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Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota is a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary
Over the past two years, America has seen some of the most concerning attacks on freedom in our history. Governments seized previously unimagined power over our day-to-day lives. Churches were forced to close, forsaking freedom of religion. Big tech and government alike attempted to police speech, something that is supposed to be free for all. And though the Supreme Court seems poised to advance the right to life of all people, renewed attacks on that right are only just beginning.

Health

Formula Shortage
The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) continues to work with SD WIC nutrition program participants to ensure access to safe formula alternatives as a result of the national formula shortage.

Public Safety

Name Released In Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – A 20-year-old Winner, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Winner.

Transportation

Pipe Replacement to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 Between Newell and Maurine
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says pipe replacement work on U.S. Highway 212, east of Newell, will begin on Monday, May 23, 2022.


Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Announces Partnerships with Advertising Agencies
The South Dakota Department of Tourism announced new marketing partnerships today as it looks to expand and grow the state’s brand and marketing footprint.


Transportation

Construction to Begin on 60th Street Bridge over Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will begin on Monday, May 23, 2022, for the 60th Street Bridge over Interstate 229 just south of the Interstate 90/229 interchange.

SDDOT Removing Sign Bridge Structures Damaged in Sioux Falls Storm
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will be removing sign bridge structures in Sioux Falls that have damage resulting from the storm on May 12, 2022.


Education

Governor Noem announces three West River schools named winners of $300K in fitness equipment
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and fitness icon Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld announced the winners of the DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center campaign, awarding three West River schools $300,000 in fitness equipment.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces More Than $98 Million for South Dakota Environmental Projects
DANR announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $98,703,620 in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater, and solid waste projects in South Dakota.

Registration Open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the SD State Fair
Registration Open for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the SD State Fair

Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – One man died early Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Winner.

Names Released In Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN S.D. – A Winnipeg Manitoba Canada man has been identified as the person who died Thursday in a vehicle-motorcycle crash north of Watertown.

Transportation

Asphalt Resurfacing to Begin on S.D. Highway 46 Near Irene
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work has begun on an asphalt resurfacing project on S.D. Highway 46 between Irene and S.D. Highway 19.

Bridge Rail Painting Scheduled for U.S. Highway 85 in Deadwood
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says bridge rail painting and repairs will occur on three bridges over Whitewood Creek on U.S. Highway 85, between Burlington Street and the Highway 385 intersection.

S.D. Highway 53 Construction Project Awarded in Tripp County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the construction project to renovate S.D. Highway 53 in Tripp County was recently awarded by the Transportation Commission.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed Near Crooks
DANR Forest Health Team has confirmed the presence of EAB in Minnehaha County near Crooks

Public Safety

Wildland Fire, National Guard to hold helicopter recertification May 20
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota’s Wildland Fire Division will conduct its annual wildland fire helicopter recertification with the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit this Friday, May 20.

Transportation

Maintenance Work to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 Missouri River Bridge West of Gettysburg
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority will be performing maintenance work on the telephone line and conduit that is attached to the U.S. Highway 212 Missouri River Bridge west of Gettysburg.


Governor Kristi Noem

Honoring Those with the Courage to Serve
Last week, I had the humbling opportunity to speak at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial service in Pierre. We honored 68 brave South Dakotans in local, state, and federal law enforcement who showed courage by giving up their lives in service to our people.


Governor Kristi Noem

State Agencies Provide Storm Assistance
Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered South Dakota’s National Guard and the Department of Public Safety’s Wildland Fire Division and Highway Patrol to provide assistance to those eastern South Dakota communities impacted by Thursday’s severe storms.

South Dakota Strong
Nature has a way of humbling us, of stepping into our lives with previously unthought power and reminding us what truly matters. That's how I felt these past two days while surveying storm damage across much of South Dakota.

Governor Noem Orders State of Emergency for Storm Response
Today, Gov. Kristi Noem issued a State of Emergency and ordered state personnel and resources to communities impacted by the damaging storms that occurred Thursday in eastern South Dakota. The Department of Public Safety’s Office of Emergency Management has opened an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response with local government authorities.

Education

State Historical Society awards five historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in Faith, De Smet, Lake Preston, Dell Rapids, and Lake Andes recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Social Services

Mental health help available for storm victims
Help is available for individuals and families dealing with the stress and uncertainty that follows natural disasters like last night’s storms across eastern South Dakota.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and South Dakotans Who Died from COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide immediately until sunset on Monday, May 16, 2022, in honor of South Dakota law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty and the 2,917 South Dakotans who have perished from COVID-19.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Alt Rockers Everclear to be Support Act for Stone Temple Pilots at 2022 State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and C&B Operations welcome Everclear as the support act for Stone Temple Pilots at the Fair Grandstand on Friday, September 2.

Game, Fish and Parks

Registration Open for Family Camping Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) announced that registration is open for its Becoming an Outdoor Family program to be held July 27-29, at Pelican Lake Recreation Area near Watertown.

Transportation

Durable Pavement Marking Projects to Begin in Watertown Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that on Monday, May 16, 2022, work will begin to place durable pavement marking on Interstate 29 from mile marker 165 to mile marker 179.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs to Host Two Memorial Day Programs
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will host two Memorial Day programs this year. Both events will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.


Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled to Begin on S.D. Highway 87 and U.S. Highway 18
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin chip seal and fog seal projects on portions of S.D. Highway 87 and U.S. Highway 18 beginning Monday, May 16, 2022.


Social Services

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month
Governor Kristi Noem has named May as Foster Parent Appreciation Month to thank those families that have stepped forward to care for South Dakota children.

Transportation

Construction Begins on S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) at Six Mile Road Intersection in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) begins reconstruction work on S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) and the Six Mile Road intersection on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

DEX Construction Underway
Construction on the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX has begun on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Walt Bones Named 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador
Walt Bones of Chancellor has been named the 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Public Safety

Montrose Student Wins $10,000 In Highway Safety’s Lesson Learned SD Program
PIERRE, S.D. – A Montrose High School freshman has won $10,000 for himself – and another $10,000 for his school – by promising to be a safe driver.

Social Services

Governor Noem makes May 8-14 Prevention Week in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May 8-14, as Prevention Week in South Dakota to help promote substance use prevention and positive mental health in the state.

Transportation

SDDOT Celebrates 26 Years of Providing 511 Service to South Dakota Travelers
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will celebrate “511 Day” on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, as SDDOT 511 marks more than a quarter of a century of service to South Dakota citizens and travelers.

Asphalt Surface Treatment Project to Begin on S.D. Highway 28 and S.D. Highway 324 in Hamlin and Brookings Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work will begin on Monday, May 16, 2022, on an asphalt surface treatment project in Hamlin and Brookings Counties. Work on the project includes S.D. Highway 28 for approximately 13 miles from U.S. 81 to the east edge of Estelline in Hamlin County, and on S.D. Highway 324 for approximately nine miles in Brookings County.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Loves the Outdoors
When you think about South Dakota, you can’t help but picture the great outdoors. The beautiful Black Hills, with their mix of mountain ranges and rolling prairies. The mighty Missouri River — winding across the state and feeding thousands of miles of riverbed and streams.

Education

Board adopts new content standards in several subject areas
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in fine arts and several career and technical education career clusters.

Gov. Noem proclaims May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month in South Dakota.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Arbor Day Creative Writing Contest Winners Selected
Arbor Day Creative Writing Contest Winners Selected

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Holds May Meeting
PIERRE, S.D.–The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission held their May meeting at the Custer State Park Event Barn on May 5-6.

Transportation

AGC, SDDOT, and Area Contractors Partner to Engage Youth and Families in Work Zone Awareness
Construction season is officially underway and to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in work zones, the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota (AGC) and the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) recently announced the winners for the annual work zone awareness billboard campaign.

Asphalt Paving Project to Begin on S.D. Highway 15 East of Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that paving work will begin on Monday, May 9, 2022, on an asphalt surfacing project on S.D. Highway 15 from U.S. Highway 212 to the north junction of S.D. Highway 20, weather permitting.

Pavement Marking Project to Begin on Interstate 29 Between Canton and Tea
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says pavement marking work is scheduled for Interstate 29 between the Canton Exit (exit 62) and the Tea Exit (exit 71) beginning the week of May 9, 2022.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin on S.D. Highway 10 from Pollock to U.S. Highway 83
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that paving work will begin Tuesday, May 10, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project on S.D. Highway 10 from Pollock to U.S. Highway 83.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Proclaims Today Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day
Today, Governor Noem proclaimed May 5th as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day in South Dakota.

Corrections

Inmate Noah Schuler back in custody
Inmate Noah Schuler was apprehended by law enforcement in Sioux Falls May 5.

Education

Future Workforce Finder connects students and businesses
Students and businesses across South Dakota have a new way to connect, thanks to an online matching system launched today by the departments of Education and Labor and Regulation. The goal of the Future Workforce Finder is two-fold: attract potential employees for business and industry and allow students to explore careers available in their home state.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sioux Falls Fifth Grader Wins South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest
A fifth-grade student at Frontier Elementary School in Sioux Falls is the winner of the 2022 South Dakota Arbor Day Poster Contest

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL TO MEET MAY 13
PIERRE, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Arts Council, the advisory board of the state arts agency, will meet remotely via online/call-in format May 13 for the Council’s annual spring grants meeting.

Transportation

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin on U.S. Highway 14 East of Blunt
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that paving work will begin Monday, May 9, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 14 from mile marker 254 to 258 starting three miles east of Blunt.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 from La Plant to U.S. Highway 83
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work has begun on an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 212 from the city of La Plant to U.S. Highway 83 and on pipe repair work on S.D. Highway 1804 from the Agar corner north to mile marker 311.

Marion Road Closure Scheduled for 41st Street DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
Marion Road will be closed beginning Monday, May 9, 2022, to traffic between 41st Street and 44th Street for approximately three weeks.


Corrections

Inmate Noah Schuler placed on escape status
Noah Schuler left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center May 3 without authorization.

Education

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day May 6
May 6 is School Lunch Hero Day, a special day to celebrate the hard work and dedication of school nutrition professionals. The South Dakota Department of Education invites students, school staff, parents, and communities to thank their local school lunch and breakfast staff.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash and ATV Big Air Tour Return to the 2022 State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair welcomes the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash and ATV Big Air Tour sponsored by American Bank & Trust back to the Fair Grandstand this year.

Game, Fish and Parks

Temporary Boat Ramp Closure – Walker’s Point Recreation Area, Lake Madison
MADISON, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department (GFP) will be temporarily closing the boat ramp at Walker’s Point Recreation Area on Lake Madison.

Health

Child Being Investigated for Hepatitis
PIERRE, S.D. The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is investigating a child with hepatitis of unknown origin. The child resides in Brown County and is under 10 years of age.

Labor and Regulation

Tour De Yankton Jobs 2022 Offers Hiring Event and Business Tours For May
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) in partnership with Yankton Thrive and Riverfront Broadcasting will host its second Tour De Yankton Jobs Hiring Event on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. CDT.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on U.S. Highway 12 in Waubay
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin concrete repair work on U.S. Highway 12 in Waubay on Thursday, May 5, 2022.


Education

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and announcing Regional Teachers of the Year
May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week. “We’ve recently had several schools and individual teachers recognized for their excellence in education. You make South Dakota proud, and not just for these accomplishments,” Governor Kristi Noem said. “We are proud because our teachers are giving their all to help the next generation reach higher and dream bigger.”

Health

SD-DOH Announces Available Grants for Mosquito Control Programs
The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) today announced that cities, counties, and tribes can apply, or reapply, to obtain state grant funding to help control mosquito populations and prevent the spread of West Nile virus (WNV).

Social Services

Governor Noem calls for raising mental health awareness
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in South Dakota. It is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental health challenges, reduce stigma, and promote the resources available to help.


Governor Kristi Noem

Go Big, Go South Dakota Tourism
There has never been a better time to talk about tourism in South Dakota. May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) across the country. In South Dakota, we celebrate the Great Faces, Great Places that make our state the greatest vacation destination in America.

Education

Latest State Historical Society Laura Ingalls Wilder book wins design award
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s third Pioneer Girl Project installment, “Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts” written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal, has been selected for the Association of University Presses Scholarly Typographic award.

Public Safety

May’s Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety plans statewide sobriety checkpoints in 14 counties during May.

Social Services

Five Tips for Success in College: Mental Health Memo for May
Have you ever reflected on where you are in life and thought “is this what I am supposed to be doing” or “do I feel fulfilled with my career choice”?

Transportation

Pavement Repair to Begin on Benson Road and 60th Street at Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says beginning Monday, May 2, 2022, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Benson Road under Interstate 29 to being pavement repair.

Culvert Lining Work Scheduled for U.S. Highway 12 and S.D. Highway 20 in Mobridge Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work is expected to begin on culvert repairs on Monday, May 2, 2022, on U.S. Highway 12 from Selby to Mobridge and on S.D. Highway 20 from Trail City to U.S. Highway 12.


Social Services

Foster families provide safety and support for children in turmoil
Foster families provide safety, support, and hope for children in turmoil.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Visual Impacts Assessment for Deadwood Box Study and Environmental Study
SDDOT, along with the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Deadwood, is accepting public input as part of the Visual Impacts Assessment (VIA) for the U.S. Highway 14A/U.S. Highway 85 Deadwood Box Study and Environmental Study.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Additional Round of Broadband Funding Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced new broadband grants that will make quality, high-speed internet available to underserved locations in South Dakota as her commitment to her ConnectSD Initiative continues.


Bureau of Administration

NORTHWEST ENTRANCE TO HILGER’S GULCH TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Beginning Monday, May 2, 2022, the northwest entrance to Hilger’s Gulch will be temporarily closed. The Bureau of Administration will begin a maintenance and repair project on the winding path leading up to North Evans Street from Hilger’s Gulch on Monday.

Social Services

Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday April 30
South Dakotans are encouraged to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the next Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the Northern Lincoln County Corridors Study for S.D. Highway 11 and S.D. Highway 115
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Harrisburg High School (1300 W. Willow St.) in Harrisburg.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Josh Turner & Elle King to Co-Headline at the 2022 SD State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and Pioneer welcome Josh Turner and Elle King to the SD State Fair grandstand on Saturday, September 3.

Tourism

Tourism Industry Celebrates the “Future of Travel” During National Travel and Tourism Week
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is partnering with the U.S. Travel Association and communities across the state to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), May 1-7.


Corrections

Inmate Philip Richards back in custody
Philip Richards was apprehended in Pennington County today.

Inmate Philip Richards placed on escape status
Philip Richards left his work release job in Rapid City April 23 without authorization and failed to return to his assigned housing unit.

Social Services

Stress less this Spring
Spring is a wonderful time of year when we emerge from our sleepy winter homes and prepare for a summer of activity and adventure. This time of year can also bring stress as family and school activities reach a fever pitch and businesses prepare for busier days.

Transportation

Construction Project Underway on S.D. Highway 49 in Tripp and Lyman County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work has begun on the reconstruction of S.D. Highway 49 in Tripp and Lyman Counties.

Work Begins on U.S. Highway 83 Between White River and Murdo
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the asphalt concrete surfacing project has begun on U.S. Highway 83 between the cities of White River and Murdo.

Work Begins on Interstate 90 in Lyman County Between Presho and Reliance
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work has begun on Interstate 90 between Presho and Reliance in both the eastbound and westbound lanes.

2022 Spring Load Restriction - Press Release #9 (Week of April 25 – 29, 2022)
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the table below. Effective dates are included in the table.

Asphalt Overlay Scheduled for S.D. Highway 47 from Eureka to North Dakota Border
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work is expected to begin in mid-May on the asphalt overlay and related work on S.D. Highway 47 from Eureka to the North Dakota border.

Asphalt Overlay Scheduled for S.D. Highway 10 from Pollock to U.S. Highway 83
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work is expected to begin in early May on the asphalt overlay and related work on S.D. Highway 10 from Pollock to U.S. Highway 83.

Intersection Closures Planned through May on 41st Street Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the planned intersection closures will continue through May 27, 2022 as part of the 41st Street construction project in Sioux Falls.

Veterans Affairs

National Military Appreciation Month
Governor Kristi Noem, in coordination with the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, has proclaimed May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time for all to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who have served in the past and those now serving, as well as their families.


Transportation

Interstate 90 Scheduled to Reopen From Sturgis to Wyoming Border at 9 a.m. (MT) (Sunday, April 24, 2022)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says Interstate 90 will reopen both eastbound and westbound from Sturgis to the Wyoming state line beginning at 9 a.m. (MT).


Transportation

Interstate 90 Closing From Sturgis to Wyoming Border at 7 p.m. (MT) (Saturday, April 23, 2022)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says due to continued heavy snow and high winds, Interstate 90 will be closed both eastbound and westbound from Sturgis to the Wyoming state line beginning at 7 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, April 23, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Opportunity, Not Difficulty
An optimistic mindset can change more than just how we see the world – it can change everything about our lives.

Education

DOE sets targets for State Performance Plan
The South Dakota Department of Education Special Education Programs (SEP) has set targets for all students with disabilities receiving special education services in a public school district.

New Social Studies Standards commission announced and first meeting set for May 4
Today, the South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) announced the formation of a new Social Studies Content Standards Commission and set the first meeting date for Wednesday, May 4. The commission will meet throughout the summer.

Transportation

Work Scheduled to Begin on S.D. Highway 44 in Winner
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work is expected to begin on the reconstruction of S.D. Highway 44 in Winner in mid-May. The project includes reconstruction of both S.D. Highway 44 and U.S. Highway 18 in Winner.

Safety Improvements to Begin at the Intersection of S.D. Highway 79 and Spring Creek Road
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says a safety improvement project at the intersection of S.D. Highway 79 and Spring Creek Road, south of Rapid City, will begin on Monday, April 25, 2022.

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.

Veterans Affairs

Johnson Named Superintendent for Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home
South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Greg Whitlock announced that Chuck Johnson will be serving as the new superintendent of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.


Tourism

South Dakota's Tourism Industry Benefits All Counties in 2021
In 2021, visitor spending in South Dakota reached a record high of $4.4 billion. A recent analysis shows all areas of South Dakota rebounded significantly in 2021.


Education

2022 Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Nine South Dakota Workforce Education Grants, totaling $1,418,942 have been awarded to South Dakota public school districts.

Public Safety

Registration Still Open for $20,000 Lesson Learned Teen Safe Driving Campaign
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota high school students still have time to enter this year’s Lesson Learned teen safe driving campaign where they can win $10,000 for themselves and another $10,000 for a school-sponsored activity or program.

Names Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
LENNOX, S.D. – A Worthing, S.D., man has died as a result of injuries suffered Friday in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Lennox.

Transportation

2022 Spring Load Restriction - Press Release #8 (Week of April 18 – 22, 2022)
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the table below. Effective dates are included in the table.

Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program Funding Available
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says Letter of Intent forms are now being accepted for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program. Transportation Alternatives (TA) is a program that uses federal transportation funds, designated by Congress, for specific activities that enhance the inter-modal transportation system and provide safe alternative transportation options.

Board of Regents

Learning Drives Us Forward Higher Education Marketing Campaign Launched
In a cooperative effort with the six public universities, the South Dakota Board of Regents launched a new marketing campaign highlighting the value and importance of higher education to the state of South Dakota.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Admission Passes Available for the Read & Win Program
Free 2022 State Fair admission passes are now available for the Read & Win program.

Transportation

2022 Spring Load Restriction - Press Release #7 (Week of April 18 – 22, 2022)
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the table below. Effective dates are included in the table.

Signals at Crazy Horse Memorial and Oreville Junction Scheduled to Become Operational
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the traffic signals at Crazy Horse Memorial and U.S. Highway 16/S.D. Highway 244 at Oreville Junction, will once again become operational beginning Monday, May 2, 2022.


Transportation

Intersection Closures Planned on 41st Street Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that intersection closures are planned as part of the 41st Street project in Sioux Falls. Beginning Monday April 18, 2022, and extending through May 27, 2022, the south-side 41st Street intersections at Gateway Boulevard, Terry Avenue, and Cathy Avenue will be closed on an intermittent bas


Education

Two State Historical Society supporters to receive Robinson Award
Two longtime South Dakota State Historical Society supporters will be announced as winners of the prestigious Robinson Memorial Award on Saturday during the society’s annual history conference.


Governor Kristi Noem

The Week to Celebrate Life
Everywhere we turn, we see symbols of renewal and rebirth. Spring snows blanket Custer State Park while buffalo calves are being born on the prairie. Elsewhere, the snow has turned to rain showers — a blessing to all, especially our farmers preparing the fields for spring planting.

Labor and Regulation

Tour De Yankton Jobs 2022 Hiring Event and Business Tours
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) in partnership with Yankton Thrive and Riverfront Broadcasting will launch the inaugural Tour De Yankton Jobs Hiring Event on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. CDT.

Social Services

Funding available for furnace repair or replacement
A program helping South Dakotans who own their home afford the repair or replacement of their furnace has more funding available and eligible low-income households in need are encouraged to apply.

Transportation

Intersection Closure Planned on 41st Street Project for South Gateway Boulevard in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that an intersection closure is planned as part of the 41st Street project in Sioux Falls.

Signal Work Planned on U.S. Highway 12 in Webster
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin signal work at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and S.D. Highway 25 in Webster on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Phase One of 20th Street Interchange Bridge Structure to Begin in Brookings
Construction of phase one of the 20th Street Interchange Bridge Structure (east half) is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Construction on S.D. Highway 37 Begins in Sanborn County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work will begin on S.D. Highway 37 from the junction with S.D. Highway 34 (approximately 2.5 miles east of Woonsocket) to the intersection of S.D. Highway 224 (Alpena Road).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Community of the Year and Excellence in Economic Development Awards given
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) gave an official salute to a successful year of growth during its annual conference on Thursday.


Public Utilities Commission

PUC resolves Avon’s Farmers Cooperative Elevator receivership with no losses to producers
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is wrapping up the receivership of Farmers Cooperative Elevator (FCE) of Avon with no losses to producers or creditors.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces More Than $1.1 Billion for South Dakota Environmental Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $1,103,257,865 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in South Dakota.

DANR Announces More Than $430 Million for South Dakota Rural Water System Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $430,651,683 in grants and loans for rural water systems throughout South Dakota.

DANR Announces More Than $38 million for Central South Dakota Water and Wastewater Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $38,747,680 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in central South Dakota.

DANR Announces More Than $79 Million for Minnehaha and Lincoln County Water and Wastewater Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $79,081,776 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties in South Dakota.

DANR Announces More Than $209 Million for Northeast South Dakota Water and Wastewater Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $209,827,641 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in northeast South Dakota.

DANR Announces More Than $160 million for Southeast South Dakota Water and Wastewater Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $160,463,900 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in southeast South Dakota.

DANR Announces More Than $183 Million for Western South Dakota Environmental Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $183,977,300 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in western South Dakota.

Transportation

Asphalt Crack Sealing in Belle Fourche Area to Resume
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says asphalt crack sealing will resume on routes in the Belle Fourche Area, beginning the week of Monday, April 18, 2022.


Transportation

Moody County Highway 9A Closure Planned Near Flandreau
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin bridge replacement work on Moody County Highway 9A over the Big Sioux River northwest of Flandreau. Motorists are advised that Moody County Highway 9A will be closed to through traffic between Moody County Highway 4 and S.D. Highway 32 beginning Monday, April 18, 2022, until project completion.


Social Services

Governor Noem, DSS developing additional regional mental health crisis facilities across state
Governor Kristi Noem and the Department of Social Services (DSS) are working to expand the number of regional behavioral health facilities across the state to create a robust and comprehensive crisis service delivery model.


Governor Kristi Noem

The Lessons of History
I love learning about history. When I see the granite faces on Mount Rushmore, I always want to learn more about the men enshrined there. When I walk through downtown Rapid City and see the bronze statues of our presidents, I want to learn more about each of their successes and failures. I love the stories — and we can learn powerful lessons from those stories.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Holds April Meeting
PIERRE, S.D.–The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission held their April meeting at the Watertown Event Center on April 7-8.

GFP Tracking Lake Oahe Water Levels
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) officials are working hard this spring season to track Lake Oahe water levels and are planning for additional access work on the Missouri River reservoir.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on S.D. Highway 52 and S.D. Highway 37 in Springfield Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will begin on Monday, April 18, 2022, on an asphalt surfacing project on S.D. Highway 52 between S.D. Highway 50 and S.D. Highway 37, and on S.D. Highway 37P from the intersection with S.D. Highway 37 through the city of Springfield.

SDDOT and Walworth County Seek Public Input into Walworth County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Walworth County, will hold a public meeting open house on Thursday, April 14, 2022, to gather public input to develop the update to the Walworth County Master Transportation Plan.

Revenue

Department of Revenue Encourages Individuals to Use DMV Now Kiosks Located Across the State
Last year, the Department of Revenue doubled the number of locations for drivers to access DMV Now Kiosks statewide and encourages individuals to take advantage of the services provided.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

State Fair Seeks Guest Entertainers for Centennial Stage
The State Fair extends an open invitation for entertainers to submit resumes and contact information for consideration to perform in one of the featured segments on the Centennial Stage during the 2022 South Dakota State Fair.

Transportation

Street Closures Planned on 41st Street Construction Project for Cathy Avenue and Terry Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that street closures are planned as part of the 41st Street project. Beginning on Friday, April 8, 2022, the south half of the intersection at Terry Avenue and Cathy Avenue will be closed alternately at 41st Street to allow crews to complete pavement removals.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Proposed S.D. Highway 28 Reconstruction Project through Toronto
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house on Monday, April 25, 2022, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. to inform area residents about the proposed S.D. Highway 28 reconstruction project through the city of Toronto.


Corrections

State prison inmate Christopher Burns in custody
Inmate Christopher Burns was apprehended in Douglas, WY April 5.

Game, Fish and Parks

Registration is Open for Second Annual Summer Trek and Youth Conservation Camp, GFP-NASP 2022 Tournament Crowns Champions
PIERRE, S.D. – The deadline for early registration into the Second Annual Summer Trek is approaching. Those registering before April 20 receive a jersey included with registration. Bicyclists can sign up online at mickelsontrail.com.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on S.D. Highway 50 between Tyndall and Tabor
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will begin Monday, April 18, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project on S.D. Highway 50 between Tyndall and Tabor.

Utility Construction Scheduled for U.S. Highway 12 through Roscoe
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the city of Roscoe will begin utility construction on U.S. Highway 12 on Monday, April 11, 2022.

SDDOT and Clay County Seek Public Input into Clay County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Clay County, will hold a public meeting open house on Monday, April 11, 2022, to gather public input to update the Clay County Master Transportation Plan.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Restricts Critical Race Theory in K-12 Schools
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-02, which restricts the teaching of Critical Race Theory in K-12 education in South Dakota.

Education

Students to explore careers during South Dakota Week of Work April 11-15
The annual South Dakota Week of Work is scheduled for April 11-15. This exciting week will help middle and high school students explore career opportunities across the state.

Public Safety

Name Released In Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
De SMET, S.D. – A De Smet, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of De Smet.

Transportation

2022 Spring Load Restriction - Press Release #6 (Week of April 4 – 8, 2022)
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the information below.

“Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down” National Work Zone Awareness Week April 11-15, 2022
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to remind drivers to be attentive while traveling through work zones. “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down” is the official theme for NWZAW 2022, which will be observed the week of April 11-15.

Urban Reconstruction Project to Continue in Gettysburg
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will continue progress on the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 212 in Gettysburg.

Board of Regents

Students to explore careers during summer camps on college campuses
South Dakota middle school students will have an opportunity to participate in free, five-day career exploration camps this summer. Hosted on three South Dakota college campuses, the Dakota Dreams Career Exploration Summer Camps will allow incoming 7th and 8th grade students to experience at least 10 different career paths.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota’s Commitment to our Veterans is Older than even our State.
The Dakota Territory was the first of all territories to provide such a resource for veterans. Nine days after South Dakota became a state, the cornerstone was placed in the original Dakota Soldiers’ Home building.


Education

April 7 History Talk features story of Spearfish man, Kenny Higashi, and Japanese Americans during World War II
The South Dakota State Historical Society is hosting author Lauren R. Harris at its April History Talk on Thursday, April 7, from 7-8 p.m. CDT (6-7 p.m. MDT).

Public Safety

Public Briefing Wednesday For Legislators On Crash Investigation
PIERRE, S.D. – At the request of legislators, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety will conduct a public briefing for legislators on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 in regards to the crash where South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was driving a vehicle that struck and killed the late Joseph Boever on Sept. 12, 2020 in Hyde County. In anticipation of that briefing, DPS has released information that supplements what has been publicly reported on by the media from its investigative report.

Social Services

Governor Noem calls for prevention of child abuse, neglect
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to help bring an end to abuse and neglect in South Dakota.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on U.S. Highway 12 from Aberdeen to Ipswich (Updated Start Date)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin construction on U.S. Highway 12 from Aberdeen to Ipswich on Monday, April 18, 2022. (Updated Start Date)

Work to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) states that construction is scheduled to begin on U.S. Highway 212, from just east of U.S. Highway 81 to just east of 19th Street East, on Monday, April 11, 2022.


Public Safety

Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
De SMET, S.D. – One man died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of De Smet.


Governor Kristi Noem

Serving Veterans, Supporting Soldiers
April marks Month of the Military Child, an annual celebration where communities across the country lift up the sons and daughters of our military heroes. During this time, we remember that the men and women in uniform are not the only ones who sacrifice for our country – their families sacrifice time together. Sometimes they even sacrifice the life of their loved ones.

Corrections

Inmate Collin Daugherty dies
Inmate Collin Daugherty passed away at the Sioux Falls Community Work Center March 31.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

EPA Authorizes Use of Enlist Products in all South Dakota Counties
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of Enlist One and Enlist Duo in all South Dakota counties.

Transportation

Pavement Repair to Begin on U.S. Highway 85 Between Spearfish and Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says pavement repair work on U.S. Highway 85 south of Belle Fourche will begin Wednesday, April 6, 2022. A majority of repairs will take place north of the Redwater River Bridge, with minor repair work being completed south of the bridge.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Supports Returning Federal Housing Dollars
Today, the South Dakota Housing & Development Authority (SDHDA) returned $81.5 million in unused Emergency Rental Assistance funds to the federal government.

Corrections

Inmate Anthony McDonald in custody
Inmate Anthony McDonald was apprehended in Minnehaha County March 30.

Public Safety

Names Released In Clark County Fatal Crash
WALLACE, S.D. – An Aberdeen, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died early Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Wallace.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned Statewide During April
PIERRE, S.D. – April’s list of statewide sobriety checkpoints has been announced by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Social Services

April Mental Health Memo: Celebrating National Pet Day
Animals are a simple pleasure that bring joy to many people almost immediately upon hearing or seeing them.

Transportation

Maintenance Work Planned on Interstate 29 through Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin maintenance work on northbound Interstate 29 through the Sioux Falls area. A lane closure along northbound Interstate 29 may result in some traffic delays.


Game, Fish and Parks

2022 Nest Predator Bounty Program Opens for All South Dakota Residents
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) reminds individuals the Nest Predator Bounty program opens for all South Dakota residents on April 1. The program began in 2019 as part of Gov. Noem’s Second Century Initiative.

Board of Regents

Historic State Support Translates to Tuition Freeze for 2022-23
Thanks to significant financial support from the Legislature, the South Dakota Board of Regents today froze tuition and mandatory fees for public university students for the coming year.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Appoints Joan Adam as Secretary of Health
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she is appointing Joan Adam to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), effective immediately. Joan has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since January.

Gov. Noem Appoints Michael Houdyshell as Secretary of Revenue
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she is appointing Michael Houdyshell to serve as Secretary of the Department of Revenue (DOR), effective April 1, 2022.

Corrections

Inmates Gaige McCune, Anthony McDonald placed on escape status
Inmates Gaige McCune and Anthony McDonald left their work release jobsite in Yankton without authorization March 29.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism to Host Spring Hospitality Training
The South Dakota Department of Tourism will host its annual Spring Hospitality Training from May 2-5, 2022. The trainings will be held in seven communities across South Dakota.

Transportation

Transportation Hall of Honor Committee Seeks Nominations
The Transportation Hall of Honor Committee is accepting nominations for review and consideration for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.

Shoulder Repair to Begin on U.S. Highway 83 North and U.S. Highway 14 East of Blunt Junction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will start on Monday, April 4, 2022, with the continuation of the shoulder repair portion of the pavement rehabilitation project started last fall.

U.S. Highway 18 Planned Closure to Begin Near Menno
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) is advising travelers of the upcoming road closure of U.S. Highway 18 from U.S. Highway 81 to two miles west to 437th Avenue beginning on Monday, April 4, 2022.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Proposed U.S. Highway 12 Reconstruction Project through Selby
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (CT) to inform area residents of the proposed U.S. Highway 12 reconstruction project through Selby.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Elects New Officers
embers of the South Dakota Board of Regents elected new officers Tuesday for the coming year.


Human Services

Nominations Sought for 2022 Governor’s Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Governor’s Awards, which recognize the achievements of businesses, individuals with disabilities, and other South Dakota citizens for their contributions to the employment of people with disabilities.

Public Safety

Clark County Fatal Crash
WALLACE, S.D. – One person died early Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Wallace.

Transportation

Grade Raise on U.S. Highway 81 by Arlington to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin a permanent grade raise on U.S. Highway 81 south of Arlington through the Twin Lakes area. Highway 81 will close to through traffic on Monday, April 4, 2022, as work on the grade raise begins.

Deck Rehabilitation to Begin on Cambell Street Bridge in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says bridge deck improvements on the Cambell Street bridge, between Saint Patrick Street and the East Saint Joseph Street ramps, will begin on Monday, April 4, 2022. The work will primarily take place on the bridge deck surface with supporting work occurring underneath the bridge.


Governor Kristi Noem

Taking Care of People
South Dakota is in the middle of a healthcare boom. While the strain of the pandemic has challenged this industry across the country, our state has remained resilient. A new study from WalletHub ranked South Dakota the No. 1 best state for doctors to work in. Last year, that same firm ranked our state in the Top 10 for work environment for nurses.

Gov. Noem Signs Housing Bill into Law
Governor Kristi Noem has signed HB 1033, which makes an appropriation for the provision of housing infrastructure loans and grants, into law.

Gov. Noem Vetoes Three Bills
Today, Governor Kristi Noem vetoed three bills: Senate Bill 151, House Bill 1223, and House Bill 1281.

Gov. Noem Signs Remaining Bills into Law
Governor Kristi Noem has signed all remaining bills into law.

Education

Women’s history the focus of “South Dakota History”
A missionary educator, a Jewish poet from Sioux Falls, an Indigenous singer, and an exciting resource for scholars of women’s history are highlighted in the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Signs Dakota State University Cyber Research Bills into law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation to expand the cyber research industry in South Dakota by enhancing programming and job opportunities at Dakota State University.

Gov. Noem Signs Appropriations Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed 14 appropriations bills into law. These bills provide for the 133rd consecutive year of balanced budgets in South Dakota:

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces More Than $1.6 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $1,638,727 in grants for solid waste and water resource management projects.

Public Safety

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash southeast of Rapid City.

Tourism

APPLICATIONS FOR ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE DUE APRIL 15
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting sponsor applications for its Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) program, which provides matching grants to schools, arts councils, and other nonprofit organizations to host artists-in-residence between July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023.

Transportation

S.D. Highway 15 Closing to Traffic in Grant County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that a section of S.D. Highway 15 will be closed to traffic in Grant County beginning on Monday, April 4, 2022. Motorists are advised to use the detour routes established for this construction project.

SDDOT in Search of Borrow Material Providers for S.D. Highway 10 Project Near Britton
In 2024, the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) plans to begin a construction project on S.D. Highway 10 from Britton to approximately one-half mile west of Houghton. The purpose of this project is to enhance the safety and function of the roadway through shoulder widening, replacing a bridge, repairing or replacing culverts, and adding left turn lanes at both S.D. Highway 37 intersections.

Interstate 90 Construction Begins in McCook County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work is underway to reconstruct Interstate 90 westbound lanes from Salem to Humboldt.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Signs Pro-Life Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed two pro-life bills into law, including HB 1318, which prohibits medical abortion by telemedicine and increases the penalty for the unlicensed practice of medicine when performing a medical abortion.

Education

State Historical Society children’s picture book on Western artist Charlie Russell wins Spur Award
“Charlie Russell and the Gnomes of Bull Head Lodge,” published by the South Dakota State Historical Society, has won a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America.

Transportation

20th Street S. Interchange Construction Project to Begin in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says construction is scheduled to begin on the 20th Street S. Interchange project from 22nd Avenue S. to 34th Avenue S. on Monday, March 28, 2022.

S.D. Highway 44 Bridge Repair Work Scheduled to Begin East of Parkston
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work is scheduled to begin Monday, March 28, 2022, on S.D. Highway 44 at the James River Bridge located 15 miles east of Parkston.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s March Column – Call for Action – We Need to Hear from Our Veterans!
Recently, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its health care facility recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission. These proposals are the first step in a multi-year process. Under the law, all VA proposals are required to be reviewed by the Commission, the President, and Congress.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Repeals Concealed Carry Fees, Signs Tax Reforms and “Open for Business” Bills into Law
Governor Kristi Noem has signed tax reforms and “Open for Business” bills into law, including SB 212, which repeals all concealed carry fees for South Dakota residents.

Gov. Noem Signs Water and Infrastructure Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed water and infrastructure bills into law, including SB 62, funds $600 million in grants for eligible water projects statewide, and SB 50, which funds an additional $60 million for state government water projects.

Corrections

Inmate Christopher Burns placed on escape status
Inmate Christopher Burns left his community service jobsite in Rapid City without authorization March 22.

Public Safety

Names Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
LENNOX, S.D. – A 59-year-old woman from Marion, S.D., has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Lennox.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Signs Military and Veterans Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation to improve readiness capabilities for the South Dakota National Guard:

Gov. Noem Asks VA Secretary McDonough to Shift Course and Not Betray our Veterans
Today, in a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough, Governor Kristi Noem asks the Secretary to reconsider the VA’s recommendations to close and downsize veterans’ healthcare facilities throughout South Dakota. You can read the letter here.

Gov. Noem Signs College CRT Bill and Education Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed HB 1012, which prohibits colleges from requiring students and teachers to attend trainings or orientations based on Critical Race Theory.

Gov. Noem Appoints Jim Terwilliger as Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Jim Terwilliger will be serving as the new Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management, effective April 1.

Game, Fish and Parks

Archery Champions Will be Crowned at 2022 GFP-NASP Tournament
PIERRE, S.D. – Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 13th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament.

Transportation

S.D. Highway 46 Reconstruction Project Planned
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the S.D. Highway 46 reconstruction project from U.S. Highway 81 to the city of Irene has been let, and the contract awarded to Foothills Contracting Inc. of Webster in the amount of $19.3 million.

Veterans Affairs

GOVERNOR NOEM PROCLAIMS VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
Governor Kristi Noem, in coordination with the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, is proclaiming Tuesday, March 29, 2022, as “Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day.” The governor and Department are calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service, and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.


Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash southeast of Rapid City.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
LENNOX, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Lennox.

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
NEW UNDERWOOD, S.D. – An Owanka, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of New Underwood.