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Dec 15, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Approves FirstNet Opt-In For South Dakota

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has given approval for the establishment of a public safety broadband network that will provide South Dakota’s first responders with advanced communication technologies. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2017

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 . . .

Dec 06, 2017

President Asks For Flags At Half-Staff In Remembrance Of Pearl Harbor

President Trump has called for flags to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Thursday, Dec. 7, in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Nov 30, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Craig Tieszen

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

Nov 30, 2017

Gov. Daugaard To Give Budget Address On Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give the annual Budget Address on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Viewers can tune in live to the Budget Address and the press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. via Gov. Daugaard’s Facebook page. Read more . . .

Nov 23, 2017

State Rep. Craig Tieszen Dies

State Rep. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City passed away on Nov. 22, 2017, in a drowning accident in the Cook Islands, where Tieszen, 68, was attending a family wedding. Read more . . .

Nov 22, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Dawn M. Elshere As Third Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Dawn M. Elshere as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Third Circuit Court in Brookings. Read more . . .

Nov 17, 2017

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The 2017 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Nov 14, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Guffin and Sly to Board of Education Standards

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Dr. Becky Guffin of Aberdeen and former Rep. Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City to the South Dakota Board of Education Standards. Read more . . .

Nov 14, 2017

Governor Issued Statement on Construction of Citi Facility

“I thank Citi for renewing its investment in Sioux Falls by building a new, state-of-the-art facility. Citi has been an important corporate citizen in South Dakota for more than three decades and this announcement means they will be in Sioux Falls for decades to come. “ Read more . . .

Nov 07, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Encourages Expansion Of Registered Apprenticeships

The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) is offering informational sessions in four communities during the week Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed to highlight registered apprenticeships. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2017

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Sutherland Springs 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 Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Signs Propane Executive Order

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this morning signed an executive order to allow expedited commercial delivery of propane products to assist regions of the state that are experiencing low inventories and outages. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2017

Governor Names Don Kirkegaard As Secretary Of Education

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Don Kirkegaard of Sturgis to serve as South Dakota Secretary of Education. Read more . . .

Nov 03, 2017

Governors Stake Friendly Statehood Anniversary Wager On Dakota Marker Game

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum have staked a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s Dakota Marker football game between South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University. Read more . . .

Nov 03, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former Rep. Howard Kennedy

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 4, to honor the life of former state Rep. Howard Kennedy. Read more . . .

Nov 02, 2017

Daugaard Administration Launches State Response Website

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced the launch of SDResponse.gov to provide the public with real-time information during severe weather and disaster situations. Read more . . .

Oct 26, 2017

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

Oct 23, 2017

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Mast For Korean War Soldier

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to honor the life of Army Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, whose remains have returned home after 66 years. Read more . . .

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 . . .