The Great American Read: Jim Reese

Oct 4, 2018

In The Moment ... October 2. 2018 Show 434 Hour 1

The local documentary of The Great American Read “South Dakota Authors & Their Hometowns" premieres tonight at 8:30 p.m. CT on SDPB-TV.


In this special production, SDPB's Andrew Bork and Lori Walsh visit book writers and lovers where they live and work.


Jim Reese, writer, poet and Associate Professor of English at Mount Marty College in Yankton is one of the authors we interviewed for the show.



In The Moment ... September 13, 2017 Show 176 Hour 1

The most successful interplanetary exploration is about to come to an end. Almost everything we know about Saturn we learned from Cassini. And, on September 15, the spacecraft takes its final plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn as scientists place bets on how long Cassini will send data before disintegrating. Tonight on SDPB-TV, you can watch the new NOVA special "Death Dive to Saturn." Joining us with more is producer Paula Apsell.


In The Moment ... August 7, 2017 Show 150 Hour 2


In The Moment ... July 24, 2017 Show 140 Hour 2

South Dakota yoga lovers Gather, Embrace, and Expand this weekend at the 2nd Annual South Dakota Yoga Conference. Joining us now to talk about the event and about South Dakota's thriving yoga community, we welcome Jillian Anawaty and Scottie Bruch.  Find more information here: http://www.sdyogaconference.com/

Producers Withdraw Hog Barn Permits

Jul 12, 2017
Yankton County

The group proposing a concentrated animal feeding operation in the Mission Hill/Gayville area has withdrawn applications to house up to 2,400 hogs.  The Yankton County Planning Commission approved seven permits for operation in June. The County Board of Adjustment asked organizers to provide more information.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The leader of the fundamentalist Mormon church who escaped authorities nearly a year ago is in jail in South Dakota. Officials in Utah say Lyle Jeffs likely faces a felony charge for escaping custody in addition to food stamp fraud charges.

South Dakota authorities discovered Lyle Jeffs Wednesday evening near Yankton. A tip the day before included a description of late model Ford F-150. FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Barnhart in Salt Lake City says that identified the FLDS leader.

Personalities: Wynn Speece, Our WNAX Neighbor Lady

Jun 8, 2017
Radio 570 WNAX

For 54 years,  the friendly greeting “Hello there, good friends” resonated over WNAX radio waves throughout the Midwest, delivering trusted recipes, words of advice, and Yankton’s most reliable neighbor lady—Wynn Speece.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 14, 2017 Show 072 Hour 1

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 20, 2017 Show 053 Hour 2

We welcome the first day of Spring with conversations about the Vernal Equinox. First we talk with NASA scientist Yari Collado-Vega with news from NASA about the dance of the solar system as well as a preview of a major astronomical event in August.

We continue the conversation by asking what the vernal equinox has meant throughout history for humanity. Dr. Richard Swanson is with Augustana University's Religion Department.

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt joins us with an update of the state basketball championships.


In The Moment... February 28, 2017 Show 039 Hour 1

We begin the hour with Adam Grant. He’s the author of "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World." The book is a New York Times bestseller and NPR and Amazon best book of 2016, now available in paperback. " It’s a conversation about the trailblazers, the ground-breakers, and those among us who re-imagine and re-create everything from technology to their own careers.

Dakota Midday: Images Of The Past / Mead Building

Dec 5, 2016

The current home of Yankton's Cultural Education Center opened in 1909 as the women's receiving hospital at what was known at the time as the Dakota Hospital for the Insane. The building now bears the name of the hospital superintendent who had it built, Dr. Leonard Mead. Laura Beall of Yankton joins Dakota Midday for this week's Images of the Past feature as we explore the intersection between mental health and architecture.

Troy Jones is the new administrator of the Human Services Center in Yankton. The state of South Dakota recently completed a correction plan to address findings from a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services report. Jones joins Dakota Midday to talk about his vision for HSC and the value of leadership and collaboration going forward. 

Sturgis Rally Economic Boom Is Not Just For Sturgis

Aug 6, 2015
Gary Ellenbolt / South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Officials are expecting as many as one million people at this week’s Sturgis Bike Rally.  This is a great time to be a merchant in the Black Hills, since everyone who attends the rally needs to eat, sleep, and get something to take home for the kids.  But the towns in far West River are not the only ones to benefit from the bikers. 

Gary Ellenbolt

Sixty high school and college baseball players got together in Yankton’s baseball park Thursday.  The athletes are coming together to show the scout and other baseball coaches from area colleges they can play at the next level.

Jesse Kagarise

Last month Yankton business and civic leaders announced a 100 day contest to find the city’s next big idea. The Onward Yankton committee created a website for people to submit their ideas. The person with the winning idea will receive $10,000. The committee wants an idea that has the potential to improve the lives of Yanktonians for generations to come and is something that can realistically be implemented by a city of 15,000 people.

Yankton and the Missouri River

Jul 22, 2014
NPS photo by Linda Gordon Rokosz

Throughout its 157 year history, life in Yankton has centered around the Missouri River. Steamboat traffic on the river helped the town grow after its founding in 1857. But both Yankton and the river have changed over the years, most dramatically with the construction of dams on the Missouri, including the Gavin’s Point Dam west of town. The dams brought an end to navigation, but controlled flooding, generated electricity and created new recreational opportunities, with visitors camping, boating, swimming and fishing at Lewis and Clark Lake.

Yankton became the capital of Dakota Territory in 1861, when the town was only two years old. The designation brought new settlers and businesses and the river town quickly expanded. The original capitol building was two stories, with territory offices on the bottom floor and territorial legislators on the second. In 1883, Yankton lost the territorial capital to Bismarck. And six years later when South Dakota became a state, Yankton tried to become the state’s capital, but lost to Pierre.

Since 1922, Yankton's WNAX radio has broadcast throughout the upper Great Plains with a signal that can reach as far south as Kansas City and as far north as Fargo. During the station’s early days, WNAX was an important connection to the outside world for isolated farm and ranch families throughout the region.

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.

National Water Trails Designation

Apr 15, 2014
South Dakota Kayak Challenge

The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail was added to the National Water Trails System last November.  The designation applies to 147 miles of the river between the spillways at Ft.

What Is Multiple Myeloma?

Feb 13, 2014

Former NBC Nightly News anchor and Yankton native Tom Brokaw announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.  In a statement posted on NBCNews.com, Brokaw said he has multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow.  Brokaw, who turned 74 last Thursday, said doctors are optimistic about his prognosis.  There is no cure for multiple myeloma, but treatments are available that slow its progression.  Diagnosed in August, Brokaw has continued to do work for NBC, including contributing to the coverage of the Winter Olympic Games.  Sanford Health oncologist Dr.

Vintage Aircraft Visits South Dakota

Jun 27, 2013

The volunteers of the Experimental Aircraft Association are traveling around the United States this summer to give the public a taste of the “old days” with aviation. For 75 dollars, people can take a ride on a 1929 Ford Tri Motor Airplane and see a stepping-stone in avionics history. The Tri Motor was the worlds first mass-produced airliner.

A long-time voice of South Dakota sports has died. Howard “Hod” Nielsen passed away Wednesday morning at age 92. Nielsen had an extensive journalism career that included both print and radio. He was a sports editor and sports writer at the Yankton Press & Dakotan for more than 40 years. He was also known as a radio announcer at KYNT AM. Nielsen was the voice of the Yankton Bucks, and broadcast at many state high school basketball tournaments, as well as college sporting events including those at his alma mater, the University of South Dakota.

A hundred year old building is one step closer to renovation.  The Mead Building north of Yankton was built in 1909 by Dr. Leonard Mead in an attempt to give the mentally ill patients residing there some tranquility.  The building is currently owned by the State and in need of many repairs - which makes it a financial liability for the State. 

Yankton Hires New City Manager

Nov 2, 2012

After five months of looking, Yankton is getting a new city manager, but at the expense of Canton. Canton’s current city manager is leaving for the position in a city five times its size.  As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, the new city manager says the larger community has its advantages and challenges.

Voting Preparations

Nov 1, 2012

With less than one week before the 2012 Election, the South Dakota Secretary of State Elections Office is busy making last minute preparations. Secretary of State Jason Gant says his office is  prepared for Election Day after working with county auditors and election officials across the state. He says his office is especially excited for a new initiative implemented this year.

Harp Therapy

Sep 19, 2012

Nebraska native Tami Briggs is a therapeutic harpist.  She founded Musical Reflections in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1999.  The company's mission is to provide products and services to enhance and support the healing journey.  She is certified by the International Harp Therapy Program and has played the harp at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients.  As a composer and recording artist, Briggs has created 13 CDs for relaxation, comfort, healing and sleep.  She has also written two books: "Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy" and "Grace Notes: Reflections on the Harp and H