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Inmate Michael LeClaire Back in Custody
Michael LeClaire was arrested in Yankton Jan. 16.


Minnehaha County Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Sioux Falls.


The Beach Boys to Appear at SD State Fair
As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history.

Officers Reelected for Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board
The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has selected its officers for 2019.


2019 South Dakota Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open
Registration is now open for the 2019 South Dakota Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Fort Pierre, SD, on March 21-24.


Governor's Column: Battling the Meth Epidemic
Earlier this month, I placed my hand on my dad’s worn Bible and made a promise to South Dakota to govern in a way that respects and benefits every person in our state. I promised to serve in a way that improved things for the next generation. My dream? To grow our state into a place where our kids can thrive. We’re going to produce a stronger tomorrow for the next generation.

Governor's Column: Battling the Meth Epidemic
Earlier this month, I placed my hand on my dad’s worn Bible and made a promise to South Dakota to govern in a way that respects and benefits every person in our state. I promised to serve in a way that improved things for the next generation. My dream? To grow our state into a place where our kids can thrive. We’re going to produce a stronger tomorrow for the next generation.

Museum of SD State Historical Society seeks individuals interested in becoming museum docents
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 docents, or tour guides

February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits to be Issued Early in Response to Federal Government Shutdown
Due to the current federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has required states to issue February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early in order to minimize the potential impact of the lapse in appropriations on SNAP recipients.


Noem to Appoint Secretary of Social Services
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that M. Gregory DeSautel, MD will join her cabinet as Secretary of Social Services. He will officially be appointed February 1.

Employee Benefits Survey Results Released
Results of a South Dakota Employee Benefits Survey are now available online from the Department of Labor and Regulation.

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 five Welcome Center locations along interstates 29 and 90.


Inmate Lydell Black Spotted Horse Back in Custody
Inmate Lydell Black Spotted Horse was arrested in Sioux Falls Jan. 8.

South Dakota Celebrates “State of Great” with 2019 Governor’s Conference on Tourism
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is encouraging anyone interested in tourism, marketing and hospitality to join the 2019 Governor’s Conference on Tourism Jan. 15-17 in Pierre.

Aberdeen resident claims Lucky for Life top prize
Brandi Jo Hanson’s lucky numbers will pay dividends to the tune of $1,000 a day for the rest of her life.


Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Lawmaker
Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. CST until sunset on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to honor the life of former state legislator Kenneth “K.O.” Kauth of Huron.

Inmate Michael LeClaire Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Michael LeClaire failed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center from his work release job at the designated time Jan. 7.

Public Comment Period Opens On Draft Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – A 30-day public comment period is now open to take input regarding South Dakota’s state Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.


Name Released in Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – A 21-year-old female from Yankton, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Thursday night when her vehicle collided with a Burlington Northern railroad train near Scotland.


Inmate Lydell Black Spotted Horse Placed on Escape Status
Inmate Lydell Black Spotted Horse left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center without authorization Jan. 6.


Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A Pierre, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon west of Wall.


“Dreaming of a Tropical South Dakota?” Topic for Jan. 12 Family Fun Saturday at Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors to Family Fun Saturday on Jan 12 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre can create their own mini tropical South Dakota terrarium with sand, small dinosaurs and greenery.

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – A 21-year-old female died Thursday night when her vehicle collided with a Burlington Northern train near Scotland.

January Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety will continue its sobriety checkpoint program in 2019 with 15 checkpoints planned in January.

trū® Shrimp Announces Plan to Build First of Its Kind Shrimp Facility in Madison, South Dakota
MADISON, S.D. – The trū Shrimp Company, a pioneer in healthy, innovative and sustainable shrimp aquaculture, today announced that it is planning to build its first shrimp production facility, a Harbor, in Madison, South Dakota.


Noem Taps New Underwood Native for Policy Team
Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Jason Simmons, a New Underwood native, will join her staff as a policy advisor.

SDDA Encourages Residents to Bag Evergreen Decorations Bought From Chain Stores
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is encouraging residents who purchased wreaths and other evergreen decorations from chain stores to bag items and dispose of them in a landfill to stop the spread of the invasive insect elongate hemlock scale (EHS).

Gov. Daugaard Announces More Than $44.4 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $44.4 million for water, wastewater, recycling and solid waste projects.

Name Released in Clay County Fatal Crash
IRENE, S.D. – A 22-year-old Yankton woman has died as the result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Dec. 24, 2018 near Irene.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. - One person died and three others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon west of Wall.


Time to submit Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC grant funding
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers, or 21st CCLC, grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.


Noem Announces Cabinet and Staff Hires
Governor-elect Noem today announced the following cabinet and staff hires:

Noem Announces District 9 Legislative Appointment
Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that she will appoint Rhonda Milstead of Sioux Falls to represent District 9 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after Representative-elect Deb Peters announced she would not take the oath of office in January. Milstead will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing 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.


Noem to Appoint Hughes County Sheriff to Cabinet Seat
Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Sheriff Michael Leidholt will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Corrections.

“South Dakota History” highlights tribal leader, early fur trader
Two figures from South Dakota’s diverse history and an account of the New Deal’s impact on the state are featured in the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Travelers urged to get to their destinations this afternoon
The state Department of Public Safety is urging people traveling today (Thursday) to get to their destinations as soon as possible.

SDDOT Winter Operations Reminder
With a major winter storm impacting the state the next few days, the Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists that snowplow crews will be out working to keep roads clear for motorists, but that there are some things they can do to help keep themselves and snowplow drivers safe while traveling.


Noem Announces Secretary of Tribal Relations
Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that David Flute, a lifelong member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, will join her administration as Secretary of Tribal Relations.

SDDA Launches New State Burn Permit System
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division has launched a new and improved burn permit website that is more user friendly.

Cultural Heritage Center Program to Focus on Critical Role of Early Churches in South Dakota History
The importance of early churches in the history of South Dakota will be highlighted in a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend the free program.

New Storm Brings Heavy Snow, Will Impact Travel Plans
PIERRE, S.D. – A post-Christmas snowstorm, featuring heavy snow, high winds and rain, is now making its way across South Dakota and is expected to impact travel through week’s end.


Name Released in Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An Aberdeen man has been officially identified as the person who died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash southeast of Aberdeen.


Noem Announces Another Wave of Staff Hires
Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced another wave of governor’s office staff hires. The following people will begin serving on January 5, 2019.

Noem Selects DSU Dean to Lead Department of Education
Governor-elect Kristi Noem, a long-time advocate for education, today announced that Dr. Ben Jones will join her administration as Interim Secretary of Education.

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 25
The final days for viewing capitol Christmas trees are near. The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Tuesday, Dec. 25. The display is open daily to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST.

First Acute Flaccid Myelitis Case in South Dakota Confirmed
The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) is reporting its first case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) this year.

DPS Says Safety Important Part of Holiday Season
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety remind people to be careful this holiday season – both on the road and at home.

East Boulevard North Closing Temporarily
RAPID CITY, S.D. – East Boulevard North will be closed to through traffic between North Street and East North Street in Rapid City starting on Jan. 7.


Noem Taps Vanneman for Secretary of Agriculture
Following a nation-wide search to find the best and brightest to serve South Dakota’s largest industry, Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Kim Vanneman will join her cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture.

Noem Announces District 31 Legislative Appointment
Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that she will appoint Dayle Hammock of Spearfish to represent District 31 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after the passing of Rep. Chuck Turbiville, who was reelected posthumously on November 6. Hammock will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.


Noem Names Appointment for Veterans Affairs Secretary
Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Greg Whitlock will join her administration as Secretary for Veterans Affairs.

Little Big Town to Perform at the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds are proud to announce that Little Big Town will be coming to the SD State Fair grandstand on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – One man died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash southeast of Aberdeen.