Bald Eagle Awareness Week Feb. 20-25

PIERRE, S.D. – Bald Eagle Awareness Days celebrates its 25th year of entertainment and education by emphasizing the need for conservation and appreciation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed February 20-25, 2017, as Bald Eagle Awareness Week in South Dakota. Interested persons will have several free events...
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Holden Departs As Commissioner Of State Bureau Of Administration

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jeff Holden, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, is retiring from state government. “I thank Jeff for serving over three decades in public safety, purchasing and administration. I am grateful for his leadership of our state in those areas,” said Gov. Dennis...
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Noem Asks U.S. Attorney General to Discuss Rising Violent Crime in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is asking new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss rising violent crime in South Dakota. Noem sent a letter Tuesday to Sessions requesting a meeting and urging the Justice Department to redouble its efforts to fight drug trafficking, gang proliferation and the “violent crime that...
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K9 “Gabber” Sniffs out $500,000 Worth of Meth Seized in Record-Breaking Drug Bust in North Dakota

MANDAN, N.D. – Today, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department releases additional information about the largest methamphetamine seizure in the department’s history on Feb. 18, confiscating over four pounds worth an estimated street value of $500,000.00. At approximately 12:30am on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit found the drugs in a white Dodge Dart rental...
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Railroad Board Seeking Rail Project Information

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Railroad Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Becker-Hansen Building Commission Room in Pierre. After reviewing proposed projects from the 2011 State Rail Plan at their Feb. 15 meeting, the board is now soliciting input from the public regarding...
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Grants Available for Tree Planting

PIERRE, S.D.- The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) has grant funds available to communities that lost trees during storm events. Communities must use the grants to purchase or plant trees. “Some communities have struggled to replace trees lost during significant storm events that have occurred in recent years,” Rachel Ormseth, SDDA community forestry...
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Four Reappointed to State Conservation Commission

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reappointed Doug Hansen of Webster, Wayne Bunge of Rapid City, Charlie Moe of Rosebud and Aaron Kiesz of Aberdeen to the State Conservation Commission. Hansen will serve as the commission’s at-large representative. Moe and Bunge will serves as the commission’s tree industry representatives. Kiesz will serve as...
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South Dakota’s Vehicle Fatality Rate Again Among Lowest in Nation

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota had the nation’s fourth lowest motor vehicle fatality rate in 2016, according to a national organization. The National Safety Council says in its annual report released this week that the number of motor-vehicle deaths in the United States during 2016 totaled 40,200, an increase of 6 percent. But South...
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Governor Appoints Transportation Commissioner – Sen. Vehle

PIERRE, S.D. – State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist announces that former Sen. Mike Vehle of Mitchell has been appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacant seat on the South Dakota Transportation Commission. Sen. Vehle served the citizens of South Dakota as a member of the Legislature for 11 years (2005-2015). The last...
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South Dakota Lawmakers Consider Beef Labeling Proposal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require retailers to display the country of origin of beef sold in South Dakota. The state Senate is scheduled to take up the proposal next week. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-3 Wednesday to send the bill to the floor. South...
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