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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 . . .

May 28, 2019

Noem Announces Connect South Dakota Grant Awards

Connect South Dakota, the state program designed to fund broadband projects in unserved and underserved areas across the state, recently awarded $5 million to its first grant recipients. The money was approved by legislators last March. The initial $5 million will leverage more than $11.4 million in project costs. Read more . . .

May 24, 2019

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff on Memorial Day

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 27, 2019, in honor of Memorial Day. Read more . . .

May 23, 2019

Noem Seeks External Review on South Dakota’s Wildlife Damage Management and Animal Damage Control Programs

Last week, the Governor’s Office signed an agreement with the Wildlife Management Institute that will launch an external review on South Dakota’s Wildlife Damage Management and Animal Damage Control Programs. Read more . . .

May 22, 2019

Noem Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Winter Weather, Flooding Damage

Governor Kristi Noem today requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans and local governmental entities recover from property damage sustained during the statewide winter weather and flooding this spring. Read more . . .

May 22, 2019

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Provide High-Speed Research Computing for Business Growth in SD Opportunity Zone

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.46 million grant to Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, to help establish a high speed research network. The investment, located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $1.46 million in local funds. Read more . . .

May 21, 2019

Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Social Services

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will serve as Interim Secretary of Social Services. This follows the resignation of current Secretary of Social Services Greg DeSautel, which is effective May 22. Read more . . .

May 16, 2019

Noem to Speak at DAV Convention

Governor Kristi Noem will speak at the Disabled American Veterans Convention in Sioux Falls on Friday, May 17. Read more . . .

May 15, 2019

South Dakota Maintains Highest Credit Rating

This week, both Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service announced they have reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating with a stable outlook. Read more . . .

May 09, 2019

Rechtenbaugh Named Permanent Secretary of Human Services

Gov. Kristi Noem announced that Shawnie Rechtenbaugh has been appointed as the permanent Secretary of the Department of Human Services (DHS). Read more . . .

May 07, 2019

Noem Names Jones as Permanent Secretary of Education

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Dr. Ben Jones has been appointed as the permanent Secretary of Education. Read more . . .

May 07, 2019

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration Making a Return to Mount Rushmore in 2020

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that following several months of meetings and discussions, the State of South Dakota and the U.S. Department of the Interior have agreed to bring fireworks back to Mount Rushmore National Memorial beginning with the 2020 Independence Day celebration. Read more . . .

May 02, 2019

Secretary of Social Services Announces Resignation

Governor Kristi Noem has accepted the resignation of Secretary of Social Services Greg DeSautel. The resignation is effective May 22. Read more . . .

May 01, 2019

Noem To Appoint Marlette As Adjutant General

Governor Kristi Noem announced today the appointment of Brigadier General Jeffery P. Marlette to serve as the Adjutant General for the South Dakota National Guard. The appointment is effective June 8, 2019 upon the retirement of Major General Tim Reisch. Read more . . .

Apr 26, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Leading the Way in Cybersecurity

In late April, I was proud to bring this message to the Center of Academic Excellence for Cybersecurity at their national meeting. It was great to meet with industry leaders and corporations looking for new places to do business. I’m confident they will see that South Dakota has the talent, the know-how, the needed facilities, and the optimal geographic location for a resilient cybersecurity industry. Read more . . .

Apr 26, 2019

Noem Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Program

Governor Kristi Noem is encouraging South Dakotans to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27, as law enforcement agencies across the state participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. Read more . . .

Apr 22, 2019

Noem Announces Leopold Conservation Award Winner

In conjunction with Earth Day, Governor Kristi Noem today announced that Johnson Farms of Frankfort has been selected for the 2019 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award. Read more . . .

Apr 19, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: 100 Days of Progress

It’s been just over 100 days since I took office, and in that time, we’ve made some real progress. I signed 222 bills into law, met with hundreds of South Dakotans, and hit all four corners of the state to listen to peoples’ priorities and share some of mine. Read more . . .

Apr 16, 2019

Noem Commemorates 100 Days as Governor

Governor Kristi Noem today commemorated her first 100 days as South Dakota’s 33rd governor. Read more . . .

Apr 04, 2019

Noem Appoints Supreme Court Justice

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Patricia Jean DeVaney to serve on the South Dakota Supreme Court. The appointment fills the open vacancy in the 3rd Supreme Court District created by the Late Justice Steven Zinter. Read more . . .

Apr 04, 2019

Noem Declares Statewide Day of Prayer

Governor Kristi Noem has declared Sunday, April 7, 2019, a Statewide Day of Prayer for South Dakotans affected by the flooding and disastrous conditions. Read more . . .

Mar 30, 2019

Noem Funds Second Century Habitat Initiative

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB176, a bill to increase habitat programs and strengthen the future of pheasant hunting in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Mar 29, 2019

Noem Approves a Balanced Budget for FY2020

This week, Governor Kristi Noem signed final appropriations bills for FY2020. Read more . . .

Mar 29, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Enhancing Our Energy Potential

I’ve long supported an all-of-the-above approach when it comes to energy. Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Noem Issues Style and Form Veto for SB176

Governor Kristi Noem today issued a Style and Form Veto for SB176 to fix a drafting error and clarify legislative intent. Noem sent the following message to the South Dakota Senate: Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Noem Issues Style and Form Veto for HB1186

Governor Kristi Noem today issued a Style and Form Veto for HB1186 to fix a drafting error and clarify legislative intent. Noem sent the following message to the South Dakota House of Representatives: Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Noem Signs Pipeline Package into Law

Governor Kristi Noem today signed the Pipeline Package, SB189 and SB190, into law. Introduced by Noem, these bills are a legislative solution to ensure the safety and efficiency of pipeline construction in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Mar 27, 2019

Ellsworth Air Force Base to Welcome B-21 Training and Operational Squadron to Its Fleet

Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued the following statements after the U.S. Air Force announced that Ellsworth Air Force Base has officially been selected to receive the new B-21 training and operational squadron, which means it will be the first of three bases nationwide to host the B-21 bomber in its fleet. Infrastructure spending will begin in fiscal year 2021. Read more . . .