Press Releases

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 . . .

May 27, 2016

Governor Daugaard Appoints Adam to Board of Regents

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Conrad Adam of Pierre to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more . . .

May 27, 2016

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

May 23, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Roland A. Chicoine

Former state legislator Roland A. Chicoine of Elk Point passed away on May 19, 2016. Read more . . .

May 14, 2016

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

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Sunday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Sunday in honor of peace officers’ contributions and sacrifices. Read more . . .

May 13, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Mary Anne Boyd To GFP Commission

Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Mary Anne Boyd of Yankton to serve on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Read more . . .

May 11, 2016

Commissioner Gill Selected For U.S. Army War College Seminar

Commissioner Laurie Gill, head of the Bureau of Human Resources, will spend part of next month joining the national security conversation at the 62nd annual U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar. Read more . . .

May 04, 2016

State Agencies Develop Zika Protective Measures

At the direction of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, two state agencies are working together to protect against the potential threat of the Zika Virus. Read more . . .

May 04, 2016

Governor’s Statement On The Passing Of Colette Abbott

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today on the passing of Colette Abbott, wife of USD President Jim Abbott. Read more . . .

May 03, 2016

Governor’s Residence Tours To Begin In June

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

May 02, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Dean O. Mehlhaff

Former state Rep. Dean O. Mehlhaff passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol today, which is the day of the funeral. Read more . . .

May 02, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Responds To DOJ Letter

Officials from the South Dakota departments of Social Services and Human Services are in the process of reviewing the results of an investigation by the US Department of Justice received today on nursing home utilization. Read more . . .

Apr 28, 2016

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Terry Redlin

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, April 29, to honor the life of Terry Redlin. Read more . . .

Apr 25, 2016

Governor’s Statement On The Death Of Terry Redlin

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today on the passing of Terry Redlin. Read more . . .

Apr 19, 2016

Governor Seeking Interns For Fall Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two fall 2016 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September to December 2016. Read more . . .

Apr 07, 2016

Former Congressman Denholm Passes Away, Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff

Frank Denholm, a former member of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota, died earlier today in Brookings. Read more . . .

Mar 31, 2016

Governor’s Statement On Charges Filed In SDRC Investigation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the charges filed against Joop Bollen. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2016

Helmsley Charitable Trust Awards Grant to Support Mental Health Task Force

The South Dakota Department of Health has received its third grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Read more . . .

Mar 29, 2016

National Guard Members To Receive Enhanced Higher Education Benefit

National Guard members enrolled in a state university or technical school will soon receive enhanced tuition benefits under a bill signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week. Read more . . .

Mar 25, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Issues Style and Form Vetoes

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued style and form vetoes for the following bills. Read more . . .

Mar 25, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 96

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 96, an Act to revise the expense reimbursement for members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Read more . . .

Mar 25, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 100

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 100, an Act to enhance South Dakota economic development through broadband infrastructure improvements. Read more . . .

Mar 25, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 136

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the following bill: SB 136, an Act to permit certain cropland along lakes, rivers, and streams to be assessed as noncropland. Read more . . .

Mar 25, 2016

Governor Signs Final Bills Of The Session

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the last bills of the 2016 Legislative Session into law today. Read more . . .