Latest South Dakota state government News

Partnership will train school staff in crisis response

Apr. 16, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A new partnership between the University of South Dakota and the state Department of Social Services will train more personnel in elementary and secondary schools on crisis prevention and response. The training will help mental health providers...

Man dies after skid loader goes into farm pond near Colton

Apr. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal farm accident. Deputies, Colton firefighters and state Department of Emergency Management employees were dispatched were dispatched to the farm about 5 p.m. Wednesday where a skid...

Deaths in vehicle crashes up 38% in South Dakota last year

Apr. 14, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — One-hundred-41 people died in traffic crashes in 2020, increasing 38% from a year earlier, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Wednesday. The number of crashes in which the fatalities occurred was 132 last year according to statistics...

Noem asks Biden to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore in July

Apr. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday asking that he intervene and allow a Fourth of July fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. The National Park Service has denied a permit for the fireworks this year, citing concerns about...

South Dakota reports 187 new COVID-19 cases in last 2 days

Apr. 12, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Monday confirmed 187 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over the last two days. The state Department of Health reported that a Hughes County man in his 60s died from complications due to the coronavirus. There...

Attorney general charged in fatal crash announces promotion

Apr. 09, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s attorney general who is awaiting his next court hearing involving a fatal crash has announced his promotion in the Army Reserves. Jason Ravnsborg posted on Facebook that he is now a full Colonel in the Army Reserves. He’s been in...

Noem names attorney as new chief of stff

Apr. 08, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Krisiti Noem has picked her new chief of staff. Noem announced Thursday that attorney Aaron Scheibe will leave his private practice to serve as her top aide beginning May 1. He replaces Tony Venhuizen. The governor...

Supreme Court to hear recreational marijuana case this month

Apr. 08, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana this spring. The justices will hear oral arguments in a challenge to the amendment on April 28 at the state...

Noem pitches transgender sports ban; lawmakers say not now

Apr. 07, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Despite South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's renewed push for lawmakers to take up issues she feels were left unsettled during the regular legislative session, including banning transgender girls from girls' sports, lawmakers said they won't address it during a special...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Apr. 07, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. April 5, 2021. Editorial: Transgender Battle: A Self-Inflicted Wound South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s recent transgender crusade continues to stagger through a minefield of her own making. During the...