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.

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Culture
9:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

The Wonderful World of Craft Beer

A glass of porter
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

This is probably the best time in American history to be a beer drinker. Over the past twenty-five years, some 2,000 craft breweries have opened up across the country with hundreds more currently in their planning stages. And they’re all making beers for a variety of tastes. There are Baltic porters and oatmeal stouts; dark ales and pale ales; English Barleywines and German Pilsners. There are sweet, malty beers and bitter, hoppy beers. There are beers brewed with fruit and beers brewed with spices. And beers for the winter and beers for the summer.

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Environment
9:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

South Dakota's Magnificent Pelicans

Pelicans fishing at Lake Poinsett
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

A few weeks ago I was at Lake Poinsett in northeast South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes and Prairies region watching four white pelicans silently swimming about thirty feet from shore. It was a cloudy morning with a light wind blowing from the south. Every minute or so, one the large birds would plunge its long bill under the water, pull its heads back up and swallow a fish. As I watched them, several questions popped into my head. How do they find the fish? What kind of fish do they eat? Where do they breed? Where do they go during the winter?

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Arts
9:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Allan Sherman's Song Parodies Still Relevant 50 Years Later

Allan Sherman
Credit Robert Sherman

In the summer of 1963, radio stations across the country were playing Allan Sherman's novelty song about a kid's miserable experience at camp, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah.” The song came from Sherman's album My Son, the Nut which was the last comedy album to hit the top of the charts before "Weird Al" Yankovic's Mandatory Fun hit number one this summer.

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Health
2:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Walks to End Alzheimer's Set for September

Participants in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Credit Alzheimer's Association

Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and as many as 16 million could have the disease by 2050.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in South Dakota, which also has the second highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the country.

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News
2:05 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

South Dakota Secretary Named Tourism Director of the Year by Peers

South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen
Credit South Dakota Department of Tourism

South Dakota’s tourism secretary Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association’s National Council of State Tourism Directors. The award was announced on Monday during the association’s educational seminar for tourism organizations in Louisville, Kentucky. Hagen was the first South Dakotan to receive the award since Susan Edwards in 1994. Hagen has served as South Daakota's Secretary of Tourism since his appointment by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2011.

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Arts
3:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Challenging Perceptions of Disabilities through Theater

A scene from Flutter Productions' "Ascent"
Credit Flutter Productions

The goal of Flutter Productions is to challenge the perception of people with disabilities through theater and contemporary dance. The company works with organizations to create original works for people of mixed abilities and ages.

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News
2:46 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Rural Housing Program Promotes Economic Development

Lemmon, South Dakota is one of three small towns named as a Home Address community
Credit Andrew Filer

Building homes is seen as a critical part of both economic and community development. However in rural communities there’s often little experience in dealing with housing issues. Over the past couple years, the Dakota Resources Home Address rural housing program has helped some South Dakota towns develop  housing strategies.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, moderator Jerry Oster, Republican Mike Rounds, Independent Larry Pressler at Dakotafest
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

Veteran South Dakota journalist and KELO-TV Rapid City Reporter Kevin Woster and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reporter David Montgomery joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about last week's Dakotafest debates and the upcoming debates at the State Fair and what they signify for the general election campaign season. Other topics included Democratic lawmakers request for a deeper investigation into the EB-5 program.

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News
2:06 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Civil Rights Panel to Hold Criminal Justice Briefing in Rapid City

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights logo
Credit PRNewsFoto/U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Studies are underway in Rapid City looking into the interactions between the city’s police department and the Native American community. As a part of that research, the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a public briefing on Wednesday on the administration of criminal justice in Rapid City at the United Tribes Technical College-Black Hills Learning Center. The committee will hear testimony concerning the administration of justice and its impact on Native Americans and other minorities, their families and the Rapid City community.

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Environment
1:45 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Dakota Midday Gardening Tips from Norm Evers

Dragon Heart Geranium
Credit SDSU Extension

Although highs will return to the 80's in much of South Dakota later this week, there have been hints of fall lately reminding us that summer is winding down. Gardeners have been busy harvesting the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors over the past few weeks and will soon begin preparing for the winter months. Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about taking care of geraniums and begonias over winter, planting cherry trees, the proper care of lilacs, fertilizing indoor plants and more.

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Arts
2:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Dancing for World Peace

Olga Aru
Credit Moscow Ballet

Moscow Ballet ballerina Olga Aru has danced around the world, including France, Sweden and Egypt. She was in Cairo during the Tahrir Square protests. She’s in Rapid City this week at Prima School of Dancing, auditioning student dancers for Moscow Ballet’s November 25 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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News
1:46 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Dakotafest Debates Open Campaign Season

Dakotafest U.S. Senate debate with Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, moderator Jerry Oster, Republican Mike Rounds, Independent Larry Pressler
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

The general election campaign season kicked off this week with debates at the Dakotafest ag show in Mitchell. On Wednesday Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard faced his challengers Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers. The four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson squared off later in the afternoon: Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. Issues at both debates included the EB-5 visa program and the Affordable Care Act.

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Education
1:34 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

BHSU Begins School Year with New President

Black Hills State University President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr.
Credit Black Hills State University

When students arrive at Black Hills State University this weekend, a new president will welcome them to the Spearfish campus. Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr. started his new duties as BHSU's tenth President on July 3rd. He succeeded Kay Schellencamp who retired at the end of the last academic year.

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Culture
2:49 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Bush Fellow Preserves Lakota Peacemaking Traditions

Richard Iron Cloud
Credit Bush Foundation

If you’ve spent much time listening to the news lately, you’ve heard plenty of stories about conflict. That includes the unrest in the Middle East, Africa, and not to mention Ferguson, Missouri. Richard Iron Cloud is a peacemaker who has spent years working on the Pine Ridge Reservation to improve the tribal justice system and keep alive traditional Lakota ways of resolving conflict. He's a 2014 Bush Fellowship winner. The 100-thousand dollar grant is awarded to community leaders.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Candidate Corinna Robinson, moderator Jerry Oster, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem at Dakota Fest in Mitchell
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

South Dakota's campaign season made its unofficial start this week with the first general election debates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor at the DakotaFest ag show in Mitchell.Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem faced Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson on Tuesday. Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard took on Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers today and all four candidates vying for the state's open U.S. Senate made their cases for why voters should them to Washington, DC.

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News
2:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ebola Fear Closes Liberia Clinic Supported by Sioux Falls Organization

A man carries out a girl from an Ebola holding center as a mob overruns the facility in the West Point slum of Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday.
Credit John Moore/Getty Images

Officials say that some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine center in a slum in Monrovia, Liberia when it was attacked over the weekend are again under observation at a hospital. The attack is an example of the struggles health workers face in their efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Culture
1:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Augustana Professor Appears in PBS Archeology Reality Series

Teeth preserved in an ancient bison jawbone at the Badger Hole site in Oklahoma
Credit PBS

In the PBS science-reality series Time Team America, archeologists have 72 hours to uncover buried secrets using the latest technology, decades of expertise and their own smarts.

In tonight's episode airing on SDPB-TV, “The Bones of Badger Hills,”  Adrien Hannus assists a team digging at a site in western Oklahoma. Hannus is professor of anthropology and director of the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.

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Arts
2:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Landscapes Photo Contest to Capture Day in State

Badlands of South Dakota
Credit SDPB

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB wants to help explore the state's unique identity. On Tuesday, August 19th people are invited to photograph what being South Dakotan means to them with images of home, work, favorite places and more.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Film Tells Saga of South Dakota's Sue

Peter Larson and Sue Hendrickson with Sue the T-Rex
Credit Black Hills Institute of Geological Research

In the summer of 1990, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute in Hill City unearthed a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in western South Dakota near Faith. It was the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found. They nicknamed the dinosaur Sue, after Sue Hendrickson who first discovered the bones.

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News
1:48 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

South Dakota Teen Sets Solo Flight Record

Matt Guthmiller prepares for take off
Credit Limitless Horizons

This summer 19-year-old Aberdeen pilot Matt Guthmiller became the youngest person to fly solo around the world. On May 31, Guthmiller took off from Gillespie Field near San Diego in a prop-powered, single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36.

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Health
2:41 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Fighting Human Trafficking from a Medical Perspective

Dr. Tad Jacobs talks about Avera Health's role in identifying victims of sex trafficking. / August 2014
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

This week health care professionals are gathering in Sioux Falls at the Violent Crime and Human Trafficking Conference sponsored by Avera Health and the Department of Justice. Avera has new protocols for health care professionals if they suspect patients are victims of sex trafficking. Nurses, doctors and other health care workers can listen for red flags during assessments and move to more standard questions to identify abuse.

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News
2:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Fund Celebrates South Dakota's 125th Anniversary

A group of Rapid City volunteers has started a new fund to help celebrate the state’s 125th anniversary. The Frontier Fund aims to raise at least $125 thousand in South Dakota and then give that money in small grants to local community non-profit organizations.  The idea is to not only meet needs in the state, but also build community and expand the notion of philanthropy through the fundraising effort. Charles Michael Ray spoke with fund organizers Matt Ehlman, Megan Clark and Madison Zimmerman-Dusek.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Former Governor Mike Rounds is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson

Mitchell Daily Republic web editor Denise Ross and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined this week's conversation about the latest news in South Dakota politics. They discussed this past weekend's Libertarian convention and the nomination of Chad Haber as the party's candidate for attorney general. Other topics included the upcoming U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative and gubernatorial debates at DakotaFest in Mitchell which mark the kick-off the fall campaign season.

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Environment
2:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Late Summer Gardening Tips

Rudbeckia
Credit Lucas Riebling

Southeast Tech Horticulture instructor Rick Abrahamson answered listener questions as part of Dakota Midday's semi-regular lawn and garden segment. Topics included the care and watering of trees and shrubs, late season vegetables, planting perennials seeds such as rudbeckia in anticipation of next spring, and fertilizing as fall approaches.

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News
1:51 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Sanford Health Awarded $7.1M for Cancer Research

Dr. David Pearce, vice president and chief operating officer of Sanford Research
Credit Sanford Health

The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health is giving Sanford Health more than $7.1 million for cancer research. The five year grant is for recruiting participants for clinical trials, quality of life studies and cancer care delivery research. It’s one of 53 awarded nationwide through the institute’s Community Oncology Research Program. Dr. David Pearce is vice president and chief operating officer of Sanford Research.

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Culture
1:35 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The History of the Camaro

Calvin Tolle is the owner of CT Machine Shop in Brookings, is a Camaro enthusiast and joins us to discuss the history and popularity of the iconic Chevrolet model.  Tolle is working to open a Camaro museum in Brookings which would be the only museum of its kind.   

Also a conversation with Kent Osborne about the Landscapes of South Dakota Photo Project.

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News
1:32 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Stories from a Vietnam Vet

Major Curtis Nupen (USAF ret) of Piedmont. He will talk about his experiences as an Electronic Warfare Officer in B-52s during the Vietnam War’s Operation Linebacker II.  Nupen will present his writings Saturday, August 9, at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City at 9 AM.  It’s sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group.  

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News
1:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  It took eight years and 66 revisions before President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law on September 3, 1964.   Laura Burns is a Supervisory Forester with the Hell Canyon Ranger District.  She is responsible for cultural resources, lands, recreation, and Wilderness.  Also David Miller with South Dakota Wild Grassland Coalition.  He’s a conservationist and lifelong advocate for wilderness and land protection.  

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Culture
3:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Author Tells Stories of Black Hills with Historic Photos

Photo of Sitting Bull by Orlando Scott (c. 1881) featured in "The Black Hills: A History in Photographs" by John English

The growth of modern photography coincided with the settlement of the American frontier. Historical photographs provide a fascinating and sometimes haunting view of the Old West.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader columnist Jonathan Ellis joined this week's conversation about the latest in South Dakota political news. They discussed independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers' suit to replace is running mate on the fall ballot and the withdrawal of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s attorney from her election law violation case. Other topics included new polling numbers and South Dakota’s pulchritudinous congressional delegation.

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