In The Moment ... June 4, 2018 Show 350 Hour 2

SDPB is traveling the state to find out what South Dakotans love to read. Find us in a town near you or send an e-mail to inthemoment@sdpb.org.

For some readers, a favorite book can lead to a lifelong interest, or even a career. Sarah Carlson is with the Lead Opera House. Her favorite book didn't make the PBS Great American Read List of 100, but that doesn't mean its not a community favorite.

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

As the South Dakota Hall of Fame recognizes Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary for the Acts of Excellence program, we welcome the sanctuary’s creators Dave and Jan Snyder for a conversation about stepping away from the noise of the world to find healing.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 24, 2017 Show 163 Hour 2

What makes a city thrive in 2017? Hani Shafai is the president of Dream Design International. He joins us to talk about development in the private sector in Rapid City. It’s a conversation about affordable housing, how a new generation lives and works, and overcoming hardship.

Dr. Richard Holm is the Prairie Doc. See his program on SDPB-TV. Today we talk about eye health.


In The Moment ... May 9, 2017 Show 089 Hour 2

Colt Romberger’s father served in Vietnam, and it changed his life forever. Colt is currently journeying across the United States on horseback to raise awareness about Vietnam veterans and exposure to Agent Orange. He joins us from the road to talk about remembering the courage of his father, his dad’s advice before Colt deployed to Iraq, and how one man’s journey can serve thousands.

Dakota Midday: Images of the Past

Oct 24, 2016

Wayne Pananen of Historical Footprints Inc. discusses the Lead subsidence and how buildings had to be located in the city during the 1920's and 30's because of miscalculations in mine engineering. Click here for more on this week's Images of the Past feature.

Amy Varland

Officials say an upgrade to the dark matter detector  at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead passed critical steps to be up and running by 2020.

Dark matter may account for a sizable chunk of the mass of the universe, but scientists still have little understanding of it.

Innovation: From The SURF

Jul 8, 2016
Constance Walter

SDPB's Cara Hetland hosts Innovation from the 4850 level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. 

Lead Killing Some Bald Eagles In South Dakota

Apr 19, 2016
John Gilman

Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown has cared for three eagles with lead poisoning this year. They may ingest a lead fishing weight, or eat contaminated meat…either another bird with lead poisoning, or fragmented bullets on deer carcasses.


Changes Made In Response To Lead In Water

Apr 5, 2016

State and federal officials are making adjustments to the water testing process after major lead issues in Flint, Michigan, and a recent concern in a small town right here in South Dakota.

Underground Geology With Tom Campbell

Aug 14, 2015

As a young student, Tom Campbell discovered three minerals while exploring the Tip Top Mine near Custer.  Campbell is now a science education specialist at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.  He visited about his love for underground geology and how he shares that with students.  Campbell joined SDPB's Cara Hetland Friday on Innovation.

Innovation: Emily Graslie At Neutrino Day

Jul 10, 2015

Emily Graslie, chief curiosity correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago and creator of the YouTube channel "The Brain Scoop," talks about the relationships between science and art at this year's Neutrino Day. Graslie guides viewers through days in the life of scientists from expeditions in the Amazon to some gritty lab work on "The Brain Scoop" which has more than 275,000 viewers.  She joined SDPB's Cara Hetland Friday in the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Innovation: Mike Headley

Jul 10, 2015

Mike Headley, Executive Director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, visited about Neutrino Day.  Events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday (July 10-11) at the Sanford Lab and the Homestake Opera House.  Click here for more information.

New Sanford Lab Visitor Center Opens In Lead

Jul 1, 2015
Chynna Lockett

The Sanford Lab opened a new visitor center in Lead South Dakota Tuesday. More than 750 people showed up for a building dedication ceremony featuring guest speakers and a ribbon cutting.

As the building dedication began, guests gathered on the observation deck of the new Sanford Visitor Center, directly overlooking the open-cut. The Center features exhibits that tell the history of the Homestake goldmine. Governor Dennis Daugaard was the featured speaker. He says the new Visitor Center doesn’t just showcase the past.

LBNF Experiment

Jun 12, 2015

Josh Willhite, project manager for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), and Jared Heise, science director at the Sanford Lab, discussed the LBNF experiment and its construction.  The LBNF will send a beam of neutrinos through the earth from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia, Illinois to the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead.  A series of public meetings are scheduled to discuss the environmental impacts during the construction of the project.  The meetings are June 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Among those who read newspaper articles about the Custer Expedition’s discovery of gold in the Black Hills were Moses and Fred Manuel. They arrived in the area in late 1875 and after a winter of prospecting, found gold in an outcropping of rock, three miles “over the hill” from Deadwood.

Lead Water Leak Remains A Mystery

Sep 23, 2014
Amy Varland

Officials say the city of Lead is losing nearly four million gallons of water every month.  Old pipes and other aging infrastructure could be the cause of the leak, but officials say they’re not sure.

City Utility Supervisor Roger Thomas says state officials brought the water leak to his attention during the reconstruction of Lead’s Main street over the summer.

Thomas says crews are still searching for the cause.

Lead's Historic Homestake Opera House Turns 100

Aug 28, 2014
Amy Varland


The Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead is celebrating it’s centennial birthday this weekend. The Opera House opened it’s doors one hundred years ago this weekend in 1914 – it was designed as an artistic venue and recreation facility for miners and their families.

Historic Homestake Opera House Executive Director Sarah Carlson says a fire gutted the theater back in 1984, but prior to that it was a cultural and entertainment hub for the Black Hills region for decades.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Science takes center stage in Lead on Saturday for the 7th annual Neutrino Day. Last year an estimated one-thousand people attended activities at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and throughout town. Constance Walter is communications director for the underground lab. She joined Dakota Midday to share some of the highlights of the family event. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

Strong Snow Storm Blasts Black Hills

Oct 4, 2013

Parts of Western South Dakota are waking up to heavy snow and wind today. Areas outside of Lead are already reporting close to two feet of snow. No travel is advised in many areas of the Black Hills - Interstate 90 is currently closed between Sturgis and the Wyoming border.

Matthew Bunkers is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Rapid City. He says the storm is intensifying.

Neutrino Day 2013

Jul 12, 2013

Bill Harlan, director of communications at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and Mike Headley, executive director of the Sanford Lab, talked about Neutrino Day happening Saturday, July 13.  This year marks the Lab's sixth annual free science festival.  Events are scheduled to take place all over the city of Lead.

More here

Large Underground Xenon

Jul 12, 2013

Thailand native Mongol Moongweluwan is a graduate student who is currently working on the large underground xenon (LUX) at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead.  He discussed his work with Innovation host Cara Hetland.

Majorana Experiment

Jul 12, 2013

Steve Elliott, spokesman for the Majorana experiment, joined SDPB News Director Cara Hetland a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead for Innovation.  The Majorana experiment is an ultra-low background search for neutrinoless double-beta decay.  Elliott is also a fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

CETUP And PPC Events

Jun 7, 2013

Scientists from around the world will come to Lead and Deadwood later this summer for the CETUP and PPC science events.  They'll use the opportunity to discuss their fields of study.  Russell Franques and Barbara Szczerbinska detailed the functions on Friday's Innovation.

Northern Hills Sees Significant Rainfall Totals

May 22, 2013

Heavy rain storms swept across the Northern Hills beginning last Friday, and it hasn’t quit raining since in some areas. Light rain is still falling in the higher elevations.  Officials from the National Weather Service say downtown Lead has received seven and a half inches of rain in the last four days.

Melissa Smith is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service.  She says although every bit of moisture helps, the drought is not over yet.

Snow Storm Good For Skiiers

Jan 31, 2013

Snow is piling up across the Northern Hills. A storm blew through last night and blanketed the Lead area with more than six inches of new powder.  The storm ended late Thursday morning.  Terry Peak Ski area officials say although temperatures are sub-zero, conditions are favorable for skiiers.

Linda Derosier is the Marketing Director for Terry Peak in Lead.  She says recent winter weather is providing for knee-deep amounts on the slope.

“Well over the past three days we have received approximately thirteen to fifteen inches of snow,” says Derosier.

The Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead is offering a season-long playbill.  The Opera House has not offered one since a fire devastated the building almost three decades ago.   

Sarah Carlson is the Executive Director of the Opera House.  She says performances at the Opera House have been well received.