Minnesota Public Radio features by Cara Hetland http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:21:49 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Cara Hetland http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Their field of dreams Whether it's Little League or the majors, there's nothing like watching a ball game on a warm July evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/dreamleague?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:36:03 -0500 SD sees increase in international tourists South Dakota tourism officials are seeing an increase in international tourists this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/04/sd_tourism?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2008 08:49:01 -0500 S.D. senator blames Congress for fuel prices South Dakota Sen. John Thune said inaction by congress is partly to blame for the high price of fuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/thune_fuel?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 07:33:10 -0500 South Dakota drought ends, West Nile season begins 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/westnile?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:02:24 -0500 Understanding autism can lead to tolerance 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/autismresponse?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 15:08:58 -0500 Patients watch high fuel prices pinch health care 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/11/sd_doctors?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 12:33:44 -0500 Sanford Health announces it will focus research effort on juvenile diabetes 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/sanfordcure?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 15:00:36 -0500 S.D. Sen. Tim Johnson has a Republican challenger 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/south_dakota_senate_dykstra?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 08:09:50 -0500 South Dakota voters approve rezoning for oil refinery The planned $10 billion refinery is proposed by Hyperion Resources of Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/south_dakota_oil_refinery?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 07:59:28 -0500 Crazy Horse memorial turns 60 this year The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota marks its 60th anniversary this month. When complete, it will be the world's largest sculpture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/02/crazyhorse60?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 02:44:38 -0500 Candidates do last minute stumping in S.D. The Democratic presidential hopefuls continue to blanket the state of South Dakota Monday in the last day of campaigning before Tuesday's primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/01/sd_candidates?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Union County residents vote on oil refinery 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/hyperionproject?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 09:00:34 -0500 Ethanol: the next generation The recently passed farm bill offers incentives for those who produce what's likely to be the next generation of ethanol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/29/newethanol?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2008 15:33:22 -0500 Sen. Clinton returns to campaign in South Dakota 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/hclintonbrandon?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 15:46:43 -0500 Ethanol producers defend their value 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/ethanolmarketing?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 02:35:45 -0500 Obama holds rally in Sioux Falls Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama made his first stop in South Dakota Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/16/obamasd?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 23:06:18 -0500 Family of man killed in Janklow crash settles for $1 million The family of a motorcyclist killed in an accident involving former South Dakota U.S. Rep. and Governor Bill Janklow has settled a wrongful death lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/janklowsettlement?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 10:30:21 -0500 151 years of Olson family history The land is what attracted many settlers to Minnesota even before it was a state. It's the land that keeps many families here including a family that's farmed near Albert Lea for more than 150 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/olsonlegacy?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 13:25:59 -0500 Clinton vows to stay in race during S.D. stop Clinton, speaking in an airport hangar in Sioux Falls, said the Democratic Party will be stronger as the process continues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/hillarysd?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 16:46:15 -0500 A change in the skies Business at some air charter services in our region has more than doubled in the last seven years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/charterservice?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 13:13:59 -0500 Diesel prices drive truckers to protest Truckers from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota upset with high fuel prices are planning a protest today in South Dakota's capital city of Pierre. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/truckers?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 06:30:04 -0500 Which disease to cure? It's being called the Sanford Project. A year ago, Sioux Falls philanthropist T. Denny Sanford pledged $400 million for research to come up with a cure for a chronic disease. The list of those diseases is down to four. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/sanford?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 06:55:21 -0500 South Dakota moving to allow cameras in courts The South Dakota Supreme Court is taking steps to allow cameras and audio recording of circuit court proceedings. Minnesota has allowed cameras in courtrooms for more than 15 years, if all parties agree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/sd_cameras?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 07:00:39 -0500 Sioux Falls to sell landfill methane to ethanol plant The city of Sioux Falls will sell methane gas from decomposing garbage in landfills to fuel a nearby ethanol plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/methane?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 07:07:38 -0500 Banking is still personal in some places Many analysts attribute a strong and healthy financial industry in South Dakota to a strong agriculture economy and small community banks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/sdbanks?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 14:36:25 -0500 In Sioux Falls, the signs of growth are everywhere The U.S. Census Bureau reports Sioux Falls, S.D., is among the 50 fastest growing areas in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/siouxfallsgrowth?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 South Dakota tests program that'll pay kids to learn The National Math and Science Initiative gave $2 million to reach out to rural kids. The program encourages high school students to take Advanced Placement classes online in exchange for a cash bonus if they pass the final test. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/apbonus?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 01:00:00 -0500 South Dakota group rekindles push to ban abortion Two years ago, voters defeated a abortion ban passed by the state's legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/south_dakota_abortion?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 09:49:08 -0500 Petition drive to ban most abortions in South Dakota South Dakota voters could once again, decide if abortions should be banned in the state. A group is circulating petitions for a ballot measure in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/sdabortionpetition?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:17:11 -0500 SD approves new oil pipeline The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved a construction permit for a new oil pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/pipeline?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 South Dakota housing market bucks the trend One indication of a sluggish economy, is home sales. Nationwide, housing sales are slow, but South Dakota is bucking that trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/sdhomesales?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 02:57:16 -0500 South Dakota goes after Minnesota tourists It's time to start thinking about your summer vacation. At least that's what tourism officials want you to do. Neighboring states want your tourism dollars and they're paying big bucks to get them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/sdtourism?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 13:10:47 -0600 Minnesota students head across state line for school Many rural school districts struggle with declining enrollments. One western Minnesota district is looking across the state border for its best fix. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/borderschools?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:08:55 -0600 S.D. lawmakers approve changes in farmland property tax assessment South Dakota lawmakers are changing the way farmland in the state is assessed. Currently, property tax assessments are based on the sale price of land, but Lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday that requires the assessed value be based on the income off the land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/sdfarm?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 New techniques can make physical therapy a game New technology is helping people who are paralyzed a chance to use of their arms and legs again. Studies show the device called Bioness, works with stroke patients. A Sioux Falls rehabilitation center is testing how it works with patients suffering from a spinal cord injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/25/wiitherapy?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 01:56:47 -0600 S.D. sees a big spike in tourism South Dakota saw an eight percent growth in tourism in 2007. The new numbers exceed projections from national tourism organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/sdtour?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 19:05:00 -0600 Coroner or medical examiner; who should tend the dead? When a person dies, the kind of investigation that's done varies from state to state. The trend appears to encourage the use of medical examiners rather than coroners. While the field of forensic pathology may seem popular on television, it's not so in real life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/coronervsmedexam?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 01:45:34 -0600 S.D. legislature opens today South Dakota's 2008 Legislative session begins today. S.D. Gov. Mike Rounds delivers his state of the state address this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/08/sd_leg?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 10:55:17 -0600 Farmers weigh conservation against making a profit South Dakota has one of the largest percentages of acreage coming out of the conservative reserve program. Much of it may go back into production to take advantage of higher crop prices with the potential for a dramatic impact on wildlife habitat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/conservationacres?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2007 01:22:03 -0600 Is there justice for people with fetal alcohol brain damage? Pregnant women who drink alcohol risk giving birth to children with permanent brain damage. As these kids grow up, many get in trouble with the law. Experts say the country's justice system is ill-equipped to deal fairly with fetal alcohol offenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/fasdjuducial?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 13:28:05 -0600 Sen. Johnson holds first news conference since stroke U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) held his first news conference since suffering from a stroke a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/johnsonteleconf?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 13:20:00 -0600 New science on fetal alcohol exposure New research and studies seek to answer questions about how alcohol affects a fetal brain. The goal is to diagnose children with fetal alcohol syndrome earlier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/fasdscience?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2007 15:00:08 -0600 Ethanol celebrates a milestone It was ten years ago that Minnesota became the first state to require a 10 percent blend of ethanol in all gas. Now, the industry is experiencing a glut and prices are in the dumper. So, is this fledgling industry mature enough so that our policies around it should change? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/ethanolanniversary?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 01:16:47 -0600 Top researchers wanted in Sioux Falls Sanford Health plans to hire 900 medical researchers in the next decade. The new research facility is just another example of what you can buy with $400 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/24/medicalrecruiting?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2007 01:37:15 -0500 Sen. Tim Johnson seeks third term U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., says he will run for re-election next year. Johnson suffered an aneurysm late last year and is still recovering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/19/johnson?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 13:47:01 -0500 Reporter's notebook: Adoptive families This story about adoption came about because most of the children I have talked with for this series are adopted. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/02/fetalsidebar2?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2007 16:15:18 -0500 International adoptions bring more alcohol-exposed kids to U.S. In the U.S. and countries around the world, children are born each day to mothers who drank alcohol while they were pregnant. As more American families adopt children from other countries, doctors say they are seeing more cases of fetal alcohol syndrome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/02/fasdadoption?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2007 13:10:26 -0500 HPV vaccines going unused in South Dakota Health officials in South Dakota say efforts to vaccinate teenagers against a virus that causes cervical cancer are short of their goal. Officials say only two-thirds of the doses have been distributed so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/hpvvaccine?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2007 01:48:00 -0500 Part 3: Living with FASD as an adult Many people assume that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders affect only children, but it's a lifetime disease. Advocates say once a child with FASD turns 18, most of the safety nets disappear and a vast new set of challenges emerge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd3?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:50 -0500 Part 2: Diagnosing FASD is tricky Despite decades of research, there are still many questions about fetal alcohol disorders. Children exposed to alcohol in the womb are often misdiagnosed with other conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd2?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:21 -0500 'It's like we're raising drunk kids' When a pregnant woman drinks, she risks giving birth to a child with a broad range of health problems, including permanent brain damage. Children and adults with fetal alcohol exposure are an invisible population -- underserved and misunderstood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd1?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:20 -0500 Part 5: Some help is there for parents and teachers In South Dakota, two education advocates are assigned specifically to help children with FASD to succeed in school. They hold workshops around the state to help parents, educators and FASD students learn how to help each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/06/fasd5?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:16 -0500 Part 4: How to educate kids with FASD Most public schools in the U.S. don't know how to deal with FASD students. Until recently, colleges and universities that train teachers didn't pay much attention to FASD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd4?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:07 -0500 Part 6: It's 100 percent preventable It's estimated the nation spends close to $4 billion annually to care for children and adults with fetal alcohol syndrome. That includes costs in health care, social services and prisons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/06/fasd6?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 23:55:33 -0500 DM&E sale may move expansion forward The Canadian Pacific Railway is buying the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad. The $2.5 billion deal was announced Wednesday in Sioux Falls. Officials with both companies say the merger is a good for their customers and for the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/dmesale?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 16:00:24 -0500 A reporter's notebook Reporter Cara Hetland shares some of her thoughts about covering this story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasdsidebar?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 15:33:43 -0500 Sen. Tim Johnson: It's been a long road home U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson told well-wishers in Sioux Falls Tuesday afternoon that it's been a long journey home, one that's taken longer than he wanted. It's his first public appearance since he suffered a brain hemorrhage in December. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/28/timjohnsonback?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2007 17:21:36 -0500 Can a new wasp help protect soybeans? The soybean aphid is big trouble in a little package. The insect has been munching away profits in bean fields for seven years, but this year, there's a new enemy in the fields. The Asian wasp has been released in seven states as a biological control for the aphid population. Researchers have worked for the last six years preparing for the release. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/asianwasp?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2007 01:54:47 -0500 After a drought disaster last year, what did South Dakota farmers get? The summer of 2006 was a drought disaster in South Dakota. This year, Minnesota farmers in some counties face the same dilemma. As officials in Washington D.C. decide whether to offer emergency disaster loans to farmers, how did South Dakota ranchers fare last year? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/01/sddroughtupdate?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 13:17:46 -0500 Economist predicts a South Dakota boom There's a shift in the economic base in South Dakota. The move is from primarily agriculture to the sciences and technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/19/sodakeconomy?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:05:00 -0500 Dry weather worries parts of region Despite heavy rain across parts of the region, concerns remain about dry conditions in Minnesota and South Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/18/drywx?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2007 17:00:00 -0500 South Dakota executes convicted killer South Dakota executed convicted murderer Elijah Page Wednesday night by lethal injection. This was the first execution in the state in 60 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/11/sdexecution?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2007 01:43:11 -0500 First execution in South Dakota in 60 years set for 10 pm Elijah Page is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 10:00 p.m. It will be the first execution in South Dakota in 60 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/10/executionday?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 South Dakota execution scheduled for July Elijah Page's execution was delayed last summer because the state's lethal injection laws were questioned. New laws are in place but some opponents of the death penalty say they only complicate the issue and lay the ground work for further legal challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/29/sdexecutionlegalities?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 13:00:00 -0500 South Dakota prepares again, for execution Officials in South Dakota are preparing for the state's first execution in 60 years; an execution that was delayed at the last minute, last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/executionbkgd?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:00:46 -0500 Why we are who we are A unique lab in Sioux Falls will take on cutting-edge genomics research to study adolescent mental health. Researchers hope to learn the role that environment and genetics play in influencing the development of behavioral disorders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/genomicsstudy?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Gas prices affect people's driving behavior - a little The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer for many people, and that means the start of the summer travel season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/gasbehavior?refid=0 Sun, 27 May 2007 16:00:00 -0500 Sanford Health focuses on pediatrics Sanford Health is gaining ground in the health care industry when it comes to pediatric care. The Sioux Falls health network is building a new children's hospital, teaming with the Mayo Clinic on research and building five new clinics around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/18/sanfordchildrens?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 South Dakota's wind potential South Dakota has the potential to generate enough wind energy to power half of the nation's electrical needs. But in reality, the state's wind production isn't enough to create even a slight breeze for the nation's power markets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/14/sdwind?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Specialty schools in Sioux Falls offer new choices Five of the cities' older schools will offer a curriculum focused on math and science, technology and arts. The idea is to give families some new choices and help the schools compete for enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/07/specialtyschools?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Open government laws at issue in South Dakota The South Dakota Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a first-of-its-kind case dealing with open records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/19/openclosedsd?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Virtual high school a reality in South Dakota South Dakota and the city of Sioux Falls are pursuing online high school programs. Both programs aim to offer more expanded choices for quality programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/26/virtualhighschool?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Sen. Johnson "focused on recovery" South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson has released his first statement and photos since being hospitalized three months ago for a brain hemorrhage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/13/timjohnson?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2007 15:07:22 -0500 Sen. Tim Johnson's recovery going well Sen. Tim Johnson continues to recover from a brain hemorrhage he suffered in December. Johnson's staff says he works on Senate business as he focuses on rehabilitation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/06/johnsonupdate?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2007 01:00:00 -0600 No death knell just yet for DM&E expansion plan Now that the federal government has denied a huge loan for the DM&E railroad expansion, is the project dead? DM&E still has federal approval to expand its lines, but no financing. People along the rail line in southern Minnesota and South Dakota are wondering what's yet to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/27/dmefolo?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2007 15:58:37 -0600 Federal government rejects loan for DM&E railroad The head of the Federal Railroad Administration says the $2.3 billion federal loan sought by DM&E would pose an unacceptably high risk to federal taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/26/dmerejected?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:14:06 -0600 South Dakotans ponder the HPV vaccine South Dakota has set up free vaccinations for young girls to prevent the human papilloma virus. As some states consider measures to make it mandatory, South Dakota is looking to let people choose their course of action. How are families handling this? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/hpvvaccine?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 South Dakota bald eagles make a comeback The bald eagle will soon lose its endangered species status. The birds have made a remarkable comeback especially in the upper Midwest. South Dakota now has more than 50 nesting pairs and there are more than 9,000 nests across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/07/sdeaglesuccess?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Philanthropist gives $400 million to Sioux Falls hospital A Sioux Falls-based hospital has received one of the largest donations ever to a health care system. Sioux Valley Hospital announced the $400 million dollar gift from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. Hospital officials say the donation will put the system at the forefront of both treatment and research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/05/siouxfalls?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2007 00:00:00 -0600 South Dakota Senate takes action against Sen. Sutton Members of the South Dakota Senate voted to condemn Sen. Dan Sutton (D-Flandreau) for allegations that he behaved inappropriately with a teenage legislative page. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/31/suttonfinal?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 South Dakota makes preschool a form of economic development Business leaders in South Dakota are taking an interesting approach to economic development. They're using money set aside for recruiting new businesses and investing it in preschool education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/sdprek?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 01:00:00 -0600 South Dakota Senator testifies in his own defense A South Dakota state senator defended himself against allegations he groped a teenage page nearly a year ago. Sen. Dan Sutton is the subject of a special state Senate inquiry into the allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/25/suttonday2?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2007 06:38:39 -0600 South Dakota Senate investigates one of its own Members of the South Dakota Senate heard from four witnesses in the first day of an unusual legislative hearing. A select committee is hearing testimony into alleged sexual misconduct by Sen. Dan Sutton (D-Flandreau). http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/suttonsdhearing?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2007 03:01:00 -0600 Supreme Court says South Dakota Senate can hold disciplinary hearing The South Dakota Supreme Court says the state Senate can proceed with disciplinary proceedings against a senator accused of sexual misconduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/sdsenateinvestigates?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:51:56 -0600 South Dakota lawmakers will take on a wide range of issues South Dakota lawmakers will take on a wide range of issues in their upcoming session. Those will include early childhood education, health care and capitol punishment, as well as allegations of misconduct against a state senator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/03/sdlegsetup?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 South Dakota senator at the center of attention U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson has made it through the first 72 hours since emergency brain surgery last week. Those who know him best say Johnson will approach his recovery the same way he does most everything -- deliberately and without fanfare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/johnsonprofile?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2006 15:50:00 -0600 DM&E waits to hear on federal loan The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad could find out as early as next month if it will receive a $2.3 billion loan from the Federal Railroad Administration. The loan would help upgrade existing tracks and lay new line. Is the government loan a sound business decision? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/dmefraloan?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2006 00:00:01 -0600 No special session for South Dakota Senate There won't be a special session of lawmakers in South Dakota later this month. That's because the lawmaker under investigation resigned; but only for a few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/nospecialsession?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600 South Dakotans reject abortion ban In a vote that attracted national attention, South Dakotans rejected a state law that banned nearly all abortions. 56 percent of the voters rejected the ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/sdabortion?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 04:06:29 -0600 South Dakota prepares to vote on abortion South Dakota lawmakers approved an abortion ban earlier this year. A group opposed to the ban referred the law to a public vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/03/sodakabortionvote?refid=0 Sun, 05 Nov 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Brookings voters get a say on DM&E agreement The residents of Brookings, S.D. have a unique ballot measure to vote on next week. They'll decide whether to keep an agreement that city leaders signed with the DM&E railroad or throw it out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/26/dmebrookings?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 02:00:00 -0600 South Dakota governor's race seems to favor incumbent Republican It's not easy for Democrats to be elected governor in South Dakota. In the history of the state, only four Democrats have sat in the executive chair and recent polls show it's not likely to happen this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/01/sdgov?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:00:01 -0600 South Dakota has a ballot filled with choices Eleven South Dakota ballot measures along with races for governor and congress will keep voters busy on Election Day with the second-longest ballot in state history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/06/sdinitiatives?refid=0 Tue, 17 Oct 2006 00:00:01 -0500 South Dakotans honor their favorite son The life and legacy of George McGovern was recounted as a new library in his name was dedicated this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/07/mcgovernlib?refid=0 Sat, 07 Oct 2006 18:59:20 -0500 More specialty hospitals on the horizon? A national moratorium banning new physician-owned specialty hospitals has been lifted. We look at what will happen in a state like South Dakota, where there seems to be an interest in these facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/specialtyhosp?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 01:00:00 -0500 No new corn for the palace For the first time ever, one of South Dakota's biggest tourist attractions won't change its look because there isn't enough corn to go around. The world's only Corn Palace is being hit hard by the drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/12/cornpalace?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 15:00:00 -0500 South Dakota execution delayed South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has delayed an execution because he said it may violate state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/29/sodakexecution?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2006 07:00:00 -0500 South Dakota prepares for execution South Dakota could execute it's first death row inmate since 1947, next week. Elijah Page has given up his right to appeal his conviction for the brutal murder of a man in March of 2000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/sdexecution?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 South Dakota gubernatorial candidates spar for first time South Dakota gubernatorial candidates debate for the first time before an audience of farmers. They talked more than just agriculture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/15/dakotadebate?refid=0 Tue, 15 Aug 2006 15:40:36 -0500 South Dakota Supreme Court approves two more ballot measures The South Dakota Supreme Court says voters have a right to repeal existing laws and in November they'll vote on 11 ballot initiatives including the fate of video lottery and a cell phone tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/09/sdballotmeasures?refid=0 Wed, 09 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Farmfest brings together talk of the weather and ag policy At the 25th annual Farmfest in Redwood Falls, a couple hundred farmers took a day off Tuesday, to listen to politicians and check out the latest equipment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/01/farmfest?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Poor spring wheat harvest may mean higher bread and cereal prices The harvest of winter wheat is just finishing up and combines will move over to the spring wheat harvest this week or early next. Farmers expect $5 per bushel this year. That's up $1.50 over last year. Consumers are seeing an increase in the grocery store but the reason for that might surprise you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/wheatprices?refid=0 Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 South Dakota driver in running for reality TV show A Sioux Falls man is in the running for a 3-month stint as a reality race car driver. Greg Gunderson has something to prove and it's not just about winning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/sdracer?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Two friends, two opinions The South Dakota abortion ban presents a powerful platform for social debate. Some people won't talk about it because they are afraid of what their friends may think. Two friends agreed to talk to each other even though they have different views. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/13/abortiontalk?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jun 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Marine killed in Iraq As we prepare for the long Memorial Day weekend, one southern Minnesota town will remember its most recent fallen soldier. Lance Cpl. Robert Posivio III was killed in Iraq on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/marinedies?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2006 09:54:53 -0500 River change could help endangered fish 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/11/palidsturgeon?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Politics and posturing determines last man standing on DM&E expansion project The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern railroad expansion pits some old South Dakota political friends and enemies against each other and some on interesting sides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/dmesdupdate?refid=0 Tue, 09 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota officials check out new voting machines in South Dakota 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/11/votingmachines?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Voters will decide future of South Dakota's abortion ban There's an effort underway in South Dakota to let the state's voters decide the future of a new abortion law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/24/abortionpetition?refid=0 Fri, 24 Mar 2006 00:16:00 -0600 Other states may follow South Dakota on abortion ban 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/17/abortionstates?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2006 10:59:41 -0600 What's next for South Dakota abortion law? 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/hetlandabortion?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2006 17:14:05 -0600 Sioux Falls 25 years after Citibank's arrival 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/23/siouxfalls?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2006 14:26:27 -0600 South Dakota Senate approves nation's strictest abortion ban 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/22/sdabortionvote?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2006 00:00:01 -0600 DM&E gets final approval 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/16/dmeapproval_hetland_kerr?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2006 16:15:00 -0600 South Dakota loses three soldiers within days 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/09/sdsoldier?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2006 16:19:14 -0600 South Dakota may ban abortions 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/24_hetlandc_sdabortionlegis/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2006 15:26:00 -0600 Artists join forces to show and sell their art 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/30_hetlandc_artcoop/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2006 14:00:00 -0600 How to save the duck population 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/30_hetlandc_sdducks/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Communities debate location of homeless shelters 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/24_hetlandc_shelters/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Nov 2005 01:00:00 -0600 The new healthier school lunch 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? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_hetlandc_schoollunch/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2005 16:00:00 -0600 Making art with the feather lady It's pheasant season in the upper Midwest, and that brings hunters to the prairies in search of the ring-necked bird. But for one Minnesota woman known as the feather lady, pheasant season brings something very different. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_hetlandc_featherlady/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2005 09:00:00 -0600 Plans for small town airport service on hold Marshall, Minnesota, expanded its airport runway with the promise that Northwest Airlines would begin flights to the city using Mesaba Airlines, one of its regional carriers. Now that both carriers have declared bankruptcy the promise of expanded service is gone and city officials wonder if any other carrier will offer service. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/14_hetlandc_marshallair/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Group wants to stop mountain lion hunt Mountain Lion season is scheduled to start October 1 in South Dakota. A group with a mission to protect the cat population is taking the issue to a judge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/28_hetlandc_sdmtlion/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2005 16:20:00 -0500 South Dakota proposes underground lab South Dakota's governor will call a special legislative session this fall to fund a state underground laboratory in an abandoned gold mine. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/21_hetlandc_homestakelab/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:00:00 -0500 New town for deaf rises up from prairie Town designed for sign language users being planned in South Dakota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/13_hetlandc_laurentsd/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2005 08:00:00 -0500 Peak season for insect-borne diseases Now is the peak season for insect-borne diseases, and the health implications are more serious than ever before. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/31_hetlandc_critterbites/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2005 12:00:00 -0500 New satellite map helps fight wildfires A new 3-D map shows vegetation throughout the United States. It's the data needed to help simulate wildfires and may predict where the fire will head. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/12_hetlandc_eros/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Cage fighting restricted in Sioux Falls There's an unusual competitive sport that's finding new fans in the Midwest. It's called cage fighting. Two adults get into a padded chain link cage and engage in what some call old-fashioned street fighting, and what others insist is a legitimate sport. The city of Sioux Falls is among the first to restrict the events. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/16_hetlandc_cagefighting/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2005 08:41:00 -0500 Ethanol industry gets boost from energy bill The ethanol industry is a big winner in the new energy bill passed recently by Congress. The measure nearly doubles the required amount of renewable fuels used in gasoline. That translates into double the amount of ethanol needed to fulfill the standard in the next 10 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/30_hetlandc_energyethanol/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 03:00:00 -0500 Too wet in some areas; too dry in others Minnesotans love to talk about the extremes in the weather. This year, those extremes -- too dry in the south, too wet in the northwest -- have left some farmers wondering if they can survive another year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/03_hetlandc_wierdwx/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Artifact hunting popular as Missouri River level drops Low water on the Missouri River means more shoreline exposed. That also means there are more artifacts exposed. Looters are hitting the jackpot and law enforcement is cracking down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_hetlandc_moartifacts/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2005 16:30:00 -0500 Indian reservation running out of water One Indian reservation in north-central South Dakota is about to run out of water. Five years of drought is making it harder and harder to pump water. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_hetlandc_modrinkwater/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 10:30:00 -0500 Drought hurts fishing industry along the Missouri River Five years of drought have taken their toll on the Missouri River, and the tourism businesses that rely on visiting anglers for their livelihoods. South Dakota's Lake Oahe is one of the areas most severely affected. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_hetlandc_mofishing/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2005 15:00:00 -0500 South Dakotans want Pentagon to keep Ellsworth open Three members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission were in western South Dakota Tuesday for a two-hour public hearing. The commissioners listened to testimony and toured Ellsworth Air Force Base, home to about half the Air Force's B-1 bomber fleet and one of 33 bases on the Defense Department list of facilities slated to close. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/22_hetlandc_bracsd/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2005 11:42:00 -0500 The moment before the storm A Sioux Falls artist pays tribute to the tenacity of the people and the drama of the tornado that struck Spencer, South Dakota seven years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/30_hetlandc_spencersculpture/?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Neighboring school districts build in Sioux Falls 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_hetlandc_schoolboom/?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 A drug's reclassification carries big pricetag 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/25_hetlandc_drugreclassify/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Army Corps closing in on drought plan for Missouri River 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_hetlandc_lowwater/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Patients get caught in middle of health care choices 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_hetlandc_ruralob/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2005 12:00:00 -0500 South Dakota's old political guard pays tribute to Tom Daschle 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/06_hetlandc_sdpolfuture/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2005 08:30:00 -0500 Soldier mom returns home 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/31_hetlandc_soldiermom/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2005 14:00:00 -0600 S.D. Governor signs nation's most restrictive abortion measures 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/18_hetlandc_sdabortion/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 16:43:00 -0600 Missouri River states go up against Army Corps over drought 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_hetlandc_lowwater/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Second mad cow disease case raises temperature of ag interests 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/11_hetlandc_madcow/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Drought threatens activities on Missouri River 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/07_hetlandc_nowater/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2005 16:00:00 -0600 South Dakota's population growth is slow and steady Population estimates for South Dakota show slow, steady growth. For a state that's fourth from the bottom in population rankings, growth is important. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/31_hetlandc_sdpopulation/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Sioux Falls goes from cow town to metro 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/23_hetlandc_sfallsdtdev/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2004 06:00:00 -0600 Thune sees victory as a mandate and a warning 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/19_hetlandc_johnthune/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Bill Janklow appeals his conviction to South Dakota Supreme Court 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/16_hetlandc_janklowappeals/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2004 15:20:00 -0600 Daschle goes down to defeat in South Dakota 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. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/03_hetlandc_sdsenate/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2004 08:15:00 -0600 Dakota residents turning out in record numbers to vote early It's a familiar scene on election day, long lines of people at their local polling place, waiting to vote. Waiting is often given as an excuse by people who don't vote. Election officials in North and South Dakota have taken action, they hope will make it easier for people to vote and election officials say early returns indicate, it's working. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/01_rehab_dakotavote/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2004 16:00:00 -0600 Outside money sets tone of the U.S. Senate race in South Dakota More money is being spent in South Dakota's race for the U.S. Senate this year than ever before. TV shows and newspapers are filled with political ads. Democratic incumbent Sen. Tom Daschle has not had any outside advertising run on behalf. Until this week, all of his ads came from his campaign. Republican challenger John Thune has gotten help from the national Republican Party -- $1 million worth so far has been spent on ads critical of Tom Daschle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/27_hetlandc_sdnasty/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2004 15:29:00 -0500 South Dakota Senate candidates look to Indians for victory South Dakota's race for the U.S. Senate is close. The margin for a victory could be just a few hundred votes. Two years ago, Native Americans decided a U.S. Senate race in South Dakota, where the Indian vote helped Democrat Tim Johnson beat former Republican Congressman John Thune. This year Thune is challenging the state's other senator, Democratic leader Tom Daschle. And both candidates are looking at Native Americans to give them a victory. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_hetlandc_sdindianvote/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 15:30:00 -0500 South Dakota early voting leads to court charges It's looking more and more as though South Dakota's election could be decided in court. Six people have been charged with crimes stemming from a Republican get-out-the-vote campaign. All but one were employed by the Republican party. The case raises questions about whether the ballots will count. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/22_hetlandc_notaryvote/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2004 16:00:00 -0500 South Dakota U.S. Senate race is all about power Voters in Minnesota are seeing the presidential election close up, this year. Swing states like Minnesota could decide control of the White House. But in South Dakota, the balance of power in the U.S. Senate is at stake. Many political watchers call the South Dakota Senate race the second most important race in the country. For voters the most critical issue is political power. Will South Dakota have more clout re-electing Tom Daschle as the Democratic Leader? Or will John Thune's Republican connections to the White House mean more for the state? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/20_hetlandc_sdsenaterace/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:00:00 -0500 What hath Hewitt wrought? The director of the first televised presidential debate watched the first 2004 presidential debate in South Dakota. Don Hewitt was at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He was the recipient of the 2004 Al Neuharth award for Excellence in Journalism. Hewitt is the creator of the CBS news program "60 Minutes" and he produced the 1960 debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/01_hetlandc_debatereax/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2004 11:33:00 -0500 The last suit seller in Marshall is Mister Cool Mister Cool's Clothing is the last men's clothing store in the town of Marshall, Minnesota. There used to be four men's stores on Main Street. But after the mall opened, one by one the clothing stores either closed or followed the crowd to the mall. But one man kept his business on Main Street. His store is the only place for about 80 miles where men can buy a suit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/28_hetlandc_coolclothes/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Close Senate race in national spotlight The race for the U.S. Senate in South Dakota is one of the most closely watched in the country. Former Republican Congressman John Thune is challenging Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. The race is symbolic for both Republicans and Democrats. President Bush would like the Republican candidate to win as a vote for his agenda. Democrats want their leader to win as a vote against the president. Thune and Daschle debated before a national audience on NBC's "Meet the Press." http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_hetlandc_daschlethune/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Nader brings campaign to South Dakota Ralph Nader says the only way to change government is to get involved. Nader spoke in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. He talked for more than two hours, criticizing corporate greed, the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. Nader says historically, the nation's best laws have been a reaction to citizen outrage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/25_hetlandc_nadervisit/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2004 09:41:00 -0500 The stakes are high in the South Dakota Senate race U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle is in a tough fight for re-election. Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, is in his closest race since first being elected to the Senate in 1986. His opponent is Republican John Thune, a former congressman who narrowly lost his first race for Senate two years ago. A major focus of the campaign is Daschle's leadership position, and what it means for South Dakota. Daschle and Thune debated each other for the first time Wednesday, on the subject of farm policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/18_hetlandc_daschlethune/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2004 11:35:00 -0500 Daschle proposes more help for small farmers South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle says he wants to help save small farmers and ranchers. The Senate Minority Leader announced an initiative to create a Small Farm Administration, which would be modeled after the Small Business Administration. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/16_hetlandc_smallfarms/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Aug 2004 15:59:00 -0500 Downtown Sioux Falls becomes art gallery Visitors to downtown Sioux Falls can take in an art show without leaving their car or going into a gallery. A new program called "Sculpturewalk," turned downtown sidewalks and trees into an art gallery. These pieces of fine art are done by regional artists. The pieces are outside for people to contemplate, critique, or maybe even to buy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/02_hetlandc_artswalk/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2004 16:00:00 -0500 It's time to watch for West Nile virus It's officially summer, and the beginning of another West Nile virus season. Every week the number of positive cases of this mosquito-borne illness increases. In North Dakota, 12 birds have tested positive, while Minnesota reported its first positive case in a bird Thursday. And in South Dakota, two people have already come down with West Nile virus. That's a month earlier than the first human case was reported last year. There are differing opinions about how the virus is moving across the United States. But the one thing experts agree on is the only way to reduce the illness is to kill mosquitoes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/25_hetlandc_westnile/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2004 16:00:00 -0500 Children are the unintended victims of meth There are children in Minnesota who live where meth is made. There are children whose parents use methamphetamine. In fact, when adults are arrested for using or making meth, one-third of them are the parents of small children. In one Minnesota county, there is a baby born addicted to meth every week. These are the unintended victims. The people who take care of these children feel overwhelmed. But there isn't enough data to attract the attention of policy-makers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_hetlandc_methfostercare/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Herseth wins South Dakota's special congressional election Stephanie Herseth is on her way to Washington D.C. where she'll become the first woman to represent South Dakota in congress. Now that the special congressional election in South Dakota is over, campaigning for the November election begins almost immediately. Democrat Stephanie Herseth will face Republican Larry Diedrich again in November for a full two year term. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/02_hetlandc_sdspecelec/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2004 12:06:00 -0500 Memorials help two mothers remember their children It's never easy when a child dies. It's often difficult to find the right way to remember them. Two mothers, one in Sioux Falls and one in Moorhead, each lost a child in the past few years, and now have memorials in place to remember them. One began as an impromptu expression of grief. The other was a well-planned goodbye. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/31_hetlandc_memorials/?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Special election coming up to replace Janklow in Congress A special election to fill South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is in the national spotlight. The June 1 election will fill the seat vacated by Bill Janklow, who resigned in January after his conviction for manslaughter. The national political parties are involved in the race. They're contributing money and campaign ads. Many say the parties are testing political messages, showing us a sign of things to come in November. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/27_hetlandc_sdcongelex/?refid=0 Thu, 27 May 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Merger may strengthen small town hospital The Weiner Memorial Hospital in Marshall, Minnesota, has decided to merge with Avera Health, a regional health care network based in Sioux Falls. The hospital board of directors decided the independent, city-owned hospital can no longer grow without help from a larger hospital. For the last year, the board has struggled between independence and the desire to grow. Officials have decided the benefits of joining with a larger system outweigh the loss of autonomy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/18_hetlandc_smallhosp/?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2004 00:01:00 -0500 South Dakota Supreme Court justices step aside in Janklow appeal A group of circuit judges from across South Dakota will serve as a temporary Supreme Court. They will hear two appeals from former congressman Bill Janklow. Janklow appealed his sentence and conviction, but all five sitting Supreme Court justices had to disqualify themselves. Janklow appointed all of them to the bench. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/05_hetlandc_sdsupctrecusal/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Bill Janklow appeals conviction and sentence to South Dakota Supreme Court Former South Dakota governor and congressman Bill Janklow is appealing his manslaughter conviction and a judge's refusal to let him out of jail, to the state Supreme Court. The judge ruled Tuesday, that Janklow has to stay in jail while his appeals make their way to the South Dakota Supreme Court. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/02_hetlandc_janklowappeal/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2004 14:22:00 -0600 'Wild Bill,' a man of action South Dakotans call him "Wild Bill" Janklow, and everyone has a Wild Bill story. Like when he grabbed an automatic weapon to join the police and help end a hostage standoff at the state Capitol. He emerged from the building only after police had the suspect in custody. Janklow loved to win -- whether in court, or in a political debate. He buried opponents under the sheer force of his words and the power of his ideas. And he loved action. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowone/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The intimidator Plankinton's juvenile detention center stands empty today, quiet except for the swish of dry grass in a chilly wind. A chain-link fence topped with barbed wire circles the long, low buildings. In the 1950s, Plankinton was the state's reform school. Bill Janklow would have served time here in his youth, had he not taken the other choice provided by the judge and joined the Marines. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowthree/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 'He just wants to win' Bill Janklow grew up in the 1950s in Chicago, and came to love the rock and roll revolution that was breaking all the traditional rules of music and dance. To this day he's a whiz at early rock trivia. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowtwo/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The accident and the aftermath "That's just Janklow" was a characterization that followed Wild Bill through his career. Some said it in affection. Some said it in frustration or anger. And some surely thought it on Aug. 16, 2003 in anger. That day Janklow ran a stop sign at nearly 70 mph, right into the path of motorcyclist Randy Scott. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowfive/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The pirate saint Janklow lost only one election in his life, a primary race for U.S. Senate. Political scientist Alan Clem of the University of South Dakota says voters liked Janklow because he was a sort of pirate saint. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowfour/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 'That's Just Janklow' The remarkable political career of Bill Janklow ends this week. Janklow is one of the most powerful figures in South Dakota history. He served four terms as governor of South Dakota, then went on to Congress. It all ended in a car crash last summer. Janklow's resignation from the U.S. House took effect Tuesday, and on Thursday he'll be sentenced for felony manslaughter. Here's a long look back at his tumultuous career. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/21_hetlandc_janklowintro/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 John Thune challenges Daschle for U.S. Senate Some political analysts say South Dakota's race for the United State Senate just became the closest watched race in the nation. Former Republican congressman John Thune announced his intentions to challenge Democratic leader Tom Daschle. Thune ran against Senator Tim Johnson in 2002 and lost by just over 500 votes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/06_hetlandc_thunerunning/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2004 08:40:00 -0600 What's next for Janklow, and South Dakota? Observers say it's too soon to predict what's next in South Dakota politics. U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow resigned Monday evening after a jury convicted him of felony manslaughter for an August accident that killed a Minnesota motorcyclist. Now South Dakotans are wondering what's next for Bill Janklow, and what's next for his seat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/09_hetlandc_afterjanklow/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2003 16:34:00 -0600 Janklow resigns from House after conviction Rep. Bill Janklow has resigned his seat in Congress, after his conviction on a felony manslaughter charge related to a fatal accident in August. The South Dakota Republican will send a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert Tuesday, announcing his resignation effective next month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/08_hetlandc_janklow/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2003 11:09:00 -0600 Diabetes expert: Janklow had symptoms of low blood sugar before accident that killed motorcyclist U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow appears to have had symptoms consistent with a diabetic reaction before the Aug. 16 crash that killed a motorcyclist, an expert on the disease testified Friday during the congressman's manslaughter trial. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/05_hetlandc_janklowdefense/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2003 11:41:00 -0600 Prosecution rests in Janklow trial The prosecution has rested its in the felony manslaughter trial of South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow. Witnesses testified Janklow was coherent after the accident and declined medical attention. And jurors heard about Janklow speeding and running a stop sign a year ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/04_hetlandc_janklow/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2003 10:53:00 -0600 Friend of victim in Janklow crash cries on witness stand A man who was riding motorcycles with a friend who was killed in a crash with Rep. Bill Janklow cried on the witness stand Tuesday as he described seeing his friend's lifeless body. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/03_hetlandc_janklow/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2003 05:57:00 -0600 Janklow manslaughter trial starts Monday Jury selection begins Monday in the felony manslaughter case against South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow. Janklow is accused in the August traffic accident that killed Randy Scott of Hardwick, Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/28_hetlandc_janklowpreview/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2003 14:10:00 -0600 Several cities competing for the Vikings The Minnesota Vikings are hunting for a new location for the team's summer training camp. This is the final week to get the proposals in. Leaders in four cities want to lure the Vikings to their town. Mankato officials want training camp to stay in their town, where its been the last 39 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/30_hetlandc_sodakvikings/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2003 16:40:00 -0600 Sioux Falls man helps organize new Iraqi government A Sioux Falls man says U.S. troops in Iraq should prepare to leave. Ali Sahli was born and raised in the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk. He was mayor of that city 30 years ago, and now, he's returning to help set up a new government. He says it's time for Iraqis to take control of their own country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/22_hetlandc_returniraq/?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2003 12:00:00 -0500 South Dakota gets a look at a different Bill Janklow South Dakota's lone congressman spoke to reporters yesterday. It was the first time, since he was involved in a fatal traffic accident. Bill Janklow often lost his train of thought when talking to reporters. Janklow seemed confused and embarrassed by his mistakes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/23_hetlandc_billreact/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2003 14:30:00 -0500 Janklow says he 'couldn't be sorrier' for accident that killed motorcyclist South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He faces charges in a fatal traffic accident. Instead of the hearing, Bill Janklow will be formally charged Friday. The court papers were filed after Bill Janklow spoke to reporters today. It was his first news conference since the accident. Janklow spoke slowly and deliberately, and more than once was on the verge of breaking down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/22_hetlandc_anewbill/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2003 13:41:00 -0500 South Dakota wants to lure biotech companies There's a new effort to make South Dakota competitive in biotechnology. Many would say the state is about 20 years behind the times. But Gov. Mike Rounds says whether it's agricultural products or medical breakthroughs, he's ready to offer an office and financial assistance to companies willing to move. Unfortunately many biotech companies are either well established elsewhere, or are still just someone's good idea. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/14_hetlandc_hematech/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Big Sioux River drying up It rained in Sioux Falls Tuesday -- a rare occurrence this summer. But one day's worth of showers won't be enough to help solve the city's water problems. That's because the Big Sioux River, the city's main source for drinking water, is drying up. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/10_hetlandc_bigsioux/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Bill Janklow: Love him or hate him Bill Janklow faces manslaughter charges as a result of a fatal traffic accident. Many in South Dakota wonder what's next for the man who's dominated South Dakota politics for more than three decades. He's been attorney general, governor and now the state's sole U.S. Representative. To some he's a hero, but to others he's a bully. Janklow can be harsh when he speaks his mind. And no matter what the controversy in his political career, he has come out on top -- at least until now. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/05_hetlandc_janklowcareer/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2003 16:25:00 -0500 Reporter's notebook: Covering Bill Janklow MPR reporter Cara Hetland has worked in South Dakota since 1990, observing and covering the activities of Bill Janklow. She shares some of her experiences. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/05_hetlandc_janklownotebook/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Janklow charged with manslaughter in fatal accident U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was charged Friday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a motorcyclist, killed when the congressman allegedly ran a stop sign at more than 70 mph. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/29_hetlandc_janklowcharged/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2003 11:42:00 -0500 Doing battle with West Nile virus South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds wants everyone in his state to prepare for battle. The enemy is mosquitoes, which are spreading the West Nile virus. Four people have died from the West Nile virus in the last week. More than 250 human cases have been reported in South Dakota this summer. Rounds says the next three weeks is the peak season for mosquitoes and West Nile. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/27_hetlandc_westnile/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2003 15:26:00 -0500 Report says Janklow was driving 70-75 mph at time of crash U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was driving 70-75 mph on a county road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle on Saturday, killing the biker, according to an accident report released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The speed limit on the road east of Trent is 55 mph. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/21_hetlandc_morejanklow/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2003 13:00:00 -0500 Son acknowledges Janklow ran stop sign A prosecutor says South Dakota Congressman Bill Janklow did not stop at a stop sign before his car was hit by a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider died in the Saturday crash in rural South Dakota. Janklow's son acknowledged Tuesday that his father's failure to obey a stop sign led to the fatal accident. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_hetlandc_janklow/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2003 16:56:00 -0500 Water levels up and down on Missouri River For the last three days Missouri River levels have decreased by as much as a foot-and-a-half. In July a federal judge ordered the change in level for the river in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. The Army Corps of Engineers complied with the order just this week. Environmentalists call it a victory for endangered species. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/14_hetlandc_morupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Water Wars The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are not only two major environmental resources in the region, they're important to the economic success of the Upper Midwest. But sometimes these two purposes clash. What is the future of these rivers and how can their roles co-exist? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/30_steilm_riverpolitics/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 12:01:00 -0500 Water Wars: Indicators on a beleaguered river The Missouri River has been dammed and channeled for 50 years. The dams have allowed for barge traffic and flood control downstream, but changed the water flow upstream. In the last 20 years several native river species came close to extinction. Wildlife biologists say the endangered birds and fish are an indication of the health of the river. Federal law requires a recovery program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/03_hetlandc_riverwildlife/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 00:01:00 -0500 DM&E builds railroad empire while it awaits court approval The future of the largest railroad expansion plan since the Civil War goes before a Federal Appeals court. The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's $2 billion project includes hundreds of miles of new and rehabilitated track. It's all part of a plan to haul coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin through South Dakota and Minnesota. The federal government has endorsed the expansion. But that approval faces a challenge from a handful of communities and environmental groups. They argue the project should not proceed in its current form. While the company waits for the courts to settle the future of the plan, the company is moving forward building an empire of its own. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/11_hetlandc_dmeupdate/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2003 00:01:00 -0500 South Dakota opera fans introduce art through local stars Opera's rebirth continues. La Boheme is on Broadway. Opera tickets are selling well just about everywhere. Opera lovers in Sioux Falls are trying to light the flame in hopes of it catching on there. Two South Dakota natives who are now opera stars perform scenes from several operas as a way of introduction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/10_hetlandc_sodakopera/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Fitness, not fatness, is key to health Research shows interesting new correlations between exercise and health. Even obese people who exercise are healthier than thin people who don't. A leading researcher on obesity says you don't have to lose weight to be healthy -- you just have to walk. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_hetlandc_obesityfitness/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Healthier eggs a new niche for farmers When the American Heart Association told consumers eggs were high in cholesterol, consumption plummeted. But now, there's a new egg on the market. An egg enhanced with Omega Three fatty acid can actually help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. Minnesota has nearly 11 million hens. It's the 8th highest egg-producing state in the country. Farmers who got out of the egg business now may see a reason to get back in. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_hetlandc_omegaeggs/?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2003 04:00:00 -0500 Sioux Falls students finally get Joe Foss's message Over the next few weeks, some of America's war heros will return home. The B-52 bomber crews from Minot, N.D., will be back at their home base. And B-1B bomber crews from South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base will come back from Iraq. Heroes from past wars are launching a national program to talk to school kids. The program was founded by former South Dakota Gov. Joe Foss. The inaugural presentation was in Sioux Falls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/23_hetlandc_joefoss/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2003 17:12:00 -0500 Little pill sparks new debate A new marketing campaign in South Dakota is sparking an old debate. This time a birth control pill is the target. Officials from Planned Parenthood want women to know there are medical options besides abortion. Opponents of legal abortion says the pill promotes promiscuity and is an easy fix. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/18_hetlandc_planb/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2003 16:13:00 -0500 Spring storms critical for billion dollar drought Ranchers in western South Dakota are watching a storm system very carefully. The storm rolling across the plains this week, is crucial. In a region that's seen two years of drought, any snow or rain in the forecast could break the billion dollar drought. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/18_hetlandc_drought/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2003 16:00:00 -0600 VA clinics using technology to ease patient overload Veterans Affairs medical centers have seen an explosion in the number of patients across the country. Patient loads have increased by as much as 60 percent over the last seven years. The Sioux Falls VA clinic serves veterans from one of the largest regions in the country, and 23,000 patients are enrolled there. Many drive hours to see a doctor. Nationally, the V.A. is looking for ways to be more efficient. The Sioux Falls clinic is already changing things. Doctors are using new techniques to treat more patients every day. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/20_hetlandc_vacrowded/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2003 06:00:00 -0600 Learning about debt the hard way I wanted to do this story on student debt, because I know first-hand how hard it is to get out of credit card debt. I also know how easy it is to fall behind financially. It's very difficult to find someone in financial trouble, to talk about it. But Nick Green and Nate Helling were gracious enough to open their checkbooks and talk about their choices. Their classmates who have financial trouble wouldn't talk. So here's a personal story -- one I'm not very proud of -- but one that will stay with me for a very long time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_hetlandc_essay/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Starting out without falling behind There were more bankruptcies filed in 2002 than ever before. The American Bankruptcy Institute reports non-business filings broke records last year. More than 1.5 million people filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a 7 percent increase from the previous year. Many blame poor spending habits and high credit card debt. The use of credit is important for recent college graduates. The choices they make about money at that time can stay with them for years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_hetlandc_poorstarting/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Help wanted: Maestro Two major regional orchestras in the Upper Midwest are searching for a new Music Director. The Fargo/Moorhead Symphony is interviewing five possible conductors. In Sioux Falls the South Dakota Symphony will form a committee in January to begin a search. Music Director Susan Haig abruptly left during her second season in Sioux Falls. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/24_hetlandc_symphonysearch/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Modern technology helps solve instrument mysteries Modern violin makers want to unravel the mysteries of how the old great instruments, such as Stradivari violins, were made. One St. Paul violin maker is taking CT scans of 17th and 18th century stringed instruments in hopes of unraveling some of the mysteries. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/10_hetlandc_violins/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2002 14:00:00 -0600 CWD found in wild elk in South Dakota A wild elk from South Dakota has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The elk was found in a herd in the Wind Cave National Park in the southwest part of the state. Park workers noticed the elk showing symptoms of the fatal brain disease. South Dakota is taking a wait and see approach to CWD. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/19_hetlandc_sodakcwd/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2002 16:00:00 -0600 Taxidermists unsure of the future Many hunters dream of having that trophy deer head above their fireplace mantle. Many say this is a pivotal deer season because of fears over chronic wasting disease. Many taxidermists believe this year their business will boom. They say hunters may be less interested in the meat but are hunting for that trophy mount. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/18_hetlandc_taxidermists/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 South Dakota Democrats bring in their own "big"names South Dakota residents will get a heavy dose of politics this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle is touring with Democrat Tim Johnson. Johnson's Republican challenger John Thune will get more help from the White House. President Bush is expected Sunday for his second visit to South Dakota in three days. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/01_hetlandc_sddems-m/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 The race for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat South Dakota has only one member in the U.S. House of Representatives. This year, the race is between a long-time governor and a political newcomer. Bill Janklow is known as a bully who likes a good fight. Stephanie Herseth is half Janklow's age and says she wants to work within the political process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/30_hetlandc_sdhouse-m/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Pheasant numbers down in South Dakota Pheasant hunting is big money for South Dakota, but the $110 million economic boost is in jeopardy this year. The 10-week season has been underway for two weeks, and officials say they're seeing fewer hunters because there are fewer pheasants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/25_hetlandc_pheasant-m/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 S.D. Senate race could tip balance of power The balance of power in the Senate depends on just a few key races, including the one in South Dakota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/23_hetlandc_sdsenate-m/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 South Dakota has nation's poorest county The 2000 census shows South Dakota's Buffalo County is the poorest in the nation. There are more poor kids in that county than anywhere else. Schools in Buffalo County want to work with the children to break the poverty cycle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/02_hetlandc_census-m/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Polling for opinions in South Dakota It's an important year to see what voters are thinking. But are they being honest when taking a poll? Some political scientists say - maybe not. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/24_hetlandc_sdpoll-m/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Suicide counselors speak from experience Some families in Sioux Falls, S.D., who have lost a relative to suicide are trying to help others get through similar tragedies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/28_hetlandc_suicidegroup-m/?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Sioux Falls community theater lowers curtain The Sioux Falls Community Playhouse closed mid-season. This comes at a time when competition for entertainment dollars is tight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/08_hetlandc_playhouseclosed-m/?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Political stakes are high in South Dakota President George W. Bush pays a visit to Sioux Falls Wednesday. He'll talk about agriculture and trade. But he's also raising money for Rep. John Thune, R-S.D., who is running for the U.S. Senate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/24_hetlandc_bushpreview-m/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 National Symphony visits South Dakota The National Symphony Orchestra concludes its 10-day residency Friday in South Dakota. The 102 musicians in the orchestra visit one state each year to share their talent and passion for music with school teachers, students and fellow musicians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/22_hetlandc_symphony-m/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Ads target Daschle in his home state South Dakota has become the first battleground in a war of political superpowers. Political ads are already crowding local television news broadcasts. A conservative Washington group accuses Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of blocking tax cuts. Political observers say the effort to demote Daschle to minority leader is being waged in his home state. where another senate seat may be vulnerable. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/07_hetlandc_daschle-m/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Indian logo used as teaching tool A painting on the wall of a high school gym is setting new ground in the national debate over Indian mascots. At Sioux Falls' Washington High School, an artist has changed the Indian caricature into a three dimensional portrait of a real person. The Washington Warriors are defending this change as a way to use the mascot debate as a teaching tool. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/21_hetlandc_logo-m/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Small town is home to a booming business A lot of companies are laying off workers. But a manufacturing plant in a prairie town, population 78, is bucking the trends. Central States Fire Apparatus of Lyons, S.D., builds fire engines and rescue vehicles. Since it was founded in 1982, the company has grown every year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/26_hetlandc_firetrucks-m/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 South Dakota tribe fights hog farm expansion Opponents of a large hog farm in western South Dakota want to stop the construction. Bell Farms has 48,000 pigs at its facility. Ultimately, the North Dakota-based company plans to have more than 620,000 pigs. The farms are located on trustee land of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. When tribal government signed a contract with Bell Farms for economic development, tribal members voted in new leaders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/06_hetlandc_hogfarm-m/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Black Hills forest fires may teach some lessons It's been just over a year since the largest fire ever burned in the Black Hills. The blaze dubbed the Jasper fire burned nearly seven percent of the forest. The fire has some pointing to government management of the Black Hills National Forest as the cause, with predictions of even more devastating fires to come. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/27_hetlandc_forestfires-m/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The Last Minuteman Hundreds of missile silos and launch facilities in the Midwest were demolished in the early '90s. The START agreement provided that one silo and launch command center be preserved to teach future generations about the Cold War and contemplate the power of nuclear weapons. A Minuteman missile silo and launch command in South Dakota are all that's left. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/26_hetlandc_minuteman-m/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Familiar times for 'The Greatest Generation' With patriotic fervor stirred, thousands of people gathered in South Dakota's capital city to dedicate a memorial to its World War II veterans. While some remembered the war to end all wars, many people's thoughts were on a new war, against an elusive enemy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/16_hetlandc_memorial-m/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A Bright Start for South Dakota's Children Sarah gave birth to her first child when she was just 18 years old. Terri's grandmother is now just 35 years old herself. Bright Start, a new program in South Dakota, sends nurses into the homes of young South Dakotans as a way to give kids a better start in life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/05_hetlandc_moms-m/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Janklow Declares War on Foot and Mouth Disease South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow is taking an aggressive approach to fighting contagious livestock diseases. He says he'll declare war and shut down the state if foot and mouth disease enters the U.S. Janklow hosted a multi-state conference to educate producers about the disease and how to prevent its spread. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/17_hetlandc_footmouth-m/?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Tribe and City Combine Efforts on Law Enforcement At a time when tribal police are understaffed and county jails are overcrowded, a tribe in South Dakota is joining forces with city government to start a new police force. The joint force aims to provide better service, while giving tribal and city officials more control. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/14_hetlandc_jointforce-m/?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Foot and Mouth Threatens Tourism For many parts of our region, tourism is a vital industry. Many farmers and ranchers are getting into the business by opening up their homes and land as vacation spots. Tourism organizations target international travelers with an invitation to come and see the "real" Midwest. Packages promoting farm and ranch stays have some worried that foot and mouth disease could easily find its way to midwestern livestock. Most trust the preventative measures in place while others are taking their own precautions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/30_hetlandc_tourism-m/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Bush Opens Dakotan Front in Tax Battle President George Bush continued his tax cut roadshow in Sioux Falls, outlining his $1.6 trillion tax-cut plan to South Dakotans. South Dakota's Democratic senators have been pushing for a tax cut smaller than the president's proposal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/09_hetlandc_bush-m/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Of Sea Legs and Solid Ground How does a retired pig farmer from a land-locked state receive one of the most prestigious international awards in the world of sailing? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/30_hetlandc_aroundtheworld-m/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Feds Serve Southern Minnesota a 'Railroad Sandwich' The federal Surface Transportation Board released a long-awaited report on September 27, recommending a route for the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad to haul coal from Wyoming through South Dakota and Minnesota. The board issued a draft environmental impact statement after more than a year of research and public comment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/27_hetlandc_railroad-m/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Barn Again in Minnehaha County At the turn of the 20th century, barns were the farm's cathedral. The red or white structures were designed and personalized for each farm family. The massive barns held livestock and tools with a second floor for hay and the occasional barn dance. Towering wooden barns have given way to sleek metal sheds on many farms and now, barns have become the stuff of historic preservation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/14_hetlandc_barns-m/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Prairie Pot Hole Farmers in Day County in northeastern South Dakota have spent the past eight years watching their farm fields become lakes. Landowners who once grazed hundreds of head of cattle now see a new sight on their pastureland: fishing boats. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/04_hetlandc_lakes-m/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Farmers' Fertilizer Targeted by Meth Labs A common fertilizer is a new target for drug manufacturers in rural counties. Small amounts of anhydrous ammonia are used to make methamphetamine. "Meth," the powerful central nervous stimulant with a high potential for abuse and dependence is becoming more available in rural areas. Authorities are telling farmers to lock up a chemical that's typically left in the middle of the field overnight. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/26_hetlandc_meth-m/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Victims of the Womb South Dakota is said to have among the highest rate of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome in the nation. Health officials say they don't have an accurate count of babies born with the preventable disability, but they know it's high - especially in rural areas. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - FAS - has far-reaching implications for our schools and even court systems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200006/09_hetlandc_babies-m/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jun 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Bankers Onboard For the first time a task force of the American Bankers Association is taking a position on ag policy and recommending solutions to permanently lift farmers out of financial crisis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/04_hetlandc_bankers-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 A Proper Place for Public Art Michelangelo's statue of David has been described as artistic perfection. Travelers from round the world flock to Florence in Italy to see the gigantic marble figure, completed in 1504. You might think any city would be happy to have a high-quality replica of David, but in Sioux Falls, the controversy over where to put just such a statue has triggered a larger debate about the proper place for public art. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/22_hetlandc_statues-m/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Free Agent Teachers The shortage of teachers in Minnesota has done wonders for salaries. School districts are hiring teachers away from other districts in a war for their services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/10_hetlandc_teachers-m/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Ear of Sioux Falls A cultural jewel opens in South Dakota thanks in large part to a man who's all ears. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/01_hetlandc_hall-m/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 You Said What? 30 percent of the students in Worthington are students of color. The city is close to Sioux Falls, where many land from a Lutheran Social Services initiative and then spread out to find work. How are the schools and other municipal services dealing with this diverse population in terms of language? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/04_hetlandc_what-m/?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Refugees of Minnesota Some Rural Minnesotans say their plight isn't much different than those of Kosovars. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/05_hetlandc_reax-m/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Painting a Dreary Picture Some art educators say legislative involvement in graduation standards jeopardizes the future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/10_hetlandc_art-m/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Legacy of Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Ambiguous law makes an already difficult process even harder on farmers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/23_hetlandc_legacy-m/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Many Question Aid in Spencer As rebuilding continues, inequity in payment raises questions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/17_hetlandc_rebuild-m/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Welfare Reform and Health Care Facing changes in welfare, many also find difficulty receiving adequate health services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/16_hetlandc_healthcare/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 South Dakota Puts Prisoners to Work Using convicts to provide a labor force is drawing criticism. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/06_hetlandc_prison-m/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Dakotas and Canada Skirmish Over Agricultural Commoditie Many question motivation and impact of Canadian truck inspections. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/17_hetlandc_borderwar-m/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Regional Farmers Joining Global Economy Farmers are finding the global marketplace to contain both problems and opportunities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199806/09_hetlandc_global-m/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Bald eagle recovery in South Dakota began 14 years ago In 1993, Cara Hetland covered a story about the first pair of bald eagles to winter in South Dakota since the 1880s. Fourteen years later, the species has made such a recovery the federal government will take the bald eagle off the endangered species list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/05/eaglearchieve?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 1993 00:00:00 -0600