The Sanford FIELDHOUSE is the indoor sports facility in Sioux Falls for local, regional and national athletic training, soccer, baseball, softball, football and the POWER fitness programs. The building is 84,000 square feet designed for training athletes and helping them stay healthy. 

Sanford FIELDHOUSE is also home to Sanford POWER Athletic Enhancement Program, Sanford Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sanford Sports Medicine Outreach (Athletic Training Program) and home of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance.

Scotland Football Enjoying Turn-Around Season

Oct 9, 2015

The state’s high school football teams continue to work for playoff spots tonight.  In one Bon Homme  County community, the team is having its best season in a decade. 

After a couple of state title games a few years ago, the football program in Scotland struggled to win.  Interest was down in the school and across the community—but the Highlanders start this weekend with five wins in five games this season.  Head Coach Ryan Robb has built the team to 30 members this year.

The chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society is encouraging South Dakotans to get tested for colon cancer. National estimates show one in three adults over age 50 is not screened, even though survival chances skyrocket when doctors catch the disease early. Colon cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death for both men and women in the country.

Cherokee Artist Donates Work To BHSU

Oct 9, 2015
Courtesy BHSU

A well-known Native American artist and former administrator at Black Hills State University is donating all proceeds from the print sales of one of his works to the school. As SDPB’s Jim Kent reports, Cherokee artist John Gritts recalls his 24 years at BHSU as a time of nurturing and openness.

Investigators say they believe Scott  Westerhuis a Platt resident and Administrator for the Mid-Central Education Cooperative, committed suicide in mid-September after he shot and killed his family and set his home on fire.  
The incident followed the termination of a $4-million dollar state contract with the Mid-Central Education Cooperative that oversaw the GEAR UP program.    
Those who formerly worked with GEAR UP now question what will happen to the six-thousand Native American students served. 

Mike Rounds

Members of the United States Congress have less than one month to come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling. US Representatives are organizing to elect a new leader, and the process to move the debt limit higher starts in their chamber.

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he believes Congress can reach an agreement on increasing the debt ceiling by its deadline. He says men and women in the Senate acknowledge they have to raise the amount of money the federal government can borrow. 

Paula Poundstone started doing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s.  She has appeared in several cable specials over the years on HBO and Bravo.  Poundstone has also won two CableACE Awards.  She remains busy as a frequent panelist on Wait...Wait, Don't Tell Me, the NPR news quiz that airs on SDPB Radio Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Central and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Central.  The Emmy Award winning Poundstone brings her act to the Washington Pavilion stage on Friday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m.

The Journey Museum and Learning Center invites the public to a special Learning Forum that examines the  1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and introduces perspectives of the document as it applies today in 2015.  Dr. Craig Howe, founder of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, will lead the conversation, providing insight into what is not known by many about the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during the forum scheduled for Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Six Ukrainian leaders are participating in a number of professional and cultural events in Brookings.  The activities are in cooperation with the South Dakota World Affairs Council.  These individuals are participating in the Open World Program and are reviewing nongovernmental organizations and civil society development.  They are also engaging in discussions with leaders from a range of private and non-profit organizations.  The delegates are employed by nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine and are seeing ideas about fundraising and recruiting and training volunteers.

Badlands Calls For Comments On Bison Plan

Oct 8, 2015
Courtesy National Park Service

Badlands National Park is accepting public comments until October 30 on a Bison Preliminary Action Alternative for the park’s North Unit. SDPB’s Jim Kent spoke with Badlands personnel about the current bison management plan and what changes might lie in the future.

The North Unit Bison Resource Management Plan calls for expanding the area where the Badlands Park bison herd currently grazes. After a series of public scoping meetings on the topic in 2013, two plans have been presented.


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