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Jan 24, 2017

Governor Seeking Interns For The Summer

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for a summer 2017 Governor’s Office Internship in Pierre. The position will be paid and run from early May through August 2017. Read more . . .

Jan 23, 2017

Governor’s Statement on Rep. Wollmann’s Resignation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of District 8 Rep. Matthew Wollmann. Read more . . .

Jan 23, 2017

Lt. Governor Holds Legislative Press Conference

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels held a legislative press conference at the Capitol on Friday. In the press briefing, the Lt. Governor spoke of the peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., and South Dakota’s priorities for federal health care reform. Read more . . .

Jan 20, 2017

South Dakota Officials Weigh In On National Health Care Debate

South Dakota state officials are weighing in on the national health care debate. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Social Services and the Division of Insurance provided input at the request of federal lawmakers this month on how Medicaid, insurance regulations and IHS can be improved. Read more . . .

Jan 18, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Legislator Kenny McNenny

Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Saturday, Jan. 21, to honor the life of former legislator Kenneth George “Kenny” McNenny of Sturgis, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Read more . . .

Jan 06, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Doug Sharp to GFP Commission

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Sharp of Watertown to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Read more . . .

Jan 05, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Give State Of The State Address On Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the State of the State Address Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Announces Earliest CAFR Release In 20 Years

The state Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available for the public to review. The South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management made the report public on Friday, meeting its goal of a December release. Read more . . .

Dec 30, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. Ervin Bader

The flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, to honor the life of former legislator Ervin Bader who passed away on Christmas Day. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2016

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 26

The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Monday. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2016

State of South Dakota Seeks Request To Repurpose STAR Academy

The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2016

South Dakota's electoral votes cast

Attorney General Marty Jackley and Pam Roberts joined Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the Capitol Building today to officially cast South Dakota’s electoral votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Read more . . .

Dec 16, 2016

Flags To Remain At Half-Staff Until Saturday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard requests that all flags in the state remain at half-mast to honor John Glenn until sunset on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Read more . . .

Dec 15, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Receives ‘Smart On Crime’ Recommendations

Today the Smart on Crime Workgroup delivered its report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The workgroup was formed this summer by the Governor to study how the regional increase in meth trafficking has impacted South Dakota’s criminal justice system and to review the progress of the Public Safety Improvement Act, which was passed in the 2013 Legislative Session. Read more . . .

Dec 13, 2016

State Awards Juvenile Diversion Funds To Counties

The State of South Dakota is awarding funds to 25 counties for successfully diverting juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system. Read more . . .

Dec 09, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Names Liza Clark BFM Commissioner, Jim Terwilliger As Deputy Commissioner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Liza Clark of Pierre to serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management. Read more . . .

Dec 09, 2016

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance of John Glenn

At the President’s request, Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff to honor John Glenn, starting immediately, until the day of his interment. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2016

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 Wednesday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Dec 01, 2016

Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual budget address on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Nov 29, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jeffrey Connolly As Seventh Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Jeffrey Connolly of Rapid City as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Seventh Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Nov 28, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Jacob Krull

Former state legislator Jacob J. “Jake” Krull of Watertown passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Read more . . .

Nov 22, 2016

Dilges Departs As BFM Commissioner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Jason Dilges has departed his role as Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management. Read more . . .

Nov 22, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. William Johnson

Former state legislator William J. “Bill” Johnson of Harding County has passed away. Read more . . .

Nov 21, 2016

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

Former state legislator Robert A. “Bob” Roe of Brookings passed away on Nov. 18, 2016. Read more . . .

Nov 18, 2016

Governor Makes Appointment to State Board of Dentistry

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Nick Renemans to the State Board of Dentistry. Read more . . .

Nov 17, 2016

Blue Ribbon Education Package Lifts Average Salary By 11.9 Percent

Preliminary data indicates that South Dakota’s teacher salaries are on track to meeting a statewide target average of $48,500, which legislators adopted earlier this year as a part of the Blue Ribbon education funding package. Read more . . .

Nov 15, 2016

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The 2016 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Nov 15, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Statement On Medicaid

Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement about discussions surrounding Medicaid expansion. Read more . . .

Nov 14, 2016

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

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

Nov 14, 2016

Mental Health Task Force Submits Recommendations To Gov. Daugaard

The South Dakota task force studying mental health and criminal justice today submitted a report with 15 recommendations for consideration by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature. Read more . . .

Oct 28, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Sen. Richard Waddell

Former state legislator Richard Waddell of Isabel passed away on Oct. 28, 2016. Read more . . .

Oct 25, 2016

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 Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .

Oct 20, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Issues Cottonwood Fire Disaster Declaration

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an emergency disaster declaration for Jackson County, in response to damage caused by the 41,000-acre Cottonwood wildfire. Read more . . .

Oct 12, 2016

South Dakota Resolves Goat Island Dispute

The state of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement with the state of Nebraska and federal authorities to resolve a lengthy dispute over Goat Island, a 500-acre strip of land in the Missouri River. Read more . . .

Oct 07, 2016

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday

President Obama has proclaimed the week of Oct. 9 – 15 as Fire Prevention Week, and has ordered flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 9, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Read more . . .

Oct 05, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Bobbi Rank As Sixth Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Bobbi J. Rank as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Sixth Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Oct 03, 2016

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Secretary Of State Hazeltine

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of former Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, the day of her funeral. Read more . . .

Sep 30, 2016

State of South Dakota Provides Additional Information on Proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park

Today South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks released a list of frequently asked questions with answers to provide a better understanding of the proposed Spearfish Canyon State Park and Bismarck Lake areas in the Black Hills. Read more . . .

Sep 29, 2016

South Dakota Flu Vaccination Rate Tops Nation

South Dakota vaccinated 56.6 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 . . .