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Dec 11, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth Dakota Joins Supreme Court Brief Supporting Law Abiding Citizens’ Right to Buy, Sell Firearms
ttorney General Marty Jackley today announced that South Dakota has joined with 26 other states in an amicus, or friend of the court, brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the attempt by the federal government to expand federal law in the prosecution of legal gun owners selling firearms to another person who can legally own firearms.
CorrectionsSearch For Missing Work Release Inmate
Inmate Reginald Walton was reported missing from his work release job in Sioux Falls this afternoon.Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Reginald Walton returned to Unit C this evening.
Game, Fish and ParksBlack Hills Snowmobile Season Opens on Sunday
Snowmobile Trails in the Black Hills are scheduled to open Sunday, Dec. 15.
TransportationHigh Winds Could Create Travel Problems in Northeast South Dakota
State officials are cautioning travelers in the northeast part of South Dakota that strong, gusty winds could cause blowing and drifting snow and create difficult travel conditions tonight (Wednesday), especially in Roberts and Grant counties.
Dec 10, 2013
Labor and RegulationDisaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching
The Department of Labor and Regulation reminds workers and self-employed individuals the deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.
MilitaryPierre Guard Unit Back on U.S. Soil
Sixty-eight Soldiers of the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, South Dakota Army National Guard, arrived in the United States today, Dec. 10, after serving a five-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Public SafetyJoffer Retires from Highway Patrol Sioux Falls District
Capt. Kevin Joffer, commander of the South Dakota Highway Patrol’s Sioux Falls District, is retiring effective Jan. 8, 2014 after 30 years with the Patrol.
TransportationSDDOT Launches 511 Traveler Information App For iPhone
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has released a traveler information app for smart phones using the iPhone operating system. An app for Android phones was released earlier this year.
Dec 09, 2013
Attorney General Marty Jackley16th Annual Pie Day Scheduled for Saturday December 14th
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the 16th Annual Pie Day will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Capitol building in Pierre.
Public SafetyMoody County Fatal Crash
A Flandreau, S.D., man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 about 12 miles south of Brookings on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentDunes Eye Consultants Building New Office, Adding Jobs
Dakota Dunes, S.D. – Dunes Eye Consultants, a family vision medical care clinic that specializes in laser vision correction, will be constructing a 12,000-square-foot office facility, thanks in part to a SBA 504 loan from the South Dakota Development Corporation.
Dec 06, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce 2013 “Governor’s Luncheon”.Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Nelson Mandela
The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of Nelson Mandela.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 Saturday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.Governor's Column - The Budget - Eliminating Liabilities To Strengthen Our State
Until I became Governor, Linda and I lived in the home we built on my family’s farmplace near Dell Rapids.Gov. Daugaard Names Hultman To Lead Department Of Labor And Regulation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Marcia Hultman to serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation.
Secretary of State Jason M. GantGant Announces Minimum Wage Ballot Measure Passes Signature Certification Process
Secretary Jason Gant announced today that the petitions submitted for an initiated measure to increase the state minimum wage has pass the petition certification process, and will be placed on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot.GANT ANNOUNCES MINIMUM WAGE BALLOT MEASURE PASSES SIGNATURE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
Secretary of State Jason Gant announced today that the petitions submitted for an initiated measure to increase the state minimum wage has passed the petition certification process, and will be placed on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Richard Stanga, age 75, died Dec. 5 at a Sioux Falls hospital following an extended illness.
Dec 05, 2013
TransportationLane Changes On Lazelle Street In Sturgis Complete
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the City of Sturgis have completed construction on Lazelle Street in Sturgis, between 11th Street and the City Park.
Board of RegentsStudy: State Must Address Shortage of Qualified Workers
A new study conducted by the South Dakota Board of Regents finds that the state’s long-term economic health soon may be threatened by a shortage of qualified workers. The study further demonstrates the importance of graduating more South Dakotans with postsecondary degrees to meet that need.Regents Approve New USD Minors
Three minors aimed at preparing new graduates for their career goals were approved today in action taken by the South Dakota Board of Regents.Campus and Community Representatives to Participate in BHSU Presidential Search
A group of 12 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.New Report Examines American Indian College Going
A new report takes a look at the college-going challenges faced by American Indian students in South Dakota, and recommends specific strategies to support those students and ensure their success in postsecondary education.Regents Recognize School of Mines Students
Student organizations from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology were recognized this week for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentMinnesota-based Company Expanding to Howard, S.D.
Donnerite Inc., a Minnesota-based company, announced today that it will be expanding its operations to Howard, S.D.
Dec 04, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Names Rick Sommers As Fifth Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Rick Sommers of Aberdeen as a circuit judge in South Dakota’s Fifth Judicial Circuit.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Warns of Scams Targeting Green Dot MoneyPak Card Users
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers of the scams surrounding the use of Green Dot MoneyPak cards. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has received numerous calls from consumers who have been targeted by this scam.
MilitaryDEPLOYMENT CEREMONY TO BE HELD FOR GUARD UNIT
A deployment ceremony will be held for approximately 160 Soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 1742nd Transportation Company at 10 a.m. (CT) Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Harrisburg High School at 1300 W. Willow St.
TourismState 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 2014 Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Feb. 1, 2014 for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2014.
Dec 03, 2013
AgricultureGrowing in Agriculture: Taking Inventory and Making a Plan
Another South Dakota autumn is drawing to an end with farmers and ranchers taking inventory of the year’s harvest. Agriculture folks know that sometimes fall brings an abundant harvest—and other times that crop of calves or corn comes short of our goals.
Game, Fish and ParksGovernor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit Slated for Friday
Approximately 500 people will gather in Huron this Friday, Dec. 6, for Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Pheasant Habitat Summit.
Human ServicesCommunications Technology Available to South Dakotans with Vision, Hearing Loss
PIERRE, S.D. – Many thousands of Americans who have combined loss of hearing and vision may soon connect with family, friends and community thanks to the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.
TransportationWinter Storm Carries Potential for Hazardous Travel Conditions
State officials are cautioning travelers that heavy snow, strong winds, below zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills could create hazardous travel conditions, with near-zero visibility, throughout much of South Dakota for the rest of today (Tuesday) and through Wednesday evening.
Dec 02, 2013
Secretary of State Jason M. GantSouth Dakota Secretary of State Secures Technology to Improve Military Voting
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant announces a solution to address a national problem that servicemen and women overseas experience in casting a ballot.
Public SafetyHutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – A Parkston woman died in a one vehicle crash 16 miles east of Parkston on Sunday, Dec. 1.
TransportationDOT Reminds Motorists To Stay Informed
Winter weather is quickly approaching, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to stay informed, slow down and drive safely.
Dec 01, 2013
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Walter Ellis died at a Sioux Falls hospital today of apparent natural causes.
Nov 30, 2013
CorrectionsWork Release Inmate In Custody
Inmate Frederick Little was arrested following a stand-off with law enforcement in Sioux Falls this evening.
Nov 29, 2013
CorrectionsSearch For Missing Work Release Inmate
Inmate Frederick Little was supposed to return to the Yankton Minimum Unit from his work release job by 6:30 p.m.
Public SafetyLyman County Fatal Crash
A Gregory, S.D., woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 about 13 miles west of Presho on Friday, Nov. 29.
Nov 28, 2013
Public SafetyGrant County Fatal Crash
A Minnesota woman died in a two-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 15 about six miles north of Milbank on Wednesday, Nov. 27.Brown County Fatal Crash
A Frederick, S.D., woman died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 281 about 11 miles north of Aberdeen on Wednesday, Nov. 27.Man Sought in Wyoming Apprehended Near Chamberlain
A man wanted for questioning in Wyoming was apprehended by South Dakota authorities near Chamberlain, S.D., on Thursday, Nov. 28.
Nov 27, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual budget address in the House Chamber. Following the budget address, the Governor will hold a press conference in the Governor’s Large Conference Room.Governor's Column - Christmas In The Great Outdoors
Christmas is a time when all of us, young and old, are free to become children again, if only for a while.
Secretary of State Jason M. GantGANT ANNOUNCES NEW BALLOT MEASURE PASSES SIGNATURE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
Secretary of State Jason Gant announced today that the petitions submitted for an initiated measure to require health insurers to include all providers on their provider lists has passed the petition certification process, and will be placed on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot.
Game, Fish and ParksGFP Reminds Hunters to Register for Winter Depredation Hunts
As winter approaches in South Dakota, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds resident hunters of a unique opportunity that may exist later this winter.
TourismFormer Sen. Abourezk to Sign Books in Pierre
A book signing in Pierre by former U.S. Sen. James Abourezk has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11.
TransportationAberdeen Area Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the City of Aberdeen, will hold a public open house as part of the Aberdeen Area Master Transportation Plan.
RevenueNew Municipal Tax Changes Effective January 1
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, four South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current city taxes
South Dakota LotteryWyoming Woman Claims $74,505 Dakota Cash Jackpot
Denise Spelts of Gillette, WY has 74,505 new reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Spelts on November 27, 2013 claimed her $74,505 Dakota Cash jackpot from the November 23, 2013 drawing.
Nov 26, 2013
Secretary of State Jason M. GantSecretary of State and Northern State University Team up for Economic Report
Secretary of State Jason Gant has issued the Secretary of State’s Economic Report for the 3rd Quarter of 2013 based on corporate registration data.
AgricultureSouth Dakota Oilseeds Council Reorganizes
PIERRE, S.D.- Lance Hourigan from the Lemmon area and Shannon DePoy from the Lantry area have been appointed to the South Dakota Oilseeds Council by South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch.
Labor and RegulationState Insurance Division Allows Carriers to Extend Plans
The South Dakota Division of Insurance will allow healthcare insurers the flexibility to extend current plans in 2014.
TourismAmerican Art Being Discussed in Dec. 8 Program at Cultural Heritage Center
American Art will be discussed in a program on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
TransportationHighway 12 To Open At Milbank
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation are advising motorists that Highway 12 in Milbank will be completely open to traffic by Thursday, Nov. 28.
Nov 25, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Asks Travelers To Put Safety First This Thanksgiving Holiday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging South Dakotans to be safety-conscious as they travel this Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend.
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth Dakota Joins Challenge to National Labor Relations Board Action
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined 16 other states as part of a Multi-State Amicus Curiae or “friend of the Court” in the United States Supreme Court.
AgricultureState Fairgrounds’ Clover Hall is Demolished to Make Way for New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – Clover Hall, the largest non-animal building on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, is currently in the process of being demolished.
Game, Fish and ParksLogging Crews Working Near Harney Peak Trail
Hikers are asked to use caution while logging crews remove Mountain Pine Beetle-infested trees along hiking trail number 9 to Harney Peak.
MilitaryWELCOME HOME CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR 129TH SOLDIERS
A welcome home ceremony will be held for 18 Soldiers of the 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, South Dakota Army National Guard, on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. (MT) at the Duke Corning Armory on Camp Rapid, after completing a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Public SafetyFire Marshal: Holidays Bring Higher Risk of Home Fires
Thanksgiving Day marks the start of 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.Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in December in the following counties: Tripp, Lawrence, Hand, Lincoln, Roberts, Meade, Lake, Spink, Hughes, Union, Codington, Gregory, Davison, Pennington, Charles Mix, Brookings, Mellette and Brown.Lab Report Shows Controlled Substances in Fatal September Crash
Toxicology reports show the presence of controlled substances in the blood of one of the two drivers killed in a two-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 37 south of Mitchell on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
TourismEntertainment set for Holiday Open House at Cultural Heritage Center
A full slate of entertainment has been scheduled for Friday’s annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society from 12-4:30 p.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.Pierre Author Bringing Deadwood’s Past to Life at Cultural Heritage Center
A historical mystery set in the raucous town of Deadwood will be featured at the December meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.
Nov 23, 2013
Public SafetyClay County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A 16 year-old from Centerville, S.D., died in a three vehicle crash that occurred Friday, Nov. 22 on Highway 46, three miles west of Beresford, S.D.
Nov 22, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on the Greg Belfrage Show on KELO radio. For more information, contact Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212.Christmas At the Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The 2013 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday evening, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. CST.Governor's Column - Lessons From James Madison
Over a week ago, the Obama administration made an important announcement on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”
EducationLibrary of Congress Braille and Talking Book Program Releases Book Download App
People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability can now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, if they are registered with the South Dakota State Library’s Braille and Talking Book Program, a service of the Library of Congress.
TourismCultural Heritage Center has new parking lot for holiday open house visitors
The Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre has a new visitor parking lot, just in time for the Friday, Nov. 29, annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society.
RevenueUse Tax Due on Online Holiday Purchases
Holiday shopping has begun and as South Dakotans head to their computers to search for great deals, the South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds them that state and municipal use tax may be due on their purchases.Clear Lake Woman Sentenced on Tax Charges
Jacquelyn Margaret Mellendorf of Clear Lake was sentenced on Nov. 20, 2013 after pleading guilty to one Class 6 felony charge of making a false or fraudulent return in attempting to defeat or evade sales tax in violation of SDCL 10-45-48.1(1).
Nov 21, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff Friday In Remembrance Of President Kennedy
The White House has issued a proclamation designating Friday, Nov. 22, as a day to commemorate the life of President John F. Kennedy.
Attorney General Marty JackleyRichard Benda Death Investigation Results Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Division of Criminal Investigation has concluded its investigation into the death of Richard Benda, Sioux Falls.
TourismS.D. Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 129 businesses and organizations in 44 communities for their outstanding customer service efforts.
TransportationSignal Repair In Mobridge Postponed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the signal repair project at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 12 in Mobridge has been postponed.Change In Signal Operation On Mountain View Road And Jackson Blvd. In Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is asking motorists to pay particular attention to the new signal operation at the intersection of Mountain View Road and Jackson Boulevard in Rapid City.
Veterans AffairsCONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SOUTH DAKOTA’S NEW VETERANS HOME
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce that contractors began mobilizing equipment and resources to the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home campus this week. Site preparation work is scheduled to begin Dec. 2, which will include demolition of Building 4 and earthwork. Crews will begin foundation work Jan. 20, 2014.
Nov 20, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardDeb Bowman, Senior Advisor To The Governor, Announces Retirement Plans
Senior Advisor to the Governor Deb Bowman will retire next year, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.
Labor and RegulationState Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.7 Percent
South Dakota workforce estimates for September and October are now available after data collection processes were resumed following the federal government shutdown.
TransportationSignal Repair In Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists the signals at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 12 in Mobridge will be shut down for approximately one week.Highway 10 Reopening To Traffic In Eureka
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, construction will be suspended for the winter sometime next week on Highway 10 in Eureka.
Nov 19, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Announces $17 Million Multistate Settlement with Google Over Tracking of Consumers
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that he and 36 other Attorney’s General States and the District of Columbia, entered into a settlement with Google Inc. concerning its setting of cookies on certain Safari Web browsers during 2011 and 2012. South Dakota’s share is $224,549.25.
MilitarySD GUARD EXPLORES PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WITH TRIBES
Leaders from the South Dakota National Guard met with representatives from several Native American tribes in Pierre Thursday, Nov. 14, to discuss partnership opportunities for community service projects on their reservations.
Nov 18, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleySioux Falls Man Sentenced in Theft by Deception Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Michael Harry Monmaney, 28, Sioux Falls, was sentenced to 8 years with 8 suspended for grand theft by deception and 30 days in jail for the failure to give three day right-to-cancel.Attorney General Addresses FDA to Consider Limited Regulation on E-Cigarettes for Minors Under Age 18
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 41 other Attorney’s General in asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address E-Cigarettes advertising and sale to minors under the age of 18.
EducationPierre teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Shana Davis, an English teacher at Riggs Academy, an alternative-education site at T.F. Riggs High School, received a $25,000 surprise today.
Labor and RegulationDisaster Unemployment Assistance Available
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4155-DR).
Public SafetyBeadle County Fatal Crash
A Huron man died Sunday from injuries received in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 214th Street and 399th Avenue south of Huron on Tuesday, Nov. 12.Deputy Fire Marshal Earns National Accreditation
Steve Harford, a South Dakota deputy fire marshal, has earned accreditation as a certified fire investigator from the International Association of Arson Investigators.Lawrence County Fatal Crash
A Lead, S.D., woman died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 14A about two miles west of Sturgis on Monday, Nov. 18.Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City woman has died from injuries received in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Country Road and Bennett Road northeast of Rapid City on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Nov 16, 2013
Public SafetyUnion County Fatal Crash
A Beresford, S.D., woman died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersections of S.D. Highway 11 and S.D. Highway 46 on Friday, Nov, 15.
Nov 15, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and South Dakota Department of Education Secretary Melody Schopp will be part of a student assembly to help celebrate American Education Week.Governor's Column - Moving State Government toward Transparency and Accessibility
I strongly believe that the workings of government should be as transparent as possible. Throughout my time in office, I have operated under that principle and have done a number of things to increase the openness of state government.
CorrectionsFormer Penitentiary Warden Receives Janklow Law Officer of the Year Award
Doug Weber received the 2nd Annual William J. Janklow Law Officer of the Year award during the Law Enforcement Appreciation and Children’s Charities Dinner in Sioux Falls Nov. 13.
HealthPrepare For Holiday Gatherings With Flu Vaccination
Help prevent spreading the flu at upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings by getting vaccinated now, says a state health official.
TourismSanta featured at State Historical Society holiday open house on Nov. 29
Santa Claus is not only coming to town, but to the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
TransportationI-90 Eastbound Lanes Opening Near Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will open the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Mount Vernon to the James River on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Revenue24-hour Vehicle Registration Renewal Available in Yankton
The state Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, announces the installation of a self-service motor vehicle registration renewal station in Yankton.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentGovernor Daugaard Awards Block Grants to Six Communities
Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded nearly $2.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to six South Dakota communities. The money, awarded to Chancellor, Clark, Gregory, Irene, South Shore and White Lake, will assist with projects totaling more than $13.2 million.
Nov 14, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Jacob Daniel Westberg, 22, on October 14, 2013, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
AgricultureSD Ag Dept. & SDSU to Host Beginning Farmer & Rancher Symposium
PIERRE, S.D.-For the second year, the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Symposium, hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) will be held on the SDSU Campus.
Game, Fish and ParksRemaining Defendant in Poaching Group Pleads Guilty
The last defendant of a group of six individuals from Yale, S.D., who had been charged with poaching deer, was sentenced in state court in Dewey County on Oct. 25.Unsold Deer Licenses Eliminated in Sanborn County
The recent crop harvest activity brought reports of dead deer in Sanborn County in southeastern South Dakota. As a result, the Game, Fish and Parks Department eliminated all remaining unsold deer hunting permits.Mountain Lion License Application Process Opens
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has opened the 2014 mountain lion hunting online application process.GFP Offers Draft Fisheries Plans for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department has prepared a draft management plan for their fisheries program and now has the draft available on the GFP website for review.2014 Spring Turkey Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed several rule changes for the 2014 spring prairie turkey season.
HealthNorth Central South Dakota Sees Syphilis Cases
Syphilis cases are at a 36-year high in South Dakota, with 32 cases reported so far this year. According to the state health department that includes five cases in the north-central part of the state.
Labor and RegulationInsurance Division Statement on President Obama’s Announcement Regarding One Year Extension for Existing Plans
The following is a statement from State Insurance Director Merle Scheiber on the Obama Administration’s announcement regarding policy cancellations and the role of state insurance regulators.
Public SafetyMeade County Fatal Crash
A Sturgis teen died in a one-vehicle crash on a Bear Butte Lake access road on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Social ServicesNovember is Adoption Awareness Month
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will emphasize the critical need for adoptive parents during the month of November.
TransportationOfficials Warn Drivers About Deer-Vehicle Collisions
The state departments of Transportation and Public Safety are urging drivers to take extra precautions to avoid wildlife related automobile collisions this fall and winter when deer are the most active.
Nov 13, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Unveils Administrative Rules Website
As part of his mission to streamline government and promote openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Tuesday the launch of an administrative rules website.
AgricultureBlack Hills Forest Landowners Reporting Sprayed Trees Lost To Mountain Pine Beetles
PIERRE, S.D. – Landowners who had their pine trees sprayed this year to protect them from mountain pine beetle may be finding small masses of pitch along the trunks of these trees-evidence of a successful attack.
MilitarySanford Doctor, District 25 House Rep. Joins SD Guard
For 30 years, Dr. Scott Ecklund has been practicing family medicine and providing quality healthcare to South Dakota families. Ecklund, 58, begins a new chapter in his medical profession as the most recent physician to join the South Dakota Army National Guard.
Public SafetyMcPherson County Fatal Crash
A Leola man died in a one-vehicle crash on 118th Street about two miles west and three miles south of Leola on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
TransportationSDDOT Notice of Public Stakeholder Meeting State Rail Plan
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is currently developing the 2014 South Dakota State Rail Plan to inventory the state’s rail system, identify critical rail system issues, needs and opportunities, articulate policies governing the state’s involvement in the rail system, and establish a long-range investment program for rail infrastructure throughout South Dakota.
Nov 12, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardChristmas 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 Jackley4th Annual Blue Light Memorial Event to Recognize Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
The 4th annual Project Blue Light Memorial Event is scheduled to take place this evening beginning at 6:30pm at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls. Attorney General Marty Jackley will be the keynote speaker for this year's event.
State Treasurer Rich SattgastState Treasurer Sattgast Reports $125m in Unclaimed Property Receipts
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast released the state’s November Unclaimed Property Receipts for the year, showing the state received $125 million in unclaimed property, far exceeding last year’s estimate of $52 million.
AgricultureBeef Genetics Trade Mission to Russia a Success
PIERRE, S.D. – As follow-up to an October 2012 trip, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) partnered with the Montana and Kansas Departments of Agriculture to send a delegation focusing on beef genetics to the Russian Federation on Oct. 23– Nov. 2.
TransportationUS14/US83/SD35 Missouri River Bridge Replacement Study Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a public open house tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Pierre to inform area residents on the beginning of the bridge replacement studyFrench Creek Bridge Replacement
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Custer County, will be replacing the 8th Street bridge over French Creek in Custer beginning Thursday, Nov. 14.I-29 Between Summit and Peever Now Open
The South Dakota Department of Transportation announces the Interstate 29 southbound lanes between Summit and Peever are now open and the local traffic detour has been removed.
Nov 08, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardSouth Dakota Receives Grant For Improved Cardiac Care
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that South Dakota has received $3.7 million in funding over three years from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to purchase lifesaving equipment that can increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.Governor's Column: Remember Our Veterans
In America, fall means football. Once the leaves start to turn, many of us make game time a priority, and we gather with friends and family to cheer on our favorite teams.News Tips
Monday, Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m. CDT, Fort Pierre, Stanley County High School Parkview Gymnasium – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at Stanley County High School’s Veterans Day Program.Disaster Declaration Approved for October Blizzard
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that 14 South Dakota counties and two Indian reservations will receive federal financial help to recover from an October blizzard that closed roads, downed power lines and killed thousands of livestock.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Warns of Charitable Scams Related to Blizzard Disaster
Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking South Dakotans to remain cautious of scams that continue to exploit blizzard victims from South Dakota.
Game, Fish and ParksCuster State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
The 2013 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the park corrals where 331 head will be sold.
MilitarySD Guardsman Named Top Instructor for National Award
A South Dakota Army National Guard Soldier was named the National Defense Transportation Association’s Instructor of the Year for 2013. Staff Sgt. David Hughes, of Harrisburg, is an instructor in the SDARNG’s 2nd Battalion (Modular Training), 196th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) in Sioux Falls.
RevenueBusiness Tax Delinquency Report Expanded
A report that allows the South Dakota Department of Revenue to list businesses with business tax delinquencies on its website has been expanded to include a greater number of delinquent businesses.
Nov 07, 2013
EducationState test scores remain steady
South Dakota’s fourth grade and eighth grade scores for math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have remained steady since the test was first administered in the state in 2002.
Human ServicesState Developmental Center, Partners Promote Community Health in Redfield Area
REDFIELD, S.D. – The South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) teamed up with three key partners Monday to host a wellness fair, which will promote community health on an annual basis.
Public SafetyRoberts County Fatal Crash
A Veblen man died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 25 about five miles east of Veblen on Thursday, Nov. 7.
TourismJoan Jett and the Blackhearts to Perform on 'Mount Rushmore's American Pride' Float
Music legends Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will appear on the Mount Rushmore’s American Pride float in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
TransportationI-90 Ramp Closures In Spearfish
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, the contractor will be working on the Interstate 90 Exit 12 westbound on-ramp and the Exit 14 on-ramp in Spearfish starting Saturday, Nov. 9.I-90 and Cliff Avenue Interchange In Sioux Falls Opening To Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the City of Sioux Falls, announces that all lanes of Cliff Avenue and Interstate 90 will open to traffic on Friday, Nov. 8.
Nov 06, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleyJerauld County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money from Drug Control Fund for Camera and Recording Systems
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Jerauld County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $1,799.92 for patrol car cameras and recording systems to be used in drug investigations.Yankton Police Department to Receive Money for Mobile Video Recording Program
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Yankton Police Department has been awarded $38,000 to purchase a Mobile Video Recording Program to be used in drug investigations.
AgricultureBridging the Gap – Dept. of Ag Program Takes Off
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Bridge Loan program is available for U.S. Department of Agriculture approved borrowers.
Game, Fish and ParksWest River Deer Season Opens Nov. 16
Deer hunting will soon be focused in western South Dakota with the opening of the West River Deer season on Saturday, Nov. 16.Spaces Filling Fast for Governor's Pheasant Habitat Summit
Registration is still open, but spaces are filling fast for the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit, scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Crossroads Convention Center in Huron. The first session begins promptly at 9 a.m. and the final discussion will close by 4 p.m.
Labor and RegulationBorszich Appointed to Workforce Development Council
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Jim Borszich of Huron as a new member of the Department of Labor and Regulation’s Workforce Development Council.
MilitarySD Guard Announces Soldier and NCO of the Year
The South Dakota Army National Guard is pleased to announce Spc. Dalton DeBoer, of Clear Lake, as its Soldier of the Year and Staff Sgt. Sam Schaefers, of Watertown, as its Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2013. Both Soldiers are members of Watertown’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion.
RevenueCollection Allowance Credit Available January 1
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, participating retailers will be eligible to claim a collection allowance credit when filing and paying their sales tax as imposed by chapter 10-45, under a law passed by the 2013 South Dakota Legislature.
Nov 05, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleySioux Falls Police Department to Receive Money for Surveillance and Protective Equipment
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Sioux Falls Police Department has been awarded $32,852 to purchase surveillance and protective equipment to be used in drug investigations.
Game, Fish and ParksSmallmouth Bass State Record Falls
A 7 pound smallmouth bass caught by Derek Valnes of Brandon, S.D., in Horseshoe Lake on Oct. 26 is the new state record for that species of fish.Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to Host Christmas Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near McCook Lake invites visitors to get in the holiday spirit and step back in time by attending the annual Christmas at the Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. CST.
TourismAuthor to Share Insights into the Great Sioux War with History Book Club
Award-winning historian and author Paul Hedren will be the guest speaker at the November meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.
Nov 04, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleySanborn County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money from Drug Control Fund for Camera Systems
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $6,185 for patrol car camera systems to be used in drug investigations.Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. To Pay More Than $1.6 Billion to Resolve Health Care Fraud Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government in a global settlement with New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson (J & J) and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to resolve civil and criminal allegations of unlawful marketing practices to promote the sales of their atypical antipsychotic drugs, Risperdal and Invega.
MilitaryFlight Medics on Path to Complete Paramedic Certification
Five flight medics from the South Dakota Army National Guard will be some of the first in the nation to complete the Home Station Paramedic Training Program, which allows Army flight medics to attain their National Registry Paramedic (NRP) certification close to home. The program is an alternative to the paramedic courses offered at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School.
Nov 01, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Seeks Disaster Declaration For West River Blizzard
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help 14 counties and two Indian reservations recover from a powerful early-October blizzard in western South Dakota.News Tips
Yankton, the capital of Dakota Territory, is hosting several special events free to the public on Saturday, Nov. 2, to kick off the coming of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood in 2014.First Lady's Column - Foster Families in South Dakota
All across South Dakota there are children in need of a loving and safe foster home.
AgricultureDept. of Ag Accepting Applications for Donated 2012 CRP Mid-Term Management Hay
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is accepting applications for approximately 580 donated 2012 CRP mid-term management hay bales.Ag Mediators and Finance Counselors Wanted
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Mediation Program is seeking individuals interested in contracting with the state for mediation services.
EducationState Library expands access to electronic resources
The State Library is pleased to announce that more e-books and two new e-resources called Mango Languages and ChiltonLibrary are available to South Dakotans.
Veterans AffairsGOVERNOR DAUGAARD SIGNS VETERANS DAY PROCLAMATION
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently 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.
Oct 31, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleyState to Request S.D. Supreme Court to Review Engesser Vehicular Homicide Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the State intends to appeal a court decision granting another trial for a man convicted of vehicular homicide in relation to the death of Dorothy Finley.
AgricultureSD Dept. of Ag Encourages Producers in Need of Help to Reach Out
PIERRE, S.D. – Resources and information about possible federal government compensation are available to help livestock producers remove cattle carcasses left after the early October blizzard.
Public SafetyS.D., Nebraska Troopers Join for Highway 81 Enforcement Operation
South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers made four drunk-driving arrests and two drug arrests during a joint enforcement operation with Nebraska State Patrol troopers on U.S. Highway 81 on both sides of the state border on Friday, Oct. 25.
TourismSouth Dakota State Historical Society Press Book Wins Literary Classics Award
“Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way,” a multi-award-winning original tale from the South Dakota State Historical Society Press, has won a Literary Classics Picture Book Early Reader Silver Medal.
Tribal RelationsBoard on Geographic Names Approves New Recommended Name in Moody County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has unanimously approved a name change recommended by Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Elders for a creek in Moody County.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentMDS Manufacturing Co., Inc. to Expand
MDS Manufacturing Co., Inc., based out of Parkston, announced today it will be expanding its operations with the help of a Revolving Economic Development and Initiative (REDI) Fund Loan.
Veterans AffairsWilcox Announces Retirement
Larry Wilcox, superintendent at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, today announced he plans to retire on Nov. 14 of this year. Larry was named superintendent of the State Veterans Home by Maj. Gen. Michael Gorman in May 2004.
Oct 30, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor 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 Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. CDT.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of William Chandler, 27, on September 30, 2013, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
TourismDigital Projects Roundtable to be held in Pierre
State organizations involved in digitization projects will be meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Pierre to talk about their digital projects.State Historical Society Adds Online Index to 1905 South Dakota State Census
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives recently added an online index of more than 440,000 names from the 1905 South Dakota State Census.
Oct 29, 2013
Public SafetyCodington County Fatal Crash
An Iowa man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 212 about five miles east of Watertown on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
TourismHistorical Society Foundation Hosting Fundraising Social Nov. 7 in Sioux Falls
An opportunity to learn about the South Dakota State Historical Society and its nonprofit fundraising partner will take place in Sioux Falls on Nov. 7.
Oct 28, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardYankton Hosting Special Events For South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary Of Statehood
Yankton, the capital of Dakota Territory, is hosting several special events free to the public on Saturday, Nov. 2, to kick off the coming of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood in 2014.
AgricultureFire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota Wildland Fire (SDWF) division is reminding landowners that the 50% Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program is available for eligible participants to lower the risk of catastrophic fire.
Public SafetyMeade County Fatal Crash
A Sturgis man died Saturday, Oct. 26 from injuries he received in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 14A near Sturgis on Friday, Oct. 25.Fire Marshal: Change Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms
Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, and State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman asks South Dakotans to check their smoke alarms while they change their clocks.
TransportationI-229 Corridor Study Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Sioux Falls to inform residents of a corridor study on Interstate 229 and associated interchanges.Traffic Changes on I-90 and Cliff Avenue Interchange in Sioux Falls
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, after 1 p.m., traffic on Cliff Avenue in Sioux Falls will be switched from two-way traffic in the northbound lanes to one lane in each direction in the new northbound and southbound lanes.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentCommunities and State Partner to Recruit Companies
In an effort to grow South Dakota’s bioscience sector and create jobs, five South Dakota communities will join the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in attending the Medical Design and Manufacturing Exposition in Minneapolis Oct. 29-30.
Oct 27, 2013
Public SafetyClark County Fatal Crash
A Lake Preston, S.D., man died in a one-vehicle crash on 435th Avenue northwest of Bryant in Clark County on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Oct 26, 2013
Public SafetyCharles Mix County Fatal Crash
A Flandreau, S.D. man died in a one-vehicle crash on 395th Avenue near 309th Street in Charles Mix County on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Oct 25, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on the Greg Belfrage Show on KELO radio. For more information, contact Kelsey Pritchard at 605-773-3212.Governor's Column - Our Fall Pheasant Tradition
Pheasant hunting came as naturally as October to the Dell Rapids area where I grew up.
HealthFDA Product Recall For Potential Listeria Contamination
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of foods with possible listeria contamination that have been distributed nationwide, including in South Dakota.
TourismMuseum of South Dakota State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Nov. 10
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the National Air & Space Museum’s program entitled, “50 Years of Solar System Exploration: New Worlds, New Discoveries” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Nov.10, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Oct 24, 2013
CorrectionsInmate Garden Produces More Than 21 Tons Of Food
Community organizations in southeastern South Dakota received more than 21 tons of fresh produce this year, courtesy of state prison inmates at the Yankton Minimum Unit and the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield.
TransportationHighway 11 In Sioux Falls Opening To Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation announces that Highway 11 from 26th Street to 57th Street in Sioux Falls will open to traffic on Friday, Oct. 25.
Oct 23, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Extends Executive Orders To Accommodate Ranchers
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has extended his executive orders on cattle to accommodate ranchers who have experienced losses.
Attorney General Marty JackleyRoberts County Man Arrested for Threatening Judicial Officer
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Eugene Herman Paulson, 77, Rosholt, was arrested yesterday on one count of threatening or intimidating a judicial officer, class 5 felony, maximum sentence 5 years and/or $10,000 fine, one count of offering a false or forged instrument for filing, registering or recording, class 6 felony, maximum sentence 2 years imprisonment and/or $4,000 fine and one count of uttering simulated process, class 1 misdemeanor.
Bureau of Information and TelecommunicationsSD’s Broadband Initiative Awards 22 Community Anchor Institutions with Technology Grants
Earlier this month, technology grants for projects totaling nearly $200,000 were issued to 22 Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) across South Dakota.
CorrectionsState Prison Inmate Back In Custody
State prison inmate Wilson Two Lance Jr. was apprehended in Mobridge Oct. 18.
HealthPetereit Honored With Disease Intervention Award
Linda Petereit, Sioux Falls, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) by the South Dakota Department of Health.
Public SafetyState Rights-of-Way Carcass Removal Operation Ending
The contractor removing livestock carcasses from state highway rights-of-way will complete that operation today (Wednesday, Oct. 23).Gov. Daugaard Signs Executive Order to Deal with Propane Shortage
Due to extremely low inventories and outages of propane products in South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed an executive order to assure expedited commercial delivery of those products.
TransportationHighway 85 Asphalt Concrete Resurfacing Work Suspended
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has suspended work on an asphalt concrete resurfacing project on Highway 85 in Harding County for the winter.Interstate 90 Erosion Repair In Rapid City
On Thursday, Oct. 24, crews will begin work on a seven-mile erosion repair project adjacent to the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Exit 61 at the Flying J Truck Stop to Exit 55 near the Harley Davidson store in Rapid City.
Tribal RelationsSecretary JR LaPLante Elected President of Governor's Interstate Indian Council
On Sept. 27, delegates to the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council (GIIC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma elected JR LaPlante, South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations, to serve as the GIIC president for 2013-2014.
Oct 22, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardA statement from Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the passing of Richard Benda
“Earlier today, Richard Benda was found near Lake Andes, deceased of a gunshot wound. My thoughts and prayers are with Rich’s family and friends.
HealthMinnehaha County Resident South Dakota’s First Flu Death Of Season
The first South Dakotan to die of the flu this season was a Minnehaha County resident in the 70-79 age group, the Department of Health reported today.
TransportationTemporary Closure On I-90 Westbound In Sioux Falls
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. CDT, T&R Contracting will be closing the I-229 southbound exit ramp on westbound I-90 in Sioux Falls to remove and install sign bridges near the I-229 interchange.
Oct 21, 2013
Attorney General Marty JackleyNewell Couple Arrested on Multiple Counts of Child Abuse
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Butte County States Attorney Heather Plunkett said today that Wendel Reed Hiland Jr., 51, Newell and Jessica Hiland, 31, Newell, were charged and arrested by complaint on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
AgricultureFarm Transition and Tax-Exempt Bond Financing
PIERRE, S.D.- The Beginning Farmer Bond program through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is available for eligible beginning farmers to purchase agricultural land at lower interest rates.Growing in Agriculture-The Blizzard and Lessons Learned
Life and death are intertwined with animal agriculture. It’s a harsh reality, but as the old saying goes, “those who do not lose any livestock are the ones who do not have any livestock.”
Game, Fish and ParksFamily and Friends Enjoy South Dakota’s Pheasant Opener
Today hunters across the state enjoyed opening day for the traditional South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Season.Turn In Poachers Benefits S.D. Wildlife
The Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding citizens that the South Dakota Turn in Poachers (TIPs) program continues to be operational and callers who have knowledge of illegal hunting and fishing activity could be eligible for rewards.GFP Conducting Study of River Otter Habitat
The Game, Fish and Parks Department is conducting an experiment to evaluate river otter habitat in south-central South Dakota by releasing a small number of radio-marked otters.Difficult To Determine Wildlife Losses From Blizzard
The Game, Fish and Parks Department has had a few reports of wildlife losses resulting from the early October blizzard in western South Dakota, but the extent of the blizzard’s impact will take time to determine.
Human ServicesFall Conference Focuses on Veterans, Disability Employment, Transitions
PIERRE, S.D. – People interested in public vocational rehabilitation gathered in Pierre last week for the Fall Conference, an annual symposium with a near 20-year history.
Public SafetyLawrence County Fatal Crash
A Belle Fourche, S.D., man died in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 at Exit 10 near Spearfish.
TourismMake-and-Take Holiday Ornaments Nov. 2 at Cultural Heritage Center
Get into the holiday spirit and create your own holiday ornaments during the Make-and-Take Holiday Ornament event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
TransportationCodington County Transportation Survey
Citizens are being reminded there is just one week remaining to participate in the Codington County Transportation survey.
Oct 18, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
The Board of Social Work Examiners will hold their quarterly meeting.Governor's Column - Comparing Legislative Processes - S.D. vs. D.C.
The shutdown has come to an end and the federal government is up and operating again. The result: Congress has kicked the can down the road, putting any serious budget discussions off until next year.
Attorney General Marty JackleyLyman County Man Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Clint James Brown, 36, Presho, was sentenced to twenty-five years for aggravated assault-domestic abuse, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment. Brown also admitted to a Part II Information for Habitual Offender exposing him to the elevated sentence of 25 year incarceration.
AgricultureSouth Dakota Local Foods Conference Slated for Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – Registration is open for the South Dakota Local Foods Conference in Rapid City on Nov. 15-16. Registration for both days of the conference is $65. Single day registration is $35 per day.
EducationLindskov selected as 2014 SD Teacher of the Year
A Timber Lake High School math and science teacher has been selected as the 2014 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.
Public SafetyState Moving Quickly to Assess Blizzard Damage
With the federal shutdown ended, state, local and FEMA officials are moving quickly to conduct preliminary assessments of damage from the early-October blizzard, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said today.Roberts County Fatal Crash
A Sisseton man died in a one-vehicle crash on 456th Avenue near 124th Street in Roberts County on Friday, Oct. 18.
Oct 17, 2013
AgricultureTree Maintenance and Recovery from the Recent Storm Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – The SD Dept. of Ag and SD Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor two free workshops on tree maintenance and recovery from the recent storm.
Game, Fish and ParksS.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Weekend Events
Campgrounds are open year-round and several parks will host trick-or-treaters at special events this Halloween season.Division of Parks and Recreation Honors Employees
The South Dakota Division of Parks and Recreation recently recognized several individuals for their dedication and hard work in the state parks system.
Labor and RegulationState Unemployment Insurance Division Receives Top Performer Awards
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) received two awards from the U.S. Department of Labor at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies UI Directors’ conference Oct. 9 in Rapid City.
Public SafetyHighway Patrol Sgt. Mayer is AAA South Dakota Trooper of the Year
PIERRE, S.D. – Sgt. Robert Mayer of the Highway Patrol was named the South Dakota Trooper of the Year sponsored by AAA South Dakota.
TourismAbourezk to Sign Books in Pierre
Former U.S. Sen. James Abourezk will be in Pierre on Friday, Oct. 25, to sign copies of his book “Advise & Dissent: Memoirs of an Ex-Senator.”
TransportationMEDIA ADVISORY: I-229 Corridor Study Press Conference
Press Conference on Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m., Sioux Falls Area Offrice, 5316 W. 60th St. North, Sioux Falls
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentAberdeen Area Radiator Approved for MicroLOAN
PIERRE, S.D. – Aberdeen Area Radiator, a start-up radiator repair shop in Aberdeen, S.D., was recently approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation.
Oct 16, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardBlack Hills Central Reservations “Buys A Day” Of Monument Operation
Black Hills Central Reservations has provided the funds for Mount Rushmore to operate today.
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth 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) event:U.s. Supreme Court to hear State Attorneys General Challenge of EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to review the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from businesses.
CorrectionsDOC Crews Continue Assisting With Blizzard Clean Up Efforts
Department of Corrections inmates and staff members are continuing to assist several communities in the Black Hills with clean up efforts following the Oct. 4 blizzard.
Labor and RegulationCash Prizes Offered in Annual State Securities Division Essay Contest
For the ninth year, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Securities is giving high school seniors an opportunity to turn their knowledge of finances into actual cash.
TransportationIllegally 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.
Oct 15, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardRapid City CVB / BID Board “Buys A Day” Of Monument Operation
The Rapid City CVB / BID Board has provided the funds for Mount Rushmore to operate today.Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit Announced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will host a Pheasant Habitat Summit to discuss the future of pheasant habitat and hunting in South Dakota.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General’s Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Sioux Falls
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the South Falls Police Department, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred October 14, 2013. The suspect, Jacob Daniel Westberg, 22, Sioux Falls, has died of a gunshot wound.
Oct 14, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardMount Rushmore Society Buys A Day Of Monument Operation - More Partners Join Effort To Keep Monument Open
Mount Rushmore National Monument is open today as a result of the deal reached last week between Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the National Park Service. Under that agreement, the Park Service will charge the state $15,200 per day to operate the monument.
Oct 11, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the guest on KBHB Radio.Governor's Column - A Helping Hand To Our Friends And Neighbors
In South Dakota, we pride ourselves on our hard work, persistence and self-reliance.WPA Public Hunting Land Re-Opened
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has announced today that Waterfowl Production Area lands closed as part of the federal government shutdown have now been re-opened effective immediately.Governor Waives Weight Limits To Speed Removal Of Dead Cattle After Blizzard
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order waiving overweight limits for truckers hauling carcasses of cattle killed in last weekend’s blizzard in western South Dakota.Gov. Daugaard, National Park Service Reach Agreement To Re-Open Mount Rushmore
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced this afternoon that he has reached an agreement with the National Park Service to re-open Mount Rushmore for the duration of the federal government shutdown.Governor Waives 36-Hour Carcass Disposal Requirement
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he has signed an executive order waiving the standard 36-hour carcass disposal requirement for animals killed in the recent blizzard.
AgricultureSDDA Breaks Ground On New West Side Office
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will commemorate the ground breaking of the West Side Office on Tuesday, Oct. 15. in Rapid City.SD Wildland Fire Personnel Assist with Winter Storm Atlas Clean-Up
RAPID CITY, S.D. - As Western South Dakota continues to recover from the backlash of Winter Storm Atlas, South Dakota Wildland Fire Division has been aiding in clean-up efforts.Western SD Blizzard Relief Help Line Available For Assistance or To Volunteer
PIERRE, S.D. – Those affected by the western South Dakota blizzard and those willing to volunteer for relief efforts should call 2-1-1 or 877.708.4357.
Game, Fish and ParksState Parks Open After Early October Blizzard
Though State Parks in western South Dakota were affected by the early fall blizzard last week, park officials say that all parks have re-opened with the exception of Shadehill Recreation Area near Lemmon.
MilitarySD Guard Continues Support to State in Wake of Winter Storm
South Dakota National Guard members continue to support the state in aftermath of the Oct. 4 winter storm that crippled western South Dakota. Nearly 50 Soldiers and Airmen have been called to state active duty to support local citizens since Oct. 5 and have helped to clear road ways, remove snow and assist electrical cooperative crews with gaining access to locations needing power lines repaired.
TourismNew State Historical Society Press Book Tells Stavig Letters Story
A new book from the South Dakota State Historical Society gives readers a personal look into the lives of Lars and Knut Stavig and other families divided by emigration. ‘“Dear Unforgettable Brother’: The Stavig Letters from Norway and America, 1881–1937” tells the story of two brothers separated by time and distance.
TransportationSignal Study On Highway 212 and Main Street In Redfield
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be conducting a second traffic study for the evaluation and potential removal of the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 212 & Main St in Redfield.
Tribal RelationsSouth Dakota Board of Geographic Names Public Meeting
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is holding its board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Sioux Falls Library Main Office, 200 N. Dakota Ave. (Meeting Room A).
Board of RegentsBHSU President Schallenkamp Announces Plans to Retire
Kay Schallenkamp, president of Black Hills State University since 2006, will retire from the South Dakota public higher education system at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, the South Dakota Board of Regents said. The announcement was made Friday on the Spearfish campus.
Oct 10, 2013
Governor Dennis DaugaardJanklow Portraits To Be Unveiled In State Capitol
The official portraits of Gov. William J. Janklow will be unveiled to the public on Friday, Nov. 15, in Pierre.
Attorney General Marty JackleyStates Announce $30 Million Settlement and Consent Judgment Against Affinion
Attorney General Marty Jackley joins 46 other states and the District of Columbia today to announce that Affinion, and its subsidiaries Trilegiant and Webloyalty, will pay over $30 million to settle allegations that they misled consumers into signing up and paying for discount clubs and membership.
AgricultureHelp Line Available To Producers And Others Affected By Western S.D. Snow Storm
PIERRE, S.D. - Anyone impacted by the recent western South Dakota snow storm can call
2-1-1 or 877.708.4357 for any storm-related concerns.
CorrectionsInmates Donate To Project Warm-Up
State prison inmates recently donated more than $3,000 to a Sioux Falls program designed to help children in need.
HealthMinnehaha, Davison County Residents First Flu Detections Of Season
Three influenza cases have been detected in South Dakota and the South Dakota Department of Health is reminding residents that now is the time to be vaccinated.
TransportationI-90 Westbound Ramps At Exit 121 Closed On Saturday
On Saturday, Oct. 12, Hills Materials will be placing an asphalt overlay on the Interstate 90 westbound on- and off-ramps at Exit 121 east of Wall, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
Board of RegentsDistance Education Continues to Grow
Nearly 22,000 students enrolled in a distance education course last year at South Dakota public universities. A new report presented to the South Dakota Board of Regents shows the popularity of distance education continues to grow, although the rate of growth slowed somewhat.SDSU Approved for Ph.D. Degree in Biochemistry
South Dakota job growth in the biosciences is outpacing the nation, and South Dakota State University now has a new doctoral degree to prepare its graduates for high-tech careers in that growing field.Black Hills State University Student Groups Honored
Student organizations from Black Hills State University were recognized this week for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentAgile Manufacturing Expanding to Worthing, S.D., Approved for Two Loans
Agile Manufacturing, LLC, a manufacturer of material handling equipment for agricultural and industrial applications based in Granite, Iowa announced today that it will be expanding its operations to the Worthing, S.D. area.SD GOED Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council
The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development received two Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Awards for its 2012 projects in the categories of Annual Report and Special Event for service areas with populations greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).