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
3:29 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Black Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Orlando Chamber Soloists
Credit Orlando Chamber Soloists

The Orlando Chamber Soloists are back for the 7th annual Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills. The group first came together in 2004 with professional musicians from the Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony, Curtis Institute, Louisiana Philharmonic and orchestras throughout Florida.

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Arts
3:04 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

"A Day in South Dakota" Photo Contest

The Badlands of South Dakota
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is asking people to document the state's unique identity. On August 19th, 2014 everyone is invited to photograph a scene capturing what South Dakota means to them. It could be a photo of home, work or a favorite place. The theme of the contest is "A Day in South Dakota." SDPB will accept submissions on August 19th and select photographs for a gallery of images available via Flickr, and published in a 2015 SDPB Landscapes Calendar.

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Education
2:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Celebrating Science at Neutrino Day

SDPB's "Science Steve" Rokusek shares an experiment with kids at Neutrino Days
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Science takes center stage in Lead on Saturday for the 7th annual Neutrino Day. Last year an estimated one-thousand people attended activities at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and throughout town. Constance Walter is communications director for the underground lab. She joined Dakota Midday to share some of the highlights of the family event. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

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Education
2:22 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

USD Med Students Begin Rural Training

Dr. Susan Anderson
Credit University of South Dakota

A shortage of physicians is a problem in South Dakota's small towns. But a new initiative at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is designed to help fix the problem by sending medical students to rural South Dakota hospitals.

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News
4:23 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Ellsworth Officer's Humanitarian Efforts in Sierra Leone

USAF Lt. Col. Jennifer Rollins

From 1991 to 2001, the West African country of Sierra Leone went through a brutal civil war that left over 50,000 people dead. In September of 2010, the UN Security Council lifted its last remaining sanctions against the country, saying the government had fully re-established control and former rebel fighters had been disarmed and demobilized. But the disastrous effects of the civil war are still felt as reconstruction efforts slow economic recovery.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

Just when it seemed like the 2014 campaign season was calming down a bit, things have gotten interesting again. On Tuesday independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers held a press conference announcing that his new running mate is former Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers announces Republican Lora Hubbel as his running mate.

Also former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s husband Chad Haber has announced his intentions to challenge Attorney General Marty Jackley in the fall.

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Culture
2:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Calvin Coolidge's Black Hills Summer Vacation

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge is on horseback to attend the dedication ceremony of the Mount Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota, Aug. 15, 1927.

A plaque commemorating President Calvin Coolidge's use of the old Rapid City High School as his executive office has been dedicated by Historic Rapid City. The plaque features photos of Coolidge and his wife, Grace, arriving in Rapid City by train and Coolidge on the steps of the school, which has since been torn down. It was from those steps that Coolidge announced that he chose not to run for re-election.

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Arts
3:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Band Pays Tribute to South Dakota's First Poet Laureate

The Badger Sett Band
Credit The Badger Sett Band

Guitarist and singer Pegie Douglas says the poetry of Badger Clark fits naturally to music. She's the leader of the Badger Sett Band which wants to keep the poetry of Clark alive.

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Arts
3:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Remembering Acclaimed Young Adult Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers
Credit Malin Fezehai

Best-selling young adult author and literacy ambassador Walter Dean Myers died last Tuesday at the age of 76. His books often told the stories of young African-Americans who dealt with troubles in the streets, in school and at home.

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News
2:36 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Project AWARE Tackles Big Sioux River

Project AWARE volunteers with river trash.
Credit Project AWARE

This Saturday over 35o volunteers begin a week-long project pulling trash out of the Big Sioux River from Sioux Falls to north of Sioux City. They'll load tires, car parts, old scrap metal, chairs, household appliances and other discarded items into canoes as they paddle down the river.

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News
3:23 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Deadwood Resident Gives Insight Into FBI Behavioral Science Unit

Greg Vecchi
Credit Victoria Wicks SDPB

The popular television drama Criminal Minds follows a team of FBI behavioral analysts from Quantico, Virginia as they assist in criminal investigations. Greg Vecchi was a member of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. He left Virginia for a job with the FBI in Rapid City before retiring earlier this year.

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Culture
3:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Early Basketball Heroes of Fort Shaw Indian School

Credit University of Oklahoma Press

Some of the first basketball players to gain national attention for new sport at the turn of the 20th century were young women from an isolated government American Indian boarding school in Montana. They dominated teams from around the region and went on to be declared World Champions at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. But their triumphs were forgotten until a pair of women’s history scholars found a photo of the Fort Shaw Indian School team and wanted to know more about the young women.

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Health
2:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

West Nile Virus Returns to South Dakota

Credit Jim Gathany CDC

The South Dakota Department of Health  is reporting the first human West Nile cases of the season. As of July 3, three human cases if West Nile virus had been reported in Hughes, Codington, and Lincoln Counties. Last year there were 149 human cases of West Nile, including three deaths.

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Arts
2:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Original Historical Musical Staged in Spearfish

Randy Bender as Deadeye Dan in the Matthews Opera House production of "Deadeye's Wild West - or Subterfuge in Spearfish"
Credit Matthews Opera House

Throughout July in Spearfish, the Matthews Opera House in staging the original musical, Deadeye’s Wild West – or Subterfuge in Spearfish. It takes place around 1903 and tells the story of a young singer from the Black Hills who wants to join a traveling Wild West show that comes through town.

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Arts
1:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Sioux Falls Approves New Cultural Plan

About a year ago, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether appointed a 26-member steering committee to examine the role the arts play in the city and craft a new plan for raising their profile and importance in the cultural, educational and economic life of Sioux Falls.

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Business
1:36 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Better Motivation Through Empathy

The question of how to motivate people to do their best work has always been a challenge for executives and managers. The “carrot and stick” approach of rewards and punishment has been the traditional method for inspiring worker motivation.

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Culture
2:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lincoln's Bishop

In August and September of 1862, violence erupted in southwest Minnesota in what is often referred to as the U.S-Dakota War. The deadly attacks by the Dakotas against white settlers exploded out of frustration and anger over starvation and broken promises. In the aftermath of the conflict an Army court sentenced 303 Dakota men to death, 38 of whom were executed.

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Arts
2:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Air Force Band Celebrates Fourth of July in Black Hills

United States Air Force Academy Band
Credit USAF Acedemy Band

Along with colorful fireworks, the Fourth of July is also celebrated with music. Audiences in the Black Hills have the opportunity to hear a variety of sounds with concerts by performing units from the United States Air Force Academy Band.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

The state of the South Dakota Democratic party was among the issues discussed by the Dakota Political Junkies. Democrats held their state convention this past weekend in Yankton and failed to find candidates for three offices: attorney general, state auditor or public lands commissioner.

This means Republican candidates Marty Jackley, Stave Barnett and Ryan Brunner win by default. Longtime South Dakota journalist and reporter for KELO-TV, Kevin Woster, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the discussion this week.

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World
3:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Former Diplomat: WWI Tensions Echo in Today's Crises

Thomas Hanson
Credit University of Minnesota Duluth

This past Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist. The killing set off a chain of events sparking World War I.In commentary published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thomas Hanson argues that the legacies and implications of 1914 are woven into the crises we face today - from the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia and all the way to rural Midwest farm country.

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Science
2:41 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NOAA Teacher At Sea Program

Spencer Cody aboard the NOAA Ship Pisces.

Spencer Cody, a grade 7-12 science teacher in Hoven, recently returned from two weeks in the Gulf of Mexico with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Teacher at Sea program. While at sea, Cody studied the population of reef sea life and kept track of what different populations of fish are doing along the continental shelf. Cody also blogged during his time aboard the NOAA Ship Pisces. His blog can be seen here. It includes photos and videos.

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Culture
3:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Fourth of July Safety

The legal sale of fireworks in South Dakota continues through Sunday. Officials are reminding people to be safe and use common sense as they celebrate the Fourth of July.

Pennington County Fire Administrator Denny Gorton urges residents to follow the instructions on the fireworks packages, plan for the unexpected and always have a bucket of water or garden hose ready. Gorton told Dakota Midday that his office’s main concerns over the next week as people shoot off fireworks is public safety and fire prevention.

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News
3:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Texting And Driving Ban Becomes Law

A law making texting wile driving illegal in South Dakota takes effect on Tuesday. Motorists are prohibited from using a handheld device to write, send or read text messages except to contact emergency services.

Violators of the new law are subject to a $100 fine. "Texting behind the wheel is a triple whammy--it takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off of driving," says AAA South Dakota spokeswoman Marilyn Buskohl.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Independent Mike Myers Makes Health Care Reform Focus of Gubernatorial Campaign

Mike Myers
Credit Mike Myers for Governor

Mike Myers taught health care law and health care administration at the University of South Dakota for 23 years. He also hosted the “Elder Law Forum” radio show for more than a decade and provided free advice to senior citizens. He was CEO of Mayo-St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, and an executive at other hospitals.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Ants, Creeping Charlie and Garden Flooding

Blanket Flowers are also known as Gaillardia
Credit thegardenhelper.com

Julie Hoffman of Easter River Nursery in Huron answered listener questions as part of Dakota Midday's semi-regular lawn and garden segment. Topics included flooded gardens, the proper treatment of Creeping Charlie, ant invasions and the care and keeping of blanket flowers.

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News
3:59 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Governor and Lt. Governor Survey Weather Damage

Tornado damaged home in Wessington Springs
Credit Chad Anderson / South Dakota Public Broadcasting

It’s been just over a week since Wessington Springs was hit by a tornado that damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses. South Dakota National Guard soldiers left Wessington Springs earlier this week after spending several days helping clean up the tornado-ravaged town. Governor Dennis Daugaard visited Wessington Springs on Thursday to check out the recovery process.

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Arts
3:37 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Celebrating Two Hundred Years of Sax

Instruments from the National Music Museum's "Celebrating the Saxes" exhibition.
Credit Troy Jones / National Music Museum

The man who invented the saxophone, Antoine-Jospeh "Adolphe" Sax was born 200 years ago this year in Belgium. The National Music Museum in Vermillion is marking his birth anniversary with the exhibition, “Celebrating the Saxes.”

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Culture
3:05 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

An Englishman in Yankton

Meridian Bridge over the Missouri River in Yankton, SD
Credit Jesse Kagarise

When English travel writer Fraser Harrison first visited Yankton in May 2011, he wasn’t impressed. His guide book promised a "gem-like historic town," but he was instead disappointed by what seemed to be a rather moribund community.

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News
3:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Wessington Springs Before and After Tornado

Wessington Springs tornado damage
Credit Chad Anderson / South Dakota Public Broadcasting

It's been one week since Wessington Springs was hit with a tornado that damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses. Since then, most of the debris has been picked up and many of the damaged houses have been torn down.

South Dakota National Guard soldiers left the town Tuesday after spending nearly a week helping clean up the tornado-ravaged town. SDPB-TV producer Chad Andersen was born and raised in Wessington Springs. He toured his hometown after last week's tornado and produced a before-and-after video. Andersen joined Dakota Midday to discuss the process.

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Arts
3:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lost Letters Reveal Personal Story of Mount Rushmore

"Love Letters from Mount Rushmore"
Credit South Dakota State Historical Society Press

Arthur Cerasani was a struggling artist in Rochester, New York trying to support a young family during the Great Depression when he heard a knock on his door. The visitor was Gutzon Borglum who wanted Cerasani to finish a bust of media mogul Frank Gannett. When the project was done, Borglum invited  Cerasani to work on Mount Rushmore.

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