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Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Preserving A Century-Long Tradition
Next month, tens of thousands of hunters will take to the fields and grasslands of South Dakota to seek a colorful upland game bird – the rooster pheasant.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Capital for a Day event in Spearfish. Activities for the day will include a business tours, main street walk, community social and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanations Released for Initiated Measure to Give Certain Organizations the Right to Charge Fees
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for an initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Attorney General’s Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Mitchell
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Mitchell Police Department is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred Friday, September 4, 2015, at approximately 1:52 a.m. in Mitchell.

Agriculture

Fires Burn Over 200 Acres
The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire continues to warn of a high fire danger in the western part of the state.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Frederick Montgomery is back in custody in Sioux Falls.

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Frederick Montgomery, age 39, was last seen at approximately 1:45 p.m. today.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to participate in 11th annual 'Museum Day Live!' event
On Saturday, Sept. 26, visitors to the museum at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre with a printed ticket will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian magazine.

Human Services

Governor Recognizes Contributions to Employment of South Dakotans with Disabilities
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented awards Sept. 3 to South Dakota businesses and workers who have contributed the most in 2015 to the employment of people with disabilities.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Missouri couple was killed in a single motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon south of Pactola Reservoir.

Social Services

Gov. Dennis Daugaard declares Sept. 7-13 as Suicide Prevention Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 7 – 13 as Suicide Prevention Week in South Dakota. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social and ethnic boundaries, and is now the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause of all deaths in the state of South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Spearfish Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Spearfish will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Release of Additional Findings on Death Investigation of Sarah Circle Bear at the Brown County Jail
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Division of Criminal Investigation has concluded their investigation into the death of Sarah Circle Bear at the Brown County Jail.

Education

Sept. 15 Smithsonian Program at Cultural Heritage Center to discuss bringing museum objects to life
Those attending the monthly Smithsonian Night program of the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will learn how the Smithsonian Institution prepares objects for exhibition.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Extends Deer Online Applications Deadline
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is extending the online application deadline for the East River, Muzzleloader and Refuge Deer hunting seasons through Sept. 9 at 8 a.m. CDT.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Urge Careful Driving This Labor Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety officials hope for another fatality free Labor Day travel weekend this year.

Transportation

Highway 12 Work at Milbank Progressing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the final segment of Phase 2 on Highway 12 between 3rd Street and 7th Street in Milbank will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 8.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Challenges Board To Raise Habitat Conservation Funds, Pledges To Match Fundraising Goal
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a challenge last week to the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Board to raise $1 million more in private money for habitat conservation. The Governor pledged to match the donations for the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Fund with $1 million in state funds, if the group can meet the goal.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Charges Filed in Yankton Officer Involved Shooting Incident
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Yankton County States Attorney Rob Klimisch confirm that a criminal complaint has been filed charging Trae Allen Angel, 19, Yankton, with for 4 counts of attempted murder, 4 counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and 1 count of aggravated assault, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and/or $30,000 fine.

Attorney General’s Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in Yankton
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Yankton County States Attorney Rob Klimisch confirm that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the Yankton Police Department is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Agriculture

Hot, Dry Conditions Create High Fire Danger in SD
Abundant summer rainfall has created heavy grass fuel loadings across the state and these grass fuels are starting to cure with hotter weather.

State Fair Offers Special Days
The South Dakota State Fair offers a variety of activities each day, thanks to several different day sponsors.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate James Nemitz, age 67, died Sept. 1 at a Yankton hospital.

Education

State Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials are reminding property owners that Nov. 2 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.

Social Services

September is Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in South Dakota, calling upon all South Dakotans to recognize individuals in recovery and their families, and saluting the health care providers who have helped these individuals in their pursuit of recovery.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Makes Appointments to Science and Technology Authority
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Robert Wilson of Fort Collins, Colorado, to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins Attorney General Effort to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief, filed in the United States Supreme Court by 24 Attorneys General seeking to protect Second Amendment rights.

Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The State Fair offers a wide variety of events and exhibits over its five day run and there are several ways for fairgoers to save money.

2015 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin is Available
The latest information about agriculture in South Dakota will be available in the South Dakota Department of Agriculture booth at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron Sept. 3-7.

Education

Badger Clark program coming to Cultural Heritage Center
People will have a chance to learn about South Dakota's first poet laureate during a Sept. 8 program in Pierre.

Social Services

September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared the month of September as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota to recognize the many families who have opened their homes to care for their kin in times of need.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highway 1804
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to Highway 1804 from Highway 12 to the WEB water plant beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Artists Selected for First Lady’s Prairie Art Showcase
Thirty-two of South Dakota’s finest artists will showcase their talent at this year’s First Lady’s Arts Showcase, scheduled for Oct. 23-24, 2015, in Pierre. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Governor’s Invitational Pheasant Hunt.


Agriculture

Horses Coming to State Fair Need Health Papers Issued Within 48 Hours of Arrival
Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) has been found at 29 locations in five counties in Western South Dakota since July 28, 2015.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Camping Reservations Available Year Round
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding campers that the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of camping at South Dakota state parks.

GFP Celebrates Labor Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer, and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invite you to celebrate the transition to fall.

Transportation

I-190/Silver Street Construction Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction on the I-190/Silver Street interchange project in Rapid City began today, Monday, Aug. 31.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Examples Of Stewardship
It was President Grover Cleveland who said “a public office is a public trust.” The man who served as the United States’ 22nd and 24th president knew Americans expect their elected officials to do what is morally right and to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will attend the A-TEC Academy Ribbon Cutting in Aberdeen.

Agriculture

Judge Delays Implementation of WOTUS in 13 States, Including South Dakota
On Aug. 27, 2015, the District Court of North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction temporarily delaying implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) rule redefining the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS).

Public Safety

South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota Agencies Plan Tri-State DUI Enforcement Campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is among several law enforcement agencies in three states participating in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For September
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during September.

Transportation

Transportation Commission Approves New Administrative Rules
The South Dakota Transportation Commission adopted rules for the County Highway and Bridge Improvement Plans and the Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) at their meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Technical Institutes Receive Future Funds For New And Upgraded Equipment
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded just over four million dollars in Future Funds to the state’s four technical institutes for priority equipment needs and expanding programs in high-demand workforce areas.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal District Court Issues Preliminary Injunction in WOTUS Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the District Court of North Dakota has issued a preliminary injunction in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) case.

South Dakota Supreme Court Uphold First Degree Rape Conviction
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the first degree rape conviction in Terry Lee Oleson v. State of South Dakota.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture
This year marks the 130th annual South Dakota State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

2015 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Pheasant Numbers are up 42 Percent
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 42 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2014.

Human Services

South Dakota Recognizes Important Work of Direct Support Professionals
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is honoring its workers who strive to build a bridge to inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by setting aside Sept. 13-19 as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.

Transportation

Work to Begin at Cheyenne Crossing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin an intersection improvement project at the junction of highways 14A and 85 at Cheyenne Crossing on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Two Arrested in Gregory County Pursuit
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Samantha J. Lane, 29, Sioux Falls and Nicholas C. Speckmeier, 29, Worthington, MN were arrested on several charges on Saturday, August 22nd.

Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Salutes Veterans
The South Dakota State Fair salutes veterans and active military personnel.

Grants Available To 4-H Clubs and FFA/FCCLA
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces that grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.

Education

South Dakota’s ACT score steady, above the nation
According to data released earlier today, South Dakota’s average composite ACT score is above the national average.

Board approves new and expanded programs at Western Dakota Tech
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved program expansions and a new program at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City in the areas of cybersecurity, medical laboratory technician and dental assisting.

Board adopts new content standards in social studies
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new content standards in social studies earlier today.

Veterans Affairs

Leaders Recognized for Their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Spearfish To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has chosen Spearfish to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Appoints Allender to Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the appointment of Steve Allender Mayor of Rapid City to the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission.

Agriculture

Hanson Named Policy Advisor for Dept. of Ag
Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch has named Dani Hanson as the policy advisor for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


Agriculture

“Astonishing Ag Articles” Art Contest at State Fair
South Dakota Value Added Agriculture and South Dakota Ag in the Classroom are holding an art contest in conjunction with the 2015 South Dakota State Fair.

Corrections

STAR Academy Youth Back In Custody
Three male youths who ran away from the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy overnight are back in custody.

Search For Youth Runaways from STAR Academy
Three male youth ran away from the Youth Challenge Center program at approximately 11:00 p.m. MDT Aug. 23.

Game, Fish and Parks

Tree Stands Allowed on Public Land August 25
PIERRE, S.D. - Archery hunters can start setting up tree stands on public lands beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25.

South Dakota Wildlife Action Plan Approved
PIERRE, S.D. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently approved a revised version of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) wildlife action plan. This plan has been part of a national effort for the past ten years to plan for the needs of all fish and wildlife species. The plan is a requirement for GFP to be eligible for state wildlife grant funding provided by the federal government.

Reports from the Field on the 2015 August Management Take Season
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2015 August Management Take (AMT) season for Canada geese is underway and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reporting varying levels of participation and bird numbers.

Health

Vaccination Provides A Healthy Start For Children
Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old, says a state health official.

Transportation

Meade County Transportation Plan Study Public Meetings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Meade County, will hold public open houses to gather public input for help in developing the update to the Meade County Master Transportation Plan.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Good Times At The South Dakota State Fair
Classes are beginning again, football season will soon be underway and South Dakota’s favorite end-of-summer event is coming up – the South Dakota State Fair, held Sept. 3 through Sept. 7 in Huron.

News Tips
Governor Dennis Daugaard will Present Lois Marso Schmidt and Pauline Hanson Brehe with Congressional Gold Medals for their service in the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. The presentation will take place in the Governor’s Large Conference Room at the Capitol Building in Pierre, Monday, Aug. 24, at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

Agriculture

Financing Agriculture in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has financial programs available for agricultural producers and agricultural related businesses.

Public Safety

Names Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in a two-vehicle head-on fatal crash that occurred Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90, three miles east of Alexandria, S.D.

Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – Four people died in a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred Thursday afternoon on Interstate 90, three miles east of Alexandria, S.D.

Transportation

Highway 46 Construction Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be placing new asphalt surfacing on Highway 46 from the intersection of highways 46 and 25 to the Menno Road north of Yankton.


Game, Fish and Parks

Zebra Mussels Discovered in Lewis and Clark Lake and Boats to Be Inspected
Boaters enjoying South Dakota’s Lewis and Clark Lake should expect to have their boats inspected when coming off the water in upcoming weeks after several boats moored in the reservoir were discovered to have zebra mussels attached.

Human Services

Governor’s Awards ceremony to be held Sept. 3
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities during a Sept. 3 ceremony at the Capitol.

Transportation

Chip and Fog Seal Project in Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip sealing and fog sealing operations will be done on the Interstate 90 loop (Havens Avenue) through Mitchell starting Monday, Aug. 24.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley and 48 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $71 Million Consumer Settlement with Amgen
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 48 other States have reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that Amgen unlawfully promoted biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Salmon Record Broken
PIERRE, S.D. - A Highmore angler had barely started his day on Lake Oahe when a fish hit his lure and created a memory to last a lifetime.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jon Sogn As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jon Sogn (SONG) of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Judicial Circuit.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Harrold Woman Pleads Guilty to Perjury for Election Law Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Janice Howe, Harrold, 54, has pled guilty to one count of perjury.

Health

Adults Need Vaccines Too
Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

Social Services

SHIINE Acquires Senior Medicare Patrol to Address Medicare Fraud in South Dakota
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program was recently awarded the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) grant opportunity from the Administration for Community Living.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Inmate Sentenced in Manslaughter Case for Death of Cellmate
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Douglas Avery Ipsen, 29, South Dakota Penitentiary inmate, was sentenced today for first degree manslaughter in the death of his cellmate Kent Davidson. Ipsen was sentenced to 30 years with 10 years suspended.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Offer Weekend Programs
PIERRE, S.D. – Schools are starting back up, but the weather is still warm. Take advantage of the last days of summer by spending time in a South Dakota state park.

Labor and Regulation

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is announcing the availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for tribal members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who became unemployed as a direct result of the severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred May 8-29, 2015.

Transportation

Construction On Highway 11 Near Brandon
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a construction project will close a portion of Highway 11 south of Brandon to through traffic beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Highway 11 Closure Scheduled South of Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation advises travelers that Highway 11 will be closed two miles south of Sioux Falls beginning this morning (Aug. 17).

South Dakota Lottery

Changes Coming to Powerball Game
(Pierre) – Better overall odds, increased prize amounts and a chance for players to multiply most winnings by up to 10 times during certain jackpot runs are among changes to the Powerball lotto game approved today by the Legislative Rules Review Committee.


Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – A Rapid City man, identified as Scott Brost, 42, died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near the Angustora Reservoir.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Value Of Dual Credit Courses
Like other young South Dakotans, Kelcie Hauf of Dell Rapids is getting ready to head back to school. As a high school senior, Kelcie is trying to decide which field to study when she graduates.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will attend the Capital for a Day event in Madison.

Agriculture

Buy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission
The 2015 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner.

Education

Historical Society Foundation to host fundraiser in Brookings
People can sip and socialize while learning about South Dakota history at a fundraiser in Brookings.

Events scheduled for Great Sioux Horse Effigy Celebration
The South Dakota State Historical Society will host a series of events in October celebrating the return of the Great Sioux Horse Effigy from its international tour.

Best-selling author William Kent Krueger to speak in Pierre
Best-selling author William Kent Krueger will appear in Pierre as part of a summer-long book tour.

Public Safety

Disaster Declaration Applicant Briefings Scheduled For Next Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Briefings will be held next week for agencies seeking funding for public infrastructure damage done during South Dakota storms that occurred between June 17 and 24.

Tourism

SD DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM ROSE PARADE® FLOAT DESIGN REVEALED
This Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, the Department of Tourism’s Rose Parade® float will make its initial debut on the streets of Pasadena, Calif.

Transportation

Concrete Pavement Repair Scheduled on Interstate 229
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says pavement repair work will begin in the southbound lanes of I-229 from the Benson Road interchange (Exit 9) to the Louise Ave. interchange (Exit 1) on Wednesday, Aug. 19.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Madison Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Aug. 19, Madison will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social with the Governor, a Main Street walk, tours around Madison and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Circle Bear Autopsy Report Finalized
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed today the Sarah Circle Bear autopsy report has been completed and that she died as a result of acute methamphetamine/amphetamine toxicity.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highway 63
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications are being applied to Highway 63 from Little Eagle to the North Dakota line starting today (Aug. 13).

Board of Regents

Public Universities Seek Tuition Freeze for Coming Year
The South Dakota Board of Regents wants to freeze in-state students’ tuition for the coming year, with an ultimate goal of bringing the ratio of funding from students and state government back to 50-50 over three years. A $4.7 million budget request for next year will be forwarded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard to prevent more higher education cost shifting to students, regents said.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Reminds South Dakotans of Initiative Petition Requirements
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that with the current circulation of initiative petitions, circulators should be reminded that SDCL 12-26-15 prohibits gifts or promises in exchange for petition signatures.

McCook County Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Cornelius Milk on July 20, 2015, in Salem, South Dakota.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Makes Arrests
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Acting United States Attorney Randy J. Seiler, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jergeris, Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation and the South Dakota ICAC Task Force have conducted investigations into sex trafficking at the Sturgis Rally. The investigation resulted in the following felony arrests for sex crimes:

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Constitutional Amendments Establishing Nonpartisan Elections
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today Attorney General Explanations for proposed Constitutional Amendments have been filed with the Secretary of State.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture- Fallen, Not Forgotten
As we enjoy the August weather and all of our summer activities, let us also remember the individuals who face the dangers of nature that hot and dry conditions can create.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Asks Anglers to Report Tagged Salmon on Lake Oahe
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to know how stocking salmon in different locations improves their survival. Anglers can help GFP gather information and be entered to win $100.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol Plan 3rd Annual Joint Powwow Enforcement Operation
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will again work with the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in a joint enforcement operation during the Dakota Nation powwow this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 14-16.

Transportation

Highway 14A Asphalt Repair
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says asphalt repair work will be done in the westbound lanes of Highway 14A, Boulder Canyon, during the week of Aug. 17.

Highway 85 Joint & Spall Repair
he South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin a joint and spall repair project on Highway 85 from Exit 17 to Deadwood on Monday, Aug. 17.

Board of Regents

SDSU Planning First-of-Kind Agriculture Degree
A first-of-its-kind agriculture major may be in the offing for South Dakota State University. The South Dakota Board of Regents this week gave its approval for SDSU to develop plans for an undergraduate degree in precision agriculture.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Joins in Filing Preliminary Injunction in Waters of the U.S. Case (WOTUS)
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the State of South Dakota and all of the twelve states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the Western Region have filed a motion for preliminary injunction in the Water of the United States (WOTUS) case.

Human Services

SD launches campaign about benefits of hiring people with disabilities
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the Aug. 11 launch of its “Ability for Hire” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to promote the benefits of, as well as change public perceptions about, hiring people with disabilities.

Transportation

Lighting Repairs on Highway 85
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing lighting repairs along Highway 85 in Belle Fourche this week.

Final Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows 510,749 vehicles entered the city of Sturgis for the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from Aug. 3 to Aug. 9, the highest number of vehicles counted for the annual rally since 2005 and a 30.7 percent increase over 2014.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

A. G. Explanation Released for Initiated Constitutional Amendment Limiting the Ability to Set Statutory Interest Rates for Loans
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed Constitutional Amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Constitutional Amendment to Expand Rights for Crime Victims
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed Constitutional Amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Agriculture

State Fair to Host 3 Food Competitions
The South Dakota State Fair will host three separate food competitions at the 2015 State Fair- Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge, the Pork Butt Battle and the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Heirloom Recipe Contest.

Nels and Dorothy Olsen Invest in Future of Huron
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation is pleased to announce that Huron couple Nels and Dorothy Olsen have provided a gift of $20,000 for the new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota State Parks Celebrate Summer
PIERRE, S.D. – Though days are shortening, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating the warm summer nights. Programs take place throughout the weekend, focusing on connecting members of the community to the beauties of their area.

10th Annual Bat Festival to be Held at Custer State Park
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – The South Dakota Bat Working Group (SDBWG) will present the 10th Annual South Dakota Bat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. MDT in Custer State Park’s Tatanka Theater in Game Lodge Campground.

Changes Proposed for the Paddlefish Snagging and Archery Seasons
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal could offer expanded opportunities for paddlefish anglers and archers.

GFP Commission Proposes Mountain Lion Hunting Season for 2016-2017
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to allow up to 250 nonresidents to hunt mountain lions. Nonresident licensees would not be eligible to apply for Custer State Park access permits. The cost of a nonresident mountain lion license would be $121.

GFP Commission Proposes Fish Length Limit Changes on Several South Dakota Waters
PIERRE, S.D. - Proposals by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission could bring changes to several daily and length limits for the upcoming 2016 fishing season.

GFP Commission Proposes Expansion of the East River Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to expand the bobcat hunting season on the east side of the river to a total of 10 counties for 2015.

GFP Commission Removes the Bald Eagle from the State Threatened Species List
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission removed the bald eagle from the state’s threatened soecies list at their August meeting.

GFP Commission Finalizes South Dakota Duck and Goose Hunting Seasons
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2015 duck and goose hunting seasons at their August meeting.

Health

A Healthy Start: Pregnancy And Vaccines
During pregnancy, you are often thinking about baby names, nursery colors, and prenatal vitamins, but you should also be thinking about vaccines.


Public Safety

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. – Joel Mecikalski, 51, Hortonville, WI, has been identified as the victim in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Saturday afternoon on Interstate 90, two miles west of the South Dakota-Minnesota state line.

Sunday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 205 to 6 a.m. Sunday, August 9,2015. (Final Daily Tally for Sturgis Rally)


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. – One man died and three other people were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon on Interstate 90, two miles west of the South Dakota-Minnesota state line.

Saturday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 205 to 6 a.m. Saturday, August 8,2015


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Employing People With Disabilities
My mom and dad took pride in self-reliance and taught me the value of hard work. They both 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.

Lucas Lentsch Selected As 2015 Henry Toll Fellow
South Dakota Department of Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch is one of 48 promising state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the mobilization ceremony for the South Dakota Army National Guard's 155th Engineer Company out of Rapid City and Wagner, S.D.

Education

Smithsonian Night program Aug. 18 to focus on training to walk in space
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is hosting a Smithsonian Night program Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Custer State Park programs celebrate Badger Clark's first book
The centennial of poet Badger Clark's first book will be celebrated in two special programs at Custer State Park.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes Mountain Lion Hunting Season for 2016-2017
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to allow up to 250 nonresidents to hunt mountain lions. Nonresident licensees would not be eligible to apply for Custer State Park access permits. The cost of a nonresident mountain lion license would be $121.

GFP Commission Removes the Bald Eagle from the State Threatened Species List
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission removed the bald eagle from the state’s threatened species list at their August meeting.

Changes Proposed for the Paddlefish Snagging and Archery Seasons
A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposal could offer expanded opportunities for paddlefish anglers and archers.

GFP Commission Proposes Fish Length Limit Changes on Several South Dakota Waters
Proposals by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission could bring changes to several daily and length limits for the upcoming 2016 fishing season.

GFP Commission Proposes Expansion of the East River Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to expand the bobcat hunting season on the east side of the river to a total of 10 counties for 2015.

GFP Commission Finalizes South Dakota Duck and Goose Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the 2015 duck and goose hunting seasons at their August meeting.

Public Safety

Friday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to 6 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2015

Transportation

Updated: Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation show high numbers of vehicles entering Sturgis for the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, but came up short of breaking the one day record for vehicles entering Sturgis.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Application Deadline Aug. 14
PIERRE, S.D. – There is still time to apply for trooper positions with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Thursday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to 6 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2015

Transportation

Chip Seals In Southeastern S.D. Next Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be chip sealing on several highways in southeastern South Dakota beginning Monday, Aug. 10.

Weigh-in-Motion Scale Install on Highway 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to install a weigh-in-motion scale on Highway 79 south of Rapid City will begin on Monday, Aug. 10.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Fallen Firefighter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Monday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter David Ruhl.

Agriculture

Heemstra Named Public Affairs Manager
Jody Heemstra has been named the public affairs manager for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Construction Begins on Nordby Exhibit Hall!
Construction has commenced on the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community on the southwest corner of the State Fairgrounds in Huron. Dirt is being turned as the first phases of construction take place.

Education

State Historical Society Receives Challenge Grant for Great Sioux Horse Effigy Return Celebration
The South Dakota State Historical Society has received a $25,000 challenge grant from Pierre philanthropist Mansour Karim for the Great Sioux Horse Effigy Return Celebration scheduled for Oct. 10-12.

State Historical Society Publishes Story of South Dakota Aviation
From the barnstorming era to the Space Age, the state’s colorful aviation heritage is the focus of the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

Wednesday’s Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from Tuesday, July 28, 2015 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 5, 2015

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Aberdeen’s East Business Park Approved as ‘South Dakota Certified Ready’
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen Development Corporation (ADC) celebrated 60 years in business at its annual banquet today with Lt. Gov. Matt Michels serving as the keynote speaker.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Texas Man Indicted for Deceptive Trade Practices Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Ricky Gene Fite, 30, Denton, Texas, was indicted on two counts of failure to inform buyer of their right to cancel, two counts failure to furnish cancellation form, and two counts of engaging in business as a contractor without obtaining a state excise tax license, class one misdemeanor.

Agriculture

Application Deadline for South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program Approaching
The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for the South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program. The South Dakota Farm & Ranch Recognition Program recognizes families who have run operations for 100 or 125 consecutive years.

Public Safety

Tuesday Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Compiled from 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 to 6 a.m., Tuesday, August 4

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
STURGIS, S.D. – Preliminary data shows the number of vehicles entering Sturgis for the 75th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally is 37 percent higher than last year for the period from Friday through Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

One-Lane Traffic Next Week on Highway 240 South of Wall
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, work will continue on Highway 240, approximately one-half mile south of Interstate 90 Exit 110 to the entrance to Badlands National Park.

Unified Judicial System

South Dakota chief justice elected to lead national court associations
South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson has been elected president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the National Center for State Courts.

Board of Regents

Public University Research Grants Stimulate Economic Development
Four public universities have received research and development innovation grants through the South Dakota Board of Regents.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Office Still Accepting District 9 Nominations
The Governor’s Office is still seeking nominations from the public to fill Rep. Steve Hickey’s legislative seat in District 9.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to Challenge EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the rule establishing performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing fossil fuel fired power plants.

Agriculture

Gov. Daugaard Declares Aug. 2-8 Farmers Market Week in South Dakota
Much of the fresh produce in South Dakota is at its peak for the season and farmers markets are in full swing providing the freshest food around.

State Fair to host Build A Bird Contest
The South Dakota State Fair will host its first ever Build A Bird contest at this year’s fair and we want you to participate!

Education

Autobiography of missionary Mary C. Collins available on South Dakota Digital Archives
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives recently added the “Autobiography of Mary C. Collins in her handwriting” to the South Dakota Digital Archives collections.

Game, Fish and Parks

Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration
PIERRE, S.D. - Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 18 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

State Parks Hosts Diverse Events
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) events this weekend encompass animal themes, triathlons, car shows and even a fiesta. With this variety, anyone from kids to grandparents has the opportunity to check out South Dakota’s best features and have some fun along the way.

Health

Send Children Back To School Protected From Serious Diseases
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines.

Public Safety

Monday Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Statistics and accident details are 6 a.m. Sunday, August 2, 2015 through 6 a.m. Monday August 3, 2015


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor’s Statement On Dave Ruhl
“This is a tragic loss. We are grateful for Dave Ruhl’s courage and for the many firefighters who put themselves at risk to keep us safe.”

Public Safety

Sunday Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Statistics as of 6 a.m. Sunday August 2, 2015

Transportation

Interstate Bridge Maintenance Scheduled in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing scheduled maintenance on the Russell Street bridge over Interstate 29 on Tuesday, Aug. 5.


Corrections

Work Release Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Raymond Freeman, age 31, was last seen at his work release job in Rapid City this afternoon. Escape procedures were enacted after he failed to return to the Rapid City Community Work Center, the Department of Corrections facility housing minimum-security inmates and Community Transition Program parolees, at the scheduled time.

Public Safety

Revised Saturday Highway Patrol Sturgis Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (Revised to designate only ONE fatality crash)


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Hosting The 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
It’s rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and most well-known motorcycle gatherings in the world.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on the Fred & Tom Show on WNAX, 570 AM.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Montana’s Supreme Court Upholds 24/7 Program
Yesterday, July 30, 2015, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program.

Public Safety

Friday's Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics from 6 a.m., Tuesday, July 28 to 6 a.m., Friday, July 31

Transportation

Highway 12 Construction Moving into Phase 2 at Milbank
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Phase 2 of the Highway 12 reconstruction project in Milbank between 7th Street and 9th Street by Tuesday, Aug. 3.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Kinsman Retires As Commissioner Of State Bureau Of Administration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Paul Kinsman, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, has retired for health reasons.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Joins 30 States to Request Delay of the Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS)
Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with 30 other states in requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delay the effective date of the new rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The rule is currently set to go into effect on August 28, 2015.

Agriculture

Growing in Agriculture: “Technology is Not the Enemy, Hunger is”
At the 2015 Governor’s Ag Summit held recently, speaker Brian Klippenstein of Protect the Harvest made a statement that truly resonated with many in attendance: “Technology is not the enemy, hunger is.”

USDA Offers Crop Insurance Coverage for Winter Wheat in All South Dakota Counties
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently decided it would offer crop insurance coverage for winter wheat in all South Dakota counties for the 2016 crop. Producers wishing to insure their 2016 crop should sign up before Sept. 30, 2015.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
A state prison inmate has died following a lengthy illness. Inmate Dale Aschmeller, age 69, died earlier this morning at a Sioux Falls hospital.

Game, Fish and Parks

Gov. Daugaard Announces Grant Funding to Five Communities for Recreational Trails Upgrades
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several communities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest totaling approximately $1.3 million.

Zebra Mussels Discovered on Boat at Rocky Point Recreation Area
Earlier this month, a small number of young zebra mussels were found attached to a boat exiting Rocky Point Recreation Area at Belle Fourche Reservoir in western South Dakota. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) immediately performed sampling at the reservoir.

No Elk Contingency Licenses for 2015
Earlier this year, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission established a pool of antlerless elk licenses that would be issued only if the range conditions in the Black Hills dictated a need for them. At the upcoming August Commission meeting in Aberdeen, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will recommend that the Commission not authorize issuance of these licenses.

Public Safety

Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved For June Storms
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Thursday that 12 South Dakota counties and three tribes will receive funding assistance to help recover from June storms that did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For August
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during the month of August.

Transportation

Signs Not Allowed in Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that signs are not allowed to be placed in the right of way.

Highway 212 Repairs in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will continue pavement repair work on Highway 212 between Highway 81 and 41st Street SE in Watertown on Monday, Aug. 3.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2015 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September to December 2015.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Jansen Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of First Degree Rape
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hughes County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner announced today that Christopher R. Jansen, 35, Selby has entered a guilty plea to two counts of rape in the first degree, class C felonies.

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

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
A minimum-security state prison inmate who failed to return to the minimum-security unit on the grounds of the South Dakota State Penitentiary July 17 is back in custody.

Education

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program are due Oct. 1 for work beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Guidelines for 2015-16 free or reduced school meal programs announced
With school soon to be back in session in many South Dakota communities, the Department of Education wants families to know about the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs.

Public Safety

Motorists Urged To Be Patient, Cooperative As 75th Annual Sturgis Rally Begins
STURGIS, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials are urging drivers and bikers to show patience and cooperation on the roads as the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally nears.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced
Today the Build Dakota Scholarship Board announced the 296 recipients of the first-ever Build Dakota scholarships.

Health

Tularemia Reported In Black Hills
A state health official says tularemia is on the rise, with seven cases reported in the Black Hills area since June.

Transportation

Highway 240 Off-Road Work During Rally
On Monday, Aug. 3, grading work will continue adjacent to Highway 240, approximately one-half mile south of Interstate 90 Exit 110 to the entrance to Badlands National Park.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Hilger’s Gulch Getting A New Look
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is embarking on an initiative to bring back the native landscape of South Dakota to Hilger’s Gulch and save taxpayer money.

Madison To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Madison has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Training Course Set for Enhanced Concealed Carry Gun Permit
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that rules for the enhanced concealed carry gun permit were approved last week by the Interim Rules Committee. September 23, 2015 has been set aside for the initial training class to be held at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre.

Agriculture

Become the Next “Dacotah Star” at the South Dakota State Fair
Make your voice heard at the South Dakota State Fair! Become the next “Dacotah Star” at the Dacotah Star Talent Competition presented by Dacotah Bank. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Dacotah Star division winners.

Corrections

Juvenile Runaway Back In Custody
A juvenile who ran away from the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy near Custer earlier this month is back in custody.

Game, Fish and Parks

Enjoy Family Events at South Dakota State Parks
PIERRE, S.D. – As July winds down and August rolls in, preparation begins for the return to school. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) continues to offer summer weekend programming. From festivals to excursions, South Dakota State Parks are hosting activities for all ages.

Entrepreneurs Still Encouraged to Submit Proposals for Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
PIERRE, S.D. - Entrepreneurs interested in operating a resort inside one of South Dakota’s most popular state parks are reminded that they still have time to submit their proposals until Sept. 16, 2015, at 3 p.m. CDT.

Farm Island Triathlon to be Held Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. – Farm Island’s Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 1. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.

Outdoor Campus Hosts 5th Annual Outdoor University
PIERRE, S.D. – Are you and your family interested in learning a new outdoor activity together? Here’s your chance! The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls will host its fifth annual Outdoor University on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sertoma Park.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Striving To Achieve A Broad, Stable Tax Base
On June 30, South Dakota state government closed the books on the 2015 budget year. For the fourth year in a row, the state general fund budget ended with a surplus, with both higher revenues and lower expenditures than budgeted.

News Tips
On Monday, July 24, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR’s Ask the Governor Show with Kevin Larsen.

Health

South Dakota Marks World Breastfeeding Week
Health officials are marking World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, by encouraging moms to breastfeed and family members and employers to support them in that choice.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Thanks Public for Assistance in Person of Interest Case
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials are thanking the public and the media for their assistance in apprehending a person of interest.

Transportation

Transportation Commission Sets Hearing on New Administrative Rules
The South Dakota Transportation Commission set a hearing date of Aug. 27, 2015, to review and adopt rules for the County Highway and Bridge Improvement Plans and the Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) fund.

Construction On I-229 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin pavement repair on the southbound lanes of Interstate 229 from the Benson Road interchange (Exit 9) to the Louise Avenue interchange (Exit 1) in Sioux Falls on Monday, July 27.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Seeking Public's Help with Suspicious White Van Targeting Children
Local law enforcement is seeking information into a suspicious vehicle that is believed to be attempting to abduct children in communities in eastern South Dakota. Three separate incidents in Britton, Redfield and Sisseton have been reported to law enforcement.

Oklahoma Man Arrested for Deceptive Trade Practices Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Willie Buck Stanley Jr., 43, Spiro, Oklahoma was indicted yesterday on 1 count each of failure to inform buyer of their right to cancel and failure to furnish cancellation form, class 6 felonies, punishable by up to 2 years in the penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine.

Agriculture

BNSF Railway Provides Major Gift to State Fair Foundation
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Foundation recently presented the South Dakota State Fair Foundation with a $50,000 gift toward the fairgrounds’ Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth, and Community.

Human Services

SD celebrates 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
PIERRE, S.D. – Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, are taking place across the nation and South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Graduate Outcomes System Released
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has released the South Dakota Postsecondary Graduate Employment and Wage Outcomes system at http://dlr.sd.gov/graduate_outcomes.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Continues Search For Person of Interest
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to search for a person of interest who is a suspect in several possible stolen vehicles.

Transportation

Temporary Signs and Signals Being Installed for the Rally
STURGIS/HILL CITY, S.D. – Due to the increase in traffic volumes expected during the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be activating temporary traffic signals at the following locations:


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Clayton Walker Changes Plea in Election Law Violation Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Clayton G. Walker, 33, Black Hawk, has pled to one count of offering false or forged instrument for filing and one count of perjury, both class 6 felonies, punishable by up to 2 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $4,000 fine.

A. G. Jackley and 44 Other Attorneys General Call on Leading Telecommunication Providers to Offer Call-Blocking Technology
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 44 other State Attorneys General today called on the leading telecommunication providers to offer call-blocking technology to help consumers stop unwanted telemarketing calls and texts.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Seeks Person of Interest
HARTFORD. – On July 22, the South Dakota Highway Patrol recovered a stolen vehicle near Hartford.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For June Storms
PIERRE, S.D – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from June storms that did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property.

Walworth County Fatal Crash
SELBY – A Glenview, IL., motorcycle rider, identified as Irwin Lyons, died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash four miles west of Selby.

Transportation

Speed Limit Changes During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Due to the expected increased traffic volumes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and the anticipated reduced operating speeds, speed limits will be reduced on the following highways effective Friday, July 24, 2015.

Highway 123 Closed South of Wilmot
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 123 south of Wilmot closed to traffic this morning, Wednesday, July 22.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lieutenant Governors Encourage Participation In Clinical Trials
Lieutenant governors across the United States are encouraging patients to learn more about the benefits of clinical trials.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Chattanooga Victims
President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, July 16.

First Lady To Hold Book Walk
First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold the third annual book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Agriculture

Growing In Agriculture: Wrapping Up This Year’s Governor’s Ag Summit
Every summer for the past six years, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has helped to host the Governor’s Agricultural Summit.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Begins Women’s Recruiting Sessions
PIERRE, S.D. – An effort to encourage more women to join its ranks has been started by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office to Review Officer Involved Shooting in McCook County
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Division of Criminal Investigation, at the request of the McCook County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday, July 19, 2015, at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Jack Williams was apprehended in South Sioux City, NE earlier this morning.

Game, Fish and Parks

Upcoming S.D. State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education
PIERRE, S.D. – From holiday fun to furry or feathered friends, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has something to learn, to join and to enjoy. The programs and events combine facts, activities and fun in events that will draw all ages and interests.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 44 Westbound Bridge Repairs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says repairs are being done to the Interstate 90 Exit 44 westbound bridge near Piedmont.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Fabric Inn Approved for MicroLOAN
MILLER, S.D. – The Fabric Inn, a fabric and craft store located in Miller, S.D., was approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC).


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Jack Williams failed to return to the Yankton Minimum Unit this morning following his work release shift at a local business.


Public Safety

McCook County Fatal Crash
BRIDGEWATER, S.D. -- An Emery, S.D., man, identified as Ronald Triebwasser, was killed in a one-vehicle accident that occurred Friday afternoon near Bridgewater.

Names Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. -- The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of a Parkston man who was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon two miles north of Parkston.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

40 Students Receive Dakota Corps Scholarships
Forty new South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state.

25 Students Receive Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship
Twenty-five South Dakota college students have been awarded a state scholarship that supports new teachers who serve in critical-need teaching areas.

Governor's Column: Being Good Stewards Of Taxpayer Dollars
Throughout my time serving as governor, good stewardship of taxpayer dollars has been my goal. Two pieces of recent news can assure South Dakotans that state government is handling their money responsibly.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will attend the National Governors Association summer meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Ryan Dahl left the minimum-security unit on the grounds of the South Dakota State Penitentiary on a scheduled work release job search early this afternoon. He failed to return to the minimum-security unit by the scheduled time.

Public Safety

Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. -- A Parkston man, 52, was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon two miles north of Parkston.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 212 Repairs in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Highway 212 in Watertown on Monday, July 20.

Interstate Bridge Maintenance Scheduled in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing scheduled maintenance on the following Interstate bridges in Sioux Falls on Monday and Tuesday, July 20 and 21:

Governor's Office of Economic Development

ODIN Hunting Products, Inc. Approved for MicroLOAN
Sioux Falls-based ODIN Hunting Products, Inc., a two-time competitor in the Governor’s Giant Vision Competition, was recently approved for a MicroLOAN by the South Dakota Development Corporation (SDDC).


Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Significant Provisions of South Dakota’s Prison Reform Act of 2013
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of South Dakota’s presumptive probation law.

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Clayton Walker Indicted on Failure to Appear
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Clayton G. Walker, 33, Black Hawk, was indicted July 14, 2015 by a Hughes County grand jury on Failure to Appear after Release on a Felony, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 2 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $4,000 fine.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Reminds Irrigators to Avoid Overspray
DENR reminds irrigators to check their center pivots to ensure they are operating properly and are adjusted to spray only upon land authorized for irrigation by their water permit.

Public Safety

Ribbon Cutting Held for New Highway Patrol Office in Rapid City
A new era for the South Dakota Highway Patrol was ushered in Thursday morning with the opening of a new district office in Rapid City.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Around Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the north central area of the state beginning Monday, July 20, weather permitting.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Around Pierre
Updated information in release: The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the central area of the state beginning Monday, July 13, weather permitting.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Law Enforcement Officials Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Man
Law Enforcement Officials are seeking the public’s help in locating Hermes D. Miller. Miller is from Janesville, WI, but is said to have been traveling through South Dakota as recently as 11:47 a.m. today.

Education

South Dakota students elected to CTSO national officer positions
Three South Dakota students have recently been elected national officers of two Career and Technical Student Organizations.

Poet Laureate Badger Clark’s first book marks one century in print
“Sun and Saddle Leather,” the first collection of Badger Clark’s cowboy poetry, was first published in 1915 and has been in print ever since. The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation, which is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, oversees the reprinting and distribution of Clark’s work and is observing the centennial of “Sun and Saddle Leather.”

Game, Fish and Parks

The North Face Awards SD GFP Explore Fund Grant
PIERRE, S.D. - The North Face recently announced South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) as a winner of the 2015 Explore Fund grant for their new Go Fourth program.

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Officer
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Michael Klosowski, regional conservation officer supervisor as its 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Boat Ramps in Northeast South Dakota Undergo Repairs
PIERRE, S.D. – Two popular boat ramps in northeast South Dakota will temporarily be closed for repairs in July.

Human Services

Workgroup with focus on autism therapy for children to commence
PIERRE, S.D. – The Applied Behavior Analysis Provider Workgroup established during the 2015 South Dakota Legislative Session will have its first meeting July 21.

Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Corsica, S.D., man, identified as Kevin Gardeman, 62, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday afternoon near Mitchell.

Third Fatality in Moody County Crash (Updated)
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A third person has died from injuries sustained Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred southeast of Flandreau.

Highway Safety Official: 16 fatalities in 14 days
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Safety officials are again reminding motorists to be careful in the wake of 16 fatalities that have occurred on South Dakota roads since July 1.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Constitutional Amendment Regarding Legislative Redistricting
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed Constitutional Amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Education

State Historical Society’s Sioux Horse Effigy Returned Following International Exhibition: Celebration Planned for Oct. 10-12
Representatives of the South Dakota State Historical Society announce the return of South Dakota’s Great Sioux Horse Effigy to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Releases Numbers from June Sobriety Checkpoints/Saturation Patrols
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers arrested 55 people for DUI during 94 checkpoints and saturation patrols held statewide during June.

Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – An adult and a juvenile were killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred southeast of Flandreau.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Marks Fourth Consecutive Fiscal Year End With Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2015 budget year on June 30 marking the fourth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Agriculture

Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Entries
Deadlines for all South Dakota State Fair open class entries are right around the corner. The static entry deadline is Friday, July 31.

Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Work Taking Place At Cabot Hill
A hazardous fuels reduction project has begun in the Laurel Heights Subdivision, north of Interstate 90 on Cabot Hill.

Education

Smithsonian Night Program at Cultural Heritage Center to Feature Space Junk and Hot Air Balloons
A Smithsonian Night program is coming up Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society. This month’s featured programs are entitled, “Space Junk: Fast Trash” and “Hot Air Balloons and Air Pressure” from the National Air & Space Museum.

Program about Northern Baseball League coming to Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is hosting a program entitled, “10 Things You Did Not Know About the Northern League” at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, July 18.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2016 Integrated Report
DENR is requesting water quality data as part of its process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Offer a Variety of Events This Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Running, fishing and a little bit of mystery are coming to state parks this weekend. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is continuing to host family-friendly events to get people away from TVs, off the couch and spending time in the summer sun.

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Two Yankton residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon five miles west of Yankton.


Corrections

Two State Prison Inmates Back In Custody
Inmates Brandon Suess and Troy Chase were apprehended in Weston County, WY earlier today.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Releases Victim’s Name in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has now released the name of a Dell Rapids man who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Baltic.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Receives High Ranking In Mercatus Fiscal Condition Study
South Dakota ranks third in the nation for fiscal condition according to a Mercatus Center study on state solvency released on Tuesday.

Governor's Column: Protecting Against West Nile Virus
It used to be mosquitoes weren’t much cause for concern. We considered them a nuisance, but otherwise mostly harmless. It wasn’t until 13 years ago when West Nile Virus emerged in South Dakota that the nuisance became a formidable health concern.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will visit and tour the Fermilab in Batavia, IL. Fermilab is in the process of partnering with the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Clint Eldeen was last seen leaving the minimum-security unit at the State Penitentiary at 6:45 p.m.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash (Friday Afternoon)
BALTIC, S.D. -- A Dell Rapids man, 89, died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Baltic.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Marion, S.D., man, identified as Roger Waltner, 60, was killed Thursday afternoon in a motorcycle-passenger car crash that occurred 11 miles west of Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Asphalt Concrete Crack Seal Project on I-90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crack sealing operations will take place on the Interstate 90 Loop (Havens Avenue) through Mitchell starting Monday, July 13.

Bridge Maintenance on Highway 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says routine maintenance will be done on a Highway 79 bridge located approximately 14 miles north of the junction of highways 79 and 20 beginning July 10.

Cold Milling and Turn Lane Construction on Highway 50
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says surface milling and construction of center turn lanes on Highway 50 between Tabor and Yankton began Monday, July 6.