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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Science
4:51 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Innovation: Dr. Gareth Davies And Dorret Boomsma

Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Director at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics.  He was listed as a co-author in Nature, the international weekly journal of science for an article titled “Common Genetic Variants Influence Human Subcortical Brain Structures” which was released Jan.

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Science
11:29 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Innovation: Rapid City Stevens Team Goes to National Science Bowl

Stevens Science Teacher Lisa Weisbeck and the State Championship Team set to represent South Dakota in the National Science Bowl.
Credit Charles Michael Ray

A team from Rapid City Stevens High School will represent South Dakota at the National Science Bowl in Washington DC this April.

Stevens won the state competition beating out other schools in South Dakota -- now they go up against the best in the country.  

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray caught up with Stevens Science Teacher Lisa Weisbeck and two students on the winning state team --  Junior Rachel Fenenga and Senior James Donhiser.

To escape the noisy school hallways the three stepped into a quiet science storage room, filled with beakers and instruments…  

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News
3:28 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Senate Committee Kills Conceal Carry Bills

South Dakota Lawmakers killed two measures that deal with concealed weapons.  House Bills 1096 and 1116 were deferred to the 41st Legislative day by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Lawmakers objected to what might happen with the passage of the legislation

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News
1:25 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Lawmakers Consider New Tests To Infant Screening

Heel prick used in newborn screening
Credit google images

  An effort to add more newborn screening tests is moving through the legislature.  A House Committee approved Senate Bill 60 that adds inherited and genetic disorders to the list of diseases tested on infants.

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News
12:15 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Parental Consent Required For Minors Who Want To Tan

A legislative committee has approved a proposal that requires parental consent for minors to use indoor tanning beds at salons.

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-5 on Thursday for the amended plan, which originally banned minors from using tanning facilities at all.

Republican Rep. Lana Greenfield of Doland says she thinks the proposal interferes with small businesses and requires something that’s already being done.

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Science
11:16 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Innovation: Dr. George Stefano Discusses Mitogenitics

Dr. George Stefano
Credit SDPB

  Dr. George B. Stefano is the Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute.  Dr.

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News
2:31 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

NICOA Looking For Elders and Non-profits

The National Indian Council on Aging is a non-profit organization that focuses on tribal elders.  The program works with other non-profits to give work training to elders as a way to remove them from subsidized assistance.  

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News
3:30 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Attorney General Warns Of New Drug

Images of 25i
Credit Attorney General Press Release

Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning college campuses and students about a new synthetic drug surfacing in South Dakota.  It’s known as 25i.  Law Enforcement has been aware of the drug but Jackley confirms it is now it South Dakota.

Jackley:  (:20) – It has properties of LSD, it creates huge hulicinations, it is extremely addictive.  So it creates considerable public health and safety concerns and we just want the community to be aware of that and if they do see this type of drug and certainly with kids get rid of the drugs, they’re very dangerous.

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News
4:27 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Gov Wants Laws To Contain Diseases

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants the Department of Health to have better authority to contain infectious diseases like Ebola and Measles or even the flu.  He says current contagious disease control statutes are vague and only specifically address tuberculosis.

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Technology
2:43 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

New Investment in Sioux Falls Biotech

Earlier this week, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation made a $3 million investment in SAB Biotherapeutics to bolster the Bio-Tech industry in the area. SAB Biotherapeutics uses genetically engineered cattle to produce human antibodies. CEO and co-founder Dr. Eddie Sullivan discusses his company and the science behind human antibodies.   

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Health
2:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Brain Injury Risk in Youth Football

Thayne Munce is associate director of the Sanford Sports Science Institute. He authored a study on brain injury risk in youth football. The studied monitored 22 local youth football players ages 11 to 13 during a single season of 27 practices and 9 games. Each player wore sensors in his helmet which measured head-impact frequency, magnitude, duration and location. More than 6,000 head impacts were recorded, and found to be similar in magnitude and location to those in high school and college football but less frequent.

News
3:57 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Record Year for Construction in Sioux Falls

Construction activity in Sioux Falls broke three records in 2014.   Nearly 15-thousand building permits with a valuation of $620 million surpassed 2013 record year – and more housing units were constructed.  

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News
5:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

South Dakota Invests In Rail Improvements

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced a $56 million investment to improve state owned rail lines.  The money is a combination of public and private funds.  The Governor says he is prepared to invest in more partnerships to improve rail transportation in the state. 

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World
2:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Dakota Midday: Local West African Community Prays to End Ebola

Credit WGBH

According to the latest report from the World Health Association, more than six thousand people have died of Ebola this year in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and  Sierra Leone. Incidences of Ebola in Liberia are stable or declining, but that the transmission of the virus is still intense in Sierra Leone.

On Sunday, December 14 in Sioux Falls, the Economic Community of West African State in South Dakota is holding an intercessory service for Ebola affected nations. It begins at 3 pm at the First Baptist Church.

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Business
2:55 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Sioux Falls Made Market Coming Soon

Jodi Schwan, Editor of the Sioux Falls Business Journal, discusses the first Sioux Falls Made Market December 5, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Schwan says the makers movement taps into the American culture that says if you can dream it, you can make a living with it.  She says incubating start-up commerce leads to new businesses.

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Health
2:49 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Michael Lawler, Ph.D. On Interprofessional Education

Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Dean of the USD School of Health Sciences discusses the role of interprofessional education in Health Sciences.  The concept called "interprofessionalism" simulates and teach activities that mimic reality.  It helps students understand the role of other healthcare professionals as it relates to their own field.  

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Health
2:46 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dr. Russ Wilke Releases Study On Genetics and Statins

Russ Wilke, MD, Internal Medicine Physician at Sanford Health in Fargo.  Wilke is a co-author in a study published in Nature Communications  about how statin medications that can be attributed to genetic factors. Statins are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the United States.  These drugs reduce the frequency and severity of cardiovascular disease in patients at risk for heart attack and stroke.  The study looked at genetics, drugs and side effects in patients.

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Politics
1:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrat Rick Weiland Concedes Race for Senate

Democratic Senate Candidate Rick Weiland, addresses the crowd at the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls, SD on Tuesday evening.
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Democratic candidate for US Senate Rick Weiland concedes race to Republican Mike Rounds.  Weiland says it was a good race and he's not finished.

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Politics
12:33 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republican Mike Rounds Wins U.S. Senate Seat

Former Governor Mike Rounds gives his victory speech on Tuesday Night at the District in Sioux Falls, SD.
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Former Republican Governor Mike Rounds wins open US Senate seat.

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Politics
12:08 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Rep Kristi Noem wins Re-Election to U.S. House

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem addressing the media after giving her victory speech.
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem wins Re-election to House of Representatives.  

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Politics
11:32 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Susan Wismer Concedes Race for Governor

Susan Wismer and Susy Blake conceding race for governor
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Democratic candidate Susan Wismer concedes race with running mate Susy Blake.

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Politics
11:12 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Re-Elected to Second Term

Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard wins second term.  Here is his acceptance speech with Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Marty Jackley Re-Elected as Attorney General

Attorney General Marty Jackley wins second term.

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Politics
10:23 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Shantel Krebs Elected Secretary of State

Republican Shantel Krebs wins first term as Secretary of State replacing Jason Gant.

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News
1:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tanna Kingsbury

A student-athlete from Sanborn Central High School who made an inspirational basket in last year's Sate Tournament has died.

Tanna Kingsbury was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a type of cancer, in 2013.  She died Sunday morning.  Kingsbury's coach and Sanborn Central Athletic Director Tim McCain says her shot in the waning seconds of the game was a special moment shared with the entire state.

McCain says counselors and clergy have been made available to students at the school.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

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News
12:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Keystone XL To Re-Certify With PUC

The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Friday on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Three landowners are suing to block the project. They say TransCanda bypassed proper permitting agencies. Officials with the Keystone project say they plan to re-certify the project in South Dakota while they await court rulings and federal permitting.

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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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