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Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Belle Fourche woman has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a vehicle-motorcycle crash northeast of Hill City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Centerville To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Centerville has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Sattgast Reports a Record $27.5m in Unclaimed Property Returned Last Year
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast announced a record $27.5 million in Unclaimed Property was returned last year.

Health

South Dakota Observes World Breastfeeding Week
Aug. 1-7 South Dakota joins the rest of the nation and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2017. The theme of this 25th annual observance is “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together” to focus on working together to encourage, protect and support breastfeeding.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Giles As First Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Chris S. Giles (J’-ylz)* as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s First Circuit Court.

Agriculture

Make Your Voice Heard at the SD State Fair
Local singers can make their voices heard this September at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union at the South Dakota State Fair.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Christian Voldbaek In Custody
Inmate Christian Voldbaek was arrested in Rapid City July 24.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Bern As First Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Tami A. Bern as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s First Circuit Court.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Continues Investigation into Alcester Fatal Crash
PIERRE – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials say the investigation into Monday’s fatal crash in Alcester continues to indicate that the incident was unintentional.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A 54-year-old female died Sunday in a vehicle-motorcycle crash northeast of Hill City.

Transportation

I-29 - 26th Street Exit 78 Ramp Closure - Entrance Ramp
On Wednesday July 26, 2017 the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound entrance ramp to Interstate 29 at 26th Street (Exit 78) in Sioux Falls to complete pavement repairs on this ramp.

Interstate 90 Exit 63 Westbound On Ramp Closure - updated
On Friday, July 28,, crews will complete work on the Interstate 90 Exit 63 westbound on ramp at Box Elder.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Budget Practices -- SD vs. DC
I have long been troubled by the federal government’s budget situation. According to the online U.S. debt clock, which uses figures from the U.S. Treasury, our national debt is currently at 19 trillion dollars, or 61,346 dollars per citizen.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the activation ceremony for 15 Soldiers of the South Dakota National Guard 200th Engineer Company Bridge Training Team at TF Riggs High School Theater in Pierre.

Agriculture

Pay it Forward Day Planned
The South Dakota State Fair is making plans for the second annual Pay It Forward Day.

Transportation

I-29 Northbound On Ramp to Close at Exit 98
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 29 northbound on-ramp at exit 98 from Highway 115 (Dell Rapids) will be closed beginning Monday, July 25.

6th Street and 22nd Avenue Intersection To Re-open Sunday
The intersection of 6th Street and 22nd Avenue in Brookings is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Sunday, July 23, barring any weather or other delays.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Bosworth Felony Convictions and Sentence For Election Law Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the felony convictions and sentence of Annette Bosworth for filing false petitions in her 2014 U.S. Senate Primary race.

Agriculture

Deadline for South Dakota 100, 125 and 150 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 11
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 2017 South Dakota State Fair.

Human Services

Americans with Disabilities Act Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day in South Dakota.

Transportation

Asphalt Chip Seals in the Belle Fourche Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Belle Fourche area starting Monday, July 24.

Rescheduled: I-29 - 26th Street Exit 78 Ramp Closure
On Thursday, July 20, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound exit ramp on Interstate 29 at 26th Street (Exit 78) in Sioux Falls to finish pavement repairs on this ramp.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Vantage Point Approved for REDI Fund Loan, Building 25,000 square-foot Expansion
MITCHELL, S.D. – Vantage Point Solutions, a leading broadband and telecommunications engineering and consulting company based in Mitchell, S.D., was approved last week for a $1.35 million REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan by the Board of Economic Development.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Pirated Websites
Attorney General Marty Jackley warns that hackers are now using so-called pirate websites to infect computers.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes Petition Process to Restrict Recreational Use of Section 8 Nonmeandered Lakes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission during the July Commission meeting adopted a proposal to establish a process where landowners can request the restriction of recreational use of nonmeandered waters for public use.

Public Safety

Name Released in Perkins County Fatal Crash
BISON, S.D. – A 36-year-old Bison man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover south of Bison.


Agriculture

Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Entries
Deadlines for all South Dakota State Fair open class entries are right around the corner. The static entry deadline is Monday, July 31.

Education

Board of Technical Education elects officers and appoints committee to hire executive director
The Board of Technical Education held its first official meeting and elected officers today in Rapid City. Dana Dykhouse of Sioux Falls has been elected to a two-year term as board president, Bob Faehn of Watertown as vice president and Terry Sabers of Mitchell as secretary.

Human Services

Two SHIINE Regional Offices Re-Locate
The central and western regional offices for the Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program have moved to new locations.

Public Safety

Schedule Changes Planned for Three South Dakota Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. -- Schedule changes start Aug. 1 for driver exam stations in Parker, Vermillion and Yankton.

Highway Patrol Graduation Friday, Largest Group in 43 years
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol officially welcomes its largest group of new troopers to the agency in more than 40 years this Friday during a graduation ceremony held in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

Transportation

I-90 – Exit 14: I-90 Closure with Detour to Set Girders
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 will be closed for six nights, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting on Wednesday, July 19, between the off and on ramps at Exit 14 in Spearfish.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year With Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2017 budget year on June 30 marking the sixth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities July 21-23
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating Christmas this July in multiple state parks and recreation areas in addition to offering kayaking, hiking and craft-making events.

Public Safety

Perkins County Fatal Crash
BISON, S.D. – A 36-year-old man died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover south of Bison.

Transportation

Chip and Fog Seal Projects in Huron Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Huron area of the state beginning Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Exit Ramp to Close Overnight at the I-29 and I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says one exit ramp will be closed the night of July 17, at the I-29 and I-229 interchange in Sioux Falls.


Corrections

Update on Parole Absconder Richie Desersa in custody
UPDATE: Richie Desersa is back in custody, arrested in Minnehaha County July 16.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Direct Effects Of Financial Stewardship
As Governor of South Dakota, financial stewardship is one of my top priorities. When it comes to balancing the budget, managing the retirement system and maintaining our AAA credit ratings, I dive into the details.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the deployment ceremony for the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 216th Engineer Detachment at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial amphitheater.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Joseph Hogan, on June 17, 2017, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Brendan Lebar In Custody
Inmate Brendan Lebar was arrested in Pennington County this week.

Game, Fish and Parks

2017-2018 Antelope Hunting Season Finalized for Archery and Firearm
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearm antelope hunting seasons.

Antelope and Coyote Hunting Changes for Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed Custer State Park to antelope hunting for the 2017 hunting season due to decreased herd numbers from previous years while also taking into consideration the wildlife viewing opportunities for park visitors.

2017 Sage Grouse Season Closed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.

Public Safety

Sioux Falls Student Wins $10,000 In Highway Safety’s “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – A Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School student is $10,000 richer for being chosen the winner of a program that encourages driving safety among young people.

Transportation

Highway 212 Opening from Watertown to Goodwin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be opening Highway 212 between Watertown and Goodwin on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The signed car detour route will be shortened along the south side of Highway 212 along county roads between Goodwin and Highway 15.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Medicaid Fraud Unit Takes Part in Nationwide Health Care Fraud Sweep
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Attorney General’s Medicaid Control Fraud Unit (SD MFCU) participated with various law enforcement authorities in a nationwide coordinated health care fraud sweep.

Corrections

Community Service Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Stacie Cottier was apprehended by the Stanley County Sheriff’s Department south of Fort Pierre at approximately 12:25 a.m. on July 13.

Transportation

I-90 – Exit 14 – Traffic Switch on 27th St North of I-90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that traffic is scheduled to be switched to the newly completed southbound 27th Street lanes north of I-90 today, July 13, 2017.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Brookings Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, July 18, Brookings will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Ballot Explanation Released for Constitutional Amendment Establishing Open Primary Elections
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Corrections

Community Service Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Stacie Cottier, age 33, left her community service jobsite without authorization in Pierre Wednesday night.

Public Notice of Arrest Warrant for Parole Absconder Richie Desersa
Parole absconder Richie Desersa failed to report to the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on July 11.

Game, Fish and Parks

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event. The event will be held Sept. 15-17 at Outlaw Ranch near Custer.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED rolling out new CDBG program
PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce the details for the Bulldoze, Build, and Beautify (BBB) activity under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. GOED has set aside $1 million of its FY 2017 CDBG allocation to support this activity.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Mansion Tours Now Featuring Art By Harrisburg Student
As the free summer tours at the Governor’s mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student.

Game, Fish and Parks

HuntSAFE Names Individual and Team Instructors of the Year
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) named Justin Schmiedt as the 2016 HuntSAFE Instructor of the Year and Bob and Daryl Schutte as the 2016 HuntSAFE Team of the Year.

Tagged Lake Oahe Salmon: From Silver to Gold
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to know how stocking salmon in different locations improves their survival

Labor and Regulation

Statement from Division of Banking on Dollar Loan Center
The South Dakota Division of Banking issued the following statement today in response to Dollar Loan Center in Rapid City and Sioux Falls offering short-term loans at 36 percent APR and charging late fees if not repaid in one week.

Social Services

Department of Social Services Hires Interim Hospital Administrator
The Department of Social Services is pleased to announce Marcene Dickes has accepted a position as the interim hospital administrator at the Human Services Center (HSC) in Yankton, S.D


Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2018 Integrated Report
DENR requests water quality data by Sept. 1 as part of its process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Game, Fish and Parks

Nature, Sand Candles and Halloween in July this Weekend
South Dakota state parks offer unique ways for visitors to learn more about nature and enjoy the outdoors. From building wax creations to trick-or-treating, there is an activity for everyone.

Public Safety

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
BLUNT, S.D. – A Harrold, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning east of Blunt.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gage Brothers announces construction of new plant in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 10, 2017): Gage Brothers today announced the construction of a new plant featuring a multi-million dollar investment in state-of-the-art technology rarely used in the manufacture of precast concrete in the United States.


Public Safety

Name Released In Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
LAKE PRESTON, S.D. – A 52-year-old Lake Preston woman died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Lake Preston.

Names Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A 71-year-old Piedmont woman died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Rapid City.


Corrections

Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
Randy Cowherd turned himself in to the Rapid City Community Work Center late this evening.

Work Release Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Randy Cowherd, age 45, was due back at the Rapid City Community Work Center earlier this evening following a shift at his work release job. Escape procedures were enacted when Cowherd failed to return at the designated time.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Matching Students with Workforce Needs
Last week, I was honored to begin a one-year term as chairman of the Western Governors Association. The WGA includes governors of 19 western states – those to the north and south of South Dakota, and every state to the west. Each WGA chair selects a policy initiative to focus on during the chair’s one-year term. Over the next 12 months I will focus on workforce development.

News Tips For July 8 – 14, 2017
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 Council of Chief State School Officers Summer Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City.

Agriculture

Department of Agriculture Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 10
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all agriculture producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection in 37 locations across the state from Monday, July 10 until Thursday, Sept. 7.

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

Connecting Agriculture: Creating an Accurate Drought Monitor
Drought conditions have continued to spread across South Dakota over the past few weeks.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center Museum to debut new family activity Wednesday, July 19
A new museum program focused on families with school-aged children will be available to the public at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre for the first time on Wednesday, July 19.

Public Safety

Hughes County Fatal Crash
BLUNT, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday morning east of Blunt.

Transportation

2017 S.D. Transportation Hall of Honor Inductees Announced
Clyde Jundt from Pierre and Mark Knight from Aberdeen have been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2017.

Chip Seal and Fog Seals Projects in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton area of the state beginning Tuesday, July 11.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to set up at Family Fest
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at Family Fest to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Public Safety

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
LAKE PRESTON, S.D. – A 52-year-old woman died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Lake Preston.

Meade County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning west of Rapid City.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in the Aberdeen Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Aberdeen area beginning Monday, July 10.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Names Inaugural Members to Government Accountability Board
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced his appointments to the new Government Accountability Board.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in the Watertown Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Watertown area of the state beginning today (July 5).

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Rapid City Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to three highways in the Rapid City area of the state beginning Friday, July 7.

Pavement Repair on I-29 Near Sioux Falls
On Friday, July 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the northbound lanes on Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls from 26th Street (Exit 78) to 12th Street (Exit 79).

Highway 79 and 212 Paving
Crews will begin preparing for an asphalt concrete resurfacing project at the north junction of Highway 79 and 212 in Butte County beginning this afternoon, July 5, 2017.

Veterans Affairs

DRAFT OR NO DRAFT, THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE SHINES ON!
For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of buzz about the NBA draft. Strategists and newscasters chattered about the likes of Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum. Who would draft them and what package would be offered? Numerous sports venues use the draft process to allocate talented players to their teams.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Christian Voldbaek, age 21, left the Rapid City Community Work Center July 4.

Public Safety

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in a two-vehicle crash which killed two people and injured two others early Saturday morning near Brandon.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Brendan Lebar, age 20, left the jobsite without authorization this afternoon.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – Two people died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning near Brandon.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: South Dakota's Presidential Independence Day
It was an eventful Fourth of July week 90 years ago when President Calvin Coolidge spent the holiday in the Black Hills. He and First Lady Grace Coolidge came to the State Game Lodge at Custer State Park that summer to escape the noise and congestion of Washington, D.C.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jim Thares To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Jim Thares of Aberdeen to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

News Tips
The Railroad Board of the South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in the Commission Room of the Becker-Hansen building located at 700 E. Broadway Ave.

Agriculture

Check Nursery Stock for Japanese Beetle
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is encouraging residents to check any newly purchased nursery stock for Japanese beetle.

SD State Fair and SDSU Athletics Come Together for Ticket Promotion
The South Dakota State Fair and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Athletics have teamed up on a Labor Day weekend ticket promotion.

Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division reminds people to use extreme caution when shooting off fireworks in areas of the state where dry conditions exist.

Education

Former director of National Museum of American History to visit Pierre, sign new book on July 24
Brent Glass, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, is making three appearances in Pierre on Monday, July 24, to promote his new book, “50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.”

Fun with Flags is theme for Family Fun Saturday at Cultural Heritage Center July 8
The next Family Fun Saturday at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is July 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

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.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Events Scheduled for July 7-8
With summer in full swing, South Dakota state parks are offering a variety of programs for visitors.

Sign Up Now for HuntSAFE Courses
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year.

Transportation

Highway 46 Closing North of Alcester for Reconstruction
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 46, located north of Alcester at the intersection of Highway 11, will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, July 10.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Commends Release Of Additional CRP Acres
The Governor last week sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the department make CRP acres available as soon as possible. The USDA on Friday announced the release of CRP acres to counties in the severe drought and extreme drought categories.

Public Safety

July Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – July’s sobriety checkpoint schedule has been released.

Transportation

Construction on Highway 18 West of Maverick Junction
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, work will begin one mile west of Maverick Junction at Highway 18 and Highway 79 intersection on Wednesday, July 5.

Board of Regents

Regents Create Audit and Athletics Advisory Committees
Committees to provide audit oversight and to advise on the management of intercollegiate athletic programs are being created by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

SDSU to Offer New Management Degrees
South Dakota State University will offer new undergraduate management degrees in two fields predicted to have strong job growth in the future. The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved bachelor degree programs in leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, as well as in conservation planning and park management.

Northern State Students Recognized by Regents
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Northern State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

New Specializations, Certificates Meet Emerging Workforce Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new academic program requests to meet emerging employment trends across the state.

Jewett Departs Board as Longest-Serving Regent
Harvey C. Jewett of Aberdeen completes his work this week on the state’s public higher education governing board after more than 20 years of service. Based on available records, Jewett is believed to be the longest-serving regent in South Dakota Board of Regents’ history.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Named WGA Chair Western Governors’ Workforce Initiative Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – This morning at a governors’ meeting in Whitefish, Mont., Gov. Dennis Daugaard was elected to serve as chair of the Western Governors’ Association. Gov. Daugaard will serve as chairman for one year.

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
Nearly 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,911 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Public Safety

State Officials Urge Safety During July 4th Celebration
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety wants people to enjoy their July Fourth celebrations, but in a safe way.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Rep. Haggar Resigns, Governor Invites Public Input
State Rep. Don Haggar has resigned his seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Haggar, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the state House since 2013, and is currently the body’s speaker pro tempore.

Labor and Regulation

Protect Yourself – Be Informed About State Cosmetology Laws
The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission sets high professional standards for nail technicians and cosmetologists for consumer safety.

Transportation

348th Ave. Bridge Over I-90 Closed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed a bridge over Interstate 90 four miles east of the east Chamberlain interchange after it was damaged by an over-height vehicle.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Hendrix Genetics announces new commercial hatchery in Beresford, SD
Hendrix Genetics is pleased to announce another step in its commitment to the US Turkey Industry: to directly distribute quality Hybrid commercial poults to growers.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

United States Supreme Court Rules with 12 Attorneys General on Immigration Law
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court issued a decision allowing President Trump’s executive order, commonly called the “travel ban”, to take effect, with certain exceptions. The Court will hear the merits of the travel ban appeal this fall.

Aurora County Man Arrested for First Degree Rape
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Robert Lincoln Will III, 35, Plankinton, was arrested on one count of rape in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Windbreaks and Shelterbelts Need Watering Too
Trees and shrubs are feeling the effects of the dry conditions this year in SD.

Education

State Historical Society hosting outdoor concert, ice cream social on Friday, July 21
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special outdoor concert called “Smithsonian Remembers” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. CDT near the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents updated
An updated version of the Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents in South Dakota is now available on the Department of Education website.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Reminds Boaters to Practice Safe Boating
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

State Parks to Celebrate Independence Day
Celebrate the 4th of July early in South Dakota’s state parks. From parades to campsite decorating contests, state parks are ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with family fun for all ages.

State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a popular time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Pulling Through Another Drought
As of late, I have been keeping my eye on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The monitor is updated each Thursday, and as I write this, over 50 percent of the state is in a drought with an additional 32 percent experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will participate in the Western Governors’ Annual Meeting in Whitefish, Montana.

Game, Fish and Parks

Updated Nonmeandered Waters Information Available Online
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has posted additional information online for those needing clarification on application of the Open Waters Compromise.

Public Safety

Sixth Annual Youth Trooper Academy June 26-30
PIERRE, S.D. – What it is like to train to become a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper will be experienced by 24 South Dakota high school students next week.

Fire Marshal: Firework Safety Needed Especially In Dry Conditions
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says it is important to be careful with fireworks every Fourth of July, but especially this year.

Transportation

Highway 85 Erosion Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin making erosion repairs along Highway 85 between Spearfish and Belle Fourche beginning Monday, June 26.


Agriculture

Presenters Announced for 2017 Governor's Agricultural Summit
The 2017 Governor’s Agricultural Summit will feature discussions on animal health, the current and future agricultural economy, succession planning and innovative South Dakota agriculture businesses.

SD Ag Chat: Honey Bees Do Their Part to Help Feed the World
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the products people depend on.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $20.001 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $20.001 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday in Pierre.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
WILMOT, S.D. – A Big Stone City, S.D. man has died as a result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash that happened Monday, June 19, south of Wilmot.

Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has been identified as the person who died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash three miles west of Spearfish.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Win Chill breaks ground in Foundation Park
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Development Foundation hosted groundbreaking ceremonies for Win Chill, LLC, the first project in Foundation Park, on Thursday, June 22. Win Chill will now begin construction on a 205,000 square-foot full-service refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center on a 54-acre site purchased from the Development Foundation that provides adequate space for future expansion of the Win Chill operation in Sioux Falls.

Gov. Daugaard Awards Six Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $3.4 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to six projects throughout South Dakota. Blunt, Faith, Lake Andes, Langford, Newell and Veblen will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling almost $10 million.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Minnehaha County Man Convicted for Financial Elder Abuse
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a Minnehaha County jury returned a verdict finding Ronald Wayne Whalen, 47, Sioux Falls, guilty of 1 count of forgery, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center participating in Blue Star Museums program
The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is continuing its participation in the Blue Star Museums program in 2017.

Public Safety

Public/Private Partnership Looks To Secure State’s Critical infrastructure From Cyberattacks
PIERRE, S.D. –South Dakota’s public and private entities Friday committed again to work together to strengthen the state’s cybersecurity systems.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin on Highways 12, 83 and 1804 in North Central S.D.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mobridge area of the state beginning Thursday, June 22.

Postponed - Permanent Striping in Spearfish Canyon
Crews will begin grinding and painting permanent striping on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County on Monday, June 26, 2017.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Project Stand Up to Expand Local Community Kick-Offs in Timber Lake and Eagle Butte
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Project Stand Up will expand its Community Kick-Offs this week in Timber Lake and Eagle Butte.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash three miles west of Spearfish.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanations Released for Four Constitutional Amendments Regarding Campaign Finance and Lobbying Laws
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Attorney General Explanations for four separate proposed constitutional amendments have been filed with the Secretary of State. For each Amendment, the statement will appear on a petition that will be circulated by the sponsor.

Game, Fish and Parks

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 makes life jackets available for infants to adults.

State Park Events Scheduled for June 23-25
Parks across the state are hosting fun activities for both individuals and families. Join in the events and learn something new.

Public Safety

Spink County Fatal Crash
DOLAND, S.D. – A Lake Preston, S.D., man died Thursday in a one-vehicle crash north of Doland.

Transportation

Open Houses to Discuss South Dakota Freight Plan
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold two public meetings/open houses on Tuesday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Sioux Falls University Center Administration Building room 250 (4801 Career Ave.) and Wednesday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. MDT at the SDDOT Rapid City Region Office (2300 Eglin St.). The SDDOT will receive public input on the South Dakota Freight plan.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin in Sioux Falls Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Sioux Falls area of the state beginning Wednesday, June 21.

Crack Seal Work on Highway 240 in Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews began crack and chip sealing operation on Highway 240 in Wall from mile marker 126 to 128 today (June 19).

Exit Ramp to Close Overnight at the I-29 and I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says one exit ramp will be closed tonight (June 19) at the I-29 and I-229 interchange in Sioux Falls.

Updated June 16 2017 due to drought - Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
See Gov. Daugaard Issues State of Emergency for Drought Conditions release on June 16, 2017. visit news.sd.gov for the press release.

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, 2017, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Issues State Of Emergency For Drought Conditions
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a statewide emergency because of the ongoing drought conditions in South Dakota. As part of the State of Emergency, the state will ease haying and transportation restrictions to assist agriculture producers.

Governor's Column: Good Reason To Be Proud Of The SDNG
If you live out west or near Chamberlain, you may have noticed more individuals in uniform over the last week. That’s because the South Dakota National Guard is currently in the middle of its annual Golden Coyote training exercise.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for Win-Chill (a full-service refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center) at Foundation Park in Sioux Fa

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Project Stand Up to Launch Community Kick-Off in Sisseton
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Sisseton will be the first community to launch a local push for Project Stand Up - the statewide anonymous texting program that allows citizens to standup to drug crimes in their communities.

Agriculture

Pollinator Week is June 19-25 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 19-25, 2017, as Pollinator Week in South Dakota.

Education

South Dakota receives Farm to School Grant
The South Dakota Department of Education has received a $24,158 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of the Farm to School Grant Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers and increase the amount of local foods served in schools.

Public Safety

Names Released in Marshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – Names have now been released of those involved in Tuesday’s two-vehicle crash near Langford that killed an infant and injured three others.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Attending White House Workforce Meeting
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today is joining seven other governors at the White House to discuss workforce. The meetings will include discussions with President Donald Trump, cabinet secretaries and White House senior staff officials.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to highlight the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation Subdivision and the work they have done over the past year.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Finding a Solution to Nonmeandered Water
Growing up in northeast South Dakota, I’ve witnessed the struggle over the non-meandered water issue first hand.

Labor and Regulation

Employer Webinar on Essential Job Services
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Wednesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 - One-Lane Two-Way Traffic on Colorado Boulevard East of 27th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says traffic is scheduled to be switched to one-lane two-way traffic on the north side of Colorado Boulevard between Heritage Drive and 27th Street on the morning of Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Interstate 90 Exit 63 Westbound On Ramp
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, crews will complete pavement marking work on the Interstate 90 Exit 63 Westbound on-ramp and driving lane.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Nathan Sanderson Selected As 2017 Henry Toll Fellow
Nathan Sanderson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s director of policy and operations, is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Deceptive Tobacco Settlement Advertising
Attorney General Marty Jackley warns South Dakota citizens of recent deceptive advertisements related to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

South Dakota Law Enforcement Stops Large Fentanyl Distribution
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Chamberlain Police Department, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested Trevor Harden, 19, Chamberlain, as a result of a search warrant served in Chamberlain on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Agriculture

“Thunder at the Fair” Caps Off SD State Fair Grandstand Lineup
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces “Thunder at the Fair” Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull presented by Lankota and Kibble Equipment on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at 1 p.m.

SD Ag Chat: Grant Funds Help SD Volunteer Fire Departments Do More
In this SD Ag Chat, hear how federal grant funds help these departments protect their service areas.

Education

Tornado photo from August 1884 on display at Cultural Heritage Center
A photograph of a tornado and two funnel clouds, taken on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1884, by photographer F.N. Robinson of Howard is currently on display in the research room of the South Dakota State Historical Society Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Announces Father's Day Free Fishing Weekend
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has declared Father’s Day weekend as a free fishing weekend across South Dakota for residents and nonresidents.

Health

First WNV Case Of Year Reported In Davison County
The Department of Health reminds South Dakotans to get in the habit of using mosquito repellent as the state’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year has been detected in Davison County in the 60-69 age group.

Transportation

Permanent Striping in Spearfish Canyon
Crews will begin grinding and painting permanent striping on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County today (Wednesday, June 21).

Revenue

Motor Vehicle Division releases new Veteran Indian Tribal license plates
The new Veteran Indian Tribal license plates will be available for qualifying South Dakotans on July 1.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sioux Falls Woman Sentenced in Embezzlement
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Marna Jayne Gietzen, 49, Sioux Falls, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced to serve 4 years in the state penitentiary with 4 years suspended under the condition that she serve time in the county jail.

Agriculture

Lake Area Technical Institute Receives 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) of Watertown has been named the 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Works on Reopening Public Access after Open Waters Compromise Passes
With passage of House Bill 1001 by the SD Legislature, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is now in the process of removing the cables that have blocked boat ramps on nonmeandered waters.

GFP Commission Finalizes Temporary Nonresident Waterfowl Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission kept the total number of temporary (three days) nonresident waterfowl licenses at 2,000 and modified the temporary license unit boundaries at their June meeting.

Public Safety

Marshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – An eight-month-old female died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash near Langford.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sioux Falls Tower Approved for REDI Fund Loan
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Tower, a telecommunications and wind energy tower contractor, announced its plans to expand as the Board of Economic Development approved a REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund Loan today. The approved funds will help finance construction expenses of the company’s new 25,000 square-foot facility.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Open Waters Compromise
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this evening signed into law House Bill 1001, the compromise bill on nonmeandered waters.

Agriculture

Preventing Wildfires on the Farm and Ranch
Because of dry conditions across much of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) urges farmers and ranchers to be prepared in case a wildfire starts while they are baling.

Game, Fish and Parks

Good Eats Around South Dakota State Parks
State parks and recreation areas around the South Dakota will hold cooking classes Saturday, June 17.

Muzzleloader and Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons Set for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the area where muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons.

Black Hills and Custer State Park Deer Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission increased the number of available antlerless whitetail licenses for the 2017 Black Hills deer hunting season.

East River and West River Deer Hunting Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted their proposal which will offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season.

Archery Deer Season Set for the Next Two Years
On June 9, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid.

Proposed Changes to Antelope and Coyote Hunting in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to close Custer State Park for antelope hunting during their June meeting. Results of the 2017 survey indicate that antelope numbers have decreased far enough from the

GFP Commission Proposes Closure of the Sage Grouse Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to close the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their June meeting.

Archery and Firearm Antelope Hunting Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearms antelope hunting seasons at their June meeting.

Human Services

Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 15, Elder Abuse Awareness Day (EAAD) in South Dakota.

Transportation

Asphalt Crack Sealing/Leveling and Chip Seal on Highways 168, 79, 85, 73, 34 & 12
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin asphalt crack sealing and leveling Wednesday June 14 on highways in the Belle Fourche area.

Crack Seal Work on Highway 44 from Airport Road To East of Farmingdale
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, crews will begin a crack and chip sealing operation on Highway 44 east of Rapid City from mile marker 54 to 66.

Revenue

Department of Revenue to open temporary office at the Capitol
Due to construction near the Anderson Building in Pierre, the South Dakota Department of Revenue will host a temporary office location in the Capitol building.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Deliver Special Session Address
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Monday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. Audio of the speech will be livestreamed by South Dakota Public Broadcasting at SD.net.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Good Compromise On Nonmeandered Waters
For at least 20 years, the northeastern part of our state has been dealing with the issue of nonmeandered waters. For that entire time, the state has NOT been dealing with the problems that our laws have caused.

Brookings To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Brookings has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, July 18.

News Tips
On Monday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Education

State Historical Society awards five historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Aberdeen, Canton, Hot Springs, Ipswich and Oakwood Lakes State Park have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Social Services

South Dakota Receives Grant to Combat Opioid Use
The Department of Social Services (DSS), Division of Behavioral Health will receive $2 million in federal funding to help combat opioid use in South Dakota.

Transportation

Highway 50 Bridge Reopened To One Lane
South Dakota Department of Transportation crews have completed the emergency bridge deck repairs and reopened Highway 50 over Interstate 29 at Exit 26.

Highway 50 Bridge Closed at I-29 Exit 26
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have closed the Highway 50 bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 26 effective immediately (Friday, June 9).

Revenue

New Dignity specialty license plate available July 1
Beginning July 1, South Dakota residents may apply for the new Dignity license plate. The plates are available for motor vehicles and motorcycles.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Activates State Drought Task Force
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today (Thursday) activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor drought conditions across South Dakota. The task force also held its first meeting today in Pierre.

South Dakota Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The State of South Dakota has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Nation’s Largest Nursing Home Pharmacy Company to Pay $23 Million to Settle Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes.

Agriculture

Governor’s Ag Summit Tour Locations Announced
The eighth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will take place July 12-13, 2017, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen.

Education

Former State Historical Society publication Wi-Iyohi available on South Dakota Digital Archives
Issues of a former publication of the South Dakota State Historical Society titled “The Wi-Iyohi” (Wee-ee-yo-hee) were recently added online to the South Dakota Digital Archives.

Social Services

Meth Changes Everything Campaign Reaches 10,000 Participants
The Department of Social Services’ ‘Meth Changes Everything’ awareness campaign has given presentations to over 10,000 South Dakotans.

Transportation

Concrete Pavement Repair Work has begun on Cherry Street in Vermillion
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the concrete pavement repair work on Highway 50L (Cherry Street) in Vermillion from Plum Street to the Highway 19 south intersection began this week.

I-90 Exit 14 - One-Lane Two-Way Traffic on Colorado Boulevard East of 27th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says traffic is scheduled to be switched to one-lane two-way traffic on the north side of Colorado Boulevard between Heritage Drive and 27th Street on the morning of Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Concrete Pavement Repair and Grinding in the Yankton Area
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say concrete pavement repair and grinding work on Interstate 29 near Elk Point will begin the week of June 12, 2017.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Calls Special Session To Address Non-Meandered Waters For Monday, June 12
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered waters overlying private property.

Agriculture

June is Dairy Month in South Dakota
The South Dakota dairy industry contributes to the economy both locally and statewide. In recognition of those contributions, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Exit 63 High Friction Surface Treatment (updated)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin placing a High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) on the Interstate 90 Exit 63 westbound on-ramp and driving lane on Friday, June 9.

Highway 11 Open
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 11 south of Sioux Falls has been reopened.

Veterans Affairs

Nine Monuments of Stone Made of Men
The Hall of Honor pays tribute to nine heroes whose actions exemplify the finest qualities of the American soldier --- steadfast devotion to duty, tenacity in a fight, and love and respect for each other. They exemplified the warrior spirit that is essential to win in tough battles, and they proved what true warriors can do when faced head-on with the ultimate sacrifice. Their bravery, their resourcefulness and their patriotism marks them as America’s finest heroes.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Bon Homme County Man Sentenced for Rape and Sexual Contact with a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Bon Homme County States Attorney Lisa Rothschadl announced today that Paul Michael Brewer, 41, Tabor, was sentenced to 65 years in the state penitentiary.

Agriculture

Static Entry Premium Book May Spark Entry Ideas
People have until July 31, 2017 to submit entry forms for the static exhibits contest areas during the South Dakota State Fair.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Nine school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2017.

Game, Fish and Parks

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available through August 15
The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact either department regarding prairie dog encroachment issues.

Jay Heath Canoe & Kayak Trail Public Dedication Event to be held June 13
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in partnership with the South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association (SDCKA) will host an event to publicly dedicate the new Jay Heath Canoe & Kayak Trail on Tuesday, June 13, at noon.

Traditions Hold Strong at 40th Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
The 40th annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival presented visitors with a weekend full of activities, vendors, food and memories.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Jansen Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Cody Jansen has been named as the 2017 South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.

Transportation

Portion of Highway 11 Open - 273rd Street to 276th Street
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 11 has been reopened from 273rd Street south to 276th Street (Harrisburg road to Klondike Road). Highway 11 remains closed from 276th Street to Highway 18.

Update on Highway 11 Closure
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials closed a section of Highway 11 south of Sioux Falls between Highway 18 and 273rd Street late Monday afternoon.


Education

Special education report 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

National Get Outdoors Day is June 10
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is encouraging individuals and families of all ages to head outdoors this weekend to enjoy National Get Outdoors Day on June 10.

Transportation

Portion of Highway 11 Closed
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have closed a section of Highway 11 south of Sioux Falls between Highway 18 and 273rd Street.

Revenue

South Dakotans urged to take caution during transient vendor season
Many transient vendors have begun selling products and services in South Dakota.

South Dakota Lottery

Lucky for Life Lotto Tickets Now On Sale in South Dakota
South Dakotans who've long dreamed about what they'd do with $1,000 a day for life took the first step towards making those dreams a reality, purchasing $4,714 in tickets on Sun., June 4, 2017, the first day lotto tickets for the game were available for sale in South Dakota.


Public Safety

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man died Wednesday in a semi-truck crash east of Wall.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Non-Meandered Waters
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the legislative interim committee’s passage of a draft bill to open non-meandered waters for public recreational use.

Governor's Column: Helping South Dakotans Get Back To Work
My parents took pride in self-reliance and taught me the value of hard work. They worked hard on our family farm, and when the farm went upside-down financially, they both took jobs as janitors at Augustana College to make ends meet.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will serve as the commencement speaker for the National American University 75th Commencement Ceremony at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division Warns of Sweepstakes Imposters
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers that winners of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes do not receive phone calls about their prizes.

Bureau of Administration

Hall Of Honor Has Been Relocated
The South Dakota Hall of Honor, which has been redesigned and relocated to the first floor of the Capitol building, was dedicated during a ceremony today in the west hall of the annex in the Capitol.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Andrew Eastman, age 28, left the jobsite at the city landfill late this morning. It’s believed he took a white 2002 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup with the license plate number CTY 4976.

Board of Regents

Four Research Centers to Receive State Funding
South Dakota’s Research and Commercialization Council (RCC) has selected four research centers to receive funding through the Governor’s Research Center Program.


Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Announces June Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – June’s schedule of sobriety checkpoints has been announced by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell area of the state starting June 5.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – Four South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current municipal tax rate beginning July 1.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Sturgis Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, June 6, Sturgis will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control
Anyone who has had a garden, a lawn or a corn field knows that weeds are a constant challenge.

Education

South Dakota releases education plan
South Dakota today released its state plan for education required under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A 45-year-old man died Wednesday in a semi truck crash east of Wall.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Hutchinson County Man Sentenced for Grand Theft by Deception
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Stephan Nicholas McCrae, 50, Menno, was sentenced in Circuit Court, Fall River County, to 4 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary on one count of grand theft by deception.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: SD Beef Producers Send Positive Beef Message to New York
May is Beef Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear why South Dakota beef checkoff dollars are being used to target consumers in New York.

SD Ag Chat: USDA NASS and Partners Gauge Crop Conditions Each Week
In this SD Ag Chat, hear South Dakota’s state statistician talk about how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service gathers intel for the weekly crop progress reports.

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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.

Fort Sisseton Annual Historical Festival This Weekend
On June 2-4, Fort Sisseton will host its 40th annual historical festival.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: B9Creations Approved for MicroLOAN, doubles employment
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s been a pretty remarkable five years since the launch of its first 3D printer, and it’s evident that B9Creations, LLC, isn’t planning on slowing down the pace anytime soon.


Public Safety

Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – A Watertown, S.D., man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon near Summit.

Name Released in Yankton County Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Yankton man has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Yankton.