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KRISTI NOEM

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For the fifth year, Agweek reporter Mikkel Pates reprises his Flags On Farms feature for Independence Day, featuring flags of the United States on farms and agribusinesses in the region. This year, our featured vignette is from a former grain elevator at Andover, South Dakota, with a 30-by-60 foot U.S. flag painted on it.
As Noem's gubernatorial campaign ramps up, one small, if glaring point of contention for the relatively popular South Dakota governor will be her staff: A political and communications team made up of folks for whom the phrase "West River" might sound like a shopping expanse west of the Potomac rather than that spacious western half of South Dakota. 
How could rumors become news without additional evidence, especially something as salacious as an alleged affair between South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Corey Lewandowksi, a Trump World mover and shaker and Noem's informal adviser? Sometimes the decision about what's newsworthy is taken out of our hands. The affair claim was just such a case.
Gov. Kristi Noem took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to decry allegations aired on a conservative website about a rumored relationship with her informal adviser and Pres. Donald Trump's one-time campaign manager.
The Republican governor says the reporting is an attack against her "family." A Sioux Falls Democrat is calling for an investigation into the ouster of a state employee.
Gov. Kristi Noem was the featured speaker at the 10th annual Faith and Freedom BBQ hosted by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan. She spoke to a crowd of about 2,200 people, and touted how she did not close down businesses and didn't mandate masks in South Dakota.

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A Wentworth, S.D., family cut hay on June 29, 2021, as Gov. Kristi Noem accelerated the schedule for mowing ditches on state highway ditches in eastern South Dakota because of the drought.
The governor's staff says she would've sent personnel to the border regardless of whether a donation from a Tennessee billionaire arrived, but that the $1 million made it possible to send the National Guard, who can stay on deployment in Texas longer.
A Tuesday statement from Gov. Kristi Noem's office said the South Dakota National Guard deployment will find up to 50 guardsmen and women at the Texas border with Mexico. A Sioux Falls senator called the deployment a political stunt.

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