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Governor Kristi Noem

American Legislative Exchange Council Ranks Governor Noem Best Governor in the Nation
Today, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced that Governor Kristi Noem is ranked the best governor in America for 2021. In accepting the award, Governor Kristi issued the following statement:

Caught in a Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis
The United States faces a federal-government-created energy crisis, and South Dakota is caught in the middle of it. Gas prices continue to rise, driving up the cost of shipping and making it more expensive to visit loved ones over the holidays. As we enter the winter season, Americans are outraged by the rising cost to heat their homes.


Labor and Regulation

ACA Health Insurance Open Enrollment Deadlines Approach
The South Dakota Division of Insurance reminds consumers the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period for 2022 coverage runs from Nov. 1, 2021, to Jan. 15, 2022, for consumers with individual policies.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Extend Flexibility in Hay Hauling
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-15, extending the timeframe during which hay haulers may move hay through February 2022.

South Dakota Ranked Top-5 in “Freedom in the 50 States”
Today, the CATO Institute announced that South Dakota is now ranked in the top-five states in their “Freedom in the 50 States” index.

Social Services

December Mental Health Memo: Weathering the Holiday Season
The month of December is supposed to be a time for excitement and holiday cheer. There are family gatherings, decorating for Christmas, and reflecting on the things (people) for which we are grateful.

Revenue

Changes in municipal taxes for the towns of Lane and Henry effective January 1, 2022
Beginning January 1, 2022, the town of Lane is implementing a new municipal tax rate from 0 percent general sales and use tax rate to 2 percent.


Education

Up to $250,000 in grant funding available for qualified afterschool programs
Now is the time for schools and other organizations interested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply.

South Dakota Community Foundation supports State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project
With funding support from the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF), the South Dakota Historical Society Press released its third Pioneer Girl Project publication.

State Historical Society digitizes important suffrage papers
More than 3,765 women’s suffrage items from the John A. and Alice Pickler Papers are now available on the South Dakota Digital Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Game, Fish and Parks

Custer State Park's Playhouse Road to Close for Construction
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 8, Custer State Park's Playhouse Road will be closed to all through traffic for a bridge replacement.

Good Earth To Host Open House Meetings on Spring Creek Golf Course Acquisition
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host two open house meetings to collect input on recreational development of Spring Creek Country Club.

Public Safety

Name Released In Codington County Fatal Crash
FLORENCE, S.D. – A Florence, S.D., male has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Florence.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Nominations now open for 2022 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking nominations for the 2022 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Public Safety

Sobriety Checkpoints Announced for December
PIERRE, S.D. – Sixteen sobriety checkpoints in 12 counties are planned statewide during December, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Social Services

More adoptive families needed for older children, siblings, and children with special needs
More adoptive families are needed for older children, sibling groups, and children who require specialized parenting for medical, developmental or emotional needs throughout South Dakota.

Transportation

Concrete Pavement Repair Work Begins on S.D. Highway 115 Between Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work is scheduled to begin on S.D. Highway 115 south of Dell Rapids. The project consists of concrete pavement repair between Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls. Work will include sawing and removing broken concrete and replacing it.


Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
FLORENCE, S.D. – A 16-year-old male died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Florence.

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Saturday, Nov. 20, in a one-vehicle crash east of Box Elder.


Governor Kristi Noem

Help Wanted? Try These Resources
It’s the holiday season 2021 and—just about everywhere you look—businesses are hiring. “Help Wanted” signs dot store windows in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and all points in-between. For the past two months, the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation has posted between 20,000 and 31,000 active jobs on their (DLR) website. That’s good news for our state as unemployment numbers remain well below the national average.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Amendment A
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Amendment A:

Gov. Noem Announces Department of Corrections Staffing Changes
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced several staffing changes at the South Dakota Department of Corrections (DOC). Doug Clark, Deputy Secretary of Corrections and Acting Warden of the State Penitentiary, will be the new Interim Secretary of Corrections. Interim Secretary Tim Reisch will be stepping down, effective December 8.

Health

Department of Health on Constitutional Amendment A Ruling Marijuana Legalization Initiative
Following the South Dakota Supreme Court ruling on Amendment A, the South Dakota Department of Health released the following statement:

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into Interstate 29 (Exit 71) Interchange Modification Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with Lincoln County, the city of Harrisburg, city of Tea, the Sioux Falls MPO, and the Federal Highway Administration, will hold a public open house meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 in the Council Room of the Tea City Hall (600 E 1st Street) to inform area residents of the status of the Interstate 29 (exit 71) Interchange Modification Study.

Tribal Relations

Secretary Flute assures tribes MedCannabis program will continue
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary David Flute issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Amendment A:


Education

‘South Dakota History’ explores historic preservation in Vermillion, Mitchell, Rapid City
The annual historic preservation issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, focuses on libraries, observatories, and how the landscapes surrounding Rapid City have shaped its development.

Health

Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Booster Doses Now Approved for All U.S. Adults
Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded eligibility of Pfizer and Moderna booster shots to cover all U.S. adults (18 plus). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recommended this new guidance. The South Dakota Department of Health released the following statement:

Public Safety

Highway Patrol Encourages Safe Holiday Driving
PIERRE, S.D. – With more people traveling this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday, the South Dakota Highway Patrol reminds drivers that it is even more important to stay safe.

State Fire Marshal: Fire Safety A Must For Thanksgiving
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal reminds citizens to enjoy the good food and activity that are part of the Thanksgiving holiday, but not to forget the importance of fire safety.

Transportation

SDDOT Extends Public Input on Proposed Project to Reconstruct S.D. Highway 46 through city of Wagner
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) held a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 to discuss the proposed project to reconstruct S.D. Highway 46 through the city of Wagner.

S.D. Highway 52 Opened to Thru Traffic between S.D. Highways 37 and 50
South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) officials advise the reconstruction project on S.D. Highway 52, from S.D. Highway 37 to the S.D. Highway 50 junction, is complete and the roadway is now open to thru traffic.

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into Proposed Grading Project on S.D. Highway 21 South of Hayti
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a public meeting open house on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. to inform area residents of the proposed Grading Project on S.D. Highway 21 south of Hayti.

Board of Regents

Survey Shows Students Need Help Completing FAFSA
Paying for college is challenging, but receiving some financial aid can ease the burden on students and families.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Kristi Noem Issues Statement Honoring Marcella LeBeau
As a proud member of the Lakota, Wigmunke Waste Win (Pretty Rainbow Woman) served both her community and her country as a member of the Greatest Generation. Her service as a nurse during World War II has been chronicled by historians. Her dedication as a nurse in the Indian Health Services for more than 30 years has left a legacy that will live in our hearts and minds forever.

Gov. Noem to Host Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Governor Kristi Noem will host the 2021 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol in the Rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
BOX ELDER, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Box Elder.

Transportation

SDDOT Receives Federal RAISE Grant for Freight Capacity Expansion
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) was recently awarded a Rebuilding America Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Governor Kristi Noem

Under God, the People Gather and Give Thanks
Thanksgiving is a time of unity. It is a time of gathering friends, family, and sometimes newcomers into your home. Somewhere along the way, America began to forget what the true meaning of Thanksgiving is.


Health

South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program Issues First Patients Cards
Today, in accordance with SDCL 34-20G and the unwavering commitment of Governor Noem and the South Dakota Department of Health to deliver a safe and responsible medical cannabis program, the first medical cannabis patient cards were printed and issued.

Public Safety

Name Released In Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. — A 28-year-old Winner, S.D., female died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash east of Winner.

South Dakota Offers State-Funded Training to Increase Safety in Schools
PIERRE, S.D. – Grant funds administered through the South Dakota Office of Homeland Security are now available to South Dakota K-12 schools to increase school safety through threat assessment training.

Tourism

Call to Artists: Art for State Buildings Proposals
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota artists have until March 21, 2022 to submit purchase proposals for the Art for State Buildings Program.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces December 17 Deadline for Urban and Community Forestry Grants
Funding for new community forestry projects is available through the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) 2021 Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant program.

Game, Fish and Parks

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in New Area
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently confirmed in a new area in central South Dakota. Confirmation of the disease was obtained from sick surveillance efforts coming from an adult female mule deer in Stanley County.

Transportation

SDDOT Office of Air, Rail and Transit Accepting Comments for State Management Plan (SMP)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) Office of Air, Rail and Transit, will be accepting comments on the State Management Plan (SMP) - Section 5310, 5311, and 5339 Program, with comments due by Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021.

S.D. Highway 15 Opening to Traffic Near LaBolt
South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says S.D. Highway 15 will open to all traffic on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.


Education

Application deadline for Social Studies Standards Revision Commission extended
The South Dakota Department of Education has extended the deadline for individuals to apply to be part of the Social Studies Standards Revision Commission. The commission will work with the department to draft new state content standards for K-12 social studies.

Game, Fish and Parks

GFP Shares Important December Dates with Individuals
The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (GFP) today announced several major dates individuals need to be aware of as GFP transitions to a new e-commerce system.

Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. — A 28-year-old female died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash east of Winner.

Social Services

Resources available to help survivors of suicide loss
Finding support from others and exercising self-care is important for survivors of suicide loss to cope with the grief and emotions that suicide can bring. South Dakota Suicide Prevention has help and resources available.


Public Safety

Names Released In Clay County Fatal Crash
VERMILLION, S.D. – A Vermillion, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Vermillion.


Governor Kristi Noem

A little goes a long way during this Season of Giving
The season of giving is here and there are numerous organizations that South Dakotans support in their communities. Food pantries, shelters for women and children, clothing drives, and toy drives are all causes that fill our hearts while helping those less fortunate, especially during the holiday season.

Corrections

State prison inmate dies
Inmate Whitney Leith, age 61, passed away at a Sioux Falls hospital Nov. 12 of natural causes.

Education

‘South Dakota History’ article wins 2021 Malone Award
An article from “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society, has won the prestigious Michael P. Malone Award from the Western History Association.

Fauske House in Corson recently listed in National Register of Historic Places
The South Dakota State Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Ole E. Fauske House in Corson was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 29.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

The DEX: Dakota Events CompleX Construction Plans Take Shape
Plans for the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX are taking shape following the groundbreaking held on Thursday, September 2 during the 2021 SD State Fair.


Public Safety

Highway Patrol Graduation Set For Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – Eleven South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper recruits graduate this Friday morning in Fort Pierre.


Labor and Regulation

Registered Apprenticeship Week Recognized
Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Nov. 15-21, 2021, as Registered Apprenticeship Week in South Dakota. This week is designed to promote the importance of apprenticeship training and the essential role it plays in educational development and workforce diversification.

Public Safety

Name Released In Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SPRINGFIELD, S.D. – A Springfield, S.D., female has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Springfield.

Clay County Fatal Crash
VERMILLION, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Vermillion.

Tourism

South Dakota To Appear Once Again in the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float will once again appear in the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.


Corrections

Inmate Christian White Face back in custody
White Face returned to the facility overnight.

Inmate Christian White Face placed on escape status
Inmate Christian White Face left the Rapid City Community Work Center Nov. 7 to go to his work release job. He failed to return to the Work Center at the assigned time following his shift.

Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the Interstate 90 (Exits 32 – 40) Corridor Study in Meade County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the project consultant and Meade County, will hold a public meeting open house from 4:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, to inform area residents of the Interstate 90 (exits 32-40) Corridor Study in Meade County.


Public Safety

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SPRINGFIELD, S.D. – A 42-year-old female died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Springfield.


Governor Kristi Noem

Highlighting our best and brightest this Veterans Day
On Veterans Day each year, we honor those brave Americans who volunteered their lives in service to our country.

South Dakota Joins Litigation against OSHA Vaccine Mandates
Today, following Governor Noem’s promise to “see President Biden in court,” the State of South Dakota joined a lawsuit against the OSHA COVID vaccine mandate issued by the Biden Administration.


Governor Kristi Noem

Former Gov. Frank L. Farrar to be Honored at State Capitol on Tuesday
Former Governor Frank L. Farrar will be honored at the South Dakota State Capitol on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Corrections

Inmate Nathaniel Buckley back in custody
Inmate Nathaniel Buckley was apprehended by law enforcement in Rapid City Nov. 4.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces a $123 Million Loan for City of Sioux Falls Water Reclamation Facility Improvements
Today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $123,000,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan for the City of Sioux Falls to make water reclamation facility improvements.

DANR Announces a $123 Million Loan for City of Sioux Falls Water Reclamation Facility Improvements
Today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a $123,000,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan for the City of Sioux Falls to make water reclamation facility improvements.

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash in Watertown on Oct. 24, 2021.

Name Released In Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
LAKE ANDES, S.D. – An Armour, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Lake Andes.


Public Utilities Commission

Plan ahead for 3G Phase Out in 2022
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission wants South Dakotans to be aware that all major mobile carriers, including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, plan to phase out their 3G networks in 2022.

Education

Applications open for Social Studies Standards Revision Commission
The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking individuals to be part of the Social Studies Standards Revision Commission, which will work with the department to draft new state content standards for K-12 social studies.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces Funding to Support Health Services for Farmers and Ranchers
The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) has allocated $500,000 in funding to support mental and behavioral health programs for rural areas and specifically farmers and ranchers across the state

Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Children Ages 5-11 - Parental Authorization is Required
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, following approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech® COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages 5-11 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the final recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Dakota Department of Health released the following statement:

Public Safety

Names Released In Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – Names have been released of the three people who died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Wolsey

Name Released In Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – A Belle Fourche, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash east of Murdo.

Tourism

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL TO MEET NOV. 9
PIERRE, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC), the advisory board of the state arts agency, will meet remotely via online/call-in format Nov. 9 for the Council’s annual fall meeting.


Education

DOE seeks feedback in setting targets for State Performance Plan
The South Dakota Department of Education Special Education Programs (SEP) is seeking broad stakeholder feedback to assist in setting targets for all students with disabilities receiving special education services in a public school district.


Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
LAKE ANDES, S.D. – One person died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash north of Lake Andes.

DPS Announces November Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – November’s list of sobriety checkpoints has been announced by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Social Services

November is Adoption Awareness Month in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem has made November Adoption Awareness Month to recognize those who provide loving, stable forever homes to South Dakota children.

Transportation

Surface Repair Work to Begin on Interstate 90 East of Ellsworth Air Force Base
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on eastbound Interstate 90 over 151st Street, east of Ellsworth Air Force Base, will begin on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s November Column – Our Month to Honor and Remember
Every day, we wake up to the gift of freedom because of the men and women who wore the uniform.


Public Safety

Beadle County Fatal Crash
WOLSEY, S.D. – Three people died Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Wolsey.

Jones County Fatal Crash
MURDO, S.D. – One person died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash east of Murdo.


Public Safety

Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Box Elder, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Rapid City.


Governor Kristi Noem

“It’s Time to Go on Offense.” South Dakota Joins Lawsuit against Biden Vaccine Mandate
Today, following Governor Noem’s promise to see President Biden in court, the State of South Dakota joined a lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

Governor Noem To Host Trick-or-Treat Festivities at Governor’s Residence
Governor Kristi Noem and First Gentleman Bryon Noem will host the annual trick-or-treat festivities at the Governor’s Residence in Pierre on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. CT.

South Dakota’s Treats this Halloween Season
It’s Halloween weekend and there is a seasonal chill in the air. There’s also a chill affecting American confidence in our economy. With an unfocused White House in charge, gas prices climbing, and supply chain issues clogging our ports, many Americans feel like the country has become a House of Horrors with a new crisis lurking around every corner.

Education

Food drive at Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre Nov. 6-21
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum in Pierre will collect non-perishable food and personal items for the local food pantry Nov. 6-21.

New book about Laura Ingalls Wilder to be discussed Nov. 4 at Cultural Heritage Center
Nancy Tystad Koupal will discuss “Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts” at 7 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. MDT) on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor, SD Sheriffs Association release joint statement in response to DHS rules complicating arrest of illegal immigrants
PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem today released a joint statement with the South Dakota Sheriffs Association in response to new guidance from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlining guidelines for ICE and CBP officers who encounter illegal immigrants.

Education

Take-to-Make holiday ornaments Nov. 6 at Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum will host Take-to-Make a Holiday Ornament on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT (9 a.m.-2 p.m. MDT) at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Transportation

SDDOT Snowplow Naming Contest Returns
The SDDOT Second Annual Snowplow Naming Contest opens to the public Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 30, 2021.

Veterans Affairs

SD Bridge to be Dedicated in Honor of U.S. Army SSG Gregory Wagner
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a State Bridge Dedication Ceremony to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Gregory Wagner.


Governor Kristi Noem

Gov. Noem Protects State Employees from Federal Vaccine Mandates
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-14, protecting state employees from President Biden’s federal vaccine mandates. She also released a video announcing her decision.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Rapid City.

Social Services

Foster system seeks more families in Native American communities as Stronger Families Together works toward recruitment goal
When children need to be placed with a foster family, staying in their own community helps minimize the trauma. That is why more foster families are needed, especially among tribal members in South Dakota.

November Mental Health Memo: Managing Grief during the Holiday Season
With a variety of in-store and online advertisements beginning at the first sign of fall, it is nearly impossible to avoid being bombarded with reminders of the upcoming holidays.

Tourism

Two South Dakota Parks Win Accolades in TripSavvy's 2021 Editors' Choice Awards
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is proud to announce that Custer State Park and Badlands National Park have been recognized in TripSavvy’s 2021 Editors’ Choice Awards.


Transportation

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the Proposed Project to Reconstruct S.D. Highway 46 through City of Wagner
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), will hold a public meeting open house from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.


Social Services

Substance use has dangerous tie to suicide
Substance use is associated with an increased risk for suicide, especially for those struggling with a co-occurring mental health problem or previous suicide attempt.


Public Safety

State Official: Prepare For Winter Weather Now
PIERRE, S.D. – Winter has started to make its presence known in South Dakota already this year, and state officials say now is the time to prepare for winter weather.

Transportation

Bridge Work Scheduled for Interstate 29 South over Skunk Creek in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says an asphalt overlay on the bridge ends of the southbound Interstate 29 bridge over Skunk Creek in Sioux Falls is scheduled to begin.

Signal Repair Work Scheduled for U.S. Highway 12 and 2nd Street in Aberdeen
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will begin signal repair work at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and South 2nd Street on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.


Corrections

Inmate Nathaniel Buckley placed on escape status
Inmate Nathaniel Buckley is currently serving a sentence for fourth-offense DUI from Meade County.

Public Safety

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Two Rapid City adults have been identified as those who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon south of Rapid City.


Corrections

Inmate Timothy Mitchell in custody
Inmate Timothy Mitchell was arrested today. He is currently housed in the Meade County jail.


Agriculture and Natural Resources

Achievements on Display at the South Dakota State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, held September 2 – September 6, 2021, continued to be a place for friends and family to come together, make memories, and celebrate the achievements of South Dakotans.

Health

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 23, 2021
The South Dakota Department of Health would like to remind all South Dakotans to dispose of any unused prescription drugs safely by taking part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, this coming Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Public Safety

Name Released In Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – A St. Onge, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Custer.

Social Services

Foster youth, families finding support in public-private partnership
The public-private partnership between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and charitable organizations, businesses, and faith leaders in South Dakota – Stronger Families Together – is benefiting foster and adoptive youth and their families in significant ways.

Board of Regents

Board of Regents Launches Our Dakota Dream Coalition, Extends Free College Application Campaign
The South Dakota Board of Regents announced the launch of the Dakota Dream coalition today as part of an ongoing effort to encourage South Dakotans to pursue post-secondary education.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s October Column – Honoring Native American Heritage
Traditionally, October and November have been two months that South Dakota celebrates and honors Native American heritage.


Education

Board adopts proposed rule to grant districts flexibility in hiring long-term substitutes
At its meeting earlier today, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards adopted a proposed administrative rule to provide more clarity and flexibility for school districts in hiring long-term substitutes.

Public Safety

Pennington County Fatal Crash
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Two people died and another person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon south of Rapid City.

Social Services

Child Support Commission to hold Rapid City meeting, hearing
The final public hearing to gather input on changes to child support guidelines in South Dakota will happen Wednesday, October 27th, in Rapid City.

Transportation

Concrete Spot Repairs To Begin on U.S. Highway 81 in Yankton
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete spot repairs will be performed on U.S. Highway 81 in Yankton from the bridge over the Missouri River north to 23rd Street starting Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

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, Oct. 20 and Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.


Public Safety

Names Released In Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. – A Belle Fourche, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Philip.


Governor Kristi Noem

BFM Commissioner Liza Clark to Step Down at End of Year
Today, Liza Clark, Governor Noem’s Chief of Finance and Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM), announced her resignation, effective at the end of the year.

It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month
I’ve spent a lot of time lately talking about South Dakota being ranked one of the hardest working states in the nation. And we continue to be the number one state for economic recovery — Moody’s Analytics has our economy operating at 105% on its “Back to Normal Index”. Despite all these positive economic indicators, businesses here are still struggling with a common challenge: workforce shortages.

Education

State Historical Society rediscovering the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder
The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project has released its next book exploring the writings and legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Public Safety

Custer County Fatal Crash
CUSTER, S.D. – One person died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash east of Custer.

Tourism

Governor Noem’s South Dakota Showcase Presented by SCHEELS October 22-23
Governor Kristi Noem’s South Dakota Showcase, presented by SCHEELS, will be held October 22-23 at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Transportation

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

SDDOT Seeks Public Input into the U.S. Highway 14A/S.D. Highway 34 (Lazelle Street) Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the city of Sturgis, Meade County, and the Federal Highway Administration, will hold a public meeting open house from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

Bridge Maintenance Work to Begin on I-90 at I-29 and I-229
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a bridge crew will be performing work on Interstate 90 beginning Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, through Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Appoints Kay Schallenkamp and Brad Greenway to Board of Technical Education
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Dr. Kay Schallenkamp and Brad Greenway to the Board of Technical Education.

Education

2020-21 Report Card confirms COVID Impact Report findings
The 2020-21 Report Card is now available at sdschools.sd.gov. The Report Card is produced by the South Dakota Department of Education and provides information on how students and schools across the state performed.

Public Safety

Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – A Lead, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday afternoon in an ATV crash northwest of Lead.

Social Services

Prescription Take-Back Day is Saturday October 23
South Dakotans are encouraged to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the next Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 23.

Tourism

Tickets Available for Exclusive Acoustic Experience at Denny Sanford Premier Center
Rascal Flatts Lead Singer & Nashville Singer-Songwriters Perform in Sioux Falls

Transportation

Ramp Closure Scheduled for 12th Street and Interstate 29 North in Sioux Falls
The northbound on-ramp to Interstate 29 from westbound 12th Street in Sioux Falls is scheduled for closure beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 14, 2021.

Section of S.D. Highway 79 Closed Northeast of Belle Fourche
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says that S.D. Highway 79 is closed from the junction of S.D. Highway 168 (mile marker 150) to the junction of S.D. Highway 20 (mile marker 199). This 49-mile road closure is in place until further notice.


Education

South Dakota students persevere in taking ACT, scores stay above national average
South Dakota’s average ACT composite score for 2021 was 21.6, compared to the national average of 20.3.

Transportation

Asphalt and Curb and Gutter Repair Work Underway on S.D. Highway 71
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says crews have begun asphalt and curb and gutter repair work on S.D. Highway 71 this week. The project starts south of Hot Springs and runs for one mile.

Interstate 90 Reopening From Rapid City to Wyoming Border Wed., Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. (MT)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says officials will reopen eastbound and westbound Interstate 90 today (Wednesday) from Rapid City to the Wyoming state line beginning at 2 p.m. (MT).


Public Utilities Commission

Mandatory 10-digit dialing begins Oct. 24
Beginning Oct. 24, mandatory 10-digit dialing will start to take effect across South Dakota.

Education

Ballard selected as 2022 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Stephanie Ballard, a special education teacher at George S. Mickelson Middle School in Brookings, has been named the 2022 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson made the announcement this evening at a banquet at the Drifters Event Center in Fort Pierre.

Transportation

Interstate 90 Closing From Rapid City to Wyoming Border Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. (MT)
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says due to heavy snow and high winds, Interstate 90 will be closed both eastbound and westbound from Rapid City to the Wyoming state line beginning at 10 p.m. (MT).

Median Work on Interstate 90 at Exit 402
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says work in the median on Interstate 90 at Exit 402 is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. Lane closures will be in place in both the westbound and eastbound passing lanes between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to allow the contractor to complete their work.

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Mitchell Area Safehouse Awarded CDBG Funds from Governor’s Office of Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has awarded $2.02 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the city of Mitchell for a new Mitchell Area Safehouse facility.


Public Safety

Haakon County Fatal Crash
PHILIP, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday morning northeast of Philip.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Appoints First Members to Freedom Scholarship Board
PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem today announced the appointment of five board members for the Freedom Scholarship endowment. The appointments set the stage for the state to begin delivering awards for its first-ever needs based-scholarship program. Dana Dykhouse, Miles Beacom, Phyllis Heineman, Diana Vanderwoude, and Chris Houwman will serve as the inaugural board members for the Freedom Scholarship endowment.

Don’t wait till Monday to celebrate Native American heritage
The second Monday in October has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1968. In 1990, South Dakota was the first state to do things a little differently than the rest of the nation. In South Dakota, we recognize Monday, October 11th, as Native Americans’ Day. We recognize that the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota people and their culture is part of who we are collectively as South Dakotans.

Education

South Dakota schools recognized as 2021 National ESEA Distinguished Schools
The Department of Education is pleased to announce that Explorer Elementary (Harrisburg) and Platte-Geddes Elementary have been named 2021 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Distinguished Schools. They will be honored at the National ESEA Conference to be held in February 2022.

Cultural Heritage Center program will focus on Geronimo, Sitting Bull
The stories of two of America’s most famous Native American leaders will be told during a program at the Cultural Heritage Center on Thursday, Oct. 14.

State Historical Society puts more historic newspapers online
More South Dakota towns are now represented in the digitized historical newspaper collections on Chronicling America, the South Dakota State Historical Society has announced.

Transportation

Concrete Pavement Repair Scheduled for Interstate 229 Ramps in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete pavement repair is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, on select on-ramps and off-ramps on Interstate 229.

Concrete Pavement Repair Underway on Interstate 90 in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) says concrete pavement repair is underway on eastbound Interstate 90 between exit 396 (I-29) and exit 402 (Eros exit).


Public Safety

Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – One person died Wednesday afternoon in an ATV crash northwest of Lead.

Transportation

Work Scheduled in Southbound Passing Lane on Interstate 229 from Western Avenue to Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls
he South Dakota Department of Transportation says that sawing and sealing joints on southbound Interstate 229 is scheduled for the passing lanes at Exit 2 (Western Avenue) through Exit 1 (Louise Avenue), beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 11. 2021.

Revenue

Deadline approaching for disabled veteran property tax program
The Nov. 1, 2021 deadline for eligible disabled veterans to apply for property tax relief is approaching.

Board of Regents

Regents Forward SB55 Task Force Report
The work of a state-appointed task force that studied operations and functions of the public university system over the past year will soon be in the hands of legislators and Gov. Kristi Noem.

Regents Honor Student Groups at SD Mines and Black Hills State
The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Black Hills State University this week for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Appoints Brian Sandvig and Joy Nelson to Board of Technical Education
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Brian Sandvig and Joy Nelson to the Board of Technical Education. Brian Sandvig will replace Bob Faehn and serve the remainder of Faehn’s term. Joy Nelson will replace Ed Mallett effective November 1, 2021.

Corrections

Inmate Timothy Mitchell placed on escape status
Inmate Timothy Mitchell failed to return to the Rapid City Community Work Center at the appointed time following a shift at his work release job Oct. 6.

Social Services

Outcomes brighter when siblings can remain together in care
Siblings have unique bonds which is why keeping brothers and sisters together in foster care and adoption is so important to achieving successful outcomes.


Public Utilities Commission

Natural gas customers should prepare for higher bills this winter
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission warns natural gas customers to expect higher prices this heating season and suggests South Dakotans take steps now to keep bills manageable this winter.


Public Safety

Name Released In Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TABOR, S.D. – A Vermillion, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Tabor.

Social Services

Mental health support available in South Dakota
As Mental Illness Awareness Week kicks off the Department of Social Services (DSS) wants South Dakotans to know there is help available for those dealing with mental health challenges.

Transportation

Westbound Russell Street On-Ramp to Temporarily Close in Sioux Falls
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the westbound Russell Street to Interstate 29 northbound on-ramp will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Real Estate Professionals Thank Governor Noem for Streamlining Appraiser Certification
Today, several real estate professionals from across South Dakota thanked Governor Noem and the Department of Labor & Regulation (DLR) for their efforts to streamline the state’s appraiser certification process.

Gov. Kristi Noem Relaunches Social Studies Standards Review
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the review of the state’s social studies standards will be relaunched, and the standards proposed by the Department of Education (DOE) will be set aside.

Pheasant hunting is a tradition worth preserving
From the Black Hills to the eastern plains, the familiar sound of shotgun blasts can usually be heard popping in the distance. It’s hunting season and we are starting to get into my favorite time of year: pheasant season.

Corrections

Inmate Brandon Witt placed on escape status
Inmate Brandon Witt left a community service work assignment in Sioux Falls without authorization today.

Public Safety

State Fire Marshal Urges Public to Celebrate Fire Prevention Week
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal encourages the public to spend a little more time this next week thinking about fire safety .

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
TABOR, S.D. – One man died early Friday morning (today) in a one-vehicle crash south of Tabor.

Names Released In Hutchinson County Fatal Crash
PARKSTON, S.D. – A Platte, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash east of Parkston.

Social Services

October Mental Health Memo: Every Month Should be Substance Abuse Prevention Month
For a decade, October has been recognized as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.


Education

Gov. Noem proclaims October as Archives Month
Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed October as Archives Month in South Dakota.

“South Dakota History” examines Sioux Falls College, cadets in Spearfish, German-language newspapers, Rose Wilder Lane
Sioux Falls College, cadet training in Spearfish, German-language newspapers and the writings of Rose Wilder Lane are highlighted in the latest issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

DANR Announces $176,250 in Grants for Solid Waste Projects
Today, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $176,250 in grants for solid waste projects.

DANR Seeking Public Comments on the Riparian Buffer Initiative
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) is seeking public comments on its Riparian Buffer Initiative.