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Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Elijah Cummings
Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem today ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on October 18, 2019, in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings.

Make-n-Take Holiday Ornament event Nov. 2 at Cultural Heritage Center
Get ready for the holiday season by making handmade holiday ornaments on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Call for Artists: Art for State Buildings Proposals
South Dakota artists have until March 9, 2020, to submit purchase proposals for the Art for State Buildings Program.


S.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Events
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating Halloween with special events at state parks.

Name Released in Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D – A Blunt, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Hayes.

Railroad Crossing Work To Begin in Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says railroad crossing work will begin in Wall on the Interstate 90 Loop/Hwy 240 near the Wall School on Friday, Oct. 18.


Noem Administration Receives Nearly $2 Million in Grants for School Security
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota received three grants totaling almost $2 million to help South Dakota school districts prevent and address threats of violence.

2019 Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
Governor Kristi Noem will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2019 Governor’s Awards ceremony on Nov. 4.

Clark County Fatal Crash
CLARK, S.D – One woman died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Clark.

Name Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
KENNEBEC, S.D – A Shenandoah, Iowa man died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash east of Kennebec, S.D.

Governor appoints Roripaugh to South Dakota Arts Council
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed Lee Ann Roripaugh to serve on the South Dakota Arts Council.

South Dakota Department of Tourism Wins Award for Industry Website
The South Dakota Department of Tourism and marketing agency Miles Partnership were awarded a 2019 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development by the Web Marketing Association. The winning entry was the launch of the department’s new industry website, SDVisit.com.


Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D – A 50-year-old woman died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Hayes.


Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday, October 12, 2019, to honor the life of Doris Miner, a former legislator.

Noem Announces Avera Health Plans and Sanford Health Plan to Offer ABA Coverage in 2020
Governor Kristi Noem, in conjunction with Avera Health Plans and Sanford Health Plan, is pleased to announce health insurance coverage options that include Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy in the South Dakota insurance market for 2020.

Governor's Column: Recognizing Native Americans’ Day
Each October, we celebrate Native Americans' Day – an opportunity to honor South Dakota's nine Native American tribes, as well as their heritage, culture, and tradition.

South Dakota’s state bird coming to Cultural Heritage Center on Oct. 19
Pheasant hunting season kicks off Saturday, Oct. 19, but you won’t need a gun to bring down pheasants at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Visitors can create their own flying pheasant corncob dart at Family Fun Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

State Historical Society releases first-ever study of woman suffrage in Northern Great Plains
Stories about the national movement for woman suffrage are now available from the South Dakota State Historical Society. The anthology explores the impact of the Northern Great Plains states—South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming—on the national movement.


2019 SD State Fair Measurements of Success
This year’s theme, “There’s No Time Like Fair Time,” proved to be true.

Inmate Christopher Bowen Back In Custody
State prison inmate Christopher Bowen is back in custody. He was arrested in Kandiyohi, MN on Oct. 9.

Labor Department Awarding Youth Apprenticeship Funds
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is awarding four contracts up to $50,000 each for the Pathway Partnership Initiative.

State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $9.10/hour to $9.30/hour effective Jan. 1, 2020.


Noem Releases Attorney General’s Report on Minnehaha State’s Attorney
Governor Kristi Noem today released the summary of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s investigation into Minnehaha State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan.

Author to share childhood story at Cultural Heritage Center program
On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. CDT, author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve will share a story of family, generosity, and joy from her childhood as told in “The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood” as part of the History and Heritage Book Club at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Rightfully Hers exhibit showing at Cultural Heritage Center
Now through the end of the year, the South Dakota State Historical Society-State Archives will host a new popup exhibition from the National Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

GFP Commission Creates Deer and Elk Carcass Transportation and Disposal Rules to Combat the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission has created regulations for the transportation and disposal of deer and elk carcasses from other states and from hunting units within South Dakota's confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) areas. The new regulations will not go into effect until the 2020 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Adjusts Aquatic Invasive Species and Containment Waters Lists, Fish Importation Rules
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – With the discovery of zebra mussels in Lake Sharpe and the high probability of the mussels being present in Lake Francis Case, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission added those reservoirs to the list of designated containment waters for aquatic invasive species (AIS) management.

GFP Commission Increases Park and Camping Fees
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission moved forward with a proposal to increase state park entrance fees for the first time since 2014. The Commission also took action to raise select camping fees, many of which had also been unchanged for several years.

GFP Commission Rejects Lake Aeration Rule
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed a proposed new rule to establish the department as the designated agent of the commission for the permitting of aeration systems in meandered waters or other waters to which the state has acquired a right, title or interest.

GFP Commission Rejects Modifications to the Hoop Net, Trap and Setline Regulations
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed several changes to the state’s hoop net, trap and setline regulations.

GFP Commission Rejects Modifications to Trapping Regulations
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission denied proposals to modify the period in which a trapper must check their set traps and snares. In response to a public petition and discussion of an alternative approach between the GFP Commission and Department, two alternate proposals were considered.

GFP Commission Denies Proposal to Allow for Expanded Use of Telescopic Muzzleloader Optics
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to leave current regulations in place regarding telescopics on muzzleloaders, which do not allow scopes that use magnification, 1X scopes remain legal.

No Change to Using Horses While Dog Training on Public Lands
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected a proposal to adjust the days when dog training on horseback can occur on public lands.

Changes to the Mountain Lion Hunting Season, Expansion of Custer State Park Coyote Hunting
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to the mountain lion hunting season.


President Trump Approves Third South Dakota Disaster Request
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a third Presidential Disaster Declaration, covering the damage done by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred June 30-July 21.


Wild Bill Hickok featured in “South Dakota History”
A special issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, highlights the legacy of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok.


Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D.- A Lead, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Spearfish.


Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff on October 6
Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 6, 2019, to memorialize fallen firefighters.

Governor's Column: Serving South Dakota
Since becoming governor, I have been continually reminded that strengthening South Dakota for the next generation is a task I cannot accomplish on my own. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in the last nine months, but what most people don’t have the privilege of seeing are the state employees – the incredible public servants – who work day in and day out to make South Dakota great.

Governor Noem Calls Trump’s Biofuels Plan a “Big Win for Producers”
Governor Kristi Noem, a long-time ethanol advocate, today applauded the Trump administration's new plan to promote biofuels and expand ethanol production.

State Prison Inmate Christopher Bowen Placed on Escape Status
Bowen left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization this morning.

State Prison Inmate Ira Wright Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Ira Wright was placed on escape status Oct. 3.

Artists Selected for 2019 Prairie Showcase
Twenty-seven South Dakota artists will showcase their talent at the Prairie Art Showcase, held in conjunction with the annual Governor’s Invitational Pheasant Hunt.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One woman died Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Spearfish

SD Fire Marshal: Practice Your Fire Escape Plans
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal encourages families to celebrate this year’s Fire Prevention Week by making and practicing an escape plan.

Block Closure Work Begins on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
On Monday, Oct. 7, Reede Construction will move into the Phase 1 Block Closure portion of the Highway 212 project.

Additional Lane Closures on Highway 212
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be closing Highway 212, one-half at a time, starting Monday, Oct. 7, from the Highway 15 south junction west for one mile.

Student Groups from DSU and NSU Recognized for Excellence
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Dakota State University and Northern State University for excellence in academic, community, and organizational work.


Updated - Construction to Begin on Interstate 90 Exit 396 Ramp
Clarifies closure and detour routes. Starting Monday, Oct. 7, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin high surface friction treatment work on the Interstate 90 Exit 396 ramp to southbound Interstate 29.


Governor Noem Announces Leadership Changes
Governor Kristi Noem today announced the departure of Herb Jones as Chief of Staff to the Governor’s Office and the appointment of Joshua Shields to serve as Chief of Staff and Beth Hollatz to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff.

State Park Entrance Licenses Available for 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2020 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas is available for purchase.

Big Sioux Open to Recreation, Lake Herman State Park Opens
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials announced that the recreational boating closure on the Big Sioux River in Minnehaha, Moody, Lincoln and Union counties has been lifted. This includes Skunk and Split Rock Creeks.

GFP Commission Meeting In Chamberlain Oct. 3-4
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will hold their monthly meeting at the AmericInn, Oct. 3-4.

October Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Nineteen sobriety checkpoints in 13 different counties are planned for October, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

South Dakota to Become a "State of Create"
The South Dakota Department of Tourism, in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council, is launching a fall social media campaign called “State of Create.”

Part II: Manufacturing Matters Because…
MITCHELL, S.D. – As part of a two-part series, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development asked two students from Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) in Mitchell, South Dakota, and recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship, about their opinion on the future of manufacturing and why it’s a vital industry to South Dakota. Here’s what they had to say:


Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office spring internship program.

State Prison Inmate Doyle Toering Dies
Toering, 42, was found unresponsive in his cell at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Sept. 29. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Thousands Attend Buffalo Roundup
CUSTER, S.D. - Over 19,440 visitors attended the 54th Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park on Friday morning, watching as 60 horseback riders wrangled the herd of 1,400 bison into the corrals for their annual health check.

Part I: Manufacturing Matters Because…
PIERRE, S.D. – As part of a two-part series, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development asked two high school students from T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, South Dakota, about their opinion on the future of manufacturing and why it’s a vital industry to South Dakota and the global economy. Here’s what they had to say:


Governor's Column: Grit and Tradition
The roundup is a unique tradition. While it’s a tip of the hat to our historic past when millions of buffalo roamed the Great Plains, it’s also an opportunity to showcase our state’s unique beauty to business leaders and prospects looking to expand their operations to South Dakota

Cultural Heritage Center program focuses on Spotted Tail
An influential leader on the Northern Great Plains will be the focus of an Oct. 8 program at the Cultural Heritage Center.

State Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2020 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

Work on I-90 near Whitewood
On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, crews will begin concrete pavement repairs in the westbound lanes of I-90 near Whitewood.

Board of Regents Releases Fall Enrollment for 2019
Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down 3 percent in full-time equivalent students, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today.


Gov. Noem Announces Nearly $47 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $47 million for water, wastewater, watershed and solid waste projects.

Big Sioux Recreation Area Reopens
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department announced that the Big Sioux Recreation Area has reopened.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15
Open enrollment for the 2020 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

Highways 20 and 79 Pavement Repair Project Postponed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is postponing the pavement repair project on Highway 20 and 79 in the northwestern part of the state until 2020 due to weather delays experienced by the contractor.


Newton Hills State Park to host the 20th Annual FestiFall
CANTON, S.D. – Newton Hills State Park near Canton will host the 20th annual FestiFall on Oct. 5 from 1-5 p.m. The event features arts and crafts, kid’s activities and musical entertainment.

Highway 79 Slide and Erosion Repairs
Beginning the week of Sept. 29, crews will begin slide and erosion repairs at the following locations on Highway 79:

Rail STC Grant Funds Available
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has been informed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that approximately $12.7 million of Special Transportation Circumstance (STC) grant funds are available the State.


President Trump Approves Second South Dakota Disaster Request
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a second Presidential Disaster Declaration, allowing federal money to be used to help local governmental entities recover from property damage sustained during severe storms and flooding that occurred statewide in late May and early June.

Health and Wellness Fair
Residents of Redfield and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to explore health topics and screenings during a local Health and Wellness Fair.

South Dakota Apprenticeship Program Receives National Excellence Award
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) presented its State Excellence award to the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) for the Start Today SD Incentive program, an initiative to expand the number of Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota.

DPS Urges Yankton Sioux Tribe to Use Immediate Options Available For Flood Response
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has recommended that the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s request to use the South Dakota National Guard for flood response be declined because other options are immediately available to the tribe.


Noem Announces Prenatal and Primary Care Innovation Grants
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded $1 million of innovation grants to improve primary and prenatal care for women in the Medicaid program.

State Prison Inmate Robert White Plume-Janis in Custody
Inmate Robert White Plume-Janis was arrested in Rapid City Sept. 22. He is currently being housed in the Pennington County Jail.

Disability Employment Awareness Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.

Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – An Edgemont, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a four-wheeler rollover last week west of Edgemont.

DPS Issues Safety Reminders After Series of Deadly Vehicle Crashes
PIERRE, S.D. – A recent string of eight vehicle deaths in a four-day period this month has South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials once again urging people to be careful on the state’s roads.

Highway 42 Bridge Reopening
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is working to reopen the James River Bridge on Highway 42 the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Highway 12 Being Reduced to One Lane from Roscoe to Ipswich
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete work on Highway 12 from Roscoe to Ipswich on Tuesday, Sept. 24.


Governor's Column: Launching a Week of Work
In mid-September, my team and I announced the official kick-off of our South Dakota Week of Work initiative – a partnership with businesses and schools that will give 10th grade students the opportunity to get out of the classroom, experience the world of work, and see careers that are available right here in South Dakota. It will help teach them soft skills like showing up on time, dressing professionally, and interacting with customers. Our first Week of Work will be April 20-24, 2020.

Emergency Management Plan Receives FEMA Approval
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota’s Hazard Mitigation Plan received FEMA approval, allowing the State to receive additional funds in the event of future presidential disaster declarations. South Dakota is one of 13 states that have received this designation.

Noem, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Visit CTE Classrooms in Pierre
This week, Governor Kristi Noem and U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais visited T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre to visit technical education classrooms and discuss the importance of career and technical education (CTE).

WWII Doolittle raider subject of new State Historical Society biography
A secret bombing mission, a crash-landing in China, and a bold escape open the newest biography from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Recognized
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) invites South Dakotans to recognize the annual Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Sept. 22-28.

Construction to Begin on Highway 115 (Minnesota Ave.) North of Renner
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Starting Monday, Sept. 23, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin pavement repair and high friction surface treatment work on Highway 115 north of Renner from mile marker 93.24 to mile marker 93.82.


Noem, DOT to Install Four-Way Stop at Intersection Near Woonsocket
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Transportation today announced that they are working to install additional traffic control measures at the intersection of Highways 34 and 37 in Sanborn County, changing it from a two-way stop to a four-way stop.

Names Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Nicholas Fettig of Aberdeen has been identified as the person who died late Sunday night in a single-vehicle rollover crash seven miles west of Aberdeen.

Department of Tourism Marketing Campaign Targets Leisure Travelers & Hunters
Although the summer travel season is quickly ending, the Department of Tourism’s efforts to promote South Dakota will continue to target leisure travelers and hunters in key markets around the country. Fall and winter marketing efforts kicked off in late August, highlighting the state's seasonal leisure, adventure and hunting opportunities.

I-90 Exit 357 Flooding Update
South Dakota Department of Transportation crews have been working this week to create a water barrier along the westbound lanes of Interstate 90, just east of Exit 357 (Bridgewater), to divert the water from continuing to overtop the interstate.

Tax collections at 2019 South Dakota State Fair exceed $217,000
Tax collections at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair have increased by 5.79 percent compared to last year.

Taking Care of Heroes – An Unending Legacy
This month we have had two great events to honor and pay tribute to the men and women that served this great country.


Noem Requests Investigation into Minnehaha County State’s Attorney
Governor Kristi Noem sent the following letter today:

Input Sought for Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan
Over the past decade, South Dakota’s suicide rates rose by nearly 40 percent. State agencies along with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health board are working to develop a comprehensive plan to prevent suicide in South Dakota and are seeking public input during the month of September. A draft of the plan is available for review at sdsuicideprevention.org.

Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash west of Edgemont.

Names Released in Sanborn County Fatal Crash
WOONSOCKET, S.D. – Three Woonsocket juveniles now officially have been identified as the people who died Saturday night in a three-vehicle crash east of Woonsocket.

Names Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Warner male has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash four miles west of Aberdeen.