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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Working To Increase Teacher Pay
My education bills will be working their way through the legislative process in the coming weeks. The legislative process can be confusing or frustrating, but it is designed to give legislators time to consider and discuss these important issues.

Governor Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a number of new bills into law.

Education

Pierre celebrates CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, nearly 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 10-11, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.

Environment and Natural Resources

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
SUMMERSET, S.D. – One person died in an ATV crash that occurred Thursday night west of Summerset, S.D.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the Hwy 42 Western Minnehaha County Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Minnehaha County and the City of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house to inform area residents of a corridor study for Highway 42 from the McCook County Line to Ellis Road.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today held his fourth legislative press conference at the Capitol. The Governor gave updates on where his Medicaid expansion proposal stands with the federal government, revenue projections and the status of his education proposal.

Agriculture

Habitat Pays: Connecting Landowners to Resources
The rural areas of South Dakota have a lot to offer both residents and visitors from other states and around the world.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Invasive species cause over 100 billion in economic losses annually in the United States.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR’s Public Input Meetings on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Have been Cancelled
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, the U. S. Supreme Court issued a stay in EPA’s Clean Power Plan that halts or postpones the effectiveness of EPA’s Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants.

Transportation

SDDOT Receives 99 Applications for BIG Funds
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has received 99 applications for the Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) funds.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

United States Supreme Court Agrees with Attorneys General and Issues Stay in EPA’s Unlawful Power Plan
Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced that a bipartisan coalition of 29 states and state agencies, has won a major victory as the U.S. Supreme Court put an immediate halt to the Obama Administration’s power plan as litigation continues in the D.C. Circuit Court.

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) event:

Education

Department of Education seeking individuals to serve on standards work groups
Beginning this summer, South Dakota will review standards in several content areas, including math, English language arts, and several career and technical education career clusters.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE: Pets/Owners Agree: Ruff Tough Kennels are the best
TEA, S.D. – A love of animals and an entrepreneurial spirit led Doug Sangl and Lyle Van Kalsbeek to launch Ruff Tough Kennels, a Tea, South Dakota, based business that manufacturers the most durable dog kennel on the market.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Signs First Bill Of Legislative Session Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the first bill of the 2016 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1032, enables state and local governments to enter into guaranteed energy savings contracts.

Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to House Bill 1032, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 6 bills into law this afternoon.

Education

State Historical Society seeks nominations for Governor's Awards, board positions
The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is seeking nominations for the annual Governor's Awards for History and two open positions on its board of trustees.

State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces Re-grant Funding
The South Dakota State Historical Records Advisory Board was recently awarded $4,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for a re-grant opportunity.

Game, Fish and Parks

Summer Camping Reservations Open Soon In State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. – Later this month, campers can begin making reservations for summer stays in the South Dakota State Parks.

Canada Goose Season Ends, Light Goose Season Begins
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded that the Unit 2 Canada goose season ends this Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. The South Dakota 2016 Light Goose Conservation Order begins Feb. 15 and ends May 3.

Tree Stands Must be removed from Public Lands by Feb. 15
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that all tree stands and climbing devices must be removed from lands owned, leased or controlled by GFP by this Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

Fish Houses Must be removed by March 1
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds ice anglers that all fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by midnight on Feb. 29, 2016. Fish houses, shelters and other structures may be used after Feb. 29, 2016, but must be removed from the ice on a daily basis.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance Warns Individuals of Unofficial Websites
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) warns individuals of unofficial websites offering assistance in filing for unemployment benefits.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Notification #1
Effective at 10:a.m. MST on Friday, February 12, 2016, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Reports the Success of the South Dakota DNA Database
In 2003, South Dakota legislators established the State DNA Database. Biological samples are taken from individuals arrested for sexual assaults and other qualifying felony crimes.

Agriculture

2016 Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest
In preparation for Wildfire Awareness Month in May, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is holding a coloring contest.

Nordby Exhibit Hall Takes Shape
As you look to the western side of the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, the skyline has a noticeable addition to it, the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HARRISBURG, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed one person Sunday east of Harrisburg, S.D.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HARRISBURG, S.D. – One person died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Harrisburg, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today held his third legislative press conference at the Capitol.

Expanding Outdoor Opportunities In Spearfish Canyon
Over the last few months, the Spearfish Canyon Foundation has been working with the state Game, Fish and Parks Department to acquire a beautiful property from Homestake Mining Company.

News Tips
The South Dakota Professional Teachers Practices and Standards Commission will meet via teleconference.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Campbell County Woman Convicted of Arson
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that after a three day trial, a Campbell County Jury found Lori Brandner, 41, of Herreid, South Dakota, guilty of three counts.

Public Safety

Office of Highway Safety to Air Seatbelt Commercials During Super Bowl
PIERRE, S.D. – With all of the fun and excitement that comes with Super Bowl Sunday, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety plans to use time during the game to remind people about the importance of seat belt use.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED Awarded $1.5M Grant for Ethanol Program
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is ramping up its efforts to increase ethanol usage in South Dakota, thanks in part to a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (USDA - CCC) federal grant awarded to the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For Summer Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2016 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early May through September 2016.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Marty Jackley Proposes Aggravated Vehicular Battery for South Dakota
In South Dakota, we average about a half dozen tragic vehicular homicides every year because of impaired driving.

South Dakota Supreme Court Denies Appeal in Fischer Vehicular Homicide Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court in a unanimous decision has denied Ronald Fischer’s appeal.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces New Water Well Completion Reports Map
DENR has added a new online interactive map showing water well locations throughout South Dakota. The map and related data are available through the department’s interactive database maps online at http://denr.sd.gov/datagis.aspx.


Agriculture

2016 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2016 Wildland Fire Academy that will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., March 17-20.

Transportation

I-29 Reopened Travel Caution
State officials have reopened Interstate 29 between the Tea Exit and the Iowa border and are also issuing a travel caution.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Education Reform Bills Filed
The South Dakota Legislative Research Council has officially filed Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s education reform bills which are now online for the public to view.

Agriculture

Gov. Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Gerald Thaden of Marvin and Thomas Wolles of Colton to the State Conservation Commission.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Will Host Landowner Workshops as part of Habitat Pays
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will host three workshops in northeast South Dakota aimed at providing habitat information to interested landowners.

Anglers, Hunters Reminded to Purchase 2016 License
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that 2015 hunting and fishing licenses have expired.

Public Safety

State Government Offices in Several South Dakota Counties to Close
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state government offices in several counties in southeast South Dakota will close at noon today (Tuesday) because of the blizzard conditions.

Transportation

Interstate 29 Closed from Tea Exit 73 South to Iowa Border
State officials have closed Interstate 29 from Tea Exit 73 to the Iowa border.


Education

Bestselling State Historical Society cowboy biography now in paperback
The popular biography of a cowboy who saddle-handled more cattle than any other man is now available in paperback. "Controlled Recklessness: Ed Lemmon and the Open Range" by Nathan Sanderson of Pierre is published by the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Game, Fish and Parks

Conservation Reserve Program Workshops for Landowners
PIERRE, S.D. - Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) workshops are underway across the state hosted by Pheasants Forever habitat advisors for landowners interested in enrolling land into the program.

The Great Backyard Bird Count Returns Feb. 12-15
PIERRE, S.D. - Millions of novice and accomplished bird watchers can make their love of nature count for science during the 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
PIERRE, S.D. - Visitors of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre have the opportunity to learn about the park's winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 14th Annual "Eagles and Bagels" Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Health

Health Department Honors Pierre Staff
Three Pierre residents were recently honored by the South Dakota Department of Health in the agency’s annual Secretary’s Awards Program.

Health Department Honors Spearfish Nurse
Shannon Muchow, RN, of Spearfish, was recently honored by the South Dakota Department of Health in the agency’s 2015 Secretary’s Awards Program.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Update On The USS South Dakota
When thinking about South Dakota, naval prowess might not be the first thing to come to mind. Still, our state has a strong and proud naval history – from the men and women who have answered the call to serve to the ships that have borne the name USS South Dakota.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be in Huron on Tuesday as part of his State of the State tour.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Lyman County Woman Pleads Guilty to First Degree Manslaughter
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today Whitney Renae Turney, 27, Oacoma, entered a guilty plea to one count of first degree manslaughter, class C felony, up to life imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat: Rejuvenating the SD FFA Alumni Association
In this SD Ag Chat, hear about the South Dakota FFA Alumni Association and how you can become a part of it.

Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Work Taking Place in Custer
A hazardous fuels reduction project will soon begin at Big Rock Park on Pageant Hill in Custer.

Health

South Dakotans Traveling To Tropics Should Be Aware Of Zika Virus
South Dakotans traveling to the American tropics and sub-tropics should use mosquito repellent to prevent mosquito bites and protect themselves from the Zika virus, the Department of Health said today.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Holds Legislative Press Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard held a legislative press conference on Thursday, Jan. 28, to give updates on tribal relations and the USS South Dakota.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Results of Attorney General’s 5th Annual Legislative Shooting Contest
“South Dakota enjoys, respects, and protects the fundamental right of the state and our law abiding citizens to bear arms. The Attorney General’s Legislative Shootout is intended to support our constitutional rights, test legislator’s marksmanship and raise money for important causes,” said Attorney General Jackley.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer warns of suspicious unclaimed property postcards
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast warns South Dakotans to ignore suspicious postcards labeled “Unclaimed Property Notification.”

Agriculture

SDAITC Seeks 2016 Agriculture Teacher of the Year Nominations
Do you know an elementary or middle school teacher who does a good job incorporating agricultural information into his or her every day classroom activities?

Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Work Taking Place at Giraffic Park
A hazardous fuels reduction project will soon begin at the YMCA Giraffic Park Day Camp on U.S. Highway 385 near Silver City.

Education

Establish a Summer Food Service Program in your community
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR and City of Pierre Agree to Settlement for Wastewater Violations
DENR has reached a settlement with the city of Pierre for surface water discharge permit violations that occurred.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Creates Employer Newsletter
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has created an employer e-newsletter, DLR Employer Connection.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For February
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released its list of sobriety checkpoints planned for February.

Social Services

The Department of Social Services seeks Foster Parents in the Black Hills Area
The Department of Social Services (DSS) in the Black Hills area is looking for families who are dedicated to our community, and are interested in wanting to know more about the need for foster families.


Education

Two South Dakota technical institutes named among top 150 in the country
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today again named Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

Labor and Regulation

Passing Score for GED Test Recalibrated
GED Testing Services (GEDTS) has announced a recalibration to the GED Test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels.

Tourism

Baker Hired as South Dakota Arts Council Director
Department of Tourism Secretary James Hagen announced today the selection of Patrick Baker as the next executive director of the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC).


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Reminds Consumers of National Tax Identity Theft Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week will run this week. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses a Social Security number to get a tax refund or tries to obtain personal identifying information while acting as an Agent of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Agriculture

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2016 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Education

Pierre woman to discuss schoolhouse book at Cultural Heritage Center
Betsey DeLoache of Pierre will be discussing her new book about country schools on Feb. 9 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Fort Sisseton Festival Vendor Applications Available
PIERRE, S.D. - Vendors interested in having a booth at the 2016 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival have until March 14 to submit an application. Applications are available for vendors of arts and crafts, concessions, and rendezvous. The annual festival is scheduled for June 3, 4 and 5, 2016.

Oakwood Lakes State Park to Host Winter Events
PIERRE, S.D. – Oakwood Lake State Park will host a weekend of winter fun with the Kool Kids’ Klassic Fishing Derby and the Groundhog Day Cross-Country Ski Event on Jan. 30 and 31, respectively.

GFP Offers Free Food Plot Brood Mix
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is offering a new brood mix to help provide for wildlife in the spring and summer.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Releases CAFR Ahead Of Schedule
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state Bureau of Finance and Management has released for public review the South Dakota Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year which ended June 30, 2015, ahead of its Jan. 31 goal.

Governor's Column: Strengthening The South Dakota Retirement System
Over the last several years, various states have been considering pension reform to address funding shortfalls. Some have looked at increasing employee contributions. Others have considered raising their retirement age or lowering benefits.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Mitchell Chamber coffee about his 2016 State of the State Address at the Highland Conference Center.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gates Still Required for Fences Crossing Firesteel Creek
Gates in fences crossing Firesteel Creek in Davison County are still required. A petition filed last year failed in its effort to remove Firesteel Creek from the list of navigable streams in South Dakota where gates are required in fences crossing the stream.

Tribal Relations

2016 State-Tribal Relations Events “Honoring our Veterans”
The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations (SDDTR) has partnered with the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) in ‘Honoring our Veterans” during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Jan. 27 and 28 in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Sioux Falls P.D. and the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for CrimeStoppers Program from Drug Control Fund
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Sioux Falls Police Department and the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office have been awarded $5,000 to be used for their CrimeStoppers Program, which will aid law enforcement in general drug apprehension efforts. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: Succession Planning
Agriculture is a risky business. From the whims of weather to the often unpredictable nature of the commodity and livestock markets to the cost of inputs, there is much in agriculture we can’t control.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--District FFA Officers Learn Leadership in Pierre
FFA members from across South Dakota had the opportunity to learn about leadership and the legislative process while participating in the organization’s annual district officer training and legislative breakfast event in Pierre.

Education

Hugh Glass Letter on display at Cultural Heritage Center
A letter sent by celebrated frontiersman Hugh Glass, who is the subject of the hit movie "The Revenant," is currently on display in the research room of the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Agriculture

Stout and Hansen Named Agriculture Development Representatives
Ben Stout and Bill Hansen have been hired as agricultural development representatives for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Public Safety

Name Released in Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
LAKE PRESTON, S.D. – An Erwin, S.D., man, Kristian Nuzum, 38, has been identified as the victim in a Tuesday night one-vehicle crash north of Lake Preston, S.D.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
LAKE PRESTON, S.D. – One person died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Lake Preston, S.D.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Dakota Silencer Finds In-State Partnership Beneficial to Business
South Dakota’s growing firearms cluster offers opportunities for collaboration and industry connections that you just don’t find in other states.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Appoints Duenwald Chief Hearing Examiner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Catherine Duenwald chief hearing examiner.

Education

Newly accredited public libraries to be honored in Capitol rotunda
Eight South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2016.

Make-N-Take Valentines & SDSU Ice Cream Feb. 7 at Cultural Heritage Center
From 1-4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 7, visitors can enjoy making valentines and eating SDSU ice cream at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Tourism

Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers
The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has elected new officers for the coming year.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Outdoor Culture, Low Operating Costs, Beautiful Scenery Appeal to Lehigh Defense
When you run a company that makes products for sportsmen, who better to hire than individuals that are excited about and use the products – like sportsmen?


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Year To Act On Education
The 2016 Legislative Session began this week. This year, I am proposing that South Dakota address the issue of teacher pay.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be in Yankton on Monday as part of his State of the State tour.

Corrections

PUBLIC NOTICE OF HIGH RISK INMATE RELEASE
Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk is providing notification to law enforcement and the public about the pending release of a state prison inmate.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 46 Interchange Study Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization, Meade County and the cities of Piedmont and Summerset, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Jan. 20, to inform and receive input on a study to justify the modification of the Interstate 90 Exit 46 (Elk Creek Road) interchange.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota’s Power Couple gets Firearm Cluster Started
So how did this firearm cluster, now encompassing 10 companies ranging from rifles to pistol barrels to custom machining, get started in Sturgis, South Dakota?

Veterans Affairs

Korean War Veterans – You will Always Be Our Heroes
Over 450 South Dakota Korean Veterans received a special honor Tuesday. It’s gratitude that some say is long overdue.


Agriculture

Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels at the 2016 SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2016 State Fair theme – “Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.”

SD Ag Chat--More SD Farmers Are Using No-Till
county-level inventory of the types of cropping systems South Dakota farmers are using shows almost half are utilizing no-till.

Education

Four additional South Dakota newspaper titles now available online
The South Dakota State Historical Society announced that four additional South Dakota newspapers have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers.

Public Safety

Name Released in Spink County Fatal Crash
REDFIELD, S.D. – Names have been released in a two-vehicle crash that killed one person Wednesday morning east of Redfield, S.D.

Transportation

Governor Appoints Aeronautics Commissioners
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that Dan Noteboom of Corsica and Dave Luers of Pierre have been appointed to the South Dakota Aeronautics Commission by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota’s Bar-Sto Precision Isn’t Rocket Science—Or is it?
When Irving Stone III, owner of Bar-Sto Precision Machine in Sturgis, South Dakota, is asked about his business, he can’t help but reminisce about his parents.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP and SDSU Partner on Small Fisheries Economic Impact Study
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) have partnered to conduct a one-year study on the use and economic importance of small lakes across the state.

Habitat Workshop in Centerville
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will host a Habitat Pays Workshop on Jan. 25, from 4-7 p.m. at the Centerville American Legion for area landowners and agricultural producers.

Anglers, Hunters and Trappers Reminded to Purchase 2016 Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that their 2015 licenses expire at 12 a.m. on Feb. 1.

Public Safety

Spink County Fatal Crash
REDFIELD, S.D. – One person, age 25, died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning near Redfield, S.D.


Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park Resource Management Plan Available for Comment
PIERRE, S.D. – A strategic plan that will guide resource management in Custer State Park through 2025 is now available for review.

America’s State Park Visitors Travel 133,000 Miles on First Day Hikes
PIERRE, S.D. – Almost 56,000 visitors across the nation started 2016 on the right foot by participating in free, guided First Day Hike Programs in America’s state parks. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offered an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at a state park on Jan. 1, 2016.

Public Safety

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Pierre female, identified as Kalle Jackson, 17, died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Pierre.

Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A 17-year-old female died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 73 Structure Replacement
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a structure replacement project on Highway 73 over Flint Creek on Wednesday, Jan. 13.


Education

Historical governors’ messages available online from State Library
The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of governors’ messages to the library’s Digital Collections site.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Habitat Conservation Fund Approves Over $600,000 in Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Habitat Conservation Fund Board of Directors recently approved a total of $608,000 in grants to improve wildlife habitat across the state. This is the Fund’s first grant cycle for projects being completed in 2016.

Labor and Regulation

Department of Labor and Regulation Offers Help with Employer Services
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offers many employer services for businesses and non-profit organizations at the local level to assist with workforce recruitment efforts.


Public Safety

Name Released in Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON, S.D. – A Mitchell, S.D. man, identified as Randall Larson, 61, died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday east of Plankinton.


Public Safety

Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON, S.D. – A 61-year-old man died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday east of Plankinton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give his annual State of the State Address on Tuesday in the House Chamber of the Capitol Building, Pierre.

Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Governor's Column: A Big Week For Veterans
As I write this, the 2016 Legislative Session is just four days away. It will be a busy week at the Capitol as lawmakers return to Pierre to start filing their bills and considering proposals. It’s also going to be a big week for South Dakota veterans.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $39,000 for Landfill Manager Certification Course
The Board of Water and Natural Resources approved a $39,000 grant to the South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association to conduct a national certification course in May for landfill managers and operators from across the state.

Human Services

South Dakota to Hold Public Forums on WIOA Unified State Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor and Regulation (DLR) will hold public hearings on the proposed unified state plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The January meetings will address strategic planning and priorities for the core partners under WIOA.

Public Safety

State Capitol Lights to Honor Law Enforcement Officers
PIERRE – South Dakota’s state Capitol will be highlighted in blue Saturday night to honor the state’s law enforcement officers.

Social Services

New Eastern Region Office Location for SHIINE
The Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program has moved to a new location at 3801 S. Western Ave., Ste. 105.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gov. Daugaard Awards Four Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Last week, four community leaders were notified that each of their respective communities has been approved for grant funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Denies Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea in Vehicular Manslaughter Case
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has denied a motion to withdraw a guilty plea in State v. Tammy Jean Kvasnicka.

Education

State Historical Society board approves property tax moratorium applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 16 applications in 10 counties for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings.

Board approves program expansion at Southeast Technical Institute
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a program expansion in the area of diesel technology at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Marty Jackley’s 2016 Legislative Package
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the Attorney General’s proposed legislative package for 2016 will include a request that our Legislature consider and enact the following:

Public Safety

Disaster Aid for June Storms in South Dakota Tops $3.4 Million
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (SDOEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that more than $3.4 million in disaster aid has been approved to help communities in 12 counties and three tribal nations in South Dakota recover from a series of June storms. Those storms caused a swath of damage that stretched from southwest South Dakota through the center of the state.

Veterans Affairs

Korean War Veterans to Receive Ambassador for Peace Medals
South Dakota will honor Korean War Veterans with an “Ambassador for Peace” medal ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Release of Further Information on the Westerhuis Fire and Death Investigation
Attorney General Marty Jackley is releasing the following additional information arising from the Westerhuis fire and death investigation.

Education

21st CCLC grant applications now available
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available online.

Human Services

State’s ‘Ability for Hire’ Campaign Nets Two Communication Awards
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s “Ability for Hire” campaign rounded out 2015 being honored twice by the MarCom Awards, an international creative competition for marketing and communication professionals. The campaign is currently seeking employer testimonials to enhance the message for a statewide audience.

Public Safety

SDDOT Completes $50 Million Payout to Counties and Cities
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) paid out nearly $50 million in state highway funding to counties and Class I city governments in 2015.

Tourism

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Missouri River Tourism Association are now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at the 10 Information Centers along Interstates 29 and 90.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Upping the Ante: South Dakota Delegation Returning to Vegas for SHOT Show
PIERRE, S.D. – When you think about South Dakota’s firearm industry, what businesses come to mind? For most, companies like COR®BON, Bar-Sto Precision, Dakota Arms and Dakota Silencer probably top the list, among many others.


Public Safety

Name Released in Jerauld County Crash
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. – A Redfield, S.D., man, identified as Dwane Parker, 76, died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday night, nine miles west of Wessington Springs, S.D.


Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Hill City, S.D., man, identified as Bryan Rick, 45, died Friday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash in Rapid City.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One man died Friday afternoon in a vehicle-motorcycle crash in Rapid City.

Jerauld County Crash
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. – One person died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday night, nine miles west of Wessington Springs, S.D.

Name Released in Meade County Fatal Crash
STURIGS, S.D. – Melissa Carter, 25, Black Hawk, S.D., has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning west of Sturgis.

Meade County Fatal Crash
STURIGS, S.D. – A 25-year-old woman died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning west of Sturgis.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Hugh Glass and New Beginnings
As we turn the page on 2015 and welcome the New Year, it’s a great time look to the future. Many of us will establish resolutions for 2016.

News Tips
The South Dakota Board of Education will meet on first floor of the MacKay Building, in the Library Commons, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Warns Consumers of Email Hacking Scam
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning consumers of an email hacking scam that targets personal email accounts in an attempt to obtain personal identifying information or money.

Agriculture

Quick Start to South Dakota’s 2015 Fire Season
Extremely dry conditions got South Dakota’s Wildland Fire season started early in 2015, but it slowed as wetter conditions persevered.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--SD NRCS 2015 Cropping Systems Inventory
A county-level inventory of the types of cropping systems South Dakota farmers are using less tillage than they did ten years ago.

Education

Latest issue of State Historical Society journal focuses on significant historic sites
Historic places -- one long vanished and two that have been preserved and rehabilitated -- are featured in the Winter 2015 issue of "South Dakota History," the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Schedules Sobriety Checkpoints in January
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will begin 2016 by conducting sobriety checkpoints in 18 counties during January.

Transportation

Icy Conditions In Central South Dakota
State officials are advising motorists travel this afternoon and through the overnight hours may be difficult on Interstate 90 and highways throughout central South Dakota.


Education

Pierre author to discuss book about cattleman Ed Lemmon
The life of Ed Lemmon, a man who played a tremendous role in developing western South Dakota, will be examined at the January meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol to be First Agency to Have New License Plate
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will ring in 2016 by having its vehicles be the first in the state to sport the newly designed South Dakota license plate.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Appoints Olson To Game, Fish And Parks Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Russell Olson of Madison to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

Public Safety

Homeland Security Urges Public to Watch for Terrorism Signs
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Homeland Security Office is encouraging citizens to watch for eight signs that could indicate possible terrorist activity.

Board of Regents

Campus and Community Representatives to Participate in SDSU Presidential Search
Campus and community representatives have been appointed to assist the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president of South Dakota State University. David L. Chicoine, South Dakota State’s president since 2007, recently announced his plans to leave the presidency next year and continue as a faculty member on the Brookings campus.


Health

South Dakota’s Child, Adolescent Obesity Rate Unchanged
The number of South Dakota kids who are overweight or obese is 32.2 percent, essentially unchanged for the fourth straight year, according to a new state health report.


Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces New Interactive Observation Wells Map
DENR has added a new interactive observation wells map to the department’s interactive database maps online at http://denr.sd.gov/datagis.aspx.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Paying Down Debt To Make College More Affordable
About 15 years ago, Linda and I added a small addition to our house near Dell Rapids. We took out a small mortgage on our home to pay for that improvement. Until about three years ago, we were making a monthly payment against that debt. Every once in a while, when we had extra cash, we paid more than was required so that we could pay it off faster.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a presentation on Medicaid expansion and his budget proposal at the Pierre Kiwanis and Rotary combined meeting on Monday.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Gregory County Man Indicted on Explosive Device Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Martin J. Rezac, 59, Dallas, S.D, was indicted by a Gregory County grand jury on December 18, 2015.

Education

State Historical Society awards historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Dell Rapids, Ipswich, Lead and Mitchell recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Environment and Natural Resources

Governor Daugaard’s Red Tape Review Targets Bottled Drinking Water
DENR has streamlined regulatory oversight of companies in South Dakota that produce bottled drinking water.

Public Safety

Department of Public Safety Officials Urge Holiday Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – With both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays occurring in the next week, officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety are encouraging people to be safe with their celebrations.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Announces Formation of the National Attorneys General Charities Committee
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley as President of the National Association of Attorneys General announces the newly created National Attorneys General Charities Committee.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Seeks Public Input on EPA Clean Power Plan for South Dakota
DENR is taking a two-pronged approach as it prepares to respond to the controversial federal Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions from electrical-generating plants.

Game, Fish and Parks

America’s State Parks to Host First Day Hikes
PIERRE, S.D. – Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2016 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you. On January 1, all 50 states will be participating in the fifth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration.

Health

Meade County Community Health Office Hours, Services Reduced
WIC and related services will still be available at the Department of Health’s community health nursing sites in Sturgis and Faith but office hours and other services are being reduced.

Labor and Regulation

Vermillion Labor and Regulation Office Moving to New Location
The Department of Labor and Regulation's (DLR) office in Vermillion is moving to 904 E. Cherry St.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Taking Time This Christmas
According to a national study, Americans project they will spend an average of $882 on Christmas gifts this year. That’s just gifts. The figure doesn’t include the decorations, the Christmas cards or Christmas dinner. And it’s only an estimate.

News Tips
The Aeronautics Commission of the South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a meeting via conference call.

Agriculture

SD Ag in the Classroom Looking for Vegetable Seed Donations
If you have vegetable seed packets laying around that you won’t use, South Dakota’s Ag in the Classroom program would like to have them.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Reduces the Amount of Fluoride Required in Drinking Water
DENR has revised a state rule to reduce the levels of fluoride required in drinking water. The new rule stipulates a recommended range of 0.5 to 0.9 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride with an optimal level of 0.7 ppm.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Receives Life-Saving Award
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper James Tedder Friday received a life-saving award for his efforts to rescue two people who were trying to swim to shore in Day County.

Aurora County Fatal Incident
WHITE LAKE, S.D. – A Plainville, GA man, identified as William Valentine, 54, was killed Wednesday when his vehicle ran over him.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Nine South Dakota Women’s Prison Inmates Indicted on Drug Related Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that several inmates in the South Dakota Woman’s Prison were indicted by a Hughes County grand jury on drug related charges.

Agriculture

SD Ag Chat--Wrapping up 2015 Agriculture Financials and Looking Ahead to 2016
This year showed extreme volatility in both the crop and livestock sectors of agriculture.

Corrections

PUBLIC NOTICE OF INMATE RELEASE
Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk is providing notification to law enforcement and the public about the pending release of a state prison inmate.


Agriculture

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--What an El Nino winter means for South Dakota
South Dakota State University Extension Climate Specialist and State Climatologist Dr. Dennis Todey explains what an El Nino winter means for the state.

Public Safety

No Travel Advised On I90 From Ellsworth AFB to Vivian
PIERRE, S.D. – A no travel advisory has been issued effective immediately for Interstate 90 from Exit 67, which is the Ellsworth Air Force Base, east to Vivian.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Is Open Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 to traffic between Rapid City and Chamberlain in both directions.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Day County Man Indicted on First Degree Murder Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Day County States Attorney Danny Smeins announced today that a Day County grand jury has filed a superseding indictment on Jason Lewandowski, 44, Rosyln.

Agriculture

Visible Smoke in the Black Hills Due to Slash Pile Burning
Favorable snow cover has prompted fire crews to begin burning slash piles created from fuel reduction projects at multiple locations across the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Snowmobile Season Officially Opens on Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. – Snowmobile trails in South Dakota are scheduled to open today, but trail officials are still waiting to see what the storm brings.

Health

Remember Food Safety To Prevent Holiday Misery
Keep the unwelcome guest of food-borne illness from making an appearance at that Christmas party or New Year’s gathering with some simple food safety tips, says a state health official.

Tourism

Dept. of Tourism Encouraging Industry to 'Be Monumental'
The South Dakota Department of Tourism will host the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Jan. 19-21, 2016, in Pierre, S.D. The theme of the conference is “Be Monumental.”

Transportation

I90 closed from Wall to Chamberlain Rapid City to Wall will close at 7pm MST
State officials have closed Interstate 90 from Exit 110 at Wall to Exit 260 at Chamberlain effective immediately, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Officials will also close I90 from Rapid City to Wall at 7 p.m. MST (8 p.m. CST) to allow commuters to get to their destination.

Tribal Relations

125th Anniversary of Wounded Knee
December 29, 1890 was one of the darkest days of our state’s history for the Lakota people

Board of Regents

Chicoine Announces Plans to ‘Step Away’ from SDSU Presidency
David L. Chicoine, Ph.D., president of South Dakota State University since 2007, will leave the position of president on or around July 1, 2016, or as soon as a new president is hired and assumes office, the South Dakota Board of Regents said. Chicoine, the third alumnus to serve as South Dakota State president, will continue as a faculty member within the university’s Department of Economics.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

PSIA Annual Report Released
The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report to update the public on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Ernest Foos was taken into custody this evening and transported to the Pennington County Jail.

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate Frederick Sealey passed away earlier today at a Sioux Falls hospital following an extended illness.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Ernest Foos, age 54, walked away from the Department of Corrections facility housing minimum-security inmates and Community Transition Program parolees this afternoon.

Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
Rapid City, S.D. – A 4-year-old Rapid City boy has been identified as the victim in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Friday morning at Rapid City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Considering Our Options On Medicaid
In the past, I’ve been unwilling to support expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota. Without a plan to cover the state costs, I have opposed expansion.

News Tips
On Monday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Luncheon about his FY17 budget proposal.

Agriculture

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--USDA NASS Fall Surveys
It’s survey time again for some South Dakota farmers and ranchers. USDA NASS state statistician Erik Gerlach says the information gathered is used several different ways.

AUDIO: SD Ag Chat--Christmas Tree Inspections
Trees brought into South Dakota from other parts of the country are inspected before they’re allowed to come inside to be a Christmas tree.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces Hearing to Reissue General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations is Continued
The DENR Secretary has granted a continuance for the contested case hearing to reissue the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal Urges Safety With Christmas Decorations
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman encourages South Dakotans to enjoy the holiday season, but also to be careful with possible fire risks.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
Rapid City, S.D. – One child was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Friday morning at Rapid City.

Social Services

Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative Functional Family Therapy Bids Awarded
The Department of Social Services has awarded contracts for Functional Family Therapy (FFT) services statewide for justice involved youth and their families.

South Dakota Lottery

$6,706,766 Hot Lotto Jackpot Won in South Dakota
A single ticket sold in Johnson Siding hit the $6,706,766 Hot Lotto jackpot in the Dec. 9, 2015 drawing.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Joins Further Challenge to EPA Authority Removing State Decision Making
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces today that South Dakota has joined 21 other bipartisan State Attorneys General in an Amicus Curiae or “friend of the Court” challenge to the EPA’s continued “interpretation” to expand its authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Text Messaging and Email Scam Targets Holiday Shoppers
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning South Dakota consumers of a text messaging and email scam that entices the consumer to respond to vague shipping inquires.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: The Forest and the Trees
It’s a festive time of year. Christmas decorations are everywhere and often, the displays center around a tree.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Francisco Bordier walked away from the Rapid City Community Work Center after 9:00 p.m. Dec. 9.

Public Safety

Cities, Cooperatives Receive Hazard Mitigation Funds
PIERRE, S.D. – Almost $740,000 in Hazard Mitigation Grant money has been awarded to South Dakota cities and rural electric cooperatives for infrastructure projects since September.

Transportation

SDDOT Awards Economic Development Grants
At its Nov. 20, 2015, meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $3.8 million in economic development grants for infrastructure improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Receives National Leadership Award from Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
Today, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility announced the recipients of its 2015 Leadership Awards.

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

Open Meetings Commission to Convene in Oacoma
The Open Meeting Commission will meet on December 16, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. (CST) at the Cedar Shore Resort, Oacoma.

Education

Deceased Civil War veterans index added to State Historical Society website
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives recently added to its website an index listing deceased comrades of the South Dakota Grand Army of the Republic, found within the organization's annual journals.

Game, Fish and Parks

Registration for 19th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek is Open
PIERRE, S.D. – Registration is open for the 19th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek, and bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Preparedness and Certified Ready Site play role in landing AGP
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The day was Aug. 12, 2014, and it was Mike Bockorny’s second day on the job as the CEO of the Aberdeen Development Corporation. His assistant handed him the business card of a gentleman that had stopped in the week before.