Governor Kristi Noem

News: Nov 30 - Dec 6

Dec 6, 2019

This week’s South Dakota news features conversations about the budget address, which includes $9 million in reductions to state agencies, and how South Dakota Voices for Peace is working to bring social cohesion and coexistence amongst different groups to the state.

Statehouse: Dec 3, 2019

Dec 4, 2019

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre. 

In today's edition, you will hear a recap and highlights of Governor Kristi Noem's budget address from a number of SDPB's political reporters.

Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Sixty-three of South Dakota’s 66 counties submitted disaster declarations after this year’s devastating blizzards, floods, and tornadoes. In Governor Kristi Noem’s budget address for fiscal year 2021, she outlines a plan to recover from this year’s disasters and mitigate future damages. 

The governor’s budget proposal includes a partnership between state and local governments to manage the high cost of this year’s natural disasters. The state already offers some assistance, but Noem says local governments have expressed concerns in the face of record-breaking damages.  

News: Nov 23 - 27

Nov 27, 2019

This week’s South Dakota news features a new generation of programs that pay landowners to plant for pheasants, a new team of social workers to help meet kid’s personal needs, and more. You can find all our “In the Moment” interviews and features by subscribing to the “In the Moment: Segments” podcast. We’ve rounded up some of the top stories for you in this week’s “In the Moment: News” podcast.

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 27, 2019

In The Moment ... November 27, 2019 Show 709 Hour 2 Congress avoided another government shutdown, but South Dakota congressional delegates were not united in their support of the latest continuing resolution. South Dakota state senator Lyn DiSanto has resigned. We talk about her controversy and legacy. Plus, a look at Governor Kristi Noem's meth campaign and state government spending on a motivational conference.  Today we welcome Dakota Political Junkie Seth Tupper to In the Moment for a look at top political headlines. Seth Tupper is an enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal.

News: Nov 16 - 22

Nov 22, 2019

This week’s South Dakota news features life-saving advances in stroke treatment, the surprise resignation of a prominent conservative state lawmaker, and an infusion of millions of dollars into South Dakota communities. You can find all our “In the Moment” interviews and features by subscribing to the “In the Moment: Segments” podcast. We’ve rounded up some of the top stories for you in this week’s “In the Moment: News” podcast.

Noem Still Opposes Hemp Despite Federal Guidance

Nov 5, 2019
Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem says she will continue to oppose industrial hemp, despite the USDA releasing a framework for states to follow.

She says legalizing hemp legalizes marijuana by default.

Governor Noem says she remains opposed to industrial hemp in South Dakota because of the impact it will have on public safety and law enforcement’s ability to enforce drug laws.

SD Department of Corrections

Death-row inmate Charles Rhines has exhausted his direct appeals in court and is scheduled to die sometime in the first week of November.

But his attorneys are still working on a couple of potential legal roadblocks.

Rhines goes to court on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Sioux Falls to challenge drug protocols.

And an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel says he can still plead for leniency from the governor.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Victoria Wicks

The state has settled a lawsuit against its riot-boosting laws passed at the end of the 2019 legislative session. Those statutes are designed to hold activists and organizations civilly and criminally liable if protests turn violent.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline was the catalyst for the legislative action.

Last month a federal judge placed a temporary injunction against unconstitutional portions of the laws. If the judge accepts the settlement, the injunction becomes permanent.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Governor Kristi Noem says she’d like to see the criminal justice system work more toward providing addiction treatment as opposed to placing people in prison.

Before it was sold, some West River officials have suggested utilizing the former juvenile corrections facility in Custer as a treatment facility.  

Now the state has repossessed the property.

Noem says there have been a lot of proposals as to what to do with the STAR academy facility.

However, she says there’s a reality associated with the building.

Pennington Increases Addiction Treatment Beds

Oct 17, 2019

Pennington County officials are doubling the number of addiction treatment beds in Rapid City.

It’s part of an effort to stop the revolving door in the criminal justice system and meth addiction.

West River officials cut the ribbon for a 64-bed residential addiction treatment wing at the Pennington County Care Campus in downtown Rapid City.

The county received a $2.2 million donation to complete the treatment wing. Rapid City donated $900,000.


In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 2

South Dakota lawmakers have begun writing a bill that would legalize industrial hemp next year. An anti-uranium summit is taking place in Rapid City, and Senator Mike Rounds was in Sioux Falls yesterday where he discussed the bitter mood in Washington, D.C.

Dakota Political Junkies Mike Card, Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, discuss the issues.

Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem says all options are on the table for the STAR academy complex.

The state resumed control of the former juvenile corrections facility after a check from SLIC-e Holdings bounced.

“I don’t have an answer for you on that,” Noem says. “But we are definitely looking at all the options and trying to make the best decision for the people of South Dakota.”

In the past, some lawmakers have expressed interest in turning the complex in Custer into a West River mental health facility.

Noem Appoints Shields As Chief Of Staff

Oct 1, 2019
Governor's Office

Governor Kristi Noem is appointing Joshua Shields as Chief of Staff to the governor’s office.

Shields served as Noem’s campaign manager for her first congressional run in 2010, and as Thune’s campaign manager for his re-election bid in 2016.

Shields will replace Herb Jones, who has held the position since January. Jones also served on Noem’s campaign and transition team.

SD Department of Corrections

The execution date for South Dakota inmate Charles Rhines is set for the week of Nov. 3. The warden will announce an exact day and time 48 hours ahead of time.

Rhines is seeking clemency from the governor and wants mental health experts to examine him to bolster his case. The prison warden has refused to allow it, and a federal circuit court upheld the warden's position.

Rhines took the issue to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Thursday, Sept. 26.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem took to Facebook Live to address what she says were the most common questions she heard while touring recent storm and flood damage.

During her remarks on Tuesday night, Noem touched on use of the National Guard. She says the Guard is called when no other solutions are possible, and other resources like DOT trucks and inmate labor are often more affordable.

She adds some have asked about a special legislative session. Noem does not think that is necessary.

Office of Governor Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem is encouraging South Dakota businesses to register for the state’s first Week of Work in April of 2020. The week is a chance for high schoolers to experience local job opportunities through job shadowing and industry tours. 

News: Aug 24 - 30

Aug 30, 2019

Democratic State Representative Michael Saba discusses new ways to bring money into South Dakota. Rosebud and the Fort Belknap Indian Community have sued President Trump for violating treaties. South Dakota parents, educators and health officials are facing a four-year gap in data about risky youth. A Sanford Health researcher talks vaping. Hemp crop insurance is on the way despite Governor Noem’s opposition.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Governor Kristi Noem is digging in to her opposition for industrial hemp legalization.

In her weekly column, Noem says legalizing industrial hemp legalizes marijuana by default.

However, national cannabis industry experts say hemp and marijuana legalization have been going down different paths.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... August 22, 2019 Show 643 Hour 2

Governor Kristi Noem has entered the fight against the invasive zebra mussel in South Dakota.

Kevin Woster writes about it in his SDPB blog, On the Other Hand.


In The Moment ... August 6, 2019 Show 631 Hour 1

The discovery of zebra mussels in a second Missouri River reservoir has prompted Governor Kristi Noem to warn boaters to pull their plugs before and after they've had their crafts in South Dakota waters to prevent contamination.

South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Wildlife Division Director explains why invasive species life causes problems and how we can prevent them from getting worse.

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... August 6, 2019 Show 631 Hour 2

In conjunction with nationwide efforts to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week in South Dakota. This year's theme is "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding."

The South Dakota Department of Health invites businesses to take an online pledge to support nursing mothers. The department also offers Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grants.

Health Department official Megan Hlavacek joins In The Moment along with Therese Marlette of Sanford Health.

Republican Governor Kristi Noem says there’s a downtrend in revenue coming to South Dakota.

She says the state’s economy is struggling because of low commodity prices and poor weather.

Governor Noem says her office has been watching a trend of decreasing sales tax collections for the last six months.

She says South Dakotan’s are tightening their belts.

Despite that, the state placed more than 19 million dollars into the budget reserves at the end of the 2019 fiscal year.


In The Moment News is a new podcast recaping news of the week. Find it every Friday afternoon.


Earlier this year the Governor of South Dakota did not consult tribes while planning legislation to deal with pipeline protests.

Because of that decision, the Oglala Sioux Tribe banned Kristi Noem from visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Noem says tribes were left out because the proposed Keystone XL pipeline does not cross reservation land.

But a lawsuit filed in Montana federal court by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe says otherwise.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 9, 2019 Show 572 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem and Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden address conservatives in Rapid City, along with Black Hills Sportsmen.

SDPB's Kevin Woster has been following the governor's trail, even if he's not always allowed in the room! You can read Woster's reports online at

OST Asks Noem To Stay Away

May 6, 2019

The Oglala Sioux Tribe requests South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem stay away from the reservation until she rescinds support for two pipeline related bills she passed during session.

A spokesperson for the Oglala Sioux Tribal president says the tribe is asserting and interjecting themselves in the discourse of this pipeline.

Chase Iron Eyes says the governor should have consulted and obtained consent from tribes on the issue.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 25, 2019 Show 562 Hour 1

When Governor Kristi Noem took office and the 2019 South Dakota Legislature convened, the governor asked state lawmakers to have a reporter shield law on her desk for signature by the end of session.

Lawmakers passed House Bill 1074, "An act to provide a privelege for journalists and newscasters regarding refusal to disclose information." HB1074 did not pass, however, without some heated debate.

Kevin Woster writes about it on his On the Other Hand blog. 

Noem Thanks Responders As State Digs Out From Storm

Apr 12, 2019
SD Department of Transportation

Governor Kristi Noem is re-opening Interstates 90 and 29.

She says snow plows are out and clearing roads.

Noem says officials are monitoring flooding impact the additional snow could have as it melts off.

Crews are plowing the state’s highways and interstates that were shutdown from Winter Storm Wesley.

Governor Kristi Noem says just because roads are open, doesn’t mean everything is clear.
It’s the second blizzard in roughly a month, that’s bookended flooding across the state.

Noem declared an emergency during the first storm.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... April 11, 2019 Show 554 Hour 1

Kevin Woster joins In The Moment for more on Governor Kristi Noem's predator control initiative.

Woster writes the SDPB blog, On the Other Hand