Steve Allender

SDPB News: July 24

Jul 24, 2020

The mayor of Rapid City is butting heads with the state Department of Health... Why? Plus, How will COVID-19 affect future state revenue this year? 


In The Moment ... July 7, 2020 Show 853 Hour 1

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender checks in to provide an update on COVID-19 and how its affecting things in his city like the Civic Center, Rapid Transit, and the Emergency Care Shelter.

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In The Moment … May 19, 2020 Show 820 Hour 1

Being the mayor of a city has its challenges. Being the mayor during a pandemic is even harder. Steve Allender is the mayor of Rapid City and joins us today to discuss the recent uptick in COVID 19 numbers in his city, and what his plan include to slow the spread. He also will discuss the plan to protect the city's homeless population. Mayor Allender, welcome back to In The Moment.


Steve Allender: Mayor of Rapid City

Apr 6, 2020

In The Moment ... April 6, 2020 Show 789 Hour 2

Mayors and leaders across South Dakota have been tasked with preparing for coronavirus as it best fits their city or county. What challenges do they face when making these decisions. What's the process look like when making these decisions? We are joined now by the mayor of Rapid City Steve Allender.


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Where Do We Go From Here is a show that you can be a part of inside the SDPB studio in Rapid City.

This month, the focus is on “Early Learner Rapid City:  Examining innovative approaches to quality early learning experiences/environments to create solid foundations for lifelong success.”   


In The Moment ... June 26, 2019 Show 604 Hour 2

Each month Chuck Parkinson hosts Where Do We Go From Here. Today’s discussion is with mayor Steve Allender. This discussion is centered around his priorities and vision for Rapid City.  Chuck Parkinson joins us now with a preview along with Mayor Steve Allender.

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In The Moment ... March 19, 2019 Show 538 Hour 2

Last week's winter storm shut down parts of Rapid City. However, Mayor Steve Allender says the city fared better than parts of southeastern South Dakota.

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In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 490 Hour 1

Steve Allender was elected mayor of Rapid City in 2015 after a distinguished career in law enforcement.

Allender retired as Rapid City's Chief of Police in 2014, culminating a 29 year career with the RCPD.

He joins In The Moment to discuss several issues in Rapid City from economic development and opportunity to crime and rehabilitaion. 

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In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 2

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender joins us in the studio with an update on the Barnett Arena proposal.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

Two Cannabis Ballot Measures Could Reach 2018 Ballot

Nov 28, 2016

Marijuana activists in South Dakota say they will have ballot measures up for vote to legalize both medicinal and recreational marijuana during the 2018 election.

The move comes after the group New Direction South Dakota failed to get medical marijuana on the ballot this year.

In Colorado, Proposition 64 was passed in 2012 to regulate marijuana much like alcohol. The group New Approach South Dakota is basing their recreational use ballot measure off of that proposition.

Denise Ross from the Black Hills Knowledge Network and Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal lend their voices to the weekly Midday segment Dakota Political Junkies. Some topics of discussion include the memorable face palm from one South Dakotan, the GOP's platform, figures missing at the GOP national convention, and agriculture's role in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives between Kristi Noem and Paula Hawks.

Rapid City Mayor Shines Light On Correspondence

Jul 18, 2016

The mayor of Rapid City is sharing copies of the official correspondence between his office and the city council with local media outlets. Steve Allender is a first time mayor, and former Rapid City police Chief.  He says he hopes the move will increase public participation.

Those who champion open government call this a rare move that is good for transparency.


Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says he will try this experiment of sharing his official correspondence for about half a year, to see what results, if any, it produces.

Dakota Midday: Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender

Jul 30, 2015

Former Rapid City police chief Steve Allender took office as mayor earlier this month. He was sworn in July 7th after defeating incumbent Sam Kooiker in June’s city election. Allender retired from the Rapid City Police Department last year after 29 years on the force. After just a few weeks in office, the new mayor has made his first annual budget proposal and is preparing for an influx of bikers for next week’s 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Mayor Allender joined Dakota Midday and discussed his first month on the job.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 20, 2015

The Dakota Political Junkies weighed in on SDPB Radio's Dakota Midday discussion with Mayor Sam Kooiker and his challenger, former Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender.  They also spoke briefly about Rapid City attorney and Ft. Pierre native Patrick Duffy who died last week at the age of 58.

Dakota Midday: Rapid City Mayoral Candidates

May 20, 2015

Candidates for Rapid City's June 2 mayoral election joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss issues on the minds of voters in South Dakota's second largest city.  Mayor Sam Kooiker and former Chief of Police Steve Allender are vying for a two-year term to lead Rapid City.  They answered questions about the city's growth, business climate, infrastructure, arena and race relations among other issues.

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Steve Allender announced Monday that he is officially running for mayor of Rapid City. The former chief of police joins a three-way race. Incumbent mayor Sam Kooiker (pronounced QUAKER) is vying to retain his position. And Councilwoman Amanda Scott sent out an email over the weekend saying she is running.
Allender retired 10 months ago from the police department. He says that experience drives his decision to run: