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Governor Kristi Noem

Braving the Dangers of the Arena
Whether you’re visiting one of our largest cities or smallest towns, South Dakota is a state that prides itself on the close-knit nature of our communities.

Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Worthing
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has confirmed that an infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in Worthing, South Dakota.

Public Safety

Clark County Fatal Crash
CLARK, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night east of Clark.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a motorcycle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon near Tea.

Names Released In Turner County Fatal Crash
HURLEY, S.D. – A Harrisburg, S.D., teen has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Hurley.

Name Released In Douglas County Fatal Crash
NEW HOLLAND, S.D. – A 16-year-old male from Council Bluffs, Iowa has been identified as the person who died Thursday afternoon, July 2, in a one-vehicle crash south of New Holland.


Public Safety

Names Released In June 26 Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – An Oklahoma man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash west of Lead on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Name Released In June 7 Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on June 7, 2020 northeast of Spearfish.


Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner.

Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRING, S.D. – One person died late Friday night in a motorcycle- vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs.


Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
HURLEY, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Hurley.

Douglas County Fatal Crash
NEW HOLLAND, S.D. – A 16-year-old male died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of New Holland.


Game, Fish and Parks

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks conducts Operation Dry Water to stop boating under the influence
National effort to reduce boating under the influence

Labor and Regulation

Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease
The latest number of continued state claims is 17,163 for the week ending June 13, a decrease of 8,023 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9.

Public Safety

Second Person Dies in June 18 Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSURG, S.D. – A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that happened June 18 west of Gettysburg.

Highway Patrol Says Safe Driving A Must During Fourth of July Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has a simple message for this Fourth of July: Stay safe.


Public Safety

DPS Sobriety Checkpoints Resume In July
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety will resume its monthly statewide sobriety checkpoints starting in July.

Transportation

Pipe Work and Turn Lane Construction in Butte County
During the week of July 6, crews will begin construction of a left turn lane on Highway 212 at Arpan Road east of Belle Fourche.

Chip Seal & Fog Seal Projects in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal & fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton Area of the state beginning Monday, July 6.


Governor Kristi Noem

Legislation to Protect and Help Victims of Human Trafficking to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, legislation to better protect and help victims of human trafficking in South Dakota will take effect.

Occupational Licensing Reforms to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, several reforms to occupational licensing will take effect in South Dakota.

State Paid Family Leave to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, Paid Family Leave for state employees will take effect.

County Zoning and Development Reforms to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, reforms to the county zoning and appeals process will take effect in South Dakota.

Game, Fish and Parks

Lake Alvin Re-Open for Swimming
PIERRE, S.D. - Lake Alvin, located outside of Harrisburg has re-opened for swimming.

Health

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

Public Safety

Changes To State’s Move Over Law Happen July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – New provisions in the state’s Move Over law take effect July 1.

Teen Drivers Get More Time Thanks to Bill Suspension
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s teen-age drivers won’t have to worry this summer about having to meet the provisions of a new state law that was to take effect this Wednesday, July 1.

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A 35-year-old Vermillion, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday night, June 22, in Yankton.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Rebukes SCOTUS Decision on June Medical
Today, Governor Kristi Noem rebuked the United States Supreme Court’s decision on the June Medical case, which rejected a common-sense requirement that abortionists hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Open Class Entries Now Open
South Dakota State Fair open class livestock and static exhibit entries are now open. Exhibit books and entry information can be found online at sdstatefair.com.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective July 1, 2020.

Human Services

DHS Notifies Long-Term Care Facilities Regarding Resident Stimulus Checks
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) sent letters to the state’s long-term care residential facilities advising of the seizure, retention, or confiscation of stimulus payments from their residents, regardless of payer source or debt owed to anyone.


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon west of Lead.


Governor Kristi Noem

Not on My Watch.
For weeks now, we have been witnessing a troubling turning point in our nation’s history.

Governor Noem Signs Two Executive Orders
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed two executive orders to give flexibility as South Dakota continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Public Safety

New No Texting Law Begins July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Starting July 1, drivers in South Dakota will no longer be able to use mobile electronic devices, including cell phones, for texting or other purposes while they drive.

Social Services

DSS launches crisis counseling, outreach program
The Department of Social Services (DSS) launched 605 Strong, a new crisis counseling program, dedicated to helping people struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation

I-229 Durable Pavement Markings in the Sioux Falls Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says durable pavement markings will be applied on Interstate 229 in the Sioux Falls area of the state over the next four weeks.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota to Replenish Unemployment Trust Fund with CRF Dollars
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota is utilizing Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to replenish the South Dakota Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.

Update on Mine Draw Fire
The Mine Draw Fire is currently active in Custer State Park between Hwy 16A and Center Lake.

Environment and Natural Resources

Gov. Noem Announces more than $56.0 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $56.0 million for drinking water, storm water, and wastewater projects.

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Labor and Regulation

Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease
The latest number of continued state claims is 18,649 for the week ending June 6, a decrease of 6,537 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9.

Transportation

Federal Bridge Replacement Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 49 bridge replacement projects totaling approximately $25 million at their meeting today in Pierre.


Agriculture

South Dakota State Fair Announces 2020 Grandstand Entertainment
The South Dakota State Fair Grandstand will bring a different experience to fairgoers this year.

Game, Fish and Parks

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Scott Simpson announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Randall Creek Campground Reopens, Reservations Available
PIERRE, S.D. – The campground at Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown is now open, following a 15-month closure to allow for bridge reconstruction.

Health

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Pierre
State Health officials announced Wednesday, June 24th, that an individual who visited a business in Pierre has tested positive for COVID-19.

Public Safety

Fire Marshal: Fireworks Safety A Must
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says safety must be a priority when it comes to using fireworks this July Fourth holiday.

Transportation

I-190 Exit 1B Northbound to Eastbound On Ramp Closing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the I-190 Exit 1B eastbound on ramp will temporarily close on Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m.

Revenue

Madam Chairman and Vice Chairman for South Dakota Commission on Gaming elected by unanimous vote
At its June 16 meeting, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming unanimously elected Karen Wagner of Belle Fourche and Karl Fischer of Fort Pierre to serve as its Madam Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. Their terms in these capacities will run throughout Fiscal Year 2021.

Board of Regents

Regents Recognize Retiring Medical School Dean
The state’s medical school dean has been recognized for her efforts to address critical workforce needs and access to medical care across rural South Dakota.

Regents Appoint Maher as CEO
The South Dakota Board of Regents today formally appointed Brian L. Maher as its next executive director and chief executive officer. Maher begins his duties July 6, based in the regents’ central office in Pierre.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Governor Kristi Noem Announces Broadband Grant Awards
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 14 projects have been awarded grants to fund broadband projects to better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota.

Veterans Affairs

NEW LAWS TO BENEFIT SOUTH DAKOTA VETERANS
Veterans in South Dakota will have access to improved education benefits beginning July 1 thanks to the passage of House Bill 1069 during the 2020 legislative session.

70th Anniversary of the Korean War
“Let us collectively remember and honor our Korean War heroes who gave their all to protect the freedoms that we hold dear,” said Greg Whitlock, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “They faced difficult circumstances and demonstrated incredible bravery and determination seemingly against all odds.”


Agriculture

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

Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday night in Yankton.

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Guernsey, Wyoming woman has been identified as the person who who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Hill City.

Transportation

Guardrail Work to Begin on Interstate 90 East of Spearfish
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says guardrail work will begin in the east and west bound lanes of Interstate 90 at mile marker 19 east of Spearfish on June 23, 2020.

Bridge Work to Begin on Interstate 90 East of Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge work will begin on Interstate 90 in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 125.5 east of Wall June 23, 2020.


Public Safety

Names Released In Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSURG, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg.

Social Services

Families set to receive food assistance due to COVID-19
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) in collaboration with the Department of Education will be providing additional assistance with food costs to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals in response to COVID-19 related school closures.


Health

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Pierre and Fort Pierre
State Health officials announced Saturday, June 20, that an individual who visited businesses in Pierre and Fort Pierre has tested positive for COVID-19.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A 57-year-old female died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Hill City.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Appoints Crabtree to State Senate
Governor Kristi Noem announced today that she will appoint Casey Crabtree of Madison to the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 8.

A Message to South Dakota Dads: Happy Father’s Day
Strong families are often built around strong dads.

Public Safety

Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSURG, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg.

Revenue

City of Erwin, S.D. implements new municipal tax effective July 1, 2020
Beginning July 1, 2020, the city of Erwin is implementing a new municipal tax rate from 0 percent general sales and use tax rate to 2 percent.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Proclaims June 19th “Juneteenth Day” in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed June 19th, 2020, as “Juneteenth Day,” in South Dakota in memory of the 155th anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation.

South Dakota Maintains AAA Credit Rating
Moody’s Investors Service announced they have reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating, the highest rating available, with a stable outlook.

Flags at Half-Staff on Friday, June 19, to Honor Sioux Falls Fire Captain Kendall Ward
Governor Kristi Noem today ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sundown on Friday, June 19, 2020, in honor of Sioux Falls Fire Captain Kendall Ward

Education

State Library congratulates first-round recipients of Library Technology grants
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce 19 recipients of the first round of Library Technology grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the federal CARES Act. Awardees received $1,000 or $2,000 grants to update, expand, or improve technology in their libraries.

Labor and Regulation

Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease
The latest number of continued state claims is 20,573 for the week ending May 30, a decrease of 4,613 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9.

Public Safety

Name Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Lennox, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the Interstate 29-Interstate 229 interchange in Sioux Falls.

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Tabor, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a two-vehicle crash west of Yankton.

Transportation

Highway 183 Load Restriction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says No Overweight loads will be permitted on Highway 183 (effective June 17, 2020) from the Highway 18/183 junction west of Winner north for 21.5 miles to the White River, or 14 miles south of Interstate 90.

Board of Regents

Regents to Name New Board of Regents’ Chief Executive
The South Dakota Board of Regents plans to take action next week to appoint the superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. The regents are scheduled to formally appoint Brian L. Maher as the regents’ executive director and chief executive officer at their regular board meeting Wednesday.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Squealer’s Smoke Shack in Tea Approved for MicroLOAN
TEA, S.D. – Local BBQ favorite, Squealer’s Smoke Shack in Tea, South Dakota, was recently approved for a $70,000 MicroLOAN. The approved monies helped fund kitchen equipment, fixtures and dining room seating in the restaurant’s newly expanded operation.

Veterans Affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed June 27, 2020, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post- traumatic stress injuries.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Holds Discussion with Key Law Enforcement Officials
Yesterday, Governor Noem sat down with key members of the law enforcement community from across South Dakota.

Agriculture

Admission Passes Available for Read & Win During South Dakota State Fair
Admission passes are now available for the Read & Win program during the 2020 South Dakota State Fair, September 3–7.

Public Safety

New Provisions For Teen Driver Licenses Become Law July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Provisions which strengthen South Dakota’s current graduated driver’s license laws for teen drivers between the ages of 14 and 18 take effect July 1.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 212 opens in Watertown
Reede Construction opened Highway 212 between Highway 20 and Highway 81 in Watertown on Monday, June 15.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s June Column – Taking Care of Our Heroes
Over the past four months we, as a nation, have been adjusting and trying to discover our new “norm.” The Coronavirus pandemic changed our lives in so many ways and forced us to meet challenges head-on and be creative and discover new potentials. I’m proud to say that our team at the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs stayed the course and continued our day-to-day operations in assisting our veterans and their families.


Game, Fish and Parks

Submissions for the Nest Predator Bounty Program are Still Being Accepted
The SD GFP would like to remind Nest Predator Bounty Program participants that tails can be submitted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations on June 19,26, and July 1.

Now is a Great Time to Try Birding in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – With the recommendation to social distance, many people are looking for activities they can do on their own. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invites you to try birding.

Sign Up for Prairie Dog Control Programs
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota landowners to register for assistance with prairie dog encroachment. The deadline for enrollment is August 15.

Tourism

South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration Garners High Public Interest
Public interest for South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration was apparent with a total of 125,787 ticket requests received. Lottery winners were announced Friday, June 12.

Transportation

Asphalt Paving on Highway 85
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin asphalt resurfacing on Highway 85 between mile markers 99 and 112, south of Buffalo, on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Highway 115/Lincoln County Highway 106 Intersection Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is closing the Highway 115 and Lincoln County Highway 106 intersection today, June 16 through July 14 for concrete paving operations.


Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One man died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the Interstate 29-Interstate 229 interchange in Sioux Falls.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Yankton.

Highway Patrol Graduation Set For Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – The latest class of South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will have its formal graduation ceremony this Friday.

Transportation

Culvert Replacements in Butte County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin replacing culverts under Highway 85 at mile markers 57, 62 and 68, north of Belle Fourche the week of June 22, 2020.

I-29 Exits 242 and 246 Interchange Ramp Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound on and off ramps of Interstate 29 Exit 242 (County Road 23) from Wednesday, June 17, through July 1.


Governor Kristi Noem

Lessons Learned from COVID-19
COVID-19 has given us many unique challenges. As I’ve repeatedly said, this situation is historic in the worst way.

Game, Fish and Parks

Lake Mitchell Declares No Wake Zone
MITCHELL, S.D. – The city of Mitchell, in cooperation with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP), has declared Lake Mitchell a “No Wake Zone.”

Health

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Rapid City
State Health officials announced Friday, June 12, that an individual who visited three Rapid City businesses has tested positive for COVID-19.


Education

State Historical Society exhibit “Silent Silos” wins AASLH Award of Excellence
The American Association for State and Local History announces that the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for the exhibit “Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Range.”

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Asks Public to Leave Wild Animals Alone
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding the public to leave baby animals where you find them.

GFP Challenges Nature Watchers to Join BioBlitz
PIERRE, S.D. – With group activities limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invites nature lovers to participate in a virtual BioBlitz June 13-28.

Anglers, Boaters Can Expect to See Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Stations This Year
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will begin operating mobile watercraft inspection and decontamination stations across the state to help combat the spread of zebra mussels.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
During the week of May 31 through June 6, a total of 817 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Recognizes Move Over Awareness Month
June is Move Over Awareness Month in South Dakota, and today Governor Kristi Noem reminded all South Dakotans to drive safely and move over when passing stopped vehicles, especially emergency vehicles.

Game, Fish and Parks

Proposal to Remove the Lost License Fee Discussed
PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks Commission continued their discussion to remove the $20 administrative fee for lost or destroyed licenses, permits or game tags. However, the license agent’s fee established by SDCL 41-6-66.1 would still be charged by license agents and the department.

Fall Turkey Season Proposal Discussed
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed their proposal to slightly decrease the number of licenses available for the 2020 and 2021 fall turkey hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Continues River Otter Trapping Season Discussion
Following last month’s final action to remove the river otter from South Dakota’s threatened and endangered species list, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission continued the discussion on a proposal to create a limited take trapping season for river otters with the following proposed rules:

GFP Commission Proposes Local Fees Exemption for Yankton Sioux Tribal Members, Families
PIERRE, S.D. – At their June meeting, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission, proposed a park entrance fee exemption in collaboration with the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Under the proposal, Yankton Sioux Tribal members and their families would be able to access four park areas local to the Yankton Sioux Reservation without purchasing a park entrance license (PEL) from the state.

GFP Commission Proposes Fees for Nonresident Landowner Deer and Antelope Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. – During the 2020 South Dakota Legislative Session, the legislature created a provision to allow for nonresident landowners to be eligible for west river deer and firearm antelope licenses for their own land. In response to this action, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed license fees for these licenses at their June meeting.

GFP Commission Denies Petition to Change License Allocation for Elk
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission denied a petition that would have guaranteed a license or created a stand-alone drawing for a big game license to those with more than 20 years of preference in a big game lottery.

GFP Commission Denies Nonresident Walleye/Sauger Fishing Season
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission denied a petition that would have created a season for walleye/sauger, for nonresidents, for certain areas of the Missouri River. As described in the petition, nonresidents would only be able to harvest walleye from these areas when the season was open.

Public Safety

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a one-vehicle rollover south of Tea.

Tourism

South Dakota’s Great Face & Great Place Hospitality Programs
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has announced the launch of two new hospitality recognition programs for tourism industry employees and businesses.

Transportation

Concrete Surface Repairs Starting by Hermosa
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 79 by Hermosa will begin on Monday, June 15.

Highway 385 Ditch Closure Proposed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is proposing to close a segment of the ditch along U.S. Highway 385 in Lawrence County to off-road vehicles.

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

BRIDGE WORK TO BEGIN ON INTERSTATE 90 AT EXIT 98
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge work will begin in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at Exit 98 near Wasta on Thursday, June 11.


Agriculture

Limited Dicamba Use in South Dakota Through June 30
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cancellation order regarding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020 order to vacate three dicamba registrations —Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan.

Education

State Library aims for 100,000 summer reading program participants as programs move online
The South Dakota State Library encourages South Dakotans of all ages to join their local library’s summer reading program, with a goal of reaching 100,000 participants this summer.

Social Services

Increased SNAP benefits to continue
Increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will continue for some South Dakota families to help address food costs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Services (DSS) announced today.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Outlines Lessons Learned from COVID-19
Today, Governor Kristi Noem outlined some of the lessons that South Dakota has learned from our fight against COVID-19.

Public Safety

Remaining S.D. Driver License Exam Stations to Open June 15
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 20 remaining driver license exam stations will open by appointment only starting June 15.


Health

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Vermillion
State Health officials announced Sunday, June 7, that an employee of the Charcoal Lounge at 8 East Main Street in Vermillion has tested positive for COVID-19.

Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – One person died and two other people were injured Saturday night in a one-vehicle rollover south of Tea.


Governor Kristi Noem

The Protests Served Their Purpose—Now It’s Time to Problem Solve
Protests have a purpose. People protest when they feel like they’re not being heard.

Education

State Historical Society’s “Picturing the Past” paperback now available
A new paperback edition of “Picturing the Past: South Dakota’s Historic Places” from the South Dakota State Historical Society celebrates iconic historic buildings.

Health

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Rapid City
State Health officials announced Friday, June 5, that an employee of the Blue Lantern Lounge at 1200 E Saint Patrick Street in Rapid City has tested positive for COVID-19.

Human Services

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

Transportation

Intersection of Highway 10 and 8th Avenue West in Sisseton to be Closed
The Department of Transportation says motorists using Highway 10 in Sisseton through 8th Avenue West will need to use an alternate route beginning Monday, June 8, through Thursday, June 18.


Education

Western Writers honor South Dakota Historical Society Press
The South Dakota Historical Society Press has been named the 2020 John M. Cleary Homestead Honoree for its outstanding support of the Western Writers of America (WWA) and the literature of the American West.

Game, Fish and Parks

Roadside Mowing: Hold off until after July 10
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Transportation (DOT) want to remind individuals there are laws and rules governing when mowing right-of-way ditches can begin on the state highway system.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
During the week of May 24 through May 30, a total of 1,435 initial weekly claims for unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Transportation

Highway 27 East of Langford Closing for Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin pipe replacement work on Highway 27 approximately two miles east of Langford on Monday, June 8.

I-29 Exit 246 Interchange Ramp Closing for Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the contractor reconstructing Interstate 29 will be closing the I-29, Exit 246 interchange on Monday, June 8.


Agriculture

The South Dakota State Fair Continues Planning for 2020 Event
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces the South Dakota State Fair, scheduled for September 3-7, 2020, will continue.

Transportation

DOT Seeking Nominations for Transportation Hall of Honor
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is accepting nominations for consideration to be inducted into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

Construction on Highway 18 North of Pine Ridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a box culvert replacement project on Highway 18 two miles north of Pine Ridge will begin Monday, June 8.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Adjust Fall Semester Schedule
South Dakota’s six public universities will begin their fall semester Aug. 19 and conclude classroom instruction by Thanksgiving, the South Dakota Board of Regents said today.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Congratulates Justice Jensen on Selection as Next Chief Justice
Governor Kristi Noem today issued the following statement congratulating Justice Steven Jensen on his selection as the next Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court

Education

New Historical Society book offers personal look at life during Great Depression
“A Dust Bowl Book of Days, 1932” by Craig Volk, the latest book from the South Dakota Historical Society Press, invites readers into the day-to-day life of a Mitchell woman and her family as they struggle to survive.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Lorenzo Benallie Dies
State prison inmate Lorenzo Benallie has died following an extended illness unrelated to COVID-19.

Game, Fish and Parks

Grant Will Help Expand Public Hunting and Fishing Access Opportunities on South Dakota’s Private Lands
Public access opportunities for hunting and fishing on private lands will be expanded thanks to a grant awarded to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Transportation

Culvert Repairs and Replacements in Butte & Meade Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is beginning this week to replace box culverts under Highway 212 at mile markers 48, 49 and 50, east of Newell.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Activates National Guard to Assist in Sioux Falls
Governor Kristi Noem has activated the National Guard to immediately assist with violent riots in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Health

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Sioux Falls
State Health officials announced Sunday, May 31, that a patron of Planet Fitness at 1509 West 41st Street in Sioux Falls has tested positive for COVID-19.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota: Beautiful and Free
I may be biased, but I think South Dakota is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Governor Noem Signs Emergency Declaration for Day County
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed an emergency declaration for Day County, South Dakota.

Education

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

Transportation

Chip Seal Project on Highways 34 and 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal will be applied to highways 34 and 79 in the Belle Fourche and Castle Rock areas beginning Monday, June 1.


Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
During the week of May 17 through May 23, a total of 3,410 initial weekly claims for unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Public Safety

Temporary Extension Extended Again For Driver License Expiration Dates
PIERRE, S.D. – A temporary extension of the expiration date for certain South Dakota driver licenses has been extended until March 30, 2021 by Gov. Kristi Noem.

Transportation

Construction Work on Highways 79 and 18
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says highway pipe culvert upgrades followed by a micro mill and asphalt overlay will take place on highways 79 and 18 in the Custer area beginning Monday, June 1.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highways 16A and 18
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to highways 16A and 18 in the Custer area beginning Monday, June 1.

Highway 25 Grade Raise
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin to raise the grade on Highway 25 east of Roslyn on Wednesday, June 3.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects in the Sioux Falls Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Sioux Falls area of the state starting Monday, June 1.

Concrete Surface Repairs on Highway 18 Bypass in Hot Springs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 18 Bypass in Hot Springs will begin on Monday, June 8.


Agriculture

Wildfire Awareness Month Coloring Contest Winners Announced
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division announces the winners of the South Dakota Wildfire Awareness Month’s Coloring Contest.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
The South Dakota State Library has announced the 2020 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award. This award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

Social Services

South Dakota seeking to join online SNAP pilot
South Dakotans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may have the option of buying groceries online in the future, the Department of Social Services announced today.


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Governor Noem Signs Executive Orders to Fight COVID-19
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed two executive orders to help in South Dakota’s fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Public Safety

Name Released In Gregory County Fatal Crash
BURKE, S.D. – A Burke juvenile male has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Burke.


Public Safety

Gregory County Fatal Crash
BURKE, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday night east of Burke.


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Thanking the Fallen
This Memorial Day we once again have an opportunity to say “thank you” to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the United States remains the greatest country in the world.

Education

State Historical Society awards three historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Huron, Sisseton, and Yankton recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Tourism

Celebrate 605 Day Across South Dakota
The fifth of June is more than just a day in South Dakota. It’s 605 Day! On June 5, 2020, join the South Dakota Department of Tourism in celebrating the fifth annual 605 Day.

Transportation

Box Culvert Installation East of Nisland
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work is starting today, May 22, on Highway 212 four miles east of Nisland over Owl Creek.


Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces Compliance Incentive Program for Petroleum Underground Tank Systems
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is pleased to announce a new Compliance Incentive Program to encourage tank owners to comply with the new federal petroleum underground storage tank (UST) regulations.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
During the week of May 10 through May 16, a total of 3,806 initial weekly claims for unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Public Safety

DPS: Safe Driving Is A Priority This Memorial Day Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is encouraging people who decide to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend to be safe drivers.

Social Services

Governor recognizes service of foster families
Foster families play an important role in caring for children in communities across South Dakota and Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Foster Parent Appreciation and Awareness Month to recognize their selfless dedication.

Board of Regents

Board Recognizes Departing Regent and Special Schools Superintendent
In a web conference meeting today, the South Dakota Board of Regents bid farewell virtually to departing Regent Lucas Lund and retired special schools’ superintendent, Marje Kaiser.

Special Resolution Gives Thanks to Board of Regents’ Employees
A special resolution adopted Thursday by the South Dakota Board of Regents recognized faculty and staff of the regents’ system for their efforts in response to COVID-19.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Changes East River Antlerless Deer Tags
PIERRE, S.D. – In an effort to reduce mule deer doe harvest during the east river deer hunting season, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission passed an administrative action converting all “any antlerless deer” licenses to “antlerless whitetail deer” licenses.

Public Safety

Name Released in Grant County Fatal Crash
BIG STONE CITY, S.D. – A Milbank, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash in Big Stone City.


Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claimants Must Request Weekly Payment
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reminds unemployment insurance claimants to request a weekly benefit payment by calling 605-626-3212 after 6 p.m. CDT or by filing online at RAclaims.sd.gov any time.

Social Services

Funding available to DSS-regulated child care programs
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will use newly received federal funding to help support child care programs and the families they serve. The funding will help with the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation

26th Street Bridge Patching over I-29
The Mitchell Region DOT Bridge Crew will be completing patchwork on the 26th Street bridge over I-29 in Sioux Falls on Thursday May 21.

Intersection Improvements on U.S. Highway 16 at Croell (Perli) Pit
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a project to improve the intersection on Highway 16 at the Croell (Perli) Pit south of Rapid City began on Monday, May 18.

Construction To Begin On Northbound Interstate 29 Bridge Over 12th Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work to place a high surface friction treatment on the northbound driving lane of the Interstate 29 bridge over 12th Street in Sioux Falls will begin Tuesday, May 26.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s May Column – Let Us Never Forget!
Let us all pause this Memorial Day to remember great and brave Americans – to recognize their valor and applaud the blessings their bravery has secured.


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Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Give Flexibility in Fight against COVID-19
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to give flexibility in South Dakota’s fight against the spread of COVID-19.


Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
BIG STONE CITY, S.D. – One person died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash in Big Stone City.


Health

Potential COVID-19 Exposure at Rapid City Business
State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that an employee at Super 8 on 2520 Tower Road in Rapid City has tested positive for COVID-19.

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Rapid City
State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that a Rapid Ride Transit driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Aberdeen
State Health officials announced Saturday, May 16, that a patron of Lager’s Inn and the Zoo Bar in Aberdeen has tested positive for COVID-19.


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Our Plan to Ramp Up Testing
As communities work their way back to normal, one of the tools in our fight against COVID-19 that we will continue to ramp up is mass testing.

Education

Fur trade focus of new State Historical Society book
The latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society looks at the history of two fur trade posts on the upper Missouri River.

Game, Fish and Parks

Bush’s Landing Access Road to Open Late Friday
The Bush’s Landing access road and boat ramp is planned to be open for use by the end of the working day Friday, May 15.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Extends Youth Pheasant Season
PIERRE, S.D. – At their May meeting, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized their proposal to extend the youth pheasant season.

GFP Commission Creates Length Limit for Flathead Catfish on Border Waters
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Park (GFP) Commission finalized a regulation change proposal creating a length limit for flathead catfish on waters shared by Nebraska and South Dakota.

GFP Commission Denies Petition on Livetrap Removal
At their May meeting, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission received a public petition to amend the date of livetrap removal from September 1 to July 1.

GFP Commission Modifies Archery Deer Season, Adds Units in some Municipalities
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the 2020 archery deer season at their May meeting.

GFP Commission Changes Age Restrictions for Youth Waterfowl Season
PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission modified the eligibility for participation in the youth waterfowl season to those who have not reached the age of 16 to youth who have not reached the age of 18.

GFP Commission Votes to Keep Sage Grouse Season Closed
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission agreed to keep the sage grouse hunting season closed at their May meeting based on the data collected supporting the department’s recommendation to retain the season closure.

GFP Commission Finalizes Removal of River Otter from State Threatened List, Proposes Conservative Otter Trapping Season
PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission finalized the action to remove the river otter from South Dakota’s list of threatened species at their May teleconference meeting.

Lost License Proposal Discussed
PIERRE, S.D. – At their May meeting, the Game, Fish and Parks Commission discussed their proposal to remove the $20 administrative fee for lost or destroyed licenses, permits or game tags. However, the license agent’s fee established by SDCL 41-6-66.1 would still be charged by license agents and the department.

Fall Turkey Season Proposal Discussed
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed their proposal to slightly decrease the number of licenses available for the 2020 and 2021 fall turkey hunting seasons.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Increase
During the week of May 3 through May 9, a total of 5,131 initial weekly claims for unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 212 Work to Switch Lanes in Watertown
Reede Construction will be switching to the westbound lanes to complete the remaining work on Highway 212 between Highway 20 and Highway 81 in Watertown on Monday, May 18.


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Flags at Half-Staff on Friday for Peace Officers Memorial Day
Governor Kristi Noem today ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day from sunrise until sundown on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Public Safety

Names Released in Turner County Fatal Crash
PARKER, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning near Parker.

Transportation

Pavement Marking Project on Sturgis Road
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says new pavement marking paint will be applied to Highway 231 (Sturgis Road) near Piedmont beginning Tuesday, May 19.

Pavement Marking on I-90 Near White Lake
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says durable pavement marking will be placed in the eastbound lanes of I-90 from about Exit 296 (White Lake) east for 13 miles starting Monday, May 18.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Give Flexibility in Fight against COVID-19
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to give flexibility in South Dakota’s fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Public Safety

Driver Licensing Program Begins “Back to Normal” Plan May 18
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Driver Licensing Program will begin Phase One of its “Back to Normal” plan by offering services to the public through scheduled appointments at 10 exam stations statewide starting Monday, May 18.

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
SCENIC, S.D. – A 29-year-old woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Scenic.

Transportation

Structure Replacement Project to Begin Near Whitehorse
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says structure replacement and approach grading will begin on Dewey County Highway 7 one mile east of Whitehorse on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Revenue

Sales and property tax refund program open to senior citizens and citizens with disabilities
South Dakota senior citizens and citizens with disabilities have until July 1 to apply for sales or property tax refunds under South Dakota’s Tax Refund Program.


Public Safety

Turner County Fatal Crash
PARKER, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning near Parker.


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A Message and a Thank You
I have two things that I’d like to share with you this week: a message about South Dakota tourism, and a personal thanks to a dear friend of mine.

Governor Noem to Tribes: Remove All Checkpoints
Governor Kristi Noem today sent letters to Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and President Bear Runner of the Oglala Sioux Tribe demanding that checkpoints be removed from State and US Highways.

Governor Noem Announces House District 22 Legislative Appointment
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she is appointing Lynn Schneider of Huron to represent District 22 in the South Dakota State House of Representatives.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Installs Water Level Monitoring Equipment Near Lake Thompson
In April, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Watershed Protection Program installed new water level monitoring equipment on a bridge near Lake Thompson in Kingsbury County.

Game, Fish and Parks

Geigle Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year
PIERRE, S.D. – The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Adam Geigle the 2020 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year. Geigle is a conservation officer for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and is stationed in Rapid City.

GFP Seeking Comments on River Otter Plan
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is seeking comments on a draft revision of the river otter management plan, which was first established in 2012.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
SCENIC, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Scenic.

Transportation

Shoulder Work To Begin on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says shoulder work will begin in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Exit 40 (Tilford) and Exit 32 (Sturgis) on Monday, May 11.

Work Begins on East North Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says pavement repair work will begin on East North Street in Rapid City on Tuesday, May 12.

BRIDGE WORK BEGINS ON HIGHWAY 16B
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge work will begin on Highway 16B at mile marker 67.98 in the east and westbound lanes near the intersection of Highway 79 on May 11.

Bridge Work To Begin on Interstate 90 Near Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge work will begin in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Sturgis on Tuesday, May 12.