Black Hills Knowledge Network

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... June 26, 2018 Show 366  Hour 1

A new study from the Black Hills Knowledge Network shows high demand for affordable housing in the Rapid City Area. The study also shows that while the average income in the state and country went up from 2010 to 2016, in Rapid City it went down.

The study is making news across the state and people are talking about what a tourism driven economy means for Black Hills residents. What financial tools exist to support affordable housing development?

In The Moment ... September 5, 2017 Show 170 Hour 1

In The Moment ... August 29, 2017 Show 166 Hour 1

Lee Rainie is the director of internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C.  He's also the former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report.  Rainie speaks at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology today as part of the Black Hills Knowledge Network's Knowledge at Noon Speaker Series.  His presentation is titled "Facts, Public Trust and the Future of the Internet."

SDPB’s Jackie Hendry details the surprising history of Lakota performers in Brussels.


In The Moment ... August 23, 2107 Show 162 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper (Rapid City Journal reporter) and Jon Hunter (Madison Daily Leader publisher) join us for our weekly round-table conversation about South Dakota politics. Today we talk about self-described “Wingnuts,” non-partisan elections, citizen democracy, and national calls to tear down a presidential statue in Rapid City.

Author Paul Higbee is with us for a look at South Dakota’s “Cowboy Governor” Tom Berry. We talk dustbowls, debt, and Democrats.

Woster Brothers Share Stories From Their Careers

Oct 1, 2016
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Two of the state’s longest working journalists, and brothers, Terry and Kevin Woster shared behind-the-scenes stories from their careers.

In Rapid City Friday night, they spoke about the Wounded Knee occupation, Governor Bill Janklow, and the ins and outs of the state legislature over the last four decades.


Journalism has changed since both Kevin and Terry Woster first began their careers.

Black Hills Knowledge Network

After decades of covering the biggest news stories in South Dakota, journalists Terry Woster and Kevin Woster shared never-before-told stories about witnessing history from a front-row seat. They'll also provided insights on the waves of change affecting journalism and its essential role in American democracy. Regional reporter and political junkie Denise Ross moderated their conversation Friday night at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.

Denise Ross from the Black Hills Knowledge Network and Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal lend their voices to the weekly Midday segment Dakota Political Junkies. Some topics of discussion include the memorable face palm from one South Dakotan, the GOP's platform, figures missing at the GOP national convention, and agriculture's role in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives between Kristi Noem and Paula Hawks.

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Two business leaders in Rapid City spoke at the Black Hills Forum and Press Club on Friday to discuss the ups and downs of South Dakota’s economy, including what lies ahead.

Ben Snow is with Rushmore Region, the group promotes economic development. He says South Dakota is protected from recessions more so than other places in the U.S.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 1, 2016

Today’s Junkies are Denise Ross, an Editor for the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard and Jonathan Ellis a reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Together, the Junkies dig into whether Medicaid expansion is politically viable, the complexity of honoring treaty obligations, and some of the more colorful local primary contests ahead of the South Dakota primary next Tuesday.

Report Shows Nearly Flat Growth In Tourism Sales

May 4, 2016

One report shows growth in tourism sales tax revenue is not as robust as some might like. Tourism is the state’s second largest industry. Events like the Sturgis Rally are key for many business who rely on visitor spending. 

But a report from the Black Hills Knowledge Network shows revenue from taxable tourism sales slowed in 2015 after years of significant growth.