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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.


Public Safety

Names Released In Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – Names have been released of the four people who died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Wagner.


Governor Kristi Noem

Empowering Parents
Good education starts in the home. It starts with strong parents and strong families.

Education

Gregory County Courthouse listed on National Register of Historic Places
The Gregory County Courthouse in Burke was added in February to the National Register of Historic Places, the South Dakota State Historical Society has announced.

Environment and Natural Resources

Governor’s Ag Ambassador Nominations Sought
Governor Noem is seeking nominations for the 2021 South Dakota Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award.

Labor and Regulation

Division of Insurance Announces Online Insurance Producer Examinations
The South Dakota Division of Insurance and its testing vendor, Pearson Vue, have partnered to make online examinations available in South Dakota through their platform OnVUE.

Tourism

South Dakota Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 47 businesses across 22 communities for their outstanding hospitality and customer service. These businesses have earned the “South Dakota Great Place” designation.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs SB 87 into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 87 into law.

Health

South Dakota’s Office of Vital Records and Health Statistics Awarded National Accreditation
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health announced its Office of Vital Records and Health Statistics, has been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the national accrediting organization for state, Tribal, local, and territorial health departments.

Human Services

Governor Noem Signs Senate Bill 32
Governor Kristi Noem has signed Senate Bill 32 that allows for the expansion of the access critical nursing facility program which has been in effect since 2011.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Feb. 13
During the week of Feb. 7-13, a total of 542 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 104 claims from the prior week’s total of 646.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Issues Statement on Consequences of Biden Administration’s Energy Policies
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement in response to the dangerously cold temperatures threatening lives across more than a dozen states right now

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

Corrections

Inmate Matthew Fritz-Chappell in custody
A minimum-security state prison inmate who walked away from the Yankton Community Work Center back in November 2020 is in custody.

Health

South Dakota Dropping COVID-19 Vaccination Age to those Residents Age 65 and Over Starting Monday
The South Dakota Department of Health announced today that starting on Monday, February 22, 2021, the vaccination age of those who qualify to receive their COVID-19 vaccination will be dropping to those who are 65 and over in age.

Public Safety

Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – Four people died and another person was injured Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Wagner.


Public Safety

Names Released In Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – A Powers Lake, N.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Belle Fouche.

Transportation

I-90 Exit 59 (N LaCrosse Street) Construction Project
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the Interstate 90 eastbound on-ramp at Haines Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.


Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Offered to Residents Age 70 and Over
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 70 and over in age:


Governor Kristi Noem

Safe and Effective Medicinal Marijuana
Whenever our state faces a major policy change, it’s the role of the state government to ensure that it is implemented and regulated in a way that best benefits the people of South Dakota.

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

Public Safety

Butte County Fatal Crash
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – One person died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Belle Fouche.

Social Services

DSS has tips and resources for lonely hearts on Valentine’s Day
While Valentine’s Day is a time for celebrating love, for many people who have lost a relationship, a loved one, or who are simply feeling down, it can be a difficult time. The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has resources to help cope with the challenges.

Tourism

2 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PANDEMIC RELIEF AND RECOVERY
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Arts Council is currently accepting grant applications in major grant categories and is also offering two special funding opportunities focused on pandemic relief and recovery.


Education

Log cabins, “Picturing the Past” highlighted in “South Dakota History”
Log cabins and significant places in South Dakota are featured in the annual historic preservation issue of “South Dakota History,” the quarterly journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Feb. 6
During the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6, a total of 540 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 71 claims from the prior week’s total of 611.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem and Legislative Leaders Announce Plan for Implementation of IM 26
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and leadership in both chambers of the South Dakota state legislature announced a plan to implement Initiated Measure 26 (IM 26).

Education

State Historical Society holding essay contest
The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is holding an essay contest.

Environment and Natural Resources

Teachers Encouraged to Enter South Dakota State Fair Education Division
The South Dakota State Fair Education Exhibitor Book is available at www.sdstatefair.com for teachers to download and enter their students’ class, art, photography, or writing projects.

Health

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program Begins in South Dakota and Vaccination Age Dropped to 70 and Over Starting Next Week
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health announced today that starting tomorrow, Thursday, February 11th, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRPP) will be activated in South Dakota. The FRPP for COVID-19 vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks, to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States.

Transportation

Rahn Lake Road Bridge Replacement Work to Start in Tripp County
The Winner Area office of the South Dakota Department of Transportation announces the bridge replacement on Rahn Lake Road is scheduled to start Feb. 22, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Special Address: Update on Revenue Numbers
I am here today because South Dakota is in a historic position. I stood before you two months ago and said, South Dakota is entering 2021 in one of the strongest financial positions in the country.

Governor Noem Signs Twenty-Six Bills into Law
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed twenty-six bills into law:

Environment and Natural Resources

Make Plans For The 2021 South Dakota State Fair
The South Dakota State Fair, the state’s premier fair event, invites everyone to the fairgrounds this summer for the 2021 State Fair.

Public Safety

Name Released In Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – A 45-year-old Mitchell, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton.

Social Services

Substance abuse recovery program for mothers launched in South Dakota
A new program to help expectant mothers struggling with substance use disorders has officially launched in South Dakota, and the agencies involved hope to see significant positive results.

Tourism

APPLICATIONS FOR ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE DUE MARCH 1
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting grant applications for its Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) residency program, which provides matching grants to schools and other nonprofit organizations for artists in residence. Applications must be received through the AISC online grant form.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input for Proposed Project to Reconstruct Highway 28 from Estelline to Highway 15
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a virtual public meeting until March 5 to inform and obtain comments from area residents on the proposed project to reconstruct Highway 28 from Estelline to Highway 15.


Environment and Natural Resources

Grant Funds Available for Specialty Crop Advancement
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is pleased to announce Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds are available for specialty crop advancement.

Public Safety

Names Released In Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – Two women from Rosebud, S.D. have been identified as the people who died Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Winner.


Public Safety

Brown County Fatal Crash
GROTON, S.D. – A 45-year-old man died Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton.


Governor Kristi Noem

The Sad Story of Keystone XL
It may seem cliche, but energy independence is a matter of national security. The United States is a net exporter of energy, which means that we can guarantee our ability to provide for our own energy needs, no matter what situation that the world may throw at us.

Education

State Historical Society seeks nominations for Governor’s Awards, board positions
The South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is seeking nominations for the annual Governor’s Awards for History and two positions on its board of trustees.

Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash (Updated)
WINNER, S.D. – A 56-year-old female has become the second person to die from fatal injuries sustained Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Winner.


Education

Students visit Pierre for CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 34 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 3, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day. Students shadowed legislators at committee meetings and observed House and Senate floor sessions.

State Historical Society celebrating 120-year anniversary
The South Dakota State Historical Society is celebrating 120 years of preserving the state’s history.

State Historical Society board approves 16 property tax moratorium applications
The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 16 applications in nine counties for the eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation made to historic buildings.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Jan. 30
During the week of Jan. 24-30, a total of 473 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation. This is a decrease of 107 claims from the prior week’s total of 580.

Public Safety

Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash east of Winner.


Health

SD Health Department Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Group Identification Tool and Announces Drop in Vaccination Age to 75 plus
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health is announcing the release of a web-based tool to help South Dakotans best identify which priority vaccination group they fall under in South Dakota’s vaccination plan.


Governor Kristi Noem

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

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

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation on Price Transparency in Healthcare
Today, Governor Kristi Noem introduced legislation to empower South Dakota consumers by providing them transparent healthcare costs.

Transportation

South Dakota Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the US16 Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the City of Rapid City, Pennington County, and the Rapid City Area MPO, will hold an online public meeting to present transportation improvement scenarios developed for the US16 Corridor Study from January 30, 2021 through February 28, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Life and Down Syndrome
Anyone who has met a child or a person with Down syndrome knows that they are a gift from God. Their beautiful smiles and unique personalities bring such joy and warmth into our lives.

Education

“In the Stars” Museum Activity Day will be Take-to-Make on Feb. 7 at Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum is switching the annual Museum Activity Day in February to a “Take-to-Make” program this year. The theme for this year’s Activity Day is “In the Stars.”

Public Safety

FEMA Approves Funding for Four South Dakota Communities
SIOUX FALLS – FEMA and the State of South Dakota have awarded more than $3.7 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to four South Dakota cities for the purchase of flood prone properties and their removal from the floodplain. These acquisition projects will allow property owners to relocate away from high-risk flood areas and prevent damage from future flooding events.

DPS Releases February Sobriety Checkpoint List
PIERRE, S.D. – A total of 15 sobriety checkpoints in 12 different counties are planned during the month of February by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Jan. 23
During the week of Jan. 17-23, a total of 472 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Enhance Law Enforcement Training Requirements
Today, Governor Kristi Noem introduced legislation to enhance training requirements for law enforcement officers in South Dakota.

Health

Volunteer for COVID-19 Vaccination Response
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) released a volunteer registration portal where residents from across the state can register to assist with COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Human Services

SHIINE Warns of Potential COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
The South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program is advising Medicare beneficiaries to be suspicious of scams during the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Transportation

Proposed Spring Load Restrictions for 2021
Spring Load Restrictions in South Dakota can be placed on state and county highways and roads between Feb. 15 – April 30, 2021.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Defend Property Rights
Today, Governor Kristi Noem introduced two property rights bills related to the Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GFP).

Environment and Natural Resources

Absinth Wormwood Added to the Statewide Noxious Weed List
The South Dakota Weed & Pest Control Commission added Absinth wormwood, also known as wormwood sage, to the statewide noxious weed list.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input for Proposed Project to Reconstruct SD Highway 37 in Huron
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) will hold a virtual public meeting until February 5 to inform and obtain comments from area residents on the proposed project to reconstruct SD Highway 37 from 9th St. South to 3rd St. North in Huron.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions
Today, Governor Kristi Noem introduced a bill to ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Simplify City Zoning Regulations
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will introduce a bill to simplify city zoning regulations and ease the permitting process for homebuilders and homeowners in South Dakota.

Flexibility and Innovation in Healthcare
We’ve learned all kinds of lessons over the past year due to COVID-19.


Public Utilities Commission

Hanson begins fourth term on South Dakota Public Utilities Commission with oath of office
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson took the oath of office on Jan. 4, 2021, marking the official start to his fourth term on the PUC.

Environment and Natural Resources

South Dakota State Fair Commission Elects New Chairman
The South Dakota State Fair Commission held its annual meeting Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and elected Faron Wahl as chair and Jamie White as vice-chair.

2021 South Dakota Wildland Fire Academy Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the 2021 South Dakota Wildland Fire Academy to be held in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota, on March 18-21, 2021.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Jan. 16
During the week of Jan. 10-16, a total of 649 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
ALCESTER, S.D., -- A 68-year-old man from Alcester, S.D., has died from injuries sustained in an ATV crash that occurred on Monday, Jan. 18, near Alcester.

Tourism

South Dakota’s Tourism Industry Shows Resilience Despite 2020 Challenges
South Dakota’s tourism industry held its own when compared to other states during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a Thursday address, Governor Kristi Noem and Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, revealed 2020 tourism economic impact numbers.

Tourism Industry Professionals Honored by Governor Noem
On Thursday, January 21, Governor Kristi Noem and the Department of Tourism presented awards to tourism industry members and businesses, honoring their ingenuity & diligence, extraordinary customer service practices, and lifetime commitment to tourism.


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Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Codify Healthcare Flexibilities
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will introduce two pieces of legislation to codify executive orders that originally provided flexibility to healthcare providers in response to COVID-19. The two pieces of legislation cover telehealth and recognition of out-of-state healthcare licenses.

Governor Noem Thanks President Trump for Pardons of South Dakotans
Today, Governor Kristi Noem thanked President Donald J. Trump for three pardons issued to South Dakotans.

Education

Two more state properties listed on National Register of Historic Places
Two more South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, the South Dakota State Historical Society has announced.

Environment and Natural Resources

SDDA Seeking Public Comments on the Draft Coordinated Plan for Natural Resources Conservation
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) is seeking public comments on the draft Coordinated Plan for Natural Resources Conservation.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into I-90 Exit 63 Interchange Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the Rapid City Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the City of Box Elder, will hold a virtual public meeting between Jan 20, and Feb. 20, 2021, to inform and obtain comments from area residents on the option being recommended as part of the interchange study.


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Governor Noem Signs Executive Order on DANR Merger
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-03 to merge the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, forming a new Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR).

Public Safety

Names Released In Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – A Gayville, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Friday night in a two-vehicle crash south of Elk Point.

Names Released In Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Friday in a two-vehicle crash northwest of Watertown.

Tourism

Officers Reelected for Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board
The South Dakota Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has selected its officers for 2021.

Revenue

The Department of Revenue reopens their temporary office at the Huron Area Senior Center
Beginning February 11, the Department of Revenue will reopen their Huron Temporary Office to individuals and businesses who have any tax related questions.


Public Safety

Union County Fatal Crash
ELK POINT, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured Friday night in a two-vehicle crash south of Elk Point.


Governor Kristi Noem

Civic Education for the Next Generation
Across America these last several months, we have witnessed a very troubling situation where violent actors are trying to do an end-run around public discourse.

Health

Department of Health on Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation & Phase I
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon, released the following statement highlighting expansion of statewide vaccine efforts starting next week and addressing federal COVID-19 vaccine allocation:

Public Safety

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash northwest of Watertown.

I-29 to North Dakota Border to Reopen at 7:30 a.m. CST
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls to the North Dakota border will reopen at 7:30 a.m. CST this morning (Friday).

Portions of I-29 and I-90 to Reopen at 6:30 a.m. CST
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Departments of Transportation and Public Safety say Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls to the Iowa border and Interstate 90 from Sioux Falls to the Minnesota border will reopen at 6:30 a.m. CST this morning (Friday).


Education

Now is the time to plan: Summer Food Service Program seeking sponsors
The South Dakota Department of Education’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Jan. 9
During the week of Jan. 3-9, a total of 905 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Tourism

FOOD NETWORK’S DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES SHOWCASES SIOUX FALLS’ ECLECTIC CULINARY DELIGHTS
Throughout the month of January, Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives will take viewers on a culinary adventure through some of Sioux Falls’ most delicious restaurants. The show’s boisterous host, Guy Fieri, visited South Dakota’s largest city in 2020, finding plenty of “flavor-bombs” along the way at restaurants such as Urban Chislic, Lalibela and ‘O’ So Good.

Transportation

Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input into the US14A / US85 / Deadwood Box Corridor Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in collaboration with the City of Deadwood, will hold the second online public meeting to inform area residents of the options developed for the U.S. 14A / U.S. 85 / Deadwood Box Corridor Study.

Temporary Lane Closures on Haines Avenue
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says there will be a single lane closure in the north and southbound lanes of Haines Avenue while temporary traffic signals are installed at the intersection of Haines Avenue and Mall Drive. This work will take place Jan.18-21, 2021.

Veterans Affairs

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s January Column – Caregiver Support Program Expands
Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of veterans, and their undertakings are often a 24/7 job. We want caregivers for our heroes to know there are improved services and programs to assist them.


Health

SD Health Department Announces Beginning Stages of Priority Group 1D for Next Week
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health is announcing that starting on Monday, January 18, 2021, the Department of Health and its health partners across the state will start vaccinating a prioritized population group, within Group 1D, of the state’s vaccination plan.

Transportation

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


Governor Kristi Noem

2021 State of the State (as prepared)
Lieutenant Governor Rhoden, Mr. Speaker, members of the Legislature, Chief Justice Jensen, Justices of the Supreme Court, constitutional officers, and fellow South Dakotans, it is my privilege to stand before you today to discuss the state of our state.

Public Safety

Names Released In Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – A Colton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash southeast of Madison.

Tourism

Governor Noem announces student art exhibition
PIERRE – Gov. Kristi Noem announced 12 students who are being recognized for their artistic talents through the new Governor’s Student Art Competition. An exhibition of the artwork will be displayed in the South Dakota Capitol Building beginning Jan 12.

Transportation

South Dakota Department of Transportation Announces Name the Snowplow Contest
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) has rolled out South Dakota’s first ever Name the Snowplow Contest.


Education

South Dakota teachers, school counselors go above and beyond with professional certifications
Four South Dakota teachers and three school counselors earned national certifications in 2020, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skill in their professions.

Social Services

ALDI to join list of online options for SNAP recipients
On Tuesday, January 12, ALDI grocery stores will join the list of online grocery shopping options for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in South Dakota.

Tourism

“Onward!” 2021 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is hosting the 2021 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, January 20-21. The conference is now officially open for registration to anyone interested in tourism, marketing and hospitality. Conference attendees will be able to register to participate virtually or for limited in-person attendance.


Public Safety

Lake County Fatal Crash
MADISON, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon southeast of Madison.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order pertaining to the Amendment A litigation.

Education

State Historical Society awards four historic preservation grants
Historic preservation projects in St. Onge, Sioux Falls, Belle Fourche, and Mitchell recently received matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to give flexibility as South Dakota fights the spread of COVID-19.

Public Utilities Commission

South Dakota PUC representatives elected to leadership positions within Southwest Power Pool
South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen was elected to serve as president of Southwest Power Pool’s Regional State Committee (RSC) throughout 2021.

Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Announces more than $8.7 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Today, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $8.7 million for drinking water, recycling, and solid waste projects.

South Dakota State Fair Foundation Announces, ‘Discover the DEX’ Fundraising Campaign for a New Livestock Complex
The South Dakota State Fair Foundation is excited to announce the ‘Discover the DEX’ fundraising campaign to help fund the DEX: Dakota Events CompleX.

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Jan. 2
During the week of Dec. 27 through Jan. 2, a total of 542 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Housing Development

Statewide Homeless Count to be Conducted in January
On Jan. 26, 2021, South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC), an affiliate of South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA), will conduct its annual statewide Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count.


Environment and Natural Resources

Prescribed Fire at the Outdoor Campus - West
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks plan to ignite the Adventure Trail prescribed fire located at the Outdoor Campus - West on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Health

SD Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Vaccination Info-Tool(s)
Today, the South Dakota Department of Health is announcing the release of two helpful tools designed to better inform South Dakotans on the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration process. These tools are in addition to the already available dashboard, which is updated daily.


Public Safety

FEMA Approves Funding for Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA has approved $3.64 million to reimburse Sioux Valley Southwestern Electric Cooperative for repairs in the wake of a severe winter storm in 2019. High winds and heavy icing caused widespread damage to the electric cooperative’s equipment leaving nearly 10,000 customers in Lake, Minnehaha and Moody counties without power and damaging hundreds of poles, power lines, and other equipment.


Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem and BFM Release Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and the Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) released the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2020.

Protecting and Preserving South Dakota’s Agriculture and Natural Resources
South Dakota’s values and beliefs are rooted in our agricultural heritage and our boundless natural resources.

Public Utilities Commission

Nelson elected to lead South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Chris Nelson was elected chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission today, Jan. 4, 2021, at the commission’s regular meeting in Pierre, South Dakota.

Public Safety

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Keystone, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning, Dec. 27, in a one-vehicle crash east of Keystone.

Transportation

Department of Transportation & City of Watertown Seek Public Input into Watertown Master Transportation Plan Study
The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), in cooperation with the City of Watertown, will hold an online public meeting to present information on the Watertown Area Master Transportation Plan.


Environment and Natural Resources

DENR Fines Rapid City for Surface Water Violations
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has fined the city of Rapid City $8,045 for Surface Water Discharge Permit violations at its regional recycling and municipal landfill facility (RALF).

Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Claims Filed for Week Ending Dec. 26
During the week of Dec. 20-26, a total of 602 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Revenue

Federal ruling changes odometer disclosure to be required for vehicles that are less than 20 years old
Beginning January 1, 2021, individuals will be required by a new federal rule to fill out an odometer disclosure when transferring a vehicle that is less than 20 years old and weighs less than 16,000 pounds.


Education

Take-to-Make a Clothespin Snowman Jan. 9 from Cultural Heritage Center
The South Dakota State Historical Society Museum in Pierre is switching its popular “make-and-take” Saturday Family Fun programs to “take-to-makes.”

Public Safety

South Dakota Highway Patrol Participates In New Year’s Eve Traffic Safety Coalition
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is joining the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition (WSTSC) in a special effort this New Year’s Eve to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Tourism

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ARTS FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
South Dakota artists, arts organizations, and other nonprofit groups are invited to seek grant support from the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) to assist in funding arts projects and programs throughout the state. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Revenue

Disabled veterans and disabled persons will see new license plate design in 2021
Disabled veterans and disabled persons will receive newly designed license plates at renewal time, beginning January 1, 2021.


Public Safety

Name Released In Roberts County Fatal Crash
SISSETON, S.D. – A Henderson, NV man has died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Monday, Dec. 21, south of Sisseton.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls.

January Sobriety Checkpoint List Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety will begin 2021 by holding 20 sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during the month of January.


Labor and Regulation

Labor Department Outlines CARES Act Unemployment Extension and Implementation
The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is currently reviewing the CARES Act unemployment extension provisions contained in H.R. 133 which Congress recently passed and President Donald Trump signed into law.