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Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Bans Vaccine Passports in South Dakota
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-08, which bans government-instituted vaccine passports in South Dakota.

Social Services

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday April 24
South Dakotans are encouraged to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs as part of the next DEA National Prescription Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24.

Transportation

S.D. Highway 50 Reconstruction East of Vermillion to Resume
During the week of April 26, 2021, the South Dakota Department of Transportation will resume work on S.D. Highway 50 from Interstate 29 to Vermillion.

Landslide Repair on S.D. Highway 36, East of Custer State Park to Begin This Week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin the first phase of a two-phase project with landslide repair on S.D. Highway 36 at mile marker 41.27, east of Custer State Park, on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s April Column – South Dakota to Dedicate First State Veterans Cemetery
It’s hard to believe that 20 months ago we broke ground for South Dakota’s first state veteran’s cemetery. The day was cold and wet, but the hearts of those in attendance were warm and full of pride knowing that we were soon going to provide and maintain a dignified final-resting place to honor all eligible veterans and dependents.


Education

State Library digitizes 41 volumes of South Dakota Historical Collections
As the South Dakota State Historical Society celebrates its 120th year, the South Dakota State Library has digitized all 41 volumes of the South Dakota Historical Collections.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Admission Passes Available for Read & Win during the South Dakota State Fair
Admission passes are now available for the Read & Win program during the 2021 South Dakota State Fair, Thursday, September 2 – Monday, September 6.

Health

Health Systems and Department of Health Urge COVID Vaccination
Today in a united front, Avera Health, Monument Health and Sanford Health systems joined with the South Dakota Department of Health to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Outlines Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Eligibility Extensions
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has reviewed guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) eligibility.

Public Safety

State, Local Officials Complete Schroeder Fire Investigation
PIERRE, S.D. – A debris/slash pile is thought to be the origin of the Schroeder Fire that burned 2,224 acres west of Rapid City in late March.

Transportation

Traffic Signal Project to Begin in Mitchell
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work for the installation of traffic lights and signals will begin on Monday, April 26, 2021.

SDDOT Promotes 2021 Work Zone Awareness Week: Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is a national public awareness campaign designed to spread the vital message that we are all responsible for work zone safety

Housing Development

SDHDA Seeking Applicants for the 2021 Emergency Solutions Grants Program
South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is seeking applicants for the Emergency Solutions Grants Program.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Names Rave, Partridge to Board of Regents
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tim Rave of Baltic and Jeff Partridge of Rapid City to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Education

South Dakota recognized for leadership in school connectivity
South Dakota recently was ranked No. 2 in the nation for school internet connectivity by Connected Nation, according to data published through the nonprofit’s Connect K-12 website. Rankings are based on the percentage of school districts that are at or over 1 Mbps of bandwidth per student, which is the Federal Communications Commission’s recommended bandwidth to allow for digital learning in every classroom, every day.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources officially begin serving South Dakota as the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR).

Public Safety

New Teen Driving Law Takes Effect July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – A new state law that changes some requirements for South Dakota teen-age driving licenses and operator permits takes effect July 1.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input for Proposed Project to Reconstruct U.S. Highway 18 from S.D. Highway 391 to West of Martin
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a virtual public meeting until May 14, 2021, to inform and obtain comments from area residents on the proposed project to reconstruct U.S. Highway 18 from S.D. Highway 391 to west of Martin.


Public Safety

Name Released In McPherson County Fatal Crash
LEOLA, S.D. – A Mound City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a one-vehicle crash in McPherson County.


Governor Kristi Noem

A Safer South Dakota
One of my main responsibilities as Governor is to keep South Dakota safe. It’s something that I take very seriously. After all, I love this state.

Corrections

Inmate Clarence Ferris in custody
Ferris was arrested in Rapid City April 15.

Education

Western artist Charles Russell subject of new State Historical Society children’s book
Using history and art, author Emily Crawford Wilson crafts an afternoon of magical mischief, through a modern fairy tale based on the life of Western artist Charles M. Russell (1864–1926).

Public Safety

DPS Encourages Public Participation in South Dakota’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week
PIERRE, S.D. – Severe weather will happen this summer in South Dakota and officials of the state Department of Public Safety encourage people to be ready.

Board of Regents

NSU President to Depart Aberdeen Campus
Northern State University President Timothy M. Downs has announced his resignation to pursue a new opportunity in higher education.


Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending April 10
During the week of April 4-10, a total of 235 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 79 claims from the prior week’s total of 314.

Social Services

USD, DSS partner to train school personnel in crisis prevention and response
To help ensure children are psychologically and physically safe before, during and after unexpected negative events, the University of South Dakota (USD) and Department of Social Services (DSS) are working together to train South Dakota school personnel.


Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Now Accepts Tag Returns for All Limited Draw/Big Game Seasons
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is now accepting tag returns for all big game and limited draw seasons.

Commission Continues Discussion on Grouse and Pheasant Hunting Seasons
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission continued discussions on their proposal to extend the Prairie Grouse Hunting Season to the end of January at their April meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Muzzleloader, Refuge Deer Seasons, Decrease in East River Deer Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission continued discussions on the Muzzleloader Deer and East River Deer Hunting Seasons at their April meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Increases to West River Deer Licenses, Decrease to Black Hills and Custer State Park Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made changes to their proposed West River and Black Hills Deer Hunting Seasons at their April meeting.

GFP Commission Proposes Increases to West River Deer Licenses, Decrease to Black Hills and Custer State Park Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission made changes to their proposed West River and Black Hills Deer Hunting Seasons at their April meeting.

GFP Commission Discusses Changes to 2021-2022 Apprentice, Youth and Mentored Deer Hunting Seasons
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission proposed a simplification of the Youth and Apprentice deer licenses.

GFP Commission Discusses Creation of Disabled Veterans Deer and Pheasant Hunting Seasons
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission continued discussions on creating an avenue for nonprofit organizations to apply for deer licenses for disabled veterans and purple heart recipients.

GFP Commission Discusses Statewide Deer and Elk Carcass Disposal Rules
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission continued discussions on a proposal to change the way deer and elk hunters must dispose of carcass remains for the management of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

GFP-NASP 2021 Virtual Tournament Champions Crowned
PIERRE S.D. – In March, young archers from across South Dakota participated virtually to claim top honors in the 2021 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Bullseye and 3D Tournament. The tournaments were sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Snapshot South Dakota Winter Contest Winners Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) announced today the winners for the Snapshot South Dakota winter photo contest. The contest started in January and ended on March 22.

Public Safety

DPS Releases South Dakota’s 2020 Fatal Crash Numbers
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota recorded 141 motor vehicle fatalities in 132 fatal crashes in 2020, according to yearly numbers released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Safety.

Social Services

Community key to supporting families, ending child abuse and neglect
South Dakota communities play a key role in supporting families and ultimately in ending child abuse and neglect.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Asks President Biden to Uphold Mount Rushmore Fireworks Agreement
Today, on President Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, Governor Kristi Noem sent this letter to President Joseph R. Biden advocating for South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration.

Public Utilities Commission

PUC encourages South Dakotans to thank a lineman on National Lineman Appreciation Day
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18 by encouraging South Dakotans to thank the men and women who work to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity throughout our state and across the country.

Education

Country schools to be the focus of Cultural Heritage Center program
Preserving the rural school experience through written word and art will be the focus of the April 15 meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club.

Civics and History Initiative pilot grant applications open
South Dakota public schools can now apply for a pilot grant program, which is part of the South Dakota Civics and History Initiative. A total of $200,000 in grant funding is available for schools to pilot programs that focus on strengthening civics/government and history education.

Health

Statement from Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon Regarding Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Today, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon, released the following statement following the joint statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommending a temporary pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.

Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Outlines Federal Unemployment Extensions
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) has outlined the unemployment compensation benefit extensions provided under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 signed by President Joe Biden on March 11.

Public Safety

McPherson County Fatal Crash
LEOLA, S.D. – One man died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Leola.


Public Utilities Commission

Mandatory 10-digit dialing set to begin in South Dakota
Beginning on April 24, South Dakotans are encouraged to start using 10-digit dialing (605 area code plus phone number) to make all local phone calls.

Corrections

Inmate David Deal death
State prison inmate David Deal has died as the result of natural causes.

Health

South Dakota Reaches Vaccination Milestone and Calls on Young Adults to Get Vaccinated
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) announced the percentage of state residents who have received at least 1-dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has reached the 50% threshold.

Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Box Elder.

Transportation

Spring Load Limit Restrictions - Press Release #7
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the table below. Effective dates are included in the table.

Board of Regents

Higher Education Task Force Meets Thursday at BHSU
A task force studying the operations of public universities in South Dakota meets in Spearfish this week as it works to make final recommendations. The Senate Bill 55 Task Force will meet Thursday on the campus of Black Hills State University.


Governor Kristi Noem

Infringed.
The Constitution doesn’t always use plain language, but when it comes to our right to defend ourselves, the Second Amendment is quite straightforward: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash west of Box Elder.

Names Released In Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – A Modesto, CA woman has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night east of Murdo. Eight other people were injured.

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Rapid City.

Transportation

SDDOT Reminds Citizens that Interstate Hay Permits are Available Now
The South Dakota Department of Transportation reminds people that Interstate Highway Right-of-Way Mowing Permits are available for land that abuts Interstate 90 or Interstate 29.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Names Aaron Scheibe as Chief of Staff
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will name Aaron Scheibe as her chief of staff.

Education

“Silent Silos” exhibit to close at Cultural Heritage Center on April 11
The national award-winning "Silent Silos" exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre will come to a close after Sunday, April 11.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Now Accepts Tag Returns for All Limited Draw/Big Game Seasons
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is now accepting tag returns for all big game and limited draw seasons.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending April 3
During the week of March 28-April 3, a total of 243 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 56 claims from the prior week’s total of 299.

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Graduation Set For Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – Class 64, the newest group of South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper recruits, graduates Friday morning in Pierre.


Education

Registration available for 2021 South Dakota History Conference
Registration is now available for the 2021 History Conference of the South Dakota State Historical Society, being held Friday and Saturday, April 23-24.

Pick up Spring Flower Take-to-Make April 10 at Cultural Heritage Center
On Saturday April 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT, visitors to the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre can pick up a take-to-make activity bag with the materials to create their own colorful flower.

Transportation

Construction Begins on S.D. Highway 48 and S.D. Highway 11
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that work will begin Monday, April 12, 2021, on an asphalt resurfacing project near Alcester.

Milling and Asphalt Paving Begins on S.D. Highway 46 West of Beresford
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction begins this week on S. D. Highway 46 running west of the Interstate 29 exit to the S.D. Highway 19 intersection.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem to Name Venhuizen to Board of Regents
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tony Venhuizen to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Corrections

Inmate Michael Hand death
State prison inmate Michael Hand has died as the result of an apparent suicide.

Education

Students to explore careers during South Dakota Week of Work April 19-23
The first South Dakota Week of Work is scheduled for April 19-23. This exciting week will help middle and high school students explore career opportunities across the state.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash Makes a Return to the State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair is excited to announce the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash is returning to the State Fair grandstand on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Public Safety

Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – One person died and eight others were injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night east of Murdo.

Name Released In Grant County Fatal Crash
GOODWIN, S.D. – A Melrose, MN man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Goodwin.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- One man died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Rapid City.

Name Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash
VOLGA, S.D. – A Brookings, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Volga.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 16 Reopened from Wyoming Border to Custer with No Travel Advised
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says U.S. Highway 16 has reopened from the Wyoming border to Custer. No travel is still advised on this section of U.S. Highway 16 due to heavy snow and near zero visibility.

U.S. Highway 16 Closed from Wyoming Border to Custer
The South Dakota Department of Transportation alerts travelers that U.S. Highway 16 will be closed immediately to thru traffic from the Wyoming border to Custer, due to a truck that has become jackknifed in the road.

2021 SPRING LOAD RESTRICTIONS - PRESS RELEASE #6
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the table below. Effective dates are included in the table.


Public Safety

Grant County Fatal Crash
GOODWIN, S.D. – One man died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash north of Goodwin


Governor Kristi Noem

Taxation Without Infrastructure
When I was in Congress, I had the tremendous honor of being on the conference committee that ironed out the final details of President Trump’s tax cuts.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 16A (Iron Mountain Road) Reopening Plans
South Dakota Department of Transportation says U.S. Highway16A (Iron Mountain Road) is reopening for public travel at 7 p.m. MT on Friday, April 2, 2021.


Game, Fish and Parks

“Go Forth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
PIERRE, S.D. – Fourteen thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Forth” program.

2021 Nest Predator Bounty Program Begins Today
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) will kick off the third year of the Nest Predator Bounty program as part of Gov. Noem’s Second Century Initiative. Tails from raccoon, striped skunk, badger, red fox, and opossum will be eligible for $10 per-tail payments with a maximum total payout of $500,000. The per-tail payment is an increase from $5 per-tail last year.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending March 27
During the week of March 21-27, a total of 238 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 57 claims from the prior week’s total of 295.

Public Safety

Brookings County Fatal Crash
VOLGA, S.D. – One person died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Volga.

Social Services

Governor Noem calls for end to child abuse, neglect
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to help bring an end to abuse and neglect in South Dakota. The Department of Social Services (DSS) is asking everyone to be vigilant in watching for signs of a problem.

Transportation

Interstate 29 (Tea) Exit 73 and Lincoln County Road 106 Interchange Construction Begins
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction begins on Tuesday April 6, 2021 on Lincoln County Road 106 at the Interstate 29 interchange, exit #73, for the addition of acceleration/deceleration lanes and widening on the north ramps.

Milling and Asphalt Paving to Begin Between Blunt and Harrold on U.S. Highway 14
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says that work will begin Monday, April 5, 2021, on an asphalt resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 14 from three miles east of Blunt to three miles east of Harrold.

Urban Reconstruction to Begin in Gettysburg
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will begin reconstructing U.S. Highway 212 in Gettysburg on Monday, April 5, 2021.

S.D. Highway 44 Reopened West of Rapid City
South Dakota Department of Transportation says S.D. Highway 44 has reopened west of Rapid City between Norris Peak Road at Johnson Siding and Chapel Lane.

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

Construction Begins on S.D. Highway 50 Bypass in City of Vermillion
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says construction on the S.D. Highway 50 bypass in the city of Vermillion is scheduled to start on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.


Health

South Dakota Department of Health Announces the Start of Phase 2 of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced the statewide move to Phase 2 of South Dakotas’ COVID-19 vaccination plan beginning Monday, April 5, 2021.

Transportation

S.D. Highway 244 Reopening Plans
South Dakota Department of Transportation says that S.D. Highway 244 will reopen to public traffic at midnight (12 a.m.) on April 1, 2021.

Load testing of I-90 bridge over Dolan Creek Road in Sturgis to continue through Thursday, April 1, 2021
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will continue to load test the Interstate 90 westbound bridge over Dolan Creek Road in Sturgis through Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Eastbound Interstate 90 Reconstruction Begins East of Belvidere
Complete Concrete Inc. began construction on Eastbound Interstate 90 from the town of Belvidere, S.D. for 11 miles to the east.

Construction Begins on S.D. Highway 46 East of the City of Irene
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin 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 on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Board of Regents

NSU Student Organizations Recognized for Excellence
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Northern State University for excellence in academic, community, and organizational work.

Regents Approve Tuition & Fee Rates for 2021-22
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week approved tuition and mandatory fees for the upcoming academic year. The impact to students in the public university system is an average cost increase of $104.98 per year, or 1.1 percent.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Declares State of Emergency for Drought and Fire Conditions
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-07, which declares a state of emergency through June 1, 2021, due to severe drought and dangerous fire conditions.

Corrections

Inmate Kenneth Muetze death
State prison inmate Kenneth Muetze has died as the result of natural causes.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Announces Dustin Lynch to Play at 2021 State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and C&B Operations are proud to announce country music star Dustin Lynch to perform at the State Fair grandstand on Saturday, September 4. Ross Ellis will open.

Public Safety

Name Released In Clark County Fatal Crash
CLARK, S.D. – A Raymond, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Clark.

Names Released In Day County Fatal Crash
WAUBAY, S.D. – A Dayton, MN woman has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Waubay.

Name Released In Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A Pine Ridge, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash that occurred east of Hermosa.

Transportation

Transportation Alternative (TA) Projects Awarded by South Dakota Transportation Commission
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded ten Transportation Alternatives (TA) projects totaling $3.7 million for communities across the state

Concrete Pavement Repair Projects Begin in the Mitchell Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says concrete pavement repair will be done on four routes in the Mitchell Area. The contractor will move from one project to the next in the following order below:

Tribal Relations

Board On Geographic Names Seeks Input On Proposed Name For Hill in Rapid City on School of Mines Campus
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names (SDBGN) seeks public input on a name for an unnamed summit in Rapid City.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Governor Kristi Noem Announces 24 Broadband Grant Awards
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 24 grants have been awarded to fund broadband projects to better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota. In February, it was announced that $25 million in CARES Act funding was made available for broadband projects that could be completed by the end of 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Statement on Fairness in Women’s Sports
Today, Governor Noem gave the following update on her efforts to protect fairness in women’s sports.

South Dakota Leading the Nation in GDP Growth
South Dakota’s economy is growing faster than any state in the nation, according to last Friday’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) release from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Corrections

Inmate Michael Noland death
State prison inmate Michael Noland has died as the result of an apparent suicide.

Public Safety

DPS Releases April Sobriety Checkpoint List
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are planned for 19 South Dakota counties during the month of April.

Transportation

S.D. Highway 44 Closed West of Rapid City Due to Wildfire
South Dakota Department of Transportation alerts travelers that due to a wildfire, S.D. Highway 44 is closed west of Rapid City between Norris Peak Road at Johnson Siding and Chappell Lane.

U.S. Highway 16A (Iron Mountain Road) Closed Due to Wildfire
South Dakota Department of Transportation alerts travelers that due to a wildfire, U.S. Highway16A (Iron Mountain Road) from S.D. Highway 244 to S.D. Highway 36 is closed immediately.

2021 SPRING LOAD RESTRICTIONS - PRESS RELEASE #5
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the table. Effective dates are included in the table.

Construction Begins on S.D. Highway 15 in Deuel and Grant County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin construction on S.D. Highway 15 from U.S. 212 north toward S.D. Highway 20.

S.D. Highway 52 Road Closure Begins in April between S.D. Highways 37 and 50
South Dakota Department of Transportation says the reconstruction and road closure of S.D. Highway 52 between S.D. Highway 37 to the S.D. Highway 50 junction begins on Monday, April 5, 2021.


Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One man died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash that occurred east of Hermosa.

Clark County Fatal Crash
CLARK, S.D. – One person died Friday night in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Clark.

Day County Fatal Crash
WAUBAY, S.D. – A 61-year-old female died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Waubay.


Governor Kristi Noem

Fairness in Women's Sports
Everyone knows that I am willing to fight for what I believe in. Some have even accused me of fighting too much!

Governor Noem Signs Remaining Bills into Law
Governor Noem has signed sixteen bills into law.

Governor Noem Signs Pro-Life Bills into Law
Governor Noem has signed four pro-life bills into law, including HB 1110, which bans abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Governor Noem Proposes Medicinal Marijuana Fixes to Legislature
Today, Governor Kristi Noem proposed three changes to Initiated Measure 26 (IM 26) to fix problems with the measure as drafted.

Education

Board adopts new content standards in several subject areas
The South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted new academic content standards in several subject areas at its meeting today.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Grant Opportunity for Urban and Community Forestry
Funding for new community forestry projects is available through South Dakota’s 2021 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant program.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Construction Begins in McCook County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin reconstruction of Interstate 90 eastbound lanes from Salem to Humboldt in April.

Load testing of I-90 bridge over Dolan Creek Road in Sturgis to begin next week
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin load testing the Interstate 90 westbound bridge over Dolan Creek Road in Sturgis on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Broadband Funding into Law
Governor Noem has signed SB 34, which provides $75 million in funding for rural access to high-speed broadband, into law.

Governor Noem Signs Criminal Justice Bills into Law
Governor Noem has signed SB 135, which enhances training requirements for law enforcement officers, into law.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DENR Announces More Than $69 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Today, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $69,445,450 for water, wastewater, and solid waste projects.

Health

SD-DOH Confirms Detection of Additional Coronavirus Variants in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) can confirm that additional variants of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in South Dakota.

Public Safety

Name Released In Turner County Fatal Crash
MONROE, S.D. – A 42-year-old Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Monday night in a one-vehicle fatal crash east of Monroe.

Transportation

Construction Begins on S.D. Highway 28
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin construction on S.D. Highway 28 from 7 miles west of Lake Norden to U.S. Highway 81 on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Interstate 29 Northbound Construction Begins in Roberts County in April
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin construction on Interstate 29 northbound lanes from MRM 224 (Peever Exit) to MRM 239 (north of Sisseton) on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Concrete Surface Repairs to Begin on U.S. Highway 16B at Rapid Creek Bridge
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on westbound U.S. Highway 16B at the Rapid Creek Bridge will begin on Monday, March 29, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Freedom Bills into Law
Governor Noem has signed seven bills to protect South Dakotans’ freedoms into law.

Governor Noem Signs Taxation Bills into Law
Governor Noem has signed three taxation bills into law.

Social Services

DSS helps ensure families have correct child safety seats
The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is helping ensure children ride in the best child safety seat for their height and weight when parents can’t afford to buy one.

Veterans Affairs

GOVERNOR NOEM PROCLAIMS VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Monday, March 29, 2021, as “Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service, and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Statement on Closure of Hill City Sawmill
Today, Governor Noem gave the following statement on the closure of the Hill City Sawmill:

Governor Noem Signs DEX Funding
Governor Noem has signed Senate Bill 99 into law, which funds the Dakota Events CompleX at the South Dakota State Fair.

Governor Noem Signs Military and Veterans Legislation
Governor Noem has signed five bills related to military and veterans issues into law.

Education

Gov. Noem appoints Nebelsick, Olsen, Willard to Board of Education Standards
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Huron School Superintendent Terry Nebelsick, educator Linda Olsen of Dupree, and Belle Fourche School Superintendent Dr. Steve Willard, to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Announces Jon Pardi to Play at 2021 State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair and Legend Seeds welcome Jon Pardi to the South Dakota State Fair grandstand on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

Public Safety

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A 19-year-old female from Yankton has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash north of Yankton.

Turner County Fatal Crash
MONROE, S.D. – A 42-year-old man died Monday night in a one-vehicle fatal crash east of Monroe.

Tourism

Department of Tourism Gearing Up For a Promising Summer Season
With pent-up travel demand and consumers beginning to express increased interest and optimism about traveling, the South Dakota Department of Tourism is gearing up for what looks to be a busy summer tourism season.

Transportation

2021 SPRING LOAD RESTRICTION - PRESS RELEASE #4
Spring Load Limit Restrictions will be REMOVED from the road segments shown in the table below. Effective dates are included in the table.

Construction to Begin on U.S. Highway 14 between Wall and Cottonwood
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work on a 15-mile section of U.S. Highway 14 approximately two miles east of Wall will begin on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Construction Begins on U.S. Highway 18 / U.S. Highway 385 North of Oelrichs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says 10 miles of work on U.S. Highway 18 / U.S. Highway 385 will begin Monday, March 29, 2021.This project had a two week delay due to recent snowstorms. The construction begins one-half mile north of Oelrichs and continues toward the Smithwick Road turn-off.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Launches “Defend Title IX Now” Coalition
Today, Governor Noem announced the “Defend Title IX Now” Coalition to defend fairness in women’s sports.

Governor Noem Signs Appropriations Bills into Law
Governor Noem has signed twenty-one appropriations bills into law.

Corrections

Inmate Matthew Richard in custody
Richard was arrested in Pennington County on March 21.

Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Offered to All in Priority Group E
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced the statewide opening of Group E, of the states’ Phase I priority groups.

Transportation

Construction to begin on S.D. Highway 19 through Parker
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin work on S.D. Highway 19 from S.D. Highway 42 to the 277th Street intersection on Monday, April 5, 2021.


Public Safety

Names Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Belle Fourche, S.D., woman died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash just outside the city limits of Spearfish.


Public Safety

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A 19-year-old female died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash north of Yankton.


Governor Kristi Noem

An Endowment for Our Future
I recently had the privilege of hearing from two impressive young South Dakota college students.

Governor Noem Returns HB 1217 to Legislature, Suggests Style and Form Changes
Today, Governor Noem returned HB 1217 to the South Dakota Legislature with Style and Form suggestions.

Governor Noem Signs South Dakota Freedom Scholarship into Law
Today, Governor Noem signed Senate Bill 171, which provides $50 million for the South Dakota Freedom Scholarship.

Governor Noem Signs Zoning Reform
Governor Noem has signed HB 1094, which simplifies city zoning regulations and eases the permitting process for homebuilders and homeowners in South Dakota.

Governor Noem Signs Bills into Law
Today, Governor Noem signed the following eleven bills into law

Transportation

Winner Reconstruction Begins in March
The Winner Area office of the South Dakota Department of Transportation says that the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 18 and the U.S. Highway18/S.D. Highway 44 junction is scheduled to start Monday, March 29, 2021.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Governor Noem Outlines Framework for $5 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funds For South Dakota Meat Processors
Today, Governor Kristi Noem laid out a framework for up to $5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist South Dakota meat processors expand capacity to respond to market and workforce disruption due to COVID-19.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending March 13 and Benefit Year Ending
During the week of March 7-13, a total of 293 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 5 claims from the prior week’s total of 298.

Tourism

South Dakota Department of Tourism to Host Spring Hospitality Training
The South Dakota Department of Tourism will host its annual Spring Hospitality Training, May 3-6, 2021. The trainings will be held in six communities across South Dakota.

Transportation

U.S. Highway 83 Reconstruction to begin
Foothills Contracting Inc. will begin construction on U.S. Highway 83 from the town of White River, S.D. for 11 miles to the White River.

Veterans Affairs

South Dakota Offers Veterans Great Opportunities
Recently Smart Asset™ named South Dakota as the top state for veterans in the nation. Much of this decision focused on veteran population, low unemployment rates, low housing costs, and access to healthcare facilities.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Names Robling Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Kevin Robling will continue his service to South Dakota as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

Governor Noem Names Jundt Secretary of Transportation
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Joel Jundt will continue his service to South Dakota as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT).

Corrections

Inmate Abby Hall dies
State prison inmate Abby Hall has died as the result of an apparent suicide.

Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – One person died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash just outside the city limits of Spearfish.


Education

Her Vote. Her Voice. raising funds to ensure historical collections are accessible to all
In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the Her Vote. Her Voice. (HVHV) campaign is requesting support to digitize important historical documents in the State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre.

More historic images added to South Dakota Digital Archives
The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre recently added another batch of digitized photos to the South Dakota Digital Archives.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Applications Now Open
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division (SDWF) announces the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant application period is now open.

Tourism

Job Openings at Interstate Welcome Centers
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for Welcome Center Travel Counselor and Supervisor positions at six Welcome Center locations along Interstates 29 and 90.

Transportation

Interstate 90, Exit 59 Westbound Temporary Ramp Closure in Rapid City
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 90 westbound exit ramp at Exit 59 will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 18, 2021, to all vehicle traffic. Westbound motorists are requested to use Exit 58 as an alternate route.


Human Services

2021 Governor’s Awards Nominations
The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Statewide Independent Living Council are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Awards.

Board of Regents

Public Universities Look Ahead to Normalcy this Fall
South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools are planning for a return to more normal operations this fall.


Public Safety

Names Released In Hamlin County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Mobridge, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Watertown.


Governor Kristi Noem

Wrapping up a Great Legislative Session
This week, the 2021 legislative session came to a close.

Education

Sisseton’s Louis Nigg Barn listed in National Register of Historic Places
The Louis Nigg Barn near Sisseton in Roberts County was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March.

Housing Development

Funding Available for Housing Development
South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is inviting developers to submit applications for funding from the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program.


Health

SD-DOH Confirms Detection of the UK Coronavirus Variant in South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) can confirm that the B.1.1.7 variant (the “U.K. variant”) of COVID-19 has been detected in South Dakota. The findings were verified by an out-of-state commercial laboratory.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending March 6
During the week of Feb. 28-March 6, a total of 248 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 193 claims from the prior week’s total of 441.

Public Safety

Spring Ahead Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries This Weekend
PIERRE, S.D. – When it comes to Daylight Saving Time this weekend, South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says there is more to it than just changing the clocks.

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – A 56-year-old Hermosa, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash north of Hermosa.

Hamlin County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Watertown.

Tourism

South Dakota Tourism Wins Two National Marketing Awards
The South Dakota Department of Tourism recently gained national recognition receiving two 2020 Adrian Awards as part of a prestigious international marketing competition.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Legislation to Empower Parental Choice in Education
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 177 into law, which empowers parents who make the choice to educate their children at home.

Governor Noem Signs Telehealth Flexibilities into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 96 into law, which increases access to healthcare by allowing South Dakotans to utilize telehealth flexibilities.

Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Offered to All in Priority Group D Group Includes Teachers, College Staff & Funeral Workers
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health today announced that the remainder of those in priority group D – teachers, childcare workers, college staff, college students, and funeral workers – are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through Phase I vaccinators.

South Dakota Reaches Milestone of 1 Million COVID-19 Tests - Testing Remains Critical in the Fight Against COVID-19
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health (DoH) today announced it has passed the 1 million marker of COVID-19 tests administered, reporting 1,002,366 total tests performed statewide.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A 29-year-old male has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon north of Rapid City.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

South Dakota Wildland Fire Urges Landowners to Make Sure Recently Burned Brush Piles are Extinguished
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division urges landowners who recently burned brush piles to monitor them to be sure they are completely extinguished.

Human Services

Governor Noem Signs Senate Bill 31
Governor Kristi Noem has signed Senate Bill 31 that allows for the limited release of adult abuse case information necessary to assist adult protective services (APS) to achieve improved outcomes during an investigation.

Transportation

Construction to begin on U.S. Highway 18 through Canton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin pavement repair work on S.D. Highway 18 from 479th Avenue to 483rd Avenue on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Housing Development

New Allocation of Housing Assistance Available for Households Affected by COVID-19
South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is now accepting applications for a new allocation of funds to help with housing assistance – rent, mortgage and/or utilities – for households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Appoints Judge to Fifth Circuit Court
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced today that she will appoint Gregg Magera to serve as judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Governor Noem Signs Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed sixteen bills into law.

Public Utilities Commission

PUC resolves Kingsburg Grain & Feed docket with no losses to producers
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission granted PUC staff’s request to close docket GW20-002 addressing insolvency concerns for licensed grain buyer and grain warehouse Kingsburg Grain & Feed, LP of Springfield, South Dakota, at the commission’s regular meeting on March 5 in Pierre.

Education

Historical Society Foundation sponsoring Zoom program on March 9
Singer/songwriter/rancher Eliza Blue will examine how art, poetry, and music can change people’s relationship with the land during a virtual program on March 9.

Health

CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first set of recommendations on activities that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume.

Public Safety

Name Released In McCook County Fatal Crash
SALEM, S.D. – A 61-year-old Mitchell man has been identified as the person who died last week in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Salem.

Transportation

Transportation Funding Allows Counties and Cities to Prioritize Local Transportation Needs
The South Dakota Transportation Commission approved over $36 million in funding allocations to counties and class 1 cities throughout South Dakota at their meeting held on February 25, 2021.

Bridge Replacement begins on Highway 20 in Harding County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin replacing three structures this week on Highway 20 in Harding County.

Revenue

Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1 to apply for property tax relief
Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1, 2021 to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program.


Public Safety

Names Released In Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – A Herman, MN man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash north of Sisseton.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HERMOSA, S.D. – One person died Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash north of Hermosa.


Governor Kristi Noem

Words and Action
March 10th is a tough day. On March 10, 2020, South Dakota diagnosed our first 5 cases of COVID-19, including our first death.

Public Safety

McCook County Fatal Crash
SALEM, S.D. – A 61-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle crash northwest of Salem.

Tourism

South Dakota Tourism Wins 15 Awards at Annual Advertising Competition
The South Dakota Department of Tourism was recognized 15 times during the 55th American Advertising Awards, an annual competition hosted by the South Dakota Advertising Federation (SDAF). The winners were announced at the virtual ceremony streamed on Feb. 26.


Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Feb. 27
During the week of Feb. 21-27, a total of 372 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 124 claims from the prior week’s total of 496.

Transportation

Highway 52 Reconstruction between Highway 37 and 50
Officials with the South Dakota Department of Transportation say the reconstruction of the Highway 52 from Highway 37 to Highway 50 junction began on March 1, 2021.

Veterans Affairs

NOMINATIONS FOR FALLEN HEROES BRIDGE DEDICATIONS DUE APRIL 1
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting nominations for South Dakota’s “Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication” program. South Dakota has dedicated seven bridges honoring nine heroes since dedications started in 2019.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Bill to Defend Privacy Rights of Charitable Donors
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed HB 1079, which protects the privacy rights of donors to charitable organizations, into law.

Governor Noem Signs Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed twelve bills into law.

Health

Department of Health Announces Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Sites at Pharmacy Locations Throughout South Dakota
Today, South Dakota’s Secretary of Health, Kim Malsam-Rysdon, reminded state residents that additional COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state have been activated or are about to start administering vaccinations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

Public Safety

Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – One person died Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash north of Sisseton.

Transportation

Construction Beginning on U.S. Highway 18 / U.S. Highway 385 North of Oelrichs
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says 10 miles of work on U.S. Highway 18 / U.S. Highway 385 will begin Monday, March 15, 2021. The construction begins one-half mile north of Oelrichs and continues toward the Smithwick Road turnoff.

Guardrail Work to Begin on I-90 Near Whitewood
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says on Monday, March 15, 2021, guardrail work will resume on I-90 in the eastbound and westbound lanes at mile markers 23, 25, and 27 near Whitewood.

Meade County Culvert Repair and Replacement Work Begins
South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) crews will begin installing and repairing culverts in Meade County this week.


Tourism

South Dakota Attractions Honored as “Best of the Midwest”
Two South Dakota attractions have made Midwest Living magazine’s “Best of the Midwest” list.

Transportation

SDDOT Snowplows Named
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) rolled out South Dakota’s first ever Name the Snowplow Contest in mid-January.


Education

Braille and Talking Book Library celebrating 90 years of National Library Service
The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL), a program of the State Library, is celebrating the National Library Service’s (NLS) 90th anniversary. The South Dakota BTBL is an affiliate of the NLS.

Museum Take-to-Make on March 6 features lion and lamb plate project
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum will hold its next “take-to-make” Saturday Family Fun program on March 6, from 10-11:30 a.m. CST at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

State Historical Society celebrating Women’s History Month in March
A photo display in the Jay D. Vogt Education Room of the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre highlights South Dakota women in honor of Women’s History Month.

Public Safety

March Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety has released its list of sobriety checkpoints scheduled to be held statewide during March.


Public Safety

Names Released In Hughes County Fatal Crash
BLUNT, S.D. – A Blunt, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of Blunt.


Governor Kristi Noem

Celebrating America
There is no better place to celebrate America’s birthday than Mount Rushmore, surrounded by the beautiful Black Hills and in the presence of four iconic American leaders.

Governor Noem Signs Legislation to Simplify Youth Hunting and Fishing
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed House Bill 1034, which simplifies youth hunting and fishing requirements in South Dakota.

Governor Noem Signs Bills into Law
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed ten bills into law.

Transportation

2021 Spring Load Restrictions - #1 Amended
Effective at 9 a.m. CST, March 1, 2021, Spring Load Limit Restrictions will apply to the road segment(s) and at the indicated weight limit shown in the table below.

Bridge Improvement Grant Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 26 Preservation, Rehabilitation, and Replacement Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) totaling approximately $15 million at the recent commission meeting in Pierre.

Board of Regents

State Capitol Hosts Student Researchers March 3, 2021
South Dakota colleges and universities will send 15 outstanding undergraduate student researchers to the State Capitol next week to share their research work with lawmakers and the public.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Announces ConnectSD Broadband Development Program
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that $25 million in CARES Act funding is now available for eligible broadband projects.

Education

Her Vote. Her Voice. sponsoring Know Her Story: Art and Essay Contest
In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Her Vote. Her Voice. (HVHV) campaign is encouraging South Dakota students to write an original essay or create an original piece of art about a South Dakota woman who has made an impact.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Feb. 20
During the week of Feb. 14-20, a total of 439 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 169 claims from the prior week’s total of 608.

Public Safety

Hughes County Fatal Crash
BLUNT, S.D. – One person died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash east of Blunt.

Transportation

SINGING BRIDGE ON HIGHWAY 1806 WEST OF MOBRIDGE NOW OPEN TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC
The Highway 1806 bridge, known as the “singing bridge”, west of Mobridge and north of Highway 12 over the Grand River, is now open to vehicular traffic.

Department of Transportation Receives Federal Funds for Local Bridges
The South Dakota Department of Transportation has received an apportionment of Federal Highway Infrastructure Program funds to be used for bridges throughout the state.

Revenue

Department of Revenue reminds homeowners of the upcoming owner-occupied property tax relief deadline
Homeowners have until March 15 to apply for property tax relief through the owner-occupied program.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Born-Alive Legislation
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed House Bill 1051, which requires medical professionals to offer any baby born alive the same medical care they would offer for any other child – regardless of the circumstances of the child’s birth.

Governor Noem Signs Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed five bills into law:

Corrections

Inmate Seth Boocock in custody
Inmate Seth Boocock was arrested Feb. 23 in Sioux Falls.

Inmate Joseph Davis in custody
Joseph Davis was arrested in Ash Flat, Arkansas February 22.

Social Services

DSS secures planning grant for 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Planning for the launch of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 dialing code will get a boost from a grant awarded to the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Transportation

State Finalizes Sale of MRC Rail Line
On Feb. 17, 2021, the South Dakota State Railroad Board authorized the South Dakota Department of Transportation to sell the rail line from Mitchell to Rapid City (MRC) to Ringneck and Western Railroad, L.L.C. for $13 million.

Veterans Affairs

Connecting with our Veterans
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs mission is to “provide comprehensive care and quality service to veterans and their families, regarding health care, education, disability benefits, long-term care, and burial honors by providing professional customer service and care.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Issues Statement on Attorney General Ravnsborg
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement in response to the conclusion of the investigation into the fatal crash involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Joseph Boever:

Governor Noem Signs Flexibility for Healthcare Professionals to Live and Work into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed House Bill 1077 into law, which makes it easier for healthcare professionals to live and work in South Dakota.

Public Safety

DPS Releases Videos of Attorney General’s Interviews In Hyde County Crash Investigation
PIERRE, S.D. – Videos of two interviews conducted with South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg following a fatal vehicle-pedestrian crash Sept. 12 in Hyde County have been released by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety at the direction of Gov. Kristi Noem.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed fourteen bills into law:

Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Offered to Residents Age 65 and Over
PIERRE, S.D. – Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon released the following statement to remind state residents that starting today, the COVID-19 vaccination age statewide has been dropped to those 65 and over in age:

Social Services

DSS helps South Dakota families stay warm
The bitter cold stretch that recently gripped South Dakota required families to use more energy to stay warm.