SDPB's Michael Zimny

When Mike Jones bought the World’s Largest Pheasant about 10 years ago, he had no idea what he was getting into.

“And if I would’ve known,” he said, “I wouldn’t have gotten involved in it.”

Jones thought holding the deed to the big bird meant he owned it. Officially, he was right. But the statue has been there so long, and it’s become such a symbol of the community, that some people in Huron think it belongs to the public.

“Everybody in town kind of thought it was owned by the city, or that nobody owned it,” Jones said.

Back To School 2020: SD Superintendents

Aug 26, 2020

In The Moment … August 26, 2020 Show 889 Hour 1

As South Dakota school districts across the state report positive COVID-19 cases, we check in with superintendents about Back to School 2020. We'll talk with superintendents from Lemmon and Beresford in a moment. But first, Terry Nebelsick. He is the superintendent of the Huron School District.

Now we head to northwest South Dakota and check in with the Lemmon School District superintendent Steve Bucks.

We now head to the Beresford School District and its superintendent Brian Field is with us.



State health officials say the majority of COVID-19 cases connected to the Smithfield meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls have recovered. Meanwhile, other meatpacking plants in the state are seeing cases among employees.

Smithfield was the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases in the nation in mid-April. In total, 841 employees and 245 of their close contacts tested positive. Two employees died.

As of Wednesday, state epidemiologist Josh Clayton says all of the close contacts have recovered. Ten Smithfield employees still have active cases of the coronavirus. 

News: Sen. Rounds & Apr 2 - 9

Apr 9, 2020

In this week's In the Moment news, we check in with Senator Mike Rounds, the mayors of Rapid City and Huron, talk the constitutional concerns around coronavirus, and much more.

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Mayor Paul Aylward & PIO Mark Johnson

Apr 8, 2020

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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. 

Beadle County: The Epicenter Of COVID-19 In SD

Mar 24, 2020

In The Moment ... March 24, 2020 Show 780 Hour 1

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.

Muffy Christen's Family Pays Tribute

Jan 28, 2019

In The Moment ... January 28, 2019 Hour 1

"Muffy" Christen was a noted philanthropist, civic and community leader, and co-builder of a $1 billion South Dakota banking institution.

Christen died earlier this month at the age of 89.

Her husband of 67 years, Paul Christen, and her daughter Becky Pohlad, reflect on Muffy's life and legacy of giving. 

Gladys Pyle was the first woman elected to the S.D. House, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first woman to address a national political convention. 

Pyle was born in Huron, South Dakota in 1890. She attended Huron College, earned a degree, and taught school in Miller, Wessington, and Huron. Pyle's father had been a South Dakota attorney general and her mother, Mamie, had been very active in the women's suffrage movement. (South Dakota women were granted voting rights in 1918, a year before federal passage of the 19th Amendment.)

SD Hall of Fame

In The Moment ... August 31, 2018 Show 413 Hour 1

If you visit the city of Huron, you see the legacy of Marilyn Hohm Hoyt throughout the community. As a community leader, visionary, and philanthropist, her legacy is at work in less obvious ways across the state of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... January 3, 2018 Show 248 Hour 2

Chico Harlan is a staff writer for the Washington Post. On January 1st, the Post published his reporting on the Dakota Provisions plant in Huron.

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Sioux Falls based singer/songwriter Meriweather Raindelay is featured in this week’s Moment in Sound.  It’s a favorite segment from February 3.

SDPB’s Chynna Lockett visits with a Sioux Falls oil painter – a renaissance artist.

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Personalities: Hazel Mahone, The Granddaughter of Slaves

Jul 5, 2017
South Dakota Magazine

For over 100 years, Hazel Mahone carried her grandparents' memories of surviving pre-civil war slavery. These stories provoked emotions associated with brutality, inhumanity, and an overwhelming hope for a better life.

In 1992, Chuck Anderson sat down with Mahone to discuss these rare, second-hand stories that filled her childhood and inspired her lifetime as a humanitarian and cosmetologist in Huron, South Dakota.

To begin the interview, Anderson asked Mahone a few questions concerning terminology.

Personalities: Cheryl Ladd, Pride of Huron

May 16, 2017
Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe in Charlie's Angels

She was one of Charlie's Angels, portrayed Grace Kelly in Princess Grace, and most recently played Robert Shapiro's wife in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Cheryl Ladd is arguably South Dakota's most famous female celebrity.

What you may not know is that she was once Cheryl Stoppelmoor, a talented youngster born and raised in Huron. Chuck Anderson, a native Huronian himself, naturally had to find out how the town contributed to her success.

On July 8th, 1995, he got that chance.

Lori Walsh

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From bulbs to pruning, Julie Hoffman answers your Spring gardening questions. Hint: don’t clean out your flower beds too soon! Julie is with East River Nursery in Huron.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Leaders use the phrase "workforce shortage" often as South Dakota sees low unemployment and a mismatch of skills with job openings. Local hospitals and clinics are not immune. One area health organizations is paying to train students for positions they can’t fill. In turn, students learn on-the-job during internships and commit to staying in town for a few years.

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

Aberdeen Possible Direct Refugee Resettlement Site

Apr 15, 2016

UPDATE: According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, under the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 70,000 refugees entered the US in fiscal year 2014. They were settled in 47 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2014 South Dakota became home for 523 refugees from eleven different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Jenifer Jones / SDPB

Lawmakers in Pierre support the first element of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s proposal to infuse more money into schools for teacher pay. House Bill 1182 is one of three bills that compose the K-12 education funding plan. The bill authorizes a sales and use tax increase of one half of one percent.  

Joe Tye, author of "All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership" shares insight into how business leaders can encourage employees to take ownership of their own work and how to replace the attitude of "not my job" with the spirit of "how can I help?"

Refugees And Immigrants Bring Diversity To Huron

Nov 30, 2015

Huron has a population of about 13,000. But it contains the diversity you might expect in a larger city. Almost 40 percent of students in the school system were in an English Language Acquisition program at some point.  Many are Karen refugees from Burma and Thailand.


Huron Mayor Paul Aylward says the city went through some tough times. Packing plants shut down, the town lost its university, and the population was declining. Eventually a turkey processing plant opened. To fill the jobs, leaders started recruiting Karen refugees who were living in the Twin Cities.

SD Boy Scouts Attend World Jamboree In Japan

Aug 14, 2015

This week a group of boy scouts from Huron is home after attending the 23rd World Jamboree in Japan. The eight scouts were the only troop from South Dakota who traveled to Asia. 

Cheering families meet their boy scouts at the Sioux Falls airport. It's hard not to miss the troop as each scout member is wearing a red and blue USA handkerchief. Assistant Scout Master Melissa Machtemes says preparations for this adventure started many months ago.

Landscapes Of South Dakota

Jun 3, 2014
City of Huron

Over the next year, South Dakota Public Broadcasting is rediscovering our identity and heritage through the faces, places, ideas and traditions that make our state unique.  These snapshots of South Dakota are a way of marking the state's 125th anniversary.  Larry Rohrer, Director of Content for SDPB, joined Joe Tlustos, SDPB Director of Radio, to visit about the project called "Landscaped of South Dakota" and also tease another historical project.

SD Girls State Basketball Tournaments

Mar 6, 2013

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt is joined by KDLO Radio program director John Seiber at this weekend's Girls State B Basketball Tournament in Huron which can be seen on SDPB 2 TV.  They provided a preview of the State B along with the State A Tournament in Watertown (SDPB 1 TV) and the State AA Tournament in Rapid City (SDPB 3 TV).  Games begin Thursday afternoon with the championship games set for Saturday night in all three locations.