Press Releases

Aug 28, 2014

“Grow: 66/125” Trees Coming To Each County

Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties are being delivered to historic sites in each county of the state over the next two weeks. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2014

125th Feature: Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek lays claim to being the oldest continuously inhabited place in South Dakota. People have lived in this spot for at least the last 250 years. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2014

Wagner And Parker Form Statehood Committees

Wagner and Parker have formed statehood celebration committees for South Dakota's 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2014

Wagon Train Beginning In Territorial Capital Next Week

The 125th statehood anniversary wagon train will begin in Yankton next week. Before the wagon train leaves on Thursday, Sept. 4, the public is invited to attend a Yankton statehood celebration. Read more . . .

Aug 26, 2014

Faulkton To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Faulkton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Read more . . .

Aug 21, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Takes ALS Challenge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday evening at the Governor’s residence to support finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Read more . . .

Aug 21, 2014

125th Feature: Quartzite Pillars Divide Dakotas

One day Gordon Iseminger stopped a young man driving a tractor on a country road. “Do you know where any of the boundary markers between North and South Dakota are located around here?” he asked. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2014

125th Feature: 1889, That Wonderful Year

The year 1889 was an eventful one, and not just because four new states were admitted to the Union. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2014

125th Feature: Medical Care in 1889

No insulin. No X-rays. No childhood vaccines. Those are just a few things you would NOT have if you lived in 1889, according to today’s Directory of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2014

Railroad Commits Additional Grain Trains

Railroad lines serving South Dakota shippers have committed to providing three additional grain trains per week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said today. Read more . . .

Aug 14, 2014

Parkston Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Parkston will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Read more . . .

Aug 14, 2014

Three More Towns Schedule Statehood Events

Scotland, Plankinton and Menno have formed statehood celebration committees to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2014

125th Feature: Arthur Mellette, Governor of THREE Dakotas?

On March 11, 1889, Watertown resident Arthur C. Mellette was appointed the last Governor of Dakota Territory by newly inaugurated President Benjamin Harrison. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2014

Mount Rushmore Mascots To Celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Birthday

The Mount Rushmore Mascots are coming to Watertown for a special South Dakota 125th birthday celebration on Sunday, Aug. 17, where entertainment and activities for kids and adults will be provided. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2014

125th Feature: Mellette Home in Watertown Offers Unique Experience

The home of South Dakota’s first elected Governor was deserted for many years until the Mellette Association was formed in 1943 to save it from demolition and restore it. Read more . . .

Aug 06, 2014

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit Report Announced

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six meetings across South Dakota to share the final report, findings and results of the recent regional Workforce Summits. Over 1,000 people provided input about workforce needs. Read more . . .

Aug 04, 2014

S&P Revises South Dakota’s Outlook From Stable To Positive

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor has revised South Dakota’s state outlook from “stable” to “positive” and renewed the state’s issuer credit rating. Read more . . .

Aug 04, 2014

Parkston To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Parkston has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Read more . . .

Aug 01, 2014

Governor’s Pine Beetle Initiative Marks Third Year With Success

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that more than 441,000 trees have been treated for mountain pine beetle infestation since the Black Hills Forest Initiative was launched in August 2011. Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

125th Anniversary Feature: Omnibus Enabling Act Set State For November Statehood

On Nov. 2, 1889, Dakota Territory gave birth to two states – North Dakota and South Dakota – when President Benjamin Harrison signed two statehood proclamations. Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

125th Anniversary Feature: President Harrison's Pen On Display In Pierre

After signing proclamations to create the states of South Dakota and North Dakota on Nov. 2, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison handed the pen he used to a land agent named John Martin Ruggles. Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

Lt. Gov. Michels Re-Elected To NLGA Leadership

South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels has once again been elected to serve on the leadership committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

Three More Statehood Celebration Committees Organize

Three more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with activities during South Dakota's 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Jul 28, 2014

Students Receive Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship

Nineteen South Dakota college students have been awarded a state scholarship that supports new teachers who serve in critical-need teaching areas. Read more . . .

Jul 25, 2014

State Officials Receive Notification Of Placement Of Unaccompanied Minors

State officials learned today that, since the beginning of this year, 21 unaccompanied immigrant minors have been placed in South Dakota by federal officials. Read more . . .

Jul 24, 2014

Wall Capital For A Day Community Social Announced

Gov. Dennis Daugaard invites the public to join him for a community social and coffee hour at the Capital for a Day event in Wall on Thursday, July 31. Read more . . .

Jul 24, 2014

Statehood Celebration Event At State Capitol To Feature South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

A special event at the State Capitol to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood will feature a performance by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Read more . . .

Jul 22, 2014

Governor Makes Appointment To Board of Pardons and Paroles

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Rev. Patricia White Horse-Carda of Wagner to the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles. Read more . . .

Jul 17, 2014

Four More Towns Form Statehood Celebration Committees

Four more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with events and activities during South Dakota’s 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Jul 10, 2014

South Dakota Marks Third Consecutive Fiscal Year End With Surplus

South Dakota state government closed the 2014 budget year on June 30 marking the third consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. Read more . . .

Jul 10, 2014

Governor’s Delegation To Meet With STB Officials

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will send a delegation of state officials to meet with members of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Friday, July 18, to discuss rail shipment problems in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Jul 10, 2014

First Lady To Hold Book Walk

First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold the second annual book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .

Jul 09, 2014

Wall To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Wall has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, July 31. Read more . . .

Jul 03, 2014

Yankton To Pierre Wagon Train Route Finalized

The route has been set for the 125th anniversary wagon train. The wagon train will start in Yankton, home of the Dakota Territory Capital, on Sept. 3 and end at the State Capitol in Pierre on Sept. 20. Read more . . .

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rules President's Appointments To The NLRB Exceeded Presidential Powers

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the Recess Appointment Clause of the United States Constitution was violated by the President’s appointment of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Read more . . .

Jun 26, 2014

More Towns Plan Statehood Celebration Events, Activities And Projects

Six more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with events and activities during South Dakota’s 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Jun 25, 2014

Governor Encourages Donations To Wessington Springs Relief Fund

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is encouraging those who want to help residents impacted by a tornado last week in Wessington Springs to donate to the town’s relief fund. Read more . . .

Jun 23, 2014

Governor Makes Dashboard Statistics Public

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that dashboard measurements on state finances and economics generated by the Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) will regularly be made available to the public. Read more . . .

Jun 23, 2014

Flandreau Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Tuesday, July 1, Flandreau will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, a community social, tours around Flandreau and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Jun 20, 2014

Big Sioux Crests Below Forecast Record Level

The Big Sioux River has crested and water levels began falling early this morning (Friday). Emergency management officials say they hope to have Interstate 29 near North Sioux City open for travel later today. Read more . . .

Jun 20, 2014

Big Sioux River Crests Below Projections - Major Flooding Avoided

The Big Sioux River crested early Friday well below a record level, sparing residents of southeast South Dakota potentially major flooding, Lt. Gov. Matt Michels told reporters this afternoon. Read more . . .

Jun 19, 2014

Five More Towns Create Statehood Celebration Committees

Five new local 125th statehood birthday committees have organized in Saint Onge, Freeman, Baltic, Bowdle and Waubay to promote state and local history. Read more . . .

Jun 16, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Names Willadsen To District 11 House Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Mark Willadsen to the South Dakota State House of Representatives. Read more . . .

Jun 13, 2014

WGA Adopts Resolution On EPA Regulations

A Western Governors Association resolution championed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations under the Clean Air Act has been passed. Read more . . .

Jun 11, 2014

South Dakota’s GDP Up 6.8 Percent

South Dakota’s economy continues to grow at a faster rate than the national economy, according to the most recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce. Read more . . .

Jun 06, 2014

De Smet, Ethan And Howard Create Statehood Celebration Committees

Three more statehood celebration committees have been assembled to promote South Dakota’s history with events and activities. Read more . . .

Jun 06, 2014

Governor’s Daycare Facility Awarded In Doland

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Doland Community Daycare has been granted a Governor’s Daycare Facility. Read more . . .

Jun 04, 2014

Eight More 125th Statehood Anniversary Committees Plan Activities

Eight more statehood celebration committees are promoting South Dakota’s history with events and activities. Activities include fire department water fights, Finn bread baking, antique tractor pulls, a Wife Carrying Contest and a DVD on the baking of Kolaches. Read more . . .

May 30, 2014

First Lady's Column: Reading This Summer

Now that the children are finished with school and the weather has warmed up, it’s really beginning to feel like summer. Read more . . .

May 28, 2014

Flandreau To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Flandreau has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, July 1. Read more . . .