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.

Ways to Connect

Statehouse Podcast: Medical Marijuana, Death Penalty, Ed Funding

Feb 10, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for February 10th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on medical marijuana, the death penalty, education funding, healthcare, sex ed, and abortion.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A bill to end the death penalty in South Dakota failed in the state legislature. State Senator Art Rusch, who spent many years as a prosecutor and circuit judge, brought Senate Bill 94 to the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday. 

Testimony on both sides was often emotional. Lynnette Johnson of Sioux Falls lost her husband on his 63rd birthday in 2011.  Ronald “RJ” Johnson was attacked and killed during an escape attempt by two men serving life prison terms.  Johnson’s widow is opposed to repealing executions in the state.

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The Statehouse Podcast for February 8th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on: abortion regulations, education funding, religious freedom and LGBT civil rights, open meetings, and a courthouse and capitol enhanced conceal carry bill.

Jenifer Jones

The Statehouse Podcast for February 4th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on industrial hemp, and medical marijuana along with a bill allowing lawmakers to carry a concealed handgun in the capitol.  The podcast also includes coverage of  a bill requiring mandatory meningitis vaccination for middle school students and a bill dealing with science curriculum requirements - plus other legislation. 

 

Jenifer Jones

The Statehouse Podcast for January 26th, 2016 includes stories on: a proposed change to daylight savings time, regulations for changing school district boundaries, a bill that requires lockdown practice in schools, and more.

Katie Hunhoff - South Dakota Magazine

The Legislative Podcast for January 21, 2016  includes three stories on education issues plus a story on a proposal to change the DUI law for juveniles and an effort to end the Pac Man Tax.

Legislative Podcast: College Prep, Kickboxing Fees, Elder Abuse

Jan 19, 2016
Amy Varland

The Legislative Podcast for January 19th, 2016 includes stories on boosting college prep, an increase in kickboxing and MMA event fees, an effort to curb elder abuse, and a list of new prohibited drugs being considered by lawmakers.

Legislative Podcast: State Of Tribes Address In Pierre

Jan 14, 2016

The Legislative Podcast for January 14th, 2016 includes highlights of the first ever State of Tribes Address in Pierre and a look at one bill that sailed out of the State Senate Commerce Committee.

Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his State of the State Address to lawmakers on Tuesday.   Here is a rundown of the highlights.  
 

You can find the entire address archived here.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing a total state budget of about $4.8-billion  for fiscal year 2017.   You can listen to the entire address archived here.

Daugaard says South Dakota is in good fiscal shape overall.  He says the state has balanced its budget honestly.

Obama Rejects KXL

Nov 6, 2015
Victoria Wicks SDPB

President Barack Obama has rejected a permit that would allow the Keystone Pipeline to cross the Canadian border.

Flags fly at half-staff out of respect for former South Dakota Governor Walter Dale Miller. He died Monday at the age of 89. Miller was born in October of 1925 in Meade County, South Dakota. He was a longtime school board member and state politician before becoming governor in 1993. 

Walter Dale Miller served in the state’s top office for less than one term, but those who worked with him say South Dakota still feels the impact of his decades of leadership. He was a tall man who some call a cowboy gentleman – always in boots and his hat. 

Molly Miles

The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday morning that makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Now South Dakotans are reacting to the opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges that says states cannot ban same-sex marriage.

South Dakota’s Attorney General says the same-sex marriage decision from the US Supreme Court is immediate. Marty Jackley says that means gay and lesbian couples can apply for marriage licenses in South Dakota right away.

The 20-15 South Dakota Legislative Session began with the annual State of the State Address today (Tuesday).  Governor Dennis Daugaard says his top priority is working on the state’s roads and bridges.  

After the pleasantries and welcome of new lawmakers to their first session, Governor Daugaard didn’t mince any words with his goals for the state.

Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State Address focused on improving South Dakota’s transportation system.  Much of that time was spent on funding proposals to improve the state’s roads and bridges.  But Daugaard says another way to save excessive wear on highways is to utilize rail.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

"Soybean Sudden Death" Disease

May 30, 2013

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.

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.

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

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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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. 

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.

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.

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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