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Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff on Memorial Day
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 27, 2019, in honor of Memorial Day.

Governor's Column: Honoring Heroes
This Memorial Day, between the barbecues and campfires, take a moment to reflect on those who have given so much so we can be free.

Education

June 8 Family Fun Saturday program at Cultural Heritage takes on branding theme
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Saturday, June 8, can create their own brand during “Branding Time!” as part of the Family Fun Saturday program.

Human Services

SDRC First Friday Classes
The South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) would like to invite anyone who is a South Dakota resident and has a visual impairment to participate in two training events.

Public Safety

Eighth Grader Wins $10,000 In Highway Safety’s “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Angie Lockett just received her learner’s driving permit two weeks ago. Friday, she won $10,000 for her promise to remain a safe driver.


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Noem Seeks External Review on South Dakota’s Wildlife Damage Management and Animal Damage Control Programs
Last week, the Governor’s Office signed an agreement with the Wildlife Management Institute that will launch an external review on South Dakota’s Wildlife Damage Management and Animal Damage Control Programs.

Agriculture

Entertainers Sought to Fill Showcase Positions at SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are in search of guest entertainers for the AARP Centennial Stage during the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: No Wake on Lake Thompson, Kayak Safety
• No Wake Zone on Lake Thompson • Kayak and Canoe Enthusiast Should Be Aware of Hidden Dangers • GFP Commission Finalizes Extending Trap Dates,Hunt For Habitat Licenses, and Free Park Entrance Rules.

Transportation

East Boulevard Closed Between Omaha Street and Main Street
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says East Boulevard will be closed between Omaha Street and Main Street from June 10 to June 17.

Construction on Highway 18 Between Oelrichs and Oglala
OELRICHS, S.D. – Road work will begin on Highway 18 between Oelrichs and Oglala next week.

Construction on Highway 212 in Belle Fourche
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Pavement repairs will begin this week on a five-mile section of Highway 212 in Belle Fourche.


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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Provide High-Speed Research Computing for Business Growth in SD Opportunity Zone
Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.46 million grant to Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, to help establish a high speed research network. The investment, located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.46 million in local funds.

Noem Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Winter Weather, Flooding Damage
Governor Kristi Noem today requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans and local governmental entities recover from property damage sustained during the statewide winter weather and flooding this spring.

Agriculture

Admission Passes Available for Read & Win during the SD State Fair
Admission passes are now available for the Read & Win program during the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Education

D-Day Program June 4 at Cultural Heritage Center
A critical turning point in World War II will be the focus of a June 4 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Tourism

Department of Tourism Optimistic of Successful Summer
With Memorial Day and the official start of tourism season nearing, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is optimistic that its 2019 marketing efforts launched earlier this spring will lead to another successful summer for tourism.

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosting tax seminars in Yankton
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will offer a pair of popular tax seminars in Yankton on June 6.

Board of Regents

BHSU President to Depart Spearfish Campus
Humboldt State University, an institution of the California State University system, announced today that Black Hills State University President Tom Jackson Jr. will become its next president in July.


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Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Social Services
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will serve as Interim Secretary of Social Services. This follows the resignation of current Secretary of Social Services Greg DeSautel, which is effective May 22.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota’s Afdahl Elected CSBS Chairman
The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) today announced the election of Bret Afdahl, Director of the South Dakota Division of Banking, as the new chairman for the CSBS Board of Directors.

Hultman Selected as Member of CSG National Task Force
State Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman has been selected to participate on a subcommittee of The Council of State Governments’ (CSG) national Future of Work Task Force.

South Dakota Lottery

Rapid City man claims $200,000 Powerball prize
Leo Bald Eagle will be playing joyous tunes for some time after he became the South Dakota Lottery’s latest big winner.


Agriculture

Registration Open for SD’s Largest Classroom at the SD State Fair
Registration is now open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Education

Oahe Chapel near Pierre to host Sunday church services
Sunday morning church services at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe near Pierre will begin on May 26. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Public Safety

DPS: Safe Driving A Priority This Memorial Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials are urging drivers to make sure this Memorial Day holiday is remembered for all of the right reasons.

Veterans Affairs

A Resting Place for Heroes
It’s a few years into the future and a I drive past a grand entry that reads “South Dakota Veterans Cemetery” American flags line the drive as I pull into the cortege lane and exit my vehicle. I survey the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery as we prepare for the first internment of a hero who has opted to spend eternity here at this place of honor.


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Governor's Column: Don’t Move Firewood
Not much beats sitting around the campfire on a cool summer night or roasting a s’more over a smoking bonfire.


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Noem to Speak at DAV Convention
Governor Kristi Noem will speak at the Disabled American Veterans Convention in Sioux Falls on Friday, May 17.

Agriculture

SD WLF Annual National Guard Helicopter Training
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division will be conducting their annual wildland fire training with the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit.

Health

Hepatitis A Identified In Keystone Food Handler
A case of Hepatitis A has been reported in a food handler employed at two Keystone restaurants. Individuals who ate at the Keystone Subway between May 2 and May 14 or at the Keystone Turtle Town between May 6 and May 13 should contact their health care provider to determine if they need a shot of hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin to decrease risk of illness.

Transportation

Bridge Work Begins on Interstate 90 West of Exit 55
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge repair work will begin on Interstate 90 one mile west of Exit 55 in Rapid City next week.

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

Spring Load Restriction Release #11
Effective at 10:00 a.m. CDT, May 20, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


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South Dakota Maintains Highest Credit Rating
This week, both Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service announced they have reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating with a stable outlook.

Transportation

Construction on Highway 71 South of Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a 17.5-mile construction project on Highway 71 from Indian Canyon Road to the Nebraska state line will begin Wednesday, May 22.


Transportation

Construction on Highway 18 West of Edgemont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says 11 miles of work on Highway 18 from Edgemont to the Wyoming state line will begin Friday, May 17.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Respond to State Workforce Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from four public universities to meet emerging workforce and community development needs across the state.

SD Mines Creates Business Management Degree with Technology Focus
A new degree integrating business and management principles with engineering and science will be offered at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The Board of Regents approved the program starting this fall.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sales and Use Tax Rebate Programs Available for Livestock Development
PIERRE, S.D. – In an effort to encourage more livestock development, the sale and use tax rebate programs (South Dakota Jobs Grant and Reinvestment Payment Program) are now available for that purpose.


Agriculture

SDDA Launches Don’t Move Firewood Pledge
On May 13, 2019, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, with support from the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, launched a Don’t Move Firewood pledge to encourage support and advocacy for protecting South Dakota’s natural resources by not moving untreated firewood.

Public Safety

Miller Named Highway Patrol Superintendent
PIERRE, S.D. – Major Rick Miller of Pierre has been named as the next Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Transportation

Construction of Highway 10 in Sisseton Beginning
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to work on Highway 10 in Sisseton will begin on Wednesday, May 15, depending on weather.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Reclaiming Hope
The lone graduate stood in front of the audience and tried to hold back tears as she told her story of addiction and her plans to stay clean – for her daughter.

Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash south of Rapid City.

Gov. Noem Requests FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment For Damages In South Dakota Counties, On Tribal Reservations
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Kristi Noem has requested that FEMA join state and local teams for a preliminary assessment of damages to public property as a result of the severe winter storms, snowmelt, rains, and subsequent flooding that occurred throughout South Dakota.

Transportation

Culvert work on Highway 20 west of Hoven
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be repairing and replacing culverts on Highway 20 from Hoven to Highway 83 beginning on May 12.


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Rechtenbaugh Named Permanent Secretary of Human Services
Gov. Kristi Noem announced that Shawnie Rechtenbaugh has been appointed as the permanent Secretary of the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Education

Gov. Noem proclaims May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.


Education

“Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Field” exhibit to open June 1 at Cultural Heritage Center
The new exhibit “Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Field” is opening Saturday, June 1, at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partners with South Dakota Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) and the South Dakota Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association (AA) announced a partnership to better connect South Dakota’s veterans with the resources for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Together they are collaborating on outreach opportunities for veterans and their families to learn more about the educational materials, care and support services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.


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Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration Making a Return to Mount Rushmore in 2020
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that following several months of meetings and discussions, the State of South Dakota and the U.S. Department of the Interior have agreed to bring fireworks back to Mount Rushmore National Memorial beginning with the 2020 Independence Day celebration.

Noem Names Jones as Permanent Secretary of Education
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Dr. Ben Jones has been appointed as the permanent Secretary of Education.

Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
Charlee Ramsey of Phillip and Alyssa Miller of Box Elder are the winners of the 2019 South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Rapid City.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Highway 26 Bridge Replacement
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to replace a bridge located three miles east of Polo or 2.75 miles west of Highway 45 on Highway 26 will begin Friday, May 10.

Spring Load Limit Release #10
Effective at 11:00 a.m. CDT, May 7, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Agriculture

Governor’s Agricultural Summit Registration Open
Registration is open for the tenth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 10 and 11 in Sioux Falls, SD at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Education

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.

Health

Grants Available for Mosquito Control Programs
Cities, counties and tribes can again apply for state grant funding to help control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV).

Transportation

Traffic Update: Highway 14A and Deadwood Street Intersection Upgrades
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be installing traffic control to close the outside northbound lane on Highway 14A and Deadwood Street from Highway 14A to Siever Street on Wednesday, May 8.

Work to Begin Highway 37 and 21st Street South in Huron
Reede Construction will begin construction on the intersection of Highway 37 & 21st Street South in Huron on Tuesday, May 7.

Turn Lane Construction on Highway 37 South of Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction of turn lanes just south of Mitchell at the intersection of Highway 37 and the county roads at 256th Street, 258th Street, 259th Street and 260th Street will begin today, May 6.


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Governor's Column: Travel Matters
In some states, visitors are rushed, tourists are looked down upon, and out-of-staters are simply ignored. In South Dakota, we do things differently. We pride ourselves on making new friends, and it shows. I often hear how amazed travelers are at the kindness they feel while visiting our state, a place where a handshake and a smile are second nature.

Public Safety

Individual Property Storm Damage Assessments Begin Monday
PIERRE, S.D. – A preliminary assessment begins Monday of individual properties damaged during the snow melt, rains and subsequent flooding in South Dakota.


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Secretary of Social Services Announces Resignation
Governor Kristi Noem has accepted the resignation of Secretary of Social Services Greg DeSautel. The resignation is effective May 22.

Agriculture

2019 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Annika Tank of Britton, Grace Eastman of Tyndall, and Emmy Newsam of Murdo are the winning essayists, selected from the 998 entries, in the 2019 Arbor Day Essay Contest.

Human Services

Advisory Council on Aging Meeting
The South Dakota Advisory Council on Aging (ACA) will hold a meeting in Pierre on Thursday, May 9.

Public Safety

Names Released In Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. – An Auburn Hills, MI man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred west of Arlington.

Transportation

Reconstruction of I-29 North of Sisseton to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to reconstruct Interstate 29 from just north of Sisseton to the North Dakota border will begin in the southbound lanes on Tuesday, May 7, depending on weather.


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Noem To Appoint Marlette As Adjutant General
Governor Kristi Noem announced today the appointment of Brigadier General Jeffery P. Marlette to serve as the Adjutant General for the South Dakota National Guard. The appointment is effective June 8, 2019 upon the retirement of Major General Tim Reisch.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Marlon Dumarce Back in Custody
Dumarce was arrested in Marshall County May 1.

Education

Lewis and Clark Expedition’s departure to be observed in program at Cultural Heritage Center
The anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition setting off from Camp Dubois will be commemorated in a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 3
May 3 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.

Family Fun Saturday to celebrate 30th birthday of Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Family Fun Saturday, May 11, can mark the occasion of the building’s 30th birthday by creating a pop-up card featuring the center’s façade.

State Historical Society election winners announced
Winners of the annual South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees election were announced by Society Director Jay D. Vogt on Friday, April 26, during the society’s annual history conference in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

17 New Registered Apprenticeship Programs Approved
Businesses receiving incentive funding last November to expand the number of pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota are showing progress.


Health

Prevent Tick-Borne Illness
Head outdoors and enjoy the spring weather, but keep an eye out for ticks to prevent tularemia and other tick-borne diseases, says a state health official.

Transportation

Highway 281 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun asphalt concrete work on Highway 281 from north of Aberdeen to Mellette.


Agriculture

NEWS RELEASE – EECVI
Equine enthusiasts traveling interstate with their horses will now have an alternative to meeting the requirement for a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI or health certificate), which is valid for up to 30 days.

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Deadline Fast Approaching
The deadline for nominations for the 2019 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award is May 17, 2019.

Education

2019 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Eight South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling more than $1,091,000, have been awarded to seven South Dakota public school districts and one private non-profit organization. In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund. Part of that fund was designated to provide grants for career and technical education programs in secondary schools.

Human Services

Older Americans Month
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May Older Americans Month (OAM) in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Public Comment Open on Proposed Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Design
State Division of Insurance Director Larry Deiter invites the public to comment on the proposed Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark design for plan year 2021.

Public Safety

South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed This Friday and Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – All South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed this Friday and Saturday (May 3-4) for annual employee training.

DPS Announces May Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints in 19 counties are planned during May by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Release #9
Effective at 10 a.m. CDT, April 30, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Restriction Release #8
Effective at 1 p.m. CDT, April 29, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Revenue

Motor vehicle division adds new self-service terminal location
Motor vehicle owners in the Pierre area now have another option to renew their registrations.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Noem Announces Economic Development Awards
PIERRE, S.D. – During her State of the State address, Governor Kristi Noem tasked her Office of Economic Development with kickstarting the economy, and today, she recognized two communities and an individual for their commitment and involvement in economic development.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Robert White Plume-Janis on Escape Status
State prison inmate Robert White Plume-Janis has been placed on escape status for leaving his community service jobsite in Rapid City without authorization April 28.

Public Safety

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. – One person died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred west of Arlington.


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Noem Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program
Governor Kristi Noem is encouraging South Dakotans to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

Governor's Weekly Column: Leading the Way in Cybersecurity
In late April, I was proud to bring this message to the Center of Academic Excellence for Cybersecurity at their national meeting. It was great to meet with industry leaders and corporations looking for new places to do business. I’m confident they will see that South Dakota has the talent, the know-how, the needed facilities, and the optimal geographic location for a resilient cybersecurity industry.

Human Services

Innovation Grant Funding Now Available
The South Dakota Department of Human Services is now accepting applications for nursing home innovation grants.

SDRC First Friday Classes
The South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) would like to invite anyone who is a South Dakota resident and has a visual impairment to participate in two training events.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA TO HOST THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP EVENT APRIL 29-MAY 1
Spearfish will welcome more than 40 international travel planners at the 25th annual tourism tradeshow event.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Matthew Weddell Back in Custody
Matthew Weddell was arrested in Sioux Falls April 25.

Public Safety

Names Released in Faulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – A Mound City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that happened west of Faulkton.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Release #7
Effective at 10 a.m. CDT, April 25, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Veterans Affairs

National Military Appreciation Month
At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the South Dakota Department of the Military, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s April Column – Hitting the Road
With session behind me, I have hit the road and begun visiting county and tribal veterans service officers (VSOs). My goal is to visit all 66 county and nine tribal offices. Collectively, the VSOs file, on an average of 450 veterans claims per month. In our effort to enhance the lives of our veterans we need to be kept abreast of the challenges, and the roadblocks, our veterans are facing. Visiting the VSOs will provide me an overview of those issues and guide me in developing a battle plan.


Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input on the Maple/Park Street Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Minnehaha County, city of Sioux Falls and the city of Brandon, will hold an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 30, at the Brandon Valley Intermediate School (201 W. Park Street) to receive public input on the Maple/Park Street – Veterans Parkway to Highway 11 Corridor Study.

Spring Load Restriction Release #6
Effective at 1 p.m. CDT, April 25, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

ADA Upgrades on Highway 11 through Brandon
BX Civil and Construction will begin ADA upgrades on Highway 11 through Brandon on Monday, April 30, 2019.

Construction Begins on Deadwood Avenue
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, repair work will begin on Deadwood Avenue on Thursday, April 25.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Broadband Development Program Application Due May 10, 2019
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem’s commitment to secure broadband for South Dakota’s next generation and beyond is moving forward with the posting of a Request for Application for the $5 million grant money commitment to launch South Dakota’s broadband development program, Connect South Dakota.


Agriculture

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Recreation Area
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Recreation Area prescribed fire as conditions allow on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Parker Fifth Grader Wins SD Arbor Day Poster Contest
Mara Mohr, a fifth grade student at Parker Elementary School, is the winner of the 2019 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Education

Dakota Prairie Elementary in Brookings earns national recognition
The American School Counselor Association has announced Dakota Prairie Elementary in Brookings as a Recognized ASCA Model Program. The school will be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Boston in July.

Human Services

2019 Governor’s Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Awards.

Transportation

Traffic Update: Highway 14 Utility and Concrete Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are closing three of the five lanes on Highway 14 and installing traffic control creating a two-way traffic situation today.

Lane Closures at I-29 and I-90 Interchanges
On Tuesday morning, April 23, Department of Transportation bridge maintenance staff will be doing routine inspections of the I-29 and I-90 interchange bridges.


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Noem Announces Leopold Conservation Award Winner
In conjunction with Earth Day, Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Johnson Farms of Frankfort has been selected for the 2019 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award.

Public Safety

Faulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that happened west of Faulkton.

Name Released In Walworth County Fatal Crash
AKASKA, S.D. – A Selby, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Akaska.


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Governor's Weekly Column: 100 Days of Progress
It’s been just over 100 days since I took office, and in that time, we’ve made some real progress. I signed 222 bills into law, met with hundreds of South Dakotans, and hit all four corners of the state to listen to peoples’ priorities and share some of mine.

Public Safety

Proclamation, Youth Safety Program Remind Drivers To Be Safe
PIERRE, S.D. – Once again this year, a Governor’s Proclamation is being used to remind motorists of all ages that being safe drivers not only protects them, but others.

Walworth County Fatal Crash
AKASKA, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred north of Akaska.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Robert Murray Dies
Inmate Robert Murray, age 67, passed away April 17 in a comfort care setting at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls following an illness.

Education

State Historical Society presenting Governor’s Awards for History
The South Dakota State Historical Society will recognize three individuals and two organizations with Governor’s Awards for History for their efforts in preserving state history.

Public Safety

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 22-26
PIERRE, S.D. – There is still snow on the ground, but South Dakota officials say the time is now to start preparing for this summer’s eventual severe weather.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Highways 37 and 14 in Huron
Reede Construction will begin work on the intersection of Highway 37 (Dakota Avenue) and Highway 14 in Huron on Monday, April 22.

Construction to Resume on Highway 115
Starting Monday, April 22, the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will resume reconstruction work on Highway 115 from 0.3 miles south of Lincoln County Highway 110 to 0.5 miles north of 272nd Street.


Agriculture

Deadline Approaching for Specialty Crop Block Grants
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds South Dakotans that the deadline for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is May 1, 2019.

Education

State Historical Society holding preservation essay contest
The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is holding an essay contest for fourth-grade students.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Graduation Ceremony Thursday, April 18
PIERRE, S.D. – Nine new troopers will join the South Dakota Highway Patrol during a graduation ceremony Thursday, April 18, in the state Capitol Rotunda.

Transportation

Construction on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound lane of Highway 34 will be periodically closed from 2nd Street NE to 4th Street SE starting Thursday, April 18.

Highway 73 Asphalt Milling & Asphalt Resurfacing
Crews will begin asphalt milling on Highway 73 between the junction of Hugh Glass Road in Perkins County and the junction of Highway 12, beginning Tuesday, April 23.

Prep Work Has Begun on SD Highway 37 South of Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says preparation work has begun on Highway 37 south of Mitchell for the eventual construction of turn lanes.

Bridge Work Begins on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says project to repair six bridges on Interstate 90 will begin with the structure located three miles west of Exit 131 (Cactus Flats) on Tuesday, April 23.


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Noem Commemorates 100 Days as Governor
Governor Kristi Noem today commemorated her first 100 days as South Dakota’s 33rd governor.

Transportation

I-90 Eastbound Closed at the Valley Springs Rest Area into Minnesota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will be closing eastbound I-90 from the Minnesota State line (Valley Springs rest area) to three miles east of I-90 Exit 1 in Minnesota beginning Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Box Culvert Replacement In Central City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor is beginning to move in equipment for a project taking place in Central City beginning the week of April 22.

I-90 Construction at Piedmont Continues
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the reconstruction project on Interstate 90 near Piedmont will continue beginning Monday, April 22. Work was delayed one week due to weather.

Spring Load Restriction Release #5
Effective at 10:00 a.m. MDT, April 16, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Work To Begin on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
Reede Construction will begin construction on Highway 212 from just west of Highway 81 to just east of 2nd Street W. in Watertown on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Work was originally scheduled to start April 8, but was postponed due to weather.

Board of Regents

Monte Kramer to Retire as Board of Regents System Vice President of Finance and Administration
Monte Kramer, system vice president of finance and administration, will retire from the system office of the Board of Regents this fall. The search has begun for his successor.


Tourism

County & Regional Tourism Data Released
A recent study released by the Department of Tourism shows that 73% of counties in South Dakota saw increased visitor spending over 2017. This growth correlated with the South Dakota tourism industry’s ninth straight year of record growth in 2018.

Transportation

Pavement Rehabilitation to Begin Through Pierre and Fort Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Tuesday, April 23, to finish the pavement rehabilitation project on highways U.S. 14/U.S. 14B/U.S. 83 and S.D. 34 through Pierre and Fort Pierre. This work was postponed due to the blizzard last week.

Public Input Wanted on the Environmental Study For a Potential New Interchange at I-29 and 85th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), City of Sioux Falls, City of Tea and Lincoln County, will participate in a public open house on Wednesday, April 17, on a potential new interchange at Interstate 29 and 85th Street.


Corrections

State Prison Inmates Travis Mann and Matthew Weddell Placed on Escape Status
Both inmates failed to report to their community service jobsite in Yankton April 13.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Explaining Emergency Declarations
There’s no doubt the storms this spring have been difficult for many of our communities. In March, a bomb cyclone left part of our state underwater and part of our state in dangerous blizzard conditions. April’s Winter Storm Wesley sent another two feet of snow to many areas. The storms damaged our roads, bridges, and culverts while also impacting livestock, homes, and businesses.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ralph Buchhold Dies
State prison inmate Ralph Buchhold died April 12 at the South Dakota State Penitentiary following an illness.

Transportation

I-90 and I-29 Open
Officials are opening the closed portion of Interstate 90 from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls and I-29 from Sioux Falls to the North Dakota border effective immediately. All portions of closed Interstate are now open.

I-90 open Rapid City to Chamberlain I-90 Closed Chamberlain to Sioux Falls I-29 Closed Sioux Falls to ND border
Motorists are cautioned that winter driving conditions of compacted snow and ice, and blowing snow will continue to make travel difficult throughout the day. Slow down, keep the cruise off and be aware conditions can change very quickly.


Public Safety

Gov. Noem Orders State Office Closures In 50 Counties Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered state government offices in 50 counties to be closed all day Friday because of the continuing April snow storm while state government offices in the 16 remaining counties will open either in the morning or afternoon.


Public Safety

Gov. Noem Orders Thursday Closure Of State Offices In 54 Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the Thursday closure of state government offices in the same 54 counties that were closed Wednesday.

I-90 Closing Rapid City to Mitchell I-29 Closing Sioux Falls to Brookings
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are closing Interstate 90 from Rapid City to Mitchell at 5:30 p.m. CDT. I-90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls and I-29 from Sioux Falls to Brookings will both close at 7 p.m. I-29 was closed from Brookings to the North Dakota border earlier this afternoon.

Gov. Noem Orders Closure of State Offices In Blizzard Warning Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the closure of state government offices today in all 52 counties that are part of the current blizzard warning.

Transportation

I-29 and Exit 73 Traffic Signals Operating as Four-Way Stop
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists the traffic signals at the Interstate 29 and Exit 73 interchange (Tea) are not operating under normal conditions.

I-29 Closing Brookings to North Dakota Border
Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are closing Interstate 29 from Brookings to the North Dakota border at 1 p.m. CDT today (April 10) .

South Dakota Lottery

Madison woman claims $390,000 Lucky for Life prize
Barbara Ordal’s fears of an April Fool’s Day prank quickly turned into jubilation when she became the South Dakota Lottery’s latest big winner.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Graduation Ceremony Postponed to Thursday, April 18
PIERRE, S.D. – An expected late-winter storm has postponed this week’s South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper graduation.

State’s Citizens Urged to Prepare Now for Major Mid-Week Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Winter is not yet finished with South Dakota as the state braces for another storm scheduled to sweep through the state this week.

Names Released In Lyman County Fatal Crash
KENNEBEC, S.D. – A Pukwana, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred last Thursday morning on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation northeast of Kennebec.

State’s Citizens Urged to Prepare Now for Major Mid-Week Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Winter is not yet finished with South Dakota as the state braces for another storm scheduled to sweep through the state this week.

Transportation

Highway 85 Bridge Deck Overlays
Crews are scheduled to begin work the week of April 15, 2019 on the structures over Polo Creek on Highway 85 south of Interstate 90 Exit 17.

Highway 14A Utility & Concrete Work in Deadwood
Crews have begun utility work on the city portion of a construction project taking place this summer on Highway 14A through Deadwood.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Holds Recruit Graduation Ceremony Friday, April 12
PIERRE, S.D. – Nine new recruits officially become South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers at a graduation ceremony this Friday, April 12.

Transportation

Highway 18 Construction Near Tripp to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is scheduled to begin a project on Highway 18 near Tripp on Monday, April 15.

3rd Avenue SE Work in Aberdeen
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin bridge work on 3rd Avenue SE over Moccasin Creek in Aberdeen on Tuesday, April 9.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 8-12
Work Zone Safety: Drive Like You Work Here

Road Work Postponed on Burr Street in Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the work originally scheduled to resume today on Burr Street from Walmart to McDonalds on has been postponed until the weather improves and the storm system expected this week passes.

Postponed: Pavement Rehabilitation to Begin Through Pierre and Fort Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work scheduled to start on Tuesday, April 8, to finish the pavement rehabilitation project on highways U.S. 14/U.S. 14B/U.S. 83 and S.D. 34 through Pierre and Fort Pierre will be postponed at least one week due to weather.

Work Delayed on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction on Highway 212 from just west of Highway 81 to just east of 2nd Street W. in Watertown will be delayed until next Monday, April 15, 2019.


Public Safety

Name Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Huron, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred two miles east of Mitchell.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Advancing Habitat
I’ve always loved being outside. Whether it was fishing with my dad, bow hunting with my daughters, or shooting birds with Booker, being under the South Dakota sky clears my head. I know many of you feel the same way. It’s part of our South Dakota way of life.

Education

Churches, Aberdeen bakery highlighted in “South Dakota History”
Early churches and an Aberdeen bakery are featured in the annual historic preservation issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

State Historical Society Annual History Conference April 26-27 in Pierre
“New Insights into Old Stories” is the theme for the 2019 annual history conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society, to be held April 26-27 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.

Public Safety

April 7-13 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Victims’ Services program urges citizens this month to remember the victims of crime, especially children.

Lyman County Fatal Crash
KENNEBEC, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Thursday morning on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation northeast of Kennebec.

Board of Regents

New Agreement Directs Operation at Sioux Falls Center
The South Dakota Board of Regents approved parameters contained in a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among three South Dakota public universities to redefine the governance, funding, and operations model for University Center-Sioux Falls.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Declares Statewide Day of Prayer
Governor Kristi Noem has declared Sunday, April 7, 2019, a Statewide Day of Prayer for South Dakotans affected by the flooding and disastrous conditions.

Noem Appoints Supreme Court Justice
Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Patricia Jean DeVaney to serve on the South Dakota Supreme Court. The appointment fills the open vacancy in the 3rd Supreme Court District created by the Late Justice Steven Zinter.

Agriculture

NEWS RELEASE – SPRING HORSE HEALTH REMINDERS
South Dakota horse owners are reminded to consider routine vaccinations in preparation for spring and summer equine activities.

Human Services

State’s SBVI Division Holding Public Forum
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will be holding a public forum on April 26.

Transportation

Highway 115 (Minnesota Avenue) to Re-open to Traffic
Starting Friday, April 5, at noon, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will re-open Highway 115 from 0.3 miles south of Lincoln County Highway 110 to one-half mile north of 272nd Street in Sioux Falls until weather conditions improve.

Bridge Work North of Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin bridge repair work on Highway 85 at Four Mile Creek and proceed north to the Moreau River on Monday, April 8.

Road Work to Resume on Burr Street in Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is scheduled to resume construction work on Burr Street from Walmart to McDonalds on Monday, April 8.

Work Begins on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
Reede Construction will begin construction on Highway 212 from just west of Highway 81 to just east of 2nd Street W. in Watertown on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Temporary Traffic Signals on Rice Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be putting temporary traffic signals into operation on Rice Street in Sioux Falls beginning Tuesday, April 9.

Pavement Rehabilitation to Begin Through Pierre and Fort Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Tuesday, April 9, to finish the pavement rehabilitation project on highways U.S. 14/U.S. 14B/U.S. 83 and S.D. 34 through Pierre and Fort Pierre.

Board of Regents

Dakota State Advances Plans for Ph.D. Program in Cyber Defense
With action Wednesday to approve it, a new doctoral program in cyber defense at Dakota State University will address growing cyber threats and workforce needs, while providing DSU graduates with a foundation in security issues, practices, politics, risk analysis, and cultures of terrorism, as well as research methodology and practice.

New Master’s Degree in Special Education First of its Kind for SD University System
To address a critical need for special education teachers across this state and region, the South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved offering a new online master’s degree in K-12 special education from Black Hills State University.

Regents Approve Tuition & Fee Rates for 2019-20
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $300.27 per year, or 3.4 percent.

Student Groups from BHSU and SD Mines Recognized for Excellence
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for excellence in academic, community, and organizational work.


Education

State Library to host Scan Day events
The South Dakota State Library will host Scan Day events in three communities in April. At Scan Day events, digitization staff from the State Library bring scanning and photography equipment to a community and digitize personal photographs, documents and objects, free of charge.

Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – One person has died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred two miles east of Mitchell.

Flood Insurance Assistance Meetings April 8-9-10 In Brookings, North Sioux City, Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. – Federal flood insurance assistance meetings are scheduled for three South Dakota communities next week, April 8-9-10.

Board of Regents

Regents Approve Academic Program Requests to Develop Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from five public universities to meet emerging workforce trends across the state.


Agriculture

Dicamba Cutoff Date Established for 2019
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) establishes a June 30 cutoff date for dicamba products.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Unveils New Interactive Water Quality Database Map
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched a new interactive database map providing the public internet access to water quality data for South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Public Safety

Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people killed Friday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Hot Springs.

Transportation

Highway 16 & Neck Yoke Road Lighting Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction will start to install roadway lighting on Highway 16 at the intersection with Neck Yoke Road, near Reptile Gardens, on Monday April 8, 2019.

South Dakota Lottery

Winning Lucky for Life ticket sold in Brookings
The South Dakota Lottery has its latest big winner as a result of Monday’s Lucky for Life drawing.


Education

State Historical Society Biography Named Multi-Award Finalist
A book the South Dakota State Historical Society released in September 2018 has been named a finalist for three national awards.

Transportation

DOT Seeking Nominations for Transportation Hall of Honor
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is accepting nominations for consideration to be inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

S.D. 11 Bridge Over Split Rock Creek Open
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has opened the bridge on Highway 11 over Split Rock Creek located about two-and-a-half miles south of Brandon.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Funds Second Century Habitat Initiative
Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB176, a bill to increase habitat programs and strengthen the future of pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – Two people died Friday night when they were hit by a truck one mile west of Hot Springs.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Weekly Column: Enhancing Our Energy Potential
I’ve long supported an all-of-the-above approach when it comes to energy.

Noem Approves a Balanced Budget for FY2020
This week, Governor Kristi Noem signed final appropriations bills for FY2020.

Education

Program about Gitchie Manitou murders to be presented at Cultural Heritage Center
Murders that shocked the heartland will be the focus of an April 9 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Noem Announces Nearly $55.0 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $55.0 million for water, wastewater, and solid waste projects.

Public Safety

DPS Schedules 20 Sobriety Checkpoints for April
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety says 20 sobriety checkpoints will be held in 17 counties statewide during the month of April.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on Highway 115 (Minnesota Avenue)
Starting Wednesday, April 3, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin reconstruction work on Highway 115 from 0.3 miles south of Lincoln County Highway 110 to 0.5 miles north of 272nd Street in Sioux Falls.


Environment and Natural Resources

Manganese in Drinking Water
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is reviewing available manganese data from regulated public drinking water systems to determine if levels are higher than EPA health advisory levels published in 2004.

Health

Health Department Hosts Legionnaires Prevention Workshop
The Department of Health will host a workshop for cooling tower owners, operators, installers, and water treatment consultants on the proper operation and maintenance of cooling towers to prevent cases of Legionnaires disease. The training will be held Wednesday, April 10th at the Sioux Falls Health Department, 521 North Main Avenue. Registration is free.

Public Safety

Names Released In Sanborn County Fatal Crash
LETCHER, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people who died last Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Letcher.

Transportation

Highway 85 Bridge Work at Belle Fourche
Crews are scheduled to begin bridge repair work at the following locations along Highway 85 near Belle Fourche starting the week of April 8, 2019.

Construction on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the construction of Highway 34 from 2nd Street NE south to the start of the divided highway on 10th Street SE in Madison will start Monday, April 1.

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 28 Preservation, Rehabilitation and Replacement Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $13.93 million at their meeting today in Pierre.


Governor Kristi Noem

Ellsworth Air Force Base to Welcome B-21 Training and Operational Squadron to Its Fleet
Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued the following statements after the U.S. Air Force announced that Ellsworth Air Force Base has officially been selected to receive the new B-21 training and operational squadron, which means it will be the first of three bases nationwide to host the B-21 bomber in its fleet. Infrastructure spending will begin in fiscal year 2021.

Noem Signs Pipeline Package into Law
Governor Kristi Noem today signed the Pipeline Package, SB189 and SB190, into law. Introduced by Noem, these bills are a legislative solution to ensure the safety and efficiency of pipeline construction in South Dakota.

Noem Issues Style and Form Veto for HB1186
Governor Kristi Noem today issued a Style and Form Veto for HB1186 to fix a drafting error and clarify legislative intent. Noem sent the following message to the South Dakota House of Representatives:

Noem Issues Style and Form Veto for SB176
Governor Kristi Noem today issued a Style and Form Veto for SB176 to fix a drafting error and clarify legislative intent. Noem sent the following message to the South Dakota Senate:

Corrections

Inmate Marlon Dumarce Placed on Escape Status
Dumarce failed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center March 27 following a search for work release employment.

Transportation

Culvert and Erosion Control Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin a culvert repair and erosion control project on highways in the western part of the state on Thursday, April 4.


Transportation

Highway 37 James River Bridge Public Information Meeting in Huron
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with Duininck Inc., will hold an open house style public meeting for the Highway 37 James River Bridge project north of Huron on Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

Updated Roadway Reopened Highway 14 Closed From Wall to Highway 73
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation have closed Highway 14 between Exit 112 at Wall and Highway 73 at Philip, effective immediately.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Appoints Sixth Circuit Judge
Governor Kristi Noem today appointed M. Bridget Mayer to serve as judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Governor's Column: South Dakota Grit In The Face of Storms
Earlier this month, our state was hit by a bomb cyclone – an unusual name to match unusual circumstances. The middle of our state got buried in snow, while the southeast corner was devastated by four inches of rain fallen on frozen ground, sending it into the river and causing major flooding throughout the region.

Education

Decorate eggs at the Cultural Heritage Center Eggstravaganza April 13
Spring has sprung, and visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre can celebrate by decorating their own special egg on Family Fun Saturday, April 13.

Public Safety

Sanborn County Fatal Crash
LETCHER, S.D. – Two people died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Letcher.

Transportation

Highway 212 Public Information Meeting in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Reede Construction, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Highway 212 project on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in Watertown.


Public Safety

Search Continues for Garbage Truck, Occupants Reported Missing Near Mitchell
PIERRE, S.D. – A joint state-county agency search continued Sunday on the James River for two missing men who were last known to be operating a garbage truck.