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Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Capital for a Day event in Wall. Citizens are encouraged to attend the community social where they will have the chance to talk one-on-one with Gov. Daugaard.

State Officials Receive Notification Of Placement Of Unaccompanied Minors
State officials learned today that, since the beginning of this year, 21 unaccompanied immigrant minors have been placed in South Dakota by federal officials.

Governor's Column: Meeting With Rating Agencies
Last week South Dakota hosted visits from Moody’s and from Standard & Poor’s, as we prepare for a bond issue by the South Dakota Building Authority later this summer.

Agriculture

Josten Named State Forester
PIERRE, S.D.-Gregory J. Josten has been named South Dakota state forester.

Transportation

Paving on Highway 44 West of Rapid City
Earlier this week, lightning struck the Hills Materials asphalt plant causing minor delays in completing the paving on Highway 44 west of Rapid City. Crews will resume paving the final section of asphalt on Monday, July 28.

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The city of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be switching traffic to allow for the reconstruction of the intersection of 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue on Monday, July 28, at 7 a.m.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Wall Capital For A Day Community Social Announced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard invites the public to join him for a community social and coffee hour at the Capital for a Day event in Wall on Thursday, July 31.

Statehood Celebration Event At State Capitol To Feature South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
A special event at the State Capitol to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood will feature a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Reminds Irrigators to Avoid Overspray
DENR reminds irrigators to check their center pivots to ensure they are operating properly and are adjusted to spray only upon land authorized for irrigation by their water permit.

Human Services

Public Forums Scheduled for Autism Spectrum Disorder Study for Children
PIERRE, S.D. – Three public forums seeking input on a South Dakota autism study have been scheduled by Health Management Associates, the vendor selected to conduct the study.

Transportation

Highway 34 Closing East of Howes
HOWES, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a two-and-a-half mile section of Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed to traffic on Monday, Aug. 11. The closure is expected to last about five weeks.

South Dakota Lottery

Watertown Area Group Claims $230,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot
A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business on July 23, 2014 claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the July 19, 2014 drawing at the Sioux Falls Lottery office.


Military

12 SD Guard Units Receive National Award, 115th BSC Wins Eisenhower Trophy
Twelve out of 42 South Dakota Army National Guard units received the National Guard Bureau’s Superior Unit Award in recognition of outstanding achievement during training year 2013. The Superior Unit Award is presented to units who meet highly-enforced military standards in the areas of personnel, training and readiness.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Aug. 10
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries program entitled “Knowledge, Noise and the End of Information” presented by David Weinberger at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Aug.10, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 85 Bridge Work Near Buffalo
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repair work on two bridges on Highway 85 beginning Thursday, July 24.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Makes Appointment To Board of Pardons and Paroles
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Rev. Patricia White Horse-Carda of Wagner to the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Tribal Relations

S.D. Board On Geographic Names Holding Board Meeting In Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is holding its board meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 7 p.m. CDT, at the Sioux Falls Main Library, 200 N. Dakota Ave. (Meeting Room A).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Madison’s Lakeview Industrial Park Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
The Lakeview Industrial Park in Madison, S.D., has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Chairs Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting
The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) are discussing major topics of interest to the western states at their annual meeting in Utah this week.

Agriculture

Help Keep Cattle Comfortable in High Heat
PIERRE, S.D.–Recent high temperatures and above-average humidity have created unfavorable conditions for South Dakota livestock. Livestock owners are encouraged to continue efforts to keep cattle and other livestock comfortable using all available resources. Cattle with dark hides, fat cattle, and ill animals are all at greater risk of heat stress. Once heat stress sets in, preventative measures are less effective.

Game, Fish and Parks

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest totaling approximately $1.3 million.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
A Belle Fourche man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Wood Road in Belle Fourche on Saturday, July 19.

Clay County Fatal Crash
A Volin, S.D., woman died in a one vehicle crash on 455th Avenue a mile north of Wakonda on Sunday, July 20.

Transportation

Chip and Fog Seal Projects Around Vermillion
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin chip and fog seal applications on Highways 50 and 50L near Vermillion, and Highway 11 south of Alcester this week.

Missouri River Bridge Replacement Study Survey Closes Soon
The public opinion survey on various aspects regarding the future replacement bridge over the Missouri River between Fort Pierre and Pierre will be closed on Friday, Aug. 1. Your feedback is vital to planning the future of the U.S. 14 / U.S. 83 / S.D. 34 highway corridor connecting the two cities.

South Dakota Lottery

$230,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot Won in Watertown
A single ticket sold in Watertown matched all five white ball numbers and the Wild Card in the July 19, 2014 drawing to win the $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the National State Budget Officers Annual Conference (NASBO) in Rapid City, S.D.

Governor's Column: Successes In The County Site Analysis Program
South Dakota has long been a state that values local control. From cities, townships and counties to fire protection, rural ambulance and soil districts, local government officials serve their neighbors quickly and efficiently.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Seeks Disaster Declaration for Tornadoes, Flooding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from tornadoes and flooding produced by severe storms during the period June 13-20.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Knuckle Brewing Company Crafting Brews with South Dakota Flavor
An already popular South Dakota bar is likely to increase in popularity as its owners set out on a new venture to open a brewery.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Four More Towns Form Statehood Celebration Committees
Four more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with events and activities during South Dakota’s 125th birthday year.

Game, Fish and Parks

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Military

SD Guard Shares Knowledge With Suriname Military on Reserve Force Operations
The South Dakota National Guard hosted three key leaders from the Suriname Armed Forces at Camp Rapid, July 10-14, to share information on the structure and operational processes of the National Guard as a reserve force.

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Sioux Falls woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 229 near the interchange with Interstate 29 on Wednesday, July 16.

Brown County Fatal Crash
An Aberdeen, S.D, man died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 about two miles east of Mina on Thursday, July 17.

Tourism

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Pioneer Girl’ to be published with help from donors
The release of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” is coming soon, and the South Dakota State Historical Society continues to rely on the support of donors to make the dream a reality.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Highway 37 North of Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge approach work will begin in the south bound lanes of South Dakota Highway 37, approximately 12 miles north of Mitchell, on Monday, July 21.

New Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal In Aberdeen
In a continuing effort to provide safer roads, the South Dakota Department of Transportation is installing flashing yellow turn arrows in traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 281 in Aberdeen.


Agriculture

First Dakota Supporting Growth and Development of Youth through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that First Dakota National Bank has given a $100,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Game, Fish and Parks

Outdoor Campus Hosts 4th Annual Outdoor University
Are you and your family interested in learning a new outdoor activity together? Here’s your chance! The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls will host its fourth annual Outdoor University on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sertoma Park.

South Dakota GFP Encourages Registration for HuntSAFE and Bowhunter Education Classes
Hunting seasons will soon be here and now is the time to register for a local HuntSAFE or bowhunter education class.

Update on Fish Consumption Advisories
Anglers fishing South Dakota waters should be aware of the 2014 fish consumption advisories.

Transportation

2015-2018 STIP Meetings and Webinar Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will offer on-site meetings and a webinar to present and solicit public comments for the 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
The Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Fall River County Man Convicted by Jury for First Degree Murder and Grand Theft in Death of Mother
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Custer County Deputy States Attorney/Special Assistant Attorney General Matt Brown announced today that a Pennington County jury returned a verdict finding Matthew C. Tornquist, 28, Hot Springs, guilty of first degree murder, class A felony that carries a mandatory life sentence and grand theft, class 4 felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate James Strahl, 46, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital July 14 following an extended illness.

Military

114th Fighter Wing Earns Top Marks During Inspection
The South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing earned Air Combat Command’s first overall “highly effective” grade during a recent Unit Effectiveness Inspection at Joe Foss Field, June 19-23.

Public Safety

Governor Daugaard Urges Flood, Tornado Victims to Contact SBA
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today urged South Dakotans whose homes or businesses suffered tornado or flood damage to take advantage of low-interest disaster loans available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Emergency Dispatch Services Consolidating in Central South Dakota
Effective Wednesday, July 16, the City of Pierre and State Department of Public Safety are consolidating emergency and law enforcement dispatch services in central South Dakota into a single operation run by the city.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in Northwest S.D.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to the following highways in the northwest area of the state beginning today (July 15).

Durable Pavement Marking on Highway 37
he South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that durable pavement marking will be applied on a portion of Highway 37 from Mitchell south for 29 miles. The work will begin on Thursday, July 17.


Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
An Oelrichs man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 two miles north of the Nebraska border on Monday, July 14.

Tourism

Mellette Re-Enactor to help Celebrate South Dakota’s Anniversary in Sioux Falls
People will have a chance to meet South Dakota’s first governor in Sioux Falls as they celebrate the state’s first 125 years.

Transportation

South Dakota Department of Transportation Wins National Award
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the 2013 Interstate 90/Cliff Avenue reconstruction project in Sioux Falls has won regional acclaim in the America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
A Texas man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 about five miles south of Deadwood on Saturday, July 12.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX South Dakota Perspective with Jeri Thomas.

Governor's Column: Tribal Parole Pilot Program
Last year, we passed historic legislation in South Dakota to reform our criminal justice system. These reforms were enacted to improve public safety, hold offenders more accountable and reduce corrections spending.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Seeks SBA Help for Flooding, Tornado Victims
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today asked the Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster assistance to help South Dakotans recover from damages caused by flooding and tornadoes during a series of June storms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Marks Third Consecutive Fiscal Year End With Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2014 budget year on June 30 marking the third consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Governor’s Delegation To Meet With STB Officials
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will send a delegation of state officials to meet with members of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Friday, July 18, to discuss rail shipment problems in South Dakota.

First Lady To Hold Book Walk
First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold the second annual book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Antelope and Early Fall Goose Hunting Seasons Finalized and Fall Turkey Season Delayed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the antelope and early fall Canada goose seasons at their July meeting in Fort Pierre.

South Dakota 2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the 2014 waterfowl hunting seasons at their July meeting.

Human Services

South Dakota Selects Vendor for Autism Spectrum Disorder Study for Children
PIERRE, S.D. –The state departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor and Regulation (DLR) have selected Health Management Associates of Lansing, Mich., to conduct a study on the treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children in South Dakota.

Public Safety

FEMA Rejects State Request for Individual Assistance for June Storms
South Dakota received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected the state’s request for Individual Assistance programs to help residents impacted by tornadoes and flooding.

Transportation

Creek Drive Road Closure
Beginning Monday, July 14, Creek Drive at the bridge over Rapid Creek in Rapid City will be closed to all traffic for bridge reconstruction and water main installation.

Highway 25 Closing From Highway 38 To Epiphany
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a 10-mile stretch of Highway 25 in Hanson County will be closed from Highway 38 to Epiphany beginning Monday, July 14.

Striping Changes On Highway 34/Lazelle Street in Sturgis
In preparation for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, crews will begin modifying the pavement markings on Lazelle Street from 10th Street to east of Blanche Street in Sturgis on Monday, July 14.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Aberdeen Site Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels announced today at the Aberdeen Development Corporation annual meeting that Whitewood Park in Aberdeen has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Wall To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Wall has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, July 31.

Agriculture

National Red Power Show Attendance Number Announced
HURON, S.D. – The 2014 National Red Power Round Up was held at the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron, SD on June 26-28. Attendance for the show was 18,626.

Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 14
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of the free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 14, through Wednesday, Sept. 10, in 37 locations around the state.

Transportation

Jackson Boulevard Reconstruction Continues
The next phase of the reconstruction of Jackson Boulevard in Rapid City has been awarded to Heavy Constructors, Inc. of Rapid City.


Agriculture

South Dakota Bank Puts Community First through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today First National Bank has given a $50,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Tourism

25th anniversary of filming of ‘Dances With Wolves’ being commemorated in Pierre
Events are being planned for Pierre the weekend of July 18-20 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first three days of filming of the Academy Award-winning movie “Dances With Wolves” in the area.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Launches New Website
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair launched a new website, www.sdstatefair.com, on Wednesday, July 2.

Corrections

Penitentiary Staff Prevent Escape Attempt
Department of Corrections (DOC) staff members prevented an escape attempt by a state prison inmate earlier today.

Tourism

South Dakota’s First First Lady Being Brought to Life
South Dakota’s first first lady will be brought to life during a program on Tuesday, July 8.

Enjoy Ice Cream, New Exhibits, Activities on July 13, at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will offer a tasty way to cool off on Sunday, July 13, with an Ice Cream Social at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 1:30-3:30 p.m. CDT.


Public Safety

Jones County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City, S.D., man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 about nine miles west of Murdo on Saturday, July 5.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
A Hetland, S.D, man died in a one-vehicle crash about seven miles northwest of Arlington on Saturday, July 5, 2014.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the National Governor’s Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Yankton To Pierre Wagon Train Route Finalized
The route has been set for the 125th anniversary wagon train. The wagon train will start in Yankton, home of the Dakota Territory Capital, on Sept. 3 and end at the State Capitol in Pierre on Sept. 20.

Governor's Column: The State Of Agriculture
Last week I attended the fifth annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.

Agriculture

Ag Social Media Contest Begins Today
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is hosting a social media photo contest to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th year of statehood Thursday, July 3 through Friday, Aug. 8.

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

Free Archery Training to Educators
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will provide free archery training to educators at the Fort Pierre Elementary School in Fort Pierre on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.

Upcoming S.D. State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education
Educational and recreational programming in South Dakota's state parks is increasing during the busy summer season.

Human Services

Director of State Developmental Center to Retire
REDFIELD, S.D. – Dr. Ted Williams is nearing the end of a long career with the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC), where he has worked for nearly 40 years and served as director for more than a decade. SDDC Assistant Director Jan Banghart will work alongside Williams until his official retirement Sept. 8, 2014, at which time Banghart will take over leadership of the facility.

Public Safety

State Seeks Preliminary Damage Assessment of Tornadoes, Flooding
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a joint preliminary damage assessment (PDA) of the cost of damages to public infrastructure from June tornadoes and flooding.

Highway Patrol Encourages Safe Driving Over Independence Day Holiday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol is encouraging travelers to make safe driving decisions over the Independence Day holiday.

Transportation

Russell Street Traffic Change
On Monday, July 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the City of Sioux Falls will be opening the south half of the Western Avenue and Russell Street intersection and closing the West Avenue and Russell Street intersection.

Interstate 229 Lane Closures near Exit 5
On Monday, July 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing a one mile segment of the northbound passing lane and the southbound driving lane of Interstate 229 near the 26th Street exit (Exit 5).


Agriculture

Family Bricks Available for the SD State Fair’s New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-Richard and Sharon Beitelspacher of Bowdle, S.D., have stepped up to purchase the first Family Brick being offered as part of the fundraising campaign for construction of the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community on the State Fairgrounds.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Seeks Individual Assistance for Flood, Tornado Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and flooding last month.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Governor Daugaard Awards Block Grant to Midland
Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded $515,000 in Urgent Need Funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to the community of Midland, South Dakota.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Harold Murphy on June 4, 2014, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Gann Valley Women Sentenced to 130 Years in Death of Toddler
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced today that Donika Gonzales, 23, Gann Valley, was sentenced to 130 years for first degree manslaughter and 15 years for aggravated assault, both sentences to run concurrently.

Agriculture

Communities Receive Funds for Planting Trees
PIERRE, S.D. – Several communities and organizations in South Dakota received over $11,000 in grants to assist with tree planting projects in their area. These projects benefit the general public by solving a specific urban and community forestry problem and demonstrating the importance of trees in our communities.

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
Yankton, S.D. – A Yankton man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 434th Avenue and Kaiser Road about five miles west of Yankton on Monday, June 30.

Transportation

Highway 34 at Howes to Open Tuesday Morning
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say a two-and-a-half mile section of Highway 34 from Howes Corner east will be opened today at 9 a.m. MDT (10 a.m. CDT).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

U.S. Supreme Court Rules President's Appointments To The NLRB Exceeded Presidential Powers
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the Recess Appointment Clause of the United States Constitution was violated by the President’s appointment of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Attorney General Marty Jackley

United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Under Freedom Of Religion Challenge
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court struck down Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations imposing contraceptives mandates on closely held corporations when those mandates violate sincerely held religious beliefs.

Agriculture

Dept. of Ag Celebrates South Dakota’s 125 Years of Statehood with Ag Instagram Contest
PIERRE, S.D.-Get your ag photos ready! The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be hosting an Instagram agricultural photo contest to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th year of statehood starting this Thursday, July 3.

Game, Fish and Parks

Walleye Length Limits Change on Lakes Sharpe and Francis Case
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers that the 15 inch minimum length limit for walleye on Lakes Sharpe and Francis Case will be removed starting July 1, 2014.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in 14 counties in July.

Transportation

Durable Pavement Marking on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that durable pavement marking will be applied on a portion of Interstate 90 between Kimball and Chamberlain beginning today, June 30.

South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor to Induct New Member
Tim Bjorneberg from Pierre has been selected for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2014.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Interstates Companies Expanding Current Sioux Falls Operations
Interstates Companies, an electrical design, construction and control systems firm with headquarters in Sioux Center, Iowa, announced today that it will be expanding its Sioux Falls, S.D., operations.


Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., woman died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 18, one mile east of the Wyoming and South Dakota border near Edgemont, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be on Tony Mangan’s Ask the Governor Show on KCCR 1240 AM.

Governor's Column: Dealing With Disaster
Last week was a difficult one for South Dakota. On Monday night, the Sioux Falls area received record rainfalls.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Visitors Should Leave Fireworks at Home
The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is always a busy time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. If you plan to celebrate at the parks, Game, Fish and Parks Department officials ask you to please leave fireworks at home.

Health

Hughes County Resident First Human West Nile Case Of 2014
A Hughes County resident is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season, the state Health Department reported today.

Public Safety

Perkins County Fatal Crash
MEADOW, S.D. – A Faith, S.D., man died Thursday in a one vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Athboy Road and S.D. Highway 73 near Meadow, S.D.

Vikings’ Greenway to Help with Wessington Springs Youth Needs
Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Chad Greenway is joining the effort to help the children of Wessington Springs find some fun after the June 18 tornado destroyed homes and businesses in the community.

Highway Patrol Trains South Dakota Youth Recruits at Trooper Academy in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens trained this week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. It was co-sponsored by the American Legion.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input Into Missouri River Bridge Replacement Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the cities of Fort Pierre and Pierre, will hold a public open house on Tuesday, July 1, to inform area residents on the conceptual improvement options developed to date by the study for the following roadway corridors:

Work to Begin on Main Street in Parkston
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says sidewalk replacement work on the north side of Main Street in Parkston between Ben Street and Chapman Street will begin on Wednesday, July 2.

Highways 19A and 46 Re-opened
State officials say repair work from recent flooding has been completed on both Highway 19A south of Centerville and Highway 46 from the Centerville corner east towards Beresford.

Highway 34 From Howes East Remains Closed
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say a two-and-a-half mile section of Highway 34 from Howes Corner east remains closed.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

More Towns Plan Statehood Celebration Events, Activities And Projects
Six more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with events and activities during South Dakota’s 125th birthday year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Utility Company Scam Targeting South Dakota Consumers
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers to be cautious of callers claiming to be with local utility companies and threatening to turn off their electricity.

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

Corrections

State Prison Inmates Assisting in Wessington Springs
Twenty minimum-security inmates from Sioux Falls and three South Dakota State Penitentiary staff members were deployed this morning.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $8.8 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved more than $8.8 million in grants and loans for water and waste projects.

Transportation

Signal Study On Highway 12 and 5th Street In Milbank
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be conducting a traffic study for the evaluation and potential removal of the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 12 and 5th Street in Milbank.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Encourages Donations To Wessington Springs Relief Fund
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is encouraging those who want to help residents impacted by a tornado last week in Wessington Springs to donate to the town’s relief fund.

Transportation

Hay Bales Being Left Too Close To The Roadway
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds landowners that baled hay shall not be left within the right of way closer than 30 feet from the painted shoulder stripe.

Highway 12 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun asphalt concrete paving work on Highway 12 east of Ipswich to Mina.


Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Secretary of State and Northern State University release 1st Quarter Economic Report
Secretary of State Jason Gant has issued the Secretary of State's Economic Report for the 1st Quarter of 2014.

Corrections

State Prison Inmates Assisting With Canton Clean Up
A crew of 50 minimum-security inmates from Unit C in Sioux Falls and five State Penitentiary staff members were deployed this morning to assist with clean up efforts in Canton.

Health

Four Communities Awarded Grants For Walk Audits
Burke, Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls will use $5,000 grants from the South Dakota Department of Health to audit just how easy it is for residents to walk and bike in their communities.

Public Safety

Statewide Texting While Driving Ban Effective July 1
South Dakota’s Office of Highway Safety reminds drivers that a statewide ban on texting while driving takes effect on July 1.

New Law Makes Online Renewal of Driver License More Convenient
Online renewal of South Dakota driver licenses will be more convenient when a new law easing vision-test requirements takes effect on July 1.

Transportation

Recreational Vehicles Causing Damage In Road Ditches
The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind riders of off-road vehicles, such as ATVs and motorcycles, that riding in the highway right of way can cause damage to vegetation and lead to erosion and drainage issues.

Update on Flooded Roads
State officials say water is receding and repairs are starting to be made on several state highways in South Dakota.

Tribal Relations

Little Big Horn Recognition Day
The 25th day of June is Little Big Horn Recognition Day in the state of South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Makes Dashboard Statistics Public
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that dashboard measurements on state finances and economics generated by the Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) will regularly be made available to the public.

Flandreau Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, July 1, Flandreau will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, a community social, tours around Flandreau and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

United States Supreme Court Rejects EPA's Regulatory Authority Under the Clean Air Act
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the United States Supreme Court rejected the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expansive interpretations of its authority under the Clean Air Act and its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in a decision issued today in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency.

Agriculture

Live Feed of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit June 27
PIERRE, S.D. – A live web feed of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, June 27, in Deadwood will be available starting at 8 a.m. MDT at www.sdpb.org/live. The fifth annual Summit will be held June 26 and 27 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

SDDA Ribbon Cutting at the new West Side Office
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture along with officials involved in the planning process will gather to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the West Side Office at 11 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, June 25, located at 3305 W. South St. in Rapid City.

Applications Being Accepted for Trip to Russia
PIERRE, S.D. – Applications are being accepted for a beef genetics trade mission to the Russian Federation. The trade mission is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and the South Dakota Beef Breeds Council, and interested beef producers and industry representatives are encouraged to apply.

Game, Fish and Parks

Operation Dry Water: June 27-29, 2014
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is participating in a national effort called Operation Dry Water, June 27-29, 2014, to promote safe and sober boating across South Dakota.

Boating Safety in South Dakota
The boating season is well underway across South Dakota and with the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind boaters about staying safe on the water.

Health

Prevent Food-Borne Illness During The Summer
The warm weather and sunny skies make summer the perfect time for picnics, cookouts, and outdoor activities with friends and family.

Public Safety

Highway 34 to Close East of Howes at Noon (CDT)
State officials say Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed at noon (CDT) today (Monday, June 23) to allow crews to make temporary repairs for damage caused by heavy rains in the past several days.

Fire Marshal Urges Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
Sale of fireworks in South Dakota is legal beginning Friday, June 27, and Fire Marshal Paul Merriman reminds residents to be safe as they observe Independence Day.

Highway Patrol to Train South Dakota Youth Recruits at Trooper Academy in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens will train this week with the Highway Patrol at the Youth Trooper Academy in Pierre. The week of training is co-sponsored by the American Legion.

Gov. Daugaard Seeks FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment for Homes, Businesses
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today requested that FEMA and SBA join state teams in a preliminary damage assessment of flood-related impacts to homes and businesses in three South Dakota counties because of recent heavy rains and a tornado.

Transportation

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The City of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be switching traffic to phase two to allow for the reconstruction of the intersection of 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue on Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m.


Public Safety

Wessington Springs Establishes Volunteer Center
Officials coordinating Wessington Springs’ recovery from a June 18 tornado have established a volunteer reception center to match those offering assistance with community resident who need help.

Codington County Fatal Crash
A Watertown, S.D, man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 442nd Avenue and Medicine Lake Drive southeast of Florence on Saturday, June 21.

Highway 34 Likely to Close East of Howes on Monday
State officials say Highway 34 east of Howes likely will be closed sometime Monday, June 23, to allow crews to repair damage caused by heavy rains in the past several days.


Public Safety

Wessington Springs Makes Progress in Tornado Clean-up
Tornado clean-up efforts focused on clearing streets and removing debris from public property continue in the community of Wessington Springs and the surrounding Jerauld County.

Officials Warn Public To Stay Off Closed Roads
State officials are warning motorists that driving around barricades on closed sections of highways could result in a dangerous situation for drivers.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Big Sioux Crests Below Forecast Record Level
The Big Sioux River has crested and water levels began falling early this morning (Friday). Emergency management officials say they hope to have Interstate 29 near North Sioux City open for travel later today.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the BIO International Convention in San Diego.

Governor's Column: Helping People Get Back To Work
In South Dakota our unemployment rate is only 3.8 percent. That’s very low compared to the national rate of 6.3 percent, and about half of the rates in California and Illinois.

Big Sioux River Crests Below Projections - Major Flooding Avoided
The Big Sioux River crested early Friday well below a record level, sparing residents of southeast South Dakota potentially major flooding, Lt. Gov. Matt Michels told reporters this afternoon.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Search Warrant Affidavits Unsealed in 1971 Union County Cold Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley releases the search warrant documentation redacted pursuant to the Court’s Order to Unseal Affidavits in Support of Request for Search Warrant.

Public Safety

Interstate 29 Open
Interstate 29, is now open to traffic in southeastern South Dakota, state officials say.

Wessington Springs Tornado Relief Fund Established
Officials in Wessington Springs have established a relief fund and are finalizing a donation-reception center as the community works to recover from a devastating tornado Wednesday evening.

Transportation

Cold Milling Asphalt and Asphalt Concrete Resurfacing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says cold milling asphalt, asphalt concrete resurfacing operations and bridge repair will begin next week on Highway 50 from the Charles Mix/Bon Homme County line and move east for 11 miles.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Five More Towns Create Statehood Celebration Committees
Five new local 125th statehood birthday committees have organized in Saint Onge, Freeman, Baltic, Bowdle and Waubay to promote state and local history.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grand Jury Issues Indictment Charging Bosworth for Election Law Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on Tuesday June 17th a Hughes County grand jury issued an indictment charging Annette Bosworth, 42, Sioux Falls.

Law Enforcement Identifies Body in Jackson County Case and Seeks Public’s Help for Additional Leads
Law Enforcement has identified the individual that was found in Jackson County off Interstate 90 on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 as Theresa M. Dashewich, 47, with last known address of Huberheights, Ohio. She is 5’2”, 231 pounds, brown eyes with short black/ gray hair. Dashewich was wearing a gray Harlem Globetrotter Adidas t-shirt.

Agriculture

SD State Fairgrounds to Host National Red Power Show Next Week
HURON, S.D. – South Dakota Red Power Chapter 21 welcomes all International Harvester collectors, vendors and the general public to the 2014 National Red Power Round Up on June 26-28 at the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks in Southeast South Dakota Experiencing Closures
Flooding in southeast South Dakota has forced the temporary closure of several state parks.

Boating Limited Below Fort Randall and Gavin’s Point Dams
Flood control efforts have resulted in limited releases of water from the Fort Randall Dam near Pickstown and Gavin’s Point Dam near Yankton and will temporarily affect boating in those areas, said Game, Fish and Parks officials.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Sends National Guard Soldiers, Other State Assets to Wessington Springs
Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered 100 soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard and many other state resources to help with recovery and clean-up from a tornado that hit Wessington Springs Wednesday evening.

Interstate 29 Closing at Noon
State officials are closing Interstate 29 in southeast South Dakota at noon today (Thursday).

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Spearfish, S.D. man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle ATV crash in the Black Hills on Sunday, June 15.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
A state prison inmate who walked away from the Rapid City Minimum Unit in April 2011 is back in custody.

Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate Corey Thompson walked away from the Rapid City Minimum Unit this evening.

Military

Governor Activates National Guard to Assist in Flood Response Operations
Gov. Dennis Daugaard activated more than 120 Soldiers today from the South Dakota National Guard to assist the state in flood response operations in southeast South Dakota.

Public Safety

Heavy Rains Damage Roads Out West, Highway 85 Closed
State officials say heavy rains overnight in western South Dakota forced the closure of Highways 85 and 20 with water over the road in several locations.

Highway 73 Closed in Perkins County
PIERRE, S.D. – State officials have closed Highway 73 from the junction of Highway 212 to the junction of Highway 20 in Perkins County because of damage to the roadway due to flooding.

Highway 85 Re-Opened
State officials have re-opened Highway 85 in western South Dakota.

Tourism

State Historical Records Advisory Board announces grant funding awards
Five state history organizations were recently awarded grants through the South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SD SHRAB).

Transportation

Traffic Switch On I-29 At The Madison Street Interchange
On Thursday, June 19, the contractor will be moving the traffic on the northbound lanes of Interstate 29 over Madison Street from the outside two lanes to the inside two lanes.

Pavement Marking Project on Highways 34 and 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a pavement marking project on Highway 34 in Butte and Lawrence Counties and on Highway 79 in Custer County on Thursday, June 19.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sterling Relocating Corporate Headquarters to Dakota Dunes
Sterling Computers Corporation announced today that it is relocating its corporate headquarters from Norfolk, Neb., to Dakota Dunes thanks to a recently approved REDI (Revolving Economic Development Initiative) Fund loan by the Board of Economic Development.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins State-Federal Settlement with SunTrust to Address Mortgage Loan
Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a $550 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer SunTrust Mortgage Inc. to address mortgage origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses.

Corrections

DOC Crews Assisting with Flood Clean Up
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has authorized the use of DOC inmates and staff members to assist communities in southeastern South Dakota with flood mitigation and clean up efforts following this week’s storm.

Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Deer Hunting Seasons Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized all 2014 deer hunting seasons at their June meeting in Yankton. The most notable change from last year will be the reduction in the number of licenses and tags available to hunters.

2014 Fall Turkey, Antelope and Early Fall Goose Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several hunting seasons at their June meeting in Yankton.

Roadside Mowing: Hold off until after July 10
The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Transportation (DOT) want to remind individuals there are laws and rules governing when mowing of highway right-of-way ditches can begin.

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available
The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want ranchers and producers across the state to contact either agency if they have unwanted prairie dogs.

Health

State Awards $500,000 In Community Mosquito Control Grants
Nearly 100 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in a $500,000 grant program intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Public Safety

Officials Update Southeast Travel Conditions
Officials with the State Departments of Transportation and Public Safety remind commuters this morning (Tuesday) that Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls remains closed and numerous other highways in the area may be impassable because of standing or flowing water.

Interstate 29 Southbound Lanes Open for Travel
The southbound lanes of Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls are open for travel effective immediately, state officials announced.

Interstate 29 Northbound Lanes Open for Travel
The northbound lanes of Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls are open for travel effective immediately, state officials announced.

Governor Opens Emergency Operations Center for Flood Response
Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency and opened the State Emergency Operations Center early Tuesday morning to respond to severe flooding caused by torrential rains in southeast South Dakota.

Officials Urge Union County Residents to Take Steps Against Flooding
With the Big Sioux River forecast to crest on Friday night at a record level, local and state officials warn residents in southern Union County to take steps to protect themselves and their property.

Tourism

Striving to Serve the Savvy Consumer
This spring, nearly 2,300 visitor industry professionals from across South Dakota attended customer service training programs hosted in 16 different communities.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Several Bridges in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that work will begin on five bridges in the Mitchell area on Monday, June 23.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Names Willadsen To District 11 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Mark Willadsen to the South Dakota State House of Representatives.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Crime in South Dakota 2013 Publication Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley released today the Crime in South Dakota 2013 report.

Game, Fish and Parks

New Boating Rules in Effect
Boating season is officially underway across the state and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) would like to remind boaters of the latest boating rules.

Military

Army National Guard's Acting Director Tours 30th Annual Golden Coyote Exercise
Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, acting director of the Army National Guard, visited Camp Rapid to tour the 30th annual Golden Coyote training exercise hosted by the South Dakota Army National Guard, June 11, in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Public Safety

South Dakota and Minnesota Troopers Conduct Joint I-90 Safety Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – State Troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota made 385 arrests and issued 1,004 warnings during a joint enforcement operation Thursday, June, 12, on Interstate 90 between the Wyoming and Minnesota borders.

Flash Flooding Hampers Travel along I-29 South of Sioux Falls
State officials are advising no travel on Interstate 29 and other highways in the area south of Sioux Falls because of flash flooding and limited visibility caused by a severe storm moving through the area Monday evening.

Interstate 29 Closed to Travel South of Sioux Falls
State officials have closed Interstate 29 south of Sioux Falls because of water over the road.

Transportation

Asphalt Concrete Crack Seal Projects in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crack sealing operations will take place on several highways in the Mitchell area of the state. The contractor will move from one project to the next in the following order:

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding Available
Letters of Intent forms are now available for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Board of Regents

Eight University Researchers Earn State Research Grants
Eight public university faculty members have been awarded competitive state research grants through the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

WGA Adopts Resolution On EPA Regulations
A Western Governors Association resolution championed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations under the Clean Air Act has been passed.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host a Workforce Summit at the Sioux Falls Convention Center 1101 N. West Ave., Sioux Falls.

Governor's Column: Remembering Dad
My dad was born in 1914, one hundred years ago, in the bedroom on our farm near Dell Rapids. My grandparents had purchased the farm just three years earlier.

Agriculture

Electric Cooperatives Band Together to Support New Exhibit Hall on State Fairgrounds
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that South Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives along with Basin Electric, National Rural Utility Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC) and CoBank have given a $116,500 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Education

Eight after-school programs funded through grant
A total of eight 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR 2014 Spring Lake Level Measurements Available
DENR has completed its 2014 spring lake level measurements of about 150 lakes. The lake level measurements can be viewed through an interactive graph from the department’s homepage or Facebook page.

Transportation

Lane Closure on Highway 12 in Mobridge
Beginning today (Friday, June 13) work on U.S. Highway 12 in Mobridge will switch from the westbound lanes to the eastbound lanes, the South Dakota Department of Transportation announced.

Bridge Column Repair at I-90 and I-29 Interchange
On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the bridge columns for the Interstate 90 bridges over Interstate 29.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Grandstand tickets to go on sale June 16
HURON, S.D. – Tickets to the 2014 South Dakota State Fair Grandstand will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 16, at 9 a.m. CDT.

Public Safety

South Dakota, Minnesota Troopers Join in I-90 Safety Operation
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Interstate 90 travelers in Minnesota and South Dakota will see an increased law-enforcement presence today as troopers from the two states conduct a high-visibility highway-safety operation.

Mellette County Fatal Crash
A Kansas man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 83 about eight miles north of White River on Wednesday, June 11.

Transportation

Russell Street Traffic Change
On Saturday, June 14, the South Dakota Department of Transportation in conjunction with the City of Sioux Falls will open to traffic the south half of the Kiwanis Avenue and Russell Street intersection.

Yankton County Master Transportation Plan Focus of Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Yankton County, will hold a public open house as part of the Yankton County Master Transportation Plan.

Board of Regents

USD Student Organizations Honored by Regents
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week recognized student organizations at the University of South Dakota for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

New SDSM&T Minor Meets Growing Petroleum Industry Job Demand
A new minor at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is intended to meet growing demand and employment shortages in the regional petroleum production job market. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved delivery of the petroleum systems minor, which can be earned along with any School of Mines’ bachelor degree in engineering or science, starting this fall.

New Certificate Programs Target Workforce Development
The South Dakota Board of Regents today approved requests to deliver new certificate programs in geospatial technology, bank security, and information technology.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota’s GDP Up 6.8 Percent
South Dakota’s economy continues to grow at a faster rate than the national economy, according to the most recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Military

NGB Vice Chief Visits Golden Coyote Exercise
The Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, visited one of the largest and longest-running National Guard exercises in the country this week, Golden Coyote.

Tourism

Correspondence of Doane Robinson added to South Dakota Digital Archives
Historical correspondence of Doane Robinson, first secretary of the South Dakota State Historical Society, is now available on the South Dakota Digital Archives.

Board of Regents

BHSU President Receives Honorary Doctorate
The South Dakota Board of Regents awarded its highest honor Wednesday to Kay Schallenkamp, who retires later this month as president of Black Hills State University.

SDSU, School of Mines Partner on New Ph.D. Degrees in Engineering
Collaboration between South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will lead to new doctoral degrees in civil and environmental engineering.

SDSU Approved for New Doctoral Degree in Engineering
The South Dakota Board of Regents Wednesday approved a new doctoral degree that will prepare South Dakota State University graduates to work in renewable energy, bio-resource conversion, and natural resources fields, with precision agriculture systems, and in advanced manufacturing and quality control.

Public Health Focus of Joint Master’s Degree
A new initiative between the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University will lead to a master of public health degree, with a special focus on rural health issues and higher levels of training for healthcare practitioners across the state.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Spielmann is AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year
PIERRE, S.D. – Trooper Chris Spielmann of the Highway Patrol was named the South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.


Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: A National Show in our Backyard
Summer allows friends and family to reminisce about the past, build on traditions and create lasting memories. A remarkable and rare opportunity is coming to our backyard. The 25th Annual National Red Power Round Up will be held on June 26-28 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

South Dakota Lottery

Vermillion Man Claims $154,737 Dakota Cash Jackpot
At first, Derek Ronning thought his co-workers were playing a joke on him.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Western Governors’ Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs.

De Smet, Ethan And Howard Create Statehood Celebration Committees
Three more statehood celebration committees have been assembled to promote South Dakota’s history with events and activities.

Governor's Column: The Permitting Process For Uranium Mining
The mining industry has been an integral part of the Black Hills for over a century. Many towns in the Black Hills were founded because of mining.

Governor’s Daycare Facility Awarded In Doland
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Doland Community Daycare has been granted a Governor’s Daycare Facility.

Transportation

Highway 10 Box Culvert Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun box culvert work on Highway 10 one mile west of Leola.

Highways 20 and 45 Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun structure repair work on two bridges on Highways 20 and 45 located 19 miles and 28 miles south of Ipswich.

Highway 26 Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun structure repair work on a bridge on Highway 26 located 20 miles west of the junction of Highway 281 and Highway 26.

Bridge Column Repair at I-90 and I-29 Interchange
On Monday, June 9, 2014, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the bridge columns for the I-90 bridges over I-29.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General's Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Rapid City
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Rapid City Police Department, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred June 4, 2014.

Attorney General Jackley to Serve as President-Elect of the National Association of Attorneys General
Attorney General Marty Jackley has been elected to serve as President- Elect of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Transportation

Chip and Fog Seal Projects Around Vermillion
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin chip seal and fog seal applications work on several highways in the Yankton area next week.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

State, Groups to Promote South Dakota’s Bioscience Industry at BIO Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will accompany a South Dakota delegation to San Diego later this month to promote South Dakota’s growing bioscience industry at the BIO International Conference.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Eight More 125th Statehood Anniversary Committees Plan Activities
Eight more statehood celebration committees are promoting South Dakota’s history with events and activities. Activities include fire department water fights, Finn bread baking, antique tractor pulls, a Wife Carrying Contest and a DVD on the baking of Kolaches.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Marty Jackley Announces $105 Million Consumer Settlement with GlaxoSmithKline Concerning the Asthma Drug Advair
Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a settlement that signals a major change in the way pharmaceutical sales teams are motivated and paid for the ultimate benefit of consumers.

Election Law Violation Charges Filed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that two separate Complaints have been filed charging Annette Bosworth, 42 , Sioux Falls and Clayton Walker, 33, Rapid City with election law violations.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Joseph Janis was apprehended at a residence in Rapid City Tuesday night.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Education

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

Tourism

One Book South Dakota Author Tour coming to Pierre
South Dakota One Book author Kathleen Norris will be coming to Pierre on Saturday, June 21.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Around Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the central area of the state beginning next week.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names Seeks Input On Proposed Names For Features In Minnehaha County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) seeks public input on two unnamed features in Minnehaha County.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Businessman Appointed to National Advisory Board
Bill Shorma, president of Rush-Co Industries in Springfield, S.D., has been named to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


Corrections

Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate Joseph Janis walked away from the Rapid City Minimum Unit this evening.

Transportation

Governor Proclaims June “General Aviation Appreciation” Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “General Aviation Appreciation” month in South Dakota.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1
Beginning July 1, 2014, five South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current city taxes.

Transient Vendors: Get the Facts Before You Buy
Transient vendor season is underway in South Dakota, a time when out-of-state vendors roll into the state to sell their products and services. While many of the vendors are legitimate, the South Dakota Department of Revenue advises people to take common-sense steps to ensure vendors are reputable before doing business with them.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be hosting a Workforce Summit at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City.

First Lady's Column: Reading This Summer
Now that the children are finished with school and the weather has warmed up, it’s really beginning to feel like summer.

Agriculture

State Department of Agriculture Offering Free Leafy Spurge Control Agents
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is offering free leafy spurge biological control agents to landowners who qualify.

Public Safety

Walworth County Fatal Crash
A Watertown, S.D, man died from injuries received in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 near Mobridge on Thursday, May 29.

Tourism

South Dakota Included in Brand USA Tour for United Kingdom Travel Agents
South Dakota was chosen by Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, to be included in one of seven familiarization tours taking place across the United States for travel agents from the United Kingdom.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Highway 44 West of Rapid City
On Monday, June 2, crews will begin work on a slope flattening and asphalt concrete overlay project on Highway 44 in Rapid City.


Agriculture

Leading Ag Financial Institution Developing Leaders of Tomorrow Through Contribution
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) has given a $150,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A North Dakota woman has died of injuries received in a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 16 west of Rapid City on Saturday, May 24.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on June 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum program entitled, “Sign of the Times: Music and Design, 1960s-1980s” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, June 8, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Exit 10 Westbound On-Ramp Detour
On Tuesday, June 3, the Exit 10 westbound on-ramp in Spearfish is scheduled to be closed for construction, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

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

Truck Route Traffic Flow to Change in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising the public of the following changes to traffic flow on the Highway 14/83 truck route in Pierre. These changes are scheduled to occur as early as Monday, June 2, weather permitting, and will remain in place until the first of September.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Consumers Supply Approved For Reinvestment Payment Program
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – Consumers Supply Distributing, LLC, a Sioux City, Iowa, company, will begin construction of its new manufacturing facility in North Sioux City, S.D., later this summer thanks to a reinvestment payment the Board of Economic Development approved earlier this month.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Flandreau To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Flandreau has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, July 1.

Health

West Nile Prevention
As the weather warms and we spend more time outdoors, the risk of mosquito bites increases, which means now is the time to take precautions to prevent West Nile virus.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in June in 12 counties.

Transportation

Huron Area Construction For 2014
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be doing the following construction work in the Huron area in 2014:


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Sattgast Warns Of Scams And Fees
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast is warning the public to check with his office before replying to anyone claiming they can assist in returning unclaimed property.

Agriculture

Championship Bull Riding, Monster Trucks and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band Rounds at the SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Kicking off the State Fair at 8 p.m. CDT on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 27-28, Channel Seeds Preview Day, will be the Red Wilk Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Bull Bash.

Health

State Health Department Sets Pertussis Vaccine Clinics In Black Hills
The Department of Health has scheduled two pertussis vaccination clinics for Black Hills area residents.

Transportation

Signal Removal in Yankton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has concluded a study of the traffic signal need on Highway 50 at the Walnut Street intersection in Yankton.


Public Safety

Walworth County Fatal Crash
Three people died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 about nine miles west of Bowdle on Friday, May 23.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 16 about four miles west of Rapid City on Friday, May 23.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
A building committee of the South Dakota Board of Regents will meet by teleconference to discuss and approve bid documents for the Jonas Science Renovation at Black Hills State University.

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff For Ruth Ziolkowski
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is requesting that flags be flown at half-staff statewide on the day of Ruth Ziolkowski’s funeral, Tuesday, May 27. The celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. MDT at the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakotans Asked to Observe National Missing Children’s Day
Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking South Dakotans to observe National Missing Children’s Day on Saturday, May 25, 2014.

South Dakota Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in State’s DUI Implied Consent Law
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in State of South Dakota vs. Shauna Fierro on Wednesday, May 28th.

South Dakota Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Berget Appeal of Death Sentence
The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear Rodney Scott Berget’s second appeal of his death sentence in argument scheduled for May 27, 2014.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Hits the Roads with ‘Operation Safe Summer Kickoff’
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is out in force today (Friday) with a statewide, high-visibility effort to encourage travelers to make safe and responsible decisions on the highways.

Tourism

State Historical Society’s Oahe Chapel to Host Sunday Services
Sunday morning services begin on June 1 at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Revenue

Applications are Being Accepted for the Tax Refund Program
Applications are being accepted for a state program that provides once-a-year refunds of sales or property taxes to eligible senior citizens and disabled individuals in South Dakota.