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Nov 14, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Roger Hunt

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Monday, Nov. 19, to honor the life of former state legislator Roger Hunt. Read more . . .

Nov 10, 2018

Governor's Statement on the Passing of Former House Speaker Roger Hunt

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement on the death of former House Speaker Roger Hunt, who passed away last night: Read more . . .

Nov 09, 2018

Governor-elect Noem Announces Transition Team

Governor-elect Kristi Noem and Lieutenant Governor-elect Larry Rhoden today announced the membership of their transition team. Read more . . .

Nov 08, 2018

Flags Half-Staff For Thousand Oaks Victims

President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, November 7. Read more . . .

Nov 07, 2018

Governor’s Statement on Gubernatorial Election Results

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to South Dakota’s gubernatorial election results: Read more . . .

Nov 07, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For John Timmer

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 10, to honor the life of former state legislator John Timmer. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2018

Governor's Statement on United States Congressional Election Results

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to the United States congressional election results: Read more . . .

Nov 02, 2018

Scott Stern To Depart As GOED Commissioner

Scott Stern 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 . . .

Nov 01, 2018

Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk to Retire

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk will retire in early January. Read more . . .

Nov 01, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags Remain At Half-Staff To Honor South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter

In honor of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state remain at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Nov. 5, the day of Justice Zinter’s funeral. Read more . . .

Oct 31, 2018

State of South Dakota Reaches Settlement In Remote Seller Law Litigation

Governor Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the State of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement and stipulation of dismissal in State of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg. Read more . . .

Oct 30, 2018

Governor Daugaard Orders Flags Half-Staff In Honor Of Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter

Governor Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement on the death of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter: Read more . . .

Oct 29, 2018

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

Oct 29, 2018

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Pittsburgh Victims

President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Read more . . .

Oct 26, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders Capitol Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Former State Legislator Michael J. O’Connor

Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to honor the life of former state legislator Michael J. O’Connor, of Brandon, on the day of his funeral. Read more . . .

Oct 26, 2018

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement on The Execution of Rodney Berget

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to the scheduled execution of Rodney Berget on Monday: Read more . . .

Oct 25, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Chuck Turbiville

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, Oct. 29, to honor the life of state Rep. Chuck Turbiville, of Deadwood, on the day of his funeral. Read more . . .

Oct 21, 2018

Gov. Daugaard's Statement On The Passing Of State Rep. Chuck Turbiville

Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement on the death this weekend of State Rep. Charles M. "Chuck" Turbiville: "I’m very sorry to hear of Chuck Turbiville’s passing. Chuck was a true gentleman. He always worked hard for Deadwood, Lawrence County, and our state. Chuck was a good friend and he made every visit to Deadwood special. Linda and I will miss him and we extend our sympathies to his family." Read more . . .

Oct 10, 2018

DPS Secretary Jones To Depart

DPS Secretary Trevor Jones announced today that he has accepted a position with Dakota State University, working in the university’s digital forensics lab. Read more . . .

Oct 09, 2018

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On E15

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement on year-round E15. Read more . . .

Oct 03, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Sandra Hoglund Hanson As Second Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Sandra Hoglund Hanson, of Sioux Falls, as a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Sep 28, 2018

First Lady's Column: Commit To Know More About Foster Parenting

In any given month over the last year there were around 1,600 children across South Dakota in state custody. These are children who have been removed from their homes by a court order for safety reasons. They are victims of abuse and neglect who, by no fault of their own, have no other place to go. Read more . . .

Sep 18, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Dorothy Kellogg

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 21, to honor the life of former state legislator Dorothy Kellogg. Read more . . .

Sep 12, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Signs Special Session Bills

After leading the U.S. Supreme Court victory in taxation of remote sales, South Dakota will soon be among the states benefiting from the Wayfair decision. Read more . . .

Sep 11, 2018

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Saturday To Honor Fallen Firefighter

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of David Fischer, assistant chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. Fischer died Friday, while responding to a house fire in Tilford. Read more . . .

Sep 10, 2018

Media Advisory: Special Session Address

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. The remarks will be livestreamed via Gov. Daugaard’s Facebook page and audio will be available at SD.net. Read more . . .

Sep 10, 2018

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

President Trump is calling for the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff on Tuesday in observance of Patriot Day, and he has invited governors of the United States to join in the observance. Read more . . .

Sep 04, 2018

Mickelson Bust To Be Unveiled Next Week

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is inviting the public to attend the unveiling of the George S. Mickelson bust next week. The bust by James Michael Maher will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 11, during a ceremony in the House Lobby of the Capitol Building. Read more . . .

Aug 30, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Submits Special Session Proposals

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today submitted three pieces of legislation to be considered during the special legislative session on Sept. 12. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2018

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2018-19 School Year

The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 356 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2018-19 school year. Read more . . .

Aug 27, 2018

Correction: Flag Request for Senator McCain

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, until sunset on Sunday, Sept. 2. Read more . . .

Aug 16, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Appoints James A. Power As Second Circuit Judge

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

Aug 15, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Adds Inauguration Fix To Special Session Proclamation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued an executive proclamation, calling a special session of the South Dakota State Legislature. Read more . . .

Aug 09, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Calls On Communities To Engage In Suicide Prevention Month

As the number of recorded suicides in the state continues to escalate, Gov. Dennis Daugaard is calling on South Dakotans to join the fight by participating in Suicide Prevention Month in September. Read more . . .

Aug 08, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Fills Three Legislative Vacancies

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will fill three vacancies in the South Dakota State Legislature. Read more . . .

Aug 07, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Calls Special Session For Sept. 12

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation that would expedite implementation of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and allow the state to enforce the obligation of remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax. Read more . . .

Jul 18, 2018

South Dakota Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the State of South Dakota by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment. Read more . . .

Jul 17, 2018

South Dakota Maintains AAA With S&P

Last week Standard & Poor Global announced that it has reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Default Rating with a stable outlook. Read more . . .

Jul 16, 2018

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year with Surplus

South Dakota state government closed the 2018 budget year on June 30 marking the seventh consecutive year with a surplus. The state general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018 ended with lower expenditures and higher revenues than budgeted. Read more . . .

Jul 03, 2018

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Annapolis Victims

President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims whose lives were taken by the violence perpetrated in Annapolis, Maryland, last week. Read more . . .

Jun 29, 2018

SD Retirement System Receives National Recognition

The Society of Actuaries has selected the South Dakota Retirement System as a winning Retirement 20/20 Model, awarding the state with a $10,000 prize. Read more . . .

Jun 25, 2018

Western Governors Release Workforce Report

The Western Governors’ Association released its report on workforce development today detailing steps states can take to address the skills gap. Read more . . .

Jun 21, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In South Dakota’s Favor

The United States Supreme Court this morning announced its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling in the state’s favor, 5-4, in a decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Read more . . .

Jun 19, 2018

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint David Mickelson To Board Of Regents

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint David Mickelson of Sioux Falls to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more . . .

Jun 18, 2018

First Lady Invites Families To Oahe Days Book Walk

First Lady Linda Daugaard is inviting children to participate in a book walk at Steamboat Park on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT. The book walk will be part of the Oahe Days Arts and Music Festival. Read more . . .

Jun 15, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration For Spring Flooding

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help three northern South Dakota counties recover from spring flooding that did more than $3.1 million in damage to public property. Read more . . .

Jun 14, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Albert Kocer

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Monday, June 25, to honor the life of former state Rep. Albert Kocer. Read more . . .

Jun 13, 2018

South Dakota Maintains AAA With Fitch

Today Fitch announced that it has reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Default Rating with a stable outlook. Read more . . .

Jun 13, 2018

DENR Secretary Urges Rollback Of Corps’ Water Supply Rule

Secretary Steve Pirner, head of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight today to testify about the Corps of Engineers’ attempt to charge for surplus water. Read more . . .

May 31, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Jim Schaefer

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