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BFM Commissioner Liza Clark to Step Down at End of Year
Today, Liza Clark, Governor Noem’s Chief of Finance and Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management (BFM), announced her resignation, effective at the end of the year.

It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month
I’ve spent a lot of time lately talking about South Dakota being ranked one of the hardest working states in the nation. And we continue to be the number one state for economic recovery — Moody’s Analytics has our economy operating at 105% on its “Back to Normal Index”. Despite all these positive economic indicators, businesses here are still struggling with a common challenge: workforce shortages.


Governor Noem Appoints Kay Schallenkamp and Brad Greenway to Board of Technical Education
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Dr. Kay Schallenkamp and Brad Greenway to the Board of Technical Education.


Governor Noem Appoints First Members to Freedom Scholarship Board
PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem today announced the appointment of five board members for the Freedom Scholarship endowment. The appointments set the stage for the state to begin delivering awards for its first-ever needs based-scholarship program. Dana Dykhouse, Miles Beacom, Phyllis Heineman, Diana Vanderwoude, and Chris Houwman will serve as the inaugural board members for the Freedom Scholarship endowment.

Don’t wait till Monday to celebrate Native American heritage
The second Monday in October has been recognized as a federal holiday since 1968. In 1990, South Dakota was the first state to do things a little differently than the rest of the nation. In South Dakota, we recognize Monday, October 11th, as Native Americans’ Day. We recognize that the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota people and their culture is part of who we are collectively as South Dakotans.


Governor Noem Appoints Brian Sandvig and Joy Nelson to Board of Technical Education
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Brian Sandvig and Joy Nelson to the Board of Technical Education. Brian Sandvig will replace Bob Faehn and serve the remainder of Faehn’s term. Joy Nelson will replace Ed Mallett effective November 1, 2021.


Real Estate Professionals Thank Governor Noem for Streamlining Appraiser Certification
Today, several real estate professionals from across South Dakota thanked Governor Noem and the Department of Labor & Regulation (DLR) for their efforts to streamline the state’s appraiser certification process.

Gov. Kristi Noem Relaunches Social Studies Standards Review
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the review of the state’s social studies standards will be relaunched, and the standards proposed by the Department of Education (DOE) will be set aside.

Pheasant hunting is a tradition worth preserving
From the Black Hills to the eastern plains, the familiar sound of shotgun blasts can usually be heard popping in the distance. It’s hunting season and we are starting to get into my favorite time of year: pheasant season.


Noem Administration Submits Permit Application for 2022 Mount Rushmore Fireworks
Today, on behalf of Governor Kristi Noem, the South Dakota Department of Tourism submitted its application for a special use permit for the 2022 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. The application was submitted to the National Parks Service (NPS).


Governor Noem and Republican Governors Call on President Biden to Change Failed Border Policy
Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 25 other Republican governors wrote to President Biden, urging him to change his failed border policy.

Gov. Kristi Noem to Delay Social Studies Standards
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:


A responsibility to be smart with taxpayer dollars
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.


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

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order to Increase Flexibility in Hay Hauling
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.


9/11 anniversary and the lesson every generation must learn
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.


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


Gov. Noem Blocks Telemedicine Abortions in South Dakota
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.


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


DPS Provides Ravnsborg Investigation File to Speaker Gosch
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.

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


South Dakota National Guard to Support Monument Health in COVID Testing Efforts
This week, nine soldiers with the South Dakota National Guard were activated to support Monument Health in their COVID-19 testing efforts.


Conservative Principles Restrain Government, Not Expand Its Powers
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.


Gov. Kristi Noem Issues Statement on Attacks in Afghanistan
Today Governor Kristi Noem released the following statement in response to the attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan:

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


Governor Noem Appoints Lynn Jensen to Transportation Commission
Governor Kristi Noem has appointed Lynn Jensen to serve on the South Dakota Transportation Commission.


Governor Noem Files Brief in Mount Rushmore Fireworks Appeal
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.


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

South Dakota is a Rising Star as a Recovery Leader
It may not surprise many here at home, but South Dakota is leading the nation in recovery!

South Dakota Requests ARPA Funding
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota has requested the state’s allocation from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF).


Secretary Mike Leidholt Announces Retirement
Today, South Dakota Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt announced his retirement. Governor Kristi Noem issued the following statement:

Governor Noem Accepting Applications for Fall and Spring Interns
Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office fall 2021 and Spring 2022 internship programs.

They Come to Sturgis (and South Dakota) for Freedom
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.


Governor Noem Appoints Jennifer Mammenga to 2nd Circuit Court
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Jennifer Mammenga to serve on the South Dakota 2nd Circuit Court.


State Selects CGL Group to Review Department of Corrections
The State of South Dakota has selected CGL Companies of Sacramento, CA to conduct a comprehensive review of Department of Corrections (DOC) operations.

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


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


Governor Noem Joins Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Abortion Case
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.

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


Governor Noem Meets with South Dakota National Guard Troops on the Southern Border
Today, Governor Kristi Noem heard from 48 South Dakota National Guard troops stationed on the southern border.


Great Places
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.


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


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

Governor Noem Announces Results of Nest Predator Bounty Program
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.


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