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News Tips for September 22 through 28, 2018
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. CDT, Pierre – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2018 Governor’s Awards ceremony. The event will be held inside the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, call 605-773-5990.

Governor's Column: 2018 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
On Friday morning, Sept. 28, a few dozen cowhands will put on their boots and saddle their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise before dawn. And thousands from across the state, country and world will gather, all to continue a 53-year tradition.

State Treasurer returns to the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival in Rapid City, September 29, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

South Dakota Receives Additional Grant Funding to Continue Opioid Prevention and Treatment Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS), Division of Behavioral Health will receive just over $4 million for two years totaling over $8 million in federal funding to help combat opioid use in South Dakota through the State Opioid Response grant.


New Biography Looks at First Lakota Congressman Benjamin Reifel
"Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation” by Sean J. Flynn, professor at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, will be featured at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 20-23.

State Historical Society Releases First Biography of Sisseton-Wahpeton Leader
Two events this week celebrate the release of the latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Radical Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage is Remembered in New Biography
At this month’s South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 20-23, the South Dakota State Historical Society will release a young adult biography about one of the many forgotten heroines of the women’s suffrage movement.

Health Department Investigates Legionnaires’ disease increase
The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been reported in people who reside or traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 cases were hospitalized and 1 died. The patients are ages 36-80 years, with a median age of 57 years.

South Dakota Assisting With Hurricane Response
PIERRE, S.D. – Two staff members from the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management have deployed to North Carolina to assist that state with its response to Hurricane Florence.

Board of Regents Release Fall Enrollment for 2018
Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down about 2 percent in full-time equivalent students, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today.


Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 53rd annual Buffalo Roundup and 25th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 28. The Arts Festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29.

White Lake High School Receives $10,000 In Highway Safety’s “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Because one of its students wanted to learn how to be a safe driver, White Lake High School is now $10,000 richer.

Tax collections increase at 2018 South Dakota State Fair
Tax collections at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair exceeded $206,000, according to figures released by the South Dakota Department of Revenue.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Dorothy Kellogg
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 21, to honor the life of former state legislator Dorothy Kellogg.

South Dakota receives grant to support mental health services in schools
The South Dakota Department of Education has been awarded an $8.7 million Project AWARE grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is a partnership with the Department of Social Services.

Roadway Lighting Work to Begin in Hot Springs
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation a roadway lighting project is scheduled to start on the Highway 18 bypass in Hot Springs on Monday, Sept. 24.

Department of Revenue offers additional guidance on remote seller law
The South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds remote sellers that they must obtain a South Dakota sales tax license and pay applicable sales tax beginning Nov. 1, 2018.


Board holds public hearings on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on academic content standards in world language and school library earlier today. These two sets of proposed standards will receive hearings at locations across the state this school year.

Traditional Arts Demonstration Day Sept. 22 at Cultural Heritage Center
Three American Indian traditional artists will demonstrate their work on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Highway Patrol Statement on Trooper-Involved Shooting
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was involved in an officer-involved shooting Sunday night on Interstate 29. The Patrol is cooperating with the Division of Criminal Investigation which is conducting the investigation.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Issues Decision in Favor of State
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit rendered an opinion in favor of The Department of Social Services (DSS) and other state defendants Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.


Governor's Column: Finally Attaining Tax Uniformity
This past week, legislators returned to Pierre for a special legislative session. I don’t call a special session lightly. During my two terms as governor I have called only one other during the summer of 2017.

News Tips for September 15 – 21, 2018
Monday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. MDT, Belle Fourche – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the dedication of the Belle Fourche School District Career and Technical Education Center in Belle Fourche.

Shoulder Work To Begin on Highway 14A
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says shoulder work on Highway 14A, Boulder Canyon, will begin on Monday, Sept. 17.

Deck Patching on Swan Creek Bridge
The Department of Transportation says an asphalt concrete patch will be placed over the Swan Creek bridge located four miles north of Hoven on Highway 47 on Monday, Sept. 17.

Bridge Work Near Lead and Spearfish
Crews have begun work grinding the deck on the bridge near the Highway 14A/85 junction near Lead.


Cultural Heritage Center to participate in 14th annual Smithsonian magazine Museum Day event
On Saturday, Sept. 22, all visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian magazine.

Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grant recipients announced
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grants to eight South Dakota public schools for a combined total of just over $1.1 million.

Rising Suicide Rates Require a Multifaceted Approach to Prevention
Suicides rates have been rising in recent years in South Dakota. In 2017, 192 South Dakotans died by suicide, the most ever reported. Suicide was the ninth leading cause of death among all South Dakotans and the second leading cause of death among individuals 15 to 34 years old.

St. Onge Street In Rapid City To Close
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to St. Onge Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Friday, Sept. 14, to allow grading and concrete paving to be placed at the intersection of West Chicago Street.

Potter County Sign Replacement Project Starting
The Department of Transportation says traffic signs and delineators on county roads in Potter County and streets in the towns of Hoven, Gettysburg, Lebanon and Tolstoy will be replaced and updated beginning Monday, Sept. 17.

POW/MIA Recognition
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Special Session Bills
After leading the U.S. Supreme Court victory in taxation of remote sales, South Dakota will soon be among the states benefiting from the Wayfair decision.

Oct. 15 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant
South Dakota communities are encouraged to apply for a 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.

Indian Education Summit to feature hip-hop artist Supaman
Native American hip-hop artist Supaman (Christian Takes Gun Parrish) will perform and deliver a keynote address at the 2018 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 23-25, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – Warrants have been issued for a Watertown, S.D. man who was involved in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred last week near Sisseton.

Election Signs Not Allowed in Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights of way.


Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Saturday To Honor Fallen Firefighter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of David Fischer, assistant chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Fischer died Friday, while responding to a house fire in Tilford.


Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On 9/11 Anniversary
President Trump is calling for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff on Tuesday in observance of Patriot Day, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance.

Media Advisory: Special Session Address
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. The remarks will be livestreamed via Gov. Daugaard’s Facebook page and audio will be available at SD.net.

Grow in South Dakota
Not so long ago, and just before I entered high school, I was the jubilant recipient of a “Junior Agriculture loan” from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A Chandler, Arizona man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash south of Hermosa.

Names Released in Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D. – A 20-year-old Pierre woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of Hayes.


Governor's Column: Dakota At Home
Aging can be a difficult thing. Whether it’s harder on the one growing older, or their loved ones, I’m not sure.

News Tips
On Monday at 3 p.m., Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1060 AM KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Jody Heemstra.


State Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials remind property owners that Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.

Young cowboy poet performing Sept. 13 at Cultural Heritage Center
Colt Blankman, a 12-year-old from Avon, Utah, will be performing his own original cowboy poetry and the work of other cowboy poets at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

September Recognized As Campus Fire Safety Month in SD
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month” in South Dakota.

Reminder to Remove Hay Bales from the Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.

I-29/Sisseton Exit Interchange Ramp Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound on and off ramps for the Interstate 29/Sisseton exit (Exit 232) will be closed to traffic on Friday, Sept. 7, for about 14 days.

Just Get ‘Er Done!
Autumn is here, and harvest is just around the corner. These Fall days are a great time to complete those cleaning tasks you have been putting off. As a veteran, it’s also a great time to review your chore list.


State Treasurer Heads to Sioux Falls for Sidewalk Arts Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Sidewalk Arts Festival in Sioux Falls, Saturday September 8, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that is owed to them.

Names Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
VIBORG, S.D. – Two people from Viborg, S.D. have been identified as those killed late Friday night in a two-vehicle crash near Viborg.

Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A 54-year-old man died Monday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash south of Hermosa.

Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D. – One person died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of Hayes.


Mickelson Bust To Be Unveiled Next Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting the public to attend the unveiling of the George S. Mickelson bust next week. The bust by James Michael Maher will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 11, during a ceremony in the House Lobby of the Capitol Building.

South Dakota Survivors of Las Vegas Shooting Urged to Apply for Expense Reimbursement
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans who were victims of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas have until Oct. 1 to apply for reimbursement for current or future out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from the event.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the city of Vermillion, will hold a public open house on Monday, Sept. 10, on the draft Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan.

Sheffer Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to Sheffer Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to allow for the concrete paving to be placed on West Chicago Street.

32nd Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to 32nd Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Thursday, Sept. 6, to allow for water main and storm sewer installation and grading work.


Names Released in Gregory County Fatal Crash
BONESTEEL, S.D. – A 36-year-old man from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Bonesteel.


Turner County Fatal Crash
VIBORG, S.D. – Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash late Friday night west of Viborg.

Name Released in Meade County Fatal Crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash west of Piedmont.


Governor's Column: Be The One
Suicide is a growing problem in South Dakota. Last year we had the highest number of suicides on record. It was the ninth leading cause of death and the second leading cause of death for individuals age 10 to 34.

News Tips
On Wednesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Daktronics 50th anniversary open house at 201 Daktronics Drive, Brookings, Bldg. 6.

Calamity Jane to be focus of Cultural Heritage Center program
One of the most written-about women of the Old West will be the topic of a Sept. 11 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Author Richard W. Etulain will tell about “The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane” when the History and Heritage Book Club meets.

Gregory County Fatal Crash
BONESTEEL, S.D. – One person died and another was injured Friday afternoon in a crash involving a semi-truck and trailer near Bonesteel.

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Belle Fourche, S.D., man has been identified as the person died Sunday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash north of Hill City.


Gov. Daugaard Submits Special Session Proposals
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today submitted three pieces of legislation to be considered during the special legislative session on Sept. 12.

Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
The 2018-19 school year is underway, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.

SDDOT Project Competing for Final National Award
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) project in and around the Black Hills area was selected as a Top 12 finalist in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) 2018 America’s Transportation Awards competition.

Hall of Honor Banquet for Charles Lien
The late Charles “Chuck” Lien of Rapid City is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


2018 Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2018 Governor’s Awards ceremony on Sept. 25.

September Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In 20 South Dakota Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 20 counties throughout South Dakota during September.

Meade County Fatal Crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – One person died and another was injured late Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Piedmont.

SDDOT Awards Scholarship to SDSM&T Student
Jamie Smith, a senior at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Tax collections increase at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Tax collections at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally increased by 3 percent compared to 2017.


Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2018-19 School Year
The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 356 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2018-19 school year.

New Ways to Experience the Magic at the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair is offering new ways to “experience the magic” at this year’s fair.

Beadwork project set for Family Fun Saturday Sept. 8 at Cultural Heritage Center
Families can create their own beaded collar decoration from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Sept. 8. Beadwork is this month’s Family Fun Saturday theme.

South Dakota Medicaid Submits Waiver Request to CMS for Career Connector Program
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for a five-year Medicaid 1115 demonstration waiver.


Correction: Flag Request for Senator McCain
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, until sunset on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Pheasant Survey Indicates 47% Increase for South Dakota's 100th Hunting Season
PIERRE, S.D. – According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), this year’s pheasant brood survey shows a 47 percent increase over last year. The 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index is 2.47, up from the 2017 index of 1.68.

State’s SBVI Division Holding Public Forum
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will be holding a public forum on Friday, Sept. 7.

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 9-15 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week in South Dakota.

DPS Officials Urge Public to Stay Safe During Labor Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety are encouraging motorists to end summer on a safe note by being safe on the road.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One person died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred near Hill City.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Declares September as Suicide Prevention Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota.

Hall of Honor Banquet Date Set for Laurie Schultz of Pierre
A banquet, hosted by the Transportation Hall of Honor Committee, will be held in Laurie’s honor on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Drifters Bar and Grill in Fort Pierre. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. CST with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m.

Resurfacing to Begin on Highway 11
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Starting Monday, August 27, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete resurfacing work on Highway 11 from 273rd Street east of Harrisburg to 282nd Street, Highway 18.


News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Pierre Fort Pierre Rotary Club Weekly Meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center.

Governor's Column: The State Fair Grandstand’s Centennial Year
Much changes in the course of a century. Looking back to 1918, it was a different world. The United States was engaged in World War I, communities were experiencing the devastation of the Spanish flu pandemic and the right to vote was extended to women in South Dakota.

Highway 85 Culvert Repairs and Asphalt Resurfacing - Update
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Crews have been repairing culverts on Highway 85 from the junction of Kinghorn Road in Butte County, north to the junction of Old Highway 85 for the last two months.


Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
With the help of day sponsors, the State Fair is able to offer special days at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – A Yankton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near Lesterville.

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 35 Preliminary Engineering Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $1.345 million at their meeting today in Pierre.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highway 34 East of Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to Highway 34 in the Rapid City area beginning Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Watertown Pavement Repairs on Highway 212
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun pavement repair work on Highway 212 in Watertown from 19th Street going east to 43rd Street SE.

Aaron Walberg Named CTVSO of the Year
Aaron Walberg of Aberdeen has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs “County/Tribal Veterans Service Officer of the Year.” Walberg was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Tom Sparrow Receives 2018 SDDVA Outreach Award
Tom Sparrow of Parker has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Partner of the Year. Sparrow was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Mike Maske Receives 2018 SDDVA Employee of the Year Award
Michael Maske of Sioux Falls has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Employee of the Year. Maske was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Leaders Recognized for their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Sheila Carpenter Receives 2018 SDDVA Partner of the Year Award
Sheila Carpenter of Pierre has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partner of the Year. Carpenter was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.