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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Great South Dakota Get-Together
Summer activities and vacations are coming to an end and practices for school-related events have begun. But there’s one final gathering to attend before summer is truly over – the South Dakota State Fair.

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be hosting the 131st SD State Fair.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley and the National Association of Attorneys General to Host Opioid Abuse Training in Sioux Falls
Attorney General Marty Jackley will host an Opioid Abuse Consumer Protection Training in Sioux Falls on Monday August 29, 2016, at the South Dakota Medical School.

Agriculture

Underground Research Lab to Host Activities at SD State Fair
Staff from the Sanford Underground Research Facility will host a variety of activities during this year’s South Dakota State Fair.

Education

Pierre-area museums to thank local law enforcement, first responders
From Sept. 3-16, members of the Bad River Museums organization invite law enforcement and first responders to visit participating museums for free and enjoy a 10 percent discount in their gift shops.

Health

State Awards $221,195 In Tobacco Disparities Grants
The Department of Health is awarding $221,195 in grants to reduce tobacco use in populations with higher rates of tobacco use.

Transportation

Construction of Turn Lane at Highway 34 and 471st Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will close 471st Street on the north and south sides of the Highway 34 intersection on Monday, Aug. 29, for grading and paving operations.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sex Trafficking Operation Results in Arrests
Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations have conducted investigations into sex trafficking in Rapid City.

Agriculture

Dedication of the Nordby Exhibit Hall
The Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community will be dedicated during a ceremony Sunday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

“Astonishing Ag Articles” Coloring and Art Contest at State Fair
South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, South Dakota Ag in the Classroom and South Dakota Farm Bureau are holding a coloring and art contest in conjunction with the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

Human Services

7th Annual South Dakota Gathering
People with disabilities, family members, case managers, direct support professionals, educators and other professionals in the field of human services will be in attendance for the 7th annual South Dakota Gathering.

Public Safety

Names Released in Douglas County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – Andrew Sybesma, 10, Geddes, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon east of Platte.

Transportation

I-229 Southbound to be Reduced to One Lane
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane on Friday Aug. 26.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Subject in Brule County Amber Alert Activation to Face Felony Charges in Washington
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced that Paul Brown, 38, Maple Valley, WA, the subject of the August 8th Amber Alert is being returned to Washington state to face felony charges.

Education

State ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains steady and above the national average, according to data released earlier today.

Public Safety

Douglas County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – A 10-year-old boy died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash east of Platte.

Transportation

Reconstruction of Main Street in Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are set to begin work to reconstruct Main Street in Sturgis from west of Junction Avenue to Fourth Street on Sept. 6.

Rest Area Revitalization Plan Available for Comment
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism are seeking public comments on a proposed plan to update and revitalize the state’s interstate rest areas.

Turn Lane Construction at Highway 44 and 447th Ave.
Starting Thursday, Aug. 25, the South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin construction of turn lanes at the intersection of Highway 44 and 447th Ave. south of Marion.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, 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.

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 Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lemmon Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Lemmon will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, tours around Lemmon, a community lunch and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Amicus to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief seeking to protect Second Amendment rights.

Agriculture

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

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Missing
Minimum-security inmate Michael Merrival walked away from his community service job in Rapid City, SD on August 23, 2016.

Board of Regents

Four Public Universities Earn New Research Grants
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces the awarding of research and development innovation grants to four public universities across the state.


Health

South Dakota Reports First Zika Virus Infection
South Dakota has its first Zika virus infection, a woman who traveled to a country where Zika virus is currently transmitted and later developed symptoms, the Department of Health said today.

Adults Need Vaccines Too
Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

Transportation

Highway 85 Sidewalk Splash Barrier
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin installing 50-feet of sidewalk splash barrier along Highway 85 in Belle Fourche the week of Aug. 29.

Bixby Road Asphalt Resurfacing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin an asphalt resurfacing project on Bixby Road south of the intersection with Highway 20 in Perkins County on Wednesday, Aug. 24.


Agriculture

Rodeo and Western Events to Be Held at SD State Fair
A full schedule of rodeo and western events will be held in the Hippodrome and the North Arena during the South Dakota State Fair.

Team Penning and Ranch Rodeo Added to SD State Fair
A team penning and ranch rodeo have been added to the South Dakota State Fair’s performance horse schedule, making for a full schedule of events in the Hippodrome and North Arena.

SD Ag Chat: Helping the Bees
The bee population on the decline. In this SD Ag Chat, hear how we can help bees overcome some of the challenges they face.

Classic Car and Antique Tractor Parade Added to State Fair
A parade has been added to the classic car show and antique tractor show at this year’s South Dakota State Fair.

Transportation

Construction on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the intersection of Highway 34 & Highland Avenue in Madison will be under construction starting today, Aug. 19.

Closure of the Intersection of 471st Avenue On Highway 34
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will close 471st Avenue on the north side of the Highway 34 intersection east of Colman on Monday, Aug. 22 for grading and paving operations.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
The REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Board will meet in Pierre at 711 E. Wells Ave. at 3:15 p.m. CDT.

Governor's Column: Make School Attendance A Priority
Across South Dakota, a new school year is getting underway. Students and families are getting back into the school day routine, reestablishing study habits and juggling activities.

Education

"Play Ball!" exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center to close on Sept. 18
Visitors have just a few more weeks to view the successful exhibit "Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota" at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Madison Driver Exam Station Closed Last Two Weeks in August
PIERRE, S.D. – Madison’s driver exam station will be closed both Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State of South Dakota, Tribes Reach New Tax Agreements
The Daugaard Administration has reached new tax agreements with three of South Dakota’s tribes, the Governor announced today. The Crow Creek Sioux, Oglala Sioux and Sisseton-Wahpeton tribes entered into agreements with the state earlier this summer.

Bureau of Administration

Progress Made At Hilger’s Gulch
The Bureau of Administration says visible progress is being made at Hilger’s Gulch, where work is underway to reestablish the area’s native landscape.

Education

Code Talker event happening Aug. 26 at Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special celebration honoring South Dakota Code Talker Noah Whitebird, Sr., and the other South Dakota Code Talkers on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Space exploration subject of next Smithsonian program at Cultural Heritage Center
The next "Smithsonian Saturday" program at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, and it will focus on space exploration.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol Join Forces Again
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – For the fourth consecutive year, South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will partner with the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in a joint enforcement operation during the Dakota Nation powwow this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19-21, in Fort Thompson.

Transportation

Highway 212 Construction Near Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says milling and paving of the shoulders has begun on a one-point-three mile project on Highway 212 near Belle Fourche.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Rollout
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the rollout of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) System.

Tea Man Arrested on Possession of Child Porn Charge
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County States Attorney Tom Wollman announced today that the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Division has arrested Monte Bender.

Education

Politics, Pulitzer being discussed Sept. 1 at Cultural Heritage Center
Politics and the Pulitzer Prize will be the topic of conversation at a program on Sept. 1 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – Two Sioux Falls, S.D., men have been identified as those involved in a two-motorcycle crash that killed one and injured the other Sunday morning west of Presho.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2016-17 School Year
The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 300 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Aberdeen Man Arrested in Connection to Sunday’s Officer Involved Shooting Incident
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Ehkhu Hser Poe, 21, Aberdeen, has been arrested.

Agriculture

SD State Fair to Host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle
The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by Advanced Bio Energy and SD Pork Producers.

Health

A Healthy Start: Pregnancy And Vaccines
Vaccines during pregnancy not only protect mother against diseases, they also begin to pass some protection to baby for the first few months of life, a state health official said today.

Public Safety

Lyman County Fatal Crash
PRESHO, S.D. – One man died and another was injured Sunday in a two-motorcycle crash west of Presho.

Transportation

Highway 81 Phase 1 Opening To Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be opening the last section of Phase 1 of the Highway 81 construction on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Highway 20 Gravel Surfacing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin placing gravel surfacing on Highway 20 west of Camp Crook beginning this week, Aug. 15.

Intersection Closure on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Highway 34/Egan Avenue intersection in Madison will close to northbound traffic on Monday, Aug. 15.

REVISED: Updated Dates - Work Resuming on I-90 Exit 14 at Spearfish
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will resume on Interstate 90 at Exit 14 in Spearfish next week.


Public Safety

Sunday Sturgis Rally Tally (FINAL)
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Sunday Aug. 14, 2016


Public Safety

Saturday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Saturday Aug. 13, 2016

Names Released in Aurora County Fatal Crash
WHITE LAKE, S.D. – Two people died in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Thursday afternoon near White Lake.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jim Dunn
Former state legislator Jim Dunn of Lead passed away on Aug. 11, 2016. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Aug. 19, the day of Dunn's funeral.

Governor's Column: Rail and the South Dakota Way of Life
We never had a new car, when I was growing up, but we always spent what was necessary to maintain our car, and keep it in dependable running condition. New isn’t necessarily better, but the old must be maintained.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2016 Child Sexual Abuse Conference at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to return to the Brown County Fair
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at Brown County Fair to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Education

"Created Equal" program series begins Aug. 28 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society is one of 473 institutions across the country selected to offer a program series on the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Public Safety

Friday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Friday Aug. 12, 2016

Aurora County Fatal Crash
WHITE LAKE, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Thursday afternoon near White Lake.

Transportation

Bridge Work to Begin On Interstate 90 from Exits 63 to 67
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin repair work on six bridges on Interstate 90 from east of Exit 67 to west of Exit 63, including the Exit 63 on-ramps, on Tuesday, Aug. 16.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On Federal Decision To Rename Harney Peak
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Board of Geographic Name’s decision to change the name of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak.

Agriculture

Coal Canyon Fire: Remembering Five Years Later
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is using the five-year anniversary of the fatal Coal Canyon fire in Fall River County to remind all firefighters about safety.

SD Ag Chat: USDA Rural Development Helps Build SD
USDA Rural Development offices provide financial and technical assistance aimed at encouraging growth in non-urban part of the United States.

Public Safety

Thursday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Thursday Aug. 11, 2016

Transportation

Traffic switch planned on Highway 115
On Monday, Aug. 15, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will switch traffic to the newly constructed southbound lanes of Highway 115 near Dell Rapids. Two- way traffic will be maintained on the new concrete pavement.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting auto dealer workshops
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host a series of auto dealer workshops in September.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Turner County Man Sentenced in Rape and Incest Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Benjamin Thomas, 35, Centerville, was sentenced in First Circuit Court.

Press Conferences to be Held to Announce SAVIN System
Attorney General Marty Jackley will hold two press conferences to announce the rollout of the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System (SAVIN).

Agriculture

SDDA Available to Answer Questions at Dakotafest
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages farmers and ranchers to stop by the SDDA booth during Dakotafest.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Asks Landowners and Hunters to Report Dead Deer
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has documented the first deer mortality in 2016 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue.

Enjoy Outdoor Activities in South Dakota State Parks This Weekend
Though days are shortening, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating the warm summer nights.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Dock 44 Concession Operator
A prospectus for the operation of Dock 44, located inside Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte is available through South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 19 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Safety

Wednesday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 10, 2016

Transportation

Bridge Work To Begin Between Exits 17 and 23
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says repair work on bridges east of Exit 17 and east and west of Exit 23 (Whitewood) will begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the S.D. 42 Western Minnehaha County Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Minnehaha County, and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 10, to inform area residents on the preliminary findings of a corridor study for the following roadway corridor:

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosts taxpayer office hours in Huron
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host office hours in Huron to assist taxpayers.

Board of Regents

Federal Agencies Connect to Researchers and Inventors
Fifteen participating agencies representing $2.2 billion in annual early-stage funding will be in Sioux Falls next week to meet with interested inventors and tech-based companies.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Circuit Court Denies Marijuana Measure on 2016 General Election Ballot
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett has denied Melissa Mentele 's request to place an initiated measure involving marijuana on the November 2016 general election ballot based upon an insufficient number of valid signatures.

Amber Alert Results in Brule County Arrest
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney Dave Natvig announced today that Paul Brown, 38, Maple Valley, WA, was arrested on one count of abuse of or cruelty to a minor, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/ or $30,000.

Education

2016 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Nine South Dakota Workforce Education Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts, totaling $800,000.

Public Safety

Tuesday Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 9, 2016

Transportation

I-90 Exit 387 Overpass South of Hartford Reopening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 90 Exit 387 overpass south of Hartford is scheduled to be reopened to one lane of traffic on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 10.

Informational Meeting on Stamford Road Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, on behalf of Mellette County and SFC Civil Constructors, says an informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, regarding the White River bridge project on Stamford Road.


Agriculture

Applications Available for Mountain Pine Beetle Survey and Marking
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry will begin accepting applications for 2016-17 Mountain Pine Beetle survey and marking services from Aug. 15, 2016, through Sept. 16, 2016.

Pay it Forward at the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair is partnering with businesses and organizations to provide free admission to the fair for those in need or to random people on Monday, Sept. 5.

Education

State Historical Society announces national photo contest
The South Dakota State Historical Society encourages people to enter a nationwide photography contest being held by Preservation50.

Health

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back-packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.

Human Services

Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) has announced that the 2016 Governor’s Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Public Safety

MONDAY STURGIS RALLY TALLY
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2016


Public Safety

Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
ROSHOLT, S.D. – Jon Zubke, 69, of Waubay, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Friday south of Rosholt.

Name Released in Hand County Fatal Crash
REE HEIGHTS, S.D. – A 16-year-old male from Wessington Springs. S.D., has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Ree Heights.

Sunday Sturgis Rally Tally
Sunday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2015


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
ROSHOLT, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash that happened Friday south of Rosholt.

Hand County Fatal Crash
REE HEIGHTS, S.D. – One male, age 16, died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Ree Heights.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Meth Changes Everything
Over the past several years, South Dakota has seen a rise in the use of methamphetamine, or meth. In our state, 3.8 percent of high school students have tried meth.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX (1060 AM) South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Bureau of Administration

Well Casing Inspection for Flaming Fountain
The Office of the State Engineer has scheduled an inspection of the steel casing of the well that supplies water to the Flaming Fountain War Memorial on Capitol Lake.

Education

Program to commemorate completion of Mount Rushmore
The South Dakota State Historical Society is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore with a program on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Game, Fish and Parks

New Fishing and Bait Rules Proposed by GFP Commission
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to some current fishing and bait rules.

GFP Commission Proposes Rules for Landowners to Manage Private Fisheries
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the creation of a new rule to facilitate the ability of landowners to manage man-made, created waters on their land or under their control.

GFP Finalizes Bobcat Trapping and Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2016-17 and 2017-18 bobcat hunting and trapping season this week at their August meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Rules for Landowners to Manage Private Fisheries
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the creation of a new rule to facilitate the ability of landowners to manage man-made, created waters on their land or under their control.

GFP Commission Proposal would allow more Game Fish Spearing Opportunity
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would loosen the rules for the spearing of game fish across the state.

GFP Commission Proposes Establishment of a Fishing Tournament Fee
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a rule that would increase the cost of conducting a fishing tournament in the state.

Proposal from GFP Commission would allow for Salmon Snagging Next Fall
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a rule change that would allow Lake Oahe anglers to snag salmon beginning next fall.

Public Safety

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Ramsey, MN man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Thursday near Lead.

DPS Encourages Motorists to be Patient During Sturgis Rally
STURGIS, S.D. – Patience will be a virtue for both drivers and bikers attending next week’s 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
ROCHFORD, S.D. – A Pekin, IL., man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Wednesday night near Rochford.

Transportation

I-229 Northbound to be Reduced to One Lane
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 229 northbound in Sioux Falls will be reduced down to one lane from the I-29 junction to Louise Avenue from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8.

Bridge Maintenance Scheduled for Interstate 229
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says regularly scheduled bridge maintenance will begin on Interstate 229 the week of Aug. 8, 2016.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 406 (SD11 / Splitrock Boulevard) Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (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 Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Holiday Inn Express Convention Center at 1103 N. Splitrock Boulevard in Sioux Falls.

Interstate 90 Westbound Open in Jones County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Draper and Murdo are now open to two lanes of traffic.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in City of Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to Highway 12 and Highway 1804 in the city of Mobridge beginning Monday, Aug. 8, weather permitting.

Board of Regents

Tuition Buy-down for All Students Ranks High in Regent Budget Priorities
The South Dakota Board of Regents wants to buy down tuition and mandatory fees for all students next year to bring the ratio of funding from students and state government closer to a 50-50 split. An $8.4 million budget request for next year will be forwarded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard to prevent more higher education cost shifting to students, regents said.

South Dakota Lottery

Brookings Woman Claims $90,585 Dakota Cash Jackpot
Evelyn Edwards was waiting in line at Hy-Vee when she saw a sign promoting Dakota Cash, a lotto game she always plays. The Brookings woman took three $1 bills from her pocket and purchased three Dakota Cash Quick Picks for the July 27, 2016 drawing.


Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Declares Aug. 7-16 Farmers Market Week in SD
To celebrate the increasing number of local food producers in the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared Aug. 7-13, 2016, Farmers Market Week in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: Planning is Key During a Drought
Dry conditions dominate much of South Dakota and the state’s Drought Task Force has been activated.

Education

State Historical Records Advisory Board announces grant funding awards, site visits
State history organizations in Deadwood, Freeman and Mitchell were recently awarded grants through the South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Labor and Regulation

Use Career Readiness Certificate to Hire Skilled Workers
The Department of Labor and Regulation and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Tuesday, Aug.16, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A 57-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Thursday near Lead.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
ROCHFORD, S.D. – A 49-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash that occurred Wednesday night near Rochford.

Names Released in Jackson County Fatal Crash
BELVIDERE, S.D. – Two men from Norris, S.D, have been identified as those who died Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash south of Belvidere.

Board of Regents

Regents Formally Adopt Statewide Education Attainment Goal
An initial effort to establish a statewide education attainment goal to meet growing workforce demands across South Dakota takes an important step forward.

South Dakota “In the Black” as Net Importer of College Freshmen
The latest analysis of where college freshmen end up attending school demonstrates South Dakota retains its status as a net importer of college freshmen.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Meth Changes Everything Campaign Kicks Off
The state of South Dakota is kicking off a campaign to remind South Dakotans that “Meth Changes Everything.”

Agriculture

Cheese Sculpting Demonstration Coming to the State Fair
While common to many fairs across the Midwest, cheese sculpting is making its debut at the South Dakota State Fair this year.

Public Safety

Jackson County Fatal Crash
BELVIDERE, S.D. – Two men died Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash south of Belvidere.

Revenue

Watertown man sentenced for tobacco and sales tax fraud
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown man pleaded guilty to the sale of unstamped cigarettes and operating without a sales tax license in May of this year.

Gaming Compact Hearing between State of South Dakota and Yankton Sioux Tribe
There is a public hearing on a proposed gaming compact between the State of South Dakota and the Yankton Sioux Tribe on Thursday, Aug., 11, 2016 at 9 a.m. The hearing will be held in the Boys and Girls Club at 104 Sheridan Ave., in Wagner, S.D.

Board of Regents

Analysis: College Degrees Deliver Immense Return on Investment
A new regional analysis of postsecondary return on investment finds immense benefits from obtaining higher levels of education beyond the high school diploma.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lemmon To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Lemmon has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Education

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2017.

Saturday Smithsonian program at Cultural Heritage Center focusing on stamps
The next Smithsonian Saturday program at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, and it will focus on postage stamps.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

New Drought Website Unveiled
An updated Governor’s Drought Task Force website is now operational and is a resource for those looking for drought information. The website, drought.sd.gov, went live on Friday of last week.

Health

Health Department Observes World Breastfeeding Week
August 1 through August 7, South Dakota will join the rest of the nation and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. The goal of the annual observance is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
Immunization gives parents the safe, proven way to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old.

Transportation

Bridge Closed Over I-90 Exit 387
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the crossroad bridge over Interstate 90 at Exit 387 to Hartford is closed due to an over-height vehicle hit that damaged the underside of the structure.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Farmers Business Network Announces the Addition of 90 Jobs
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – California-based technology company, Farmers Business Network (FBN), announced that its national operations center in Sioux Falls, S.D., is expanding by adding more than 90 positions in the next two years, with 40 new positions to fill this year alone, tripling its current employee count.

Veterans Affairs

Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Walks Away from Community Service Jobsite
Minimum-security inmate Alden Clair No Moccasin walked away from his community service job in Rapid City, SD on July 30, 2016.

Public Safety

Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – Dale Shull, 65, Sneads Ferry, NC, died in a motorcycle crash Friday night east of Newell.


Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – A 65-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash Friday night east of Newell.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column -- The 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
It’s almost rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and best-known motorcycle gatherings in the world.

News Tips
Thursday, Aug. 4, 12 p.m. CDT, Sioux Falls – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is speaking at the 2016 ASBSD/SASD Joint Convention at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Agriculture

Deadline for South Dakota 100 and 125 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition Coming Up Fast
The deadline is quickly approaching for South Dakota families who have owned land for 100 or 125 years, to be honored at this year’s Farm & Ranch Recognition Program at the State Fair, Thursday, Sept. 1.

State Fair to Host Dole Canned Fruit Dessert Baking Competition
The South Dakota State Fair has teamed up with Dole to find the best dessert in South Dakota using Dole canned fruit.

Aug. 5 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant
The deadline to apply for a 2016 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant is quickly approaching.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces New One-Stop Contested Case Proceedings Page
DENR has added a contested case proceedings page to the department’s website at http://denr.sd.gov/contested.aspx.

Health

West Nile Risk Heats Up
South Dakota’s peak transmission for West Nile virus (WNV) is now through the end of August and health officials are warning residents activity is already increasing.

Transportation

SDDOT Honored for Special Achievement in GIS
Esri, a world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, presented the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award June 29, at its annual User Conference in San Diego, California. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, the SDDOT received the award for its innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization and thoughtful leadership through GIS.

Concrete Pavement Repair Work to begin on SD 52
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the concrete pavement repair work on Highway 52 in Yankton and west to Lewis and Clark Lake will begin the week of Aug. 8, 2016.

I-90 Exit 14 Eastbound Lanes to Open
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says changes to the traffic flow on Interstate 90 at Exit 14 will happen next week in advance of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Stamford Road to Close in Mellette County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun site preparation work to construct a new bridge over the White River on Stamford Road in Mellette County, approximately four miles south of Interstate 90 Exit 172.


Education

Annual CTE Conference to be held in Sioux Falls
The 2016 South Dakota Career and Technical Education Conference will be held July 31-Aug. 2, at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP to Discuss Game Fish Spearing in Lake Sharpe
A request from a Fort Pierre business owner to open up the tailrace area of the Oahe Dam for game fish spearing will be discussed at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission meeting next week in Pierre.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Plans Sobriety Checkpoints in August
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 17 South Dakota counties during the month of August.

Transportation

Exit Ramps to Close Overnight at the I-29 and I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two exit ramps will be closed overnight on Friday, July 29, at the I-29 and I-229 interchange.

Project to Begin on Snoma Road in Belle Fourche
Crews will begin work on an asphalt surfacing project on Snoma Road, about one-half mile east of Helmer Road near Belle Fourche, beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Sioux Falls Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Sioux Falls area of the state starting Monday, Aug. 1.

South Dakota Lottery

$90,585 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Brookings
A single ticket sold in Brookings hit the $90,585 Dakota Cash jackpot for the July 27, 2016 drawing.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Joint Law Enforcement Investigation Leads to Seizure of Heroin and Methamphetamine
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a joint law enforcement investigation has lead to the seizure of 2 pounds of Black Tar Heroin and 5 pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine.

Agriculture

Elite Youth Rodeo Contestants to Compete at SD Timed Event Championship at State Fair
The sixth annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim, Double D Western, Producers Hybrids and Iverson Featherlite will be held Sept. 3-4 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.

Transportation

Work To Begin on Maitland Road
On Monday, Aug. 1, preliminary work will begin to remove trees along Maitland Road, approximately three-and-a-half miles south of Spearfish, in preparation for a grading and box culvert replacement project set to begin two weeks later on Monday, Aug. 15.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Trade with Taiwan
A representative from Taiwan is learning more about agriculture in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Names Released In Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSBURG, S.D. – Luke Kleinlein, 23, of Brookings, has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday night east of Gettysburg.

Transportation

Speed Limit Changes on I-90, SD 34, and SD 79 during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Due to the increased traffic volumes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the anticipated reduced operating speeds, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will reduce the speed limits on the following highways from Thursday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 14.

Temporary Traffic Signals To Be Placed During Rally
Due to the increase in traffic volumes expected during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will activate temporary traffic signals at the following locations:


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Appreciation Lunch to be Held at Criminal Justice Center
A law enforcement appreciation lunch will be held at the Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre on Tuesday, July 27, 2016.

Man Indicted and Arrested in Lawrence County Theft Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lawrence County States Attorney John Fitzgerald announced today that Chad Lucas Cordell, 31, Vale, was indicted.

Agriculture

Become the Next Dakota Star at the South Dakota State Fair
Performers can make their voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair and become the next Dakota Star at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union.

Education

"Building South Dakota" exhibit opening at Cultural Heritage Center July 30
A new exhibit opening on Saturday, July 30, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre shows how the state's built environment has changed over time.

Game, Fish and Parks

Archery Training in South Dakota School Continues to Grow
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) sponsored by Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) currently has 281 schools trained in the program with around 20,000 students participating each year.

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest totaling approximately $985,000.

Finish July with fun Outdoor Activities
Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is offering a variety of activities for beginners and outdoor enthusiasts alike this weekend. Celebrate Christmas in July, take a hike or “Step Outside” for a day of outdoor fun.

Public Safety

Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSBURG, S.D. – One person died in a motorcycle-pickup truck crash that occurred Sunday night east of Gettysburg.

Transportation

Highway 12 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is set to begin a project on Highway 12 and Lamont Street in Aberdeen on Tuesday, July 26.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Tragedies Felt In South Dakota
Flags across South Dakota have been at half-staff for most of the last two weeks. Following the violence perpetrated in Dallas, France and Baton Rouge, President Obama issued three consecutive proclamations calling for the lowering of the flag.

News Tips
On Thursday, July 28, Lake Norden will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social and coffee time with the Governor, tours around Lake Norden, and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--Increase Hay and Straw Value with Weed Free Forage Certification
This summer harvest season, producers can add value to their products by certifying their forages weed-free.

“Chalk it up to Ag” at the SD State Fair
As a tribute to agriculture, the South Dakota State Fair has teamed up with SD Farm Bureau (SDFB) to “Chalk it up to Ag” with an interactive chalk art contest during the fair Sept. 1-5 in Huron, S.D.

Public Safety

Name Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – Justin Magnuson, 18, of Sisseton, SD., has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Wednesday night north of Summit.

Transportation

Traffic Shift to Occur On I-29 and I-229
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a traffic shift is scheduled to occur on the Interstate 29 and 229 projects in Sioux Falls.

I-29 and I-229 Interchange Exit Ramps to Close Overnight
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two exit ramps will be closed the nights of Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, at the I-29 and I-229 interchange.

Traffic change on Highway 17 Through Lennox
Starting Monday, July 25, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a new phase of construction on Highway 17 through Lennox.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input on the Interstate 90 Exit 61-67 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Box Elder, will hold a public open house on Tuesday, July 26, to inform area residents on the beginning of a corridor study for the following roadway corridor: I-90 from Exit 61 (Elk Vale Road) to Exit 67 (Liberty Boulevard / EAFB Main Gate)

Bridge Work to Begin on Turner County 7A
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge replacement project will begin on Turner County Highway 7A, one mile north of Marion on Monday, Aug. 1.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney 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 Dylan Huff on June 22, 2016, in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Human Services

Quarterly Meeting for South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities Next Week
The South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities (SDCDD) will hold its quarterly meeting next week.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Wednesday night north of Summit.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lake Norden Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Thursday, July 28, Lake Norden will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social and coffee time with the Governor, tours around Lake Norden, and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

Sensitive Sites Registry
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds landowners, bee keepers, organic producers, pesticide applicators and others that the department’s Sensitive Site Registry website is a tool that can be used to help prevent the harmful effects from drift during pesticide or fertilizer applications.

Over 1,100 Ways to Enter the SD State Fair
There are 1,171 ways to showcase your talents at the South Dakota State Fair by entering in the open class static exhibit divisions and the registration deadline is right around the corner.

Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Available
Organic agriculture producers and processors in South Dakota may be eligible to receive up to 75 percent reimbursement for their organic certification costs.

Human Services

Yankton’s NDEAM Committee Seeking Award Nominations
Yankton’s local National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) committee is seeking nominations for the awards of Outstanding Employer of the Year and Outstanding Employee with a Disability.

Public Safety

Names Released in Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, S.D. – Danielle McCollam, 25, of Mobridge has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning south of Mound City.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Shane Whalen, 24, Sioux Falls, S.D., has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on the Benson Road northbound off ramp at Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Butte County Chip Seals
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin applying a chip seal to several routes in southern Butte County, beginning the week of July 25.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FFA Ag Adventure Center
A familiar stop for many during the South Dakota State Fair is getting a new look and a new name.

Education

10 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 10 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A male pedestrian was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on the Benson Road northbound off ramp at Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.

Name Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
ETHAN, S.D. – Cassandra Wherley, 25, of Ethan, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash near Ethan.

Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning south of Mound City.

Transportation

Bridge Work to Begin on Highways 37 south of Huron and Highway 81 south of Salem
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two bridge rehabilitation projects will begin on Highway 37 south of Huron and Highway 81 south of Salem on Monday, July 25.

Temporary Ramp Closures on Eastbound I-90 at Exit 8, Exit 2 & Exit 1 Rest Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be temporarily closing the ramps on Interstate 90 at Exit 8, Exit 2 and the Rest Area (Exit 1) to complete the asphalt surfacing from the Wyoming border east to Spearfish.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Baton Rouge Victims
President Obama has called for flags to remain at half-staff out of respect for the law enforcement officers whose lives were taken by the violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, July 17.

Governor Names Scott Stern As GOED Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott G. Stern as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Stern will begin on Sept. 1, 2016.

Education

Classroom Innovation Grant recipients announced
Eighteen Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts for a combined total of almost $1 million funded by the 2016 Legislature.

Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
ETHAN, S.D. – A 25-year-old woman died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash near Ethan.

Transportation

Tickets Available for Hall of Honor to Induct Dean Hyde
Dean Hyde from Pierre is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

I-90 Exit 14 Eastbound Off Ramp Location Change
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the eastbound off-ramp at Interstate 90 Exit 14 in Spearfish has been relocated before the crossover that sends drivers into the two-way traffic configuration west of the bridge over Sandstone Hills Drive.


Public Safety

Names Released in Jackson County Fatal Crash
KADOKA, S.D. – Gary Haggard, 54, Clarkson, MI, has been identified as the person killed Friday morning when a truck trailer hit a parked vehicle at the Scenic Overlook exit, west of Kadoka, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Another AAA and Budget Surplus
Throughout my time serving as governor, good stewardship of taxpayer dollars has been my goal. Two pieces of recent news can encourage South Dakotans that their state government is handling their money responsibly.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Nice, France, Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Nice, France, on Thursday, July 14.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the National Governors Association summer meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

Health

Health Department Reminds Pregnant Travelers To Be Aware Of Zika Virus
Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should avoid travel to areas affected by the Zika virus, reminded a state health official today.

Physical Activity Campaign Encourages South Dakotans to Walk
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program in the Department of Health is launching a campaign to get all South Dakotans to walk more this summer.

Public Safety

Jackson County Fatal Crash
KADOKA, S.D. – One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday morning when a truck trailer hit a parked vehicle at the Scenic Overlook exit, west of Kadoka, S.D.

Turn Lanes Construction Planned For SD Highway 34 Intersection
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun construction of turn lanes at the intersection of SD Highway 34 and 471st Avenue, which is 1.5 miles west of I-90.

Highway 81 Construction Planned For Freeman Area
FREEMAN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project on US Highway 81 from SD Highway 46 to Freeman will start the week of July 25, 2016.

Chip Seal, Fog Seal Project Starts Monday in Huron Area
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on the chip seal and fog seal project on several highways in the Huron area of the state starting Monday, July 18.

Transportation

Turn Lanes Construction Planned For SD Highway 34 Intersection
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun construction of turn lanes at the intersection of SD Highway 34 and 471st Avenue, which is 1.5 miles west of I-90.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Congressional Delegation Furthers Governor’s Spearfish Canyon State Park Vision
Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to create a new state park at Spearfish Canyon is progressing thanks to South Dakota’s Congressional Delegation.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Natalie Damgaard As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Natalie Damgaard of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.

Agriculture

Turn Your Junk into “Fair”Cycled Art at the SD State Fair
Entries are being accepted for the “Fair”Cycled Art Contest at the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.

SD Ag Chat--Cronin Farms Focuses on Diversification
Cronin Farms near Gettysburg, South Dakota takes diversification seriously as they will harvest 12 different crops this year.

Education

New display about Mount Rushmore opens at Cultural Heritage Center
A new display about the construction of Mount Rushmore National Memorial recently opened at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the monument's completion.

Public Safety

Tickets Available for Hall of Honor of Dean Hyde
PIERRE, S.D. – Dean Hyde from Pierre is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year With Another Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2016 budget year on June 30 marking the fifth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Gov. Daugaard Issues Emergency Fire Declaration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an emergency fire declaration for 13 central and western South Dakota counties that have been impacted by drought conditions.

Education

All-Star Game & South Dakota Baseball History on Display at Cultural Heritage Center through Sept. 18
While the nation turns its attention to the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game this week, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre has an exhibit on display that celebrates baseball tradition closer to home.

Social Services

South Dakota Commission on Child Support to Hold Hearings on Proposed Guideline Changes
The Governor’s Commission on Child Support will conduct public hearings throughout the summer months to gather input on potential changes to South Dakota’s child support guidelines and related statutes.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Campbell County Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Arson for Insurance Proceeds
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Campbell County States Attorney Mark Kroontje announced that yesterday Lori Brandner, 42, Herreid, decided not to elect a retrial and plead guilty to conspiracy to commit arson from insurance proceeds.

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced that Nicholas C. Speckmeier, 30, Sioux Falls, pled guilty yesterday to 2 counts of aggravated assault and 2 count of ingestion of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Trandahl to 30 years in the state penitentiary.

Bureau of Administration

40 Students Receive Dakota Corps Scholarships
Forty new South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state.

Obligation Recovery Center To Go Live July 15, 2016
The Bureau of Administration has announced that the Obligation Recovery Center, established by HB1228 during the 2015 Legislative Session, will go live on July 15, 2016, and start collecting bad debts on behalf of the State of South Dakota.

Human Services

ABLE Accounts Now Available To South Dakotans
As of July 1, South Dakota individuals with disabilities may now contribute to an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account.

Public Safety

Highway 12 Paving Work Begins This Week
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete paving work from Andover to Bristol in the eastbound lanes of SD Highway 12 this Friday, July 15.

Transportation

Highway 12 Paving Work Begins This Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete paving work from Andover to Bristol in the eastbound lanes of SD Highway 12 this Friday, July 15.

South Dakota Lottery

Dakota Cash Lotto Game to Add Instant Win Option
South Dakota lotto players won’t have to wait until a drawing is held to become winners with their Dakota Cash tickets with the addition of an instant win option approved today by the Legislative Rules Review Committee.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Moody’s Releases Public Issuer Rating for State of South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Moody’s has released a public issuer rating of AAA for the State of South Dakota.

Governor Daugaard Activates State Drought Task Force
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor drought conditions across South Dakota. The task force also held its first meeting today in Pierre.

Governor Makes Appointment to Board of Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Gopal Vyas of Mitchell to the South Dakota Board of Education.

Labor and Regulation

Webinar Will Guide Employers through Steps to Hire People with Disabilities
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a webinar Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. (CDT).


Public Safety

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
IRENE, S.D. – Scot Brockmueller, 55, Irene, S.D. has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle-deer collision Saturday morning near Irene.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
IRENE, S.D. – One person was killed and another injured when their motorcycle collided with a deer Saturday morning near Irene.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Joins RCP&E To Celebrate Completion Of Project
Gov. Dennis Daugaard attended a Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad grand opening ceremony in Aurora earlier today, Friday, July 8.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Dallas Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the law enforcement officers whose lives were taken by the violence in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, July 7.

Governor's Column: South Dakota’s Wildland Fire Crew
Sixty percent of the land in South Dakota is abnormally dry and counties west of the river and in the northeast are experiencing moderate to extreme drought. Drought is most severe in the Lawrence County area where the fire at Crow Peak burned more than 2,700 acres over the course of two weeks.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX 1060 AM South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

State of South Dakota Joins Lawsuit Against Bathroom Mandate
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined a lawsuit filed today in Nebraska Federal District Court against the U.S, Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice over the bathroom mandate.

Game, Fish and Parks

2016 Sage Grouse Hunting Season Finalized, First Time Since 2012
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to re-open the sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.

2016 Fall Turkey Hunting Season finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted their proposal to dissolve the West River prairie unit, switch to hunting units with license allocations and offer 105 fewer one-tag licenses for all prairie units combined.

Health

Hepatitis A Identified In Custer Food Handler
A case of hepatitis A has been reported in a food handler at the Pizza Works restaurant in Custer. Individuals who ate at the restaurant between June 19 and July 5 during that time period should contact their health care provider to determine if they need a shot of immune globulin which minimizes their chances of becoming ill or if they should be considered for vaccination.

Public Safety

Highway 37 Concrete Overlay Project Begins July 11
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is beginning on the Highway 37 Concrete Overlay project just north of Huron and motorists can expect changes in traffic flow starting Monday, July 11.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell area of the state starting Monday, July 11.

Asphalt Paving to Begin in Spearfish Canyon
Crews will begin paving on an asphalt concrete resurfacing project on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County beginning on Tuesday, July 12.

Culvert Replacement on Highway 271 near Java
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to replace two culverts on Highway 271 near Java will begin Monday, July 11.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Willard Pummel
Former state legislator Willard Pummel of Belle Fourche passed away on July 2, 2016. Pummel, 89, was elected in 1996 to represent the Belle Fourche area in the state House of Representatives. He served three consecutive terms.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Mary McClure Bibby
Former state legislator Mary McClure Bibby of Brookings passed away on July 2, 2016. McClure, 77, was a native of Milbank and an alumna of the University of South Dakota, where she received the Fulbright Scholarship.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal District Court Denies Rhines’ Motion for Relief in Capital Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota has denied Charles Russell Rhines’ motion for habeas corpus relief and to amend the judgment.

Education

Philip author to discuss Calamity Jane's siblings at history book club
A part of Calamity Jane's life that is often overlooked will be the focus of the July meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club on July 12 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Joining Forces Initiative
The South Dakota Department of the Military and the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs have selected Dr. William Meirose to lead their new South Dakota Joining Forces. The main goal of the Initiative is to assist veterans, service members, and their families in finding the right door to receive care and the services they need.


Agriculture

Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 11
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 11, through Thursday, Sept. 8, in 37 locations around the state.

SD Ag Chat: Changes to Private Applicator Testing
The take-home exam is no longer an option for private applicator testing in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Cybersecurity Training Available to Banking Industry
The South Dakota Division of Banking will hold a cybersecurity training event at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Public Safety

Deadline For Highway Patrol Trooper Applications July 8
PIERRE, S.D. – This Friday, July 8, is the application deadline for those who want to become a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper.


Agriculture

Changes to Private Applicator Testing Effective July 1, 2016
As of July 1, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Private Web Testing program will be SDDA and SDSU Extension’s primary option for private applicator certification and recertification.

Public Safety

Name Released in Union County Fatal Crash
ALCESTER, S.D. – A Hawarden, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died late Sunday in a motorcycle crash that occurred southeast of Alcester.


Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
ALCESTER, S.D. – A 39-year-old man died late Sunday in a motorcycle crash that occurred southeast of Alcester.


Public Safety

Name Released In Walworth County Fatal Crash
HOVEN, S.D. – A Claremont, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon north of Hoven.