Hay Camp Brewing Co.

Hope was running high for the Jaimes family five months ago when they opened their La Luna Café in Sioux Falls. 

The winter months were tough, but as the weather improved, so did business. 

COVID-19 Questions With Dr. Hoffman

Mar 30, 2020
Sanford Health

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South Dakota Public Broadcasting welcomes your questions about coronavirus and the disease it causes COVID-19. You can text your questions to 605-956-SDPB. Email us at Today Dr. Wendell Hoffman returns to the problem to answer some of the questions we've gathered so far. He's a specialist in infectious diseases from Sanford Health. 

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

Legal Services During A Pandemic

Mar 30, 2020

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COVID-19 has us rethinking how we work, learn, and access medical services. We're also hearing questions from listeners about a variety of legal services. Neil Fulton is Dean of the School of Law at the University of South Dakota. 

Artists And COVID-19: Anna Robinson

Mar 30, 2020
Anna Robinson

Many small businesses are reeling from the economic effects of the pandemic. The impact can be especially hard for new ventures. 

Anna Robinson, creates digital work with her husband. 

“Primarily filmmaker, songwriter slash composer. But I also do graphic design and meet other media work to bring in income, you know.”


They started their home-business Open Space Creative last October to offer services to clients in the area. 


Avera Now Testing In-House

Mar 27, 2020

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Since the coronavirus pandemic began, testing has been key to slow the spread of COVID-19. It's also become key to a certain peace of mind for South Dakotans. Today we're talking about coronavirus testing done in-house at Avera and how the health system was poised to respond to the need because of existing infrastructure and expertise.

Gareth Davies, Ph.D. is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics, and Dr. Michelle Bleile is the Medical Director for the Avera Institute for Human Genetics.

SAB Makes Progress On Therapeutic

Mar 27, 2020

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Eddie Sullivan is President & CEO of SAB Therapeutics in Sioux Falls. He joins us for a look at research into COVID-19 therapeutics. 

Science and Technology reporting is brought to you by SDN Communications, your business broadband provider. Learn more at


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The coronavirus pandemic has driven unemployment claims to all-time highs in the state and nation.  

Last week, 1,703 people filed claims for unemployment assistance in South Dakota. That’s almost nine times more than the previous week, when there were 190 claims.

Roughly 100 high-risk cancer patients and 12 healthcare providers may have been exposed to COVID-19 in Rapid City.

A Monument Health caregiver tested positive for the disease after recently traveling outside of the state. 

The Meade County resident’s test result came back positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Monument Health President and CEO Paulette Davidson says the health system immediately enacted protocol to protect their employees and patients.  

For small businesses wondering how to get money from the $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package, the answer is at local banks. 

The congressional deal was struck Wednesday. It includes a reported $350 billion for loans to businesses with 500 or fewer employees.  

Yankton's Plans

Mar 25, 2020

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SDPB is inviting representatives of cities and counties across South Dakota to join us to discuss the COVID-19 plans for their communities. And we're also asking listeners from those communities what questions they would like to hear answered.  Today we take a look at how COVID-19 is impacting the City of Yankton and Yankton County. Paul Scherschligt is the director of Yankton County Emergency Management​, and Amy Leon is the city manager.  


Dealing With Pandemic Anxiety

Mar 25, 2020
Josh Haiar

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If you are feeling more anxiety than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. Emilia Flint Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at Black Hills State University, has several tips to help us cultivate calm in our lives.

With recommendations to stay at home because of the pandemic, it’s tough for elderly people to keep stocked up on household supplies. To help, volunteers in Rapid City are putting care packages together.

Sunny Red Bear and her partner are delivering supplies to seniors in predominantly Native communities. 

“We’re starting in Lakota Homes and after today we’ll reach about 55 homes so far.” 

Their project started about a week ago. Packages include canned goods, grooming and cleaning supplies. 

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Dakota will increase in the coming months. As a result, Governor Kristi Noem has released an executive order recommending business and community responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

The order is not a legal mandate, even though state law gives the governor such authority during an emergency.

Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order establishing that every South Dakota business and government agency should adhere to important public health guidelines.

Deadwood, SD

More than a thousand people who work in Deadwood’s gaming industry could soon be out of work. 

Governor Says Schools Should Stay Closed Until May

Mar 24, 2020

Governor Noem recommends that all k-12 school districts remain closed until early May. She says that course of action offers consistency in the approach to educating South Dakota students during the pandemic. 

The governor says she’s open to reevaluate school closings in May. But until then, schools are closed.

News Special: Rep Johnson & COVID-19 In Huron

Mar 24, 2020

Congressman Dusty Johnson joins us today for an update on Congressional efforts to blunt the impact of the coronavirus in the U.S., we hear from Huron, the largest city in Beadle County, which currently has more coronavirus cases than any other county in South Dakota, The Secretary of South Dakota's Department of Tourism joins us for a look at the impact of COVID-19 on the travel and arts industry, and much more in this "In the Moment" news special. 

Hagen Talks State Of SD Tourism Industry

Mar 24, 2020

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An Expert's Take On The Numbers

Mar 24, 2020

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Beadle County: The Epicenter Of COVID-19 In SD

Mar 24, 2020

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We're checking in with communities across the state about how coronavirus is impacting them. We begin in Huron, the largest city in Beadle County. Beadle Country currently has more cases than any other county in South Dakota, despite having a much smaller population than some of the others.

COVID-19's Impact On Holy Week

Mar 24, 2020

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Congregations across the state are adjusting to online worship and congregational care from a distance. For Christians, the coronavirus pandemic comes during the Lenten journey and will impact Holy Week, the week that leads up to Easter Sunday. Bishop Constanza Hagmaier leads the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She joins us with thoughts on moving forward when so much has changed. 

City of Rapid City

People across the nation are debating the appropriate balance between economic and public health responses to the coronavirus pandemic, and a local version of the debate went public Sunday in Rapid City. 

State of South Dakota

Governor Kristi Noem said the state is adding more staff and phone lines to its unemployment call center because of increased claims resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Collins Provost

Covid-19 is especially dangerous to elderly people and public health officials say they should stay at home as they can. Volunteers in Rapid City are taking traditional remedies to Lakota elders, to cleanse their space and boost their immune system. 


Collins Provost and her family gather plants that are Native to the Black Hills and use them for traditional Lakota medicine. 


SDPB News: March 23

Mar 23, 2020

The SDPB "Statehouse" Podcast is SDPB's daily news podcast. We bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines over 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. Enjoy.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken recommends that the city Board of Health shut down some businesses to curb the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

The Board of Health’s actions may depend on an executive order expected from Governor Noem later today.

Mayor TenHaken maintains anything less than statewide action to restrict business activity has limited effects.

“So for instance if we do something in the 80 square miles of Sioux Falls, I don’t govern Tea, I don’t govern Harrisburg, Hartford, Renner, Brandon.”

Small Business Struggles: Melissa Johnson

Mar 23, 2020

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Even if you haven't gotten sick or been tested for coronavirus, the pandemic is impacting your life -- your business, your job, your social life, your mental health. 

Today we talk with small business owners about how things have changed, and changed quickly. 

Melissa Johnson is the owner of Oh My Cupcakes in Sioux Falls. She often joins us on Mondays for a talk about mindset. Today we look at how work is being challenged in the time of COVID-19.

Catholicism & COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020

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If you're a frequent listener of In the Moment, you know we've been having conversations about the "Future of Faith" in South Dakota. Since the time we began the project, COVID-19 has challenged how South Dakotans worship, changed the role of faith leaders, and kept congregants from congregating. 

Could some of the new adoptions last long into the future of faith? 

Donald DeGrood is the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Rapid City Common Council is acting this week on an ordinance to close restaurants, bars and recreational facilities until April 8th.

The Rapid City mayor says it’s the most significant action from the council since the devastating flood more than 40 years ago.

State of South Dakota

Governor Kristi Noem says projections show coronavirus cases in South Dakota will continue to increase until at least May.

Noem says the information comes from data and modelling designed to predict the spread of the virus.

During a Facebook live address, Noem said the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to increase.

Governor Kristi Noem says a county in east central South Dakota is at risk of community spread of the coronavirus within a matter of days.

Those comments come as six new cases appear in Beadle County, bringing their total COVID-19 cases up to 10.

The state is confirming seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases statewide up to 21.