Gary Ellenbolt

SDPB Morning Edition Host

Gary Ellenbolt brings South Dakotans the news of a new day on SDPB's Morning Edition.  Imagine the guy in the local coffee shop who knows everything, can't wait to tell everyone, and throws in a clever phrase now and again, and you'll have an idea of the typical morning on South Dakota's only statewide radio network.

Gary also works as a radio news producer, covering events of the state and stories that impact listeners.  During the fall and winter, he can be seen on SDPB Television's coverage of State High School Football and Basketball Championships.

When those aren't going on, he spends time as the radio play-by-play announcer for Briar Cliff University, an NAIA school in Sioux City, Iowa.  He fills in any calendar free space as a high school wrestling official.

Gary has also done some short fiction writing, with several stories published--including "The Question I Put Before God," "Aunt Alice and the War on Poverty," and "Eight Long Hours at Armbruster Salmon."

He holds a bachelor's degree in Radio-Television Broadcasting from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and a Master's Degree in Contemporary Media and Journalism from the University of South Dakota.

Gary is married to Sandy, the Director of Human Subjects Protection at USD--they have two sons, Preston, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marines, and Tyler, a sixth grader.

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News
2:54 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: Lewis and Clark Water Project Vies for Funding in Budget

Credit Lewis and Clark Water System

The budget just passed by Congress includes an additional 31 million dollars for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Rural Water Program. Bureau officials will have to decide how to divide the money among six water projects.

The Lewis and Clark Rural Water System is vying for dollars along with two projects in Montana, two in New Mexico and one in North Dakota. The Lewis and Clark pipeline serves southeastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa and southwestern Minnesota. It's currently 65 percent complete and delivering water to 11 of 20 members.

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News
5:12 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Gov Proposes 2 Percent Increases In Key Budget Areas

Governor Dennis Daugaard at a press briefing following the December 2014 Budget Address.
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard gave legislators and a state-wide audience his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016.  The governor admits it’s a cautious budget, and he says it has to be.  Daugaard says revenue amounts have not met projections this fiscal year, and his numbers for education and state workers are just above predicted inflation rates.

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Sports
9:48 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The Music of Baseball

Left Field at The Birdcage, the home of the Sioux Falls Canaries, Sioux Falls, SD
Credit Gary Ellenbolt

Kids who love baseball are known to pick a favorite player and emulate his batting style. Maybe they'll hitch up their pants before they go to the plate--or hold the bat high off the shoulder with the front foot behind the back foot. In the past few years, kids have copied another part of the at-bat; the walk-up song that plays when a player comes to the plate or to the mound to enter the game.  

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News
9:14 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

NWS Unhappy with Weather Channel Advice

A Sioux Falls meteorologist says he’s not happy with The Weather Channel suggesting residents of Sioux City, Iowa evacuate the city as a tornado was approaching the community.  Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service says in unpredictable weather—especially the threat of a tornado—leaving one’s home is not a good idea.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bosworth, Walker Face Election Fraud Charges

Former South Dakota US Senate candidates Annette Bosworth and Clayton Walker have arrest warrants out for their alleged conduct while gathering nomination signatures to qualify for the primary. 

Bosworth was allowed to run and finished a distant fourth in the five-candidate race, while Walker was not allowed on the ballot by Secretary of State Jason Gant. 

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says these are serious allegations.

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News
12:32 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Farm Bill Still Mired

South Dakota Congressional leaders say a Farm Bill is key for Ranchers dealing with the wake of the October Blizzard.

There’s still no agreement on a federal Farm Bill.  Representative Kristi Noem says lawmakers are close to coming up with a complete package to send to President Obama.  Noem says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has not given a deadline for crafting the bill, which has not been done despite various extensions.  Eventually, the nation’s Ag policy would revert to a standard from 19-49 if the House and Senate don’t hammer out a measure.  Noem says that’s not likely.

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News
4:54 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

State Of The State Kicks Off Session

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers the 2014 State of the State Address.

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivered the annual State of the State Address on Tuesday (January 14, 2014) in Pierre to the opening session of the state legislature.   Daugaard began by highlighting the state’s accomplishments.  Daugaard has preached fiscal conservatism throughout his term as Governor—and he told lawmakers their work has paid off.

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Business
1:41 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

"Soybean Sudden Death" Disease

Farmers with flooded fields have another disease to worry about. SDSU Extension says a dozen fields in the state showed traces of "Soybean Sudden Death" disease. South Dakota State University Extension Plant Pathologist Connie Strunk tells SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt that the southeast is primed for a large outbreak of the disorder.

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Environment
4:02 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Spring Weather: Present & Future

Brookings, SD looks like winter on the first day of spring
Credit Ashley Hubregtse

Geese flying north, robins, baseball and sunshine are just a few signs of spring.  It’s a season of the year people really look forward to—especially if the winter has been long and cold.

There aren’t many people sad to see winter go; most of us in the Northern Hemisphere look forward to the day and time the sun crosses the equator on its journey north—that’s the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of spring.  It happened at 6:02 a.m. Central time Wednesday. It just didn’t feel like spring in these parts.

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Politics
11:21 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Janklow Exhibit At The University Of South Dakota

Credit Chris Laughery

It’s pretty unusual for a University to display artifacts and papers of a student who had to talk his way into staying enrolled, once officials found out he was a high school dropout.  But, it’s not so unusual when you find out that student was Bill Janklow.  He remained at the University of South Dakota to receive undergraduate and law degrees—and spent his life as one of the most colorful figures in state history.  Now, the school that tried to expel him is displaying some of his artifacts on campus.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Gary Ellenbolt tells us more on today’s Dakota Digest

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Sports
10:46 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Wrestling May Be Eliminated From Olympics In 2020

Bye is a realtor in Vermillion. In the winter, he serves as head wrestling coach at Vermillion High School.  His Tanagers brought two place winners home from the Class A State Tournament last weekend.  Bye’s nephew, Brett Bye, finished third at 152 pounds—while Regan Bye, the coach’s son, won the state championship at 145 pounds.

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News
12:48 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Officials Investigate Three Fatal Crashes

Credit SDPB

The Highway Patrol and Union County officials are investigating three separate fatal accidents on Interstate 29 in southeast South Dakota. The crashes happened Tuesday and reportedly occurred within an hour of one another.   

South of Elk Point, 27-year-old Angela Beth Snoozy of Emery died when she lost control of her auto, crossed the median and struck a garbage truck. 

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon December 10, 2012

First Major Storm In South Dakota

Parts of East River went through the season’s first major winter storm this weekend.  The storm snarled traffic that could move, and closed parts of Interstates 90 and 29 Sunday.  A stretch of I-29 remains closed in both directions from Sioux Falls to Watertown.  Kelly Seer with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says a lot of elements made for a messy weekend.

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News
11:49 am
Fri December 7, 2012

SDSU's 'It Starts With State' Campaign

South Dakota State University development officials are finishing a four-year, 220-million dollar fundraising campaign.  The “It Starts with State” campaign has led to 14 new capital projects on campus—with building renovation a key part of the effort.  Steve Erpenbach with the S-D-S-U Foundation says people in his office won’t have a lot of down-time between campaigns.

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Environment
11:38 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Winter Type Weather Moving Through Parts Of South Dakota

After several weeks of above normal temperatures, strong winter weather is forecast for parts of South Dakota this weekend.  Kelly Sair is with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.

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Politics
1:21 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Congresswoman Not Ready To Reveal 2014 Plans

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem says she is not ready to reveal her plans for the 2014 election.  Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, who formally entered the race Thursday, says he and Noem visited Wednesday night. Rounds says Noem offered congratulations but wouldn’t tell him whether she is planning a Senate run.

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Politics
10:52 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Former Governor Announces Senate Run

Former Gov. Mike Rounds

Former Governor Mike Rounds ended a period of speculation Thursday. He announced he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014.  Rounds has more than a decade invested in politics at the state level. 

He served two terms as Governor.  Democratic Senator Tim Johnson is the incumbent; he has had some health concerns during this senate term.  USD political science professor Mike Card says it’s difficult to say whether Johnson will seek re-election.

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Politics
10:47 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Professor: Rounds Poised For Campaign

Former Gov. Mike Rounds

Former Governor Mike Rounds announced Thursday he is running for the U-S Senate.  A few months ago, Rounds developed a committee to explore a possible Senate run. USD political science professor Mike Card says the former governor has had plenty of time to map out his future since returning to his insurance and real estate business in Pierre.

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News
11:47 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Powerball Jackpot Has Now Climbed Past Half Billion

The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing has climbed past the half-billion dollar mark.  Whoever matches five white balls and the red Powerball drawn tonight wins or shares the prize, minus any federal taxes.  Sioux Falls financial advisor Neil Graff says that large of windfall requires a team of assistants for proper fund management.

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News
11:35 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Record Jackpot For Powerball Drawing

Tonight’s Powerball drawing is worth an estimated 500 million dollars.  It’s the largest jackpot in Powerball history.  South Dakota Lottery Executive Director Norman Lingle says sales of the two-dollar tickets are brisk across the state—he predicts most sales activity in mid-afternoon.  Lingle says anyone who wins the jackpot needs to take certain steps before getting the ticket validated.

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Environment
12:06 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The Dust Bowl

KEN BURNS NEW FILM, “THE DUST BOWL,” LOOKS AT VERY SERIOUS ISSUES IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS DURING THE 19-30S.  A PROFESSOR EMERITUS AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCHES THE DUST BOWL ON THE NORTHERN PLAINS—AND DR. DONALD BERG SAYS THE SITUATION IN THE DAKOTAS AND OTHER LOCATIONS WAS EVEN WORSE.   HE IS WORKING ON THE BOOK ON THE SUBJECT, AND HAS FINISHED A SCHOLARLY PAPER.  TODAY ON “DAKOTA DIGEST,” BERG VISITS WITH S-D-P-B RADIO’S GARY ELLENBOLT ABOUT HIS RESEARCH.  HE STARTS WITH HIS REASONS TO BELIEVE THE NORTHERN PLAINS ARE IGNORED IN ANY DISCUSSION OF THE “DIRTY THIRTIES.”

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Sports
3:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Coyotes vs Jackrabbits

More than a year’s worth of anticipation is about over for South Dakota college football fans.  Saturday marks the first football game between South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota in nine years.  The game is taking place at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings.  A Jackrabbit win puts the team in good shape for a playoff spot—if the Coyotes win, it means a two-win season.  U-S-D football coach Joe Glenn says a win in the rivalry game would take some of the sting out of a tough schedule.

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Sports
2:57 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Jackrabbits vs Coyotes

College football’s regular season ends for The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University on Saturday.  The Jackrabbits and Coyotes meet in Brookings Saturday afternoon.  S-D-S-U has won seven of its ten games this year—and could earn a playoff spot with a win over U-S-D.  But Jackrabbit Offensive Coordinator Eric Eidsness (EYEDS-ness) says his team needs to finish the job at hand.

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Sports
1:02 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

South Dakota College Football Rivalry

The first time the University of South Dakota met South Dakota State in football—Benjamin Harrison was President of the United States.  With breaks for world wars and movement to other classifications, the rivalry has grown to one of the most intense in the Midwest.  Saturday, for the first time in nearly a decade, the Jackrabbits and Coyotes meet for a football game.  As South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Gary Ellenbolt reports on today’s Dakota Digest, Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings will invoke many memories.

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Technology
12:37 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Convenient Self-Service Motor Vehicle Registration Kiosks

South Dakota’s Division of Motor Vehicles is installing new self-service terminals to complete auto registration.  Officials say anyone who needs new decals for their plates can go to one of the self-serve locations any time a store location is open.  Deb Hilmer with the Division of Motor Vehicles says motorists can use any terminal in South Dakota to finish the task.

“If I happen to be in Yankton, and I’ve forgotten to renew my registration, I can actually go down to the terminal and register my vehicle—even though I’m a Hughes County resident, says Hilmer.”

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Technology
12:29 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

New Self-Service Registration Terminals for Motor Vehicle's in South Dakota

The State Division of Motor Vehicles is opening several new self-service registration terminals.  D-M-V Director Deb Hilmer says the kiosks are convenient ways to take care of auto registrations.

“The self-service terminals are like an ATM machine, only rather than getting money out of them, you go in and do your vehicle registrations, and you’ll be able to walk away with your registration card, which will have your decals on it, says Hilmer.  So it really provides an alternative method for people to renew their vehicles, 24 hours, seven days a week.” 

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Sports
11:49 am
Thu November 8, 2012

South Dakota High School Football By The Numbers

It’s pretty hard to miss the big building that sits at Highway 50 and Dakota Avenue in Vermillion.  The Dakota Dome is, in one setting, a sports venue, a tourist attraction, an engineering marvel—and something for high school football teams to aim for from two-a-day practices in August, to now.  12 teams in six classes have made the trip to the Dome to see if they can satisfy the last available goal of a state championship.  It’s time once again to take a look at the more fascinating stories to come from the weekend.  Welcome to “State Football:  By the Numbers.”  What’s first, Steve?

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Politics
10:37 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Matt Varilek Falls to Kristi Noem for South Dakota's U-S House Seat

Democratic challenger Matt Varilek lost his bid for South Dakota’s U-S House seat.  Varilek fell to incumbent Republican Representative Kristi Noem by 18 percentage points Tuesday.  Varilek addressed supporters in Sioux Falls after conceding defeat.

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Politics
10:33 am
Wed November 7, 2012

U-S Representative Kristi Noem Wins Second Term in Congress

U-S Representative Kristi Noem won a second term in Congress Tuesday night.  Noem defeated Matt Varilek in the general election for the state’s seat in the House.  Following her victory, Noem thanked her supporters in Sioux Falls—and reminded them much work remains.

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News
10:52 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Trooper In Critical Condition After Chase

A Highway Patrol Trooper is in critical condition after being struck by a car in Sioux Falls early Wednesday morning. Trooper Andrew Steen was run over by the suspect's vehicle and is hospitalized.

Terry Woster is Public Information Officer for the Department of Highway Safety.

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