Press Releases

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 . . .

May 23, 2014

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 26, in observance of fallen military service members. Read more . . .

May 23, 2014

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff For Ruth Ziolkowski

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is requesting that flags be flown at half-staff statewide on the day of Ruth Ziolkowski’s funeral, Tuesday, May 27. The celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. MDT at the Crazy Horse Memorial. Read more . . .

May 22, 2014

Governor’s Statement On The Death Of Ruth Ziolkowski

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in honor of Ruth Ziolkowski, who passed away Wednesday, May 21, in Rapid City. Read more . . .

May 22, 2014

Former Legislator James Jones Dies

Former South Dakota legislator James H. ‘Jack’ Jones of Miller died Wednesday, May 21. Read more . . .

May 22, 2014

Governor Daugaard Urges Safe Travel On Memorial Day Holiday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging South Dakotans to make safe, smart choices and have a fatality-free Memorial Day weekend. Read more . . .

May 21, 2014

Seven More 125th Statehood Anniversary Committees Created

Seven more statehood celebration committees have been established to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th statehood anniversary on Nov. 2, 2014. Read more . . .

May 13, 2014

Gov. Requests Flags At Half-Staff For Peace Officers Memorial Day

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Thursday, May 15, 2014, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 11 through May 17, 2014, as Police Week. Read more . . .

May 13, 2014

State Representative Erickson Resigns To Assume Position On Sioux Falls City Council

State Representative Christine Erickson of Sioux Falls has resigned from her seat in the South Dakota State House of Representatives, effective May 20, 2014. Read more . . .

May 12, 2014

State Receives Payment To Education Ehancement Trust Fund

South Dakota’s Education Enhancement Trust Fund has added over $7.7 million to its principal, thanks to the state’s management of its Master Settlement Agreement with major tobacco companies. Read more . . .

May 08, 2014

First Lady To Visit 250th School On Reading Tour

First Lady Linda Daugaard will make the 250th stop on her book tour on Friday, May 9, when she visits Beresford Elementary School to read to third, fourth and fifth graders. Read more . . .

May 06, 2014

Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2014 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September to December 2014. Read more . . .

May 06, 2014

State Of South Dakota Pays Off Bonds

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state has formally escrowed $42.8 million of state bonds from its balance sheet, and prepaid another $5 million of bonds and $8.4 million of interest. Read more . . .

May 02, 2014

Pickstown And Watertown Create 125th Statehood Anniversary Committees

Pickstown and Watertown are the first communities to be designated official Statehood Celebration Communities. Read more . . .

May 01, 2014

Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume

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

Apr 29, 2014

State Allows Insurers to Renew Non-Compliant Plans Through 2016

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the State will allow insurers to renew existing insurance plans for individuals and small groups, regardless of whether the plans comply with the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act. Read more . . .

Apr 23, 2014

LaPlante To Leave Tribal Relations Post This Summer

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Leroy “J.R.” LaPlante, the Secretary of the Department of Tribal Relations, is resigning from his position, effective Aug. 1. Read more . . .

Apr 15, 2014

Governor Invites Communities to Celebrate 125 Years of Statehood

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting communities to plan events to commemorate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood this year. Read more . . .

Apr 15, 2014

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 61st Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter. Read more . . .

Apr 09, 2014

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summits Announced

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six Workforce Summits across South Dakota. Read more . . .

Apr 03, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Extends Capital For A Day Invitations

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is extending an invitation to communities across the state to apply to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Read more . . .

Apr 02, 2014

Career Camps Website Launching Today

A state career camps website is being launched today to inform students of camp opportunities around the state. Read more . . .

Mar 28, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Signs Statewide Texting While Driving Ban

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed HB 1177, “An Act to prohibit certain use of handheld electronic wireless communication devices while driving and to provide a penalty therefor.” Read more . . .

Mar 28, 2014

Governor Signs Final Bills Of 2014 Legislative Session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills from the 2014 Legislative Session into law today: SB 1 – An Act to provide for the selection of the chair and vice chair of the Executive Board of the Legislative Research Council. Read more . . .