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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 . . .

Oct 18, 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, October 19, 2019, to honor the life of Joyce Hodges, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Oct 17, 2019

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Elijah Cummings

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 October 18, 2019, in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings. Read more . . .

Oct 15, 2019

Noem Administration Receives Nearly $2 Million in Grants for School Security

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that South Dakota received three grants totaling almost $2 million to help South Dakota school districts prevent and address threats of violence. Read more . . .

Oct 11, 2019

Noem Announces Avera Health Plans and Sanford Health Plan to Offer ABA Coverage in 2020

Governor Kristi Noem, in conjunction with Avera Health Plans and Sanford Health Plan, is pleased to announce health insurance coverage options that include Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy in the South Dakota insurance market for 2020. Read more . . .

Oct 11, 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, October 12, 2019, to honor the life of Doris Miner, a former legislator. Read more . . .

Oct 09, 2019

Noem Releases Attorney General’s Report on Minnehaha State’s Attorney

Governor Kristi Noem today released the summary of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s investigation into Minnehaha State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan. Read more . . .

Oct 08, 2019

President Trump Approves Third South Dakota Disaster Request

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a third Presidential Disaster Declaration, covering the damage done by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred June 30-July 21. Read more . . .

Oct 04, 2019

Governor Noem Calls Trump’s Biofuels Plan a “Big Win for Producers”

Governor Kristi Noem, a long-time ethanol advocate, today applauded the Trump administration's new plan to promote biofuels and expand ethanol production. Read more . . .

Oct 04, 2019

Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff on October 6

Upon the directive of President Donald Trump, Governor Kristi Noem ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, October 6, 2019, to memorialize fallen firefighters. Read more . . .

Oct 01, 2019

Governor Noem Announces Leadership Changes

Governor Kristi Noem today announced the departure of Herb Jones as Chief of Staff to the Governor’s Office and the appointment of Joshua Shields to serve as Chief of Staff and Beth Hollatz to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff. Read more . . .

Sep 30, 2019

Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns

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

Sep 24, 2019

President Trump Approves Second South Dakota Disaster Request

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that President Trump has approved the State’s request for a second Presidential Disaster Declaration, allowing federal money to be used to help local governmental entities recover from property damage sustained during severe storms and flooding that occurred statewide in late May and early June. Read more . . .

Sep 23, 2019

Noem Announces Prenatal and Primary Care Innovation Grants

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that the Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded $1 million of innovation grants to improve primary and prenatal care for women in the Medicaid program. Read more . . .

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 . . .