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Historical State Half-Staff Notices:

START: 3/2/2013
END: 3/2/2013
Flags to Half Staff in SD in honor of former Rep. Donald A. Haggar

March 2, 2013 - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has ordered the flag lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday March 2, 2013, in honor of former Rep. Donald A. Haggar, when a family directed memorial service will be held.

START: 2/12/2013
END: 2/12/2013
Flags to Half Staff in Honor of John Sears.

February 12, 2013 - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered the flag lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of John Sears.  Sears was a former South Dakota legislator. He died Tuesday, Feb. 5, at his home in Reno, Nev. Sears, 68, formerly of Rapid City, served from 1985-1996 in the South Dakota House of Representatives.

START: 4/16/2011
END: 4/16/2011
Ronald E. Johnson

Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff on Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 8 a.m. until sunset in honor of Ronald E. Johnson of Sioux Falls, the State Penitentiary senior correctional officer who was murdered Tuesday by two inmates. 

"This is such a tragic loss.  Mr. Johnson was a top-notch correctional officer, and he was respected by not only his peers but also the many inmates with whom he'd had daily contact over the years," Gov. Daugaard said.  "I am saddened by his death at the hands of these hardened criminals, and my sympathies go out to his family and all others who knew and loved him." 

The funeral service for Ronald E. Johnson, 63, will be held at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Rushmore Room of the Ramkota Inn, Sioux Falls.

START: 3/18/2011
END: 3/18/2011
Flags to Half Staff in SD for former South Dakota State Rep. Benny Gross

Gov. Daugaard asks that Flags Fly at Half Staff on Friday to Honor Former Legislator Benny Gross.