Dakota Digest http://listen.sdpb.org en 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 SD Healthcare Relies On Supply Of Doctors http://listen.sdpb.org/post/sd-healthcare-relies-supply-doctors <p>There are difficulties in providing healthcare to a rural state with a sparse population in a large geographic area. That describes much of South Dakota, especially west of the Missouri River. For a fuller picture, add in the challenges of an aging population and low income patients. On this segment of SDPB’s ongoing examination of the State of the State’s infrastructure, Victoria Wicks learns that the state’s most vital healthcare infrastructure isn’t so much bricks and mortar as it is flesh and blood.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Victoria Wicks 38090 at http://listen.sdpb.org SD Healthcare Relies On Supply Of Doctors Masayuki Nagase - The Man Behind The Art http://listen.sdpb.org/post/masayuki-nagase-man-behind-art-0 <p>Over the summer, residents of and visitors to Rapid City had the opportunity to meet a world class sculptor and view his work at Main Street Square. But as with any artist, there’s a real person behind the images they create – a person who’s often not visible to the public.</p><p>Today we visit with sculptor Masayuki&nbsp; Nagase to learn about the man behind the art.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:34:07 +0000 Jim Kent 38067 at http://listen.sdpb.org Masayuki Nagase - The Man Behind The Art Bad Water In The Black Hills http://listen.sdpb.org/post/bad-water-black-hills <p>This year officials in the Black Hills issued several water quality alerts warning the public about high levels of fecal bacteria in a small section of Spring Creek.&nbsp;&nbsp; The bacteria exceeded EPA thresholds for swimming. &nbsp;<br /><br />For some, the pollution found in Spring Creek is a red flag that the Black Hills needs to do better at protecting its water quality over the long term.</p><p>SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray continues our series “The State of Our State” with a two part story on the efforts to maintain water quality in the Black Hills.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:25:25 +0000 Charles Michael Ray 37744 at http://listen.sdpb.org Bad Water In The Black Hills Docs Encourage Moms To Delay Inductions http://listen.sdpb.org/post/docs-encourage-moms-delay-inductions <p>Doctors in Sioux Falls are working to keep babies growing as much as possible before being born. Physicians say an effort to prevent unnecessary inductions results in more healthy newborns.&nbsp;</p><div dir="auto"><p></p><p><span id="OLK_SRC_BODY_SECTION">In early October of last year, Emily McNamara had no idea how many monitors and breathing machines would surround her in a matter of hours. She&nbsp;</span>was on bed rest at fewer than 33 weeks pregnant when her blood pressure suddenly skyrocketed.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Kealey Bultena 37661 at http://listen.sdpb.org SD Hosts Pheasant Summit http://listen.sdpb.org/post/sd-hosts-pheasant-summit <p>Governor Dennis Daugaard is looking for ways to ensure that South Dakota’s pheasant hunting tradition continues to grow. State officials, landowners, sportsmen, members of the tourism industry and others met in Huron last week. They discussed ways to conserve the state’s pheasant population while maintaining the strength of the agriculture economy.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:08:34 +0000 Jenifer Jones 37599 at http://listen.sdpb.org Flutist Cody Blackbird Walks In Two Worlds http://listen.sdpb.org/post/flutist-cody-blackbird-walks-two-worlds <p>Cody Blackbird is a nationally awarded Native flutist who walks in two worlds, thriving artistically while practicing a traditional way of being. He fuses indigenous beliefs with modern life in the same way as he incorporates traditional flute in contemporary music. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks sits down with Blackbird to hear his flute and his story.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Victoria Wicks 37431 at http://listen.sdpb.org Flutist Cody Blackbird Walks In Two Worlds Arctic Air Grips State http://listen.sdpb.org/post/arctic-air-grips-state <p>South Dakota is now in the middle of a bitter cold snap with the kind of frigid temperatures not seen in several years. &nbsp;<br /><br />In the coming days parts of the Black Hills will see high temperatures that are still below zero.<br /><br />On this Dakota Digest we check in with our reporters around the state about the cold weather.&nbsp;</p><p>We begin in Aberdeen with SDPB’s Jenifer Jones&nbsp; who takes a look at&nbsp; snow totals on the ground in the wake of the arctic air blast .</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:33:58 +0000 Kealey Bultena & Charles Michael Ray & Jenifer Jones 37442 at http://listen.sdpb.org Arctic Air Grips State Budget Plans Use $136M In One-Time Funds http://listen.sdpb.org/post/budget-plans-use-136m-one-time-funds <p>Governor Dennis Daugaard has his plan for fiscal year 2015 which includes millions of what leaders call unexpected money. That starts just about seven months from now. The governor’s suggestions are a far cry from deep, overarching cuts he proposed just a few years ago, and the&nbsp;plan capitalizes on one-time money.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:19:06 +0000 Kealey Bultena 37369 at http://listen.sdpb.org Budget Plans Use $136M In One-Time Funds Governor Daugaard Gives Budget Address for FY2015 http://listen.sdpb.org/post/governor-daugaard-gives-budget-address-fy2015 <p>In today’s budget address, Governor Daugaard’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 asks for increases in areas such as education, Medicaid and state employees. Daugaard says the state was expecting only minimal increases in those areas, with no other funds available for other departments. That was until the state received its unclaimed property funds.<br />&nbsp; Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Cassie Bartlett 37341 at http://listen.sdpb.org