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1:07 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Rapid City Draws Awareness For Suicide Prevention Week

Aaron Pearcy spray paints a mural in Main Street Square on Thursday, May 23rd. The art helped draw awareness for national suicide prevention week.
Chynna Lockett

It is national suicide prevention week.

About a dozen groups held an event in Rapid City to draw attention to suicide prevention and mental health.

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News
12:30 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Senator Mike Rounds Opposed To WOTUS

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is expected to finalize the Waters of the United States Act, or WOTUS by the end of the week. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds opposes the act. He explains that the rule has a significant effect on local control of water.
 

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News - Vets - Experiences
6:49 am
Fri May 22, 2015

WWII Vets Honored - Recall Combat Experiences

U.S. Army infantrymen fire at German troops in the advance to relieve the surrounded paratroopers in Bastogne – 1944
Credit Courtesy U.S. Army

Veterans of World War Two were recently honored at a luncheon in Rapid City. The gathering brought more than one hundred members of “The Greatest Generation” together to share stories, laughter, good food, fond and fearsome memories and even shed the occasional tear. 

 World War Two arguably impacted America more than any other conflict in the nation’s history. With more than 16 million men and women serving in the armed forces, 400,000 dead and nearly 700,000 wounded, it was rare for any family not to be impacted by bloodshed and heartache.

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News - Luncheon - Veterans
6:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

World War II Veterans Honored At Luncheon

U.S. Army troops landing during the Normandy invasion - June 6, 1944.
Credit National Archives and Records Administration

Veterans of World War Two were recently honored at a luncheon in Rapid City. The gathering brought more than one hundred members of “The Greatest Generation” together to share stories, laughter, good food, fond and fearsome memories and even shed the occasional tear.

Seventy years after the end of World War Two, the men and women who took part in those hostilities are leaving us at a rate of 1000 every day.

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Arts
5:14 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

The Barefoot Movement - Part 1

The Barefoot Movement (from left: Alex Conerly, Noah Wall, Tommy Norris and Hasee Ciaccio.
Credit www.barefoot-movement.com

Young and shoeless, The Barefoot Movement has gained much attention and acclaim in a very short time.  The diversity of The Barefoot Movement draws in fans of bluegrass, folk, indie and rock and roll.  Singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall began to piece the band together when she met mandolin player Tommy Norris in high school.  Wall found an upright bass player in Hasee Ciaccio when they were classmates at East Tennessee State University.  Just last week, Ciaccio completed her BA in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music with a minor in App

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Business
2:06 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Summer Travel

Storybook Land in Aberdeen.

With the summer travel season in clear sight, Wanda Goodman, Deputy Secretary with the South Dakota Department of Tourism, said last year's state tourism records are likely to be broken.  She shared last year's figures and visited about popular tourist attractions.

Meanwhile, Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com said fuel prices should remain steady in the mid-$2 range throughout the season.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: New DSU President

Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths.
Credit Dakota State University

Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths becomes the 23rd president of Dakota State University when she takes office later this summer.  She leaves her post as the vice president of academic affairs at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  Griffiths has worked for more than 30 years in higher education and has focused her academic research on the use of information technology in higher education, the contribution of technology and informatics, and health informatics.  Griffiths visited with guest host Cara Hetland on Thursday.

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Technology
1:50 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Cold Spray Technology

Christian Widener.

Charles Widener, Director of the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Lab at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, discussed Cold Spray Technology which was developed at the school.  It received funding from the Defense Department and from the South Dakota office of economic development.  Cold Spray Technology is used to repair metal, like on airplanes or large machines.

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News
10:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Mud Boggers Asked to Hold Off Until After Weekend

Mud on a pickup from a wet back road.
Credit Charles Michael Ray

For many South Dakotans a favorite Memorial Day weekend pastime is spending time in the outdoors in an off-road vehicle.

But officials in the Black Hills are worried about damage to area back roads with recent rains and muddy conditions. Black Hills National Forest officials are delaying the opening of some forest roads that are popular for all terrain vehicles. Ruth Esperance is a district ranger for the Black Hills National Forest. She says keeping roads closed in extra muddy conditions saves tax dollars by reducing future road repair costs.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Patrick Duffy.

The Dakota Political Junkies weighed in on SDPB Radio's Dakota Midday discussion with Mayor Sam Kooiker and his challenger, former Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender.  They also spoke briefly about Rapid City attorney and Ft. Pierre native Patrick Duffy who died last week at the age of 58.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Rapid City Mayoral Candidates

Credit www.downtownrapidcity.com

Candidates for Rapid City's June 2 mayoral election joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss issues on the minds of voters in South Dakota's second largest city.  Mayor Sam Kooiker and former Chief of Police Steve Allender are vying for a two-year term to lead Rapid City.  They answered questions about the city's growth, business climate, infrastructure, arena and race relations among other issues.

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News
5:23 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Noem Backs COOL Following WTO Ruling

This week, the World Trade Organization ruled against requiring Country of Origin Labeling or COOL. The WTO found that requiring COOL gives livestock producers in the United States an unfair advantage. South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she has always supported COOL and understands the importance of the agricultural industry to South Dakota.
 

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News
5:13 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Officials Stress Safety Following Flooding

Emergency responders enter flood waters on the Pine Ridge Reservation along BIA 41, near the White River.
Credit Pennington County Search and Rescue

Emergency responders performed a swift water rescue over the weekend in Western South Dakota. A car swept off the road by fast moving flood waters on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Emergency managers say the incident serves as a reminder for safety in flash flooding situations.

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Arts
3:51 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Communist Daughter To Open BHMF

Molly Moore and Johnny Solomon of Communist Daughter.
Credit www.communistdaughter.com

Communist Daughter opens the Black Hills Music Festival on Saturday afternoon at Elkorn Ridge RV Resort near Spearfish.  The band was founded in 2009 by John Solomon in Prescott, Wisconsin.  He joined with several Twin Cities musicians to create an indie/folk/rock sound filled with harmonies that range from beautiful to haunting.  Their second full-length CD is in the works while the band hits the road this week with stops in Lincoln and Denver before their Black Hills Music Festival gig.  Solomon visited about Communist Daughter's music Tuesday on Dakota Midday.

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World
3:43 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

FRONTLINE "Secrets, Politics And Torture"

SDPB-TV presents FRONTLINE "Secrets, Politics and Torture," the dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's interrogation methods, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Central.  Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did and whether it worked.  Mike Wiser, writer and producer for FRONTLINE with the Kirk Documentary Group, previewed the new piece on Dakota Midday.

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Kids and Family
3:35 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

New KIDS COUNT Report

Rob Geen.
Credit Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E.

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Business - Gathering - Native
12:39 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Native Business Gathering In Deadwood

Fur trading at Fort Nez Perce in 1841 (from an image by Joseph Drayton 1795-1856). Many Native American tribes had thriving businesses centered around the fur trade long before the Westward expansion of the United States.
Credit Public Domain - Wikipedia

Native American business owners and tribal leaders will gather with representatives from lending institutions and government agencies for the 2015 South Dakota Indian Business Conference in Deadwood this week. Native entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs will learn about the successes and challenges in creating an Indian business.

The biennial South Dakota Indian Business Conference has become a “must attend” for anyone interested in starting, maintaining or assisting a Native-owned business, says Tanya Fiddler.

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News
7:53 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Texas Biker Shootout Prior To Sturgis Rally 75th

Law Enforcement officials say they are tracking biker gang activity and will have extra law enforcement at the 75th anniversary Sturgis rally.

A shoot-out between rival biker gangs in Texas left nine dead over the weekend.  The incident comes months ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally set for early August.  

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to converge on the Black Hills, and as always that includes some motorcycle gangs.   

But Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush says each year extra officers from around the country are called in to help maintain security at Sturgis.  

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Environment
5:57 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Hoffman Answers Gardening Questions

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined Dakota Midday on Monday to take questions about gardening, planting and horticulture.  The segment is a bi-weekly feature of Dakota Midday from spring through autumn and includes experts from around the state.

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Environment
5:51 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Friends Of The Big Sioux River

The Big Sioux River at Blood Run.
Credit www.southdakotamagazine.com

The newly formed non-profit, Friends of the Big Sioux River, held a press conference last Thursday to announce its vision to realize "a clean, healthy river for all to enjoy and share with pride."  In 2012, the Big Sioux was identified as the 13th dirtiest river in the nation.  Friends of the Big Sioux River was formed to bring awareness to the current condition of the waterway and to inspire action among all who influence its quality.  Matthew McLarty of the Environmental Law & Policy Center of South Dakota, Greg Veerman of Astronaut Studios and Friends of the Big Sioux River director

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Business
5:41 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

"Oil To Die For"

"Oil To Die For" is a new interactive documentary from Black Gold Boom producer Todd Melby.  The documentary explores how North Dakota became one of the most dangerous places to work in America.  It also examines the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Dustin Bergsing, a 21-year-old well watcher, who died on the job.  Melby's new project debuted Monday at www.blackgoldboom.com.  Users can watch interviews, access court documents and browse through the details at their own speed.

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Arts
7:02 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Trace Bundy

Trace Bundy.

Listening to Trace Bundy is one thing, but seeing the "Acoustic Ninja" play live can confound even the most accomplished music fans as to how he can manipulate the fret board with his hands and fingers.  Surprisingly, Bundy is self-taught.  He uses harmonics, looping, multiple capos and his unique finger tapping skills to deliver jaw-dropping performances.  His most recent project, "Elephant King," was released in May, 2012.  It includes an 11-song studio CD and a live DVD disc.  Bundy performed at the Dahl Arts Center

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News
3:44 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Rapid City Teachers Hit Impasse With Administrators

Rapid City School Board President Jim Hansen speaks at a press conference on Friday May15th while School District Attorney Mike Hickey stands by.
Credit Chynna Lockett / SDPB

The Teachers Union in Rapid City has come to an impasse in salary negations with the School District.

Rapid City voters consider opting-out of the property tax freeze in a special June 2nd election.  The extra money would go to schools.  
 
Teachers don’t agree with the district’s plan if the opt out fails.  Administrators say teachers walked away from negations too soon. 

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12:28 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Kentucky ACA Expert Touts Expanded Medicaid

Carrie Banahan talks about Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. She was the May 5th guest speaker on The Morning Fill Up, at The Garage in Rapid City.

The Affordable Care Act has been a point of contention around the United States since it was first proposed.  The act gives states the option to implement its own insurance markets and to expand the availability of Medicaid.  Although it is a red state, Kentucky chose to do both.  An expert on Kentucky health care paid a visit to Rapid City this week. To hear more, click play below.  

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News
11:00 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Memorial Remembers Babies Lost

A memorial service hosted by Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen aims to remember babies who were lost through miscarriage and stillbirth. The annual event is Saturday at 11 AM at Aberdeen’s Riverside Cemetery.

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News
5:20 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Delmont Accepts Volunteers In Tornado Recovery

People who want to volunteer to clean up after a weekend tornado in Delmont can start Friday. Officials now have a volunteer reception centers that opens at 8 o-clock in the morning near the baseball field just outside of the small southeastern South Dakota town.

Volunteers must register with a valid ID before can enter Delmont to help. Authorities say volunteers should wear clothes, boots, gloves and eye protection for working with debris from Sunday’s storm.

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News
5:17 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Bird Flu Found In Chickens On SD Egg Farm

This map shows SD counties where birds tested positive for H5N2 avian flu as of May 14, 2015.
Credit SD Animal Industry Board

More than one million chickens are now at-risk for avian influenza after tests prove the disease has infected an egg-laying operation. Dakota Layers in Moody County discovered the disease in one of nine barns on the farm. That more than doubles the number of birds affected in South Dakota.

The deadly H5N2 strain of bird flu has invaded operations in nine South Dakota counties. Eight turkey farms in separate counties have tested positive for the virus. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says now the infection is confirmed in chickens.

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News
2:23 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

SD Supreme Court: Benda Death Investigation Remains Closed

The investigation into the death of Richard Benda will remain closed to the public. That’s the ruling of the South Dakota Supreme Court, released publicly on Thursday. South Dakota journalist Bob Mercer took the issue to the high court in March after trying unsuccessfully to find out the details of the investigation that resulted in a ruling that Benda’s death was a suicide. But the court found that state law is clear in denying public access to law enforcement investigations.

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Sports
1:50 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: Stampede Poised to Win Championship

The Sioux Falls Stampede could win the Clark Cup final Friday night on their home ice at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center. The hockey team leads the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the best-of-five series 2 to 0. The Clark Cup is presented each year to the playoff champions. The Stampede last won the cup in 2007.

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Health
1:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sanford Collaborates to Advance Cancer Genomics

Steven Powell, M.D.
Credit Sanford Health

Customized cancer treatment is the future of cancer therapy, but analyzing the unique genetic make-up of individuals can take an enormous amount of time. It typically takes weeks for clinicians to analyze each genetic mutation, but IBM Watson Genomic Analytics in some cases can complete the process in just a few minutes and produce a report, including treatment recommendations. The ambitious goal is personalized medicine for cancer patients everywhere based on their unique genomic profile.

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