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Governor Dennis Daugaard

First Bridge Improvement Grant Project Completed
State and local officials celebrated the completion of the first Bridge Improvement Grant project at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning in Davison County.

Public Safety

Names Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – A 54-year-old Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of New Underwood.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Thursday To Honor Fallen Firefighter
Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of Presho Fire Chief Donald F. “Donny” Manger.

Gov. Daugaard Selected To Serve On President’s Apprenticeship Task Force
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced Gov. Dennis Daugaard is among the 20 individuals who have been selected to serve on President Donald J. Trump’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

Agriculture

Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has awarded around $290,000 to six specialty crop projects around the state. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Education

New State Historical Society book marks Fort Pierre trade history
No other part of the West saw such a succession of trading posts as did the heart of modern-day South Dakota, where the Bad River meets the Missouri near Fort Pierre. The South Dakota State Historical Society’s latest book, “Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau: Journal and Letter Books, 1830–1850,” transcribed and annotated by Michael M. Casler and W. Raymond Wood, details two such posts that reached their golden age under the American Fur Company in the 1830s and 1840s.

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


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Wade Aikins Dies
Inmate Wade Aikins, age 54, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, this morning.

Public Safety

Meade County Fatal Crash
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – One person was killed Friday night in a one-vehicle rollover north of New Underwood.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Secretary of Education Melody Schopp to Retire
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Dr. Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, will retire in December.

Gov. Daugaard To Speak At USS South Dakota Christening
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will join Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds in Groton, Connecticut, tomorrow morning to serve as the keynote speaker at the christening ceremony for the USS South Dakota SSN 790.

Governor's Column: Keeping Our Promise To Taxpayers And Teachers
Two years ago, South Dakotans joined together to solve a longstanding problem. Our state’s average salaries for teachers were lowest in the nation.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard, First Lady Linda Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the christening of the USS South Dakota in Groton, Connecticut.

Health

South Dakota Reports First Flu Detection Of Season
South Dakota is reporting its first influenza detection of the 2017-2018 season, a Lawrence County resident in the 20-29 age group confirmed with influenza A.

Human Services

State Developmental Center Hosting Health and Wellness Fair
Residents of Redfield and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to explore health topics and screenings during a local Health and Wellness Fair at the South Dakota Developmental Center (SDDC).

Disability Etiquette Webinar
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services and the South Dakota Retailers Association will be providing a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. CDT.

Transportation

Paving Burr Street in Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor will be paving the southbound lanes on Burr Street in Mitchell from Walgreens to Perkins on Monday, Oct. 16.

Laurel Street Sidewalk Modifications and Railroad Crossing Upgrade
Crews have begun work saw cutting the asphalt surfacing at the railroad crossing on Laurel Street in Whitewood. Traffic is being controlled by flaggers through the crossing with traffic being reduced to one lane.

Board of Regents

Bender Hired to Advise Regents on Sale/Lease of School for the Deaf Campus in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Board of Regents today announced that Bender Commercial Real Estate Services (Michael Bender, Principal) has been retained to assist the board in developing a commercially reasonable plan to sell and/or lease its 14.5-acre South Dakota School for the Deaf campus on 10th Street near downtown Sioux Falls.


Agriculture

Reflections from the Combine
Sometimes I find myself asking, “What did I get myself into?” The question usually comes at 2 AM when I’m dragging myself out of bed to check the cows who are ready to give birth or when the fall rains finally dissipate, the ground dries out and we can finally get into the field to harvest, only to find the combine just decided to break down.

Social Services

Department of Social Services Provides Funding to Communities for Mental Health Crisis Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded funds to support crisis response services throughout the state.

Revenue

Deadline for buffer strip property tax incentive approaching
The South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds land owners that applications for the riparian buffer strip property tax incentive must be submitted by Friday at 5 p.m.


Education

Two South Dakota technical institutes named among top 150 US community colleges
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Mitchell Technical Institute and Southeast Technical Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds, as well as the Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

Game, Fish and Parks

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation
South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park Offering “Haunted” Tour
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park near Lake City is hosting an afternoon of fall fun from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 14. After the sun goes down, take a haunted fort tour from 5- 8 p.m. CT.

Transportation

Rice Street Traffic Shift
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says both east and westbound traffic on Rice Street in Sioux Falls will be shifted to the new alignment on Friday, Oct. 13.

Centerline Rumble Stripes in the Rapid City Region
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to install centerline rumble stripes throughout the Rapid City Region will begin Thursday, Oct. 12 in the following areas:

Revenue

Department of Revenue now offering online use tax filing and payment
South Dakotans may now enjoy the convenience of paying use tax online.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Joining Forces
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Erin Bultje to serve as the executive director of South Dakota Joining Forces (SDJF).


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Proposes the Removal of Walleye Length Limit on Lake Poinsett
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to remove the 15-inch minimum size restriction for walleye on Lake Poinsett at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Updates Name Changes to the Threatened and Endangered Species List
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed to change the scientific names of four fish and animal species on the state threatened and endangered lists. T

GFP Commission Proposes an Aerial Hunting Rule Modification
Nonresident pilots may be able to obtain an aerial hunting permit from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) if a Commission proposal is approved in November.

Bighorn Sheep Hunting Season Proposed for 2018 and 2019
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed a rule adjustment which would allocate no more than five bighorn sheep licenses for both the 2018 and 2019 hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Proposes Modifications to Bait Rules
A rule proposal by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require all bait dealers to list employees/agents on their application who will engage in trapping, transporting, delivering, raising, or seining bait and allow the Department to refuse the issuance of a license to a bait dealer with an employee/agent who has received a suspension or revocation of their bait dealer license.

Additional Elk Hunting Opportunity Proposed for Custer State Park
A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would increase the number of licenses available for a special Custer State Park antlerless elk hunting season from 20 to 60.

Rules for Marking NonMeandered Waters Proposed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission created a set of standards for landowners to follow when marking nonmeandered water over private property at their October meeting last week.

GFP Commission Considers Two Petitions for Changes to Mountain Lion Rules
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission rejected one petition and accepted another petition requesting changes to the existing mountain lion season at their October meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Fee Changes for State Parks
Last week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to state park campground classifications, as well as some entrance and facility fees.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Donald Wiegers Dies
Donald Wiegers, age 82, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital Oct. 7 following an illness.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Activates SD National Guard Members To Help With Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated four members of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Company A, 139th Brigade Support Battalion at the request of Puerto Rico government authorities to help with recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.


Corrections

South Dakota State Prison Inmate Among Prison Transport Escapees
A recent South Dakota state prison inmate is among a group of three inmates who escaped from a prison transport company in Illinois on Oct. 6.

State Prison Inmate Zachery Yellow Boy Placed on Escape Status
A minimum-security inmate has been placed on escape status after failing to return to his assigned housing unit from his work release employment.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday
President Trump has proclaimed the week of Oct. 8 – 14 as Fire Prevention Week, and has ordered flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 8, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Governor's Column: Cause For Celebration This Native Americans’ Day
Since 1990, South Dakota has celebrated Native Americans’ Day. We were the first in the nation to establish Native Americans’ Day as an official state holiday, done at the urging of Gov. George S. Mickelson as a part of his “Year of Reconciliation” efforts.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be on 1060 AM KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.

Education

Board of Technical Education approves two-year RN programs for LATI, MTI and WDT
The State Board of Technical Education has approved a joint proposal from Lake Area Technical Institute, Mitchell Technical Institute and Western Dakota Technical Institute to create two-year registered nursing programs at each technical institute.

Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died early Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Wall.

Tribal Relations

Secretary Steve Emery Elected Vice President of the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council
On Oct. 3, delegates to the Governor’s Interstate Indian Council (GIIC) in Orlando, Florida, elected South Dakota Tribal Relations Secretary Steve Emery to serve as vice president for 2017-2018.


Education

Fabulous Pheasants fly in for October Family Fun Day Oct. 14 at Cultural Heritage Center
With the arrival of fall and pheasant hunting, visitors will have an opportunity to create their own pine cone pheasant at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Saturday, Oct. 14.

South Dakota’s average teacher salary increases 8.8 percent
Average teacher salary in South Dakota is on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted in 2016 as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package.

Game, Fish and Parks

Dale R. Henning to Speak at Good Earth State Park
Next week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host Dale R. Henning, PhD., for two evening presentations at Good Earth State Park, just east of Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

SD Fire Marshal: Fire Prevention Week A Chance to Work on Exit Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s fire marshal is encouraging families to use this year’s Fire Prevention Week as an opportunity to practice their exit plans.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

DataSync Launching New Sales and Marketing Software Designed for Manufacturers
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s not often you hear ‘manufacturing’ and ‘cloud software’ in the same sentence, but one South Dakota company is hoping to change that.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Veterans Commission Elects Leadership for Coming Year
The South Dakota Veterans Commission elected new officers to lead the Commission in enhancing the lives of South Dakota veterans.

Sing Proud and Loud America
Being a citizen of the United States means being brave, being proud of this Country, and being confident that we will succeed. Being an American is an honor and as such it is important that we support our troops that have and are fighting for our Country.


Agriculture

Scholarship Prizes Available for Resource Conservation Speech Contest Winners
Contestants in the 2018 State Finals of the Resource Conservation Speech contest will be eligible to win college scholarships, totaling $2,300.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Seeking Comments on Current Pronghorn Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2014 pronghorn management plan prior to drafting an updated and revised management plan.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Reach Out to Technical School Students
Programs now available pave the way for technical school students to more easily earn a four-year degree from a South Dakota public university. These are the latest in continuing efforts to improve the pathway for technical school graduates, holding an associate of applied science degree, to pursue four-year degrees at one of the six public universities.

SDSU Business Economics Specialization Converts into Degree Program
The South Dakota Board of Regents has granted South Dakota State University’s request to award bachelor-level degrees in business economics, aligned with accreditation standards from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Public Comment Sought on School for the Deaf Report
The South Dakota Board of Regents seeks public comment on a report that recommends selling undeveloped property at the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls, while maintaining the school’s core operations and services at that site.

Dakota State Student Organizations Earn Recognition
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.

Northern State to Offer Spanish Degree Online
A bachelor’s degree in Spanish will be available to students in a fully online format through Northern State University. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved this new delivery option at its meeting this week.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Amid Crises, Two South Dakota Manufacturing Companies Answer the Call
PIERRE, S.D. – Emergencies. It seems like lately our newsfeed has been inundated with reports of emergencies happening around the globe. From natural and environmental disasters to civil disturbances, there are many parts of our world that are under extreme duress these days.

South Dakota Lottery

Lotto America coming to South Dakota in November
The South Dakota Lottery will add a new game with a familiar name this fall.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

39 Attorney Generals Call on Congress to Change Federal Law to Make Drug Treatment More Affordable and Accessible
Attorney General Marty Jackley, with a bipartisan coalition of 39 Attorneys General and the National Association of Attorneys General, called on Congress to pass legislation that changes federal law to make treatment for drug addiction more affordable and accessible for Americans who most need it.

Human Services

2017 Governor’s Awards Presented
Lt. Gov. Matt Michels presented the 2017 Governor’s Awards today to South Dakota businesses and workers who have made significant contributions to the employment of people with disabilities.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Small Town Entrepreneur has Big Potential
CLEAR LAKE, S.D. – Every great invention begins as a means to solve a problem. Simple, every day gadgets like windshield wipers, to complex, yet easy-to-use smartphones—manufacturers around the world make products that simplify our lives.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Education

“Black Elk Speaks” to be discussed at Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre
The story of Nicholas Black Elk as related by author John Neihardt will be discussed at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Game, Fish and Parks

Newton Hills State Park to host the 18th Annual FestiFall
Newton Hills State Park near Canton will host the 18th annual FestFall on Oct. 7, from 1-5 p.m CDT. The event features arts and crafts, kid’s activities and musical entertainment.

Record Turnout for Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park
Over 21,000 visitors attended the 52nd Annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park, setting a new record for turnout at the event.

Human Services

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15
Open enrollment for the 2018 Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan year begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
WALL, S.D. – One person was killed early Monday morning east of Wall in a crash involving two semi-trucks and trailers.

Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured the other Thursday night east of Tea.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Twin City Fan: A Big ‘Fan’ of Manufacturing
ABERDEEN, S.D. – “My best advice to someone who’s beginning the job search is to stay true to yourself, and know that there are many career options out there for your consideration.”


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: The Man Who Labored To Preserve South Dakota’s Beauty
I couldn’t help but think of Gov. Peter Norbeck while I was in Custer State Park for the Buffalo Roundup this past week.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2017 Governor’s Awards ceremony.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5.246 Million for Environmental Projects
The state Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $5.246 million for wastewater and recycling projects when it met over the Digital Dakota Network..

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – One person was killed and another injured Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Tea.

DPS Announces October Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 21 South Dakota counties during October.

Transportation

I-90 – Exit 14 – 27th Street Traffic Switch
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says two-way traffic is scheduled to be switched to the newly completed northbound lanes of 27th Street in Spearfish today (Sept. 29).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Sen. Homer Kandaras
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 29, to honor the life of former Senate Majority Leader Homer Kandaras.

Education

Quilt exhibit closing Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre have just a few more days to visit the exhibition “From the Collection: Quilts” featuring the collection of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The exhibition in the museum’s Hogen Gallery runs through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Board of Regents

Regents Salute President Abbott Upon Retirement Announcement
As James W. Abbott completes his final year as president of the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota Board of Regents said he will be remembered as a strong and dynamic leader who prepared the university well for its mission in the 21st century and beyond.


Game, Fish and Parks

State Park Entrance Licenses Available for 2018
The 2018 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas will be available for purchase Oct. 1.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Motorcycle Crash
NEMO, S.D. – A 48-year-old Black Hawk, S.D., woman has died from injuries sustained while she was riding a motorcycle west of Rapid City.

Names Released in Edmunds County Fatal Crash
IPSWICH, S.D. – Names officially have been released of the two drivers who died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday west of Ipswich.

Board of Regents

Regents Invite Public to Campus-Community Forum Oct. 4
Madison-area residents are invited to join the South Dakota Board of Regents for a campus-community forum next week on the campus of Dakota State University.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to attend the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages the attendees at this year's Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival in Rapid City on Saturday, September 30, 2017 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Education

Attendance connected to proficiency in math and English language arts
As Attendance Awareness Month comes to a close in South Dakota, state officials report a strong connection between attendance and proficiency on the state test in math and English language arts.

Game, Fish and Parks

Salmon Station Open for Egg Collection
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has opened the Whitlock Bay Salmon Spawning Station near Gettysburg for the 2017 season.

GFP Seeking Comments on Current Mountain Lion Management Plan
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on the 2010-2015 mountain lion management plan prior to drafting the next management plan.

GFP Receives Grant to Help Curb Poaching
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) recently received money to purchase a turkey decoy thanks to a grant from International Wildlife Crimestoppers, Inc.

First Portion of Spearfish Falls Trail System Complete
Representatives for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say the first section of the trail system near Spearfish Falls is officially complete.

Human Services

Family and Self-Advocate Listening Sessions to be Held
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) will be hosting a series of listening sessions for self-advocates and families that include a member with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Transportation

Bridge Deck Polymer Chip Seal to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to apply a bridge deck polymer chip seal application to Blue Blanket Creek Bridge on Highway 1804 near Mobridge began today (Sept. 26).

Railroad Crossing Upgrades in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is set to begin on two railroad crossings in Rapid City.


Public Safety

Edmunds County Fatal Crash
IPSWICH, S.D. – The second driver in a two-vehicle crash Sunday west of Ipswich has died.

Tourism

South Dakota Takes Home the Gold
Department of Tourism Awarded Two 2017 Gold Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly

Transportation

Bridge Deck Replacement on Highway 34 over Chapelle Creek
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has closed the bridge over Chapelle Creek, approximately 20 miles east of Pierre on Highway 34, while the contractor replaces the bridge deck and guard rail.


Public Safety

Edmunds County Fatal Crash
IPSWICH, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday morning west of Ipswich.


Public Safety

Name Released in Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRING, S.D. – A Harris, MN man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Hot Springs.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Appreciation for South Dakota Newspapers
The week of Oct. 1 is National Newspaper Week, an opportunity to recognize the important role newspapers play in our country.

News Tips For Sept. 23– 29, 2017
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the groundbreaking for the Hybrid Turkeys Hatchery in Beresford.

Education

Gov. Daugaard proclaims October Archives Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Archives Month in South Dakota. Gov. Daugaard noted in the proclamation, “Archives have a duty to provide public access to their records, and it is the goal of archives to increase public awareness of the role archives play in providing knowledge about the historical and cultural heritage of South Dakota.”

Public Safety

Names Released in Lawrence County Vehicle-Pedestrian Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish woman has been identified as the pedestrian who died from injuries sustained when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Spearfish.

Transportation

Sidewalk Modifications and Railroad Crossing Upgrade In Whitewood
On Monday, Sept. 25, crews will begin work on the sidewalk, curb and gutter, and storm sewer at the intersection of Laurel Street and Hooker Street in Whitewood.


Education

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

Game, Fish and Parks

Hunters Asked to Guard Against Wildfires this Fall
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking hunters going into the field this fall to be diligent in preventing and detecting fires under the extreme dry conditions in certain parts of the state.

Human Services

Disability Employment Awareness Month
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $8.65/hour to $8.85/hour effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Public Safety

Names Released in Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – A Pierre husband and wife have been identified as the two individuals who died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Murdo.

Transportation

SDDOT Receives $25.7 Million in Additional Federal Funding
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says they have received an additional $25.7 million in federal highway funding after the state met all of its fiscal year deadlines for federally-funded projects.

Timberline Avenue Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Timberline Avenue north of Rice Street in Sioux Falls on Monday morning, Sept. 25.


Agriculture

Another Tool to Enhance Water Quality
In South Dakota, we have a long legacy of working together to both produce food for the world and protect and enhance our natural resources, from the soil we use for crops and grass to the water we fish in, swim in and drink.

Education

State Historical Society seeks public input on preservation needs
The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is preparing for its federal fiscal year 2018 grant application and invites public comment through Oct. 31 on the state’s preservation needs and projects.

Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRING, S.D. – A 73-year-old man died Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Hot Springs.

Transportation

Highway 12 and 73 Project Scheduled for Letting
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has scheduled the Highway 73 and Highway 12 shoulder widening project for the Nov. 1, 2017 bid letting.

Board of Regents

Fall Enrollment Shows Growth at Public Universities
Fall enrollment at South Dakota’s six public universities increased slightly compared to last year, up a third of one percent, the South Dakota Board of Regents reported today. Headcount enrollment was up by 131 students across the entire system.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Judge Steven R. Jensen To South Dakota Supreme Court
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Steven R. Jensen of Dakota Dunes to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Jensen is a circuit court judge and the presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Jackley Offers Advice on Equifax Data Breach
Attorney General Marty Jackley is asking consumers to be vigilant of scams and consider their options in protecting their personal identifying information in the wake of the Equifax data breach.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Vehicle-Pedestrian Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A female pedestrian has died from injuries she sustained when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Spearfish.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA REMAINS THE PHEASANT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Department of Tourism reminds hunters of the positives

Transportation

Maple Street and Highway 100 intersection Closure
On Thursday, Sept. 21, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the intersection of Maple Street and Highway 100 in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Lottery

Sioux Falls woman claims record Dakota Cash jackpot
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Lynda Blesi’s patience was a virtue as her years of playing Dakota Cash paid off in a big way.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

First Lady To Hold Book Walk
First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold a book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center to participate in 13th annual Museum Day Live! event
On Saturday, Sept. 23, all visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will be welcomed free of charge courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine during the Museum Day Live! program.

2017 South Dakota Report Card to be released
At its meeting earlier today, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards heard state-level results from the 2017 Report Card.

Board holds first public hearing on proposed content standards
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards held the first of four public hearings on academic content standards in several subject areas earlier today.

Proactive admissions initiative kicks off in South Dakota
Later this month, qualifying South Dakota public high school seniors will receive letters announcing their guaranteed general acceptance into the state’s public universities and technical institutes.

Public Safety

Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – Two people died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Murdo.

Transportation

Hall of Honor Banquet for Clyde Jundt of Pierre
Clyde Jundt from Pierre is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

Revenue

State fair tax collections increase in 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – Tax collections at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair exceeded $191,000 according to figures released by the South Dakota Department of Revenue.


Public Safety

Names Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. – A Brookings man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash south of Arlington.

Name Released in Day County Fatal Crash
GRENVILLE, S.D. – A 27-year-old Sisseton man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Grenville.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: 2017 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
On Friday morning, Sept. 29, a few dozen cowboys will put on their boots and saddle their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise before dawn. And thousands from across the state, country and world will gather, all to continue a 52-year tradition.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will participate in the Western Governors’ Workforce Workshop in Denver.

Education

Goble exhibit to close Sept. 24 at Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center Museum in Pierre have just a few more days to visit the special traveling exhibition, “A Life’s Work: Paul Goble Illustrations of American Indian Stories,” featuring South Dakota artist and author Paul Goble (1933-2017).

Oahe Chapel 140th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 24
The 140th anniversary of the Oahe Chapel north of Pierre will be celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Tribal Relations

Sept. 19 Proclaimed Ben Reifel (Lone Feather) Day in South Dakota
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 19, 2017, as Ben Reifel (Lone Feather) Day in South Dakota.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Awards Equipment Grants To Tech Schools
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he is awarding over $860,000 in Future Funds to fund equipment needs in Build Dakota-eligible programs at South Dakota’s four technical institutes.

Attorney General Marty Jackley

South Dakota Supreme Court Issues Important Decision on Fairness Tax for South Dakota Retailers
Attorney General Marty Jackley announces the State of South Dakota is one step closer to bringing tax fairness to South Dakota retailers which would continue to sustain South Dakota’s status as an income tax-free state.

Education

Indian Education Summit to feature Hattie Kauffman
Longtime CBS broadcaster Hattie Kauffman will be among keynote speakers at the 2017 South Dakota Indian Education Summit to be held Sept. 24-26, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.

Labor and Regulation

Statement from Division of Banking on Cash N Go Pawn
The South Dakota Division of Banking issued the following statement regarding its investigation of Cash N Go Pawn in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Order No. 2017-03 is posted at http://dlr.sd.gov/news/default.aspx.

State Cosmetology President Elected to National Leadership
Tammy Ugofsky was elected as the Region 3 director of the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC) executive board at its annual conference in Charleston, West Virginia, in August.

Public Safety

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Oscar Huber
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 14, to honor the life of former state Rep. Oscar Huber.

Education

Traditional Arts Demonstration Day Sept. 23 at Cultural Heritage Center
Four American Indian traditional artists will be demonstrating their work on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Human Services

South Dakota Awarded Lifespan Respite Grant
South Dakota has been awarded a Lifespan Respite grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Labor and Regulation

Statement from Division of Banking on Dollar Loan Center
The South Dakota Division of Banking issued the following statement regarding its examination of Dollar Loan Center in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.

Public Safety

Day County Fatal Crash
GRENVILLE, S.D. – A 27-year-old man died Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Grenville.

Brookings County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. – One person died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash south of Arlington.

Transportation

Hall of Honor Banquet for Mark Knight of Aberdeen
Mark Knight from Aberdeen is being inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.


Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the I-90 Exit 61-67 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the city of Box Elder, will hold a public open house on Wednesday, Sept. 13, to inform area residents on the options being recommended as part of a roadway corridor study for I-90 from Exit 61 (Elk Vale Road) to Exit 67 (Liberty Boulevard / EAFB Main Gate).

I-29 - Russell Street Exit 81 Ramp Closure
On Thursday, Sept. 14, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound entrance ramp at Interstate 29 from westbound Russell Street (Exit 81) in Sioux Falls to complete pavement repairs on this ramp.

Exit Ramp Pavement Marking Work on I-90 in Rapid City
On Wednesday, Sept. 13, crews will begin replacement of existing pavement markings on Interstate 90 between Deadwood Avenue and Liberty Boulevard at exits 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63 and 67 in both the east and westbound lanes.

Veterans Affairs

POW MIA Recognition
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 15, 2017, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Seeking Interns For Spring Term
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2018 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from January through May 2018.

Agriculture

SDDA Recommends Obtaining Firewood from In-State Sources
Following confirmation of emerald ash borer near the state, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture is reminding residents and visitors to obtain firewood from in-state sources.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 52nd annual Buffalo Roundup and 24th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month.

Input Requested on Current Duck Hunting Regulations
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is currently reaching out to duck hunters asking for input on current hunting season regulations, primarily season dates, bag limits and hunting zone boundaries.

GFP to Host Fall Events
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is celebrating fall by hosting events in state parks this weekend.

Custer State Park Set to Re-open Peter Norbeck Building
Custer State Park officials will host the grand re-opening of the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Sept 28. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival.

South Dakota Mountain Lion Season Set for Two Years
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission agreed with a Department recommendation to make no changes to the 2017-18 mountain lion hunting season from the 2016-17 season during their September meeting in Sioux Falls.

Good Earth State Park Receives National Recognition for Cultural and Historical Significance
The National Association of State Park Directors formally recognized and awarded Good Earth State Park as this year’s recipient of the Ney Landrum Park History Award.

Human Services

2017 Governor’s Awards Ceremony Scheduled
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2017 Governor’s Awards ceremony on Oct. 3.

Public Safety

State Emergency Management Director Appointed to FEMA Advisory Council
PIERRE, S.D. – Tina Titze, director of South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management, has been appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC).


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On 9/11 Anniversary
The White House has issued a proclamation designating Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, as National Days of Service and Remembrance.

Governor's Column: Recovering Debts Owed To South Dakotans
When a debt is owed to you, sometimes it can be difficult to collect. Whether it’s a grocery store that receives a bad check, a carpenter seeking payment on a bill or a person who loans a friend fifty dollars, it’s not enjoyable or easy to recover what you are owed.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the keynote speaker at the Sioux Empire Housing Annual Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Downtown Starlight Room in Sioux Falls.

Education

Cultural Heritage Center Program looks at South Dakota History One Day At a Time
The people, places and events that were part of South Dakota history will be discussed at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission Delays Decision on Boating Restriction Petition
On Thursday, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission tabled a petition request to place a “no boating restriction” from Oct. 20 through Dec. 31 on Swan Lake in Clark County.

Public Safety

Name Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
CANTON, S.D. – An Elk Point, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Canton.

Transportation

Topsoil and Seeding work on Highway 16 in Rapid City
On Wednesday, Sept. 13, crews will begin topsoil and seeding operations on Highway 16 from Catron Boulevard to Tower Road in Rapid City in both the north and southbound lanes to repair erosion areas.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

$3.3 Million Recovered In Year One Of State’s Debt Collection Efforts
More than $3.3 million has been recovered in the first year of South Dakota’s Obligation Recovery Center program, according to a report released today by the Bureau of Administration.

Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

South Dakotan Elected to Lead National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD)
Pat Snow of the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) was elected president of the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) during the group’s annual meeting in Memphis, TN on August 30.

Education

Percent of grads taking ACT grows and scores remain above national average
South Dakota saw a significant increase in the percentage of graduating seniors who took the ACT in 2017, while the state’s average composite score remained above the national average and down slightly from 2016.

Environment and Natural Resources

Smoke Impacting South Dakota Air Quality
Meteorological conditions are causing smoke from fires in several western states and Canada to impact air quality in South Dakota.

Transportation

Rice Street Traffic Shift
On Monday, Sept. 11, both west and east bound traffic will be shifted to the new Rice Street alignment west of Timberline Avenue in Sioux Falls. The traffic change will allow for remaining construction of the new realigned Rice Street.


State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to attend Sioux Falls Sidewalk Arts Festival
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast encourages attendees at this year's Sioux Falls Sidewalk Arts Festival, on Saturday, September 8, 2017 to visit his staff for possible lost money that may be owed to them.

Agriculture

South Dakota Department of Agriculture Picks Hay Lottery Winners
This week the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) picked two South Dakota producers to receive hay donated through the tri-state hay lottery.

Education

Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
With the 2017-18 school year underway, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.

Game, Fish and Parks

Trout to be Stocked Near Pierre
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will be stocking rainbow trout in Oahe Marina near Fort Pierre in September.

Landowners and Hunters Asked to Report Dead Deer
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has documented the first deer mortalities in 2017 due to hemorrhagic disease, also known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) or blue tongue.

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors GFP Conservation Officer
The South Dakota Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named Conservation Officer John Murphy as its 2017 Wildlife Officer of the Year.

History Comes to Life at Beaver Creek Nature Area
Beaver Creek Nature Area near Brandon will host the 39th Annual Homesteader Day Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1 – 4 p.m. CDT to showcase what life on the prairie was like for the early Dakota Territory settlers.

Public Safety

Names Released in Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – Names have been released of those involved in Saturday’s two-vehicle crash east of Madison which killed one person.

Transportation

Kingsway Road Intersection Modification Project to Begin in Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin modification of the intersection at Highway 14 and Kingsway Road in Pierre on Thursday, Sept. 7.

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


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2017-18 School Year
The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 285 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.

Public Safety

Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – A 70-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of Madison.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
CANTON, S.D. – A 45-year-old man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Canton.

Social Services

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Declares Sept. 10 - 16 as Suicide Prevention Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 10 - 16 as Suicide Prevention Week in South Dakota. Suicide does not discriminate, according to the South Dakota Department of Social Services, with people of all genders, ages and ethnicities at risk.

Veterans Affairs

Reaping Our Harvest
For centuries, the arrival of autumn has been celebrated at the end of the growing season, commemorating all the hard work. It is an opportunity to look back and see what has been accomplished and what lies ahead for us.


Public Safety

Name Released in Sully County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A Decatur, NE man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Doug Barthel To District 10 House Seat
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Barthel to fill the District 10 vacancy in the State House of Representatives.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Fortifying SD’s Defense Against Animal Disease Threats
The last day of August was an eventful one for Linda and me. We stopped first in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair where we toured the value-added agriculture tent and also attended the Century Farms Recognition and Salute to Veterans ceremonies.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the groundbreaking for the Dakota Plains Ag Center, LLC at the Napa Facility in Yankton.

Education

Beautiful Beads to be theme at Family Fun Day Sept. 9 at Cultural Heritage Center
Visitors can create a hairpipe bead armband/bracelet at the next Family Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Game, Fish and Parks

Elk Contingency Licenses to be Determined for 2017
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is working on a recommendation regarding this year’s use of elk contingency licenses for the GFP Commission to take action on in Sioux Falls next week.

Human Services

State SBVI Division to Promote Prescription Assistance for Visually Impaired
The South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) will be promoting access to prescription labels for citizens with vision loss during National Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind Week, which is Sept. 9-15.

Transportation

Pavement Repair on I-29 North Continues
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin repairing the northbound lanes on Interstate 29 from 12th Street (Exit 79) to Madison Street (Exit 81) in Sioux Falls.

Work on I-90 from Black Hawk to Box Elder
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, crews will begin topsoil and seeding operations on Interstate 90 from Black Hawk to Box Elder in both the eastbound and westbound lanes in order to repair erosion areas.

Revenue

More than $1 million in tax revenue collected at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Tax collections at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally increased by 6 percent compared to last year.


Education

Labor Day hours announced for Cultural Heritage Center
The museum in the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is open Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT.

Human Services

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sept. 10-16 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Sully County Fatal Crash
PIERRE, S.D. – A 65-year-old man died Thursday morning when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Pierre.

September Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – September’s list of sobriety checkpoints has been announced by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure Regarding Voting by Mail
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast

State Treasurer to Return to State Fair
The State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division will set up a booth at State Fair to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners.

Education

Celebration of Badger Clark to take place in Custer State Park
Cowboy poet Badger Clark will be celebrated in song and stories at special free events on Sept. 2 in Custer State Park.

Transportation

Highway 212 Box Culvert Repairs
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin making repairs to the box culvert on Highway 212, about 26 miles east of Newell.


Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General’s Office Releases Officer Involved Shooting Summary
Attorney General Marty Jackley and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Cruz DeLeon on July 31, 2017, in Box Elder, South Dakota.

Education

Education department announces guidelines for 2017-18 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals.

Game, Fish and Parks

State Parks Camping Available Year-Round
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding campers that the end of the summer doesn’t mean the end of camping at South Dakota state parks.

GFP Celebrates Labor Day Weekend
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is extending an invitation to observe the unofficial end of summer by participating in Labor Day Weekend activities.

Deer Camp Available for First Time Youth Deer Hunters
Ten first-time deer hunters will have the opportunity to participate in a managed youth deer hunt and camp on Sept. 23-24 at the Snake Den Lodge in Presho.

Archery Training in South Dakota Schools Continues to Grow
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), currently has 293 schools trained in the program with approximately 20,000 students participating each year.

Public Safety

Codington County Vehicle-Pedestrian Fatal Collision Update
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Waubay woman has been identified as the person who was struck by a pickup and killed Thursday night while she was walking along U.S. Highway 212 west of Watertown.

Names Released in Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A 15-year-old Milbank girl has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Aug. 22 north of Milbank.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: Beacom College At DSU A Step Forward For South Dakota
South Dakota is full of hidden gems. One secret we’ve kept too well is Dakota State University. DSU is one of the nation’s leading schools for cybersecurity, and it is rising to a new level of excellence.

News Tips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at two state fair events: the Century Farms and Ranches Recognition program and the Salute to Veterans program.

Agriculture

Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
With the help of sponsors, the State Fair is able to offer special days at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

2017 Pheasant Brood Survey Results Are In
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a significant decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2016.

Health

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

Human Services

8th Annual South Dakota Gathering
Individuals with disabilities, family members, case managers, direct support professionals, educators and other professionals in the field of human services will be in attendance for the 8th annual South Dakota Gathering.

Public Safety

Codington County Vehicle-Pedestrian Fatal Collision
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A female pedestrian was struck by a pickup and killed Thursday night while she was walking along U.S. Highway 212 west of Watertown.


Agriculture

Youth Rodeo Action Planned for State Fair
The seventh annual South Dakota Timed Event Championship (SDTEC) sponsored in part by Panhandle Slim, Double D Western, Producers Hybrids and Iverson Featherlite will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair.

Game, Fish and Parks

Tree Stands Allowed on Public Land August 25
Archery hunters can start setting up tree stands on public lands beginning Friday, Aug. 25.

Transportation

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 26 Preliminary Engineering Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $1 million at their meeting today in Pierre.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Majority Leader Roger McKellips
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Aug. 26, to honor the life of former state Sen. Roger McKellips.

Public Safety

Names Released in Hamlin County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – Names now have officially been released of the two Watertown residents who died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Watertown.

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – One teen died and four others were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon north of Milbank.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Interstate Batteries Breaks Ground in Arlington’s Industrial Park
ARLINGTON, S.D. – It was a two-fold celebration yesterday in Arlington, South Dakota, when Interstate Batteries broke ground on its new facility. The commemorative ceremony was held in conjunction with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the industrial park as the community announced the opening of additional acres for development.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Superintendent Gordon Diedtrich
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 23, to honor the life of Gordon A. Diedtrich who served as state superintendent of public instruction.

38 Students Receive Dakota Corps Scholarships
Thirty-eight South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state.

Transportation

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on I-29 over the Big Sioux River
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say bridge repair work on Interstate 29 over the Big Sioux River in the southeast part of the state will begin tomorrow, Aug. 23.


Agriculture

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


Public Safety

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – Two people died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Watertown.

Name Released in Grant County Fatal Crash
BIG STONE CITY, S.D. – A Big Stone City man has now been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash Tuesday night west of Big Stone City.


Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor's Column: There's Something For Everyone At The State Fair
Before the season turns and the kids are fully immersed in school activities, there’s one more summer event you will want to experience.

News Tips
The South Dakota Board of Regents will hold a brief meeting in the Brinker Room of Heston Hall on the Dakota State University campus to approve items associated with construction at Dakota State University.

Public Safety

Redfield Driving License Exam Station Closing Permanently
PIERRE, S.D. – Redfield’s Driving License exam station will close permanently next Thursday, Aug 24.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highway 12 Near Mobridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip and fog seal application will be applied to Highway 12 in the Mobridge area beginning Monday, Aug. 21.

New Intersection Warning System South of Tripp
South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say drivers will see a new intersection warning system at the intersection of highways 46 and 37 south of Tripp.

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

I-90 Construction at Piedmont Enters New Phase
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the reconstruction project on Interstate 90 near Piedmont has entered Phase 3.