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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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.

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.

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.  

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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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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Former Republican Governor Mike Rounds wins open US Senate seat.

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

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

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

Attorney General Marty Jackley wins second term.

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

Tanna Kingsbury

Sep 15, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.  

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.

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.


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.


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.


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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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.

Sioux Falls Police Department

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

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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.

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.

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.


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.

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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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