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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Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Last year marked the 125th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood. To help mark the occasion, Plankinton artist Altman Studeny of South Dakotans for the Inclusive Arts collected soil from each of the state’s 66 counties. The dirt was then mixed together and returned to the collection sites with a bur oak sapling in the "Grow 66/125" project.

Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher is coming to Sioux Falls. He’s bringing his stand-up tour to the Washington Pavilion on Sunday, September 13th. The New York native has been the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher since 2003. Previously he hosted a similar late-night show, Politically Incorrect, for nine years.

South Dakota Hall of Fame

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

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls. In August 1990, the USGS and NASA jointly established the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center at EROS to collect and disseminate critical land sensing information.

Two years ago NASA launched the Earth-observing satellite Landsat 8 which collects images archived at EROS. The images help document drought, deforestation, trends in seasonal vegetation, the impact of natural disasters and more.

South Dakota Railroad Museum

Railroads played a crucial role in the development of the state. They provided safe and reliable transportation connecting the frontier to the rest of the nation. While it’s been about a century since their peak, railroads are still vital in supporting the state’s agriculture-dominated economy.

Hugh Glass was a member of a fur trading party in the summer of 1823 when he was attacked by a grizzly bear along the shores of the Grand River, south of present day Lemmon. He was badly wounded and abandoned by two members of the expedition left to look after him. Alone with a broken leg and open wounds, Glass crawled some 200 miles to Fort Kiowa.

Denise Ross, editor of the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed protests over Governor Dennis Daugaard's planned changes for Hilger's Gulch on the capitol grounds; out-of-date information on the state's official network; the state congressional delegation's travels in South Dakota during recess; and possible Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in 2016.

University of South Dakota

75 years ago this summer, the Baltic States became a part of the Soviet Union following an invasion and rigged elections. In 1990 and 91, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regained their independence and subsequently became the only ex-Soviet states to join NATO and the European Union.

U.S. Air Force

When he was around ten years old, Faith-native Scott Petz saw the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He remembers watching the pride, precision and professionalism of the Air Show and made it his goal to be part of the demonstration squadron. 25 years later, Major Scott Petz was back at Ellsworth earlier this month as a member of the Thunderbirds. He flies the No. 8 jet as the advance pilot/narrator for the squadron. 

SDSU Extension

Dr. David Graper is professor of horticulture at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He’s also the SDSU Extension interim Coordinator of the South Dakota Master Gardener Program and former director of McCrory Gardens and the South Dakota Arboretum. He joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about ridding crabgrass from lawns; transplanting peonies; plum trees; and planting new bulb gardens.

South Dakota's legendary cowboy poet Badger Clark published his first collection, Sun and Saddle Leather, 100 years ago in 1915. It includes some of his best-known poems including "Ridin'," "The Glory Trail," and "A Roundup Lullaby."

Nine years ago, Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and a video camera and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East. It was what he described as a “crash course in manhood.” During the trip, he struck up a friendship with a Libyan man named Nuri. When revolution broke out in his new friend’s country, VanDyke joined the rebel fighters and documented the war against Muammar Gadhafi. He had a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. He was captured by Gadhafi's forces and spent more than five months in solitary confinement.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

A 24 pound, 8 ounce chinook salmon caught on Lake Oahe last week is a state record. It broke the previous record of 23 pounds, 14 ounces. The state Game, Fish and Parks verified the record yesterday. Gordon Sampson of Highmore caught the fish after just five minutes on the water.

The Game, Fish and Parks department has received reports of other large salmon being caught close to the state record. News of the giant fish is attracting anglers to the Pierre area for the chance to catch their own big salmon.

Sweet Wednesday

A reviewer for No Depression magazine wrote that If Natalie Merchant and Neil Young were to form a band, the result wouldn’t be distant from Sweet Wednesday’s harmonious mélange of folk, country, and roots rock.

Sioux Falls Film Festival

The state has a new film festival. Organizers have announced the first annual Sioux Empire Film Festival. The three-day event takes place in downtown Sioux Falls April 8-10, 2016 at the Orpheum Theater. The festival has already received 30 submissions from South Dakota and around the world, including France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Egypt, and Iran. Filmmaker Brent Clouser is the founder and president of the Sioux Empire Film Festival.

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City bureau reporter for KELO-TV, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Governor Dennis Daugaard's visit to Madison during Capital for a Day; the board of regents' request for a tuition freeze for in-state university students; and the search for a Democratic candidate to challenge Republican U.S. Senator John Thune in 2016.

Dakota Midday: Matthew VanDyke

Aug 18, 2015

Nine years ago Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and a video camera and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East. During the trip he struck up a friendship with a Libyan man named Nuri. When revolution broke out in his new friend’s country, VanDyke joined the rebel fighters and documented the war against Muammar el-Qadaffi. He had a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. He was captured by Qadaffi’s forces and spent more than five months in solitary confinement.

Kenny Putnam

Kenny Putnam, Tom Schaefer and Owen DeJong are fiddling friends who have known each other for some forty years. Kenny Putnam is a member of the legendary Red Willow Band and toured the country as a member of Roy Clark’s band. Tom Schaefer is a former South Dakota State Fiddle Champion and a member of several regional bands. Owen DeJong plays around the state with the Poker Alice Band and the Public Domain Tune Band. He’s also host of SDPB’s Morning Classics.

SDSU Extension

One of the strongest El Ninos in recorded history could be on its way. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. While a strong El Nino event could bring much-needed rain to California, it could also disrupt weather patterns across the globe and boost temperatures in some areas.

El Nino is a climate phenomenon that occurs every two to seven years in the tropical Pacific and sets off a chain weather patterns.

20th Century Racing

26-year old Brittney Olsen of Aberdeen was one of the thousands of bikers who gathered last week in the Black Hills during the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Obviously as a young woman, she’s not the stereotypical biker. Plus she rides what was likely the oldest bike at the rally, a 1923 Harley-Davidson J Model board track racer. 

Ask This Old House

This Old House is a popular, long-running PBS television program following remodeling projects over a number of weeks. But because the program only works on one or two houses a year, a new program, Ask This Old House, was spun off in 2002 to help solve home improvement problems faced by viewers. Host Kevin O’Connor and experts answer everyday home improvement and repair questions along with more specialized questions.

SD Board of Regents

During its annual planning meeting in Pierre this week, the South Dakota Board of Regents asked Governor Dennis Daugaard to make a tuition freeze for resident students the highest priority for the next fiscal year. The goal is to bring the funding ratio from student and government back to 50/50 over three years. Governor Daugaard's support two years ago led lawmakers to approve a freeze during the 2014 session. A similar request was made last year, but wasn’t recommended by the governor or considered by the state legislature.

A new book for children tells the story of how the gift of a cow changes the life of a young African boy’s family. The story is told from two perspectives. A Moo For You, is the boy’s take on the story. The other, All That A Moo Can Do, comes from the cow’s perspective.

Caribou Productions for SDPB

Over the past several years, the Izaak Walton League has helped organize Missouri River clean-ups in the cities of Pierre, Ft. Pierre and Yankton. Since the first river clean-up in 2009, volunteers have picked up an average of 2.5 tons of garbage each year. They've found everything from bowling balls to pop bottles.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation, the conservation group is starting a pilot program to help prevent trash from getting into the river in the first place.

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City bureau reporter for KELO-TV, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed competing payday lending ballot petitions; a proposed constitutional amendment establishing nonpartisan elections; new South Dakota Democratic Party executive director Suzanne Jones Pranger; Kristi Noem's re-election announcement plans; and the aftermath of the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Charles Michael Ray 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 moss in the lawn, fertilizing, heirloom tomatoes, and transplanted weigela.

Nate Wek SDPB

The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States, but by the middle of the 20th century populations of the bird of prey were decimated. In 1963, there were only 487 nesting pairs in the contiguous states. However new regulations and the banning of the pesticide DDT helped the bald eagle population recover. 

In 1960 Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey was the new medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration when she was assigned the review of a new drug application for thalidomide. The drug was already being sold to pregnant women in Europe and other countries as an anti-nausea drug to treat morning sickness. But Dr. Kelsey refused to approve the application without adequate evidence that the drug was safe. By late 1961 scientists had discovered that thalidomide was causing crippling birth defects in thousands of babies.

Sex Trafficking During The Rally

Aug 7, 2015

Dakota Midday continued its week-long look into the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Thursday as SDPB's Charles Michael Ray visited with Windie Lazenko about sex trafficking during the event.  Lazenko was a victim of sex trafficking at the age of 13.  She discussed her experiences and the history of sex trafficking during the annual August event.

You can find out more about the organization 4 Her here.

WWII Veteran Harold Jansen To Speak At Ellsworth

Aug 6, 2015
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WWII veteran Harold Jansen of Rapid City will talk about his experiences as a U.S. Navy Ensign when the United States sought to retake the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte in October, 1944.  His presentation, sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, takes place on Saturday from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

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