Nate Wek

SDPB Digital Content Development Specialist

Nate Wek is currently a Sports Beat Reporter and Digital Content Development Specialist with South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate and his wife Sarah live in Canton, SD.

Twitter: @Nate_WekSDPB

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The Season Of Lights

Dec 23, 2016
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People of the Sioux Falls area have many options when it comes to enjoying local Christmas displays. Some locations are well known, while others are hidden away.

During December, Falls Park near downtown Sioux Falls lights up with millions of Christmas lights. Michael Williamson of Dakota Holidays in Sioux Falls says seeing the Falls Park light display is breathtaking.

The Season Of Lights

Dec 23, 2016
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People of the Sioux Falls area have many options when it comes to enjoying local Christmas displays. Some locations are well known, while others are hidden away.

During December, Falls Park near downtown Sioux Falls lights up with millions of Christmas lights. Michael Williamson of Dakota Holidays in Sioux Falls says seeing the Falls Park light display is breathtaking.

Paula Hawks Thanks Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
Nate Wek

Paula Hawks took time to thank her supporters at the South Dakota Democratic Party gathering in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Hawks said she had fun running against incumbent Republican Kristi Noem who was elected to another two-year term to the U.S. House of Representatives. She encouraged members of the Democratic Party to come together and get involved.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting crews spoke with State Lawmaker Paula Hawks after her speech.  

Jay Williams Addresses Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
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U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams addressed his supporters at Democratic Party headquarters in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Williams listed items that he hopes Senator John Thune will work on during his third term as a Senator in Washington, D.C.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting met up with Jay Williams after his speech on Tuesday night in Sioux Falls.

Nate Wek looks back a week at SDHSAA Golf, Tennis, and Soccer. He plays a clip from the press conference of new Sky Force Coach Dan Craig, and talks to the SD GFP dept about the upcoming pheasant season.

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This weekend is the final stop before the high school football championships at the Dakota Dome. The South Dakota High School Football semi-final round begins on Friday November 7, with both the 11AAA and 11AA classes. Saturday November 8 will resume and finish the semi-final round with the remaining 11-man and all 9-man classes.

The State Football Championships begin next Thursday at 10:30 am in Vermillion, SD.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2014

11AAA

Lincoln vs O’Gorman

Roosevelt vs Brandon Valley

11AA

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United States Senate

(Rep) Mike Rounds 50.5%

(Dem) Rick Weiland 29.4%

(Ind) Larry Pressler 17.1%

(Ind) Gordon Howie 3%

United States House of Representatives

(Rep) Kristi Noem 66.7%

(Dem) Corinna Robinson 33.3%

South Dakota Governor

(Rep) Dennis Daugaard 70.5%

(Dem) Susan Wismer 25.4%

(Ind) Michael Myers 4.1%

Constitutional Amendment Q

Yes 56.6%

No 43.4%

Initiated Measure 17

Yes 61.8%

The South Dakota state football picture is starting to take shape with only four teams remaining from each class. 11AAA and 11AA will have their semi-final games this coming Friday, while the remaining classes will finish up their semi-final games on Saturday. State Football begins next week, Click Here to see the schedule. 

Results from November 3, 2014

11A

Madison 61 vs Chamberlain 0

Hot Springs 10 vs Belle Fourche 0

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Here's this weeks South Dakota High School Activities Association Update

The Living Sisters is a folk band made up of four members: Alex Lilly, Becky Stark, Inara George, and Eleni Mandell. They started their musical journey together in 2006 as a folk group with ties to country, harmony and pop. Living Sisters recently created a new music video surrounding the small town of Kadoka, South Dakota. The song is themed around the holiday season on the groups newest album, "Harmony is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday."

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11AAA

SF Lincoln 65 vs RC Central 7

SF O’Gorman 34 vs Aberdeen Central 19

SF Roosevelt 49 vs RC Stevens 14

Brandon Valley 17 vs SF Washington 7

11AA

Yankton 43 vs Huron 21

Harrisburg 33 vs Mitchell 6

Brookings 34 vs Watertown 13

Douglas 28 vs Pierre T.F. Riggs 50

Class 11A

Madison 55 vs Milbank Area 0

Dell Rapids 41 vs Sisseton 12

Lennox 35 vs Dakota Valley 14

Tea Area 17 vs Vermillion 20 OT

West Central 56 vs Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 0

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Below are the scores for Round 1 of the High School Football playoffs for Class 11A, 11B, 9AA, 9A, and 9B. The games in Class 11AAA and ClassAA are scheduled for Thursday Oct. 30.

Class 11A

Madison 55 vs Milbank Area 0

Dell Rapids 41 vs Sisseton 12

Lennox 35 vs Dakota Valley 14

Tea Area 17 vs Vermillion 20 OT

West Central 56 vs Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 0

Todd County 16 vs Chamberlain 42

Hot Springs 51 vs Pine Ridge 0

Belle Fourche 66 vs Little Wound 13

11B Scores

Sioux Falls Storm

The Sioux Falls Storm professional indoor football team has re-signed quarterback Martevious Young for the upcoming season. His main duty is replacing quarterback Chris Dixon, who is arguably one of the best indoor football players of all-time. This is exciting news for the Storm organization, as many fans believe Young to be a key part in the team’s offensive future.

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World Wrestling Entertainment is coming to the newly constructed Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls on Saturday, December 20, for a live show . WWE has made multiple trips to the Sioux Empire over the years, but this is their first event scheduled for the new venue. 

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Over 700 Student-Athletes are set to compete in the 69th Annual SDHSAA State Cross Country Meet being held at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron on Saturday afternoon, beginning with the Class ‘B’ Girls’ race at 1:00 pm Central Time.

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Professional pool player and South Dakota native Shane Van Boening was crowned the 2014 US Open 9-ball Champion over the weekend, and he has now earned his way onto the Team USA squad. 

The Rapid City native now lives in Sioux Falls and he's considered one of the top ten pocket billiard players in the world. He’s also hearing-impaired, but that hasn’t impaired his signature break. On visits to South Dakota School for the Deaf, he discusses his journey through life with a disability.

Democratic US Senate Candidate Rick Weiland says the Republican front runner is misleading South Dakotans about the affordable care act.  Weiland also wants a debate on the issue. He was in Sioux Falls Tuesday calling out Republican Senate Candidate Mike Rounds on his recent TV ad. Weiland wants to debate Rounds before the Republican primary.

 

The Ranchers Relief Fund is disbursing its final funds to the ranchers and live stock producers recovering from last October's blizzard. That Storm took over forty-three thousand cattle from ranchers throughout western South Dakota. The state is getting closer to a full recovery.

A 17-year old Sioux Falls boy was arrested Monday after hacking into the O’Gorman Catholic High School network last Thursday. Officials suspected something when the network, phones and internet all went down. Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls police department say the juvenile is currently being charged with a felony of intentional damage to property. 

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Seven two-person teams  from around the state gather in Sioux Falls for the South Dakota State Finals Auto Skills Competition. A written test brought the contestants to this point of the contest, making each duo a winner already.  The teams are vying for a wide range of prizes, including a chance to compete at the national auto skills competition in Michigan.

"Maybe take out a fuze, take a 9 or 10 out and put it in there." "The very bottom one?" "The very bottom left one, it's a 10," Michael Geidel and Nate Wahlen discuss.

They are trying to fix a 2014 Ford Focus. 

Several weeks ago, President Obama put an indefinite delay on a decision for the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. The Senate is planning a vote to move forward with the project without presidential approval.

Cindy Schild with the American Petroleum Institute says the delay by the president is a mid-year election tactic designed to aid Democrats in November. Schild refutes one argument against the pipeline, some say the oil pulled out of Alberta sand fields is of poor quality and shouldn’t enter the US.

Annual club seats for the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls are now on sale. This is the last priority seating option open to the public. This new Sioux Falls events center is scheduled to open in just a few months.

There are 500 club seats for the public to buy at the newly constructed events center. Darrin Smith is the Sioux Falls Director of Community Development. He says the public has a wide variety of options.

Officials are still investigating a plane crash that occurred early Monday morning about fifty miles east of Pierre. The crash took the lives of four South Dakotans. Those left behind are remembering those who died.

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The small Danish community of Viborg is holding a grand re-opening on Sunday afternoon for its one-hundred year old movie theater. The Lund Theater is the oldest running theater in South Dakota along with being listed on the Historic Register. Here's more on this historic building and the efforts to keep it open for future generations.

 

Gov't Mule, Gary Clark Jr., and George Thorogood and the Destroyers are headlining this summers Jazz Festival in Sioux Falls. Last year's Jazz Fest brought in over one hundred and twenty thousand people. Members of the Jazz & Blues Society believe this year's attendance could be similar.

Robert Joyce is the Executive Director of the Jazz and Blues Society in Sioux Falls. He says this year's Jazz Fest has a variety of groups and musicians to appeal to a large audience.

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Wild Kingdom Wild Guide host Stephanie Arne is visiting her home state of South Dakota before she begins preparation for her second season on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Arne won a contest a year ago, where she competed with 200 others in a quest to become the new Wild Guide host. Arne has enjoyed her journey so far and she is excited for her career to continue.

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The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Canton Charge on Monday night 105-98 and they are on their way to the semi-final round of the NBA D League playoffs. This was a best of three series in which the Skyforce took two of the three games.

Skyforce Head Coach Pat Delany is in his first year with the team and he says it's been a great experience.  Delany says the regular season was fun, but the post season is even better. He says Monday night’s victory may not have looked good, but he’s pleased to see his team advance.

The Ninth Circuit Federal Court claims that the Mount Soledad Memorial in California violates the first amendment. This is a 29-foot tall Latin-Cross memorial that honors military veterans. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he's concerned over the ruling by the circuit court. He says there are others who feel the same way and they want the US Supreme Court to take action.

The Surface Transportation Board is taking public testimony about Rail Service resources in the United States. Many Ag-producers are complaining that there's a rail car shortage and they worry last year's crop is not making it to market.  South Dakota US Senator John Thune is among those testifying.  He says rail service in rural states must remain a high priority.

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