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Mt Rushmore
1:58 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Visit Mt Rushmore on its 73rd Birthday!

WHAT: Celebrate Mount Rushmore’s 73rd birthday with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt via EarthCam’s camera! Spend the day in the Black Hills of South Dakota and see the memorial from multiple high resolution views.

WHY: Dedicated on October 31, 1941, the National Monument is visited by nearly three million people every year. Through a partnership with the National Park Service and EarthCam, the public can explore the South Dakota landmark from anywhere.

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Survive Zombies
1:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

13 Foods You Need to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

  Oh no! The Zombie Apocalypse you have always feared has struck! Are you prepared? While your first thoughts might be to collect weapons to fight the zombies, don’t forget you will need to eat. Stockpiling food, (as well as other supplies) for the zombie apocalypse should always be thought about in two parts:

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News
1:21 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

BHSU Professor Gives $1 Million Dollars To Inspire Others To Give

BHSU Chair of Behavioral Science Dr. Jim Hess
Credit Amy Varland

A long-time Black Hills State University professor is giving a million dollars to establish the School of Behavioral Sciences “Make A Difference” initiative. SDPB’s Amy Varland reports what inspired Dr. Jim Hess to give the money and how he hopes it will benefit students, the Spearfish community, and beyond.

Dr. Jim Hess is the Chair of BHSU’s Behavioral Science department and has been teaching at the university for thirty-two years.

Hess says his gift of a million dollars is for student scholarships. He says he was inspired to give early on.

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Sports
9:31 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Full Results Of The SD High School Football Quarterfinal Round

The SF Lincoln Patriots discuss strategy during the first quarter of their playoff game against Rapid City Central.
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

11AAA

SF Lincoln 65 vs RC Central 7

SF O’Gorman 34 vs Aberdeen Central 19

SF Roosevelt 49 vs RC Stevens 14

Brandon Valley 17 vs SF Washington 7

11AA

Yankton 43 vs Huron 21

Harrisburg 33 vs Mitchell 6

Brookings 34 vs Watertown 13

Douglas 28 vs Pierre T.F. Riggs 50

Class 11A

Madison 55 vs Milbank Area 0

Dell Rapids 41 vs Sisseton 12

Lennox 35 vs Dakota Valley 14

Tea Area 17 vs Vermillion 20 OT

West Central 56 vs Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 0

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Halloween History
5:19 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Do you know your spooky Halloween History?

SDPB Marketing Manager Matti Smith has shared her pumpkin carving skills

 

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Pumpkins
5:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Children in Nature: October Pumpkin Fun!

October 2014 | The pumpkin goes hand in hand with the fall season. We see it everywhere, from decorations to our favorite recipes. But it didn't start out that way. 

The practice of carving pumpkins actually originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland, but back then they were made out of turnips or potatoes. It wasn't until immigrants discovered pumpkins when they arrived in America that the tradition as we know it was born.And pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving? No way, says Smithsonian researchers. The colonists didn't have butter or wheat flour to make crusts for pies. They most likely made up for the lack of pastries at the table with more meat from wild game, which was plentiful in the area. Even if pumpkins weren't there from the beginning, they are still the fall fruit of choice. 

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-Arts
4:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

'Gruesome Faces, Ghastly Places'

In a new collection of horror stories by South Dakota authors, Gruesome Faces, Ghastly Places, readers are taken to tunnels below historical Deadwood for a bizarre exorcism and down I-90 on a rainy road trip leading to a nightmarish construction site. In their short stories, Adrian Ludens, Doug Murano and C.W. LaSart use such familiar scenes as fishing ponds and fireworks shows and twist them into the macabre.

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Sports
4:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Casey Tibbs Center Honors South Dakota Rodeo Greats

World champion saddle bronc rider Chard Ferley is one of six honorees for the Casey Tibbs Foundation's 25th annual tribute dinner
Credit PRCA

On Saturday the Casey Tibbs Foundation will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of South Dakota cowboys, cowgirls, families and animals during the 25th annual tribute dinner.

This year's honorees are saddle bronc champion Chad Ferley, legendary bronc rider Jack Alexander, barrel racer Nikki Steffes, rodeo promoters Georgia and Harlan Gunville, rodeo matriarch Iris Day and "animal athlete" Pony Baroni. Their photos and biographies are now a part of the Wall of Fame at the

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Politics
3:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Balancing the budget without raising taxes and criminal justice reform are among the accomplishments Governor Dennis Daugaard cites in his bid for re-election. Daugaard first became involved in politics in 1996 when he was elected to the state legislature. He served as Mike Rounds' Lieutenant Governor before South Dakotans elected him the state's chief executive in 2010. Daugaard faces challenges from Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers in Tuesday’s election.

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News
2:38 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

South Dakota Ranks High in Motor Carrier Safety

A study from a national trucking research firm puts South Dakota in the top ten nationally for motor carrier safety and enforcement. The American Transportation Research Institute says a variety of factors put the state in ninth place.

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News
12:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Missing Brookings Man Found Dead

An ambulance waits for the recovery of Jacob Heisinger outside of the grain bin.

The body of a missing Brookings man was found in a grain bin Wednesday night. A two-day search of the bin was conducted by authorities. 

The body of 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger was identified by his family at 7:50 p.m.

It took two days for officials to remove grain from the bin. Some of Heisinger’s belongings were found at the top of the bin which lead authorities to isolate the search. No foul play is suspected and Heisinger was alone.

Brookings Police Chief Jeff Miller suspects Heisinger fell through a pressurized hatch at the top of the grain bin.  

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News
12:56 am
Thu October 30, 2014

What's on the Rest of the Ballot

Election day is less than a week away. At this point many of us are familiar with the major races, thanks in part to the final push of campaign ads. But South Dakotans will make several other decisions when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

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Environment
5:48 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

National Bat Week

National Bat Week.
Credit USFWS

Halloween not only means trick-or-treaters, it’s also National Bat week.     Bats play an important role in controlling agricultural pests, not to mention mosquitoes. 

Research has shown that an average small bat can eat 600 to one-thousand mosquito sized insects per hour.    

But some timber industry officials in the Black Hills don’t like a proposal to list the Northern Long Eared Bat as endangered.

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World
2:43 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NOVA Examines the 'First Air War'

Credit Bedlam Productions Ltd.

When World War I began 100 years ago, air forces were made up of a few rickety biplanes with opposing pilots occasionally taking pot shots at each other with rifles. But by the end of the war the basic blueprint of the modern fighter had emerged.

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Health
2:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Initiated Measure 17: Voters Will Decide Healthcare Law

SD Chamber of Commerce President David Owen details the opposition to Initiated Measure 17 at a press conference in Sioux Falls/September 23, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

When South Dakotans go to the polls on Tuesday, they’ll vote on a ballot measure dealing with healthcare. Initiated Measure 17 would change state law by requiring health insurers to include all willing and qualified health insurers on their provider lists. It would allow medical doctors, clinics, and specialty hospitals to become part of insurance networks that they currently can’t join.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

SDPB debate with U.S. Senate candidates Gordon Howie, Larry Pressler, Mike Rounds and Rick Weiland
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

With less than a week before Election Day, several recent polls are showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds with a comfortable lead over Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader/KELO-TV poll has Rounds leading with 42 percent, followed by Weiland with 33 percent, Pressler 13 percent and Howie at 2 percent. 10 percent are undecided. This is in contrast to polls from earlier this month that suggested a much tighter race.

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News
1:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

SD Producers Eligible For Bee Conservation Funding

Credit USDA

South Dakota farmers and ranchers are eligible for federal dollars to help promote honey bee habitats. The USDA is dedicating more than $4 million dollars to five states in the Midwest – including South Dakota. The funding is an expansion of a pilot program launched last year to encourage bee health after a dramatic population drop.

Since 2006, each year America loses 30 percent of its honey bee hives, and experts say that kind of degradation isn’t sustainable. That’s why the USDA is allocating resources encouraging honey bee health.

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Sports
11:09 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The SDHSAA Update October 28, 2014

Sports
9:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

High School Football Scoreboard For Round 1 of Class 11A-9B

Credit Born to Compete Sports

Below are the scores for Round 1 of the High School Football playoffs for Class 11A, 11B, 9AA, 9A, and 9B. The games in Class 11AAA and ClassAA are scheduled for Thursday Oct. 30.

Class 11A

Madison 55 vs Milbank Area 0

Dell Rapids 41 vs Sisseton 12

Lennox 35 vs Dakota Valley 14

Tea Area 17 vs Vermillion 20 OT

West Central 56 vs Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 0

Todd County 16 vs Chamberlain 42

Hot Springs 51 vs Pine Ridge 0

Belle Fourche 66 vs Little Wound 13

11B Scores

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News
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline: PUC Allows Opponents As Intervening Parties

This photo, taken July 5, 2009, shows the construction of the Keystone pipeline in eastern South Dakota, a few miles northwest of Carpenter.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

The Keystone XL pipeline has another hurdle to jump in South Dakota. TransCanada failed to start construction within four years of receiving a site permit from the Public Utilities Commission, so now it has to prove it still meets conditions. People and groups from South Dakota and elsewhere are lining up to oppose the certification of the permit.
Tuesday, at a PUC meeting, the commissioners heard a debate on who should be accepted as an intervening party.

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Politics
1:01 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Poli Sci Profs: Independent Prosecutor Needed For EB-5

Some political science professors who teach at universities across South Dakota say the EB-5 scandal requires an independent prosecutor.  They say the current system is not doing enough to get to the bottom of the case.
 
While other professors believe it’s still too early to make that call. 

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Politics
8:45 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Shannon Co. Auditor: 2014 May Not Top 2004 Record Turnout

The early voting turnout on the Pine Ridge Reservation appears to be ramping up.  But for now it may not be on track to top the record year of 2004.

Sue Ganje is the Shannon County Auditor.  

She says that 2004 contest between then incumbent Senator Tom Daschle and challenger John Thune included more than 1,600 absentee ballots cast.    Her office recorded over 4,500 total votes that election on Pine Ridge.

So far this year, Ganje says the early voting place at the Sue Ann Big Crow Center in the town of Pine Ridge has seen just over 530 early votes cast.  

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News
7:01 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Bush Foundation Boosts Frontier Fund In Final Stretch

The Bush Foundation is stepping in to help a local statewide fundraising effort reach its goal.

The Frontier Fund is a project started by a small group in Rapid City that aims to raise 125-thousand dollars for the state’s 125th anniversary.  

The project is now halfway to its goal which organizers hope to achieve by November 2nd, the state’s birthday.  

Local charities and organizations can apply for small grants that will be distributed from the funds raised.   

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News
5:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Man Exonerated From Death Row Speaks In Sioux Falls

The first man found innocent using DNA evidence after being sentenced to death is sharing his story with South Dakotans. Kirk Bloodsworth is telling students at the University of Sioux Falls how he came to find himself convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to die when he had no connection to the crimes. He spent years in a Maryland prison before science proved him not guilty. Now Bloodsworth works to reform the criminal justice system.

"This whole thing started by a next door neighbor saying, ‘The composite sketch looks like my neighbor Kirk,'" Bloodsworth says.

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Chorus and Orchestra
3:03 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

2014 South Dakota All-State Chorus & Orchestra Scheduled for Sioux Falls

  Over 1,000 of South Dakota's best high school vocal and instrumental musicians will gather in Sioux Falls for the 62nd  Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, October 31 – November 1.  The All-State activities will culminate with a Grand Concert at the Sioux Falls Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday evening, November 1.  Concert tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-866-625-4586, or at the box office in the Sioux Falls Arena.

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Health
2:46 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Treating Multiple Myeloma

Dr. Kelly McCaul
Credit Avera Health

According to the American Cancer Society, over 24 thousand adults in the U.S. will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year. Over 11 thousand will die from the disease. There’s no cure for multiple myeloma, but the cancer can be managed in many patients for years.

On Saturday, November 1st, the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls hosts “Living with Multiple Myeloma." The education program features discussions about treatment and care of multiple myeloma.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

SDSU Ecologist Receives Grant for Beaver Research

North American beaver

Beavers are ecosystem engineers that alter the landscape by cutting down trees, building dams and creating ponds. Many other species, from frogs to moose, rely on the habitat created by beavers. The animal is a “keystone species,” meaning they have a disproportionately large effect on their environment relative to their abundance.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

U.S. House Candidate Kristi Noem

Congresswoman Kristi Noem

Republican Kristi Noem says if she’s re-elected to Congress, she’ll focus on policies that would help grow South Dakota’s economy. She wants to overhaul the tax code to help job creators and repeal what she calls “job killing regulations.” Noem was first elected to serve as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the House Agriculture Committee and House Armed Services Committee. Noem faces a challenge from Democrat Corinna Robinson.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Get Out The Native Vote Effort Continues

The "War Pony" hit all nine of South Dakota's reservations in an effort to register Native voters and increase turnout at the polls.

Control of the Senate could be up for grabs in this midterm election--and some believe the Native American vote could be a deciding factor.  

In South Dakota the Native vote has a history of tipping tight races toward Democrats and there is now a large get out the vote in tribal communities.   But if and how the Native vote can change this race is still in question. 

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Education - Red Cloud - Toyota
2:47 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Red Cloud Indian School Receives 2nd Toyota Grant

Red Cloud Indian School botany teacher and greenhouse coordinator Aminah Hasseun, with kindergarten students, watering bean and pea seedlings they’ve just planted.
Credit ©Christopher Ives / Red Cloud Indian School

Red Cloud Indian School has received a grant from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation to prepare students to pursue college degrees and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through hands-on learning experiences for Lakota youth. This is the second consecutive grant for the school.

Red Cloud Indian School superintendent Ted Hamilton says it’s unusual to receive subsequent grants from the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation.

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