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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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Environment
10:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

KXL Fails To Pass U.S. Senate

Chris Fire Thunder chops wood at the Spirit Camp that sits on the proposed pipeline route near the Rosebud Reservation. Despite the frigid cold occupiers say they aren't moving until the Keystone Pipeline is stopped.

The U.S. Senate has refused a bill that would send approval of the Keystone Pipeline project to the president’s desk.

Those opposing the Keystone pipeline are claiming a small victory.   Keith Fielder is one of the occupiers at the "Spirit Camp" on the pipeline route near the Rosebud Reservation.   He says the short term construction jobs aren’t worth the long term threat to the water supply from an oil spill.

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News
7:46 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

State Looking for More Snowplow Drivers

Each year officials with the state Department of Transportation hire around 75 to 100 seasonal workers to drive snowplows on highways and interstates. Officials want the local shops to be fully staffed by November first, but several are still looking to fill positions.

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News
3:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

SD Supreme Court Justice Praises Novel, Albeit Perhaps Not Successful, Argument

South Dakota Supreme Court Justice John Konenkamp congratulated a Lake Andes attorney for taking a novel approach to his defense of a DUI client.
Timothy Whalen made this argument Tuesday before the state’s high court: when the state legislature eliminated one of three statutes having to do with decriminalizing public drunkenness, they inadvertently took away the state’s ability to charge the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Konenkamp tells Whalen the state Supreme Court has not heard the argument before.

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News
3:04 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

SD Supreme Court Argument: Driving Under Influence Of Alcohol Not Illegal For Two-Year Stretch

A Charles Mix County defendant could not be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in June 2013, because it was not illegal at that time. That’s the argument of a Lake Andes lawyer before the South Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Timothy Whalen says the South Dakota legislature inadvertently removed alcohol from DUI intoxicants in 2012. But the state says it clearly was not the legislature’s intent to eliminate alcohol-related DUI.

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Arts
2:44 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: The Enduring Legacy of 'Nancy'

Guy Gilchrist
Credit Guy Gilchrist

Cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller introduced the character Nancy to newspaper funny pages in 1933. Today Nancy is drawn by Nashville-based cartoonist Guy Gilchrist, who first started drawing the strip with his brother Brad in 1995.

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Arts
2:34 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: Historical Society Releases Laura Ingalls Wilder Autobiography

Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press

After much anticipation, the Laura Ingalls Wilder annotated autobiography, Pioneer Girl, is finally getting into the hands of readers. The South Dakota Historical Society Press started shipping it on Monday to readers who pre-ordered the book. It’ll be in stores later this month.

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World
2:17 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Firestone and the Warlord'

Liberian warlord Charles Taylor
Credit Patrick Robert/Sygma/Corbis

What are the moral responsibilities of a company doing business in a foreign country consumed by war? That’s the question at the center of tonight’s FRONTLINE/ProPublica documentary, Firestone and the Warlord. It airs tonight on SDPB1 Television at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT.

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Health
2:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

SDSU Professors Receive Grant to Study New Strain of Influenza

Two professors at South Dakota State University have received a research grant to study Influenza C, a strain of flu that has been found in swine and cattle. 

Professors Feng Li and Radhey Kaushik are conducting research through a two-year $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to study the characteristics of Influenza C. This strain of flu has been discovered in swine and cattle in several states across the U.S. The virus has also been found in China.

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Culture
5:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Red Spirit Fashion Weaves Indigeneity Into Modern Style

Models were silhoutted by a spotlight against a projected red moon.
Photo art by Victoria Wicks

Fashion designers and their models put on a show at the School of Mines and Technology late last week, but this show had a twist. The Red Spirit fashion show features contemporary clothing created by Native designers and uses Native models.

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World
4:25 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Black Hills State Professor Goes Inside Russia

Black Hills State University math education professor John Alsup stands in front of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow
Credit John Alsup

This weekend President Obama said the Russians were supplying heavy arms to separatists in Ukraine in violation of an agreement Russia signed with Ukraine a few weeks ago. The President said the Western campaign to isolate Moscow would continue. Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an economic meeting in Beijing last week and at the Group of 20 summit meeting this past weekend in Australia. The President’s words were among the toughest he has used about Russia’s actions during Ukraine’s crisis.

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Arts
2:40 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Augustana's American Gamelan

John Pennington, director of the Augustana Percussion Ensemble
Credit John Pennington

When John Pennington joined Augustana College's music department in 2008, he brought with him an American gamelan copied from one made by renowned composer Lou Harrison. It includes instruments created from PVC pipes and is based on the traditional Indonesian gamelans.

Augustana's American gamelan is featured in the percussion ensemble's fall concert this evening at the Chapel of Reconciliation on the college's Sioux Falls campus. Later this week the ensemble travels to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Percussive Arts Societies International Convention.

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News
2:22 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Feeding South Dakota Launches Sioux Falls Capital Campaign

Food at Feeding South Dakota's Sioux Falls facility.
Credit Hannah Olsen SDPB

Business leaders in the southeastern part of the state are committing to raising more than one million dollars for Feeding South Dakota. It’s part of a three million dollar campaign to expand services and combine facilities in Sioux Falls. The campaign is the third phase of the "Hand to Hand" capital campaign which is also raising money for expansions in Rapid City and Pierre.

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News
5:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

6th Circuit Splits; Same-Sex Marriage Issue Headed To U.S. Supreme Court

In early October the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take on the issue of gay marriage. Circuit courts of appeals had been uniformly ruling that states’ bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. But last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a state ban, and now the courts are split. Couples in Ohio have already filed with the high court, asking justices to take on the issue. They say their marriages and their adoptions should be given equal legal status by the state.

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