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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Preparing For A Lean Year
In 1963 Gov. Archie Gubbard signed a bill into law which requires governors to submit an annual budget report to the Legislature. The report must be given to each member of the state Legislature on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in December.

News Tips
On Thursday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak about his proposed budget at a Huron Chamber coffee hour at the Huron Event Center.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-229 Major Investment Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1201 North West Avenue, to inform area residents of the findings and recommended potential improvements for inclusion in a twenty year improvement plan for the I-229 corridor.

I-90 – Exit 14 – Colorado Boulevard One Lane Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that Colorado Boulevard between Heritage Drive and 27th Street will be reduced to one lane on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual budget address on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FSA County Committee election deadline extended
The deadline to submit ballots for the USDA Farm Service Agency 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote.

Seriously Twisted Fun at the 2017 SD State Fair
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s State Fair Park has announced the theme for the 2017 South Dakota State Fair-- “Seriously Twisted Fun.”

Education

State Historical Society announces spring Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the first round of the 2017 Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Feb. 1, 2017, for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2017.

Human Services

Caughtery Named 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services
Jim Caughtery with J&C Construction of Brookings has been recognized by the South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) as a 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Bison industry a bright spot in the agriculture economy
In this SD Ag Chat, hear more about the growing demand for this niche market meat.

Education

Local museums to promote Pierre/Fort Pierre through Business Appreciation Days in December
From Friday-Sunday, Dec. 9-11, the Bad River Museum Directors will host Business Appreciation Days at four participating museums in Pierre and Fort Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Black Hills Snowmobile Trails Open December 15
The Black Hills recently received up to 3 feet of snow, but South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials want to remind snowmobilers that the snowmobile trail system does not open until Dec. 15.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for December
PIERRE, S.D. – Along with everything else that is part of the holidays, the South Dakota Highway Patrol will spend time in December reminding people not to mix too much celebration with driving.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Is Open US Highway 85 Remains Closed
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 to traffic between Spearfish Exit 10 and Piedmont Exit 44 in both directions. I-90 is now fully open.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jeffrey Connolly As Seventh Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jeffrey Connolly of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeks Information on Missing Woman
The Day County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking information regarding the disappearance of Janita Abraham, 60, Waubay.

Public Safety

Passage of Marsy’s Law to Impact DPS Dissemination of Information
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety say a recently passed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution will limit the type of information that can be made available to the public, media and other professions.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person was killed and two others injured in a two-vehicle crash early Monday afternoon east of Yankton.

Transportation

Portion of I-90 Opening Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
State officials are adjusting the I-90 road closure to open the section from Exit 44 to Exit 55. I-90 will remain closed between Exit 14 at Spearfish and Exit 44 at Piedmont.

Interstate 90 Closed From Spearfish to Rapid City
State officials have closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between Exit 10 at Spearfish and Exit 55 at Rapid City effective immediately on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29.

Hartford Exit 387 Overpass Reopened
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the repairs at Exit 387 overpass south of Hartford have ceased for the winter and the bridge is open to two-way traffic.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jacob Krull
Former state legislator Jacob J. “Jake” Krull of Watertown passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.

Education

December Smithsonian Saturday program at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on space
The next Smithsonian Saturday program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, and will focus on the effort to research space using radio telescopes and various telescopes already working in deep space.


Corrections

Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate David A. Bujarski was apprehended in Wall, SD on Nov. 26 by a Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputy.


Public Safety

Hyde County Fatal Crash
HIGHMORE, S.D. – Two people died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning south of Highmore.


Corrections

Work Release Inmate Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate David Bujarski has been placed on escape status after failing to return from his work release job.

Revenue

Holiday Season Quickly Approaching: Use Tax Due on Online Purchases
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue wants to remind South Dakotans that state and municipal tax may be due on purchases made online.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Christmas at the Capitol
When she was in the third grade, Linda Krutzfeldt received a Colorado blue spruce seedling. It was 1986 and a South Dakota Department of Agriculture forester was giving an Arbor Day presentation at Linda’s school in Huron. To go along with his presentation, the forester brought little trees for the children.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 68th Annual South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Watertown at the Ramkota & Event Center.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Diaz Conviction
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction and sentence of Maricela Nicolasa Diaz for the murder of Jasmine Guevara.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--Greenway: Proud of Being a Farmer, Proud to Tell His Story
South Dakota farmer Brad Greenway is proud of what he does for a living.

Connecting Agriculture: Thanking Our Firefighters
The weather this fall across much of South Dakota has been unseasonably warm and dry.

Public Safety

Emergency Management’s Credentialing System Hits 10,000 Milestone
PIERRE, S.D. – A milestone has been reached for a credentialing system which was created by the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to better identify resources needed for disasters or special events.

Social Services

South Dakota SNAP Earns Second Federal Performance Bonus
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will receive its second bonus for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015 for administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Transportation

Main Street Intersection Work in Sturgis
On Monday, Nov. 28, the intersections of Fourth and Main Street and Harley Davidson Way and Main Street will close to allow crews to reconstruct these intersections.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. William Johnson
Former state legislator William J. “Bill” Johnson of Harding County has passed away.

Dilges Departs As BFM Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jason Dilges has departed his role as Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Bertram Sentenced to Life for Death of his Fiancé
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Russell Ray Bertram, 63, Sioux Falls, was sentenced to life with no opportunity for parole.

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Regarding Same-Sex School Facilities
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Agriculture

Tree from Huron Selected as State Capitol Tree
A 28-foot tall Colorado blue spruce from Huron has been chosen to serve as the featured tree in the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display.

Public Safety

DPS: Travel Safe During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety wants motorists this year to get to and from Grandma’s house – and anywhere else – safely this Thanksgiving.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Robert Roe
Former state legislator Robert A. “Bob” Roe of Brookings passed away on Nov. 18, 2016.

Agriculture

Community Forestry Program Grants Available
Grant funds are available to help preserve forest areas threatened by conversion to nonforest uses.

Burning Permits in the Black Hills May Open Later This Month
Forecasted winter conditions with snow may allow the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division to open up the burn permit season for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District starting the weekend of Nov. 19.

Education

Entertainment for Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House announced
A full afternoon of entertainment is planned for the annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Two new displays opening at Cultural Heritage Center for Holiday Open House
Two new displays featuring quilts and photographs will be opening in time for the annual Holiday Open House event at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Friday, Nov. 25

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to Participate in Seatbelt Safety Campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and local law enforcement will help promote seatbelt safety on both sides of the state Tuesday.

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
VIENNA, S.D. – One person died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash that occurred northeast of Vienna.

Fire Marshal Encourages Fire Safety During Thanksgiving
PIERRE, S.D. – Amidst all of the Thanksgiving Day food and celebration, South Dakotans are being reminded once again to be careful with fires.

Tourism

“Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” Float Appears in the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
During the 75th anniversary year of the completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float will appear in the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Makes Appointment to State Board of Dentistry
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Nick Renemans to the State Board of Dentistry.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. The holiday display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 23 through Dec. 26.

Education

South Dakota sites recognized for efforts with Summer Food Service Program
At a recent gathering of state agency representatives in Arlington, Va., the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized Rapid City Area Schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud for their efforts with the Summer Food Service Program in 2016.

Human Services

Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver Renewal Conversations
Family Support Waiver participants, family members, providers and partners are invited to attend two community conversations and a webinar in December regarding the Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver renewal.

Public Safety

State Departments Remind Citizens to Be Safe in Winter Conditions
PIERRE, S.D. – Winter has officially arrived in South Dakota and state officials remind citizens to be careful if traveling today (Friday).

Transportation

Officials Advising Caution on I-90 and I-29
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation are cautioning drivers of continued dangerous driving conditions this evening and possibly overnight in the southeastern part of the state.

High Winds Creating Hazardous Driving Especially for High Profile Vehicles
Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety are advising motorists that strong winds, snow and icy roads are making travel difficult, especially in the southeastern part of the state.

SDDOT Awards Economic Development Grants
At its Nov. 18, 2016, meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $3.9 million in economic development grants for infrastructure improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Teacher Pay Increases
During the 2016 session, the State Legislature passed a package of three bills, based on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The purpose of these bills was to direct new funding to school districts to increase teacher salaries.

Blue Ribbon Education Package Lifts Average Salary By 11.9 Percent
Preliminary data indicates that South Dakota’s teacher salaries are on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted earlier this year as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package.

Public Safety

DPS Urges Safety As Season’s First Winter Storm Approaches
PIERRE, S.D – With the season’s first major snowstorm expected to reach South Dakota this week, the state Department of Public Safety encourages people to make preparations now.

Transportation

SDDOT Winter Operations Reminder
With the first winter storm of the season on its way to most of South Dakota, the Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists that snowplow crews will be out working to keep roads clear for motorists, but that there are some things they can do to help keep themselves and snowplow drivers safe while traveling.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Coordinating Efforts to Implement Marsy’s Law
South Dakota voters have passed Marsy’s Law, Constitutional Amendment S, supporting victims’ rights.

Paige Wilbur Bock Appointed by Attorney General Jackley to Board of Pardons and Paroles
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the appointment of Paige Wilbur Bock of Sioux Falls, SD to the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Education

State Historical Staff presenting photo workshop this Saturday
Three South Dakota State Historical Society staff members will present a workshop on caring for photographs Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
The 2016 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 244 head will be available for sale.

Outdoor Recreation Projects Funded
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded a total of $429,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) money to several communities.

Human Services

Skantze Named 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services
Ted Skantze was recognized by the South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) as a 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services.

Labor and Regulation

Youth Minimum Wage Referendum Fails
The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office has completed its official canvas of votes and declared Referred Law 20 failed.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 81 Opening Near Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 81 between 10th Avenue N. and 18th Avenue N. will be completely open to traffic on Thursday, Nov. 17.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Statement On Medicaid
Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement about discussions surrounding Medicaid expansion.

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The 2016 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. CST.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Campbell County Death Investigation Concluded
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Campbell County Sheriff Lacey Perman confirm today they have concluded their investigation into the death of Mark Dean Bechtold, 53, Herreid.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Crop Production Reports Have More Impact on Markets Than the Election
In this SD Ag Chat, hear from Stewart-Peterson Group senior market advisor Bryan Dougherty on why he doesn’t see this year’s Presidential election having a major impact on grain or livestock markets.

Education

Board holds first public hearing on proposed CTE standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed career and technical education standards in six career clusters earlier today.

Transportation

Highway 81 Getting A Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the city of Watertown, has installed a new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon on Highway 81 between the intersections of East Highland Boulevard and 12th Avenue NE.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Mental Health Task Force Submits Recommendations To Gov. Daugaard
The South Dakota task force studying mental health and criminal justice today submitted a report with 15 recommendations for consideration by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint David Lust To District 34 State House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard confirmed today that he will appoint Rep. David Lust of Rapid City to fill a vacant seat in the state House representing District 34.

Education

"There's Snowplace like the Cultural Heritage Center" for a holiday open house
Residents of and visitors to Pierre are encouraged to attend this year's annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society, which will be held from 12-4:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Names Released in Campbell County Fatal Crash
POLLOCK, S.D. – A 29-year-old Herreid, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred late Saturday night north of Pollock.

Transportation

Guardrail Maintenance in Spearfish Canyon
Crews will begin repairing sections of guardrail on Highway 14A north of Savoy in Lawrence County beginning on Monday, Nov. 21.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Cleaning up the range
HURON, S.D. - Dakota Tschetter and his brother, Lance, didn’t have the idea of shooting range reclamation in their strategic plan, but when the opportunity was presented, as young entrepreneurs, the Tschetters accepted the challenge.


Public Safety

Campbell County Fatal Crash
POLLOCK, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred late Saturday night north of Pollock.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Real Heroes
Politicians have a tendency to try to take credit for things, especially in an election year. They talk about how many jobs they’ve created, how they’ve kept our cities safe and how they’ve assisted the less fortunate. Our veterans, on the other hand, don’t seek the spotlight.

News Tips
The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council will meet at the Pierre Community Work Center on Monday.

Agriculture

SDDA Conducting Forest Action Plan Survey
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation & Forestry Division is updating the South Dakota Forest Action Plan.

Labor and Regulation

Initiated Measure 21 Approved
On Nov. 8, South Dakota voters approved Initiated Measure 21 to set a maximum finance charge for all money lenders licensed under South Dakota Codified Laws chapter 54-4.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – A Rapid City man has died of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Oct. 31 west of New Underwood.

Tourism

Call for Artists: Art for State Buildings Proposals
South Dakota artists have until February 24, 2017, to submit purchase proposals for the Art for State Buildings Program.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Campbell County Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Arson
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Campbell County State’s Attorney Mark Kroontje announced that Lori Brandner, age 42, was sentenced yesterday.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Decreases Spring Turkey Hunting Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission decreased the number of licenses available for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season.

GFP Commission Votes to Allow Anglers to Clean and Eat Fish on the Ice
The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow ice anglers to clean fish species, while on the ice, that do not have water-specific size restrictions.

GFP Commission Proposes Park Fee Exemptions for Military
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed an exemption from the state park entrance license fee to South Dakota military members attending special events.

GFP Commission Approves Shed Hunting on State-Owned Lands
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow shed antler hunting on state owned lands at their November meeting in Brandon last week.

Comments Sought on Missouri River Management Plans
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is requesting comments on fisheries management plans for the four Missouri River reservoirs in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awarded $700,000 to Expand Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) was recently awarded a $700,000 State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA program to increase the number of pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota.


Transportation

Section of I-229 NB to Close for Two Hours on Wednesday
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a section of I-229 northbound will be closed between Louise Ave and I-29 in Sioux Falls on Wednesday night, Nov. 9, from midnight to 2 a.m.

I-90 Exit 14 Update: Approach at KFC Closing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor closed the entrance into the Heritage Plaza by KFC in Spearfish today, Nov. 8.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Amicus to Protect Religious Freedom
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined 12 other State Attorneys General and the Governors of Kentucky and Mississippi in an amicus or “friend of the court” urging the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the religious freedom of students in the Birdville Independent School District (BISD).

Grand Theft Arrest in Brule County
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig confirm that Brian William Biehl, 47, Platte, has been arrested.

South Dakota Joins Wolf Release Challenge to Protect State Wildlife Management and Livestock Interests
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined 16 other states in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief that argues the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) was properly enjoined by the Federal Trial Court from further release of Mexican wolves pending permits from the State of New Mexico. The brief was filed in the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Connect With Consumers, Then Share Facts
Having conversations with consumers to help them understand where their food comes from can be challenging.

Education

Second round of shared services grants awarded to schools
Two proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the second round of the state’s new shared services grant program.

Game, Fish and Parks

Mahto Fire at Bear Butte State Park Under Control
The Mahto fire that burned on the west side of Bear Butte State Park in Meade County is currently in containment status

Many Furbearer Seasons Underway
As of Nov. 5, many of the furbearer seasons across the state began. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) wants to remind individuals to leave trapping equipment or furbearers in traps undisturbed.

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to Host Christmas Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near McCook Lake invites visitors to get in the holiday spirit and step back in time by attending the annual Christmas at the Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 12, from noon to 4 p.m. CST.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Hosts Open House at New Sisseton Office
PIERRE, S.D. – An open house is this Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the new South Dakota Highway Patrol squad office in Sisseton.

Elk Point Driver’s License Exam Station Moving to New Location
PIERRE, S.D. – Elk Point’s driver license exam station moves to a new location later this month.

Highway Patrol Statement on Former Trooper Brian Biehl
PIERRE, S.D. – Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, issued this statement following the Attorney General’s press release Monday morning regarding charges being filed against former trooper Brian Biehl.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Update - Westbound I-90 Opening to Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound I-90 lanes at Exit 14 in Spearfish will be opening this week.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: SD's Rest Area Revitalization Plan
South Dakota currently has 21 rest areas, some of which were constructed as long ago as 1969. Due to age, several of these facilities are in dire need of major maintenance, renovation or complete reconstruction.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will give the welcome at the 2016 South Dakota Risk and Safety Conference on Wednesday.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Maryland Agriculture Producers Face Similar Challenges as South Dakota Producers
Maryland and South Dakota are half a country apart, but their agriculture producers face many of the same challenges.


Agriculture

Specialty Crop Sector in SD Receives Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded about $250,000 to seven specialty crop projects around the state. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Corrections

Department of Corrections Receives U.S. Department of Justice Grant
The South Dakota Department of Corrections has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund a program that will divert female offenders from Pennington County from prison.

Education

Life of a frontier justice to be featured at History Book Club meeting
The life and trials of one of Dakota Territory's first judges will be the subject of the November History and Heritage Book Club meeting on Nov. 15 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Set Clocks Back Sunday, Check Smoke Alarms
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans should be checking both their clocks and smoke alarms this weekend.

Transportation

Hartford Exit 387 15-ton Restriction Lifted
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the 15-ton weight limit at the Exit 387 overpass south of Hartford has been lifted.

Veterans Affairs

T.F. Riggs High School Recognized as National Veterans Day Regional Site for Second Time
T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre was recently notified by United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald that for the second time, Riggs was selected as a designated regional site for the observance of Veterans Day by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee. Riggs was one of more than 40 designated sites nationwide, and the only site in South Dakota.


Agriculture

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, Custer State Park and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Apple Tree prescribed fire on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Ignition will continue Thursday, Nov. 3, as conditions allow.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Redfield
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) event:

Veterans Affairs

Make Your Bucket List for Veterans!
How about considering a bucket list for meaningful things you can do throughout the year for our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country.


Agriculture

Aspen Restoration & Forest Health Workshop
Many areas in the Black Hills and further west have seen quaking aspen stands slowly declining and disappearing over time.

Game, Fish and Parks

Habitat Pays: Knowing Your Options
Our natural resources, the soil we grow our food in, the water we drink and the air we breathe are some of our most valuable resources.

Public Safety

November Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to hold 17 sobriety checkpoints in 16 counties during November.


Public Safety

Names Released in Clark County Fatal Crash
GARDEN CITY, S.D. – A Garden City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a crash that involved two semi trucks near Garden City.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
A state prison inmate from the Rapid City Community Work Center has been placed on escape status after walking away from a community service work site. Inmate Kenneth Hermanson, age 38, left the work site in Rapid City this afternoon and failed to return to the Work Center.

Public Safety

Clark County Fatal Crash
GARDEN CITY, S.D. – One person died Friday afternoon in a crash involving two semi trucks near Garden City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Richard Waddell
Former state legislator Richard Waddell of Isabel passed away on Oct. 28, 2016.

Governor's Column: Decisions Are Made By Those Who Show Up
The presidential election is getting most of the attention this election season, but in South Dakota, voters are deciding much more. Of course, South Dakota has general elections this fall for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and the Public Utilities Commission. We are also voting on ten ballot measures.

News Tips
Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween.

Public Safety

Officials Urge Citizens to Start Preparing for Winter
PIERRE, S.D. – It may not seem like winter yet, but officials of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) say it is still time to make preparations.

Names Released in Edmunds County Fatal Crash
BOWDLE, S.D. – A 16-year-year male died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday night near Bowdle.

Names Released in Meade County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday near Sturgis.

Names Released in Butte County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – A Newell, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night near Newell.

Highway Patrol Graduation Friday, Oct. 28
PIERRE, S.D. – Eight recruits officially join the South Dakota Highway Patrol during a graduation ceremony this Friday, Oct. 28, in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

Social Services

South Dakota Selected to Participate in National Governors Association Learning Lab
South Dakota is one of three states selected to participate in a learning lab to help combat opioid drug use.


Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – A 67-year-old woman died Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash near Newell.

Transportation

Grading Work Moves Into Final Block of Main Street in Sturgis
On Monday, Oct.31, grading and earth moving operations will begin in the final block of Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets.

Rest Area Revitalization Plan Moving Forward
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Department of Tourism continue to move forward with plans to upgrade the state’s rest areas and tourist Welcome Centers as part of the recently published Rest Area Revitalization Plan.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Wessington Springs
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) event:

Attorney General Jackley Addresses Research and Development for Medical Marijuana Derivatives with the FDA and DEA
Attorney General Marty Jackley continues to work with the FDA and DEA to address research and development for medical marijuana and its derivatives.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Veterans Commission Elects Officers for Coming Year
The South Dakota Veterans Commission elected new officers to lead the Commission in enhancing the lives of South Dakota veterans.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor And First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.

Health

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and health officials are reminding women to talk with their health care providers about getting screened for breast cancer.

Public Safety

Edmunds County Fatal Crash
BOWDLE, S.D. – One teen was killed and other teen was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday night near Bowdle.

Transportation

SDDOT Awards Scholarship to SDSU Student
Brian Kidd, a junior in Civil Engineering at South Dakota State University in Brookings, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Exit Ramp to Close Overnight at the I-29/I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is closing one exit ramp at the I-29 and I-229 interchange in Sioux Falls the night of Wednesday, Oct. 26.

I-90 Exit 14 Westbound On-Ramp Opening Today
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound I-90 on-ramp at Exit 14 in Spearfish is opening today, Oct. 25.


Bureau of Human Resources

State Employee Health Plan Will Maintain Open Network
The South Dakota State Employee Health Plan has agreed to terms with Sanford Health to maintain in-network access for its members to all current physicians and services.

Game, Fish and Parks

S.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Events
Campgrounds are open year-round, and several parks will host trick-or-treaters at special events this Halloween season.

Eagle Scout Plants Trees Along Rapid Creek
Eagle Scout John Thorstenson of Troop 72 planted 48 trees and 150 shrubs in the Founders Park area of Rapid Creek on Oct. 8.

Health

Watertown, Rapid City Women Honored For Disease Intervention Work
Ashley Klatt, Watertown, and Summer Gillaspie, Rapid City, have been named 2016 distinguished disease intervention specialists (DIS) by the South Dakota Department of Health.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the S.D. 42 Western Minnehaha County Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Minnehaha County and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to inform area residents on the recommendations of a corridor study for the following roadway corridor:


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: To Show Posterity What Manner Of Men They Were
I never tire of Mount Rushmore. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve visited, but I can say the splendor of South Dakota’s biggest tourist attraction hasn’t worn thin for me.

News Tips
First Lady Linda Daugaard will visit third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms at the Redfield Elementary School to read to students as part of her literacy initiative.

Agriculture

Registration Deadline Approaching-- Students Encouraged to Attend
Oct. 28 is the deadline to register for the pre-events sessions of the South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Mitchell.

Farmers Encouraged to Respond to ARMS II Survey
The US Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey targeting pest management.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Offers Refunds on Archery, Youth and Muzzleloader Deer Licenses
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) issued information about epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) and removing left-over deer licenses and offering refunds to East River firearm hunters for the 2016 season.

Public Safety

Names Released in Clay County Fatal Crash
VERMILLION, S.D. – A Vermillion, S.D., man was killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night at the Vermillion city limits.

Name Released in Marshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – An Eden, S.D., woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash near Langford.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Issues Cottonwood Fire Disaster Declaration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an emergency disaster declaration for Jackson County, in response to damage caused by the 41,000-acre Cottonwood wildfire.

Agriculture

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
With the season changing in the Black Hills, now is the best time to lower the risk of catastrophic fire to your property.

Education

Historical Society book on Great Depression, New Deal now available
A new book from the South Dakota State Historical Society examines the New Deal's effect on families, farmers, miners, youth, women, American Indians and others living during the Great Depression.

Public Safety

Marshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – A 25-year-old woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash near Langford.

Clay County Fatal Crash
VERMILLION, S.D. – One person was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night at the Vermillion city limits.

Social Services

South Dakota SNAP Program Earns Top Ranking and Federal Bonus
South Dakota has received a first place ranking and performance bonus from the United States Department of Agriculture for the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP


Education

Lakota author's new book on Sioux women published by State Historical Society
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve's "Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred" is now available to readers.

Labor and Regulation

State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $8.55/hour to $8.65/hour effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Revenue

New South Dakota commercial, trailer and dealer license plates to be reissued in 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Motor Vehicle division is reissuing commercial, dealer and trailer license plates beginning Jan. 1, 2017.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Omnicare, Inc. to Pay $28.125 Million Healthcare Fraud Settlement
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to reach an agreement with Omnicare Inc.

Education

Nov. 12 Smithsonian Saturday Program at Cultural Heritage Center to focus on women of the West
The next Smithsonian Saturday program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. CDT. It will focus on what it means to be a woman of the American West and what's next for women in America.

Public Safety

Edmunds County Fatal Crash
MINA, S.D. – An Ipswich man has died of injuries sustained in an Oct. 2, 2016 motorcycle crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 12, four miles west of Mina.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 379 Bridge Hit
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an apparent over-height load damaged the underside of the Exit 379 (Humboldt) bridge over westbound lanes of Interstate 90 during the late afternoon of Friday, Oct. 14.

Interstate 29 Bridge Inspections Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing a routine, scheduled inspection on the Interstate 29 bridges over Madison Street at Exit 80 tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Revenue

Deadline approaching for disabled veteran property tax program
PIERRE, S.D.—The Nov. 1, 2016, deadline for eligible disabled veterans to apply for property tax relief is approaching.


Agriculture

Celebrating National Forest Products Week, Oct. 16- 22, 2016
Oct. 16-22, 2016, is "National Forest Products Week."

Game, Fish and Parks

Traditions Remain Strong for South Dakota's Pheasant Opener
Cities and towns rolled out the orange carpet to pheasant hunters today for the traditional pheasant season opener.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Might Qualify for Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge
South Dakota veterans who served in Taiwan between 1955-1979 may be eligible for the Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge.


Public Safety

Name Released in Faulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – A Gettysburg, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning west of Faulkton.


Public Safety

Faulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – A 72-year-old man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning west of Faulkton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Last Great Stronghold For Pheasant Hunting
Pheasant hunting comes as naturally as the changing colors of autumn here in South Dakota. Our hunters look forward to opening day like kids looking forward to Christmas.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the dedication of the Paul Kinsman building, which houses the maintenance equipment for the Bureau of Administration’s Buildings and Grounds.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate In Custody
Inmate Sam Quiver, age 43, was arrested in Rapid City last night. He had failed to return to the unit Oct. 13 after being allowed to search for work release employment.

Education

Kaltsulas selected as 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Beth Kaltsulas (kelt-SUE-less), a math teacher at Yankton Middle School, has been selected as the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

Human Services

State CoP Team, National Partners Meeting in November
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Community of Practice (CoP) state team will be holding their first meeting with their national partners on Nov. 1.

Transportation

I-90 Pavement Repairs Between Piedmont and Tilford
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Exit 40 (Tilford) and Exit 44 (Piedmont), beginning on Monday, Oct. 17.

SDDOT & Custer Co. Seek Public Input into Custer Co. Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Custer County, will hold public open houses to gather public input for help in developing the update to the Custer County Master Transportation Plan.

Highway 85 Belle Fourche River Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work on the bridge over the Belle Fourche River on Highway 85 in Belle Fourche the week of Oct. 17.


Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: A Rewarding Time of Year
Along with the changing of the colors, bawling calves and matured crops mean harvest is here.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Fails to Return From Job Search
Inmate Sam Quiver, age 43, was authorized to leave the unit Oct. 13 to search for work release employment. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return to the unit at the appointed time.

Health

South Dakota Reports First Flu Detection Of Season
South Dakota is reporting its first influenza detection of the 2016-2017 season, a Pennington County resident in the 20-29 age group confirmed with influenza A.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal’s Office Receives State Farm Grant For Smoke Alarm Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Once again this year, the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s office has received a grant from State Farm to help provide smoke alarms to homes that need them.

Transportation

Traffic Switch on I-190 Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says drivers can expect changes to current traffic patterns on the I-190 project in Rapid City next week.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Receives US Small Business Administration STEP Grant
PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that it was awarded another grant from the United State Small Business Administration (SBA), this time a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant in the amount of $116,250.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Resolves Goat Island Dispute
The state of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement with the state of Nebraska and federal authorities to resolve a lengthy dispute over Goat Island, a 500-acre strip of land in the Missouri River.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Mellete County Jailer Sentenced on Accessory to a Felony Charge
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Mellette County States Attorney Zach Pahlke announce that Kimberly K. Dewes, 47, White River, was sentenced to 12 months, with 6 months suspended, in the Winner Jail on one count of accessory to a felony.

Bureau of Administration

Paul Kinsman Building Dedication
The Bureau of Administration maintenance building located on Church Street behind the Becker Hansen Building will be named the Paul Kinsman Building during a ceremony on Monday, Oct.17.

Agriculture

Grants Available to 4-H Clubs and FFA or FCCLA Chapters
The application deadline is quickly approaching for the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Education

Make-and-Take a holiday ornament Nov. 5 at Cultural Heritage Center
Get in the holiday spirit and have some family fun creating handmade holiday ornaments at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CST on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Human Services

State’s Support for Developmentally Disabled Ranked Top Ten Nationally
According to the recently released 2016 Case for Inclusion Report, the South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) operates a system of community supports for South Dakotans with intellectual and developmental disabilities that ranks among the top ten in the country.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Presidential Candidates on 2016 General Election Ballot
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Secretary of State Shantel Krebs jointly clarify the South Dakota general election ballot with regard to Presidential Candidates.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: SDDA Taking Input on Draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is taking input on its draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes to Decrease Spring Turkey Hunting Licenses
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would decrease the number of licenses available for the 2017 spring turkey hunting season.

GFP Prevents Zebra Mussels from Infesting the Belle Fourche Reservoir
Last month, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) staff were on site at the Belle Fourche Reservoir to inspect equipment brought into South Dakota to dredge parts of the water body

GFP to Host Habitat Pays Workshops
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will host Habitat Pays Workshops on Oct. 13, from 3-9 p.m. in Martin and in Philip on Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m.

GFP Commission Proposal Would Allow For Shed Hunting on State-Owned Lands
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allow shed antler hunting on state owned lands at their October meeting.

GFP Commission to Authorize Depredation Permits
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will finalize authorization to the department secretary to use depredation permits to respond to property damage by game animals that cannot be resolved by any other method.

GFP Commission Creates Rules to Facilitate Landowner Management of Impoundments
A new rule created by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission last week will make it easier for landowners to manage created man-made impoundments on their own land.

GFP Commission Changes Fishing and Bait Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed six fishing and bait rules currently in place throughout the state.

GFP Allows Salmon Snagging in Fall 2017
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow Lake Oahe anglers to snag Chinook salmon next fall.

GFP Commission Allows for More Game Fish Spearing Across the State
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission passed a rule to allow more opportunities to spear game fish across the state.

GFP Commission Does Not Establish Fishing Tournament Fees
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission did not adopt a proposal that would have established application fees for fishing tournaments.

Transportation

SDDOT/Rapid City Area MPO Seek Public Input into the U.S. 16 / U.S. 16B (Catron Boulevard) Intersection Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Rapid City MPO and the city of Rapid City, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Oct. 12. on US16/16B corridor study.

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.


Public Safety

Name Released in Tripp County Fatal Crash
CARTER, S.D. – A Moser, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a pickup crash that occurred north of Carter.


Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
CARTER, S.D. – One person has died in a pickup crash that occurred north of Carter.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday
President Obama has proclaimed the week of Oct. 9 – 15 as Fire Prevention Week, and has ordered flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 9, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Governor's Column: Envisioning Spearfish Canyon State Park
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to enjoy a few quiet days in the Black Hills. After the Buffalo Roundup my family and I spent the weekend in Custer State Park, soaking up the beautiful weather and experiencing the leaves changing into their remarkable fall colors.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Boys & Girls Club of Yankton.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Comments on the Backpage.com Arrest
Attorney General Marty Jackley comments on the arrest of the CEO from Backpage.com.

Open Meetings Commission to Convene in Aberdeen
The Open Meeting Commission will meet on October 14, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. (MST) at Beulah Williams Library, Aberdeen, SD.

State Attorneys General Reach Settlement with Retailers USA Discounters
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 49 other State Attorneys General announced a settlement with retailer USA Discounters, also doing business as USA Living and Fletcher’s Jewelers.

Agriculture

2016 South Dakota Agriculture Common Thread Brochure Available
Some of the most up to date information about agriculture in South Dakota (SD) is available in the latest South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) “the common thread” brochure.

Transportation

I190 Silver Street Construction Project: Exit 57 Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 Exit 57 to southbound I-190 in Rapid City will be temporarily closed from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Board of Regents

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


Agriculture

Correctly Planted Trees Can Save You Money
In the correct location, a tree or trees can look nice and save you money. Learn more in the SD Ag Chat.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Michael Merrival was apprehended in Rapid City overnight.

Education

Sioux Falls woman to lead fundraising efforts of South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
Catherine Forsch of Sioux Falls has joined the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation as development director.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Twenty Years in Manufacturing Shows the Value of the Industry
Twenty years is a long time to be in business—just ask Jeff Jacobson and Don Deibert, general manager and former president, respectively, of Counterpart, Inc., based in Brookings, South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Bobbi Rank As Sixth Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Bobbi J. Rank as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Game, Fish and Parks

Reminder to Hunters: CREP Areas May Be Hayed
PIERRE, S.D. – As the pheasant hunting season begins in South Dakota, hunters may find some Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) areas with less-than-anticipated cover conditions.

Public Safety

Authorities Apprehend Pierre Area Fugitive
PIERRE, S.D. – A Wisconsin man, who fled from authorities Wednesday morning east of Pierre, was apprehended in the same area Wednesday night.

Authorities Request Public’s Help in Finding Suspect
PIERRE, S.D. – Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in locating a Wisconsin man who fled from officers Wednesday morning east of Pierre.

Turner County Fatal Crash
FREEMAN, S.D. – Todd Hawke, 50, Marion, S.D., died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday night near Freeman.

Transportation

Tunnel Inspections In The Black Hills
The South Dakota Department of Transportation crews will be dong tunnel inspections the week of Oct. 17-21 for six tunnels located in the Black Hills.

Water Line Work at Main Street and Fourth Street in Sturgis
On Tuesday, Oct.11, work will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Fourth Street to continue the water main line installation on Main Street in Sturgis.

Board of Regents

High School Dual Credit Popular Option for Students
The state’s initiative to financially support college-level dual credit courses taken by high school juniors and seniors is resulting in students with more college credit hours completed and higher GPAs, while also generating significant cost savings for those students and their families.

USD Delivers Criminal Justice Minor Online
The University of South Dakota is now offering a popular minor in criminal justice online. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the new delivery option at its meeting this week.

SDSU to Offer New Engineering Certificate
South Dakota State University will offer a new engineering graphics certificate next year, aimed at students seeking industry-specific skill sets. The South Dakota Board of Regents granted approval for the offering this week.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Manufacturing: Breaking the gender stereotype
In a day and age where women have an increasing presence in the workforce, one woman has been working to engage and empower young women in the manufacturing sector in South Dakota.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Investigating Suspicious Death in Sisseton
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at approximately 5:45 a.m., the Sisseton Police Department responded to a report of a unresponsive individual at a residence in Sisseton.

Education

2016 South Dakota Report Card available
The 2016 South Dakota Report Card, a review of schools’ performance based on multiple indicators, is now available online.

Game, Fish and Parks

Thousands Gather for Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
Picture perfect weather drew near-record crowds for the 51st Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival at Custer State Park.

Public Safety

SD Fire Marshal: Fire Prevention Week Chance to Practice Fire Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s fire marshal says this year’s Fire Prevention Week is a chance for individuals and families to practice fire safety.

Transportation

Pavement Marking on Highways 63 and 20
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says pavement marking work on Highway 63 from the south Dewey County Line to the North Dakota border will start sometime this week.

Railroad Crossing Repairs to Begin on Mountain View Road
On Monday, Oct. 10, crews will begin repairs to the Mountain View Road railroad crossing in Rapid City.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Chasing the South Dakota Dream
Moffatt Products’ South Dakota story began in 1985 as wild goose chase, when founder Dillon Moffatt was told South Dakota was the place to be.