Governor Kristi Noem

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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.


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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

Dakota Political Junkies

Apr 10, 2019

In The Moment ... April 10, 2019 Show 553 Hour 2

Governor Kristi Noem was in Watertown Tuesday to talk about job development. While she was there she announced the reopening of the state's Emergency Command Center in anticipation of another winter storm.

Meanwile, Senator John Thune is working to battle those annoying robo-calls.

The Dakota Political Junkies discuss the issues. Roger Whittle joins from a snowy Watertown while Jon Hunter joins from a lightning-struck Madison. 

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... April 4, 2019 Show 549 Hour 1

South Dakota's self-described Sportsman in Chief is reaching out to state outdoor lovers, seeking support for a pheasant habitat initiative. But the details of Governor Kristi Noem's free trap giveaway is alienating many who find the initiative short-sighted and inefficient.

SDPB's Kevin Woster has been following the topic. You can read his latest blog post at


The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a challenge to a new South Dakota law designed to protect construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from "riot boosters."

Governor Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg are included as defendants. In the last full week of the 2019 legislative session, Noem pushed through two bills to prevent another Standing Rock situation if the Keystone XL pipeline is built.

Noem signed the new legislation on Wednesday, March 27, and the ACLU filed its complaint in South Dakota federal court on Thursday, March 28.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... March 21, 2019 Show 540 Hour 1

Kevin Woster joins us to discuss a recent predator trap initiatve from Governor Noem's office.

Noem: State To Seek Federal Assistance Following Storm

Mar 18, 2019

Governor Kristi Noem says the state will spend the next thirty days assessing the damages from last week’s blizzard and flooding.

She says county emergency managers will process the damage and give that to the state to fill out an emergency declaration.

On Saturday, Noem says the state still has a lot of water moving to the southeast.


In The Moment ... March 13, 2019 Show 534 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jon Schaff visit about news from the State Capitol in Pierre on the 39th and final day of the 2019 South Dakota Legislature.

Items include the Keystone XL bills, money for nursing homes, hemp, and more.

  Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Jenifer Jones / SDPB


Lawmakers will debate Governor Kristi Noem’s two pipeline construction legal funds bills starting Wednesday morning.

The governor says one of those bills sets up a fund that focuses on pursuing lawsuits against those who help fund what she calls “riot boosting.”

When asking if this implicates anyone who posts bail for an individual, or who gives gas money to someone who ends up arrested, an email from the governor’s spokeswoman says, “the bill’s focus is on individuals and entities that use their wealth to support and encourage acts of violence or rioting.”

Governor Kristi Noem is introducing two bills that create separate funds that address any issues that may arise in the event of actions against the Keystone XL pipeline.

One fund sets up a litigation cost fund for the state and counties, while another will get used to bring suits against those who participate in or fund “riots.”

Governor Noem is releasing these two bills during the last full week of legislative session, and 17 working days after the deadline for bill introduction after the senate amended the rules.

Jackie Hendry

As the legislative session enters its final weeks, Governor Noem is reminding the public of her priorities for the legislature’s upcoming budget. In an address to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Noem leads with a commitment to increased broadband service.

Noem says gaps in internet service have cost small towns business opportunities. She says it also puts children in the k-12 school system at a disadvantage.

Governor Kristi Noem is asking lawmakers to put a hold on repealing presumptive probation.

The Senate Judiciary committee is voting on the bill Thursday morning.

Repealing presumptive probation was a key issue for Attorney General Jason Ravnborg during his campaign.

Noem says she understands why…

Lee Strubinger's Update On Revenue Projections And Sales Taxes

Feb 15, 2019

In The Moment ... February 15, 2019 Show 517 Hour 1

SDPB's Political reporter Lee Strubinger brought an update from Pierre about revenue projections and sales taxes.

In The Moment ... February 11, 2019 Show 513 Hour 2

One of Governor Kristi Noem's early plans is to move the state's Indian Education Director from the Department of Education into the Office of Tribal Relations.

David Flute, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations, discusses the planned move. He also visits about Senate Bill 126, the Indigenous Langauge bill.


The Department of Criminal Investigation is looking into whether or not the Kristi Noem campaign for governor violated state law.

The complaint alleges that violation took place when President Trump flew into Sioux Falls for a fundraiser for Noem last year.

State law says the state, counties and municipalities may not spend public funds for the purposes of influencing the election of a candidate.

According to ArgusLeader reports, cost of the President Trump fundraiser to the Sioux Falls Police Department was around 20-thousand dollars.

Gov. Noem Wants Lawmakers To Table Hemp Legislation

Feb 8, 2019
State of South Dakota

Governor Kristi Noem is asking state lawmakers to put a pause on legalizing hemp for production.

Two bills working through the legislature deal with hemp production. Noem says growth is not authorized under any state or federal programs, yet.

Governor Noem, along with the Department of Agriculture are discouraging farmers to plan on growing industrial hemp this year.

She says the state is not ready to produce industrial hemp.

Noem says she would like to wait until next session to consider the issue.

Noem Signs Permit-less Concealed Carry Legislation

Jan 31, 2019

Governor Kristi Noem is signing the bill that strips a permit requirement for those wanting to carry a concealed pistol.

It’s the first bill she’s signing as governor.


Behind a backdrop of Republican lawmakers, the first term governor signed into law Senate Bill 47 on an official desk carried out to the capitol rotunda. The bill removes the permit required for those carrying a concealed pistol.

It’s an issue that’s dogged the legislature for a few sessions. Governor Noem says she’s happy to sign the legislation.

In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 2

The trade war between the U.S. and China is far from over. Meanwhile, Governor Kristi Noem has laid out plans to kickstart the ag economy in South Dakota.

Farm Bureau president Scott VanderWal visits about the latest ag news which includes Representative Dusty Johnson's appointment to the House Ag Committee in Washington, D.C.

In The Moment ... January 25, 2019 Show 502 Hour 1

What does Governor Kristi Noem's budget proposal have to do with you?

In The Moment host Lori Walsh visits with Noem's Chief Financial Officer Liza Clark for a budget breakdown that's less about the numbers and more about the platform for fresh priorities for South Dakota.

Governor Kristi Noem says the biggest question facing lawmakers is the potential ramifications of repealing presumptive probation.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s bill to remove the law is awaiting a committee hearing.

Presumptive probation was signed into law in 2013 as a part of the Public Safety Improvement Act. That law requires courts to sentence a person to probation, rather than prison time, for any Class 5 or 6 felonies, which are often low-level, non-violent drug offenses.