SD News

Mike Jaspers to Depart as Secretary of Agriculture

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers announced today he will leave his position as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, effective July 1, 2018.

June Sobriety Checkpoint Schedule Released

With summer under way, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety continues its efforts to discourage people from drinking and then driving by holding sobriety checkpoints statewide during the month of June.

Fort Sisseton Annual Historical Festival This Weekend

On June 1-3, Fort Sisseton will host its 41st annual historical festival. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) expects a large turnout, with previous years bringing in as many as 15,000 visitors.

Soft Skills Training Available to Employers

The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is offering eight-hour soft skills training workshops across the state. ?Bring Your ?A? Game to Work? will be delivered at no cost through various education providers.

Special education report now available online

Information regarding school districts? performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. The Special Education Report is released annually.

Fire Hazard and Fuels Mitigation Cost-Share Program

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture?s Wildland Fire Division reminds citizens that there is funding available through the 50 Percent Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuels Reduction Program.

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries

Fifteen school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2018. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

Governor's Column: In The Spirit Of Dr. Mead

In the late 19th Century, Dr. Leonard Mead served as the superintendent of South Dakota?s hospital for the mentally ill. Dr. Mead was known for treating his patients with dignity and he had a kind of compassion that wasn?t common enough for the time.

News Tips

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the South Dakota Boys State Convention at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Wheel Jam Packed with Events

The 15th Annual Wheel Jam will be held May 31 ? June 3 at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron.

Cultural Heritage Center program to focus on hunt for James brothers

One of the longest manhunts in United States history will be the subject of a June program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. Wayne Fanebust of Sioux Falls will discuss his book ?Chasing Frank and Jesse James: The Bungled Northfield Bank Robbery and the Long Manhunt? at 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 12.