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Summer Travel During The Pandemic

Jun 16, 2020
NPR

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As with everything these days, it seems we have to find ways of doing things more safely. Traveling this summer is no exception and if you should choose to do so, there are steps you can take to make that journey safer. Dr. Leah Prestbo is an internal medicine physician with Avera and she joins us to discuss those steps.

605 Magazine: Road Trip Issue

May 6, 2020
605 Magazine

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A five and a half hour trip to western South Dakota becomes the theme for the May issue of 605 Magazine because John and Alana Snyder know how to turn business into pleasure. Winter stops at chalets, restaurants with exciting menus, fat tire biking, and spas are waiting for you! John Snyder is the director of sales and marketing for 605 Magazine. Alana Snyder is the publisher. Welcome back to In The Moment.

News Special: Rep Johnson & COVID-19 In Huron

Mar 24, 2020
SDPB

Congressman Dusty Johnson joins us today for an update on Congressional efforts to blunt the impact of the coronavirus in the U.S., we hear from Huron, the largest city in Beadle County, which currently has more coronavirus cases than any other county in South Dakota, The Secretary of South Dakota's Department of Tourism joins us for a look at the impact of COVID-19 on the travel and arts industry, and much more in this "In the Moment" news special. 

Hagen Talks State Of SD Tourism Industry

Mar 24, 2020
SDPB

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Love In America

Nov 5, 2019
SDPB

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Deadwood residents Scotte and Toni Burns began their Love in America series looking for, well, love stories. Now the series, which you can see at loveinamerica.us, features the motorcycle riding storytellers reuniting America by sharing her profound, funny, memorable and historic love stories.

Smart & Solo Travel

Jun 18, 2019
www.smartandsolotravel.com

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Have you ever traveled by yourself?

In his book Smart and Solo: The Blueprint for Efficient & Enjoyable Solo Travel, Randell Carlton Green discusses why solo travel is beneficial to everyone. Green provides insights and tips on how to plan a solitary adventure for those who are ready to experience personal growth through traveling curiosity.

Smart & Solo shares advice on how to maximize transportation and lodging choices and capitalize on mistakes while leaving the smallest footprint.

Lee Strubinger

In the Moment ... May 6, 2019 Show 569 Hour 1

The 11th annual National Travel and Tourism Week is May 5-11. Travel and tourism professionals across the country are uniting to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, business and personal well-being.

Julie Jensen is president of Visit Rapid City and Jim Hagen is Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 1, 2019 Show 566 Hour 1

The May edition of 605 Magazine details John and Alana Snyder's road trip to Aberdeen. Come along as they visit some unique places in the home of Storybook Land, Presentation College, Northern State University and more!

Alana Snyder is publisher of 605 Magazine. John Snyder is the magazine's director of sales and marketing.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 10, 2019 Show 492 Hour 2

Jim Hagen talks about his continuing role as South Dakota's Secretary of Tourism under Governor Noem.

Tourism officials will take time during the winter months to attend shows and conferences where they'll promote South Dakota.

Hagen urges all South Dakotans to "take a vacation!"

sdtourism.com

In The Moment ... May 16, 2018 Show 338 Hour 1

You're ready for that South Dakota road trip, aren't you? We catch up with South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen for a look at the kickoff of the summer visitor season.

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If you're looking for an adventure, you can live vicariously through Bruce Wylie's book "Adventures in the Bush: Africa to Alaska."  

From the Peace Corps to research fieldwork to the day he missed his own wedding, Wylie has a thirst for adventure and the good fortune to survive it.

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Tom Dempster returned from the journey of a lifetime -  to the fjords and fishing villages of Scandanavia, and into the pages of great Nordic literature.

He brought back a story, crafted into a mini-documentary of his trip. You can find it in its entirety on our Facebook page.

He joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh to talk about history, immigration, and why we travel.

AAA

Many Americans are going to be on the move this Memorial Day weekend. Experts say traveler numbers could reach the highest point in over a decade.

AAA projects over 39 million Americans are travelling more than 50 miles for Memorial Day. This is one million more than last year and the highest numbers since 2005. This is the third consecutive year travelling numbers are projected to see growth.

That forecast comes despite higher gas prices. More than 88% of travelers are expected to drive, with gas prices being higher than last Memorial Day.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s Secretary of Tourism says you should take Friday off. It’s National Travel and Tourism week, and state officials are seizing the opportunity to lure people away from their desks and into the wild. They also celebrate South Dakotans who promote tourism in their everyday work. 

Workers at the South Dakota Department of Tourism have a long week promoting their industry. Secretary Jim Hagen says an expectation remains: employees should use their paid time off.

SD Department of Transportation

Department of Transportation officials say funds for winter roadway maintenance are adequate despite a late coming winter that’s brought more precipitation than last year. 

The DOT winter maintenance budget is $17.5 million. That covers resources like snow removal and de-icing of interstate and highway systems.

Of that $17.5 million, $8.5 million has already been used. But Jason Humphrey, the state construction and maintenance engineer, says the remaining funds should last the rest of the season.  

Couple Brings Cuban Culture To South Dakota

Jan 10, 2017
Tass Thacker

Stories of salsa dancing and hot Cuban summers warmed up a frozen Rapid City audience this weekend. The owners of Images of the World presented a slideshow of their latest adventure and educated a crowd on Cuban culture.

Nearly 130 people fill a room in Rapid City’s Journey Museum as Bruce Junek introduces the Cuba Libre slide show. 

Junek and Tass Thacker have traveled the world together since 1979. They create photo and video slide shows on different cultures and present them to schools  and organizations across the country.

First Winter Storm Of The Season Hits I-29 Corridor Hardest

Nov 18, 2016
SD DOT

The first winter storm of the season is tracking across South Dakota and into Minnesota.  

The storm brought a winter weather advisory to parts of the west, a winter storm warning in Sioux Falls and a blizzard warning to the northeast corner of the state.  

Traffic accidents and no travel advisories are delaying motorists. One accident left a semi-trailer blocking northbound traffic on I-29 near the Vermillion exit.

Kevin Woster

Dakota Midday hits  the road this week. Host Lori Walsh asked Dakota Political Junkie Kevin Woster to record some thoughts on driving across the state.

Fourth of July Travel At All-Time High

Jun 27, 2016

This Fourth of July weekend could see record-breaking numbers of travelers. AAA predicts that increased auto and air travel may result in benefits beyond the holidays.

Nearly 43 million Americans are projected to travel this weekend. Marilyn Buskohl of AAA South Dakota expects the state to have a one percent increase over last year in holiday travel. She says this prediction is based on low gas prices, which are 40 cents lower in the state than last year.

Officials Taking Zika Precautions

May 9, 2016

South Dakota officials are keeping an eye out for the Zika virus this summer. The state’s epidemiologist says residents don’t have to worry about it at home, but should be mindful if they travel to some places.

 

Traveling across the state comes with perils and rewards. On today's Images of the Past, we glimpse inside the diary of Anna Gerard, who wrote about her unglamorous stagecoach ride to Deadwood in August of 1878.

Archivist Jessica Michak tells the story of lost hairpins, wine, and a journey best appreciated when it was finally over.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Administrator of the TSA is using his time in Sioux Falls to better understand the needs of America’s smaller airports. The Transportation Safety Administration’s leader has been on the job for only a few months. He says he hopes to gain local perspective as he works to make air travel safer.

Sioux Falls Regional Airport’s executive director Dan Letellier takes a select few on a behind-the-scenes tour.

SD Boy Scouts Attend World Jamboree In Japan

Aug 14, 2015

This week a group of boy scouts from Huron is home after attending the 23rd World Jamboree in Japan. The eight scouts were the only troop from South Dakota who traveled to Asia. 

Cheering families meet their boy scouts at the Sioux Falls airport. It's hard not to miss the troop as each scout member is wearing a red and blue USA handkerchief. Assistant Scout Master Melissa Machtemes says preparations for this adventure started many months ago.

Patrick Dobson was a novice canoer when he launched his boat in Montana and began a journey down the Missouri River to Kansas City. A woman in Helena told him he was doomed. “That river’s gonna’ eat you,” she said. But Dobson had just finished a ten week walk to Montana from Kansas City and the Missouri was his way back home.

At the time of his journey in the summer of 1995, Dobson was tired of a dead-end job and feeling empty inside. His journey was a search for redemption and a way to help him reconnect with his life.

Dakota Midday: Summer Travel

May 21, 2015

With the summer travel season in clear sight, Wanda Goodman, Deputy Secretary with the South Dakota Department of Tourism, said last year's state tourism records are likely to be broken.  She shared last year's figures and visited about popular tourist attractions.

Meanwhile, Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com said fuel prices should remain steady in the mid-$2 range throughout the season.

In the 35 years since they were married, Rapid City couple Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker have traveled to some of the world’s most exotic places, usually on bicycle. They’ve biked across African deserts, through the Andes and in the Middle East. Altogether they’ve visited more than 53 countries.

Janine Stange

Two years ago Janine Stange set out on a mission to perform "The Star Spangled Banner" in every state. The Long Island native known as the National Anthem Girl is now in the home stretch with just six states left to go.

On Thursday she'll cross South Dakota off the map when she sings at the American Legion Division II Central Plain Regional Baseball Tournament in Milbank. As she has at other events, Stange will also invite people to sign thank you messages for military members and veterans.

Jesse Kagarise

When English travel writer Fraser Harrison first visited Yankton in May 2011, he wasn’t impressed. His guide book promised a "gem-like historic town," but he was instead disappointed by what seemed to be a rather moribund community.

Increasing The Tourism Travel In South Dakota

Mar 31, 2014

South Dakota Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen is one of 13 new additions to the federal Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The 32-member panel offers guidance to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on national tourism policy. It includes members from across the country, including representatives from public and private sectors. Hagen says he wants to ensure that travel industries in all states are considered in national strategy and policy. He says he looks forward to helping increase travel to and around the country.

Sustainable Tourism

Mar 27, 2014

Dr. Kelly Bricker, interim chair and associate professor at the University of Utah in the department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, is the keynote speaker at today's 16th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium on the Black Hills State University Campus.  Her talk is titled "Sustainable Tourism - A system for positive change?"

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