New USDA Biofuel Program Expected To Fund More Research

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The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, recently started accepting applications for its new funding program. The program supports the production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased product manufacturing. It could affect researchers in rural areas, such as South Dakota, where some of this research is done.

Victoria Wicks

Parties in the Keystone XL pipeline hearings in Pierre made opening statements Monday afternoon. Both opponents and proponents outlined what case they’ll try to make during the seven-day hearing, held before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks is in Pierre covering the hearing held to determine if TransCanada can still meet the conditions set when the PUC gave the company its 2010 permit to build.

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Pipeline opponents raised objections to the absence of one Public Utilities Commissioner at a Keystone XL pipeline hearing that started Monday morning in Pierre.
Attorney Paul Blackburn, representing Bold Nebraska, says state law requires that absent commissioner Kristie Fiegen be replaced with a Governor’s appointee.
Fiegen has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer, a fact she has made public. She intends to review a complete transcript of the hearing or listen to audio of the entire hearing after she has recovered from treatment.

Inside Gold Discovery Day’s Hot Air Balloon Rally

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Chynna Lockett

The Annual Gold Discovery Days Celebration in Custer features a variety of events from an afternoon parade to an arts and crafts festival. But people that wake up early enough get the chance to see the day’s first event - the hot air balloon rally.

Onlookers gathered at Custer’s Pageant Hill as the sun rose on Saturday. Trucks drove trailers filled with equipment onto the grass as workers began to prepare eight hot air balloons for the morning’s event.


Over a 35 year period, the length of forest fire seasons worldwide increased by nearly nineteen percent. That’s according to a study co-authored by South Dakota State University professor and wildfire expert Mark Cochrane. He was part of a team that researched weather data from 1979 to 2013 to determine the impact changing climate has had on forest ecosystems.

In his new book of historical fiction set in 1894, And the Wind Whispered, author Dan Jorgensen takes real-life legends like Buffalo Bill, Seth Bullock, Theodore Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, John Philip Sousa and a young Will Rogers and puts them together in the southern Black Hills. They all play a role as a trio of teens tries to solve the mystery of what happened to a man found dead in Wind Cave. Meanwhile, there's also the mystery of missing Homestake gold and an outlaw gang terrorizing the area.

Victoria Wicks

After a year and a half of hearings, motions, and filings, the Public Utilities Commission is taking testimony on whether to authorize TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline across South Dakota. The commission started taking opening statements from opponents and proponents Monday morning. It’s been an emotionally charged issue on both sides.

Teens Learn Advanced Driving Skills at Camp

Jul 27, 2015
Erin Mairose

Teens in Sioux Falls got to practice driving under hazardous conditions this weekend. The Program 'Ford Driving Skills For Life' allowed teens to sharpen their driving skills through three obstacle courses. From slippery roads to quickly changing lanes, teens learned how to react during driving scenarios.

Sitting behind the wheel in brand new Ford Mustang, Syklar Skovlund suddenly swerved, before hitting the brakes and coming to a stop.

2015 Accelerator Challenge - it’s a program to boost emerging entrepreneurs and launch businesses. 

The show features six of the participants in a short conversation about their idea and where they're at in launching a business in South Dakota.  Also featured in the show is Rich Naser, Executive Director of the South Dakota Technology Business, a business incubator launched by Forward Sioux Falls in 2004. The Center and its staff serve as the resource for innovators and entrepreneurs launching, growing or expanding successful technology-based businesses in Sioux Falls.

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Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen won’t attend a seven-day hearing that starts Monday as part of the permitting process for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Fiegen announced publicly earlier this year that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

PUC Chairman Chris Nelson says Fiegen’s treatment during the time of the hearing won’t allow her to attend either in person or by phone. However, he says state law allows a board or commission member to participate in a hearing after the fact by reading a complete transcript or listening to a complete recording.


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