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Governor's Column: Leaving It Better Than You Found It
Over the past few months, Linda and I have been getting ready to turn the Governor’s Mansion over to its next occupants. We’ve been working with state maintenance crews to replace light bulbs, repaint rooms, clean out the drains, and make other small improvements. The Mansion is just like any other house – over time, small projects like these accumulate. We want to get these projects done now, so the home is in great shape for its next occupants.

News Tips For October 20 – 26, 2018
Friday, October 26, 1 p.m. CDT, Pierre – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will attend and speak at the Governor’s Leadership Development Program (GLDP) Graduation at RedRossa, Pierre.

Boomsma selected as 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Erica Boomsma, a fourth grade teacher at the Washington 4-5 Center in the Huron School District, has been named the 2019 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Thursday evening at a banquet at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Sioux Falls.

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.

State Official: Winter Weather Preparation Begins Now
PIERRE, S.D. – With parts of South Dakota having already seen its first snowfall of the year, officials of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) say it is time to prepare for the inevitable arrival of winter.

Names Released in Hamlin County Fatal Crash
LAKE NORDEN, S.D. – A 69-year-old Estelline, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Monday in a two-vehicle fatal crash east of Lake Norden.


Labor Department and Lake Area Tech Hosting Welding Apprenticeship Meeting
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will host two meetings about creating a welding Registered Apprenticeship on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT at Lake Area Technical Institute, Room 514.


South Dakota ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s average ACT composite score is up slightly from 2017 and remains above the national average. South Dakota’s average ACT score for 2018 was 21.9, compared to the national average of 20.8 and last year’s statewide average of 21.8. The composite score reflects sub-scores for English, math, reading and science.

Labor Department Hosting Apprenticeship Summit
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will host the Start Today SD Summit to promote Registered Apprenticeships on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 1 – 4:30 p.m. CST at Mitchell Technical Institute.

Centerline Painting in North Central South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in north central South Dakota will begin on Thursday, Oct. 18.


Author Thomas Patterson to discuss news media at Cultural Heritage Center
Meet 2018 One Book South Dakota author Thomas E. Patterson at an Oct. 27 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Patterson is the author of “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism.”

South Dakota Monarch Plan Available for Public Comment
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking for public comment on a draft strategic plan for the monarch butterfly. The plan is available for review until 5 p.m. CDT on Oct. 26.

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
LAKE NORDEN, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Monday afternoon east of Lake Norden.


South Dakota Wins NASCIO State IT Recognition Award
The State of South Dakota was recognized in the Cybersecurity category for our Email Threat Assessment Evaluation. The submission is titled Walleyes, Whales and Cybersecurity.

Box Culvert Replacement on Lincoln County Highway 117 (Louise Avenue)
Starting Thursday, Oct. 18, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin removing and reconstructing the box culvert on Lincoln County Highway 117, Louise Avenue, in Sioux Falls between 273rd Street and 274th Street.


News Tips For October 13 – 19, 2018
Monday, October 15, 11 a.m. CDT, Brookings – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak and attend the ribbon cutting at the Passive House in Brookings.

Governor's Column: SD's 100th Pheasant Season
October in South Dakota is a glorious month. I love the crisp mornings, chilly evenings and weekend sounds of marching bands in homecoming parades.

Centerline Painting in Central South Dakota Delayed
KENNEBEC, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota planned to begin on Monday, Oct. 1 was delayed by weather and will begin on Monday, Oct. 15.

Centerline Painting in Northcentral South Dakota Delayed
MCINTOSH, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota planned to start on Tuesday, Oct. 9 was delayed by weather and will begin on Friday, Oct. 19.

Redfield man claims $390,000 Lucky for Life prize
Christopher Whitley’s close proximity to the Appels Quick Shop in Redfield proved to be fruitful as he claimed the Lucky for Life lotto game’s second prize.


Names Released In Grant County Fatal
MILBANK, S.D. – A 16-year-old male from Milbank has been identified as the person who died Sunday morning after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle near Milbank.

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – A Sherman, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a two-vehicle crash near Baltic.


DPS Secretary Jones To Depart
DPS Secretary Trevor Jones announced today that he has accepted a position with Dakota State University, working in the university’s digital forensics lab.

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash (Canton)
CANTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen, S.D., man has been identified as the person died Saturday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash that occurred in Canton.

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash (Harrisburg)
HARRISBURG, S.D. – A Sioux Center, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Harrisburg.

Tunnel Inspections To Take Place
The Department of Transportation will be doing bi-annual tunnel inspections the week of Oct. 15. This will result in traffic delays and or closure of Highway 87 Needles Highway and Highway 16A Iron Mountain Road.


Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On E15
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement on year-round E15.

State Fair Numbers Continue to Climb
South Dakota State Fair numbers continue to climb as attendance at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair was 217,231, up 2.5 percent over last year, while gate revenue increased by 3.6 percent.

South Dakota educator receives JAG National Educational Leadership Award
Wagner Community Schools Superintendent Linda Foos has been awarded the National Educational Leadership Award from Jobs for America’s Graduates. Foos was nominated for her extraordinary leadership and support of JAG-South Dakota, which aims to help students succeed in school and in pursuit of a career and/or postsecondary education.

Corncob pheasants coming to Cultural Heritage Center for Family Fun Saturday Oct. 20
Pheasants are flying in South Dakota as the hunting season begins. And corncob pheasants will fly out of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre when visitors create their own corncob pheasant dart at Family Fun Saturday on Oct. 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

South Dakota SNAP Program Earns Top Ranking
South Dakota is among four states leading the nation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program administration, according to a recently released USDA report.

Highway 50 Railroad Crossing Reconstruction to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to reconstruct the railroad crossing on Highway 50 just west of 439th Avenue (West City Limits Road) west of Yankton will begin Monday, Oct. 15.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
BALTIC, S.D. – One person was killed and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon east of Baltic.

Grant County Fatal
MILBANK, S.D. – A 16-year-old male died Sunday morning after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle near Milbank.


Lincoln County Fatal Crash
CANTON, S.D. – One man died Saturday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash that occurred in Canton.


Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HARRISBURG, S.D. – One person died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Harrisburg.


Governor's Column: In SD, It's Native Americans' Day
If you look at your calendar, I’ll bet on Monday, Oct. 8, it says Columbus Day. Though the designation may serve as a good reminder for those who don’t have school that day or whose offices are closed, it’s not quite accurate . . .

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

Cultural Heritage Center seeks individuals interested in becoming museum tour guides
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, located at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, is looking for individuals interested in sharing their time, expertise and love of history to become volunteer docent tour guides.

State Historical Society selling Sully County land
The South Dakota State Historical Society is selling 97.5 acres of land located on Lake Oahe in Sully County.


Technical institute enrollment up
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Technical Education heard a report on enrollment at the state’s four technical institutes. Enrollment is up since last year, from 6,652 to 6,825, a 2.6 percent increase. The largest number of students are enrolled in the health science career cluster, which has grown from 1,301 students to 1,380 students.

State Developmental Center Hosting 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 at the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC).

SD Fire Marshal: Know That Fires Can Start Anywhere
PIERRE, S.D. – This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme encourages people to be mindful that fires can start anywhere.

Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
Spearfish, S.D. – A 34-year-old Belle Fourche, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Spearfish.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Sandra Hoglund Hanson As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Sandra Hoglund Hanson, of Sioux Falls, as a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.

Cultural Heritage Center program focuses on women’s long fight to vote
Women’s fight for the right to vote will be the subject of an Oct. 9 program at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Iowa Reduced Tuition Program Shows Results
In the second year of a program offering new and transfer students from Iowa the equivalent of resident tuition at four South Dakota universities, the program is showing a positive return.

Draft Free Speech Policies Advance at Regents’ Public Hearing
Revised policies impacting free speech and diversity on South Dakota public university campuses advanced Wednesday after the South Dakota Board of Regents conducted an initial hearing on the draft policies and voted unanimously to move those proposals to final action in December.

New Options Available for Students Pursuing DSU Degrees
The South Dakota Board of Regents today approved requests from Dakota State University to offer a teaching degree online, create a new minor, and develop new specializations within its mathematics major. University officials said all these changes are part of DSU’s work to meet economic development and workforce trends across South Dakota.

FEATURE STORY: North Sioux City Experiencing Growth in Manufacturing
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – At the very edge of the South Dakota border sits North Sioux City, a quiet town that is bearing witness to some impressive development.

Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls!
As soon as that first glimmer of autumn sparks, it occurs. The Halloween decorating begins and pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, scarecrows, witches, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls are everywhere. It’s a tradition that most of us enjoy. But for some veterans, it’s a reminder of the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins they live with every day.


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.

FEATURE STORY: Pod Manufacturing Taking Off in South Dakota
Black Hawk, S.D. – Ask a contractor what part of a project consumes the most time and often they’ll tell you it’s the bathroom. From residential to commercial, especially in the hospitality industry, carving out and properly plumbing bathrooms are often the culprits for setting projects behind schedule.

Box Elder man claims Dakota Cash jackpot
Luke and Anita Kochutin’s attention to detail helped them become the South Dakota Lottery’s latest big winners.


Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On The President’s Trade Deal
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
Spearfish, S.D. – A 34-year-old man died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Spearfish.

Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert Systems Oct. 3
PIERRE, S.D. – Cell phone users will be part of a nationwide test of emergency alert systems scheduled for this Wednesday, Oct. 3. The test had originally been scheduled for Sept. 20, but was postponed.

Centerline Painting in Northcentral South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

SDDOT Receives Additional Federal Transit Funding
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says they have received five grant awards for an additional $2,774,400 in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding through FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program competitive grant program.

6th Annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week Underway
Editorial by: Scott Stern, Commissioner, South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development PIERRE, S.D. – Today we’re kicking off the 6th annual South Dakota Manufacturing Week. Communities and businesses across the state continue to show appreciation and recognition for a vital industry. Manufacturers in South Dakota achieve some pretty remarkable things.

South Dakota Receives Grant Opportunity for State Cemetery
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has notified the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs they may be awarded grant funds for the construction of a state veterans cemetery.


First Lady's Column: Commit To Know More About Foster Parenting
In any given month over the last year there were around 1,600 children across South Dakota in state custody. These are children who have been removed from their homes by a court order for safety reasons. They are victims of abuse and neglect who, by no fault of their own, have no other place to go.

News Tips for September 29 – October 5, 2018
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. CDT, Beresford – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the AEM “I Make America” Event at Sioux Corporation at One Sioux Plaza in Breseford.

Gov. Daugaard proclaims October ‘Archives Month’
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as “Archives Month” in South Dakota.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15
Open enrollment for the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

Mill & Overlay Bridge Ends and Pipe Crossing
Updated time frame: The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will be resurfacing and striping two bridge ends on Highway 212 east of Newell beginning Monday, Oct. 1. This work was originally scheduled to begin on Sept. 25.


Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly Nearly $34 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $34 million for water, wastewater and solid waste projects.

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced For October
PIERRE, S.D. – Department of Public Safety officials have announced that 23 sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 18 South Dakota counties during October.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Lucas Lund To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Lucas Lund, of Sioux Falls, to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Lund will serve as the board’s student member.

PUBLIC NOTICE OF HIGH RISK INMATE RELEASE
Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk is providing notification to law enforcement and the public about the pending release of a state prison inmate.

Digital World War I display showing at Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society, in association with the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, is showing a digital display called “The World Remembers” in the lobby of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Board to Consider Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc. Application for Temporary Permit to Use Water from Rapid Creek
On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, the Water Management Board will consider Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc. application for a temporary permit.

State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $8.85/hour to $9.10/hour effective Jan. 1, 2019.

South Dakota Department of Tourism Kicks off Fall Marketing Efforts
The South Dakota Department of Tourism kicked off its fall and winter marketing efforts in September to build upon the 13.9 million visitors and $3.88 billion in visitor spending the state experienced by the state in 2017.

Centerline Painting in Central South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline painting on the following highways in central South Dakota will begin on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Lukkes Appointed Regents’ General Counsel
The South Dakota Board of Regents announces that Nathan Lukkes has been named general counsel for the board and the public higher education system in South Dakota.


2018 Governor’s Awards Presented
Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the 2018 Governor’s Awards today to South Dakota businesses and workers who have made significant contributions to the employment of people with disabilities.

Name Released in Harding County Fatal Crash
REVA, S.D. – An Odessa, Texas, man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Reva, S.D.

Laurel Street Railroad Crossing
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, crews will begin work to replace the railroad crossing on Laurel Street in Rapid City.


BOA Releases FY2018 Obligation Recovery Center Annual Report
The debt recovered by the Obligation Recovery Center nearly doubled in its second year of collections, according to a report released by the Bureau of Administration today.

State Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs
The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2019 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

Disability Employment Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.

“If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day Tuesday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Office of Homeland Security encourages the public to take part in Tuesday’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day.

Asphalt Crack Sealing In Spearfish Canyon
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, crews will begin work routing and sealing the cracks in the asphalt surface on Highway 14A in Spearfish Canyon.

Mill & Overlay Bridge Ends and Pipe Crossing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin preparing for an asphalt concrete resurfacing and striping project on two bridge ends on Highway 212 east of Newell beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Governors’ Interstate Indian Council 2018 General Assembly to be held in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations is hosting this year’s general assembly for the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council (GIIC) Sept. 26 and 27 at Crazy Horse Memorial.


Harding County Fatal Crash
REVA, S.D. – A 67-year-old man died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 79, 25 miles northeast of Reva, S.D.


News Tips for September 22 through 28, 2018
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. CDT, Pierre – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2018 Governor’s Awards ceremony. The event will be held inside the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, call 605-773-5990.

Governor's Column: 2018 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
On Friday morning, Sept. 28, a few dozen cowhands will put on their boots and saddle their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise before dawn. And thousands from across the state, country and world will gather, all to continue a 53-year tradition.

State Treasurer returns to the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival in Rapid City, September 29, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

South Dakota Receives Additional Grant Funding to Continue Opioid Prevention and Treatment Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS), Division of Behavioral Health will receive just over $4 million for two years totaling over $8 million in federal funding to help combat opioid use in South Dakota through the State Opioid Response grant.


New Biography Looks at First Lakota Congressman Benjamin Reifel
"Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation” by Sean J. Flynn, professor at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, will be featured at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 20-23.

State Historical Society Releases First Biography of Sisseton-Wahpeton Leader
Two events this week celebrate the release of the latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Radical Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage is Remembered in New Biography
At this month’s South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 20-23, the South Dakota State Historical Society will release a young adult biography about one of the many forgotten heroines of the women’s suffrage movement.

Health Department Investigates Legionnaires’ disease increase
The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been reported in people who reside or traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 cases were hospitalized and 1 died. The patients are ages 36-80 years, with a median age of 57 years.

South Dakota Assisting With Hurricane Response
PIERRE, S.D. – Two staff members from the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management have deployed to North Carolina to assist that state with its response to Hurricane Florence.

Board of Regents Release Fall Enrollment for 2018
Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities is down about 2 percent in full-time equivalent students, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today.


Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 53rd annual Buffalo Roundup and 25th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. The Buffalo Roundup begins at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday, Sept. 28. The Arts Festival will run from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29.

White Lake High School Receives $10,000 In Highway Safety’s “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Because one of its students wanted to learn how to be a safe driver, White Lake High School is now $10,000 richer.

Tax collections increase at 2018 South Dakota State Fair
Tax collections at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair exceeded $206,000, according to figures released by the South Dakota Department of Revenue.