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Governor Noem Announces New Executive Director of South Dakota Housing Development Authority

Nov 25, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Lorraine Polak will be appointed Executive Director of the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA), effective January 8, 2021. Polak will replace Mark Lauseng, who is retiring. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces New Secretary of Education

Nov 25, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tiffany Sanderson to be the next Secretary of Education. Read more . . .

Christmas at the Capitol Grand Lighting Ceremony

Nov 23, 2020
The 2020 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Thanksgiving and Personal Responsibility

Nov 20, 2020
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and across the country families are planning how to celebrate with their loved-ones in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces New State Historian and Director of Historical Society

Nov 19, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Ben Jones, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education, will be taking a new position as State Historian and Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, effective December 9, 2020. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Robling as Interim Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks

Nov 16, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Kevin Robling will serve as Interim Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Read more . . .

Providing for Our Communities

Nov 13, 2020
From Belle Fourche, Buffalo, and Bison to Aberdeen, Groton, Webster, and Parkston I recently had the chance to sit down with so many South Dakotans. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Secretary Hepler to Retire

Nov 12, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Kelly Hepler, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), will retire, effective December 15, 2020. Read more . . .

Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns During the 2021 Legislative Session

Nov 09, 2020
PIERRE – Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office spring internship program. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Transportation

Nov 09, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Joel Jundt will serve as Interim Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Read more . . .

A Special Thanks to All Our Veterans

Nov 07, 2020
One of the things I appreciate most about those who served is that they didn’t rely on someone else to protect freedom. Read more . . .

Respecting (and Recruiting) Law Enforcement

Oct 30, 2020
It has been a tough year for the rule of law and law enforcement in certain parts of our country. Read more . . .

Governor Noem To Appoint Judge Myren To South Dakota Supreme Court

Oct 28, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Scott P. Myren to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces K-12 Connect

Oct 27, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced the launch of K-12 Connect, a program to provide internet service at no cost to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Read more . . .

Election Day and the Consent of the Governed

Oct 23, 2020
When Thomas Jefferson laid out America’s founding ideal in the Declaration of Independence, he made clear that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces $10 Million in CARES Act Housing Assistance

Oct 22, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that $10 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) has been awarded to the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) to assist South Dakotans who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and need help paying their housing expenses. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Expands Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program

Oct 22, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced updates to expand the Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program, which utilizes Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to assist small businesses, community-based healthcare providers, and non-profits negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more . . .

South Dakota Launches a Nationwide Effort to Fill Law Enforcement Positions

Oct 16, 2020
Today, South Dakota kicked off a nationwide law enforcement recruitment campaign with the primary goal to fill open positions within the Departments of Public Safety, Corrections, and Game, Fish and Parks. Read more . . .

More Hunting

Oct 16, 2020
Every year when the third weekend in October rolls around, South Dakota comes alive with hunters looking to enjoy the very best pheasant hunting in the world. Read more . . .

Celebrating Native American Day

Oct 12, 2020
Today in South Dakota, we honor the Dakota and Lakota people that contributed to South Dakota’s history, both past and present, by celebrating Native American Day. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program

Oct 09, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced the launch of the Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Program, which will utilize up to $580 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to assist small businesses, community-based healthcare providers, and non-profits negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more . . .

An Update on South Dakota’s COVID-19 Response

Oct 09, 2020
I always knew that South Dakota could be an example to the nation. I never expected that such an example would be set in the midst of a global pandemic. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Director Lauseng to Retire

Oct 08, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Mark Lauseng, Executive Director of the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA), will retire. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Address to 2020 Special Session (as prepared)

Oct 05, 2020
The last time I saw many of you, we didn’t know what to expect with COVID-19. Here we are nearly 7 months later. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Secretary Bergquist to Retire

Oct 02, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Darin Bergquist, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will retire, effective November 13, 2020. Read more . . .

A South Dakota Staple: The Buffalo Roundup

Oct 02, 2020
I recently got to enjoy one of my favorite days of the year in South Dakota, the annual Buffalo Roundup. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Issues Proclamation for Special Session

Oct 02, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued a proclamation for a special session of the state legislature. The legislature will meet on Monday, October 5, 2020, with the purpose of considering legislation related to the use of federal stimulus relief funds, including the $1.25 billion allocated to South Dakota in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). Read more . . .

Governor Noem Issues Statement on Appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Sep 26, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement on President Trump’s appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court: Read more . . .

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $4 Million For Custer State Park Bison Center

Sep 25, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a $4 million grant to the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation to construct the Custer State Park Bison Center. Read more . . .

Reaching Out to Our Neighbors

Sep 25, 2020
I recently had a chance to visit with a single mom, the mother of two young girls, from another state. Read more . . .

Governor Noem and Mayor TenHaken Announce Planned Completion of Veterans Parkway

Sep 22, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken announced plans to complete construction on the Veterans Parkway on the south side of Sioux Falls. The Transportation Commission approved plans for the final completion of the project earlier today. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Special Legislative Session

Sep 21, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will be calling a special session of the state legislature. Read more . . .

Good News for Ethanol

Sep 18, 2020
For years, I’ve been working to advance ethanol to benefit South Dakota farmers. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Outlines Framework for $100 Million in CARES Act Funding for Community-Based Healthcare Providers

Sep 18, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem laid out a framework for up to $100 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist South Dakota’s community-based healthcare providers in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more . . .

Custer State Park to Host Annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival

Sep 17, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host the 55th annual Buffalo Roundup and 27th annual Arts Festival in Custer State Park later this month. Read more . . .

Celebrating and Commemorating

Sep 11, 2020
This past week started with a holiday celebrating America’s workers and ended with the commemoration of 9/11, one of the most tragic days in American history. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Outlines Framework for $400 Million in CARES Act Funding for South Dakota Small Businesses

Sep 09, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem laid out a framework for up to $400 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist South Dakota’s small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more . . .

Governor Noem: Modeling Isn’t Reality

Sep 08, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement on the grossly misleading San Diego State CHEPS study regarding COVID-19 cases following the Sturgis rally: Read more . . .

The Consequences of Lockdowns

Sep 03, 2020
You’ve heard me say many times that South Dakota never closed. We allowed South Dakotans to make the best decisions for themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces $75 Million in CARES Act Funding for K-12 Schools

Sep 03, 2020
Governor Kristi Noem today announced that public and private schools in South Dakota will receive an additional $75 million, or $500 per student, in new funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). Read more . . .

Governor Noem Congratulates Build Dakota Scholarship Winners

Sep 02, 2020
Governor Kristi Noem today congratulated 313 students who have been awarded the Build Dakota Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year. Read more . . .

The Duty of Leaders

Aug 28, 2020
Today, the rule of law is under attack in America. In cities across the country, violent mobs are running rampant. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Merging of Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources Departments

Aug 27, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced the South Dakota Departments of Agriculture and Environment & Natural Resources will merge to form the streamlined South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order for Educational Flexibility

Aug 25, 2020
Last Friday, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to provide flexibility for South Dakota high school graduates pursuing South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships. Read more . . .

By the Numbers: South Dakota’s COVID-19 Response

Aug 21, 2020
We’re coming up on six months since South Dakota started our fight against COVID-19. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Grateful for President Trump’s Continued Leadership on COVID-19 Recovery

Aug 14, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement on President Trump’s “Lost Wages Assistance” Presidential Memo: Read more . . .

Parents Agree: Let’s Get Our Kids Back to School

Aug 14, 2020
Over the last few weeks, I had several opportunities to meet with parents across our beautiful state to discuss getting our kids back into school buildings this fall. Read more . . .

An Optimistic Outlook

Aug 07, 2020
Last week, when I was in Sioux Falls to discuss reopening schools with parents and superintendents, I saw a great bulletin board in a 4th grade classroom. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Chris Young Coming to Sioux Falls for Inaugural Sportsmen’s Showcase and Concert

Jul 31, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that award-winning country music superstar Chris Young will headline the concert at this year’s inaugural Governor Noem’s Sportsmen’s Showcase and Concert. Read more . . .

Getting Our Kids Back to School

Jul 31, 2020
As the calendar turns to August, we are getting closer to that time of year when kids go back to school. In South Dakota, our kids will be in classrooms this fall Read more . . .
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