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Testing for New CDLs To Be Offered This Week
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Driver Licensing Program will open driver exam stations starting Tuesday (April 7) in four cities “by appointment only” to help those who are applying for new commercial driving licenses (CDL) or new CDL endorsements.

Fall River Fatal Crash
OELRICHS, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Oelrichs.


Temporary Extensions Granted For Driver License Expiration Dates
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has signed legislation that gives the Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary the authority to order the temporary extension of the expiration date for certain driver licenses.


Name Released In Haakon County Fatal Crash
BILLSBURG, S.D. – A Philip, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg.


Haakon County Fatal Crash
BILLSBURG, S.D. – One man died early Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Billsburg.


Name Released In Corson County Fatal Crash
McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – A McLaughlin, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of McLaughlin.

Corson County Fatal Crash
McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – One woman died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of McLaughlin.


Name Released In Butte County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – A Spearfish, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash east of Newell.


DPS Statement on 9-1-1 Lawsuit
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Public Safety and its 9-1-1 Coordination Board announced today that the state has settled its civil lawsuit with three companies.


Butte County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – One man died early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash east of Newell.


Change Clocks – and Smoke Alarm Batteries – This Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Before changing your clocks Saturday night, South Dakota’s State Fire Marshal encourages people to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.


Names Released In Deuel County Fatal Crash
TORONTO, S.D. – A Kearney, NE woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Toronto.

March Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has released its March list of sobriety checkpoints scheduled throughout the state.


Deuel County Fatal Crash
TORONTO, S.D. – One person died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Toronto.


State, Yankton County To Offer EOC Training
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Yankton County Emergency Management will hold a workshop this Thursday designed to train local responders on how to set up and operate a local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergencies and disasters.


Name Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – A Tripp, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash south of Parkston.


Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – One person died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Parkston.

Name Released In Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – A Wentworth, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Madison.


Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – One man died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Madison.

Name Released In Marshall County Fatal Crash
VEBLEN, S.D. – A Veblen, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Veblen.

Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in an one-vehicle crash east of Piedmont.


Marshall County Fatal Crash
VEBLEN, S.D. – One male died early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Veblen.

Meade County Fatal Crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night east of Piedmont.

Name Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – A Yankton, S.D. female has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Parkston.


It’s Time to Prepare for Spring Flooding And That Includes Flood Insurance
Anyone who has grown up in South Dakota can tell you how important it is to keep an eye on the weather. Weather extremes are a part of life here and in fact we take pride in our ability to handle weather that many others cannot. The last year was no exception and many South Dakotans are still feeling the impact of last year’s storms that resulted in federal disaster declarations for 63 of our 66 counties.


Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – One person died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Parkston.


Name Released In Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – A 60-year-old man from Tyndall has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Tyndall.


Applications Available for SFY2021 Victims’ Services Funding
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Victims’ Services program has opened its annual application process for funding for State Fiscal Year 2021


Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TYNDALL, S.D. – One person died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Tyndall.


DPS Releases List of February Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials have scheduled 22 sobriety checkpoints in 18 counties during February.


Names Released in Hand County Fatal Crash
WESSINGTON, S.D. – A Saint Lawrence, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died late Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Wessington.


2019 Expected to Set State Record for Lowest Number of Motor Vehicle Fatalities
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that South Dakota is projected to have recorded the lowest number of motor vehicle fatalities in state history during 2019.


Hand County Fatal Crash
WESSINGTON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night west of Wessington.


Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Sioux Falls and Yankton
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA mitigation and flood insurance specialists will be at Menards in Sioux Falls and Yankton next week to offer advice and tips to property owners on how to repair storm damage while rebuilding their properties and making them able to withstand future storms.


Deadline to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance Approaching
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The deadline for residents with damage from the September severe storms, tornadoes and flooding to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency is Friday, January 31, 2020.


DPS Secretary Price Appointed To Presidential Commission
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Craig Price today was appointed by Attorney General William P. Barr to the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A 66-year-old man has been identified as the person who died Sunday, Jan. 12, in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Nemo, S.D.


Governor Orders 1 p.m. Local Time Closure For State Government Offices in 42 Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered a 1 p.m., local time closing for state government executive branch offices in 42 counties included in the current blizzard warning.

Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Sioux Falls and Mitchell
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA mitigation and flood insurance specialists will be at Menards in Sioux Falls and Mitchell next week to offer advice and tips on how to repair storm damage and rebuild safer and stronger.


South Dakota Disaster Recovery Centers to Close, But Help Still Available
SIOUX FALLS, SD—All of the remaining Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in South Dakota are scheduled to permanently close at the end of this week. The deadline for registration is January 31, 2020.


Highway Patrol Now Accepting Trooper Applications
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is looking for a group of new troopers to carry the agency through the new decade and beyond.


Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Sioux Falls and Mitchell
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA mitigation and flood insurance specialists will be at The Home Depot in Sioux Falls and True Value Hardware in Mitchell this week to offer advice and tips on how to repair storm damage and rebuild safer and stronger.

Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Waubay, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Watertown.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – One person died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning southwest of Nemo, S.D.


Applications Now Available for Infrastructure Disaster Recovery Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Applications are now available for local governmental entities who want to apply for the new Infrastructure Disaster Recovery Program.

FEMA Registration Deadline Extended
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The deadline to register with FEMA for disaster assistance after the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from Sept. 9-26 has been extended to January 31, 2020.

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Thursday night west of Watertown.


Disaster Recovery Center Opens Friday in Aurora County
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The State of South Dakota and FEMA will open a disaster recovery center in Plankinton to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from September 9-26.

Additional Counties Approved for FEMA Assistance
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Homeowners and renters in Aurora County may now register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and loss resulting from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred Sept. 9 – 26, 2019.


Let FEMA Determine Eligibility
Sioux Falls, S.D. – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourage everyone with damage from the September 9-26, 2019 severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding to register for federal disaster assistance.


Names Released in Moody County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Renner, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a fatal crash Saturday morning on Interstate 29 west of Flandreau.

Minnehaha Disaster Recovery Center to Close January 11
SIOUX FALLS, SD—The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Sioux Falls will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Specialists in the DRC have been meeting directly with residents to review their registrations. Visits to the center have now slowed, leading to the closing.