Press Releases

Sep 29, 2016

South Dakota Flu Vaccination Rate Tops Nation

South Dakota vaccinated 56.9 percent of its residents during the 2015-2016 season, the highest overall flu vaccination rate in the nation for the third straight year. Read more . . .

Sep 28, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Elaine Elliott

Former state legislator Elaine Elliott of Aberdeen passed away on Sept. 27, 2016. Elliott, 71, was elected in 2008 to the state House of Representatives. She served two terms. Read more . . .

Sep 28, 2016

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of Shimon Peres

The White House has issued a proclamation to honor the life of Shimon Peres. President Obama calls for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance. Read more . . .

Sep 26, 2016

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint David Lust To District 34 State House Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint former state Rep. David Lust of Rapid City to the vacant seat in the state House representing District 34. Read more . . .

Sep 19, 2016

Governor Seeking Interns For Spring Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2017 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2017. Read more . . .

Sep 16, 2016

First Lady's Column: Celebrating Family Day

On Monday, Sept. 26, Dennis and I will celebrate Family Day. Family Day is a national initiative created by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to promote family engagement as a way to help prevent substance abuse. Read more . . .

Sep 15, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Robert Sivertson

Former state legislator Robert Sivertson of Sioux Falls passed away on Sept. 13, 2016. Sivertson, 91, was elected in 1970 to the state House of Representatives. He served three terms. Read more . . .

Sep 14, 2016

Yankton Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Yankton will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include the One Million Cups presentation, a community social, a main street walk, business tours and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Sep 09, 2016

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On 9/11 Anniversary

The White House has issued a proclamation designating Sunday, Sept.11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. Read more . . .

Sep 09, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. William Meyers

Former state legislator William Meyers passed away on Sept. 9, 2016. Meyers, 89, was elected in 1960 to represent the Tripp County area in the state House of Representatives. He served one term. Read more . . .

Sep 07, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Invites Nominations For District 34 House Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking the public to nominate candidates to fill the vacant seat in the State House of Representatives from District 34. Read more . . .

Sep 01, 2016

Yankton To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Yankton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Read more . . .

Sep 01, 2016

Jim Seward to Depart as Governor’s General Counsel

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jim Seward will depart his position as general counsel to the governor later this fall. Read more . . .

Aug 30, 2016

State Rep. Dan Dryden Dies, Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff

State Rep. Dan Dryden of Rapid City passed away this morning. Dryden had represented District 34 in the State House of Representatives since 2011 and was the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Read more . . .

Aug 30, 2016

Gov. Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Dan Dryden

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, Sept. 2, to honor the life of state Rep. Dan Dryden on the day of his funeral. Read more . . .

Aug 23, 2016

Lemmon Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Lemmon will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, tours around Lemmon, a community lunch and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Aug 17, 2016

State of South Dakota, Tribes Reach New Tax Agreements

The Daugaard Administration has reached new tax agreements with three of South Dakota’s tribes, the Governor announced today. The Crow Creek Sioux, Oglala Sioux and Sisseton-Wahpeton tribes entered into agreements with the state earlier this summer. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2016

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2016-17 School Year

The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 300 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year. Read more . . .

Aug 12, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jim Dunn

Former state legislator Jim Dunn of Lead passed away on Aug. 11, 2016. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Aug. 19, the day of Dunn's funeral. Read more . . .

Aug 11, 2016

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On Federal Decision To Rename Harney Peak

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Board of Geographic Name’s decision to change the name of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. Read more . . .

Aug 03, 2016

Meth Changes Everything Campaign Kicks Off

The state of South Dakota is kicking off a campaign to remind South Dakotans that “Meth Changes Everything.” Read more . . .

Aug 02, 2016

Lemmon To Be Capital For A Day

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

Aug 01, 2016

New Drought Website Unveiled

An updated Governor’s Drought Task Force website is now operational and is a resource for those looking for drought information. The website, drought.sd.gov, went live on Friday of last week. Read more . . .

Jul 20, 2016

Lake Norden Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Thursday, July 28, Lake Norden will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social and coffee time with the Governor, tours around Lake Norden, and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Jul 18, 2016

Governor Names Scott Stern As GOED Commissioner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Scott G. Stern as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Stern will begin on Sept. 1, 2016. Read more . . .

Jul 18, 2016

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Baton Rouge Victims

President Obama has called for flags to remain at half-staff out of respect for the law enforcement officers whose lives were taken by the violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, July 17. Read more . . .

Jul 15, 2016

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Nice, France, 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 Nice, France, on Thursday, July 14. Read more . . .

Jul 14, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Natalie Damgaard As Second Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Natalie Damgaard of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Jul 14, 2016

Congressional Delegation Furthers Governor’s Spearfish Canyon State Park Vision

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to create a new state park at Spearfish Canyon is progressing thanks to South Dakota’s Congressional Delegation. Read more . . .

Jul 13, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Issues Emergency Fire Declaration

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued an emergency fire declaration for 13 central and western South Dakota counties that have been impacted by drought conditions. Read more . . .

Jul 13, 2016

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year With Another Surplus

South Dakota state government closed the 2016 budget year on June 30 marking the fifth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. Read more . . .

Jul 11, 2016

Governor Makes Appointment to Board of Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Gopal Vyas of Mitchell to the South Dakota Board of Education. Read more . . .

Jul 11, 2016

Governor Daugaard Activates State Drought Task Force

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor drought conditions across South Dakota. The task force also held its first meeting today in Pierre. Read more . . .

Jul 11, 2016

Moody’s Releases Public Issuer Rating for State of South Dakota

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Moody’s has released a public issuer rating of AAA for the State of South Dakota. Read more . . .

Jul 08, 2016

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Dallas Victims

President Obama has called for flags at half-staff, effective immediately, out of respect for the law enforcement officers whose lives were taken by the violence in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, July 7. Read more . . .

Jul 08, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Joins RCP&E To Celebrate Completion Of Project

Gov. Dennis Daugaard attended a Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad grand opening ceremony in Aurora earlier today, Friday, July 8. Read more . . .

Jul 07, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Mary McClure Bibby

Former state legislator Mary McClure Bibby of Brookings passed away on July 2, 2016. McClure, 77, was a native of Milbank and an alumna of the University of South Dakota, where she received the Fulbright Scholarship. Read more . . .

Jul 07, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Willard Pummel

Former state legislator Willard Pummel of Belle Fourche passed away on July 2, 2016. Pummel, 89, was elected in 1996 to represent the Belle Fourche area in the state House of Representatives. He served three consecutive terms. Read more . . .

Jun 28, 2016

Governor Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Glen McVay

Former state legislator Glen McVay of Sioux Falls passed away on June 25, 2016. McVay, 86, was elected in 1984 to represent the Canton area in the state House of Representatives. He served one term. Read more . . .

Jun 22, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Will Not Call Special Session To Address Medicaid Expansion Proposal

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will not call a special session of the South Dakota State Legislature to address the expansion of Medicaid. Read more . . .

Jun 17, 2016

Lake Norden To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Lake Norden has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Thursday, July 28. Read more . . .

Jun 16, 2016

Governor: Hold Off On Mowing East River Ditches

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is reminding East River landowners to hold off until July 10 to mow ditches along the state highway system. Read more . . .

Jun 15, 2016

Governor Appoints Schallenkamp to Board of Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Kay Schallenkamp of Spearfish to the South Dakota Board of Education. Read more . . .

Jun 15, 2016

Fitch Upgrades South Dakota to AAA

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Fitch has upgraded South Dakota’s Issuer Default Rating to AAA. Read more . . .

Jun 14, 2016

Gov. Daugaard To Serve As Western Governors’ Association Vice Chair

The Western Governors’ Association today elected Gov. Dennis Daugaard to serve as the organization’s vice chair. Read more . . .

Jun 12, 2016

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Orlando 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 Orlando Florida, on Sunday, June 12. Read more . . .

Jun 07, 2016

Governor Names Mike Jaspers Secretary Of Agriculture

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he has appointed Mike Jaspers of rural Minnehaha County to serve as South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture. Jaspers will begin July 5, 2016. Read more . . .

Jun 07, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Robert Duxbury

Former state legislator Robert Duxbury of Wessington passed away on June 6, 2016. Read more . . .

Jun 02, 2016

Pat Costello To Depart As GOED Commissioner

Pat Costello will leave his position as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) at the end of this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. Read more . . .

May 31, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Lowdon Heller

Former state representative Lowdon Heller of Ideal passed away on May 28, 2016. Read more . . .