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Human Services

Disability Employment Awareness Events Planned for October in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and several events have been planned to highlight this year’s theme: “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

Social Services

Long-Term Care Educational Sessions Scheduled Across South Dakota This Fall
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.

Board of Regents

Fall Enrollment Up Slightly at Public Universities
Enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities remained stable this fall, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today. Headcount enrollment was up by 167, while the number of full-time equivalent students being served was down only slightly.


Game, Fish and Parks

600 Riders Take Part in Mickelson Trail Trek
According to state Division of Parks and Recreation officials, three days of sunshine helped make last weekend’s 17th annual Mickelson Trail Trek a success.

Tourism

County Seat Fights, Courthouses Featured in New State Historical Society Book
“County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota” by former circuit court judge Arthur L. Rusch, will be released at the South Dakota Festival of Books on Friday, Sept. 26, in Sioux Falls.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Marion, S.D. woman died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D Highway 17 and 272nd Street two miles west of Tea on Saturday, Sept. 20.


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
A Rosholt man died in a two-vehicle crash at a rural intersection southeast of Rosholt on Saturday, Sept. 20.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup 2014
When I was a young boy, I always looked forward to the cowboy films at the theater. My friends and I loved the rugged, silent cowboy stars.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will welcome the arrival of Wagon Train at the State Capitol.

Wessington Springs To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Wessington Springs will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Events in Hill City
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) events:

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

National Voter Registration Day
Secretary of State Jason Gant announces that September 23rd is National Voter Registration Day

Agriculture

2014 Soil Conservation Award Program Winners Announced
Pierre, S.D. – Six South Dakota farms and ranches have been recognized with 2014 Soil Conservation Awards. Award winners include Charles Maude of Custer County, Gregory Putnam of Douglas County, Herman Fink of Douglas County, Roger Olson of Lake County, David Mousel of Moody County and Rick Veldkamp of Moody County.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Stanton Day, age 72, passed away at a Yankton hospital under hospice care Sept. 18 following an extended illness.

Health

South Dakota Has Nation’s Highest Flu Vaccination Rate
Nearly 60 percent of South Dakotans got a flu vaccination last season, the highest percentage in the nation, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Dakota’s overall flu vaccination rate was 57.4 percent.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
SILVER CITY, S.D. – A Minnesota man died in a motorcycle crash at the Pactola Reservoir on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Work on Highway 12
The Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad will begin work on the railroad crossing at the 6th Avenue and 5th Street intersection on Highway 12 in Aberdeen on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Tribal Relations

S.D. Board On Geographic Names Holding Board Meeting In Pierre
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is holding its board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 1 p.m. CDT, in the Commission Room of the Becker Hansen Building, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Anniversary Feature: Controversial Painting Covered
When William Janklow returned to the Governor’s Office in 1995, he inherited a long-festering controversy concerning the painting on the west wall of the Governor’s Reception Room.

Hot Springs And White Lake Statehood Celebration Committees Created
Hot Springs and White Lake statehood celebration committees have been established and are planning special events for Sept. 25 and Oct. 4.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Huron Man Arrested for Disseminating Material Harmful to Minors and Possession of Marijuana
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Thomas Mark Wendelgass, 30, Huron, has been arrested today on one count of disseminating material harmful to minors, class one misdemeanor and one count of possession of marijuana, class one misdemeanor.

Inmate Indicted for Homicide at the State Penitentiary
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that inmate Douglas A. Ipsen, 28, Sioux Falls, was indicted on one count of first degree murder, class A felony, punishable by death or mandatory life sentence in the state penitentiary, one count of second degree murder, class B felony, punishable by mandatory life sentence in the state penitentiary and one count of manslaughter in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine.

Health

State Awards $60,000 In Grants To Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
Increased colorectal cancer screening is the goal of $60,000 in grant funds awarded to four health systems in the state.

Labor and Regulation

Gov. Daugaard Supports National Employ Older Workers Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued a proclamation to celebrate National Employ Older Workers Week on Sept. 21-27.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A Minnesota man died in a motorcycle crash eight miles west of Milbank, on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Transportation

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The city of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be switching traffic to the newly constructed southbound lanes of Sycamore Avenue tonight (Thursday evening) after 6 p.m.


Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Gant: Absentee Ballot Options
South Dakotans have the option of absentee voting by mail or in person. Secretary of State Jason Gant said absentee voting opens Friday, September 19th for the November 4th General Election.

Agriculture

Beadle County 4-H Raises $103,000 for New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-Beadle County 4-H members have exceeded their $75,000 fundraising goal for the South Dakota State Fair Foundation’s construction of a new exhibit hall. To date, they have raised $103,000 and are still actively carrying out fundraising activities. This is in addition to the $500,000 fundraising goal set by the rest of the 4-H’ers in South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

Lake Sturgeon to be Reintroduced into Big Stone Lake on Thursday
On Thursday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m., the public is invited to attend the lake sturgeon release at Hartford Beach State Park, approximately 15 miles north of Milbank, S.D.

Tourism

“Hägar the Horrible” Cartoonist Pens Children’s Book for State Historical Society
Chris Browne, the cartoonist of “Hägar the Horrible,” has written and illustrated his first children’s book, “The Monster Who Ate the State,” for the South Dakota State Historical Society. The book will be released at the first South Dakota Young Readers Festival on Thursday, Sept. 25, in Brookings.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Matching Funds Available to Communities for Workforce Development
PIERRE, S.D. – A $1 million community incentive match program recently announced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give communities across the state the opportunity to take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues.

Faulkton Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Faulkton will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, a community social, tours around town and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

Dept. of Ag Accepting Applications for Donated 2014 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for donated 2014 CRP mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

Social Services

DSS’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recognized for Exceptional Administration
For the 30th consecutive year, the South Dakota Department of Social Services' (DSS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been recognized nationally for its quality in administration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Transportation

Election Signs Not Allowed in Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights of way.

Revenue

Credit Card Options are now Available
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue announces that taxpayers now have the option to pay tax to the state by credit card.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

City of Yankton Approved for Local Infrastructure Improvement Program Grant
The Board of Economic Development approved the city of Yankton last week for a $500,000 Local Infrastructure Improvement Grant.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

All Statehood Celebration Event Tickets Reserved
All of the tickets for seating at the upcoming Statehood Celebration and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performance in the State Capitol have been reserved.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the South Dakota Hall of Banquet Inductee/Medallion presentation on Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m. at Cedar Shores in Chamberlain.

Governor's Column: Pheasant Hunting, A South Dakota Tradition
Next month tens of thousands of hunters will take to the fields and grasslands of South Dakota, seeking a colorful upland game bird – the rooster pheasant.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Criminal Investigation into Kent Davidson’s Death at State Penitentiary
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on Monday September 8, 2014, Kent Davidson, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of Crystal Schulz, was found deceased in his cell at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

Agriculture

Workshop about Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills. The 2014 mountain pine beetle flight will be ending and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is just around the corner.

Education

South Dakota high school students on track to earn more than 4,000 reduced-cost dual credits
The South Dakota Board of Education heard a report today regarding enrollment in the state’s new, reduced-cost dual credit program.

Board holds first public hearing on proposed science standards, adopts new physical education standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed K-12 science standards earlier today.

Labor and Regulation

Job Services Available from Department of Labor and Regulation
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offers many job services at the local level that can lead to an effective workforce system.

Tourism

Little-Known Mount Rushmore Story Lands Award for State Historical Society
"Love Letters from Mount Rushmore: The Story of a Marriage, a Monument, and a Moment in History” by Richard Cerasani has won the Gold Award for Non-Fiction, Adult Books, from Mom’s Choice Awards®.

State Historical Society Memoir Receives Multiple Accolades
“Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey” is a finalist in the 2014 WILLA Literary Awards and a nominee in the 2014 Will Rogers Medallion Awards. Written by first-time author Darcy Lipp-Acord, the book has been well received since its publication by the South Dakota State Historical Society in 2013.


Tourism

State Historical Society seeks public preservation input
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2015 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

Transportation

Highway 75 Crack Sealing
On Monday, Sept. 15, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a crack sealing operation on Highway 75 in Perkins County from the junction of Highway 20 to the North Dakota border.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sapa Approved for SD Jobs Grant, Adding 50 Jobs
Sapa Extrusions, Inc., a part of the Norway-based Sapa Group and a world leader in aluminum solutions, has been approved for a $24,280 South Dakota Jobs grant for its operations in Yankton, S.D., which will help facilitate equipment upgrades, a building expansion and new jobs in its facility.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

All Invited To Attend Wagon Train Arrival Event at State Capitol
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Gov. Jack Dalrymple of the twin Dakotas will greet the South Dakota 125th Birthday Wagon Train at the State Capitol in Pierre at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Statehood Celebration Event Tickets Available Sept. 15
Free tickets for the limited seating available at the upcoming Statehood Celebration and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performance in the Rotunda of the State Capitol will be available starting Monday, Sept. 15.

Agriculture

State Fair Breaks Attendance Goal
HURON, S.D. –South Dakota State Fair officials said the goal was to hit an attendance of 200,000 this year. Today, they announce attendance for the 2014 fair was 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s tally.

Game, Fish and Parks

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area to Host Fall Event
YANKTON, S.D. – Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton is hosting Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1-5 p.m. CDT.

Health

South Dakota Health Officials Watching For Enterovirus
The Department of Health today received specimens from several suspect cases of the enterovirus EV-D68 and submitted them to CDC for testing, says a state health official.

Public Safety

Beadle County Fatal Crash
CAVOUR, S.D. – A Yale, S.D., man died in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 14, two miles east of Cavour on Wednesday, Sept., 10.

Tourism

Mom’s Choice Awards® Gives Gold to “Tasunka” from State Historical Society
“Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend” has won the Gold Award for Children’s Picture Books from Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA). Written and illustrated by Donald F. Montileaux, the book was published earlier this year by the South Dakota State Historical Society.

International Peace Pole on Display at Cultural Heritage Center Courtesy of Mitchell High School
A peace pole developed by students in the art department at Mitchell High School will be on display in the lobby of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, headquarters of the State Historical Society, from Sept. 12-Oct. 10.

Revenue

State Fair Tax Revenues up for 2014
PIERRE, S.D. – Tax revenues from the 2014 South Dakota State Fair are higher than the previous year’s numbers, according to the figures released by the Department of Revenue.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Dedicates Ellsworth’s Newly Constructed Wastewater Plant, Declares Business Park as Certified Ready
The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority formally dedicated its newly constructed Regional Wastewater Plant today.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff Thursday For Patriot Day
The White House has issued a proclamation designating Thursday, Sept.11, 2014, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Former US Senate Candidate Clayton G. Walker Arrested for Threatening State Employees
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner confirm today that Clayton G. Walker, 33, Black Hawk, was arrested on three counts of threatening by electronic device, class one misdemeanor. Walker was also arrested for violated the terms of his personal recognizance bond in his felony election law case based on the same conduct.

Labor and Regulation

DLR Hosts Training on Working with Job Seekers with Disabilities
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is hosting a two-day training workshop for professional service providers focused on assisting job seekers with disabilities.

Public Safety

School Bus and Car Crash in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – A car collided with school bus attempting to cross S.D. Highway 34 from the Sturgis Brown High School entrance on Wednesday morning.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Dr. Edward Seljeskog of Rapid City has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the remainder of former Commissioner Jerry Schoener’s term on the South Dakota Transportation Commission, which expires in April 2015.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Work Group Announces Recommendations
A work group formed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced its recommendations for enhancing pheasant habitat in South Dakota during a press conference today at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Awarded $12 Million TIGER Grant
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the South Dakota Department of Transportation has been awarded a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Marty Jackley and 38 Other Attorneys General Address Annoying Robocalls
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 38 other State Attorneys General today have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an official opinion that would allow telephone carriers’ the legal ability to implement call-blocking technology.

Haan’s Lawsuit Against the Secretary of State Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. House of Representatives Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Charles W. Haan had filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives.

Agriculture

Foundation of Major Farmer-Owned Cooperative Provides $50,000
HURON, S.D. - Recognition was given Monday for a gift provided by the CHS Foundation. A check for $50,000 was presented to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation at the Watertown CHS location. The funds will go toward the capital campaign for a new exhibit hall.

Grants Available To 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.

Tribal Relations

JR LaPlante Honored by AmeriCorps
Red Cloud Indian School and the South Dakota Commission for National and Community Service will be hosting a small reception at the school to celebrate AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary and to honor South Dakota’s Tribal Relations Secretary JR LaPlante in receiving the AmeriCorps Alumni award.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Forgotten First Lady Pennington’s Grave To Be Marked
The grave site of Territorial First Lady Amanda Pennington will finally be marked thanks to Yankton locals.

Pierre to Mark South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary
The city of Pierre is hosting a picnic on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Bipartisan Attorneys General Group Requesting US Supreme Court to Address Same Sex Marriage Cases
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined with 19 States in a request to the United States Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. Constitution requires States to adopt and recognize same-sex marriage (17 plus Utah and Oklahoma).

Education

Indian Education Summit to feature school board panel, student-led discussions and national speakers
The 2014 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 45 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun asphalt concrete paving work on Highway 45 from the junction of Highway 10 to the North Dakota State Line.

Revenue

2014 Sturgis Rally Temporary Vendor Sales Tax Revenues
PIERRE, S.D. – Tax revenue from the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is up 3 percent from the previous year, according to the latest figures available from the South Dakota Department of Revenue.

Veterans Affairs

POW MIA Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Workforce Marathon
In South Dakota we have the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the nation. This is a source of pride, but it’s also a double-edged sword.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX South Dakota Perspective with Jeri Thomas.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

U.S. House of Representative Candidate's Ballot Lawsuit Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Charles W. Haan had filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives. Today the Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit finding that the Secretary of State complied with state law, and Haan’s name will not appear on the November General Election ballot.

Social Services

Gov. Dennis Daugaard declares Sept. 7-13 as Suicide Prevention Week
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 7 – 13 as “Suicide Prevention Week” in South Dakota.

September is Recovery Month for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders
Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out

September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared the month of September as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota to recognize the many families who have opened their homes to care for their kin in times of need.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center to Join Smithsonian Magazine in 10th Annual “Museum Day Live!” Event on Sept. 27
The holidays come early at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre! On Saturday, Sept. 27, all visitors will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.

Transportation

Asphalt Concrete Pavement Repairs on Highway 16B
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, crews will begin asphalt pavement repair work on Highway 16B near Exit 61 in Rapid City. The repair work is necessary to remove heavy rutting at the interchange.

Custer County Bridge Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the replacement of a bridge over the Cheyenne River in Custer County will take place Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m. MDT.

Traffic Signal Installation at Omaha Street & 12th Street
On Monday, Sept. 8, work will begin at the intersection of Omaha Street and 12th Street in Rapid City to install a new traffic signal with pedestrian signals and paint lines for new crosswalks.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Bowlers, Bull Riders And Wagon Train Coming To Wessington Springs
Wessington Springs will be offering four days of 125th anniversary events next week when the wagon train comes to town.

Mitchell To Celebrate Statehood Sept. 9
Mitchell will hold a special statehood anniversary celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 9, when the 125th wagon train arrives to town.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Urges Home Depot Customers to Review Statements and Report Unauthorized Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers to be vigilant for unauthorized charges in response to the massive data breach at Home Depot stores nationwide.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
State prison inmate James McVay has died as the result of a suicide.

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Leo Christensen, age 59, became ill at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield Sept. 2. He was transported by ambulance and then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where he died Sept. 3.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
CUSTER, S.D. – Make plans to attend Custer State Park’s 49th Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 26. The Arts Festival will open Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday, Sept. 28.

Fall Programs Offered at Good Earth State Park
GOOD EARTH STATE PARK, S.D. – Programming at Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls continues in September. Everyone is invited to learn more about South Dakota’s newest state park.

Opening Date for Oahe Downstream Shooting Complex
This Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, the Lower Oahe Downstream Shooting Complex near Pierre/Ft. Pierre will open to the public at 5 p.m. CDT.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Box Elder woman died in a crash with a train on Cottonwood Drive near the intersection with Highway 1416 in Box Elder on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Tourism

State Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials are reminding property owners that Nov. 3 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.

South Dakota Tourism Wins National Mercury Award
The U.S. Travel Association has awarded the South Dakota Department of Tourism a Mercury Award for Best Print Advertising Piece.

Transportation

Highway 16/16A Construction Near Custer
Work is set to begin on a six bridge rehabilitation project on Highways 16 & 16A near Custer on Monday, Sept. 8.

Highway 34 Structure Work East of Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to make repairs to the bridge over the Belle Fourche River, 20 miles east of Sturgis will begin on Thursday, Sept. 11.


Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Sept. 14
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Channel program entitled “Silicon Valley Rebels” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Concrete Repair Work Around Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that concrete paving repair work is being done on highways around Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit Report Released
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is releasing the workforce summit report today as he travels around the state to share the findings.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Court Affirms Hearing Examiner’s Decision on Benda
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announced that the Circuit Court has affirmed the Office of Hearing Examiner’s decision that South Dakota’s statutes and law specifically preclude the public disclosure of the death investigation record of Richard Benda.

Agriculture

Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
PIERRE, S.D. – Contestants in the 2015 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.

September is Honey Month in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Honey Month in South Dakota.

Area Turkey Processing Plant Provides $150,000 toward Nordby Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The Dakota Provisions turkey plant located in Huron was recognized Sunday for a major pledge toward the State Fair Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a new exhibit hall. A check was presented for $150,000. This gift ties with a gift given earlier this year for the second largest donation to the campaign.

Labor and Regulation

Division of Insurance Office Moves to New Location
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Insurance (DOI) office has relocated to 124 S. Euclid Ave. in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 25 Paving South of Webster
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun asphalt concrete paving work on Highway 25 south of Webster.

Crack Leveling Set To Begin On Highway 158
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a crack leveling project on Highways 158, 25/106 and 123 is set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Hay Removal From State Highway Right Of Way Deadline
The South Dakota Department of Transportation requests the cooperation of all farmers and ranchers in removing processed hay from the highway right of way.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Dual Credit Opportunities
As summer comes to a close, kids are heading back to the classroom. In some homes, parents are sending their little ones to school for the first time.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 125th Wagon Train Kickoff Event at the Yankton Rodeo Grounds.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Omnicare To Pay Nearly $16.5 Million to Settle With State Medicaid Programs
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, allegedly offered improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to Medicaid recipients.

Agriculture

Today is Prostrollo Motors Day
Friday, Aug. 29, is Prostrollo Motors Day. Make sure to stop by Prostrollo Motors on Highway 14 prior to the fair to pick up the Prostrollos Rockin’ Rollback coupon for $1 off gate admission at the State Fair.

Health

National Survey Shows SD Child Immunization Rates Up
A national survey finds more South Dakota preschoolers are getting immunized for pertussis, polio, rotavirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases according to the recommended schedule.

Mosquito Control Workshop Scheduled For Sept. 23 In Spearfish
South Dakota’s mosquito controllers will meet Sept. 23 in Spearfish as part of the annual conference of the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association.

Transportation

Another Section of Highway 19 to Close near Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an additional 2.5 miles of Highway 19 will be closed from the intersection with Highway 34 south to the intersection with 237th Street (Walkers Point) on Tuesday, Sept. 2, for a grading & shoulder widening project.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Wagon Train Beginning In Territorial Capital Next Week
The 125th statehood anniversary wagon train will begin in Yankton next week. Before the wagon train leaves on Thursday, Sept. 4, the public is invited to attend a Yankton statehood celebration.

Wagner And Parker Form Statehood Committees
Wagner and Parker have formed statehood celebration committees for South Dakota's 125th birthday year.

125th Feature: Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek lays claim to being the oldest continuously inhabited place in South Dakota. People have lived in this spot for at least the last 250 years.

“Grow: 66/125” Trees Coming To Each County
Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties are being delivered to historic sites in each county of the state over the next two weeks.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal Court Dismisses Candidate for Public Utilities Commissioner Ballot Challenge
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Federal District Court has ruled that Ryan Gaddy will not be placed on the November general election ballot as a candidate for Public Utilities Commissioner.

Agriculture

Value Added Ag Day at the SD State Fair
Today is Value Added Ag Day at the State Fair. Stop by the Day Sponsor Tent to see what’s happening in South Dakota’s agricultural industry.

Tourism

Modern-day homesteader to tell her story at Cultural Heritage Center
A modern-day homesteader will tell about her life at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Haan Lawsuit Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. House of Representatives Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that on Monday, August 25, 2014, Charles W. Haan filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives or to compel the Attorney General to order Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate.

Agriculture

Channel Seeds Preview Day Kicks off SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Wednesday, Aug. 27, is Channel Seeds Preview Day at the South Dakota State Fair.

State Fair 4-H Exhibits and Activities are Strategically Located
HURON, S.D. – This year’s State Fair will see a shuffling of 4-H exhibits and activities because of the transition from Clover Hall to the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Wisconsin woman died from injuries sustained in an Aug. 17 motorcycle crash on Nemo Rd., six miles southeast of Nemo.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in September in the following counties: Brookings, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Davison, Jerauld, Lake, Lyman, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts and Turner.

Tourism

Public Input Sought for Historic Preservation Plan
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Office in Pierre is gathering information to use in revising the Statewide Preservation Plan.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Discovery Benefits Expanding to Brookings
Discovery Benefits, a third party benefits administration and claims management firm headquartered in Fargo, N.D., is expanding its operations to Brookings, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Faulkton To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Faulkton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
HURON, S.D. –South DakotaState Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Higher Pheasant Numbers
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 76 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index from 2013.

Public Safety

Marshall County Fatal Crash
LAKE CITY, S.D. – A Britton, S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash on Tuesday, Aug., 26, one mile west of Lake City.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center to Continue Offering Free Admission to Military
Officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society have announced that the museum in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will continue to provide free admission to active duty military families – like those presently offered within the Blue Star Museums program -- after the Blue Star program ends on Labor Day.

Transportation

Heartland Expressway Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of South Dakota’s portion of the Heartland Expressway is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1.2 miles south of the Rapid City landfill on Highway 79.

Revenue

Aberdeen Revenue Office Moving
(PIERRE, S.D.) – Businesses and individuals with questions regarding South Dakota’s taxes will be able to find answers in a new location later next week when the Aberdeen office of the South Dakota Department of Revenue relocates.


Agriculture

State Fair to Host Free Concerts and Entertainment
HURON, S.D. – Each year the State Fair hosts a variety of free entertainment. During the five day run, attendees can find six stages of various events around the fairgrounds free with paid gate admission.

SD Dept. of Ag Presents the 2014 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin No. 74
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) presents the 2014 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin No. 74 with assistance from the South Dakota National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) and South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU).

Beshears Named Director of Agricultural Services Division
PIERRE, S.D. - Brandon Beshears has been named director of the Agricultural Services division for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Corrections

Youth Back In Custody
The youth was apprehended by STAR Academy staff with the assistance of law enforcement near Hill City just before 8:30 a.m. MDT.

Search for Missing Youth
The youth, a 16-year old Native American male, ran from the Youth Challenge Center program, which is located on the STAR Academy West Campus approximately four miles south of Custer.

Tourism

South Dakota's Hagen Wins National Tourism Award
South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year.

Transportation

Officials Asking Drivers To Stay Out Of Highway 34 Work Zone
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation are warning motorists that driving around barricades on closed sections of highways could result in a dangerous situation for drivers and a ticket.

Truck Route Traffic Flow to Change in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising the public of the following change to traffic flow on the Highway 14/83 truck route in Pierre. These changes are scheduled to occur as early as Wednesday, Aug. 27, weather permitting, and will remain in place until the end of September.

Highway 25 Opening From Highway 38 To Epiphany
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is opening a 10-mile stretch of Highway 25 from Highway 38 to Epiphany today (Monday).


Public Safety

McCook County Fatal Crash
CANOVA, S.D. – A Spencer S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash, three miles south of Canova early Sunday morning.


Corrections

Missing Work Release Inmate
Inmate Bridget Franzen failed to report to a work release job site in Pierre Aug. 23.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man died in a two vehicle crash one mile west of Rapid City on S.D. Highway 44 on Saturday, Aug. 23.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Good Times At The State Fair
Classes have begun again, football season will soon be underway and South Dakota’s favorite end-of-summer event is coming up – the South Dakota State Fair, held Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 in Huron.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on Gov. Jon Huntsman’s No Labels Radio show on SiriusXM channel 124.

Agriculture

Beef Genetics Trade Mission to Russia Cancelled
PIERRE, S.D.-Due to uncertainties in the Russian market, the beef genetics trade mission hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council planned for October has been cancelled.

Tourism

Donors Proud to Help in Publishing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl”
The South Dakota State Historical Society will be releasing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” in November, and donors to the project are honored to be a part of this momentous occasion.

Transportation

Construction to begin on Interstate 29
Starting Monday, Aug. 25, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin structure repair work and add a second coat of epoxy chip seal on Interstate 29 just north of the 26th Street Interchange at the bridge over Skunk Creek.

Highway 20 Construction Near Stockholm
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an asphalt concrete milling project on Highway 20 near Stockholm will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 26.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Takes ALS Challenge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday evening at the Governor’s residence to support finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

125th Feature: Quartzite Pillars Divide Dakotas
One day Gordon Iseminger stopped a young man driving a tractor on a country road. “Do you know where any of the boundary markers between North and South Dakota are located around here?” he asked.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Rules the State’s DUI Implied Consent Law is Unconstitutional
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s DUI Implied Consent Law is unconstitutional by affirming the Circuit Court’s grant of the suppression of blood evidence in State of South Dakota vs. Shauna Fierro.

Agriculture

Buy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission!
HURON, S.D. – The 2014 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner. Fair goers are reminded that any grandstand tickets purchased by Wednesday, Aug. 27 will include free gate admission. Tickets purchased on or after Aug. 28 will not include gate admission.

Game, Fish and Parks

Labor Day Weekend Events Wrap Up Summer
PIERRE, S.D. – Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer, and South Dakota State Parks invite you to come out and enjoy special weekend events.

State Parks Camping Reservations Available Year Round
PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish & Parks Department is reminding campers that the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of camping at South Dakota state parks.

Riders Can Still Register for Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
LEAD, S.D. – There are still openings for riders who want to take part in the annual Mickelson Trail Trek on Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21.

National Wild Turkey Federation Wildlife Officer of the Year Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Todd Crownover, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) conservation officer, as its 2014 Wildlife Officer of the Year. This is the 14th year the award has been presented by the South Dakota Chapter.

Liberalized Fishing Declaration for Lake Yankton
On Sept. 10, 2014, the entire fish population in Lake Yankton will be eradicated as part of a lake renovation project conducted jointly by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Human Services

South Dakota Honors Frontline Workers Who Support People with Disabilities
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is recognizing the important efforts of those who work closely with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by proclaiming Sept. 7-13 as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in South Dakota.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Salutes Veterans
HURON, S.D.- To show appreciation for their service, the South Dakota State Fair will give all veterans and active military personnel free gate admission on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Education

SD ACT scores steady, above national average
South Dakota’s ACT scores continue to be above the national average, even while an estimated 78 percent of the 2014 graduating class participated in the exam.

Board of Regents

Four Public University Researchers Receive Early-Career Awards
Four young researchers from South Dakota public universities have received highly competitive awards to advance their careers in science and engineering. Three of the awards come from the National Science Foundation the fourth was granted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency DTRA.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Carl W. Soukup Addition Achieves Certified Ready Site Status
The Carl W. Soukup Addition in Tea, S.D. was announced as the latest South Dakota Certified Ready Site at the Tea Economic Development Corporation’s (TEDC) monthly board meeting last night.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Turns 40
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is celebrating 40 years this month, 27 of which have been spent under the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).


Education

2014 Report Card available
The 2014 South Dakota Report Card highlighting school performance is now available online.

Military

15 Soldiers Commisioned as Second Lieutenants
Fifteen South Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers took the Oath of Office and commissioned as second lieutenants during a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mount Rushmore National Park.

Transportation

Update: Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on I-90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications are being applied to the shoulders of both the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Exit 296 at White Lake and Exit 319 at Mt. Vernon.

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Recommends Name for Unnamed Creek in Minnehaha County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has unanimously recommended the name of Annie Anderson Creek for an unnamed creek in Minnehaha County.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

New Senior Citizen Handbook Available
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the updated version of the Senior Citizen Handbook is now available to the public.

Education

Guidelines for 2014-15 free or reduced school meal programs announced
With school back in session in many South Dakota communities, the Department of Education wants families to know about the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs.

Public Safety

Gerber Leaving Driver Licensing Program after 23 Years
Cindy Gerber is leaving state government after 23 years with the Driver Licensing Program, including the last 17 as director, Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced today.

Transportation

White Lake Rest Areas Closed This Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to Interstate 90 rest areas at White Lake starting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Highway 212 Construction to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an eight mile concrete surfacing project on Highway 212 is scheduled to begin Thursday, Aug. 21, weather depending.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Railroad Commits Additional Grain Trains
Railroad lines serving South Dakota shippers have committed to providing three additional grain trains per week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said today.

Governor's Column: Leading The Way In BioTechnology
Next month, scientists, executives and investors from all across the globe will travel to Sioux Falls to attend the Livestock Biotechnology Summit.

News Tips
The Governor’s Snowmobile Advisory Council will meet at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

125th Feature: Medical Care in 1889
No insulin. No X-rays. No childhood vaccines. Those are just a few things you would NOT have if you lived in 1889, according to today’s Directory of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins.

125th Feature: 1889, That Wonderful Year
The year 1889 was an eventful one, and not just because four new states were admitted to the Union.

Transportation

Pavement Repairs In Western South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing pavement repair work on several highways in western South Dakota beginning Monday, Aug. 18.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Three More Towns Schedule Statehood Events
Scotland, Plankinton and Menno have formed statehood celebration committees to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday year.

Parkston Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Parkston will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

SOUTH DAKOTA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS BERGET’S DEATH SENTENCE
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the death sentence of Rodney Scott Berget.

Health

State To Require Yearly Flu Vaccination For Its Health Care Workers
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an executive order requiring annual flu vaccination for state employees who deliver health care services. The order goes into effect for the 2014-2015 flu season and requires vaccination by Dec. 1.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash with a Pedestrian
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A pedestrian from Lead, S.D., was struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing U.S. Highway 14A near a convenience store in Deadwood.

Transportation

Highway 73 Paving South of Highway 20 Delayed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on a section of Highway 73, approximately 2.7 miles south of the south junction of Highways 20 and 73, has been pushed back a day.

Board of Regents

Student Affordability Again Top Budget Priority for Public Universities
For the second consecutive year, the South Dakota Board of Regents has pledged to freeze in-state students’ tuition in exchange for more state government support. A $6.8 million budget request will be forwarded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard to prevent more higher education cost shifting to students, regents said.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Selby Man Indicted on Rape Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner announced today that Christopher Robert Jansen, 34, Selby, was indicted today by a Hughes County Grand Jury on six counts of 1st degree rape, class C felony punishable by up to life in the state penitentiary.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Makes Arrests
Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Brendan Johnson, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jergeris and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Rapid City ICAC Task Force have conducted investigations into sex trafficking at the Sturgis Rally. The investigation resulted in the following felony arrests for sex crimes:

Military

Bosslift Brings Employers to Military Training
Seven employers from eastern South Dakota got the chance to see their military employees in uniform during the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift, Aug. 6-7, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A Custer, S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash 14 miles south of Deadwood, on U.S. Highway 385, Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Brown County Fatal Crash
FERNEY, S.D. – An Oregon man died in a one vehicle rollover crash one mile north of Ferney, on S.D. Highway 37.

Tourism

Free South Dakota vacation maps for the Lewis and Clark Trail
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is making South Dakota’s Lewis and Clark Trail historic sites more accessible for today’s travelers.

Transportation

Russell Street Traffic Change
The South Dakota Department of Transportation in conjunction with the city of Sioux Falls will be opening the eastbound lanes of Russell Street from Westport Avenue to West Avenue on Friday, Aug. 15.

Board of Regents

Regents Announce Leadership Changes at Dakota State University
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today it will accept the resignation of Dakota State University President David Borofsky, and appoint Marysz Rames, vice president for student affairs at South Dakota State University, as DSU’s interim president.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Fall River County Man Sentenced to Life for Death of His Mother
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Custer County Deputy States Attorney/Special Assistant Attorney General Matt Brown announced today that Matthew C. Tornquist, 28, Hot Springs, was sentenced to life with no opportunity of parole and 10 years for grand theft, both sentences to run concurrently.

Agriculture

Nordby Will Match 4-H Members Raising Funds for State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – Philanthropist Earl Nordby of Huron has issued a challenge to 4-H members and families throughout the state. He has pledged to match the 4-H’ers’ $500,000 statewide fundraising goal for the capital campaign to build a new fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.

Tourism

Illingworth’s Custer photo collection now part of South Dakota Digital Archives
A photo collection documenting the Custer Expedition is now available online from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

AGI and Hi Roller Announce New Production Facility
Ag Growth International (AGI) is pleased to announce the construction of a new production facility for Hi Roller in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Agriculture

Pork Butt Battle and Chili Challenge to be hosted at SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Free events at the 2014 South Dakota State Fair will include the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by SD Pork Producers, Advanced BioEnergy and 1st Financial Bank USA, as well as Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Spearfishing Rules and Regulations Reminder
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) would like to remind spearfishing anglers and boaters of rules and regulations pertaining to diving on Lakes Oahe and Sharpe.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol Plan 2nd Joint Powwow Enforcement Operation
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has invited the South Dakota Highway Patrol back for a second year to work with tribal officers in a joint enforcement operation during the Dakota Nation powwow Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17.

Transportation

Chip Seals to Begin in the Winner Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Winner Area beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Sunday August 10, 2014 *Final Release*

Pennington County Fatal Crash
KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Keystone man died in a one vehicle rollover crash in Keystone on Sunday, Aug. 10.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Saturday August 09, 2014

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – A 7-year-old child died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 25 south of Scotland on Friday, Aug. 8.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Look Back On Recent Legislative Audits
Over the last several months, legislators and state officials have looked carefully into our state’s economic development programs.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX South Dakota Perspective with Jeri Thomas.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Independent Investigation Conducted on Former Advocate Shirley Schwab’s Complaint
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that a complaint filed by former court advocate Shirley Schwab was forwarded to the Attorney General's Office by a states attorney based upon a conflict of interest.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Friday August 08, 2014.

Transportation

Highway 34 Structure Work East of Sturgis
On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Foothills Contracting, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is scheduled to begin removal of the existing pavement six miles east of Sturgis on Highway 34 as part of the grading operations to realign the roadway and replace the bridge over Bear Butte Creek.

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The city of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is advising motorists that right turns will not be allowed at the 10th Street intersection for people traveling southbound on Sycamore Avenue starting on Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 a.m.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Belle Joli’ Winery in Sturgis Expanding, Adding ‘Sparkling House’ Tasting Room
South Dakota winery, Belle Joli’ is not only expanding physically, but it is also expanding its product line thanks to funding from a Local Infrastructure Improvement Grant, a program administered by the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Feature: Arthur Mellette, Governor of THREE Dakotas?
On March 11, 1889, Watertown resident Arthur C. Mellette was appointed the last Governor of Dakota Territory by newly inaugurated President Benjamin Harrison.

Mount Rushmore Mascots To Celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Birthday
The Mount Rushmore Mascots are coming to Watertown for a special South Dakota 125th birthday celebration on Sunday, Aug. 17, where entertainment and activities for kids and adults will be provided.

125th Feature: Mellette Home in Watertown Offers Unique Experience
The home of South Dakota’s first elected Governor was deserted for many years until the Mellette Association was formed in 1943 to save it from demolition and restore it.

Agriculture

Kick off the School Year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom
HURON, S.D. – Teachers, kick off your school year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom. The South Dakota State Fair is inviting teachers and students from across the state to participate in South Dakota’s Largest Classroom on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29.

Human Services

Aberdeen Added to Autism Study Public Forums
PIERRE, S.D. – Aberdeen has been added to the list of locations for public forums being conducted in conjunction with a statewide autism study. Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls will also host public forums in August.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6 a.m. Thursday August 07, 2014

Tourism

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Pioneer Girl’ Resonates with Donors Across South Dakota
The South Dakota State Historical Society will soon release Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.” Though the journeys of the Ingalls family ended at De Smet, Wilder’s story resonates with donors across South Dakota.

Stanley County native to tell about her new book at history club
A South Dakota author will tell about her new book at the August meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit Report Announced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six meetings across South Dakota to share the final report, findings and results of the recent regional Workforce Summits. Over 1,000 people provided input about workforce needs.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley and 41 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $35 Million Consumer Settlement with Pfizer
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 41 other Attorneys General in reaching a $35 million settlement with Pfizer Inc, who as parent of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. agrees to be bound by the judgment, to resolve allegations that Wyeth unlawfully promoted Rapamune, an immunosuppressive drug currently approved by the FDA as prophylactic for organ rejection after kidney transplant surgery.

Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
FAITH, S.D. – A teen boy from Faith died in a one vehicle rollover crash one mile south of Faith on S.D. Highway 73 early Wednesday morning, Aug. 6.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday August 06, 2014

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A Plymouth, Mass., man died in a motorcycle crash on S.D. Highway 87, two miles north of the U.S. Highway 385 intersection on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Transportation

Bridge Work at Exit 101 – Jensen Road To Begin
On Monday, Aug. 11, work will begin on Interstate 90 at Exit 101/Jensen Road east of Rapid City to repair the bridge over I-90 at this location and to prepare the median crossovers to carry traffic during the bridge repair work.

I-90 Westbound Reconstruction Near Spearfish
On Monday, Aug. 11, the second phase of an eight mile reconstruction project is scheduled to begin in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Spearfish.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST PLAN ADDRESSING PINE BEETLE INFESTATION
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed Colorado and Wyoming Federal District Court decisions denying environmental group challenges to the Black Hills Forest Plan including the portions addressing the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday August 05, 2014

Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Pender, Neb., man died in a car and motorcycle crash near Pine Drive on Nemo Road east of Nemo, S.D., on Monday, Aug. 4.

Transportation

Work at Omaha St. and West Boulevard/I-190 To Begin
On Monday, Aug.11, work will begin at the intersection of Omaha Street and West Boulevard/Interstate 190 in Rapid City to modify the right-turn movements at the intersection and to upgrade the existing sanitary sewer beneath West Boulevard.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED Approves Two Brandon Industrial Parks as ‘Certified Ready’
Two industrial parks in Brandon, S.D., the Brandon Industrial Park and the Corson Development Park, were announced as South Dakota Certified Ready Sites at the Brandon city council meeting last night.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

S&P Revises South Dakota’s Outlook From Stable To Positive
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor has revised South Dakota’s state outlook from “stable” to “positive” and renewed the state’s issuer credit rating.

Parkston To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Parkston has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics through 6:00 a.m., Monday August 04, 2014

Transportation

Highway 73 Closed South of Highway 20
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed a portion of Highway 73 approximately 2.7 miles south of the junction of Highways 20 and 73.

I-229 Lane Closures and Reduced Speed Limits
On Wednesday, Aug. 6, work will begin to apply a high friction surface treatment on a section of Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information, August 3, 2014
Below are the statistics as of 06:00 a.m. Sunday August 03, 2014

Corson County Fatal Crash
Two people died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S Highway 12 at the entrance to the Grand River Casino west of Mobridge on Saturday, Aug. 2


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Pine Beetle Initiative Marks Third Year With Success
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that more than 441,000 trees have been treated for mountain pine beetle infestation since the Black Hills Forest Initiative was launched in August 2011.

Governor's Column: Our Efforts To Beat The Beetles
You may have read recently that a tree planted to honor former Beatle George Harrison was killed, ironically, by an infestation of beetles – mountain pine beetles.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the Sturgis Hall of Fame Breakfast at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Agriculture

Become the Next “Dacotah Star” at the South Dakota State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Make your voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair! Become the next “Dacotah Star” at the Dacotah Star Talent Competition presented by Dacotah Bank. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to division winners.

Military

Military Youth Learn Army Values at Leadership Camp
One hundred twenty military youth and 12 junior counselors from across South Dakota came together for the 2014 South Dakota National Guard Military Youth Camp, July 21-25, at Storm Mountain Retreat Center near Rapid City.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Nebraska man died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 44 near Farmingdale on Friday, Aug. 1.

Tourism

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Oct. 1, for work beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

Transportation

Enhancements to ClearPath 511
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has enhanced the popular ClearPath 511 service available through the www.safetravelusa.com/sd website.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Anniversary Feature: Omnibus Enabling Act Set State For November Statehood
On Nov. 2, 1889, Dakota Territory gave birth to two states – North Dakota and South Dakota – when President Benjamin Harrison signed two statehood proclamations.

Lt. Gov. Michels Re-Elected To NLGA Leadership
South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels has once again been elected to serve on the leadership committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).

Three More Statehood Celebration Committees Organize
Three more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with activities during South Dakota's 125th birthday year.

125th Anniversary Feature: President Harrison's Pen On Display In Pierre
After signing proclamations to create the states of South Dakota and North Dakota on Nov. 2, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison handed the pen he used to a land agent named John Martin Ruggles.

Public Safety

Motorists, Bikers Urged to Share Road as Sturgis Rally Begins
STURGIS, S.D. – As the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally nears, the South Dakota Highway Patrol is reminding drivers and bikers to share the road, especially in the heavy traffic expected in the Black Hills area.

Tourism

“Meet the Artist & Catalog Signing” event for Amiotte to be held Aug. 16 at Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre
The Museum at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host a special “Meet the Artist & Catalog Signing” with Arthur Amiotte on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. CDT.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Selby Man Arrested on Rape Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Brendan Johnson and Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner announced today that Christopher Robert Jansen, 34, Selby, has been arrested and charged with three counts of 1st degree rape, class C felony, punishable by up to life in the state penitentiary.

Agriculture

Smith Named Director of Resource Conservation and Forestry Division
PIERRE, S.D.-William “Bill” Smith has been named director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry division.

Military

SD Guard, Danish Home Guard Partnership Adds International Perspective to Officer Training
National Guard Soldiers enrolled in the Officer Candidate School at Fort Meade this summer were trained in areas such as leadership skills and small unit tactics, skill sets they will need as future leaders. One other skill set, not traditionally taught but more relevant now than ever, was thrown into the training – working with allied partner nations.

Public Safety

State Troopers Join Coast-to-Coast I-90/94 Safety Challenge
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is joining law enforcement agencies from 14 other states in a four-day, coast-to-coast, high-visibility enforcement campaign focused on Interstates 90 and 94 beginning Friday.

Transportation

Highway 20 Opening near Stockholm
Bituminous Paving Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be opening Highway 20 from west of Stockholm to the junction of Highway 15 today (Wednesday, July 30).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Dakotaline Snares Approved for MicroLOAN
Dakotaline Snares, a manufacturer of trapping equipment, lures and baits based in Lennox, S.D., purchased a larger building for its growing business thanks in part to funding from a South Dakota Development Corporation MicroLOAN.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

A.G. Jackley Addresses Legislative Government Operations and Audit Committee
Today in open session of the Legislative Government Operations and Audit Committee, Attorney General Jackley provided a summary of the Division of Criminal Investigation’s investigation into allegations of individual financial misconduct at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Military

South Dakota Guardsmen Aid ISAF Drawdown
As the convoy exited the military base after dark, the mood in the gun-truck was jovial, like a group of old friends starting out on a road trip. After spending nearly an hour listening to pre-convoy briefs and being sent off with a group prayer, the Soldiers were ready to go.

Transportation

STIP Webinar To Be Held Wednesday
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be holding its first ever webinar for the yearly update of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Students Receive Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship
Nineteen South Dakota college students have been awarded a state scholarship that supports new teachers who serve in critical-need teaching areas.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

S.D. Supreme Court Rules that the U.S. Supreme Court McNeely Decision Does Not Affect Previous DUI Cases in South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in State v. Donovan Craig Siers that the United States Supreme Court case of McNeely v. Missouri regarding warrantless blood draws will not have retroactive application or effect on previous drunk driving cases in South Dakota.

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Miller Conviction in Death of Infant Son
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the South Dakota Supreme Court in a unanimous decision has upheld the murder conviction of Chris Allen Miller.

Health

Check Kids’ Immunizations Before School
A state health official recommends parents check the immunizations of their pre-teens and college freshmen before the school year gets underway.

Public Safety

Disaster Declaration Approved for June Flooding, Tornadoes
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that 12 South Dakota counties, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, will receive federal financial help to recover from a series of June storms that produced damaging tornadoes and flooding.

SBA Disaster Loan Centers in South Dakota to Close This Week
Small Business Administration outreach centers set up to help victims of flooding and tornadoes will close this week in three South Dakota cities.

Meade County Fatal Crash
A Colorado man died in a one-vehicle crash on the New Underwood Road about 14 miles south of S.D. Highway 34 on Sunday, July 27.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Meeting With Rating Agencies
Last week South Dakota hosted visits from Moody’s and from Standard & Poor’s, as we prepare for a bond issue by the South Dakota Building Authority later this summer.

State Officials Receive Notification Of Placement Of Unaccompanied Minors
State officials learned today that, since the beginning of this year, 21 unaccompanied immigrant minors have been placed in South Dakota by federal officials.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Capital for a Day event in Wall. Citizens are encouraged to attend the community social where they will have the chance to talk one-on-one with Gov. Daugaard.

Agriculture

Josten Named State Forester
PIERRE, S.D.-Gregory J. Josten has been named South Dakota state forester.

Transportation

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The city of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be switching traffic to allow for the reconstruction of the intersection of 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue on Monday, July 28, at 7 a.m.

Paving on Highway 44 West of Rapid City
Earlier this week, lightning struck the Hills Materials asphalt plant causing minor delays in completing the paving on Highway 44 west of Rapid City. Crews will resume paving the final section of asphalt on Monday, July 28.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Statehood Celebration Event At State Capitol To Feature South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
A special event at the State Capitol to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood will feature a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Wall Capital For A Day Community Social Announced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard invites the public to join him for a community social and coffee hour at the Capital for a Day event in Wall on Thursday, July 31.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Reminds Irrigators to Avoid Overspray
DENR reminds irrigators to check their center pivots to ensure they are operating properly and are adjusted to spray only upon land authorized for irrigation by their water permit.

Human Services

Public Forums Scheduled for Autism Spectrum Disorder Study for Children
PIERRE, S.D. – Three public forums seeking input on a South Dakota autism study have been scheduled by Health Management Associates, the vendor selected to conduct the study.

Transportation

Highway 34 Closing East of Howes
HOWES, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a two-and-a-half mile section of Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed to traffic on Monday, Aug. 11. The closure is expected to last about five weeks.

South Dakota Lottery

Watertown Area Group Claims $230,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot
A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business on July 23, 2014 claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the July 19, 2014 drawing at the Sioux Falls Lottery office.