Pierre, SD (KSFY) - Governor elect Kristi Noem and family have officially moved into the Governor’s residence on the shores of Capitol Lake in Pierre.
Thursday was ‘move in day’ for the Noems, and like most people in South Dakota the first family got a little help from close friends with trucks and trailers.
The South Dakota Broadcasters Association reports among those making the adjustment from a private residence to public life is “Hazel,” the Noem family dog.
Hazel, a Hungarian Pointer, is said to be adapting well to mansion life but isn’t a big fan of the thousands of geese populating Capitol Lake in her backyard.
South Dakota Governors have a long history with dogs, so much so that two K9’s are presently included in the bronze sculptures along Pierre’s ‘Trail of Governors.’
‘Beagle Boe’ was a constant companion of Governor Niles Boe, often attending cabinet meetings and official functions. Their statues now stand in downtown Pierre.
South Dakota’s 31st Governor and current U.S. Senator Mike Rounds requested that his faithful hunting dog, ‘Baby’ be include in his bronze likeness. The pair stand outside the Governor’s Residence.
As the saying goes, if you want a friend in politics – get a dog!