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Public Safety

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Appreciation For Law Enforcement
We are fortunate to live in a relatively safe state. We tend to leave our cars running in the winter. We let our kids play outside.

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, in observance of fallen military service members.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at a Watertown Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Education

Music and flag raising to commemorate Civil War Monument rededication in Pierre
Plans are set for the rededication of the Civil War Monument -- the first war monument on the State Capitol grounds in Pierre -- to take place Monday, June 1.

State Historical Society honoring author, historian Schuler
The South Dakota State Historical Society will present the Robinson Memorial Award, one of the Governor’s Awards for History, on Saturday, May 30, to Harold H. Schuler of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Encourages Boaters to Wear Life Jackets
As warm weather finally sets in, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) would like to remind boaters of important safety procedures when spending time on the water.

Altman Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Dan Altman the 2015 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year. Altman is a conservation officer for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) stationed in Yankton.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into I-90 Exit 59 (La Crosse Street) Interchange Options Study
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Rapid City Area MPO and the city of Rapid City, will hold a public open house on Thursday, May 28, to inform area residents on the recommended improvement alternative at the Interstate I-90 and La Crosse Street interchange in Rapid City.


Agriculture

Growing In Agriculture column: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
While Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer grilling season, recent news may have some worried about the cost of eggs or the Thanksgiving turkey. Avian influenza has been devastating to many of our poultry producers, but be assured that our nation’s food supply remains safe and abundant.

S.D. Poultry Exhibitions Suspended
Pierre, S.D. — The South Dakota Animal Industry Board issued a Board Order suspending all South Dakota bird exhibitions effective immediately and until further notice.

Education

Historical Society Press Wins Two Gold IPPY Awards
The South Dakota State Historical Society has received two Gold IPPY Awards for recent books.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park Repeatedly Gains National Acclaim
PIERRE, S.D. – Custer State Park has long been considered one of South Dakota’s most cherished locations, along with Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. It is more than just state pride, however, that makes this park special.

State Parks Host Weekend Events
PIERRE, S.D. – To celebrate summer, South Dakota State Parks are hosting events May 29-30. From a Dutch oven cooking demonstration to learning about the water cycle, families of all ages and sizes can learn and have fun.

Public Safety

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

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Joins the Float Lineup of the 2016 Rose Parade
On Jan. 1, 2016, the Mount Rushmore state will join dozens of floral-clad floats, marching bands, equestrians and other parade entries as they make their way through the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda.

Transportation

Construction On Brookings County Highways 77 and 24
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Brookings County highways 77 and 24 will begin on Tuesday, May 26.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation for Initiated Measure Petitions Relating to Alcohol and Tobacco Released
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two Attorney General Explanations for initiated measures have been filed with the Secretary of State.

Agriculture

Dr. Bob Thaler to Receive 2015 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
PIERRE, S.D.-Dr. Bob Thaler of Brookings, S.D. will be awarded the 2015 Governor’s Ag Ambassador on Friday, July 10, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.

Public Safety

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

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Solicits Public Input on Proposed Name Change for Harney Peak in Pennington County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has made a preliminary recommendation to support a name change for Harney Peak.


Public Safety

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

Transportation

I-90 Sign Bridge Repair
On Wednesday, May 20, crews will be repairing the overhead sign bridge structure in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 just east of Sioux Falls at mile marker 401.

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Kyle White of Rapid City has been appointed to the South Dakota Transportation Commission by Gov. Dennis Daugaard effective immediately.


Agriculture

Groundbreaking for State Fairgrounds’ New 4-H Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 27
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community will take place at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Huron at the National Guard Armory located at 1030 3rd St. SW, next to the new building’s site. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be among those addressing the attendees. The public is invited to attend.

Education

Board adopts new standards in three content areas
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new content standards in science, fine arts and educational technology earlier today.

New regional CTE facility in Aberdeen to open in fall 2015
Today the South Dakota Board of Education heard an update on construction and toured the Aberdeen Technical Education Center, a new regional career and technical education facility in Aberdeen, located on the campus of Central High School.

Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Increase In South Dakota
Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur in the United States every year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Dakota has seen increasing numbers of STIs in recent years says a state health official.

Public Safety

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

Transportation

Temporary Ramps On I-29 At Exit 62/Canton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists the contractor has constructed temporary ramps on Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton.

Board of Regents

Idaho Administrator Named New Board of Regents’ Chief Executive
The executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education/Board of Regents has been chosen to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. Michael G. Rush becomes the South Dakota Board of Regents’ executive director and chief executive officer June 29.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Column: A Proud Week For South Dakota
This past week has shown us, yet again, why we can be proud to be South Dakotans.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the Governor’s Leadership Luncheon at the Muenster University Center in Vermillion on Saturday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. CDT.

Public Safety

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On May 15
President Barack Obama has proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Charitable Scams Relating to Tornado Disaster
Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking South Dakotans to beware of scam artists potentially exploiting tornado victims from South Dakota.

SD SC Rules the Attorney General Has Followed South Dakota’s Disclosure Law on the Benda Death Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Attorney General has followed South Dakota’s disclosure law relating to the Richard Benda death investigation conducted by local, state, and federal authorities.

Agriculture

Kick off the School Year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom
HURON, S.D. – Teachers, registration forms are now available for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the South Dakota State Fair. Teachers and students from across the state are invited to kick off the 2015-2016 school year by participating on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4.

Education

World War I postcards of Europe available on South Dakota Digital Archives
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre recently added a collection of more than 90 postcard images of World War I to the South Dakota Digital Archives.

Public Safety

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

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Minnehaha and Pennington County Prosecutors Honored by State’s Attorneys Association
The South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association honors Minnehaha County Deputy States Attorney Chrystal Johnson (now 2nd Circuit Magistrate Judge) and Pennington County Deputy States Attorney Scott Roetzel as co-prosecutors of the year.

Preliminary Hearing Held in Perkins County for Lemmon Man
Brady James Hooker, 22, Lemmon was bound over on one count at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, which was held today in Perkins County before Circuit Court Judge Randall Macy.

State Officials Warn of Potential Unscrupulous Contractors in Wake of Delmont Tornado Disaster
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety urge Delmont tornado victims to proceed with caution when moving into the recovery phase of this disaster. Residents will understandably be eager to have new construction or the necessary work done to their damaged property.

Agriculture

Speech Contest Winners Announced
PIERRE, S.D.-The 54th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Education

Smithsonian Night at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on organized mail crime
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host its second Smithsonian Night program, “Organized Crime in the Mail,” on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. CDT.

Health

South Dakota Marks Emergency Medical Services Week, May 17-23
South Dakota’s emergency medical technicians (EMTs) play a critical role in the state’s health care system, says a state health official as Emergency Medical Services Week approaches.

Public Safety

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

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

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

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

Board of Regents

Tuition Rate Supports Guard, Military Members at Off-Campus Centers
The South Dakota Board of Regents has set a special tuition rate to support members of the South Dakota National Guard and active-duty military personnel who take courses at one of three off-campus public higher education centers.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Announces $158 Million Mobile Cramming Settlement with Sprint and Verizon
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission—reached settlements with Sprint Corporation (“Sprint”) and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (“Verizon”).

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Watertown
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:

Basic Trauma Kits Available to Law Enforcement Officers with Help of Homeland Security Grant
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Division has secured a homeland security grant to provide basic trauma treatment kits to all law enforcement officers in the State of South Dakota.

Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently signed a proclamation declaring May “Beef Month” in South Dakota.

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

Railway Street Reconstruction In Lemmon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin reconstruction work on Railway Street in Lemmon on Monday, May 18.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Main Street Deadwood Shop Approved for MicroLOAN
Prairie Harvest Mercantile, Inc., DBA Miss Kitty’s Mercantile, a homegrown soap and lotion shop based in Deadwood, S.D., has been approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC).


Agriculture

Burn Permits Not Being Issued
RAPID CITY S.D. — Burn permits are not being issued within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District. Although areas in western South Dakota received snow cover, the forecasted temperatures are quickly melting the required moisture.

Game, Fish and Parks

First GFP National Archery in Schools Program Challenge Brings 60 Shooters to Brookings
On Saturday, May 2, young archers competed at the first ever South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) 3D Challenge at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Brookings.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Furbearer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several furbearer seasons at their meeting last week. These furbearer seasons remain unchanged and will run under the same season structure as last year.

GFP Commission Proposes Several Changes to the Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Season and Special Canada Goose Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the 2015 nonresident waterfowl hunting season at their May meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Additional East River and National Refuge Deer Hunting Licenses, No Change to Muzzleloader Deer Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a slight increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2015 with 250 fewer one-tag licenses, but 1,050 more two-tag licenses as compared to 2014.

GFP Commission Proposes West River Deer Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a slight decrease in the number of licenses available for the West River deer hunting season in 2015 with the number of one-tag licenses reduced by 250 for residents and 20 for nonresidents as compared to 2014.

GFP Commission Proposes More Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 500 more resident and 40 more nonresident any whitetail deer hunting licenses for the 2015 Black Hills deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposal for Archery Deer Season Includes Adams Homestead and Access Permits for Newton Hills
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 20 archery access permits for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve for antlerless deer hunting in 2015.

Public Safety

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

Transportation

Highway 1804 Closed South of Walworth County Landfill
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 1804 is closed 2.3 miles south of the Highway 12 junction (south of the Walworth County Landfill).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sioux Empire Development Park VIII South Dakota’s Newest Certified Ready Site
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation announced today that the Sioux Empire Development Park VIII in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as the newest South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Corrections

Search For Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate David Holloway was reported missing from Unit C, the minimum-security unit on the South Dakota State Penitentiary campus, this morning.

Public Safety

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

Transportation

Spring Storm Continues In Western S.D. - No Travel Advised
State Transportation and Public Safety officials say travel remains difficult, if not impossible in many areas of western South Dakota today.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: South Dakota’s Upgrade To AAA
We recently received word that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota to a AAA credit rating. This is great news for South Dakota.

Custer State Park Visitor Center Receives Lloyd And Beverly Paulson Family Donation
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation has been awarded a $1 million gift by the Beverly and Lloyd Paulson Family Donor Advised Fund of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation.

News Tips
A deployment ceremony will be held for six soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Detachment 48, Operational Support Airlift Command on Wednesday, May 13, at 3 p.m. MDT at the Army Aviation Support Facility next to Rapid City Regional Airport.

Game, Fish and Parks

Effective May 11: New Rules to Help Slow the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
PIERRE, S.D. – As of May 11, 2015, boaters and anglers, residents and nonresidents, are required to comply with new rules to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in water bodies across the state.

Transportation

Spring Storm May Create Difficult Driving Conditions in Western S.D. Over the Weekend
State Transportation and Public Safety officials are cautioning motorists that travel may become difficult, if not impossible, from late Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening across much of western South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves into the state.

Board of Regents

NSU Student Wins Scarborough Scholarship
Stacey McDonald has been awarded the Marlin R. Scarborough Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The $1,500 scholarship honors the late Marlin R. Scarborough, who was president of the Board of Regents at the time of his death.

SDSU Student Wins Haines Scholarship
LaNae Fuerst has been awarded a $2,150 Haines Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Fowler-Kaden Memorial Scholarship Awarded
The South Dakota Board of Regents awarded the 2015-2016 Annis Irene Fowler-Kaden Scholarship to two South Dakota high school students. The recipients, Ashley Dunn and Shelbee Schultz, will each receive a $1,000 award.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Carmen Means As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Carmen A. Means as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Watertown.

Agriculture

Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon EVENT CHANGES
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Due to the forecasted inclement weather, the Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon visit scheduled for Sunday, May 10, in Custer State Park has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday, May 8,from 6:30 to 9 a.m. MDT at the Central States Fairgrounds located at 800 San Francisco St. in Rapid City. Please note this is a change in location from the original site.

Philip Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
PIERRE, S.D.-McCoy Peterson, a fifth grade student at Philip Elementary School is the winner of the 2015 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Education

2015 Summer Reading Challenge kicks off
The South Dakota Department of Education is launching its annual awareness campaign titled Read! SD.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 15-17
PIERRE, S.D. – The school year is winding down, the weather is heating up and SD Game, Fish and Parks’ annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend is approaching. This statewide event allows everyone free entrance to state parks and free fishing May 15 - 17.

Transportation

Asphalt Paving On Highways 20 and 45 in Faulk County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun an asphalt concrete paving project on Highway 45 south of Ipswich from the junction of highways 212 and 45 that will proceed north for 10.5 miles past the junction of Highway 20 west and Highway 45.

Construction On Highway 14 Bypass in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Western Avenue will be closed in both directions at the intersection with the Highway 14 bypass in Brookings effective Tuesday, May 12.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Fiegen To District 25 State Senate Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott Fiegen of Dell Rapids to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 25. Fiegen will succeed Sen. Tim Rave, who resigned earlier this year.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Pat Pardy As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Pat Pardy as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Madison.

Milbank To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Milbank has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, June 11.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Man Sentenced on Drug Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Zachary L. Byce, 20, Rapid City, was sentenced to 5 years in the state penitentiary for keeping a place for use or sale of controlled substances, 5 years in the state penitentiary for possession of methamphetamine and 10 years with 2 suspended in the state penitentiary for distribution of a controlled drug or substance to a minor.

Agriculture

Smokey Bear Balloon Coming to the Black Hills
RAPID CITY, S.D.-The Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon is coming to the Black Hills to celebrate Wildfire Awareness Month! The Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon will be available from 6:30 to 9 a.m. MDT on Saturday, May 9,at the soccer fields on Campbell Street in Rapid City.


Agriculture

Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held July 9 & 10 in Deadwood
PIERRE, S.D. – The sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood. Pre-registration is required at www.sdagsummit.com.

Social Services

May is Foster Parent Appreciation & Awareness Month
In honor of foster parents across the state of South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as Foster Parent Appreciation and Awareness Month.

Tourism

Civil War Monument in Pierre to be rededicated June 1
The Civil War Monument, located on the “triangle” east of Capitol Lake in Pierre, will be rededicated 95 years to the day after its original dedication on Monday, June 1, at 11 a.m. CDT.

Transportation

154th Ave. Bridge Closure In Box Elder
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairs to the 154th Avenue bridge over Interstate 90 starting Monday, May 11.

Board of Regents

Constituent Panel to Participate in Executive Search
The South Dakota Board of Regents has appointed a constituent panel to assist the board in reviewing candidates for the regents’ executive director and chief executive officer position.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

S&P Upgrades South Dakota To AAA Issuer Credit Rating
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota’s issuer credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook.

Agriculture

Applications Now Being Accepted for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program
HURON, S.D. – Applications are currently being accepted for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition program. Farm and ranch families who have enjoyed ownership of their South Dakota farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to apply and be honored on Thursday, Sept. 3, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.


Public Safety

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Message To The Graduating Classes Of 2015
Congratulations to the class of 2015! To all high school, college and technical school students now approaching graduation in South Dakota, I commend you for reaching this milestone.

Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume
The fifth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the mobilization ceremony for the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective May 1, 2015.

Public Safety

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Shorma To District 16 State Senate Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint William J. Shorma to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 16. Shorma will succeed Sen. Dan Lederman, who resigned earlier this year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Crime in South Dakota 2014 Publication Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley released today the Crime in South Dakota 2014 report.

Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Announcing the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month’s Coloring Contest winners! Congratulations to Bree Canfield of Spearfish for winning the three to seven age group and Aspen Dorr of Canistota for winning the eight to 12 age group. They each will be awarded a plush Smokey Bear toy.

Game, Fish and Parks

Business Opportunity at Roy Lake Resort
PIERRE, S.D. – Entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota can now begin submitting their proposals.

GFP Releases Lake Trout in Deerfield
PIERRE, S.D. - A popular cold water predator, lake trout, is expanding its territory to Deerfield Reservoir in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Earlier this month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) released 55 large lake trout into Deerfield Reservoir.

Public Safety

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

Tourism

May Proclaimed Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

Revenue

Transient Vendor Season in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D., -- Many transient vendors begin selling products and services in South Dakota starting in the spring.

Unified Judicial System

Task Force to Study Elder Abuse Appointed
During the 2015 legislative session SB 168 established an Elder Abuse Task Force to study the prevalence and impact of elder abuse in the State of South Dakota.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

As Floodwaters Ebb, Dakota Dunes Business Flows
As the four year anniversary of the Missouri River flood approaches, one Dakota Dunes healthcare provider is living proof of this community’s resiliency.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Eighth Circuit Court Enters Order Holding Same Sex Appeals in Abeyance
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that, on its own motion, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals entered an Order deferring oral argument and consideration of South Dakota’s same sex case Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard.

US Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Personal Solicitation of Campaign Funds by Judicial Candidates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215 US Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Personal Solicitation of Campaign Funds by Judicial Candidates PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court upheld a state ban on personal solicitations of campaign funds by judicial candidates.

Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration at Main Street Square on May 3
Rapid City, S.D. – The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of fun-filled events to be held from 1-3 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 3, at Rapid City’s Main Street Square.

Game, Fish and Parks

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
PIERRE, S.D. – Twelve thousand fourth graders in South Dakota schools will get a special taste of summer freedom through South Dakota Game, Fish, and Park’s new “Go Fourth” program.

Public Safety

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

Tourism

Award-winning artist Montileaux to speak at Cultural Heritage Center
Award-winning artist, author and illustrator Donald F. Montileaux will be the guest speaker at the May History and Heritage Book Club meeting. The program will begin at noon CDT on Thursday, May 7, at the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Asphalt Resurfacing Begins on lnterstate 90 Between Wall and Wasta
On Wednesday, May 6, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a pavement preservation project on a 17.5 mile section of Interstate 90 between Wasta and Wall.


Agriculture

South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month in May
RAPID CITY, S.D.—Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota. South Dakota has joined six other western states in a separate multi-state proclamation.

Corrections

Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Bridget Franzen turned herself in to the Pennington County Sheriff's Office earlier today.

Health

Recruitment Program Opens For Rural Health Facilities
Applications open May 1 for a Department of Health program that helps rural medical facilities in South Dakota recruit nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and other health professionals.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

NanoBlood LLC Relocating to South Dakota
NanoBlood LLC, based in Irvine, Calif., announced today that it is relocating to the South Dakota Technology Business Center (SDTBC) in Sioux Falls, S.D., to continue the regulatory and commercial development of its nano red blood cell as a life-saving drug in critical care and transfusion medicine.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Board of Geographic Names and Attorney General Jackley Caution of a Group Seeking Funds to Rename Harney Peak
The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names and Attorney General Marty Jackley are notifying South Dakota consumers about an organization that is asking for donations and holding itself out as the “Official and Authorized” site for the proposed renaming of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak.

Public Safety

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

Transportation

Bridge Upgrade Over Marne Creek Begins Tuesday, April 28
YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says upgrade of the bridge over Marne Creek on South Dakota Highway 50, just west of Yankton, begins Tuesday, April 28.

Spring Load Limit Restrictions Notice for Thursday, April 30, 2015
Pierre, SD – Effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segment shown in the table below.

Mountain View Road South closed to traffic Wednesday-Friday
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A portion of Mountain View Road South in Rapid City will be closed to traffic from Wednesday through Friday of this week.

Farming In Right of Way Is Not Allowed
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it is against the law to plant crops within the right of way of a public road and it also can be a safety hazard for motorists.

Board of Regents

Griffiths Chosen Next Dakota State University President
Jose-Marie Griffiths, vice president for academic affairs at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., will become the 23rd president of Dakota State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Monday.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Celebrating Agriculture’s Leadership In Conservation
In South Dakota, agriculture is a tradition and a way of life. As our No. 1 industry, agriculture defines who we are as South Dakotans and the practices that we pass on from generation to generation.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 2015 Partners in Policymaking banquet at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls.

Game, Fish and Parks

Parks Collaborate for 4 Hikes, 4 Parks, 1 Adventure
PIERRE, S.D. – Three South Dakota state parks and one Iowa state park are presenting code words, clues and nature on May 2, in “4 Hikes, 4 Parks, 1 Adventure.”

Public Safety

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

Transportation

Exit 30 Westbound Off Ramp Extension
Sturgis, S.D. – Crews begin work Monday, April 27, on a deceleration lane extension at the westbound Exit 30 off ramp in Sturgis.

Work Begins on Hwy 240 South of Wall
WALL, S.D. -- Work begins Monday, April 27, on Highway 240, which is approximately one-half mile south of the Interstate 90 Exit 110 to the entrance to the Badlands National Park.


Agriculture

Dietary Guidelines Should be Focused on Nutrition, not Sustainability
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revise and update the national dietary guidelines. Since 1985, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of nutritionists, doctors and other experts, has submitted recommended changes to the Dietary Guidelines before HHS and USDA set the official guidelines. In February, the committee released its recommended revisions to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

SD State Fair Seeks SD Talent for Linton’s AARP Centennial Stage Show
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair and South Dakota entertainer Sherwin Linton is looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2014 State Fair Centennial Stage Shows.

Transportation

Bridge Work on I-90 near Hartford starts Monday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairs at the interchange bridge over Interstate 90 at Exit 387 to Hartford, S.D., starting Monday, April 27.

SPRING LOAD RESTRICTION PRESS RELEASE April 23, 2015
Pierre, S.D. – Effective at 5 p.m. today (Thursday, April 23), Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segment shown in the table below.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Flynn Business Park Achieves South Dakota Certified Ready Status
The North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation announced at its board meeting today that the Flynn Business Park has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Rapid City
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:

Rapid City Man Indicted on Distribution of Methamphetamine
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Lucius T. Muldrow, 29, Rapid City was indicted by a Pennington County grand jury on April 1, 2015.

Attorney General Jackley Reminds Sirius XM Subscribers of May 4 Settlement Restitution Deadline
Attorney General Marty Jackley, along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, entered a settlement agreement with Sirius XM Radio Inc. in December 2014 to pay $3.8 million to the states and to provide restitution to eligible consumers to resolve claims that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. South Dakota's share in this settlement was $50,037.51.

Agriculture

Resource Conservation and Forestry Division Provides Tree Planting Assistance after Tornado Damage
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D.- In June 2014, Wessington Springs had significant tornado damage to many homes and businesses in their area as well as many of the town’s trees.

Transportation

Board on Geographic Names Schedules Public Hearings on Proposed Name Change for Harney Peak
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has scheduled public meetings statewide to take citizen comment on a proposed name change for Harney Peak.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Miniature Stagecoach Brings the Romance of the Old West to the Far East
After 35 years of building authentic, full-size Concord Stagecoaches for companies like Wells Fargo and Express Employment Professionals, Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop put its knowledge of the design and craftsmanship of these stagecoaches to use in building its first three-quarters-size Concord stagecoach.


Health

State Receives Grant From South Dakota Affiliate Of Susan G. Komen
A $50,000 grant from the South Dakota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen will help the state provide clinical breast exams, mammograms and follow-up services for more women.

Tourism

State Historical Society’s Sioux Horse Effigy among featured artifacts in exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art
South Dakota’s own Sioux Horse Effigy, an artifact from the collection of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, is now on display through May 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Transportation

Pipe Replacement on Highway 212 begins April 27
NEWELL, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that a pipe on Highway 212 will be replaced beginning Monday, April 27.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

State workforce plan to shed new light on South Dakota’s image
After months of research and planning, the state officially launched its workforce development campaign at the Governor’s Economic Development conference held last week in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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

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

Board of Regents

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

Social Services

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

Transportation

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

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Petroleum Retailers Encouraged to Attend Informational Meeting
South Dakota petroleum retailers are invited to attend a free informational meeting to discuss and learn how their businesses can access grant money for flex fuel pumps and storage tanks.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

Corrections

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Public Safety

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

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Tourism

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

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


Corrections

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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


Agriculture

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

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

Health

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

Human Services

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

Tourism

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

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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


Transportation

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

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

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

Board of Regents

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

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

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Social Services

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

Transportation

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

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

Board of Regents

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Corrections

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Board of Regents

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

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

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

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

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Corrections

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

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

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

Agriculture

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

Labor and Regulation

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

Public Safety

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

Social Services

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Environment and Natural Resources

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Tourism

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

Revenue

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Corrections

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

Public Safety

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

Tribal Relations

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


Agriculture

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

Veterans Affairs

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Labor and Regulation

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

Public Safety

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

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

Tourism

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

Veterans Affairs

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transportation

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

Veterans Affairs

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