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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor'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.

Agriculture

Department 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.

Education

Fall 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 Resources

Gov. 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 Services

Gov. 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.


Corrections

State 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.

Education

State 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 Safety

Names 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.

Transportation

Highway 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.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Lawrence 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.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Windbreaks Need Care Too
Windbreaks can be found all across South Dakota.

Corrections

State 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.

Education

October 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 Parks

Division 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 Safety

Lawrence 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.

Transportation

Water 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 Regents

Fall 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 Development

South 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.


Education

Board 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.

Health

South 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 Development

Synchrony 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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor 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 Jackley

National 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 Parks

600 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.

Transportation

I-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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

First 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 Jackley

State’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 Services

State 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).

Transportation

I-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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. 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 Jackley

Several 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.

Education

Traditional 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 Safety

Sioux Falls Driver Exam Station Closed Oct. 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Sioux Falls’ Driver Exam Station will be closed Saturday, Oct. 1, for system upgrades.

Revenue

2016 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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Yankton 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.

Agriculture

South 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 Parks

Custer 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 Safety

Hyde 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.

Transportation

Water 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.


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:

Human Services

South 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.

Transportation

Highway 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 Development

Think 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 Affairs

POW 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.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sanborn 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.

Transportation

Highway 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 Development

Agile 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.


Public Safety

Name 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.


Public Safety

Grant 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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. 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 Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Ehkhu Poe on August 14, 2016, in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
A state prison inmate from the State Penitentiary has died from suicide.

Education

Annual 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.

Health

Annual 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 Safety

Corson 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.

Transportation

Comments 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 Affairs

It’s All About Where to Shop for Veterans!
SDDVA Secretary Zimmerman's September Column


Agriculture

South 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.

Education

Shared 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 Safety

Custer 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.

Transportation

I-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.

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosts taxpayer office hours in Gregory
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host office hours in Gregory to assist taxpayers.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. 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.

Education

Wanted: 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.

Transportation

I-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.

Revenue

2016 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.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Internet 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.

Agriculture

Nordby 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.

Education

Gov. 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 Safety

Names 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 Services

Gov. 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.

Tourism

South 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.

Transportation

Reminder 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 Development

Tea-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.


Public Safety

Lawrence 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.


Public Safety

Names 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.


Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- One person died and four others were injured in a two-vehicle that happened Friday west of Brookings.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor'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.

Education

Education 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 Safety

Emergency 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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Jim 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 Jackley

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

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.

Education

State 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 Services

State 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 Safety

Minnehaha 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).

Transportation

Highway 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).


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sanborn County Homicide Victim Identified
Sanborn County Homicide Victim Identified

Sanborn 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 Parks

2016 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 Services

South 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 Safety

Gov. 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.

Transportation

Millboro 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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. 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 Jackley

Sioux 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 Sattgast

State 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.

Agriculture

Buy 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 Safety

Highway Patrol Announces September Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has announced its monthly schedule of sobriety checkpoints for September.

Transportation

Construction 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.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney 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.

Agriculture

Variety 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.

Health

Yankton 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.

Transportation

Concrete 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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Great South Dakota Get-Together
Summer activities and vacations are coming to an end and practices for school-related events have begun. But there’s one final gathering to attend before summer is truly over – the South Dakota State Fair.

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be hosting the 131st SD State Fair.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley and the National Association of Attorneys General to Host Opioid Abuse Training in Sioux Falls
Attorney General Marty Jackley will host an Opioid Abuse Consumer Protection Training in Sioux Falls on Monday August 29, 2016, at the South Dakota Medical School.

Agriculture

Underground Research Lab to Host Activities at SD State Fair
Staff from the Sanford Underground Research Facility will host a variety of activities during this year’s South Dakota State Fair.

Education

Pierre-area museums to thank local law enforcement, first responders
From Sept. 3-16, members of the Bad River Museums organization invite law enforcement and first responders to visit participating museums for free and enjoy a 10 percent discount in their gift shops.

Health

State Awards $221,195 In Tobacco Disparities Grants
The Department of Health is awarding $221,195 in grants to reduce tobacco use in populations with higher rates of tobacco use.

Transportation

Construction of Turn Lane at Highway 34 and 471st Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will close 471st Street on the north and south sides of the Highway 34 intersection on Monday, Aug. 29, for grading and paving operations.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sex Trafficking Operation Results in Arrests
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 conducted investigations into sex trafficking in Rapid City.

Agriculture

Dedication of the Nordby Exhibit Hall
The Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community will be dedicated during a ceremony Sunday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

“Astonishing Ag Articles” Coloring and Art Contest at State Fair
South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, South Dakota Ag in the Classroom and South Dakota Farm Bureau are holding a coloring and art contest in conjunction with the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

Human Services

7th Annual South Dakota Gathering
People with disabilities, family members, case managers, direct support professionals, educators and other professionals in the field of human services will be in attendance for the 7th annual South Dakota Gathering.

Public Safety

Names Released in Douglas County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – Andrew Sybesma, 10, Geddes, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon east of Platte.

Transportation

I-229 Southbound to be Reduced to One Lane
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane on Friday Aug. 26.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Subject in Brule County Amber Alert Activation to Face Felony Charges in Washington
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced that Paul Brown, 38, Maple Valley, WA, the subject of the August 8th Amber Alert is being returned to Washington state to face felony charges.

Education

State ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains steady and above the national average, according to data released earlier today.

Public Safety

Douglas County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash east of Platte.

Transportation

Reconstruction of Main Street in Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are set to begin work to reconstruct Main Street in Sturgis from west of Junction Avenue to Fourth Street on Sept. 6.

Rest Area Revitalization Plan Available for Comment
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism are seeking public comments on a proposed plan to update and revitalize the state’s interstate rest areas.

Turn Lane Construction at Highway 44 and 447th Ave.
Starting Thursday, Aug. 25, the South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin construction of turn lanes at the intersection of Highway 44 and 447th Ave. south of Marion.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.

Leaders Recognized for Their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lemmon Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Lemmon will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, tours around Lemmon, a community lunch and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Amicus to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief seeking to protect Second Amendment rights.

Agriculture

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

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Missing
Minimum-security inmate Michael Merrival walked away from his community service job in Rapid City, SD on August 23, 2016.

Board of Regents

Four Public Universities Earn New Research Grants
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces the awarding of research and development innovation grants to four public universities across the state.


Health

South Dakota Reports First Zika Virus Infection
South Dakota has its first Zika virus infection, a woman who traveled to a country where Zika virus is currently transmitted and later developed symptoms, the Department of Health said today.

Adults Need Vaccines Too
Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

Transportation

Highway 85 Sidewalk Splash Barrier
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin installing 50-feet of sidewalk splash barrier along Highway 85 in Belle Fourche the week of Aug. 29.

Bixby Road Asphalt Resurfacing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin an asphalt resurfacing project on Bixby Road south of the intersection with Highway 20 in Perkins County on Wednesday, Aug. 24.


Agriculture

Rodeo and Western Events to Be Held at SD State Fair
A full schedule of rodeo and western events will be held in the Hippodrome and the North Arena during the South Dakota State Fair.

Team Penning and Ranch Rodeo Added to SD State Fair
A team penning and ranch rodeo have been added to the South Dakota State Fair’s performance horse schedule, making for a full schedule of events in the Hippodrome and North Arena.

SD Ag Chat: Helping the Bees
The bee population on the decline. In this SD Ag Chat, hear how we can help bees overcome some of the challenges they face.

Classic Car and Antique Tractor Parade Added to State Fair
A parade has been added to the classic car show and antique tractor show at this year’s South Dakota State Fair.

Transportation

Construction on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the intersection of Highway 34 & Highland Avenue in Madison will be under construction starting today, Aug. 19.

Closure of the Intersection of 471st Avenue On Highway 34
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will close 471st Avenue on the north side of the Highway 34 intersection east of Colman on Monday, Aug. 22 for grading and paving operations.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Board will meet in Pierre at 711 E. Wells Ave. at 3:15 p.m. CDT.

Governor's Column: Make School Attendance A Priority
Across South Dakota, a new school year is getting underway. Students and families are getting back into the school day routine, reestablishing study habits and juggling activities.

Education

"Play Ball!" exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center to close on Sept. 18
Visitors have just a few more weeks to view the successful exhibit "Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota" at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Madison Driver Exam Station Closed Last Two Weeks in August
PIERRE, S.D. – Madison’s driver exam station will be closed both Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State of South Dakota, Tribes Reach New Tax Agreements
The Daugaard Administration has reached new tax agreements with three of South Dakota’s tribes, the Governor announced today. The Crow Creek Sioux, Oglala Sioux and Sisseton-Wahpeton tribes entered into agreements with the state earlier this summer.

Bureau of Administration

Progress Made At Hilger’s Gulch
The Bureau of Administration says visible progress is being made at Hilger’s Gulch, where work is underway to reestablish the area’s native landscape.

Education

Code Talker event happening Aug. 26 at Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special celebration honoring South Dakota Code Talker Noah Whitebird, Sr., and the other South Dakota Code Talkers on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Space exploration subject of next Smithsonian program at Cultural Heritage Center
The next "Smithsonian Saturday" program at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, and it will focus on space exploration.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol Join Forces Again
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – For the fourth consecutive year, South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will partner with the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in a joint enforcement operation during the Dakota Nation powwow this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19-21, in Fort Thompson.

Transportation

Highway 212 Construction Near Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says milling and paving of the shoulders has begun on a one-point-three mile project on Highway 212 near Belle Fourche.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Rollout
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the rollout of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) System.

Tea Man Arrested on Possession of Child Porn Charge
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County States Attorney Tom Wollman announced today that the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Division has arrested Monte Bender.

Education

Politics, Pulitzer being discussed Sept. 1 at Cultural Heritage Center
Politics and the Pulitzer Prize will be the topic of conversation at a program on Sept. 1 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – Two Sioux Falls, S.D., men have been identified as those involved in a two-motorcycle crash that killed one and injured the other Sunday morning west of Presho.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2016-17 School Year
The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 300 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Aberdeen Man Arrested in Connection to Sunday’s Officer Involved Shooting Incident
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Ehkhu Hser Poe, 21, Aberdeen, has been arrested.

Agriculture

SD State Fair to Host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle
The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by Advanced Bio Energy and SD Pork Producers.

Health

A Healthy Start: Pregnancy And Vaccines
Vaccines during pregnancy not only protect mother against diseases, they also begin to pass some protection to baby for the first few months of life, a state health official said today.

Public Safety

Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – One man died and another was injured Sunday in a two-motorcycle crash west of Presho.

Transportation

Highway 81 Phase 1 Opening To Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be opening the last section of Phase 1 of the Highway 81 construction on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Highway 20 Gravel Surfacing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin placing gravel surfacing on Highway 20 west of Camp Crook beginning this week, Aug. 15.

Intersection Closure on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Highway 34/Egan Avenue intersection in Madison will close to northbound traffic on Monday, Aug. 15.

REVISED: Updated Dates - Work Resuming on I-90 Exit 14 at Spearfish
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will resume on Interstate 90 at Exit 14 in Spearfish next week.


Public Safety

Sunday Sturgis Rally Tally (FINAL)
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Sunday Aug. 14, 2016


Public Safety

Saturday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Saturday Aug. 13, 2016

Names Released in Aurora County Fatal Crash
WHITE LAKE, S.D. – Two people died in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Thursday afternoon near White Lake.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jim Dunn
Former state legislator Jim Dunn of Lead passed away on Aug. 11, 2016. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Aug. 19, the day of Dunn's funeral.

Governor's Column: Rail and the South Dakota Way of Life
We never had a new car, when I was growing up, but we always spent what was necessary to maintain our car, and keep it in dependable running condition. New isn’t necessarily better, but the old must be maintained.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2016 Child Sexual Abuse Conference at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to return to the Brown County Fair
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at Brown County Fair to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Education

"Created Equal" program series begins Aug. 28 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society is one of 473 institutions across the country selected to offer a program series on the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Public Safety

Friday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Friday Aug. 12, 2016

Aurora County Fatal Crash
WHITE LAKE, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Thursday afternoon near White Lake.

Transportation

Bridge Work to Begin On Interstate 90 from Exits 63 to 67
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin repair work on six bridges on Interstate 90 from east of Exit 67 to west of Exit 63, including the Exit 63 on-ramps, on Tuesday, Aug. 16.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On Federal Decision To Rename Harney Peak
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Board of Geographic Name’s decision to change the name of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak.

Agriculture

Coal Canyon Fire: Remembering Five Years Later
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is using the five-year anniversary of the fatal Coal Canyon fire in Fall River County to remind all firefighters about safety.

SD Ag Chat: USDA Rural Development Helps Build SD
USDA Rural Development offices provide financial and technical assistance aimed at encouraging growth in non-urban part of the United States.

Public Safety

Thursday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Thursday Aug. 11, 2016

Transportation

Traffic switch planned on Highway 115
On Monday, Aug. 15, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will switch traffic to the newly constructed southbound lanes of Highway 115 near Dell Rapids. Two- way traffic will be maintained on the new concrete pavement.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting auto dealer workshops
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host a series of auto dealer workshops in September.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Turner County Man Sentenced in Rape and Incest Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Benjamin Thomas, 35, Centerville, was sentenced in First Circuit Court.

Press Conferences to be Held to Announce SAVIN System
Attorney General Marty Jackley will hold two press conferences to announce the rollout of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System (SAVIN).

Agriculture

SDDA Available to Answer Questions at Dakotafest
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages farmers and ranchers to stop by the SDDA booth during Dakotafest.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Asks Landowners and Hunters to Report Dead Deer
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has documented the first deer mortality in 2016 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue.

Enjoy Outdoor Activities in South Dakota State Parks This Weekend
Though days are shortening, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating the warm summer nights.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Dock 44 Concession Operator
A prospectus for the operation of Dock 44, located inside Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte is available through South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 19 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Safety

Wednesday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 10, 2016

Transportation

Bridge Work To Begin Between Exits 17 and 23
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says repair work on bridges east of Exit 17 and east and west of Exit 23 (Whitewood) will begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

SDDOT 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 tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 10, to inform area residents on the preliminary findings of a corridor study for the following roadway corridor:

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosts taxpayer office hours in Huron
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host office hours in Huron to assist taxpayers.

Board of Regents

Federal Agencies Connect to Researchers and Inventors
Fifteen participating agencies representing $2.2 billion in annual early-stage funding will be in Sioux Falls next week to meet with interested inventors and tech-based companies.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Circuit Court Denies Marijuana Measure on 2016 General Election Ballot
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett has denied Melissa Mentele 's request to place an initiated measure involving marijuana on the November 2016 general election ballot based upon an insufficient number of valid signatures.

Amber Alert Results in Brule County Arrest
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney Dave Natvig announced today that Paul Brown, 38, Maple Valley, WA, was arrested on one count of abuse of or cruelty to a minor, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/ or $30,000.

Education

2016 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Nine South Dakota Workforce Education Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts, totaling $800,000.

Public Safety

Tuesday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016

Transportation

I-90 Exit 387 Overpass South of Hartford Reopening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 90 Exit 387 overpass south of Hartford is scheduled to be reopened to one lane of traffic on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 10.

Informational Meeting on Stamford Road Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, on behalf of Mellette County and SFC Civil Constructors, says an informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, regarding the White River bridge project on Stamford Road.


Agriculture

Applications Available for Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Marking
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry will begin accepting applications for 2016-17 Mountain Pine Beetle survey and marking services from Aug. 15, 2016, through Sept. 16, 2016.

Pay it Forward at the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair is partnering with businesses and organizations to provide free admission to the fair for those in need or to random people on Monday, Sept. 5.

Education

State Historical Society announces national photo contest
The South Dakota State Historical Society encourages people to enter a nationwide photography contest being held by Preservation50.

Health

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back-packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.

Human Services

Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) has announced that the 2016 Governor’s Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Public Safety

MONDAY STURGIS RALLY TALLY
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2016


Public Safety

Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
ROSHOLT, S.D. – Jon Zubke, 69, of Waubay, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Friday south of Rosholt.

Name Released in Hand County Fatal Crash
REE HEIGHTS, S.D. – A 16-year-old male from Wessington Springs. S.D., has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Ree Heights.

Sunday Sturgis Rally Tally
Sunday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2015


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
ROSHOLT, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash that happened Friday south of Rosholt.

Hand County Fatal Crash
REE HEIGHTS, S.D. – One male, age 16, died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Ree Heights.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Meth Changes Everything
Over the past several years, South Dakota has seen a rise in the use of methamphetamine, or meth. In our state, 3.8 percent of high school students have tried meth.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX (1060 AM) South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Bureau of Administration

Well Casing Inspection for Flaming Fountain
The Office of the State Engineer has scheduled an inspection of the steel casing of the well that supplies water to the Flaming Fountain War Memorial on Capitol Lake.

Education

Program to commemorate completion of Mount Rushmore
The South Dakota State Historical Society is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore with a program on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Game, Fish and Parks

New Fishing and Bait Rules Proposed by GFP Commission
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to some current fishing and bait rules.

GFP Commission Proposes Rules for Landowners to Manage Private Fisheries
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the creation of a new rule to facilitate the ability of landowners to manage man-made, created waters on their land or under their control.

GFP Finalizes Bobcat Trapping and Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2016-17 and 2017-18 bobcat hunting and trapping season this week at their August meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Rules for Landowners to Manage Private Fisheries
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the creation of a new rule to facilitate the ability of landowners to manage man-made, created waters on their land or under their control.

GFP Commission Proposal would allow more Game Fish Spearing Opportunity
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would loosen the rules for the spearing of game fish across the state.

GFP Commission Proposes Establishment of a Fishing Tournament Fee
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a rule that would increase the cost of conducting a fishing tournament in the state.

Proposal from GFP Commission would allow for Salmon Snagging Next Fall
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a rule change that would allow Lake Oahe anglers to snag salmon beginning next fall.

Public Safety

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Ramsey, MN man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Thursday near Lead.

DPS Encourages Motorists to be Patient During Sturgis Rally
STURGIS, S.D. – Patience will be a virtue for both drivers and bikers attending next week’s 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
ROCHFORD, S.D. – A Pekin, IL., man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Wednesday night near Rochford.

Transportation

I-229 Northbound to be Reduced to One Lane
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 229 northbound in Sioux Falls will be reduced down to one lane from the I-29 junction to Louise Avenue from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8.

Bridge Maintenance Scheduled for Interstate 229
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says regularly scheduled bridge maintenance will begin on Interstate 229 the week of Aug. 8, 2016.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 406 (SD11 / Splitrock Boulevard) Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Brandon, will hold a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Holiday Inn Express Convention Center at 1103 N. Splitrock Boulevard in Sioux Falls.

Interstate 90 Westbound Open in Jones County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Draper and Murdo are now open to two lanes of traffic.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in City of Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to Highway 12 and Highway 1804 in the city of Mobridge beginning Monday, Aug. 8, weather permitting.

Board of Regents

Tuition Buy-down for All Students Ranks High in Regent Budget Priorities
The South Dakota Board of Regents wants to buy down tuition and mandatory fees for all students next year to bring the ratio of funding from students and state government closer to a 50-50 split. An $8.4 million budget request for next year will be forwarded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard to prevent more higher education cost shifting to students, regents said.

South Dakota Lottery

Brookings Woman Claims $90,585 Dakota Cash Jackpot
Evelyn Edwards was waiting in line at Hy-Vee when she saw a sign promoting Dakota Cash, a lotto game she always plays. The Brookings woman took three $1 bills from her pocket and purchased three Dakota Cash Quick Picks for the July 27, 2016 drawing.


Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Declares Aug. 7-16 Farmers Market Week in SD
To celebrate the increasing number of local food producers in the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared Aug. 7-13, 2016, Farmers Market Week in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: Planning is Key During a Drought
Dry conditions dominate much of South Dakota and the state’s Drought Task Force has been activated.

Education

State Historical Records Advisory Board announces grant funding awards, site visits
State history organizations in Deadwood, Freeman and Mitchell were recently awarded grants through the South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Labor and Regulation

Use Career Readiness Certificate to Hire Skilled Workers
The Department of Labor and Regulation and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Tuesday, Aug.16, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A 57-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Thursday near Lead.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
ROCHFORD, S.D. – A 49-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Wednesday night near Rochford.

Names Released in Jackson County Fatal Crash
BELVIDERE, S.D. – Two men from Norris, S.D, have been identified as those who died Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash south of Belvidere.

Board of Regents

Regents Formally Adopt Statewide Education Attainment Goal
An initial effort to establish a statewide education attainment goal to meet growing workforce demands across South Dakota takes an important step forward.

South Dakota “In the Black” as Net Importer of College Freshmen
The latest analysis of where college freshmen end up attending school demonstrates South Dakota retains its status as a net importer of college freshmen.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Meth Changes Everything Campaign Kicks Off
The state of South Dakota is kicking off a campaign to remind South Dakotans that “Meth Changes Everything.”

Agriculture

Cheese Sculpting Demonstration Coming to the State Fair
While common to many fairs across the Midwest, cheese sculpting is making its debut at the South Dakota State Fair this year.

Public Safety

Jackson County Fatal Crash
BELVIDERE, S.D. – Two men died Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash south of Belvidere.

Revenue

Watertown man sentenced for tobacco and sales tax fraud
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown man pleaded guilty to the sale of unstamped cigarettes and operating without a sales tax license in May of this year.

Gaming Compact Hearing between State of South Dakota and Yankton Sioux Tribe
There is a public hearing on a proposed gaming compact between the State of South Dakota and the Yankton Sioux Tribe on Thursday, Aug., 11, 2016 at 9 a.m. The hearing will be held in the Boys and Girls Club at 104 Sheridan Ave., in Wagner, S.D.

Board of Regents

Analysis: College Degrees Deliver Immense Return on Investment
A new regional analysis of postsecondary return on investment finds immense benefits from obtaining higher levels of education beyond the high school diploma.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lemmon To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Lemmon has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Education

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2017.

Saturday Smithsonian program at Cultural Heritage Center focusing on stamps
The next Smithsonian Saturday program at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, and it will focus on postage stamps.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

New Drought Website Unveiled
An updated Governor’s Drought Task Force website is now operational and is a resource for those looking for drought information. The website, drought.sd.gov, went live on Friday of last week.

Health

Health Department Observes World Breastfeeding Week
August 1 through August 7, South Dakota will join the rest of the nation and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. The goal of the annual observance is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
Immunization gives parents the safe, proven way to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old.

Transportation

Bridge Closed Over I-90 Exit 387
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the crossroad bridge over Interstate 90 at Exit 387 to Hartford is closed due to an over-height vehicle hit that damaged the underside of the structure.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Farmers Business Network Announces the Addition of 90 Jobs
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – California-based technology company, Farmers Business Network (FBN), announced that its national operations center in Sioux Falls, S.D., is expanding by adding more than 90 positions in the next two years, with 40 new positions to fill this year alone, tripling its current employee count.

Veterans Affairs

Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Walks Away from Community Service Jobsite
Minimum-security inmate Alden Clair No Moccasin walked away from his community service job in Rapid City, SD on July 30, 2016.

Public Safety

Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – Dale Shull, 65, Sneads Ferry, NC, died in a motorcycle crash Friday night east of Newell.


Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – A 65-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash Friday night east of Newell.