In The Moment ... August 7, 2017 Show 150 Hour 2

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The mayor of Sioux Falls says slumping sales tax revenue prompts him to cut the city’s capital improvements budget by more than $45.2 million. The plan broadly covers infrastructure like roads and buildings. The CIP is a rolling roadmap. The method allows leaders to adjust for different economic circumstances while planning for the next five years.

Bold black letters flash onto the projection screen at Tuesday afternoon’s capital improvement plan presentation, "Tough but necessary choices have been made."

National Parks Celebrate Economic Success

Jun 16, 2016

National parks have a positive impact on the nation’s economy. The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial year and reports the parks contribute $300-billion  to the national economy and support nearly 2 million jobs.

Sally Jewell is the Secretary of the Interior. She says in her department’s annual economic report, public lands and waters also support state and local economies and create improved quality of life.

Parks That Changed America

Apr 11, 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of National Parks.  

One group in the state is trying to remind people that all parks hold value from the biggest open spaces like the Badlands all the way down to the small city parks.

Michael Stanley is a landscape architect in Rapid City. 

Downtown Rapid City Green Space Wins Award

Dec 7, 2015
Ken Steinken / Trinity Eco Prayer Park

A small park in Downtown Rapid City has won the town’s 2015 Sustainability Award.

 The solar powered Trinity Eco Prayer Park collects and cleans storm water runoff before it enters Rapid Creek while providing a bit of green landscape in the middle of downtown.

State GF&P: Hunting And Fishing Dodge Sequester

Mar 5, 2013

State officials say hunting and fishing enthusiasts won’t see a big impact from the federal budget sequester.

Federal dollars used to manage wild game and fish in South Dakota may take a hit in the short term.    But, officials with the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks say the sequester cuts won’t impact long term funding.  

Meldrum Park Mural Grant

Jan 28, 2013
City of Sioux Falls

Artists Dave Lowenstein and Ashley Laird are mural artists from Lawrence, Kansas, who are creating a mural in Sioux Falls' Whittier neighborhood's Meldrum Park.  They have been attending community meetings and visiting public schools in Sioux Falls to understand the international character of the neighborhood.  Lowenstein and Laird appeared on Dakota Midday Monday along with Tim Hoheisel, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council.

Free Museums and Parks

Sep 28, 2012

Whether you like history or the outdoors, you can access both interests for free this weekend on National Public Lands Day and National Museum Day Live.

More than 1400 venues across the country are celebrating Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live on Saturday.

Deadwood History Incorporated spokesperson Rose Speirs says the public can access the Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum and the Historic Adams House free of charge after downloading a ticket from