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Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Sisseton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Governor's Column: $30.7 Million More To Support Education
If you’ve ever taken a course on psychology, you have probably heard of the marshmallow test. The social experiment was first initiated at Stanford in the 1960s and it involves sitting a child in a room by themselves with a marshmallow.

News Tips
The Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board will hold a special meeting via teleconference with a public listening place in Conference Room 5 on second floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 67-year-old man died Friday in a motorcycle and semi-truck/trailer crash west of Watertown.

Name Released in Hand County Fatal Crash
MILLER, S.D. – A 26-year-old Conde, S.D., resident has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Miller.

Tourism

Summer Tourism Season in South Dakota Shows Promise
Thanks in part to a new peak season campaign, “Great Faces, Great Places,” the South Dakota Department of Tourism is expecting the launch of the peak tourist season this month to be another solid one for the state.

Revenue

South Dakotans urged to take caution during transient vendor season
With many transient vendors beginning to sell products and services in South Dakota, the Department of Revenue advises customers to ensure vendors are reputable before doing business with them.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Kent Shelton As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Kent A. Shelton of Huron as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court.

Bureau of Administration

South Dakota State Fleet Used 2 Million Gallons of Ethanol
The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.

Agriculture

Campfire Permits Required on Private Land
South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding the public that a campfire on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District requires a permit.

Education

Oahe Chapel near Pierre to host Sunday church services
Sunday morning church services at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe near Pierre will begin on May 27. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Game, Fish and Parks

Reminder Firewood from the Sioux Falls Area is Under Quarantine
As campers and other outdoor enthusiasts head to South Dakota State Parks for the traditional Open House weekend this Friday through Sunday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind individuals and families that firewood from the Sioux Falls area is under quarantine due to the discovery of an infestation of emerald ash borer in the area.

GFP and SDSU Tagging Walleyes on Lake Sharpe
If all goes according to plan, 4,000 walleyes will be sporting a shiny piece of jewelry in Lake Sharpe this summer.

Public Safety

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Sisseton, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Yankton.

Board of Regents

Regents Launch Search for Next Executive Director
The South Dakota Board of Regents invites nominations and applications for the position of executive director and chief executive officer. The board also has announced a constituent panel to assist the regents in reviewing candidates for the position


Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an informational forum on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus located at 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. in Sioux Falls.

Education

BOTE hears graduate outcomes report and approves new technical institute programs
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Technical Education heard a report on job placement of technical institute graduates. The board also approved two new programs at Western Dakota Technical Institute and several technical certificates in the Information Technology program at Southeast Technical Institute.

Public Safety

Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – A 39-year-old Piedmont, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Sturgis.

Transportation

Intersection Work at Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard
On Sunday, May 20, the intersection of Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard in Rapid City, will become a four-way stop from about 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


Agriculture

Registration Open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom Held during the South Dakota State Fair
Registration is now open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair. The Largest Classroom event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

Game, Fish and Parks

New Plan Aims to Reverse Monarch Butterfly Decline
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.

GFP Conservation Officer Honored
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Bill Eastman has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the 2017 South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Public Safety

Hand County Fatal Crash
MILLER, S.D. – One man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Monday night north of Miller.

Transportation

SDDOT Asks Motorists to “Move Over”
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is asking motorists to “Move Over” when they approach flashing amber or yellow lights on SDDOT maintenance vehicles that indicate workers are in the area and likely outside their vehicles.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Fall Intern Applicants
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for the 2018 Governor’s Office internship program in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September through December 2018.

President Calls For Flags At Half-Staff For Peace Officers Memorial Day
President Donald Trump has proclaimed Tuesday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 13 through May 19 as Police Week.

Governor Daugaard’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on sports betting.

Agriculture

VAFA Offers Low Interest Rates for Livestock Development Projects
Producers and bankers can benefit by utilizing tax-exempt bond programs for livestock development projects through the Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA).

Game, Fish and Parks

Adams Homestead to Host Donkey Dash 5K
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve will host its annual Donkey Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 19. Same-day registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Dash starting at 10 a.m.

May 19-25 is National Safe Boating Week
Join the United States Coast Guard and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in celebrating National Safe Boating Week May 19-25, 2018.

Good Earth State Park to Unveil “Peace” Statue
Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls will unveil the statue “Peace” on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. CT. The unveiling takes place one year after the opening of the Good Earth Visitor Center.

GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 18-20
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 18-20.

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night north of Yankton.

Names Released In Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – A 92-year-old woman has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Tyndall.

Names Released In Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – A 92-year-old woman has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Tyndall.


Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – A 39-year-old man died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Sturgis.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: To The Classes Of 2018
Congratulations to the classes of 2018! To all high school, college and technical school students graduating in South Dakota, I commend you for reaching this milestone.

News Tips
On Monday, May 14, at 2 p.m. CDT, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR with Zach Nelson.

Human Services

New Medicare Card Rollout
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program would like to remind all individuals with Medicare that new Medicare cards will be mailed to them in the coming months by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Veterans Affairs

It Can Be Done
When we hear the word “operation,” we think hospital, emergency, illness, surgery, treatment, and procedure. However, with over 33 years in the military the word “operation” affords me a completely different meaning. For decades, the military has issued random code names for exercises, attack plans and other operations. Operations were used to resolve conflict, promote peace, and support civilian leaders in response to domestic crises.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline Approaching
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is encouraging South Dakotan’s to register to vote ahead of the voter registration deadline for the June 5 Primary Election.

Agriculture

SDDA Offers Weed-Free Forage Certification
Hay producers can add value to their product by having it certified noxious weed-free forage through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Education

Make spring flowers at Family Fun Saturday May 19 at Cultural Heritage Center
Spring has finally arrived and the Pasque flowers, tulips and daffodils are beginning to show up. Visitors of all ages are invited to create spring flowers of their own at Family Fun Saturday on May 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Sandy Shore Recreation Area Installs Lakefront Cabins
Sandy Shore Recreation Area near Watertown recently installed two new lakefront cabins on the west end of the park.

Public Safety

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – One person died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Tyndall.

Name Released In Custer County Fatal Motorcycle Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A 63-year-old Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a motorcycle crash west of Custer.

Board of Regents

USD Students Recognized for Organizational Success
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from the University of South Dakota for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Graduating Student Regent Honored for Service
Conrad Adam, a student regent on the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2016, was recognized Thursday for his leadership and vision, as he ends his board service and begins a career in financial services.


Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has confirmed that an infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in northern Sioux Falls.

Education

‘70s Celebration! event May 12 at Cultural Heritage Center includes disco dance
The ‘70s Celebration! event on Saturday, May 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre just got a little bit more far out! A dance contest has been added to the festivities starting at 7:30 p.m. CDT.

Public Safety

Name Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – An 18-year-old Rapid City male has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Edgemont.

Board of Regents

Dakota State Offers Cyber Leadership Degree, New Specializations
A new degree program that would attract, after it is fully implemented, more than 100 students to Dakota State University to study cyber leadership will be available starting this fall.

Regents Approve New System Math Pathway Model
In an effort to improve student retention and graduation rates, a new instructional model for mathematics has been approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Regents Increase Efficiencies through Academic Program Review
In accordance to a program productivity review process that occurs every two years, the South Dakota Board of Regents made the decision to terminate 17 programs across the system due to low enrollment.

Universities Add New Minors in Chinese and Russian Studies Offer New Certificates and Specializations to Meet Workforce Trends
New minors to help graduates navigate language and cultural understanding in China and Russia were approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents. These programs were part of several academic requests from public universities aimed at meeting emerging employment trends across South Dakota.


Agriculture

#EveryFieldEveryTime
Technology is changing the way farmers manage their operations. This is particularly apparent to anyone who’s stuck their head inside a tractor lately. Cabs are now filled with wires, monitors, and buttons. This equipment gives us the ability to evaluate the soil, pick the precise place a seed should be planted, gauge exactly how much fertilizer the plant needs and so much more.

Education

Board holds first reading of proposal to update graduation requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held a first reading of proposed changes to state graduation requirements at its meeting today.

Game, Fish and Parks

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.

Reminder that Muskellunge are Catch and Release in South Dakota
As of April 30, the harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies has changed from a statewide 40 inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish to catch and release only statewide.


Agriculture

Governor’s Agricultural Summit Registration Open
Pre-registration is open for the ninth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 11 and 12 in Rapid City.

Education

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota. As part of this special week, the South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce South Dakota’s 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes CWD Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park
proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require successful Custer State Park (CSP) deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

GFP Commission Proposes to Eliminate Group Size Hunting Restrictions, Elimination of Preference Point Timeframe Rule
South Dakota pheasant hunters would no longer be restricted to hunting with 20 people or less if a proposal from the state’s Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is passed in June.

GFP Commission Proposes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase or contract to purchase fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposal Establishes Apprentice Deer License
In an effort to recruit new and reactivate former deer hunters, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish an apprentice hunter deer season.

GFP Commission Proposes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase or contract to purchase fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

GFP Commission Reviews Archery Season Dates
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission is currently reviewing the season start date of the archery deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposal Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to remove the minimum age restriction for mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons, currently set at age 10.

GFP Commission Proposed to Allow Armed Accompaniment
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow archers to carry firearms with them while bow hunting, provided they have a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the archery license.

GFP Commission to Allow Muzzleloader Handguns for Big Game Hunting
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow for the use of muzzleloader handguns for big game hunting.

GFP Commission Finalizes Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth Deer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the archery, muzzleloader and youth deer hunting seasons at their May meeting in Custer State Park.

2018 West River Deer Season Set and Depredation Permits
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 West River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 10-25.

2018 East River Deer Hunting Season Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 East River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 17-Dec. 2.

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Motorcycle Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A 63-year-old man died Monday in a motorcycle crash west of Custer.

Transportation

Highway 34 Mill and Overlay Project Progressing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says asphalt paving operations on Highway 34 from the Belle Fourche River bridge west to the Highway 34/79 junction will begin on Tuesday, May 8.


Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – One person died and four others were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning east of Edgemont.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Appreciation For My Co-Workers
Aaron Scheibe has been instrumental in getting companies like Agropur and Terex to invest millions of dollars in South Dakota’s economy, and he played a key role in the development of Foundation Park, the state’s first mega industrial site.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitor's Bureau Annual Luncheon at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Transportation

Centerline Rumble Stripe Work to Begin in Rapid City Region
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline rumble stripes will be applied to three highways in the Rapid City region of the state beginning Friday, May 11, and may include work taking place on Saturdays.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin Near Fort Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on an asphalt resurfacing project on Highway 14 near Fort Pierre on Monday, May 14.

Board of Regents

New Agreement Increases Access to Digital Collections at South Dakota Universities
The Digital Library of South Dakota has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America to bring more than 50,000 items held by South Dakota universities to national audiences. As a result, specialized collections, including the papers of political leaders Tom Daschle, Karl Mundt, and George McGovern and oral histories of National Guard soldiers dating back to the 1800s, will be more accessible to the general public.


Agriculture

May is Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 2018 as Wildfire Awareness Month in the State of South Dakota. South Dakota has joined ten other western states in a separate multi-state proclamation.

Tourism

South Dakota Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is aligning with the U.S. Travel Association, South Dakota communities, chambers of commerce and convention and visitors bureaus to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, May 6-12.

Transportation

Updated: ADA Curb Ramp Upgrades In Faith
Officials say crews will begin work on ADA curb ramp upgrades on highways 212 and 73 in Faith starting on Monday, May 14.

Revenue

Applications for sales or property tax refund program now available
Qualifying South Dakotans have until July 1 to apply for the Sales or Property Tax Refund for Senior Citizens and Citizens with Disabilities program.


Agriculture

Helicopter Exercise in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake
The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake on Friday, May 4.

Education

New Edition of Badger Clark’s Most Popular Volume Published
The latest edition of cowboy poet Badger Clark’s most popular volume has just been published by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.

Game, Fish and Parks

Oahe Marina will not Open in 2018
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), along with Oahe Tailrace, LLC, operator of Oahe Marina and Resort, announce that the Oahe Marina will not be open in 2018.


Education

Gov. Daugaard proclaims May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 4
May 4 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals.

Human Services

Older Americans Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May Older Americans Month (OAM) in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Law Compliance Posters Available
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has labor law compliance posters available at no charge from any job service office.

Public Safety

DPS Announces May Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – May is a busy month for sobriety checkpoints as the South Dakota Department of Public Safety has scheduled 28 checkpoints in 23 counties.

Tribal Relations

State Officials, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to Discuss Public Safety
State officials will meet with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to discuss public safety on the Lake Traverse Reservation and surrounding area on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. CDT at the tribal headquarters in Agency Village, S.D.

Board of Regents

Sheila Gestring Named to Lead University of South Dakota as President
Sheila Gestring, vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the University of South Dakota, will lead that institution forward as USD’s 18th president, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Tuesday.

Veterans Affairs

National Military Appreciation Month
At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the South Dakota Department of the Military, 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, those now serving, as well as their families.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Sean McPherson
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, May 4, to honor the life of state Rep. Sean McPherson, of Rapid City, on the day of his funeral.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State Reminds Voters Not to Publicize Marked Ballots
PIERRE, SD – With absentee voting underway and voters heading to the polls on Primary Election day, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is issuing a reminder to South Dakota voters not to publicize an official, marked ballot.

Agriculture

Kadoka Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Jai Shawn Quick Bear, a fifth grade student at Kadoka Elementary School, is the winner of the 2018 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest. Jai Shawn’s poster was chosen out of 725 entries from fifth graders all over the state.

Transportation

Wilmot Rest Area Closed For Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 29 Wilmot rest area at Wilmot Exit 213 for the reconstruction of the rest area and the addition of a new tourism welcome center.

Spring Load Restriction #12
Effective at 8 a.m. CDT, May 01, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Limit Release #11
Effective at 10 a.m. CDT, May 01, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Limit Release #10
Effective at Noon CDT, April 30, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Work at Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard
On Sunday, May 6, the intersection of Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard will become a four-way stop from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Spring Load Restriction Release #9
Effective at 9 a.m. MDT, April 30, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Restriction Release #8
Effective at Noon CDT, April 30, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Over-Width Planters and Fertilizer Application Vehicles Allowed Extended Travel Time
Due to cold weather that has caused a delayed planting season, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Order to allow over-width planting, fertilizer and agricultural chemical application vehicles to travel during nighttime hours in South Dakota.

First Lady's Column: A Summer Reading Challenge
Now that it is starting to feel a little more like spring, students are looking forward to summer. The family vacations, camping trips, picnics and baseball games will soon begin and our children will get a well-deserved break from their studies.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be in Volga on Tuesday, May 1, attending a ceremonial groundbreaking at Prairie AquaTech at 2 p.m. CDT.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Statement on the Passing of Rep. McPherson
Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement on the passing of State Rep. Sean McPherson of Rapid City.

Agriculture

2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Larissa Stahl of Tabor, Sophie Dowling of Murdo and Connor Torkelson of Wanblee have been selected as the winning essayists in the 2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on sod houses
Sod houses will be the topic at a May 8 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Human Services

2018 Governor’s Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards.

Social Services

The Department of Social Services Hires Human Services Center Administrator
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has named Ken Cole as the Human Services Center (HSC) hospital administrator.

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.

Homestead Rest Area Closed For Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 29 Homestead rest area near Vermillion Exit 26 for the reconstruction of the rest area and welcome center.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Veterans Bonus
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs administers a bonus program for those who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months prior to their active duty service and who meet other qualifications


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State Krebs Furthers Transparency Initiative
Since taking office in 2015, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has been committed to improving records transparency and management.

Education

South Dakota State Historical Society participates in May Day activities
Every year on May 1 – May Day – the South Dakota State Historical Society encourages historical societies, archives, museums and libraries to spend some time preparing their organization in the event of a disaster.

“Building South Dakota” exhibit to close at Cultural Heritage Center on April 29
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre have just a few more days to visit the “Building South Dakota” exhibition featuring the built environment on South Dakota landscapes. The exhibition in the museum’s Observation Gallery runs through Sunday, April 29.

Game, Fish and Parks

Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2018 GFP-NASP 3D Tournament
Young people from across South Dakota will show off their skills at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State 3D Tournament May 4 and 5.

Public Safety

Clay County Fatal Crash
VOLIN, S.D. – A 27-year-old Yankton, S.D., man has died from injuries sustained in an April 8, 2018 crash near Volin.

Social Services

Funding Available to Support Training and Continuing Education Regarding Opioid Addiction in South Dakota
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will be providing grant funds to support South Dakota organizations and agencies seeking to deliver continuing education or training to professionals in combatting the opioid epidemic.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Highway 37 North of Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin reconstruction work on Highway 37 north of Mitchell from National Guard Road to one-quarter mile south of the Davison/Sanborn County Line on Monday, April 30.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota No Longer Last In Average Teacher Pay
For the first time since 1985, South Dakota’s average teacher salaries in the 2016-17 school year were no longer the lowest in the nation.

SD Participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program
South Dakotans will have the chance to throw out unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 28, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

Agriculture

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Park prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 24. Mop up and monitoring will continue the following days.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Receives Final Approval from EPA for Water Quality Report
DENR has received final approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2018 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment.

Transportation

Spring load Restriction Release #7
Effective at 9 a.m. MDT, April 24, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Highway 18 Reconstruction Begins Near Mission
Work began Monday, April 23, on the reconstruction of Highway 18 from the Highway 83 junction east 1,000 feet and on Highway 83 for about one mile south of the same junction near Mission.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Costello and Judson To Economic Development Board
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Pat Costello and Matt Judson to serve on the Board of Economic Development. Costello, vice president of Schoeneman’s in Sioux Falls, and Judson, president of First National Bank in Pierre, replace Greg Heineman and Tony Klein.

Gov. Daugaard Touts Early Results of New Grants for Grads Housing Program
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard today released early results of the recently launched South Dakota Housing Development Authority Grants for Grads program, which aims to assist recent graduates in purchasing their first home in South Dakota.

Agriculture

SDDA Classifies Dicamba Products as Restricted Use Pesticides
As of April 30, 2018, all pesticide products containing only dicamba, and having agricultural use labels, sold in South Dakota are classified as restricted use pesticides (RUPs).

Health

CDC Names Mitchell Doctor Childhood Immunization Champion
Dr. Christine Arnold, a pediatrician at Sanford Health in Mitchell, has been named a Childhood Immunization Champion by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to promote immunization among children in their communities.

Public Safety

South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed This Friday and Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – All South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed for two days later this week for annual employee training.

Social Services

South Dakota Department of Social Services Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Combat SNAP Fraud
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) recently launched a public awareness campaign, “It’s FOOD or it’s FRAUD” to explain the purpose of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the appropriate use of program benefits.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Celebrating South Dakota’s Conservationists
In South Dakota, we are fortunate to live on a landscape managed by dedicated farming and ranching families. For generations, they’ve known that their livelihoods depend on being good stewards of soil, water, livestock and wildlife.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2018 Associated School Board’s Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon at the Ramkota in Pierre.

Education

‘70s Celebration! Event at Cultural Heritage Center on May 12
It is time to dust off your mood ring, put on your smiley face and dig that lime green leisure suit out of your closet for the next big event at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre! The ‘70s Celebration! will be held from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. CDT on Saturday, May 12.

State Historical Society archaeology camp registration opens May 1
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 2018-2019 school year.

Public Safety

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 23-27
PIERRE, S.D. – State officials say it is time to start preparing for the inevitable severe weather that will happen this summer.

Transportation

Lane Shift on I-229 Begins Monday
On Monday, April 23, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the bridge curb on the 10th Street overpass over Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.

Highway 18 Reconstruction to Begin
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the reconstruction of Highway 18 between highways 81 and 19 in the southeast part of the state will begin on April 24, 2018.

Board of Regents

Four Finalists Named for USD Presidency
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today four candidates who are finalists to become the next president at the University of South Dakota.


Education

South Dakota Historical Society Foundation to host author signing party in Rapid City
It’s a party in Rapid City with authors, refreshments and the opportunity to meet people interested in South Dakota’s history. The social and author signing party will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MDT on Thursday, April 26, at Arrowhead Country Club.

State Historical Society presenting highest honor to late Patricia Adam of Pierre
The South Dakota State Historical Society will be honoring the late Patricia Adam of Pierre with its highest honor on Saturday, April 28, during the annual state history conference in Rapid City.

Human Services

State’s SBVI Division Holding Public Forum
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will be holding a public forum on April 27.

Transportation

Exit 1 Bridge Repair Work on Interstate 29
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on Interstate 29 at Exit 1 in North Sioux City will begin the week of April 30, 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Declares Day of Remembrance for Anniversary of State Plane Crash
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared tomorrow as a day of remembrance to memorialize Gov. George S. Mickelson and the seven other individuals who lost their lives in a state plane crash 25 years ago.

Gov. Daugaard Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Barbara Bush
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff, effective immediately, to honor the life of First Lady Barbara Bush who passed away on Tuesday, April 17.

Game, Fish and Parks

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jon Locken to GFP Commission
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Jon Locken of rural Bath to serve on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission.

Revenue

Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe license plates available May 1
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will begin offering Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe specialty license plates May 1.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Crews Tagging Walleyes in Western Reservoirs
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), in conjunction with South Dakota State University, is tagging walleyes in Angostura, Belle Fourche and Shadehill reservoirs this April.

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

Tourism

MANY SOUTH DAKOTA COUNTIES EXPERIENCE VISITOR SPENDING GROWTH IN 2017
In 2017, visitor spending in South Dakota reached $3.85 billion, resulting in $2.59 billion in GDP and more than $290 million in state and local tax revenue. It was the eighth straight year of record growth in the state. A recent analysis shows that more than half of the counties in South Dakota saw an increase in visitor spending over 2016.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Absentee Voting begins April 20th for South Dakota Primary Election
Absentee voting will begin for registered voters in South Dakota on Friday, April 20th, 46 days prior to the primary election to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Medical Marijuana Ballot Question Petition Rejected by Secretary of State
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use was rejected by her office.

Agriculture

Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash Joins State Fair Grandstand Lineup
The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash is the latest addition to the SD State Fair grandstand lineup.

Public Safety

Proclamation, Crashed Vehicles Reminders To Be Safe Drivers
PIERRE, S.D. – A Governor’s Proclamation and crashed vehicles staged at two major South Dakota shopping malls are part of the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety’s latest effort to encourage motorists of all ages to be safe drivers.

Social Services

Awareness Campaign Aimed at Reducing Youth Suicide in South Dakota is launched
The South Dakota Department of Social Services has developed a suicide awareness and prevention campaign, BeThe1SD, to help decrease the number of suicides in South Dakota.

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosting tax seminars in Yankton
PIERRE, S.D. —The South Dakota Department of Revenue will offer a pair of popular tax seminars in Yankton on April 24.

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April proclaimed as Safe Digging Month
Spring ushers in sunshine, longer days and more time spent outdoors.


Transportation

Officials Opening I-90 From Mitchell to Sioux Falls and I-29 Watertown to Sioux Falls at 9 a.m. CDT
Officials are opening I-90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls and I-29 from Watertown to Sioux Falls at 9 a.m. CDT. I-90 from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota border will reopen at 10 a.m. CDT.

Officials Opening I-90 From Chamberlain to Mitchell at 8 a.m. CDT
Officials are opening I-90 from Chamberlain to Mitchell at 8 a.m.


Transportation

Officials Keeping Currently Closed Portions of I-90 and I-29 Closed Overnight
Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say Interstate 90 will remain closed from Chamberlain to the Minnesota border and I-29 will remain closed from Watertown to Sioux Falls until Sunday, April 15.

Officials Opening Two Sections of Interstate
Officials have opened Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain and say Interstate 29 from Summit to Watertown will open at 3 p.m. CDT.

I-90 Opening From Wall to Vivian and I-90 Closed from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota Border
Officials are opening Interstate 90 from Wall to Vivian at 11 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. MDT). Officials have also closed I-90 from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota border.

I-29 Opening from the North Dakota Border to Summit
Officials are opening Interstate 29 from the North Dakota border to Summit at 7:45 a.m. (CDT).

I-90 Opening from Rapid City to Wall – Local Traffic Only
Officials are opening Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Wall to local traffic only at 6 a.m. MDT (7 a.m. CDT).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Legacy That Still Inspires
This coming week will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Gov. George S. Mickelson. On April 19, 1993, Governor Mickelson was returning from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had been meeting with the owners of the John Morrell packing plant in Sioux Falls. The plane crashed near Dubuque, Iowa.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at Terex Utilities new facility ground breaking ceremony that is being held at 15th Avenue SE in Watertown.

Transportation

Additional Sections of I-90 and I-29 Closing at 9 p.m.
Officials are closing Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls and Interstate 29 from Brookings to Sioux Falls at 9 p.m. CDT.

I-29 Closing From the North Dakota Border to Brookings at 4 pm CDT
Officials are closing Interstate 29 from the North Dakota border to Brookings at 4 p.m. CDT.

I-90 Closing from Murdo to Mitchell at 2:30 pm CDT
Officials are closing Interstate 90 from Murdo to Mitchell at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

I-90 Closing from Rapid City to Murdo at 6 am MDT
Officials are closing Interstate 90 from Rapid City to Murdo, both east and westbound, effective at 6 a.m. MDT (7 a.m. CDT).


Agriculture

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2018 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Public Safety

Governor Closes State Government Offices in 32 Counties Due to Blizzard
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered the closure of state government offices in 32 counties for Friday because of the approaching blizzard.

Transportation

Winter Storm Likely To Disrupt Weekend Travel
A major winter storm is forecast to bring heavy snow and strong winds across much of South Dakota that will hamper weekend travel from Thursday evening to Sunday.

Work to Begin on Highways 12/73 Near Lemmon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction work on highways 12 and 73 near Lemmon will begin Monday, April 23, weather permitting.

Truck Parking Areas on I-29 Closing for Reconstruction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct the parking areas located on Interstate 29 between Brookings and Watertown will begin Monday, April 16.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Announces Economic Development Awards at 2018 Annual Conference
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) hosted its annual conference in Sioux Falls yesterday and today, closing the two-day event with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s reception and economic development awards banquet.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Ballot Question Petition Validated for 2018 General Election Ballot
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure to establish a cap on the price a State agency may pay for a prescription drug was validated and filed by her office.

Agriculture

Supporting our Rural Communities
If you’ve spent much time in South Dakota, you understand the important partnership between agriculture and rural communities.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Graduation Moved to Thursday
PIERRE, S.D. – Friday’s scheduled South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper graduation has been moved to Thursday (tomorrow, April 12) afternoon in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

Name Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A 36-year-old woman from Chancellor, S.D. has been identified as the person wo died Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Marion.

Transportation

471st Avenue Closing North of Highway 48
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say 471st Avenue (Union County Highway 1C), located four miles north of Highway 48, will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, April 23, 2018.

Board of Regents

Regents’ Executive Director Announces Plans
Michael G. Rush, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2015, announced today his resignation effective May 29, 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Jim Endres
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Thursday, April 12, to honor the life of former state Rep. James Endres.

Sen. Netherton Resigns, Governor Invites Public Input
State Sen. Jenna Netherton has resigned her seat in the South Dakota State Senate. Netherton, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the Senate since 2015, and previously served in the House of Representatives from 2011-14.

Education

State History Conference coming up April 27-28 in Rapid City
The 2018 South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference will be held April 27–28 at the Ramkota Best Western Hotel in Rapid City.

South Dakota NAEP scores hold steady
South Dakota’s math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress remain at or above the national average.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader, Archery and Youth Deer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed that the muzzleloader deer hunting season run from Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019, for both any deer and antlerless whitetail deer licenses.

2018 and 2019 Elk Hunting Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 222 licenses for the 2018 and 2019 archery elk hunting seasons.

West River Deer Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to reinstate days in which only antlerless licenses are valid for the West River season for 2018.

East River Deer Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed that the 2018 East River deer hunting season would have 175 less licenses available.

2018-2020 Small Game Seasons Announced
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed no changes to the following small game hunting seasons: grouse, quail, Sandhill crane, snipe, partridge, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, mourning dove and crow.

2018-2020 Pheasant Hunting Seasons Announced
The South Dakota pheasant hunting seasons have been set for the next three years.

Health

Grants Open For Mosquito Control Programs
Cities, counties and tribes can again apply for state grant funding to help control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV).

Public Safety

Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning west of Presho.

Transportation

Burr Street Phase 2 to Begin in Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the city of Mitchell are scheduled to begin reconstruction work on Burr Street from Interstate 90 to the two-lane section south of Walmart in Mitchell on Wednesday, April 11.


Education

State Historical Society makes more issues of historic newspapers available online
Four new related newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Game, Fish and Parks

East Shore Lakeside Use Area Closed for Road Repairs
Contractors have begun road work on the access road to East Shore Lakeside Use Area in Hughes County.

Public Safety

Names Released in Hand County Fatal Crash
MILLER, S.D. – An 80-year-old Miller man has been identified as the person who died in a vehicle-pedestrian collision Thursday afternoon in Miller.

Social Services

April 8 – 14 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by raising awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights, and introducing the community to the important resources and services available.


Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A 36-year-old woman died Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Marion.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Continuing The Courtesy Patrol's Legacy
Eighty-three years ago, Gov. Tom Berry appointed South Dakota’s first patrolmen to enforce traffic laws and provide assistance to the public.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will introduce European Union Ambassador David O’Sullivan at the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at the Holiday Inn City Centre.

Education

Make April showers mobiles at Family Fun Saturday April 21 at Cultural Heritage Center
Celebrate the end of the snowy season and the beginning of spring at Family Fun Saturday on April 21 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Graduation Friday, April 13
PIERRE, S.D. – Twelve new recruits officially join South Dakota’s Highway Patrol at a graduation ceremony set for 10 a.m., Friday, April 13, in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

Hand County Fatal Crash
MILLER, S.D. – One person died Thursday afternoon in a vehicle- pedestrian collision in Miller.

Transportation

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13
National Work Zone Awareness Week for 2018 is April 9-13, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state transportation departments across the country to remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.

Bridge Painting work to Begin on I-90
Bridge painting work on the Interstate 90 bridges over I-29 at the I-29/I-90 interchange is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 10.


Education

South Dakota celebrating National Library Week April 8-14
April 8-14 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the ways libraries lead their communities through services, programs and expertise.

Public Safety

Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – One person died and two others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning west of Presho.

Transportation

Highway 212 Construction in Belle Fourche
Work will begin the week of April 9 on an eight-mile project on Highway 212 in Belle Fourche.

Board of Regents

Higher Education Leaders Pursue 65 Percent Goal
Leaders of public, private, and tribal colleges and universities, technical institutes, and state education and labor agencies will meet Tuesday in Oacoma to discuss strategies to advance South Dakota’s educational attainment.

Veterans Affairs

Working Together, South Dakota May Gain a State Veterans Cemetery
The 2018 Legislative Session is one that will go down in history. Veterans Service Organizations, legislators, Sioux Falls community leaders, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA), and the Governor came together to secure passage of legislation to authorize SDDVA to establish and maintain a state veteran’s cemetery in Sioux Falls. A dignified final-resting place to honor veterans and eligible dependents which will express the State’s gratitude for their service to this country.


Agriculture

Wildland Fire Academy - A Successful Event
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, in conjunction with the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands, and the Bureau of Land Management hosted a Wildland Fire Academy March 22-25, 2018 in Ft. Pierre, SD.

Game, Fish and Parks

Black Hills Mountain Lion Hunting Season Ends
The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season officially closed on March 31, 2018.

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

Labor and Regulation

Employer Webinar on Registered Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Wednesday, April 11, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Hill City woman has been identified as the person who died early Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover near Hill City.

Social Services

Rapid City Department of Social Services Hosts Art Exhibit for Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City is hosting a special art exhibit in partnership with the Rapid City Arts council at the Dahl Arts Center.

Transportation

Culvert Repair Work On Highways 212 and 85
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin culvert repair work on highways in the western part of the state on Monday, April 16.

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosting home/vacation rental seminar
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host a new home/vacation seminar in Rapid City on April 17.


Public Safety

Names Released in Bennett County Fatal Crash
LONG VALLEY, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning south of Long Valley.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A 48-year-old female died early Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover near Hill City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Expecting Another Busy Year For South Dakota's Parks
It is officially spring and summer is around the corner. Now is a good time to plan a summer trip to one of our state parks. If not a week-long vacation, consider at least a weekend or weeknight stay.

Lost Documents Raise Dakota Statehood Questions
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the authentication of historical documents proving North Dakota and South Dakota are actually one state. Overlooked addendums to the statehood proclamations of both states indicate the existence of a single state, “Dakota.”

Zolnowsky, Commissioner of Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, to Retire
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that David Zolnowsky, Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), will retire at the end of this month.

News Tips
The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 65th Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter. Children up to age 12 are invited to participate in the Easter egg hunt.

Education

Four more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Four more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Human Services

Gov. Daugaard Presented 2018 Leadership for All Award
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has been presented the 2018 Leadership for All award by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

Public Safety

Bennett County Fatal Crash
LONG VALLEY, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday morning south of Long Valley.

Transportation

Wasta Rest Areas Opening – Remodeling Complete
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has completed work on the Wasta Rest Area and will be opening both the east and westbound rest area buildings and parking areas on Tuesday, April 3.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State’s Office to Conduct Primary Election Ballot Order Drawing
Deputy Secretary of State of Election Services Kea Warne will be conducting the ballot order drawing for the 2018 Primary election ballot on Monday, April 2 at 10 AM central time. The drawing for the statewide and legislative candidate’s ballot order will take place in the Secretary of State’s office in the Capitol at 500 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 204, Pierre, SD 57501.

Secretary of State Seeking Constitutional Amendment Y Opponent Statement
The South Dakota Secretary of State is seeking an opponent statement for Constitutional Amendment Y, an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution revising certain provisions relating to the rights of crime victims, to include in the ballot question information pamphlet for the Primary election.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Release #6
Effective at 3 p.m. CDT, March 30, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 17 Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling $8 million at their monthly meeting today (March 29) in Pierre.

Board of Regents

Active Duty Military Taking Distance Courses Qualify for Reduced Rate
Active duty service members enrolled in distance courses offered by all six public universities in South Dakota will soon qualify for a reduced tuition rate. As approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the new rate is effective beginning in the summer 2018 term.

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


Transportation

Work To Begin at West Chicago Street and Sturgis Road
On Monday, April 2, work will begin on the reconstruction of West Chicago Street from Sturgis Road to Sheffer Street in Rapid City.

Exit 14 – I-90 Lane Closures
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says lane closures will be set up on I-90 starting on Monday, April 2, at Exit 14 in Spearfish to complete work on the project.

I-90 Turning Lane Modification Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to modify the turning lane on Interstate 90, Exit 67 in Rapid City will begin Monday, April 2.

Board of Regents

Regents Approve Tuition & Fee Rates for 2018-19
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $256.13 per year, or 3.0 percent.

New Graduate Programs Approved at USD
The first doctoral program in sustainability in this region has been approved at the University of South Dakota. The South Dakota Board of Regents this week granted USD’s request to offer both the master of science degree and the Ph.D. degree in sustainability.

Northern State to Offer New Degrees and Certificates
Northern State University has received the go-ahead to offer new degree programs in criminal justice and art, building on related academic programs already offered at the Aberdeen campus.

New Academic Programming Approved for SDSU
A new specialization in a master’s degree program and four new minors were approved this week for delivery at South Dakota State University.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Deadlines for Filing Candidate Nominating Petitions
Today is the deadline for partisan candidates to file nominating petitions for the June 5, 2018 Primary election.

Education

Tech institute tuition and state fees set for 2018-19
The South Dakota Board of Technical Education approved 2018-19 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes at its meeting today.

Sports broadcaster to share ‘Legendary Sport Stories’ at Cultural Heritage Center
The man behind one of the most familiar voices in South Dakota sports broadcasting will be at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on April 10.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $38.96 Million for Water Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $38.96 million for water and wastewater projects when the board met today in Pierre.

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.

South Dakota Snowmobile Season Ends Saturday
March 31 marks the official end of snowmobile season in South Dakota.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 81 Intersection Construction To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is set to begin Monday, April 16, to reconstruct Highway 81 at the intersection of 20th Avenue South.

Highway 16 and Catron Blvd Intersection Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is scheduled to begin Monday, April 9, at the intersection of Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard in Rapid City.

Highway 14A Slope Stabilization Work to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says slope stabilization work is scheduled to begin Monday, April 30, on Highway 14A just east of Deadwood.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 65th Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced for April
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has scheduled 21 sobriety checkpoints statewide during April.

Revenue

Department of Revenue unveils new MySDCars account setup
The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s online motor vehicle customer portal, MySDCars, now features an improved, user-friendly login process.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Veterans Cemetery Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 91 to establish a new state veterans cemetery in East River South Dakota.

Governor's Column: A Challenge To The SD Ag Foundation
This past week, on Tuesday, March 20, we celebrated National Ag Day. It was a day proclaimed by the President to recognize the “preeminent role that agriculture plays in our daily lives” and “agriculture’s continuing importance to rural America and our country’s economy.”

Gov. Daugaard Signs Last Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the remaining bills from the 2018 Legislative Session into law. Senate Bill 166 was the final bill signed by Daugaard, and is anticipated to be the last bill he will sign as governor.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1268
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1268, an Act to provide for revised dates to prefile legislation.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 94
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 94, an Act to establish certain provisions regarding the opportunity scholarship program.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1188
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1188, an Act to establish certain provisions regarding postsecondary tuition assistance programs.

Gov. Daugaard Issues Style and Form Vetoes
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued style and form vetoes for the following bills for SB 76 and SB 90.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Teen Mock Legislative Session for Middle and High Schoolers on the fourth floor of the State Capitol Building.

Education

State Historical Society holding preservation essay contest
The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is holding an essay contest.

Transportation

SDDOT to Install All-Way Stop Sign in Langford
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is converting the intersection of Highway 27 and Main Street in Langford to an all-way stop control.

Veterans Affairs

Governor Daugaard Proclaims Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, March 30, 2018, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Precision Ag Construction Legislation, Also Signs Other Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed two bills authorizing and funding a precision ag facility at South Dakota State University. The legislation supports the nation’s first four-year degree in precision agriculture at SDSU.

Governor Signs Micro-Brewing Legislation, Additional Alcohol Bills
Today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 173, which removes barriers for microbreweries by increasing the production limit to 30,000 barrels of beer per year and allowing microbreweries to self-distribute their product.

Game, Fish and Parks

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $1.8 Million to Support Custer State Park Fire Rehabilitation Project
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a $1.8 million grant to Custer State Park to aid rehabilitation efforts following last December’s Legion Lake Fire.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bills, Building South Dakota Legislation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the budget bills, which revise the budget for Fiscal Year 2018, set the budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and provide ongoing increases for state employees, education, and Medicaid providers.

Governor Signs Additional Bills
In addition to the budget bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Reminds Individuals that Gray Wolves Remain Protected in South Dakota
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind individuals that gray wolves remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act across the entire state.

Labor and Regulation

Cosmetology Inspection Scam Underway in South Dakota
Salons have received phone calls requesting credit card information to continue with the yearly inspection process.

Transportation

Highway 115 and 4th Street Reconstruction in Dell Rapids
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and T&R Construction will hold a public open house meeting to provide information regarding this year’s reconstruction project on Highway 115 and 4th Street in Dell Rapids.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

SD Ag Foundation Accepts $4 Million Challenge
On National Ag Day, the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation accepted a five-year challenge to raise four million dollars for future support of South Dakota’s agriculture industry.

Health

SD Cancer Coalition Recognizes Efforts to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
A South Dakota physician and a health care facility are being recognized for their efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening as part of a national effort to screen 80 percent of the eligible population by 2018.

Human Services

BVR, BSBVI and SILC Board/Council Nominations Being Accepted
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BSBVI) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) are now accepting nominations for vacant board/council positions.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Release #5
Effective at 10 a.m. CDT, March 19, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Exit 14 – I90 – Resuming Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work has resumed at Exit 14 on Interstate 90 in Spearfish.

Revenue

April 1 deadline for Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1, 2018 to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program.