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5:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

September's Beetle Killing Cold Snap

The sap bulb from a Ponderosa Pine that is being attacked by beetles in the Black Hills.

The early September cold snap in the Black Hills was hard on anyone trying to grow tomatoes.  But it turns out the cold may have also been tough on pine beetles.

In the dead of winter pine beetles can survive short periods of -30 to -40 below zero.  
 
Experts say in early fall the bugs aren’t yet ready for winter and they are much more susceptible to freezing.

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Environment
4:50 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Getting Gardens and Plants Ready for Fall

A collection of succulent plants

Tonight marks the official start of the fall season. Leaves are starting to turn color. Gardeners are harvesting late season vegetables, preparing for the winter and making plans for next spring. Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions, including how to bring succulent plants indoors for the winter.

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Science
4:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Ag Leader Discusses New Technologies for Future Challenges

NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy
Credit USDA

The director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture was in South Dakota last week talking with biotech scientists and ag faculty. Sonny Ramaswamy spoke at the 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit in Sioux Falls and a seminar and forum and at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

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News
4:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

KXL Decision Pending

A protest on the Standing Rock Reservation in June during President Obama's visit to North Dakota.

You can join the live town hall at 7:00pm central 6:00 pm mountain here.

A decision from the Whitehouse on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is expected in November.

The pipeline proposes to bring tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada across the Dakotas and to refineries in the Southern United States.

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Culture
4:27 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Sioux Falls Author Shares Joys and Mysteries of Adoption in New Poetry Collection

Patrick Hicks
Credit Patrick Hicks

When writer Patrick Hicks and his wife were unable to have biological children, they adopted a little boy from South Korea. In his new book of poetry, Adoptable, Hicks shares the joys of fatherhood and imagines his son as he grows older. The book’s poems also examine what it means to adopt a child from another country and culture. In one poem he asks the question, “Did we do the right thing, importing you to the other side of the world, bringing you to the prairie and the ice?”

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News
3:43 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Nat'l Arts Chair Visits Sioux Falls

NEA Chair Jane Chu talks to South Dakotans gathered at the Washington Pavilion during her visit to Sioux Falls. / September 22, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The chair of the National Endowment for the Arts says South Dakotans need to share success stories about robust local arts projects with the rest of the country.  NEA head Jane Chu is in Sioux Falls on a visit to explore federally-supported projects and speak to local advocates.

Chu says she encounters support for government investments in the arts, but she says it’s necessary that people talk about projects that prove communities benefit from nurturing arts programs.

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News
3:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

GOAC Meets On EB-5 Wednesday

The EB-5 scandal is at the center of an upcoming meeting of the state Government Operations and Audit Committee or GOAC in Pierre this week.

EB-5 is a federal program that allows foreigners a permanent visa if they invest a half-million dollars in a  rural business.  Critics of the program in South Dakota allege embezzlement and improper oversight of EB-5 during Governor Mike Rounds Administration.  

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Mines Students Find Artistry In Science

Michael Willman, left, and Ian Markon practice the ancient craft of blacksmithing.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

On a recent Thursday evening, a few School of Mines and Technology students gather in a downtown Rapid City parking lot to demonstrate the relationship between art and science. As SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports, if creative geniuses pay attention to aesthetics as well as facts and numbers, there’s an indivisible relationship between form and function.

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Arts
4:20 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Rough & Tumble

Credit Miner Brewing Company

Nashville has a couple of rising stars in the folk music duo of The Rough & Tumble.  Scott Tyler and Mallory Graham share in the songwriting and, according to Tyler, they instantly found a common language.  Their harmonies can bemoan great sadness and celebrate peace, comfort and joy.  In 2013, they released two songes each month as part of The Rough & Tumble Holiday Awareness Campaign.  Some of the songs celebrated the 5th of July, A Day for the Remembrance of the Souls of Lost Whales and Talk Like a Pirate Day.  You get the picture!  The Rough & Tumble performed during the Min

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Politics
4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rounds Attacked In Out Of State Ad: GOP Cries Foul

A new ad in South Dakota is critical of Mike Rounds on the EB-5 scandal.     
 
The ad comes from a non-partisan watchdog group called Every Voice Action.  The group says  it works to hold politicians accountable on where they stand on money in politics.
 
The group says while it’s critical of Rounds at this point it’s not endorsing any candidate in the race.

But Rounds denies wrongdoing and the GOP is alleging improprieties against the Weiland Campaign.

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Technology
3:21 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Dakota Midday: Techradio

Much talk about the new iPhones and the iOS8 updates.  Also cable regulation and "D

  estiny".

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Culture - Black Hills - Unity
4:39 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Unity Concert For Return Of Black Hills

Peter Yarrow leads children in singing “Puff, The Magic Dragon” at the Black Hills Unity Concert.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

Hundreds of people from across the country and around the world gathered on a field near Piedmont recently with one goal in mind…returning the Black Hills to the Lakota people. We attend the 2-day “Unity Concert” and speak with music legends, Native activists, tribal elders and international performers to learn why they’ve joined forces in the decades-old cause.

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News
9:39 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Federal Case Filed Over Voting Rights On Pine Ridge

A voting rights group is filing a federal court case alleging unequal access to the polls in Jackson County, South Dakota.

The county covers the northeast corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation and is home to both the towns of Kadoka and Wanblee.   

In the county seat of Kadoka, the public can register and vote early in person.   But in Wanblee, the county’s largest town that sits on the Pine Ridge Reservation, early voting in person is not an option.

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News
7:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Atty: EB-5 Leader Masqueraded As Legal Rep.

Attorney Patrick Duffy / September 18, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The attorney for the South Dakota Democratic Party says the man who ran the EB-5 program fraudulently acted as a legal representative for the state.

It’s the latest in on-going discussions related to the way South Dakota used to administer an immigrant visa program. Federally-authorized EB-5 operations give foreign investors green cards when they put money into American enterprises.

Attorney Patrick Duffy says former state employee Joop Bollen masqueraded as a lawyer when an investor headhunter sued his business – and dragged the state of South Dakota into the lawsuit.

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News
5:15 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Inmate Indicted For Murdering Cell Mate

Douglas Ipsen / Photo Taken 09/27/2010
Credit SD Sex Offender Registry

An inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary is charged with murdering his cell mate. Staff discovered Kent Davidson dead in his cell after midnight on September 8, 2014. The 37-year-old was serving life in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. Davidson’s death certificate shows he died from asphyxia and ligature strangulation.

A grand jury Thursday approved an indictment. Douglas Ipsen, 28, faces alternative counts of first degree murder, second degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the death of fellow prison inmate Kent Davidson.

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Science
4:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Biotech in South Dakota

Kevin Kephart, vice president for research and economic development at South Dakota State University
Credit South Dakota State University

Biotechnology experts from around the country are in Sioux Falls this week for the 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit. Among the issues under discussion include genetic technology research and development, FDA regulations, and advancing health, food and industrial applications of animal biotechnology. The summit kicked-off on Monday with tours of South Dakota State University and Brookings area facilities. SDSU’s vice president for research and economic development, Kevin Kephart, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the work of SDSU in the biotechnology field.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler
Credit Pressler for Senate

Larry Pressler was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1974 and later served three terms in the U.S. Senate. He’s seeking a return to his former Senate seat which is open with the retirement of Democrat Tim Johnson. But now Pressler is running as an independent because of the partisan fights he says are dragging the nation down.

During a Dakota Midday conversation, Pressler explained how the political culture has changed since he served in Congress and why an independent can be a powerful and effective voice for South Dakota in the U.S. Senate.

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News
4:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Speaks in Sioux Falls

Inge Auerbacher and the doll she had in the Terezin concentration camp. She donated the doll, Marlene, to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC
Credit Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher was born in a village in southwestern Germany in the area her family had lived since the early 1600s. Jews and Christians had lived together peacefully until the Kristallnacht attacks on Jewish people in November 1938. Four years later, Auerbacher and her parents were among those rounded up by the Nazis and sent to the Terezin, or Theresienstadt, concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Seven-year-old Inge arrived at the camp, clutching her doll, Marlene.

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News
3:24 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Police Seek Assault Suspects In Cell Phone Video

A screen shot of a cell phone video Police say shows suspects assaulting a man on the ground.

Rapid City police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in an aggravated assault over the weekend that was caught on a cell phone video.

The video contains violence and graphic language – it depicts several subjects attacking a male victim.

Police officials say the incident occurred at 1 a.m. on Sept. 14, outside Teddy’s Bar on Main Street in Rapid City.   The subjects also allegedly took a handgun from the victim during the assault.

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News
12:21 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Campaign Finance Reform Splits SD U.S. Senators

An effort to back a constitutional amendment to limit the amount of money corporations and other groups can give to political campaigns died on the floor of the U.S. Senate late last week.

The move comes following the Citizens United and subsequent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court that equate campaign contributions with free speech rights.

South Dakota’s Senators cast opposing votes on the resolution.

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News
2:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Education Funding Talks Held In SD

One analysis of state education funding shows South Dakota puts less money into schools now than a generation ago. A series of public meetings is offering South Dakotans a glimpse at funding trends. The discussions include details about South Dakota’s education policy and offer an opportunity to collaborate with other people in the community.

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Sports
2:43 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Paralympic Ski Coach Receives Dakota Wesleyan Alumni Award

Jon Kreamelmeyer

Jon Kreamelmeyer’s work as a coach for Paralympic skiers earned him an induction into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame earlier this year in Sochi, Russia. His involvement with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team began as a guide for visually impaired athlete Michele Drolet who won a bronze medal at the 1994 Paralympics in Lillehammer, Norway. He became an assistant coach for the team in 1995 and was hired as head coach in 1999.

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News
2:39 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Harvest Hits Admist Grain Train Backlog

A shortage of rail cars in South Dakota is hampering the movement of grain to market.

Railroads have sent many cars to the booming North Dakota oil fields – leaving some farmers with no way to transport their produce.

Pressure on the Surface Transportation Board from the South Dakota congressional delegation forced some changes to stem the problem.    But the backlog of grain remains.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed former EB-5 director Joop Bollen’s agreement to answer lawmaker’s questions in writing; Mike Rounds decision to skip a U.S. Senate debate sponsored by the Native Sun Times and United Tribes Technical College; and Larry Pressler’s “surging” independent U.S. Senate campaign.

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Sports
1:40 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Shredding The Rez: Tribal Skate Parks Take Off

A skater drops into the bowl on Pine Ridge during the 12th annual Tony Eagle Bull Memorial Skateboard Competition at the 2014 Oglala Nation Pow-Wow.

On just about any afternoon, in places like Pine Ridge, Kyle, and Eagle Butte you can find young people careening up and down ramps and flying through the air.

Tribal skateboard parks are popping up in communities across South Dakota's Indian Country.  The parks are being funded in part by pro skaters, big time rock musicians, and local leaders who have joined forces to build more activities for youth.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Howie

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Howie

In the four-way race to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson, Gordon Howie describes himself as the “true conservative.” The former Republican state legislator from Rapid City says he's running as an Independent candidate to provide state voters with an alternative to the Republican nominee, former Governor Mike Rounds.

The other candidates in the race for the open Senate seat are Democrat Rick Weiland and former Republican Senator Larry Pressler, who is also running as an Independent.

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World
2:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Scottish Referendum Raises Big Questions

Flag of Scotland

On Thursday voters in Scotland will decide whether they want their country to become independent or remain in the United Kingdom. The latest opinion polls show a tight race, with the early lead in favor of staying in the UK eroding. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that if Scotland votes for Independence, the U.K. will split and they'll go their separate ways forever. “Independence would not be a trial separation,” Cameron said. “It would be a painful divorce.”

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News
2:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Analyst Expects Continued Gas Price Decline

After a slight increase, gas prices across the nation have started to fall again. According to GasBuddy.com, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.37. In South Dakota, the average is a penny less with a few Sioux Falls stations selling gas for less than three dollars. GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski joined Dakota Midday and said gas prices are falling as stations switch to cheaper winter blends this week.

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News
1:45 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

USDA Secy Highlights SD Grant Project

The United States Secretary of Agriculture says a federal grant should increase efficiency for shipping grain in part of South Dakota. More than $12.6 million is going to rehabilitate a stretch of railroad the state owns in south-central South Dakota. The overall cost of the reconstruction is nearly $30 million. The project is one of 72 efforts across the country aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

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News
1:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Poli Sci Prof Examines EB-5 In Election

One political scientist says election activity revs up after Labor Day. An increasing number of press conferences, debates, news releases and campaign stops prove his point. As more stories make the air and the papers, it may seem like election overload. 

With less than two months until election day, South Dakota candidates are becoming more active in the political process. Northern State University Professor Jon Schaff says that’s typical for this time of year.

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