Victoria Wicks

The Keystone XL pipeline got the go-ahead from the Trump administration in March. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission had already done the work to allow it to cross this state. But still the pipeline is not a done deal. There are appeals pending in the South Dakota Supreme Court and Montana federal court. And Nebraska still hasn't permitted it.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


A spike in interest for waterfowl hunting has led officials with Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge to schedule public meetings next month. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the more than 20,000-acre property in Brown County. Meetings are slated for November 1st at the Sportsman's Club of Brown County and November 2nd at the American Legion Hall in Columbia. Both meetings are set to begin at 7 p.m. 

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds is one of 24 cosponsors of a bill designed to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

The bill is known as the Alexander/Murray legislation. The current proposal reinstates Cost-Sharing Reduction payments to insurance companies for the next two years. President Trump announced last week that the Administration would stop making the monthly installments.

Rounds says Congress has to stabilize Obamacare, while transitioning away from it.

A number of cyber security topics were discussed including wireless vulnerabilities and vpn's.

If you're looking to use a VPN, this comparison chart is a good resource. And, if you're feeling adventurous enough to build your own, Ars Technica provides this helpful guide.

Joel passed on a couple great links:


In The Moment ... October 20, 2017 Show 203 Hour 1

Last evening, Tom Brokaw participated in the Daschle Dialogues at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Tom Brokaw was the anchor and managing editor of NBC's Nightly News from 1982-2004. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1964.

The Daschle Dialogues bring national figures to the SDSU campus along with 1969 SDSU graduate Tom Daschle. Senator Daschle served in congress for 26 years and was U.S. Senate Majority Leader.

Schaefer Named Teacher Of The Year

Oct 20, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

A kindergarten teacher from Elkton Elementary School is the new South Dakota Teacher of the Year.

Rachel Schaefer has taught at the Elkton School District since 2015. She’s also worked as an administrator at the Boys & Girls Club of Brookings.

Schaefer says growing up she always knew she would be a teacher. She says teaching ended up being more than she initially thought.

Rapid City Police Department

Police officers for both the Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Rapid City Police Department will soon start wear body cameras.

The two departments were awarded a $300,000 matching grant by the US Department of Justice.

Both the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office applied for a grant to purchase body-worn cameras for all officers and deputies on patrol.

The departments were considering body cameras for the last five years. Prior to the grant, the Rapid City Police Department’s Community Advisory Committee endorsed the decision.

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 2

Bryan Jorgenson's grandmother and grandfather settled in South Dakota in 1909. His family stuck it out during the dirty thirties with resilience, faith, and a large family as their assets. It's a four-generation operation, with the fifth generation on the ground, doing what needs to be done for the future. Bryan Jorgenson was listed in Successful Farming Magazine on the Ten Successful Farmers list. He's a winner of the Leopold Award. He joins us from Ideal with a look at this year’s harvest.

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

As South Dakotans head for the hunt, we caught up with Travis Runia for a look at what happens to the pheasants when the earth goes dry. Runia is senior upland game biologist with the state Game, Fish, and Parks department. He brings news of how the broods have held up.

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 201 Hour 2

We close today's Uncertain Bounty coverage with music from the Nesters – Jami Lynn and Eliza Blue. In the song "Perkins County" the duo explores the emotional toll hardship takes on those who wrest a living from the land. This performance was recorded at the Brickhouse Community Arts Center in Madison in August.


In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

Kevin Woster is ready for the pheasants. And if the birds are scarce, the conversation is still robust and the Sloppy Joes are still warm.


In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

U.S. Senator John Thune stopped by the SDPB studios for a conversation about the 2018 Farm Bill and the intense political work that needs to be done. With a president whose trade decisions have caused anxiety in farm country and a Congress locked in battles over tax reform and healthcare, we started by talking about what it takes to gather the support for effective farm legislation. We also talk forest management, crop subsidies, and the politics of pushing farm legislation forward.

In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 2

Extreme natural disasters in the 1930s spurred conversations about supporting American farmers in innovative and desperately needed ways. Farm Bills are messy, complicated, and oft-criticized omnibus legislative packages. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us for some historical perspective on the Farm Bill and how it impacts you.

Roots Reaching Deep - Reflections of a Ranch Wife

Oct 19, 2017

It’s dry. Very, very dry. A year ago last spring, a drought looming large, my husband was glued to the Weather Channel’s radar app, watching the colored clouds of rain pass us by. This year he rarely bothered; there were no storms anywhere, just sun and endless wind.

Uncertain Bounty: Rancher Josh Geigle

Oct 19, 2017

Meet a Wall, South Dakota rancher dealing with the impacts of drought. (Video.)

Uncertain Bounty - 2017 Drought By The Numbers

Oct 19, 2017
University of Nebraska Drought Mitigation Center

South Dakota residents are no stranger to drought.  The state’s position in the U-S and many unique landforms impact our weather—and in some years, keep the moisture away.  This year has brought extremely dry weather over most of South Dakota—with agriculture, tourism and nearly every other segment of life affected.  

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has received petitions for the first proposed ballot question for the 2018 election. 

Officials with Represent South Dakota say they submitted more than 50,000 signatures in support of the South Dakota Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment on Wednesday. 

The proposed constitutional amendment tightens campaign finance and lobbying restrictions and bans campaign dollars from corporations and unions. The idea also installs contribution limits for candidates running for statewide office and for seats in the Legislature. 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 1

Marcella van de Bovenkamp is a Christian woman living in Israel, and devoted to building a relationship between Jews and Christians. She’s in Sioux Falls to speak with various congregations about her faith journey, the dangers of anti-Semitism, and her work in Israel.

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 2

Tonight the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE presents the national broadcast premiere of Mosul – an extraordinary, inside look at the brutal battle to drive ISIS out of Iraq's second largest city, which some military commanders have described as the deadliest urban combat since World War II. Mosul airs tonight on FRONTLINE at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV. We’re joined by producer James Jones.

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 2

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra brings the music of Broadway to Sioux Falls with Wicked Divas this weekend. Alli Mauzey appeared in Broadway’s as Glinda in the 10th Anniversary Company of Wicked. She also played the role of the good, but complicated, diva on the First National Tour of the production. She joins us with a preview of this week’s program.

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 2

Thirteen-year-old Olivia Hunhoff wrote a column for the Yankton County Observer that won a first place award in the National Newspaper Association's annual "Better Newspapers Content." She received her plaque at the national convention. The award-winning column featured her temperamental pet, Miss Kitty.


In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Jonathan Ellis join us to unpack the week’s top headlines in state politics. Today we talk about the Government Accountability Task Force, a lawsuit seeking more equitable care for transgender state employees, and sexual harassment in Pierre.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 1

SDPB’s Nate Wek brings news of the latest SDPB Tales of the Gridiron features. Today we talk about the North Border Titans.

In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 1

The quality of our water matters. For our health, for our environment, for our recreation, for our economy. The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference offers an opportunity for those who care to come together and work on an action plan. Today we welcome David Kringen to the program. He's a water resources field specialist for SDSU Extension.

Pine Ridge Immersions Program Creates Lakota Speakers

Oct 18, 2017
Chynna Lockett

Lakota is an original Native American language that elders on some South Dakota reservations speak today. There are efforts in a number of places around the country to preserve the language.

It’s a vocabulary lesson for a group of young students. 

They’re part of the Lakota Immersion Childcare program on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Here, all the learning is done in Lakota.

Thunder Valley CDC

In The Moment ... October 13, 2017 Show 198 Hour 1

New houses are under construction in the Pine Ridge Reservation. The project is part of Thunder Valley CDC. They offer work programs for low income families. SDPB's Chynna Lockett spoke with the Community Engagement Coordinator for Thunder Valley, Andrew Iron Shell.

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 1

The Government Accountability Task Force met for the final time yesterday. They're a summer study group tasked by the state legislature to take a closer look at campaign finance issues and limits in South Dakota. Yesterday, the task force passed along several proposals for the legislature to consider next session. Joining us to unpack those bills is SDPB's Lee Strubinger.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 1

He followed the Missouri River for more than 2,000 miles. He wrote about his journey. He found himself a new "River Family." And he wrote a book about his journey. Larry Campbell is the author of "Rolling Down the River." He's speaking at the Vermillion Rotary Club today. But first he stops by In the Moment.

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 1

Now more than ever, understanding the world has become a survival skill for an informed citizenry. The South Dakota World Affairs Council aims to foster in-depth conversations about the most pressing topics of our day. You can learn about the Future of Korea at a panel discussion this Wednesday in Brookings. Here with a preview is Jenna Gibson, Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America.