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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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Politics
3:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Howie

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Howie

In the four-way race to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson, Gordon Howie describes himself as the “true conservative.” The former Republican state legislator from Rapid City says he's running as an Independent candidate to provide state voters with an alternative to the Republican nominee, former Governor Mike Rounds.

The other candidates in the race for the open Senate seat are Democrat Rick Weiland and former Republican Senator Larry Pressler, who is also running as an Independent.

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World
2:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Scottish Referendum Raises Big Questions

Flag of Scotland

On Thursday voters in Scotland will decide whether they want their country to become independent or remain in the United Kingdom. The latest opinion polls show a tight race, with the early lead in favor of staying in the UK eroding. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that if Scotland votes for Independence, the U.K. will split and they'll go their separate ways forever. “Independence would not be a trial separation,” Cameron said. “It would be a painful divorce.”

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News
2:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Analyst Expects Continued Gas Price Decline

After a slight increase, gas prices across the nation have started to fall again. According to GasBuddy.com, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.37. In South Dakota, the average is a penny less with a few Sioux Falls stations selling gas for less than three dollars. GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski joined Dakota Midday and said gas prices are falling as stations switch to cheaper winter blends this week.

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Culture
2:48 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

South Dakota Chorale Director Awarded International Fellowship

Brian Schmidt and the South Dakota Chorale
Credit South Dakota Chorale

The artistic director and founder of the South Dakota Chorale is headed to Sweden next year. Brian Schmidt has been awarded a fellowship with the 2015 International Conductors Exchange Program. He was selected by the American Choral Directors Association as one of 14 U.S. conductors who will travel to Stockholm for the Scandinavian Choral Convention. Other details in the fellowship are still being finalized.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Book Explores Life Lessons from Fly Fishing

David O'Hara and his book, "Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing and the Waters of Appalachia"
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

David O’Hara grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York, home to some of the most famous trout fishing streams in the world. Today he’s a philosophy professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, but when he gets the chance, he goes back to fish the familiar streams of his youth.

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News
2:07 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Minimal Crop Damage from Cold Temps Expected

State climatologist Dennis Todey
Credit South Dakota State University

According to the latest report from the United State's Department of Agriculture, the nation’s corn and soybean farmers are expected to harvest record yields this year. Despite that strong forecast, there have been concerns that the recent, early cold weather in South Dakota could have a negative impact on the local harvest. State climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and said that even though a cool summer has delayed the maturation of the state's corn, the cold temperatures likely caused minimal damage.

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Health
3:22 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Preventing Suicide

Anne Kelly, professor of psychology at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD
Credit Dakota Wesleyan University

This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States and the ninth leading cause in South Dakota. Dakota Wesleyan University psychology professor Anne Kelly is conducting research on suicide with the aim of improving prevention efforts and its contributing causes.

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Culture
2:49 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Rare Historical Footage Featured in SDPB's 'Images of the Past'

Grade School Students at Spearfish Normal School - 1913
Credit Historical Footprints

A new project from South Dakota Public Broadcasting is making rare film and video from the state’s past available to the general public. "Images of the Past" features both well-known and unknown people, places and events in some of the earliest film shot in the state. Each Thursday more historical film footage, along with additional information and images, is posted online on SDPB's "Images of the Past" page.

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News
2:24 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

USD Professor Examines What's Next in ISIS Fight

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House on Sept. 10, 2014
Credit Saul Loeb/AP

In an address to the nation last night, President Obama outlined his administration’s strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. He announced a broad campaign that includes American airstrikes in Syria and the deployment of 475 more military advises to Iraq.

During his 14-minute speech, the President sought to dispel concerns that the U.S. was repeating the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and said that he would not send combat troops into the conflict. The operation will also involve Saudi Arabia hosting the training of Free Syrian Army militia.

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Arts
2:25 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New Website Promotes Arts in Rapid City

The Passage of Wind and Water sculpture project at Rapid City's Main Street Square
Credit Jim Kent

Getting the word out about events and activities is a challenge for every artist and group. But now there’s a new website that’ll help make that easier in the Black Hills area. After several months of planning and testing, ArtsRapidCity.org is now on-line. The website lists upcoming events in the area and serves as an arts and culture directory.

On Friday evening at Main Street Square in Rapid City, Arts Rapid City celebrates the launch of the new website. The event begins at 8 pm following the final Art Night Downtown of the season.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler
Credit Larry Pressler

Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed recent press conferences by state Democrats about documents connected to the EB-5 program; new polls in the U.S. Senate race; and a proposal to boost teacher pay with a summer sales tax.

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Health
1:43 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NOVA Program Answers Vaccination Questions

PBS' new NOVA special "Vaccines - Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics and explore the science behind vaccinations.
Credit Genepool Productions

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the U.S. a generation ago are returning - in part because some parents aren’t letting their children get vaccinated. Tonight’s PBS NOVA program, “Vaccines - Calling the Shots,” examines the science of immunization and the risks of opting out.

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News
2:49 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Apple Unveils New iPhones and Smartwatch

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple introduced two new, larger iPhones and a smartwatch today. The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus screen will measure 5.5 inches. The Apple Watch is a wearable device that's the company's first major new product since the iPad in 2010. Apple also unveiled a system that'll allow users to make credit card payments with their phones at retail stores. Tech Radio's Kent Osborne, John T. Meyer and Joel Broveleit joined Dakota Midday and discussed the new Apple gadgets.

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News
2:20 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Former Kurdish Freedom Fighter in Sioux Falls Ready to Fight ISIS

President Barrack Obama

President Obama will address to the nation Wednesday evening to explain his plans to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. plans include helping Iraqi and Kurdish troops take back areas under ISIS control. Qadir Aware is a former Kurdish freedom fighter who came to Sioux Falls as a refugee in 1977. He’s the former director of the city’s Multi-Cultural Center. He still has family members in Iraq and says he’s willing to go back and defend his people against ISIS.

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Health
2:08 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Frontline Goes Inside Ebola Outbreak

Health care workers at an emergency field hospital in Sierra Leone run by Doctors Without Borders
Credit Courtesy of Frontline

Some 4,000 people in West Africa have been confirmed infected with Ebola since the outbreak started in March. Around half have died of the disease. The World Health Organization says responders need to be prepared for an “exponential increase” in cases in upcoming weeks. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control.”

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Environment
4:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Early Fall Gardening Tips

Linden tree at the Morton Arboretum near Chicago
Credit Bruce Marlin

Cooler temperatures are hitting South Dakota later this week as fall gradually elbows summer out of the state. Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday and discussed what lows in the 30s mean for area gardens, what to buy in gardening catalogs' end-of-season sales and the care of Linden trees.

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Culture
3:51 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

'A Day in South Dakota' Photo Contest Winners Named

Keith Hemmelman's prize-winning photograph from the State Capitol
Credit Keith Hemmelman

On August 19 nearly 200 people across the state took photographs from their lives and submitted them in SDPB's Day in South Dakota Landscapes Photo Contest. The contest was designed to help mark South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood. Photographs were entered in four different categories: South Dakota, home, work, and connections. Kent Osborne, director of education and online services at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, joined Dakota Midday and announced the contest winners.

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Culture
2:15 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Railroads in Dakota Territory

Milwaukee Road Depot in Mitchell, SD
Credit South Dakota State Historical Society

In South Dakota, as in most of the mid-western and western United States, railroads played a vital role in growth and settlement. Railroad companies even recruited homesteaders in Europe and mapped out towns for the new arrivals.

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News
1:56 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Preparing for Disasters and Emergencies

Aftermath of the October 2013 blizzard in Rapid City
Credit Charles Michael Ray

September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages everyone to be ready for disasters and emergencies. On September 30 people are also encouraged to participate in America’s PrepareAthon, a national day of action. Daniel Nyquist, community preparedness officer for the FEMA Region 8 office in Denver, joined Dakota Midday and discussed steps to take to be ready for local risks and hazards.

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Health
5:26 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Intimate Documentary Portrays Family's Struggles with Alzheimer's

Banker White and his mother, Pam White
Credit Banker White

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs people of their memories, language, judgment, and personalities. It’s an incurable form of dementia that is most often diagnosed in patients over the age of 65. The Genius of Marian is an intimate, heartbreaking portrait of one woman losing herself to Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on her family. The documentary airs on SDPB1 Television Monday, September 8 at 9 pm (CT)/8 pm (MT).

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Arts
5:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Google to Create Virtual Tour of National Music Museum

Harpsichord by José Calisto, Portugal, 1780
Credit National Music Museum

Google is coming to Vermillion to create a virtual tour of the National Music Museum. A crew will use  a seven- foot trolley to capture 360-degree imagery that will allow visitors from around the world to explore the museum’s collection of historical instruments online at the Google Cultural Institute.

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Culture
1:36 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Study Shows Economc Benefits of Historic Preservation

The former State School for the Blind in Gary, South Dakota is now home to Buffalo Ridge Resort
Credit Buffalo Ridge Resort

South Dakota has more than 6,700 buildings, structures, objects and sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Their historical and aesthetic value is easily understood, but is there any economic value to historic preservation? A recent study conducted by Rutgers University in collaboration with the State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society finds that it there are multi-million dollar economic and tax gains from historic preservation in the state. 

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Arts
2:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'White Wall Sessions' Begins Second Season

The White Wall Sessions behind the scenes
Credit The White Wall Sessions

Since its television debut in 2013, the White Wall Sessions has provided a unique showcase for local, regional and national musicians. The show's producers capture performances in a documentary style, creating an intimate feel for viewers. Their goal is to preserve a musical moment in time.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds

Labor Day is often considered the unofficial start to the general election season. But in South Dakota the season got underway two weeks ago with debates at Dakotafest in Mitchell followed by State Fair debates in Huron. Today on Dakota Midday, Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis and Denise Ross discussed what's next in the campaigns for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor. Ellis is a reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and Ross is web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic.

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Culture
1:56 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Bringing Theodore Roosevelt to Life

Clay Jenkinson as Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt said that he never would have become President of the United States had it not been for the time he spent in North Dakota. He first came to the state in 1883 to hunt bison and later returned seeking solitude and time to heal following the death of both his mother and wife.

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Culture
3:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

140th Anniversary of Custer's Black Hills Expedition Observed

George Armstrong Custer (left center in light clothing) leads a military expedition into the Black Hills of Dakota Territory in 1874

In 1874, the U.S. Government sent General George Custer on an expedition into the Black Hills to find a location for a new army fort and investigate the area’s natural resources. The confirmation of gold drew thousands of whites into the Black Hills in violation of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie which granted ownership of the Black Hills to the Lakota people.

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News
2:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

South Dakota Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

South Dakota Hall of Fame
Credit South Dakota Hall of Fame

Next week the South Dakota Hall of Fame inducts ten new members. Since 1974, the hall has honored and recognized individuals who have shaped the fabric and culture of the state. The chairman of the South Dakota Hall of Fame board, David Olson, says the honored individuals also demonstrate a level of excellence that inspire others in the state. Hall of Fame members include important historical figures along with individuals from government, business, agriculture, sports, medicine, arts, entertainment and other fields.

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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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