Dennis Daugaard has traveled to Vermillion in early June of each year since he took office in 2011 to address Girls State delegates.
During each visit he serves as South Dakota’s number one cheerleader, touting the state’s low unemployment, low taxes, low cost of living and high quality of life as reasons for his young audience to stay in the state.
His talk to Girls Staters Friday included a new selling point. He reminded the young women that South Dakota is their home – a loving, caring place.
When the City of Springfield was hit by a severe storm last fall, the governor said, Pierre received a call from that community’s emergency management director, requesting state help.
“The next morning,” Daugaard said, “the emergency manager from Springfield called back, and said, ‘Never mind about emergency support from Pierre. Six hundred volunteers just showed up in Springfield.’ They were friends, neighbors and strangers from South Dakota that rushed to…
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