Cara Hetland Feature Archive

There's enough water in the Missouri River this year for a release of waters from upstream dams. It's a move that's designed to help get endangered fish spawning naturally once again. (05/17/2006)
The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern railroad expansion pits some old South Dakota political friends and enemies against each other and some on interesting sides. (05/09/2006)
Sioux Falls will test new voting machines in its local election Tuesday, and Minnesota election officials will observe how it all works. Federal law requires these machines be in place this year. (04/11/2006)
There's an effort underway in South Dakota to let the state's voters decide the future of a new abortion law. (03/24/2006)
Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are working to copy South Dakota's ban on most abortions. Republican Governor Mike Rounds signed the ban into law earlier this month, making South Dakota the first state to outlaw abortion. (03/17/2006)
South Dakota's Governor Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning most abortions in the state. The measure is designed as a direct challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. MPR's Cara Hetland in Sioux Falls talked with All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the new law. (03/06/2006)
State and local governments spend considerable time, effort and money trying to create more jobs, sometimes with little to show in the end. But 25 years ago this week South Dakota helped launch a job boom with a simple change in state law. (02/24/2006)
The South Dakota Legislature took a major step Wednesday toward making South Dakota the first state to ban abortion. The Senate passed the bill 23-12. (02/23/2006)
After five years of controversy, the DM&E is ready to lay track. The federal Surface Transportation Board gave the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad final approval to extend its line into Wyoming and upgrade existing track. (02/16/2006)
Three South Dakota soldiers died this week from injuries suffered while serving in Iraq. So far, 19 soldiers from South Dakota have died in Iraq, along with a civilian working there. (02/09/2006)
South Dakota is one of the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to abortion. This year, lawmakers will consider banning nearly all abortions, and making it a crime to perform one. (01/25/2006)
Sioux Falls artists are opening a gallery as a way to show and sell their own art. There are several successful cooperative galleries in the region, but this is the first of its kind in Sioux Falls. (01/02/2006)
A new study shows a warmer climate could cut the duck population in half within 50 years. There are differing views of how to preserve waterfowl habitat. (12/29/2005)
Nationally, the goal is to end homelessness in 10 years. In Sioux Falls, several organizations that help the poor are being moved out of downtown and into one neighborhood. Except the new neighbors don't want them there. (11/24/2005)
Since the new USDA food pyramid was announced last spring, school districts have been required to implement new nutritional guidelines in school lunches. But will kids eat it? (11/14/2005)