Merchants Bank Adds to Nordby Exhibit Hall Gift
Farmers and Merchants Bank, a branch of First National Bank, has provided an additional gift to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Education

Second round of Classroom Innovation Grant recipients announced
Twenty-five Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts for a combined total of over $1.3 million funded by the 2016 Legislature.

Game, Fish and Parks

Registration for 20th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek is Opening Soon
PIERRE, S.D. – Registration opens Dec. 14 for the 20th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. Bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Cracking Down on Seatbelt Violators
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has reinforced its efforts to encourage more motorists to wear their seatbelts.

Veterans Affairs

Peace and Happiness!
It’s that time of the year when we are busy decking the halls, shopping, wrapping presents, writing cards and letters, baking, visiting our loved ones, and attending holiday programs and concerts.