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Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces Stakeholder Outreach for Surface Water Quality Standards
DANR Announces Stakeholder Outreach for Surface Water Quality Standards

Health

Department of Health Reminds Families about the Importance of Childhood Immunizations
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health wants to remind families that August is National Immunization Awareness Month and with the back-to-school season fast approaching, childhood immunizations can help protect the health of children and youth now and in the future.

Transportation

SDDOT to Hold Public Meeting for Current and Future Projects on S.D. Highway 22 in Hamlin County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at 6 p.m. to inform area residents about the current and future improvements for S.D. Highway 22 in Hamlin County.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Fall Interns
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office fall 2022 internship program.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Jerauld County Man Sentenced in First Degree Manslaughter Case
Attorney General Mark Vargo and Jerauld County States Attorney Dedrich Koch announce that Mitch LeRoy Caffee, Wessington Springs, 39, pled guilty to one count of first degree manslaughter, a Class C felony, and one count of Aggravated Assault, a Class 3 Felony and was sentenced today to life in the state penitentiary on the first degree manslaughter conviction and 15 years in the state penitentiary on the aggravated assault conviction, with the sentence to run concurrent.

Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
FARMER, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon northeast of Farmer.

Names Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Hot Springs woman has been identified as the person who died last Thursday in a one-vehicle crash north of Aberdeen.

Transportation

Phase One Complete on U.S. Highway 212 Construction Project in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the contractor, J & J Earthworks, Inc., will open remaining sections of phase one on U.S. Highway 212 to thru traffic west of 11th Street East on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. Local project detour signage will be removed after the reopening of this section of Highway 212 is complete.

Six Mile Road at S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) Intersection to Open in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that Six Mile Road at the S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) intersection will be opened to traffic from 26th Street to Madison Street beginning Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Heirloom Recipe Contest at SD State Fair
Heirloom Recipe Contest at SD State Fair

Transportation

Temporary Intersection Closures and Marion Road Reopening Scheduled for 41st Street DDI Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that temporary road closures are scheduled as part of the 41st Street Diverging Diamond (DDI) construction project in Sioux Falls.

2022 Sturgis Rally Final Vehicle Counts
Final vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 5-14, 2022, have been tallied.

ADA Curb, Ramp, and Sidewalk Upgrades to Continue on S.D. Highway 40 in Keystone
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin ADA curb, ramp, and sidewalk upgrades on S.D. Highway 40 starting Monday, Aug. 22, 2022.

Veterans Affairs

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, August 15, in Pierre.

Jeri Smith Receives 2022 SDDVA Outstanding Leader, Mentor, Advocate of the Year Award
Jeri Smith of Pierre has been named the 2022 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outstanding Leader, Mentor, Advocate of the Year. Smith was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, August 15, in Pierre.

Lee Borries Named Outstanding Veterans Service Officer of the Year
Lee Borries of Rapid City has been named the 2022 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs “Outstanding Veterans Service Officer of the Year.” Borries was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, August 15, in Pierre.

Matt Pillar Receives 2022 SDDVA New Veteran Service Officer of the Year Award
Matt Pillar of Madison has been named the 2022 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs New Veterans Service Officer of the Year. Pillar was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, August 15, in Pierre.

Shannon Phillips Receives 2022 SDDVA Outstanding Department Staffer of the Year Award
Shannon Phillips of Hartford has been named the 2022 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outstanding Department Staffer of the Year. Phillips was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, August 15, in Pierre.

Pierre Elks Lodge 1953 Receives SDDVA 2022 Partner of the Year Award
Pierre Elks Lodge 1953 has been named the 2022 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partner of the Year. Lodge 1953 was recognized at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, August 15, in Pierre.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Releases Report from Department of Education on Critical Race Theory and Divisive Concepts
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem released a report from the Department of Education (DOE) detailing examples of Critical Race Theory and other divisive concepts in DOE policies, guidance, websites, trainings, content standards, or other materials.

Gov. Noem Announces Draft Social Studies Standards
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem released draft social studies standards for K-12 students in South Dakota.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Announces The Band Perry to Play at 2022 State Fair
South Dakota State Fair Announces The Band Perry to Play at 2022 State Fair

Transportation

S.D. Highway 273 Road Closure Scheduled for Box Culvert Repair Work in Lyman County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that a construction project to repair two box culverts on S.D. Highway 273 in Lyman County was recently awarded by the Transportation Commission. This construction project includes the repair of two reinforced box culverts.

SDDOT Receives Federal RAISE Grant for Reconstruction of U.S. Highway 12 in Corson County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) was recently awarded a $21.4 million Rebuilding America Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The RAISE Grant is designated for the regrading and reconstruction of approximately nine miles of U.S. Highway 12 in South Dakota between Morristown and Watauga in Corson County.

State Agencies Collaborate to Launch Broadband Service Provider Notification List
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) recently launched an initiative to increase awareness and cooperation between state government and broadband service providers.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Prioritize Academic Affordability
PIERRE, S.D. – Public university students will be greeted with classroom saving as they prepare to head back to campus in the coming weeks. The South Dakota Board of Regents Institutions implemented First Day Access to enhance university affordability for students.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Tally, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 FINAL NUMBERS
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 06, 2022, to 6 a.m. Sunday August 14, 2022. FINAL NUMBERS


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Tally, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022, to 6 a.m. Saturday August 13, 2022

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday north of Aberdeen.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Kristi Noem: Fast Bikes, Fresh Air, & Freedom
For more than 80 years, late summer has brought thousands of motorcycles to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Bikers come from across the country – and around the world – to participate in the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. They bring with them their money, supporting our local businesses and helping our state revenues. And they enjoy the beauty and freedom that South Dakota has to offer.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Tally, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022, to 6 a.m. Friday August 12, 2022

Driver License Program Opens Sioux Falls Express Station
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s first-ever Driver License Express Station opened this week in Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Exit 37 Reconstruction Project to Continue Near Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the second phase of a four-phase project to reconstruct the exit 37 interchange on Interstate 90, near Sturgis, will begin Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.

2022 Sturgis Rally Vehicle Count - Through Day Seven
Vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 5-14, 2022, are available and will be updated daily.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Vantage Park Named Certified Site
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced on Thursday, Aug. 11, that Vantage Business Park in Huron has been named a Certified Site in the category of Heavy Industrial.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

The South Dakota State Fair Presents First Dakota Football at the Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and First Dakota National Bank are pleased to announce Football at the Fair, a new addition to the 2022 South Dakota State Fair.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Rally Tally Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022, to 6 a.m. Thursday August 11, 2022

Transportation

Madelyn Avenue Temporary Intersection Closure Scheduled for DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, the north side of the intersection at 41st St. and Madelyn Avenue will be temporarily closed for storm sewer work.

2022 Sturgis Rally Vehicle Count - Through Day Six
Vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 5-14, 2022, are available and will be updated daily.

Work to Begin at the Intersection of Omaha Street and Cambell Street in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work at the intersection of Omaha Street and Cambell Street in Rapid City is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem and Colleagues Ask President Biden to Lift Vaccine Mandate on International Travel
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 16 of her fellow Republican governors sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to “end the requirement that all non-U.S. citizen travelers entering the United States be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.” You can find the letter here.

Education

Seven students receive Hagen-Harvey scholarships
Seven students have received Richard Hagen-Minerva Harvey Memorial State scholarships. This scholarship program provides up to $6,000 over four years for study at a public or non-public accredited university, college, or technical college located in South Dakota to enrolled members of American Indian tribes.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Awards $140,000 to Expand Apprenticeships
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has awarded $140,000 to expand the number of Registered Apprenticeships Programs in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Rally Tally, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022, to 6 a.m. Wednesday August 10, 2022

Law Enforcement Seek Public Assistance in Locating Possible Suspect
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies are asking for the public’s help in the Sioux Falls area in locating a male who fired a gun into the air Wednesday morning (today).

Social Services

Water/wastewater assistance available in South Dakota
Assistance for South Dakota families whose water/wastewater service has been disconnected or who are at risk of losing access to water service may be available through the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Transportation

2022 Sturgis Rally Vehicle Count - Through Day Five
Vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 5-14, 2022, are available and will be updated daily.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin on U.S. Highway 12 and S.D. Highway 20 in Mobridge Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will begin Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project planned for U.S. Highway 12 from two miles south of Selby to Mobridge and on S.D. Highway 20 from the junction with U.S. Highway 12 to two miles east of Trail City.


Education

Grant funds seven out-of-school time programs
A total of seven 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 32 existing grant recipients.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

First Dakota National Bank Contribution to the DEX
First Dakota National Bank Contribution to the DEX

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Rally Tally, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022.
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022, to 6 a.m. Tuesday August 09, 2022.

Tourism

Artist application deadline coming Sept. 24
PIERRE – The South Dakota Arts Council invites artists in and near our state to apply to join our teaching artist roster to work in-residence throughout South Dakota communities. The deadline is Sept. 24.

Transportation

2022 Sturgis Rally Vehicle Count - Through Day Four
Vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 5-14, 2022, are available and will be updated daily.

U.S. Highway 18 Road Closure Planned Near Menno
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) advises travelers of an upcoming road closure on U.S. Highway 18 from the James River to the west edge of Menno beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.

Local Road Closure Planned in Brookings as part of Interstate 29 Interchange Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the contractors for the 20th Street Interchange project and the Brookings Municipal Utilities (BMU) watermain utility project will issue a joint closure at the intersection of 22nd Avenue and 20th Street South, beginning on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff at State Capitol in Honor of Circuit Court Judge Jon Flemmer
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, Aug. 9, in honor of 5th Circuit Court Presiding Judge Jon Flemmer of Webster. He became a circuit court judge in 1999 and was the longest serving circuit judge in the state.

Corrections

PUBLIC NOTICE OF HIGH RISK INMATE RELEASE
The South Dakota Department of Corrections is providing notification to law enforcement and the public about the pending release of a state prison inmate considered to be a high risk to reoffend.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sing to Win at the South Dakota State Fair
Sing to Win at the South Dakota State Fair

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Rally Tally, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022, to 6 a.m. Monday August 8, 2022.

Names Released In Jerauld County Fatal Crash
WOONSOCKET, S.D. – A Woonsocket, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died early last Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southwest of Woonsocket.

Transportation

2022 Sturgis Rally Vehicle Count - Through Day Three
Vehicle traffic counts from the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) for vehicles entering Sturgis for the 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 5-14, 2022, are available and will be updated daily.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Tally Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022
Highway Patrol Sturgis Rally Daily Information. Compiled from 6 a.m. Saturday August 6, 2022, to 6 a.m. Sunday August 7, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Kristi Noem: Starting the Conversation
Hope has power – it drives us to achieve incredible things that we never thought possible or endure difficulties that previous seemed insurmountable. Unfortunately, for the same reasons, hopelessness can hold tremendous power over a person’s life, too. Too often, that loss of hope leads to suicide, a suicide that is entirely preventable. Suicide is a growing public health issue in our country and in South Dakota, and it affects each of our lives in some way.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for the November 2024 general election.

Public Safety

Names Released In Turner County Fatal Crash
CHANCELLOR, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a two-vehicle crash north of Chancellor.

Jerauld County Fatal Crash
WOONSOCKET, S.D. – One person died and five others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon southwest of Woonsocket.

Transportation

Terry Avenue Temporary Intersection Closure Scheduled for 41st Street DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
On Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, the north side of the intersection at 41st Street and Terry Avenue will be temporarily closed for underground utility work. This work is expected to be completed by the end of the workday.

Culvert Work Scheduled on SD. Highway 15 East of Wilmot
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that culvert replacement at the intersection of S.D. Highway 15 and 473rd Avenue, approximately six miles east of Wilmot, will start on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army Private August E. Otto Jr.
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony this month to honor U.S. Army Private August E. Otto, Jr.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem & Colleagues Oppose Democrats’ Spending Bill
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 21 of her fellow Republican Governors issued the following joint statement opposing the Democrats’ Spending Bill:

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide effective immediately until midnight tonight (Thursday) in honor of U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana who died Wednesday in a vehicle crash.

Corrections

State prison inmate Jordan Ward dies
Jordan Ward, age 30, was found unresponsive in his cell at the South Dakota State Penitentiary overnight.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

First National Bank Contribution to the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX Announced
The South Dakota State Fair is excited to announce that First National Bank has made a $250,000 contribution to the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX.

Lady A Cancels Tour…New Announcement Coming Soon for South Dakota State Fair
Lady A has cancelled the remainder of their 2022 tour, including their show at the South Dakota State Fair scheduled for Sunday, September 4.

Public Safety

Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD S.D. – A Wausau, WI man has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a motorcycle crash west of Lead.

Transportation

Resurfacing Work to Begin on S.D. Highway 53 in Tripp County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says resurfacing work is scheduled to begin soon on S.D. Highway 53 in Tripp County. The construction project on Highway 53 extends from the U.S. Highway 18 junction southward for 16 miles.


Health

First Two Human West Nile Virus Detections of 2022 Reported in Minnehaha and Spink Counties
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed South Dakota’s first two human West Nile virus (WNV) detections of the 2022 season, in residents of Minnehaha and Spink Counties.

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Throughout the week ahead and continuing for the duration of the month of August, South Dakota joins the nation and world in celebrating and supporting World Breastfeeding Awareness Week (August 1-7) and National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Labor and Regulation

August Tour De Yankton Jobs Event
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) in partnership with Yankton Thrive and Riverfront Broadcasting will host its fifth Tour De Yankton Jobs Hiring Event on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Development of State Freight Plan
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) is seeking public input into the development of the State’s Freight Plan. The Plan identifies freight contributions to the State’s economy, provides recommendations for strategic improvements, guides freight-related investments, and supports the vision and goals of the National Freight Network.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Receives Presidential Disaster Declaration Approval For June Storm
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that South Dakota has received a Presidential Disaster Declaration that allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help South Dakota local governments in six counties statewide recover from public infrastructure damage sustained as a result of a tornado, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and hail that occurred June 11-14, 2022.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Farm Credit Services of America Contribution to the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX Announced
Farm Credit Services of America Contribution to the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX Announced

Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
CHANCELLOR, S.D. – One person died Monday night in a two-vehicle crash north of Chancellor.

Social Services

Preparing for Back-to School Changes: August Mental Health Memo
Just a few short weeks and we will be back to school! Teachers, parents and caregivers are preparing for students to head back into the classroom and the help they provide will play an important role in the success of each student.

Child care listening sessions planned
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is planning several opportunities for child care providers, community members, and families to give their input on how one-time funding for South Dakota’s child care system is spent.


Corrections

State prison inmate Kevin Brower dies
Kevin Brower, age 56, passed away at a Yankton hospital July 31.

Public Safety

Peterson Named New Highway Patrol Assistant Superintendent
PIERRE, S.D. – Lt. Joel Peterson, a 20-year veteran of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, has been named as the Patrol’s new assistant superintendent in charge of field operations.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD S.D. – One person died early Sunday morning in a motorcycle crash west of Lead.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton area, beginning the week of Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: 50 Years of Title IX
Nostalgia can be bittersweet.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Rapid City Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Summary
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation Friday released the summary of the officer involved shooting of Shania Watkins, 32, of Rapid City by a Rapid City Police Department (RCPD) officer on May 31, 2022 in Rapid City. The summary found that the officer involved in the shooting was justified in using lethal force.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

State Working to Dredge Capitol Lake to Improve Water Quality
The state Bureau of Administration (BOA), in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR), is working to dredge Capitol Lake to improve water quality.

Public Safety

Name Released In Ziebach County Fatal Crash
BISON, S.D. – A 31-year-old man from Lemmon has been identified as the person who died early last Saturday in a one-vehicle crash east of Bison.

Transportation

Striping Work Planned for 6th Street and 22nd Avenue Intersection in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the region striping crew will be installing thermoplastic pavement marking at the intersection of 6th Street and 22nd Avenue in Brookings during the evening hours of Monday, Aug. 1, 2022


Attorney General Mark Vargo

New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released
An updated South Dakota Missing Persons Clearinghouse website is now operational according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

BankWest Contribution to the DEX
BankWest Contribution to the DEX

Public Safety

DPS Announces August Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Thirteen sobriety checkpoints in 11 different counties are planned for the month of August, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Name Released In Edmunds County Fatal Crash
IPSWICH, S.D. – A 53-year-old Redfield man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Ipswich.

Social Services

Tuition assistance available at Southeast Technical College
South Dakotans can get help paying for courses in in-demand fields at Southeast Technical College through a program offered by the Department of Social Services (DSS).

Veterans Affairs

Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Sunday, August 7, 2022, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army Sergeant James Haider
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony next month to honor U.S. Army Sergeant James Haider.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem and Republican Governors Call on President Biden to Defend Equal Opportunities for Girls and Women
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem led a coalition of 15 Republican Governors urging President Joe Biden to defend equal opportunities for girls and women. In a letter to President Biden, the governors challenge him to reject the rule and policy changes proposed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which would completely reinterpret Title IX.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled in Northwestern South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin chip seal and fog seal applications on U.S. Highway 12, S.D. Highway 73, S.D. Highway 168, and U.S. Highway 85 starting Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.


Education

August State Historical Society “History Talks” examines “After Populism”
The upcoming monthly South Dakota State Historical Society history talks program will feature life in the Northern plains in the early twentieth century.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Open Class Entries
Deadlines Approaching for SD State Fair Open Class Entries

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP/USFWS Collaboration Wins Award
PIERRE, S.D. - A collaborative project between the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding prairie grouse population and distribution estimates have garnered the two agencies The Wildlife Society's "Wildlife Restoration Award".

Social Services

Honoring importance of Native American foster and kinship families
Native American foster and kinship families play a vital role in the lives of native youth while their parents work through difficulties that make it unsafe to stay at home.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Planned in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell area of the state beginning Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Progress Continues on John C. Waldron Memorial Bridge Project in Pierre/Ft. Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that significant progress continues on the John C. Waldron Memorial Bridge, which connects the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre.

Signal Work Scheduled for U.S. Highway 12 and Melgaard Road in Aberdeen
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin signal work on U.S. Highway 12 and Melgaard Road on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

DCI, State’s Attorney Charge Two Suspects In Pursuit, Officer Involved Shooting
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner say the two suspects arrested July 14 in connection with a high-speed pursuit and officer involved shooting have now been indicted on four different counts, including two counts each of attempted first-degree murder.

Education

New Historical Society Book Explores Left-Wing Farm Movements
The latest book published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press explores the activism of left-wing agricultural groups on the Great Plains.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

The South Dakota State Fair Announces Agtegra’s Contribution to the DEX
The South Dakota State Fair Announces Agtegra’s Contribution to the DEX: Dakota Events Complex

Game, Fish and Parks

Zebra Mussels Discovered in Enemy Swim Lake
Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Enemy Swim Lake in Day County.

Public Safety

Edmunds County Fatal Crash
IPSWICH, S.D. – One person died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Ipswich.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Interstate 29 (Exit 86-Renner/Crooks) Interchange Modification Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Minnehaha County, City of Crooks, City of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls MPO, and the Federal Highway Administration, will hold a public meeting open house on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jefferson High School (1600 N. Marion Road in Sioux Falls) to inform area residents of the preliminary concepts for the Interstate 29 Exit 86 (Renner/Crooks) Interchange Modification Study.


Public Safety

Ziebach County Fatal Crash
BISON, S.D. – A 31-year-old male died early Saturday in a one-vehicle crash east of Bison.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Cautiously Optimistic: South Dakota’s Finances and the Future
Earlier this week, the State of South Dakota closed the financial books for fiscal year 2022 with a record-breaking $115.5 million surplus. This historic surplus was a combination of revenues unexpectedly being $72.3 million above what was adopted by the legislature this past session and the general fund budget for state government operations having expenses $43.2 million less than budgeted.

Gov. Noem Appoints Mark Roby to Housing Board
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem appointed Mark Roby to the South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s Board of Commissioners. This appointment is effective immediately.

Education

Historical Society Book Selected for Office of Indian Education Initiative
"Muskrat and Skunk/Sinkpe na Maka,” a bilingual Lakota-English illustrated children’s book published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, has been selected as one of six BookMark Initiative recommended books by the South Dakota Office of Indian Education.

Public Safety

Names Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
SUMMERSET, S.D. – A Katy, Texas man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a three-vehicle crash on Thursday, July 14, 2022 in Summerset.

Transportation

Traffic Signal Changes Scheduled at Lazelle Street and 8th Street in Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and the City of Sturgis have determined that the traffic signal at Lazelle Street and 8th Street is no longer necessary.

Pavement Marking Project Scheduled for U.S. Highway 12 in Aberdeen
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says a pavement marking project is scheduled to begin on U.S. Highway 12 from U.S. Highway 281 to Melgaard Road in Aberdeen on Monday, July 25, 2022.

Construction Project Planned for Interstate 90 at Hartford Exit
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin construction work on Interstate 90 adjacent to the Hartford exit (387) beginning the week of Monday, July 25, 2022.

Asphalt Crack Sealing Projects Scheduled in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says asphalt crack sealing applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton area beginning Monday, July 25, 2022.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army SSG Daniel Cuka
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony next month to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Cuka.

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s July Column – New Laws, Services, and Programs Impacting Veterans
Each year the Governor, South Dakota agencies, legislators, constituents, and lobbyists review, debate, and consider hundreds of legislative issues. During the 2022 legislative session, over six hundred legislative bills and resolutions were introduced, but not all were passed.


Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL TO MEET JULY 29
OACOMA, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC), the advisory board of the state arts agency, will meet Friday, July 29 in Oacoma for the Council’s annual summer meeting.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Brandon
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Brandon


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Chad Mosteller Named Division of Criminal Investigation’s Interim Director
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has named Chad Mosteller as the interim Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) effective immediately.

Education

Fall Deadwood Fund Grant Applications Available
Applications for the next round of the Deadwood Fund grant program through the South Dakota State Historical Society are now available.

Transportation

Closure Planned at East 10th Street in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that East 10th Street will be closed to traffic from S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) to North Tumble Creek Circle beginning Monday, July 25, 2022.

Pavement Projects Scheduled to Begin in Sioux Falls Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will begin today on various routes in and around Sioux Falls.

Board of Regents

Joint Education Meeting Held in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. – Yesterday, the state's leading voices in education gathered in Pierre for a joint meeting. The Board of Education Standards (BOES), the Board of Regents (BOR), and the Board of Technical Education (BOTE) were all represented in discussions focusing on the workforce needs of today and beyond.

High Education Affordability is Regents' Top Priority
PIERRE, S.D. – Keeping higher education affordable continues to be a top priority for the Board of Regents (BOR) and its institutions. During the BOR July meeting this week, board members outlined their budget priorities for the 2024 fiscal year, with a tuition freeze for public universities at the top of the list.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year with $115 Million Surplus
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota closed the 2022 budget year on June 30 with a surplus of $115.5 million. Total general fund revenue for fiscal year 2022 finished $72.3 million higher than adopted estimates, and the state general fund budget ended with expenses $43.2 million less than budgeted.

Flags at Half-Staff at State Capitol in Honor of Former State Senator Henry Carlson, Jr.
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, July 19, in honor of former State Senator Henry Carlson, Jr. of Sioux Falls. He served in the State Senate from 1977-1978 and from 1983-1984.

Public Safety

Name Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – A Fayetteville, N.C., woman has been identified as the person who died as a result of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Monday, July 11, 2022, east of Groton.

Transportation

SDDOT in Search of Borrow Material Providers for S.D. Highway 15 Project South of Clear Lake
In 2024, the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) plans to administer a construction project on S.D. Highway 15 from Clear Lake south to S.D. Highway 28 west of Toronto. The purpose of this project is to enhance the safety and function of the roadway through grading, shoulder widening, replacing culverts, and improving sight distances.

Closure Planned at S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) at Six Mile Road Intersection in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) will be closed to through traffic from the Six Mile Road intersection to East 26th Street beginning Wednesday, July 20, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem, Legislators, and Pro-Life Advocates Issue Joint Statement on South Dakota Policies for Life
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem, legislators, and pro-life advocates issued a joint statement on South Dakota’s policies to save lives and help mothers:

Governor Kristi Noem: Visiting Mothers and Their Newborn Children in Our State Prisons: Hope for the Future
In my four years as Governor, I have focused on finding ways that our programs can positively impact the next generation. This goes beyond reading about what state government does—I go out and see these programs for myself so I can understand exactly what we can do to improve them.

Gov. Kristi Noem Discusses Foreign Policy Strategy with Secretary Condoleezza Rice
PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Earlier this week, the Hoover Institution hosted Governor Kristi Noem for a discussion with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The discussion focused on foreign policy strategy, as well as South Dakota’s pro-freedom policies. A few key quotes can be found below.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

DCI, State's Attorney Charge Two Suspects In Pursuit, Officer Involved Shooting
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner say two men have been charged today (Friday) in connection with the high-speed pursuit and officer involved shooting that took place Thursday in Lake, Minnehaha and Moody Counties.

Transportation

Temporary Lane Closure Scheduled for Shared Use Path Construction in Box Elder
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says construction of a shared use path in Box Elder will require a temporary lane closure on Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19, 2022. The lane closure will be on N. Ellsworth Rd. between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for June 11-14 Storm Damage
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration and signed Executive Order 2022-08 to help South Dakota local governments recover from public infrastructure damage sustained as a result of tornado, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and hail that occurred June 11-14, 2022 in six counties statewide.

Corrections

Inmate John Lewis death
Inmate John Lewis, age 60, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary July 13.

Health

First Case of Monkeypox Identified in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Health is reporting the first case of monkeypox in a South Dakota resident.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – A 50-year-old female has died as a result of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Monday, July 11, 2022, east of Groton.

Names Released In Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – A Clarkson, Mich., woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash on Sunday, July 3, 2022 east of Murdo.

Social Services

988 to launch July 16 in South Dakota
A new three-digit dialing code, 988, will launch on Saturday in South Dakota connecting those experiencing mental health distress to compassionate, accessible care and support.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled for Sioux Falls Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Sioux Falls area of the state. The chip seal will begin on Monday, July 25, 2022.


Transportation

Public Meeting and Road Closure Scheduled for S.D Highway 46 Reconstruction Project Near Irene
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that due to constructability issues with the traffic diversions, S.D. Highway 46 will be closed to through traffic on approximately Thursday, July 21, 2022. This is a process change from previously released information.

Foam Jacking Projects Scheduled for Southwest South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews are scheduled to begin foam jacking projects at various locations throughout southwestern South Dakota.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled to Begin in Hughes, Stanley, and Sully Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says chip seal and fog seal projects are scheduled to begin on S.D. Highway 204 and S.D. Highway 1804 in the Pierre Area. Crews will begin chip seal and fog seal projects on Monday, July 18, 2022.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Board of Economic Development takes action at monthly meeting
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Economic Development approved multiple funding applications at its meeting today.


Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Job Search and LMI System Back Online
The Department of Labor and Regulation’s (DLR) SDWORKS jobs database and virtual labor market information (LMI) system are back online following a nationwide disruption in service from the site’s vendor Geographic Solutions, Inc. (GSI).


Education

South Dakota again receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2020. The state is one of only 15 across the country to meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA under both Parts B and C, according to information released recently from the U.S. Department of Education.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Trees, People, and Towns Conference 2022
Trees, People, and Towns Conference 2022

DANR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
DANR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects

Transportation

Local Road Closures Planned in Brookings as part of Interchange Project on Interstate 29
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the contractor for the Brookings Municipal Utilities (BMU) watermain utility project, being constructed simultaneously with the 20th Street Interchange on Interstate 29, will initiate a 30-day closure at the intersection of 34th Avenue and 20th Street South beginning on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.


Public Safety

Names Released In Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
FORT RANDALL, S.D. – Names have been released of the two men who died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of the Ft. Randall Casino.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Prime Minister of Japan
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide effective immediately until sunset on Sunday, July 10, 2022, in honor of former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Governor Kristi Noem: Building Stronger Families Together
Strong families are the foundation of our communities and the backbone of our state. We need to continue to work together to support families across the state to ensure a brighter future for all of South Dakota. Since taking office, I have prioritized standing up for families across South Dakota, recognizing that stronger families will build stronger communities.

Transportation

Emergency Repairs Scheduled for Median Crossover on Interstate 29 Construction Project in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that emergency repairs to the median crossover within the construction zone on Interstate 29 are scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2022, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Structure Work to Begin on S.D. Highway 46 Near Irene
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will begin during the week of July 11, 2022, on two box culvert sites as part of the S.D. Highway 46 reconstruction project.


Labor and Regulation

July Tour De Yankton Jobs Event
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) in partnership with Yankton Thrive and Riverfront Broadcasting will host its fourth Tour De Yankton Jobs Hiring Event on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 3-5 p.m.

Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
COLOME, S.D. – Two people from Duchess, Alberta, Canada have been identified as those who died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Colome. Five other people were injured.

Social Services

Resources available to help cope with disasters
When disasters strike, it can leave entire communities in shock with feelings of confusion, fear, and helplessness. Yet there are resources available to help South Dakotans cope.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Victims of Shooting in Highland Park, IL
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide effective immediately until sunset on Saturday, July 9, 2022, in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting in Highland Park, IL.

Game, Fish and Parks

No Wake Zone Declared for Mina Lake
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) have declared a "No-Wake Zone" for Mina Lake in Edmunds County.

Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area Reopens
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) today announced the reopening of Lake Hiddenwood Recreation Area near Selby. The park had previously been closed after a flood washed out the dam and park entrance road in May of 2018.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
FORT RANDALL, S.D. – Two men died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of the Ft. Randall Casino.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned For July
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has announced the list of sobriety checkpoints planned statewide for the month of July.

Social Services

DSS making funding for residential alternative care programs available
The Department of Social Services (DSS) is making $5 million available for residential alternative care programs to support alcohol and drug abuse recovery programs and services for women.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for U.S. Highway 385 Shoulder Widening and Intersection Modification Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at the Rimrock Community Center, Johnson Siding 12270 W. S.D. Highway 44 in Rapid City.

Construction to Begin on Southbound S.D. Highway 37 in Sanborn County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work will begin on the southbound lanes of S.D. Highway 37 from the S.D. Highway 34 junction (four miles east of Woonsocket) to the intersection of S.D. Highway 224 (Alpena Road).


Transportation

Lane Shift Planned for 41st Street on Sioux Falls DDI Construction Project
On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, two-way traffic on 41st Street (between Marion Road and Meadow Avenue) will shift south to the newly-paved lanes as crews work on 41st Street for roadway removals.

Closure Planned for Utility Work on S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) will be closed to traffic from East 10th Street to East 26th Street beginning Monday, July 11, 2022.


Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
COLOME, S.D. – Two people died and five others were injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Colome.

Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning east of Murdo


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff at State Capitol in Honor of Former State Representative Gary Jerke
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, July 2, in honor of former State Representative Gary Jerke. He served from 2005-2008.

Governor Kristi Noem: Land of the Free Because of the Brave
The patriotism South Dakotans display on the Fourth of July has deep roots in our state’s history. In fact, we waved the Stars and Stripes before we even became a state! The Dakota Territory in the 1880s stood out for its love for civic virtue, and historians recount how few holidays rated higher than Independence Day to the settlers. Those same historians note that this ingrained love for America explains why so many South Dakotans served in the World Wars, and why we as a state revere our veterans.

Telemedicine Abortion Ban Becomes Law Gov. Noem Repeals Executive Order
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Friday, July 1, HB 1318, which bans telemedicine abortions in South Dakota, becomes law. In preparation for the law taking effect, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-07, which repeals her previous executive order on the subject.

Girls’ Sports Legislation Becomes Law Gov. Noem Repeals Executive Orders
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Friday, July 1, SB 46, which protects fairness in girls’ and women’s sports, takes effect. In preparation for the law taking effect, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-07, which repeals her previous executive orders on the subject.

Public Safety

Names Released In Gregory County Fatal Crash
ST. CHARLES, S.D. – A 55-year-old Winner woman has been identified as the person who died last Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of St. Charles.

Tourism

Noem Administration Submits Permit Application for 2023 Mount Rushmore Fireworks
Yesterday, on behalf of Governor Kristi Noem, the South Dakota Department of Tourism submitted its application for a special use permit for the 2023 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. The application was submitted to the National Park Service (NPS).

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled to Begin in Aberdeen Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin chip seal and fog seal projects on several highways in the Aberdeen Area beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Culvert Work Scheduled for S.D. Highway 15 through Wilmot
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that culvert work will begin the first week of July on S.D. Highway 15 through Wilmot from the Grant/Roberts County line to old Highway 81.


Governor Kristi Noem

Expansion of Bright Start Program Taking Effect
PIERRE, S.D. – On Friday, July 1, the statewide expansion of Governor Kristi Noem’s Bright Start program will take effect. Bright Start provides nursing services and more for eligible moms through pregnancy until their child’s 2nd birthday.

College CRT Ban Becoming Law
PIERRE, S.D. – On Friday, July 1, HB 1012, which protects college students and faculty from mandatory Critical Race Theory trainings and orientations, takes effect.

Education

July State Historical Society “History Talks” features biography of Gov. Joe Foss
Sioux Falls artist Hector Curriel will discuss his new book on Gov. Joe Foss at a free virtual “History Talks” presentation on July 7.

Public Safety

DPS Encourages Safe Driving During Fourth of July Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – With all of the picnics, parades and fireworks going on this Fourth of July holiday, South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials remind people to also make safe driving a priority.

Social Services

A Time to Be: Mental Health Memo for July
Summer is here! Longer days and warmer weather beckon us outside, away from the inactivity brought on by winter’s chill.

Stronger Families Together initiative hits first year goal
Governor Kristi Noem’s initiative to recruit 300 new foster families in South Dakota successfully surpassed its first year goal.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Announces Epic Trails Episode
The South Dakota Department of Tourism announced today that the Centennial Trail, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, and other attractions in the Black Hills region will be featured in an episode of the show Epic Trails.

Transportation

SDDOT Reminds Boaters to be Aware of Pierre-Fort Pierre Bridge Construction Work Zone
As work on the new Pierre-Fort Pierre Bridge continues, the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) reminds boaters to be aware of the work zone.

Lane Reduction and Road Closure Planned for Marion Road as part of Sioux Falls DDI Construction Project
he South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that Marion Road, between 41st Street and 39th Street, will be reduced to three lanes from Wednesday, July 6 through Monday July, 11, 2022, in preparation for road reconstruction.

SDDOT Encouraging Public Participation in Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Meetings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will offer in-person and virtual public presentations for the Tentative 2023-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).


Governor Kristi Noem

Repeal of Concealed Carry Fees Becoming Law
PIERRE, S.D. – On Friday, July 1, SB 212, which eliminates all concealed carry permitting fees in South Dakota, becomes law.

South Dakota Receives Presidential Disaster Declaration Approval
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that South Dakota has received a Presidential Disaster Declaration that allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help South Dakota local governments in 20 counties and on two reservations recover from public infrastructure damage sustained as a result of tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred on May 12 in the eastern part of the state.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

New Attorney General Praises Staff In First Meeting
On his first day in office, South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo encouraged his new staff Wednesday to keep doing what they are doing for the people of South Dakota.

Health

Brown County Mosquito Pool First West Nile Detection of Season
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pool of the season has been detected in Brown County.

Labor and Regulation

SDWORKS Website Remains Down Due to External, Vendor-Related Outage
The Department of Labor and Regulation's (DLR) SDWORKS jobs database, along with the virtual labor market information (LMI) system, has been out-of-service since Sunday due to outages the external vendor is experiencing.

Public Safety

DPS Names Jay Wickham New State Wildland Fire Director
PIERRE, S.D. – Jay Wickham, a 24-year veteran of the wildland fire profession, has been named as the new director of the South Dakota State Wildland Fire Division by the Department of Public Safety.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Appoints Mark Vargo as Attorney General
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo as Attorney General effective today.

Education

Stidworthy-Kemper House in Turner County Listed in National Register of Historic Places
The Stidworthy-Kemper House in Viborg has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Transportation

Interchange Project on Interstate 29 Near Brookings Moving into Second Construction Phase
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the construction of the 20th Street interchange bridge structure on Interstate 29 near Brookings is scheduled to move into the second phase (west half) on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.


Public Safety

Gregory County Fatal Crash
ST. CHARLES, S.D. – One person died and four others were injured early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of St. Charles.

State Fire Marshal Urges Fireworks Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal urges people who want to discharge fireworks this Fourth of July holiday to use them in a responsible and safe manner.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Helping Moms and Babies
Today, the Supreme Court announced something that countless Americans have prayed for over the past 50 years: they reversed the Roe v. Wade decision and allowed states to make their own choices over abortion policy. In South Dakota, we have a law on the books that makes abortion illegal immediately, except to preserve the life of the mother.

Governor Noem Announces Life.SD.gov
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced a new website, Life.SD.gov. The website helps mothers and their babies before birth and after by providing resources for pregnancy, new parents, financial assistance, and adoption.

Gov. Noem and Legislative Leaders Announce Plans for Special Session to Save Lives, Help Mothers
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, in response to the United States Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, Governor Kristi Noem and leaders in the South Dakota State Legislature jointly announced plans for a special session later this year to save lives and help mothers impacted by the decision.

Corrections

Inmate Gaige McCune in custody
Inmate Gaige McCune was apprehended June 21 in Howell, MI.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled for S.D. Highway 37 and U.S. Highway 81 in Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to the shoulders of three highways in the Mitchell Area beginning on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Sealing Operations Scheduled Near Mitchell on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says joint sealing, crack sealing, and durable pavement marking will take place on Interstate 90 from mile marker 309 (near Plankinton) to 334 (James River Bridge east of Mitchell) in the eastbound lanes.

Intersection Modifications Scheduled for U.S. Highway 85 and Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will make changes to the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish. An all-way stop will be installed at the intersection on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Second Construction Phase to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the U.S. Highway 212 project will soon move into phase two of construction.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces More Than $243.7 Million for South Dakota Environmental Projects
DANR Announces More Than $243.7 Million for South Dakota Environmental Projects

Tourism

“A Guide to Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Homelands” Visitor Guide Released
South Dakota Department of Tourism and Newly Formed South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance Release New Visitor Guide

Transportation

Pavement Restoration Work to Begin in the Rapid City Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says pavement restoration work near the Peaceful Pines/Sturgis Road intersection and Omaha Street near the 12th Street intersection will begin on Monday, June 27, 2022.

Utility Work to Begin at the Intersection of Omaha Street and Cambell Street in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says a utility improvement project, conducted by Black Hills Energy, at the intersection of Omaha Street and Cambell Street in Rapid City will begin on Monday, June 27, 2022.


Corrections

State prison inmate Steven Ganrude dies
Inmate Steven Ganrude, age 60, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital June 22.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health’s (DOH) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program strives to ensure that families have the resources needed to be healthy and strong. On June 1, 2022, WIC income guidelines were updated.

Transportation

SDDOT and Meade County Seek Public Input into Meade County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Meade County, will hold public meeting open houses to gather public input on the draft Meade County Master Transportation Plan.


Corrections

Inmate Malcolm Little Brave back in custody
Inmate Malcolm Little Brave was arrested in Rapid City June 18.

Social Services

Air conditioning assistance available in South Dakota
As temperatures in South Dakota rise with the start of summer, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is reminding the public of an important initiative.

Tourism

13 ARTWORKS PURCHASED FOR STATE COLLECTION
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) announces the purchase of 13 new pieces for the state’s public art collection through the Art for State Buildings program.

Transportation

Closure Planned at S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) at Six Mile Road Intersection in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin reconstruction on the intersection of Six Mile Road and S. D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) on Monday, June 27, 2022.


Transportation

Joint Sealing Operations to Begin on U.S. Highway 81 in Yankton
Joint sealing operations will be performed on U.S. Highway 81 in Yankton from the bridge over the Missouri River north to 23rd Street starting Monday, June 20, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Lt. Gov. Rhoden: In Honor of All Fathers
Family is important. President Ronald Reagan once said, “if the family goes, so goes our civilization.”

Education

Meet Artist Dick Termes at the Cultural Heritage Center
“Termespheres: The Art of Dick Termes” will be on exhibit in the Hogen Gallery at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre through Aug. 29.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol, American Legion Host Youth Trooper Academy Next Week
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota high school students from 18 different school districts will live the life of a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper next week.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled to Begin in Huron Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin chip seal and fog seal projects on several highways in the Huron Area beginning Monday, June 20, 2022.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin Southeast of Fort Pierre on S.D. Highway 1806
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that paving work will begin Tuesday, June 21, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project on S.D. Highway 1806 approximately 18 miles southeast of Fort Pierre between mile markers 150 and 164.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 from La Plant to U.S. Highway 83
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that paving work will begin Tuesday, June 21, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 212 from one mile east of La Plant to U.S. Highway 83.

Marion Road Reopens on 41st Street DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that Marion Road between 41st Street and 44th Street is now reopened in Sioux Falls.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Marine Corporal John W. Hutchison
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony next month to honor U.S. Marine Corporal John Hutchison.