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Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 125th Wagon Train Kickoff Event at the Yankton Rodeo Grounds.

Governor's Column: Dual Credit Opportunities
As summer comes to a close, kids are heading back to the classroom. In some homes, parents are sending their little ones to school for the first time.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Omnicare To Pay Nearly $16.5 Million to Settle With State Medicaid Programs
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, allegedly offered improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to Medicaid recipients.

Agriculture

Today is Prostrollo Motors Day
Friday, Aug. 29, is Prostrollo Motors Day. Make sure to stop by Prostrollo Motors on Highway 14 prior to the fair to pick up the Prostrollos Rockin’ Rollback coupon for $1 off gate admission at the State Fair.

Health

National Survey Shows SD Child Immunization Rates Up
A national survey finds more South Dakota preschoolers are getting immunized for pertussis, polio, rotavirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases according to the recommended schedule.

Mosquito Control Workshop Scheduled For Sept. 23 In Spearfish
South Dakota’s mosquito controllers will meet Sept. 23 in Spearfish as part of the annual conference of the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association.

Transportation

Another Section of Highway 19 to Close near Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an additional 2.5 miles of Highway 19 will be closed from the intersection with Highway 34 south to the intersection with 237th Street (Walkers Point) on Tuesday, Sept. 2, for a grading & shoulder widening project.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

“Grow: 66/125” Trees Coming To Each County
Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties are being delivered to historic sites in each county of the state over the next two weeks.

125th Feature: Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek lays claim to being the oldest continuously inhabited place in South Dakota. People have lived in this spot for at least the last 250 years.

Wagner And Parker Form Statehood Committees
Wagner and Parker have formed statehood celebration committees for South Dakota's 125th birthday year.

Wagon Train Beginning In Territorial Capital Next Week
The 125th statehood anniversary wagon train will begin in Yankton next week. Before the wagon train leaves on Thursday, Sept. 4, the public is invited to attend a Yankton statehood celebration.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Federal Court Dismisses Candidate for Public Utilities Commissioner Ballot Challenge
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Federal District Court has ruled that Ryan Gaddy will not be placed on the November general election ballot as a candidate for Public Utilities Commissioner.

Agriculture

Value Added Ag Day at the SD State Fair
Today is Value Added Ag Day at the State Fair. Stop by the Day Sponsor Tent to see what’s happening in South Dakota’s agricultural industry.

Tourism

Modern-day homesteader to tell her story at Cultural Heritage Center
A modern-day homesteader will tell about her life at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Haan Lawsuit Seeking Placement on Ballot for U.S. House of Representatives Dismissed
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that on Monday, August 25, 2014, Charles W. Haan filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General to certify Haan as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives or to compel the Attorney General to order Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify Haan as a candidate.

Agriculture

Channel Seeds Preview Day Kicks off SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Wednesday, Aug. 27, is Channel Seeds Preview Day at the South Dakota State Fair.

State Fair 4-H Exhibits and Activities are Strategically Located
HURON, S.D. – This year’s State Fair will see a shuffling of 4-H exhibits and activities because of the transition from Clover Hall to the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in September in the following counties: Brookings, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Davison, Jerauld, Lake, Lyman, Minnehaha, Pennington, Roberts and Turner.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Wisconsin woman died from injuries sustained in an Aug. 17 motorcycle crash on Nemo Rd., six miles southeast of Nemo.

Tourism

Public Input Sought for Historic Preservation Plan
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Office in Pierre is gathering information to use in revising the Statewide Preservation Plan.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Discovery Benefits Expanding to Brookings
Discovery Benefits, a third party benefits administration and claims management firm headquartered in Fargo, N.D., is expanding its operations to Brookings, S.D.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Faulkton To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Faulkton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
HURON, S.D. –South DakotaState Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Pheasant Brood Survey Indicates Higher Pheasant Numbers
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 76 percent increase in the statewide pheasants-per-mile index from 2013.

Public Safety

Marshall County Fatal Crash
LAKE CITY, S.D. – A Britton, S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash on Tuesday, Aug., 26, one mile west of Lake City.

Tourism

Cultural Heritage Center to Continue Offering Free Admission to Military
Officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society have announced that the museum in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will continue to provide free admission to active duty military families – like those presently offered within the Blue Star Museums program -- after the Blue Star program ends on Labor Day.

Transportation

Heartland Expressway Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of South Dakota’s portion of the Heartland Expressway is scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT on Thursday, Aug. 28, 1.2 miles south of the Rapid City landfill on Highway 79.

Revenue

Aberdeen Revenue Office Moving
(PIERRE, S.D.) – Businesses and individuals with questions regarding South Dakota’s taxes will be able to find answers in a new location later next week when the Aberdeen office of the South Dakota Department of Revenue relocates.


Agriculture

State Fair to Host Free Concerts and Entertainment
HURON, S.D. – Each year the State Fair hosts a variety of free entertainment. During the five day run, attendees can find six stages of various events around the fairgrounds free with paid gate admission.

SD Dept. of Ag Presents the 2014 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin No. 74
PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) presents the 2014 South Dakota Agriculture Bulletin No. 74 with assistance from the South Dakota National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) and South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU).

Beshears Named Director of Agricultural Services Division
PIERRE, S.D. - Brandon Beshears has been named director of the Agricultural Services division for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Corrections

Search for Missing Youth
The youth, a 16-year old Native American male, ran from the Youth Challenge Center program, which is located on the STAR Academy West Campus approximately four miles south of Custer.

Youth Back In Custody
The youth was apprehended by STAR Academy staff with the assistance of law enforcement near Hill City just before 8:30 a.m. MDT.

Tourism

South Dakota's Hagen Wins National Tourism Award
South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year.

Transportation

Officials Asking Drivers To Stay Out Of Highway 34 Work Zone
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation are warning motorists that driving around barricades on closed sections of highways could result in a dangerous situation for drivers and a ticket.

Highway 25 Opening From Highway 38 To Epiphany
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is opening a 10-mile stretch of Highway 25 from Highway 38 to Epiphany today (Monday).

Truck Route Traffic Flow to Change in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising the public of the following change to traffic flow on the Highway 14/83 truck route in Pierre. These changes are scheduled to occur as early as Wednesday, Aug. 27, weather permitting, and will remain in place until the end of September.


Public Safety

McCook County Fatal Crash
CANOVA, S.D. – A Spencer S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash, three miles south of Canova early Sunday morning.


Corrections

Missing Work Release Inmate
Inmate Bridget Franzen failed to report to a work release job site in Pierre Aug. 23.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man died in a two vehicle crash one mile west of Rapid City on S.D. Highway 44 on Saturday, Aug. 23.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on Gov. Jon Huntsman’s No Labels Radio show on SiriusXM channel 124.

Governor's Column: Good Times At The State Fair
Classes have begun 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 Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 in Huron.

Agriculture

Beef Genetics Trade Mission to Russia Cancelled
PIERRE, S.D.-Due to uncertainties in the Russian market, the beef genetics trade mission hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council planned for October has been cancelled.

Tourism

Donors Proud to Help in Publishing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl”
The South Dakota State Historical Society will be releasing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” in November, and donors to the project are honored to be a part of this momentous occasion.

Transportation

Highway 20 Construction Near Stockholm
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an asphalt concrete milling project on Highway 20 near Stockholm will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Construction to begin on Interstate 29
Starting Monday, Aug. 25, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin structure repair work and add a second coat of epoxy chip seal on Interstate 29 just north of the 26th Street Interchange at the bridge over Skunk Creek.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Takes ALS Challenge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday evening at the Governor’s residence to support finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

125th Feature: Quartzite Pillars Divide Dakotas
One day Gordon Iseminger stopped a young man driving a tractor on a country road. “Do you know where any of the boundary markers between North and South Dakota are located around here?” he asked.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Rules the State’s DUI Implied Consent Law is Unconstitutional
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s DUI Implied Consent Law is unconstitutional by affirming the Circuit Court’s grant of the suppression of blood evidence in State of South Dakota vs. Shauna Fierro.

Agriculture

Buy Your SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Early to Save on Gate Admission!
HURON, S.D. – The 2014 South Dakota State Fair is just around the corner. Fair goers are reminded that any grandstand tickets purchased by Wednesday, Aug. 27 will include free gate admission. Tickets purchased on or after Aug. 28 will not include gate admission.

Game, Fish and Parks

Liberalized Fishing Declaration for Lake Yankton
On Sept. 10, 2014, the entire fish population in Lake Yankton will be eradicated as part of a lake renovation project conducted jointly by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

National Wild Turkey Federation Wildlife Officer of the Year Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Todd Crownover, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) conservation officer, as its 2014 Wildlife Officer of the Year. This is the 14th year the award has been presented by the South Dakota Chapter.

Riders Can Still Register for Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
LEAD, S.D. – There are still openings for riders who want to take part in the annual Mickelson Trail Trek on Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21.

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

Labor Day Weekend Events Wrap Up Summer
PIERRE, S.D. – Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer, and South Dakota State Parks invite you to come out and enjoy special weekend events.

Human Services

South Dakota Honors Frontline Workers Who Support People with Disabilities
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is recognizing the important efforts of those who work closely with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by proclaiming Sept. 7-13 as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in South Dakota.

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, Aug. 28, 2014, 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.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Salutes Veterans
HURON, S.D.- To show appreciation for their service, the South Dakota State Fair will give all veterans and active military personnel free gate admission on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Education

SD ACT scores steady, above national average
South Dakota’s ACT scores continue to be above the national average, even while an estimated 78 percent of the 2014 graduating class participated in the exam.

Board of Regents

Four Public University Researchers Receive Early-Career Awards
Four young researchers from South Dakota public universities have received highly competitive awards to advance their careers in science and engineering. Three of the awards come from the National Science Foundation the fourth was granted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency DTRA.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Turns 40
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is celebrating 40 years this month, 27 of which have been spent under the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Carl W. Soukup Addition Achieves Certified Ready Site Status
The Carl W. Soukup Addition in Tea, S.D. was announced as the latest South Dakota Certified Ready Site at the Tea Economic Development Corporation’s (TEDC) monthly board meeting last night.


Education

2014 Report Card available
The 2014 South Dakota Report Card highlighting school performance is now available online.

Military

15 Soldiers Commisioned as Second Lieutenants
Fifteen South Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers took the Oath of Office and commissioned as second lieutenants during a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mount Rushmore National Park.

Transportation

Update: Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on I-90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications are being applied to the shoulders of both the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Exit 296 at White Lake and Exit 319 at Mt. Vernon.

Tribal Relations

Board on Geographic Names Recommends Name for Unnamed Creek in Minnehaha County
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) has unanimously recommended the name of Annie Anderson Creek for an unnamed creek in Minnehaha County.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

New Senior Citizen Handbook Available
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the updated version of the Senior Citizen Handbook is now available to the public.

Education

Guidelines for 2014-15 free or reduced school meal programs announced
With school 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

Gerber Leaving Driver Licensing Program after 23 Years
Cindy Gerber is leaving state government after 23 years with the Driver Licensing Program, including the last 17 as director, Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced today.

Transportation

Highway 212 Construction to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says an eight mile concrete surfacing project on Highway 212 is scheduled to begin Thursday, Aug. 21, weather depending.

White Lake Rest Areas Closed This Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to Interstate 90 rest areas at White Lake starting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Feature: 1889, That Wonderful Year
The year 1889 was an eventful one, and not just because four new states were admitted to the Union.

125th Feature: Medical Care in 1889
No insulin. No X-rays. No childhood vaccines. Those are just a few things you would NOT have if you lived in 1889, according to today’s Directory of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins.

News Tips
The Governor’s Snowmobile Advisory Council will meet at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Governor's Column: Leading The Way In BioTechnology
Next month, scientists, executives and investors from all across the globe will travel to Sioux Falls to attend the Livestock Biotechnology Summit.

Railroad Commits Additional Grain Trains
Railroad lines serving South Dakota shippers have committed to providing three additional grain trains per week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said today.

Transportation

Pavement Repairs In Western South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be doing pavement repair work on several highways in western South Dakota beginning Monday, Aug. 18.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Parkston Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Parkston will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

Three More Towns Schedule Statehood Events
Scotland, Plankinton and Menno have formed statehood celebration committees to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

SOUTH DAKOTA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS BERGET’S DEATH SENTENCE
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the death sentence of Rodney Scott Berget.

Health

State To Require Yearly Flu Vaccination For Its Health Care Workers
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an executive order requiring annual flu vaccination for state employees who deliver health care services. The order goes into effect for the 2014-2015 flu season and requires vaccination by Dec. 1.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash with a Pedestrian
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A pedestrian from Lead, S.D., was struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing U.S. Highway 14A near a convenience store in Deadwood.

Transportation

Highway 73 Paving South of Highway 20 Delayed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on a section of Highway 73, approximately 2.7 miles south of the south junction of Highways 20 and 73, has been pushed back a day.

Board of Regents

Student Affordability Again Top Budget Priority for Public Universities
For the second consecutive year, the South Dakota Board of Regents has pledged to freeze in-state students’ tuition in exchange for more state government support. A $6.8 million budget request will be forwarded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard to prevent more higher education cost shifting to students, regents said.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

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

Selby Man Indicted on Rape Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner announced today that Christopher Robert Jansen, 34, Selby, was indicted today by a Hughes County Grand Jury on six counts of 1st degree rape, class C felony punishable by up to life in the state penitentiary.

Military

Bosslift Brings Employers to Military Training
Seven employers from eastern South Dakota got the chance to see their military employees in uniform during the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift, Aug. 6-7, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
FERNEY, S.D. – An Oregon man died in a one vehicle rollover crash one mile north of Ferney, on S.D. Highway 37.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A Custer, S.D., man died in a one vehicle crash 14 miles south of Deadwood, on U.S. Highway 385, Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Tourism

Free South Dakota vacation maps for the Lewis and Clark Trail
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is making South Dakota’s Lewis and Clark Trail historic sites more accessible for today’s travelers.

Transportation

Russell Street Traffic Change
The South Dakota Department of Transportation in conjunction with the city of Sioux Falls will be opening the eastbound lanes of Russell Street from Westport Avenue to West Avenue on Friday, Aug. 15.

Board of Regents

Regents Announce Leadership Changes at Dakota State University
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today it will accept the resignation of Dakota State University President David Borofsky, and appoint Marysz Rames, vice president for student affairs at South Dakota State University, as DSU’s interim president.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Fall River County Man Sentenced to Life for Death of His Mother
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Custer County Deputy States Attorney/Special Assistant Attorney General Matt Brown announced today that Matthew C. Tornquist, 28, Hot Springs, was sentenced to life with no opportunity of parole and 10 years for grand theft, both sentences to run concurrently.

Agriculture

Nordby Will Match 4-H Members Raising Funds for State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D. – Philanthropist Earl Nordby of Huron has issued a challenge to 4-H members and families throughout the state. He has pledged to match the 4-H’ers’ $500,000 statewide fundraising goal for the capital campaign to build a new fairgrounds’ exhibit hall.

Tourism

Illingworth’s Custer photo collection now part of South Dakota Digital Archives
A photo collection documenting the Custer Expedition is now available online from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

AGI and Hi Roller Announce New Production Facility
Ag Growth International (AGI) is pleased to announce the construction of a new production facility for Hi Roller in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Agriculture

Pork Butt Battle and Chili Challenge to be hosted at SD State Fair
HURON, S.D. – Free events at the 2014 South Dakota State Fair will include the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by SD Pork Producers, Advanced BioEnergy and 1st Financial Bank USA, as well as Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Spearfishing Rules and Regulations Reminder
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) would like to remind spearfishing anglers and boaters of rules and regulations pertaining to diving on Lakes Oahe and Sharpe.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol Plan 2nd Joint Powwow Enforcement Operation
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has invited the South Dakota Highway Patrol back for a second year to work with tribal officers in a joint enforcement operation during the Dakota Nation powwow Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17.

Transportation

Chip Seals to Begin in the Winner Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Winner Area beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Keystone man died in a one vehicle rollover crash in Keystone on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Sunday August 10, 2014 *Final Release*


Public Safety

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – A 7-year-old child died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 25 south of Scotland on Friday, Aug. 8.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Saturday August 09, 2014


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Governor's Column: A Look Back On Recent Legislative Audits
Over the last several months, legislators and state officials have looked carefully into our state’s economic development programs.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Independent Investigation Conducted on Former Advocate Shirley Schwab’s Complaint
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that a complaint filed by former court advocate Shirley Schwab was forwarded to the Attorney General's Office by a states attorney based upon a conflict of interest.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Friday August 08, 2014.

Transportation

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The city of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is advising motorists that right turns will not be allowed at the 10th Street intersection for people traveling southbound on Sycamore Avenue starting on Monday, Aug. 11, at 6 a.m.

Highway 34 Structure Work East of Sturgis
On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Foothills Contracting, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is scheduled to begin removal of the existing pavement six miles east of Sturgis on Highway 34 as part of the grading operations to realign the roadway and replace the bridge over Bear Butte Creek.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Belle Joli’ Winery in Sturgis Expanding, Adding ‘Sparkling House’ Tasting Room
South Dakota winery, Belle Joli’ is not only expanding physically, but it is also expanding its product line thanks to funding from a Local Infrastructure Improvement Grant, a program administered by the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Feature: Arthur Mellette, Governor of THREE Dakotas?
On March 11, 1889, Watertown resident Arthur C. Mellette was appointed the last Governor of Dakota Territory by newly inaugurated President Benjamin Harrison.

Mount Rushmore Mascots To Celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Birthday
The Mount Rushmore Mascots are coming to Watertown for a special South Dakota 125th birthday celebration on Sunday, Aug. 17, where entertainment and activities for kids and adults will be provided.

125th Feature: Mellette Home in Watertown Offers Unique Experience
The home of South Dakota’s first elected Governor was deserted for many years until the Mellette Association was formed in 1943 to save it from demolition and restore it.

Agriculture

Kick off the School Year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom
HURON, S.D. – Teachers, kick off your school year with South Dakota’s Largest Classroom. The South Dakota State Fair is inviting teachers and students from across the state to participate in South Dakota’s Largest Classroom on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29.

Human Services

Aberdeen Added to Autism Study Public Forums
PIERRE, S.D. – Aberdeen has been added to the list of locations for public forums being conducted in conjunction with a statewide autism study. Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls will also host public forums in August.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6 a.m. Thursday August 07, 2014

Tourism

Stanley County native to tell about her new book at history club
A South Dakota author will tell about her new book at the August meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Pioneer Girl’ Resonates with Donors Across South Dakota
The South Dakota State Historical Society will soon release Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.” Though the journeys of the Ingalls family ended at De Smet, Wilder’s story resonates with donors across South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit Report Announced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six meetings across South Dakota to share the final report, findings and results of the recent regional Workforce Summits. Over 1,000 people provided input about workforce needs.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley and 41 Other State Attorneys General Reach a $35 Million Consumer Settlement with Pfizer
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 41 other Attorneys General in reaching a $35 million settlement with Pfizer Inc, who as parent of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. agrees to be bound by the judgment, to resolve allegations that Wyeth unlawfully promoted Rapamune, an immunosuppressive drug currently approved by the FDA as prophylactic for organ rejection after kidney transplant surgery.

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A Plymouth, Mass., man died in a motorcycle crash on S.D. Highway 87, two miles north of the U.S. Highway 385 intersection on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday August 06, 2014

Meade County Fatal Crash
FAITH, S.D. – A teen boy from Faith died in a one vehicle rollover crash one mile south of Faith on S.D. Highway 73 early Wednesday morning, Aug. 6.

Transportation

I-90 Westbound Reconstruction Near Spearfish
On Monday, Aug. 11, the second phase of an eight mile reconstruction project is scheduled to begin in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Spearfish.

Bridge Work at Exit 101 – Jensen Road To Begin
On Monday, Aug. 11, work will begin on Interstate 90 at Exit 101/Jensen Road east of Rapid City to repair the bridge over I-90 at this location and to prepare the median crossovers to carry traffic during the bridge repair work.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST PLAN ADDRESSING PINE BEETLE INFESTATION
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed Colorado and Wyoming Federal District Court decisions denying environmental group challenges to the Black Hills Forest Plan including the portions addressing the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A Pender, Neb., man died in a car and motorcycle crash near Pine Drive on Nemo Road east of Nemo, S.D., on Monday, Aug. 4.

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics as of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday August 05, 2014

Transportation

Work at Omaha St. and West Boulevard/I-190 To Begin
On Monday, Aug.11, work will begin at the intersection of Omaha Street and West Boulevard/Interstate 190 in Rapid City to modify the right-turn movements at the intersection and to upgrade the existing sanitary sewer beneath West Boulevard.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

GOED Approves Two Brandon Industrial Parks as ‘Certified Ready’
Two industrial parks in Brandon, S.D., the Brandon Industrial Park and the Corson Development Park, were announced as South Dakota Certified Ready Sites at the Brandon city council meeting last night.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

S&P Revises South Dakota’s Outlook From Stable To Positive
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor has revised South Dakota’s state outlook from “stable” to “positive” and renewed the state’s issuer credit rating.

Parkston To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Parkston has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information
Below are the statistics through 6:00 a.m., Monday August 04, 2014

Transportation

I-229 Lane Closures and Reduced Speed Limits
On Wednesday, Aug. 6, work will begin to apply a high friction surface treatment on a section of Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls.

Highway 73 Closed South of Highway 20
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed a portion of Highway 73 approximately 2.7 miles south of the junction of Highways 20 and 73.


Public Safety

Corson County Fatal Crash
Two people died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S Highway 12 at the entrance to the Grand River Casino west of Mobridge on Saturday, Aug. 2

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information, August 3, 2014
Below are the statistics as of 06:00 a.m. Sunday August 03, 2014


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the Sturgis Hall of Fame Breakfast at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Governor’s Pine Beetle Initiative Marks Third Year With Success
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that more than 441,000 trees have been treated for mountain pine beetle infestation since the Black Hills Forest Initiative was launched in August 2011.

Governor's Column: Our Efforts To Beat The Beetles
You may have read recently that a tree planted to honor former Beatle George Harrison was killed, ironically, by an infestation of beetles – mountain pine beetles.

Agriculture

Become the Next “Dacotah Star” at the South Dakota State Fair
HURON, S.D. – 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 division winners.

Military

Military Youth Learn Army Values at Leadership Camp
One hundred twenty military youth and 12 junior counselors from across South Dakota came together for the 2014 South Dakota National Guard Military Youth Camp, July 21-25, at Storm Mountain Retreat Center near Rapid City.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
A Nebraska man died in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 44 near Farmingdale on Friday, Aug. 1.

Tourism

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program are due on Oct. 1, for work beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

Transportation

Enhancements to ClearPath 511
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has enhanced the popular ClearPath 511 service available through the www.safetravelusa.com/sd website.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

125th Anniversary Feature: Omnibus Enabling Act Set State For November Statehood
On Nov. 2, 1889, Dakota Territory gave birth to two states – North Dakota and South Dakota – when President Benjamin Harrison signed two statehood proclamations.

125th Anniversary Feature: President Harrison's Pen On Display In Pierre
After signing proclamations to create the states of South Dakota and North Dakota on Nov. 2, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison handed the pen he used to a land agent named John Martin Ruggles.

Lt. Gov. Michels Re-Elected To NLGA Leadership
South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels has once again been elected to serve on the leadership committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).

Three More Statehood Celebration Committees Organize
Three more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with activities during South Dakota's 125th birthday year.

Public Safety

Motorists, Bikers Urged to Share Road as Sturgis Rally Begins
STURGIS, S.D. – As the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally nears, the South Dakota Highway Patrol is reminding drivers and bikers to share the road, especially in the heavy traffic expected in the Black Hills area.

Tourism

“Meet the Artist & Catalog Signing” event for Amiotte to be held Aug. 16 at Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre
The Museum at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host a special “Meet the Artist & Catalog Signing” with Arthur Amiotte on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. CDT.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Selby Man Arrested on Rape Charges
Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Brendan Johnson and Hughes County States Attorney Wendy Kloeppner announced today that Christopher Robert Jansen, 34, Selby, has been arrested and charged with three counts of 1st degree rape, class C felony, punishable by up to life in the state penitentiary.

Agriculture

Smith Named Director of Resource Conservation and Forestry Division
PIERRE, S.D.-William “Bill” Smith has been named director of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry division.

Military

SD Guard, Danish Home Guard Partnership Adds International Perspective to Officer Training
National Guard Soldiers enrolled in the Officer Candidate School at Fort Meade this summer were trained in areas such as leadership skills and small unit tactics, skill sets they will need as future leaders. One other skill set, not traditionally taught but more relevant now than ever, was thrown into the training – working with allied partner nations.

Public Safety

State Troopers Join Coast-to-Coast I-90/94 Safety Challenge
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is joining law enforcement agencies from 14 other states in a four-day, coast-to-coast, high-visibility enforcement campaign focused on Interstates 90 and 94 beginning Friday.

Transportation

Highway 20 Opening near Stockholm
Bituminous Paving Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be opening Highway 20 from west of Stockholm to the junction of Highway 15 today (Wednesday, July 30).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Dakotaline Snares Approved for MicroLOAN
Dakotaline Snares, a manufacturer of trapping equipment, lures and baits based in Lennox, S.D., purchased a larger building for its growing business thanks in part to funding from a South Dakota Development Corporation MicroLOAN.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

A.G. Jackley Addresses Legislative Government Operations and Audit Committee
Today in open session of the Legislative Government Operations and Audit Committee, Attorney General Jackley provided a summary of the Division of Criminal Investigation’s investigation into allegations of individual financial misconduct at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Military

South Dakota Guardsmen Aid ISAF Drawdown
As the convoy exited the military base after dark, the mood in the gun-truck was jovial, like a group of old friends starting out on a road trip. After spending nearly an hour listening to pre-convoy briefs and being sent off with a group prayer, the Soldiers were ready to go.

Transportation

STIP Webinar To Be Held Wednesday
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be holding its first ever webinar for the yearly update of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Miller Conviction in Death of Infant Son
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the South Dakota Supreme Court in a unanimous decision has upheld the murder conviction of Chris Allen Miller.

S.D. Supreme Court Rules that the U.S. Supreme Court McNeely Decision Does Not Affect Previous DUI Cases in South Dakota
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in State v. Donovan Craig Siers that the United States Supreme Court case of McNeely v. Missouri regarding warrantless blood draws will not have retroactive application or effect on previous drunk driving cases in South Dakota.

Health

Check Kids’ Immunizations Before School
A state health official recommends parents check the immunizations of their pre-teens and college freshmen before the school year gets underway.

Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
A Colorado man died in a one-vehicle crash on the New Underwood Road about 14 miles south of S.D. Highway 34 on Sunday, July 27.

SBA Disaster Loan Centers in South Dakota to Close This Week
Small Business Administration outreach centers set up to help victims of flooding and tornadoes will close this week in three South Dakota cities.

Disaster Declaration Approved for June Flooding, Tornadoes
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that 12 South Dakota counties, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, will receive federal financial help to recover from a series of June storms that produced damaging tornadoes and flooding.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Capital for a Day event in Wall. Citizens are encouraged to attend the community social where they will have the chance to talk one-on-one with Gov. Daugaard.

State Officials Receive Notification Of Placement Of Unaccompanied Minors
State officials learned today that, since the beginning of this year, 21 unaccompanied immigrant minors have been placed in South Dakota by federal officials.

Governor's Column: Meeting With Rating Agencies
Last week South Dakota hosted visits from Moody’s and from Standard & Poor’s, as we prepare for a bond issue by the South Dakota Building Authority later this summer.

Agriculture

Josten Named State Forester
PIERRE, S.D.-Gregory J. Josten has been named South Dakota state forester.

Transportation

Paving on Highway 44 West of Rapid City
Earlier this week, lightning struck the Hills Materials asphalt plant causing minor delays in completing the paving on Highway 44 west of Rapid City. Crews will resume paving the final section of asphalt on Monday, July 28.

10th Street and Sycamore Avenue
The city of Sioux Falls, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be switching traffic to allow for the reconstruction of the intersection of 10th Street and Sycamore Avenue on Monday, July 28, at 7 a.m.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Wall Capital For A Day Community Social Announced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard invites the public to join him for a community social and coffee hour at the Capital for a Day event in Wall on Thursday, July 31.

Statehood Celebration Event At State Capitol To Feature South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
A special event at the State Capitol to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood will feature a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Human Services

Public Forums Scheduled for Autism Spectrum Disorder Study for Children
PIERRE, S.D. – Three public forums seeking input on a South Dakota autism study have been scheduled by Health Management Associates, the vendor selected to conduct the study.

Transportation

Highway 34 Closing East of Howes
HOWES, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a two-and-a-half mile section of Highway 34 east of Howes will be closed to traffic on Monday, Aug. 11. The closure is expected to last about five weeks.

South Dakota Lottery

Watertown Area Group Claims $230,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot
A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business on July 23, 2014 claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the July 19, 2014 drawing at the Sioux Falls Lottery office.


Military

12 SD Guard Units Receive National Award, 115th BSC Wins Eisenhower Trophy
Twelve out of 42 South Dakota Army National Guard units received the National Guard Bureau’s Superior Unit Award in recognition of outstanding achievement during training year 2013. The Superior Unit Award is presented to units who meet highly-enforced military standards in the areas of personnel, training and readiness.

Tourism

State Historical Society to Host Smithsonian Sunday Program on Aug. 10
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries program entitled “Knowledge, Noise and the End of Information” presented by David Weinberger at 2 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Aug.10, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

Highway 85 Bridge Work Near Buffalo
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repair work on two bridges on Highway 85 beginning Thursday, July 24.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Makes Appointment To Board of Pardons and Paroles
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Rev. Patricia White Horse-Carda of Wagner to the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Tribal Relations

S.D. Board On Geographic Names Holding Board Meeting In Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) is holding its board meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 7 p.m. CDT, at the Sioux Falls Main Library, 200 N. Dakota Ave. (Meeting Room A).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Madison’s Lakeview Industrial Park Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
The Lakeview Industrial Park in Madison, S.D., has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Chairs Conference of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting
The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) are discussing major topics of interest to the western states at their annual meeting in Utah this week.

Agriculture

Help Keep Cattle Comfortable in High Heat
PIERRE, S.D.–Recent high temperatures and above-average humidity have created unfavorable conditions for South Dakota livestock. Livestock owners are encouraged to continue efforts to keep cattle and other livestock comfortable using all available resources. Cattle with dark hides, fat cattle, and ill animals are all at greater risk of heat stress. Once heat stress sets in, preventative measures are less effective.

Game, Fish and Parks

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest totaling approximately $1.3 million.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
A Belle Fourche man died in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Wood Road in Belle Fourche on Saturday, July 19.

Clay County Fatal Crash
A Volin, S.D., woman died in a one vehicle crash on 455th Avenue a mile north of Wakonda on Sunday, July 20.

Transportation

Chip and Fog Seal Projects Around Vermillion
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin chip and fog seal applications on Highways 50 and 50L near Vermillion, and Highway 11 south of Alcester this week.

Missouri River Bridge Replacement Study Survey Closes Soon
The public opinion survey on various aspects regarding the future replacement bridge over the Missouri River between Fort Pierre and Pierre will be closed on Friday, Aug. 1. Your feedback is vital to planning the future of the U.S. 14 / U.S. 83 / S.D. 34 highway corridor connecting the two cities.

South Dakota Lottery

$230,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot Won in Watertown
A single ticket sold in Watertown matched all five white ball numbers and the Wild Card in the July 19, 2014 drawing to win the $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the National State Budget Officers Annual Conference (NASBO) in Rapid City, S.D.

Governor's Column: Successes In The County Site Analysis Program
South Dakota has long been a state that values local control. From cities, townships and counties to fire protection, rural ambulance and soil districts, local government officials serve their neighbors quickly and efficiently.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Seeks Disaster Declaration for Tornadoes, Flooding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from tornadoes and flooding produced by severe storms during the period June 13-20.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Knuckle Brewing Company Crafting Brews with South Dakota Flavor
An already popular South Dakota bar is likely to increase in popularity as its owners set out on a new venture to open a brewery.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Four More Towns Form Statehood Celebration Committees
Four more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with events and activities during South Dakota’s 125th birthday year.

Game, Fish and Parks

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Military

SD Guard Shares Knowledge With Suriname Military on Reserve Force Operations
The South Dakota National Guard hosted three key leaders from the Suriname Armed Forces at Camp Rapid, July 10-14, to share information on the structure and operational processes of the National Guard as a reserve force.

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
A Sioux Falls woman died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 229 near the interchange with Interstate 29 on Wednesday, July 16.

Brown County Fatal Crash
An Aberdeen, S.D, man died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 about two miles east of Mina on Thursday, July 17.

Tourism

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Pioneer Girl’ to be published with help from donors
The release of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” is coming soon, and the South Dakota State Historical Society continues to rely on the support of donors to make the dream a reality.

Transportation

Work to Begin on Highway 37 North of Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge approach work will begin in the south bound lanes of South Dakota Highway 37, approximately 12 miles north of Mitchell, on Monday, July 21.

New Flashing Yellow Arrow Signal In Aberdeen
In a continuing effort to provide safer roads, the South Dakota Department of Transportation is installing flashing yellow turn arrows in traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 281 in Aberdeen.


Agriculture

First Dakota Supporting Growth and Development of Youth through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today that First Dakota National Bank has given a $100,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Game, Fish and Parks

Outdoor Campus Hosts 4th Annual Outdoor University
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 fourth annual Outdoor University on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sertoma Park.

South Dakota GFP Encourages Registration for HuntSAFE and Bowhunter Education Classes
Hunting seasons will soon be here and now is the time to register for a local HuntSAFE or bowhunter education class.

Update on Fish Consumption Advisories
Anglers fishing South Dakota waters should be aware of the 2014 fish consumption advisories.

Transportation

2015-2018 STIP Meetings and Webinar Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will offer on-site meetings and a webinar to present and solicit public comments for the 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
The Belle Fourche Industrial & Rail Park has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Fall River County Man Convicted by Jury for First Degree Murder and Grand Theft in Death of Mother
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Custer County Deputy States Attorney/Special Assistant Attorney General Matt Brown announced today that a Pennington County jury returned a verdict finding Matthew C. Tornquist, 28, Hot Springs, guilty of first degree murder, class A felony that carries a mandatory life sentence and grand theft, class 4 felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Dies
Inmate James Strahl, 46, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital July 14 following an extended illness.

Military

114th Fighter Wing Earns Top Marks During Inspection
The South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing earned Air Combat Command’s first overall “highly effective” grade during a recent Unit Effectiveness Inspection at Joe Foss Field, June 19-23.

Public Safety

Governor Daugaard Urges Flood, Tornado Victims to Contact SBA
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today urged South Dakotans whose homes or businesses suffered tornado or flood damage to take advantage of low-interest disaster loans available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Emergency Dispatch Services Consolidating in Central South Dakota
Effective Wednesday, July 16, the City of Pierre and State Department of Public Safety are consolidating emergency and law enforcement dispatch services in central South Dakota into a single operation run by the city.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in Northwest S.D.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to the following highways in the northwest area of the state beginning today (July 15).

Durable Pavement Marking on Highway 37
he South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that durable pavement marking will be applied on a portion of Highway 37 from Mitchell south for 29 miles. The work will begin on Thursday, July 17.


Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
An Oelrichs man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 two miles north of the Nebraska border on Monday, July 14.

Tourism

Mellette Re-Enactor to help Celebrate South Dakota’s Anniversary in Sioux Falls
People will have a chance to meet South Dakota’s first governor in Sioux Falls as they celebrate the state’s first 125 years.

Transportation

South Dakota Department of Transportation Wins National Award
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the 2013 Interstate 90/Cliff Avenue reconstruction project in Sioux Falls has won regional acclaim in the America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
A Texas man died in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 385 about five miles south of Deadwood on Saturday, July 12.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

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

Governor's Column: Tribal Parole Pilot Program
Last year, we passed historic legislation in South Dakota to reform our criminal justice system. These reforms were enacted to improve public safety, hold offenders more accountable and reduce corrections spending.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Seeks SBA Help for Flooding, Tornado Victims
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today asked the Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster assistance to help South Dakotans recover from damages caused by flooding and tornadoes during a series of June storms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Marks Third Consecutive Fiscal Year End With Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2014 budget year on June 30 marking the third consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

Governor’s Delegation To Meet With STB Officials
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will send a delegation of state officials to meet with members of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Friday, July 18, to discuss rail shipment problems in South Dakota.

First Lady To Hold Book Walk
First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold the second annual book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Antelope and Early Fall Goose Hunting Seasons Finalized and Fall Turkey Season Delayed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the antelope and early fall Canada goose seasons at their July meeting in Fort Pierre.

South Dakota 2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the 2014 waterfowl hunting seasons at their July meeting.

Human Services

South Dakota Selects Vendor for Autism Spectrum Disorder Study for Children
PIERRE, S.D. –The state departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor and Regulation (DLR) have selected Health Management Associates of Lansing, Mich., to conduct a study on the treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children in South Dakota.

Public Safety

FEMA Rejects State Request for Individual Assistance for June Storms
South Dakota received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected the state’s request for Individual Assistance programs to help residents impacted by tornadoes and flooding.

Transportation

Creek Drive Road Closure
Beginning Monday, July 14, Creek Drive at the bridge over Rapid Creek in Rapid City will be closed to all traffic for bridge reconstruction and water main installation.

Highway 25 Closing From Highway 38 To Epiphany
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that a 10-mile stretch of Highway 25 in Hanson County will be closed from Highway 38 to Epiphany beginning Monday, July 14.

Striping Changes On Highway 34/Lazelle Street in Sturgis
In preparation for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, crews will begin modifying the pavement markings on Lazelle Street from 10th Street to east of Blanche Street in Sturgis on Monday, July 14.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Aberdeen Site Approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels announced today at the Aberdeen Development Corporation annual meeting that Whitewood Park in Aberdeen has been approved as a South Dakota Certified Ready Site.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Wall To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Wall has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, July 31.

Agriculture

National Red Power Show Attendance Number Announced
HURON, S.D. – The 2014 National Red Power Round Up was held at the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron, SD on June 26-28. Attendance for the show was 18,626.

Dept. of Ag Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 14
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all ag producers and businesses to take advantage of the free pesticide container recycling collection from Monday, July 14, through Wednesday, Sept. 10, in 37 locations around the state.

Transportation

Jackson Boulevard Reconstruction Continues
The next phase of the reconstruction of Jackson Boulevard in Rapid City has been awarded to Heavy Constructors, Inc. of Rapid City.


Agriculture

South Dakota Bank Puts Community First through Capital Campaign Donation
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair Foundation announced today First National Bank has given a $50,000 gift to the Capital Campaign for the building of a new exhibit hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Tourism

25th anniversary of filming of ‘Dances With Wolves’ being commemorated in Pierre
Events are being planned for Pierre the weekend of July 18-20 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first three days of filming of the Academy Award-winning movie “Dances With Wolves” in the area.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Launches New Website
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair launched a new website, www.sdstatefair.com, on Wednesday, July 2.

Corrections

Penitentiary Staff Prevent Escape Attempt
Department of Corrections (DOC) staff members prevented an escape attempt by a state prison inmate earlier today.

Tourism

South Dakota’s First First Lady Being Brought to Life
South Dakota’s first first lady will be brought to life during a program on Tuesday, July 8.

Enjoy Ice Cream, New Exhibits, Activities on July 13, at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will offer a tasty way to cool off on Sunday, July 13, with an Ice Cream Social at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 1:30-3:30 p.m. CDT.


Public Safety

Jones County Fatal Crash
A Rapid City, S.D., man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 about nine miles west of Murdo on Saturday, July 5.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
A Hetland, S.D, man died in a one-vehicle crash about seven miles northwest of Arlington on Saturday, July 5, 2014.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the National Governor’s Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Yankton To Pierre Wagon Train Route Finalized
The route has been set for the 125th anniversary wagon train. The wagon train will start in Yankton, home of the Dakota Territory Capital, on Sept. 3 and end at the State Capitol in Pierre on Sept. 20.

Governor's Column: The State Of Agriculture
Last week I attended the fifth annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Deadwood.

Agriculture

Ag Social Media Contest Begins Today
PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is hosting a social media photo contest to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th year of statehood Thursday, July 3 through Friday, Aug. 8.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
DENR is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

Game, Fish and Parks

Free Archery Training to Educators
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will provide free archery training to educators at the Fort Pierre Elementary School in Fort Pierre on Thursday, July 24, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.

Upcoming S.D. State Park Programs Provide Family Recreation and Education
Educational and recreational programming in South Dakota's state parks is increasing during the busy summer season.

Human Services

Director of State Developmental Center to Retire
REDFIELD, S.D. – Dr. Ted Williams is nearing the end of a long career with the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC), where he has worked for nearly 40 years and served as director for more than a decade. SDDC Assistant Director Jan Banghart will work alongside Williams until his official retirement Sept. 8, 2014, at which time Banghart will take over leadership of the facility.

Public Safety

State Seeks Preliminary Damage Assessment of Tornadoes, Flooding
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a joint preliminary damage assessment (PDA) of the cost of damages to public infrastructure from June tornadoes and flooding.

Highway Patrol Encourages Safe Driving Over Independence Day Holiday
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol is encouraging travelers to make safe driving decisions over the Independence Day holiday.

Transportation

Russell Street Traffic Change
On Monday, July 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the City of Sioux Falls will be opening the south half of the Western Avenue and Russell Street intersection and closing the West Avenue and Russell Street intersection.

Interstate 229 Lane Closures near Exit 5
On Monday, July 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing a one mile segment of the northbound passing lane and the southbound driving lane of Interstate 229 near the 26th Street exit (Exit 5).


Agriculture

Family Bricks Available for the SD State Fair’s New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-Richard and Sharon Beitelspacher of Bowdle, S.D., have stepped up to purchase the first Family Brick being offered as part of the fundraising campaign for construction of the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community on the State Fairgrounds.

Public Safety

Gov. Daugaard Seeks Individual Assistance for Flood, Tornado Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and flooding last month.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Governor Daugaard Awards Block Grant to Midland
Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded $515,000 in Urgent Need Funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to the community of Midland, South Dakota.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Rapid City Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Harold Murphy on June 4, 2014, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Gann Valley Women Sentenced to 130 Years in Death of Toddler
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced today that Donika Gonzales, 23, Gann Valley, was sentenced to 130 years for first degree manslaughter and 15 years for aggravated assault, both sentences to run concurrently.

Agriculture

Communities Receive Funds for Planting Trees
PIERRE, S.D. – Several communities and organizations in South Dakota received over $11,000 in grants to assist with tree planting projects in their area. These projects benefit the general public by solving a specific urban and community forestry problem and demonstrating the importance of trees in our communities.

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
Yankton, S.D. – A Yankton man died in a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of 434th Avenue and Kaiser Road about five miles west of Yankton on Monday, June 30.

Transportation

Highway 34 at Howes to Open Tuesday Morning
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say a two-and-a-half mile section of Highway 34 from Howes Corner east will be opened today at 9 a.m. MDT (10 a.m. CDT).