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Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- A Spearfish woman, identified as Megan Kellogg, 29, was killed in a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Spearfish.


Public Safety

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- Names now have been released of those involved in Friday afternoon's two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Interstate 29, two miles south of the Baltic exit.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. -- An Arlington, S.D. woman, identified as Barbara Hudy, 71, died in a one-vehicle crash Friday night in Arlington.


Corrections

Search For Youth Runaways from STAR Academy
Department of Corrections staff members and law enforcement agencies are searching for two youth who ran away from the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy near Custer overnight.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- A Brookings, S.D., man, 60, died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29, 2 miles south of the Baltic exit.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Opening Of The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
This week I had the opportunity to attend the dedication of the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center in Lead.

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture will be hosting its 6th annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Agriculture

Despite Recent Moisture, Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day Weekend
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend.

Deadline for Governor’s Ag Summit Registration Quickly Approaching
Registration for the sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will close on July 6. Those wanting to attend can register at www.sdagsummit.com. The Summit will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
DENR is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota’s Duck Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed the 2015 duck hunting season at their July meeting.

South Dakota’s Goose Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed the 2015 Goose Hunting Season at their July meeting.

Early Fall Canada Goose Season Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission set the 2015 early fall Canada goose hunting season at their July meeting this week.

Fall Turkey Hunting Season Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission finalized the 2015 fall turkey hunting season by offering 100 more one-tag licenses for resident turkey hunters in the East River prairie units and reducing the number of licenses available in the Black Hills for the 2015 hunting season from 750 to 400 resident single tag any turkey licenses.

Antelope Firearms Season Set
South Dakota antelope hunters will find 3,007 licenses available for the 2015 antelope firearms hunting season which runs from Oct. 3-18, 2015.

Custer State Park Hunting Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission set a consistent distance where hunting can take place in Custer State Park.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Roripaugh As Poet Laureate
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Lee Ann Roripaugh of Vermillion as South Dakota’s Poet Laureate.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Bosworth Sentenced in Election Law Violation Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Annette Bosworth, 43, Sioux Falls, was sentenced to 2 years for each of the 6 counts for offering false or forged instrument for filing and 2 years for each of the 6 counts for perjury.

Agriculture

Huron’s Bob Glanzer Prints Book Proceeds Benefit State Fair Foundation’s Exhibit Hall Campaign
Longtime Huron area resident and former State Fair manager Bob Glanzer has assembled a collection of articles he has written over the years for the Huron region’s monthly “Prairie Tracks” publication.

Education

New Biography from State Historical Society Focuses on Red Cloud
In “Red Cloud: Oglala Legend,” the latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society, author John D. McDermott examines the Sioux leader’s rise to prominence, his struggle against cultural domination and the victory that closed the Bozeman Trail in 1868.

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 In Community Mosquito Control Grants
More than 180 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $490,371 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Public Safety

South Dakota to Participate in National “See Something, Say Something” campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – As part of a national anti-terrorism effort, South Dakotans are being encouraged to become involved in protecting their community by reporting suspicious activity.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Around Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the central area of the state beginning Monday, July 13, weather permitting.


Agriculture

Let Your Creativity and Skills Shine at the SD State Fair
Sew it. Grow it. Show it. Create it. Enter it! The Women’s Building has two fun competitions for South Dakotans to show their skills at.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
PIERRE, S.D. – The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a busy time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.

State Parks Celebrate Fourth of July
PIERRE, S.D. – July begins with a bang with America’s Independence Day. As picnics, firework shows and barbeques celebrate the United States of America, state parks are also busy with festivities.

Riders Can Still Register for 18th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
PIERRE, S.D. – Openings still exist for riders to take part in the 18th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. The deadline for early registration is July 1 for the Sept. 18-20 ride. After that, merchandise is not included with registration.

Northern Fort Playhouse Celebrates Tenth Season
LAKE CITY, S.D. – The tenth season of Northern Fort Playhouse Productions Summer Theatre will commence this July. This season, Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross and Around the World in 80 Days, adapted by Mark Brown from the Jules Verne novel, will be acted in the historic South Barracks at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for July
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol in 17 counties during July.

Changes to Commercial Driver Licensing Regulations Begin Wednesday
PIERRE, S.D. – Several changes in South Dakota Commercial Driver Licensing (CDL) regulations become law Wednesday, July 1.

Transportation

Highway 85 – Subgrade Repair
LUDLOW, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a subgrade repair project on Highway 85 in Harding County, approximately two miles south of Ludlow, on Wednesday, June 30.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Virginia-based Healthcare Company Expanding to Ellsworth AFB
Advance Health, based in Chantilly, Va., announced today that Ellsworth Air Force Base will be the site for its third location, and the company expects to fill more than 200 jobs during the next three to five years.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Western Governors Adopt Gov. Daugaard’s Transportation Resolution
The Western Governors Association last week voted to approve a resolution on federal transportation introduced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Western State Attorneys General to Challenge EPA on Waters of the United States
Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with Attorneys General from twelve other states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the EPA’s new rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

Agriculture

Economists to Share Market Outlook at Governor’s Ag Summit
Two agricultural economists will participate in a discussion panel regarding market outlooks for a variety of agricultural commodities during Session 4 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center Invites Visitors for Fourth of July Weekend
Local and area residents and their guests are encouraged to visit the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre over the Fourth of July weekend.

State Historical Society awards historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and the Spearfish vicinity recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

Process In Place For Name Change Requests For South Dakota Driver Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. – Effective today, same-sex married couples can get their names changed on their South Dakota driver licenses.


Public Safety

Miner County Fatal Crash
HOWARD, S.D. -- A Howard, S.D., man, identified as Bradley Neises, 51, died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Howard.


Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- A Lake Norden man, identified as Jeffrey McCray, died in a two-vehicle accident that happened Friday afternoon in Watertown.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On Same-Sex Marriage Decision
This morning, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Governor's Column: Those Who Have Carried The Flag
At the beginning of the Revolutionary War the individual states were not united by a national government and they lacked a symbol that could unite them.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be attending a major economic development announcement that will impact both Ellsworth Air Force Base and the Rapid City area as well as thesurrounding communities.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Divided United States Supreme Court Holds State Marriage Laws Prohibiting Same-sex Marriage Unconstitutional
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a very divided United States Supreme Court has issued its decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al., holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses between two people of the same-sex.

Attorney General’s Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage Decision
The United States Supreme Court has ordered that every State must recognize and license same-sex marriage.

Corrections

Two State Prison Inmates Placed On Escape Status
Inmates Brandon Suess and Troy Chase were last seen this afternoon working on the grounds of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. They failed to return to the minimum-security unit for a count of inmates at 3:45 p.m.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $23.7 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $23.7 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Discovers Invasive Rusty Crayfish in South Dakota Waters
A new aquatic invasive species (AIS) has been discovered in South Dakota waters.

Health

South Dakota Prepared To Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses
In response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage, the Department of Health has updated its electronic vital records system and is prepared to issue gender neutral licenses as of 1 p.m. today.

Public Safety

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, identified as Jeremy Langley, 33, was killed in a motorcycle crash that happened Friday afternoon near Flandreau.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Maryland man, identified as Lonnie Manuel, Jr., was killed in a motorcycle/semi-truck crash that occurred Friday morning near Beresford.

Fire Marshal Urges Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – While there has been more rain in most of South Dakota this summer, state Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says the public still needs to be safe discharging legal fireworks this July Fourth holiday.

Davison County Fatal Crash (Names Added)
MITCHELL, S.D. – Names have now officially been released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol regarding a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning two miles west of Mitchell.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Jurisdiction Over Marijuana in South Dakota and Our Reservations
The possession, distribution and manufacture of marijuana is a violation of both federal and state law.

Divided United States Supreme Court Upholds Tax Credits Under Affordable Care Act
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court issued a divided decision in King et al. v. Burwell, et.al., upholding section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any exchange under the Act.

Human Services

Yankton 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. NDEAM is acknowledged nationally and in South Dakota each October.

Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 14-year-old Mitchell male died Thursday in a one vehicle fatal crash two miles west of Mitchell.

Roberts County Fatal Vehicle Fire
SUMMIT, S.D. – A Veblen woman has died as a result of injuries suffered in a vehicle fire earlier this month four miles south of Summit.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Belle Fourche Man Sentenced in Identity Theft Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Gregory Harrison, 43, Belle Fourche was sentenced to 10 years in the state penitentiary for aggravated grand theft and 5 years for forgery with both counts to run concurrent.

Final Autopsy Report Released in Clay County Homicide
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe announced today that Alicia Hummel’s autopsy report has been completed and that her cause of death was due to drowning with contributing circumstances of an incised wound to the neck and blunt force injuries to the head.

Health

Meade County Mosquito Pool First West Nile Detection Of Season
South Dakota’s first West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season is a Meade County mosquito pool, a state health official said today.

Public Safety

Fees for some driver license applications to increase July 1
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakotans will see an increase in driver license application fees starting July 1.

Transportation

Chip Seal on Highway 75
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin applying a chip seal to Highway 75 near Lodgepole the week of June 29.

Highway 42 Turn Lane for the Bluffs at Willow Run
On Monday, June 29, a contractor for the Bluffs at Willow Run apartment complex in Sioux Falls will start constructing an eastbound center left-turn lane into the new development.

South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor to Induct Sen. Vehle
Sen. Mike Vehle from Mitchell has been selected for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2015.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

AG Jackley Announces National Attorney General Executive Committee
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General announces the National Attorney General Executive Committee that includes the Presidential appointments of Attorneys General Pam Bondi (Florida), Tim Fox (Montana) and Karl Racine (District of Columbia), as well as other elected regional leadership.

Agriculture

Growing In Agriculture: Honoring Fathers
This past weekend we paused in the midst of the hustle and bustle of summer to recognize and celebrate Father’s Day. It is the one day of the year we set aside specifically to thank the men in our lives who work hard to give us so much

Producers to Highlight Opportunities in South Dakota Agriculture at the Governor’s Ag Summit
Four South Dakota agricultural operations will be represented on a producer panel during Session 3 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol’s Youth Trooper Academy Being Held in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – A group of South Dakota teens this week is learning what it is like to train as an actual recruit to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


Education

Award-winning poet to read her work in Pierre
Award-winning poet Sharon Chmielarz (SHMEE-larz) will present two programs in Pierre on Tuesday, July 7.

Game, Fish and Parks

Importance of Boating Safety this Summer
PIERRE, S.D. -- With the approach of the Fourth of July holiday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

State Parks Hold Summer Events
PIERRE, S.D. – As the summer marches on, the parade of events at South Dakota state parks allows people to enjoy their summer outside. With a mixture of history, nature and hands-on activities, parks are stepping out to put on summer activities for visitors of all ages.

Roadside Mowing: Hold off until after July 10
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Transportation (DOT) want to remind individuals there are laws and rules governing when mowing of highway right-of-way ditches can begin.

Storm Damage Temporarily Closes Farm Island Recreation Area in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – Farm Island Recreation Area east of Pierre is temporarily closed after Sunday night’s storm downed trees and knocked out power to the park. The park will re-open as soon as the area is cleaned up.

2014 HuntSAFE Instructor Awards Announced
PIERRE, S.D. - The Onida HuntSAFE Instructor team and an instructor from the Tea community have been chosen as the 2014 State of South Dakota HuntSAFE Instructors of the Year.

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available
PIERRE, S.D. -- Officials of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) are reminding South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact GFP or SDDA if they have unwanted prairie dogs.

Missouri River Walleye Length Limits Change
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) would like to remind anglers that during the months of July and August, there is no minimum length restriction for walleyes on Lake Sharpe, Francis Case or on the portion of the Missouri River from the point where the river becomes Dakota/Nebraska border upstream to Fort Randall Dam.

Transportation

Sign Bridge Removal On I-29 Northbound Lanes North of Tea Interchange
On Tuesday, June 23, at 9 p.m., the South Dakota Department of Transportation will remove a sign bridge on Interstate 29 north of the Tea Interchange.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Update On The Tribal Pilot Parole Program
This week I had the honor of speaking about South Dakota’s criminal justice system at a policy briefing on Capitol Hill. I talked with policymakers about the process we undertook to study our growing prison population and the criminal justice reforms we adopted in 2013.

News Tips
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students will hold three meetings in Watertown on Monday, June 22, and three in Aberdeen on Tuesday, June 23.

Transportation

Construction On Highway 11 Near Brandon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on the Highway 11 bridge over Split Rock Creek south of Brandon on Monday, June 22.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Boston-based, Senscio Systems Announces Expansion to Vermillion
Senscio Systems, a Boston-based provider of artificial intelligence-based complex care management technology, has announced its intent to create a regional hub in Vermillion, S.D.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Sentence in Aggravated Assault Case Against SD Highway Patrol Officer
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of Rachel Lee Coleman.

Agriculture

Sen. John Thune to speak at Governor’s Ag Summit in Deadwood
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach and Dr. Dermont Hayes of Iowa State University will speak to audiences during Session 2 of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Friday, July 10, from 10:30 11:45 a.m. in Pine Crest Rooms C and D at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Labor and Regulation

10,000th Career Readiness Certificate Issued
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) recognizes Tamara Dolney of Webster for being the 10,000th recipient of the National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC).

Transportation

Highway 44 Tree Clearing
On Monday, June 22, crews will begin tree clearing operations on Highway 44 west of Rapid City. This work will be done in the area 10 miles west of Rapid City from near Highway 385 to Overlook Drive.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Man Pleads Guilty in Sexual Contact Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Jesus “Jesse” Izaguirre, 51, Rapid City, entered a guilty plea to one count of sexual contact with a minor under 16, class 3 felony, maximum penalty of 15 years and/or $30,000 fine.

Agriculture

Summer Truck and Trailer Raffles to Benefit Exhibit Hall
Iverson Chrysler of Huron and Mitchell has donated a 2015 Ram 1500 Crew Express pick-up and a 2015 Featherlite Stock Combo trailer to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for two summer raffles to raise funds for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community.

Transportation

Transportation Alternatives Program Funding Available
Letters of Intent forms are now available on the website for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) from the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

SDDOT Distributing Highway Funds to Local Governments
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be distributing $12.5 million in state highway funds to local governments by the end of June 2015. The funds will go to counties and cities with populations above 5,000, also known as Class 1 cities.

I-29 Exit 61 Canton Ramp Detours
On Friday, June 19, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will continue work for the new Highway 18 bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton.

Construction on Highway 50
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on an asphalt resurfacing project on Highway 50 between the Yankton/Clay County line to Vermillion this week.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Jurisdiction Over Marijuana in South Dakota and Our Reservations
The possession, distribution and manufacture of marijuana is a violation of both federal and state law.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to host Everharts outdoor concert July 10
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center will host a free outdoor concert featuring traditional music artists Bob & Sheila Everhart on Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Students Earn National Career Readiness Certificates
During the 2014-2015 school year, 2,655 students from 76 high schools completed assessments to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Public Safety

South Dakota State Fire School This Weekend in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – An estimated 400 South Dakota firefighters are expected to attend the annual state Fire School being held this weekend in Pierre.

Board of Regents

State Grants Advance Public University Research
Eight faculty members from public universities are the latest to receive competitive state research grants through the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Information as One-Year Anniversary of Jackson County Death Investigation Nears
June 17, 2015 will mark the one-year anniversary of the discovery of Theresa M. Dashewich’s body in a culvert east of Kadoka, South Dakota.

Agriculture

Rising Country Star to Open for The Band Perry
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds welcome Logan Mize as opener for The Band Perry at the SD State Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

Growing In Agriculture: Celebrating June Dairy Month
Like many South Dakotans, dairy was a part of my life growing up. The milk cows helped provide us a living that allowed our family to move home to South Dakota from Waterloo, Iowa where my father had worked for John Deere.

How To Obtain A Campfire Permit for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District
Is your campfire on private land permitted? To obtain a permanent residential campfire permit, please contact South Dakota Wildland Fire Division at 605.393.8011. Specify what county you are requesting the permit for and you will be directed to the respective field office.

Education

Free meals available to youth: Search for food service sites online
Organizations across South Dakota are serving free meals to the state’s youth this summer, as part of the Summer Food Service Program.

Game, Fish and Parks

Father’s Day Events Planned for South Dakota State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. – Celebrate this Father’s Day weekend at a South Dakota state park. Weekend programs and demonstrations are suited for families of all ages and sizes.

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
PIERRE, S.D. – In May, 12,000 South Dakota fourth graders received a free pass to South Dakota State Parks through the new “Go Fourth” program.

Transportation

Chip Seal on Black Hills Highways
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin a chip seal project at multiple locations on Monday, June 22.

Highway 87 Open Near Custer
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has opened Highway 87 near Custer.

Unified Judicial System

Elder Abuse Awareness in South Dakota
In recognition of June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Governor Dennis Daugaard announce the 2015 Elder Abuse Conference to be held on July 20, 2015 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

State, Governor to Promote Bioscience Industry at Annual BIO Convention
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will lead a delegation of state officials to Philadelphia, Pa., this week to promote South Dakota’s growing bioscience industry at the annual BIO International Convention.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Names Additional Members To Blue Ribbon Task Force
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the appointment of thirteen new members to the Blue Ribbon Task Force.

Governor's Column: Studying South Dakota's Education System With An Open Mind
South Dakotans all share three goals for our education system. First, we want a quality system of schools focused on student success.

Kimball To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Kimball has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, July 15.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2015 Flag Day Celebration at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Kim Vanneman of Ideal has been appointed to the South Dakota Transportation Commission by Gov. Dennis Daugaard effective immediately.

Pavement Marking To Be Done On Highways 34 and 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a pavement marking painting project on Highway 34 in Butte County and Highway 79 in Custer County on Thursday, June 17.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Madison Man Sentenced in Medicaid Fraud Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Shawn Earl Nills, 42, Madison, was sentenced to serve 5 years in the State Penitentiary for committing Medicaid fraud.

Agriculture

World Wildlife Fund and Protect the Harvest at Governor’s Ag Summit in Deadwood
Speakers from World Wildlife Fund and Protect the Harvest will address political, scientific and social challenges during the first session of the Governor’s Agricultural Summit on July 9 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Education

State Historical Records Advisory Board announces grant funding awards, site visits
Five state history organizations were recently awarded grants through the South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board (SD SHRAB).

Public Safety

Sioux Falls Woman Receives Life Saving Award
PIERRE, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman, who pulled an injured driver away from a burning vehicle, has received the highest civilian award presented by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Board of Regents

Regents Honor Student Groups from Dakota State
The South Dakota Board of Regents has recognized three student organizations from Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

South Dakota Lags in Educational Attainment
A recent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data confirms that educational attainment across South Dakota lags the region and the nation, with the state’s pool of postsecondary degrees skewed toward lower-level credentials.


Board of Regents

New Programs Approved for SDSU and USD
The South Dakota Board of Regents today approved new degree programs at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, ranging from natural resources law enforcement and agricultural education at SDSU to sport marketing and media at USD. Each degree program will be available beginning this fall.

Warner Awarded Honorary Doctorate
The South Dakota Board of Regents awarded its highest honor Wednesday to Jack R. Warner, who will retire June 30 as the regents’ executive director and chief executive officer.

Opportunity Scholarship Positively Impacts Degree Completion
Since 2004, when the merit-based South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship was first awarded, observers have credited the scholarship with keeping students in college and completing a degree. Now there are new data to prove that point.

Regents Update Policies on Sexual Assault Investigations
As part of its continuing efforts to prevent sexual assault or violence on university campuses and to respond promptly and fairly whenever an incident occurs, the South Dakota Board of Regents this week updated administrative policies to conform with new federal law and rules.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Relating to Medical Marijuana
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for an initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Public’s Help in Clay County Homicide Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe continue to request the public’s assistance with information that may assist in the Clay County homicide investigation.

South Dakota Joins to Protect Private Property Rights from Federal Prairie Dog Protections
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that South Dakota has joined 7 other states in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief to support asking the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a ruling striking down federal protections for the Utah prairie dog on private property.

Education

Award-winning novel to be discussed in Pierre
People will have two opportunities in Pierre to discuss award-winning writer William Kent Krueger’s “Ordinary Grace.”

Game, Fish and Parks

Thousands Attend 2015 Fort Sisseton Festival
PIERRE, S.D. -- The 2015 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival was well attended despite overcast skies on Saturday. This year’s festival boasted a historic dedication, political dignitaries and standing-room-only attendance.

Health

Cleanup Precautions Help Prevent Hantavirus
As South Dakotans work outdoors around sheds, barns or other places where mice are found, they need to take steps to prevent hantavirus says a state health official.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Olson Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
PIERRE, S.D. – Trooper Josh Olson, a 13-year veteran of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, has been named as the South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rural Manufacturer: Partnership with State Grows Business, Community
SD Industries (SDI), a leading manufacturer in the swine industry, has been approved for a REDI (Revolving Economic Development & Initiative) Fund loan by the Board of Economic Development. The loan will be used to purchase equipment and will allow the company to double its production, while decreasing its utility cost.

Veterans Affairs

SOUTH DAKOTA WORLD WAR II VETERAN RECEIVED FRENCH MEDAL
Hanson, now 97 and living in Bison, received the gratitude of France in the form of the French Legion of Honor medal. It was presented by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and SDDVA Secretary Larry Zimmerman, during a ceremony at the South Dakota State Capitol on Tuesday, June 9.


Education

Cultural Heritage Center offering program on Basin League baseball June 20
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is hosting a program about the former Basin League of baseball teams from South Dakota on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. CDT.


Transportation

Highways 16/385 and Needles Highway Reopened
HILL CITY, S.D. - Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say Highway 16/385 through Hill City and the Needles Highway (Highway 87) between the Playhouse and Sylvan Lake have both been reopened to traffic.

Highway 16/385 Closed thru Hill City and Portion of Needles Highway Closed
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say Highway 16 385 through Hill City is closed due to flooding within city limits. Officials also say the Needles Highway 87 is closed between the Playhouse and Sylvan Lake due to a rock side and water over the road.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Outdoors In South Dakota
When I was a young boy, I couldn’t wait for summer. After nine months of school, June meant a break from studies and long, adventure-filled days outdoors in South Dakota.

News Tips
A ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize World War II veteran James “Bob” Hanson for receiving the French Legion of Honor Medal.

Game, Fish and Parks

Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Submit Proposals for Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Entrepreneurs interested in operating a resort inside one of South Dakota’s most popular state parks can now submit their proposals.

2015 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed to offer 100 more one-tag licenses for resident turkey hunters in the East River prairie units and reduce the number of licenses available in the Black Hills for the 2015 hunting season.

Proposal to Change Hunting Restrictions in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed to limit hunting near roads and buildings in Custer State Park at their June meeting.

Early Canada Goose Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission proposed a change to where September Canada goose hunters would be allowed to hunt during the early goose season.

Proposal to Remove Bald Eagles from the State Threatened and Endangered List
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission would remove the bald eagle from the state’s threatened and endangered list.

East River, West River and National Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons Finalized
South Dakota West River deer hunters will have fewer days to hunt antlerless deer in 2015 after the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission voted to eliminate the nine days of antlerless hunting beginning the Saturday after Christmas. However, East River deer hunters will retain those nine days of deer hunting and be allowed to hunt with unfilled antlerless deer tags during that nine day time period.

Firearms Antelope Season Proposed and Archery Antelope and Custer State Park Antelope Seasons Finalized
South Dakota antelope hunters will have slightly more antelope licenses available for the 2015 prairie firearms antelope season if a proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission is approved in which resident hunters would have 75 more one-tag licenses (75 tags) and 125 more two-tag licenses (250 tags) for a total of 3,030 tags available. Nonresident hunters would have one more one-tag licenses (1 tag) and 5 more two-tag licenses (10 tags) for a total of 72 tags.

Archery Deer Hunting Access Permits for 2015
To assist with deer management on the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve area, 20 archery access permits will be made available this fall.

More Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses Available in 2015
Black Hills deer hunters will have 500 more resident and 40 more nonresident any whitetail deer hunting licenses available for the 2015 Black Hills deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Rejects Nonresident Waterfowl Proposal
Earlier today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Commission unanimously rejected the nonresident waterfowl proposal with the exception of creating 100 nonresident youth licenses valid during the two-day youth waterfowl hunting season.

Health

Warm Weather Means Return Of Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus Risk
July through September might be the peak transmission for West Nile virus (WNV) in South Dakota but cases have also occurred in June, said a state health official today.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Kennewick, WA man, identified as Donald Restad, died Thursday in a motorcycle crash 15 miles south of Lead.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2015
PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes beginning July 1.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Milbank Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Thursday, June 11, Milbank will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social and coffee time with the Governor, a main street walk, tours around Milbank and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

U.S. Senate Candidate Clayton Walker’s Appeal to U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Federal District Court decision dismissing Clayton G. Walker’s lawsuit to be placed on the November 2014 ballot as an independent candidate for United States Senate.

Education

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

Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online.

Game, Fish and Parks

Parks Host Summer Day Camps for Kids
PIERRE, S.D. – Kids can get outside, learn and have a blast this summer with Nature Day Camps at South Dakota state parks. Nature day camps are geared to connect kids to nature through activities and education.

Weekend Fun Continues at State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. – As summer is starting to fly by, weekend events are continuing at South Dakota state parks. These family-geared events take advantage of the summer weather and unique opportunities at each park.

Anglers are Reminded Not to Move Lake Water When Fishing
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) would like to remind anglers of the new rules regarding fish and bait transportation.

Transportation

Flooding Closes Portion of U.S. Highway 18/85 in Wyoming
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, is advising motorists that U.S. Highway 18/85 in Wyoming is closed from Newcastle to Highway 26 at Lingle.

Governor Proclaims June “General Aviation Appreciation” Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “General Aviation Appreciation” month in South Dakota.

Construction on Interstate 29 Northbound Lanes
Starting Monday, June 8, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin constructing temporary driving lanes on Interstate 29 from the Tea interchange (Exit 75) to 49th Street.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Two Arrested on Sex Crime Charges in Aurora County
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Christian Thomas, 41, Plankinton, was arrested on one count of aggravated incest, class 3 felony, punishable by up of 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine and one count of 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine and Larry J. Unruh, 42, Mitchell, one count 4th degree rape, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on Mexican food
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host “Taco Nation/Planet Taco: How Mexican-American Food Conquered the World” on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. CDT.

Labor and Regulation

State Division of Insurance Levies Large Monetary Penalty
The South Dakota Division of Insurance (DOI) has reached a settlement that will assess the Farmers Insurance Group and Foremost Insurance Group a monetary penalty totaling $750,000.

Public Safety

FEMA Rejects State Request for Individual Assistance for May Tornado
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota received word Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected the state’s request for Individual Assistance programs to help residents impacted by a tornado in May.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On RESTORE Resolution
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a statement today in support of U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds’ bipartisan Regulation Sensibility Through Oversight Restoration (RESTORE) Resolution.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeks Public's Help in Suspicious Death in Clay County
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating a suspicious death of an adult female who was found late afternoon on Monday June 1, near the boat dock at Myron Grove, also known as the Highline Area of Clay County.

Agriculture

Crowd Gathers to Celebrate Groundbreaking for New State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community took place on Wednesday, May 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels was among those who addressed the group, which included campaign volunteers, donors, 4-H families and agricultural leaders from throughout the state.

Education

Baseball program coming to Cultural Heritage Center June 13
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, in conjunction with its new exhibit “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota,” is hosting a program about a baseball player who barnstormed through the Midwest from 1910-1940 with many teams, passing through South Dakota on several occasions.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Foundation Park is South Dakota’s First Megasite
World-class businesses are looking for world-class sites—and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation (SFDF) is announcing the creation of the state’s first economic development megasite: Foundation Park in northwest Sioux Falls.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Former City of Pierre Wastewater Worker Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Water Pollution Control
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Greg V. Mohr, 54, former city of Pierre wastewater superintendent, plead guilty to two counts of water pollution control violations.

Game, Fish and Parks

Mobile App Features GFP Trails
PIERRE, S.D. – Visitors can get the most out of National Trails Day this year with an app that helps users navigate state park trail systems. According to state park officials, a new interactive map on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) mobile app makes navigating trails easier for visitors.

Mickelson Trail Gains National Recognition
PIERRE, S.D. – As National Trails Day approaches and we celebrate the health and fun that trails bring, the George S. Mickelson Trail continues to attract bicyclists, hikers and nature enthusiasts from across the state and the nation. This past year, South Dakota’s most famous trail has received national and global recognition.

Transportation

Highway 1804 to be Closed South of Walworth County Landfill
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 1804 will be closed 2.3 miles south of the Highway 12 junction (south of the Walworth County Landfill) on Wednesday, June 3, beginning at 7 a.m.

Department of Transportation and Davison County Seek Public Input into Davison County Master Transportation Plan Study
he South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Davison County, will hold a public open house as part of the Davison County Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, in the Meeting Room at the Davison County Fairgrounds Complex (3200 W. Havens St.).

Project Delayed: Glenham Road in Walworth County Closed
The Walworth County Highway Department says Glenham Road (Walworth County 325) from Highway 12 north to the Campbell County line will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, June 8, for resurfacing. Work was originally scheduled to begin the week of June 1.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Awards Six Community Development Block Grants
Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $2.8 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to six projects throughout South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
On Monday, June 1, at 11 a.m. CDT, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Rededication of the Civil War Memorial in Pierre.

Lieutenant Governor's Column: "Be The Cure" In South Dakota
I currently serve as South Dakota’s Lt. Governor, but I have had the opportunity to wear a lot of different “hats” throughout the years.


Education

Cultural Heritage Center Participating in Blue Star Museums Program
The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

Libraries recognized as 21st Century School Libraries
Eighteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2015.

Game, Fish and Parks

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as “Great Outdoors Month”
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month” in South Dakota joining with many states across the nation to celebrate the nature and resources of their states.

Mickelson Trail Hosts Trolley on the Trail Events
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks will host this year’s first Trolley on the Trail event June 2. The event uses a trolley to give people with impaired mobility the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of South Dakota’s George S. Mickelson Trail.

Labor Day Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
PIERRE, S.D. – Whether gardens, vacations or camping trips, it’s time to plan! This weekend, South Dakota State Parks are opening up camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.

Fort Sisseton Historic Festival Returns June 5-7
PIERRE, S.D. – The oldest standing fort in South Dakota is once again bringing history to life. Fort Sisseton’s annual festival will take place June 5-7. The festival boasts over 15,000 visitors on average.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Seeks Individual Assistance for Tornado Damage
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and severe storm event May 10 in Douglas and Charles Mix counties. That includes the city of Delmont, which was heavily damaged by a tornado.

Social Services

PUBLIC NOTICE: Social Services Block Grant Proposed Report On Projected Expenditures Are Available For Public Review
The Social Services Block Grant Proposed Report on Projected Expenditures for fiscal year 2016 is now available for public review.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-229 Major Investment Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Sioux Falls, will hold public open houses on Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1101 N. West Ave.

DOT Seeks Nominations For Transportation Hall of Honor
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is now accepting nominations for consideration of persons to be inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

A.G. Explanations Released for Initiative Petitions
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two Attorney General Explanations for initiated measures have been filed with the Secretary of State.

Attorney General Jackley Warns South Dakota Citizens of IRS Data Breach
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota citizens that a data breach of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has allowed thieves to access more than 100,000 tax payer’s personal tax information. These identity thieves used a tool on the IRS website to obtain last year’s tax return information.

Attorney General Jackley Announces FTD, Classmates.com to Pay $11M Over Deceptive Practices Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley along with the Attorneys General of 21 states announced today that Classmates, Inc. (“Classmates”), along with Florists’ Transworld Delivery, Inc. and FTD.com Inc. (collectively “FTD”), have agreed to pay $11 million to settle allegations that the companies engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Campgrounds Fill Up for Memorial Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Even though it was gray and drizzly, thousands of avid campers made the most of Memorial Day Weekend at South Dakota State Parks. The majority of state park campgrounds were full, and cancelled reservations quickly filled.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to Conduct Statewide Sobriety Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols statewide during the month of June.

Gregory County Fatal Crash
HERRICK, S.D. – A Herrick, S.D., man, identified as Steven Wheeler, 24, died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash that occurred one mile east of Herrick.

Transportation

Highway 12 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun a 12.8 mile asphalt concrete paving project on Highway 12 west of Aberdeen to Mina.

Paving to Begin on Highway 12 From Watauga to McIntosh
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an 8.8 mile resurfacing project will begin on Highway 12 from Watauga to McIntosh tomorrow, Thursday, May 28.

Bridge Repair at I-90 Exit 387
On Monday, June 1, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will install a lane closure on westbound Interstate 90 at Exit 387 to resume overhead repairs on the interchange bridge to Hartford.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Stay of Preliminary Injunction in State Challenge
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the Obama administration’s request to begin implementation of his suspension of immigration laws.

Public Safety

Victim Identified in Pennington County Fatal Crash
Wall, S.D. – Authorities have now identified a Sallisaw, Oklahoma man who died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash that occurred 10 miles south of Wall.

Debris Removal Requires Closure of Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. – The use of heavy equipment and trailers to haul debris will mean closing parts of the city of Delmont to vehicle and foot traffic for two days this week.

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
LAKE NORDEN, S.D – A Bryant juvenile male, identified as Colton Beld, 10, was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning 4.5 miles west of Lake Norden.

Transportation

Portion of 19th Street To Be Closed in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing 19th Street East between 14th Avenue North and 10th Avenue North, on approximately Monday, June 1, 2015.

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.


Public Safety

Marshall County Fatal Rollover
AMHERST, S.D – A Claremont, S.D., man, identified as Darren Stahl, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Sunday night, one mile north of Amherst.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
Wall, S.D. – A Sallisaw, Oklahoma man died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash that occurred 10 miles south of Wall.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Appreciation For Law Enforcement
We are fortunate to live in a relatively safe state. We tend to leave our cars running in the winter. We let our kids play outside.

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, in observance of fallen military service members.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at a Watertown Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Education

Music and flag raising to commemorate Civil War Monument rededication in Pierre
Plans are set for the rededication of the Civil War Monument -- the first war monument on the State Capitol grounds in Pierre -- to take place Monday, June 1.

State Historical Society honoring author, historian Schuler
The South Dakota State Historical Society will present the Robinson Memorial Award, one of the Governor’s Awards for History, on Saturday, May 30, to Harold H. Schuler of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Encourages Boaters to Wear Life Jackets
As warm weather finally sets in, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) would like to remind boaters of important safety procedures when spending time on the water.

Altman Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Dan Altman the 2015 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year. Altman is a conservation officer for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) stationed in Yankton.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into I-90 Exit 59 (La Crosse Street) Interchange Options Study
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Rapid City Area MPO and the city of Rapid City, will hold a public open house on Thursday, May 28, to inform area residents on the recommended improvement alternative at the Interstate I-90 and La Crosse Street interchange in Rapid City.


Agriculture

Growing In Agriculture column: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
While Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer grilling season, recent news may have some worried about the cost of eggs or the Thanksgiving turkey. Avian influenza has been devastating to many of our poultry producers, but be assured that our nation’s food supply remains safe and abundant.

S.D. Poultry Exhibitions Suspended
Pierre, S.D. — The South Dakota Animal Industry Board issued a Board Order suspending all South Dakota bird exhibitions effective immediately and until further notice.

Education

Historical Society Press Wins Two Gold IPPY Awards
The South Dakota State Historical Society has received two Gold IPPY Awards for recent books.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park Repeatedly Gains National Acclaim
PIERRE, S.D. – Custer State Park has long been considered one of South Dakota’s most cherished locations, along with Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. It is more than just state pride, however, that makes this park special.

State Parks Host Weekend Events
PIERRE, S.D. – To celebrate summer, South Dakota State Parks are hosting events May 29-30. From a Dutch oven cooking demonstration to learning about the water cycle, families of all ages and sizes can learn and have fun.

Public Safety

Delmont Cleanup Continues
PIERRE, S.D. – Cleanup continues in Delmont as citizens and volunteers clear away debris caused by the May 10 tornado.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Joins the Float Lineup of the 2016 Rose Parade
On Jan. 1, 2016, the Mount Rushmore state will join dozens of floral-clad floats, marching bands, equestrians and other parade entries as they make their way through the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda.

Transportation

Construction On Brookings County Highways 77 and 24
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Brookings County highways 77 and 24 will begin on Tuesday, May 26.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation for Initiated Measure Petitions Relating to Alcohol and Tobacco Released
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two Attorney General Explanations for initiated measures have been filed with the Secretary of State.

Agriculture

Dr. Bob Thaler to Receive 2015 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
PIERRE, S.D.-Dr. Bob Thaler of Brookings, S.D. will be awarded the 2015 Governor’s Ag Ambassador on Friday, July 10, at the annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.

Public Safety

South Dakota, Minnesota Troopers Join in I-90 Safety Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – Troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota, along with local law enforcement, join together later this week for a 21-hour joint operation designed to promote highway safety.

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Solicits Public Input on Proposed Name Change for Harney Peak in Pennington County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has made a preliminary recommendation to support a name change for Harney Peak.


Public Safety

Delmont Cleanup Continues More Items Requested
PIERRE, S.D. - Cleanup work continues in Delmont, one week after a May 10 tornado did extensive damage to the community.

Transportation

I-90 Sign Bridge Repair
On Wednesday, May 20, crews will be repairing the overhead sign bridge structure in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 just east of Sioux Falls at mile marker 401.

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Kyle White of Rapid City has been appointed to the South Dakota Transportation Commission by Gov. Dennis Daugaard effective immediately.


Agriculture

Groundbreaking for State Fairgrounds’ New 4-H Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, May 27
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community will take place at 9 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Huron at the National Guard Armory located at 1030 3rd St. SW, next to the new building’s site. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be among those addressing the attendees. The public is invited to attend.

Education

Board adopts new standards in three content areas
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new content standards in science, fine arts and educational technology earlier today.

New regional CTE facility in Aberdeen to open in fall 2015
Today the South Dakota Board of Education heard an update on construction and toured the Aberdeen Technical Education Center, a new regional career and technical education facility in Aberdeen, located on the campus of Central High School.

Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Increase In South Dakota
Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur in the United States every year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Dakota has seen increasing numbers of STIs in recent years says a state health official.

Public Safety

Walworth County Fatal Crash
BOWDLE, S.D. – A Colton, S.D. man, identified as David Hoffman, was killed and five others seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday on U.S. Highway 12, eight miles west of Bowdle.

Transportation

Temporary Ramps On I-29 At Exit 62/Canton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists the contractor has constructed temporary ramps on Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton.

Board of Regents

Idaho Administrator Named New Board of Regents’ Chief Executive
The executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education/Board of Regents has been chosen to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. Michael G. Rush becomes the South Dakota Board of Regents’ executive director and chief executive officer June 29.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Column: A Proud Week For South Dakota
This past week has shown us, yet again, why we can be proud to be South Dakotans.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the Governor’s Leadership Luncheon at the Muenster University Center in Vermillion on Saturday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. CDT.

Public Safety

Latest Numbers on Delmont Tornado Recovery
PIERRE, S.D. – Here are some of the latest numbers in the tornado recovery efforts at Delmont:

Donations Still Needed for Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. -- People interested in supporting the Delmont tornado response are asked to consider making donations of money or items that can be used by the survivors.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On May 15
President Barack Obama has proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Charitable Scams Relating to Tornado Disaster
Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking South Dakotans to beware of scam artists potentially exploiting tornado victims from South Dakota.

SD SC Rules the Attorney General Has Followed South Dakota’s Disclosure Law on the Benda Death Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the South Dakota Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Attorney General has followed South Dakota’s disclosure law relating to the Richard Benda death investigation conducted by local, state, and federal authorities.

Agriculture

Kick off the School Year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom
HURON, S.D. – Teachers, registration forms are now available for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the South Dakota State Fair. Teachers and students from across the state are invited to kick off the 2015-2016 school year by participating on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4.

Education

World War I postcards of Europe available on South Dakota Digital Archives
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre recently added a collection of more than 90 postcard images of World War I to the South Dakota Digital Archives.

Public Safety

Volunteer Reception Center Opens Friday in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. - Citizens who want to help Delmont residents clean up from Sunday's tornado can do so starting Friday.

Boil Water Order Lifted in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. – A Boil Water Order has been lifted in Delmont, meaning that the community’s water is safe for residents to use. Residents are now able to use the water for drinking, bathing and cooking.

Victim Identified in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, who died Wednesday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred in Tea, has now been identified.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Minnehaha and Pennington County Prosecutors Honored by State’s Attorneys Association
The South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association honors Minnehaha County Deputy States Attorney Chrystal Johnson (now 2nd Circuit Magistrate Judge) and Pennington County Deputy States Attorney Scott Roetzel as co-prosecutors of the year.

Preliminary Hearing Held in Perkins County for Lemmon Man
Brady James Hooker, 22, Lemmon was bound over on one count at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, which was held today in Perkins County before Circuit Court Judge Randall Macy.

State Officials Warn of Potential Unscrupulous Contractors in Wake of Delmont Tornado Disaster
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety urge Delmont tornado victims to proceed with caution when moving into the recovery phase of this disaster. Residents will understandably be eager to have new construction or the necessary work done to their damaged property.

Agriculture

Speech Contest Winners Announced
PIERRE, S.D.-The 54th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the State Capitol in Pierre.

Education

Smithsonian Night at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on organized mail crime
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host its second Smithsonian Night program, “Organized Crime in the Mail,” on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. CDT.

Health

South Dakota Marks Emergency Medical Services Week, May 17-23
South Dakota’s emergency medical technicians (EMTs) play a critical role in the state’s health care system, says a state health official as Emergency Medical Services Week approaches.

Public Safety

Multi Agency Resource Center Opens in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D. – A one stop site opens Thursday in Delmont for citizens who need tornado recovery assistance.

Gov. Daugaard Seeks FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment of Tornado Damage to Homes and Businesses
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) join state teams for a preliminary damage assessment of impacts to homes and businesses in two South Dakota counties resulting from the May 10 tornado.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man died Wednesday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred in Tea.

Delmont Establishes Donations Management Center
DELMONT, S.D. - A donations management center has opened today (Wednesday) in Delmont to help residents impacted by the May 10 tornado that destroyed a major portion of that town.

Board of Regents

Tuition Rate Supports Guard, Military Members at Off-Campus Centers
The South Dakota Board of Regents has set a special tuition rate to support members of the South Dakota National Guard and active-duty military personnel who take courses at one of three off-campus public higher education centers.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Announces $158 Million Mobile Cramming Settlement with Sprint and Verizon
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission—reached settlements with Sprint Corporation (“Sprint”) and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (“Verizon”).

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Watertown
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:

Basic Trauma Kits Available to Law Enforcement Officers with Help of Homeland Security Grant
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Division has secured a homeland security grant to provide basic trauma treatment kits to all law enforcement officers in the State of South Dakota.

Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently signed a proclamation declaring May “Beef Month” in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol remembers troopers killed in line of duty
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is spending this Law Enforcement Memorial Week remembering the five Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty.

Latest Updates on Tornado Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – Here are the latest confirmed updates regarding the response to the Sunday tornado that damaged Delmont and the surrounding area.

Transportation

Railway Street Reconstruction In Lemmon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin reconstruction work on Railway Street in Lemmon on Monday, May 18.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Main Street Deadwood Shop Approved for MicroLOAN
Prairie Harvest Mercantile, Inc., DBA Miss Kitty’s Mercantile, a homegrown soap and lotion shop based in Deadwood, S.D., has been approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC).


Agriculture

Burn Permits Not Being Issued
RAPID CITY S.D. — Burn permits are not being issued within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District. Although areas in western South Dakota received snow cover, the forecasted temperatures are quickly melting the required moisture.

Game, Fish and Parks

First GFP National Archery in Schools Program Challenge Brings 60 Shooters to Brookings
On Saturday, May 2, young archers competed at the first ever South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) 3D Challenge at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Brookings.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Furbearer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several furbearer seasons at their meeting last week. These furbearer seasons remain unchanged and will run under the same season structure as last year.

GFP Commission Proposes Several Changes to the Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Season and Special Canada Goose Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the 2015 nonresident waterfowl hunting season at their May meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Additional East River and National Refuge Deer Hunting Licenses, No Change to Muzzleloader Deer Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a slight increase in the number of East River deer hunting licenses for 2015 with 250 fewer one-tag licenses, but 1,050 more two-tag licenses as compared to 2014.

GFP Commission Proposes West River Deer Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed a slight decrease in the number of licenses available for the West River deer hunting season in 2015 with the number of one-tag licenses reduced by 250 for residents and 20 for nonresidents as compared to 2014.

GFP Commission Proposes More Black Hills Deer Hunting Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 500 more resident and 40 more nonresident any whitetail deer hunting licenses for the 2015 Black Hills deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposal for Archery Deer Season Includes Adams Homestead and Access Permits for Newton Hills
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has proposed 20 archery access permits for Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve for antlerless deer hunting in 2015.

Public Safety

Delmont Disaster Relief Fund Established
DELMONT, S.D – Officials in Delmont have established a relief fund as the community works to recover from a devastating tornado Sunday morning.

Transportation

Highway 1804 Closed South of Walworth County Landfill
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 1804 is closed 2.3 miles south of the Highway 12 junction (south of the Walworth County Landfill).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sioux Empire Development Park VIII South Dakota’s Newest Certified Ready Site
The Sioux Falls Development Foundation announced today that the Sioux Empire Development Park VIII in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been approved by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) as the newest South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Corrections

Search For Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate David Holloway was reported missing from Unit C, the minimum-security unit on the South Dakota State Penitentiary campus, this morning.

Public Safety

EOC activated to help with local response to tornado in Delmont
PIERRE, S.D – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety, at the request of Governor Dennis Daugaard, has conducted a partial activation of the state Emergency Operations Center in Pierre to coordinate the local response to the town of Delmont where a tornado touched down Sunday morning.

Transportation

Spring Storm Continues In Western S.D. - No Travel Advised
State Transportation and Public Safety officials say travel remains difficult, if not impossible in many areas of western South Dakota today.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: South Dakota’s Upgrade To AAA
We recently received word that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota to a AAA credit rating. This is great news for South Dakota.

Custer State Park Visitor Center Receives Lloyd And Beverly Paulson Family Donation
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation has been awarded a $1 million gift by the Beverly and Lloyd Paulson Family Donor Advised Fund of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation.

News Tips
A deployment ceremony will be held for six soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Detachment 48, Operational Support Airlift Command on Wednesday, May 13, at 3 p.m. MDT at the Army Aviation Support Facility next to Rapid City Regional Airport.

Game, Fish and Parks

Effective May 11: New Rules to Help Slow the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
PIERRE, S.D. – As of May 11, 2015, boaters and anglers, residents and nonresidents, are required to comply with new rules to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in water bodies across the state.

Transportation

Spring Storm May Create Difficult Driving Conditions in Western S.D. Over the Weekend
State Transportation and Public Safety officials are cautioning motorists that travel may become difficult, if not impossible, from late Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening across much of western South Dakota as a strong spring snow storm moves into the state.

Board of Regents

NSU Student Wins Scarborough Scholarship
Stacey McDonald has been awarded the Marlin R. Scarborough Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The $1,500 scholarship honors the late Marlin R. Scarborough, who was president of the Board of Regents at the time of his death.

SDSU Student Wins Haines Scholarship
LaNae Fuerst has been awarded a $2,150 Haines Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Fowler-Kaden Memorial Scholarship Awarded
The South Dakota Board of Regents awarded the 2015-2016 Annis Irene Fowler-Kaden Scholarship to two South Dakota high school students. The recipients, Ashley Dunn and Shelbee Schultz, will each receive a $1,000 award.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Carmen Means As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Carmen A. Means as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Watertown.

Agriculture

Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon EVENT CHANGES
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Due to the forecasted inclement weather, the Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon visit scheduled for Sunday, May 10, in Custer State Park has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Friday, May 8,from 6:30 to 9 a.m. MDT at the Central States Fairgrounds located at 800 San Francisco St. in Rapid City. Please note this is a change in location from the original site.

Philip Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
PIERRE, S.D.-McCoy Peterson, a fifth grade student at Philip Elementary School is the winner of the 2015 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Education

2015 Summer Reading Challenge kicks off
The South Dakota Department of Education is launching its annual awareness campaign titled Read! SD.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 15-17
PIERRE, S.D. – The school year is winding down, the weather is heating up and SD Game, Fish and Parks’ annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend is approaching. This statewide event allows everyone free entrance to state parks and free fishing May 15 - 17.

Transportation

Asphalt Paving On Highways 20 and 45 in Faulk County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun an asphalt concrete paving project on Highway 45 south of Ipswich from the junction of highways 212 and 45 that will proceed north for 10.5 miles past the junction of Highway 20 west and Highway 45.

Construction On Highway 14 Bypass in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Western Avenue will be closed in both directions at the intersection with the Highway 14 bypass in Brookings effective Tuesday, May 12.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Fiegen To District 25 State Senate Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott Fiegen of Dell Rapids to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 25. Fiegen will succeed Sen. Tim Rave, who resigned earlier this year.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Pat Pardy As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Pat Pardy as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Madison.

Milbank To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Milbank has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, June 11.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Man Sentenced on Drug Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Zachary L. Byce, 20, Rapid City, was sentenced to 5 years in the state penitentiary for keeping a place for use or sale of controlled substances, 5 years in the state penitentiary for possession of methamphetamine and 10 years with 2 suspended in the state penitentiary for distribution of a controlled drug or substance to a minor.

Agriculture

Smokey Bear Balloon Coming to the Black Hills
RAPID CITY, S.D.-The Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon is coming to the Black Hills to celebrate Wildfire Awareness Month! The Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon will be available from 6:30 to 9 a.m. MDT on Saturday, May 9,at the soccer fields on Campbell Street in Rapid City.


Agriculture

Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held July 9 & 10 in Deadwood
PIERRE, S.D. – The sixth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Lodge in Deadwood. Pre-registration is required at www.sdagsummit.com.

Social Services

May is Foster Parent Appreciation & Awareness Month
In honor of foster parents across the state of South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as Foster Parent Appreciation and Awareness Month.

Tourism

Civil War Monument in Pierre to be rededicated June 1
The Civil War Monument, located on the “triangle” east of Capitol Lake in Pierre, will be rededicated 95 years to the day after its original dedication on Monday, June 1, at 11 a.m. CDT.

Transportation

154th Ave. Bridge Closure In Box Elder
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairs to the 154th Avenue bridge over Interstate 90 starting Monday, May 11.

Board of Regents

Constituent Panel to Participate in Executive Search
The South Dakota Board of Regents has appointed a constituent panel to assist the board in reviewing candidates for the regents’ executive director and chief executive officer position.