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
2:18 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Better Cooking through Failure

Christoper Kimball
Credit America's Test Kitchen

Christopher Kimball says the reason many people don’t cook or cook well is because they’re scared of failing. But the host of America’s Test Kitchen and the founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine says that good cooking starts with failure. Kimball believes that finding the best way to cook takes practice and time.

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U.S.
2:06 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Judy Shepard

Judy Shepard
Credit Matthew Shepard Foundation

On October 6th, 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten, pistol-whipped, and tied to a fencepost outside Laramie, Wyoming. He died six days later in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. During those six days and for 16 years afterward, the Matthew Shepard story became a guidepost for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.

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World
1:58 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

Liberation by Soviet soldiers of some of the surviving prisoners of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. Above the gate of the camp is the slogan “Arbeit macht frei” – “Work makes you free”.

On January 27th, 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland was liberated by Soviet troops. Some 1.1 million people were killed there between 1940 and 1945. More people died at Auschwitz than at any other Nazi concentration camp. Soviet soldiers found about 7 thousand starving prisoners alive in the camp.

About 300 survivors returned to the site for ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary. Most were children at the time of the liberation, but are now elderly and this may be the last significant Auschwitz remembrance of their lifetimes.

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News
4:21 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Tourism Grows in 2014

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has released numbers from 2014. Despite a slow start because of bad weather, tourism secretary Jim Hagen says overall the state’s tourism industry had a strong year with a growth of two-and-a-half percent, creating a nearly $2 billion dollar impact on the state’s economy. The statistics were released during last week’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Secretary Hagen joined Dakota Midday and discussed the 2o14 numbers and the "banner year" he expects for 2015.

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World
4:10 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Hunger and Hope

George Norton
Credit Virginia Tech

With experiences working in Colombia, Bangladesh, Ghana and other developing countries, George Norton understands the challenges of reducing hunger and poverty worldwide. In his book, Hunger and Hope: Escaping Poverty and Achieving Food Security in Developing Countries, Norton writes that the secret to feeding a nation and the world is not resources, but institutions.

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Health
1:51 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline Approaching

HealthCare.gov website

As of January 9th, just over 17,000 South Dakotans had enrolled in private health insurance plans through the state health insurance exchange. The deadline for people to sign up for through the Marketplace Open Enrollment is February 15th. People who don’t have health insurance from elsewhere and don’t enroll by that date could be locked out of the market for the rest of the year. They could also face penalties when they file their taxes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services operates the Health Insurance Marketplace for South Dakota and other states without their own exchanges.

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Culture
2:21 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane'

Calamity Jane is probably the best known woman of the Wild West. She arrived in Deadwood in 1876 and captured the attention of writers and journalists. They shared with newspaper readers across the nation stories about this fearless, unorthodox young woman who cussed, smoked, chewed tobacco, and drank.

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Culture
2:04 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: The 1980 Deadwood Brothel Raid

On May 21st, 1980 federal officials raided Deadwood’s infamous brothels, which led to their closure. The brothels had been open since the Gold Rush days when prostitutes first arrived in the mining town with Charlie Utter’s wagon train in 1876.

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Culture
1:51 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: A Quarter-Century after the Year of Reconciliation

Governor George Mickeslon
Credit SDPB

25 years ago, Oglala Lakota newspaper publisher Tim Giago wrote a column challenging then-Governor George Mickelson to proclaim 1990 a Year of Reconciliation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wounded Knee. That same year he wrote an editorial calling for the state to change Columbus Day to Native American Day. In an interview for Dakota Midday, Giago reflects on the last 25 years and the current state of race relations in South Dakota.

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Arts
2:36 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Matuto

Matuto

Matuto's infectious music finds a unique place where Brazilian rhythms meet Appalachian fiddle tunes. There are also healthy doses of jazz, blues, rock, Cajun and other influences. The musicians in the New York City-based band follow their ears to wherever they may lead.

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U.S.
2:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2015.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night before a Republican-led Congress, President Obama took credit for an improving economy and focused on proposals aimed at advancing the middle class, including tax reform. He said "the shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”

Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner called the president’s speech “political theater.” Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said the president knows it’s not likely they’ll pass his proposals.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Capitol building
Credit SDPB

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the South Dakota congressional delegation's reaction's to President Obama's State of the Union address; Ohio Governor John Kasich's visit to Pierre; juvenile justice reform; and a proposed law that would allow anglers to use bullheads as bait.

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Business
2:21 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Economic Development in Indian Country

Carl Artman
Credit U.S. Department of the Interior

As the former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Carl Artman oversaw the BIA during the Bush Administration between 2007 and 2008.  Artman is a member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and a professor at the Arizona State University College of Law. He’s director of the University’s Tribal Economic Development Program.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray spoke with Artman for Dakota Midday about efforts to build economies on tribal lands in South Dakota.

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Arts
2:14 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Memory, Echo, Words'

Over the past few years, Scurfpea Publishing of Sioux Falls has produced an annual anthology of poems. It’s a juried competition with a different editor each year. The editor for the latest collection, Memory, Echo, Words, is Norma Wilson. She taught English at the University of South Dakota for 27 years before retiring a decade ago. She’s author of the recent chapbook, Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojacar. Wlson joined Dakota Midday and discussed the process of selecting the poems included in the book.

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Culture
2:03 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Fighting Muslim Stereotypes through Comedy

Negin Farsad
Credit Negin Farsad

The Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris this month have heightened Islamophobia. Over the past several years, comedian Negin Farsad has been fighting Muslim stereotypes over the past several years through jokes. She directed the movie The Muslims Are Coming! which follows a group of Muslim-American comedians as they tour, do shows, meet the locals and fight stereotypes.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Dakota Midday: Chief Justice David Gilbertson

South Dakota State Supreme Court Chief Justice delivers his 2015 State of the Judiciary address
Credit SDPB

During a joint session of the House and Senate on Wednesday, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered his State of the Judiciary address. He said past proposals such as a program to attract attorneys to rural areas and an overhaul of the state's criminal justice system approved by lawmakers in 2013 are making a difference in South Dakota. Gilbertson said those changes have kept offenders out of prison and saved the state money.

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Politics
1:20 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Dakota Midday: Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 State of the State address to lawmakers
Credit SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2015 legisaltive session with his state of the state address to lawmakers on Tuesday. He proposed $50 million in new funding to help fund road and bridge projects. He said the state’s entire economy and well-being depends on road infrastructure and right now roads are underfunded.

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Education
3:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: SDEA President's Priorities for Legislature

Governor Dennis Daugaard proposed raising taxes by some $50 million dollars to fund road and bridge projects and backed juvenile justice reform measure in Tuesday's State of the State address. Although he talked about a plan to help high school students earn discounted college credits, Daugaard didn’t mention teacher shortages or concerns over low teacher pay.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Senator Mike Vehle Reacts to Governor's Road Funding Proposals

State Senator Mike Vehle (R) Mitchell

In Tuesday's State of the State address, Governor Daugaard proposed raising taxes and fees by about $50 million dollars to fund road and bridge projects. A legislative proposal would raise twice that.

Republican Mike Vehle is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and was chairman of the legislature’s interim Highway Needs and Financing Committee. That committee’s funding proposal, Senate Bill 1, would raise more than $100 million to pay for transportation infrastructure.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 State of the State address to lawmakers
Credit SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2015 legislative session on Tuesday with his State of the State address. He proposed raising taxes and fees by around $50 million to fund road and bridge projects. He also backed a juvenile justice reform measure. Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle reviewed Governor Daugaard's proposals. They also discussed a U.S. District Judge's ruling striking down the South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban.

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Arts
3:59 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: Historical Fiction Writer Steve Linstrom

The cover of Steve Linstrom's "The Murder Trial of the Last Lakota Warrior"

Although he now lives in Minnesota, Steve Linstrom grew up in western South Dakota and worked in Pierre. He was fiscal analyst for the Legislative Research Council, director of research for the South Dakota Board of Regents and the state director of Information Services.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' Legislative Proposals

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has what she calls an “aggressive agenda” for the 2015 state legislature. It includes some proposed changes to South Dakota’s election laws, such as moving candidate petition dates back one month and allowing her office to review a random sample of petition signatures for statewide candidates. Krebs served in the state legislature for a decade before being elected to secretary of state in November. She says she wants her office to excel at customer service.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: Attorney General Marty Jackley's Legislative Proposals

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley
Credit Marty Jackley

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined Dakota Midday on the opening day of the 2015 session and discussed his legislative proposals for lawmakers.

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Arts
1:57 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Burning Beetle

2014 Burning Beetle
Credit Bark Beetle Blues

On Saturday in Custer, a massive, 28-foot likeness of a pine beetle will be set on fire in a ceremonial response to the bug that’s ravaged forests in the Black Hills. This is the second year for the Burning Beetle. The event is part of the Bark Beetle Blues efforts using arts to discuss the pine beetle infestation.

The event begins at 3:30 pm at Custer High School with music and a video of last year’s Burning Beetle. Participants then march to Pageant Hill where the beetle is set on fire. At 6:30 pm, the Bug Crawl takes place in downtown Custer with live music at several venues.

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World
1:45 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Putin's Way'

Vladimir Putin

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the pro-Russia separatist battle in eastern Ukraine and a deepening economic crisis have observers wondering what Russian president Vladimir Putin will do next. A new Frontline report  goes behind the latest headlines and investigates Putin’s ascent from an unemployed KGB agent to a modern-day czar.

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News
1:33 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Human Rights Watch Report on Lower Brule

Tribal offices at Lower Brule
Credit Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Members of an international watchdog group say they've uncovered evidence showing widespread corruption in the Lower Brule Sioux tribal government. The new report released by Human Rights Watch cites documents showing that millions in federal funds originally bound for schools, water, and economic development have disappeared.

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Arts
2:33 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: Jim Reese

Poet Jim Reese finds inspiration in such ordinary things as bowling alleys, classrooms, bumper stickers and children’s drawings. He also draws upon his experiences as an English professor at Mount Marty College in Yankton, his work teaching poetry to prison inmates and his life as a father to a couple of young daughters. His poetry also frequently finds the strangeness and humor in the familiar. Reese is out with a new collection called Really Happy and he joined Dakota Midday and shared a few poems from the book.

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Kids and Family
2:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Credit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire is looking for male mentors to match with kids. There are currently 40 boys on the waiting list. The requirements are a minimum of four hours per month with a one year commitment. Mentors work with children in the community, in their schools, and many places in between. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire operates in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, and Watertown. The organization's executive director, Jami Gates, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the need for male mentors.

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World
2:08 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: Retired Army Brigadier General Ted Johnson

Army Brigadier General (ret.) Ted Johnson

Last year Army Brigadier General Ted Johnson retired after more than 35 years of military service. He was director of the joint staff for the South Dakota National Guard and held several other leadership positions. He helped direct the largest call up of South Dakota National Guard forces since World War Two. Johnson was also the first and only general officer in the history of the state National Guard to command a unit in combat. He led the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade from 2010 to 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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U.S.
2:30 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: 2015 Gas Price Outlook

In its 2015 forecast for gasoline and diesel prices, GasBuddy expects a national average of $2.64 a gallon. The 2014 national average was $3.34 a gallon. In addition to a lower national average, GasBuddy's forecast sees May as the only month in which the national average could break $3.oo. January will likely see the lowest monthly average of the year. GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan joined Dakota Midday for details on the forecast and some scenarios that could change the outlook for 2015.

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