Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received over $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses.
Records on the grant program show a ranch belonging to Noem’s family received $500,000. Also, a business operated by her brothers, Rock and Robb Arnold, received a payment of just over $100,000.
Noem once maintained part-ownership of the ranch, but her office says she no longer does.
The ranch pays rent for some farmland Noem owns.