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Attorney General Marty Jackley

Flandreau Police Department to Receive Money for Service Dog and Equipment
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Flandreau Police Department has been awarded $10,000 for a police service dog, kennel and equipment to be used in drug investigations. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.

Attorney General Jackley and SD Board of Regents Prepare for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Board of Regents announce that April 1st marks the start to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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

South Dakota Highway Patrol to Receive Money for Police Service Dog
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Highway Patrol has been awarded $6,500 for a police service dog to be used in drug investigations. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.

Agriculture

Huey Lewis and the News Joins SD State Fair Concert Lineup
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces Huey Lewis and the News will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Cheaters Convicted
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation continues to investigate potential fraudulent conduct of unemployment insurance (UI) claimants.

Public Safety

Injured Highway Patrol Trooper Returns to Work
PIERRE, S.D – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper injured during a January standoff in Brule County has returned to work.

Social Services

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

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #10
Effective at 5p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Sen. Lederman Resigns -- Governor Invites Public Input
State Sen. Dan Lederman has resigned his seat in the South Dakota State Senate. Lederman, a Dakota Dunes Republican, also serves as assistant majority leader.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State Will Not Seek the Death Penalty for Alexander Salgado
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County State’s Attorney Jim Davies announce today that in the interest of justice and based upon the totality of circumstances in the case, that it will not be their intent to file a Notice to Seek the Death Penalty and breach of agreement in the Alexander Salgado case.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. -- A Browns Valley, Minnesota man was killed in an ATV rollover crash Sunday night eight miles northeast of Sisseton.

Beadle County Fatal Crash
HURON, SD – A Huron man was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred northeast of Huron.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Notifications #8 and #9
Effective at 5 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Real Wage First of its kind
Things just got a whole lot easier for job seekers trying to decide which state will stretch their dollar furthest, thanks to The South Dakota Real Wage Calculator.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speakers at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony at the Capitol Lake.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Maricela Diaz Sentenced to 80 Years for Murder of Mitchell Teen
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County States Attorney Jim Davies announced today that Maricela N. Diaz, 20, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 80 years for first degree murder and 50 years for felony murder kidnapping. Sentences to run concurrently with no credit for time served. Diaz was convicted by a Minnehaha County jury on January 15, 2015.

Attorney General Jackley and other Attorneys General Call Upon EPA to Withdraw Proposed Greenhouse Rule
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 18 other State Attorneys General today asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the Proposed Rule for the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Emissions from New Stationary Sources, this rule provides new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions for new fossil-fuel fired generating units.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $83.2 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved nearly $83.2 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Black Hills Fisheries Management Plan Comment Period Remains Open through April 26
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife has drafted two five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans, one for streams and the other for reservoirs. The public comment period on these plans has been extended through April 26, 2015.

Tourism

Veteran to tell of his experiences in World War II at history book club
A veteran who fought in one of the turning points of World War II will share his experiences at a program in Pierre on April 14.

Revenue

Technical Issue Affecting Vehicle Registration System in Some Counties Fixed
PIERRE, S.D., -- Friday morning a technical issue surfaced, preventing some counties across the state from accessing a system that allows South Dakota drivers to renew their vehicle registration.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Man Sentenced in Witness Tampering Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Derek Chad Vice, 43, Rapid City, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years for conspiracy to commit tampering with a witness. Vice also admitted to a Part II Information for Habitual Offender exposing him to an elevated sentence from 5 years to 10 years.

Six Reappointed to Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that 6 members of the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission have been reappointed to their positions. They are as follows:

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Curtis Dosch, age 56, passed away earlier today in a Sioux Falls hospital.

Game, Fish and Parks

Warm Weather Accompanies the End of Snowmobile Season
Snowmobiling season ends on March 31, capping off a season where snow conditions fluctuated every couple of weeks.

Custer State Park Hosts Earth Day Bluebird Box Workshop
On Saturday, April 18, Custer State Park will host a Bluebird Box Workshop in celebration of Earth Day. Two sessions will be held starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center.

Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds Final Meeting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group held its third and final meeting on March 2, 2015, to finalize their recommendations on the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – A 14-year-old Belle Fourche juvenile male died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday night less than one mile east of Belle Fourche.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names To Meet In Pierre
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is meeting on Tuesday, March 31, at 1:30 p.m. CDT in Pierre at the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room, 700 E. Broadway Ave.


Agriculture

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Proposed Rule
Excitement surrounds the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in our state’s agricultural industry. This technology could be used to fly over pastures and check cows or to take aerial surveys of crops and spray pesticide accordingly.

Veterans Affairs

ALL INVITED TO ATTEND WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, will be the keynote speakers at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony at the Capitol Lake in Pierre at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, March 29.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On PRTC Expansion
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today commending the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to approve the Air Force’s expansion of the Powder River Training Complex.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Pierre Man Indicted on Multiple Charges of False Representation Filed for Water Pollution Control
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms today a Hughes County grand jury issued an indictment charging Greg V. Mohr, 47, Pierre, with 10 misdemeanor counts of false representation filed or maintained for water pollution control, maximum penalty one year imprisonment in a county jail and/or two thousand dollar fine.

Agriculture

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

Transportation

I-29 Closure Scheduled at 10 p.m. March 25
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls will be closed Wednesday evening at 10 p.m. between Exit 79 (12th St.) and Exit 80 (Madison St.) for approximately 10 minutes.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Jim Morgan To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jim Morgan of Brookings to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Game, Fish and Parks

Trout Release Near Pierre
In an annual right of spring, thousands of catchable-sized trout will be released by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) at Oahe Downstream in the coming weeks.

GFP Seeking Comments on Current Pheasant Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2009-2014 pheasant management plan prior to drafting the next five-year plan for 2015-2020.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Connects Students to Internships
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s (DLR) online jobs database can help students search for internships at www.sdjobs.org.

Public Safety

Hand County Fatal Crash
Miller, S.D. – A Huron man died early Saturday morning in a one vehicle crash at the intersection of 216th Street and South Dakota Highway 45 in Hand County, nine miles south of Miller.

Sully County Fatal Crash
ONIDA, S.D. – An Onida man died Sunday morning in a one vehicle crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 83, 10 miles south of Onida.

Tourism

State Historical Society Recognizes Women’s History Month
The South Dakota State Historical Society and organizations across the country are recognizing March as “Women’s History Month.”

Veterans Affairs

GOVERNOR DAUGAARD PROCLAIMS WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Monday, March 30, 2015, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The South Dakota State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), which works closely with local emergency planners, will meet over the Digital Dakota Network at sites in Pierre, Mitchell, Rapid City and Brookings.

Governor's Column: Overview of the 2015 Legislative Session
Earlier this month, the State Legislature concluded the main run of its nine-week session.

Governor Signs Final Bills Of 2015 Legislative Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills from the 2015 Legislative Session into law today.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 100
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 100, an Act to create a leased residential property classification.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 136
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 136, an Act to exclude certain municipal taxes from the gross receipts used to determine the tax liability for customers served by electric cooperatives and electric utilities.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 159
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 159, an Act to exempt certain amateur sports coaches from sales and use tax.

Transportation

National Work Zone Awareness Week is March 23-27: Expect The Unexpected
National Work Zone Awareness Week is March 23-27, and motorists are reminded to drive safely not only for the sake of South Dakota’s highway workers, but also for the drivers themselves, their passengers and other travelers on the highways.

Veterans Affairs

SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE SESSION FOR VETERANS
With one day remaining in the 2015 South Dakota Legislative Session (Veto Day), this session can be termed a success for South Dakota’s veterans.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the General Appropriations Act, which sets the budget for Fiscal Year 2016.

Governor Signs Opportunity Scholarship Bill
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1147 to increase the amount of the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the Opportunity Scholarship and budget bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 17 other bills into law today.

Game, Fish and Parks

July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
As spring comes to South Dakota, thoughts turn to summer planning. Be sure to include plans for summer camping trips, as reservations for the Fourth of July weekend open up soon in South Dakota State Parks.

Register Today for a South Dakota HuntSAFE Class
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind parents and youth that now is the time to plan ahead and register for an upcoming HuntSAFE class near your community.

Trophies, Bows and Scholarships Up for Grabs at National Archery in the Schools Tournament
Youth from across South Dakota will have a chance to show off their archery skills at the 6th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament March 27-28, 2015, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

Call for Applications: 2015 Wildlife Habitat Award
The South Dakota Division of the Izaak Walton League of America will once again sponsor the Annual Wildlife Habitat Award Contest giving this year’s first place winner a chance to meet Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Putting South Dakota on the ‘3D Printing’ Map
There’s a certain allure of the Black Hills that intrigues people to not only visit, but eventually plant roots and call it home.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Makes Initial Appointments To Blue Ribbon Task Force On Teachers And Students
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced initial appointments to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students.

Agriculture

Thanking our Farmers, Ranchers and Consumers
This week marks National Ag Week with National Ag Day celebrated on March 18. We celebrate the farm and ranch families who supply our world with safe and affordable food. We also appreciate the consumers who place their confidence in our American feed, fuel, fiber, and food system.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Notice #7
Effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restriction will be removed from the road segment shown in the table below.

Revenue

South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles Clarifies Registration Fees
PIERRE, S.D., -- Noncommercial vehicle registrations and renewals that occur in a County Treasurer’s Office or a Division of Motor Vehicles electronic terminal on or before March 31 will pay the current fee for noncommercial vehicle registration.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Road And Bridge Funding Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive state and local road and bridge funding package.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Bi-Partisan AGs Encouraging ATF to Further Respect the Second Amendment
Attorney General Jackley joins 23 bi-partisan State Attorneys General recognizing ATFs recent decision to adhere to the Second Amendment and further requesting ATF to permanently discard a proposed ban on M855 5.56 x 45mm ammunition.

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

Agriculture

Weyrich Named Ag Development Representative
PIERRE, S.D.- Robert Weyrich has been hired as an agricultural development representative for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Health

South Dakota Rabies Cases Down In 2014
Rabies cases dropped to 21 in 2014, the second straight year of declining cases in South Dakota. There were 28 cases of animal rabies in 2013 and 60 in 2012.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Releases Mobile-friendly Job Search Site
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has rolled out a mobile-friendly version of SDWORKS, the state’s largest jobs database.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #6
Effective at 12 p.m. (Noon) CDT on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limits shown in the table below.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names Seeks Input On Proposed Name Change For Harney Peak In Pennington County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is seeking public input on a proposed name change for Harney Peak in Pennington County.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Vermillion Celebrates Economic Development Successes
Gov. Dennis Daugaard spent the afternoon participating in two events showcasing the city’s continued growth and development.


Agriculture

2015 Wildland Fire Academy Extends Deadline for Registration
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The 2015 Wildland Fire Academy, which will be hosted in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 25-29, 2015, has extended its registration deadline. Registration will be open March 16-20 for interested parties.

Education

Board adopts technical institute tuition and fees for 2015-16
State tuition and fees at South Dakota’s four technical institutes will rise slightly, to $145 per credit, for the 2015-16 academic year.

Health

South Dakota’s Child, Adolescent Obesity Rate Remains Steady
The number of South Dakota kids who are overweight or obese is no longer increasing but it’s not decreasing either, a state health official said today.

Board of Regents

Warner to Retire from Board of Regents’ System
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces that Jack R. Warner will retire as its executive director and chief executive officer at the end of the current fiscal year.


Corrections

State prison inmate fails to return from funeral furlough
Inmate Dace Lunderman failed to return to the Rapid City Minimum Unit at the scheduled time March 14 following a funeral furlough to Mission, SD.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a number of bills today, including HB 1185, an Act to make an appropriation for property and casualty loss coverage, to establish the property and casualty captive insurance company fund for state properties, and to declare an emergency.

Governor's Column: Eliminating Unnecessary Red Tape In State Government
Every year, from the second Tuesday in January until mid-March, the South Dakota Legislature convenes in Pierre to create laws.

News Tips
On Tuesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the ribbon cutting event for Polaris Industries Inc.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grandparent Scam Resurfaces in South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley is telling South Dakota seniors to be leery of telephone calls from someone claiming to be their grandchild or other family member and requests money for a critical situation.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #5
Effective at 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limits shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bill To Reform Juvenile Justice System
Building on the success of earlier reforms to the adult corrections system, Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law legislation to reform South Dakota’s juvenile justice system.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a number of bills into law today, including HB 1145, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the payment of salary and compensation to legislators.

Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month “Tame the Flame” Poster Coloring Contest
RAPID CITY, S.D. –To kick off the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month, South Dakota Wildland Fire is calling all kids, ages 3-12, to showcase their artistic abilities in this year’s Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest.

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2015 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Unveils Four New Interactive Database Maps
Today at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference, DENR demonstrated four new interactive database GIS maps to a crowd of more than 100 people.

Tourism

State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces Re-Grant Opportunity
The South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SD SHRAB) is accepting re-grant applications from records caretakers across the state.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 33 bills into law today including HB 1058, an Act to revise certain provisions regarding contagious disease control quarantine measures.

Agriculture

Kenny Rogers and the John Conlee Show Coming to the SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces Kenny Rogers and the John Conlee Show will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Record Yellow Perch Caught
Weighing 2 pounds, 13 ounces, an Aurora resident recently caught the largest yellow perch ever recorded in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Driver Licensing: Keep Your Gold Star with Two Proofs of Address
PIERRE, S.D. – Now that nearly all licensed drivers in South Dakota hold federally compliant licenses, the Driver Licensing Program reminds them that when they renew, they need only the compliant card and two documents showing proof of address.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 35 bills into law today, including SB 57, an Act to authorize and regulate the playing of craps, roulette, and keno within the city limits of the city of Deadwood.

Game, Fish and Parks

Draft Elk Management Plan Remains Open for Final Review
Last December, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife released a draft of its five-year elk management plan and sought review and comments from the public.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #4
Effective at 8a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limits shown in the table below.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue Offers Tax Seminars in Yankton
YANKTON, S.D., -- The South Dakota Department of Revenue announces two educational training courses available in Yankton, S.D., on Wednesday, March 18. These courses are free to attend for those who register.


Agriculture

Very High Fire Danger in the Black Hills and Grasslands
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Current weather conditions have led to very high fire danger in the Black Hills and grasslands. State officials remind area residents the increased potential for wildfires necessitates fire prevention precautions for all.

Tourism

South Dakota artifact featured in New York Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit
South Dakota’s own Sioux Horse Effigy, an artifact from the collection of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, will be on display March 9-May 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Transportation

I-90 Closure Between Presho and Kennebec on Tuesday
KENNEBEC, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of Interstate 90 at Exit 235 (Kennebec) on Tuesday, March 10, and 9:30 a.m. CDT for about 30 minutes.

Spring Load Restriction Notice #3
Effective at 1 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Legacy Electronics, Inc. Approved For A REDI Loan, Plans To Increase Workforce
Legacy Electronics, Inc., based in Canton, S.D., was approved today for a REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund Loan by the Board of Economic Development.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Preserving A Way Of Life Through Ag Development
In South Dakota, agriculture is more than just a sector of our economy. It’s a way of life. Whether it’s a small family farm, a sizeable cattle ranch or a dairy operation, all forms of agricultural businesses are important to that way of life.

News Tips
The Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, will hold its quarterly Family Support Council meeting.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR to Host 27th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
The 27th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 11-12 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

Public Safety

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
Pierre, S.D. –Daylight saving time begins this weekend. That means it’s time to change your clock AND change your batteries.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notice #2
Effective at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office and South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Warn Businesses of Labor Law Poster Scams
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) are warning businesses to beware of poster scams from companies selling various federal agency postings.

Labor and Regulation

Anthem Breach May Affect South Dakotans
South Dakota Insurance Director Larry Deiter received notice that South Dakotans may be impacted by the recent data security breach of Anthem Inc.

Social Services

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

Tourism

State Historical Society seeks nominations for Gov’s Awards, board positions
The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s Awards for History and two open positions on its board of trustees.

Transportation

Westbound Highway 18 Bridge Removal Over I-29 at Exit 62 Tonight - March 5
Tonight, March 5, 2015, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will remove the westbound Highway 18 bridge over north bound Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton. This work was originally scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday of this week, but was postponed due to weather.

South Dakota Lottery

$53,679 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Bison
A single ticket sold in Bison matched all five numbers in the March 4, 2015 drawing to win the $53,679 Dakota Cash jackpot.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed six bills into law today including HB 1055, an Act to repeal certain outdated and unnecessary statutes and administrative rules related to the Department of Agriculture.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns Public of Increased Number of Sweepstakes Scams Targeting South Dakotans
Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking consumers statewide to reach out to their friends or neighbors to warn them of the dangers of sweepstake scams.

Health

SD Hospitals Quick To Sign Pledge To Reduce Early Elective Deliveries
First Lady Linda Daugaard said today that 16 hospitals have already signed pledges to reduce the number of early deliveries done for non-medical reasons.

Labor and Regulation

Division of Securities Office Moves to New Location
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation's Division of Securities office has relocated to 124 S. Euclid Ave., Ste. 104 in Pierre.


Game, Fish and Parks

Public Urged to Drive with Caution with Bighorn Sheep Present
Last month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) released 26 bighorn sheep in the high country near Deadwood. In the past two weeks, some of the herd has repeatedly traveled down and around roadways which, at times, has caused them to be a potential hazard to travelers.

Revenue

South Dakota Commission on Gaming Contributes Over a Half Million Dollars to Black Hills Area Municipalities and Schools
PIERRE, S.D., -- The South Dakota Commission on Gaming announces the 2015 annual funding release from Gaming Tax Revenues in South Dakota.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Ethanol Storage Tank Units added to Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program
In order to expand the Flex Pump Incentive Program, the state announced today that it is earmarking $300,000 for the installation of ethanol storage tank units.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

United States Supreme Court Denies Rodney Berget’s Petition for Relief
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the United States Supreme Court has denied Defendant Rodney Berget’s petition Writ of Certiorari.

Agriculture

SD Ag in the Classroom and SD Farm Families Host Essay Contest
MILLER, S.D.-South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAIC) and South Dakota Farm Families are sponsoring an essay contest for all South Dakota third- and fourth-graders and high school seniors in South Dakota.

Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 13
HURON, S.D. – Farm and ranch families who have enjoyed ownership of their South Dakota farm or ranch for 100 or 125 years have the opportunity to be honored on Thursday, Sept. 3, during the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

Transportation

Dangerous Driving Conditions Expected Across Much of South Dakota
Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are advising motorists that travel will likely become difficult, if not impossible, overnight tonight (Monday) through Tuesday across much of South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves through the state.

WORK POSTPONED: Westbound Highway 18 Bridge Removal Over I-29 at Exit 62
Due to impending weather, the bridge removal of the westbound Highway 18 bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton has been postponed until Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Board of Regents

Students Gain a ‘Jump Start’ on College Success
Sixteen undergraduate student researchers from South Dakota colleges and universities will be at the State Capitol Thursday, sharing their research work with state lawmakers and the public.

Veterans Affairs

Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veterans Celebration
On March 27-30, 2015, South Dakotans will come together to pay tribute and honor the 27,000 young men and women from our state who served during the Vietnam War Era and those who gave their lives.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to Participate in National Consumer Protection Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) begins today and runs through March 7th and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will join with federal, state and local government agencies and national organization to celebrate this 17th annual event.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the Bureau of Finance and Management’s release of the South Dakota Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2014.

Governor's Column: The Future Of The Sanford Underground Research Lab
In 2001, when the Homestake Mine in Lead closed, South Dakota lost one of its iconic businesses.

News Tips
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will host an open house event on Monday, March 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. MST at the Outdoor Campus in Rapid City to discuss two draft five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans.

Agriculture

South Dakota Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Announcement
EASTERN S.D. — US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nature Conservancy will be hosting prescribed fire training in the mixed grass prairies of eastern South Dakota. Two sessions will be held April 27-May 6 and May 11-20, 2015.

Tourism

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn to speak at History and Heritage Book Club
A noted American Indian author will be the guest speaker at the March meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 12 bills into law today, including HB 1051, An Act to revise various trust and trust company provisions.

Labor and Regulation

It’s Job Fair Season at the Department of Labor and Regulation
With spring time approaching, many employers have positions to fill and are looking for skilled, qualified workers.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Innovation
One of the four Outstanding State Programs award went to South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) for Operation Reach All Veterans. SDDVA designated 2014 as the year to reach an estimated 75,000 veterans living in South Dakota. Operation RAV was conceived to identify and contact South Dakota’s Veterans to make them aware of the benefits and services available to them.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 24 bills into law today including HB 1006, an Act to allow bullheads to be used as bait.

Agriculture

Increased Trade Means Increased Opportunity for South Dakota Producers
In 2013, South Dakota exported almost $1.6 billion worth of goods to countries around the world. International trade has an incredible impact on the agricultural economy of our state. Soybeans, corn, wheat, and livestock, including pork and cattle are among the top 25 goods shipped from South Dakota overseas.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Black Hills Fisheries Management Plans Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife has drafted two five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans, one for streams and the other for reservoirs, and is currently seeking comments from the public.


Agriculture

South Dakota Legislators Donate to State Fair Foundation Capital Campaign
HURON, S.D. – The 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee recently purchased a brick for $1,000 showing their support for the State Fair Foundation’s Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community Capital Campaign.

Transportation

SDDOT and Meade County Seek Public Input into Meade County Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Meade County, will hold public open houses to gather public input for help in developing the update to the Meade County Master Transportation Plan.


Public Safety

Hughes County Fatal Crash
Pierre, S.D. – A Huron, S.D. woman died as a result of a three-vehicle crash on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, around 7:10 pm, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and U.S. Highway 14, approximately 14 miles east of Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Offering Quality, Affordable Higher Education In South Dakota
Education after high school can be expensive. Over the past few decades, the cost of higher education has increased much faster than average inflation.

News Tips
South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Day will be held on Thursday to highlight Cooperation in Agriculture and the a partnership between the South Dakota departments of Agriculture and Tribal Relations.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

RTI, LLC. Approved for Two Loans, Expanding and Adding Jobs
RTI (Research Technology Innovation), LLC will utilize funding from two loans facilitated by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to expand RTI’s present capabilities, add new research space and aid in hiring 10 new full time positions.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 14 – An Act to provide for the possession and administration of opioid antagonists by first responders for the treatment of drug overdoses.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grant County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Body Microphone and Transmitter
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $3,015.26 for a body microphone and transmitter to be used in drug investigations.

Transportation

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Tunnel Naming Group Looking for Public Input on Proposed Names for Tunnels
The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Tunnel Naming Group was established to propose names for tunnels along the byway. The request to name the tunnels originally came from emergency responders who felt tunnel names would aid the traveling public when requesting assistance.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Mobridge Police Department to Receive Money for In-Car Video Recording System
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Mobridge Police Department has been awarded $4,982 for an in-car video recording system to be used in drug investigations. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.

Tourism

“Children of South Dakota” Photo Display at Cultural Heritage Center
“Children of South Dakota” is a new photo display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre featuring 11 images of children chosen from the South Dakota Digital Archives collection of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

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

Transportation

Spider Van To Be Available for Public Viewing in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will make its pavement condition monitoring vehicle, otherwise known as the “spider van”, available for public viewing this week in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Board Announces Programs Eligible For Build Dakota Scholarship
Today the Build Dakota Scholarship Board announced the 54 program options within eight, high-need industry areas that will be covered in the first year of the scholarship program.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal Court Issues Temporary Injunction in State Challenge to Presidential Executive Order Powers on Immigration
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that United States District Court has issued an temporary injunction in the lawsuit challenging the executive action set forth by President Obama, which exceeds his authority on immigration reform. South Dakota joined 26 State Attorneys General and Governors in December 2014.

Brandon Man Indicted on Deceptive Business Transactions
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joseph Matthew Stanford, 38, Brandon, was indicted February 10, 2015 by a Minnehaha County Grand Jury.

Corrections

State prison inmate dies
Inmate Harold Kusick, age 60, passed away Feb. 16 in Sioux Falls following a lengthy illness.

Game, Fish and Parks

No Spring Canada Goose Program for 2015
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will not implement the Spring Canada Goose program for 2015.

Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds Second Meeting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group held its second meeting on Feb. 2, 2015, to continue discussions about the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota.

Tourism

Historical Society Foundation new Guardian for Works of Badger Clark
The work of South Dakota’s first poet laureate will continue to be available for future generations, thanks to the merging of organizations dedicated to keeping history alive.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Another Effort To Be Even Better Stewards
The word that best sums up the public trust held by all officials is stewardship. Stewardship – the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care – has been my goal over these past four years.

News Tips
On Wednesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on Viewpoint University, KSOO 1140, with Rick Knobe.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Murder Conviction of Eugene Edward Martin
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the first degree murder conviction of Eugene Edward Martin for the murder of Robert Thunderhawk.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 12 – An Act to allow the spouse of an active duty military person to qualify as a resident for a temporary permit to carry a concealed pistol.

Governors Urge President Obama To Reconsider Keystone XL
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has joined with other governors from across the country to urge President Obama to reconsider his decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Beresford Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Christopher Heuer on January 15, 2015, in Beresford, South Dakota.

Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Presents The Band Perry
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces The Band Perry will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

Financing Beginning Farmers
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) announces tax-exempt bonds are available for qualifying beginning farmers. Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Offers New Online Course for Hunter Education
Hunters who need to complete a South Dakota hunter safety certification course can now study the online portion at http://www.hunter-ed.com/southdakota/. The online component of the course was approved by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) this week.


Agriculture

Aero Road Fire Final Size 16.02 Acres
RAPID CITY, S.D.— The Aero Road Fire located near Rockerville in the area of Neck Yoke Road and Aero Road was called controlled on Monday afternoon and reached a size of 16.02 acres. The update in acreage is due to more accurate mapping abilities, not additional fire growth.

Jerry and Sandra Mencke Invest in New State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall with $10,000 Gift
HURON, S.D. - Jerry and Sandra Mencke of Huron have provided a $10,000 gift toward the capital campaign to construct the Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Funds Available for Specialty Crop Projects
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces federal funds are available for specialty crop projects.

Game, Fish and Parks

Fish Houses Must be removed by March 1
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds ice anglers that all fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by midnight on Feb. 28, 2015.

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Feb. 23-28, 2015, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Tree Stands Must be removed from Public Lands by Feb. 15
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that all tree stands and climbing devices must be removed from lands owned, leased or controlled by GFP by this Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.

Canada Goose Season Ends, Light Goose Season Begins
South Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded that the Unit 2 Canada goose season ends this Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Makes Appointment To Board Of Economic Development
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Tom Jones of Viborg to the Board of Economic Development. Jones is a former Democratic state legislator who represented District 17 in both the House and Senate chambers.

Governor Establishing Council To Study Indian Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the state’s tribal leaders are joining together to improve the achievement levels and graduation rates of Native American students.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley and 42 other Attorney General’s Call on Oil Companies to Ban the Sale of Synthetic Drugs
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 42 other State Attorneys General today called on nine oil companies and their branded gas stations and convenience stores to remove synthetic drugs from their affiliated retail locations.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program 2014 Statistics
The State of South Dakota’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been online for three years and voluntary participation by physicians and pharmacists continues to increase.

Transportation

Interstate 29 Northbound Partially Open at Exit 64
outh Dakota Department of Transportation officials say that northbound Interstate 29 at Exit 64 is partially open and traffic is no longer being detoured.

Interstate 29 Northbound Closed at Exit 64
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists the northbound lanes of Interstate 29 are closed at Exit 64, which is one and three-quarters of a mile north of the junction with Highway 44, due to an accident.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs Repealer Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed five bills to decrease red tape in state government.

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 23 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the ownership and management of the South Dakota Art Museum.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

BBQ Competition Judging School Coming to Huron
HURON, S.D. - Organizers of the Original South Dakota BBQ Championships will be hosting a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Certified BBQ Judging School on Saturday, April 25, at the Huron Country Club in Huron.

2015 Wildland Fire Academy Announcement
RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota Wildland Fire in conjunction with the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Fish and Wildlife Services and the State Fire Marshalls office will be hosting a wildfire academy in Fort Pierre, S.D. Classes will be held March 25-29, 2015.

Game, Fish and Parks

Effective March 2: Use of Hounds when Hunting Mountain Lions Outside the Black Hills
Effective March 2, 2015, this new rule allows resident hunters to use hounds to pursue mountain lions year-round on private land outside of the Black Hills with permission of the landowner or lessee. However, hunters may continue onto School and Public Lands or Bureau of Land Management lands if the pursuit originates on private property.

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count
The 17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 13-16, 2015, allows millions of novice and accomplished bird watchers to count birds wherever they are and enter their results online at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/.

Reetz Lake Walleye Regulations Reminder
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers fishing on Reetz Lake, in northeast South Dakota, that the daily limit for walleye is one fish with a minimum length limit of 28 inches.

Tourism

State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Makes New York Times Bestseller List
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,” edited by Pamela Smith Hill, has risen to No. 2 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Notification #1
Effective at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Learning More About Education Funding
Every year, when the Legislature meets, education is discussed and debated as much as any other topic. That’s the way it should be.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak to the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs at the Ramkota in Pierre.

Transportation

SD 42 Has Been Reopened East of Sioux Falls
Officials have reopened Highway 42 east of Sioux Falls.

Accident Closes A Portion of SD 42 East of Sioux Falls
Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say a crash between two semi-trucks has closed a portion of Highway 42 in Minnehaha County, east of Sioux Falls.

Tribal Relations

2015 State-Tribal Relations Events to Highlight Cooperation in Agriculture
The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations (SDDTR) has partnered with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) to highlight ‘Cooperation in Agriculture’ during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Feb. 25 and 26 in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

S. D. Supreme Court Affirms Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission’s Action
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission’s (LEOSTC) decision to deny Brett Jarman’s application for law enforcement certification.

New Attorney General’s Privacy Rights Handbook Available
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the updated version of the Privacy Rights handbook is now available to the public.

Charles Mix Man Convicted in Vehicular Homicide Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Circuit Court Judge Anderson has issued his decision convicting Ronald Ray Fischer, 30, Lake Andes, on two counts of vehicular homicide.

Agriculture

South Dakota Participates in Policy Meeting of National State Departments of Ag
Pierre, S.D. – South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch this week joined other state agriculture department leaders for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) organization’s Winter Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. As chair of the Rural Development and Financial Security Committee, Lentsch also led that committee’s discussion of important issues on transportation infrastructure and initiatives for military veterans in agriculture.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Memorial Day Weekend Camping Reservations Open Feb. 21
People wanting to camp in South Dakota state parks on Memorial Day weekend may begin making reservations for that holiday period at 7 a.m. CST on Feb. 21, for Friday, May 22, arrivals.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs First Bill Of Legislative Session Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the first bill of the 2015 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, Senate Bill 28, authorizes the Board of Regents to sell a parcel of property on the South Dakota State University campus to the City of Brookings.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Joins South Dakota, Arkansas and Missouri Traditional Marriage Cases and Sets Expedited Argument
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that the Eighth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals has granted an expedited briefing schedule and set oral argument in the traditional marriage case for the week of May 11th through the 15th in Omaha, Nebraska.

Health

North Dakota, South Dakota First Ladies Join To Reduce Non-Medical Early Deliveries
South Dakota First Lady Linda Daugaard and North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple are asking birthing hospitals to help reduce the number of early deliveries done for non-medical reasons.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Influx in Yellow Page Directory Scams
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Consumer Protection Division has received complaints from several small businesses and schools across South Dakota who have received solicitations that appear to be invoices from the local Yellow Page Directory. The invoices typically contain the “walking fingers” logo and the name “Yellow Pages”, but these are likely not the directory that most have grown accustom.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Final Smithsonian Sunday Program on Feb. 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Channel program entitled “I was a Jet Set Stewardess” at 2 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City woman died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90, within the city of Rapid City.


Public Safety

I-90 Open West of Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety officials announce the section of Interstate 90 between Exit 32 and Exit 55 is now open.

I-90 Closed West of Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota officials are closing Interstate 90 near Rapid City from Exit 32 to Exit 55, effective immediately.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Caring For Those Who Have Borne The Battle
Last year at this time, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs launched Operation Reaching All Veterans.

News Tips
On Monday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak to the Watertown Chamber at the Watertown Event Center Theater.

Public Safety

Faulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – A Seneca, S.D., man died in a one-vehicle rollover crash on 172nd Street approximately 3 miles south and 6 miles west of Faulkton on Friday, January 30, 2015.


Education

Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors and sites
The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer Hosts Snowshoe Hike for Valentine's Day
Love is in the (cold) air this Valentine's Day at Custer State Park. The park is hosting the Lover's Leap Snowshoe Hike Feb. 14, which will give participants the opportunity to take in the winter scenery and learn how to snowshoe.

Summer Camping Reservations Start Soon In State Parks
Later this month, campers can begin making reservations for summer stays in the South Dakota State Parks.

New Operator Named for Lewis and Clark Marina
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has selected a new operator for the Lewis and Clark Marina near Yankton.

Board of Regents

Students Gain a ‘Jump Start’ on College Success
With the help of a prestigious $3.6 million federal grant, South Dakota State University, in partnership with six other South Dakota higher education institutions, has developed the South Dakota Jump Start program. This program intends to serve 900 Native American and low-income students, helping them succeed in college by providing an affordable academic “jump start.”


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard And Secretary Bergquist Offer Testimony To Senate EPW Committee
South Dakota Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today to testify on the need for a long-term federal transportation funding bill.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Names Kim Malsam-Rysdon As Secretary Of Health
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Kim Malsam-Rysdon as Secretary of Health.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Donald and Michael London Indicted by Brule County Grand Jury
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced today that Donald G. London, 42, Kimball and Michael J. London, 66, Chamberlain, were indicted last week by a Brule County Grand Jury.

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division Touts National Tax Identity Theft Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week begins this week.

Game, Fish and Parks

Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Visitors to Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre will have the opportunity to learn about the park's winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 13th Annual Eagles and Bagels Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Public Safety

Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding Available
PIERRE, S.D – The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management is accepting applications for $1.4 million in federal hazard mitigation grant funding.

Transportation

Road Closure for Box Culvert Work on Spring Valley Road
On Monday, Feb. 2, crews will begin work on the reinforced concrete box culvert on Spring Valley Road near Exit 44 on Interstate 90 at Piedmont.


Health

Measles Case Reported In Sioux Falls
An unvaccinated Sioux Falls child under the age of 10 has been reported with measles, the Department of Health said today.