Dairy Queen fundraiser blows past goal; governor to skydive

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will leap out of an airplane next week after a charity fundraiser easily surpassed its goal.

Daugaard had promised to skydive if the Dairy Queen restaurant in Madison sold at least 32,000 Blizzard treats during its annual Miracle Treat Day.

In fact, the restaurant sold 38,412, a huge increase over last year’s 31,351.

Sources say there’s no truth to the rumors that the extra 7,000 Blizzards were all purchased by Lt. Gov. Matt Michels.

The skydive will be on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Daugaard will be jumping along with Madison Dairy Queen owner DeLon Mork.

The governor has never skydived before, though First Lady Linda Daugaard has. For safety, the jump will be a tandem skydive with an experienced parachutist.

For years the Dairy Queen in Madison, a small town of around 7,000 people an hour northwest of Sioux Falls, has led the nation in sales on Miracle Treat Day each year. The town turns it into a carnival atmosphere, with rides and live music, and many local businesses pre-purchase huge batches of Blizzards. A considerable portion of the sales are actually for redeemable coupons, not ice cream treats sold over the counter on Miracle Treat Day, though there’s plenty of that, too.