Leaving it better than you found it

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By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Over the past few months, Linda and I have been getting ready to turn the Governor’s Mansion over to its next occupants. We’ve been working with state maintenance crews to replace light bulbs, repaint rooms, clean out the drains, and make other small improvements. The Mansion is just like any other house – over time, small projects like these accumulate. We want to get these projects done now, so the home is in great shape for its next occupants.

That’s a common South Dakota philosophy – to leave something better than when you found it. It’s good stewardship. As with the Mansion, I’ve tried to bring that approach to other state assets. Over the past eight years, we have made improvements to many state buildings, starting with the State Capitol. In 2014, we restored much of the Capitol’s stained glass, preserving it for decades to come. We installed a better fire suppression system and handicapped-accessible restrooms on the third floor, where the legislature meets. And we have planted hundreds of trees on the Capitol complex.


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