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Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Senator Richard Gregerson
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 1, to honor the life of former legislator Richard Gregerson of Sioux Falls, who passed away on Tuesday, April 25.

Cultural Heritage Center Program to feature South Dakota’s first Senator
One of South Dakota’s most colorful politicians will be the subject of the May History and Heritage Book Club meeting.

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

Traffic Changes on Burr Street in Mitchell
T&R Contracting, Inc., a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, is continuing shoulder work on Burr Street in Mitchell from Havens Avenue to Interstate 90. The shoulder is being widened so it can be utilized to carry southbound traffic during the reconstruction of the current northbound lanes.

South Dakota Highway 115 Open to Traffic
On Friday, April 28, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will open South Dakota Highway 115 to traffic at 3 p.m. from 4th Street in Dell Rapids to 248t Street.


SD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program
South Dakotans will have the chance to throw out unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

Statement from Sec. of Ag Jaspers on Perdue Confirmation
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers issued the following statement in response to the U. S. Senate’s confirmation of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Justin Moore and Ned LeDoux Added to SD State Fair Grandstand Line Up
The South Dakota State Fair, a division of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, announces Justin Moore with opening act Ned LeDoux will perform at the grandstand on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

State Plan on Aging Public Comment Notice
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Long Term Services and Supports is seeking public comment on the State Plan on Aging.

U.S. Highway 212 to Close East of Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 212 between Watertown and Goodwin on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Curb Ramp Upgrades in Buffalo
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews are scheduled to begin ADA curb ramp upgrades in the city of Buffalo along highways 85 and 20 on Monday, May 1.


State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Daniel Fresquez was allowed to leave the Rapid City Community Work Center this morning to search for a work release job. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return to the Community Work Center at the designated time.

Newspaper digitization advisory board selects newspapers to digitize for federal grant
The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that more historical newspapers will be digitized as part of a federal grant.

I-90 Eastbound Detour at Exit 40 - Rescheduled
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that eastbound traffic on Interstate 90 near Piedmont will be detoured at Exit 40 to Sturgis Road between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.


Governor's Column: Celebrate Farmers and Ranchers on Earth Day
In 1973, a woman by the name of Beverly Gabriel decided to leave her profession to get back to her roots. She had received a teaching degree from Black Hills State University a few years earlier and had taught in Rapid City and Wyoming.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Associated School Board’s Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon at the Ramkota in Pierre.

Sioux Falls Man Charged with Terrorism Threat
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirm today that Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, 45, Sioux Falls, has been arrested by the Sioux Falls Police Department

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Regarding Same-Sex School Facilities
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

South Dakota Juvenile Sentencing in Jensen Case Upheld as Constitutional
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces that the South Dakota Supreme Court has reiterated that South Dakota’s amended Juvenile Statutory Sentencing Scheme complies with U.S. Supreme Court Case Law and affirms Paul Dean Jensen’s sentence for the murder and kidnapping of Michael Hare.

Connecting Agriculture: Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part
Spring is upon us here in South Dakota!

State Historical Society presenting Governor’s Awards for History
The South Dakota State Historical Society will be presenting the Governor’s Awards for History on Saturday, April 29, during its annual history conference in Sioux Falls.

DENR Reissues General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
DENR announced today the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations has been reissued and is now effective.

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective May 1, 2017.

First Lady, Tommy the Turtle to Visit Pierre Second Graders
PIERRE, S.D. – First Lady Linda Daugaard and South Dakota Emergency Management Office mascot, Tommy the Turtle, will discuss severe weather safety with second graders in Pierre on Tuesday, April 25.

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 24-28
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans are being urged to start preparing now for the inevitable severe weather that will occur this spring and summer in South Dakota.

Spring Load Limit Release #18
Effective at 10:00 a.m. CST, April 21, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions were removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


SD Ag Chat: 2017 Fire Season May be Quieter Than Last Year
Temperature and moisture are two main factors in determining the level of fire danger an area may face.

Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction Saturday
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.

State Regulators Issue Cease and Desist Orders to Subsidiaries of Ocwen Financial Corp.
More than 20 state mortgage regulators, including the South Dakota Division of Banking, have issued regulatory orders or charges to subsidiaries of Ocwen Financial Corp. to address violations of state and federal laws.


2017 Arbor Day Essay Contest Winners Selected
Kalissa Mayclin of Mt. Vernon, Lariss Stahl of Tabor and Maxwell Quinn of Faulkton are the winning essayists selected from the 1,423 entries in the 2017 Arbor Day Essay Contest.

Governor Proclaims Thursday Safe Driving Day in SD
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, April 20, as Safe Driving Day in South Dakota, marking the first time such a proclamation has been declared in the state.


Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2017 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early September through December 2017.

State Prison Inmate Michael Clark in Custody
Inmate Michael Clark was apprehended by the Sioux Falls Police Department at a Sioux Falls residence this afternoon.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Non-Resident Waterfowl Licenses
Earlier this month, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to expand the area in which three-day temporary non-resident waterfowl hunters will be able to hunt.

South Dakota Driver Exam Stations Closed April 28-29
PIERRE, S.D. – All South Dakota state driver exam stations will be closed for two days later this month.

Pursuit Leads to Confiscation of 1.7 pounds of Heroin, Cash
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol troopers recently seized 1.7 pounds of heroin in western South Dakota.

Lane Closures at the Intersection of Highways 81/212 in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be replacing roadway signs at the intersection of highways 81 and 212 in Watertown on April 19 and 20, from 7 p.m. to midnight each night.

“Days of Spring and What They Bring”
As children we always heard our mothers saying “April showers bring May flowers,” while under our breath we were saying “rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.” Now, as an adult and as a veteran, I know that landscapes and weather conditions have played a role in every conflict we have fought. Weather and terrain shaped the experiences of our troops and directly dictated their actions.


State Prison Inmate In Custody
Inmate Sean Kilbourn was apprehended by law enforcement in Beadle County earlier this morning. He is currently housed in the Minnehaha County Jail.

Trophies Awarded at 2017 GFP Archery Tournaments
Young archers from across South Dakota gathered in Rapid City on April 2, and Yankton on April 7, to claim top honors in the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournaments.

Game, Fish and Parks to Host Antler Auction Saturday
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host an Antler Auction at the Goeman Auction Pavilion north of Lennox on Saturday, April 22.

State’s SBVI Division Holding Public Forum
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will be holding a public forum on May 5.

Spring Load Limit Release #17
Effective at 9:00 a.m. MDT, April 17, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

New Initiatives Spark College-Going Interest
South Dakota colleges and universities are finding new ways to help high school students navigate the college application process and encourage postsecondary enrollments.


Governor's Column: Remembering South Dakota's Ace
South Dakota draws an ace. That was one headline following the gubernatorial election of Joe Foss. The plain-spoken, unpretentious South Dakota hero held many titles throughout his life, only one of which was governor.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard invite families to take part in the Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn. Children up to age 12 are invited to participate.

It Only Takes One Person to Spread Harmful Invasive Pests
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has designated April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.

Mediation Services Available for Farmers and Ranchers
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Mediation Program is available for farmers and ranchers in financial distress.

State Prison Inmates Placed on Escape Status
Inmates Michael Clark and Sean Kilbourn left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on the grounds of the State Penitentiary earlier today to search for employment. Escape procedures were enacted when they failed to return at the designated time.

Seeking Comments on Draft Prairie Grouse Management Plan 2017-2021
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the draft Prairie Grouse Management Plan for South Dakota, 2017-2021.

South Dakota's Deer Management Plan Available for Review until May 5
The public still has time to review the draft South Dakota White-Tailed Deer and Mule Deer Management Plan for 2017-2023.

Rice Street Closure for Highway 100 Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is scheduled to close Rice Street from Timberline Avenue to Six Mile Road in Sioux Falls on Monday, April 17 for one week.

I-90 – Exit 14 – Median Closure on Colorado Blvd at 26th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the median of Colorado Boulevard and 26th Street will close on Monday, April 17.


Deadline Approaching for Specialty Crop Grants
The application deadline for the 2017 Specialty Crop Grants is less than one month away.

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
South Dakota Wildland Fire (SDWF) reminds citizens that there is funding available through the 50 Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program.

Financing Beginning Farmers
Bond purchasers can potentially save thousands of dollars in federal taxes by investing in a beginning farmer.

Two more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Two more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Rule Changes for Terminally Ill Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission expanded a rule that allows for the allocation of a deer, antelope or turkey license to terminally ill South Dakota residents.

I29 Exit 132 Ramp Closures
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound off-ramp and the northbound on-ramp at Interstate 29 Exit 132 will close for approximately 21 calendar days.

Pavement Repair to Begin on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says concrete pavement repair work on Interstate 90 from mile marker 407 east of Brandon to mile marker 412.5 (South Dakota/Minnesota state line) will begin Monday, April 17.


South Dakota Child Identification Program Event in Deadwood
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Masons want to remind parents and guardians of the upcoming South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) event:

State Launches New Job Search Site
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has launched a new version of its jobs database and management information system, SDWORKS.

465th Avenue Closed South of Highway 46 for Bridge Replacement
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say 465th Avenue located 1.25 miles south of Highway 46 will be closed to through traffic on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Highway 79 Paving
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin preparing for an asphalt concrete resurfacing project on Highway 79 from the junction of Highway 168 in Butte County up to Slim Buttes in Harding County, beginning the week of April 16.

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

Spring Load Limit Release #16
Effective at 8:00 a.m. MST, April 12, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Restriction Release #15
Effective at 12:00 p.m. CST, April 10, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.


Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 64th Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter.

Shared services grants awarded to school districts
Seven proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the latest round of the state’s shared services grant program.

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


Name Released in Sanborn County Fatal Crash
HURON, S.D. – A Huron, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night south of Huron.


Governor's Column: Stewardship Of State Pension Not Something To Reprimand
South Dakotans are not afraid to do things differently when different means a better way. Different defines how we have been running our state’s retirement system.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspiration Awards at the Science Center at Dakota State University.

Giving Consumers a Place to Find Accurate Information About How Their Food is Grown and Raised
There are hundreds of websites on the internet aimed at providing accurate information about today’s agriculture practices in the U.S.

2017 Elk Season Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 443 any elk and 1,150 antlerless elk licenses for the 2017 Black Hills elk hunting season at their April meeting.

Good Earth State Park Fees finalized
This week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission established facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park.

Spring Load Restriction Release #14
Effective at 8:00 a.m. CST, April 10, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Highway 50 Closed for Bridge & Box Culvert Replacement
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 50 east of Interstate 29 to the intersection of Highways 50 and 11 will be closed to through traffic on April 10, 2017.

Highway 212 Closing For Bridge Replacement Near Redfield
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that work is underway on the Highway 212 bridge replacement just west of Redfield and motorists are currently experiencing slight changes in traffic flow.


Attorney General Jackley Joins Challenge of Affordable Care Act’s Tax on South Dakota’s Insurance Health Plan
Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined a challenge filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by 16 Attorneys General.

Supreme Court Decision Prompts GFP Action On Non-Meandered Waters
In compliance with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Duerre v. Hepler, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is closing Department-managed boat launches on non-meandered bodies of water.

Sanborn County Fatal Crash
HURON, S.D. – One woman has died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday night south of Huron, S.D.

Concrete Pavement Repair Work to begin on Highway 52
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say concrete pavement repair work on Highway 52 west of Yankton will begin the week of April 10, 2017.

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on Interstate 29
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on Interstate 29 between North Sioux City and Exit 53 will begin the week of April 10, 2017.


Flags At Half-Staff Thursday To Honor John Glenn
The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of John Glenn on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the day of his interment.

Davison County Man Sentenced for Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute in a Drug Free Zone
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Jordan Lee Muntefering, 27, Mitchell, was sentencing to 20 years with 5 suspended on two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in a drug free zone, methamphetamine.

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Coolidge Creek prescribed fire on Thursday, April 6.

Governor proclaims South Dakota Library Week April 10-16
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed April 10-16, South Dakota Library Week, in honor of the vital and continually evolving role of libraries in schools and communities.


May 1 Deadline for Brand Rerecording or Registration
Brand owners in South Dakota whose brand or brands were cancelled in May of 2015, have until May 1, 2017 to rerecord their brands.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is observing the designation by encouraging individuals and organizations to play a role in making South Dakota a better place for children and families.

Construction of Highways 12 & 37 in Groton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says reconstruction of Highways 12 and 37 in Groton has begun with phases 1 & 2.

Spring Load Limit Restrictions 12 & 13
Effective at 10:00 a.m. CST, April 7, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Spring Load Limit Release #11
Effective at 8:00 a.m. CST, April 6, 2017, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.

Pavement Repair to Begin on Highway 115
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says concrete pavement repair work on Highway 115 between Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.


South Dakota Attorney General’s Office Celebrates Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to remind South Dakotans that this week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

2017 Wildfire Awareness Month Poster Coloring Contest
May is Wildfire Awareness Month in South Dakota.

State Parks Announce Free Entrance for Military Group Events
Past and present military personnel will now receive free entrance into South Dakota state parks when participating in special events that they host.

Black Hills Mountain Lion Hunting Season Ends
The Black Hills mountain lion hunting season officially closed on March 31, 2017. Hunters harvested a total of 30 mountain lions, 16 of those were female.

2017 Governor’s Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Awards.

Intersection Closures on 6th Street Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Phase 1 of the construction project on 6th Street in Brookings has begun and includes removal and reconstruction of the westbound lanes from 20th Avenue to 34th Avenue.


Governor's Column: Juvenile Justice Reforms Showing Promising Results
This week, the juvenile justice reform oversight council released its first annual report. The report encapsulates the progress made in the first full year of implementation of the 2015 Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Gov. Daugaard Announces Appointees To New Board Of Technical Education
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the initial appointees to the Board of Technical Education. The nine-member board will provide state-level oversight to the state’s four technical institutes, taking on the functions currently served by the state Board of Education.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the deployment ceremony for the 125 airmen in the 114th Fighter Wing.

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking nominations for the 2017 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

‘South Dakota History’ features Hawaiian annexation, ranching memoir and physical therapy pioneer
A maverick South Dakota senator, a family of ranch entrepreneurs and a medical pioneer take center stage in the Spring 2017 issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Gov. Daugaard Announces $94.6 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $94.6 million for water and waste projects when the board met Thursday and Friday in Pierre.

Rabies Cases Dip In 2016, Pets Still Need Vaccination
Cases of animal rabies were down in 2016, but the disease remains a risk in South Dakota, according to health officials. There were 27 cases in 2016, down from 29 cases in 2015.

Names Released in Brown County Fatal Crash
FREDERICK, S.D. – Names have been released in the two-vehicle crash that killed one and injured another Tuesday afternoon south of Frederick.

Pavement Repair to Begin on I-29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin concrete pavement repair work on Interstate 29 from south of Exit 86 (Renner/Crooks) to north of Exit 109 (Colman/Madison) on Monday, April 3, 2017.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7
“Work Zone Safety Is In Your Hands” National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state transportation departments across the country to remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.


Tribal Leaders Participate In Governor’s Public Safety Roundtable
Gov. Dennis Daugaard yesterday met with tribal leaders to discuss Senate Bill 176, potential pipeline protests and public safety. In the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota, state and tribal leaders came together on Wednesday to converse on how to avoid potential problems, share concerns and work on possible solutions.

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Joan Wink To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Dr. Joan Wink of Howes to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

State Prison Inmate Back In Custody
Inmate Robert Running Shield was arrested in Rapid City March 29. He is currently being housed at the Pennington County Jail.

Highway Patrol Plans April Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned in 19 South Dakota counties during April.

Highway 83 Resurfacing to Begin South of Fort Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing project on Highway 83 from the south end of the Bad River Bridge in Fort Pierre for about 22 miles south.

I-29 Southbound at Exit 73 to be Reduced to One Lane
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound lanes of Interstate 29 at Exit 73 in north Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday, April 3.

Regents Approve Tuition & Fee Rates for 2017-18
The South Dakota Board of Regents Thursday approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $237.81 per year, or 2.9 percent.

Regents Honor Student Groups at School of Mines and Black Hills State
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.


Restored Fort Pierre railroad depot to host program about railroad history in South Dakota
People can learn about the history of railroads and one historic depot in South Dakota during a program that will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 11, in the 1906 Fort Pierre Depot Museum.

Brown County Fatal Crash
FREDERICK, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon south of Frederick, S.D.

Names Released in Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A Flandreau man has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash east of Flandreau.

Rapid City Department of Social Services Hosts Art Exhibit for Children in Foster Care
The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City is hosting a special art exhibit at the Dahl Fine Arts Center on April 8, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Public Universities Add New Online Associate Degrees
Consistent with South Dakota Board of Regents’ initiatives to grow associate degrees online, new two-year college degrees in construction technology, software development, and sociology will soon be available to students anywhere, any time.

New Academic Offerings Develop State Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new academic program requests to meet emerging employment trends across the state.

Sutton Elected Board of Regents’ President
Bob Sutton, a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents since 2013, is the board’s new president, succeeding Randy Schaefer, who remains on the board.


Oversight Council Releases Juvenile Report, Governor Signs SB 179
Today the Juvenile Justice Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council released its first annual report on progress made under Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s juvenile justice reforms. The Oversight Council is the statutorily authorized entity that monitors the juvenile justice reforms.

State Prison Inmate Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Robert Running Shield left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization during the evening of March 27.

Warm Weather Accompanies the End of Snowmobile Season
March 31 marks the official end of snowmobile season in South Dakota.

Grants Open For Mosquito Control Programs
Cities, counties and tribes can again apply for state grant funding to help control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV).

Burr Street Construction in Mitchell To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the city of Mitchell are scheduled to begin the reconstruction of Burr Street from Havens Avenue to Interstate 90 in Mitchell on Monday, April 3.