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9:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

The Wonderful World of Craft Beer

A glass of porter
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

This is probably the best time in American history to be a beer drinker. Over the past twenty-five years, some 2,000 craft breweries have opened up across the country with hundreds more currently in their planning stages. And they’re all making beers for a variety of tastes. There are Baltic porters and oatmeal stouts; dark ales and pale ales; English Barleywines and German Pilsners. There are sweet, malty beers and bitter, hoppy beers. There are beers brewed with fruit and beers brewed with spices. And beers for the winter and beers for the summer.

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Environment
9:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

South Dakota's Magnificent Pelicans

Pelicans fishing at Lake Poinsett
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

A few weeks ago I was at Lake Poinsett in northeast South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes and Prairies region watching four white pelicans silently swimming about thirty feet from shore. It was a cloudy morning with a light wind blowing from the south. Every minute or so, one the large birds would plunge its long bill under the water, pull its heads back up and swallow a fish. As I watched them, several questions popped into my head. How do they find the fish? What kind of fish do they eat? Where do they breed? Where do they go during the winter?

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Arts
9:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Allan Sherman's Song Parodies Still Relevant 50 Years Later

Allan Sherman
Credit Robert Sherman

In the summer of 1963, radio stations across the country were playing Allan Sherman's novelty song about a kid's miserable experience at camp, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah.” The song came from Sherman's album My Son, the Nut which was the last comedy album to hit the top of the charts before "Weird Al" Yankovic's Mandatory Fun hit number one this summer.

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News
8:06 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Lead's Historic Homestake Opera House Turns 100

Decor salvaged from Lead's Historic Homestake Opera House after the 1984 fire.
Credit Amy Varland

 

The Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead is celebrating it’s centennial birthday this weekend. The Opera House opened it’s doors one hundred years ago this weekend in 1914 – it was designed as an artistic venue and recreation facility for miners and their families.
 

Historic Homestake Opera House Executive Director Sarah Carlson says a fire gutted the theater back in 1984, but prior to that it was a cultural and entertainment hub for the Black Hills region for decades.

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Health
2:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Walks to End Alzheimer's Set for September

Participants in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Credit Alzheimer's Association

Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and as many as 16 million could have the disease by 2050.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in South Dakota, which also has the second highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the country.

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News
2:05 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

South Dakota Secretary Named Tourism Director of the Year by Peers

South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen
Credit South Dakota Department of Tourism

South Dakota’s tourism secretary Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association’s National Council of State Tourism Directors. The award was announced on Monday during the association’s educational seminar for tourism organizations in Louisville, Kentucky. Hagen was the first South Dakotan to receive the award since Susan Edwards in 1994. Hagen has served as South Daakota's Secretary of Tourism since his appointment by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2011.

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News
8:09 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Aberdeen Museum Highlights Wizard of Oz's SD Connection as Movie Turns 75

Sue Gates next to one of the Wizard of Oz displays at the Dakotah Prairie Museum.

Seventy-five years ago this month, moviegoers flocked to theaters to watch Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto go on an adventure in the land of Oz. The Dakotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen is celebrating that anniversary with an exhibit paying tribute to the man who wrote the Wizard of Oz books.
 

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News
3:23 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Pheasant Count up From 2013

This year’s pheasant brood count shows a 76 percent increase in pheasants per mile over last year’s numbers. An official with the Game Fish and Parks Department says that’s good news, but the state still has a ways to go before the pheasant numbers are back at their peak.

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Arts
3:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Challenging Perceptions of Disabilities through Theater

A scene from Flutter Productions' "Ascent"
Credit Flutter Productions

The goal of Flutter Productions is to challenge the perception of people with disabilities through theater and contemporary dance. The company works with organizations to create original works for people of mixed abilities and ages.

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News
2:46 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Rural Housing Program Promotes Economic Development

Lemmon, South Dakota is one of three small towns named as a Home Address community
Credit Andrew Filer

Building homes is seen as a critical part of both economic and community development. However in rural communities there’s often little experience in dealing with housing issues. Over the past couple years, the Dakota Resources Home Address rural housing program has helped some South Dakota towns develop  housing strategies.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, moderator Jerry Oster, Republican Mike Rounds, Independent Larry Pressler at Dakotafest
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

Veteran South Dakota journalist and KELO-TV Rapid City Reporter Kevin Woster and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reporter David Montgomery joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about last week's Dakotafest debates and the upcoming debates at the State Fair and what they signify for the general election campaign season. Other topics included Democratic lawmakers request for a deeper investigation into the EB-5 program.

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News
2:29 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Police Officer Indicted For Taser Incident

A screenshot of a cell phone video of OST officer Becky Southerland allegedly tasering a man on the ground.

A federal grand jury has indicted an Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Officer for excessive use of force.

The charges come after a bystander took a cell phone video of officer Becky Sotherland, repeatedly tasering a man on the ground.

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News
5:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Women Celebrate Achievements, Work Toward Progress

Women's Equality Day observance at Main Street Square in Rapid City.
Victoria Wicks

Women’s Equality Day is held annually on August 26th. That’s the anniversary of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment, recognizing women’s right to vote. Fifty years later, women staged demonstrations to demand equality in education and employment. At the beginning of the 21st Century, women in Rapid City’s Democracy in Action started observing Women’s Equality Day, as they did Tuesday night at Main Street Square.

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News
9:03 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

International Markets Ripe For South Dakota Pork Producers

Officials say international demand for pork products is up.
Credit Amy Varland

International demand for American pork products is growing. South Dakota pork officials say populations in countries across the globe are expanding and many incomes are increasing – and they say that combination creates opportunities for South Dakota hog farmers. 

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News
5:38 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Dems Push For EB-5 Inquiry

Democrats in the state legislature want to see a deeper investigation into the state’s EB-5 scandal.
 
Two Democratic lawmakers Bernie Hunhoff and Larry Lucas want committee testimony from those they consider the main players in the state’s EB-5 program.

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News
2:06 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Civil Rights Panel to Hold Criminal Justice Briefing in Rapid City

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights logo
Credit PRNewsFoto/U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Studies are underway in Rapid City looking into the interactions between the city’s police department and the Native American community. As a part of that research, the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a public briefing on Wednesday on the administration of criminal justice in Rapid City at the United Tribes Technical College-Black Hills Learning Center. The committee will hear testimony concerning the administration of justice and its impact on Native Americans and other minorities, their families and the Rapid City community.

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Environment
1:45 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Dakota Midday Gardening Tips from Norm Evers

Dragon Heart Geranium
Credit SDSU Extension

Although highs will return to the 80's in much of South Dakota later this week, there have been hints of fall lately reminding us that summer is winding down. Gardeners have been busy harvesting the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors over the past few weeks and will soon begin preparing for the winter months. Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about taking care of geraniums and begonias over winter, planting cherry trees, the proper care of lilacs, fertilizing indoor plants and more.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Jenny Braig Paintings Celebrate East And West River

A Jenny Braig oil painting of a scene on a Black Hills back road.

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of statehood. SDPB honors that milestone with stories that explore the state’s identity and heritage through unique ideas, people, and places.

In this edition of our series “Landscapes of South Dakota"  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray Speaks with Spearfish Artist Jenny Braig about her oil paintings that depict both the East and West sides of the state.

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News
11:53 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Tornados Touch Down in NE SD Over Weekend

Two tornadoes touched down in northeast South Dakota over the weekend. The area also saw heavy rains, and street flooding in some places.

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News
7:25 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Riding Along on the Annual Pheasant Brood Count

A pheasant flies out of the ditch and over a cornfield near Wessington.

As a human, you take a census every ten years. If you were a pheasant, you’d take one every summer. Or rather, observers with the Game Fish and Parks would take the census for you, counting as they drove through the countryside. It’s the annual pheasant brood count, conducted from July 25th to August 15th each year.
 

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News
5:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Indigenous Sculpture Garden Moves Forward

Marilyn Helen Wounded Head is sculpting the first four busts for the First Nations Sculpture Garden.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

A proposed sculpture garden in Rapid City is moving forward. The First Nations Sculpture Garden, featuring busts of 20th Century Native intellectuals, is planned for Halley Park, a strip of land in the Gap between east and west Rapid.

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News
1:49 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Pollution Persists On Spring Creek

Parts of Spring Creek below Hill City continue to contain high levels of fecal bacteria that indicate pollution.

If you were thinking about swimming in Spring Creek between Hill City and  Sheridan Lake -- don’t.

Spring Creek in the Black Hills feeds Sheridan Lake–and for the past few years this upper section of stream has tested positive for e-coli bacteria.   So far the lake itself has remained at safe levels.  

E-coli is an indicator of possible pollution from human or animal waste – and in Spring Creek there are high enough concentrations to exceed the EPA’s threshold for safe swimming.  

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

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News
1:25 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Voting Rights Advocates Eye Wanblee

Early voting is open to all citizens, but for some in isolated rural communities on reservations… voting early can mean a long drive and lots of gas money to get to the county seat.
 
Those working to increase access to the polls in Indian Country say they’re pleased that the Help America Vote Act is funding satellite polling places in small towns across the state.    The effort eases access to the voting box. But Native American Voting Rights Advocates say HAVA funds aren’t being used everywhere they could.
 

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Technology
2:46 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Back To School

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present a "Back to School" episode on this week's Tech Radio.  Which tech-related items do students want or need for the upcoming school year?  They also discussed the Windows 8.1 update and pending announcements from Apple among other topics.

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News
8:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Musicians Find Stage In Downtown SF

11 Years New performs at the Riverfront Amphitheater as part of DTSF's street musicians program / June 6, 2014
Credit Kaitlynn Wornson / SDPB

The terms “street musician” or "busker” usually call to mind someone with an open guitar case playing for some spare change on a street corner. That's how blues legend BB King and even pop icon Justin Bieber got their start in front of a crowd. In Downtown Sioux Falls you might come across a few trying to do the same thing. As SDPB’s Kaitlynn Wornson reports, Street Musicians are helping change the image of Downtown Sioux Falls, and business owners aren’t complaining.

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News
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

SD Supreme Court: Implied Consent Law Unconstitutional

Now that the state Supreme Court has determined South Dakota’s implied consent law to be unconstitutional, the criminal justice system and the state legislature have to regroup. The Attorney General says new processes could cost money, and the legislature might have to find ways to bolster public safety. But the attorney who prevailed in the case tells SDPB’s Victoria Wicks that protection of constitutional rights justifies the “new normal.”

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News
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Governor Candidate Reenacts Suicide

Mike Meyers, center, measures the distance from a fake shotgun barrel to the abdomen of the man on the right. At left, a staffer holds the butt of the gun off the ground.
Victoria Wicks

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Meyers conducted a live demonstration of a shotgun suicide in Rapid City Wednesday, complete with a fake gun. Meyers did this to prove that former Director of Economic Development Richard Benda could not have committed suicide and to suggest that he was instead murdered. Victoria Wicks has this report.

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News
3:36 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

SD High School Students Earn Above Average ACT Scores

South Dakota high school students continue to receive ACT scores above the national average. A spokesperson with the South Dakota Department of Education says the test is one measure of how the state’s education system is performing.  

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Arts
2:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Dancing for World Peace

Olga Aru
Credit Moscow Ballet

Moscow Ballet ballerina Olga Aru has danced around the world, including France, Sweden and Egypt. She was in Cairo during the Tahrir Square protests. She’s in Rapid City this week at Prima School of Dancing, auditioning student dancers for Moscow Ballet’s November 25 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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News
1:46 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Dakotafest Debates Open Campaign Season

Dakotafest U.S. Senate debate with Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, moderator Jerry Oster, Republican Mike Rounds, Independent Larry Pressler
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

The general election campaign season kicked off this week with debates at the Dakotafest ag show in Mitchell. On Wednesday Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard faced his challengers Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers. The four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson squared off later in the afternoon: Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. Issues at both debates included the EB-5 visa program and the Affordable Care Act.

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