In The Moment ... February 19, 2019 Show 518 Hour 1

Each year, the President of the National Congress of American Indians presents the state of Indian Nations address to members of Congress and other officials. The speech outlines the goals of tribal leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and priorities to advance nation-to-nation relationships with the United States.

Click here for a link to the full  audio and transcript of the address.

In The Moment ... February 19, 2019 Show 518 Hour 2

Kids In the Hall co-founder Kevin McDonald headlines the SnoJam Comedy Festival in Sioux Falls this weekend. On Saturday, he's holding a comedy writing workshop followed by his stand-up act at Icon Lounge.

SDPB's Steve Zwemke visited with McDonald about his career which spans stage, screen and film.

SnoJam Comedy Fest begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.

SDPB/Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... February 19, 2019 Show 518 Hour 2

TAKUWE is an educational art exhibit about the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. The Lakota word Takuwe translates to the English word "why." The exhibit includes work by Lakota artists and poets and musician, and it includes not only historical and cultural context, but also a call to action.

You can see the exhibit now through May 18 at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. Craig Howe is curator of the exhibit. He leads the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 19, 2019 Show 518 Hour 2

According to stats from the Department of Education, 14 percent of SD students have disabilities, 1 point higher than the national average of 13 percent. The state already employs 900 special education teachers to serve its 156 school districts. But that may not be enough.

Many states, including SD, have what it's called a non-categorical certification, meaning the first level of licensure is aimed at preparing teachers to work with students who have mild-to-moderate disabilities.

Senate lawmakers must delay voting on a bill that repeals presumptive probation, one part of a criminal justice reform package from 2013.

Legislative rules require a cost estimate attached to any bill that could impact the state prison or county jail population. That cost estimate comes from the Legislative Research Council.

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says he’s frustrated.

Victoria Wicks

The Black Hills Figure Skating Club held its 14th annual Gold Rush competition this weekend in Rapid City. And for the first time, the event brought in nationally qualified judges to conduct testing so skaters can advance to the next level. Skaters say that skating is a tough sport that requires muscular strength and years of constant training.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.

State Dems Forcing Nursing Home Funding Issue

Feb 18, 2019
Jenifer Jones / SDPB

Two bills that call for increasing payments to nursing home facilities are now in the appropriations committee.

Both are sponsored by Democrats. Republicans have a super-majority in both chambers.

House Minority Leader Jamie Smith is a democrat from Sioux Falls. He says when bills are introduced in both chambers, the party is saying it’s an issue that needs to get addressed.

Smith says notice who is bringing those issues forward.

U.S. District Court-Montana

A Montana federal judge has loosened restrictions on preconstruction activities for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The federal court halted the pipeline in November until the U.S. State Department completes an accurate and updated environmental impact statement.

TransCanada appealed the injunction to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and asked the Montana federal court to lift restrictions pending appeal.

An environmental lawyer says once construction starts, opponents lose.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.


The Keystone XL pipeline has landed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. That court has opened five cases stemming from a Montana federal court order issued in November and amended in December and again on Friday, Feb.15. Those orders stop pipeline construction until the U.S. State Department receives an environmental impact statement that conforms with the National Environmental Protection Act, or NEPA.

Photo courtesy of the Public Utilities Commission


The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approves a permit for a wind farm in Grant and Roberts counties. 


Dakota Range Three will take root near the northeast South Dakota community of Summit. Commissioner Kristie Fiegen says travelers on Interstate 29 will see the towers. She says the PUC's agreement with project developer APEX has drivers in mind. 









National Weather Service

Forecasters call for additional snowfall accumulations across most of the state this weekend. 


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in central and far northwestern areas of the state for tomorrow and Sunday. 



Winter Weather Advisories begin tomorrow and end Sunday for parts of the Black Hills along with east central and southeastern regions. 


National Weather Service meteorologist Troy Kleffman says this weekend's system comes to South Dakota from the Rockies. 



A House bill that legalizes the growth, production and processing of industrial hemp is now headed to the Senate chambers.

Lawmakers kill a bill that temporarily lifts the statute of limitations on child sex crimes against entities.

Senate passes bill that codifies the language of the Oceti Sakowin as the state's official indigenous language.

A bill that directs the Division of Criminal Investigation to prepare guidelines for collecting information on and investigating the cases of missing and murdered indigenous women advances.

An effort to codify the official indigenous language of state.

The House Education Committee is advancing a bill that requires high school students to pass a civics or citizen ship test before graduating; but limits questions to 10.

Governor asks lawmakers to pause the legalization of hemp as a crop. 

Restricting teachers from giving their opinions fails the State House Education Committee.

Official investigation into the Noem campaign during President Trump's visit to Sioux Falls for a fundraiser.

Lee Strubinger's Update On Revenue Projections And Sales Taxes

Feb 15, 2019

In The Moment ... February 15, 2019 Show 517 Hour 1

SDPB's Political reporter Lee Strubinger brought an update from Pierre about revenue projections and sales taxes.

Stay Craft SoDak

Feb 15, 2019

In The Moment ... February 15, 2019 Show 517 Hour 1

Calling all South Dakota crafters “Stay Crafty SoDak” is a new digital series by SDPB arts reporter Chynna Lockett. She joined us from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital for an update.

Patrick Hicks

In The Moment ... February 15, 2019 Show 517 Hour 1

In this week's Poetry from Studio 47 feature, Patrick Hicks presents poetry from David Allen Evans.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 15, 2019 Show 517 Hour 1

Andrea von Kampen returned to the SDPB Sioux Falls studio for today's Moment in Sound. She's toured America coast to coast. She's been a finalist in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. And after releasing EPs and a live recording, she's just released her first full length album "Old Country."

See her tonight at Club David in Sioux Falls (music starts at 8 p.m. CDT) and February 16 in Yankton at the AME Chapel (music begins at 7 p.m. CDT).

March For Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women In RC

Feb 15, 2019

  Valentine’s Day marked the second Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s March in places across the U.S. and Canada. Hundreds marched in downtown Rapid City to draw attention to high numbers of Native Women that face violence.



Participants wore red to signify the their cause. They circled the downtown blocks singing and reading the names of Native women reported missing or murdered.

Jackie Hendry

Love is in the air, and not just for sweethearts. February 14th is also Library Lovers’ Day. The modern library is more than a quiet building full of books. It’s a hub of information and a resource center for its community.  At the Vermillion Public Library, they’re hoping a blind date of sorts can spark an ongoing love for the library.

In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 1

Humans sometimes seem like they're only out for themselves. However, acting in your own self-interest can have a negative impact on community or organization.

Dr. Saurav Kumar Dubey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He's presenting at the upcoming STEAM Cafe on Tuesday at Hay Camp Brewing Company in Rapid City at 6:00 p.m. His talk is titled "Despite Our Nature: Incentivizing Cooperation."

Fassbender Photo Collection

In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 2

Photojournalist and digital archivist Richard Carlson previews his upcoming Turtle Soup presentation at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. Carlson will share fascinating stories about the Fassbender Photograph Collection.

Carlson's Turtle Soup presentation begins Friday at 12:00 p.m.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 1

Researchers say chronic loneliness is a public health crisis and a national epidemic. It's as life-threatening as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

We wanted to know more about the impact of loneliness in people's lives, so we reached out to Ann Henkin and Pat Hammond. Henkin is a retired mental health counselor. Hammond is associate pastor of congregational care at First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls. 

In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 2

Dr. Richard Holm previews tonight's On Call With the Prairie Doc on SDPB-TV (7:00 p.m. Central).


In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 1

Is Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar a difficult person to work for? Kevin Woster takes on the subject in his On the Other Hand blog.

Woster and In The Moment host Lori Walsh also discuss blackface through history.

In The Moment ... February 14, 2019 Show 516 Hour 2

South Dakota Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard discusses the current legislative session in Pierre and focuses on priorities for the state's Republican Party.

Lawmakers Reject Honor Song Bill

Feb 14, 2019
Jenifer Jones / SDPB

Lawmakers on a South Dakota house committee are narrowly rejecting a bill that requires school districts to allow an honor song during high school graduation ceremonies.

Last session, lawmakers passed a law that allows the wearing of tribal regalia and culturally significant objects, like eagle feathers and plumes.

Democratic State Representative Shaun Bordeaux says the honor song is a critical piece.


For the second time in a week, a South Dakota legislative committee is unanimously passing a bill that directs state law enforcement to collect data on missing and murdered indigenous people.

Supporters say it’s a step in addressing crimes that are often unreported.

Annita Lucchesi reads a list of names that belong to missing native women from South Dakota.

Lucchesi is Southern Cheyenne and the founder the Sovereign Bodies Institute, which is a database cataloging cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. She’s worked on the database for four years.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 13, 2019 Show 515 Hour 2

Has the extreme South Dakota winter weather killed off the emerald ash borers? How soon can we start planning for Spring?

Today we welcomed Erik Helland, owner and president of Landscape Garden Centers in Sioux Falls.

We also welcomed Dan Wegener, arborist for Landscape Garden Centers.