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Jan 17, 2020

Noem Recognizes Tribal Groups During State-Tribal Relations Day

Governor Kristi Noem this week attended the State-Tribal Relations Awards Ceremony where she presented certificates of commendation to two tribal groups who have done “extraordinary work” to combat the flow of drugs in their communities. Read more . . .

Jan 16, 2020

Noem Calls on Businesses to Register for South Dakota Week of Work

Governor Kristi Noem, in partnership with the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the South Dakota Retailers Association, today called on businesses to register for the South Dakota Week of Work April 20-24, 2020. Read more . . .

Jan 14, 2020

Noem Reaffirms Support of Israel, Condemns Anti-Semitism, Signs Executive Order Against BDS Campaign

Governor Kristi Noem today signed an executive order that joins 27 other states in condemning Anti-Semitism and standing against the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The Executive Order directs state entities not to contract with businesses supporting the BDS campaign. Read more . . .

Jan 13, 2020

State of the State Preview – Governor Kristi Noem: “South Dakota is OPEN for Business”

On Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem will deliver the annual State of the State Address. Among other topics, Noem will outline why South Dakota is the best state in the country to own and operate a business. Read more . . .

Jan 09, 2020

Four Guardrails: Noem Proposes a Path Forward for Decriminalizing Industrial Hemp

Governor Kristi Noem today sent the legislature her “Four Guardrails” for a path forward on decriminalizing industrial hemp. Read more . . .

Jan 06, 2020

Noem Appoints Schoenfish, Overweg to Serve District 19

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she has appointed current Representative Kyle Schoenfish to fill the District 19 vacancy in the South Dakota State Senate. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2020

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, January 6, 2020, to honor the life of George Blair, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2020

Noem Announces more than $21.9 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $21.9 million for water, wastewater, watershed, recycling, and solid waste projects. The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network. Read more . . .

Dec 31, 2019

Noem Announces District 35 Legislative Appointment

Governor Kristi Noem today appointed Jessica Castleberry to represent District 35 in the South Dakota Senate, effective January 1, 2020. The vacancy was created after Lyndi DiSanto announced her resignation. Castleberry will serve during the 2020 legislative session. Read more . . .

Dec 23, 2019

Governor Noem Announces Staff Changes for the New Year

Governor Kristi Noem today announced the addition of Maggie Seidel as Senior Advisor and Policy Director, as well as the departures of Joshua Shields, Chief of Staff to the Governor's Office, and Emily Kiel, Communications Director. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2019

Noem Responds to Presidential Executive Order on Refugee Resettlement

Governor Kristi Noem yesterday issued a letter of consent to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in response to an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 26, 2019, concerning enhanced state and local involvement in refugee resettlement. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2019

Noem, BFM Release Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Governor Kristi Noem and the Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) today released the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2019. The annual report includes the state government’s complete financial statements. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2019

Noem Statement on House Passage of USMCA

Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2019

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Friday, December 20, 2019, to honor the life of Sheldon Songstad, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2019

Noem Statement on RFS Final Rule

Governor Kristi Noem today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling to establish the required renewable volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2020 Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2019

Noem Re-Appoints Team to Assist Counties in Mitigation Efforts

On December 10, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order re-appointing the Hazard Mitigation Team. The team consists of representatives from 11 state agencies and other non-governmental personnel and is designed to assist counties in mitigation planning efforts. Read more . . .

Dec 17, 2019

Noem, Rounds Request U.S Army Corps of Engineers Increase Missouri River Mainstem Dam Releases to Prepare for Spring Runoff

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting a marginal increase in releases from Gavins Point Dam. This would allow additional storage in the dam system to accommodate runoff this upcoming spring. Additionally, Noem and Rounds urged USACE to take measures to improve predictions in order to prevent significant flooding during wet years and to make sure water is available during a drought. Read more . . .

Dec 13, 2019

Noem Encourages South Dakota Leaders to Apply for the White House Fellows Program

On behalf of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Governor Kristi Noem today encouraged “up-and-coming South Dakota leaders” to apply to the White House Fellows Program. Read more . . .

Dec 12, 2019

Governor Noem Announces Changes to Oversight of Private Treatment Facilities for Children and Youth

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she will bring legislation in the 2020 session that will improve the oversight of private treatment facilities for children and youth. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2019

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2019

Governor's Weekly Column: Driving Opportunity

It’s been a difficult year, yes, but we have tremendous opportunity before us. The growth of our current industries and the attraction of new ones will drive opportunity. Expanding on some already successful initiatives will drive opportunity. And laying the foundation to enhance our competitiveness with respect to other states will help ensure our top talent stays in South Dakota – creating more opportunity for years to come. Read more . . .

Dec 04, 2019

Noem Proclaims Women’s Vote Centennial Celebration Day, Assembles Women’s Vote Centennial Delegation

Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed today as “Women’s Vote Centennial Celebration Day” in South Dakota. On December 4, 1919, South Dakota was one of the first states to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, approving it during a special legislative session. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Noem Announces District 32 Legislative Appointment

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she is appointing Helene Duhamel of Rapid City to represent District 32 in the South Dakota Senate. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Invests in Next Generation Industries

Governor Noem is investing in next generation industries by increasing high-speed internet access, bolstering cybersecurity development, and investing in healthcare training programs. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Improves Public Safety

Governor Noem is prioritizing the safety of families and communities by combating the meth epidemic and equipping law enforcement with modernized communication tools. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Strengthens Families

Governor Noem is strengthening families by designating funds for foster parent training, supporting family reunification, and improving services for child maltreatment victims. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Supports Long-Term Care Services

Governor Noem is building sustainable models of care to ensure individuals have improved access to quality, long-term care services. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Supports Education in South Dakota

Governor Noem’s budget better equips educators and schools by adjusting funding formulas for general and special education. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Governor Noem’s Budget Provides Disaster Relief

Governor Noem’s budget builds partnerships with local governments to provide disaster relief resources and implement programs to mitigate future disasters. Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2019

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, to honor the life of Kermit Staggers, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Nov 27, 2019

Noem Seeks Public Input for District 35 Senate Nomination

Governor Kristi Noem is seeking public input for a District 35 Senate vacancy. The opening was created after current State Senator Lyndi DiSanto announced her resignation effective December 31, 2019. Read more . . .

Nov 27, 2019

South Dakota Launches Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Program

Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Departments of Veterans Affairs, Military, and Transportation this week launched the new Fallen Heroes Bridge Dedication Program. The program will dedicate state bridges after South Dakotans who died while in active service. More than 3,000 South Dakotans have made the ultimate sacrifice. Read more . . .

Nov 27, 2019

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday, November 30, 2019, to honor the life of T. Loren Christianson, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Nov 18, 2019

President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Southeast South Dakota

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Donald Trump has approved a presidential disaster declaration for September storm damage done in South Dakota, including the three tornadoes that struck Sioux Falls and the extreme flooding in communities such as Madison and Mitchell. Read more . . .

Nov 15, 2019

Noem Announces Details for Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the 2019 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the Rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. CST. The public is invited to join Governor Noem, First Gentleman Bryon Noem, and Pierre Mayor Steve Harding as they welcome guests and light the Capitol trees. Read more . . .

Nov 13, 2019

Noem Celebrates Advancements in Internet Access for South Dakota K-12 Schools

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that 100 percent of K-12 school districts in South Dakota now have access to high-speed internet on par with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) short-term goal of 100 kbps per student. Read more . . .

Nov 13, 2019

Noem Waives Hours of Service Regulations to Deal with Propane Shortage

Governor Kristi Noem has signed an executive order granting extended hours of service for commercial delivery of propane products in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Nov 08, 2019

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Gene Abdallah

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, November 11, 2019, to honor the life of Gene Abdallah, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2019

Noem Recognizes Businesses, Individuals Who Contribute to Disability Employment

This week, Governor Kristi Noem presented the 2019 Governor’s Awards to South Dakota businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to the employment of people with disabilities. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2019

Noem Proclaims November as Adoption Awareness Month

Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness Month and has encouraged families to record short videos about their adoption experience and share them on social media using the hashtag #SDAdoptionMonth. Read more . . .

Nov 05, 2019

Noem Releases Statement on USDA Hemp Guidelines

Governor Kristi Noem today issued the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new regulatory guidelines for industrial hemp: Read more . . .

Nov 05, 2019

Noem Displays MMIW Quilt in South Dakota State Capitol

This week, Governor Kristi Noem hosted a ceremony to display a quilt presented to her following a June horseback ride to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). The quilt is currently displayed in the Governor’s Reception Office and will be permanently displayed in the South Dakota State Capitol. Read more . . .

Nov 01, 2019

Noem Launches Registration for Inaugural South Dakota LEADS Conference

Governor Kristi Noem today launched registration for the first-ever South Dakota LEADS Conference. The free, one-day event will feature dynamic speakers including Clint Pulver, and specialized tracks for teachers, students, and women. The event will happen Monday, Dec. 9 in Sioux Falls. Read more . . .

Oct 31, 2019

Noem Urges EPA to Reconsider Proposed Biofuels Rules

Governor Kristi Noem and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz yesterday sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to honor President Donald Trump’s commitment to follow the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read more . . .

Oct 29, 2019

Lieutenant Governor Rhoden to Host Trick-or-Treat Festivities at Governor’s Residence

Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden and Sandy Rhoden will host the annual trick-or-treat festivities at the Governor’s Residence in Pierre on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CT. Read more . . .

Oct 28, 2019

Noem Requests Federal Help for Southeastern South Dakota Following September Tornadoes, Floods

Governor Kristi Noem has requested a presidential disaster declaration for damage done by September storms in South Dakota, including the three tornadoes that struck portions of Sioux Falls and extreme flooding that occurred in the cities of Madison and Mitchell. Read more . . .

Oct 28, 2019

State Senator Solano Announces Resignation, Noem Seeks Public Input on Replacement

Senator Alan Solano today announced that he will resign his seat in the State Senate effective November 30. Solano has represented District 32 in the State Senate since 2014. Read more . . .

Oct 24, 2019

Noem Releases Statement after Parties Involved in DRA v. Noem File for Settlement

Governor Kristi Noem today released the following statement after the parties involved in Dakota Rural Action v. Noem filed for a settlement. Read more . . .

Oct 22, 2019

Noem Announces District 23 Legislative Appointment

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that she has appointed James “JD” Wangsness to represent District 23 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after Rep. John Lake was appointed to the District 23 Senate seat. Wangsness will serve during the 2020 legislative session. Read more . . .

Oct 21, 2019

Governor Noem, Bryon Noem Launch First Gentleman’s Initiative

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem and First Gentleman Bryon Noem today launched South Dakota’s first-ever First Gentleman’s Initiative on social media. Read more . . .