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7:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Teachers Question Pay Disparity-Superintendent Refuses Comment

In Rapid City a battle over teacher pay raises is heating up.    The school district has seen a series of meetings with teachers and administrators.

Some teachers question the disparity between their own pay scale and that of administrators.    South Dakota teachers are the lowest paid in the country, but they say school administrators generally fare much better in the rankings nationally.

In Rapid City teachers are calling for a clear policy on salary advancement and the superintendent is giving up on one plan to fix the problem.  

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Culture
2:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Reveille for Sioux Falls'

During World War II, Sioux Falls was home to the Army Air Forces Technical School. From 1942 through 1945, some 45 thousand men and women trained there and brought new wealth to the community, changed social attitudes, stimulated construction and created the city’s first modern airport.

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Business
2:12 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Dakota Midday: Better Business Bureau Tips for Holiday Shopping

Several major retailers are getting a jump on Black Friday by opening on Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season with stores offering special deals. Over the past few years, online retailers have been offering discounts as well on Cyber Monday. Jessie Schmidt with the Better Business Bureau in Sioux Falls joined Dakota Midday with safe shopping tips.

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News
2:04 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Dakota Midday: Gas Prices Continue Decline

As motorists hit the road for Thanksgiving, they’re spending less on gas than they did a year ago. According to GasBuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in South Dakota a year ago was $3.15. This morning the state average was $2.77 with some stations in Sioux Falls selling gas for as low as $2.34. The national average of $2.80 is the lowest since December of 2010. GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan joined Dakota Midday and discussed the continuing decline of gas prices.

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News
8:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

South Dakota Photo Goes To Auction To Improve Children's Healthcare Abroad

Jumping Boy
Credit Steve Babbitt

Black Hills State University Photography Professor Steve Babbitt is donating one of his photos to the Friends Without A Border photography auction.

Proceeds from the auction go to help improve healthcare for children in Southwest Asia.

Babbitt says the photo auction is helping children across the globe – but it also helps young people in South Dakota.

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News
8:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

South Dakota Photographer Donates Photo To Help Children In Southwest Asia

Jumping Boy
Credit Steve Babbitt

A photographer from the Black Hills is donating one of his pictures to benefit children in Southwest Asia.

Steve Babbitt’s photo is helping children across the globe get better healthcare.

Black Hills State University Photography Professor Steve Babbitt is donating a picture he took to the Friends Without A Border photo auction.

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News
4:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

BH Logging Contractors Settle Undocumented Worker Case

A federal court case in the Black Hills on harboring illegal aliens and submitting false claims to officials is unchanged despite President Obama’s recent actions allowing about 5-million people to stay in the United States legally.
 
The case that involves a settlement of more than $450-thousand in civil penalties.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Dakota Midday: USGS EROS Bird Study

The Ferruginous hawk will lose 21.2 percent of its range according to a new USGS study
Credit Terry Sohl

What birds will people see at their feeders sixty years from now? According to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, they could be different from the ones we see today. Climate and land use changes could have an impact on the ranges of bird species with some birds losing a significant amount of their current  range and others nearly doubling their range.

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Arts
2:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Dakota Midday: Screenwriter and Director Nick Simon

Scene from "The Pyramid"
Credit 20th Century Fox

The Pyramid is the story of a team of U.S. archeologists who discover a lost pyramid in the Egyptian desert. While just the top of the pyramid is above ground, beneath is a massive structure that may have been constructed to keep something within its walls.

Sioux Falls native Nick Simon co-wrote The Pyramid with Daniel Meersand. Simon’s other co-writing credits include Cold Comes the Night. He also directed Removal and is preparing to direct a second feature film in collaboration with Wes Craven, The Girl in the Photographs.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Dakota Midday: Secretary of State-Elect Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State-elect Shantel Krebs

After ten years in the state legislature, Shantel Krebs is getting ready for a new job. Voters elected the Renner Republican Secretary of State earlier this month. She replaces Jason Gant. As a legislator serving Minnehaha County, she was chair of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and also served on the Health and Transportation Committees. In her fall campaign, Krebs said that customer service would be her guiding principle as Secretary of State. She joined Dakota Midday and outlined her plans when she assumes office in January.

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News
1:36 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Morning Fill Up Aims To Build Bridges, Dialog

Jennifer Ford Reedy, the president of the non-profit Bush Foundation is among the speakers lined up for "Morning Fill Up."

An organization in Rapid City is featuring a new series of speakers in a project called “Morning Fill Up.”

The free series is being held at The Garage, it’s  a recently opened co-working space for small businesses and individuals.   

Organizers hope the series will expand community dialog on new possibilities and ideas for both nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

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Health
1:17 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Sanford USD Medical Center Designated As Ebola Hospital

This is the flu virus. Health officials say it will likely kill far more people in the United States this year than Ebola.

In the unlikely event a case of Ebola pops up in South Dakota there is now a plan of action and a designated health care facility to diagnose and treat any sick patients.

The plan may also help the state deal with any future outbreaks of infectious disease.

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News
1:02 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Brookings Native Opening Kitchen, Reducing Food Waste in CA

Brookings native Laci Sandoval recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to open Wind and Rye Kitchen in Sonoma County, California. Photo by Kate Webber Photography.

A former Brookings resident is using her passion for food and community to help reduce waste in Sonoma County, California. Laci Sandoval recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to create Wind and Rye Kitchen, a home for numerous food related projects.

Laci Sandoval is a farmer’s daughter who knows what it’s like to eat corn fresh out of the field, and wild game harvested by her family. She carried those memories to California. Now she is hoping to help people understand and appreciate where their food comes from. She says that’s a good step toward reducing waste.

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Arts - Amiotte - Tour
4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Amiotte Art Tour At Heritage Center

Arthur Amiotte collage exhibit at the Red Cloud Heritage Center.
Credit Courtesy Red Cloud Heritage Center

A unique tour of the Red Cloud Heritage Center postponed by last weekend’s weather has been rescheduled for this Saturday. 

Lakota artist Arthur Amiotte will show and comment on an exhibit of his collages that covers 26 years of work.

Mary Maxon is curator of The Heritage Center. Maxon says having the opportunity to view Amiotte’s 55 collages is an unusual opportunity in itself. Adding the artist to the mix is a rare event.

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Technology
4:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Guide To Geek Gifting

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present one of their favorite shows of the year - the "Guide to Geek Gifting."  Listen for great gift ideas for the "tech geek" in your life!

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Science - Deadwood - Dinosaur
4:09 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Deadwood History Dinosaur Workshop

Head and neck of plesiosaur at Adams Museum.
Credit Courtesy Deadwood History, Inc.

If you’ve ever wondered what Loch Ness, Scotland and Deadwood, South Dakota have in common, you may be able to find the answer this weekend. The Adams Museum is hosting Deadwood History’s Dinosaur Workshop this Saturday where the main focus has a very famous cousin in the Scottish Highlands.

Sightings of a large water creature in Loch Ness considered to be an ancient – and extinct – plesiosaur have been circulating in Scotland since the seventh century. And though many doubt the existence of “Nessie”, there’s no question that a rare plesiosaur fossil resides in the Adams Museum.

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News - Pine Ridge - Girl
3:30 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Lakota Girl Dies On Pine Ridge Reservation

The Red Cloud Indian School community is mourning the death of 8-year old Jayla Rodriquez.
Credit Courtesy Red Cloud Indian School

News of the death of a young Lakota girl is hitting the Pine Ridge Reservation hard, especially at the Red Cloud Indian School. Students on the close-knit campus have been emotionally impacted by the realization that one of their own is no longer in class.

Oglala Sioux Police Chief Ron Duke says a pack of dogs attacked and killed Jayla Rodriquez late Tuesday afternoon while she was sledding near a housing complex.

The eight-year old was a student at the Red Cloud Indian School – where superintendent Ted Hamilton says students and faculty are shocked by her passing.

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Arts
2:30 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Cactus Blossoms & Nathan Edwards

The Cactus Blossoms harken back to the roots of country music with their earnest songs and pristine harmonizing.  Hearing their music is like traveling back in time to when country music started crackling on the radio for the first time.  Surprisingly, band leaders/vocalists/guitarists Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in Minneapolis and weren't even raised on country music.  But their tight-knit harmonies mimic some of the early greats.  The Cactus Blossoms enjoyed an 18-month residency at St. Paul's Turf Club.  Their second, and most recent CD, is "Live at the Turf Club."

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News
9:47 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

State Climatologist Says Winter Outlook Uncertain

Cold air from the arctic covered much of the country over the past week, creating sub-freezing temperatures in all 50 states, and setting a number of low temperature records. On Dakota Midday State Climatologist Dennis Todey shares what this early cold weather means for the rest of winter.

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News
9:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rounds Shares Goals for Upcoming Congress

Senator-elect Mike Rounds says he and other Republicans want to make the Senate a place of debate and discussion, and want to see results. Rounds was in Washington D.C. for orientation last week. He says the Keystone XL pipeline is likely one of the first things Senators will discuss in January.

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Arts
3:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers
Credit Grinkie Girl Photography/Christie Williams

Davina and the Vagadbonds' music doesn't fit in any easy category. It's a jumpin' mix of both retro and modern sounds rooted in rollicking piano and plucky horns. There’s some Fats Waller swing, a little New Orleans rhythm and blues, some Aretha Franklin soul and even a smattering of girl group pop.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: State Climatologist Dennis Todey

South Dakota isn’t the only state dealing with early cold. The whole nation is witnessing the coldest November weather since 1976. All 50 states have reported temperatures below freezing this week, including some mountain peaks in Hawaii.

The cold November follows an October with a national average of three degrees warmer than normal – the fourth warmest October on record.

State climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and explained the reasons for the early cold and discussed the difficulty in predicting this season's winter weather.

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Education
2:20 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: SDEA President

We are in the middle of American Education Week. This is the National Education Association’s 93rd celebration of public schools and the people who make quality education possible across the country.

Mary McCorkle is the new president of the South Dakota Education Association. She assumed that position this summer. She worked as a teacher at the Mobridge-Pollock School District for 32 years before moving to Pierre to lead the state teachers union.

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News
3:12 am
Thu November 20, 2014

SDEA Pres: Good Education Is A Right

The South Dakota Education Association’s new president wants people to understand how the state fits into the country’s conversations about public schools. This is American Education Week. The purpose is to celebrate all people who make quality education possible. The new SDEA leader says good schools require input from everyone.

The 93rd annual American Education Week theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility."

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News
6:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

What the Rise of India Means for the US

India’s new Prime Minister won while campaigning against corruption, and supporting more growth. Narendra Modi is spreading the message that India is a good place to do business. Accelerated economic development is expected under his leadership. On Dakota Midday, USD Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Eric Jepsen discusses what this means for the US.

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Arts
2:50 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dakota Midday: Trampled Under Foot

Danielle Schnebelen
Credit Danielle Schnebelen

Over the past dozen years Trampled Under Foot has brought Kansas City blues to audiences around the world. The group was originally formed as a family band featuring bassist and singer Danielle Schnebelen and her brothers Nick and Kris. The band has won more than a dozen blues awards and in 2013 released the album Badlands which reached the top spot on the Billboard blues chart.

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World
2:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dakota Midday: India and the U.S.

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On Tuesday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Australian Parliament and said that India is the answer to their search for economic opportunities. In September, Modi met with President Obama at the White House and together they pledged a renewed partnership. A recent World Bank report said that India is benefiting from a “Modi dividend”  with economic activity buoyed by expectations from the newly-elected Modi government.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune

The U.S. Senate was one vote short on Tuesday of passing a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would cut through South Dakota. Republican Senator John Thune voted for the bill and retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson voted against it.

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies and discussed the vote. They also talked about the possibility of John Thune running for president in 2016 and the new state legislative leaders.

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News
10:06 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Businesses Commit To Hunger Relief

Dan Murphy speaks to a crowd about ties the business community has to hunger relief in South Dakota. / November 21, 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Business leaders in the southeastern part of the state are committing to raising $1.2 million for Feeding South Dakota. The money is more than a third of the cost of a capital campaign to expand facilities in Sioux Falls. Members of the business community say the issue of hunger is personal.

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News
9:46 am
Wed November 19, 2014

SF School Holds Large Evacuation Drill

Students leave school and load a bus for transport to the planned safe location during an evacuation drill at Mark Twain Elementary.
Kealey Bultena SDPB

School leaders and emergency responders are hoping to learn from a mock evacuation drill held Tuesday in Sioux Falls.

All fourth and fifth graders from Mark Twain Elementary emptied their classrooms, rode busses to a safe location and waited for parents to pick them up. The reunification exercise puts school district policy in action.

Classroom telephones ring at Mark Twain Elementary. In this drill, teachers learn their students need to evacuate an unsafe building.

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