Lori Walsh


A federal judge has blocked the state from enforcing Senate Bill 180 (approved during the 2020 South Dakota legislative session).  The court ruling says paid petition circulators do not have to register in a state database. The law was challenged by Dakotans for Health. Victoria Wicks reports on the case. 

Senator Mike Rounds joins us for an update on the new mission at Ellsworth AFB. We also discuss bipartisan infrastructure framework.


We talk with journalist Chris Vondracek about his coverage of three U.S. Marshals Service officials facing criminal obstruction of justice and contempt of court charges in South Dakota. The genesis of the case is one deputy marshal's refusal to reveal her vaccination status.

Richard Two Bulls talks about the 53rd Art Show at the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School which runs through August 15. He also talks about the addition to a SDPB boutique studio at the school and what that means moving forward.

SDPB / Joshua Haiar

In the Moment, June 16, 2021 Show 1071.

More than 54 percent of South Dakota is now impacted by severe drought. State Climatologist Laura Edwards joins us with an update.

Genna Scott profiles Jacey Hupp, a rodeo athlete who overcame an eye injury to qualify for the college national rodeo finals in Casper, Wyoming.

Dakota Political Junkies Tom Dempster & Jon Schaff join us to discuss new leadership in the state Democratic Party and early insight into who might challenge Governor Noem in 2022.

In the Moment, June 15, 2021 Show 1070.

Mark Walker is a former South Dakota journalist who now reports for the Washington bureau of the New York Times. His team reporting (on the CDC's response to the coronavirus threat) was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the National Reporting category.

Meghann Jarchow is an associate professor at the University of South Dakota. Through a collaboration, "Land Use Explorer" kits have been created for kids to better understand the land where they live. She joins us with more.

In the Moment, June 14, 2021 Show 1069.

The 2021 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Friday. Author Louise Erdrich has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her latest book "The Night Watchman." We hear Erdrich's inspiration for the book. 

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson discusses the role of the Problem Solvers Caucus in the great American infrastructure debate. 

The June SDPB Spotlight shines on South Dakota's rodeo traditions. Today we talk with father and son stock contractors Steve and Brent Sutton about their lives and careers in rodeo.


In the Moment, June 11, 2021 Show 1068.

On Thursday, Governor Kristi Noem announced that the state has entered the Cooperative Interstate Shipping agreement. This program gives South Dakota meat processors the ability to sell their products across state lines. Dustin Oedekoven is the state veterinarian, he joins us with more.

Remembering Leonard Crow Dog. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports on the legacy of a Lakota medicine man who recently passed away.

In the Moment, June 10, 2021 Show 1067.

Reporter's Notebook with Danielle Ferguson. Ferguson is an investigative reporter for South Dakota News Watch. We discuss her latest story on how eliminating the food tax in South Dakota would benefit lower income families.

SDPB's Megan Feighery reports on "Rainbow Capitalism" and the business of Pride in South Dakota.

How can businesses create inclusive environments and practices? We explore how business owners are connecting with LGBTQ communities.

SDPB / Joshua Haiar

In the Moment, June 9, 2021 Show 1066.

Tuesday, Clay County voters had to decided on a $41 million bond that would fund construction of a new courthouse, jail, and law enforcement center. Clay County Commissioner Travis Mockler is the chairman, he joins us with the latest.

SDPB's Lura Roti talks to South Dakotans who have decided not to get the COVID vaccine.

In the Moment, June 8, 2021 Show 1065.

Kristi Cammack is the executive director of the South Dakota State University Center of Excellence for Bison Studies. She will discuss the research projects to improve understanding of all things bison. 

The dam building age of America is over, but the legacy of those days remains. Mark Anderson, instructor in South Dakota School of Mines & Technology's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering joins us to talk about America's aging water infrastructure. 

In the Moment, June 7, 2021 Show 1063.

Jim Petrick is a hog producer out of Gayville. He will discuss the recent meat packing cyberattack and the impact it may have in South Dakota.

We explore the ongoing impact of the American Rescue Plan on South Dakota's small business. Jaime Wood with the U.S. Small Business Association joins us.

In The Moment: Rodeo 101 With Dale Christensen

Jun 4, 2021

  • A judge says South Dakota cannot force the federal government to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Gov. Kristi Noem wants a fireworks show on July 3. The National Park Service denied her request.
  • Much has been made about what our next normal will be as we struggle to emerge from our pandemic cocoons of anxiety and our surge of a collective reckoning with mortality. Well, how about a great "un-tabooing" of our overall thoughts about wellness? Rick Kahler is a personal financial planner, columnist, and financial therapist.

In the Moment, June 3, 2021 Show 1062.

Dr. Elizabeth Hultgren is an OBGYN at Sanford. She joins to discuss the safety of the COVID vaccine with women who are pregnant or wanting to be.

SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on a new statewide survey that shows South Dakotans overwhelmingly support expanding public health programs.

We're checking in on hemp growers and processors after their first few months of operation in a roundtable that includes operations from Frederick, Winfred and Willow Lake.

In the Moment, June 2, 2021 Show 1061.

Should the world's only Corn Palace grow to new heights in hopes of attracting larger events? We talk with Executive Director Doug Greenway about options.

Dr. Andrew Ellsworth previews "On Call with the Prairie Doc®." This week's episode explores hospice and palliative care.

Did Governor Kristi Noem's political profile during the pandemic help her fulfill one of her key campaign promises to bring the "next big industry" to South Dakota? Dakota Political Junkies Tom Dempster and Jon Hunter have analysis.

In the Moment, June 1, 2021 Show 1060.

South Dakota State University's Professor Charles Fenster is an evolutionary biologist and director of the Oak Lake Field Station. He joins us to talk about his upcoming Fulbright scholar research in Norway.

South Dakotans report inconsistent access to quality early childhood learning resources across the state. SDPB's Jackelyn Severin reports on SDPB's Coming Home Survey.

In the Moment, May 28, 2021 Show 1059.

Brenda Wade Schmidt reports on the opening of the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in northeastern Sioux Falls. It's the first federally funded, state-owned and operated veterans cemetery in South Dakota.   

For SDPB's May Spotlight on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Richard Two Bulls reports on Juanita Adams. Adams disappeared in 1978. Her body was discovered in 1980 and not identified until 2011. 

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In the Moment, May 27, 2021 Show 1058.

Lake Area Technical College in Watertown has recently received a gift of $10 million from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott (former wife of Jeff Bezos). Mike Cartney, president of Lake Area Technical College explains why.

For SDPB's May Spotlight on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Lee Strubinger reports on the search for Susan Fast Eagle.

SDPB / Joshua Haiar

In the Moment, May 26, 2021 Show 1057.

Farmers Business Network's Chief Economist Kevin McNew brings news from a new drought report released Tuesday.

Dr. Andrew Ellsworth previews On Call with the Prairie Doc®. This week's episode is "Listen to your Gut." This show includes the symptoms of colon cancer, the frequency for colonoscopy, and the organs included in the gastrointestinal tract.

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In the Moment, May 25, 2021 Show 1056.

Victoria Wicks reports on a lawyer who previously ran a black metal record label that released anti-Semitic and white supremacist material and merchandise. He now lives in Custer and is seeking admission to the South Dakota State Bar Association.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry sat down with Avera Health Vice President Matt Stanley. They talk frankly here about the risks of having access to firearms during a mental health crisis.

In the Moment, May 24, 2021 Show 1055.

Michelle Kane, Director, South Dakota CEO/Women's Business Center, offers tips on how to let your customers know that you have reopened your business.

Dr. Shankar Kurra joins us for a COVID update. We'll talk about standing down from the surge preparations and how efforts to encourage vaccinations are now focused on personal conversations.

In the Moment, May 21, 2021 Show 1054.

Newly released data from the SDSU Poll indicates a correlation between South Dakotans' distrust in government and vaccine hesitancy. SDSU's David Wiltse explains.

South Dakotans with Alzheimer's found the isolation of the pandemic accelerated disease progression. Alzheimer's Foundation of America is holding a free Alzheimer's educational conference specifically aimed at South Dakota residents on Thursday May 27 at 10 a.m. CDT. President and CEO Charles Fuschillo Jr. joins the show to discuss.

In the Moment, May 20, 2021 Show 1053.

South Dakota tumbles back to the bottom in teacher pay, five years after the Blue Ribbon Task Force determined to solve the pay gap problem for the state's educators. Morgan Matzen reports for Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls. She joins us for an update.

Saikat Basu is an assistant professor at SDSU in Brookings. He and his family were visiting India when the second wave of the coronavirus hit. He used the crisis as inspiration to develop a new protocol for COVID prevention.

In the Moment, May 19, 2021 Show 1052.

Where is that bear (or bears)? Mike Klosowski, Regional Wildlife Supervisor with South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, shares the latest on the bear that ignited social media in the Black Hills. 

Dr. Andrew Ellsworth previews On Call with the Prairie Doc® where this week's episode is "Oh, My Aching Back." 

In The Moment: A Five Star Interview With John Green

May 18, 2021

In the Moment, May 18, 2021 Show 1051.

A new SDSU poll on political climate tags Thune, Noem & Johnson as largely unchanged in popularity in the last 6 months, and doubts “any risk to their electoral safety.” Dave Wiltse conducted the poll. He joins us to break it down.

Lee Strubinger reports on Governor Kristi Noem's efforts to end South Dakota's participation in federal unemployment supplemental benefits, state Rep. Tim Goodwin's call to close all unemployment offices, and the dynamics of back-to-work in 2021.

In the Moment, May 17, 2021 Show 1050.

  • Dr. Shankar Kurra from Monument Health joins us for our COVID update. Today we talk about taking off the masks in South Dakota.


  • SDPB's Richard Two Bulls brings us the story of a Lakota war veteran who, after he got out of the service, spent 38 years as an educator at Pine Ridge.


In the Moment, May 14, 2021 Show 1049.

Jeannie Hovland will discuss Operation Lady Justice and will also talk about her current role with the National Indian Gaming Commission. 

A new tariff wanted by Black Hills Energy would charge customers with solar panels the true cost of their energy. SDPB's Lee Strubinger brings that story.

In the Moment, May 13, 2021 Show 1048.

Argus Leader / Erin Bormett

In the Moment, May 12, 2021 Show 1047.


In the Moment, May 11, 2021 Show 1047.

The Rapid City Area School District has surveyed parents about the possibility of ending the mask mandate before the end of the school year. The school board decided to keep the mask mandate. Superintendent Lori Simon joins us with an update.

May is National Stroke Awareness month. Dr. Divyajot Sandhu from Sanford Health joins us to discuss the latest research on strokes, symptoms, and prevention measures.

SDPB / Joshua Haiar

In the Moment, May 8, 2021 Show 1045.

A task force found that 23 percent of South Dakota State Bar members had experienced sexual harassment on the job. We explore the report, the problem, and the call to action for sexual harassment training in South Dakota's legal profession. 

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds talks about B1-B flight operations at Ellsworth Air Force Base after the Air Force wide safety shut-down.

In the Moment, May 7, 2021 Show 1044.

  • Matt Zimmer is back with us talking Jackrabbit football. SDSU is one win away from a first-ever national championship as they take on Delaware this Saturday morning at Dana J Dykhouse stadium in Brookings.