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." 

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

 

Drought persists for some areas in South Dakota.  

Jeff Chapman with the National Weather Service says the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map from the University of Nebraska is similar to last week's. 

 

"The drought monitor this week as of May 8th continues to show an area of moderate drought from portions of west central to north central South Dakota - but again, that area amount hasn't changed. And, we're still looking at some abnormally dry conditions extending along the northern border of South Dakota all the way to the far northeast." 

The Office of U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

South Dakota U.S. Senator Mike Rounds has not decided if he will vote to confirm CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel. 

She testified in front of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday. Rounds says he's confident Haspel is qualified to lead the agency.  But, he says some questions remain in advance of the confirmation vote.  Rounds says those questions pertain to interrogations against terrorism suspects in the 2000s. 

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

State agriculture officials have confirmed the first infestation of the emerald ash borer in South Dakota. They say the affected tree is in northern Sioux Falls.

South Dakota State Forester Greg Josten  says it's an invasive species that native ash trees have no defense against. He says an emergency quarantine area begins immediately for all of Minnehaha County, northern Lincoln County, and northeastern Turner County.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are increasing the amount of water released this month out of Gavins Point Dam near Yankton. 

 

Joel Knofcynski with the Army Corps' Missouri River Water Basin Management Division says releases will soon reach more than 40,000 cubic feet per second. 

 

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