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Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Signs Executive Order Banning TikTok
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-10, which bans the Chinese social media platform TikTok for state government agencies, employees, and contractors using state devices.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Offering Workforce Knowledge Series
The Department of Labor and Regulation is offering a first-of-its-kind Workforce Knowledge Series for businesses and organizations.

Public Safety

Names Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people who died last Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2002, in a two-vehicle crash north of Scotland.

Tripp County Fatal Crash
WITTEN, S.D. – One man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Witten.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM WINS INTERNATIONAL MARKETING AWARDS
The South Dakota Department of Tourism will be honored at the annual Adrian Awards ceremony for travel marketing excellence by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). The awards ceremony will be held in February in Los Angeles, CA.


Governor Kristi Noem

Thanking Emergency Responders
For most of us, we hope to never need help from emergency responders. But when our darkest moments come, we depend on them to be there for us.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General Mark Vargo to introduce Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator and Human Trafficking Coordinator
Attorney General Mark Vargo will announce he has filled two new positions at the Attorney General’s Office: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator and Human Trafficking Coordinator.

Corrections

Offender Gregory Wyman dies
Offender Gregory Wyman, age 68, passed away at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield on Nov. 26.

Public Safety

DPS Announces December Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety says 14 sobriety checkpoints in 12 counties are scheduled to be held during the month of December.

Transportation

SDDOT and Yankton County Seek Public Input into West Yankton County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Yankton County, will hold an open house public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, to gather public input for help in developing the West Yankton County Master Transportation Plan.


Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash that occurred north of North Sioux City.


Corrections

Offender Trevor Chipps placed on escape status
Offender Trevor Chipps left his community assignment in Rapid City without authorization Nov. 23 and failed to return to the Rapid City Minimum Center at the scheduled time.


Public Safety

Spearfish Driver Licensing Exam Station Moves to New Location
PIERRE, S.D. – Effective Wednesday, Nov. 30, the South Dakota Driver Licensing exam station in Spearfish will be at a new location.

Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – Two people died and another person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night north of Scotland.

Transportation

South Dakota Transportation Commission Awards Economic Development Grants
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded a total of $3.5 million in economic development grants this week for infrastructure improvements for some of South Dakota’s smaller communities and agri-business development.

SDDOT and Walworth County Seek Public Input into Updates for Walworth County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Walworth County, will hold an open house public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, to gather public input for help in developing the update to the Walworth County Master Transportation Plan.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Thanksgiving Proclamation
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive proclamation proclaiming November 24, 2022 as “Thanksgiving Day” in South Dakota.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces the 183rd graduation class of the South Dakota Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course
Attorney General Mark Vargo has announced that 39 students completed the Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre, S.D.

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces the 183rd graduation class of the South Dakota Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course
Attorney General Mark Vargo has announced that 39 students completed the Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre, S.D.

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces the 183rd graduation class of the South Dakota Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course
Attorney General Mark Vargo has announced that 39 students completed the Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre, S.D.

Public Safety

DPS Urges Public to Keep Safety A Priority During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – Whether hosting Thanksgiving at home or traveling somewhere else to celebrate the holiday, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and its agencies remind the public that safety must be a priority.


Transportation

Pedestrian Traffic Reopened on 41st Street DDI Construction Project in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that pedestrian traffic along 41st Street has reopened for the winter months.


Public Safety

Names Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Lincoln, NE woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

Name Released In Hamlin County Fatal Crash
ESTELLINE, S.D. – A Castlewood, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Estelline


Governor Kristi Noem

Thanksgiving – A Time for Family & Fellowship
The first American Thanksgiving was a celebration of unity across cultures and races. Two cultures who did not know each other gathered together to have a meal and engage in fellowship. I hope that our kids learn this as part of our nation’s true and honest history.

Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office spring 2023 internship program.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Glacial Lakes Energy Contribution to the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX Announced
Glacial Lakes Energy Contribution to the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX Announced


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Announces Christmas at the Capitol Grand Lighting Ceremony
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has announced that the 2022 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 pm CT. This year’s theme for Christmas at the Capitol is “Merry Prairie Christmas.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Fines Town of Hermosa for Wastewater Violations
DANR Fines Town of Hermosa for Wastewater Violations

Human Services

Governor's Awards Recognize Contributions of Individuals and Businesses across South Dakota
During the annual Governor’s Awards Ceremony, Gov. Kristi Noem recognized and celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of businesses, individuals with disabilities, and other South Dakotans who have worked to break down barriers to help those with disabilities find fulfilling employment.

Public Safety

New DPS Artwork Encourages Drivers to Avoid Distractions
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety Thursday introduced a different way to encourage South Dakotans to put down their cell phones while they drive.

Social Services

Invisible Wounds: Preventing suicide among veterans and active duty military in South Dakota
South Dakota is working to prevent suicide among veterans and active duty military. Persistent stress can affect anyone, and those who have served or are currently serving may be at greater risk for suicide than others.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Recognizes 2022 Great Place Designees
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 48 businesses across the state with the 2022 South Dakota Great Place designation. These tourism-focused businesses earned the designation for their outstanding hospitality and customer service.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input on South Veterans Parkway Supplemental Environmental Assessment in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the City of Sioux Falls will hold a public meeting open house on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, to inform the public and gather public input on the South Veterans Parkway Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA).


Health

State Loan Repayment Program Application Period Closes Wednesday, November 23, 2022
PIERRE, S.D. – Applications for the Department of Health’s (DOH) State Loan Repayment Program will close on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Mailed applications must be postmarked by this date and electronic applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. CT.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – One woman died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Brookings.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces historic settlement over Google location tracking practices
Attorney General Mark Vargo today announced that South Dakota, along with 39 other states, has reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings.

Education

Students to represent JAG-SD at national leadership event in Washington, D.C.
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students from four South Dakota high schools have been selected as delegates to the JAG National Student Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1-3.

Public Safety

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
ESTELLINE, S.D. – One person died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Estelline.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people who died Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Multi-directional Stop Signs to be Placed on S.D. Highway 47 in Lyman County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) plans to install multi-directional stop signs on S.D. Highway 47 directly under Interstate 90 at Exit 251 in Lyman County.


Public Safety

Names Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Centerville, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash south of Sioux Falls.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Proposed Project at Intersection of U.S. Highway 16 and Neck Yoke Road in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold an open house public meeting to discuss and receive input on the proposed project at the intersection of U.S. Highway 16 and Neck Yoke Road in Rapid City.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input on Environmental Assessment for Interstate 29 and 85th Street Interchange in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Sioux Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), City of Sioux Falls, City of Tea, and Lincoln County, will participate in an open house public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, to present and receive comments on the environmental assessment (EA) conducted for a new interchange at Interstate 29 and 85th Street in Sioux Falls.

Revenue

South Dakota to begin license plate reissue January 2023
Starting January 1, 2023, the State of South Dakota will be issuing a new plate design for non-commercial and emblem plates with the titling of motor vehicles and registration renewals.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Veterans are Heroes
I am proud to be Governor of the best state in America to live, work, and retire as a veteran. That’s important – the state that sets the gold standard for Freedom should also lead the way in honoring those who defend our Freedoms. In the last four years, we found new ways to honor our veterans. In my second term, we will continue to build on those successes and honor the men and women who served us.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two people died Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls.


Health

South Dakota Announces Next Generation of EMS Services
The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce the launch of a new telehealth partnership between DOH, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Agencies, and Sioux Falls-based telemedicine provider, Avel eCare.

Labor and Regulation

Registered Apprenticeship Week Recognized
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Nov. 14-20, 2022, as Registered Apprenticeship Week in South Dakota. This week celebrates the important role that registered apprenticeships play in helping South Dakotans gain critical skills and expanding the state’s workforce.

Public Safety

Names Released In Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – A Fargo, N.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Milbank.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Urges Citizens to Observe National Native American Heritage Month
PIERRE, S.D. – November is National Native American Heritage Month. South Dakota’s history is strongly intertwined with Native American history and culture. Governor Kristi Noem said the nine tribes of South Dakota each have unique and important stories that are essential to understanding South Dakota. Every year, we honor these stories and the important role Native Americans continue to play in the evolution of our nation and state.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION ON FOOD AND DRINK
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s ballot explanation for a proposed Constitutional Amendment entitled: An Initiated Amendment Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking.

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED INITIATED MEASURE ON FOOD AND DRINK
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s ballot explanation for a proposed Initiated Measure entitled: An Initiated Measure Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking.

Health

Department of Health Awarded $1,509,000 for State Loan Repayment Program: Applications Now Available
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) was recently awarded $1,509,000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support a State Loan Repayment Program within South Dakota.

Labor and Regulation

Stroll Sioux Falls November Recruiting Event
The Department of Labor and Regulation Sioux Falls Job Service will host its third “Stroll Sioux Falls” recruiting and hiring event on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 811 E. 10th St.

Tour De Yankton November Hiring Event
The next Tour De Yankton Jobs Hiring Event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. (CST). The event is hosted by the Department of Labor and Regulation Yankton Job Service office in partnership with Yankton Thrive and Riverfront Broadcasting.

Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A 20-year-old Rapid City, S.D. woman has died from injuries sustained in an Oct. 31, 2022 pedestrian-vehicle crash.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One man died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash south of Sioux Falls.

Revenue

South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicle Delaying Title Printing
Due to paper supply issues, the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division has stopped printing paper titles effective immediately.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Board of Economic Development takes action at monthly meeting
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Economic Development approved two funding applications at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Elias Richard sentenced to life in prison for a Christmas Eve murder in Rapid City
Elias Richard was sentenced Monday to life in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for killing Vernall Marshall on Christmas Eve in 2020.

Education

Upcoming History Talk Presentation Features Local Historians
For November, the South Dakota State Historical Society’s virtual “History Talks” speaker series features historians Sean Flynn and Paul Higbee.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. – One woman died Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Milbank.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

South Dakota Supreme Court upholds murder conviction in Pierre infant battery case
The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of Tristan Larson for causing the death of his then-girlfriend’s two-year-old son.

Public Utilities Commission

SDPUC determines no jurisdiction for proposed Gregory County Pumped Storage Project
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has received numerous questions regarding its permitting jurisdiction related to the proposed Gregory County Pumped Storage Project.

Labor and Regulation

Walk-In Watertown Hiring Event
The Department of Labor and Regulation Watertown Job Service will host its first “Walk-in Watertown” recruiting and hiring event on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) at 2001 9th Avenue SW, Suite 200.

Tourism

Call to Artists: SDAC Invites Art for State Buildings Proposals
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota artists have until March 20, 2023, to submit purchase proposals for the Art for State Buildings Program.

Transportation

Third Annual SDDOT Snowplow Naming Contest Underway
Over the past two winters, the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) engaged with thousands of South Dakotans in Name the Snowplow Contests. Heavy snow and high winds were no match for cleverly named snowplows that efficiently cleared the state’s highway system.

Two-Way Traffic Zones Ending on Interstate 29 Near Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the two-way traffic zone currently in place on Interstate 29 near Brookings will come to an end by Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. Traffic will return to utilizing both lanes northbound and southbound on I-29.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Building the Strongest Economy in America
If you look across the nation, economic growth has ground to a halt. The price of everyday items – like milk, eggs, and pretty much everything else – has skyrocketed, making it harder for families to make ends meet. 38% of Americans point to “economic problems” as “the most important problem facing the country today.” In this tumultuous sea of negative economic news, South Dakota stands tall as a lighthouse – an example that Freedom and personal responsibility lead to sustained economic growth.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Police Department Officer involved shooting summary
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released a summary of the non-fatal September 9, 2022, Sioux Falls Police Department officer involved shooting.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Wins Advertising Awards
The South Dakota Department of Tourism recently received two high honors from the w3 Awards.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into Northern Lincoln County Corridors Study for S.D. Highway 11 and S.D. Highway 115
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold an open house style public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This meeting will inform area residents of recommendations for improvement of S.D. Highway 11 and S.D. Highway 115 in Lincoln County.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI, DPS mark re-opening of Emergency Vehicle Operation Course
Attorney General Mark Vargo today joined the Division of Criminal Investigation and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety’s Division of Highway Patrol in hailing the re-opening of the state’s Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) in Pierre, S.D.

Transportation

Center Turn Lane Paving Begins on U.S. Highway 212 Project in Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that J&J Earthworks Inc. will begin placing center turn lane on U.S. Highway 212 between 14th and 19th Street East on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Infrastructure planning to begin
Today, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced their selection of a firm to assist with infrastructure planning throughout South Dakota. GOED applied for and was awarded $1 million in federal funding through the Economic Development Administration (EDA).


Public Safety

Name Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 57-year-old Sioux Falls, S.D., woman has died as a result of injuries sustained in an Oct. 25, 2022 crash that involved nine vehicles.


Labor and Regulation

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1
The South Dakota Division of Insurance reminds consumers the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period for 2023 coverage runs from Nov. 1, 2022, to Jan. 15, 2023, for consumers with individual policies.

Public Safety

Name Released In Codington County Fatal Crash
WAVERLY, S.D. – A Sisseton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Waverly.

Social Services

Raising awareness: More adoptive families needed in SD
Adoption has lifelong positive impacts for the children and families involved. Every child needs love, support, and a safe place to call home.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Celebrating Success at the 2022 South Dakota State Fair
Celebrating Success at the 2022 South Dakota State Fair

Public Safety

DPS Releases List of November Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 11 counties during the month of November, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s November Column – Our Month to Honor and Remember
Every day, we wake up to the gift of freedom because of the men and women who wore the uniform and stood guard and protected us. They are the greatest icon of the American spirit.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem To Host Trick-or-Treat Festivities at Governor’s Residence Monday
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem and First Gentleman Bryon Noem will host the annual trick-or-treat festivities at the Governor’s Residence in Pierre on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CT.

Governor Kristi Noem: Stronger Families – Stronger Communities
I recently met with several childcare providers in Sioux Falls to discuss challenges their industry faces. One of the biggest challenges to filling the available jobs across our state is the lack of available childcare, and I knew that our childcare providers would be best at finding solutions to increase access and affordability.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

DCI, Yankton Police and Yankton County Sheriff’s Office seize $100,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana concentrates
Division of Criminal Investigation agents, Yankton Police Department officers and deputies form the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a Gayville, S.D., residence on Wednesday, Oct. 26, that resulted in the seizure of 22 pounds of marijuana, 751 grams of concentrated marijuana wax, 95 Nerds Rope Marijuana edible packages, Suboxone, a Ruger SR-556 rifle, a Glock 48 9mm pistol and $6,250 in cash.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
WAVERLY, S.D. – One man died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Waverly.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff at State Capitol Friday in Honor of Former Representative O.L. “Larry” Anderson
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sunset on Friday, Oct. 28, in honor of former state Representative O.L “Larry” Anderson of Sioux Falls. He served in the House from 1971-1980 and is the father of current state Rep. David Anderson of Hudson.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

BankWest Contribution to The SHED Announced
BankWest Contribution to The SHED Announced

Social Services

November Mental Health Memo: Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
In the United States approximately 44,000 people die by suicide each year. Suicide not only affects the individual, but the health and well-being of others.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans, See What’s Brewing!
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a “What’s Brewing” program in Harrisburg, SD. Working in partnership with Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer Susan Irons, the Department wants the opportunity to visit one-on-one with veterans and see what’s brewing!

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Navy Seaman Second Class Wayne A. Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor U.S. Navy Seaman Second Class Wayne A. Bridge.

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Air Force Captain Tommy L. Callies
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Fallen Hero Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor U.S. Air Force Captain Tommy L. Callies.

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs to Unveil “Guardians” at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will host an unveiling ceremony at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 1:00 pm (CT).


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Signs Executive Order to Bring Relief from Supply Shortages of Certain Products
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-09 granting an hours of service waiver for certain liquid products being transported through South Dakota.

Social Services

Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday October 29
The next Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday October 29.


Public Utilities Commission

PUC alerts customers to prepare for higher winter heating costs due to US natural gas price surge
South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commissioners advise natural gas customers to prepare for rising prices in the coming months.

Public Safety

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HARRISBURG, S.D. – A Canton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Harrisburg.

Names Released In Davison County Fatal Crash
ETHAN, S.D. – A Mitchell, S.D., male has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash north of Ethan.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released an Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for a draft Constitutional Amendment entitled: An Initiated Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking.

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED INITIATED MEASURE
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released an Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for a draft Initiated Measure entitled: An Initiated Measure Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking.

Public Safety

Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
OELRICHS, S.D. – Names have been released for the three people who died last Thursday in a one-vehicle fatal crash east of Oelrichs.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An Omaha, NE woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Sioux Falls.

Social Services

Foster youth voices matter in South Dakota
In South Dakota, we value the voices of youth and young adults who are or have been in foster care.


Public Safety

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
HARRISBURG, S.D. – One person died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Harrisburg.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Economic Growth the South Dakota Way
It’s no secret that costs are rising in just about every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve talked quite a bit about the skyrocketing cost of food and gas, and our businesses are facing these challenges, too. Rising costs can create a lack of predictability about the future. Thankfully, over the past few years, South Dakota has built an economic climate that shores up that predictability by creating steady growth.

Services in Memory of Former Governor Harvey Wollman Scheduled for Sunday and Monday, Oct. 23-24
PIERRE, S.D. – The family of former Governor Harvey Wollman has planned for services in honor of Governor Wollman for Sunday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. These services are set for Huron and Doland, as the family has declined a state memorial. More information about the plans can be found here.

Public Safety

Names Released In Clark County Fatal Crash
WALLACE, S.D. – A Brentford, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred near Wallace.

Fall River County Fatal Crash
OELRICHS, S.D. – Three people died and another person was seriously injured in a one-vehicle fatal crash Thursday morning east of Oelrichs.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL TO MEET OCT. 28
PIERRE, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC), the advisory board of the state arts agency, will meet Oct. 28 for the Council’s annual fall meeting.

Transportation

Lane and Ramp Closures Scheduled on Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls for Surveying
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, survey crews will be working on Interstate 29 at the 12th Street Bridge.


Corrections

State Prison Inmate Ray Palacio dies
State prison inmate Ray Palacio has died of a suspected suicide.

Public Safety

Davison County Fatal Crash
ETHAN, S.D. – One person died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash north of Ethan.

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Sioux Falls.

Transportation

Butte County Scour Protection Project Scheduled on S.D. Highway 79
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says scour protection work on S.D. Highway 79 south of Newell is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 24, 2022.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Orders Flags at Half Staff in Honor of Former Governor Harvey Wollman
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that flags will be at half-staff from sunrise until sundown statewide, effective immediately, in honor of former Governor Harvey Wollman. Flags will remain at half-staff until the day of Governor Wollman’s interment, which will be announced at a later time.

Public Safety

Clark County Fatal Crash
WALLACE, S.D. – One person died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred near Wallace.

Transportation

Lane Closures Planned for Interstate 90 Construction Project near Hartford
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin construction work on Interstate 90 adjacent to exit 390 (Hartford exit) this week.

SDDOT and FMG Engineering Seek Public Input for Proposed Bridge on S.D. Highway 44 near Cliffside Park
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and FMG Engineering will hold a public meeting open house on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (MST) to inform area residents of the proposed new bridge on S.D. Highway 44 near Cliffside Park, located four miles west of the S.D. Highway 231 junction.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s October Column – A Trip to the Courthouse
For veterans, it’s a good time to locate your discharge papers and have them recorded at your county register of deeds office.


Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General Mark Vargo joins bipartisan coalition to regulate pharmacy benefit managers
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo today joined a bipartisan coalition of 35 attorneys general from across the country in an amicus brief to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting Oklahoma’s laws that regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

Public Safety

Name Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Alexandria.


Education

Upcoming “History Talk” Focuses On Women’s History in South Dakota
For October, the South Dakota State Historical Society’s virtual “History Talks” speaker series features Liz Almlie from the State Historic Preservation Office.

Great and Small on view at Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will open its new exhibit titled “The Great and the Small: Selections from the Collections” on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Open Class Sheep Exhibitors Pledge Nearly $100,000 for ‘Raise The SHED’ Fundraising Campaign
South Dakota State Fair Open Class Sheep Exhibitors Pledge Nearly $100,000 for ‘Raise The SHED’ Fundraising Campaign

Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support
Specialty Crop Sector in South Dakota Receives Grant Funding Support

Transportation

Concrete Repairs Scheduled in Lincoln, Union, and Yankton Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete repairs are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

Concrete Repairs Scheduled in Lincoln, Union, and Yankton Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete repairs are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

Concrete Repairs Scheduled in Lincoln, Union, and Yankton Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete repairs are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

Concrete Repairs Scheduled in Lincoln, Union, and Yankton Counties
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete repairs are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.


Public Safety

Hanson County Fatal Crash
ALEXANDRIA, S.D. – One person died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Alexandria.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: A Tradition for the Next Generation
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family full of sportsmen and women. While my dad fostered my love for hunting, it was my grandmother, Dorris, who made bird hunting such a big part of our family tradition.

Education

New issue of “South Dakota History” features a unique 1930s travel journal
The latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, showcases a unique document from the South Dakota State Archives.

Labor and Regulation

Stroll Sioux Falls October Recruiting Event
The Department of Labor and Regulation Sioux Falls Job Service will host its second “Stroll Sioux Falls” recruiting and hiring event on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 811 E. 10th St.

Transportation

Concrete Repairs Scheduled for Interstate 90 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete repairs are scheduled on Interstate 90 between Exits 400 and 402 in Sioux Falls beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Action taken by Board of Economic Development at monthly meeting
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Economic Development approved multiple funding applications at its monthly meeting this week.


Education

Cassels selected as 2023 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Alyssa Cassels, the 5-12 band director in the Deuel School District, has been named the 2023 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson made the announcement this evening at a banquet at the Drifters Event Center in Fort Pierre.

South Dakota public schools weather pandemic well
The Department of Education published the 2021-22 Report Card today. The online resource provides a wealth of data to help parents, educators, and community and state leaders understand how their public schools perform on select metrics.

Human Services

Governor Proclaims October 15 White Cane Day
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed this Saturday, Oct. 15, as White Cane Day in South Dakota. Motorists are particularly reminded of the requirement to stop for anyone using a white cane or walking with the assistance of a guide dog so the individual can safely cross the street.

Four Individuals and Three Businesses Will Be Recognized with 2022 Governor's Awards
On Oct. 26 Gov. Kristi Noem will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of businesses, individuals with disabilities, and other South Dakotans who have worked to break down barriers to help those with disabilities find fulfilling employment.

Labor and Regulation

Tour De Yankton October Hiring Event
The next Tour De Yankton Jobs Hiring Event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (CDT). The event is hosted by the Department of Labor and Regulation Yankton Job Service office in partnership with Yankton Thrive and Riverfront Broadcasting.


Education

South Dakota outperforms nation on ACT
South Dakota’s graduating class of 2022 earned an average ACT composite score of 21.5, which is above the national average of 19.8 and the highest among neighboring states. Considering the state’s public school test-takers only, the average composite score was 21.6.

Social Services

Farm Stress: You don’t have to do it alone.
Today is National Farmer’s Day and any South Dakota farmer or rancher will tell you that farm life can be demanding and stressful. Symptoms of stress can run high in agriculture, especially during times of unpredictable weather and volatile markets.

Transportation

Closure Planned for S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) at North Hein Avenue Intersection in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that S.D. Highway 42 (Arrowhead Parkway) will be closed to traffic from the North Hein Avenue intersection to Six Mile Road beginning on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.


Education

South Dakota schools recognized as 2022 National ESEA Distinguished Schools
The South Dakota Department of Education is pleased to announce that Lake Preston Elementary and Whitewood Elementary (Meade School District) have been named 2022 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished Schools. They will be honored at the National ESEA Conference to be held in February 2023.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff at State Capitol in Honor of Former State Attorney General Gordon Mydland
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags at the State Capitol be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in honor of long-time public servant Judge Gordon Mydland of Lake Preston. He served as a state senator from 1963-1968, as South Dakota Attorney General from 1969-1973 and then as 3rd Circuit Court Judge from 1973-1987.

In South Dakota, We Celebrate Native American Day
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, in celebration of Native American Day, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement:


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Breaking Tourism Records
The record-breaking pace continues for South Dakota’s tourism industry – even with high inflation raising gas prices for visitors to our state. We recently rounded up Custer State Park’s famous buffalo herd (although I didn’t get to ride in the Buffalo Roundup this year like I normally do). The event drew another 20,000 attendees from across the country and around the globe. It was a perfect capstone to another record-breaking tourism season.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Attorney General, DCI Release Rapid City Police Department Officer involved shooting summary
South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released a summary of the July 26, 2022, Rapid City Police Department officer involved shooting. The report found that Marvin Moran Jr. had discharged a firearm in the direction of a police officer before two officers fired and that the officers were justified in using lethal force.

Bureau of Administration

Rapid City One-Stop Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Rapid City, SD- In March of 2021, Dream Design International, Inc. broke ground in Rapid City on a 100,000-square-foot multiagency office building that would consolidate 7 state agencies under one roof. Today we celebrate the completion and grand opening of that facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Transportation

Concrete Repairs Scheduled for S.D. Highway 38 in Hartford
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete repairs are scheduled on S.D. Highway 38 through the city of Hartford beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 10, 2022.

Board of Regents

Dakota State University Student Groups Awarded
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized three Dakota State University (DSU) student organizations for outstanding academic, community, and organizational work. The Board acknowledges and awards student groups from all six South Dakota public universities throughout the year.

Student Groups from South Dakota State University Awarded
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized three South Dakota State University (SDSU) student organizations for outstanding academic, community, and organizational work. The Board acknowledges and awards student groups from all six South Dakota public universities throughout the year.


Public Safety

Oglala Sioux Tribe honors member sworn in as Highway Patrol Trooper
PIERRE, S.D. – The Oglala Sioux Tribe recently honored one of its citizens with the presentation of a Star Quilt after he graduated as a member of the newest class of South Dakota Highway Patrol Troopers

Transportation

SDDOT Seeking Public Input for Proposed Project on S.D. Highway 50 in Yankton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, to gather public input for the proposed project on S.D. Highway 50 in Yankton from west of West City Limits Road to west of U.S. Highway 81.

Revenue

Deadline approaching for disabled veteran property tax program
The Nov. 1, 2022, deadline for eligible disabled veterans to apply for property tax relief is approaching.


Education

Free, online tutoring available for K-12 students
South Dakota students and families can access a new, online tutoring program, staffed by college students who are preparing to become teachers. The Dakota Dreams Online Tutoring Program offers free online tutoring to K-12 students across the state.

Social Services

October Mental Health Memo "Opioid Overdose: A realistic danger"
The dangers of opioids are well documented, and lives are being lost not only in far away places but right here in South Dakota. The statistics reflect a sobering dose of reality.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Replacement Work Scheduled for S.D. Highway 44 in Parkston
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the railroad crossing on S.D. Highway 44 on the south side of Parkston is scheduled to be replaced.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Statement on the Passing of Kevin Locke
PIERRE, SD – Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued a statement on the passing of Kevin Locke, Hunkpapa Lakota of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a world-renowned flute player and hoop dancer.

Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed October Cybersecurity Awareness Month in South Dakota.

Transportation

SDDOT Reminds Landowners to Remove Hay Bales from the Right-of-Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) reminds landowners hay remaining in highway ditches needs to be removed. The bales must be removed to ensure road safety in the coming months.


Social Services

Mental Health: Get Support. Take Control. Feel Better
The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) is using this time to raise awareness of mental illness, combat stigma, and discuss the resources available in South Dakota.

Transportation

Temporary Lane Closure Switch Planned for Eastbound Traffic Across Missouri River Bridge From Fort Pierre to Pierre
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that traffic over the John C. Waldron Memorial Bridge will experience a temporary lane switch.

Board of Regents

The South Dakota Board of Regents announces its 2022 Free Application Period
Beginning today, October 3, students may apply to South Dakota's public universities and colleges free of charge through November. During the free application period, the South Dakota Board of Regents (BOR) encourages South Dakota high school students to explore and apply to any of the participating post-secondary schools.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem: Saving South Dakota Families
South Dakotans don’t ask much from their government. They just want the Freedom to live their lives and for the government to guarantee a level playing field with common sense rules for everyone to play by. As I travel our beautiful state, I hear from South Dakotans who are grateful for that Freedom. But many of them are struggling under the weight of inflation caused by President Biden’s extremist policies. They ask me what can be done to give them relief.

Attorney General Mark Vargo

Sully County man sentenced in cases involving multiple rape charges
Attorney General Mark Vargo announced today that Kenden Ronald Rivenes was sentenced on Friday to the South Dakota State Penitentiary after he pleaded guilty in cases involving Sully County rape and attempted rape charges.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Offers Funding for Youth Apprenticeship Programs
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is offering $142,000 in funding for new high school Registered Apprenticeship programs. Four contracts up to $35,500 each will be awarded through the “Pathway Partnership Initiative.”

Transportation

Scheduled Closure Planned for Interstate 90 Exit 37 Westbound On-Ramp Near Sturgis
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the westbound on-ramp at exit 37 will close at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 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 Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, to gather public input to update the Clay County Master Transportation Plan.

Revenue

Deadline for buffer strip property tax incentive approaching
The South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds landowners that applications for the riparian buffer strip property tax incentive must be submitted by October 14, 2022.


Education

Noem Proclaims October As Archives Month
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed October Archives Month in South Dakota to draw attention to preservation efforts that protect South Dakota’s history.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces More Than $167.2 Million for South Dakota Environmental Projects
DANR Announces More Than $167.2 Million for South Dakota Environmental Projects

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced For October
PIERRE, S.D. – A total of 23 sobriety checkpoints in 16 counties are scheduled during October, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem to Hold Media Briefing for 57th Buffalo Roundup
Custer State Park, SD – Governor Kristi Noem, Custer State Park Superintendent Matt Snyder, and Department of Tourism Secretary James Hagen will hold a media availability on Friday, September 30, 2022, following the 57th Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup.

Labor and Regulation

State Minimum Wage to Increase Jan. 1
The state minimum wage will increase from $9.95/hour to $10.80/hour effective Jan. 1, 2023.

South Dakota Banking Division Nationally Accredited
The South Dakota Division of Banking has received a certificate of accreditation from the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). This latest accreditation is the Division’s fourth consecutive five-year accreditation.

Transportation

Asphalt Crack Sealing Projects Scheduled in Northwest South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says asphalt crack sealing projects will begin on routes in northwestern South Dakota beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

Asphalt Repairs Scheduled on Sturgis Road Through Piedmont
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work on Sturgis Road through the town of Piedmont will begin on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

Local Road Closure Extended on I-29 Interchange Project in Brookings
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that the contractors for the 20th Street Interchange project and the Brookings Municipal Utilities (BMU) watermain utility project continue to make progress on the improvements at the intersection of 22nd Avenue and 20th Street South. Construction crews have experienced unforeseen utility delays and conflicts which has extended the construction timeline.

Revenue

The Department of Revenue opens new office in Rapid City
The Rapid City office of South Dakota’s Department of Revenue (DOR) is moving to its new home at the Rapid City One Stop located at 221 Mall Dr.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Celebrates South Dakota’s Continued AAA Credit Rating
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem celebrated Fitch Ratings’ reaffirmation of South Dakota’s AAA credit rating.

Public Safety

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

Transportation

Tunnel Inspections Scheduled in the Black Hills Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will be conducting bi-annual tunnel inspections the week of Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in the Black Hills area.

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


Governor Kristi Noem

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

Transportation

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

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