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Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

Environment and Natural Resources

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Environment and Natural Resources

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Human Services

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

Public Safety

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Transportation

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

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


Agriculture

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

Public Safety

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

Revenue

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

Education

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

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

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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

Veterans Affairs

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


Public Safety

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Human Services

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Agriculture

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

Tourism

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Transportation

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

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


Agriculture

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Health

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

Human Services

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Public Safety

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

Transportation

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

Board of Regents

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

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

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

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


Agriculture

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Public Safety

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

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

Revenue

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Education

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

Public Safety

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


Public Safety

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

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


Public Safety

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Health

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

Tourism

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

Revenue

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Corrections

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

Education

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

Human Services

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

Board of Regents

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Education

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

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

Human Services

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

Public Safety

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: The Memory Shall Be Ours
The birth of Memorial Day is much like the birth of America. It is a story of people from different backgrounds uniting as Americans under one flag.

Governor Daugaard Appoints Adam to Board of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Conrad Adam of Pierre to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at Dell Rapids Post 65 American Legion Memorial Day Program at the Veterans Memorial Park in Dell Rapids.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Brandon Man Indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Wayne Jerry Ellingson, 41, Brandon, has been indicted by a Minnehaha County Grand Jury.

Agriculture

Trichomoniasis in South Dakota
Thirteen South Dakota beef herds have been diagnosed with Tritrichomonas foetus (trich) infection since December,

SD Ag Chat: New Executive Secretary for SD FFA
There’s a new leader for one of South Dakota’s student organizations.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Rick Pulfrey, age 54, passed away in a comfort care setting at the South Dakota State Penitentiary earlier today following an extended illness.

Human Services

Department of Human Services Participating In “RespectAbility” Webinar
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and RespectAbility are providing a webinar Monday, June 6, at 1p.m. (CDT). This webinar will cover South Dakota’s practices and initiatives that have led to the highest employment rate for individuals with disabilities in the country.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Caution Driving Safety during Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials urge people to stay safe while traveling this Memorial Day holiday.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

'Business-to-Business Speed-Dating': Investing in International Trade
Business-to-business speed-dating. That’s how Rock Nelson, director of the South Dakota International Trade Center, in Sioux Falls, S.D., describes his participation in Centrallia, a three-day business forum event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that attracts close to 700 people from 30 countries.


Agriculture

“Cow to Cup” 5K Fun Run/Walk to be Held June 4
The “Cow to Cup” 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 in conjunction with Dairy Fest.

SD Ag Chat: Registration Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit is May 31
A variety of topics will be featured at this year’s Governor’s Ag Summit.

Labor and Regulation

Pierre Student Scores Platinum in National Career Readiness Certificate
A Pierre student from T.F Riggs High School scored at the platinum level of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Transportation

Bridge Work to Begin at I-229 & 60th Street North
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be repairing concrete on the deck and columns of the 60th Street North bridge over Interstate 229 in northern Sioux Falls beginning Tuesday, May 31.

Phase 2 Work Begins on Highway 81
Reede Construction, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will begin phase two of the Highway 81 construction in Watertown on Tuesday, May 31.

Construction on Highway 18 East of Pine Ridge
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, work on nine miles of Highway 18 from Pine Ridge to the intersection of BIA Highway 27 will begin Tuesday, May 31.

Revenue

Vendors at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally® can now apply for a 2016 South Dakota Tax License
Vendors doing business at the 2016 Sturgis Rally will need a 2016 South Dakota Sales Tax License for each vendor space before opening for business in South Dakota.

Board of Regents

Timothy Downs to Become Northern State University President​​
Timothy M. Downs, the provost and chief academic officer of New York’s Niagara University, will become the 17th president of Northern State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Thursday.

South Dakota Lottery

$25,146 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Canton
A single ticket sold in Canton matched all five numbers in the May 25, 2016 drawing to win the $25,146 Dakota Cash jackpot.


Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 22-28 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 22-28, 2016 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Governor’s Agricultural Summit Features Panels on Policy, Weather and Conservation
The 2016 Governor’s Agricultural Summit features panel discussions on agricultural policy, the weather’s impact on agriculture, water quality and how some producers implement stewardship and conservation practices on their operations.

Education

Find Summer Food Service sites for youth with a text or toll-free call
Organizations across South Dakota will serve free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Narcan Saves Life of Pierre Man
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer confirm a life was saved with the use of Narcan last night in Pierre. Emergency Responders arrived at a Pierre residence where CPR was being administered to an unresponsive male.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Twelve school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2016.

Public Safety

South Dakota Trio Attends White House Law Enforcement Event
Pierre, S.D. – A three-person group from South Dakota, including two from the Highway Patrol, were at the White House Monday for the launch of the new Department of Justice’s “Advancing 21st Century Policing Project,” of which the Highway Patrol is a participant.

South Dakota, Minnesota Plan Joint I-90 Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – A 22-hour operation designed to promote highway safety will be held on Interstate 90 in South Dakota and Minnesota this weekend.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 37 Bridge Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repair work on the Exit 37, Pleasant Valley Road, bridge over Interstate 90 starting Tuesday, May 31.

Work to begin on Safe Routes to School project in Elk Point
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say a Safe Routes to School project in Elk Point on Court and Dupont Streets will begin the week of May 31, 2016.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Roland A. Chicoine
Former state legislator Roland A. Chicoine of Elk Point passed away on May 19, 2016.

Education

New book on Laura Ingalls Wilder coming in 2017 from State Historical Society
To celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder in 2017, the South Dakota State Historical Society will release a new book on the writer's legacy.

Human Services

State Developmental Center Staff Member Recognized By Dental Association
South Dakota Development Center (SDDC) staff dentist Dr. Dave Peterson has been recognized for his work in the dental profession.

Revenue

South Dakota sales tax increases on June 1
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota state sales and use tax rate will increase from 4 percent to 4.5 percent on June 1.

South Dakota Lottery

Watertown Man Claims $35,658 Dakota Cash Jackpot
When Travis Carrico was buying his Powerball tickets for the May 4, 2016 drawing, the Watertown man decided he may as well get tickets for the other lotto games, too. Among them was a Dakota Cash Quick Pick that ended up winning him the $35,658 Dakota Cash jackpot that night.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks invites outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy South Dakota outdoors with the Parks' Open House Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend.

Governor's Column: Memories Of The 2011 Flood
It is hard to believe that it has been almost five years since the Missouri River flood.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Raising Cattle in SD
May is Beef Month in South Dakota.

Corrections

Missing State Prison Inmate
Minimum-security inmate Paul Steiner left his community service job in Rapid City, SD on May 20, 2016 without authorization.

Education

"Environments" exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center to close on May 24
Visitors have until Tuesday, May 24, to view the successful exhibit "South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times" at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Human Services

Walk-in Tech Support and First Friday Class - iPhone Training
The South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) would like to invite anyone who is a South Dakota resident, has a visual impairment or can’t see to use technology, to participate in the First Friday Computer and Assistive Technology Training.

Public Safety

State Weights & Measures Office Hosts Regional Conference
PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time in 20 years, the Central Weights and Measures Association’s regional conference is being held next week in South Dakota.

Transportation

Resurfacing Work to Begin in Spearfish Canyon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work on an asphalt concrete resurfacing project on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County on Monday, June 6.

Construction at the Intersections on Highway 115: 254th Street and 258th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is beginning today, May 20, to construct a northbound turn lane at the intersection of Highway 115 and 258th Street near Sioux Falls.

Construction on Highway 240 South of Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin paving Highway 240 on Wednesday, May 25, approximately one-half mile south of Interstate 90 Exit 110 to the entrance to the Badlands National Park.

Board of Regents

Three Finalists to Interview for Northern State University President
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today three candidates who are finalists to become the next president at Northern State University.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Georgia-based Manufacturing Company to Retain EMPI Jobs in Clear Lake
CLEAR LAKE, S.D. – Clear Lake received welcome news recently as Precision Partners, Inc., (PPI), an innovative manufacturing company based in Athens, Ga., announced its plans to retain the current workforce at the EMPI plant in Clear Lake.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Local Law Enforcement Confirms Homicide Investigation in Grant County
Local law enforcement is conducting a homicide investigation in Grant County. A body was discovered by a landowner on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 17, in rural western Grant County.

Agriculture

Helicopter Exercise at Angostura Lake
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit at Angostura Lake on Friday, May 20

Human Services

Public Meetings on State Plan for Independent Living Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), South Dakota Independent Living Council (SILC), the Centers for Independent Living/Independent Living Choices, Native American Advocacy Program, and the Western Resources for Independent Living are hosting four public meetings on the State Plan for Independent Living.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to hold Women’s Recruiting Seminars
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol once again is reaching out to women who may want to become state troopers.

Transportation

Highway 11 Pavement Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin pavement repairs on Highway 11 from Highway 42 to Corson in Minnehaha County on Monday, May 23.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley to Lead National Attorneys General Delegation to Israel
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General will lead the delegation of Attorneys General to Israel on May 25-June 1, 2016.

Agriculture

Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 11
Agriculture has long been the foundation of South Dakota history. The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

Education

Oahe Chapel to host Sunday services
Sunday morning services at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe north of Pierre will begin on May 29.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to Conduct “Move Over” Campaign Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers Friday will focus on encouraging motorists to move over.


Education

June Smithsonian Program at Cultural Heritage Center about Hank Aaron
The featured Smithsonian program on Sunday, June 5, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is about baseball great Hank Aaron.

Prevent ‘summer slide’ while students are out of school
The South Dakota Department of Education encourages families to read throughout the summer.

Board of Regents

Board Honors Departing Presidents and Student Regent
The South Dakota Board of Regents has honored two departing university presidents and a student regent for their service to the state’s system of public higher education.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

National Police Week Events Scheduled
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to ask South Dakotans to take a moment to reflect on the contributions that police officers make to our communities and to honor those officers who have been lost in the line of duty.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--June Surveys Ask What Crops SD Farmers Planted
Next month (June), farmers will be asked to answer surveys that ask how many acres of what crops farmers were able to plant.

Education

Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its meeting earlier today.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 20-22
The unofficial kickoff to summer begins this weekend with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend May 20-22. The statewide event waives entrance fees and allows free fishing for residents and nonresidents.

GFP Commission Proposes West River Deer Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the utilization of free antlerless deer licenses available to landowners.

Archery Deer Season Proposal Would Open More Areas for Antlerless Deer Harvest
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would open more of the state for deer hunters to harvest antlerless whitetail deer during the archery season.

GFP Commission Proposes More Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 400 resident and 32 more nonresident antlerless whitetail deer hunting licenses for the 2016 Black Hills deer hunting season. There were no antlerless tags available in the Black Hills for 2015.

GFP Commission Proposes East River, Muzzleloader and National Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed an increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2016. There would be 4,220 fewer one-tag licenses, 5,075 more two-tag licenses and 1,400 more three tag licenses compared to 2015.

GFP Receives $50,000 Grant from Black Hills Fly Fishers for Pactola Basin Improvements
A non-profit group of over 200 members recently donated $50,000 to improving water quality and fish habitat in the Black Hills.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol remembers troopers killed in line of duty
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers who have made the ultimate sacrifice are being remembered again this week.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On May 15
President Barack Obama has proclaimed Sunday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Sunday in honor of peace officers’ contributions and sacrifices.

Public Safety

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Hill City man, identified as Andrew Burch, 25, was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday night in Hill City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A New Addition To Peter Norbeck’s Park
Peter Norbeck was a very accomplished public servant. He served South Dakota as a legislator, lt. governor, governor and United States senator from 1909 to 1936.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Mary Anne Boyd To GFP Commission
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Mary Anne Boyd of Yankton to serve on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will interview with Jerry Oster on WNAX (570 AM) out of Yankton.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Crime in South Dakota 2015 Publication Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley released today the Crime in South Dakota 2015 report.

Two Men Arrested in Child Sexual Abuse Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling and Tripp County States Attorney Alvin Pahlke confirm that Donald Kelvin Story, 52, Dallas and Richard Dean Sund, 52, Colome, have been charged and arrested by complaint on child sexual abuse charges.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One man was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday night in Hill City, S.D.


Agriculture

Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit Registration Quickly Approaching
Registration for the seventh annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will close on May 31.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Commissioner Gill Selected For U.S. Army War College Seminar
Commissioner Laurie Gill, head of the Bureau of Human Resources, will spend part of next month joining the national security conversation at the 62nd annual U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Turner County Man Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Jeremy Robert Elliot, 35, Parker, was sentenced to 15 years with 5 suspended in the state penitentiary for aggravated assault and 5 years all suspended for possession of a controlled substance, Tetrahydrocannabinol.

Pennington County States Attorney Mark Vargo Honored by State’s Attorneys Association and States Attorney Officers Elected
The South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association honors Pennington County States Attorney Mark Vargo as Prosecutor of the Year.

Attorney General Explanation Released for Referred Law 19
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today he has delivered to the Secretary of State an Attorney General Explanation for Referred Law 19.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to offer Northern League baseball program on Saturday, May 21
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, in conjunction with its exhibit "Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota," will host a program about the former Northern League of baseball teams from South Dakota at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, May 21, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $650,000 for Waste Tire Cleanups
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $650,000 in grant assistance to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources to fund waste tire collections and other solid waste cleanups.

Transportation

Update on Bridge Work on Highway 248
State crews have completed repairs to a bridge structure on Highway 248 approximately 1.5 miles east of Cactus Flats and will begin repairs on a second structure 1.5 miles west of Kadoka.

Board of Regents

USD Launches Doctoral Program in Health Sciences
A new doctoral program in health sciences at the University of South Dakota, to be delivered online, will prepare practicing health care professionals for leadership roles in academics, research, and clinical practice settings.

SDSU Adds Associate-Degree Programs in Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls-area students can take advantage of two new associate-degree programs to be offered starting this fall at University Center-Sioux Falls.

SDSU and School of Mines to Offer Master of Engineering Degree
A new degree, the master of engineering, was approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents for its two engineering schools, South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

New Public University Programs Develop South Dakota’s Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a new associate degree in human services at Black Hills State University, as well as minor and certificate programs at other universities, to meet emerging employment trends across South Dakota.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grand Jury Issues Indictment Charging Bollen with Unauthorized Disposal of Personal Property Subject to Security Interest
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on Friday, May 6, 2016, a Brown County grand jury issued an indictment charging Joop Bollen, 52, Aberdeen.

Agriculture

Aberdeen Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Summer Ryan, a fifth grade student at O.M. Tiffany Elementary School in Aberdeen is the winner of the 2016 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Labor and Regulation

Employment Program Helps Seniors Gain Skills
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) provides part-time work experience and training opportunities to residents 55 years or older through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Webinar
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a webinar Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Public Safety

Names Released in Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – A Tarkio, MO woman, identified as Casondra Caudill, has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon on Interstate 29 near Elk Point.

Highway Patrol Accepting Applications for Next Trooper Class
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has begun the search for its next group of state troopers.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rapid Growth at Interstates Leads to Building Expansion, Adding Jobs
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If John A. Franken could describe his business philosophy, it would be simple: make a positive impact for his customers. That’s just what he did when he started Johnny’s Electric, now Interstates, in the 1950s and that’s just what the company is continuing to do today in Sioux Falls.


Game, Fish and Parks

New Custer State Park Visitor Center Dedicated Friday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard was on hand Friday to help dedicate the new visitor center at Custer State Park.

Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – One person died and four others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon on Interstate 29 near Elk Point.

South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed May 13-14
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed statewide for two days later this week.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Travel -- Good For The Soul, Good For South Dakota
The late travel writer Eugene Fodor once said you don’t have to be rich to travel well. Here in South Dakota, we think that’s especially true.

News Tips
First Lady Linda Daugaard will visit the Klein, Littleburg and Lakeview elementary schools of the Todd County School District to read to students as part of her literacy initiative.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Priscilla Black Spotted Horse died May 5 at a Sioux Falls hospice care facility.

Public Safety

Schedule Changes Announced for Vermillion, North Sioux City Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. --- Schedule changes have been announced for the North Sioux City and Vermillion driver license exam stations.


Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring May as “Beef Month” once again this year in South Dakota.

SD Beef Industry Council Celebrating May Beef Month
May has been designated as Beef Month in South Dakota again this year.

Education

May is Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
May is being celebrated as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

May 7 Smithsonian Saturday program at Cultural Heritage Center to focus on American Art
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a program from the Smithsonian American Art Museum entitled "Nineteen American Masterworks" with Art Historian William Kloss on Saturday, May 7, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

Summer Employment Services for Young Adults
Summer is right around the corner and many young adults are finalizing their summer employment plans.

Tourism

Dept. of Tourism Encourages Travelers to Find Their Great Place
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has launched a social media campaign encouraging travelers to “find their great place” in South Dakota while on vacation.

Transportation

Main & Middle St. Intersection Closing in Sturgis
On Friday, May 6, the intersection of Main and Middle Streets will close in Sturgis for water line, storm sewer and grading work activities.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents’ Statement on the Passing of Colette Abbott
The South Dakota Board of Regents issued the following statements today on the passing of Colette Abbott, spouse of University of South Dakota President James Abbott and the First Lady of USD.

South Dakota Lottery

$35,658 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Watertown
A single ticket sold in Watertown hit the $35,658 Dakota Cash jackpot for the May 4, 2016 drawing.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Statement On The Passing Of Colette Abbott
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today on the passing of Colette Abbott, wife of USD President Jim Abbott.

State Agencies Develop Zika Protective Measures
At the direction of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, two state agencies are working together to protect against the potential threat of the Zika Virus.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Response to Recommendation to Significantly Reduce or Decriminalize Controlled Substance Use in South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley responds to the Urban Institute recommendation that South Dakota reduce possession and ingestion of a controlled substance to a misdemeanor.

OLYMPUS AMERICA, INC. PAYS $306 MILLION DOLLARS TO RESOLVE ALLEGATIONS OF ANTI-KICKBACK VIOLATIONS
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle United States et al., ex rel. John Slowik v. Olympus America, Inc., et al., 10-5994 (District of New Jersey). The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that Olympus, and certain of its subsidiaries, paid illegal kickbacks to healthcare providers.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FFA Agriscience Contest Encourages Researchers
Reliable scientific research is an important component of implementation and acceptance of modern agricultural practices.

Education

History of Mount Rushmore to be Commemorated at Book Club Meeting
A unique look at the history of Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be presented at the May 10 meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Transportation

Asphalt overlay on Highway 65 Dupree to Isabel
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction work will begin on Highway 65 from two miles east of Dupree to three miles west of Isabel starting Thursday, May 5.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin near Gettysburg
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a resurfacing project on Highway 212 from Gettysburg east to Lebanon in Potter County will begin on Monday, May 9.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Residence Tours To Begin In June
The sixth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

National Association of Attorneys General Summit Concludes
Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) confirms the conclusion of the 2016 Attorneys General Presidential Summit.

Public Safety

Homeland Security Conference Begins Today
PIERRE, S.D. – Topics covering preparedness, prevention and response are on the agenda for the fourth annual Homeland Security Conference which starts this afternoon (Tuesday) and runs through Thursday, May 3-5, in Sioux Falls.

Social Services

May is Foster Parent Appreciation & Awareness Month
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has designated May as Foster Parent Appreciation and Awareness Month for South Dakota.

Transportation

Pavement Repair Update on West Chicago Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work at two intersections on West Chicago St. in Rapid City over the next few days.

DENR Recognizes SDDOT for Operation and Maintenance Awards
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announces the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s Pierre and Rapid City Regions wastewater treatment system are recipients of the 2015 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Responds To DOJ Letter
Officials from the South Dakota departments of Social Services and Human Services are in the process of reviewing the results of an investigation by the US Department of Justice received today on nursing home utilization.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Dean O. Mehlhaff
Former state Rep. Dean O. Mehlhaff passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol today, which is the day of the funeral.

Agriculture

South Dakota Agencies Ready if Emerald Ash Borer is Found
Emerald ash borer was accidently introduced from East Asia into the Detroit, Michigan, area sometime during the 1990s. Since that time, it has killed ash trees in 25 states and two Canadian provinces.

Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month” to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

South Dakota Ag in the Classroom Announces Teacher of the Year
South Dakota Ag in the Classroom has named Michael Burke, a fourth grade teacher at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City, South Dakota, as its 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Seeks Comments on Waterbody Report and 303(d) Program Vision
DENR is seeking public comments on the draft 2016 Integrated Report, which is used by the state to identify impaired waterbodies in South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks Invites You to #FindYourPark
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invites residents and visitors to explore state parks and recreation areas and all they have to offer as part of a national #FindYourPark campaign aimed at highlighting national, state and local parks in the U.S.

South Dakota State Smallmouth Bass Record Broken
Two Minnesota anglers landed the fish of their dreams on Saturday, April 23, when they boated a 7 pound, 3 ounce smallmouth bass on Horseshoe Lake.

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
Fifteen thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Fourth” program

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective May 1, 2016. WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided at no cost to eligible moms, babies and children.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – Names have been released of the two men killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning near Nemo.

Transportation

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

I-90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says westbound Highway 14A/Colorado Blvd will be reduced to one lane starting Tuesday, May 3.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – Two men were killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning near Nemo.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate James Smith, age 63, has died.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Message To The Classes Of 2016
Congratulations to the class of 2016! To all high school, college and technical school students now approaching graduation in South Dakota, I commend you for reaching this milestone.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Lake Area Tech Governor’s Luncheon at Lake Area Tech Student Center in Watertown.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Eight South Dakota Women’s Prison Inmates Back in Court Today
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the eight inmates from the South Dakota Women’s Prison indicted on drug related charges appeared in court today.

Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training Works Through Response Plan
Federal, state and city officials held a field training exercise Thursday, April 28, to practice how the agencies will respond if emerald ash borer is found in South Dakota.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Open May 1
Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted from May 1 to June 1, 2016.

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
Two youth from Rapid City are the winners of this year’s South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month coloring contest.

Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 55th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest were held at the State Capitol in Pierre on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The theme of this year’s contest was “Why Manage Water for Conservation.”

Military

National Military Appreciation Month
At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard 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.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Announces May Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – May’s list of sobriety checkpoints has been announced by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Transportation

Work Begins on Main & Middle St. intersection in Sturgis
On Monday, May 2, the South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin at the intersection of Main and Middle Streets in Sturgis.

Highway 85 Erosion Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin doing erosion repairs along Highway 85 between Spearfish and Belle Fourche beginning Tuesday, May 3.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Terry Redlin
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, April 29, to honor the life of Terry Redlin.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Referred Law 20 Involving Youth Minimum Wage
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today he has delivered to the Secretary of State an Attorney General Explanation for Referred Law 20. In 2015 the Legislature enacted Senate Bill 177 involving a youth minimum wage.

Health

Applications Open For Rural Health Recruitment Program
A state program that helps rural medical facilities recruit pharmacists, physical therapists and other health professionals will accept applications beginning May 1.

Public Safety

Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – James Fischer, 22, of Lake Andes, S.D. has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Wagner.

Tourism

SD Tourism Industry Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week
National Travel & Tourism Week will be celebrated nationwide May 1-7.

Transportation

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 19 Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) for a total of more than $8 million at their monthly meeting today (April 28) in Pierre.

Bridge on Highway 248 Near Cactus Flats Update
State crews repairing the damage to a bridge structure on Highway 248, approximately 1.5 miles east of Cactus Flats, have completed repair work on the south side and will be opening the bridge to one lane of traffic with a 12-foot width restriction late this afternoon.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Announces Multistate and Federal Settlement with Wyeth and Pfizer
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota reached an agreement in principle to settle allegations against Wyeth, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.

Out-of-State Transient Pavers Sentenced on Deceptive Trade Practices Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Henry Josh Harrison, 46, Spiro, Oklahoma, Nailor L. Harrison Jr, 49, Carthage, Missouri and Billy Ray Jeffery, 54, Spiro, Oklahoma were sentenced for Deceptive Trade Practices regarding contractor work they were performing in several South Dakota counties.

Agriculture

South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.

SD State Fair Seeks SD Talent for Sherwin Linton’s AARP Centennial Stage Show
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2016 State Fair AARP Centennial Stage Shows.

Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration to be held in Rapid City
The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of fun-filled events to be held at Rapid City’s Main Street Square on Sunday, May 1, from 1–3 p.m.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – One man, age 22, died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Wagner.

Spearfish Driver Exam Station Moves to New Location
PIERRE, S.D. – Spearfish’s driver exam station will open at a new location starting in May.


Social Services

Changes to Department of Social Services’ Chemical Dependency Programs Announced
The Department of Social Services (DSS) announces the closure of the adolescent inpatient chemical dependency program at the Human Services Center in Yankton, S.D., effective June 8, 2016, and increased services for adults with chemical dependency needs.

Transportation

Highway 81 Closure Moves to New Phase
On Wednesday, April 27, Reede Construction, Inc., will be opening Phase 1A of the Highway 81 at 3rd Ave. N. intersection in Watertown, four days ahead of schedule.