Noem unveils new state services website with ‘pheasant’ chat

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is unveiling a new design for a government services website, billing it as a modernization for citizen services.

The website links to services ranging from state park permits to job postings and COVID-19 updates. It also features a chat function with a pheasant named “Fez.”

The pheasant offers to connect users to a live agent for 12 hours during business days. Noem says the project has been in the works since May and includes a search function to find government services.

Noem’s spokesman says the website portal cost $1.6 million to build and launch.

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