Cara Hetland Feature Archive

The Harrisburg School District is the first to open an elementary school in the city of Sioux Falls. Officials predict 7 districts will have schools in Sioux Falls within ten years. (05/24/2005)
Mainstreet Radio's Cara Hetand received a medical bill recently for medication that was several hundred dollars more than her last statement and no one could explain why. So, she decided to do some checking. (04/25/2005)
It promises to be a dry summer for people along the upper Missouri River, in North and South Dakota. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holds a series of meetings to talk about ways to help ensure there will be water for drinking supplies, recreational uses and barge traffic downstream. (04/12/2005)
Health care choices are a challenge for any patient. When you are a pregnant woman in a small rural town, somtimes the issue is the lack of choices. This is the story of Jessica Sundjalm, a story about rural health care and competition and when patients get caught in the middle. (04/06/2005)
Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle made his first public appearances in South Dakota this week since losing his re-election bid to Senator John Thune. Daschle has been speaking around the state and meeting with Native American leaders. (04/06/2005)
The year 2003 was monumental for Sarah Griesse. She had her first child and married her college sweetheart. In November, she was called to active duty by the South Dakota National Guard. A few months later she was in Iraq. Now after more than a year away, Sarah Griesse has to learn all over again how to be a wife and a mother. (03/21/2005)
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed a series of anti-abortion bills into law. The legislation further restricts what are already considered the toughest laws in the nation. The new changes don't go into effect until July. Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and the Dakotas will decide by the end of April if they'll challenge the laws in court. (03/18/2005)
Six governors met in Sioux Falls Monday at the invitation of South Dakota's Gov. Mike Rounds. Gov. Rounds wants the states along the Missouri River to pressure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conserve water. (02/07/2005)
Canadian officials have announced a second case of confirmed mad cow disease. It's the second case of the disease this year in a Canadian animal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will send a technical team to Canada to asses the situation and could modify its decision to resume trade with Canada. (01/11/2005)
The debate over how to manage the flow of the Missouri River has changed dramatically. It's gone from preserving water levels for spawning fish and nesting birds to conserving water so there's some next year. (01/07/2005)
Population estimates for South Dakota show slow, steady growth. For a state that's fourth from the bottom in population rankings, growth is important. (12/31/2004)
Sioux Falls used to be a cow town, dominated by rail and salvage yards, packing plants and industry. Now, Sioux Falls is a shopping destination and medical hub for a tri-state area, thanks to a successful downtown redevelopment plan. (12/17/2004)
South Dakota's new senator-elect has been called a hero and a giant-killer by some, and a huge mistake by others. Republican John Thune defeated Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle earlier this month, in a race that was called the most important race outside of the bid for the White House. Thune sees his victory as a mandate for the Senate to do its work. (11/18/2004)
Former South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow appealed his manslaughter conviction before the South Dakota Supreme Court, Tuesday. Janklow was convicted last December for the traffic accident that killed a Minnesota motorcyclist Randy Scott. Janklow was sentenced to 100 days in jail and three years probation. In South Dakota, all felony convictions are automatically appealed to the state Supreme Court. (11/16/2004)
A political era ended in South Dakota with the defeat of U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Daschle became the first party leader in more than 50 years to be voted out of office. Republican John Thune beat him by a 51-49 percent margin. (11/03/2004)