Recent News


Governor's Column: Enhancing Bee Habitat
There are more than 400 species of native bees in South Dakota. Though we don’t have exact numbers on bee distribution or abundance, we know bees are critical to our state’s economy.

Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – One person died and three others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near Parkston.


Noem Appoints Fourth Circuit Judge
Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Kevin J. Krull to serve as judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

State Prison Inmate Nathan Chase Back in Custody
Inmate Nathan Chase was arrested today in Pennington County.

DPS Receives Federal 9-1-1 Grant
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has received a federal grant of more than $1.5 million that will be used for equipment at the statewide 9-1-1 emergency centers, also known as public safety answering points (PSAPs).


Car and Tractor Show planned for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair invites classic car and antique tractor enthusiasts to take part in the Classic Car Show and Antique Tractor Show sponsored by Stan’s Inc. on Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, during the State Fair.

DENR Accepting Applications for the Volkswagen Truck Program
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications for round one of the Volkswagen Truck program.

Agency Village Puppy Tests Positive For Rabies
A Beagle Dachshund mix puppy approximately 3 months of age in Agency Village has tested positive for rabies and health officials are urging individuals who may have been bitten, scratched or in contact with the puppy’s saliva to call the state Department of Health or their physician to determine whether rabies shots are needed.

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol To Cooperate On Joint Enforcement Operation For Pow Wow
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe will work together to keep people safe at this weekend’s Crow Creek Dakota Nation Pow Wow.

High Friction Surface Treatment on Interstate 90
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction will start for High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) on eastbound Interstate 90, near Exit 55 (Deadwood Ave), on Thursday, Aug.15.


State Prison Inmate Nathan Chase Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Nathan Chase walked away from the Sioux Falls Community Work Center August 12 without authorization.

Education department announces guidelines for 2019-20 free or reduced-price meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced-price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and/or Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP).

Third Fatality Recorded At Sturgis Rally
JOHNSON SIDING, S.D. – A Yuma, CO man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 near Johnson Siding.

Final Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
Final vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019, show a slight decrease over 2018.


SD State Fair Advanced Daily Gate Admission Available Online
The South Dakota State Fair is excited to announce that fairgoers can now buy advanced daily gate admission for the 2019 SD State Fair online at www.sdstatefair.com.

State Prison Inmate Nicholas Skorka in Custody
Inmate Nicholas Skorka was arrested today and is in custody in Carver County, MN.

Intersection of Highway 10 and 8th Avenue East in Sisseton to be Closed
SISSETON, S.D., – The Department of Transportation says motorists using Highway 10 in Sisseton through 8th Avenue East will need to use an alternate route beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 23.


Sunday August 11 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 11, 2019. FINAL NUMBERS


Saturday August 10 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Saturday August 10, 2019.

Cleanup Assistance Hotline Extended in South Dako
PIERRE, S.D. – The Cleanup Assistance Hotline established by South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters has been extended until Aug. 16.


Governor's Column: Bringing in a New School Year
Earlier this year, I visited Todd County Middle School in Mission, South Dakota – a school that is doing a lot of things right. Their work has been bolstered in recent years by a state-funded Native American Achievement Grant, a 3-year project to jumpstart improvements in academic outcomes for Native American students and increase student success.

Friday Aug. 9 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Friday August 9, 2019

Flood Insurance an Important Resource for South Dakotans
PIERRE, S.D. – It won’t happen to me. Many South Dakotans may believe they don’t need to buy flood insurance. Their house has never flooded before. They don’t live in a high-risk flood zone.

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts - 7 day total
Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019.

There is no Time Like Fair Time!
Whether you’re 5,15, 30, or 50 years of age, or older, the State Fair always promises a great time for all that attend.


Heirloom Recipe Contest to be Held at SD State Fair
Fairgoers will have the chance to enter a favorite family recipe in the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Family Heirloom Recipe Competition at the South Dakota State Fair in the Women’s Building on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Thursday Aug. 8 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Thursday August 8, 2019

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts - 6 day total
Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation still show a slight increase over 2018 in vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019.


Pay the ‘Fair Time’ Experience Forward
Help others embrace the feeling of ‘Fair Time’ with the 4th Annual Pay it Forward Day at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

State Prison Inmate Ronald Corder Dies
Inmate Ronald Corder passed away August 6 at a Sioux Falls hospital from a health condition.

Wednesday Aug. 7 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information.

State, FEMA Continue Work on South Dakota Recovery
PIERRE, S.D. – While the deadline to register for federal disaster assistance has passed, the State of South Dakota, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal partners continue to work on recovery for South Dakota communities impacted by the severe storms and flooding in April and May.

Campus Academic Requests Approved
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved academic program requests from public universities to meet workforce and community development needs across the state.

South Dakota 811 Celebrates 811 Day
Rapid City, South Dakota (Aug. 6, 2019) – With Aug. 11 almost here, South Dakota 811, along with South Dakota Common Ground Alliance, hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.


Tuesday Aug. 6 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Tuesday August 6, 2019

Hall of Honor Banquet Date Set for Ron Baumgart of Pierre
Ron Baumgart of Pierre is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor. A banquet, hosted by the Transportation Hall of Honor Committee, will be held in Ron’s honor on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Drifters Bar and Grill in Fort Pierre. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. CDT with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m.

GOED Launches Newest Version of Wage Calculator
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has released its newest version of the Real Wage Calculator. The newly released version uses 2018 state and federal income tax laws and rates, as well as the most recent 2019 Regional Price Parities (RPP).


Ty Tuff Goat Tying Challenge Coming to the SD State Fair
For the first time, the Ty Tuff Goat Tying Challenge is coming to the South Dakota State Fair on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in the North Arena with $3,000 added money.

Monday Aug. 5 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Monday August 5, 2019

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts
Traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation show a slight increase over 2018 in vehicles entering Sturgis for the 79th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally Aug. 2-11, 2019.


President Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Tragedies in Texas, Ohio
President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on August 8, 2019, to honor the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Sunday August 4 Sturgis Rally Tally
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 3, 2019 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 4, 2019


Highway Patrol Urges Traffic Safety During Sturgis Rally
PIERRE, S.D. –- South Dakota’s Highway Patrol reminds those attending this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally not to forget about traffic safety.

Name Released In July 18 Miner County Fatal Crash
HOWARD, S.D. – A 25-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a July 18, 2019 two-vehicle crash west of Howard.


Governor's Column: Slowing the Spread of Zebra Mussels
It doesn’t get much better than spending a summer day on a lake or river in South Dakota. Recreating on the water always seems to be the perfect backdrop for family memories and laughter. It’s one of the great things about our state.

Learn about America’s first Public Enemy No. 1 at Cultural Heritage Center program
On Tuesday, Aug. 13, Tim Bjorkman will tell the story of a good man gone bad when the History and Heritage Book Club meets at 7 p.m. CDT, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Cultural Heritage Center Museum to host outdoor concert, ice cream social Aug. 16
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host an outdoor concert called “Music of the American West” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.


Noem, SDHDA to Extend Grant Funding to Households Impacted by Spring Storms
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) today announced that the remaining balance of the 2019 Housing Opportunity Funds (HOF) will be used to help families whose homes were impacted by storms this spring. In total, $165,000 will be available.

State Prison Inmate Dylan White Face Placed on Escape Status
White Face left his community service job site without authorization on August 1.

Crisis Counseling Available for South Dakotans
PIERRE, S.D. – Crisis counseling is available to help South Dakotans in areas impacted by the flooding this year.

August Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has released the list of sobriety checkpoints to be done during August.

Highway 42 Closing between Highways 37 and 81 for Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin work on the James River Bridge on Highway 42 on Monday, Aug. 5.

Forney Named System Vice President of Finance and Administration
Heather Forney will become the next system vice president of finance and administration for the South Dakota Board of Regents. The appointment, effective Sept. 9, was announced today.


Harvest Time Family Fun Saturday to be held Aug. 10 at Cultural Heritage Center
Come to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT and make a harvest ornament incorporating wheat stems, chenille strips and ribbons.

Cleanup Assistance Hotline Established to Help South Dakotans
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters has created a Cleanup Assistance Hotline to assist South Dakotans with cleanup or debris removal as a result of the winter storm and flooding this year.

I-229 Cliff Avenue Ramp Closure on Aug. 1
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Cliff Avenue Interstate 229 northbound on ramp in Sioux Falls will be closed Thursday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Noem Announces DENR Secretary Following Pirner Retirement
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Hunter Roberts will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This follows the retirement of Steve Pirner, who has led DENR since 2000. Roberts will begin serving in this capacity on August 5.

Pork Butt Battle Returns to the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair will host the Pork Butt Battle presented by the SD Pork Producers and Jack’s Campers on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Horticulture Park.

South Dakota Observes World Breastfeeding Week
In acknowledgment of the importance of breastfeeding to the health of South Dakota babies, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Aug. 1-7 World Breastfeeding Awareness Week in South Dakota.

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
JOHNSON SIDING, S.D – A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash near Johnson Siding

One Week Remains to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans in communities impacted by the severe winter storm and flooding have one week left to apply for federal disaster assistance.

Grade Raise on Highways 81 and 18
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is planning to construct two emergency grade-raise projects due to flooding on Highway 81 south of Arlington and on Highway 18 east of Lake Andes.

Two-Way Traffic On I-90 Near Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will place traffic into a two-way condition on eastbound Interstate 90 near exit 402 on Wednesday, July 31.

Temporary Road Closure on Highway 20 west of Hoven
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it will be closing Highway 20 from Highway 47 to Highway 83 from Monday, Aug 5, to Sat. Aug. 10.


New Study Shows $6.9 Billion Increase in SD Ag Economic Contribution
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has released the 2019 South Dakota Agricultural Economic Contribution Study.

10th Annual South Dakota Gathering
Registration is now open for the South Dakota Gathering, an event intended to facilitate learning, networking and application of person-centered practices in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, education and beyond.

Microsurfacing to Begin on Highway 63 From Highway 34 to Highway 212
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work will begin this week (July 29) on a microsurfacing project on Highway 63 from Highway 34 north to Highway 212.

Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.


Governor's Column: Dealing with Disaster
This year has been tough for South Dakotans. The storms this spring brought destruction to homes, businesses, roads, and communities throughout the state. Unprecedented flooding made it difficult for farmers and ranchers to get into fields. When you add it all up, it’s become the largest federally declared disaster our state has ever seen.

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2020.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
JOHNSON SIDING, S.D – One man died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash near Johnson Siding.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – A Luverne, MN woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a four-vehicle crash that occurred on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon.


State Prison Inmate Arvis Lewis Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Arvis Lewis has been placed on escape status. Lewis failed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center following his work release shift on July 24.

It’s Important for South Dakotans to Return SBA Application
PIERRE, S.D. – Some South Dakotans who apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration and asked to fill out a low-interest disaster loan application. It is important to complete the SBA disaster loan application prior to the deadline.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin Near Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the north central area of the state beginning Monday, July 29.

Highway 34 Closure in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says they will be closing Highway 34 4th Street SE on Monday, July 29, thru Sept. 27.


Training Exercise Taking Place in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is planning an interagency live fire training exercise within the boundaries of Custer State Park.

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

South Dakota Disaster Recovery Update: $6.7 Million in Federal Funding Provided
PIERRE, S.D. – Federal agencies have provided $6,765,847 million in grants, loans and flood insurance payments to assist South Dakotans as they recover from the major disaster declared June 7 by President Donald J. Trump following a request from Governor Kristi Noem.

Highway 15 in Wilmot Closing for RR Crossing Upgrade
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 15 in Wilmot on Monday, July 29, for four days, to replace a railroad crossing.

I-29 Exit 246 Closing / Exit 242 Re-Opening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 29 Exit 246 southbound on and off ramps will be closing on Thursday, July 25, and remain closed through Aug. 8.


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

State Prison Inmate Ronald Demand Back in Custody
State prison inmate Ronald Demand is back in custody.

Essential Health Benefits Benchmark Design Changes Approved for Plan Year 2021
State Division of Insurance Director Larry Deiter announced the proposed Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark design for plan year 2021 has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid/Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CMS/CCIIO).

Vermillion Job Service Temporarily Closed
The Vermillion Job Service office will be closed to walk-in traffic on Friday, Aug. 2 and Monday, Aug. 5 due to building renovations.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON, S.D. – One person died Tuesday morning in a crash involving four vehicles and four other occupants on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon.

I-229 Reduced to Single Lane Traffic
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says I-229, north and southbound, in Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane east of the Cliff Avenue exit beginning Friday, July 26. The lane closures are expected to last 7-10 days.


President Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor John Paul Stevens
President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to honor the life of John Paul Stevens, retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

State Prison Inmate Kelly Brand Back in Custody
Brand was arrested in Pennington County July 21.

Names Released In Campbell County Fatal Crash
MOUND CITY, S.D. – A Bloomington, CA man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred south of Mound City.

Temporary Traffic Devices To Be Placed During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Due to the increase in traffic volumes expected during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will activate temporary traffic signals at the following locations:

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on I-29 over the Big Sioux River
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on the Interstate 29 northbound bridge over the Big Sioux River will begin on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.


Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One man died late Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Yankton


State Prison Inmate Ronald Demand Placed on Escape Status
Demand failed to return to the Sioux Falls Community Work Center from his work release jobsite on July 20.


Governor's Column: Living Within Our Means
South Dakotans value the dollar. We don’t spend money we don’t have. We live within our means. We understand the importance of the bottom line.

State Prison Inmate Kelly Brand Placed on Escape Status
Brand failed to report to his work release jobsite or return to the Rapid City Community Work Center on July 18.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reminds workers, self-employed individuals and farmworkers in Turner County that the deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Friday, July 26.

Resurfacing Project to Begin on Highways 324 & 13
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to mill and resurface Highway 324 east of Interstate 29 and Highway 13 from the junction of Highway 324 south for 6.1 miles will begin on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Barb Stork Appointed to Board of Regents
Barb Stork, a retired businesswoman from Dakota Dunes, has been named to the South Dakota Board of Regents by Gov. Kristi Noem.