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Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last week in a two-vehicle crash within the city of Box Elder.

Transportation

South Dakota Department of Transportation Receives STC Funding for Key Rail Service Projects
The FRA recently announced that $4 million was granted for three projects in two states under the Fiscal Year 2021 Special Transportation Circumstances (STC) program.


Governor Kristi Noem

TODAY: Lt. Gov. Rhoden to Announce “Governor’s Cup” Rodeo Event in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today, Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden will join officials of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, CINCH Marketing, and the city of Sioux Falls to announce details of the Governor’s Cup/CINCH Playoffs coming to Sioux Falls in September 2023.

Transportation

Natural Gas Line Installation Scheduled on U.S. Highway 18 Near Canton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says Northern Natural Gas will be installing a new natural gas line and removing an old line on U.S. Highway 18, four miles west of Canton.

SDDOT Reminder: Election Signs Not Allowed in State Right-of-Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) reminds the public that political campaign and ballot-issue signs cannot be placed on state highway rights-of-way.


Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
MARTY, S.D. – One person died Saturday night in a vehicle-pedestrian crash that occurred north of Marty.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Our Rural Way of Life
When I first ran for Governor, South Dakota needed new opportunities. For years, our economic growth had not kept up with the nation. Young South Dakotans were too often leaving our state to pursue college or a career. Cities like Sioux Falls were growing, but our rural communities were slowly falling behind.

Governor Noem Announces State Support for Indian Relay Championships
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced state support for the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council’s 2022 Championship of Champions, which is taking place this afternoon in Fort Pierre.

Transportation

State Railroad Board Seeking STC Grant Applications
In preparation for the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) from U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on the availability of Special Transportation Circumstance (STC) Grant funding, the State Railroad board is soliciting applications for the FY2022 funding allocation.

Construction Moves into Next Phase on U.S. Highway 212 Project in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the contractor, J & J Earthworks, Inc., will switch traffic to begin phase two (part B) on the U.S. Highway 212 construction project, between 14th Street East and 19th Street East on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem & Attorney General Vargo Praise Ruling on Head Start Vaccine Mandate
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and Attorney General Mark Vargo praised a Louisiana federal judge’s permanent injunction that blocked President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for the Head Start program. The injunction was issued earlier this week.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Accepting Applications for Urban and Community Forestry Grants
DANR Accepting Applications for Urban and Community Forestry Grants

Social Services

September is Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September 2022 as Kinship Appreciation and Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Transportation

Westbound Passing Lane Closure at I-90/I-29 Interchange Planned
The Mitchell Region Bridge Crew will be completing repairs on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, to the bridge deck on westbound Interstate 90 at the I-90/I-29 interchange, Exit 396.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Watertown receives certification of two parks
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced on Thursday, Sept. 22, that Pheasant Ridge Industrial Park and Mallard Pointe Business Park were both named Certified Sites in Watertown.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Lakota drum group helps usher in Attorney General’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons office
South Dakota’s top law enforcement officials welcomed Rapid City’s Wambli Ska Society to Pierre on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, for song and ceremonies to help launch the Attorney General’s new position for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – One person died and three other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon within the city of Box Elder.

Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash south of Spearfish.

Revenue

Strong Tax Collection Figures at 2022 South Dakota State Fair
Tax collections from the 2022 South Dakota State Fair are at $243,026.83 according to figures released by the South Dakota Department of Revenue.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Three sentenced in cases tied to Mitchell fatal shooting
Attorney General Mark Vargo and Davison County State’s Attorney James Miskimins announce that all three defendants who faced charges in cases surrounding the shooting death of Adalberto Ferrer-Machado in Mitchell, S.D., have been sentenced to the state penitentiary.

Public Utilities Commission

PUC commissioners ask Senators Rounds, Thune to oppose proposed electric transmission permitting reform legislation
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners have voiced their opposition to a portion of proposed federal legislation dealing with electric transmission permitting reform through formal letters sent to Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune.

Public Safety

Names Released In Aurora County Fatal Crash
STICKNEY, S.D. – A 15-year-old male from Stickney, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of Stickney.

Social Services

How to fight stigma about mental health?
Concern about being treated differently leads some people to avoid or delay seeking treatment for their mental health.

Transportation

Lane Shift Planned for 20th Street Interchange Bridge Project on I-29 through Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the construction of the 20th Street Interchange Bridge Structure on Interstate 29 near Brookings is scheduled to move back to the east half of the structure for finish work on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Proposed S.D. Highway 37 Reconstruction Project Near Huron
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. to inform area residents of the proposed reconstruction project on S.D. Highway 37 from S.D. Highway 28 and south 12 miles.

Board of Regents

The South Dakota Board of Regents Reports Optimistic Enrollment Numbers
Fall headcount enrollment at South Dakota's six public universities is nearly 1 percent higher system-wide than the previous academic year, totaling 33,690 students.


Public Safety

Names Released In Tripp County Fatal Crash
COLOME, S.D. – A Winner, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Thursday night south of Colome.

Transportation

Bridge Demolition to Begin on 60th Street Bridge over Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that bridge demolition will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, for the 60th Street Bridge over Interstate 229 just south of the Interstate 90/229 interchange.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans in Hughes, Stanley, and Sully Counties, See What’s Brewing!
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a “Coffee and Conversation” program in Pierre, SD. Working in partnership with Hughes/Stanley/Sully County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) Janet Beck, the Department wants the opportunity to visit one-on-one with veterans and see what’s brewing!

Veterans in Clark County, See What’s Brewing!
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a “Coffee and Conversation” program in Pierre, SD. Working in partnership with Clark County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) Darin Lewis, the Department wants the opportunity to visit one-on-one with veterans and see what’s brewing!


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash south of Spearfish.

Aurora County Fatal Crash
STICKNEY, S.D. – One person died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of Stickney.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: The Best State In the Country to Do Business
2022 is on track to be another fantastic year for economic investment in South Dakota. Since I took office, I have championed our state as the best place in the country to do business. We had all the ingredients to succeed, even before the COVID pandemic hit, but now we’re breaking records for economic growth and business investment.

Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
COLOME, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash early Thursday night south of Colome.

Transportation

Lane Shift Planned for 41st Street DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the traffic pattern on 41st Street between Marion Road and Meadow Avenue will change beginning Monday, Sept. 19, 2022.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Wall Industrial Park named as Certified Site
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced on Thursday, Sept. 15, that Wall Industrial Park in Wall has been named a Certified Site in the category of Light Industrial.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gevo Breaks Ground on Largest Economic Investment in South Dakota History
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Gevo has broken ground on the largest economic investment in South Dakota history – a world-class sustainable fuel production facility in Lake Preston.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Highway Patrol Trooper involved shooting summary
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Thursday released the summary of the July 14, 2022, Highway Patrol Trooper involved shooting that occurred in Madison, S.D.

Labor and Regulation

Governor Noem Proclaims Sept. 19-23 Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Sept.19-23, Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Names Released In Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – Three Sisseton, S.D., residents have been identified as those who died in a one-vehicle crash late Saturday night southwest of Sisseton.

Social Services

Rapid City DSS office moving to new one-stop location
The Rapid City office of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is moving into a new building at 221 Mall Drive.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Apartments to address housing needs in Watertown
Alliance Management Group announced the opening of the first of three new apartments to address the need for workforce housing in the Watertown community.

Action taken by Board of Economic Development at monthly meeting
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Economic Development approved multiple funding applications at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Action taken by Board of Economic Development at monthly meeting
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Economic Development approved multiple funding applications at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s September Column – Don’t Wait – Reach Out!
September is “Suicide Prevention Month.” It is a great opportunity for all of us to reach out and do our buddy checks!

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army PVT Frederic Schroeder
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony next month to honor U.S. Army Private Frederic Schroeder.


Public Safety

Names Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HUDSON, S.D. – A Canton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon west of Hudson.

Tourism

GOVERNOR NOEM OPENS CALL TO STUDENT ARTISTS
PIERRE – In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 11-17, 2022, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Arts Council announce the opening of the Governor’s Student Art Competition.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for I-90/U.S. Highway 85 Spearfish Rest Area/Welcome Center Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Tourism and Stantec Consulting, will hold an open house public meeting at Spearfish City Hall, located at 625 N. 5th St. in Spearfish, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Labor and Regulation

Stroll Sioux Falls Recruiting Event to Kick off in September
The Department of Labor and Regulation Sioux Falls Job Service will host its first “Stroll Sioux Falls” recruiting and hiring event on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 811 E. 10th St.

Tour De Yankton Hiring Event Seeing Success
The Tour De Yankton Hiring Event is seeing success in its first five months. In August, nine individuals were hired by employers participating in the event.

Public Safety

Name Released In Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ERWIN, S.D. – An Arlington, S.D., man has died of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, west of Erwin.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Successfully Treated for Back Injury at Mayo Clinic
PIERRE, S.D. – Today Governor Kristi Noem announced that following several weeks of medical treatment in South Dakota for a back injury, the Governor underwent successful back surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Gov. Noem and Colleagues Oppose Student Debt Forgiveness Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 21 of her fellow Republican governors sent a letter to President Biden saying they oppose his plan to forgive students their federal loans, saying that debt would then have to be paid for by taxpayers. You can read the letter here.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

DCI conducting investigation into Butte County Structure Fire and Death
On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at around 5:30 A.M., Belle Fourche Fire Services were dispatched to a residence at 19145 Canyon Lane in Butte County for a structure fire.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – Three people died and another person was injured in a one-vehicle crash late Saturday night southwest of Sisseton.

Names Released In Edmunds County Fatal Crash
BOWDLE, S.D. – A Vero Beach, FL man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash east of Bowdle.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot Day
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sundown on Sunday, September 11, 2022, in honor of Patriot Day.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

AG Mark Vargo announces Hughes County State’s Attorney Jessica LaMie will investigate Government Accountability Board complaint
The S.D. Government Accountability Board has informed the Office of the Attorney General that it has voted to refer Complaint No. 2021-04 involving South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to the Attorney General’s office for investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation.

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HUDSON, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a single motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon west of Hudson.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide effective immediately until sunset on the day of internment in honor of former Queen Elizabeth II.

Governor Kristi Noem: Defending Our Constitution
Our nation loves to celebrate holidays. Today, I want to talk about one day that does not get enough attention: September 17, Constitution Day.

Veterans Affairs

City of Sioux Falls Gifts Additional Land to the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
The City of Sioux Falls recently bestowed an additional 14 acres of land to the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. This land is adjacent to the original 60 acres the city gifted to the Department for the construction of a state veterans cemetery.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Police Department shooting summary
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Thursday released the summary of the July 11, 2022, officer involved shooting that occurred in Sioux Falls, S.D., 309 North Cleveland Avenue by two Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) Officers.

Public Safety

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Zumbrota, MN man has been identified as the person who died late Saturday night in a motorcycle crash north of Hill City.

Edmunds County Fatal Crash
BOWDLE, S.D. – One man died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Bowdle.

Transportation

Rail CRISI Funds Available for Fiscal Year 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to announce the availability of over $1.4 billion in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) Grant funding.

Ditch Grading Project Scheduled on S.D. Highway 89 in Custer
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin a ditch grading project on S.D. Highway 89 starting Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General Mark Vargo Announces Settlement of JUUL Youth Vaping Suit
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo announced today a $438.5 million agreement in principle between JUUL Labs and 34 states and territories resolving a two-year bipartisan investigation into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and sales practices.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Recruit Graduation Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – Eight South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper recruits officially graduate this Friday, Sept. 9, during a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda.

Veterans Affairs

POW/MIA Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Friday, September 16, 2022, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to pay special honor to the Americans who have been prisoners of war, to those who remain missing in action, and to the families and friends of these valiant servicemembers.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Bev Freng Honored with the Bob Duxbury Award at The South Dakota State Fair
Bev Freng was awarded the Bob Duxbury Award on Saturday, September 3, during the 2022 South Dakota State Fair.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – One man died late Saturday night in a motorcycle crash north of Hill City.

Social Services

Recovery is for everyone: Behavioral Health Recovery Month
Recovery is possible for everyone and to help spread the news Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September as Behavioral Health Recovery Month in South Dakota.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Celebrating Hard Work
The beginning of September brings us to Labor Day weekend and the start of Workforce Development Month across the country.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Police Department shooting summary
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released the summary of the June 22, 2022, officer involved shooting that occurred in Sioux Falls, S.D. near 4208 West 41st Street by a Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) Detective.

Public Safety

Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
DEADWOOD, S.D. – A Garner, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died last Friday night in an ATV crash south of Deadwood.

Transportation

Bank Stabilization Project Scheduled on U.S. Highway 16 in Hill City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin a bank stabilization project on U.S. Highway 16 starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Foundation Announces ‘Raise The Shed” Fundraising Campaign for Open Class Sheep Arena
South Dakota State Fair Foundation Announces ‘Raise The Shed” Fundraising Campaign for Open Class Sheep Arena

South Dakota State Fair Unveils New Logo
South Dakota State Fair Unveils New Logo

Public Safety

September Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has announced its sobriety checkpoint schedule for September.

Social Services

September is Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in South Dakota. This month is a time for raising awareness about suicide prevention and how we can all play a role.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 81 Opening Ahead of Schedule South of Arlington
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) plans to reopen the section of U.S. Highway 81 between mile markers 112 and 114 (south of Arlington) on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. Highway 81 is opening approximately two weeks ahead of the originally scheduled mid-September date.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army CPL Martin Fluegel
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony this month to honor U.S. Army Corporal Martin Fluegel.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces settlement of Medicaid kick-back suit
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo announced today that South Dakota has joined 34 other states in settling allegations of kickbacks paid to referring providers against Essilor International, Essilor of America Inc., Essilor Laboratories of America Inc., and Essilor Instruments USA (Essilor), headquartered in Dallas.

Transportation

Intersection Closure Scheduled for Nesbitt Drive and U.S. Highway 12 in Edmunds County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will be closing Nesbitt Drive at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 in Edmunds County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

DCI Forensic Examiner honored for work fighting human trafficking
DCI Forensic Examiner Hollie Strand has earned the Freedom Fighter Award for her work combatting human trafficking by the advocacy group Freedom’s Journey.

Education

Eligible families may apply for free or reduced-price meal programs for school year 2022-23
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces income eligibility guidelines for free milk and free and reduced-price meals.

Public Safety

Names Released In Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A Chadron, NE man has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash within the city of Hermosa.

Social Services

How can you “Be the One”? Mental Health Memo for September
Every one of us has the power to be the one that helps save the life of a person that may be in crisis or contemplating suicide. We can each be the one, but how?

Transportation

Temporary Ramp Closures Planned on Interstate 29 at Exit 71 (Harrisburg)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, the Sioux Falls maintenance crews will be completing asphalt work on the bridge ends at exit 71 (Harrisburg) on Interstate 29.

Revenue

2022 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Tax Revenue Finishes at $1.54 Million
The Department of Revenue’s tax collections at the 2022 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally are currently at $1,544,471.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Pledges to Keep Elections Free and Fair
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem sent a letter to the South Dakota State Legislature, thanking them for their continued emphasis on free and fair elections in South Dakota. In the letter, Governor Noem promised to continue working with legislators on election integrity in the upcoming legislative session. You can read the Governor’s letter here.

Corrections

State prison inmate placed on escape status
Samuel Ross left the Rapid City Community Work Center to go to his work release job on Aug. 27. He left the jobsite without authorization and failed to return to his assigned unit.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair
Day Sponsors Offer Special Activities at the SD State Fair

Public Safety

Names Released In McCook County Fatal Crash
HUMBOLDT, S.D. – A Rushmore, MN man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a motorcycle-vehicle crash west of Humboldt.

Tourism

South Dakota’s Welcome Centers Upgraded to Provide Wireless Internet and More Offerings for Visitors
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is providing more amenities, including free access to wireless internet, at Interstate Welcome Centers.

Transportation

Local Government Bridge Project Recipients Announced for Federal Bridge Program
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded funding for 12 local bridge projects through the federal bridge program totaling approximately $6.8 million at the Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, meeting in Pierre. This federal bridge program was established by Congress to provide funding for highway bridge replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, protection, and construction projects on public roads.

Bridge Improvement Grant (BIG) Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 44 Preliminary Engineering Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $2.4 million at the Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, meeting in Pierre.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
DEADWOOD, S.D. – One man died late Friday night in an ATV crash south of Deadwood.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Public Safety Impacts All of Us
When I was younger my dad always said, “Kristi, we don’t complain about things. We fix them.” As Governor, I focus on fixing problems for our state every day, especially when it comes to public safety. I consistently look for new ways to make our communities safer.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force Shooting Summary
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released the summary of the August 9, 2022, officer involved shooting of Jacob Michael James of Sioux Falls, 21, by a Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) Detective and a Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Investigator after he (James) pointed a firearm and shot at the MCSO Investigator multiple times.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Know Before You Go
South Dakota State Fair Know Before You Go

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One man died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash within the city of Hermosa.

McCook County Fatal Crash
HUMBOLDT, S.D. – One man died Thursday morning in a motorcycle-vehicle crash west of Humboldt.

Transportation

Intersection Closures at Madelyn and Meadow Avenues Scheduled for 41st Street DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that starting Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, the intersections at 41st Street with Madelyn and Meadow Avenues will be closed for approximately five days as crews prepare and place concrete. Both intersections are scheduled to reopen at the end of the workday on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

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

Education

464 students awarded the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2022-23 school year
The eighth cohort of Build Dakota Scholarship Fund students will begin classes this month, helping to fill the gap of essential workforce needs for South Dakota.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Transportation

Road Closure Scheduled for U.S. Highway 18 Project Between Pickstown and Lake Andes
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work will begin on a bridge structure replacement and roadway reconstruction on U.S. Highway 18 near the Northpoint Recreation Area.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem and Colleagues Support Keeping Schools Open
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 14 of her fellow Republican governors issued a joint statement opposing efforts that would disrupt the new school year, saying that any delay in school schedules hurts the educational process of children.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Launches State of Create Passport Highlighting Arts & Culture
The South Dakota Department of Tourism, in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council, has announced the launch of the free State of Create mobile-exclusive passport highlighting arts and culture across the state.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s August Column – Serving Those Who Served
When our men and women return home after their tour of duty, we have the opportunity to show our gratitude by serving them. They must know that there are resources to help them. Veterans service officers provide a service, at no cost, to assist veterans in applying for benefits.

VETERANS ACTIVITIES AT THE SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FAIR
In support of our veterans, military personnel, and their families, the South Dakota State Fair offers numerous events throughout the week honoring our heroes.


Public Utilities Commission

PUC encourages producers to engage with grain staff
South Dakota producers play an important role in maintaining a healthy grain industry in the state.

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.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Open Class Sheep and Open Class Beef Start Early at the 2022 South Dakota State Fair
Open Class Sheep and Open Class Beef Start Early at the 2022 South Dakota State Fair

Board of Regents

South Dakota EPSCoR Names New Director
The South Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has named Dr. Kinchel C. Doerner as director of the program beginning August 15, 2022. Doerner replaces Dr. Mel Ustad, who has served as director since 2019.


Tribal Relations

19th Annual Indian Education Summit to be held in Rapid City
PIERRE, S.D. – The 2022 South Dakota Indian Education Summit will be held September 8-10, at the Ramkota Convention Center in Rapid City.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem and Colleagues Oppose Federal Government’s Emissions Proposal
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and six of her fellow Republican governors sent a letter to the Southwest Power Pool, Inc., expressing concern about the federal government implementing “a Good Neighbor Plan” that would govern the interstate transportation of emissions while ignoring state-designed plans that are already in place. You can find the letter here.

Gov. Kristi Noem: Raising the Bar
I’ve never been the type to settle for “good enough.” No matter what I’m doing, I try to strive for excellence. That’s all the more true when it comes to policies that impact our kids. Everything that I do as Governor is to make our state safer, stronger, and healthier for our kids and our grandkids, and I want to set the bar. We should set an example for the entire nation and send the message that South Dakota pursues excellence for our kids.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls SWAT Team Involved Shooting Summary
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released the summary of the officer involved shooting of Glenn Nisich of Sioux Falls, 57, by a Sioux Falls Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member on July 3, 2022 in Sioux Falls.

Education

Board of Education Standards meeting postponed
The next meeting of the South Dakota Board of Education Standards has been postponed and a new meeting date will be announced soon.

Public Safety

Names Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash
FARMER, S.D. – A Salem, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Farmer.

Transportation

Traffic to be Reduced to One Lane in Both Directions on Pierre/Fort Pierre Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that traffic over the John C. Waldron Memorial Bridge, connecting Pierre and Fort Pierre, will be reduced to one lane in both directions for the next several months.


Governor Kristi Noem

Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden Announces STEM Award for Lakota Tech High Schoo
Pine Ridge Reservation, SD – Today, Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden announced that Lakota Tech High School will receive an award for its STEM programming from the National Lieutenant Governors’ Association Lt. Governors’ STEM Scholarship Program! NLGA awarded the school $1,000 as part of a national call for applications for funding STEM programming and curriculum in schools.

Gov. Noem Announces Pay Increases for Correctional Security Officers
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced immediate pay increases for correctional security officers at the South Dakota Department of Corrections (DOC).

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Health

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

Transportation

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Attorney General Mark Vargo

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

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


Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Transportation

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

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

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

Veterans Affairs

Leaders Recognized for their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Monday, August 15, in Pierre.

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

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

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

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

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Transportation

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

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

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

Board of Regents

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


Public Safety

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


Public Safety

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

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

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

Governor's Office of Economic Development

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


Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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

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

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Education

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

Labor and Regulation

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

Public Safety

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

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

Social Services

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

Transportation

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

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


Education

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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

Tourism

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

Transportation

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

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

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Corrections

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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


Public Safety

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Attorney General Mark Vargo

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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

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

Veterans Affairs

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

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

Corrections

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Health

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

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

Labor and Regulation

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

Transportation

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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

Social Services

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

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


Corrections

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

Public Safety

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

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

Transportation

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Attorney General Mark Vargo

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

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

Public Safety

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

Transportation

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


Attorney General Mark Vargo

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

BankWest Contribution to the DEX
BankWest Contribution to the DEX

Public Safety

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

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

Social Services

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

Veterans Affairs

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

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