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Dec 01, 2015
EducationMiss Tottori Doll on display at Cultural Heritage Center through December
A special Japanese doll belonging to the South Dakota State Historical Society will be on display in the gallery of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre through December.State Historical Society announces spring Deadwood Fund grant applicatinos
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that applications for the first round of the 2016 Deadwood Fund grant program are due Feb. 1, 2016, for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2016.
Public SafetyBrookings County Fatal Crash
VOLGA, S.D. – One woman died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred west of Volga, S.D.Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Monday east of Yankton.Sobriety Checkpoints Scheduled For December
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints in 20 South Dakota counties during the month of December.
RevenueMunicipal Tax Changes Effective January 1, 2016
PIERRE, S.D. – One South Dakota community will implement a new municipal tax and another will update their current municipal tax rate beginning Jan. 1.Spink County Woman Sentenced for Tax Fraud
REDFIELD, S,D., – A Spink County woman pleaded guilty to two sales tax charges.
Nov 30, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardState Enters Into Obligation Recovery Center Contract To Collect Debts
The state of South Dakota has officially entered into an agreement to create an Obligation Recovery Center to recover money owed to state agencies and programs.
Public SafetyYankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Monday morning east of Yankton.
Nov 29, 2015
Public SafetyName Released in Sanborn County Fatal Crash
ARTESIAN, S.D. – Michael McCreight of Mitchell, S.D., 62, has been identified as the victim in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Friday night, five miles west of Artesian.
Nov 28, 2015
Public SafetySanborn County Fatal Crash
ARTESIAN, S.D. – One man was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Friday night, five miles west of Artesian.
Nov 27, 2015
Public SafetyNames Released in Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – A South African man, identified as TB Botha, 38, has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning, eight miles west of Wolsey, S.D.
Nov 26, 2015
Public SafetyBeadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – One person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning, eight miles west of Wolsey, S.D.
Nov 25, 2015
AgricultureGrowing in Agriculture--More Than Thankful
This time of year, especially, makes me reflect on the many things I have to be thankful for in my life, in particular family.
EducationDec. 15 Smithsonian Night program at Cultural Heritage Center focusing on food
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is hosting a program on Dec. 15 about American food traditions.
Public SafetyDPS Officials Encourage Motorists To Buckle Up for Holiday Travel
PIERRE, S.D.—Officials of the South Dakota Department Public Safety are urging motorists this Thanksgiving holiday weekend to drive carefully and that includes wearing seatbelts.
TransportationTraffic Changes to I-190/Silver Street in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound I-190 off-ramp (Exit 1C) at Silver Street in Rapid City will be closed to traffic on Wednesday Dec. 2.
Nov 24, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Christmas At The Capitol
South Dakotans have always known how to make Christmas special. In 1881 the people of Aberdeen decided to celebrate the holiday season by putting up a community Christmas tree.Governors Stake Friendly Wager On SDSU-Montana Playoff Game
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s playoff game between South Dakota State University and the University of Montana.News Tips
First Lady Linda Daugaard will visit third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms in the Todd County School District in Littlburg and Lakeview to read to students as part of her literacy initiative.
Attorney General Marty JackleyGregory County Man Sentenced in 2nd Degree Manslaughter Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Herris Gene Lambley, 77, Herrick, was sentenced for second degree manslaughter for charges stemming from an incident that involved a vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Steven Wheeler on May 26, 2015.Attorney General Jackley Provides Holiday Shopping Tips
The holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this year is no exception with the lure of pre-Black Friday deals and advertisements filled with one-of-a kind specials.
EducationLocal museums to promote Pierre/Fort Pierre community through Business Appreciation Days
Museums in Pierre and Fort Pierre are sponsoring Business Appreciation Days on Dec. 11-13
Environment and Natural ResourcesDENR Announces New Lake Levels Map
DENR has added a lake levels map to the department’s interactive database maps online at http://denr.sd.gov/datagis.aspx.
HealthSioux Falls Man Honored With Disease Intervention Award
Brett Oakland, Sioux Falls, has been named the 2015 Distinguished Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) by the South Dakota Department of Health. T
Public SafetyFire Marshal Warns of Home Fire Risk During Holidays
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman wants South Dakotans to celebrate the upcoming holidays, but also realize the season means an additional fire risk.
TransportationIllegally 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.
Nov 23, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Wilbur Foss
Former state Sen. Wilbur Foss of Scotland passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 28, the date of Foss’ funeral.
Attorney General Marty JackleyFormer Employee of S. D. Secretary of State Office Pleads Guilty and Sentenced to Theft in Original State Flag Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Garrett Darwin Devries, 26, Washington D.C., has pled guilty to one count of theft of the “Original State Flag”, having a value in excess of four hundred dollars, class one misdemeanor.Day County Man Arrested for Attempted Murder
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Day County States Attorney Danny Smeins confirm that Jason Lewandowski, 44, has been arrested and charged with one count of attempted murder, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years and/or $50,000 fine, one count of first degree burglary, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years and/or $50,000 fine and one count of aggravating eluding of law enforcement officer, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 2 years and/or $4,000 fine.
AgricultureAUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SD Senator Mike Rounds on crop insurance
South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says the federal government actually pays a lower percentage of the cost of crop insurance than it does other types of disaster programs.AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--USMEF Sr. VP of Marketing Dan Halstrom on TPP and exports
Dan Halstrom with USMEF talks about the impact TPP would have on US beef, pork and lamb meat exports.
EducationEntertainment 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, from 12-4:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 27, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.State Historical Society celebrates one year with Laura Ingalls Wilder bestseller
Nov. 17 marked the one-year anniversary since the South Dakota Historical Society released Laura Ingall's Wilder's "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography," edited by Pamela Smith Hill.
Game, Fish and ParksGFP Reminds Hunters to Register for Winter Depredation Hunts
PIERRE, S.D. – As winter approaches, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds resident hunters of a unique opportunity that could exist later this winter.
HealthSouth Dakota Top Small State In Text4Baby Enrollment
For the third time in four years South Dakota has won the Text4Baby enrollment contest, leading the nation in getting pregnant women signed up to receive free health and safety information via text message.
Public SafetyHighway Patrol to Conduct ‘Operation Safe Thanksgiving’
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force Wednesday encouraging those Thanksgiving holiday travelers to make safe driving decisions.Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One person, identified as Nicolette McLaughlin, 26, Rapid City, S.D., was killed in a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon near Hermosa.
Nov 22, 2015
Public SafetyEdmunds County Fatal Crash
MINA, S.D. – Three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon, one mile west of Mina, S.D.
Nov 21, 2015
Public SafetyBeadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – A Wessington, S.D., man, identified as Nicholas Hanks, died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning west of Wolsey.
Nov 20, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Expresses Concerns On Syrian Refugee Policies
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has joined with other governors from across the country to express concerns about federal policies on Syrian refugees.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. 25 through Dec. 26.
Attorney General Marty JackleyBlack Hawk Man Pleads to 1st Degree Manslaughter in Death of Infant
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Meade County States Attorney Kevin Krull announced that Thomas James Pentecost, 29, Black Hawk, entered a plea of guilty today to first degree manslaughter, class C felony, carrying a possible sentence of up to life imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Meribeth Marrowbone was apprehended in Pierre just after 10:30 p.m. Nov. 20.State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Meribeth Marrowbone left the Pierre Community Work Center, a Department of Corrections facility housing minimum-security inmates and Community Transition Program parolees, at approximately 8:16 p.m. CST on Nov. 20.
Nov 19, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardChristmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The 2015 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. CST.Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jeff Holden As Commissioner Of Bureau Of Administration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he has appointed Jeff Holden as Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.
AgricultureAUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SDDA’s Resource Conservation and Forestry Division picks featured Christmas tree for Capitol display
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Resource Conservation and Forestry Division selected the featured tree for the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display this year.Tree from Baltic Selected as State Capitol Tree
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry Division has chosen a 29-foot tall Colorado blue spruce from Baltic to serve as the featured tree in the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display.
EducationState Historical Society "Tasunka" book featured in Atlanta children's program
"Tasunka," by the State Historical Society, is featured in the November Artful Stories program at a museum in Atlanta, Ga.McMillan House in Sturgis listed on National Register of Historic Places
The John and Elsie McMillan House in Sturgis has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.
Veterans AffairsOn-The-Job Training and Apprenticeship Program for Veterans
Veterans can use their education benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to pursue on-the-job (OJT) and apprenticeship training.
Nov 18, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Concerns Following The Attack On Paris
Americans watched in horror last week as ISIS launched an attack on one of our closest allies. Families were at the national soccer stadium watching the exhibition match between France and Germany.
Attorney General Marty JackleyHarrold Women Sentenced in Election Law Violations Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Janice Howe, Harrold, 54, was sentenced yesterday to 4 years with 4 suspended in the state penitentiary for perjury.
Public SafetyStatement from Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Bader
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Bader suffered serious non-life threatening injuries when he was assaulted Oct. 24 while making a traffic stop east of Rapid City. Trooper Bader has issued the following public statement:
Nov 17, 2015
AgricultureJepson, Gross, Hendrickson and Hull Re-Appointed to Value-Added Finance Authority Board
Chuck Jepson of Fort Pierre, Mark Gross of Sioux Falls, Marcia Hendrickson of Chancellor and Bob Hull of Sisseton were re-appointed to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Value Added Finance Authority board (VAFA).
Nov 16, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardState Capitol Flags To Fly At Half-Staff In Honor Of Chief Vernon Ashley
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol on Nov. 17 in honor of Chief Vernon Ashley, a former chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Louise Van Gerpen
Former state Rep. Louise Van Gerpen passed away on Nov. 13, 2015. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the date of Van Gerpen’s funeral, in her honor.
Attorney General Marty JackleyEDMC to Change Practices, Forgive Loans through Agreement with State Attorneys General
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $$107,502 in loans for approximately 121 former students from South Dakota, through an agreement with a group of state attorneys general.
AgricultureAUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SD agriculture groups come together to support meat exports
Whether meat exports have a direct or indirect impact on their organization, several state agriculture groups are taking an active role in that area.AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Leader of USDA FAS Talks TPP
US Department of Agriculture Foreign Ag Service Administrator Phil Karsting talks about how the details in Trans Pacific Partnership affects agriculture.
EducationRetention remains high at state technical institutes and MTI adds options
Retention at South Dakota’s four technical institutes is 77 percent.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.
Game, Fish and ParksCuster State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
CUSTER, S.D. – The 2015 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the park corrals where 201 head will be sold.Disease Influencing Deer Numbers in Sully County
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has received reports of significant deer loss in western Sully County likely due to hemorrhagic diseases such as Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease and Blue Tongue.
Nov 15, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardPresident Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Paris 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 Paris, France, on Friday, Nov. 13.
Nov 13, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: The Value of the National Career Readiness Certificate
When a business needs to hire a new employee, there’s a lot to consider. An applicant’s previous jobs, education and the recommendations of others are all part of the equation.News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will serve as a guest speaker for the Ribbon Cutting and Open House for Bartling Welding and Machine in Gregory.
Attorney General Marty JackleyLaw Enforcement Continues to Seek Public Assistance in Search for Rachel Cyriacks
Law Enforcement continues the search for Rachel Cyriacks of Woonsocket. Cyriacks, 31, was last seen in Woonsocket on the morning of November 13, 2013.Attorney General Jackley Statement on Fantasy Sports Wagering
Attorney General Marty Jackley releases this statement and summary of South Dakota law based upon actions occurring across the United States on fantasy sports betting.
EducationCultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House a holiday tradition
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. 27, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, celebrates our holiday traditions.
Nov 12, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Receives Blue Ribbon Task Force Report
Gov. Dennis Daugaard met with Sen. Deb Soholt and Rep. Jacqueline Sly today to receive the final report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students.Gov. Daugaard Appoints Wayne Steinhauer To District 9 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Wayne H. Steinhauer of Hartford to the vacant seat in the state House representing District 9.
TourismTourism Industry Remains Strong throughout Shoulder Season
Recently compiled statistics show that the South Dakota visitor industry is continuing its positive momentum from the successful peak season through the fall months.
South Dakota Lottery$270,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot, $6,000 Second Prize Won in Sioux Falls
A single ticket sold in Sioux Falls hit the $270,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot in the Nov. 11, 2015 drawing. Also won in the same city on another ticket was the game's $6,000 second prize.
Nov 11, 2015
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentNew South Dakota Company to Break Ground in Dell Rapids
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – A newly formed South Dakota business will break ground today in Dell Rapids. Midwest Fresh Logistics, a company specializing in expediting the delivery process of fresh produce, will soon begin construction in the recently established Fiegen Development Park.
Nov 10, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardHospitals Sign Dakota Pledge To Reduce Early Elective Deliveries
Less than a year after First Lady Linda Daugaard issued a challenge to hospitals throughout the state, all 24 birthing hospitals in South Dakota have pledged to help reduce early elective deliveries.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley and Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Leaders Attend Government-to-Government Consultationon
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that he has met with Flandreau Chairman Anthony Reider, Tribal Council members and leaders, regarding the marijuana operations of the Santee Sioux Tribe.
TourismSD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 152 businesses and organizations in 46 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.
TransportationDOT and Rapid City Area MPO Seek Public Input into the U.S.16/U.S.16 B 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 Thursday, Nov. 12, to inform area residents on the beginning of an intersection options study for the following roadway corridors: U.S. Highway 16 (Mount Rushmore Road) from Moon Meadows Drive to Promise Road
U.S. Highway 16 B (Catron Boulevard) from Sheridan Lake Road to 5th Street
Nov 09, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General’s Response to Legislative Minority Leaders’ Statement on Gear-Up Program
The Attorney General’s Office offers this response to the State Senate and House Minority Leaders request for a statement from the Attorney General on the State Gear-up Program.AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP and Cephalon, Inc. Settle Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, and Cephalon, Inc., overcharged the state Medicaid programs for drugs.
EducationNew state poet laureate, book about Red Cloud to be featured in November history programs
People can learn about South Dakota's new poet laureate and a legendary Oglala chief in programs in November at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.
Game, Fish and ParksGeorge S. Mickelson Trail – Mount Rushmore National Memorial Connector Trail Project Moves Forward
PIERRE, S.D. – The highly-anticipated project to create a connector trail from the George S. Mickelson Trail to Mount Rushmore National Memorial is taking a big step forward.Many Furbearer Seasons Underway
PIERRE, S.D. - As of Nov. 7, 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. Tampering with either one is a violation.Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to Host Christmas Celebration
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – 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. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. CST.
Public SafetyMinnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D., man, identified as Lincoln Duncan, 71, died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 near Baltic.
Nov 08, 2015
AgricultureAUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Andriessen Chairs USMEF
South Dakota businessman Roel Andriessen is serving as chairman of a meat export organization.
Nov 07, 2015
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Elijah White Magpie passed away Nov. 7.
Nov 06, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardStatement From Gov. Daugaard On Keystone XL
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline.Governor's Column: Driving Safely This Holiday Season
It won’t be long before South Dakotans will be hitting the road to visit family and friends for the holiday season.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the Welcome Home Ceremony for the National Guard 114th Fighter Wing, at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls.
AgricultureAUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Details of TPP Released
Details of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement have been released.Growing in Ag--Veterans Day
South Dakota is known for agriculture. It’s a major contributor to the state’s economy thanks to the hard work, dedication, and pride of the people who reside here.Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
Burn permits are now being issued in the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.
Education"Rising Voices" film to be shown Nov. 10 at Cultural Heritage Center
A free public showing of "Rising Voices" will be shown on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. CST at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Public SafetyInjured Highway Patrol Trooper Bader Released from Hospital
PIERRE, S.D – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper injured last month after being physically assaulted has been released from a Rapid City hospital.
Nov 05, 2015
Public SafetyDay County Fatal Crash
WAUBAY, S.D. – A Webster, S.D., man, identified as Jamie Sichmeller, 33, died in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night south of Waubay, S.D.Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – Two people were killed in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon east of Custer.
TourismMercyMe to Perform on 'Mount Rushmore's American Pride' Float
American rock sensations MercyMe will appear on “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
TransportationHighway 12 Fully Opening to Traffic at Milbank
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the remaining sections of Highway 12 between 3rd Street and 6th Street will be open by the end of the day Friday, Nov. 6.
Board of RegentsBoard of Regents Announces Hiring of General Counsel
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces that Guilherme M. Costa has been named its incoming general counsel upon the retirement of long-time counsel, James Shekleton.
Nov 04, 2015
Game, Fish and ParksTim Kessler Wins Governor’s Distinguished Conservation Service Award
PIERRE, S.D. – A longtime and dedicated Aberdeen conservationist was honored at Gov. Daugaard’s Annual Invitational Pheasant Hunt.
TransportationBridge Removal on I-29 At Exit 62
On Thursday, Nov. 5, the South Dakota of Transportation will begin removing the Interstate 29 eastbound bridge at Highway 18 (Exit 62).Madison Street and Powder House Road Intersection to Open
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the City of Sioux Falls, will be opening the intersection of Madison Street and Powder House Road on Friday, Nov. 6.
Nov 03, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyWesterhuis Final Fire and Death Investigation Results Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Division of Criminal Investigation has completed its investigation into the house fire and loss of the Westerhuis family.Attorney General Jackley Highlights Benefits for Consumers and Businesses with New Chip Cards
Attorney General Marty Jackley will join a MasterCard Representative and a small businesswoman to discuss the migration to EMV and the benefits of the new chip cards for businesses and consumers.
AgricultureAUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Lessons Learned and Current Surveillance
Ed Curlett is the Director of Public Affairs for the US Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Ag Horizons Conference
The annual Ag Horizon’s Conference is Dec. 1st and 2nd in Pierre.
TransportationDepartment of Transportation & Beadle County Conducting Travel Survey
As part of the ongoing Beadle County Master Transportation Plan Study, the South Dakota Department of Transportation and Beadle County are conducting an Internet survey on transportation needs and travel patterns within Beadle County.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentGlacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics Approved for REDI, Expanding and Relocating
WATERTOWN, S.D. – Glacial Lakes Rubber and Plastics (GLRP), based in Watertown, S.D., has outgrown its current facility. Thanks to a REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan, approved last month by the Board of Economic Development, GLRP will soon be relocating to a 30,000-square-foot building within Watertown’s Pheasant Ridge Industrial Park.
Nov 02, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyFormer Employee of South Dakota Secretary of State Office Charged with Theft in Original State Flag Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Garrett Darwin Devries, 26, Washington D.C., has been charged with one count of theft having a value in excess of four hundred dollars, class one misdemeanor.
EducationSmithsonian Night at Cultural Heritage Center to focus on New Deal program
The monthly Smithsonian Night program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and feature a program about the New Deal.
Labor and RegulationDakota Roots Site Improves Job Seeker Experience
Dakota Roots, the state’s longest running worker recruitment program, has launched a redesigned website aimed at connecting out-of-state job seekers to South Dakota jobs.
Public SafetyNames Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A St. Louis, MO, man, identified as Andrii Ponomar, 21, was killed in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning near Wall.Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – One person died and four others were injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning near Wall.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentBullet and Ammunition Manufacturer Expanding to South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Lehigh Defense, LLC, based in Quakertown, Pa., is expanding to Rapid City, S.D. After considering South Dakota, Texas and Minnesota, owner David Fricke found South Dakota to be the ideal location for his company’s expansion.
Veterans AffairsGovernor Daugaard Signs Veterans Day Proclamation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation recognizing the service of South Dakota’s veterans. The proclamation encourages South Dakotans to remember the service and sacrifice of the nation’s veterans and military personnel during Veterans Day observances.
Nov 01, 2015
Public SafetyPennington County Vehicle-Pedestrian Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., youth, identified as Carter Woolover, 15, was killed Friday night when he was struck by two vehicles on Interstate 90 near Box Elder, S.D.
Oct 31, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardFormer First Lady Patricia Farrar Passes Away, Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff
Patricia Farrar, the wife of former Gov. Frank Farrar, died earlier today in Aberdeen. Mrs. Farrar, 84, was South Dakota’s First Lady from 1969 to 1971.
Oct 30, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Rail Investments Bring Big Results
During construction season it’s frustrating to wait for a pilot car when half of a two-lane highway is closed for repairs. It’s time-consuming, inconvenient and inefficient to try to move two-way vehicle traffic over a single lane.News Tips
Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween.
Attorney General Marty JackleyPress Conference Regarding September 17th Platte House Fire and Death Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley will conduct a press conference on November 3, 2015, at 1:00 p.m., at the Community Center adjacent to the Platte City Hall building, Platte, S.D.
Public SafetyHighway Patrol Plans Sobriety Checkpoints For November
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned for 18 South Dakota counties during November.
Oct 29, 2015
AgricultureOrganic Producers Reminded of Certification Reimbursement Deadline
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds the state’s organic producers that funds are available to reimburse them for their certification cost. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2015 for fees incurred before the end of September of this year.
Education"Banking in South Dakota" photo display opens at Cultural Heritage Center
"Banking in South Dakota" is a new photo display at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre featuring 11 images of various bank scenes found online at the South Dakota Digital Archives.
Public SafetyOfficials Investigate Shattered Patrol Vehicle Window
PIERRE, S.D. – An investigation continues into what caused the rear window of a South Dakota Highway Patrol vehicle to shatter Wednesday night on Interstate 29 near Castlewood.Highway Patrol, Trooper Bader Family Thank Public For Support
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials and the family of Trooper Zachary Bader are thanking the public for its support after Bader was physically assaulted Saturday near Rapid City.
Oct 28, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardTrick-Or-Treaters Invited To Governor’s Mansion
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard invite children to come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.
Attorney General Marty JackleyOriginal State Flag of South Dakota Recovered by Attorney General’s Office and Criminal Charges Anticipated
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the original State Flag of South Dakota that was missing has now been recovered by the Attorney General’s Office.Rapid City Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Patrick Lundstrom on September 29, 2015, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
EducationState baseball history on display at Cultural Heritage Center during World Series
While the nation turns its attention to Major League Baseball's World Series, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre has an exhibit that celebrates baseball tradition closer to home.NAEP scores at or above national average
Fourth grade and eighth grade scores for math and reading on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress are mostly steady in South Dakota and remain at or above the national average.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentDakota Layers Approved for SBA 504 Loan
Family-owned Dakota Layers, LLP, which is based in Flandreau, S.D., announced today that it will be expanding its egg production facility with the help of an SBA 504 loan from the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC). The funding was approved earlier this month.
Oct 27, 2015
Game, Fish and ParksTurn In Poachers Benefits S.D. Wildlife
PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding citizens that the South Dakota Turn in Poachers (TIPs) program continues to be operational and callers who have knowledge of illegal hunting and fishing activity could be eligible for rewards. The program provides an important avenue for citizens to report hunting and fishing law violations, and in the process, prevent the loss of wildlife that can result from illegal actions.Division of Parks and Recreation Honors Employees
MITCHELL, S.D. - The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation recently recognized several individuals for their dedication and hard work in the state parks system. The awards were made at the division’s fall meeting in Mitchell.State Park Director Earns Division and State Awards
MITCHELL, S.D – The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation director Doug Hofer was recently recognized for his leadership and contributions to recreation in South Dakota.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentPolaris Industries Hiring 80 in Spearfish
Polaris Industries Inc., announced the company is expanding into Spearfish, S.D., and has purchased a 51,000-square-foot facility to paint its Indian and Victory Motorcycles. The expansion is expected to create 80 jobs in the Black Hills region. The company is currently filling positions for painters, and the plant is expected to be operational in early November.
Oct 26, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth 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:
EducationMake-and-Take Holiday Ornament Nov. 7 at Cultural Heritage Center
Get in the holiday spirit and have some fun creating handmade holiday ornaments at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CST on Saturday, Nov. 7
Public SafetyNames Released In Day County Fatal Crash
ANDOVER, S.D. – A Raymond, MN man, identified as Dennis Paulson, 50, was killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning east of Andover, S.D.Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Tea, S.D., man, identified as Bradley Carlson, 55, died Sunday morning in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred near the junction of Interstate-29/ I-229 interchange.
TransportationSDOT and Beadle Co. Seek Public Input into Beadle Co. Master Transportation Plan Study
- The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Beadle County, will hold a public open house as part of the development of the Beadle County Master Transportation Plan. This open house style public meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Blackburn Hall at the Huron Campus Center (345 9th Street SW).
Veterans AffairsState Veterans Home Delays Move In Day
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs reports that move in day into the newly constructed Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home has been delayed.
Oct 25, 2015
Public SafetyDay County Fatal Crash
ANDOVER, S.D. – One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning east of Andover, S.D.Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – One man was killed in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday morning near the junction of Interstate-29/I-229 interchange.
Oct 24, 2015
Public SafetyHighway Patrol Releases Name of Injured Trooper
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Bader was the trooper physically assaulted during a traffic stop Saturday near Rapid City.Highway Patrol Trooper Injured During Traffic Stop
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was injured during a traffic stop near Rapid City on Saturday.
Oct 23, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Criminal Justice Reform Update
Although it’s only been two and a half years since the Public Safety Improvement Act passed, we’re already seeing positive results.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will be guest speakers at the Pierre Young Professionals Brown Bag lunch that will be held in the Capitol Lake Visitor Center, Pierre.
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth Dakota Attorney General Jackley to Challenge EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the rule establishing performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing fossil fuel fired power plants.
EducationSDPB to air Great Sioux Horse Effigy return celebration banquet on Nov. 1
The South Dakota State Historical Society's recent banquet held during the celebration for the return of the Great Sioux Horse Effigy will be broadcast on South Dakota Public Broadcasting Television on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. CST.
Environment and Natural ResourcesDENR Announces New Interactive Permitted Solid Waste Facilities Map
DENR has added a new interactive permitted solid waste facilities map to the department’s interactive database maps online at http://denr.sd.gov/datagis.aspx.
HealthMarshall County Resident First Flu Detection Of Season
South Dakota’s first influenza detection of the season is a Marshall County resident in the 70 to 79 age group, the Department of Health reported today. The individual was diagnosed with influenza A and was hospitalized.
Public SafetyHighway Patrol Graduation Friday, Oct. 30
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol welcomes its latest group of nine troopers during a graduation ceremony to be held Friday, Oct. 30, in the state Capitol Rotunda.
RevenueNew South Dakota license plate design for 2016 unveiled
PIERRE, S.D. -- An image of the new license plate design for the 2016 South Dakota license plate reissue was unveiled today.
Oct 22, 2015
AgriculturePublic Invited to Tour New Offices of SDSU Extension & SD Dept. of Agriculture
are welcome to attend an open house and tour the new offices of South Dakota State University Extension Rapid City Regional Center and South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Western Ag Development Office.
Labor and RegulationState Unemployment Insurance Division Receives Top Performer Award
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) received an award from the U.S. Department of Labor at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies UI Directors’ conference Oct. 21 in Albuquerque.
TransportationHighway 85 Joint and Spall Repair
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin work on the Highway 85 intersection with Highway 14A on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Oct 21, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyBrandon Man Sentenced on Deceptive Business Transactions
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joseph Matthew Stanford, 38, Brandon, was sentenced today on one count of selling a motor vehicle without the consent of lienholder.
Education"Rising Voices" film to be shown Nov. 10 at Cultural Heritage Center
A free public showing of "Rising Voices/Hothaninpi" will be on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Game, Fish and ParksRoad Hunting Reminders
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters about several road-hunting laws:South Dakota’s Revised Pheasant Management Plan Available for Review
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) has completed a revision of the current pheasant management plan and is seeking comments and reviews from the public.11 Pheasant Season Reminders
PIERRE, S.D. - Pheasant season brings family and friends together for exciting and fun memories, and the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department offers some reminders to make sure all hunters have safe and legal outings.
TransportationInterstate 229 Ramp Closures in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be installing a temporary bridge over the Interstate 229 ramps in Sioux Falls starting Friday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m.
Oct 20, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardOpen SD Receives Facelift
The Bureau of Finance and Management has redesigned state government’s transparency website, Open.SD.gov, to make financial data more accessible.Lt. Governor Visits Electric Boat Facility To Discuss Plans For USS South Dakota
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels today visited the Connecticut facility where the USS South Dakota SSN 790 will be built. At the facility, Michels toured the recently commissioned USS Illinois and met with the ship commander, the chief of the boat and the ship manager who is overseeing construction of the USS South Dakota..
Attorney General Marty JackleyDrug Control Fund Awards Distributed to Law Enforcement Agencies
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that several law enforcement agencies throughout the state have been given awards from the Attorney General’s Drug Control Fund.
EducationRoosevelt High School teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Gina Benz, an English teacher at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, didn’t walk the red carpet today, but she did receive a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”
Public SafetyName Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. –Joshua Gonzales, 33, of Aberdeen has been identified as the man who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night in Aberdeen.
Oct 19, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyInternet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Makes Arrest
Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Randy Seiler and Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer announces that the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted an undercover operation in the Pierre area October 16-18.Attorney General Jackley Leads National Attorneys General Delegation to Taiwan
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General led a delegation of Attorneys General on a mission to Taiwan to discuss criminal justice on October 12-17, 2015.
Game, Fish and ParksS.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Events
PIERRE, S.D. – Campgrounds are open year-round, and several parks will host trick-or-treaters at special events this Halloween season.
Public SafetyHazard Mitigation Grant Funding Available
PIERRE, S.D –South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management is accepting applications for $440,000 in federal hazard mitigation grants.Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – One man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night in Aberdeen.
Oct 18, 2015
CorrectionsTwo Male Juveniles Run Away From STAR Academy
A search is underway for two male juveniles who ran away from the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy near Custer. The boys ran away from the Brady Academy program before 12:00 p.m. MDT on Oct. 18.
Oct 17, 2015
Public SafetyNames Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash
BRIDGEWATER, S.D. – A Parkston, S.D., man, identified as Benjamin Tollefson, 28, died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash near Bridgewater, S.D.
Oct 16, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Fighting The Flu Bug
Last January, our most recent granddaughter, Greta, was born. She joined her sister, Stella, and has two cousins, Henry and Elizabeth.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 14th Tri-State Governors' Conference at the Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
EducationLutz selected as 2016 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Sarah Lutz, a 3rd grade teacher at Stanley County Elementary School in Fort Pierre, has been selected as the 2016 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
Oct 15, 2015
AgricultureGrant Deadline Approaching for 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA Chapters
The application deadline for the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is Oct. 31, 2015.
Education"Murder to Go" book being discussed Oct. 27 at Cultural Heritage Center
Stanley County native and current Sioux Falls resident Brenda Donelan will discuss her novel "Murder to Go" on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Labor and RegulationState Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $8.50/hour to $8.55/hour effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Board of Regents65 Percent Goal is Starting Point to Address Workforce Needs
At its meeting last week, the South Dakota Board of Regents discussed the need to equip more South Dakotans with higher levels of education to meet growing workforce demands. Creating a statewide goal for young, working-age residents to hold a postsecondary credential is an important starting point for discussions with other higher education providers, policymakers, community advocates, and business leaders.
Oct 14, 2015
AgricultureGrowing in Agriculture: Harvest Time of Year
In South Dakota, we know how rewarding it is to be involved in agriculture.
EducationAnnual Indian Education Summit to be held in Pierre
The 2015 South Dakota Indian Education Summit will be held Nov. 1-3, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.
Game, Fish and ParksSD GFP Reminds Hunters That Some CREP Areas May Be Hayed
PIERRE, S.D. – As pheasant hunting hits full stride in South Dakota, hunters may find some Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) areas with less than anticipated cover conditions. Due to a stipulation in the Conservation Reserve Program contracts, landowners are required to conduct mid-contract management (haying in most cases) on CREP acres.
TransportationBridge Repair on I-90 over I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be doing repair work to the bridge deck in the westbound lanes of the Interstate 90 bridge over I-29 for the next three days.
Board of RegentsBoard of Regents Announces Human Resources Director
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces that Kayla Bastian has been named as system director of human resources.
Oct 09, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Advocating For Reforms To The Endangered Species Act
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Western Governors Association trip to Washington, D.C. Along with the governors of Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana and Utah, I visited with federal officials about issues impacting South Dakota and other western states.News Tips
The Economic Development Board meeting will be held at 711 E. Wells Ave. at 11 a.m. CDT. Contact Cassie Stoeser at 605-773-3301 for more information.
AgricultureSD Poultry Exhibitions Suspension Rescinded
The South Dakota Animal Industry Board has rescinded an order that suspended all poultry exhibitions statewide.Resource Conservation Speech Contest
Over $2,000 will be awarded to the South Dakota high school students named the winners of the 2016 Resource Conservation Speech Contest.
EducationGov. Daugaard Proclaims Great Sioux Horse Effigy Day in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is making Monday, Oct. 12, Great Sioux Horse Effigy Day in South Dakota.
Public SafetyMedian Work on Rapid City Interchange Project Begins Tuesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says median work associated with the I-190/Silver Street interchange project in Rapid City begins Tuesday, Oct. 13.
TransportationTribes to Meet at Transportation Safety Summit
South Dakota Indian tribes will meet to exchange ideas to improve transportation safety at the 6th Annual Tribal Transportation Safety Summit Oct. 14 and 15, at the Grand River Casino and Resort in Mobridge.
Veterans AffairsPioneer Bank and Trust Invests in South Dakota’s Veterans
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce that Pioneer Bank and Trust has provided a gift of $30,000 for the Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home Endowment Fund.
Oct 08, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Seeking Interns For Spring Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2016 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2016.
Attorney General Marty JackleyLawrence County Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Rory Gunderman on September 16, 2015, in rural Lawrence County, South Dakota.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Salvador Ortiz left the Rapid City Community Work Center, a Department of Corrections facility housing minimum-security inmates and Community Transition Program parolees, at approximately 9:30 p.m. MDT on Oct. 7. Escape procedures were enacted and law enforcement was notified.
Board of RegentsNSU Student Organizations Honored
The South Dakota Board of Regents has recognized three student organizations from Northern State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.