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Kealey Bultena

A group from the Sioux Falls area is back in South Dakota after distributing wheelchairs to people in need in Guatemala. The Dispatch Project team members worked at a wheelchair seating clinic. They adjusted chairs to fit the needs of children and adults with disabilities.

SDPB's Kealey Bultena participated in the trip to Central America. Listen to her description of the experience as she talks with In The Moment host Lori Walsh here, and read select stories below.

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In The Moment ... March 3, 2017 Show 042 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a conversation with Dr. Mohammad Zeeshan Qamar. As director of interfaith dialog at the Muslim Community Center of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Dr. Qamar is often asked to talk about his faith with those who are curious or even suspicious. He discusses his journey to the United States, raising Muslim children in Sioux Falls, and how conversations with Christians and non-Muslims have helped him grow the depth of his own faith.

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In The Moment ... March 2, 2017 Show 41 Hour 2

This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the United States Naval Construction Forces, more commonly known as "The Seabees." Although the relatively small unit has played a vital role in America's military operations around the world, many people have never heard of them. SDPB's Jim Kent sat down with some Seabees who were trained to build - and to fight.

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A Friday deadline for a federal funding bill is likely moving to next week. Members of the US Senate approved a late-night Wednesday deadline to give negotiators extra time. House lawmakers will likely vote on the extension Friday.

One South Dakota lawmaker says the quick extension makes sense. United States Senator Mike Rounds says he supports the move to give leaders a few extra days to decide what an appropriations measure includes. He says negotiators are making progress but are not sharing information.

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.

Sochi Winter Games

Feb 10, 2014

The United States dominated Slopestyle Snowboarding at the Olympic Games over the weekend - winning both the men's and women's gold in an event new to the winter games. The U.S. took the bronze in team figure skating while the Russians took the gold and the Canadians the silver. Stu Whitney, sports editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discussed this year's games and why South Dakota is one of twelve states not represented in Sochi. He also discussed yesterday's announcement by University of Missouri football star and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam that he's gay.

President Obama's State Of The Union Address

Jan 29, 2014
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Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday to review President Obama's State of the Union speech and talk about issues that may have been of interest or importance to South Dakotans. Newswander's research focuses on public administration, power and politics, domestic security, administrative statesmanship, and constitutional governance.

SDSU Speaker

Feb 19, 2013

Photojournalist James Whitlow Delano will speak Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Bailey Rotunda Room D at South Dakota State University.  He has lived in Asia the last 17 years.  According to Delano, as the balance of power in the Americas shifts from the U.S. towards China, Suriname has become a pawn of both countries.  Delano believes that, through its release of thousands of secret diplomatic documents, WikiLeaks opened a curtain into the unseen U.S. diplomatic reactions to the expanding Chinese influence in the Americas.