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Scott Simpson oversees 150 park areas throughout South Dakota as the new Director of Parks and Recreation under South Dakota Game Fish & Parks.

The division has 200 full-time employees and a budget of more than $32 million.

Berget Execution Set For Monday

Oct 26, 2018

The state is setting the time and date of execution for Rodney Berget, an inmate accused of killing a South Dakota prison guard.

Berget’s execution is set for Monday, October 29, at 1:30 P-M central time.

Speaking with KELO’s Bob Mercer, Governor Dennis Daugaard says the courts made the right decision by sentencing him to death.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota has to revise this year’s budget. That’s because he says the state is not bringing in as much money as projected.

Daugaard says the trend since the start of the fiscal year is not good.

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A new agreement preserves health insurance options for 26,000 State of South Dakota employees. State leaders and Sanford Health negotiated to cover state employees at an in-network cost. That allows some DakotaCare patients to see Sanford doctors without huge price increases.

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A visible member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says work between Indians and the rest of the state is not done. While much of the country took Monday off for Columbus Day, South Dakotans celebrated Native American Day. Leaders made the decision to change the holiday years ago. One man says some people still don’t use the holiday’s proper name.

JR LaPlante spent nearly four years as South Dakota’s first Secretary of Tribal Relations. He says changes made in 1990 were not answers to Native-white relations, but starting points. He says issues still exist.

A recent surge in sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota is prompting free screenings in Sioux Falls. Planned Parenthood is providing tests for four STDs at no charge this week. The advocacy group and a doctor with the state agree that STDs are a growing public health concern.

The state epidemiologist says South Dakota had record numbers of STDs in 2014. By the end of the year, 4,170 cases of chlamydia were found in South Dakota. That’s the most ever reported in the state in one year.