SD News

Governor's Column: Connecting South Dakota

Today, widespread broadband access in South Dakota isn?t as widespread as we may think. In fact, about 88,000 South Dakotans lack high-speed internet access. These people cannot launch an online business or take advanced classes that require extensive uploading or downloading. Producers in these areas may not be able to use cutting-edge technology that requires online components.

Bovine Trichomoniasis Found in Oglala Lakota County Herd

Bovine trichomoniasis (trich) has been detected in a South Dakota cattle herd. Two bulls from a beef cattle herd in Oglala Lakota County have tested positive for this economically devastating disease. The Animal Industry Board (AIB) is working with the herd owner and their veterinarians to develop a management plan to contain the disease. Neighboring herd owners with potential contact animals will be informed of the risk to their animals as the investigation continues.

Railroad Crossing Replacement on Highway 14

VOLGA, S.D. ? The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be closing Highway 14 west of Volga on Monday, June 3, 2019, to replace a railroad crossing.

Noem Statement on Rising Missouri River Water Levels

Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement: ?In recent days, state officials have been notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of rising Missouri River water levels. Those levels are expected to remain higher than average for the next several weeks. Any additional rainfall could mean even higher levels.

Chip Seal and Fog Seal Project on Highways 44 and 240

RAPID CITY, S.D. ? The South Dakota Department of Transportation says a chip seal and fog seal application will be applied to highways 44 and 240 in the Rapid City area beginning Monday, June 3.

I-90 Westbound Closed at the Valley Springs Rest Area

The South Dakota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will be closing the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from the Minnesota State line (Valley Springs rest area) east to Exit 1 in Minnesota on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Noem Names South Dakota Poet Laureate

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Christine Stewart, an English professor at South Dakota State University, has been named as the next South Dakota Poet Laureate.

Wheel Jam Packed with Events

The sixteenth annual Wheel Jam will be held May 31 ? June 2 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

Noem Announces Connect South Dakota Grant Awards

Connect South Dakota, the state program designed to fund broadband projects in unserved and underserved areas across the state, recently awarded $5 million to its first grant recipients. The money was approved by legislators last March. The initial $5 million will leverage more than $11.4 million in project costs.

Butte County Fatal Crash

NISLAND, S.D. ? A 31-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred Saturday southeast of Nisland.

Meade County Fatal Crash

RAPID CITY, S.D. ? A 35-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle crash north of Rapid City.