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Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Enhance Law Enforcement Training Requirements

Jan 27, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem introduced legislation to enhance training requirements for law enforcement officers in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Defend Property Rights

Jan 26, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem introduced two property rights bills related to the Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GFP). Read more . . .

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

Jan 25, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem introduced a bill to ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Read more . . .

Flexibility and Innovation in Healthcare

Jan 22, 2021
We’ve learned all kinds of lessons over the past year due to COVID-19. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Simplify City Zoning Regulations

Jan 22, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will introduce a bill to simplify city zoning regulations and ease the permitting process for homebuilders and homeowners in South Dakota. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Thanks President Trump for Pardons of South Dakotans

Jan 20, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem thanked President Donald J. Trump for three pardons issued to South Dakotans. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Codify Healthcare Flexibilities

Jan 20, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will introduce two pieces of legislation to codify executive orders that originally provided flexibility to healthcare providers in response to COVID-19. The two pieces of legislation cover telehealth and recognition of out-of-state healthcare licenses. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order on DANR Merger

Jan 19, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-03 to merge the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, forming a new Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR). Read more . . .

Civic Education for the Next Generation

Jan 15, 2021
Across America these last several months, we have witnessed a very troubling situation where violent actors are trying to do an end-run around public discourse. Read more . . .

2021 State of the State (as prepared)

Jan 12, 2021
Lieutenant Governor Rhoden, Mr. Speaker, members of the Legislature, Chief Justice Jensen, Justices of the Supreme Court, constitutional officers, and fellow South Dakotans, it is my privilege to stand before you today to discuss the state of our state. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order

Jan 08, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order pertaining to the Amendment A litigation. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order

Jan 07, 2021
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to give flexibility as South Dakota fights the spread of COVID-19. Read more . . .

Protecting and Preserving South Dakota’s Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jan 04, 2021
South Dakota’s values and beliefs are rooted in our agricultural heritage and our boundless natural resources. Read more . . .

Governor Kristi Noem and BFM Release Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Jan 04, 2021
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and the Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM) released the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2020. Read more . . .

Foster and Lynn Friess Donate $100,000 to Love INC on Behalf of Booker Noem

Dec 23, 2020
This week, Foster and Lynn Friess donated $100,000 to Love INC in Rapid City on behalf of Booker Noem. This is part of a $500,000 charitable donation on behalf of the entire Noem family. Read more . . .

Foster and Lynn Friess Donate $100,000 to Teen Challenge on Behalf of Kennedy Noem

Dec 23, 2020
This week, Foster and Lynn Friess donated $100,000 to Teen Challenge of the Dakotas in Brookings on behalf of Kennedy Noem. This is part of a $500,000 charitable donation on behalf of the entire Noem family. Read more . . .

Foster and Lynn Friess Donate $100,000 to McCrossan Boys Ranch on Behalf of Kyle and Kassidy Peters

Dec 23, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – This week, Foster and Lynn Friess donated $100,000 to McCrossan Boys Ranch in Sioux Falls on behalf of Kyle and Kassidy Peters. This is part of a $500,000 charitable donation on behalf of the entire Noem family. Read more . . .

Foster and Lynn Friess Donate $100,000 to Dakota Sonshine on Behalf of First Gentleman Bryon Noem

Dec 23, 2020
This week, Foster and Lynn Friess donated $100,000 to Dakota Sonshine in Sisseton on behalf of First Gentleman Bryon Noem. This is part of a $500,000 charitable donation on behalf of the entire Noem family. Read more . . .

Foster and Lynn Friess Donate $100,000 to Compassion Child Care on Behalf of Governor Noem

Dec 23, 2020
This week, Foster and Lynn Friess donated $100,000 to Compassion Child Care in Sioux Falls on behalf of Governor Kristi Noem. This is part of a $500,000 charitable donation on behalf of the entire Noem family. Read more . . .

Foster and Lynn Friess Donate $500,000 to Charity on Behalf of Noem Family

Dec 23, 2020
This week, Foster and Lynn Friess donated $500,000 to charity on behalf of the Noem family. The donation includes $100,000 on behalf of each individual member of the Noem family. Read more . . .

Challenges and Opportunities: A Look Back on 2020

Dec 23, 2020
2020 has been a year to remember, seemingly for all the wrong reasons. COVID-19 devastated families across our country. Read more . . .

The Christmas Tree’s Promise

Dec 18, 2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. As I write this, it’s the last day of Hanukkah, Christmas is right around the corner, and the New Year comes shortly thereafter. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order

Dec 18, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to continue to give flexibility as South Dakota fights the spread of COVID-19. Read more . . .

Investing in South Dakota’s Future

Dec 11, 2020
After yet another incredible year, South Dakota is entering 2021 in one of the strongest financial positions in the country. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Announces Additional Small Business & Healthcare Grants

Dec 11, 2020
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced up to $345 million in additional grants for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order

Dec 10, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to give flexibility as South Dakota continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. Read more . . .

Governor Noem Files Brief at U.S. Supreme Court in Important Election Integrity Case

Dec 10, 2020
This week, Governor Kristi Noem submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in support of the petitioners in the case of Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and in defense of fair, neutrally-applicable election laws that work to prevent voter fraud. Read more . . .

South Dakota 2020 Budget Address (as prepared for delivery)

Dec 08, 2020
We meet today with yet another incredible year behind us. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator

Dec 04, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – 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, December 7, 2020, to honor the life of former State Senator Theresa Two Bulls. Read more . . .

Taking inspiration from the women who secured our right to vote

Dec 04, 2020
Today, December 4th, marks the 101st anniversary of the day South Dakota ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which recognized that women have the right to vote. Read more . . .

Gov. Noem Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Legislator

Dec 02, 2020
PIERRE, S.D. – 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 4, 2020, to honor the life of former State Representative Milton Lakness. Read more . . .

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 . . .
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