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In The Moment ... June 14, 2017 Show 114 Hour 1

Skyforce basketball is a staple in the Sioux Falls professional sports scene. Recently the NBA's Miami Heat purchased controlling interest of the team. In The Moment producer Chris Laughery talks with president of the Sioux Falls Skyforce Mike Heineman about the future of the team in South Dakota.

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The Sweet-16 format is one step closer to becoming ‘the law of the land’ for all classes of high school basketball in South Dakota.

On Tuesday, the board of the South Dakota High School Activities Association passed proposals for the new format in both Class AA and Class B.

The Class AA sweet-16 format for basketball passed the activities board with a 6-3 vote, while the Class B proposal passed 8-1.

Later in the day, the board also passed the same proposals with high school volleyball.

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In The Moment ... March 20, 2017 Show 053 Hour 2

We welcome the first day of Spring with conversations about the Vernal Equinox. First we talk with NASA scientist Yari Collado-Vega with news from NASA about the dance of the solar system as well as a preview of a major astronomical event in August.

We continue the conversation by asking what the vernal equinox has meant throughout history for humanity. Dr. Richard Swanson is with Augustana University's Religion Department.

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt joins us with an update of the state basketball championships.

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In The Moment ... March 15, 2017 Show 050 Hour 1

In The Moment ... March 14, 2017 Show 049 Hour 1

South Dakota students send a message to Washington DC via film. We talk with Josh Koning, an education content specialist with C-SPAN about the 2017 StudentCam Competition and some winners from Rapid City and Sioux Falls. 

We preview four South Dakota State High School Basketball Tournaments that begin on Thursday. Joining us for a preview are SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt with Craig Mattick and John Seiber on KWSN Sports Radio.

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In The Moment ... March 13, 2017 Show 048 Hour 2

As the number of suicides rise in Minnehaha County, we talk with Janet Kittams-Lalley, president of the Helpline Center, about he trends and resources to recognize and support those at risk for self-harm.

On this week's Images of the Past, Gary Enright returns, this time to discuss the lumber industry in the Black Hills and its role alongside mining and tourism to support the Black Hills economy. Gary Enright is director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer.

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In The Moment ... March 9, 2017 Show 046 Hour 1

Music lovers have obsessed over “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” since the album release in 1967. Cinema Falls brings the film "Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on March 14. Today we talk with composer, musician, and Beatles scholar Scott Freiman about how a conversation in a friend’s living room evolved into a film/lecture series that helps listeners experience the Beatles as never before. Learn more at CinemaFalls.com.

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In The Moment ... March 7, 2017 Show 044 Hour 2

SDPB’s Gary Ellenbolt hits the road for the state basketball tournaments. But first he checks in with In the Moment for a preview.

Lee Strubinger follows the quest to wrangle out-of-state money during South Dakota elections. He joins us from the SDPB Rapid City studios to talk about what didn’t succeed in the Statehouse this session and why.

Hugh Weber returns with another helping from the Potluck Society. Today we meet a local writer who dishes up encouragement through the power of podcasts.

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In The Moment ... March 2, 2017 Show 41 Hour 2

This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the United States Naval Construction Forces, more commonly known as "The Seabees." Although the relatively small unit has played a vital role in America's military operations around the world, many people have never heard of them. SDPB's Jim Kent sat down with some Seabees who were trained to build - and to fight.

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In The Moment... February 23, 2017 Show 036 Hour 1

We begin our conversation about sexual violence and domestic violence in the state with Michelle Markgraf, executive director of the Compass Center. We talk about how some victims take years to break the cycle of domestic abuse, how it’s never a good idea to close the door on someone who is struggling to leave an abusive relationship, and more.

People in Sioux Falls are preparing to host a round of NCAA basketball. Friday and Sunday Division I Women’s Basketball attracts players and fans from the University of South Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse and the University of Tennessee.

Mayor Mike Huether says the combination of visitors and ESPN’s coverage of the regional tournament offer an economic development advantage for Sioux Falls.

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Deondre Parks, a senior guard for the South Dakota State University men's basketball team, joined the program to talk about being an SDSU Jackrabbit. Also, Parks is from Flint, Michigan, a community that has been plagued by contaminated water. He has family who still lives there - battling the issue of water on a daily basis. In his conversation with SDPB's Nate Wek, Parks explains the situation his family is currently facing. He also speaks of the support he has received from his teammates and coaches, and from the community of Brookings.

Longtime Mitchell Coach Gary Munsen Dies

Jan 12, 2016

A teacher and coach who spent most of his time running Mitchell High School’s successful basketball program has died.  Gary Munsen died at home Tuesday morning. 

Gary Munsen was a larger-than-life figure in his four decades on South Dakota’s sidelines.  He was a big man, known for his intensity, and his success as coach of the Mitchell Kernels.  A former player who became a friend of Munsen is Steve Culhane, now the business manager for the Mitchell School District.

The Lakota Nation Invitational is in its 39th year. What started as a way to build hope and community in the wake of racial tension and violence has blossomed into a multi-event, multi-culture tournament that draws thousands.

Founder Bryan Brewer sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss basketball, the evolution of LNI, and the intricate rules of Lakota-style Hand Games. 

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Sioux Falls Skyforce owner and president Mike Heineman talks about Flip Saunders' time as head coach of the Skyforce.  Saunders also coached the CBA’s Rapid City Thrillers early in his career.  Saunders went on to coach the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves on two different occasions as well as the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.  Saunders lost his battle with cancer Sunday.  He was 60 years old.

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The state high school boys basketball tournaments get underway on Thursday. Class B takes place in Huron, Class A in Rapid City and Class AA in Sioux Falls. SDPB-TV is covering the games on its three channels. SDPB Online will also webcast the action here. Mike Henriksen and Craig Mattick of Sports Radio KSWN are calling the Class AA games for SDPB1 TV. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of all three tournaments.

SDSU defeated USD in last night’s Summit League men’s basketball semi-final. The Jackrabbits take on the NDSU Bison in tonight’s championship game. This is the third time in four years that SDSU has made the tournament finals. This afternoon the top-seeded USD women face second seed SDSU in their championship game. The winners move on to the NCAA tournament.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer is covering the Summit League tournament. He joined Dakota Midday from the Denny Sanford Premier Center for a preview of the championship games.

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Last week the man regarded as the best basketball player in the world announced that he was returning home to Ohio. Four year after leaving Cleveland for Miami, LeBron James said he’s signing a two-year, 42 million dollar contract with his old team.

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Some of the first basketball players to gain national attention for new sport at the turn of the 20th century were young women from an isolated government American Indian boarding school in Montana. They dominated teams from around the region and went on to be declared World Champions at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. But their triumphs were forgotten until a pair of women’s history scholars found a photo of the Fort Shaw Indian School team and wanted to know more about the young women.

Remembering Coach Don Meyer

May 20, 2014

Legendary basketball coach Don Meyer died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.  He retired after 38 years of coaching in 2010.  For a short time, he was college basketball's all-time winningest coach until Duke's Mike Krzyzewski surpassed him in 2011.  Former Northern State University media relations director Brenda Dreyer, U.S. Senator John Thune and Mike Henriksen, host of Sportsmax and Calling All Sports, joined guest host Cara Hetland to share their memories of their close friend.

Former NSU Men's Basketball Coach Meyer Dies

May 18, 2014
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     Basketball fans and others inspired by the life of Don Meyer are paying tribute to the long-time coach, who died in Aberdeen Sunday morning. Meyer had success at three college programs, including Northern State University, where he set a record for career coaching wins in men’s basketball. Meyer credited his success to a philosophy of finding the right players and holding them accountable.

The University of South Dakota has announced its new men’s basketball head coach. Long-time head coach Dave Boots retired suddenly before the start of the basketball season and assistant Joey James coached the Coyotes through the 2013/2014 schedule as an interim head coach. USD has hired Craig Smith as the new head coach.

Previewing The Boys Basketball Tournaments

Mar 19, 2014

SDPB provides coverage of all three Boys High School State Basketball Tournaments beginning Thursday.  The State A can be seen on SDPB-1, the State B is on SDPB 2 and the State AA is on SDPB-3.  SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt and Craig Mattick, host of Sports Talk with Craig and Chris (weekdays 3:00-6:00 p.m.) on KWSN Radio in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday to preview all three tournaments.  Mattick and Mike Henriksen call this year's State A in Sioux Falls.  Ellenbolt is in Aberdeen to provide play-by-play of the State B.  The AA tournament is in Rapid City where Steve Thum anchors SDPB's covera

USD Women Face Stanford

Mar 18, 2014
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After winning the Summit League Tournament Championship last week, the University of South Dakota women's basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Women's Tournament.  USD faces Stanford in Ames, Iowa this Saturday afternoon.  Second-year head coach Amy Williams talked about the team's season and trip to the national tournament.

SD High School Girls State Basketball Preview

Mar 12, 2014

Steve Thum of SDPB-TV and Mike Henricken, host of "Calling All Sports with Mark O. and Mike H." and "Sportsmax with Mike Henriksen," previewed this week's three South Dakota Girls High School State Basketball Tournaments. Henriksen is teamed with Craig Mattick for coverage of the Girls State AA in Brookings on SDPB-TV while Thum and J.J. Hardigan provide play-by-play from the Girls State B in Huron. The Girls State A is in Spearfish with Gary Ellenbolt and John Sieber handling duties for SDPB.

2014 Summit League Basketball Tournament

Mar 5, 2014
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The Summit League basketball tournament gets underway in Sioux Falls on Saturday (3/8). South Dakota State enters the Summit League Women's Basketball Championship as the top seed for the third consecutive year, looking to extend its title streak to six straight. North Dakota State enters the Summit League Men's Basketball Championship as the top seed for the second time in its history and first since its 2009 league and tournament title. The tournament determines the Summit League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will keep shot clocks in class A basketball. Citizens voiced complaints and support for the shot clock system scheduled for the start of next season. Most of the opposition says it’s because of the costs. Don Hansen is a Sales Rep for Daktronics and he says for some, shot clocks can cost a bit more than what finances might allow.

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Former Sioux Falls Roosevelt stand out Cody Larson is now cleared to play for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits basketball team. The NCAA granted him a transfer waiver this week. Both Larson and Head Coach Scott Nagy are excited for this upcoming season.

A South Dakota family is showing their unicycle-riding, basketball-spinning skills to millions of Americans across the nation. The Crevier family from Elkton are competing on the third round of the television program "America's Got Talent," broadcasting live tomorrow evening from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Bruce Crevier, his wife Diane and their twelve children travel the country and the world with their inspirational act, "Champions Forever." Bruce Crevier can spin as many as twenty-one basketballs at one time and has several Guinness World Records for basketball spinning.

SDSU Grad Nate Wolters Drafted

Jun 28, 2013

Two athletes with South Dakota ties are breathing a sigh of relief after being selected in the 2013 NBA Draft. One is going to the Milwaukee Bucks and the other to Boston.  The Milwaukee Bucks are pleased to welcome SDSU graduate Nate Wolters to the team.

Drafted at number 38 overall and after a few trades in the 2013 NBA Draft, Nate Wolters became a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond says getting Wolters in the second round was a gift.

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