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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 . . .

May 30, 2018

Mike Jaspers to Depart as Secretary of Agriculture

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers announced today he will leave his position as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, effective July 1, 2018. Read more . . .

May 30, 2018

State Rep. Jim Schaefer Dies

State Rep. Jim Schaefer of Kennebec died yesterday while working on his ranch. Schaefer had served in the State House of Representatives since 2011. Read more . . .

May 29, 2018

Don Kirkegaard to Depart as Secretary of Education

South Dakota Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard announced today he will leave his position as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education in July. Read more . . .

May 25, 2018

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 28, in observance of fallen military service members. Read more . . .

May 24, 2018

Gov. Daugaard To Appoint Judge Mark E. Salter To South Dakota Supreme Court

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Mark E. Salter of Sioux Falls to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Salter is a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

May 23, 2018

Sustained Effort Needed to Reduce Infant Mortality

South Dakota’s infant mortality rate increased in 2017, according to new data released today by the Department of Health. There were 12,128 births in 2017 and 94 infant deaths for a rate of 7.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. Read more . . .

May 18, 2018

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe, Texas, today. Read more . . .

May 17, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Kent Shelton As Third Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Kent A. Shelton of Huron as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court. Read more . . .

May 14, 2018

Governor Daugaard’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on sports betting. Read more . . .

May 14, 2018

President Calls For Flags At Half-Staff For Peace Officers Memorial Day

President Donald Trump has proclaimed Tuesday, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 13 through May 19 as Police Week. Read more . . .

May 14, 2018

Governor Seeking Fall Intern Applicants

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is currently seeking applications for the 2018 Governor’s Office internship program in Pierre. The positions will be paid and run from September through December 2018. Read more . . .

Apr 30, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Sean McPherson

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, May 4, to honor the life of state Rep. Sean McPherson, of Rapid City, on the day of his funeral. Read more . . .

Apr 27, 2018

First Lady's Column: A Summer Reading Challenge

Now that it is starting to feel a little more like spring, students are looking forward to summer. The family vacations, camping trips, picnics and baseball games will soon begin and our children will get a well-deserved break from their studies. Read more . . .

Apr 27, 2018

Over-Width Planters and Fertilizer Application Vehicles Allowed Extended Travel Time

Due to cold weather that has caused a delayed planting season, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed an Executive Order to allow over-width planting, fertilizer and agricultural chemical application vehicles to travel during nighttime hours in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Apr 26, 2018

Governor’s Statement on the Passing of Rep. McPherson

Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement on the passing of State Rep. Sean McPherson of Rapid City. Read more . . .

Apr 24, 2018

SD Participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program

South Dakotans will have the chance to throw out unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 28, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. Read more . . .

Apr 24, 2018

South Dakota No Longer Last In Average Teacher Pay

For the first time since 1985, South Dakota’s average teacher salaries in the 2016-17 school year were no longer the lowest in the nation. Read more . . .

Apr 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Touts Early Results of New Grants for Grads Housing Program

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard today released early results of the recently launched South Dakota Housing Development Authority Grants for Grads program, which aims to assist recent graduates in purchasing their first home in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Apr 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Costello and Judson To Economic Development Board

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Pat Costello and Matt Judson to serve on the Board of Economic Development. Costello, vice president of Schoeneman’s in Sioux Falls, and Judson, president of First National Bank in Pierre, replace Greg Heineman and Tony Klein. Read more . . .

Apr 18, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Barbara Bush

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff, effective immediately, to honor the life of First Lady Barbara Bush who passed away on Tuesday, April 17. Read more . . .

Apr 18, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Declares Day of Remembrance for Anniversary of State Plane Crash

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared tomorrow as a day of remembrance to memorialize Gov. George S. Mickelson and the seven other individuals who lost their lives in a state plane crash 25 years ago. Read more . . .

Apr 10, 2018

Sen. Netherton Resigns, Governor Invites Public Input

State Sen. Jenna Netherton has resigned her seat in the South Dakota State Senate. Netherton, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the Senate since 2015, and previously served in the House of Representatives from 2011-14. Read more . . .

Apr 10, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Jim Endres

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Thursday, April 12, to honor the life of former state Rep. James Endres. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2018

Zolnowsky, Commissioner of Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, to Retire

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that David Zolnowsky, Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT), will retire at the end of this month. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2018

Lost Documents Raise Dakota Statehood Questions

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the authentication of historical documents proving North Dakota and South Dakota are actually one state. Overlooked addendums to the statehood proclamations of both states indicate the existence of a single state, “Dakota.” Read more . . .

Mar 26, 2018

Daugaards Invite Families To Attend Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Governor and First Lady are inviting families to take part in the 65th Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt on the Governor’s residence lawn at 1 p.m. CDT on Easter. Read more . . .

Mar 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Issues Style and Form Vetoes

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has issued style and form vetoes for the following bills for SB 76 and SB 90. Read more . . .

Mar 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1188

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1188, an Act to establish certain provisions regarding postsecondary tuition assistance programs. Read more . . .

Mar 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes SB 94

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed SB 94, an Act to establish certain provisions regarding the opportunity scholarship program. Read more . . .

Mar 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Vetoes HB 1268

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed HB 1268, an Act to provide for revised dates to prefile legislation. Read more . . .

Mar 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Signs Last Bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed the remaining bills from the 2018 Legislative Session into law. Senate Bill 166 was the final bill signed by Daugaard, and is anticipated to be the last bill he will sign as governor. Read more . . .

Mar 23, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Signs Veterans Cemetery Bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 91 to establish a new state veterans cemetery in East River South Dakota. Read more . . .

Mar 22, 2018

Governor Signs Micro-Brewing Legislation, Additional Alcohol Bills

Today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 173, which removes barriers for microbreweries by increasing the production limit to 30,000 barrels of beer per year and allowing microbreweries to self-distribute their product. Read more . . .

Mar 22, 2018

Governor Signs Precision Ag Construction Legislation, Also Signs Other Bills

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed two bills authorizing and funding a precision ag facility at South Dakota State University. The legislation supports the nation’s first four-year degree in precision agriculture at SDSU. Read more . . .

Mar 21, 2018

Governor Signs Additional Bills

In addition to the budget bills, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the following bills into law today. Read more . . .

Mar 21, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Signs Budget Bills, Building South Dakota Legislation

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed the budget bills, which revise the budget for Fiscal Year 2018, set the budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and provide ongoing increases for state employees, education, and Medicaid providers. Read more . . .