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. 

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." 

American Heart Association

Officials with the American Heart Association call April "Move More Month." They want people to exercise in hopes of lowering their risk of heart disease and stroke. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 54 percent of South Dakotans get the recommended level of exercise.

That's 30 minutes a day, five days a week of moderate activity, or an hour and 15 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

CDC officials say walking counts as moderate activity, and jogging is vigorous. 

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for West River and Central South Dakota from late Thursday night into Saturday. 

Rapid City meteorologist Shane Egan says all of South Dakota may see impacts from this system. He says heavy snow and strong winds are possible over a wide swath of the state. 

"Pierre to Wall and down into kind of Pine Ridge area, with upwards of a foot or so...maybe more. A lot of kind of South Central into Western South Dakota could see up to 60 mile per hour gusts," Egan says. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits his company made mistakes in light of the Cambridge Analytica data breach. 

South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune is among lawmakers who are questioning the tech leader as he testifies on Capitol Hill this week. Zuckerberg apologized during his opening statement for not notifying the 87 million users whose information was plucked by the political firm. 

Thune wants to know how Facebook will make adjustments to be more transparent with its consumers.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

This is National Library Week. South Dakota's State Librarian says it's designed to demonstrate how libraries are vital to education and democracy. Statistics from the latest South Dakota Public Libraries Data Digest reveal more than 10,000 people per day visited public libraries in the state in 2016. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Jeremy Ludemann reports.

​National Library Week runs through Saturday. State Librarian Daria Bossman says there are more than 500 libraries throughout South Dakota, including those geared to public, medical, law, and academic studies.

The South Dakota Transportation Commission awards eight million dollars in funding to communities and counties statewide to preserve, rehabilitate, or replace bridges. 

Doug Kinniburgh is a local government engineer with the South Dakota Department of Transportation. He says local governments are required to contribute 20 percent matching funds for their projects. Kinniburgh says municipalities and counties must make additional commitments to be considered for funding.  

 

 

The University of South Dakota officially introduced Todd Lee as its new men's basketball coach on Friday afternoon. 

 Lee is a USD alumnus who returns to Vermillion after coaching in the college and professional ranks. He comes to Vermillion after serving for five years as an associate head coach at Grand Canyon University in Arizona.  He says Coyote fans will cheer on a team driven to succeed. 

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