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Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 29-year-old woman has died in a one-vehicle fatal crash that happened sometime early Sunday east of Mitchell.


Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a trike motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday in Box Elder.


Governor's Column: Bringing Our Alcohol Laws To The 21st Century
When I speak with business prospects, I often praise our common sense regulatory environment. I emphasize that we don’t place unnecessary hurdles before our citizens or entrepreneurs in South Dakota. Success is allowed here and government doesn’t get in the way.

Governor's Column: Bringing Our Alcohol Laws To The 21st Century
When I speak with business prospects, I often praise our common sense regulatory environment. I emphasize that we don’t place unnecessary hurdles before our citizens or entrepreneurs in South Dakota. Success is allowed here and government doesn’t get in the way.


GFP Commission Finalizes Fish Harvest Restrictions on Reetz Lake
As part of an access agreement with the landowners of Reetz Lake, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission agreed to change fish harvest restrictions on the non-meandered water body.

2018 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 fall turkey hunting season, offering 355 fewer prairie unit licenses and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses.

GFP Commission Changed Several State Refuges and Boating Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to refuges and seasonal no boating areas to focus on increasing recreational opportunities and simplifying regulations to make it easier for sportsmen and women to participate in the outdoors in these areas.

GFP Eases Archery Equipment Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed several archery equipment restrictions at their July meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Seasonal Boating on Indian Springs in Clark County
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to a Clark county water body, Indian Springs, regarding its seasonal boating restrictions.

GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Drawing Structure for Deer Hunting Licenses
A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposal would require deer hunters to choose among six deer hunting seasons in the first draw period for deer hunting licenses.

State Emergency Management Office Honored for GIS Innovation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been recognized for its use of Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques in emergency management efforts.


South Dakota receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2016.

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, trail groups and state parks totaling over $1.1 million.

Americans with Disabilities Act Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day in South Dakota.

Name Released in Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A Sturgis, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.


Spirographs featured at Family Fun Day July 14 at Cultural Heritage Center
Circles in circles and round and round – do you remember using a Spirograph? Come to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre for Family Fun Saturday July 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT and give a Spirograph a spin.

Federal Avenue To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says access to Federal Avenue from West Chicago Street will close on July 11, to allow grading and storm sewer work on Federal Avenue.


Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A 55-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.


Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Names have been released of the five people who died early Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Yankton.


Lt. Governor's Column: SD National Guard Leading The Nation
One of the greatest honors of serving as lieutenant governor is getting to work with the South Dakota National Guard. Our Guard members are some of the most dedicated, capable and reliable men and women I know. Under Adjutant General Tim Reisch's leadership, we have an exceptional group of soldiers and airmen serving our nation and state.

Third Person Dies From Injuries Sustained in Grant County Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A third person has now died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred June 18, 2018 north of Milbank.


Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an emerald ash borer (EAB) informational forum on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. MDT at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus West located at 4130 Adventure Trail in Rapid City, SD.

Department of Revenue publishes Tax Increment Financing annual report
The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s inaugural Tax Increment Financing (TIF) annual report is now available online.


Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Five people died and another person was seriously injured early Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash east of Yankton.


President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Annapolis Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Annapolis, Maryland, last week.

South Dakota Historical Society Foundation seeks Western collectibles
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is seeking Western collectibles for an auction that will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 14, during the Dakota Western Heritage Festival at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre.

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.

Record Number of Fingerlings Stocked from Blue Dog State Hatchery
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), consistent warm weather led to the high survival of newly-hatched fish at Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery near Waubay.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Spring Creek Resort Concession Operator
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Spring Creek Resort can now submit proposals.

Motorized Boats Allowed on Swan Lake in Turner County Again
Effective July 4 at 8 a.m. CT, the temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county will be lifted as flood waters on the lake have continued to recede.

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An 86-year-old Aberdeen man has died from injuries sustained in a June 23, 2018 crash west of Aberdeen.

Four-Way Stop at West Chicago Street Intersection
RAPID CITY, S.D. – On July 5, the left turn lanes on Sturgis Road will temporarily close for grading and concrete work near the center of the intersection.

Highway 212 Construction Thru Henry To Begin
Webster Scale, Inc, a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will begin reconstruction of Highway 212 thru Henry on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Highway 19 Open From Highway 46 Intersection to 301st Street
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 19 is now open from the Highway 46 intersection south to 301ST Street.

Old Cronies Support Veterans at State Veterans Home
Veterans at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home (MJFSVH) received a boost to their activities fund from the Old Cronies Motor Cycle Club.


Roger Scheibe Receives 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Roger Scheibe of Brookings has been named the 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Fish Kill on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes, Pit Available for Homeowners to Discard Dead Fish
he South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department has received several reports of dead fish from lake shore home owners, anglers and boaters on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes near Watertown.

Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming Until Further Notice
The swimming beach at Lake Alvin Recreation Area near Harrisburg is currently closed following routine testing that showed unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.

Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – An Edgemont, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday, June 28, in a two-vehicle crash west of Custer.

Highway 46 Open In Clay County
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 46 is now open from 19A intersection to Frog Creek Road. This means that Highway 46 is now open from Interstate 29 to Highway 81. Flood waters have receded, but motorists are advised to drive with caution thru this area due to water next to the shoulder of the highway.


South Dakota Department of Tourism to host monumental celebration in Chicago
In an effort to continually market South Dakota as a travel destination and bring awareness to the state’s tourism offerings, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is bringing a scale model of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and a taste of South Dakota to Chicago.


Governor's Column: Finding Enjoyable, Well-Paying Work
Work is an important part of personal fulfillment. True, most of us work because we must – to provide for ourselves and our families – but a job nevertheless gives us purpose. And when it’s work we enjoy that pays enough, well, that’s the goal.

SD Retirement System Receives National Recognition
The Society of Actuaries has selected the South Dakota Retirement System as a winning Retirement 20/20 Model, awarding the state with a $10,000 prize.

News Tips
The South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council Board will be holding a meeting via conference call on Monday, July 2.

High Water Impacts Boating, Swimming Facilities on Lake Francis Case
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), rising water on Lake Francis Case is impacting facilities in state parks and recreation areas along the Missouri River.

State Officials Urge Safety During July 4th Celebration
PIERRE, S.D. – No matter how they celebrate the Fourth of July this year, South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials encourage people to also remember to be safe.

Find the key, unlock the message.
Documenting veteran’s stories is a way to archive our history, but it is also a great way to develop an appreciation for their experiences. It shows how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.


Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $10.484 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $10.484 million for water, wastewater and solid waste projects.

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A 73-year-old woman died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash west of Custer.

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

Nutritional Supplement Manufacturing Company in Woonsocket Approved for REDI Fund Loan
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Newly formed entity, Dak Pak, LLC, was approved earlier this month by the Board of Economic Development for a $1.08 million REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan.

Gov. Daugaard Awards Seven Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $3.1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to seven projects throughout South Dakota.


State Parks Remind Visitors of Firewood Restrictions
With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors about firewood restrictions in South Dakota state parks.

Remember Food Safety During Summer Months
Keep the unwelcome guest of foodborne illness from making an appearance at family reunions or summer gatherings with some simple food safety tips.

ReliaMax Surety Company Placed in Liquidation
The South Dakota Division of Insurance petitioned the Hughes County Circuit Court on June 12, 2018, to place ReliaMax Surety Company into liquidation due to insolvency. Judge Patricia J. DeVaney approved the petition today.

DOT Re-Opens SD Highway 11 At Splitrock Creek
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have re-opened South Dakota Highway 11 at Splitrock Creek south of Brandon.

DPS Announces July Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be done in 22 counties during the month of July, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

SD Highway 46 Closed At Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 46 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on the roadway.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Winner Area
WINNER, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Winner Area beginning Monday, June 25.

Academic Offerings Respond to State Workforce Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from four public universities to meet emerging workforce trends across the state.

Regents Elect New Slate of Officers
After the resignation earlier this month of their presiding officer, members of the South Dakota Board of Regents reorganized Wednesday to elect new officers.


14 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 14 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 24 existing grant recipients to serve a combined total of 54 sites statewide.

No Motorized Boats on Swan Lake Effective Immediately
Due to flood waters impacting homes and property, a temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county, southwest of Sioux Falls, is effective immediately.

Fire Marshal Urges Safety in Using Fireworks
PIERRE, S.D. – Even though there has been more rain this month in parts of South Dakota, the state’s Fire Marshal is reminding people still to be careful with fireworks as they prepare for the July Fourth holiday.

DOT Closes SD Highway 11 At Splitrock Creek
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have closed South Dakota Highway 11 at Splitrock Creek south of Brandon.

SD Highway 50 Now Open at Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 50 is now open at the Iowa state line by Richland SD.

Department of Revenue taking next steps after U.S. Supreme Court decision
Following the United States Supreme Court’s historic decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the South Dakota Department of Revenue is taking the next steps in implementing 2016’s remote seller taxation law.


Western Governors Release Workforce Report
The Western Governors’ Association released its report on workforce development today detailing steps states can take to address the skills gap.

DENR Monitoring Doon, Iowa Crude Oil Spill
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is monitoring a crude oil spill that occurred 20 miles east of Canton on Friday south of Doon, Iowa.

Celebrate a Traditional Independence Day at Historic Fort Sisseton
Fort Sisseton State Park will be hosting its Independence Day commemoration in classic style on June 30, at 1 p.m. CDT.

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

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

CRP Enrollments Accepted through Aug. 17
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced signup opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are taking applications for enrollment into certain continuous CRP practices through Aug. 17.

Youth Deer Hunting Season Changes to Apprentice Deer Hunting Season
Deer hunters in South Dakota will notice a name change when purchasing a youth deer hunting license this fall.

SD Highway 46 Now Open at the Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 46 is now open at the Iowa state line by Haywarden Iowa.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 387 (Western Avenue - Hartford) Interchange Study
COLMAN, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Hartford, will hold a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the Hartford Area Fire & Rescue Station, (305 South Street) to inform area residents of the beginning of the study and introduce and begin receiving public input on the environmental study for the I-90 Exit 387 (Western Avenue - Hartford) Interchange.


Inmate Jeffery Quick Bear Dies
Inmate Jeffery Quick Bear, age 46, passed away in a Sioux Falls hospital June 22 from complications following surgery.

SD Highway 50 Closed At Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 50 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on the roadway.

SD Highway 48 Closed At Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say SD Highway 48 is now closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on the roadway.


Governor's Column: A Win For States' Rights
It’s been a historic week for South Dakota. On Thursday, June 21, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling in our favor 5-4.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host the Western Governors’ Annual Meeting in Rapid City. Members of the media are invited to attend a press conference with the governors on Monday, June 25, at 12:30 p.m. MDT at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza, as well as the workforce development initiative panel and other portions of the meeting.

Highway Patrol Hosts Seventh Annual Youth Trooper Academy June 25-29
PIERRE, S.D. – A different type of summer experience is on tap next week for 24 South Dakota high schools students.

SD Highway 46 Closed at Iowa State Line
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say SD Highway 46 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on roadway.

SD Highway 19 Closed 3.5 miles south of SD Highway 46
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say SD Highway 19 is closed 3.5 miles south of SD Highway 46 or 16.5 miles north of Vermillion because of flooding on the roadway.

Names Released In Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – Two people from Big Stone City, S.D., have been identified as the two people who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon north of Milbank.

SD Highway 46 Closed at Iowa State Line
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 46 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on roadway.

SD Highway 19 Closed 3.5 miles south of SD Highway 46
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 19 is closed 3.5 miles south of Highway 46 or 16.5 miles north of Vermillion because of flooding on roadway.

West Rapid Street Closed at West Chicago Street
RAPID CITY, S.D. – On June 25, access to West Rapid Street from West Chicago Street will close to allow work to begin on the new water main.


U.S. Supreme Court Rules In South Dakota’s Favor
The United States Supreme Court this morning announced its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling in the state’s favor, 5-4, in a decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

South Dakota Fire Departments Awarded Almost $250,000 in Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division has awarded almost $250,000 in grant funds to volunteer fire departments across the state for the state's 2018 fiscal year.

Petition Filed to Place ReliaMax Surety Company in Liquidation
The South Dakota Division of Insurance petitioned the Hughes County Circuit Court on June 12, 2018, to place ReliaMax Surety Company into liquidation due to insolvency.

DOT Closes Bridge Over Splitrock Creek Traffic Rerouted on SD Highway 11
PIERRE, S.D. – Flooding has forced the closure of the bridge over Splitrock Creek on South Dakota Highway 11 south of Brandon

I-90 Closed Inside Minnesota State Line Detour Being Used for Eastbound I-90 Traffic
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 90 seven miles inside the Minnesota state line because of flooding on roadways.

I-90 Re-opens Inside Minnesota State Line Motorists Urged to Use Caution in Flooded Areas
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials are urging motorists in parts of South Dakota to be watchful of flooded roadways.


State Historical Society awards six historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Brookings, Central City, Freeman, Redfield, Sisseton and Yankton have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,767 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

New South Dakota specialty license plates available July 1
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will begin offering new personalized rear only, woman veteran and original historical motorcycle specialty license plate options to qualifying applicants July 1.

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 27, 2018, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.


Gov. Daugaard To Appoint David Mickelson To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint David Mickelson of Sioux Falls to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – Two people died and another was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon north of Milbank.


First Lady Invites Families To Oahe Days Book Walk
First Lady Linda Daugaard is inviting children to participate in a book walk at Steamboat Park on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT. The book walk will be part of the Oahe Days Arts and Music Festival.

Come “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds
Whether you want to “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fair or wrangle in some memories at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR), the State Fair Park is the place for you and your family this summer.

State Prison Inmate Robbie Thennis Dies
Robbie Thennis, age 63, died in a comfort care setting at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield June 18 following an illness.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Pierre Area
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Pierre area beginning Tuesday, June 19.

Postpone: I-90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation, Heavy Constructors, Inc., and the city of Spearfish will be postponing the celebration or ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the Interstate 90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction project until July 11, 2018 due to weather forecast for Wednesday.


Governor's Column: SD's Strong Foundation
This month marks the 110th anniversary of the laying of the State Capitol cornerstone. The four-foot by four-foot Ortonville granite cube, which features an engraving of the State Seal on the south side, was laid in a Masonic ceremony on June 25, 1908, two years before workmen completed the building.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For Spring Flooding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help three northern South Dakota counties recover from spring flooding that did more than $3.1 million in damage to public property.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR with Zach Nelson.

New Weekly Schedules Announced For Driver Exam Stations in Vermillion, Yankton
PIERRE, S.D. – Schedule changes have been announced for the South Dakota Driver License exam stations in Vermillion and Yankton.

Two-way Traffic Begins on I-29
WATERTOWN, S.D. – Traffic on Interstate 29 between the Peever Exit (Exit 224) and North of Sisseton (MRM 239) will change to two-way traffic starting Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Culvert Repairs & Asphalt Resurfacing
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Crews will begin repairing culverts on Highway 85 between the junction of Kinghorn Road in Butte County and the junction of Old Highway 85, beginning the week of June 18, 2018.