Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio Director

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio 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 In the Moment program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotan’s about it.  Cara also teaches media courses at the University of Sioux Falls 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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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.

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.

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"

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.

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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.

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.

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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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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 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.

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.

Minimum Wage Proposal

Mar 18, 2013

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.   

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Dave Kranz and I had a deal.  He would do a taped interview with me about his memories of George McGovern and I would hold the audio until after George McGovern died.  

At the beginning of the interview Dave jokes that McGovern would probably outlive us both.  

It was always fun for me to watch Dave Kranz work.  I was always in awe of him and his ability to know everyone and everything.  He could walk through a line of people and tell you story after story of everyone he recognized and how they're connected to certain politicians. 

Hannah Olsen

The execution of Eric Robert was carried out last night at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Robert pleaded guilty to the April 2011 murder of Ronald Johnson during a failed escape attempt. Robert asked to be executed and waived his appeals. Monday's execution was orderly and precise.

Execution Tonight

Oct 15, 2012

 Tonight (October 15, 2012) at 10:00 PM Eric Robert is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.  During the execution the media will await witness statements in the Ronald J. Johnson training center.   The place named for the victim of Robert’s Crime.    Attorney General Marty Jackley has already spoken this morning to the family of Robert “RJ” Johnson.  Johnson was murdered during a failed escape attempt last April of 2011.

By Victoria Wicks

Voters in a number of states have to produce some form of identification when they go to the polls, a requirement opposed by those who say the law disenfranchises specific groups. South Dakota requires a government-issued photo ID but allows people without the document to vote after signing an affidavit. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks explores these issues and other state laws that affect voters.

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Patients in Sioux Falls in need of a heart valve replacement may no longer face mandatory open heart surgery.    Sanford Health in North and South Dakota has been approved as one of a hundred other sites around the country in performing a new non-invasive heart valve replacement procedure.  On today’s Dakota Digest SDPB’s Cara Hetland has the story of how the surgery is different but necessary for the sickest of patients.

Marjorie Walberg was told in February she would need her aortic valve replaced.  For her it was bound to happen sometime.

The State Geologist says a major oil boom is unlikely in South Dakota.

Derrick Iles with the South Dakota Geological Survey says the Bakken Formation, which produces most of North Dakota's oil, doesn't extend very far into this state.  

Iles says South Dakota just doesn’t have the same amount of oil as its neighbor to the north.

Although South Dakota’s Geology is similar in many respects to North Dakota’s Geology it’s dis similar enough that we will never be able to produce oil and gas at the level that North Dakota is presently enjoying,” says Iles. 

Kealey Bultena

South Dakota’s education report card shows the state’s high school completion rate dropped slightly this year, but education officials say it’s mostly flat. South Dakota didn’t see a huge increase in the dropout rate, but the state didn’t make any significant improvements in keeping more students on track. Educators around South Dakota try to curb dropout rates by encouraging students to stay in class.

SDSM&T


The President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology had died.  School officials confirmed Robert Wharton’s death this morning (September 19, 2012).  South Dakota Board of Regents C-E-O Jack Warner says Wharton’s tenure brought the School of Mines into regional and national prominence.

Ross Chapin

Sep 17, 2012

Ross Chapin talks about his program  Pocket Neighborhoods.   Ross Chapin is an internationally acclaimed architect, land planner and author from Whidbey Island, north of Seattle.  He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans across the US and Canada.  He is also the author of the book Pocket Neighborhoods:  Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World.   

Brooke Orcutt is a Plain Green Conference committee member.  She discusses the conference and projects throughout the year.

Lisa Taylor  talks about her program City Farming For Everyone!  Lisa Taylor is the author of Your Farm in the City:  An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals.  She lives in Shoreline, Washington and spends most of her days growing and eating plants with children.  She is the Children’s Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth. 

Matthew Hein

Sep 17, 2012

Matthew Hein discusses Energy Audits:  How to Capitalize on Their Value.  Matt Hein is an Energy Engineer and analyzes energy systems.  

Kyle Mork

 
Summer Camp is a fond memory for many of us in South Dakota.  Nature trails, lakes and bonfires still take us back in time.  But for many with disabilities it’s an experience they cannot relate to--until now. 

Joy Nelson has two passions – 1880’s history and horses
 
 “I was horse crazy since the time I could talk. …  My parents have the old movies they dressed me up like the little girl I’m supposed to be but I’m dressed up in my cowboy hat and boots and belt on riding my rocking horse with my dress on – it was always there,” says Nelson.
 

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