Kealey Bultena

SDPB News Reporter

Kealey Bultena grew up in South Dakota, where her grandparents took advantage of the state’s agriculture at nap time, tricking her into car rides to “go see cows.” Rarely did she stay awake long enough to see the livestock, but now she writes stories about the animals – and the legislature and education and much more. Kealey worked in television for four years while attending the University of South Dakota. She started interning with South Dakota Public Broadcasting in September 2010 and accepted a position with television in 2011. Now Kealey is the radio news producer stationed in Sioux Falls. As a multi-media journalist, Kealey prides herself on the diversity of the stories she tells and the impact her work has on people across the state. Kealey is always searching for new ideas. Let her know of a great story! Find her on Facebook and twitter (@KealeySDPB).

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10:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Candidates For US House Debate

Democratic challenger Maj. Corinna Robinson and Repblican Congresswoman Kristi Noem debate on SDPB / October 16, 2014
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Candidates for the United States Congress met Thursday night on SDPB Television for a debate that covered more than one dozen topics. Both women are offering their perspectives on the federal government’s relationship with Native American tribes.

Democrat Corinna Robinson says members of Congress must focus on the issues people in Indian County find important. 

"They are not getting the funding they need to continue their language training, their cultural training in their institutions, their colleges, and they would certainly like some help with that," Robinson says. "They would like better health care. They have to drive a long ways sometimes to get to a nearby clinic, or, when an emergency happens, there’s not an ambulance close by.  They certainly struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. And we certainly need to do a better job at listening and visiting hearing their concerns."

Robinson is running against incumbent Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Both women say federal officials need to respect tribal sovereignty. Noem says she wants to ensure Native Americans don’t fear that federal organizations can come into businesses and claim jurisdiction on reservation land.

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5:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Hunhoff: Open Gov Laws Require EB-5 File Release

A state legislative leader says decisions surrounding economic development in South Dakota go against recent open government commitments. Five years ago, lawmakers passed legislation that says South Dakota documents are assumed public unless they fit into a list of exceptions. But one legislator says the way the state is handling questions about the EB-5 program goes against those rules. 

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4:52 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ad Money Increases In Tighter Senate Race

A political action committee is committing more money to the US Senate race in South Dakota. A PAC known as Mayday is adding $250,000 to its earlier pledge of $1 million.

The money is going to media time to support Democrat Rick Weiland. He faces Independent Larry Pressler, Republican Mike Rounds, and Independent Gordon Howie in the race for United States Senate. One political scientist says he expects more national attention as poll numbers show a close competition.

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1:13 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Speaker Works To Curb Sexual Assault

Elaine Pasqua speaks with staff and faculty members at the University of Sioux Falls about how to prevent and handle sexual assault.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota colleges are complying with the Campus SaVE Act. Part of the regulations from Congress include higher education institutions inform students and faculty about sexual violence. Some schools invited a national speaker to talk with members of staff and college kids about sexual assault.

Elaine Pasqua speaks at dozens of colleges each year, and she brought her message to the University of Sioux Falls this semester. SDPB’s Kealey Bultena has this conversation with Pasqua about her messages on alcohol, sex, sexual assault, and drug use.

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9:29 am
Tue October 14, 2014

College Students Consider Risky Behavior, Sexual Assault

Elaine Pasqua helps educate staff and students at the University of Sioux Falls on sexual assault and risky behavior / September 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A federal law now requires colleges to educate students and staff on preventing sexual assault. The guidelines are called the Campus SaVE Act. It’s a response to the growing number of reports that rape and sexual violence are rampant on university campuses across the US.

South Dakota colleges are complying with the Campus SaVE Act to make higher education a safer environment. Some college participants are more vulnerable to encountering sexual assault.

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9:25 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Victim's Family Advocates DUI Changes

Maegan Spindler was killed when a drunk driver slammed into a parking lot at highway speeds while she and coworkers stood near their vehicles in July 2013.
Credit Spindler Family

Two statisticians from New York state are examining the number of fatalities in South Dakota related to drinking and driving. It’s part of their mission as they grieve the loss of their daughter. Maegan Spindler, 25 violently died in Pickstown in July of 2013 when a drunk driver slammed into a parking lot where she was standing. Her US Fish and Wildlife mentor Rob Klumb was also killed.

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8:54 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Senate Hopefuls Consider Native Challenges

Candidates Gordon Howie, Rick Weiland, Larry Pressler, and Mike Rounds answer questions from forum moderator Jack Marsh / October 13, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Candidates for United States Senate are weighing in on the federal government’s role in Indian Affairs. The four men running for South Dakota’s open seat met Monday at a Sioux Falls Rotary Club lunch for a panel discussion. Candidates agree that something needs to change for sovereign Indian nations.

Gordon Howie is running for US Senate as an Independent. He says poverty and dysfunction exist on Native American reservations because politicians claim they champion Indian communities and don’t follow through on their support.

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4:19 am
Fri October 10, 2014

SD Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Mike Myers, State Rep. Susan Wismer debate on SDPB TV / October 9, 2014
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Each of the three candidates for Governor of South Dakota is highlighting why voters should choose him or her to lead the state. With less than one month until people go to the polls, gubernatorial hopefuls met on live television for a debate on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The debate lasted one hour. This latest gubernatorial faceoff touched briefly on several statewide issues, but two primary topics dominated the discussion: education and health care.

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5:08 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Three Candidates Campaign To Govern SD

Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Mike Myers, and Rep. Susan Wismer debate earlier in the year at the State Fair in Huron.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Three people want to be South Dakota’s next governor, and they meet Thursday night in a statewide broadcast to share their visions with voters. Candidates meet on SDPB TV for a gubernatorial debate guided by questions from people across the state.  The three are likely to focus their answers on the issues they see as most important for South Dakota citizens.

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4:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Super PAC Puts $1M Into SD Senate Race

A nationwide Super PAC plans to spend $1 million in the race for South Dakota’s open United States Senate Seat. A group named Mayday calls itself a citizen-funded Super PAC. Leaders say their money comes from everyday people through crowdfunding and they claim to support policy, not political parties. Mayday is putting its money into commercials, get-out-the-vote campaigns and mailers.

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2:01 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

High Court Hears Agg. Assault Arguments

A man found guilty of aggravated assault against law enforcement wants the state’s highest court to throw out his conviction. This week the South Dakota Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments at the University of Sioux Falls. Attorneys in one of Monday’s cases disagree about the state’s definition of "serious bodily injury."

Last December a Lincoln County judge found Samuel Miland guilty of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault against law enforcement. For that last conviction, Miland received 40 years in the state penitentiary.

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12:36 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Victim's Family Hears Trial After DUI Crash

Arguments in the trial following a deadly DUI crash in Pickstown last year are over this week. A judge in Charles Mix County heard evidence, reviewed graphic photos and listened to testimony in the case of 30-year-old Ronald Fischer, Junior. Fischer faces two counts of first-degree manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of two US Fish and Wildlife employees. 

Family members of one of the victims traveled across the country to be in the courtroom. Gregg Spindler, his wife and their daughter are in South Dakota from their home in rural New York.

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1:44 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Planned Wind Farm Hits Investment Goal

A proposed wind farm in southeastern South Dakota has enough money to jumpstart major development. The Dakota Power Community Wind project has more than $1.5 million for the Lincoln County venture. That puts project leaders on track for additional analysis and planning.

More than 110 investors from across South Dakota are putting their money on a wind farm planned for 24,000 acres of land between Canton and Beresford. 

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11:13 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Committee Reviews EB-5 Responses

Lawmakers in Pierre are examining EB-5 and other economic development programs in South Dakota ahead of their final report and recommendation. They've also scheduled their next meeting for after the November election. 

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4:28 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Stable Enrollment At SD Public Colleges

Enrollment in South Dakota public colleges is steady this fall according to the latest numbers from the Board of Regents.

Executive Director Jack Warner says the total headcount from the six universities increased less than one percent from last fall to this semester to 36,532. He says the Board of Regents is reasonably pleased enrollment didn’t drop.

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12:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Both Sides Of IM 17 Claim Best For Patients

SD Chamber of Commerce President David Owen details the opposition against Initiated Measure 17 at a press conference in Sioux Falls. / September 23, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Both supporters and opponents to Initiated Measure 17 say their side benefits health care patients. The ballot initiative allows doctors to become part of health care plans negotiated between other parties. Opponents claim the move encourages government intervention in health care and try to lure people from major health systems to private medical offices. Supporters say 17 is an opportunity for patients to determine the best options for their own health care.

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3:43 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Nat'l Arts Chair Visits Sioux Falls

NEA Chair Jane Chu talks to South Dakotans gathered at the Washington Pavilion during her visit to Sioux Falls. / September 22, 2014
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The chair of the National Endowment for the Arts says South Dakotans need to share success stories about robust local arts projects with the rest of the country.  NEA head Jane Chu is in Sioux Falls on a visit to explore federally-supported projects and speak to local advocates.

Chu says she encounters support for government investments in the arts, but she says it’s necessary that people talk about projects that prove communities benefit from nurturing arts programs.

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7:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Atty: EB-5 Leader Masqueraded As Legal Rep.

Attorney Patrick Duffy / September 18, 2014
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The attorney for the South Dakota Democratic Party says the man who ran the EB-5 program fraudulently acted as a legal representative for the state.

It’s the latest in on-going discussions related to the way South Dakota used to administer an immigrant visa program. Federally-authorized EB-5 operations give foreign investors green cards when they put money into American enterprises.

Attorney Patrick Duffy says former state employee Joop Bollen masqueraded as a lawyer when an investor headhunter sued his business – and dragged the state of South Dakota into the lawsuit.

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5:15 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Inmate Indicted For Murdering Cell Mate

Douglas Ipsen / Photo Taken 09/27/2010
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An inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary is charged with murdering his cell mate. Staff discovered Kent Davidson dead in his cell after midnight on September 8, 2014. The 37-year-old was serving life in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. Davidson’s death certificate shows he died from asphyxia and ligature strangulation.

A grand jury Thursday approved an indictment. Douglas Ipsen, 28, faces alternative counts of first degree murder, second degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the death of fellow prison inmate Kent Davidson.

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2:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Education Funding Talks Held In SD

One analysis of state education funding shows South Dakota puts less money into schools now than a generation ago. A series of public meetings is offering South Dakotans a glimpse at funding trends. The discussions include details about South Dakota’s education policy and offer an opportunity to collaborate with other people in the community.

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1:45 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

USDA Secy Highlights SD Grant Project

The United States Secretary of Agriculture says a federal grant should increase efficiency for shipping grain in part of South Dakota. More than $12.6 million is going to rehabilitate a stretch of railroad the state owns in south-central South Dakota. The overall cost of the reconstruction is nearly $30 million. The project is one of 72 efforts across the country aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

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1:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Poli Sci Prof Examines EB-5 In Election

One political scientist says election activity revs up after Labor Day. An increasing number of press conferences, debates, news releases and campaign stops prove his point. As more stories make the air and the papers, it may seem like election overload. 

With less than two months until election day, South Dakota candidates are becoming more active in the political process. Northern State University Professor Jon Schaff says that’s typical for this time of year.

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4:49 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dems Claim SD Millions At Risk In Lawsuit

The leader of South Dakota’s Democratic Party says court documents from a years-old lawsuit show an on-going threat for taxpayers. Executive Director Zach Crago says a suit related to South Dakota’s EB-5 foreign investor visa program puts state dollars at risk. He admits the documents are not new and cites filings from a California court in 2009.

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4:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Former Senate Hopeful Arrested

A former US Senate hopeful already charged with election law violations is in custody. Authorities say they arrested Clayton Walker of Black Hawk Wednesday, and he’s being held until an initial arraignment.

Walker faces six counts of election fraud from his attempt at running for South Dakota’s open US Senate seat. Now he’s in jail. Attorney General Marty Jackley says his office received several reports of Walker calling or showing up at multiple state agencies.

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12:21 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

No EB-5 Discussion At Exec. Board Mtg

Members of one legislative committee are not discussing the administration of the EB-5 program in South Dakota. Executive Board members are meeting/met in Pierre Tuesday, and one lawmaker wanted to put an EB-5 discussion on the agenda. State Representative Kathy Tyler made the motion, and State Senator Larry Lucas seconded it. Both are Democrats.

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7:14 am
Tue September 9, 2014

SD Lawmaker Accuses EB-5 Leader Of Fraud

A state lawmaker says South Dakota taxpayers lost out on $140 million because of the way the state handled the EB-5 investor visa program. Democratic State Representative Kathy Tyler says South Dakota leaders allowed a state employee to create a private company to take over administering EB-5. She says she has documents that prove the company charged millions in fees that could have gone into state coffers. 

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12:21 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Senate, Gov Candidates Talk Energy

Hundreds of people gather to listen to candidates for statewide office debate at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. / August 29, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Candidates in two high-profile South Dakota elections are meeting this summer to debate issues important to voters. Friday the South Dakota Farmers Union hosted the most recent discussions among candidates for governor and US Senate. Both debates generated ideas about energy in South Dakota.

A member of the debate audience at the State Fair in Huron wants to know whether U-S Senate candidates support building the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed route runs through western South Dakota, and the pipe would carry crude oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

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11:35 am
Thu September 4, 2014

SD Death Row Inmate Commits Suicide

Prison officials say a man convicted of murdering a Sioux Falls woman apparently hanged himself in his cell. Authorities pronounced James McVay dead at the state penitentiary Thursday morning after CPR attempts failed. 

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10:06 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Econ Prof. Analyzes State Workforce Plans

Credit Lake Area Technical Institute

The governor is promoting new strategies to enhance the strength of South Dakota's workforce, but not everyone thinks the state should be active in connecting job seekers with employers. This week Governor Dennis Daugaard revealed findings from South Dakota Wins workforce summits, and he lays out a plan for the state to strengthen South Dakota’s workers and businesses.

Secretary Marcia Hultman leads the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. She says it’s time for the state to help businesses fill openings with skilled workers.

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3:42 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Candidates For Gov, Senate Question EB-5

Democrat Susan Wismer, Independent Mike Myers, moderator Jerry Oster, Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard / August 20, 2014
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Political hopefuls in two major races are questioning fellow candidates about their involvement with the EB-5 program. Dakota Fest in Mitchell is host to both a gubernatorial debate and a US Senate candidate forum. The Wednesday debates took questions submitted by people in the audience. Both debates included discussions about uncertainties surrounding a foreign investment program. 

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