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Madam Chairman and Vice Chairman for South Dakota Commission on Gaming elected by unanimous vote

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Contact: Stacey Anderson, Marketing & Communications Specialist, 605-773-5869


PIERRE, S.D. – At its June 16 meeting, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming unanimously elected Karen Wagner of Belle Fourche and Karl Fischer of Fort Pierre to serve as its Madam Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. Their terms in these capacities will run throughout Fiscal Year 2021.

Fischer was first appointed to the commission in 1989, while Wagner has served since 2016.

“Both Madam Chairman Wagner and Vice Chairman Fischer bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Commission on Gaming,” Commission on Gaming Executive Secretary Susan Christian said. “We are honored to have them continue their commitment to public service in these capacities.”

Madam Chairman Wagner

First appointed in 2016 by Governor Dennis Daugaard and reappointed in 2019 by Governor Kristi Noem, Karen Wagner has served as the Commission on Gaming’s Vice Madam Chairman for the past year. She is the owner and operator of a cow and calf operation in northwestern South Dakota with her husband, Jim Doolittle.

Since July 2009, Madam Chairman Wagner continues to work for the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative in Sturgis, S.D. as an Educational Consultant for Belle Fourche School District. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Northern Hills Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and is a Federal and State Grant Writer.

Her experience as the previous Chairman of the Black Hills Roundup Board of Directors and previous role as President of the National Vocational Special Needs Association contributes to her outstanding excellence today.

Vice Chairman Fischer

Vice Chairman Karl Fischer was among the first five Commissioners appointed in 1989 by the late Governor George Mickelson. Fischer has served as Chairman in the past and has received appointments four times over the past 30 years. He has served terms on the Commission under Governors Mickelson, Miller, Janklow, Rounds, Daugaard and Noem.

Mr. Fischer is a lifelong Fort Pierre resident. He is a familiar face in Fort Pierre as the past owner of Fischer Rounds Real Estate and Insurance.