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Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Administration Receives Nearly $2 Million in Grants for School Security
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota received three grants totaling almost $2 million to help South Dakota school districts prevent and address threats of violence.

Human Services

2019 Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
Governor Kristi Noem will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2019 Governor’s Awards ceremony on Nov. 4.

Public Safety

Clark County Fatal Crash
CLARK, S.D – One woman died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Clark.

Name Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
KENNEBEC, S.D – A Shenandoah, Iowa man died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash east of Kennebec, S.D.

Tourism

Governor appoints Roripaugh to South Dakota Arts Council
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed Lee Ann Roripaugh to serve on the South Dakota Arts Council.

South Dakota Department of Tourism Wins Award for Industry Website
The South Dakota Department of Tourism and marketing agency Miles Partnership were awarded a 2019 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development by the Web Marketing Association. The winning entry was the launch of the department’s new industry website, SDVisit.com.


Public Safety

Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D – A 50-year-old woman died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Hayes.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday, October 12, 2019, to honor the life of Doris Miner, a former legislator.

Noem Announces Avera Health Plans and Sanford Health Plan to Offer ABA Coverage in 2020
Governor Kristi Noem, in conjunction with Avera Health Plans and Sanford Health Plan, is pleased to announce health insurance coverage options that include Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy in the South Dakota insurance market for 2020.

Governor's Column: Recognizing Native Americans’ Day
Each October, we celebrate Native Americans' Day – an opportunity to honor South Dakota's nine Native American tribes, as well as their heritage, culture, and tradition.

Education

South Dakota’s state bird coming to Cultural Heritage Center on Oct. 19
Pheasant hunting season kicks off Saturday, Oct. 19, but you won’t need a gun to bring down pheasants at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Visitors can create their own flying pheasant corncob dart at Family Fun Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

State Historical Society releases first-ever study of woman suffrage in Northern Great Plains
Stories about the national movement for woman suffrage are now available from the South Dakota State Historical Society. The anthology explores the impact of the Northern Great Plains states—South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming—on the national movement.


Agriculture

2019 SD State Fair Measurements of Success
This year’s theme, “There’s No Time Like Fair Time,” proved to be true.

Corrections

Inmate Christopher Bowen Back In Custody
State prison inmate Christopher Bowen is back in custody. He was arrested in Kandiyohi, MN on Oct. 9.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awarding Youth Apprenticeship Funds
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is awarding four contracts up to $50,000 each for the Pathway Partnership Initiative.

State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $9.10/hour to $9.30/hour effective Jan. 1, 2020.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Releases Attorney General’s Report on Minnehaha State’s Attorney
Governor Kristi Noem today released the summary of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s investigation into Minnehaha State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan.

Education

Author to share childhood story at Cultural Heritage Center program
On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. CDT, author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve will share a story of family, generosity, and joy from her childhood as told in “The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood” as part of the History and Heritage Book Club at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Rightfully Hers exhibit showing at Cultural Heritage Center
Now through the end of the year, the South Dakota State Historical Society-State Archives will host a new popup exhibition from the National Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Creates Deer and Elk Carcass Transportation and Disposal Rules to Combat the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has created regulations for the transportation and disposal of deer and elk carcasses from other states and from hunting units within South Dakota's confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) areas. The new regulations will not go into effect until the 2020 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Adjusts Aquatic Invasive Species and Containment Waters Lists, Fish Importation Rules
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – With the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe and the high probability of the mussels being present in Lake Francis Case, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission added those reservoirs to the list of designated containment waters for aquatic invasive species (AIS) management.

GFP Commission Increases Park and Camping Fees
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission moved forward with a proposal to increase state park entrance fees for the first time since 2014. The Commission also took action to raise select camping fees, many of which had also been unchanged for several years.

GFP Commission Rejects Lake Aeration Rule
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed a proposed new rule to establish the department as the designated agent of the commission for the permitting of aeration systems in meandered waters or other waters to which the state has acquired a right, title or interest.

GFP Commission Rejects Modifications to the Hoop Net, Trap and Setline Regulations
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed several changes to the state’s hoop net, trap and setline regulations.

GFP Commission Rejects Modifications to Trapping Regulations
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission denied proposals to modify the period in which a trapper must check their set traps and snares. In response to a public petition and discussion of an alternative approach between the GFP Commission and Department, two alternate proposals were considered.

GFP Commission Denies Proposal to Allow for Expanded Use of Telescopic Muzzleloader Optics
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to leave current regulations in place regarding telescopics on muzzleloaders, which do not allow scopes that use magnification, 1X scopes remain legal.

No Change to Using Horses While Dog Training on Public Lands
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected a proposal to adjust the days when dog training on horseback can occur on public lands.

Changes to the Mountain Lion Hunting Season, Expansion of Custer State Park Coyote Hunting
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to the mountain lion hunting season.


Governor Kristi Noem

President Trump Approves Third South Dakota Disaster Request
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a third Presidential Disaster Declaration, covering the damage done by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred June 30-July 21.


Education

Wild Bill Hickok featured in “South Dakota History”
A special issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, highlights the legacy of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok.


Public Safety

Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D.- A Lead, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Spearfish.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff on October 6
Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 6, 2019, to memorialize fallen firefighters.

Governor's Column: Serving South Dakota
Since becoming governor, I have been continually reminded that strengthening South Dakota for the next generation is a task I cannot accomplish on my own. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in the last nine months, but what most people don’t have the privilege of seeing are the state employees – the incredible public servants – who work day in and day out to make South Dakota great.

Governor Noem Calls Trump’s Biofuels Plan a “Big Win for Producers”
Governor Kristi Noem, a long-time ethanol advocate, today applauded the Trump administration's new plan to promote biofuels and expand ethanol production.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Christopher Bowen Placed on Escape Status
Bowen left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization this morning.

State Prison Inmate Ira Wright Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Ira Wright was placed on escape status Oct. 3.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Artists Selected for 2019 Prairie Showcase
Twenty-seven South Dakota artists will showcase their talent at the Prairie Art Showcase, held in conjunction with the annual Governor’s Invitational Pheasant Hunt.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One woman died Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Spearfish

SD Fire Marshal: Practice Your Fire Escape Plans
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal encourages families to celebrate this year’s Fire Prevention Week by making and practicing an escape plan.

Transportation

Block Closure Work Begins on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
On Monday, Oct. 7, Reede Construction will move into the Phase 1 Block Closure portion of the Highway 212 project.

Additional Lane Closures on Highway 212
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be closing Highway 212, one-half at a time, starting Monday, Oct. 7, from the Highway 15 south junction west for one mile.

Board of Regents

Student Groups from DSU and NSU Recognized for Excellence
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Dakota State University and Northern State University for excellence in academic, community, and organizational work.


Transportation

Updated - Construction to Begin on Interstate 90 Exit 396 Ramp
Clarifies closure and detour routes. Starting Monday, Oct. 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin high surface friction treatment work on the Interstate 90 Exit 396 ramp to southbound Interstate 29.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Announces Leadership Changes
Governor Kristi Noem today announced the departure of Herb Jones as Chief of Staff to the Governor’s Office and the appointment of Joshua Shields to serve as Chief of Staff and Beth Hollatz to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Entrance Licenses Available for 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2020 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas is available for purchase.

Big Sioux Open to Recreation, Lake Herman State Park Opens
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials announced that the recreational boating closure on the Big Sioux River in Minnehaha, Moody, Lincoln and Union counties has been lifted. This includes Skunk and Split Rock Creeks.

GFP Commission Meeting In Chamberlain Oct. 3-4
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will hold their monthly meeting at the AmericInn, Oct. 3-4.

Public Safety

October Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Nineteen sobriety checkpoints in 13 different counties are planned for October, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Tourism

South Dakota to Become a "State of Create"
The South Dakota Department of Tourism, in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council, is launching a fall social media campaign called “State of Create.”

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Part II: Manufacturing Matters Because…
MITCHELL, S.D. – As part of a two-part series, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development asked two students from Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) in Mitchell, South Dakota, and recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship, about their opinion on the future of manufacturing and why it’s a vital industry to South Dakota. Here’s what they had to say:


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office spring internship program.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Doyle Toering Dies
Toering, 42, was found unresponsive in his cell at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Sept. 29. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Game, Fish and Parks

Thousands Attend Buffalo Roundup
CUSTER, S.D. - Over 19,440 visitors attended the 54th Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park on Friday morning, watching as 60 horseback riders wrangled the herd of 1,400 bison into the corrals for their annual health check.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Part I: Manufacturing Matters Because…
PIERRE, S.D. – As part of a two-part series, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development asked two high school students from T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, South Dakota, about their opinion on the future of manufacturing and why it’s a vital industry to South Dakota and the global economy. Here’s what they had to say:


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Grit and Tradition
The roundup is a unique tradition. While it’s a tip of the hat to our historic past when millions of buffalo roamed the Great Plains, it’s also an opportunity to showcase our state’s unique beauty to business leaders and prospects looking to expand their operations to South Dakota

Education

Cultural Heritage Center program focuses on Spotted Tail
An influential leader on the Northern Great Plains will be the focus of an Oct. 8 program at the Cultural Heritage Center.

State Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2020 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

Transportation

Work on I-90 near Whitewood
On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, crews will begin concrete pavement repairs in the westbound lanes of I-90 near Whitewood.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Releases Fall Enrollment for 2019
Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down 3 percent in full-time equivalent students, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today.


Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Noem Announces Nearly $47 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $47 million for water, wastewater, watershed and solid waste projects.

Game, Fish and Parks

Big Sioux Recreation Area Reopens
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department announced that the Big Sioux Recreation Area has reopened.

Human Services

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15
Open enrollment for the 2020 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

Transportation

Highways 20 and 79 Pavement Repair Project Postponed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is postponing the pavement repair project on Highway 20 and 79 in the northwestern part of the state until 2020 due to weather delays experienced by the contractor.


Game, Fish and Parks

Newton Hills State Park to host the 20th Annual FestiFall
CANTON, S.D. – Newton Hills State Park near Canton will host the 20th annual FestiFall on Oct. 5 from 1-5 p.m. The event features arts and crafts, kid’s activities and musical entertainment.

Transportation

Highway 79 Slide and Erosion Repairs
Beginning the week of Sept. 29, crews will begin slide and erosion repairs at the following locations on Highway 79:

Rail STC Grant Funds Available
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has been informed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that approximately $12.7 million of Special Transportation Circumstance (STC) grant funds are available the State.


Governor Kristi Noem

President Trump Approves Second South Dakota Disaster Request
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a second Presidential Disaster Declaration, allowing federal money to be used to help local governmental entities recover from property damage sustained during severe storms and flooding that occurred statewide in late May and early June.

Human Services

Health and Wellness Fair
Residents of Redfield and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to explore health topics and screenings during a local Health and Wellness Fair.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Apprenticeship Program Receives National Excellence Award
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) presented its State Excellence award to the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) for the Start Today SD Incentive program, an initiative to expand the number of Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota.

Public Safety

DPS Urges Yankton Sioux Tribe to Use Immediate Options Available For Flood Response
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has recommended that the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s request to use the South Dakota National Guard for flood response be declined because other options are immediately available to the tribe.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Announces Prenatal and Primary Care Innovation Grants
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded $1 million of innovation grants to improve primary and prenatal care for women in the Medicaid program.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Robert White Plume-Janis in Custody
Inmate Robert White Plume-Janis was arrested in Rapid City Sept. 22. He is currently being housed in the Pennington County Jail.

Human Services

Disability Employment Awareness Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – An Edgemont, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a four-wheeler rollover last week west of Edgemont.

DPS Issues Safety Reminders After Series of Deadly Vehicle Crashes
PIERRE, S.D. – A recent string of eight vehicle deaths in a four-day period this month has South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials once again urging people to be careful on the state’s roads.

Transportation

Highway 42 Bridge Reopening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is working to reopen the James River Bridge on Highway 42 the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Highway 12 Being Reduced to One Lane from Roscoe to Ipswich
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete work on Highway 12 from Roscoe to Ipswich on Tuesday, Sept. 24.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Launching a Week of Work
In mid-September, my team and I announced the official kick-off of our South Dakota Week of Work initiative – a partnership with businesses and schools that will give 10th grade students the opportunity to get out of the classroom, experience the world of work, and see careers that are available right here in South Dakota. It will help teach them soft skills like showing up on time, dressing professionally, and interacting with customers. Our first Week of Work will be April 20-24, 2020.

Emergency Management Plan Receives FEMA Approval
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota’s Hazard Mitigation Plan received FEMA approval, allowing the State to receive additional funds in the event of future presidential disaster declarations. South Dakota is one of 13 states that have received this designation.

Noem, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Visit CTE Classrooms in Pierre
This week, Governor Kristi Noem and U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais visited T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre to visit technical education classrooms and discuss the importance of career and technical education (CTE).

Education

WWII Doolittle raider subject of new State Historical Society biography
A secret bombing mission, a crash-landing in China, and a bold escape open the newest biography from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Labor and Regulation

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Recognized
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) invites South Dakotans to recognize the annual Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Sept. 22-28.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on Highway 115 (Minnesota Ave.) North of Renner
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Starting Monday, Sept. 23, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin pavement repair and high friction surface treatment work on Highway 115 north of Renner from mile marker 93.24 to mile marker 93.82.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem, DOT to Install Four-Way Stop at Intersection Near Woonsocket
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Transportation today announced that they are working to install additional traffic control measures at the intersection of Highways 34 and 37 in Sanborn County, changing it from a two-way stop to a four-way stop.

Public Safety

Names Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Nicholas Fettig of Aberdeen has been identified as the person who died late Sunday night in a single-vehicle rollover crash seven miles west of Aberdeen.

Tourism

Department of Tourism Marketing Campaign Targets Leisure Travelers & Hunters
Although the summer travel season is quickly ending, the Department of Tourism’s efforts to promote South Dakota will continue to target leisure travelers and hunters in key markets around the country. Fall and winter marketing efforts kicked off in late August, highlighting the state's seasonal leisure, adventure and hunting opportunities.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 357 Flooding Update
South Dakota Department of Transportation crews have been working this week to create a water barrier along the westbound lanes of Interstate 90, just east of Exit 357 (Bridgewater), to divert the water from continuing to overtop the interstate.

Revenue

Tax collections at 2019 South Dakota State Fair exceed $217,000
Tax collections at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair have increased by 5.79 percent compared to last year.

Veterans Affairs

Taking Care of Heroes – An Unending Legacy
This month we have had two great events to honor and pay tribute to the men and women that served this great country.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Requests Investigation into Minnehaha County State’s Attorney
Governor Kristi Noem sent the following letter today:

Health

Input Sought for Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan
Over the past decade, South Dakota’s suicide rates rose by nearly 40 percent. State agencies along with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health board are working to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent suicide in South Dakota and are seeking public input during the month of September. A draft of the plan is available for review at sdsuicideprevention.org.

Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash west of Edgemont.

Names Released in Sanborn County Fatal Crash
WOONSOCKET, S.D. – Three Woonsocket juveniles now officially have been identified as the people who died Saturday night in a three-vehicle crash east of Woonsocket.

Names Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Warner male has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash four miles west of Aberdeen.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Delivers Flooding Address
Governor Kristi Noem delivered the following Flooding Address today at 5pm CT:

Corrections

Inmate Chaske Evans In Custody
Evans turned himself in to the Pennington County Jail today.

Inmate Randy High Horse In Custody
High Horse was arrested today in Minnehaha County.

Education

2018-19 Report Card released: English-learners, postsecondary readiness are bright spots
Students whose native language is not English are experiencing increased success in mastering the language, according to the 2018-19 South Dakota Report Card. The number of students considered on track to English language mastery grew from 33 percent in 2017-18 to 45 percent in 2018-19.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 54th annual Buffalo Roundup and 26th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 27. The Arts Festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 28.

Board of Regents

Campus and Community Representatives to Participate in BHSU Presidential Search
A group of 13 people will assist the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president of Black Hills State University, serving as campus and community representatives on the presidential search and screen committee.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Announces Partnership Between DSS, Avera Behavioral Health to Provide Additional Services Following Sioux Falls Tornado
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is working with Avera Behavioral Health to provide support for patients affected by the tornado damage in Sioux Falls Tuesday evening.

Noem Announces South Dakota Week of Work to be Held April 20-24, 2020
The South Dakota Week of Work is scheduled for April 20-24, 2020, with the goal of introducing 10th grade students to career opportunities in their communities through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections.

Education

Award-winning holiday story now in paperback from State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society has released a paperback edition of “The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood,” past winner of an American Indian Youth Literature Award.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured late Sunday night in a single-vehicle rollover crash seven miles west of Aberdeen.

Transportation

Highway 44 Rock Scaling
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says rock scaling on Highway 44 between Chapel Lane and Cleghorn Canyon Road will begin Tuesday Sept. 17, at 8 a.m. depending on weather.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 406 (SD11 / Splitrock Boulevard) Interchange EA
The (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Brandon, will hold a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wed. Sept. 18, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Express Convention Center, (1103 N Splitrock Boulevard) to present and collect comments for improvements to the I-90 Exit 406 interchange and associated SD11 / Splitrock Boulevard corridor.

Reminder to Remove Hay Bales from the Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.


Corrections

Inmate Chaske Evans Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security Inmate Chaske Evans has been placed on escape status. He left his community service job site in Rapid City today without authorization.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning west of Aberdeen

Sanborn County Fatal Crash
WOONSOCKET, S.D. – Three people died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night east of Woonsocket.


Corrections

Inmate Randy High Horse Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security Inmate Randy High Horse has been placed on escape status. He left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center this morning without authorization.

Transportation

I90 Open- Drivers Cautioned To Lane Closures and Reduced Speeds
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Interstate 90 is open with reduced speeds, lane closures and flaggers monitoring and guiding traffic.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: A Tribute to Heroes
Earlier this month, I was honored and humbled to join veterans and South Dakotans as we broke ground on South Dakota’s first State Veterans Cemetery. Despite pouring rain, more than 100 veterans and South Dakotans gathered at the site just outside Sioux Falls for the momentous occasion.

Transportation

I-90 To Remain Closed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that portions of I-90 will remain closed overnight and remain closed until further notice.

Portions of I-90 opening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Interstate 90 westbound is open from the Bridgewater Exit 357 west and remains closed from Humboldt Exit 379 to Bridgewater Exit 357 with through traffic detoured at Sioux Falls Exit 396 to northbound I-29.


Agriculture

Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant is October 14
South Dakota communities, non-profit organizations, and Native American tribes are encouraged to apply for a 2019 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.

Game, Fish and Parks

High Water Causes GFP to Declare No Wake Zones on Lakes Brandt, Madison, Herman and Mitchell
PIERRE, S.D. – High lake levels have caused South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler, to declare temporary "no wake zones" on Lake Brandt, Lake Madison and Lake Herman in Lake County and Lake Mitchell in Davison County.

Transportation

I-90 Closed From Exit 310 to I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Interstate 90 is now closed between Highway 281 (Exit 310) and Interstate 29 (Exit 396) at Sioux Falls.

Veterans Affairs

POW/MIA Recognition
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Education

Community identity exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center to close on Sept. 15
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre have just a few more days to visit the exhibition “From Jackrabbits to Schmeckfest: The Many Faces of Community Identity in South Dakota.” The exhibit, featuring images, events, and places that help define community identity in South Dakota, closes on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Recreational Trails Receive Funding
Governor Kristi Noem has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, trail groups and state parks totaling $1,358,113. The federal assistance program provides up to 80 percent reimbursement for trail-related development and maintenance projects.

Tribal Relations

Dissertation Panel to be highlighted at the 2019 South Dakota Indian Education Summit
The Office of Indian Education will showcase the inaugural Dissertation Panel at the 2019 South Dakota Indian Education Summit, which will be held Sept. 22-24 at the Ramkota in Pierre.


Governor Kristi Noem

President Orders Flags at Half-Staff on September 11
President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, to recognize Patriot Day, a day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

ICYMI: Wall Street Journal Publishes Noem Op-Ed on Industrial Hemp
In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal today published an opinion piece written by Governor Kristi Noem entitled “Why I Won’t Support Legalizing Hemp.”

Agriculture

SD Timed Event Champions Crowned at SD State Fair
The ninth annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship (SDTEC) sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim and Double D Western was held August 31 and September 1 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.

Social Services

Department of Social Services announces new hospital administrator at the Human Services Center
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has named Jeremy Johnson as the Human Services Center (HSC) hospital administrator.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Appoints Sixth Circuit Judge
Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Margo Northrup to serve as judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Agriculture

Palmer Amaranth a Prohibited Noxious Weed Seed
As of September 2, 2019, palmer amaranth seed has been added to South Dakota’s list of prohibited noxious weed seeds.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dylan White Face In Custody
White Face was taken into custody today in Pennington County.

Health

Vaping-related illnesses reported in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting two confirmed cases of vaping related illness among residents aged 20-24 years. South Dakota joins 33 states who have reported cases of severe respiratory illness from e-cigarettes.

Public Safety

Names Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a tractor-van crash east of Alexandria.

Transportation

Traffic Detour on Highway 15 in Milbank
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 15 in Milbank on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to replace signals on a railroad crossing.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Preventing Suicide
Suicide isn’t something we like to talk about, but in too many South Dakota families, schools, and communities, suicide has become an all too familiar topic.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Arvis Lewis In Custody
Lewis was arrested by Watertown Law Enforcement.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to participate in 15th annual Museum Day Live! event
On Saturday, Sept. 21, all visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be welcomed free of charge, courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.

Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – One person died Friday morning in a tractor-van crash east of Alexandria.

Name Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
MT. VERNON, S.D. – A Mt. Vernon, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mt. Vernon.

Transportation

I-229 Closures for New 26th Street Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 229 between the Cliff Avenue and 10th Street exits will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 9, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for up to eight nights


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Congratulates Build Dakota Scholarship Winners
Governor Kristi Noem today congratulated 391 students who have been awarded the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.

Perry Appointed to Serve as Interim BIT Commissioner
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Heather Perry will serve as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT). The appointment will be effective September 9.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News, Pheasant Brood Count Report, Rapid City Archery Deer Opportunity
PIERRE, S.D. -The second century of pheasant hunting in South Dakota will begin in October, kicking off another year of our state’s robust hunting heritage. The annual pheasant brood count conducted by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) indicated that, despite a tough winter and wet spring, bird numbers are still plentiful.

Transportation

Highway 48 Surfacing Begins at the Iowa line
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is progressing to repair the flood damaged portion of Highway 48 near the Iowa state line with paving operations starting this week.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Earns Two Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota has received top awards for financial reporting and management.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Laney Bacon Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Bacon left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization overnight.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Appoints Seeley as Commissioner of Human Resources
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Darin Seeley will join her administration as Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR). Seeley will begin serving in this capacity on October 14.

Education

Gov. Noem proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
The 2019-20 school year is underway, and Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.

Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
MT. VERNON, S.D. – One person died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Mt. Vernon.

Transportation

Work on Main Street in Hill City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project on Main Street in Hill City is beginning today, Sept. 3.

Updated timeline: Interstate 29 Bridge Work Planned
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that southbound Interstate 29 will be reduced to one lane of traffic between 26th Street (Exit 78) and 12th Street (Exit 79) in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 5. This was rescheduled from Sept. 3, due to weather.


Education

Legendary lawmen to be featured at Sept. 10 Cultural Heritage Center program
Two of the best-known lawmen of the Old West will be the focus of a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. CDT.

Cultural Heritage Center hosting Traditional Arts Demonstration Day on Sept. 14
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host five American Indian traditional artists for Traditional Arts Demonstration Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced For September
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned for 16 counties during the month of September. That is according to the South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety.

Transportation

Three Counties Receive Federal Grant Funding to Replace Bridges
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced the recipients of $225 million in Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP) grant funding. South Dakota was one of 18 states to receive a portion of this funding to make critical upgrades to select bridges in rural areas.

Curb and Gutter Installation on Highway 14A
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction will start for concrete curb & gutter installation on Highway 14A east of Deadwood on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2019.

Highway 16/Mt. Rushmore Road Erosion Repair in Rapid City
On Thursday, Sept. 5, crews will begin work on an erosion repair project adjacent to the southbound lanes of Highway 16/Mt. Rushmore Road, between Cathedral Drive and Tower Road in Rapid City.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Industrial Hemp is Not the Answer.
As a farmer and rancher, I would be thrilled to get a new crop into the hands of our producers, especially as our ag markets struggle. A new source of revenue for farmers would be great. But industrial hemp is not the answer.

Noem, DOT Announce Reopening of Highway 18 Near Lake Andes
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Transportation today announced that the grade raise on Highway 18 east of Lake Andes is complete and the roadway is open to traffic. Highway 18 has been closed since March 22 because of severe flooding.

Noem, Oglala Lakota County School District to Build First Public High School on Pine Ridge Reservation
Governor Kristi Noem and Oglala Lakota County school officials today announced their partnership to build the first physical, local public high school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the first CTE high school on a reservation in South Dakota.

Education

Oahe Chapel to host pie social on Sept. 8
A free, old-fashioned pie and ice cream social is being held on the grounds of the Oahe Chapel north of Pierre from 1:30-3:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awarding Apprenticeship Incentive Funds
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) was recently awarded a $1.2 million State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Transportation

Preliminary Engineering Local Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 35 Preliminary Engineering Local Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling $1.42 million at their meeting today in Pierre.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Receives NCA Grant for the Establishment of South Dakota State Veterans Cemetery
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded a grant in the amount of $6,904,794 from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration for the establishment of South Dakota State Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls.


Governor Kristi Noem

State Senator Cronin Resigns, Noem Appoints Rep. Lake to Fill Senate Vacancy
State Senator Justin Cronin today resigned his seat in the South Dakota State Senate.

Noem Requests Additional Presidential Disaster Declarations For Weather Damage
Governor Kristi Noem has requested two additional, separate Presidential Disaster Declarations to help local government entities and certain private non-profits recover from property damage sustained during severe weather this spring and summer.

Noem, Veterans Affairs Announce State Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) today announced that the state will break ground on the first-ever South Dakota State Veterans Cemetery on September 9, 2019.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Fines Agropur, Inc. for Surface Water Violations
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has fined Agropur, Inc. (Agropur) $66,360 for Surface Water Discharge Permit violations at their facility in Lake Norden.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Appoints Second Circuit Judge
Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Rachel Rasmussen to serve as judge for the Second Judicial Circuit.

Education

New Spotted Tail biography released by State Historical Society
For the first time since 1961, American Indian leader Spotted Tail is the subject of a new biography, published by the South Dakota State Historical Society.

“South Dakota History” features railroads, childhood memories, Elk Point
State-run railroads, a childhood memoir, and William DuPont’s connection to the town of Elk Point are highlighted in the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Human Services

Genetic Testing Fraud
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program is advising the public to be suspicious of anyone who is offering “free genetic” tests and then requesting the individual’s Medicare number.

Public Safety

Office of Highway Safety Receives National Award for “Jim Reaper” Campaign
ANAHEIM, CA – A South Dakota Office of Highway Safety safe driving campaign, one that uses humor to promote an important message, has been honored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three people from Sioux Falls have been identified as those who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon west of Sioux Falls.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM RECEIVES TOP MARKETING HONOR AT NATIONAL TOURISM CONFERENCE
The South Dakota Department of Tourism was recognized by the U.S. Travel Association at the 36th annual ESTO (Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations) Conference, held August 17-20 in Austin, Texas. The Department’s “Great Faces, Great Places” marketing campaign received the Mercury Award for Printed Collateral at the conference’s yearly award ceremony.

Transportation

Highways 44 & 79 Asphalt Crack Sealing
During the week of Sept. 1, crews will begin routing and sealing cracks on the shoulders of Highway 44 east of Rapid City and on the roadway surface of Highway 79, north of the Highway 79/168 junction (Castle Rock).

Resurfacing on Highways 1804 and 204 Set to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin Sept. 4, on an asphalt resurfacing project on highways 1804 and 204 near Pierre.

Revenue

Tax collections eclipse $1.26 million at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
PIERRE, S.D., -- The Department of Revenue’s tax collections at the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally are currently at $1,269,549.

Veterans Affairs

Joe Leasure Receives 2019 SDDVA Employee of the Year Award
Joe Leasure of Sioux Falls has been named the 2019 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Employee of the Year. Leasure was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 26, in Pierre.

Susan Irons Receives 2019 SDDVA Outreach Award
Susan Irons of Canton has been named the 2019 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Partner of the Year. Irons was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 26, in Pierre.

Leaders Recognized for their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Monday, Aug. 26, in Pierre.

Sheila Carpenter Receives 2019 SDDVA Partner of the Year Award
Sheila Carpenter of Pierre has been named the 2019 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partner of the Year. Carpenter was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 26, in Pierre.

Craig Bennett Named CTVSO of the Year
Craig Bennett of Mitchell has been named the 2019 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs “County/Tribal Veterans Service Officer of the Year.” Bennett was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 26, in Pierre.


Education

Quillworking at Cultural Heritage Center Family Fun Saturday on Sept. 7
Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own “quillwork” piece using colored toothpicks at Family Fun Saturday on Sept. 7 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Hunt For Habitat Winners Announced, No Wake Zone Lifted for McCook Lake
Pierre, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) announced the winners of their first Hunt for Habitat raffle.

Public Safety

DPS Day at State Fair Sunday, Sept. 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Attendees at this year’s South Dakota State Fair will be able to learn more about the Department of Public Safety again this year.


Corrections

State Prison Inmates Back In Custody
Inmates Tahnasha Stricker and Christy First In Trouble are in custody. They were apprehended by the Rosebud Police Department on August 24.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three people died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon west of Sioux Falls.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: USMCA: A Modernized Trade Agreement for South Dakota Producers
Now is the time for Washington to put people over politics, support American agriculture, and ratify the USMCA.

Corrections

State Prison Inmates Placed on Escape Status
Inmates Tahnasha Stricker and Christy First In Trouble took a vehicle from the job site. It is a silver or gray Dodge Ram pickup with the license plate number CD205.

Transportation

Phase 2B Work To Begin on Highway 212 in Watertown
Reede Construction will move into phase 2B of the Highway 212 project in Watertown on or before Wednesday, Aug. 28.

High Friction Surface Treatment on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction will start for a High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) on the westbound Interstate 90 Exit 57 off ramp to southbound Interstate 190, on Sunday Aug. 25, 2019.

Veterans Affairs

Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota Veterans Home to Celebrate 130th Anniversary
The Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs will host its 130th Anniversary celebration on Friday, September 20, 2019.


Governor Kristi Noem

State, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Enter Contract to Expand Meth Treatment
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the Department of Social Services entered into a contract with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to operate the only Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment Program operated by a tribal treatment program in South Dakota.

Education

Historical maps displayed in Cultural Heritage Center
A map display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre highlights various examples of maps held in the collections of the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives.

Game, Fish and Parks

Adopt-A-Lake Event Planned for Lake Poinsett
PIERRE, S.D. - The Glacial Lakes Chapter of the Walleyes Unlimited and Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) are hosting an Adopt-A-Lake event for Lake Poinsett on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Law Compliance Posters Available
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has labor law compliance posters available at no charge from any job service office.


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

South Dakota Public Safety Broadband Network is Looking for Feedback from First Responders
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) is requesting your participation in this FirstNet data and mobile application requirements survey.

Agriculture

Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
With the help of day sponsors, the State Fair can offer special days at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Troy Quick Bear In Custody
State prison inmate Troy Quick Bear is in custody. Quick Bear is currently jailed in Rosebud.

Transportation

Grade Raise on Highway 81 Started
ARLINGTON, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation today announced that work to raise the grade on Highway 81 south of Arlington has begun. The highway is closed to traffic due to high lakes levels overtopping the roadway and has been impacted by flooding since March

Highways 20 and 79 Pavement Repair Project Starting
Crews will begin culvert repairs along Highway 79 from the North Dakota border south for 13 miles and along Highway 20 from 10 miles west of Reva to Prairie City, beginning Thursday, Aug. 22.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair offers several simple ways to save money during the fair.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem, Administration Officials Urge Lawmakers to Consider Extensive Questions Surrounding Industrial Hemp
Earlier this summer, Governor Kristi Noem submitted a list of 315 questions to House and Senate leadership involved in a summer hemp study. During a session in Pierre today, Noem’s administration will urge legislators to carefully consider the unknowns surrounding industrial hemp.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Charles Dammann Dies
Dammann passed away Aug. 18 in a comfort care setting at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls following an extended illness.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Celebrate National TRACK Trails Day on Aug. 24
PIERRE, S.D – The South Dakota state parks are inviting families to enjoy the outdoors in celebration of the first National TRACK Trails Day on Aug. 24.

Public Safety

Name Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – A 15-year-old Parkston female has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Parkston.

Transportation

Chip Seal, Fog Seal & Microsurface Projects in the Yankton Area
YANKTON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal, fog seal, and microsurface applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton Area of the state beginning Wednesday, Aug. 21, and will move from one project to the next in the following order:

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Mitchell Area Development Corporation Approved for Certified Site
The Mitchell West Development Park has been certified as a Light Industrial park through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s Certified Site Program.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Enhancing Bee Habitat
There are more than 400 species of native bees in South Dakota. Though we don’t have exact numbers on bee distribution or abundance, we know bees are critical to our state’s economy.

Public Safety

Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – One person died and three others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Parkston.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Appoints Fourth Circuit Judge
Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Kevin J. Krull to serve as judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Nathan Chase Back in Custody
Inmate Nathan Chase was arrested today in Pennington County.

Public Safety

DPS Receives Federal 9-1-1 Grant
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has received a federal grant of more than $1.5 million that will be used for equipment at the statewide 9-1-1 emergency centers, also known as public safety answering points (PSAPs).


Agriculture

Car and Tractor Show planned for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair invites classic car and antique tractor enthusiasts to take part in the Classic Car Show and Antique Tractor Show sponsored by Stan’s Inc. on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, during the State Fair.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for the Volkswagen Truck Program
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications for round one of the Volkswagen Truck program.

Health

Agency Village Puppy Tests Positive For Rabies
A Beagle Dachshund mix puppy approximately 3 months of age in Agency Village has tested positive for rabies and health officials are urging individuals who may have been bitten, scratched or in contact with the puppy’s saliva to call the state Department of Health or their physician to determine whether rabies shots are needed.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol To Cooperate On Joint Enforcement Operation For Pow Wow
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe will work together to keep people safe at this weekend’s Crow Creek Dakota Nation Pow Wow.

Transportation

High Friction Surface Treatment on Interstate 90
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction will start for High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) on eastbound Interstate 90, near Exit 55 (Deadwood Ave), on Thursday, Aug.15.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Nathan Chase Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Nathan Chase walked away from the Sioux Falls Community Work Center August 12 without authorization.

Education

Education department announces guidelines for 2019-20 free or reduced-price meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced-price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and/or Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP).

Public Safety

Third Fatality Recorded At Sturgis Rally
JOHNSON SIDING, S.D. – A Yuma, CO man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 near Johnson Siding.

Transportation

Final Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
Final vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019, show a slight decrease over 2018.