Dennis Daugaard

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 31, 2019 Show 506 Hour 1

"Civility came easy for Dennis Daugaard," writes Kevin Woster in his latest On the Other Hand blog entry.

Woster tells the story of a family life that formed Daugaard - the man and the public figure.

In The Moment ... July 24, 2018 Show 385 Hour 1

From a recap of the Western Governors Association meeting in Rapid City to the impact of a state win in the U.S. Supreme Court, the news from Pierre don't cool in the summer months.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joined In The Moment with an insight on the lastest events.

In The Moment ... May 21, 2018 Show 341 Hour 2

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is entering the final months of his second and last term as governor.

Daugaard joined SDPB TV's Stephanie Rissler on South Dakota Focus last week for a recap of his time as the state's chief executive.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us for a recap of the interview...

In The Moment ... March 27, 2018 Show 305 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a look at news from Pierre. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us from the Black Hills Bureau.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 14, 2017 Show 049 Hour 2

SDPB Podcaster Hugh Weber joins us to talk about the extraordinary power of the tangible. Today we meet PunkPost founder Alexis (Lex) Monson. PunkPost allows users to text a message through the app to a scriptist who then hand scripts onto a letter-pressed card and send it in the mail.


Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. House Bill 1006 clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings.

Amazon is now collecting sales tax from South Dakota residents. The Seattle-based company had been slow to collect sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn't have a facility. Officials say the agreement with Amazon will help the state meet revenue goals.

In The Moment...January 24 2017 Show 015 Hour 1

Guests: Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Dakota; Mike Wiser, writer & producer

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota has to revise this year’s budget. That’s because he says the state is not bringing in as much money as projected.

Daugaard says the trend since the start of the fiscal year is not good.

Gov. Daugaard Activates Drought Task Force

Jul 13, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

With parts of South Dakota under severe drought conditions, and the rest of the state under abnormally dry conditions, Governor Dennis Daugaard is calling together the state’s drought task force.

The group held their first meeting on Monday July 11th.

The state Drought Task Force monitors drought conditions across South Dakota.  Right now parts of West River and the northeastern corner of the state are in severe drought and part of the Black Hills is in an exceptional drought.

Dakota Digest for February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016

The state legislature has passed a transgender bathroom bill to the Senate floor. It will be voted on next week, and if it passes, it will go to Governor Dennis Daugaards desk. Also, the Governor's education bill has been delayed until next week. State Gymnastics is also underway at the Swiftel Center in Brookings on Friday and Saturday. All of this and more on this week's edition of Dakota Digest.

This year’s State-Tribal Relations Day at the South Dakota State Capitol focused on honoring veterans. The event is intended to expand cooperation between the state and tribes, but it’s not the first time that Native American issues have been at the forefront this legislative session. There is discussion about how Medicaid expansion could benefit the Indian Health Service, and earlier this session a tribal chairman delivered the first State of the Tribes Address. Leaders say state-tribal relations are moving in the right direction.

Governor Backs Education Boost, Medicaid Expansion In SoS

Jan 12, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his State of the State Address to lawmakers on Tuesday.   Here is a rundown of the highlights.  

You can find the entire address archived here.

Daugaard Proposes Medicaid Expansion In $4.8-Billion Budget

Dec 8, 2015

Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing a total state budget of about $4.8-billion  for fiscal year 2017.   You can listen to the entire address archived here.

Daugaard says South Dakota is in good fiscal shape overall.  He says the state has balanced its budget honestly.

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist, visited about former South Dakota Governor Walter Dale Miller who died Monday at the age of 89.  Other topics included the South Dakota Gear Up Program, the possible expansion of South Dakota's Medicaid program, and the Santee Tribe's announcement of a new marijuana resort.

Photo by Jeffrey Beall

When Governor Dennis Daugaard opened the 2015 legislative session with his State of the State address last month, he said his top priority was roads and bridges. Lawmakers are still working on the governor’s highway and bridge funding proposal.

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced a $56 million investment to improve state owned rail lines.  The money is a combination of public and private funds.  The Governor says he is prepared to invest in more partnerships to improve rail transportation in the state. 

Governor Dennis Daugaard proposed a modest budget to lawmakers yesterday in Pierre. The  $4.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 includes $49 million in new spending, but a lukewarm economy with slow growth in revenue left little room for the governor to request larger spending hikes. The major increases were for education, medical assistance and state employee salaries.

Jason Dilges is South Dakota’s chief financial officer and Commissioner of the State's Bureau of Finance and Management. He joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of Governor Daugaard's budget proposal.

Dakota Midday: Post Election Analyisis

Nov 5, 2014
Nate Wek SDPB

Around 54 percent of South Dakota's eligible voters went to the polls yesterday for the midterm elections. In the most closely watched race, former Republican Governor Mike Rounds won his bid to become South Dakota’s next U.S. Senator. He replaces retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Rounds’ win last night helped Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.

Republican Kristi Noem won a third term as the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Governor Dennis Daugaard was re-elected as part of a Republican sweep of all statewide offices.

Balancing the budget without raising taxes and criminal justice reform are among the accomplishments Governor Dennis Daugaard cites in his bid for re-election. Daugaard first became involved in politics in 1996 when he was elected to the state legislature. He served as Mike Rounds' Lieutenant Governor before South Dakotans elected him the state's chief executive in 2010. Daugaard faces challenges from Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers in Tuesday’s election.

Kealey Bultena SDPB

The general election campaign season kicked off this week with debates at the Dakotafest ag show in Mitchell. On Wednesday Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard faced his challengers Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers. The four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson squared off later in the afternoon: Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. Issues at both debates included the EB-5 visa program and the Affordable Care Act.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A federal judge says November’s ballot must include the name of the new independent candidate for lieutenant governor. Independent candidate for governor Mike Myers’ first lieutenant governor withdrew from the race. He picked a second nominee, but the Secretary of State hasn’t formally filed the paperwork because state law doesn’t address the replacement.

The Infrastructure Side Of Education

Dec 10, 2013

Wade Pogany is Executive Director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and Rob Monson is Executive Director of School Administrators of South Dakota.  They’ll comment on Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget address and discuss the infrastructure side of education and whether the resources are or will be available.


Dilges Recaps Governor Daugaard's Budget Address

Dec 5, 2013

On Tuesday, Governor Dennis Daugaard delivered his plan for fiscal year 2015, which includes millions of what leaders call – unexpected money. Daugaard says a portion of $136 milion dollars in one-time money needs to apply to the current fiscal year to address amendments and special appropriations. That leaves him with $118 million for the next budget.  $30 million of the one-time money comes in the form of unclaimed property.  The governor says it makes sense to use one-time dollars to pay off higher-interest bonds.

Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 4, 2013

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, reporter for KELO-TV in Rapid City, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.  Topics include Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, State Representative Kathy Tyler’s call for a special session to deal with investigations centering around economic development and the federal EB-5 program, and wildfire specialist Joe Lowe’s announcement that he's a Democratic candidate for Governor.  



Governor Daugaard's Annual Budget Address

Dec 3, 2013

Governor Dennis Daugaard is expected to unveil another tight state budget during his annual budget address later today.  Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff discussed their party’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session.



Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 5, 2013

Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Jonathan Ellis, columnist and reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discuss the latest news in politics. Topics included the Rapid City mayoral election, the farm bill, Governor Dennis Daugaard's request for action on insurance violations and U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson's non-comments on running for his father's Senate seat.

Governor Offers To Fund Wind Cave Campground

Mar 12, 2013

Governor Dennis Daugaard is offering state money to run a federal campground.    The move comes after officials at Wind Cave announced the Elk Mountain Campground would close this summer due to the budget sequester. 

Park officials say over 65-hundred visitors used the campground in 2011.   Tony Venhuizen  with the Governor’s office says the State Game Fish and Parks runs other campgrounds in the area at a profit. Venhuizen says closing a campground to save money is a move that doesn’t make any sense.

After a successful trade mission to China last spring, Governor Dennis Daugaard is leading a second mission in April. The governor is now encouraging South Dakota businesses to apply for the trip.