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U.S. Department of Education approves South Dakota’s ESSA plan
The U.S. Department of Education has approved South Dakota’s state plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Name Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Beresford man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday night near Beresford.


Historical Society Press named best by True West magazine
The South Dakota Historical Society Press was recently named Best Regional Western History Publisher by True West magazine.

Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Being Accepted
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Wildlife Diversity Program is accepting proposals for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program.

Health Department Staff Honored
Fifteen South Dakota Department of Health staff were recently recognized in the agency’s annual Secretary’s Awards Program. Awards were given in three categories: employee excellence, outstanding contribution to public health and the rising star award. The recipients of the awards are listed below.

Name Released in Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton.


Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – One person died early Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash three miles north and one mile east of Beresford.


Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – One person died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Camela Theeler As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Camela Theeler of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.

Governor's Column: The Workforce Relay
The legislative session commenced on Jan. 9 with my final State of the State Address. I began my speech by talking about workforce, which will be a focus in my last year as governor.

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Decision
Governor Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court's decision to grant the state's petition for a writ of certiorari in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.: "I am very pleased that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case. I hope this means the Court is open to revisiting the important issue of taxation of online sales."

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present tourism industry awards and reveal the 2017 economic impact results of the tourism industry.

GFP Commission Finalizes Duck Hunting Season
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adjusted the season dates of the Low Plains South duck hunting zone for the 2018 hunting season.

GFP Commission Changes the Early Fall Goose Season and Units
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made changes to the early fall Canada goose hunting seasons at their January meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Additional Big Horn Sheep Hunting Unit
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish a new hunting unit for bighorn sheep in Pennington County east of the Cheyenne River and in Jackson County north of the White River, excluding Badlands National Park.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Oakwood State Park Hunting Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed the use of shotguns using shotshells, crossbows and bows while hunting in Oakwood State Park at their January meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes No Wake Zones at Shadehill and West Bend
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish “no wake zones” on Shadehill Reservoir in Perkins County and on West Bend Recreation Area in Hughes County.


Secretary of State Proposes Further Budget Cuts to Own Office
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has proposed a 2.49% budget reduction to the office’s state fiscal year 2019 budget.

SDDA Reminds Producers of Mandatory Dicamba Trainings
In December, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season.

Family Fun Saturday at Cultural Heritage Center returns with snowman craft on Jan. 20
There’s no need to fight the cold or get frosty fingers when you “Build a Snowman!” at Family Fun Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. CST on Jan. 20 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Chairman Boyd Gourneau to deliver the 3rd Annual State of the Tribes Address
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Boyd Gourneau will deliver the 3rd Annual State of the Tribes Address tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. CST before the South Dakota Legislature. A couple topics Chairman Gourneau will address are meth use and healthcare.

Historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 available online from State Library
The South Dakota State Library recently added a collection of historical Supreme Court Reports 1879-1923 to the library's digital collections site.


Webster soldier’s Vietnam War collection donated to State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives recently received a collection of Vietnam War-era photographs, numerous letters and a journal written by Webster soldier James C. Walton, Jr.

Game, Fish and Parks Unveils New Website
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is inviting visitors to explore its new website at https://gfp.sd.gov/.

2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism is “On the Move”
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is encouraging tourism industry professionals to join the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism next week, Jan. 16-18, in Pierre.

Department of Revenue to continue temporary office in Huron
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will continue its office hours in Huron to assist customers.


State Prison Inmate Robert Brim Dies
Inmate Robert Brim, age 79, passed away Jan. 7 at a Sioux Falls hospital.

Five South Dakota teachers earn profession’s top honor
Five South Dakota classroom teachers are among the nearly 5,461 elementary and secondary school teachers nationwide to achieve National Board Certification in 2017.


Governor Seeking Summer Intern Applicants
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for the 2018 Governor’s Office internship program in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from May through August 2018.

Governor's Column: Another Way To Manage The Cold
With the extremely cold weather we have recently experienced, I am reminded how important it is to plan for it. This doesn’t just mean stocking long underwear and packing emergency kits in cars.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard give his annual State of the State address in the House Chamber of the Capitol Building.

Secretary of State Sees Steady Decrease in Conceal Carry Weapon Permits
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced the state saw a decline in new and renewed conceal carry weapon permits issued in 2017.

Historical Society Press new member of Association of University Presses
The South Dakota Historical Society Press has been accepted as an affiliate member of the Association of University Presses.

Gov. Daugaard Awards Five Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $1.2 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to five projects throughout South Dakota. Aberdeen, Fort Pierre, Huron, Mellette and Phillip will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling almost $2.3 million.


Gov. Daugaard To Give State of the State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the 2018 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Second Ballot Question Petition Validated for 2018 General Election
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure prohibiting contributions to ballot question committees by non-residents, out-of-state political committees, and entities that are not filed with the Secretary of State was validated and filed by her office. It is the second ballot question to be placed on the November 6, 2018 General Election Ballot. It will be titled Initiated Measure 24.

Middle school math teacher in Harrisburg receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Carla Diede, a National Board Certified math teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School, is South Dakota’s newest recipient of a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”

Gov. Daugaard Announces $10.758 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $10.758 million for water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling projects when it met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

Sioux Falls Driver License Exam Station Closed Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
PIERRE, S.D. – Sioux Falls’ driver license exam station will be closed Monday, Jan. 8, so employees can train on the new driver’s license issuance equipment which is being installed in exam stations statewide.

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at six Welcome Center locations along interstates 29 and 90.

Fort Pierre man claims $390,000 Lucky for Life prize
Fort Pierre resident Bill Rose rang in the new year by becoming South Dakota’s first big winner of the Lucky for Life lotto game.

Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots exceed $400 million
For the first time ever, both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have exceeded $400 million.


Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.

GFP Officials Remind Trail Users to Respect Groomed Trails
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding winter hikers to respect groomed cross country skiing trails.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects Officers
The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2018.

SD State Parks Celebrate Winter with Snowshoe Hikes
The South Dakota State Parks are encouraging folks to get outside and remain active during the winter months.

Public Comment Notice for Renewal of Home & Community-Based Services
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public comment on revisions to the Community Hope Opportunity Independent Careers Empowerment Success (CHOICES) Medicaid waiver program.

Carve Out Time For Our Veterans
Carve out time to support our veterans.


Gov. Daugaard Announces The Release Of The Fiscal Year 2017 CAFR
The state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2017 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) made the report public on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, meeting its goal of a December release.


Sisseton Man Dies From Injuries Sustained in Dec. 11 Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – A Sisseton man has died from injuries sustained in a Dec. 11, 2017 three-vehicle crash in Sisseton.

Name Released in Corson County Fatal Crash
McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – A McLaughlin man has been identified as the person who was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of McLaughlin


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Sen. Robert Miller
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 2, to honor the life of former state Sen. Robert L. ‘Bob’ Miller.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Michael Diedrich To District 34 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Michael Diedrich of Rapid City to fill the District 34 vacancy in the State House of Representatives.

Governor's Column: The Legion Lake Fire
There is no place like Custer State Park. Each year nearly 2 million people from all over the world come to see the buffalo, drive the wildlife loop, hike Lover’s Leap, fish on Legion Lake, and swim and kayak at Sylvan.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the keynote speaker at the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership Annual Meeting at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.

First 2018 Ballot Question Petition Validated by Secretary of State
Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution changing campaign finance and lobbying laws, creating a government accountability board, and changing certain initiative and referendum provisions was validated and filed by her office.

State Treasurer Mailing Potential Property Letters
State Treasurer, Rich Sattgast, announced that the Unclaimed Property Division will be sending letters to the potential owners of monies and securities received by the office.

State Prison Inmate Scott Richards Dies
Inmate Scott Richards, age 45, passed away last evening in a comfort care setting at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on rural schools
Capturing memories of a way of life disappearing from South Dakota will be the focus of a Jan. 9 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


State Prison Inmate Jonathan Steveson Placed on Escape Status
Work release inmate Jonathan Steveson failed to return to Rapid City Community Work Center overnight.

Mitchell Driver Exam Station Now Open Four Days a Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Mitchell’s driver license exam station will be open four days a week beginning in January.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for January
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety will kick off 2018 by conducting sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during the month of January.

Chamberlain Driver License Exam Station Closed Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
PIERRE, S.D. – Chamberlain’s driver license exam station will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

Corson County Fatal Crash
McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – A 37-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of McLaughlin.


State Prison Inmate Larry Black Bear Dies
Inmate Larry Black Bear, age 46, passed away Dec. 24 at a Sioux Falls hospital.

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon south of Hill City.


Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One person was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night south of Hill City.

Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Beresford couple has been identified as the two people who died in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Beresford.

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Larchwood, Iowa man has been identified as the person killed Thursday night when a van hit a charter bus that had stalled on Interstate 90 east of Rapid City.


Governor's Column: Memories Of Christmas
I have many fond memories of Christmas. One year, I remember singing Christmas carols in Dell Rapids with my 4-H club. Afterward, we ended the evening at the Lutheran Church where we sang Silent Night with all the lights out and only the Christmas tree lit.

News Tips
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation will hold itinerant office hours. Both job seekers and employers interested in receiving employment and career services at no cost may visit or call during these office hours.

State Prison Inmate Lewis Ashker Dies
Inmate Lewis Ashker, age 75, passed away last evening in a comfort care setting at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Day County Resident South Dakota’s First Flu Death Of Season
A Day County resident in the 70–79 age group is South Dakota’s first influenza death of the 2017–2018 season, the Department of Health reported today. To protect patient confidentiality, additional information about the deceased is not being released.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person was killed Thursday night when a van hit a charter bus that had stalled on Interstate 90 east of Rapid City.


State of South Dakota Files Final Brief in United States Supreme Court Tax Fairness Case
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed today that the State of South Dakota has filed its final Reply Brief in State of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg.

GFP Commission Requests Input on Preference Point System
Following a presentation by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), the GFP Commission is requesting public input on a proposal to cube preference points for all limited draw seasons.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – Two people died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 north of Beresford.

Highway 50 Project Moving Forward
The planning phase of a project to reconstruct portions of Highway 50 between Tyndall and Tabor has been completed according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Exempt entity, tribal license plates to be reissued in 2018
Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s motor vehicle division will reissue its exempt entity and tribal license plates in 2018.


State Prison Inmate Christopher Wright Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Christopher Wright walked away from his community service jobsite in Rapid City today.

Custer State Park Reopens in Full Capacity on Friday
Custer State Park (CSP) will officially reopen in full capacity on Friday, Dec. 22.

Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2018
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) encourages those with New Year’s resolutions on health and happiness to kick off 2018 with a First Day Hike at a state park.

State Park Fee Changes go into effect Jan. 1
Changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees will go into effect Jan. 1.


SDDA Registers Dicamba Products in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exits 32-40 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Meade County, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Dec. 20, to inform area residents on the beginning of a corridor study on Interstate 90 from Exit 32 (Junction Avenue) to Exit 40 (Tilford Road) near Sturgis.


Juvenile Justice Annual Report Released
The Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council today released its annual report, which outlines the progress made under the juvenile justice reforms brought by the Governor and Chief Justice David Gilbertson and passed by the State Legislature in 2015.

McKennett WWI letters/photos donated to State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society recently processed a collection of World War I-era photographs and letters written by Webster, S.D., native Pvt. Herbert McKennett. The correspondence of more than 30 letters dates mainly from 1916 and 1917.

GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Early Fall Goose Season and Units- Finalizes Others
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed and set several goose hunting seasons at their December meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Duck Hunting Season- Finalizes Several Waterfowl Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to adjust the beginning of the low plains south duck hunting zone for the 2018 hunting season calling for the zone to open the third Saturday of October from the second Saturday of October.

Fishing Access Improved at Mickelson Pond in Pierre
The City of Pierre and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) recently partnered to add four new fishing pods at Mickelson Pond in Pierre.

DPS Officials: Have Fun, But Be Safe During Holiday Season
PIERRE, S.D. – In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety reminds people to remember to be safe as well.