Environment

Environment - Horses - Cold
12:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Wild Horses Stand Together In Cold Weather

Gabby, a rescued mare, munches on hay along with other members of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary herd during the recent frigid weather.
Credit Courtesy Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

As temperatures plunged across South Dakota, ranchers kept an eye on their cattle and pet owners were advised to keep their best friends warm. Near Hot Springs, we checked in at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary to see how the mustang herd faired in the sub-zero cold and snow that hit the area.

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary has been caring for wild mustangs for 25 years. The current herd ranges between five and six hundred horses that run across a 13,000-acre spread of privately-owned land.

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Environment
10:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Sub-Zero Temps Threaten Water Pipes

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Frigid temperatures pose threats not only for people who brave the elements but also for basic infrastructure. A utility manager for Sioux Falls says water main breaks are below average this year, but the extremely low temperatures could create more problems for crews. 

The problem with water main breaks is that no one can predict where they’re going to happen or when the huge water pipes will rupture. Trent Lubbers with the city of Sioux Falls says engineers account for changes in weather, but sometimes mother nature wins.

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Environment
3:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Youth Incarceration

Sarah Bryer, director of the National Juvenile Justice Network and Greg Sattizahn, state court administrator for the Unified Judicial System, discussed youth incarceration.  Law enforcement officials say incarcerating youth that break the law may do more harm than good.  Many states are adopting a new way of thinking when it comes to dealing with young people that break the law. Law enforcement officials now say instead of putting kids behind bars, new alternatives are needed, and a gentler approach may actually get better results.

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Environment - Count - Eagles
12:36 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Bird Count Shows Drop In Eagles

Birder takes part in 2012 Wind Cave National Park Christmas Bird Count when weather was not cooperative.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park held its 18th annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday. The event is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors while assisting the National Park Service in documenting wintering birdlife throughout the area.

Sixteen birders gathered to participate in the 2013 Christmas Bird Count. Sightings from portions of Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest were also included in the number totals.

Wind Cave National Park biologist Dan Roddy says it was an almost perfect day to be out birding.

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Environment
1:37 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Winter Birds In South Dakota

Junco Hyemalis

The varied landscapes of South Dakota make the state an ideal place for bird watchers. Douglas Chapman, editor of the South Dakota Ornithologists Union, joined the program to discuss what birds thrive in South Dakota during the winter, how to find them and how to attract them to yards and feeders.

  

  

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Environment
2:25 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Pine Beetles And Tourism In The Black Hills

Black Hills Pine Trees Devastated By Pine Beetles

For nearly two decades, the mountain pine beetle has spread across hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest leaving behind millions of dead pine trees. While much has been studied on the ecological impact of the pine beetles, little has been done on the effects the infestation has had on the tourism business – one of the South Dakota’s main industries. Dr.

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Environment
2:22 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Pheasant Count Down From 2012

According to state Game, Fish and Parks surveys, this year’s pheasant brood has dropped 64 percent from 2012.  The numbers are down 76 percent from the 10-year average.  South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks Secretary Jeff Vonk says the brood count in late summer is as low as Game, Fish and Parks has seen in 30 or 40 years.  Governor Dennis Daugaard has convened a pheasant habitat summit Friday in Huron at the Crossroads Hotel and Convention Center to discuss the future of pheasant habitat and hunting in South Dakota.

  

  

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Environment
1:25 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Winter Weather Approaching South Dakota

The temperature and precipitation outlook for December in South Dakota remains somewhat mixed in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration latest seasonal climate outlook released last week.  For South Dakota, this means equal chances of below average or above average temperature for the next month.  SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards says the same probabilities hold for precipitation as well, adding that just to our north there is a higher likelihood of cooler than average temperatures in December.

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Environment
2:09 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

SD Roads Deteriorating

A recent report reveals a segment of South Dakota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and one quarter of the state’s bridges are outdated or showing significant deterioration.  The report indicates that many of the state’s bridges aren’t structurally sound and have serious problems with the bridge deck, supports and other major components.  It also shows that nearly one quarter of South Dakota’s major roads are deteriorating. The classification of poor means the roads have ruts, cracks and potholes bad enough they need to be resurfaced or even reconstructed.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Pine Beetle Infestation In Black Hills

Tom Tidwell

Pine beetles, the federal budget, forest fires and climate were topics at a press conference last week at the Forest Service office in Custer.  Tom Tidwell, the Chief of the United States Forest Service, took part in a meeting during his first trip to the Black Hills.  He made the stop in South Dakota at the request of U.S.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Roundtable Attracts Ag Leaders

Bales wait to be chopped for cattle feed at the Bones' farm near Parker / November 2013
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

From food security and production to biotechnology and food safety, people involved with facets of feeding the world are brainstorming food issues. The discussions centered Tuesday at Ag United’s fifth annual Food Roundtable in Sioux Falls. One element of the agenda encourages farmers to reach out to critics.

South Dakota has fewer farmers than the state used to boast, and those growers have large operations. They harvest massive quantities of corn, soybeans, and other products.

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Environment
12:03 am
Tue November 5, 2013

The Cost Of Farming

Carol Schubeck discs a corn field between Centerville and Beresford / November 2013
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

As the winter weather socks South Dakota, farmers are harvesting their remaining crops from the fields. Across the country, more than 40 members of the United States Congress are conferencing on the latest versions of the federal farm bill. It’s a critical piece of legislation for farmers – and west river ranchers, who were devastated by a blizzard one month ago. But the business of producing food hinges on much more than the farm bill.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Julie Hoffman

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joins Dakota Midday for our semi-regular gardening segment and answers listeners' lawn and garden questions.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Two Butterflies In Danger Of Extinction

Dakota Skipper

Two butterflies, the Dakota skipper and the Poweshiek skipperling, have been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act due to steep population declines, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service has proposed the Dakota skipper as a threatened species. Found in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Canada, the Dakota skipper has experienced a dramatic decline in numbers and no longer occurs on half the sites where previously found.

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Environment
1:24 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Gardening Advice With Norm Evers

Norm Evers is Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University and the former manager of McCrory Gardens in Brookings. He’s the owner of Norm’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora. Evers joins the program for Dakota Midday’s semi-regular gardening segment. 

  

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Environment
1:19 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Pheasant Hunting And Tourism

Pheasant numbers are down in South Dakota this year. According to a report from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, the population is low because months of persistent drought in 2012, a cold, wet spring in 2013 and a reduction of habitat have affected pheasant brood counts.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Apple Picking

Do you know how to tell when an apple is ready to be picked? According to South Dakota State University Extension Horticulture Expert Rhoda Burrows, sometimes the best way to know when apples are ready to harvest is the good old fashioned taste test. Another indicator, Burrows said is to slice open a few apples, and check the seed.

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Environment
3:20 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Snowiest Year In South Dakota?

Preliminary calculations by climatologists show that 2013 is now in the running for the snowiest year on record in Rapid City. Although numbers are still being tallied, when combined with all the snow from last winter and this October storm, it adds up to just over 85 inches.

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Environment
1:47 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Black Hills Storm Update

Credit Rapid City Journal

Charles Michael Ray rode out a severe pre-winter snowstorm in Rapid City and the Black Hills and joins Dakota Midday to give an update on the storm. Snowfall reports of over three feet have been common with this storm.

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Environment
11:42 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Update: West River Storm Recovery

South Dakota officials say cleanup crews are working to restore Black Hills communities following an early October winter storm, and they're keeping tabs on flooding potential in western South Dakota.

Heavy, wet snow blanketed the Black Hills region Friday into Saturday. The wind and snow downed power lines and snapped trees, prompting no travel advisories and interstate closures.

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Environment
4:19 am
Thu October 3, 2013

A Snapshot Of SD Agriculture

Soybeans pile up at Worthing Ag Grain.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s economy includes some major players – think health care organizations and a solid banking industry. But the backbone of the state’s economic stability is the earth and the life that agriculture professionals develop. As South Dakota Public Broadcasting examines the State of Our State, this story delves into the area’s number one industry: agriculture.

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Environment
3:13 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Norm Evers

Norm Evers, Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University and the former manager of McCrory Gardens in Brookings, discussed lawn and gardening tips with listeners for Dakota Midday's semi-regular gardening segment.

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Environment
1:46 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Uranium Mining In The Black Hills

Joe O'Sullivan and Dan Simmons-Richie of the Rapid City Journal wrote a series of reports taking an in-depth look at the issue of uranium mining in the Black Hills. What is being called one of the most important environmental decisions in decades for the Black Hills is being decided over the coming months. The South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment finished up the first week of hearings on the proposed Powertech Uranium Mine planned for the Southern Black Hills. The heated issue is bringing intense debate and testimony in the court style hearings.

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Environment
1:42 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Quartzite Trail In The Midwest

In the September/October issue of South Dakota Magazine, South Dakota Magazine Managing Editor John Andrews goes on a tour of the region's quartzite trail with Jim Kersten. Kersten has spent years creating a tourism trail that takes people to ten primary sites, nine secondary locations and over two dozen historical attractions in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa that feature quartzite naturally and architecturally.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Sustainability And Integrative Medicine

Julie Urlaub is with Taiga Company and discussed how businesses need to embrace sustainability to reduce costs and increase sales. Dr. Dawn Flickema is with Avera and discussed integrative medicine. Integrative medicine complements traditional medical treatment and focuses on healing body, mind and spirit. Both guests joined Cara Hetland at the Plain Green Conference in Sioux Falls.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Ethanol And Water Systems

Doug Berven, a member of Poet, discussed how agriculture and ethanol benefits our country. Tom Meyer is with the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) and he discussed building water systems with host Cara Hetland at the Plain Green Conference in Sioux Falls.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

"Your Farm In The City" Author

Lisa Taylor, author of "Your Farm in the City," discussed how growing food and sharing the surplus can make our communities more resilient with host Cara Hetland at the Plain Green Conference held at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theatre.

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Environment
11:57 am
Tue September 10, 2013

USDA's Weekly Crop Report

The USDA’s weekly crop report for South Dakota shows that corn silage harvest has started in some areas of the state.

Carter Anderson is State Director for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Survey.

"Still seeing above normal temperatures persisted across the state last week," says Anderson. "Corn development seems to be about close to average at 98 percent of the corn in the dough stage and that’s just slightly ahead of last year which was at 97 percent and then a five year average at 94 percent."

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Environment
8:27 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Big Sioux Water Quality Examined

A kayak glides on the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls garners its name from waterfalls that crash over tiers of pink quartzite in the middle of town. The city’s namesake is one small part of a system including the Big Sioux River and smaller streams. But with increased industry and development, the water quality is at risk. Now community leaders are establishing priorities to preserve the Big Sioux.

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Environment
10:26 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Heat Advisory In Effect For Parts Of South Dakota

The high temperatures of late summer continue as a heat advisory goes into effect today and continues into the evening hours for areas of the state. The regions affected range from south central South Dakota all the way up through the Missouri River Valley into north central South Dakota. Heat indexes are expected to be in the 100 to 105 degree range.

Todd Heitkamp is with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He says this heat advisory is pretty normal.

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