Seth Tupper



People in South Dakota could soon have control of a space object, apparently for the first time in the state’s history.

The new capability is coming to the federal government’s Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, known by the acronym EROS, near Sioux Falls.

The staff at EROS has been processing satellite imagery since 1972, but the facility has never been able to control a satellite’s movements – until now.

SDPB Forecasts Statehouse 2021

Jan 12, 2021

In The Moment January 12th, 2021 Show 971 Hour 1

Lawmakers gather in Pierre today for the official beginning of the state legislative session. Governor Kristi Noem gives her State of the State speech at 1 p.m. CDT / 12 p.m. MDT. 

Guests: Lee Strubinger, Politics and Public Policy reporter, Seth Tupper , Business and Economic Development reporterm and Jackie Hendry, host of South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV.

Rapid City is paying almost $300,000 to the owner of an adult-themed store to settle a dispute that began four years ago.


The City Council denied a conditional-use permit for Dick & Jane’s Super Spot in 2017. The owner, David Eliason, filed a lawsuit.


Governor Kristi Noem has criticized the accuracy of statistical modeling used to make predictions about the pandemic, but one of her own projections from nine months ago has proven sadly accurate.

That projection is the death toll. In April, Noem released numbers indicating the state would eventually suffer a minimum of 1,325 deaths. The state recently surpassed that total and has now suffered 1,519 deaths among people infected with COVID-19.


A new company is bidding for some of the mineral rights associated with 40 orphaned natural-gas wells in northwest South Dakota, raising the prospect that some of the wells could eventually go back into production. 



Gambling revenue from Deadwood casinos is almost even with last year. That’s despite a one-month shutdown in the spring because of the pandemic.

Global Forest Watch

It seems like a simple idea: Plant a trillion trees around the world.  


It would help with the fight against climate change, because trees pull carbon dioxide – a heat-trapping greenhouse gas – out of the air.  

Carla Knecht felt it just before midnight.

“My husband said my name a couple times and then he said, ‘Are you OK?’ And I said, ‘yeah,’ and we both said, ‘What was that?’”

What they felt was a vibrating jolt. It lasted about 5 seconds. They felt their bed and the house shake. They heard a low rumble.

“I’ve never felt that before, thank God,” Knecht said, “and I hope I never do again.”

But they’re OK, and so is their house. It’s about 7 miles west of the small town of Bowdle in north-central South Dakota.


Gov. Kristi Noem has an ambitious goal to expand high-speed internet, known as broadband, to “every remaining unserved or under-served South Dakotan.”

She announced the plan Tuesday during her annual budget address.

She said it will cost $200 million. She wants the Legislature to budget $100 million for it, and she said the rest will come from the federal government and internet providers.

South Dakota Economy With Seth Tupper

Sep 15, 2020

In The Moment … September 15, 2020 Show 902 Hour 1

The South Dakota economy has been reeling from the impact of a global pandemic in ways were are only beginning to understand. SDPB's Seth Tupper has been following the money all year and he joins us with an economic update. 

Sturgis Recap

Aug 17, 2020

In The Moment … August 17, 2020 Show 882 Hour 1

The 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in the books. Seth Tupper joins In the Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital studio inside SDPB's Black Hills Studio with a recap.

Sturgis Update

Aug 14, 2020

In The Moment … August 14, 2020 Show 881 Hour 1

Sunday wraps up the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Seth Tupper joins us today from Black Hill Surgical Hospital studio in SDPB's Black Hills Studio with the latest.

Independence Day Celebration Recap

Jul 6, 2020

In The Moment … July 6, 2020 Show 852 Hour 2

This weekend, fireworks returned to Mount Rushmore for an Independence Day celebration featuring President Donald Trump. The Pennington County Republican Party planned events in Rapid City. Protesters took to the street to speak out against the president and against treaty violations.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting had reporters across the state working to bring you coverage of the event. SDPB's Lee Strubinger was at Mount Rushmore. SDPB's Seth Tupper was in Rapid City. 

Environmental Risks Of Fireworks

Jun 30, 2020

In The Moment ... June 30, 2020 Show 849 Hour 2

We're just days out from the 4th of July fireworks display and President Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore. SDPB's Seth Tupper has been covering the environmental and wildfire risks of the fireworks.

Tupper joins In The Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio as we continue to learn about the size of the expanded events this week in the Black Hills.

A Chinese Company & The Smithfield Plant

Apr 20, 2020

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 1

A Sioux Falls packing plant has the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country. To understand why, one expert is looking back seven years; that's when a Chinese company bought the Smithfield plant.  SDPB's Seth Tupper reports. 

BHNF Update

Apr 9, 2020

In The Moment ... April 9, 2020 Show 792 Hour 2

The Black Hills National Forest is at a crossroads. SDPB's Seth Tupper joins us with an update on the developing conversation around timber cuts and forest sustainability. 


Find us on: AppleSpotify, and Google Play

Unemployment Claims Jump

Mar 26, 2020

In The Moment ... March 26, 2020 Show 782 Hour 1

SDPB brings you the latest on coronavirus in South Dakota. You can find all our reporting on the website Today we look at South Dakotans out of work. SDPB's Seth Tupper joins us with more.

Statehouse: Feb 28

Feb 28, 2020

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre.


 Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University


Statehouse: Feb 24

Feb 24, 2020

In The Moment ... February 24, 2020 Show 759 Hour 2

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre.

Today, SDPB’s political reporters joined Lori on In the Moment for a roundtable discussion. 

  Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

News: Feb 15 - 21

Feb 21, 2020

In this week's news podcast, you'll hear special reports from SDPB's Seth Tupper and Lee Strubinger, two of our Dakota Political Junkies' view on free speech in South Dakota, and more.

Tupper On The SD Economy

Feb 12, 2020

In The Moment ... February 12, 2020 Show 752 Hour 1

The White House provided a list of facts about the health of the South Dakota economy, detailing everything from an increase in South Dakota manufacturing jobs to a falling poverty rate. But are those numbers accurate? Do they paint a true picture of the state's economy?  Seth Tupper is SDPB's business and economics reporter. He's been digging into the numbers and joins us to explain. 

Legislative Roundtable

Feb 10, 2020

In The Moment ... February 10, 2020 Show 750 Hour 2

Our weekly SDPB legislative roundtable brings journalists from across the state together for a look at what's happening in Pierre. Today we're joined by SDPB's Seth Tupper in Rapid City, Jackie Hendry in Sioux Falls, Stephanie Rissler in Vermillion, and Lee Strubinger in Pierre. 

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Weekly Legislative Roundtable

Feb 5, 2020

In The Moment ... February 4, 2020 Show 746 Hour 1

In The Moment checks in with SDPB journalists from around the state for our weekly Statehouse roundtable. Seth Tupper joins from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City. Jackie Hendry is in the Kirby Family Studio in Sioux Falls. Stephanie Rissler connects from SDPB's studio on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion. And Lee Strubinger is located at the State Capitol building in Pierre.

SDPB Statehouse Round-Table

Jan 24, 2020

In The Moment ... January 24, 2020 Show 740 Hour 1

South Dakota Public Broadcasting brings you the latest from the state legislative session in Pierre. Today we gather SDPB reporters for a roundtable discussion that spans the state. 

We are joined by Seth Tupper (@SethTupper), Lee Strubinger (@LeeSDPB), Jackie Hendry (@JackieHendrySD), and Stephanie Rissler (StephanieSDPB).  

Curious how to keep up with SDPB’s Statehouse coverage? Well, there are a few ways you can stay informed:

Tupper Talks Big Changes At Capitol

Jan 15, 2020

In The Moment ... January 15, 2020 Show 734 Hour 2

SDPB's Seth Tupper has been examining some big changes recently in the visitor experience at the Capitol building in Pierre. Seth joins us with more.

News: Nov 23 - 27

Nov 27, 2019

This week’s South Dakota news features a new generation of programs that pay landowners to plant for pheasants, a new team of social workers to help meet kid’s personal needs, and more. You can find all our “In the Moment” interviews and features by subscribing to the “In the Moment: Segments” podcast. We’ve rounded up some of the top stories for you in this week’s “In the Moment: News” podcast.

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 27, 2019

In The Moment ... November 27, 2019 Show 709 Hour 2 Congress avoided another government shutdown, but South Dakota congressional delegates were not united in their support of the latest continuing resolution. South Dakota state senator Lyn DiSanto has resigned. We talk about her controversy and legacy. Plus, a look at Governor Kristi Noem's meth campaign and state government spending on a motivational conference.  Today we welcome Dakota Political Junkie Seth Tupper to In the Moment for a look at top political headlines. Seth Tupper is an enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal.


In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 2

South Dakota lawmakers have begun writing a bill that would legalize industrial hemp next year. An anti-uranium summit is taking place in Rapid City, and Senator Mike Rounds was in Sioux Falls yesterday where he discussed the bitter mood in Washington, D.C.

Dakota Political Junkies Mike Card, Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, discuss the issues.


In The Moment ... September 5, 2019 Show 651 Hour 2

The company that purchased a former South Dakota Department of Corrections facility in the Black Hills missed their annual payment to the state in May and is at risk of having what was once called the STAR Academy repossessed.

Investigative reporter Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal broke the story. He provides an update.


In the Moment ... September 4, 2019 Show 651 Hour 2

Why is the South Dakota Democratic Party closing their offices in Rapid City and Sioux Falls?

What's the latest on the proposed uranium mine near Edgemont?

And what is former Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether's big announcement this afternoon?

Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper and Northern State University professor of Political Science Jon Schaff discuss in our weekly Dakota Political Junkies roundtable.