3M Co. Aberdeen

The 3-M plant in Aberdeen is the largest producer of N-95 respirators in the United States. The respirators are critical for healthcare workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to a new expansion in Aberdeen, 3-M will produce an additional 70-million respirators each month. 

Denise Rutherford is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for 3M. She says the company enacted surge plans to increase production of N95s as early as January. 

SDPB News: Aug 31

Aug 31, 2020

How many recovered jobs are out there in the state? Plus, how has one South Dakota company become one of the nation's top solar contractors? 

This and more in today's SDPB News Podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Avera St. Luke's to Offer Robotic Orthopedic Surgeries

Aug 27, 2020

Patients in northeast South Dakota have a new option for joint operations. Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen is the first facility in the area to offer robotic orthopedic surgeries.

Total knee replacements are expected to increase by 189% in the next ten years nationwide, according to a statement from Avera. St. Luke’s can now offer robotic knee and hip surgeries.  

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 1, 2020

In The Moment … July 1, 2020 Show 850 Hour 2

SDPB News: May 27

May 27, 2020

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.


State health officials say the majority of COVID-19 cases connected to the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls have recovered. Meanwhile, other meatpacking plants in the state are seeing cases among employees.

Smithfield was the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases in the nation in mid-April. In total, 841 employees and 245 of their close contacts tested positive. Two employees died.

As of Wednesday, state epidemiologist Josh Clayton says all of the close contacts have recovered. Ten Smithfield employees still have active cases of the coronavirus. 


Some employees of the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls are back at work. A COVID-19 outbreak shut the plant down in mid-April. More than a thousand cases are connected to the plant. At one point it had the largest cluster of cases in the nation. 

Governor Kristi Noem says President Trump’s executive order to keep meatpacking plants open puts federal departments in charge of overseeing Smithfield’s operations. 

In The Moment ... April 27, 2020 Show 804 Hour 2

This week's installment of Images of the Past finds us discussing the development of telephone networks in South Dakota. In the late 1800's there was the Dakota Central telephone exchange. Sherri Rawstern is curator of Education at the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, and she joins us with more on that.

2020 State High School Gymnastics Meet

Feb 12, 2020

In The Moment ... February 12, 2020 Show 752 Hour 1

The 2020 State Gymnastics Meet begins this Friday from Central High School in Aberdeen. Our own Nate Wek had a chance to chat this morning with Deuel's head coach Caitlin Steffensen to talk about the meet itself, preparing the girls, and defending their two-time title run.

Sports and Recreation reporting is supported by Horton Incorporated of Britton South Dakota


In The Moment ... October 16, 2019 Show 680 Hour 1

Pheasants were introduced to South Dakota in 1908 and pheasant hunting became a thing in 1919.

The 2019 pheasant season opens this weekend, the 100th year of pheasant hunting in South Dakota. SDPB's Nate Wek recently visited Aberdeen where the city is blaze orange with pheasant fever!


In The Moment ... October 11, 2019 Show 678 Hour 1

In the Moment brings you an update on the October winter weather. National Weather Service meteorologists  Jeff Johnson, Renee Wise, and Kyle Wiser join us.

In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 2

Work will begin soon on the new Northern State University Regional Sports Complex. A groundbreaking is set for Friday afternoon at 1:30 during Gypsy Day weekend.

What does this do for Northern State University's campus, its students, its programs and the city of Aberdeen?

With more on that, we welcome Dr. Tim Downs, president of Northern State University, and Josh Moon, NSU Athletic Director.


In The Moment ... May 16, 2019 Show 577 Hour 2

Thursday May 23rd, a screening of Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday is going to be played at the Wein Gallery, Presentation College Southeast Building, 1500 N. Main Street, Aberdeen at 7pm.

Sherri Rawstern is curator of education at the Dacotah Prairie Museum. She's the event's featured speaker.


In The Moment ... May 16, 2019 Show 577 Hour 2

The beginning of tornado season in South Dakota is upon us. Ryan Lueck is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen. He joins us today as a reminder of what tornadoes are and how to prepare for them.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 1, 2019 Show 566 Hour 1

The May edition of 605 Magazine details John and Alana Snyder's road trip to Aberdeen. Come along as they visit some unique places in the home of Storybook Land, Presentation College, Northern State University and more!

Alana Snyder is publisher of 605 Magazine. John Snyder is the magazine's director of sales and marketing.


In The Moment ... March 19, 2019 Show 538 Hour 2

Aberdeen received large amounts of snow last week in the midst of hosting a state basketball tournament. However, the city missed out on the rain that affected southeastern South Dakota.

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen says the city should be able to avoid flooding problems if there's a slow melt of the remaining snow.


In The Moment ... March 13, 2019 Show 534 Hour 2

Mother nature has decided to strike again today here in South Dakota. We are joined by Katie Pojorlie from the Rapid City National Weather Service, Kelly Serr from the Aberdeen National Weather Service, and Peter Jacobs from the Sioux Falls National Weather Service.


In The Moment ... March 4, 2019 Show 527 Hour 2

Girls looking at careers in STEM fields, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics, have an opportunity to listen to experts and, perhaps, find mentors along the way during the Women in Science Conference Tuesday at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Amy Parkin, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, and Dr. Courtney Waid-Lindberg, associate professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at NSU, visit about the conference and their respective fields.


In The Moment ... January 7, 2019 Show 489 Hour 1

Mike Levsen has been Aberdeen's mayor since 2004. He joins us today from the Tom & Danielle Aman Foundation studio to talk about heading into a new year for the hub city.


In The Moment ... November 5, 2018 Show 454 Hour 2 

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. With world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens and Nesting Dolls, the Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.

The Dove of Peace Tour makes stops in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

In The Moment welcomed Akiva Talmi, producer of the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, for a preview.

Dacotah Prairie Museum

In The Moment ... October 29 2018 Show 449 Hour 2

The year was 1916 when Aberdeen Equity Union Creamery became one of the largest processors and manufacturers of dairy products in the Northwest.

Sue Gates with Dacotah Prairie Museum expands on this business in today's Images of the Past.

Learn more at http://www.sdpb.org/images-of-the-past

Germans From Russia

Oct 25, 2018
Northern State University

In The Moment ... October 25. 2018 Show 448 Hour 2

Germans from Russia are one of the major ethnic groups to settle in South Dakota and help build our state. 

Their journeys and lives are being celebrated this evening and beyond by way of the new South Dakota Germans from Russia Cultural Center on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen.  An opening reception takes place this evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... October 18. 2018 Show 444 Hour 2

Longterm care facilities continue to face challenges throughout the country. As operators struggle to make ends meet, several South Dakota communities have faced the risk of losing their local nursing homes.

In small-town Selby, neighbors are banding together to ensure their nursing home stays open for many years to come.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry visited Selby for a community meeting last night, and joined In The Moment today from the Tom and Danielle Aman Foundation Studio at Northern State University.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... September 7, 2018 Show 417 Hour 1

Denham McDermott is a South Dakota musician who didn't plan on becoming a musician until another local group showed him it was possible. His debut album "Diaries of Distress" launched in January.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader named him one of the "10 Sioux Falls Bands You Need to Listen to Right Now." He performs throughout the region this fall with shows in Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux City, Aberdeen, and Brookings.

Today Denham joined In The Moment at the SDPB Sioux Falls studio for Moment in Sound.

Black Hills State University

In the Moment ... May 1, 2018 Show 327 Hour 1

In honor of National Small Business Week, we welcome two business innovators to the program.

Julie Fishbach is owner of Mainstream Boutique of Aberdeen. She also owns retail shops in Brookings and Sioux Falls. She is serving her second term with the Aberdeen Camber of Commerce.

Dacotah Prairie Museum

In The Moment ... March 26, 2018 Show 304 Hour 2

Sue Gates is the Director of Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen. She joins us for today's Images of the Past segment to discuss trolleys in Aberdeen.


Emily Griese, Ph.D., director at Sanford Research joins the program to discuss findings from a study of real-time patient data. The data was made available as part of a collaboration with academic institutions to study it for trends and insights.

Ryan Bartz is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for the USD Center for Disabilities and Richard Parent-Johnson is a Senior Research Associate. They discuss the annual Symposium event held Sunday, September 10th through Tuesday, September 12th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Kent Osborne / SDPB

One state lawmaker says he hopes a special session is called very soon to determine what beneficial use of non-meandered water is for the public.
During day two of public hearings on the issue in Aberdeen, State Senator Brock Greenfield says he hopes a special legislative session is called soon to consider any legislation.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The first of two legislative hearings on non-meandered waters is being held in Aberdeen. Many testifiers focused on the economic benefit fishing has in Northeastern South Dakota.

Some sportsmen say they want a solution that also makes landowners happy.

Water has flooded private property in Day County for decades, and hunters, fishermen and women, and outdoors-people have constitutional access to that water. This has created a rift between landowners and recreationist.


THODOS Dance Chicago is in residency this week in Sisseton and Aberdeen. The Emmy-nominated documentary SHINE airs on SDPB-TV on Sunday, December 11. It's an in-depth look at the making of THODOS Dance Chicago's "A Light in the Dark." Laura Gates of THODOS Dance Chicago joins Dakota Midday to talk about this week's residency in the state.