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Corrections

State Prison Inmate Troy Quick Bear Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Troy Quick Bear has been placed on escape status.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Ends 2019 Budget Year with $19.4 Million Surplus
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota closed the 2019 budget year on June 30 with a $19.4 million surplus. The state general fund budget ended with lower expenditures than budgeted, while ongoing revenue finished lower than projected levels.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Mitchell Area
MITCHELL, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell Area of the state beginning Thursday, July 18.

Two Way Traffic On I-90 at Exit 402
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will place traffic in a two-way condition in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near exit 402 on Tuesday, July 16.

I-29 Exit 242 Interchange Ramp Closed
WATERTOWN, SD – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 29 exit 242 interchange ramp closed on Saturday, July 13, and will remain closed through Saturday, July 27.

Construction on Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Exit 84B on Interstate 29 will close to northbound traffic on the evening of Tuesday, July 16, through the evening of July 19.

Bridge Work on 12th Street in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work on the 12th Street Bridge next to the Executive Golf Course on Monday, July 22.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Future-Focused Agriculture
In South Dakota, our way of life is largely rooted in agriculture. It’s where many of us learned how to work hard, how to be good stewards of the land, and how to focus on the things that matter most in life. While we treasure the traditions we grew up with, it’s important to acknowledge that agriculture is an ever-evolving industry. We must continually grow and learn together to be competitive on the market and prepare our farms and ranches for generations of success. We must be future-focused.

Human Services

DHS/SDRA Hosting Employment Webinar
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) will be providing a free employment webinar on Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. CDT.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awarded $1.2 Million to Expand Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation was recently awarded a $1.2 million State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Public Safety

Register Now for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – Farmers and ranchers, employees and self-employed individuals in 16 counties and reservations across South Dakota who are unable to work as a result of the severe winter storms and flooding from March 13 to April 26 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is administered locally.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL TO MEET JULY 19
PIERRE, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Arts Council, the advisory board of the Office of the Arts, will gather in Spearfish on Friday, July 19 for the Council’s annual summer meeting.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Barry Offet In Custody
Minimum-security inmate Barry Offet is back in custody.

Public Safety

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Coming to Turner, Hutchinson Counties
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are sending mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to Turner and Hutchinson counties to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019.

Names Released In Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Madison

Names Released In Campbell County Fatal Crash
HERREID, S.D. – A Mound City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday, July 2 south of Herreid.

Transportation

Pavement Rehabilitation to Begin on Highways 83 and 212
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highways 83 and 212 north will begin July 30, from the Blunt junction to Gettysburg.


Human Services

Americans with Disabilities Act Day
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reminds workers, self-employed individuals and farmworkers the deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Monday, July 15.

Public Safety

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Closing in Sioux Falls and Yankton This Saturday
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will close two disaster recovery centers at 6 p.m Central time this Saturday, July 13. The facilities ceasing operation are located at the Southeast Technical Institute, 2000 N. Career Place in Sioux Falls and the County Emergency Management Building, 807 Capital St. in Yankton. The closures come as both centers have seen declines in visitation as South Dakotans are moving forward in their recovery.

Transportation

Highway 81 Closed South of Arlington
Highway 81 is closed six miles south of Arlington due to water over the road.

Milling and Asphalt Overlay on Highway 20 West of Hoven
HOVEN, S.D. –The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a milling and asphalt overlay project on Highway 20 will begin Thursday, July 11.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Names Interim Commissioner of Human Resources
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Thomas Steckel will serve as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR).

Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Town Hall at Governor’s Ag Summit
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is inviting all South Dakotans to attend an emerald ash borer (EAB) town hall at the 2019 Governor’s Agricultural Summit on Thursday, July 11, to learn about the insect, the quarantine, and effective treatments.

Education

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

Public Safety

One Month After Federal Disaster Declaration,South Dakotans Benefitting from Federal Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – One month after President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for South Dakota because of severe winter storms and flooding, federal agencies have provided nearly $1.9 million in grants and loans to assist in recovery.


Public Safety

Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – One man died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Madison.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Scott Reiners In Custody
Minimum-security inmate Scott Reiners is back in custody and is currently in the Pennington County Jail.

Public Safety

Campbell County Fatal Crash
HERREID, S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday evening near Herreid.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Combating Meth for a Safer South Dakota
13 people. That’s how many South Dakotans died last year because of meth.

Agriculture

2019 Governor’s Agricultural Summit in Sioux Falls
The tenth annual Governor’s Agricultural Summit will be held July 10 and 11 in Sioux Falls, SD at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets to the 2019 South Dakota State Fair Grandstand are now on sale.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Scott Reiners Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security inmate Scott Reiners has been placed on escape status for violating rules of the work release program.

Education

State Historical Society hosting Apollo 11 50th anniversary video on July 20
The South Dakota State Historical Society is hosting the viewing of a new documentary about the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday, July 20, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

Name Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Yankton, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Yankton.

Transportation

SD Highway 115 (Minnesota Avenue) and Lincoln County Highway 110 Intersection Closure
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says it will be closing the Highway 115 and Lincoln County Highway 110 intersection for grading starting Monday, July 8, and is set to re-open Monday, Aug. 5.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem: Hold off on Roadside Mowing until July 10
Governor Kristi Noem today reminded East River residents and landowners that roadside mowing along state highways is not permitted until July 10 under state law.

PHOTO: Noem, Tribal Leaders Discuss Meth at State-Tribal Luncheon
On July 1, Governor Kristi Noem hosted 10 tribal leaders at the Governor’s Residence to discuss State-Tribal partnerships on meth prevention and law enforcement.

PHOTO & AUDIO: Noem Surveys Storm Damage in Charles Mix County
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem toured flood damage in Lake Andes and met with city and tribal leaders to discuss recovery efforts.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Barry Offet Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security inmate Barry Offet has been placed on escape status for violating rules of the work release program.

State Prison Inmate Nicholas Skorka Placed on Escape Status
Minimum-security inmate Nicholas Skorka has been placed on escape status for violating rules of the work release program. Skorka failed to return to the Rapid City Community Work Center at the appointed time on July 1.

Education

Grant funds six out-of-school time programs
A total of six 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Public Safety

Damaged Wells, Septic Systems May Be FEMA Eligible
PIERRE, S.D. – Flood survivors in 16 South Dakota counties and reservations designated for federal disaster assistance could be eligible for financial help from FEMA if they have flood-damaged wells and/or septic systems. The deadline to register is August 6, 2019.

DPS Officials: Be Careful During July Fourth Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials remind citizens to make sure the anticipated fun of this week’s July Fourth holiday does not turn tragic.

DPS Announces July Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 19 South Dakota counties during July.


Health

First Human West Nile Virus Detection of 2019 Reported
A Turner County resident is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) detection of the season, the state Health Department reported today. The person is in the 30 to 39 age group.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal Encourages Safety In Fireworks Use
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal urges people to make sure that fun with fireworks does not turn tragic this July Fourth holiday.

Transportation

Department of Transportation & Lincoln County Seek Public Input into Lincoln County Master Transportation Plan Study
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Lincoln County and the Sioux Falls MPO, will hold a public open house as part of the Lincoln County Master Transportation Plan.

SDDOT Awards Scholarship to SDSU Student
PIERRE, S.D. –Today, the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) announced that Samuel Caba, a South Dakota State University (SDSU) student, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship

Homestead and Wilmot Rest Areas and Welcome Centers Open – Reconstruction Complete
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Transportation have completed reconstruction of two Interstate Rest Areas/Welcome Centers.

South Dakota Lottery

Sisseton woman claims $594,260 Dakota Cash prize
Patty Nerison’s dreams came true through a $594,260 Dakota Cash jackpot.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Yankton.


Public Safety

Names Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash
ELKTON, S.D. – An Elkton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Elkton. .


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Weekly Column: Strengthening Families
Today, more than ever, it’s important we work to strengthen families, which is why I’m committed to being a family-first governor, fighting to strengthen the family unit and preserve the values South Dakotans have long embraced.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Jacob Abdo Placed on Escape Status
State prison inmate Jacob Abdo has been placed on escape status after violating conditions of the work release program.

Public Safety

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Closed on July 4th Holiday
PIERRE, SD – Disaster Recovery Centers opened by the State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The centers will resume regular operations at 9 a.m. Friday, July 5.

Transportation

Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind landowners of mowing regulations for the state right of way.


Education

Create flower bouquets July 13 at Cultural Heritage Center
Come to the Cultural Heritage Center on July 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT and celebrate summer by creating your own flower bouquet at Family Fun Saturday.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Requests Water Quality Data for 2020 Integrated Report
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) requests water quality data as part of its process to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Gov. Noem Announces More Than $24.0 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $24.0 million for water, wastewater, and solid waste projects. The board met today in Pierre.

Public Safety

FEMA Eligibility Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – If you applied for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because of the severe storms/flooding earlier this year and received a letter or text message saying you were not eligible for disaster aid, you should know that the first communication may not be the last word. There may be an easy-to-resolve reason why some applicants received a notice stating that they are ineligible for assistance.

Names Released In Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON S.D. – A Clearwater, FL man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred last Friday afternoon near Plankinton.

Board of Regents

Universities to Offer Graduate Mathematics Certificates
To support K-12 teachers in the teaching of mathematics, South Dakota public universities will offer two nine credit-hour graduate certificates in math. Target audience is instructors teaching high school students who take a college-level math course for both high school and college credit.

Regents Approve Academic Program Requests to Develop Workforce
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from public universities to meet emerging workforce and economic development trends across the state.

South Dakota Lottery

Dakota Cash jackpot won in Wednesday’s drawing
A lucky South Dakota Lottery player will heat up his or her summer with a Dakota Cash jackpot win.


Education

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on Ben Reifel
Author Sean Flynn will tell about his new book about Ben Reifel at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Turner County
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA DR-4440.

Public Safety

Beware of Post-Disaster Scams
PIERRE, S.D. – Recovery officials urge South Dakota residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals who may try to prey on those who suffered losses in the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April.

FEMA Hiring South Dakota Residents to Help With Disaster Recovery
Pierre, S.D. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now hiring for full-time, temporary jobs to help communities recover from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. Positions will be based in Pierre, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen, and may require local travel.

Highway Patrol Hosting Eighth Annual Youth Trooper Academy This Week
PIERRE, S.D. – For a group of South Dakota high school students, this week is a chance to learn what being a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper is all about.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Replacement east of Hazel
HAZEL, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 22 at the east edge of Hazel will be closed on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Board of Regents

Neuroscience Offerings Approved at USD
An undergraduate degree and a minor in one of the largest scientific fields in the country have been approved for delivery at the University of South Dakota. The bachelor of science in neuroscience degree will prepare USD students for professional pathways to graduate study and new careers in a growing field.

New Academic Programs Approved at SDSU
A new graduate degree at South Dakota State University aims to meet the needs of instructors at two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, especially those working at tribal colleges and universities. The master of science in interdisciplinary studies will allow students to design a flexible and individualized graduate program tailored to their needs and interests.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ryan Langford Back in Custody
Inmate Ryan Langford was arrested in Beadle County earlier today.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance Undergoes Name Change
Effective July 1, South Dakota’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program will be renamed Reemployment Assistance (RA).

Public Safety

Residents and Business in Turner County Now Eligible for Disaster Assistance
PIERRE, S.D. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Turner County may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019.

Brookings County Fatal Crash
ELKTON, S.D. – One man died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Elkton.

Name Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Watertown, S.D. man died Friday night in a motorcycle crash that occurred east of Brookings.

Transportation

Asphalt overlay on Highway 271 North of Java
JAVA, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction work will begin on Highway 271 from the North end of Main Street to the Walworth Campbell County Line starting Wednesday, June 26.


Agriculture

Don’t Miss Your Chance at Winning the Perfect Camping Set
Don’t miss out on a chance to win the “Perfect Camping Set” from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Education

Eight more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Eight more South Dakota properties have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Good Earth Guest Speaker, Mickelson Trail Trolley Rides, No Fireworks in State Parks
• Guest Speaker Coming to Good Earth State Park • Mickelson Trail Hosts Trolley on the Trail Events • State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Public Safety

Husby, Weinmeister Selected As New Highway Patrol Assistant Superintendents
PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota Highway Patrol captains, with a combined 40 years of experience, have been chosen as assistant superintendents of the Highway Patrol.

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens on Cheyenne River Reservation
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened a disaster recovery center on the Cheyenne River Reservation to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. This follows previous openings in Minnehaha and Yankton counties, and the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON S.D. – One man has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon near Plankinton.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Bryan Thompson Dies
Inmate Bryan Thompson passed away in the infirmary of the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls June 22.

Public Safety

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Coming to South Dakota Counties
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are sending mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to five counties across the state to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. This follows openings of fixed-site Disaster Recovery Centers in Minnehaha and Yankton counties, Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Rosebud Reservation.

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – One man died Friday night in a motorcycle crash east of Brookings.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Taps Gill for Department of Social Services
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Laurie Gill will serve as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS). She will begin serving in this capacity on July 9, 2019.

Governor's Weekly Column: Equipping our National Guard
South Dakota has a strong legacy of military service. With over 72,000 veterans and more than 4,200 enrolled members of the National Guard, our state understands the importance of answering the call to serve.

Noem Encourages Eligible Residents, Businesses to use FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers
Governor Kristi Noem today encouraged South Dakota individuals and businesses impacted by this spring’s winter storms and flooding to take advantage of the Disaster Recovery Centers now operational throughout the state.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ryan Langford Placed on Escape Status
A minimum-security inmate has been placed on escape status after leaving his community service worksite in Sioux Falls without authorization.

Public Safety

State Board Approves Next Generation Contract With CenturyLink
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 9-1-1 Coordination Board has awarded a new contract to CenturyLink to provide Next Generation 911 services to the state.

Transportation

I-229 Reduced to Single Lane
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 229 southbound in Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane by the 26th Street Exit beginning Tuesday, June 25. The closure is expected to last about a week.

2019 S.D. Transportation Hall of Honor Inductee Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Ron Baumgart of River Cities Public Transit (RCPT) in Pierre has been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2019.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Urges Congress to Support Agriculture, Ratify USMCA
Governor Kristi Noem today joined 26 other governors in urging the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Noem Applauds USDA’s Move to Bump Up Prevent Plant Harvest Date
Governor Kristi Noem today applauded the announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) adjusting the 2019 final grazing and haying date from November 1 to September 1, aiding South Dakota farmers who were unable to plant due to flooding this year.

Agriculture

NJHFR to be held at the SD State Fairgrounds June 23-29
The 15th National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) is returning to Huron, South Dakota on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds this year from June 23-29.

Human Services

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh Selected as 2019 Henry Toll Fellow
Following a nomination from Governor Kristi Noem, South Dakota Department of Human Services Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh was today accepted into the Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments (CSG).

Transportation

Concrete Panel Repairs on Highways 16, 16A, 18, 85 & 385
KEYSTONE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says concrete repairs will begin on Highway 16A today, June 20, 2019.

Construction on Highway 34 in Madison
MADISON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that the southbound lane of Highway 34 will be closed from 2nd Street NE to 4th Street SE starting Friday, June 21.

Department of Transportation & City of Dell Rapids Seek Public Input into Dell Rapids Master Transportation Plan Study
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the City of Dell Rapids, will hold a public open house as part of the Dell Rapids Master Transportation Plan.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the US14 - US14 Bypass Corridor Study
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the City of Brookings and the City of Volga, will hold public open houses at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26

Veterans Affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed June 27, 2019, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post- traumatic stress injuries.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News CWD Plan Open For Comment, French Creek Horse Camp Closed
• GFP Looking for Public Comment on Revised CWD Management Plan • Custer State Park Closes French Creek Horse Camp


Education

State Historical Society awards four Deadwood Fund historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Hot Springs, Huron and Miller have received matching Deadwood Fund grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Public Safety

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Rosebud
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened a disaster recovery center on the Rosebud Reservation to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. This follows previous openings in Minnehaha and Yankton counties and the Pine Ridge Reservation. Additional locations around the state may be opened, depending on need.

Names Released In Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. – A Blunt, S.D., woman has been identified as the victim in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon east of Philip.

Names Released In Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Canadian woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday, June 11, in a pickup-motorcycle crash north of Watertown.

Transportation

Construction on Highway’s 212 & 15 to Minnesota Border
Watertown, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction on Highway 212 from Highway 15 junction to the Minnesota border located at MRM 397 to MRM 412 will begin Monday, June 17.

Intersection Work to Begin on South County Road at 289th Street
WINNER, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to regrade the intersection of 289th Street and 315th Avenue (South County Road) 11.5 miles south of Winner will begin Tuesday, June 18.


Agriculture

Dicamba Cutoff Date Approaching
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds applicators that June 30 is the cutoff date for dicamba products.

National Junior High Finals Rodeo to be Held at the SD State Fairgrounds in Huron, June 23-29
The 15th National Junior High Finals Rodeo is returning to Huron, South Dakota on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds this year from June 23-29.

Human Services

Family Support Council Meeting
The South Dakota Family Support Council will be holding a meeting in Aberdeen.

Public Safety

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Sioux Falls
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened a disaster recovery center in Minnehaha County to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. This follows the opening of centers in Yankton County and on the Pine Ridge Reservation last week. Additional locations around the state may be opened, depending on need.

Transportation

I-90 Work Near Haines Avenue Bridge
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Interstate 90 near the Haines Avenue bridges in Rapid City will begin Saturday night June 22 at 8:00 PM, weather dependent.


Public Safety

Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. – One woman died and three others were seriously injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Philip.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor's Column: Husband, Father, Servant
Father's Day is the perfect opportunity for me to stop for a moment and express to Bryon how grateful I am that our children have such an incredible father.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Receives Funds for Local Bridges
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has received an apportionment of Highway Infrastructure Program funds to be used for the Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program based on the percentage of total deck area of bridges classified in poor condition.

Work on 37 James River Bridge Replacement North of Huron
Duninick Construction began construction earlier this week on replacing a bridge over the James River 13 miles north Huron or five miles south of Highway 28 on Highway 37.

ADA Upgrades on Omaha Street in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on ADA upgrades on Omaha Street on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Veterans Affairs

New Laws Impacting Veterans
State legislation that will impact veterans and their families after July 1 include the following:


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Names 2019 Governor’s Ag Ambassador
Governor Kristi Noem today named Paul Casper of Lake Preston as the 2019 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Labor and Regulation

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA DR-4440.

Public Safety

No Parking Zones Installed At Rush Lake and Lake Albert In South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Illegal parking of boat trailers in the right of way at two South Dakota lakes has forced state officials to establish no parking zones in those areas.

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Yankton and Pine Ridge
PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and FEMA have opened disaster recovery centers in Pine Ridge and Yankton to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. These are the first centers to be opened, with additional locations around the state to be announced later.

Transportation

Power House Bridge Construction
The Power House Bridge on Highway 47 in Lyman County is currently under construction by PCI Roads in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers and the South Dakota Department of Transportation.


Public Safety

Names Released In Hamlin County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Castlewood man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon south of Watertown.

Transportation

South Dakota DOT Claims Regional Award for Exit 14 Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation’s Interstate 90 Exit 14 project in Spearfish has won a prestigious award in a national competition highlighting excellence in projects that have improved travel safety, reduced roadway congestion and provided more mobility options.


Agriculture

SDDA’s Role in Pesticide Regulation
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is the primary enforcement agency for state and federal pesticide laws in cooperation with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One woman died Tuesday morning in a pickup-motorcycle crash north of Watertown.

FEMA HOUSING INSPECTIONS UNDERWAY
PIERRE, SD – Housing inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now out in South Dakota communities to help those impacted by severe storms and flooding from March 13 to April 26. Inspections provide critical information that allows FEMA to determine what assistance individuals and households are eligible for, and allows referrals to other federal, state and voluntary agency resources.

Tourism

Arts Council Grants $1.36 Million
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Arts Council will provide grant and special initiative support to more than 200 South Dakota artists, arts organizations, schools, projects and programs totaling $1.36 million in fiscal year 2020, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced today.

Transportation

Structure Work Begins on Highway 212 in Watertown
WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a portion of Highway 212 will be closed for structure replacement over the Big Sioux River starting June 17, 2019.

Construction on Interstate 229 South
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 229 southbound in Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane by the 26th Street exit beginning Thursday, June 13


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem to Transform Governor’s Hunt into “Industry Showcase for the Nation”
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the 2020 Governor’s Hunt and Sportsmen’s Showcase will be based out of the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Tabor Road Closed, Prairie Dog Control Programs, Roadside Mowing
• Tabor Lakeside Use Area Inaccessible Due to Road Closure • Prairie Dog Control Programs Available • Roadside Mowing: Hold off until after July 10

Human Services

Vista Care to Offer Services in South Dakota
Vista Care has obtained a provisional certification through the South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) to become a Community Support Provider (CSP).

Board of SBVI Holding Meeting
The South Dakota Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired will hold their quarterly meeting in Pierre on Friday, June 21.

Public Safety

Name Released In Bennett County Fatal Crash
TUTHILL, S.D. – A Martin, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died last Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover north of Tuthill.

Name Released In Harding County Fatal Crash
REVA, S.D. – A 17-year-old male from Reva has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash near Reva.

Transportation

Milling and Surfacing on Highway 16
HILL CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a milling and resurfacing project will begin on Tuesday June 11, on Highway 16.

Road Closure on Highway 34 in Madison
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Highway 34 will close to through traffic on Monday, June 10 in Madison.


Public Safety

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Watertown.

Name Released In Moody County Fatal Crash
COLMAN, S.D. – A Humboldt, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Colman.


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President Trump Approves South Dakota Disaster Request
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration.


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Governor's Column: Addressing the Stigma Around Mental Health
Too often, there is a stigma surrounding mental health. While this is true across the board, it’s especially true when we talk about mental health among agriculture producers. That’s unfair. Life is tough, and when you feel like you’re playing a losing hand, depression or anxiety is more common than you may think.

Governor Noem Approves School for the Deaf Property Sale
Governor Kristi Noem today finalized the sale of the South Dakota School for the Deaf property, located at 2001 East 8th Street in Sioux Falls, to the Sioux Falls Ministry Center.

Transportation

Highway 85 Asphalt Resurfacing and Culvert Repair Work to Resume
Crews will resume asphalt resurfacing on Highway 85 from the junction of Kinghorn Road in Butte County north to the junction of Old Highway 85 and on Highway 85 through the town of Buffalo the week of June 10.

Rail Crossing Mast Arm Replacement in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says a railroad enhancement project is in the works to replace the overhead mast arms at the “S-curve” on Sioux Avenue in Pierre starting Monday, June 10 with off-roadway work.


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Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Fall Interns
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office fall internship program.

Human Services

Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed June 15, Elder Abuse Awareness Day (EAAD) in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Harding County Fatal Crash
REVA, S.D. – A 17-year-old male died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash south of Reva.

Transportation

Chip Seal Work to Begin on Pierre Area Highways
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Pierre Area starting on Wednesday, June 12, and will move from one highway to the next in the following order:


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Lake Alvin, Lake Lakota Re-open, Mirror Lakes Road Closed, Boating Officer of the Year
Lake Alvin, Lake Lakota Re-Open for Swimming Mirror Lakes Access Road Temporarily Closed Norton Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Bumann Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Bumann, who colleagues praise for his hard work and dedication, has been named the 2018 South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year.

Bennett County Fatal Crash
TUTHILL, S.D. – An 83-year-old woman died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover north of Tuthill.

Moody County Fatal Crash
COLMAN, S.D. – One man died early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Colman.

Transportation

Highway 115 (Minnesota Ave.) and Lincoln County Highway 110 Intersection Closure
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota of Transportation says the Highway 115 and Lincoln County Highway 110 intersection will be closed for grading of the intersection starting Monday, June 10, 2019.

Grading Work on US 83 in Jones County to Begin
MURDO, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 83 south of Murdo will be shifting from offline grading to mainline grading.

Needles Highway Closed on June 6 for Chip Seal Project
CUSTER, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Needles Highway will be closed to all traffic on Thursday, June 6, and will reopen on Friday, June 7.


Agriculture

SD Century Farm & Ranch Recognition Deadline is Aug. 9
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the South Dakota State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: Fort Sisseton Festival, Lake Lakota Closed to Swimmers, Roy Lake Opportunity Extended
• Traditions Hold Strong at 42nd Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival • Lake Lakota Closed to Swimming until Further Notice • Game, Fish and Parks Extending Prospectus Deadline for the Solicitation of a Roy Lake Resort Concession Operator

Public Safety

South Dakota Entities Create Partnership To Hire Cyber Intelligence Analyst
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota state government agency, a South Dakota university and a South Dakota city police department are joining together in a new partnership to fight the ever-increasing problem of cybercrime.

Tourism

State hosts first-ever Arts and Sculpture Press Trip
Four select writers will help spread the word about South Dakota’s growing art scene.

Transportation

Highway 212 Construction
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says shoulder widening work has begun on Highway 212 from west of Seneca east for 10 miles.


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Noem, Oglala Sioux Tribe Sign Fuel Tax Agreement
Governor Kristi Noem and Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian R. Bear Runner, along with the Department of Revenue and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, last week signed a five-year fuel tax excise agreement between the State of South Dakota and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Agriculture

NEWS RELEASE – ANTHRAX VACCINATION REMINDER
South Dakota cattle producers are encouraged to include anthrax vaccine in their vaccination program when they turn out cattle to summer pastures. Recent flooding may increase the risk of cattle encountering anthrax this season, according to Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota State Veterinarian.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Thirteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2019. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on 26th Street and I-229 in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says Interstate 229 southbound in Sioux Falls will be reduced to one lane by the 26th Street exit beginning Wednesday, June 5.

Chip Seal Work to Begin on Highway 14 in Brookings
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal application will be applied on Highway 14 and Highway 14B in Brookings on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Board of Regents

Nichols Named Interim President at Black Hills State University
Laurie Stenberg Nichols has been named interim president at Black Hills State University. Nichols will assume the interim presidency July 1, and will serve in a temporary capacity until a national search for the university’s next president is concluded and the next president is appointed.


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Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff Until June 4
Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem today ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on June 4, 2019 to honor the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


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Governor Noem Recognizes National Foster Family Appreciation Day
In recognition of National Foster Family Appreciation Day, Governor Kristi Noem today highlighted the story of Frank and Beth Marnell, a foster family in Pierre.

Governor Noem’s Statement on Year-Round E15 Announcement
After years of pressure from Governor Kristi Noem and others, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the removal of regulatory burdens preventing the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol blends) year-round.

Governor's Column: Connecting South Dakota
Today, widespread broadband access in South Dakota isn’t as widespread as we may think. In fact, about 88,000 South Dakotans lack high-speed internet access. These people cannot launch an online business or take advanced classes that require extensive uploading or downloading. Producers in these areas may not be able to use cutting-edge technology that requires online components.

Agriculture

Bovine Trichomoniasis Found in Oglala Lakota County Herd
Bovine trichomoniasis (trich) has been detected in a South Dakota cattle herd. Two bulls from a beef cattle herd in Oglala Lakota County have tested positive for this economically devastating disease. The Animal Industry Board (AIB) is working with the herd owner and their veterinarians to develop a management plan to contain the disease. Neighboring herd owners with potential contact animals will be informed of the risk to their animals as the investigation continues.

Education

How to find Summer Food Service sites for kids in your community
Organizations across South Dakota are serving free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option. Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at participating sites, which include organizations such as nonprofits, schools, libraries and local governments.

Special education report now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. The Special Education Report is released annually by June 1.

One Book author Nerburn coming to Pierre
One Book South Dakota author Kent Nerburn is coming to Pierre on Wednesday, June 12..

Game, Fish and Parks

New Application Deadline for South Dakota Deer Hunters Fast Approaching
PIERRE, S.D. – The deadline to apply for the six most popular firearm deer hunting seasons is fast approaching.

Public Safety

Name Released In Butte County Fatal Crash
NISLAND, S.D. – A Vale, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover southeast of Nisland.

Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash north of Rapid City.

June Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has released its schedule of sobriety checkpoints to be conducted during June.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on SD Highways 87, 89, 16A and US 18
CUSTER, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to highways 87, 89, 16A and 18 in the Custer area beginning Friday, May 31.

Railroad Crossing Replacement on Highway 14
VOLGA, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 14 west of Volga on Monday, June 3, 2019, to replace a railroad crossing.

Revenue

New municipal tax changes effective July 1, 2019
A pair of South Dakota communities will update their municipal sales tax rates beginning July 1.


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ICYMI: What They’re Saying About the Connect South Dakota Grant Awards
Earlier this week, Governor Kristi Noem announced the recipients of $5 million of Connect South Dakota grant awards. These private-public partnerships will extend high-speed internet access to more than 100 businesses and 4,800 homes.

Noem Statement on Rising Missouri River Water Levels
Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement: “In recent days, state officials have been notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of rising Missouri River water levels. Those levels are expected to remain higher than average for the next several weeks. Any additional rainfall could mean even higher levels.

Agriculture

Governor’s Ag Summit Features U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Governor Noem’s Next Generation Panel
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture today announced two headline items for the 2019 Governor’s Agriculture Summit: a keynote address by Stephen Censky, the Deputy U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and Governor Kristi Noem’s Next Generation of Agriculture panel.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highways 44 and 240
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to highways 44 and 240 in the Rapid City area beginning Monday, June 3.

Work To Begin on Bridge Over Interstate 90 at Exit 112
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge repair work will begin on the Interstate 90 eastbound onramp bridge one mile east of Wall on June 1.

I-90 Westbound Closed at the Valley Springs Rest Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will be closing the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from the Minnesota State line (Valley Springs rest area) east to Exit 1 in Minnesota on Friday, May 31, 2019.


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Noem Names South Dakota Poet Laureate
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Christine Stewart, an English professor at South Dakota State University, has been named as the next South Dakota Poet Laureate.

Agriculture

Wheel Jam Packed with Events
The sixteenth annual Wheel Jam will be held May 31 – June 2 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

Game, Fish and Parks

High Water Causes GFP to Declare No Wake Zone on McCook Lake
PIERRE, S.D. – High water has caused South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler to declare a temporary "no wake zone" on McCook Lake in Union County.


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Noem Announces Connect South Dakota Grant Awards
Connect South Dakota, the state program designed to fund broadband projects in unserved and underserved areas across the state, recently awarded $5 million to its first grant recipients. The money was approved by legislators last March. The initial $5 million will leverage more than $11.4 million in project costs.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective June 3, 2019.

Public Safety

Second Person Dies From Injuries Sustained In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A second person has now died from injuries suffered in a May 7, 2019 two-vehicle crash south of Rapid City.

Transportation

Construction on Highway 18 Between Oelrichs and Oglala
Road work will begin on Highway 18 between Oelrichs and Oglala this week.


Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
NISLAND, S.D. – A 31-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Saturday southeast of Nisland.

Meade County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A 35-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle crash north of Rapid City.


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Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff on Memorial Day
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 27, 2019, in honor of Memorial Day.

Governor's Column: Honoring Heroes
This Memorial Day, between the barbecues and campfires, take a moment to reflect on those who have given so much so we can be free.

Education

June 8 Family Fun Saturday program at Cultural Heritage takes on branding theme
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Saturday, June 8, can create their own brand during “Branding Time!” as part of the Family Fun Saturday program.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: High Water Impacts, Lake Alvin Swim Beach Closure
• Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming • Lake Mitchell Declared a No Wake Zone • Rising Water on Lake Francis Case Impacts GFP Areas • Use Caution at Lake Oahe's Bush's Landing Road

Human Services

SDRC First Friday Classes
The South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (SDRC) would like to invite anyone who is a South Dakota resident and has a visual impairment to participate in two training events.

Public Safety

Eighth Grader Wins $10,000 In Highway Safety’s “Lesson Learned SD” Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Angie Lockett just received her learner’s driving permit two weeks ago. Friday, she won $10,000 for her promise to remain a safe driver.


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Noem Seeks External Review on South Dakota’s Wildlife Damage Management and Animal Damage Control Programs
Last week, the Governor’s Office signed an agreement with the Wildlife Management Institute that will launch an external review on South Dakota’s Wildlife Damage Management and Animal Damage Control Programs.

Agriculture

Entertainers Sought to Fill Showcase Positions at SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are in search of guest entertainers for the AARP Centennial Stage during the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP News: No Wake on Lake Thompson, Kayak Safety
• No Wake Zone on Lake Thompson • Kayak and Canoe Enthusiast Should Be Aware of Hidden Dangers • GFP Commission Finalizes Extending Trap Dates,Hunt For Habitat Licenses, and Free Park Entrance Rules.

Transportation

East Boulevard Closed Between Omaha Street and Main Street
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says East Boulevard will be closed between Omaha Street and Main Street from June 10 to June 17.

Construction on Highway 212 in Belle Fourche
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Pavement repairs will begin this week on a five-mile section of Highway 212 in Belle Fourche.


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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Provide High-Speed Research Computing for Business Growth in SD Opportunity Zone
Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.46 million grant to Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, to help establish a high speed research network. The investment, located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.46 million in local funds.

Noem Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Winter Weather, Flooding Damage
Governor Kristi Noem today requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans and local governmental entities recover from property damage sustained during the statewide winter weather and flooding this spring.

Agriculture

Admission Passes Available for Read & Win during the SD State Fair
Admission passes are now available for the Read & Win program during the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Education

D-Day Program June 4 at Cultural Heritage Center
A critical turning point in World War II will be the focus of a June 4 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Tourism

Department of Tourism Optimistic of Successful Summer
With Memorial Day and the official start of tourism season nearing, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is optimistic that its 2019 marketing efforts launched earlier this spring will lead to another successful summer for tourism.

Revenue

Department of Revenue hosting tax seminars in Yankton
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will offer a pair of popular tax seminars in Yankton on June 6.

Board of Regents

BHSU President to Depart Spearfish Campus
Humboldt State University, an institution of the California State University system, announced today that Black Hills State University President Tom Jackson Jr. will become its next president in July.


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Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Social Services
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will serve as Interim Secretary of Social Services. This follows the resignation of current Secretary of Social Services Greg DeSautel, which is effective May 22.

Labor and Regulation

South Dakota’s Afdahl Elected CSBS Chairman
The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) today announced the election of Bret Afdahl, Director of the South Dakota Division of Banking, as the new chairman for the CSBS Board of Directors.

Hultman Selected as Member of CSG National Task Force
State Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman has been selected to participate on a subcommittee of The Council of State Governments’ (CSG) national Future of Work Task Force.

South Dakota Lottery

Rapid City man claims $200,000 Powerball prize
Leo Bald Eagle will be playing joyous tunes for some time after he became the South Dakota Lottery’s latest big winner.


Agriculture

Registration Open for SD’s Largest Classroom at the SD State Fair
Registration is now open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the 2019 South Dakota State Fair.

Education

Oahe Chapel near Pierre to host Sunday church services
Sunday morning church services at the historic Oahe Chapel overlooking Lake Oahe near Pierre will begin on May 26. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Public Safety

DPS: Safe Driving A Priority This Memorial Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials are urging drivers to make sure this Memorial Day holiday is remembered for all of the right reasons.

Veterans Affairs

A Resting Place for Heroes
It’s a few years into the future and a I drive past a grand entry that reads “South Dakota Veterans Cemetery” American flags line the drive as I pull into the cortege lane and exit my vehicle. I survey the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery as we prepare for the first internment of a hero who has opted to spend eternity here at this place of honor.


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Governor's Column: Don’t Move Firewood
Not much beats sitting around the campfire on a cool summer night or roasting a s’more over a smoking bonfire.


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Noem to Speak at DAV Convention
Governor Kristi Noem will speak at the Disabled American Veterans Convention in Sioux Falls on Friday, May 17.

Agriculture

SD WLF Annual National Guard Helicopter Training
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division will be conducting their annual wildland fire training with the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit.

Health

Hepatitis A Identified In Keystone Food Handler
A case of Hepatitis A has been reported in a food handler employed at two Keystone restaurants. Individuals who ate at the Keystone Subway between May 2 and May 14 or at the Keystone Turtle Town between May 6 and May 13 should contact their health care provider to determine if they need a shot of hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin to decrease risk of illness.

Transportation

Bridge Work Begins on Interstate 90 West of Exit 55
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge repair work will begin on Interstate 90 one mile west of Exit 55 in Rapid City next week.

Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind landowners of mowing regulations for the state right of way.

Spring Load Restriction Release #11
Effective at 10:00 a.m. CDT, May 20, 2019, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be removed from the road segments shown in the table below.