Shantel Krebs

In The Moment ... May 24, 2018 Show 344 Hour 1

From sheriff endorsements to bowling alley memories, South Dakota candidates are pushing their messages out across the airwaves and to the inboxes and mailboxes of state voters. But not all messages are about hard work and Republican values. There's a dark and distorted side to campaign messaging as well.

SDPB's Kevin Woster wrote about it on his blog. You can read the full version at


Each of the three Republican candidates for South Dakota’s lone US House seat has a different idea for representing the state’s ag sector in Washington DC.
Those candidates squared off on South Dakota Public Broadcasting TV Thursday night.
The debate centered around a host of national issues that effect South Dakota, including the 2018 Farm Bill.

In The Moment ... January 31, 2018 Show 267 Hour 1

On June 5, South Dakotans head to the polls to vote in the statewide primary election. Shantel Krebs wants your vote to be the Republican candidate for U.S. House.

Krebs grew up as a fourth generation farm kid near Arlington in Kingsbury County. She graduated with a business degree from Dakota State University. She's served as a legislator in the State House and Senate. Her current role is as South Dakota's Secretary of State.

Deadline For Ballot Questions Is Today

Nov 6, 2017

Today is the deadline for submitting ballot question petitions. Those petitioners must submit their collected signatures by 5 p.m. central time.

Currently, 12 petitions are out for circulation. Sponsors are hoping to place their question on the November 2018 ballot.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says her office will check a random sample of signatures

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South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is sending advice to the president’s ‘voter fraud’ commission to consider when the panel looks at closer at elections.

Late last month, Krebs denied the panel access to the state’s voter information.

She says state statute prohibits her from sharing that information.

After he was elected, President Donald Trump claimed his opponent, Hillary Clinton, received 3 million more votes than him due to fraudulent voting.

Johnson Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

May 17, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

A candidate for South Dakota’s lone US House seat is kicking off his campaign with three stops in the state.

Former Public Utilities Commission head, and one-time chief-of-staff for Governor Dennis Daugaard, Dusty Johnson, says he wants to change the tone in Washington.

Johnson says the political rhetoric in the country does not lend itself to getting things done.

Johnson is poising himself to run an optimistic campaign for next year, leading up to the 2018 June primary.

He admits it’s a style that most candidates don’t take.

Rapid City Local Running For US House

Apr 17, 2017
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One democratic candidate is throwing his hat in the ring for a run at South Dakota’s lone US House seat in Congress.

Chris Martian is a Rapid City resident. He announced his candidacy last week.

Martian has never held public office. That fresh perspective to politics is why he says he’s qualified to hold the seat…


In The Moment ... March 15, 2017 Show 050 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies are a panel of some of  the top political journalists in the state. Today Denise Ross and Jon Hunter join us to explore the recently announced candidacy of current SD Secretary of State Shantel Krebs (she's running against Dusty Johnson for U.S. Representative Krist Noem's seat in the House). We'll also dig in to how to prevent scandals in state government and whether or not new legislation truly addresses the will of the voters.

Secretary Of State Krebs Running For U.S. House

Mar 14, 2017
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Secretary of State Shantel Krebs will run for South Dakota’s only congressional seat in 2018.

Krebs is currently serving her first term as Secretary of state. She took the seat in 2015.

Krebs says her time in that position makes her qualified for the job…

In The Moment ... January 3 2017 Show 002 Hour 2

Guests: US Senator Mike Rounds; SDPB's Lee Strubinger talks with South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs; South Dakota Chaplain Melissa Hiatt; John Pelletier, director of the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy

Forget Texas… Don’t Mess With South Dakota

Dec 30, 2016

The number of concealed carry permits reached an all-time high in South Dakota in December.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says the number of permits issued beat the previous state record by well over 3,000.

She says the number of concealed carry permits issued during a single year has more than doubled since 2008.

Krebs says her office saw an increase in permit applications following tragedies that get national attention…

State Rep. Dryden Remembered As A Statesman

Aug 30, 2016

State Representative Dan Dryden has died after a battle with cancer. Dryden represented District 34, which encompasses part of Rapid City. Colleagues remember Dryden as a good listener and a great lawmaker.


Governor Dennis Daugaard says Representative Dan Dryden’s background as a business manager for Rapid City schools made him an education  finance expert.

Dryden was first elected to the state Legislature in 2011. He rose through the ranks and served as the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

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A South Dakota Circuit Court judge doubled down on the Secretary of State’s denial of a medical marijuana ballot initiative.  

The Secretary of State denied a petition to place the issue of medical marijuana on the November ballot due to lack of signatures.

Aaron Eiesland is attorney for the group that collected signatures for the measure.  

He says they failed to receive proper notification that the petition failed.

Secretary of State Reviews Campaign Finance Law

Aug 3, 2016
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South Dakota’s Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she wants a review of the state’s campaign finance law.

She says campaign finance in South Dakota can be difficult to understand.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she’s convening a group of state legislators and state officials to clear up state law on campaign financing.

Krebs says she wants to make sure both citizens and candidates know where political money is coming from, who it’s coming from, how much is given, and when it’s most relevant.

A special interest group is suing the Secretary of State over a ballot initiative she gave the green light to late last year.

The suit alleges that several circulators of the petition sheets are invalid because they didn’t live at the residential address indicated on paper.

When a registered voter signs a petition to get an initiative on the November ballot, technically only the county has to match the where the signee is registered.

As the 2016 South Dakota Legislative session gets underway, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs sits down with Dakota Midday to discuss upcoming ballot initiatives, the spike in concealed weapons permits, and her goals for the 2016 session.

The deadline for petition signatures for ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments is November 9 at 5:00 pm.  Secretary of State Shantel Krebs explains the process her office goes through to certify the large number of petitions coming in.  She also discusses her first year in office in getting the office caught up and the results of a legislative audit.

Dakota Digest for September 25, 2015

Sep 25, 2015

This week’s edition of Dakota Digest features Kealey Bultena reporting on the Platte murder-suicide investigation, Charles Michael Ray examining improved efforts for tribal state relations, Jennifer Jones discusses a 90-year old Granite Quarry near Milbank, and the Pope visits the United States.

All of this and more on this week’s edition of Dakota Digest.

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Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has what she calls an “aggressive agenda” for the 2015 state legislature. It includes some proposed changes to South Dakota’s election laws, such as moving candidate petition dates back one month and allowing her office to review a random sample of petition signatures for statewide candidates. Krebs served in the state legislature for a decade before being elected to secretary of state in November. She says she wants her office to excel at customer service.

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After ten years in the state legislature, Shantel Krebs is getting ready for a new job. Voters elected the Renner Republican Secretary of State earlier this month. She replaces Jason Gant. As a legislator serving Minnehaha County, she was chair of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and also served on the Health and Transportation Committees. In her fall campaign, Krebs said that customer service would be her guiding principle as Secretary of State. She joined Dakota Midday and outlined her plans when she assumes office in January.

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 25, 2013

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discussed the latest news in politics, including the 2013 Farm Bill and State Senator Shantel Krebs' announcement that she's a Secretary of State candidate.