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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Named WGA Chair Western Governors’ Workforce Initiative Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – This morning at a governors’ meeting in Whitefish, Mont., Gov. Dennis Daugaard was elected to serve as chair of the Western Governors’ Association. Gov. Daugaard will serve as chairman for one year.

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
Nearly 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,911 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Public Safety

State Officials Urge Safety During July 4th Celebration
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety wants people to enjoy their July Fourth celebrations, but in a safe way.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Rep. Haggar Resigns, Governor Invites Public Input
State Rep. Don Haggar has resigned his seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Haggar, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the state House since 2013, and is currently the body’s speaker pro tempore.

Labor and Regulation

Protect Yourself – Be Informed About State Cosmetology Laws
The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission sets high professional standards for nail technicians and cosmetologists for consumer safety.

Transportation

348th Ave. Bridge Over I-90 Closed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed a bridge over Interstate 90 four miles east of the east Chamberlain interchange after it was damaged by an over-height vehicle.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Hendrix Genetics announces new commercial hatchery in Beresford, SD
Hendrix Genetics is pleased to announce another step in its commitment to the US Turkey Industry: to directly distribute quality Hybrid commercial poults to growers.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

United States Supreme Court Rules with 12 Attorneys General on Immigration Law
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court issued a decision allowing President Trump’s executive order, commonly called the “travel ban”, to take effect, with certain exceptions. The Court will hear the merits of the travel ban appeal this fall.

Aurora County Man Arrested for First Degree Rape
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Robert Lincoln Will III, 35, Plankinton, was arrested on one count of rape in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Windbreaks and Shelterbelts Need Watering Too
Trees and shrubs are feeling the effects of the dry conditions this year in SD.

Education

State Historical Society hosting outdoor concert, ice cream social on Friday, July 21
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special outdoor concert called “Smithsonian Remembers” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. CDT near the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents updated
An updated version of the Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents in South Dakota is now available on the Department of Education website.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Reminds Boaters to Practice Safe Boating
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

State Parks to Celebrate Independence Day
Celebrate the 4th of July early in South Dakota’s state parks. From parades to campsite decorating contests, state parks are ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with family fun for all ages.

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Pulling Through Another Drought
As of late, I have been keeping my eye on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The monitor is updated each Thursday, and as I write this, over 50 percent of the state is in a drought with an additional 32 percent experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will participate in the Western Governors’ Annual Meeting in Whitefish, Montana.

Game, Fish and Parks

Updated Nonmeandered Waters Information Available Online
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has posted additional information online for those needing clarification on application of the Open Waters Compromise.

Public Safety

Sixth Annual Youth Trooper Academy June 26-30
PIERRE, S.D. – What it is like to train to become a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper will be experienced by 24 South Dakota high school students next week.

Fire Marshal: Firework Safety Needed Especially In Dry Conditions
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says it is important to be careful with fireworks every Fourth of July, but especially this year.

Transportation

Highway 85 Erosion Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin making erosion repairs along Highway 85 between Spearfish and Belle Fourche beginning Monday, June 26.


Agriculture

Presenters Announced for 2017 Governor's Agricultural Summit
The 2017 Governor’s Agricultural Summit will feature discussions on animal health, the current and future agricultural economy, succession planning and innovative South Dakota agriculture businesses.

SD Ag Chat: Honey Bees Do Their Part to Help Feed the World
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the products people depend on.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $20.001 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $20.001 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday in Pierre.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
WILMOT, S.D. – A Big Stone City, S.D. man has died as a result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash that happened Monday, June 19, south of Wilmot.

Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has been identified as the person who died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash three miles west of Spearfish.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Win Chill breaks ground in Foundation Park
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Development Foundation hosted groundbreaking ceremonies for Win Chill, LLC, the first project in Foundation Park, on Thursday, June 22. Win Chill will now begin construction on a 205,000 square-foot full-service refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center on a 54-acre site purchased from the Development Foundation that provides adequate space for future expansion of the Win Chill operation in Sioux Falls.

Gov. Daugaard Awards Six Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $3.4 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to six projects throughout South Dakota. Blunt, Faith, Lake Andes, Langford, Newell and Veblen will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling almost $10 million.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Minnehaha County Man Convicted for Financial Elder Abuse
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that a Minnehaha County jury returned a verdict finding Ronald Wayne Whalen, 47, Sioux Falls, guilty of 1 count of forgery, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center participating in Blue Star Museums program
The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is continuing its participation in the Blue Star Museums program in 2017.

Public Safety

Public/Private Partnership Looks To Secure State’s Critical infrastructure From Cyberattacks
PIERRE, S.D. –South Dakota’s public and private entities Friday committed again to work together to strengthen the state’s cybersecurity systems.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin on Highways 12, 83 and 1804 in North Central S.D.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mobridge area of the state beginning Thursday, June 22.

Postponed - Permanent Striping in Spearfish Canyon
Crews will begin grinding and painting permanent striping on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County on Monday, June 26, 2017.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Project Stand Up to Expand Local Community Kick-Offs in Timber Lake and Eagle Butte
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Project Stand Up will expand its Community Kick-Offs this week in Timber Lake and Eagle Butte.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash three miles west of Spearfish.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanations Released for Four Constitutional Amendments Regarding Campaign Finance and Lobbying Laws
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Attorney General Explanations for four separate proposed constitutional amendments have been filed with the Secretary of State. For each Amendment, the statement will appear on a petition that will be circulated by the sponsor.

Game, Fish and Parks

Life Jacket Loaner Program Available this Summer
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers and boaters that the life jacket loaner program makes life jackets available for infants to adults.

State Park Events Scheduled for June 23-25
Parks across the state are hosting fun activities for both individuals and families. Join in the events and learn something new.

Public Safety

Spink County Fatal Crash
DOLAND, S.D. – A Lake Preston, S.D., man died Thursday in a one-vehicle crash north of Doland.

Transportation

Open Houses to Discuss South Dakota Freight Plan
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold two public meetings/open houses on Tuesday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Sioux Falls University Center Administration Building room 250 (4801 Career Ave.) and Wednesday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. MDT at the SDDOT Rapid City Region Office (2300 Eglin St.). The SDDOT will receive public input on the South Dakota Freight plan.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Sioux Falls area of the state beginning Wednesday, June 21.

Crack Seal Work on Highway 240 in Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews began crack and chip sealing operation on Highway 240 in Wall from mile marker 126 to 128 today (June 19).

Exit Ramp to Close Overnight at the I-29 and I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says one exit ramp will be closed tonight (June 19) at the I-29 and I-229 interchange in Sioux Falls.

Updated June 16 2017 due to drought - Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
See Gov. Daugaard Issues State of Emergency for Drought Conditions release on June 16, 2017. visit news.sd.gov for the press release.

Veterans Affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 27, 2017, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Issues State Of Emergency For Drought Conditions
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a statewide emergency because of the ongoing drought conditions in South Dakota. As part of the State of Emergency, the state will ease haying and transportation restrictions to assist agriculture producers.

Governor's Column: Good Reason To Be Proud Of The SDNG
If you live out west or near Chamberlain, you may have noticed more individuals in uniform over the last week. That’s because the South Dakota National Guard is currently in the middle of its annual Golden Coyote training exercise.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for Win-Chill (a full-service refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center) at Foundation Park in Sioux Fa

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Project Stand Up to Launch Community Kick-Off in Sisseton
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Sisseton will be the first community to launch a local push for Project Stand Up - the statewide anonymous texting program that allows citizens to standup to drug crimes in their communities.

Agriculture

Pollinator Week is June 19-25 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 19-25, 2017, as Pollinator Week in South Dakota.

Education

South Dakota receives Farm to School Grant
The South Dakota Department of Education has received a $24,158 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as part of the Farm to School Grant Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers and increase the amount of local foods served in schools.

Public Safety

Names Released in Marshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – Names have now been released of those involved in Tuesday’s two-vehicle crash near Langford that killed an infant and injured three others.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Attending White House Workforce Meeting
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today is joining seven other governors at the White House to discuss workforce. The meetings will include discussions with President Donald Trump, cabinet secretaries and White House senior staff officials.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to highlight the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation Subdivision and the work they have done over the past year.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Finding a Solution to Nonmeandered Water
Growing up in northeast South Dakota, I’ve witnessed the struggle over the non-meandered water issue first hand.

Labor and Regulation

Employer Webinar on Essential Job Services
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Wednesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 - One-Lane Two-Way Traffic on Colorado Boulevard East of 27th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says traffic is scheduled to be switched to one-lane two-way traffic on the north side of Colorado Boulevard between Heritage Drive and 27th Street on the morning of Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Interstate 90 Exit 63 Westbound On Ramp
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, crews will complete pavement marking work on the Interstate 90 Exit 63 Westbound on-ramp and driving lane.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Nathan Sanderson Selected As 2017 Henry Toll Fellow
Nathan Sanderson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s director of policy and operations, is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns of Deceptive Tobacco Settlement Advertising
Attorney General Marty Jackley warns South Dakota citizens of recent deceptive advertisements related to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

South Dakota Law Enforcement Stops Large Fentanyl Distribution
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Chamberlain Police Department, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested Trevor Harden, 19, Chamberlain, as a result of a search warrant served in Chamberlain on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Agriculture

“Thunder at the Fair” Caps Off SD State Fair Grandstand Lineup
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces “Thunder at the Fair” Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull presented by Lankota and Kibble Equipment on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at 1 p.m.

SD Ag Chat: Grant Funds Help SD Volunteer Fire Departments Do More
In this SD Ag Chat, hear how federal grant funds help these departments protect their service areas.

Education

Tornado photo from August 1884 on display at Cultural Heritage Center
A photograph of a tornado and two funnel clouds, taken on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1884, by photographer F.N. Robinson of Howard is currently on display in the research room of the South Dakota State Historical Society Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Announces Father's Day Free Fishing Weekend
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has declared Father’s Day weekend as a free fishing weekend across South Dakota for residents and nonresidents.

Health

First WNV Case Of Year Reported In Davison County
The Department of Health reminds South Dakotans to get in the habit of using mosquito repellent as the state’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year has been detected in Davison County in the 60-69 age group.

Transportation

Permanent Striping in Spearfish Canyon
Crews will begin grinding and painting permanent striping on Highway 14A from Spearfish to Savoy in Lawrence County today (Wednesday, June 21).

Revenue

Motor Vehicle Division releases new Veteran Indian Tribal license plates
The new Veteran Indian Tribal license plates will be available for qualifying South Dakotans on July 1.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sioux Falls Woman Sentenced in Embezzlement
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Marna Jayne Gietzen, 49, Sioux Falls, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced to serve 4 years in the state penitentiary with 4 years suspended under the condition that she serve time in the county jail.

Agriculture

Lake Area Technical Institute Receives 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) of Watertown has been named the 2017 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Works on Reopening Public Access after Open Waters Compromise Passes
With passage of House Bill 1001 by the SD Legislature, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is now in the process of removing the cables that have blocked boat ramps on nonmeandered waters.

GFP Commission Finalizes Temporary Nonresident Waterfowl Licenses
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission kept the total number of temporary (three days) nonresident waterfowl licenses at 2,000 and modified the temporary license unit boundaries at their June meeting.

Public Safety

Marshall County Fatal Crash
LANGFORD, S.D. – An eight-month-old female died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash near Langford.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sioux Falls Tower Approved for REDI Fund Loan
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Tower, a telecommunications and wind energy tower contractor, announced its plans to expand as the Board of Economic Development approved a REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund Loan today. The approved funds will help finance construction expenses of the company’s new 25,000 square-foot facility.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Open Waters Compromise
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this evening signed into law House Bill 1001, the compromise bill on nonmeandered waters.

Agriculture

Preventing Wildfires on the Farm and Ranch
Because of dry conditions across much of the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) urges farmers and ranchers to be prepared in case a wildfire starts while they are baling.

Game, Fish and Parks

Good Eats Around South Dakota State Parks
State parks and recreation areas around the South Dakota will hold cooking classes Saturday, June 17.

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

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

East River and West River Deer Hunting Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted their proposal which will offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season.

Archery Deer Season Set for the Next Two Years
On June 9, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission changed the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid.

Proposed Changes to Antelope and Coyote Hunting in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to close Custer State Park for antelope hunting during their June meeting. Results of the 2017 survey indicate that antelope numbers have decreased far enough from the

GFP Commission Proposes Closure of the Sage Grouse Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to close the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their June meeting.

Archery and Firearm Antelope Hunting Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearms antelope hunting seasons at their June meeting.

Human Services

Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 15, Elder Abuse Awareness Day (EAAD) in South Dakota.

Transportation

Asphalt Crack Sealing/Leveling and Chip Seal on Highways 168, 79, 85, 73, 34 & 12
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin asphalt crack sealing and leveling Wednesday June 14 on highways in the Belle Fourche area.

Crack Seal Work on Highway 44 from Airport Road To East of Farmingdale
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, crews will begin a crack and chip sealing operation on Highway 44 east of Rapid City from mile marker 54 to 66.

Revenue

Department of Revenue to open temporary office at the Capitol
Due to construction near the Anderson Building in Pierre, the South Dakota Department of Revenue will host a temporary office location in the Capitol building.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Deliver Special Session Address
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Monday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. Audio of the speech will be livestreamed by South Dakota Public Broadcasting at SD.net.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Good Compromise On Nonmeandered Waters
For at least 20 years, the northeastern part of our state has been dealing with the issue of nonmeandered waters. For that entire time, the state has NOT been dealing with the problems that our laws have caused.

Brookings To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Brookings has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, July 18.

News Tips
On Monday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Education

State Historical Society awards five historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Aberdeen, Canton, Hot Springs, Ipswich and Oakwood Lakes State Park have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Social Services

South Dakota Receives Grant to Combat Opioid Use
The Department of Social Services (DSS), Division of Behavioral Health will receive $2 million in federal funding to help combat opioid use in South Dakota.

Transportation

Highway 50 Bridge Reopened To One Lane
South Dakota Department of Transportation crews have completed the emergency bridge deck repairs and reopened Highway 50 over Interstate 29 at Exit 26.

Highway 50 Bridge Closed at I-29 Exit 26
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have closed the Highway 50 bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 26 effective immediately (Friday, June 9).

Revenue

New Dignity specialty license plate available July 1
Beginning July 1, South Dakota residents may apply for the new Dignity license plate. The plates are available for motor vehicles and motorcycles.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

South Dakota Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The State of South Dakota has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Nation’s Largest Nursing Home Pharmacy Company to Pay $23 Million to Settle Allegations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes.

Agriculture

Governor’s Ag Summit Tour Locations Announced
The eighth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit will take place July 12-13, 2017, at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen.

Education

Former State Historical Society publication Wi-Iyohi available on South Dakota Digital Archives
Issues of a former publication of the South Dakota State Historical Society titled “The Wi-Iyohi” (Wee-ee-yo-hee) were recently added online to the South Dakota Digital Archives.

Social Services

Meth Changes Everything Campaign Reaches 10,000 Participants
The Department of Social Services’ ‘Meth Changes Everything’ awareness campaign has given presentations to over 10,000 South Dakotans.

Transportation

Concrete Pavement Repair Work has begun on Cherry Street in Vermillion
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the concrete pavement repair work on Highway 50L (Cherry Street) in Vermillion from Plum Street to the Highway 19 south intersection began this week.

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

Concrete Pavement Repair and Grinding in the Yankton Area
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say concrete pavement repair and grinding work on Interstate 29 near Elk Point will begin the week of June 12, 2017.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Calls Special Session To Address Non-Meandered Waters For Monday, June 12
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered waters overlying private property.

Agriculture

June is Dairy Month in South Dakota
The South Dakota dairy industry contributes to the economy both locally and statewide. In recognition of those contributions, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Exit 63 High Friction Surface Treatment (updated)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin placing a High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) on the Interstate 90 Exit 63 westbound on-ramp and driving lane on Friday, June 9.

Highway 11 Open
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 11 south of Sioux Falls has been reopened.

Veterans Affairs

Nine Monuments of Stone Made of Men
The Hall of Honor pays tribute to nine heroes whose actions exemplify the finest qualities of the American soldier --- steadfast devotion to duty, tenacity in a fight, and love and respect for each other. They exemplified the warrior spirit that is essential to win in tough battles, and they proved what true warriors can do when faced head-on with the ultimate sacrifice. Their bravery, their resourcefulness and their patriotism marks them as America’s finest heroes.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Bon Homme County Man Sentenced for Rape and Sexual Contact with a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Bon Homme County States Attorney Lisa Rothschadl announced today that Paul Michael Brewer, 41, Tabor, was sentenced to 65 years in the state penitentiary.

Agriculture

Static Entry Premium Book May Spark Entry Ideas
People have until July 31, 2017 to submit entry forms for the static exhibits contest areas during the South Dakota State Fair.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Nine school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2017.

Game, Fish and Parks

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available through August 15
The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact either department regarding prairie dog encroachment issues.

Jay Heath Canoe & Kayak Trail Public Dedication Event to be held June 13
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in partnership with the South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association (SDCKA) will host an event to publicly dedicate the new Jay Heath Canoe & Kayak Trail on Tuesday, June 13, at noon.

Traditions Hold Strong at 40th Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
The 40th annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival presented visitors with a weekend full of activities, vendors, food and memories.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Jansen Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Cody Jansen has been named as the 2017 South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.

Transportation

Portion of Highway 11 Open - 273rd Street to 276th Street
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 11 has been reopened from 273rd Street south to 276th Street (Harrisburg road to Klondike Road). Highway 11 remains closed from 276th Street to Highway 18.

Update on Highway 11 Closure
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials closed a section of Highway 11 south of Sioux Falls between Highway 18 and 273rd Street late Monday afternoon.


Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

National Get Outdoors Day is June 10
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is encouraging individuals and families of all ages to head outdoors this weekend to enjoy National Get Outdoors Day on June 10.

Transportation

Portion of Highway 11 Closed
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have closed a section of Highway 11 south of Sioux Falls between Highway 18 and 273rd Street.

Revenue

South Dakotans urged to take caution during transient vendor season
Many transient vendors have begun selling products and services in South Dakota.

South Dakota Lottery

Lucky for Life Lotto Tickets Now On Sale in South Dakota
South Dakotans who've long dreamed about what they'd do with $1,000 a day for life took the first step towards making those dreams a reality, purchasing $4,714 in tickets on Sun., June 4, 2017, the first day lotto tickets for the game were available for sale in South Dakota.


Public Safety

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man died Wednesday in a semi-truck crash east of Wall.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Non-Meandered Waters
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the legislative interim committee’s passage of a draft bill to open non-meandered waters for public recreational use.

Governor's Column: Helping South Dakotans Get Back To Work
My parents took pride in self-reliance and taught me the value of hard work. They worked hard on our family farm, and when the farm went upside-down financially, they both took jobs as janitors at Augustana College to make ends meet.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will serve as the commencement speaker for the National American University 75th Commencement Ceremony at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division Warns of Sweepstakes Imposters
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers that winners of the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes do not receive phone calls about their prizes.

Bureau of Administration

Hall Of Honor Has Been Relocated
The South Dakota Hall of Honor, which has been redesigned and relocated to the first floor of the Capitol building, was dedicated during a ceremony today in the west hall of the annex in the Capitol.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Andrew Eastman, age 28, left the jobsite at the city landfill late this morning. It’s believed he took a white 2002 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup with the license plate number CTY 4976.

Board of Regents

Four Research Centers to Receive State Funding
South Dakota’s Research and Commercialization Council (RCC) has selected four research centers to receive funding through the Governor’s Research Center Program.


Education

Find Summer Food Service sites for youth with a text or toll-free call
Organizations across South Dakota are serving free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Announces June Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – June’s schedule of sobriety checkpoints has been announced by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell area of the state starting June 5.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – Four South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current municipal tax rate beginning July 1.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Sturgis Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, June 6, Sturgis will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting.

Agriculture

Connecting Agriculture: Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control
Anyone who has had a garden, a lawn or a corn field knows that weeds are a constant challenge.

Education

South Dakota releases education plan
South Dakota today released its state plan for education required under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A 45-year-old man died Wednesday in a semi truck crash east of Wall.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Hutchinson County Man Sentenced for Grand Theft by Deception
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Stephan Nicholas McCrae, 50, Menno, was sentenced in Circuit Court, Fall River County, to 4 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary on one count of grand theft by deception.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: SD Beef Producers Send Positive Beef Message to New York
May is Beef Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear why South Dakota beef checkoff dollars are being used to target consumers in New York.

SD Ag Chat: USDA NASS and Partners Gauge Crop Conditions Each Week
In this SD Ag Chat, hear South Dakota’s state statistician talk about how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service gathers intel for the weekly crop progress reports.

Game, Fish and Parks

Labor Day Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
This weekend, the South Dakota State Parks are opening up camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.

State Parks Host Hikes, Events on National Trails Day
Parks across the state are celebrating National Trails Day this weekend. Hikes, activities and programs are being held in parks to recognize the state’s trails.

Fort Sisseton Annual Historical Festival This Weekend
On June 2-4, Fort Sisseton will host its 40th annual historical festival.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: B9Creations Approved for MicroLOAN, doubles employment
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s been a pretty remarkable five years since the launch of its first 3D printer, and it’s evident that B9Creations, LLC, isn’t planning on slowing down the pace anytime soon.


Public Safety

Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – A Watertown, S.D., man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon near Summit.

Name Released in Yankton County Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Yankton man has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Yankton.


Public Safety

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Tim Holmgren, on April 27, 2016, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Agriculture

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

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

Education

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

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Agriculture

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

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

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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


Agriculture

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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

Board of Regents

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


Agriculture

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

Transportation

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

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


Agriculture

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

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

Corrections

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

Education

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Transportation

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


Education

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

Transportation

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

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

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


Corrections

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Revenue

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

Veterans Affairs

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Agriculture

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

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

Education

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

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

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

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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


Public Safety

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Agriculture

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


Agriculture

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

Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Transportation

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

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


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

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

Education

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

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

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

Health

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

Public Safety

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

Board of Regents

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

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

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

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


Public Safety

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


Agriculture

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

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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


Corrections

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

Public Safety

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Services

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

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

Transportation

Ward Rest Area Temporarily Closing For Upgrades
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Ward rest area located at Exit 121 ten miles south of Brookings on Interstate 29 will be closing on Monday, May 8, for approximately six weeks.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

Agriculture

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

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

Education

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

Transportation

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Agriculture

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

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

Game, Fish and Parks

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

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

Labor and Regulation

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

Transportation

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

Board of Regents

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Agriculture

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

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

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Education

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

Public Safety

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

Revenue

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

Veterans Affairs

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

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

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

Revenue

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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

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

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

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

Veterans Affairs

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