What It Like To Be Actively Anti-Racist?

22 hours ago

In The Moment … June 22, 2020 Show 843 Hour 1

Types of remarks, questions, or even actions that are painful towards others are known as microaggressions. Most in South Dakota may feel as if they are not racist. Erica Whitiker is an associate director of the student union and campus activities at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. She's with us today to help us better understand what it's like to be actively anti-racist.

SDPB News: May 27

May 27, 2020

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Doolittle Raider Don Smith

May 13, 2020
Paul Higbee

In The Moment … May 13, 2020 Show 816 Hour 1

A secret bombing mission, a crash-landing, and a bold escape. A new book by South Dakota author Paul Higbee tells the story of Doolittle Raider Don Smith. The High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish is hosting an event with the author, with some important guidelines. Here to preview that event is Paul Higbee. 


Lorisa Broughton

Mar 31, 2020

In The Moment ... March 31, 2020 Show 785 Hour 2

We're spending this hour talking about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on high school athletes and teams in South Dakota. The outbreak arrived at the onset of the state high school basketball championships. The Corsica-Stickney Jaguars were undefeated in their regular season and had just won their quarterfinal game of the "B" girls tournament in Spearfish. And then -- they were asked to go home.  Lorisa is Corsica-Stickney head basketball coach. 

Girls Class B State Basketball Tournament

Mar 10, 2020

In The Moment ... March 10, 2020 Show 770 Hour 2

Girls Class B Basketball takes the spotlight beginning Thursday in Spearfish. Games can be seen live on SDPB-TV and online at SDPB.org/basketball.

Craig Mattick and Mike Henriksen have play-by-play duties. They join In The Moment to take a look at the brackets.

  Sports and Recreation reporting is supported by Horton Incorporated of Britton South Dakota

Moment In Sound: Heath Johnson

Feb 28, 2020

In The Moment ... February 28, 2020 Show 763 Hour 1

Heath Johnson is an Americana Country songwriter from Spearfish, SD. He organizes the South Dakota Songwriters group and activities around the Black Hills area and puts together songwriters rounds for other local artists. His musical influences range from classic country, to modern Americana, folk, and red dirt music.

Heath recently joined us for a performance and that performance is this week’s Moment In Sound.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... January 4, 2019 Show 488 Hour 1

You Knew Me When has been touring for the better part of six years. The indie folk-rock duo is the husband/wife collaboration of Cie and Karisa Hoover, and they present a full-band sound by using an array of instruments.

You Knew Me When is currently touring on their third studio album, "Into the Looking Glass," released in 2017.

They join us for Moment in Sound.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 24, 2018 Show 385 Hour 2

Heath Johnson is an Americana Country songwriter from Spearfish, SD. He organizes the South Dakota Songwriters group and activities around the Black Hills area and puts together songwriters rounds for other local artists. His musical influences range from classic country, to modern Americana, folk, and red dirt music. Along with his solo shows, he is also the lead in an Americana Honky Tonk band named The Ruthless West.

Black Hills State University

In the Moment ... May 1, 2018 Show 327 Hour 1

In honor of National Small Business Week, we welcome two business innovators to the program.

Julie Fishbach is owner of Mainstream Boutique of Aberdeen. She also owns retail shops in Brookings and Sioux Falls. She is serving her second term with the Aberdeen Camber of Commerce.

Spearfish Piano Duets

Nov 29, 2017

In The Moment ... November 29, 2017 Show 229 Hour 1 

Now celebrating its 13th year, the Spearfish Piano Duets have become a South Dakota holiday staple. We're joined by Dr. Janeen Larsen, professor emeritus, Black Hills State University.

In The Moment ... November 14, 2017 Show 219 Hour 1 

"Loving Vincent" is the story of the death, and more importantly, the life, of artist Vincent van Gogh. It's the world's first oil painted film. More than 125 professional oil painters created 65,000 individually painted frames for animation. Nothing you see in the film is computer generated.

It plays at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish this weekend, November 17 to 19. Cinema Falls brings it to the Washington Pavilion Belbas Theatre on Sunday, December 3.


In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 2

If you love food, especially fresh, locally sourced food, you probably already have a Deborah Madison cookbook in your collection. She's an icon in American food culture, known for bringing vegetarian food into the mainstream and for championing the farmers who grow it. Her latest book is called "In My Kitchen." She's coming to Spearfish next week for the South Dakota Local Foods Conference. We're also joined by Kim Brannen, president of the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association.

Smoke Covering Black Hills From Montana Fire

Jul 21, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Smoke from several fires in Montana is blanketing the Black Hills this afternoon.

Spearfish Fire Chief Mark Sachara says the northern hills have experienced thick smoke all morning.

That smoke started creeping into Rapid City around noon.

Sachara says the smoke is from a 30,000 acre fire.

“That fire is by Miles City. That’s the one that’s predominantly sending the smoke our way. With that many fires across the whole part of Montana, the wind is aligned just perfectly. It brought the smoke our way.”

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... June 2, 2017 Show 106 Hour 1

If you're in Spearfish tonight you can head over to the False Bottom Bar to hear today's first guest. Dan McGuinness plays immediately following Downtown Friday Night. He also tours with Credence Clearwater Revisited through September. But first, he joins us for Moment in Sound.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... May 15, 2017 Show 093 Hour 2

Dr. Michael Mullin is a professor of history at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, where he serves as National Endowment for the Humanities Chair of Regional History. His recent article in the current issue of South Dakota history journal explores the role of Senator R.F. Pettigrew in national (and international politics) as the debate around the annexation of Hawaii unfolded.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 12, 2017 Show 092 Hour 1

Today for Moment in Sound, we welcome Harland Allen and Kim Bachman otherwise known as Aces and Eights. They kick off the "Black Hills Opry" classic country theater at the Homestake Opera House this  month in Lead.

In The Moment ... May 5, 2017 Show 087 Hour 1


In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 1

We begin our program with SDPB’s political reporter Lee Strubinger. Today he explains Senate Bill 54 as it makes its way through the state legislature. It’s a measure intended to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements.

Crow Peak Wildfire 100 Percent Contained

Jul 5, 2016
Robert Cota / Boxelder Job Corps Crew 15 Fire Program Manager

Officials say the Crow Peak Wildfire is contained. On Independence Day, crews achieved 100 percent containment. The fire burned around 2,700 acres but no structures were lost. Officials say that almost 530,000 gallons of water were dropped on the fire and personnel worked a total of 32,000 hours. All evacuations in the area have been lifted but parts of Higgins Gulch Road, Crow Peak Bench Road and Crow Creek Road remain closed.

Previous stories below

Tony nominated Broadway lyricist and playwright Bill Russell was born in Deadwood and raised in Spearfish. His Broadway writing debut was with “Side Show” (music by Henry Krieger). This month he is working with the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park as guest artist for the production of “Pageant.” He joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about art, theater, and the journey from the Black Hills to Broadway.

BHSU Hosts Indigenous Women’s Conference

Jun 9, 2016

An indigenous women’s organization is targeting justice issues for Native people, including the Indian Child Welfare Act, environmental protection and human trafficking.

The North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA) conference starts June 12 in Spearfish.

Jace DeCory, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, uses a mix of Lakota and English to explain the theme of the North American Indian Women’s Association conference.

Todo Mundo - Part 2

May 10, 2016

Todo Mundo's mission states, "One day, all of humanity will understand that we are ONE.  Inside each of us, there is an indestructible beauty that strongly connects us, no matter where we come from, no matter what we do, believe or think.  Our diversity unites us all as equals.  We are all one heartbeat, a beating pulse in this life.  One connection...all of us are Todo Muno."

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joins Dakota Midday today for an extended conversation. Today's topics include: the possibility of a special session of the SD Legislature to address Medicaid expansion, an explanation of Daugaard's role at the Republican National Convention as a delegate, an update on a state park in Spearfish Canyon, and whether or not the current governor of South Dakota might consider a run from Congress once his time in the governor's mansion comes to a close.

The musicians of Mipso have been called "renegade traditionalists," and they don't mind that label at all. Jacob Sharp and Joseph Terrell talk with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about songwriting, touring, and how putting in the proverbial 10,000 hours of performance helps the band create melodies and rhythms that are fresh and intelligent.

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center continues its Big Read celebration of "The Maltese Falcon" with a live performance by Tomáš Kubínek.

Kubínek talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about the influence of artists such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the connection between artist and audience, and his evolving relationship with trust as he endeavors to "master the impossible."



The Maltese Falcon lands in Spearfish this weekend as a community gathers to read Dashiell Hammett's classic novel of intrigue. Jayne Rose, with the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center discusses the Spearfish Big Read celebration. From scavenger hunts to origami falcons, readers brave winter in South Dakota by embracing the arts.

Spearfish Local Aims To Grow Business

Oct 14, 2015

A program through Black Hills State University has landed $100 thousand dollar USDA grant to put more local food on the menu in Spearfish.  

The grant helps build a new business that can move fresh local fruits and vegetables from farmers to cafeterias at nearby schools, hospitals, and other facilities.

Communist Daughter

Aug 21, 2015

Twin Cities indie band Communist Daughter opened the first ever Black Hills Music Festival, presented by Ginger Gray Entertainment, on May 23.  Band leader Johnny Solomon began to assemble a group of Twin Cities musicians in 2009.  As Solomon explains, when Molly Moore (who married Solomon in 2013) joined the band, Communist Daughter had found the sound they wanted.

The Barefoot Movement - Part 1

May 21, 2015

Young and shoeless, The Barefoot Movement has gained much attention and acclaim in a very short time.  The diversity of The Barefoot Movement draws in fans of bluegrass, folk, indie and rock and roll.  Singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall began to piece the band together when she met mandolin player Tommy Norris in high school.  Wall found an upright bass player in Hasee Ciaccio when they were classmates at East Tennessee State University.  Just last week, Ciaccio completed her BA in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music with a minor in App

Communist Daughter To Open BHMF

May 19, 2015

Communist Daughter opens the Black Hills Music Festival on Saturday afternoon at Elkorn Ridge RV Resort near Spearfish.  The band was founded in 2009 by John Solomon in Prescott, Wisconsin.  He joined with several Twin Cities musicians to create an indie/folk/rock sound filled with harmonies that range from beautiful to haunting.  Their second full-length CD is in the works while the band hits the road this week with stops in Lincoln and Denver before their Black Hills Music Festival gig.  Solomon visited about Communist Daughter's music Tuesday on Dakota Midday.