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Oct 18, 2017

Nick Wendell Hired As Board Of Technical Education Executive Director

Nick Wendell has been hired as executive director of the South Dakota Board of Technical Education, the board announced today. The hire was approved unanimously by the Board of Technical Education at a special meeting held Wednesday. Read more . . .

Oct 17, 2017

First Bridge Improvement Grant Project Completed

State and local officials celebrated the completion of the first Bridge Improvement Grant project at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning in Davison County. Read more . . .

Oct 16, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Selected To Serve On President’s Apprenticeship Task Force

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced Gov. Dennis Daugaard is among the 20 individuals who have been selected to serve on President Donald J. Trump’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Read more . . .

Oct 16, 2017

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

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. until sunset, in honor of Presho Fire Chief Donald F. “Donny” Manger. Read more . . .

Oct 13, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Speak At USS South Dakota Christening

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will join Lt. Gov. Matt Michels and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds in Groton, Connecticut, tomorrow morning to serve as the keynote speaker at the christening ceremony for the USS South Dakota SSN 790. Read more . . .

Oct 13, 2017

Secretary of Education Melody Schopp to Retire

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Dr. Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, will retire in December. Read more . . .

Oct 08, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Activates SD National Guard Members To Help With Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated four members of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Company A, 139th Brigade Support Battalion at the request of Puerto Rico government authorities to help with recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Read more . . .

Oct 06, 2017

Governor Asks For Flags At Half-Staff On Sunday

President Trump has proclaimed the week of Oct. 8 – 14 as Fire Prevention Week, and has ordered flags at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 8, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Read more . . .

Oct 02, 2017

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1. Read more . . .

Sep 28, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Sen. Homer Kandaras

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 29, to honor the life of former Senate Majority Leader Homer Kandaras. Read more . . .

Sep 19, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Judge Steven R. Jensen To South Dakota Supreme Court

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Steven R. Jensen of Dakota Dunes to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Jensen is a circuit court judge and the presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Sep 18, 2017

First Lady To Hold Book Walk

First Lady Linda Daugaard will hold a book walk for children in the backyard of the Governor’s Mansion on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .

Sep 14, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Awards Equipment Grants To Tech Schools

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he is awarding over $860,000 in Future Funds to fund equipment needs in Build Dakota-eligible programs at South Dakota’s four technical institutes. Read more . . .

Sep 13, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Oscar Huber

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 14, to honor the life of former state Rep. Oscar Huber. Read more . . .

Sep 11, 2017

Governor Seeking Interns For Spring Term

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for two spring 2018 Governor’s Office internships in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from January through May 2018. Read more . . .

Sep 08, 2017

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

The White House has issued a proclamation designating Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, as National Days of Service and Remembrance. Read more . . .

Sep 07, 2017

$3.3 Million Recovered In Year One Of State’s Debt Collection Efforts

More than $3.3 million has been recovered in the first year of South Dakota’s Obligation Recovery Center program, according to a report released today by the Bureau of Administration. Read more . . .

Sep 05, 2017

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2017-18 School Year

The Build Dakota Scholarship Board has selected 285 students as recipients of the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year. Read more . . .

Sep 02, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Doug Barthel To District 10 House Seat

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Doug Barthel to fill the District 10 vacancy in the State House of Representatives. Read more . . .

Aug 23, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Majority Leader Roger McKellips

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Aug. 26, to honor the life of former state Sen. Roger McKellips. Read more . . .

Aug 22, 2017

38 Students Receive Dakota Corps Scholarships

Thirty-eight South Dakota high school graduates have been awarded Dakota Corps scholarships to pursue careers in critical-need occupations within the state. Read more . . .

Aug 22, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Superintendent Gordon Diedtrich

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 23, to honor the life of Gordon A. Diedtrich who served as state superintendent of public instruction. Read more . . .

Aug 09, 2017

Centerville Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Centerville will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Aug 02, 2017

Applications Now Open For Buffer Strip Incentives

South Dakotans can now apply to receive riparian buffer strip property tax incentives, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. To aid prospective applicants, the Daugaard Administration has rolled out a new web map to help landowners determine which waters qualify under the new riparian buffer strip program. Read more . . .

Jul 31, 2017

U.S. Labor Secretary To Attend Gov. Daugaard’s WGA Workforce Workshop

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta will be in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Aug. 3, to attend Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Workforce Development Initiative workshop. Read more . . .

Jul 28, 2017

Matt Michels Elected As National Lieutenant Governors Association Chair

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels today was selected by his peers to serve as chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association. The election took place at the lieutenant governors’ annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more . . .

Jul 26, 2017

Centerville To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Centerville has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Read more . . .

Jul 25, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Giles As First Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Chris S. Giles (J’-ylz)* as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s First Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Jul 24, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Bern As First Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Tami A. Bern as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s First Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Jul 17, 2017

South Dakota Ends Fiscal Year With Surplus

South Dakota state government closed the 2017 budget year on June 30 marking the sixth consecutive year with a surplus, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. Read more . . .

Jul 12, 2017

Brookings Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Tuesday, July 18, Brookings will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

Jul 11, 2017

Governor’s Mansion Tours Now Featuring Art By Harrisburg Student

As the free summer tours at the Governor’s mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student. Read more . . .

Jul 05, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Names Inaugural Members to Government Accountability Board

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced his appointments to the new Government Accountability Board. Read more . . .

Jun 30, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jim Thares To Board Of Regents

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Jim Thares of Aberdeen to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Read more . . .

Jun 29, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Commends Release Of Additional CRP Acres

The Governor last week sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the department make CRP acres available as soon as possible. The USDA on Friday announced the release of CRP acres to counties in the severe drought and extreme drought categories. Read more . . .

Jun 28, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Named WGA Chair Western Governors’ Workforce Initiative Announced

PIERRE, S.D. – This morning at a governors’ meeting in Whitefish, Mont., Gov. Dennis Daugaard was elected to serve as chair of the Western Governors’ Association. Gov. Daugaard will serve as chairman for one year. Read more . . .

Jun 27, 2017

Rep. Haggar Resigns, Governor Invites Public Input

State Rep. Don Haggar has resigned his seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Haggar, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the state House since 2013, and is currently the body’s speaker pro tempore. Read more . . .

Jun 16, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Issues State Of Emergency For Drought Conditions

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a statewide emergency because of the ongoing drought conditions in South Dakota. As part of the State of Emergency, the state will ease haying and transportation restrictions to assist agriculture producers. Read more . . .

Jun 15, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Attending White House Workforce Meeting

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today is joining seven other governors at the White House to discuss workforce. The meetings will include discussions with President Donald Trump, cabinet secretaries and White House senior staff officials. Read more . . .

Jun 14, 2017

Nathan Sanderson Selected As 2017 Henry Toll Fellow

Nathan Sanderson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s director of policy and operations, is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments. Read more . . .

Jun 12, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Open Waters Compromise

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this evening signed into law House Bill 1001, the compromise bill on nonmeandered waters. Read more . . .

Jun 10, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Deliver Special Session Address

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Monday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. Audio of the speech will be livestreamed by South Dakota Public Broadcasting at SD.net. Read more . . .

Jun 09, 2017

Brookings To Be Capital For A Day

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Brookings has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, July 18. Read more . . .

Jun 08, 2017

South Dakota Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The State of South Dakota has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the Government Finance Officers Association. Read more . . .

Jun 08, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Activates State Drought Task Force

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today (Thursday) 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 . . .

Jun 07, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Calls Special Session To Address Non-Meandered Waters For Monday, June 12

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered waters overlying private property. Read more . . .

Jun 02, 2017

Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Non-Meandered Waters

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the legislative interim committee’s passage of a draft bill to open non-meandered waters for public recreational use. Read more . . .

May 31, 2017

Sturgis Capital For A Day Schedule Announced

On Tuesday, June 6, Sturgis will be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day. Activities for the day will include a Main Street walk, community social, business tours and a roundtable meeting. Read more . . .

May 26, 2017

Governor Requests Flags At Half-Staff On Memorial Day Morning

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that flags be flown at half-staff on the morning of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, in observance of fallen military service members. Read more . . .

May 19, 2017

New Good Earth Visitor Center Highlights Tribal History, Nature

Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined a 300 guests today to celebrate the completion of the visitor center at Good Earth State Park, located five miles southeast of downtown Sioux Falls. Read more . . .