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Sep 20, 2019

Noem, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Visit CTE Classrooms in Pierre

This week, Governor Kristi Noem and U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais visited T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre to visit technical education classrooms and discuss the importance of career and technical education (CTE). Read more . . .

Sep 20, 2019

Emergency Management Plan Receives FEMA Approval

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota’s Hazard Mitigation Plan received FEMA approval, allowing the State to receive additional funds in the event of future presidential disaster declarations. South Dakota is one of 13 states that have received this designation. Read more . . .

Sep 19, 2019

Noem, DOT to Install Four-Way Stop at Intersection Near Woonsocket

Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Transportation today announced that they are working to install additional traffic control measures at the intersection of Highways 34 and 37 in Sanborn County, changing it from a two-way stop to a four-way stop. Read more . . .

Sep 18, 2019

Noem Requests Investigation into Minnehaha County State’s Attorney

Governor Kristi Noem sent the following letter today: Read more . . .

Sep 17, 2019

Governor Noem Delivers Flooding Address

Governor Kristi Noem delivered the following Flooding Address today at 5pm CT: Read more . . .

Sep 16, 2019

Noem Announces South Dakota Week of Work to be Held April 20-24, 2020

The South Dakota Week of Work is scheduled for April 20-24, 2020, with the goal of introducing 10th grade students to career opportunities in their communities through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections. Read more . . .

Sep 16, 2019

Noem Announces Partnership Between DSS, Avera Behavioral Health to Provide Additional Services Following Sioux Falls Tornado

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota’s Department of Social Services (DSS) is working with Avera Behavioral Health to provide support for patients affected by the tornado damage in Sioux Falls Tuesday evening. Read more . . .

Sep 10, 2019

ICYMI: Wall Street Journal Publishes Noem Op-Ed on Industrial Hemp

In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal today published an opinion piece written by Governor Kristi Noem entitled “Why I Won’t Support Legalizing Hemp.” Read more . . .

Sep 10, 2019

President Orders Flags at Half-Staff on September 11

President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, to recognize Patriot Day, a day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Read more . . .

Sep 09, 2019

Noem Appoints Sixth Circuit Judge

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Margo Northrup to serve as judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Sep 05, 2019

Perry Appointed to Serve as Interim BIT Commissioner

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Heather Perry will serve as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT). The appointment will be effective September 9. Read more . . .

Sep 05, 2019

Noem Congratulates Build Dakota Scholarship Winners

Governor Kristi Noem today congratulated 391 students who have been awarded the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. Read more . . .

Sep 04, 2019

South Dakota Earns Two Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota has received top awards for financial reporting and management. Read more . . .

Sep 03, 2019

Noem Appoints Seeley as Commissioner of Human Resources

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Darin Seeley will join her administration as Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR). Seeley will begin serving in this capacity on October 14. Read more . . .

Aug 29, 2019

Noem, Oglala Lakota County School District to Build First Public High School on Pine Ridge Reservation

Governor Kristi Noem and Oglala Lakota County school officials today announced their partnership to build the first physical, local public high school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the first CTE high school on a reservation in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Aug 29, 2019

Noem, DOT Announce Reopening of Highway 18 Near Lake Andes

Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Transportation today announced that the grade raise on Highway 18 east of Lake Andes is complete and the roadway is open to traffic. Highway 18 has been closed since March 22 because of severe flooding. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2019

Noem, Veterans Affairs Announce State Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking

Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) today announced that the state will break ground on the first-ever South Dakota State Veterans Cemetery on September 9, 2019. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2019

Noem Requests Additional Presidential Disaster Declarations For Weather Damage

Governor Kristi Noem has requested two additional, separate Presidential Disaster Declarations to help local government entities and certain private non-profits recover from property damage sustained during severe weather this spring and summer. Read more . . .

Aug 28, 2019

State Senator Cronin Resigns, Noem Appoints Rep. Lake to Fill Senate Vacancy

State Senator Justin Cronin today resigned his seat in the South Dakota State Senate. Read more . . .

Aug 27, 2019

Noem Appoints Second Circuit Judge

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Rachel Rasmussen to serve as judge for the Second Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Aug 22, 2019

State, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Enter Contract to Expand Meth Treatment

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the Department of Social Services entered into a contract with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to operate the only Intensive Methamphetamine Treatment Program operated by a tribal treatment program in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Aug 19, 2019

Noem, Administration Officials Urge Lawmakers to Consider Extensive Questions Surrounding Industrial Hemp

Earlier this summer, Governor Kristi Noem submitted a list of 315 questions to House and Senate leadership involved in a summer hemp study. During a session in Pierre today, Noem’s administration will urge legislators to carefully consider the unknowns surrounding industrial hemp. Read more . . .

Aug 15, 2019

Noem Appoints Fourth Circuit Judge

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Kevin J. Krull to serve as judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Aug 04, 2019

President Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Tragedies in Texas, Ohio

President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on August 8, 2019, to honor the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Read more . . .

Aug 01, 2019

Noem, SDHDA to Extend Grant Funding to Households Impacted by Spring Storms

Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) today announced that the remaining balance of the 2019 Housing Opportunity Funds (HOF) will be used to help families whose homes were impacted by storms this spring. In total, $165,000 will be available. Read more . . .

Jul 30, 2019

Noem Announces DENR Secretary Following Pirner Retirement

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Hunter Roberts will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This follows the retirement of Steve Pirner, who has led DENR since 2000. Roberts will begin serving in this capacity on August 5. Read more . . .

Jul 22, 2019

President Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor John Paul Stevens

President Donald Trump has ordered flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to honor the life of John Paul Stevens, retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Read more . . .

Jul 15, 2019

South Dakota Ends 2019 Budget Year with $19.4 Million Surplus

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota closed the 2019 budget year on June 30 with a $19.4 million surplus. The state general fund budget ended with lower expenditures than budgeted, while ongoing revenue finished lower than projected levels. Read more . . .

Jul 08, 2019

Noem Names Interim Commissioner of Human Resources

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Thomas Steckel will serve as Interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR). Read more . . .

Jul 02, 2019

PHOTO & AUDIO: Noem Surveys Storm Damage in Charles Mix County

Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem toured flood damage in Lake Andes and met with city and tribal leaders to discuss recovery efforts. Read more . . .

Jul 02, 2019

PHOTO: Noem, Tribal Leaders Discuss Meth at State-Tribal Luncheon

On July 1, Governor Kristi Noem hosted 10 tribal leaders at the Governor’s Residence to discuss State-Tribal partnerships on meth prevention and law enforcement. Read more . . .

Jul 02, 2019

Noem: Hold off on Roadside Mowing until July 10

Governor Kristi Noem today reminded East River residents and landowners that roadside mowing along state highways is not permitted until July 10 under state law. Read more . . .

Jun 28, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Strengthening Families

Today, more than ever, it’s important we work to strengthen families, which is why I’m committed to being a family-first governor, fighting to strengthen the family unit and preserve the values South Dakotans have long embraced. Read more . . .

Jun 21, 2019

Noem Encourages Eligible Residents, Businesses to use FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

Governor Kristi Noem today encouraged South Dakota individuals and businesses impacted by this spring’s winter storms and flooding to take advantage of the Disaster Recovery Centers now operational throughout the state. Read more . . .

Jun 21, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Equipping our National Guard

South Dakota has a strong legacy of military service. With over 72,000 veterans and more than 4,200 enrolled members of the National Guard, our state understands the importance of answering the call to serve. Read more . . .

Jun 21, 2019

Noem Taps Gill for Department of Social Services

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Laurie Gill will serve as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS). She will begin serving in this capacity on July 9, 2019. Read more . . .

Jun 20, 2019

Noem Applauds USDA’s Move to Bump Up Prevent Plant Harvest Date

Governor Kristi Noem today applauded the announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) adjusting the 2019 final grazing and haying date from November 1 to September 1, aiding South Dakota farmers who were unable to plant due to flooding this year. Read more . . .

Jun 20, 2019

Noem Urges Congress to Support Agriculture, Ratify USMCA

Governor Kristi Noem today joined 26 other governors in urging the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Read more . . .

Jun 13, 2019

Noem Names 2019 Governor’s Ag Ambassador

Governor Kristi Noem today named Paul Casper of Lake Preston as the 2019 Governor’s Ag Ambassador Award recipient. Read more . . .

Jun 10, 2019

Noem to Transform Governor’s Hunt into “Industry Showcase for the Nation”

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the 2020 Governor’s Hunt and Sportsmen’s Showcase will be based out of the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Read more . . .

Jun 08, 2019

President Trump Approves South Dakota Disaster Request

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Read more . . .

Jun 07, 2019

Governor Noem Approves School for the Deaf Property Sale

Governor Kristi Noem today finalized the sale of the South Dakota School for the Deaf property, located at 2001 East 8th Street in Sioux Falls, to the Sioux Falls Ministry Center. Read more . . .

Jun 06, 2019

Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Fall Interns

Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office fall internship program. Read more . . .

Jun 03, 2019

Noem, Oglala Sioux Tribe Sign Fuel Tax Agreement

Governor Kristi Noem and Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian R. Bear Runner, along with the Department of Revenue and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, last week signed a five-year fuel tax excise agreement between the State of South Dakota and the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Read more . . .

Jun 02, 2019

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff Until June 4

Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem today ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on June 4, 2019 to honor the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Read more . . .

May 31, 2019

Governor Noem’s Statement on Year-Round E15 Announcement

After years of pressure from Governor Kristi Noem and others, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the removal of regulatory burdens preventing the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol blends) year-round. Read more . . .

May 31, 2019

Governor Noem Recognizes National Foster Family Appreciation Day

In recognition of National Foster Family Appreciation Day, Governor Kristi Noem today highlighted the story of Frank and Beth Marnell, a foster family in Pierre. Read more . . .

May 30, 2019

Noem Statement on Rising Missouri River Water Levels

Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement: “In recent days, state officials have been notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of rising Missouri River water levels. Those levels are expected to remain higher than average for the next several weeks. Any additional rainfall could mean even higher levels. Read more . . .

May 30, 2019

ICYMI: What They’re Saying About the Connect South Dakota Grant Awards

Earlier this week, Governor Kristi Noem announced the recipients of $5 million of Connect South Dakota grant awards. These private-public partnerships will extend high-speed internet access to more than 100 businesses and 4,800 homes. Read more . . .

May 29, 2019

Noem Names South Dakota Poet Laureate

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Christine Stewart, an English professor at South Dakota State University, has been named as the next South Dakota Poet Laureate. Read more . . .