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Public Safety leader taking job at Dakota State University

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The head of South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety is leaving to take a job with Dakota State University. DPS Secretary Trevor Jones says he will be working in the digital forensics lab at the Madison school. Jones has led the Public Safety department during Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration, following a 20-year career in law enforcement….

President, Governor Call for Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff

Out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Annapolis, Maryland, last week, President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff across the nation. In accordance with the President’s order, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags across the state be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset today, July 3.   Categories: Local…

Many State Gov’t Offices Closed Friday For Blizzard

PIERRE, SD – Governor Dennis Daugaard is closing state government offices in 32 counties Friday because of the approaching blizzard. According to the Department of Public Safety, the counties covered by the governor’s order are Bennett, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Campbell, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Faulk, Gregory, Haakon, Hand, Harding, Hughes, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Oglala Lakota,…

State Offices Close in 13 South Dakota Counties

Storm conditions prompt declaration by Governor Daugaard

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety announced Monday that all state offices in 13 counties will be closed today due to the blizzard and winter storm conditions. “State offices are closed in the counties of: Brule, Campbell, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Jones, Lyman, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Tripp and Walworth. Only essential personnel within state offices in those counties should report…

114th Fighter Wing Welcomed Home After Months of Being Deployed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- 126 Airmen with the South Dakota Air National Guard were welcomed home today after spending almost a year on deployment. Over the past ten months, the airmen were deployed to various places all around the world. Different units returned home at different times, but today, a ceremony was held to welcome everyone back. Now that they are…

New Program Making Home Buying Affordable for Low Income Families

New Program Making Home Buying Affordable for Low Income Families

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Buying a home in South Dakota may have gotten easier – through an initiative providing down payment assistance. Wells Fargo along with Governor Daugaard, NeighborWorks America and GROW South Dakota announced that the NeighborhoodLIFT program offers $2 million dollars for the state in hopes of encouraging home ownership for eligible buyers. The program provides low and average…

S.D. Governor Plans To Sign Religious Adoption Agency Protections Into Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he expects to sign a bill that would give new legal protections to adoption agencies and foster groups that cite religious reasons for denying services. The Republican governor said Friday that he fears a child-placement agency may make a decision that’s in the best interest of the child, but be subject to…

Governor Signs New Laws To Replace Initiated Measure 22

Courtesy: South Dakota Governor’s Office PIERRE, S.D. — Friday morning, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed five measures created to replace concepts of Initiated Measure 22, a measure approved by South Dakota voters on the 2016 November ballot but repealed by legislators during the spring session. “State officials of all stripes undertook the difficult work of replacing Initiated Measure 22 with constitutional,…

Governor Daugaard Discusses IM 22 Repeal Decision

Governor Signed Repeal Bill, House Bill 1069, Thursday

Governor Dennis Daugaard said in his State of the State address in January that he supported the repeal of Initiated Measure 22. He stayed true to his word. With an emergency clause attached, Initiated Measure 22 is officially repealed after Gov. Daugaard signed the repeal bill, House Bill 1069. He said the move clears the way for new measures that…

Initiated Measure 22 Repealed

Governor Daugaard Signs Repeal Bill Of Ethics Overhaul

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1069 Thursday, repealing Initiated Measure 22. The ethics overhaul was passed by South Dakota voters in November. The decision by the governor comes one day after the Senate passed the repeal bill with 27 in support and eight opposed. Supporters of the repeal say there were pieces of Initiated Measure 22 that were unconstitutional….

Meth, Ethics Legislation, Sales Tax Highlighted In State Of The State Address

PIERRE, S.D. – A big change for thousands of online shoppers in South Dakota; starting next month, they’ll be paying South Dakota state sales tax. This was just one of the plans unveiled by Governor Dennis Daugaard during his state of the state address in Pierre Tuesday. Governor Daugaard was met with applause from lawmakers this afternoon, before diving into…

Gov. Daugaard’s Last Two Years; Hopes To Tackle Meth Use And State’s Retirement System

SOUTH DAKOTA – Governor Dennis Daugaard enters his final two years in office and he says he is aiming to tackle issues ranging from meth us to the State’s retirement system. Daugaard will likely have the final say this legislative session on reshaping a voter aprroved Government ethics overhaul, and deciding whether to restrict bathrooms that transgender students use. He says…

State of Emergency Declared as Tens of Thousands Still Without Power

Governor Daugaard Declares State of Emergency Following Winter Storm

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency for all of South Dakota following a Christmas Day storm that resulted in stranded motorists and electrical power outages. The Governor, in issuing the Executive Order, has ordered that state government technical resources be made available to support county governments in efforts to restore normal travel conditions and…