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In The Moment ... September 19, 2019 Show 662 Hour 1

With all the flooding we have seen this year, has water quality has been affected?

To help us answer the question, John McMaine is an assistant professor at SDSU who develops and shares water management tools to better equip agricultural stakeholders with practices that address challenges related to water quality. 

News: Aug 3 - 9

Aug 9, 2019
Josh Haiar

This week we had Jon Hunter with the Madison Daily Leader and Jon Schaff, Political Science professor at NSU as our Politcal Junkies; we discussed the Pentagon launching surveillance balloons over South Dakota and the American Civil Liberties Union’s concerns over privacy, and the Jon Hunter’s report shinning a light on South Dakota’s need for more mental health professionals. We hear from folks at the new addiction treatment center, Project Recovery, and what they’re seeing regarding addiction in South Dakota.

Today we're bringing you special coverage from South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Our topic ... South Dakota: The Next Generation.

Coming up this hour, reports from SDPB's Lee Strubinger, Chynna Lockett, Gary Ellenbolt, and Nate Wek. We look at millennials running for office, community builders coming home to change the place they grew up. We bring you stories of creativity and initiative, lofty ideals and grass roots plans.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Congresswoman Kristi Noem says federal lawmakers are turning their attention to an infrastructure spending bill.

It’s a promise President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail.

The focus on infrastructure comes after Congressional Republicans cut taxes in a massive reform bill.
Noem says funding is going to be a big issue.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The mayor of Sioux Falls says slumping sales tax revenue prompts him to cut the city’s capital improvements budget by more than $45.2 million. The plan broadly covers infrastructure like roads and buildings. The CIP is a rolling roadmap. The method allows leaders to adjust for different economic circumstances while planning for the next five years.

Bold black letters flash onto the projection screen at Tuesday afternoon’s capital improvement plan presentation, "Tough but necessary choices have been made."

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s largest cities are embarking on wastewater projects to account for reliability, growth, and regulations. The City of Sioux Falls is putting $35 million into two major sanitary sewer projects officials say should last nearly a century. Rapid City leaders say their community needs $62 million for system upgrades.

Pumps churn at a construction site in northeastern Sioux Falls. Crews are working to lower the water table so they can bury large pipe for more than two miles. The diameter of the new pressure pipe is three-and-a-half feet.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Storms in mid-June ripped across South Dakota. A tornado, 95-mile-per-hour winds, baseball-sized hail, and heavy rains knocked down power lines, slammed trees and branches to the ground, and washed out roads and bridges.

The severe weather cause nearly $3 million in damage to public property. Jason Bauder with South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management says the federal government is covering some of the repair costs.


A national transportation group says South Dakota’s roads and bridges are deteriorating and a major contributing factor is lack of funding. Researchers for TRIP say numbers from local reports and studies show the state’s roads and bridges continue to break down.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A national transportation group says South Dakota’s roads and bridges are deteriorating and a major contributing factor is lack of funding. Researchers for the group called TRIP say numbers from local reports and studies show the state’s roads and bridges continue to break down. The report shows the condition of pavement is getting worse, and it could take the economy with it.

Photo by Jeffrey Beall

When Governor Dennis Daugaard opened the 2015 legislative session with his State of the State address last month, he said his top priority was roads and bridges. Lawmakers are still working on the governor’s highway and bridge funding proposal.

There are 142 federally recognized bridges in Brown County, plus around 400 miles of paved roads and 200 miles of gravel. And they don’t take care of themselves. Funding for upkeep comes from various levels of government, but the need is often greater than the funding.

More Compromises Made on Road Funding Legislation

Feb 12, 2015

Road funding legislation continues to make its way through the legislature. Senate lawmakers have passed Senate Bill 1 which is one of two measures that increases funding for roads and bridges. Senate Bill 1 raises the excise tax by 1% and the gas tax by 2 cents annually for the next 8 years. The bill also increases license fees and gives counties the ability to increase taxes in order to pay for local roads and bridges. Senate members amended the measure so any property tax increases would be capped at 3% or the rate of inflation – whichever is less.

Victoria Wicks

Senate Bill 1 raises fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees to generate money for fixing roads and bridges. Governor Dennis Daugaard focused on this need in his State of the State address, and the topic dominated the Rapid City crackerbarrel this weekend. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports that not all legislators agree on the best way to fund road construction and maintenance.

Strengthening Bridges

Jan 23, 2015
South Dakota State University

Nadim Wehbe, director of the Jerome L. Lohr Structures Lab, said that testing has revealed that a new means of joining precast double-tee bridges can dramatically increase a bridge's lifetime.

Governor Tells Lawmakers To Fix Roads And Bridges

Jan 13, 2015

The 20-15 South Dakota Legislative Session began with the annual State of the State Address today (Tuesday).  Governor Dennis Daugaard says his top priority is working on the state’s roads and bridges.  

After the pleasantries and welcome of new lawmakers to their first session, Governor Daugaard didn’t mince any words with his goals for the state.

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced a $56 million investment to improve state owned rail lines.  The money is a combination of public and private funds.  The Governor says he is prepared to invest in more partnerships to improve rail transportation in the state. 

The United States Secretary of Agriculture says a federal grant should increase efficiency for shipping grain in part of South Dakota. More than $12.6 million is going to rehabilitate a stretch of railroad the state owns in south-central South Dakota. The overall cost of the reconstruction is nearly $30 million. The project is one of 72 efforts across the country aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

US Senator John Thune says supporting the country’s vast transportation system is a legitimate and valid use of taxpayer dollars. The Highway Trust Fund neared fallout this summer. Congress approved a stopgap last week that provides funding for states through May of next year. Thune says Congress needs to find a reliable funding source soon. 

Congress has propped up the Highway Trust Fund for another nine months, so states can get their reimbursements for federal bridge and road projects throughout construction season.

State of the State's Financial Infrastructure

Dec 17, 2013

Infrastructure can be defined as the basic facilities needed for society to operate. And nobody operates very well without access to adequate funds. As part of our continuing examination of the State of the State’s infrastructure, we look at the infrastructure of financial services in South Dakota, as well as what’s being done to protect those services.  

The Infrastructure Side Of Education

Dec 10, 2013

Wade Pogany is Executive Director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and Rob Monson is Executive Director of School Administrators of South Dakota.  They’ll comment on Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget address and discuss the infrastructure side of education and whether the resources are or will be available.


Infrastructure Research And Innovation In SD

Dec 6, 2013

A lot has happened in the last 8 to 10 years to make it easier to start a business from an idea. Cara Hetland took a look at the infrastructure surrounding research and innovation in South Dakota with Rich Naser, Executive Director of the South Dakota Technology Business, Mark Luecke, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of South Dakota Innovation Partners, and Paul Turman, System Vice President for Research and Economic Development with the South Dakota Board of Regents.

SDPB Radio continues its series called “State of our State,” looking at infrastructure across many platforms. The people who eventually run those programs have to start somewhere—and one South Dakota regental school is regarded as a national leader in preparing students to use technology in their chosen fields. South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Gary Ellenbolt visits Madison and Dakota State University for this story.

SD Roads Deteriorating

Nov 21, 2013

A recent report reveals a segment of South Dakota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and one quarter of the state’s bridges are outdated or showing significant deterioration.  The report indicates that many of the state’s bridges aren’t structurally sound and have serious problems with the bridge deck, supports and other major components.  It also shows that nearly one quarter of South Dakota’s major roads are deteriorating. The classification of poor means the roads have ruts, cracks and potholes bad enough they need to be resurfaced or even reconstructed.

Tech Radio/Infrastructure Special

Nov 1, 2013

Jim Edman, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Security Officer of the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, and Mark Shlanta, CEO of SDN Communications, join the Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Jeff Litterick, Amos Aesophe, and Joel Broveleit - for a special Infrastructure program.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota has more than 80,000 miles of road. From the high-traffic interstates that span border-to-border to rural thoroughfares that support just a few vehicles, maintaining quality and access is no easy task. As part of our ongoing series, this Dakota Digest examines the state of our state’s roads.

State Of Our Utilities/Infrastructure

Oct 31, 2013

As part of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s series exploring the state of South Dakota’s infrastructure, Gary Hanson discusses the state of the areas falling under the purview of the PUC, including electricity, natural gas and telecommunications.  Hanson was elected to the commission in 2003 and re-elected in November 2008. He served as the commission's chairman in 2005, 2008 and 2011.  He represents South Dakota on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Electricity.  



SD Disaster Response Infrastructure

Oct 11, 2013

Western South Dakota is recovering from one of the worst blizzards ever recorded in the area. Thousands are still without power, broken trees lie everywhere, and reports of dead cattle are still being assessed by area ranchers.

Crises have a tendency to teach lessons. And on today's Dakota Digest we're continuing our series called The State of Our State with a look at disaster infrastructure in South Dakota.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s economy includes some major players – think health care organizations and a solid banking industry. But the backbone of the state’s economic stability is the earth and the life that agriculture professionals develop. As South Dakota Public Broadcasting examines the State of Our State, this story delves into the area’s number one industry: agriculture.

SDPB To Examine Infrastructure

Sep 20, 2013

When South Dakotans got out of bed this morning, many performed the same morning tasks. They turned on light switches, took showers, maybe checked their email or made a phone call…before getting in the car and driving to work. All of those mundane tasks require a well-oiled infrastructure that expands beyond the local community, across the state and around the nation. During the next several months, South Dakota Public Broadcasting is examining the state of our state.

South Dakota's Infrastructure

Jun 4, 2013

Last Thursday's South Dakota Focus program with Stephanie Rissler was on infrastructure in South Dakota. Guests included Darin Bergquist, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Transportation; Brookings City Manager Jeff Weldon; State Senator Mike Vehle of Mitchell; Phillip Anderson, President of the Piedmont Board of Trustees; and Mark Cotter, Public Works Director for the City of Sioux Falls. the guests discussed infrastructure in South Dakota, which cities are thriving and which are failing and the state of South Dakota's roads and bridges.