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Images of the Past: The Governor Roundtable

May 18, 2020
South Dakota State Archives

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Today's Images of the Past has us talking about an education film that was produced in 1961. This film is a series of interviews and a roundtable discussion featuring South Dakota's then-current and still-living governors. Mathew Reitzel is the manuscript archivist at the South Dakota State Archives in Pierre. He joins us with more on this film which was hosted by Leonard Jennewein, a professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Jackie Hendry

Talking with loved ones about death is difficult, and some conversations about end-of-life arrangements are put off until it’s too late. But students at Dakota Wesleyan University have the chance to practice discussing mortality with loved ones and total strangers at the Death Café.  

SD Day Of Giving: Big Friend Little Friend

Dec 3, 2019

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Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area empowers children through supported mentoring relationships. They envision providing at-risk youth with the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope through a mentoring relationship. 

Big Friend Little Friend and other local non-profits are at Dakota Wesleyan University for #GivingTuesday. You can see them at the McGovern Library.  

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Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell is going global with its first international recruitment office in Nigeria.

Dakota Wesleyan is hoping to capitalize on partnerships with one of Africa’s fastest-growing countries.

Dakota Wesleyan has a long history of hosting international students. Dr. John Ifediora graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in 1979. After working as a professor in the University of Wisconsin System, he’s now on faculty at American University in D.C. He’s also leading Dakota Wesleyan’s first international recruitment office in his home country.

Joel Allen: Biblical Conversations

Nov 18, 2019
Joel Allen

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Joel Allen is professor of religion and philosophy at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. His podcast, Biblical Conversations, is about to enter its second season and is available on all platforms. This podcast is an attempt to explore the Christian scriptures as a striking example of passionate engagement on issues of intense disagreement. Joel Allen joins us today to tell us more about this podcast and how it came about.


In The Moment ... October 23, 2019 Show 685 Hour 1

A gathering of four Steves convenes for a Leadership South Dakota and Dakota Wesleyan University panel discussion. The four Steves (Steve Jarding, Steve Kinsella, Steve Erpenbach, and Steve Hildebrand) happen to be Mitchell natives who have devoted their professional lives to public service. They keynote the event "Four Steves: Kernels, George McGovern, and the Call to Public Service" Thursday at DWU in Mitchell.

Jarding, Kinsella, and Erpenbach join In The Moment to preview their engagement.


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As college and high school seniors prepare to launch into the world, commencement speakers offer words of wisdom for a new generation of thinkers, innovators and leaders.

Steve Jarding gave Sunday's commencement speech at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Born in Mitchell, Jarding has taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University since 2004. He was worked in local and national politics for more than four decades.

DWU Introduces Esports

Jan 2, 2019

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SDPB's Nate Wek brings listeners into the growing world of Esports at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell.

Northern Plains News

In The Moment ... October 10. 2018 Show 439 Hour 2

South Dakota has had only one American Indian Congressman: Benjamin Reifel.

Dr. Sean Flynn is a history professor at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. His new book is called "Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel and American Indian Acculturation." It looks at the inspiring and controversial life and ideology of Ben Reifel and elicits impassioned responses from readers.

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As students press toward finals, colleges and universities across South Dakota plan for commencement.

Dakota Weslyan University welcomes Robert Franklin Jr. to Mitchell for the annual commencement address. He's senior adviser to the president at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., and president emeritus of Morehouse College. He's also a commentator for NPR's Here and Now, CNN, and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcast Television.

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 ... February 20, 2018 Show 280 Hour 1

Dr. Charles Kutscher is the Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado.  He's speaking today with students at Dakota Wesleyan University. He has led research in building energy efficiency and he will talk about what can be done about changes in our climate by focusing on renewable energy. The title of his speech is Climate Change: How Bad is it and what can we do about it?

Jackie Hendry

Technology continues to change how we communicate and how we work. It's also changing how we learn. One South Dakota university is facing the challenge head-on with a new digital initiative and partnership with Apple.

Most of the student’s filing into the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan didn’t know much about their school’s new initiative. They only had a name: Digital DWU.

But curiosity turned to excitement when junior Aaron Ahmadu took the stage and performed a rap about changing times.

Jackie Hendry

Dakota Wesleyan University becomes the first campus in South Dakota to supply each student with an iPad starting this fall. The university announced its digital initiative and partnership with Apple on Tuesday. 

Students gather in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus and wait for what they’ve been told is an announcement about the future of their education. Most of them only know the name of the initiative: Digital DWU.


In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 2

Dakota Wesleyan University hosts an upcoming youth night with the goal of helping attendees turn away from technology and social media to simply be present in the world. We’re joined by Sean Binder, incoming director of Storm Mountain Center in Rapid City, and Eric Van Meter, campus pastor of DWU.


In The Moment ... August 16, 2017 Show 157 Hour 1

What makes a successful presidency? How soon should we judge the mark a president makes on the nation? How does a president's legacy change once viewed through the lens of history and perspective? Sean Flynn is a history and political science professor at Dakota Wesleyan University. He recently participated in the five day 20th Century Presidency seminar. He joins us to talk vision. Legislative legacy, and the hallmarks of American leadership.


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This week marks 45 years since Rapid City Flood of 1972. Don Barnett remembers the tragedy in detail, and he writes about it in his upcoming memoir. The book is called "Thorns and Roses: Rapid City in the 1970s." Now you can read an excerpt of the memoir in the summer issue of "South Dakota History." The issue is devoted to Barnett's recollections of heroism and loss, grief and rebuilding. Don Barnett joins us.

In The Moment ... March 14, 2017 Show 049 Hour 1

South Dakota students send a message to Washington DC via film. We talk with Josh Koning, an education content specialist with C-SPAN about the 2017 StudentCam Competition and some winners from Rapid City and Sioux Falls. 

We preview four South Dakota State High School Basketball Tournaments that begin on Thursday. Joining us for a preview are SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt with Craig Mattick and John Seiber on KWSN Sports Radio.

In The Moment ... February 2 2017 Show 022 Hour 2

Guests: Charles "Chuck" Vollan, associate professor of American History at South Dakota State University, discusses prohibition in a rural state; Cormac O'Brien, historian, author & publisher; Bethany Amundson, instrumental instructor & director of bands at Dakota Wesleyan University

“Hugh Glass, Grizzly Survivor” is a new biography written by Mitchell author (and professor emeritus of history at Dakota Wesleyan University) James D. McLaird. Little is known about fur trapper Hugh Glass’s early years, but his encounter with a bear in northwestern South Dakota launched a legend that endures  today. James McLaird joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about Glass, grizzlies, and the intersection between western lore and history. 

DWU Plans $1 Million Theater Project

Mar 3, 2016

After dedicating a new sports and wellness center this past month, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell is now focusing on the arts. The school is planning a $1 million project to build a new theater.

Plans for a new Dakota Wesleyan facility include a black box theater, classrooms, and faculty offices. Lori Essig is the vice president of marketing and communications at Dakota Wesleyan. She says the new theater will replace one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Andreas Widmer travels the world working with entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders. He talks about virtuous business practices and enterprise solutions to poverty. He’s the president of The Carpenter’s Fund, an organization that provides loans for building infrastructure in developing countries. He’s also author of the book “The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul the Second’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard.”

Poet Barbara Duffey reads poems from her upcoming collection "Simple Machines" and USD's Marcella Remund discusses the Vermillion Literary Project's upcoming literary celebration.

A new book for children tells the story of how the gift of a cow changes the life of a young African boy’s family. The story is told from two perspectives. A Moo For You, is the boy’s take on the story. The other, All That A Moo Can Do, comes from the cow’s perspective.

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Dakota Wesleyan University is spider central over the next several days as the Mitchell campus hosts the 39th annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society. The event includes participants from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic.

Brian Patrick, Dakota Wesleyan assistant professor of biology, is organizing the conference. Patrick has published numerous findings on his research on spiders on the South Dakota prairie and identified several new species.

Mitchell Hosts Annual Spider Conference

Jun 18, 2015
Brian Patrick

Spider lovers from across the world are meeting in Mitchell this weekend for the 39th annual convention of the American Arachnological Society. Scientists will explore the South Dakota ecosystem and share research.

The spider enthusiasts are meeting at Dakota Wesleyan University. Dr. Brian Patrick is an assistant professor of biology. He says he offered to host the conference in Mitchell as the surrounding prairie offers intriguing possibilities for research.

DWU Grad Watches Orion Pacific Splashdown

Dec 8, 2014
USS Anchorage Public Affairs

NASA hopes to use the Orion Spaceship to travel to the moon and someday to nearby asteroids.  Last week the craft did a test orbit twice around the planet and then splashed into the Pacific Ocean where the USS Anchorage was waiting.

Dakota Wesleyan University graduate Genevieve Clark is Command Chaplain on the Anchorage.    She witnessed the retrieval effort of and provided an interview and these photos taken by Navy personnel.

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Jon Kreamelmeyer’s work as a coach for Paralympic skiers earned him an induction into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame earlier this year in Sochi, Russia. His involvement with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team began as a guide for visually impaired athlete Michele Drolet who won a bronze medal at the 1994 Paralympics in Lillehammer, Norway. He became an assistant coach for the team in 1995 and was hired as head coach in 1999.

Preventing Suicide

Sep 11, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University

This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause in South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University psychology professor Anne Kelly is conducting research on suicide with the aim of improving prevention efforts and its contributing causes.

George McGovern, Favorite Son of South Dakota

Jul 26, 2014

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of Statehood.  Throughout the celebration, we're sharing stories on the people, places and events that make our state the Land of Infinite Variety.   One of South Dakota’s most recognizable people didn’t let a very bad day on the world stage stop him from doing good in the world.