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Homestake Mine Proposed for a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, SD, as the site for a multipurpose deep underground science and engineering laboratory. The proposal, chosen from a field of four finalists, was prepared by a collaboration of researchers and submitted to an NSF site selection panel through the University of California at Berkeley. The Homestake team could receive up to $5 million a year for the next three years to develop a more specific technical design for the laboratory.
In recognition South Dakota resident T. Denny Sanfords $70 million gift, the new deep underground research facility will be named the Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at Homestake.
The underground laboratory and proposed Sanford Science Education Center will provide education and outreach opportunities. Please see the following video clip.
Homestake Laboratory Conversion Project South Dakota Science and Technology Authority..
Goal three of Gov. Rounds' 2010 Initiative is to become a recognized leader in research and technology development by 2010. Part one of this goal is to secure Homestake Mine for use as an underground science laboratory. Visit www.sanfordlaboratoryathomestake.org to follow the progress.
State Launches New Service-Oriented Website: SD Connect
South Dakota recently launched a new website called: South Dakota Connect; which connects all citizens, state employees and others alike to the most frequently requested services and programs available through the Departments of Social Services, Human Services and Health. South Dakota Connect is an information gateway for individuals to quickly find services and resources, without knowing the name of a certain program or which Department the program belongs to. There are multiple ways to complete searches within the site and it also includes contact information for each of the three agencies in all areas throughout the state where offices are located.
Visit SD Connect today, sdconnect.sd.gov, and learn more about the programs and services the Departments of Social Services, Human Services and Health have to offer!
Full Report - A Study of the Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage In South Dakota: 2007 Update
This report represents an update of a report prepared for Governor Michael Rounds in January 2006.
Executive Summary - A Study of the Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage in South Dakota: 2007 Update
Gov. Rounds delivers 2007 State of the State Address
Video: http://media.sd.gov/ramgen/sdpb/Sessions/2007/specials/sos_video.rm
Audio : http://media.sd.gov/ramgen/sdpb/Sessions/2007/specials/sos_audio.rm
Text: http://www.state.sd.us/Online Docs/STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH 2007.pdf
Gov. Rounds delivers State Budget Address
Gov. Mike Rounds today delivered his FY2008 Budget Address to a joint session of the South Dakota Legislature at the Capitol Building in Pierre. Budget highlights include: Continuing to Grow Our Economy, Balancing our budget using our reserves wisely, Meeting Our Basic Needs, Taking Care of People, Protecting Society, Educating our Children and No New Taxes Requested.
Briefing materials, including the slides used during the presentation and the FY2008 Budget Book and Summary, are available at http://www.state.sd.us/bfm/budget/Rec08/.
Video and audio versions of the governor's speech are available at:
Video: http://media.sd.gov/ramgen/sdpb/Sessions/2006/specials/06budadd.rm
Audio : http://media.sd.gov/ramgen/sdpb/Sessions/2006/specials/2006buda.rm
Text :State Budget Address FY 2008
South Dakota Quarter South Dakota Quarter
The South Dakota Quarter was unveiled and launched at Mount Rushmore on November 13, 2006. Gov. Mike Rounds and Edmund Moy, Director of the United States Mint, members of the Black Hills Coin and Stamp Club, the Mount Rushmore Society and over 3200 guests were part of the ceremony.

The new South Dakota quarter design was selected by public internet voting and written ballot voting at all South Dakota banks last year. Over 170,000 votes were cast by South Dakotan voters, who selected Mount Rushmore National Monument with a ring-necked pheasant enshrouded by sheaves of wheat as the new quarter design.
Gov. Rounds announces Workforce Development partnership Gov. Rounds announces Workforce Development partnership
Gov. Mike Rounds, along with business and academic leaders from throughout the state recently unveiled Dakota Roots, a workforce development initiative aimed at South Dakotans who are interested in moving back to the state and citizens looking for new career opportunities.

“The Dakota Roots initiative is all about reaching out to South Dakotans who live in other states and current citizens who want to take advantage of our robust economy and the great quality of life,” said the governor on the announcement.
South Dakota Drought Task Force Gov. Rounds proposes Science-Based Drought Assistance at Field Hearing on 2007 Farm Bill
Gov. Mike Rounds proposed a drought aid solution to Congress called "Science-Based Drought Assistance." The proposal was made during testimony at an official field hearing held in Wall, of the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on the 2007 Farm Bill.
View the Testimony of Gov. Mike Rounds on the 2007 Farm Bill
South Dakota Drought Task Force South Dakota Drought Task Force
The South Dakota Drought Task Force was activated in 2004 to closely monitor drought conditions and to implement proactive drought aid. Implementing this task force allows us to look for resources within our agencies, to generate a united plan of action and to work together with state and federal agencies during a drought emergency or disaster.
South Dakota Drought Task Force Sex Offender Registry
In 2006 , the South Dakota State Legislature amended the sex offender registry laws to provide a public access internet site which lists all offenders registered in the State. By logging on to www.sor.sd.gov, the public can now gain access to sex offender information under South Dakota law SDCL 22-24B-11.
South Dakota Governor's Residence virtual tour South Dakota Governor's Residence virtual tour
Enjoy a virtual tour of the new South Dakota Governor's Residence. Built from 2004 to 2005 by craftsmen from throughout the state, the governor's residence has many features that embody the culture of our state; and will serve future governors for generations to come. Windows Media Player Versions - Broadband  or  Modem (Requires MSMedia Player) ; Real Player Version - Broadband  or  Modem  (Requires Real Player)
BRAC Hearing Sales Tax on Food Refund
The South Dakota Sales Tax on Food Refund Program helps low-income families stretch their food dollars. The program provides refunds of sales tax payments on food to South Dakota residents who qualify. To be eligible, you must complete a simple, one-page application and meet basic eligibility criteria. http://dss.sd.gov/ea/salestaxonfood/applying.asp
2010 Initiative 2010 Initiative
The 2010 Initiative is a series of specific goals and objectives for improving South Dakota's economic growth, visitor spending, and quality of life by the year 2010. The 2010 Initiative was unveiled by Gov. Rounds on October 15, 2003 at a special 2010 Summit at Mount Rushmore. Visit this web site for information on the progress of this exciting new initiative. Windows Media Player Version (Requires MS Media Player Real Player Version (Requires Real Player)
Governor Rounds' Dakota Corps Scholarship Program Governor Rounds' Dakota Corps Scholarship Program
The Dakota Corps Scholarship was designed by Gov. Rounds for high school and college students in South Dakota to provide full tuition and generally-applicable fees to selected qualified applicants. The program was created to encourage students to:
  • Obtain their postsecondary education in South Dakota
  • Remain in the state upon completion of their education
  • Contribute to the state of South Dakota and its citizens by working in a critical need occupation
Click on http://www.state.sd.us/dakotacorps/default.html for an application and to learn more about Gov. Rounds' Dakota Corps Scholarship Program
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