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Capital For A Day

In the 1990s, Governor George S. Mickelson started the "Capital for a Day" tradition. Gov. Mickelson would travel to a community and issue an executive proclamation declaring that town as South Dakota's Capital for a Day. He would spend the day touring the town, talking with people of the community and getting input from local leaders.

When Governor Daugaard took office, he decided to continue the Capital for a Day tradition because it gives him the opportunity to hear from South Dakotans. Activities for the day typically include a main street walk, business tours and a community social. The Governor also holds roundtable meetings with community leaders to discuss prominent local issues.

Since 2011, Capital for a Day has been hosted by Mitchell, Canton, Onida, Volga, Hill City, Britton, De Smet, Viborg, Aberdeen, Lead-Deadwood, Flandreau, Wall, Parkston, Faulkton, Wessington Springs, Milbank, Kimball, Madison, Spearfish, Lake Norden, Lemmon, Yankton, Sturgis, and Brookings.