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Governor Seeking Interns For The Summer
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for a summer 2017 Governor’s Office Internship in Pierre. The position will be paid and run from early May through August 2017.


Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., and South Dakota’s priorities for federal health care reform.

Governor’s Statement on Rep. Wollmann’s Resignation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of District 8 Rep. Matthew Wollmann.

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PLATTE, S.D. – One person died in a two-vehicle crash that happened Monday morning east of Platte.

McCook County Fatal Crash
CANISTOTA, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning near Canistota.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For December Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from a late December storm that did more than $9.1 million in damage to public property.

Statement of the South Dakota Board of Regents on President Heather Wilson’s Nomination to be Next Air Force Secretary
The President of the United States announced today his intention to nominate Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, as the next Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.


State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Joseph Standing Bear was apprehended in Rapid City earlier this week.


South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate
South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved.

Governor's Column: Taking On The Meth Problem
I recently heard a story about a young man who was exposed to meth as a child. The young man, named Chris, grew up around meth and the violence that the drug brings. Like any normal kid, he wanted attention from the adults in his life.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on South Dakota Public Radio’s In the Moment with Lori Walsh.

Grandparent Scam Continues to Target South Dakota Seniors
Attorney General Marty Jackley is again warning South Dakota seniors that the grandparent scam has resurfaced targeting all parts of the state.

Connecting Agriculture: Knowing Your Financial Options
Low prices and high costs are affecting everyone involved in agriculture.

Tourism Industry Leaders & Innovators Honored for Their Work
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top tourism industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

Tourism Department Posts Record Numbers in 2016
The South Dakota tourism industry has once again reached record numbers of visitors, visitor spending and impact on the state’s economy. This marks seven straight years of economic growth for the industry.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 406 SD11 Splitrock Boulevard Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Brandon, will hold a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mon. Jan. 23, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Express Convention Center, 1103 N Splitrock Boulevard, Sioux Falls, to inform area residents of the beginning of the study and begin receiving public input on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the I-90 Exit 406 (SD11 / Splitrock Boulevard) Interchange.


State Treasurer to attend AARP Day during session
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth in the Capital to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Board holds first public hearing on proposed certification rule changes
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes today.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Legislator Kenny McNenny
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Saturday, Jan. 21, to honor the life of former legislator Kenneth George “Kenny” McNenny of Sturgis, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Alvin Williams was apprehended in Sioux Falls earlier this morning.

Paul Goble biography now available from State Historical Society
The first-ever biography of internationally known children’s author and illustrator Paul Goble, who passed away on Jan. 5, has been released by the South Dakota State Historical Society. Written by Gregory Bryan, “Paul Goble, Storyteller” captures a life that few Americans are familiar with.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Elects Officers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the election of officers for its board of directors for 2017. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable supporting organization for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Funding Available for Trails
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments.

GFP Harvest and Opinion Surveys Underway
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently administering a number of different harvest and opinion surveys regarding the management of wildlife resources across the state.

Fort Sisseton Festival Vendor Applications Available
PIERRE, S.D. - Vendors interested in having a booth at the 2017 Fort Sisseton Historical Festival have until March 14 to submit an application. Applications are available for vendors of arts and crafts, concessions, and rendezvous. The annual festival is scheduled for June 2, 3 and 4, 2017.

GFP Conservation Officer Honored
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conservation officer Joe Galbraith has been honored by Shikar-Safari Club International as the South Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Storm Lake, Iowa man has been identified as the person killed in a two-vehicle crash early Sunday in Sioux Falls.

Officers Reelected for Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board
The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has selected its officers for 2017.


FEATURE STORY: Turning a life’s passion into a life’s work
For Jordan Miller, hunting and fitness are his two passions in life. The day he got the opportunity to combine the two and make a living doing it, he jumped at the chance.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning in Sioux Falls.


Governor's Column: Amazon's Big Step In The Right Direction
South Dakota is a state with a low tax burden. We are one of only seven states without a personal income tax. We also have no corporate income tax, no business inventory tax, no personal property tax and no inheritance tax. People who live here get to keep more of their earnings.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present his 2017 State of the State Address at the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Dakota Events Center.

Obtain Firewood from In-State Sources
Camp fires or fire pits are becoming a common sight year round in South Dakota.

Online Option for Grain Checkoff Payments
Grain elevators in South Dakota have a new option for submitting payments to the state’s grain checkoff funds.


Gregory County Man Pleads to Sexual Contact with a Minor and Distribution of Controlled Substance to a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling announced today that Donald Kelvin Story, 51, Dallas, pled guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, methamphetamine, class 2 felony, punishable by to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine and one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

Attorney General Jackley Warns Against Travel Scams and Timeshare Resellers
It is that time of year again when people are planning winter trips to warmer regions and may be faced with advertisements to buy a timeshare or travel package. Attorney General Jackley would like to offer some advice on how to better protect you when contemplating these types of purchases.

Big & Rich First Concert Announcement for SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Big & Rich & Cowboy Troy will perform at the state fair grandstand on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.


Attorney General Jackley Appoints Standing Rock Officer to Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the appointment of David Lawrence, Chief of Police with the Standing Rock Agency to the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission. He has been appointed to a two-year term effective January 2017.

Attorney General Jackley Reminds Provigil Users to File Claim Before April Deadline
Attorney General Marty Jackley is reminding consumers who feel they may be entitled to a recovery under the Provigil settlement to file their claim before the April 13, 2017 deadline.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation Receives Grant for Park Project
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation recently received a $75,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant from the Wellmark Foundation. The money will be used for the Cottonwood Playground Project at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.


Backpage.com Suspends Controversial Sexual Advertising in Human Trafficking Fight
South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley confirms that Backpage.com has suspended its sexual advertising in relation to the ongoing human trafficking fight.

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Moses Dubray, age 32, left the Rapid City Community Work Center today without authorization.

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Alvin Williams, age 42, left the Yankton Community Work Center this morning without authorization.

Brent Fluke Appointed Women’s Prison Warden
Bob Dooley, director of prison operations for the Department of Corrections, has appointed Brent Fluke as warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison.

2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism “Builds for the Future”
The South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism, hosted by the Department of Tourism, encourages visitor industry professionals to come and be inspired to “Build for the Future” next week, Jan. 17-19, in Pierre.


State Forensic Lab Completes Project for Testing all Rape Kits
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that South Dakota Forensic Lab (SDFL) has completed the testing of all rape kits from law enforcement agencies in South Dakota.

Blue Lights for Law Enforcement Appreciation
The front doors of the Capitol will be illuminated in blue tonight in recognition of the sacrifices made by South Dakota law enforcement officers and their families.

SD Ag Chat: Dairy Checkoff Dollars Working Around the World
You may be eating the results of partnerships formed between various fast food restaurants and the dairy checkoff.

State Prison Inmate Dies
Joseph Olson, age 56, passed away Jan. 6 in a comfort care setting in the Jameson Annex to the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Gov. Daugaard Requests FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment for Christmas Day Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested FEMA join state and local officials in a review of damage done to public property in 24 counties and on four tribal reservations during the recent Christmas Day storm.

I-90 Exit 14 Lane Closure and Opening the New Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that eastbound I-90 will be reduced to one-lane between the off and on ramps at Exit 14 on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. This is being done so the contractor can transport concrete barriers onto the new bridge.

South Dakota Working for a Win in Vegas at Annual SHOT Show
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will return to Las Vegas, Nev., later this month to promote the state at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, Jan. 17-20.


Governor's Column: Good News from the State Financial Report
This past week the state budget office issued South Dakota’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or what those of us within state government sometimes refer to as “the CAFR.” The Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on the Friday before New Year’s Day.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Doug Sharp to GFP Commission
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Sharp of Watertown to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will broadcast the speech live on SDPB1 TV, SDPB Radio and SD.net. The State of the State Address will be archived on SDPB’s website.

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 Tara Hartse, on December 7, 2016, in Lake Norden, South Dakota.

GFP Currently Conducting Online Angler Survey
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU), is currently conducting an online angler survey to help gauge angler use, harvest and attitudes of resident and nonresident anglers.

2016 Traffic Fatalities Near Record Low Lack of Seatbelt Use Significant Cause in Most Deaths
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 115 traffic fatalities in 2016 are expected to be the lowest since 2011 and second lowest since 1960.

Name Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Grand Island, NE man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

Gov. Daugaard Awards Eight Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard awarded more than $2.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to eight projects throughout South Dakota.


Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber.

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5.36 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $5.36 million for solid waste and water projects when it met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park Master Planning Contract Awarded
Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that Peaks to Plains Design, PC will be the consultant in the master planning efforts for the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park and Bismarck Lake areas in the Black Hills.

Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Proposals Due Feb. 15
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wildlife diversity program is accepting proposals for the wildlife diversity small grants program.

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at eight Information Center locations along interstates 29 and 90.


Attorney General Jackley’s 2017 Legislative Package
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the Attorney General’s proposed legislative package for 2017 will include a request that our Legislature consider and enact the following:

Cultural Heritage Center announces new monthly programming series to debut in January
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 21, the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will debut a new monthly programming series for 2017 entitled “Family Fun Saturdays.”

Mitchell teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Amanda Christensen, a fourth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, has received a $25,000 award that Teacher magazine calls the “Oscar of Teaching.”


Gov. Daugaard Announces Earliest CAFR Release In 20 Years
The state Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on Friday, meeting its goal of a December release.

Sanborn County Man Pleads to First Degree Manslaughter
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Sanborn County States Attorney Jeffrey Larson announced today that Matthew Walter Novak, 33, Woonsocket, pled guilty to manslaughter in the first degree.

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

State Veterans Home Staff Recognized
The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network awarded the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home with the “Gold Milestone,” an award that recognizes the outstanding achievements and efforts to improve the quality of care and quality of life for veterans home residents.


Governor's Column: The Importance of South Dakota’s Animal Health Laboratory
For a state like South Dakota, with five times as many cattle and twice as many hogs and chickens as we have citizens, livestock health is a big deal. We all know the tremendous impact the livestock sector has on our state’s economy, but it’s easy to forget the connection between livestock health and human health.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Ervin Bader
The flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, to honor the life of former legislator Ervin Bader who passed away on Christmas Day.

News Tips
State parks in all 50 states will host First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. Hikes will be held in eight South Dakota state parks.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Arrest Spearfish Man for Enticement of a Minor
Attorney General Marty Jackley and United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced today that the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Spearfish Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations have arrested Nicholaus Tripp, 28, Spearfish, South Dakota, on one count of Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b).

SD Ag Chat: FSA Programs Help Keep Farmers and Ranchers Afloat
In this SD Ag Chat, USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini talks about the role FSA programs play in providing financial stability for farmers and ranchers.

SD Ag Chat: Inside the SD Meat Inspection Program
Animal Industry Board inspectors in South Dakota take hundreds of samples each year from local locker plants or grocery store meat counters and send them to a lab to be tested.

Assistive Daily Living Services Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public comment on the Assistive Daily Living Services (ADLS) Medicaid waiver renewal.

Highway Patrol announces January Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol plans to ring in the first month of 2017 with another group of sobriety checkpoints.

Department of Transportation & City of Pierre Seek Public Input into Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the city of Pierre, will hold a public open house as part of the Northeast Pierre Master Transportation Plan. This open house public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2017, in the gymnasium at Kennedy Elementary School (2306 Brookstone Loop) in Pierre.

Happy New Year
Let’s ensure that our 2017 book is not left blank! Let’s write a good one!


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 Curtis Wayne Adams, Sr., on December 3, 2016, in Yankton, South Dakota. The Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation at the request of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Jan. 3 program at Cultural Heritage Center focuses on Great Depression
The Great Depression and "A New Deal for South Dakota" will be the focus of a public program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Jan. 3.

Family Support 360 Medicaid Waiver Renewal Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities is seeking public comment on the Family Support 360 Medicaid waiver renewal application.

Progressive Steps to Advance Technology
A column by State Labor & Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman In the past year, the Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has embraced this notion and has taken many progressive steps to advance technology in the way we do business.


Community Service Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Joseph Standing Bear walked away from the community service employer this afternoon.

Game, Fish and Parks Celebrates the New Year with First Day Hikes across the state on January 1, 2017
Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2017 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you.

Gov. Daugaard Declares State of Emergency Following Winter Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency for all of South Dakota following a Christmas Day storm that resulted in stranded motorists and electrical power outages.


Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Hermosa.

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BRANDON , S.D. – A Valley Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Brandon.

Illegally Dumped Snow Can Cause Problems
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.

Interstate 90 Reopened Rapid City to Vivian Fully open to traffic
State officials have reopened I-90 in both directions from Rapid City to Vivian. I-90 is now completely open to traffic, but motorists are cautioned that winter driving conditions still exist.

Interstate 90 Reopened Wyoming Border to Rapid City
State officials have reopened I-90 in both directions from the Wyoming border to Rapid City in western South Dakota. I-90 from Rapid City to Vivian (both directions) remains closed until further notice. I-90 was reopened in both directions from Vivian to Chamberlain earlier.

I90 open Vivian to Chamberlain Remains closed Vivian to Wyo. border
State officials have reopened Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain in central South Dakota. Motorists are cautioned that icy, snow-packed roads and strong winds are still creating difficult travel conditions along I-90, especially in western South Dakota.


Interstate 90 Closed From Wyoming Border to Vivian
State officials have closed Interstate 90, east and westbound, between the Wyoming border and Vivian effective immediately. Officials will be closing Interstate 90 from Vivian to Chamberlain at 7 p.m. CST. The temperature is expected to drop below freezing, and along with snow and strong winds, as travel will be treacherous during the overnight hours.