Rick Weiland

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... July 17, 2019 Show 617 Hour 2

It wasn't long ago that the Sioux Empire Community Theater considered closing the curtain for good. Instead, the company recently wrapped its most successful season in more than a decade. It has also announced the hiring of Robin Byrne as its executive director.

Byrne brings a strong business background along with professional theater experience.

Byrne comes to In The Moment with Rick Weiland, president of the Sioux Empire Community Theater's Board of Directors.

In The Moment ... August 23, 2018 Show 407 Hour 1

Concerns over American health insurance policy are mounting ahead of mid-term elections. A group of North and South Dakotans called "Dakotans For Health" is focused on maintaining provisions of the Affordable Care Act. They've released the "South Dakota Rural Health Report." 

 Rick Weiland and Adam Weiland stopped by the SDPB Sioux Falls studio to talk about the challenges of rural healthcare and how the politics of the Affordable Care Act are impacting us all.  

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South Dakota’s congressional delegation is still intent to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Healthcare leaders in South Dakota say congressional legislative proposals could hurt the state.

Barb Storbeck helps people enroll for health insurance through the exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act.

She says many of her clients were getting health insurance for the first time.


Rick Weiland was instrumental in bringing Initiated Measure 22 before South Dakota voters. Now, as state lawmakers and policy makers struggle to interpret and implement the measure, Weiland joins Dakota Midday to address the challenges and opportunities of the Measure in detail.

A political action committee is committing more money to the US Senate race in South Dakota. A PAC known as Mayday is adding $250,000 to its earlier pledge of $1 million.

The money is going to media time to support Democrat Rick Weiland. He faces Independent Larry Pressler, Republican Mike Rounds, and Independent Gordon Howie in the race for United States Senate. One political scientist says he expects more national attention as poll numbers show a close competition.

Pressler for Senate

South Dakota's contest for U.S. Senate is receiving national attention as a race that was considered safely Republican but is now seen as closer than expected. Some recent polls have Republican Mike Rounds in first at around 35 percent with either Democrat Rick Weiland or independent Larry Pressler in second place just a few points behind the former governor.

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Candidates for United States Senate are weighing in on the federal government’s role in Indian Affairs. The four men running for South Dakota’s open seat met Monday at a Sioux Falls Rotary Club lunch for a panel discussion. Candidates agree that something needs to change for sovereign Indian nations.

Gordon Howie is running for US Senate as an Independent. He says poverty and dysfunction exist on Native American reservations because politicians claim they champion Indian communities and don’t follow through on their support.

A nationwide Super PAC plans to spend $1 million in the race for South Dakota’s open United States Senate Seat. A group named Mayday calls itself a citizen-funded Super PAC. Leaders say their money comes from everyday people through crowdfunding and they claim to support policy, not political parties. Mayday is putting its money into commercials, get-out-the-vote campaigns and mailers.

Rick Weiland

Since announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate last year, Democrat Rick Weiland has visited every town in South Dakota. He says government is not the problem, but a government controlled by what he calls “big money and special interests.” Weiland is a Sioux Falls businessman who worked for Senator Tom Daschle. He also served as regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was state director for the AARP.

During a Dakota Midday interview, Weiland explained why he thinks big money has taken over government and how he plans to fix the problem.

Larry Pressler

Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed recent press conferences by state Democrats about documents connected to the EB-5 program; new polls in the U.S. Senate race; and a proposal to boost teacher pay with a summer sales tax.

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Candidates in two high-profile South Dakota elections are meeting this summer to debate issues important to voters. Friday the South Dakota Farmers Union hosted the most recent discussions among candidates for governor and US Senate. Both debates generated ideas about energy in South Dakota.

A member of the debate audience at the State Fair in Huron wants to know whether U-S Senate candidates support building the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed route runs through western South Dakota, and the pipe would carry crude oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

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The general election campaign season kicked off this week with debates at the Dakotafest ag show in Mitchell. On Wednesday Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard faced his challengers Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers. The four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson squared off later in the afternoon: Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. Issues at both debates included the EB-5 visa program and the Affordable Care Act.

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Political hopefuls in two major races are questioning fellow candidates about their involvement with the EB-5 program. Dakota Fest in Mitchell is host to both a gubernatorial debate and a US Senate candidate forum. The Wednesday debates took questions submitted by people in the audience. Both debates included discussions about uncertainties surrounding a foreign investment program. 

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South Dakota's campaign season made its unofficial start this week with the first general election debates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor at the DakotaFest ag show in Mitchell.Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem faced Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson on Tuesday. Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard took on Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers today and all four candidates vying for the state's open U.S. Senate made their cases for why voters should them to Washington, DC.

Rick Weiland

Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Attorney General Marty Jackley’s briefing to state lawmakers investigating the EB-5 program; Governor Dennis Daugaard’s concern over immigrant placements in South Dakota; a new poll showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds with a significant lead; and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland’s new television ads. 


A candidate for South Dakota’s open US Senate seat says he wants everyone in the race to help prevent outside money from influencing the campaign. Democratic candidate Rick Weiland says the public move would benefit voters, but not everyone in the race agrees with Weiland’s perspective.

Less than 40 minutes after the last polls closed in South Dakota, the Associated Press names former governor Mike Rounds the winner of the Republican primary in the race for US Senate.

Rounds was widely favored as the winner. He faced four other Republicans who wanted the nomination for the open Senate seat. Those include State Representative Stace Nelson, State Senator Larry Rhoden, Jason Ravnsborg, and Dr. Annette Bosworth.

An Interview With Rick Weiland

May 27, 2014

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray is working to interview all U.S. Senate candidates leading up to the November election.   Excerpts from this audio are being included in a news feature.  Here is the full interview.

Candidates React To Republican Debate

May 19, 2014

All five Republican candidates seeking the party nomination for U.S. Senate met in a televised debate late last week.    Whoever wins the June primary faces off against four opponents in the general election.

Two of those opponents, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler shared their reactions to the Republican debate with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray.

Democratic US Senate Candidate Rick Weiland says the Republican front runner is misleading South Dakotans about the affordable care act.  Weiland also wants a debate on the issue. He was in Sioux Falls Tuesday calling out Republican Senate Candidate Mike Rounds on his recent TV ad. Weiland wants to debate Rounds before the Republican primary.

Two candidates for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat aren’t happy with big business contributions to political campaigns. Republican candidate Stace Nelson and Democrat Rick Weiland held a joint press conference Monday. Weiland says although he doesn’t share the same political ideologies with Nelson, they both disagree Republican Mike Rounds should focus on out-of-state money.

Rick Weiland Thoughts On "Big Money" Politics

Jul 11, 2013
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U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Weiland spoke in Sioux Falls Thursday to offer insight into funds raised for the 2014 campaign. Weiland is against "big money" donations from out of state.

Since the race began, Rick Weiland says he’s raised one-sixth of the money his opponent Mike Rounds brought in – and he’s happy of it. Republican U.S. Senate candidate, former Governor Rounds, has more than $600,000. Weiland has received around $100,000.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 19, 2013

Joining the program this week are David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics this week included the 2013 farm bill passed by the Senate last week and now taken up by the House, the fundraising of South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates Mike Rounds and Rick Weiland, other possible Senate candidates and the Democratic Party's chances in 2014.