Centerville

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... April 13, 2017 Show 071 Hour 1

After a brief introduction to put “The Shift” into context we kick it over to SDPB’s Kealey Bultena for a live-from-Centerville conversation with Superintendent Tim Hagedorn.

SDPB’s Gary Ellenbolt takes you to Hurley and Parker in Turner County for a look at how the changing farm economy and the urban pull of Sioux Falls has impacted small towns and the people who live there.

Personalities: The Great Flood of 1993

Apr 7, 2017
Map of the Great Flood of 1993
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The Great Flood of 1993 hit the American Midwest from May to September, running along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and extending into nine states. Naturally, South Dakota was in its path. Chuck Anderson traveled to the southeast corner of the state, a particularly affected region.

He stopped in Montrose, a town of roughly 420 people seated northwest of Sioux Falls, that fell partially underwater. There, he met John Griffith and his father, Bill, who were in the process of repairing a damaged basement where a wall caved in.

Gary Ellenbolt / SDPB

A day of heavy rain caused flooding and traffic problems in southeast South Dakota Thursday.  In many cases, the rain taxed city storm sewers to their limits.

Excess rain water is flowing into this storm sewer in Centerville at a more relaxed pace than during powerful storms today.  Storms came in two waves during the day, with the first rains saturating ground that has seen plenty of moisture lately.  That left no place for the rain from the second storm to go.

Centerville Fire Chief Tim Ganschow says it will take a while for the town’s storm sewers to completely drain.

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Teams from across the state start working their way to the Dakota Dome for November’s championship games. But one school in southeast South Dakota won’t get anywhere near the post season this year—a low student enrollment doesn’t give the Centerville Tornadoes enough players to field a varsity team.

Gary Ellenbolt / SDPB

Friday night, the lights will go on at high school football fields across South Dakota.  Teams in the state’s seven classes begin play with an eye toward state championships in mid-November.  But this season, and in 2016, the lights won’t go on in a southeast South Dakota town that once was a football powerhouse.

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SUGGESTED LEAD:  The group, “School Administrators of South Dakota,” reports about 25 percent of the state's school superintdents are entering their first year of service this year.

Those positions are often filled with principals, who suddenly find themselves with a much longer job description, and two or more full-time jobs.  That’s a concern to outgoing superintendents leaving that situation—and to those stepping in to the positions.