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Public Safety

Highway Patrol Superintendent Joins IACP Executive Board
PIERRE, S.D. – The superintendent of South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has been elected to the executive board of a worldwide law enforcement organization.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – One person died and two others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon near Lesterville.


Public Safety

Douglas County Fatal Crash
DELMONT, S.D. – One person died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Delmont.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Make It A Healthy School Year
Now that back-to-school season is here, I know parents have no shortage of items on their to-do lists. You have school supplies to buy, school lunch arrangements to make and new schedules to coordinate. With so much to do, I hope you will still be sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccines.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR with Zach Nelson on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. CDT.

Education

Symposium, new State Historical Society book celebrate state’s political culture
The authors of a new book from the South Dakota State Historical Society explore the state’s identity in “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 3” edited by Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller and Paula M. Nelson. The volume will be released Sept. 8, during a free symposium at Augustana University’s Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls.

Environment and Natural Resources

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upset at Smithfield Foods
On Aug. 15, Smithfield Foods reported its wastewater treatment plant had an upset. Consequently, ammonia concentrations in the discharge from their Sioux Falls facility are higher than the regulatory limits in their Surface Water Discharge Permit. Levels could pose threats to fish life, but no risks to human health.

Public Safety

Names Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Howard, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died late Monday morning in a three-vehicle crash that occurred east of Mitchell.

Transportation

Sidney Stage Road to Close Between I-90 Exit 44 and Exit 46
he Department of Transportation says Sidney Stage Road between Interstate 90 exits 44 and 46 in Rapid City will close on Friday, Aug. 24.

I-29 Exit 332 Sisseton Southbound Ramp Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound on and off-ramps for Interstate 29 Exit 332/Sisseton will be closed to all traffic from Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Thursday, Aug. 23.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Five Sites Re-certified Under South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that five communities in South Dakota have re-certified their development sites under the South Dakota Certified Ready Program. The communities include: Aberdeen, Arlington, Colman, Madison and North Sioux City.

Veterans Affairs

Zimmerman Named NASDVA Midwest District Vice President
Larry Zimmerman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has been named the Midwest District Vice President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA). Officers and committee members for 2018-2019 were elected during their conference in Boston August 12-15.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints James A. Power As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint James A. Power of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Adds Inauguration Fix To Special Session Proclamation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued an executive proclamation, calling a special session of the South Dakota State Legislature.

Education

New 2019 collaborative exhibit announced, special video sneak peek Aug. 29 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site off Interstate 90 south of Philip will be collaborating on a new exhibition that will debut at the Cultural Heritage Center in fall 2019.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol To Cooperate On Joint Enforcement Operation For Pow Wow
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe are joining together to provide enforcement during this weekend’s Crow Creek Dakota Nation pow wow.

Name Released in Corson County Fatal Crash
MOBRIDGE, S.D. – A McLaughlin, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Mobridg


Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday morning east of Mitchell.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the Black Hills Context Sensitive Corridors Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (SDGF&P), the United States Forest Service (USFS), the United States National Park Service (USNPS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will hold two public open houses on Monday, Aug. 20, in Custer and Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Deadwood to discuss the beginning of a corridor study for the following roadway corridors.

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Count Final Tally
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows traffic was up 7.9 percent overall for the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to attend Dakotafest in Mitchell
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Dakotsfest in Mitchell August 20-23, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Education

Churches documented in latest State Historical Society book
The newest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society includes more than 750 photographs of religious buildings that are still standing from every county and nearly every town in the state.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Going Paperless for Fall Turkey and Mountain Lion Applications
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently announced that they will not distribute printed hunting applications for the upcoming fall turkey and mountain lion seasons due to the decreased demand for paper applications.

Turn In Poachers Program Paying Off
As summer comes to an end and hunting seasons ramp-up, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking citizens to make the call to the Turn In Poachers (TIPs) hotline if they observe illegal hunting, fishing or trapping activity.

New Archery Range Installed near Madison
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently installed an archery range on the Bourne Slough Game Production Area (GPA).

Labor and Regulation

Labor Dept. and CUC Offer Student Work Opportunities
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will be hiring an employment specialist to help Capitol University Center (CUC) increase student awareness about career opportunities in central South Dakota.

Transportation

Missouri River Bridge Subsurface Investigation
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin the preliminary process for the design and construction of the new Waldron Missouri River bridge over the Missouri river connecting Pierre/Fort Pierre.

Saint Onge Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to Saint Onge Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Wednesday, Aug. 15, to allow for water main and storm sewer installation and grading work.


Public Safety

Corson County Fatal Crash
MOBRIDGE, S.D. – One woman died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Mobridge.

Sunday Aug. 12 Sturgis Rally Tally (FINAL TALLY)
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 12, 2018

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Pierre man has been identified as the person who died late Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Pierre.

Transportation

Motorists asked to Stay Away from Fall River Road Due to Active Fire
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation and emergency officials are asking for help from motorists by avoiding driving in the area of Highway 18/385, also known as Fall River Road, between Hot Springs and Maverick due to heavy fire truck/equipment traffic travelling to a forest fire adjacent to the roadway.


Public Safety

Saturday Aug. 11 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Saturday August 11, 2018

Name Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 39-year-old man from Milbank, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Watertown.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the 125th Anniversary Open House at Hub City, Inc. in Aberdeen.

Governor's Column: The Fast Track To Bright Futures
With the first day of classes on the horizon, I encourage our high school students to take advantage of dual credit courses this school year.

Game, Fish and Parks

2018 Elk Contingency Licenses to be Determined
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will look to provide a recommendation for this year’s use of elk contingency licenses at the GFP Commission meeting in September.

Public Safety

Friday, Aug. 10 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Friday August 10, 2018

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Numbers Still on the Rise
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 5.9 percent overall for the first seven days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Board of Regents

Regents Identify Top Budget Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents agreed this week to four budget priorities for the coming year, including a comprehensive state financial aid program and first-ever funding of inflationary costs.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota’s Q1 GDP Breaks $50B
PIERRE, S.D. – The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its estimated gross domestic product (GDP) by state for the first quarter of 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Calls On Communities To Engage In Suicide Prevention Month
As the number of recorded suicides in the state continues to escalate, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is calling on South Dakotans to join the fight by participating in Suicide Prevention Month in September.

Education

State Historical Society receives grant to put more historical newspapers online
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives in Pierre was awarded a third round of grant funding in the amount of $280,200 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historical newspapers.

Public Safety

Thursday, Aug. 9 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Thursday August 9, 2018

Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – One person died late Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Pierre.

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Numbers Continue to Increase
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 5.1 percent overall for the first six days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Highway 50 Turn Lane Construction To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to construct turn lanes on Highway 50 at 437th Avenue (Deer Boulevard) west of Yankton will begin Monday, Aug. 13.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Sets Expectations for New CEO
The South Dakota Board of Regents, meeting for the first time with its incoming executive director and chief executive officer, has created a framework of expectations and directions for his tenure starting next month.

Regents Approve New Academic Offerings
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from four public universities to meet emerging economic development and workforce trends across the state.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Fills Three Legislative Vacancies
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will fill three vacancies in the South Dakota State Legislature.

Education

Make a quick quilt magnet at Cultural Heritage Center Aug. 18
Visitors for Family Fun Saturday at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Aug. 18 can create their own colorful quilt magnets, using a nine-patch template and stickers.

Education department announces guidelines for 2018-19 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and/or Special Milk Programs.

Game, Fish and Parks

Deer Hunt Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters
Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a mentored youth deer hunt on Sept. 22-23 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.

Public Safety

Wednesday, Aug. 8, Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 8, 2018

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Watertown.

Transportation

Chip Seal & 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 Monday, Aug. 13.

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Continue Upward Climb
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 3.8 percent overall for the first five days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Calls Special Session For Sept. 12
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation that would expedite implementation of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and allow the state to enforce the obligation of remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax.

Public Safety

Tuesday Aug. 7 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Tuesday August 7, 2018

Transportation

I-90 Construction of Eastbound Lanes at Piedmont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says three miles of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Exit 40 at Tilford will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Continue to Trend Upward
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 2.5 percent overall for the first four days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

U.S. Highway 81 Set to Open to Full Traffic South of Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be finishing phase II work at the Highway 81 and 20th Avenue south intersection and be fully open to traffic by Thursday, Aug. 9.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Headed to Brown County Fair
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, August 13-19, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Agriculture

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

Game, Fish and Parks

Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 21 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities August 11
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is hosting events this Saturday for kids and adults alike. The events offer a variety of opportunities to spend time outdoors.

Public Safety

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Show Overall Increase For First Three Days
STURGIS, S.D. – Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up almost three percent overall for the first three days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Monday Aug. 6 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Monday August 6, 2018

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Show Overall Increase For First Three Days
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up almost three percent overall for the first three days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Veterans Affairs

Seasons Change, but Commitment to Serve Does Not
We are getting close to turning the pages from summer to fall. Pools will be closing and school doors will be opening. We will be putting away the boats, jet skis, bikes, and lawn mowers and we will be getting out the rakes and servicing the snow blowers.


Public Safety

Sunday, Aug. 5 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 5, 2018

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Two people from Arizona have been identified as those killed Thursday afternoon in a crash involving two motorcycles and a semi-truck in Box Elder.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
It’s rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and best-known motorcycle gatherings in the world.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be speaking at the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Meeting at the Holiday Inn City Center, Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

Yankton Area Residents Reminded Driver Exam Station Opened A Third Day
PIERRE, S.D. – Yankton area citizens are reminded that Yankton’s South Dakota Driver License exam station is now open three days a week.

Names Released in Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Groton.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A St. Paul, MN man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Saturday, July 28, west of Sioux Falls.

Transportation

I-90/Haines Avenue and Maple Street Bridge Rehabilitation Resumes
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says rehabilitation work on the Haines Avenue and Maple Street bridges on Interstate 90 in Rapid City will resume on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.


Education

State Historical Society Releases Wilder Autobiography “Pioneer Girl” as E-book
The South Dakota State Historical Society has released the popular “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” as an electronic book. The e-book is part of the society’s Pioneer Girl Project.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Two people died and two others were injured Thursday in a crash involving two motorcycles and a semi-truck in Box Elder.

Transportation

Temporary Traffic Signals on Rice Street
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will have temporary traffic signals in operation on Rice Street beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin
MOBRIDGE, 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 Monday, Aug. 6.


Education

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2019.

Health

Brown County Resident First WNV Death Of Season
The Department of Health reported today a Brown County resident died of West Nile virus (WNV) associated causes, the state's first WNV related death this season. The individual was in the 80 to 89 age group.

Labor and Regulation

Apprenticeship Incentive Funding Webinar Scheduled
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will host a webinar on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. CDT for applicants interested in applying for apprenticeship incentive funding.

Revenue

Department of Revenue warns of potential scam in trucking industry
The South Dakota Department of Revenue urges consumers to take caution when doing business with a fictitious trucking dealership by the name of South Dakota Trucks.


Agriculture

SD State Fair to Host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle
The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle, sponsored by Advanced BioEnergy and South Dakota Pork Producers.

Game, Fish and Parks

Farm Island Triathlon to be Held Saturday
Farm Island’s Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 4. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured Monday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Groton.


Public Safety

DPS Encourages Motorists to be Patient During Sturgis Rally
PIERRE, S.D. – Patience will be a virtue for motorists this week as more traffic is expected on South Dakota highways with the start of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

August Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – August will be a busy month as 32 sobriety checkpoints are planned throughout South Dakota.

Veterans Affairs

Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.


Public Safety

Name Released in Faulk County Fatal Crash
ZELL, S.D. – An Indiana man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash west of Zell.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A New System To Serve ALL Of Our Students
Nearly 50 cents of every state tax dollar goes to education. That includes funding for our public universities, technical schools, and the state Department of Education, but the majority is used to fund our K-12 system.

News Tips
The South Dakota Board of Technical Education will meet in the Lake Area Technical Institute Student Center, fourth level, 1201 Arrow Ave., in Watertown.

Education

Hear the tale of outlaw Jack Sully at Cultural Heritage Center program
The tale of one of South Dakota’s most notorious outlaws will be told at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awarded $847,000 to Expand Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) was recently awarded an $847,000 State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA program.

Transportation

Highway 12 / Brown County 14 Construction
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin work to add roadway lighting and signals at the Highway 12 and Brown County 14 intersection on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Board of Regents

Arkansas Education Leader Named Board of Regents’ Chief Executive
The chancellor of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith was appointed Friday to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. Paul B. Beran will become the South Dakota Board of Regents’ executive director and chief executive officer on or before Sept. 4.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Unclaimed Property Booth to head to Sioux Empire Fair
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, August 3 – 11, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Game, Fish and Parks

Reetz Lake Open to Anglers on August 1
As part of a signed access agreement with the landowners, Reetz Lake will be open to licensed anglers starting Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, 2018 and from May 1 – Sept. 30, 2019.

Health

West Nile Virus Risk Increasing
The West Nile virus (WNV) season is under way with human or mosquito detections in 11 counties across the state, the state Health Department reported today.

SD Department of Health Observes World Breastfeeding Week
Aug. 1 through Aug. 7, South Dakota joins other states and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”, focuses on breastfeeding as a universal solution to improve the health and well-being of women and children.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 81 Construction Beginning Phase 2 South of Watertown
WATERTOWN, S.D. – BX Civil and Construction, Inc., a contractor for the SD Department of Transportation, will begin Phase 2 work at US Highway 81 and 20th Avenue South on Monday, July 30.


Game, Fish and Parks

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. Anglers can help GFP gather information and be entered to win $100.

Outdoor Campus West to Host Great Plains Trail Presentation
The Outdoor Campus West will host Luke “Strider” Jordan and his presentation, “Thru-Hiking the Great Plains Trail,” on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. MDT.

Public Safety

Faulk County Fatal Crash
ZELL, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash west of Zell.

Transportation

Highway 18 Red Canyon Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says approach slab replacement and paving will begin Monday, July 30, on the Red Canyon Bridge located three miles east of Edgemont on Highway 18.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: Technology Company Credits South Dakota Workforce for its Continued Success
DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. – It is often said that when one door shuts, another one opens. And, from the perspective of Brad Moore, President and CEO of Sterling Computers, no truer words have been spoken.


Corrections

Wanda Markland Named Warden of South Dakota Women’s Prison
The South Dakota Department of Corrections has announced that Wanda Markland has been named the Warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison.

Education

Brookings Historic Preservation Commission receives NAPC’s Commission Excellence Award
The Brookings Historic Preservation Commission (BHPC) has received a Commission Excellence Award from the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC).

Game, Fish and Parks

Atlantic Salmon Trial Enters Final Phase
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks plans to stock approximately 7,000 – 10,000 Atlantic salmon, 8-10 inches in length, at Whitlock Bay on Lake Oahe this fall.


Agriculture

Eighth Annual SD Timed Event Championship Planned for the SD State Fair
The eighth annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship (SDTEC) sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim and Double D Western will be held Sept. 1 and 2 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Promises Kept
We had a lot of good news to share this week, all related to South Dakota’s outstanding financial condition. On Monday, we announced the close of the fiscal year with a surplus. On Tuesday, we got word that S&P is maintaining our AAA status.

News Tips
The Aeronautics Commission 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.

South Dakota Lottery

Mega Millions jackpot exceeds $430 million
South Dakota Lottery players will have the chance to win a $433 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday.


Agriculture

Pay the ‘Magic’ Forward
Help others ‘Experience the Magic’ with the 3rd Annual Pay it Forward Day at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Transportation

2018 S.D. Transportation Hall of Honor Inductees Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Laurie Schultz from Pierre and the late Charles Lien of Rapid City have been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the State of South Dakota by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

Agriculture

SDDA Reminds Chemical Applicators of Dicamba’s Restricted Use
With many soybeans in the state blooming, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds all agricultural producers and applicators of label restrictions on certain dicamba products.

Game, Fish and Parks

Outdoor University August 4 at Sertoma Park
Outdoor University, a free event, is the public’s best opportunity to experience the educational fun The Outdoor Campus provides each day. The event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Sertoma Park.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Registration Now Open
Registration is open for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event which will be held Sept. 7-9 at Ne-So-Dak Bible Camp near Waubay.

Game, Fish and Parks Commission Awarded Commission of the Year
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) announced this week that the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has been named Commission of the Year at their annual conference in Eugene, Oregon.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Roy Lake Resort Concession Operator
According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota can now begin submitting their proposals.

Public Safety

Name Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Mitchell woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle fatal crash that happened sometime early Sunday east of Mitchell.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Equity Partners Holds First Closing of Fund
PIERRE, S.D. – Early and growth stage companies in South Dakota now have access to additional equity capital as South Dakota Equity Partners (SDEP), a public-private partnership supported by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), has raised $16.9 million according to Gov. Dennis Daugaard.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Maintains AAA With S&P
Last week Standard & Poor Global announced that it has reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Default Rating with a stable outlook.

Agriculture

Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Entries
Deadlines for all South Dakota State Fair open class entries are right around the corner.

Game, Fish and Parks

Enjoy “Little Wings on the Prairie” at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area north of Fort Pierre is hosting the Fourth Annual “Little Wings on the Prairie” Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to Noon CDT.

Labor and Regulation

Employer Webinar on Youth in the Workforce
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. CDT.

Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a trike motorcycle crash in Box Elder.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year with Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2018 budget year on June 30 marking the seventh consecutive year with a surplus. The state general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018 ended with lower expenditures and higher revenues than budgeted.

Agriculture

Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Began July 9
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all agricultural producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection in 37 locations across the state from Monday, July 9, until Thursday, Sept. 6.

Education

Board adopts changes to state graduation requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements at its meeting earlier today, with an amendment directing the South Dakota Department of Education to review the requirements again after Jan. 1, 2026.

Human Services

Medicare Card Rollout Continues In South Dakota
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program would like to remind all Medicare eligible individuals that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have begun and will continue to mail out new Medicare cards in the coming months.

Transportation

BNSF Railroad Crossing to be Replaced in McLaughlin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad plans to replace the railroad crossing on Highway 63 in McLaughlin beginning Wednesday, July 18.

Traffic to be Switched On Highway 37 North of Mitchell
MITCHELL, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is scheduled to complete work on the southbound lanes of Highway 37 north of Mitchell from National Guard Road to one-quarter mile south of the Davison/Sanborn County line on Tuesday, July 17.

New Intersection Warning System In Spink County
To improve safety, the South Dakota Department of Transportation is installing an Intersection Conflict Warning Systems (ICWS) to improve safety at the intersections of Highway 281 and Highway 20 in Spink County.


Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 29-year-old woman has died in a one-vehicle fatal crash that happened sometime early Sunday east of Mitchell.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a trike motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday in Box Elder.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Bringing Our Alcohol Laws To The 21st Century
When I speak with business prospects, I often praise our common sense regulatory environment. I emphasize that we don’t place unnecessary hurdles before our citizens or entrepreneurs in South Dakota. Success is allowed here and government doesn’t get in the way.

Governor's Column: Bringing Our Alcohol Laws To The 21st Century
When I speak with business prospects, I often praise our common sense regulatory environment. I emphasize that we don’t place unnecessary hurdles before our citizens or entrepreneurs in South Dakota. Success is allowed here and government doesn’t get in the way.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Finalizes Fish Harvest Restrictions on Reetz Lake
As part of an access agreement with the landowners of Reetz Lake, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission agreed to change fish harvest restrictions on the non-meandered water body.

2018 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 fall turkey hunting season, offering 355 fewer prairie unit licenses and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses.

GFP Commission Changed Several State Refuges and Boating Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to refuges and seasonal no boating areas to focus on increasing recreational opportunities and simplifying regulations to make it easier for sportsmen and women to participate in the outdoors in these areas.

GFP Eases Archery Equipment Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed several archery equipment restrictions at their July meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Seasonal Boating on Indian Springs in Clark County
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to a Clark county water body, Indian Springs, regarding its seasonal boating restrictions.

GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Drawing Structure for Deer Hunting Licenses
A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposal would require deer hunters to choose among six deer hunting seasons in the first draw period for deer hunting licenses.

Public Safety

State Emergency Management Office Honored for GIS Innovation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been recognized for its use of Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques in emergency management efforts.


Education

South Dakota receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2016.

Game, Fish and Parks

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, trail groups and state parks totaling over $1.1 million.

Human Services

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

Public Safety

Name Released in Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A Sturgis, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.


Education

Spirographs featured at Family Fun Day July 14 at Cultural Heritage Center
Circles in circles and round and round – do you remember using a Spirograph? Come to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre for Family Fun Saturday July 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT and give a Spirograph a spin.

Transportation

Federal Avenue To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says access to Federal Avenue from West Chicago Street will close on July 11, to allow grading and storm sewer work on Federal Avenue.


Public Safety

Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A 55-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.


Public Safety

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Names have been released of the five people who died early Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Yankton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lt. Governor's Column: SD National Guard Leading The Nation
One of the greatest honors of serving as lieutenant governor is getting to work with the South Dakota National Guard. Our Guard members are some of the most dedicated, capable and reliable men and women I know. Under Adjutant General Tim Reisch's leadership, we have an exceptional group of soldiers and airmen serving our nation and state.

Public Safety

Third Person Dies From Injuries Sustained in Grant County Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A third person has now died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred June 18, 2018 north of Milbank.


Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an emerald ash borer (EAB) informational forum on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. MDT at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus West located at 4130 Adventure Trail in Rapid City, SD.

Revenue

Department of Revenue publishes Tax Increment Financing annual report
The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s inaugural Tax Increment Financing (TIF) annual report is now available online.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Five people died and another person was seriously injured early Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash east of Yankton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Annapolis Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Annapolis, Maryland, last week.

Education

South Dakota Historical Society Foundation seeks Western collectibles
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is seeking Western collectibles for an auction that will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 14, during the Dakota Western Heritage Festival at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre.

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

Record Number of Fingerlings Stocked from Blue Dog State Hatchery
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), consistent warm weather led to the high survival of newly-hatched fish at Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery near Waubay.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Spring Creek Resort Concession Operator
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Spring Creek Resort can now submit proposals.

Motorized Boats Allowed on Swan Lake in Turner County Again
Effective July 4 at 8 a.m. CT, the temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county will be lifted as flood waters on the lake have continued to recede.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An 86-year-old Aberdeen man has died from injuries sustained in a June 23, 2018 crash west of Aberdeen.

Transportation

Four-Way Stop at West Chicago Street Intersection
RAPID CITY, S.D. – On July 5, the left turn lanes on Sturgis Road will temporarily close for grading and concrete work near the center of the intersection.

Highway 212 Construction Thru Henry To Begin
Webster Scale, Inc, a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will begin reconstruction of Highway 212 thru Henry on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Highway 19 Open From Highway 46 Intersection to 301st Street
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 19 is now open from the Highway 46 intersection south to 301ST Street.

Veterans Affairs

Old Cronies Support Veterans at State Veterans Home
Veterans at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home (MJFSVH) received a boost to their activities fund from the Old Cronies Motor Cycle Club.


Agriculture

Roger Scheibe Receives 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Roger Scheibe of Brookings has been named the 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Game, Fish and Parks

Fish Kill on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes, Pit Available for Homeowners to Discard Dead Fish
he South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department has received several reports of dead fish from lake shore home owners, anglers and boaters on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes near Watertown.

Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming Until Further Notice
The swimming beach at Lake Alvin Recreation Area near Harrisburg is currently closed following routine testing that showed unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.

Public Safety

Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – An Edgemont, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday, June 28, in a two-vehicle crash west of Custer.

Transportation

Highway 46 Open In Clay County
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 46 is now open from 19A intersection to Frog Creek Road. This means that Highway 46 is now open from Interstate 29 to Highway 81. Flood waters have receded, but motorists are advised to drive with caution thru this area due to water next to the shoulder of the highway.


Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism to host monumental celebration in Chicago
In an effort to continually market South Dakota as a travel destination and bring awareness to the state’s tourism offerings, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is bringing a scale model of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and a taste of South Dakota to Chicago.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Finding Enjoyable, Well-Paying Work
Work is an important part of personal fulfillment. True, most of us work because we must – to provide for ourselves and our families – but a job nevertheless gives us purpose. And when it’s work we enjoy that pays enough, well, that’s the goal.

SD Retirement System Receives National Recognition
The Society of Actuaries has selected the South Dakota Retirement System as a winning Retirement 20/20 Model, awarding the state with a $10,000 prize.

News Tips
The South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council Board will be holding a meeting via conference call on Monday, July 2.

Game, Fish and Parks

High Water Impacts Boating, Swimming Facilities on Lake Francis Case
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), rising water on Lake Francis Case is impacting facilities in state parks and recreation areas along the Missouri River.

Public Safety

State Officials Urge Safety During July 4th Celebration
PIERRE, S.D. – No matter how they celebrate the Fourth of July this year, South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials encourage people to also remember to be safe.

Veterans Affairs

Find the key, unlock the message.
Documenting veteran’s stories is a way to archive our history, but it is also a great way to develop an appreciation for their experiences. It shows how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.


Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $10.484 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $10.484 million for water, wastewater and solid waste projects.

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A 73-year-old woman died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash west of Custer.

Board of Regents

Regents Honor Student Groups at SDSU and Dakota State
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota State University and Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Nutritional Supplement Manufacturing Company in Woonsocket Approved for REDI Fund Loan
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Newly formed entity, Dak Pak, LLC, was approved earlier this month by the Board of Economic Development for a $1.08 million REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan.

Gov. Daugaard Awards Seven Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $3.1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to seven projects throughout South Dakota.


Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Remind Visitors of Firewood Restrictions
With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors about firewood restrictions in South Dakota state parks.

Health

Remember Food Safety During Summer Months
Keep the unwelcome guest of foodborne illness from making an appearance at family reunions or summer gatherings with some simple food safety tips.

Labor and Regulation

ReliaMax Surety Company Placed in Liquidation
The South Dakota Division of Insurance petitioned the Hughes County Circuit Court on June 12, 2018, to place ReliaMax Surety Company into liquidation due to insolvency. Judge Patricia J. DeVaney approved the petition today.

Public Safety

DOT Re-Opens SD Highway 11 At Splitrock Creek
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have re-opened South Dakota Highway 11 at Splitrock Creek south of Brandon.

DPS Announces July Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be done in 22 counties during the month of July, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

SD Highway 46 Closed At Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 46 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on the roadway.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Winner Area
WINNER, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Winner Area beginning Monday, June 25.

Board of Regents

Academic Offerings Respond to State Workforce Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from four public universities to meet emerging workforce trends across the state.

Regents Elect New Slate of Officers
After the resignation earlier this month of their presiding officer, members of the South Dakota Board of Regents reorganized Wednesday to elect new officers.


Education

14 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 14 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 24 existing grant recipients to serve a combined total of 54 sites statewide.

Game, Fish and Parks

No Motorized Boats on Swan Lake Effective Immediately
Due to flood waters impacting homes and property, a temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county, southwest of Sioux Falls, is effective immediately.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal Urges Safety in Using Fireworks
PIERRE, S.D. – Even though there has been more rain this month in parts of South Dakota, the state’s Fire Marshal is reminding people still to be careful with fireworks as they prepare for the July Fourth holiday.

DOT Closes SD Highway 11 At Splitrock Creek
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have closed South Dakota Highway 11 at Splitrock Creek south of Brandon.

SD Highway 50 Now Open at Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 50 is now open at the Iowa state line by Richland SD.

Revenue

Department of Revenue taking next steps after U.S. Supreme Court decision
Following the United States Supreme Court’s historic decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the South Dakota Department of Revenue is taking the next steps in implementing 2016’s remote seller taxation law.