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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.

Click play below to hear the rest of the story.

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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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Health
4:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Genomic Medicine Transforms Breast Cancer Treatment

Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones
Credit Avera Health

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones is among those working to eradicate breast cancer. He’s a native of England and an internationally-known cancer researcher. He leads a team at Avera Health in Sioux Falls working to decode human genetics for individualized breast cancer treatments. Dr. Leyland-Jones joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest developments in genomic breast cancer research.

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News
4:52 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ad Money Increases In Tighter Senate Race

A political action committee is committing more money to the US Senate race in South Dakota. A PAC known as Mayday is adding $250,000 to its earlier pledge of $1 million.

The money is going to media time to support Democrat Rick Weiland. He faces Independent Larry Pressler, Republican Mike Rounds, and Independent Gordon Howie in the race for United States Senate. One political scientist says he expects more national attention as poll numbers show a close competition.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

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

In his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Mike Rounds says voters have a very clear choice between philosophies on how government should run and which direction the nation should head in the future.

Rounds served in the state legislature before first being elected governor in 2002. Following his second term in office, he returned to his insurance and real estate business. Rounds faces Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie in the November 4th election to fill the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.

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Election
2:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

SD US House of Rep candidates debate tonight!

  Live Debate Tonight at 8:00 pm CT/7 MT on SDPB. Watch live online here.

South Dakota's at-large seat in the House of Representatives will include Kristi Noem (R) and Corinna Robinson (D). Tune in tonight on TV SDPB 1 and online at SDPB.org/live

Dakota Roots
2:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Check out Dakota Roots!

Dakota Roots joins citizens, business leaders, and state government in a successful, on-going initiative to grow the South Dakota workforce.

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Web Exclusive
1:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Identifying and Treating Mountain Pine Beetles in the Black Hills

Credit Pacific Northwest Research Station

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will host a free workshop on the identification and treatment of mountain pine beetles (MPB) in the Black Hills. The 2014 MPB flight has passed and the time to identify and treat this year’s infested trees is now.

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Hunting
1:47 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

SD Hunting Season Information

South Dakota is renowned world-wide for its pheasant hunting, and rightfully so. Did you know that only three times in the past 20 years has the annual pheasant harvest been under 1 million roosters, and those "down" years had well over 900,000 harvested birds. Pheasants are just part of the hunting package you can enjoy. SD offers a variety of game animals in a variety of settings: forests, river bottom, grasslands, mountains, and the vast Missouri River reservoir system. See more at: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/

 

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News
1:15 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Pheasants Play Important Role in South Dakota

A pen at Gisi Pheasant Farm.

As South Dakota celebrates its 125th anniversary, SDPB is telling the stories of people, places, and things that give our state its identity. South Dakota is known across the country as the place to go to hunt pheasants. More than 132,000 people took part in the pheasant hunt last year, harvesting nearly a million birds. Seventy five thousand of those hunters were from out of state. And that was during a down year.

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News
9:39 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Wanblee To Get Early Voting Office

Voting rights advocates say a satellite polling place is coming to the town of Wanblee. 

The small town on the Pine Ridge Reservation has become a contention point over equal access to the polls for Native Americans in this election.

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Culture - Lakota – Cowboys
3:03 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Native American Cowboys and Dancers

Sabrina Pourier (pink blouse/white hat) is in the center of the Hat and Boot Dance Special at the 2014 Black Hills Pow Wow.
Credit Courtesy Clarice Lakota

 A Lakota teen from Rapid City is the first person in the history of the Black Hills Pow Wow to introduce the “Hat and Boot Dance” into the annual event’s huge arena. The dance style pays homage to the long Lakota relationship with the horse along with their link to cowboy hats, chaps, lariats and boots…which traces back more than one-hundred years.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

50 Years Later, Billy Mills Recalls Olympic 10K Win

Billy Mills at the finish line at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo

Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of what is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history when the virtually unknown Billy Mills won the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Games. In the final lap, the 26-year-old Marine from the Pine Ridge Reservation passed 10K world record holder Ron Clarke of Australia and Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia with a sudden burst of speed as NBC analyst Dick Banks screamed "Look at Mills! Look at Mills!"

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Environment
2:21 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

More Pheasants Expected for Hunting Opener

Credit South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Saturday is South Dakota's pheasant opener and hunters should find more ringnecks in comparison to last year. The state Game, Fish and Parks annual brood count survey showed a 76 percent statewide increase in the pheasants-per-mile index over 2013. Last year’s sharp decline in pheasant numbers led to Governor Daugaard’s creation of the Pheasant Habitat Work Group. The group presented its recommendations in September.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Larry Pressler
Credit Pressler for Senate

South Dakota's contest for U.S. Senate is receiving national attention as a race that was considered safely Republican but is now seen as closer than expected. Some recent polls have Republican Mike Rounds in first at around 35 percent with either Democrat Rick Weiland or independent Larry Pressler in second place just a few points behind the former governor.

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Politics
8:03 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Yellow Bird Steele Leads Pine Ridge Primary

Incumbent Tribal President Bryan Brewer at a protest march in Whiteclay, Nebraska.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Election Commission is verifying the results of Tuesday's primary election.   
 
Unofficial tribal presidential primary results have Harold Eagle Bull in third place with 512 votes, incumbent Tribal President Bryan Brewer with 944 votes, and former Tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele leading the field at 1465.

But the results could change as the numbers are finalized.  

On Pine Ridge the top two candidates in a presidential primary don’t automatically advance to the general election.

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Politics
10:48 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

SD "Rez Tour" Aims To Increase Native Vote

The bus now touring all nine of South Dakota's reservations aimed at increasing the Native American voter registration and turnout prior to the October 20th deadline.

The Native American vote can make the difference in tight statewide races in South Dakota.  

U.S Senator Tim Johnson credits support in Indian Country in 2002 for his 400 vote victory over then Rep. John Thune.  

This week a group is making a final push to get more Native people signed up to vote before the voter registration deadline.

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