Rapid City

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... September 19, 2018 Show 425 Hour 2

Chuck Parkinson joined In the Moment from Rapid City for a preview of his monthly program, Where Do We Go From Here? 

Today's topic was Women in Public Service - How are women in government impacting public policy? 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 17, 2018 Show 423 Hour 1

This week's Great American Read explores first-person narratives and other ways authors tell stories of characters on personal journeys. From navigating the teen years through discovering our "chosen families," these are the novels that help us find ourselves at any age. You can see it Tuesday, September 18 on SDPB-TV. And keep voting for your favorite books until the winner of "America's Most Loved Novel" is announced in October.

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.

Providing Cancer-Related Services To Tribal Communities

Aug 24, 2018

Dr. Daniel Petereit, Radiation Oncologist in Rapid City and Principal Investigator on cancer disparity program called Walking Forward. 

American Indians have one of the highest rates of cancer daths in the United States. Walking Forward provides cancer-related services to tribal communities; including education, screening, diagnosis and clinical trials. A new initiative looks at lung cancer screening for high-risk smokers. 

More Fish Stories With Buddy Seiner

Aug 10, 2018

In The Moment ... August 9, 2018 Show 397 Hour 1

Many things come together in order to make a great fishing story.

Buddy Seiner, founder of the Fish Stories Archive, travels the world collecting incredible fishing stories with the sole goal of preserving the stories and the legacies of the anglers who tell them.

Buddy Seiner joined In The Moment with a preview of Fish Stories Live, a new feature added to the Main Street Square's "Thursday on the Square" series in Rapid City.   

Adria Botella

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

Karen Mortimer, Executive Director of  Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors (MOA) joined In The Moment for an update on efforts to transform race relations in the Black Hills.

Karen Mortimer, was accompanied by two other members of MOA.

Heather Dawn Thompson, primary researcher for Indian Schools Lands project, gave us an update on the history project related to the Rapid City Indian School lands : An Inconvenient Truth Part 2: Boarding School/Sioux San Lands and Segregation in Rapid City.

In The Moment ... July 19, 2018 Show 382 Hour 2

SDPB's Heather Benson joined In The Moment to talk about the third annual Native Film Showcase. The festival returns to Rapid City on Saturday, July 21, as part of Native POP.

Native POP: People of the plains is a Native art market and cultural celebration and is a free annual event in the heart of downtown Rapid City. 

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... June 26, 2018 Show 366  Hour 1

A new study from the Black Hills Knowledge Network shows high demand for affordable housing in the Rapid City Area. The study also shows that while the average income in the state and country went up from 2010 to 2016, in Rapid City it went down.

The study is making news across the state and people are talking about what a tourism driven economy means for Black Hills residents. What financial tools exist to support affordable housing development?

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 20, 2018 Show 362 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek talks about the passing of the new events center in Rapid City and its impact on high school sports and activities.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... June 13, 2018 Show 357 Hour 2 

Comedian Zac Maas heads home. The comedian returns to the Black Hills of South Dakota to record his first comedy album at Western Dakota Improv. You can see him on June 15 and 16 in Rapid City.

He currently works out of the Denver comedy scene, but South Dakota still provides plenty of material for his act.


In The Moment ... June 6, 2018 Show 352 Hour 2

Tuesday, South Dakota voters decided several key election questions, including which Republicans move on to the general election in November.

As Lee Strubinger reports, voters also amended a ballot question passed two years ago ... and Rapid City voters approved the city's attempt to build a new arena.

SDPB's Strubinger Previews Primary

Jun 4, 2018

In The Moment ... June 4, 2018 Show 350 Hour 1

Tuesday is South Dakota's primary and special election. Republicans are choosing between some of the state's high profile candidates for governor and U.S. House.

There's also a vote to amend Marsy's Law. And Rapid City voters will decide whether the city should issue bonds for a new arena at the Civic Center.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger focuses on the issues.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 30, 2018 Show 347 Hour 2

It's an infusion of grant money to help reduce the impact of the crisis of poverty. We're joined by Anna Quinn, executive director of the HOPE Center in Rapid City.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 15, 2018 Show 337 Hour 2

After 40 years of teaching orchestra in Rapid City, Mr. William Evans leaves the podium. He's a graduate of Stevens High School (class of '72) and he's the most tenured teacher at the school.

Though he's conducted his final concert for the high school, his legacy in South Dakota music education lives on.

He joins us with highlights from his career.

Presentation Links Rapid City Housing To Segregation

May 11, 2018

Nearly 200 attended an event to learn about segregation in Rapid City. Organizers have been gathering local stories and data that highlights personal experiences from the 1940’s to 1960’s. The presentation revealed information on Native American boarding schools and Sioux San Lands.


Management of the Rapid City Indian Health Services Hospital is in the early stages of transferring from the federal government to area tribes. The Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and Rosebud Sioux Tribes all authorize the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board to operate the facility. 

The Sioux San hospital is a secondary care unit for members of those three tribes. Poor federal inspection results and last year’s proposed closure of the inpatient and emergency departments prompted the tribes to investigate other management options.


The City of Rapid City is settling with Epic Outdoor over the use of full motion advertising on its billboards.

Epic will cease running full motion video and in exchange the city will allow much larger billboards along I-90.

It’s an end to one of two lawsuits between the city and outdoor advertising companies.

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.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 1

Tim Rangitsch is owner of Acme Bicylces in Rapid City. He joins us to discuss fat tire biking in the Hills and more.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 2

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender joins us in the studio with an update on the Barnett Arena proposal.

In The Moment ... March 8, 2018 Show 292 Hour 1

SDPB's Kevin Woster discusses the love story and tragic deaths of Connie Red Nest and Ernie Evans. Find his blog at sdpb.org/woster.

Editorial note: In this audio, Woster and In the Moment host Lori Walsh refer to "Cathie Davis," director of Lifeline Connection of the Black Hills.

This is an error. Her name is Cathie Harris.

Victoria Wicks

Rapid City is looking at ways to increase affordable housing. One proposal is to pass an ordinance permitting Accessory Dwelling Units such as mother-in-law apartments or converted garages. These units would be allowed in neighborhoods zoned for single-family houses where the property owner lives on site. Employees of Rapid City's Community Development Department hosted an open house at the downtown library on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

A new program is giving Rapid City high schoolers a taste of the manufacturing industry. The partnership between Stevens High School and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is being called a modern revival of shop class.

The design for manufacturing partnership began when School of Mines mechanical engineering instructor Aaron Lalley met Stevens High School teacher Jason Reub through a manufacturing summer camp a few years ago. Lalley says Reub was already bringing some manufacturing skills into his classroom, and the partnership seemed natural.

In the Moment ... February 12, 2018 Show 275 Hour 2

When Connie Red Nest and Ernie Evans were found dead under a bridge in Rapid City last week (they had presumably died of hypothermia) a community mourned.

But it's a community divided by the ongoing challenge of homelessness and, furthermore, by the elusive solutions. As temperatures drop, some members of the Rapid City community have banded together to provide warming centers for people with no place to go.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... February 9, 2018 Show 274 Hour 1

For this week's Moment in Sound we welcome Anna Robins. Her new release is called "Chronicle."

You can join her at Racing Magpie in Rapid City on February 9 for a an album release party at 5 p.m.

She's also one of the forces behind the Singing Doe Workshop and Showcase, coming up March 3 in Rapid City.

In The Moment ... February 8, 2018 Show 273 Hour 1

Kevin Woster is looking into a Rapid City project with potential impact on generations to come. It's called the Lakota Dream Museum & Monument, and it's spearheaded by basketball standout and businessman Adonis Saltes.

You can find Kevin Woster's blog online at sdpb.org/woster

In The Moment ... January 25, 2018 Show 263 Hour 1

We welcome members of Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors for a conversation about the group's journey to the Museum of Tolerance. Whitney Rencountre, Karen Mortimer, Bev Warne, and Eric Dwyer join us to talk about racial disparity and racism in Rapid City, the lessons of the Holocaust, and the nature of hope as we strive to make a better community.

Plans For New Transformation Center To Combat Poverty

Jan 23, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Plans for a new facility to combat poverty and homelessness are underway in Rapid City. The Transformation Center would consolidate services and shelters into a central location. Organizers held a forum to discuss plans and address concerns from the community.


Charity Doyle is the project manager for Rapid City Collective Impact. She lead the presentation on the Transformation Center. Doyle says the facility makes services that aid in combating poverty more accessible by bringing them closer to people in need.

Hundreds Join Women’s March in Rapid City

Jan 22, 2018
Chynna Lockett

People in cities all over the country and abroad gathered for the second Women’s March over the weekend. Sioux Falls reported nearly 25 hundred people came out to protest. In Rapid city, hundreds joined a march chanting for women’s rights. Organizers spoke to a crowd of women, men and children following the march.

The crowd in Rapid City chanted the same words but many marched for their own reasons.

In The Moment ... January 9, 2018 Show 252 Hour 2

The Rapid City Police Department, working in conjunction with Rapid City Collective Impact, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The funds are slated for the development of a Rapid City Police Department Quality of Life Unit.

We welcome RCPD Assistant Chief Don Hedrick.