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Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Appreciation Lunch to be Held at Criminal Justice Center
A law enforcement appreciation lunch will be held at the Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre on Tuesday, July 27, 2016.

Man Indicted and Arrested in Lawrence County Theft Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lawrence County States Attorney John Fitzgerald announced today that Chad Lucas Cordell, 31, Vale, was indicted.

Agriculture

Become the Next Dakota Star at the South Dakota State Fair
Performers can make their voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair and become the next Dakota Star at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union.

Education

"Building South Dakota" exhibit opening at Cultural Heritage Center July 30
A new exhibit opening on Saturday, July 30, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre shows how the state's built environment has changed over time.

Game, Fish and Parks

Archery Training in South Dakota School Continues to Grow
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) sponsored by Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) currently has 281 schools trained in the program with around 20,000 students participating each year.

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest totaling approximately $985,000.

Finish July with fun Outdoor Activities
Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is offering a variety of activities for beginners and outdoor enthusiasts alike this weekend. Celebrate Christmas in July, take a hike or “Step Outside” for a day of outdoor fun.

Public Safety

Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSBURG, S.D. – One person died in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday night east of Gettysburg.

Transportation

Highway 12 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is set to begin a project on Highway 12 and Lamont Street in Aberdeen on Tuesday, July 26.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Tragedies Felt In South Dakota
Flags across South Dakota have been at half-staff for most of the last two weeks. Following the violence perpetrated in Dallas, France and Baton Rouge, President Obama issued three consecutive proclamations calling for the lowering of the flag.

News Tips
On Thursday, July 28, Lake Norden will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social and coffee time with the Governor, tours around Lake Norden, and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--Increase Hay and Straw Value with Weed Free Forage Certification
This summer harvest season, producers can add value to their products by certifying their forages weed-free.

“Chalk it up to Ag” at the SD State Fair
As a tribute to agriculture, the South Dakota State Fair has teamed up with SD Farm Bureau (SDFB) to “Chalk it up to Ag” with an interactive chalk art contest during the fair Sept. 1-5 in Huron, S.D.

Public Safety

Name Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – Justin Magnuson, 18, of Sisseton, SD., has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Wednesday night north of Summit.

Transportation

Traffic Shift to Occur On I-29 and I-229
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a traffic shift is scheduled to occur on the Interstate 29 and 229 projects in Sioux Falls.

I-29 and I-229 Interchange Exit Ramps to Close Overnight
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two exit ramps will be closed the nights of Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, at the I-29 and I-229 interchange.

Traffic change on Highway 17 Through Lennox
Starting Monday, July 25, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a new phase of construction on Highway 17 through Lennox.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input on the Interstate 90 Exit 61-67 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Box Elder, will hold a public open house on Tuesday, July 26, to inform area residents on the beginning of a corridor study for the following roadway corridor: I-90 from Exit 61 (Elk Vale Road) to Exit 67 (Liberty Boulevard / EAFB Main Gate)

Bridge Work to Begin on Turner County 7A
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge replacement project will begin on Turner County Highway 7A, one mile north of Marion on Monday, Aug. 1.


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 Dylan Huff on June 22, 2016, in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Human Services

Quarterly Meeting for South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities Next Week
The South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities (SDCDD) will hold its quarterly meeting next week.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Wednesday night north of Summit.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lake Norden Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Thursday, July 28, Lake Norden will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social and coffee time with the Governor, tours around Lake Norden, and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

Sensitive Sites Registry
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds landowners, bee keepers, organic producers, pesticide applicators and others that the department’s Sensitive Site Registry website is a tool that can be used to help prevent the harmful effects from drift during pesticide or fertilizer applications.

Over 1,100 Ways to Enter the SD State Fair
There are 1,171 ways to showcase your talents at the South Dakota State Fair by entering in the open class static exhibit divisions and the registration deadline is right around the corner.

Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Available
Organic agriculture producers and processors in South Dakota may be eligible to receive up to 75 percent reimbursement for their organic certification costs.

Human Services

Yankton’s NDEAM Committee Seeking Award Nominations
Yankton’s local National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) committee is seeking nominations for the awards of Outstanding Employer of the Year and Outstanding Employee with a Disability.

Public Safety

Names Released in Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, S.D. – Danielle McCollam, 25, of Mobridge has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning south of Mound City.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Shane Whalen, 24, Sioux Falls, S.D., has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on the Benson Road northbound off ramp at Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Butte County Chip Seals
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin applying a chip seal to several routes in southern Butte County, beginning the week of July 25.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FFA Ag Adventure Center
A familiar stop for many during the South Dakota State Fair is getting a new look and a new name.

Education

10 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 10 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A male pedestrian was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on the Benson Road northbound off ramp at Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.

Name Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
ETHAN, S.D. – Cassandra Wherley, 25, of Ethan, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash near Ethan.

Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning south of Mound City.

Transportation

Bridge Work to Begin on Highways 37 south of Huron and Highway 81 south of Salem
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two bridge rehabilitation projects will begin on Highway 37 south of Huron and Highway 81 south of Salem on Monday, July 25.

Temporary Ramp Closures on Eastbound I-90 at Exit 8, Exit 2 & Exit 1 Rest Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be temporarily closing the ramps on Interstate 90 at Exit 8, Exit 2 and the Rest Area (Exit 1) to complete the asphalt surfacing from the Wyoming border east to Spearfish.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Baton Rouge Victims
President Obama has called for flags to remain at half-staff out of respect for the law enforcement officers whose lives were taken by the violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, July 17.

Governor Names Scott Stern As GOED Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott G. Stern as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Stern will begin on Sept. 1, 2016.

Education

Classroom Innovation Grant recipients announced
Eighteen Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts for a combined total of almost $1 million funded by the 2016 Legislature.

Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
ETHAN, S.D. – A 25-year-old woman died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash near Ethan.

Transportation

Tickets Available for Hall of Honor to Induct Dean Hyde
Dean Hyde from Pierre is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

I-90 Exit 14 Eastbound Off Ramp Location Change
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the eastbound off-ramp at Interstate 90 Exit 14 in Spearfish has been relocated before the crossover that sends drivers into the two-way traffic configuration west of the bridge over Sandstone Hills Drive.


Public Safety

Names Released in Jackson County Fatal Crash
KADOKA, S.D. – Gary Haggard, 54, Clarkson, MI, has been identified as the person killed Friday morning when a truck trailer hit a parked vehicle at the Scenic Overlook exit, west of Kadoka, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Another AAA and Budget Surplus
Throughout my time serving as governor, good stewardship of taxpayer dollars has been my goal. Two pieces of recent news can encourage South Dakotans that their state government is handling their money responsibly.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Nice, France, Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Nice, France, on Thursday, July 14.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the National Governors Association summer meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

Health

Health Department Reminds Pregnant Travelers To Be Aware Of Zika Virus
Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should avoid travel to areas affected by the Zika virus, reminded a state health official today.

Physical Activity Campaign Encourages South Dakotans to Walk
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program in the Department of Health is launching a campaign to get all South Dakotans to walk more this summer.

Public Safety

Jackson County Fatal Crash
KADOKA, S.D. – One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday morning when a truck trailer hit a parked vehicle at the Scenic Overlook exit, west of Kadoka, S.D.

Turn Lanes Construction Planned For SD Highway 34 Intersection
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun construction of turn lanes at the intersection of SD Highway 34 and 471st Avenue, which is 1.5 miles west of I-90.

Highway 81 Construction Planned For Freeman Area
FREEMAN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project on US Highway 81 from SD Highway 46 to Freeman will start the week of July 25, 2016.

Chip Seal, Fog Seal Project Starts Monday in Huron Area
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on the chip seal and fog seal project on several highways in the Huron area of the state starting Monday, July 18.

Transportation

Turn Lanes Construction Planned For SD Highway 34 Intersection
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun construction of turn lanes at the intersection of SD Highway 34 and 471st Avenue, which is 1.5 miles west of I-90.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Congressional Delegation Furthers Governor’s Spearfish Canyon State Park Vision
Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to create a new state park at Spearfish Canyon is progressing thanks to South Dakota’s Congressional Delegation.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Natalie Damgaard As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Natalie Damgaard of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.

Agriculture

Turn Your Junk into “Fair”Cycled Art at the SD State Fair
Entries are being accepted for the “Fair”Cycled Art Contest at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

SD Ag Chat--Cronin Farms Focuses on Diversification
Cronin Farms near Gettysburg, South Dakota takes diversification seriously as they will harvest 12 different crops this year.

Education

New display about Mount Rushmore opens at Cultural Heritage Center
A new display about the construction of Mount Rushmore National Memorial recently opened at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the monument's completion.

Public Safety

Tickets Available for Hall of Honor of Dean Hyde
PIERRE, S.D. – Dean Hyde from Pierre is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year With Another Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2016 budget year on June 30 marking the fifth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Gov. Daugaard Issues Emergency Fire Declaration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an emergency fire declaration for 13 central and western South Dakota counties that have been impacted by drought conditions.

Education

All-Star Game & South Dakota Baseball History on Display at Cultural Heritage Center through Sept. 18
While the nation turns its attention to the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game this week, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre has an exhibit on display that celebrates baseball tradition closer to home.

Social Services

South Dakota Commission on Child Support to Hold Hearings on Proposed Guideline Changes
The Governor’s Commission on Child Support will conduct public hearings throughout the summer months to gather input on potential changes to South Dakota’s child support guidelines and related statutes.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Campbell County Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Arson for Insurance Proceeds
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Campbell County States Attorney Mark Kroontje announced that yesterday Lori Brandner, 42, Herreid, decided not to elect a retrial and plead guilty to conspiracy to commit arson from insurance proceeds.

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced that Nicholas C. Speckmeier, 30, Sioux Falls, pled guilty yesterday to 2 counts of aggravated assault and 2 count of ingestion of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Trandahl to 30 years in the state penitentiary.

Bureau of Administration

40 Students Receive Dakota Corps Scholarships
Forty new South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state.

Obligation Recovery Center To Go Live July 15, 2016
The Bureau of Administration has announced that the Obligation Recovery Center, established by HB1228 during the 2015 Legislative Session, will go live on July 15, 2016, and start collecting bad debts on behalf of the State of South Dakota.

Human Services

ABLE Accounts Now Available To South Dakotans
As of July 1, South Dakota individuals with disabilities may now contribute to an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account.

Public Safety

Highway 12 Paving Work Begins This Week
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete paving work from Andover to Bristol in the eastbound lanes of SD Highway 12 this Friday, July 15.

Transportation

Highway 12 Paving Work Begins This Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete paving work from Andover to Bristol in the eastbound lanes of SD Highway 12 this Friday, July 15.

South Dakota Lottery

Dakota Cash Lotto Game to Add Instant Win Option
South Dakota lotto players won’t have to wait until a drawing is held to become winners with their Dakota Cash tickets with the addition of an instant win option approved today by the Legislative Rules Review Committee.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Moody’s Releases Public Issuer Rating for State of South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Moody’s has released a public issuer rating of AAA for the State of South Dakota.

Governor Daugaard Activates State Drought Task Force
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor drought conditions across South Dakota. The task force also held its first meeting today in Pierre.

Governor Makes Appointment to Board of Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Gopal Vyas of Mitchell to the South Dakota Board of Education.

Labor and Regulation

Webinar Will Guide Employers through Steps to Hire People with Disabilities
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a webinar Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. (CDT).


Public Safety

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
IRENE, S.D. – Scot Brockmueller, 55, Irene, S.D. has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle-deer collision Saturday morning near Irene.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
IRENE, S.D. – One person was killed and another injured when their motorcycle collided with a deer Saturday morning near Irene.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Joins RCP&E To Celebrate Completion Of Project
Gov. Dennis Daugaard attended a Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad grand opening ceremony in Aurora earlier today, Friday, July 8.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Dallas Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the law enforcement officers whose lives were taken by the violence in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, July 7.

Governor's Column: South Dakota’s Wildland Fire Crew
Sixty percent of the land in South Dakota is abnormally dry and counties west of the river and in the northeast are experiencing moderate to extreme drought. Drought is most severe in the Lawrence County area where the fire at Crow Peak burned more than 2,700 acres over the course of two weeks.

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State of South Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Bathroom Mandate
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined a lawsuit filed today in Nebraska Federal District Court against the U.S, Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice over the bathroom mandate.

Game, Fish and Parks

2016 Sage Grouse Hunting Season Finalized, First Time Since 2012
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to re-open the sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.

2016 Fall Turkey Hunting Season finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted their proposal to dissolve the West River prairie unit, switch to hunting units with license allocations and offer 105 fewer one-tag licenses for all prairie units combined.

Health

Hepatitis A Identified In Custer Food Handler
A case of hepatitis A has been reported in a food handler at the Pizza Works restaurant in Custer. Individuals who ate at the restaurant between June 19 and July 5 during that time period should contact their health care provider to determine if they need a shot of immune globulin which minimizes their chances of becoming ill or if they should be considered for vaccination.

Public Safety

Highway 37 Concrete Overlay Project Begins July 11
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is beginning on the Highway 37 Concrete Overlay project just north of Huron and motorists can expect changes in traffic flow starting Monday, July 11.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell area of the state starting Monday, July 11.

Asphalt Paving to Begin in Spearfish Canyon
Crews will begin paving on an asphalt concrete resurfacing project on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County beginning on Tuesday, July 12.

Culvert Replacement on Highway 271 near Java
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to replace two culverts on Highway 271 near Java will begin Monday, July 11.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Willard Pummel
Former state legislator Willard Pummel of Belle Fourche passed away on July 2, 2016. Pummel, 89, was elected in 1996 to represent the Belle Fourche area in the state House of Representatives. He served three consecutive terms.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Mary McClure Bibby
Former state legislator Mary McClure Bibby of Brookings passed away on July 2, 2016. McClure, 77, was a native of Milbank and an alumna of the University of South Dakota, where she received the Fulbright Scholarship.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal District Court Denies Rhines’ Motion for Relief in Capital Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota has denied Charles Russell Rhines’ motion for habeas corpus relief and to amend the judgment.

Education

Philip author to discuss Calamity Jane's siblings at history book club
A part of Calamity Jane's life that is often overlooked will be the focus of the July meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club on July 12 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Joining Forces Initiative
The South Dakota Department of the Military and the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs have selected Dr. William Meirose to lead their new South Dakota Joining Forces. The main goal of the Initiative is to assist veterans, service members, and their families in finding the right door to receive care and the services they need.


Agriculture

Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 11
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 11, through Thursday, Sept. 8, in 37 locations around the state.

SD Ag Chat: Changes to Private Applicator Testing
The take-home exam is no longer an option for private applicator testing in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Cybersecurity Training Available to Banking Industry
The South Dakota Division of Banking will hold a cybersecurity training event at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Safety

Deadline For Highway Patrol Trooper Applications July 8
PIERRE, S.D. – This Friday, July 8, is the application deadline for those who want to become a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper.


Agriculture

Changes to Private Applicator Testing Effective July 1, 2016
As of July 1, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Private Web Testing program will be SDDA and SDSU Extension’s primary option for private applicator certification and recertification.

Public Safety

Name Released in Union County Fatal Crash
ALCESTER, S.D. – A Hawarden, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died late Sunday in a motorcycle crash that occurred southeast of Alcester.


Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
ALCESTER, S.D. – A 39-year-old man died late Sunday in a motorcycle crash that occurred southeast of Alcester.


Public Safety

Name Released In Walworth County Fatal Crash
HOVEN, S.D. – A Claremont, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon north of Hoven.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
A welcome home ceremony will be held for over 150 Soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 155th Engineer Company on Saturday, July 2, at 2 p.m. MDT at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Barnett Arena in Rapid City.

Agriculture

Education in Spotlight at the State Fair
Every year teachers are encouraged to submit student education entries to the Education Department in the Arts & Education Building at the South Dakota State Fair. For some teachers, it’s a tradition.

Public Safety

Yankton Student Big Winner of “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – A Yankton youth has learned his safe driving lessons well – and the payoff is worth $10,000.

Walworth County Fatal Crash
HOVEN, S.D. – One man was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon north of Hoven.

Transportation

Highway 44 Bridge Work Over the Cheyenne River
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on the Highway 44 bridge over the Cheyenne River at mile marker 78 will begin on Monday, July 11.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Celebrating An Unparalleled Way Of Life
In the spring of 2012, I had the chance to visit somewhere I’d never expected to go. I joined Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee for a Department of Defense trip to Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Education

Bluff Historic District in Vermillion listed on National Register of Historic Places
The Bluff Historic District in Vermillion has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Six more historic newspaper titles now available online
Six more newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Game, Fish and Parks

Outdoor Campus-West Hosts 5th Annual Outdoor University
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks' (GFP) Outdoor Campus-West in Rapid City will host its fifth annual Outdoor University on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT.

GFP Looking for Help From Salmon Anglers
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is encouraging anglers to turn in heads of tagged Chinook salmon caught on Lake Oahe and the Oahe tail waters.

Reminder to Practice Safe Boating During the Fourth of July Weekend
With the peak boating season well underway and the Fourth of July holiday weekend upon us, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) again wants to inform boaters on the importance of boating safety and responsible use of alcohol while boating.

Board of Regents

Alcohol Sales Policy Set for State Universities
The South Dakota Board of Regents has adopted a new policy regulating sale of beer and wine on public university campuses, but only at campuses that elect to do so, and even then, only at certain events as authorized by the board’s policy.

Black Hills State Makes Changes to Fine Arts Degrees
In response to changing national standards in fine arts education, the South Dakota Board of Regents approved Black Hills State University’s request to move three arts-related degree programs to the bachelor of fine arts designation.

Dakota State University Student Groups Earn Recognition
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week honored student organizations from Dakota State University for their academic, community, and organizational achievements.

New Minors, Certificate Programs Support Career Development
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new minors, specializations, and delivery options to better prepare South Dakotans for future workforce and career development opportunities.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

AG Jackley Announces Compensation for South Dakota Consumers Under Settlements with Volkswagen Over Emission Fraud
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined 37 other states and jurisdictions in a settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices by marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed defeat device software.

Lyman County Woman Pleads Guilty to Accessory to a Crime
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today Dayna Wells, 28, Oacoma, entered a guilty plea to one count of accessory to a crime, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000 fine.

Public Safety

July Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will again conduct sobriety checkpoints in several South Dakota counties during the month of July.

Transportation

South Dakota Claims Award for Jackson Boulevard Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has won an award in a national competition highlighting excellence in projects that have improved travel safety, reduced roadway congestion and provided more mobility options.

2016 S.D. Transportation Hall of Honor Inductees Announced
Dean Hyde from Pierre and Ronald Peterson from Wakonda have been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2016.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Glen McVay
Former state legislator Glen McVay of Sioux Falls passed away on June 25, 2016. McVay, 86, was elected in 1984 to represent the Canton area in the state House of Representatives. He served one term.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Two Arrested in Connection to Body Found in Grant County
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Grant County Sheriff Kevin Owen confirm that two individuals have been arrested for the homicide death of Tess Morgan Monae White of West Allis, WI.

Agriculture

Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding people to use extreme caution when shooting off fireworks in areas of the state where conditions are dry.

Public Safety

Walworth County Fatal Crash
SELBY, S.D. – A Hoven, S.D., man has died of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday, June 25, near Selby.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in Mobridge area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the north central area of the state beginning Monday, July 5, weather permitting.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Salem Pharmacy Burglary
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Kyle Even Hurden, 25, Upper Strasburg, PA, has been arrested.

Education

Haiar named SDHSF Development Director
Kimberly Haiar of Sioux Falls has been named development director for the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation in Pierre.

July Smithsonian Program at Cultural Heritage Center features Solar System
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will move the monthly "Smithsonian Saturday" program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre to Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m. CDT to avoid holiday conflicts.

Game, Fish and Parks

Celebrate The 4th of July Parading Through the Parks
This Independence Day weekend Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is hosting activities in parks across the state.

Trail Trek 2016 Registration Open
Spots are available for the Annual Mickelson Trail Trek Sept. 16-18.

Northern Fort Playhouse Celebrates Summer Season
The eleventh season of Northern Fort Playhouse Productions Summer Theatre will commence this July.

State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,854 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Human Services

Grimme Receives Friend of Youth Leadership Forum Award
South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services Assistant Director Bernie Grimme has received the 2016 Friend of Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Award.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Recruits, Youth Academy Participants To Do Community Project in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – Two levels of South Dakota Highway Patrol recruits, those who are training to be troopers and those who may be troopers some day, will become painters for one night Tuesday.

Transportation

U.S. 12 Ipswich to Aberdeen Corridor Study Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, will hold a public open house at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, at the Ipswich High School Theater, 211 5th Street, to inform area residents of the beginning of the Highway 12 Ipswich to Aberdeen Corridor Study.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Royal Canin USA to Open State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility in North Sioux City
Royal Canin USA, a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, announced the construction of a new state-of-the art manufacturing facility in North Sioux City, S.D.


Public Safety

Names Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – An Alexandria, S.D., male has been identified as the person killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning south of Mitchell. Four others were injured.


Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – One person was killed and four others injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning south of Mitchell.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Walk Through South Dakota's History
South Dakotans may not be aware of a new attraction that is being added to our Capital City – the Trail of Governors. This project combines art and history, and is placing life-sized bronze statues of every former South Dakota governor in Pierre.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest speaker at the economic development announcement at Royal Canin in North Sioux City, S.D.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Passes Gavel in Final Meeting as NAAG President
The 2016 National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Summer Meeting has come to a close and Attorney General Marty Jackley has finished his term as President.

Attorney General Jackley Awarded Highest Honor by Fellow Attorneys General
Attorneys General from across the country honored Attorney General Marty Jackley with the group’s top award last night in Vermont.

Agriculture

South Dakota Ag in the Classroom Seeks Donations of Ear Tags
South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAITC) is looking for donations of animal ear tags from livestock producers for a hands-on activity for FFA chapters to use in elementary classrooms.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
DENR is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

Health

First WNV Case Of Year Reported In Minnehaha County
The Department of Health reminded South Dakotans to get in the habit of using mosquito repellent as it announced the state’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year, a Minnehaha County resident in the 10- 19 age group.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – A Rapid City man, identified as Robert Bear Shield, 32, has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night near Sturgis.

Fifth Annual Youth Trooper Academy Being Held Next Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Life as a South Dakota Highway Patrol recruit will be experienced next week by 24 South Dakota teens.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

President Obama's Immigration Executive Orders Remain Unenforceable Under U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that U.S. Supreme Court is leaving the Fifth Circuit ruling in place.

Agriculture

Preventing Wildfires While Baling
Because of dry conditions in the western part of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) has seen an increase in fires that have been started while producers are baling hay.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces More Than $17.75 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved more than $17.75 million for water and waste projects.

Game, Fish and Parks

Sharpe and Francis Case Walleye Length Restrictions
Anglers targeting walleye on Lakes Sharpe and Francis Case are reminded that the fifteen inch minimum length limit is not in effect during July and August.

Aquatic Invasive Species Checks Increase
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will conduct aquatic invasive species (AIS) rule compliance checks along the Missouri River in central South Dakota this weekend.

Human Services

State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Holding Quarterly Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) will hold their quarterly meeting next week in Pierre.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – One person was killed and two others injured in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night near Sturgis.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Will Not Call Special Session To Address Medicaid Expansion Proposal
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will not call a special session of the South Dakota State Legislature to address the expansion of Medicaid.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Hot Springs
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Hot Springs Police Department is investigating the officer involved shooting.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Pollinator Week with Apiary Specialist Bob Reiners
People love garden fresh fruits and vegetables, but they don’t often think about the pollinators that help them grow.

Game, Fish and Parks

Importance of Boating Safety this Summer
With the approach of the Fourth of July holiday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

Transportation

Chip Seal on Highways around Yankton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be chip sealing on two highways in southeastern South Dakota beginning Monday, June 27.

Construction of Turn Lane at the Intersection of Highway 115 and 258th Street
Starting Monday, June 27, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will close 258th Street on the east side of the Highway 115 intersection near Sioux Falls for grading and paving through the intersection.


Agriculture

Not Time to Treat Ash Trees for EAB—Yet
The recent find of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Omaha, Neb., has renewed interest in the invasive insect.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal Encourages Safety With Holiday Fireworks
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal encourages those who want to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks to do so, but in a safe manner.

Revenue

Special interest license plates available July 1 for qualifying vehicles
Beginning July 1, 2016, some South Dakota motor vehicles will be eligible to display South Dakota’s new rear only specialty plate.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota E-book Purchases to Begin Receiving Credit from Apple Price-Fixing Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota residents who purchased electronic books (E-books) should begin receiving account credits or checks.

Attorney General Jackley to Lead Final National Attorneys General Meeting as President
Attorney General Marty Jackley will conclude his 2015-2016 National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) presidential term this week at the NAAG Summer Meeting in Vermont, June 21-23, 2016.

Agriculture

Pollinator Week is June 20-26 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 20-26, 2016 as Pollinator Week in South Dakota.

Education

Preliminary state assessment results show gains
Preliminary results on the 2016 statewide assessment in English language arts and math show gains in student performance in both content areas and in all but one tested grade level.

Shared services grant applications to be available soon
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Education approved rules related to shared services grants, which were included in Senate Bill 133 of the 2016 legislative session.

Historical Society Foundation bringing Modern Day Homesteader to Pierre
The Modern Day Homesteader will sing about the life she lives in an outdoor concert on Thursday, June 30, in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Now is the Time to Sign Up for a South Dakota HuntSAFE Class
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year. Registration for most classes is available online at gfp.sd.gov/hunt-ed.

GFP Offers Wide Range of Activities this Weekend
This weekend Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is offering activities for families to enjoy. From Dutch oven cooking to adventure camps, there is something for everyone.

Fourth Wall Films Searching for Actors in Good Earth State Park Film
Fourth Wall Films of Moline, Illinois, is currently in production for the visitor center film for Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls

Life Jacket Loaner Program Available This Summer
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers and boaters that the life jacket loaner program offers life jackets available for infants to adults.

Public Safety

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person killed in an ATV crash that occurred Saturday night west of Nemo.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the I-229 Major Investment Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold public open houses on Wednesday, June 22, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the I-29 Exit 77 (41st Street) Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house on Thursday, June 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, (1201 North West Avenue) to inform area residents of the beginning of the study and introduce and begin receiving public input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Interstate 29 Exit 77 (41st Street) interchange.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Awards Eight Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $3.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to eight projects throughout South Dakota.

Veterans Affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 27, 2016, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – One man was killed in an ATV crash that occurred Saturday night west of Nemo.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: An Invitation To The Governor's Mansion
Linda and I are very fortunate these days. We live in a big home on Capitol Lake where we have a great view of the Capitol Building.

Lake Norden To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Lake Norden has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, July 28.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Trail of Governors ceremony for the unveiling of the bronze statues of Gov. Mike Rounds, Gov. Nils Boe and Gov. Warren Green.

Human Services

Quarterly Family Support Council Meeting
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will hold its quarterly Family Support Council meeting at the end of the month.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to hold Women’s Recruiting Seminar Tuesday in Aberdeen
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials are holding a recruiting seminar Tuesday in Aberdeen for women who are interested in learning more about how to join the Highway Patrol.

Transportation

Highway 85 Shoulder Chip Seal
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to resume work on Highway 85 between Spearfish and Belle Fourche starting Monday, June 20, 2016.

Surface Milling on I-90 from Cactus Flat to Wall
On Monday, June 20, an asphalt resurfacing project will begin in the westbound driving lanes of Interstate 90 from Cactus Flats to Wall.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels Helps Cut the Ribbon at Metal-sorting Facility in Beresford
BERESFORD, S.D. – It’s been almost a year since Dakota Metals, a nonferrous and precious metals sorting company, broke ground on its new 39,000-square-foot facility in Beresford, S.D. Today, with the help of South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, the company cut the ribbon as the facility is officially open for business.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor: Hold Off On Mowing East River Ditches
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is reminding East River landowners to hold off until July 10 to mow ditches along the state highway system.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Good Timing for Thistle and Leafy Spurge Control
Agricultural crops are growing in South Dakota right now….but so are the weeds.

Tourism

SD Tourism Wins Telly Award for Work with Brand USA
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has been awarded a Bronze Telly Award for work done in conjunction with Brand USA.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Fitch Upgrades South Dakota to AAA
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Fitch has upgraded South Dakota’s Issuer Default Rating to AAA.

Governor Appoints Schallenkamp to Board of Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Kay Schallenkamp of Spearfish to the South Dakota Board of Education.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Increased Fire Potential in the Black Hills
Lack of rain in the Black Hills in May and the early part of June has created an increased risk for wildfires.

SD Ag Chat: More Growing Degree Days in SD
The growing season in South Dakota is lengthening.

Education

State Historical Society Museum hosting outdoor concert on July 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host an outdoor concert featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, July 8, at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Capitol Campout and Outdoor University a Big Success
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and family joined 58 families for campfire songs, treats and camping on the lawn of the state Capitol Building on Friday at the first-ever Capitol Campout.

Lake Alvin Re-Opened for Swimming
Lake Alvin outside of Harrisburg is now re-opened for swimming.

Transportation

Asphalt Surface Treatment Project on Highway 73
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin asphalt surface treatment operations on Highway 73 between Faith and Meadow Corner in Perkins County on Monday, June 20.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Serve As Western Governors’ Association Vice Chair
The Western Governors’ Association today elected Gov. Dennis Daugaard to serve as the organization’s vice chair.

Transportation

Milling and Paving to Begin on Main Street in Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is progressing on the Main and Middle St. intersection project in Sturgis and motorists can expect changes in traffic flow and parking starting Friday, June 17.

I-90 Exit 14 Construction Changes
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the prime contractor are changing the sequence of operations on Highway 14A/Colorado Boulevard and 27th St. in Spearfish.


Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Omaha, Still Not in South Dakota
Emerald ash borer has been found in Omaha, Neb., but it still has not been found in South Dakota.

Education

Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.

Game, Fish and Parks

Outdoor Activities for Kids This Weekend
State parks across the South Dakota are offering activities every weekend for kids to enjoy the outdoors. Join in the events to explore and discover all the outdoors has to offer.

Prairie Dog control Programs Available
Officials of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) are reminding South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact GFP or the SDDA if they have unwanted prairie dogs. The state’s prairie dog control program is cooperatively funded by the GFP and SDDA.

Health

Brown County Mosquito Pool First West Nile Detection of Season
South Dakota’s first West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season is a Brown County mosquito pool, a state health official said today. Last year’s first detection was a mosquito pool reported in Meade County on June 24.

Human Services

Abeln Named New South Dakota Developmental Center Director
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has hired Barb Abeln as the new director of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield, S.D.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to hold Women’s Recruiting Seminar Thursday in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials are holding a recruiting seminar this Thursday in Pierre for women who are interested in learning more about how to join the Highway Patrol.

Transportation

SDDOT To Present Results of Missouri River Bridge Replacement Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the cities of Fort Pierre and Pierre, will hold a public open house on Thursday, June 16, to inform area residents of the recommendations resulting from the Environmental Assessment and corresponding study of the following roadway corridors:


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Orlando Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Orlando Florida, on Sunday, June 12.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Give The Gift Of Life
Three-year-old Stella was a joy to her parents. Her smile lit up the room and she was a very happy little girl. Then, Stella’s family suffered a trial they never expected.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Western Governors’ Association 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Saturday.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to hold Women’s Recruiting Seminar Tuesday in Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials are holding a recruiting seminar Tuesday, June 14, in Sioux Falls for women who are interested in learning more about how to join the Highway Patrol.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Belle Fourche
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:

Women’s Prison Inmates Sentenced in Prison Methamphetamine Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two additional inmates from the South Dakota Women’s Prison, who were charged in November 2015 for methamphetamine use, were sentenced yesterday by Circuit Court Judge John Brown.

Agriculture

Financing Agriculture in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has financial programs available for agricultural producers and agricultural related businesses.

Transportation

I-29 and I-229 Interchange Exit Ramps to Close Overnight
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two exit ramps will be closed the nights of June 10, June 13 and June 14 at the I-29 and I-229 interchange.

Board of Regents

Two Students Awarded Bjugstad Scholarship
Sydnie Peters and Wade Gesinger have each been awarded a $500 Bjugstad Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

NSU Student Wins Haines Scholarship
Megan Pond has been awarded a $2,150 Haines Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Fowler-Kaden Memorial Scholarship Awarded
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Board of Regents awarded the 2016-2017 Annis Irene Fowler-Kaden Scholarship to two South Dakota high school students. The recipients, Abby Rank and Tayla Weber, will each receive a $1,000 award.

USD Student Wins Scarborough Scholarship
Conrad Adam has been awarded the Marlin R. Scarborough Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The $1,500 scholarship honors the late Marlin R. Scarborough, who was president of the Board of Regents at the time of his death.


Agriculture

June is Dairy Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to hold Women’s Recruiting Seminar Thursday in Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials are holding a recruiting seminar this Thursday in Rapid City for women who are interested in learning more about how to join the Highway Patrol.

Transportation

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding Available
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Letters of Intent are now being accepted for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Robert Duxbury
Former state legislator Robert Duxbury of Wessington passed away on June 6, 2016.

Governor Names Mike Jaspers Secretary Of Agriculture
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he has appointed Mike Jaspers of rural Minnehaha County to serve as South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture. Jaspers will begin July 5, 2016.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State of South Dakota to Join State Attorneys General Challenge to Federal Bathroom and Locker Room Mandate
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota will join other State Attorneys General in challenge to President Obama’s letter directive to school districts threatening both civil rights litigation and the withholding of educational funds to the States.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Albertson Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper, who has earned praise for his work with both colleagues and citizens, has been named as the 2016 South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.

Public Reminded of Schedule Changes for Vermillion, North Sioux City Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. --- Citizens are reminded that schedule changes are now in place for the Vermillion and North Sioux City driver exam stations.

Revenue

Transient Vendor Season in South Dakota
Many transient vendors have begun selling products and services in South Dakota.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Turner County Jury Convicts Centerville Man in Rape and Incest Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a Turner County Jury has found Benjamin Thomas, 35,

Agriculture

Wildland Fire Deputy Director Retires
The deputy division director for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is retiring.

Education

Hugh Glass being discussed at next History Book Club meeting
A South Dakota historian will shed light on one of the most famous grizzly-bear attacks in the history of the American West at the June 14 meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Public Safety

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
RENNER, S.D. – A Dickinson, N.D. man has been identified as the person who died of injuries suffered Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Renner.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
RENNER, S.D. – A 27-year-old male has died of injuries suffered Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Renner.

Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
ROSHOLT, S.D. – Cole Richotte, 26, Sisseton, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a car-pickup crash west of Rosholt.


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
ROSHOLT, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a car-pickup crash that occurred Friday night west of Rosholt.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Supporting Renewable Energy in South Dakota
In the past decade South Dakota has seen tremendous job creation and capital investment in renewable energy.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 2016 BIO International Convention.

Education

New Hugh Glass Biography Now Available From State Historical Society
Readers now have access to the real story of frontiersman Hugh Glass, recently portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-winning blockbuster "The Revenant."

Game, Fish and Parks

Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming Until Further Notice
A popular swimming spot is off-limits, after tests showed unhealthy levels of E.coli in the water.

Health

State Health Lab Schedules Biosafety Workshop
Making the laboratory a safer workplace is the aim of a biosafety workshop scheduled for June 20-21 in Sioux Falls and June 22-23 in Rapid City. The training is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Health’s State Public Health Laboratory.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Pat Costello To Depart As GOED Commissioner
Pat Costello will leave his position as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) at the end of this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Host Hikes, Events on National Trails Day
Parks across the state are celebrating National Trails Day this weekend. Hikes, activities and programs are being held in parks to recognize the state’s trails.

Labor Day Camping Reservations in State Park Open Soon
This weekend, the South Dakota State Parks are opening up camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as "Great Outdoors Month"
Gov. Daugaard has proclaimed June as "Great Outdoors Month" in South Dakota joining with many states across the nation to celebrate the nature and resources of their states.

Tourism

Celebrate ‘605 Day’ Across South Dakota
June 5, 2016, is '605' Day in South Dakota, and the Department of Tourism is encouraging businesses across the state to join in the celebration.

Revenue

Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2016
PIERRE, S.D. – Three South Dakota communities will implement a new municipal tax or update their current municipal tax rate beginning July 1.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Public Assistance in Hummel Death Investigation
Law Enforcement continues to search for information that may assist in the Alicia Hummel homicide investigation. Alicia Marie Folkers Hummel, 29, Sioux City, Iowa, was found in the late afternoon on June 1, 2015, near the boat dock at Myron Grove, also known as the Highline Area of Clay County.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
A state prison inmate who walked away from a work assignment last month is back in custody. Paul Steiner was apprehended in Dickinson, ND May 31.

Education

State Historical Society Awards Six Historic Preservation Grants
Historic preservation projects in Elk Point, Groton, Keystone, Lead, Mobridge and Rapid City recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Human Services

State Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired Holding Quarterly Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will hold its quarterly meeting on June 10.

Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person killed in a motorcycle-pickup crash Tuesday morning south of Rapid City.

South Dakota State Fire School Starts Thursday in Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota firefighters are in Sioux Falls this week for the annual state Fire School.

Transportation

Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind landowners of mowing regulations for the state rights of way.

Board of Regents

SD Board of Regents Public Notice
Thursday, June 2, 2016 Conference Call, 4:00 p.m. Central Time—The Building committee of the South Dakota Board of Regents for DSU Residence Hall/Student Services Space Renovation will meet by teleconference to review construction documents and approve the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the project.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Lowdon Heller
Former state representative Lowdon Heller of Ideal passed away on May 28, 2016.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to host baseball no-hitters program on June 11
A program about Major League no-hitters thrown by pitchers who hailed from the Midwest will be held at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 11.

Robinson/Borglum correspondence on display at Cultural Heritage Center
Two pieces of correspondence from 1924 regarding the beginnings of Mount Rushmore are now on display at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Human Services

Career Exploration Opportunity Grant Awarded
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) have awarded the Career Exploration Opportunity Grant to the Center for Independence in Huron.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One man was killed in a motorcycle-pickup crash Tuesday morning south of Rapid City.

Highway Patrol Announces June Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held statewide during the month of June by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.