Press Releases

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 . . .

Sep 18, 2014

125th Anniversary Feature: Controversial Painting Covered

When William Janklow returned to the Governor’s Office in 1995, he inherited a long-festering controversy concerning the painting on the west wall of the Governor’s Reception Room. Read more . . .

Sep 16, 2014

Faulkton Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Faulkton will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a main street walk, a community social, tours around town and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Sep 16, 2014

Matching Funds Available to Communities for Workforce Development

PIERRE, S.D. – A $1 million community incentive match program recently announced by Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give communities across the state the opportunity to take an active role in addressing their own workforce issues. Read more . . .

Sep 15, 2014

All Statehood Celebration Event Tickets Reserved

All of the tickets for seating at the upcoming Statehood Celebration and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performance in the State Capitol have been reserved. Read more . . .

Sep 11, 2014

Statehood Celebration Event Tickets Available Sept. 15

Free tickets for the limited seating available at the upcoming Statehood Celebration and South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performance in the Rotunda of the State Capitol will be available starting Monday, Sept. 15. Read more . . .

Sep 11, 2014

All Invited To Attend Wagon Train Arrival Event at State Capitol

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Gov. Jack Dalrymple of the twin Dakotas will greet the South Dakota 125th Birthday Wagon Train at the State Capitol in Pierre at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Sept. 20. Read more . . .

Sep 10, 2014

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff Thursday For Patriot Day

The White House has issued a proclamation designating Thursday, Sept.11, 2014, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. Read more . . .

Sep 09, 2014

South Dakota Awarded $12 Million TIGER Grant

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the South Dakota Department of Transportation has been awarded a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. Read more . . .

Sep 09, 2014

Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Work Group Announces Recommendations

A work group formed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced its recommendations for enhancing pheasant habitat in South Dakota during a press conference today at the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. Read more . . .

Sep 08, 2014

Pierre to Mark South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary

The city of Pierre is hosting a picnic on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Anniversary. Read more . . .

Sep 08, 2014

Forgotten First Lady Pennington’s Grave To Be Marked

The grave site of Territorial First Lady Amanda Pennington will finally be marked thanks to Yankton locals. Read more . . .

Sep 04, 2014

Mitchell To Celebrate Statehood Sept. 9

Mitchell will hold a special statehood anniversary celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 9, when the 125th wagon train arrives to town. Read more . . .

Sep 04, 2014

Bowlers, Bull Riders And Wagon Train Coming To Wessington Springs

Wessington Springs will be offering four days of 125th anniversary events next week when the wagon train comes to town. Read more . . .

Sep 02, 2014

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit Report Released

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is releasing the workforce summit report today as he travels around the state to share the findings. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2014

“Grow: 66/125” Trees Coming To Each County

Trees growing in soil collected from all 66 South Dakota counties are being delivered to historic sites in each county of the state over the next two weeks. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2014

125th Feature: Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek lays claim to being the oldest continuously inhabited place in South Dakota. People have lived in this spot for at least the last 250 years. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2014

Wagner And Parker Form Statehood Committees

Wagner and Parker have formed statehood celebration committees for South Dakota's 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2014

Wagon Train Beginning In Territorial Capital Next Week

The 125th statehood anniversary wagon train will begin in Yankton next week. Before the wagon train leaves on Thursday, Sept. 4, the public is invited to attend a Yankton statehood celebration. Read more . . .

Aug 26, 2014

Faulkton To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Faulkton has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Read more . . .

Aug 21, 2014

125th Feature: Quartzite Pillars Divide Dakotas

One day Gordon Iseminger stopped a young man driving a tractor on a country road. “Do you know where any of the boundary markers between North and South Dakota are located around here?” he asked. Read more . . .

Aug 21, 2014

Gov. Daugaard Takes ALS Challenge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday evening at the Governor’s residence to support finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2014

125th Feature: 1889, That Wonderful Year

The year 1889 was an eventful one, and not just because four new states were admitted to the Union. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2014

125th Feature: Medical Care in 1889

No insulin. No X-rays. No childhood vaccines. Those are just a few things you would NOT have if you lived in 1889, according to today’s Directory of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2014

Railroad Commits Additional Grain Trains

Railroad lines serving South Dakota shippers have committed to providing three additional grain trains per week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said today. Read more . . .

Aug 14, 2014

Parkston Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Parkston will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Read more . . .

Aug 14, 2014

Three More Towns Schedule Statehood Events

Scotland, Plankinton and Menno have formed statehood celebration committees to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2014

125th Feature: Mellette Home in Watertown Offers Unique Experience

The home of South Dakota’s first elected Governor was deserted for many years until the Mellette Association was formed in 1943 to save it from demolition and restore it. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2014

Mount Rushmore Mascots To Celebrate South Dakota’s 125th Birthday

The Mount Rushmore Mascots are coming to Watertown for a special South Dakota 125th birthday celebration on Sunday, Aug. 17, where entertainment and activities for kids and adults will be provided. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2014

125th Feature: Arthur Mellette, Governor of THREE Dakotas?

On March 11, 1889, Watertown resident Arthur C. Mellette was appointed the last Governor of Dakota Territory by newly inaugurated President Benjamin Harrison. Read more . . .

Aug 06, 2014

Gov. Daugaard’s Workforce Summit Report Announced

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will host six meetings across South Dakota to share the final report, findings and results of the recent regional Workforce Summits. Over 1,000 people provided input about workforce needs. Read more . . .

Aug 04, 2014

Parkston To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Parkston has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Read more . . .

Aug 04, 2014

S&P Revises South Dakota’s Outlook From Stable To Positive

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Standard & Poor has revised South Dakota’s state outlook from “stable” to “positive” and renewed the state’s issuer credit rating. Read more . . .

Aug 01, 2014

Governor’s Pine Beetle Initiative Marks Third Year With Success

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that more than 441,000 trees have been treated for mountain pine beetle infestation since the Black Hills Forest Initiative was launched in August 2011. Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

125th Anniversary Feature: President Harrison's Pen On Display In Pierre

After signing proclamations to create the states of South Dakota and North Dakota on Nov. 2, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison handed the pen he used to a land agent named John Martin Ruggles. Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

Three More Statehood Celebration Committees Organize

Three more statehood celebration committees will be promoting state and local history with activities during South Dakota's 125th birthday year. Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

Lt. Gov. Michels Re-Elected To NLGA Leadership

South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels has once again been elected to serve on the leadership committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2014

125th Anniversary Feature: Omnibus Enabling Act Set State For November Statehood

On Nov. 2, 1889, Dakota Territory gave birth to two states – North Dakota and South Dakota – when President Benjamin Harrison signed two statehood proclamations. Read more . . .

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

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 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 . . .