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Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Appoints Mark Vargo as Attorney General
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo as Attorney General effective today.

Education

Stidworthy-Kemper House in Turner County Listed in National Register of Historic Places
The Stidworthy-Kemper House in Viborg has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Transportation

Interchange Project on Interstate 29 Near Brookings Moving into Second Construction Phase
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the construction of the 20th Street interchange bridge structure on Interstate 29 near Brookings is scheduled to move into the second phase (west half) on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.


Public Safety

Gregory County Fatal Crash
ST. CHARLES, S.D. – One person died and four others were injured early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of St. Charles.

State Fire Marshal Urges Fireworks Safety
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal urges people who want to discharge fireworks this Fourth of July holiday to use them in a responsible and safe manner.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Helping Moms and Babies
Today, the Supreme Court announced something that countless Americans have prayed for over the past 50 years: they reversed the Roe v. Wade decision and allowed states to make their own choices over abortion policy. In South Dakota, we have a law on the books that makes abortion illegal immediately, except to preserve the life of the mother.

Governor Noem Announces Life.SD.gov
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced a new website, Life.SD.gov. The website helps mothers and their babies before birth and after by providing resources for pregnancy, new parents, financial assistance, and adoption.

Gov. Noem and Legislative Leaders Announce Plans for Special Session to Save Lives, Help Mothers
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, in response to the United States Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, Governor Kristi Noem and leaders in the South Dakota State Legislature jointly announced plans for a special session later this year to save lives and help mothers impacted by the decision.

Corrections

Inmate Gaige McCune in custody
Inmate Gaige McCune was apprehended June 21 in Howell, MI.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled for S.D. Highway 37 and U.S. Highway 81 in Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to the shoulders of three highways in the Mitchell Area beginning on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Sealing Operations Scheduled Near Mitchell on Interstate 90
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says joint sealing, crack sealing, and durable pavement marking will take place on Interstate 90 from mile marker 309 (near Plankinton) to 334 (James River Bridge east of Mitchell) in the eastbound lanes.

Intersection Modifications Scheduled for U.S. Highway 85 and Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will make changes to the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish. An all-way stop will be installed at the intersection on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Second Construction Phase to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the U.S. Highway 212 project will soon move into phase two of construction.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces More Than $243.7 Million for South Dakota Environmental Projects
DANR Announces More Than $243.7 Million for South Dakota Environmental Projects

Tourism

“A Guide to Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Homelands” Visitor Guide Released
South Dakota Department of Tourism and Newly Formed South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance Release New Visitor Guide

Transportation

Pavement Restoration Work to Begin in the Rapid City Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says pavement restoration work near the Peaceful Pines/Sturgis Road intersection and Omaha Street near the 12th Street intersection will begin on Monday, June 27, 2022.

Utility Work to Begin at the Intersection of Omaha Street and Cambell Street in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says a utility improvement project, conducted by Black Hills Energy, at the intersection of Omaha Street and Cambell Street in Rapid City will begin on Monday, June 27, 2022.


Corrections

State prison inmate Steven Ganrude dies
Inmate Steven Ganrude, age 60, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital June 22.

Health

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health’s (DOH) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program strives to ensure that families have the resources needed to be healthy and strong. On June 1, 2022, WIC income guidelines were updated.

Transportation

SDDOT and Meade County Seek Public Input into Meade County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Meade County, will hold public meeting open houses to gather public input on the draft Meade County Master Transportation Plan.


Corrections

Inmate Malcolm Little Brave back in custody
Inmate Malcolm Little Brave was arrested in Rapid City June 18.

Social Services

Air conditioning assistance available in South Dakota
As temperatures in South Dakota rise with the start of summer, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is reminding the public of an important initiative.

Tourism

13 ARTWORKS PURCHASED FOR STATE COLLECTION
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) announces the purchase of 13 new pieces for the state’s public art collection through the Art for State Buildings program.

Transportation

Closure Planned at S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) at Six Mile Road Intersection in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin reconstruction on the intersection of Six Mile Road and S. D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) on Monday, June 27, 2022.


Transportation

Joint Sealing Operations to Begin on U.S. Highway 81 in Yankton
Joint sealing operations will be performed on U.S. Highway 81 in Yankton from the bridge over the Missouri River north to 23rd Street starting Monday, June 20, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Lt. Gov. Rhoden: In Honor of All Fathers
Family is important. President Ronald Reagan once said, “if the family goes, so goes our civilization.”

Education

Meet Artist Dick Termes at the Cultural Heritage Center
“Termespheres: The Art of Dick Termes” will be on exhibit in the Hogen Gallery at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre through Aug. 29.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol, American Legion Host Youth Trooper Academy Next Week
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota high school students from 18 different school districts will live the life of a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper next week.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Scheduled to Begin in Huron Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews will begin chip seal and fog seal projects on several highways in the Huron Area beginning Monday, June 20, 2022.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin Southeast of Fort Pierre on S.D. Highway 1806
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that paving work will begin Tuesday, June 21, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project on S.D. Highway 1806 approximately 18 miles southeast of Fort Pierre between mile markers 150 and 164.

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 paving work will begin Tuesday, June 21, 2022, on an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 212 from one mile east of La Plant to U.S. Highway 83.

Marion Road Reopens on 41st Street DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that Marion Road between 41st Street and 44th Street is now reopened in Sioux Falls.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Marine Corporal John W. Hutchison
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony next month to honor U.S. Marine Corporal John Hutchison.


Education

New issue of “South Dakota History” explores pioneering filmmaker
A legendary South Dakota filmmaker is the highlight of the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charging Plan
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will host two in-person open house public meetings and a virtual, on-demand meeting to discuss and receive public input on the South Dakota Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charging Plan.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for U.S. Highway 14A / S.D. Highway 34 (Lazelle Street) Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the City of Sturgis, Meade County, and the Federal Highway Administration, will hold a public meeting open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the Sturgis Community Center (1401 Lazelle St.) in Sturgis to present transportation improvement scenarios developed for the U.S. Highway 14A / S.D. Highway 34 (Lazelle Street) Corridor Study.


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Corrections

Inmate Randall Heffner back in custody
Inmate Randall Heffner turned himself in to the Minnehaha County Jail June 15.

Labor and Regulation

UpSkill Programs Offer Certificates in High-Demand Fields
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) and Board of Technical Education are partnering to provide eligible individuals occupational skills training through online, in-person, and via hybrid formats. The deadline to apply is August 5, 2022.


Public Safety

Names Released In Deuel County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A 53-year-old man from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada has died as a result of injuries sustained last Thursday in a vehicle-bicycle crash north of Brookings.

Names Released In Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PICKSTOWN, S.D. – A Lake Andes, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Pickstown.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Exit 37 Reconstruction Project to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the first phase of a four-phase project to reconstruct the exit 37 interchange on Interstate 90, near Sturgis, will begin Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridges to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army SGT Richard Maynard and PFC Frederick Farlee
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor U.S. Army Sergeant Richard Maynard and PFC Frederick Farlee.

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army PFC David R. Gatton
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony next month to honor U.S. Army Private First Class David R. Gatton.


Transportation

Road Reopened on U.S. Highway 14 West of Philip
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that a section of U.S. Highway 14 has been reopened two miles west of Philip after a downed power line required road closure.


Governor Kristi Noem

Old Glory, Eternal Glory
On June 14th each year, we celebrate the American Flag as an enduring symbol of freedom, equality, justice, and hope. Our flag is more than a symbol of our country’s core values — it also represents the toil and sacrifice of so many who have worked to lift America to the top of the world stage.

Gov. Noem Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for May 12 Storm Damage
Today, Governor Kristi Noem requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration and signed Executive Order 2022-06 to help South Dakota local governments recover from public infrastructure damage sustained as a result of tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred on May 12 in the eastern part of the state.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
PICKSTOWN, S.D. – One woman died late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Pickstown.

Transportation

Bridge Deck Repairs to Begin in the Black Hills Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work on U.S. Highway 16B at the Rapid Creek Bridge will begin on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Interstate 90 Exit 37 Reconstruction Project to Begin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the first phase of a four-phase project to reconstruct the exit 37 interchange on Interstate 90, near Sturgis, will begin Tuesday, June 21, 2022.


Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s June Column – They Made the Ultimate Sacrifice, Now South Dakota is Honoring Them
South Dakota’s Fallen Hero Bridge program dedicates state bridges to South Dakotans who were killed in action while serving their country or classified as missing in action.


Education

South Dakota Commemorates Stone at Washington Monument
This month is the one-hundred-year anniversary of the official dedication of South Dakota’s memorial stone at the Washington Monument in Washington DC.

June “History Talks” commemorates 1972 Black Hills Flood
The fifty-year anniversary of the 1972 Black Hills flood is approaching quickly.

Health

Formula Shortage Update
PIERRE, S.D. – Late last month, the FDA announced that the U.K.’s Kendamil will send three types of routine formula to the U.S. including Classic First Infant Milk Stage 1, Organic First Infant Milk Stage 1, and Goat First Milk Stage 1.

Tourism

Department of Tourism Partners With More Than Just Parks on New Badlands National Park Short Film
In partnership with the South Dakota Department of Tourism, Badlands National Park will be showcased in a new short film released by More Than Just Parks.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Communities, businesses approved for financing
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) Board of Economic Development approved several funding applications at its meeting today.


Education

Exhibit featuring 3D Termesphere objects opens at Cultural Heritage Center
“Termespheres: The Art of Dick Termes” is now open at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre and runs through Aug. 29.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Offering Summer Programs for Teens and Young Adults
The Department of Labor and Regulation is offering a Summer Passport Series to provide virtual and in-person opportunities for career exploration, job readiness and work-based learning for teens and young adults between the ages of 14 and 24.

Transportation

Public Invited to Attend Quiet Zones Discussion at S.D. Railroad Board Meeting
The South Dakota Railroad Board (Board) will host an opportunity for individuals to provide input on using apportioned federal funds for establishing quiet zones at railroad crossings.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Encourages Farmers and Ranchers to Sign Up for the 2022 Census of Agriculture
DANR Encourages Farmers and Ranchers to Sign Up for the 2022 Census of Agriculture

Labor and Regulation

Tour De Yankton Jobs 2022 Event Continues in June
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) in partnership with Yankton Thrive and Riverfront Broadcasting will host its third Tour De Yankton Jobs Hiring Event on Wednesday, June 21, 2022, 3-5 p.m.

Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash west of Rapid City.

Transportation

Construction of Shared Use Path to Begin on Vanocker Canyon Road in Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says construction work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, on Vanocker Canyon Road.


Governor Kristi Noem

What Happened to America?
Before the pandemic struck, America was experiencing a resurgence in global economic and political strength that hadn’t been seen since World War II. We had the lowest unemployment rate in more than 50 years – including record-high employment rates for Black and Hispanic Americans. We became the global leader in energy production. We were the third-largest exporter of cars and the second-largest producer of auto parts. It’s simple – we were putting America first.

Corrections

Inmate Randall Heffner placed on escape status
Inmate Randall Heffner left his work release jobsite in Yankton without authorization overnight and failed to return to the Yankton Community Work Center.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Holds June Meeting
PIERRE, S.D.–The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission held their June meeting at the Aberdeen Ramkota, June 3-4.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Promises to Defend Girls’ Sports, Sue Biden Administration
Today, Governor Kristi Noem promised to defend fairness in girls’ sports from an attack by the Biden Administration. The Biden U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is threatening funding for the federal school lunch program and other Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars if schools and other entities do not adopt a false interpretation of Title IX.

Corrections

Inmate Malcolm Little Brave placed on escape status
Inmate Malcolm Little Brave left his community service jobsite in Rapid City without authorization June 2 and failed to return to the Rapid City Community Work Center.

Transportation

Shared Use Path Construction to Begin in Box Elder
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says construction of a shared use path in Box Elder will begin Monday, June 6, 2022.


Education

Special education reports 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.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Releases Complete Agenda for the 2022 Governor’s Agricultural Summit
Registration is now open for the 2022 South Dakota Governor’s Agricultural Summit (Ag Summit).

Public Safety

DPS Announces Sobriety Checkpoints For June
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned for 15 counties statewide during the month of June according to the state Department of Public Safety.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One woman died Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash west of Rapid City.

Names Released In Meade County Fatal Crash
PIEDMONT, S.D. – An Oglala, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Piedmont.

Social Services

Additional child care funding available to providers
Governor Kristi Noem is making available additional grants to assist child care providers licensed and registered with the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS).

Tourism

Celebrate 605 Day Across South Dakota
There is one thing that unifies South Dakota and its residents – the state’s area code. Only 11 states in the country have a single area code, and South Dakota is one of them.

Celebrate 605 Day Across South Dakota
There is one thing that unifies South Dakota and its residents – the state’s area code. Only 11 states in the country have a single area code, and South Dakota is one of them.


Social Services

Factoring In Our Mental Health: Mental Health Memo for June
As we grow, there are circumstances that can either help or hurt our mental health. These are called protective factors and risk factors.

Transportation

Emergency Repairs Scheduled for Median Crossover on Interstate 29 Construction Project in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that emergency repairs to the median crossover within the construction zone on Interstate 29 near Brookings are scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2022, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Governor Kristi Noem

Their Sacrifice is a Call for Us to Serve
If you ever visit South Dakota’s State Capitol, I hope you take the time to visit the veterans’ memorial down by Capitol Lake. While this memorial is dedicated to all veterans who have served, there is a portion specifically dedicated to the more than 300 South Dakotans killed in the Korean and Vietnam wars. To one side there is an inscription: May we ever protect the freedoms for which they fought.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Offers Funding for New Apprenticeship Programs
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is offering $150,000 in funding to help offset the initial start-up costs of developing new Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP).

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Governor Noem Awards Four Community Development Block Grants
Governor Kristi Noem has awarded over $2.7 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to four projects throughout South Dakota.


Public Safety

DPS Stresses Safe Driving This Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – With all of the activities planned around the Memorial Day holiday, South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety reminds people to make driving safety a priority.

Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – An Edgemont, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash east of Edgemont.


Game, Fish and Parks

Playhouse Road Temporarily Closed Due to Road Construction
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced that beginning Tuesday, May 31, Playhouse Road in Custer State Park will be completely closed from the junction of Hwy 16A (Iron Mountain Road) to Center Lake. The road will receive a total reconstruction starting at the eastern state park boundary to the entrance of Center Lake.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Honors Trooper Gacke, Inspector Lentz
PIERRE, S.D. – A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper and a Motor Carrier Inspector, both praised for their devotion to duty and family, have received the Patrol’s highest honors.

Veterans Affairs

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month
Governor Kristi Noem, in coordination with the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, is proclaiming the month of June as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month,” a time to reflect on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Executive Orders
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed two executive orders.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
The South Dakota State Library has announced the 2022 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award.

Social Services

Celebrating graduation of youth in foster care and adopted youth
May is a time of celebration for many families across South Dakota as students graduate from high school. For some that means a diploma, for others a GED, but either way it means crossing a finish line that’s more than a decade in the making.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff at State Capitol in Honor of Former State Senator John "Joe" Reedy
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022, in honor of the passing of John "Joe" Reedy, a former state Representative and Senator. Reedy served in the House from 1991-1996 and in the Senate from 1997-2004.

Public Safety

Fall River County Fatal Crash
EDGEMONT, S.D. – One man died Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash east of Edgemont.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin in Mobridge Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mobridge Area beginning Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Construction to Begin on S.D. Highway 10 in Britton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin concrete repair work on S.D. Highway 10 in Britton on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Veterans Affairs

Honoring our Heroes Legacy
Memorial Day was born of compassion and empathy for those who courageously gave their lives to safeguard us and our way of life.


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

Game, Fish and Parks

Fish Consumption Advisories for South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Departments of Game, Fish and Parks, Health, Agriculture, and Natural Resource partner to test almost 150 lakes across the state for metals, pesticides and polycholrinated biphenyls (PCB). As a result, fish consumption advisories have been issued for elevated mercury levels on waters listed below.

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

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park to Host Event for Bison Center
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the new Custer State Park Bison Center on Friday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. MT.

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.