NWS Embarks On $150 Million Radar Upgrades

Sep 21, 2016
National Weather Service - Rapid City

Officials say the three National Weather Service radars located in the state are due for upgrades.
The four phase project is set to cost around $150 million  and take around five years to complete.

Travis Kiefer is the founder of a new makerspace in Aberdeen called CREATE. Kiefer is a South Dakota kid who went on to the Ivy League and Silicon Valley, returned home to invest in the city of Aberdeen and in future ideas and innovations, and imagined a stronger connection between technology and elder care. 

He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a conversation about makerspaces, ingenuity, and the promise of waking up to the tune of birdsong instead of car horns.

West Nile Virus Found In Brown County

Jun 14, 2016
South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Mosquitoes in Brown County tested positive for West Nile virus. It’s the first detection of the season in South Dakota. State epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says this means the virus is here for the summer. Kightlinger says Brown County is the national hotspot for West Nile virus, but people across the state should take safety measures.

DCI Continues To Investigate Sparkler Bomb Incident

Jun 13, 2016

Officials with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation continue to look into an incident involving a sparkler bomb found on the roof of the Aberdeen American News. As SDPB’s Jenifer Jones reports, they’re going to review security footage from the building – but officials don’t think this is a malicious act.

Bollen Pleads Not Guilty

Jun 3, 2016

A man accused of misusing money related to the federal EB-5 program has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Joop Bollen faces five class six felony charges of disposing of personal property subject to security interest. He’s accused of taking more than a million dollars from a program offering visas in return for investment money. Bollen pleaded not guilty to all five counts, and is requesting a trial by jury. He is currently out on bond.

Horse Racing Tradition Continues In Aberdeen

May 23, 2016

Over the weekend top racehorses competed in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. But there were also races taking place a little closer to home. The Northeast Area Horse Races are happening this month in Aberdeen.


Aberdeen Possible Direct Refugee Resettlement Site

Apr 15, 2016

UPDATE: According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, under the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 70,000 refugees entered the US in fiscal year 2014. They were settled in 47 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2014 South Dakota became home for 523 refugees from eleven different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

EB-5 Charges No Surprise For Aberdeen Residents

Apr 7, 2016

The man who led a federal program offering visas in exchange for foreign investment dollars in South Dakota faces criminal charges in Aberdeen. That city was home to a failed beef plant that used EB-5 money. Some Aberdeen residents say the charges were expected.


Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levson says it wasn’t a surprise that charges were brought against Joop Bollen. He says concern over the EB-5 scandal has faded for people in his community.

Bollen Makes Initial Court Appearance In EB-5 Case

Apr 1, 2016

A man accused of taking money that was related to a federal program made his initial court appearance in Aberdeen Friday. Joop Bollen is accused of misusing funds connected to the EB-5 program, which offers visas in return for investment dollars.

Dept. Of Health Offers Mosquito Control Grants

Mar 15, 2016

Many in South Dakota welcome the arrival of spring and summer. But the season can also bring swarms of pesky mosquitoes. The State Department of Health awards grants funding to help local governments control mosquito populations and prevent West Nile virus.  

South Dakota’s West Nile epidemic peaked back in 2003. Since then, the number of West Nile cases has decreased from over 1,000 to 40 reported illnesses last year.

Lon Kightlinger is the state epidemiologist. He says mosquito control programs and grant funding help reduce the number of West Nile cases each year.  

Jenifer Jones

Teachers from across the state say they’re traveling to Pierre to support education funding, yet not everyone is convinced the move is right. A leading lawmaker and the president of a statewide teachers’ organization have different perspectives on the effect of educators turning up at the Statehouse. Still teachers plan to show up this week for debate in Piere. 

Officials with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are looking for ideas to make Aberdeen a better place to live and work. The Knight Cities Challenge invites innovators from 26 communities nationwide to apply for a share of $5 million to make their cities more successful.

The Friends From Afar program at Northern State University pairs international students with Aberdeen residents to help them learn about American culture. There are benefits to having a home away from home.

Steve and Cristy Biegler have a full house. Seven college students, representing three countries, are sitting around the dining room table working on a craft project. There’s lasagna in the oven. It’s not unusual for

NBP Bankruptcy And EB-5 Questions Loom

Oct 1, 2014

It’s been over a year since Northern Beef Packers went bankrupt and some business owners in the Aberdeen area say they don’t expect to recover losses.  

According to the bankruptcy filing from August of last year Northern Beef owed more than $138-million to hundreds of businesses and individual investors from around the world, and even local city and state government.

NPB was receiving millions in foreign investment through the federal EB-5 program that is now the center of controversy.

Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Knight Foundation is looking for innovative ideas that’ll help make Aberdeen and 25 other Knight cities around the nation more successful. The Knight Cities Challenge launches on October 1st and is open to innovators of all types. They’re looking for ideas that attract and retain talent, expand economic opportunity, and create a culture of civic engagement.

Remembering Coach Don Meyer

May 20, 2014

Legendary basketball coach Don Meyer died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.  He retired after 38 years of coaching in 2010.  For a short time, he was college basketball's all-time winningest coach until Duke's Mike Krzyzewski surpassed him in 2011.  Former Northern State University media relations director Brenda Dreyer, U.S. Senator John Thune and Mike Henriksen, host of Sportsmax and Calling All Sports, joined guest host Cara Hetland to share their memories of their close friend.

Former NSU Men's Basketball Coach Meyer Dies

May 18, 2014
Northern State University Sports Information


     Basketball fans and others inspired by the life of Don Meyer are paying tribute to the long-time coach, who died in Aberdeen Sunday morning. Meyer had success at three college programs, including Northern State University, where he set a record for career coaching wins in men’s basketball. Meyer credited his success to a philosophy of finding the right players and holding them accountable.

Former NSU basketball coach Don Meyer is known as being one of the most successful coaches in NCAA men’s basketball history. A new project at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen is recognizing Coach Meyer’s wins off the court. Thursday officials with the hospital launched the Coach Don and Carmen Meyer Center of Excellence, which will house a new cancer institute.

The east to northeast part of South Dakota is still expected to get snow, but the National Weather Service claims it won’t be as much as originally projected in some areas. Meteorologist Troy Kleffman is with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen. He says dry air in the northeast area is causing experts to downgrade the storm.

Snow is falling in the western part of South Dakota but most of the east is clear. Dave Hintz (Hints) is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen. He says the storm is moving slowly right now in Aberdeen, Watertown and Sioux Falls.

"What is going on is the low pressure system has slowed a little bit with its ejection coming out of Colorado-Nebraska and this has allowed more warm and dry air to kind of punch into the eastern part of South Dakota. So things are setting up a little slower then what we had previously thought they would be," Hintz says.

Previewing The Boys Basketball Tournaments

Mar 19, 2014

SDPB provides coverage of all three Boys High School State Basketball Tournaments beginning Thursday.  The State A can be seen on SDPB-1, the State B is on SDPB 2 and the State AA is on SDPB-3.  SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt and Craig Mattick, host of Sports Talk with Craig and Chris (weekdays 3:00-6:00 p.m.) on KWSN Radio in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday to preview all three tournaments.  Mattick and Mike Henriksen call this year's State A in Sioux Falls.  Ellenbolt is in Aberdeen to provide play-by-play of the State B.  The AA tournament is in Rapid City where Steve Thum anchors SDPB's covera

Horse Racing Season

Mar 19, 2014
South Dakota Magazine

The 2014 South Dakota Horse Racing Association's season begins the weekend of April 19-20 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Ft.

Violinist Performs In Aberdeen

Feb 27, 2014

Violinist Stephanie Chase has performed in 25 countries as featured soloist with the world's most eminent orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony (Mexico), San Francisco Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.  Newhouse News calls her, "One of the violin greats of our era."  Chase performs a chamber music concert with members of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony Thursday night at 7:30 at Northern State University.  On Saturday, she plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor a

EB-5 Investor Visa Program

Feb 25, 2014
EB-5 Investors Magazine

Last week Republican State Representative Stace Nelson sponsored a bill that would ban the federal EB-5 investor visa program in South Dakota saying it has done more harm than good.  The bill was defeated 12-1.  Pat Costello of the Governor's Office of Economic Development opposed the measure.  He said he believes there are opportunities to use EB-5 in the future as an economic incentive tool for very large projects. 

Dust Of War

Sep 24, 2013

South Dakota filmmaker Andrew Kightlinger and actor Bates Wilder discussed the making of Dust of War.  Kightlinger and Luke Schuetzle filmed most of the feature-length post-apocalyptic story near Pierre.  The movie is featured at this year's South Dakota Film Festival, September 26-29, at Capitol Theatre in downtown Aberdeen.

The World War II Pheasant Canteen

Aug 19, 2013

Casey Weismantel of the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau talks about the World War II Pheasant Canteen. Tonight at 7:00, the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team is premiering, at the Capitol Theatre in Aberdeen, their historic documentary of the Red Cross/USO Canteen in the Milwaukee Depot during 1943-1946 along with the activities of the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team since 2006. There is no fee for admission, but a free will offering is accepted. This event marks the 70th anniversary of the pheasant canteen that opened on August 19, 1943.

Northern Beef Packers Filing For Bankruptcy

Jul 23, 2013

The Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last Friday. Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen says that Northern Beef Packers' current situation is not a death sentence. AJ Munger with Northern Beef Packers says the details are still being worked out and more information will come out by the end of the day or first thing tomorrow morning.

Vintage Aircraft Visits South Dakota

Jun 27, 2013

The volunteers of the Experimental Aircraft Association are traveling around the United States this summer to give the public a taste of the “old days” with aviation. For 75 dollars, people can take a ride on a 1929 Ford Tri Motor Airplane and see a stepping-stone in avionics history. The Tri Motor was the worlds first mass-produced airliner.

Boys State Basketball Tournaments

Mar 13, 2013

Mike Henriksen, host of Sportsmax and co-host of Calling All Sports with Mark O & Mike H, and SDPB's Steve Thum previewed the South Dakota Boys State Basketball Tournaments.  Henriksen is part of the team in Aberdeen covering the State B on SDPB 1.  Thum is covering the State AA in Sioux Falls on SDPB 2.  State A games in Rapid City can be seen starting Thursday on SDPB 3.

Opening statements began Monday at a trial in Aberdeen where a former Deputy States Attorney and a child advocate are accused of misdemeanor counts of unauthorized disclosure of child abuse and neglect information; and multiple counts of subornation of perjury.

The origins of the case date back to 2011, when two Lakota girls accused their white foster parents of sexual abuse.

Attorney Brandon Taliaferro and children’s advocate Shirley Schwab assisted the girls in bringing their foster father to justice.  The man is now serving one sentence for rape of a child.