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." 

SD School of Mines & Technology

Efforts to renovate O'Harra Stadium in Rapid City continue. The facility hosts athletic contests for Central and Stevens High School and for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 

 

​The project received almost two million dollars from the City's Vision Fund. Joel Lueken is the Athletic Director at the School of Mines.  He says the college and the Rapid City Area School District have also contributed money for the project. Lueken says several upgrades are already in place. 

 

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has received a donation of more than a million dollars to fund scholarships in four sports. The gift comes from an alumnus of the Rapid City institution. 

The funds will support scholarships in men's and women's basketball and in men's and women's cross country.  The Hardrockers compete in NCAA Division Two. Joel Lueken is the Athletic Director at the School of Mines. He says the donation will strengthen the school's efforts to recruit scholar-athletes.   

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some South Dakota landowners may qualify for a tax break on land that is used as a buffer strip. Buffer strips prevent sediment and runoff from entering waterways and lakes. 

Mike Houdyshell is the director of the property and special taxes division with the State Department of Revenue.

He says people may receive a 40 percent tax break on the assessed value of the buffer strip land. He says eligible buffer strips are between 50 and 120 feet wide.  

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

South Dakota's two U.S. senators both say they support the latest GOP effort to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

The new bill by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana uses a block grant system that they say gives states flexibility to design their own programs.

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says this proposal gives South Dakota more healthcare money going forward.

Galen Jons / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spray herbicides on Missouri River sandbars to protect two bird species.

The interior least term is endangered, and the piping plover is threatened. Both bird species like open sand habitats that don’t allow predators to hide in vegetation.

The spraying will take place on certain sandbars from Pickstown to Ponca, Nebraska. A helicopter is used to apply the chemicals. Galen Jons is a natural resource specialist with the Army Corps. He says plants are still using chlorophyll to get energy from the sun.

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. 

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