SD School of Mines & Technology

Efforts to renovate O'Harra Stadium in Rapid City continue. The facility hosts athletic contests for Central and Stevens High School and for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 


​The project received almost two million dollars from the City's Vision Fund. Joel Lueken is the Athletic Director at the School of Mines.  He says the college and the Rapid City Area School District have also contributed money for the project. Lueken says several upgrades are already in place. 


South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has received a donation of more than a million dollars to fund scholarships in four sports. The gift comes from an alumnus of the Rapid City institution. 

The funds will support scholarships in men's and women's basketball and in men's and women's cross country.  The Hardrockers compete in NCAA Division Two. Joel Lueken is the Athletic Director at the School of Mines. He says the donation will strengthen the school's efforts to recruit scholar-athletes.   

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Some South Dakota landowners may qualify for a tax break on land that is used as a buffer strip. Buffer strips prevent sediment and runoff from entering waterways and lakes. 

Mike Houdyshell is the director of the property and special taxes division with the State Department of Revenue.

He says people may receive a 40 percent tax break on the assessed value of the buffer strip land. He says eligible buffer strips are between 50 and 120 feet wide.  

In The Moment ... Kevin Woster/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

SDPB's Kevin Woster has been chauffeuring authors, visiting classrooms with Tim O'Brien and updating his blog, "On the Other Hand."  He joins Lori Walsh at the Festival of Books in Deadwood to share thoughts on the things we carry throughout life.

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

Robin Wall Kimmerer's books include Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss.  A mother, scientist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she visits about lessons of botany and the wisdom of plants during the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.

In The Moment ... Geneive Abdo/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

Geneive Abdo is a specialist in political Islam.  She's at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood to discuss her latest book, The New Sectarianism.  Abdo is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in Washington, D.C.  She's also a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Known as the Queen of Romantic Comedy, Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the only four time winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year Award.  Her latest book is titled First Star I See Tonight.  Chicago is the setting - "a city populated by strong women and men who need strong women ... even if they don't know it yet."

In The Moment ... Heid Erdrich/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017
Chris Felver

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, a writer, a teacher and filmmaker.  She's written five collections of poetry.  Her most recent title is Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic.  Erdrich has also authored the nonfiction book Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes.  She grew up in North Dakota and is an Ojibwe member.

In The Moment ... Rob Fleder/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Rob Fleder and Steve Hoffman wrote the book on the must-see sporting events on the planet.  It's called The Sports Bucket List: 101 Sights Every Fan Has to See Before the Clock Runs Out.  Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and editor of SI Books during his 20 years at Time, Inc.  He currently edits books and consults on publishing projects for his company Low Gear and Minus, Inc.

Sculpture In Main Street Square Completed

Sep 22, 2017
Chynna Lockett

Rapid City’s Main Street Square is now separated from the street by several towering grey sculptures. The art has been completed after nearly five years of work.

The details on the downtown sculptures represent the cultural and geological history of the Black Hills. The project is titled Passage of Wind and Water. Masayuki Nagase is the artist. He’s been sculpting for over 40 years.


SDPB Community Calendar is brought to you with support from the SD Arts Council.

South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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