Before It Gets Better-Murrow Entry

Feb 1, 2019

Before It Gets Better: SDPB's 2018 multiplatform storytelling project that explored mental health care accessibility in South Dakota.

Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota

Officials with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources say they’re getting an increased number of calls from feedlot producers about how to handle spreading manure on fields this year.

The short window for applying that manure on fields could leave some producers without a choice but to violate their permit.

South Dakota and surrounding states got significant rainfall this autumn, delaying harvest for some farmers. That delay and cold weather shortly thereafter left a lot of farm ground frozen and not ideal for manure application.

U.S. District Court-Montana

The Keystone XL pipeline project has been stalled by a judicial order coming out of a Montana federal court. Judge Brian Morris has found that the Trump administration relied on outdated information in 2017 when overturning the Obama administration's earlier denial of a permit.

Morris wrote in his order that even when reversing a policy after an election, an agency may not simply discard facts without a reasoned explanation.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

Introducing Six-man Football In South Dakota

Oct 3, 2018
Norfolk Daily News

In The Moment ... October 3. 2018 Show 435 Hour 

Next fall, South Dakota will re-introduce six-man football to the state.  The State High School Activities Association voted to eliminate Class 9-B and create a class to better fit South Dakota's smallest high schools. 

The six-man game has been played in Nebraska for a long time. Friday night, the Bulldogs of Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family played the Walthill Bluejays in Lindsay. 

In The Moment ... September 26. 2018 Show 430 Hour 2

There's a growing new market for some of the state's corn crop – and it's right here in South Dakota.  The U.S. Agriculture Department expects a record corn crop this year.

About half goes to make ethanol , and another thirty percent gets exported.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger reported the last 20 percent is going to feed animal in a growing number of concentrated livestock operations.

Victoria Wicks

On the Pine Ridge Reservation, two artists work in a small studio in the Medicine Root District at the edge of the Badlands. The landscape is maybe best described as rough and rolling prairie with vast skylines.

Kevin Pourier and Valerie Morgan live quietly here in South Dakota, but they have another life elsewhere. They won a Bush Fellowship a few years back, and their art has been exhibited internationally. And in the Southwest, they're a really big deal. They've entered the Santa Fe Indian Market for 21 years, winning many categories, and this year took the grand prize.

Small Hog Confinement Brings Unknown To Gregory County

Aug 29, 2018

Pork production in South Dakota has risen by almost 25 percent in the last decade. The South Dakota Pork Producers Council says that’s due in large part to an increased number of hog confinements in the state.

That includes projects like a proposed nursery operation in south central South Dakota.

Victoria Wicks

Nemo, S.D., lies about 20 miles northwest of Rapid City, but it takes more than half an hour to drive there. The slow trip is worth it. Nemo Road winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Black Hills.

In the summer, Nemo is hopping. It's home to the Nemo Guest Ranch, a collection of cabins and vendors housed in buildings built 129 years ago for other purposes. The former train depot is now a bar and restaurant; the infirmary and the schoolhouse are now guest cabins.

Jackie Hendry

Every morning behind the Turtle Creek Crossing grocery store just west of Mission, South Dakota, a growing group of young people plants the seeds of a healthier community. The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation—or REDCO—is the largest employer of interns on the Rosebud Reservation. Most of their interns work in the community garden. 

Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court is now deliberating whether it should amend or overrule its Quill opinion. That 1992 decision holds that Congress has the constitutional authority to regulate commerce among the states. And absent congressional action, states can't force businesses with no physical presence in the state to collect state sales taxes.

Art Sign Works

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is going before the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 17, to argue in favor of online sales tax collection and remittance. The case is titled South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

The state passed a law in 2016 requiring out-of-state vendors to collect taxes on sales to South Dakota customers. But South Dakota's law was deemed unconstitutional by state courts, based on a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota.

SD Department of Corrections

In 2014 the warden at the South Dakota State Penitentiary enacted a more stringent policy restricting access to obscene materials.

Inmate Charles Sisney sued in U.S. Federal District Court in Sioux Falls, leaving that court to balance an inmate's civil rights against the need to maintain a safe and orderly institution.

Under the newest policy, not only pictures are banned, but also prose. And images that can be banned include nudity in any context, including art or modern photography.

South Dakota Students Participate In National Walkout

Mar 14, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Students around the country participated in a Walk Out this morning protesting gun violence. Rapid City’s Central High School was one of many across South Dakota to participate. At 10 a.m., the hallways filled with hundreds of nearly the two thousand high school students. They walked out during their classes and met in the theater. Five students sat on stage and explained why.

The students read off names of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.

In The Moment ... January 17, 2018 Show 257 Hour 2

South Dakota attorneys will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court sometime this spring to make the case for requiring online sellers to collect state sales taxes from South Dakota customers.

This is an appeal the entire nation is watching, because it affects all tax-collecting states and the District of Columbia.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks explains the nuances of the case.