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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.


Holden Departs As Commissioner Of State Bureau Of Administration
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jeff Holden, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, is retiring from state government.

Brookings County Man Indicted for Aggravated Battery of an Infant
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brookings County States Attorney Abigail Howard announced today that Allen T. Smith, 21, Brookings has been indicted on one count of aggravated battery of an infant, class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine and one count of abuse or cruelty to a minor, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Salathiel Pointer was supposed to return to the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on the grounds of the South Dakota State Penitentiary late this afternoon following the job furlough. Escape procedures were enacted once Pointer failed to return at the designated time.

Bald Eagle Awareness Week Feb. 20-25
Bald Eagle Awareness Days celebrates its 25th year of entertainment and education by emphasizing the need for conservation and appreciation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed February 20-25, 2017, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota.


Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – A 52-year-old Stockholm, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law this morning. HB 1007, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding inspection affidavits for amusement rides.

Governor's Column: Steps Forward In Mental Health
A significant number of Americans struggle with mental illness. For many the struggle is silent. Some experience short-term mental health problems. It’s not uncommon for individuals temporarily to face mild forms of mental illness at some point during their lives.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the 2017 National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.

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

Grants Available for Tree Planting
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events.

Four Reappointed to State Conservation Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Doug Hansen of Webster, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City, Charlie Moe of Rosebud and Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen to the State Conservation Commission.

South Dakota’s Vehicle Fatality Rate Again Among Lowest in Nation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota had the nation’s fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization.

Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner - Sen. Vehle
State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that former Sen. Mike Vehle of Mitchell has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacant seat on the South Dakota Transportation Commission.

Railroad Board Seeking Rail Project Information
The South Dakota Railroad Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room in Pierre.

I-90 – Exit 14 – I-90 Closure with Detour and Bridge Demolition
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that starting the evening of Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, Interstate 90 in both directions will be closed for six nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. between the off and on ramps of Exit 14.

Spring Load Restriction Report #6
A spring load restriction report is usually issued in advance of any major load restriction change. This report is issued for guidance only and does not take precedence over load restriction signs in place. For further information or a copy of a Spring Load Restriction Map, please contact the DOT at 605-773-3571. Spring Load Limit Information may also be found on the Internet at: http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/

Motor Vehicles Division offering trucking industry assistance in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Revenue has opened a motor carrier services branch in Sioux Falls.


Annual Criminal Justice Reform Report Released
The Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council has released its annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s criminal justice reforms. The Governor announced the release of the report at his legislative press conference today.

Attorney General Jackley Joins Amicus to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court by 26 Attorneys General seeking to protect Second Amendment rights.

Codington County Fatal Crash
SOUTH SHORE, S.D. – One man died and another man was injured Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of South Shore.

$138,779 Dakota Cash Jackpot Won in Canton
A single ticket sold in Canton hit the $138,779 Dakota Cash jackpot for the Feb. 15, 2017 drawing.


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

Spring Load Limit Restriction Update (notices 2-5)
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.


State Historical Society officials promote June symposium in Black Hills
Officials with the South Dakota State Historical Society are encouraging interested people to attend a symposium in the Black Hills in June.

FEATURE STORY: Movin’ On Up: Equity Trust Relocating to Equity Square in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Equity Trust settled into Sioux Falls in 2011, setting up shop in what is now called the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. Since then, it’s grown to 300,000 accounts and $30 billion in assets.


Former Congressman Clint Roberts Passes Away
Clint Roberts, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota, died last night in Pierre. Roberts, 82, represented South Dakota’s second congressional district in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1983.

South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Edgemont
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) event:

State Historical Society awards five historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Arlington, Delmont, Faulkton, Madison and St. Onge have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Governor's Column: South Dakota's Gun Laws
Gun control measures have been gaining ground in some places around the nation in recent years. In the more urban areas of the country and along the coasts, people are more wary, and perhaps fearful, of guns.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts banquet at the Ramkota in Pierre.

2017 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2017 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, S.D., on March 23-26.

Caution Urged When Monitoring Burned Slash Piles
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, is urging residents who have burned brush piles this season to ensure that the piles have been completely extinguished.

Much More Than Fighting Wildland Fires
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire division serves as the primary firefighting agency for state owned land, but they do more than put out fires.

Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, more than 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 8-9, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day.

Remove your shoes to enjoy new exhibit at Cultural Heritage Center
You must remove your shoes in order to get the full effect of the newest exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Now through March 26, the museum will host “Walk Softly."


Gov. Daugaard Signs Retirement System Bills
At his weekly press conference today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that he has signed House Bill 1016, a retirement system measure, into law.

Gov. Daugaard Signs More Bills Into Law
In addition to the South Dakota Retirement System bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today.

State 9-1-1 Board Votes to Withhold Payment to Vendor
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 9-1-1 Coordination Board voted Thursday to withhold payment to the vendor who has been hired to upgrade the state’s 9-1-1 emergency communications system.

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting agriculture tax seminars
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Department of Revenue announces its agriculture tax seminars to be held this spring.


Waste Pesticide Disposal Program Hits 1 Million Pounds
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) waste pesticide disposal program has topped the one million pound mark since the program began in 1993.

Percentage of South Dakota’s Kids Overweight, Obese Unchanged
Almost one-third of South Dakota’s kids and teens are overweight or obese, according to a new state health report.


Governor’s Surplus Land Bills Introduced
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has introduced a package of bills to allow for 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.


Governor's Column: Pursuing Constitutional Reforms
Being governor is a serious responsibility, and I’ve never taken it lightly. Sometimes, it means making a difficult decision that is necessary, but unpopular to some.

Governor Signs Bills Into Law
Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today: HB 1048, An Act to exempt natural hair braiding from the practice of cosmetology.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is speaking at the Nurses Day Legislature Luncheon at the Ramkota.

Agriculture Officials Highlight Importance of International Trade and Establish Priorities for Next Farm Bill
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture emphasized the importance of international trade and expanded markets for U.S. agriculture at its annual Winter Policy Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

State Historical Society seeks nominations for Governor’s Awards, board positions
The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s Awards for History and two open positions on its board of trustees.


Governor Signs House Bill 1069
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1069, An Act to repeal and revise certain provisions related to campaign finance and to declare an emergency. This bill repeals Initiated Measure 22.

State Animal Health Lab Bill Introduced
The Senate Appropriations Committee today introduced a bill on behalf of Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory. Located on the campus of South Dakota State University, the facility serves as the state animal health laboratory.

State Senate passes Attorney General Sponsored SB 27 to Address Criminal Self-Dealings and Conflicts of Interest
Under current South Dakota law, it is only a misdemeanor to engage in self dealings of taxpayer money for personal benefit or gain. See SDCL 5-18A-17.4.

Highway Safety to Promote Designated Drivers During Super Bowl
PIERRE, S.D. – Amid all of the football terms that will be thrown out Super Bowl Sunday, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety plans to remind fans of another important piece of terminology: Designated Driver.


Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1006, clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings.

Brule County Man Enters Guilty Plea in Kimball Armed Standoff Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Donald Gerald London, 36, Kimball has pled guilty but mentally ill.

Circuit Court Signs Order to Unseal Briefing in Berget Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Circuit Court Judge Hoffman has signed an order allowing the briefs in Rodney Berget v. Darin Young to be unsealed.

Bollen Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Disposal of Personal Property Subject to Security Interest
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Joop Bollen, 53, Aberdeen has pled guilty to one count of unauthorized disposal of personal property subject to security interest, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or $4,000 fine.

Attorney General Jackley Announces Settlement with Western Union
Attorney General Marty Jackley today announced a settlement with the Western Union Company, resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers.

Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says 24 South Dakota counties and two tribes may receive federal funding assistance to help recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

VETERANS, THE PULSE OF OUR COUNTRY!
Remember your heart beats daily with your individual pulse! The heartbeat of America is driven by veterans and their pulse for freedom. These men and women represent everything that our nation fights to protect, everything we value in life. Our honor, our liberty, our livelihood, lies with them.


Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday to be celebrated at Cultural Heritage Center
A special program Feb. 7 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Help students by starting a local Summer Food Service Program
In an effort to fend off hunger, the South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.

Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Visitors of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre have the opportunity to learn about the park's winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 15th Annual "Eagles and Bagels" Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 4.

February Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty sobriety checkpoints are scheduled to be held during the month of February by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

$2.66 Billion Economic Impact from Higher Education in South Dakota
The six public universities in South Dakota generate $2.66 billion a year in annual economic impact within the state, from a state investment of $197 million. That is a key finding from a research report released today that measures public higher education’s impact on the state economy.


Attorney General Jackley Update on Medical Marijuana Issue
On August 19, 2016, Attorney General Marty Jackley provided correspondence to the FDA and DEA urging both to assist in the determination of whether marijuana presents medical opportunities and further setting forth considerations for public health and safety.