Kristi Noem


A company directly connected to a member of Gov. Kristi Noem’s cabinet received nearly $600,000 in coronavirus relief grants from the state, while additional companies registered to the cabinet member’s business associates received at least $3 million. 


In The Moment … January 15th, 2021 Show 973 Hour 1

The Governor of South Dakota delivers a "State of the State" address to the opening day of the state legislature. The address typically offers a mix of accomplishments from the previous year and plans for the year ahead.  Governor Kristi Noem addressed the state legislature Tuesday. Her initiatives this year included an abortion ban, expansion of broadband services, ag industry investment, civics education, and scholarships.  


Gov. Kristi Noem describes the Parler social-media app as a bastion of free speech, but many commenters on her posts are condoning the riot at the U.S. Capitol and calling for more violence. 

When it comes to agriculture and the Biden administration, there are a few key areas to keep an eye on, including trade policy and environmental incentives and regulations. Soil carbon storage incentives and biofuel support are topics to watch. Immigration policy impacts farm labor and the food production chain. 

In this week's In the Moment podcast, we dive into the question: "What will Biden's administration mean for South Dakota's agriculture industry?"


Kevin McNew, Chief Economist with the Farmers Business Network |

Governor Noem Interview: COVID-19 in South Dakota

Nov 18, 2020

SDPB's Lori Walsh welcomes Governor Kristi Noem to talk about COVID-19 in South Dakota and what we can expect in the days ahead. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

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South Dakota’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic has produced contrasting results: one of the nation’s best economic recoveries, and one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Governor Kristi Noem’s rejection of statewide shelter-in-place orders, business shutdowns and mask mandates has made her a celebrity in the Republican Party. She campaigned for President Trump in 17 states and touted her own record last month in Maine and New Hampshire. 


In The Moment … September 1, 2020 Show 893 Hour 1

Hunter Roberts is South Dakota's Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources. Recently governor Kristi Noem announced a merger between his department and the state's Department of Agriculture. This forms the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Hunter Roberts will oversee this new department.


Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 22, 2020

In The Moment … July 22, 2020 Show 864 Hour 1

A few GOP legislators are at odds with Governor Kristi Noem regarding tribal checkpoints ... and the issue of reopening our schools - why does it have to be so political? For that, we bring in our Dakota Political Junkies. We're joined by Michael Card, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and up in Lake County, we have Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter.


Governor Kristi Noem is trying an old South Dakota tactic: inviting companies to relocate from Minnesota to South Dakota for a better business climate. 

Noem is featured in ads running through Labor Day in Minnesota. 

Seth Tupper Reports: Fireworks Funding

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 14, 2020 Show 858 Hour 1

It takes months to plan an event like the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 3rd. And we are still learning about the details of funding the fireworks. SDPB's Seth Tupper joins us now with a look at how this story has unfolded and what happens next.  Seth joins us from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in SDPB's Black Hills Studio.

SDPB News: July 4

Jul 4, 2020

Thousands of attendees waited hours for a glimpse of President Trump and to watch the fireworks show at Mount Rushmore.  Hear what happened in this 4th of July special SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

SDPB News: June 30

Jun 30, 2020

How is Gov. Noem reacting to the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling? Plus, why is western South Dakota showing an increased risk of wildfires after two of the wettest years in state history? All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today. 

SDPB News: June 24

Jun 24, 2020

How can Gov. Noem use the $1.25 billion in federal aid? And, what’s the best way to understand contemporary Native American issues?  

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 17, 2020

In The Moment … June 17, 2020 Show 840 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies

May 6, 2020

In The Moment … May 6, 2020 Show 811 Hour 2

Governor Noem bristles at some of the reporting on her. Is the reporting fair? Does the Governor have political aspirations on the national scale? And how does the state deal with an expected budget shortfall? The Dakota Political Junkies have their work cut out for them! We're joined by Michael Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and by Sioux Falls Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis.

SD 1 Of 5 States Without A Stay-At-Home Order

Apr 7, 2020

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 1

South Dakota is one of five states in the country without a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And despite requests, the South Dakota Department of Health has not declared a public health emergency. 

Governor Kristi Noem has been hesitant to employ a statewide declaration. Instead, she's opting for executive orders that leave some local government leaders unclear about their authority. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports:

Woster Talks Gov Noem's Handling Of COVID-19

Apr 2, 2020

In The Moment ... April 2, 2020 Show 787 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem has handled the coronavirus crisis with consistency both in her policy and her messaging. South Dakotans have come to expect the governor to stand by her word and stick to her guns. Is that helping or hurting? SDPB's Kevin Woster joins us with thoughts on how Noem has led the state during the crisis and how what she sees as the role of government makes a big difference in how we face the pandemic. You can find his blog online at  

Lee Strubinger: Veto Day Recap

Mar 31, 2020

In The Moment ... March 31, 2020 Show 785 Hour 1

Now, we see what happened to the Governor's 10 bill legislative package and the state budget during yesterday's Veto Day. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us with more.

CAFOs With SDPB's Lee Strubinger

Mar 9, 2020

In The Moment ... March 9, 2020 Show 769 Hour 1

House lawmakers are minutes away from taking up one of Governor Kristi Noem's pieces of legislation. She says Senate Bill 157 will streamline the county permitting process for projects that require Conditional Use Permits... like hog barns and wind farms. She says it's part of her initiative to bring more jobs to South Dakota and keep what she calls the "next generation" here. Joining us to unpack Senate Bill 157 is SDPB's Lee Strubinger.

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Environmental concerns kept Fourth of July fireworks away from Mount Rushmore for the past 11 years, but now they’re coming back, because a governor talked to a president. 

President Donald Trump made that clear Jan. 15 while signing a trade deal with China. A crowd of dignitaries was on hand, and Trump took time to recognize some of them. 

Poll: More Disapprove Of Noem Than Approve

Jan 17, 2020

More South Dakota registered voters disapprove than approve of the job Gov. Kristi Noem is doing, according to new poll results. 

Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 4, 2019

In The Moment ... December 4, 2019 Show 712

Governor Kristi Noem, in her budget address Tuesday, announced $9 million in reductions to state agencies. "Money is tight this year," prefaced Noem.

The Dakota Political Junkies discuss the governor's proposed 2021 budget. They also visit about the resignation of Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan. County Commissioners approved a $35,000 payment in exchange for his resignation.

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.

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.


In The Moment ... July 24, 2019 Show 622 Hour 2

State finance leaders say South Dakota could face a revenue shortfall in fiscal year 2020. 

Congressman Dusty Johnson wants to see the U.S,/Mexico/Canada trade agreement come to the house floor for ratification before August.

A new poll shows Governor Kristi Noem's disapproval rating is up.

2019 Fiscal Year Surplus

Jul 18, 2019

In The Moment ... July 18, 2019 Show 618 Hour 2

The State of South Dakota is ending its 2019 fiscal year with a 19.4 million dollar surplus. That fiscal year ended on June 30th.

Governor Kristi Noem says the state did not spend as much as the legislature anticipated. However, revenue collections came in lower than anticipated.

The appropriations committee will meet next week to pour over the FY19 budget and get a sense of revenue forecasts going forward.

SDPB’s Lee Strubinger is with us to unpack some of FY19 and what the future holds for the state budget.

In The Moment ... March 20, 2019 Show 539 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem has toured the storm-and-flood-impacted regions of the state.

We caught up with Governor Noem on the phone yesterday afternoon. We talked about the opportunities for accessing federal funds, several pieces of legislation she recently signed, how might the state's budget be impacted by the introduction of the national motto in public schools and what's next in the conversation over the pipeline legislation designed to target the funding of violence at otherwise peaceful protests?


Two controversial bills addressing the cost of hosting pipelines have landed on the governor's desk ready for Kristi Noem's signature.

One law sets up a fund to pay for the pipeline-related costs incurred by state and local governments.

The other introduces the term "riot boosting" and links the actions of rioters to the organizations that support their causes.

In The Moment ... February 28, 2019 Show 525 Hour 1

Kevin Woster authors the blog On The Other Hand. Today Kevin joins us to discuss the Dakota Free Press Blog along with auctioning off of a bighorn sheep permit.


In The Moment ... January 2, 2019 Show 486 Hour 2

The upcoming legislative session doesn't convene until next week but there's already news coming out of the Capitol.

Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle (Watertown Public Opinion) and Jonathan Ellis (Sioux Falls Argus Leader) talk about transparency in Pierre and they look back at some of the top stories of 2018.