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Attorney General Marty Jackley

Walker’s Federal Lawsuit Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. Senate Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Federal District Court Judge Lawrence Piersol has dismissed Clayton G. Walker’s lawsuit to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate for United States Senate.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

Governor's Column: South Dakota's 125th Anniversary
On Nov. 2, 1889, at 2:40 p.m., President Benjamin Harrison signed South Dakota into statehood.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will attend the South Dakota Symphony Concert to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood in the Capitol Building Rotunda.

Education

Voting for children’s book awards opens Nov. 1
Voting opens Nov. 1 for the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Awards, sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Release New Book on Political Culture at USD Conference
In their upcoming book from the South Dakota State Historical Society, editors Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller and Donald C. Simmons, Jr., present 10 essays that focus on the unpredictability and inconsistencies in the state’s political culture. “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 2” will be released on Thursday, Nov. 13, at a conference hosted by the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Transportation

Motorists Asked To Stay Out of Highway 87 Work Zone
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation are warning motorists that driving around barricades on closed sections of highways could result in a dangerous situation for drivers and a ticket.

Board of Regents

Arbitrator Denies Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to All Parties in Darley v. SDIBI Arbitration
The South Dakota Board of Regents was notified this week that a California arbitrator has denied recovery of attorneys’ fees in an arbitration case involving the federal EB-5 immigrant visa program. Earlier this month, the arbitrator ruled there was no liability by the Board of Regents and denied all claims and counter-claims in a breach of contract case that involved marketing of EB-5 projects.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor And First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeks Public Assistance in Officer Involved Shooting in Charles Mix County
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred October 30, 2014 in rural Charles Mix County. The suspect, Russell Duaine Turner Jr., 40, Dante, is still at large.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

Governors Stake Friendly Wager On Dakota Marker Game
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s Dakota Marker football game between South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University.

State Treasurer Sattgast Reports $65m in Unclaimed Property Receipts
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast released the state’s October Unclaimed Property Receipts for the year, showing the state has so far received $65 million in unclaimed property.

Corrections

Rapid City Minimum Unit Garden Produces Three Tons of Food
A new project at the Rapid City Minimum Unit is helping feed the hungry in that community.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
WILMOT, S.D. – A Milbank, S.D., man died in a two vehicle crash on Wednesday, Oct., 29 three miles east of Wilmot.

Transportation

I-29 Southbound Lane Closure at the 12th Street Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will close the outside driving lane and shoulder of southbound Interstate 29 at the 12th Street interchange in Sioux Falls on Monday, Nov. 3.

Russell Street Pavement Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in coordination with the city of Sioux Falls, will begin pavement repairs on the westbound lanes of Russell Street starting today, Oct. 30.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Releases Presentation From SD Council Of Economic Advisors Meeting
Following the Council of Economic Advisors’ quarterly meeting, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is making a presentation on the national and state economies available to the public.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Inmate Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Amada N. Portillo, 23, inmate at South Dakota Women’s Prison, has been sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault.

Agriculture

Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2014 mountain pine beetle (MPB) flight has ended and the time is now to identify and treat this year’s infested trees. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of MPB in the Black Hills.

Human Services

SD Recruits Low-Income Teens with Disabilities to Further Education, Employment
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Human Services recently began mailing letters to recruit 120 of South Dakota’s young people with disabilities to participate in a six-state project to improve their educational and employment outcomes.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Hosts the State’s Largest Jobs Database
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) provides and maintains the state’s largest jobs database, SDWORKS.

Public Safety

South Dakota among Top 10 States in Trucking Safety, Enforcement
PIERRE, S.D. – A national trucking research firm ranks South Dakota in the Top 10 nationally for motor carrier safety and enforcement, state Highway Patrol Col. Craig Price said today.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in November in the following counties: Beadle, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Davison, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lake, Lawrence, Marshall, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Tripp and Union.


Agriculture

Fire Officials Urge Caution during Harvest
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire is asking ranchers and farmers to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when harvesting crops this fall.

Corrections

Inmate Garden Produces Nearly 19 Tons of Food
Inmates harvested a total of 37,825 pounds of beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cucumbers, dill, kohlrabi, okra, onion, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, rutabaga, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelons and zucchini this year.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Nov. 9
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Channel program entitled, “Aerial America: The Dakotas” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


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) events:


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Statehood Celebration To Be Held At Capitol Building
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is reminding South Dakotans that the 125th statehood anniversary celebration at the Capitol Building is a week away.

First Lady Column: Improvements In Infant Mortality
The adventure of serving as First Lady has really been a journey of learning.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 16th Annual Good Shepherd Fundraiser at 300 N. Main Ave. in Sioux Falls.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Four Box Elder Individuals Arrested on Drug Charges
Acting on several recent tips, the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team(UNET) executed a search warrant on Wednesday afternoon at 788 Old Calvary Rd, in Box Elder.

Education

Sioux Falls teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
LeeAnna Rabine, a kindergarten teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls, received a $25,000 surprise today.

Health

SD Prepared To Monitor Travelers From Ebola-affected Countries
The state health department will actively monitor travelers who enter South Dakota from Ebola-affected countries under new measures announced by the CDC, a state health official said today.

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A Wyoming man died and a female passenger sustained life threatening injuries in a rollover crash on Friday, Oct. 24, 20 miles west of Custer.

Day County Fatal Crash
ANDOVER, S.D. – A Castlewood man died in a two vehicle crash four miles east of Andover, on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Ronald Rosenboom of Sturgis has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to finish the remainder of former Commissioner Michael Trucano’s term on the South Dakota Transportation Commission which expires in April 2016.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lawrence County Historical Society Celebrates State's 125th With New Book
In commemoration of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary, the Lawrence County Historical Society has published a book of town timelines.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Tell the Feds, States Do it Best
I'm proud of our farmers and ranchers who are committed to being good stewards of our water. Join me in sending the EPA and the Corps a clear message that the people of South Dakota know more about protecting our water than any agency in Washington, D.C.

Tourism

Thursday, Oct. 30, is #AskAnArchivist Day
On Thursday, Oct. 30, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Input on Changes to the STIP
South Dakota Department of Transportation staff presented information on potential changes to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) to the Transportation Commission at this morning’s meeting and is seeking public input on those changes prior to the Commission’s November meeting.

South Dakota Highway 11 Bridge Painting Rescheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says painting of the bridge over Split Rock Creek on Highway 11 will begin Monday, Oct. 27.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

McVay Appeal Dismissed and Murder Conviction to Remain of Record
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of James V. McVay. McVay, an inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, committed suicide on September 2, 2014 while serving a capital sentence for the stabbing death of Maybelle Schein.

Corrections

Search for Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate Jay Dooley walked away from the Rapid City Minimum Unit this evening.

Transportation

Bridge Repair at I-90 Exit 387
On Monday, Oct. 27, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the interchange bridge over Interstate 90 at Exit 387 to Hartford.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Sex Offender Registry Maintains National Certification
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today federal authorities have certified that the South Dakota's Sex Offender Registry continues to substantially implement the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

A.G. Jackley Seeks New Execution Date Following S.D. Supreme Court’s Denial of Rodney Berget’s Petition for Rehearing
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that his office will seek a new execution date for Rodney Scott Berget after the South Dakota Supreme Court denied Berget’s petition for rehearing.

Human Services

Employment of South Dakotans with Disabilities Recognized by Governor
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented awards Oct. 20 to businesses and workers who have contributed the most in 2014 to the employment of South Dakotans with disabilities.

Tourism

SD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 156 businesses and organizations in 46 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Circuit Court Upholds Kleinsasser Conviction
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Trandahl has upheld the manslaughter conviction of Herman P. Kleinsasser. Kleinsasser pled guilty to manslaughter in the first degree for the shooting death of his wife, Sharon and was sentenced to 80 years in the state penitentiary.

Attorney General Jackley Joins Attorneys General Requesting Congressional Assistance to Combat Human Trafficking
Attorney General Marty Jackley and a bipartisan group of Attorneys General and territorial Attorneys General today encouraged members of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to pass three bills that addresses Human Trafficking.

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

Agriculture

South Dakota Tractor Collector Group Donates $50,000 to State Fair Foundation
HURON, S.D.-The International Harvester Collectors Club – South Dakota Chapter 21 has raised more than $50,000 for the new State Fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.

Game, Fish and Parks

Details on South Dakota’s 2014 Pheasant Opener from Across the State
With the annual pheasant brood survey up 76 percent (statewide pheasants-per-mile index) from last year, today was filled with excitement for upland bird hunters across the state for the opening day of South Dakota’s traditional pheasant hunting season.

Human Services

Assistive Technology Training Available for South Dakotans Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is offering free training on accessing mobile devices and personal computers for citizens with vision loss beginning October 2014.

Transportation

Highway 87 Construction Near Custer
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a roadway improvement project on Highway 87 near Custer is set to begin today, Monday, Oct. 20, with the contractor closing the road around the Hood Tunnel for two miles.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: SD Seeing Success In Economic Development
Earlier this month, I spent the day in Brookings attending a number of economic development celebrations.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities during the Governor’s Awards ceremony at the Capitol.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Public Assistance in Search for Rachel Cyriacks
Law Enforcement continues the search for Rachel Cyriacks of Woonsocket.

Education

Hogie selected as 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Allen Hogie, Brandon Valley High School math teacher, has been selected as the 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

Public Safety

South Dakota Highway Patrol Graduates Nine New Troopers
PIERRE, S.D. – After eight months of training, nine recruits are prepared to officially join the ranks of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. A graduation ceremony was held in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday.

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A Minnesota man died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a truck-locomotive crash on Monday, Oct., 13 crash in Milbank, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Feature: First Governor Arthur Mellette Sacrificed His Health And Wealth For South Dakota
As South Dakotans celebrated statehood in late 1889, their joy was tempered by several serious problems.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Dusty Johnson To Leave Position As Governor’s Chief Of Staff
Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson will leave state government next month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

A.G. Jackley Joins Attorneys General Requesting Support to Allow Full Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography Cases
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 43 other bipartisan Attorneys General today have encouraged the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives Subcommittee to support the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014 by bringing this bill to a vote.

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Unemployment Benefits Scam Targeting the State of South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley warns employers and employees to be cautious of an unemployment insurance benefit scam targeting South Dakota.

Agriculture

South Dakota Participates in International Trade Summit
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch last week joined other state agriculture department leaders and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada for a two-day agricultural trade summit as part of the 23rd Annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Chicago, Illinois.

Human Services

State Developmental Center to Host Wellness Fair in Redfield
REDFIELD, S.D. – Area residents will have an opportunity to explore a variety of wellness topics and health screenings Oct. 29 on the campus of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre to Observe South Dakota’s Quasquicentennial with Free Admission Nov. 1-2
To commemorate the quasquicentennial, better known to most as the 125th anniversary of statehood, the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will provide the public with free admission to the museum on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.

Make-and-Take Holiday Ornaments & Special 125th Celebration Events at Cultural Heritage Center on Nov. 2
Get into the holiday spirit and create your own holiday ornaments during the annual Make-and-Take Holiday Ornament event from 1-4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Railroad Board Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Jeffrey Burket of Spearfish has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the South Dakota State Railroad Board.

South Dakota Lottery

MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ Lotto Ticket Sales Start Oct. 19
Ticket sales begin Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at all South Dakota Lottery retailers for MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ (MMC), a multi-state lotto draw game that offers multiple million dollar prizes and a top prize of up to $25 million.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Names Steve Emery As Secretary Of Tribal Relations
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Steve Emery as Secretary of Tribal Relations.

Governor, First Lady Urge Flu Vaccinations
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard rolled up their sleeves today to get vaccinated against the flu and encourage other South Dakotans to do the same.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Tourism

Two Free Genealogical Workshops Being Offered at Cultural Heritage Center
Two genealogical workshops will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Professional genealogist Paula Stuart-Warren of Roseville, Minn., will present on how to find and use county records and church records for family history research.

New Exhibit entitled “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota” to open at Cultural Heritage Center on Oct. 25
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will debut its new exhibit “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota” on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Hogen Gallery of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Lane Closures at I-29 and 12th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the inside lane of both northbound and southbound Interstate 29 at the interchange as well as one lane in each direction on 12th Street on Wednesday (Oct. 15) morning in Sioux Falls.


Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
A Bruce man died in a one-vehicle crash on 204th Street four miles west of Bruce on Saturday, Oct. 11.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: County Reinvestment Fund
There are many reasons why I love South Dakota. Our state is fiscally responsible. We understand how important it is to balance the budget and be good stewards of taxpayer money.

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

Wessington Springs Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Wessington Springs will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Gant Announces Voter Registration Deadline
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant reminded voters today that October 20th marks the voter registration deadline for South Dakotans who intend to vote in the November 4 General Election.

Agriculture

Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of mountain pine beetles (MPB) in the Black Hills. The 2014 MPB flight has passed and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is now.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Partners with Communities to Install Fishing Piers
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently completed two projects that resulted in the installation of new fishing piers for the Watertown and Aberdeen communities.

Public Safety

Schrank to Head Driver Licensing Program
Jane Schrank of Pierre has been selected to head the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program, Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced today.

Transportation

Tribes to Meet at Transportation Safety Summit
South Dakota Indian tribes will meet to exchange ideas to improve transportation safety at the 5th Annual Tribal Transportation Safety Summit Oct. 15 and 16, at the Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel in Watertown. This year’s event is being hosted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

Night Work at Omaha St. & 12th Street
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, work will be done on Omaha Street in Rapid City at the intersection of 12th Street to install detection loops for the new traffic signals.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For Spring Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2015 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2015.

125th Feature: On The Road To Dakota Statehood
The first organized effort to separate Dakota Territory into parts occurred in 1871 when the territorial Legislature petitioned Congress for the creation of two territories with the division line being the 46th parallel.

Book Celebrates South Dakota Creativity During 125th Year
Brookings Arts Council has released a new book to celebrate creativity in the state during South Dakota’s 125th anniversary year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

A. G. Jackley Joins Challenge to Environmental Protection Agency and Corp of Engineers Attempt to Broaden Federal Authority
Attorney General Marty Jackley, along with the Attorneys General of 10 States, filed comments today challenging a rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers which would broaden their powers under the federal Clean Water Act.

Transportation

Night Work at Omaha St. & West Boulevard/I-190
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, a project to install new traffic signals in the north-half of the Omaha St. and West Boulevard/Interstate 190 intersection in Rapid City will be done during the overnight hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Board of Regents

Regents Advance Plans for Changes in Principal Preparation
Incorporating best practices for training future school administrators, the South Dakota Board of Regents has advanced plans for four of its public universities to create a new master’s degree in principal preparation.

NSU Accounting Degrees Go Online
Northern State University has received the go-ahead to offer two accounting degrees online to make them more accessible to students. The South Dakota Board of Regents Thursday approved that request, along with a new minor in criminal justice for the public university based in Aberdeen.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED, Communities To Promote South Dakota At MD&M Expo
For the seventh consecutive year, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is partnering with communities in an effort to grow South Dakota’s bioscience sector and help companies create jobs.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Commends STB For Continued Rail Efforts
The Surface Transportation Board today issued an order requiring railroads to regularly provide shipping status updates to the public.

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Recommends Name for Unnamed Island in Minnehaha County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has unanimously recommended the name of Dells Island for an unnamed island in Minnehaha County.

Board of Regents

More Distance Learners Enrolled at Public Universities
More than 22,500 students enrolled in a distance education course last year at South Dakota public universities, according to a new report prepared for the South Dakota Board of Regents. While major indicators of headcount, enrollment, and credit hours delivered by distance have been growing, often by large margins, since 2010, the rate of growth has slowed somewhat in recent years, the report said.

University Centers Offer Greater Access to Higher Education
Providing educational opportunities for non-traditional and place bound students who desire more direct contact than online classes, university centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City increase access to public higher education.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Status of Same-Sex Marriage Case after United States Supreme Court Decision
The United States Supreme Court has denied the appeal of seven same-sex marriage decisions from the Federal Fourth, Seventh and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, which includes 19 bi partisan State Attorneys General requests for the Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. Constitution requires States to adopt and recognize same-sex marriage.

Health

South Dakota Reports First Flu Detections Of Season
South Dakota is reporting one case of influenza A and two of influenza B, the first detections of the 2014-2015 season.

Transportation

South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor to Induct New Member in September
Tim Bjorneberg of Pierre, a former employee of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

Culvert Replacement and Repair on Highway 44
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a culvert replacement project and culvert repair projects will begin next week on Highway 44 between the Highway 281 north and Highway 50 south intersection.

Board of Regents

California Arbitrator Finds in Favor of Regents
A California arbitrator’s decision has vindicated the South Dakota Board of Regents and the state of South Dakota in a breach of contract case involving the federal EB-5 immigrant visa program. The decision, announced today, denied all claims and counter-claims in a case brought by Darley Commercial LLC against Hanul Professional Law Corp. and the South Dakota International Business Institute. SDIBI is located at Northern State University.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Electronic Data Sharing Curbs Unauthorized Sale of Pseudoephedrine Products in South Dakota
The State of South Dakota’s electronic sharing for the sale of Pseudoephedrine products has been online for just three months and is working as it was anticipated said Attorney General Marty Jackley.

Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

Cyber Security Awareness Month
As October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, the state is participating in the Stop.Think.Connect (www.stopthinkconnect.org) national campaign to increase awareness of this very important issue.

Health

Health Department Encourages Physical Activity With #ShowUsYourTrail Facebook Photo Contest
South Dakotans are encouraged to get active and at the same time share their favorite trails via a Facebook photo contest. The contest invites participants to snap a photo on their favorite South Dakota trail and submit it through the Healthy South Dakota Trails page.

Tourism

Last year of Dakota Territory Being Discussed at Cultural Heritage Center
The story of South Dakota’s last year before statehood will be told through newspaper accounts during a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Oct. 12
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast from the National Museum of American History (NMAH) entitled, “Lincoln, the Smithsonian, and Science” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 11 Bridge Painting
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says painting of the bridge over Split Rock Creek on Highway 11 will begin Tuesday, Oct. 7.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column - Ellsworth Development Authority Partnerships
Last month I attended the dedication of the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority’s newly constructed Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard be attending and speaking at the SD Symphony Special 125th Concert in Sioux Falls.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Success and Change for the SD State Fair
The final numbers have been out for a few weeks, but stating the attendance number for the SD State Fair never gets old. Attendance for the 2014 SD State Fair came in at 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

Quagga Mussel Veligers Discovered in Angostura Reservoir
Water sampling performed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has resulted in the discovery of larval quagga mussels in Angostura Reservoir in the southern Black Hills.

Public Safety

FEMA, State Funds Help Cooperatives Bury Power Lines
A year after an early-October blizzard left thousands of people in western South Dakota without electricity, five rural electric cooperatives are using federal and state disaster funds to bury hundreds of miles of power line and reduce the chances of such widespread outages in future storms.

Transportation

I-90 Repair Work Near Buffalo Ridge Exit
Starting Monday, Oct. 6, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin structure repair work on Interstate 90 approximately two miles east of Buffalo Ridge at Exit 390.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Big Day In Manufacturing For Brookings
Four events were held in the Brookings community on Friday, Oct. 3, which highlighted the growth of its business and research community.

Another Successful South Dakota Manufacturing Week Wraps Up
As the 2nd annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to extend thanks to all of the communities, companies, organizations and individuals who participated this week in celebrating South Dakota’s manufacturing industry.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Feature: Edgar S. McFadden Helped Feed The World
The next time you eat a slice of break, you might think of Edgar S. McFadden.

125th Feature: State Capitol Restored To Its Original Beauty
As South Dakota celebrates its 125th year of statehood, South Dakotans can once again be proud of their Capitol building.

Game, Fish and Parks

Proposals would Change Nebraska-South Dakota Catfish Limits and Clarify Paddlefish Measurement
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow South Dakota licensed anglers fishing the South Dakota-Nebraska border waters to have a daily limit of 10 channel catfish and five flathead catfish. The possession limits for these fish would be twice the daily limit indicated for each species.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Spearfishing Regulations
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to spearfishing regulations.

GFP Commission Proposes Rules on Mussels, Amphibians, Reptiles and Invertebrates
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several proposals that would tighten the rules regarding the harvest of mussels, require more information be provided on scientific collectors permit applications and allow conditions to be placed on collection of specimens associated with a collector’s permit.

GFP Commission Proposes Fishing Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed fishing regulation changes during their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to the 2015 Spring Turkey Season
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the 2015 spring turkey season at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Date Change to Big Game Baiting Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to reduce the number of days people are allowed to use bait stations for attracting big game species at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Nonrefundable Big Game Application Fee Increase
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed an increase to nonrefundable big game application fees for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat at their October meeting in Sturgis.

Labor and Regulation

Employer Services Available from Department of Labor and Regulation
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offers many employer services for businesses and non-profit organizations at the local level to assist them in their workforce recruitment efforts.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Live Webcast from National Museum of Natural History on Oct. 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special live webcast from the National Museum of Natural History entitled, “Mass Extinction -- Solving the Dinosaur Mystery” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Brookings Manufacturer: South Dakota’s Business Climate and GOED Finance Programs to Thank for Success
It’s safe to assume that for most business owners, a need to expand due to rapidly increasing business is a nice problem to have.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Commemorates 125 Years Of South Dakota Constitution
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking South Dakotans to remember the anniversary of the state constitution, which was passed on Oct. 1, 1889.

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) events:

Agriculture

SD Dept. of Ag Releases South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) presents the South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study, a special collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS).

Game, Fish and Parks

Hunters Asked to Guard Against Grass Fires
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking hunters going into the field this fall to be diligent in not only preventing fires, but also detecting them.

Salmon Station Open for Egg Collection
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) fisheries staff have opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station for the 2014 season. However, gathering enough adult salmon for egg collection could be challenging this fall, due to the long-term effects of the 2011 flood.

Tourism

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims October as “Archives Month”
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as “Archives Month” in South Dakota.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 16 Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of U.S. Highway 16 through Jewel Cave National Monument / Hell Canyon is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 15 miles west of Custer on Highway 16 near the west end of the project.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names Seeks Input On Proposed Name For Creek In Campbell County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is seeking public input on a name for an unnamed creek in Campbell County.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Madison CTE Program Pushes Manufacturing Industry
It’s no secret that South Dakota’s manufacturing sector continues to grow.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Custer County Death Investigation Concluded
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Custer County Sheriff’s Office confirm today they have concluded their investigation into the death of Nancy Kay Vickers, 59, Summerset. Vickers was found dead in rural Custer County on September 23, 2014.

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Secretary of State and Northern State University release 2nd Quarter Economic Report
Secretary of State Jason Gant has issued the Secretary of State's Economic Report for the 2nd Quarter of 2014.

Health

South Dakota Infant Mortality Rate Drops In 2013
In 2013 South Dakota saw a drop in the number of babies dying before their first birthdays. New data released by the Department of Health today shows 80 infant deaths in 2013 for a rate of 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births, significant decrease from 2012.

Labor and Regulation

Workforce Development Council Elects Officers
The South Dakota Workforce Development Council unanimously re-elected chair Warren Lotsberg of Huron and vice chair Tom Bohnet of Yankton at its quarterly meeting today.

Public Safety

Multi-Vehicle, Multi-Crash on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A rollover crash that seriously injured a Brandon, S.D., woman and a multiple-vehicle collision occurred on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Board of Regents

Public Universities “Jump Start” Students to College Success
South Dakota State University, in partnership with six other South Dakota higher education institutions, has received a $3.6 million federal grant to help American Indian and low-income students enroll and succeed in college.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Mitchell Area Manufacturers Association Aims to Create Awareness and Generate Enthusiasm for Industry
Manufacturing has a strong presence in South Dakota, and in Mitchell, S.D., it’s fair to say manufacturing is one of the community’s top industries.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Dairy In South Dakota
As a boy, one of my chores was to get up at 5:30 a.m. each morning to milk our Holstein cows.

News Tips
The South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities will hold its quarterly meeting.

Agriculture

American Bank & Trust Invests in 4-H Youth and the Huron Region
HURON, S.D.-American Bank & Trust was recently recognized for providing a gift of $50,000 to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation toward its “Building a Showcase for 4-H, Youth, and Community” capital campaign. The campaign is raising funds to build a new fairgrounds exhibit hall.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in October in the following counties: Brookings, Brown, Clay, Codington, Davison, Hamlin, Hughes, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Tripp and Walworth.

Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Smoke Alarms
South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is observing Fire Prevention Week with a cooperative program to provide smoke alarms for homes with high-risk populations in the state.

Brookings County Fatal Crash
ELKTON, S.D. – A fatal crash occurred near Elkton, S.D., early Sunday morning, Sept. 28.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Mitchell Manufacturer Hopes to Debunk Manufacturing Stereotype
As a kid growing up in the small town of Canby, Minn., Dustin had no intention to go into the manufacturing industry.


Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved nearly $5 million in grants, loans and principal forgiveness for water and waste projects.

Transportation

Highway 34 Opening East of Howes
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Highway 34 east of Howes will re-open to traffic this evening (Friday, Sept. 26) at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. MDT).

Reminder to Remove Hay Bales from the Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners, hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.

I-90 Exits 10 and 12 Ramp Resurfacing In Spearfish
Asphalt pavement resurfacing will begin sometime the week of Sept. 29, on the Interstate 90 ramps at Exits 10 and 12 near Spearfish.

Railroad Crossing Work to Begin near Cottonwood
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising the public a railroad crossing replacement project on Highway 14, approximately one mile east of Cottonwood in Jackson County, will begin on Monday, Sept. 29, weather permitting.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Counterpart Celebrates Grand Opening of Addition
Counterpart, Inc. is excited to announce the grand opening celebration of the 30,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing plant located in Brookings, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Presidents Cleveland and Harrison Contribute to North and South Dakota Statehood
Grover Cleveland of New York and Benjamin Harrison of Indiana served as presidents of the United States during the last years of territorial status and first years of statehood for South Dakota.

Canistota, Hayti, Rapid City and North Sioux City to Host 125th Events
Canistota, Hayti and Rapid City have formed statehood celebration committees to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Shire Pharmaceuticals Pays $56.5 Million to Resolve Off-Label Marketing Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Shire Pharmaceuticals, LLC engaged in off-label marketing campaigns.

Tourism

Officials Urge Public to Become Members of State Historical Society
Officials with the state of South Dakota are urging people interested in history, during this 125th anniversary of statehood, to become members of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Transportation

I-29 Lane Closures In Sioux Falls
Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will reduce traffic to one lane on southbound Interstate 29 under the Interstate 90 bridges in Sioux Falls.

Russell Street Traffic Change
On Friday, Sept. 26, the South Dakota Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the city of Sioux Falls, will open the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Russell Street.

Veterans Affairs

GOV. DAUGAARD PROCLAIMS GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY’S DAY IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Proclamation proclaiming Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, as “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day” in South Dakota. In his proclamation, the Governor encourages South Dakotans to become aware of the South Dakota’s Gold Star Mothers and their efforts to continue to honor our sons and daughters who paid the ultimate sacrifice for all our freedoms.


Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Rail Service Challenges and Opportunities
Over the past several months, I’ve seen firsthand the leadership and team effort between our congressional and state delegations.

Human Services

Disability Employment Awareness Events Planned for October in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and several events have been planned to highlight this year’s theme: “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

Social Services

Long-Term Care Educational Sessions Scheduled Across South Dakota This Fall
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.

Board of Regents

Fall Enrollment Up Slightly at Public Universities
Enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities remained stable this fall, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today. Headcount enrollment was up by 167, while the number of full-time equivalent students being served was down only slightly.


Game, Fish and Parks

600 Riders Take Part in Mickelson Trail Trek
According to state Division of Parks and Recreation officials, three days of sunshine helped make last weekend’s 17th annual Mickelson Trail Trek a success.

Tourism

County Seat Fights, Courthouses Featured in New State Historical Society Book
“County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota” by former circuit court judge Arthur L. Rusch, will be released at the South Dakota Festival of Books on Friday, Sept. 26, in Sioux Falls.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Marion, S.D. woman died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D Highway 17 and 272nd Street two miles west of Tea on Saturday, Sept. 20.


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
A Rosholt man died in a two-vehicle crash at a rural intersection southeast of Rosholt on Saturday, Sept. 20.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup 2014
When I was a young boy, I always looked forward to the cowboy films at the theater. My friends and I loved the rugged, silent cowboy stars.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will welcome the arrival of Wagon Train at the State Capitol.

Wessington Springs To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Wessington Springs will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Events in Hill 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) events:

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

National Voter Registration Day
Secretary of State Jason Gant announces that September 23rd is National Voter Registration Day

Agriculture

2014 Soil Conservation Award Program Winners Announced
Pierre, S.D. – Six South Dakota farms and ranches have been recognized with 2014 Soil Conservation Awards. Award winners include Charles Maude of Custer County, Gregory Putnam of Douglas County, Herman Fink of Douglas County, Roger Olson of Lake County, David Mousel of Moody County and Rick Veldkamp of Moody County.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Stanton Day, age 72, passed away at a Yankton hospital under hospice care Sept. 18 following an extended illness.

Health

South Dakota Has Nation’s Highest Flu Vaccination Rate
Nearly 60 percent of South Dakotans got a flu vaccination last season, the highest percentage in the nation, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Dakota’s overall flu vaccination rate was 57.4 percent.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
SILVER CITY, S.D. – A Minnesota man died in a motorcycle crash at the Pactola Reservoir on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Work on Highway 12
The Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad will begin work on the railroad crossing at the 6th Avenue and 5th Street intersection on Highway 12 in Aberdeen on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Tribal Relations

S.D. Board On Geographic Names Holding Board Meeting In Pierre
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is holding its board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 1 p.m. CDT, in the Commission Room of the Becker Hansen Building, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Anniversary Feature: Controversial Painting Covered
When William Janklow returned to the Governor’s Office in 1995, he inherited a long-festering controversy concerning the painting on the west wall of the Governor’s Reception Room.

Hot Springs And White Lake Statehood Celebration Committees Created
Hot Springs and White Lake statehood celebration committees have been established and are planning special events for Sept. 25 and Oct. 4.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Huron Man Arrested for Disseminating Material Harmful to Minors and Possession of Marijuana
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Thomas Mark Wendelgass, 30, Huron, has been arrested today on one count of disseminating material harmful to minors, class one misdemeanor and one count of possession of marijuana, class one misdemeanor.

Inmate Indicted for Homicide at the State Penitentiary
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that inmate Douglas A. Ipsen, 28, Sioux Falls, was indicted on one count of first degree murder, class A felony, punishable by death or mandatory life sentence in the state penitentiary, one count of second degree murder, class B felony, punishable by mandatory life sentence in the state penitentiary and one count of manslaughter in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine.

Health

State Awards $60,000 In Grants To Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
Increased colorectal cancer screening is the goal of $60,000 in grant funds awarded to four health systems in the state.

Labor and Regulation

Gov. Daugaard Supports National Employ Older Workers Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued a proclamation to celebrate National Employ Older Workers Week on Sept. 21-27.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A Minnesota man died in a motorcycle crash eight miles west of Milbank, on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Transportation

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The city of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be switching traffic to the newly constructed southbound lanes of Sycamore Avenue tonight (Thursday evening) after 6 p.m.


Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Gant: Absentee Ballot Options
South Dakotans have the option of absentee voting by mail or in person. Secretary of State Jason Gant said absentee voting opens Friday, September 19th for the November 4th General Election.

Agriculture

Beadle County 4-H Raises $103,000 for New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-Beadle County 4-H members have exceeded their $75,000 fundraising goal for the South Dakota State Fair Foundation’s construction of a new exhibit hall. To date, they have raised $103,000 and are still actively carrying out fundraising activities. This is in addition to the $500,000 fundraising goal set by the rest of the 4-H’ers in South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

Lake Sturgeon to be Reintroduced into Big Stone Lake on Thursday
On Thursday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m., the public is invited to attend the lake sturgeon release at Hartford Beach State Park, approximately 15 miles north of Milbank, S.D.

Tourism

“Hägar the Horrible” Cartoonist Pens Children’s Book for State Historical Society
Chris Browne, the cartoonist of “Hägar the Horrible,” has written and illustrated his first children’s book, “The Monster Who Ate the State,” for the South Dakota State Historical Society. The book will be released at the first South Dakota Young Readers Festival on Thursday, Sept. 25, in Brookings.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Matching Funds Available to Communities for Workforce Development
PIERRE, S.D. – A $1 million community incentive match program recently announced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give communities across the state the opportunity to take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues.

Faulkton Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Faulkton will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, a community social, tours around town and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

Dept. of Ag Accepting Applications for Donated 2014 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for donated 2014 CRP mid-term management hay bales. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

Social Services

DSS’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recognized for Exceptional Administration
For the 30th consecutive year, the South Dakota Department of Social Services' (DSS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been recognized nationally for its quality in administration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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.

Revenue

Credit Card Options are now Available
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue announces that taxpayers now have the option to pay tax to the state by credit card.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

City of Yankton Approved for Local Infrastructure Improvement Program Grant
The Board of Economic Development approved the city of Yankton last week for a $500,000 Local Infrastructure Improvement Grant.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

All Statehood Celebration Event Tickets Reserved
All of the tickets for seating at the upcoming Statehood Celebration and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performance in the State Capitol have been reserved.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the South Dakota Hall of Banquet Inductee/Medallion presentation on Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m. at Cedar Shores in Chamberlain.

Governor's Column: Pheasant Hunting, A South Dakota Tradition
Next month tens of thousands of hunters will take to the fields and grasslands of South Dakota, seeking a colorful upland game bird – the rooster pheasant.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Criminal Investigation into Kent Davidson’s Death at State Penitentiary
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on Monday September 8, 2014, Kent Davidson, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of Crystal Schulz, was found deceased in his cell at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

Agriculture

Workshop about Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on treatment of mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills. The 2014 mountain pine beetle flight will be ending and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is just around the corner.

Education

South Dakota high school students on track to earn more than 4,000 reduced-cost dual credits
The South Dakota Board of Education heard a report today regarding enrollment in the state’s new, reduced-cost dual credit program.

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

Labor and Regulation

Job Services Available from Department of Labor and Regulation
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offers many job services at the local level that can lead to an effective workforce system.

Tourism

Little-Known Mount Rushmore Story Lands Award for State Historical Society
"Love Letters from Mount Rushmore: The Story of a Marriage, a Monument, and a Moment in History” by Richard Cerasani has won the Gold Award for Non-Fiction, Adult Books, from Mom’s Choice Awards®.

State Historical Society Memoir Receives Multiple Accolades
“Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey” is a finalist in the 2014 WILLA Literary Awards and a nominee in the 2014 Will Rogers Medallion Awards. Written by first-time author Darcy Lipp-Acord, the book has been well received since its publication by the South Dakota State Historical Society in 2013.


Tourism

State Historical Society seeks public preservation input
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2015 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

Transportation

Highway 75 Crack Sealing
On Monday, Sept. 15, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a crack sealing operation on Highway 75 in Perkins County from the junction of Highway 20 to the North Dakota border.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sapa Approved for SD Jobs Grant, Adding 50 Jobs
Sapa Extrusions, Inc., a part of the Norway-based Sapa Group and a world leader in aluminum solutions, has been approved for a $24,280 South Dakota Jobs grant for its operations in Yankton, S.D., which will help facilitate equipment upgrades, a building expansion and new jobs in its facility.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

All Invited To Attend Wagon Train Arrival Event at State Capitol
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Gov. Jack Dalrymple of the twin Dakotas will greet the South Dakota 125th Birthday Wagon Train at the State Capitol in Pierre at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Statehood Celebration Event Tickets Available Sept. 15
Free tickets for the limited seating available at the upcoming Statehood Celebration and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performance in the Rotunda of the State Capitol will be available starting Monday, Sept. 15.

Agriculture

State Fair Breaks Attendance Goal
HURON, S.D. –South Dakota State Fair officials said the goal was to hit an attendance of 200,000 this year. Today, they announce attendance for the 2014 fair was 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s tally.

Game, Fish and Parks

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area to Host Fall Event
YANKTON, S.D. – Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton is hosting Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1-5 p.m. CDT.

Health

South Dakota Health Officials Watching For Enterovirus
The Department of Health today received specimens from several suspect cases of the enterovirus EV-D68 and submitted them to CDC for testing, says a state health official.

Public Safety

Beadle County Fatal Crash
CAVOUR, S.D. – A Yale, S.D., man died in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 14, two miles east of Cavour on Wednesday, Sept., 10.

Tourism

Mom’s Choice Awards® Gives Gold to “Tasunka” from State Historical Society
“Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend” has won the Gold Award for Children’s Picture Books from Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA). Written and illustrated by Donald F. Montileaux, the book was published earlier this year by the South Dakota State Historical Society.

International Peace Pole on Display at Cultural Heritage Center Courtesy of Mitchell High School
A peace pole developed by students in the art department at Mitchell High School will be on display in the lobby of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, headquarters of the State Historical Society, from Sept. 12-Oct. 10.

Revenue

State Fair Tax Revenues up for 2014
PIERRE, S.D. – Tax revenues from the 2014 South Dakota State Fair are higher than the previous year’s numbers, according to the figures released by the Department of Revenue.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Dedicates Ellsworth’s Newly Constructed Wastewater Plant, Declares Business Park as Certified Ready
The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority formally dedicated its newly constructed Regional Wastewater Plant today.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff Thursday For Patriot Day
The White House has issued a proclamation designating Thursday, Sept.11, 2014, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Former US Senate Candidate Clayton G. Walker Arrested for Threatening State Employees
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner confirm today that Clayton G. Walker, 33, Black Hawk, was arrested on three counts of threatening by electronic device, class one misdemeanor. Walker was also arrested for violated the terms of his personal recognizance bond in his felony election law case based on the same conduct.

Labor and Regulation

DLR Hosts Training on Working with Job Seekers with Disabilities
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is hosting a two-day training workshop for professional service providers focused on assisting job seekers with disabilities.

Public Safety

School Bus and Car Crash in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – A car collided with school bus attempting to cross S.D. Highway 34 from the Sturgis Brown High School entrance on Wednesday morning.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Dr. Edward Seljeskog of Rapid City has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the remainder of former Commissioner Jerry Schoener’s term on the South Dakota Transportation Commission, which expires in April 2015.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Work Group Announces Recommendations
A work group formed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced its recommendations for enhancing pheasant habitat in South Dakota during a press conference today at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Awarded $12 Million TIGER Grant
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the South Dakota Department of Transportation has been awarded a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Marty Jackley and 38 Other Attorneys General Address Annoying Robocalls
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 38 other State Attorneys General today have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an official opinion that would allow telephone carriers’ the legal ability to implement call-blocking technology.

Haan’s Lawsuit Against the Secretary of State Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. House of Representatives Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Charles W. Haan had filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives.

Agriculture

Foundation of Major Farmer-Owned Cooperative Provides $50,000
HURON, S.D. - Recognition was given Monday for a gift provided by the CHS Foundation. A check for $50,000 was presented to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation at the Watertown CHS location. The funds will go toward the capital campaign for a new exhibit hall.

Grants Available To 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.

Tribal Relations

JR LaPlante Honored by AmeriCorps
Red Cloud Indian School and the South Dakota Commission for National and Community Service will be hosting a small reception at the school to celebrate AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary and to honor South Dakota’s Tribal Relations Secretary JR LaPlante in receiving the AmeriCorps Alumni award.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Forgotten First Lady Pennington’s Grave To Be Marked
The grave site of Territorial First Lady Amanda Pennington will finally be marked thanks to Yankton locals.

Pierre to Mark South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary
The city of Pierre is hosting a picnic on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Bipartisan Attorneys General Group Requesting US Supreme Court to Address Same Sex Marriage Cases
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined with 19 States in a request to the United States Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. Constitution requires States to adopt and recognize same-sex marriage (17 plus Utah and Oklahoma).

Education

Indian Education Summit to feature school board panel, student-led discussions and national speakers
The 2014 Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 45 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun asphalt concrete paving work on Highway 45 from the junction of Highway 10 to the North Dakota State Line.

Revenue

2014 Sturgis Rally Temporary Vendor Sales Tax Revenues
PIERRE, S.D. – Tax revenue from the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is up 3 percent from the previous year, according to the latest figures available from the South Dakota Department of Revenue.

Veterans Affairs

POW MIA Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Workforce Marathon
In South Dakota we have the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the nation. This is a source of pride, but it’s also a double-edged sword.

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

U.S. House of Representative Candidate's Ballot Lawsuit Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Charles W. Haan had filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives. Today the Circuit Court dismissed the lawsuit finding that the Secretary of State complied with state law, and Haan’s name will not appear on the November General Election ballot.

Social Services

Gov. Dennis Daugaard declares Sept. 7-13 as Suicide Prevention Week
Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 7 – 13 as “Suicide Prevention Week” in South Dakota.

September is Recovery Month for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders
Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out

September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared the month of September as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota to recognize the many families who have opened their homes to care for their kin in times of need.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center to Join Smithsonian Magazine in 10th Annual “Museum Day Live!” Event on Sept. 27
The holidays come early at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre! On Saturday, Sept. 27, all visitors will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.

Transportation

Asphalt Concrete Pavement Repairs on Highway 16B
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, crews will begin asphalt pavement repair work on Highway 16B near Exit 61 in Rapid City. The repair work is necessary to remove heavy rutting at the interchange.

Custer County Bridge Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the replacement of a bridge over the Cheyenne River in Custer County will take place Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m. MDT.

Traffic Signal Installation at Omaha Street & 12th Street
On Monday, Sept. 8, work will begin at the intersection of Omaha Street and 12th Street in Rapid City to install a new traffic signal with pedestrian signals and paint lines for new crosswalks.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Bowlers, Bull Riders And Wagon Train Coming To Wessington Springs
Wessington Springs will be offering four days of 125th anniversary events next week when the wagon train comes to town.

Mitchell To Celebrate Statehood Sept. 9
Mitchell will hold a special statehood anniversary celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 9, when the 125th wagon train arrives to town.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Urges Home Depot Customers to Review Statements and Report Unauthorized Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers to be vigilant for unauthorized charges in response to the massive data breach at Home Depot stores nationwide.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
State prison inmate James McVay has died as the result of a suicide.

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Leo Christensen, age 59, became ill at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield Sept. 2. He was transported by ambulance and then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where he died Sept. 3.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
CUSTER, S.D. – Make plans to attend Custer State Park’s 49th Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 26. The Arts Festival will open Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday, Sept. 28.

Fall Programs Offered at Good Earth State Park
GOOD EARTH STATE PARK, S.D. – Programming at Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls continues in September. Everyone is invited to learn more about South Dakota’s newest state park.

Opening Date for Oahe Downstream Shooting Complex
This Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, the Lower Oahe Downstream Shooting Complex near Pierre/Ft. Pierre will open to the public at 5 p.m. CDT.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Box Elder woman died in a crash with a train on Cottonwood Drive near the intersection with Highway 1416 in Box Elder on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Tourism

State Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials are reminding property owners that Nov. 3 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.

South Dakota Tourism Wins National Mercury Award
The U.S. Travel Association has awarded the South Dakota Department of Tourism a Mercury Award for Best Print Advertising Piece.

Transportation

Highway 16/16A Construction Near Custer
Work is set to begin on a six bridge rehabilitation project on Highways 16 & 16A near Custer on Monday, Sept. 8.

Highway 34 Structure Work East of Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to make repairs to the bridge over the Belle Fourche River, 20 miles east of Sturgis will begin on Thursday, Sept. 11.


Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Sept. 14
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Channel program entitled “Silicon Valley Rebels” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Concrete Repair Work Around Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that concrete paving repair work is being done on highways around Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit Report Released
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is releasing the workforce summit report today as he travels around the state to share the findings.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Court Affirms Hearing Examiner’s Decision on Benda
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announced that the Circuit Court has affirmed the Office of Hearing Examiner’s decision that South Dakota’s statutes and law specifically preclude the public disclosure of the death investigation record of Richard Benda.

Agriculture

Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
PIERRE, S.D. – Contestants in the 2015 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.

September is Honey Month in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Honey Month in South Dakota.

Area Turkey Processing Plant Provides $150,000 toward Nordby Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – The Dakota Provisions turkey plant located in Huron was recognized Sunday for a major pledge toward the State Fair Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a new exhibit hall. A check was presented for $150,000. This gift ties with a gift given earlier this year for the second largest donation to the campaign.

Labor and Regulation

Division of Insurance Office Moves to New Location
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Insurance (DOI) office has relocated to 124 S. Euclid Ave. in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 25 Paving South of Webster
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun asphalt concrete paving work on Highway 25 south of Webster.

Crack Leveling Set To Begin On Highway 158
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a crack leveling project on Highways 158, 25/106 and 123 is set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Hay Removal From State Highway Right Of Way Deadline
The South Dakota Department of Transportation requests the cooperation of all farmers and ranchers in removing processed hay from the highway right of way.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Dual Credit Opportunities
As summer comes to a close, kids are heading back to the classroom. In some homes, parents are sending their little ones to school for the first time.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 125th Wagon Train Kickoff Event at the Yankton Rodeo Grounds.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Omnicare To Pay Nearly $16.5 Million to Settle With State Medicaid Programs
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, allegedly offered improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to Medicaid recipients.

Agriculture

Today is Prostrollo Motors Day
Friday, Aug. 29, is Prostrollo Motors Day. Make sure to stop by Prostrollo Motors on Highway 14 prior to the fair to pick up the Prostrollos Rockin’ Rollback coupon for $1 off gate admission at the State Fair.

Health

National Survey Shows SD Child Immunization Rates Up
A national survey finds more South Dakota preschoolers are getting immunized for pertussis, polio, rotavirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases according to the recommended schedule.

Mosquito Control Workshop Scheduled For Sept. 23 In Spearfish
South Dakota’s mosquito controllers will meet Sept. 23 in Spearfish as part of the annual conference of the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association.

Transportation

Another Section of Highway 19 to Close near Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an additional 2.5 miles of Highway 19 will be closed from the intersection with Highway 34 south to the intersection with 237th Street (Walkers Point) on Tuesday, Sept. 2, for a grading & shoulder widening project.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Wagon Train Beginning In Territorial Capital Next Week
The 125th statehood anniversary wagon train will begin in Yankton next week. Before the wagon train leaves on Thursday, Sept. 4, the public is invited to attend a Yankton statehood celebration.

Wagner And Parker Form Statehood Committees
Wagner and Parker have formed statehood celebration committees for South Dakota's 125th birthday year.

125th Feature: Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek lays claim to being the oldest continuously inhabited place in South Dakota. People have lived in this spot for at least the last 250 years.

“Grow: 66/125” Trees Coming To Each County
Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties are being delivered to historic sites in each county of the state over the next two weeks.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal Court Dismisses Candidate for Public Utilities Commissioner Ballot Challenge
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Federal District Court has ruled that Ryan Gaddy will not be placed on the November general election ballot as a candidate for Public Utilities Commissioner.

Agriculture

Value Added Ag Day at the SD State Fair
Today is Value Added Ag Day at the State Fair. Stop by the Day Sponsor Tent to see what’s happening in South Dakota’s agricultural industry.

Tourism

Modern-day homesteader to tell her story at Cultural Heritage Center
A modern-day homesteader will tell about her life at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Haan Lawsuit Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. House of Representatives Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that on Monday, August 25, 2014, Charles W. Haan filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives or to compel the Attorney General to order Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate.

Agriculture

Channel Seeds Preview Day Kicks off SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Wednesday, Aug. 27, is Channel Seeds Preview Day at the South Dakota State Fair.

State Fair 4-H Exhibits and Activities are Strategically Located
HURON, S.D. – This year’s State Fair will see a shuffling of 4-H exhibits and activities because of the transition from Clover Hall to the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Wisconsin woman died from injuries sustained in an Aug. 17 motorcycle crash on Nemo Rd., six miles southeast of Nemo.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in September in the following counties: Brookings, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Davison, Jerauld, Lake, Lyman, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts and Turner.

Tourism

Public Input Sought for Historic Preservation Plan
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Office in Pierre is gathering information to use in revising the Statewide Preservation Plan.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Discovery Benefits Expanding to Brookings
Discovery Benefits, a third party benefits administration and claims management firm headquartered in Fargo, N.D., is expanding its operations to Brookings, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Faulkton To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Faulkton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
HURON, S.D. –South DakotaState Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Higher Pheasant Numbers
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 76 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index from 2013.

Public Safety

Marshall County Fatal Crash
LAKE CITY, S.D. – A Britton, S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash on Tuesday, Aug., 26, one mile west of Lake City.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center to Continue Offering Free Admission to Military
Officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society have announced that the museum in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will continue to provide free admission to active duty military families – like those presently offered within the Blue Star Museums program -- after the Blue Star program ends on Labor Day.

Transportation

Heartland Expressway Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of South Dakota’s portion of the Heartland Expressway is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1.2 miles south of the Rapid City landfill on Highway 79.

Revenue

Aberdeen Revenue Office Moving
(PIERRE, S.D.) – Businesses and individuals with questions regarding South Dakota’s taxes will be able to find answers in a new location later next week when the Aberdeen office of the South Dakota Department of Revenue relocates.