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Students With Down Syndrome Prepare For Recital

Apr 28, 2017
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A dance studio in Rapid City hosts classes for people with different disabilities. Students involved in several genres of the art are preparing for their upcoming recital.

Four girls between 8 and 11 years old listen to instructions during their rehearsal. This class is called Down with Dance. It’s for students with Down syndrome. The girls sit in a circle and answer questions about their upcoming performance.

Lockett: “So what’s your favorite part of this dance class?”

Class: “Dancing.”

Lockett: “Dancing?”

Class: “Yeah.”

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SDSU hosts the biennial ChemEd Conference July 23-27. It brings together chemistry educators from across North America. Organizer Matt Miller says high School and introductory chemistry educators are immersed in an environment where collaboration, support, exchanging ideas and inspiration are expected. Matt Miller is an associate professor of chemistry at South Dakota State University.

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In The Moment ... April 28, 2017 Show 082 Hour 1

Singer/songwriter Maddie Todd joins Moment in Sound today. She recently entered the NPR Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Paradox" and was selected as a South Dakota fan favorite. She's a student at Augustana College, studying religion and sociology.

Two Eisenhower Fellows are traveling the country with a stop in South Dakota. The Fellowship is an exchange program for international leaders. Anita Ahmad from Malaysia and Chevaan Daniel from Sri Lanka spoke with SDPB's Chynna Lockett about their travels.

Dry Jack Reunites In Rapid City

Apr 27, 2017

The band Dry Jack was part of the jazz-rock fusion scene of the 1970s and early 80s. The group was formed in 1973 by keyboardist Chuck Lamb and his bassist brother Rich. Drummer Jon Margolis joined a year later and guitarist Rod Fleeman in 1977. The quartet recorded two albums for Inner City Records, Magical Elements and Whale City, before breaking up in 1982.

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In The Moment ... April 27, 2017 Show 081 Hour 2

The legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder lives on in a new book called “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder.” We’re joined by editor Nancy Tystad Koupal.

We preview this weekend’s No Cover, No Minumum Radio with music from Dusty Heart, recorded at the Sioux River Folk Festival. No Cover, No Minumum Radio airs on Saturday at 9 p.m. Central, 8 Mountain and Sunday at 11 p.m. Central, 10 Mountain.

Rounds for Senate

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

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In The Moment ... April 27, 2017 Show 081 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a look at Astronomy Day at the University of South Dakota. Joel Sander, associate physics professor at USD, joins Dr. Vuk Mandic in the studio to talk about the LIGO collaboration's discovery of gravitational waves and a significant discovery proving some of Einstein’s theory of relativity concepts and other theories about black holes.

SDPB’s Nate Wek joins us for a conversation about The Shift, this time with a visit to the town of Avon for a look at how open enrollment has impacted the district.

Measles Cases Increase In Surrounding State

Apr 26, 2017
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Measles cases are popping up in various places across the Midwest. South Dakota officials say there is no trace of the disease in this state yet.

Officials have now confirmed 20 measles cases around Minneapolis Minnesota. 16 of the cases were children who had not been vaccinated. Two cases have also been found in Lincoln County Nebraska.

South Dakota has been relatively measles-free with the exception of 10 cases in 2015. Before that it was 17 years since the state saw any cases.

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In The Moment ... April 26, 2017 Show 080 Hour 2

We tackle the top political headlines in the state with Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Dana Ferguson.

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In the Moment ... April 26, 2017 Show 080 Hour 1

As cooler weather sweeps the state, Erik Helland with Landscape Garden Centers joins us to talk gardening and answer questions from listeners.

Calamity Jane might be an icon of the American West, but she lived life as a pioneer and a woman, not a myth. Mary Jane Bradbury invites audiences to learn about the real Martha Canary by portraying prominent Deadwood madam Dora DuFran.  Bradbury joins us to tell the story of two friends at a frontier in time for women.

Jewel Cave Safe Under President's Executive Order

Apr 26, 2017
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South Dakota’s lone national monument will remain safe under President Donald Trump’s executive order to review any monuments created in the last 21 years.

The order directs Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review all national monuments created by the Antiquities Act since 1996. Those monuments must also be greater than 100,000 acres large.

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Law enforcement officers soften their stern authority to better serve people experiencing mental health crises. Training in Sioux Falls tests their ability by simulating real-life scenarios. Twenty-five officials learn new policing strategies in Crisis Intervention Training.

Audit of Mid Central Expected Mid-May

Apr 25, 2017
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The South Dakota Auditor General says he expects to release the final audit of the Gear Up program next month. Marty Guindon says the audit examines the financial dealings between federally-funded Gear Up and Mid-Central Education Cooperative.
 

South Dakota Game Fish & Parks has asked the state Supreme Court to define what constitutes public interest. The high court heard arguments on Tuesday, April 25. GF&P maintains that townships in Day County did not serve the public interest when they vacated roads leading to certain public lands or water. A Fifth Circuit judge ruled for the townships, and GF&P appeals.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Buffalo Chip Campground became an incorporated city after the Meade County Commission authorized an election in May 2015. The city of Sturgis and local landowners challenged the incorporation, and a Fourth Circuit judge nullified it. He found that the Meade County Commission erred when it allowed the election to go forward. Meade County appealed that decision to the South Dakota Supreme Court, who heard arguments on Tuesday, April 25.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

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In The Moment ... April 25, 2017 Show 079 Hour 1

Deborah LaVine's film, "Wild Prairie Rose" shows at the Black Hills Film Festival. LaVine joins us for a conversation about directing, filming in Beresford, and unexpected insight into what makes a good life.

The Black Hills Film Festival kicks off this weekend in Hill City. We begin the hour by talking with Chris VanNess about festival highlights.

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In The Moment ... April 25, 2017 Show 079 Hour 2

Last hour, we talked with author Kent Nerburn about his book "Neither Wolf Nor Dog." The book was adapted by filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson and shows this week at the Black Hills Film Festival. Simpson sat down with Bill Thomas of Prairie Public to talk about taking the book from page to screen.

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The South Dakota Supreme Court had a majority of female justices for one case on Tuesday, April 25.

Justice Steven Zinter disqualified himself from a case involving incorporation of Buffalo Chip Campground as a city.

Retired Justice Judith Meierhenry sat in on oral arguments, joining Justices Janine Kern and Lori Wilbur to make a 3-2 majority of women.

Chief Justice David Gilbertson announced this historic event to the audience in the courtroom:

Photo by Kylee Leonetti.

 

Welcome back to the Potluck Society! I'm your host, Hugh Weber, and I'm so glad you've joined us.

In this week's episode, we meet Kylee Leonetti and Christian Jensen of Kylee and Christian Creative. Kylee and Christian Creative is a Minneapolis-based film & production company that recent completed production on a film titled, "The Potluck Society: An OTA Journey." In anticipation of its May 5th premiere, in Milbank, SD, we sit down to share the story of these incredible storytellers.

I hope you'll enjoy!

 

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Fifteen people are being indicted in South Dakota for the illegal trafficking of hundreds of migratory birds. Officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service say it’s one of the largest cases of bird trafficking they’ve uncovered.
 
They are charged with trafficking eagles and other migratory birds.
 
The indictments are a result of a two-year investigation into bird trafficking. They say roughly 250 eagles, and over one-hundred hawks and owls have been trafficked during this time.
 

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In The Moment ... April 24, 2017 Show 078 Hour 2

Cellist Marta Simidtchieva is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Dr. Simidtchieva is associate professor of cello at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she also is a member of the LeClaire Piano Trio and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She visits Vermillion today and joins SDPB's Susan Hanson in the studio for a conversation about 20th Century cellists.

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Saturday's March for Science in Rapid City was part of an international Earth Day movement.

Scientists typically don't get involved in politics, but according to national news feeds, they're feeling threatened by proposed federal budget cuts to the EPA, NASA, and other science-based programs.

Some Rapid City signs referred to politics: "Science Trumps Opinion," "Science Is Not an Alternative Fact," "Save the EPA."

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In The Moment ... April 24, 2017 Show 078 Hour 1

April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Today we bring you insight from a new theatre company in Sioux Falls. It's called the Good Night Theatre Collective. The company presents their first full-length production this weekend at the ICON Lounge in Sioux Falls. It's called "Ball: a Musical Tribute to my Lost Testicle." It's creator survived testicular cancer and wrote the musical during chemotherapy treatment. Ruth Sturm and Max Wotjanowicz join us.

South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Assoiciation

In The Moment ... April 21, 2017 Show 077 Hour 1

South Dakota music legend Nick Schwebach joins us as we celebrate his induction into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We’ll talk music and friendship as Schwebach plays live for our weekly Moment in Sound segment.

In The Moment ... April 20, 2017 Show 076 Hour 2

We continue our conversation about how shifting demographics impact South Dakota communities. SDPB's Kealey Bultena is in Sioux Falls with Dr. Tad Jacobs from Avera for a conversation about how healthcare systems strive to meet the increasingly specialized needs of growing populations. 

Every 10 years state lawmakers draft new boundaries for state legislative districts. SDPB's Lee Strubinger takes a look at legislative redistricting and how it may impact the two major parties in the state going forward.

In the Moment ... April 20, 2017 Show 076 Hour 1

We continue our look at how shifting populations impact South Dakota communities. SDPB's Kealey Bultena is in Harrisburg. She's joined by Harrisburg school superintendent Jim Holbeck. 

Art is often a selling factor for businesses looking to expand to a community. Organizations around the state are taking action to measure the economic impact of art. SDPB'S Chynna Lockett has more.​

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To see the stars, you must find the dark. And because it's rare to find darkness these days, human-made light is considered to be pollution. This weekend in Rapid City, as part of this year's Earth Day celebration, people gathered at Main Street Square to learn more about it. They saw captive owls and talked with astronomers, the creatures who work by night.

Anti-Corruption Group Holds Forums Across The State

Apr 23, 2017
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The group promoting a constitutional amendment in the spirit of Initiated Measure 22 held a forum in Rapid City to discuss the new Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment.

The stop in Rapid City is one of many the group is holding across the state in the next couple weeks

Around seven people showed up for the Represent South Dakota forum at the Rapid City public library.

It’s one of nine stops the group is making to organize and place another ballot question similar to Initiated Measure 22 on the ballot.

The HillBenders "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry"

Apr 21, 2017
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The HillBenders have been pushing the envelope of bluegrass music since forming in 2008.  From Springfield, Missouri, the HillBenders share a wide array of musical interests and influences.  One of their shared interests has taken on a life of its own.  On this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio, hear how the HillBenders came to perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, in addition to their performance at the Matthews Opera House in January.

  

The March for Science in the nations capitol is gaining steam and there are 3 Marches in South Dakota planned for tomorrow - Earth Day - we spoke with Ashleigh Walton who helped organize the Sioux Falls event. We found out what this event means to her and how you can get involved.

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