South Dakota governor uses COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere to lure business

In this June 22, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Sioux Falls city hall in Sioux Falls, S.D. Photo: AP/Stephen Groves. In this June 22, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Sioux Falls city hall in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Associated Press
Updated: August 06, 2020 09:58 AM
Created: August 06, 2020 09:54 AM

Gov. Kristi Noem is using COVID-19 restrictions in other states to lure businesses to relocate to South Dakota.

In an online ad, Noem tells business owners to "grow their company" in South Dakota where government will stay out of their way.

"When it comes to supporting growth and eliminating government heavy-handed interference, South Dakota means business," Noem said in the ad from the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

The Republican governor says Minnesota's COVID-19-related restrictions, including a mandate to wear face masks in public buildings, has created an opportunity for businesses there to cross the border to South Dakota. Noem says in South Dakota, people's individual rights are respected and businesses won't be shut down.


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