Gov. Noem announces proposed projects in Box Elder and Huron

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House Speaker Steve Haugaard (L) and Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden (R) welcome Governor Kristi Noem before a joint session of the state legislature today in Pierre. Photo by Patrick Callahan, 2020.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Governor Kristi Noem focused on two proposed projects in a trip across South Dakota on Wednesday.

Her travels come just a day after she outlined her budget priorities for state lawmakers, which includes money for the new building projects.

Noem’s first stop was in Box Elder, where she spoke on the proposed one-time funding to support a new recreational center on Ellsworth Air Force Base.

With the growing population in Box Elder, a new wellness facility will be built to serve the surrounding community. Noem says the Liberty Center will cost nearly $13 million with half of that money coming from a grant from the Department of Defense.

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Groundbreaking for the new recreation facility will take place next spring. It is scheduled to be complete in 2022.


Noem’s next stop on Wednesday was in Huron, where to spoke about the proposed funding to construct a livestock complex at the State Fair.

It would replace the Open Class Beef Complex, which was destroyed by a fire in late October.

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