Press Releases

Jan 20, 2015

Governor Unveils Juvenile Justice Legislation

Building on the success of earlier reforms to the adult corrections system, Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week unveiled legislation designed to improve outcomes for youth in South Dakota’s juvenile justice system and cut costs. Read more . . .

Jan 16, 2015

Bureau of Finance and Management Releases Three Long-Term Financial Plans

At the request of Governor Daugaard, the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) has released three long-term financial plans. Read more . . .

Jan 08, 2015

Governor Makes Appointments to Board of Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Deb Shephard of Watertown and has reappointed Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis to the South Dakota Board of Education. Read more . . .

Jan 08, 2015

Matching Funds Awarded To Communities For Workforce Plans

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded nearly $1 million in matching funds to help communities across the state take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues. Read more . . .

Jan 07, 2015

Inaugural Ticket Sales Close Friday

Those interested in attending the 2015 Inaugural celebration just have a couple days left to purchase tickets. Read more . . .

Jan 07, 2015

Governor Announces Build Dakota Scholarship Board Appointments

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed members to the board that will administer the Build Dakota Scholarship Program, which was announced last month. Read more . . .

Jan 06, 2015

Gov. Daugaard Unveils Boards And Commissions Portal

As part of his mission to streamline government and promote openness, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Tuesday the launch of a state Boards and Commissions Portal. Read more . . .

Dec 29, 2014

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint John Bastian To Board Of Regents

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint John W. Bastian, of Belle Fourche, to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more . . .

Dec 23, 2014

Kelly Hepler Selected As GFP Secretary

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he has selected Kelly Hepler to serve as the next secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). Read more . . .

Dec 23, 2014

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 27

PIERRE, S.D. – The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Saturday of this week. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2014

Christmas Comes Early In South Dakota

The Christmas season is a time of giving. We give of our time to volunteer for worthy causes. We give of our money through donations to charitable efforts. And of course, we give Christmas gifts to our loved ones. Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2014

State Partners With Denny Sanford To Establish “Build Dakota” Workforce Scholarship Program At Technical Institutes

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that the state of South Dakota will partner with South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to establish a the Build Dakota scholarship program, which will offer full scholarships for students entering high-need workforce programs at in-state technical institutes. Read more . . .

Dec 16, 2014

Public-Private Partnerships Result In $56 Million Investment In SD Rail

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that a total of $56 million in public and private funds will be invested in four rail projects across the state. Read more . . .

Dec 15, 2014

McKie Family Donates $1 Million For New South Dakota Monument

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the donation of a major work of art intended to honor the people of South Dakota during the state’s 125th anniversary year. Read more . . .

Dec 05, 2014

Inaugural Schedule Released

The 2015 South Dakota inaugural ceremonies and celebration are set for Jan. 10. Tickets for the events go on sale Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Read more . . .

Dec 05, 2014

President Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Pearl Harbor

President Obama has called for flags to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Sunday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Dec 01, 2014

State Releases Plans To Improve Juvenile Justice System, Reduce Costs

The South Dakota Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JJRI) Work Group submitted to state leaders today a comprehensive set of data-driven policy recommendations on the juvenile justice system for the upcoming legislative session. Read more . . .

Nov 26, 2014

Former Legislator Ralph Nachtigal Dies

PIERRE, S.D. – Former South Dakota legislator Ralph Nachtigal died Saturday, Nov. 22. Read more . . .

Nov 25, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Names Kim Malsam-Rysdon As Interim Secretary Of Health

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he has asked Kim Malsam-Rysdon to serve as Secretary of Health on an interim basis. Read more . . .

Nov 25, 2014

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Judge Janine Kern To State Supreme Court

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Janine M. Kern of Rapid City to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Kern is a circuit court judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Nov 21, 2014

Governor Urges Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers to Play It Safe

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking Thanksgiving holiday travelers to make safe, smart choices on the highways. Read more . . .

Nov 20, 2014

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony

PIERRE, S.D. – The 2014 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Nov 17, 2014

Christmas Trees Soon To Adorn Capitol Hallways

Christmas trees will begin to fill South Dakota Capitol hallways later this month for the annual Christmas at the Capitol holiday display. Read more . . .

Nov 12, 2014

Jeff Vonk To Retire As Secretary Of Game, Fish And Parks

Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Jeff Vonk announced today that he plans to retire from his position, effective Jan. 8, 2015. Read more . . .

Nov 12, 2014

Doneen Hollingsworth To Retire As Secretary Of Health

Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth announced today that she plans to retire from her position, effective Dec. 12. Read more . . .

Nov 12, 2014

Public Safety Improvement Act Council Releases Report

Jim Seward, general counsel to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and chairman of the Public Safety Improvement Act Oversight Council, today announced the release of the Council’s Annual Report on the impact and implementation of the criminal justice reforms from the Public Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (PSIA). Read more . . .

Nov 07, 2014

Custer State Park Receives Donation For New Visitor Center

Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard recognized that the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation (SDPWF) has been awarded a $1 million grant by the James and Eloise Elmen Foundation of Sioux Falls. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Announces Changes To Senior Leadership Team

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced changes to his senior leadership team. Tony Venhuizen will serve as chief of staff. Read more . . .

Oct 30, 2014

Governors Stake Friendly Wager On Dakota Marker Game

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s Dakota Marker football game between South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University. Read more . . .

Oct 30, 2014

Governor And First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .

Oct 29, 2014

Governor Releases Presentation From SD Council Of Economic Advisors Meeting

Following the Council of Economic Advisors’ quarterly meeting, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is making a presentation on the national and state economies available to the public. Read more . . .

Oct 24, 2014

First Lady Column: Improvements In Infant Mortality

The adventure of serving as First Lady has really been a journey of learning. Read more . . .

Oct 24, 2014

Statehood Celebration To Be Held At Capitol Building

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is reminding South Dakotans that the 125th statehood anniversary celebration at the Capitol Building is a week away. Read more . . .

Oct 23, 2014

Lawrence County Historical Society Celebrates State's 125th With New Book

In commemoration of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary, the Lawrence County Historical Society has published a book of town timelines. Read more . . .

Oct 16, 2014

125th Feature: First Governor Arthur Mellette Sacrificed His Health And Wealth For South Dakota

As South Dakotans celebrated statehood in late 1889, their joy was tempered by several serious problems. Read more . . .

Oct 15, 2014

Dusty Johnson To Leave Position As Governor’s Chief Of Staff

Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson will leave state government next month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. Read more . . .

Oct 14, 2014

Governor, First Lady Urge Flu Vaccinations

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard rolled up their sleeves today to get vaccinated against the flu and encourage other South Dakotans to do the same. Read more . . .

Oct 14, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Names Steve Emery As Secretary Of Tribal Relations

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Steve Emery as Secretary of Tribal Relations. Read more . . .

Oct 10, 2014

Wessington Springs Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Wessington Springs will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Read more . . .

Oct 09, 2014

Book Celebrates South Dakota Creativity During 125th Year

Brookings Arts Council has released a new book to celebrate creativity in the state during South Dakota’s 125th anniversary year. Read more . . .

Oct 09, 2014

125th Feature: On The Road To Dakota Statehood

The first organized effort to separate Dakota Territory into parts occurred in 1871 when the territorial Legislature petitioned Congress for the creation of two territories with the division line being the 46th parallel. Read more . . .

Oct 09, 2014

Governor Seeking Interns For Spring Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2015 Governor’s Office Internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from early January through May 2015. Read more . . .

Oct 08, 2014

Governor Commends STB For Continued Rail Efforts

The Surface Transportation Board today issued an order requiring railroads to regularly provide shipping status updates to the public. Read more . . .

Oct 02, 2014

125th Feature: State Capitol Restored To Its Original Beauty

As South Dakota celebrates its 125th year of statehood, South Dakotans can once again be proud of their Capitol building. Read more . . .

Oct 02, 2014

125th Feature: Edgar S. McFadden Helped Feed The World

The next time you eat a slice of break, you might think of Edgar S. McFadden. Read more . . .

Oct 01, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Commemorates 125 Years Of South Dakota Constitution

Today Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking South Dakotans to remember the anniversary of the state constitution, which was passed on Oct. 1, 1889. Read more . . .

Sep 25, 2014

Canistota, Hayti, Rapid City and North Sioux City to Host 125th Events

Canistota, Hayti and Rapid City have formed statehood celebration committees to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday. Read more . . .

Sep 25, 2014

Presidents Cleveland and Harrison Contribute to North and South Dakota Statehood

Grover Cleveland of New York and Benjamin Harrison of Indiana served as presidents of the United States during the last years of territorial status and first years of statehood for South Dakota. Read more . . .

Sep 19, 2014

Wessington Springs To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Wessington Springs will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Read more . . .

Sep 18, 2014

Hot Springs And White Lake Statehood Celebration Committees Created

Hot Springs and White Lake statehood celebration committees have been established and are planning special events for Sept. 25 and Oct. 4. Read more . . .