Recent News


Noem Accepting Applications for Fall Interns
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office fall internship program.

Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease
The latest number of continued state claims is 17,142 for the week ending June 20, a decrease of 8,044 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9.

Names Released In Clark County Fatal Crash
CLARK, S.D. – A Doland, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night east of Clark.

Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration Yields Major Return for South Dakotans
South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration on July 3 yielded a major return for South Dakota.


Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Mobridge
PIERRE, S.D. – State Health officials announced Wednesday, July 8th, that an individual who attended the Sitting Bull Stampede Rodeo in Mobridge has tested positive for COVID-19.

Names Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Rockwell City, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon near Tea.

Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – A Pasco, WA man has been identified as the person who died late Friday night in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs.


Governor Noem Signs Executive Order
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to adapt as South Dakota continues to get “Back to Normal” in the fight against COVID-19.

South Dakota Economy Second Least Impacted by COVID-19 in First Quarter
Today, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced state gross domestic product (GDP) decreases for all 50 states.

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Gary
State Health officials announced Tuesday, July 7th, that an individual who attended a street dance in Gary has tested positive for COVID-19.

Names Released In Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – A 41-year-old man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner.

Concrete Surface Repairs Starting at Lead
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 85 at Lead by Homestake Mine’s Open Cut Overlook Area will begin on Wednesday, July 8.

Southbound I-229 On-Ramp Closed Overnight
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the southbound I-229 on-ramp at Rice Street tonight, July 7, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

Governor Noem amends Executive Order regarding registration renewals and titling newly acquired vehicle extensions
Governor Noem signed an Executive Order amending the emergency declaration extending certain vehicle registration renewals and the time period to title newly acquired vehicles.


Braving the Dangers of the Arena
Whether you’re visiting one of our largest cities or smallest towns, South Dakota is a state that prides itself on the close-knit nature of our communities.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Worthing
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has confirmed that an infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in Worthing, South Dakota.

Clark County Fatal Crash
CLARK, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night east of Clark.

Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a motorcycle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon near Tea.

Names Released In Turner County Fatal Crash
HURLEY, S.D. – A Harrisburg, S.D., teen has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Hurley.

Name Released In Douglas County Fatal Crash
NEW HOLLAND, S.D. – A 16-year-old male from Council Bluffs, Iowa has been identified as the person who died Thursday afternoon, July 2, in a one-vehicle crash south of New Holland.


Names Released In June 26 Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – An Oklahoma man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash west of Lead on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Name Released In June 7 Lawrence County Fatal Crash
SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on June 7, 2020 northeast of Spearfish.


Tripp County Fatal Crash
WINNER, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner.

Fall River County Fatal Crash
HOT SPRING, S.D. – One person died late Friday night in a motorcycle- vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs.


Turner County Fatal Crash
HURLEY, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon north of Hurley.

Douglas County Fatal Crash
NEW HOLLAND, S.D. – A 16-year-old male died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of New Holland.


South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks conducts Operation Dry Water to stop boating under the influence
National effort to reduce boating under the influence

Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease
The latest number of continued state claims is 17,163 for the week ending June 13, a decrease of 8,023 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9.

Second Person Dies in June 18 Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSURG, S.D. – A second person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that happened June 18 west of Gettysburg.

Highway Patrol Says Safe Driving A Must During Fourth of July Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol has a simple message for this Fourth of July: Stay safe.


DPS Sobriety Checkpoints Resume In July
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety will resume its monthly statewide sobriety checkpoints starting in July.

Pipe Work and Turn Lane Construction in Butte County
During the week of July 6, crews will begin construction of a left turn lane on Highway 212 at Arpan Road east of Belle Fourche.

Chip Seal & Fog Seal Projects in the Yankton Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal & fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Yankton Area of the state beginning Monday, July 6.


Legislation to Protect and Help Victims of Human Trafficking to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, legislation to better protect and help victims of human trafficking in South Dakota will take effect.

Occupational Licensing Reforms to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, several reforms to occupational licensing will take effect in South Dakota.

State Paid Family Leave to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, Paid Family Leave for state employees will take effect.

County Zoning and Development Reforms to Take Effect on July 1st
On July 1, 2020, reforms to the county zoning and appeals process will take effect in South Dakota.

Lake Alvin Re-Open for Swimming
PIERRE, S.D. - Lake Alvin, located outside of Harrisburg has re-opened for swimming.

Health Department Awards $500,000 For Mosquito Control
More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.

Changes To State’s Move Over Law Happen July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – New provisions in the state’s Move Over law take effect July 1.

Teen Drivers Get More Time Thanks to Bill Suspension
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s teen-age drivers won’t have to worry this summer about having to meet the provisions of a new state law that was to take effect this Wednesday, July 1.

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A 35-year-old Vermillion, S.D. woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Monday night, June 22, in Yankton.


Gov. Noem Rebukes SCOTUS Decision on June Medical
Today, Governor Kristi Noem rebuked the United States Supreme Court’s decision on the June Medical case, which rejected a common-sense requirement that abortionists hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

South Dakota State Fair Open Class Entries Now Open
South Dakota State Fair open class livestock and static exhibit entries are now open. Exhibit books and entry information can be found online at sdstatefair.com.

WIC Program Announces New Income Guidelines
The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program effective July 1, 2020.

DHS Notifies Long-Term Care Facilities Regarding Resident Stimulus Checks
The South Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) sent letters to the state’s long-term care residential facilities advising of the seizure, retention, or confiscation of stimulus payments from their residents, regardless of payer source or debt owed to anyone.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
LEAD, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon west of Lead.


Not on My Watch.
For weeks now, we have been witnessing a troubling turning point in our nation’s history.

Governor Noem Signs Two Executive Orders
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed two executive orders to give flexibility as South Dakota continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.

New No Texting Law Begins July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Starting July 1, drivers in South Dakota will no longer be able to use mobile electronic devices, including cell phones, for texting or other purposes while they drive.

DSS launches crisis counseling, outreach program
The Department of Social Services (DSS) launched 605 Strong, a new crisis counseling program, dedicated to helping people struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I-229 Durable Pavement Markings in the Sioux Falls Area
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says durable pavement markings will be applied on Interstate 229 in the Sioux Falls area of the state over the next four weeks.


South Dakota to Replenish Unemployment Trust Fund with CRF Dollars
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota is utilizing Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to replenish the South Dakota Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.

Update on Mine Draw Fire
The Mine Draw Fire is currently active in Custer State Park between Hwy 16A and Center Lake.

Gov. Noem Announces more than $56.0 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $56.0 million for drinking water, storm water, and wastewater projects.

Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming Until Further Notice
PIERRE, S.D. – The swimming beach at Lake Alvin Recreation Area near Harrisburg is currently closed following routine testing that showed unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.

Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease
The latest number of continued state claims is 18,649 for the week ending June 6, a decrease of 6,537 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9.

Federal Bridge Replacement Recipients Announced
The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 49 bridge replacement projects totaling approximately $25 million at their meeting today in Pierre.


South Dakota State Fair Announces 2020 Grandstand Entertainment
The South Dakota State Fair Grandstand will bring a different experience to fairgoers this year.

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Scott Simpson announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Randall Creek Campground Reopens, Reservations Available
PIERRE, S.D. – The campground at Randall Creek Recreation Area near Pickstown is now open, following a 15-month closure to allow for bridge reconstruction.

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Pierre
State Health officials announced Wednesday, June 24th, that an individual who visited a business in Pierre has tested positive for COVID-19.

Fire Marshal: Fireworks Safety A Must
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says safety must be a priority when it comes to using fireworks this July Fourth holiday.

I-190 Exit 1B Northbound to Eastbound On Ramp Closing
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the I-190 Exit 1B eastbound on ramp will temporarily close on Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m.

Madam Chairman and Vice Chairman for South Dakota Commission on Gaming elected by unanimous vote
At its June 16 meeting, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming unanimously elected Karen Wagner of Belle Fourche and Karl Fischer of Fort Pierre to serve as its Madam Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. Their terms in these capacities will run throughout Fiscal Year 2021.

Regents Recognize Retiring Medical School Dean
The state’s medical school dean has been recognized for her efforts to address critical workforce needs and access to medical care across rural South Dakota.

Regents Appoint Maher as CEO
The South Dakota Board of Regents today formally appointed Brian L. Maher as its next executive director and chief executive officer. Maher begins his duties July 6, based in the regents’ central office in Pierre.

Governor Kristi Noem Announces Broadband Grant Awards
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 14 projects have been awarded grants to fund broadband projects to better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota.

NEW LAWS TO BENEFIT SOUTH DAKOTA VETERANS
Veterans in South Dakota will have access to improved education benefits beginning July 1 thanks to the passage of House Bill 1069 during the 2020 legislative session.

70th Anniversary of the Korean War
“Let us collectively remember and honor our Korean War heroes who gave their all to protect the freedoms that we hold dear,” said Greg Whitlock, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “They faced difficult circumstances and demonstrated incredible bravery and determination seemingly against all odds.”


South Dakota Century Farm & Ranch Recognition Deadline is August 10
The South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture will again recognize and honor longstanding South Dakota families at the South Dakota State Fair.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Monday night in Yankton.

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A Guernsey, Wyoming woman has been identified as the person who who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Hill City.

Guardrail Work to Begin on Interstate 90 East of Spearfish
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says guardrail work will begin in the east and west bound lanes of Interstate 90 at mile marker 19 east of Spearfish on June 23, 2020.

Bridge Work to Begin on Interstate 90 East of Wall
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge work will begin on Interstate 90 in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 125.5 east of Wall June 23, 2020.


Names Released In Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSURG, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg.

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


Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Pierre and Fort Pierre
State Health officials announced Saturday, June 20, that an individual who visited businesses in Pierre and Fort Pierre has tested positive for COVID-19.

Pennington County Fatal Crash
HILL CITY, S.D. – A 57-year-old female died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Hill City.


Governor Noem Appoints Crabtree to State Senate
Governor Kristi Noem announced today that she will appoint Casey Crabtree of Madison to the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 8.

A Message to South Dakota Dads: Happy Father’s Day
Strong families are often built around strong dads.

Potter County Fatal Crash
GETTYSURG, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured late Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Gettysburg.

City of Erwin, S.D. implements new municipal tax effective July 1, 2020
Beginning July 1, 2020, the city of Erwin is implementing a new municipal tax rate from 0 percent general sales and use tax rate to 2 percent.


Gov. Noem Proclaims June 19th “Juneteenth Day” in South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed June 19th, 2020, as “Juneteenth Day,” in South Dakota in memory of the 155th anniversary of the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation.

South Dakota Maintains AAA Credit Rating
Moody’s Investors Service announced they have reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating, the highest rating available, with a stable outlook.

Flags at Half-Staff on Friday, June 19, to Honor Sioux Falls Fire Captain Kendall Ward
Governor Kristi Noem today ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sundown on Friday, June 19, 2020, in honor of Sioux Falls Fire Captain Kendall Ward

State Library congratulates first-round recipients of Library Technology grants
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce 19 recipients of the first round of Library Technology grants funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the federal CARES Act. Awardees received $1,000 or $2,000 grants to update, expand, or improve technology in their libraries.

Continued State Unemployment Claims Decrease
The latest number of continued state claims is 20,573 for the week ending May 30, a decrease of 4,613 from the pandemic high of 25,186 for the week ending May 9.

Name Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Lennox, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the Interstate 29-Interstate 229 interchange in Sioux Falls.

Names Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – A Tabor, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Monday in a two-vehicle crash west of Yankton.

Highway 183 Load Restriction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says No Overweight loads will be permitted on Highway 183 (effective June 17, 2020) from the Highway 18/183 junction west of Winner north for 21.5 miles to the White River, or 14 miles south of Interstate 90.

Regents to Name New Board of Regents’ Chief Executive
The South Dakota Board of Regents plans to take action next week to appoint the superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District to lead South Dakota’s six public universities and two special schools. The regents are scheduled to formally appoint Brian L. Maher as the regents’ executive director and chief executive officer at their regular board meeting Wednesday.

Squealer’s Smoke Shack in Tea Approved for MicroLOAN
TEA, S.D. – Local BBQ favorite, Squealer’s Smoke Shack in Tea, South Dakota, was recently approved for a $70,000 MicroLOAN. The approved monies helped fund kitchen equipment, fixtures and dining room seating in the restaurant’s newly expanded operation.

Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed June 27, 2020, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post- traumatic stress injuries.


Gov. Noem Holds Discussion with Key Law Enforcement Officials
Yesterday, Governor Noem sat down with key members of the law enforcement community from across South Dakota.

Admission Passes Available for Read & Win During South Dakota State Fair
Admission passes are now available for the Read & Win program during the 2020 South Dakota State Fair, September 3–7.

New Provisions For Teen Driver Licenses Become Law July 1
PIERRE, S.D. – Provisions which strengthen South Dakota’s current graduated driver’s license laws for teen drivers between the ages of 14 and 18 take effect July 1.

U.S. Highway 212 opens in Watertown
Reede Construction opened Highway 212 between Highway 20 and Highway 81 in Watertown on Monday, June 15.

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s June Column – Taking Care of Our Heroes
Over the past four months we, as a nation, have been adjusting and trying to discover our new “norm.” The Coronavirus pandemic changed our lives in so many ways and forced us to meet challenges head-on and be creative and discover new potentials. I’m proud to say that our team at the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs stayed the course and continued our day-to-day operations in assisting our veterans and their families.


Submissions for the Nest Predator Bounty Program are Still Being Accepted
The SD GFP would like to remind Nest Predator Bounty Program participants that tails can be submitted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations on June 19,26, and July 1.

Now is a Great Time to Try Birding in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – With the recommendation to social distance, many people are looking for activities they can do on their own. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invites you to try birding.

Sign Up for Prairie Dog Control Programs
PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota departments of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and Agriculture (SDDA) want to remind South Dakota landowners to register for assistance with prairie dog encroachment. The deadline for enrollment is August 15.

South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration Garners High Public Interest
Public interest for South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration was apparent with a total of 125,787 ticket requests received. Lottery winners were announced Friday, June 12.

Asphalt Paving on Highway 85
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin asphalt resurfacing on Highway 85 between mile markers 99 and 112, south of Buffalo, on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Highway 115/Lincoln County Highway 106 Intersection Closure
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is closing the Highway 115 and Lincoln County Highway 106 intersection today, June 16 through July 14 for concrete paving operations.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One man died early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on the Interstate 29-Interstate 229 interchange in Sioux Falls.

Yankton County Fatal Crash
YANKTON, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Yankton.

Highway Patrol Graduation Set For Friday
PIERRE, S.D. – The latest class of South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will have its formal graduation ceremony this Friday.

Culvert Replacements in Butte County
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin replacing culverts under Highway 85 at mile markers 57, 62 and 68, north of Belle Fourche the week of June 22, 2020.

I-29 Exits 242 and 246 Interchange Ramp Construction
The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound on and off ramps of Interstate 29 Exit 242 (County Road 23) from Wednesday, June 17, through July 1.


Lessons Learned from COVID-19
COVID-19 has given us many unique challenges. As I’ve repeatedly said, this situation is historic in the worst way.

Lake Mitchell Declares No Wake Zone
MITCHELL, S.D. – The city of Mitchell, in cooperation with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP), has declared Lake Mitchell a “No Wake Zone.”

Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Rapid City
State Health officials announced Friday, June 12, that an individual who visited three Rapid City businesses has tested positive for COVID-19.


State Historical Society exhibit “Silent Silos” wins AASLH Award of Excellence
The American Association for State and Local History announces that the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for the exhibit “Silent Silos: South Dakota’s Missile Range.”

GFP Asks Public to Leave Wild Animals Alone
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is reminding the public to leave baby animals where you find them.

GFP Challenges Nature Watchers to Join BioBlitz
PIERRE, S.D. – With group activities limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) invites nature lovers to participate in a virtual BioBlitz June 13-28.

Anglers, Boaters Can Expect to See Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Stations This Year
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) will begin operating mobile watercraft inspection and decontamination stations across the state to help combat the spread of zebra mussels.

Unemployment Initial Weekly Claims Decrease
During the week of May 31 through June 6, a total of 817 initial weekly claims for state unemployment benefits were processed by the Department of Labor and Regulation.


Gov. Noem Recognizes Move Over Awareness Month
June is Move Over Awareness Month in South Dakota, and today Governor Kristi Noem reminded all South Dakotans to drive safely and move over when passing stopped vehicles, especially emergency vehicles.

Proposal to Remove the Lost License Fee Discussed
PIERRE, S.D. – The Game, Fish and Parks Commission continued their discussion to remove the $20 administrative fee for lost or destroyed licenses, permits or game tags. However, the license agent’s fee established by SDCL 41-6-66.1 would still be charged by license agents and the department.

Fall Turkey Season Proposal Discussed
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission discussed their proposal to slightly decrease the number of licenses available for the 2020 and 2021 fall turkey hunting seasons.

GFP Commission Continues River Otter Trapping Season Discussion
Following last month’s final action to remove the river otter from South Dakota’s threatened and endangered species list, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission continued the discussion on a proposal to create a limited take trapping season for river otters with the following proposed rules:

GFP Commission Proposes Local Fees Exemption for Yankton Sioux Tribal Members, Families
PIERRE, S.D. – At their June meeting, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission, proposed a park entrance fee exemption in collaboration with the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Under the proposal, Yankton Sioux Tribal members and their families would be able to access four park areas local to the Yankton Sioux Reservation without purchasing a park entrance license (PEL) from the state.

GFP Commission Proposes Fees for Nonresident Landowner Deer and Antelope Licenses
PIERRE, S.D. – During the 2020 South Dakota Legislative Session, the legislature created a provision to allow for nonresident landowners to be eligible for west river deer and firearm antelope licenses for their own land. In response to this action, the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed license fees for these licenses at their June meeting.

GFP Commission Denies Petition to Change License Allocation for Elk
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission denied a petition that would have guaranteed a license or created a stand-alone drawing for a big game license to those with more than 20 years of preference in a big game lottery.

GFP Commission Denies Nonresident Walleye/Sauger Fishing Season
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission denied a petition that would have created a season for walleye/sauger, for nonresidents, for certain areas of the Missouri River. As described in the petition, nonresidents would only be able to harvest walleye from these areas when the season was open.

Name Released In Lincoln County Fatal Crash
TEA, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a one-vehicle rollover south of Tea.

South Dakota’s Great Face & Great Place Hospitality Programs
The South Dakota Department of Tourism has announced the launch of two new hospitality recognition programs for tourism industry employees and businesses.

Concrete Surface Repairs Starting by Hermosa
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work on Highway 79 by Hermosa will begin on Monday, June 15.

Highway 385 Ditch Closure Proposed
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is proposing to close a segment of the ditch along U.S. Highway 385 in Lawrence County to off-road vehicles.

Mowing Regulations For The State Right of Way
The South Dakota Department of Transportation would like to remind landowners of mowing regulations for the state right of way.

BRIDGE WORK TO BEGIN ON INTERSTATE 90 AT EXIT 98
The South Dakota Department of Transportation says bridge work will begin in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at Exit 98 near Wasta on Thursday, June 11.