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South Dakota 2020 tourism declined, but industry optimistic

Jan. 21, 2021 6:34 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A reduction in visitors and tourism income broke a 10-year streak of industry growth last year, the Department of Tourism reported Thursday, although the state fared better than others during the pandemic. The number of visitors to South Dakota dropped by 13% in 2020 to 12.6 million,...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump stands at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, S.D. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she gave former president Donald Trump a $1,100 bust depicting the president on Mount Rushmore last year because she knew it was something he wanted to receive. The gift was presented to Trump when he visited South Dakota on Friday, July 3, 2020 for an Independence Day fireworks celebration. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

SD governor gave Trump bust with face on Mount Rushmore

Jan. 21, 2021 5:20 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Thursday said she gave former president Donald Trump a $1,100 bust depicting the president on Mount Rushmore last year because she knew it was something he wanted to receive. The gift was presented to Trump when he visited South Dakota on July 3 for an...

In this image from video, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)

Noem defends Trump legacy, deflects blame for Capitol mob

Jan. 21, 2021 2:39 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday defended Donald Trump's legacy as president while refusing to say whether he held any responsibility in goading the mob that attacked the Capitol. The Republican governor was a close Trump ally and supported his efforts to overturn the results...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019 file photo, Paul Erickson leaves the federal courthouse, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina who was convicted in investment schemes, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term. A White House statement early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, said that Erickson's conviction

Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

Jan. 20, 2021 3:00 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump renewed his grievance over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by pardoning Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina. Erickson received the pardon even though he had pleaded...

Noem orders agriculture, natural resource department merger

Jan. 19, 2021 5:39 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday issued an executive order to merge two departments overseeing the state's agriculture industry and natural resources. The Republican governor's order created the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources that she billed as a...

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. Noem criticized a Texas school's food pantry to take a shot at fellow Republican Nikki Haley, a move that political strategists saw as an early tussle between a pair of potential 2024 presidential hopefuls. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

Noem's tweet about student food pantry seen as dig at Haley

Jan. 19, 2021 3:06 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a shot at a Texas school's food pantry in a move that political strategists said was really aimed at former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is seen as a potential rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Noem used her...

In this image from video, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)

Noem blames Capitol insurrection on lack of civics education

Jan. 15, 2021 4:31 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday blamed an inadequate education in American civics as “the root cause” of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while making no mention of President Donald Trump's role in the attack that sent Congress into hiding. The Republican...

In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks from the Senate floor to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Now that the House has impeached President Donald Trump for the second time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must figure out the best strategy for arguing the case before the Senate. Senate rules say the trial must start soon after the chamber receives the article of impeachment, which cites “incitement of insurrection” after an angry mob of Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol last week. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

GOP senators in spotlight as second impeachment trial looms

Jan. 15, 2021 1:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second time, Republican senators face the choice of whether to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial. While only one GOP senator, Utah's Mitt Romney, voted to convict Trump last year, that number could increase as lawmakers consider whether to punish Trump for his...

Tribal chairman says time to 'mend' relationship with state

Jan. 14, 2021 6:38 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Native Americans and the South Dakota government should seek out ways to cooperate following a year in which Gov. Kristi Noem and tribal leaders clashed over coronavirus measures, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux said Thursday in the annual State of the Tribes address. Chairman...

In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks from the Senate floor to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Now that the House has impeached President Donald Trump for the second time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must figure out the best strategy for arguing the case before the Senate. Senate rules say the trial must start soon after the chamber receives the article of impeachment, which cites “incitement of insurrection” after an angry mob of Trump’s supporters invaded the Capitol last week. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

GOP senators in spotlight as second impeachment trial looms

Jan. 14, 2021 6:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second time, Republican senators face the choice of whether to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial. While only one GOP senator, Utah's Mitt Romney, voted to convict Trump last year, that number could increase as lawmakers consider whether to punish Trump for his...