Dakota Midday

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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. Listen live.

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This weekend, the Minnesota Twins are hosting a 50th anniversary celebration for the 1965 team that went to the World Series. One of the big reasons the team won the pennant that year was Tony Oliva. He had earned Rookie of the Year honors the year before as well as the American League batting title, which he won again in ’65.

Jazz often reflects the rhythms and experiences of big city life, but on her new CD, The Thompson Fields, acclaimed jazz composer Maria Schneider evokes rural landscapes. She grew up in the small, southwest Minnesota town of Windom and she still finds inspiration in her childhood memories of the prairie. She’s also an ardent bird watcher and her love of birds is often expressed in her music.

Karl Gehrke SDPB

It’s been about a year since Vermillion’s new water tower went into operation. The spheroid tank sits high above the town with Vermillion’s logo painted on the side. And just like in other communities across the state, it's one of the defining structures in the rather modest skyline.

Even though water towers come in various shapes and sizes, they all work the same way. By using gravity, the elevated tanks provide enough pressure to deliver water to homes and businesses in the area.

Red Cloud was the only American Indian leader to win a war against the United States Army. What's called Red Cloud's War was armed conflict over control of Powder River Country in present day Wyoming. Later he was committed to preserving his people’s traditions and culture as they were moved to reservations.

Dakota Midday: Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender

Jul 30, 2015

Former Rapid City police chief Steve Allender took office as mayor earlier this month. He was sworn in July 7th after defeating incumbent Sam Kooiker in June’s city election. Allender retired from the Rapid City Police Department last year after 29 years on the force. After just a few weeks in office, the new mayor has made his first annual budget proposal and is preparing for an influx of bikers for next week’s 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Mayor Allender joined Dakota Midday and discussed his first month on the job.

 Joe West and the Sinners was one of many alt-country bands in Austin, Texas in the late 90s. It was more offbeat than most, though, with songs about dream tractors, chasing UFOs in Roswell, and NPR-listening trailer park liberals. The band's 1998 album, Jamie Was a Boozer, was acclaimed by Austin critics as a masterpiece and one of the best CDs of the year.

Victoria Wicks SDPB

After a year and a half of hearings, motions, and filings, the state Public Utilities Commission is taking testimony on whether to authorize TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline across South Dakota. Both opponents and proponents have been outlining their cases in the seven-day hearing before the PUC. 

Jonathan Ellis, reporter/columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed hardball tactics by opponents to a proposed ballot initiative capping payday loan interest rates at 36 percent; Democratic state representative Paula Hawks' possible candidacy for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Kristi Noem; and newly-released FBI files revealing that late South Dakota U.S.

Karl Gehrke SDPB

Norm Evers is the owner of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora. He’s also instructor emeritus of horticulture at South Dakota State University and the former manager of McCrory Gardens in Brookings. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the care of trees, transplanting Virginia creeper, establishing hydrangeas, and planting grass in sparse areas.

Dakota Midday: Water Safety

Jul 28, 2015
American Red Cross

July has proved to be a deathly month on the water in South Dakota. Over the weekend two more people died in separate drowning accidents in Lake Madison and Lake Francis Case near Pickstown. Brian Shawn, regional communications officer for the American Red Cross, says water safety needs to be addressed to prevent future drownings.

Karl Gehrke SDPB

The price at the pump is falling in South Dakota and across the nation. The average price for a gallon of gas in South Dakota today is $2.72, according to the gas price tracking site GasBuddy.com. That's just under two cents cheaper than a week ago. A year ago the average price was $3.48.  The national average for gas is just under $2.69. Analysts expect  that the latter half of the summer will bring cheaper gas prices while the fall could see gas prices dropping below $2.00 a gallon.

SDSU

Over a 35 year period, the length of forest fire seasons worldwide increased by nearly nineteen percent. That’s according to a study co-authored by South Dakota State University professor and wildfire expert Mark Cochrane. He was part of a team that researched weather data from 1979 to 2013 to determine the impact changing climate has had on forest ecosystems.

In his new book of historical fiction set in 1894, And the Wind Whispered, author Dan Jorgensen takes real-life legends like Buffalo Bill, Seth Bullock, Theodore Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, John Philip Sousa and a young Will Rogers and puts them together in the southern Black Hills. They all play a role as a trio of teens tries to solve the mystery of what happened to a man found dead in Wind Cave. Meanwhile, there's also the mystery of missing Homestake gold and an outlaw gang terrorizing the area.

University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota’s School of Education has a new dean. Donald Easton-Brooks has been on the job for a month. He comes to Vermillion from Eastern Oregon University, where he served as professor and dean of the Colleges of Business and Education for two years.

Kealey Bultena SDPB

A railroad company and Sioux Falls have struck a multi-million dollar deal for land in the central part of the city. BSNF Railway Company agrees to sell much of the rail yard in downtown Sioux Falls for more than $27 million.

Victoria Wicks

On the isolated prairie 24 miles northwest of Miller lies the town of Polo. It’s a small residential community notable for its distinctive landmark, the Saint Liborius Church and School, a block-long Spanish Mission-style complex that is largely empty and crumbling.
Most of the structure could soon be torn down, leaving only the church and rectory standing. The parishioners have asked the Bishop of the Diocese for permission to raze the old building and build a new Parish Hall.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

According to an annual report released on Tuesday, South Dakota ranks 18th nationally in overall child well-being. That’s according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report compares child well-being in every state based on economics, education, family and community and health.

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed South Dakota's fourth consecutive budget surplus and higher revenues than estimated; a proposed initiated constitutional amendment creating an independent redistricting commission; petition drives that would put the issue of payday lending on the 2016 ballot; and Senator John Thune's campaign war chest.

Over the course of their expedition, Lewis and Clark came into contact with nearly 50 Native American tribes. Some had never seen a white man before, while others spoke bits of English and wore hats and coats they received from Europeans.

Presentation College history professor Brad Tennant says that while the meetings between the Corps of Discovery expedition and the native populations were relatively peaceful and friendly, one of the most strained meetings occurred in present-day South Dakota when Lewis and Clark held council with the Teton Sioux, or Lakota.

National Music Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota

Vermillion’s National Music Museum is home to the world’s earliest known cello. But this summer the the 16th century Amati 'King' cello is on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Given its rarity and value, the stringed instrument rarely leaves South Dakota.

100 8th through 12th grade girls are in Madison this week for a summer camp devoted to cyber security. This is the second year for the GenCyber camps sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. The agencies are interested in filling a need for cyber security experts, both in government and private industry.

Arthur Rothstein/Library of Congress Archives

Digital technology makes it easy for photojournalists to alter and change photographs. In a 2006 image distributed by Reuters, a photographer copied and darkened smoke to exaggerate bombing damage in Beirut. During the early days of the Iraq invasion, the Los Angeles Times published a photo that combined two photographs taken seconds apart to improve composition.

Since July 1, Lee Ann Roripaugh has been South Dakota's new poet laureate. She was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard and succeeds David Allan Evans who served the state for more than a dozen years.

Brian Masek

Brian Masek is back at Sioux Falls JazzFest this year. His band, Brian Masek and Friends, performs Friday evening on the main stage.

The group plays an energetic and often danceable style of jazz that also combines elements of rock, blues and funk. Masek played in rock bands like Ivory, Closet Monster, Leghorn and the Toby Kane Band before becoming intrigued with the improvisational aspects of jazz. 

Archeology Laboratory, Augustana College

Researchers and students from Augustana College and the University of Exeter in England are finishing up their work at the Thomsen Center Archeodome at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. This summer the team made some interesting finds. Last month they uncovered 1,000 year old charred kernels of corn and sunflower seeds. This past weekend they found an intact ceramic pot. It’s small, but it’s the first time archeologists have found an intact piece of pottery since regular research started at the site in 1928.

Wikimedia photo by Randy Stern

With little more than half the 2015 major league baseball season done, the Minnesota Twins have reached the All-Star break with the second best record in the American league. It’s one of the biggest surprises of the season. The New York Times rank the Twins as the most overachieving team in baseball.

Frontline

Last August ISIS moved into the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq, killed hundreds of Yazidi men and abducted hundreds of the minority sect’s women and children. The women who have managed to escape tell horrific accounts of brutal sexual enslavement and the rape of Yazidi girls as young as nine.

A group of Yazidi women demands international help to rescue their relatives abducted by ISIS at a protest in a camp for displaced people in Dohuk, northern Iraq.

When writer Allan Johnson asked his dying father where he wanted his ashes scattered, his father replied that it made no difference to him at all. In his new memoir, Not From Here, Johnson shares his personal journey from Connecticut to South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa to find the place where his father’s ashes belong – and to also find his own personal identity and history. But that personal history includes the displacement of the Native American people who had lived on the land settled by his Norwegian immigrant ancestors.

SDSU Extension

Late last week, South Dakota recorded its warmest temperatures of the season. The high heat and humidity pushed the heat index values to near 100 degrees in some parts of the state. The high temps have persisted and although today is expected to be a few degrees cooler than yesterday, highs across the state will still range from the upper 80s to low 90s. South Dakota state climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and discussed the hot weather and its impact and what we can expect in the weeks ahead.

Last August ISIS moved into the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq, killed hundreds of Yazidi men and abducted hundreds of the minority sect’s women and children. The women who have managed to escape tell horrific accounts of brutal sexual enslavement and the rape of Yazidi girls as young as nine.

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