Press Releases

Aug 27, 2015

Technical Institutes Receive Future Funds For New And Upgraded Equipment

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded just over four million dollars in Future Funds to the state’s four technical institutes for priority equipment needs and expanding programs in high-demand workforce areas. Read more . . .

Aug 25, 2015

Spearfish To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has chosen Spearfish to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Read more . . .

Aug 18, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jon Sogn As Second Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jon Sogn (SONG) of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Aug 13, 2015

Madison Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, Madison will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social with the Governor, a Main Street walk, tours around Madison and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2015

Lucas Lentsch Selected As 2015 Henry Toll Fellow

South Dakota Department of Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch is one of 48 promising state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments. Read more . . .

Aug 05, 2015

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Fallen Firefighter

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Monday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter David Ruhl. Read more . . .

Aug 05, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Matthew Brown As Seventh Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Matthew M. Brown of Custer as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court in Rapid City. Read more . . .

Aug 03, 2015

Governor’s Office Still Accepting District 9 Nominations

The Governor’s Office is still seeking nominations from the public to fill Rep. Steve Hickey’s legislative seat in District 9. Read more . . .

Aug 02, 2015

Governor’s Statement On Dave Ruhl

“This is a tragic loss. We are grateful for Dave Ruhl’s courage and for the many firefighters who put themselves at risk to keep us safe.” Read more . . .

Jul 30, 2015

Kinsman Retires As Commissioner Of State Bureau Of Administration

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Paul Kinsman, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, has retired for health reasons. Read more . . .

Jul 29, 2015

Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2015 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September to December 2015. Read more . . .

Jul 28, 2015

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced

Today the Build Dakota Scholarship Board announced the 296 recipients of the first-ever Build Dakota scholarships. Read more . . .

Jul 27, 2015

Madison To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Madison has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Read more . . .

Jul 27, 2015

Hilger’s Gulch Getting A New Look

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is embarking on an initiative to bring back the native landscape of South Dakota to Hilger’s Gulch and save taxpayer money. Read more . . .

Jul 21, 2015

First Lady To Hold Book Walk

First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold the third annual book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .

Jul 21, 2015

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Chattanooga Victims

President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday, July 16. Read more . . .

Jul 21, 2015

Lieutenant Governors Encourage Participation In Clinical Trials

Lieutenant governors across the United States are encouraging patients to learn more about the benefits of clinical trials. Read more . . .

Jul 17, 2015

25 Students Receive Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship

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

Jul 17, 2015

40 Students Receive Dakota Corps Scholarships

Forty new South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state. Read more . . .

Jul 13, 2015

South Dakota Marks Fourth Consecutive Fiscal Year End With Surplus

South Dakota state government closed the 2015 budget year on June 30 marking the fourth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. Read more . . .

Jul 10, 2015

South Dakota Receives High Ranking In Mercatus Fiscal Condition Study

South Dakota ranks third in the nation for fiscal condition according to a Mercatus Center study on state solvency released on Tuesday. Read more . . .

Jul 09, 2015

Kimball Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, July 15, Kimball will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social and coffee time with the Governor, a main street walk, tours around Kimball and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Jul 07, 2015

Rep. Hickey Resigns: Governor Invites Public Input

State Rep. Steve Hickey has resigned his seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Hickey, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the state House since 2011. Read more . . .

Jul 01, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Roripaugh As Poet Laureate

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Lee Ann Roripaugh of Vermillion as South Dakota’s Poet Laureate. Read more . . .

Jun 29, 2015

Western Governors Adopt Gov. Daugaard’s Transportation Resolution

The Western Governors Association last week voted to approve a resolution on federal transportation introduced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Read more . . .

Jun 26, 2015

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On Same-Sex Marriage Decision

This morning, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Read more . . .

Jun 12, 2015

Kimball To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Kimball has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, July 15. Read more . . .

Jun 12, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Names Additional Members To Blue Ribbon Task Force

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the appointment of thirteen new members to the Blue Ribbon Task Force. Read more . . .

Jun 04, 2015

Milbank Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Thursday, June 11, Milbank will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a community social and coffee time with the Governor, a main street walk, tours around Milbank and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Jun 02, 2015

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On RESTORE Resolution

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued a statement today in support of U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds’ bipartisan Regulation Sensibility Through Oversight Restoration (RESTORE) Resolution. Read more . . .

May 22, 2015

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, in observance of fallen military service members. Read more . . .

May 14, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff On May 15

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Friday, May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week. Read more . . .

May 08, 2015

Custer State Park Visitor Center Receives Lloyd And Beverly Paulson Family Donation

Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation has been awarded a $1 million gift by the Beverly and Lloyd Paulson Family Donor Advised Fund of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation. Read more . . .

May 07, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Carmen Means As Third Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Carmen A. Means as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Watertown. Read more . . .

May 06, 2015

Milbank To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Milbank has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, June 11. Read more . . .

May 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Pat Pardy As Third Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Pat Pardy as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Madison. Read more . . .

May 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Fiegen To District 25 State Senate Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott Fiegen of Dell Rapids to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 25. Fiegen will succeed Sen. Tim Rave, who resigned earlier this year. Read more . . .

May 04, 2015

S&P Upgrades South Dakota To AAA Issuer Credit Rating

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded South Dakota’s issuer credit rating to AAA with a stable outlook. Read more . . .

May 01, 2015

Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume

The fifth season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month. Read more . . .

Apr 30, 2015

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Shorma To District 16 State Senate Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint William J. Shorma to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 16. Shorma will succeed Sen. Dan Lederman, who resigned earlier this year. Read more . . .

Apr 20, 2015

Former State Senator Walter C. Conahan Dies

Former South Dakota state senator Walter C. Conahan died Saturday, April 18, at his home in Sioux Falls. Read more . . .

Apr 15, 2015

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday To Honor Fallen Firefighter

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Sunday, April 19, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of Valley Springs firefighter Steven Ackerman. Read more . . .

Apr 14, 2015

President Requests Flags At Half Staff On Wednesday

President Obama has declared Wednesday, April 15, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated 150 years ago. Read more . . .

Apr 14, 2015

Governor Announces Members of Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced members of the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council. Read more . . .

Apr 10, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jane Wipf Pfeifle As Seventh Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Jane Wipf Pfeifle (FY’-flee) of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Apr 10, 2015

First Lady's Column: Some Advice For New Parents

Much has changed for Dennis and me in the last five years. Moving from Dell Rapids to Pierre to serve as governor and first lady has been quite the adventure. Read more . . .

Apr 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Lamphere As Artist Laureate

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an executive order naming South Dakota artist Dale Lamphere of Sturgis as South Dakota’s Artist Laureate. Read more . . .

Apr 02, 2015

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 62nd Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter. Read more . . .

Apr 01, 2015

Governor Proclaims Oglala Lakota County Name Change

Following voter approval and a resolution from the Legislature, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed that Shannon County be renamed as Oglala Lakota County. Read more . . .

Apr 01, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Rave To Resign -- Governor Invites Public Input

State Sen. Tim Rave has announced his resignation from the South Dakota State Senate. Rave, a Baltic Republican who serves as senate majority leader, is resigning to accept a position with Sanford Health as enterprise vice president for public policy. Read more . . .