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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Invites Communities to Celebrate 125 Years of Statehood
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting communities to plan events to commemorate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood this year.

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 61st Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

U.S. Senate Candidate Nomination Petition Challenge Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the lawsuit challenging the Secretary of State’s certification of the nominating petition filed by U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth has been dismissed based upon lack of timeliness.

Agriculture

Speech Contest Winners Announced
PIERRE, S.D.-The 53rd annual State Finals of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Resource Conservation Speech Contest were held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Major Gift Donor Announced for New State Fair Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that Earl Nordby from Huron has given a gift of $1 million to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Human Services

State Studies Services, Insurance Coverage for Treatment of Children with Autism
PIERRE, S.D. – A study of services and insurance coverage for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children is under way in South Dakota.

Tourism

Author Finds History Along U.S. Highway 83
Author Stew Magnuson will be signing copies of “The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas” at the Heritage Store, located on the first floor of the state Capitol, from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 24.

Transportation

Highway 385 Heartland Expressway Project Continues
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the final segment of the Heartland Expressway on Highway 385 is under construction between Oelrichs and the Nebraska state line.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Press Conference- 1971 Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller Missing Persons’ Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges, Union County States Attorney Jerry Miller and Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe will conduct a press conference on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to discuss the results of the forensic testing of the skeletal remains, the discovered vehicle and its contents, and the case status.

Agriculture

Littau Named Ag Development Representative
PIERRE, S.D.-Ty Littau has been hired as the new Agricultural Development Representative for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Transportation

Construction on Highways 251 and 47 Near Gregory
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists a 27-mile construction project on Highways 251 and 47 from the South Dakota/Nebraska border, through Gregory, to Highway 44 is set to begin soon.

Work to Begin on Highway 37 North of Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says rehabilitation work on two bridges located about one mile north of Mitchell on Highway 37 will begin on Thursday, April 17.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Parker, S.D. teen died Saturday in a one vehicle crash approximately 10 miles west of Sioux Falls on S.D. Highway 42.

Moody County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D. woman died Saturday in a two vehicle crash on Interstate 29, 12 miles south of Brookings.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the South Dakota Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference in Pierre.

Governor's Column: Considering A Future In South Dakota
The recession brought tougher times for young adults across the nation.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Gann Valley Women Convicted by Jury for First Degree Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault in Death of Toddler
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced today that a Brule County jury returned a verdict finding Donika Gonzales, 23, Gann Valley, guilty of first degree manslaughter, class C felony, up to life imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine, and aggravated assault, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and/or $30,000 fine.

Public Safety

South Dakota Highway Patrol Graduates Eight New Troopers
PIERRE, S.D. – After more than eight months of training, eight recruits officially joined the ranks of the South Dakota Highway Patrol during a graduation ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday.

A Statement from Col. Craig Price on the Sentencing in the Rachel Coleman Case
Editors/News Directors: A statement from Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, on the sentencing in the Rachel Coleman case:

Transportation

Construction To Begin At 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The City of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will begin reconstruction of the intersection of 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue on Monday, April 14.

Construction On Highway 15 Through Clear Lake
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 15 in Deuel County through Clear Lake will begin on Monday, April 21.

Bridge Replacement On Bon Homme County Highway 2
Work to replace a bridge on Highway 2 in Bon Homme County is scheduled to begin Monday, April 21, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.


Agriculture

2014 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
PIERRE, S.D.- Garrett Mitzel of Tyndall, Brandon Bosworth of Plankinton and Danika Gordon of Whitewood are the winning essayists selected from the 1,399 entries in the 2014 Arbor Day Essay Contest.

Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Elk Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2014 elk hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Waterfowl and Mourning Dove Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized several waterfowl hunting seasons at their April meeting in Oacoma.

Military

SD National Guard Soldiers Train in Africa
Five South Dakota Army National Guard members participated in a multinational exercise in Cameroon, Africa, last month to train and build relationships with U.S. military forces and African partner nations.

Transportation

Russell Street Traffic Change
The South Dakota Department of Transportation in conjunction with the City of Sioux Falls will begin reconstruction of the eastbound lanes of Russell Street from Westport Avenue to Minnesota Avenue on Monday, April 14.

Construction To Begin On I-29 At The Madison Street Interchange
Starting Tuesday, April 15, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin structure repair work on the Interstate 29 interchange over Madison Street in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summits Announced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six Workforce Summits across South Dakota.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Request to United States Supreme Court in Support of Veteran’s Memorial
South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined with 18 other State Attorneys General as amicus curiae, or friend of the court, requesting that the United States Supreme Court determine that the use of a cross to memorialize veterans does not violate the First Amendment. “One of my primary responsibilities as Attorney General is to protect state and individual rights.

Game, Fish and Parks

First Buffalo Calf of the Season Spotted at Custer State Park
The first buffalo calf of the spring, a bull calf, in Custer State Park was spotted on Tuesday, April 8.

Tourism

South Dakota State Historical Society Releases New Bilingual Lakota Tale
Award-winning illustrator Donald F. Montileaux has put another ancient Lakota tale to paper. “Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend” features a Lakota translation by Agnes Gay and is the newest children’s book from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Transportation

Highway 18 Bridge Work Near Maverick Junction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will continue work on the eastbound bridge on Highway 18 near Maverick Junction beginning on Monday, April 14.

Board of Regents

Universities and K-12 Schools Partner to Improve Math and Science
Five projects involving public universities and K-12 schools will receive nearly $270,000 in federal grant funding to improve science and mathematics instruction in middle and high schools.

Veterans Affairs

Governor Daugaard to Kick off Purple Up for Military Kids
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will visit John Harris Elementary School in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, April 15, to kick off “Purple Up for Military Kids.”


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Energy Summit Hosted by Conference of Western Attorneys General
Attorney General Marty Jackley, who serves as the Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General announces the Energy Summit to be hosted by the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and facilitated by the Energy Independence Coalition (EIC).

Agriculture

Horse owners encouraged to prevent Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) infection
PIERRE, S.D. – As spring rapidly approaches, Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota state veterinarian, reminds horse owners to prevent the spread of equine herpesvirus (EHV).

Game, Fish and Parks

Champions Crowned at 5th Annual GFP-NASP Tournament
The 2014 South Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) champions were crowned last weekend at the all-day tournament held at the NFAA Easton Archery Complex in Yankton.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Polaris Industries Inc. to Invest in Capital Improvements at Vermillion, S.D. Facility
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) announced today the company will be making a significant investment in technology and equipment upgrades with the help of funding approved by the Board of Economic Development.


Agriculture

Major Gift Donor to be Announced for New State Fair Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation plans to announce the donor of a major gift of $1 million to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Health

Get Moving! Join The 125 Miles For Health Challenge
In honor of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood, the Department of Health is encouraging South Dakotans to get active by participating in the 125 Miles for Health Challenge. The challenge runs through November of 2014.

Transportation

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

Custer Sidewalk and Traffic Signal Upgrades
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will continue with the sidewalk improvements and traffic signal upgrades along Highway 16 / Mt. Rushmore Road in Custer beginning Monday, April 14.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Wednesday, April 9, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT, Brookings – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present the Governor’s Cup to an Air Force ROTC cadet at the SDSU Air Force ROTC "Governor's Day" in Brookings.

Governor's Column: Dealing With The Shortage Of Rail Cars
Agriculture is South Dakota’s number one industry. It generates over $21 billion in annual economic development and employs more than 122,000 South Dakotans.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Attorney General’s Office Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Victims of Crime Act
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to remind South Dakotans that next week has been set aside to remember victims of crime.

Corrections

Missing Work Release Inmate
Inmate Michael Two Eagle failed to return to the Rapid City Minimum Unit from his work release job search in Rapid City today.

Transportation

10th Street & Sycamore Avenue
The City of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, plans to begin work on the intersection of 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue in Sioux Falls on Monday, April 7.

National Work Zone Awareness Week April 7-11
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 7-11, 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.

Construction On Highway 19 Near Humboldt To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists a 23 and a half-mile construction project on Highway 19 between Humboldt and the intersection of Highway 34 will significantly impact traffic this summer.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names To Meet in Pierre
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names will meet on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 9 a.m. CDT in the Commission Room of the Becker-Hansen Building, 700 E. Broadway, Pierre.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Integra Plastics, Inc. Announces Plans to Expand Madison Plant
Integra Plastics, Inc. announced today at the Lake Area Improvement Corporation’s annual meeting that it will be expanding its Madison, S.D., plant later this spring, with hopes of being fully operational by fall of this year.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Extends Capital For A Day Invitations
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is extending an invitation to communities across the state to apply to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Rapid City
ttorney 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

Announcing the Wildfire Awareness Week Poster Contest
Rapid City, S.D. – To celebrate Wildfire Awareness Week May 2-10, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division is calling all kids to showcase their artistic talents in this year’s Wildfire Awareness Week Poster Contest.

Education

CEEDAR Center teams with South Dakota to better prepare educators to serve students with disabilities
South Dakota is one of only five states selected to receive intensive technical assistance from the newly created CEEDAR Center to improve educator preparation systems to advance the achievement of students with disabilities.

Transportation

I-90 Eastbound Reconstruction near Cactus Flats
On Monday, April 7, 2014, Knife River Midwest, LLC will begin work on a nine-mile reconstruction project on Interstate 90 east of Wall from mile marker 123 to 132, near Cactus Flats.

Board of Regents

DSU and SDSU Approved for New High-Tech Degrees
The South Dakota Board of Regents has given its approval for a new doctoral degree in cyber security at Dakota State University, along with a plan for DSU and South Dakota State University to jointly offer master’s degrees in analytics and data science, building on each other’s unique academic strengths.

SDSU to Implement Intensive ESL Program
South Dakota State University will soon implement an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program aimed at preparing students who speak a first language other than English to be admitted into nationally accredited higher education institutions.

Outstanding Student Organizations Honored
The South Dakota Board of Regents took time Wednesday to honor student organizations from Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and Northern State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Career Camps Website Launching Today
A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Fort Thompson, S.D., woman died in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday, April 2, two miles east of Marion Road on Interstate 90 near Sioux Falls.

Board of Regents

Tuition Buy-down Holds Line on Student Costs
Thanks to action by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the legislature, state-supported tuition and mandatory fees, along with program and delivery fees, will remain unchanged for resident students at South Dakota public universities next year.

Redesign of Educational Leadership Programs Moves Forward
A statewide workgroup has recommended redesign of education leadership programs that prepare principals to work in South Dakota K-12 schools.


Agriculture

Mountain Pine Beetle Workshops Held In the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D.-Three mountain pine beetle treatment workshops will be held in the Black Hills during April.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective April 1, 2014.

Tourism

Museum of State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program about Video Games on April 13
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum’s program from video game pioneer Nolan Bushnell, “Nolan Bushnell: Video Games in Retrospect” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, April 13, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

I-29 Open Between Brookings and the North Dakota Border
Officials with the departments of Transportation and Public Safety announce that Interstate 29 is now open between Brookings and the North Dakota border.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

New GOED Rep Ready to Help Businesses Grow
Jeff Haverly has joined the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as the newest business development representative.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Real-Time Pseudoephedrine-Tracking System Signed into Law to Address Methamphetamine Manufacturing Increases
Attorney General Marty Jackley extends his appreciation to the South Dakota Legislature and Governor Dennis Daugaard for signing SB 24 sponsored by Attorney General’s Office that will implement a real-time pseudoephedrine-tracking system known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx).

Military

SD Guard Leader Discusses Service Opportunities in Pine Ridge
The South Dakota National Guard’s adjutant general, along with senior staff members, traveled to Pine Ridge to participate in high school career day, March 19.

Public Safety

State Offices in Western South Dakota Closed Due to Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered all state offices in the western portion of South Dakota area closed today (Monday, March 31) because of the strong storm impacting the area.

Additional State Offices Close Due to Storm in Central South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Due to the strong winter storm impacting the area, State offices in Central South Dakota will close today, effective immediately.

Social Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
The month of April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month nationwide. In South Dakota, the Department of Social Services (DSS) encourages people in communities across the state to work together to keep children safe and offer the support families need to stay together.

Tourism

Settling of South Dakota Focus of April History Book Club Meeting
A novel that tells of the settlement of the Great Plains will be the focus of the April meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Three State Properties Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Three South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Closed From Rapid City to Wall
State officials have closed Interstate 90 between Exit 67 at Ellsworth AFB and Exit 110 at Wall effective immediately on Monday afternoon, March 31.

Westbound I-90 Open Between Ellsworth AFB and Wall
Officials with the departments of Transportation and Public Safety announce the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 are open, effective immediately, between Ellsworth AFB and Wall.

Eastbound I-90 Open Between Ellsworth AFB and Wall
Officials with the departments of Transportation and Public Safety announce the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 are open, effective immediately, between Ellsworth AFB and Wall. The westbound lanes of I-90 were opened earlier this evening.

Interstate 29 Closed from Brookings to the North Dakota Border
State officials have closed Interstate 29 between Brookings and the North Dakota border effective immediately (Monday night, March 31).


Transportation

Dangerous Driving Conditions Expected Across Much of South Dakota
State officials are advising motorists that travel may become difficult, if not impossible, overnight tonight (Sunday) through Monday across much of South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves across the state.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the ground breaking ceremony for The Don and Carmen Meyer Center of Excellence Future home of the Avera Cancer Institute Aberdeen.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Statewide Texting While Driving Ban
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed HB 1177, “An Act to prohibit certain use of handheld electronic wireless communication devices while driving and to provide a penalty therefor.”

Governor Signs Final Bills Of 2014 Legislative Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills from the 2014 Legislative Session into law today: SB 1 – An Act to provide for the selection of the chair and vice chair of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council.

Governor's Column: Looking Back On A Successful Session
The March 31 adjournment of the state Legislature signals the end to a successful legislative session. It was a busy session, and I’d like to highlight some of the work that was done.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $41 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved nearly $41 million in grants and loans for water and waste projects.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Honors Regional Habitat Partners
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has selected four individuals to be recognized as Regional Habitat Partners of the Year.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in April in the following counties: Beadle, Brookings, Charles Mix, Codington, Custer, Davison, Edmunds, Hamlin, Harding, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lyman, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Spink, Stanley and Union.

Social Services

SHIINE Seeks Local Volunteers
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program is currently seeking volunteers for all aspects of the SHIINE program.

Tourism

South Dakota’s Sioux Horse Effigy to be Included in International Traveling Exhibition Opening April 7 in Paris
South Dakota’s own Sioux Horse Effigy, an artifact from the collection of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, will be on display in a groundbreaking exhibition of Plains Indian masterworks, “The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky.”

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 5, during its annual history conference in Pierre.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Comment For State Highway Improvements
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is in the process of developing the newest four-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Advance Warning Beacon on Eastbound Highway 16B
On Wednesday, April 2, crews will begin work on an advance warning beacon project on Highway 16B near Black Hills Boulevard in Rapid City.

Transportation Commission Rejects Bids On Highway 16
The South Dakota Transportation Commission, at its monthly meeting on March 27, rejected all bids received on the Highway 16, Mt. Rushmore Road, reconstruction project. The project was part of the March 19, 2014 bid letting.

I-90 Construction to Resume East of Wall
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Loiseau Construction will resume work on Interstate 90 east of Wall.

Highway 16 Construction Near Jewel Cave Begins
Work has begun on a four-mile project on Highway 16 near Jewel Cave in Custer.

Board of Regents

New Leadership Tapped for Capital University Center
A long-time Pierre resident has been named as executive director of Capital University Center by the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Wire Transfer Scam Targets South Dakota Company
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning businesses to be cautious of a scam which targeted a South Dakota company with a substantial fraudulent wire transfer attempt.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Frac Sand Study Findings Available Online
A DENR study of sand from western South Dakota has determined that the samples collected did not meet specifications recommended by the American Petroleum Institute for use in hydraulic fracturing.

DENR Submits Water Quality Report to EPA by April 1 Deadline
DENR has submitted its 2014 Integrated Report for Surface Water Quality Assessment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The biennial report, required under the federal Clean Water Act, is due to EPA by April 1 of every even numbered year.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Welcomes Student Archers to NASP Tournament
Students from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 5th Annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament at the NFAA/Easton Shooting Complex in Yankton, S.D., on April 5.

Trout Stocking Near Pierre
Rainbow trout will be stocked in the Oahe Marina and at LaFramboise Causeway near Pierre starting the first week of April.

Mountain Lion Season Set to Close
The South Dakota mountain lion hunting season will close one half hour after sunset, Monday, March 31.

Tourism

South Dakota Tourism’s Work Recognized with Nine Awards in 2014 ADDY Awards Competition
The South Dakota Advertising Federation has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and its agency of record, Lawrence & Schiller, with nine ADDY Awards for advertising, digital marketing and public relations excellence in the 2014 awards competition.

Transportation

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding Announced
On March 13, 2014, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded almost $2.1 million in grants to 11 South Dakota communities, counties and tribes as part of the department’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Grant recipients will provide more than $900,000 in local or in-kind matches.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Telecommunications Services Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1166, “An Act to revise the telecommunications services program to include current and developing technology,” into law.

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 26 – An Act to establish certain electronic crime victim notification procedures.

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Secretary of State Jason Gant Announces Military Absentee Ballotting Process Is Now Live
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant announces the new computerized military absentee ballot system iOASIS is now in full operation.

Corrections

Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Phillip His Law was apprehended by the Sioux Falls Police Department earlier this morning.

Military

SD Guard Engineers Break Ground on Habitat for Humanity Facility
South Dakota Army National Guard engineers are assisting the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity to help build a new volunteer training and administration facility next to the ReStore Outlet center at 610 East Omaha St. in Rapid City.

SD National Guard Pilot Takes Final Flight
A South Dakota Army National Guard pilot took his final flight last week finishing a career of more than 30 years of service to the state and nation as a military aviator.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash Involving Minors
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown teen died Tuesday in a one vehicle rollover crash approximately two miles south of U.S. Highway 212 near Watertown.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Residents to Begin Receiving Refunds from Settlement of EBook Price Fixing Lawsuit
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota consumers will begin receiving account credits or checks this week in partial settlement of a 2012 E-book price-fixing lawsuit brought by Attorneys General from 33 states.

Labor and Regulation

Young Adults Can Get Employment Services at Labor and Regulation Department
As March comes to an end, many young adults are thinking about their summer plans. These plans should include a visit to their Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) local office.

Tourism

State Historical Society Announces Donation of Major Collection of Northern League Baseball Materials
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that they are currently processing a donation to showcase the history of baseball in South Dakota.

Transportation

I-90 Westbound Reconstruction Near Spearfish
On Monday, March 31, the first phase of an eight-mile reconstruction project is scheduled to begin on the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Spearfish.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 13 – An Act to make use of hand-held mobile telephones while driving a commercial motor vehicle a serious traffic violation and to update certain references to federal regulations regarding the issuance of commercial driver licenses.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit and Sioux Falls Area Human Trafficking Task Force Make Arrests
Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Brenden Johnson, Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and Minnehaha County States Attorney Aaron McGowan announces that the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and the Sioux Falls Area Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an undercover operation in the Sioux Falls area March 20-22. The investigation resulted in the following arrests:

Corrections

Inmate Back In Custody
A state prison inmate who failed to return to a minimum-security housing unit in Rapid City last year is back in custody.

Education

Board holds first public hearing on new physical education standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed K-12 physical education standards earlier today.

Board approves electrician program at STI and aviation option at LATI
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a new degree program at Southeast Technical Institute and a program expansion at Lake Area Technical Institute.

Governor's technical institute tuition buy-down keeps tuition flat
Tuition at the state’s four technical institutes will remain flat for the upcoming year, thanks to a tuition buy-down that was proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and supported by the State Legislature.

Veterans Affairs

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sunday, March 30, 2014, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to gratefully acknowledge our Vietnam Veterans and honor their proud legacy.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Monday, March 24, 8 a.m. CDT, Sioux Falls – The South Dakota Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at Southeast Technical Institute in room MC101, the Mickelson Center, 2320 N. Career Ave., in Sioux Falls.

Governor's Column: Upholding Obligations To South Dakota's Pension Fund
Nebraska’s well-known and successful investor, Warren Buffett, mentioned public pension obligations in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders:

Corrections

Search for Missing Work Release Inmate
Inmate Phillip His Law failed to return to Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary, from his work release job search in Sioux Falls this evening.

Game, Fish and Parks

Snowmobile Trails to Close March 31 after Excellent Season
Though snowmobilers continue to experience great snowmobiling conditions in the Black Hills, March 31 marks the official end of the season for the statewide snowmobile trail system.

2014 Hunting Season Dates Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized most big game hunting season dates for 2014 with no changes from 2013.

Elk Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed several elk seasons at their March meeting.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized several hunting seasons with no changes from 2013.

Snow Goose Migration Enters South Dakota
The annual snow goose migration is underway and to help control their population and prevent further habitat degradation nesting birds have caused to the Arctic tundra, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a Conservation Order to allow states to hunt snow geese in the spring.

Revenue

April 1st Deadline for Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program
Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1st to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program.


Health

Rabies Cases Drop In 2013
After two years of increasing cases, rabies numbers in South Dakota dropped to 28 in 2013. There were 60 cases of animal rabies in 2012 and 40 in 2011.

Public Safety

South Dakota Highway Patrol Joins ‘Drive to Save Lives’
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is joining more than 40 other states and the U.S. Department of Transportation in an aggressive “Drive to Save Lives’’ campaign aimed at reducing highway fatalities across the nation in 2014.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Robocallers Target Consumers in Credit Card Scam
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers to be cautious of robocalls targeting consumers with a scam that implies that their Mastercard has been locked or suspended.

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Union Center
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

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Tourism

New Exhibit Entitled South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times to open at Cultural Heritage Center on April 5
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will debut its new exhibit “South Dakota Environments: A Window to Past Times” on Saturday, April 5, in the Observation Gallery of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Carl V. Carlson Company Approved for REDI Fund
Carl V. Carlson Company, a concrete contractor based in Lincoln County, announced today that it is growing and expanding its services, adding pre-cast concrete pipe manufacturing to its business.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Announces BOSTON
The South Dakota State Fair announces a performance by BOSTON on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Tourism

Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture to Speak in Pierre on May 5
Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, will be at the Capitol Lake Visitors Center in Pierre on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. CDT.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Deadwood
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

BBQ Competition Class at South Dakota State Fairgrounds
HURON, S.D. – “The Art and Science of Competition BBQ,” a BBQ Competition Class, will be held 3-10 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 25, and 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, April 26, at the SD State Fairgrounds.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Taking Comment on Spearfishing Tournament Request
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has received a written request to open the area of Lake Sharpe between the Highway 14/34/83 bridge and Oahe Dam to spearing of game fish for the period of Aug. 11-18, 2014.

GFP Receives Funds to Help Sample Musky
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has been awarded a $5,500 grant from the Hugh C. Becker Foundation to help improve musky management in South Dakota.

GFP CONDUCTS HELICOPTER ASSISTED WHITE-TAILED DEER DOE AND FAWN SURVIVAL STUDY IN McCOOK AND LAKE COUNTIES
Residents of McCook and Lake Counties had a different view in the sky earlier this month. A helicopter with trained wildlife wranglers dangled in the sky to assist with capturing 50 deer for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) new doe and fawn survival study.

Public Input Requested on Draft Sage-Grouse Plan
As part of the public input process, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks recently held public meetings in Belle Fourche and Buffalo to discuss and obtain input on a five-year draft management plan for greater sage-grouse.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. CDT, Pierre – The Division of Developmental Disabilities will hold its quarterly Family Support Council meeting at the Department of Human Services building.

Governor's Column: Eliminating Unnecessary Red Tape
Now that we’re almost through the winter, it’s about time to begin spring cleaning. We will sweep out garages, clean closets, and give walls and floors a thorough scrubbing.

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1013 – An Act to authorize the South Dakota Building Authority to finance the construction of improvement in the state park system for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and to declare an emergency.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Legislation Strengthening Consumer Protection Laws and Protecting Businesses Signed into Law
Attorney General Marty Jackley extends his appreciation to the South Dakota Legislature and Governor Dennis Daugaard for signing SB 23 into law that will strengthen consumer protection laws and protect businesses.

Human Trafficking and Sex Offense Forfeiture Bill Signed into Law
Attorney General Marty Jackley extends his appreciation to the South Dakota Legislature and Governor Dennis Daugaard for signing SB 25 that will allow for the forfeiture of assets used in the furtherance of human trafficking and sex crimes after conviction.

Health

Department of Health Makes Large Statement About Colorectal Cancer
Be on the lookout for an enormous roll of toilet paper on display in your town. They’re designed to raise eyes and awareness surrounding colorectal cancer.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Troy’s Wood Specialties Approved for MicroLOAN
PIERRE, S.D. – Troy’s Wood Specialties, a manufacturer of custom wood cabinets for residential and commercial use based out of Dell Rapids, S.D., was recently approved by the South Dakota Development Corporation for a MicroLOAN.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Insurance Consumer Protection Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed House Bill 1054, “An Act to establish consumer protection standards regarding certain insurance claim practices and to provide for certain penalties.”

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns South Dakota Businesses of Credit Card Scam
Attorney General Marty Jackley today warned business owners to be cautious of a telemarking scam that begins with the potential customer seeking to purchase various retail items with a credit card several lumber suppliers have been subject to this scam.

Transportation

Highways 50 and 81 Intersection Reconstruction In Yankton
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials announce intersection reconstruction of Highways 50 and 81 near Wal-Mart in Yankton began on March 3, 2014.

Spring Load Restriction Notification #2
Effective at 12:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below

Spring Load Restriction Notification #3 - Revised
Effective at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Signal Modification at Sturgis Road and Peaceful Pines Road
On Monday, March 17, 2014, crews will resume work on the traffic signal modification project at the intersection of Highway 231 (Sturgis Road) and Peaceful Pines Road in Black Hawk.

Spring Load Restriction Notification #4
Effective at 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Watertown Site Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
PIERRE, S.D. – Pat Costello, Commissioner, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), announced today that the Mallard Pointe Business Park, Interstate Office Addition in Watertown, S.D. has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 4 – An Act to ensure notice to the respondent and opportunity for the respondent to be heard prior to enforcement of certain foreign domestic protection orders.

Public Safety

State, FEMA Set Meetings on Annual Flood Insurance Outreach
State and local officials and representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) will hold flood outlook and flood insurance meetings in five South Dakota communities March 17-20.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Eleven Entities Selected to Join Governor on Spring Trade Mission to China
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that representatives from eleven entities have been selected to join him and other South Dakota state officials on a trade mission to China May 9-16, 2014.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 98
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 98 – An Act to allow certain municipalities to charge a higher occupational tax.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Wessington Springs
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:

Gregory County Man Indicted for Murder in Death of Infant
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Adam Joel Bruns, 20, Gregory was indicted March 7, 2014 by a Gregory County Grand Jury.

Game, Fish and Parks

Business Opportunity at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton
Entrepreneurs interested in operating a marina on Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton can now begin submitting their proposals according to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officials.

Health

Health Department Highlights Health Pioneers For SD’s 125th
As South Dakota celebrates 125 years of statehood this year, the Department of Health is highlighting health pioneers and health-related milestones at a new website, doh.sd.gov/news/healthpioneers.aspx.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Inanovate Develops New Technology To Detect Breast Cancer
Inanovate, Inc., a North Carolina-based company performing cutting-edge research alongside Sanford Health, has developed a technology to detect and measure multiple proteins for medical research and clinical diagnostics. The technology, if successful, could be used for breast cancer research and ultimately early diagnosis of the deadly disease, according to Inanovate, Inc. CEO, David Ure.

Veterans Affairs

Gov. Daugaard Presented Honor and Remember Flag
In recognition of House Concurrent Resolution 1012, South Dakota Gold Star Mothers and families of South Dakota’s fallen heroes presented Gov. Dennis Daugaard with an “Honor and Remember” flag for use at state buildings.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 5 – An Act to permit the court reciprocal discretion to hear certain petitions for protection orders due to domestic abuse and for protection orders due to stalking or physical injury.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Dakota Seeds Program Expanding, Committing $200,000 per Year
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he plans to commit up to $200,000 per year in Future Funds to continue and further broaden the Dakota Seeds program.

South Dakota Lottery

Sioux Falls Man Claims $65,629 Dakota Cash Jackpot
When it comes to buying lotto tickets, Kevin Webster follows a specific procedure.

Veterans Affairs

Richardson Named Superintendent for Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home
Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, announced today that Bradley Richardson has been named the superintendent of the Michael J Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 12 – An Act to update references to certain federal motor carrier regulations.

News Tips
The South Dakota Professional Administrators Practices and Standards Commission will meet by teleconference.

SD Parks and Wildlife Receives Helmsley Charitable Trust Grant
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) has been awarded a $1 million grant by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Governor's Column: The Value Of The Ellsworth Development Authority
Last week I attended the winter meeting of the National Governor's Association, which is held in Washington, D.C. each year.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR to Host 26th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
The 26th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 19-20 at the AmericInn Teton Island Conference Center in Fort Pierre.

Health

Health Department Awards Additional Nursing Home Beds In Rapid City
The Department of Health announced today that it has awarded 20 additional nursing facility beds in Rapid City.

Public Safety

Second Person Dies after Gregory County Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A second person has died as a result of a two-vehicle fatal crash on Monday, Feb. 24, the South Dakota Highway Patrol said today.

Butte County Fatal Crash
VALE, S.D. – A Whitewood, S.D. woman died in a one vehicle fatal crash, four miles west of Vale, S.D. on Thursday, March 6.

Tourism

History of Higher Education to be discussed at 2014 History Conference
The History of Higher Education in South Dakota will be the theme of the 2014 South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, at the Best Western Ramkota in Pierre. “A South Dakota Education: The History of Higher Learning in the State” will be hosted by the State Archives.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Designation Of Treatment Areas In Black Hills
Last week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard sent a request to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for designation of an insect and disease treatment area in the Black Hills to help address mountain pine beetle infestation.

State Of South Dakota To Incorporate E15 Into State Fleet, Fuel Sites
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state will begin incorporating E15 fuel into its state vehicle fleet.

Gov. Daugaard: State Is Monitoring Potential For Missouri River Flooding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has directed state emergency officials to work with federal and local entities to assess the potential for Missouri River flooding this year.

Public Safety

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – An Eagan, S.D., man died in a two-vehicle crash five miles southeast of Flandreau, S.D., on Thursday, March 6.

South Dakota Lottery

$65,629 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Sioux Falls
A single ticket sold in Sioux Falls matched all five numbers in the March 5, 2014 drawing to win the $65,629 Dakota Cash jackpot.


Agriculture

Financing Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) approved three Beginning Farmer Bond applications totaling almost $1.5 million at a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Brookings.

Game, Fish and Parks

Pheasant Habitat Work Group has its First Meeting
The thirteen members of the South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group gathered for their initial meeting last Friday in Pierre.

Health

Annual Student Height Weight Survey Shows Little Change
The number of South Dakota kids who were overweight or obese was unchanged in the state’s latest school height and weight survey.

Military

Pentagon Honors South Dakota Guard Family Readiness Group
Many Soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard can feel overwhelmed with anxiety and stress when they say goodbye to their parents, spouse or children before stepping onto a plane headed toward a combat zone.

Tourism

South Dakota Tourism’s Work Recognized with Three Awards in 57th Annual Adrian Awards Competition
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and one of their agencies of record.

“Commemorative Items and Why We Collect Them” at the Cultural Heritage Center on March 16
Curators from the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum and Archives will present a special program, “Commemorative Items and Why We Collect Them,” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 16, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

March 15 Deadline For New Homeowners To Receive Property Tax Reduction
Individuals who have moved into a new or different home over the last year have until Saturday, March 15, to file for the owner-occupied, single-family dwelling certificate to be eligible for a property tax reduction.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State and Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Partner on Sex Offender Registry
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the State of South Dakota has entered into a joint powers agreement with the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe to become a registered entity of the Sex Offender Registry Notification Act (SORNA). The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe maintains its own sex offender registry of offenders who reside, work or attend school within the boundaries of the reservation.

Health

South Dakota Recognized For Antibiotic Prescribing Efforts
South Dakota’s effort to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance is drawing national attention.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Showplace Wood Products Approved for REDI Fund, Adding 100 Jobs
Showplace Wood Products, a manufacturer of high-end cabinetry based out of Harrisburg, S.D., announced today that it is growing once again.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs More Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1095 – An Act to revise and clarify certain provisions relating to municipal officers.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to Participate in
Attorney General Marty Jackley’s Consumer Protection Division has joined with federal, state, and local government agencies and national organizations to celebrate the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) March 2-8, 2014.

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

South Dakota Secretary of State Tests New Voting Technology in Germany
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant leaves for Germany to test new voting technology on U.S. military installations ahead of the next round of 2014 elections.

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Yankton, S.D. man died in a one vehicle crash three miles north of Yankton.

Gregory County Fatal Crash
BURKE, S.D. – A Gregory, S.D. woman died in a two vehicle crash that occurred Feb. 24, three miles west of Burke, S.D.

Citizens Cautioned About Sites that Charge for Driver Licensing Help
South Dakota’s Driver Licensing Program is asking its customers to be cautious of Internet sites that charge for assistance with driver licensing services.

FEMA Approves $1 Million for Rapid City Blizzard Debris Clean-up
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will award more than $1 million to the city of Rapid City for debris clean-up from an October blizzard, South Dakota Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones said today.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction #1
Effective at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table.

Board of Regents

Students Bring Research Work to State Capitol March 6
Thirteen undergraduate students from South Dakota colleges and universities will bring their research work to the State Capitol Thursday, presenting their projects to state lawmakers and the public.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Thursday, March 6, 3 p.m. CST – A building committee of the South Dakota Board of Regents will meet by teleconference to approve a facility design plan for the BHSU Jonas Science Renovation.

Governor Signs Several More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: HB 1021 – An Act to provide for judicial review of Board of Regents decisions involving student discipline and residency classification.

Governor's Column - Building More Efficient Governor's Houses
After Linda and I got married, we built our house on the farm near Dell Rapids where I was raised. As we were constructing our house, we took special steps to make our home as energy efficient as possible.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Sturgis
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:

Endo Pharmaceuticals to Pay $172.9 Million to Resolve Off Label Marketing Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government in a global settlement with Endo Pharmaceuticals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions (Endo), a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products.

Tourism

Woman's story of ranch life focus of March history book club
One woman's story of ranch life in the 21st century will be the focus of the March meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.


Agriculture

Cutting and Chunking Deadline Draws Near
PIERRE, S.D.- March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method, according to state forest health program specialist Brian Garbisch.

Tourism

Landscape Photography Program Coming to Cultural Heritage Center on March 9
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Institution's American Art Museum's program, "Landscapes in Passing," at 2 p.m. CST on Sunday, March 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1056 – An Act to repeal certain provisions regarding the taxation, the licensing and the regulation of motor vehicles.

Agriculture

Ranchers Encouraged to Apply for Donated CRP Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages ranchers from blizzard disaster declared counties to apply for donated 2013 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Governor Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
Pierre, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen, Charlie Moe of Rosebud, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City and Douglas Hansen of Webster to the State Conservation Commission.

Public Safety

First Months of 2014 Deadly on South Dakota Highways
Twenty-four people have died in crashes on South Dakota highways during the first two months of 2014, and highway safety officials say half of the victims were not wearing seatbelts.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in March in the following counties: Beadle, Brown, Clay, Codington, Davison, Edmunds, Hand, Jackson, Lake, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Spink, Stanley and Tripp.

Transportation

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

Board of Regents

Turman Named System Vice President for Academic Affairs
Paul Turman, who has led academic assessment, research, and economic development efforts for the South Dakota Board of Regents, is the new system vice president for academic affairs, the board announced today.


Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Gant Issues Economic Report for 4th Quarter 2013
Secretary of State Jason M. Gant has issued the Secretary of State's Economic Report for the 4th Quarter of 2013 based on corporate registration data compiled by his office.

Agriculture

“What Does the Fair Say?”
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair has announced their 2014 theme, “What Does the Fair Say?”

Social Services

Educational Sessions on Long-Term Care Options Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in communities across the state this spring on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
Two Sioux Falls men died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 46 near the intersection with 450th Avenue west of Irene on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Sioux Falls man died in a one-vehicle crash on 278th Street about one mile west of Lennox on Saturday, Feb. 22.


Public Safety

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
A Lake Preston man died in a one-vehicle crash about a mile northwest of Lake Preston on Saturday, Feb. 22.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
News Tips For Feb. 22-28, 2014

Governor's Column: Better Government: Driver Licensing
Three years ago, I launched the Better Government Initiative to make government more open and accessible.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Heidi VandenBosch, age 33, was found unresponsive in her cell at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre on Feb. 19.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces New Sand, Gravel and Construction Aggregate Mining Website
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is launching a new sand, gravel and construction aggregate mining website.

Revenue

SD/NE Border Tax Webinars Offered
Two webinars being held in March will offer helpful state tax information to area business owners who conduct business in both South Dakota and Nebraska.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed more bills into law

Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Promotes South Dakota Dairy Industry in California
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Dennis Daugaard, for the third year, highlighted South Dakota’s dairy industry in his recent visit to the World Ag Expo.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Presents ALABAMA
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds announce a performance by ALABAMA as a part of their All American Tour 2014 on Friday, Aug. 29.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Aeronautics Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Arlen “Arnie” Hauge of Sioux Falls has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to a three-year term on the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Display At Capitol To Mark Milestone In State’s 125th Anniversary Year
Historic artifacts and exhibits will be on display in the state Capitol Building in Pierre on Friday, Feb. 21, to mark the passage of the Enabling Act of 1889.

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today:

Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

South Dakota’s Broadband Initiative wants to hear from Ag Producers
The state’s Broadband Initiative, led by the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Field Office in South Dakota to survey agriculture producers across the state for the second time to assess the usage of high-speed broadband Internet services in rural areas.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

A Passion for Economics and the Future Drives New Economic Development Director
When the position opened for a new director of the Belle Fourche Economic Development Corporation, Greg Krajewski knew it was his chance to really sink his teeth into his long-time passion. But one of the main reasons he applied—his eight-year-old son, Daniel.


Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
A Florence, S.D., woman died in a two-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 20 about three miles west of Watertown on Monday, Feb. 17.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
Two people died in a one-vehicle crash at 268th Street and 463rd Avenue in Sioux Falls early Sunday, Feb. 16.


Corrections

Search for Missing Work Release Inmate
Inmate Scott Kallstrom left the Rapid City Minimum Unit earlier today to go to his work release job, but his employer reported that he never showed up at the job site.

Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Scott Kallstrom returned to the Rapid City Minimum Unit this evening.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1140 AM KSOO radio with Rick Knobe.

Governor Will Not Oppose CP’s Sale To G&W
Gov. Dennis Daugaard expressed he would not oppose the sale of the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern (DM&E) to the Genessee & Wyoming (G&W) in a letter sent to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Governor's Column - Addressing Rural Health Care Needs
Last year, an analysis of photos posted on the Internet determined that South Dakotans smile more than people in any other state.

Military

NATIONAL GUARD RESPONDERS TRAIN AT 'SHRINE OF DEMOCRACY'
As part of a U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) training exercise, a small team of South Dakota National Guard service members assisted local emergency responders in investigating a simulated chemical and radiological incident Feb. 11 at America’s “Shrine of Democracy.”

SD AIR NATIONAL GUARD ANNOUNCES AIRMEN OF THE YEAR
The South Dakota Air National Guard is pleased to announce its Outstanding First Sergeant, Senior Noncommissioned Officer, Noncommissioned Officer and Airman of the Year for 2013. The selection board chose the Airmen based on their superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements.

SD Air National Guard Trains at Davis-Monthan
Ten F-16 Fighter Falcons and 150 Airmen from the South Dakota Air National Guard returned last month from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base where they conducted two weeks of mandatory readiness training.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City man died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 44 near Johnson Siding on Thursday, Feb. 13.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Releases Auditor General’s Report On Economic Development Office
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today released the results of an independent audit of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

ALCOM, LLC. to bring up to 180 jobs to Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. – ALCOM, LLC., a Maine-based manufacturer of aluminum trailers, is expanding its operations to Sioux Falls, SD, a move which will create 20 jobs initially and up to 180 jobs in the next three years, according to Governor’s Office of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Costello.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: