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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 28, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: In The Spirit Of Dr. Mead
In the late 19th Century, Dr. Leonard Mead served as the superintendent of South Dakota’s hospital for the mentally ill. Dr. Mead was known for treating his patients with dignity and he had a kind of compassion that wasn’t common enough for the time.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the South Dakota Boys State Convention at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Fifteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

Name Released In Turner County Fatal Crash
PARKER, S.D. – A Parker, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Parker.

South Dakota Lottery launches mobile app
The South Dakota Lottery’s players can now enjoy Good Fun on their mobile devices.


Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Judge Mark E. Salter To South Dakota Supreme Court
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Mark E. Salter of Sioux Falls to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Salter is a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.

Wheel Jam Packed with Events
The 15th Annual Wheel Jam will be held May 31 – June 3 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on hunt for James brothers
One of the longest manhunts in United States history will be the subject of a June program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Wayne Fanebust of Sioux Falls will discuss his book “Chasing Frank and Jesse James: The Bungled Northfield Bank Robbery and the Long Manhunt” at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 12.

Prevent Tick-Borne Illness
Head outdoors and enjoy the spring weather this Memorial Day weekend but keep an eye out for ticks to prevent tularemia and other tick-borne diseases, says a state health official.

South Dakota Named the “Most Promising Destination” by Chinese Tourism Group
South Dakota was recently named the “Most Promising Destination” in the United States at a National Tourism Award Ceremony held by Tourism Media Group, an official partner of the China Travel Service Association.


Sustained Effort Needed to Reduce Infant Mortality
South Dakota’s infant mortality rate increased in 2017, according to new data released today by the Department of Health. There were 12,128 births in 2017 and 94 infant deaths for a rate of 7.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

DPS Officials Encourage Driving Safety During Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – With the number of motor vehicle fatalities, especially those not wearing seatbelts, already higher than last year, officials of South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety are encouraging drivers to be careful as the summer traveling season officially begins Friday.

Repair To Begin on Highway 212 Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has started substructure repairs on the Highway 212 Missouri River Bridge located 15 miles west of Gettysburg.


Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire division announced the winners of their Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest.

Cultural Heritage Center Museum to host outdoor concert, ice cream social featuring Everharts on Friday, June 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host an outdoor concert called “How Western Music Won the West” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

South Dakota Joins Minnesota, Wyoming For Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will join its counterparts in Minnesota and Wyoming for the annual Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation later this week.

Turner County Fatal Crash
PARKER, S.D. – One person died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Parker.

Names Released In Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – A New Effington man has been identified as the person who died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Sisseton.

Shoulder Resurfacing to Begin on Highway 115
Starting Tuesday, May 29, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete shoulder resurfacing work on Highway 115 from just south of Dell Rapids to the north city limits of Sioux Falls.

Korean War Veterans’ Advocate Hannah Kim to Visit South Dakota Korean War Memorial in Pierre on May 29
On Tuesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. CDT, Hannah Y. Kim will visit South Dakota’s Korean War Memorial at Capitol Lake in Pierre and present a commemorative wreath.


State Fair Centennial Stage Seeks South Dakota Talent
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are in search of guest entertainers for one of Linton’s fifteen shows on the AARP Centennial Stage during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair, which runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.

Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program kicks off June 3
"Libraries Rock" is the theme of the 2018 South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s program will run from June 3 to July 14 and is open to all youth registered with the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library ages birth to 19.

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective June 1, 2018.

Names Released In Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Brooten, MN man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a motorcycle and pickup/trailer crash west of Watertown. .

Roadway Lighting Work Begins Today by Hot Springs and Edgemont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a roadway lighting project by Hot Springs and Edgemont will begin Monday, May 21.

Centerline Permanent Paint Work Starts Today in Rapid City Region
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline permanent paint will be applied on five highways in nine locations in the Rapid City region of the state starting today (May 21) through Saturday, May 26.


Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Sisseton.


President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Santa Fe Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Santa Fe, Texas, today.

Governor's Column: $30.7 Million More To Support Education
If you’ve ever taken a course on psychology, you have probably heard of the marshmallow test. The social experiment was first initiated at Stanford in the 1960s and it involves sitting a child in a room by themselves with a marshmallow.

News Tips
The Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board will hold a special meeting via teleconference with a public listening place in Conference Room 5 on second floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive.

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 67-year-old man died Friday in a motorcycle and semi-truck/trailer crash west of Watertown.

Name Released in Hand County Fatal Crash
MILLER, S.D. – A 26-year-old Conde, S.D., resident has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Miller.

Summer Tourism Season in South Dakota Shows Promise
Thanks in part to a new peak season campaign, “Great Faces, Great Places,” the South Dakota Department of Tourism is expecting the launch of the peak tourist season this month to be another solid one for the state.

South Dakotans urged to take caution during transient vendor season
With many transient vendors beginning to sell products and services in South Dakota, the Department of Revenue advises customers to ensure vendors are reputable before doing business with them.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Kent Shelton As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Kent A. Shelton of Huron as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court.

South Dakota State Fleet Used 2 Million Gallons of Ethanol
The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.

Campfire Permits Required on Private Land
South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding the public that a campfire on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District requires a permit.

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 27. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Reminder Firewood from the Sioux Falls Area is Under Quarantine
As campers and other outdoor enthusiasts head to South Dakota State Parks for the traditional Open House weekend this Friday through Sunday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind individuals and families that firewood from the Sioux Falls area is under quarantine due to the discovery of an infestation of emerald ash borer in the area.

GFP and SDSU Tagging Walleyes on Lake Sharpe
If all goes according to plan, 4,000 walleyes will be sporting a shiny piece of jewelry in Lake Sharpe this summer.

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Sisseton, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Yankton.

Regents Launch Search for Next Executive Director
The South Dakota Board of Regents invites nominations and applications for the position of executive director and chief executive officer. The board also has announced a constituent panel to assist the regents in reviewing candidates for the position


Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an informational forum on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus located at 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. in Sioux Falls.

BOTE hears graduate outcomes report and approves new technical institute programs
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Technical Education heard a report on job placement of technical institute graduates. The board also approved two new programs at Western Dakota Technical Institute and several technical certificates in the Information Technology program at Southeast Technical Institute.

Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – A 39-year-old Piedmont, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Sturgis.

Intersection Work at Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard
On Sunday, May 20, the intersection of Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard in Rapid City, will become a four-way stop from about 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


Registration Open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom Held during the South Dakota State Fair
Registration is now open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair. The Largest Classroom event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

New Plan Aims to Reverse Monarch Butterfly Decline
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.

GFP Conservation Officer Honored
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Bill Eastman has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the 2017 South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Hand County Fatal Crash
MILLER, S.D. – One man died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Monday night north of Miller.

SDDOT Asks Motorists to “Move Over”
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is asking motorists to “Move Over” when they approach flashing amber or yellow lights on SDDOT maintenance vehicles that indicate workers are in the area and likely outside their vehicles.


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

President Calls For Flags At Half-Staff For Peace Officers Memorial Day
President Donald Trump has proclaimed Tuesday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 13 through May 19 as Police Week.

Governor Daugaard’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on sports betting.

VAFA Offers Low Interest Rates for Livestock Development Projects
Producers and bankers can benefit by utilizing tax-exempt bond programs for livestock development projects through the Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA).

Adams Homestead to Host Donkey Dash 5K
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve will host its annual Donkey Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 19. Same-day registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Dash starting at 10 a.m.

May 19-25 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 19-25, 2018.

Good Earth State Park to Unveil “Peace” Statue
Good Earth State Park near Sioux Falls will unveil the statue “Peace” on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. CT. The unveiling takes place one year after the opening of the Good Earth Visitor Center.

GFP Offers Free Park Entrance and Free Fishing May 18-20
The unofficial kickoff to summer begins this weekend with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) annual Open House and Free Fishing Weekend May 18-20.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night north of Yankton.

Names Released In Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – A 92-year-old woman has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Tyndall.

Names Released In Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – A 92-year-old woman has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Tyndall.


Meade County Fatal Crash
STURGIS, S.D. – A 39-year-old man died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Sturgis.


Governor's Column: To The Classes Of 2018
Congratulations to the classes of 2018! To all high school, college and technical school students graduating in South Dakota, I commend you for reaching this milestone.

News Tips
On Monday, May 14, at 2 p.m. CDT, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR with Zach Nelson.

New Medicare Card Rollout
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program would like to remind all individuals with Medicare that new Medicare cards will be mailed to them in the coming months by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

It Can Be Done
When we hear the word “operation,” we think hospital, emergency, illness, surgery, treatment, and procedure. However, with over 33 years in the military the word “operation” affords me a completely different meaning. For decades, the military has issued random code names for exercises, attack plans and other operations. Operations were used to resolve conflict, promote peace, and support civilian leaders in response to domestic crises.


Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline Approaching
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is encouraging South Dakotan’s to register to vote ahead of the voter registration deadline for the June 5 Primary Election.

SDDA Offers Weed-Free Forage Certification
Hay producers can add value to their product by having it certified noxious weed-free forage through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).

Make spring flowers at Family Fun Saturday May 19 at Cultural Heritage Center
Spring has finally arrived and the Pasque flowers, tulips and daffodils are beginning to show up. Visitors of all ages are invited to create spring flowers of their own at Family Fun Saturday on May 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Sandy Shore Recreation Area Installs Lakefront Cabins
Sandy Shore Recreation Area near Watertown recently installed two new lakefront cabins on the west end of the park.

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – One person died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Tyndall.

Name Released In Custer County Fatal Motorcycle Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A 63-year-old Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a motorcycle crash west of Custer.

USD Students Recognized for Organizational Success
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from the University of South Dakota for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Graduating Student Regent Honored for Service
Conrad Adam, a student regent on the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2016, was recognized Thursday for his leadership and vision, as he ends his board service and begins a career in financial services.


Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has confirmed that an infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in northern Sioux Falls.

‘70s Celebration! event May 12 at Cultural Heritage Center includes disco dance
The ‘70s Celebration! event on Saturday, May 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre just got a little bit more far out! A dance contest has been added to the festivities starting at 7:30 p.m. CDT.

Name Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – An 18-year-old Rapid City male has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Edgemont.

Dakota State Offers Cyber Leadership Degree, New Specializations
A new degree program that would attract, after it is fully implemented, more than 100 students to Dakota State University to study cyber leadership will be available starting this fall.

Regents Approve New System Math Pathway Model
In an effort to improve student retention and graduation rates, a new instructional model for mathematics has been approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Regents Increase Efficiencies through Academic Program Review
In accordance to a program productivity review process that occurs every two years, the South Dakota Board of Regents made the decision to terminate 17 programs across the system due to low enrollment.

Universities Add New Minors in Chinese and Russian Studies Offer New Certificates and Specializations to Meet Workforce Trends
New minors to help graduates navigate language and cultural understanding in China and Russia were approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents. These programs were part of several academic requests from public universities aimed at meeting emerging employment trends across South Dakota.


#EveryFieldEveryTime
Technology is changing the way farmers manage their operations. This is particularly apparent to anyone who’s stuck their head inside a tractor lately. Cabs are now filled with wires, monitors, and buttons. This equipment gives us the ability to evaluate the soil, pick the precise place a seed should be planted, gauge exactly how much fertilizer the plant needs and so much more.

Board holds first reading of proposal to update graduation requirements
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held a first reading of proposed changes to state graduation requirements at its meeting today.

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.

Reminder that Muskellunge are Catch and Release in South Dakota
As of April 30, the harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies has changed from a statewide 40 inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish to catch and release only statewide.


Governor’s Agricultural Summit Registration Open
Pre-registration is open for the ninth annual South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit to be held July 11 and 12 in Rapid City.

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota. As part of this special week, the South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce South Dakota’s 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year.

GFP Commission Proposes CWD Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park
proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require successful Custer State Park (CSP) deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

GFP Commission Proposes to Eliminate Group Size Hunting Restrictions, Elimination of Preference Point Timeframe Rule
South Dakota pheasant hunters would no longer be restricted to hunting with 20 people or less if a proposal from the state’s Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission is passed in June.

GFP Commission Proposes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase or contract to purchase fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposal Establishes Apprentice Deer License
In an effort to recruit new and reactivate former deer hunters, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to establish an apprentice hunter deer season.

GFP Commission Proposes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to create a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase or contract to purchase fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposes Snaring and Trapping Changes
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require individuals who trap or snare on public lands and improved road rights-of-way to mark their equipment with their name and address or a personal identification number.

GFP Commission Reviews Archery Season Dates
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission is currently reviewing the season start date of the archery deer hunting season.

GFP Commission Proposal Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed to remove the minimum age restriction for mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons, currently set at age 10.

GFP Commission Proposed to Allow Armed Accompaniment
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow archers to carry firearms with them while bow hunting, provided they have a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the archery license.

GFP Commission to Allow Muzzleloader Handguns for Big Game Hunting
A proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would allow for the use of muzzleloader handguns for big game hunting.

GFP Commission Finalizes Archery, Muzzleloader and Youth Deer Seasons
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the archery, muzzleloader and youth deer hunting seasons at their May meeting in Custer State Park.

2018 West River Deer Season Set and Depredation Permits
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 West River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 10-25.

2018 East River Deer Hunting Season Set
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 East River deer hunting season to run from Nov. 17-Dec. 2.

Custer County Fatal Motorcycle Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A 63-year-old man died Monday in a motorcycle crash west of Custer.

Highway 34 Mill and Overlay Project Progressing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says asphalt paving operations on Highway 34 from the Belle Fourche River bridge west to the Highway 34/79 junction will begin on Tuesday, May 8.


Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – One person died and four others were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning east of Edgemont.


Governor's Column: Appreciation For My Co-Workers
Aaron Scheibe has been instrumental in getting companies like Agropur and Terex to invest millions of dollars in South Dakota’s economy, and he played a key role in the development of Foundation Park, the state’s first mega industrial site.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitor's Bureau Annual Luncheon at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Centerline Rumble Stripe Work to Begin in Rapid City Region
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline rumble stripes will be applied to three highways in the Rapid City region of the state beginning Friday, May 11, and may include work taking place on Saturdays.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin Near Fort Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on an asphalt resurfacing project on Highway 14 near Fort Pierre on Monday, May 14.

New Agreement Increases Access to Digital Collections at South Dakota Universities
The Digital Library of South Dakota has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America to bring more than 50,000 items held by South Dakota universities to national audiences. As a result, specialized collections, including the papers of political leaders Tom Daschle, Karl Mundt, and George McGovern and oral histories of National Guard soldiers dating back to the 1800s, will be more accessible to the general public.


May is Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May 2018 as Wildfire Awareness Month in the State of South Dakota. South Dakota has joined ten other western states in a separate multi-state proclamation.

South Dakota Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is aligning with the U.S. Travel Association, South Dakota communities, chambers of commerce and convention and visitors bureaus to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, May 6-12.

Updated: ADA Curb Ramp Upgrades In Faith
Officials say crews will begin work on ADA curb ramp upgrades on highways 212 and 73 in Faith starting on Monday, May 14.

Applications for sales or property tax refund program now available
Qualifying South Dakotans have until July 1 to apply for the Sales or Property Tax Refund for Senior Citizens and Citizens with Disabilities program.


Helicopter Exercise in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake
The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake on Friday, May 4.

New Edition of Badger Clark’s Most Popular Volume Published
The latest edition of cowboy poet Badger Clark’s most popular volume has just been published by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.

Oahe Marina will not Open in 2018
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), along with Oahe Tailrace, LLC, operator of Oahe Marina and Resort, announce that the Oahe Marina will not be open in 2018.


Gov. Daugaard proclaims May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 4
May 4 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals.

Older Americans Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May Older Americans Month (OAM) in South Dakota.

Labor Law Compliance Posters Available
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has labor law compliance posters available at no charge from any job service office.

DPS Announces May Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – May is a busy month for sobriety checkpoints as the South Dakota Department of Public Safety has scheduled 28 checkpoints in 23 counties.

State Officials, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to Discuss Public Safety
State officials will meet with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to discuss public safety on the Lake Traverse Reservation and surrounding area on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. CDT at the tribal headquarters in Agency Village, S.D.

Sheila Gestring Named to Lead University of South Dakota as President
Sheila Gestring, vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the University of South Dakota, will lead that institution forward as USD’s 18th president, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Tuesday.

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, those now serving, as well as their families.


Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Sean McPherson
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, May 4, to honor the life of state Rep. Sean McPherson, of Rapid City, on the day of his funeral.

Secretary of State Reminds Voters Not to Publicize Marked Ballots
PIERRE, SD – With absentee voting underway and voters heading to the polls on Primary Election day, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is issuing a reminder to South Dakota voters not to publicize an official, marked ballot.

Kadoka Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
Jai Shawn Quick Bear, a fifth grade student at Kadoka Elementary School, is the winner of the 2018 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest. Jai Shawn’s poster was chosen out of 725 entries from fifth graders all over the state.

Wilmot Rest Area Closed For Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 29 Wilmot rest area at Wilmot Exit 213 for the reconstruction of the rest area and the addition of a new tourism welcome center.

Spring Load Restriction #12
Effective at 8 a.m. CDT, May 01, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Limit Release #11
Effective at 10 a.m. CDT, May 01, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Limit Release #10
Effective at Noon CDT, April 30, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Work at Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard
On Sunday, May 6, the intersection of Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard will become a four-way stop from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Spring Load Restriction Release #9
Effective at 9 a.m. MDT, April 30, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Restriction Release #8
Effective at Noon CDT, April 30, 2018, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Over-Width Planters and Fertilizer Application Vehicles Allowed Extended Travel Time
Due to cold weather that has caused a delayed planting season, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Order to allow over-width planting, fertilizer and agricultural chemical application vehicles to travel during nighttime hours in South Dakota.

First Lady's Column: A Summer Reading Challenge
Now that it is starting to feel a little more like spring, students are looking forward to summer. The family vacations, camping trips, picnics and baseball games will soon begin and our children will get a well-deserved break from their studies.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be in Volga on Tuesday, May 1, attending a ceremonial groundbreaking at Prairie AquaTech at 2 p.m. CDT.


Governor’s Statement on the Passing of Rep. McPherson
Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement on the passing of State Rep. Sean McPherson of Rapid City.

2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Larissa Stahl of Tabor, Sophie Dowling of Murdo and Connor Torkelson of Wanblee have been selected as the winning essayists in the 2018 Arbor Day Essay Contest.

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on sod houses
Sod houses will be the topic at a May 8 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

2018 Governor’s Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards.

The Department of Social Services Hires Human Services Center Administrator
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has named Ken Cole as the Human Services Center (HSC) hospital administrator.

Election Signs Not Allowed in Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights of way.

Homestead Rest Area Closed For Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 29 Homestead rest area near Vermillion Exit 26 for the reconstruction of the rest area and welcome center.

South Dakota Veterans Bonus
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs administers a bonus program for those who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months prior to their active duty service and who meet other qualifications