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Capital For A Day

In the 1990s, Governor George S. Mickelson started a new tradition in South Dakota called "Capital for a Day." Gov. Mickelson would travel to a community an dissue an executive proclamation declaring that town as South Dakota's Capital for a Day. He would spend the day touring the town, taking 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 and Yankton.

Interested communities should fill out an application and submit it to the Governor’s Office. For more information, contact Kris Erickson at 605-773-3212 or