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Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

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

Environment and Natural Resources

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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


Public Safety

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


Corrections

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

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

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

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

Military

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

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

Public Safety

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

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


Social Services

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Health

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

Tourism

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

Board of Regents

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

Human Services

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

Revenue

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Human Services

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Agriculture

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Health

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

Transportation

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

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

Board of Regents

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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


Public Safety

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

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


Public Safety

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

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

Education

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

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

Public Safety

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Environment and Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Education

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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


Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Agriculture

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

Education

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

Health

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

Labor and Regulation

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

Transportation

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

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

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

South Dakota Lottery

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


Agriculture

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Human Services

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


Agriculture

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

Human Services

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

Labor and Regulation

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Education

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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


Public Safety

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Public Safety

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

Social Services

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

Transportation

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

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

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

Board of Regents

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

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

Environment and Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

Board of Regents

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Affairs

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

Education

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

Human Services

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

Public Safety

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

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

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Agriculture

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

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Earl W. Hicks on February 28, 2016, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – An 18-year-old male from Waubay, S.D. died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash near Sisseton, S.D.

Transportation

Highway 17 Public Information Meeting in Lennox
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the city of Lennox and SFC Civil Constructors, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Highway 17 project. The open house will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Lennox School Gymnasium (1201 S. Main Street).

2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Traffic Control - Notice of Public Meeting/Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold an open house style public meeting for Traffic Control Planning for the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The open house will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at 5 p.m. at the Erskine Office Building at 1300 W. Sherman St. in Sturgis.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Final Bills Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills of the 2016 Legislative Session into law today.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 136
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 136, an Act to permit certain cropland along lakes, rivers, and streams to be assessed as noncropland.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 100
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 100, an Act to enhance South Dakota economic development through broadband infrastructure improvements.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 96
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 96, an Act to revise the expense reimbursement for members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

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

Governor's Column: Michael J. Fitzmaurice and the New State Veterans Home
Until he went abroad to serve his country, Michael J. Fitzmaurice had never left the Dakotas. Fitzmaurice was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, and grew up in South Dakota.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard invite families to take part in the Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn. Children up to age 12 are invited to participate.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Announces New Director of Parks and Recreation
he South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced today that Katie Ceroll will serve as division director of parks and recreation beginning April 4. Doug Hofer, current division director of parks and recreation, will retire April 1 after 44 years of public service.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Nominated For National Award
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper has been nominated for a national award for his efforts in saving two people.

Revenue

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Abraham Fryer on February 26, 2016, in Pennington County,

Attorney General Jackley Vows to Work with Republican and Democrat Legislators to Strengthen Conflict of Interest Laws
On March 16, 2016, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the filing of criminal charges on three individuals associated with grant monies involving the Gear Up Program.

Education

BNSF grant helps make State Historical Society photos available to the public
A grant from a railway foundation will help ensure that photographs of railroads and other images of South Dakota belonging to the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre will be available online to the public.

Health

Flu, Other Respiratory Viruses Still Circulating In SD
The calendar might say spring but flu activity is still on the rise, both nationally and in South Dakota, and South Dakotans still need to protect themselves, a state health official said today.

Public Safety

Name Released in Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – Jacob McCray, 23, Milbank, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Milbank.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #9
This notice removes Spring Load Limits from Highway SD65.

I-29 from Exit 26 to Sioux City is Open, but still No Travel Advised
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 29 is now open both directions between Exit 26 and Sioux City, but officials are advising No Travel in that area until further notice.

I-29 Closed Between Exit 26 and Sioux City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says I-29 is closed between Exit 26 and Sioux City, both north and southbound.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Names Dustin Oedekoven Interim Agriculture Secretary
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Dr. Dustin Oedekoven will serve as interim Secretary of Agriculture while the search continues for a full-time replacement for Lucas Lentsch, who announced last month his intention to depart as Ag Secretary.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Pam Roberts To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Pamela S. Roberts, of Pierre, to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Lt. Gov. Michels Receives Health Leadership Award
The National Lieutenant Governors Association and Takeda Pharmaceuticals today presented South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels with the 2016 Public Leadership in Advancing Healthy Lifestyles Award.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: It’s Been an Honor
The old adage that “time flies when you’re having fun” rings especially true as I reflect on my time with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Education

Politics, airshows, Wounded Knee headline latest State Historical Society journal
Agitator Henry L. Loucks, World War I military air shows and events at Wounded Knee are chronicled in the Spring 2016 issue of "South Dakota History," the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A 23-year-old male was killed Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Milbank, S.D.

Transportation

Rescheduled: Highway 34 Public Information Meeting
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the city of Madison and T & R Contracting, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Highway 34 project on Thursday, March 24.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Brussels Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, March 22.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Tuition Freeze Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law House Bill 1203 to freeze tuition at the state’s public universities and technical schools.

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

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Wildland Fire Academy Provides Training to Multiple Agencies
Members of the Wildland Fire Division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture recently hosted the annual Wildland Fire Academy.

SD Ag Chat: Wet, Warm Winter in South Dakota
This winter was eleventh warmest on record for South Dakota.

Health

Brookings Community Pilots Breastfeeding Business Initiative
A Brookings group is encouraging local businesses to take an online pledge to support breastfeeding customers and employees.

Public Safety

Name Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
KRANZBURG, S.D. – A Goodwin, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday night near Kranzburg, S.D.

Transportation

Public Meeting for the I-90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the city of Spearfish and Heavy Constructors, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Interstate 90 Exit 14 Interchange reconstruction project.


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 63rd Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Home Healthcare Provider Enters Guilty Plea in Medicaid Fraud Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that Tanka R. Bhujel, 38, Des Moines, IA, pleaded guilty on March 18, 2016, to one count of Making False Claims, a class 5 felony, pursuant to a plea agreement with the State.

Agriculture

South Dakota Hops Conference
A conference aimed at sharing information about hops will be held next month in Rapid City.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
KRANZBURG, S.D. – One person died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday night near Kranzburg, S.D.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #8
Effective at 5 p.m. CDT Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from Highways SD 806S, SD1806N, SD1804N and SD63S.

Highway 16 Intersection Improvements
On Tuesday, March 22, crews will begin work to improve the intersection on Highway 16B/Catron Blvd in Rapid City.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Dedication Ceremony for the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Vetreans Home
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

Governor Daugaard Proclaims Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 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.


Public Safety

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning north of Spearfish.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A male, 26, died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning north of Spearfish.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Fight Against Meth
On March 6, the United States lost a beloved First Lady. As partner to the most powerful man in the world, First Lady Nancy Reagan chose to devote her time in the White House to a cause that is as relevant today as it was when she announced it 30 years ago.

News Tips
A building committee of the South Dakota Board of Regents for Plant Science Research Support Facility at South Dakota State University will meet via teleconference with the purpose to approve the Facility Design Plan for the project.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--South Dakota Agricultural Foundation
The South Dakota Community Foundation has launched a fund that can help fund the needs of agriculture.

Corrections

Inmate Phone Rates Reduced
The cost of phone calls has been reduced for state prison inmates and their family and friends.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR to Host 28th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
DENR is hosting the 28th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference on March 23-24 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

March Madness: Rushmore Region Celebrates Big Day in Economic Development
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s March Madness in the Rushmore Region today—but we’re not talking about college basketball. Gov. Dennis Daugaard is making two stops in the region to celebrate major economic development announcements. First, the Governor will be in Rapid City, S.D., to help GCC Dacotah break ground on its new expansion, then on to Spearfish to cut the ribbon at the new Polaris paint facility.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Response to the ACLU on the Constitutional Right to Freedom of Religion
On March 16, 2016, the Attorney General held a community meeting inviting the press and the community in order to provide an update on the death and financial investigation into the Gear Up program. Prior to beginning the meeting, a pastor opened with a general prayer.

Agriculture

Dwight Yoakam and Blackhawk Added to State Fair Line Up
The South Dakota State Fair announces Dwight Yoakam and Blackhawk will perform at the grandstand on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

Education

Smithsonian Saturdays program to launch April 2 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will begin hosting a new Smithsonian Saturday program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on the first Saturday of each month, beginning April 2.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Internal Controls Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law Senate Bill 162 to strengthen internal controls over federal grants that are passed through the state of South Dakota to a sub-recipient.

Governor’s Statement On Mid-Central Charges
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the charges filed against individuals involved with Mid-Central Cooperative.

Governor Signs Bills Into Law
In addition to the internal controls bill, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Files Charges in Connection to GEAR UP Financial Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that Complaints have been filed charging three individuals for their roles in the financial misconduct case surrounding the GEAR UP Program.

Education

South Dakota food heritage is theme for annual history conference
South Dakota food traditions will be the focus of this year's history conference hosted by the South Dakota State Historical Society. The conference is April 29-30 at the Ramkota in Pierre.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces New Hearing Date to Reissue General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
DENR says a contested case hearing to reissue the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations has been rescheduled to be held Sept. 27-29 in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP to Release Trout Below Oahe Dam
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will stock approximately 6,500 rainbow trout below Oahe Dam later this month, weather permitting.

South Dakota’s Revised Turkey Management Plan Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has updated the turkey management plan and is currently seeking comments through April 18, 2016.

Social Services

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

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Construction To Begin - Revised
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct the Interstate 90 Exit 14 interchange in Spearfish is scheduled to begin next week.

Open House for S.D. Highway 115 Reconstruction Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the city of Dell Rapids and Reede Construction, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Highway 115 project on the southern edge of Dell Rapids on Tuesday, March 22.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Native American Student Achievement Measures Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed three Native American education bills into law today.

Governor Signs Bills Into Law
In addition to the Native American student achievement bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today.

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

Joint Narcotics Investigation Leads to Warrants Served In Yankton Area
Attorney General Jackley confirms a joint narcotics investigation in the Yankton area has led to search warrants in different locations earlier today.

Agriculture

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--National Ag Week
In this SD Ag Chat, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch talks about the state agency that works to promote, protect and preserve SD agriculture for today and tomorrow.

Game, Fish and Parks

Open House on 2016-2017 Elk Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an open house meeting on March 24, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. MDT at the Outdoor Campus in Rapid City to discuss the 2016 and 2017 elk hunting seasons proposed by the GFP Commission earlier this month.

Parks and Wildlife Foundation Launches New Website
The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently launched a new website.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #7
Effective at 8 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Seeks Advisory Opinions On SB 136 And SB 159
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested advisory opinions from the South Dakota Supreme Court on Senate Bill 136 and Senate Bill 159.

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Praises Legislature’s Commitment to Fight Elder Abuse
Attorney General Marty Jackley praises the South Dakota Legislator’s approval of resources to help fight elder abuse in South Dakota.

Agriculture

Tabor Rec Area Fire
A large wildfire in Bon Homme County, S.D., has burned approximately 350 acres according incident commander Ken Carda (SAHR-da).

Education

Tech institute tuition to freeze and Southeast Tech expands program
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2016-17 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Wage & Hour Webinar
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a webinar Wednesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. (CT).

Transportation

U.S. Highway 81 Set To Close at Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is set to begin on the reconstruction of Highway 81 in Watertown.

Lane Closures on Interstate 229 at Exit 5
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says maintenance crews will be doing a routine scheduled inspection of the 26th Street bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 5 in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, March 16.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Education Reform Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the components of his education proposal – House Bill 1182, Senate Bill 131 and Senate Bill 133 – into law today.

Governor's Column: The 2016 Legislative Session
The main run of the 2016 Legislative Session has just concluded. In nine intense weeks, state legislators have grappled with some of the most important issues facing South Dakota

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the education reform bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the guest speaker at the Eureka Community Development Company 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Wolff Den in Eureka.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General to Hold Press Conference on GEAR UP Program Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley will conduct a press conference on March 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at the Community Center adjacent to the Platte City Hall building, Platte, S.D.

Corrections

Director of Juvenile Services Doug Herrmann Retires
Doug Herrmann, director of Juvenile Services for the Department of Corrections, retired from state government March 8 after 30 years of service.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Holding Informational Meeting on Big Sioux River Flood Modeling
DENR will hold an informational meeting on March 22 in North Sioux City. DENR staff will discuss a new hydrologic and hydraulic model to be developed for the Big Sioux River basin and seek public input.

Game, Fish and Parks

Opportunity for Input on Public Hunting Area Purchases
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking input on the Division of Wildlife’s land acquisitions priorities and guidelines document through April 10, 2016.

Human Services

Gov. Daugaard signs House Bill 1141
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1141 which allows for the certification and licensure of individuals offering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services to the public.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Honors Kathleen Neyssen for Life-Saving Efforts
PIERRE, S.D. – A Summit woman has been honored by the South Dakota Highway Patrol for her efforts to help the victim of a vehicle crash that occurred late last year in rural Grant County.

Revenue

New Homeowners Must File by Tuesday, March 15, to Get Owner-Occupied Property Tax Reduction
Homeowners living in a different or new home this year are advised that the deadline for filing the owner-occupied, single family dwelling certificate is Tuesday, March 15 (postmarked). The certificate allows homeowners the eligibility for a property tax reduction.

Department of Revenue updates system for sales tax increase
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue is making changes to its tax collection software, forms and publications to account for the one-half percent sales tax increase created by House Bill 1182.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Flags To Remain At Half-Staff Until Friday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard requests that all flags in the state remain at half-mast to honor First Lady Nancy Reagan until sunset on Friday.

Gov. Daugaard Signs HSC and SDDC Surplus Property Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed two measures into law to allow for the sale of surplus lands at the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield and the Human Services Center in Yankton.

Agriculture

Celebrate National Agriculture Week
Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 13-19 as National Ag Week in South Dakota.

Health

Grants Available For Local Mosquito Control Programs
The Department of Health is again offering grant funds to help South Dakota cities, counties and tribes control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV).

Human Services

Gov. Daugaard signs House Bill 1208
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1208 which will reduce the footprint of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield, S.D.

Public Safety

Daylight Saving Time Chance to Change Clocks AND Batteries
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says people should do two things this weekend:

Transportation

Highway Construction to Begin in Hoven
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin reconstructing Highways 20 and 47 in Hoven on Monday, March 21.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Secretary Pirner Offers Testimony To Senate EPW Committee
Secretary Steve Pirner, head of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today to testify on the role of states as co-regulators of the environment.

Gov. Daugaard Announces Closure Of STAR Academy
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the state will close STAR Academy, the state-run juvenile corrections facility near Custer, on April 8, 2016.

Agriculture

Pleasant Valley Prescribed Fire
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Division will be conducting a prescribed burn on the Pleasant Valley Game Production Area on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

SD Ag Chat: Former SD Ag Secretary Says Science is Needed for GMO Acceptance
Consumers are asking more and more questions about where their food comes from.

Game, Fish and Parks

Central South Dakota Open Houses Scheduled
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host open house events in central South Dakota in the coming weeks.

Roy Lake Resort Concessionaire Proposal Deadline Extended
The deadline for anyone interested in operating a resort on picturesque Roy Lake has been extended for roughly two months

GFP Will Stock Rainbow Trout below Fort Randall Dam
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will stock approximately 10,000 rainbow trout below Ft. Randall Dam this month.

Oahe Marina Concessionaire Proposal Deadline Extended
The deadline for anyone interested in purchasing and operating a resort within Oahe Downstream has been extended for 90 days. The sale price has been reduced to $625,000.

Transportation

Construction to Begin On I-29 and I-229
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two projects on Interstates 29 and 229 will begin in Sioux Falls the middle of March.


Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Notice #6
This notice removes Spring Load Limits on Highway SD471, SD71 and a portion of SD40 from Hermosa to the Cheyenne River.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED’s REDI Fund Loan to Assist Vermillion Technology Center Reach Full Capacity
VERMILLION, S.D. – Vermillion’s 32,000-square-foot state-of-the-art technology center will be operating at full capacity thanks to a REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan, approved last month by the Board of Economic Development.

South Dakota Lottery

Sioux Falls Lottery Office Relocating
After nearly 30 years in the same location, the South Dakota Lottery’s office in Sioux Falls is getting a new home.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Nancy Reagan
Gov. Dennis Daugaard requests that all flags in the state be flown at half-mast, effective immediately, to honor the life of First Lady Nancy Reagan who passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Gov. Daugaard Signs USS South Dakota Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed Senate Bill 114, the USS South Dakota bill, into law. The bill appropriates $100,000 to the South Dakota Department of Military to support the USS South Dakota Commissioning Committee’s activities.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Black Hawk Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Death of Child
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Meade County States Attorney Kevin Krull announced that Thomas James Pentecost, 29, Black Hawk, was sentencing to 40 years for the death of a 21-month-old child.

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to Participate in National Consumer Protection Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) kicks off this week and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will join with federal, state and local government agencies and national organization to celebrate this 18th annual event.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Francisco Bordier was apprehended in Rapid City March 6.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Victory For South Dakota’s Children
This week, the South Dakota State Legislature gave final passage to House Bill 1182. This important legislation directs approximately $70 million to significant pay increases for our public school teachers.

News Tips
The Economic Development Board will meet at 711 E. Wells Ave at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Contact Cassie Stoeser at 605-773-3301 for more information.

Education

State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces Site Visit Opportunities
The South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board is offering four site visit opportunities to statewide historical organizations.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park and Prairie Elk Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed several elk hunting seasons for 2016 and 2017 on Thursday.

Archery and Firearms Elk Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed the 2016 and 2017 archery and firearms elk seasons Thursday at their March meeting.

GFP Finalizes the 2016 Duck and Goose Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized two waterfowl hunting seasons. Both the duck and goose seasons were finalized with no proposed changes from 2015.

Use of Trail Cameras and Blinds on Public Lands
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed the use of trail cameras and portable hunting blinds on public lands at their March meeting.

GFP Proposes Early Goose Hunting Season and August Management Take
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed the 2016 early goose hunting season with two changes from 2015.

GFP Proposes Clarification on the Use of Air Guns While Hunting
he South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department proposed to lower the muzzle velocity for airguns from 1,000 to 600 feet per second while hunting cottontail rabbits, red squirrels, fox squirrels and grey squirrels along with any predator/varmint.

Public Safety

Name Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – A Vivian, S.D., woman has been identified as the victim in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Thursday afternoon eight miles west and six miles north of Presho.

Transportation

Open House for Mt. Rushmore Road Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the city of Rapid City, Ferber Engineering Company, Inc. and Reede Construction, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Mount Rushmore Road Reconstruction project in Rapid City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Holds Final Legislative Press Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today at the Capitol held his final press conference of the legislative session where he spoke about his teacher pay proposal and balancing the budget.

Agriculture

Kip Moore and Reckless Kelly to Play the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, along with Legend Seeds, is excited to announce their first concert for the 2016 SD State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

Additional Elk Hunting Opportunities Available in 2016
Additional elk hunting opportunities will be available to hunters in the Black Hills and Custer State Park in the fall of 2016.

Public Safety

Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – One woman died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon that occurred eight miles west and six miles north of Presho.

Tourism

South Dakota Tourism Wins Adrian Awards
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, MMGY Global.

Transportation

Reconstruction of Highway 50 in Yankton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on the reconstruction of Highway 50 (4th Street) in Yankton, on Monday, March 14.

I-190/Silver Street Construction Project Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the northbound ramp to Interstate 190 at the intersection of West Boulevard / Anamosa Street in Rapid City will close permanently on Monday, March 7.