South Dakotans invited to tour the Governor’s Mansion

First Lady Linda Daugaard announced today that she and Gov. Dennis Daugaard are opening the Governor�s Mansion to the public for tours this summer.

�The Governor�s Mansion belongs to the people of South Dakota,� said Mrs. Daugaard.  �Dennis and I are honored to stay in such a beautiful home, and we want every South Dakotan to enjoy it.�

 Completed in the summer of 2005, the South Dakota Governor�s Mansion was constructed by relying entirely on private donations.  The 14,000-square-foot home, situated on the east shore of Capitol Lake, includes living quarters for the Governor�s family and additional space for hosting official functions.  It replaced the previous governor�s residence, which was built in 1937 and was moved to clear space for the new home.

 Weekly public tours of the Governor�s Mansion will be conducted each Wednesday in June, July, and August.  The 30-minute tours, for groups up to 30 people, will begin at 10 a.m. CDT, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and will be conducted by volunteers, including the First Lady.

Anyone interested in arranging a tour should contact the Pierre Chamber of Commerce at (605) 224-7361.

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