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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Governor Dennis Daugaard supports the efforts to repeal I-M 22. 

By a single vote, the State Senate Education Committee will have the full senate look at a bill that exempts teachers from penalties for teaching scientific theories that aren’t necessarily based on fact.

Some South Dakota lawmakers want to loosen regulations on nursing home beds. One measure allows nursing homes to move certain beds within organizations…or sell them. 

Eighth-District State Representative Matthew Wollman has resigned his seat, days after admitting to sexual contact with two Legislative interns. Governor Daugaard says it's the right move and he'll work to appoint replacement.

President Donald Trump has nominated South Dakota School of Mines President Dr. Heather Wilson as Secretary of Air Force. Wilson graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1982, worked under President George H. W. Bush on National Security Council, and represented New Mexico in the US House for 11 years. 

A proposal to add electronic devices to the state’s wiretapping laws probably won’t be used much in the future.

The House Commerce and Energy Committee has approved a measure dealing with renewable energy. House Bill 12-10 expands protection for citizens from energy companies. The bill adds solar power to an existing law dealing with land owner protections.

After a slow start lawmakers expect issues to pick up from legislation dealing with IM-22 to a new animal diagnostic lab at SDSU. 

The State Senate will revisit a bill that failed to become law a year ago.  Senate Bill 24 re-classifies Vehicular Homicide as a violent crime. The Rapid City Chamber will change the question and answer format of its Legislative crackerbarrel sessions. More than 14 million people traveled to South Dakota for recreational purposes in 2016.

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A Senate committee is no longer considering banning lobbyists from an adjacent hallway to the Senate chambers; but reserve the right to bring it back if there's a problem. Unmanned aircraft don't need to register according to the Senate Transportation Committee. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill will not run for re-election. Gill also serves as head of state Bureau of Human Resources. Lawmakers are forming a special commission to investigate a fellow member for alleged sexual contact with a legislative intern during previous sessions.

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali and Dr. Brian Burrell joined Innovation. They recently received a nearly $3 million grant to train STEM students. Dr. Koodali and Dr. Burrell are professors at The University of South Dakota.  

Innovation: Mel Ustad

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Mel Ustad joined Innovation to discuss the programs in place to help science and technology companies grow in South Dakota. Ustad is the Director of Commercialization at the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

 

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Dr. James Rice joined Innovation to discuss how South Dakota's research infrastructure allows for federal funding. He also talked about the state Science and Technology plan. Dr. Rice is the Executive Director of EPSCoR.

Officials say the justice system needs to treat people with mental illness differently.

Understanding the misunderstanding between native and non-native cultures is a first step in closing the gap according to the Yankton Sioux Tribal chairman.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he doesn't support liberalizing marijuana laws.

A Senate Committee considers restricting lobbyists from hallways adjacent to the Senate floor.

Legislative leaders are already split over how to budget new money coming to South Dakota. Other stories featured in this podcast include: Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants the legislature to update the state's wiretapping laws. Chief Justice David Gilbertson calls the rising rates of addiction in South Dakota a new wave of evil.

Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked of the 2017 legislative session with the annual State of the State address before a joint session of lawmakers.

Stories featured in this Statehouse Podcast: Amazon remits sales tax for South Dakota residents. Teachers saw a salary increase across the state but Democrats want adjustments regarding declining enrollment. War on drugs coming to state and offenders get one chance. Governor wants out-of-state think tanks to stay out of state business. Protestors want state to listen to voters; and working on transparency from the inside.

Dakota State University professors Michael Gaylor and Patrick Videau talk about the chemistry and biology research that comes from a jar of preserves - a jar of pumpkin preserves that was sealed in 1920! Students Hope Juntunen and Vaille Swenson also join Innovation as they share what they hope to find - and what NOT to find.

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Reynold Nesiba is a Democratic candidate for District 15 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Jordan Youngberg is a Republican candidate for District 8 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Art Rusch is a Republican candidate for District 17 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Sean McPherson is a Republican candidate for District 32 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Steven McCleerey is a Democratic candidate for District 1 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Spencer Gosch is a Republican candidate for District 23 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Kory Rawstern is a Democratic candidate for District 8 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Peggy Schuelke is a Democratic candidate for District 4 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Al Novstrup is a Republican candidate for District 3 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

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Anne Lewis from the South Dakota Discovery Center and Jessica Taylor with NASA's Langley Research Center discuss a new citizen science app that allows people to contribute their observations to an international database utilized by both NASA scientists and students around the world. You simply take pictures of clouds which are geo-located. The app offers information on satellite flyovers to allow for synchronization of flyover and ground observations.

Larry Tidemann is a Republican candidate for District 7 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

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Eugene Hoyme, M.D., and Amy Elliott, Ph.D. discuss new FASD Diagnostic standards. The two were part of a group of experts who developed clinical guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders based on an analysis of more than 10,000 individuals involved in studies of prenatal alcohol exposure.

Karen Soli is a Democratic candidate for District 15 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Gary Cammack is a Republican candidate for District 29 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Steve Haugaard is a Republican candidate for District 10 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Dan Ahlers is a Democratic candidate for District 25 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Billie Sutton is a Democratic candidate for District 21 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

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