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.

Ways to Connect

By Victoria Wicks

Voters in a number of states have to produce some form of identification when they go to the polls, a requirement opposed by those who say the law disenfranchises specific groups. South Dakota requires a government-issued photo ID but allows people without the document to vote after signing an affidavit. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks explores these issues and other state laws that affect voters.

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Patients in Sioux Falls in need of a heart valve replacement may no longer face mandatory open heart surgery.    Sanford Health in North and South Dakota has been approved as one of a hundred other sites around the country in performing a new non-invasive heart valve replacement procedure.  On today’s Dakota Digest SDPB’s Cara Hetland has the story of how the surgery is different but necessary for the sickest of patients.

Marjorie Walberg was told in February she would need her aortic valve replaced.  For her it was bound to happen sometime.

The State Geologist says a major oil boom is unlikely in South Dakota.

Derrick Iles with the South Dakota Geological Survey says the Bakken Formation, which produces most of North Dakota's oil, doesn't extend very far into this state.  

Iles says South Dakota just doesn’t have the same amount of oil as its neighbor to the north.

Although South Dakota’s Geology is similar in many respects to North Dakota’s Geology it’s dis similar enough that we will never be able to produce oil and gas at the level that North Dakota is presently enjoying,” says Iles. 

Kealey Bultena

South Dakota’s education report card shows the state’s high school completion rate dropped slightly this year, but education officials say it’s mostly flat. South Dakota didn’t see a huge increase in the dropout rate, but the state didn’t make any significant improvements in keeping more students on track. Educators around South Dakota try to curb dropout rates by encouraging students to stay in class.

SDSM&T


The President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology had died.  School officials confirmed Robert Wharton’s death this morning (September 19, 2012).  South Dakota Board of Regents C-E-O Jack Warner says Wharton’s tenure brought the School of Mines into regional and national prominence.

Ross Chapin

Sep 17, 2012

Ross Chapin talks about his program  Pocket Neighborhoods.   Ross Chapin is an internationally acclaimed architect, land planner and author from Whidbey Island, north of Seattle.  He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans across the US and Canada.  He is also the author of the book Pocket Neighborhoods:  Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World.   

Brooke Orcutt is a Plain Green Conference committee member.  She discusses the conference and projects throughout the year.

Lisa Taylor  talks about her program City Farming For Everyone!  Lisa Taylor is the author of Your Farm in the City:  An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals.  She lives in Shoreline, Washington and spends most of her days growing and eating plants with children.  She is the Children’s Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth. 

Matthew Hein

Sep 17, 2012

Matthew Hein discusses Energy Audits:  How to Capitalize on Their Value.  Matt Hein is an Energy Engineer and analyzes energy systems.  

Kyle Mork

 
Summer Camp is a fond memory for many of us in South Dakota.  Nature trails, lakes and bonfires still take us back in time.  But for many with disabilities it’s an experience they cannot relate to--until now. 

Joy Nelson has two passions – 1880’s history and horses
 
 “I was horse crazy since the time I could talk. …  My parents have the old movies they dressed me up like the little girl I’m supposed to be but I’m dressed up in my cowboy hat and boots and belt on riding my rocking horse with my dress on – it was always there,” says Nelson.
 

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