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In the Moment: March 29, 2021,Show 1017. 

  • Senator John Thune talks immigration and a Spring surge of asylum seekers at the U.S. border with Mexico.


  • Lee Strubinger previews Veto Day and the possible outcomes for HB1217 and medical marijuana.



Gambling revenue from Deadwood casinos is almost even with last year. That’s despite a one-month shutdown in the spring because of the pandemic.

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Gambling surged last month in Deadwood, but casinos ran into a problem when the calendar turned over. 

License fees were due July 1 on gambling machines, and some casinos could not afford to pay up. 

Josh Haiar / SDPB

Gamblers at casinos in Deadwood wagered more than $88 million last month. The new numbers come from the state Revenue Department. 

Deadwood Gaming Association

Bets at Deadwood casinos were down 20 percent in March compared to the same time last year. 

The new numbers show Deadwood casinos handled about $69 million last month. That’s about $17 million less than the casinos handled the previous March. 

Mike Rodman is executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association. He said the numbers reflect the citywide shutdown of casinos on March 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Deadwood Gaming Association

Deadwood casino operators hoping for emergency payroll loans from Congress have received some bad news: They’re not eligible, at least for now. 

Deadwood, SD

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

The Homestake Water System

Mar 16, 2020

In The Moment ... March 16, 2020 Show 774 Hour 2

The Homestake water system was first constructed in the early 1880s by Homestake Mine. Water was required in larger quantities for the expansion of Homestake and other mines in the Lead-Deadwood area. Thursday at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood, Curt Betcher will give a presentation at noon on this system.

UPDATE: This event has been canceled for Thursday 3/19/20


A bill to allow sports gambling in South Dakota has started its journey through the Legislature. 


Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... October 7, 2019 Show 674 Hour 2

Do you love history ... and being scared? If so, you're a lot like the crew from 605 Magazine!

From haunted houses old and new to walking ghost and cemetery tours, the October issue of 605 Magazine mixes history and "creepy" into a fun read from cover to cover.

605 Magazine publisher Alana Snyder and Sales and Marketing Director John Snyder scare up stories from the latest issue on In The Moment.

In The Moment ... June 11, 2019 Show 593 Hour 1

Wild Bill Days is this weekend in Deadwood South Dakota. This is a celebration of the life and times of one of Deadwood's most famous gunslinger--Wild Bill Hickok. Bob Boze Bell is the co-owner and publisher of True West magazine and this Friday at noon mountain time on the lawn of the Historic Adams House, he will talk about the man who created the prototype of the Western gunfighter.

In The Moment ... May 1, 2019 Show 566 Hour 2

This spring, the HBO fan-favorite Deadwood returns. Chris Wimmer will talk about the show's long-awaited conclusion Thursday at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood.

Wimmer is the co-owner of Black Barrel Media and the creator of the "Legends of the Old West" and "Infamous America" podcasts. His presentation will compare and contrast the TV show with the true events of Deadwood's history.

Deadwood History, Inc., Adams Museum Collection

In The Moment ... April 1, 2019 Show 547 Hour 2

The gold seekers and other pioneers who came to Deadwood in 1876 were a mix of well-intentioned settlers and honest but rambling fortune hunters.

There was also a small handful of pioneers who took on the challenge of building a community from the ground up. George V. Ayres was one of those visionaries. He know the value of good roads and worked hard to turn the region's old freight rails into an actual transportaion network.

SDPB's Brian Gevik has more in Images of the Past.

Deadwood, SD

On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 2, a call for the people of South Dakota to vote on a the legalization of sports betting in the Mt. Rushmore state.

In The Moment ... November 6, 2018 Show 455 Hour 1

How has the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota changed? Physically, yes but also the politics and laws surrounding it have changed too.

Bill Coburn is a forestry consultant. November 8th at noon, his speaking engagment is called "The Black Hills Forest: 1874 - 1908." This takes place at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood.

Black Hills Information Security

In The Moment ... October 26. 2018 Show 449 Hour 2

Yesterday marked the debut of the Wild West Hackin’ Festival in Deadwood. This IT Security conference promises to be the most hands-on, activity-driven con you can attend.

John Strand is the owner and security analyst of Black Hills Information Security. John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

He joined Innovation to preview the event and share his knowledge on cybersecurity.

Encouraging Professional Growth For Entrepreneurs

Oct 17, 2018
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In The Moment ... October 17. 2018 Show 443 Hour 1

For business owners, business leaders, and women just starting their journey in the world of business, conferences and seminars are vital components to professional growth.

The 9th annual Women's Business Conference, this Friday Oct 19 at the Lodge in Deadwood.

Michelle Kane, Director of the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity, and Meg Manke, co-author of iX Leadership" joined In The Moment for a preview.

In The Moment ... June 26, 2018 Show 366 Hour 2

Pull on your purple boots for some summer reading. Ann Charles writes mixed genre mysteries packed with mayhem and fun, quirky characters, and a decent splash of romance when romance is called for.

South Dakotans probably know her best for her popular Deadwood Mystery Series. On Friday, June 29, she presents at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood at 12:00 p.m. History on the Lawn is hosted by Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

The state wants to catch and prosecute any fraudulent gamblers and cheaters in Deadwood. Larry Eliason, Executive Secretary for South Dakota Commision on Gaming says there's a gap in state law.

The House State Affairs committee is passing a bill that seeks to clear up any confusion surrounding ballot measure questions. One critic says the change creates a system where a yes vote means no and vice versa.

Bill Updates Gambling Laws To Prosecute Cheaters

Jan 12, 2018
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The state wants to catch and prosecute any fraudulent gamblers and cheaters in Deadwood.

A Senate committee passed several rule changes that apply to casinos in the northern hills city.

Larry Eliason is executive secretary for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. He says there’s a gap in state law.

In The Moment ... January 8, 2018 Show 251 Hour 2

This week's Images of the Past is a particularly timely look at women in the entertainment industry and the men in power who take advantage of them.

Carolyn Weber is executive director of Deadwood History, Inc. She joins us with a story of singing and scandal during the early Deadwood mining days.

In The Moment ... November 28, 2017 Show 228 Hour 1

The Workforce Housing Task Force is sending six bills to the legislature for consideration next session. The group was tasked with figuring out ways the state can help South Dakota communities develop affordable housing in rural areas. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger has the report.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... October 13, 2017 Show 198 Hour 1

It's three full days of performances, panels, and parties. The Wild West Songwriters Festival is underway in Deadwood. For this week's Moment in Sound we welcome award-winning songwriter James Elliot. He's chair of the Songwriting Department at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. His compositions have sold more than 10 million copies and been recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman, The Oak Ridge Boys, Newsong, Shenandoah, and others. Elliott's songs have been included on 5 Grammy Award-winning albums.

In The Moment ... October 2, 2017 Show 189 Hour 1

The city of Deadwood has a rich and vibrant history. But there are darker stories to be told as well. This month you can join in a professional paranormal investigation at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood. Joining us now for more is Rose Speirs, with Deadwood History Incorporated, along with Mo Miller. He's with Black Hills Paranormal Investigations.

In The Moment ... August 14, 2017 Show 155 Hour 2

Get ready to head for the Hills. In the Moment is in Deadwood for the South Dakota Festival of Books in September. We hope to see you there. Today we get a preview of the state's premier literary event. Jennifer Widman is the director of the Center for the Book with the South Dakota Humanities Council.

In The Moment ... June 15, 2017 Show 115 Hour 2

June is Black Music Month, largely because of the advocacy of Dyana Williams. She wrote legislation and lobbied for Black Music Month’s official Congressional delegation. Williams is a music industry pioneer, host of the radio program Soulful Sunday in Philadelphia. She's also a writer and a media consultant for celebrities and artists. She joins us to honor the cultural, political, and economic impact of one of America’s most dynamic artistic offerings.


In the Moment ... April 26, 2017 Show 080 Hour 1

As cooler weather sweeps the state, Erik Helland with Landscape Garden Centers joins us to talk gardening and answer questions from listeners.

Calamity Jane might be an icon of the American West, but she lived life as a pioneer and a woman, not a myth. Mary Jane Bradbury invites audiences to learn about the real Martha Canary by portraying prominent Deadwood madam Dora DuFran.  Bradbury joins us to tell the story of two friends at a frontier in time for women.

In The Moment ... April 3, 2017 Show 063 Hour 2

A powerful new documentary looks at the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. It was filmed over the course of nearly three years and includes never-before-heard testimonies from parents, survivors, and first responders. "Newtown" is raw and challenging and heartbreaking. You can see it tonight on Independent Lens on SDPB TV. We welcome the film's director and producer Kim Snyder.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 1

Paige Carda is executive director of REACH Literacy. She joins us to talk about tonight’s Brewhaha celebration of literacy and storytelling.

Dakota Midday: Deadwood's Early Undertakers

Nov 7, 2016

Henry and Charles Henry Robinson were a father and son who worked as undertakers in Deadwood from the 1880's through the 1930's. For many years they were superintendents of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Charles Henry also prepared Calamity Jane for burial after her death in 1903. Rachel Lovelace-Portal, curator of collections at Deadwood History, Inc., discussed the Robinson's lives in this week's Images of the Past.