Vermillion's Mayor Talks Impact of COVID

Nov 23, 2020

In The Moment … November 23, 2020 Show 947 Hour 1

Over the next week, we're going to be checking in with city leaders across South Dakota to get updates on how their communities are dealing with COVID-19 as it affects their schools, businesses, health care facilities, and more.

One city in the southeastern part of the state that already has a mask ordinance in place is Vermillion. Joining us with details and a closer look at Vermillion's battle with COVID-19 is Mayor Kelsey Collier-Wise.

The Sioux Falls City Council voted against an ordinance that would have required masks indoors when social distancing isn’t possible. After nearly three hours of public comment and discussion, Mayor Paul TenHaken delivered the tie-breaking vote against the ordinance. 

City Council members maintained their divided opinions on the mask mandate. Supporters cited the rising case counts and a need to protect hospital capacity however possible. Opponents say a mandate is difficult to enforce, sows community division, and violates principles of personal liberty. 

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken is calling on businesses to set the tone for stronger COVID-19 mitigation efforts. He recently expressed frustration with the local Chamber of Commerce. 

The Chamber’s CEO says the group doesn’t have authority beyond encouraging members to follow CDC guidelines. 

Last month, Mayor TenHaken described a business initiative called the Safer Sioux Falls Pledge. He compared it to a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. 

South Dakota Farmers Work to Clean Up Lake Mitchell

Jul 30, 2020

Efforts to clean up and improve the water quality of Lake Mitchell are gaining momentum thanks to collaboration between city officials, state and federal agencies, South Dakota farmers and more.  SDPB’s Lura Roti shares this story.

When Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson was a teen, Lake Mitchell was the place to be.

“It used to be the 4th of July you couldn’t get on the lake because of all the boats, or if you did, you just kind of putted around the lake enjoying the day,” says Everson.

SDPB News: July 24

Jul 24, 2020

The mayor of Rapid City is butting heads with the state Department of Health... Why? Plus, How will COVID-19 affect future state revenue this year? 

News Special: Mayors & Candidates

Jul 10, 2020

This week we hear the the mayors of Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Plus, a number on cadidates looking to represent South Dakota districts.

Paul TenHaken

Jul 8, 2020

In The Moment … July 8, 2020 Show 854 Hour 2

Cities across the nation are battling surges of COVID-19 as they struggle to reopen, enact more restrictions, and increase hospital capacity. But what's happening here at home? This week we are checking in with South Dakota mayors. Today we welcome Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken. 


In The Moment ... July 7, 2020 Show 853 Hour 1

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender checks in to provide an update on COVID-19 and how its affecting things in his city like the Civic Center, Rapid Transit, and the Emergency Care Shelter.

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News Special: Policing & Protests In South Dakota

Jun 5, 2020

In this In the Moment news podcast special, we are joined by two of the speakers from the peaceful protest in Sioux Falls, Congressman Johnson, Mayor TenHaken, and Captain Harrison with the Pennington County Sherriff's Office. 

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Paul TenHaken, Mayor Of Sioux Falls

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 2

Being elected mayor of any city brings challenges but who could have predicted being that mayor during a pandemic followed by large peaceful protests calling for police reform paired with unrest and looting? Paul TenHaken is the mayor of Sioux Falls and is experiencing just that. He joins us today with insight as to how leading South Dakota's largest city given the circumstances has been.

Sioux Falls Leadership Comments On Rally

Jun 1, 2020

In The Moment … June 1, 2020 Show 828 Hour 2

Local Sioux Falls leaders say they saw two very separate events last night. The first was the peaceful protest that attracted thousands of people demanding justice for George Floyd and all people of color. They point to the vandalism and burglary in southwest Sioux Falls later last night as a very separate event. SDPB's John Nguyen joins us with more from this morning's briefing. 


In The Moment … May 19, 2020 Show 820 Hour 1

Being the mayor of a city has its challenges. Being the mayor during a pandemic is even harder. Steve Allender is the mayor of Rapid City and joins us today to discuss the recent uptick in COVID 19 numbers in his city, and what his plan include to slow the spread. He also will discuss the plan to protect the city's homeless population. Mayor Allender, welcome back to In The Moment.


Mayor Paul Aylward & PIO Mark Johnson

Apr 8, 2020

In The Moment ... April 8, 2020 Show 791 Hour 1

Steve Allender: Mayor of Rapid City

Apr 6, 2020

In The Moment ... April 6, 2020 Show 789 Hour 2

Mayors and leaders across South Dakota have been tasked with preparing for coronavirus as it best fits their city or county. What challenges do they face when making these decisions. What's the process look like when making these decisions? We are joined now by the mayor of Rapid City Steve Allender.


Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 12, 2020

In The Moment ... March 10, 2020 Show 770 Hour 2

The coronavirus has South Dakotans thinking twice about holding events, school, and even opening the doors of their businesses. Sioux Falls Mayor Paul Ten Haken promises a BIG announcement at 1 o'clock today. And the remaining days of the 2020 legislative session. The Dakota Political Junkies are back. We welcome Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... December 11, 2019 Show 717 Hour 1

Mike Huether was elected mayor of South Dakota's largest city in 2010. That's before an events center, an indoor swimming pool, an indoor tennis complex, and years of record-setting construction and economic growth in the city.

He's written a book called "Serve. Lead. Win." In it he argues that the right kind of leadership can move government out of complacency and gridlock and into innovation and abundance.


In The Moment ... June 26, 2019 Show 604 Hour 2

Each month Chuck Parkinson hosts Where Do We Go From Here. Today’s discussion is with mayor Steve Allender. This discussion is centered around his priorities and vision for Rapid City.  Chuck Parkinson joins us now with a preview along with Mayor Steve Allender.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... January 14, 2019 Show 494 Hour 1

Paul TenHaken was elected Sioux Falls Mayor in 2018. He's with us today to talk about South Dakota's largest city, where it's been and most of all where it's going.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 490 Hour 1

Steve Allender was elected mayor of Rapid City in 2015 after a distinguished career in law enforcement.

Allender retired as Rapid City's Chief of Police in 2014, culminating a 29 year career with the RCPD.

He joins In The Moment to discuss several issues in Rapid City from economic development and opportunity to crime and rehabilitaion.

In The Moment ... January 7, 2019 Show 489 Hour 1

Mike Levsen has been Aberdeen's mayor since 2004. He joins us today from the Tom & Danielle Aman Foundation studio to talk about heading into a new year for the hub city.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... August 28, 2018 Show 410 Hour 1

Sioux Falls is a growing city with a growing budget.

Paul TenHaken has served as the city's mayor for more than 100 days now.

He joined In The Moment for a look at the direction of South Dakota's largest metropolis. 

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 2

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender joins us in the studio with an update on the Barnett Arena proposal.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The mayor of Sioux Falls is weighing in on the arrest of the former fire chief for possession of child pornography. Wednesday the mayor addressed questions about the situation he calls a tragedy.

Minnehaha County officials announced Monday that Jim Sideras faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Authorities executed a search warrant on the former fire chief’s home May 2, which became his last day employed with the city.

Mayor Mike Huether says authorities notified the Sioux Falls Police chief that day, and the police chief informed the mayor.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 3, 2017 Show 085 Hour 2

This week's Dakota Political Junkies features Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal. We talk about the 2018 gubernatorial primary options, the power of Pennington County Republicans, and whether or not a Sioux Falls mayor has the chance at statewide office.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

In The Moment ... March 23, 2017 Show 056 Hour 1

How much time do you spend contemplating your kidneys? That most likely depends upon whether or not you've ever had a problem. It's National Kidney Month. Avera's Jerry Schrier is with us for more.

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us to talk about fine arts programming with the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Today we talk about this weekend's All-State Band.

In The Moment ... January 26 2017 Show 017 Hour 2

Guests: Dr. Trenton Ellis, assistant professor of human services at Black Hills State University's School of Behavioral Sciences, Panic at the Meat Department Geek Speak; Mike Huether, Mayor of Sioux Falls; Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, U.S. Census Bureau Chief of Geography

Rapid City Elects New Mayor

Jun 3, 2015
Charles Ray

Rapid City has a new mayor. Former police Chief Steve Allender won the municipal election against incumbent Sam Kooiker.

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RC Mayor Picks Jegeris As New Chief

Jun 19, 2014

Mayor Sam Kooiker appointed Interim Police Chief Karl Jegeris as the new Rapid City Chief of Police Wednesday. Kooiker’s first choice, Police Lieutenant Elias Diaz, failed to achieve confirmation by the city council. Interim Chief Jegeris says the past three weeks have been rigorous but he’s optimistic about the future.