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." 

Charles Michael Ray

South Dakota's State Veterinarian says bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a Tripp County beef herd.

Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says an infected cow was identified last month by inspectors at a slaughterhouse in Texas. 

He says identification records linked the animal to the herd in Tripp County and further testing has found more animals have been infected. 

Oedekoven says the exact number of cattle with TB is not known at this point. He says bovine tuberculosis is not a threat to food safety. 

South Dakota has been selected by the National Governors Association to participate in a workshop on efforts to protect the nation's power grid. 

The NGA's Center for Best Practices has also invited authorities from Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin. The summit is set for January of 20-18. 

Tony Mangan with the Department of Public Safety says the workshop will allow officials to debrief after the Grid X Four exercise simulates a cyber attack against the electrical grid and other pieces of infrastructure. 

Jennifer Baker / South Dakota Department of Health

South Dakota State Epidemiologist Doctor Lon Kightlinger has retired after almost twenty years of work at the Department of Health. SDPB's Jeremy Ludemann spoke with Kightlinger on his last day of work in Pierre and has this report. 

"It's a great honor but it's also absurd. I don't know that I deserve any proclamation or anything like that," Kightlinger says. 

Office of Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Dennis Daugaard has named Don Kirkegaard as the next State Secretary of Education. 

Kirkegaard currently serves as Superintendent of the Meade County School District and is the President of the State Board of Education Standards. 

Officials with the Governor's office say Kirkegaard will step down from those roles to accept the top job at the Department of Education. He has led Meade County Schools since 2011, and had stints as superintendent at schools in the northeast South Dakota towns of Bristol and Britton. 

Officials with Poet DSM Advanced Biofuels have announced a breakthrough that will allow for increased cellulosic ethanol production. 

The latest development from the South Dakota-based company is a process called pre-treatment. Matt Merritt with Poet DSM Advanced Biofuels says pre-treatment transforms plant residue like corn cobs and husks into a substance that can eventually lead to fuel. 

University of South Dakota

Officials at the University of South Dakota will participate in a public forum on sexual assault.

This comes after two USD football players have been charged in connection with an alleged second-degree rape.

Kim Grieve is Vice President and Dean of Students at USD. She says speakers will include students and University executives.