Dakota Midday http://listen.sdpb.org en Stories of Redfield http://listen.sdpb.org/post/stories-redfield <p>As part of SDPB's Landscapes of South Dakota series, Thursday's Dakota Midday broadcast live from the historic Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot in <a href="http://www.redfield-sd.com/redfield/city">Redfield, South Dakota. </a></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:09:31 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50340 at http://listen.sdpb.org Stories of Redfield State Biologist Expects Pheasant Rebound http://listen.sdpb.org/post/state-biologist-expects-pheasant-rebound <p>Chinese ring-necked pheasants were first successfully introduced in South Dakota in 1908 in Spink County. That was also where the state’s first pheasant hunting season took place.</p><p>Today pheasant hunting is big business in the state. According to the South Dakota Department of Tourism, pheasant hunting generates an estimated 223 million dollars annually. But pheasant numbers have been falling since 2007. Concern about the declining pheasant population and its statewide impact led Governor Dennis Daugaard to form a pheasant habitat task force.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:54:24 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50339 at http://listen.sdpb.org State Biologist Expects Pheasant Rebound Legacy of Corn Palace Continues http://listen.sdpb.org/post/legacy-corn-palace-continues <p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">When Mitchell’s first Corn Palace was built in 1892, it was only one of at least 34 grain palaces in the Midwest from the 1880s to the 1930s. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:40:52 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50262 at http://listen.sdpb.org Legacy of Corn Palace Continues Researchers Continue to Expand Corn Potential http://listen.sdpb.org/post/researchers-continue-expand-corn-potential <p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">When farmers first arrived in Dakota Territory, they assumed the growing season was too short for corn and it was planted as a sod crop. But an agronomist writing in a 1909 report said that men who once scoffed are now buying South Dakota farms on which they expect to grow corn. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:24:36 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50261 at http://listen.sdpb.org Researchers Continue to Expand Corn Potential Corn: Food, Fuel, And The Future http://listen.sdpb.org/post/corn-food-fuel-and-future <p>Although the first image that comes to mind when thinking of corn is a freshly buttered ear, most corn doesn’t make it to the dinner table. Whole-kernel sweet corn is only about one-percent of the crop. The rest of it is field corn. Some is processed for food ingredients, but it’s primarily used as livestock feed and ethanol.As demand for renewable fuel has grown in recent years, South Dakota has emerged as the fifth largest ethanol producing state with over a dozen biofuel plants. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:16 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50260 at http://listen.sdpb.org Corn: Food, Fuel, And The Future Yankton and the Missouri River http://listen.sdpb.org/post/yankton-and-missouri-river <p>Throughout its 157 year history, life in Yankton has centered around the Missouri River. Steamboat traffic on the river helped the town grow after its founding in 1857. But both Yankton and the river have changed over the years, most dramatically with the construction of dams on the Missouri, including the Gavin’s Point Dam west of town. The dams brought an end to navigation, but controlled flooding, generated electricity and created new recreational opportunities, with visitors camping, boating, swimming and fishing at Lewis and Clark Lake.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:20:41 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50219 at http://listen.sdpb.org Yankton and the Missouri River Yankton: Capital of Dakota Territory http://listen.sdpb.org/post/yankton-capital-dakota-territory <p>Yankton became the capital of Dakota Territory in 1861, when the town was only two years old. The designation brought new settlers and businesses and the river town quickly expanded. The original capitol building was two stories, with territory offices on the bottom floor and territorial legislators on the second. In 1883, Yankton lost the territorial capital to Bismarck. And six years later when South Dakota became a state, Yankton tried to become the state’s capital, but lost to Pierre. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:02:06 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50195 at http://listen.sdpb.org Yankton: Capital of Dakota Territory WNAX: Regional Voice for 92 Years http://listen.sdpb.org/post/wnax-regional-voice-92-years <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Since 1922, Yankton's <a href="http://wnax.com/">WNAX</a> radio has broadcast throughout the upper Great Plains with a signal that can reach as far south as Kansas City and as far north as Fargo. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:53:14 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50194 at http://listen.sdpb.org WNAX: Regional Voice for 92 Years Freeman Receives Grant for Arts/Earth Center http://listen.sdpb.org/post/freeman-receives-grant-artsearth-center <p>The southeast South Dakota town of Freeman has received a $150,000 grant for the design of an arts/earth center. The award is one of 66 Our Town grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center will use the grant to determine the feasibility of a facility incorporating a producing greenhouse configuration with an arts center supporting the area’s arts, heritage and agricultural traditions. John Koch is project director of the Freeman Arts/Earth Center. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed what the NEA grant means for the project's future. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:11:31 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50134 at http://listen.sdpb.org Freeman Receives Grant for Arts/Earth Center Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival http://listen.sdpb.org/post/flight-232-story-disaster-and-survival <p>Surviving passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 232 gathered in Sioux City this past weekend to mark the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the plane’s crash. On July 19<sup>th</sup>, 1989 the flight from Denver to Chicago slammed into a runway at the Sioux City airport and exploded into flames. Of the 296 people aboard, 184 miraculously survived.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:56:25 +0000 Karl Gehrke 50127 at http://listen.sdpb.org Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival Master Trombonist Inspired by Louis Armstrong http://listen.sdpb.org/post/master-trombonist-inspired-louis-armstrong <p><a href="http://www.wycliffegordon.com/">Wycliffe Gordon</a> is one of today’s finest trombonists . He has an expressive approach to the instrument involving a wide variety of sounds and effects. In the latest issue of <a href="http://www.downbeat.com/defaultl.asp?sect=magazine">DownBeat</a> magazine, critics named him Best Trombone for the third consecutive year. But he also plays trumpet, tuba and other instruments and sings. And he’s also a bandleader, composer and educator. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:17:15 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49950 at http://listen.sdpb.org Master Trombonist Inspired by Louis Armstrong The Enduring Legend of Al Capone http://listen.sdpb.org/post/enduring-legend-al-capone <p>More than eighty years after the peak of his power, the legend of mobster Al Capone endures. His name still evokes images of pin-stripe suits and white fedoras.</p><p>A new PBS program airing Tuesday on SDPB-TV, <em><a href="http://www.pbs.org/program/al-capone-icon/">Al Capone: Icon</a>,</em> follows the gangster's rise from a two-bit hustler to the king of Chicago’s underworld and examines why he continues to fascinate so many Americans.</p><p>Bill Margol is senior director of programming and development at PBS and joined Dakota Midday to discuss the program.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:02:53 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49949 at http://listen.sdpb.org The Enduring Legend of Al Capone USD Professor Examines Gaza Conflict http://listen.sdpb.org/post/usd-professor-examines-gaza-conflict <p>Israel and Hamas held a brief cease-fire on Thursday as fighting went into a tenth day. The two sides agreed to the pause following a request by the United Nations so that supplies could be delivered to Gaza.</p><p>Air strikes and rocket fire quickly resumed following the cease-fire. The nearly two weeks of cross-border fighting has so far killed more than 220 Palestinians in Gaza and one Israeli, according to officials.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:52:53 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49948 at http://listen.sdpb.org USD Professor Examines Gaza Conflict Australian Guitar Virtuoso Plays Two South Dakota Venues http://listen.sdpb.org/post/australian-guitar-virtuoso-plays-two-south-dakota-venues <p>Australian guitar virtuoso <a href="http://www.tommyemmanuel.com/">Tommy Emmanuel</a> says he's not in the music business, but the happiness business. He's a master finger picker and essentially a one-man band. He plays bass, rhythm and melodic lines along with percussion all on a single acoustic guitar.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:04:01 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49895 at http://listen.sdpb.org Australian Guitar Virtuoso Plays Two South Dakota Venues Is There Still Hope for the Minnesota Twins? http://listen.sdpb.org/post/there-still-hope-minnesota-twins <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star game in Minneapolis was one of the few occasions that fans at Target Field have had much to cheer about this season. At the mid-season break, the Minnesota Twins are in last place in the American League’s Central Division with a losing 44-50 record. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:51:25 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49894 at http://listen.sdpb.org Is There Still Hope for the Minnesota Twins? Dakota Political Junkies http://listen.sdpb.org/post/dakota-political-junkies-83 <p>Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader; and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Democratic U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson's struggles to raise funds in her attempt to unseat Republican Kristi Noem. Other topics included state Libertarian's upcoming convention and Chad Haber's plans to seek the party's nominee for attorney general. Haber is the husband of former Republican U.S. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:41:04 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49893 at http://listen.sdpb.org Dakota Political Junkies The Gentlemen Bootleggers of Templeton, Iowa http://listen.sdpb.org/post/gentlemen-bootleggers-templeton-iowa <p>The Prohibition Era is filled with stories of bootleggers who defied the law to produce liquor for thirsty Americans. In his new book, <a href="http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/gentlemen-bootleggers-products-9781613748480.php"><em>Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition and a Small Town in Cahoots</em>,</a> Bryce T. Bauer brings to life the tale of Templeton, Iowa with its townspeople peacefully cooperating in the production of a special rye whiskey known for its quality and safety.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:46:29 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49820 at http://listen.sdpb.org The Gentlemen Bootleggers of Templeton, Iowa Will LeBron James Inspire Prodigal South Dakotans to Return Home? http://listen.sdpb.org/post/will-lebron-james-inspire-prodigal-south-dakotans-return-home <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Last week the man regarded as the best basketball player in the world announced that he was returning home to Ohio. Four year after leaving Cleveland for Miami, LeBron James said he’s signing a two-year, 42 million dollar contract with his old team. </span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:23:28 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49818 at http://listen.sdpb.org Will LeBron James Inspire Prodigal South Dakotans to Return Home? FRONTLINE Examines Resurgence of School Segregation http://listen.sdpb.org/post/frontline-examines-resurgence-school-segregation <p>Sixty years ago in the Brown vs Board of Education ruling, the Supreme Court declared racially segregated unconstitutional. Ten years later President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which guaranteed all Americans equal protection under the law. Under Johnson, the federal government began an aggressive push to integrate schools. But the racial divide in schools has grown over the past couple decades.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:00:13 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49819 at http://listen.sdpb.org FRONTLINE Examines Resurgence of School Segregation Trees, Bugs, Clover and Cold http://listen.sdpb.org/post/trees-bugs-clover-and-cold <p>Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at <a href="http://www.southeasttech.edu/">Southeast Tech</a> in Sioux Falls, answered listener questions as part of Dakota Midday's semi-regular lawn and garden segment. Topics included clover and mushrooms in lawns, staking and mulching trees, cool weather and bugs.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:28:58 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49755 at http://listen.sdpb.org Trees, Bugs, Clover and Cold Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Play JazzFest http://listen.sdpb.org/post/josh-hoyer-and-shadowboxers-play-jazzfest <p><a href="http://joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com/home">Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers</a>' music<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"> is straight out of Memphis, Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans, but the musicians come from Lincoln, Nebraska. </span>Hoyer grew up in Lincoln, but lived in the Pacific Northwest and New Orleans before returning home.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:19:37 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49754 at http://listen.sdpb.org Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Play JazzFest Unseasonable Temps Not a Return of Polar Vortex http://listen.sdpb.org/post/unseasonable-temps-not-return-polar-vortex <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Mid-July is usually one of the hottest times of the year in South Dakota. But with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s in much of the state, it feels more like fall. Although some are referring to the unseasonably chilly air as a return of the polar vortex, it’s not. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:50:05 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49748 at http://listen.sdpb.org Unseasonable Temps Not a Return of Polar Vortex The Black Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music http://listen.sdpb.org/post/black-hills-are-alive-sound-music <p><a href="http://www.orlandochambersoloists.org/">The Orlando Chamber Soloists</a> are back for the 7<sup>th</sup> annual Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills. The group first came together in 2004 with professional musicians from the Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony, Curtis Institute, Louisiana Philharmonic and orchestras throughout Florida.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:29:41 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49537 at http://listen.sdpb.org The Black Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music "A Day in South Dakota" Photo Contest http://listen.sdpb.org/post/day-south-dakota-photo-contest <p>As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is asking people to document the state's unique identity. On August 19th, 2014 everyone is invited to photograph a scene capturing what South Dakota means to them. It could be a photo of home, work or a favorite place. The theme of the contest is "A Day in South Dakota." SDPB will accept submissions on August 19th and select photographs for a gallery of images available via Flickr, and published in a 2015 SDPB Landscapes Calendar. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:04:33 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49536 at http://listen.sdpb.org "A Day in South Dakota" Photo Contest Celebrating Science at Neutrino Day http://listen.sdpb.org/post/celebrating-science-neutrino-day <p>Science takes center stage in Lead on Saturday for the 7<sup>th</sup> annual Neutrino Day. Last year an estimated one-thousand people attended activities at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and throughout town. Constance Walter is communications director for the underground lab. She joined Dakota Midday to share some of the highlights of the family event. Click<a href="http://www.sanfordlab.org/neutrinoday"> here</a> for a full schedule of activities.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:36:10 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49535 at http://listen.sdpb.org Celebrating Science at Neutrino Day USD Med Students Begin Rural Training http://listen.sdpb.org/post/usd-med-students-begin-rural-training <p>A shortage of physicians is a problem in South Dakota's small towns. But a new initiative at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is designed to help fix the problem by sending medical students to rural South Dakota hospitals.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:22:55 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49534 at http://listen.sdpb.org USD Med Students Begin Rural Training Ellsworth Officer's Humanitarian Efforts in Sierra Leone http://listen.sdpb.org/post/ellsworth-officers-humanitarian-efforts-sierra-leone <p>From 1991 to 2001, the West African country of Sierra Leone went through a brutal civil war that left over 50,000 people dead. In September of 2010, the UN Security Council lifted its last remaining sanctions against the country, saying the government had fully re-established control and former rebel fighters had been disarmed and demobilized. But the disastrous effects of the civil war are still felt as reconstruction efforts slow economic recovery.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:23:11 +0000 Karl Gehke 49457 at http://listen.sdpb.org Ellsworth Officer's Humanitarian Efforts in Sierra Leone Dakota Political Junkies http://listen.sdpb.org/post/dakota-political-junkies-82 <p>Just when it seemed like the 2014 campaign season was calming down a bit, things have gotten interesting again. On Tuesday independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers held a press conference announcing that his new running mate is former Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers announces Republican Lora Hubbel as his running mate.</p><p>Also former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s husband Chad Haber has announced his intentions to challenge Attorney General Marty Jackley in the fall.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:33:27 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49462 at http://listen.sdpb.org Dakota Political Junkies Calvin Coolidge's Black Hills Summer Vacation http://listen.sdpb.org/post/calvin-coolidges-black-hills-summer-vacation <p>A plaque commemorating President Calvin Coolidge's use of the old Rapid City High School as his executive office has been dedicated by Historic Rapid City. The plaque features photos of Coolidge and his wife, Grace, arriving in Rapid City by train and Coolidge on the steps of the school, which has since been torn down. It was from those steps that Coolidge announced that he chose not to run for re-election.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:42:14 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49456 at http://listen.sdpb.org Calvin Coolidge's Black Hills Summer Vacation Band Pays Tribute to South Dakota's First Poet Laureate http://listen.sdpb.org/post/band-pays-tribute-south-dakotas-first-poet-laureate <p>Guitarist and singer Pegie Douglas says the poetry of Badger Clark fits naturally to music. She's the leader of the Badger Sett Band which wants to keep the poetry of Clark alive.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:24:21 +0000 Karl Gehrke 49388 at http://listen.sdpb.org Band Pays Tribute to South Dakota's First Poet Laureate