Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio News Director

Cara Hetland is the News Director for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She has more than 20 years in public radio as a reporter and producer.  Cara is also host of the Friday midday program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotan’s about it.  Cara also teaches media writing at the University of Sioux Falls in the spring semester and loves working with interns to develop their own style of storytelling.   Cara lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Daren and three daughters.  She is their number one fan whether it’s marching band, athletics or academics.

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Culture
1:35 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The History of the Camaro

Calvin Tolle is the owner of CT Machine Shop in Brookings, is a Camaro enthusiast and joins us to discuss the history and popularity of the iconic Chevrolet model.  Tolle is working to open a Camaro museum in Brookings which would be the only museum of its kind.   

Also a conversation with Kent Osborne about the Landscapes of South Dakota Photo Project.

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News
1:32 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Stories from a Vietnam Vet

Major Curtis Nupen (USAF ret) of Piedmont. He will talk about his experiences as an Electronic Warfare Officer in B-52s during the Vietnam War’s Operation Linebacker II.  Nupen will present his writings Saturday, August 9, at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City at 9 AM.  It’s sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group.  

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News
1:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  It took eight years and 66 revisions before President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law on September 3, 1964.   Laura Burns is a Supervisory Forester with the Hell Canyon Ranger District.  She is responsible for cultural resources, lands, recreation, and Wilderness.  Also David Miller with South Dakota Wild Grassland Coalition.  He’s a conservationist and lifelong advocate for wilderness and land protection.  

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News
1:11 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Innovation: Wild Wild Weather Of South Dakota

Susan Sanders, warning coordinator with the National Weather Service, spoke on the science of weather and weather safety during the Neutrino Day Science Cafe in . The presentation was recorded live from the Bumping Buffalo in Lead.

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News
1:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Innovation: Researchers Test Prarie Dog Plague Vaccine

In an extended cut of the original story, SDPB's Charle Michael Ray shares more on the efforts of researchers near Wind Cave to save prairie dogs from the plague. Plus, SDPB's Kent Osborne reminds listeners of the upcoming Landscapes of South Dakota photo contest and presents a special challenge for this weekend.

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Science
3:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Scientists Investigate Dark Matter In The Black Hills

Richard Gaitskell, Professor of Physics at Brown University
Credit SDPB

In honor of Neutrino Day, this week's Innovation broadcast live from a mile undergroud at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Scientists from around the country and the world gather there to investigate the mysterious building block of the universe: dark matter.  

  , and UC Berkley grad student Mia Ihm explained the LUX experiment, which uses the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world. Alan Poon and Wenqin Xu of the Majoranna Project also explained the underground construction of a new double beta decay detector.

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Science
3:50 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Is This The Center Of The Universe?

Joel Primack and Nancy ellen Abrams
Credit SDPB

Neutrino Day keynote speakers Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams believe we are at the center of the visible universe...and so is everything else. Primack is a professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz, and Abrams is a writer with a B.A. in history and the philosophy of science from the University of Chicago.

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Science
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Future Of The Sanford Underground Research Facility

Sanford Underground Research Facility Lab Director Mike Headley and Communications Director Connie Walter
Credit SDPB

On the eve of the 7th annual Neutrino Day, Sanford Underground Research Facility lab director Mike Headley discussed the future of the lab, which includes the next generation of dark matter research. Communications director Connie Walter also shared what visitor's can expect from Neutrino Day. Among many other attractions, the free event features the Journey Museum planetarium, tours of the underground lab and a space school musical.

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News
1:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Flood Victims Asked to Call 211 for Assistance

Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels asks flood victims to call 211 for assistance.
Credit Cara Hetland

Emergency management officials have opened a command center for volunteers wanting to assist people suffering from floods in Lincoln and Union Counties.  Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels toured the headquarters in the Canton United Methodist Church.  He says officials are looking for victims as well as volunteers.

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News
4:51 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Missing Person - LOCATED

Missing Woman - Nadine Richter
Credit Sioux Falls Police Department

Nadine Richter has been located and she is unharmed. The police thank you for your service.  

Politics
12:39 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Seeks Second Term

Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels and Gov. Dennis Daugaard kick of re-election campaign in Sioux Falls.
Credit Cara Hetland

Governor Dennis Daugaard is asking voters for another four year term in office.  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.

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.

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News
4:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Sioux Falls Police Investigate Homicide

Sioux Falls police are investigating the homicide of Kari Kirkegaard. They are asking for the public's help.
Credit Sioux Falls Police Department

 Sioux Falls police are investigating a homicide that happened over the weekend.  Rescue personnel responded to a medical emergency in 709 South Garfield in central Sioux Falls Sunday evening.  Fifty-six year old Kari Ann Kirkegaard was found dead inside the home with no immediate cause of death.  An autopsy reveals the manner of death is consistent with homicide.  Detectives say the victim’s bedding was missing.  Police are asking the public near South Garfield Avenue to check their garbage containers for anything out of the ordinary.

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Science
1:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Research Study Of Mild Alzheimer Patients

Researchers hoped a new compound treatment is a miracle drug to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease. But that's not the case for more advanced patients. So now they're looking at using the treatment on early onset of the disease. Dr. Bill Fuller with Avera Behavioral Health discussed the research study of mild Alzheimer patients.  To find out more about the study call Gail at Aver Behavioral Health at 605-322-3075.

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Culture
5:50 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Keeping the Mine Clean

SDPB's Cara Hetland with Robin Varland at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Lab at Homestake
Credit SDPB

Gold mines are dusty dirty places; full of mud, seeping water and grime.  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.  The walls here are vacuumed regularly and even grated stairs are meticulously scrubbed with alcohol wipes by hand.  Here we’ll introduce you to the woman whose job it is to keep the lab clean and the experiments dust free.

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Health
5:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Governor On Medicaid Expansion: 'Not Now'

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he stands by his decision not to grow South Dakota’s Medicaid program for now. This comes one day after a poll shows a majority of South Dakotans supports expanding Medicaid. Some 20,000 adults in South Dakota make too much for current Medicaid standards but too little to purchase insurance on the new health insurance exchange. Daugaard says he doesn’t recommend expanding Medicaid this year.

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Arts
4:40 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Artists Address Sex Trafficking in South Dakota

Taylor Hetland, 16, one of the performers
Credit Taylor Hetland

Artists have a way to shine a new light on hot button issues.  This week we’re looking at sex trafficking in South Dakota.  And one Sioux Falls artist is combining modern dance expression and cinematography to raise awareness of sex trafficking.  It's called "Freedom:  Unveiling the Cries of a Sex Slave"

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Arts
5:44 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Art of Healing: Looking Good to Feel Good

Feeling good about the way you look can impact healing.  One woman makes it her mission to take a blank face of a cancer patient and make her beautiful.

Credit Cara HetlandLooking good helps women focus on healingEdit | Remove

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Culture
11:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

StoryCorps: Dana Dupris

Dana Dupris and Mitra Bonshahi
Credit StoryCorps

In 2007, The StoryCorps recording booth was in South Dakota and made a stop in Eagle Butte.  Dana Dupris and Mitra Bonshahi recorded their conversation.  Dana Dupris speaks about growing up on an isolated ranch and lessons his father taught him.

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Health
5:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Art of Healing: Quilts and Tiles

More than a thousand quilts have been made for patients.
Credit Cara Hetland

Art is playing a larger role in healthcare.  Administrators consider everything from the design of a building to the art inside as a way to create a positive healing experience.  As the series Art of Healing continues we look at how healing is found in the act of creating art.

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Health
8:39 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Art of Healing: Art Can Heal

Butterflies greet visitors to the Avera Behavioral Health Building in Sioux Falls. The butterflies are part of the theme throughout the building.
Credit Cara Hetland / SDPB

Art can heal.  That might seem like an overstatement, but it's an idea backed by research that healthcare professionals are now embracing.  Hospitals are no longer square sterile boxes with small windows.  Instead they're being designed with patient input.  From the art on the walls to the music in the background experts say positive surroundings help us get better.  This is the first in a series where we explore The Art of Healing.

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The Impact of War
4:03 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Program Hopes To Help Disabled Veterans Through Free Vacations

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:00 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

There are a lot of programs aimed at helping disabled war veterans and thanking them for their service. A small community in the Black Hills of South Dakota is offering a thank you in the form of a free vacation. Cara Hetland of South Dakota Public Broadcasting tells us more.

CARA HETLAND, BYLINE: It's common for disabled war veterans to be offered a free meal or free admission to a tourist attraction on Veteran's Day, but a free weeklong vacation in the heart of the Black Hills?

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News
10:02 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Operation Black Hills Cabin

Operation Black Hills Cabin during 2013 dedication and Open House
Credit OBHC

 Veterans who served in conflict over the last ten years have seen a different kind of war than those who fought in World War Two and Vietnam.  And they have different wants and needs.  What began as a way for the community of Custer to say thank you to veterans has turned into saving families and relationships.  SDPB’s Cara Hetland has more on Operation Black Hills Cabin.   Pat Baird is a retired military veteran.  She and her husband both served in the Air Force and the North Dakota Air National Guard.  They know what it means to sacrifice for their country.

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Culture
3:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Diana Untermeyer on Dakota Midday

Diana Untermeyer, author of “Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky.” Qatar, a country jutting off the Arabian peninsula into the Persian Gulf, stands as a stable and relatively open society in a region mired in conflict. Qatar is also a vital military and economic partner for the United States. Untermeyer lived in Qatar for three years while her husband served as the U.S. ambassador. While there, she became active in women and children’s programs along with getting involved in conservation, arts and health.

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News
2:44 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Minimum Wage Proposal

President Barack Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour and indexing it to the cost-of-living by 2015.  According to the White House, eighty percent of workers who would benefit from the president's proposal are 20 years of age or older.  And the wages earned by the workers who would benefit from this plan make up 46 percent of their households' income.  In this segment of Dakota Midday we’ll hear from Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris followed by David Owen, President of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.   

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News
2:37 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

South Dakota Supreme Court at USD

Tom Sorensen, Associate Dean of the USD School of Law. Beginning Monday, March 18, the South Dakota Supreme Court is in session for three days at the University of South Dakota School of Law. The justices will hear several oral arguments during the March 2013 Term of Court at the law school courtroom, including three oral arguments on Monday, March 18: State of South Dakota vs. Briley W. Piper, 9 a.m., Russell Englund and Mary Englund vs. Paul Vital, 10 a.m., and State of South Dakota vs. James Duane Riley, 11 a.m.

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Business
8:27 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Technology Company Expands in South Dakota

USD President James Abbott, Eagle Creek President Ken Behrendt and Gov. Dennis Daugaard at the announcement of new IT jobs coming to Vermillion
Credit Kent Osborne / SDPB

A Minnesota based company is expanding in South Dakota.  Eagle Creek Software Services already has a technology center in Pierre and now it is promising 200 new jobs in Vermillion.  The company president says he hopes to add 800 more jobs within five years.  Ken Behrendt says his company will help design IT classed to be taught at the University of South Daktoa as a way to train future employees.  Behrendt says he's looking for students who are looking for a career.

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Culture
5:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Turning Tragedy Into Celebration

Alison with Quinn
Credit Alison Terhorst

For many, a child’s first birthday is about balloons, gifts and cake.  But for one Sioux Falls couple, tragedy is forcing them to celebrate in a different way.   Quinn Noel Terhorst was born in the early morning hours on March 12, 2012.

  “I had 28 hours of labor,” says Alison Terhorst.  “She was very laid back and happy.  Our first born and the joy of our lives.”

   

But in July, at just barely four months old, the joy turned into sorrow.

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Science
12:51 am
Tue February 12, 2013

The Launch of Landsat 8

The crowd gathers at EROS Data Center to watch the launch of the LDCM Landsat 8
Credit Cara Hetland / SDPB

Several hundred people gathered in a theater near Sioux Falls to watch and cheer a rocket blasts from a California Launchpad.  The Landsat Data Continuity Mission or L-D-C-M is a joint project between NASA and EROS Data Center in South Dakota.  The satellite aboard the rocket will provide digital imaging of the earth.  

Just before noon central it was all systems go.  As the engines roar to life just 15 seconds before launch the crowd in a theater at the EROS Data Center watch a large screen showing a live shot from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Liftoff

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News
5:15 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Donald Moeller's Execution Complete

David & Tina Curl reveal an artist's rendering of Becky O'Connell at age 32.
Credit Hannah Olsen / SDPB

Twenty-two years after nine-year-old Rebecca O’Connell was found raped and murdered, the man convicted of the crime was executed.  Witnesses Tuesday night watched Donald Moeller die by lethal injection at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

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