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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Arts
5:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Great-Grandmother Inspires South Dakota Homestead Novel

In the opening of Dawn Wink’s novel, Meadowlark, 16-year-old Grace is an excited young bride looking forward to a life with her new husband, Tom. But any ideas of she has of an idyllic life together are shattered during their trip from the wedding to western South Dakota. Without warning, Tom pulls her off the wagon, punches and kicks her, and leaves her to walk the rest of the way to their sod hot.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the latest news in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson along with the unfolding EB-5 saga.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Warm Temps Good for Fall Yard and Garden Work

With a forecast of temperatures in the 70s across much of South Dakota, this promises to be a good week for some fall lawn and garden work. Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about fertilizing lawns, trimming dead tree limbs, apple trees, fertilizing house plants, amaryllis and more.

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U.S.
3:32 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Diplomat in Residence to Visit USD

Robert Andrew

As an army officer, Robert Andrew supervised joint patrols on the border of East and West Germany at the time the Berlin Wall was coming down and the Cold War was ending. He next served in the First Gulf War. As a Foreign Service Officer, he covered non-proliferation and arms control issues in Moscow and provided counter-narcotics assistance to the government of Costa Rica.

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Arts
5:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

SHEL Brings Sisterly Sounds to Americana Music Festival

SHEL

SHEL is a quartet of sisters from Fort Collins, Colorado: Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook. They were all born within five years of each other and raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother. They’ve been performing together for around a dozen years.

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Health
4:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Genomic Medicine Transforms Breast Cancer Treatment

Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones
Credit Avera Health

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones is among those working to eradicate breast cancer. He’s a native of England and an internationally-known cancer researcher. He leads a team at Avera Health in Sioux Falls working to decode human genetics for individualized breast cancer treatments. Dr. Leyland-Jones joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest developments in genomic breast cancer research.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

In his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Mike Rounds says voters have a very clear choice between philosophies on how government should run and which direction the nation should head in the future.

Rounds served in the state legislature before first being elected governor in 2002. Following his second term in office, he returned to his insurance and real estate business. Rounds faces Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie in the November 4th election to fill the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

50 Years Later, Billy Mills Recalls Olympic 10K Win

Billy Mills at the finish line at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo

Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of what is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history when the virtually unknown Billy Mills won the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Games. In the final lap, the 26-year-old Marine from the Pine Ridge Reservation passed 10K world record holder Ron Clarke of Australia and Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia with a sudden burst of speed as NBC analyst Dick Banks screamed "Look at Mills! Look at Mills!"

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Environment
2:21 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

More Pheasants Expected for Hunting Opener

Credit South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Saturday is South Dakota's pheasant opener and hunters should find more ringnecks in comparison to last year. The state Game, Fish and Parks annual brood count survey showed a 76 percent statewide increase in the pheasants-per-mile index over 2013. Last year’s sharp decline in pheasant numbers led to Governor Daugaard’s creation of the Pheasant Habitat Work Group. The group presented its recommendations in September.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Larry Pressler
Credit Pressler for Senate

South Dakota's contest for U.S. Senate is receiving national attention as a race that was considered safely Republican but is now seen as closer than expected. Some recent polls have Republican Mike Rounds in first at around 35 percent with either Democrat Rick Weiland or independent Larry Pressler in second place just a few points behind the former governor.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Susan Wismer

Democratic State Representative Susan Wismer is campaigning to replace Republican incumbent Dennis Daugaard as South Dakota governor. She grew up in the northeast South Dakota community of Britton. She's an accountant who has been doing bookkeeping and taxes in her home town for the past three decades.

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Health
3:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

'FRONTLINE' Investigates Antibiotic Use on Farms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated two million people in the United States are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year. Of them, at least 23 thousand die.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

U.S. House Candidate Corinna Robinson

Corinna Robinson
Credit Corinna Robinson for South Dakota

If she’s elected to Congress, Democrat Corinna Robinson says she’ll make creating jobs for South Dakotans a priority. She’s critical of Washington politicians who she says put politics before people. Robinson is a Rapid City native and retired military officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. After twenty-five years in the army, she led the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Directorate at the Pentagon. She says she has the leadership skills that will allow her to work across the aisles in Congress. Robinson is challenging Republican incumbent Kristi Noem in the November 4th election.

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News
1:56 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Former USA Today Editor Receives Neuharth Award

Peter Prichard

Former USA Today editor Peter S. Prichard receives the 2014 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media at USD today. The award honors lifetime achievement in the media.

Prichard was editor-in-chief of USA Today from 1988 to 1995. He also served as president of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum Institute, an interactive news museum in Washington, DC. Prichard is also the author of The Making of McPaper: The Inside Story of USA Today.

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News
2:52 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

'NOVA' Program Takes Informative Approach to Ebola

Treatment center
Credit WGBH

The Texas Ebola patient who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia has died. Liberia is among the West African countries suffering from an outbreak of the disease. Over three thousand people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have died from Ebola in the current outbreak.

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News
2:32 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Veteran Journalist Says Economics Are Biggest Challenge to Press Freedom

Gene Policinski
Credit First Amendment Center

Freedom of the press is one of the guarantees of the First Amendment along with speech, religion, assembly and petition. Without this protection the press could not criticize the government. But nearly 225 years since the Bill of Rights went into effect, the government isn't the biggest challenge to press freedom in the U.S. It's economics. That's according to veteran journalist Gene Policinski.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

EB-5 was the main topic of discussion with the Dakota Political Junkies again this week. Denise Ross, web editor and reporter for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle examined a California arbitrator's dismissal of a case related to the EB-5 immigrant visa program and what it means for former Republican Governor Mike Rounds' campaign for U.S. Senate. They also reviewed recent polls of the Senate race and previewed Thursday evening's gubernatorial debate hosted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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Environment
2:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Dakota Midday Gardening Tips from Norm Evers

Autumn blaze maple foliage

Norm Evers answered listener questions about autumn blaze maples, raspberries, planting bulbs, hen-and-chick succulents, fall lawn care, sharing coneflower seeds and more. Norm Evers is Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University in Brookings and former manager of McCrory Gardens. He’s the owner of Norm’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora.

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Health
2:40 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Study Shows Benefits of 3-D Mammograms

Dr. Thomas Cink
Credit Sanford Health

A national study published this summer suggests that three-dimensional mammograms are better at detecting invasive tumors and can avoid false alarms which lead women to get extra breast cancer scans that turn out normal.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was led by Sarah Friedewald, M.D., of Advocate Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and co-authored by Thomas Cink, M.D., a breast radiologist for Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.  It compared mammograms from over 450,000 women at 13 hospitals, including 30,000 at Sanford. Dr.

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World
2:27 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

'NOVA' Explores Missing Malaysia Airliner

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. Air traffic controllers lost contact over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam

The search for the missing Malaylsia Airlines Flight 370 has resumed six months after its disappearance in what has been described as the greatest mystery in the history of commercial aviation. The Boeing 777, with 239 people aboard vanished without a trace on March 8. A search vessel arrived in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia Monday morning in the search operation led by Australian authorities.

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World
4:32 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

PBS Airs 'The Act of Killing'

Scene from "The Act of Killing"

When Joshua Oppenheimer started working on a film about the mid-1960s mass killings in Indonesia, he first spoke with survivors. But when the army threatened them, the survivors suggested he try and film the perpetrators instead. So he found the death squad leaders who boastfully re-enacted their war crimes for Oppenheimer in the style of their favorite Hollywood movies.

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Health
4:19 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Back Talk

Back and neck pain can be so debilitating that it makes simple acts like getting in and out of bed or driving a car very difficult. An estimated four out of five Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. While most find these episodes will resolve within six weeks with rest, medication and exercise, others face acute and chronic back pain.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Weiland

Credit Rick Weiland

Since announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate last year, Democrat Rick Weiland has visited every town in South Dakota. He says government is not the problem, but a government controlled by what he calls “big money and special interests.” Weiland is a Sioux Falls businessman who worked for Senator Tom Daschle. He also served as regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was state director for the AARP.

During a Dakota Midday interview, Weiland explained why he thinks big money has taken over government and how he plans to fix the problem.

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Culture
2:06 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Sharing Lakota Heritage and History

Credit SDPB Television

In a broadcast from Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Wilmer Mesteth and Mike Her Many Horses joined Dakota Midday and discussed stories, songs and legendary leaders from Lakota history. Mike Her Many Horses is a tribal historian who is also executive director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a member of the Lakota Fund board of directors. Wilmer Mesteth is a spiritual leader, musician and instructor of Lakota Studies at OLC. He is a direct descendent of Chief Red Shirt, who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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Culture
1:41 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Rebulding Lakota Nation through Education

Thomas Short Bull, president of Oglala Lakota College
Credit University of South Dakota

Oglala Lakota College is one of the first tribally-controlled colleges in the country. It was first chartered in 1971 as the Lakota Higher Education Center. In 1983 the college was accredited as a four-year degree granting institution. The Pine Ridge Reservation institution is dedicated to rebuilding the Lakota Nation through education by teaching Lakota culture and language and preparing students to live and work in a multi-cultural world.

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Science
3:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Western South Dakota is a Goldmine for Paleontologists

Before miners and tourists came to western South Dakota, paleontologists were in the area digging up fossil remains of vanished creatures. In 1843 part of an ancient mammal's fossilized jawbone was found in the Badlands and the published paper on the find first started attracting the interest of paleontologists to the area.

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Culture
3:22 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Exploring Black Hills Ghost Towns

After the Custer Expedition found gold in the Black Hills in the summer of 1874, miners and prospectors hoping to strike it rich rushed to the area, digging shafts and tunnels in search of the precious metal. Merchants and others quickly followed and established communities. While some of the mining towns still exist and thrive, many others were eventually abandoned and left to crumble.

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Culture
2:58 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Roadside Attractions Part of Black Hills Experience

The Black Hills have long been a tourist destination. In the late 1800s, such places as Evans Plunge in Hot Springs and the various caves and other natural formations brought people to the area searching for adventure, fun and relaxation.

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Culture
6:22 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Deadwood Legacy of W.E. Adams

W.E. Adams

Although the legend of Deadwood has endured, its days as a rough, mining town lasted for a relatively short time. Deadwood businessman and mayor W.E. Adams played an important role in preserving Deadwood’s early history and setting the stage for making the town a tourist attraction.

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Culture
5:30 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Early History of the Homestake Mine

Homestake Mine in 1877

Among those who read newspaper articles about the Custer Expedition’s discovery of gold in the Black Hills were Moses and Fred Manuel. They arrived in the area in late 1875 and after a winter of prospecting, found gold in an outcropping of rock, three miles “over the hill” from Deadwood.

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