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In The Moment ... October 10. 2018 Show 439 Hour 2

Today we discussed the Cook Political Report listing South Dakota's gubernatorial race as a toss-up, year-round E-15, and Seth Tupper interview with the author of a new biography on former U.S. Senator Ben Reifel.

Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter, joined In The Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City.

And Dana Ferguson, Argus Leader watchdog and political reporter, joined us from Sioux Falls.


In The Moment ... September 5, 2018 Show 415 Hour 2

Noel Hamiel, former South Dakota Legislator and member of South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame, and Dana Ferguson, Sioux Falls Argus Leader watchdog/government reporter, joined this week Dakota Political Junkies to analyze the top political headlines of the week.

From presidential interference in a balloon launch to accusations of campaign finance violations, the Dakota Political Junkies have plenty of state political stories to discuss.


In The Moment ... August 22, 2018 Show 406 Hour 2

The South Dakota state Republican majority caucus asks lawmakers to sign a memo detailing expectations for the upcoming session. 

Joining In The Moment for insight is Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, an Jonathan Ellis, columnist and reporter for Argus Leader Media. 



In The Moment ... August 8, 2018 Show 396 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Jon Hunter discuss the scheduled execution of Rodney Berget, Senator Mike Rounds' Tuesday visit to Sioux Falls, the latest poll in the U.S. House race between Dusty Johnson, Tim Bjorkman and George Hendrickson and Governor Daugaard's request for a special session of the State Legislature.


In The Moment ... August 1, 2018 Show 391 Hour 2

Each week, In The Moment gathers the week it is in politics. We then bring in our Dakota Political Junkies to provide their knowledge.

Today we welcome in Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter. We also have the managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, Roger Whittle. 


In The Moment ... July 11, 2018 Show 376 Hour 2

Each week, In The Moment gathers the week most relevant events in politics. We then bring in our Dakota Political Junkies to provide their knowledge.

Argus Leader watchdog government reporter, Dana Ferguson, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor, Roger Whittle joined the show this week.

The Junkies convene every Wednesday at 12:06 p.m Central/11:06 a.m. Mountain on In The Moment. 


In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jonathan Ellis join In the Moment host Lori Walsh to talk about the latest political stories in South Dakota.

Today we remember journalist David Kranz. We also talk about visits from Trump Administration officials and their reception in South Dakota.

Retired Sioux Falls Argus-Leader editor David Kranz has died.  The veteran reporter and manager retired from his media career in 20-10.  The Journalist-in-Residence at the University of South Dakota, Chuck Baldwin, worked for Kranz for several years. 

“If I had to guess, I would think he would have been most proud of his efforts to treat everyone fairly.  Which of course—I think it was in the Thune-Daschle race, and the Republican blogs had so-called information on how biased David was.  That was just not David—he was very proud of giving people equal treatment and being fair.”


In The Moment ... May 30, 2018 Show 347 Hour 2

One week from today, voters should know the winners of the primary races in South Dakota. Last night on SDPB-TV, GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Kristi Noem and Marty Jackley squared off in a televised debate. Joining us now for analysis are Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle,  Managing Editor, Watertown Public Opinion, and Jonathan Ellis, Reporter and Columnist, Argus Leader Media.

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May 2, 2018

In The Moment ... May 2, 2018 Show 328 Hour 2

Paul Ten Haken won yesterday's runoff election in Sioux Falls over Jolene Loetcher to become mayor-elect of South Dakota's largest city.  Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discuss the results as well as our statewide campaigns. 


In The Moment ... April 25, 2018 Show 323 Hour 2

Dana Ferguson is a watchdog government reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. She discusses the latest developments in the Sioux Falls mayoral race along with the rest of the state's political news.


In The Moment ... April 11, 2018 Show 313 Hour 2

Numbers matter. Today we look at dollar signs and polling numbers with the Dakota Political Junkies. Plus, we look behind the point spread to see if the poll itself tells us anything about the nature of the race for governor. Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with Argus Leader Media and Noel Hamiel, former state representative and member of the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame are this week's Dakota Political Junkies.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 296 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Dana Ferguson join us for a look at the week in politics. Today we discuss transparency in government and the "winners and losers" of the 2018 Session.

In The Moment ... March 7, 2018 Show 291 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Jonathan Ellis discuss the week's top political headlines. Today's topics include state lawmakers' decision to not review sexual harassment and code of conduct policies this session and a government transparency bill that was defeated by lawmakers.


In The Moment ... January 31, 2018 Show 267 Hour 2

Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal and Jonathan Ellis from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader join us today for the weekly Dakota Political Junkies segment.

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Argus Leader in its open records dispute with the City of Sioux Falls.

The city relied on state law to claim it could keep secret the details of a settlement with a contractor. The case involved sub-par metal siding on the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The Argus Leader sued to gain access to the settlement. A lower court ruled for the city, and the Argus leader appealed.

At oral arguments in January, Argus attorney Jon Arneson said the city's interpretation of state law defeats the intent of open records laws.

In The Moment ... August 31, 2017 Show 168 Hour 2

Dr. Richard Holm is known as the Prairie Doc. You can see his television program on SDPB-TV tonight. Tonight's episode is titled "Scratches, Sores, and Bumps on the Skin" and begins at 7 Central 6 Mountain.

In The Moment ... August 31, 2017 Show 168 Hour 1

Reducing campaign finance limits was a main part to a voter approved ethics reform package that got repealed during the last state legislative session. Contribution limits were returned to the caps that existed before the last election. As a concession lawmakers set up a summer study group to take a look at campaign finance limits and come up with possible legislation to consider next session. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us from in Rapid City to tell us more about what direction future campaign finance in the state may look like.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... July 12, 2017 Show 132 Hour 1

Rahzel is a legend in the world of beatboxing and hip-hop. He has two Grammy awards to his credit. Rahzel was the Morning Fill Up guest at the Garage in Rapid City earlier today. Morning Fill-up is sponsored by the Numad Group with support from the Bush Foundation. Rahzel joins us from the SDPB studios in Rapid.

UPDATE: Sioux Falls Reporter Subpoenaed By AG Jackley

May 15, 2017
Kealey Bultena / SDPB


Attorney General Marty Jackley is no longer subpoenaing a Sioux Falls newspaper reporter to testify in the criminal case against a marijuana entrepreneur helping the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe open a marijuana resort.

The Argus Leader’s Dana Ferguson is a state government and politics reporter for the paper. She went on a tour of the marijuana facility in 2015 with other media and state lawmakers. That’s why Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office wanted to subpoena the reporter, to verify information she gathered on the tour.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 18,2017 Show 075 Hour 2

Each week on Wednesdays, we invite some of the top political journalists in the state to join us as part of the Dakota Political Junkies. Today we have Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal and Jonathan Ellis, from the Argus Leader. We talk about early indicators for the tone of the 2018 race for governor and more.

April is National Poetry Month. Today we celebrate with a few of the Dakota Women Poets. 

In The Moment ... February 1 2017 Show 021 Hour 2

Guests: Jon Hunter, Madison Daily Leader & Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Dakota political junkies; Ray Ring, South Dakota State Representative, talks about introducing a bill to cut sales tax on food; Mike Meyer, field manager for the Sioux Falls Canaries; Rick Knobe, former mayor of Sioux Falls with a tribute to visionary planner Steve Metli

In The Moment...January 18 2017 Show 012 Hour 2

Guests: Dakota Political Junkies; Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal; Dana Ferguson, Sioux Falls Argus Leader; SDPB's Victoria Wicks, SDPB's Chynna Lockett; Greg Bryan, author with a tribute to Paul Goble

Melissa Hamersma Sievers / SDPB

The importance of punctuation and grammar was at issue in the South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday. In a case involving open records, justices heard from lawyers representing the Argus Leader and the City of Sioux Falls. The dispute revolves around the wording of one short paragraph in the open records chapter and whether it allows government entities to keep records closed when they've entered into a contract. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

In The Moment...January 11 2017 Show 008 Hour 2

Guests: Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter from the Madison Daily Leader and Jonathan Ellis from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader; Kelly Hepler, South Dakota Secretary of Game Fish & Parks; Miles O'Brien, NOVA producer

Dakota Political Junkies Kevin Woster and Jonathan Ellis join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a look behind the top political headlines of the week. Topics include the launch of a smaller GEAR UP summer program, the evolving relationship with Donald Trump and the state GOP, and the possibilities of Medicaid expansion in South Dakota.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 1, 2016

Today’s Junkies are Denise Ross, an Editor for the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard and Jonathan Ellis a reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Together, the Junkies dig into whether Medicaid expansion is politically viable, the complexity of honoring treaty obligations, and some of the more colorful local primary contests ahead of the South Dakota primary next Tuesday.

Lori Walsh talks with journalist Mark Walker.  An Argus Leader Media investigation found the state's primary mental health hospital has experienced a steady rise in violence toward its employees. Mark Walker joins Dakota Midday to talk about the investigation and what has happened in state politics since its release.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Dana Ferguson is a watchdog state government and political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. This week the Dakota Political Junkies weigh the influence of the Tom Daschle endorsement of Hillary Clinton. We also talk about more trouble in IHS and how Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem are addressing it and how state Democrats are using IHS woes as political fodder during an election year.

As journalists, writers, photographers, composers and poets await the announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes, Randell Beck joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the Pulitzer process.

From how the selections are made to the impact the announcement has on the cultural conversation, Beck provides behind-the-scenes insight into arguably the most significant award in American journalism, arts & letters, and more.