Cara Hetland

Cara Hetland

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
chetland@mpr.org

Cara Hetland has been a reporter for southwestern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota since 1989. She covers a wide range of topics important to the area. Hetland's interests include stories about children, natural resources, agriculture, politics, and the changes in rural America. She received her BA in Journalism from Drake University. Hetland lives in Sioux Falls with her husband and three daughters.

Cara Hetland Feature Archive

Throw it!
Whether it's Little League or the majors, there's nothing like watching a ball game on a warm July evening. (07/21/2008)
Mount Rushmore
South Dakota tourism officials are seeing an increase in international tourists this season. (07/04/2008)
South Dakota's Senators
South Dakota Sen. John Thune said inaction by congress is partly to blame for the high price of fuel. (07/03/2008)
The National Weather Service announced that the drought that gripped much of South Dakota for the past five years is officially over. However now, standing water in some areas will bring on a wave of mosquitos and cases of West Nile virus will likely be on the rise. (06/17/2008)
Autism was once a rare disorder, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 150 children now carries that diagnosis. (06/12/2008)
South Dakota U.S. Senator Tim Johnson is calling for an investigation into the effects high fuel prices are having on home health care. Johnson says patients are being put at risk. (06/11/2008)
A Sioux Falls-based hospital and research center announced Friday it will focus its research to find a cure for type one or juvenile diabetes. (06/06/2008)
South Dakota Republicans selected state Rep. Joel Dykstra of Canton to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson in the November general election. Johnson suffered a brain hemorrhage in December of 2006, but Dykstra said he won't make Johnson's health an issue. (06/04/2008)
The planned $10 billion refinery is proposed by Hyperion Resources of Texas. (06/04/2008)
The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota marks its 60th anniversary this month. When complete, it will be the world's largest sculpture. (06/03/2008)
The Democratic presidential hopefuls continue to blanket the state of South Dakota Monday in the last day of campaigning before Tuesday's primary. (06/02/2008)
In Union County, South Dakota, residents cast their vote on a plan that could bring a $10 billion oil refinery to the southeastern tip of the state. (05/30/2008)
The recently passed farm bill offers incentives for those who produce what's likely to be the next generation of ethanol. (05/29/2008)
Sen. Hillary Clinton spent much of the day campaigning in South Dakota. She talked with invited guests at a surburban Sioux Falls grocery store and then headed to Brookings for another appearance. (05/23/2008)
Ethanol leaders say their industry is under attack and two unlikely groups have joined forces to orchestrate the battle. Oil companies and the grocery association blames ethanol for high food and fuel prices. (05/22/2008)