North Dakota

100th Meridian Project: Part 1

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In The Moment … May 11, 2020 Show 814 Hour 1

This week, We're exploring how farmers are adapting to climate change in the Great Plains. We'll start in North Dakota. As the climate has shifted, the weather in North Dakota has behaved in odd, counterintuitive ways over the past few decades. For a Harvest Public Media project, Christopher Walljasper reports on how farmers are adapting to climate change.


Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... August 6, 2019 Show 631 Hour 1

What lies across South Dakota's 1300-mile border? South Dakota Magazine's Bernie Hunhoff and John Andrews ventured outside the state for the July/August cover story.

They join In The Moment to visit about their findings which just might turn into a daytrip for you!

My Country No More

Jan 7, 2019

In The Moment ... January 7, 2019 Show 489 Hour 2

Between 2011 and 2016, oil drilling in rural North Dakota reached its peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush.

My Country No More explores a rural community in crisis and questions the long-term human consequences of short-term approached to land use.

My Country No More is produced and directed by Jeremiah Hammerling and Rita Baghdadi. It airs tonight as part of Independent Lens on SDPB-TV.

Bush Con Takeaways

Oct 9, 2018
Northern State University

In The Moment ... October 9. 2018 Show 438 Hour 2

Bush Con is a networking event that is designed to build stronger connections among leaders in South and North Dakota and Minnesota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Ioana Hojda, assistant director of international admissions at Northern State University, and Lara Nelson, director of the American Indian Circle Program at Northern State University, were part of the conference. They joined In The Moment to provide their takeaways.

In The Moment ... The Mission Of Herman Stern

Nov 6, 2017

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 1

Herman Stern rescued 125 people from persecution and possible death in Nazi Germany in the 1930's-40's.

Video Arts Studios has produced a documentary about Stern's rescue efforts and his life as a civic leader in North Dakota.  Producers Art Phillips and Carl Oberholtzer shared details of the film with Prairie Public's Doug Hamilton.

Standing Rock Hosts Film and Music Festival

May 31, 2017
Standing Rock Film Festival

Advocates are trying to preserve the environment through entertainment. Artists are coming together for the first Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival.

Officials created the festival to support the Water Protection Movement. The event focuses on the protestors, the younger generation and women and all their roles in the movement.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... February 22, 2017 Show 035 Hour 1

Amy Sisk

Native Americans from Wyoming, Colorado and as far as Oklahoma are pulling up by the busload to protest an oil pipeline in rural North Dakota.

Construction began near the Missouri River section of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline last week. This week, more than 1,500 protesters arrived at the border of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

“For two, years we’ve been holding them off, waiting for you to come. Now you’re here with us,” Jon Eagle Sr. told a cheering crowd at a protesters’ camp near the construction site.

Northern Lights Seen In Dakotas

Sep 9, 2015

The Northern Lights are once again visible in the night sky, but not where you’d think. The natural phenomenon has appeared in North and South Dakota.

The astronomical sight known as the Northern Lights or aurora has been sighted by North and South Dakota residents this week. The colorful lights are created when the earth’s atmosphere is hit by charged particles from the sun. George Gladfelter is the president of the Black Hills Astronomical Society. He says it’s somewhat unusual to see the lights this far south.

"Oil To Die For"

May 18, 2015

"Oil To Die For" is a new interactive documentary from Black Gold Boom producer Todd Melby.  The documentary explores how North Dakota became one of the most dangerous places to work in America.  It also examines the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Dustin Bergsing, a 21-year-old well watcher, who died on the job.  Melby's new project debuted Monday at  Users can watch interviews, access court documents and browse through the details at their own speed.

America by the Numbers

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota is in the heart of the Bakken oil field. There are more than 1,000 wells on the reservation and the oil boom has brought jobs and affluence for many. But it's also brought increased drug trafficking, crime, traffic fatalities and a huge influx of non-Indian oil workers.

Theodore Roosevelt said that he never would have become President of the United States had it not been for the time he spent in North Dakota. He first came to the state in 1883 to hunt bison and later returned seeking solitude and time to heal following the death of both his mother and wife.

Victoria Wicks

The oil boom in North Dakota has changed that state’s demographics and economy, especially on the western side. The additional income is welcome to business owners and the government. But the huge influx of people and machines comes with a price. At the 9th annual New Horizons Oil and Gas Conference hosted by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks learned more about the socioeconomic realities of a boom.

"The Highway 83 Chronicles"

Mar 3, 2014

Stew Magnuson's new book, "The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas (The Highway 83 Chronicles," was published on the 125th anniversary of the year North Dakota and South Dakota became states. Descending 1,885 miles straight down the center of the United States from Westhope, North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas, is U.S. 83, one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn't been replaced by an interstate. Award-winning author Stew Magnuson takes readers on a trip down the road and through the history of the Northern Great Plains.

"Black Gold Boom"

May 7, 2013

Reporter/producer Todd Melby talks about his documentary series, "Black Gold Boom," on North Dakota's oil boom.  He also shared his thoughts on the recent announcement regarding the Three Fork Formation.  See for more on Melby's series.