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SD Ag Chat: SD Beef Producers Send Positive Beef Message to New York
May is Beef Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear why South Dakota beef checkoff dollars are being used to target consumers in New York.

SD Ag Chat: USDA NASS and Partners Gauge Crop Conditions Each Week
In this SD Ag Chat, hear South Dakota’s state statistician talk about how the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service gathers intel for the weekly crop progress reports.


Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – A Watertown, S.D., man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon near Summit.

Name Released in Yankton County Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Yankton man has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Yankton.


Roberts County Fatal Crash
SUMMIT, S.D. – One person was killed and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon near Summit.


Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day Morning
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: By Knowing and Telling Their Stories
Bill Bianchi may not have been born in South Dakota, but he became like an adopted son when in 1936 he began attending SDSU to earn an animal science degree.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 75th Annual SD American Legion Boys State Convention at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

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 Tim Holmgren, on April 27, 2016, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Wheel Jam Packed with Events
The 14th Annual Wheel Jam will be held June 2-4 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

SD Ag Chat-- Noxious Weeds, Obnoxious to Control
May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month. In this SD Ag Chat, hear the state weed and pest supervisor talk about what noxious weeds are and what effect they can have on the land.

Cornerstone time capsules theme for next Family Fun Saturday at Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors are invited to come and create their own time capsule cornerstone on Family Fun Saturday on June 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

“Scotty Philip’s Buffalo Herd” photo display at Cultural Heritage Center
“Scotty Philip’s Buffalo Herd” is the new photo display in the Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A 29-year-old man died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Yankton.

6th Street and 22nd Avenue Intersection Closure
The intersection of 6th Street and 22nd Avenue in Brookings is scheduled to close on Tuesday, May 30.


SD Fire Departments Awarded Almost $300,000 in Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Wildland Fire Division has awarded almost $300,000 in grant funds to volunteer fire departments across the state for the state’s 2018 fiscal year.

Original SD BBQ Championships to be Held During Wheel Jam
Over $14,000 in prize money will be given away during the Original SD BBQ Championships June 2-3 on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

SD Ag Chat: Firewood Will Be the Most Likely Transporter of EAB to SD
In this SD Ag Chat, hear why firewood is the most likely way the harmful insect will get to South Dakota.

‘South Dakota History’ features Rapid City flood of 1972
Rapid City’s mayor during the flood of 1972 recalls the disaster that killed 238 people in a memoir published in the Summer 2017 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society. This summer marks the 45th anniversary of the flood.

South Dakota Lakes are Open for Fishing and Making Memories
The South Dakota departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish.

Custer State Park Staff Recognized for Park’s Safe Drinking Water
Staff at Custer State Park have been awarded a Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the Game Lodge public water system.

South Dakota, Minnesota Plan Joint I-90 Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and Minnesota State Patrol Troopers will join together to conduct a 23-hour traffic safety operation starting Friday morning.

Highway 212 Moves to Phase 2 East of Watertown
Knife River Midwest, Inc., has moved to Phase 2 on the Highway 212 project between Watertown and Goodwin today.

Highway 85 and 20 Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin bridge work at the following locations on Monday, June 5:

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on I-29 at Exit 26
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on Interstate 29 at Exit 26 will begin the week of May 29.

I-190 Interchange Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says drivers can expect changes to current traffic patterns on the I-190 project in Rapid City next week.

No Parking on Portion of Main Street In Sturgis
On Tuesday, May 30, Main Street in Sturgis will be closed to traffic and parking for the final lift of asphalt paving between Junction Avenue and Harley Davidson Way.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be Held July 12 & 13 in Aberdeen
Pre-registration is open for the eighth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 12 and 13 in Aberdeen.

Memorial Day holiday, summer hours announced for Cultural Heritage Center
The museum in the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is open Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday from 1-4:30 p.m. CDT.

Becoming an Outdoor Family Event Taking Registrations
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton will host the Becoming an Outdoor Family event June 14-16.

DPS Officials Encourage Driving Safety during Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. –South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is encouraging travelers to get this summer off to a safe start.

Michelin Green Guide Awards South Dakota New Stars
South Dakota’s Black Hills and Badlands area has been awarded new stars in the 2017 edition of the Guide Vert Michelin Etats-Unis Nord-Ouest. Additionally, the cover of the guide will feature Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

LUMINA NAMES SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS RECIPIENT OF $100,000 CHALLENGE GRANT
The South Dakota Board of Regents today announced it has been selected to receive a $100,000 attainment challenge grant from Lumina Foundation. Funding will support strategic initiatives to increase the state’s postsecondary attainment rate to 65 percent by 2025.


Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer
Spring is the best time of year to plant new trees to get them established. With that in mind, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry Division (RCF) encourages South Dakotans to plant different varieties of trees.

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities for Holiday Weekend
This Memorial Day, the Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is inviting people to enjoy all the parks have to offer over the holiday weekend.

Williams Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Chad Williams the 2017 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year.

Reminder that Buffalo are Dangerous: Do Not Approach
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind all visitors entering Custer State Park this season that buffalo are dangerous and should not be approached.

Culvert Repair Begins on Highway 10
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a culvert replacement and repair project has begun on Highway 10 in Campbell and McPherson counties.

Highway 34 Shoulder Widening
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 crews will begin work on the Highway 34 shoulder widening project from the junction of Highway 79 north east for 7.9 miles to 137th Place near Sturgis.


SD Ag Chat: Don’t Need Drought Conditions For Wildland Fires to Start
In 2016, almost 4.9 million acres of land in South Dakota were protected from wildfires.

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is May 21-27 in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 21-27, 2016 as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in South Dakota.

State Prison Inmate Dies
James Sadler, age 58, passed away May 21 in a comfort care setting at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield following an illness.

Oahe Chapel near Pierre to host Sunday church services
Sunday morning church services at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe near Pierre will begin on May 28. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Asphalt Surfacing on Sturgis Main Street - Updated
Due to the inclement weather, access across Main Street at Harley Davidson Way and Fourth Street is tentatively scheduled to open Tuesday, May 30.


New Good Earth Visitor Center Highlights Tribal History, Nature
Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined a 300 guests today to celebrate the completion of the visitor center at Good Earth State Park, located five miles southeast of downtown Sioux Falls.

Governor's Column: South Dakota Works
In South Dakota we have the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation. This is a source of pride, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Because so few South Dakotans are unemployed, we have a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the opening ceremony for the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

Asphalt Surfacing on Sturgis Main Street
On Tuesday, May 23, work will begin on Main Street from Harley Davidson Way to Fourth Street in Sturgis to place the top lift of asphalt surfacing.


Historical Society’s new Laura Ingalls Wilder book now available
“Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder” is now available from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Applications Being Accepted For Community Access Grant Program
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for its Community Access, Industrial Park and Agri-Business Grant Program.

I-190 Interchange Construction Update
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the intersection of Silver Street and Nickel Street, formerly West Boulevard, connecting Philadelphia Street to Silver Street, will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, May 22.

Virtual Weigh-in-Motion Detection Project at Blunt Junction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Monday, May 22, to install a new weigh-in-motion detection system at the junction of highways 83 and 14, also known as the “Blunt Junction” northeast of Pierre.


State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Calvin McCloskey was apprehended by Minnehaha County Sheriff's deputies May 16.

Society Book Club to Host Author Featured in New Book on Laura Ingalls Wilder
The History and Heritage Book Club will celebrate the release of a new book about Laura Ingalls Wilder by hosting editor Nancy Tystad Koupal and author Paula M. Nelson at its May gathering at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 23.

May 20-26 is National Safe Boating Week
Join the United States Coast Guard and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in celebrating National Safe Boating Week May 20-26, 2017.

Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind landowners of mowing regulations for the state rights of way.

South Dakota Department of Revenue hosting border tax seminars in Aberdeen
The South Dakota Department of Revenue and the North Dakota Tax Department will collaborate for a pair of border tax seminars June 15 in Aberdeen.

A Visit to the Cemetery
A monthly message from SDDVA Secretary Zimmerman


State of South Dakota Rolls Out Nation's First Paperless Pardon Process
As a part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s efforts to make government more efficient, the State of South Dakota today rolled out a pardon website for individuals seeking clemency, making South Dakota the only state in the nation with such a tool.

Sturgis To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Sturgis has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, June 6.

Wildland Fire Division Reminds Public About Campfire Permits
The Division of Wildland Fire is reminding the public that campfires on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District need a permit.

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Crofton, NE man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Yankton.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into S.D. 44 / Platte-Winner Bridge Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold public open houses to gather public input for help in developing the S.D. 44 / Platte-Winner Bridge Corridor Study. These open house public meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:


President Calls For Flags At Half-Mast For Peace Officers Memorial Day
President Donald Trump has proclaimed today, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 14 through May 20 as Police Week.

Law Enforcement Memorial Service Scheduled
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to ask South Dakotans to take a moment to reflect on the contributions that police officers make to our communities and to honor those officers who have been lost in the line of duty.

Community Partners Wanted for Aging Gracefully Expo this Fall
Attorney General Marty Jackley is pleased to announce a collaboration of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the South Dakota State University Extension Office to expand the Aging Gracefully Program (AGE) statewide.

South Dakota’s Largest Classroom Held During the SD State Fair
This school year might be winding down but the South Dakota State Fair is looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year.

SD Ag Chat: USDA NASS Surveys—Quantifying Ag in SD
South Dakota ranks among the top ten states in over 30 crop and livestock production categories, but where does that information come from?

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
The Division of Wildland Fire is announcing the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month’s Coloring Contest winners Layla Norrie of Box Elder, from the three to seven age group, and Paden Belkham of Blundt, for the eight to twelve age group.

Technical institute graduates enjoy strong job placement and program expansions approved
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Education heard a report on technical institute job placement of graduates.

South Dakota to release education plan, Board receives high-level summary
A summary of South Dakota’s plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act is now available.

Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters at its meeting earlier today.

State Historical Society Archaeology Camp registration opens May 22
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Historic Preservation Office is sponsoring a three-day Archaeology Camp for students going into grades 4-6 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Rounds Receives National TB Award
Kristin Rounds, Pierre, has been named the 2017 TB Controller of the Year by the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA). Rounds is the tuberculosis control coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health and has more than 30 years of TB control experience.

Name Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A Hermosa, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon in Box Elder.

Highway 281 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun the intersection modification work to add left turn lanes on Highway 281 and 142nd Street at the Warner exit south of Aberdeen.

I-90 – Exit 14 – Eastbound I-90 Closure with Detour
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says eastbound I-90 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday May 16, with traffic directed to the off and on ramps.


Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. - A 60-year-old man died Saturday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Yankton.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A 76-year-old man died late Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash that occurred within the Box Elder city limits.


First Lady Column: SD Reaches Lowest Ever Infant Mortality Rate
It has been six-and-a-half years since Dennis was first elected, and since then a number of things have changed in our lives. We have become grandparents, and our five grandkids – all age four or younger – brighten our days and amuse us to no end.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service to honor the fallen law enforcement officers of South Dakota.

Avoid Pesticide Drift During Spraying Season
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) would like to remind pesticide applicators of drift risk during this spraying season.


Weed-free Forage Market Growing
Hay and straw producers can add value to their products by achieving weed-free forage certification through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

2017 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Five South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $1,040,000, have been awarded to four South Dakota school districts and one private nonprofit corporation.

GFP Commission Revises Proposed Changes to Nonresident Waterfowl Licenses
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adjusted its current proposal to the proposed distribution and number of nonresident temporary (three day) waterfowl licenses and made additional adjustments.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects New Board Members
President of the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (PWF), Karen Gundersen Olson, announced today that William May of Rapid City, Jim Spies of Watertown and Dale Jahr of Sioux Falls will serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

DOT Seeking Nominations For Transportation Hall of Honor
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is still accepting nominations for consideration to be inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

I-90 – Exit 14 – One-Lane Two-Way Traffic on Colorado Boulevard East of 27th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says traffic was switched to one-lane two-way traffic on the north side of Colorado Boulevard between Heritage Drive and 27th Street on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 10, 2017.


Attorneys General Call for Federal Policy Change to Expand Authority to Address More Resident Abuse Cases
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 38 Attorneys General in signing onto a National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) letter urging the U.S. government to change its policy so that state attorneys general could use federal funds to investigate and prosecute a wider range of Medicaid abuse and neglect cases, including those that happen at home.

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Wildfire Awareness Month
I spent some time this past weekend at the parts store picking up a new battery for my lawnmower.

Easton Corbin Added to SD State Fair Line-Up
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds welcome Easton Corbin to the SD State Fair Grandstand on Friday, Sept.1.

Public input sought for State Historical Society programming
The South Dakota State Historical Society is seeking input from the public for the development of future programming.

Candidates for 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year announced
Six individuals have been named South Dakota’s Regional Teachers of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.

‘Butterflies!’ is theme for May 13 Family Fun Day at Cultural Heritage Center
Over 170 species of butterflies make their home in South Dakota, and the public is invited to come and celebrate these flying creatures by making a clothespin butterfly on Saturday, May 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Minnesota Measles Outbreak Continues, Keep Immunizations Current
As a Minnesota measles outbreak nears 50 cases, a South Dakota health official urges state residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date.

Name Released in Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – Authorities have released the name of an 85-year-old man who died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Madison.

NSU to Offer Online Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a new associate of arts degree in criminal justice from Northern State University, to be delivered online to students anytime, anywhere. NSU also received approval for a new minor in human resources management.

From Unmanned Aircraft to Biology: New Academic Offerings at SDSU
Students at South Dakota State University will have several new academic options available to them this fall, including a master’s degree in human biology, an undergraduate certificate in unmanned aircraft systems, and a minor in applied statistics.

SDSU Student Groups Honored at Regents’ Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Puszynski Named Interim President at School of Mines
Dr. Jan A. Puszynski (YAWN push-IN’-skee), vice president for research at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named interim president at School of Mines. Puszynski begins his duties immediately and will serve in a temporary capacity until a national search for the next president of the engineering and science university is concluded and a new president is appointed.


Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Black Hawk, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle-pickup crash that occurred on Nemo Road near Rapid City.


May is Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared May as South Dakota “Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month.”

Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 56th annual State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech Contest was held at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Highway Signs to be Dedicated In Honor of Fallen Highway Patrol Troopers
PIERRE, S.D. – Highway signs will be dedicated next week as part of National Police Week – a different sign dedicated each day -- in honor of the five South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty.

South Dakota’s Faces of Travel
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is aligning with the U.S. Travel Association and several communities, chambers and CVBs from across the state to celebrate National Travel and Tourism week, May 7-13.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-29 Exit 77 (41st Street) Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Sioux Falls, will hold a public open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, (1201 North West Avenue) to inform area residents of the status and preliminary recommendations of the interchange and environmental study for the I-29 Exit 77 (41st Street) Interchange.


State Prison Inmates Placed on Escape Status
Inmates Calvin McCloskey and Dylan Fzast Horse left the Rapid City Community Work Center during the evening of May 7.

Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – An 85-year-old man died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Madison.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One man died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle-pickup crash that occurred on Nemo Road near Rapid City.


Governor's Column: Great State, Great Staff
The State of South Dakota impacts the lives of its citizens daily. We drive on roads maintained by the Department of Transportation. We enjoy parks and recreational areas operated by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Many in need receive help from the Department of Social Services.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Medal Of Honor Recipient Leo Thorsness
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 8, 2017, to honor the life of Leo Thorsness, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, who passed away on May 2.

News Tips
Gov. Daugaard and Secretary of Tourism James Hagen will hold a news conference to recognize National Travel and Tourism Week.

GFP Commission Proposes the 2017 and 2018 Black Hills and Custer State Park Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to increase the number of available antlerless whitetail licenses for the 2017 Black Hills deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader and Refuge Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where muzzleloader antlerless whitetail deer licenses will be valid for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Proposes East River and West River Deer Hunting Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to offer approximately 10,500 fewer licenses for the 2017 East River deer hunting season, with a majority of this reduction to antlerless whitetail licenses.

Youth Deer Hunting Season in South Dakota Set for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made no changes for the 2017 and 2018 statewide youth deer hunting seasons and will operate under the same season structure as 2016.

GFP Commission Proposes the Archery Deer Hunting Seasons for the Next Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a change to the area where archery antlerless whitetail deer licenses would be valid during their May meeting.

GFP Commission Finalizes Several Furbearer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission reviewed several furbearer seasons at their May meeting, and with no changes, the seasons will move forward for the next two years under the same season structure.

May is Foster Parent Appreciation & Awareness Month
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has designated May as Foster Parent Appreciation and Awareness Month for South Dakota.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
This month, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is taking an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, including being aware of risk factors that can lead to suicide and how to get help.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. William Clayton
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, May 5, to honor the life of former Rep. William Clayton, who passed away on April 20.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Enters Into Cooperative MOU With State
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding with the Oglala Sioux Tribe earlier this week in Rapid City. The occasion marks the completion of a long-time project to formalize cooperative operations between the Tribe and State. The signing is the third cooperative tribal MOU to be put in place in state history.

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims May as Beef Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a proclamation declaring May as “Beef Month” once again this year in South Dakota.

Helicopter Exercise at Angostura Lake
South Dakota Wildland Fire, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, will be administering the annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit at Angostura Lake on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Gov. Daugaard proclaims May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.

Rice Street and Timberline Avenue Intersection Traffic Delay
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be stopping traffic at the Rice Street and Timberline Avenue intersection in Sioux Falls on Saturday, May 6. Flaggers stationed near the intersection will be directing traffic to allow for grading operations on the new Rice Street alignment.


Data Shows State’s 2016 Infant Mortality Rate Lowest Ever
In 2016 South Dakota reported its lowest rate ever of infant deaths, according to new data released today by the Department of Health.

Lake County Standoff Continues
Attorney General Marty Jackley, McCook County Sheriff Mark Norris and Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg confirm that several law enforcement agencies continue to negotiate with an armed subject in rural Lake County.

Wildfire Awareness Month Celebration at Main Street Square
The public is invited to join local fire protection agencies for an afternoon of events to be held at Rapid City’s Main Street Square on Sunday, May 7, from 1–3 p.m.

South Dakota State Fair and Sherwin Linton Seek Talent
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2017 State Fair AARP Centennial Stage Shows.

Trail Bridge Under Repair at Big Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon
The suspension bridge that crosses the Big Sioux River in the Big Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon will be under construction during May and early June.

“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
Fifteen thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Fourth” program.

Employer Webinar on Labor Market Information
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Wednesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

471st Avenue Closing North of Highway 48 for Bridge Replacement
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say 471st Avenue (Union County Highway 1C), located four miles north of Highway 48, will be closed to through traffic starting Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Presidential Search Committee Named in School of Mines’ Search
A presidential search committee, including campus and community representatives, has been appointed to assist the South Dakota Board of Regents in its search for the next president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume
The seventh season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month.

Faith Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Elora Gould, a fifth grade student at Faith Elementary School, is the winner of the 2017 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest.

April 30-May 7 is Soil and Water Stewardship Week in SD
April 30-May 7, 2017, is “Soil and Water Stewardship Week” in South Dakota. The 2017 theme is “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!”

South Dakota Observes Wildfire Awareness Month During May
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May, 2017, as Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.


Intergovernmental Roundtable Held To Discuss Potential Pipeline Protests
In light of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests which occurred in North Dakota, South Dakota’s state and tribal law enforcement are having public safety discussions. The first strategic planning meeting was held on Friday, April 28, in Mitchell, where participants discussed potential pipeline protests.

Pioneer Girl Project announces more Laura Ingalls Wilder books
The latest Pioneer Girl Project publication, “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder,” was unveiled at the April 28-29 history conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Sioux Falls.

May Sobriety Checkpoints Scheduled
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to hold 23 sobriety checkpoints during May.

Department of Revenue hosting taxpayer office hours in Winner
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Revenue will host office hours in Winner to assist taxpayers.

National Military Appreciation Month
At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the South Dakota Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.