Tony Venhuizen

Noem Selects Venhuizen For Chief Of Staff

Mar 2, 2020
Governor's Office

Governor Kristi Noem is naming former-Governor Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff as her new chief of staff.

Tony Venhuizen served during Daugaard’s second term in office. He is Noem’s third chief of staff since taking office just over one year and one month ago.

Governor Noem says Venhuizen brings a unique set of skills to her team, given his tenure in the executive branch and wealth of historical knowledge.

Second Auction For Star Academy In January

Dec 12, 2017

In less than a month, the state-owned STAR Academy in Custer will go up for bid again.

The 170 acre site was home to a juvenile correctional facility went to auction in October, but didn’t sell.

If the facility doesn’t sell in January, one state lawmaker says he wants to introduce legislation reopen the STAR Academy.

State Representative Tim Goodwin originally voted to sell the facility, but he says that was a mistake. He says the state needs a place to send juveniles.

SD Legislature

The state legislature in 2016 passed a law requiring out-of-state vendors to collect sales taxes from their South Dakota customers. The law is particularly aimed at online sellers. Legislators acknowledged that the law is unconstitutional, and that they instigated it to try to get the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before the highest court considers hearing it, however, the law and its aftermath have to face scrutiny from the South Dakota Supreme Court. That happens Tuesday, Aug. 27, when justices hear oral arguments from both sides.

The head of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says it will block off access to water situated over private land.
 
The move is a result of a state Supreme Court decision saying landowners have property rights under non-meandering water.
 
Last week Game Fish and Parks officials announced they were closing Department-managed boat launches and halting fish stockings on non-meandered bodies of water over private land.

State Reaches Settlement With SDRC for $1.5 Million

Mar 14, 2017
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The State of South Dakota reached a settlement with the company in charge of the EB 5 immigrant investor program for the state.
 
South Dakota Regional Center Incorporated agreed to pay the state $1.5 million for past EB 5 related expenses.
 
The Governor’s chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, says the money should also cover any further litigation.
 

In The Moment ... January 30 2017 Show 019 Hour 1

Guests: Tony Venhuizen, author of The Governor's of South Dakota; SDPB's Victoria Wicks, national seed swap day; Tong Wang, South Dakota State University extension specialist; Mike Thompson, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls

Governor's Office

Public officials confused by the language of the recently passed victims' rights amendment are hoping a task force will sort out the issues. Amendment S, or Marsy's Law, was added to the state's constitution last month, after voters approved it. In response, certain agencies are now closing public records. The attorney general has appointed a 25-member group of state and local officials to study the reach of the new law. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Crow Creek Rescinds Contact With The State

Oct 25, 2016
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe is rescinding any and all contact with the State of South Dakota. Tribal officials say they’re not happy the state is offering aid to North Dakota law enforcement at a pipeline blockade near the Missouri River.

In a letter sent to the governor’s office on Monday, the chairman of Crow Creek says the state chose to stand against its people in favor of big oil.

However, the governor’s office says North Dakota requested help, and that resource sharing is a common practice.

 

Spearfish Canyon Tours

UPDATE: Black Hills National Forest Service supervisor Mark Van Every issued the following statement in regards to earlier claims the state never reached out to the forest service about Spearfish Canyon.