Eliza Blue's New Book, "Accidental Rancher"

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In The Moment … May 20, 2020 Show 821 Hour 1

How Are Schools Dealing With The Disruption?

Mar 26, 2020

How are superintendents dealing with the disruption and the move to online learning throughout the state? What are the challenges for small, rural districts? What are the challenges for large districts? Rob Monson is executive director of the School Administrators of South Dakota.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... August 27, 2018 Show 409 Hour 2

The Internet fuels our educational opportunities, our social interactions, our economic prosperity, our political influence, our community engagement, and our access to lifesaving healthcare services. 

Rural Mental Health

Jul 26, 2018
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 26, 2018 Show 387 Hour 1

The pressures on farmers, ranchers and rural Americans continues to rise. As the South Dakota lawmakers study state mental health resources, today we're looking at the roe of a rural mental health task force.

Margie Neugebauer is a counselor in Hermosa, SD with decades of experience in rural mental health

Dr. Andrea Bjornestad is assistant professor in the department of Counseling & Human Development at South Dakota State University and an Extension Mental Health Specialist.

Study Shows Broad Impact of Head Start in Rural Areas

Apr 16, 2018

A study by the Center for American Progress on Head Start shows the program impacts more than early childhood education. The report finds Head Start programs account for 60% of childcare centers in rural South Dakota. 

A bill adjusting reorganization requirements for low-enrolled school districts is moving to the senate floor. Despite the do-pass motion, some lawmakers expressed hesitancy in adopting the new measure in state statute. 

In The Moment ... January 29, 2018 Show 265 Hour 1

Heidi Marttila-Losure is the owner of Dakotafire Media. Her new book is called "Sky Theater." It's a collection of opinion writing from her time as editor of Dakotafire Magazine. She joins us to discuss the urban-rural divide and why coming home matters.

PS015: Tyler Read Joins Us At The Potuck Society

Jul 19, 2017

This week at The Potluck Society we talk to a manual laborer, a graffiti artist, and a community arts engagement specialist. What do they have in common? They're all the same person. We're so pleased to introduce you to our friend, Tyler Read of Rapid City.

If you have thoughts about how to improve our program or stories that you believe deserve to be shared, I hope you'll drop us a note with your recommendations. You can send those emails to!

In The Moment ... April 13, 2017 Show 071 Hour 2

We continue with Hour Two of “The Shift.” SDPB’s Lee Strubinger looks at legislative solutions to changing demographics in South Dakota, focusing on Build South Dakota program as it celebrates its first graduates.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... April 13, 2017 Show 071 Hour 1

After a brief introduction to put “The Shift” into context we kick it over to SDPB’s Kealey Bultena for a live-from-Centerville conversation with Superintendent Tim Hagedorn.

SDPB’s Gary Ellenbolt takes you to Hurley and Parker in Turner County for a look at how the changing farm economy and the urban pull of Sioux Falls has impacted small towns and the people who live there.

Photo courtesy of Golden West Telecommunications

Today even some of the most remote corners of South Dakota have electricity and phone service.  Many of us take it for granted, but in past decades these utilities were not a given.

Dakota Resources

Organizers of the RuralX Summit want to bring people together to collaborate and make rural communities better.  The conference is designed for those interested in improving life in small towns.


Paula Jensen is with the group Dakota Resources. She says small towns face unique challenges that sometimes aren’t addressed at other conferences. She says the RuralX Summit allows local leaders to come together, share ideas, and hopefully go home feeling energized. 

605 Day Celebrates South Dakota Pride

May 31, 2016

South Dakotan’s share the same area code. 6-0-5 is used by every South Dakotan from Sioux Falls to Spearfish.

It’s turns out that June 5th… is 6-0-5 day… and state officials think this is a great time to celebrate what it means to be South Dakotan.   

South Dakota is one of twelve states that have one area code for all residents. The number coincidentally

  matches the date of June 5th.

Katelyn Richter is with state Department of Tourism.  She says there are many reasons to celebrate being a South Dakota citizen. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

People in Delmont are marking the anniversary of a tornado that tore through the tiny town. The storm struck mid-morning on May 10, 2015. No one died, but several people were hurt, and the storm brought widespread damage to the southeast South Dakota community. Some residents are still rebuilding while others have left for good. 

One year ago, crews used machines to shove massive piles of broken boards, downed trees, and debris off the streets of Delmont. A tornado toppled cars, shattered windows, and decimated city landmarks.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

First-year medical students are tapping into new technologies that support health providers in rural areas. Avera’s eCare facility provides live video access to specialists and emergency physicians to support providers in different circumstances. Some students say it makes them more confident in pursuing work in rural medicine. 

Medical students in short white coats surround a mannequin. Three volunteers in blue paper gowns take direction from a physician on a TV screen who walks them through life-saving techniques.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Medical professionals from six small hospitals across South Dakota are learning how to handle complications during childbirth. Avera Health teams of doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other care providers are working in teams in critical simulations.

Eight medical professionals crowd around a simulator that forces them to figure out how to deliver a baby when its shoulders are stuck. Trainers use a device to measure the pressure a doctor or nurse puts on a baby while trying to free the newborn.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

An area health system is donating $75,000 to support a truck that takes food to hungry people across the state. Avera is putting $25,000 into Feeding South Dakota’s mobile food pantry each year for the next three. The donation supports communities in the central part of the state.

Feeding South Dakota’s mobile food truck has refrigerated sections. That means foods that need to stay cool – think dairy products, produce, and meats – can make it across the state for distribution to hungry families.


Nestled into a cornfield in northeast South Dakota, the Granary Rural Cultural Center is a place to celebrate the beauty of both art and nature. Here’s a look at what visitors will find when they take a trip to this arts oasis the middle of the countryside.

Jazz often reflects the rhythms and experiences of big city life, but on her new CD, The Thompson Fields, acclaimed jazz composer Maria Schneider evokes rural landscapes. She grew up in the small, southwest Minnesota town of Windom and she still finds inspiration in her childhood memories of the prairie. She’s also an ardent bird watcher and her love of birds is often expressed in her music.

Johnathan Karol

Rapid City local, Robert Robertson, is participating in the Black Hills One Hundred Marathon. He is raising funds for the Rural American Initiatives early educational program, Head Start. The money raised will fund a new Head Start building in Rapid City.

A link to the Rural American Initiatives is bellow. Click play to hear more.

Feeding America

The latest information from Feeding America shows more than 1 in 10 South Dakotans lacks consistent access to enough healthy food. A recent study shows that, in the past year, more than 12 percent of people in South Dakota didn’t have access to enough food. 

Every county in South Dakota suffers from food insecurity. The numbers prove hunger affects children, and it’s more likely in certain parts of the state.

Patrolling The Prairie

Oct 29, 2013
Union County Sheriff's Office

In the Sioux Falls Argus Leader's "Patrolling the Prairie" series, reporters John Hult and Steve Young explore the unique challenges facing rural South Dakota when it comes to law enforcement.  Hult and Young have done research into the challenges of finding and keeping officers, the dangers rural police confront and the temptations of authority.  John Hult joined Dakota Midday to discuss the series.

FARM Program Participation

Jan 30, 2013

The first group of medical students has been selected for participation in the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine's Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program.  The FARM program is a new initiative designed to combat rural physician shortage by exposing students to the challenges of unique opportunities inherent in rural medicine.  Dr. Susan Anderson, director of the FARM program, explained the program on Wednesday's Dakota Midday.

A new rural track program is giving select University of South Dakota medical students the opportunity to fulfill nine months of their studies in a rural community hospital. In today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Jilanne Doom takes a look at the FARM Program and how it will benefit the future of South Dakota rural medicine.

Cobell Settlement

Nov 29, 2012

Thousands of Native American trust landowners could see a $1000 check in the mail before the end of the year.  The money comes from a $3.4 billion settlement in the Elouise Cobell case, following 17 years of litigation over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.  However, SDPB news producer Charles Michael Ray has found that reactions to the settlement are mixed.  Ray is joined by USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks who addresses economic development in Indian Country and what the changes to the federal regulations governing building homes and