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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Health
2:12 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

STD Awareness Month

Credit Your STD Help

April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month.  Individuals, health care providers and community-based organizations are encouraged to bring a renewed sense of focus to their awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.  Studies show that people who have STDs such as gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million new STDs, including 50,000 new HIV infections, occur every year.  Mary Beth Johnson, CPN, leads Sanford Health's downtown Sioux Falls cl

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Sports
2:05 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Casey Tibbs' Photographs and Journals

Casey Tibbs.

A dusty, forgotten box found in a California storage shed revealed rare photographs and journals of Casey Tibbs, the nine-time world bronc riding champion.  Five or more decades ago, he had given the documents to a long-time friend who is now in her late 90's.  The items were recently offered to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Ft.

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World
1:32 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Human Rights Activist Says Drones Create Bleak Future for Pakistan

U.S. drone in the sky over Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.
Credit Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

This past weekend drone strikes killed suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen and brought attention to the U.S. backed campaign against the organization’s most active frontline. But critics doubt the effectiveness of such targeted drone strikes, saying they make the situation worse.

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Arts
1:44 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Former Rapid City Mayor Pens Short Story

"I Fled," a short story about a young man with a severe stuttering problem, is an example of the stress, discomfort, and frustration such circumstances present to a young person. In this case, the 8th grader, under severe strain within his English class, flees from his hometown school to find help, counseling, and therapy in a distant city. The educational theme of this story is a fictionalized story about one methodology of therapy that proved to be enormously helpful to Don Barnett in the 1950s. Barnett was a successful public servant as Mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota in the 1970s.

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World
1:30 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The Economics Of A Non-Communicable Disease

Joanne Silberner

For 18 years, Joanne Silberner, a freelance multimedia reporter and artist-in-residence at the University of Washington, has covered health policy, global health and other health-related issues for NPR. She has produced projects for the Pulitzer Center including one on cancer in developing countries, and the other on non-communicable diseases in Cambodia.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discussed the new U.S. Senate campaign ads, first quarter fundraising, RINOs, and a joint press conference with Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel and Independent candidate Mike Myers on this week's edition of the Dakota Political Junkies.

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Environment
1:53 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Author Frances Moore Lappe Speaks At USD

Author Frances Moore Lappe says that Living Democracy is an enlivening culture in which the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability show up in a wide range of human relationships.  She's speaking at 7:00 p.m.

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U.S.
1:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Credit National Weather Service

Todd Heitkamp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, discussed Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Heitkamp says it's timely that Severe Weather Awareness Week takes place at this point in time because of the long winter and the likelihood of severe weather to occur right away.  He detailed safety procedures people can use in all circumstances.  Weather drills and tests will continue throughout the week.

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News
2:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Badlands National Park Management

Credit U.S. National Park Service

Oglala Sioux Tribe member Chuck Jacobs is one of the members of the core planning team working with Badlands National Park officials on federal legislation that would turn management of the South Unit of the park over to the tribe.  If legislation is approved, the South Unit would become the first tribally-run national park in the country.  The proposal has sparked controversy on the reservation after tribal ranchers were notified last fall that their grassland leases were being revoked in preperation for the reintroduction of bison on the South Unit.  Earlier this week, Oglala Sioux Tribe

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Arts
1:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Independent Lens: Muscle Shoals

Gregg Allman appears in "Muscle Shoals" on Independent Lens, Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music.  At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios.  Overcoming crushing poverty and tragedy, Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for generations.  Filmmaker Greg "Freddy" Camalier directed "Muscle Shoals," which airs Monday night at 8:00 p.m.

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News
1:31 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

28th Bomb Wing Commander

Col. Kevin Kennedy.
Credit USAF

Ellsworth Air Force Base is home to the 28th Bomb Wing, one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the United States Air Force.  Earlier this month, Ellsworth officials announced that the base will downsize personnel this year as part of a nationwide shift in Air Force funding priorities.  As the military draws down troops in Afghanistan, the Air Force is developing new aircraft, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the KC-46 tanker and a new long-range strike bomber.  The talk of downsizing personnel comes at the same time Ellsworth has undertaken base improvements and renov

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News
1:48 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Wild Kingdom Host Stephanie Arne

Wild Kingdom host Stephanie Arne
Credit Mutual of Omaha

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom host Stephanie Arne has held the position for just under a year. In the first four webisodes, she waded through the Florida Everglades learning about the invasive tegu lizard; dove off the Florida Keys and participated in coral reef restoration; searched along the California coast for the mighty California condor; and even went to the Black Hills and hung out with bison. Arne grew up in Pierre and graduated from South Dakota State University. She began her career at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha as Education Outreach Coordinator.

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News
1:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Four-Decade Mystery Case Solved

Attorney General Marty Jackley

Attorney General Marty Jackley said yesterday that two Vermillion teens who went missing in the early 1970s died in a car crash. Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their vehicle ran off the road while they were on their way to a party. Jackley said there was no evidence of foul play. The vehicle was in third gear when it crashed, keys were still in the ignition and one of the tires was damaged, perhaps indicating a blowout. Jackley said that alcohol was not a factor.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV. Topics include the weekend debate with the five Republican U.S. Senate candidates, challenges to the validity of signatures submitted by GOP U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth, former state senator Gordon Howie's independent candidacy for U.S. Senate, and state lottery officials commissioning their own study of problem gambling.

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Arts
2:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Pioneers Of Television Season 4

Jerry Seinfeld appears on tonight's episode of Pioneers of Television (7:00 p.m. Central, 6:00 p.m. Mountain) on SDPB-TV.

The fourth season of Pioneers of Television begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV with the episode "Standup to Sitcom."  Future episodes include "Doctors and Nurses," "Breaking Barriers," and "Acting Funny."  Steve Boettcher, President of Boettcher Media Group and co-owner of BT Media in Milwaukee, where Pioneers of Television is produced for PBS, joined Dakota Midday to preview the new season.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

National Water Trails Designation

Credit South Dakota Kayak Challenge

The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail was added to the National Water Trails System last November.  The designation applies to 147 miles of the river between the spillways at Ft.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds.
Credit Human Events

U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds is one of five Republicans running to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  Rounds served as Governor from 2003-2011 after a decade in the South Dakota Senate.  In his current campaign Rounds says he wants to bring "South Dakota common sense" to Washington, D.C.  He says Congress is broken and needs to regain the discipline to get budgets and farm bills done on time so business owners have some predictability.  He also wants to scale back regulations to get the economy moving again.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gardening Answers With Julie Hoffman

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined the program to answer listeners' horticultural questions.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"An Anxious Age"

According to Joseph Bottum, public life is now a supernatural game and as such, for many Americans, how we vote has become how we are saved. In his new book, "An Anxious Age," Bottum argues that the notion of politics as a mode of spiritual redemption stems from the collapse of the Mainline Protestant churches over the last fifty years. Where those churches once defined the liberal consensus of the nation, they have nearly disappeared from public life, and in their place have risen strange new beings.

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Arts
1:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"THE ADDRESS"

Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. Central, SDPB-TV will broadcast Ken Burns' newest film, THE ADDRESS. The Learn the Address Initiative launched in November calling for Americans, namely schoolchildren, to recite the Gettysburg Address and post it at www.learntheaddress.org. Numerous school children and citizens from the South Dakota area participated in the initiative.

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Arts
3:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ashwin Batish Ensemble In Spearfish

Ashwin Batish Ensemble

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center in Spearfish presents a live performance by the Ashwin Batish Ensemble on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The band members are in Spearfish classrooms today and tomorrow explaining the origins of their instruments and Indian music. Ashwin Batish is a sitarist and table player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso and funk.

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Arts
3:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Pringle Rancher Publishes First Anthology

Pringle Rancher Amy Kirk

Pringle rancher and columnist Amy Kirk writes the weekly humor column, "A Ranchwife's Slant." She recently published her first anthology, "A Ranchwife's Slant: Cowboy, Kids and Ranch Life." Her columns candidly profile the big things in life in small but humorous ways: marriage, parenting, the gender gap, and problem solving, all under the premise of living and working with cattle. She gives an entertaining perspective of what it's like being a ranch wife raising a family and livestock alongside her husband Art.

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Arts
1:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

35th Annual Young Artists Competition Winners

Jamuna Buchanan
Credit Black Hills Symphony

Jamuna Buchanan (violin) and Madison Wieczorek (piano) are winners of the 35th annual Young Artists Competition, sponsored by the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra and the Black Hills Symphony League. Competition is open to high school instrumentalists in grades 9 through 12 and living within a 180-mile radius of Rapid City. The junior division is open to students in 9th or 10th grades with a maximum age of 17. The senior division is open to those in 11th and 12th grade with a maximum age of 19.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics include the Sioux Falls mayoral election results, Pat Miller's candicacy for Secretary of State, former Republican State Senator Gordon Howie's announcement that he's running as an Independent for U.S. Senate and the April 12 debate featuring the Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

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Arts
3:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

"Disney's Beauty And The Beast" In Sioux Falls

Actor Kevin Kelly

Actor Kevin Kelly has a supporting role in the touring Broadway production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" playing at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls today and Wednesday. Kelly grew up in Aberdeen. Both of his parents were active in community theater and his late father taught drama at Aberdeen Central High School. After high school, Kelly majored in theater at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and is now based in New York City. Kelly joined Dakota Midday to discuss the Broadway production and his career in theater.

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Business
2:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Train Shortage Creates Ag Crisis

Soybeans pile up at grain elevator
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

As the weather warms up and farmers prepare to get into the fields, some of the harvest from last season is still in storage and in piles. Bath, South Dakota farmer Dennis Jones says the situation has reached a crisis level because railroad equipment and crews aren’t available to haul grain to market because of the demands in the Bakken Oil Fields.

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Sports
1:37 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Northern League

Aberdeen Pheasants Ballpark

Aberdeen native Paul Gertsen has given his entire collection of Northern League baseball memorabilia to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The collection features artifacts such as the plaque from the cornerstone of Aberdeen Athletic Field, home of the Aberdeen Pheasants, built in 1937 by the WPA; game-worn uniforms from the Aberdeen Pheasants, St. Cloud Rox and Winnipeg Maroons; team autographed baseballs and game-used bats; and more than 560 autographs of major league players, coaches and umpires who were at one time associated with the Northern League.

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Science
1:30 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Refurbishing B-1 Bombers

Last month the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ellsworth Air Force Base signed an agreement formalizing a relationship for collaborative projects such as the application of a revolutionary research technology to refurbish aging bombers. The university's partnership with Ellsworth has already helped return four B-1s to service and could save the military millions of dollars.

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Education
3:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

A History Of The Mickelson Trail

Guy Edwards was a leader early in the development of the Mickelson Trail. He knew the people and the politics involved. The Parks and Wildlife Foundation raises funds for Mickelson Trail and is currently raising funds to do bridge repairs on the trail. "Piece of Heaven: A Brief History of the Mickelson Trail" tells the story of the development of the Mickelson Trail, from the end of its useful life as a rail corridor through the tough legal battles that put the land in public hands, to the ongoing work of promoting and maintaining what many call a world-class recreational trail.

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U.S.
2:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Researching Reasons for Wrongful Convictions

Jon Gould
Credit American University

Over the past couple of decades though DNA testing, hundreds of people in the U.S. have been exonerated of crimes they didn’t commit, including eighteen people serving time on death row. But why were they convicted in the first place? That’s something Jon Gould has researched as the principal investigator of the Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project at American University in Washington, DC.

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