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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2014 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. CST.

Labor and Regulation

Final Report Issued on Autism Spectrum Disorders Study for
The state Departments of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and Human Services (DHS) have issued the final report on the study of the treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Three Vehicle Injury Crash in Lincoln County
LENNOX, S.D. – A three vehicle crash occurred on S.D. Highway 44 southeast of Lennox on Thursday, November 20.

Transportation

SDDOT Awards Economic Development Grants
At its Nov. 20, 2014 meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded $1.12 million in grants for road improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Recommends Name for Unnamed Creek in Campbell County
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has unanimously recommended the name of Searl Creek for an unnamed creek in Campbell County from two proposed names submitted to the board. The creek is located north of Pollock and drains into Lake Pocasse.


Human Services

South Dakota Helps Purchase Hearing Aids for Children
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a program to provide financial assistance for the purchase of hearing aids for children.


Social Services

Department of Social Services Awarded Federal Grants for Prevention Efforts
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has been awarded two federal grants to enhance efforts within the Division of Behavioral Health’s Prevention Program.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Christmas Trees Soon To Adorn Capitol Hallways
Christmas trees will begin to fill South Dakota Capitol hallways later this month for the annual Christmas at the Capitol holiday display.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Warrant of Execution for Rodney Berget Issued
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the warrant of execution for Rodney Scott Berget has been issued by Second Circuit Court Judge Bradley Zell. Berget is scheduled to be executed between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., during the week of Sunday, May 3, 2015, through Saturday, May 9, 2015, inclusive, at a specific time and date to be selected by the Warden of the State Penitentiary.

Open Meetings Commission to Convene in Sioux Falls
The Open Meeting Commission will meet on November 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sioux Falls City Library.

Tourism

Dec. 6 is “Business Appreciation Day” at Pierre & Fort Pierre Museums
The new Bad River Museum Directors group believes that Pierre-area museums can create greater synergy through collaborations and developing projects they can work on together. They will test this idea on Saturday, Dec. 6, when they promote the new “Business Appreciation Day” at four participating local museums.

Transportation

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.


Public Safety

Names Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
A Beresford, S.D., youth died and three other individuals received injuries in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 about 12 miles south of Brookings on Saturday, Nov. 15.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Addressing The Backlog Of Rail
This week Sen. John Thune and I had the honor of meeting with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who traveled all the way to South Dakota to discuss transportation priorities here in our state.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be in Sioux Falls on Monday, Nov. 17, for the Midcontinent Communications New Broadband Services Initiative announcement.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposal on Statewide Spearing of Game Fish
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is proposing to open up game fish spearing statewide. The proposal was made as a result of an outside petition received from spearfishermen.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center annual holiday open house set for Nov. 28
The annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society will be held Friday, Nov. 28. The event runs from 12-4:30 p.m. CST, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Joop Bollen Interviewed
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that on more than one occasion Joop Bollen voluntarily agreed to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities acting in joint cooperation.

South Dakota Supreme Court Orders New Trial in Engesser Case
The South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the 4th Circuit Court ordering a new trial in the 2000 death of Dorothy Finley.

Agriculture

Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
RAPID CITY S.D. — Burn permits are now being issued for the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.

Tourism

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” To Be Released on Nov. 17
Readers around the world will have unprecedented access to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s account of her own pioneering experience beginning on Monday, Nov. 17. The South Dakota Historical Society Press will start shipping “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” that day.

Transportation

Transportation Commission To Hold Public Hearing On Ditch Mowing Regulations
The South Dakota Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. CST in the Hills meeting room at the RedRossa restaurant in Pierre to take public comments on the current ditch mowing regulations.

Tribal Relations

S.D. Board On Geographic Names Holding Board Meeting In Pollock
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names is holding its board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at 7 p.m. CST, at the Pollock Community Center, 916 F Ave., Pollock.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Public Safety Improvement Act Council Releases Report
Jim Seward, general counsel to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and chairman of the Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council, today announced the release of the Council’s Annual Report on the impact and implementation of the criminal justice reforms from the Public Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (PSIA).

Doneen Hollingsworth To Retire As Secretary Of Health
Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth announced today that she plans to retire from her position, effective Dec. 12.

Jeff Vonk To Retire As Secretary Of Game, Fish And Parks
Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Jeff Vonk announced today that he plans to retire from his position, effective Jan. 8, 2015.

Corrections

Missing State Prison Inmates In Custody
Inmates Thomas Strutz and Joseph Leroi were apprehended without incident near Waubay, S.D., this afternoon.

Game, Fish and Parks

Many Furbearer Seasons Underway
As of Nov. 1, many of the furbearer seasons across the state began. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) wants to remind individuals to leave trapping equipment or furbearers in traps undisturbed. Tampering with either one is a violation.

Board of Regents

South Dakota Joins National Distance Education Initiative
South Dakota was approved this week to join a nationwide effort making distance education courses more accessible to college students across state lines.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Interbake Foods LLC Approved For Reinvestment Payment Program
Interbake Foods LLC, a manufacturer of cookies and crackers with a facility based in North Sioux City, S.D., was approved today for a Reinvestment Payment by the Board of Economic Development.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General's Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Mitchell
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Mitchell Police Department, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred November 8, 2014.

Health

Wagers Honored With Disease Intervention Award
Lori Wagers, Webster field office, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) by the South Dakota Department of Health. The award was given in conjunction with the third annual National Disease Intervention Specialist Recognition Day on Oct. 3, an annual observance recognizing the important role disease intervention specialists play in preventing and controlling public health threats.

Social Services

November is Adoption Awareness Month in South Dakota
During the month of November the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will emphasize the critical need for adoptive parents for children who are waiting for forever homes.

Transportation

Work to Begin on I-90 Service Road
On Monday, Nov. 17, crews will begin work on a 2.2 mile realignment project for the east Interstate 90 service road between Exits 46 and 44 near Rapid City.


Corrections

Search for Missing Inmates
Inmates Thomas Strutz and Joseph Leroi were last seen at Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary, this evening.

Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
A Piedmont man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Piedmont on Saturday, Nov. 8.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Looking Back And Looking Ahead
This past Tuesday, millions of Americans went to the polls and exercised their right to vote.

Custer State Park Receives Donation For New Visitor Center
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard recognized that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) has been awarded a $1 million grant by the James and Eloise Elmen Foundation of Sioux Falls.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will give the welcome at the first Joint Dakota Risk and Safety Conference held by the Office of Risk Management, Safety Benefits, Inc. and the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (SDPAA) at the Ramkota.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Veterans in Rural America
Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are all words that embody the timeless values of military service. Every Veterans Day, we honor the men and women throughout our country who have worn the uniform in military service.

Labor and Regulation

Passage of Initiated Measure 18 Increases State Minimum Wage
The minimum wage ballot issue approved Nov. 4 increases South Dakota’s hourly minimum wage for non-tipped employees from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour.

State Unemployment Insurance Division Receives Top Performer Award
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s Division of Unemployment Insurance (UI) received an award from the U.S. Department of Labor at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies UI Directors’ conference Oct. 21 in Salt Lake City.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
VOLGA, S.D. – A Missouri man died in a one vehicle rollover crash near Volga on Thursday Nov., 6.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Announces Changes To Senior Leadership Team
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced changes to his senior leadership team. Tony Venhuizen will serve as chief of staff.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $3.1 Million for Eagle Butte Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $3.1 million in funds for drinking water and wastewater improvements in Eagle Butte.

Game, Fish and Parks

Nonrefundable Big Game Application Fee Increase and Bait Station Rules Adopted
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted an increase to the nonrefundable big game application fees for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat at their November meeting in Sioux Falls.

2015 Spring Turkey Season Set
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted changes to the 2015 spring turkey season.

2015 Fishing Regulation Changes Adopted
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted fishing regulation changes for 2015 during their November meeting in Sioux Falls.


Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
CUSTER, S.D. – The 2014 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the park corrals where 226 head will be sold.


Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

GANT: NO OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS TO BE RELEASED UNTIL 9:00 P.M. CST
Secretary of State Jason Gant is advising South Dakotans that election results will not be released until 9:00 p.m. CST due to a polling location not opening until 8:00 a.m. MST in Shannon County.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Investigation Completed in Charles Mix County Officer Involved Shooting
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation has completed its investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting incident in Charles Mix County that occurred October 30, 2014.

Agriculture

Funding Available through USDA for South Dakota Honey Bee Habitat
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance is available to Midwest farmers and ranchers to improve honey bee habitat.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – An Aurora, S.D., man died in one vehicle crash near Brookings Sunday night.

Transportation

4th Street to Close at the Truck Route Intersection in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Morris, Inc. are advising the public of the following city street closure scheduled to occur Tuesday, Nov. 4, weather permitting.

Veterans Affairs

Governor Daugaard Signs Veterans Day Proclamation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation recognizing the service of South Dakota’s veterans. The proclamation encourages South Dakotans to remember the service and sacrifice of the nation’s veterans and military personnel during Veterans Day observances.


Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
A Pine Ridge, S.D, woman died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D Highway 40 east of Hermosa on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoint Nets 15 DUI Arrests
A sobriety checkpoint on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls resulted in 15 DUI arrests on Friday night, Oct. 31.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: South Dakota's 125th Anniversary
On Nov. 2, 1889, at 2:40 p.m., President Benjamin Harrison signed South Dakota into statehood.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will attend the South Dakota Symphony Concert to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood in the Capitol Building Rotunda. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will emcee the event and Gov. Daugaard will speak.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Walker’s Federal Lawsuit Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. Senate Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Federal District Court Judge Lawrence Piersol has dismissed Clayton G. Walker’s lawsuit to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate for United States Senate.

Education

Voting for children’s book awards opens Nov. 1
Voting opens Nov. 1 for the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Awards, sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association.

Tourism

“Hägar the Horrible” Cartoonist to Discuss new Children’s Book from State Historical Society
Syndicated cartoonist Chris Browne will tell about the first book he has written and illustrated for children during a program that will be available at three locations in South Dakota.

State Historical Society to Release New Book on Political Culture at USD Conference
In their upcoming book from the South Dakota State Historical Society, editors Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller and Donald C. Simmons, Jr., present 10 essays that focus on the unpredictability and inconsistencies in the state’s political culture. “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 2” will be released on Thursday, Nov. 13, at a conference hosted by the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Transportation

Motorists Asked To Stay Out of Highway 87 Work Zone
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation are warning motorists that driving around barricades on closed sections of highways could result in a dangerous situation for drivers and a ticket.

Board of Regents

Arbitrator Denies Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to All Parties in Darley v. SDIBI Arbitration
The South Dakota Board of Regents was notified this week that a California arbitrator has denied recovery of attorneys’ fees in an arbitration case involving the federal EB-5 immigrant visa program. Earlier this month, the arbitrator ruled there was no liability by the Board of Regents and denied all claims and counter-claims in a breach of contract case that involved marketing of EB-5 projects.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor And First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.

Governors Stake Friendly Wager On Dakota Marker Game
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s Dakota Marker football game between South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeks Public Assistance in Officer Involved Shooting in Charles Mix County
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred October 30, 2014 in rural Charles Mix County. The suspect, Russell Duaine Turner Jr., 40, Dante, is still at large.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Sattgast Reports $65m in Unclaimed Property Receipts
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast released the state’s October Unclaimed Property Receipts for the year, showing the state has so far received $65 million in unclaimed property.

Corrections

Rapid City Minimum Unit Garden Produces Three Tons of Food
A new project at the Rapid City Minimum Unit is helping feed the hungry in that community.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
WILMOT, S.D. – A Milbank, S.D., man died in a two vehicle crash on Wednesday, Oct., 29 three miles east of Wilmot.

Transportation

I-29 Southbound Lane Closure at the 12th Street Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will close the outside driving lane and shoulder of southbound Interstate 29 at the 12th Street interchange in Sioux Falls on Monday, Nov. 3.

Russell Street Pavement Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in coordination with the city of Sioux Falls, will begin pavement repairs on the westbound lanes of Russell Street starting today, Oct. 30.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Releases Presentation From SD Council Of Economic Advisors Meeting
Following the Council of Economic Advisors’ quarterly meeting, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is making a presentation on the national and state economies available to the public.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Inmate Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Amada N. Portillo, 23, inmate at South Dakota Women’s Prison, has been sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault.

Agriculture

Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2014 mountain pine beetle (MPB) flight has ended and the time is now to identify and treat this year’s infested trees. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of MPB in the Black Hills.

Human Services

SD Recruits Low-Income Teens with Disabilities to Further Education, Employment
PIERRE, S.D. – The state Department of Human Services recently began mailing letters to recruit 120 of South Dakota’s young people with disabilities to participate in a six-state project to improve their educational and employment outcomes.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Hosts the State’s Largest Jobs Database
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) provides and maintains the state’s largest jobs database, SDWORKS.

Public Safety

South Dakota among Top 10 States in Trucking Safety, Enforcement
PIERRE, S.D. – A national trucking research firm ranks South Dakota in the Top 10 nationally for motor carrier safety and enforcement, state Highway Patrol Col. Craig Price said today.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in November in the following counties: Beadle, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Davison, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lake, Lawrence, Marshall, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts, Tripp and Union.


Agriculture

Fire Officials Urge Caution during Harvest
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire is asking ranchers and farmers to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires when harvesting crops this fall.

Corrections

Inmate Garden Produces Nearly 19 Tons of Food
Inmates harvested a total of 37,825 pounds of beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cucumbers, dill, kohlrabi, okra, onion, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, rutabaga, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelons and zucchini this year.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Nov. 9
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Channel program entitled, “Aerial America: The Dakotas” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Wessington Springs
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) events:


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Statehood Celebration To Be Held At Capitol Building
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is reminding South Dakotans that the 125th statehood anniversary celebration at the Capitol Building is a week away.

First Lady Column: Improvements In Infant Mortality
The adventure of serving as First Lady has really been a journey of learning.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 16th Annual Good Shepherd Fundraiser at 300 N. Main Ave. in Sioux Falls.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Four Box Elder Individuals Arrested on Drug Charges
Acting on several recent tips, the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team(UNET) executed a search warrant on Wednesday afternoon at 788 Old Calvary Rd, in Box Elder.

Education

Sioux Falls teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
LeeAnna Rabine, a kindergarten teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls, received a $25,000 surprise today.

Health

SD Prepared To Monitor Travelers From Ebola-affected Countries
The state health department will actively monitor travelers who enter South Dakota from Ebola-affected countries under new measures announced by the CDC, a state health official said today.

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A Wyoming man died and a female passenger sustained life threatening injuries in a rollover crash on Friday, Oct. 24, 20 miles west of Custer.

Day County Fatal Crash
ANDOVER, S.D. – A Castlewood man died in a two vehicle crash four miles east of Andover, on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Ronald Rosenboom of Sturgis has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to finish the remainder of former Commissioner Michael Trucano’s term on the South Dakota Transportation Commission which expires in April 2016.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lawrence County Historical Society Celebrates State's 125th With New Book
In commemoration of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary, the Lawrence County Historical Society has published a book of town timelines.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Tell the Feds, States Do it Best
I'm proud of our farmers and ranchers who are committed to being good stewards of our water. Join me in sending the EPA and the Corps a clear message that the people of South Dakota know more about protecting our water than any agency in Washington, D.C.

Tourism

Thursday, Oct. 30, is #AskAnArchivist Day
On Thursday, Oct. 30, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Input on Changes to the STIP
South Dakota Department of Transportation staff presented information on potential changes to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) to the Transportation Commission at this morning’s meeting and is seeking public input on those changes prior to the Commission’s November meeting.

South Dakota Highway 11 Bridge Painting Rescheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says painting of the bridge over Split Rock Creek on Highway 11 will begin Monday, Oct. 27.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

McVay Appeal Dismissed and Murder Conviction to Remain of Record
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of James V. McVay. McVay, an inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, committed suicide on September 2, 2014 while serving a capital sentence for the stabbing death of Maybelle Schein.

Corrections

Search for Missing State Prison Inmate
Inmate Jay Dooley walked away from the Rapid City Minimum Unit this evening.

Transportation

Bridge Repair at I-90 Exit 387
On Monday, Oct. 27, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the interchange bridge over Interstate 90 at Exit 387 to Hartford.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Sex Offender Registry Maintains National Certification
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today federal authorities have certified that the South Dakota's Sex Offender Registry continues to substantially implement the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

A.G. Jackley Seeks New Execution Date Following S.D. Supreme Court’s Denial of Rodney Berget’s Petition for Rehearing
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that his office will seek a new execution date for Rodney Scott Berget after the South Dakota Supreme Court denied Berget’s petition for rehearing.

Human Services

Employment of South Dakotans with Disabilities Recognized by Governor
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented awards Oct. 20 to businesses and workers who have contributed the most in 2014 to the employment of South Dakotans with disabilities.

Tourism

SD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 156 businesses and organizations in 46 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Circuit Court Upholds Kleinsasser Conviction
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Trandahl has upheld the manslaughter conviction of Herman P. Kleinsasser. Kleinsasser pled guilty to manslaughter in the first degree for the shooting death of his wife, Sharon and was sentenced to 80 years in the state penitentiary.

Attorney General Jackley Joins Attorneys General Requesting Congressional Assistance to Combat Human Trafficking
Attorney General Marty Jackley and a bipartisan group of Attorneys General and territorial Attorneys General today encouraged members of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to pass three bills that addresses Human Trafficking.

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Elk Point
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) events:

Agriculture

South Dakota Tractor Collector Group Donates $50,000 to State Fair Foundation
HURON, S.D.-The International Harvester Collectors Club – South Dakota Chapter 21 has raised more than $50,000 for the new State Fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.

Game, Fish and Parks

Details on South Dakota’s 2014 Pheasant Opener from Across the State
With the annual pheasant brood survey up 76 percent (statewide pheasants-per-mile index) from last year, today was filled with excitement for upland bird hunters across the state for the opening day of South Dakota’s traditional pheasant hunting season.

Human Services

Assistive Technology Training Available for South Dakotans Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is offering free training on accessing mobile devices and personal computers for citizens with vision loss beginning October 2014.

Transportation

Highway 87 Construction Near Custer
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a roadway improvement project on Highway 87 near Custer is set to begin today, Monday, Oct. 20, with the contractor closing the road around the Hood Tunnel for two miles.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: SD Seeing Success In Economic Development
Earlier this month, I spent the day in Brookings attending a number of economic development celebrations.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities during the Governor’s Awards ceremony at the Capitol.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Continues to Seek Public Assistance in Search for Rachel Cyriacks
Law Enforcement continues the search for Rachel Cyriacks of Woonsocket.

Education

Hogie selected as 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Allen Hogie, Brandon Valley High School math teacher, has been selected as the 2015 South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

Public Safety

South Dakota Highway Patrol Graduates Nine New Troopers
PIERRE, S.D. – After eight months of training, nine recruits are prepared to officially join the ranks of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. A graduation ceremony was held in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday.

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A Minnesota man died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a truck-locomotive crash on Monday, Oct., 13 crash in Milbank, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Feature: First Governor Arthur Mellette Sacrificed His Health And Wealth For South Dakota
As South Dakotans celebrated statehood in late 1889, their joy was tempered by several serious problems.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Dusty Johnson To Leave Position As Governor’s Chief Of Staff
Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson will leave state government next month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

A.G. Jackley Joins Attorneys General Requesting Support to Allow Full Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography Cases
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 43 other bipartisan Attorneys General today have encouraged the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives Subcommittee to support the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014 by bringing this bill to a vote.

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Unemployment Benefits Scam Targeting the State of South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley warns employers and employees to be cautious of an unemployment insurance benefit scam targeting South Dakota.

Agriculture

South Dakota Participates in International Trade Summit
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch last week joined other state agriculture department leaders and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada for a two-day agricultural trade summit as part of the 23rd Annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Chicago, Illinois.

Human Services

State Developmental Center to Host Wellness Fair in Redfield
REDFIELD, S.D. – Area residents will have an opportunity to explore a variety of wellness topics and health screenings Oct. 29 on the campus of the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC) in Redfield.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre to Observe South Dakota’s Quasquicentennial with Free Admission Nov. 1-2
To commemorate the quasquicentennial, better known to most as the 125th anniversary of statehood, the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will provide the public with free admission to the museum on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.

Make-and-Take Holiday Ornaments & Special 125th Celebration Events at Cultural Heritage Center on Nov. 2
Get into the holiday spirit and create your own holiday ornaments during the annual Make-and-Take Holiday Ornament event from 1-4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Railroad Board Commissioner
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Jeffrey Burket of Spearfish has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the South Dakota State Railroad Board.

South Dakota Lottery

MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ Lotto Ticket Sales Start Oct. 19
Ticket sales begin Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at all South Dakota Lottery retailers for MONOPOLY Millionaires’ Club™ (MMC), a multi-state lotto draw game that offers multiple million dollar prizes and a top prize of up to $25 million.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Names Steve Emery As Secretary Of Tribal Relations
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Steve Emery as Secretary of Tribal Relations.

Governor, First Lady Urge Flu Vaccinations
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard rolled up their sleeves today to get vaccinated against the flu and encourage other South Dakotans to do the same.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Wall
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) events:

Tourism

Two Free Genealogical Workshops Being Offered at Cultural Heritage Center
Two genealogical workshops will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Professional genealogist Paula Stuart-Warren of Roseville, Minn., will present on how to find and use county records and church records for family history research.

New Exhibit entitled “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota” to open at Cultural Heritage Center on Oct. 25
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will debut its new exhibit “Play Ball! The National Pastime in South Dakota” on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Hogen Gallery of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Lane Closures at I-29 and 12th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the inside lane of both northbound and southbound Interstate 29 at the interchange as well as one lane in each direction on 12th Street on Wednesday (Oct. 15) morning in Sioux Falls.


Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
A Bruce man died in a one-vehicle crash on 204th Street four miles west of Bruce on Saturday, Oct. 11.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: County Reinvestment Fund
There are many reasons why I love South Dakota. Our state is fiscally responsible. We understand how important it is to balance the budget and be good stewards of taxpayer money.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX South Dakota Perspective with Jeri Thomas and Mark Swartzell.

Wessington Springs Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Wessington Springs will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Gant Announces Voter Registration Deadline
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant reminded voters today that October 20th marks the voter registration deadline for South Dakotans who intend to vote in the November 4 General Election.

Agriculture

Workshop on Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of mountain pine beetles (MPB) in the Black Hills. The 2014 MPB flight has passed and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is now.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Partners with Communities to Install Fishing Piers
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently completed two projects that resulted in the installation of new fishing piers for the Watertown and Aberdeen communities.

Public Safety

Schrank to Head Driver Licensing Program
Jane Schrank of Pierre has been selected to head the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program, Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced today.

Transportation

Tribes to Meet at Transportation Safety Summit
South Dakota Indian tribes will meet to exchange ideas to improve transportation safety at the 5th Annual Tribal Transportation Safety Summit Oct. 15 and 16, at the Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel in Watertown. This year’s event is being hosted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

Night Work at Omaha St. & 12th Street
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, work will be done on Omaha Street in Rapid City at the intersection of 12th Street to install detection loops for the new traffic signals.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For Spring Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2015 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2015.

125th Feature: On The Road To Dakota Statehood
The first organized effort to separate Dakota Territory into parts occurred in 1871 when the territorial Legislature petitioned Congress for the creation of two territories with the division line being the 46th parallel.

Book Celebrates South Dakota Creativity During 125th Year
Brookings Arts Council has released a new book to celebrate creativity in the state during South Dakota’s 125th anniversary year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

A. G. Jackley Joins Challenge to Environmental Protection Agency and Corp of Engineers Attempt to Broaden Federal Authority
Attorney General Marty Jackley, along with the Attorneys General of 10 States, filed comments today challenging a rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers which would broaden their powers under the federal Clean Water Act.

Transportation

Night Work at Omaha St. & West Boulevard/I-190
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, a project to install new traffic signals in the north-half of the Omaha St. and West Boulevard/Interstate 190 intersection in Rapid City will be done during the overnight hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Board of Regents

Regents Advance Plans for Changes in Principal Preparation
Incorporating best practices for training future school administrators, the South Dakota Board of Regents has advanced plans for four of its public universities to create a new master’s degree in principal preparation.

NSU Accounting Degrees Go Online
Northern State University has received the go-ahead to offer two accounting degrees online to make them more accessible to students. The South Dakota Board of Regents Thursday approved that request, along with a new minor in criminal justice for the public university based in Aberdeen.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED, Communities To Promote South Dakota At MD&M Expo
For the seventh consecutive year, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is partnering with communities in an effort to grow South Dakota’s bioscience sector and help companies create jobs.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Commends STB For Continued Rail Efforts
The Surface Transportation Board today issued an order requiring railroads to regularly provide shipping status updates to the public.

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Recommends Name for Unnamed Island in Minnehaha County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has unanimously recommended the name of Dells Island for an unnamed island in Minnehaha County.

Board of Regents

More Distance Learners Enrolled at Public Universities
More than 22,500 students enrolled in a distance education course last year at South Dakota public universities, according to a new report prepared for the South Dakota Board of Regents. While major indicators of headcount, enrollment, and credit hours delivered by distance have been growing, often by large margins, since 2010, the rate of growth has slowed somewhat in recent years, the report said.

University Centers Offer Greater Access to Higher Education
Providing educational opportunities for non-traditional and place bound students who desire more direct contact than online classes, university centers in Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City increase access to public higher education.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Status of Same-Sex Marriage Case after United States Supreme Court Decision
The United States Supreme Court has denied the appeal of seven same-sex marriage decisions from the Federal Fourth, Seventh and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, which includes 19 bi partisan State Attorneys General requests for the Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. Constitution requires States to adopt and recognize same-sex marriage.

Health

South Dakota Reports First Flu Detections Of Season
South Dakota is reporting one case of influenza A and two of influenza B, the first detections of the 2014-2015 season.

Transportation

South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor to Induct New Member in September
Tim Bjorneberg of Pierre, a former employee of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

Culvert Replacement and Repair on Highway 44
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a culvert replacement project and culvert repair projects will begin next week on Highway 44 between the Highway 281 north and Highway 50 south intersection.

Board of Regents

California Arbitrator Finds in Favor of Regents
A California arbitrator’s decision has vindicated the South Dakota Board of Regents and the state of South Dakota in a breach of contract case involving the federal EB-5 immigrant visa program. The decision, announced today, denied all claims and counter-claims in a case brought by Darley Commercial LLC against Hanul Professional Law Corp. and the South Dakota International Business Institute. SDIBI is located at Northern State University.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Electronic Data Sharing Curbs Unauthorized Sale of Pseudoephedrine Products in South Dakota
The State of South Dakota’s electronic sharing for the sale of Pseudoephedrine products has been online for just three months and is working as it was anticipated said Attorney General Marty Jackley.

Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

Cyber Security Awareness Month
As October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, the state is participating in the Stop.Think.Connect (www.stopthinkconnect.org) national campaign to increase awareness of this very important issue.

Health

Health Department Encourages Physical Activity With #ShowUsYourTrail Facebook Photo Contest
South Dakotans are encouraged to get active and at the same time share their favorite trails via a Facebook photo contest. The contest invites participants to snap a photo on their favorite South Dakota trail and submit it through the Healthy South Dakota Trails page.

Tourism

Last year of Dakota Territory Being Discussed at Cultural Heritage Center
The story of South Dakota’s last year before statehood will be told through newspaper accounts during a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Oct. 12
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast from the National Museum of American History (NMAH) entitled, “Lincoln, the Smithsonian, and Science” at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 11 Bridge Painting
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says painting of the bridge over Split Rock Creek on Highway 11 will begin Tuesday, Oct. 7.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column - Ellsworth Development Authority Partnerships
Last month I attended the dedication of the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority’s newly constructed Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard be attending and speaking at the SD Symphony Special 125th Concert in Sioux Falls.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Success and Change for the SD State Fair
The final numbers have been out for a few weeks, but stating the attendance number for the SD State Fair never gets old. Attendance for the 2014 SD State Fair came in at 210,465, up 15 percent from last year’s fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

Quagga Mussel Veligers Discovered in Angostura Reservoir
Water sampling performed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has resulted in the discovery of larval quagga mussels in Angostura Reservoir in the southern Black Hills.

Public Safety

FEMA, State Funds Help Cooperatives Bury Power Lines
A year after an early-October blizzard left thousands of people in western South Dakota without electricity, five rural electric cooperatives are using federal and state disaster funds to bury hundreds of miles of power line and reduce the chances of such widespread outages in future storms.

Transportation

I-90 Repair Work Near Buffalo Ridge Exit
Starting Monday, Oct. 6, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin structure repair work on Interstate 90 approximately two miles east of Buffalo Ridge at Exit 390.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Big Day In Manufacturing For Brookings
Four events were held in the Brookings community on Friday, Oct. 3, which highlighted the growth of its business and research community.

Another Successful South Dakota Manufacturing Week Wraps Up
As the 2nd annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to extend thanks to all of the communities, companies, organizations and individuals who participated this week in celebrating South Dakota’s manufacturing industry.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Feature: Edgar S. McFadden Helped Feed The World
The next time you eat a slice of break, you might think of Edgar S. McFadden.

125th Feature: State Capitol Restored To Its Original Beauty
As South Dakota celebrates its 125th year of statehood, South Dakotans can once again be proud of their Capitol building.

Game, Fish and Parks

Proposals would Change Nebraska-South Dakota Catfish Limits and Clarify Paddlefish Measurement
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow South Dakota licensed anglers fishing the South Dakota-Nebraska border waters to have a daily limit of 10 channel catfish and five flathead catfish. The possession limits for these fish would be twice the daily limit indicated for each species.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Spearfishing Regulations
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to spearfishing regulations.

GFP Commission Proposes Rules on Mussels, Amphibians, Reptiles and Invertebrates
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several proposals that would tighten the rules regarding the harvest of mussels, require more information be provided on scientific collectors permit applications and allow conditions to be placed on collection of specimens associated with a collector’s permit.

GFP Commission Proposes Fishing Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed fishing regulation changes during their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to the 2015 Spring Turkey Season
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to the 2015 spring turkey season at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Date Change to Big Game Baiting Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to reduce the number of days people are allowed to use bait stations for attracting big game species at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Nonrefundable Big Game Application Fee Increase
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed an increase to nonrefundable big game application fees for elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat at their October meeting in Sturgis.

Labor and Regulation

Employer Services Available from Department of Labor and Regulation
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offers many employer services for businesses and non-profit organizations at the local level to assist them in their workforce recruitment efforts.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Live Webcast from National Museum of Natural History on Oct. 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special live webcast from the National Museum of Natural History entitled, “Mass Extinction -- Solving the Dinosaur Mystery” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Brookings Manufacturer: South Dakota’s Business Climate and GOED Finance Programs to Thank for Success
It’s safe to assume that for most business owners, a need to expand due to rapidly increasing business is a nice problem to have.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Commemorates 125 Years Of South Dakota Constitution
Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking South Dakotans to remember the anniversary of the state constitution, which was passed on Oct. 1, 1889.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Rapid City
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) events:

Agriculture

SD Dept. of Ag Releases South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) presents the South Dakota Agricultural Economic Impact Study, a special collaboration with South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS).

Game, Fish and Parks

Hunters Asked to Guard Against Grass Fires
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking hunters going into the field this fall to be diligent in not only preventing fires, but also detecting them.

Salmon Station Open for Egg Collection
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) fisheries staff have opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station for the 2014 season. However, gathering enough adult salmon for egg collection could be challenging this fall, due to the long-term effects of the 2011 flood.

Tourism

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims October as “Archives Month”
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as “Archives Month” in South Dakota.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 16 Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of U.S. Highway 16 through Jewel Cave National Monument / Hell Canyon is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 15 miles west of Custer on Highway 16 near the west end of the project.

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names Seeks Input On Proposed Name For Creek In Campbell County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is seeking public input on a name for an unnamed creek in Campbell County.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Madison CTE Program Pushes Manufacturing Industry
It’s no secret that South Dakota’s manufacturing sector continues to grow.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Custer County Death Investigation Concluded
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Custer County Sheriff’s Office confirm today they have concluded their investigation into the death of Nancy Kay Vickers, 59, Summerset. Vickers was found dead in rural Custer County on September 23, 2014.

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

Secretary of State and Northern State University release 2nd Quarter Economic Report
Secretary of State Jason Gant has issued the Secretary of State's Economic Report for the 2nd Quarter of 2014.

Health

South Dakota Infant Mortality Rate Drops In 2013
In 2013 South Dakota saw a drop in the number of babies dying before their first birthdays. New data released by the Department of Health today shows 80 infant deaths in 2013 for a rate of 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births, significant decrease from 2012.

Labor and Regulation

Workforce Development Council Elects Officers
The South Dakota Workforce Development Council unanimously re-elected chair Warren Lotsberg of Huron and vice chair Tom Bohnet of Yankton at its quarterly meeting today.

Public Safety

Multi-Vehicle, Multi-Crash on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A rollover crash that seriously injured a Brandon, S.D., woman and a multiple-vehicle collision occurred on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Board of Regents

Public Universities “Jump Start” Students to College Success
South Dakota State University, in partnership with six other South Dakota higher education institutions, has received a $3.6 million federal grant to help American Indian and low-income students enroll and succeed in college.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Mitchell Area Manufacturers Association Aims to Create Awareness and Generate Enthusiasm for Industry
Manufacturing has a strong presence in South Dakota, and in Mitchell, S.D., it’s fair to say manufacturing is one of the community’s top industries.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Dairy In South Dakota
As a boy, one of my chores was to get up at 5:30 a.m. each morning to milk our Holstein cows.

News Tips
The South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities will hold its quarterly meeting.

Agriculture

American Bank & Trust Invests in 4-H Youth and the Huron Region
HURON, S.D.-American Bank & Trust was recently recognized for providing a gift of $50,000 to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation toward its “Building a Showcase for 4-H, Youth, and Community” capital campaign. The campaign is raising funds to build a new fairgrounds exhibit hall.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in October in the following counties: Brookings, Brown, Clay, Codington, Davison, Hamlin, Hughes, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Tripp and Walworth.

Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Smoke Alarms
South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is observing Fire Prevention Week with a cooperative program to provide smoke alarms for homes with high-risk populations in the state.

Brookings County Fatal Crash
ELKTON, S.D. – A fatal crash occurred near Elkton, S.D., early Sunday morning, Sept. 28.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Mitchell Manufacturer Hopes to Debunk Manufacturing Stereotype
As a kid growing up in the small town of Canby, Minn., Dustin had no intention to go into the manufacturing industry.


Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved nearly $5 million in grants, loans and principal forgiveness for water and waste projects.

Transportation

Highway 34 Opening East of Howes
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Highway 34 east of Howes will re-open to traffic this evening (Friday, Sept. 26) at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. MDT).

Reminder to Remove Hay Bales from the Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners, hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.

I-90 Exits 10 and 12 Ramp Resurfacing In Spearfish
Asphalt pavement resurfacing will begin sometime the week of Sept. 29, on the Interstate 90 ramps at Exits 10 and 12 near Spearfish.

Railroad Crossing Work to Begin near Cottonwood
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising the public a railroad crossing replacement project on Highway 14, approximately one mile east of Cottonwood in Jackson County, will begin on Monday, Sept. 29, weather permitting.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Counterpart Celebrates Grand Opening of Addition
Counterpart, Inc. is excited to announce the grand opening celebration of the 30,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing plant located in Brookings, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Presidents Cleveland and Harrison Contribute to North and South Dakota Statehood
Grover Cleveland of New York and Benjamin Harrison of Indiana served as presidents of the United States during the last years of territorial status and first years of statehood for South Dakota.

Canistota, Hayti, Rapid City and North Sioux City to Host 125th Events
Canistota, Hayti and Rapid City have formed statehood celebration committees to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Shire Pharmaceuticals Pays $56.5 Million to Resolve Off-Label Marketing Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Shire Pharmaceuticals, LLC engaged in off-label marketing campaigns.

Tourism

Officials Urge Public to Become Members of State Historical Society
Officials with the state of South Dakota are urging people interested in history, during this 125th anniversary of statehood, to become members of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Transportation

I-29 Lane Closures In Sioux Falls
Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will reduce traffic to one lane on southbound Interstate 29 under the Interstate 90 bridges in Sioux Falls.

Russell Street Traffic Change
On Friday, Sept. 26, the South Dakota Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the city of Sioux Falls, will open the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Russell Street.

Veterans Affairs

GOV. DAUGAARD PROCLAIMS GOLD STAR MOTHER’S AND FAMILY’S DAY IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Proclamation proclaiming Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, as “Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day” in South Dakota. In his proclamation, the Governor encourages South Dakotans to become aware of the South Dakota’s Gold Star Mothers and their efforts to continue to honor our sons and daughters who paid the ultimate sacrifice for all our freedoms.


Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Rail Service Challenges and Opportunities
Over the past several months, I’ve seen firsthand the leadership and team effort between our congressional and state delegations.

Human Services

Disability Employment Awareness Events Planned for October in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and several events have been planned to highlight this year’s theme: “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

Social Services

Long-Term Care Educational Sessions Scheduled Across South Dakota This Fall
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is hosting several educational sessions in the coming months on long-term care and the Long-Term Care Partnership Program.

Board of Regents

Fall Enrollment Up Slightly at Public Universities
Enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities remained stable this fall, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today. Headcount enrollment was up by 167, while the number of full-time equivalent students being served was down only slightly.


Game, Fish and Parks

600 Riders Take Part in Mickelson Trail Trek
According to state Division of Parks and Recreation officials, three days of sunshine helped make last weekend’s 17th annual Mickelson Trail Trek a success.

Tourism

County Seat Fights, Courthouses Featured in New State Historical Society Book
“County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota” by former circuit court judge Arthur L. Rusch, will be released at the South Dakota Festival of Books on Friday, Sept. 26, in Sioux Falls.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Marion, S.D. woman died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of S.D Highway 17 and 272nd Street two miles west of Tea on Saturday, Sept. 20.


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
A Rosholt man died in a two-vehicle crash at a rural intersection southeast of Rosholt on Saturday, Sept. 20.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup 2014
When I was a young boy, I always looked forward to the cowboy films at the theater. My friends and I loved the rugged, silent cowboy stars.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will welcome the arrival of Wagon Train at the State Capitol.

Wessington Springs To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Wessington Springs will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Child Identification Program Events in Hill City
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) events:

Secretary of State Jason M. Gant

National Voter Registration Day
Secretary of State Jason Gant announces that September 23rd is National Voter Registration Day

Agriculture

2014 Soil Conservation Award Program Winners Announced
Pierre, S.D. – Six South Dakota farms and ranches have been recognized with 2014 Soil Conservation Awards. Award winners include Charles Maude of Custer County, Gregory Putnam of Douglas County, Herman Fink of Douglas County, Roger Olson of Lake County, David Mousel of Moody County and Rick Veldkamp of Moody County.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Stanton Day, age 72, passed away at a Yankton hospital under hospice care Sept. 18 following an extended illness.

Health

South Dakota Has Nation’s Highest Flu Vaccination Rate
Nearly 60 percent of South Dakotans got a flu vaccination last season, the highest percentage in the nation, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Dakota’s overall flu vaccination rate was 57.4 percent.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
SILVER CITY, S.D. – A Minnesota man died in a motorcycle crash at the Pactola Reservoir on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Work on Highway 12
The Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad will begin work on the railroad crossing at the 6th Avenue and 5th Street intersection on Highway 12 in Aberdeen on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Tribal Relations

S.D. Board On Geographic Names Holding Board Meeting In Pierre
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is holding its board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 1 p.m. CDT, in the Commission Room of the Becker Hansen Building, 700 E. Broadway Ave., Pierre.