Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced July 14 that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Natalie Damgaard of Sioux Falls as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s Second Circuit Court.
Damaged is formerly of Winner and the daughter of Helen Turnquist of Winner and the late Roger Turnquist.
“I thank Judge Damgaard for taking on this important position,” said Gov. Daugaard. “She is very highly regarded and will be an outstanding circuit judge.”
Damgaard will succeed Judge Patricia Riepel, who retired last month. The Second Circuit includes Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.
“I appreciate Gov. Daugaard’s confidence in me to serve this important role,” said Judge Damgaard. “I look forward to continuing to serve the people of the Second Circuit and the State of South Dakota as a circuit court judge.”
Damgaard has served as a magistrate judge in the Second Circuit since 2011. In that role, she is active in the Second Circuit Drug Court. Prior to serving as a magistrate judge, Damgaard was an associate with the Janklow Law Firm from 2008 to 2010.
Damgaard graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice, and graduated from USD School of Law in 2006, where she was a Thomas Sterling Honor Graduate. From 2006 to 2008, she was a law clerk for Justice Richard W. Sabers of the South Dakota Supreme Court.
Damgaard and her husband, Andrew, have two children.