Courtesy Matthews Opera House

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center has been selected to receive a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant. The $200,000 award will assist the century-old Spearfish landmark to centralize arts within the community.

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center encompasses an historic opera house, a Main Street arts center for local artists and the annual Spearfish Festival in the Park.

But executive director Sian Young points out that people shouldn’t be turned off by the historic theatre’s name.

Noem And Hawks Face Off On SDPB

13 hours ago

Incumbent Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem and challenger Democratic State Representative Paula Hawks squared off on SDPB TV to talk about energy, the Affordable Care Act and the presidential race.

The U-S Attorney’s Office in Rapid City is looking for public help in solving two shooting deaths.  That office, along with the F-B-I and Bureau of Indian Affairs, are trying to solve the fatal shootings of 34-year-old Annie Colhoff, and 29-year-old Vincent Brewer the Third.  Colhoff was killed in Pine Ridge late last month, while Brewer was shot outside Pine Ridge last Sunday afternoon.  Supervisory Assistant U-S Attorney Gregg Petermann says officials will take any help that can lead to solving the homicides.

Responders Prepare For Health Disaster

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Levi Gutz

Officials in Clay County want to be ready for potential health disasters, like a major deadly flu outbreak or a biological attack.   Emergency responders held a large practice drill in Vermillion Friday.

The drill is one of several periodically held at specific locations across the state where medications or vaccinations can be distributed to the public during an emergency.

NOAA: Cold Winter Maybe Ahead For SD

22 hours ago

If you haven’t yet broken out the earmuffs and gloves from summer storage you may need to soon. Much of South Dakota could be in for a colder than normal winter.   

The National Weather Service issued its annual prediction for the coming winter months and it shows a likelihood for cooler temperatures across much of the state.

Charles Michael Ray

A national advocacy group ranks South Dakota high in efforts to ensure quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

The organization United Cerebral Palsy released its 2016 Case for Inclusion Report showing how well government programs service disabled persons and their families.

This year the state made the Top 10.

The group United Cerebral Palsy  now ranks South Dakota 9th overall in the effort to support people with disabilities. Last year the state ranked 38th.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Nine weeks of regular-season high school football end in South Dakota tonight (Thursday).  Some schools are already locked into the post-season, and know they'll play a first-round  game next week.  But other schools either have to win their last game, or get help from another team in the state, to have their seasons extended.  Some schools need both to happen. 

Final Presidential Debate Fact Check

Oct 19, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.


Kent Osborne / SDPB

If you’re voting in South Dakota, it’s best to leave your selfie sticks at home when you go to the ballot box.

That poignant advice comes from Secretary of State Shantel Krebs. She says ballot selfies are illegal.

“We don’t want anyone out there taking a picture with their ballot with them, or taking a picture of what they marked on the ballot and posting it on Twitter or Facebook or Tweeting it out. So, we want to remind folks that selfies are not allowed in state law,” Krebs says.

University of Sioux Falls

Poet Kevin Cole discusses his latest book Late Summer Plums. Cole reads passages from the collection which is inspired by geography, landscape and forgotten places. He's joined by his publisher Steve Boint of Scurfpea Publishing. Boint talks about shifts in the publishing industry.


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