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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.


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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Reforming Our Juvenile Corrections System
We have much to be proud of in South Dakota. Our state has the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation. We’re among the states with the lowest cost of living.

News Tips
The South Dakota Veterans Commission will meet at the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs lower level conference room.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Vermillion Police Department to Receive Money for Body Worn Police Cameras
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Vermillion Police Department have been awarded $27,348.60 for body worn police cameras to be used in drug investigations.

Labor and Regulation

White Paper Reveals Public Benefits of State Regulation
A white paper released by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) highlights the critical value state regulators play in local economic development.

Tourism

Survey Markers, Valentines, SDSU Ice Cream at Cultural Heritage Center Feb. 1
Visitors can enjoy making clay survey markers and Valentine decorations on “Museum Activity Day” at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 1-4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Tourism Industry Saw Solid Growth in 2014
The total economic impact of South Dakota’s visitor industry increased in 2014 by 2.64 percent* over 2013.

Top Tourism Leaders Recognized by Gov. Daugaard
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Brookings County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Body Worn Police Cameras
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $5,000 for body worn police cameras to be used in drug investigations.

Moody County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Tasers
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Moody County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $6,142.25 for tasers to be used in drug investigations.

Public Safety

Gregory County Fatal Crash
Gregory, SD – A Jacksonville, TX man died Wednesday in a rollover crash on SD Highway 47, six miles north of Gregory, SD.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Hughes County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Tasers
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $5,780.45 for tasers to be used in drug investigations.

Delmont Community Watch Group Receives National Award
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to recognize the City of Delmont’s Community Watch Group for their recent National Night Out award from the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

Agriculture

SD State Fair Announces 2015 State Fair Theme – Sew it. Grow it. Show it.
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2015 theme – “Sew It. Grow It. Show It.”

Corrections

Nikolas re-elected Chair of Board of Pardons and Paroles
Kay Nikolas of Sisseton was re-elected to serve as chair of the Board of Pardons and Paroles during the Board’s Jan. 15 meeting. Mark Smith of Pierre was elected to serve as vice-chair.

Education

Two South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Two South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 4,160 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2014.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Unveils Juvenile Justice Legislation
Building on the success of earlier reforms to the adult corrections system, Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week unveiled legislation designed to improve outcomes for youth in South Dakota’s juvenile justice system and cut costs.

Game, Fish and Parks

Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds First Meeting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has formed a work group to review and discuss the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota.

Tourism

Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers
The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has elected new officers for the coming year.


Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – A Blackhawk man died Monday in a two vehicle crash on Interstate 90, two miles east of Alexandria, SD.


Corrections

Inmate back in custody
Inmate Skyler Culp was arrested overnight in Des Moines, IA. He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
Platte, SD – A Geddes man died Saturday in a rollover crash on 371st Ave. & 279th St., 3 miles east and 2.5 miles south of Platte, SD.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association 29th Annual Banquet on Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls.

Governor's Column: A Better Road Ahead
This week, I delivered my State of the State address on the opening day of the South Dakota State Legislature. I used a major portion of that address to discuss South Dakota’s roads and bridges.

Bureau of Finance and Management Releases Three Long-Term Financial Plans
At the request of Governor Daugaard, the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) has released three long-term financial plans.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns of New Designer Drug 25i
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning college campuses and students of a dangerous synthetic drug surfacing in South Dakota known as 25i or NBOMe.

Officer Involved Shooting in Beresford
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley and Beresford Chief of Police confirm that on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at approximately 12:07 p.m., a Beresford Police Officer responded to a call for service at a residence located at 101 N. 13th Street, Beresford.

United States Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the same-sex marriage cases.

Rapid City Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Allen D. Locke on December 20, 2014, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

Oakwood Lakes State Park to Host Winter Events
Oakwood Lake State Park will host a weekend of winter fun with the Kool Kids’ Klassic Fishing Derby and the Groundhog Day Cross-Country Ski Tour on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, respectively.

Funding Available for Trails
South Dakota State Parks Director Doug Hofer announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments.

GFP Proposes to Remove State Waterfowl Refuge Status from Cottonwood Lake in Sully County
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is proposing to remove the Cottonwood Lake State Waterfowl Refuge in Sully County.

GFP Commission Proposes Aquatic Invasive Species Rules
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several rules to prevent the introduction and slow the spread of existing populations of aquatic invasive species in the state.

GFP Commission Adopts Licenses for Special Buck Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted the number of 2015 special buck licenses.

GFP Commission Adopts 2015 Hunting Season Dates
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted the dates for all 2015 hunting seasons at their January meeting.

GFP Commission Adopts the Use of Hounds when Hunting Mountain Lions outside the Black Hills
GFP Commission adopted a proposal originating from a petition received from the South Dakota Houndsman Association to allow the use of hounds for hunting mountain lions outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

CenturyLink to expand dispatch center in Sioux Falls
CenturyLink, Inc. announced today that it is expanding its dispatch center in Sioux Falls by adding approximately 40 new positions.


Corrections

Search for missing Inmate
Inmate Skyler Culp walked away from Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary, this evening.

Tourism

Hundreds of Tourism Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Pierre
Next week, Jan. 20-22, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is hosting the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.


Health

Health Department Schedules Measles Vaccination Clinic In Mitchell
There will be a measles vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Davison County North Annex, Community Health Office, 1420 N. Main St. in Mitchell. No appointments are necessary.

Transportation

Results of the I-229 Exit 5 (26th Street) Crossroad Corridor Study To Be Presented
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Jan. 14, to inform area residents of the recommendations resulting from the Interstate 229 Exit 5 (26th Street) Crossroad Corridor Study which includes the following roadway corridors:


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal Court Rules SD Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, But Stays Order
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota District Court has granted the plaintiffs and denied the State’s motion for summary judgment in the South Dakota case of Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard.

Health

Another Measles Case Reported In Mitchell
Another measles case has been reported in Mitchell and the Department of Health is warning residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date and to watch for rash and other symptoms.

Public Safety

Injured Highway Patrol Trooper Released from Hospital
PIERRE, S.D – A Highway Patrol trooper injured last week during a standoff in Brule County has been released from the hospital.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Launch Of The Boards And Commissions Portal
State government should be open and accessible to the people of South Dakota. Throughout my time in office, I have made government transparency a priority.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be sworn in for his second term as governor and will give his second Inaugural Address.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

BRULE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announce today that Donald London, 42, Kimball, has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and 2 counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Game, Fish and Parks

SD State Parks Celebrate Winter with Snowshoe Hikes
The South Dakota State Parks are encouraging folks to get outside and remain active during the winter months.

Tourism

State Historical Society board approves property tax moratorium applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 19 applications in nine counties for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings. The projects meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

State Historical Society Awards Deadwood Fund Grants
Historic preservation projects in Custer, Dell Rapids, Hot Springs, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Yankton recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society, as announced by Jay D. Vogt, director of the society.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Matching Funds Awarded To Communities For Workforce Plans
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded nearly $1 million in matching funds to help communities across the state take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues.

Governor Makes Appointments to Board of Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Deb Shephard of Watertown and has reappointed Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis to the South Dakota Board of Education.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $7.6 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved more than $7.6 million in grants, loans and principal forgiveness for water and waste projects.

Labor and Regulation

Deiter Named State Insurance Director
State Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman announced today Larry Deiter has been named the new director of the Division of Insurance effective immediately.

Public Safety

Brule County Standoff Ends with Subject Surrendering to Law Enforcement
PIERRE, S.D – South Dakota Highway Patrol confirms the standoff at a Brule County residence has ended and the subject has surrendered without incident. The subject, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., had barricaded himself in his residence located at 24732 360th, yesterday afternoon and continued to remain there until 3:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Update on Brule County Standoff
PIERRE, S.D. -- Negotiations continued throughout the night in the Brule County standoff. Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., remains barricaded at his residence located at 24732 360th, Ave., in Kimball.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Reopened Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 between Exits 32 and 55 in western South Dakota. Motorists are cautioned that snow and strong winds are still creating difficult travel conditions in the area.

Interstate 90 Closed Between Exits 32 and 55 Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
State officials have closed Interstate 90 between Exit 32 at Sturgis and Exit 55 west of Rapid City effective immediately on Wednesday afternoon, January 8.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Announces Build Dakota Scholarship Board Appointments
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed members to the board that will administer the Build Dakota Scholarship Program, which was announced last month.

Inaugural Ticket Sales Close Friday
Those interested in attending the 2015 Inaugural celebration just have a couple days left to purchase tickets.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Bi-Partisan Attorney General Effort to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief, filed by the State of Nebraska in which 25 Bi-Partisan Attorneys General seek to protect Second Amendment rights.

State Will Take No Further Action on Tragic Traffic Fatality of July 30, 2000
Today Attorney General Marty J. Jackley and Meade County State’s Attorney Kevin J. Krull announced that, based on additional evidence that has surfaced, the State will take no further action against Oakley Engesser in relation to the tragic traffic fatality of Dorothy Finley.

Agriculture

Gov. Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed David Fischbach of Faith, Alan Vedvei of Lake Preston and Thomas Glover of Burke to the State Conservation Commission.

Education

Grants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available.

Public Safety

Negotiations Continue in Brule County Standoff
Negotiations continue in the rural Brule County standoff. The subject, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., and a second individual barricaded themselves at his residence located at 24732 360th Ave., in Kimball, this afternoon.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Unveils Boards And Commissions Portal
As part of his mission to streamline government and promote openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Tuesday the launch of a state Boards and Commissions Portal.

Agriculture

State Forester Reminds Homeowners to Obtain Their Firewood from In-State Sources
PIERRE, S.D.-The State Forester reminds South Dakota citizens to obtain firewood from trees harvested in South Dakota to prevent transportation of unwanted insects, such as the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Gov. Announces New and Reappointed State Brand Board Members
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Myron Williams of Wall and reappointed Bart Blum of Reliance to the State Brand Board. Williams fills the board position vacated by Curt Mortenson of Fort Pierre which expired Jan. 5, 2015. Blum has served on the board since 2004.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Division of Securities Announces New Electronic Filing Depository
The Department of Labor and Regulation’s (DLR) Division of Securities announces the launch of an online Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) to enhance the efficiency of the regulatory filing process.

Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
ALCESTER, S.D. – An Alcester man died Monday in a rollover crash on County Road 13, four miles east of Alcester, S.D.

Tourism

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Missouri River Tourism Association are now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at the 10 Information Centers along Interstates 29 and 90.


Agriculture

Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Class Schedule Released
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension staff will offer 56 classes for private pesticide applicator certification and recertification beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, across South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Moves to a Multi-Year Schedule for Setting Hunting Seasons
With the start of the new year, comes the start of a new multi-year season setting schedule for several hunting seasons and regulations in South Dakota.

Spearing Now Allowed on SD/MN Border Water Lakes
Spearing of northern pike and catfish is now allowed on all South Dakota/Minnesota border water lakes for anglers possessing a valid South Dakota fishing license and a game fish spearing and archery permit.

Human Services

South Dakota Adds Smart Devices to Telecommunications Equipment Programs
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has revised its telecommunications programs to make smart devices available to residents with disabilities.

Public Safety

New Tech Planned for South Dakota 911 System
PIERRE, S.D. – New technology will enhance emergency communications in South Dakota when Next Generation 911 is deployed.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Vaccinating Saves Lives
For those who grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s, measles was almost a childhood rite of passage. Fifty years ago there were half a million cases and 500 deaths reported in the United States every year.

News Tips
The Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, will hold its quarterly Core Stakeholders meeting via Digital Dakota Network video conference.

Agriculture

Cutting and Chunking Deadline for Mountain Pine Beetle Draws Near
PIERRE, S.D.- March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method, according to state forest health program specialist Brian Garbisch.


Labor and Regulation

State Banking Division Offers Information on Short-term Loans
If you are considering taking out a short-term loan, make sure you understand who you are doing business with and what kind of loan you are getting.

Tourism

South Dakota Native to be guest Speaker at Cultural Heritage Center
The process of creating historical fiction will be explored at the January meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Approves Amendment to Custer State Park Resort Contract
SD Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently approved an amendment to the department’s concession agreement with the Custer State Park Resort Company that would lead to $11 million in improvements and additions to facilities within Custer State Park.

GFP Seeking New Operator at Oahe Marina near Pierre
According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Oahe Marina and Resort located within Oahe Downstream Recreation Area on upper Lake Sharpe can now begin submitting their proposals.

Health

South Dakota Reports Measles Case
An unvaccinated child is South Dakota’s first case of measles since 1997, a state health official announced today. The child is a Davison County resident under the age of 5.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates Go Down
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, employers will see a reduction in their unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in January in the following counties: Beadle, Brown, Brule, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Hughes, Hutchinson, Lincoln, Lyman, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts and Yankton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint John Bastian To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint John W. Bastian, of Belle Fourche, to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court holds the 2012 Legislature’s Repeal of Certain Alcohol Laws
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that a unanimous South Dakota Supreme Court has held that the 2012 Legislature’s repeal of certain alcohol related statutes did not repeal South Dakota’s DUI criminal laws.

Agriculture

Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Grants Awarded
PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty-nine grant projects benefitting South Dakota’s natural resources were recently approved by the State Conservation Commission. The funds were awarded to 20 conservation districts that applied for funding through the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Fund. The Fund is administered by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) on behalf of the State Conservation Commission.


Public Safety

Corson County Fatal Crash
ISABEL, S.D. – An Isabel man died in a two vehicle crash approximately 15 miles north of Isabel on December 26.

Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. – A Philip man died in a head-on crash Friday, on U.S. Highway 14, ten miles east of Philip.

Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A Marion man and woman died in a rollover crash on Friday December 26, four miles west of Marion.


Public Safety

Aurora County Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian
PLANKINTON, S.D. – A Plankinton man died Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 281, two miles east of Plankinton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Benefits Specialists from the Department of Social Services, Division of Economic Assistance, will be available at the following itinerant offices.

Health

Hutchinson County Resident South Dakota’s First Flu Death Of Season
A Hutchinson County resident in the 80-89 age group is South Dakota’s first influenza death of the 2014-2015 season, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 27
PIERRE, S.D. – The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Saturday of this week.

Kelly Hepler Selected As GFP Secretary
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he has selected Kelly Hepler to serve as the next secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Governor's Column: Investing In Rail
South Dakota has long recognized rail as a significant component of our state’s transportation system. South Dakota exports most of the grain we produce, and our farmers, ranchers and processing facilities rely almost entirely on railroads to move agricultural products out of state.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Announces $90 Million Cramming Settlement with T-Mobile
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota and 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission reached settlements with T-Mobile USA, Inc. that include at least $90 million in payments, and that resolve allegations that T-Mobile placed charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills that were not authorized by the consumer, a practice known as “mobile cramming.”

Game, Fish and Parks

Black Hills Snowmobile Trails Ready for Holiday Weekend
A white Christmas is not only pretty, it also makes for great snowmobiling. More than 12-15 inches of snow fell in parts of the Black Hills overnight, granting many snowmobile enthusiasts their holiday wishes.

Grant Funding to Aide in Youth Conservation Education
Learning about the outdoors and conservation are important experiences for youth. To help make that happen, a fund established in honor of a family that is well-known to the outdoor community will again be awarding grants in 2015.

NEW: Gray Wolf an Endangered Species throughout South Dakota
Following a legal decision in federal court, the gray wolf is again an endangered species throughout South Dakota.

Health

Multi-state Outbreak Linked To Commercial Caramel Apples
The CDC recommends that U.S. consumers do not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples as the result of a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis.

Public Safety

Holiday Cooking Fires a Higher Risk during Holidays
PIERRE, S.D. – With extra time being spent in the kitchen during the holidays, homes are at a higher risk for cooking fires.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Marty Jackley’s 2015 Legislative Package
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the Attorney General’s proposed legislative package for 2015 will include a request that our Legislature consider the following:

Agriculture

SD Farm Bureau and County Farm Bureau Chapters Contribute Funds for State Fairgrounds’ New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-The South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation (SDFB) and county Farm Bureau Chapters have provided a total of $35,000 toward the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for its new exhibit hall.

Corrections

Inmates, DOC Staff Members In Holiday Spirit
State prison inmates and staff members from the Department of Corrections are once again helping to make the holiday season brighter for others.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP 2014 Distinguished Service Award Announced
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has awarded Eric Krebs with the Division of Wildlife’s highest honor, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Youth Goose Hunt to Be Held in Pierre
The 25th Annual Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be in Pierre on Jan. 16-18, 2015. An informational meeting will be held on Jan. 16, 2015, at the Pierre Best Western Ramkota at 7 p.m. CST.

Deer Hunting Season to Reopen
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that the East River and West River deer hunting seasons reopen to antlerless only tags beginning Dec. 27, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015. The season will not reopen in many deer hunting units where no antlerless tags were issued.

2015 Mountain Lion Hunting Season Opens in the Black Hills on Dec. 26
The 2015 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season opens on Dec. 26, 2014, in the Black Hills Fire Protection District. The season will conclude on March 31, 2015, or if either the harvest limit of 75 total mountain lions, or 50 female lions, is reached prior to that date.

Public Safety

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – An Avon, S.D., woman died on Sunday in a two vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 37, six miles south of Tyndall.

Social Services

South Dakota Ranked Number One in Aiding Medicare Beneficiaries
South Dakota’s overall Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) performance measures score ranked first out of 54 states and territories for the period of Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014.

Transportation

Winter Storm May Create Difficult Driving Conditions in the Black Hills
State Transportation and Public Safety officials are cautioning travelers that additional snowfall amounts of 10 or more inches are expected in the northern Black Hills through mid-morning on Tuesday.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
Rapid City, S.D. – A Rapid City man died in a three vehicle crash on Friday, December 19, one half mile south of Rapid City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Christmas Comes Early In South Dakota
The Christmas season is a time of giving. We give of our time to volunteer for worthy causes. We give of our money through donations to charitable efforts. And of course, we give Christmas gifts to our loved ones.

News Tips
The S.D. Board on Geographic Names will meet to take final action on the recommended name of Searl Creek for an unnamed creek in Campbell County.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sisseton Shooting Incident Investigation Details Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Division of Criminal Investigation has completed its investigation into the shooting incident that occurred on November 22, 2014, in Sisseton, SD.

Tourism

South Dakota Recognized by Frommer’s and American Bus Association
On the heels of being listed as one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US” for 2015, South Dakota has also recently been selected by Frommer’s as one of their “Best Places to Go in 2015.”

State Historical Society to host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Jan. 11
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum program entitled, “NASA's Flying Saucer: Learning to Land on Mars” at 2 p.m. CST on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Agriculture

Peggy Woolridge Besch named South Dakota State Fair Manager
HURON, S.D. – Peggy Woolridge Besch of Huron, S.D., has been named South Dakota State Fair Manager.

Tourism

Holiday hours announced for Cultural Heritage Center
Holiday hours for the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre have been announced by officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Transportation

Bridge at I-90 Exit 387 Re-opening
On Thursday, Dec. 18, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will open the interchange bridge over Interstate 90 at Exit 387 to Hartford.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Partners With Denny Sanford To Establish “Build Dakota” Workforce Scholarship Program At Technical Institutes
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that the state of South Dakota will partner with South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to establish a the Build Dakota scholarship program, which will offer full scholarships for students entering high-need workforce programs at in-state technical institutes.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Certified Ready Site to House New Career & Technical Education Program
Opportunity. That’s what educators and development officials are hoping to create for their high school students with the newly established Career & Technical Education (CTE) machinist program at the Sturgis Brown High School.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Public-Private Partnerships Result In $56 Million Investment In SD Rail
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that a total of $56 million in public and private funds will be invested in four rail projects across the state.

Transportation

State Collaborating With RCP&E To Construct New Railroad Sidings
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announcedtoday that the state will collaborate with the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad (RCP&E) to construct two new railroad sidings, one in Huron and another near Aurora in Brookings County.

Governor Announces Project To Upgrade Sioux Valley Line
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that the state will partner with Dakota & Iowa Railroad to invest $7.3 million to upgrade the Sioux Valley Line in southeast South Dakota.

$11.5 Million Britton Line Upgrade Results In New $40 Million Grain Facility
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announcedtoday that the state Department of Transportation will upgrade the Britton Line in northeast South Dakota through a public-private partnership. The $11.5 million project includes constructing the south leg of a wye at Jarrett Junction and replacing 29 miles of light rail with heavy rail to enable the railroad to handle heavy modern traffic.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Research Park at SDSU Approved as First South Dakota Certified Technology Park
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the Research Park at South Dakota State University (SDSU) has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as the first South Dakota Certified Technology Park.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

McKie Family Donates $1 Million For New South Dakota Monument
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the donation of a major work of art intended to honor the people of South Dakota during the state’s 125th anniversary year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Alpena Couple Arrested on Drug Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms local law enforcement executed a search warrant at 508 4th Street in Alpena last week and two individuals were arrested on the following charges:

Transient Contractors Plead Guilty in Consumer Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two individuals conducting business in South Dakota as transient contractors have pled to charges for failure to inform buyer of right to cancel and failure to furnish cancellation form.

Board of Regents

Warner to Meet with Education Leaders in Nation’s Capital
The executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents will meet this week with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other education leaders to discuss state-level efforts aimed at raising K-12 education standards and assessments.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: It's A Wonderful Life
It’s a busy week in South Dakota. There are Christmas gatherings to attend, cards to be sent and presents yet to be purchased. In schedules more hectic than usual, many of us will make time to honor our own Christmas traditions.

News Tips
On Monday, Dec. 15, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be in Rapid City to make an announcement regarding a major donation by a Rapid City family to the people of South Dakota.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Press Conference Regarding November 22nd Shooting Incident in Sisseton
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that he will conduct a press conference on December 19, 2014, at 3:30 p.m., at the community room at the Sisseton City Hall building.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Decides Not to Allow Statewide Spearing of Game Fish
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted against opening all inland waters of the state to year round spearing and archery take of game fish, at their December meeting.

South Dakota Bighorn Sheep Season Finalized for 2015
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2015 bighorn sheep hunting season at their December meeting.

Tribal Relations

U.S. Board on Geographic Names Approves New Names for Features
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (USBGN) has approved new names for two geographic features.


Game, Fish and Parks

Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals due Feb. 15, 2015
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Wildlife Diversity Program is accepting proposals for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Proposals are due by Feb. 15, 2015.

South Dakota’s Elk Management Plan Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife has drafted a five-year elk management plan and is seeking comments from the public.

Tourism

Lonely Planet Recognizes South Dakota as One of Best Places to Visit
Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company, has recognized western South Dakota as one of their “Best in the US” destinations for 2015.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

State, Community Representatives to Promote South Dakota’s SHOT Industry in Vegas
Eight communities and an energy company will join the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in promoting South Dakota at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 20-23, 2015.


Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Snowmobile Season Officially Opens on Monday
PIERRE, S.D. – Snowmobile enthusiasts will need to have a little patience this year. Snowmobile trails in South Dakota are scheduled to open Monday, Dec. 15, but trail officials are still waiting for snow.

Health

Keep Food Safety In Mind At Holiday Gatherings
Keep food safety in mind to prevent food-borne illness and keep holiday gatherings from turning merriment to misery, says a state health official.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Division of Securities Warns of High-Yield Investment Program Scams
The Department of Labor and Regulation’s (DLR) Division of Securities reminds the public to do research before committing to any investment opportunity.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Milbank Industrial Park Approved as South Dakota Certified Ready Site
The Grant County Development Corporation announced today at its board meeting that the Milbank Industrial Park has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Mitchell Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Joy Ann Sherman on November 8, 2014, in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Agriculture

SD Dept. of Ag Hosts Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification Classes
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has posted the schedule for 2015 Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification classes.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Paul Trejo was apprehended in Bennett County Dec. 6.

Tourism

South Dakota State Historical Society Program to feature “Pioneer Girl”
The South Dakota State Historical Society and the History and Heritage Book Club are hosting a discussion of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” at the Cultural Heritage Center and through the video-conferencing Digital Dakota Network (DDN) at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Not Taking Chicago’s No for An Answer
The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is firing back at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city hall officials who said the state could not advertise certain messages in the Chicago O’Hare Airport.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Pearl Harbor
President Obama has called for flags to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Sunday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Inaugural Schedule Released
The 2015 South Dakota inaugural ceremonies and celebration are set for Jan. 10. Tickets for the events go on sale Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Governor's Column: A Budget Based On Steady Growth
Earlier this month, I presented my proposed budget to the state Legislature for the coming fiscal year.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Capitol Lake Fountain in Pierre.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

17th Annual Pie Day Scheduled for Saturday December 13th
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the 17th Annual Pie Day will be held on Saturday, December 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Capitol building in Pierre.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in December in the following counties: Beadle, Brown, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Davison, Gregory, Hughes, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Spink, Stanley and Yankton.

Tourism

State Historical Society announces spring Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that the applications for the first round of the 2015 Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Feb. 1, 2015, for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2015.

State Historical Society Program to Feature Story of Billy Mills
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) program entitled, “Native Sports with Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Announces $3.8 Million Multistate Settlement with Sirius XM
Attorney General Marty Jackley, along with the attorneys general of 44 states and the District of Columbia, announced today that Sirius XM Radio Inc. has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the states and to provide restitution to eligible consumers to resolve claims that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. South Dakota's share in this settlement is $50,037.51.

Labor and Regulation

State Insurance Director Resigns Interim Director Named
State Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman announced today the resignation of Division of Insurance Director Merle Scheiber effective Dec. 29.

Public Safety

Sanborn County Fatal Crash
LETCHER, S.D. – A Letcher, S.D., woman died Wednesday in a two vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 37.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Create New Principal Preparation Degree
Collaboration among four public universities in South Dakota will create a new master of education degree in principal preparation. Approved Thursday by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the new degree program incorporates nationally recognized best practices for training future principals and administrators in South Dakota K-12 schools.

USD to Offer Occupational Therapy Doctorate Expands Off-Campus Programs in Pierre and Sioux Falls
A new doctorate degree in occupational therapy has been created at the University of South Dakota, responding to the profession’s efforts to move the entry degree for occupational therapists from the master’s to doctorate level.

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

Campus and Community Representatives to Assist in Dakota State University Presidential Search
A group of 11 people will help the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president of Dakota State University, serving as campus and community representatives on the presidential search and screen committee.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins State Challenge to Presidential Executive Order Powers
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 17 State Attorneys General and Governors in a lawsuit challenging the executive action set forth by President Obama, which exceeds his authority and Constitutional power on immigration reform.

Game, Fish and Parks

Fort Sisseton Celebrates a Frontier Christmas
Get in the holiday spirit at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park's Annual Frontier Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 13. Relive Christmas traditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

Human Services

Program to Provide Post-Secondary Education for Young Adults with Disabilities
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Human Services (DHS) has established a program offering post-secondary education to young adults with disabilities in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Offers Workforce Training Services
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) provides a variety of workforce training services for both youth and adult job seekers.

Revenue

Use Tax Due on Online Holiday Purchases
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue wants to remind South Dakotans that state and municipal tax may be due on purchases bought online.

Board of Regents

Study Calls for Increased Efforts to Boost Graduate Production
The latest South Dakota Board of Regents’ study on placement of its college graduates finds that a “robust majority” of students remain in South Dakota following completion of a public university degree.

Interactive Dashboards Illustrate Higher Education Data
With the help of modern software technology, the South Dakota Board of Regents has created a set of interactive dashboards to help make key data points about public higher education more understandable and useful to the public and policymakers.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Releases Plans To Improve Juvenile Justice System, Reduce Costs
The South Dakota Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JJRI) Work Group submitted to state leaders today a comprehensive set of data-driven policy recommendations on the juvenile justice system for the upcoming legislative session.

Agriculture

Farm Loan Mediation Changes
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) recently made changes to its administrative rules for the Agricultural Mediation program. These rules become effective on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.


Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – A Wagner man died in a rollover crash on S.D. Highway 46, six miles west of Wagner on Friday, Nov., 28


Public Safety

Gregory County Fatal Crash
GREGORY, S.D. – A Burke woman died in a one-vehicle roll-over crash near Gregory on Wednesday Nov., 26.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: 125 Years Of Christmas In South Dakota
As we head into the Christmas season on this quasquicentennial year, I have to wonder what the first South Dakotans were doing exactly 125 years ago.

Former Legislator Ralph Nachtigal Dies
PIERRE, S.D. – Former South Dakota legislator Ralph Nachtigal died Saturday, Nov. 22.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Provides Holiday Shopping Tips
The holiday shopping season begins earlier each year and this year is no exception with the lure of pre-Black Friday deals and advertisements filled with one-of-a kind specials.

South Dakota Supreme Court Affirmed the Denial of Post-Conviction Relief for Lewis Ashker
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the denial of post-conviction relief for Lewis Ashker.

South Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Denial of Expungement of Taliaferro’s Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed a Circuit Court decision denying the expungement of Brandon Taliaferro’s charges.

Avera Gregory Hospital Settles with State on Improper Medicaid Claims
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Avera Gregory Hospital announced today that they have reached a settlement involving Medicaid payments.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Hits the Roads with ‘Operation Safe Thanksgiving’
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol is out in force today with a statewide, high-visibility effort to encourage travelers to make safe and responsible decisions on the highways.

Fire Marshal: Holidays Bring Higher Risk of Home Fires
PIERRE, S.D. – Thanksgiving Day begins a month-long holiday season, and Fire Marshal Paul Merriman urges South Dakotans to celebrate the season but be aware of the added potential for fires.

Transportation

DOT and Yankton County Seek Public Input into Yankton County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Yankton County, will hold a public open house as part of the Yankton County Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. CST on Dec. 3, 2014, in the Yankton County Government Center at 321 West 3rd Street in Yankton.

SDDOT and Davison County Seek Public Input into Davison County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Davison County, will hold a public open house as part of the Davison County Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. CST on Dec. 2, 2014 in the meeting room at the Davison County Fairgrounds Complex at 3200 West Havens Street in Mitchell.

I-29 Roadway Lighting Maintenance
Crews will be doing maintenance on roadway lighting from 26th Street to Benson Road along Interstate 29 on Dec. 1.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The South Dakota Board of Regents will meet on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for its regular business meeting.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Judge Janine Kern To State Supreme Court
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Janine M. Kern of Rapid City to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Kern is a circuit court judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Gov. Daugaard Names Kim Malsam-Rysdon As Interim Secretary Of Health
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he has asked Kim Malsam-Rysdon to serve as Secretary of Health on an interim basis.

Transportation

Highway 19 To Open Thursday
On Thursday, Nov. 27, Highway 19 will be open to all traffic from Highway 38 in Humboldt to the junction of Highway 34 near Madison.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective Jan. 1, 2015
(PIERRE, S.D.) – Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, four South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current city taxes.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sisseton Shooting Victims Identified
Attorney Marty Jackley confirms today that the following individuals lost their lives in the tragic shooting in Sisseton over the weekend.

Game, Fish and Parks

2015 South Dakota Mountain Lion Season Applications Available
Applications are available for the 2015 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season. While there is no application deadline for the mountain lion hunting season, if you want to apply for a Custer State Park access permit, you must submit your application by Dec. 10 at 8 a.m. CST.

GFP Reminds Hunters to Register for Potential Winter Depredation Hunts
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds resident hunters of a unique hunting opportunity that assists in managing wildlife during the winter months.

Single Adult Zebra Mussel Discovered at Lewis and Clark Lake
On Nov. 14, 2014, a single adult zebra mussel was discovered at the Midway boat ramp on Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton. As a result of the discovery, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has classified the lake as ‘suspect’ for contamination by zebra mussels.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and Harding County Veterans Service Office will host an Operation Reaching All Veterans (RAV) open house at the Lion’s Civic Center on Highway 20.

Governor Urges Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers to Play It Safe
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking Thanksgiving holiday travelers to make safe, smart choices on the highways.

Governor's Column: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving arrives in South Dakota this year fresh on the heels of a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of statehood. May we all be able to say, “Each year has grown better than the last.’’

Agriculture

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Testing Available Electronically
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces Commercial Pesticide Applicator testing is now available on electronic tablets at Regional South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Centers across the state.

Health

Sanford USD Medical Center SD’s Designated Ebola Hospital
The Department of Health announced today that Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls will serve as the state’s designated facility to receive and potentially treat a suspect Ebola patient.

Tourism

Entertainment for Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House Announced
A full afternoon of entertainment is planned for the annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 28, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Transportation Commission Accepting Comments on Ditch Mowing Regulations along State Highways
The South Dakota Transportation Commission held a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 20, to receive public comments on the current mowing regulations for ditches adjacent to state highways.

Department of Transportation / Davison County Conducting Transportation Survey
As part of the ongoing study to develop the Davison County Master Transportation Plan, a survey is being conducted to learn about travel patterns, transportation needs and suggestions for transportation improvements within Davison County.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2014 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. CST.

Labor and Regulation

Final Report Issued on Autism Spectrum Disorders Study for
The state Departments of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and Human Services (DHS) have issued the final report on the study of the treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Three Vehicle Injury Crash in Lincoln County
LENNOX, S.D. – A three vehicle crash occurred on S.D. Highway 44 southeast of Lennox on Thursday, November 20.

Transportation

SDDOT Awards Economic Development Grants
At its Nov. 20, 2014 meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded $1.12 million in grants for road improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Recommends Name for Unnamed Creek in Campbell County
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has unanimously recommended the name of Searl Creek for an unnamed creek in Campbell County from two proposed names submitted to the board. The creek is located north of Pollock and drains into Lake Pocasse.


Human Services

South Dakota Helps Purchase Hearing Aids for Children
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a program to provide financial assistance for the purchase of hearing aids for children.


Social Services

Department of Social Services Awarded Federal Grants for Prevention Efforts
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has been awarded two federal grants to enhance efforts within the Division of Behavioral Health’s Prevention Program.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Christmas Trees Soon To Adorn Capitol Hallways
Christmas trees will begin to fill South Dakota Capitol hallways later this month for the annual Christmas at the Capitol holiday display.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Warrant of Execution for Rodney Berget Issued
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the warrant of execution for Rodney Scott Berget has been issued by Second Circuit Court Judge Bradley Zell. Berget is scheduled to be executed between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., during the week of Sunday, May 3, 2015, through Saturday, May 9, 2015, inclusive, at a specific time and date to be selected by the Warden of the State Penitentiary.

Open Meetings Commission to Convene in Sioux Falls
The Open Meeting Commission will meet on November 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sioux Falls City Library.

Tourism

Dec. 6 is “Business Appreciation Day” at Pierre & Fort Pierre Museums
The new Bad River Museum Directors group believes that Pierre-area museums can create greater synergy through collaborations and developing projects they can work on together. They will test this idea on Saturday, Dec. 6, when they promote the new “Business Appreciation Day” at four participating local museums.

Transportation

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
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.