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Rapid City resident and professional pool player Shane Van Boening has won both the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship.

As a child, Van Boening was diagnosed with severe hearing loss. Today he uses hearing aids.

Van Boening spoke to SDPB in 2014 at J.J. Billiards in Sioux Falls. He says sometimes when he’s playing pool he’ll turn off the hearing aids to help him concentrate.

Democratic National Convention

The Dakota Political Junkies are back on Dakota Midday to talk about the week in politics. Kevin Woster is with the KELO-TV Rapid City Bureau and Jon Hunter is the publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.

They discuss everything from a possible meth epidemic in South Dakota to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Paula Hawks

The Democratic National Convention is taking place this week in Philadelphia. The convention is attended by South Dakota delegates including State Representative Paula Hawks.

Hawks joins Dakota Midday to discuss the convention so far and where the party stands in South Dakota and as a whole.

Civility Experts Worldwide

Does it ever seem like people have a different mentality online? An expert says being civil online is just as important as being civil face to face.

Lew Bayer is CEO of the multicultural training group Civility Experts Worldwide. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about social media manners and how people treat each other online.

Cheyenne River Upgrading Water Treatment Plant

3 hours ago

USDA funding is helping upgrade a water treatment plant near Eagle Butte.  The move ensures about 14-thousand people on and around the Cheyenne River Reservation have a more reliable water source.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe draws water out of the Cheyenne and Missouri Rivers.  But the old treatment plant and series of pipes to distribute water was prone to break down. Leaving thousands with no water—sometimes for several days at a time.  

Tim Potts is with USDA’s Rural Development.

South Dakota Fugitive On ‘Most Wanted’ List

4 hours ago
Department of Justice

A South Dakota fugitive is now on America's top 15 most wanted list. The US Marshals added the alleged child sexual predator to the list. Federal authorities are working with Pennington County law enforcement on the case.

48-year-old David Bonness is wanted by the Pennington County Sheriff and State’s Attorney’s offices for multiple counts of pedophilia and rape. The U.S. Marshals offer a $25,000 reward for information leading directly to his arrest.

SD Department of Corrections

Death row inmate Briley Piper was back in court last week in Deadwood. Piper is challenging his incarceration in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, saying his legal counsel was insufficient and he should have been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.

Lawrence County State's Attorney John Fitzgerald says the hearing lasted all day July 21.

Whiteclay's Arrowhead Foods Total Loss

12 hours ago
Photo by Jim Kent

A Lakota-owned-grocery store located in Whiteclay, Nebraska has been totally destroyed by fire. Arrowhead Foods was financed with the assistance of Lakota Funds…a community development organization based in Kyle, South Dakota.

Sheridan County sheriff Terry Robbins says he first received a report of the Arrowhead Foods fire at a little after 9 a.m. on Monday morning.

SF Mayor Proposes 2017 Budget

20 hours ago
Erin Mairose

Mayor of Sioux Falls Mike Huether wants to decrease the Sioux Falls city budget for 2017. On Tuesday he presented his recommendation to city council members.

Mayor Mike Huether is proposing a $467 million dollar budget for next year. That's four million dollars less than the current budget.

RL20 Puts Youth Minimum Wage To A Vote

21 hours ago
sdlegislature.gov

South Dakota voters get the chance to vote on a minimum wage again in November. What is known as Referred Law Twenty seeks to reiterate whether or not the minimum wage established by voters two years ago is the ultimate will of the people.
 
In the 2015 session, legislators changed the law passed by voters in 2014.  Lawmakers approved a lower minimum wage for workers under the age of seventeen.

SD Historical Society

South Dakota is not widely known for its architecture or infrastructure.Officials hope a new installation at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre changes this.  The Building South Dakota exhibit highlights the ordinary structures state residents see every day.

Visitors who follow the hand painted highway up the stairs at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre can find the new Building South Dakota exhibit.

SDPB

Folks in rural America often take pride in being good neighbors.  Officials with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture hope this extends to pesticide and fertilizer use.  A state run website helps producers prevent drift from pesticide or fertilizer applications onto sensitive crops.  

But some critics say the site isn’t effective when it comes to influencing farming practices.  

Charles Michael Ray

The Off-Broadway Women's Project Theater is the  oldest and largest theater company that promotes women artists in the US. In business since 1978, the organization celebrates and incubates projects by theater artists who might never otherwise be heard.

Lisa McNulty is in her second year as producing artistic director for the theater. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about the industry and about how women should resist waiting for permission before producing their own creative work.

Veteran Benefits Administration

The Veterans Benefits Administration provides veterans with compensation and vocational rehabilitation. The Dakotas Regional Office covers more than 154,000 veterans and their families in South Dakota, North Dakota and parts of Minnesota.

Shawn Bohn was appointed as director of this office earlier in the year. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about trends in compensation and what VA is doing to reach veterans and respond to their needs.

A tribal organization is honoring a U.S. Senator from South Dakota for legislation he pushed through Congress forty years ago.   

The Tribal Interior Budget Council gathered in Rapid City earlier this month, and recognized Former Senator James Abourezk.

Officials say he was instrumental in passing key legislation that fostered tribal self-governance.

 

James Abourezk was a one term U.S. Senator.  But during his time in congress he was able to pass several laws boosting tribal sovereignty.

Rededicated Fort Pierre To Deadwood Trail

Jul 25, 2016
Fort Pierre Development Corporation

The beginning of the Fort Pierre to Deadwood Trail is getting a new sign.

A rededication ceremony July 26th  in Fort Pierre is recognizing the beginning of the 200 mile route that guided travels to Deadwood in the late 1800s.

After gold was discovered in the Black Hills, settlers and gold prospectors came to Fort Pierre by train or riverboat and then followed the Fort Pierre to Deadwood Trail out west.

Arrowhead Foods Catches Fire

Jul 25, 2016
Bruce BonFleur / Lakota Hope Ministries

A building in Whiteclay, Nebraska burned down on Monday afternoon. Arrowhead Foods was a total loss.

Bruce BonFleur is the director for Lakota Hope Ministries based in White Clay. He shot video of the fire and says it burned for almost five hours.

Whiteclay sits on the border of the Pine Ridge Reservation where alcohol is prohibited.  The liquor stores in the small town sell millions of cans of beer each year, mostly to tribal residents. But Arrowhead Foods  sold only groceries and no alcohol.  
 

SaveYour.Town

Deb Brown and Becky McCray join Dakota Midday to discuss SaveYour.Town, a rural resource organization design to support innovation, leadership, and connection in rural America.

From upcoming webinars, to the power of Brain Gain, the popular bloggers discuss how small towns are thriving.

Dakota Resources

Last week the Rural Experience (X) Summit took place in Aberdeen. The gathering was meant to bring together ideas about improving rural South Dakota.

Beth Davis is the president of Dakota Resources, the organization that hosted the Rural X Summit. She talks about what people took away from the summit and possible solutions to rural problems.

Photo by Karlee Moore

The artist working on the sculpture called “Passage of Wind and Water” at Rapid City’s Main Street Square started the fourth year of his five-year project.

Children are running though water sprinklers at Main Street Square at 10 o’clock on a Friday morning. It’s about to be another very warm summer day in western South Dakota. It's here I meet Masayuki Nagase at his “home-away-from-home” since 2013.

I welcome Yuki Nagase to Rapid City and ask how many stone he plans to work on this year.

West River Human Trafficking Task Force

A task force in the Black Hills is pushing a new awareness campaign to help stop human sex trafficking at the Sturgis Rally.  Some officials say raising awareness is important, but the victims of sex trafficking also need support as they recover.

The West River Human Trafficking Task Force is distributing materials to area businesses to raise awareness about the sex trafficking that happens at the Sturgis Rally. Tess Franzen is with the task force. She hopes the information will help all who are affected by human trafficking.

Jill Cohn

Jul 22, 2016
Jill Cohn

A full-time musician since 1996, Jill Cohn is on her 11th independently released CD, Heartstrings Touching Ground.  Michael Sikorsky of Country Music News International Magazine wrote, "Heartstrings Touching Ground could easily be subtitled Textures or Tapestry.  With melodies steeped in Seattle coffee house folk, lyrics as caressing as the melodies, and Jill Cohn vocals making you think Joni Mitchell meets Emmylou Harris, put this CD in your player and let it repeat over and over again."

Tracy Silverman And Futureman

Jul 22, 2016
www.tracysilverman.com

Tracy Silverman and Roy "Futureman" Wooten performed the Concerto for Two at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish last November.  Silverman, who is lauded by the BBC as "the greatest living exponent of the electric violin, is a forward thinking musician, composer and producer.  He designs his own six string electric violins and they sound like nothing you've heard before.  Silverman's eclectic side is mirrored by five-time Grammy Award winning percussio

University of South Dakota

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is a monthly contributor to SDPB Radio's Innovation. Koodali is a chemistry professor at the University of South Dakota and Dean of the USD Graduate School. "Dr. K" is also the public relations chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He joins today's program to talk about efficient and selective degradation of polyethylenes into liquid fuels and waxes under mild conditions - or, in simple terms, turning plastic bottles into fuel.

Sanford Research

Dr. John Lee, a physician scientist in the Cancer Biology Research Center, is expanding his research by joining the founder of the Cancer MoonShot 2020 program to accelerate the research into cancer treatment. Lee's focus is on head and neck cancers caused by human papilloma virus (HPV).

Long-Term Heat Wave Causing Pavement Damage

Jul 22, 2016
Caryn Harrington

As much of South Dakota remains in an Excessive Heat Warning this week, road crews are trying to keep up with a common hot-weather issue.

With this summer’s extended heat, highway repair crews are keeping busy addressing pavement that crumbles in the high temperatures.  Department of Transportation engineer Travis Dressen says since concrete is full of water molecules, the road substance is subject to damage from changing elements.

Courtesy The Mammoth Site

Volunteers for The Mammoth Site Excavation and Preservation Program are in Hot Springs this month. Participants lend their assistance to the continuing scientific efforts at the world’s largest concentration of mammoth remains. SDPB’s Jim Kent stopped by to visit with two women who have been searching for bones at the active paleontological dig site for years.

Today’s South Dakota weather report says we’re expecting several days of very warm, humid weather, with heat indexes over 100 degrees.

Police And Citizens Brainstorm Solutions

Jul 22, 2016
Erin Mairose

A community forum Thursday night brought law enforcement and Sioux Falls residents together.  The meeting sought to end stereotypes and stigmas held by some Sioux Falls residents and the local police department. 

During the meeting a panel of law enforcement officers answered questions about policies, handling protests, discrimination, and recruiting future officers. One question is about implicit biases. Trooper Julian Beaudion says his solution is to have a professional mindset.

A ranching couple from Quinn whose cattle drowned during a winter storm will receive compensation from their insurance company. The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that even though the cattle were not found immersed in water, they died from liquid saturating their lungs. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this follow-up to the 2013 storm, which devastated parts of Western South Dakota.

For 2013 SDPB coverage of Winter Storm Atlas, click on the links below.

The study of sustainability is much more than recycling. According to Dr. Sandra Marker, the study focuses on problem solving in a complex world.

A new online master's program at Black Hills State University is the first of its kind in the western United States. Marker, the program's coordinator, joins Midday to talk about the new degree program, growth in sustainability careers, and the wide array of interested students.

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