South Dakota Gov. Noem runs $9,000 bill for custom desk

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, right, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, during a tour of a site where broadband internet fiber was recently installed near Brandon, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s order for a customized, personal desk from a state prison work program will cost nearly $9,000 after modifications such as brass embossing, a gun drawer with leather inserts and a footrest.

The governor’s spokesman Ian Fury says that taxpayers won’t be saddled with the bill because it’s a personal order for Noem and that the initial bid for the Black Walnut executive desk ranged from $5,000 to $6,000.

Dakota News Now, citing unnamed corrections officers, reported that the bill had run to $9,000 after the modifications.

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