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Oct 26, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Addresses Research and Development for Medical Marijuana Derivatives with the FDA and DEA
Attorney General Marty Jackley continues to work with the FDA and DEA to address research and development for medical marijuana and its derivatives.
Veterans AffairsSouth Dakota Veterans Commission Elects Officers for Coming Year
The South Dakota Veterans Commission elected new officers to lead the Commission in enhancing the lives of South Dakota veterans.
Oct 25, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor And First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.
HealthOctober Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and health officials are reminding women to talk with their health care providers about getting screened for breast cancer.
Public SafetyEdmunds County Fatal Crash
BOWDLE, S.D. – One teen was killed and other teen was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday night near Bowdle.
TransportationSDDOT Awards Scholarship to SDSU Student
Brian Kidd, a junior in Civil Engineering at South Dakota State University in Brookings, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO).Exit Ramp to Close Overnight at the I-29/I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is closing one exit ramp at the I-29 and I-229 interchange in Sioux Falls the night of Wednesday, Oct. 26.I-90 Exit 14 Westbound On-Ramp Opening Today
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound I-90 on-ramp at Exit 14 in Spearfish is opening today, Oct. 25.
Oct 24, 2016
Bureau of Human ResourcesState Employee Health Plan Will Maintain Open Network
The South Dakota State Employee Health Plan has agreed to terms with Sanford Health to maintain in-network access for its members to all current physicians and services.
Game, Fish and ParksS.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Events
Campgrounds are open year-round, and several parks will host trick-or-treaters at special events this Halloween season.Eagle Scout Plants Trees Along Rapid Creek
Eagle Scout John Thorstenson of Troop 72 planted 48 trees and 150 shrubs in the Founders Park area of Rapid Creek on Oct. 8.
HealthWatertown, Rapid City Women Honored For Disease Intervention Work
Ashley Klatt, Watertown, and Summer Gillaspie, Rapid City, have been named 2016 distinguished disease intervention specialists (DIS) by the South Dakota Department of Health.
TransportationDepartment of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the S.D. 42 Western Minnehaha County Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Minnehaha County and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to inform area residents on the recommendations of a corridor study for the following roadway corridor:
Oct 21, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: To Show Posterity What Manner Of Men They Were
I never tire of Mount Rushmore. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve visited, but I can say the splendor of South Dakota’s biggest tourist attraction hasn’t worn thin for me.News Tips
First Lady Linda Daugaard will visit third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms at the Redfield Elementary School to read to students as part of her literacy initiative.
AgricultureRegistration Deadline Approaching-- Students Encouraged to Attend
Oct. 28 is the deadline to register for the pre-events sessions of the South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Mitchell.Farmers Encouraged to Respond to ARMS II Survey
The US Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey targeting pest management.
Game, Fish and ParksGFP Offers Refunds on Archery, Youth and Muzzleloader Deer Licenses
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) issued information about epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and removing left-over deer licenses and offering refunds to East River firearm hunters for the 2016 season.
Public SafetyNames Released in Clay County Fatal Crash
VERMILLION, S.D. – A Vermillion, S.D., man was killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night at the Vermillion city limits.Name Released in Marshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – An Eden, S.D., woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash near Langford.
Oct 20, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Issues Cottonwood Fire Disaster Declaration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an emergency disaster declaration for Jackson County, in response to damage caused by the 41,000-acre Cottonwood wildfire.
AgricultureFire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
With the season changing in the Black Hills, now is the best time to lower the risk of catastrophic fire to your property.
EducationHistorical Society book on Great Depression, New Deal now available
A new book from the South Dakota State Historical Society examines the New Deal's effect on families, farmers, miners, youth, women, American Indians and others living during the Great Depression.
Public SafetyMarshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – A 25-year-old woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash near Langford.Clay County Fatal Crash
VERMILLION, S.D. – One person was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night at the Vermillion city limits.
Social ServicesSouth Dakota SNAP Program Earns Top Ranking and Federal Bonus
South Dakota has received a first place ranking and performance bonus from the United States Department of Agriculture for the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP
Oct 19, 2016
EducationLakota author's new book on Sioux women published by State Historical Society
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve's "Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred" is now available to readers.
Labor and RegulationState Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $8.55/hour to $8.65/hour effective Jan. 1, 2017.
RevenueNew South Dakota commercial, trailer and dealer license plates to be reissued in 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Motor Vehicle division is reissuing commercial, dealer and trailer license plates beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
Oct 18, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleyOmnicare, Inc. to Pay $28.125 Million Healthcare Fraud Settlement
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to reach an agreement with Omnicare Inc.
EducationNov. 12 Smithsonian Saturday Program at Cultural Heritage Center to focus on women of the West
The next Smithsonian Saturday program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. CDT. It will focus on what it means to be a woman of the American West and what's next for women in America.
Public SafetyEdmunds County Fatal Crash
MINA, S.D. – An Ipswich man has died of injuries sustained in an Oct. 2, 2016 motorcycle crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 12, four miles west of Mina.
TransportationI-90 Exit 379 Bridge Hit
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an apparent over-height load damaged the underside of the Exit 379 (Humboldt) bridge over westbound lanes of Interstate 90 during the late afternoon of Friday, Oct. 14.Interstate 29 Bridge Inspections Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing a routine, scheduled inspection on the Interstate 29 bridges over Madison Street at Exit 80 tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 19.
RevenueDeadline approaching for disabled veteran property tax program
PIERRE, S.D.—The Nov. 1, 2016, deadline for eligible disabled veterans to apply for property tax relief is approaching.
Oct 17, 2016
AgricultureCelebrating National Forest Products Week, Oct. 16- 22, 2016
Oct. 16-22, 2016, is "National Forest Products Week."
Game, Fish and ParksTraditions Remain Strong for South Dakota's Pheasant Opener
Cities and towns rolled out the orange carpet to pheasant hunters today for the traditional pheasant season opener.
Veterans AffairsVeterans Might Qualify for Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge
South Dakota veterans who served in Taiwan between 1955-1979 may be eligible for the Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge.
Oct 16, 2016
Public SafetyName Released in Faulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – A Gettysburg, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning west of Faulkton.
Oct 15, 2016
Public SafetyFaulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – A 72-year-old man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning west of Faulkton.
Oct 14, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: The Last Great Stronghold For Pheasant Hunting
Pheasant hunting comes as naturally as the changing colors of autumn here in South Dakota. Our hunters look forward to opening day like kids looking forward to Christmas.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the dedication of the Paul Kinsman building, which houses the maintenance equipment for the Bureau of Administration’s Buildings and Grounds.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate In Custody
Inmate Sam Quiver, age 43, was arrested in Rapid City last night. He had failed to return to the unit Oct. 13 after being allowed to search for work release employment.
EducationKaltsulas selected as 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Beth Kaltsulas (kelt-SUE-less), a math teacher at Yankton Middle School, has been selected as the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
Human ServicesState CoP Team, National Partners Meeting in November
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Community of Practice (CoP) state team will be holding their first meeting with their national partners on Nov. 1.
TransportationI-90 Pavement Repairs Between Piedmont and Tilford
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Exit 40 (Tilford) and Exit 44 (Piedmont), beginning on Monday, Oct. 17.SDDOT & Custer Co. Seek Public Input into Custer Co. Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Custer County, will hold public open houses to gather public input for help in developing the update to the Custer County Master Transportation Plan.Highway 85 Belle Fourche River Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work on the bridge over the Belle Fourche River on Highway 85 in Belle Fourche the week of Oct. 17.
Oct 13, 2016
AgricultureConnecting Agriculture: A Rewarding Time of Year
Along with the changing of the colors, bawling calves and matured crops mean harvest is here.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Fails to Return From Job Search
Inmate Sam Quiver, age 43, was authorized to leave the unit Oct. 13 to search for work release employment. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return to the unit at the appointed time.
HealthSouth Dakota Reports First Flu Detection Of Season
South Dakota is reporting its first influenza detection of the 2016-2017 season, a Pennington County resident in the 20-29 age group confirmed with influenza A.
Public SafetyFire Marshal’s Office Receives State Farm Grant For Smoke Alarm Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Once again this year, the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s office has received a grant from State Farm to help provide smoke alarms to homes that need them.
TransportationTraffic Switch on I-190 Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says drivers can expect changes to current traffic patterns on the I-190 project in Rapid City next week.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentSouth Dakota Receives US Small Business Administration STEP Grant
PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that it was awarded another grant from the United State Small Business Administration (SBA), this time a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant in the amount of $116,250.
Oct 12, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardSouth Dakota Resolves Goat Island Dispute
The state of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement with the state of Nebraska and federal authorities to resolve a lengthy dispute over Goat Island, a 500-acre strip of land in the Missouri River.
Attorney General Marty JackleyMellete County Jailer Sentenced on Accessory to a Felony Charge
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Mellette County States Attorney Zach Pahlke announce that Kimberly K. Dewes, 47, White River, was sentenced to 12 months, with 6 months suspended, in the Winner Jail on one count of accessory to a felony.
Bureau of AdministrationPaul Kinsman Building Dedication
The Bureau of Administration maintenance building located on Church Street behind the Becker Hansen Building will be named the Paul Kinsman Building during a ceremony on Monday, Oct.17.
AgricultureGrants Available to 4-H Clubs and FFA or FCCLA Chapters
The application deadline is quickly approaching for the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).
EducationMake-and-Take a holiday ornament Nov. 5 at Cultural Heritage Center
Get in the holiday spirit and have some family fun creating handmade holiday ornaments at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CST on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Human ServicesState’s Support for Developmentally Disabled Ranked Top Ten Nationally
According to the recently released 2016 Case for Inclusion Report, the South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) operates a system of community supports for South Dakotans with intellectual and developmental disabilities that ranks among the top ten in the country.
Oct 11, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleyPresidential Candidates on 2016 General Election Ballot
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Secretary of State Shantel Krebs jointly clarify the South Dakota general election ballot with regard to Presidential Candidates.
AgricultureSD Ag Chat: SDDA Taking Input on Draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is taking input on its draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan.
Game, Fish and ParksGFP Commission Proposes to Decrease Spring Turkey Hunting Licenses
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would decrease the number of licenses available for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season.GFP Prevents Zebra Mussels from Infesting the Belle Fourche Reservoir
Last month, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) staff were on site at the Belle Fourche Reservoir to inspect equipment brought into South Dakota to dredge parts of the water bodyGFP to Host Habitat Pays Workshops
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will host Habitat Pays Workshops on Oct. 13, from 3-9 p.m. in Martin and in Philip on Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m.GFP Commission Proposal Would Allow For Shed Hunting on State-Owned Lands
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allow shed antler hunting on state owned lands at their October meeting.GFP Commission to Authorize Depredation Permits
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will finalize authorization to the department secretary to use depredation permits to respond to property damage by game animals that cannot be resolved by any other method.GFP Commission Creates Rules to Facilitate Landowner Management of Impoundments
A new rule created by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission last week will make it easier for landowners to manage created man-made impoundments on their own land.GFP Commission Changes Fishing and Bait Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed six fishing and bait rules currently in place throughout the state.GFP Allows Salmon Snagging in Fall 2017
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow Lake Oahe anglers to snag Chinook salmon next fall.GFP Commission Allows for More Game Fish Spearing Across the State
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission passed a rule to allow more opportunities to spear game fish across the state.GFP Commission Does Not Establish Fishing Tournament Fees
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission did not adopt a proposal that would have established application fees for fishing tournaments.
TransportationSDDOT/Rapid City Area MPO Seek Public Input into the U.S. 16 / U.S. 16B (Catron Boulevard) Intersection Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Rapid City MPO and the city of Rapid City, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Oct. 12. on US16/16B corridor study.Election Signs Not Allowed in Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights of way.
Oct 09, 2016
Public SafetyName Released in Tripp County Fatal Crash
CARTER, S.D. – A Moser, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a pickup crash that occurred north of Carter.
Oct 08, 2016
Public SafetyTripp County Fatal Crash
CARTER, S.D. – One person has died in a pickup crash that occurred north of Carter.
Oct 07, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday
President Obama has proclaimed the week of Oct. 9 – 15 as Fire Prevention Week, and has ordered flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 9, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.Governor's Column: Envisioning Spearfish Canyon State Park
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to enjoy a few quiet days in the Black Hills. After the Buffalo Roundup my family and I spent the weekend in Custer State Park, soaking up the beautiful weather and experiencing the leaves changing into their remarkable fall colors.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Boys & Girls Club of Yankton.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Comments on the Backpage.com Arrest
Attorney General Marty Jackley comments on the arrest of the CEO from Backpage.com.Open Meetings Commission to Convene in Aberdeen
The Open Meeting Commission will meet on October 14, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. (MST) at Beulah Williams Library, Aberdeen, SD.State Attorneys General Reach Settlement with Retailers USA Discounters
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 49 other State Attorneys General announced a settlement with retailer USA Discounters, also doing business as USA Living and Fletcher’s Jewelers.
Agriculture2016 South Dakota Agriculture Common Thread Brochure Available
Some of the most up to date information about agriculture in South Dakota (SD) is available in the latest South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) “the common thread” brochure.
TransportationI190 Silver Street Construction Project: Exit 57 Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 Exit 57 to southbound I-190 in Rapid City will be temporarily closed from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.
Board of RegentsRegents Honor Northern State Student Organizations
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week honored student organizations from Northern State University for their academic, community, and organizational achievements.
Oct 06, 2016
AgricultureCorrectly Planted Trees Can Save You Money
In the correct location, a tree or trees can look nice and save you money. Learn more in the SD Ag Chat.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Michael Merrival was apprehended in Rapid City overnight.
EducationSioux Falls woman to lead fundraising efforts of South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
Catherine Forsch of Sioux Falls has joined the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation as development director.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentTwenty Years in Manufacturing Shows the Value of the Industry
Twenty years is a long time to be in business—just ask Jeff Jacobson and Don Deibert, general manager and former president, respectively, of Counterpart, Inc., based in Brookings, South Dakota.
Oct 05, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Appoints Bobbi Rank As Sixth Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Bobbi J. Rank as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Sixth Judicial Circuit.
Game, Fish and ParksReminder to Hunters: CREP Areas May Be Hayed
PIERRE, S.D. – As the pheasant hunting season begins in South Dakota, hunters may find some Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) areas with less-than-anticipated cover conditions.
Public SafetyAuthorities Apprehend Pierre Area Fugitive
PIERRE, S.D. – A Wisconsin man, who fled from authorities Wednesday morning east of Pierre, was apprehended in the same area Wednesday night.Authorities Request Public’s Help in Finding Suspect
PIERRE, S.D. – Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in locating a Wisconsin man who fled from officers Wednesday morning east of Pierre.Turner County Fatal Crash
FREEMAN, S.D. – Todd Hawke, 50, Marion, S.D., died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday night near Freeman.
TransportationTunnel Inspections In The Black Hills
The South Dakota Department of Transportation crews will be dong tunnel inspections the week of Oct. 17-21 for six tunnels located in the Black Hills.Water Line Work at Main Street and Fourth Street in Sturgis
On Tuesday, Oct.11, work will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Fourth Street to continue the water main line installation on Main Street in Sturgis.
Board of RegentsHigh School Dual Credit Popular Option for Students
The state’s initiative to financially support college-level dual credit courses taken by high school juniors and seniors is resulting in students with more college credit hours completed and higher GPAs, while also generating significant cost savings for those students and their families.USD Delivers Criminal Justice Minor Online
The University of South Dakota is now offering a popular minor in criminal justice online. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the new delivery option at its meeting this week.SDSU to Offer New Engineering Certificate
South Dakota State University will offer a new engineering graphics certificate next year, aimed at students seeking industry-specific skill sets. The South Dakota Board of Regents granted approval for the offering this week.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentManufacturing: Breaking the gender stereotype
In a day and age where women have an increasing presence in the workforce, one woman has been working to engage and empower young women in the manufacturing sector in South Dakota.
Oct 04, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleyLaw Enforcement Investigating Suspicious Death in Sisseton
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at approximately 5:45 a.m., the Sisseton Police Department responded to a report of a unresponsive individual at a residence in Sisseton.
Education2016 South Dakota Report Card available
The 2016 South Dakota Report Card, a review of schools’ performance based on multiple indicators, is now available online.
Game, Fish and ParksThousands Gather for Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
Picture perfect weather drew near-record crowds for the 51st Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival at Custer State Park.
Public SafetySD Fire Marshal: Fire Prevention Week Chance to Practice Fire Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s fire marshal says this year’s Fire Prevention Week is a chance for individuals and families to practice fire safety.
TransportationPavement Marking on Highways 63 and 20
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says pavement marking work on Highway 63 from the south Dewey County Line to the North Dakota border will start sometime this week.Railroad Crossing Repairs to Begin on Mountain View Road
On Monday, Oct. 10, crews will begin repairs to the Mountain View Road railroad crossing in Rapid City.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentChasing the South Dakota Dream
Moffatt Products’ South Dakota story began in 1985 as wild goose chase, when founder Dillon Moffatt was told South Dakota was the place to be.
Oct 03, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Secretary Of State Hazeltine
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of former Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, the day of her funeral.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Joins Legal Challenge to Protect Children from Sex Trafficking
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined 20 other State Attorneys General in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief, challenging a decision granting Backpage.com broad protection from civil liability even when it took active steps to promote sex trafficking of children.
EducationStanley County native to tell about her newest book at Cultural Heritage Center
Stanley County native Brenda Donelan will discuss her newest mystery at the October meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.
HealthAberdeen Supports Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative
Aberdeen is the most recent South Dakota community to encourage local businesses to support breastfeeding customers and employees by taking an online breastfeeding-friendly business pledge.
TransportationHighway 12 Centerline Rumble Strips To Be Installed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin to install centerline sinusoidal rumble strips on Highway 12 between Ipswich and Aberdeen on Wednesday, Oct. 5, depending on weather.Lincoln County Road 106 / Highway 115 Intersection Improvement
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin adding center left turn lanes at the intersection of Lincoln County Road 106 and Highway 115 near Sioux Falls on Monday, Oct. 3.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentFEATURE STORY: Road to the Olympics
The 4th annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week is underway and communities and companies across the state have been busy planning events to show appreciation for the industry.
Veterans AffairsHeroes Don't Wear Capes, They Wear Dog Tags and Combat Boots!
It’s a well-known fact that I am a Denver Broncos fan! Not that I am counting, but they have won eight AFC championships and three Super Bowls. Every week as they don the orange and blue, I can’t help but think about our own football team within our veteran network.
Sep 30, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardState of South Dakota Provides Additional Information on Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park
Today South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks released a list of frequently asked questions with answers to provide a better understanding of the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park and Bismarck Lake areas in the Black Hills.News Tips
On Monday, Oct. 3, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the guest speaker at the 2016 South Dakota National Philanthropy Day Celebration and Governor’s Awards Dinner in Sioux Falls.Governor's Column: The ‘Dignity’ of All Peoples
National headlines tell us America is divided, and that we are becoming an increasingly polarized nation.
AgricultureGrants Available to 4-H Clubs and FFA or FCCLA Chapters
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces that grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.
Sep 29, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardSouth Dakota Flu Vaccination Rate Tops Nation
South Dakota vaccinated 56.6 percent of its residents during the 2015-2016 season, the highest overall flu vaccination rate in the nation for the third straight year.
AgricultureSD Ag Chat: Cancer Navigation Center Provides Free Service to All
A new cancer navigation center is providing free information and support for residents of South Dakota.SD State Fair Shows Strong Numbers
A solid start to the fair, coupled with increased campers and numbers in the open class livestock programs and 4-H, laid the foundation for a strong gate attendance at the SD State Fair.
Public SafetyOctober Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned in 19 South Dakota counties during the month of October.
Sep 28, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of Shimon Peres
The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of Shimon Peres. President Obama calls for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance.Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Elaine Elliott
Former state legislator Elaine Elliott of Aberdeen passed away on Sept. 27, 2016. Elliott, 71, was elected in 2008 to the state House of Representatives. She served two terms.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Joins Challenge to Federal Government Withholding of Education Funds over Transgender
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota has joined 18 other State Attorneys General and the Governors of Kentucky and North Carolina in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief, challenging the federal government’s withholding of education funds over transgender.
Sep 27, 2016
AgricultureSD Ag Chat: InternViews
Getting youth involved in agriculture is a priority for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Game, Fish and Parks2017 State Park Entrance Licenses Available Oct. 1
The 2017 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas will be available for purchase Oct. 1.Salmon Station Open for Egg Collection
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station near Gettysburg for the 2016 season.
Labor and RegulationRevised Federal Labor Law Posters Available
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has revised labor law compliance posters available for no charge from any DLR local office.
Sep 26, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard To Appoint David Lust To District 34 State House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint former state Rep. David Lust of Rapid City to the vacant seat in the state House representing District 34.
Game, Fish and ParksNewton Hills State Park to host the 17th Annual FestiFall
Newton Hills State Park near Canton will host the 17th annual FestFall on Oct. 1 from 1-5 p.m. The event features arts and crafts, kid’s activities and musical entertainment.
Human ServicesGovernor to Speak at Disability Employment Awareness Seminar
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be one of the guest speakers at a seminar aimed to educate employers about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, steps to take when hiring people with disabilities and resources that are available to assist employers in the process on Oct. 6.
TransportationI-190/Silver Street Construction Project Traffic Change
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound I-190 crossover near the Rapid Creek Bridge will be temporarily relocated to the south to accommodate work in the area on the south edge of the project site.Highway 17 Closure Scheduled in Lennox
Starting Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 17 in Lennox at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad crossing.
Sep 23, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: 2016 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
On Friday morning, Sept. 30, a few dozen cowboys will put on their boots and saddle up their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise before dawn. And thousands from across the state, country and world will gather, all to continue a 51-year tradition.News Tips
On Friday, Sept. 30, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, First Lady Linda Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the 51st Annual Buffalo Roundup.
AgricultureDepartment of Agriculture Seeking Input on Pollinator Plan
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has drafted a Managed Pollinator Protection Plan outlining efforts to protect honeybees, improve hive health, improve habitat and facilitate communications between beekeepers, landowners and crop producers.Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification
Organic agriculture producers and processors in South Dakota processors have until Nov. 15, 2016, to apply for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of their organic certification.
EducationFall brings return of regular hours to Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre
With the advent of fall, regular operating hours have returned to the museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Environment and Natural ResourcesGov. Daugaard Announces $860,370 for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $860,370 for six solid waste management projects when the board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.
Human ServicesGov. Daugaard Proclaims October Disability Employment Awareness Month
To raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.
Sep 22, 2016
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Minimum-security inmate Arthur Eagle Feather is back in custody. He was arrested at an apartment in Yankton late Wednesday evening.
EducationState Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs
The State Historic Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2017 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state's preservation needs and projects.Gov. Daugaard proclaims October Archives Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October Archives Month in South Dakota.
Public SafetyNames Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has been identified as the person who died in an one-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning west of Spearfish.
TransportationHighway 40 Construction Between Hermosa and Hayward
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 40 between Hermosa and Hayward has begun and will be impacting traffic along that stretch of highway.
Sep 21, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleyLawrence County Man Arrested on Several Charges after Discharging Weapon
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Clayton Chase Maynard, 32, Spearfish, was arrested on four counts of aggravated assault.
AgricultureSD Ag Chat: Windbreaks Need Care Too
Windbreaks can be found all across South Dakota.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Walks Away from Community Work Center
Minimum-security inmate Arthur Eagle Feather walked away from the Yankton Community Work Center Sept. 21, 2016.
EducationOctober Smithsonian Saturday program at Cultural Heritage Center about astronaut Sally Ride
The next Smithsonian Saturday program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, and focus on the effort to preserve artifacts and tell the story of astronaut Sally Ride.
Game, Fish and ParksDivision of Parks and Recreation Honors Employees
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently recognized several individuals for their dedication and hard work in the state parks system.
Public SafetyLawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in an one-vehicle crash that occurred early Wednesday morning west of Spearfish.
TransportationWater Line Work at Main Street & Third Street in Sturgis
On Monday, Sept. 26, work will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Third Street to continue the water main line installation on Main Street in Sturgis.Asphalt Crack Sealing on Highways 85 and 20
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin sealing asphalt cracks on Highway 85 from mile marker 124 to 134 and on Highway 20 from mile marker 29 to 41, starting the week of Sept. 26.
Board of RegentsFall Headcount Enrollment Grows Slightly at Public Universities
Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities increased slightly compared to last year, up one-quarter of one percent, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today. Headcount enrollment was up by 92 students across the entire system.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentSouth Dakota Receives US Small Business Administration FAST Grant
PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has been awarded a $125,000 FAST (Federal And State Technology) grant from the United State Small Business Administration (SBA) to support technology based entrepreneurs and commercialization of innovations.
Sep 20, 2016
EducationBoard approves new healthcare program at Lake Area Technical Institute
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a community healthcare worker program at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown.
HealthSouth Dakota Awarded $215,000 Opioid Abuse Grant
South Dakota will use a $215,000 federal grant to collect and analyze data about opioid misuse, abuse and overdose, a state health official said today.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentSynchrony Financial Adding 175 Jobs in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Synchrony Financial announced today the creation of 175 positions at its Rapid City location. The positions will be added over the next three years.
Sep 19, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Seeking Interns For Spring Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2017 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2017.
Attorney General Marty JackleyNational Heroin and Opiate Awareness Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley is encouraging South Dakotans to participate and follow National Heroin and Opiate Awareness Week.
Game, Fish and Parks600 Riders Take Part in Mickelson Trail Trek
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) says beautiful fall weather helped make last weekend’s 19th annual Mickelson Trail Trek a success.
TransportationI-29 Northbound to be Reduced to One Lane
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says I-29 northbound in Sioux Falls will be reduced down to one lane on Tuesday, Sept. 20.Exit Ramps to Close Overnight at the I-29 and I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two exit ramps will be closed the night of Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the I-29 and I-229 interchange in Sioux Falls.Bridge Work to Begin at I-229 and Rice Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge rehabilitation work on the Interstate 229 bridges over Rice Street in northeast Sioux Falls is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 20.Construction of Turn Lanes at the Intersection of Highway 11 and 276th Street
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 20, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin construction of turn lanes at the intersection of Highway 11 and 276th Street.
Sep 16, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardFirst Lady's Column: Celebrating Family Day
On Monday, Sept. 26, Dennis and I will celebrate Family Day. Family Day is a national initiative created by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to promote family engagement as a way to help prevent substance abuse.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak and accept the gift of the “Dignity” sculpture during the unveiling ceremony in Chamberlain. Dignity is a gift to the people of South Dakota from the Norm and Eunabel McKie Family.
Attorney General Marty JackleyState’s Smoking Ban Upheld
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Second Circuit Court Judge John Pekas has granted the State’s Motion for Summary Judgement in Rick Law and Intrepid Ventures Operations, LLC, World Wide Holdings, Inc. and Interactive Holdings, Inc. v. State of South Dakota.
Human ServicesState Developmental Center Holding Health and Wellness Fair
Residents of Redfield and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to explore health topics and screenings during a local Health and Wellness Fair at the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC).
TransportationI-90 Exit 14 Stop Sign Configuration Changes on 1st Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound off ramp on Interstate 90 at Exit 14 is scheduled to close next week on Wednesday, Sept. 21.Hall of Honor Banquet to Induct Ronald Peterson - reservations needed by 9/23
Ronald Peterson, former Yankton area engineer, is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor on Monday, Sept. 26 at the Kelly Inn in Yankton. $25/person, call 605-773-3265 to reserve tickets.
Sep 15, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Robert Sivertson
Former state legislator Robert Sivertson of Sioux Falls passed away on Sept. 13, 2016. Sivertson, 91, was elected in 1970 to the state House of Representatives. He served three terms.
Attorney General Marty JackleySeveral Indicted on Drug Charges in Davison County
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that four individuals have been indicted by a Davison County Grand Jury on drug related charges. Case stemmed as a result of a search conducted at parolee Jared Nespor’s residence.Two Indicted on Drug Charges in Davison County
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two individuals have been indicted by a Davison County Grand Jury on drug related charges. Charges stem from a probation search of a residence belonging to Jordan Lee Muntefering.
EducationTraditional arts demonstrations event Sept. 24 at Cultural Heritage Center
Three American Indian traditional artists will perform on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Public SafetySioux Falls Driver Exam Station Closed Oct. 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Sioux Falls’ Driver Exam Station will be closed Saturday, Oct. 1, for system upgrades.
Revenue2016 South Dakota State Fair Temporary Vendor Sales Tax Revenues
HURON, S.D. – Tax revenues for the 2016 South Dakota State Fair totaled nearly $175,000 according to figures released by the Department of Revenue.
Sep 14, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardYankton Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Yankton will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include the One Million Cups presentation, a community social, a main street walk, business tours and a roundtable meeting.
AgricultureSouth Dakota Farm & Ranch Families Honored for a Century or More on the Land
Eighty farm and ranch families who have owned their land for a century or more were honored at the 2015 South Dakota State Fair, receiving a Century Farm or Quasquicentennial Farm award from the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
Contestants in the 2017 state finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.
Game, Fish and ParksCuster State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 51st annual Buffalo Roundup and 23rd annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month.Lewis and Clark Recreation Area to Host Fall Event
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton is celebrating fall by hosting Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1-5 p.m. CDT.
Public SafetyHyde County Fatal Crash
HIGHMORE, S.D. – A 15-year-old Highmore female has died from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday morning near Highmore.
TransportationWater Line Work at Main Street & Harley Davidson Way in Sturgis
On Thursday, Sept. 15, work will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Harley Davidson Way to continue the water main line installation on Main Street in Sturgis.Exit Ramps to Close Overnight at the I-29 and I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two exit ramps will be closed the nights of Sept. 15, 16 and 17 at the I-29 and I-229 interchange.
Sep 13, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth 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:
Human ServicesSouth Dakota Businesses, Workers Honored at 2016 Governor’s Awards
Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the 2016 Governor’s Awards today to South Dakota businesses and workers who have made significant contributions in 2016 to the employment of people with disabilities.
TransportationHighway 73 Cherry Creek Bridge Repair
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin making repairs to the bridge over Cherry Creek on Highway 73, north of Howes on Monday, Sept. 19.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentThink Like a Hacker: Taking the Path of Least Resistance
Cybersecurity can be intimidating to think about …unless you’re Dr. Kevin Streff, CEO and owner of Secure Banking Solutions (SBS), based in Madison, South Dakota. For this Dakota State University professor, cybersecurity is what makes him tick.
Veterans AffairsPOW MIA Recognition Week
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 18-24, 2016, as “POW/MIA Recognition Week,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.
Sep 12, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleySanborn County Man Indicted on Murder Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a Sanborn County grand jury has indicted Matthew Walter Novak, 33, Woonsocket, S.D.
TransportationHighway 81 Watertown Traffic Switch
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor switched traffic to the recently completed northbound lanes of Highway 81 between 10th Avenue N. and 14th Avenue N. in Watertown earlier this morning (Sept. 12).
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentAgile Manufacturing Enters Contract with European-based Tractor Manufacturer
WORTHING, S.D. – Agile Manufacturing LLC, a Worthing, S.D., manufacturer of material handling equipment for agricultural and industrial applications, announced today that it landed a major contract with CLAAS, a global leader in in the design and manufacturing of agricultural equipment.
Sep 11, 2016
Public SafetyName Released in Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A Big Stone City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash four miles north of Milbank.
Sep 10, 2016
Public SafetyGrant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A 45-year-old male died early Saturday morning after being injured in a one-vehicle crash four miles north of Milbank.Name Released in Corson County Fatal Crash
LEMMON, S.D. – A Salem, OR woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday evening east of Lemmon.
Sep 09, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. William Meyers
Former state legislator William Meyers passed away on Sept. 9, 2016. Meyers, 89, was elected in 1960 to represent the Tripp County area in the state House of Representatives. He served one term.Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On 9/11 Anniversary
The White House has issued a proclamation designating Sunday, Sept.11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.Governor's Column: The South Dakota Way
Eight decades ago, in 1936, South Dakota received a presidential visit. It was the height of the Great Depression and the state was in the middle of the worst drought in history.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize employers and people with disabilities who are making a difference in communities across South Dakota at the 2016 Governor’s Awards ceremony in the Rotunda at the Capitol Building.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney 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 Ehkhu Poe on August 14, 2016, in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Dies
A state prison inmate from the State Penitentiary has died from suicide.
EducationAnnual Indian Education Summit to be held in Pierre
The 2016 South Dakota Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 25-27, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.
HealthAnnual Mosquito Control Conference October 12
Local mosquito control programs are invited to attend this year’s West Nile Virus and Mosquito Control Conference, Oct. 12 in Aberdeen at the Civic Arena, 203 S. Washington St. The conference is open to anyone involved in mosquito control at the city, tribe or county level.
Public SafetyCorson County Fatal Crash
LEMMON, S.D. – One person died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday evening east of Lemmon.Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people involved in a two motorcycle fatal crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Custer State Park.
TransportationComments Still Being Accepted on Closing/Upgrading Rest Areas
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism continue to seek public comments on a proposed plan to update and revitalize the state’s interstate rest areas.SDDOT Receives $23 Million in Additional Federal Funding
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says they have received an additional $23 million in federal highway funding after the state met all of its fiscal year deadlines for federally-funded projects.SDDOT Jackson Blvd. Project Competing for Final National Award
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Jackson Boulevard Phase II project in Rapid City was selected as a Top 12 finalist in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) 2016 America’s Transportation Awards competition.
Veterans AffairsIt’s All About Where to Shop for Veterans!
SDDVA Secretary Zimmerman's September Column
Sep 08, 2016
AgricultureSouth Dakota Local Foods Conference in Mitchell, Nov. 3-5
The 2016 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 4-5, at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, S.D.SD Ag Chat: Midway Provides Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheel for SD State Fair
The theme for this year’s South Dakota State Fair was “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.”SD Ag Chat: The Courtesy Behind the Carts
What started out with fewer than a handful has grown to around two dozen.
EducationShared services grants, part of 2016 legislative package, awarded to schools
Four proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the state’s new shared services grant program.South Dakota educators among those honored in Washington, D.C., today
Four South Dakota educators are among those being honored today in Washington, D.C., as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Public SafetyCuster County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two motorcycle crash Wednesday afternoon in Custer State Park.
TransportationI-90 Exit 14 Stop Sign Configuration Changes on 1st Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says changes will be made to the stop sign configurations along 1st Avenue between Walmart and the Hansen Pit (East of Walmart) next week on Tuesday or Wednesday, Sept. 13 or 14, as part of the Interstate 90 Exit 14 project in Spearfish.
RevenueDepartment of Revenue hosts taxpayer office hours in Gregory
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host office hours in Gregory to assist taxpayers.
Sep 07, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Invites Nominations For District 34 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking the public to nominate candidates to fill the vacant seat in the State House of Representatives from District 34.
EducationWanted: Rookie and veteran teachers for state’s new mentoring program
Teachers from across the state are invited to participate in South Dakota’s new statewide mentoring program, which pairs teachers new to the profession with veteran educators.
TransportationI-90 and Highway 14A Edge Drain Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to install edge drains along Interstate 90, near Whitewood, is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 12.
Revenue2016 Sturgis Rally Temporary Vendor Sales Tax Revenues
PIERRE, S.D. – Tax revenue from the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally reached just over a million dollars according to the latest figures available from the South Dakota Department of Revenue.
Sep 06, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleyInternet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Makes an Additional Arrest
Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations have arrested one additional individual as part of the recent sex trafficking operation in Rapid City.
AgricultureNordby Exhibit Hall Dedicated
A dedication ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community was held Sunday, Sept. 4, during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair. Hundreds of supporters, donors, volunteers and 4-H families turned out for the event.
EducationGov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
With school back in session across the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.Book signing, discussion of new book about Crazy Horse coming Sept. 8
A new perspective on one of the greatest American Indian warriors of the 19th century will be offered at events Sept. 8 in Pierre.
Public SafetyNames Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – Rudolph Witton, 72, has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday in Boulder Canyon near Sturgis.
Social ServicesGov. Dennis Daugaard declares Sept. 5 - 11 as Suicide Prevention Week
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 5 - 11 as Suicide Prevention Week in South Dakota.September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota
September has been named as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota to recognize the many families who have opened their homes to care for their kin in times of need.
TourismSouth Dakota Tourism Wins National Mercury Award
The South Dakota Department of Tourism was presented an award for Best Print Advertising during a recent national conference.
TransportationReminder to Remove Hay Bales from the Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.SDDOT & Beadle County Seek Public Input into the Beadle Co. Master Transp. Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Beadle County, will hold a public open house as part of the Beadle County Master Transportation Plan at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Kerr Community Room at the Huron Campus Center (345 9th Street SW) in Huron.I-90 Exit 14 Project – Intersection Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the intersection of 26th Street and Colorado Boulevard will be closing on either Tuesday or Wednesday, Sept. 6 or 7, as part of the work on Interstate 90 at Exit 14 in Spearfish.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentTea-based Kennel Manufacturer Expanding, Approved for MicroLOAN
TEA, S.D. – Ruff Tough Kennels, based in Tea, S.D., was recently approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC). Ruff Tough Kennels manufacturers the most durable dog kennels on the market, and the funds from the loan were used to purchase a new rotational molding machine.
Sep 05, 2016
Public SafetyLawrence County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – A 72-year-old man died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday in Boulder Canyon near Sturgis.Second Fatality Reported in Brookings County Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A second person now has died of injuries sustained in Friday’s two-vehicle crash west of Brookings.
Sep 04, 2016
Public SafetyNames Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Lake Preston, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday west of Brookings.
Sep 03, 2016
Public SafetyBrookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- One person died and four others were injured in a two-vehicle that happened Friday west of Brookings.
Sep 02, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Criminal Justice Reform Update
In January of 2012, I introduced in my State of the State Address a proposal to comprehensively reform our criminal justice system. The Public Safety Improvement Act legislation was pieced together with help from the Chief Justice, legislative leaders and stakeholders from across the state.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the dedication ceremony for Fort Volunteer at Ft. Pierre.
EducationEducation department announces guidelines for 2016-17 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals.
Public SafetyEmergency Management’s Tommy the Turtle Debuts At State Fair
PIERRE, S.D. – A new kind of hero in a half shell makes his debut Sunday at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.
Sep 01, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardJim Seward to Depart as Governor’s General Counsel
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jim Seward will depart his position as general counsel to the governor later this fall.Yankton To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Yankton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Attorney General Marty JackleyDrug 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.Lyman County Woman Sentenced for Accessory to a Crime
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today Dayna Wells, 28, Oacoma, was sentenced to 5 years with 3 suspended for her role in the stabbing death of Calvin James Shields on September 4, 2015 in Oacoma, S.D.
EducationState Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials remind property owners that Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.
Human ServicesState Division of Developmental Disabilities Accepted into National Initiative
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is joining a consortium of states in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families project to strengthen best practices in supporting families that include a member with intellectual or developmental disabilities across the lifespan.
Public SafetyMinnehaha County Fatal Crash
ROWENA, S.D. – One person has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2006, east of Rowena.DPS To Hold Drive Safe SD Day Sunday at State Fair
PIERRE, S.D. – Those attending the South Dakota State Fair on Sunday will get an opportunity to learn more about the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS).
TransportationHighway 85 Center Line Rumble Strips
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will install center line rumble strips on Highway 85, north of Buffalo, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7.Microsurfacing in Butte, Custer, Meade & Pennington Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin applying a microsurface* to several routes in western South Dakota, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 6.Highway 18 Detour in Canton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 18 will be closed in Canton at 1 p.m. this afternoon (Sept. 1).
Aug 31, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleySanborn County Homicide Victim Identified
Sanborn County Homicide Victim IdentifiedSanborn County Man Arrested on Second Degree Murder Charge
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Matthew Walter Novak, 33, Woonsocket, has been arrested on one count of second degree murder, class B felony, penalty is a mandatory life sentence.
Game, Fish and Parks2016 Pheasant Brood Survey Results Are In
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 20 percent decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2015.
Human ServicesSouth Dakota to Recognize Direct Support Professionals
For the efforts of those who work closely with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed the week of Sept. 11-17, Direct Support Professionals (DSP) week in South Dakota.
Public SafetyGov. Daugaard Declares September Campus Fire Safety Month
PIERRE, S.D. – With students attending college this fall having so much to remember, they also are being urged not to forget about fire safety.
TransportationMillboro Bridge to Close in Tripp County
A Tripp County bridge project, being administered by the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is scheduled to begin on Sept. 6.
Aug 30, 2016
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Dan Dryden
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, Sept. 2, to honor the life of state Rep. Dan Dryden on the day of his funeral.State Rep. Dan Dryden Dies, Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff
State Rep. Dan Dryden of Rapid City passed away this morning. Dryden had represented District 34 in the State House of Representatives since 2011 and was the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Attorney General Marty JackleySioux City Man Wanted on Felony Warrant
Local Law Enforcement are seeking the public’s help in locating a Sioux City, Iowa man with an outstanding felony warrant out of Bon Homme County.
State Treasurer Rich SattgastState Treasurer to return to SD State Fair
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at the SD State Fair to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.
AgricultureBuy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission
The 2016 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner. Fair goers are reminded that any grandstand tickets purchased by Wednesday, Aug. 31, will include free gate admission.Fun and Games for the Nordby Exhibit Hall
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation invites fairgoers to take part in multiple opportunities to win prizes and cash during the State Fair in Huron, taking place Sept. 1-5.
Public SafetyHighway Patrol Announces September Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has announced its monthly schedule of sobriety checkpoints for September.
TransportationConstruction On Highways 12 and 14
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 14 from east of Brookings to the Minnesota border will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Aug 29, 2016
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Appoints Vitek to Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the appointment of Jo Vitek of Watertown to the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission. She has been appointed to a two-year term effective August 2016. Vitek replaces Jeff Holcomb of Sioux Falls on the commission.
AgricultureVariety of Themes and Sponsors at SD State Fair
This year’s South Dakota State Fair, which runs Sept. 1-5, includes several themes and day sponsors.Connecting Agriculture
It has been an exciting two months settling in as South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture.
HealthYankton County Resident First WNV Death Of Season
The Department of Health today reported a Yankton County resident died of West Nile virus (WNV) associated causes, the state's first WNV related death this season.
TransportationConcrete Pavement Repair Work to begin on I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says concrete pavement repair work on Interstate 29 near North Sioux City will begin this week, Aug. 29.