Mineral Mountain Resources


A state board has awarded a water permit to a company looking for gold in the Black Hills.  

Mineral Mountain Resources has already drilled 49 holes for core samples. Many of those were near Keystone. The company has since moved its search north to the Rochford area.  

The drills need water for lubrication. The company has bought water from the city of Lead, and trucked it in 3,000-gallon tanks.  

Now the company plans to draw as much as 10 gallons per minute from a well near the drill sites.   

South Dakota Home Garden: Watering

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 15, 2020 Show 859 Hour 1

If there was no water, life would not exist. The point is that all living things need water to survive. "South Dakota Home Garden" is a series from SDPB that hopes to assist you when it comes to gardening. Each week, we bring Erik Helland onto the show,  he's owner & president of Landscape Garden Centers in Sioux Falls, and today we discuss Watering: Anything & Everything.


The Homestake Water System

Mar 16, 2020

In The Moment ... March 16, 2020 Show 774 Hour 2

The Homestake water system was first constructed in the early 1880s by Homestake Mine. Water was required in larger quantities for the expansion of Homestake and other mines in the Lead-Deadwood area. Thursday at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood, Curt Betcher will give a presentation at noon on this system.

UPDATE: This event has been canceled for Thursday 3/19/20


In The Moment ... July 24, 2019 Show 622 Hour 1

From boating, to fishing and swimming, it's hard to find someone who grew up in Mitchell who doesn't have a fond memory of the lake. However, over the years Lake Mitchell's condition has gotten unhealthy. Mitchell residents are hoping answers can be found to the reports of e. coli and unsafe levels of algae.

Kyle Croce focuses a lot of his time on finding answers. He's Mitchell's Public Works director.

In The Moment ... April 24, 2019 Show 561 Hour 2

What do we need to know about water in the Black Hills? What do we need to do to care for our water resources now and in the future? That's the focus of Wednesday's Where Do We Go From Here? hosted by Chuck Parkinson at SDPB's Rapid City studio and live at SD.Net.

Parkinson is joined by Kyle White, director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Rescources Regulatory Agency.


In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 1

The Moreau River on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation is experiencing record breaking flooding. Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier joins us today with the latest.


In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 2

Jeff VanMeeteren is the SE Regional Parks Supervisor with South Dakota Game Fish & Parks. He's with us today to talk about what it takes to close and re-open state parks when there are issues such as the current flooding.

In The Moment ... March 27, 2019 Show 544 Hour 1

The recent rising waters have some South Dakota highways closed. What factors go into the reopening of these roads and what are the safety concerns? Darin Bergquist is South Dakota's Secretary of Transportation.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

South Dakota state climatologist Laura Edwards joins us for a look at the Spring outlook. The forecast is wet and cool, which may offer additional challenges for ag families.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

Doug Sombke is president of South Dakota Farmers Union. He joins In the Moment to discuss how flooding is impacting ag families in the state, especially in the context of market prices and additional economic pressures.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Rural ag families are being impacted by the recent flooding in South Dakota. Curt Ulmer ranches near Menno and his operation has been affected by the rising waters. Today he talks about his experience this far and what he's gone through in the past.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Amy Freeburg and her husband farm near Gayville, South Dakota. She talks with us today about the affect the flooding is having on their operation.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Jennifer Strait and her family live between Murdo and White River, where the Big White and Little White Rivers converge. She joins us to discuss the recent flooding and its long-range impact.

In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 2

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts of southeastern South Dakota.

USGS scientist Nathan Stevens joins us with a look at science that assists in the critical response from emergency responders and resource managers.

In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 2

Tina Titze is South Dakota Emergency Operations Director. She joins us today for an update from the State Emergency Operations Center in Pierre.

NWS Sioux Falls

In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 1

Mike Gillispie is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He joins us for a Monday update on flooding in Southeast South Dakota.

Nitrates And Our Health

Mar 18, 2019

In The Moment ... March 18, 2019 Show 537 Hour 2

Is the water we drink as safe as it can be? Are rising nitrate levels in our waterways a bigger issue than we think?

Catherine Zeman is an environmental health researcher at the University of Northern Iowa. She presents "Nitrates and Our Health" Thursday inside the Mikkelson Auditorium at Augustana University. The talk at 7:00 p.m. is open to the public and free to attend.


In The Moment ... March 15, 2019 how 536 Hour 1

The last couple of days has brought plenty of flooding throughout South Dakota. Mike Gillispie is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He joins us today with an update.

Daugaard Announces $5.6 Million In Grants

Dec 4, 2018

In The Moment ... December 4, 2018 Show 472 Hour 2

Last week, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced more than $5.6 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for 10 projects in South Dakota ranging from water and sewer improvements to workforce training.

Aaron Scheibe, Deputy Commissioner at the Governor's Office of Economic Development discusses the individual grants and the CDBG program.

Lori Walsh

Scott Freeman is a biology professor at the University of Washington, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He's recognized as a world authority on undergraduate biology education.

His new book is not a textbook, however. It's a look at the realities of rehabilitating a degraded fish run in what was once and old-growth watershed. It's also a look at how humans use resources over time . . . and what our history means for our future.

The book is called "Saving Tarboo Creek."


In The Moment ... October 18, 2017 Show 201 Hour 1

The quality of our water matters. For our health, for our environment, for our recreation, for our economy. The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference offers an opportunity for those who care to come together and work on an action plan. Today we welcome David Kringen to the program. He's a water resources field specialist for SDSU Extension.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 8, 2017 Show 151 Hour 1

Where should we put the state's only law school? Declining applicants, smaller classes, and concerns about life after law school are just a few reasons the University of South Dakota is taking the relocation of the Law School into consideration. While the proposed move would land the school just an hour north of Vermillion in Sioux Falls, the question resulted in a five-hour task force panel that ended in plans for the next meeting. SDPB's Jackie Hendry covered the proceedings, and she's here with highlights.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The mayor of Sioux Falls says slumping sales tax revenue prompts him to cut the city’s capital improvements budget by more than $45.2 million. The plan broadly covers infrastructure like roads and buildings. The CIP is a rolling roadmap. The method allows leaders to adjust for different economic circumstances while planning for the next five years.

Bold black letters flash onto the projection screen at Tuesday afternoon’s capital improvement plan presentation, "Tough but necessary choices have been made."

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... May 8, 2017 Show 088 Hour 1

We're joined by members of the JAS Quintet. Today they bring you a taste of the fourth offering in the Jazz Curators series. "Lady Day" explores the life and music of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Shows are this weekend, May 12 and 13 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. 

Lee Strubinger

Bruce Ellison is Rapid City Attorney who has worked in Indian Country for decades.  Today is taking part in the legal defense for those resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing of the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Reservation. Ellison joins Dakota Midday to talk about the changing nature of the protests and why he wants the pipeline stopped.  

Bad Water Hurting Some SD Cattle

Jul 11, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

There may be something in the water and it’s causing concerns for livestock producers.  Officials say the summer heat and dry conditions can impact surface water quality in stock dams and other water sources. They are urging producers to test places where livestock drink.

DENR Report: 143 Impaired Water Bodies In SD

May 4, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A new report by the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources lists 143 of South Dakota's streams, lakes, and rivers as impaired or polluted.

The DENR reports pollution in surface water to the EPA every two years.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s largest cities are embarking on wastewater projects to account for reliability, growth, and regulations. The City of Sioux Falls is putting $35 million into two major sanitary sewer projects officials say should last nearly a century. Rapid City leaders say their community needs $62 million for system upgrades.

Pumps churn at a construction site in northeastern Sioux Falls. Crews are working to lower the water table so they can bury large pipe for more than two miles. The diameter of the new pressure pipe is three-and-a-half feet.


Now that crews have repaired a leak on the Keystone pipeline, they’re working to clean up the ground contaminated by crude oil. TransCanada shut down the pipeline last week when a local landowner discovered a leak. The company is now pumping oil through the line at reduced pressure.

TransCanada officials are investigating what caused 16,800 gallons of oil to escape the Keystone pipeline and saturate the ground near Freeman. A federal regulator oversees that analysis.

Changes Made In Response To Lead In Water

Apr 5, 2016

State and federal officials are making adjustments to the water testing process after major lead issues in Flint, Michigan, and a recent concern in a small town right here in South Dakota.