South Dakota

Hail Hits Central And East South Dakota

Jun 12, 2017
National Weather Service

Parts of South Dakota are experiencing wave after wave of significant weather. Some people saw everything from rain to hail.

Over the weekend storms moved from central to eastern South Dakota. Between an inch and an inch and a half of hail fell in areas of Lyman County with the largest hail being two and a half inches wide. The hail continued east toward Watertown with the storm increasing wind speed and rainfall.

Cari Fleegel is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen. She says some areas saw substantial rain Saturday and Sunday.

Noem Speaks At Girls State

Jun 1, 2017
Levi Gutz

High schoolers are learning about the governmental process through those with real world experience. US Representative Kristi Noem spoke to South Dakota Girl State delegates in Vermillion.

A full auditorium welcomes the US Representative from Watertown. Students from hundreds of towns are gathered on the University of South Dakota campus to learn about state and local government. Girls State delegates learn from participating in mock elections and listening to speakers.

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In The Moment ... May 23, 2017 Show 099 Hour 1

Steve Bannon made a career as a voice for the anti-establishment. Now he's chief strategist for President Donald Trump. For FRONTLINE's "Bannon's War," producers drew on nearly 30 in-depth interviews with political insiders, Bannon's former associates at Breitbart, authors, and journalists. It tells the story of one man's quest to transform America. You can see it tonight on SDPB-TV at 9 central, 8 mountain. Joining us today to talk about "Bannon's War," producer Gabrielle Schonder.

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Many Americans are going to be on the move this Memorial Day weekend. Experts say traveler numbers could reach the highest point in over a decade.

AAA projects over 39 million Americans are travelling more than 50 miles for Memorial Day. This is one million more than last year and the highest numbers since 2005. This is the third consecutive year travelling numbers are projected to see growth.

That forecast comes despite higher gas prices. More than 88% of travelers are expected to drive, with gas prices being higher than last Memorial Day.

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In The Moment ... May 17, 2017 Show 095 Hour 1

Brooke Gladstone is a Peabody-award-winning journalist and host of “On the Media.” She joins us to discuss her newest book, “The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time.” It’s a conversation about living in our personal “bubbles,” how stereotypes impact our worldview, and how a consensus regarding reality was always more vulnerable than we thought.

Three Hurt in Buggy Accident

May 17, 2017
South Dakota Department of Public Safety

An auto accident involving a horse drawn buggy has left three injured. Officials say there are no clear rules when dealing with buggies.

The Department of Public Safety says a car struck a buggy Sunday night in Hutchinson County. The two met at a highway intersection north of Tripp. The buggy pulled into the intersection and was hit by the car. The three buggy passengers were ejected. Two individuals are being treated for non-life threatening injuries while a 20 year old woman was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital for major injuries.

South Dakota Road Construction In Full Swing

May 16, 2017
Chris Laughery

Summer is here and that means it’s time for sunshine, road trips, and road construction. Officials say there could be some delays in certain areas.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is overseeing several large projects across the state. Various state highways and parts of I-29 are under construction near Sioux Falls. Highway 212 east of Watertown is closed and detoured. Other roadways are down to one lane along I-90 and south of Pierre.

Flooding Threats Minimal

May 11, 2017
National Weather Service

Citizens are reporting slight flooding across fields in eastern South Dakota. Officials say severe flooding is not likely in the area in the coming weeks.

National Weather Service officials say minor flooding is being reported on the lower Big Sioux River and on eastern farmland. This came from a combination of steady rainfall and snow in some areas. Officials say several dry days have brought soil moisture back to a more reasonable amount.

Flooding is caused when heavy rain is dumped on already wet soil. Water can start ponding in flat fields with little to no drainage.

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In The Moment ... May 9, 2017 Show 089 Hour 1

Break out your comic collection and your peace-tied costume weaponry. Shane Gerlach, Vice-Chairman and Talent Coordinator for SiouxperCon. It's a fan convention that celebrates Comic books, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, board games, and video gaming. It's in Sioux Falls this Friday. We talk about artistry, the culture insight of comics and graphic novels, and the power of finding a place where you belong.  

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Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 4, 2017 Show 086 Hour 1

SDPB's Steve Zwemke sits down with Minneapolis indie band "Night Moves" ahead of their concert this week at Total Drag in Sioux Falls.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 3, 2017 Show 085 Hour 1

For national Small Business Week, we sit down with Sioux Falls businessman Vick Strizheus. He's an international internet entrepreneur, speaker, author and business strategist. He's founder and creator of Four Percent, a training center for modern entrepreneurs.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 28, 2017 Show 082 Hour 1

Singer/songwriter Maddie Todd joins Moment in Sound today. She recently entered the NPR Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Paradox" and was selected as a South Dakota fan favorite. She's a student at Augustana University, studying religion and sociology.

Two Eisenhower Fellows are traveling the country with a stop in South Dakota. The Fellowship is an exchange program for international leaders. Anita Ahmad from Malaysia and Chevaan Daniel from Sri Lanka spoke with SDPB's Chynna Lockett about their travels.

Measles Cases Increase In Surrounding State

Apr 26, 2017
South Dakota Department of Health

Measles cases are popping up in various places across the Midwest. South Dakota officials say there is no trace of the disease in this state yet.

Officials have now confirmed 20 measles cases around Minneapolis Minnesota. 16 of the cases were children who had not been vaccinated. Two cases have also been found in Lincoln County Nebraska.

South Dakota has been relatively measles-free with the exception of 10 cases in 2015. Before that it was 17 years since the state saw any cases.

In The Moment ... April 20, 2017 Show 076 Hour 2

We continue our conversation about how shifting demographics impact South Dakota communities. SDPB's Kealey Bultena is in Sioux Falls with Dr. Tad Jacobs from Avera for a conversation about how healthcare systems strive to meet the increasingly specialized needs of growing populations. 

Every 10 years state lawmakers draft new boundaries for state legislative districts. SDPB's Lee Strubinger takes a look at legislative redistricting and how it may impact the two major parties in the state going forward.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 18,2017 Show 075 Hour 1

The University of South Dakota continues its three week event, "Human Cargo: Trafficking in the 21st Century," sponsored by the Criminal Justice and International Studies programs. Tonight at 6 p.m. the program looks at challenges close to home with a conversation about sex trafficking in South Dakota. Kevin Koliner is Assistant US Attorney for South Dakota. 

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In The Moment ... April 17, 2017 Show 073 Hour 2

Larry Zimmerman is Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. He joins us to talk about benefits for those who served, including free undergraduate college tuition at state institutions.

Ethan Bortnick returns to South Dakota for "Generations of Music." It's a live concert experience and filming of a national PBS special. Bortnick tells us about his affection for the state, his non-musical family, and about his passion for serving others with music.

USD Coach Is An Olympic Medalist

Apr 17, 2017
Levi Gutz SDPB

A former University of South Dakota track and field athlete is an Olympic medalist. But it’s for an event he competed in nine years ago.

A conference room is packed with USD track and field athletes and fans of university athletics. Then the room falls silent when US Senator John Thune and Derek Miles take their seats by the podium.

Cost Sharing Programs To Reduce Fire Risks

Apr 14, 2017
South Dakota Wildland Fire

There are ways the state can help people reduce fire risks around their homes. Officials say this is important to take the steps to protect homes.

South Dakota Wildland Fire reminds people that they offer the 50% Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuel Reduction Program. The program aims to create safe conditions around homes in forested areas. The treatment removes deformed, damaged or diseased coniferous trees. This promotes new growth in the forest and less competition.

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In The Moment ... April 13, 2017 Show 071 Hour 2

We continue with Hour Two of “The Shift.” SDPB’s Lee Strubinger looks at legislative solutions to changing demographics in South Dakota, focusing on Build South Dakota program as it celebrates its first graduates.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 12, 2017 Show 070 Hour

From bulbs to pruning, Julie Hoffman answers your Spring gardening questions. Hint: don’t clean out your flower beds too soon! Julie is with East River Nursery in Huron.

Importance Of Drought Plans

Apr 12, 2017
SDSU Extension

It looks like South Dakota might be heading for a substantial drought in the coming months. Officials remind producers to keep steps in place to protect their property.

South Dakota State University Extension members are asking cattle producers to revisit their drought plan. This refers to management steps taken if the area doesn’t receive enough precipitation. The plan also includes past precipitation numbers and what is needed to sustain livestock.

Jolley School Opens STREAM Lab

Apr 11, 2017
Levi Gutz

A school in Vermillion is looking at a new way to educate students. State officials opened a new science and technology lab for elementary grades.

Jolley Elementary School teachers and students cut the ribbon for the new STREAM lab. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Art and Mathematics. Inside the lab there are stations with educational equipment. One group is running a machine through creating a circuit board while another is programming a robot to navigate a maze.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 11, 2017 Show 069 Hour 2

Changes to the way unclaimed property is handled has changed in the state. South Dakota’s state treasurer Rich Sattgast joins the program with details that might just save you money.

Mark St. Pierre wrote "Of Common Birth: Dakota Sons in Vietnam." A work of creative nonfiction, yet inspired by the true story of two South Dakotans, the book draws on archival research and first person interviews to tell the story of a Lakota man and a white man serving their country in Southeast Asia.

More Wildfires In the Future

Apr 10, 2017
South Dakota State University

Wildfires are nothing new to people in parts of South Dakota. However experts say fires are becoming bigger and more intense.

Professor Mark Cochrane is a senior researcher at South Dakota State University. He and researchers from the University of Tasmania in Australia and the University of Idaho have spent the last decade studying wildfires.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... April 6, 2017 Show 066 Hour 2

Breaking the cycle of domestic and sexual violence is not easy, but it is possible. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We’re joined by Michelle Markgraf, executive director for the Compass Center. Also with us is Jeanne Chamness. She is a counselor for the Compass Center.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... April 5, 2017 Show 065 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Denise Ross join us to talk about recreational marijuana and its potential as a ballot measure, which lawmakers might deserve a “furniture” rating in Pierre, and other top South Dakota political headlines of the week.

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In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

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In The Moment ... March 27, 2017 Show 058 Hour 1

The 2nd Annual South Dakota State Bartending championships are being held at Deadwood Mountain Grand April 7th & 8th. This is a part of the city's annual Forks, Corks & Kegs Festival. George Milos is the events & promotions manager for Deadwood Mountain Grand.

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In The Moment ... March 27, 2017 Show 058 Hour 2

Lisa Gardner is the department chair and the Sammons Group Director of the School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management and the EMC Insurance Center Director at Drake University. She joins us from her office in Des Moines to talk about health insurance risk and give the us the basics behind the insurance industry. We spoke earlier and begin with the basic risks behind the Affordable Care Act.

Larry Deiter is the South Dakota Insurance Commissioner and joins the conversation now to talk about the industry in South Dakota.

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