Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio Director

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio and News and Information for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She has nearly 30 years in public radio as a reporter, producer and manager.  Cara is also host of the Friday In the Moment program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotans about it.  Cara also teaches media courses at the University of Sioux Falls and loves working with interns to develop their own style of storytelling.   Cara lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Daren. She spends her "free" time being mom to two adult daughters and cheering on her youngest daughter in her high school events. Cara likes to exercise, read and is always open for a ride on the tilt-a-whirl.

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Dr. Steven Powell, with Sanford Health discusses how researchers are looking at immunotherapy as a way to fight cancer.  Immunotherapy develops treatments to harness your immune system and use your own immune system to fight the cancer.

Dr. Keith Miskimins – Senior Scientist and Director of the Cancer Biology Research Center at Sanford Research.  His lab is currently looking at the Translation control of tumor suppressor protein p27Kip1 in normal and cancer cells.  p27 is an inhibitor of cell cycle progression that is commonly down regulated in cancer cells.

Daniel Engebretson, PhD, is a physical chemist and is chair of the USD biomedical engineering program.  He’s also the head of the USD Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center in Sioux Falls.  He  discusses the latest biomedical engineering research, the bioSNTR statewide efforts and collaborations with clinicians and industry.

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Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Director at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics.  He was listed as a co-author in Nature, the international weekly journal of science for an article titled “Common Genetic Variants Influence Human Subcortical Brain Structures” which was released Jan.

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A team from Rapid City Stevens High School will represent South Dakota at the National Science Bowl in Washington DC this April.

Stevens won the state competition beating out other schools in South Dakota -- now they go up against the best in the country.  

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray caught up with Stevens Science Teacher Lisa Weisbeck and two students on the winning state team --  Junior Rachel Fenenga and Senior James Donhiser.

To escape the noisy school hallways the three stepped into a quiet science storage room, filled with beakers and instruments…  

South Dakota Lawmakers killed two measures that deal with concealed weapons.  House Bills 1096 and 1116 were deferred to the 41st Legislative day by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Lawmakers objected to what might happen with the passage of the legislation

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  An effort to add more newborn screening tests is moving through the legislature.  A House Committee approved Senate Bill 60 that adds inherited and genetic disorders to the list of diseases tested on infants.

A legislative committee has approved a proposal that requires parental consent for minors to use indoor tanning beds at salons.

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-5 on Thursday for the amended plan, which originally banned minors from using tanning facilities at all.

Republican Rep. Lana Greenfield of Doland says she thinks the proposal interferes with small businesses and requires something that’s already being done.


  Dr. George B. Stefano is the Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute.  Dr.

The National Indian Council on Aging is a non-profit organization that focuses on tribal elders.  The program works with other non-profits to give work training to elders as a way to remove them from subsidized assistance.  

Attorney General Press Release

Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning college campuses and students about a new synthetic drug surfacing in South Dakota.  It’s known as 25i.  Law Enforcement has been aware of the drug but Jackley confirms it is now it South Dakota.

Jackley:  (:20) – It has properties of LSD, it creates huge hulicinations, it is extremely addictive.  So it creates considerable public health and safety concerns and we just want the community to be aware of that and if they do see this type of drug and certainly with kids get rid of the drugs, they’re very dangerous.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants the Department of Health to have better authority to contain infectious diseases like Ebola and Measles or even the flu.  He says current contagious disease control statutes are vague and only specifically address tuberculosis.

Earlier this week, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation made a $3 million investment in SAB Biotherapeutics to bolster the Bio-Tech industry in the area. SAB Biotherapeutics uses genetically engineered cattle to produce human antibodies. CEO and co-founder Dr. Eddie Sullivan discusses his company and the science behind human antibodies.   

Thayne Munce is associate director of the Sanford Sports Science Institute. He authored a study on brain injury risk in youth football. The studied monitored 22 local youth football players ages 11 to 13 during a single season of 27 practices and 9 games. Each player wore sensors in his helmet which measured head-impact frequency, magnitude, duration and location. More than 6,000 head impacts were recorded, and found to be similar in magnitude and location to those in high school and college football but less frequent.

Construction activity in Sioux Falls broke three records in 2014.   Nearly 15-thousand building permits with a valuation of $620 million surpassed 2013 record year – and more housing units were constructed.  

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced a $56 million investment to improve state owned rail lines.  The money is a combination of public and private funds.  The Governor says he is prepared to invest in more partnerships to improve rail transportation in the state. 


According to the latest report from the World Health Association, more than six thousand people have died of Ebola this year in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and  Sierra Leone. Incidences of Ebola in Liberia are stable or declining, but that the transmission of the virus is still intense in Sierra Leone.

On Sunday, December 14 in Sioux Falls, the Economic Community of West African State in South Dakota is holding an intercessory service for Ebola affected nations. It begins at 3 pm at the First Baptist Church.

Jodi Schwan, Editor of the Sioux Falls Business Journal, discusses the first Sioux Falls Made Market December 5, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Schwan says the makers movement taps into the American culture that says if you can dream it, you can make a living with it.  She says incubating start-up commerce leads to new businesses.

Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Dean of the USD School of Health Sciences discusses the role of interprofessional education in Health Sciences.  The concept called "interprofessionalism" simulates and teach activities that mimic reality.  It helps students understand the role of other healthcare professionals as it relates to their own field.  

Russ Wilke, MD, Internal Medicine Physician at Sanford Health in Fargo.  Wilke is a co-author in a study published in Nature Communications  about how statin medications that can be attributed to genetic factors. Statins are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the United States.  These drugs reduce the frequency and severity of cardiovascular disease in patients at risk for heart attack and stroke.  The study looked at genetics, drugs and side effects in patients.

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Democratic candidate for US Senate Rick Weiland concedes race to Republican Mike Rounds.  Weiland says it was a good race and he's not finished.

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Former Republican Governor Mike Rounds wins open US Senate seat.

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U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem wins Re-election to House of Representatives.  

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Democratic candidate Susan Wismer concedes race with running mate Susy Blake.

Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard wins second term.  Here is his acceptance speech with Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels.

Attorney General Marty Jackley wins second term.

Republican Shantel Krebs wins first term as Secretary of State replacing Jason Gant.

Tanna Kingsbury

Sep 15, 2014

A student-athlete from Sanborn Central High School who made an inspirational basket in last year's Sate Tournament has died.

Tanna Kingsbury was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a type of cancer, in 2013.  She died Sunday morning.  Kingsbury's coach and Sanborn Central Athletic Director Tim McCain says her shot in the waning seconds of the game was a special moment shared with the entire state.

McCain says counselors and clergy have been made available to students at the school.  Funeral arrangements are pending.