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Name Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A Freeman man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a semi-truck and trailer crash five miles north of Marion, S.D.

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Pierre man has been identified as the person who died late Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Pierre.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls male has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Sioux Falls.


State Rep. Craig Tieszen Dies
State Rep. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City passed away on Nov. 22, 2017, in a drowning accident in the Cook Islands, where Tieszen, 68, was attending a family wedding.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Dawn M. Elshere As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Dawn M. Elshere as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Brookings.

Governor's Column: Wind Power Contributing To South Dakota’s Economy
As most people in rural South Dakota can tell you, the wind is almost always blowing. Living on the prairie, windy days are inevitable. It just comes with the territory – which is why it only makes sense for us to develop this fast resource and put it to good use.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Western Governors’ Association 2017 Winter Meeting in Phoenix.

Become a budding history explorer at Cultural Heritage Center
A new museum program focused on families with preschool-aged children is now available to the public at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Camp Year-round at South Dakota State Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors that camping isn't just for summer. Parks accept reservations and electricity stays on year-round.

Give the Gift of the Outdoors with State Park Gift Cards
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has gift cards available for those who have outdoor-lovers on their Christmas shopping list this year.

DPS Officials Urge Safe Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety reminds motorists to be safe so they can make sure they remember this Thanksgiving holiday for all of the right reasons.

New Highway Safety Features Installed in Mission
In keeping with the mission of the South Dakota Department of Transportation to provide a safe and efficient transportation system, the department has recently activated three new traffic signals in Mission as part of the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 18.

SDDOT Awards Community Access Grants
At its Nov. 21, 2017, meeting, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded nearly $3.7 million in Community Access Grants for infrastructure improvements in smaller communities in South Dakota.


“Spirit of ‘70s” exhibit to open during annual Holiday Open House Nov. 24 at South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center
A new exhibit, “The Spirit of the ‘70s,” will open at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Friday, Nov. 24, in conjunction with the annual Holiday Open House of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning in Sioux Falls,


Turner County Fatal Crash
MARION, S.D. – A 56-year-old male died Monday in a semi-truck and trailer crash five miles north of Marion, S.D.

Name Released in McCook County Fatal Crash
MONTROSE S.D. – A Garretson, S.D., female has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Montrose.

Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A 22-year-old male died late Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Pierre.

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – A Freeman, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Lesterville, S.D.

Fire Marshal: Be Safe During Thanksgiving
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s State Fire Marshal is urging people to make sure their homes, especially their kitchens, are safe this Thanksgiving holiday.

Minnesota-based, Great Plains Processing, Expanding to Yankton
YANKTON, S.D. – Great Plains Processing (GPP), a custom spray drying and animal feed ingredient manufacturer based in Luverne, Minnesota, announced today that it is expanding its operations to Yankton, South Dakota


Governor's Column: 138 Thanksgivings Ago
Linda and I are thankful for many things this year. We are thankful for our children and grandchildren, for the friends old and new we’ve made across the state, and for the opportunity to serve as governor and first lady.

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
The 2017 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. CST.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. First Lady Linda Daugaard will also be present, and will introduce the child who will light the display.

Entertainment for Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House announced
A full afternoon of entertainment is planned for the annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

McCook County Fatal Crash
MONTROSE S.D. – A 41-year-old female died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Montrose.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Lesterville, S.D.


Clayton Appointed State Epidemiologist
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon announced today that Dr. Joshua Clayton will serve as South Dakota’s next state epidemiologist. Clayton replaces Dr. Lon Kightlinger who retired earlier this month after serving 20 years with the Department.

South Dakota’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” Float Appears in the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
R&B icon Smokey Robinson will perform on the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.


Campus and Community Representatives to Assist in the University of South Dakota Presidential Search
Campus and community representatives have been appointed to assist the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president at the University of South Dakota. USD’s longest serving president, James W. Abbott, will retire in June of 2018.


Governor Issued Statement on Construction of Citi Facility
“I thank Citi for renewing its investment in Sioux Falls by building a new, state-of-the-art facility. Citi has been an important corporate citizen in South Dakota for more than three decades and this announcement means they will be in Sioux Falls for decades to come. “

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Guffin and Sly to Board of Education Standards
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Becky Guffin of Aberdeen and former Rep. Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.

Brown County Conservation Officer Receives Game, Fish and Parks Distinguished Achievement Award
Brown County conservation officer Nick Cochran was awarded the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Distinguished Achievement Award at the GFP Commission’s November meeting.

Altman Named William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Conservation Officer Dan Altman was named the 2017 William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during the Law Enforcement Appreciation and Children’s Charities Dinner in Sioux Falls Nov. 8.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Removal of 281st Street Overpass of I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a public open house to provide information and receive public comment on a proposal to remove the 281st Street overpass of I-29 near Sioux Falls.


Business Opportunity at Roy Lake Resort
According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Roy Lake Resort located within Roy Lake State Park in northeastern South Dakota can now begin submitting their proposals.

Custer State Park to Hold Annual Bison Auction
The 2017 Custer State Park Fall Classic Bison Auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the park’s visitor center where approximately 272 head will be available for sale.


Governor's Column: Soldier Who Stands Alone
Sixty-nine years ago, a young man named Philip left his home in South Dakota to serve his country. Philip J. Iyotte was a Rosebud Sioux Tribe member who lived in White River and became a sergeant in the 8th Army and a member of Company E’s 21st Infantry Regiment and 24th Infantry Division.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on the first half of KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

NAFTA Is Good for Us All
As the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture, I have had opportunities to expand my knowledge of agriculture on a global scale to help further South Dakota’s agricultural opportunities.

New ‘70s exhibit highlights Cultural Heritage Center Holiday Open House
Visitors can relive the 1970s at this year’s annual Holiday Open House of the South Dakota State Historical Society from 12-4:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

GFP Commission Denies Petition to Restrict Recreational Use on Portions of Cattail-Kettle Lake
Earlier this month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission denied a petition submitted by Cattail Land and Cattle Company, LLC, to restrict recreational use on portions of Cattail-Kettle Lake in Marshall county.

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

South Dakota Banking Division Nationally Accredited
The South Dakota Division of Banking has received a certificate of accreditation from the Conference of State Banking Supervisors (CSBS).

NGA Center Selects South Dakota For Workshop On Electrical Grid Protection
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is one of five states selected to participate in a nationwide effort designed to protect electrical grids and other critical infrastructure from cyber and physical attacks.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 64-year-old Fort Pierre, S.D., man has been identified as the person died Monday in a one-vehicle crash in Sioux Falls,

Dewey County Fatal Crash
La PLANT, S.D. – A 34-year-old Maple Lake, MN man died Monday night in a one-vehicle cash west of La Plant.

Department of Transportation and City of Vermillion Seek Public Input into Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the City of Vermillion, will hold a public open house as part of the Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan.

Newest Section of Highway 100 Opening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be opening the newest section of Highway 100 between Maple Street and Rice Street on Friday, Nov. 10.

Neighborhood Meeting Nov. 15 on Sale/Lease of School for the Deaf Campus in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Board of Regents will host a Nov. 15 neighborhood informational meeting with the Bender Companies concerning a proposed sale and/or lease of its 14.5-acre South Dakota School for the Deaf campus along 10th Street near downtown Sioux Falls.


GFP to Host Meetings on Winter Deer Depredation Programs and Services
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host several open house meetings for landowners in central and western South Dakota in the coming weeks.


Gov. Daugaard Encourages Expansion Of Registered Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is offering informational sessions in four communities during the week Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed to highlight registered apprenticeships.

Scoop It Snow Removal Program Discontinued
The Department of Corrections ‘Scoop It’ snow removal program is being discontinued.

Cowboy Governor to be discussed at Cultural Heritage Center meeting
South Dakota Gov. Tom Berry will be the focus of the November meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club. The program will begin at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Everyone is welcome to attend the free program.

Name Changes to the Threatened and Endangered Species List Updated
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized changes to the scientific names of four fish and animal species on the state threatened and endangered lists.

State Park Fee Changes Approved by GFP Commission
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission approved changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees at their meeting last week.

Aerial Hunting Rule Modified for Nonresidents
Nonresident pilots are now able to apply for and obtain an aerial hunting permit from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Walleye Length Limit on Lake Poinsett Removed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed the 15 inch minimum size restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett at their November meeting last week.

Rules for Marking Nonmeandered Waters Now Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized a set of standards for landowners to follow when marking nonmeandered water over private property.

Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season Rule Adjustments Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized a rule adjustment which would allocate no more than five bighorn sheep licenses for both the 2018 and 2019 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Rejects Expansion of Mountain Lion Hunting on Public land
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission did not adopt their proposal which would have expanded the use of hounds to hunt mountain lions.

Additional Custer State Park Elk Hunting Opportunity Now Open for Applications
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission increased the number of licenses available for a special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season from 20 to 60.

High Number Of Motor Vehicle Fatalities Prompts DPS Safety Message
PIERRE, S.D. – After 29 vehicle fatalities in the last two months, South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials are again stressing the need for driver and passenger safety.

Name Released in Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – A Tulare, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Wolsey.

Alumnus James Rankin Selected as New SD Mines’ President
James (Jim) Rankin, the chief research officer and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas, will return to his alma mater as the 19th president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Tuesday.


Governor Names Don Kirkegaard As Secretary Of Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis to serve as South Dakota Secretary of Education.

Gov. Daugaard Signs Propane Executive Order
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed an executive order to allow expedited commercial delivery of propane products to assist regions of the state that are experiencing low inventories and outages.

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Sutherland Springs 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 Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Governor Reappoints Members to Value Added Finance Authority Board
Nathan Jensen of Beresford, Jim Doolittle of Belle Fourche and Jim Schmidt of Sioux Falls were reappointed to the South Dakota Value-Added Finance Authority (VAFA) board by Gov. Dennis Daugaard this month.

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to Host Christmas Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve near McCook Lake invites visitors to get in the holiday spirit and step back in time by attending the annual Christmas at the Homestead on Saturday, Nov. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. CST.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died Monday in a one-vehicle crash in Sioux Falls,

SDDOT Expands Snowplow Fleet w/photo
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has expanded its snowplow fleet by adding three new tow-plows for the 2017-2018 winter season.

Board of Regents Brings Town Meeting to Rapid City
A town meeting on South Dakota public higher education is being hosted Thursday, Nov. 16, in Rapid City by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

November is Remember Month
President Donald Trump has proclaimed November as ”Veterans and Military Families Month.” It’s the first time that as a nation we will be encouraged to honor and support our veterans for more than a day. Let's dedicate this month to honor those ordinary people who have done something extraordinary so that we may all enjoy the freedom we treasure today.


Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Wolsey.

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Whitewood, S.D., man has died of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning east of Spearfish.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Howard Kennedy
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 4, to honor the life of former state Rep. Howard Kennedy.

Governors Stake Friendly Statehood Anniversary Wager On Dakota Marker Game
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s Dakota Marker football game between South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University.

Governor's Column: Those Who Administer The Law
This week, it was my honor to participate in the investiture of Steven R. Jensen as the newest member of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

News Tips
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the Veterans’ Day Program at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10.

Hiltunen Recognized by SD Parks and Recreation Association
The South Dakota Association of Parks and Recreation (SDPRA) recently awarded South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) employee, Katy Hiltunen, with the 2017 Young Professional Award.

I-90 Exit 14 – Traffic Signal System Installation - Rescheduled Install
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be installing a 110-foot traffic signal system on the bridge at I-90 Exit 14 in Spearfish tonight (Nov. 3).


Daugaard Administration Launches State Response Website
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the launch of SDResponse.gov to provide the public with real-time information during severe weather and disaster situations.

South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Patterson Murder Conviction and Life Without Parole Sentence
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the second degree murder conviction and sentence of Joseph R. Patterson for the death of his then girlfriend’s son T.R.

When Changing Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says there are two things South Dakotans need to do this weekend: reset their clocks and check their smoke alarms.

Names Released in Beadle County Fatal Crash
WESSINGTON, S.D. – A 25-year-old Virgil, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash east of Wessington.

Highway 87 (Needles Highway) Closed For Season
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 87, also known as the Needles Highway, for the 2017-2018 winter season.


Prescribed Fire at Stockade Lake
Later today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will issue a prescribed burn at Stockade Lake inside Custer State Park.

November Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – November’s list of sobriety checkpoints have been announced by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Name Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 57-year-old Fulton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mitchell.

Railroad Crossing Upgrade in Aberdeen
The Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad Company will be repairing the railroad crossing on 6th Avenue and 5th Street in Aberdeen on Thursday, Nov. 2,starting at 7 a.m.


Beadle County Fatal Crash
WESSINGTON, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon east of Wessington.

Wasta Rest Area Closing for Remodel Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing both the east and westbound rest area buildings at Wasta on Wednesday, Nov. 1 to begin the planned remodeling project.

Four Finalists Named for School of Mines Presidency
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today four candidates who are finalists to become the next president at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 57-year-old man died early Saturday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mitchell.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Dell Rapids, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Sioux Falls.


Governor's Column: Get Serious About Tackling Opioid Abuse
This week President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. According to the White House, in our country, drug overdose deaths now outnumber fatal crashes and gun-related deaths, with 175 Americans dying each day.

News Tips
Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween.

Open Meetings Commission to Convene in Pierre
The Open Meeting Commission will meet Friday, November 3, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) at the Matthews Training Center-Foss Building, Pierre, SD.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1
The South Dakota Division of Insurance reminds consumers the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment begins on Nov. 1 for those with individual policies.

Turner County Fatal Crash
CENTERVILLE, S.D. – A 15-year-old male has died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 near Centerville.


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 Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT.

October is Firewood Awareness Month
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is celebrating Firewood Awareness Month in the month of October.

‘South Dakota History’ highlights pioneering health care workers, philanthropists
Hospital founders, philanthropists and a pioneer nurse are featured in the Fall 2017 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Sioux Falls.

Names Released in Davison County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Spencer, S.D. man officially has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a fatal crash east of Mitchell.

Board of Regents Brings Town Meeting to Mitchell
A town meeting on South Dakota public higher education is being hosted Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Mitchell by the South Dakota Board of Regents.