Dakota Midday

Weekdays, noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT
Karl Gehrke

Dakota Midday is heard Mondays-Fridays, noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT. On Dakota Midday, hosted by Karl Gehrke, you can learn about important issues and subjects of interest to South Dakotans.

Click here for shows that aired PRIOR to August of 2012.

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Arts
3:10 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: Dahl Mountain Photo Exhibit

"The Eye" by Seth Harwood

A new exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City reflects the mountain lifestyle, with images of the landscape, wildlife, sports and people. The 11th annual Dahl Mountain Photo Competition and Exhibit features 52 photographs by both amateurs and professionals selected from over 100 entries. The exhibit is a part of the Dahl Mountain Culture Festival and runs through April 25. A list of winners is here. Dahl curator Denise DuBroy joined Dakota Midday and discussed the competition and show.

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Business
2:49 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: When Citibank Came to South Dakota

Governor Bill Janklow helped push the usury limit bill through the state legislature that led to Citibank moving its credit card operations to Sioux Falls.

When Citibank moved its credit card operations to Sioux Falls in 1981, the company promised to bring some 400 jobs to the area. Today Citibank employs around 2,300 workers. 35 years ago, Sioux Falls’ population was around 80,000 with an economy built on agriculture and meat packing. Today the city’s population has more than doubled at nearly 170,000 and the economy has grown and diversified.

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News
2:18 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: SD Interstate Speed Limit Increase

People on South Dakota interstates can legally drive 80 miles per hour beginning Wednesday. State lawmakers included the 5-mile increase in a transportation funding bill. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the measure. Most bills approved by the state legislature and the governor take effect at the start of the state’s fiscal year on July 1st. But the transportation bill has an emergency clause, so the law goes into effect on April 1st.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: Getting Ready for Spring Garden Season

Tulips
Credit John O'Neill

With temperatures in the 70s early this week and tulips popping up, it's starting to feel like spring throughout South Dakota.

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about watering trees, caring for fig trees, planting cherry trees and repairing brown patches in lawns.

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Environment
3:30 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Stand-up Economist' Yoram Bauman

Yoram Bauman
Credit Jon Stahl

As the self-described “world’s first stand-up economist,” Yoram Bauman has made a career out of economics humor,  performing his act in comedy clubs, professional conferences and colleges. He's also the co-author of three cartoon textbooks: The Cartoon Introduction to Microeconomics, The Cartoon Introduction to Macroeconomics and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change.

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News
2:23 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Farm Bureau President Visits Vatican

St. Peter's Square in Vatican City
Credit Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke had an audience with Pope Francis last Wednesday. He was one of the organization's five state presidents meeting with the Pope following a week long series of meetings with Vatican officials in advance of an international symposium scheduled in Milan in June on faith, food and the environment.

Only two other members of the group were allowed close enough to shake hands and greet the Pope, but Sombke says it was still a moving experience to be near him at St. Peter's Square a few days before Holy Week.

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Arts
3:07 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Union Grove Pickers Release New CD

Union Grove Pickers
Credit Union Grove Pickers

According to Josh Rieck, it's difficult to put the Union Grover Picker's music into any category, but Americana seems to fit best. The Sioux Falls acoustic band is out with a new CD, Scattered and Sown. The five members of the group recorded the album in January and February. They're performing music from Scattered and Sown at a CD release show Saturday at 7 pm at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater. Union Grover Pickers members Josh Rieck and Travis Jamison joined Dakota Midday with some background on the band and the new CD.

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Health
2:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Cancer Research

Dr. David Pearce, president of Sanford Research
Credit Sanford Health

Next week, SDPB-TV airs the latest Ken Burns documentary, Cancer the Emperor of All Maladies. The three-part, six-hour series covers the first documented appearances of cancer thousands of years ago through today’s battles to cure, control and conquer the disease.

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Health
2:39 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Nuclear Medicine and Cyclotrons

Dr. Christopher Fischer
Credit Sanford Health

75 years ago, Canton, South Dakota native Ernest O. Lawrence accepted the Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention and development of the cyclotron particle accelerator. Among the uses of  the cyclotron today is in medicine to make relatively short-lived radioisotopes for imaging and research.

Dr. Christopher Fischer is a nuclear medicine specialist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the use of the cyclotron in nuclear medicine and cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Health
2:47 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: Author Advocates Metabolic Theory of Cancer

The metabolic theory of cancer has been rejected by the scientific establishment, but in his book, Tripping Over the Truth, South Dakota author Travis Christofferson argues for taking a closer look at alternative cancer research. The metabolic theory is that cancer is not a genetic disease, but rather a disease of metabolism. Christofferson’s book looks at the history of cancer research over the last century.

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Health
2:32 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: USD Texting and Driving Study

A new study by researchers at the University of South Dakota finds both men and women admit to texting while driving, but it’s harder to convince men that the practice is unsafe. The study “Gender differences in psychosocial predictors of texting while driving” was published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 state of the state address
Credit Nate Wek SDPB

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the petition reform and youth minimum wage bills signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Other topics included FAA approval of a plan expanding a bomber training area and a new political action committee formed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

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Health
2:38 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: Youth Football Brain Injury Risk Study

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. The association sets aside every March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'James Baker - The Man Who Made Washington Work'

From the PBS documentary "James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work," James Baker and President Ronald Reagan on Air Force One during a 1982 trip to Chicago.

James Baker was the ultimate Washington deal maker. He served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief-of-staff and treasury secretary. He was also President George H. W. Bush’s secretary of state at the end of the Cold War and during the First Gulf War. But when the 4th generation Houston attorney was growing up, he was told to stay out of politics and believed it was a “scuzzy business.”

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News
1:59 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Citizen Survey

Downtown Sioux Falls
Credit Photo by Jon Platek

In a new survey of Sioux Falls residents released on Monday, 93 percent of people rank their neighborhoods as safe and 87 percent say their quality of life in the city is either good or excellent. Overall 93 percent of respondents say Sioux Falls is a good or excellent place to live and would recommend living in the city to other people. In January, 3,000 randomly selected Sioux Falls residents received a survey asking for their opinions of the city. About thirty percent were returned.

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Culture
2:24 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Thieves' Road'

In the summer of 1874, George Armstrong Custer led a military expedition into the Black Hills to choose a site for a new Army fort and investigate the area’s natural resources. The expedition’s discovery of gold attracted thousands of whites to the Black Hills in violation of the 1868 Laramie Treaty which protected Lakota ownership and hunting rights.

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Health
2:12 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Vaccine War'

Credit Courtesy of Frontline

Vaccines have changed the world by largely eradicating a series of diseases, but some parents in the U.S. are choosing not to vaccinate their children -  this despite pressure from medical and public health officials and warnings of the return of preventable diseases once thought to be eliminated.

Measles, mumps and whooping cough have been making a comeback. Late last year there was an outbreak of measles at Disneyland. South Dakota reported its first case of measles since 1997 in December. That outbreak centered around Mitchell and totaled more than a dozen cases.

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Environment
1:52 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: Spring Outlook From State Climatologist

State Climatologist Dennis Todey
Credit SDSU Extension

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center has released its seasonal drought outlook. For April through June, forecasters expect drier than average conditions for the eastern edge of South Dakota. The latest weekly U.S. drought monitor map released on Thursday shows 82 percent of the state as either abnormally dry or in moderate drought conditions.

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Culture
3:26 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: Swamp Thing Collector Seeks World Record

Swamp Thing is a humanoid mass of vegetable matter that fights to protect his swamp home, the environment and humanity from supernatural and other threats. The DC comic book character has been the subject of two movies, a television series and a five-part animated series.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: Growing up in a Nuclear Shadow

Kristen Iversen
Credit Photo by Jay Adkins

Kristen Iversen’s book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, is part memoir and part investigation. She grew up in the 1960s and 70s near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory. Her father was a lawyer and her mother a housewife. She and her brother and two sisters had dogs and horses and played outdoors in what seemed like an idyllic landscape. 

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Health
3:07 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: Special Enrollment Open For Health Insurance

The deadline for open enrollment for private health insurance through the insurance exchange was last month, but there’s a special enrollment period that will still allow some individuals and families to get coverage. It runs through the end of April and is for those who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to a penalty when they file their taxes in South Dakota and other states that use the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Sports
2:36 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Boys Basketball Tournament Preview

Credit SDPB

The state high school boys basketball tournaments get underway on Thursday. Class B takes place in Huron, Class A in Rapid City and Class AA in Sioux Falls. SDPB-TV is covering the games on its three channels. SDPB Online will also webcast the action here. Mike Henriksen and Craig Mattick of Sports Radio KSWN are calling the Class AA games for SDPB1 TV. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of all three tournaments.

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News
2:23 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls' New Human Rights Community Coordinator

Greenway amphitheater in Sioux Falls
Credit Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau

Vandhana Baireddy is Sioux Falls' first Human Rights Community Coordinator. It's a new position in the city attorney's office. City leaders say the role is important in a city with expanding diversity. Baireddy started the job earlier this month and says she'll target outreach to the diverse, underserved and vulnerable  populations in the city.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Senate chambers
Credit SDPB

The state legislature wrapped up its work last Friday after passing a final budget. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday, March 30 to consider any vetoes by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joined Dakota Midday and reviewed what they described as a "meat and potatoes" session. They also discussed Sunshine Week which newspapers across the country are using to promote openness in government and public access to public records.

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Arts
2:32 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Boundary-Busting Musician Dana Leong

Dana Leong
Credit Photo by Mat Szwajkos

Composer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong blends jazz, classical and hip-hop to create unique musical sounds that don’t fit in any particular genre. He grew up in the Bay Area of California and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently based in New York City.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Environmental Activist Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is an internationally-known advocate for sustainable agriculture. She argues that biodiversity produces more nutrition and health per acre, thus addressing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty on a global scale.

The Delhi-based activist challenges the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. She's the author of more than 20 books, including Making Peace with the Earth.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Representative Mark Mickelson Reviews 2015 Session

Representative Mark Mickelson (R) Sioux Falls

South Dakota lawmakers passed a $4.3 billion budget late Friday night. Despite lower than expected revenue projections, the budget provides for increases in Medicaid reimbursements, state employee salaries and education funding. Lawmakers also passed a bill that increases funding for roads and bridges. It raises the gas tax by six cents and raises license fees and license plate feed by 20 percent. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday, March 30 to consider any gubernatorial vetoes.

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Science
2:50 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Dakota Midday: Cheyenne River Research Symposium

How can research help South Dakota’s tribal communities? That’s the question being addressed this week during a symposium in Eagle Butte. “Researching, Restoring and Rebuilding Our Oyate for a Longer Life” is the theme of the symposium. The event features presentations from researchers from Cheyenne River and beyond. It takes place on Wednesday, March 18 at Oglala Lakota College-Cheyenne River College Center.

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Arts
2:28 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Dakota Midday: Aberdeen Exhibit Features Inmate Art

A recent study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that within five years, about three-quarters of released prisoners were re-arrested. Inmates face a myriad of difficulties once they come out of prison, not the least of which is trying to find a job.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Senate Minority Leader Reviews 2015 Session

Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton (D) Burke

South Dakota lawmakers passed a 4.3 billion dollar budget late Friday night. Despite lower than expected revenue projections, the budget provides for increases in Medicaid reimbursements, state employee salaries and education funding. Lawmakers also passed a bill that increases funding for roads and bridges. It raises the gas tax by six cents and raises license fees and license plate fees by 20 percent. Lawmakers return to Pierre on March 30 to consider any gubernatorial vetoes.

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