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Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Simplify City Zoning Regulations
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.

Flexibility and Innovation in Healthcare
We’ve learned all kinds of lessons over the past year due to COVID-19.


Governor Noem Introduces Legislation to Codify Healthcare Flexibilities
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.

Governor Noem Thanks President Trump for Pardons of South Dakotans
Today, Governor Kristi Noem thanked President Donald J. Trump for three pardons issued to South Dakotans.


Governor Noem Signs Executive Order on DANR Merger
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).


Civic Education for the Next Generation
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.


2021 State of the State (as prepared)
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.


Governor Noem Signs Executive Order
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order pertaining to the Amendment A litigation.


Governor Noem Signs Executive Order
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to give flexibility as South Dakota fights the spread of COVID-19.


Governor Kristi Noem and BFM Release Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
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.

Protecting and Preserving South Dakota’s Agriculture and Natural Resources
South Dakota’s values and beliefs are rooted in our agricultural heritage and our boundless natural resources.


Challenges and Opportunities: A Look Back on 2020
2020 has been a year to remember, seemingly for all the wrong reasons. COVID-19 devastated families across our country.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Governor Noem Signs Executive Order
Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to continue to give flexibility as South Dakota fights the spread of COVID-19.

The Christmas Tree’s Promise
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.


Governor Noem Announces Additional Small Business & Healthcare Grants
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.

Investing in South Dakota’s Future
After yet another incredible year, South Dakota is entering 2021 in one of the strongest financial positions in the country.


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

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order
Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to give flexibility as South Dakota continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.


South Dakota 2020 Budget Address (as prepared for delivery)
We meet today with yet another incredible year behind us.


Taking inspiration from the women who secured our right to vote
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.

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


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


Governor Noem Announces New Secretary of Education
PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Tiffany Sanderson to be the next Secretary of Education.

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


Christmas at the Capitol Grand Lighting Ceremony
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.


Thanksgiving and Personal Responsibility
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.


Governor Noem Announces New State Historian and Director of Historical Society
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.


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


Providing for Our Communities
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.


Governor Noem Announces Secretary Hepler to Retire
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.


Governor Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Transportation
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that Joel Jundt will serve as Interim Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

Noem Accepting Applications for Spring Interns During the 2021 Legislative Session
PIERRE – Governor Kristi Noem is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Office spring internship program.


A Special Thanks to All Our Veterans
One of the things I appreciate most about those who served is that they didn’t rely on someone else to protect freedom.


Respecting (and Recruiting) Law Enforcement
It has been a tough year for the rule of law and law enforcement in certain parts of our country.


Governor Noem To Appoint Judge Myren To South Dakota Supreme Court
Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will appoint Scott P. Myren to the South Dakota Supreme Court.


Governor Noem Announces K-12 Connect
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.