Jeremy Ludemann

Local Host, All Things Considered

What started out as volunteering to emcee high school pep rallies has turned into a vocation that has surpassed my wildest dreams. I'm new to these parts and grew up along the coast of South Carolina. I left there to go to The College of Wooster where I got a part-time gig at the campus radio station. I loved it so much that I ended up running the place my senior year.

As a grad student at Ohio University, I spent a good chunk of time at WOUB, the local NPR and PBS station. That experience led me to pursue a career in public broadcasting. It's a honor to say "This is SDPB News, I'm Jeremy Ludemann." 

My goal is to work with colleagues across South Dakota to deliver news and perspectives that matter. If there's a story that you think is worth telling, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In my spare time, I like to go to sporting events, concerts, state parks, and museums. I'm trying to get to the gym more often, but looks like that New Year's resolution isn't panning out too well (I digress). 

Thanks for tuning in to SDPB, and as Charles Osgood says, "I'll see you on the radio." 

National Weather Service

A Tornado Watch is in effect for parts of northeastern, north central, and east central South Dakota.

The watch expires at midnight central tonight. 

Ryan Vipond is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen. He says this evening's storms may produce hail and damaging winds. 

Tom Farrell / Wind Cave National Park

The Rankin Fire in Wind Cave National Park is now 90 percent contained. 

Federal, state, and local agencies are battling the blaze. The fire has burned about 1,200 acres in steep and rocky terrain east of South Dakota Highway 87 and south of National Park Service Road 5.  Tom Farrell is a public information officer for the Rankin Fire. He says the fire is located away from populated areas: 

DOE

More of South Dakota's graduating seniors are taking the ACT examination. 

The ACT is a national test that asks students to answer questions in English, Reading, Science, and Math.

80 percent of South Dakota's high school class of 2017 took the test. That's up four points from the previous year.  Mary Stadick Smith with the Department of Education says it's a positive development.

University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota men's basketball team will play for a national television audience. 

The Coyotes travel to Durham, North Carolina to take on the Duke Blue Devils in December. 

ESPN2 will televise the game between the schools. It's the first time USD and Duke have played each other. USD head coach Craig Smith says the national coverage is "fantastic" for the University, the Summit League, and the entire State of South Dakota. 

Mike Rounds

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says he's paying attention to how conversations around the North American Free Trade Agreement may impact South Dakota's agriculture industry.

Trade representatives from the United States, Mexico, and Canada met earlier this week in Mexico City. The third round of talks between the three nations is set for later this month in Ottawa. Rounds says the President has talked with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and industry leaders about trade.

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