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Gov. Daugaard Appoints Giles As First Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Chris S. Giles (J’-ylz)* as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s First Circuit Court.

Make Your Voice Heard at the SD State Fair
Local singers can make their voices heard this September at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union at the South Dakota State Fair.

State Prison Inmate Christian Voldbaek In Custody
Inmate Christian Voldbaek was arrested in Rapid City July 24.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Bern As First Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Tami A. Bern as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s First Circuit Court.

Highway Patrol Continues Investigation into Alcester Fatal Crash
PIERRE – South Dakota Highway Patrol officials say the investigation into Monday’s fatal crash in Alcester continues to indicate that the incident was unintentional.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A 54-year-old female died Sunday in a vehicle-motorcycle crash northeast of Hill City.

I-29 - 26th Street Exit 78 Ramp Closure - Entrance Ramp
On Wednesday July 26, 2017 the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound entrance ramp to Interstate 29 at 26th Street (Exit 78) in Sioux Falls to complete pavement repairs on this ramp.

Interstate 90 Exit 63 Westbound On Ramp Closure - updated
On Friday, July 28,, crews will complete work on the Interstate 90 Exit 63 westbound on ramp at Box Elder.


Governor's Column: Budget Practices -- SD vs. DC
I have long been troubled by the federal government’s budget situation. According to the online U.S. debt clock, which uses figures from the U.S. Treasury, our national debt is currently at 19 trillion dollars, or 61,346 dollars per citizen.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the activation ceremony for 15 Soldiers of the South Dakota National Guard 200th Engineer Company Bridge Training Team at TF Riggs High School Theater in Pierre.

Pay it Forward Day Planned
The South Dakota State Fair is making plans for the second annual Pay It Forward Day.

I-29 Northbound On Ramp to Close at Exit 98
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 29 northbound on-ramp at exit 98 from Highway 115 (Dell Rapids) will be closed beginning Monday, July 25.

6th Street and 22nd Avenue Intersection To Re-open Sunday
The intersection of 6th Street and 22nd Avenue in Brookings is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Sunday, July 23, barring any weather or other delays.


South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Bosworth Felony Convictions and Sentence For Election Law Violations
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the felony convictions and sentence of Annette Bosworth for filing false petitions in her 2014 U.S. Senate Primary race.

Deadline for South Dakota 100, 125 and 150 Year Farm & Ranch Recognition is Aug. 11
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair.

Americans with Disabilities Act Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day in South Dakota.

Asphalt Chip Seals in the Belle Fourche Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Belle Fourche area starting Monday, July 24.

Rescheduled: I-29 - 26th Street Exit 78 Ramp Closure
On Thursday, July 20, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound exit ramp on Interstate 29 at 26th Street (Exit 78) in Sioux Falls to finish pavement repairs on this ramp.

Vantage Point Approved for REDI Fund Loan, Building 25,000 square-foot Expansion
MITCHELL, S.D. – Vantage Point Solutions, a leading broadband and telecommunications engineering and consulting company based in Mitchell, S.D., was approved last week for a $1.35 million REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan by the Board of Economic Development.


Attorney General Jackley Warns of Pirated Websites
Attorney General Marty Jackley warns that hackers are now using so-called pirate websites to infect computers.

GFP Commission Proposes Petition Process to Restrict Recreational Use of Section 8 Nonmeandered Lakes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission during the July Commission meeting adopted a proposal to establish a process where landowners can request the restriction of recreational use of nonmeandered waters for public use.

Name Released in Perkins County Fatal Crash
BISON, S.D. – A 36-year-old Bison man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover south of Bison.


Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Entries
Deadlines for all South Dakota State Fair open class entries are right around the corner. The static entry deadline is Monday, July 31.

Board of Technical Education elects officers and appoints committee to hire executive director
The Board of Technical Education held its first official meeting and elected officers today in Rapid City. Dana Dykhouse of Sioux Falls has been elected to a two-year term as board president, Bob Faehn of Watertown as vice president and Terry Sabers of Mitchell as secretary.

Two SHIINE Regional Offices Re-Locate
The central and western regional offices for the Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program have moved to new locations.

Schedule Changes Planned for Three South Dakota Driver Exam Stations
PIERRE, S.D. -- Schedule changes start Aug. 1 for driver exam stations in Parker, Vermillion and Yankton.

Highway Patrol Graduation Friday, Largest Group in 43 years
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol officially welcomes its largest group of new troopers to the agency in more than 40 years this Friday during a graduation ceremony held in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre.

I-90 – Exit 14: I-90 Closure with Detour to Set Girders
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 90 will be closed for six nights, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting on Wednesday, July 19, between the off and on ramps at Exit 14 in Spearfish.


South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year With Surplus
South Dakota state government closed the 2017 budget year on June 30 marking the sixth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities July 21-23
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating Christmas this July in multiple state parks and recreation areas in addition to offering kayaking, hiking and craft-making events.

Perkins County Fatal Crash
BISON, S.D. – A 36-year-old man died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover south of Bison.

Chip and Fog Seal Projects in Huron Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Huron area of the state beginning Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Exit Ramp to Close Overnight at the I-29 and I-229 Interchange
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says one exit ramp will be closed the night of July 17, at the I-29 and I-229 interchange in Sioux Falls.


Update on Parole Absconder Richie Desersa in custody
UPDATE: Richie Desersa is back in custody, arrested in Minnehaha County July 16.


Governor's Column: The Direct Effects Of Financial Stewardship
As Governor of South Dakota, financial stewardship is one of my top priorities. When it comes to balancing the budget, managing the retirement system and maintaining our AAA credit ratings, I dive into the details.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the deployment ceremony for the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 216th Engineer Detachment at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial amphitheater.

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Joseph Hogan, on June 17, 2017, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

State Prison Inmate Brendan Lebar In Custody
Inmate Brendan Lebar was arrested in Pennington County this week.

2017-2018 Antelope Hunting Season Finalized for Archery and Firearm
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2017 and 2018 archery and firearm antelope hunting seasons.

Antelope and Coyote Hunting Changes for Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed Custer State Park to antelope hunting for the 2017 hunting season due to decreased herd numbers from previous years while also taking into consideration the wildlife viewing opportunities for park visitors.

2017 Sage Grouse Season Closed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission closed the 2017 sage grouse hunting season at their July meeting.

Sioux Falls Student Wins $10,000 In Highway Safety’s “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – A Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School student is $10,000 richer for being chosen the winner of a program that encourages driving safety among young people.

Highway 212 Opening from Watertown to Goodwin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be opening Highway 212 between Watertown and Goodwin on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The signed car detour route will be shortened along the south side of Highway 212 along county roads between Goodwin and Highway 15.


South Dakota Medicaid Fraud Unit Takes Part in Nationwide Health Care Fraud Sweep
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Attorney General’s Medicaid Control Fraud Unit (SD MFCU) participated with various law enforcement authorities in a nationwide coordinated health care fraud sweep.

Community Service Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Stacie Cottier was apprehended by the Stanley County Sheriff’s Department south of Fort Pierre at approximately 12:25 a.m. on July 13.

I-90 – Exit 14 – Traffic Switch on 27th St North of I-90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that traffic is scheduled to be switched to the newly completed southbound 27th Street lanes north of I-90 today, July 13, 2017.


Brookings Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, July 18, Brookings will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting.

Attorney General Ballot Explanation Released for Constitutional Amendment Establishing Open Primary Elections
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

Community Service Inmate Placed On Escape Status
Inmate Stacie Cottier, age 33, left her community service jobsite without authorization in Pierre Wednesday night.

Public Notice of Arrest Warrant for Parole Absconder Richie Desersa
Parole absconder Richie Desersa failed to report to the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on July 11.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event. The event will be held Sept. 15-17 at Outlaw Ranch near Custer.

GOED rolling out new CDBG program
PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce the details for the Bulldoze, Build, and Beautify (BBB) activity under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. GOED has set aside $1 million of its FY 2017 CDBG allocation to support this activity.


Governor’s Mansion Tours Now Featuring Art By Harrisburg Student
As the free summer tours at the Governor’s mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student.

HuntSAFE Names Individual and Team Instructors of the Year
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) named Justin Schmiedt as the 2016 HuntSAFE Instructor of the Year and Bob and Daryl Schutte as the 2016 HuntSAFE Team of the Year.

Tagged Lake Oahe Salmon: From Silver to Gold
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to know how stocking salmon in different locations improves their survival

Statement from Division of Banking on Dollar Loan Center
The South Dakota Division of Banking issued the following statement today in response to Dollar Loan Center in Rapid City and Sioux Falls offering short-term loans at 36 percent APR and charging late fees if not repaid in one week.

Department of Social Services Hires Interim Hospital Administrator
The Department of Social Services is pleased to announce Marcene Dickes has accepted a position as the interim hospital administrator at the Human Services Center (HSC) in Yankton, S.D


DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2018 Integrated Report
DENR requests water quality data by Sept. 1 as part of its process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Nature, Sand Candles and Halloween in July this Weekend
South Dakota state parks offer unique ways for visitors to learn more about nature and enjoy the outdoors. From building wax creations to trick-or-treating, there is an activity for everyone.

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
BLUNT, S.D. – A Harrold, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning east of Blunt.

Gage Brothers announces construction of new plant in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 10, 2017): Gage Brothers today announced the construction of a new plant featuring a multi-million dollar investment in state-of-the-art technology rarely used in the manufacture of precast concrete in the United States.


Name Released In Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
LAKE PRESTON, S.D. – A 52-year-old Lake Preston woman died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Lake Preston.

Names Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A 71-year-old Piedmont woman died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Rapid City.


Work Release Inmate Back In Custody
Randy Cowherd turned himself in to the Rapid City Community Work Center late this evening.

Work Release Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Randy Cowherd, age 45, was due back at the Rapid City Community Work Center earlier this evening following a shift at his work release job. Escape procedures were enacted when Cowherd failed to return at the designated time.


Governor's Column: Matching Students with Workforce Needs
Last week, I was honored to begin a one-year term as chairman of the Western Governors Association. The WGA includes governors of 19 western states – those to the north and south of South Dakota, and every state to the west. Each WGA chair selects a policy initiative to focus on during the chair’s one-year term. Over the next 12 months I will focus on workforce development.

News Tips For July 8 – 14, 2017
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 Council of Chief State School Officers Summer Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City.

Department of Agriculture Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Begins July 10
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) encourages all agriculture producers and businesses to take advantage of free pesticide container recycling collection in 37 locations across the state from Monday, July 10 until Thursday, Sept. 7.

Still Not Time to Treat Ash Trees for EAB—Yet
The recent find of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Alta, Iowa, has renewed interest in the invasive insect.

Connecting Agriculture: Creating an Accurate Drought Monitor
Drought conditions have continued to spread across South Dakota over the past few weeks.

Cultural Heritage Center Museum to debut new family activity Wednesday, July 19
A new museum program focused on families with school-aged children will be available to the public at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre for the first time on Wednesday, July 19.

Hughes County Fatal Crash
BLUNT, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday morning east of Blunt.

2017 S.D. Transportation Hall of Honor Inductees Announced
Clyde Jundt from Pierre and Mark Knight from Aberdeen have been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2017.

Chip Seal and Fog Seals Projects in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton area of the state beginning Tuesday, July 11.


State Treasurer to set up at Family Fest
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at Family Fest to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
LAKE PRESTON, S.D. – A 52-year-old woman died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Lake Preston.

Meade County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning west of Rapid City.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in the Aberdeen Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Aberdeen area beginning Monday, July 10.


Gov. Daugaard Names Inaugural Members to Government Accountability Board
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced his appointments to the new Government Accountability Board.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in the Watertown Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Watertown area of the state beginning today (July 5).

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Rapid City Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to three highways in the Rapid City area of the state beginning Friday, July 7.

Pavement Repair on I-29 Near Sioux Falls
On Friday, July 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the northbound lanes on Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls from 26th Street (Exit 78) to 12th Street (Exit 79).

Highway 79 and 212 Paving
Crews will begin preparing for an asphalt concrete resurfacing project at the north junction of Highway 79 and 212 in Butte County beginning this afternoon, July 5, 2017.

DRAFT OR NO DRAFT, THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE SHINES ON!
For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of buzz about the NBA draft. Strategists and newscasters chattered about the likes of Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum. Who would draft them and what package would be offered? Numerous sports venues use the draft process to allocate talented players to their teams.


State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Christian Voldbaek, age 21, left the Rapid City Community Work Center July 4.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in a two-vehicle crash which killed two people and injured two others early Saturday morning near Brandon.


State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Brendan Lebar, age 20, left the jobsite without authorization this afternoon.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – Two people died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning near Brandon.


Governor's Column: South Dakota's Presidential Independence Day
It was an eventful Fourth of July week 90 years ago when President Calvin Coolidge spent the holiday in the Black Hills. He and First Lady Grace Coolidge came to the State Game Lodge at Custer State Park that summer to escape the noise and congestion of Washington, D.C.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jim Thares To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Jim Thares of Aberdeen to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

News Tips
The Railroad Board of the South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in the Commission Room of the Becker-Hansen building located at 700 E. Broadway Ave.

Check Nursery Stock for Japanese Beetle
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is encouraging residents to check any newly purchased nursery stock for Japanese beetle.

SD State Fair and SDSU Athletics Come Together for Ticket Promotion
The South Dakota State Fair and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Athletics have teamed up on a Labor Day weekend ticket promotion.

Be Safe with Fire this Independence Day
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division reminds people to use extreme caution when shooting off fireworks in areas of the state where dry conditions exist.

Former director of National Museum of American History to visit Pierre, sign new book on July 24
Brent Glass, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, is making three appearances in Pierre on Monday, July 24, to promote his new book, “50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.”

Fun with Flags is theme for Family Fun Saturday at Cultural Heritage Center July 8
The next Family Fun Saturday at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is July 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
DENR is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

State Park Events Scheduled for July 7-8
With summer in full swing, South Dakota state parks are offering a variety of programs for visitors.

Sign Up Now for HuntSAFE Courses
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently taking registration for HuntSAFE classes. Classes are held statewide throughout the year.

Highway 46 Closing North of Alcester for Reconstruction
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 46, located north of Alcester at the intersection of Highway 11, will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, July 10.


Gov. Daugaard Commends Release Of Additional CRP Acres
The Governor last week sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the department make CRP acres available as soon as possible. The USDA on Friday announced the release of CRP acres to counties in the severe drought and extreme drought categories.

July Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – July’s sobriety checkpoint schedule has been released.

Construction on Highway 18 West of Maverick Junction
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, work will begin one mile west of Maverick Junction at Highway 18 and Highway 79 intersection on Wednesday, July 5.

Regents Create Audit and Athletics Advisory Committees
Committees to provide audit oversight and to advise on the management of intercollegiate athletic programs are being created by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

SDSU to Offer New Management Degrees
South Dakota State University will offer new undergraduate management degrees in two fields predicted to have strong job growth in the future. The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved bachelor degree programs in leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, as well as in conservation planning and park management.

Northern State Students Recognized by Regents
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Northern State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

New Specializations, Certificates Meet Emerging Workforce Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new academic program requests to meet emerging employment trends across the state.

Jewett Departs Board as Longest-Serving Regent
Harvey C. Jewett of Aberdeen completes his work this week on the state’s public higher education governing board after more than 20 years of service. Based on available records, Jewett is believed to be the longest-serving regent in South Dakota Board of Regents’ history.


Gov. Daugaard Named WGA Chair Western Governors’ Workforce Initiative Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – This morning at a governors’ meeting in Whitefish, Mont., Gov. Dennis Daugaard was elected to serve as chair of the Western Governors’ Association. Gov. Daugaard will serve as chairman for one year.

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
Nearly 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,911 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

State Officials Urge Safety During July 4th Celebration
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety wants people to enjoy their July Fourth celebrations, but in a safe way.


Rep. Haggar Resigns, Governor Invites Public Input
State Rep. Don Haggar has resigned his seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Haggar, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the state House since 2013, and is currently the body’s speaker pro tempore.

Protect Yourself – Be Informed About State Cosmetology Laws
The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission sets high professional standards for nail technicians and cosmetologists for consumer safety.

348th Ave. Bridge Over I-90 Closed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed a bridge over Interstate 90 four miles east of the east Chamberlain interchange after it was damaged by an over-height vehicle.

Hendrix Genetics announces new commercial hatchery in Beresford, SD
Hendrix Genetics is pleased to announce another step in its commitment to the US Turkey Industry: to directly distribute quality Hybrid commercial poults to growers.


United States Supreme Court Rules with 12 Attorneys General on Immigration Law
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court issued a decision allowing President Trump’s executive order, commonly called the “travel ban”, to take effect, with certain exceptions. The Court will hear the merits of the travel ban appeal this fall.

Aurora County Man Arrested for First Degree Rape
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Robert Lincoln Will III, 35, Plankinton, was arrested on one count of rape in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine.

SD Ag Chat: Windbreaks and Shelterbelts Need Watering Too
Trees and shrubs are feeling the effects of the dry conditions this year in SD.

State Historical Society hosting outdoor concert, ice cream social on Friday, July 21
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host a special outdoor concert called “Smithsonian Remembers” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. CDT near the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents updated
An updated version of the Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers and Parents in South Dakota is now available on the Department of Education website.

GFP Reminds Boaters to Practice Safe Boating
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

State Parks to Celebrate Independence Day
Celebrate the 4th of July early in South Dakota’s state parks. From parades to campsite decorating contests, state parks are ready to celebrate the holiday weekend with family fun for all ages.

State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a popular time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.