Pine Ridge Reservation

In The Moment … August 7, 2020 Show 876 Hour 1

The Coronavirus pandemic has left Native American reservations including the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota with a shortage of medical, food, and household supplies. The Thunder Valley CDC is using an online fundraising platform to meet the need. Tatewin Means is the organization's executive director and joins us now.

Governor Kristi Noem

May 14, 2020

In The Moment … May 14, 2020 Show 817 Hour 2

As the rest of the nation seeks ways to reopen the economy, South Dakotans were never on a statewide shelter-in-place order or lockdown. Many business owners and faith community leaders are seeking CDC and South Dakota Department of Health guidance to inform and support their individual decisions about what "Back to Normal" looks like. Governor Kristi Noem is with us today. 

Dr. Wendell Hoffman With A COVID-19 Update

May 11, 2020
Sanford Health

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Sioux Falls AFL-CIO

In The Moment … May 7, 2020 Show 812 Hour 1


The CDC has released its report on how the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls can limit spread of the coronavirus. The plant remains closed after becoming one of the country’s largest cluster of COVID-19 cases.

The fifteen-page memo outlines observations from a CDC inspection. It includes things Smithfield was already doing - like screening employee temperatures when they got to work and adding plexiglass barriers between employees. 

Daktronics Presses On

Apr 22, 2020

In The Moment ... April 22, 2020 Show 801 Hour 2

While the COVID-19 Pandemic has forced many companies to reduce or even shut down one South Dakota company presses on due, in part, to a backlog of orders, and through practicing social distancing and other practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Jay Parker is vice president for Live Events and Spectaculars at Daktronics in Brookings and, while we're not getting to experience those live events at the moment, Daktronics' Brookings location is operating at 100-percent.

A handful of pork processing plants in the upper Midwest are closed after COVID-19 cases infected their workforce. Crews will clean and disinfect plants in South Dakota and Minnesota with no clear word on when they might reopen. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports.

The moves will affect farmers at every level of the pork industry.

Adam Krause has a barn full of piglets at his ‘nursery’ operation near Clear Lake, South Dakota.

FRONTLINE: Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 21, 2020

In The Moment ... April 21, 2020 Show 800 Hour 1

WAVI Taking COVID-19 Precautions

Mar 17, 2020
Courtesy WAVI

  The nonprofit Working Against Violence Inc., or WAVI, offers a safe place for women and children in dangerous…abusive…and unsafe situations. The staff is taking precautions to help ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t put their residents in harm's way. 

Vaping-Related Acute Respiratory Illness

Sep 10, 2019

In the Moment ... September 10, 2019 Show 655 Hour 1 

South Dakota has joined more than 30 other states in seeing vaping-related acute respiratory illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to forgo vaping during an ongoing investigation into an epidemic of e-cigarette related illness. 

Dr. Dan Heinemann of Sanford Health provides insight.        

In The Moment ... March 8, 2018 Show 292 Hour 2

Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell hosts "Triggers: A Critical Conversation About Guns and Mental Health in America." It's a look at different perspectives on gun rights and young adult mental health in America.

Alisha Vincent is Executive Director of the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University

John Gruber is a guest speaker at the event and is with the Illinois Council Against Gun Violence. He was Senior Manager with the Brady Campaign

In The Moment ... December 20, 2017 Show 244 Hour 1

The controversy in America over language continues.

Augustana University professors Jennifer Gubbels, PhD., and Patrick Hicks, PhD., explore the notion of banned words and how to process recent news stories highlighting them.

Experts Don't Find Mold

Jul 29, 2015

A group of experts say a university building on the USD campus is not making people sick.

Three experts with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health were called to the University of South Dakota following complaints in a campus building.

USD officials brought in federal health experts after reports of mold and other poor conditions at Noteboom Hall on campus. 

But, after days of testing and inspecting the building, the experts found no mold or dangerous contamination. They blamed the uncomfortable conditions on lack of air ventilation.

Thunder Valley CDC Aims To Forge New Tribal Community

Jun 22, 2015
Chynna Lockett

An effort to build a new sustainable and energy self-sufficient community on Pine Ridge is underway.
The Thunder Valley CDC held a groundbreaking near Sharps Corner on Pine Ridge for the new housing development and community.   Hundreds of people including a number of federal and tribal dignitaries attended. The event comes with an announcement of major funding made available through the federal government for the project.

Avian flu is spreading across the country, and it’s shown up at six South Dakota turkey operations. Those farms are in counties including Beadle, Kingsbury, McCook, McPherson, Roberts and Spink. The virus moves rapidly when birds catch the H5N2 strain.

Avian flu viruses commonly exist in wild bird populations, and the latest version is spreading onto farms. It hits quickly. John Clifford is the Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA.

CDC Names SD Childhood Immunization Champion

Apr 30, 2014

A Sioux Falls physician is being recognized for her efforts to boost childhood immunization rates.   

The Centers for Disease Control named Dr. Jennifer Schriever the South Dakota “Childhood Immunization Champion."

The CDC appointment comes alongside a report from the World Health Organization about the increase in so called “super bugs” or antibiotic resistant bacteria.