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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.


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.


Governor's Column: Budget Practices -- SD vs. DC
I have long been troubled by the federal government’s budget situation. According to the online U.S. debt clock, which uses figures from the U.S. Treasury, our national debt is currently at 19 trillion dollars, or 61,346 dollars per citizen.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the activation ceremony for 15 Soldiers of the South Dakota National Guard 200th Engineer Company Bridge Training Team at TF Riggs High School Theater in Pierre.


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.


Governor's Column: The Direct Effects Of Financial Stewardship
As Governor of South Dakota, financial stewardship is one of my top priorities. When it comes to balancing the budget, managing the retirement system and maintaining our AAA credit ratings, I dive into the details.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the deployment ceremony for the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 216th Engineer Detachment at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial amphitheater.


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.


Governor’s Mansion Tours Now Featuring Art By Harrisburg Student
As the free summer tours at the Governor’s mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student.


Governor's Column: Matching Students with Workforce Needs
Last week, I was honored to begin a one-year term as chairman of the Western Governors Association. The WGA includes governors of 19 western states – those to the north and south of South Dakota, and every state to the west. Each WGA chair selects a policy initiative to focus on during the chair’s one-year term. Over the next 12 months I will focus on workforce development.

News Tips For July 8 – 14, 2017
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 2017 Council of Chief State School Officers Summer Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City.


Gov. Daugaard Names Inaugural Members to Government Accountability Board
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced his appointments to the new Government Accountability Board.


Governor's Column: South Dakota's Presidential Independence Day
It was an eventful Fourth of July week 90 years ago when President Calvin Coolidge spent the holiday in the Black Hills. He and First Lady Grace Coolidge came to the State Game Lodge at Custer State Park that summer to escape the noise and congestion of Washington, D.C.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Jim Thares To Board Of Regents
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he will appoint Jim Thares of Aberdeen to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

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The Railroad Board of the South Dakota Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in the Commission Room of the Becker-Hansen building located at 700 E. Broadway Ave.


Gov. Daugaard Commends Release Of Additional CRP Acres
The Governor last week sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the department make CRP acres available as soon as possible. The USDA on Friday announced the release of CRP acres to counties in the severe drought and extreme drought categories.


Gov. Daugaard Named WGA Chair Western Governors’ Workforce Initiative Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – This morning at a governors’ meeting in Whitefish, Mont., Gov. Dennis Daugaard was elected to serve as chair of the Western Governors’ Association. Gov. Daugaard will serve as chairman for one year.


Rep. Haggar Resigns, Governor Invites Public Input
State Rep. Don Haggar has resigned his seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives. Haggar, a Sioux Falls Republican, has served in the state House since 2013, and is currently the body’s speaker pro tempore.


Governor's Column: Pulling Through Another Drought
As of late, I have been keeping my eye on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The monitor is updated each Thursday, and as I write this, over 50 percent of the state is in a drought with an additional 32 percent experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will participate in the Western Governors’ Annual Meeting in Whitefish, Montana.


Gov. Daugaard Issues State Of Emergency For Drought Conditions
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a statewide emergency because of the ongoing drought conditions in South Dakota. As part of the State of Emergency, the state will ease haying and transportation restrictions to assist agriculture producers.

Governor's Column: Good Reason To Be Proud Of The SDNG
If you live out west or near Chamberlain, you may have noticed more individuals in uniform over the last week. That’s because the South Dakota National Guard is currently in the middle of its annual Golden Coyote training exercise.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for Win-Chill (a full-service refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center) at Foundation Park in Sioux Fa


Gov. Daugaard Attending White House Workforce Meeting
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today is joining seven other governors at the White House to discuss workforce. The meetings will include discussions with President Donald Trump, cabinet secretaries and White House senior staff officials.


Nathan Sanderson Selected As 2017 Henry Toll Fellow
Nathan Sanderson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s director of policy and operations, is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.


Gov. Daugaard Signs Open Waters Compromise
Gov. Dennis Daugaard this evening signed into law House Bill 1001, the compromise bill on nonmeandered waters.


Gov. Daugaard To Deliver Special Session Address
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give a special session address to legislators in a joint session on Monday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the state House. Audio of the speech will be livestreamed by South Dakota Public Broadcasting at SD.net.


Governor's Column: A Good Compromise On Nonmeandered Waters
For at least 20 years, the northeastern part of our state has been dealing with the issue of nonmeandered waters. For that entire time, the state has NOT been dealing with the problems that our laws have caused.

Brookings To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Brookings has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, July 18.

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On Monday, Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be a guest on KGFX’s South Dakota Perspective with Mark Swartzell.


Gov. Daugaard Activates State Drought Task Force
Gov. Dennis Daugaard today (Thursday) activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor drought conditions across South Dakota. The task force also held its first meeting today in Pierre.

South Dakota Earns Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The State of South Dakota has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report by the Government Finance Officers Association.


Gov. Daugaard Calls Special Session To Address Non-Meandered Waters For Monday, June 12
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation relating to public recreational use of non-meandered waters overlying private property.


Statement From Gov. Daugaard On Non-Meandered Waters
Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement today in response to the legislative interim committee’s passage of a draft bill to open non-meandered waters for public recreational use.

Governor's Column: Helping South Dakotans Get Back To Work
My parents took pride in self-reliance and taught me the value of hard work. They worked hard on our family farm, and when the farm went upside-down financially, they both took jobs as janitors at Augustana College to make ends meet.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will serve as the commencement speaker for the National American University 75th Commencement Ceremony at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City.


Sturgis Capital For A Day Schedule Announced
On Tuesday, June 6, Sturgis 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.


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 29, in observance of fallen military service members.

Governor's Column: By Knowing and Telling Their Stories
Bill Bianchi may not have been born in South Dakota, but he became like an adopted son when in 1936 he began attending SDSU to earn an animal science degree.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the 75th Annual SD American Legion Boys State Convention at Northern State University in Aberdeen.


New Good Earth Visitor Center Highlights Tribal History, Nature
Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined a 300 guests today to celebrate the completion of the visitor center at Good Earth State Park, located five miles southeast of downtown Sioux Falls.

Governor's Column: South Dakota Works
In South Dakota we have the third lowest unemployment rate in the nation. This is a source of pride, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Because so few South Dakotans are unemployed, we have a shortage of qualified workers to fill job openings.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the opening ceremony for the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.


State of South Dakota Rolls Out Nation's First Paperless Pardon Process
As a part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s efforts to make government more efficient, the State of South Dakota today rolled out a pardon website for individuals seeking clemency, making South Dakota the only state in the nation with such a tool.

Sturgis To Be Capital For A Day
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Sturgis has been chosen to be South Dakota’s Capital for a Day on Tuesday, June 6.


President Calls For Flags At Half-Mast For Peace Officers Memorial Day
President Donald Trump has proclaimed today, May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the period of May 14 through May 20 as Police Week.


First Lady Column: SD Reaches Lowest Ever Infant Mortality Rate
It has been six-and-a-half years since Dennis was first elected, and since then a number of things have changed in our lives. We have become grandparents, and our five grandkids – all age four or younger – brighten our days and amuse us to no end.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service to honor the fallen law enforcement officers of South Dakota.


Governor's Column: Great State, Great Staff
The State of South Dakota impacts the lives of its citizens daily. We drive on roads maintained by the Department of Transportation. We enjoy parks and recreational areas operated by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Many in need receive help from the Department of Social Services.

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Medal Of Honor Recipient Leo Thorsness
Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 8, 2017, to honor the life of Leo Thorsness, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, who passed away on May 2.

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Gov. Daugaard and Secretary of Tourism James Hagen will hold a news conference to recognize National Travel and Tourism Week.


Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Former State Rep. William Clayton
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, May 5, to honor the life of former Rep. William Clayton, who passed away on April 20.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Enters Into Cooperative MOU With State
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding with the Oglala Sioux Tribe earlier this week in Rapid City. The occasion marks the completion of a long-time project to formalize cooperative operations between the Tribe and State. The signing is the third cooperative tribal MOU to be put in place in state history.


Data Shows State’s 2016 Infant Mortality Rate Lowest Ever
In 2016 South Dakota reported its lowest rate ever of infant deaths, according to new data released today by the Department of Health.


Governor’s Mansion Tours To Resume
The seventh season of free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion will begin next month.


Intergovernmental Roundtable Held To Discuss Potential Pipeline Protests
In light of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests which occurred in North Dakota, South Dakota’s state and tribal law enforcement are having public safety discussions. The first strategic planning meeting was held on Friday, April 28, in Mitchell, where participants discussed potential pipeline protests.


Governor's Column: Choices Behind The Wheel
Traffic fatalities are a recurring headline. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read another story, hear a radio report or see the terrible images on television.

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Swanson As Fourth Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Gordon D. Swanson as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Fourth Circuit Court.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will speak at the Ag Processing, Inc. ground breaking that is being held at the site of AGP’s future soybean facility in Aberdeen.


Gov. Daugaard Appoints Strawn As Fourth Circuit Judge
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Eric J. Strawn as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Fourth Circuit Court.