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Education

U.S. Department of Education approves South Dakota’s ESSA plan
The U.S. Department of Education has approved South Dakota’s state plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Public Safety

Name Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Beresford man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday night near Beresford.


Education

Historical Society Press named best by True West magazine
The South Dakota Historical Society Press was recently named Best Regional Western History Publisher by True West magazine.

Game, Fish and Parks

Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Being Accepted
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Wildlife Diversity Program is accepting proposals for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program.

Health

Health Department Staff Honored
Fifteen South Dakota Department of Health staff were recently recognized in the agency’s annual Secretary’s Awards Program. Awards were given in three categories: employee excellence, outstanding contribution to public health and the rising star award. The recipients of the awards are listed below.

Public Safety

Name Released in Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – One person died early Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash three miles north and one mile east of Beresford.


Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – One person died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Governor's Column: The Workforce Relay
The legislative session commenced on Jan. 9 with my final State of the State Address. I began my speech by talking about workforce, which will be a focus in my last year as governor.

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Decision
Governor Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court's decision to grant the state's petition for a writ of certiorari in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.: "I am very pleased that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case. I hope this means the Court is open to revisiting the important issue of taxation of online sales."

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present tourism industry awards and reveal the 2017 economic impact results of the tourism industry.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Finalizes Duck Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adjusted the season dates of the Low Plains South duck hunting zone for the 2018 hunting season.

GFP Commission Changes the Early Fall Goose Season and Units
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made changes to the early fall Canada goose hunting seasons at their January meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Additional Big Horn Sheep Hunting Unit
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish a new hunting unit for bighorn sheep in Pennington County east of the Cheyenne River and in Jackson County north of the White River, excluding Badlands National Park.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Oakwood State Park Hunting Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the use of shotguns using shotshells, crossbows and bows while hunting in Oakwood State Park at their January meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes No Wake Zones at Shadehill and West Bend
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish “no wake zones” on Shadehill Reservoir in Perkins County and on West Bend Recreation Area in Hughes County.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State Proposes Further Budget Cuts to Own Office
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has proposed a 2.49% budget reduction to the office’s state fiscal year 2019 budget.

Agriculture

SDDA Reminds Producers of Mandatory Dicamba Trainings
In December, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season.

Education

Family Fun Saturday at Cultural Heritage Center returns with snowman craft on Jan. 20
There’s no need to fight the cold or get frosty fingers when you “Build a Snowman!” at Family Fun Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. CST on Jan. 20 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Chairman Boyd Gourneau to deliver the 3rd Annual State of the Tribes Address
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Boyd Gourneau will deliver the 3rd Annual State of the Tribes Address tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. CST before the South Dakota Legislature. A couple topics Chairman Gourneau will address are meth use and healthcare.

Education

Historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 available online from State Library
The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 to the library's digital collections site.


Education

Webster soldier’s Vietnam War collection donated to State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives recently received a collection of Vietnam War-era photographs, numerous letters and a journal written by Webster soldier James C. Walton, Jr.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks Unveils New Website
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is inviting visitors to explore its new website at https://gfp.sd.gov/.

Tourism

2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism is “On the Move”
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is encouraging tourism industry professionals to join the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism next week, Jan. 16-18, in Pierre.

Revenue

Department of Revenue to continue temporary office in Huron
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will continue its office hours in Huron to assist customers.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Robert Brim Dies
Inmate Robert Brim, age 79, passed away Jan. 7 at a Sioux Falls hospital.

Education

Five South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Five South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 5,461 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2017.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Summer Intern Applicants
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for the 2018 Governor’s Office internship program in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from May through August 2018.

Governor's Column: Another Way To Manage The Cold
With the extremely cold weather we have recently experienced, I am reminded how important it is to plan for it. This doesn’t just mean stocking long underwear and packing emergency kits in cars.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard give his annual State of the State address in the House Chamber of the Capitol Building.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State Sees Steady Decrease in Conceal Carry Weapon Permits
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced the state saw a decline in new and renewed conceal carry weapon permits issued in 2017.

Education

Historical Society Press new member of Association of University Presses
The South Dakota Historical Society Press has been accepted as an affiliate member of the Association of University Presses.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Awards Five Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $1.2 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to five projects throughout South Dakota. Aberdeen, Fort Pierre, Huron, Mellette and Phillip will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling almost $2.3 million.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Give State of the State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the 2018 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Second Ballot Question Petition Validated for 2018 General Election
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure prohibiting contributions to ballot question committees by non-residents, out-of-state political committees, and entities that are not filed with the Secretary of State was validated and filed by her office. It is the second ballot question to be placed on the November 6, 2018 General Election Ballot. It will be titled Initiated Measure 24.

Education

Middle school math teacher in Harrisburg receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Carla Diede, a National Board Certified math teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School, is South Dakota’s newest recipient of a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $10.758 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $10.758 million for water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling projects when it met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

Public Safety

Sioux Falls Driver License Exam Station Closed Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
PIERRE, S.D. – Sioux Falls’ driver license exam station will be closed Monday, Jan. 8, so employees can train on the new driver’s license issuance equipment which is being installed in exam stations statewide.

Tourism

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

South Dakota Lottery

Fort Pierre man claims $390,000 Lucky for Life prize
Fort Pierre resident Bill Rose rang in the new year by becoming South Dakota’s first big winner of the Lucky for Life lotto game.

Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots exceed $400 million
For the first time ever, both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have exceeded $400 million.


Education

Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Officials Remind Trail Users to Respect Groomed Trails
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding winter hikers to respect groomed cross country skiing trails.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects Officers
The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2018.

SD State Parks Celebrate Winter with Snowshoe Hikes
The South Dakota State Parks are encouraging folks to get outside and remain active during the winter months.

Human Services

Public Comment Notice for Renewal of Home & Community-Based Services
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public comment on revisions to the Community Hope Opportunity Independent Careers Empowerment Success (CHOICES) Medicaid waiver program.

Veterans Affairs

Carve Out Time For Our Veterans
Carve out time to support our veterans.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Announces The Release Of The Fiscal Year 2017 CAFR
The state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2017 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) made the report public on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, meeting its goal of a December release.


Public Safety

Sisseton Man Dies From Injuries Sustained in Dec. 11 Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – A Sisseton man has died from injuries sustained in a Dec. 11, 2017 three-vehicle crash in Sisseton.

Name Released in Corson County Fatal Crash
McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – A McLaughlin man has been identified as the person who was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of McLaughlin


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Sen. Robert Miller
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 2, to honor the life of former state Sen. Robert L. ‘Bob’ Miller.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Michael Diedrich To District 34 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Michael Diedrich of Rapid City to fill the District 34 vacancy in the State House of Representatives.

Governor's Column: The Legion Lake Fire
There is no place like Custer State Park. Each year nearly 2 million people from all over the world come to see the buffalo, drive the wildlife loop, hike Lover’s Leap, fish on Legion Lake, and swim and kayak at Sylvan.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the keynote speaker at the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership Annual Meeting at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

First 2018 Ballot Question Petition Validated by Secretary of State
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, creating a government accountability board, and changing certain initiative and referendum provisions was validated and filed by her office.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Mailing Potential Property Letters
State Treasurer, Rich Sattgast, announced that the Unclaimed Property Division will be sending letters to the potential owners of monies and securities received by the office.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Scott Richards Dies
Inmate Scott Richards, age 45, passed away last evening in a comfort care setting at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on rural schools
Capturing memories of a way of life disappearing from South Dakota will be the focus of a Jan. 9 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Jonathan Steveson Placed on Escape Status
Work release inmate Jonathan Steveson failed to return to Rapid City Community Work Center overnight.

Public Safety

Mitchell Driver Exam Station Now Open Four Days a Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Mitchell’s driver license exam station will be open four days a week beginning in January.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for January
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety will kick off 2018 by conducting sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during the month of January.

Chamberlain Driver License Exam Station Closed Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
PIERRE, S.D. – Chamberlain’s driver license exam station will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

Corson County Fatal Crash
McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – A 37-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of McLaughlin.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Larry Black Bear Dies
Inmate Larry Black Bear, age 46, passed away Dec. 24 at a Sioux Falls hospital.

Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon south of Hill City.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One person was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night south of Hill City.

Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Beresford couple has been identified as the two people who died in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Beresford.

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Larchwood, Iowa man has been identified as the person killed Thursday night when a van hit a charter bus that had stalled on Interstate 90 east of Rapid City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Memories Of Christmas
I have many fond memories of Christmas. One year, I remember singing Christmas carols in Dell Rapids with my 4-H club. Afterward, we ended the evening at the Lutheran Church where we sang Silent Night with all the lights out and only the Christmas tree lit.

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will hold itinerant office hours. Both job seekers and employers interested in receiving employment and career services at no cost may visit or call during these office hours.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Lewis Ashker Dies
Inmate Lewis Ashker, age 75, passed away last evening in a comfort care setting at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Health

Day County Resident South Dakota’s First Flu Death Of Season
A Day County resident in the 70–79 age group is South Dakota’s first influenza death of the 2017–2018 season, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person was killed Thursday night when a van hit a charter bus that had stalled on Interstate 90 east of Rapid City.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

State of South Dakota Files Final Brief in United States Supreme Court Tax Fairness Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed today that the State of South Dakota has filed its final Reply Brief in State of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Requests Input on Preference Point System
Following a presentation by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), the GFP Commission is requesting public input on a proposal to cube preference points for all limited draw seasons.

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – Two people died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 north of Beresford.

Transportation

Highway 50 Project Moving Forward
The planning phase of a project to reconstruct portions of Highway 50 between Tyndall and Tabor has been completed according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Revenue

Exempt entity, tribal license plates to be reissued in 2018
Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s motor vehicle division will reissue its exempt entity and tribal license plates in 2018.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Christopher Wright Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Christopher Wright walked away from his community service jobsite in Rapid City today.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park Reopens in Full Capacity on Friday
Custer State Park (CSP) will officially reopen in full capacity on Friday, Dec. 22.

Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2018
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) encourages those with New Year’s resolutions on health and happiness to kick off 2018 with a First Day Hike at a state park.

State Park Fee Changes go into effect Jan. 1
Changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees will go into effect Jan. 1.


Agriculture

SDDA Registers Dicamba Products in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exits 32-40 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Meade County, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Dec. 20, to inform area residents on the beginning of a corridor study on Interstate 90 from Exit 32 (Junction Avenue) to Exit 40 (Tilford Road) near Sturgis.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Juvenile Justice Annual Report Released
The Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council today released its annual report, which outlines the progress made under the juvenile justice reforms brought by the Governor and Chief Justice David Gilbertson and passed by the State Legislature in 2015.

Education

McKennett WWI letters/photos donated to State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society recently processed a collection of World War I-era photographs and letters written by Webster, S.D., native Pvt. Herbert McKennett. The correspondence of more than 30 letters dates mainly from 1916 and 1917.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Early Fall Goose Season and Units- Finalizes Others
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed and set several goose hunting seasons at their December meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Duck Hunting Season- Finalizes Several Waterfowl Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to adjust the beginning of the low plains south duck hunting zone for the 2018 hunting season calling for the zone to open the third Saturday of October from the second Saturday of October.

Fishing Access Improved at Mickelson Pond in Pierre
The City of Pierre and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) recently partnered to add four new fishing pods at Mickelson Pond in Pierre.

Public Safety

DPS Officials: Have Fun, But Be Safe During Holiday Season
PIERRE, S.D. – In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety reminds people to remember to be safe as well.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Approves FirstNet Opt-In For South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has given approval for the establishment of a public safety broadband network that will provide South Dakota’s first responders with advanced communication technologies.

Governor's Column: Christmas at the Capitol
If you want to see the Christmas season in full display, make time to visit your state capitol for the annual displays created for Christmas at the Capitol. E

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be speak at the Vermillion Rotary Meeting at the Neuharth Center, USD Campus, Vermillion.

Education

Retention rate strong at state technical institutes and new programs added
The retention rate at South Dakota’s four technical institutes is 78 percent, an all-time high.

Public Safety

Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – A Lake Andes, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning near Wagner.


Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park Encourages Hay Donations for Those Affected By Fire
Humbled by the outpouring of support from individuals across the country, Custer State Park officials are asking that hay donations for those directly impacted by the Legion Lake Fire do so through Farm Rescue.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Ruff Tough Approved for REDI Fund Loan, Expanding and Adding Jobs
TEA, S.D. – Roto Mold, LLC., dba Ruff Tough Kennels, based in Tea, South Dakota, announced today its recent approval for a REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan.


Agriculture

Cover Crops – Another Tool in the Conservation Toolbox
Sustainability—it’s a word many people in and around the agricultural world have been hearing a lot lately.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Snowmobile Trails Open Dec. 15
Snowmobile trails across South Dakota open Friday, Dec. 15.

Give the Gift of the Outdoors with State Park Gift Cards
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding those who have outdoor-lovers on their shopping list that gift cards are available for last-minute stocking stuffers.

Park Officials Provide Legion Lake Fire Update
Late Tuesday evening, high wind gusts aligned with the canyon in the French Creek Natural Area and caused spotting in several areas west of the Wildlife Loop Road.

Health

Health Department Urges Vaccination As Flu Activity Increases
People should not delay getting a flu shot now that flu activity is increasing in South Dakota. So far this season, South Dakota has reported 146 laboratory-confirmed cases and 26 flu-related hospitalizations. The best way to prevent getting sick with influenza is to receive a dose of influenza vaccine.

Public Safety

New Features Being Added To SD Driver’s Licenses/ID Cards
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s driver license and ID cards are getting a new look.


Agriculture

Experience the Magic at the 2018 SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2018 State Fair theme, Experience the Magic.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – One man died in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning near Wagner.


Agriculture

Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is now issuing burn permits within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park Remains Closed Due to Wildfire
The Legion Lake Fire, which began early Monday morning by Wilson’s Corner, has now risen to 2,500 acres burned.

Custer State Park is Closed Due to Wildfire
Custer State Park is closed as of Monday, Dec. 11 due to the Legion Lake Fire.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Confronting the Realities of Another Lean Year
The Capitol Building was a busy place on Dec. 5 when lawmakers came to town for the annual Budget Address.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor veterans as part of the Wreaths Across America campaign. The ceremony will take place at the Capitol Lake Veterans Memorial.

Agriculture

Land Owners Urged to Ensure Recently Burned Brush Piles are Extinguished
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is urging landowners, who have recently burned slash piles, to be vigilant about monitoring them to ensure that they have been completely extinguished.

Corrections

Minimum-security inmate Marvin Nunn placed on escape status
Minimum-security inmate Marvin Nunn has been placed on escape status. He left his community service jobsite in Rapid City without authorization today.

Education

State Historical Society receives donation regarding Chief Spotted Tail
The South Dakota State Historical Society recently received a collection concerning Chief Spotted Tail.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Wins Three Top Travel Industry Awards
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has won three major awards in an international marketing competition.


Education

Fur trade history being celebrated at Cultural Heritage Center program
Activities at two important Upper Missouri River fur trading posts will be brought to life during a program Dec. 12 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Fred Assam Elementary honored as National Title I Distinguished School
Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp visited Fred Assam Elementary in the Brandon Valley School District today to celebrate the school being honored as a National Title I Distinguished School for excellence in serving a special population of students (English learners).

Game, Fish and Parks

Anglers and Waterfowl Hunters Urged to Use Caution
A strange beginning to the winter season has officials urging both waterfowl hunters and ice anglers to use caution when venturing out to hunt and fish.

Walleye Length Limit on Poinsett Removed
Anglers may now begin to harvest walleyes under 15 inches on Lake Poinsett after a legislative committee approved a Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rule change.

Board of Regents

Universities Rise to Challenge of Looming Workforce Problem
The supply of new jobs in South Dakota is growing, an estimated 7 percent increase in the decade ending in 2024. Those new jobs will be increasingly knowledge based, which challenge public universities and other education providers to supply enough skilled workers to fill those positions in a state where the working-age population is not growing.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Pearl Harbor
President Trump has called for flags to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Thursday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

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.

Game, Fish and Parks

Registration for 21st Annual Mickelson Trail Trek is Opening Soon
Registration is opening at 8 a.m. MT on Dec. 13 for the 21st Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. Bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into SD44 / Platte-Winner Bridge Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold two public open houses on Dec. 12 and 13 to gather public input for help in developing the Highway 44 / Platte-Winner Bridge Corridor Study.

Board of Regents

Outstanding USD Student Organizations Recognized
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from the University of South Dakota for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Special Non-Resident Tuition Programs Approved
Several tuition programs, aimed at recruiting non-resident students to South Dakota public universities, were approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Academic Offerings Approved at USD and SDSU
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new academic program requests to meet emerging employment trends across the state. Regents this week authorized new delivery options for a University of South Dakota degree, a new certificate program at USD, and a new specialization at South Dakota State University.

Dakota State to Offer New Cyber-Related Certificate Programs
Building on its reputation as an institution of learning that integrates technology and innovation, Dakota State University will soon offer new undergraduate certificates in cybersecurity, network services, and software development.

South Dakota Lottery

South Dakota Lottery takes part in holiday responsible gambling campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Lottery reminds citizens that scratch tickets are not suitable gifts for minors.


Education

Four more state historic newspapers available online
Four more South Dakota 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

Fort Sisseton Celebrates a Frontier Christmas
Get in the holiday spirit at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park's Annual Frontier Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 9. Relive Christmas traditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Engineering and Architecture Firm Announces Expansion to Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – ISG, a multi-disciplinary firm based in Mankato, Minnesota, announced today that it is expanding to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, come February 2018.


Public Safety

State DPS/DOT Officials Urge Safe Driving As Snowstorm Arrives in Eastern South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – This year’s first snowstorm is expected to reach eastern South Dakota this afternoon just in time for the commute home, and South Dakota state Public Safety and Transportation officials are encouraging motorists to be extra cautious.

Transportation

I-90 Westbound Open Wall to New Underwood Motorists Asked to Heed No Travel Advisories
Officials say Interstate 90 westbound has been reopened and motorists are advised a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper will direct traffic onto County Road 14-16 at exit 84 until crews can get a lane open to go around the remaining crashed semi.

Motorists Asked to Heed No Travel Advisories I-90 Westbound Closed from Wall to New Underwood
Officials say Interstate 90 westbound is closed at Wall due to crashes involving semis that will take time to get clear.

Veterans Affairs

Christmas Past, Present, and Future
As the holiday season approaches, let us not forget we have thousands of U.S. service members that are still in harm’s way and deployed away from friends and family.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Destiny Wilson Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Destiny Wilson, age 28, left the Pierre Community Work Center Dec. 2 to go to her work release job, but failed to return to the work center following her shift.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Benjamin Johnson Back In Custody
Inmate Benjamin Johnson returned to the Yankton Community Work Center just before 7:00 p.m. Dec. 2.

State Prison Inmate Benjamin Johnson Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Benjamin Johnson, age 35, left the Yankton Community Work Center today to go to his work release job, but never reported to the jobsite.

State Prison Inmate Lalo Montoya Back In Custody
Inmate Lalo Montoya, age 34, was taken into custody at a Yankton residence this morning.

State Prison Inmate Lalo Montoya Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Lalo Montoya, age 34, was supposed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center following an appointment with his work release employer. Escape procedures were enacted when Montoya failed to return at the designated time.

Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday night on Sheridan Lake Road in Rapid City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Man Who Made The Most Of His Time
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on our blessings, and to spend time with family and friends. This year, though, the holiday took on a somber note, because on Wednesday night I received word of the passing of Rep. Craig Tieszen.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the South Dakota FFA Leadership Development Event at the Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Frank Pecoraro Dies
Frank Pecoraro, age 72, passed away Dec. 1 in a comfort care setting at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls following an illness.

Revenue

New municipal tax changes effective Jan. 1, 2018
PIERRE, S.D. – A pair of South Dakota communities will update their current municipal sales and use tax rates beginning Jan. 1.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual Budget Address on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Viewers can tune in live to the Budget Address and the press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. via Gov. Daugaard’s Facebook page.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Craig Tieszen
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, Dec. 4, to honor the life of state Rep. Craig Tieszen, of Rapid City, on the day of his funeral.

Education

Wall Elementary honored as National Title I Distinguished School
Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp visited Wall Elementary School today to celebrate the school being honored as a National Title I Distinguished School for exceptional student performance for two consecutive years.

State Historical Society announces spring Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the first round of the 2018 Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Feb. 1, 2018, for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2018.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for December
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned in 17 counties during the month of December.

Transportation

Bridge on Highway 115 South of Dell Rapids to Close
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge south of Dell Rapids on Highway 115 will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, for reconstruction.


Education

Mortimer Cabin in Oak Lakes State Park listed in National Register of Historic Places
The Mortimer Cabin in Oak Lakes State Park near Bruce was recently placed in the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person was killed and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday night on Sheridan Lake Road in Rapid City.

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Pierre man has been identified as the person who died of injuries suffered Saturday afternoon when his ATV hit a tree in a Pierre neighborhood.

Transportation

Bridge Over I-29 at Exit 98 Now Open to Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge that has been under construction over Interstate 29 at Exit 98 to Dell Rapids is now reopened to traffic.

Board of Regents

Regents Invite Public to Campus-Community Forum Dec. 6
Sioux Falls-area residents are invited to join the South Dakota Board of Regents for a campus-community forum next week on the campus of South Dakota School for the Deaf.


Agriculture

Freking and Sanderson Named Directors of Agricultural Development Division
Jeremy Freking has been named outreach and operations director and Bryan Sanderson has been named business development director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Agricultural Development Division.

Labor and Regulation

Banking Division Issues Money and Mortgage Lender Reporting Guidance
Official guidance on House Bill 1179 and the required annual reporting forms are posted at dlr.sd.gov/banking.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Names have been released of the two men who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of Belle Fourche.


Game, Fish and Parks

Status Reviews of South Dakota’s Threatened and Endangered Species Available for Comment
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is conducting a review of state endangered and threatened species and asking the public to provide comment on the draft status reviews for 22 species.

GFP Reminds Hunters to Register for Winter Depredation Hunts
As winter approaches, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds resident hunters of unique opportunities that could exist later this winter.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Two men died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of Belle Fourche.

Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A 65-year-old man has died of injuries suffered Saturday afternoon when his ATV hit a tree in a Pierre neighborhood.

Revenue

Use tax may be due on online purchases
With the holiday season in full swing, the South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds citizens that state and municipal use taxes may be due on their online purchases.


Public Safety

Name Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A Freeman man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a semi-truck and trailer crash five miles north of Marion, S.D.

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Pierre man has been identified as the person who died late Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Pierre.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls male has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Rep. Craig Tieszen Dies
State Rep. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City passed away on Nov. 22, 2017, in a drowning accident in the Cook Islands, where Tieszen, 68, was attending a family wedding.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Dawn M. Elshere As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Dawn M. Elshere as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Brookings.

Governor's Column: Wind Power Contributing To South Dakota’s Economy
As most people in rural South Dakota can tell you, the wind is almost always blowing. Living on the prairie, windy days are inevitable. It just comes with the territory – which is why it only makes sense for us to develop this fast resource and put it to good use.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Western Governors’ Association 2017 Winter Meeting in Phoenix.

Education

Become a budding history explorer at Cultural Heritage Center
A new museum program focused on families with preschool-aged children is now available to the public at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Camp Year-round at South Dakota State Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors that camping isn't just for summer. Parks accept reservations and electricity stays on year-round.

Give the Gift of the Outdoors with State Park Gift Cards
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has gift cards available for those who have outdoor-lovers on their Christmas shopping list this year.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Urge Safe Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety reminds motorists to be safe so they can make sure they remember this Thanksgiving holiday for all of the right reasons.

Transportation

New Highway Safety Features Installed in Mission
In keeping with the mission of the South Dakota Department of Transportation to provide a safe and efficient transportation system, the department has recently activated three new traffic signals in Mission as part of the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 18.

SDDOT Awards Community Access Grants
At its Nov. 21, 2017, meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $3.7 million in Community Access Grants for infrastructure improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.


Education

“Spirit of ‘70s” exhibit to open during annual Holiday Open House Nov. 24 at South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center
A new exhibit, “The Spirit of the ‘70s,” will open at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Friday, Nov. 24, in conjunction with the annual Holiday Open House of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning in Sioux Falls,


Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A 56-year-old male died Monday in a semi-truck and trailer crash five miles north of Marion, S.D.

Name Released in McCook County Fatal Crash
MONTROSE S.D. – A Garretson, S.D., female has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Montrose.

Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A 22-year-old male died late Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Pierre.

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – A Freeman, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Lesterville, S.D.

Fire Marshal: Be Safe During Thanksgiving
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s State Fire Marshal is urging people to make sure their homes, especially their kitchens, are safe this Thanksgiving holiday.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Minnesota-based, Great Plains Processing, Expanding to Yankton
YANKTON, S.D. – Great Plains Processing (GPP), a custom spray drying and animal feed ingredient manufacturer based in Luverne, Minnesota, announced today that it is expanding its operations to Yankton, South Dakota


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: 138 Thanksgivings Ago
Linda and I are thankful for many things this year. We are thankful for our children and grandchildren, for the friends old and new we’ve made across the state, and for the opportunity to serve as governor and first lady.

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The 2017 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. CST.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. First Lady Linda Daugaard will also be present, and will introduce the child who will light the display.

Education

Entertainment for Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House announced
A full afternoon of entertainment is planned for the annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

McCook County Fatal Crash
MONTROSE S.D. – A 41-year-old female died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Montrose.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Lesterville, S.D.


Health

Clayton Appointed State Epidemiologist
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon announced today that Dr. Joshua Clayton will serve as South Dakota’s next state epidemiologist. Clayton replaces Dr. Lon Kightlinger who retired earlier this month after serving 20 years with the Department.

Tourism

South Dakota’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” Float Appears in the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
R&B icon Smokey Robinson will perform on the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.


Board of Regents

Campus and Community Representatives to Assist in the University of South Dakota Presidential Search
Campus and community representatives have been appointed to assist the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president at the University of South Dakota. USD’s longest serving president, James W. Abbott, will retire in June of 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Issued Statement on Construction of Citi Facility
“I thank Citi for renewing its investment in Sioux Falls by building a new, state-of-the-art facility. Citi has been an important corporate citizen in South Dakota for more than three decades and this announcement means they will be in Sioux Falls for decades to come. “

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Guffin and Sly to Board of Education Standards
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Becky Guffin of Aberdeen and former Rep. Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.

Game, Fish and Parks

Brown County Conservation Officer Receives Game, Fish and Parks Distinguished Achievement Award
Brown County conservation officer Nick Cochran was awarded the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Distinguished Achievement Award at the GFP Commission’s November meeting.

Altman Named William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Conservation Officer Dan Altman was named the 2017 William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during the Law Enforcement Appreciation and Children’s Charities Dinner in Sioux Falls Nov. 8.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Removal of 281st Street Overpass of I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a public open house to provide information and receive public comment on a proposal to remove the 281st Street overpass of I-29 near Sioux Falls.


Game, Fish and Parks

Business Opportunity at Roy Lake Resort
According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota can now begin submitting their proposals.

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
The 2017 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 272 head will be available for sale.