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Feb 27, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardSouth Dakota Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the Bureau of Finance and Management’s release of the South Dakota Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2014.Governor's Column: The Future Of The Sanford Underground Research Lab
In 2001, when the Homestake Mine in Lead closed, South Dakota lost one of its iconic businesses.News Tips
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will host an open house event on Monday, March 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. MST at the Outdoor Campus in Rapid City to discuss two draft five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans.
AgricultureSouth Dakota Prescribed Fire Training Exchange Announcement
EASTERN S.D. — US Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nature Conservancy will be hosting prescribed fire training in the mixed grass prairies of eastern South Dakota. Two sessions will be held April 27-May 6 and May 11-20, 2015.
TourismElizabeth Cook-Lynn to speak at History and Heritage Book Club
A noted American Indian author will be the guest speaker at the March meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.
TransportationWestbound Highway 18 Bridge Removal Over I-29 at Exit 62
On Monday, March 2, 2015, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin removal of the westbound Highway 18 bridge over Interstate 29 at Exit 62 to Canton.
Feb 26, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 12 bills into law today, including HB 1051, An Act to revise various trust and trust company provisions.
Labor and RegulationIt’s Job Fair Season at the Department of Labor and Regulation
With spring time approaching, many employers have positions to fill and are looking for skilled, qualified workers.
Veterans AffairsSouth Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Recognized for Innovation
One of the four Outstanding State Programs award went to South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) for Operation Reach All Veterans. SDDVA designated 2014 as the year to reach an estimated 75,000 veterans living in South Dakota. Operation RAV was conceived to identify and contact South Dakota’s Veterans to make them aware of the benefits and services available to them.
Feb 24, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed 24 bills into law today including HB 1006, an Act to allow bullheads to be used as bait.
AgricultureIncreased Trade Means Increased Opportunity for South Dakota Producers
In 2013, South Dakota exported almost $1.6 billion worth of goods to countries around the world. International trade has an incredible impact on the agricultural economy of our state. Soybeans, corn, wheat, and livestock, including pork and cattle are among the top 25 goods shipped from South Dakota overseas.
Game, Fish and ParksSouth Dakota Black Hills Fisheries Management Plans Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Division of Wildlife has drafted two five-year Black Hills fisheries management plans, one for streams and the other for reservoirs, and is currently seeking comments from the public.
Feb 23, 2015
AgricultureSouth Dakota Legislators Donate to State Fair Foundation Capital Campaign
HURON, S.D. – The 2015 House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee recently purchased a brick for $1,000 showing their support for the State Fair Foundation’s Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community Capital Campaign.
TransportationSDDOT and Meade County Seek Public Input into Meade County Transportation Plan Study
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.
Feb 21, 2015
Public SafetyHughes County Fatal Crash
Pierre, S.D. – A Huron, S.D. woman died as a result of a three-vehicle crash on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, around 7:10 pm, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and U.S. Highway 14, approximately 14 miles east of Pierre.
Feb 20, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Offering Quality, Affordable Higher Education In South Dakota
Education after high school can be expensive. Over the past few decades, the cost of higher education has increased much faster than average inflation.News Tips
South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Day will be held on Thursday to highlight Cooperation in Agriculture and the a partnership between the South Dakota departments of Agriculture and Tribal Relations.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentRTI, LLC. Approved for Two Loans, Expanding and Adding Jobs
RTI (Research Technology Innovation), LLC will utilize funding from two loans facilitated by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to expand RTI’s present capabilities, add new research space and aid in hiring 10 new full time positions.
Feb 19, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 14 – An Act to provide for the possession and administration of opioid antagonists by first responders for the treatment of drug overdoses.
Attorney General Marty JackleyGrant County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Body Microphone and Transmitter
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $3,015.26 for a body microphone and transmitter to be used in drug investigations.
TransportationPeter Norbeck Scenic Byway Tunnel Naming Group Looking for Public Input on Proposed Names for Tunnels
The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Tunnel Naming Group was established to propose names for tunnels along the byway. The request to name the tunnels originally came from emergency responders who felt tunnel names would aid the traveling public when requesting assistance.
Feb 18, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyMobridge Police Department to Receive Money for In-Car Video Recording System
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Mobridge Police Department has been awarded $4,982 for an in-car video recording system to be used in drug investigations. The money was awarded out of the Drug Control Fund.
Tourism“Children of South Dakota” Photo Display at Cultural Heritage Center
“Children of South Dakota” is a new photo display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre featuring 11 images of children chosen from the South Dakota Digital Archives collection of the South Dakota State Historical Society.State Historical Society Lists Seven Properties on National Regi
Seven South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.
TransportationSpider Van To Be Available for Public Viewing in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will make its pavement condition monitoring vehicle, otherwise known as the “spider van”, available for public viewing this week in Pierre.
Feb 17, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardBoard Announces Programs Eligible For Build Dakota Scholarship
Today the Build Dakota Scholarship Board announced the 54 program options within eight, high-need industry areas that will be covered in the first year of the scholarship program.
Attorney General Marty JackleyFederal Court Issues Temporary Injunction in State Challenge to Presidential Executive Order Powers on Immigration
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that United States District Court has issued an temporary injunction in the lawsuit challenging the executive action set forth by President Obama, which exceeds his authority on immigration reform. South Dakota joined 26 State Attorneys General and Governors in December 2014.Brandon Man Indicted on Deceptive Business Transactions
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joseph Matthew Stanford, 38, Brandon, was indicted February 10, 2015 by a Minnehaha County Grand Jury.
CorrectionsState prison inmate dies
Inmate Harold Kusick, age 60, passed away Feb. 16 in Sioux Falls following a lengthy illness.
Game, Fish and ParksNo Spring Canada Goose Program for 2015
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will not implement the Spring Canada Goose program for 2015.Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds Second Meeting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group held its second meeting on Feb. 2, 2015, to continue discussions about the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota.
TourismHistorical Society Foundation new Guardian for Works of Badger Clark
The work of South Dakota’s first poet laureate will continue to be available for future generations, thanks to the merging of organizations dedicated to keeping history alive.
Feb 13, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Another Effort To Be Even Better Stewards
The word that best sums up the public trust held by all officials is stewardship. Stewardship – the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care – has been my goal over these past four years.News Tips
On Wednesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on Viewpoint University, KSOO 1140, with Rick Knobe.
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Murder Conviction of Eugene Edward Martin
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the first degree murder conviction of Eugene Edward Martin for the murder of Robert Thunderhawk.
Feb 12, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: SB 12 – An Act to allow the spouse of an active duty military person to qualify as a resident for a temporary permit to carry a concealed pistol.Governors Urge President Obama To Reconsider Keystone XL
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has joined with other governors from across the country to urge President Obama to reconsider his decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
Attorney General Marty JackleyBeresford Officer Involved Shooting Summary Released
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Christopher Heuer on January 15, 2015, in Beresford, South Dakota.
AgricultureSouth Dakota State Fair Presents The Band Perry
HURON, S.D. –The South Dakota State Fair announces The Band Perry will perform at the Fair Grandstand on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.Financing Beginning Farmers
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) announces tax-exempt bonds are available for qualifying beginning farmers. Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.
Game, Fish and ParksSouth Dakota Offers New Online Course for Hunter Education
Hunters who need to complete a South Dakota hunter safety certification course can now study the online portion at http://www.hunter-ed.com/southdakota/. The online component of the course was approved by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) this week.
Feb 11, 2015
AgricultureAero Road Fire Final Size 16.02 Acres
RAPID CITY, S.D.— The Aero Road Fire located near Rockerville in the area of Neck Yoke Road and Aero Road was called controlled on Monday afternoon and reached a size of 16.02 acres. The update in acreage is due to more accurate mapping abilities, not additional fire growth.Jerry and Sandra Mencke Invest in New State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall with $10,000 Gift
HURON, S.D. - Jerry and Sandra Mencke of Huron have provided a $10,000 gift toward the capital campaign to construct the Nordby Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.Funds Available for Specialty Crop Projects
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces federal funds are available for specialty crop projects.
Game, Fish and ParksFish Houses Must be removed by March 1
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds ice anglers that all fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by midnight on Feb. 28, 2015.Gov. Daugaard Proclaims Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Feb. 23-28, 2015, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota.Tree Stands Must be removed from Public Lands by Feb. 15
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that all tree stands and climbing devices must be removed from lands owned, leased or controlled by GFP by this Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.Canada Goose Season Ends, Light Goose Season Begins
South Dakota waterfowl hunters are reminded that the Unit 2 Canada goose season ends this Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.
Feb 10, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Makes Appointment To Board Of Economic Development
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Tom Jones of Viborg to the Board of Economic Development. Jones is a former Democratic state legislator who represented District 17 in both the House and Senate chambers.Governor Establishing Council To Study Indian Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the state’s tribal leaders are joining together to improve the achievement levels and graduation rates of Native American students.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley and 42 other Attorney General’s Call on Oil Companies to Ban the Sale of Synthetic Drugs
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 42 other State Attorneys General today called on nine oil companies and their branded gas stations and convenience stores to remove synthetic drugs from their affiliated retail locations.Prescription Drug Monitoring Program 2014 Statistics
The State of South Dakota’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been online for three years and voluntary participation by physicians and pharmacists continues to increase.
TransportationInterstate 29 Northbound Partially Open at Exit 64
outh Dakota Department of Transportation officials say that northbound Interstate 29 at Exit 64 is partially open and traffic is no longer being detoured.Interstate 29 Northbound Closed at Exit 64
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists the northbound lanes of Interstate 29 are closed at Exit 64, which is one and three-quarters of a mile north of the junction with Highway 44, due to an accident.
Feb 09, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Signs Repealer Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed five bills to decrease red tape in state government.Governor Signs More Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the following bills into law: SB 23 – An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the ownership and management of the South Dakota Art Museum.
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Rapid City
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) event:
AgricultureBBQ Competition Judging School Coming to Huron
HURON, S.D. - Organizers of the Original South Dakota BBQ Championships will be hosting a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Certified BBQ Judging School on Saturday, April 25, at the Huron Country Club in Huron.2015 Wildland Fire Academy Announcement
RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota Wildland Fire in conjunction with the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Fish and Wildlife Services and the State Fire Marshalls office will be hosting a wildfire academy in Fort Pierre, S.D. Classes will be held March 25-29, 2015.
Game, Fish and ParksEffective March 2: Use of Hounds when Hunting Mountain Lions Outside the Black Hills
Effective March 2, 2015, this new rule allows resident hunters to use hounds to pursue mountain lions year-round on private land outside of the Black Hills with permission of the landowner or lessee. However, hunters may continue onto School and Public Lands or Bureau of Land Management lands if the pursuit originates on private property.Join the Great Backyard Bird Count
The 17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 13-16, 2015, allows millions of novice and accomplished bird watchers to count birds wherever they are and enter their results online at http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/.Reetz Lake Walleye Regulations Reminder
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind anglers fishing on Reetz Lake, in northeast South Dakota, that the daily limit for walleye is one fish with a minimum length limit of 28 inches.
TourismState Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Makes New York Times Bestseller List
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,” edited by Pamela Smith Hill, has risen to No. 2 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction.
TransportationSpring Load Restriction Notification #1
Effective at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segments and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.
Feb 06, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Learning More About Education Funding
Every year, when the Legislature meets, education is discussed and debated as much as any other topic. That’s the way it should be.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak to the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs at the Ramkota in Pierre.
TransportationSD 42 Has Been Reopened East of Sioux Falls
Officials have reopened Highway 42 east of Sioux Falls.Accident Closes A Portion of SD 42 East of Sioux Falls
Officials with the South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say a crash between two semi-trucks has closed a portion of Highway 42 in Minnehaha County, east of Sioux Falls.
Tribal Relations2015 State-Tribal Relations Events to Highlight Cooperation in Agriculture
The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations (SDDTR) has partnered with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) to highlight ‘Cooperation in Agriculture’ during this legislative session at the State-Tribal Relations Events on Feb. 25 and 26 in Pierre.
Feb 05, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyS. D. Supreme Court Affirms Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission’s Action
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission’s (LEOSTC) decision to deny Brett Jarman’s application for law enforcement certification.New Attorney General’s Privacy Rights Handbook Available
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the updated version of the Privacy Rights handbook is now available to the public.Charles Mix Man Convicted in Vehicular Homicide Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Circuit Court Judge Anderson has issued his decision convicting Ronald Ray Fischer, 30, Lake Andes, on two counts of vehicular homicide.
AgricultureSouth Dakota Participates in Policy Meeting of National State Departments of Ag
Pierre, S.D. – South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch this week joined other state agriculture department leaders for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) organization’s Winter Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. As chair of the Rural Development and Financial Security Committee, Lentsch also led that committee’s discussion of important issues on transportation infrastructure and initiatives for military veterans in agriculture.
Game, Fish and ParksState Park Memorial Day Weekend Camping Reservations Open Feb. 21
People wanting to camp in South Dakota state parks on Memorial Day weekend may begin making reservations for that holiday period at 7 a.m. CST on Feb. 21, for Friday, May 22, arrivals.
Feb 04, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Signs First Bill Of Legislative Session Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the first bill of the 2015 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, Senate Bill 28, authorizes the Board of Regents to sell a parcel of property on the South Dakota State University campus to the City of Brookings.
Feb 03, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Seeking Interns For Summer Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two summer 2015 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early May through September 2015.
Attorney General Marty JackleyEighth Circuit Court of Appeals Joins South Dakota, Arkansas and Missouri Traditional Marriage Cases and Sets Expedited Argument
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that the Eighth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals has granted an expedited briefing schedule and set oral argument in the traditional marriage case for the week of May 11th through the 15th in Omaha, Nebraska.
HealthNorth Dakota, South Dakota First Ladies Join To Reduce Non-Medical Early Deliveries
South Dakota First Lady Linda Daugaard and North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple are asking birthing hospitals to help reduce the number of early deliveries done for non-medical reasons.
Feb 02, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Warns of Influx in Yellow Page Directory Scams
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the Consumer Protection Division has received complaints from several small businesses and schools across South Dakota who have received solicitations that appear to be invoices from the local Yellow Page Directory. The invoices typically contain the “walking fingers” logo and the name “Yellow Pages”, but these are likely not the directory that most have grown accustom.
TourismState Historical Society to Host Final Smithsonian Sunday Program on Feb. 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special webcast of the Smithsonian Channel program entitled “I was a Jet Set Stewardess” at 2 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Feb 01, 2015
Public SafetyPennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City woman died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90, within the city of Rapid City.
Jan 31, 2015
Public SafetyI-90 Open West of Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety officials announce the section of Interstate 90 between Exit 32 and Exit 55 is now open.I-90 Closed West of Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota officials are closing Interstate 90 near Rapid City from Exit 32 to Exit 55, effective immediately.
Jan 30, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Caring For Those Who Have Borne The Battle
Last year at this time, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs launched Operation Reaching All Veterans.News Tips
On Monday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak to the Watertown Chamber at the Watertown Event Center Theater.
Public SafetyFaulk County Fatal Crash
FAULKTON, S.D. – A Seneca, S.D., man died in a one-vehicle rollover crash on 172nd Street approximately 3 miles south and 6 miles west of Faulkton on Friday, January 30, 2015.
Jan 29, 2015
EducationSummer Food Service Program seeking sponsors and sites
The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors and sites for the Summer Food Service Program.
Game, Fish and ParksCuster Hosts Snowshoe Hike for Valentine's Day
Love is in the (cold) air this Valentine's Day at Custer State Park. The park is hosting the Lover's Leap Snowshoe Hike Feb. 14, which will give participants the opportunity to take in the winter scenery and learn how to snowshoe.Summer Camping Reservations Start Soon In State Parks
Later this month, campers can begin making reservations for summer stays in the South Dakota State Parks.New Operator Named for Lewis and Clark Marina
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has selected a new operator for the Lewis and Clark Marina near Yankton.
Board of RegentsStudents Gain a ‘Jump Start’ on College Success
With the help of a prestigious $3.6 million federal grant, South Dakota State University, in partnership with six other South Dakota higher education institutions, has developed the South Dakota Jump Start program. This program intends to serve 900 Native American and low-income students, helping them succeed in college by providing an affordable academic “jump start.”
Jan 28, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard And Secretary Bergquist Offer Testimony To Senate EPW Committee
South Dakota Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today to testify on the need for a long-term federal transportation funding bill.
Jan 26, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Names Kim Malsam-Rysdon As Secretary Of Health
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Kim Malsam-Rysdon as Secretary of Health.
Attorney General Marty JackleyDonald and Michael London Indicted by Brule County Grand Jury
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announced today that Donald G. London, 42, Kimball and Michael J. London, 66, Chamberlain, were indicted last week by a Brule County Grand Jury.Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division Touts National Tax Identity Theft Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week begins this week.
Game, Fish and ParksEnjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Visitors to Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre will have the opportunity to learn about the park's winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 13th Annual Eagles and Bagels Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Public SafetyHazard Mitigation Grant Funding Available
PIERRE, S.D – The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management is accepting applications for $1.4 million in federal hazard mitigation grant funding.
TransportationRoad Closure for Box Culvert Work on Spring Valley Road
On Monday, Feb. 2, crews will begin work on the reinforced concrete box culvert on Spring Valley Road near Exit 44 on Interstate 90 at Piedmont.
Jan 24, 2015
HealthMeasles Case Reported In Sioux Falls
An unvaccinated Sioux Falls child under the age of 10 has been reported with measles, the Department of Health said today.
Jan 23, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Reforming Our Juvenile Corrections System
We have much to be proud of in South Dakota. Our state has the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation. We’re among the states with the lowest cost of living.News Tips
The South Dakota Veterans Commission will meet at the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs lower level conference room.
Attorney General Marty JackleyClay County Sheriff’s Office and the Vermillion Police Department to Receive Money for Body Worn Police Cameras
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Vermillion Police Department have been awarded $27,348.60 for body worn police cameras to be used in drug investigations.
Labor and RegulationWhite Paper Reveals Public Benefits of State Regulation
A white paper released by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) highlights the critical value state regulators play in local economic development.
TourismSurvey Markers, Valentines, SDSU Ice Cream at Cultural Heritage Center Feb. 1
Visitors can enjoy making clay survey markers and Valentine decorations on “Museum Activity Day” at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre from 1-4 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 1.Tourism Industry Saw Solid Growth in 2014
The total economic impact of South Dakota’s visitor industry increased in 2014 by 2.64 percent* over 2013.Top Tourism Leaders Recognized by Gov. Daugaard
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.
Jan 22, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyBrookings County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Body Worn Police Cameras
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $5,000 for body worn police cameras to be used in drug investigations.Moody County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Tasers
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Moody County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $6,142.25 for tasers to be used in drug investigations.
Public SafetyGregory County Fatal Crash
Gregory, SD – A Jacksonville, TX man died Wednesday in a rollover crash on SD Highway 47, six miles north of Gregory, SD.
Jan 21, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyHughes County Sheriff’s Office to Receive Money for Tasers
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $5,780.45 for tasers to be used in drug investigations.Delmont Community Watch Group Receives National Award
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to recognize the City of Delmont’s Community Watch Group for their recent National Night Out award from the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
AgricultureSD State Fair Announces 2015 State Fair Theme – Sew it. Grow it. Show it.
HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2015 theme – “Sew It. Grow It. Show It.”
CorrectionsNikolas re-elected Chair of Board of Pardons and Paroles
Kay Nikolas of Sisseton was re-elected to serve as chair of the Board of Pardons and Paroles during the Board’s Jan. 15 meeting. Mark Smith of Pierre was elected to serve as vice-chair.
EducationTwo South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Two South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 4,160 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2014.
Jan 20, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Unveils Juvenile Justice Legislation
Building on the success of earlier reforms to the adult corrections system, Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week unveiled legislation designed to improve outcomes for youth in South Dakota’s juvenile justice system and cut costs.
Game, Fish and ParksNonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds First Meeting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has formed a work group to review and discuss the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota.
TourismTourism Advisory Board Elects Officers
The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has elected new officers for the coming year.
Jan 19, 2015
Public SafetyHanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – A Blackhawk man died Monday in a two vehicle crash on Interstate 90, two miles east of Alexandria, SD.
Jan 18, 2015
CorrectionsInmate back in custody
Inmate Skyler Culp was arrested overnight in Des Moines, IA. He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail.
Public SafetyCharles Mix County Fatal Crash
Platte, SD – A Geddes man died Saturday in a rollover crash on 371st Ave. & 279th St., 3 miles east and 2.5 miles south of Platte, SD.
Jan 16, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association 29th Annual Banquet on Saturday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls.Governor's Column: A Better Road Ahead
This week, I delivered my State of the State address on the opening day of the South Dakota State Legislature. I used a major portion of that address to discuss South Dakota’s roads and bridges.Bureau of Finance and Management Releases Three Long-Term Financial Plans
At the request of Governor Daugaard, the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) has released three long-term financial plans.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Warns of New Designer Drug 25i
Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning college campuses and students of a dangerous synthetic drug surfacing in South Dakota known as 25i or NBOMe.Officer Involved Shooting in Beresford
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley and Beresford Chief of Police confirm that on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at approximately 12:07 p.m., a Beresford Police Officer responded to a call for service at a residence located at 101 N. 13th Street, Beresford.United States Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the same-sex marriage cases.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 Allen D. Locke on December 20, 2014, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Game, Fish and ParksOakwood Lakes State Park to Host Winter Events
Oakwood Lake State Park will host a weekend of winter fun with the Kool Kids’ Klassic Fishing Derby and the Groundhog Day Cross-Country Ski Tour on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, respectively.Funding Available for Trails
South Dakota State Parks Director Doug Hofer announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments.GFP Proposes to Remove State Waterfowl Refuge Status from Cottonwood Lake in Sully County
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is proposing to remove the Cottonwood Lake State Waterfowl Refuge in Sully County.GFP Commission Proposes Aquatic Invasive Species Rules
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several rules to prevent the introduction and slow the spread of existing populations of aquatic invasive species in the state.GFP Commission Adopts Licenses for Special Buck Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted the number of 2015 special buck licenses.GFP Commission Adopts 2015 Hunting Season Dates
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted the dates for all 2015 hunting seasons at their January meeting.GFP Commission Adopts the Use of Hounds when Hunting Mountain Lions outside the Black Hills
GFP Commission adopted a proposal originating from a petition received from the South Dakota Houndsman Association to allow the use of hounds for hunting mountain lions outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentCenturyLink to expand dispatch center in Sioux Falls
CenturyLink, Inc. announced today that it is expanding its dispatch center in Sioux Falls by adding approximately 40 new positions.
Jan 15, 2015
CorrectionsSearch for missing Inmate
Inmate Skyler Culp walked away from Unit C, the minimum-security unit of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary, this evening.
TourismHundreds of Tourism Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Pierre
Next week, Jan. 20-22, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is hosting the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Jan 13, 2015
HealthHealth Department Schedules Measles Vaccination Clinic In Mitchell
There will be a measles vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Davison County North Annex, Community Health Office, 1420 N. Main St. in Mitchell. No appointments are necessary.
TransportationResults of the I-229 Exit 5 (26th Street) Crossroad Corridor Study To Be Presented
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization and the city of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Jan. 14, to inform area residents of the recommendations resulting from the Interstate 229 Exit 5 (26th Street) Crossroad Corridor Study which includes the following roadway corridors:
Jan 12, 2015
Attorney General Marty JackleyFederal Court Rules SD Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, But Stays Order
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota District Court has granted the plaintiffs and denied the State’s motion for summary judgment in the South Dakota case of Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard.
HealthAnother Measles Case Reported In Mitchell
Another measles case has been reported in Mitchell and the Department of Health is warning residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date and to watch for rash and other symptoms.
Public SafetyInjured Highway Patrol Trooper Released from Hospital
PIERRE, S.D – A Highway Patrol trooper injured last week during a standoff in Brule County has been released from the hospital.
Jan 09, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Launch Of The Boards And Commissions Portal
State government should be open and accessible to the people of South Dakota. Throughout my time in office, I have made government transparency a priority.News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be sworn in for his second term as governor and will give his second Inaugural Address.
Attorney General Marty JackleyBRULE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig announce today that Donald London, 42, Kimball, has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and 2 counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Game, Fish and ParksSD State Parks Celebrate Winter with Snowshoe Hikes
The South Dakota State Parks are encouraging folks to get outside and remain active during the winter months.
TourismState Historical Society board approves property tax moratorium applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 19 applications in nine counties for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings. The projects meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.State Historical Society Awards Deadwood Fund Grants
Historic preservation projects in Custer, Dell Rapids, Hot Springs, Pierre, Sioux Falls and Yankton recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society, as announced by Jay D. Vogt, director of the society.
Jan 08, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardMatching Funds Awarded To Communities For Workforce Plans
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded nearly $1 million in matching funds to help communities across the state take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues.Governor Makes Appointments to Board of Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Deb Shephard of Watertown and has reappointed Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis to the South Dakota Board of Education.
Environment and Natural ResourcesGov. Daugaard Announces $7.6 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved more than $7.6 million in grants, loans and principal forgiveness for water and waste projects.
Labor and RegulationDeiter Named State Insurance Director
State Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman announced today Larry Deiter has been named the new director of the Division of Insurance effective immediately.
Public SafetyBrule County Standoff Ends with Subject Surrendering to Law Enforcement
PIERRE, S.D – South Dakota Highway Patrol confirms the standoff at a Brule County residence has ended and the subject has surrendered without incident. The subject, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., had barricaded himself in his residence located at 24732 360th, yesterday afternoon and continued to remain there until 3:15 p.m. this afternoon.Update on Brule County Standoff
PIERRE, S.D. -- Negotiations continued throughout the night in the Brule County standoff. Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., remains barricaded at his residence located at 24732 360th, Ave., in Kimball.
TransportationInterstate 90 Reopened Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 between Exits 32 and 55 in western South Dakota. Motorists are cautioned that snow and strong winds are still creating difficult travel conditions in the area.Interstate 90 Closed Between Exits 32 and 55 Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
State officials have closed Interstate 90 between Exit 32 at Sturgis and Exit 55 west of Rapid City effective immediately on Wednesday afternoon, January 8.
Jan 07, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor Announces Build Dakota Scholarship Board Appointments
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed members to the board that will administer the Build Dakota Scholarship Program, which was announced last month.Inaugural Ticket Sales Close Friday
Those interested in attending the 2015 Inaugural celebration just have a couple days left to purchase tickets.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Joins Bi-Partisan Attorney General Effort to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief, filed by the State of Nebraska in which 25 Bi-Partisan Attorneys General seek to protect Second Amendment rights.State Will Take No Further Action on Tragic Traffic Fatality of July 30, 2000
Today Attorney General Marty J. Jackley and Meade County State’s Attorney Kevin J. Krull announced that, based on additional evidence that has surfaced, the State will take no further action against Oakley Engesser in relation to the tragic traffic fatality of Dorothy Finley.
AgricultureGov. Announces South Dakota Conservation Commission Appointments
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed David Fischbach of Faith, Alan Vedvei of Lake Preston and Thomas Glover of Burke to the State Conservation Commission.
EducationGrants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center, or 21st CCLC, grants are now available.
Public SafetyNegotiations Continue in Brule County Standoff
Negotiations continue in the rural Brule County standoff. The subject, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., and a second individual barricaded themselves at his residence located at 24732 360th Ave., in Kimball, this afternoon.
Jan 06, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard Unveils Boards And Commissions Portal
As part of his mission to streamline government and promote openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Tuesday the launch of a state Boards and Commissions Portal.
AgricultureState Forester Reminds Homeowners to Obtain Their Firewood from In-State Sources
PIERRE, S.D.-The State Forester reminds South Dakota citizens to obtain firewood from trees harvested in South Dakota to prevent transportation of unwanted insects, such as the emerald ash borer (EAB).Gov. Announces New and Reappointed State Brand Board Members
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Myron Williams of Wall and reappointed Bart Blum of Reliance to the State Brand Board. Williams fills the board position vacated by Curt Mortenson of Fort Pierre which expired Jan. 5, 2015. Blum has served on the board since 2004.
Labor and RegulationSouth Dakota Division of Securities Announces New Electronic Filing Depository
The Department of Labor and Regulation’s (DLR) Division of Securities announces the launch of an online Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) to enhance the efficiency of the regulatory filing process.
Public SafetyUnion County Fatal Crash
ALCESTER, S.D. – An Alcester man died Monday in a rollover crash on County Road 13, four miles east of Alcester, S.D.
TourismJob Openings at Interstate Information Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Missouri River Tourism Association are now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at the 10 Information Centers along Interstates 29 and 90.
Jan 05, 2015
AgriculturePrivate Pesticide Applicator Certification Class Schedule Released
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension staff will offer 56 classes for private pesticide applicator certification and recertification beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, across South Dakota.
Game, Fish and ParksSouth Dakota Moves to a Multi-Year Schedule for Setting Hunting Seasons
With the start of the new year, comes the start of a new multi-year season setting schedule for several hunting seasons and regulations in South Dakota.Spearing Now Allowed on SD/MN Border Water Lakes
Spearing of northern pike and catfish is now allowed on all South Dakota/Minnesota border water lakes for anglers possessing a valid South Dakota fishing license and a game fish spearing and archery permit.
Human ServicesSouth Dakota Adds Smart Devices to Telecommunications Equipment Programs
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) has revised its telecommunications programs to make smart devices available to residents with disabilities.
Public SafetyNew Tech Planned for South Dakota 911 System
PIERRE, S.D. – New technology will enhance emergency communications in South Dakota when Next Generation 911 is deployed.
Jan 02, 2015
Governor Dennis DaugaardGovernor's Column: Vaccinating Saves Lives
For those who grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s, measles was almost a childhood rite of passage. Fifty years ago there were half a million cases and 500 deaths reported in the United States every year.News Tips
The Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, will hold its quarterly Core Stakeholders meeting via Digital Dakota Network video conference.
AgricultureCutting and Chunking Deadline for Mountain Pine Beetle Draws Near
PIERRE, S.D.- March 1 is the deadline to kill mountain pine beetles through the cut and chunk method, according to state forest health program specialist Brian Garbisch.
Dec 31, 2014
Labor and RegulationState Banking Division Offers Information on Short-term Loans
If you are considering taking out a short-term loan, make sure you understand who you are doing business with and what kind of loan you are getting.
TourismSouth Dakota Native to be guest Speaker at Cultural Heritage Center
The process of creating historical fiction will be explored at the January meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.
Dec 30, 2014
Game, Fish and ParksGFP Commission Approves Amendment to Custer State Park Resort Contract
SD Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently approved an amendment to the department’s concession agreement with the Custer State Park Resort Company that would lead to $11 million in improvements and additions to facilities within Custer State Park.GFP Seeking New Operator at Oahe Marina near Pierre
According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Oahe Marina and Resort located within Oahe Downstream Recreation Area on upper Lake Sharpe can now begin submitting their proposals.
HealthSouth Dakota Reports Measles Case
An unvaccinated child is South Dakota’s first case of measles since 1997, a state health official announced today. The child is a Davison County resident under the age of 5.
Labor and RegulationUnemployment Insurance Tax Rates Go Down
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, employers will see a reduction in their unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates.
Public SafetySobriety Checkpoints Planned
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol has sobriety checkpoints scheduled in January in the following counties: Beadle, Brown, Brule, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Hughes, Hutchinson, Lincoln, Lyman, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts and Yankton.
Dec 29, 2014
Governor Dennis DaugaardGov. Daugaard To Appoint John Bastian To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint John W. Bastian, of Belle Fourche, to the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Attorney General Marty JackleySouth Dakota Supreme Court holds the 2012 Legislature’s Repeal of Certain Alcohol Laws
Attorney General Marty J. Jackley announces that a unanimous South Dakota Supreme Court has held that the 2012 Legislature’s repeal of certain alcohol related statutes did not repeal South Dakota’s DUI criminal laws.
AgricultureCoordinated Natural Resources Conservation Grants Awarded
PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty-nine grant projects benefitting South Dakota’s natural resources were recently approved by the State Conservation Commission. The funds were awarded to 20 conservation districts that applied for funding through the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Fund. The Fund is administered by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) on behalf of the State Conservation Commission.
Dec 27, 2014
Public SafetyCorson County Fatal Crash
ISABEL, S.D. – An Isabel man died in a two vehicle crash approximately 15 miles north of Isabel on December 26.Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. – A Philip man died in a head-on crash Friday, on U.S. Highway 14, ten miles east of Philip.Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A Marion man and woman died in a rollover crash on Friday December 26, four miles west of Marion.
Dec 26, 2014
Public SafetyAurora County Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian
PLANKINTON, S.D. – A Plankinton man died Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 281, two miles east of Plankinton.
Dec 24, 2014
Governor Dennis DaugaardNews Tips
Benefits Specialists from the Department of Social Services, Division of Economic Assistance, will be available at the following itinerant offices.
HealthHutchinson County Resident South Dakota’s First Flu Death Of Season
A Hutchinson County resident in the 80-89 age group is South Dakota’s first influenza death of the 2014-2015 season, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.
Dec 23, 2014
Governor Dennis DaugaardFinal Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 27
PIERRE, S.D. – The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Saturday of this week.Kelly Hepler Selected As GFP Secretary
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he has selected Kelly Hepler to serve as the next secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).Governor's Column: Investing In Rail
South Dakota has long recognized rail as a significant component of our state’s transportation system. South Dakota exports most of the grain we produce, and our farmers, ranchers and processing facilities rely almost entirely on railroads to move agricultural products out of state.
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Announces $90 Million Cramming Settlement with T-Mobile
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that South Dakota and 49 States and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission reached settlements with T-Mobile USA, Inc. that include at least $90 million in payments, and that resolve allegations that T-Mobile placed charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills that were not authorized by the consumer, a practice known as “mobile cramming.”
Game, Fish and ParksBlack Hills Snowmobile Trails Ready for Holiday Weekend
A white Christmas is not only pretty, it also makes for great snowmobiling. More than 12-15 inches of snow fell in parts of the Black Hills overnight, granting many snowmobile enthusiasts their holiday wishes.Grant Funding to Aide in Youth Conservation Education
Learning about the outdoors and conservation are important experiences for youth. To help make that happen, a fund established in honor of a family that is well-known to the outdoor community will again be awarding grants in 2015.NEW: Gray Wolf an Endangered Species throughout South Dakota
Following a legal decision in federal court, the gray wolf is again an endangered species throughout South Dakota.
HealthMulti-state Outbreak Linked To Commercial Caramel Apples
The CDC recommends that U.S. consumers do not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples as the result of a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis.
Public SafetyHoliday Cooking Fires a Higher Risk during Holidays
PIERRE, S.D. – With extra time being spent in the kitchen during the holidays, homes are at a higher risk for cooking fires.
Dec 22, 2014
Attorney General Marty JackleyAttorney General Marty Jackley’s 2015 Legislative Package
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the Attorney General’s proposed legislative package for 2015 will include a request that our Legislature consider the following:
AgricultureSD Farm Bureau and County Farm Bureau Chapters Contribute Funds for State Fairgrounds’ New Exhibit Hall
HURON, S.D.-The South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation (SDFB) and county Farm Bureau Chapters have provided a total of $35,000 toward the South Dakota State Fair Foundation for its new exhibit hall.
CorrectionsInmates, DOC Staff Members In Holiday Spirit
State prison inmates and staff members from the Department of Corrections are once again helping to make the holiday season brighter for others.
Game, Fish and ParksGFP 2014 Distinguished Service Award Announced
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has awarded Eric Krebs with the Division of Wildlife’s highest honor, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.Youth Goose Hunt to Be Held in Pierre
The 25th Annual Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt will be in Pierre on Jan. 16-18, 2015. An informational meeting will be held on Jan. 16, 2015, at the Pierre Best Western Ramkota at 7 p.m. CST.Deer Hunting Season to Reopen
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds hunters that the East River and West River deer hunting seasons reopen to antlerless only tags beginning Dec. 27, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015. The season will not reopen in many deer hunting units where no antlerless tags were issued.2015 Mountain Lion Hunting Season Opens in the Black Hills on Dec. 26
The 2015 South Dakota mountain lion hunting season opens on Dec. 26, 2014, in the Black Hills Fire Protection District. The season will conclude on March 31, 2015, or if either the harvest limit of 75 total mountain lions, or 50 female lions, is reached prior to that date.
Public SafetyBon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – An Avon, S.D., woman died on Sunday in a two vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 37, six miles south of Tyndall.
Social ServicesSouth Dakota Ranked Number One in Aiding Medicare Beneficiaries
South Dakota’s overall Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) performance measures score ranked first out of 54 states and territories for the period of Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014.
TransportationWinter Storm May Create Difficult Driving Conditions in the Black Hills
State Transportation and Public Safety officials are cautioning travelers that additional snowfall amounts of 10 or more inches are expected in the northern Black Hills through mid-morning on Tuesday.