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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.

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.


Public Safety

Names Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
A Beresford, S.D., youth died and three other individuals received injuries in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 about 12 miles south of Brookings on Saturday, Nov. 15.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Addressing The Backlog Of Rail
This week Sen. John Thune and I had the honor of meeting with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who traveled all the way to South Dakota to discuss transportation priorities here in our state.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be in Sioux Falls on Monday, Nov. 17, for the Midcontinent Communications New Broadband Services Initiative announcement.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposal on Statewide Spearing of Game Fish
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is proposing to open up game fish spearing statewide. The proposal was made as a result of an outside petition received from spearfishermen.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center annual holiday open house set for Nov. 28
The annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society will be held Friday, Nov. 28. The event runs from 12-4:30 p.m. CST, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Joop Bollen Interviewed
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on more than one occasion Joop Bollen voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities acting in joint cooperation.

South Dakota Supreme Court Orders New Trial in Engesser Case
The South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the 4th Circuit Court ordering a new trial in the 2000 death of Dorothy Finley.

Agriculture

Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
RAPID CITY S.D. — Burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.

Tourism

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” To Be Released on Nov. 17
Readers around the world will have unprecedented access to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s account of her own pioneering experience beginning on Monday, Nov. 17. The South Dakota Historical Society Press will start shipping “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” that day.

Transportation

Transportation Commission To Hold Public Hearing On Ditch Mowing Regulations
The South Dakota Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. CST in the Hills meeting room at the RedRossa restaurant in Pierre to take public comments on the current ditch mowing regulations.

Tribal Relations

S.D. Board On Geographic Names Holding Board Meeting In Pollock
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names is holding its board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at 7 p.m. CST, at the Pollock Community Center, 916 F Ave., Pollock.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Public Safety Improvement Act Council Releases Report
Jim Seward, general counsel to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and chairman of the Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council, today announced the release of the Council’s Annual Report on the impact and implementation of the criminal justice reforms from the Public Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (PSIA).

Doneen Hollingsworth To Retire As Secretary Of Health
Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth announced today that she plans to retire from her position, effective Dec. 12.

Jeff Vonk To Retire As Secretary Of Game, Fish And Parks
Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Jeff Vonk announced today that he plans to retire from his position, effective Jan. 8, 2015.

Corrections

Missing State Prison Inmates In Custody
Inmates Thomas Strutz and Joseph Leroi were apprehended without incident near Waubay, S.D., this afternoon.

Game, Fish and Parks

Many Furbearer Seasons Underway
As of Nov. 1, many of the furbearer seasons across the state began. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) wants to remind individuals to leave trapping equipment or furbearers in traps undisturbed. Tampering with either one is a violation.

Board of Regents

South Dakota Joins National Distance Education Initiative
South Dakota was approved this week to join a nationwide effort making distance education courses more accessible to college students across state lines.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Interbake Foods LLC Approved For Reinvestment Payment Program
Interbake Foods LLC, a manufacturer of cookies and crackers with a facility based in North Sioux City, S.D., was approved today for a Reinvestment Payment by the Board of Economic Development.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General's Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Mitchell
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Mitchell Police Department, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred November 8, 2014.

Health

Wagers Honored With Disease Intervention Award
Lori Wagers, Webster field office, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) by the South Dakota Department of Health. The award was given in conjunction with the third annual National Disease Intervention Specialist Recognition Day on Oct. 3, an annual observance recognizing the important role disease intervention specialists play in preventing and controlling public health threats.

Social Services

November is Adoption Awareness Month in South Dakota
During the month of November the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will emphasize the critical need for adoptive parents for children who are waiting for forever homes.

Transportation

Work to Begin on I-90 Service Road
On Monday, Nov. 17, crews will begin work on a 2.2 mile realignment project for the east Interstate 90 service road between Exits 46 and 44 near Rapid City.


Corrections

Search for Missing Inmates
Inmates Thomas Strutz and Joseph Leroi were last seen at Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary, this evening.

Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
A Piedmont man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Piedmont on Saturday, Nov. 8.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Looking Back And Looking Ahead
This past Tuesday, millions of Americans went to the polls and exercised their right to vote.

Custer State Park Receives Donation For New Visitor Center
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard recognized that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) has been awarded a $1 million grant by the James and Eloise Elmen Foundation of Sioux Falls.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will give the welcome at the first Joint Dakota Risk and Safety Conference held by the Office of Risk Management, Safety Benefits, Inc. and the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (SDPAA) at the Ramkota.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Veterans in Rural America
Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are all words that embody the timeless values of military service. Every Veterans Day, we honor the men and women throughout our country who have worn the uniform in military service.

Labor and Regulation

Passage of Initiated Measure 18 Increases State Minimum Wage
The minimum wage ballot issue approved Nov. 4 increases South Dakota’s hourly minimum wage for non-tipped employees from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour.

State Unemployment Insurance Division Receives Top Performer Award
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) received an award from the U.S. Department of Labor at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies UI Directors’ conference Oct. 21 in Salt Lake City.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
VOLGA, S.D. – A Missouri man died in a one vehicle rollover crash near Volga on Thursday Nov., 6.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Announces Changes To Senior Leadership Team
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced changes to his senior leadership team. Tony Venhuizen will serve as chief of staff.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.1 Million for Eagle Butte Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $3.1 million in funds for drinking water and wastewater improvements in Eagle Butte.

Game, Fish and Parks

Nonrefundable Big Game Application Fee Increase and Bait Station Rules Adopted
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted an increase to the nonrefundable big game application fees for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat at their November meeting in Sioux Falls.

2015 Spring Turkey Season Set
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted changes to the 2015 spring turkey season.

2015 Fishing Regulation Changes Adopted
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted fishing regulation changes for 2015 during their November meeting in Sioux Falls.


Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
CUSTER, S.D. – The 2014 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the park corrals where 226 head will be sold.


Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

GANT: NO OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS TO BE RELEASED UNTIL 9:00 P.M. CST
Secretary of State Jason Gant is advising South Dakotans that election results will not be released until 9:00 p.m. CST due to a polling location not opening until 8:00 a.m. MST in Shannon County.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Investigation Completed in Charles Mix County Officer Involved Shooting
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation has completed its investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting incident in Charles Mix County that occurred October 30, 2014.

Agriculture

Funding Available through USDA for South Dakota Honey Bee Habitat
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance is available to Midwest farmers and ranchers to improve honey bee habitat.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – An Aurora, S.D., man died in one vehicle crash near Brookings Sunday night.

Transportation

4th Street to Close at the Truck Route Intersection in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Morris, Inc. are advising the public of the following city street closure scheduled to occur Tuesday, Nov. 4, weather permitting.

Veterans Affairs

Governor Daugaard Signs Veterans Day Proclamation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation recognizing the service of South Dakota’s veterans. The proclamation encourages South Dakotans to remember the service and sacrifice of the nation’s veterans and military personnel during Veterans Day observances.


Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
A Pine Ridge, S.D, woman died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D Highway 40 east of Hermosa on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoint Nets 15 DUI Arrests
A sobriety checkpoint on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls resulted in 15 DUI arrests on Friday night, Oct. 31.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Education

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

Tourism

“Hägar the Horrible” Cartoonist to Discuss new Children’s Book from State Historical Society
Syndicated cartoonist Chris Browne will tell about the first book he has written and illustrated for children during a program that will be available at three locations in South Dakota.

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

Transportation

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

Board of Regents

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

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

Corrections

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

Human Services

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

Labor and Regulation

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

Public Safety

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

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


Agriculture

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

Corrections

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

Tourism

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Education

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Agriculture

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Corrections

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

Transportation

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Human Services

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

Tourism

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

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

Agriculture

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Human Services

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Education

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

Public Safety

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

Human Services

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

Tourism

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

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

Transportation

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

South Dakota Lottery

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Tourism

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

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

Transportation

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