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Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – One person was killed and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon near Summit.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day Morning
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: By Knowing and Telling Their Stories
Bill Bianchi may not have been born in South Dakota, but he became like an adopted son when in 1936 he began attending SDSU to earn an animal science degree.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 75th Annual SD American Legion Boys State Convention at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

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 Tim Holmgren, on April 27, 2016, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Agriculture

Wheel Jam Packed with Events
The 14th Annual Wheel Jam will be held June 2-4 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

SD Ag Chat-- Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control
May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear the state weed and pest supervisor talk about what noxious weeds are and what effect they can have on the land.

Education

Cornerstone time capsules theme for next Family Fun Saturday at Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors are invited to come and create their own time capsule cornerstone on Family Fun Saturday on June 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

“Scotty Philip’s Buffalo Herd” photo display at Cultural Heritage Center
“Scotty Philip’s Buffalo Herd” is the new photo display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A 29-year-old man died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Yankton.

Transportation

6th Street and 22nd Avenue Intersection Closure
The intersection of 6th Street and 22nd Avenue in Brookings is scheduled to close on Tuesday, May 30.


Agriculture

SD Fire Departments Awarded Almost $300,000 in Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Wildland Fire Division has awarded almost $300,000 in grant funds to volunteer fire departments across the state for the state’s 2018 fiscal year.

Original SD BBQ Championships to be Held During Wheel Jam
Over $14,000 in prize money will be given away during the Original SD BBQ Championships June 2-3 on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

SD Ag Chat: Firewood Will Be the Most Likely Transporter of EAB to SD
In this SD Ag Chat, hear why firewood is the most likely way the harmful insect will get to South Dakota.

Education

‘South Dakota History’ features Rapid City flood of 1972
Rapid City’s mayor during the flood of 1972 recalls the disaster that killed 238 people in a memoir published in the Summer 2017 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society. This summer marks the 45th anniversary of the flood.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Lakes are Open for Fishing and Making Memories
The South Dakota departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish.

Custer State Park Staff Recognized for Park’s Safe Drinking Water
Staff at Custer State Park have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the Game Lodge public water system.

Public Safety

South Dakota, Minnesota Plan Joint I-90 Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and Minnesota State Patrol Troopers will join together to conduct a 23-hour traffic safety operation starting Friday morning.

Transportation

Highway 212 Moves to Phase 2 East of Watertown
Knife River Midwest, Inc., has moved to Phase 2 on the Highway 212 project between Watertown and Goodwin today.

Highway 85 and 20 Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin bridge work at the following locations on Monday, June 5:

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on I-29 at Exit 26
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on Interstate 29 at Exit 26 will begin the week of May 29.

I-190 Interchange Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says drivers can expect changes to current traffic patterns on the I-190 project in Rapid City next week.

No Parking on Portion of Main Street In Sturgis
On Tuesday, May 30, Main Street in Sturgis will be closed to traffic and parking for the final lift of asphalt paving between Junction Avenue and Harley Davidson Way.


Agriculture

Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held July 12 & 13 in Aberdeen
Pre-registration is open for the eighth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 12 and 13 in Aberdeen.

Education

Memorial Day holiday, summer hours announced for Cultural Heritage Center
The museum in the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is open Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday from 1-4:30 p.m. CDT.

Game, Fish and Parks

Becoming an Outdoor Family Event Taking Registrations
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton will host the Becoming an Outdoor Family event June 14-16.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Encourage Driving Safety during Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. –South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is encouraging travelers to get this summer off to a safe start.

Tourism

Michelin Green Guide Awards South Dakota New Stars
South Dakota’s Black Hills and Badlands area has been awarded new stars in the 2017 edition of the Guide Vert Michelin Etats-Unis Nord-Ouest. Additionally, the cover of the guide will feature Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Board of Regents

LUMINA NAMES SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS RECIPIENT OF $100,000 CHALLENGE GRANT
The South Dakota Board of Regents today announced it has been selected to receive a $100,000 attainment challenge grant from Lumina Foundation. Funding will support strategic initiatives to increase the state’s postsecondary attainment rate to 65 percent by 2025.


Agriculture

Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer
Spring is the best time of year to plant new trees to get them established. With that in mind, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry Division (RCF) encourages South Dakotans to plant different varieties of trees.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities for Holiday Weekend
This Memorial Day, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is inviting people to enjoy all the parks have to offer over the holiday weekend.

Williams Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Chad Williams the 2017 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year.

Reminder that Buffalo are Dangerous: Do Not Approach
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind all visitors entering Custer State Park this season that buffalo are dangerous and should not be approached.

Transportation

Culvert Repair Begins on Highway 10
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a culvert replacement and repair project has begun on Highway 10 in Campbell and McPherson counties.

Highway 34 Shoulder Widening
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 crews will begin work on the Highway 34 shoulder widening project from the junction of Highway 79 north east for 7.9 miles to 137th Place near Sturgis.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Don’t Need Drought Conditions For Wildland Fires to Start
In 2016, almost 4.9 million acres of land in South Dakota were protected from wildfires.

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 21-27 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 21-27, 2016 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
James Sadler, age 58, passed away May 21 in a comfort care setting at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield following an illness.

Education

Oahe Chapel near Pierre to host Sunday church services
Sunday morning church services at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe near Pierre will begin on May 28. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Transportation

Asphalt Surfacing on Sturgis Main Street - Updated
Due to the inclement weather, access across Main Street at Harley Davidson Way and Fourth Street is tentatively scheduled to open Tuesday, May 30.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

New Good Earth Visitor Center Highlights Tribal History, Nature
Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined a 300 guests today to celebrate the completion of the visitor center at Good Earth State Park, located five miles southeast of downtown Sioux Falls.

Governor's Column: South Dakota Works
In South Dakota we have the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation. This is a source of pride, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Because so few South Dakotans are unemployed, we have a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the opening ceremony for the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

Transportation

Asphalt Surfacing on Sturgis Main Street
On Tuesday, May 23, work will begin on Main Street from Harley Davidson Way to Fourth Street in Sturgis to place the top lift of asphalt surfacing.


Education

Historical Society’s new Laura Ingalls Wilder book now available
“Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder” is now available from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Transportation

Applications Being Accepted For Community Access Grant Program
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for its Community Access, Industrial Park and Agri-Business Grant Program.

I-190 Interchange Construction Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the intersection of Silver Street and Nickel Street, formerly West Boulevard, connecting Philadelphia Street to Silver Street, will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, May 22.

Virtual Weigh-in-Motion Detection Project at Blunt Junction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Monday, May 22, to install a new weigh-in-motion detection system at the junction of highways 83 and 14, also known as the “Blunt Junction” northeast of Pierre.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Calvin McCloskey was apprehended by Minnehaha County Sheriff's deputies May 16.

Education

Society Book Club to Host Author Featured in New Book on Laura Ingalls Wilder
The History and Heritage Book Club will celebrate the release of a new book about Laura Ingalls Wilder by hosting editor Nancy Tystad Koupal and author Paula M. Nelson at its May gathering at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 23.

Game, Fish and Parks

May 20-26 is National Safe Boating Week
Join the United States Coast Guard and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in celebrating National Safe Boating Week May 20-26, 2017.

Transportation

Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind landowners of mowing regulations for the state rights of way.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting border tax seminars in Aberdeen
The South Dakota Department of Revenue and the North Dakota Tax Department will collaborate for a pair of border tax seminars June 15 in Aberdeen.

Veterans Affairs

A Visit to the Cemetery
A monthly message from SDDVA Secretary Zimmerman


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State of South Dakota Rolls Out Nation's First Paperless Pardon Process
As a part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s efforts to make government more efficient, the State of South Dakota today rolled out a pardon website for individuals seeking clemency, making South Dakota the only state in the nation with such a tool.

Sturgis To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Sturgis has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, June 6.

Agriculture

Wildland Fire Division Reminds Public About Campfire Permits
The Division of Wildland Fire is reminding the public that campfires on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District need a permit.

Public Safety

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Crofton, NE man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Yankton.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into S.D. 44 / Platte-Winner Bridge Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold public open houses to gather public input for help in developing the S.D. 44 / Platte-Winner Bridge Corridor Study. These open house public meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Calls For Flags At Half-Mast For Peace Officers Memorial Day
President Donald Trump has proclaimed today, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 14 through May 20 as Police Week.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Memorial Service Scheduled
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to ask South Dakotans to take a moment to reflect on the contributions that police officers make to our communities and to honor those officers who have been lost in the line of duty.

Community Partners Wanted for Aging Gracefully Expo this Fall
Attorney General Marty Jackley is pleased to announce a collaboration of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the South Dakota State University Extension Office to expand the Aging Gracefully Program (AGE) statewide.

Agriculture

South Dakota’s Largest Classroom Held During the SD State Fair
This school year might be winding down but the South Dakota State Fair is looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year.

SD Ag Chat: USDA NASS Surveys—Quantifying Ag in SD
South Dakota ranks among the top ten states in over 30 crop and livestock production categories, but where does that information come from?

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
The Division of Wildland Fire is announcing the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month’s Coloring Contest winners Layla Norrie of Box Elder, from the three to seven age group, and Paden Belkham of Blundt, for the eight to twelve age group.

Education

Technical institute graduates enjoy strong job placement and program expansions approved
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Education heard a report on technical institute job placement of graduates.

South Dakota to release education plan, Board receives high-level summary
A summary of South Dakota’s plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act is now available.

Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its meeting earlier today.

State Historical Society Archaeology Camp registration opens May 22
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Office is sponsoring a three-day Archaeology Camp for students going into grades 4-6 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Health

Rounds Receives National TB Award
Kristin Rounds, Pierre, has been named the 2017 TB Controller of the Year by the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA). Rounds is the tuberculosis control coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health and has more than 30 years of TB control experience.

Public Safety

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A Hermosa, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon in Box Elder.

Transportation

Highway 281 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun the intersection modification work to add left turn lanes on Highway 281 and 142nd Street at the Warner exit south of Aberdeen.

I-90 – Exit 14 – Eastbound I-90 Closure with Detour
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says eastbound I-90 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday May 16, with traffic directed to the off and on ramps.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. - A 60-year-old man died Saturday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Yankton.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A 76-year-old man died late Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash that occurred within the Box Elder city limits.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

First Lady Column: SD Reaches Lowest Ever Infant Mortality Rate
It has been six-and-a-half years since Dennis was first elected, and since then a number of things have changed in our lives. We have become grandparents, and our five grandkids – all age four or younger – brighten our days and amuse us to no end.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service to honor the fallen law enforcement officers of South Dakota.

Agriculture

Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.


Agriculture

Weed-free Forage Market Growing
Hay and straw producers can add value to their products by achieving weed-free forage certification through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Education

2017 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Five South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $1,040,000, have been awarded to four South Dakota school districts and one private nonprofit corporation.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Revises Proposed Changes to Nonresident Waterfowl Licenses
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adjusted its current proposal to the proposed distribution and number of nonresident temporary (three day) waterfowl licenses and made additional adjustments.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects New Board Members
President of the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (PWF), Karen Gundersen Olson, announced today that William May of Rapid City, Jim Spies of Watertown and Dale Jahr of Sioux Falls will serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Transportation

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

I-90 – Exit 14 – One-Lane Two-Way Traffic on Colorado Boulevard East of 27th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says traffic was switched to one-lane two-way traffic on the north side of Colorado Boulevard between Heritage Drive and 27th Street on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 10, 2017.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorneys General Call for Federal Policy Change to Expand Authority to Address More Resident Abuse Cases
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 38 Attorneys General in signing onto a National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) letter urging the U.S. government to change its policy so that state attorneys general could use federal funds to investigate and prosecute a wider range of Medicaid abuse and neglect cases, including those that happen at home.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Wildfire Awareness Month
I spent some time this past weekend at the parts store picking up a new battery for my lawnmower.

Easton Corbin Added to SD State Fair Line-Up
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds welcome Easton Corbin to the SD State Fair Grandstand on Friday, Sept.1.

Education

Public input sought for State Historical Society programming
The South Dakota State Historical Society is seeking input from the public for the development of future programming.

Candidates for 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year announced
Six individuals have been named South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.

‘Butterflies!’ is theme for May 13 Family Fun Day at Cultural Heritage Center
Over 170 species of butterflies make their home in South Dakota, and the public is invited to come and celebrate these flying creatures by making a clothespin butterfly on Saturday, May 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Health

Minnesota Measles Outbreak Continues, Keep Immunizations Current
As a Minnesota measles outbreak nears 50 cases, a South Dakota health official urges state residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date.

Public Safety

Name Released in Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – Authorities have released the name of an 85-year-old man who died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Madison.

Board of Regents

NSU to Offer Online Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a new associate of arts degree in criminal justice from Northern State University, to be delivered online to students anytime, anywhere. NSU also received approval for a new minor in human resources management.

From Unmanned Aircraft to Biology: New Academic Offerings at SDSU
Students at South Dakota State University will have several new academic options available to them this fall, including a master’s degree in human biology, an undergraduate certificate in unmanned aircraft systems, and a minor in applied statistics.

SDSU Student Groups Honored at Regents’ Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Puszynski Named Interim President at School of Mines
Dr. Jan A. Puszynski (YAWN push-IN’-skee), vice president for research at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named interim president at School of Mines. Puszynski begins his duties immediately and will serve in a temporary capacity until a national search for the next president of the engineering and science university is concluded and a new president is appointed.


Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Black Hawk, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle-pickup crash that occurred on Nemo Road near Rapid City.


Agriculture

May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month.”

Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 56th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest was held at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Public Safety

Highway Signs to be Dedicated In Honor of Fallen Highway Patrol Troopers
PIERRE, S.D. – Highway signs will be dedicated next week as part of National Police Week – a different sign dedicated each day -- in honor of the five South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty.

Tourism

South Dakota’s Faces of Travel
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is aligning with the U.S. Travel Association and several communities, chambers and CVBs from across the state to celebrate National Travel and Tourism week, May 7-13.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-29 Exit 77 (41st Street) Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, (1201 North West Avenue) to inform area residents of the status and preliminary recommendations of the interchange and environmental study for the I-29 Exit 77 (41st Street) Interchange.


Corrections

State Prison Inmates Placed on Escape Status
Inmates Calvin McCloskey and Dylan Fzast Horse left the Rapid City Community Work Center during the evening of May 7.

Public Safety

Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – An 85-year-old man died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Madison.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One man died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle-pickup crash that occurred on Nemo Road near Rapid City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Great State, Great Staff
The State of South Dakota impacts the lives of its citizens daily. We drive on roads maintained by the Department of Transportation. We enjoy parks and recreational areas operated by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Many in need receive help from the Department of Social Services.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Medal Of Honor Recipient Leo Thorsness
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 8, 2017, to honor the life of Leo Thorsness, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, who passed away on May 2.

News Tips
Gov. Daugaard and Secretary of Tourism James Hagen will hold a news conference to recognize National Travel and Tourism Week.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes the 2017 and 2018 Black Hills and Custer State Park Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to increase the number of available antlerless whitetail licenses for the 2017 Black Hills deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader and Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Proposes East River and West River Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season, with a majority of this reduction to antlerless whitetail licenses.

Youth Deer Hunting Season in South Dakota Set for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made no changes for the 2017 and 2018 statewide youth deer hunting seasons and will operate under the same season structure as 2016.

GFP Commission Proposes the Archery Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid during their May meeting.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Furbearer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission reviewed several furbearer seasons at their May meeting, and with no changes, the seasons will move forward for the next two years under the same season structure.

Social Services

May is Foster Parent Appreciation & Awareness Month
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has designated May as Foster Parent Appreciation and Awareness Month for South Dakota.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
This month, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is taking an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, including being aware of risk factors that can lead to suicide and how to get help.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. William Clayton
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, May 5, to honor the life of former Rep. William Clayton, who passed away on April 20.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Enters Into Cooperative MOU With State
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding with the Oglala Sioux Tribe earlier this week in Rapid City. The occasion marks the completion of a long-time project to formalize cooperative operations between the Tribe and State. The signing is the third cooperative tribal MOU to be put in place in state history.

Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring May as “Beef Month” once again this year in South Dakota.

Helicopter Exercise at Angostura Lake
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, will be administering the annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit at Angostura Lake on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Education

Gov. Daugaard proclaims May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.

Transportation

Rice Street and Timberline Avenue Intersection Traffic Delay
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be stopping traffic at the Rice Street and Timberline Avenue intersection in Sioux Falls on Saturday, May 6. Flaggers stationed near the intersection will be directing traffic to allow for grading operations on the new Rice Street alignment.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Data Shows State’s 2016 Infant Mortality Rate Lowest Ever
In 2016 South Dakota reported its lowest rate ever of infant deaths, according to new data released today by the Department of Health.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Lake County Standoff Continues
Attorney General Marty Jackley, McCook County Sheriff Mark Norris and Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg confirm that several law enforcement agencies continue to negotiate with an armed subject in rural Lake County.

Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration at Main Street Square
The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of events to be held at Rapid City’s Main Street Square on Sunday, May 7, from 1–3 p.m.

South Dakota State Fair and Sherwin Linton Seek Talent
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2017 State Fair AARP Centennial Stage Shows.

Game, Fish and Parks

Trail Bridge Under Repair at Big Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon
The suspension bridge that crosses the Big Sioux River in the Big Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon will be under construction during May and early June.

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
Fifteen thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Fourth” program.

Labor and Regulation

Employer Webinar on Labor Market Information
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Wednesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Transportation

471st Avenue Closing North of Highway 48 for Bridge Replacement
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say 471st Avenue (Union County Highway 1C), located four miles north of Highway 48, will be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Board of Regents

Presidential Search Committee Named in School of Mines’ Search
A presidential search committee, including campus and community representatives, has been appointed to assist the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume
The seventh season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month.

Agriculture

Faith Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Elora Gould, a fifth grade student at Faith Elementary School, is the winner of the 2017 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

April 30-May 7 is Soil and Water Stewardship Week in SD
April 30-May 7, 2017, is “Soil and Water Stewardship Week” in South Dakota. The 2017 theme is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!”

South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May, 2017, as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Intergovernmental Roundtable Held To Discuss Potential Pipeline Protests
In light of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests which occurred in North Dakota, South Dakota’s state and tribal law enforcement are having public safety discussions. The first strategic planning meeting was held on Friday, April 28, in Mitchell, where participants discussed potential pipeline protests.

Education

Pioneer Girl Project announces more Laura Ingalls Wilder books
The latest Pioneer Girl Project publication, “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder,” was unveiled at the April 28-29 history conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

May Sobriety Checkpoints Scheduled
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to hold 23 sobriety checkpoints during May.

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosting taxpayer office hours in Winner
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host office hours in Winner to assist taxpayers.

Veterans Affairs

National Military Appreciation Month
At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the South Dakota Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Choices Behind The Wheel
Traffic fatalities are a recurring headline. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read another story, hear a radio report or see the terrible images on television.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Swanson As Fourth Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Gordon D. Swanson as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Fourth Circuit Court.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Ag Processing, Inc. ground breaking that is being held at the site of AGP’s future soybean facility in Aberdeen.

Revenue

Vendors at the 2017 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ may now apply for a South Dakota tax license
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue is now accepting sales tax license applications for the 2017 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Strawn As Fourth Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Eric J. Strawn as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Fourth Circuit Court.

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
DAVIS, S.D. – Two Lennox, S.D. residents have died from injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon east of Davis.

Tourism

Department of Tourism Invites Travelers to Discover Their “Great Place” in South Dakota
In preparation for the upcoming tourist season, the Department of Tourism’s peak marketing “My Great Place” campaign has launched in key markets to promote leisure travel to South Dakota

Transportation

Construction on Highway 18 East of Pine Ridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on eight miles of Highway 18 from nine miles east of Pine Ridge at the intersection of BIA Highway 27 (Wounded Knee Corner) to 17 miles east of Pine Ridge to the intersection of Highway 391 (Gordon Junction) will begin Monday, May 8.

Construction on Highway 18 in Pine Ridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on one mile of Highway 18 in Pine Ridge from at the intersection of Highway 407 to one mile east on Highway 18 by the Pine Ridge Hospital will begin Tuesday, May 2.

Construction on Highway 391 East of Pine Ridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on three miles of Highway 391 from the intersection of Highway 18 (Gordon Junction), 17 miles east of Pine Ridge, south to the Nebraska state line will begin Monday, May 1.

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 53 Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) for a total of approximately $9 million at their monthly meeting today (April 27) in Pierre.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Veterans Bonus
Since World War I, South Dakota has paid a bonus to residents who served on active duty during a wartime period and this tradition continues today. The current bonus program, administered by the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, authorizes payments of up to $500 to current or former members of the Armed Forces.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Senator Richard Gregerson
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 1, to honor the life of former legislator Richard Gregerson of Sioux Falls, who passed away on Tuesday, April 25.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center Program to feature South Dakota’s first Senator
One of South Dakota’s most colorful politicians will be the subject of the May History and Heritage Book Club meeting.

May is Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

Transportation

Traffic Changes on Burr Street in Mitchell
T&R Contracting, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is continuing shoulder work on Burr Street in Mitchell from Havens Avenue to Interstate 90. The shoulder is being widened so it can be utilized to carry southbound traffic during the reconstruction of the current northbound lanes.

South Dakota Highway 115 Open to Traffic
On Friday, April 28, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will open South Dakota Highway 115 to traffic at 3 p.m. from 4th Street in Dell Rapids to 248t Street.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Announces Economic Development Awards at 2017 Annual Conference
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Economic development professionals from across South Dakota gathered in Sioux Falls today ‘Gearing Up for Success’ during the annual Governor’s Economic Development Conference.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

SD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program
South Dakotans will have the chance to throw out unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

Agriculture

Statement from Sec. of Ag Jaspers on Perdue Confirmation
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers issued the following statement in response to the U. S. Senate’s confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Justin Moore and Ned LeDoux Added to SD State Fair Grandstand Line Up
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Justin Moore with opening act Ned LeDoux will perform at the grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

Human Services

State Plan on Aging Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Long Term Services and Supports is seeking public comment on the State Plan on Aging.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 212 to Close East of Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 212 between Watertown and Goodwin on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Curb Ramp Upgrades in Buffalo
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin ADA curb ramp upgrades in the city of Buffalo along highways 85 and 20 on Monday, May 1.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Daniel Fresquez was allowed to leave the Rapid City Community Work Center this morning to search for a work release job. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return to the Community Work Center at the designated time.

Education

Newspaper digitization advisory board selects newspapers to digitize for federal grant
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that more historical newspapers will be digitized as part of a federal grant.

Transportation

I-90 Eastbound Detour at Exit 40 - Rescheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that eastbound traffic on Interstate 90 near Piedmont will be detoured at Exit 40 to Sturgis Road between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Celebrate Farmers and Ranchers on Earth Day
In 1973, a woman by the name of Beverly Gabriel decided to leave her profession to get back to her roots. She had received a teaching degree from Black Hills State University a few years earlier and had taught in Rapid City and Wyoming.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Associated School Board’s Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon at the Ramkota in Pierre.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sioux Falls Man Charged with Terrorism Threat
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirm today that Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, 45, Sioux Falls, has been arrested by the Sioux Falls Police Department

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Regarding Same-Sex School Facilities
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

South Dakota Juvenile Sentencing in Jensen Case Upheld as Constitutional
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the South Dakota Supreme Court has reiterated that South Dakota’s amended Juvenile Statutory Sentencing Scheme complies with U.S. Supreme Court Case Law and affirms Paul Dean Jensen’s sentence for the murder and kidnapping of Michael Hare.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part
Spring is upon us here in South Dakota!

Education

State Historical Society presenting Governor’s Awards for History
The South Dakota State Historical Society will be presenting the Governor’s Awards for History on Saturday, April 29, during its annual history conference in Sioux Falls.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Reissues General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
DENR announced today the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations has been reissued and is now effective.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective May 1, 2017.

Public Safety

First Lady, Tommy the Turtle to Visit Pierre Second Graders
PIERRE, S.D. – First Lady Linda Daugaard and South Dakota Emergency Management Office mascot, Tommy the Turtle, will discuss severe weather safety with second graders in Pierre on Tuesday, April 25.

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 24-28
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans are being urged to start preparing now for the inevitable severe weather that will occur this spring and summer in South Dakota.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Release #18
Effective at 10:00 a.m. CST, April 21, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions were removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: 2017 Fire Season May be Quieter Than Last Year
Temperature and moisture are two main factors in determining the level of fire danger an area may face.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction Saturday
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.

Labor and Regulation

State Regulators Issue Cease and Desist Orders to Subsidiaries of Ocwen Financial Corp.
More than 20 state mortgage regulators, including the South Dakota Division of Banking, have issued regulatory orders or charges to subsidiaries of Ocwen Financial Corp. to address violations of state and federal laws.


Agriculture

2017 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Kalissa Mayclin of Mt. Vernon, Lariss Stahl of Tabor and Maxwell Quinn of Faulkton are the winning essayists selected from the 1,423 entries in the 2017 Arbor Day Essay Contest.

Public Safety

Governor Proclaims Thursday Safe Driving Day in SD
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, April 20, as Safe Driving Day in South Dakota, marking the first time such a proclamation has been declared in the state.


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Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2017 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early September through December 2017.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Michael Clark in Custody
Inmate Michael Clark was apprehended by the Sioux Falls Police Department at a Sioux Falls residence this afternoon.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Non-Resident Waterfowl Licenses
Earlier this month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand the area in which three-day temporary non-resident waterfowl hunters will be able to hunt.

Public Safety

South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed April 28-29
PIERRE, S.D. – All South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed for two days later this month.

Pursuit Leads to Confiscation of 1.7 pounds of Heroin, Cash
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol troopers recently seized 1.7 pounds of heroin in western South Dakota.

Transportation

Lane Closures at the Intersection of Highways 81/212 in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be replacing roadway signs at the intersection of highways 81 and 212 in Watertown on April 19 and 20, from 7 p.m. to midnight each night.

Veterans Affairs

“Days of Spring and What They Bring”
As children we always heard our mothers saying “April showers bring May flowers,” while under our breath we were saying “rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.” Now, as an adult and as a veteran, I know that landscapes and weather conditions have played a role in every conflict we have fought. Weather and terrain shaped the experiences of our troops and directly dictated their actions.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate In Custody
Inmate Sean Kilbourn was apprehended by law enforcement in Beadle County earlier this morning. He is currently housed in the Minnehaha County Jail.

Game, Fish and Parks

Trophies Awarded at 2017 GFP Archery Tournaments
Young archers from across South Dakota gathered in Rapid City on April 2, and Yankton on April 7, to claim top honors in the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournaments.

Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction Saturday
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.

Human Services

State’s SBVI Division Holding Public Forum
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will be holding a public forum on May 5.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Release #17
Effective at 9:00 a.m. MDT, April 17, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Board of Regents

New Initiatives Spark College-Going Interest
South Dakota colleges and universities are finding new ways to help high school students navigate the college application process and encourage postsecondary enrollments.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Remembering South Dakota's Ace
South Dakota draws an ace. That was one headline following the gubernatorial election of Joe Foss. The plain-spoken, unpretentious South Dakota hero held many titles throughout his life, only one of which was governor.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard invite families to take part in the Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn. Children up to age 12 are invited to participate.

Agriculture

It Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has designated April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

Mediation Services Available for Farmers and Ranchers
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress.

Corrections

State Prison Inmates Placed on Escape Status
Inmates Michael Clark and Sean Kilbourn left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on the grounds of the State Penitentiary earlier today to search for employment. Escape procedures were enacted when they failed to return at the designated time.

Game, Fish and Parks

Seeking Comments on Draft Prairie Grouse Management Plan 2017-2021
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the draft Prairie Grouse Management Plan for South Dakota, 2017-2021.

South Dakota's Deer Management Plan Available for Review until May 5
The public still has time to review the draft South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023.

Transportation

Rice Street Closure for Highway 100 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is scheduled to close Rice Street from Timberline Avenue to Six Mile Road in Sioux Falls on Monday, April 17 for one week.

I-90 – Exit 14 – Median Closure on Colorado Blvd at 26th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the median of Colorado Boulevard and 26th Street will close on Monday, April 17.


Agriculture

Deadline Approaching for Specialty Crop Grants
The application deadline for the 2017 Specialty Crop Grants is less than one month away.

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
South Dakota Wildland Fire (SDWF) reminds citizens that there is funding available through the 50 Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program.

Financing Beginning Farmers
Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.

Education

Two more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Two more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Game, Fish and Parks

Rule Changes for Terminally Ill Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission expanded a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.

Transportation

I29 Exit 132 Ramp Closures
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound off-ramp and the northbound on-ramp at Interstate 29 Exit 132 will close for approximately 21 calendar days.

Pavement Repair to Begin on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says concrete pavement repair work on Interstate 90 from mile marker 407 east of Brandon to mile marker 412.5 (South Dakota/Minnesota state line) will begin Monday, April 17.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Deadwood
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:

Labor and Regulation

State Launches New Job Search Site
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has launched a new version of its jobs database and management information system, SDWORKS.

Transportation

465th Avenue Closed South of Highway 46 for Bridge Replacement
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say 465th Avenue located 1.25 miles south of Highway 46 will be closed to through traffic on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Highway 79 Paving
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin preparing for an asphalt concrete resurfacing project on Highway 79 from the junction of Highway 168 in Butte County up to Slim Buttes in Harding County, beginning the week of April 16.

Spring Load Limit Release #16
Effective at 8:00 a.m. MST, April 12, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Restriction Release #15
Effective at 12:00 p.m. CST, April 10, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 64th Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter.

Education

Shared services grants awarded to school districts
Seven proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the latest round of the state’s shared services grant program.

Health

Prevent Tick-Borne Illness
Head outdoors and enjoy the spring weather but keep an eye out for ticks to prevent tularemia and other tick-borne diseases, says a state health official.


Public Safety

Name Released in Sanborn County Fatal Crash
HURON, S.D. – A Huron, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night south of Huron.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Stewardship Of State Pension Not Something To Reprimand
South Dakotans are not afraid to do things differently when different means a better way. Different defines how we have been running our state’s retirement system.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspiration Awards at the Science Center at Dakota State University.

Agriculture

Giving Consumers a Place to Find Accurate Information About How Their Food is Grown and Raised
There are hundreds of websites on the internet aimed at providing accurate information about today’s agriculture practices in the U.S.

Game, Fish and Parks

2017 Elk Season Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their April meeting.

Good Earth State Park Fees finalized
This week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission established facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park.

Transportation

Spring Load Restriction Release #14
Effective at 8:00 a.m. CST, April 10, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Highway 50 Closed for Bridge & Box Culvert Replacement
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 50 east of Interstate 29 to the intersection of Highways 50 and 11 will be closed to through traffic on April 10, 2017.

Highway 212 Closing For Bridge Replacement Near Redfield
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that work is underway on the Highway 212 bridge replacement just west of Redfield and motorists are currently experiencing slight changes in traffic flow.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Challenge of Affordable Care Act’s Tax on South Dakota’s Insurance Health Plan
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined a challenge filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by 16 Attorneys General.

Game, Fish and Parks

Supreme Court Decision Prompts GFP Action On Non-Meandered Waters
In compliance with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Duerre v. Hepler, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is closing Department-managed boat launches on non-meandered bodies of water.

Public Safety

Sanborn County Fatal Crash
HURON, S.D. – One woman has died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night south of Huron, S.D.

Transportation

Concrete Pavement Repair Work to begin on Highway 52
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say concrete pavement repair work on Highway 52 west of Yankton will begin the week of April 10, 2017.

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on Interstate 29
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on Interstate 29 between North Sioux City and Exit 53 will begin the week of April 10, 2017.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Flags At Half-Staff Thursday To Honor John Glenn
The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of John Glenn on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the day of his interment.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Davison County Man Sentenced for Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute in a Drug Free Zone
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Jordan Lee Muntefering, 27, Mitchell, was sentencing to 20 years with 5 suspended on two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in a drug free zone, methamphetamine.

Agriculture

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Coolidge Creek prescribed fire on Thursday, April 6.

Education

Governor proclaims South Dakota Library Week April 10-16
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed April 10-16, South Dakota Library Week, in honor of the vital and continually evolving role of libraries in schools and communities.


Agriculture

May 1 Deadline for Brand Rerecording or Registration
Brand owners in South Dakota whose brand or brands were cancelled in May of 2015, have until May 1, 2017 to rerecord their brands.

Social Services

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is observing the designation by encouraging individuals and organizations to play a role in making South Dakota a better place for children and families.

Transportation

Construction of Highways 12 & 37 in Groton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says reconstruction of Highways 12 and 37 in Groton has begun with phases 1 & 2.

Spring Load Limit Restrictions 12 & 13
Effective at 10:00 a.m. CST, April 7, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Limit Release #11
Effective at 8:00 a.m. CST, April 6, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Pavement Repair to Begin on Highway 115
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says concrete pavement repair work on Highway 115 between Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Attorney General’s Office Celebrates Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to remind South Dakotans that this week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Agriculture

2017 Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest
May is Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Announce Free Entrance for Military Group Events
Past and present military personnel will now receive free entrance into South Dakota state parks when participating in special events that they host.

Black Hills Mountain Lion Hunting Season Ends
The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season officially closed on March 31, 2017. Hunters harvested a total of 30 mountain lions, 16 of those were female.

Human Services

2017 Governor’s Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Awards.

Transportation

Intersection Closures on 6th Street Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Phase 1 of the construction project on 6th Street in Brookings has begun and includes removal and reconstruction of the westbound lanes from 20th Avenue to 34th Avenue.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Juvenile Justice Reforms Showing Promising Results
This week, the juvenile justice reform oversight council released its first annual report. The report encapsulates the progress made in the first full year of implementation of the 2015 Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Gov. Daugaard Announces Appointees To New Board Of Technical Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the initial appointees to the Board of Technical Education. The nine-member board will provide state-level oversight to the state’s four technical institutes, taking on the functions currently served by the state Board of Education.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the deployment ceremony for the 125 airmen in the 114th Fighter Wing.

Agriculture

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Education

‘South Dakota History’ features Hawaiian annexation, ranching memoir and physical therapy pioneer
A maverick South Dakota senator, a family of ranch entrepreneurs and a medical pioneer take center stage in the Spring 2017 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $94.6 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $94.6 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

Health

Rabies Cases Dip In 2016, Pets Still Need Vaccination
Cases of animal rabies were down in 2016, but the disease remains a risk in South Dakota, according to health officials. There were 27 cases in 2016, down from 29 cases in 2015.

Public Safety

Names Released in Brown County Fatal Crash
FREDERICK, S.D. – Names have been released in the two-vehicle crash that killed one and injured another Tuesday afternoon south of Frederick.

Transportation

Pavement Repair to Begin on I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin concrete pavement repair work on Interstate 29 from south of Exit 86 (Renner/Crooks) to north of Exit 109 (Colman/Madison) on Monday, April 3, 2017.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7
“Work Zone Safety Is In Your Hands” National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state transportation departments across the country to remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Tribal Leaders Participate In Governor’s Public Safety Roundtable
Gov. Dennis Daugaard yesterday met with tribal leaders to discuss Senate Bill 176, potential pipeline protests and public safety. In the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota, state and tribal leaders came together on Wednesday to converse on how to avoid potential problems, share concerns and work on possible solutions.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Joan Wink To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Dr. Joan Wink of Howes to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Robert Running Shield was arrested in Rapid City March 29. He is currently being housed at the Pennington County Jail.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Plans April Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned in 19 South Dakota counties during April.

Transportation

Highway 83 Resurfacing to Begin South of Fort Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing project on Highway 83 from the south end of the Bad River Bridge in Fort Pierre for about 22 miles south.

I-29 Southbound at Exit 73 to be Reduced to One Lane
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound lanes of Interstate 29 at Exit 73 in north Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday, April 3.

Board of Regents

Regents Approve Tuition & Fee Rates for 2017-18
The South Dakota Board of Regents Thursday approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $237.81 per year, or 2.9 percent.

Regents Honor Student Groups at School of Mines and Black Hills State
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.


Education

Restored Fort Pierre railroad depot to host program about railroad history in South Dakota
People can learn about the history of railroads and one historic depot in South Dakota during a program that will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 11, in the 1906 Fort Pierre Depot Museum.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
FREDERICK, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon south of Frederick, S.D.

Names Released in Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A Flandreau man has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash east of Flandreau.

Social Services

Rapid City Department of Social Services Hosts Art Exhibit for Children in Foster Care
The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City is hosting a special art exhibit at the Dahl Fine Arts Center on April 8, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Add New Online Associate Degrees
Consistent with South Dakota Board of Regents’ initiatives to grow associate degrees online, new two-year college degrees in construction technology, software development, and sociology will soon be available to students anywhere, any time.

New Academic Offerings Develop State Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new academic program requests to meet emerging employment trends across the state.

Sutton Elected Board of Regents’ President
Bob Sutton, a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2013, is the board’s new president, succeeding Randy Schaefer, who remains on the board.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Oversight Council Releases Juvenile Report, Governor Signs SB 179
Today the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council released its first annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s juvenile justice reforms. The Oversight Council is the statutorily authorized entity that monitors the juvenile justice reforms.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Robert Running Shield left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization during the evening of March 27.

Game, Fish and Parks

Warm Weather Accompanies the End of Snowmobile Season
March 31 marks the official end of snowmobile season in South Dakota.

Health

Grants Open For Mosquito Control Programs
Cities, counties and tribes can again apply for state grant funding to help control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV).

Transportation

Burr Street Construction in Mitchell To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the city of Mitchell are scheduled to begin the reconstruction of Burr Street from Havens Avenue to Interstate 90 in Mitchell on Monday, April 3.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

South Dakota State Treasurer Announces Changes in Unclaimed Property Laws
State Treasurer, Rich Sattgast, announced that the recently passed SB34 affects Unclaimed Property laws in regards to how long the Unclaimed Property Division is required to retain escheated securities.

Game, Fish and Parks

Now Is the Time to Sign Up For a South Dakota HuntSAFE Class
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year.

July Fourth Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
Saturday, April 1, is the first day to make reservations for a June 30 arrival, which is the Friday preceding the Fourth of July.

Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2017 NASP Tournaments
Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 8th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments.

Public Safety

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon east of Flandreau.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Otter Tail Power Company to Seek Permits for Major Investment in Deuel County
Deuel County, S.D. – Top officials from Otter Tail Power Company, headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minn., announced today plans to seek regulatory approvals to build a new gas-fired electricity-generating station in Deuel County, South Dakota.


Public Safety

Name Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
DANTE, S.D. – A Wagner, S.D. man has been identified as the person killed in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Dante.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Keystone XL
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the State Department’s issuance of a permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Governor's Column: A Chance To Be SD's Capital For A Day
In the 1990s, Gov. George S. Mickelson started a new tradition in South Dakota called Capital for a Day. Gov. Mickelson would travel to a community and issue an executive proclamation declaring that town as South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Madison High School Automotive Shop Ribbon Cutting.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Tourism Industry Taking Note of Vacationer Interest in Agri-Tourism
Agriculture and tourism are both important industries in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: Young SD Couple Building Cattle Herd from Square One
In this SD Ag Chat, hear about one young couple whose love for cattle makes the challenges they face to build their herd worth the risk.

Education

Bunnies Rock! at Family Fun Saturday April 8 at Cultural Heritage Center
Young bunnies are a sure sign of spring and they will be the focus for Family Fun Saturday “Bunnies Rock!” at the Cultural Heritage Center on April 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
DANTE, S.D. – One man died in a one-vehicle crash that happened Thursday night near Dante.

Tribal Relations

State Officials meet with Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Leadership
State officials met Thursday with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate leadership to discuss a variety of issues.

Revenue

April 1 is the deadline for the elderly and disabled property tax assessment freeze program
Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1 to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program.