In 1871, the Grand Duke Alexis, the fourth son of Tsar Alexander II, was sent by his father to help build friendship with America. Gary Enright, of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, shares the story of a young Russian nobleman taken with the charms of the American West.

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Oh My Cupcakes! opened in 2009 as South Dakota’s first gourmet cupcakery.  They now ship cupcakes nationwide. Melissa Johnson joins Dakota Midday to talk about Oh My Word!  It’s a luxury stationary store that offers a full schedule of workshops and, not surprisingly, cupcakes. Johnson discusses the power of the written word to encourage and inspire and how the stories of Oh My Word! customers are already becoming part of the store's business model.

The 50th Super Bowl featured more than 60 commercials that showcased celebrities, fast cars, and, of course, beer. Brandon Nutting is an assistant professor in the department of media and journalism at the University of South Dakota. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the best (and worst) ads of the day and what they say about business, society, and a new generation of consumers.

The realities of international travel mean a mosquito-borne illness can reach the Midwest during blizzard season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are at least 35 travel-associated Zika virus disease cases in the United States right now.  That includes a case in the state of Minnesota.  When Zika virus does cause illness, the CDC says symptoms are generally mild, but recent evidence suggests a possible association between maternal Zika virus infection and adverse fetal outcomes.

A bill before the South Dakota Legislature requires doctors to provide additional information to women considering an abortion. The measure adds to the informed consent law.


State Leaders Wait For Medicaid Plan

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Medicaid expansion is one of the major topics at the State Capitol this legislative session. Lawmakers are still waiting to hear details from the federal government before moving forward.


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The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has begun an effort to repatriate remains of tribal members who died while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. We spoke with the tribe’s Historic Preservation Officer about the history of Lakota students at the school and what’s being done to bring home their remains.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has been gathering information about how to repatriate the remains of at least 10 Lakota students who died at Carlisle in the 19th century.

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The Statehouse Podcast for Sunday, February 7th includes coverage of legislation on medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion, education funding, and government accountability. 


The Dana Leong Trio

Feb 5, 2016

Dana Leong's music spans multiple genres.  The two-time Grammy Award winner, often referred to as the "high-def Yo-Yo Ma," creates mesmerizing sounds that combine jazz, funk, hip-hop and classical music.  The electric cellist and trombonist studied at the Manhattan School of Music.  At the same time, he got involved with studio work in New York, improvising with artists like Kanye West, Lil' Kim and Marc Anthony.  His first CD, "Leaving New York," worked in jazz, funk and rock.  His sophomore effort in 2007, "Anth

Drone Free Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2016

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" discussed the "No Drone Zone" at this year's Super Bowl in San Francisco.  Also, more talk about Windows 10.  Osborne was joined by panelists Joel Broveleit and Jeff Litterick.



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