December 9, 2021

Temporary Ordinance Regarding the Issuance of Local Medical Cannabis

The Oglala Lakota County Commissioners have passed a temporary ordinance regarding the issuance of local medical cannabis establishment permits.  The ordinance states that applications for such licenses will not be accepted until the South Dakota Department of Health has promulgated regulations in this area.

This temporary ordinance went into effect June 24, 2021.

The full ordinance is available on the county commissioner page near the bottom.

Notice of Public Hearing – Ordinance for Local Cannabis Permits/Licenses



ORDINANCE #2021-01



The Board of Oglala Lakota County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on June 9, 2021 at 2 p.m., in the Oglala Lakota County Courthouse located in Hot Springs, SD.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend in person and comment on Ordinance #2021-01, A temporary ordinance regarding the issuance of local medical cannabis establishment permits and/or licenses. After the public hearing, the Board of County Commissioners may have first reading of Ordinance #2021-01 by title and set a 2nd reading date.

The proposed Ordinance #2021-01 will be made available for public inspection at the Oglala Lakota County Auditor’s Office located in Hot Springs, SD and on-line at pursuant to SDCL Section 11-4 and amendments thereto.

Written comments may be filed by emailing the Auditor at or by mailing them to the Auditor at 906 N. River St., Hot Springs, SD, 57747 on or before noon on June 8, 2021.

South Dakota Tornado Drill – April 21st

A statewide tornado drill conducted in South Dakota between 9:00 and 9:30 am MDT on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Because the exercise is used to ensure communications and warning systems are functioning properly before storm season, people will see and hear the actual alerts used for tornadoes. Communities may sound local warning sirens, although the sirens may not be heard inside homes and buildings, especially large office buildings, as they are intended to alert people who are outdoors away from radio or TV. Local emergency response agencies may practice their response procedures and schools will conduct safety drills for their students.

The drill will also include a test of the Emergency Alert System, which will interrupt local media broadcasts. The scroll on television will look like a real warning, while the audio will be identified as a test.

Cell phone alerts and other electronic notification systems will not be involved in the test.

Information on preparing for storms is on the Severe Weather Preparedness Week web page.  People may also contact their county emergency management office or the Black Hills Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for additional information.

CALL if you can, TEXT if you can’t

Text-to-9-1-1 Option Available in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – Text-to-9-1-1 is now available throughout South Dakota.

Wireless cell phone customers in South Dakota can text to 9-1-1 when they can’t call in an emergency. The text, like a phone call, will be routed to a local 9-1-1 dispatch center.

“Text-to-9-1-1 should only be used in an emergency when you can’t call 9-1-1,” said Craig Price, cabinet secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. “The Text-to-9-1-1 option would be good to use if speaking out loud would put the caller in danger or if the caller is deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired.”

Text-to-9-1-1 is not yet 100 percent activated in Todd County. People texting 9-1-1 in that county will receive a message stating that text service is unavailable and they will be directed to make a 9-1-1 call instead.

People who are unable to call 9-1-1, should remember these steps about Text to 9-1-1:

  • Don’t text and drive.
  • In the first text message, send the location and type of emergency.
  • Text in simple words; keep the text message short without the use of abbreviations or slang.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  • Voice calls to 9-1-1 are still the best and fastest way to contact 9-1-1.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you can, text if you can’t.

For more information on the Text to 9-1-1 program in South Dakota, visit

The state 9-1-1 Coordination Program is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Full Fact Sheet about Text-to-9-1-1

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