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Family Support Council Meeting
The South Dakota Family Support Council will be holding a meeting in Rapid City.

Flood Information Found on State Emergency Response Website
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans dealing with flood preparation and response can find information about this and other emergency situations on the state government website – SDResponse.gov.

Highway 37 Project Public Information Meeting in Springfield
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Foothills Contracting, Inc. of Webster, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Highway 37 project on Tuesday, April 2.

Property tax assessment freeze program deadline approaching
Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1 to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program.

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s March Column – A Home for our Heroes
South Dakota’s legacy of providing her senior veterans a place of comfort and peace in return for their service dates back to 1889, when the South Dakota Soldiers Home was created in Hot Springs. In 2016, we opened the doors to a new state-of-the-art veterans home.


Noem Approves Enhanced Concealed Carry in State Capitol
Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB115, a bill to allow individuals with an enhanced concealed carry permits to bring firearms into the South Dakota State Capitol building.

Limited Availability at Yankton Job Service
The Yankton Job Service office is undergoing renovations starting Wednesday, March 27 and concluding Friday, April 5.

Hughes County Fatal Crash
BLUNT, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon east of Blunt.


Noem Encourages Residents of Big Sioux River Valley to Prepare for Flooding
Governor Kristi Noem today encouraged people living in the Big Sioux River Valley in eastern South Dakota to start preparing for record flooding.

State Prison Inmate Cynthia Thompson Dies
Thompson reported feeling ill at the Women’s Prison in Pierre overnight. She was air lifted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where she died March 18.

Board adopts new school library and world languages content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards at its meeting today.

Statewide Independent Living Council Meeting
The South Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council will hold their quarterly meeting in Rapid City on Wednesday, April 3.

Spring Load Restriction Release #3
Effective at 10 a.m. MDT, March 20, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Spring Load Restriction Release #2
Effective at 9 a.m. CDT, March 19, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Noem Signs Emergency Declaration
Governor Kristi Noem today signed an emergency declaration that allows the use of additional state funds for South Dakota counties impacted by this week’s blizzard and flood.

Governor's Weekly Column: Addressing the Nursing Home Crisis
Mobridge. Madison. Tripp. Rapid City. Bryant. Rosholt. Huron. Watertown. The common thread between these communities? Nursing home closures. In all, 10 nursing home facilities around our state have closed their doors in recent years.

Noem Signs Emergency Declaration
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem today signed an emergency declaration that allows the use of additional state funds for South Dakota counties impacted by this week’s blizzard and flood.

Interstate 90 Now Completely Open Significant Flooding Continues
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials say Interstate 90 is now completely open, with the last stretch from Wall to Chamberlain opened at 10 a.m. CDT, both east and westbound lanes.

Spring Load Restriction Release #1
Effective at 10 a.m. CDT, March 18, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


Noem Orders Opening of Emergency Operations Center, Preparing Emergency Declaration
Governor Kristi Noem today ordered the opening of the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Pierre to help coordinate the state’s response to ongoing blizzard and flood conditions and announced that the state is preparing an emergency declaration.

Noem Signs Bill to Increase Hospital Billing Accountability
Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB70, a bill to increase accountability and fairness in medical billing practices.

Some state government offices to open Friday morning, rest at noon
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered that state government offices open Friday morning at the regular time in 17 South Dakota counties while offices in the other counties will open at noon

Governor Orders Closure of ALL State Government Offices In South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the closure of state government offices in all South Dakota counties Thursday (today) due to the snowstorm and flooding that continue to impact the state.

I-90 Opening From Wyoming Border to Rapid City
Officials are opening the closed portion of Interstate 90 between Rapid City and the Wyoming border at 9 a.m. MDT (10 a.m. CDT).


Governor Orders Closure of State Government Offices In 49 Counties For Thursday Due to Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the closure of state government offices in 49 South Dakota counties for Thursday due to the snowstorm and flooding that continue to impact the state.

Interstate 90 Closed From Wall to Chamberlain
PIERRE, S.D. – Interstate 90 is closed effective immediately from Wall to Chamberlain, both east and westbound lanes.

Governor Closes State Government Offices In 39 Counties Due to Weather Conditions
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered the closure of state government offices in 39 central and western counties for today (Wednesday) due to expected severe winter weather conditions.

Significant Flooding Causing Hazardous Travel
Officials are advising motorists that heavy rains throughout the day have caused significant flooding in southeast and south central parts of the state, mostly south of I-90. There is also flooding east of Sioux Falls/I-29. Many roads are closed or have a No Travel Advised status.

Interstate 90 Closing at 4 p.m. MDT between Wall and the Wyoming Border
Interstate 90 Closing between Wall and the Wyoming Border, both east and westbound lanes, at 4 p.m. MDT (5 p.m. CDT).


Noem Accepting Applications for Summer Interns
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office summer internship program.

Funds Available for Specialty Crop Advancement
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces that funds are available for Specialty Crop Block Grants.

Learn about experiences of women on westward journey at Cultural Heritage Center program
Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre by attending a program featuring women’s experiences on the journey westward. Molly Rozum, an associate professor of history at the University of South Dakota, will share insights into the women who took part in the trek west at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, March 26.


Noem Approves Bill Allowing Schools to Carry Opioid Antidotes
Governor Kristi Noem today signed SB84, a bill that allows trained staff at schools to administer opioid antidotes in case of an overdose.

Noem Vetoes Industrial Hemp Legislation
Governor Kristi Noem today vetoed HB1191 and sent the following message to the South Dakota House of Representatives:

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
Grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program will be accepted from March 11 to April 26, 2019.

State Officials Urge Public to Prepare Now for Major Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota state government officials urge citizens to make preparations now, which includes adjusting travel plans, for a late-winter storm this week that will cover most of the state with several inches of snow, high winds and freezing rain.

Name Released in Feb. 21 Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Tea, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Feb. 21 north of Sioux Falls.

Name Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – A Garretson, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash last Tuesday night west of Brandon.

Highway 34 Project Public Information Meeting in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the city of Madison and D & G Concrete Construction, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Highway 34 project on Monday, March 18.


I-29 Open - Travel Caution for roadways in the NE
Officials are opening the closed portion of Interstate 29 from Watertown to the North Dakota border at 9:30 a.m. today (Sunday).

I-90 Has Reopened – Travel Caution I-29 Remains Closed
Officials are opening Interstate 90 effective at 7 a.m. this morning (Sunday) between Wall and Mitchell. Interstate 29 remains closed from Watertown to the North Dakota border as winds are still high and causing heavy drifting in the northeast part of the state. Please do not anticipate the reopening of I-29 and park on the Interstate. This creates a traffic hazard for DOT crews working to clear the roadway as well as other motorists.


I-29 closed Watertown to ND Border I-90 Closed Mitchell to Wall
Interstate 29 is closed effective immediately from the North Dakota border to Watertown, both north and southbound lanes. Interstate 90 is closed from Wall to Mitchell effective immediately, both east and westbound lanes. While visibility is improving west river, there are limited accommodations east of Wall.


Noem Signs Reporter Shield Law
Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed the Reporter Shield Law, a bill that protects journalists from revealing privileged sources and information.

Governor's Column: Protecting Our Free Press
One of South Dakota’s greatest resources is the hometown newspaper. Local newspapers, television stations, and other media sources like these play an instrumental role in keeping communities strong and informed. And honest reporting can be a valuable tool in upholding the integrity of government entities.

State Historical Society puts list of early automobile licenses, auto dealers online
The State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society recently added to its website searchable indexes to motor vehicle licenses issued from 1905-1911 and automobile dealer licenses issued from 1913-1919.

Board of VR Holding Quarterly Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) will hold their quarterly meeting in Brookings on Wednesday, March 27.

East Boulevard Construction to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says road construction will begin on East Boulevard in Rapid City on Monday, March 11, 2019.


Noem Statement on the Passage of Pipeline Legislative Package
Governor Kristi Noem released the following statement after the House and Senate passed her pipeline legislative package, SB189 and SB190:

Change Clocks – and Smoke Alarm Batteries – This Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – When changing clocks this weekend, the Department of Public Safety urges South Dakotans to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

South Dakota Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 112 businesses and organizations across 37 communities in South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.


10 Facts About Governor Noem’s Pipeline Package
Today, the Joint Committee on Appropriations held a hearing on Governor Noem’s pipeline package. Here are ten facts about the set of bills, SB189 and SB190.

Movement of Firewood Outside of Quarantine Area Prohibited
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and the City of Sioux Falls want to remind people that hardwood firewood cannot be moved outside of the established quarantine area.

Cultural Heritage Center to host book talk/signing about Jewish family
The history of five generations of a Jewish family who settled in the Midwest will be told March 11 during a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed March Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday night west of Brandon.


Noem Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Governor Kristi Noem is seeking nominations for the 2019 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Noem Approves Legislation To Fight Sex Trafficking, Streamline Adult Adoption
Governor Kristi Noem today finalized two pro-family bills.

“Click and go” access to high-quality e-resources now available
South Dakota students, educators, researchers and others now have easy “click and go” access anywhere within state boundaries to high-quality electronic resources provided by the State Library to school and public libraries and all citizens statewide.

History Day projects to be displayed at Cultural Heritage Center
History Day projects created by seventh and eighth grade history students at Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre will be on display Tuesday, March 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

DENR to Host 31st Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
The 31st Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 12-13 at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.

Adult Nutrition Month
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed March Adult Nutrition Month (ANM) in South Dakota.

Highway 18 Reconstruction to Resume
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials advise the reconstruction of Highway 18 between highways 81 and 19 will resume on March 11, 2019.


Noem Introduces Pipeline Legislative Package
Governor Kristi Noem today proposed two bills for pipeline construction. “The legislative package introduced today will help ensure the Keystone XL pipeline and other future pipeline projects are built in a safe and efficient manner while protecting our state and counties from extraordinary law enforcement costs in the event of riots,” said Noem.

Board of SBVI Holding Quarterly Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired will hold their quarterly meeting in Fort Pierre on Friday, March 22.

Owner-occupied property tax relief deadline approaching
Homeowners have until March 15 to apply for property tax relief through South Dakota’s owner-occupied program.

Regents Applaud USD President on Free Speech Action
Board of Regents’ President Kevin V. Schieffer today commended Sheila Gestring, president of the University of South Dakota, for her prompt and decisive action over the weekend to investigate whether the Board of Regents’ new Freedom of Expression policy was violated in connection with a “Hawaiian Day” event at the USD School of Law.


Governor's Column: Making South Dakota an Example to the Nation
South Dakota is a small state in terms of population and GDP, but we’re nimble. We have a responsive state government that does more with less. This set of characteristics allows us to take innovative approaches when it comes to issues like economic growth, meth, or dealing with the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Name Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – A 20-year-old woman from Alexandria, S.D. has been identified as the person who died early Tuesday in a one-vehicle rollover crash north of that town.


Noem Selects Seventh Circuit Judge
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Joshua Hendrickson will serve as judge for South Dakota’s Seventh Judicial Circuit.

DPS Announces March Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has scheduled 25 sobriety checkpoints in 19 counties statewide during the month of March.

Funding Available to Support Training and Education Events for Professionals Around Opioid Abuse/Misuse in South Dakota
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will be providing funding to support education or training to professionals in combatting the opioid epidemic.


Noem to Permanently Display Tribal Flags in the Capitol Rotunda
Governor Kristi Noem today announced her plan to permanently display the flags of South Dakota’s nine tribal nations in the State Capitol rotunda.


Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – A 20-year-old female died early Tuesday in a one-vehicle rollover crash north of Alexandria.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
HUMBOLDT, S.D. – A Madison, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Humboldt.


Noem Urges HHS Secretary Azar to Address Meth Epidemic
In a meeting with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Sunday, Governor Kristi Noem urged the administration to help address South Dakota’s rising meth epidemic.

State Capitol Hosts Student Researchers Thursday
South Dakota colleges and universities will send 14 outstanding undergraduate student researchers to the State Capitol this week to share their research work with lawmakers and the public.


Wind Continues to Make Travel Difficult in the Northeast
Officials are cautioning travelers the strong winds in the northeastern part of the state are not expected to decrease until later this evening and motorists are asked to stay off highways in that area.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
HUMBOLDT, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Humboldt.


Governor's Column: Every Child Deserves a Home
Foster care is an issue I’ve cared about for a long time. Growing up, I had a foster brother who made a big impact on my family and taught my siblings and me a different kind of love, compassion, and strength I don’t know if I would have otherwise understood.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One woman died early Thursday in a one-vehicle crash north of Sioux Falls.

New Training Opportunity for Veterans!
Launching in April of 2019, the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses program (VET TEC), piloted by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, will help veterans in advancing their IT careers.


Noem Approves Grant for New SDSBVI Project
Governor Kristi Noem today awarded a $2.5 million state grant for the construction of the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI), part of the school’s joint Educational Impact Campaign with Northern State University (NSU).

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

GOED Launches New Interactive Website
PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s website – www.sdreadytowork.com - has a new look. The new site boasts plenty of fresh photography and videography, testimonials and success stories and a new, easy-to-use interactive finance tool.


Noem Signs Six Bills Into Law
Governor Kristi Noem signed the following pieces of legislation today

State Historical Society makes more issues of historical newspapers available online
Several more South Dakota newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers available to the public, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Highway Patrol Women’s Recruiting Seminars This Week in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol this week holds recruiting seminars for women in three different South Dakota cities.