By Kathy PetersenSocial Secrity Pblic AffairsSpecialist in Rapid CityQestion:
My brother had anaccident at work last year and isnow receiving Social Security dis-ability benefits. His wife and sonalso receive benefits. Before hisaccident, he helped support an-other daughter by a woman henever married. Is the second childentitled to benefits?
The child may qualifyfor Social Security benefits eventhough your brother was not mar-ried to the second child's mother.The child’s caretaker should filean application on her behalf. Formore information, visit us onlineat www.socialsecurity.gov.
Our daughter, whohad two young children, passedaway two years ago. Her husbandis planning to remarry and his fi-ancé wants to adopt the childrenafter the marriage. Will the chil-dren lose the Social Security sur-vivor's benefits that they current-ly receive?
No. The adoption of achild already entitled to survivor'sbenefits does not terminate thechild's benefits.
What does it meanwhen I see a green address bar onSocial Security's website when Iam asked to enter personal infor-mation?
The green address barat the top of your screen indicatesthe website has an extended vali-dation certificate. This means theinformation you provide to SocialSecurity will be encrypted andthe owner of the website has beenverified by a certification authori-ty.Extended validation certifi-cates, and their green address barindicators, provide assurance thewebsite you are using is legiti-mate and safe, and not a phishing- or fake - site used to trick youinto revealing personal informa-tion.We recently added extendedvalidation certificates to our se-cure websites that ask you toenter personal information. Youshould check for the green ad-dress bar and verify the websiteowner is Social Security beforeyou enter any personal informa-tion.
I’ve forgotten mypassword to use online Social Se-curity services. Can I get a newone?
If you have lost or for-gotten your password, you willneed to start the process for get-ting a new password. For securityreasons, password access to yourpersonal information will be tem-porarily blocked until you havecreated another permanent pass-word. Establishing a password in-volves three steps. You can dothis on the Internet:
To create a permanentpassword, you need a PasswordRequest Code (PRC). Apply for aTemporary Password RequestCode (PRC) athttps://secure.ssa.gov/acu/IPS_INTR/main.jsp
Wait at least 15 daysfor your PRC letter to come in themail.
Create your perma-nent password using the direc-tions in your PRC letter.Or you can do this by telephone:
Call us at 1-800-772-1213(TTY 1-800-325-0778).
Listen carefully to the menuchoices and follow the instruc-tions.
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The Game, Fish and Parks De-partment has opened the applica-tion process for the 2012 SouthDakota Mountain Lion huntingseason.The season is open statewidefrom Jan.1 through March 31, orclosed when a harvest limit of 70total mountain lions or 50 femalemountain lions is reached. Applications may be submittedany time through the end of theseason.However, there are applicationdeadlines for a limited number of Free Access Permits allowingmountain lion hunting in CusterState Park. There will be six dif-ferent intervals for hunting insidethe park, with six different appli-cation deadlines:•Application deadline – Dec. 6for hunting interval Jan. 1-15•Application deadline – Dec. 20for hunting interval Jan. 16-30•Application deadline – Jan. 8
Mountain Lion hunting licenseapplications available
for hunting interval Jan. 31-Feb.14•Application deadline – Jan. 22for hunting interval Feb. 15-29•Application deadline – Feb. 8for hunting interval Mar. 1-15•Application deadline – Feb. 22for hunting interval Mar. 16-31Hunters are allowed one licensefor the mountain lion season. All permit holders are requiredto maintain daily contact byphone or website to ensure thatthe season is still in progress andhas not been closed if the limit isreached. That information will beupdated as each mountain lion isharvested and can be accessed bycalling 1-866-895-9067, or by vis-iting the GFP websitehttp://gfp.sd.gov/.The phone number was incor-rectly listed on the back page of the printed application form, butis listed correctly with the infor-mation inside the form.plete chemical dependency pro-gram and proof of insurance.Third offense carries:•Class 6 felony, jail – up to twoyear and a $2000 fine. Licensesuspension for one year or re-stricted license and proof of insur-ance.(http://dui.drivinglaws.org/sdako-ta.php)For continued drunk driving of-fenses the penalties rise. SouthDakota Codified Law 32-23-4,6states: “Punishment for fourth of-fense-Revocation of driving privi-lege-Jail sentence for drivingwhile privilege revoked –Limiteddriving privilege for certain pur-poses. If conviction for a violationof §32-23-1 is for a fourth offense,the person is guilty of a Class 5felon, and the court, in pronounc-ing sentence, shall order that thedrivers license of any person soconvicted be revoked for a periodof not less that two years from thedate sentence is imposed or twoyears from the date of initial re-lease from imprisonment,whichever is later. In the eventthe person is returned to impris-onment prior to the completion of the period of driver’s license revo-cation, time spent imprisoneddoes not count toward fulfillingthe period of revocation. If theperson is convicted of drivingwithout a license during that peri-od, the person shall be sentencedto the county jail for not less thantwenty days, which sentence maynot be suspended. Notwithstand-ing §23A-27-19, the court retains jurisdiction to modify the condi-tions of the license revocation forthe term of such revocation. Uponthe successful completion of acourt-approved chemical depend-ency counseling program, andproof of financial responsibilitypursuant to § 32-35-113, the courtmay permit the person to operatea vehicle for the purposes of em-ployment, 24/7 sobriety testing,attendance at school, or atten-dance at counseling programs.”For each count thereafter theFelony becomes higher and thepunishment more severe.During the month of Decemberthe South Dakota Highway Patrolhas sobriety checkpoints sched-uled in the following counties:Beadle, Brown, Charles Mix,Clay, Codington, Edmunds,Grant, Hughes, Lake, Lawrence,Lincoln, Meade, Mellette, Pen-nington, Spink, Stanley, Trippand Yankton. For sobriety check-point text message alerts, visitactcivilized.com.So while chugging a glass of cheer remember the consequencesof driving and drinking will bringif you are caught behind the wheelduring this holiday season.
Consequences of drinkingand driing
Billy Shull who seres in the army has since then been promot-ed to Corporal and has recently passed the board for the Ser-geant rank. Congratulations to Cpl. Shull and thank you for your serice.
Priate First Class Patrick O. Shull proudly sered with the 09-10 1st Battalion (air assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment.Shull receied seeral medals of honor for his serice and com-mitment to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has since been pro-moted to Corporal Shull and has recently been deployed for hissecond tour oerseas and is currently in Afghanistan. Goodluck to Cpl. Shull, remain safe and thank you for your serice.
Shull brothers proudlysere our country
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The holiday season is in fullswing and the stores are packed.But don't let the holiday shoppingrush force you to overspend.This year, smart shoppers aretaking advantage of free mobileapps so they can establish holidaybudgets and keep track of theirspending on-the-go.For instance, Mint.com’s mobileapplications (available for iPhone,
Keeping holiday spendingin check
Android and iPad) enable shop-pers to establish a holiday budgetand stick to it. With charts indi-cating how much you have left tospend, and email and SMS alertsinforming you when you’re near-ing your limit, this app helpsshoppers hang on to their greenthis jolly season.So get out there and shopsmart. Attorney General Marty Jackleyannounced that the 14th AnnualPie Day will be held on Saturday,December 10th from 11:00 a.m. to3:00 p.m. at the Capitol building inPierre.The event will include free pie,cookies, coffee and ice cream. This
State Capitol will hold“Annual Pie Day” in Pierre
event is free and the public is en-couraged to stop by the Capitoland enjoy. Area talent will pro-vide entertainment throughoutthe day.If you have any questions re-garding this event please contactSara Rabern at 605-773-3215.