In The Moment ... March 7, 2019 Show 530 Hour 2

Today is the last day for the legislature to pass bills out of both chambers. SDPB's Lee Strubinger and Cara Hetland got together to discuss some of the top issues facing lawmakers.

  Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

In The Moment ... October 25. 2018 Show 448 Hour 1

Once people lose touch with and lose respect for the truth, bad things start to unravel.

Those were the words of media expert Thomas Patterson. He is the author of the 2018 One Book South Dakota who discussed the state of news at the September Festival of Books in Brookings.


Dr. Mikel Holland is the President and Chief Medical Officer of Avera's St. Mary. He discussed a general overview of the new Helmsley Center, the history and medical growth in Pierre and his own personal story with cancer treatments. 

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... September 12, 2018 Show 420 Hour 2

A special session of the South Dakota Legislature is underway today at the State Capitol in Pierre. Governor Dennis Daugaard called for the gathering of the state's lawmakers to deal with legislation on internet sales tax collection. Lawmakers will also consider requiring the marketplace to pay sales taxes.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports from the State Capitol building. 

In The Moment ... July 24, 2018 Show 385 Hour 1

From a recap of the Western Governors Association meeting in Rapid City to the impact of a state win in the U.S. Supreme Court, the news from Pierre don't cool in the summer months.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joined In The Moment with an insight on the lastest events.


Melissa Hamersma Sievers discusses watching the Rube Goldberg Day at Riggs High School in Pierre. This project has been an annual tradition for nearly 20 years. Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. His cartoons serve as an inspiration to aspiring engineers and scientists across the world.

In The Moment ... March 27, 2018 Show 305 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a look at news from Pierre. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us from the Black Hills Bureau.

In The Moment ... January 30, 2018 Show 266 Hour 1

Yesterday we talked about tourism in the state, including the places you can go right here in South Dakota. Today we talk about how you're going to get there.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation paves the way and coordinates services to help travelers and goods get from here to there. South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist discusses the state's roads and bridges.

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 ... June 29, 2017 Show 125 Hour 1

It's time to pack your beach bag with books and get ready for a holiday weekend. As the summer reading season heats up, we catch up with Peggy Stout. She's owner of Prairie Pages Bookseller in Pierre.

Peggy’s recommendations for adults:

“Magpie Murders: A Novel” by Anthony Horowitz

“The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense” by Dean Koontz

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel” by J. Ryan Stradal

“Commonweath: A Novel” by Anne Patchett

“Lilac Girls: A Novel” by Martha Hall Kelly

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

One hundred seventy-nine teachers survived their first school year with extra support. That’s thanks to a new South Dakota program that connects first-time educators with veteran teachers. They pair up for two years to increase support and professional development. Meet educators who can now look back on their first year in the classroom and plan ahead for a second year of mentoring.

Exterior of the Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial

On July 16, 1994, Chuck Anderson visited Pierre to attend an event called "South Dakotans in WWII." It took place at the newly minted Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial Building, and Chuck got to take a tour.

He met George Summerside, the Veterans Education Program Representative for the State Office inside the building where the Robinson Museum and State Historical Society used to be.

George begins to describe the layout of the memorial.


In The Moment ... April 12, 2017 Show 070 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Noel Hamiel. Today we talk ethanol, land-owner rights, and how not to sacrifice journalistic standards for the sake of speed. Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Noel Hamiel is former publisher of the Mitchell Republic and a member of the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... April 5, 2017 Show 065 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Denise Ross join us to talk about recreational marijuana and its potential as a ballot measure, which lawmakers might deserve a “furniture” rating in Pierre, and other top South Dakota political headlines of the week.

Victoria Wicks

In The Moment ... March 9, 2017 Show 046 Hour 2

We take a look at South Dakota's 92nd legislative session with SDPB's Kealey Bultena and Lee Strubinger. From deregulation to the philosophy of inflation projections in Pierre, Bultena and Strubinger analyze the session and discuss the work that is left to be done.


In The Moment ... February 9, 2017 Show 027 Hour 1

"Dogs exhibit heroism under fire in extreme combat," says Jim Dugan (USAF ret) of Rapid City who will talk about his Vietnam War experiences as a dog handler, while headquartered at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  Sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, the free family event on Saturday, February 11 will take place at Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum, starting at 9 am.

File Photo / Pierre Capital Journal

With October approaching, high school football teams are preparing to launch their post-season runs.  A few schools are also going through Homecoming festivities.  But in two schools in the central part of the state, a long-time Homecoming tradition is getting careful scrutiny. 

Avera To Build Cancer Center In Pierre

Aug 23, 2016

Avera Health plans to build a new cancer center in Pierre.  The Helmsley Charitable Trust donated money to pay for the facility.  

Avera’s new cancer facility is going to be named the Helmsley Center after a 10 million dollar donation from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

SD Historical Society

South Dakota is not widely known for its architecture or infrastructure.Officials hope a new installation at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre changes this.  The Building South Dakota exhibit highlights the ordinary structures state residents see every day.

Visitors who follow the hand painted highway up the stairs at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre can find the new Building South Dakota exhibit.

Pierre Solar Project Set To Be Largest In State

Jul 19, 2016
Michael Moore / SDPB Flickr

A 4,200 panel solar farm near Pierre is set to be complete in October.  Officials say it’s set to be the largest solar farm in the state.  It will supply Pierre residents with one megawatt of electricity.

The Pierre Solar Project is located at Pierre Regional Airport.  It totals 8.5 acres in size.  Officials say the developers selected the site the as the best location out of other areas in South Dakota and Iowa.

Public Vote For New Pierre Event Center

Jun 22, 2016

Pierre residents will vote in November whether to build a new recreation and event center. If built, the center would open in early 2019 and seat 4,000 people. City leaders previously tore down its City Auditorium due to structural problems. That structure had been condemned.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the $14.5 million dollar project is designed to handle different athletics and concerts requiring flat floor space. She sees this significant investment benefiting area residents of all ages.


Driving through the streets of Fort Pierre today, there is little sign of damage left behind from the 2011 Missouri River flood. But the mayor of Fort Pierre says it’s an event she'll never forget. This summer marks the 5th anniversary of the flood.

Gloria Hanson is a resident in Fort Pierre. Just before the Missouri River flooding began, she had just finished a remodeling project in her home, only to be told it would soon be filled with three to four feet of standing water.

A Pierre pastor is raising money to build a halfway house for women prison inmates. 

Jack Benjamin is the pastor of Calvary United Pentecostal Church. He is also a volunteer chaplain at the state women’s prison in Pierre. Benjamin is raising funds to build a six bedroom residence he’s calling the ‘Center House.’ He’s hopeful the facility will give a few women a fresh start.

State Observes National Police Week

May 17, 2016

This week South Dakota is reflecting on the contributions of law enforcement in its communities. It’s National Police Week, and officials in Pierre are hosting events to honor officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  Dusty Pelle is with the Pierre Police Department. He says that this week is important for the public to realize the serious role police play in the community.

Statehouse Podcast: Education Bills Signed, Final Budget Passed

Mar 11, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 11th, 2016 includes coverage of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signing education reform bills into law and the passage of the final budget bill in the state legislature. 

Schoenbeck Considers Resignation

Feb 23, 2016

A GOP state lawmaker says he is considering resigning after a disagreement with a party leader.

State Representative Lee Schoenbeck was barred from the Republican Party caucus this week.   

Schoenbeck had been critical on social media of some in the GOP for failing to support the half penny sales tax to boost teacher pay in the state.  That measure passed by one vote.

Some sources reported Schoenbeck planned to resign on Wednesday.

Jenifer Jones

Teachers from across the state say they’re traveling to Pierre to support education funding, yet not everyone is convinced the move is right. A leading lawmaker and the president of a statewide teachers’ organization have different perspectives on the effect of educators turning up at the Statehouse. Still teachers plan to show up this week for debate in Piere. 

Jenifer Jones

The Statehouse Podcast for Sunday, February 7th includes coverage of legislation on medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion, education funding, and government accountability. 


Biannual Clock Changing Remains In SD For Now

Jan 27, 2016
Jenifer Jones

A measure to keep Daylight Savings Time year round in South Dakota died by a narrow vote on the State Senate floor today.

The legislation aims to end the practice of changing clocks by an hour every fall and spring, two other states don’t change their clocks.

Jenifer Jones

The Legislative Podcast for January 25th, 2016 includes stories on an effort to change the policy on transgender bathrooms and locker rooms in schools.  You can find more from opponents, and proponents who were interviewed on SDPB’s Dakota Midday.   This podcast also includes updates on legislation to mandate a meningitis vaccine for entry in school and an effort