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Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
MITCHELL, S.D. – A 29-year-old woman has died in a one-vehicle fatal crash that happened sometime early Sunday east of Mitchell.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a trike motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday in Box Elder.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Bringing Our Alcohol Laws To The 21st Century
When I speak with business prospects, I often praise our common sense regulatory environment. I emphasize that we don’t place unnecessary hurdles before our citizens or entrepreneurs in South Dakota. Success is allowed here and government doesn’t get in the way.

Governor's Column: Bringing Our Alcohol Laws To The 21st Century
When I speak with business prospects, I often praise our common sense regulatory environment. I emphasize that we don’t place unnecessary hurdles before our citizens or entrepreneurs in South Dakota. Success is allowed here and government doesn’t get in the way.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Finalizes Fish Harvest Restrictions on Reetz Lake
As part of an access agreement with the landowners of Reetz Lake, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission agreed to change fish harvest restrictions on the non-meandered water body.

2018 Fall Turkey Hunting Season Finalized
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2018 fall turkey hunting season, offering 355 fewer prairie unit licenses and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses.

GFP Commission Changed Several State Refuges and Boating Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made several changes to refuges and seasonal no boating areas to focus on increasing recreational opportunities and simplifying regulations to make it easier for sportsmen and women to participate in the outdoors in these areas.

GFP Eases Archery Equipment Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed several archery equipment restrictions at their July meeting in Pierre.

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Seasonal Boating on Indian Springs in Clark County
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to a Clark county water body, Indian Springs, regarding its seasonal boating restrictions.

GFP Commission Proposes a Change to Drawing Structure for Deer Hunting Licenses
A South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposal would require deer hunters to choose among six deer hunting seasons in the first draw period for deer hunting licenses.

Public Safety

State Emergency Management Office Honored for GIS Innovation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been recognized for its use of Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques in emergency management efforts.


Education

South Dakota receives highest ratings under IDEA
South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2016.

Game, Fish and Parks

Recreational Trails Receive Funding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to several cities, trail groups and state parks totaling over $1.1 million.

Human Services

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

Public Safety

Name Released in Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A Sturgis, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.


Education

Spirographs featured at Family Fun Day July 14 at Cultural Heritage Center
Circles in circles and round and round – do you remember using a Spirograph? Come to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre for Family Fun Saturday July 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT and give a Spirograph a spin.

Transportation

Federal Avenue To Close at West Chicago Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says access to Federal Avenue from West Chicago Street will close on July 11, to allow grading and storm sewer work on Federal Avenue.


Public Safety

Harding County Fatal Crash
BUFFALO, S.D. – A 55-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Buffalo.


Public Safety

Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Names have been released of the five people who died early Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Yankton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Lt. Governor's Column: SD National Guard Leading The Nation
One of the greatest honors of serving as lieutenant governor is getting to work with the South Dakota National Guard. Our Guard members are some of the most dedicated, capable and reliable men and women I know. Under Adjutant General Tim Reisch's leadership, we have an exceptional group of soldiers and airmen serving our nation and state.

Public Safety

Third Person Dies From Injuries Sustained in Grant County Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A third person has now died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred June 18, 2018 north of Milbank.


Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Information Forum Scheduled
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is hosting an emerald ash borer (EAB) informational forum on Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. MDT at the Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus West located at 4130 Adventure Trail in Rapid City, SD.

Revenue

Department of Revenue publishes Tax Increment Financing annual report
The South Dakota Department of Revenue’s inaugural Tax Increment Financing (TIF) annual report is now available online.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – Five people died and another person was seriously injured early Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash east of Yankton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Annapolis Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Annapolis, Maryland, last week.

Education

South Dakota Historical Society Foundation seeks Western collectibles
The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation is seeking Western collectibles for an auction that will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 14, during the Dakota Western Heritage Festival at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
DENR is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

Game, Fish and Parks

Record Number of Fingerlings Stocked from Blue Dog State Hatchery
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), consistent warm weather led to the high survival of newly-hatched fish at Blue Dog State Fish Hatchery near Waubay.

Game, Fish and Parks Accepting Proposals for Spring Creek Resort Concession Operator
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), entrepreneurs interested in operating Spring Creek Resort can now submit proposals.

Motorized Boats Allowed on Swan Lake in Turner County Again
Effective July 4 at 8 a.m. CT, the temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county will be lifted as flood waters on the lake have continued to recede.

Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An 86-year-old Aberdeen man has died from injuries sustained in a June 23, 2018 crash west of Aberdeen.

Transportation

Four-Way Stop at West Chicago Street Intersection
RAPID CITY, S.D. – On July 5, the left turn lanes on Sturgis Road will temporarily close for grading and concrete work near the center of the intersection.

Highway 212 Construction Thru Henry To Begin
Webster Scale, Inc, a contractor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will begin reconstruction of Highway 212 thru Henry on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Highway 19 Open From Highway 46 Intersection to 301st Street
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 19 is now open from the Highway 46 intersection south to 301ST Street.

Veterans Affairs

Old Cronies Support Veterans at State Veterans Home
Veterans at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home (MJFSVH) received a boost to their activities fund from the Old Cronies Motor Cycle Club.


Agriculture

Roger Scheibe Receives 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
Roger Scheibe of Brookings has been named the 2018 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Game, Fish and Parks

Fish Kill on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes, Pit Available for Homeowners to Discard Dead Fish
he South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department has received several reports of dead fish from lake shore home owners, anglers and boaters on Kampeska and Pelican Lakes near Watertown.

Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming Until Further Notice
The swimming beach at Lake Alvin Recreation Area near Harrisburg is currently closed following routine testing that showed unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.

Public Safety

Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – An Edgemont, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday, June 28, in a two-vehicle crash west of Custer.

Transportation

Highway 46 Open In Clay County
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 46 is now open from 19A intersection to Frog Creek Road. This means that Highway 46 is now open from Interstate 29 to Highway 81. Flood waters have receded, but motorists are advised to drive with caution thru this area due to water next to the shoulder of the highway.


Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism to host monumental celebration in Chicago
In an effort to continually market South Dakota as a travel destination and bring awareness to the state’s tourism offerings, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is bringing a scale model of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and a taste of South Dakota to Chicago.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Finding Enjoyable, Well-Paying Work
Work is an important part of personal fulfillment. True, most of us work because we must – to provide for ourselves and our families – but a job nevertheless gives us purpose. And when it’s work we enjoy that pays enough, well, that’s the goal.

SD Retirement System Receives National Recognition
The Society of Actuaries has selected the South Dakota Retirement System as a winning Retirement 20/20 Model, awarding the state with a $10,000 prize.

News Tips
The South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council Board will be holding a meeting via conference call on Monday, July 2.

Game, Fish and Parks

High Water Impacts Boating, Swimming Facilities on Lake Francis Case
According to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), rising water on Lake Francis Case is impacting facilities in state parks and recreation areas along the Missouri River.

Public Safety

State Officials Urge Safety During July 4th Celebration
PIERRE, S.D. – No matter how they celebrate the Fourth of July this year, South Dakota Department of Public Safety officials encourage people to also remember to be safe.

Veterans Affairs

Find the key, unlock the message.
Documenting veteran’s stories is a way to archive our history, but it is also a great way to develop an appreciation for their experiences. It shows how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.


Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $10.484 Million for Environmental Projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $10.484 million for water, wastewater and solid waste projects.

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A 73-year-old woman died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash west of Custer.

Board of Regents

Regents Honor Student Groups at SDSU and Dakota State
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota State University and Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Nutritional Supplement Manufacturing Company in Woonsocket Approved for REDI Fund Loan
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Newly formed entity, Dak Pak, LLC, was approved earlier this month by the Board of Economic Development for a $1.08 million REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan.

Gov. Daugaard Awards Seven Community Development Block Grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded more than $3.1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to seven projects throughout South Dakota.


Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Remind Visitors of Firewood Restrictions
With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors about firewood restrictions in South Dakota state parks.

Health

Remember Food Safety During Summer Months
Keep the unwelcome guest of foodborne illness from making an appearance at family reunions or summer gatherings with some simple food safety tips.

Labor and Regulation

ReliaMax Surety Company Placed in Liquidation
The South Dakota Division of Insurance petitioned the Hughes County Circuit Court on June 12, 2018, to place ReliaMax Surety Company into liquidation due to insolvency. Judge Patricia J. DeVaney approved the petition today.

Public Safety

DOT Re-Opens SD Highway 11 At Splitrock Creek
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have re-opened South Dakota Highway 11 at Splitrock Creek south of Brandon.

DPS Announces July Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be done in 22 counties during the month of July, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

SD Highway 46 Closed At Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 46 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on the roadway.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Winner Area
WINNER, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Winner Area beginning Monday, June 25.

Board of Regents

Academic Offerings Respond to State Workforce Needs
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved new academic program requests from four public universities to meet emerging workforce trends across the state.

Regents Elect New Slate of Officers
After the resignation earlier this month of their presiding officer, members of the South Dakota Board of Regents reorganized Wednesday to elect new officers.


Education

14 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 14 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 24 existing grant recipients to serve a combined total of 54 sites statewide.

Game, Fish and Parks

No Motorized Boats on Swan Lake Effective Immediately
Due to flood waters impacting homes and property, a temporary restriction on the use of motorized boats on Swan Lake in Turner county, southwest of Sioux Falls, is effective immediately.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal Urges Safety in Using Fireworks
PIERRE, S.D. – Even though there has been more rain this month in parts of South Dakota, the state’s Fire Marshal is reminding people still to be careful with fireworks as they prepare for the July Fourth holiday.

DOT Closes SD Highway 11 At Splitrock Creek
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials have closed South Dakota Highway 11 at Splitrock Creek south of Brandon.

SD Highway 50 Now Open at Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 50 is now open at the Iowa state line by Richland SD.

Revenue

Department of Revenue taking next steps after U.S. Supreme Court decision
Following the United States Supreme Court’s historic decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the South Dakota Department of Revenue is taking the next steps in implementing 2016’s remote seller taxation law.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Western Governors Release Workforce Report
The Western Governors’ Association released its report on workforce development today detailing steps states can take to address the skills gap.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Monitoring Doon, Iowa Crude Oil Spill
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is monitoring a crude oil spill that occurred 20 miles east of Canton on Friday south of Doon, Iowa.

Game, Fish and Parks

Celebrate a Traditional Independence Day at Historic Fort Sisseton
Fort Sisseton State Park will be hosting its Independence Day commemoration in classic style on June 30, at 1 p.m. CDT.

GFP Reminds Boaters to Practice Safe Boating
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is joining a national effort to highlight boating safety.

State Park Visitors are Advised to Leave Fireworks at Home
The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is a popular time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking state park visitors to leave fireworks at home.

CRP Enrollments Accepted through Aug. 17
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced signup opportunities for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are taking applications for enrollment into certain continuous CRP practices through Aug. 17.

Youth Deer Hunting Season Changes to Apprentice Deer Hunting Season
Deer hunters in South Dakota will notice a name change when purchasing a youth deer hunting license this fall.

Public Safety

SD Highway 46 Now Open at the Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 46 is now open at the Iowa state line by Haywarden Iowa.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 387 (Western Avenue - Hartford) Interchange Study
COLMAN, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Hartford, will hold a public open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the Hartford Area Fire & Rescue Station, (305 South Street) to inform area residents of the beginning of the study and introduce and begin receiving public input on the environmental study for the I-90 Exit 387 (Western Avenue - Hartford) Interchange.


Corrections

Inmate Jeffery Quick Bear Dies
Inmate Jeffery Quick Bear, age 46, passed away in a Sioux Falls hospital June 22 from complications following surgery.

Public Safety

SD Highway 50 Closed At Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 50 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on the roadway.

SD Highway 48 Closed At Iowa State Border
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say SD Highway 48 is now closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on the roadway.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: A Win For States' Rights
It’s been a historic week for South Dakota. On Thursday, June 21, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling in our favor 5-4.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host the Western Governors’ Annual Meeting in Rapid City. Members of the media are invited to attend a press conference with the governors on Monday, June 25, at 12:30 p.m. MDT at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza, as well as the workforce development initiative panel and other portions of the meeting.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Hosts Seventh Annual Youth Trooper Academy June 25-29
PIERRE, S.D. – A different type of summer experience is on tap next week for 24 South Dakota high schools students.

SD Highway 46 Closed at Iowa State Line
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say SD Highway 46 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on roadway.

SD Highway 19 Closed 3.5 miles south of SD Highway 46
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say SD Highway 19 is closed 3.5 miles south of SD Highway 46 or 16.5 miles north of Vermillion because of flooding on the roadway.

Names Released In Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – Two people from Big Stone City, S.D., have been identified as the two people who died in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon north of Milbank.

Transportation

SD Highway 46 Closed at Iowa State Line
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 46 is closed at the Iowa state line because of flooding on roadway.

SD Highway 19 Closed 3.5 miles south of SD Highway 46
YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say Highway 19 is closed 3.5 miles south of Highway 46 or 16.5 miles north of Vermillion because of flooding on roadway.

West Rapid Street Closed at West Chicago Street
RAPID CITY, S.D. – On June 25, access to West Rapid Street from West Chicago Street will close to allow work to begin on the new water main.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In South Dakota’s Favor
The United States Supreme Court this morning announced its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling in the state’s favor, 5-4, in a decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Agriculture

South Dakota Fire Departments Awarded Almost $250,000 in Grant Funding
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division has awarded almost $250,000 in grant funds to volunteer fire departments across the state for the state's 2018 fiscal year.

Labor and Regulation

Petition Filed to Place ReliaMax Surety Company in Liquidation
The South Dakota Division of Insurance petitioned the Hughes County Circuit Court on June 12, 2018, to place ReliaMax Surety Company into liquidation due to insolvency.

Public Safety

DOT Closes Bridge Over Splitrock Creek Traffic Rerouted on SD Highway 11
PIERRE, S.D. – Flooding has forced the closure of the bridge over Splitrock Creek on South Dakota Highway 11 south of Brandon

I-90 Closed Inside Minnesota State Line Detour Being Used for Eastbound I-90 Traffic
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say the Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 90 seven miles inside the Minnesota state line because of flooding on roadways.

I-90 Re-opens Inside Minnesota State Line Motorists Urged to Use Caution in Flooded Areas
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials are urging motorists in parts of South Dakota to be watchful of flooded roadways.


Education

State Historical Society awards six historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Brookings, Central City, Freeman, Redfield, Sisseton and Yankton have received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Health

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $499,767 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Revenue

New South Dakota specialty license plates available July 1
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will begin offering new personalized rear only, woman veteran and original historical motorcycle specialty license plate options to qualifying applicants July 1.

Veterans Affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 27, 2018, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint David Mickelson To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint David Mickelson of Sioux Falls to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – Two people died and another was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon north of Milbank.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

First Lady Invites Families To Oahe Days Book Walk
First Lady Linda Daugaard is inviting children to participate in a book walk at Steamboat Park on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT. The book walk will be part of the Oahe Days Arts and Music Festival.

Agriculture

Come “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds
Whether you want to “Experience the Magic” at the South Dakota State Fair or wrangle in some memories at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR), the State Fair Park is the place for you and your family this summer.

Corrections

State Prison Inmate Robbie Thennis Dies
Robbie Thennis, age 63, died in a comfort care setting at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield June 18 following an illness.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Work to Begin in Pierre Area
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 beginning Tuesday, June 19.

Postpone: I-90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation, Heavy Constructors, Inc., and the city of Spearfish will be postponing the celebration or ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the Interstate 90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction project until July 11, 2018 due to weather forecast for Wednesday.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: SD's Strong Foundation
This month marks the 110th anniversary of the laying of the State Capitol cornerstone. The four-foot by four-foot Ortonville granite cube, which features an engraving of the State Seal on the south side, was laid in a Masonic ceremony on June 25, 1908, two years before workmen completed the building.

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For Spring Flooding
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help three northern South Dakota counties recover from spring flooding that did more than $3.1 million in damage to public property.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on 1240 AM KCCR with Zach Nelson.

Public Safety

New Weekly Schedules Announced For Driver Exam Stations in Vermillion, Yankton
PIERRE, S.D. – Schedule changes have been announced for the South Dakota Driver License exam stations in Vermillion and Yankton.

Transportation

Two-way Traffic Begins on I-29
WATERTOWN, S.D. – Traffic on Interstate 29 between the Peever Exit (Exit 224) and North of Sisseton (MRM 239) will change to two-way traffic starting Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Culvert Repairs & Asphalt Resurfacing
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – Crews will begin repairing culverts on Highway 85 between the junction of Kinghorn Road in Butte County and the junction of Old Highway 85, beginning the week of June 18, 2018.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Albert Kocer
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Monday, June 25, to honor the life of former state Rep. Albert Kocer.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Asks Public to Leave Animals Alone
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding people that it is important to leave wild animals alone.

Prairie Dog Control Programs Available
The South Dakota departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota ranchers and producers to contact either department regarding prairie dog encroachment issues.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects 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. The contractor started on Tuesday, June 12, and will move from one project to the next in the following order:


Governor Dennis Daugaard

DENR Secretary Urges Rollback Of Corps’ Water Supply Rule
Secretary Steve Pirner, head of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight today to testify about the Corps of Engineers’ attempt to charge for surplus water.

South Dakota Maintains AAA With Fitch
Today Fitch announced that it has reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Default Rating with a stable outlook.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes Changes to Reetz Lake Fish Harvest Restrictions to Regain Open Water Fishing Access
In an effort to regain public fishing access to Reetz Lake, Game, Fish and Parks staff have been working on access agreement terms and conditions with the landowners of Reetz Lake, currently a closed nonmeandered lake in Day County.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
GREGORY, S.D. – An Iona, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday evening in an ATV-semi truck collision north of Gregory.


Agriculture

SD Century Farm & Ranch Recognition Deadline is Aug. 10
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Human Services

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


Game, Fish and Parks

It’s Official! The Top Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in South Dakota is: Farm Island Recreation Area
Vote now for South Dakota to win a place on the Top 10 list.

Outdoor Activities at State Parks This Weekend
State parks across the South Dakota are offering activities every weekend for families to enjoy the outdoors

GFP Commission Finalizes Snaring Changes on Game Production Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission adopted a regulation change prohibiting snares that use springs or other powering devices on Game Production Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas, above water.

GFP Proposes to Ease Archery Equipment Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove several archery equipment restrictions at their June meeting in Aberdeen.

GFP Commission to Allow Armed Accompaniment
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission voted to allow archers to carry firearms with them while bow hunting, provided they have a firearm big game license valid for the same geographic area and time of year as the archery license.

GFP Proposes State Park Firewood Restrictions
Due to the emerald ash borer being detected in South Dakota, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission approved an emergency measure that no wood may be brought from a quarantined area into the South Dakota state park system.

GFP Commission Removes Age Restriction for Mentored Hunters
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission removed the minimum age restriction in administrative rule to match state law for the mentor deer, antelope and turkey seasons, currently set at age 10.

GFP Commission Requires Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission requires Custer State Park deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), effective this fall.

GFP Commission Finalizes Fur Dealer Rule Changes
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission created a new rule requiring all fur dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will purchase, or contract to purchase, fur-bearing animals.

GFP Commission Proposes Several Changes to State Refuges and Boating Restrictions
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed several changes to refuges and seasonal no boating areas to focus on increasing recreational opportunities and simplifying regulations to make it easier for sportsmen and women to participate in the outdoors in these areas.

Fall Turkey Season Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to offer 355 fewer prairie unit and 200 fewer Black Hills turkey licenses for the 2018 fall turkey hunting season.

GFP Commission Eliminates Group Size Hunting Restrictions, and the Elimination of Preference Point Timeframe Rule
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission will no longer restrict hunters to groups of 20 people or less.

Archery Deer Season to Begin Sept. 1, Muzzleloader Handguns Allowed for Big Game Hunting
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission set the archery deer season to start Sept. 1 and conclude Jan. 1 at their June meeting in Aberdeen this week.


Public Safety

Lyman County Fatal Crash
GREGORY, S.D. – One person died early Saturday evening in an ATV-semi truck collision north of Gregory.


Public Safety

Name Released in Meade County Fatal Crash
WASTA, S.D. – A Wall, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Wasta.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Three More Trail of Governors Statues
June is a beautiful time to visit our Capital City. The flowers at the State Capitol are in bloom, the sun shines brightly on the Fighting Stallions and the veterans memorials, and fishing and sport boats flock to the Missouri River.

News Tips
On Friday, June 15, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Trail of Governors ceremony for the unveiling of the bronze statues of governors McMaster, Sharpe and Herseth in the Capitol Rotunda.

Public Safety

Name Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died early Monday morning in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to Highway 12 in the Mobridge area of the state beginning, Tuesday, June 12.


Agriculture

SDDA Reminds Producers of Dicamba Label Instructions
Throughout the spring season, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds farmers to read and follow all label instructions when applying agricultural products, including dicamba products.

Environment and Natural Resources

Ozone Exceedances in Eastern South Dakota
Two air monitoring sites in the state have detected ozone levels slightly above the EPA’s new national ambient air quality standard level.

Public Safety

Names Released in Aurora County Fatal Crash
Plankinton, S.D. – A 52-year-old man from Bristol, TN has been identified as the person who died Monday in a one-vehicle crash west of Plankinton.

Name Released in Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – A 64-year-old Sioux Falls, S.D., man died Sunday in a motorcycle-deer crash northwest of Elk Point.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
SPEARFISH, S.D. - On Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. MDT, the South Dakota Department of Transportation, Heavy Constructors, Inc., and the city of Spearfish will celebrate the completion of the Interstate 90 Exit 14 Interchange Reconstruction project with a Road Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Veterans Affairs

Congratulations Graduates
Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” That was my exact sentiment this weekend while attending my grandson’s graduation from Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School. I have been fortunate to be there the day he was born at EAFB, the day he was baptized at McChord Air Force Base, and hundreds of other great milestones in his life.


Agriculture

SD State Fair Grandstand Tickets to go on Sale June 11
Tickets to the 2018 South Dakota State Fair Grandstand will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 11, at 8 a.m. CDT.

Education

Public invited to comment on proposed changes to state graduation requirements
The public is encouraged to engage in the statewide conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota's high school graduation requirements.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Trooper Kastein Receives AAA South Dakota State Trooper of the Year Award
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper, who has been praised for his professionalism and leadership, has been named as the 2018 South Dakota State Trooper of the Year.

Meade County Fatal Crash
WASTA, S.D. – A 65-year-old female died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Wasta.

Transportation

South Dakota Awarded $21 Million Federal INFRA Grant
Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist says the South Dakota Department of Transportation has received a $21 million Infrastructure Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to be used for the Veteran’s Parkway project in Sioux Falls.

Governor Proclaims June “General Aviation Appreciation” Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “General Aviation Appreciation” month in South Dakota.


Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

UPDATE 2 - 2018 Primary Election Clarifications
The Secretary of State's office has been receiving questions on who the vendor is for the electronic pollbooks. Brandon Campea, President of BPro, Inc., Pierre, SD, is the contact. The Secretary of State’s office does not administer the electronic pollbook system and has no control over its operation.

2018 Primary Election Clarifications
The Secretary of State’s Office is clarifying information pertaining to certain county polling location issues.

UPDATE - 2018 Primary Election Clarifications
A list of polling locations in Pennington and Hughes counties that will have extended hours for the June 5, 2018 Primary Election.

Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop: What can tree owners do?
Ash tree owners in the Sioux Falls area are encouraged to attend an emerald ash borer (EAB) workshop on Monday, June 11, to learn about the insect and effective treatments.

Education

Have ‘Fun with Flags’ June 16 at Cultural Heritage Center
In commemoration of Flag Day, the next Family Fun Saturday at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will focus on flags. “Fun With Flags” will be held June 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT.

Health

First Human West Nile Virus Detection Reported
A Todd County blood donor 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.

Labor and Regulation

Employer Webinar on Youth Employment Laws
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) are providing a free webinar Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
Sioux Falls, S.D. – A 25-year-old man died Monday in a motorcycle crash on I-29 in Sioux Falls.


Public Safety

Aurora County Fatal Crash
Plankinton, S.D. – A 52-year-old man died Monday in a one-vehicle crash west of Plankinton.

Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – A 64-year-old man died Sunday in a motorcycle-deer crash northwest of Elk Point.

Transportation

Acorn Ridge Road Box Culvert Project to Begin
Construction is scheduled to begin Thursday, June 7, on the replacement of the bridge on Acorn Ridge Road east of Spearfish with a new box culvert.


Public Safety

Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
A Kennebec, SD, man and a Sioux Falls, SD, woman have been identified as the people who died Tuesday night in a UTV and passenger car crash north of Kennebec.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Some Environmental Markers
Growing up on a farm, my sisters and I were raised to leave things better than we found them. This meant taking care of the land, planting trees, maintaining our barn and treating the animals well.

News Tips
On Monday, June 4, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will join local leaders for a Discovery District project announcement at University Center in Sioux Falls.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs Furthers Transparency Online Initiative
Continuing the Transparency Online Initiative that began in April 2018, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is pleased to announce four new online public searches. Previously these public records were only accessible at the Secretary of State’s office.

Education

Community identity exhibit to open at Cultural Heritage Center on June 16
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre can view a new exhibition in the museum’s Observation Gallery beginning Saturday, June 16.

Game, Fish and Parks

Good Earth State Park Film Wins Awards
South Dakota’s newest state park has been getting rave reviews from visitors, but it’s the new visitor film that recently put Good Earth State Park in the spotlight.

Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as “Great Outdoors Month”
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month” in South Dakota, joining with many states across the nation to celebrate nature.

Transportation

Asphalt Concrete Resurfacing & Guardrail Work
Crews will begin micro-milling work on the resurfacing project south of Deadwood on Highway 385 the week of June 4, 2018.

Rapid City Project to impact eastbound traffic on Omaha Street
Effective Tuesday, June 6, 2018, utility work for the City’s West Omaha Drainage and Utility Improvements project will begin in the south two lanes of the eastbound traffic on Omaha Street.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2018
Beginning July 1, 2018, three South Dakota communities will implement new municipal taxes or update their current municipal tax rate.

Board of Regents

Sutton Steps Down From Board of Regents
The Board of Regents announced today that Bob Sutton of Sioux Falls has resigned from his position on the South Dakota Board of Regents. On May 31st Sutton was named president and CEO of Avera Health.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Jim Schaefer
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday, June 2, to honor the life of state Rep. Jim Schaefer, of Kennebec, on the day of his funeral.

Education

Historical Society Press receives two Midwest Book Awards
Two South Dakota State Historical Society books were recently awarded Midwest Book Awards from the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA).

Transportation

Bridge Repair on Structure West of Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says substructure repair on the Missouri River Bridge located one-mile west of Mobridge on Highway 12/1806 is set to begin Thursday, June 7.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

State Rep. Jim Schaefer Dies
State Rep. Jim Schaefer of Kennebec died yesterday while working on his ranch. Schaefer had served in the State House of Representatives since 2011.

Mike Jaspers to Depart as Secretary of Agriculture
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers announced today he will leave his position as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, effective July 1, 2018.

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.

Public Safety

June Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule Released
With summer under way, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety continues its efforts to discourage people from drinking and then driving by holding sobriety checkpoints statewide during the month of June.

Lyman County Fatal Crash
Two people died and three others were injured Tuesday night in a two vehicle crash involving a UTV and a passenger car north of Kennebec.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Don Kirkegaard to Depart as Secretary of Education
South Dakota Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard announced today he will leave his position as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education in July.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Primary Election Voters Encouraged to Check Voter Information Portal
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is encouraging South Dakotan’s to review the Voter Information Portal on the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website before they head out to vote for the Tuesday, June 5th Primary Election.

Agriculture

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division reminds citizens that there is funding available through the 50 Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program.

Education

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.

Game, Fish and Parks

Labor Day Camping Reservations in State Parks Open Soon
This weekend, the South Dakota State Parks are opening up camping reservations for Labor Day weekend.

State Parks Host Hikes, Events on National Trails Day
Parks across the state are celebrating National Trails Daythis weekend. Hikes, activities and programs are being held in parks to recognize the state’s trails.

Fort Sisseton Annual Historical Festival This Weekend
On June 1-3, Fort Sisseton will host its 41st annual historical festival. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) expects a large turnout, with previous years bringing in as many as 15,000 visitors.

Labor and Regulation

Soft Skills Training Available to Employers
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is offering eight-hour soft skills training workshops across the state. “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work” will be delivered at no cost through various education providers.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day Morning
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: In The Spirit Of Dr. Mead
In the late 19th Century, Dr. Leonard Mead served as the superintendent of South Dakota’s hospital for the mentally ill. Dr. Mead was known for treating his patients with dignity and he had a kind of compassion that wasn’t common enough for the time.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the South Dakota Boys State Convention at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Fifteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018. 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.

Public Safety

Name Released In Turner County Fatal Crash
PARKER, S.D. – A Parker, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Parker.

South Dakota Lottery

South Dakota Lottery launches mobile app
The South Dakota Lottery’s players can now enjoy Good Fun on their mobile devices.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Judge Mark E. Salter To South Dakota Supreme Court
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Mark E. Salter of Sioux Falls to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Salter is a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.

Agriculture

Wheel Jam Packed with Events
The 15th Annual Wheel Jam will be held May 31 – June 3 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on hunt for James brothers
One of the longest manhunts in United States history will be the subject of a June program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Wayne Fanebust of Sioux Falls will discuss his book “Chasing Frank and Jesse James: The Bungled Northfield Bank Robbery and the Long Manhunt” at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 12.

Health

Prevent Tick-Borne Illness
Head outdoors and enjoy the spring weather this Memorial Day weekend but keep an eye out for ticks to prevent tularemia and other tick-borne diseases, says a state health official.

Tourism

South Dakota Named the “Most Promising Destination” by Chinese Tourism Group
South Dakota was recently named the “Most Promising Destination” in the United States at a National Tourism Award Ceremony held by Tourism Media Group, an official partner of the China Travel Service Association.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Sustained Effort Needed to Reduce Infant Mortality
South Dakota’s infant mortality rate increased in 2017, according to new data released today by the Department of Health. There were 12,128 births in 2017 and 94 infant deaths for a rate of 7.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Public Safety

DPS Officials Encourage Driving Safety During Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – With the number of motor vehicle fatalities, especially those not wearing seatbelts, already higher than last year, officials of South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety are encouraging drivers to be careful as the summer traveling season officially begins Friday.

Transportation

Repair To Begin on Highway 212 Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has started substructure repairs on the Highway 212 Missouri River Bridge located 15 miles west of Gettysburg.


Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire division announced the winners of their Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center Museum to host outdoor concert, ice cream social featuring Everharts on Friday, June 8
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host an outdoor concert called “How Western Music Won the West” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.

Public Safety

South Dakota Joins Minnesota, Wyoming For Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will join its counterparts in Minnesota and Wyoming for the annual Joint I-90 Traffic Safety Operation later this week.

Turner County Fatal Crash
PARKER, S.D. – One person died Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Parker.

Names Released In Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – A New Effington man has been identified as the person who died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Sisseton.

Transportation

Shoulder Resurfacing to Begin on Highway 115
Starting Tuesday, May 29, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin asphalt concrete shoulder resurfacing work on Highway 115 from just south of Dell Rapids to the north city limits of Sioux Falls.

Veterans Affairs

Korean War Veterans’ Advocate Hannah Kim to Visit South Dakota Korean War Memorial in Pierre on May 29
On Tuesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. CDT, Hannah Y. Kim will visit South Dakota’s Korean War Memorial at Capitol Lake in Pierre and present a commemorative wreath.


Agriculture

State Fair Centennial Stage Seeks South Dakota Talent
The South Dakota State Fair and entertainer Sherwin Linton are in search of guest entertainers for one of Linton’s fifteen shows on the AARP Centennial Stage during the 2018 South Dakota State Fair, which runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.

Education

Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program kicks off June 3
"Libraries Rock" is the theme of the 2018 South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s program will run from June 3 to July 14 and is open to all youth registered with the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library ages birth to 19.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective June 1, 2018.

Public Safety

Names Released In Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Brooten, MN man has been identified as the person who died Friday in a motorcycle and pickup/trailer crash west of Watertown. .

Transportation

Roadway Lighting Work Begins Today by Hot Springs and Edgemont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a roadway lighting project by Hot Springs and Edgemont will begin Monday, May 21.

Centerline Permanent Paint Work Starts Today in Rapid City Region
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says centerline permanent paint will be applied on five highways in nine locations in the Rapid City region of the state starting today (May 21) through Saturday, May 26.


Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Sisseton.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Santa Fe Victims
President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Santa Fe, Texas, today.

Governor's Column: $30.7 Million More To Support Education
If you’ve ever taken a course on psychology, you have probably heard of the marshmallow test. The social experiment was first initiated at Stanford in the 1960s and it involves sitting a child in a room by themselves with a marshmallow.

News Tips
The Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board will hold a special meeting via teleconference with a public listening place in Conference Room 5 on second floor of the MacKay Building, 800 Governors Drive.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 67-year-old man died Friday in a motorcycle and semi-truck/trailer crash west of Watertown.

Name Released in Hand County Fatal Crash
MILLER, S.D. – A 26-year-old Conde, S.D., resident has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Miller.

Tourism

Summer Tourism Season in South Dakota Shows Promise
Thanks in part to a new peak season campaign, “Great Faces, Great Places,” the South Dakota Department of Tourism is expecting the launch of the peak tourist season this month to be another solid one for the state.

Revenue

South Dakotans urged to take caution during transient vendor season
With many transient vendors beginning to sell products and services in South Dakota, the Department of Revenue advises customers to ensure vendors are reputable before doing business with them.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Kent Shelton As Third Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Kent A. Shelton of Huron as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court.

Bureau of Administration

South Dakota State Fleet Used 2 Million Gallons of Ethanol
The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.

Agriculture

Campfire Permits Required on Private Land
South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division is reminding the public that a campfire on private land within the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District requires a permit.

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 27. Visitors to the area, as well as local residents, are invited to attend.

Game, Fish and Parks

Reminder Firewood from the Sioux Falls Area is Under Quarantine
As campers and other outdoor enthusiasts head to South Dakota State Parks for the traditional Open House weekend this Friday through Sunday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind individuals and families that firewood from the Sioux Falls area is under quarantine due to the discovery of an infestation of emerald ash borer in the area.

GFP and SDSU Tagging Walleyes on Lake Sharpe
If all goes according to plan, 4,000 walleyes will be sporting a shiny piece of jewelry in Lake Sharpe this summer.

Public Safety

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Sisseton, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Yankton.

Board of Regents

Regents Launch Search for Next Executive Director
The South Dakota Board of Regents invites nominations and applications for the position of executive director and chief executive officer. The board also has announced a constituent panel to assist the regents in reviewing candidates for the position