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Education

Restored Fort Pierre railroad depot to host program about railroad history in South Dakota
People can learn about the history of railroads and one historic depot in South Dakota during a program that will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 11, in the 1906 Fort Pierre Depot Museum.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
FREDERICK, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon south of Frederick, S.D.

Names Released in Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A Flandreau man has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash east of Flandreau.

Social Services

Rapid City Department of Social Services Hosts Art Exhibit for Children in Foster Care
The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City is hosting a special art exhibit at the Dahl Fine Arts Center on April 8, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Add New Online Associate Degrees
Consistent with South Dakota Board of Regents’ initiatives to grow associate degrees online, new two-year college degrees in construction technology, software development, and sociology will soon be available to students anywhere, any time.

New Academic Offerings Develop State Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new academic program requests to meet emerging employment trends across the state.

Sutton Elected Board of Regents’ President
Bob Sutton, a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2013, is the board’s new president, succeeding Randy Schaefer, who remains on the board.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Oversight Council Releases Juvenile Report, Governor Signs SB 179
Today the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council released its first annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s juvenile justice reforms. The Oversight Council is the statutorily authorized entity that monitors the juvenile justice reforms.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Robert Running Shield left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization during the evening of March 27.

Game, Fish and Parks

Warm Weather Accompanies the End of Snowmobile Season
March 31 marks the official end of snowmobile season in South Dakota.

Health

Grants Open For Mosquito Control Programs
Cities, counties and tribes can again apply for state grant funding to help control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV).

Transportation

Burr Street Construction in Mitchell To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the city of Mitchell are scheduled to begin the reconstruction of Burr Street from Havens Avenue to Interstate 90 in Mitchell on Monday, April 3.

Tribal Relations

South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations maintains Open Door Policy
Last Friday’s news of the issuance of a presidential permit allowing TransCanada Keystone Pipeline to go forward hasn’t changed the Open Door policy the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations has toward the tribal nations that share South Dakota’s borders.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

South Dakota State Treasurer Announces Changes in Unclaimed Property Laws
State Treasurer, Rich Sattgast, announced that the recently passed SB34 affects Unclaimed Property laws in regards to how long the Unclaimed Property Division is required to retain escheated securities.

Game, Fish and Parks

Now Is the Time to Sign Up For a South Dakota HuntSAFE Class
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year.

July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
Saturday, April 1, is the first day to make reservations for a June 30 arrival, which is the Friday preceding the Fourth of July.

Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2017 NASP Tournaments
Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 8th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments.

Public Safety

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon east of Flandreau.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Otter Tail Power Company to Seek Permits for Major Investment in Deuel County
Deuel County, S.D. – Top officials from Otter Tail Power Company, headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minn., announced today plans to seek regulatory approvals to build a new gas-fired electricity-generating station in Deuel County, South Dakota.


Public Safety

Name Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
DANTE, S.D. – A Wagner, S.D. man has been identified as the person killed in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Dante.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Keystone XL
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the State Department’s issuance of a permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Governor's Column: A Chance To Be SD's Capital For A Day
In the 1990s, Gov. George S. Mickelson started a new tradition in South Dakota called Capital for a Day. Gov. Mickelson would travel to a community and issue an executive proclamation declaring that town as South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Madison High School Automotive Shop Ribbon Cutting.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Tourism Industry Taking Note of Vacationer Interest in Agri-Tourism
Agriculture and tourism are both important industries in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: Young SD Couple Building Cattle Herd from Square One
In this SD Ag Chat, hear about one young couple whose love for cattle makes the challenges they face to build their herd worth the risk.

Education

Bunnies Rock! at Family Fun Saturday April 8 at Cultural Heritage Center
Young bunnies are a sure sign of spring and they will be the focus for Family Fun Saturday “Bunnies Rock!” at the Cultural Heritage Center on April 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
DANTE, S.D. – One man died in a one-vehicle crash that happened Thursday night near Dante.

Transportation

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7
“Work Zone Safety Is In Your Hands” National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state transportation departments across the country to remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.

Tribal Relations

State Officials meet with Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Leadership
State officials met Thursday with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate leadership to discuss a variety of issues.

Revenue

April 1 is the deadline for the elderly and disabled property tax assessment freeze program
Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1 to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks, Blazing a Trail Together
In this SD Ag Chat, hear the head of the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department talk about the important relationship between landowners and sportsmen and women.

SD Ag Chat: What Happens in Agriculture, Doesn’t Stay in Agriculture
In this SD Ag Chat, hear how what happens to the ag economy has an effect on the entire state.

SD Ag Chat: Be Counted, Answer NASS Surveys
In this SD Ag Chat, South Dakota’s state statistician tells how answering USDA NASS surveys has a direct effect on farmers and ranchers.

Education

“A Life’s Work: Paul Goble Illustrations of American Indian Stories” exhibit to open April 4 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre is hosting a traveling exhibition that features South Dakota artist and author Paul Goble (1933-2017).

Game, Fish and Parks

Rosehill Dam Included as part of a Stream Restoration Project
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that a reconstruction project involving the Rosehill Dam, located in Hand County, will not be completed and that the agency will instead pursue a stream restoration in the project area.

Transportation

Phase 1 of 6th Street Construction to Begin
The 6th Street construction project from 20th Avenue to east of 34th Avenue is scheduled to begin Phase 1 (westbound lanes) on Monday, April 3, weather dependent. Phase 0 began on March 20.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Former Stockyards Area Turned Into Agriculture Education Opportunity
A new agricultural education exhibit has opened in South Dakota’s largest town.

SD Ag Chat: Providing Services to Strengthen SD’s Ag Industry
Listen to this SD Ag Chat, to hear the head of the state’s department of agriculture share information on the make-up of the department and some of the services they provide.

SD Ag Chat: SD Had Warmer Than Normal Winter- Wetter April Expected
The latest weather maps show a wetter than average April is in store for South Dakota.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) is accepting grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program through April 30, 2017.

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Those Who Feed Us
March Madness - South Dakota style:

SD Ag Chat: Agriculture Tops the List for Economic Development in SD
The head of economic development for the state of SD talks about the connection between those agricultural jobs and economic development in the state in this SD Ag Chat.

Transportation

Highway 50 Gayville to Yankton Construction To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct Highway 50 from Gayville to Archery Lane in Yankton will begin Monday, April 17.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Russell Sitton was apprehended by Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputies last night.

Education

State Historical Society conference in Sioux Falls to feature Laura Ingalls Wilder, latest society book
Ten contributors to a new book on Laura Ingalls Wilder will be featured at the annual South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre, April 28-29.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Release #10
Effective at 3:30 p.m. MST, Mar. 21, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Crime in South Dakota 2016 Publication Released
Local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies have continued to cooperate and strengthen efforts to fight crime in South Dakota.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: SD student wins national agriculture essay contest
This week (March 19-25, 2017) is National Ag Week.

Celebrate National Ag Week
Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 19-25 as National Ag Week in South Dakota. March 21 is National Ag Day.

Education

Board adopts new educator certification rules
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new educator certification rules earlier today, overhauling the state’s current certification system.

Tech institute tuition and state fees set and welding certificates added
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2017-18 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.

Transportation

Highway 212 Bridge Replacement Near Redfield
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin to replace the bridge on Highway 212 just west of Redfield on Monday, March 27.

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 Thursday, March 30, 2017, 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.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Russell Sitton left the Rapid City Community Work Center earlier this morning to go to his work release job, but failed to report to the job site at the appointed time.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Looking Back On A Successful Legislative Session
Friday, March 10, was the last day of the main run of the 2017 Legislative Session. Although the session was more “low profile” than in some past years, we can all be proud of our legislators’ hard work.

State Animal Health Lab Bill Signed
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 172 this morning to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory, located on the campus of South Dakota State University.

Governor Signs Final Bills Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills of the 2017 Legislative Session into law today.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1072
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1072, an Act to repeal and revise certain provisions relating to permits to carry a concealed pistol.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 164
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 164, An Act to revise the length of the maximum probationary period for juvenile probationers and to revise the conditions of a juvenile commitment to the Department of Corrections.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 33
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 33, an Act to revise the state aid to special education formula.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1156
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1156, an Act to allow a concealed pistol in the capitol with an enhanced concealed pistol permit.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1149
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1149, an Act to revise the tax on certain telecommunication services and devices.

News Tips
The South Dakota Animal Industry Board will be holding a meeting in the AIB Conference Room, 411 S. Fort Street.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to return to Black Hills Home Show
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at the Black Hills Home Show to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Public Safety

State, Cattlemen’s Association Join Together To Help Wildfire-Impacted Producers
PIERRE, S.D – A partnership between South Dakota state government and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association has reduced the cost for producers traveling through the state, hauling donated hay to agricultural areas ravaged by recent wildfires

Transportation

Bridge Reconstruction on I-90 Near Brandon to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the reconstruction of the Interstate 90 bridges just east of Brandon Exit 406 are scheduled to begin on Monday, March 20.

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 2017 annual funding release from Gaming Tax Revenues in South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Observes Sunshine Week, Signs Transparency Measure Into Law
A new law that perpetuates open government practices of the Daugaard Administration will soon be added to the books. Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed Senate Bill 116 to institutionalize the state Boards and Commissions Portal, where the public can access public meeting information.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the budget bills, which revise the budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and set the budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

Tourism

Tourism Department Wins Regional Marketing Awards
The South Dakota Advertising Federation has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and its advertising agency, Lawrence & Schiller, with four ADDY Awards for advertising excellence in the 2017 awards competition.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Legislation To Combat Meth
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed two anti-methamphetamine measures into law: Senate Bill 43 and Senate Bill 117.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bill to Revise Mental Health Procedures in Criminal Justice System
Today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law House Bill 1183, an act to revise provisions regarding mental health procedures in the criminal justice system.

Agriculture

Funds Available for Specialty Crop Advancement
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces that funds are available for Specialty Crop Block Grants.

Education

State Historical Society endorses History Relevance Value Statement
The South Dakota State Historical Society today joins more than 100 historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Reaches Settlement With SDRC, Inc.
The State of South Dakota announced today it has settled its two pending civil lawsuits with SDRC, Inc. related to the federal EB-5 program and the South Dakota Regional Center.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Additional Measures To Replace IM 22
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed four ethics bills to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22 which were supported by the public. The bills are in addition to the five IM 22 replacement measures signed into law last week.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the Initiated Measure 22 replacement measures, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed six other bills into law today.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Gregory County Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact and Distribution of Controlled Substance to a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced that Donald Kevin Story, 52, Dallas, was sentenced yesterday by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Brown to 25 years in the State Penitentiary.

Attorney General Jackley Joins Challenge to Support Validity of Plea Resulting in Deportation of Noncitizen
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court by 20 Attorneys General in support of the United States in Lee v. United States.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Applied Engineering Approved for REDI Fund loan, South Dakota Jobs grant
YANKTON, S.D. – Applied Engineering, a precision machining company in Yankton, S.D., was approved today for funding assistance through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Public Safety Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed into law Senate Bill 176, an Act to preserve the use of public land, to ensure free travel, to enhance emergency response, and to declare an emergency. The bill which passed with a two-thirds majority last week is effective immediately.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Surplus Land Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed a package of bills which allow the sale of surplus lands owned by the state. The measures include lands and properties on the STAR Academy, State Veterans Home, and State Training School campuses.

Public Safety

Names Released in Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Buffalo.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Richard Kingston, age 71, passed away March 11 at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs IM 22 Replacement Measures
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed five measures to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22 which were supported by the public.

Governor's Column: State Officials Of All Stripes Upholding IM22 Promise
During the first few weeks of the 2017 Legislative Session, Initiated Measure 22 dominated the headlines. The 14,000-word initiated measure became the center of attention because of the constitutional problems it posed and the bizarre unintended consequences it would create.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the Initiated Measure 22 replacement measures, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today, including HB 1001, an Act to revise certain provisions regarding prison or jail population cost estimates.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the National Lt. Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota's Deer Management Plan Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed a draft of the South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023 and is currently seeking review and comment from the public from now until April 16, 2017.

Public Safety

Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – One person died and another was injured Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Buffalo.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Public Meeting and Work on 27th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the City of Spearfish and Heavy Constructors, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Interstate 90 Exit 14 interchange reconstruction project at the City of Spearfish Commission Chambers located at 625 5th Street on Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Highway 50 / 4th Street Construction To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct Highway 50 (4th Street) in Yankton, will begin Monday, March 20.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today including HB 1077, An Act to provide for the assignment of certain benefits in dental care insurance coverage.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Commends U.S. Attorney Sessions’ Renewed Commitment to Combat Violent Crime
Attorney General Marty Jackley commends U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ commitment to targeting violent crime nationwide.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Fighting the Wildfires
Wildfires have burned thousands of acres so far in a handful of southern states.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Keep Marching On
There was no waiting line for our men and women in uniform when they raised their right hands and volunteered to serve. There shouldn’t be a waiting line when they return home and need our help getting the care they’ve earned.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Buffer Strip Legislation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 66, which incentivizes the establishment of riparian buffer strips on private land.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
In addition to the buffer strip legislation, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today. HB 1053, An Act to revise certain provisions concerning the attorney recruitment assistance program.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Criminal Prohibition of Direct Conflicts of Interest by Public Officials Passes Full House
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that SB 27, the Attorney General sponsored bill to Prohibit Certain Direct Conflicts of Interest By Public Officials has passed the full House. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Health

SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Recognizes Efforts to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
A South Dakota health care professional and a health care facility are being recognized for their efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening as part of a national effort to screen 80 percent of the eligible population by 2018.

Human Services

BVR, BSBVI and SILC Board/Council Nominations Being Accepted
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BSBVI) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) are now accepting nominations for vacant board/council positions.

Revenue

New homeowners must file by March 15, to get owner occupied property tax reduction
PIERRE, S.D. -- Homeowners living in a different or new home this year are advised that the deadline for filing the owner-occupied, single family dwelling certificate is March 15 (postmarked). The certificate allows homeowners the eligibility for a property tax reduction.


Public Safety

State Fire Marshal’s Office Hosts Line-of-Duty Death Training March 10-11
PIERRE, S.D. – What needs to be done following the death of a public safety officer is the focus of a special training being held this weekend in Pierre.

Transportation

6th Street Construction to Begin In Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Highway 14 (6th Street) project in Brookings is scheduled to begin March 20 with Phases 0 and 1.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon:

Public Safety

Name Released in Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ERWIN, S.D. – A Lake Preston woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash that happened Friday near Erwin.

Fire Marshal Urges Citizens to Change Batteries When Changing Clocks
PIERRE, S.D. – This weekend is time again to spring ahead and replace the old with the new.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Closure For Bridge Demo Postponed Due to Wind
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the demolition of the old I-90 Exit 14 bridge at Spearfish scheduled to start this evening, Monday, March 6, will be delayed until Tuesday, March 7, or Wednesday, March 8, when the wind subsides and it is safe for work to continue.

190/Silver Street Construction Project Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a public open house to provide citizens an update on the I-190/Silver Street construction project in Rapid City on Thursday, March 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

REMINDER: I-90 Westbound Lanes Closing at Piedmont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Exit 44 at Piedmont, going west, will be closed for about two miles beginning today, March 6.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: South Dakota's Seat At The Table
Action is not a choice, it is a necessity. Those were President Trump’s words on Obamacare to Congress. As the President mentioned in that speech, one-third of America’s counties now have only one insurer.

Gov. Daugaard Holds Legislative Press Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard held his final press conference of the legislative session at the Capitol on Thursday.

News Tips
The 29th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 920 W. Sioux Ave.

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) kicks off next week and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will join with federal, state and local government agencies and national organization to celebrate this 19th annual event.

Education

Explore pinwheel power at Family Fun Day March 11 at Cultural Heritage Center
Come and make your own pinwheel to capture the South Dakota spring breezes at Family Fun Saturday on March 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

National Wild Turkey Federation Awards Altman “Officer of the Year”
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Dan Altman their prestigious “Officer of the Year” award.

New and Modified Aquatic Invasive Species Rules Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently finalized new aquatic invasive species (AIS) rules and modifications to the existing rules in an effort to target the most likely ways that these species are moved from water body to water body.

Proposal to Change the Rules for Terminally Ill Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.

Waterfowl Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several waterfowl seasons at their March meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes 2017 Elk and Mountain Goat Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allocate 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their March meeting.

Good Earth State Park Fees Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park earlier this week.

Labor and Regulation

Penn Treaty Liquidation Impacts South Dakota Policyholders
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Division of Insurance received notice Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company (“Penn Treaty”) has been placed into liquidation due to insolvency.

Public Safety

Kingsbury Fatal Crash
ERWIN, S.D. – A 57-year-old woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Friday near Erwin.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Education

Storyteller Paul Goble to be discussed at History and Heritage Book Club meeting
The life and works of award-winning author and illustrator Paul Goble will be discussed at the March meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Looking for New Troopers
PIERRE, S.D. – Applications are now being accepted for the next trooper class of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Tourism

South Dakota Tourism Wins International Tourism Marketing Awards
The South Dakota Department of Tourism won three awards in an international competition for destination marketing organizations.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 61-67 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Box Elder, will hold a public open house on Monday, March 6, 2017, to inform area residents on the options developed as part of a corridor study.

I-90 Exit 14 Closure with Detour and Bridge Demolition Resumes
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says demolition of the old Interstate 90 Exit 14 bridge near Spearfish will resume on Monday, March 6. Both directions of I-90 will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. with traffic directed onto the off and on ramps.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Offers Testimony On Rural Infrastructure
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today offered testimony on rural infrastructure at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C, led by Sen. John Thune.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

AG Jackley Meets with the President, Vice President and U.S. Attorney General to Coordinate Fighting Crime
Yesterday Attorney General Marty Jackley met with President Trump, Vice President Pence and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss strengthening public safety, including addressing violent crime, human trafficking, and controlled substances from our southern borders.

AG Jackley Meets with EPA Secretary Pruitt and Applauds President’s Position on WOTUS
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps Engineers (Corps) to review their rule defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS Rule) under the Clean Water Act.

Public Safety

Office of Highway Safety to Promote Safe Driving During First-Ever Summit League ‘Fan Fest’
PIERRE, S.D. – Along with all of the college basketball being played this weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s Office of Highway Safety is throwing in safe driving messages – and prizes – for good measure.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Attorney General Jackley Meets With U.S. Attorney General Sessions on Public Safety
Attorney General Marty Jackley and other leaders of the National Attorneys General met with the new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about strengthening public safety, including addressing violent crime, human trafficking, and controlled substances from our southern borders.

Yankton Woman Pleads to Embezzlement of Property Received in Trust
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Cora Sharon Van Olson, 50, Yankton, pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of property received in trust.

Social Services

Foster Parent Training to Begin in March
Foster families of every culture are needed to keep sibling groups together, to keep children and youth in their own communities and to support the well-being of children in need of a home while their birth family heals.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

AG Issues Official Opinion Relating to “Vote Trading” and “Vehicle Bills”
Attorney General Marty Jackley has issued an Official Opinion on whether “vote trading” and “vehicle bills” are prohibited.

South Dakota AG Jackley and Virginia AG Herring to Launch National Campaign for Child Rescue
A group of top U.S. law enforcement leaders is launching an ambitious new campaign to locate and rescue children from sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced For March
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has announced its sobriety checkpoint schedule for March.

Transportation

I-90 Construction of Westbound Lanes at Piedmont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Exit 44 at Piedmont, going west, will be closed for about two miles beginning March 6.

Spring Load Limit Release #9
Effective at 2 p.m. MST, Feb. 27, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Board of Regents

State Capitol Hosts Student Researchers March 2
South Dakota colleges and universities will send 12 outstanding undergraduate student researchers to the State Capitol this week to share their research work with lawmakers and the public.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the Governor’s participation in National Governor’s Association events in Washington, D.C., health care reform and public safety zones.

Governor's Column: An Unglamorous, Yet Necessary, Undertaking
The word that best sums up the public trust held by elected officials is stewardship. Stewardship – the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care – has been my goal as governor.

Gov. Daugaard Names Scott Bollinger BOA Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott Bollinger of Pierre to serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Administration.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting. The topic of discussion is titled Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Permit Gains Federal Approval for Firearms Purchases
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association confirm the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has determined that South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permit and Enhanced Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol qualify as alternatives to the background check requirement for firearm purchases.

Education

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.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR to Host 29th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
The 29th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 8-9 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

Tourism

SD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 143 businesses and organizations in 43 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Closure with Detour and Bridge Demolition Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 at Exit 14 in Spearfish will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting the evening of Monday, Feb. 27.


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Gov. Daugaard Signs Tech School Board Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law Senate Bill 65, An Act to establish the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and to revise certain provisions regarding career and technical education and postsecondary technical institutes.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Nurse Practitioner Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill relating to licensure of nurse practitioners and nurse midwives into law.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

AG Jackley Applauds Federal Withdrawal of Bathroom and Locker Room Mandate
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice have withdrawn their directive to school districts that threatened both civil rights litigation and the withholding of educational funds to the States.

Agriculture

Feb. 27-March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Invasive species cause over $100 billion in economic losses annually in the United States.

Education

Two South Dakota schools honored as National Title I Distinguished Schools
Anne Sullivan Elementary (Sioux Falls) and Leola Elementary were among those honored Wednesday as National Title I Distinguished Schools at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

State Historical Society board approves property tax moratorium applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 22 applications in 10 counties for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings.

10 public libraries accredited in 2017
Ten South Dakota public libraries were accredited by the State Library in 2017.

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 Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Public Safety

Schedule Changes Announced For North Sioux City, Vermillion Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. – Schedule changes take place Wednesday, March 1, for the Vermillion and North Sioux City driver exam stations.

Highway Patrol to Host 3rd Annual Women’s Recruiting Seminars
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is again hosting what has become a successful effort in recruiting more female troopers.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction #8
SD73 Restriction removed

Spring Load Restriction 7
Effective at 12 p.m. CST, Feb 24, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Biofuels Can Help Turn Ag Economy Around
A South Dakota based ethanol producer thinks increasing the use of biofuels in the U.S. will have a positive impact on the farm economy.

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting agriculture tax seminars
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will introduce its agriculture tax seminars this spring.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Salathiel Pointer was arrested by Sioux Falls Police and was returned to the South Dakota State Penitentiary early this morning.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Holden Departs As Commissioner Of State Bureau Of Administration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jeff Holden, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, is retiring from state government.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Brookings County Man Indicted for Aggravated Battery of an Infant
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brookings County States Attorney Abigail Howard announced today that Allen T. Smith, 21, Brookings has been indicted on one count of aggravated battery of an infant, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine and one count of abuse or cruelty to a minor, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Salathiel Pointer was supposed to return to the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on the grounds of the South Dakota State Penitentiary late this afternoon following the job furlough. Escape procedures were enacted once Pointer failed to return at the designated time.

Game, Fish and Parks

Bald Eagle Awareness Week Feb. 20-25
Bald Eagle Awareness Days celebrates its 25th year of entertainment and education by emphasizing the need for conservation and appreciation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed February 20-25, 2017, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota.


Public Safety

Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – A 52-year-old Stockholm, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this morning. HB 1007, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding inspection affidavits for amusement rides.

Governor's Column: Steps Forward In Mental Health
A significant number of Americans struggle with mental illness. For many the struggle is silent. Some experience short-term mental health problems. It’s not uncommon for individuals temporarily to face mild forms of mental illness at some point during their lives.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 2017 National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to return to Sioux Empire Home Show
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at the Sioux Empire Home Show to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Agriculture

Grants Available for Tree Planting
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events.

Four Reappointed to State Conservation Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Doug Hansen of Webster, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City, Charlie Moe of Rosebud and Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen to the State Conservation Commission.

Public Safety

South Dakota’s Vehicle Fatality Rate Again Among Lowest in Nation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota had the nation’s fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner - Sen. Vehle
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that former Sen. Mike Vehle of Mitchell has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacant seat on the South Dakota Transportation Commission.

Railroad Board Seeking Rail Project Information
The South Dakota Railroad Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room in Pierre.

I-90 – Exit 14 – I-90 Closure with Detour and Bridge Demolition
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that starting the evening of Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, Interstate 90 in both directions will be closed for six nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. between the off and on ramps of Exit 14.

Spring Load Restriction Report #6
A spring load restriction report is usually issued in advance of any major load restriction change. This report is issued for guidance only and does not take precedence over load restriction signs in place. For further information or a copy of a Spring Load Restriction Map, please contact the DOT at 605-773-3571. Spring Load Limit Information may also be found on the Internet at: http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/

Revenue

Motor Vehicles Division offering trucking industry assistance in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Revenue has opened a motor carrier services branch in Sioux Falls.


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Annual Criminal Justice Reform Report Released
The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms. The Governor announced the release of the report at his legislative press conference today.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Amicus to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court by 26 Attorneys General seeking to protect Second Amendment rights.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – One man died and another man was injured Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.

South Dakota Lottery

$138,779 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Canton
A single ticket sold in Canton hit the $138,779 Dakota Cash jackpot for the Feb. 15, 2017 drawing.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restriction Update (notices 2-5)
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Education

State Historical Society officials promote June symposium in Black Hills
Officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society are encouraging interested people to attend a symposium in the Black Hills in June.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: Movin’ On Up: Equity Trust Relocating to Equity Square in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Equity Trust settled into Sioux Falls in 2011, setting up shop in what is now called the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. Since then, it’s grown to 300,000 accounts and $30 billion in assets.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Former Congressman Clint Roberts Passes Away
Clint Roberts, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota, died last night in Pierre. Roberts, 82, represented South Dakota’s second congressional district in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1983.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Education

State Historical Society awards five historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Arlington, Delmont, Faulkton, Madison and St. Onge have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: South Dakota's Gun Laws
Gun control measures have been gaining ground in some places around the nation in recent years. In the more urban areas of the country and along the coasts, people are more wary, and perhaps fearful, of guns.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts banquet at the Ramkota in Pierre.

Agriculture

2017 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2017 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 23-26.

Caution Urged When Monitoring Burned Slash Piles
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, is urging residents who have burned brush piles this season to ensure that the piles have been completely extinguished.

Much More Than Fighting Wildland Fires
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire division serves as the primary firefighting agency for state owned land, but they do more than put out fires.

Education

Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, more than 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 8-9, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.

Remove your shoes to enjoy new exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center
You must remove your shoes in order to get the full effect of the newest exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Now through March 26, the museum will host “Walk Softly."


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Retirement System Bills
At his weekly press conference today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that he has signed House Bill 1016, a retirement system measure, into law.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the South Dakota Retirement System bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today.

Public Safety

State 9-1-1 Board Votes to Withhold Payment to Vendor
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 9-1-1 Coordination Board voted Thursday to withhold payment to the vendor who has been hired to upgrade the state’s 9-1-1 emergency communications system.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting agriculture tax seminars
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Department of Revenue announces its agriculture tax seminars to be held this spring.


Agriculture

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program Hits 1 Million Pounds
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) waste pesticide disposal program has topped the one million pound mark since the program began in 1993.

Health

Percentage of South Dakota’s Kids Overweight, Obese Unchanged
Almost one-third of South Dakota’s kids and teens are overweight or obese, according to a new state health report.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Surplus Land Bills Introduced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has introduced a package of bills to allow for the sale of surplus lands owned by the state. The measures include lands and properties on the STAR Academy, State Veterans Home, and State Training School campuses.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Pursuing Constitutional Reforms
Being governor is a serious responsibility, and I’ve never taken it lightly. Sometimes, it means making a difficult decision that is necessary, but unpopular to some.

Governor Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1048, An Act to exempt natural hair braiding from the practice of cosmetology.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is speaking at the Nurses Day Legislature Luncheon at the Ramkota.

Agriculture

Agriculture Officials Highlight Importance of International Trade and Establish Priorities for Next Farm Bill
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture emphasized the importance of international trade and expanded markets for U.S. agriculture at its annual Winter Policy Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

Education

State Historical Society seeks nominations for Governor’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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs House Bill 1069
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1069, An Act to repeal and revise certain provisions related to campaign finance and to declare an emergency. This bill repeals Initiated Measure 22.

State Animal Health Lab Bill Introduced
The Senate Appropriations Committee today introduced a bill on behalf of Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory. Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, the facility serves as the state animal health laboratory.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State Senate passes Attorney General Sponsored SB 27 to Address Criminal Self-Dealings and Conflicts of Interest
Under current South Dakota law, it is only a misdemeanor to engage in self dealings of taxpayer money for personal benefit or gain. See SDCL 5-18A-17.4.

Public Safety

Highway Safety to Promote Designated Drivers During Super Bowl
PIERRE, S.D. – Amid all of the football terms that will be thrown out Super Bowl Sunday, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety plans to remind fans of another important piece of terminology: Designated Driver.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1006, clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Brule County Man Enters Guilty Plea in Kimball Armed Standoff Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Donald Gerald London, 36, Kimball has pled guilty but mentally ill.

Circuit Court Signs Order to Unseal Briefing in Berget Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Circuit Court Judge Hoffman has signed an order allowing the briefs in Rodney Berget v. Darin Young to be unsealed.

Bollen Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Disposal of Personal Property Subject to Security Interest
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joop Bollen, 53, Aberdeen has pled guilty to one count of unauthorized disposal of personal property subject to security interest, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine.

Attorney General Jackley Announces Settlement with Western Union
Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a settlement with the Western Union Company, resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers.

Public Safety

Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says 24 South Dakota counties and two tribes may receive federal funding assistance to help recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

Veterans Affairs

VETERANS, THE PULSE OF OUR COUNTRY!
Remember your heart beats daily with your individual pulse! The heartbeat of America is driven by veterans and their pulse for freedom. These men and women represent everything that our nation fights to protect, everything we value in life. Our honor, our liberty, our livelihood, lies with them.


Education

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday to be celebrated at Cultural Heritage Center
A special program Feb. 7 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Help students by starting a local Summer Food Service Program
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.

Game, Fish and Parks

Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Visitors of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre have the opportunity to learn about the park's winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 15th Annual "Eagles and Bagels" Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Public Safety

February Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty sobriety checkpoints are scheduled to be held during the month of February by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Board of Regents

$2.66 Billion Economic Impact from Higher Education in South Dakota
The six public universities in South Dakota generate $2.66 billion a year in annual economic impact within the state, from a state investment of $197 million. That is a key finding from a research report released today that measures public higher education’s impact on the state economy.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Update on Medical Marijuana Issue
On August 19, 2016, Attorney General Marty Jackley provided correspondence to the FDA and DEA urging both to assist in the determination of whether marijuana presents medical opportunities and further setting forth considerations for public health and safety.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Washington Looking To The States
On Friday, Jan. 20, I was in Washington, D.C., among the many who attended the inaugural ceremonies for our 45th President.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 South Dakota Lions Convention which is being held at the AmericInn, Ft. Pierre.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Seize the Story Telling Opportunities
Everyone has to eat.

Public Safety

Spink County Fatal Crash (Jan. 2, 2017)
ASHTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen man has died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Jan. 2, 2017 north of Ashton.

Transportation

Drivers Cautioned About Difficult Travel Overnight
State officials are advising drivers that strong winds and blowing snow are creating difficult travel conditions across the state this evening.

Drivers Are Reminded About Snowplow Safety
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials remind motorists to use extra caution when encountering snowplows that are clearing highways, shoulders and ditches.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

No Entrance Fees For Spearfish Canyon State Park
Entrance fees are no longer being considered for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced at his weekly legislative press conference this morning.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: When it Comes to Firewood, Shop Local
When you bring firewood home or to your campsite, you may also unknowingly be transporting harmful pests.

Legendary Southern Rock Band Lynyrd Skynyrd to Play the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

Education

Museum Activity Day, SDSU ice cream at Cultural Heritage Center on Feb. 5
Create your own snowflakes at Museum Activity Day at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 1-4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Public Safety

Names Released in McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – Gabriel Ramirez, 26, of Freeman, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning near Canistota.

Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – An 87-year-old Platte woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.

Transportation

Department of Transportation / Highway Patrol Seeks Public Input into the U.S.12 Ipswich to Aberdeen Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, will hold a public open house at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Ipswich High School Theater, (211 5th Street) to inform area residents of the findings of the U.S. Highway 12 Ipswich to Aberdeen Corridor Study.

Board of Regents

Research Study Verifies Growing Economic Impact of Higher Education
A research study that measures the impact of South Dakota’s six public universities on the state economy will be released Tuesday, Jan. 31, at a briefing for state lawmakers in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Marli Wiese To District 8 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Marli Wiese of Madison to the South Dakota State House of Representatives. Wiese will be sworn in as a state representative on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Transportation

Westbound I-90 Construction between Exit 40 and Exit 44
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound shoulder of Interstate 90 between Exit 40 and Exit 44 will be closed this week.

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

Interstate 90 Reopened Travel Caution
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 between Kadoka and Chamberlain in central South Dakota. Motorists are cautioned that snow and strong winds are still creating difficult travel conditions in many areas of south central and southeastern parts of the state.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For The Summer
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for a summer 2017 Governor’s Office Internship in Pierre. The position will be paid and run from early May through August 2017.

Transportation

Motorists Asked to Heed No Travel Advisories I90 remains closed Kadoka to Chamberlain
Officials want to remind travelers that many highways in central, south central and southeastern parts of the state are under a No Travel Advisory and I-90 remains closed from Kadoka to Chamberlain.

Interstate 90 Closing from Kadoka to Chamberlain at 6 p.m. CST
State officials will be closing Interstate 90 from Kadoka to Chamberlain effective at 6 p.m. CST (5 p.m. MST).

Tribal Relations

2017 State-Tribal Relations Events to Highlight ‘Partnerships in the Outdoors’
The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations has partnered with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to highlight Partnerships in the Outdoors during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Jan. 25 and 26

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Red’s All Natural Burritos Expanding to North Sioux City
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – Red’s All Natural, a producer of frozen burritos headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., announced today that it is expanding its operations to North Sioux City, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., and South Dakota’s priorities for federal health care reform.

Governor’s Statement on Rep. Wollmann’s Resignation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of District 8 Rep. Matthew Wollmann.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.

McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning near Canistota.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

Board of Regents

Statement of the South Dakota Board of Regents on President Heather Wilson’s Nomination to be Next Air Force Secretary
The President of the United States announced today his intention to nominate Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, as the next Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.