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Public Safety

Name Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A Freeman man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a semi-truck and trailer crash five miles north of Marion, S.D.

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Pierre man has been identified as the person who died late Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Pierre.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls male has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Rep. Craig Tieszen Dies
State Rep. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City passed away on Nov. 22, 2017, in a drowning accident in the Cook Islands, where Tieszen, 68, was attending a family wedding.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Dawn M. Elshere As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Dawn M. Elshere as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Brookings.

Governor's Column: Wind Power Contributing To South Dakota’s Economy
As most people in rural South Dakota can tell you, the wind is almost always blowing. Living on the prairie, windy days are inevitable. It just comes with the territory – which is why it only makes sense for us to develop this fast resource and put it to good use.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Western Governors’ Association 2017 Winter Meeting in Phoenix.

Education

Become a budding history explorer at Cultural Heritage Center
A new museum program focused on families with preschool-aged children is now available to the public at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Camp Year-round at South Dakota State Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors that camping isn't just for summer. Parks accept reservations and electricity stays on year-round.

Give the Gift of the Outdoors with State Park Gift Cards
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has gift cards available for those who have outdoor-lovers on their Christmas shopping list this year.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Urge Safe Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety reminds motorists to be safe so they can make sure they remember this Thanksgiving holiday for all of the right reasons.

Transportation

New Highway Safety Features Installed in Mission
In keeping with the mission of the South Dakota Department of Transportation to provide a safe and efficient transportation system, the department has recently activated three new traffic signals in Mission as part of the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 18.

SDDOT Awards Community Access Grants
At its Nov. 21, 2017, meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $3.7 million in Community Access Grants for infrastructure improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.


Education

“Spirit of ‘70s” exhibit to open during annual Holiday Open House Nov. 24 at South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center
A new exhibit, “The Spirit of the ‘70s,” will open at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Friday, Nov. 24, in conjunction with the annual Holiday Open House of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

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


Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A 56-year-old male died Monday in a semi-truck and trailer crash five miles north of Marion, S.D.

Name Released in McCook County Fatal Crash
MONTROSE S.D. – A Garretson, S.D., female has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Montrose.

Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A 22-year-old male died late Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Pierre.

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – A Freeman, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Lesterville, S.D.

Fire Marshal: Be Safe During Thanksgiving
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s State Fire Marshal is urging people to make sure their homes, especially their kitchens, are safe this Thanksgiving holiday.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Minnesota-based, Great Plains Processing, Expanding to Yankton
YANKTON, S.D. – Great Plains Processing (GPP), a custom spray drying and animal feed ingredient manufacturer based in Luverne, Minnesota, announced today that it is expanding its operations to Yankton, South Dakota


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: 138 Thanksgivings Ago
Linda and I are thankful for many things this year. We are thankful for our children and grandchildren, for the friends old and new we’ve made across the state, and for the opportunity to serve as governor and first lady.

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The 2017 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. CST.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. First Lady Linda Daugaard will also be present, and will introduce the child who will light the display.

Education

Entertainment for Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House announced
A full afternoon of entertainment is planned for the annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

McCook County Fatal Crash
MONTROSE S.D. – A 41-year-old female died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Montrose.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Lesterville, S.D.


Health

Clayton Appointed State Epidemiologist
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon announced today that Dr. Joshua Clayton will serve as South Dakota’s next state epidemiologist. Clayton replaces Dr. Lon Kightlinger who retired earlier this month after serving 20 years with the Department.

Tourism

South Dakota’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” Float Appears in the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
R&B icon Smokey Robinson will perform on the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.


Board of Regents

Campus and Community Representatives to Assist in the University of South Dakota Presidential Search
Campus and community representatives have been appointed to assist the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president at the University of South Dakota. USD’s longest serving president, James W. Abbott, will retire in June of 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Issued Statement on Construction of Citi Facility
“I thank Citi for renewing its investment in Sioux Falls by building a new, state-of-the-art facility. Citi has been an important corporate citizen in South Dakota for more than three decades and this announcement means they will be in Sioux Falls for decades to come. “

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Guffin and Sly to Board of Education Standards
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Becky Guffin of Aberdeen and former Rep. Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.

Game, Fish and Parks

Brown County Conservation Officer Receives Game, Fish and Parks Distinguished Achievement Award
Brown County conservation officer Nick Cochran was awarded the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Distinguished Achievement Award at the GFP Commission’s November meeting.

Altman Named William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Conservation Officer Dan Altman was named the 2017 William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during the Law Enforcement Appreciation and Children’s Charities Dinner in Sioux Falls Nov. 8.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Removal of 281st Street Overpass of I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a public open house to provide information and receive public comment on a proposal to remove the 281st Street overpass of I-29 near Sioux Falls.


Game, Fish and Parks

Business Opportunity at Roy Lake Resort
According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota can now begin submitting their proposals.

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
The 2017 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 272 head will be available for sale.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Soldier Who Stands Alone
Sixty-nine years ago, a young man named Philip left his home in South Dakota to serve his country. Philip J. Iyotte was a Rosebud Sioux Tribe member who lived in White River and became a sergeant in the 8th Army and a member of Company E’s 21st Infantry Regiment and 24th Infantry Division.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on the first half of KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Agriculture

NAFTA Is Good for Us All
As the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture, I have had opportunities to expand my knowledge of agriculture on a global scale to help further South Dakota’s agricultural opportunities.

Education

New ‘70s exhibit highlights Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House
Visitors can relive the 1970s at this year’s annual Holiday Open House of the South Dakota State Historical Society from 12-4:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Denies Petition to Restrict Recreational Use on Portions of Cattail-Kettle Lake
Earlier this month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission denied a petition submitted by Cattail Land and Cattle Company, LLC, to restrict recreational use on portions of Cattail-Kettle Lake in Marshall county.

Human Services

Free Assistance During Medicare Open Enrollment Still Available
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program would like to remind all seniors there is still time to receive free assistance during the Medicare open enrollment period.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Banking Division Nationally Accredited
The South Dakota Division of Banking has received a certificate of accreditation from the Conference of State Banking Supervisors (CSBS).

Public Safety

NGA Center Selects South Dakota For Workshop On Electrical Grid Protection
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is one of five states selected to participate in a nationwide effort designed to protect electrical grids and other critical infrastructure from cyber and physical attacks.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 64-year-old Fort Pierre, S.D., man has been identified as the person died Monday in a one-vehicle crash in Sioux Falls,

Dewey County Fatal Crash
La PLANT, S.D. – A 34-year-old Maple Lake, MN man died Monday night in a one-vehicle cash west of La Plant.

Transportation

Department of Transportation and City of Vermillion Seek Public Input into Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the City of Vermillion, will hold a public open house as part of the Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan.

Newest Section of Highway 100 Opening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be opening the newest section of Highway 100 between Maple Street and Rice Street on Friday, Nov. 10.

Board of Regents

Neighborhood Meeting Nov. 15 on Sale/Lease of School for the Deaf Campus in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Board of Regents will host a Nov. 15 neighborhood informational meeting with the Bender Companies concerning a proposed sale and/or lease of its 14.5-acre South Dakota School for the Deaf campus along 10th Street near downtown Sioux Falls.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP to Host Meetings on Winter Deer Depredation Programs and Services
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host several open house meetings for landowners in central and western South Dakota in the coming weeks.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Encourages Expansion Of Registered Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is offering informational sessions in four communities during the week Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed to highlight registered apprenticeships.

Corrections

Scoop It Snow Removal Program Discontinued
The Department of Corrections ‘Scoop It’ snow removal program is being discontinued.

Education

Cowboy Governor to be discussed at Cultural Heritage Center meeting
South Dakota Gov. Tom Berry will be the focus of the November meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club. The program will begin at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Everyone is welcome to attend the free program.

Game, Fish and Parks

Name Changes to the Threatened and Endangered Species List Updated
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized changes to the scientific names of four fish and animal species on the state threatened and endangered lists.

State Park Fee Changes Approved by GFP Commission
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission approved changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees at their meeting last week.

Aerial Hunting Rule Modified for Nonresidents
Nonresident pilots are now able to apply for and obtain an aerial hunting permit from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Walleye Length Limit on Lake Poinsett Removed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed the 15 inch minimum size restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett at their November meeting last week.

Rules for Marking Nonmeandered Waters Now Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized a set of standards for landowners to follow when marking nonmeandered water over private property.

Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season Rule Adjustments Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized a rule adjustment which would allocate no more than five bighorn sheep licenses for both the 2018 and 2019 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Rejects Expansion of Mountain Lion Hunting on Public land
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission did not adopt their proposal which would have expanded the use of hounds to hunt mountain lions.

Additional Custer State Park Elk Hunting Opportunity Now Open for Applications
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission increased the number of licenses available for a special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season from 20 to 60.

Public Safety

High Number Of Motor Vehicle Fatalities Prompts DPS Safety Message
PIERRE, S.D. – After 29 vehicle fatalities in the last two months, South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials are again stressing the need for driver and passenger safety.

Name Released in Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – A Tulare, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Wolsey.

Board of Regents

Alumnus James Rankin Selected as New SD Mines’ President
James (Jim) Rankin, the chief research officer and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas, will return to his alma mater as the 19th president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Tuesday.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Names Don Kirkegaard As Secretary Of Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis to serve as South Dakota Secretary of Education.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Propane Executive Order
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed an executive order to allow expedited commercial delivery of propane products to assist regions of the state that are experiencing low inventories and outages.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Sutherland Springs Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Agriculture

Governor Reappoints Members to Value Added Finance Authority Board
Nathan Jensen of Beresford, Jim Doolittle of Belle Fourche and Jim Schmidt of Sioux Falls were reappointed to the South Dakota Value-Added Finance Authority (VAFA) board by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this month.

Game, Fish and Parks

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to Host Christmas Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near McCook Lake invites visitors to get in the holiday spirit and step back in time by attending the annual Christmas at the Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. CST.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died Monday in a one-vehicle crash in Sioux Falls,

Transportation

SDDOT Expands Snowplow Fleet w/photo
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has expanded its snowplow fleet by adding three new tow-plows for the 2017-2018 winter season.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Brings Town Meeting to Rapid City
A town meeting on South Dakota public higher education is being hosted Thursday, Nov. 16, in Rapid City by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Veterans Affairs

November is Remember Month
President Donald Trump has proclaimed November as ”Veterans and Military Families Month.” It’s the first time that as a nation we will be encouraged to honor and support our veterans for more than a day. Let's dedicate this month to honor those ordinary people who have done something extraordinary so that we may all enjoy the freedom we treasure today.


Public Safety

Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Wolsey.

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Whitewood, S.D., man has died of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning east of Spearfish.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Howard Kennedy
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 4, to honor the life of former state Rep. Howard Kennedy.

Governors Stake Friendly Statehood Anniversary Wager On Dakota Marker Game
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum 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.

Governor's Column: Those Who Administer The Law
This week, it was my honor to participate in the investiture of Steven R. Jensen as the newest member of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the Veterans’ Day Program at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10.

Game, Fish and Parks

Hiltunen Recognized by SD Parks and Recreation Association
The South Dakota Association of Parks and Recreation (SDPRA) recently awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) employee, Katy Hiltunen, with the 2017 Young Professional Award.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 – Traffic Signal System Installation - Rescheduled Install
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be installing a 110-foot traffic signal system on the bridge at I-90 Exit 14 in Spearfish tonight (Nov. 3).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Daugaard Administration Launches State Response Website
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the launch of SDResponse.gov to provide the public with real-time information during severe weather and disaster situations.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Patterson Murder Conviction and Life Without Parole Sentence
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the second degree murder conviction and sentence of Joseph R. Patterson for the death of his then girlfriend’s son T.R.

Public Safety

When Changing Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says there are two things South Dakotans need to do this weekend: reset their clocks and check their smoke alarms.

Names Released in Beadle County Fatal Crash
WESSINGTON, S.D. – A 25-year-old Virgil, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash east of Wessington.

Transportation

Highway 87 (Needles Highway) Closed For Season
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 87, also known as the Needles Highway, for the 2017-2018 winter season.


Agriculture

Prescribed Fire at Stockade Lake
Later today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will issue a prescribed burn at Stockade Lake inside Custer State Park.

Public Safety

November Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – November’s list of sobriety checkpoints have been announced by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Name Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 57-year-old Fulton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mitchell.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Upgrade in Aberdeen
The Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad Company will be repairing the railroad crossing on 6th Avenue and 5th Street in Aberdeen on Thursday, Nov. 2,starting at 7 a.m.


Public Safety

Beadle County Fatal Crash
WESSINGTON, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon east of Wessington.

Transportation

Wasta Rest Area Closing for Remodel Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing both the east and westbound rest area buildings at Wasta on Wednesday, Nov. 1 to begin the planned remodeling project.

Board of Regents

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


Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 57-year-old man died early Saturday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mitchell.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Dell Rapids, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Get Serious About Tackling Opioid Abuse
This week President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. According to the White House, in our country, drug overdose deaths now outnumber fatal crashes and gun-related deaths, with 175 Americans dying each day.

News Tips
Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Open Meetings Commission to Convene in Pierre
The Open Meeting Commission will meet Friday, November 3, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) at the Matthews Training Center-Foss Building, Pierre, SD.

Labor and Regulation

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1
The South Dakota Division of Insurance reminds consumers the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment begins on Nov. 1 for those with individual policies.

Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A 15-year-old male has died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 near Centerville.


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 Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.

Agriculture

October is Firewood Awareness Month
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is celebrating Firewood Awareness Month in the month of October.

Education

‘South Dakota History’ highlights pioneering health care workers, philanthropists
Hospital founders, philanthropists and a pioneer nurse are featured in the Fall 2017 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Sioux Falls.

Names Released in Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Spencer, S.D. man officially has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a fatal crash east of Mitchell.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Brings Town Meeting to Mitchell
A town meeting on South Dakota public higher education is being hosted Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Mitchell by the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Education

Make-and-Take Holiday Ornaments Nov. 4 at Cultural Heritage Center
Get in the holiday spirit and have some fun creating handmade holiday ornaments at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be free admission to the museum that day, and refreshments will be provided.

Public Safety

Mellette County Fatal Crash
WOOD, S.D. – A 70-year-old man died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Wood.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Mast For Korean War Soldier
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to honor the life of Army Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, whose remains have returned home after 66 years.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Gene Abdallah Appointed by Attorney General Jackley to Board of Pardons and Paroles
Gene Abdallah Appointed by Attorney General Jackley to Board of Pardons and Paroles

Game, Fish and Parks

Traditions Remain Strong for South Dakota's Pheasant Hunting Opener
Communities across South Dakota rolled out the orange carpet for pheasant hunters today, the third Saturday in October, for the 2017 pheasant hunting season opener.

Public Safety

Pierre’s Driver Exam Station Moves to New Location
PIERRE, S.D. – Pierre’s driver license exam station is changing locations at the end of October.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City woman has died from injuries sustained in an October 19 crash involving two mopeds south of Rapid City.

Transportation

Needles Highway To Close For Two Days
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 87 (Needles Highway) from the intersection of America Center Road to Sylvan Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Sign and Pavement Marking Upgrades Near Harrisburg
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be completing sign and pavement marking upgrades at the intersection of Highway 115 and Lincoln County Road 116 (276th Street) south of Harrisburg on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Revenue

Nov. 1 deadline for flooded farm land application
South Dakotans with flooded farmland have until Nov. 1 to apply for a property tax adjustment.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Brings Town Meeting to Sioux Falls
A town meeting on South Dakota public higher education is being hosted Monday, Nov. 6, in Sioux Falls by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Culvert and Sanitary Sewer Liner Manufacturing Company Begins Operations in Canton
CANTON, S.D. – Omega Liner Company, whose parent company is Minnesota-based, Subsurface, Inc., announced today that it purchased a manufacturing building in Canton, South Dakota. Subsurface, Inc. is a drainage structure repair and maintenance company based out of Moorhead, Minnesota.


Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – One person died and several others were injured Saturday night in a fatal crash east of Mitchell that involved both vehicles and livestock.

Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – Names have been released of the two women who died Thursday in a two-vehicle crash on South Dakota Highway 10 east of Sisseton.


Public Safety

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A Lead, S.D., man has been identified as the person who was killed Monday night in a one-vehicle rollover south of Deadwood.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column -- Putting New Transportation Revenue To Good Use
In a rural state like South Dakota, roads are our lifeline. We depend upon the 82,000 miles of roadway in our state to get to work, school, church and the grocery store.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on Bill Zortman’s show on KELO Radio.

Agriculture

Nov. 20 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is encouraging South Dakota communities to apply for a 2017 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.

Education

Schaefer selected as 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Rachel Schaefer, a kindergarten teacher at Elkton Elementary School, has been named the 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

Public Safety

Not Too Early to Start Preparing For Winter Weather
PIERRE, S.D. – It certainly has not seemed like winter yet, but officials of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) say that doesn’t mean winter season won’t eventually arrive.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-29 Exit 62 to Exit 73 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Lincoln County, will hold a public open house on Tuesday, Oct.24, on the beginning of a corridor study for Interstate 29 from Exit 62 (US18/Canton) to Exit 73 (Lincoln Co. 106/Tea).

Phase 3 To Begin on 6th Street Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Phase 2 of the 6th Street project in Brookings is nearing completion and Phase 3 will begin on Monday, Oct. 23, depending on weather.

I-90 Exit 14 – Traffic Signal System Installation
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be installing a 110-foot traffic signal system on the bridge at I-90 Exit 14 in Spearfish the night of Wednesday, Oct. 25.


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – Two women died this morning in a two-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 10 east of Sisseton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Nick Wendell Hired As Board Of Technical Education Executive Director
Nick Wendell has been hired as executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education, the board announced today. The hire was approved unanimously by the Board of Technical Education at a special meeting held Wednesday.

Agriculture

SD State Fair Sees Increased Attendance
The 2017 South Dakota State Fair saw increased numbers with 211,843 attending the five-day event.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Zachery Yellow Boy In Custody
A state prison inmate who failed to return to his assigned housing unit from his work release job earlier this month is back in custody.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

First Bridge Improvement Grant Project Completed
State and local officials celebrated the completion of the first Bridge Improvement Grant project at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning in Davison County.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Daniel Eisenbraun Placed on Escape Status
A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after failing to return to a minimum-security unit following a search for employment.

Game, Fish and Parks

S.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Events
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host trick-or-treaters at special events this Halloween season.

Division of Parks and Recreation Honors Employees
The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation recently recognized several individuals for their dedication and hard work in the state parks system.

Public Safety

Names Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – A 54-year-old Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of New Underwood.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Brings Town Meeting to Watertown
A town meeting on South Dakota public higher education is being hosted Monday, Oct. 30, in Watertown by the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Thursday To Honor Fallen Firefighter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of Presho Fire Chief Donald F. “Donny” Manger.

Gov. Daugaard Selected To Serve On President’s Apprenticeship Task Force
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced Gov. Dennis Daugaard is among the 20 individuals who have been selected to serve on President Donald J. Trump’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

Agriculture

Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded around $290,000 to six specialty crop projects around the state. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Education

New State Historical Society book marks Fort Pierre trade history
No other part of the West saw such a succession of trading posts as did the heart of modern-day South Dakota, where the Bad River meets the Missouri near Fort Pierre. The South Dakota State Historical Society’s latest book, “Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau: Journal and Letter Books, 1830–1850,” transcribed and annotated by Michael M. Casler and W. Raymond Wood, details two such posts that reached their golden age under the American Fur Company in the 1830s and 1840s.

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


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Wade Aikins Dies
Inmate Wade Aikins, age 54, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, this morning.

Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – One person was killed Friday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of New Underwood.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Secretary of Education Melody Schopp to Retire
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Dr. Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, will retire in December.

Gov. Daugaard To Speak At USS South Dakota Christening
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will join Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds in Groton, Connecticut, tomorrow morning to serve as the keynote speaker at the christening ceremony for the USS South Dakota SSN 790.

Governor's Column: Keeping Our Promise To Taxpayers And Teachers
Two years ago, South Dakotans joined together to solve a longstanding problem. Our state’s average salaries for teachers were lowest in the nation.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard, First Lady Linda Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the christening of the USS South Dakota in Groton, Connecticut.

Health

South Dakota Reports First Flu Detection Of Season
South Dakota is reporting its first influenza detection of the 2017-2018 season, a Lawrence County resident in the 20-29 age group confirmed with influenza A.

Human Services

State Developmental Center Hosting Health and Wellness Fair
Residents of Redfield and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to explore health topics and screenings during a local Health and Wellness Fair at the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC).

Disability Etiquette Webinar
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services and the South Dakota Retailers Association will be providing a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. CDT.

Transportation

Paving Burr Street in Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be paving the southbound lanes on Burr Street in Mitchell from Walgreens to Perkins on Monday, Oct. 16.

Laurel Street Sidewalk Modifications and Railroad Crossing Upgrade
Crews have begun work saw cutting the asphalt surfacing at the railroad crossing on Laurel Street in Whitewood. Traffic is being controlled by flaggers through the crossing with traffic being reduced to one lane.

Board of Regents

Bender Hired to Advise Regents on Sale/Lease of School for the Deaf Campus in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Board of Regents today announced that Bender Commercial Real Estate Services (Michael Bender, Principal) has been retained to assist the board in developing a commercially reasonable plan to sell and/or lease its 14.5-acre South Dakota School for the Deaf campus on 10th Street near downtown Sioux Falls.


Agriculture

Reflections from the Combine
Sometimes I find myself asking, “What did I get myself into?” The question usually comes at 2 AM when I’m dragging myself out of bed to check the cows who are ready to give birth or when the fall rains finally dissipate, the ground dries out and we can finally get into the field to harvest, only to find the combine just decided to break down.

Social Services

Department of Social Services Provides Funding to Communities for Mental Health Crisis Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded funds to support crisis response services throughout the state.

Revenue

Deadline for buffer strip property tax incentive approaching
The South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds land owners that applications for the riparian buffer strip property tax incentive must be submitted by Friday at 5 p.m.


Education

Two South Dakota technical institutes named among top 150 US community colleges
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Mitchell Technical Institute and Southeast Technical Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as the Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

Game, Fish and Parks

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation
South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park Offering “Haunted” Tour
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City is hosting an afternoon of fall fun from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 14. After the sun goes down, take a haunted fort tour from 5- 8 p.m. CT.

Transportation

Rice Street Traffic Shift
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says both east and westbound traffic on Rice Street in Sioux Falls will be shifted to the new alignment on Friday, Oct. 13.

Centerline Rumble Stripes in the Rapid City Region
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to install centerline rumble stripes throughout the Rapid City Region will begin Thursday, Oct. 12 in the following areas:

Revenue

Department of Revenue now offering online use tax filing and payment
South Dakotans may now enjoy the convenience of paying use tax online.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Joining Forces
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Erin Bultje to serve as the executive director of South Dakota Joining Forces (SDJF).


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes the Removal of Walleye Length Limit on Lake Poinsett
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the 15-inch minimum size restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Updates Name Changes to the Threatened and Endangered Species List
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to change the scientific names of four fish and animal species on the state threatened and endangered lists. T

GFP Commission Proposes an Aerial Hunting Rule Modification
Nonresident pilots may be able to obtain an aerial hunting permit from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) if a Commission proposal is approved in November.

Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season Proposed for 2018 and 2019
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a rule adjustment which would allocate no more than five bighorn sheep licenses for both the 2018 and 2019 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Proposes Modifications to Bait Rules
A rule proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require all bait dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will engage in trapping, transporting, delivering, raising, or seining bait and allow the Department to refuse the issuance of a license to a bait dealer with an employee/agent who has received a suspension or revocation of their bait dealer license.

Additional Elk Hunting Opportunity Proposed for Custer State Park
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would increase the number of licenses available for a special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season from 20 to 60.

Rules for Marking NonMeandered Waters Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission created a set of standards for landowners to follow when marking nonmeandered water over private property at their October meeting last week.

GFP Commission Considers Two Petitions for Changes to Mountain Lion Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected one petition and accepted another petition requesting changes to the existing mountain lion season at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Fee Changes for State Parks
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Donald Wiegers Dies
Donald Wiegers, age 82, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital Oct. 7 following an illness.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Activates SD National Guard Members To Help With Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated four members of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Company A, 139th Brigade Support Battalion at the request of Puerto Rico government authorities to help with recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.


Corrections

South Dakota State Prison Inmate Among Prison Transport Escapees
A recent South Dakota state prison inmate is among a group of three inmates who escaped from a prison transport company in Illinois on Oct. 6.

State Prison Inmate Zachery Yellow Boy Placed on Escape Status
A minimum-security inmate has been placed on escape status after failing to return to his assigned housing unit from his work release employment.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday
President Trump has proclaimed the week of Oct. 8 – 14 as Fire Prevention Week, and has ordered flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 8, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Governor's Column: Cause For Celebration This Native Americans’ Day
Since 1990, South Dakota has celebrated Native Americans’ Day. We were the first in the nation to establish Native Americans’ Day as an official state holiday, done at the urging of Gov. George S. Mickelson as a part of his “Year of Reconciliation” efforts.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be on 1060 AM KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Education

Board of Technical Education approves two-year RN programs for LATI, MTI and WDT
The State Board of Technical Education has approved a joint proposal from Lake Area Technical Institute, Mitchell Technical Institute and Western Dakota Technical Institute to create two-year registered nursing programs at each technical institute.

Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died early Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Wall.

Tribal Relations

Secretary Steve Emery Elected Vice President of the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
On Oct. 3, delegates to the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council (GIIC) in Orlando, Florida, elected South Dakota Tribal Relations Secretary Steve Emery to serve as vice president for 2017-2018.


Education

Fabulous Pheasants fly in for October Family Fun Day Oct. 14 at Cultural Heritage Center
With the arrival of fall and pheasant hunting, visitors will have an opportunity to create their own pine cone pheasant at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Saturday, Oct. 14.

South Dakota’s average teacher salary increases 8.8 percent
Average teacher salary in South Dakota is on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted in 2016 as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package.

Game, Fish and Parks

Dale R. Henning to Speak at Good Earth State Park
Next week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host Dale R. Henning, PhD., for two evening presentations at Good Earth State Park, just east of Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

SD Fire Marshal: Fire Prevention Week A Chance to Work on Exit Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s fire marshal is encouraging families to use this year’s Fire Prevention Week as an opportunity to practice their exit plans.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

DataSync Launching New Sales and Marketing Software Designed for Manufacturers
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s not often you hear ‘manufacturing’ and ‘cloud software’ in the same sentence, but one South Dakota company is hoping to change that.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Veterans Commission Elects Leadership for Coming Year
The South Dakota Veterans Commission elected new officers to lead the Commission in enhancing the lives of South Dakota veterans.

Sing Proud and Loud America
Being a citizen of the United States means being brave, being proud of this Country, and being confident that we will succeed. Being an American is an honor and as such it is important that we support our troops that have and are fighting for our Country.


Agriculture

Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
Contestants in the 2018 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win college scholarships, totaling $2,300.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Seeking Comments on Current Pronghorn Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2014 pronghorn management plan prior to drafting an updated and revised management plan.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Reach Out to Technical School Students
Programs now available pave the way for technical school students to more easily earn a four-year degree from a South Dakota public university. These are the latest in continuing efforts to improve the pathway for technical school graduates, holding an associate of applied science degree, to pursue four-year degrees at one of the six public universities.

SDSU Business Economics Specialization Converts into Degree Program
The South Dakota Board of Regents has granted South Dakota State University’s request to award bachelor-level degrees in business economics, aligned with accreditation standards from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Public Comment Sought on School for the Deaf Report
The South Dakota Board of Regents seeks public comment on a report that recommends selling undeveloped property at the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls, while maintaining the school’s core operations and services at that site.

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

Northern State to Offer Spanish Degree Online
A bachelor’s degree in Spanish will be available to students in a fully online format through Northern State University. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved this new delivery option at its meeting this week.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Amid Crises, Two South Dakota Manufacturing Companies Answer the Call
PIERRE, S.D. – Emergencies. It seems like lately our newsfeed has been inundated with reports of emergencies happening around the globe. From natural and environmental disasters to civil disturbances, there are many parts of our world that are under extreme duress these days.

South Dakota Lottery

Lotto America coming to South Dakota in November
The South Dakota Lottery will add a new game with a familiar name this fall.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

39 Attorney Generals Call on Congress to Change Federal Law to Make Drug Treatment More Affordable and Accessible
Attorney General Marty Jackley, with a bipartisan coalition of 39 Attorneys General and the National Association of Attorneys General, called on Congress to pass legislation that changes federal law to make treatment for drug addiction more affordable and accessible for Americans who most need it.

Human Services

2017 Governor’s Awards Presented
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels presented the 2017 Governor’s Awards today to South Dakota businesses and workers who have made significant contributions to the employment of people with disabilities.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Small Town Entrepreneur has Big Potential
CLEAR LAKE, S.D. – Every great invention begins as a means to solve a problem. Simple, every day gadgets like windshield wipers, to complex, yet easy-to-use smartphones—manufacturers around the world make products that simplify our lives.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Las Vegas Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Education

“Black Elk Speaks” to be discussed at Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre
The story of Nicholas Black Elk as related by author John Neihardt will be discussed at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Game, Fish and Parks

Newton Hills State Park to host the 18th Annual FestiFall
Newton Hills State Park near Canton will host the 18th annual FestFall on Oct. 7, from 1-5 p.m CDT. The event features arts and crafts, kid’s activities and musical entertainment.

Record Turnout for Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park
Over 21,000 visitors attended the 52nd Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park, setting a new record for turnout at the event.

Human Services

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15
Open enrollment for the 2018 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – One person was killed early Monday morning east of Wall in a crash involving two semi-trucks and trailers.

Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured the other Thursday night east of Tea.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Twin City Fan: A Big ‘Fan’ of Manufacturing
ABERDEEN, S.D. – “My best advice to someone who’s beginning the job search is to stay true to yourself, and know that there are many career options out there for your consideration.”


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Man Who Labored To Preserve South Dakota’s Beauty
I couldn’t help but think of Gov. Peter Norbeck while I was in Custer State Park for the Buffalo Roundup this past week.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2017 Governor’s Awards ceremony.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5.246 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $5.246 million for wastewater and recycling projects when it met over the Digital Dakota Network..

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – One person was killed and another injured Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Tea.

DPS Announces October Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 21 South Dakota counties during October.

Transportation

I-90 – Exit 14 – 27th Street Traffic Switch
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two-way traffic is scheduled to be switched to the newly completed northbound lanes of 27th Street in Spearfish today (Sept. 29).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Sen. Homer Kandaras
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 29, to honor the life of former Senate Majority Leader Homer Kandaras.

Education

Quilt exhibit closing Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre have just a few more days to visit the exhibition “From the Collection: Quilts” featuring the collection of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The exhibition in the museum’s Hogen Gallery runs through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Board of Regents

Regents Salute President Abbott Upon Retirement Announcement
As James W. Abbott completes his final year as president of the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota Board of Regents said he will be remembered as a strong and dynamic leader who prepared the university well for its mission in the 21st century and beyond.


Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Entrance Licenses Available for 2018
The 2018 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas will be available for purchase Oct. 1.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Motorcycle Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A 48-year-old Black Hawk, S.D., woman has died from injuries sustained while she was riding a motorcycle west of Rapid City.

Names Released in Edmunds County Fatal Crash
IPSWICH, S.D. – Names officially have been released of the two drivers who died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday west of Ipswich.

Board of Regents

Regents Invite Public to Campus-Community Forum Oct. 4
Madison-area residents are invited to join the South Dakota Board of Regents for a campus-community forum next week on the campus of Dakota State University.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to attend the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages the attendees at this year's Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival in Rapid City on Saturday, September 30, 2017 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Education

Attendance connected to proficiency in math and English language arts
As Attendance Awareness Month comes to a close in South Dakota, state officials report a strong connection between attendance and proficiency on the state test in math and English language arts.

Game, Fish and Parks

Salmon Station Open for Egg Collection
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station near Gettysburg for the 2017 season.

GFP Seeking Comments on Current Mountain Lion Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2010-2015 mountain lion management plan prior to drafting the next management plan.

GFP Receives Grant to Help Curb Poaching
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently received money to purchase a turkey decoy thanks to a grant from International Wildlife Crimestoppers, Inc.

First Portion of Spearfish Falls Trail System Complete
Representatives for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say the first section of the trail system near Spearfish Falls is officially complete.

Human Services

Family and Self-Advocate Listening Sessions to be Held
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will be hosting a series of listening sessions for self-advocates and families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Transportation

Bridge Deck Polymer Chip Seal to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to apply a bridge deck polymer chip seal application to Blue Blanket Creek Bridge on Highway 1804 near Mobridge began today (Sept. 26).

Railroad Crossing Upgrades in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is set to begin on two railroad crossings in Rapid City.


Public Safety

Edmunds County Fatal Crash
IPSWICH, S.D. – The second driver in a two-vehicle crash Sunday west of Ipswich has died.

Tourism

South Dakota Takes Home the Gold
Department of Tourism Awarded Two 2017 Gold Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly

Transportation

Bridge Deck Replacement on Highway 34 over Chapelle Creek
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed the bridge over Chapelle Creek, approximately 20 miles east of Pierre on Highway 34, while the contractor replaces the bridge deck and guard rail.