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12:52 am
Mon May 4, 2015

114th Fighter Wing Deploys To South Korea

114th Fighter Wing Mobilization / May 3, 2015
Kealey Bultena SDPB

Two-hundred fifty South Dakota soldiers are deploying to the Pacific Theater. The men and women are military members with the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls. The Air Force National Guard unit is tasked with using tactical fighters to destroy enemy forces, supplies and equipment. Soldiers gathered Sunday for a mobilization ceremony. 

The thick soles of tan-toned boots hit smooth concrete at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls.  The boots match the fatigues of the men and women who lace them up. Hundreds of pairs shuffle together in the din of the crowd.

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Arts
7:06 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Jennifer Keith Quintet

Jennifer Keith.
Credit www.jenniferkeith.com

The Jennifer Keith Quintet brings the golden age of lounge entertainment to life.  Though they're from Los Angeles, the Jennifer Keith Quintet perform the songs that put Las Vegas entertainment on the map.  They have regular gigs at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas where vocalist Jennifer Keith shines in her throwback role.  Her quintet is led by tenor saxophonist Mando Dorame who is also the co-founder of the world renowned Royal Crown Revue.  As a matter of fact, the Jennifer Keith Quintet began as a side project of the Revue.  World class musicians

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Technology
6:51 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

The New Tesla Battery

The Tesla home storage battery.

Kent Osborne and Joel Broveleit visited about the Tesla home battery announcement and provided tips for building up your own personal computer.  Today's show also featured a walk-on by SDPB news reporter Kealey Bultena as the "Computer Guys" continued last episode's discussion on "cutting the cord."

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News
10:56 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Keystone XL: Protective Order Amended For Clarity

The state Public Utilities Commission continues to hash out procedures leading up to a hearing this summer. The Keystone XL pipeline is on the docket at the end of July for an evidentiary hearing, but commissioners will continue to decide on rules governing the proceedings up until then.

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Arts
1:46 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: Dan O'Brien's Wild Idea

Dan O'Brien on the Cheyenne River Ranch
Credit Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Bison once numbered in the tens of millions in a range stretching across North America from Alaska to Mexico. Many native wildlife species depended on massive herds of grazing bison to shape the ecosystem. By the late 19th Century there were only about a thousand bison left, victims of hunting and western expansion. But today there are some 400,000 buffalo in North America according to the National Bison Association.

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News
12:38 am
Thu April 30, 2015

New Name For Harney Peak Supported By Harney Relatives

Paul Stover Soderman, a relative of General William Selby Harney, says his family supports changing the name of the peak.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

If public opinion follows public comments at a Rapid City hearing Wednesday evening, the name of Harney Peak is going to change. The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names heard arguments for and against renaming the peak, and one of the strongest opinions came from one of General William S. Harney’s relatives.

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News
5:14 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

8th Circuit Delays Same-Sex Marriage Arguments Set For Mid-May

Joshua Newville
Credit Photo courtesy of Madia Law

Same-sex marriage arguments have been put on hold at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court, which covers seven states including South Dakota, had scheduled arguments on March 12, even though the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday.
Now the 8th Circuit has issued a statement that its review is stayed until after the federal high court has issued its opinion, expected to come out at the end of June.

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Arts
2:35 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Dakota Midday: Couple Documents Bicycle Trip through China in New Film

Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker in China's Gobi Desert

In the 35 years since they were married, Rapid City couple Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker have traveled to some of the world’s most exotic places, usually on bicycle. They’ve biked across African deserts, through the Andes and in the Middle East. Altogether they’ve visited more than 53 countries.

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Culture
2:13 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Dakota Midday: Tim Giago's Boarding School Memories

Tim Giago
Credit Tim Giago

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, many American Indian children were sent away from their homes and families to attend government or church-operated boarding schools. Students were forced to cut their hair, give up traditional clothing and forbidden to speak their own language. The idea was to assimilate them completely into American culture. As the founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School Richard Henry Pratt said in 1892, “… all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man."

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Early work on the Keystone I pipeline that is now finished in eastern South Dakota.
Credit Victoria Wicks SDPB

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the state Public Utilities Commission's delay in the Keystone/XL Pipeline evidentiary hearing; the state legislature's summer studies; a bill introduced by Senator John Thune that requiring collaboration between federal and local officials before a prescribed burn on federal lands when fire danger is high; upcoming Rapid City elections; and determining Platte's next mayor by luck of the draw.

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News
1:24 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Quake Hits Home For Nepalese Expats In SD

Dr. Binod Dhungana is a physician at Rapid City Regional Hospital

A Rapid City based medical doctor who grew up in Nepal is heading back to his home country following a devastating earthquake there.

Dr. Binod Dhungana is a physician at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

The initial quake registered 7.8 on the Richter scale.  

Dhungana says more than 50 aftershocks have made many afraid to stay in their own homes out of fear they could still collapse.  

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News
12:59 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Fire Rescue Holds Training For Big Crashes

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews train for crashes involving large vehicles and equipment. / April 2015
Kealey Bultena SDPB

Firefighters in Sioux Falls are learning how to safely cope with crashes between cars and big vehicles. Rescue crews spend half a day in the classroom learning about the scenarios. Then they apply their education by moving real semi trucks and trailers in mock situations.  

A tow truck drones and metal crunches as crews in fire gear work on a semi truck. They use specialized equipment to stabilize the rig which is smashed on top of a mangled car.

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Environment
3:59 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Dakota Midday: Aftermath of Wind Cave Fire

Prescribed fire at Wind Cave National Park
Credit National Park Service

Fire is one of the management tools used at Wind Cave National Park in the southern Black Hills to help maintain the health and natural balance of the grassland and forest. The park uses prescribed fires to achieve a more "natural" state by reducing accumulated fuel levels, reducing ponderosa pine encroachment on the grasslands, and eliminating exotic plants and increasing the diversity and health of native plant species.

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News
3:59 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Free STD Testing In Sioux Falls As SD Infection Rates Rise

A recent surge in sexually transmitted diseases in South Dakota is prompting free screenings in Sioux Falls. Planned Parenthood is providing tests for four STDs at no charge this week. The advocacy group and a doctor with the state agree that STDs are a growing public health concern.

The state epidemiologist says South Dakota had record numbers of STDs in 2014. By the end of the year, 4,170 cases of chlamydia were found in South Dakota. That’s the most ever reported in the state in one year.

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Culture
3:48 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Dakota Midday: Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Dayton Hyde
Credit Running Wild Films

South of Hot Springs, some 600 mustangs run free in the 11,000 acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. It was established in 1988 by rancher, author and conservationist Dayton O. Hyde as a home for wild mustangs that were being rounded up and sometimes sold for slaughter.

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Science
3:35 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Dakota Midday: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Credit Joe Tlustos SDPB

More than 26,000 years ago at the Mammoth Site,  large Columbian and woolly mammoths were trapped in a large sinkhole and died. Their remains were buried and undisturbed for centuries until bones were discovered during excavation for a subdivision in 1974. Since then, 61 mammoths have been identified – 58 Columbian and 3 woolly mammoths. Remains of giant, short-faced bear, camel, llama, prairie dog, wolf and fish have also been uncovered.

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News
2:42 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Pine Ridge "Promise Zone"

Tribal Headquarters of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on Pine Ridge.

Pine Ridge is now a "Promise Zone."  The designation by the Obama Administration helps fast track resources needed for infrastructure, housing, education, law enforcement, and economic development

Oglala Lakota County on the Pine Ridge Reservation is among the poorest areas of the country. USDA officials say nearly half the 35,000 residents live below the poverty line.

Some critics point out failures in past federal programs but local leaders say this time it’s different.

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News - Cash - Community Fund
5:07 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Community Fund Prepares For Cash Inflow

Tribal members, banking institutions and local banks across the country will soon be receiving large amounts of income as a result of the federal land buy-back program within the Cobell Land Trust Lawsuit.
Credit Courtesy stockvault.net

As federal checks of substantial amounts are sent out to tribal members across the country, banking institutions and local banks are preparing for their impact. But efforts are also being made to educate tribal members about prudent financial management and investment.

Fractionated land tracts on Native American reservations are the result of the 1887 Dawes Act, which created parcels that have been divided and subdivided through the generations. Many have been reduced into hundredths-of-an-acre in size.

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News
8:58 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Attorney General Calls Out Black Elk Development

The state's tallest point is labeled "Harney Peak" on official maps.

The South Dakota Attorney General says a group working to change the name of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak is not currently a legitimate charity.

The South Dakota Board of Geographical Names is the official state entity that deals with any calls to change a name of a known location.
 
But leaders of the group Black Elk Development say it is a legitimate charity that is trying to build consensus within tribes for a new name for Harney Peak.

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Culture
6:38 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Spearfish Canyon Tours Ready for Second Season

Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon
Credit Spearfish Canyon Tours

After taking a guided tour of Glacier National Park in Montana, Jon Pochop was struck by the lack of a guided tour of the natural beauty of the northern Black Hills. So last year the Spearfish businessman started Spearfish Canyon Tours. He worked with local author and historian Paul Higbee to give guides the local stories and historical background of the Spearfish area.

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Culture
6:16 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Legends of Spearfish

State Normal School President Fayette L. Cook, 1887
Credit Black Hills State University

Local writer and historian Paul Higbee says Spearfish is the most western town he knows. Although it doesn’t dress “cowboy,” it was founded on the gold mining, cattle and lumber economies of the Old West and prospers in the farming and tourism economies of the New West.

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Arts
5:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Matthews Opera House

Matthews Opera House
Credit Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

The Matthews Opera House in Spearfish was built in 1906 for stage productions and traveling shows. By the 1920s, it was primarily a movie house. After a new movie theater was opened down the street, the opera house was used as everything from a shooting gallery to a practice basketball court. By the mid-1950s, the building was falling into disrepair.

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News - Lower Brule - US Attorney
5:49 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Former SD US Attorney Visits Lower Brule Chairman

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe's logo
Credit Courtesy Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

While the current Lower Brule Sioux tribal leadership continues to face opposition from some tribal council members and tribal employees, the arrival of the former South Dakota United States Attorney on the reservation to discuss the tribe’s administrative issues raised concern with the acting-tribal chairman.

When Kevin Wright stepped up from the position of Lower Brule Sioux Vice-Chairman to Chairman after Mike Jandreau’s death, Wright’s goal was to lead an administration that was free of cronyism and corruption.

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Arts
5:45 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Gordy Pratt Celebrates 25 Entertaining Years

Gordy Pratt at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish
Credit Joe Tlustos SDPB

For the past 25 years, Gordy Pratt, the “Original, Fabulous One Guy,” has been entertaining audiences in the Black Hills and beyond.  His motto is: make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em laugh so hard they cry. "People ask me what I do," he writes in his blog. "I tell 'em I drive. So far, I've logged 783,4523 miles; 4,037 shows; 8,045 jokes that no one laughed at (and, luckily; 24,000 they did); a gazillion notes plucked; 2 bazillion hours of humbling practice; and more songs sung than you can shake a sticky note at."

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News
2:23 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Keystone XL Pipeline Hearings Delayed; New Date TBA

The first Keystone pipeline, shown here under construction, passes north to south through eastern South Dakota. The proposed KXL pipeline angles through the western half of the state.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

The permit to allow Keystone XL Pipeline to cross South Dakota is on hold until later this summer. A hearing set for early May has been postponed to late July or early August, to allow opponents’ attorneys to sort through volumes of information delivered by TransCanada just ten days ago. This documents dump came after the Public Utilities Commission ordered the pipeline company to turn over all information requested by parties by April 17th.

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Business
1:21 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Farmers Face Possible Drought And Market Drop

The high fire danger in February of 2015 is one indicator of the dryer than normal weather in many parts of South Dakota so far this year.

Officials in the agriculture industry are eyeing a drop in the price of corn and other crops grown in South Dakota, on top of that the state as seen a record dry spell in the start of 2015.

The drought and lower commodity prices are making many farmers cautious about spending.   Ag is the number one industry in South Dakota and the slowdown is already having ripple effects on some sectors of the state economy.

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Education
12:28 am
Sun April 26, 2015

WoLakota Seeks To Increase Cultural Awareness In Education

A flyer for the Teach to Lead meeting backed by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on the WoLakota project in South Dakota.

The US Department of Education is taking note of a project in South Dakota that aims to connect teachers with the wisdom of Lakota elders.

For years the graduation rates for Native American students has not kept pace with their non-native peers, especially in some school districts like Rapid City.   The WoLakota Project is one of the efforts to improve outcomes for Native students in South Dakota.   

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Health
4:03 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Innovation: Cancer Survivorship

Dr. Shelby Terstriep, medical oncologist (based in Fargo) and medical director for embrace Survivorship Program and Meagan Huisman, affiliate coordinator for Susan G. Komen South Dakota.  They discuss a Susan G. Komen grant to start a survivorship program for women with breast cancer.  The program is designed to create an innovative program to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs of every cancer survivor.  

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Arts
3:32 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Expatriate / Burlap Wolf King

Adam Nero of Expatriate.
Credit www.naterecording.com

Adam Nero and Thomas Hentges have traveled similar paths during their careers in music.  Both played in hardcore bands before finding was to explore their creativity through Americana and roots music.  Nero, a classically trained guitarist, was a fan of Chet Atkins, Townes Van Zandt and Mississippi John Hurt while his father was also introducing him to John Prine and old bluegrass music.  His band is Expatriate.  Their tight, expressive songs will have you tapping your foot.  Expatriate opened for Burlap Wolf King on April 5, 2014 at Dakota State University in Madison.

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Science
12:45 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Innovation: Western SD Hydrology Conference

Earlier this month the 13th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference was held in Rapid City.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with three of the featured speakers to talk about water management, water rights and the idea of cloud seeding.  Guests include, Andy Detwiler a professor at South Dakota School of Mines --  Robert Hirsch a Research Hydrologist with the US Geological Survey and Rob Harmon The Presdient and CEO of Energy RM.
 

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