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Governor Dennis Daugaard

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 30, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: The Memory Shall Be Ours
The birth of Memorial Day is much like the birth of America. It is a story of people from different backgrounds uniting as Americans under one flag.

Governor Daugaard Appoints Adam to Board of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Conrad Adam of Pierre to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at Dell Rapids Post 65 American Legion Memorial Day Program at the Veterans Memorial Park in Dell Rapids.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Brandon Man Indicted for Possession of a Controlled Substance
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Wayne Jerry Ellingson, 41, Brandon, has been indicted by a Minnehaha County Grand Jury.

Agriculture

Trichomoniasis in South Dakota
Thirteen South Dakota beef herds have been diagnosed with Tritrichomonas foetus (trich) infection since December,

SD Ag Chat: New Executive Secretary for SD FFA
There’s a new leader for one of South Dakota’s student organizations.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Rick Pulfrey, age 54, passed away in a comfort care setting at the South Dakota State Penitentiary earlier today following an extended illness.

Human Services

Department of Human Services Participating In “RespectAbility” Webinar
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and RespectAbility are providing a webinar Monday, June 6, at 1p.m. (CDT). This webinar will cover South Dakota’s practices and initiatives that have led to the highest employment rate for individuals with disabilities in the country.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Caution Driving Safety during Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials urge people to stay safe while traveling this Memorial Day holiday.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

'Business-to-Business Speed-Dating': Investing in International Trade
Business-to-business speed-dating. That’s how Rock Nelson, director of the South Dakota International Trade Center, in Sioux Falls, S.D., describes his participation in Centrallia, a three-day business forum event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that attracts close to 700 people from 30 countries.


Agriculture

“Cow to Cup” 5K Fun Run/Walk to be Held June 4
The “Cow to Cup” 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 in conjunction with Dairy Fest.

SD Ag Chat: Registration Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit is May 31
A variety of topics will be featured at this year’s Governor’s Ag Summit.

Labor and Regulation

Pierre Student Scores Platinum in National Career Readiness Certificate
A Pierre student from T.F Riggs High School scored at the platinum level of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Transportation

Bridge Work to Begin at I-229 & 60th Street North
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be repairing concrete on the deck and columns of the 60th Street North bridge over Interstate 229 in northern Sioux Falls beginning Tuesday, May 31.

Phase 2 Work Begins on Highway 81
Reede Construction, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will begin phase two of the Highway 81 construction in Watertown on Tuesday, May 31.

Construction on Highway 18 East of Pine Ridge
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, work on nine miles of Highway 18 from Pine Ridge to the intersection of BIA Highway 27 will begin Tuesday, May 31.

Revenue

Vendors at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally® can now apply for a 2016 South Dakota Tax License
Vendors doing business at the 2016 Sturgis Rally will need a 2016 South Dakota Sales Tax License for each vendor space before opening for business in South Dakota.

Board of Regents

Timothy Downs to Become Northern State University President​​
Timothy M. Downs, the provost and chief academic officer of New York’s Niagara University, will become the 17th president of Northern State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Thursday.

South Dakota Lottery

$25,146 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Canton
A single ticket sold in Canton matched all five numbers in the May 25, 2016 drawing to win the $25,146 Dakota Cash jackpot.


Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 22-28 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 22-28, 2016 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Governor’s Agricultural Summit Features Panels on Policy, Weather and Conservation
The 2016 Governor’s Agricultural Summit features panel discussions on agricultural policy, the weather’s impact on agriculture, water quality and how some producers implement stewardship and conservation practices on their operations.

Education

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Narcan Saves Life of Pierre Man
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer confirm a life was saved with the use of Narcan last night in Pierre. Emergency Responders arrived at a Pierre residence where CPR was being administered to an unresponsive male.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Twelve school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2016.

Public Safety

South Dakota Trio Attends White House Law Enforcement Event
Pierre, S.D. – A three-person group from South Dakota, including two from the Highway Patrol, were at the White House Monday for the launch of the new Department of Justice’s “Advancing 21st Century Policing Project,” of which the Highway Patrol is a participant.

South Dakota, Minnesota Plan Joint I-90 Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – A 22-hour operation designed to promote highway safety will be held on Interstate 90 in South Dakota and Minnesota this weekend.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 37 Bridge Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repair work on the Exit 37, Pleasant Valley Road, bridge over Interstate 90 starting Tuesday, May 31.

Work to begin on Safe Routes to School project in Elk Point
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say a Safe Routes to School project in Elk Point on Court and Dupont Streets will begin the week of May 31, 2016.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Roland A. Chicoine
Former state legislator Roland A. Chicoine of Elk Point passed away on May 19, 2016.

Education

New book on Laura Ingalls Wilder coming in 2017 from State Historical Society
To celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder in 2017, the South Dakota State Historical Society will release a new book on the writer's legacy.

Human Services

State Developmental Center Staff Member Recognized By Dental Association
South Dakota Development Center (SDDC) staff dentist Dr. Dave Peterson has been recognized for his work in the dental profession.

Revenue

South Dakota sales tax increases on June 1
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota state sales and use tax rate will increase from 4 percent to 4.5 percent on June 1.

South Dakota Lottery

Watertown Man Claims $35,658 Dakota Cash Jackpot
When Travis Carrico was buying his Powerball tickets for the May 4, 2016 drawing, the Watertown man decided he may as well get tickets for the other lotto games, too. Among them was a Dakota Cash Quick Pick that ended up winning him the $35,658 Dakota Cash jackpot that night.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks invites outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy South Dakota outdoors with the Parks' Open House Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend.

Governor's Column: Memories Of The 2011 Flood
It is hard to believe that it has been almost five years since the Missouri River flood.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Raising Cattle in SD
May is Beef Month in South Dakota.

Corrections

Missing State Prison Inmate
Minimum-security inmate Paul Steiner left his community service job in Rapid City, SD on May 20, 2016 without authorization.

Education

"Environments" exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center to close on May 24
Visitors have until Tuesday, May 24, to view the successful exhibit "South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times" at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Human Services

Walk-in Tech Support and First Friday Class - iPhone Training
The South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) would like to invite anyone who is a South Dakota resident, has a visual impairment or can’t see to use technology, to participate in the First Friday Computer and Assistive Technology Training.

Public Safety

State Weights & Measures Office Hosts Regional Conference
PIERRE, S.D. – For the first time in 20 years, the Central Weights and Measures Association’s regional conference is being held next week in South Dakota.

Transportation

Resurfacing Work to Begin in Spearfish Canyon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work on an asphalt concrete resurfacing project on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County on Monday, June 6.

Construction at the Intersections on Highway 115: 254th Street and 258th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is beginning today, May 20, to construct a northbound turn lane at the intersection of Highway 115 and 258th Street near Sioux Falls.

Construction on Highway 240 South of Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin paving Highway 240 on Wednesday, May 25, approximately one-half mile south of Interstate 90 Exit 110 to the entrance to the Badlands National Park.

Board of Regents

Three Finalists to Interview for Northern State University President
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today three candidates who are finalists to become the next president at Northern State University.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Georgia-based Manufacturing Company to Retain EMPI Jobs in Clear Lake
CLEAR LAKE, S.D. – Clear Lake received welcome news recently as Precision Partners, Inc., (PPI), an innovative manufacturing company based in Athens, Ga., announced its plans to retain the current workforce at the EMPI plant in Clear Lake.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Local Law Enforcement Confirms Homicide Investigation in Grant County
Local law enforcement is conducting a homicide investigation in Grant County. A body was discovered by a landowner on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 17, in rural western Grant County.

Agriculture

Helicopter Exercise at Angostura Lake
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit at Angostura Lake on Friday, May 20

Human Services

Public Meetings on State Plan for Independent Living Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), South Dakota Independent Living Council (SILC), the Centers for Independent Living/Independent Living Choices, Native American Advocacy Program, and the Western Resources for Independent Living are hosting four public meetings on the State Plan for Independent Living.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to hold Women’s Recruiting Seminars
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol once again is reaching out to women who may want to become state troopers.

Transportation

Highway 11 Pavement Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin pavement repairs on Highway 11 from Highway 42 to Corson in Minnehaha County on Monday, May 23.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley to Lead National Attorneys General Delegation to Israel
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General will lead the delegation of Attorneys General to Israel on May 25-June 1, 2016.

Agriculture

Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 11
Agriculture has long been the foundation of South Dakota history. The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

Education

Oahe Chapel to host Sunday services
Sunday morning services at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe north of Pierre will begin on May 29.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to Conduct “Move Over” Campaign Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers Friday will focus on encouraging motorists to move over.


Education

June Smithsonian Program at Cultural Heritage Center about Hank Aaron
The featured Smithsonian program on Sunday, June 5, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is about baseball great Hank Aaron.

Prevent ‘summer slide’ while students are out of school
The South Dakota Department of Education encourages families to read throughout the summer.

Board of Regents

Board Honors Departing Presidents and Student Regent
The South Dakota Board of Regents has honored two departing university presidents and a student regent for their service to the state’s system of public higher education.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

National Police Week Events Scheduled
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to ask South Dakotans to take a moment to reflect on the contributions that police officers make to our communities and to honor those officers who have been lost in the line of duty.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--June Surveys Ask What Crops SD Farmers Planted
Next month (June), farmers will be asked to answer surveys that ask how many acres of what crops farmers were able to plant.

Education

Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its meeting earlier today.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 20-22
The unofficial kickoff to summer begins this weekend with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend May 20-22. The statewide event waives entrance fees and allows free fishing for residents and nonresidents.

GFP Commission Proposes West River Deer Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the utilization of free antlerless deer licenses available to landowners.

Archery Deer Season Proposal Would Open More Areas for Antlerless Deer Harvest
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would open more of the state for deer hunters to harvest antlerless whitetail deer during the archery season.

GFP Commission Proposes More Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 400 resident and 32 more nonresident antlerless whitetail deer hunting licenses for the 2016 Black Hills deer hunting season. There were no antlerless tags available in the Black Hills for 2015.

GFP Commission Proposes East River, Muzzleloader and National Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed an increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2016. There would be 4,220 fewer one-tag licenses, 5,075 more two-tag licenses and 1,400 more three tag licenses compared to 2015.

GFP Receives $50,000 Grant from Black Hills Fly Fishers for Pactola Basin Improvements
A non-profit group of over 200 members recently donated $50,000 to improving water quality and fish habitat in the Black Hills.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol remembers troopers killed in line of duty
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers who have made the ultimate sacrifice are being remembered again this week.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On May 15
President Barack Obama has proclaimed Sunday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Sunday in honor of peace officers’ contributions and sacrifices.

Public Safety

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Hill City man, identified as Andrew Burch, 25, was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday night in Hill City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A New Addition To Peter Norbeck’s Park
Peter Norbeck was a very accomplished public servant. He served South Dakota as a legislator, lt. governor, governor and United States senator from 1909 to 1936.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Mary Anne Boyd To GFP Commission
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Mary Anne Boyd of Yankton to serve on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will interview with Jerry Oster on WNAX (570 AM) out of Yankton.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Crime in South Dakota 2015 Publication Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley released today the Crime in South Dakota 2015 report.

Two Men Arrested in Child Sexual Abuse Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling and Tripp County States Attorney Alvin Pahlke confirm that Donald Kelvin Story, 52, Dallas and Richard Dean Sund, 52, Colome, have been charged and arrested by complaint on child sexual abuse charges.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One man was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday night in Hill City, S.D.


Agriculture

Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit Registration Quickly Approaching
Registration for the seventh annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will close on May 31.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Commissioner Gill Selected For U.S. Army War College Seminar
Commissioner Laurie Gill, head of the Bureau of Human Resources, will spend part of next month joining the national security conversation at the 62nd annual U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Turner County Man Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Jeremy Robert Elliot, 35, Parker, was sentenced to 15 years with 5 suspended in the state penitentiary for aggravated assault and 5 years all suspended for possession of a controlled substance, Tetrahydrocannabinol.

Pennington County States Attorney Mark Vargo Honored by State’s Attorneys Association and States Attorney Officers Elected
The South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association honors Pennington County States Attorney Mark Vargo as Prosecutor of the Year.

Attorney General Explanation Released for Referred Law 19
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today he has delivered to the Secretary of State an Attorney General Explanation for Referred Law 19.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to offer Northern League baseball program on Saturday, May 21
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, in conjunction with its exhibit "Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota," will host a program about the former Northern League of baseball teams from South Dakota at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, May 21, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $650,000 for Waste Tire Cleanups
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $650,000 in grant assistance to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources to fund waste tire collections and other solid waste cleanups.

Transportation

Update on Bridge Work on Highway 248
State crews have completed repairs to a bridge structure on Highway 248 approximately 1.5 miles east of Cactus Flats and will begin repairs on a second structure 1.5 miles west of Kadoka.

Board of Regents

USD Launches Doctoral Program in Health Sciences
A new doctoral program in health sciences at the University of South Dakota, to be delivered online, will prepare practicing health care professionals for leadership roles in academics, research, and clinical practice settings.

SDSU Adds Associate-Degree Programs in Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls-area students can take advantage of two new associate-degree programs to be offered starting this fall at University Center-Sioux Falls.

SDSU and School of Mines to Offer Master of Engineering Degree
A new degree, the master of engineering, was approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents for its two engineering schools, South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

New Public University Programs Develop South Dakota’s Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a new associate degree in human services at Black Hills State University, as well as minor and certificate programs at other universities, to meet emerging employment trends across South Dakota.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grand Jury Issues Indictment Charging Bollen with Unauthorized Disposal of Personal Property Subject to Security Interest
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on Friday, May 6, 2016, a Brown County grand jury issued an indictment charging Joop Bollen, 52, Aberdeen.

Agriculture

Aberdeen Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Summer Ryan, a fifth grade student at O.M. Tiffany Elementary School in Aberdeen is the winner of the 2016 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Labor and Regulation

Employment Program Helps Seniors Gain Skills
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) provides part-time work experience and training opportunities to residents 55 years or older through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Webinar
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a webinar Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Public Safety

Names Released in Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – A Tarkio, MO woman, identified as Casondra Caudill, has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon on Interstate 29 near Elk Point.

Highway Patrol Accepting Applications for Next Trooper Class
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has begun the search for its next group of state troopers.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rapid Growth at Interstates Leads to Building Expansion, Adding Jobs
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If John A. Franken could describe his business philosophy, it would be simple: make a positive impact for his customers. That’s just what he did when he started Johnny’s Electric, now Interstates, in the 1950s and that’s just what the company is continuing to do today in Sioux Falls.


Game, Fish and Parks

New Custer State Park Visitor Center Dedicated Friday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard was on hand Friday to help dedicate the new visitor center at Custer State Park.

Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – One person died and four others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon on Interstate 29 near Elk Point.

South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed May 13-14
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed statewide for two days later this week.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Travel -- Good For The Soul, Good For South Dakota
The late travel writer Eugene Fodor once said you don’t have to be rich to travel well. Here in South Dakota, we think that’s especially true.

News Tips
First Lady Linda Daugaard will visit the Klein, Littleburg and Lakeview elementary schools of the Todd County School District to read to students as part of her literacy initiative.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Priscilla Black Spotted Horse died May 5 at a Sioux Falls hospice care facility.

Public Safety

Schedule Changes Announced for Vermillion, North Sioux City Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. --- Schedule changes have been announced for the North Sioux City and Vermillion driver license exam stations.


Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring May as “Beef Month” once again this year in South Dakota.

SD Beef Industry Council Celebrating May Beef Month
May has been designated as Beef Month in South Dakota again this year.

Education

May is Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
May is being celebrated as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

May 7 Smithsonian Saturday program at Cultural Heritage Center to focus on American Art
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a program from the Smithsonian American Art Museum entitled "Nineteen American Masterworks" with Art Historian William Kloss on Saturday, May 7, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

Summer Employment Services for Young Adults
Summer is right around the corner and many young adults are finalizing their summer employment plans.

Tourism

Dept. of Tourism Encourages Travelers to Find Their Great Place
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has launched a social media campaign encouraging travelers to “find their great place” in South Dakota while on vacation.

Transportation

Main & Middle St. Intersection Closing in Sturgis
On Friday, May 6, the intersection of Main and Middle Streets will close in Sturgis for water line, storm sewer and grading work activities.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents’ Statement on the Passing of Colette Abbott
The South Dakota Board of Regents issued the following statements today on the passing of Colette Abbott, spouse of University of South Dakota President James Abbott and the First Lady of USD.

South Dakota Lottery

$35,658 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Watertown
A single ticket sold in Watertown hit the $35,658 Dakota Cash jackpot for the May 4, 2016 drawing.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Statement On The Passing Of Colette Abbott
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today on the passing of Colette Abbott, wife of USD President Jim Abbott.

State Agencies Develop Zika Protective Measures
At the direction of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, two state agencies are working together to protect against the potential threat of the Zika Virus.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Response to Recommendation to Significantly Reduce or Decriminalize Controlled Substance Use in South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley responds to the Urban Institute recommendation that South Dakota reduce possession and ingestion of a controlled substance to a misdemeanor.

OLYMPUS AMERICA, INC. PAYS $306 MILLION DOLLARS TO RESOLVE ALLEGATIONS OF ANTI-KICKBACK VIOLATIONS
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle United States et al., ex rel. John Slowik v. Olympus America, Inc., et al., 10-5994 (District of New Jersey). The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that Olympus, and certain of its subsidiaries, paid illegal kickbacks to healthcare providers.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FFA Agriscience Contest Encourages Researchers
Reliable scientific research is an important component of implementation and acceptance of modern agricultural practices.

Education

History of Mount Rushmore to be Commemorated at Book Club Meeting
A unique look at the history of Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be presented at the May 10 meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Transportation

Asphalt overlay on Highway 65 Dupree to Isabel
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction work will begin on Highway 65 from two miles east of Dupree to three miles west of Isabel starting Thursday, May 5.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin near Gettysburg
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a resurfacing project on Highway 212 from Gettysburg east to Lebanon in Potter County will begin on Monday, May 9.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Residence Tours To Begin In June
The sixth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

National Association of Attorneys General Summit Concludes
Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) confirms the conclusion of the 2016 Attorneys General Presidential Summit.

Public Safety

Homeland Security Conference Begins Today
PIERRE, S.D. – Topics covering preparedness, prevention and response are on the agenda for the fourth annual Homeland Security Conference which starts this afternoon (Tuesday) and runs through Thursday, May 3-5, in Sioux Falls.

Social Services

May is Foster Parent Appreciation & Awareness Month
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has designated May as Foster Parent Appreciation and Awareness Month for South Dakota.

Transportation

Pavement Repair Update on West Chicago Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work at two intersections on West Chicago St. in Rapid City over the next few days.

DENR Recognizes SDDOT for Operation and Maintenance Awards
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announces the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s Pierre and Rapid City Regions wastewater treatment system are recipients of the 2015 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Responds To DOJ Letter
Officials from the South Dakota departments of Social Services and Human Services are in the process of reviewing the results of an investigation by the US Department of Justice received today on nursing home utilization.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Dean O. Mehlhaff
Former state Rep. Dean O. Mehlhaff passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol today, which is the day of the funeral.

Agriculture

South Dakota Agencies Ready if Emerald Ash Borer is Found
Emerald ash borer was accidently introduced from East Asia into the Detroit, Michigan, area sometime during the 1990s. Since that time, it has killed ash trees in 25 states and two Canadian provinces.

Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month” to highlight the importance of managing noxious weeds, which negatively affect agriculture, water quality, recreational opportunities and wildlife.

South Dakota Ag in the Classroom Announces Teacher of the Year
South Dakota Ag in the Classroom has named Michael Burke, a fourth grade teacher at Valley View Elementary in Rapid City, South Dakota, as its 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Seeks Comments on Waterbody Report and 303(d) Program Vision
DENR is seeking public comments on the draft 2016 Integrated Report, which is used by the state to identify impaired waterbodies in South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks Invites You to #FindYourPark
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invites residents and visitors to explore state parks and recreation areas and all they have to offer as part of a national #FindYourPark campaign aimed at highlighting national, state and local parks in the U.S.

South Dakota State Smallmouth Bass Record Broken
Two Minnesota anglers landed the fish of their dreams on Saturday, April 23, when they boated a 7 pound, 3 ounce smallmouth bass on Horseshoe Lake.

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
Fifteen thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Fourth” program

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective May 1, 2016. WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided at no cost to eligible moms, babies and children.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – Names have been released of the two men killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning near Nemo.

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.

I-90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says westbound Highway 14A/Colorado Blvd will be reduced to one lane starting Tuesday, May 3.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – Two men were killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning near Nemo.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate James Smith, age 63, has died.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Message To The Classes Of 2016
Congratulations to the class of 2016! To all high school, college and technical school students now approaching graduation in South Dakota, I commend you for reaching this milestone.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Lake Area Tech Governor’s Luncheon at Lake Area Tech Student Center in Watertown.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Eight South Dakota Women’s Prison Inmates Back in Court Today
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the eight inmates from the South Dakota Women’s Prison indicted on drug related charges appeared in court today.

Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training Works Through Response Plan
Federal, state and city officials held a field training exercise Thursday, April 28, to practice how the agencies will respond if emerald ash borer is found in South Dakota.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Open May 1
Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted from May 1 to June 1, 2016.

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
Two youth from Rapid City are the winners of this year’s South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month coloring contest.

Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 55th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest were held at the State Capitol in Pierre on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The theme of this year’s contest was “Why Manage Water for Conservation.”

Military

National Military Appreciation Month
At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Announces May Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – May’s list of sobriety checkpoints has been announced by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Transportation

Work Begins on Main & Middle St. intersection in Sturgis
On Monday, May 2, the South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin at the intersection of Main and Middle Streets in Sturgis.

Highway 85 Erosion Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin doing erosion repairs along Highway 85 between Spearfish and Belle Fourche beginning Tuesday, May 3.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Terry Redlin
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, April 29, to honor the life of Terry Redlin.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Referred Law 20 Involving Youth Minimum Wage
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today he has delivered to the Secretary of State an Attorney General Explanation for Referred Law 20. In 2015 the Legislature enacted Senate Bill 177 involving a youth minimum wage.

Health

Applications Open For Rural Health Recruitment Program
A state program that helps rural medical facilities recruit pharmacists, physical therapists and other health professionals will accept applications beginning May 1.

Public Safety

Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – James Fischer, 22, of Lake Andes, S.D. has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Wagner.

Tourism

SD Tourism Industry Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week
National Travel & Tourism Week will be celebrated nationwide May 1-7.

Transportation

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 19 Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) for a total of more than $8 million at their monthly meeting today (April 28) in Pierre.

Bridge on Highway 248 Near Cactus Flats Update
State crews repairing the damage to a bridge structure on Highway 248, approximately 1.5 miles east of Cactus Flats, have completed repair work on the south side and will be opening the bridge to one lane of traffic with a 12-foot width restriction late this afternoon.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Announces Multistate and Federal Settlement with Wyeth and Pfizer
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota reached an agreement in principle to settle allegations against Wyeth, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.

Out-of-State Transient Pavers Sentenced on Deceptive Trade Practices Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Henry Josh Harrison, 46, Spiro, Oklahoma, Nailor L. Harrison Jr, 49, Carthage, Missouri and Billy Ray Jeffery, 54, Spiro, Oklahoma were sentenced for Deceptive Trade Practices regarding contractor work they were performing in several South Dakota counties.

Agriculture

South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.

SD State Fair Seeks SD Talent for Sherwin Linton’s AARP Centennial Stage Show
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2016 State Fair AARP Centennial Stage Shows.

Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration to be held in Rapid City
The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of fun-filled events to be held at Rapid City’s Main Street Square on Sunday, May 1, from 1–3 p.m.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – One man, age 22, died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Wagner.

Spearfish Driver Exam Station Moves to New Location
PIERRE, S.D. – Spearfish’s driver exam station will open at a new location starting in May.


Social Services

Changes to Department of Social Services’ Chemical Dependency Programs Announced
The Department of Social Services (DSS) announces the closure of the adolescent inpatient chemical dependency program at the Human Services Center in Yankton, S.D., effective June 8, 2016, and increased services for adults with chemical dependency needs.

Transportation

Highway 81 Closure Moves to New Phase
On Wednesday, April 27, Reede Construction, Inc., will be opening Phase 1A of the Highway 81 at 3rd Ave. N. intersection in Watertown, four days ahead of schedule.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Statement On The Death Of Terry Redlin
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today on the passing of Terry Redlin.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Constitutional Amendment Involving Technical Institutes
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today he has delivered to the Secretary of State an Attorney General Explanation for Constitutional Amendment R.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Urges Anglers to be Aware of Fish Consumption Advisories
The South Dakota departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), Health (DOH) and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are reminding anglers to check the current list of fish consumption advisories as the 2016 fishing season begins.

Becoming an Outdoor Family Event Taking Registrations
Pickerel Lake Recreation Area near Grenville will host the Becoming an Outdoor Family event July 27-29.

Health

Take Steps To Prevent Tick-Borne Illness
A state health official is warning South Dakotans to be aware of tick-borne illness as they head outdoors this spring.

Tourism

SD Dept. of Tourism Launches Peak Marketing Campaign
The South Dakota Department of Tourism launched its 2016 summer marketing campaign in April, and all elements – from digital and social media to television and print – are in place and attracting potential visitors from the state’s key markets and across the country.

Board of Regents

Alumnus Barry Dunn Selected as New SDSU President
Barry Dunn, the endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, director of SDSU Extension, and professor of animal science at South Dakota State University, will become SDSU’s 20th president, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Monday.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Celebrating Agriculture's Leadership In Conservation
Our dedicated farming and ranching families, many of whom have been on the land for generations, know how important it is to take care of the land because their livelihoods depend on it.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Associated School Board’s Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon honoring academic achievement of the top one percent of 2016 seniors from each school in South Dakota.

Agriculture

Michelle Rook to Receive 2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Michelle Rook of Yankton, S.D. will be recognized as the 2016 Governor’s Ag Ambassador on Thursday, June 2, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Brookings.

Emerald Ash Borer Readiness Training to Take Place in Sioux Falls
Emerald ash borer, an exotic insect responsible for the loss of more than 100 million ash trees in the United States over the past two decades, is getting closer to South Dakota.

Human Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Fall Conference Scheduled
Individuals interested in public vocational rehabilitation are set to gather at the Deadwood Lodge in Deadwood, South Dakota for the Fall Conference, Oct. 18-20.

Public Safety

South Dakota Observes Severe Weather Awareness Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Next week is an opportunity for South Dakotans to start preparing for severe weather that may occur this spring and summer.

Transportation

CVI System Install to Affect I-90 Traffic Near Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the installation of a Commercial Vehicle Identification System will begin on Sunday, May 1, on Interstate 90 about five miles east of Sturgis.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting tax seminars in Watertown
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Department of Revenue will offer a pair of border tax seminars in Watertown.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds McCahren Convictions
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder and aggravated assault convictions of Braiden McCahren.

Attorney General Jackley to Host National Association of Attorneys General Summit
Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) announces the upcoming 2016 Attorneys General Presidential Summit to be held in Deadwood, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse on May 2-3, 2016.

Education

Cartoonist, State Historical Society Author Chris Browne Receives Mayor's Award
Chris Browne, cartoonist of "Hagar the Horrible" and author and illustrator of the children's book "The Monster Who Ate the State," has received the Sioux Falls Arts Council's 2016 Mayor's Award for Individual Excellence in Literary Arts.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Seeks Comments on SD's Aquatic Species Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) developed an aquatic invasive species (AIS) management plan to guide department activities related to AIS concerns through 2020.

Transportation

Turn Lane Construction at Highway 115/254th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews have begun work to construct turn lanes at the intersection of Highway 115 and 254th Street near Sioux Falls.

New street lights on Highway 10 in Pollock
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says new street lights will be installed on Highway 10 (Main Street) in Pollock starting April 25.

Bridge Replacement on Union County Highway 1C (471st Avenue) near Union Grove State Park
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the bridge reconstruction project south of Beresford over Brule Creek will begin the week of April 25.

Work on Highway 50 at James River Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work has begun to replace the west approach of the eastbound Highway 50 James River Bridge east of Yankton.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Rapid City
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

State Historical Society Archaeology Camp registration begins May 2
The South Dakota State Historical Society's Historic Preservation Office is sponsoring a three-day Archaeology Camp for students going into grades 4-6 for the 2016-17 school year.

Game, Fish and Parks

Governor Daugaard Invites Families to Camp Out on Capitol Lawn
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard invites families to camp out on the capitol lawn as part of the state’s first Capital Campout.

Human Services

Smith Receives Riki Nitz AER Worker of the Year Award
Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) Program Specialist Bob Smith has been named the recipient of the 2016 Riki Nitz Association for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) Worker of the Year.

Transportation

Asphalt Surfacing on I-90 - Exit 10 to Wyoming Line
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin making preparations for asphalt surfacing on Interstate 90 from Exit 10 to the Wyoming state line on Monday, April 25.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2016 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September to December 2016.

Agriculture

Cronin Appointed to Wheat Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Tregg Cronin of Gettysburg to the South Dakota Wheat Utilization Research and Marketing Development Commission. Cronin fills the vacant East River position resulting from the retirement of Darrel Davis, Ipswich.

2016 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Tyrel Mansfield of Kadoka, Seth Schoon of White River and Jensine Matson of Ramona are the winners of the 2016 Arbor Day essay contest.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Heroin Overdose Confirmed and Attorney General Jackley Calls for Methamphetamine and Heroin Public Awareness Campaign
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms a heroin overdose has taken the life of Nathan Herman, 34, Selby.

Health

Sioux Falls Nurse Receives CDC Childhood Immunization Award
Sioux Falls nurse Tracy Bieber has received a 2016 Childhood Immunization Champion Award from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The annual award recognizes individuals who make outstanding efforts to ensure that children in their communities are fully immunized against 14 preventable diseases before the age of two.

Transportation

Intersection Repairs on West Chicago in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin pavement repairs at the intersection of West Chicago and Deadwood Ave. in Rapid City on Monday, April 25.

Work to Resume on Highway 240 South of Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 240, approximately one-half mile south of Interstate 90 Exit 110 to the entrance to the Badlands National Park, will resume on Wednesday, April 20.

Board of Regents

Next SDSU President Decision Narrowed to Four Finalists
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today four candidates who are finalists to become the next president at South Dakota State University.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rembrandt Foods Announces New 100% Cage-Free Site in Lake Preston, SD
LAKE PRESTON, SD - Rembrandt Foods announces plans to build a fully dedicated cage-free egg production site in Lake Preston, South Dakota. The facility expansion will initially house approximately three million cage-free layers, in planned phases


Public Safety

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Coon Rapids, MN man, Lee Waltner, 39, has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday night west of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – Levi Sandal, 26, Sioux Falls, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred south of Tea, S.D.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – One person died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred south of Tea, S.D.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday night west of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Names Released in Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TABOR, S.D. – Names have been released of the three people killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon west of Tabor, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: How Habitat Pays
The Besler family has been in the ranching business for five generations. On their ranch near Bison, the Beslers run red Angus cows on native pasture land that has plenty of good natural shelter.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets for their achievements at the Governor’s Day 2016 ceremony in Brookings on the SDSU Campus.

Agriculture

Farmers Market Grower Grants Available
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to support local farmers markets.

John Kay & Steppenwolf and Foghat Complete SD State Fair Grandstand Line-Up
The South Dakota State Fair, along with C&B Operations, LLC, are proud to welcome John Kay & Steppenwolf and Foghat to the State Fair Grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 4, completing the fair’s grandstand line-up.

Education

State Historical Society presenting Governor's Awards for History
The South Dakota State Historical Society will be presenting the Governor's Awards for History on Saturday, April 30, during its annual history conference in Pierre.

Public Safety

Construction to Impact Public at Rapid City Driver Exam Station
PIERRE, S.D. – If they have not already, Rapid City area residents next week will begin to see more construction activity at the city’s driver exam station, located at 1301 Catron Blvd.

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TABOR, S.D. – Three people died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon west of Tabor, S.D.

Transportation

Notice of Public Meeting/Open House 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Traffic Control
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold an open house style public meeting for Traffic Control Planning for the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The open house will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the 243 Deerfield Road in Hill City.

Construction on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a portion of Highway 34 from Highland Ave. to Washington Ave. in Madison will close to traffic on Tuesday, April 19.

Bridge on Highway 248 Near Cactus Flats Closing
State crews repairing the damage to a bridge structure on Highway 248 approximately 1.5 miles east of Cactus Flats have determined the damage is severe enough to close the bridge in order to properly execute repair work.

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #17
Effective at 8 a.m. CDT Monday, April 18, 2016, Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the Highway 248 at Structure 36-296-111 and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grand Jury Issues Indictments in GEAR UP Financial Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the three individuals who were arrested by complaint for their roles in the financial misconduct case surrounding the GEAR UP in March 2016, have each been indicted by a Charles Mix Grand Jury.

Agriculture

Mediation Services Available for Farmers and Ranchers
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress.

Swint Well Prescribed Fire to Continue at Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Custer State Park will continue the Swint Well prescribed burn in Custer State Park.

Public Safety

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Slayton, MN man, identified as Edward Thraen, 90, died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins 25 States in Fight to Save Veterans Memorial Cross
Attorney General Marty Jackley this week joined a bipartisan group of 25 states in fighting to protect a historic cross honoring World War I veterans as part of a case with much broader implications.

Agriculture

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
With the recent fire activity in the Black Hills, now is the best time to mitigate the fire threat and lower the risk of catastrophic fire to your property.

Environment and Natural Resources

Smoke Impacting Eastern South Dakota Air Quality
Meteorological conditions are causing smoke from fires in Kansas to impact air quality in eastern South Dakota.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One man died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City woman, Dara Reynolds, 19, has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning on Sheridan Lake Road, five miles south of Rapid City, S.D.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Announces Economic Development Awards at 2016 Annual Conference
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) rolled out its own version of a red carpet at this year’s annual conference, which was held today in Sioux Falls.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Training Division Sets Date for First School Sentinel Training Program
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed today the first School Sentinel Training Program has been scheduled for July 25- August 5, 2016 at the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pierre.

Agriculture

Two Prescribed Fires Planned At Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and Custer State Park will be conducting two prescribed burns in Custer State Park this week.

Education

Historical Society Foundation receives $1000 grant to digitize photos
A project to make historic photographs available via the internet will continue to move forward, thanks to a donation from the Midco Foundation.

Public Safety

Lyman County Fatal Crash
OACOMA, S.D. – A New York woman, identified as Renata Horowitz, 21, has died from injuries suffered in an April 4, 2016, one-vehicle crash that occurred near Oacoma, S.D.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One woman was killed and five other people injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning five miles south of Rapid City, S.D.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says motorists can expect two-way traffic for just over one mile in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at Exit 14 beginning Wednesday, April 13.

Highway 16 & 16A Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing an asphalt mill and overlay project on Highways 16 and 16A from Pleasant Valley Road, four miles west of Custer, to the west entrance of Custer State Park this summer.

Asphalt overlay on Highway 12 Bowdle to south of Selby
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction work will begin on Highway 12 from Bowdle to two miles south of Selby and at the Highway 83 junction starting Wednesday, April 13.

Bridge Work on Highway 248 Near Cactus Flats May Cause Closure
State crews are currently working to repair damage to a bridge structure on Highway 248 approximately 1.5 miles east of Cactus Flats.

Asphalt Concrete Crack Sealing on Highway 73
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin asphalt crack sealing operations on Highway 73 between Faith and Meadow Corner on Monday, April 18.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sioux Falls-based DataSync Expanding and Adding Jobs
An entrepreneurial success story. That’s how Pat Costello, Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, describes DataSync Corporation, a Sioux Falls based company that is creating 20 full-time jobs during the next two years.


Transportation

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 11-15: “Don’t Be THAT Driver. Work on Safety. Get Home Safely. Every Day.”
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 11-15, and motorists are reminded to drive safely not only for the sake of South Dakota’s highway workers, but also for the drivers themselves, their passengers and other travelers on the highways.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Low Taxes and Low Spending
In the 2016 session legislators serving on the appropriations committee adopted a new budget process. With the goal of more thoroughly evaluating the state’s budget while improving timeliness, appropriators held budget hearings earlier and adhered to new deadlines.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard be the guest speaker at the Governor’s Economic Development Conference Banquet at the Sanford Research Center in Sioux Falls.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

AG Jackley to Deliver Keynote Address at SD CHIP Annual Event
Attorney General Marty Jackley will be the keynote speaker at the SD CHIP annual luncheon that will take place on April 9, at the Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City.

Agriculture

SD State Forester Joins Council of Western State Foresters’ Executive Committee
Greg Josten, South Dakota state forester, has been selected to serve on the Council of Western State Foresters’ (CWSF) executive committee.

Public Safety

State’s Telecommunicators Honored Next Week
PIERRE, S.D. – The unseen voices who answer those emergency calls will be honored next week in South Dakota.

Transportation

Bridge Repairs to Begin on Highway 63 North of McLaughlin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge repair work will begin on Highway 63 north of McLaughlin on Monday, April 18, 2016.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Former Congressman Denholm Passes Away, Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff
Frank Denholm, a former member of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota, died earlier today in Brookings.

Agriculture

Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held June 1 & 2 in Brookings
The seventh annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on June 1 and 2 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings.

Education

"Blue-Eyed Doll" Author Deanna Klingel to Speak, Sign Books April 14 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society is hosting a program and book signing with author Deanna K. Klingel at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Thursday, April 14, that will also highlight a special piece of the museum's collection.

Health

SD Rabies Cases Increase In 2015, Make Sure Pets Vaccinated
Animal rabies cases in South Dakota rose to 29 in 2015, up from 21 in 2014. That compares to 28 cases of animal rabies in 2013 and 60 in 2012.

Labor and Regulation

Students Score Platinum in Career Readiness Certificate
Three students from Central High School in Rapid City scored at the platinum level of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #14 - Highway 248 bridge restriction taking effect
This load limit is going into effect at 8 am on April 8 on the Highway 248 bridge at mile marker 145. The weight limit on this bridge will be 7 tons.

Highway 81 Set To Close at Watertown
Reede Construction, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be closing Highway 81 between 3rd Ave. N. and 4th Ave. N. in Mobridge on Monday, April 11, depending on weather.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Event for Work Zone Awareness Week April 8 in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, April 8, in Rapid City, in recognition of Work Zone Awareness Week April 11-15, 2016.

South Dakota Lottery

Lesterville Woman Claims $223,707 Dakota Cash Jackpot
At the grocery store in Yankton where she works, Kathy King of Lesterville is happy when her customers win playing the lottery.


Agriculture

Huron to Host National Junior High Finals Rodeo
The South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D., has been selected to host the 2018 and 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) by the National High School Rodeo Association.

Game, Fish and Parks

Calving Season Kicks Off in Custer
With spring in full swing, bison calving season is kicking off in Custer State Park. The first calf of the year was born April 4.

Human Services

Governor To Speak On Statewide Disability Employment Campaign
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is scheduled to speak on the Department of Human Services’ disability employment campaign, “Ability for Hire” at the third annual University of South Dakota (USD) Center for Disabilities Symposium on April 19.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Spring Weather Outlook for South Dakota
What does the weakening El Nino weather pattern mean for South Dakota this spring and summer?

Human Services

2016 Governor’s Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, working with the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BSBVI) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Awards.

Labor and Regulation

New Virtual Labor Market Data System Available
The Department of Labor and Regulation has launched a virtual labor market data system available from the Labor Market Information Center’s (LMIC) website http://dlr.sd.gov/lmic.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Newell
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:

Agriculture

Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.

Education

Historic Kimball newspapers now available online
Two Kimball newspapers have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers.

Health

State Receives Grant From South Dakota Affiliate Of Susan G. Komen
A $56,729 grant from the South Dakota Affiliate of Susan G. Komen will help the state provide screening mammograms and follow-up services for more women.

Public Safety

State Officials Remind Drivers, Passengers to Buckle Up
PIERRE, S.D. – Not wearing seatbelts has again proven deadly so far this year in South Dakota.

Name Released in Jackson County Fatal Crash
KADOKA, S.D. – Brittnie Montague, 26, of St. Francis, MN, has been identified as the person killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning west of Kadoka, S.D.

Transportation

DOT Seeks Nominations For Transportation Hall of Honor
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is now accepting nominations for consideration of persons to be inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #14
This notice removes Spring Load Limits from Highways SD19 and SD42

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #13
This notice removes Spring Load Limits from Highways US16A, SD36, SD40, SD87 and SD89

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #12
This notice removes Spring Load Limits from Highway SD26.

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #11
PIERRE, S.D. – Effective at 5 p.m. CDT Monday, April 4, 2016, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below. (Highways SD45, SD251, SD1804 and SD1806)


Public Safety

Jackson County Fatal Crash
KADOKA, S.D. – One woman died and another woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning west of Kadoka, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Mental Illness and South Dakota’s Criminal Justice System
A significant number of Americans struggle with mental illness. For many the struggle is silent. Some experience short-term mental health problems, as it’s not uncommon for individuals to temporarily face mild forms of mental illness throughout their lives.

News Tips
The Animal Industry Board will hold a meeting in their conference room at 411 S. Fort St.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Files Charges in EB5 and SDRC Inc. Financial Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a Complaint has been filed charging Joop Bollen for his role in the financial misconduct case relating to EB5 and SDRC Inc.

Public Safety

Office of Highway Safety Unveils New Student Driver Safety Program
PIERRE, S.D. – A new interactive web-based program, created by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety, is designed to encourage young people to be safe drivers.

Social Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Nationwide, April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) encourages all South Dakotans to work together to keep children safe and secure, and offer the support families need to stay together.

Transportation

I-29 and I-229 Interchange Exit Ramps to Close Overnight
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two exit ramps will be closed the nights of Monday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 5, at the I-29 and I-229 interchange.

Reconstruction of Highway 17 Through Lennox
Starting Monday, April 4, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a project to reconstruct Highway 17 through Lennox.

Lane Closures on Interstate 229
Beginning Monday, April 4, South Dakota Department of Transportation crews will be doing routine scheduled inspections of all overhead sign structures along the I-229 corridor.

Board of Regents

State Support Keeps Tuition and Fee Increase to Zero for 2016-17
Additional state funding, thanks to action by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the legislature, will keep on-campus tuition and mandatory fees, along with program and delivery fees, unchanged for resident students at South Dakota public universities next year.

Regents Recognize School of Mines, Black Hills State Student Organizations
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Black Hills State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Regents Honor Terry Baloun
The South Dakota Board of Regents Friday honored Regent Terry Baloun as he leaves the board after 12 years of service. Baloun was president of the board in 2009-11 and also served as its vice president and secretary. A native of Faulkton, Baloun is retired from the Wells Fargo banking system and lives in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Statement On Charges Filed In SDRC Investigation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the charges filed against Joop Bollen.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Files Charges in EB5 and SDRC Inc. Financial Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that felony criminal charges have been filed in relation to EB5 and SDRC Inc.

Attorney General’s Ballot Explanation on Maximum Finance Charge Upheld by South Dakota Supreme Court
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the Attorney General ballot explanation for Initiated Measure 21, which sets a limit of 36% as the maximum that certain money lenders are permitted to charge on loans. Erin Ageton, a member of the payday loan industry, brought a lawsuit challenging the ballot explanation written by the Attorney General.

Agriculture

Trees in Windbreaks
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry (RCF) encourages landowners in South Dakota to consider planting trees in late April through May to help protect crops, wildlife, fields, roads and farmsteads.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $54.8 Million for Environmental Projects
the state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved nearly $54.8 million for water and waste projects when the board met Wednesday and Thursday in Pierre.

Public Safety

April Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to do sobriety checkpoints in 20 South Dakota counties during April.

Name Released in Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Wednesday morning south of Murdo, S.D.

Transportation

Reconstruction of Highway 115 south of Dell Rapids
Starting Monday, April 4, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a project to reconstruction Highway 115 and replace a bridge over the Big Sioux River south of Dell Rapids.

Board of Regents

USD Offers Dental Hygiene Degree Online
The University of South Dakota will soon offer its bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene online in response to changing entry-level standards for the dental hygiene profession.

SDSU, Lake Area Tech Partner on Agriculture Degree
South Dakota State University will partner with Lake Area Technical Institute to offer students in Watertown an associate of science degree in agricultural science.

Regents Approve New Academic Programs, Delivery Options
More academic majors will soon be available to South Dakota college students. The Board of Regents this week approved new undergraduate degrees in public relations, innovation and entrepreneurship, operational analytics, and community and regional planning.

Regents Approve New Operational Model for University Center-Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Board of Regents Thursday approved a new governance and operational model for the public higher education center in Sioux Falls. Regents agreed that the University of South Dakota will serve as lead institution at University Center-Sioux Falls, with the center continuing its longstanding multi-institutional collaboration that will allow students to enroll in academic programs offered by any of the state universities.

Regents Authorize Limited Multi-Year Contracts
The South Dakota Board of Regents has modified its personnel policies to allow for the granting of multi-year contracts to certain head coaches and athletic directors and to public university presidents.

Regents Elect Officers for Coming Year
The South Dakota Board of Regents re-elected two officers and chose a third to lead the public higher education governing board for the coming year.

Veterans Affairs

New State Veterans Home Dedicated in Hot Springs
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels joined state and local officials at the dedication of the new Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home yesterday in Hot Springs. The facility provides long-term care for our veterans.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Helmsley Charitable Trust Awards Grant to Support Mental Health Task Force
The South Dakota Department of Health has received its third grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State Attorneys General and Federal Authorities Settle Claims Against Two Sham Cancer Charities
Attorney General Jackley Marty Jackley along with the Federal Trade Commission and agencies from all 50 states have obtained a permanent injunction to dissolve two nationwide sham cancer charities and ban their president from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future under a settlement filed in court today.

8th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Rails-to-Trails Designation
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announced today the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the U.S. District Courts decision allowing the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks continued possession and authority to manage the Mickelson Trail.

Agriculture

Weed-free Forage Market Growing
Hay and straw producers can add value to their products by achieving weed-free forage certification through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Education

Noted author to speak at April history book club in Pierre
An author known for bridging cultures will speak at the April meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club on April 12 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Human Services

State Disability Employment Campaign Garners National Award
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has received a Telly Award for its “Ability for Hire” video campaign.

Public Safety

South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed May 13-14
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed for two days in May.

Extra Day Added to Spearfish Driver Exam Station Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – Starting Friday, April 1, the Spearfish driver exam station will be open an extra day each week.

Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – One man, 39, died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Wednesday morning south of Murdo, S.D.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #10
This notice removes Spring Load Limits from Highways SD20 and SD 271 Effective at 10 a.m. CDT Friday, April 1, 2016,


Governor Dennis Daugaard

National Guard Members To Receive Enhanced Higher Education Benefit
National Guard members enrolled in a state university or technical school will soon receive enhanced tuition benefits under a bill signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week.

Agriculture

Preventative Spraying & Forest Management Workshops to be Held in the Black Hills
Two mountain pine beetle (MPB) spraying workshops will be held in the Black Hills in the later part of April.

SD Ag Chat--Wildland Fire Academy Provides Crucial Training
Having proper training and keeping up on the latest methods used to fight fire are two important factors to the success of any firefighter.

Game, Fish and Parks

July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
Camping reservations open soon for Fourth of July weekend at South Dakota state parks. Reservations can be made online at campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.2267.

Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2016 GFP NASP Tournaments
Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 7th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments.