South Dakota

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The Civil Air Patrol shut down a youth program in Rapid City after five cadets contracted COVID-19.   

The nine-day camp took COVID precautions but did not require vaccinations.    

“What they were trying to do is reduce risk and instead of approaching it from a vaccination or a you-can-not-participate, they gave other options which don’t reduce the risk as effectively as a vaccine does.” said Dr. Shankar Kurra, vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health. 

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Current and former State Penitentiary workers say they aren’t surprised by an anonymous complaint about conditions at the Sioux Falls prison. 

Four Department of Corrections leaders are fired or on leave while a third-party investigation begins. 

This and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

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Some South Dakota legislators are engaged in efforts to review and restrict some of the classroom curriculum taught at state universities and K through 12 schools.   

  

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Congress passed the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act in 2017, but implementation was delayed because of the pandemic. Earlier this month, President Biden ordered the FDA to release guidelines and standards within the next 120 days. 

Over-the-counter hearing aids are meant for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. Dr. Jennifer Phelan is an audiologist at the University of South Dakota's speech and hearing clinic. She says a hearing evaluation isn’t required but is still recommended. 

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Now that hearing aids are offered over the counter, should South Dakotans should bypass an audiologist to get hearing assistance? We talk with Jennifer Phelan, a Vermillion area audiologist.

Megan Feighery reports on restaurant entrepreneurship during the pandemic.

When Governor Kristi Noem spoke at last weekend's Family Council Summit she took aim at some fellow GOP members while criticizing President Biden's handling of the country. SDSU Political Science Professors David Wiltse and Lisa Hager discuss during the Dakota Political Junkies segment.

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is one of more than a hundred speakers on the program at Freedom Fest. Rapid City hosts the annual event for the first time beginning Wednesday.  

 

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Drought conditions in South Dakota are getting worse. The situation is taking hold in the fields and prompting new restrictions in and around the national grasslands near the Black Hills.  

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The anonymous complaint about conditions at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls isn’t surprising, according to six current and former prison workers.  

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Portions of South Dakota have entered stage 1 fire restrictions beginning today. Ryan Cumbow is Acting Zone Fire Management Officer for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands; he discusses what this means.

SDPB's Arielle Zionts talks with state penitentiary employees about the recent upheaval and firings at the facility.

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Thousands of Native American children were sent to Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania during the late 1800s. Now the remains of nine children who died there have returned to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.  

A caravan escorted the remains across the country and stopped Friday at Whetstone on the Yankton Reservation. That's the place where children as young as 10 years old crossed the Missouri River to begin their journey to Carlisle 142 years ago. The federal government forced Native children to leave their families and attend the boarding school.  

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Number Of Unemployed Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Jul 19, 2021
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South Dakota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. The number of unemployed is back to pre-pandemic levels with the May 2021 estimate of 12,900 people which is 19,300 less than in May of 2020. 

 

COVID-19 cases are trending upward in some western South Dakota counties. Health officials say the upcoming Sturgis motorcycle rally poses a further risk to unvaccinated people.  

Dr. Shankar Kurra is vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health in Rapid City. He says the rally provides places for the virus to spread. 

“Now with the Sturgis rally, as much as it’s outdoors, folks have to use the facilities for food, for drinks, for restroom breaks. And that’s where the risk is the highest.” 

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COVID-19 cases are on a bit of an uptick in western South Dakota. Dr. Shankar Kurra from Monument Health joins us to discuss the latest with the delta variant.

Secretary Marcia Hultman of the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation joins us with an update on the economic recovery and back-to-work in South Dakota.

History 605: S1, Ep 3 "The Destruction Of The Bison"

Jul 19, 2021

Recently re-released, Historian Andrew Isenberg's book, "The Destruction of the Bison, 1750-1920" was the topic of conversation in the 3rd episode of History 605. Dr. Jones and Professor Isenberg discuss the series of events that rapidly altered the Great Plains' environment and led to the near extinction of the bison. For copy of the book see: https://tinyurl.com/37w8twnz

  

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South Dakota’s two US Senators oppose a push by the Senate majority leader to decriminalize marijuana. 

 

Brandi Morin is a Cree/Iroqouis French journalist on assignment for National Geographic. She has been covering the return of the remains of Native American children from the Carlisle Industrial Indian School to the Rosebud Tribe. We check in with Morin from the road.  

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds discusses Congressional support of repatriations of student remains from federal boarding schools.

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Canada’s discovery of more than  700 unmarked graves at the Kamloops Residential School, brings the brutal legacy of Native American Boarding Schools into the spotlight. 

“Nobody who knows the Indian Boarding School history is really surprised by these graves existing,” said Maka Black Elk,  Executive Director of Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School.  

Two groups that want to regulate adult-use marijuana continue to wait for the South Dakota Supreme Court to rule on the law that legalizes recreational pot. 

 

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Laura Edwards comes on to discuss the drought situation after the recent rainfall. 

Lee Strubinger joins us with a back and forth on the Department of Corrections allegations. Read Lee's latest reporting here.

Jim Furnish is a consulting forester with a 34-year career in the USDA Forest Service. His memoir is called "Toward a Natural Forest." It recaps a tumultuous time in Forest Service history and offers hopes for transformation.

SD Home Garden joins us to preview the latest episode on tropical plants.

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Last fall, sculptor Dale Lamphere invited regional artists to collaborate with him on a project. He said the range of work was extraordinary.  

“And I have to admit, some of them were straight off the refrigerator,” he laughed. “We had 103 submissions. And from that, the art committee and I selected it down to 20 to be included in this community tapestry. 

BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST

 

Jim Furnish grew up visiting the Black Hills National Forest with his family and later worked for the Forest Service. He rose through the ranks and served as the deputy chief of the agency from 1992-2002. 

 

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Wildfires are striking up in western states. The smoke from those fires can affect air quality across the country.    

Air quality is measured on a scale of 0 to 500. As the number increases, air quality is worse and there’s more impact on human health.  Anything above 100 is considered harmful to those with respiratory issues. Above 300 is harmful to the general population. 

The state air quality index shows the worst air quality is in northeastern South Dakota. It’s registering in the 80s in towns like Aberdeen and Watertown. 

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Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt and State Penitentiary Warden Darin Young are on leave following a human resources investigation into an anonymous complaint. Governor Kristi Noem made the move on Tuesday.  

This and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

  

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  • President Biden's American Rescue Plan is designed to provide relief to Americans and stimulate the economy. The plan ultimately granted Tribes authorization to use these funds to do the same in their jurisdictions. The Oglala Sioux Tribe went live recently with their COVID-10 Household Economic Assistance Program that will provide assistance to eligible tribal members whose households have been negatively affected by COVID.

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South Dakota’s response to COVID-19 presented a new generation of COVID entrepreneurs a unique opportunity, one that wasn’t possible everywhere.    

   

Alessio Di Sabatino grew up in Rome but he’s lived in the United States for more than twenty-five years. He owned a restaurant in California but sold it in March 2020, right before the state shut down.   

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