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Noem has a Democratic challenger, and the struggle to keep our classrooms staffed

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Governor Noem and Representative Smith

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On today's show

Keeping classrooms staffed in South Dakota has been challenging. With full-time teachers falling ill or having to fill in for colleagues, the need for substitutes has increased. The pool for those substitutes is shallow. Bart Pfankuch is with South Dakota Newswatch.

If you happen to be seeing shadows in places you shouldn't, don't blame the groundhog; it might be time to see your doctor. Vision plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being. Andrew Ellsworth, MD, is a member of the On Call with the Prairie Doc® team. He joins us to talk ophthalmology and health.

State Representative Jamie Smith has announced his intention to challenge Governor Kristi Noem's bid for reelection. Dakota Political Junkies Mike Card and Tom Dempster join us with thoughts on Smith, Noem, and the battle for Democrats seeking a seat at the political table.

We Take A Moment to honor the birth of a literary legend: James Joyce. Today marks the birthday of the author and 2022 marks the 100 year publication anniversary of his masterwork Ulysses. (PS47 ep. 21.)

SDPB's Dakota Life heads to Custer. Larry Rohrer is with us for a look at a community rich with outdoor recreation, history, and innovative dining and entertainment experiences.

Brianna Kusler is the head boys basketball coach at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre. She's the first female to coach a boys basketball team at the 'AA' level in South Dakota. In her first year, she competed against the team that she grew up playing for, Aberdeen Central. Nate Wek is SDPB's sports reporter.

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