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Governor Dennis Daugaard

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 Rich Sattgast

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.

Social Services

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.


Education

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

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.

Public Safety

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

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.


Game, Fish and Parks

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.

Public Safety

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.

Revenue

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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Dorothy Kellogg
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 21, to honor the life of former state legislator Dorothy Kellogg.

Education

South Dakota receives grant to support mental health services in schools
The South Dakota Department of Education has been awarded an $8.7 million Project AWARE grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant is a partnership with the Department of Social Services.

Transportation

Roadway Lighting Work to Begin in Hot Springs
According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation a roadway lighting project is scheduled to start on the Highway 18 bypass in Hot Springs on Monday, Sept. 24.

Revenue

Department of Revenue offers additional guidance on remote seller law
The South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds remote sellers that they must obtain a South Dakota sales tax license and pay applicable sales tax beginning Nov. 1, 2018.


Education

Board holds public hearings on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on academic content standards in world language and school library earlier today. These two sets of proposed standards will receive hearings at locations across the state this school year.

Traditional Arts Demonstration Day Sept. 22 at Cultural Heritage Center
Three American Indian traditional artists will demonstrate their work on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Statement on Trooper-Involved Shooting
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was involved in an officer-involved shooting Sunday night on Interstate 29. The Patrol is cooperating with the Division of Criminal Investigation which is conducting the investigation.

Social Services

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Issues Decision in Favor of State
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit rendered an opinion in favor of The Department of Social Services (DSS) and other state defendants Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Finally Attaining Tax Uniformity
This past week, legislators returned to Pierre for a special legislative session. I don’t call a special session lightly. During my two terms as governor I have called only one other during the summer of 2017.

News Tips for September 15 – 21, 2018
Monday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. MDT, Belle Fourche – Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the dedication of the Belle Fourche School District Career and Technical Education Center in Belle Fourche.

Transportation

Shoulder Work To Begin on Highway 14A
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says shoulder work on Highway 14A, Boulder Canyon, will begin on Monday, Sept. 17.

Deck Patching on Swan Creek Bridge
The Department of Transportation says an asphalt concrete patch will be placed over the Swan Creek bridge located four miles north of Hoven on Highway 47 on Monday, Sept. 17.

Bridge Work Near Lead and Spearfish
Crews have begun work grinding the deck on the bridge near the Highway 14A/85 junction near Lead.


Education

Cultural Heritage Center to participate in 14th annual Smithsonian magazine Museum Day event
On Saturday, Sept. 22, all visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian magazine.

Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grant recipients announced
The South Dakota Department of Education has awarded Social and Emotional Learning Innovation Grants to eight South Dakota public schools for a combined total of just over $1.1 million.

Health

Rising Suicide Rates Require a Multifaceted Approach to Prevention
Suicides rates have been rising in recent years in South Dakota. In 2017, 192 South Dakotans died by suicide, the most ever reported. Suicide was the ninth leading cause of death among all South Dakotans and the second leading cause of death among individuals 15 to 34 years old.

Transportation

St. Onge Street In Rapid City To Close
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to St. Onge Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Friday, Sept. 14, to allow grading and concrete paving to be placed at the intersection of West Chicago Street.

Potter County Sign Replacement Project Starting
The Department of Transportation says traffic signs and delineators on county roads in Potter County and streets in the towns of Hoven, Gettysburg, Lebanon and Tolstoy will be replaced and updated beginning Monday, Sept. 17.

Veterans Affairs

POW/MIA Recognition
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Signs Special Session Bills
After leading the U.S. Supreme Court victory in taxation of remote sales, South Dakota will soon be among the states benefiting from the Wayfair decision.

Agriculture

Oct. 15 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grant
South Dakota communities are encouraged to apply for a 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant.

Education

Indian Education Summit to feature hip-hop artist Supaman
Native American hip-hop artist Supaman (Christian Takes Gun Parrish) will perform and deliver a keynote address at the 2018 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 23-25, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – Warrants have been issued for a Watertown, S.D. man who was involved in a one-vehicle fatal crash that occurred last week near Sisseton.

Transportation

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.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Saturday To Honor Fallen Firefighter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of David Fischer, assistant chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Fischer died Friday, while responding to a house fire in Tilford.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On 9/11 Anniversary
President Trump is calling for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff on Tuesday in observance of Patriot Day, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance.

Media Advisory: Special Session Address
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. The remarks will be livestreamed via Gov. Daugaard’s Facebook page and audio will be available at SD.net.

Agriculture

Grow in South Dakota
Not so long ago, and just before I entered high school, I was the jubilant recipient of a “Junior Agriculture loan” from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.


Public Safety

Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A Chandler, Arizona man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash south of Hermosa.

Names Released in Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D. – A 20-year-old Pierre woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of Hayes.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Dakota At Home
Aging can be a difficult thing. Whether it’s harder on the one growing older, or their loved ones, I’m not sure.

News Tips
On Monday at 3 p.m., Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1060 AM KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Jody Heemstra.


Education

State Historical Society offers property tax moratorium
South Dakota State Historical Society officials remind property owners that Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the state property tax moratorium.

Young cowboy poet performing Sept. 13 at Cultural Heritage Center
Colt Blankman, a 12-year-old from Avon, Utah, will be performing his own original cowboy poetry and the work of other cowboy poets at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

September Recognized As Campus Fire Safety Month in SD
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as “Campus Fire Safety Month” in South Dakota.

Transportation

Reminder to Remove Hay Bales from the Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds land owners hay remaining in highway ditches after Oct. 1 is deemed illegal.

I-29/Sisseton Exit Interchange Ramp Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound on and off ramps for the Interstate 29/Sisseton exit (Exit 232) will be closed to traffic on Friday, Sept. 7, for about 14 days.

Veterans Affairs

Just Get ‘Er Done!
Autumn is here, and harvest is just around the corner. These Fall days are a great time to complete those cleaning tasks you have been putting off. As a veteran, it’s also a great time to review your chore list.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Heads to Sioux Falls for Sidewalk Arts Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Sidewalk Arts Festival in Sioux Falls, Saturday September 8, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that is owed to them.

Public Safety

Names Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
VIBORG, S.D. – Two people from Viborg, S.D. have been identified as those killed late Friday night in a two-vehicle crash near Viborg.

Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A 54-year-old man died Monday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash south of Hermosa.

Stanley County Fatal Crash
HAYES, S.D. – One person died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of Hayes.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Mickelson Bust To Be Unveiled Next Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting the public to attend the unveiling of the George S. Mickelson bust next week. The bust by James Michael Maher will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 11, during a ceremony in the House Lobby of the Capitol Building.

Public Safety

South Dakota Survivors of Las Vegas Shooting Urged to Apply for Expense Reimbursement
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans who were victims of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas have until Oct. 1 to apply for reimbursement for current or future out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from the event.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the city of Vermillion, will hold a public open house on Monday, Sept. 10, on the draft Vermillion Master Bicycle Plan.

Sheffer Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to Sheffer Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to allow for the concrete paving to be placed on West Chicago Street.

32nd Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to 32nd Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Thursday, Sept. 6, to allow for water main and storm sewer installation and grading work.


Public Safety

Names Released in Gregory County Fatal Crash
BONESTEEL, S.D. – A 36-year-old man from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, has been identified as the person who died Friday in a one-vehicle crash east of Bonesteel.


Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
VIBORG, S.D. – Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash late Friday night west of Viborg.

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 in a one-vehicle crash west of Piedmont.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Be The One
Suicide is a growing problem in South Dakota. Last year we had the highest number of suicides on record. It was the ninth leading cause of death and the second leading cause of death for individuals age 10 to 34.

News Tips
On Wednesday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Daktronics 50th anniversary open house at 201 Daktronics Drive, Brookings, Bldg. 6.

Education

Calamity Jane to be focus of Cultural Heritage Center program
One of the most written-about women of the Old West will be the topic of a Sept. 11 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Author Richard W. Etulain will tell about “The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane” when the History and Heritage Book Club meets.

Public Safety

Gregory County Fatal Crash
BONESTEEL, S.D. – One person died and another was injured Friday afternoon in a crash involving a semi-truck and trailer near Bonesteel.

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Belle Fourche, S.D., man has been identified as the person died Sunday in a motorcycle-vehicle crash north of Hill City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Submits Special Session Proposals
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today submitted three pieces of legislation to be considered during the special legislative session on Sept. 12.

Education

Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
The 2018-19 school year is underway, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.

Transportation

SDDOT Project Competing for Final National Award
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) project in and around the Black Hills area was selected as a Top 12 finalist in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) 2018 America’s Transportation Awards competition.

Hall of Honor Banquet for Charles Lien
The late Charles “Chuck” Lien of Rapid City is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


Human Services

2018 Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
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 on Sept. 25.

Public Safety

September Sobriety Checkpoints Planned In 20 South Dakota Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 20 counties throughout South Dakota during September.

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

Transportation

SDDOT Awards Scholarship to SDSM&T Student
Jamie Smith, a senior at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Revenue

Tax collections increase at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Tax collections at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally increased by 3 percent compared to 2017.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2018-19 School Year
The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 356 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2018-19 school year.

Agriculture

New Ways to Experience the Magic at the SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair is offering new ways to “experience the magic” at this year’s fair.

Education

Beadwork project set for Family Fun Saturday Sept. 8 at Cultural Heritage Center
Families can create their own beaded collar decoration from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Sept. 8. Beadwork is this month’s Family Fun Saturday theme.

Social Services

South Dakota Medicaid Submits Waiver Request to CMS for Career Connector Program
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for a five-year Medicaid 1115 demonstration waiver.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Correction: Flag Request for Senator McCain
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, until sunset on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Game, Fish and Parks

Pheasant Survey Indicates 47% Increase for South Dakota's 100th Hunting Season
PIERRE, S.D. – According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), this year’s pheasant brood survey shows a 47 percent increase over last year. The 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index is 2.47, up from the 2017 index of 1.68.

Human Services

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 Friday, Sept. 7.

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 9-15 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week in South Dakota.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Urge Public to Stay Safe During Labor Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety are encouraging motorists to end summer on a safe note by being safe on the road.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One person died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred near Hill City.

Social Services

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Declares September as Suicide Prevention Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota.

Transportation

Hall of Honor Banquet Date Set for Laurie Schultz of Pierre
A banquet, hosted by the Transportation Hall of Honor Committee, will be held in Laurie’s honor on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Drifters Bar and Grill in Fort Pierre. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. CST with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m.

Resurfacing to Begin on Highway 11
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Starting Monday, August 27, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete resurfacing work on Highway 11 from 273rd Street east of Harrisburg to 282nd Street, Highway 18.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Pierre Fort Pierre Rotary Club Weekly Meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center.

Governor's Column: The State Fair Grandstand’s Centennial Year
Much changes in the course of a century. Looking back to 1918, it was a different world. The United States was engaged in World War I, communities were experiencing the devastation of the Spanish flu pandemic and the right to vote was extended to women in South Dakota.

Transportation

Highway 85 Culvert Repairs and Asphalt Resurfacing - Update
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Crews have been repairing culverts on Highway 85 from the junction of Kinghorn Road in Butte County, north to the junction of Old Highway 85 for the last two months.


Agriculture

Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
With the help of day sponsors, the State Fair is able to offer special days at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Public Safety

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – A Yankton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near Lesterville.

Transportation

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 35 Preliminary Engineering Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $1.345 million at their meeting today in Pierre.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highway 34 East of Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to Highway 34 in the Rapid City area beginning Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Watertown Pavement Repairs on Highway 212
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has begun pavement repair work on Highway 212 in Watertown from 19th Street going east to 43rd Street SE.

Veterans Affairs

Aaron Walberg Named CTVSO of the Year
Aaron Walberg of Aberdeen has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs “County/Tribal Veterans Service Officer of the Year.” Walberg was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Tom Sparrow Receives 2018 SDDVA Outreach Award
Tom Sparrow of Parker has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Partner of the Year. Sparrow was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Mike Maske Receives 2018 SDDVA Employee of the Year Award
Michael Maske of Sioux Falls has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Employee of the Year. Maske was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Leaders Recognized for their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Sheila Carpenter Receives 2018 SDDVA Partner of the Year Award
Sheila Carpenter of Pierre has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partner of the Year. Carpenter was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Agriculture

Ways to Save Money at the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair offers several ways to save money during the fair.

Public Safety

Name Released in Douglas County Fatal Crash
DELMONT, S.D. – A 28-year-old Wagner, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Delmont.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Superintendent Joins IACP Executive Board
PIERRE, S.D. – The superintendent of South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has been elected to the executive board of a worldwide law enforcement organization.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
LESTERVILLE, S.D. – One person died and two others were seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon near Lesterville.


Public Safety

Douglas County Fatal Crash
DELMONT, S.D. – One person died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Delmont.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Make It A Healthy School Year
Now that back-to-school season is here, I know parents have no shortage of items on their to-do lists. You have school supplies to buy, school lunch arrangements to make and new schedules to coordinate. With so much to do, I hope you will still be sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccines.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR with Zach Nelson on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. CDT.

Education

Symposium, new State Historical Society book celebrate state’s political culture
The authors of a new book from the South Dakota State Historical Society explore the state’s identity in “The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Volume 3” edited by Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller and Paula M. Nelson. The volume will be released Sept. 8, during a free symposium at Augustana University’s Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls.

Environment and Natural Resources

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upset at Smithfield Foods
On Aug. 15, Smithfield Foods reported its wastewater treatment plant had an upset. Consequently, ammonia concentrations in the discharge from their Sioux Falls facility are higher than the regulatory limits in their Surface Water Discharge Permit. Levels could pose threats to fish life, but no risks to human health.

Public Safety

Names Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A Howard, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died late Monday morning in a three-vehicle crash that occurred east of Mitchell.

Transportation

Sidney Stage Road to Close Between I-90 Exit 44 and Exit 46
he Department of Transportation says Sidney Stage Road between Interstate 90 exits 44 and 46 in Rapid City will close on Friday, Aug. 24.

I-29 Exit 332 Sisseton Southbound Ramp Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the southbound on and off-ramps for Interstate 29 Exit 332/Sisseton will be closed to all traffic from Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Thursday, Aug. 23.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Five Sites Re-certified Under South Dakota Certified Ready Sites Program
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced today that five communities in South Dakota have re-certified their development sites under the South Dakota Certified Ready Program. The communities include: Aberdeen, Arlington, Colman, Madison and North Sioux City.

Veterans Affairs

Zimmerman Named NASDVA Midwest District Vice President
Larry Zimmerman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has been named the Midwest District Vice President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA). Officers and committee members for 2018-2019 were elected during their conference in Boston August 12-15.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints James A. Power As Second Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint James A. Power of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Adds Inauguration Fix To Special Session Proclamation
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued an executive proclamation, calling a special session of the South Dakota State Legislature.

Education

New 2019 collaborative exhibit announced, special video sneak peek Aug. 29 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site off Interstate 90 south of Philip will be collaborating on a new exhibition that will debut at the Cultural Heritage Center in fall 2019.

Public Safety

Crow Creek Tribe, Highway Patrol To Cooperate On Joint Enforcement Operation For Pow Wow
FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe are joining together to provide enforcement during this weekend’s Crow Creek Dakota Nation pow wow.

Name Released in Corson County Fatal Crash
MOBRIDGE, S.D. – A McLaughlin, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Mobridg


Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday morning east of Mitchell.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the Black Hills Context Sensitive Corridors Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (SDGF&P), the United States Forest Service (USFS), the United States National Park Service (USNPS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will hold two public open houses on Monday, Aug. 20, in Custer and Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Deadwood to discuss the beginning of a corridor study for the following roadway corridors.

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Count Final Tally
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows traffic was up 7.9 percent overall for the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to attend Dakotafest in Mitchell
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Dakotsfest in Mitchell August 20-23, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Education

Churches documented in latest State Historical Society book
The newest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society includes more than 750 photographs of religious buildings that are still standing from every county and nearly every town in the state.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Going Paperless for Fall Turkey and Mountain Lion Applications
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently announced that they will not distribute printed hunting applications for the upcoming fall turkey and mountain lion seasons due to the decreased demand for paper applications.

Turn In Poachers Program Paying Off
As summer comes to an end and hunting seasons ramp-up, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking citizens to make the call to the Turn In Poachers (TIPs) hotline if they observe illegal hunting, fishing or trapping activity.

New Archery Range Installed near Madison
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently installed an archery range on the Bourne Slough Game Production Area (GPA).

Labor and Regulation

Labor Dept. and CUC Offer Student Work Opportunities
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will be hiring an employment specialist to help Capitol University Center (CUC) increase student awareness about career opportunities in central South Dakota.

Transportation

Missouri River Bridge Subsurface Investigation
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin the preliminary process for the design and construction of the new Waldron Missouri River bridge over the Missouri river connecting Pierre/Fort Pierre.

Saint Onge Street To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says southbound access to Saint Onge Street from West Chicago Street in Rapid City will close on Wednesday, Aug. 15, to allow for water main and storm sewer installation and grading work.


Public Safety

Corson County Fatal Crash
MOBRIDGE, S.D. – One woman died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Mobridge.

Sunday Aug. 12 Sturgis Rally Tally (FINAL TALLY)
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 12, 2018

Name Released in Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Pierre man has been identified as the person who died late Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Pierre.

Transportation

Motorists asked to Stay Away from Fall River Road Due to Active Fire
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation and emergency officials are asking for help from motorists by avoiding driving in the area of Highway 18/385, also known as Fall River Road, between Hot Springs and Maverick due to heavy fire truck/equipment traffic travelling to a forest fire adjacent to the roadway.


Public Safety

Saturday Aug. 11 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Saturday August 11, 2018

Name Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 39-year-old man from Milbank, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Watertown.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

News Tips
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the 125th Anniversary Open House at Hub City, Inc. in Aberdeen.

Governor's Column: The Fast Track To Bright Futures
With the first day of classes on the horizon, I encourage our high school students to take advantage of dual credit courses this school year.

Game, Fish and Parks

2018 Elk Contingency Licenses to be Determined
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will look to provide a recommendation for this year’s use of elk contingency licenses at the GFP Commission meeting in September.

Public Safety

Friday, Aug. 10 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Friday August 10, 2018

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Numbers Still on the Rise
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 5.9 percent overall for the first seven days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Board of Regents

Regents Identify Top Budget Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents agreed this week to four budget priorities for the coming year, including a comprehensive state financial aid program and first-ever funding of inflationary costs.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

South Dakota’s Q1 GDP Breaks $50B
PIERRE, S.D. – The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its estimated gross domestic product (GDP) by state for the first quarter of 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Calls On Communities To Engage In Suicide Prevention Month
As the number of recorded suicides in the state continues to escalate, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is calling on South Dakotans to join the fight by participating in Suicide Prevention Month in September.

Education

State Historical Society receives grant to put more historical newspapers online
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives in Pierre was awarded a third round of grant funding in the amount of $280,200 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historical newspapers.

Public Safety

Thursday, Aug. 9 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Thursday August 9, 2018

Hughes County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – One person died late Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Pierre.

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Numbers Continue to Increase
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 5.1 percent overall for the first six days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Highway 50 Turn Lane Construction To Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to construct turn lanes on Highway 50 at 437th Avenue (Deer Boulevard) west of Yankton will begin Monday, Aug. 13.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Sets Expectations for New CEO
The South Dakota Board of Regents, meeting for the first time with its incoming executive director and chief executive officer, has created a framework of expectations and directions for his tenure starting next month.

Regents Approve New Academic Offerings
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from four public universities to meet emerging economic development and workforce trends across the state.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Fills Three Legislative Vacancies
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will fill three vacancies in the South Dakota State Legislature.

Education

Make a quick quilt magnet at Cultural Heritage Center Aug. 18
Visitors for Family Fun Saturday at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Aug. 18 can create their own colorful quilt magnets, using a nine-patch template and stickers.

Education department announces guidelines for 2018-19 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and/or Special Milk Programs.

Game, Fish and Parks

Deer Hunt Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters
Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a mentored youth deer hunt on Sept. 22-23 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.

Public Safety

Wednesday, Aug. 8, Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 8, 2018

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Watertown.

Transportation

Chip Seal & Fog Seals Projects in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton Area of the state beginning Monday, Aug. 13.

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Continue Upward Climb
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 3.8 percent overall for the first five days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Calls Special Session For Sept. 12
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation that would expedite implementation of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and allow the state to enforce the obligation of remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax.

Public Safety

Tuesday Aug. 7 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Tuesday August 7, 2018

Transportation

I-90 Construction of Eastbound Lanes at Piedmont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says three miles of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Exit 40 at Tilford will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Continue to Trend Upward
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up 2.5 percent overall for the first four days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

U.S. Highway 81 Set to Open to Full Traffic South of Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be finishing phase II work at the Highway 81 and 20th Avenue south intersection and be fully open to traffic by Thursday, Aug. 9.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Headed to Brown County Fair
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Brown County Fair in Aberdeen, August 13-19, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Agriculture

Make Your Voice Heard at the SD State Fair
Local singers can make their voices heard at the Dakota Star Talent Competition sponsored by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union at the South Dakota State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 21 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

South Dakota State Parks to Host Outdoor Activities August 11
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is hosting events this Saturday for kids and adults alike. The events offer a variety of opportunities to spend time outdoors.

Public Safety

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Show Overall Increase For First Three Days
STURGIS, S.D. – Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up almost three percent overall for the first three days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Monday Aug. 6 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Monday August 6, 2018

Transportation

Sturgis Rally Vehicle Counts Show Overall Increase For First Three Days
Data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation shows that traffic is up almost three percent overall for the first three days of this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to the same time last year.

Veterans Affairs

Seasons Change, but Commitment to Serve Does Not
We are getting close to turning the pages from summer to fall. Pools will be closing and school doors will be opening. We will be putting away the boats, jet skis, bikes, and lawn mowers and we will be getting out the rakes and servicing the snow blowers.


Public Safety

Sunday, Aug. 5 Sturgis Rally Tally
Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2018 to 6 a.m. Sunday August 5, 2018

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Two people from Arizona have been identified as those killed Thursday afternoon in a crash involving two motorcycles and a semi-truck in Box Elder.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
It’s rally time in South Dakota. What started in 1938 as a single motorcycle race in a small town has grown into one of the largest and best-known motorcycle gatherings in the world.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be speaking at the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Meeting at the Holiday Inn City Center, Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

Yankton Area Residents Reminded Driver Exam Station Opened A Third Day
PIERRE, S.D. – Yankton area citizens are reminded that Yankton’s South Dakota Driver License exam station is now open three days a week.

Names Released in Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – An Aberdeen, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Groton.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A St. Paul, MN man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Saturday, July 28, west of Sioux Falls.

Transportation

I-90/Haines Avenue and Maple Street Bridge Rehabilitation Resumes
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says rehabilitation work on the Haines Avenue and Maple Street bridges on Interstate 90 in Rapid City will resume on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.


Education

State Historical Society Releases Wilder Autobiography “Pioneer Girl” as E-book
The South Dakota State Historical Society has released the popular “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” as an electronic book. The e-book is part of the society’s Pioneer Girl Project.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Two people died and two others were injured Thursday in a crash involving two motorcycles and a semi-truck in Box Elder.

Transportation

Temporary Traffic Signals on Rice Street
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will have temporary traffic signals in operation on Rice Street beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin
MOBRIDGE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mobridge area of the state beginning Monday, Aug. 6.


Education

State Historical Society announces fall Deadwood Fund grant applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society announces that the applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program should be postmarked no later than Oct. 1 for work beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2019.

Health

Brown County Resident First WNV Death Of Season
The Department of Health reported today a Brown County resident died of West Nile virus (WNV) associated causes, the state's first WNV related death this season. The individual was in the 80 to 89 age group.

Labor and Regulation

Apprenticeship Incentive Funding Webinar Scheduled
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) will host a webinar on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. CDT for applicants interested in applying for apprenticeship incentive funding.

Revenue

Department of Revenue warns of potential scam in trucking industry
The South Dakota Department of Revenue urges consumers to take caution when doing business with a fictitious trucking dealership by the name of South Dakota Trucks.


Agriculture

SD State Fair to Host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle
The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle, sponsored by Advanced BioEnergy and South Dakota Pork Producers.

Game, Fish and Parks

Farm Island Triathlon to be Held Saturday
Farm Island’s Riverman/Riverwoman Sprint Triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 4. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured Monday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred near Groton.


Public Safety

DPS Encourages Motorists to be Patient During Sturgis Rally
PIERRE, S.D. – Patience will be a virtue for motorists this week as more traffic is expected on South Dakota highways with the start of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

August Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – August will be a busy month as 32 sobriety checkpoints are planned throughout South Dakota.

Veterans Affairs

Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.


Public Safety

Name Released in Faulk County Fatal Crash
ZELL, S.D. – An Indiana man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash west of Zell.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A New System To Serve ALL Of Our Students
Nearly 50 cents of every state tax dollar goes to education. That includes funding for our public universities, technical schools, and the state Department of Education, but the majority is used to fund our K-12 system.

News Tips
The South Dakota Board of Technical Education will meet in the Lake Area Technical Institute Student Center, fourth level, 1201 Arrow Ave., in Watertown.

Education

Hear the tale of outlaw Jack Sully at Cultural Heritage Center program
The tale of one of South Dakota’s most notorious outlaws will be told at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awarded $847,000 to Expand Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) was recently awarded an $847,000 State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA program.

Transportation

Highway 12 / Brown County 14 Construction
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin work to add roadway lighting and signals at the Highway 12 and Brown County 14 intersection on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Board of Regents

Arkansas Education Leader Named Board of Regents’ Chief Executive
The chancellor of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith was appointed Friday to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. Paul B. Beran will become the South Dakota Board of Regents’ executive director and chief executive officer on or before Sept. 4.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer Unclaimed Property Booth to head to Sioux Empire Fair
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year’s Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, August 3 – 11, 2018 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Game, Fish and Parks

Reetz Lake Open to Anglers on August 1
As part of a signed access agreement with the landowners, Reetz Lake will be open to licensed anglers starting Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, 2018 and from May 1 – Sept. 30, 2019.

Health

West Nile Virus Risk Increasing
The West Nile virus (WNV) season is under way with human or mosquito detections in 11 counties across the state, the state Health Department reported today.

SD Department of Health Observes World Breastfeeding Week
Aug. 1 through Aug. 7, South Dakota joins other states and countries around the globe in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”, focuses on breastfeeding as a universal solution to improve the health and well-being of women and children.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 81 Construction Beginning Phase 2 South of Watertown
WATERTOWN, S.D. – BX Civil and Construction, Inc., a contractor for the SD Department of Transportation, will begin Phase 2 work at US Highway 81 and 20th Avenue South on Monday, July 30.


Game, Fish and Parks

Tagged Lake Oahe Salmon: From Silver to Gold
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to know how stocking salmon in different locations improves their survival. Anglers can help GFP gather information and be entered to win $100.

Outdoor Campus West to Host Great Plains Trail Presentation
The Outdoor Campus West will host Luke “Strider” Jordan and his presentation, “Thru-Hiking the Great Plains Trail,” on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. MDT.

Public Safety

Faulk County Fatal Crash
ZELL, S.D. – A 55-year-old man died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash west of Zell.

Transportation

Highway 18 Red Canyon Bridge Work
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says approach slab replacement and paving will begin Monday, July 30, on the Red Canyon Bridge located three miles east of Edgemont on Highway 18.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

FEATURE STORY: Technology Company Credits South Dakota Workforce for its Continued Success
DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. – It is often said that when one door shuts, another one opens. And, from the perspective of Brad Moore, President and CEO of Sterling Computers, no truer words have been spoken.