Chynna Lockett

  The Rainbow Family Gathering is as close to officially starting as a group without leaders can be. Officials estimate nearly 1,000 people have set up camps in the National Forest near Deerfield Lake.

Photo by Jim Kent

Over the 240 years since American colonists first took up arms against the British Empire on Lexington Green, the branches of the military and their various uniforms have played an important role in our country’s history. SDPB’s Jim Kent recently visited a military uniform display at the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer to explore that history and the changes in how our servicemen – and women – dress…both on the front lines and off.

Bosworth Gets Probation, No Jail Time

Jul 1, 2015
Annette Bosworth

Former South Dakota US Senate candidate Annette Bosworth was sentenced to three years of probation and 500-hours of community service in a Hughes County court on Wednesday .
 Bosworth is a South Dakota Physician and was convicted in May of six counts each of perjury and filing false documents during her 2014 campaign for the US Senate.
Bosworth was given two years for each count but that sentence was suspended so she won’t serve jail time.

New Sanford Lab Visitor Center Opens In Lead

Jul 1, 2015
Chynna Lockett

The Sanford Lab opened a new visitor center in Lead South Dakota Tuesday. More than 750 people showed up for a building dedication ceremony featuring guest speakers and a ribbon cutting.

As the building dedication began, guests gathered on the observation deck of the new Sanford Visitor Center, directly overlooking the open-cut. The Center features exhibits that tell the history of the Homestake goldmine. Governor Dennis Daugaard was the featured speaker. He says the new Visitor Center doesn’t just showcase the past.

South Dakota Joins Anti-Terrorism Campaign

Jul 1, 2015

South Dakota is joining a nation-wide campaign to thwart terrorist activity. Citizen participation is the main focus.

South Dakota’s Department of Homeland Security is taking part in the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. Citizens are asked to keep a look out for suspicious behavior and report it to the proper authorities. South Dakota Homeland Security Director Steve Pluta says threats can happen anywhere, including South Dakota.

South Dakota voters increased the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 last year.  Shortly after, the state legislature passed a bill to keep youth minimum wage at the original rate. A referendum petition has enough signatures to prevent the bill being enacted and put before a public vote.

Rushmore No Longer Has Fireworks

Jul 1, 2015

Mount Rushmore is celebrating Independence Day weekend just like the rest of us, with one major difference.  There isn’t a firework show.

Mount Rushmore is hosting many different programs and activities July 3rd and 4th. Everything from presidential impersonators and flutists, to world champion hoop dancers. However, the celebration has not included a fireworks display for several years. Wanda Goodman is the Department of Tourism’s Deputy Secretary and she says safety concerns were behind the decision.

The landscape of South Dakota is often stark with a beauty that’s subtle and sometimes unapproachable. In the new book, Visibility: Ten Miles, poet Sharon Chmielarz and photographer Ken Smith capture the spirit of life on the prairie through images and verse.

Nate Wek SDPB

Two laws passed by the legislature this year won’t go into effect today, but instead will go before voters next year. Senate Bill 177 established a youth minimum wage at $7.50, a dollar less than that set by voters in 2014. Senate Bill 69 is an election reform package that includes a provision preventing members of registered parties from signing petitions of independent candidate.

Kealey Bultena SDPB

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage; the youth minimum wage and election reform measures being referred to voters in 2016; renaming Harney Peak; the controversy over the Rainbow Family gathering in the Black Hills; and Senator John Thune's regulatory rail bill.


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