SDPB News: Aug 31

Aug 31, 2020

How many recovered jobs are out there in the state? Plus, how has one South Dakota company become one of the nation's top solar contractors? 

This and more in today's SDPB News Podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

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: May 27

May 27, 2020

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.


The Corn Palace in Mitchell has been home to countless great basketball moments over the decades. Another may have begun this past weekend. SDPB Sports and Rec reporter Nate Wek was at the new basketball classic organized by Sacred Hoops.

Sports and Recreation reporting is supported by Horton Incorporated of Britton South Dakota

SD Day Of Giving: Big Friend Little Friend

Dec 3, 2019

In The Moment ... December 3, 2019 Show 711 Hour 1

Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area empowers children through supported mentoring relationships. They envision providing at-risk youth with the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope through a mentoring relationship. 

Big Friend Little Friend and other local non-profits are at Dakota Wesleyan University for #GivingTuesday. You can see them at the McGovern Library.  


In The Moment ... September 12, 2019 Show 657 Hour 2

More rain means more flooding in South Dakota. National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie joins In The Moment with an update.

Welcome To The New Rural

Jun 19, 2019

In The Moment ... June 19, 2019 Show 599 Hour 1

Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources, pressents "Welcome to the New Rural" Wednesday afternoon at RuralX in Mitchell.

RuralX runs through Thursday when Bartmann concludes the conference with the topic "You Are a Rural Shaper."

Bartmann outlines his discussions and details other events happening at RuralX as he joins In The Moment host Lori Walsh.

Creative Power People

Jun 19, 2019

In The Moment ... June 19, 2019 Show 599 Hour 1

RuralX is underway in Mitchell. One of today's speakers is Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an organization working to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information and services they need to make a living and a life.

Zabel presents "Creative Power People" today at 1:35 p.m. on the Bush Foundation Main Stage at RuralX.

South Dakota National Guard Announces Changes

Dec 13, 2018
South Dakota National Guard

In The Moment ... December 12, 2018 Show 478 Hour 1

Readiness and response are at the core of the South Dakota Army National Guard's reorganization of staff and units in South Dakota.

Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard, explains the changes which include the closing of the Guard's armory in De Smet.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... September 7, 2018 Show 417 Hour 1

Denham McDermott is a South Dakota musician who didn't plan on becoming a musician until another local group showed him it was possible. His debut album "Diaries of Distress" launched in January.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader named him one of the "10 Sioux Falls Bands You Need to Listen to Right Now." He performs throughout the region this fall with shows in Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux City, Aberdeen, and Brookings.

Today Denham joined In The Moment at the SDPB Sioux Falls studio for Moment in Sound.

In The Moment ... August 7, 2018 Show 395 Hour 1

SIt is a decades long problem with a multi-million dollar solution. The Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee presented possible solutions to the Mitchell City Council last night. 

Joe Kippes, Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee Chair, joined In The Moment with an update on the proposal. 

Jackie Hendry

Dakota Wesleyan University becomes the first campus in South Dakota to supply each student with an iPad starting this fall. The university announced its digital initiative and partnership with Apple on Tuesday. 

Students gather in the Sherman Center on the Dakota Wesleyan campus and wait for what they’ve been told is an announcement about the future of their education. Most of them only know the name of the initiative: Digital DWU.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 26, 2018 Show 264 Hour 1

Musician Billy Lurken joined us in the SDPB studios for this week's Moment in Sound. We talk about making music and living life in Mitchell, Scotland, and Nashville.

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 2

Dakota Wesleyan University hosts an upcoming youth night with the goal of helping attendees turn away from technology and social media to simply be present in the world. We’re joined by Sean Binder, incoming director of Storm Mountain Center in Rapid City, and Eric Van Meter, campus pastor of DWU.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

More than 9,500 public school teachers work within South Dakota’s boundaries. Some spend more time with kids during the week than parents. State Secretary of Education Melody Schopp says the community should elevate teachers with dignity and respect. SDPB’s Kealey Bultena begins our discussion about attitudes in teaching with Schopp, who says teaching is a noble profession.

The secretary leads the department of education, and teachers themselves say they struggle with the way people outside of education view their work.

In The Moment January 18 2017 Show 012 Hour 1

Guests: Lisa Napoli, ; SDPB's Kealey Bultena; Walker Duehr, USHL hockey player with the Chicago Steel; Jimmy O'Lander, play by play announcer with the Sioux Falls Stampede; Cassondra Grogan, elementary school teacher with the Mitchell School District

Alan Outram

Recent finds in Mitchell, South Dakota, have researchers inferring about the past. Researchers have found pieces of pottery, beading and bones that could shed light on how people ate, worked and even played.

Dr. Adrien Hannus is a professor and Director of the Archeology Lab at Augustana University. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about the dig and also how it's tied to a university in England.


Four high school golf tournaments are currently underway in South Dakota.

Mitchell and Hot Springs are each hosting one tournament, and Rapid City hosting two.This year, instead of having the spring golf championships in May, the South Dakota High School Activities Association decided to push the event to June - in hopes of better weather conditions. John Krogstrand is with the High School Activities Association in South Dakota.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, author Jean Patrick joins Dakota Midday to discuss her research and writing regarding the carving of the mountain.

Patrick used archival photos and letters to create “Mount Rushmore Memories,” and this evening she will talk about her research and her writing at the May meeting of the History and Heritage Book Club at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

DWU Plans $1 Million Theater Project

Mar 3, 2016

After dedicating a new sports and wellness center this past month, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell is now focusing on the arts. The school is planning a $1 million project to build a new theater.

Plans for a new Dakota Wesleyan facility include a black box theater, classrooms, and faculty offices. Lori Essig is the vice president of marketing and communications at Dakota Wesleyan. She says the new theater will replace one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Dakota Midday: New Domes Installed At Corn Palace

Aug 4, 2015
Mitchell Corn Palace

The three new domes are up at the Mitchell Corn Palace. The new, onion-shaped domes were installed last Monday. The domes, along with new decorative turrets, are part of a $7.2 million renovation of the iconic South Dakota landmark.

Archeology Laboratory, Augustana College

Researchers and students from Augustana College and the University of Exeter in England are finishing up their work at the Thomsen Center Archeodome at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. This summer the team made some interesting finds. Last month they uncovered 1,000 year old charred kernels of corn and sunflower seeds. This past weekend they found an intact ceramic pot. It’s small, but it’s the first time archeologists have found an intact piece of pottery since regular research started at the site in 1928.

Archeologists have found seeds at the Prehistoric Indian Village dating  back more than a millennium. The site is open so people can watch the work in Mitchell.

Archeologists say the seeds shed light on what agriculture looked like 1000 years ago on the Dakota Plains. Alan Outram is head of archeology at the University of Exeter. He is part of the group digging at the site in Mitchell.

Mitchell Hosts Annual Spider Conference

Jun 18, 2015
Brian Patrick

Spider lovers from across the world are meeting in Mitchell this weekend for the 39th annual convention of the American Arachnological Society. Scientists will explore the South Dakota ecosystem and share research.

The spider enthusiasts are meeting at Dakota Wesleyan University. Dr. Brian Patrick is an assistant professor of biology. He says he offered to host the conference in Mitchell as the surrounding prairie offers intriguing possibilities for research.

George McGovern, Favorite Son of South Dakota

Jul 26, 2014

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of Statehood.  Throughout the celebration, we're sharing stories on the people, places and events that make our state the Land of Infinite Variety.   One of South Dakota’s most recognizable people didn’t let a very bad day on the world stage stop him from doing good in the world.

Legacy of Corn Palace Continues

Jul 23, 2014
Mitchell Corn Palace

When Mitchell’s first Corn Palace was built in 1892, it was only one of at least 34 grain palaces in the Midwest from the 1880s to the 1930s. The current Mitchell Corn Palace was built in 1921 and it’s the only one of the “prairie palaces” that’s survived. The familiar Moorish-style minarets and turrets were added to the building’s roof in 1937 to recreate the look of the earlier corn palaces.

Avera Queen of Peace Announces Major Expansion Project

Jun 20, 2014

Friday morning, Avera Queen of Peace CEO Tom Clark announced that 30 acres of lands have been purchased as part of a long-term development plan just off I-90. Ground breaking is planned for August 5th, and the first project will be a new office facility. Eventually, a new hospital will be added to the new acreage near Mitchell. Tom Clark joined the program to discuss the reasons behind the expansion and what patients can look forward to with the new facility.

Authorities in Mitchell have released the name of a 58 year old man found Thursday morning in the downtown area.

Lieutenant Don Everson is a detective with the Mitchell Police Department. He says the man has been identified as Mitchell resident Timothy Marvin Sattler.

"Sattler appears to have died from natural causes due to a medical event," says Everson. "It appears that he had a heart condition which caused his death and then Sattler then fell to the ground and when that happened secondary injuries were caused to his person."

Las Vegas Entertainer To Visit Corn Palace

Aug 22, 2013
The Mirage

The Corn Palace in Mitchell is preparing for its annual festival. This years festival has a performance from a Las Vegas entertainer.

Terry Fator is a ventriloquist, singer, comedian and impressionist who has a show at the Mirage in Las Vegas. In 2007, Fator won America's Got Talent which rewarded him with his very own show in Americas Sin City. Friday, Terry Fator brings his show to the Mitchell Corn Palace. Corn Palace Director Mark Shilling says having a show like this in South Dakota is a rare treat.

Ag Producers Describe SD Farm Status

Aug 21, 2013

An annual farm show attracts thousands of people to Mitchell each August. Despite typical hot, muggy weather, farmers and ranchers from around the region gather to connect with manufacturers and developers. Producers also collaborate on issues from the status of their crops to federal funding, and they meet at DakotaFest.