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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For The Summer
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for a summer 2017 Governor’s Office Internship in Pierre. The position will be paid and run from early May through August 2017.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., and South Dakota’s priorities for federal health care reform.

Governor’s Statement on Rep. Wollmann’s Resignation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of District 8 Rep. Matthew Wollmann.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.

McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning near Canistota.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

Board of Regents

Statement of the South Dakota Board of Regents on President Heather Wilson’s Nomination to be Next Air Force Secretary
The President of the United States announced today his intention to nominate Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, as the next Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Joseph Standing Bear was apprehended in Rapid City earlier this week.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate
South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved.

Governor's Column: Taking On The Meth Problem
I recently heard a story about a young man who was exposed to meth as a child. The young man, named Chris, grew up around meth and the violence that the drug brings. Like any normal kid, he wanted attention from the adults in his life.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on South Dakota Public Radio’s In the Moment with Lori Walsh.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Grandparent Scam Continues to Target South Dakota Seniors
Attorney General Marty Jackley is again warning South Dakota seniors that the grandparent scam has resurfaced targeting all parts of the state.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Knowing Your Financial Options
Low prices and high costs are affecting everyone involved in agriculture.

Tourism

Tourism Industry Leaders & Innovators Honored for Their Work
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top tourism industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

Tourism Department Posts Record Numbers in 2016
The South Dakota tourism industry has once again reached record numbers of visitors, visitor spending and impact on the state’s economy. This marks seven straight years of economic growth for the industry.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 406 SD11 Splitrock Boulevard Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Brandon, will hold a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mon. Jan. 23, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Express Convention Center, 1103 N Splitrock Boulevard, Sioux Falls, to inform area residents of the beginning of the study and begin receiving public input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the I-90 Exit 406 (SD11 / Splitrock Boulevard) Interchange.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to attend AARP Day during session
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth in the Capital to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Education

Board holds first public hearing on proposed certification rule changes
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes today.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Legislator Kenny McNenny
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Saturday, Jan. 21, to honor the life of former legislator Kenneth George “Kenny” McNenny of Sturgis, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Alvin Williams was apprehended in Sioux Falls earlier this morning.

Education

Paul Goble biography now available from State Historical Society
The first-ever biography of internationally known children’s author and illustrator Paul Goble, who passed away on Jan. 5, has been released by the South Dakota State Historical Society. Written by Gregory Bryan, “Paul Goble, Storyteller” captures a life that few Americans are familiar with.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects Officers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2017. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable supporting organization for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Funding Available for Trails
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments.

GFP Harvest and Opinion Surveys Underway
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently administering a number of different harvest and opinion surveys regarding the management of wildlife resources across the state.

Fort Sisseton Festival Vendor Applications Available
PIERRE, S.D. - Vendors interested in having a booth at the 2017 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival have until March 14 to submit an application. Applications are available for vendors of arts and crafts, concessions, and rendezvous. The annual festival is scheduled for June 2, 3 and 4, 2017.

GFP Conservation Officer Honored
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Joe Galbraith has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Public Safety

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Storm Lake, Iowa man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday in Sioux Falls.

Tourism

Officers Reelected for Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board
The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has selected its officers for 2017.


Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: Turning a life’s passion into a life’s work
For Jordan Miller, hunting and fitness are his two passions in life. The day he got the opportunity to combine the two and make a living doing it, he jumped at the chance.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning in Sioux Falls.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Amazon's Big Step In The Right Direction
South Dakota is a state with a low tax burden. We are one of only seven states without a personal income tax. We also have no corporate income tax, no business inventory tax, no personal property tax and no inheritance tax. People who live here get to keep more of their earnings.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present his 2017 State of the State Address at the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Dakota Events Center.

Agriculture

Obtain Firewood from In-State Sources
Camp fires or fire pits are becoming a common sight year round in South Dakota.

Online Option for Grain Checkoff Payments
Grain elevators in South Dakota have a new option for submitting payments to the state’s grain checkoff funds.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Gregory County Man Pleads to Sexual Contact with a Minor and Distribution of Controlled Substance to a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Donald Kelvin Story, 51, Dallas, pled guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, methamphetamine, class 2 felony, punishable by to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine and one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

Attorney General Jackley Warns Against Travel Scams and Timeshare Resellers
It is that time of year again when people are planning winter trips to warmer regions and may be faced with advertisements to buy a timeshare or travel package. Attorney General Jackley would like to offer some advice on how to better protect you when contemplating these types of purchases.

Agriculture

Big & Rich First Concert Announcement for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich & Cowboy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Appoints Standing Rock Officer to Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the appointment of David Lawrence, Chief of Police with the Standing Rock Agency to the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission. He has been appointed to a two-year term effective January 2017.

Attorney General Jackley Reminds Provigil Users to File Claim Before April Deadline
Attorney General Marty Jackley is reminding consumers who feel they may be entitled to a recovery under the Provigil settlement to file their claim before the April 13, 2017 deadline.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Receives Grant for Park Project
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently received a $75,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant from the Wellmark Foundation. The money will be used for the Cottonwood Playground Project at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Backpage.com Suspends Controversial Sexual Advertising in Human Trafficking Fight
South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley confirms that Backpage.com has suspended its sexual advertising in relation to the ongoing human trafficking fight.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Moses Dubray, age 32, left the Rapid City Community Work Center today without authorization.

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Alvin Williams, age 42, left the Yankton Community Work Center this morning without authorization.

Brent Fluke Appointed Women’s Prison Warden
Bob Dooley, director of prison operations for the Department of Corrections, has appointed Brent Fluke as warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison.

Tourism

2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism “Builds for the Future”
The South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism, hosted by the Department of Tourism, encourages visitor industry professionals to come and be inspired to “Build for the Future” next week, Jan. 17-19, in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

State Forensic Lab Completes Project for Testing all Rape Kits
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that South Dakota Forensic Lab (SDFL) has completed the testing of all rape kits from law enforcement agencies in South Dakota.

Bureau of Administration

Blue Lights for Law Enforcement Appreciation
The front doors of the Capitol will be illuminated in blue tonight in recognition of the sacrifices made by South Dakota law enforcement officers and their families.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Dairy Checkoff Dollars Working Around the World
You may be eating the results of partnerships formed between various fast food restaurants and the dairy checkoff.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Joseph Olson, age 56, passed away Jan. 6 in a comfort care setting in the Jameson Annex to the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Requests FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment for Christmas Day Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested FEMA join state and local officials in a review of damage done to public property in 24 counties and on four tribal reservations during the recent Christmas Day storm.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Lane Closure and Opening the New Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that eastbound I-90 will be reduced to one-lane between the off and on ramps at Exit 14 on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. This is being done so the contractor can transport concrete barriers onto the new bridge.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota Working for a Win in Vegas at Annual SHOT Show
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will return to Las Vegas, Nev., later this month to promote the state at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, Jan. 17-20.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Good News from the State Financial Report
This past week the state budget office issued South Dakota’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or what those of us within state government sometimes refer to as “the CAFR.” The Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on the Friday before New Year’s Day.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Doug Sharp to GFP Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Sharp of Watertown to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will broadcast the speech live on SDPB1 TV, SDPB Radio and SD.net. The State of the State Address will be archived on SDPB’s website.

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 Tara Hartse, on December 7, 2016, in Lake Norden, South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Currently Conducting Online Angler Survey
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU), is currently conducting an online angler survey to help gauge angler use, harvest and attitudes of resident and nonresident anglers.

Public Safety

2016 Traffic Fatalities Near Record Low Lack of Seatbelt Use Significant Cause in Most Deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 115 traffic fatalities in 2016 are expected to be the lowest since 2011 and second lowest since 1960.

Name Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Grand Island, NE man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Awards Eight Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to eight projects throughout South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5.36 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $5.36 million for solid waste and water projects when it met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

Game, Fish and Parks

Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park Master Planning Contract Awarded
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that Peaks to Plains Design, PC will be the consultant in the master planning efforts for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park and Bismarck Lake areas in the Black Hills.

Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Due Feb. 15
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wildlife diversity program is accepting proposals for the wildlife diversity small grants program.

Tourism

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at eight Information Center locations along interstates 29 and 90.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley’s 2017 Legislative Package
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the Attorney General’s proposed legislative package for 2017 will include a request that our Legislature consider and enact the following:

Education

Cultural Heritage Center announces new monthly programming series to debut in January
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 21, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will debut a new monthly programming series for 2017 entitled “Family Fun Saturdays.”

Mitchell teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Amanda Christensen, a fourth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, has received a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Announces Earliest CAFR Release In 20 Years
The state Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on Friday, meeting its goal of a December release.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sanborn County Man Pleads to First Degree Manslaughter
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Sanborn County States Attorney Jeffrey Larson announced today that Matthew Walter Novak, 33, Woonsocket, pled guilty to manslaughter in the first degree.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

Veterans Affairs

State Veterans Home Staff Recognized
The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network awarded the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home with the “Gold Milestone,” an award that recognizes the outstanding achievements and efforts to improve the quality of care and quality of life for veterans home residents.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Importance of South Dakota’s Animal Health Laboratory
For a state like South Dakota, with five times as many cattle and twice as many hogs and chickens as we have citizens, livestock health is a big deal. We all know the tremendous impact the livestock sector has on our state’s economy, but it’s easy to forget the connection between livestock health and human health.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Ervin Bader
The flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, to honor the life of former legislator Ervin Bader who passed away on Christmas Day.

News Tips
State parks in all 50 states will host First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. Hikes will be held in eight South Dakota state parks.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Arrest Spearfish Man for Enticement of a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced today that the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Spearfish Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations have arrested Nicholaus Tripp, 28, Spearfish, South Dakota, on one count of Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b).

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FSA Programs Help Keep Farmers and Ranchers Afloat
In this SD Ag Chat, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini talks about the role FSA programs play in providing financial stability for farmers and ranchers.

SD Ag Chat: Inside the SD Meat Inspection Program
Animal Industry Board inspectors in South Dakota take hundreds of samples each year from local locker plants or grocery store meat counters and send them to a lab to be tested.

Human Services

Assistive Daily Living Services Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public comment on the Assistive Daily Living Services (ADLS) Medicaid waiver renewal.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol announces January Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to ring in the first month of 2017 with another group of sobriety checkpoints.

Transportation

Department of Transportation & City of Pierre Seek Public Input into Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the city of Pierre, will hold a public open house as part of the Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2017, in the gymnasium at Kennedy Elementary School (2306 Brookstone Loop) in Pierre.

Veterans Affairs

Happy New Year
Let’s ensure that our 2017 book is not left blank! Let’s write a good one!


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 Curtis Wayne Adams, Sr., on December 3, 2016, in Yankton, South Dakota. The Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation at the request of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Education

Jan. 3 program at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on Great Depression
The Great Depression and "A New Deal for South Dakota" will be the focus of a public program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Jan. 3.

Human Services

Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public comment on the Family Support 360 Medicaid waiver renewal application.

Labor and Regulation

Progressive Steps to Advance Technology
A column by State Labor & Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman In the past year, the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has embraced this notion and has taken many progressive steps to advance technology in the way we do business.


Corrections

Community Service Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Joseph Standing Bear walked away from the community service employer this afternoon.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2017
Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2017 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Declares State of Emergency Following Winter Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency for all of South Dakota following a Christmas Day storm that resulted in stranded motorists and electrical power outages.


Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Hermosa.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON , S.D. – A Valley Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon.

Transportation

Illegally Dumped Snow Can Cause Problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

Interstate 90 Reopened Rapid City to Vivian Fully open to traffic
State officials have reopened I-90 in both directions from Rapid City to Vivian. I-90 is now completely open to traffic, but motorists are cautioned that winter driving conditions still exist.

Interstate 90 Reopened Wyoming Border to Rapid City
State officials have reopened I-90 in both directions from the Wyoming border to Rapid City in western South Dakota. I-90 from Rapid City to Vivian (both directions) remains closed until further notice. I-90 was reopened in both directions from Vivian to Chamberlain earlier.

I90 open Vivian to Chamberlain Remains closed Vivian to Wyo. border
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain in central South Dakota. Motorists are cautioned that icy, snow-packed roads and strong winds are still creating difficult travel conditions along I-90, especially in western South Dakota.


Transportation

Interstate 90 Closed From Wyoming Border to Vivian
State officials have closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between the Wyoming border and Vivian effective immediately. Officials will be closing Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain at 7 p.m. CST. The temperature is expected to drop below freezing, and along with snow and strong winds, as travel will be treacherous during the overnight hours.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Fun Facts About Poinsettias
The poinsettia originated in Mexico, but the majority of the flowers are grown and exported from the US.

SD Ag Chat: Ice Melt Products May Harm Trees and Lawns
Ice melt products make it easier to clear off sidewalks and driveways during the winter.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON , S.D. – A 24-year-old man died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon.

State Officials Urge Caution with Holiday Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Those traveling for Christmas are being urged to prepare for a holiday storm that could produce both rain and snow in parts of South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Remembering Friends
The years go faster as one gets older, and as 2016 closes, I have been thinking back on the past year. As always, Linda and I have much to be thankful for. We are also remembering four good friends and great South Dakotans who we lost this year.

Transportation

Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE Four-Way Stop Functioning
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the all-way stop at the intersection at Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE in Watertown is now fully functional.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sixth Circuit Court Issues Order for Preliminary Injunction Enjoining and Declining to Sever Portions of Initiated Measure 22
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Sixth Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett has issued an Order Enjoining and Declining Severability in the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit.

A. G. Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Authorizing a Physician to Prescribe Life-Ending Drugs
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

Attorney General Jackley Announces First Round Winners of Anti-Meth Campaign Contest
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the winners of the first round of the statewide “NO.METH.EVER.” contest.

Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
DAVIS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, 73, has died from injuries received in a Nov. 30, 2016 two-vehicle crash east of Davis.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State of South Dakota Seeks Request To Repurpose STAR Academy
The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer.

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 26
The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Monday.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Conservation Stewardship Program Well Received in SD
The Conservation Stewardship Program is helping farmers across the US manage working pasture and crop land.

Education

State Historical Society receives grant to put more historic newspapers online
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives was awarded a second round of grant funding in the amount of $240,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historical newspapers.

1941 recording of USS South Dakota christening available on State Historical Society website
Two lacquer radio transcription discs, held in the collections of the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, broadcast the June 7, 1941, double christening and launching of the battleship USS South Dakota from the New York Shipbuilding Corporation ways at Camden, N.J.

Transportation

I-90 – Exit 14 – Colorado Blvd Opening to Traffic
he South Dakota Department of Transportation says that Colorado Boulevard will open the new eastbound lane and turn lanes to traffic on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Traffic will continue to be one lane each direction.

Jackson Boulevard Storm Drain Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says storm drain repairs are taking place at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard (Highway 44) and Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City.

Highway 12 Corridor Study Aberdeen to Ipswich Project Update
On June 30, 2016, the South Dakota Department of Transportation held the first of two open house style public meetings to gather input on the U.S. Highway 12 Corridor from Aberdeen to Ipswich.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota's electoral votes cast
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pam Roberts joined Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the Capitol Building today to officially cast South Dakota’s electoral votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Day County Man Arrested for Grand Theft Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Gary Podzimek, 58, Bristol, has been indicted by a Day County Grand Jury.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Reflecting on Our Blessings
I can hardly believe 2016 is coming to a close.

Public Safety

DPS Officials: Be Safe During Holidays
PIERRE, S.D. – Whether celebrating the holiday season at home or traveling somewhere, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety encourages people to be safe.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Flags To Remain At Half-Staff Until Saturday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard requests that all flags in the state remain at half-mast to honor John Glenn until sunset on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Governor's Column: A Christmas Reminder From Laura Ingalls Wilder
Christmas is a special time in South Dakota, and it was no less special in the 1880s.

News Tips
The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), which works closely with local emergency planners, will meet over the Digital Dakota Network at sites in Brookings, Mitchell, Pierre and Rapid City.

Agriculture

Burn Permits Open Within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
Winter burning season burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District.

Education

Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
The opportunity to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants will be available soon.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Receives ‘Smart On Crime’ Recommendations
Today the Smart on Crime Workgroup delivered its report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The workgroup was formed this summer by the Governor to study how the regional increase in meth trafficking has impacted South Dakota’s criminal justice system and to review the progress of the Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed in the 2013 Legislative Session.

Human Services

Assistive Daily Living Services Medicaid Waiver Renewal
Assistive Daily Living Services (ADLS) waiver participants, providers and partners are invited to participate in a webinar/conference call regarding the ADLS Medicaid waiver renewal.

Public Safety

DOT To Make Watertown Intersection Four-Way Stop
WATERTOWN, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Transportation is converting the intersection at US Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE in Watertown from a two-way stop control to an all-way (four-way) stop.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Drug Control Fund Awards Distributed to Law Enforcement Agencies
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that several law enforcement agencies throughout the state have been given awards from the Attorney General’s Drug Control Fund.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: SD FFA Developing Leaders
FFA members from across South Dakota recently came together to compete in a variety of speaking competitions at a state contest in Pierre.

Education

Native American achievement school grants awarded
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded three Native American achievement school grants.

Game, Fish and Parks

Mountain Lion Season To Begin
PIERRE, S.D. – The mountain lion hunting season for the Black Hills Fire Protection District will begin on Dec. 26, 2016, and run through March 31, 2017, or if the harvest limit of 60 lions or 40 female lions is met.

Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt To Be Held
PIERRE, S.D. – The Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be held Jan. 6-8, 2017, in the Pierre area.

Anglers Reminded to Use Caution While Ice Fishing
PIERRE, S.D. – With the recent temperatures, South Dakota lakes, ponds and sloughs are freezing quickly. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials urge anglers, snowmobilers and recreationists to take extreme caution when venturing out.

South Dakota Snowmobile Trails Open Dec. 15
PIERRE, S.D. – Snowmobile trails across South Dakota open Thursday, Dec. 15.

Health

Health Department Staff Honored
Five South Dakota Department of Health staff were recently recognized in the agency’s annual Secretary’s Awards Program.

Public Safety

Government Entities Set Information Release Policy
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and several local governmental entities statewide have implemented a three-day information release policy designed to meet the requirements of a new amendment to the South Dakota Constitution.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Awards Juvenile Diversion Funds To Counties
The State of South Dakota is awarding funds to 25 counties for successfully diverting juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Taking Proper Care of Live Christmas Trees
Your Christmas tree doesn’t need vodka or aspirin to last longer.

SD Ag Chat: Christmas Tree Inspections
Before that live Christmas tree can go home with you, it gets examined by inspectors with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


Agriculture

Farmers and Merchants Bank Adds to Nordby Exhibit Hall Gift
Farmers and Merchants Bank, a branch of First National Bank, has provided an additional gift to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Education

Second round of Classroom Innovation Grant recipients announced
Twenty-five Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts for a combined total of over $1.3 million funded by the 2016 Legislature.

Game, Fish and Parks

Registration for 20th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek is Opening Soon
PIERRE, S.D. – Registration opens Dec. 14 for the 20th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek. Bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Cracking Down on Seatbelt Violators
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has reinforced its efforts to encourage more motorists to wear their seatbelts.

Veterans Affairs

Peace and Happiness!
It’s that time of the year when we are busy decking the halls, shopping, wrapping presents, writing cards and letters, baking, visiting our loved ones, and attending holiday programs and concerts.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of John Glenn
At the President’s request, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff to honor John Glenn, starting immediately, until the day of his interment.

Gov. Daugaard Names Liza Clark BFM Commissioner, Jim Terwilliger As Deputy Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Liza Clark of Pierre to serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management.

Governor's Column: Budget Address Overview
Given our current revenue situation and what other states are dealing with right now, South Dakota is fortunate not to be looking at spending cuts or freezes this year.

Labor and Regulation

Buyer Beware of Health Insurance Phone Solicitations
The South Dakota Division of Insurance warns consumers not to fall victim to high-pressure sales tactics used by telemarketers offering health insurance coverage.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Circuit Court Issues Preliminary Injunction in Initiated Measure 22 Lawsuit
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett has issued a preliminary injunction in the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit.

Attorney General Jackley and 42 Other Attorneys General Reach $19.5 Million Settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota and 42 other Attorneys General, reached a $19.5 million dollar settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Agriculture

Commercial Applicator Recertification Classes Start in January
Recertification classes for commercial pesticide applicators start next month in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Insurance Division, NAIC Launch Nationwide Life Insurance Policy Locator
The South Dakota Division of Insurance and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners announce the availability of a life insurance policy locator.


Board of Regents

Universities Tackle Workforce Shortage Problem
An estimated 33,000 new jobs are expected to be created in South Dakota between 2012 and 2022, based on state labor department projections. The state’s challenge is to supply an adequate pool of skilled workers to fill those positions. New data confirm a robust majority of students who graduate from South Dakota’s six public universities remain in state after completing a degree, but that efforts must intensify to boost graduate production going forward.

New Associate Degrees Approved for Dakota State and USD
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new associate degrees aimed at meeting identified workforce development needs. Starting next fall, two-year degrees will be available in integrated science from the University of South Dakota and in web development from Dakota State University.

New Educational Options Available at University Center-Sioux Falls
he South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a new certificate in web design at University Center-Sioux Falls and will also bring an existing certificate program in graphic design to the off-campus center. Both are offered through the University of South Dakota.

New Postsecondary Certificate Options Available to Students
New certificate programs at three South Dakota public universities offer more options to students pursuing workforce and career development opportunities. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the academic offerings at its meeting this week in Vermillion.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Pearl Harbor
President Obama has called for flags to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

19th Annual Pie Day Scheduled for Saturday December 10th
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the 19th Annual Pie Day will be held on Saturday

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Work-At-Home Scams
It is that time of year when people are looking to put a little extra cash in their pockets.

Attorney General Jackley Issues Official Opinion Relating to Marsy’s Law
Attorney General Marty Jackley has issued an Official Opinion on the implementation of Marsy’s Law as it relates to release of auto accident reports to the public, the release of street addresses where crimes occur, and the names of victims in crime report logs or law enforcement radio traffic requested.

Labor and Regulation

New Labor and Regulation Website Launched
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has launched a redesigned, mobile responsive website at dlr.sd.gov.


Revenue

Municipal Tax Changes Effective January 1, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – Three South Dakota communities are making updates to their current municipal tax rate beginning Jan. 1.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person was killed and another person injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning north of Yankton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Preparing For A Lean Year
In 1963 Gov. Archie Gubbard signed a bill into law which requires governors to submit an annual budget report to the Legislature. The report must be given to each member of the state Legislature on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in December.

News Tips
On Thursday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak about his proposed budget at a Huron Chamber coffee hour at the Huron Event Center.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-229 Major Investment Corridor 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 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1201 North West Avenue, to inform area residents of the findings and recommended potential improvements for inclusion in a twenty year improvement plan for the I-229 corridor.

I-90 – Exit 14 – Colorado Boulevard One Lane Traffic
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that Colorado Boulevard between Heritage Drive and 27th Street will be reduced to one lane on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual budget address on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: FSA County Committee election deadline extended
The deadline to submit ballots for the USDA Farm Service Agency 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote.

Seriously Twisted Fun at the 2017 SD State Fair
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s State Fair Park has announced the theme for the 2017 South Dakota State Fair-- “Seriously Twisted Fun.”

Education

State Historical Society announces spring Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the first round of the 2017 Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Feb. 1, 2017, for work beginning no earlier than May 1, 2017.

Human Services

Caughtery Named 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services
Jim Caughtery with J&C Construction of Brookings has been recognized by the South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) as a 2016 Champion of Independent Living Services.


Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Bison industry a bright spot in the agriculture economy
In this SD Ag Chat, hear more about the growing demand for this niche market meat.

Education

Local museums to promote Pierre/Fort Pierre through Business Appreciation Days in December
From Friday-Sunday, Dec. 9-11, the Bad River Museum Directors will host Business Appreciation Days at four participating museums in Pierre and Fort Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Black Hills Snowmobile Trails Open December 15
The Black Hills recently received up to 3 feet of snow, but South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials want to remind snowmobilers that the snowmobile trail system does not open until Dec. 15.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for December
PIERRE, S.D. – Along with everything else that is part of the holidays, the South Dakota Highway Patrol will spend time in December reminding people not to mix too much celebration with driving.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Is Open US Highway 85 Remains Closed
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 to traffic between Spearfish Exit 10 and Piedmont Exit 44 in both directions. I-90 is now fully open.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jeffrey Connolly As Seventh Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jeffrey Connolly of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeks Information on Missing Woman
The Day County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking information regarding the disappearance of Janita Abraham, 60, Waubay.

Public Safety

Passage of Marsy’s Law to Impact DPS Dissemination of Information
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety say a recently passed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution will limit the type of information that can be made available to the public, media and other professions.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person was killed and two others injured in a two-vehicle crash early Monday afternoon east of Yankton.

Transportation

Portion of I-90 Opening Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
State officials are adjusting the I-90 road closure to open the section from Exit 44 to Exit 55. I-90 will remain closed between Exit 14 at Spearfish and Exit 44 at Piedmont.

Interstate 90 Closed From Spearfish to Rapid City
State officials have closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between Exit 10 at Spearfish and Exit 55 at Rapid City effective immediately on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 29.

Hartford Exit 387 Overpass Reopened
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the repairs at Exit 387 overpass south of Hartford have ceased for the winter and the bridge is open to two-way traffic.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jacob Krull
Former state legislator Jacob J. “Jake” Krull of Watertown passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.

Education

December Smithsonian Saturday program at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on space
The next Smithsonian Saturday program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, and will focus on the effort to research space using radio telescopes and various telescopes already working in deep space.


Corrections

Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate David A. Bujarski was apprehended in Wall, SD on Nov. 26 by a Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputy.


Public Safety

Hyde County Fatal Crash
HIGHMORE, S.D. – Two people died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning south of Highmore.


Corrections

Work Release Inmate Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate David Bujarski has been placed on escape status after failing to return from his work release job.

Revenue

Holiday Season Quickly Approaching: Use Tax Due on Online Purchases
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue wants to remind South Dakotans that state and municipal tax may be due on purchases made online.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Christmas at the Capitol
When she was in the third grade, Linda Krutzfeldt received a Colorado blue spruce seedling. It was 1986 and a South Dakota Department of Agriculture forester was giving an Arbor Day presentation at Linda’s school in Huron. To go along with his presentation, the forester brought little trees for the children.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 68th Annual South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Watertown at the Ramkota & Event Center.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Diaz Conviction
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction and sentence of Maricela Nicolasa Diaz for the murder of Jasmine Guevara.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--Greenway: Proud of Being a Farmer, Proud to Tell His Story
South Dakota farmer Brad Greenway is proud of what he does for a living.

Connecting Agriculture: Thanking Our Firefighters
The weather this fall across much of South Dakota has been unseasonably warm and dry.

Public Safety

Emergency Management’s Credentialing System Hits 10,000 Milestone
PIERRE, S.D. – A milestone has been reached for a credentialing system which was created by the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to better identify resources needed for disasters or special events.

Social Services

South Dakota SNAP Earns Second Federal Performance Bonus
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will receive its second bonus for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015 for administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Transportation

Main Street Intersection Work in Sturgis
On Monday, Nov. 28, the intersections of Fourth and Main Street and Harley Davidson Way and Main Street will close to allow crews to reconstruct these intersections.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. William Johnson
Former state legislator William J. “Bill” Johnson of Harding County has passed away.

Dilges Departs As BFM Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jason Dilges has departed his role as Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Bertram Sentenced to Life for Death of his Fiancé
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Russell Ray Bertram, 63, Sioux Falls, was sentenced to life with no opportunity for parole.

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.

Agriculture

Tree from Huron Selected as State Capitol Tree
A 28-foot tall Colorado blue spruce from Huron has been chosen to serve as the featured tree in the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display.

Public Safety

DPS: Travel Safe During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety wants motorists this year to get to and from Grandma’s house – and anywhere else – safely this Thanksgiving.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Robert Roe
Former state legislator Robert A. “Bob” Roe of Brookings passed away on Nov. 18, 2016.

Agriculture

Community Forestry Program Grants Available
Grant funds are available to help preserve forest areas threatened by conversion to nonforest uses.

Burning Permits in the Black Hills May Open Later This Month
Forecasted winter conditions with snow may allow the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division to open up the burn permit season for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District starting the weekend of Nov. 19.

Education

Entertainment for Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House announced
A full afternoon of entertainment is planned for the annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Two new displays opening at Cultural Heritage Center for Holiday Open House
Two new displays featuring quilts and photographs will be opening in time for the annual Holiday Open House event at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Friday, Nov. 25

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to Participate in Seatbelt Safety Campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and local law enforcement will help promote seatbelt safety on both sides of the state Tuesday.

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
VIENNA, S.D. – One person died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash that occurred northeast of Vienna.

Fire Marshal Encourages Fire Safety During Thanksgiving
PIERRE, S.D. – Amidst all of the Thanksgiving Day food and celebration, South Dakotans are being reminded once again to be careful with fires.

Tourism

“Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” Float Appears in the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
During the 75th anniversary year of the completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float will appear in the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Makes Appointment to State Board of Dentistry
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Nick Renemans to the State Board of Dentistry.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. The holiday display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Nov. 23 through Dec. 26.

Education

South Dakota sites recognized for efforts with Summer Food Service Program
At a recent gathering of state agency representatives in Arlington, Va., the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized Rapid City Area Schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud for their efforts with the Summer Food Service Program in 2016.

Human Services

Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver Renewal Conversations
Family Support Waiver participants, family members, providers and partners are invited to attend two community conversations and a webinar in December regarding the Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver renewal.

Public Safety

State Departments Remind Citizens to Be Safe in Winter Conditions
PIERRE, S.D. – Winter has officially arrived in South Dakota and state officials remind citizens to be careful if traveling today (Friday).

Transportation

Officials Advising Caution on I-90 and I-29
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation are cautioning drivers of continued dangerous driving conditions this evening and possibly overnight in the southeastern part of the state.

High Winds Creating Hazardous Driving Especially for High Profile Vehicles
Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety are advising motorists that strong winds, snow and icy roads are making travel difficult, especially in the southeastern part of the state.

SDDOT Awards Economic Development Grants
At its Nov. 18, 2016, meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $3.9 million in economic development grants for infrastructure improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.