News: Sep 28 - Oct 4

Oct 4, 2019

A GEAR Up update, a discussion about regenerative ag, and a special report on the Stanley Weber trial.

Plus, the South Dakota State Department of Education has released its annual report card. 

All this and more on this week’s news podcast.  

Jenifer Jones / SDPB


The Senate wants more disclosures and a navigable website to monitor documents that recipients and sub-recipients have with grant money.

These requirements would target entities like Mid-Central Educational Co-op, which mishandled federal Gear-Up grant dollars.

However, there was some dispute over the length of time those documents should be retained.

State Senator Deb Peters is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 100. She’s also chair of the Government Operations and Audit Committee, that’s taking a close look at what’s known as the Gear Up scandal.

In The Moment ... August 3, 2017 Show 148 Hour 1

Deb Peters is a South Dakota state senator. She serves on the Government Operations and Audit Committee. She's also president elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In that role, she recently traveled to Washington to testify against the No Regulation without Representation Act. We talk about the balance between federal oversight and state sovereignty, then Peters provides an update on the Government Operations and Audit Committee's summer meetings.

Dakota Midday: Dr. Diekhoff On Gear Up

Jun 14, 2016

Lori Walsh interviews Dr. Peg Diekhoff, project manager of SD GEAR UP at Black Hills State University. She joins us to talk about the role of the pre-college enrichment program for high school students, the value of expectation and how to prepare at-risk students for a successful post-secondary experience.

Governor Daugaard: State Must Learn From Gear-UP

Jan 13, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the state needs to examine the Gear Up scandal and learn how to avoid similar situations in the future.   

Shortly after the state terminated its relationship with administrating organization, the Mid-Central Education Cooperative, an employee at the program killed himself and his family.  

 Daugaard says the state needs to do a better job ensuring that outside agencies it does business with are adhering to ethical practices.

He made the statements on today’s Dakota Midday. 

Governor Dennis Daugaard sits down with Dakota Midday Host Lori Walsh to discuss  education, criminal justice reform, transparency and accountability in state government and business, and a potential state park in Spearfish Canyon. 

Investigations into three separate corruption scandals involving state government are now underway in South Dakota.
They include EB-5, Gear Up, and alleged missing state funds along with items from the Secretary of State’s office.
These scandals have lead some in South Dakota to question the level of oversight in state programs.