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SDPB's award winning News Staff delivers an expanded Dakota Digest feature report each weekday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  It's a chance to hear more about South Dakotas news makers, issues, and events.

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News - Lakota - Elders
4:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Elders Take Stand Against Dog Roundups

Dogs like this one - outside the Wounded Knee Elders Center - wander the community and are not considered a threat by tribal elders.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

As the Oglala Sioux Tribe announced plans to begin rounding up dogs on November 29, elders across the Pine Ridge Reservation began gathering to discuss how to counter what they felt was a knee-jerk reaction by tribal leadership to the recent death of 8-year old Jayla Rodriguez.

Although everyone seems to agree that there’s an overpopulation of dogs on Pine Ridge…arbitrarily choosing to shoot any dog that’s not confined isn’t the traditional Lakota way.

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Arts - Sculpture - Nagase
2:28 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Nagase Completes Badlands Tapestry Garden

Badlands Tapestry Garden
Credit Photo by Masayuki Nagase

Masayuki Nagase has completed the second year of work on his Passage of Wind and Water sculpture at Rapid City’s Main Street Square. The finished art piece will reflect the archeological, geological and cultural history of the Badlands and the Black Hills. We visited with the artist to discuss what he’s accomplished on the 5-year project so far, and what’s on the agenda for 2015.

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Arts - Nagase - Community
12:53 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Nagase Sculpture Inspires Community Artists

Marks on Stone - by Kenny Putnam
Credit Courtesy Kenny Putnam

  The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture has been the focal point of Rapid City’s Main Street Square for the past two years. But the country’s largest privately-funded public art project has also had an impact on other areas – from schools, to cultural bridge-building, to local businesses and social networking. We visit the opening of an exhibit at Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries to see how the Passage of Wind and Water sculpture is also impacting the area's art community. 

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Science - Badlands - History
2:52 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Badlands No Place To Live - But Many Visited

The Badlands "stripes" are layer upon layer of sedimentary rock formations and deposits.
Credit Courtesy Badlands National Park - Rikk Flohr

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is featuring stories that rediscover our identity and heritage through the people, places, and ideas that make this state unique. Although there are many arid areas across the country that bear the name, there’s only one “Badlands” National Park – and it’s located in South Dakota. We visited this former site of an ancient sea to learn more about the area the Lakota have called “Bad Land” for centuries.

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Culture - Lakota – Cowboys
3:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Native American Cowboys and Dancers

Sabrina Pourier (pink blouse/white hat) is in the center of the Hat and Boot Dance Special at the 2014 Black Hills Pow Wow.
Credit Courtesy Clarice Lakota

 A Lakota teen from Rapid City is the first person in the history of the Black Hills Pow Wow to introduce the “Hat and Boot Dance” into the annual event’s huge arena. The dance style pays homage to the long Lakota relationship with the horse along with their link to cowboy hats, chaps, lariats and boots…which traces back more than one-hundred years.

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Arts - Music - Putnam
3:39 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Sittin' Down With Kenny Putnam

Kenny Putnam
Credit Courtesy Kenny Putnam

 An intimate discussion with local legend and South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame fiddler Kenny Putnam. Join us as Kenny talks about his initial desire to play the cello, his early years in school orchestras, touring with the Red Willow Band, being part of “country-western guitarist-extraordinaire” Roy Clark’s world-renowned band and his return to South Dakota from a 15-year stint on the road – where Kenny now operates his own design and photo restoration business; when he’s not traveling somewhere across the state to play the fiddle.

      

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Culture - Black Hills - Return
6:31 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Lakota Strategize For Black Hills Return

The Black Hills
Credit Wikipedia file photo

The fight for the return of the Black Hills to the Lakota people may seem like a lost cause to many…but not for those who claim original rights to the land. We visit with Lakota elders and several of their well-known supporters to discuss the decades-old issue and examine plans to take the battle to the White House.

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Culture - Black Hills - Unity
4:39 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Unity Concert For Return Of Black Hills

Peter Yarrow leads children in singing “Puff, The Magic Dragon” at the Black Hills Unity Concert.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

Hundreds of people from across the country and around the world gathered on a field near Piedmont recently with one goal in mind…returning the Black Hills to the Lakota people. We attend the 2-day “Unity Concert” and speak with music legends, Native activists, tribal elders and international performers to learn why they’ve joined forces in the decades-old cause.

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Arts - Music - Putnam
3:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Putnam Shares Musical Vocabulary With Fiddle

Kenny Putnam
Credit Courtesy Kenny Putnam

It’s always nice for a musician to receive recognition for their work, whether by applause, a standing ovation or an award. Reaching the point where your ability is so acclaimed you’re chosen to be in a Hall of Fame, however, is a rare honor indeed. But as we discover, the induction of one musician into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame came as no surprise to someone who worked with the man from the U.S. to Moscow. 

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Developing
11:42 am
Tue August 19, 2014

South Dakota Photographers Reflect on Their Craft

The first photograph ever taken.
Credit Joseph Nicephore Niepce

2014 brings the 175th anniversary of photography, being celebrated with “A Day in South Dakota”.  It’s an opportunity for people to take photos of what living in the state means to them, and send them along as a video archive of the day.  Collecting memories and recording history have obviously moved along as technology has improved photos and made them simple enough to take.  

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Business - Lakota - Credit
2:38 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Lakota Federal Credit Union Calls For More Members

Members line-up to make transactions at the Lakota Federal Credit Union.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

A financial institution on the Pine Ridge Reservation is giving Lakota tribal members the opportunity to conduct banking transactions within close proximity to their homes for the first time in history. The Lakota Federal Credit Union also allows tribal members to not only save money, but to invest in fellow tribal members.

But you can’t save or invest unless you open an account and make deposits.

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Kids and Family
2:06 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Replacing Aging Pools

Swimmers enjoy the Vermillion City Pool during the final days of summer. Vermillion is seeking to replace their 50-year-old pool as a part of a park renovation.
Credit Heidi Kronaizl

  Diving into a pool is a great way to cool off on a hot and humid summer day. While many towns across the state have aging pools, the process of getting new pools and upkeep isn’t so easy on a small town budget.

The sound may never get old of summer time at the pool. But pools get old. The Vermillion City Pool is almost 50. Because that’s the expected lifespan of any pool, the city is looking to build a new one. Jim Goblirsch is the Director of the Vermillion City Parks and Recreation. He says the current pool has 2-inch wide cracks and leaks about 12,000 gallons of water a day.

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Business - Custer - Burgers
6:22 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Black Hills Burger & Bun Named Best

Black Hills Burger and Bun's "Classic Burger" with cheddar cheese.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

A restaurant in the Black Hills town of Custer has been named the best place in America to buy burgers by the travel website Trip Advisor. In a country where 40 billion burgers are consumed annually, that’s quite a moniker to live up to. Today we visit “Black Hills Burger and Bun” to find out what patrons think of the eatery’s new status and to do a little taste-testing himself.

Like the greater majority of people in America, I love a good burger. And though I eat a good many of them from my own kitchen…..

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Sports
9:48 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The Music of Baseball

Left Field at The Birdcage, the home of the Sioux Falls Canaries, Sioux Falls, SD
Credit Gary Ellenbolt

Kids who love baseball are known to pick a favorite player and emulate his batting style. Maybe they'll hitch up their pants before they go to the plate--or hold the bat high off the shoulder with the front foot behind the back foot. In the past few years, kids have copied another part of the at-bat; the walk-up song that plays when a player comes to the plate or to the mound to enter the game.  

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News
9:05 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Prairie Dog Plague Vaccine Aims To Save Ferrets

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In South Dakota prairie dogs have the plague.

The disease can kill off whole colonies and it hurts the effort to restore endangered species like the Black Footed Ferret.  

In order to preserve prairie dogs and ferrets in certain areas a new vaccine is being developed.  Researchers are now testing the vaccine in the field at Wind Cave National Park.

 

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Arts - Square - Native
3:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Native Artists Gather At Main Street Square

Pura’ Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg of “Ulali” perform during “A Gathering of People, Wind and Water”.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

Rapid City’s Main Street Square celebrated the second annual “Gathering of People, Wind and Water”. The Native American art market and cultural celebration is designed to use the Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project as an inspiration for cross-cultural awareness and appreciation.

One of Masayuki Nagase’s goals in creating the “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture in the heart of Rapid City is to offer an environment where people of all races and cultures can gather to share their stories.

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Arts - Main St Square - Sculptor
2:31 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Sculptor Returns To Main Street Square

Masayuki Nagase has returned to Rapid City's Main Street Square to continue work on his sculpture "Passage of Wind and Water:"
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

The country’s largest privately-funded public art project - “Passage of Wind and Water” - has resumed at Rapid City’s Main Street Square. We  spent some time with the artist to discuss his plans for the second year of work on a sculpture that’s scheduled for completion in 2017.

It’s a lot cooler in Rapid City than its been and it’s a perfect day for the gathering planned to welcome back Masayuki Nagase for his second year of work on the “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture project.

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Culture - Spearfish - Cowboy
1:28 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Spearfish Museum Celebrates National Cowboy Day

Branding cattle on the Great Western Cattle Trail.
Credit Courtesy High Plains Western Heritage Center

As citizens across the country celebrate our nation’s independence tomorrow, the High Plains Western Heritage Center is also putting time aside to recognize the American Cowboy. We visited the Spearfish museum to learn what it was like to raise cattle for a living and to discuss efforts by a 9-state coalition to mark the historic trail that brought cattle north from Texas to South Dakota and beyond.

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Arts - Sculpture - Theater
12:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Theater Production Celebrates Sculpture Project

Graham Thatcher, Emily Weber and Michael Lytle (l to r) reading "A Passage of Wind and Water: The Badlands" - by Christine Stewart with the Rapid City Community.
Credit Photo by Joleen Zoller

The “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture project at Rapid City’s Main Street Square is having an impact on diverse sections of the Black Hills community – from local students to area and regional artists. We visited the Rapid City Performing Arts Center recently for a cross-artistic theater presentation featuring modern dance, film, poetry, and music inspired by the largest privately-funded art project in the country.

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Politics - Obama - Reservation
5:36 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Tribal Members Comment On Presidential Visit

Monument to the oral history of the Standing Rock located near the tribe's administrative offices.
Credit Courtesy Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Following up on a promise made last Fall to tribal leaders from across the country, President Barack Obama is on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota today. And though a presidential visit is a big event in any part of the country, feelings on this Native American land that stretches across 2 states is being met with mixed feelings.

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Science - Guinness - Reptiles
5:17 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Reptile Gardens Makes Guiness Book

There's more to the Reptile Gardens than creepy, crawly things - such as this camera-shy but very vocal parrot in the botanic gardens
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is featuring stories that rediscover our identity and heritage through the people, places, and ideas that make this state unique. Although most people across the country might consider us as “Small Town, U.S.A.”, many of our “places” are world-class. Today we visit a Black Hills institution that just made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest in its class.

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Business - Lakota - Coffee
11:50 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Hoka Coffee Creates Rez Brew

Hoka! Coffee - on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Credit Courtesy Hoka! Coffee

The Lakota are known for their strong cultural beliefs and traditions, their respect for all creatures – especially the buffalo, their sense of humor and their love of gatherings – large and small – that revolve around food. Always present at these gatherings – regardless of the season, is coffee.

Today we visit with a young woman on the Pine Ridge Reservation who decided to honor her own love of the coffea shrub – and that of the Lakota people – by establishing her own coffee company.

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Health - Reservation - Dogs
12:10 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Non-Profit Provides Vet Services For Rez Dogs

Veterinarian Erica Monaco performs neuter procedure on "Bull" during Lakota Animal Health Care Project spay & neuter clinic.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

 A non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation was founded with two primary goals in mind: care for the animals on the home lands of the Oglala Lakota, especially dogs…and reduce the population of “man’s best friend” that wander through the reservation’s villages.

Today we visit with a group of women who are doing their best to achieve both those goals – one “sunka” dog at a time.

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Environment - Badlands - Bison
10:31 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Managing Bison In The Badlands South Unit

The Oglala Sioux Tribe's;proposed reintroduction of bison to Badlands National Park's South Unit is causing concern among many .
Credit Courtesy Badlands National Park

Transfer of Badlands National Park’s South Unit management to the Oglala Sioux Tribe has been an ongoing process since 2006. Plans for a series of public meetings on bison management in that area, and the sudden cancelation of those meetings, has raised red flags among tribal members as well as the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. Their joint concerns center on the intentions of the National Park Service and the Oglala Sioux tribe toward landowners and those who lease land near the South Unit.

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Business - Hot Springs - Plunge
1:45 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Evans Plunge Re-Opens Under City Ownership

"The Plunge" after its re-opening under ownership of the City of Hot Springs.
Credit Courtesy City of Hot Springs

The Evans Plunge has been an important part of the small southern Black Hills town of Hot Springs for more than a century. Its warm waters have helped soothe those with physical ailments as well as provide a place for recreational activities to visitors and local residents alike. 

We visited “The Plunge” after its recent Grand Re-Opening to talk to community members about their views on the popular water spot’s new owners: the city of Hot Springs.

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Science - Mammoth - Expansion
1:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mammoth Site Plans Expansion

More than 100,000 people visit The Mammoth Site each year.
Credit Courtesy of The Mammoth Site

The Mammoth Site is one of the premiere tourist attractions in Hot Springs, bringing in some 100,000 visitors each year. These numbers have more than outgrown the facilities available for those who flock to Southwestern South Dakota from around the world to learn about the state’s ancient history.

Plans are underway to construct a 5000-square foot facility to provide more educational space for paleontology enthusiasts and, hopefully, more tourism income to the Hot Springs community.

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News
8:42 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Grasshopper Numbers To Remain Low In 2014

This Two Stripped Grasshopper is considered to be among the more troubling species in South Dakota. It favors to eat crops rather than grass. Officials with SDSU State Extension say the state is home to some 70 species of grasshoppers.
Credit USDA-APHIS

Following the all the fires and floods in recent years you might think a plague of locusts is next.

But farmers and gardeners can take some hope this  summer.   State experts are predicting lower numbers of grasshoppers than normal for 2014.

 Experts who track grasshopper numbers say the population has taken a rollercoaster ride in recent years.

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Arts - Music - Severinsen
5:56 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Swinging With Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen performing at Rapid City's Civic Center Theater.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

For the millions of viewers who watched The Tonight Show from the 1960s into the 1990s, the name “Doc Severinsen” was synonymous with that of Johnny Carson.

We caught up with the legendary trumpeter during his recent Rapid City concert to talk about the old days and the new – and what keeps the 86-year old musician going.

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News - Williams - Mines
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Jody Williams On Land Mines And The 1st Amendment

Jody Williams - 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Credit Courtesy Nobel Women's Initiative

There are 6 living female recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. One of them, Jody Williams, is from the United States. 

We spent some time with Ms. Williams during her recent visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation to talk about the causes the Vermont native has spent a good portion of her life fighting for: peace, human rights and women’s rights.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Seeks Second Term

Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels and Gov. Dennis Daugaard kick of re-election campaign in Sioux Falls.
Credit Cara Hetland

Governor Dennis Daugaard is asking voters for another four year term in office.  He kicked off his re-election campaign in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre. Daugaard credits his conservative values for successes over the last four years in office.

Dennis Daugaard says while he has led the state through some dark days with a Missouri River Flood, and a $127 Million structural deficit. There are brighter days ahead because of making tough choices.

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