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Governor's Column: 138 Thanksgivings Ago
Linda and I are thankful for many things this year. We are thankful for our children and grandchildren, for the friends old and new we’ve made across the state, and for the opportunity to serve as governor and first lady.

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.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Christmas at the Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony. First Lady Linda Daugaard will also be present, and will introduce the child who will light the display.


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. “

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.


Governor's Column: Soldier Who Stands Alone
Sixty-nine years ago, a young man named Philip left his home in South Dakota to serve his country. Philip J. Iyotte was a Rosebud Sioux Tribe member who lived in White River and became a sergeant in the 8th Army and a member of Company E’s 21st Infantry Regiment and 24th Infantry Division.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on the first half of KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Governor's Column: Those Who Administer The Law
This week, it was my honor to participate in the investiture of Steven R. Jensen as the newest member of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will speak at the Veterans’ Day Program at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10.


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.


Governor's Column: Get Serious About Tackling Opioid Abuse
This week President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. According to the White House, in our country, drug overdose deaths now outnumber fatal crashes and gun-related deaths, with 175 Americans dying each day.

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Trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by the Governor’s Mansion on Halloween.


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.


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.


Governor's Column -- Putting New Transportation Revenue To Good Use
In a rural state like South Dakota, roads are our lifeline. We depend upon the 82,000 miles of roadway in our state to get to work, school, church and the grocery store.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on Bill Zortman’s show on KELO Radio.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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

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.

Governor's Column: Keeping Our Promise To Taxpayers And Teachers
Two years ago, South Dakotans joined together to solve a longstanding problem. Our state’s average salaries for teachers were lowest in the nation.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard, First Lady Linda Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will attend the christening of the USS South Dakota in Groton, Connecticut.


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.


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.

Governor's Column: Cause For Celebration This Native Americans’ Day
Since 1990, South Dakota has celebrated Native Americans’ Day. We were the first in the nation to establish Native Americans’ Day as an official state holiday, done at the urging of Gov. George S. Mickelson as a part of his “Year of Reconciliation” efforts.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be on 1060 AM KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.


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.


Governor's Column: The Man Who Labored To Preserve South Dakota’s Beauty
I couldn’t help but think of Gov. Peter Norbeck while I was in Custer State Park for the Buffalo Roundup this past week.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities at the 2017 Governor’s Awards ceremony.


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.


Governor's Column: Appreciation for South Dakota Newspapers
The week of Oct. 1 is National Newspaper Week, an opportunity to recognize the important role newspapers play in our country.

News Tips For Sept. 23– 29, 2017
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the groundbreaking for the Hybrid Turkeys Hatchery in Beresford.


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.


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.


Governor's Column: 2017 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
On Friday morning, Sept. 29, a few dozen cowboys will put on their boots and saddle their horses. Custer State Park employees will arise before dawn. And thousands from across the state, country and world will gather, all to continue a 52-year tradition.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will participate in the Western Governors’ Workforce Workshop in Denver.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Governor's Column: Recovering Debts Owed To South Dakotans
When a debt is owed to you, sometimes it can be difficult to collect. Whether it’s a grocery store that receives a bad check, a carpenter seeking payment on a bill or a person who loans a friend fifty dollars, it’s not enjoyable or easy to recover what you are owed.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be the keynote speaker at the Sioux Empire Housing Annual Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Downtown Starlight Room in Sioux Falls.


$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.


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.


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.


Governor's Column: Fortifying SD’s Defense Against Animal Disease Threats
The last day of August was an eventful one for Linda and me. We stopped first in Huron at the South Dakota State Fair where we toured the value-added agriculture tent and also attended the Century Farms Recognition and Salute to Veterans ceremonies.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the groundbreaking for the Dakota Plains Ag Center, LLC at the Napa Facility in Yankton.


Governor's Column: Beacom College At DSU A Step Forward For South Dakota
South Dakota is full of hidden gems. One secret we’ve kept too well is Dakota State University. DSU is one of the nation’s leading schools for cybersecurity, and it is rising to a new level of excellence.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at two state fair events: the Century Farms and Ranches Recognition program and the Salute to Veterans program.


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.