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In The Moment ... Rapid City Regional Health

Lori Walsh
Mike Diedrich

In The Moment ... August 22, 2017 Show 161 Hour 1

Mike Diedrich is VP Governmental Affairs from Regional Health. He joins us to discuss the future of healthcare in South Dakota, implications of the Affordable Care Act, and more.

South Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country--a consistent fact for the last two years. That roughly three percent figure is as low as it was before the Great Recession. Despite that fact, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he intends to continue a focus on workforce development as he closes out his second term. SDPB's Lee Strubinger explains why a state with a low unemployment rate needs to focus on workforce development.


The Great Plains Native Plant Society is building a memorial garden and visitors' center just south of Hermosa. It takes up a small corner of the 340 acres of land dedicated to the cause by South Dakota writer, rancher, and environmentalist Linda Hasselstrom. The project continues the work of Claude Barr, a South Dakota rancher who became internationally known for his collection and sharing of native plants and seeds. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.

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Bruce Knowles and Kirsten Hollenbeck

We contemplate the role of the arts in the Black Hills and the role of classical music in the tapestry of artistry that creates a community. Bruce Knowles, is music director of the Black Hills Symphony. Kirsten Hollenbeck , Black Hills Symphony executive director.