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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.


In The Moment … July 28, 2020 Show 868 Hour 1

During Spring Break, 2020, South Dakota colleges and universities made the urgent pivot to remote learning to prepare for a pending pandemic. How important is it for students to get back into the classroom this fall instead of learning remotely? Brian Maher is the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents and he joins us today with that big-picture conversation.

Support for education reporting on SDPB is provided by the South Dakota Department of Education

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Grant

Jun 16, 2020

In The Moment … June 16, 2020 Show 839 Hour 2

Just 28 orchestras nationwide were awarded a grant to strengthen their understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion and to help transform organizational culture. One of those 28 was the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Its executive director Jennifer Teisinger and Delta David Gier, the symphony's music directories are with us today to tell us more.

Teri Schmidt: Experience Sioux Falls

May 7, 2020
Experience Sioux Falls

In The Moment … May 7, 2020 Show 812 Hour 2

This week is Travel and Tourism week but let's not forget were are amidst a pandemic that has made that difficult. A collaboration of Midwest cities has come up with a way to bring vacationing to you, albeit virtually. Teri Schmidt is the executive director of Experience Sioux Falls and she joins us to explain.


The Black Hills Area Community Foundation connects people who care to causes that matter. The Foundation seeks to inspire people to invest as a community to improve the quality of life of the people living in the Black Hills area.  That's why, on this #GivingTuesdayNow, the Black Hills Area Community Foundation is behind two Coronavirus Response Funds that will help serve the community during this pandemic. With more information on the response funds, we welcome Liz Hamburg, executive director of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation. Thanks for being available for our program, Liz.

Images of the Past: Fred Farrar

Apr 20, 2020
Mark Slocum

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 2

The history and pictures of western South Dakota run deep. Fred Farrar captured the Black Hills from the turn of the century through the depression of the 1930s. As a young boy, Fred's mother read him "Last of the Mohican's" which ended up being a major influence on him when it came to nature and Native American culture. For today's Images of the Past, Mark Slocum tells us more of this pioneer. Mark is the executive director of the Minnilusa Historical Association and Pioneer Collection in Rapid City.


How Are Schools Dealing With The Disruption?

Mar 26, 2020

How are superintendents dealing with the disruption and the move to online learning throughout the state? What are the challenges for small, rural districts? What are the challenges for large districts? Rob Monson is executive director of the School Administrators of South Dakota.

Innovation: Advances In Cancer Care

Feb 28, 2020

If you have a loved one with cancer, you wait with anticipation for the next big advance in cancer treatment. And if you live far away from hospitals with access to those latest advancements, you agonize over decisions about travel and expense, risk and potential benefit. 

Today we look at advances in cancer care right here at home, including cellular therapy. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 13, 2020 Show 732 Hour 2

Last week the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society announced Alexandra Gilbert-Schrag as its new executive director.

Gilbert-Schrag's experience with non-profits includes festival production and event coordination. She previously worked for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., before returning to South Dakota to be close to family.

Alex joins us to discuss what she will bring to the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.


In The Moment ... August 16, 2019 Show 639 Hour 1

The Humane Society of the Black Hills Board of Directors has recently appointed Jerry Steinley to the position of executive director. Steinley served as Resource Development Director in his previous role.

Steinley takes over a society that takes in approximately 5000 animals annually from as many as 20 counties.

Board of Regents Names Next Executive Director

Jul 27, 2018
South Dakota Board of Regents

The South Dakota Board of Regents selects Paul Beran as its next executive director and CEO. Beran has held faculty and administrative positions in higher education in five different states. Before this appointment, he served for more than a decade as chancellor of the University of Arkansas.

SDHSAA Has A New Executive Director

Jan 12, 2017

Dan Swartos is the new executive director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Swartos is currently the superintendent for the McCook Central School District. He replaces Wayne Carney as SDHSAA Executive Director this summer.

Swartos says the new job is a bit intimidating. He says even though he has big shoes to fill, Carney is going to work with him to make sure the transition runs smoothly.

New Executive Director For Journey Museum

Jun 10, 2013

Janna Norby replaces longtime Journey director Raymond Summers who retired on May 1. Norby is a western Montana woman who has curator experience with Montana state history and the National Park Service. Board of Directors President Donna Fisher says Norby's youth and energy will help the museum build new connections with the local audience and visitors to Rapid City. "Norby brings a passion for museums which she believes connects the past and present for people of all ages," Fisher says.