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Gov. Noem's veto branding iron

The veto branding iron crafted by Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden that Gov. Kristi Noem used for the first time when she vetoed a bill that would have legalized industrial hemp.

Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden crafted the veto branding iron that Gov. Kristi Noem wielded in a recent video, according to Noem's office.

Noem posted a video to her Twitter page Wednesday in which she explained her reasons for vetoing a bill that would have legalized industrial hemp. The end of the video features close-up shots of a branding iron being applied to the bill, leaving a large “VETO” mark in what appears to be red ink.

Noem’s spokeswoman, Kristin Wileman, said the branding iron is the handiwork of Rhoden, a lifelong rancher and experienced welder from Union Center. The industrial-hemp bill was the first to receive the brand's mark.

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Wileman described the branding iron as “a nice nod to the ag background of both the governor and lieutenant governor.”

Noem, a Republican, is not the first U.S. governor to wield a veto branding iron.

Brian Schweitzer, the Democratic governor of Montana from 2005 to 2013, famously set bills afire with a veto branding iron that he heated up before applying.

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Contact Seth Tupper at seth.tupper@rapidcityjournal.com

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Enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal and author of "Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills."