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3:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Sioux Falls Storm Re-Sign Veteran Quarterback

Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League)
Credit Sioux Falls Storm

The Sioux Falls Storm professional indoor football team has re-signed quarterback Martevious Young for the upcoming season. His main duty is replacing quarterback Chris Dixon, who is arguably one of the best indoor football players of all-time. This is exciting news for the Storm organization, as many fans believe Young to be a key part in the team’s offensive future.

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Pro-Wrestling
2:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

WWE Is Coming To Sioux Falls

World Wrestling Entertainment Logo
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World Wrestling Entertainment is coming to the newly constructed Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls on Saturday, December 20, for a live show . WWE has made multiple trips to the Sioux Empire over the years, but this is their first event scheduled for the new venue. 

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Sports
10:41 am
Fri October 24, 2014

State Cross Country Meet in Huron on Saturday, Oct. 25

2013 State Cross Country
Credit SDPB

Over 700 Student-Athletes are set to compete in the 69th Annual SDHSAA State Cross Country Meet being held at Broadland Creek Golf Course in Huron on Saturday afternoon, beginning with the Class ‘B’ Girls’ race at 1:00 pm Central Time.

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News
10:51 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Redfield Depot Turns 100; Historian Says Rail Important to SD Past

The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot in Redfield turned 100 years old this week. A railroad historian says it’s impossible to talk about the development of South Dakota without talking about trains.

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News
10:47 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Museum Director Sees Bright Spots in SD Rail Industry

For the past several months, a shortage of crews, locomotives, and train cars has created problems for railroad companies and the people they serve. But the Director of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum says there are still bright spots in the state. Rick Mills says the system isn’t perfect yet, but things are improving.

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Politics
10:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Debate Candidates Spar On EB-5, Social Security Issues

The October 23, 2014 debate between four candidates running for the open U.S. Senate Seat in South Dakota.
Credit SDPB

Three candidates running for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat hammered Mike Rounds on EB-5 in Thursday night’s debate. 

The federal immigration program was the first question in the debate; it’s been a major issue in this year’s race.
 
Rick Weiland, Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie all criticized Mike Rounds for his role in alleged corruption, embezzlement and fraud in the program.
 
Rounds says EB-5 has been good for South Dakota.

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News
9:28 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

BHSU Gets $600,000 NSF Grant

Jonas Hall at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD is currently undergoing renovations to make way for the new ICP-MS lab.
Credit Amy Varland

Black Hills State University in Spearfish is getting money from the National Science Foundation. University officials say the NSF $600,000 grant is to enhance the university’s science lab capabilities and increase involvement between the college and the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead.
 
BHSU Assistant Research Professor Dr. Brianna Mount says part of the money is to purchase equipment that detects radioactive materials like uranium and thorium.
 

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Environment
2:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Black Hills Artist and Environmentalist is Subject of New Film

Dick Fort

Dick Fort is an environmental activist who has been called the caretaker of Spearfish Canyon. He’s also a painter, sculptor composer, teacher, cross-country skier, fly fisherman, World War Two code breaker and winemaker. He was born in Mitchell in 1922 and was a professor of humanities at Chicago City college for 28 years. He is well known for his efforts to protect the beauty of the Black Hills as the founder of ACTion for the Environment.

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U.S.
2:08 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

PBS Series Explores Oil Boom Impact on North Dakota Reservation

Oil and pump rig on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota
Credit America by the Numbers

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota is in the heart of the Bakken oil field. There are more than 1,000 wells on the reservation and the oil boom has brought jobs and affluence for many. But it's also brought increased drug trafficking, crime, traffic fatalities and a huge influx of non-Indian oil workers.

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Cheer and Dance
2:02 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Eighth Annual Competitive Cheer and Dance Championships Set for October 24-25

2013 Lincoln High School
Credit sdpb

The Watertown Civic Arena is the site for the eighth annual state competition for cheer and dance. Competition for Class A will be held on Friday, October 24th, with opening ceremonies beginning at 5:00 p.m. Class AA competition will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Class A has 19 schools entered in the competitive cheer competition with 9 in the competitive dance competition. In Class AA, 16 schools will compete in competitive dance, with 16 set to compete in competitive cheer.

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Cheer and Dance
1:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

SDHSAA State Cheer and Dance! Oct 24-25 in Watertown

  The Watertown Civic Arena will be the site for the State Competitive Cheer and Dance Championships on October 24-25, 2014. Competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday, October 24 for Class A cheer and dance performances. Class AA competition will begin at 11:00 a.m. (CT) on Saturday, October 25. The cheer competition consists of stunting/tumbling and stunting/non-tumbling divisions. Dance competition will have four categories: pom, jazz, hip hop, and kick.

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News
11:44 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Women In Leadership Series Teaches Participants Power Of Social Media

2014 Women in Leadership: Focusing on the Future graduates
SD CEO

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity is holding its annual “Women in Leadership” series. As part of the programming participants are filming YouTube videos to learn to use social media as a tool to promote their business or other topics they feel passionate about.
 

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Arts
5:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Great-Grandmother Inspires South Dakota Homestead Novel

In the opening of Dawn Wink’s novel, Meadowlark, 16-year-old Grace is an excited young bride looking forward to a life with her new husband, Tom. But any ideas of she has of an idyllic life together are shattered during their trip from the wedding to western South Dakota. Without warning, Tom pulls her off the wagon, punches and kicks her, and leaves her to walk the rest of the way to their sod hot.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

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

Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the latest news in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson along with the unfolding EB-5 saga.

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billiards
3:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Shane Van Boening Wins Another Championship

Shane Van Boening
Credit SDPB

Professional pool player and South Dakota native Shane Van Boening was crowned the 2014 US Open 9-ball Champion over the weekend, and he has now earned his way onto the Team USA squad. 

The Rapid City native now lives in Sioux Falls and he's considered one of the top ten pocket billiard players in the world. He’s also hearing-impaired, but that hasn’t impaired his signature break. On visits to South Dakota School for the Deaf, he discusses his journey through life with a disability.

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News
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Black Hills Artist's Painting Wins Best Of Show

Black Hills artist Paul Peterson's painting won Best of Show at the Governor's Biennial.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

The Sixth Governor’s Biennial art show has started its extensive tour through the state. It is now showing at the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. Those involved say this juried exhibition is South Dakota’s premiere showcase for the state’s artists. The Governor’s Biennial is at Brookings until January 2015, when it moves to the Dahl in Rapid City. Next June it goes to the Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion, then to USD, and in December 2015 to Aberdeen’s Dakota Prairie Museum.

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News
1:41 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Inmate Rodney Berget: Attorney General Asks For Execution Date

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley

Death row inmate Rodney Berget has exhausted his direct appeals, and the Attorney General is seeking to set an execution date. Berget pleaded guilty to killing prison guard Ron Johnson in 2011 during an attempted escape from the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

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News
5:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Public Performance Takes Practice And Courage

At 14 years old, Hanna Honors is starting to become comfortable playing guitar in front of an audience.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

On the first Friday of every month in Rapid City, novice musicians with the itch to perform can find audiences and mentoring at open mic night at the Dahl Arts Center. The Emerging Artists program started in January 2012 has launched the early careers of some local musicians. Open mic coordinator Deb Lux tells SDPB’s Victoria Wicks that the first step is to just get over fears and do it.
Emerging Artist concerts are held at the Dahl every Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., with open mic on the first Friday of every month. Admission is free, and audiences are welcome.

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Arts - Dahl - 40
4:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Dahl Arts Center Celebrates 40 Years

Inspired by the "space age/travel" section of the Cyclorama mural, a young boy with the Ellsworth AFB children's tour attempts to made a space ship he built as part of a Dahl art activity soar into space.
Credit Courtesy of The Dahl Arts Center.

Mayor Sam Kooiker has proclaimed today as “Dahl Arts Center Day” in Rapid City to commemorate the facility’s 40th anniversary.

“The Dahl” offers the Rapid City community everything from a place to view fine art to somewhere to hold your wedding.

Local banker Art Dahl gave the center that bears his name to Rapid City as a gift in 1974. The Dahl Arts Center is owned by the city and managed by the Rapid City Arts Council.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Warm Temps Good for Fall Yard and Garden Work

With a forecast of temperatures in the 70s across much of South Dakota, this promises to be a good week for some fall lawn and garden work. Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about fertilizing lawns, trimming dead tree limbs, apple trees, fertilizing house plants, amaryllis and more.

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U.S.
3:32 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Diplomat in Residence to Visit USD

Robert Andrew

As an army officer, Robert Andrew supervised joint patrols on the border of East and West Germany at the time the Berlin Wall was coming down and the Cold War was ending. He next served in the First Gulf War. As a Foreign Service Officer, he covered non-proliferation and arms control issues in Moscow and provided counter-narcotics assistance to the government of Costa Rica.

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Arts
2:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Albert And Gage With Kenny Putnam - Part 2

Chris Gage and Christine Albert.
Credit Concert Window

More fun covers, Albert and Gage originals and a few songs penned by Tom Peterson highlight the second half of No Cover, No Minimum Radio's two-part concert recorded in July at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Special guest Kenny Putnam toured with Chris Gage during their stints in the Red Willow Band and with guitar legend Roy Clark.  Christine Albert has performed with Chris Gage for about 17 years.  They have released six full-length albums as a duo.  While their joy of making music is infectious, it only gets better when they're joined on stage by Putnam.  Enjoy this week's progr

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News
12:59 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Hunters Happy With Stronger Pheasant Opener

An official with the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department says while not many hunters shot their pheasant limit this weekend, they reported seeing more birds than last year.

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News
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson Stops In Rapid City On "Thank You" Tour

Senator Tim Johnson talks with journalists at the School of Mines Surbeck Center on Sunday afternoon..
Photo by Victoria Wicks

United States Senator Tim Johnson is leaving office in January, after serving in Congress as a Representative and then Senator since 1987. He has been traveling the state to meet with constituents and thank them for their years of support. On Sunday afternoon, Johnson and his wife Barbara were in Rapid City. He tells SDPB’s Victoria Wicks that he hopes his successor manages to avoid the animosity in the Capitol.

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News
12:06 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Americana Festival Features Guitar Collections

Mark Falk, with his collection of metal-body guitars behind him to the left.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

At the Fifth Annual Americana Music Festival held this weekend at the Dahl Arts Center, it was all about the music. This year featured the blues, with an exhibit of classic and reproduction guitars and blues albums. Guitar collectors tell SDPB’s Victoria Wicks that vintage guitars set the bar for quality.

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News
1:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Rapid City Demontrators Gather To Support Marriage Equality

Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage in South Dakota gather at the federal courthouse in Rapid City.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

On Friday morning, demonstrators gather at the Rapid City federal courthouse to express their support for marriage equality. At that same hour, same-sex marriage is at issue in a Sioux Falls federal courtroom, where Judge Karen Schreier is considering the fate of a lawsuit challenging South Dakota’s statutory and constitutional bans on gay marriage.
The demontrators stand on the corner of 9th Street and St. Joe, holding signs and cheering when drivers honk in support.

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News
10:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Rounds' EB-5 Story Changes Over Time

Governor Mike Rounds in Rapid City giving a speech after the Tea Party Express endorsed his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

The EB-5 story has become a centerpiece in the U.S. Senate race.

Former Governor Mike Rounds states he had nothing to do with the alleged embezzlement and fraud that occurred in part of the program before Northern Beef Packers went bankrupt.

Rounds says he’s been upfront and transparent with the public.   
 
But his answer to the question, “What did you know when?” has changed over time.

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Politics
10:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Candidates For US House Debate

Democratic challenger Maj. Corinna Robinson and Repblican Congresswoman Kristi Noem debate on SDPB / October 16, 2014
Credit SDPB

Candidates for the United States Congress met Thursday night on SDPB Television for a debate that covered more than one dozen topics. Both women are offering their perspectives on the federal government’s relationship with Native American tribes.

Democrat Corinna Robinson says members of Congress must focus on the issues people in Indian County find important. 

"They are not getting the funding they need to continue their language training, their cultural training in their institutions, their colleges, and they would certainly like some help with that," Robinson says. "They would like better health care. They have to drive a long ways sometimes to get to a nearby clinic, or, when an emergency happens, there’s not an ambulance close by.  They certainly struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. And we certainly need to do a better job at listening and visiting hearing their concerns."

Robinson is running against incumbent Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Both women say federal officials need to respect tribal sovereignty. Noem says she wants to ensure Native Americans don’t fear that federal organizations can come into businesses and claim jurisdiction on reservation land.

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Arts
5:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

SHEL Brings Sisterly Sounds to Americana Music Festival

SHEL

SHEL is a quartet of sisters from Fort Collins, Colorado: Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook. They were all born within five years of each other and raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother. They’ve been performing together for around a dozen years.

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News
5:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Hunhoff: Open Gov Laws Require EB-5 File Release

A state legislative leader says decisions surrounding economic development in South Dakota go against recent open government commitments. Five years ago, lawmakers passed legislation that says South Dakota documents are assumed public unless they fit into a list of exceptions. But one legislator says the way the state is handling questions about the EB-5 program goes against those rules. 

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