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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Business
2:06 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Summer Travel

Storybook Land in Aberdeen.

With the summer travel season in clear sight, Wanda Goodman, Deputy Secretary with the South Dakota Department of Tourism, said last year's state tourism records are likely to be broken.  She shared last year's figures and visited about popular tourist attractions.

Meanwhile, Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com said fuel prices should remain steady in the mid-$2 range throughout the season.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: New DSU President

Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths.
Credit Dakota State University

Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths becomes the 23rd president of Dakota State University when she takes office later this summer.  She leaves her post as the vice president of academic affairs at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  Griffiths has worked for more than 30 years in higher education and has focused her academic research on the use of information technology in higher education, the contribution of technology and informatics, and health informatics.  Griffiths visited with guest host Cara Hetland on Thursday.

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Technology
1:50 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Cold Spray Technology

Christian Widener.

Charles Widener, Director of the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Lab at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, discussed Cold Spray Technology which was developed at the school.  It received funding from the Defense Department and from the South Dakota office of economic development.  Cold Spray Technology is used to repair metal, like on airplanes or large machines.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Patrick Duffy.

The Dakota Political Junkies weighed in on SDPB Radio's Dakota Midday discussion with Mayor Sam Kooiker and his challenger, former Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender.  They also spoke briefly about Rapid City attorney and Ft. Pierre native Patrick Duffy who died last week at the age of 58.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Rapid City Mayoral Candidates

Credit www.downtownrapidcity.com

Candidates for Rapid City's June 2 mayoral election joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss issues on the minds of voters in South Dakota's second largest city.  Mayor Sam Kooiker and former Chief of Police Steve Allender are vying for a two-year term to lead Rapid City.  They answered questions about the city's growth, business climate, infrastructure, arena and race relations among other issues.

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Arts
3:51 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Communist Daughter To Open BHMF

Molly Moore and Johnny Solomon of Communist Daughter.
Credit www.communistdaughter.com

Communist Daughter opens the Black Hills Music Festival on Saturday afternoon at Elkorn Ridge RV Resort near Spearfish.  The band was founded in 2009 by John Solomon in Prescott, Wisconsin.  He joined with several Twin Cities musicians to create an indie/folk/rock sound filled with harmonies that range from beautiful to haunting.  Their second full-length CD is in the works while the band hits the road this week with stops in Lincoln and Denver before their Black Hills Music Festival gig.  Solomon visited about Communist Daughter's music Tuesday on Dakota Midday.

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World
3:43 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

FRONTLINE "Secrets, Politics And Torture"

SDPB-TV presents FRONTLINE "Secrets, Politics and Torture," the dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's interrogation methods, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Central.  Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did and whether it worked.  Mike Wiser, writer and producer for FRONTLINE with the Kirk Documentary Group, previewed the new piece on Dakota Midday.

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Kids and Family
3:35 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

New KIDS COUNT Report

Rob Geen.
Credit Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E.

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Environment
5:57 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Hoffman Answers Gardening Questions

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined Dakota Midday on Monday to take questions about gardening, planting and horticulture.  The segment is a bi-weekly feature of Dakota Midday from spring through autumn and includes experts from around the state.

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Environment
5:51 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Friends Of The Big Sioux River

The Big Sioux River at Blood Run.
Credit www.southdakotamagazine.com

The newly formed non-profit, Friends of the Big Sioux River, held a press conference last Thursday to announce its vision to realize "a clean, healthy river for all to enjoy and share with pride."  In 2012, the Big Sioux was identified as the 13th dirtiest river in the nation.  Friends of the Big Sioux River was formed to bring awareness to the current condition of the waterway and to inspire action among all who influence its quality.  Matthew McLarty of the Environmental Law & Policy Center of South Dakota, Greg Veerman of Astronaut Studios and Friends of the Big Sioux River director

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Business
5:41 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

"Oil To Die For"

"Oil To Die For" is a new interactive documentary from Black Gold Boom producer Todd Melby.  The documentary explores how North Dakota became one of the most dangerous places to work in America.  It also examines the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Dustin Bergsing, a 21-year-old well watcher, who died on the job.  Melby's new project debuted Monday at www.blackgoldboom.com.  Users can watch interviews, access court documents and browse through the details at their own speed.

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Sports
1:50 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: Stampede Poised to Win Championship

The Sioux Falls Stampede could win the Clark Cup final Friday night on their home ice at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center. The hockey team leads the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the best-of-five series 2 to 0. The Clark Cup is presented each year to the playoff champions. The Stampede last won the cup in 2007.

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Health
1:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sanford Collaborates to Advance Cancer Genomics

Steven Powell, M.D.
Credit Sanford Health

Customized cancer treatment is the future of cancer therapy, but analyzing the unique genetic make-up of individuals can take an enormous amount of time. It typically takes weeks for clinicians to analyze each genetic mutation, but IBM Watson Genomic Analytics in some cases can complete the process in just a few minutes and produce a report, including treatment recommendations. The ambitious goal is personalized medicine for cancer patients everywhere based on their unique genomic profile.

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News
1:33 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: Kentucky Director Touts State-Run Exchanges

Carrie Banahan

The roll-out of the federal health insyrance exchange in late 2013 under the Affordable Care Act was troubled with site crashes and long wait times. Of the states that launched their own exchanges, Kentucky had one of the most trouble-free sites. Kentucky is a red state and the only southern state to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act.

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Arts
3:10 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: South Dakota Arts Museum Features 'Huge' Harvey Dunn Exhibit

"After School" by Harvey Dunn
Credit South Dakota Art Museum

Harvey Dunn is well-known to South Dakotans for his prairie paintings, such as “Buffalo Bones Are Plowed Under” depicting a solitary man behind heavy yoked oxen slashing through virgin prairie. Another of his famous works, “After School,” portrays a girl and boy walking away from their one room school house on a windy day.

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Arts
2:28 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sisseton Native is New Artistic Director of Minneapolis Theater

Sarah Rasmussen
Credit Photo by Jenny Graham

I first met Sarah Rasmussen twenty years ago when she was a junior at Sisseton High School. I was reporting on her production of Alice in Wonderland staged in the family basement. She directed a cast made up of her brothers, friends and other kids from the community. Two decades later she's preparing to take over as the artistic director of the Jungle Theater, one of the top theaters in the Twin Cities.

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Politics
2:05 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Obama exits Air Force One at Watertown Municipal Airport, May 8, 2015
Credit SDPB

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's visit to Watertown, new Republican leaders in the South Dakota State Senate, and possible initiated measures on the 2016 ballot.

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News
3:15 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Delmont Tornado Aftermath

Delmont, SD May 12, 2015
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

People in the southeast South Dakota town of Delmont are sifting through the rubble after a tornado struck the small town of about 250 two days ago. Mayor Mae Gunnare says the tornado severely damaged or destroyed 44 houses and damaged 12 others. There were no fatalities. Electricity has been restored to a majority of Delmont and water has been restored to the entire town. SDPB’s Kealey Bultena joined Dakota Midday for a live update on clean-up efforts.

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Business
3:14 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Little Business On The Prairie'

Credit The Center for Western Studies

A recent survey from Forbes ranked South Dakota fourteenth in the magazine’s list of the best states for business. It put South Dakota at the top for the cost of doing business. In 2013, CNBC named South Dakota “America’s Top State for Business.”

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Culture
3:11 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Spearfish Woman Shares Story In 'Chicken Soup For The Soul'

Marsha Warren Mittman

Over the past two decades, the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series has compiled inspirational, true stories from regular people’s lives. The latest edition in the series, Time to Thrive: 101 Inspiring Stories about Growth, Wisdom and Dreams, includes a story by Marsha Warren Mittman about her bold decision to move to Spearfish. Friends and family took bets on how quickly she’d return home to New York City. 17 years later, she’s still in South Dakota.

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Culture
2:38 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Dakota Midday: Local Brewers Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

A glass of porter
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

Last summer, according to the American Brewers Association, the number breweries in the U.S. topped 3,000 for probably the first time since the 1870s. The majority of them are small, local craft breweries and numbers are expected to increase as the resurgence in American brewing continues to grow. South Dakota has at least fourteen microbreweries and brew pubs.

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Health
2:27 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Trouble With Chicken'

Credit Courtesy of Frontline

Salmonella found on chicken has become one of the top food safety issues in the U.S. Around one in four pieces of raw chicken is estimated to be contaminated with salmonella today.

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News
2:16 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Dakota Midday: Presidential Visit to Lake Area Tech

President Barack Obama delivers the Lake Area Technical Institute commencement address, May 8, 2015

On Friday, Watertown hosted the first presidential visit to South Dakota in more than a dozen years. President Barack Obama  delivered the commencement address during Lake Area Technical Institute’s graduation ceremonies at the Watertown Civic Arena.

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Culture
3:12 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Neither Wolf nor Dog'

In his book, Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, Minnesota writer Kent Nerburn reluctantly agrees to a meeting with Dan, a Lakota elder who asks him to construct a book from a motley collection of notes and commentaries written over seven decades and kept in an old shoe box. Dan and his friend Grover take Nerburn on a ride through Lakota country in Dan's Buick.

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Health
2:55 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: AARP Releases South Dakota Caregiving Survey

Americans are living longer than ever before, creating challenges for family caregivers. A new AARP survey of South Dakotans age 45 and over show that more than half have provided care on an unpaid basis for an adult loved one who is ill, frail elderly or who has a disability. Of those who have never provided care, 45 percent say they are at least somewhat likely to do so.

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News
2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Watertown Mayor Excited for President Obama's Visit

President Barrack Obama
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barrack Obama makes his first visit to South Dakota while in office tomorrow. This is the only state he’s not yet visited during his two terms as president. President Obama flies into Watertown tomorrow afternoon and speaks during commencement ceremonies for Lake Area Technical Institute.

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Arts
2:53 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: Voice Actor Jenna Green

Jenna Green

The sixth annual Black Hills Film Festival kicks off today. The four-day event in Rapid City and Hill City features a line-up of more than 30 films from South Dakota and around the world. There are also several special guests with experience as actors, writers, directors and producers. They're sharing their insights into various aspects of filmmaking.

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Culture
2:39 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Nova' Uncovers Secrets of Nazi U-boat Sunk in Gulf of Mexico

Docked German U-boats
Credit NOVA

In the months after Pearl Harbor, “Operation Drumbeat” sent Nazi U-boats to American shores. The German naval command caught the U.S. unprepared and their subs sunk hundreds of tankers and freighters supplying the European war effort. The U-166 is one of the few U-boats sunk in U.S. waters. It went down in the Gulf of Mexico after attacking a passenger ship, the Robert E. Lee.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's upcoming visit to Watertown; Democratic state Representative Paula Hawks' possible challenge to Republican U.S. Representative Kristi Noem; the state's Standard and Poor's AAA credit rating; and public hearings on renaming Harney Peak.

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News
4:28 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: Olympics Closing Ceremony Producer Receives Honorary Doctorate by BHSU

Black Hills State University alum Michael Shann receives an honorary Doctor of Public Service during BHSU’s commencement ceremony on May 9.

Rapid City native Michael Shann’s expertise is producing some of the world’s biggest live shows. He produced events for Disneyland’s 35th anniversary, a Super Bowl and Disney movie premieres. Last year he produced the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. He’s currently working on the Pan American Games opening and closing ceremonies taking place this summer in Toronto.

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