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Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Roger Hunt
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Monday, Nov. 19, to honor the life of former state legislator Roger Hunt.

Labor Department Provides Businesses $510,000 to Expand Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has provided $510,000 in incentive funding to help businesses expand the number of pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota.

State Veterans Home Achieves LEED Certification
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has achieved LEED Silver certification for the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs


Burn Permits Open within the Black Hills Fire Protection District
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is now issuing burn permits within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District for the winter burning season.

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
CUSTER, S.D. – The 2018 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 330 head will be available for sale.

BAE Systems: Missile Canisters for the U.S. Navy, produced in Aberdeen
In Aberdeen, S.D., manufacturing maintains a steady pulse within the local economy. There's MFG, a producer of wind turbines, 3M, a manufacturer of allergen defense filters, and Hub City, Inc., who just celebrated 125 years of business, that produces...


Governor's Statement on the Passing of Former House Speaker Roger Hunt
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement on the death of former House Speaker Roger Hunt, who passed away last night:


Governor-elect Noem Announces Transition Team
Governor-elect Kristi Noem and Lieutenant Governor-elect Larry Rhoden today announced the membership of their transition team.

Governor's Column: On Veterans Day, We Recognize Commitment and Courage
When I was a young boy, sometimes on trips to town I would see an old soldier or sailor on the street. The Korean War was still fresh in our minds, and World War II as well. The veterans I spotted didn’t go out of their way to be noticed. Folks around town just knew who they were and what they had done. They were some of my boyhood heroes, and on Veterans Day, the whole town turned out to recognize them.

News Tips For November 10 – 16, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 8 a.m. CDT, Pierre – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2018 Bureau of Human Resources (BHR) Leadership Conference, Ramkota, Pierre.

Department of Revenue’s remittance center changing locations
The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s remittance center will move its operations to Pierre in early December.


Flags Half-Staff For Thousand Oaks Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, November 7.

Registered Apprenticeship Week Recognized
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Nov. 12-18 as Registered Apprenticeship Week in South Dakota.

PRESIDENT TO PARDON SOUTH DAKOTA TURKEYS
For the first time ever, the President of the United States will pardon two turkeys that were raised in South Dakota, and the public has a chance to name them.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For John Timmer
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 10, to honor the life of former state legislator John Timmer.

Governor’s Statement on Gubernatorial Election Results
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to South Dakota’s gubernatorial election results:


Governor's Statement on United States Congressional Election Results
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to the United States congressional election results:

Governor's Column: Stopping the Flu Starts With You
As my term comes to a close, Linda and I have been planning for our future outside the Governor’s office. One of the things we are most looking forward to is spending more time with friends, family and loved ones. In addition to planning for our financial future, we’ve also been taking steps to ensure we’re taking care of our health, including getting our annual flu vaccination.

Free Assistance During Medicare Open Enrollment Still Available
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program would like to remind all Medicare beneficiaries there is still time to receive free assistance during the Medicare open enrollment period.


DENR Accepting Applications for EPA Clean Diesel Grant Program
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications for the EPA Clean Diesel Grant Program.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
RENNER, S.D. – Names have officially been released of the two people who died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash north of Renner

Department of Transportation & City of Aberdeen Seek Public Input into Aberdeen Recreational Trails Plan Update Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the City of Aberdeen, will hold a public open house as part of the Aberdeen Recreational Trails Plan Update study.

Valley Springs Rest Area Closed For Construction Port of Entry Remains Open
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the Interstate 90 Valley Springs rest area near the Minnesota border on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, for the reconstruction of the rest area, welcome center and port of entry. The port of entry will remain open and functioning throughout construction of the facilities.

World War I Centennial Commemoration Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, as “World War I Centennial Commemoration Day.” He asks that all South Dakotans participate as fully as possible in the spirit of this day, remembering all of our veterans who have served this great country, and especially those who served our country a century ago during World War I.


Governor's Column: Big Sioux River Flood Information System is now Online
During my time as governor, I have always tried to learn from experience, and to improve systems and processes to lead to better performance. Recently, a new flood information system came online that will help with future flooding events on the Big Sioux River.

Scott Stern To Depart As GOED Commissioner
Scott Stern will leave his position as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) at the end of this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

News Tips For November 3 – 9, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2 p.m. CDT, Pierre – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR with Zach Nelson.

Women’s Rights presentation by Smithsonian scholar Nov. 17-18 at Cultural Heritage Center
Dr. Claire Jerry, lead curator in the Division of Political and Military History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, will be making presentations about the Women’s Rights Movement in the 1970s on Nov. 17-18 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

GFP News: 2019 Waterfowl Dates and Zones Spring Turkey Finalized Changes to Camping Fees
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2019 duck hunting season at their November meeting.

DPS Releases Sobriety Checkpoint List for November
PIERRE, S.D. – A total of 23 sobriety checkpoints have been scheduled statewide for November by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
RENNER, S.D. – Two people died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash north of Renner

Names Released in McPherson County Fatal Crash
LEOLA, S.D. – Names have been released of the six people involved in a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Sunday afternoon west of Leola.

I-29 Exit 59 Overhead Bridge Reduced to One Lane
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) say traffic has been reduced to one lane on the I-29 Exit 59 overhead bridge.


Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags Remain At Half-Staff To Honor South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter
In honor of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state remain at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Nov. 5, the day of Justice Zinter’s funeral.

Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk to Retire
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk will retire in early January.


State of South Dakota Reaches Settlement In Remote Seller Law Litigation
Governor Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the State of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement and stipulation of dismissal in State of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg.

Old West myths shot down at Cultural Heritage Center program
Pierre author Bill Markley will shoot down myths of the American West during a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

New York Street Closing Temporarily
Officials say New York Street will be closed to through traffic between 5th Street and East Boulevard in Rapid City starting on Nov. 5.


Governor Daugaard Orders Flags Half-Staff In Honor Of Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter
Governor Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement on the death of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter:

Agritourism in South Dakota
Fall is a fun time of year, filled with hometown football games, changing leaves, and of course, harvest festivals.

Take Time to Reset Clocks And Check Smoke Alarms
PIERRE, S.D. – Before you enjoy that extra hour of sleep this Sunday, Nov. 4, make sure you also check your smoke alarms.

Parker Exam Station Closed for Election Day
PIERRE, S.D. – Parker’s driver license exam station is closed Nov. 6 for Election Day


President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Pittsburgh Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.

Governor and First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.

Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has awarded around $326,000 to eight specialty crop projects around the state.

Unified Carrier Registration start date delayed
The South Dakota Department of Revenue is notifying the trucking industry of a delay to the start of 2019’s Unified Carrier Registration (UCR).


McPherson County Fatal Crash
LEOLA, S.D. – Two children died and four other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon west of Leola.


Names Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Brookings, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred west of Brookings.


Gov. Daugaard’s Statement on The Execution of Rodney Berget
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to the scheduled execution of Rodney Berget on Monday:

Gov. Daugaard Orders Capitol Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Former State Legislator Michael J. O’Connor
Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to honor the life of former state legislator Michael J. O’Connor, of Brandon, on the day of his funeral.

News Tips For October 27 – November 2, 2018
Monday, October 29, 1 – 4 p.m. CDT, Pierre – The Advisory Council on Aging will hold their quarterly meeting at the Hillsview Plaza located at 3800 E. Highway. 34 in Pierre. For more information, please contact Beth Dokken at 605-773-3656.

Governor's Column: Celebrating A Milestone For Democracy
The 2018 election is an important milestone for South Dakota elections. It was 100 years ago – on November 5, 1918 – that South Dakota voters, all men, gave women the right to vote in our state for the first time. It was a long-awaited victory for voting rights for women. Women’s suffragists – both men and women – had campaigned for women’s suffrage since the 1870s, during the era of Dakota Territory.

Execution date, time set for Inmate Rodney Berget
In accordance with South Dakota Codified Law 23A-27A-17, Darin Young, Director of Prison Operations and Warden of the South Dakota State Penitentiary, has set the date and time for the execution of Inmate Rodney Berget as Monday, October 29, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. CDT.

Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society to hold second docent training session Nov. 13-14
Museum staff at the Cultural Heritage Center will provide the second session of docent training on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 13-14, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Both 90-minute sessions will begin at 2 p.m. CST.

Sign Bridge Removal work to Begin on East 10th Street in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be removing the overhead sign bridges on East 10th Street at the I-229 Interchange in Sioux Falls starting Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Chuck Turbiville
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, Oct. 29, to honor the life of state Rep. Chuck Turbiville, of Deadwood, on the day of his funeral.

Name Released in Tripp County Fatal Crash
CARTER, S.D. – A 65-year-old Winner, S.D., man has died of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Oct. 18 near Carter.


Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – One person died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred west of Brookings.


Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
Contestants in the 2019 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win a total of $2,300 in college scholarships.

Make-and-Take a holiday ornament Nov. 3 at Cultural Heritage Center
Snow has already been in the air, and the holidays are just around the corner. Get into the spirit of the holidays and have some fun making handmade holiday ornaments at the Cultural Heritage Center’s seventh annual “Make-n-Take a Holiday Ornament” event in Pierre from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CDT on Saturday Nov. 3.


Eastbound I-90 Exit 402 Ramps Closing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the eastbound on and off ramps of Exit 402 on Interstate 90 on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-229 Exit 9 (Benson Road) Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Sioux Falls Water Reclamation Facility at 4500 North Sycamore Avenue to inform area residents of the beginning of the study and introduce and begin receiving public input on the environmental study for the I-229 Exit 9/Benson Road interchange in Sioux Falls.


Gov. Daugaard's Statement On The Passing Of State Rep. Chuck Turbiville
Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement on the death this weekend of State Rep. Charles M. "Chuck" Turbiville: "I’m very sorry to hear of Chuck Turbiville’s passing. Chuck was a true gentleman. He always worked hard for Deadwood, Lawrence County, and our state. Chuck was a good friend and he made every visit to Deadwood special. Linda and I will miss him and we extend our sympathies to his family."


Governor's Column: Leaving It Better Than You Found It
Over the past few months, Linda and I have been getting ready to turn the Governor’s Mansion over to its next occupants. We’ve been working with state maintenance crews to replace light bulbs, repaint rooms, clean out the drains, and make other small improvements. The Mansion is just like any other house – over time, small projects like these accumulate. We want to get these projects done now, so the home is in great shape for its next occupants.

News Tips For October 20 – 26, 2018
Friday, October 26, 1 p.m. CDT, Pierre – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the Governor’s Leadership Development Program (GLDP) Graduation at RedRossa, Pierre.

Boomsma selected as 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Erica Boomsma, a fourth grade teacher at the Washington 4-5 Center in the Huron School District, has been named the 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Thursday evening at a banquet at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls.

Two more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Two more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

State Official: Winter Weather Preparation Begins Now
PIERRE, S.D. – With parts of South Dakota having already seen its first snowfall of the year, officials of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) say it is time to prepare for the inevitable arrival of winter.

Names Released in Hamlin County Fatal Crash
LAKE NORDEN, S.D. – A 69-year-old Estelline, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Monday in a two-vehicle fatal crash east of Lake Norden.


Labor Department and Lake Area Tech Hosting Welding Apprenticeship Meeting
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will host two meetings about creating a welding Registered Apprenticeship on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT at Lake Area Technical Institute, Room 514.


South Dakota ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s average ACT composite score is up slightly from 2017 and remains above the national average. South Dakota’s average ACT score for 2018 was 21.9, compared to the national average of 20.8 and last year’s statewide average of 21.8. The composite score reflects sub-scores for English, math, reading and science.

Labor Department Hosting Apprenticeship Summit
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will host the Start Today SD Summit to promote Registered Apprenticeships on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 1 – 4:30 p.m. CST at Mitchell Technical Institute.

Centerline Painting in North Central South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in north central South Dakota will begin on Thursday, Oct. 18.


Author Thomas Patterson to discuss news media at Cultural Heritage Center
Meet 2018 One Book South Dakota author Thomas E. Patterson at an Oct. 27 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Patterson is the author of “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism.”

South Dakota Monarch Plan Available for Public Comment
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking for public comment on a draft strategic plan for the monarch butterfly. The plan is available for review until 5 p.m. CDT on Oct. 26.

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
LAKE NORDEN, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Monday afternoon east of Lake Norden.


South Dakota Wins NASCIO State IT Recognition Award
The State of South Dakota was recognized in the Cybersecurity category for our Email Threat Assessment Evaluation. The submission is titled Walleyes, Whales and Cybersecurity.

Box Culvert Replacement on Lincoln County Highway 117 (Louise Avenue)
Starting Thursday, Oct. 18, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin removing and reconstructing the box culvert on Lincoln County Highway 117, Louise Avenue, in Sioux Falls between 273rd Street and 274th Street.