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1:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

SDN Communications Purchasing Sioux Valley Wireless

SDN Communications is purchasing a wireless internet company. SDN’s CEO says the addition of Sioux Valley Wireless will help expand his company’s ability to deliver broadband services to customers in rural South Dakota.

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News
11:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Agreement Reached On Anti Police Brutality Rally

An anti-police brutality march and rally now has a green light from city officials. 

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World
2:42 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: Restoring Relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Alan Gross, who was en route to the United States from Cuba, in the Oval Office, Dec. 17, 2014.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama made a surprise announcement on Wednesday restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba after five decades. The U.S. severed ties with Cuba in 1961 two years after Fidel Castro and his communist rebels took power. The President said, "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests.”  In Havana, Cuban leader Raul Castro, who took over the country when his brother fell ill in 2008, welcomed the new ties with the U.S. while acknowledging numerous issues remained.

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Education
2:10 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: New Program Provides Scholarships for Tech Students

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Dennis Daugaard has announced the creation of a new scholarship aimed at growing the state's work force. South Dakota has the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation, but Daugaard says that’s a double-edged sword because the pool of workers is already small. He says businesses can’t expand because skilled labor is lacking.

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Arts
11:41 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Artist's Friends Celebrate Her Life's Work

"Northern Seas, Arctic Lights" 1988 on loan from Jim Leach

Grete Bodøgaard moved from Norway to South Dakota in 1969 and has created and taught textile art. She has also built a cadre of loyal friends. Now Bodøgaard is in hospice care in Rapid City, and some of her friends pulled together a retrospective in celebration of her works for a show at the Dahl Arts Center.
As Bodøgaard’s son and husband tell SDPB’s Victoria Wicks, these friendships, as well as her art, are her legacy.

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Health - Workshop - Trauma
4:51 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Workshop Offers Solutions For Trauma And Stress

The Wounded Knee Massacre is an example of an event that can cause historical trauma for generations. U.S. Army soldiers are seen here placing the remains of Lakota men, women and children into a mass grave after the 1890 massacre.
Credit Courtesy Library of Congress / Public Domain

Psychological trauma and chronic stress can be overwhelming to deal with. But Rapid City’s Youth and Family Services group is joining with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to provide a free Self-Care Workshop. The goal is to teach people how to move beyond the negative and find the positive in the moment.   

The pioneering approach combines psychological self-care, mind-body techniques, and group support to relieve symptoms of profound psychological trauma and significant stress.

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Health - Workshop - Trauma
4:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Self-Care Workshop Offers Relief For Trauma

Participants at a Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program - sponsored by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
Credit Courtesy The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Dealing with psychological trauma and chronic stress can be overwhelming, especially in this fast-paced world. But there are ways to move beyond the negative and find the positive in the moment.

Rapid City’s Youth and Family Services group is joining with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to provide a free Self-Care Workshop. Their pioneering approach combines psychological self-care, mind-body techniques, and group support to relieve symptoms of profound psychological trauma and significant stress.

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News
3:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: BBC Pop Up Team Tells Sioux Falls Stories

BBC Pop Up van and journalists Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand
Credit BBC

A team of producers and journalists from the BBC is in Sioux Falls this month. Members of the BBC Pop Up mobile bureau are asking local residents about which issues and stories they want shared with an international audience.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. Senate candidates debate in the SDPB studios, October 2014
Credit SDPB Television

Senator-elect Mike Rounds has received his committee assignments and is ready to get to work after he takes the Oath of Office next month. Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper discuss what those committee assignments mean for both the incoming Senator and South Dakotans. They also review the top political stories of 2014.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Senator-Elect Mike Rounds

Senator-elect Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Senator-elect Mike Rounds takes the Oath of Office on January 6th. He’s hired staff and received his U.S. Senate Committee assignments. He’ll serve on the Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works; and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Republican Rounds served as South Dakota’s Governor from 2003 to 2011. He was elected to the U.S. Senate last month and replaces retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Rounds joined Dakota Midday and discussed how new leadership and rules could change how work gets done in the U.S. Senate.

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News
6:25 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Police Brutality Protest Permit Denied

A flyer for the protest planned for Friday. Rapid City Police Karl Jegeris denied organizers request for a permit.

Rapid City Police officials say they received a request for a permit for a “Police Brutality Awareness Walk”  through downtown.   The event was set to take place this Friday starting and ending at the Rapid City Civic Center.

The Lakota Nation Invitational is also taking place at the Civic Center.  In a press release Chief Karl Jegeris says the demonstrators planning this event also organized a past protest against the Regional Hospital. Police officials say numerous public safety issues arose at that event.  

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News
5:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

South Dakota Invests In Rail Improvements

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced a $56 million investment to improve state owned rail lines.  The money is a combination of public and private funds.  The Governor says he is prepared to invest in more partnerships to improve rail transportation in the state. 

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News
4:59 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Will Uranium Market Boom Or Fizzle?

The Chairman of Azarga Uranium says his company is poised to ride the uranium market to new highs. 

Azarga plans to mine uranium in the Black Hills near Edgemont. The company touts the proposed Dewey Burdock mine as its flagship project.

But critics question Azarga’s claims, both on the price of uranium and the company’s ability to safeguard local water supplies in the mining process.

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News
2:54 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: Lewis and Clark Water Project Vies for Funding in Budget

Credit Lewis and Clark Water System

The budget just passed by Congress includes an additional 31 million dollars for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Rural Water Program. Bureau officials will have to decide how to divide the money among six water projects.

The Lewis and Clark Rural Water System is vying for dollars along with two projects in Montana, two in New Mexico and one in North Dakota. The Lewis and Clark pipeline serves southeastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa and southwestern Minnesota. It's currently 65 percent complete and delivering water to 11 of 20 members.

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Arts
2:42 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere'

Credit 32-20 Productions

In the summer of 2006, Dr. Steven Haataja arrived at Chadron State College in northwestern Nebraska. That winter the mathematics professor disappeared without a trace and 95 days later his body was discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition on a private ranch in the remote hills south of campus. Theories about what happened ranged from murder or suicide to even space aliens.

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News
2:25 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: South Dakota Ranks #7 for Volunteering

Volunteers drop food items into plastic bags for children who benefit from Feeding South Dakota's Backpack Program
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

South Dakota tied with Iowa at #7 for volunteering  last year. That's according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report issued today by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Nearly 35 percent of South Dakotans volunteered through formal organizations in 2013, contributing 21.5 million hours of service. Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Service joined Dakota Midday and discussed the report.

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News
2:09 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: New Tribal Relations Secretary Steve Emery

South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations, Steve Emery
Credit South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations

Earlier this fall, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Steve Emery as the new secretary of Tribal Relations. He comes to the job after serving as judge for the Crow Creek, Rosebud and Yankton tribes. He’s an enrolled member of Rosebud and served in the U.S. Army from 1980 to 1993.

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Arts
5:08 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Giant Statue Planned For Missouri River Overlook

Artist Dale Lamphere's model of a 45-foot tall statue planned for the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain

A 45-foot tall statue of a Lakota woman receiving a star quilt is planned for the Missouri River at Chamberlain.     The statue titled “Dignity” intends to honor Native people.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says the McKie family from the Black Hills is donating one million dollars to help fund the project.

“The monument will honor the heritage of our Native people and it will be something residents, tourists and  others to see as they travel on Interstate-90 and that’s thanks to the Norm McKie and Eunabel Mackie family,” says Daugaard  

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World
3:15 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Sacred Journeys'

Bruce Feiler in Lourdes, France
Credit PBS

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, an estimated 300 to 330 million people go on  spiritual pilgrimages around the world each year. But why? And what are they searching for? Those are among the questions best-selling author Bruce Feiler explores in a new PBS series, Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.

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Arts
2:53 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Dakota Midday: Humor Columnist Dorothy Rosby

In her newspaper columns, Rapid City humorist Dorothy Rosby shares personal foibles, faults, mistakes and misfortunes. But they’re common, often mundane things her readers can relate to. She writes about such experiences as feeling needlessly nervous and guilty during airport screenings and the responsibility of trying to maintain and bake friendship bread.

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Health
2:37 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Dakota Midday: Flu Season Could Be Treacherous

H3N2 flu virus
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Along with parties and presents, the holiday season can also bring the flu. In the most recent report for the week ending December 6th, influenza activity in South Dakota was rated as "sporadic,” among the lowest in the country.

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Science
1:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

"Stubby" The Triceratops With Broken Horns

The broken horn of a triceratops being cleaned at the Black Hills Institute in Hill City.
Credit Black Hills Institute of Geological Research

If you want to know how many horns a Triceratops has just ask an average first grader—they will tell you, three.

But a nine foot long fossil skull of a Triceratops found in Montana is missing its third horn, normally found on the nose, and paleontologists at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research are probing the mystery.

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Science - Wind Cave - Birds
12:57 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Christmas Bird Count At Wind Cave

Bald eagles are among the bird species seen during the annual Wind Cave National Park Christmas Bird Count.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park is hosting its twentieth Christmas Bird Count this Sunday. Although cold snowy weather canceled the event once in the past, the outlook for this year looks good.

It may feel like spring time today and tomorrow, but temperatures are expected to drop more than 20 degrees by Sunday morning. Notwithstanding, Wind Cave National Park biologist Dan Roddy says the annual Christmas Bird Count tends to be a “go” no matter what.

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Arts
11:48 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Billy Lurken

Billy Lurken at SDPB's Martin Busch Studio.

Mitchell resident Billy Lurken grew up listening to the Beatles, Bob Dylan and KISS.  Seeing Prince perform "Purple Rain" during the Grammy Awards triggered his interest in musical performance.  A move to Nashville didn't turn him into a country music star, but he expanded his list of influences.  Living in Scotland (the UK Scotland!) also opened his ears to previously unheard genres.  On May 4, Lurken stopped by SDPB's Martin Busch Television studio with a couple of guitars, a banjo and a harmonica for a No Cover, No Minimum concert taping.  Enjoy the wide array of styles Lurken packs into

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News
5:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Restitution For Crime Victims Is Integral To Justice

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson

When offenders are convicted, they can be ordered to pay for a victim’s losses. Those dollar amounts can add up. The U.S. Attorney in South Dakota says his office collected $3.4 million in fiscal year 2014, with two-thirds of that amount coming from criminal cases. If a congressional act passes, people viewing child pornography could be held financially responsible to a greater extent.

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News
10:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

NSU TubaChristmas

NSU hosts its 29th annual Tuba Christmas this Saturday. Tuba and euphonium players of all levels and ages are invited to participate. The day starts with rehearsal followed by performances at a few locations around town. Boyd Perkins is the Director of Bands at NSU. He says the musicians are encouraged to show their holiday spirit.

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News
10:07 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Fort Sisseton Frontier Christmas

South Dakotans can experience an old-fashioned Christmas this Saturday at Fort Sisseton State Park. Park Manager Christopher Soukup says the annual Frontier Christmas features sleigh or wagon rides, crafts, butter making, bread baking, music, and more.

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Arts
3:03 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'The Monster Who Ate the State'

Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press

Cartoonist Chris Browne was inspired by Godzilla in the creation of his first illustrated book for children, The Monster Who Ate the State. The book is published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press and tells the story of a hungry dinosaur named Soozy who travels across South Dakota, from the Black Hills to Sioux Falls, looking for something to eat and a new place to call home.

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Culture
2:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Dakota Midday: Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy

Jennifer Ford Reedy
Credit Bush Foundation

Over the past 61 years, the Bush Foundation has made over $1 billion in grants to thousands of individuals and organizations across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native Nations within those states. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth.

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News
5:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Affordable Care Deadlines Loom; Gaps Still Exist In SD Coverage

The Affordable Care marketplace for 2015 is open and the website appears to be functioning well. An insurance agent in Rapid City says changes in South Dakota this year have to do with the price of policies. He tells SDPB’s Victoria Wicks one thing that has not changed is the state’s Medicaid gap that leaves thousands of South Dakotans without health insurance.

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