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2:02 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Experts Weigh In On Avian Flu Spread

Avian flu is spreading across the country, and it’s shown up at six South Dakota turkey operations. Those farms are in counties including Beadle, Kingsbury, McCook, McPherson, Roberts and Spink. The virus moves rapidly when birds catch the H5N2 strain.

Avian flu viruses commonly exist in wild bird populations, and the latest version is spreading onto farms. It hits quickly. John Clifford is the Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA.

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4:40 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Ad Comparing SD To Mars Part Of New State Image Campaign

A new workforce plan from the State of South Dakota aims to change the Rushmore state’s image around the region. Economic development leaders are launching a media campaign in surrounding states on May first. Radio and television ads are set to air in specific communities, and a companion website launches that day. One of the videos promoting the state is already garnering attention.

Part of a new campaign to promote quality of life in South Dakota draws some contrast with people who want to travel to Mars without any hope of returning.

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3:48 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Combating Sexual Assault in Rapid City

This is Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For years Rapid City has shown higher than average numbers of reported rape according to FBI crime data. In 1993 and again in 2003 Rapid City was the number one city in the nation for reported rape per-capita. Since then the community has taken on a number of efforts to combat the problem. A few members of the community explain their work on the issue.

You can find more information and resources by visiting the Working Against Violence website.

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4:12 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Lemmon Man Arrested For Manslaughter

A weekend shooting left one man dead and another person in custody for manslaughter. Saturday night 32-year-old Leon Paulson died after he was shot.

Authorities say 22-year-old Brady Hooker is accused of shooting and killing a man at his home in Lemmon, South Dakota during an argument that escalated. Hooker faces first-degree manslaughter.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says the difference between murder and manslaughter charges mainly applies to intent.

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1:25 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Study Shows Food Insecurity By County

Credit Feeding America

The latest information from Feeding America shows more than 1 in 10 South Dakotans lacks consistent access to enough healthy food. A recent study shows that, in the past year, more than 12 percent of people in South Dakota didn’t have access to enough food. 

Every county in South Dakota suffers from food insecurity. The numbers prove hunger affects children, and it’s more likely in certain parts of the state.

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1:47 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Man Arrested Friday For 1989 Murder

A man living in Florida is in custody for a murder near Sioux Falls that happened in November of 1989.  Law enforcement responded to a shooting and found a woman dead. A grand jury Thursday indicted the man and a judge issued a warrant.

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12:42 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Study Show Economic Impact Of Renewable Fuel

Corn stalks in late summer / 2012
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Advocates for renewable energy say the industry brings economic benefits to the Dakotas. A new report from a coalition supporting renewable fuels shows the industry is responsible for jobs, wages and output in the billions of dollars.

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8:42 am
Wed April 15, 2015

SF Vote Sets School Start After Labor Day

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls voters say they want public school to start after Labor Day. More than 14,000 people cast ballots Tuesday in a vote to elect school board members and decide when the school calendar should start.

Nearly 7,000 voters approve of school start dates in mid- to late-August, but even more people say they want the first day of school scheduled after Labor Day. Fifty-two percent of voters filled in the ballot's bubble to push the start date later.

Parent Wendy McDonnel supports the move to start school into September. She says community members want to be heard. 

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6:57 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

BHSU Student Lands Internship At Sanford Underground Research Facility In Lead

Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD
Amy Varland

Ida Clarke grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in south-central South Dakota. She’s now a junior at Black Hills State University in Spearfish studying environmental physical science. Clarke says her background in chemistry, physics, and geology helped her land a summer internship at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. Clarke says she plans to use what she’s learning to help her community get involved in
science.
 

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12:09 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Six Arrested For Soliciting Child Sex

Six men face felony charges for soliciting sex with children. A sting operation based in Sioux Falls targeted potential predators.

The state’s division of criminal investigation worked with city and county law enforcement on Thursday Friday and Saturday on a sex trafficking investigation. They posted ads online selling sex with children, and six men showed up for a meeting. They range in age from 25 to 35.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says two of the men charged are from Sioux Falls, three live in Iowa, and one is from Guatemala.

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11:07 am
Mon April 13, 2015

SF School Start Date Vote Tuesday

Sioux Falls voters get to decide Tuesday whether public schools must start after Labor Day. A vote NO forces the district to schedule the first day of class after the holiday. A vote YES supports the approved calendars, which start in mid- to late-August.

Parent Wendy McDonnel says she would rather have time in August than the second half of May, when she says it’s still chilly outside.

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Kids and Family
5:25 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Luke's Bike

Bike Presentation
Credit SDPB

What started out as a class effort to get enough online votes in a contest has turned into a fundraising effort to get a special bike for a classmate. This is a story about teamwork and a simple question of why not?

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11:04 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

BHSU Math Professor Talks Music

Dr. Dan May, professor of mathematics at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD.
Credit Dan May

Black Hills State University Math Professor Dr. Dan May is talking music this week. He says he wants to give students what they say they’re interested in – rock music. Actually, the rise and fall of rock music.

Dr. Dan May tracks the history of independent bands and labels throughout the 1980’s in is talk “Love Me I’m Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Alternative Music”.

May says the Seattle-based, grunge-band Nirvana wasn’t part of the rise – it was the rise of American alternative music.

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5:26 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Mighty Mo May Run Low

The Missouri River may see lower than normal runoff this year due to less mountain snow pack and warmer weather.

So far, 2015 has been warmer and dryer than normal across much of the Western United States and that’s having an impact on the Missouri River.

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News - Passes - Jandreau
1:16 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jandreau Passes Amid Administrative Controversy

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal logo
Credit Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Chairman Michael Jandreau passed away last Friday after a brief illness. His death comes amid unrest within the tribal leadership and at a time when his longtime administration was under investigation by the federal government.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Chairman Mike Jandreau was rushed to the hospital on March 27 suffering from heart disease and pneumonia.

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News - WWII - Centenarian
9:21 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Centenarian Shares Story From Alps Through WWII & Hollywood

Erica Sullivan
Credit Courtesy Erica Sullivan

She was born in a ski lodge in the Italian Alps, rode a tandem bike with her husband through France to escape Hitler’s advancement across Europe, lived in New York City, worked in Hollywood during its heyday with such luminaries as Loretta Young, sat down to lunch regularly with Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry…and the list goes on.

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4:47 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

SF Launches Website To Recruit Workers

The City of Sioux Falls is unveiling a new campaign to attract workers to job openings. It’s complete with a website to collect all local career opportunities – from business to non-profits to city government. The website is the center of a workforce recruitment effort.

"Our economy in Sioux Falls and in this region is about as red hot as it gets," Smith says. 

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11:30 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Students Network With Industry Professionals

Kealey Bultena SDPB

Some people say it’s not what you know but who you know. That’s one of the reasons Sioux Falls education leaders are connecting students with professionals in local industry. Students in the city can take specialized classes at the Career and Technical Education Academy. Options range from health care to welding, construction to culinary programs. Now students are networking with are sponsors in their favorite fields.

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10:40 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

University Center in Rapid City Gets New Name And Expanded Programming

File photo: Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD
Amy Varland

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved a proposal Wednesday to change the name of the University Center in Rapid City to Black Hills State University - Rapid City.

The proposal also includes plans to add more programming options for students in the area.

BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson says the name change is consistent with current branding efforts by the university, and he says the expanded programming includes more certificates, associate degrees, and additional classes.

He says the changes offer students more accessibility and affordability.

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3:56 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Sioux Falls Sets Building Permit Record

Credit City of Sioux Falls

The value of Sioux Falls building permits in March is higher than the city has ever seen in one month. It comes in at more than $110 million. That’s $20 million more than the previous record set in April two years ago, and that came from a partial permit for the events center. 

Let’s break down the numbers. Two years ago, construction valuation for building permits in Sioux Falls during March was $64.2 million. In 2014 it was $63.6 million.

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2:18 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: SD Interstate Speed Limit Increase

People on South Dakota interstates can legally drive 80 miles per hour beginning Wednesday. State lawmakers included the 5-mile increase in a transportation funding bill. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the measure. Most bills approved by the state legislature and the governor take effect at the start of the state’s fiscal year on July 1st. But the transportation bill has an emergency clause, so the law goes into effect on April 1st.

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News - Traveling - Erica
1:01 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Erica Sullivan - The Traveling Lady

Erica Sullivan
Credit Courtesy Erica Sullivan

It’s March 31 – the last day of Women’s History Month. Over the previous weeks, women from across the country have been honored for their contributions to or participation in historic events. In acknowledgement of her long, varied, interesting, exciting and sometimes dangerous life, we visited with a centenarian who bicycled across France during World War Two…and just kept traveling.

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News - France - Centenarian
12:16 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Centenarian Bicycled France During WWII

Erica Sullivan
Credit Courtesy Erica Sullivan

It’s March 31 – the last day of Women’s History Month. Over the previous weeks, women from across the country have been honored for their contributions to or participation in historic events.

In acknowledgement of her long, varied, interesting, exciting and sometimes dangerous life, we visited with a centenarian who bicycled across France during World War Two…and just kept traveling.

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10:07 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

SD Interstate Speed Increases Wednesday

Starting Wednesday drivers on South Dakota interstates can legally cruise at 80 miles per hour. State lawmakers included the five mile an hour increase in a transportation funding bill. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the measure. 

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2:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Veto on Senate Bill 159 Stands

State Senators upheld the Governor’s veto on Senate Bill 159. The bill exempts VFW and American Legion baseball coaches from sales and use tax. Proponents say the coaches are not paid well and the tax is a burden. But opponents, like Senator Larry Tidemann say exemption is unfair.

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2:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Senators Uphold Veto on Senate Bill 100

Lawmakers failed to overturn a veto by the Governor on Senate Bill 100. The measure creates a leased residential property classification. Proponents say it allows for the gathering of data to address housing issues. Senator Deb Peters is a prime sponsor of the bill.

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2:23 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Farm Bureau President Visits Vatican

St. Peter's Square in Vatican City
Credit Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke had an audience with Pope Francis last Wednesday. He was one of the organization's five state presidents meeting with the Pope following a week long series of meetings with Vatican officials in advance of an international symposium scheduled in Milan in June on faith, food and the environment.

Only two other members of the group were allowed close enough to shake hands and greet the Pope, but Sombke says it was still a moving experience to be near him at St. Peter's Square a few days before Holy Week.

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8:58 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Students Give Back By Offering Free Tax Help

Leah Shockey and Dr. Liz Diers
Credit Amy Varland

Elderly and low-income tax payers are getting free help preparing their tax returns through an IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Students at Black Hills State University in Spearfish are participating in the program and applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to help out members of their community.
 
 

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12:27 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

FEMA Allocates $250K For Non-Disaster Food & Shelter Assistance

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The federal government is directing $250,000 to South Dakota to help people with food or shelter in emergencies. That is the same amount the state usually receives from FEMA. The grant money can be used for problems housing and food problems that aren’t related to disasters.

FEMA distributes Emergency Food and Shelter Program money based on a state’s current unemployment, food insecurity and poverty data. In South Dakota, that equates to the minimum amount FEMA can provide a state.

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4:57 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

DUI Crash Victim's Father Reacts To Vehicular Homicide Sentence

The Spindler family stands at the sign marking Maegan Spindler's death. / March 23, 2015
Credit Gregg Spindler

The family of one victim in a violent car crash nearly two years ago says the punishment for the driver is insufficient. This week Ron Fischer, Junior was sentenced for vehicular homicide in two deaths. The judge ordered the maximum sentence, but the victim’s father says that isn’t enough.

In July of 2013, a drunk driver ran a stop sign near Pickstown, drove the minivan into a parking lot, and slammed into two people. US Fish and Wildlife workers 46-year-old Robert Klumb and 25-year-old Maegan Spindler both died in the gruesome crash.

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