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Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips For October 13 – 19, 2018
Monday, October 15, 11 a.m. CDT, Brookings – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak and attend the ribbon cutting at the Passive House in Brookings.

Governor's Column: SD's 100th Pheasant Season
October in South Dakota is a glorious month. I love the crisp mornings, chilly evenings and weekend sounds of marching bands in homecoming parades.

Transportation

Centerline Painting in Central South Dakota Delayed
KENNEBEC, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota planned to begin on Saturday, Oct. 1 was delayed by weather and will begin on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Centerline Painting in Northcentral South Dakota Delayed
MCINTOSH, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota planned to start on Tuesday, Oct. 9 was delayed by weather and will begin on Friday, Oct. 19.

South Dakota Lottery

Redfield man claims $390,000 Lucky for Life prize
Christopher Whitley’s close proximity to the Appels Quick Shop in Redfield proved to be fruitful as he claimed the Lucky for Life lotto game’s second prize.


Public Safety

Names Released In Grant County Fatal
MILBANK, S.D. – A 16-year-old male from Milbank has been identified as the person who died Sunday morning after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle near Milbank.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – A Sherman, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a two-vehicle crash near Baltic.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

DPS Secretary Jones To Depart
DPS Secretary Trevor Jones announced today that he has accepted a position with Dakota State University, working in the university’s digital forensics lab.

Public Safety

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash (Canton)
CANTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen, S.D., man has been identified as the person died Saturday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash that occurred in Canton.

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash (Harrisburg)
HARRISBURG, S.D. – A Sioux Center, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Harrisburg.

Transportation

Tunnel Inspections To Take Place
The Department of Transportation will be doing bi-annual tunnel inspections the week of Oct. 15. This will result in traffic delays and or closure of Highway 87 Needles Highway and Highway 16A Iron Mountain Road.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On E15
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement on year-round E15.

Agriculture

State Fair Numbers Continue to Climb
South Dakota State Fair numbers continue to climb as attendance at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair was 217,231, up 2.5 percent over last year, while gate revenue increased by 3.6 percent.

Education

South Dakota educator receives JAG National Educational Leadership Award
Wagner Community Schools Superintendent Linda Foos has been awarded the National Educational Leadership Award from Jobs for America’s Graduates. Foos was nominated for her extraordinary leadership and support of JAG-South Dakota, which aims to help students succeed in school and in pursuit of a career and/or postsecondary education.

Corncob pheasants coming to Cultural Heritage Center for Family Fun Saturday Oct. 20
Pheasants are flying in South Dakota as the hunting season begins. And corncob pheasants will fly out of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre when visitors create their own corncob pheasant dart at Family Fun Saturday on Oct. 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

Social Services

South Dakota SNAP Program Earns Top Ranking
South Dakota is among four states leading the nation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program administration, according to a recently released USDA report.

Transportation

Highway 50 Railroad Crossing Reconstruction to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct the railroad crossing on Highway 50 just west of 439th Avenue (West City Limits Road) west of Yankton will begin Monday, Oct. 15.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – One person was killed and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon east of Baltic.

Grant County Fatal
MILBANK, S.D. – A 16-year-old male died Sunday morning after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle near Milbank.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
CANTON, S.D. – One man died Saturday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash that occurred in Canton.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HARRISBURG, S.D. – One person died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Harrisburg.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: In SD, It's Native Americans' Day
If you look at your calendar, I’ll bet on Monday, Oct. 8, it says Columbus Day. Though the designation may serve as a good reminder for those who don’t have school that day or whose offices are closed, it’s not quite accurate . . .

Bureau of Administration

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

Education

Cultural Heritage Center seeks individuals interested in becoming museum tour guides
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, located at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, is looking for individuals interested in sharing their time, expertise and love of history to become volunteer docent tour guides.

State Historical Society selling Sully County land
The South Dakota State Historical Society is selling 97.5 acres of land located on Lake Oahe in Sully County.


Education

Technical institute enrollment up
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Technical Education heard a report on enrollment at the state’s four technical institutes. Enrollment is up since last year, from 6,652 to 6,825, a 2.6 percent increase. The largest number of students are enrolled in the health science career cluster, which has grown from 1,301 students to 1,380 students.

Human Services

State Developmental Center Hosting Health and Wellness Fair
Residents of Redfield and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to explore health topics and screenings during a local Health and Wellness Fair at the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC).

Public Safety

SD Fire Marshal: Know That Fires Can Start Anywhere
PIERRE, S.D. – This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme encourages people to be mindful that fires can start anywhere.

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
Spearfish, S.D. – A 34-year-old Belle Fourche, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Spearfish.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Sandra Hoglund Hanson As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Sandra Hoglund Hanson, of Sioux Falls, as a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center program focuses on women’s long fight to vote
Women’s fight for the right to vote will be the subject of an Oct. 9 program at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Board of Regents

Iowa Reduced Tuition Program Shows Results
In the second year of a program offering new and transfer students from Iowa the equivalent of resident tuition at four South Dakota universities, the program is showing a positive return.

Draft Free Speech Policies Advance at Regents’ Public Hearing
Revised policies impacting free speech and diversity on South Dakota public university campuses advanced Wednesday after the South Dakota Board of Regents conducted an initial hearing on the draft policies and voted unanimously to move those proposals to final action in December.

New Options Available for Students Pursuing DSU Degrees
The South Dakota Board of Regents today approved requests from Dakota State University to offer a teaching degree online, create a new minor, and develop new specializations within its mathematics major. University officials said all these changes are part of DSU’s work to meet economic development and workforce trends across South Dakota.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: North Sioux City Experiencing Growth in Manufacturing
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – At the very edge of the South Dakota border sits North Sioux City, a quiet town that is bearing witness to some impressive development.

Veterans Affairs

Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls!
As soon as that first glimmer of autumn sparks, it occurs. The Halloween decorating begins and pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, scarecrows, witches, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls are everywhere. It’s a tradition that most of us enjoy. But for some veterans, it’s a reminder of the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins they live with every day.


Transportation

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: Pod Manufacturing Taking Off in South Dakota
Black Hawk, S.D. – Ask a contractor what part of a project consumes the most time and often they’ll tell you it’s the bathroom. From residential to commercial, especially in the hospitality industry, carving out and properly plumbing bathrooms are often the culprits for setting projects behind schedule.

South Dakota Lottery

Box Elder man claims Dakota Cash jackpot
Luke and Anita Kochutin’s attention to detail helped them become the South Dakota Lottery’s latest big winners.


Bureau of Administration

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On The President’s Trade Deal
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
Spearfish, S.D. – A 34-year-old man died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Spearfish.

Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert Systems Oct. 3
PIERRE, S.D. – Cell phone users will be part of a nationwide test of emergency alert systems scheduled for this Wednesday, Oct. 3. The test had originally been scheduled for Sept. 20, but was postponed.

Transportation

Centerline Painting in Northcentral South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

SDDOT Receives Additional Federal Transit Funding
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says they have received five grant awards for an additional $2,774,400 in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding through FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program competitive grant program.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

6th Annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week Underway
Editorial by: Scott Stern, Commissioner, South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development PIERRE, S.D. – Today we’re kicking off the 6th annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week. Communities and businesses across the state continue to show appreciation and recognition for a vital industry. Manufacturers in South Dakota achieve some pretty remarkable things.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Receives Grant Opportunity for State Cemetery
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has notified the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs they may be awarded grant funds for the construction of a state veterans cemetery.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

First Lady's Column: Commit To Know More About Foster Parenting
In any given month over the last year there were around 1,600 children across South Dakota in state custody. These are children who have been removed from their homes by a court order for safety reasons. They are victims of abuse and neglect who, by no fault of their own, have no other place to go.

News Tips for September 29 – October 5, 2018
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. CDT, Beresford – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the AEM “I Make America” Event at Sioux Corporation at One Sioux Plaza in Breseford.

Education

Gov. Daugaard proclaims October ‘Archives Month’
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as “Archives Month” in South Dakota.

Human Services

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15
Open enrollment for the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

Transportation

Mill & Overlay Bridge Ends and Pipe Crossing
Updated time frame: The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be resurfacing and striping two bridge ends on Highway 212 east of Newell beginning Monday, Oct. 1. This work was originally scheduled to begin on Sept. 25.


Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly Nearly $34 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $34 million for water, wastewater and solid waste projects.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced For October
PIERRE, S.D. – Department of Public Safety officials have announced that 23 sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 18 South Dakota counties during October.


Bureau of Administration

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Lucas Lund To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Lucas Lund, of Sioux Falls, to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Lund will serve as the board’s student member.

Corrections

PUBLIC NOTICE OF HIGH RISK INMATE RELEASE
Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk is providing notification to law enforcement and the public about the pending release of a state prison inmate.

Education

Digital World War I display showing at Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society, in association with the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, is showing a digital display called “The World Remembers” in the lobby of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Environment and Natural Resources

Board to Consider Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc. Application for Temporary Permit to Use Water from Rapid Creek
On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, the Water Management Board will consider Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc. application for a temporary permit.

Labor and Regulation

State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $8.85/hour to $9.10/hour effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Kicks off Fall Marketing Efforts
The South Dakota Department of Tourism kicked off its fall and winter marketing efforts in September to build upon the 13.9 million visitors and $3.88 billion in visitor spending the state experienced by the state in 2017.

Transportation

Centerline Painting in Central South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota will begin on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Board of Regents

Lukkes Appointed Regents’ General Counsel
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces that Nathan Lukkes has been named general counsel for the board and the public higher education system in South Dakota.


Human Services

2018 Governor’s Awards Presented
Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the 2018 Governor’s Awards today to South Dakota businesses and workers who have made significant contributions to the employment of people with disabilities.

Public Safety

Name Released in Harding County Fatal Crash
REVA, S.D. – An Odessa, Texas, man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Reva, S.D.

Transportation

Laurel Street Railroad Crossing
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, crews will begin work to replace the railroad crossing on Laurel Street in Rapid City.


Bureau of Administration

BOA Releases FY2018 Obligation Recovery Center Annual Report
The debt recovered by the Obligation Recovery Center nearly doubled in its second year of collections, according to a report released by the Bureau of Administration today.

Education

State Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs
The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2019 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

Human Services

Disability Employment Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.

Public Safety

“If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Office of Homeland Security encourages the public to take part in Tuesday’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day.

Transportation

Asphalt Crack Sealing In Spearfish Canyon
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, crews will begin work routing and sealing the cracks in the asphalt surface on Highway 14A in Spearfish Canyon.

Mill & Overlay Bridge Ends and Pipe Crossing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin preparing for an asphalt concrete resurfacing and striping project on two bridge ends on Highway 212 east of Newell beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Tribal Relations

Governors’ Interstate Indian Council 2018 General Assembly to be held in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations is hosting this year’s general assembly for the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council (GIIC) Sept. 26 and 27 at Crazy Horse Memorial.


Public Safety

Harding County Fatal Crash
REVA, S.D. – A 67-year-old man died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 79, 25 miles northeast of Reva, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips for September 22 through 28, 2018
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. CDT, Pierre – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2018 Governor’s Awards ceremony. The event will be held inside the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, call 605-773-5990.

Governor's Column: 2018 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
On Friday morning, Sept. 28, a few dozen cowhands will put on their boots and saddle their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise before dawn. And thousands from across the state, country and world will gather, all to continue a 53-year tradition.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer returns to the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival in Rapid City, September 29, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Social Services

South Dakota Receives Additional Grant Funding to Continue Opioid Prevention and Treatment Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS), Division of Behavioral Health will receive just over $4 million for two years totaling over $8 million in federal funding to help combat opioid use in South Dakota through the State Opioid Response grant.


Education

New Biography Looks at First Lakota Congressman Benjamin Reifel
"Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation” by Sean J. Flynn, professor at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, will be featured at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 20-23.

State Historical Society Releases First Biography of Sisseton-Wahpeton Leader
Two events this week celebrate the release of the latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Radical Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage is Remembered in New Biography
At this month’s South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 20-23, the South Dakota State Historical Society will release a young adult biography about one of the many forgotten heroines of the women’s suffrage movement.

Health

Health Department Investigates Legionnaires’ disease increase
The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been reported in people who reside or traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 cases were hospitalized and 1 died. The patients are ages 36-80 years, with a median age of 57 years.

Public Safety

South Dakota Assisting With Hurricane Response
PIERRE, S.D. – Two staff members from the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management have deployed to North Carolina to assist that state with its response to Hurricane Florence.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Release Fall Enrollment for 2018
Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down about 2 percent in full-time equivalent students, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today.


Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 53rd annual Buffalo Roundup and 25th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 28. The Arts Festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29.

Public Safety

White Lake High School Receives $10,000 In Highway Safety’s “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Because one of its students wanted to learn how to be a safe driver, White Lake High School is now $10,000 richer.

Revenue

Tax collections increase at 2018 South Dakota State Fair
Tax collections at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair exceeded $206,000, according to figures released by the South Dakota Department of Revenue.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Dorothy Kellogg
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 21, to honor the life of former state legislator Dorothy Kellogg.

Education

South Dakota receives grant to support mental health services in schools
The South Dakota Department of Education has been awarded an $8.7 million Project AWARE grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is a partnership with the Department of Social Services.

Transportation

Roadway Lighting Work to Begin in Hot Springs
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation a roadway lighting project is scheduled to start on the Highway 18 bypass in Hot Springs on Monday, Sept. 24.

Revenue

Department of Revenue offers additional guidance on remote seller law
The South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds remote sellers that they must obtain a South Dakota sales tax license and pay applicable sales tax beginning Nov. 1, 2018.


Education

Board holds public hearings on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on academic content standards in world language and school library earlier today. These two sets of proposed standards will receive hearings at locations across the state this school year.

Traditional Arts Demonstration Day Sept. 22 at Cultural Heritage Center
Three American Indian traditional artists will demonstrate their work on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Statement on Trooper-Involved Shooting
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was involved in an officer-involved shooting Sunday night on Interstate 29. The Patrol is cooperating with the Division of Criminal Investigation which is conducting the investigation.

Social Services

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Issues Decision in Favor of State
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit rendered an opinion in favor of The Department of Social Services (DSS) and other state defendants Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Finally Attaining Tax Uniformity
This past week, legislators returned to Pierre for a special legislative session. I don’t call a special session lightly. During my two terms as governor I have called only one other during the summer of 2017.

News Tips for September 15 – 21, 2018
Monday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. MDT, Belle Fourche – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the dedication of the Belle Fourche School District Career and Technical Education Center in Belle Fourche.

Transportation

Shoulder Work To Begin on Highway 14A
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says shoulder work on Highway 14A, Boulder Canyon, will begin on Monday, Sept. 17.

Deck Patching on Swan Creek Bridge
The Department of Transportation says an asphalt concrete patch will be placed over the Swan Creek bridge located four miles north of Hoven on Highway 47 on Monday, Sept. 17.

Bridge Work Near Lead and Spearfish
Crews have begun work grinding the deck on the bridge near the Highway 14A/85 junction near Lead.


Education

Cultural Heritage Center to participate in 14th annual Smithsonian magazine Museum Day event
On Saturday, Sept. 22, all visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian magazine.

Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grant recipients announced
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grants to eight South Dakota public schools for a combined total of just over $1.1 million.

Health

Rising Suicide Rates Require a Multifaceted Approach to Prevention
Suicides rates have been rising in recent years in South Dakota. In 2017, 192 South Dakotans died by suicide, the most ever reported. Suicide was the ninth leading cause of death among all South Dakotans and the second leading cause of death among individuals 15 to 34 years old.

Transportation

St. Onge Street In Rapid City To Close
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to St. Onge Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Friday, Sept. 14, to allow grading and concrete paving to be placed at the intersection of West Chicago Street.

Potter County Sign Replacement Project Starting
The Department of Transportation says traffic signs and delineators on county roads in Potter County and streets in the towns of Hoven, Gettysburg, Lebanon and Tolstoy will be replaced and updated beginning Monday, Sept. 17.

Veterans Affairs

POW/MIA Recognition
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Special Session Bills
After leading the U.S. Supreme Court victory in taxation of remote sales, South Dakota will soon be among the states benefiting from the Wayfair decision.

Agriculture

Oct. 15 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant
South Dakota communities are encouraged to apply for a 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.

Education

Indian Education Summit to feature hip-hop artist Supaman
Native American hip-hop artist Supaman (Christian Takes Gun Parrish) will perform and deliver a keynote address at the 2018 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 23-25, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – Warrants have been issued for a Watertown, S.D. man who was involved in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred last week near Sisseton.

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Saturday To Honor Fallen Firefighter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of David Fischer, assistant chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Fischer died Friday, while responding to a house fire in Tilford.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On 9/11 Anniversary
President Trump is calling for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff on Tuesday in observance of Patriot Day, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance.

Media Advisory: Special Session Address
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. The remarks will be livestreamed via Gov. Daugaard’s Facebook page and audio will be available at SD.net.

Agriculture

Grow in South Dakota
Not so long ago, and just before I entered high school, I was the jubilant recipient of a “Junior Agriculture loan” from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


Public Safety

Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A Chandler, Arizona man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash south of Hermosa.

Names Released in Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D. – A 20-year-old Pierre woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of Hayes.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Dakota At Home
Aging can be a difficult thing. Whether it’s harder on the one growing older, or their loved ones, I’m not sure.

News Tips
On Monday at 3 p.m., Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1060 AM KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Jody Heemstra.


Education

State Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials remind property owners that Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.

Young cowboy poet performing Sept. 13 at Cultural Heritage Center
Colt Blankman, a 12-year-old from Avon, Utah, will be performing his own original cowboy poetry and the work of other cowboy poets at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

September Recognized As Campus Fire Safety Month in SD
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month” in South Dakota.

Transportation

Reminder to Remove Hay Bales from the Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.

I-29/Sisseton Exit Interchange Ramp Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound on and off ramps for the Interstate 29/Sisseton exit (Exit 232) will be closed to traffic on Friday, Sept. 7, for about 14 days.

Veterans Affairs

Just Get ‘Er Done!
Autumn is here, and harvest is just around the corner. These Fall days are a great time to complete those cleaning tasks you have been putting off. As a veteran, it’s also a great time to review your chore list.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Heads to Sioux Falls for Sidewalk Arts Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Sidewalk Arts Festival in Sioux Falls, Saturday September 8, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that is owed to them.

Public Safety

Names Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
VIBORG, S.D. – Two people from Viborg, S.D. have been identified as those killed late Friday night in a two-vehicle crash near Viborg.

Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A 54-year-old man died Monday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash south of Hermosa.

Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D. – One person died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of Hayes.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Mickelson Bust To Be Unveiled Next Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting the public to attend the unveiling of the George S. Mickelson bust next week. The bust by James Michael Maher will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 11, during a ceremony in the House Lobby of the Capitol Building.

Public Safety

South Dakota Survivors of Las Vegas Shooting Urged to Apply for Expense Reimbursement
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans who were victims of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas have until Oct. 1 to apply for reimbursement for current or future out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from the event.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the city of Vermillion, will hold a public open house on Monday, Sept. 10, on the draft Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan.

Sheffer Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to Sheffer Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to allow for the concrete paving to be placed on West Chicago Street.

32nd Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to 32nd Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Thursday, Sept. 6, to allow for water main and storm sewer installation and grading work.


Public Safety

Names Released in Gregory County Fatal Crash
BONESTEEL, S.D. – A 36-year-old man from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Bonesteel.


Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
VIBORG, S.D. – Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash late Friday night west of Viborg.

Name Released in Meade County Fatal Crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash west of Piedmont.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Be The One
Suicide is a growing problem in South Dakota. Last year we had the highest number of suicides on record. It was the ninth leading cause of death and the second leading cause of death for individuals age 10 to 34.

News Tips
On Wednesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Daktronics 50th anniversary open house at 201 Daktronics Drive, Brookings, Bldg. 6.

Education

Calamity Jane to be focus of Cultural Heritage Center program
One of the most written-about women of the Old West will be the topic of a Sept. 11 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Author Richard W. Etulain will tell about “The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane” when the History and Heritage Book Club meets.

Public Safety

Gregory County Fatal Crash
BONESTEEL, S.D. – One person died and another was injured Friday afternoon in a crash involving a semi-truck and trailer near Bonesteel.

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


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Gov. Daugaard Submits Special Session Proposals
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today submitted three pieces of legislation to be considered during the special legislative session on Sept. 12.

Education

Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
The 2018-19 school year is underway, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.

Transportation

SDDOT Project Competing for Final National Award
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) project in and around the Black Hills area was selected as a Top 12 finalist in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) 2018 America’s Transportation Awards competition.

Hall of Honor Banquet for Charles Lien
The late Charles “Chuck” Lien of Rapid City is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


Human Services

2018 Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2018 Governor’s Awards ceremony on Sept. 25.

Public Safety

September Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In 20 South Dakota Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 20 counties throughout South Dakota during September.

Meade County Fatal Crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – One person died and another was injured late Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Piedmont.

Transportation

SDDOT Awards Scholarship to SDSM&T Student
Jamie Smith, a senior at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Revenue

Tax collections increase at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Tax collections at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally increased by 3 percent compared to 2017.


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Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2018-19 School Year
The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 356 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2018-19 school year.

Agriculture

New Ways to Experience the Magic at the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair is offering new ways to “experience the magic” at this year’s fair.

Education

Beadwork project set for Family Fun Saturday Sept. 8 at Cultural Heritage Center
Families can create their own beaded collar decoration from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Sept. 8. Beadwork is this month’s Family Fun Saturday theme.

Social Services

South Dakota Medicaid Submits Waiver Request to CMS for Career Connector Program
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for a five-year Medicaid 1115 demonstration waiver.


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Correction: Flag Request for Senator McCain
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, until sunset on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Game, Fish and Parks

Pheasant Survey Indicates 47% Increase for South Dakota's 100th Hunting Season
PIERRE, S.D. – According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), this year’s pheasant brood survey shows a 47 percent increase over last year. The 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index is 2.47, up from the 2017 index of 1.68.

Human Services

State’s SBVI Division Holding Public Forum
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will be holding a public forum on Friday, Sept. 7.

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 9-15 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week in South Dakota.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Urge Public to Stay Safe During Labor Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety are encouraging motorists to end summer on a safe note by being safe on the road.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One person died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred near Hill City.

Social Services

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Declares September as Suicide Prevention Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota.

Transportation

Hall of Honor Banquet Date Set for Laurie Schultz of Pierre
A banquet, hosted by the Transportation Hall of Honor Committee, will be held in Laurie’s honor on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Drifters Bar and Grill in Fort Pierre. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. CST with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m.

Resurfacing to Begin on Highway 11
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Starting Monday, August 27, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete resurfacing work on Highway 11 from 273rd Street east of Harrisburg to 282nd Street, Highway 18.


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News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Pierre Fort Pierre Rotary Club Weekly Meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center.

Governor's Column: The State Fair Grandstand’s Centennial Year
Much changes in the course of a century. Looking back to 1918, it was a different world. The United States was engaged in World War I, communities were experiencing the devastation of the Spanish flu pandemic and the right to vote was extended to women in South Dakota.

Transportation

Highway 85 Culvert Repairs and Asphalt Resurfacing - Update
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Crews have been repairing culverts on Highway 85 from the junction of Kinghorn Road in Butte County, north to the junction of Old Highway 85 for the last two months.


Agriculture

Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
With the help of day sponsors, the State Fair is able to offer special days at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Public Safety

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – A Yankton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near Lesterville.

Transportation

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 35 Preliminary Engineering Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $1.345 million at their meeting today in Pierre.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highway 34 East of Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to Highway 34 in the Rapid City area beginning Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Watertown Pavement Repairs on Highway 212
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun pavement repair work on Highway 212 in Watertown from 19th Street going east to 43rd Street SE.

Veterans Affairs

Aaron Walberg Named CTVSO of the Year
Aaron Walberg of Aberdeen has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs “County/Tribal Veterans Service Officer of the Year.” Walberg was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Tom Sparrow Receives 2018 SDDVA Outreach Award
Tom Sparrow of Parker has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Partner of the Year. Sparrow was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Mike Maske Receives 2018 SDDVA Employee of the Year Award
Michael Maske of Sioux Falls has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Employee of the Year. Maske was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Leaders Recognized for their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Sheila Carpenter Receives 2018 SDDVA Partner of the Year Award
Sheila Carpenter of Pierre has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partner of the Year. Carpenter was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.

Public Safety

Name Released in Douglas County Fatal Crash
DELMONT, S.D. – A 28-year-old Wagner, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Delmont.


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.


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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.


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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.