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  • First piece of disputed Keystone XL pipeline finished

    05/21/2020 11:59:53 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 1 replies
    KUTV (CBS, Billings, MT) ^ | May 21st 2020 | MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
    A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make it hard to finish the $8 billion project. The 1,200-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska was stalled for much of the past decade before President Donald Trump was elected and began trying to push it through to completion... Work finally started in April at the border crossing in remote northern Montana. That 1.2-mile section has now been...
  • South Dakot Gov. Kristi Noem to speak with Smithfield workers; hydroxychloroquine trial continues

    05/08/2020 7:01:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 05/08/2020 | Morgan Matzen
    Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday that she plans to speak with Smithfield Food workers by phone Thursday night and Friday morning. Her comments come one week after more than 50 organizations and individuals, including Smithfield workers, asked to meet with her to discuss conditions at the plant in Sioux Falls. Noem said she worked with the human resources staff at Smithfield to set up the phone calls. “We’ve lined up a call that will facilitate interpreters so that we can have questions and answers and get them all the information they may be wanting,” Noem said at her daily coronavirus...
  • South Dakota Hydroxychloroquine clinical trial off to slow start with just 270 patients

    05/06/2020 5:35:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    KOTA TV ^ | 05/06/2020
    PIERRE S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) - Remember the South Dakota clinical trial of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine? It's off to a slow start, with just an estimated 270 COVID-19 patients signed up. The trial, lead by Sanford Health and involving all healthcare systems in the state, was supposed to initially include 2,000 patients. Gov. Kristi Noem touted it as a "first-in-the-nation clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine sponsored by a state." The drug, heavily promoted by President Donald Trump, has come under fire by many in the medical community due to side effects. April 24, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning...
  • Media Attack Gov. Kristi Noem For Not Panicking And Destroying Her State

    05/05/2020 1:42:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 5, 2020 | Mollie Hemmingway
    The South Dakota governor rejected the mandatory government-forced shutdown. Now, the media claim her decisions were made out of emotion and naked ambition, not courage. As the Coronavirus spread from Wuhan, China, to the United States, most governors quickly acquiesced to the media’s demand that they force a governmental shutdown of their states in order to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. The media continue to be heavily invested in the shutdown model, even as the country realizes that hospitals are nowhere close to being overwhelmed and, in fact, many hospital systems are furloughing doctors and nurses due to the mandatory...
  • Gov Noem Announces South Dakota will Be First State with a Hydroxychloroquine Statewide Clinical Trial to Help Fight COVID-19

    05/03/2020 6:07:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 75 replies ^ | 5-3-20 |
    Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that South Dakota, with Sanford Health leading the effort, will be the first state with a comprehensive, statewide clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating and preventing COVID-19. “From day one, I’ve said we’re going to let the science, facts, and data drive our decision-making in South Dakota,” said Noem. “Throughout last week, I communicated with White House officials to let them know that South Dakota’s medical community was ready to step up and lead the way on research efforts. I made direct requests to President Trump and Vice President Pence to...
  • Residents throw parade for governor who refused to issue stay-at-home order

    04/30/2020 8:38:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 4/28/2020 | Erin Coates
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who did not issue a stay-at-home order for her state, was surprised with a parade in her honor as residents praised the Republican's leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Video footage posted on the governor's Twitter account shows fire trucks blaring their sirens and people honking from their cars as Noem walks out of what appears to be the governor's mansion in Pierre. The woman filming her tells the governor, "It's a parade for you! Wave to them!" and Noem waves as she appears to get a little emotional. "I am so blessed to serve the...
  • Language barriers at shuttered Smithfield meat plant where employees speak 40 languages helped turn SD factory into coronavirus hotspot

    04/26/2020 10:23:24 AM PDT · by rintintin · 63 replies
    dailymail ^ | April 24 2020 | Keith Griffith
    Language barriers were a key issue at the Smithfield meat processing plant that was shuttered earlier this month after a coronavirus outbreak infected 800 employees, according to a report from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention. The CDC report issued this week criticized a number of practices at the plant in Sioux Falls, which processed 5 percent of the nation's pork before it was shuttered indefinitely on April 15. The massive plant employing 3,500 is just one of a dozen American meat packing plants to shut down this month after outbreaks, spurring pork and beef shortages and higher prices...
  • Exclusive — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Beating Coronavirus Without Lockdown: ‘We’re Much Better on Offense’

    04/23/2020 6:53:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Apr 2020 | Matthew Boyle
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican and the governor of one of just a handful of states that has not issued a statewide lockdown order, told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday her state is winning the war against the coronavirus without the extreme and draconian measures some other states have implemented. Noem said that despite earlier projections of a surge on the hospitals in South Dakota and nationwide, “no, we haven’t” seen such a surge. In fact, South Dakota has—again, without a lockdown—cut that number down by 75 percent of the projections, with much less than a hundred people...
  • Four Lowcountry beach municipalities opt to continue access checkpoints [SC]

    04/20/2020 6:39:10 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    WIS TV ^ | April 19, 2020 | Lilian Donahue
    FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC) - Four Lowcountry beach communities have agreed to continue island restrictions even as governor McMaster is expected to re-open beach access early next week. Leaders with Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Edisto Beach have been in contact with county officials since finding out about the governor’s plans. “People should not assume that because one regulation is relaxed, that the threat has passed,” Sullivan’s Island Mayor Patrick O’Neil said. “It will be very important for people to distinguish between being able to have access to the beach per say, versus having access to the...
  • SD Gov. Noem Drops a Truth Bomb on Critics Demanding She Issue a Stay-at-Home Order [w/Video]

    04/18/2020 9:05:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies ^ | April 18, 2020 | Beth Baumann
    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is one of the few governors that decided not to issue a stay-at-home order during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Her decision was based on the fact that her state had very few cases and she did not want to trample on South Dakotans' civil liberties. Critics are now citing an outbreak at the Sioux Falls Smithfield Foods, which had 438 employees test positive for the virus, as a reason to issue a lockdown. Another 107 people who came into contact with the processing plant also tested positive. As of now, the state has 1,311...
  • Pork Plant at Center of South Dakota’s Virus Outbreak Had Visit From CCP-Tied Owners

    04/16/2020 8:25:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 04/16/2020 | BY IVAN PENTCHOUKOV
    A Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was visited by representatives from its Chinese Communist Party-tied parent company one month before the first COVID-19 case was confirmed at the facility, according to three employees. After the first illness was confirmed at the plant on March 26, the facility quickly became the epicenter of the state’s outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem wrote in an April 11 letter that 238 plant employees had contracted the virus, accounting for 38 percent of the state’s confirmed...
  • One Governor Has Risen Above The Coronavirus Hysteria And Is Defending The Constitution

    04/16/2020 8:43:52 AM PDT · by Bruiser 10 · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 16 April 20 | Charlie Kirk
    Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is one of a few state governors who have not yet placed citizens under a stay-at-home order in response to the current outbreak. Not only has she not placed the order, she has been outspoken in her contention that doing so would stand against everything America is supposed to stand for. She sees her decision as empowering individuals to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families. She is also taking an aggressive position on the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating the virus, placing her ahead of many other state governors. As...
  • Due to travel restrictions, there are currently no abortions in South Dakota

    04/15/2020 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Live Action News ^ | April 14, 2020 | Nancy Flanders
    Abortion has come to a halt in South Dakota. As the COVID-19 pandemic imposes travel restrictions, the state’s only abortionist will be unable to travel from Minnesota to South Dakota’s only abortion business for the time being. Non-essential businesses in South Dakota have not yet been shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak and the state has just one abortion business — a Planned Parenthood facility located in Sioux Falls. However, due to the virus, the Planned Parenthood abortionist is currently unable to travel to the facility as usual on Mondays and Thursdays, according to the state’s 40 Days for...
  • Flu cases double in South Dakota

    04/15/2020 1:06:04 PM PDT · by Bogle · 41 replies ^ | February 7, 2020 | Whitney Fowkes
    "There are 5,808 cases of the flu confirmed in South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Health says the flu is widespread and the severity is high. Over 1,000 of these cases were confirmed in a single week."
  • 'Going on offense': South Dakota implements first statewide hydroxychloroquine trial in fight against coronavirus

    04/13/2020 11:00:17 AM PDT · by mmichaels1970 · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/13/2020 | Madison Dibble
    South Dakota will be the first state to hold a statewide trial for hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment of the coronavirus. Gov. Kristi Noem announced on Monday that the state health department and every major hospital would take part in a clinical trial to treat COVID-19 patients and those who have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus. The trial, which will be led by Sanford Health, was given approval by federal authorities to be the first statewide trial of the drug. "We are going to be the first state in the nation to run a statewide...
  • Smithfield closes South Dakota pork plant due to coronavirus

    04/12/2020 12:21:45 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 66 replies
    AP ^ | 4/12/20
    Virginia-based Smithfield Foods announced Sunday that it is closing its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls until further notice after hundreds of employees tested positive for the coronavirus — a step the head of the company warned could hurt the nation’s meat supply. The announcement came a day after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken wrote to Smithfield and urged the company to suspend operations for 14 days so that its workers could self-isolate and the plant could be disinfected. The plant, which employs about 3,700 people in the state’s largest city, has become a...
  • TC Energy to build Keystone XL Pipeline

    03/31/2020 12:33:42 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 6 replies ^ | 03 31 2020 | Sergio Chapa
    Canadian pipeline operator TC Energy is moving forward with plans to build the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, a project to move heavy crude oil from the tar sands region of Canada to Nebraska where it will then move on to refineries in Illinois and along the Gulf Coast. After years of legal battles, TC Energy confirmed Tuesday morning that the company plans to invest $8 billion on the crude oil pipeline project. The controversial pipeline project faced opposition and legal challenges from Native American groups, environmentalists and landowners. “We appreciate the ongoing backing of landowners, customers, Indigenous groups and numerous...
  • Who has the authority to close restaurants and bars in South Dakota? State and local leaders point at each other

    03/23/2020 2:06:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KELO ^ | Mar 22, 2020 | Michael Geheren
    On Sunday, Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) said the decision to do that was not within her powers and said it would be up to local leaders. “I told them exactly what I’m going to tell you right now, is that I can stand up as Governor and I can give a strong speech telling businesses to shut down, but I don’t have the authority to enforce that,” Noem said. “That enforcement and those tools are at the local level.” The mayor of South Dakota’s largest city disagreed. “It’s our understanding that within state law there are certain emergency privileges that...
  • Accused baby killer says police illegally lifted her DNA from her trash

    03/14/2020 9:03:23 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 42 replies
    Yahoo, NBC ^ | March 14, 2020 | Schuppe
    On Feb. 11, 2019, undercover detectives removed the trash from outside a 57-year-old paralegal’s home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in hopes of finding her DNA. Police were led to Theresa Bentaas’ home by a new investigative technique that combines direct-to-consumer genetic testing and genealogical records. The detectives believed they were close to solving a crime that had haunted the city for 38 years: a newborn left to die in a frigid roadside ditch, tears frozen to his cheeks. Once they’d taken the garbage from Bentaas’ home, the detectives pulled out beer cans, water bottles and cigarette butts, according to...
  • Visit Rapid City pushing to make 2020 tourism season strong

    03/04/2020 11:42:23 AM PST · by NobleFree · 26 replies
    NewsCenter1 ^ | March 3, 2020 | NewsCenter1 Staff
    RAPID CITY, S.D. — Tourism season 2020 is fast approaching — Visit Rapid City already has plans to help make this season a strong one. Last year with the national cap on immigrant visas in the H1B [sic] program, the tourism industry which is heavily reliant on the foreign workers, struggled to find employees. Visit Rapid City has continued to work with the state’s congressional delegation to encourage President Trump to allow more workers in this year. “We need to do better, we need to have more able to come here,” Julie Jensen said. “These people that are coming across...