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Gov. Kristi Noem to Delay Social Studies Standards

Sep 20, 2021
Governor Kristi Noem has directed the Department of Education to delay the process to consider revisions to the state’s social studies standards up to one year. She issued the following statement: Read more . . .

Governor Noem and Republican Governors Call on President Biden to Change Failed Border Policy

Sep 20, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 25 other Republican governors wrote to President Biden, urging him to change his failed border policy. Read more . . .

A responsibility to be smart with taxpayer dollars

Sep 17, 2021
Do you find yourself wondering where your tax dollars go? In South Dakota, the simple answer is to education, health care, public safety, and other state government operations. But if you really want to talk dollars and cents, I can break it down for you using the change you find in your couch cushions. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Increase Flexibility in Hay Hauling

Sep 15, 2021
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-13, which extends the timeframe that hay haulers may move hay to 2 hours before sunrise and 2 hours after sunset. Read more . . .

Jay Sekulow to Represent South Dakota in Planned Parenthood v. Noem

Sep 15, 2021
Governor Noem and the State of South Dakota have retained attorney Jay Sekulow and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to join the State’s legal team in the ongoing Planned Parenthood v. Noem litigation. Read more . . .

9/11 anniversary and the lesson every generation must learn

Sep 10, 2021
I heard about it on the radio. The fall morning of Sept. 11, 2001, was a regular day driving in my truck to the family farm. Until it wasn’t. The first reports were coming through my pickup truck’s speakers: an airplane has flown into the World Trade Center in New York City. Read more . . .

Governor Noem appoints Stacy Vinberg Wickre to the 7th Circuit Court

Sep 08, 2021
Governor Noem has appointed Stacy Vinberg Wickre to serve as a circuit court judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit, made up of Custer, Fall River, Oglala Lakota, and Pennington Counties. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Blocks Telemedicine Abortions in South Dakota

Sep 07, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-12, which directs the South Dakota Department of Health to establish rules preventing telemedicine abortions in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Bringing South Dakota National Guard Troops Home from the Southern Border

Sep 03, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the South Dakota National Guard troops on state active duty at the southern border will be returning home later this month. Governor Noem gave the following statement: Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Statement on State Attorneys General Amicus Brief in Rushmore Fireworks Appeal

Sep 01, 2021
Today, sixteen state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the Kristi Noem, et. al. v. Deb Haaland appeal, which seeks to restore South Dakota’s annual Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. Read more . . .

DPS Provides Ravnsborg Investigation File to Speaker Gosch

Sep 01, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety provided the full investigation file into the fatal crash involving South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the late Joseph Boever to Spencer Gosch, the Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Read more . . .

South Dakota National Guard to Support Monument Health in COVID Testing Efforts

Aug 31, 2021
This week, nine soldiers with the South Dakota National Guard were activated to support Monument Health in their COVID-19 testing efforts. Read more . . .

Conservative Principles Restrain Government, Not Expand Its Powers

Aug 27, 2021
You can’t be a constitutional conservative only when it suits you. We are now seeing a battle in the Republican Party between the populist wing and traditional limited government conservatism. So-called conservatives want to regulate businesses to prevent them from requiring a Covid vaccine as a condition of employment, but my beliefs do not allow me to waive the constitution because I disagree with a private business. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Issues Statement on Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s Plea Agreement

Aug 26, 2021
Today, following South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s plea of “no contest” to charges against him regarding the death of Joseph Boever, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement: Read more . . .

Gov. Kristi Noem Issues Statement on Attacks in Afghanistan

Aug 26, 2021
Today Governor Kristi Noem released the following statement in response to the attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan: Read more . . .

Governor Noem Appoints Lynn Jensen to Transportation Commission

Aug 25, 2021
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Lynn Jensen to serve on the South Dakota Transportation Commission. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Files Brief in Mount Rushmore Fireworks Appeal

Aug 24, 2021
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem filed an initial brief in her appeal in the Mount Rushmore Fireworks litigation. The brief was filed with the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more . . .

South Dakota Requests ARPA Funding

Aug 20, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota has requested the state’s allocation from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). Read more . . .

South Dakota is a Rising Star as a Recovery Leader

Aug 20, 2021
It may not surprise many here at home, but South Dakota is leading the nation in recovery! Read more . . .

Governor Noem to Appeal District Court Decision in Planned Parenthood v. Noem

Aug 20, 2021
Today, following the District Court ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Noem, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the State of South Dakota will appeal the ruling to the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more . . .

They Come to Sturgis (and South Dakota) for Freedom

Aug 13, 2021
The Sturgis Rally is one of the biggest gatherings for motorcycle enthusiasts in the world. While the rally has always promoted an independent spirit, these past two years have taken on a new meaning of freedom. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Fall and Spring Interns

Aug 13, 2021
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office fall 2021 and Spring 2022 internship programs. Read more . . .

Secretary Mike Leidholt Announces Retirement

Aug 13, 2021
Today, South Dakota Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt announced his retirement. Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement: Read more . . .

Governor Noem Appoints Jennifer Mammenga to 2nd Circuit Court

Aug 09, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Jennifer Mammenga to serve on the South Dakota 2nd Circuit Court. Read more . . .

Back-to-School for students, teachers, and parents

Aug 06, 2021
It’s back-to-school season. It's a busy time filled with excitement for students and teachers, as well as parents eager to snap those “first day of school” photos. The outpouring of positivity for students at every grade level has always been a great way to kickstart the school year. Read more . . .

State Selects CGL Group to Review Department of Corrections

Aug 06, 2021
The State of South Dakota has selected CGL Companies of Sacramento, CA to conduct a comprehensive review of Department of Corrections (DOC) operations. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Statement on Board of Regents Draft Policy Restricting CRT in Colleges, Universities

Aug 05, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem released the following statement in response to the South Dakota Board of Regents’ approval of a draft policy restricting the teaching of Critical Race Theory at state colleges and universities: Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order Banning Federal Grants Tied to Critical Race Theory

Jul 29, 2021
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-11, which directs the South Dakota Department of Education to refrain from applying for any federal grants tied to critical race theory. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Joins Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Abortion Case

Jul 29, 2021
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 240 women scholars, professionals, and pro-life feminist organizations filed an amicus brief in the most important pro-life case to be argued at the Supreme Court of the United States in at least a generation. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Meets with South Dakota National Guard Troops on the Southern Border

Jul 26, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem heard from 48 South Dakota National Guard troops stationed on the southern border. Read more . . .

Great Places

Jul 23, 2021
In the past when Americans were planning their vacations, their top destinations were always beaches and big cities. For the first time in decades, that’s changing. Read more . . .

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Legislator Wendell Hanson

Jul 21, 2021
Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sundown on Friday, July 30 in honor of former State Senator Wendell Hanson. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Results of Nest Predator Bounty Program

Jul 20, 2021
Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GFP) have announced the results of the 2021 Nest Predator Bounty Program. 53,642 total nest predator tails were turned in by 2,773 participants. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Praises SkyWest’s Continued Partnership in Pierre and Watertown Markets

Jul 20, 2021
Yesterday, during a phone call between Governor Kristi Noem and SkyWest CEO Chip Childs, both parties discussed their strong partnership and SkyWest’s continued commitment to service in the Pierre and Watertown markets. Read more . . .

South Dakota Closes 2021 Budget Year with a $85.9 Million Surplus

Jul 19, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota closed the 2021 budget year on June 30 with a surplus of $85.9 million. Total general fund revenue for fiscal year 2021 finished $62.0 million higher than adopted estimates, and the state general fund budget ended with expenditures approximately $23.9 million lower than budgeted. Read more . . .

Noem Waives Hours of Service Regulations to Deal with Fuel Shortage

Jul 17, 2021
Governor Kristi Noem has signed Executive Order 2021-10 granting extended hours of service for the commercial delivery of petroleum products in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Learning from Our Mistakes

Jul 16, 2021
One of the main reasons why we study history is to learn from both our triumphs and our mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are painful to admit, but we study them nonetheless so that we can ensure that they are never repeated. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Appoints Stephanie Rissler and Julie Bartling to Game, Fish & Parks Commission

Jul 15, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Stephanie Rissler and Julie Bartling to serve on the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks (GFP) Commission. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Makes Further Announcement Regarding State Penitentiary

Jul 15, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced additional personnel decisions regarding the South Dakota Department of Corrections. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Makes Announcement Regarding South Dakota State Penitentiary

Jul 13, 2021
At approximately 7:00 pm Central time tonight, Governor Noem was briefed on a summary of an internal review conducted by the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources that was prepared as part of an investigation following an anonymous whistleblower complaint. Read more . . .

Where’s the Beef?

Jul 09, 2021
America’s meat supply is a matter of national security. If we don’t control our own food supply, then we don’t control our own destiny. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Approves Federal Request to Deploy Additional South Dakota National Guard to Southern Border

Jul 07, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem approved the deployment of approximately 125 members of the South Dakota National Guard to the southern border between the United States and Mexico. Read more . . .

Independence

Jul 02, 2021
On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers signed a transformational document full of beautiful principles that would come to define our great nation. Read more . . .

Pro-Freedom Bills Take Effect on July 1

Jul 01, 2021
Today, pro-freedom reforms promoted by Governor Kristi Noem will take effect in South Dakota. July 1 marks the start of the 2022 fiscal year and ushers in several changes to state law. Read more . . .

Healthcare Reforms Take Effect on July 1

Jul 01, 2021
Today, several healthcare reforms promoted by Governor Kristi Noem will take effect in South Dakota. July 1 marks the start of the 2022 fiscal year and ushers in several changes to state law. Read more . . .

Pro-Life Laws Take Effect in South Dakota on July 1

Jul 01, 2021
Today, several pro-life laws promoted by Governor Kristi Noem will take effect in South Dakota. July 1 marks the start of the 2022 fiscal year and ushers in several changes to state law. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Supports Highway Patrol Framework for Law Enforcement Implementation of Medical Cannabis

Jun 30, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem welcomed the South Dakota Department of Public Safety’s framework for law enforcement implementation of the new medical cannabis law passed by the voters in IM-26, which goes into effect on July 1. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Increase Producers’ Access to Hay

Jun 29, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order declaring a statewide state of emergency for drought conditions and allowing ditch mowing in Eastern South Dakota to begin effective immediately. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Deploys South Dakota National Guard to Texas for Border Security

Jun 29, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that up to fifty South Dakota National Guard troops are being deployed to Texas to help the secure the border between the United States and Mexico. Read more . . .

Biden’s Backdoor Death Tax

Jun 25, 2021
Over the past year, our farmers and ranchers went to work every day to feed this country during a time of great challenge and uncertainty for millions of Americans. Read more . . .
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