South Dakota Insights: Avera Health Expansion, Digital Investigation Unit, Dakota Political Junkie, Hand Counting Ballots, Women and Trans Music Initiative, Juvenile Justice Reform in SD

Digital investigation unit harnessing technology to solve cases

On today’s show, we learned about some exciting developments in South Dakota. Avera Health announced their plans to expand their women’s, children’s, and digestive health services. Chief Nursing Officer Tamera Larsen-Engelkes shared the details of their expansion plan and how they hope to improve healthcare for residents of South Dakota.

In addition to this news, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley discussed his office’s successful legislative session and why they are receiving funds to create a digital investigation unit and expand how law enforcement uses technology. This will help them better serve the people of South Dakota and keep them safe.

We also heard from Garrick Moritz, editor of the Garretson Gazette, who stepped in as our Dakota Political Junkie. He dived into the controversy and compromise in Senate Bill 201, giving us a unique perspective on this important issue.

Furthermore, SDPB’s C.J. Keene took a close look at petitions calling for hand counting ballots in the state. We learned more about this topic and why it matters to many residents of South Dakota.

But that wasn’t all! We also learned about a new program aimed at helping women and trans musicians take the leap from open mic to professional performances. This exciting initiative will provide valuable support and resources to aspiring musicians in South Dakota.

Finally, SDPB’s Jackie Hendry previewed her upcoming “South Dakota Focus” episode on juvenile justice. She shared why she sees this story as a hopeful one and we can’t wait to hear more about it on her show!

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