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Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Keystone XL
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the State Department’s issuance of a permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Governor's Column: A Chance To Be SD's Capital For A Day
In the 1990s, Gov. George S. Mickelson started a new tradition in South Dakota called Capital for a Day. Gov. Mickelson would travel to a community and issue an executive proclamation declaring that town as South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Madison High School Automotive Shop Ribbon Cutting.

SD Ag Chat: Tourism Industry Taking Note of Vacationer Interest in Agri-Tourism
Agriculture and tourism are both important industries in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: Young SD Couple Building Cattle Herd from Square One
In this SD Ag Chat, hear about one young couple whose love for cattle makes the challenges they face to build their herd worth the risk.

Bunnies Rock! at Family Fun Saturday April 8 at Cultural Heritage Center
Young bunnies are a sure sign of spring and they will be the focus for Family Fun Saturday “Bunnies Rock!” at the Cultural Heritage Center on April 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
DANTE, S.D. – One man died in a one-vehicle crash that happened Thursday night near Dante.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7
“Work Zone Safety Is In Your Hands” National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state transportation departments across the country to remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.

State Officials meet with Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Leadership
State officials met Thursday with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate leadership to discuss a variety of issues.

April 1 is the deadline for the elderly and disabled property tax assessment freeze program
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.


SD Ag Chat: Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks, Blazing a Trail Together
In this SD Ag Chat, hear the head of the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department talk about the important relationship between landowners and sportsmen and women.

SD Ag Chat: What Happens in Agriculture, Doesn’t Stay in Agriculture
In this SD Ag Chat, hear how what happens to the ag economy has an effect on the entire state.

SD Ag Chat: Be Counted, Answer NASS Surveys
In this SD Ag Chat, South Dakota’s state statistician tells how answering USDA NASS surveys has a direct effect on farmers and ranchers.

“A Life’s Work: Paul Goble Illustrations of American Indian Stories” exhibit to open April 4 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre is hosting a traveling exhibition that features South Dakota artist and author Paul Goble (1933-2017).

Rosehill Dam Included as part of a Stream Restoration Project
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that a reconstruction project involving the Rosehill Dam, located in Hand County, will not be completed and that the agency will instead pursue a stream restoration in the project area.

Phase 1 of 6th Street Construction to Begin
The 6th Street construction project from 20th Avenue to east of 34th Avenue is scheduled to begin Phase 1 (westbound lanes) on Monday, April 3, weather dependent. Phase 0 began on March 20.


SD Ag Chat: Former Stockyards Area Turned Into Agriculture Education Opportunity
A new agricultural education exhibit has opened in South Dakota’s largest town.

SD Ag Chat: Providing Services to Strengthen SD’s Ag Industry
Listen to this SD Ag Chat, to hear the head of the state’s department of agriculture share information on the make-up of the department and some of the services they provide.

SD Ag Chat: SD Had Warmer Than Normal Winter- Wetter April Expected
The latest weather maps show a wetter than average April is in store for South Dakota.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Now Open
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) is accepting grant applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program through April 30, 2017.

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Those Who Feed Us
March Madness - South Dakota style:

SD Ag Chat: Agriculture Tops the List for Economic Development in SD
The head of economic development for the state of SD talks about the connection between those agricultural jobs and economic development in the state in this SD Ag Chat.

Highway 50 Gayville to Yankton Construction To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct Highway 50 from Gayville to Archery Lane in Yankton will begin Monday, April 17.


State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Russell Sitton was apprehended by Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputies last night.

State Historical Society conference in Sioux Falls to feature Laura Ingalls Wilder, latest society book
Ten contributors to a new book on Laura Ingalls Wilder will be featured at the annual South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre, April 28-29.

Spring Load Limit Restriction Release #10
Effective at 3:30 p.m. MST, Mar. 21, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Gov. Daugaard Extends Capital For A Day Invitations
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is extending an invitation to communities across the state to apply to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day.

Crime in South Dakota 2016 Publication Released
Local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies have continued to cooperate and strengthen efforts to fight crime in South Dakota.

SD Ag Chat: SD student wins national agriculture essay contest
This week (March 19-25, 2017) is National Ag Week.

Celebrate National Ag Week
Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 19-25 as National Ag Week in South Dakota. March 21 is National Ag Day.

Board adopts new educator certification rules
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new educator certification rules earlier today, overhauling the state’s current certification system.

Tech institute tuition and state fees set and welding certificates added
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2017-18 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.

Highway 212 Bridge Replacement Near Redfield
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin to replace the bridge on Highway 212 just west of Redfield on Monday, March 27.

GOVERNOR DAUGAARD PROCLAIMS WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, March 30, 2017, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.


State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Russell Sitton left the Rapid City Community Work Center earlier this morning to go to his work release job, but failed to report to the job site at the appointed time.


Governor's Column: Looking Back On A Successful Legislative Session
Friday, March 10, was the last day of the main run of the 2017 Legislative Session. Although the session was more “low profile” than in some past years, we can all be proud of our legislators’ hard work.

State Animal Health Lab Bill Signed
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 172 this morning to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory, located on the campus of South Dakota State University.

Governor Signs Final Bills Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills of the 2017 Legislative Session into law today.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1072
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1072, an Act to repeal and revise certain provisions relating to permits to carry a concealed pistol.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 164
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 164, An Act to revise the length of the maximum probationary period for juvenile probationers and to revise the conditions of a juvenile commitment to the Department of Corrections.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 33
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 33, an Act to revise the state aid to special education formula.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1156
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1156, an Act to allow a concealed pistol in the capitol with an enhanced concealed pistol permit.

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1149
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1149, an Act to revise the tax on certain telecommunication services and devices.

News Tips
The South Dakota Animal Industry Board will be holding a meeting in the AIB Conference Room, 411 S. Fort Street.

State Treasurer to return to Black Hills Home Show
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at the Black Hills Home Show to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

State, Cattlemen’s Association Join Together To Help Wildfire-Impacted Producers
PIERRE, S.D – A partnership between South Dakota state government and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association has reduced the cost for producers traveling through the state, hauling donated hay to agricultural areas ravaged by recent wildfires

Bridge Reconstruction on I-90 Near Brandon to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the reconstruction of the Interstate 90 bridges just east of Brandon Exit 406 are scheduled to begin on Monday, March 20.

South Dakota Commission on Gaming Contributes Over a Half Million Dollars to Black Hills Area Municipalities and Schools
PIERRE, S.D., -- The South Dakota Commission on Gaming announces the 2017 annual funding release from Gaming Tax Revenues in South Dakota.


Gov. Daugaard Observes Sunshine Week, Signs Transparency Measure Into Law
A new law that perpetuates open government practices of the Daugaard Administration will soon be added to the books. Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed Senate Bill 116 to institutionalize the state Boards and Commissions Portal, where the public can access public meeting information.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the budget bills, which revise the budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and set the budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

Tourism Department Wins Regional Marketing Awards
The South Dakota Advertising Federation has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and its advertising agency, Lawrence & Schiller, with four ADDY Awards for advertising excellence in the 2017 awards competition.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Legislation To Combat Meth
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed two anti-methamphetamine measures into law: Senate Bill 43 and Senate Bill 117.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bill to Revise Mental Health Procedures in Criminal Justice System
Today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law House Bill 1183, an act to revise provisions regarding mental health procedures in the criminal justice system.

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

State Historical Society endorses History Relevance Value Statement
The South Dakota State Historical Society today joins more than 100 historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history.

Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.


State Reaches Settlement With SDRC, Inc.
The State of South Dakota announced today it has settled its two pending civil lawsuits with SDRC, Inc. related to the federal EB-5 program and the South Dakota Regional Center.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Additional Measures To Replace IM 22
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed four ethics bills to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22 which were supported by the public. The bills are in addition to the five IM 22 replacement measures signed into law last week.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the Initiated Measure 22 replacement measures, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed six other bills into law today.

Gregory County Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact and Distribution of Controlled Substance to a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced that Donald Kevin Story, 52, Dallas, was sentenced yesterday by Sixth Circuit Court Judge Brown to 25 years in the State Penitentiary.

Attorney General Jackley Joins Challenge to Support Validity of Plea Resulting in Deportation of Noncitizen
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court by 20 Attorneys General in support of the United States in Lee v. United States.

Applied Engineering Approved for REDI Fund loan, South Dakota Jobs grant
YANKTON, S.D. – Applied Engineering, a precision machining company in Yankton, S.D., was approved today for funding assistance through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).


Gov. Daugaard Signs Public Safety Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed into law Senate Bill 176, an Act to preserve the use of public land, to ensure free travel, to enhance emergency response, and to declare an emergency. The bill which passed with a two-thirds majority last week is effective immediately.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Surplus Land Bills
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed a package of bills which allow the sale of surplus lands owned by the state. The measures include lands and properties on the STAR Academy, State Veterans Home, and State Training School campuses.

Names Released in Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Buffalo.


State Prison Inmate Dies
Richard Kingston, age 71, passed away March 11 at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.


Gov. Daugaard Signs IM 22 Replacement Measures
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed five measures to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22 which were supported by the public.

Governor's Column: State Officials Of All Stripes Upholding IM22 Promise
During the first few weeks of the 2017 Legislative Session, Initiated Measure 22 dominated the headlines. The 14,000-word initiated measure became the center of attention because of the constitutional problems it posed and the bizarre unintended consequences it would create.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the Initiated Measure 22 replacement measures, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today, including HB 1001, an Act to revise certain provisions regarding prison or jail population cost estimates.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the National Lt. Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington, D.C.

South Dakota's Deer Management Plan Available for Review
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed a draft of the South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023 and is currently seeking review and comment from the public from now until April 16, 2017.

Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – One person died and another was injured Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Buffalo.

I-90 Exit 14 Public Meeting and Work on 27th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the City of Spearfish and Heavy Constructors, will hold an open house style public meeting for the Interstate 90 Exit 14 interchange reconstruction project at the City of Spearfish Commission Chambers located at 625 5th Street on Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Highway 50 / 4th Street Construction To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct Highway 50 (4th Street) in Yankton, will begin Monday, March 20.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today including HB 1077, An Act to provide for the assignment of certain benefits in dental care insurance coverage.

Attorney General Jackley Commends U.S. Attorney Sessions’ Renewed Commitment to Combat Violent Crime
Attorney General Marty Jackley commends U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ commitment to targeting violent crime nationwide.

SD Ag Chat: Fighting the Wildfires
Wildfires have burned thousands of acres so far in a handful of southern states.

Veterans Keep Marching On
There was no waiting line for our men and women in uniform when they raised their right hands and volunteered to serve. There shouldn’t be a waiting line when they return home and need our help getting the care they’ve earned.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Buffer Strip Legislation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 66, which incentivizes the establishment of riparian buffer strips on private land.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
In addition to the buffer strip legislation, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today. HB 1053, An Act to revise certain provisions concerning the attorney recruitment assistance program.

Criminal Prohibition of Direct Conflicts of Interest by Public Officials Passes Full House
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that SB 27, the Attorney General sponsored bill to Prohibit Certain Direct Conflicts of Interest By Public Officials has passed the full House. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill on Monday, March 6, 2017.

SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Recognizes Efforts to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
A South Dakota health care professional and a health care facility are being recognized for their efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening as part of a national effort to screen 80 percent of the eligible population by 2018.

BVR, BSBVI and SILC Board/Council Nominations Being Accepted
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BSBVI) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) are now accepting nominations for vacant board/council positions.

New homeowners must file by March 15, to get owner occupied property tax reduction
PIERRE, S.D. -- Homeowners living in a different or new home this year are advised that the deadline for filing the owner-occupied, single family dwelling certificate is March 15 (postmarked). The certificate allows homeowners the eligibility for a property tax reduction.


State Fire Marshal’s Office Hosts Line-of-Duty Death Training March 10-11
PIERRE, S.D. – What needs to be done following the death of a public safety officer is the focus of a special training being held this weekend in Pierre.

6th Street Construction to Begin In Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Highway 14 (6th Street) project in Brookings is scheduled to begin March 20 with Phases 0 and 1.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon:

Name Released in Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ERWIN, S.D. – A Lake Preston woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash that happened Friday near Erwin.

Fire Marshal Urges Citizens to Change Batteries When Changing Clocks
PIERRE, S.D. – This weekend is time again to spring ahead and replace the old with the new.

I-90 Exit 14 Closure For Bridge Demo Postponed Due to Wind
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the demolition of the old I-90 Exit 14 bridge at Spearfish scheduled to start this evening, Monday, March 6, will be delayed until Tuesday, March 7, or Wednesday, March 8, when the wind subsides and it is safe for work to continue.

190/Silver Street Construction Project Open House
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a public open house to provide citizens an update on the I-190/Silver Street construction project in Rapid City on Thursday, March 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

REMINDER: I-90 Westbound Lanes Closing at Piedmont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Exit 44 at Piedmont, going west, will be closed for about two miles beginning today, March 6.


Governor's Column: South Dakota's Seat At The Table
Action is not a choice, it is a necessity. Those were President Trump’s words on Obamacare to Congress. As the President mentioned in that speech, one-third of America’s counties now have only one insurer.

Gov. Daugaard Holds Legislative Press Conference
Gov. Dennis Daugaard held his final press conference of the legislative session at the Capitol on Thursday.

News Tips
The 29th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 920 W. Sioux Ave.

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to Participate in National Consumer Protection Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) kicks off next week and the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will join with federal, state and local government agencies and national organization to celebrate this 19th annual event.

Explore pinwheel power at Family Fun Day March 11 at Cultural Heritage Center
Come and make your own pinwheel to capture the South Dakota spring breezes at Family Fun Saturday on March 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

National Wild Turkey Federation Awards Altman “Officer of the Year”
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Dan Altman their prestigious “Officer of the Year” award.

New and Modified Aquatic Invasive Species Rules Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently finalized new aquatic invasive species (AIS) rules and modifications to the existing rules in an effort to target the most likely ways that these species are moved from water body to water body.

Proposal to Change the Rules for Terminally Ill Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.

Waterfowl Seasons Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized several waterfowl seasons at their March meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes 2017 Elk and Mountain Goat Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to allocate 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their March meeting.

Good Earth State Park Fees Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park earlier this week.

Penn Treaty Liquidation Impacts South Dakota Policyholders
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Division of Insurance received notice Penn Treaty Network America Insurance Company (“Penn Treaty”) has been placed into liquidation due to insolvency.

Kingsbury Fatal Crash
ERWIN, S.D. – A 57-year-old woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Friday near Erwin.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this afternoon.

Storyteller Paul Goble to be discussed at History and Heritage Book Club meeting
The life and works of award-winning author and illustrator Paul Goble will be discussed at the March meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Highway Patrol Looking for New Troopers
PIERRE, S.D. – Applications are now being accepted for the next trooper class of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

South Dakota Tourism Wins International Tourism Marketing Awards
The South Dakota Department of Tourism won three awards in an international competition for destination marketing organizations.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 61-67 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Box Elder, will hold a public open house on Monday, March 6, 2017, to inform area residents on the options developed as part of a corridor study.

I-90 Exit 14 Closure with Detour and Bridge Demolition Resumes
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says demolition of the old Interstate 90 Exit 14 bridge near Spearfish will resume on Monday, March 6. Both directions of I-90 will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. with traffic directed onto the off and on ramps.


Gov. Daugaard Offers Testimony On Rural Infrastructure
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today offered testimony on rural infrastructure at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C, led by Sen. John Thune.

AG Jackley Meets with the President, Vice President and U.S. Attorney General to Coordinate Fighting Crime
Yesterday Attorney General Marty Jackley met with President Trump, Vice President Pence and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss strengthening public safety, including addressing violent crime, human trafficking, and controlled substances from our southern borders.

AG Jackley Meets with EPA Secretary Pruitt and Applauds President’s Position on WOTUS
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps Engineers (Corps) to review their rule defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS Rule) under the Clean Water Act.

Office of Highway Safety to Promote Safe Driving During First-Ever Summit League ‘Fan Fest’
PIERRE, S.D. – Along with all of the college basketball being played this weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s Office of Highway Safety is throwing in safe driving messages – and prizes – for good measure.


South Dakota Attorney General Jackley Meets With U.S. Attorney General Sessions on Public Safety
Attorney General Marty Jackley and other leaders of the National Attorneys General met with the new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about strengthening public safety, including addressing violent crime, human trafficking, and controlled substances from our southern borders.

Yankton Woman Pleads to Embezzlement of Property Received in Trust
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that Cora Sharon Van Olson, 50, Yankton, pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of property received in trust.

Foster Parent Training to Begin in March
Foster families of every culture are needed to keep sibling groups together, to keep children and youth in their own communities and to support the well-being of children in need of a home while their birth family heals.


AG Issues Official Opinion Relating to “Vote Trading” and “Vehicle Bills”
Attorney General Marty Jackley has issued an Official Opinion on whether “vote trading” and “vehicle bills” are prohibited.

South Dakota AG Jackley and Virginia AG Herring to Launch National Campaign for Child Rescue
A group of top U.S. law enforcement leaders is launching an ambitious new campaign to locate and rescue children from sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced For March
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has announced its sobriety checkpoint schedule for March.

I-90 Construction of Westbound Lanes at Piedmont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Exit 44 at Piedmont, going west, will be closed for about two miles beginning March 6.

Spring Load Limit Release #9
Effective at 2 p.m. MST, Feb. 27, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

State Capitol Hosts Student Researchers March 2
South Dakota colleges and universities will send 12 outstanding undergraduate student researchers to the State Capitol this week to share their research work with lawmakers and the public.


Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the Governor’s participation in National Governor’s Association events in Washington, D.C., health care reform and public safety zones.

Governor's Column: An Unglamorous, Yet Necessary, Undertaking
The word that best sums up the public trust held by elected officials is stewardship. Stewardship – the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care – has been my goal as governor.

Gov. Daugaard Names Scott Bollinger BOA Commissioner
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott Bollinger of Pierre to serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Administration.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting. The topic of discussion is titled Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country.

South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Permit Gains Federal Approval for Firearms Purchases
Attorney General Marty Jackley, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association confirm the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has determined that South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permit and Enhanced Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol qualify as alternatives to the background check requirement for firearm purchases.

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

DENR to Host 29th Annual Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference
The 29th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference will be held March 8-9 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Pierre.

SD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 143 businesses and organizations in 43 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.

I-90 Exit 14 Closure with Detour and Bridge Demolition Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 at Exit 14 in Spearfish will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting the evening of Monday, Feb. 27.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Tech School Board Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed into law Senate Bill 65, An Act to establish the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and to revise certain provisions regarding career and technical education and postsecondary technical institutes.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Nurse Practitioner Bill
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill relating to licensure of nurse practitioners and nurse midwives into law.

AG Jackley Applauds Federal Withdrawal of Bathroom and Locker Room Mandate
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice have withdrawn their directive to school districts that threatened both civil rights litigation and the withholding of educational funds to the States.

Feb. 27-March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week
Invasive species cause over $100 billion in economic losses annually in the United States.

Two South Dakota schools honored as National Title I Distinguished Schools
Anne Sullivan Elementary (Sioux Falls) and Leola Elementary were among those honored Wednesday as National Title I Distinguished Schools at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

State Historical Society board approves property tax moratorium applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 22 applications in 10 counties for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings.

10 public libraries accredited in 2017
Ten South Dakota public libraries were accredited by the State Library in 2017.

Fish 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 Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Schedule Changes Announced For North Sioux City, Vermillion Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. – Schedule changes take place Wednesday, March 1, for the Vermillion and North Sioux City driver exam stations.

Highway Patrol to Host 3rd Annual Women’s Recruiting Seminars
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is again hosting what has become a successful effort in recruiting more female troopers.

Spring Load Restriction #8
SD73 Restriction removed

Spring Load Restriction 7
Effective at 12 p.m. CST, Feb 24, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


SD Ag Chat: Biofuels Can Help Turn Ag Economy Around
A South Dakota based ethanol producer thinks increasing the use of biofuels in the U.S. will have a positive impact on the farm economy.

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting agriculture tax seminars
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will introduce its agriculture tax seminars this spring.

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Salathiel Pointer was arrested by Sioux Falls Police and was returned to the South Dakota State Penitentiary early this morning.