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Governor Kristi Noem

Great Places
In the past when Americans were planning their vacations, their top destinations were always beaches and big cities. For the first time in decades, that’s changing.

Health

First Human West Nile Virus Detection of 2021 Reported in Walworth County
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed that a Walworth County resident, a male in his 60’s, is South Dakota’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the 2021 season.

Public Safety

Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Three people died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash in Sioux Falls.


Transportation

Road Work to Begin on S.D. Highway 115 Near Harrisburg
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says road work is scheduled to begin on S.D. Highway 115 between U.S. Highway 18 and the Harrisburg corner on Monday, July 26.

Board of Regents

Ellsworth Air Force Base Tuition Rate Approved
A reduced tuition rate at South Dakota public universities has been approved for active-duty Airmen, their spouses and dependents, and U.S. Department of Defense civilians who work on Ellsworth Air Force Base. This rate supports Black Hills State University’s selection this month to operate a local campus on Ellsworth following a formal Education Needs Assessment to determine the needs for the installation.


Governor Kristi Noem

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Legislator Wendell Hanson
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on Friday, July 30 in honor of former State Senator Wendell Hanson.

Transportation

Rahn Lake Road Bridge in Tripp County Open to Traveling Public
The Winner Area office of the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says the replacement of the Rahn Lake Road bridge in Tripp County is complete.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin on S.D. Highway 75, S.D. Highway 20, and U.S. Highway 85 This Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin chip seal and fog seal projects on portions of S.D. Highway 75, S.D. Highway 20, and U.S. Highway 85 starting Wednesday, July 21, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Praises SkyWest’s Continued Partnership in Pierre and Watertown Markets
Yesterday, during a phone call between Governor Kristi Noem and SkyWest CEO Chip Childs, both parties discussed their strong partnership and SkyWest’s continued commitment to service in the Pierre and Watertown markets.

Governor Noem Announces Results of Nest Predator Bounty Program
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GFP) have announced the results of the 2021 Nest Predator Bounty Program. 53,642 total nest predator tails were turned in by 2,773 participants.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Accepting Applications for Water Quality Projects
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for projects eligible for federal Clean Water Act, Section 319 nonpoint source control grants.

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 the state’s four technical colleges. The deadline to apply is Aug. 2, 2021.

Public Safety

Name Released In Butte County Fatal Crash
FRUITDALE, S.D. — A Belle Fourche, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash near Fruitdale.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Closes 2021 Budget Year with a $85.9 Million Surplus
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota closed the 2021 budget year on June 30 with a surplus of $85.9 million. Total general fund revenue for fiscal year 2021 finished $62.0 million higher than adopted estimates, and the state general fund budget ended with expenditures approximately $23.9 million lower than budgeted.

Education

South Dakota again receives highest ratings under IDEA
At today’s Board of Education Standards meeting, it was announced that South Dakota has received the highest rating possible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, for both Parts B and C for the most recent reporting year of federal fiscal year 2019.


Governor Kristi Noem

Noem Waives Hours of Service Regulations to Deal with Fuel Shortage
Governor Kristi Noem has signed Executive Order 2021-10 granting extended hours of service for the commercial delivery of petroleum products in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
FRUITDALE, S.D. — A 55-year-old male died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash near Fruitdale.


Governor Kristi Noem

Learning from Our Mistakes
One of the main reasons why we study history is to learn from both our triumphs and our mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are painful to admit, but we study them nonetheless so that we can ensure that they are never repeated.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Makes Further Announcement Regarding State Penitentiary
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced additional personnel decisions regarding the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Governor Noem Appoints Stephanie Rissler and Julie Bartling to Game, Fish & Parks Commission
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Stephanie Rissler and Julie Bartling to serve on the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (GFP) Commission.

Health

SD-DOH Confirms Detection of West Nile Virus Pools in Brookings and Codington Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Department of Health confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pools of the season have been detected in Brookings and Codington Counties.

Public Safety

Names Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. — A Newcastle, WY., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash west of Lead.

Social Services

Families set to receive food assistance for school children due to COVID-19
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) in collaboration with the Department of Education (DOE) will be providing assistance with food costs to families who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19 related school closures.


Corrections

Inmate Garang Majok placed on escape status
Majok left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center July 13 to go to his work release jobsite in Sioux Falls. Escape procedures began when Majok failed to return to the prison at the scheduled time.

Public Safety

Names Released In Bennett County Fatal Crash
MARTIN, S.D. — A Batesland, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Martin.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Makes Announcement Regarding South Dakota State Penitentiary
At approximately 7:00 pm Central time tonight, Governor Noem was briefed on a summary of an internal review conducted by the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources that was prepared as part of an investigation following an anonymous whistleblower complaint.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol, American Legion Hosting Youth Trooper Academy
PIERRE, S.D. – Selected South Dakota high school students are learning about life as a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper this week.

Transportation

Pavement Rehabilitation to Begin on Highway 14 From Blunt Junction East
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that work will tentatively begin on Monday, July 19, 2021, on a pavement rehabilitation project on U.S. Highway 14 from the Blunt junction east through the town of Blunt to mile marker 254.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Commission Holds July Meeting
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission held their July meeting at the Watertown Event Center on July 8-9. At their meeting they finalized proposals from their May and June meetings as well as passed several other proposals, which will now be up for public comment.

Temporary Road Closures and Delays on Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department today announced that beginning July 12 and ending in late September, road workers will be resurfacing all 18 miles of the Wildlife Loop Road.

Health

RFP for Cannabis Seed to Sale Tracking System - RFP ID#2439
The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) and South Dakota Department of Revenue (SD-DOR) are jointly issuing a request for proposal (RFP) (ID #2439) to acquire a cannabis tracking system to be used to support the final implementation of the South Dakota medical cannabis program.

Public Safety

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Sidney, MT woman has been identified as the person who died last Thursday in a motorcycle crash west of Rapid City.

Final Name Released In Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON, S.D. — South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has now released the name of the second person who died in a July 4 fatal vehicle crash west of Plankinton.

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. — One person died Saturday night in a motorcycle crash west of Lead.

Transportation

SDDOT Awards WASHTO Scholarship to SDSU Student
The South Dakota Department of Transportation announced today that Beau Rothschadl, a South Dakota State University (SDSU) student, was awarded a $1,000 WASHTO Scholarship.


Public Safety

Bennett County Fatal Crash
MARTIN, S.D. — One person died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Martin.


Governor Kristi Noem

Where’s the Beef?
America’s meat supply is a matter of national security. If we don’t control our own food supply, then we don’t control our own destiny.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. — One person died Thursday morning in a motorcycle crash west of Rapid City.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL TO MEET JULY 14
PIERRE, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Arts Council, the advisory board of the state arts agency, will meet remotely via virtual meeting platform July 14 for the Council’s annual summer meeting.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects to Begin on S.D. Highways 71, 87, 89, and U.S. Highway 18 Next Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin chip seal and fog seal projects on portions of S.D. Highways 71, 87, 89, and U.S. Highway 18 starting Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The contractor will move from one project to the next in the scheduled following order:

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on Southbound I-29 near 12th Street in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge crew will be working on Interstate 29 southbound near 12th Street beginning Tuesday, July 13 through Thursday, July 22

Overnight Road Closure Planned for S.D. Highway 20 West of South Shore to Accommodate Crane Move
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says S.D. Highway 20 will be closed between Interstate 29 and the city of South Shore during the overnight hours on Tuesday, July 13.

I-29 Northbound On and Off Ramps at Sisseton Exit 232 Closing for Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 29 northbound on and off ramps at Exit 232 (Sisseton) will be closed for approximately 10 days for construction.


Public Safety

Names Released In Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON, S.D. — Names have been released of two of the three people who were involved in Sunday's fatal vehicle crash west of Plankinton.

Social Services

Funding available to help child care providers
To help ensure child care services remain strong, the Department of Social Services (DSS) is making funding available to support child care programs and the families they serve.

Tourism

South Dakota Leads the Nation in Travel & Tourism Recovery
PIERRE, S.D. - According to the latest Economic Impact Report from the U.S. Travel Association, South Dakota leads the nation when it comes to travel & tourism recovery, tying with Florida.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Approves Federal Request to Deploy Additional South Dakota National Guard to Southern Border
Today, Governor Kristi Noem approved the deployment of approximately 125 members of the South Dakota National Guard to the southern border between the United States and Mexico.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Pine Engraver Beetle Numbers Increasing
The pine engraver beetle is taking advantage of downed trees from the May tornado near Custer.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Honors Trooper Biegert, Inspector Nerby
PIERRE, S.D. – A trooper and a motor carrier manager, both praised for their leadership and devotion to duty, were honored today (Wednesday) by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Transportation

ADA Upgrades on U.S. Highway 212 and U.S. Highway 85 Continue in Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says ADA sidewalk upgrades on U.S. Highway 212 and U.S. Highway 85 in Belle Fourche will continue, with additional changes to traffic control.


Education

Various Take-to-Make project bags available July 10 at Cultural Heritage Center
Did you have a favorite Take-to-Make project from the Family Fun Saturdays held at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre since January? An assortment of the activity bags will be available at the next Family Fun Saturday, July 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT (9-10:30 a.m. MDT).

Game, Fish and Parks

Conservation Reserve Program Rental Rates Improved and Sign Up Deadlines Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently updated rental rates and created new incentives for producers and landowners to enroll environmentally sensitive agricultural land into perennial cover for 10 to 15 years through the federally funded Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Battle Mountain Road Closed for Repairs
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – Battle Mountain Road, a popular access route for outdoor enthusiasts accessing the Battle Mountain Game Production Area near Hot Springs, will have road construction crews working from July 5 - August 15.

Public Safety

Names Released In Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — A Buffalo, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Belle Fourche.

Names Released In Bennett County Fatal Crash
MARTIN, S.D. — Names have been released of the two men who died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Martin.

Transportation

SDDOT to Receive Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program Funds
South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will receive $61.5 million of 2021 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Program funds to reconstruct 28 miles of Interstate 90 in McCook and Minnehaha Counties.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the Development of Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) seeks public input into the development of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of Army SSG Jeremy Vrooman
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor Army Combat Veteran Staff Sergeant Jeremy Vrooman.

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of Marine LCPL Kenneth Jamerson
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor Marine Combat Veteran Lance Corporal Kenneth Jamerson.


Public Safety

Name Released In Union County Fatal Crash
SPINK TOWNSHIP, S.D. — An Alcester, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Spink Township.

Aurora County Fatal Crash
PLANKINTON, S.D. — Two people died and another person was seriously injured early Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash west of Plankinton.


Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — One person died and another person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Belle Fourche.


Governor Kristi Noem

Independence
On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers signed a transformational document full of beautiful principles that would come to define our great nation.

Corrections

Inmate Donald Story dies
State prison inmate Donald Story has died as the result of natural causes.

Education

State Historical Society launching podcast
The South Dakota State Historical Society is launching a new podcast, History 605, hosted by State Historian and Society Director Dr. Ben Jones.

Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
SPINK TOWNSHIP, S.D. — One person died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Spink Township.

Names Released In Clay County Fatal Crash
MECKLING, S.D. — A Yankton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Meckling.


Governor Kristi Noem

Pro-Life Laws Take Effect in South Dakota on July 1
Today, several pro-life laws promoted by Governor Kristi Noem will take effect in South Dakota. July 1 marks the start of the 2022 fiscal year and ushers in several changes to state law.

Healthcare Reforms Take Effect on July 1
Today, several healthcare reforms promoted by Governor Kristi Noem will take effect in South Dakota. July 1 marks the start of the 2022 fiscal year and ushers in several changes to state law.

Pro-Freedom Bills Take Effect on July 1
Today, pro-freedom reforms promoted by Governor Kristi Noem will take effect in South Dakota. July 1 marks the start of the 2022 fiscal year and ushers in several changes to state law.

Corrections

Inmate Liberty Briley back in custody
Briley was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service July 1.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Requests Water Quality Data for 2022 Integrated Report
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) requests water quality data to complete a biennial assessment of South Dakota’s lakes and streams.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Stresses Safety During July 4 Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) reminds those recreating to be safe this holiday weekend.

Public Safety

Name Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
VOLIN, S.D. – A Volin, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Volin.

Social Services

Young people formerly in foster care may qualify for pandemic relief
Young people between the ages of 18-27 who were previously in foster care may be eligible for COVID-19 financial relief and some can choose to re-enter foster care.

"Mental Health Memo": Making Summer 2021 a summer to remember
This is the first in an ongoing monthly series of columns (Mental Health Memo) to be authored by a variety of mental health professionals at the Human Services Center in Yankton.

Tourism

Arts Council Grants $1.45 Million
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) will provide support for grants and special arts initiatives totaling $1.45 million in fiscal year 2022, the state arts agency announced today.

Transportation

SDDOT Encouraging Public Participation in Statewide Transportation Planning
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will offer in-person public presentations this year for the Tentative 2022-2025 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Supports Highway Patrol Framework for Law Enforcement Implementation of Medical Cannabis
Today, Governor Kristi Noem welcomed the South Dakota Department of Public Safety’s framework for law enforcement implementation of the new medical cannabis law passed by the voters in IM-26, which goes into effect on July 1.

Health

Department of Health Announces Preliminary List of Conditions for Medical Cannabis Program
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced a preliminary list of conditions that will be covered by the state’s medical cannabis program, which goes into effect on July 1 following the voters’ passage of IM-26 last November.

SD-DOH Confirms Detection of the Delta Coronavirus Variant in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) can confirm that the B.1.617.2 variant (the ‘Delta variant”) of COVID-19 has been detected in South Dakota.

Public Safety

DPS Releases Sobriety Checkpoint List for July
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety says 21 sobriety checkpoints will held throughout South Dakota during July.

Transportation

Highway 1806 “Singing Bridge” Construction Schedule Adjusted Due to Material and Equipment Delay
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that the original start date for the permanent repairs to the “Singing Bridge” on S.D. Highway 1806 over the Grand River has been adjusted due to a delay in receiving necessary supplies and equipment.

Striping Project on U.S. Highway 85 Continues Through Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews have begun to work on a project taking place on U.S. Highway 85 through Belle Fourche from S.D. Highway 34 to U.S. Highway 212.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Deploys South Dakota National Guard to Texas for Border Security
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that up to fifty South Dakota National Guard troops are being deployed to Texas to help the secure the border between the United States and Mexico.

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Increase Producers’ Access to Hay
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order declaring a statewide state of emergency for drought conditions and allowing ditch mowing in Eastern South Dakota to begin effective immediately.

Public Safety

Clay County Fatal Crash
MECKLING, S.D. — One person died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Meckling.

Name Released In Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. – A 23-year-old Philip man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Philip.

Name Released In Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Elk Point.

Names Released In Walworth County Fatal Crash
HOVEN, S.D. – An Amery, WI man has been identified as the person who died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Hoven.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
VOLIN, S.D. -- One man died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Volin.

Name Released In Turner County Fatal Crash
LENNOX, S.D. – A Chancellor, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Lennox.


Public Safety

Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. -- One person died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Philip.

Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. -- One woman died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Elk Point.

Turner County Fatal Crash
LENNOX, S.D. – One person died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Lennox.


Governor Kristi Noem

Biden’s Backdoor Death Tax
Over the past year, our farmers and ranchers went to work every day to feed this country during a time of great challenge and uncertainty for millions of Americans.

Education

“Miracle on the Missouri” program July 8 at Cultural Heritage Center
The “Miracle on the Missouri” will be the topic of a Thursday, July 8, program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jeff Lakner Named 2021 Governor’s Ag Ambassador
Jeff Lakner of Wessington, SD has been named the 2021 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient.

Public Safety

Walworth County Fatal Crash
HOVEN, S.D. – One person died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Hoven.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Applications Scheduled for South-Central Section of South Dakota
The South Dakota Department for Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the south-central section of South Dakota.

Road Resurfacing on S.D. Highway 36, East of Custer State Park, to Continue in Early July
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin the second phase of a two-phase resurfacing project on S.D. Highway 36 from mile marker 36 to mile marker 45, east of Custer State Park, starting Tuesday, July 6, 2021.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces Nearly $11 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $10,982,600 for water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste projects.

Health

Department of Health Releases Medical Cannabis Administrative Rules Draft for Public Review
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) released its proposed administrative rules to implement the medical cannabis program created by voters in Initiated Measure 26 (IM-26).

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending June 19
During the week of June 13-19, a total of 199 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Public Safety

Letter to the Editor: New Graduated Driver License Requirements Take Effect July 1
July 1, 2021 is an important date for drivers between the ages of 14 and 18 and their parents in South Dakota.

Transportation

Bergquist Chosen as 2021 South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor Inductee
Former Transportation Secretary, Darin Bergquist has been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2021.

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the Black Hills Context Sensitive Corridors Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (SDGF&P), the United States Forest Service (USFS), the United States National Park Service (USNPS), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will hold a virtual public meeting through July 28, 2021.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s June Column – Celebrating our Independence
The Fourth of July is a celebration - a celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, one of our nation’s most cherished documents.


Board of Regents

Board of Regents Adjusts Policies for Medical Marijuana
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week adjusted its policies to account for the soon-to-be legal presence of medical marijuana in South Dakota. This comes after voters approved Initiated Measure 26 in the last general election.

West River Nursing Programs Begin Transition
Plans are underway to transition bachelor-level nursing education programs in western South Dakota from two universities to one. The recommendation comes from a state task force that spent the past year studying efficiencies within the public university system.

Neal Schnoor to Become Northern State University President
Neal H. Schnoor, the chief of staff to the president at California State University Long Beach, will become the 18th president of Northern State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Tuesday.


Tourism

13 NEW PIECES PURCHASED FOR STATE ART COLLECTION
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) announces the addition of 13 new artworks to the state art collection and Art for State Buildings program. The pieces were purchased from a dozen South Dakota artists who were selected from a pool of 54 applicants from across the state.

Transportation

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

Highway 1806 “Singing Bridge” Construction Scheduled to Begin in July
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that permanent repairs to the “Singing Bridge” on S.D. Highway 1806 over the Grand River are scheduled to begin in July.

S.D. Highway 50 Construction to Begin in Chamberlain in July
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on the regrade of S.D. Highway 50 in Chamberlain from Paul Gust Road to Sorenson Drive, shoulder widening from Sorenson Drive to Interstate 90, and asphalt resurfacing on S.D. Highway 50 from North Main Street to King Street.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

ATV Big Air Tour Returns to the South Dakota State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair welcomes the ATV Big Air Tour to the Fair Grandstand on Monday, September 6 at 1 PM.

Health

Department of Health Invites You to Participate in Medical Cannabis Telephone Town Hall(s)
The South Dakota Department of Health invites all interested parties to participate in two upcoming telephone town hall events

Transportation

Construction to Begin on 26th Street over Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls
Starting Monday, June 21, 2021, the South Dakota Department of Transportation says eastbound traffic across 26th Street will be reduced to one lane while bridge repairs are being competed over Interstate 29.

Overnight Road Closure Planned for S.D. Highway 20 West of South Shore to Accommodate Crane Move
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says S.D. Highway 20 will be closed between Interstate 29 and the city of South Shore during the overnight hours on Thursday, June 24.


Public Safety

Names Released In Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — A Belle Fourche, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash in Belle Fourche.


Governor Kristi Noem

Happy Father’s Day to Our Founding Fathers
Father's Day is a time to celebrate all the great fathers in our lives. My kids have an awesome one in Bryon.

Public Safety

Names Released In Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. — A Gary, S.D., male has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Milbank.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Announces Holiday for State Workers on Friday to Honor Juneteenth
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced a holiday for state workers on Friday, June 18, 2021, in honor of Juneteenth.

Governor Noem Launches Website for Medical Cannabis Program
Today, Governor Kristi Noem, along with the South Dakota Department of Health and the South Dakota Department of Education, launched medcannabis.sd.gov, a website to answer questions and provide information about the upcoming medical cannabis program set to take effect on July 1, 2021.

Corrections

Fire damages State Penitentiary carpentry shop
The carpentry shop at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls was damaged by fire today.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending June 12
During the week of June 6-12, a total of 266 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — One person died Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash in Belle Fourche.

Social Services

Reunification with birth family main goal of foster care
The main goal of foster care through the Department of Social Services (DSS) is to safely return children to their birth family.

Transportation

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highways 85 and 34 to Start
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to U.S. Highway 85 and S.D. Highway 34 in the Rapid City area beginning Monday, June 21. The chip seal will begin on Highway 85 with Highway 34 following.

Bridge Repair Work to Begin on I-90 Westbound at Brandon Exit 406
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge crew will be performing work on Interstate 90 westbound at Brandon Exit 406 beginning Wednesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 24.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

General Pesticide Permit for Control of Aquatic Invasive or Nuisance Pest
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) reminds pesticide applicators they need coverage under a General Pesticide Permit to apply pesticides in water to control aquatic invasive or nuisance pests.

Public Safety

Names Released In Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. — A Rockham, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Wolsey.

Social Services

DSS launches program to help with behavioral health costs
The Department of Social Services (DSS) recently launched the Behavioral Health Voucher Program, offering funding assistance and support for mental health and substance use services.

Transportation

Culvert Work to Begin on U.S. Highway 12 West of Grand River
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on three culverts in the west ditch of U.S. Highway 12 approximately 2.5 miles west of the Grand River on Monday, June 21.


Human Services

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

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Launches Workplace Mentoring Toolkit
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has launched a workplace mentoring toolkit available on StartTodaySD.com.

Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
MILBANK, S.D. — One person died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Milbank.

Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. — One person died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Wolsey.

Transportation

Pilot Car Operations on U.S. Highway 14A in Boulder Canyon to Begin This Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will resume a milling project on U.S. Highway 14A in Boulder Canyon, between Sturgis and Deadwood on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of SPC Mark Horner
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor Combat Veteran SPC Mark Horner.


Governor's Office of Economic Development

Furniture Mart USA Doubles Campus, Adds 300,000 Square Feet
SIOUX FALLS S.D. – Furniture Mart USA announced today that it will be nearly doubling its campus by adding 300,000 square feet to the distribution center and corporate headquarters in northern Sioux Falls.


Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota Strong
South Dakota has the strongest economy in America. In fact, a recent study by Moody’s Analytics says that South Dakota is one of only 2 states to be in a stronger economic position than we were before the pandemic.

Education

Her Vote. Her Voice. announces winners of ‘Know Her Story’ Art, Essay Contest
As part of the Her Vote. Her Voice. women’s history project, 4th – 12th grade students participating in the “Know Her Story” contest have written an original essay or created an original piece of art about a South Dakota woman who made an impact.

Game, Fish and Parks

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

Sutton Bay Lakeside Use Area Closed June 14-18
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department is announcing that the Sutton Bay Lakeside Use Area will be closed from June 14-18.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the S.D. Highway 34 Reconstruction Project Near Colman
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold an online public meeting to inform area residents of the upcoming S.D. Highway 34 Reconstruction Project near Colman.

Bridge Work to Begin on W. 57th Street over Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge crew will be working on the W. 57th Street bridge over Interstate 29 beginning Wednesday, June 16 through Thursday, June 17.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Announces New Opportunities for South Dakota Meat
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that certain South Dakota state-inspected meat processors will have the opportunity to ship their meat across state lines.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism Wins Gold Telly Award for “Great Places are Waiting”
The South Dakota Department of Tourism was again recognized for its 2020 marketing efforts, this time winning a Gold Telly Award for its one-minute “Great Places Are Waiting” online commercial.


Education

Grant funds five out-of-school time programs
A total of five 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join 27 existing grant recipients.

Game, Fish and Parks

Game, Fish and Parks to Sell Six Properties
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department unveiled a plan to sell six tracts of land across the eastern part of the state as part of an evaluation effort of Game Production Areas (GPAs).

Public Safety

Names Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Groton, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died late Friday night in a motorcycle-pickup crash north of Aberdeen.


Health

CDC COVID-19 Study Shows mRNA Vaccines Reduce Risk of Infection by 91 Percent for Fully Vaccinated People
A new CDC study finds the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent for fully vaccinated people.

Public Safety

Engine Academy and Live Fire Exercise Taking Place in Custer State Park
CUSTER, S.D. –South Dakota’s Wildland Fire Division this week is hosting its annual Engine Academy which will include a live fire training exercise within the boundaries of Custer State Park. The live fire portion of the event is expected to take place on either June 8, 9, or 10 (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) if fuel and weather conditions allow.

Transportation

Railroad Crossing Repair Work to Temporarily Close S.D. Highway 253
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company will begin railroad crossing repair work on S.D. Highway 253 directly north of U.S. 12 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Construction Project Progresses on South Dakota Highway 46 East of the City of Irene
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will continue shoulder and grade construction on S.D. Highway 46 from the east side of Irene to the intersection of S.D. Highways 19 South and 19A.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Projects Beginning in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways throughout the Yankton Area beginning Monday, June 14, 2021.

Construction On-Ramp Closure Planned This Week at Western Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that the southbound on-ramp at Exit 2 at Western Avenue will close in the evening of Tuesday, June 8.


Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
ABERDEEN, S.D. – One person died late Friday night in a motorcycle-pickup crash north of Aberdeen.


Governor Kristi Noem

Arbitrary and Unlawful
There is no better place than Mount Rushmore to celebrate America’s birthday. Independence Day is the celebration of our nation and our founding principles of freedom, equality, and opportunity.

Education

New State Historical Society book explores original “Savior of Deadwood”
The latest book from the South Dakota State Historical Society, “The Savior of Deadwood: James. K. P. Miller on the Gold Frontier” by David A. Wolff, adds more layers to the history of Deadwood and its place in the “Wild West.”

New clothing exhibit to open June 12 at Cultural Heritage Center
The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will host its next new exhibit beginning Saturday, June 12.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Holds June Commission Meeting at Good Earth State Park
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission held their monthly meeting on June 3-4 at Good Earth State Park.

Transportation

SDDOT and Union County Seek Public Input into Union County Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Union County, will hold an online public meeting to present information on the Union County Master Transportation Plan.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Governor Kristi Noem Announces 18 New Broadband Grant Awards
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 18 new grants have been awarded to fund broadband projects that will better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Governor Noem Announces $5 Million for South Dakota Meat Processors
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced $5 million for small South Dakota meat processors.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending May 29
During the week of May 23-29, a total of 232 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Public Safety

June Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints will be held in 17 counties throughout South Dakota during June.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the U.S. Highway 212 / Forest City Bridge Corridor and Environmental Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Federal Highway Administration, will hold an online public meeting to inform area residents of the beginning of the U.S. Highway 212 / Forest City Bridge Corridor and Environmental Study.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for S.D. Highway 11 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the City of Brandon, City of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls MPO, and the Federal Highway Administration, will hold an online public meeting to inform area residents of the beginning of the S.D. Highway 11 Corridor Study.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Responds to Decision on Mount Rushmore Fireworks
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement in response to the District Court decision on her lawsuit against the Biden Administration over their cancellation of the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration

Transportation

ADA Upgrades to Begin on U.S. Highway 212 and U.S. Highway 85 in Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says ADA sidewalk upgrades on U.S. Highway 212 and U.S. Highway 85 in Belle Fourche will begin on Monday, June 7, 2021.


Corrections

Inmate Keith Apple in custody
Inmate Keith Apple was arrested in Rapid City on June 1. Apple left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization Nov. 7, 2020.

Education

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

Agriculture and Natural Resources

SD Century Farm & Ranch Recognition Deadline is Aug. 9
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) and the South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) are proud to continue recognizing longstanding South Dakota family farms and ranches.

Public Safety

Additional Details on Saturday Night Amber Alert
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Highway Patrol was the lead agency on Saturday night’s amber alert through parts of South Dakota. Here are additional details on the event:

Name Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – A Conway, Arkansas man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash north of Groton.

Tourism

Celebrate 605 Day Across South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – June 5 is more than just a day in South Dakota. It’s 605 Day! On Saturday, June 5, 2021, join the South Dakota Department of Tourism in celebrating the sixth annual 605 Day.

Transportation

Construction to Include Ramp Closure at Western Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that the northbound off-ramp at Exit 2 at Western Avenue will close at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2.

Public Meeting/Open House Scheduled for Herreid Master Transportation Plan
The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the city of Herreid, will hold a public meeting/open house on Monday, June 7, 2021, as part of the Herreid Master Transportation Plan.

Pipe/Box Culvert and Asphalt Overlay Project on S.D. Highway 22 and S.D. Highway 28 to Begin in June
The South Dakota Department of Transportation states work will begin on Monday, June 14, 2021, on a combined project which incorporates work on S.D. Highway 22 from U.S. Highway 81, to a ½ mile east of Interstate 29 and on S.D. Highway 28 from S.D. Highway 15 east to the Minnesota state line.

Revenue

New Municipal Tax Changes Effective July 1, 2021
Beginning July 1, 2021, four South Dakota communities will implement a new municipal tax rate.

Board of Regents

Higher Education Task Force Meets Thursday
A task force that is preparing a report on the operations of South Dakota public universities meets for a fifth time this week in Brookings.


Governor Kristi Noem

Remembering the Brave
As Americans, we are so blessed to live in the greatest country ever, but we are sometimes blind to the extent of those blessings.

Education

A night with American West artist Charles Russell at Cultural Heritage Center
The life and artwork of Charles M. Russell will be the focus of a June 10 program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA STUDENT WINS POETRY OUT LOUD NATIONAL FINALS
PIERRE, S.D. – Rahele Megosha, a senior at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, earned the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion during the National Finals event webcast Thursday evening. Megosha will receive a prize of $20,000, and her school will receive $500 to purchase poetry education materials.

Transportation

Asphalt Overlay on U.S. Highway 14A in Boulder Canyon to Begin Next Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin a milling and asphalt overlay project on U.S. Highway 14A in Boulder Canyon, between Sturgis and Deadwood on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governors to DOJ: Continue Investigation into Anti-Competitive Practices in the Meatpacking Industry
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and five other governors wrote to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), asking them to continue their investigation into anti-competitive practices in the meatpacking industry.

Corrections

Inmate Cameron Guenther placed on escape status
Inmate Cameron Guenther left his community service jobsite in Sioux Falls without authorization today.

Education

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
The South Dakota State Library has announced the 2021 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place (which refers to the learning environment, both physical and online), programming and the professional.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending May 22
During the week of May 16-22, a total of 197 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Public Safety

DPS Stresses Safe Driving This Memorial Day Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety wants drivers to make sure this Memorial Day holiday weekend is remembered for all the right seasons.

Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – One person died early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Groton.

Transportation

Construction to Continue on Interstate 229 from Exit 2 at Western Avenue to Exit 1 at Louise Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says pavement repair on southbound Interstate 229 continues at Exit 2 at Western Avenue through Exit 1 at Louise Avenue in the auxiliary lane and passing lane.

Railroad Crossing Repair Work to Temporarily Close S.D. Highway 45
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company will begin railroad crossing repair work on S.D. Highway 45 in Ipswich on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Asphalt Concrete Overlay to Begin on U.S. Highway 85 Next Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin laying an asphalt overlay four miles south of Ludlow on U.S. Highway 85, beginning the week of May 31, 2021.


Public Safety

Names Released In Butte County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – A Jamestown, N.D., man has been identified as the person died last Thursday in a two-vehicle crash east of Newell.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Sioux Falls, S.D. Ranks as No. 1 City in America for Young Professionals
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls is ranked the number one city in America for young professionals, according to a new report by SmartAsset.

Veterans Affairs

A Visit to the Cemetery
As Memorial Day approaches, it is a great time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contributions they made to secure our Nation’s freedom, we should especially commemorate them and their families on Memorial Day.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Asks Board of Regents to Preserve Honest, Patriotic Education
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem asked the South Dakota Board of Regents to set policies that preserve honest, patriotic education throughout South Dakota’s institutions of higher learning.

Transportation

Construction to Begin on 26th Street over Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls
Starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin bridge repair on 26th Street over Interstate 29.

Intersection Improvements to Begin on U.S. 14 AND S.D. 20 by Brookings and Watertown
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, on an intersection improvement project with locations on U.S. 14 east and west of Brookings and S.D. 20 near Watertown.


Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
NEWELL, S.D. – One person died and other person was seriously injured Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Newell.


Governor Kristi Noem

Triumphs and Mistakes: Learning from Our History
The United States of America has a truly unique and wonderful history. Our nation was the first to be founded on an ideal: that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Transportation

Power Restored for Residents from Angostura Reservoir to Nebraska State Line
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says power has been restored to residents from Angostura Reservoir to the Nebraska state line.

Power Outage Impacting Residents from Angostura Reservoir to Nebraska State Line
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a powerline was accidentally put out of service during construction operations north of Oelrichs, along U.S. Highway 18 this morning. The general affected area is from the Nebraska state line to the Angostura Reservoir turnoff at Angostura Den and the surrounding vicinity. Crews have been deployed and are working on repairs.

Concrete Repair Work to Begin on U.S. Highway 12 and Roosevelt Street
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin concrete repair work at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Roosevelt Street on Monday, May 24, 2021.