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." 


State leaders are responding to Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Broward County authorities say 17 people were killed.

South Dakota lawmakers passed a school sentinel law in March 2013 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Senate State Affairs Committee tables a bill that mandates the posting of signs on some public restrooms.  

Senator Phil Jensen sponsors Senate Bill 202. He says the bill is designed to protect children. Jensen says safety of young people is also a concern of a constituent whose wife encountered a man in a women's restroom. He discusses an experience he had at a downtown Rapid City hotel in his testimony. 

Kealey Bultena

The Senate Education Committee has deferred a bill that bans lunch shaming to the 41st Legislative Day.

Senate Bill 162 bars public and private schools participating in the national student lunch or school breakfast program from throwing out a meal if students do not have money to pay for them.

The measure also outlaws school officials from stamping a student's hand to remind parents or guardians of overdue fees.

Airman 1st Class Hrair H. Palyan / U.S. Air Force

Officials with the United States Air Force say Ellsworth Air Force Base is included in the future plans for bomber aircraft. 

 Colonel John Edwards is the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth. He says Monday's release of what's called the bomber vector puts Ellsworth in line to receive the new B-21 Raiders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passes a bill increasing the punishment for drug dealers when a person dies as a direct result of using the substance they sold. 

Lee Strubinger / SDPB


The House Judiciary Committee defers a bill mandating seat belt use under certain circumstances to the 41st legislative day. 

House Bill 1229 makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor if the driver or front seat passenger does not wear a seat belt. Currently, failure to wear a seat belt is a secondary violation and a $25 fine. 


Maynard Konechne represents the South Dakota EMS Association and supports House Bill 1229. He says seat belt use saves lives.