SDPTV salutes veterans

SDPTV salutes veterans
South Dakota Public Broadcasting salutes veterans in the coming week, and examines drought and a schools lawsuit in upcoming episodes of South Dakota Focus.

The SDPB Television issues program will present a Tribute to Our Soldiers and Veterans at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Guests include:

  • Maj. Gen. Michael Gorman, adjutant general for the South Dakota National Guard.

  • Lt. Col. Reid Christopherson – Executive Officer, 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard.
  • Col. Russ A. Walz – Commander, 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard.
  • Col. Jeffrey Marlette – Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters, South Dakota National Guard – Deployed to Iraq as commander of 2nd Battalion 147th Field Artillery.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Shane Toupal – Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer for Charlie Battery 1st Battalion 147th Field Artillery – Deployed to Iraq with Company B, 109th Medical Battalion.
  • Staff Sgt. Penny Dickes – Administrative Noncommissioned Officer for Company B, 109th Medical Battalion and Unit Family Readiness Representative – Deployed to Iraq with Company B, 109th Medical Battalion and deployed during Operation Desert Storm with the 730th Medical Detachment. She has two sons currently deployed in Iraq.

    Drought will be shown on

    Thursday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m.

    Times have been tough for much of South Dakota. Guests include:

  • State Secretary of Agriculture Larry Gabriel.
  • Marcie Moran with Sioux Falls Catholic Services. She is also the project leader for Sewing the Seeds of Hope, a program that reaches out to rural communities with mental health services.
  • Mike Grage – a rancher from Timberlake. He lost cattle herd in 1997 due to a blizzard. He and his family rebuilt the 200-head herd, but now drought has reduced the number to 10.
  • Liz Gorham of the SDSU Extension office. She will share information on financial assistance.

    Education Lawsuit will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m.

    The South Dakota Coalition of Schools is suing the State Department of Education, Board of Education, Gov. Mike Rounds, Secretary of Education Rick Melmer, and State Treasurer Vernon Larson. The suit alleges that inadequate funding by the state. Find out the details with guests:

  • Scott Abdallah, the attorney representing the coalition.
  • Superintendent Gary Leighton with the Florence school district. Florence is included in the lawsuit.
  • State Rep. Phyllis Heineman, the chair of the House Education Committee, which opposes the lawsuit.
  • Superintendent Tim Mitchell from Chamberlain. His school district is not included in the lawsuit and he believes the lawsuit is a bad idea.
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