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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Politics
1:57 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

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

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the announcement that President Obama will visit Watertown next month; the possibility of 2016 presidential candidates visiting the state; the likelihood of Republican Senator John Thune running unopposed in his re-election bid; and the rise of registered independents.

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World
2:47 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Korea and U.S. Economic Partnership

Tony Stangarone
Credit Korean Economic Institute

According to the Korea Economic Institute, South Korea is the 7th largest destination for exports of South Dakota goods, the majority from food manufacturing. Exports from the state have grown by more than a third since the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2011.

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Education
2:34 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Voters to Choose School Start

On Tuesday, Sioux Falls voters will decide on whether public schools should start before or after Labor Day. For most of the past decade, the Sioux Falls School District has started classes on the third Monday in August, but members of the parent-led Voice in Local Control believe classes shouldn't begin until after Labor Day. Others say starting earlier is better for students.

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Arts
2:15 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Jami Lynn Releases New CD

Jami Lynn
Credit Photo by Dario Acosta

Homegrown singer/songwriter Jami Lynn's new album, Fall is a Good Time to Die, is filled with songs that  musically and lyrically reflect the landscape and culture of South Dakota. She says the songs on the album are the best she’s written, many of which had been around for years waiting for the perfect home. 

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Arts
2:55 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: New Exhibit Illustrates History of North Central South Dakota

The title piece for the Sea of Grass exhibit was painted by Peter Kilian of Aberdeen

The new, permanent "Sea of Grass" exhibit opening on Saturday, April 11 at the Timber Lake and Area Museum features the work of 24 artists illustrating the history of north central South Dakota. The majority of the paintings were created for the exhibit with subjects ranging from the age of the dinosaurs and Native American stories and legends to the coming of the railroad and homesteaders.

The exhibit opening features an art show and sale with an introduction of the artists at 2 pm. For details click here.

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Health
2:31 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: Tourette Syndrome

Dr. Michael Kruer
Credit Sanford Health

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics, such as repeated eye blinks, heard and shoulder jerks or unwanted sounds. Signs and symptoms of Tourette Syndrome typically show up between ages two and twelve. As many as one in five children may have a tic disorder. But recognizing Tourette’s can be difficult.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Senator John Thune

KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster and Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard editor Denise Ross joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest in state politics. Topics this week included new leadership for state senate Republicans; controversy over the new 80 mph interstate speed limit; Democrats search for a candidate to oppose Senator John Thune in 2016; and the state congressional delegation's opposition to the listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as a threatened species.

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Arts
2:23 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Jazz Singer Kathy Kosins to Perform in Sioux Falls

Kathy Kosins

Kathy Kosins grew up in Detroit during the golden era of Motown. Her father owned a high-end clothing store and outfitted Motown stars such as Marvin Gaye and the Miracles. She grew up listening to soul and rhythm and blues, but didn't start singing until she was 20. 

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Science
2:07 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Apollo 13 - NASA's Successful Failure

Apollo 13 crew -- Fred W. Haise, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr. and James A. Lovell, Jr.
Credit NASA

On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center for what was to be the third mission to land on the moon. But within two days after lift-off, an oxygen tank exploded crippling the spacecraft and putting the crew in danger. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat and shortage of drinkable water, the crew returned safely on April 17.

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World
1:49 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Vladimir Putin and New Russia

A map of Novorossiya (New Russia), c. 1897.
Credit Wikimedia commons

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a referendum that could give more autonomy to the eastern regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare. That’s a reversal of his government’s earlier position. But the Russian-backed separatists dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless.

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Arts
2:23 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in a still from the band's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was an unexpected hit in late 1991. The band, its record label and management didn’t consider it a "crossover" song that would move from college and modern rock radio to pop stations. The success of the single propelled the band’s album Nevermind to number one in January of 1992, displacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. The event marked the moment that alternative rock found a large, mainstream audience.

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Health
2:04 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Father of Tamoxifen'

Dr. V. Craig Jordan

Tamoxifin has been credited with saving millions of women’s lives. But the story of how an abandoned contraceptive was turned into an effective treatment cancer is a fascinating tale of a failure transformed into a medical breakthrough.

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Sports
1:54 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: Can the Minnesota Twins Win in 2015?

As the Minnesota Twins open the 2015 Major League Baseball season, fans are hoping that new manager Paul Molitor can turn the team around after four straight seasons of 90 or more losses. Most baseball writers are doubtful and predict another fifth-place finish for the Twins in the American League's Central Division. Whatever optimism there is for the team this season dimmed late last week when pitcher Ervin Santana was suspended for half the season because of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Farm Water Management Study

Installing an agricultural tile drainage system
Credit SDSU Extension

A new $5 million drainage water management research project is exploring the economic and environmental benefits, as well as costs, of on-farm water storage. The project is investigating practices that can reduce crop losses from increasing drought and can improve water quality from drained farmland.

SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer Chris Hay is among researchers from seven other Land Grant universities participating in the project funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Chris Hay joined Dakota Midday and discussed the water research project.

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Arts
2:02 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Lakota Artist Renelle White Buffalo

Renelle White Buffalo

Artist Renelle White Buffalo wants to communicate traditional symbols in a modern contemporary and abstract way. "I paint between the lines of what is expected as a Native American, in a pop-culture driven world, and abstract what I feel as a Lakota woman,” she says in her artist statement.

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Education
3:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Student Leaders Share Opinions on Issues

South Dakota student leaders discuss issues in Pierre
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

This week in Pierre, the South Dakota High School Activities Association hosted the State Student Council Convention. Over 900 of South Dakota’s best and brightest high school students gathered in the state capital. As aspiring future leaders many of the students are keeping an eye on what’s happening in politics at the local and national level. 12 students shared their opinions on major government issues at the state and national level, including new youth minimum wage legislation, education funding and transgender policies.

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Culture
2:58 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Dakota Midday: April Fools' Day

In 1957 the BBC news program "Panorama" broadcast an April Fools' Day story about Swiss farmers' bumper spaghetti harvest
Credit BBC

The origin of April 1st as a day for pranks and practical jokes is something of a mystery. The most commonly cited explanation is that it goes back to the 1500s when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, moving the new year from April to January. People in rural areas who were slow to get the news and continued to celebrate New Year in the spring were called April Fools. But this story is something of a hoax itself. There are references to April 1st as a day for pranks and jokes that date well before the 16th century.

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Politics
2:27 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed veto day which wrapped up the 2015 session and the resignation of Senate majority leader Tim Rave and assistant majority leader Dan Lederman. Other topics included South Dakota’s status as the only state President Obama hasn’t visited during his six years in office and an invitation to Watertown.

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Arts
3:10 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: Dahl Mountain Photo Exhibit

"The Eye" by Seth Harwood

A new exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City reflects the mountain lifestyle, with images of the landscape, wildlife, sports and people. The 11th annual Dahl Mountain Photo Competition and Exhibit features 52 photographs by both amateurs and professionals selected from over 100 entries. The exhibit is a part of the Dahl Mountain Culture Festival and runs through April 25. A list of winners is here. Dahl curator Denise DuBroy joined Dakota Midday and discussed the competition and show.

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Business
2:49 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: When Citibank Came to South Dakota

Governor Bill Janklow helped push the usury limit bill through the state legislature that led to Citibank moving its credit card operations to Sioux Falls.

When Citibank moved its credit card operations to Sioux Falls in 1981, the company promised to bring some 400 jobs to the area. Today Citibank employs around 2,300 workers. 35 years ago, Sioux Falls’ population was around 80,000 with an economy built on agriculture and meat packing. Today the city’s population has more than doubled at nearly 170,000 and the economy has grown and diversified.

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News
2:18 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: SD Interstate Speed Limit Increase

People on South Dakota interstates can legally drive 80 miles per hour beginning Wednesday. State lawmakers included the 5-mile increase in a transportation funding bill. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the measure. Most bills approved by the state legislature and the governor take effect at the start of the state’s fiscal year on July 1st. But the transportation bill has an emergency clause, so the law goes into effect on April 1st.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: Getting Ready for Spring Garden Season

Tulips
Credit John O'Neill

With temperatures in the 70s early this week and tulips popping up, it's starting to feel like spring throughout South Dakota.

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about watering trees, caring for fig trees, planting cherry trees and repairing brown patches in lawns.

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Environment
3:30 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Stand-up Economist' Yoram Bauman

Yoram Bauman
Credit Jon Stahl

As the self-described “world’s first stand-up economist,” Yoram Bauman has made a career out of economics humor,  performing his act in comedy clubs, professional conferences and colleges. He's also the co-author of three cartoon textbooks: The Cartoon Introduction to Microeconomics, The Cartoon Introduction to Macroeconomics and The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change.

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News
2:23 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Farm Bureau President Visits Vatican

St. Peter's Square in Vatican City
Credit Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke had an audience with Pope Francis last Wednesday. He was one of the organization's five state presidents meeting with the Pope following a week long series of meetings with Vatican officials in advance of an international symposium scheduled in Milan in June on faith, food and the environment.

Only two other members of the group were allowed close enough to shake hands and greet the Pope, but Sombke says it was still a moving experience to be near him at St. Peter's Square a few days before Holy Week.

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Arts
3:07 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Union Grove Pickers Release New CD

Union Grove Pickers
Credit Union Grove Pickers

According to Josh Rieck, it's difficult to put the Union Grover Picker's music into any category, but Americana seems to fit best. The Sioux Falls acoustic band is out with a new CD, Scattered and Sown. The five members of the group recorded the album in January and February. They're performing music from Scattered and Sown at a CD release show Saturday at 7 pm at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater. Union Grover Pickers members Josh Rieck and Travis Jamison joined Dakota Midday with some background on the band and the new CD.

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Health
2:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Cancer Research

Dr. David Pearce, president of Sanford Research
Credit Sanford Health

Next week, SDPB-TV airs the latest Ken Burns documentary, Cancer the Emperor of All Maladies. The three-part, six-hour series covers the first documented appearances of cancer thousands of years ago through today’s battles to cure, control and conquer the disease.

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Health
2:39 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Nuclear Medicine and Cyclotrons

Dr. Christopher Fischer
Credit Sanford Health

75 years ago, Canton, South Dakota native Ernest O. Lawrence accepted the Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention and development of the cyclotron particle accelerator. Among the uses of  the cyclotron today is in medicine to make relatively short-lived radioisotopes for imaging and research.

Dr. Christopher Fischer is a nuclear medicine specialist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the use of the cyclotron in nuclear medicine and cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Health
2:47 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: Author Advocates Metabolic Theory of Cancer

The metabolic theory of cancer has been rejected by the scientific establishment, but in his book, Tripping Over the Truth, South Dakota author Travis Christofferson argues for taking a closer look at alternative cancer research. The metabolic theory is that cancer is not a genetic disease, but rather a disease of metabolism. Christofferson’s book looks at the history of cancer research over the last century.

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Health
2:32 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: USD Texting and Driving Study

A new study by researchers at the University of South Dakota finds both men and women admit to texting while driving, but it’s harder to convince men that the practice is unsafe. The study “Gender differences in psychosocial predictors of texting while driving” was published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 state of the state address
Credit Nate Wek SDPB

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the petition reform and youth minimum wage bills signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Other topics included FAA approval of a plan expanding a bomber training area and a new political action committee formed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

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