Dakota Digest http://listen.sdpb.org en Sculptor Returns To Main Street Square http://listen.sdpb.org/post/sculptor-returns-main-street-square <p><strong>The country’s largest privately-funded public art project - “Passage of Wind and Water” - has resumed at Rapid City’s Main Street Square.&nbsp;We </strong><strong>&nbsp;spent some time with the artist to discuss his plans for the second year of work on a sculpture that’s scheduled for completion in 2017.</strong></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:31:46 +0000 Jim Kent 49613 at http://listen.sdpb.org Sculptor Returns To Main Street Square Spearfish Museum Celebrates National Cowboy Day http://listen.sdpb.org/post/spearfish-museum-celebrates-national-cowboy-day <p><strong>As citizens across the country celebrate our nation’s independence tomorrow, the High Plains Western Heritage Center is also putting time aside to recognize the American Cowboy. We </strong><strong>visited the Spearfish museum to learn what it was like to raise cattle for a living and to discuss efforts by a 9-state coalition to mark the historic trail that brought cattle north from Texas to South Dakota and beyond.</strong></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:28:47 +0000 Jim Kent 49141 at http://listen.sdpb.org Spearfish Museum Celebrates National Cowboy Day Theater Production Celebrates Sculpture Project http://listen.sdpb.org/post/theater-production-celebrates-sculpture-project <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture project at Rapid City’s Main Street Square is having an impact on diverse sections of the Black Hills community – from local students to area and regional artists. We </strong><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">visited the Rapid City Performing Arts Center recently for a cross-artistic theater presentation featuring modern dance, film, poetry, and music inspired by the largest privately-funded art project in the country.</strong></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:53:29 +0000 Jim Kent 48934 at http://listen.sdpb.org Theater Production Celebrates Sculpture Project Tribal Members Comment On Presidential Visit http://listen.sdpb.org/post/tribal-members-comment-presidential-visit <p><strong>Following up on a promise made last Fall to tribal leaders from across the country, President Barack Obama is on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota today. And though a presidential visit is a big event in any part of the country, feelings on this Native American land that stretches across 2 states is being met with mixed feelings.</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:36:31 +0000 Jim Kent 47956 at http://listen.sdpb.org Tribal Members Comment On Presidential Visit Reptile Gardens Makes Guiness Book http://listen.sdpb.org/post/reptile-gardens-makes-guiness-book <p><strong>As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is featuring stories that rediscover our identity and heritage through the people, places, and ideas that make this state unique. </strong><strong>Although most people across the country might consider us as “Small Town, U.S.A.”, many of our “places” are world-class.&nbsp;</strong><strong>Today we&nbsp;visit a Black Hills institution that just made it into the Guinness&nbsp;Book of World Records as the largest in its class.</strong></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:17:49 +0000 Jim Kent 47933 at http://listen.sdpb.org Reptile Gardens Makes Guiness Book Hoka Coffee Creates Rez Brew http://listen.sdpb.org/post/hoka-coffee-creates-rez-brew <p><strong>The Lakota are known for their strong cultural beliefs and traditions, their respect for all creatures – especially the buffalo, their sense of humor and their love of gatherings – large and small – that revolve around food. Always present at these gatherings – regardless of the season, is coffee. </strong></p><p><strong>Today we&nbsp;visit with a young woman on the Pine Ridge Reservation who decided to honor her own love of the coffea shrub – and that of the Lakota people – by establishing her own coffee company.</strong></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:50:12 +0000 Jim Kent 47204 at http://listen.sdpb.org Hoka Coffee Creates Rez Brew Non-Profit Provides Vet Services For Rez Dogs http://listen.sdpb.org/post/non-profit-provides-vet-services-rez-dogs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><strong>A non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation was founded with two primary goals in mind: care for the animals on the home lands of the Oglala Lakota, especially dogs…and reduce the population of “man’s best friend” that wander through the reservation’s villages. </strong></p><p><strong>Today we visit with a group of women who are doing their best to achieve both those goals – one “sunka” dog at a time.</strong></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 17:10:28 +0000 Jim Kent 46546 at http://listen.sdpb.org Non-Profit Provides Vet Services For Rez Dogs Managing Bison In The Badlands South Unit http://listen.sdpb.org/post/managing-bison-badlands-south-unit <p><strong>Transfer of Badlands National Park’s South Unit management to the Oglala Sioux Tribe has been an ongoing process since 2006. Plans for a series of public meetings on bison management in that area, and the sudden cancelation of those meetings, has raised red flags among tribal members as well as the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. Their joint concerns center on the intentions of the National Park Service and the Oglala Sioux tribe toward landowners and those who lease land near the South Unit.</strong></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:31:38 +0000 Jim Kent 46402 at http://listen.sdpb.org Managing Bison In The Badlands South Unit Evans Plunge Re-Opens Under City Ownership http://listen.sdpb.org/post/evans-plunge-re-opens-under-city-ownership <p><strong>The Evans Plunge has been an important part of the small southern Black Hills town of Hot Springs for more than a century. Its warm waters have helped soothe those with physical ailments as well as provide a place for recreational activities to visitors and local residents alike.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">We</strong><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;visited “The Plunge” after its recent Grand Re-Opening to talk to community members about their views on the popular water spot’s new owners: the city of Hot Springs.</strong></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 06:45:18 +0000 Jim Kent 45710 at http://listen.sdpb.org Evans Plunge Re-Opens Under City Ownership Mammoth Site Plans Expansion http://listen.sdpb.org/post/mammoth-site-plans-expansion <p><strong>The Mammoth Site is one of the premiere tourist attractions in Hot Springs, bringing in some 100,000 visitors each year. These numbers have more than outgrown the facilities available for those who flock to Southwestern South Dakota from around the world to learn about the state’s ancient history. </strong></p><p><strong>Plans are underway to construct a 5000-square foot facility to provide more educational space for paleontology enthusiasts and, hopefully, more tourism income to the Hot Springs community.</strong></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:46:16 +0000 Jim Kent 45099 at http://listen.sdpb.org Mammoth Site Plans Expansion Grasshopper Numbers To Remain Low In 2014 http://listen.sdpb.org/post/grasshopper-numbers-remain-low-2014 <p>Following the all the fires and floods in recent years you might think a plague of locusts is next.</p><p>But farmers and gardeners can take some hope this &nbsp;summer.&nbsp;&nbsp; State experts are predicting lower numbers of grasshoppers than normal for 2014.<br /><br />&nbsp;Experts who track grasshopper numbers say the population has taken a rollercoaster ride in recent years.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:42:55 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 44998 at http://listen.sdpb.org Grasshopper Numbers To Remain Low In 2014 Swinging With Doc Severinsen http://listen.sdpb.org/post/swinging-doc-severinsen <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">For the millions of viewers who watched The Tonight Show from the 1960s into the 1990s, the name “Doc Severinsen” was synonymous with that of Johnny Carson.</strong></p><p><strong>We caught up with the legendary trumpeter during his recent Rapid City concert to talk about the old days and the new – and what keeps the 86-year old musician going.</strong></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:56:37 +0000 Jim Kent 44823 at http://listen.sdpb.org Swinging With Doc Severinsen Jody Williams On Land Mines And The 1st Amendment http://listen.sdpb.org/post/jody-williams-land-mines-and-1st-amendment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><strong>here are&nbsp;6 living female recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. One of them, Jody Williams, is from the United States.&nbsp; </strong></p><p><strong>We spent some time with Ms. Williams during her recent visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation to talk about the causes the Vermont native has spent a good portion of her life fighting for: peace, human rights and women’s rights.</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:22:20 +0000 Jim Kent 44707 at http://listen.sdpb.org Jody Williams On Land Mines And The 1st Amendment Gov. Dennis Daugaard Seeks Second Term http://listen.sdpb.org/post/gov-dennis-daugaard-seeks-second-term <p>Governor Dennis Daugaard is asking voters for another four year term in office. &nbsp;He kicked off his re-election campaign in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre. Daugaard credits his conservative values for successes over the last four years in office.</p><div><p>Dennis Daugaard says while he has led the state through some dark days with a Missouri River Flood, and a $127 Million structural deficit. There are brighter days ahead because of making tough choices.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:39:19 +0000 Cara Hetland 43493 at http://listen.sdpb.org Gov. Dennis Daugaard Seeks Second Term iHike Program Allows Virtual Badlands Treks http://listen.sdpb.org/post/ihike-program-allows-virtual-badlands-treks <p><strong>Badlands National Park has announced the introduction of its virtual Web Ranger iHike. The computer program challenges people of all ages to get outdoors, get active, and get moving by matching actual distances walked or hiked with equivalent virtual distances on Badlands Park trails. </strong></p><p><strong>I spent some time at the Badlands learning about the program and going for a short hike with a park ranger. Then I tried it on my own in the Southern Hills – with some canine support.</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:00:11 +0000 Jim Kent 43295 at http://listen.sdpb.org iHike Program Allows Virtual Badlands Treks Anniversary Of "Warriors' " Deaths http://listen.sdpb.org/post/anniversary-warriors-deaths <p>Today marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Madison Wallace and Lyle Eagle Tail. The Lakota man and the non-Native teen drowned in Sioux Falls as they attempted to save Madison’s younger brother from the Big Sioux River’s churning waters.</p><p>Native Americans in the community are holding a memorial dinner tonight to remember Wallace and Eagle Tail and to honor all those who helped in attempting to save and then recover them.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:51:56 +0000 Jim Kent 42893 at http://listen.sdpb.org Anniversary Of "Warriors' " Deaths Discovering The Past Through Dental Fillings http://listen.sdpb.org/post/discovering-past-through-dental-fillings <p>As we move further into the second decade of the new millennium, advances in science, technology and medicine seem to occur almost every day.&nbsp;But for as much as we move forward toward the next “great new world”, shadows of our past continue to arise reminding us of our “roots”.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:50:47 +0000 Jim Kent 42113 at http://listen.sdpb.org Discovering The Past Through Dental Fillings New Curricula Explores Sculpture Project http://listen.sdpb.org/post/new-curricula-explores-sculpture-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An innovative curricula has been developed to bring Rapid City’s Main Street Square Sculpture project to local schools. The sculpture, called The Passage of Wind and Water, is an interpretation of the topography, wildlife and diverse cultures of the Black Hills and the Badlands.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Created by an award-winning teacher, the program is being taught to local educators through a Teachers Learning Circle over a 3-month period.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:45:41 +0000 Jim Kent 41243 at http://listen.sdpb.org New Curricula Explores Sculpture Project Investigating Deadwood's Century-Old Human Remains http://listen.sdpb.org/post/investigating-deadwoods-century-old-human-remains <p>The town of Deadwood has developed a reputation in many areas over the years. It’s the place you go to find gambling in the Black Hills. It’s the place to go to find historical reenactments of the Old West. Many say it’s also the place to go to find the spirits of the dead. But it hasn’t been known as the place to go to find a skeleton in your backyard…until now.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:16:41 +0000 Jim Kent 41086 at http://listen.sdpb.org Investigating Deadwood's Century-Old Human Remains Keeping the Mine Clean http://listen.sdpb.org/post/keeping-mine-clean <p>Gold mines are dusty dirty places; full of mud, seeping water and grime. &nbsp;It’s a different place if that mine is turned into a world-class underground science lab. Stepping off the lift and into the Sanford Underground lab at Homestake is like stepping into a hospital operating room only cleaner. &nbsp;The walls here are vacuumed regularly and even grated stairs are meticulously scrubbed with alcohol wipes by hand. &nbsp;Here we’ll introduce you to the woman whose job it is to keep the lab clean and the experiments dust free.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Cara Hetland 40730 at http://listen.sdpb.org Keeping the Mine Clean Arctic Ice Loss And The Loopy Jet Stream http://listen.sdpb.org/post/arctic-ice-loss-and-loopy-jet-stream <p>If you think the weather has gone crazy in recent years some scientists say you can blame the melting of the polar ice cap.<br /><br />New research ties together the massive summer ice loss over the North Pole with a weakening of the jet stream leading to changes in the weather in mid latitudes.<br /><br />Take for example the record flooding in 2011, the drought of 2012, and again floods in some areas around the country in 2013.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 06:36:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 39703 at http://listen.sdpb.org Arctic Ice Loss And The Loopy Jet Stream U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could Change S.D. Implied Consent Protocols http://listen.sdpb.org/post/us-supreme-court-decision-could-change-sd-implied-consent-protocols <p>The South Dakota Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments challenging the state’s blood-draw protocols in DUI arrests. In April the United States Supreme Court ruled that officers have to get a search warrant before drawing blood when a traffic stop is routine. But the state says drivers consent to a warrantless search when they get a drivers license. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks talks with defense and prosecution lawyers.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Victoria Wicks 39588 at http://listen.sdpb.org Country Isn't Indivisible When It Comes To The Pledge Of Allegiance http://listen.sdpb.org/post/country-isnt-indivisible-when-it-comes-pledge-allegiance <p>Last November, a discussion in Sioux Falls about policies over the pledge of allegiance stirred up a heated national debate. In the aftermath, a South Dakota state representative says he’s going to introduce a bill that, if passed, will require all schools to make time for the pledge, although it won’t compel students to recite it. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks researches the sometimes dark history of these 31 words.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Victoria Wicks 39388 at http://listen.sdpb.org Country Isn't Indivisible When It Comes To The Pledge Of Allegiance Sex Trafficking in South Dakota: A University Perspective http://listen.sdpb.org/post/sex-trafficking-south-dakota-university-perspective <p>When you think of sex trafficking, most people think of bigger cities—places that are likely to have a lot of visitors all the time, or for certain events. South Dakota usually isn’t the first state you’d think of to be a hub for human trafficking. But there are a few characteristics that make South Dakota a potential environment for trafficking.<br />&nbsp;<br />“In this state, Native women and children are at higher risk than any other racial groups, so trafficking is actually happening on the reservations,” Suzuki says.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Cassie Bartlett 38570 at http://listen.sdpb.org Seeking Justice For Victims, Sex Traffickers http://listen.sdpb.org/post/seeking-justice-victims-sex-traffickers <p>Law enforcement used to see criminal transactions out in the open, but the relatively unregulated internet affords an online realm of shadowy deals and illegal trade. SDPB continues this week’s series examining sex trafficking in South Dakota with a look at how authorities identify and prosecute sex crimes.</p><p>Sioux Falls takes pride in being the state’s biggest city, but that banner can’t extinguish the downsides of more people in a small area. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens says investigators in the street crimes unit focus on unsavory activities.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Kealey Bultena 39022 at http://listen.sdpb.org Sex Trafficking At The Sturgis Rally http://listen.sdpb.org/post/sex-trafficking-sturgis-rally <p>We begin now a series of reports looking at sex trafficking in South Dakota.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s an issue you might not think occurs in a rural state like this.&nbsp; But experts note that human trafficking is an issue that could be happening right under your nose.</p><p>On today’s Dakota Digest – SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray takes us to the Sturgis Rally –where a number of arrests made for sex trafficking this year.<br /><br />We need to issue a warning-- the descriptions in this story are graphic.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 38226 at http://listen.sdpb.org Sex Trafficking At The Sturgis Rally Some Low-Income South Dakotans Can't Get Affordable Care Or Medicaid http://listen.sdpb.org/post/some-low-income-south-dakotans-cant-get-affordable-care-or-medicaid <p>Signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is fairly simple. The website seems to be functioning now, and if you’re computer-literate or have good help, creating an account and shopping for insurance is doable. At least, that’s the experience SDPB’s Victoria Wicks had when she went through the process. But as she learned while researching the marketplace, not all low-income applicants qualify for subsidies. There’s a gap in coverage for certain low income people in South Dakota, created where state and federal governments collide.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Victoria Wicks 38892 at http://listen.sdpb.org It's (BLEEP) Jimi Hendrix http://listen.sdpb.org/post/its-bleep-jimi-hendrix <p>A new piece of work in Rapid City’s Art Alley involves 30 different artists on one mural.<br /><br />Each artist received part of the image and a one square foot tile.&nbsp; They then reproduced that image on their own– in the end the tiles were put together like a puzzle.</p><p>The result is one picture–done by 30 different artists.&nbsp; The collaboration is called <a href="http://bonzeye.asiostudio.com/part-of-the-whole/">“Part of the Whole."</a><br /><br />SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has today’s Dakota Digest.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 07:00:01 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 37947 at http://listen.sdpb.org It's (BLEEP) Jimi Hendrix Michael Martin Murphey & The Cowboys' Christmas Ball http://listen.sdpb.org/post/michael-martin-murphey-cowboys-christmas-ball <p><strong>Cowboys, cattle and Christmas; the words just flow together – especially in areas with a long history of men – and women – who wear chaps, ride horses and spend a good portion of their time working on a ranch in areas collectively known as “the West”. </strong></p><p><strong>Today we visit with singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey to talk about one of the most enduring traditions of the American West: the Cowboys' Christmas Ball.&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:11:48 +0000 Jim Kent 38332 at http://listen.sdpb.org Michael Martin Murphey & The Cowboys' Christmas Ball State of the State's Financial Infrastructure http://listen.sdpb.org/post/state-states-financial-infrastructure <p>Infrastructure can be defined as the basic facilities needed for society to operate. And nobody operates very well without access to adequate funds. As part of our continuing examination of the State of the State’s infrastructure, we look at the infrastructure of financial services in South Dakota, as well as what’s being done to protect those services. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 05:03:43 +0000 Jenifer Jones 38165 at http://listen.sdpb.org