Kristi Noem (R) this week attributed the state's surge in COVID-19 cases to increased testing, saying, "That's expected." Kristi Noem suggested ''common sense'' on Friday for celebrating Thanksgiving, appearing to offer an alternative to her fellow residents as some mayors and governors across the country have imposed maximum capacities for gatherings and other restrictions as the number of novel coronavirus … Governor Kristi Noem is against mask mandates. Photos of Gov. South Dakota, Jan. 2019. South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet GOP Gov. South Dakota Gov. South Dakota Office of the Governor 500 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501 605.773.3212 605.773.4711 Kristi Noem's administration announced Tuesday that it is using federal coronavirus relief funds to pay for a $5 million tourism ad campaign aimed at drawing people to the state. South Dakota Gov. Official site of South Dakota State government. South Dakota Gov. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of South Dakota, tells a story about the first time she met Donald Trump. Kristi Noem gives her first State of the State address in Pierre, S.D. But the state is split over how to respond to the pandemic. Noem and her team Governor Kristi Noem Click here to learn more about Gov. South Dakota's governor encouraged people to go shopping the same day the state reported its highest single-day COVID-19 death total [email protected] (Connor Perrett) 1 day ago. Kristi Noem while she was a member of the House of Representatives and Governor of South Dakota. Governor Kristi Noem in South Dakota is at one end of the spectrum - no shutdowns in her state, no mask mandate.