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
3:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: Davina and the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers
Credit Grinkie Girl Photography/Christie Williams

Davina and the Vagadbonds' music doesn't fit in any easy category. It's a jumpin' mix of both retro and modern sounds rooted in rollicking piano and plucky horns. There’s some Fats Waller swing, a little New Orleans rhythm and blues, some Aretha Franklin soul and even a smattering of girl group pop.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: State Climatologist Dennis Todey

South Dakota isn’t the only state dealing with early cold. The whole nation is witnessing the coldest November weather since 1976. All 50 states have reported temperatures below freezing this week, including some mountain peaks in Hawaii.

The cold November follows an October with a national average of three degrees warmer than normal – the fourth warmest October on record.

State climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and explained the reasons for the early cold and discussed the difficulty in predicting this season's winter weather.

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Education
2:20 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: SDEA President

We are in the middle of American Education Week. This is the National Education Association’s 93rd celebration of public schools and the people who make quality education possible across the country.

Mary McCorkle is the new president of the South Dakota Education Association. She assumed that position this summer. She worked as a teacher at the Mobridge-Pollock School District for 32 years before moving to Pierre to lead the state teachers union.

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Arts
2:50 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dakota Midday: Trampled Under Foot

Danielle Schnebelen
Credit Danielle Schnebelen

Over the past dozen years Trampled Under Foot has brought Kansas City blues to audiences around the world. The group was originally formed as a family band featuring bassist and singer Danielle Schnebelen and her brothers Nick and Kris. The band has won more than a dozen blues awards and in 2013 released the album Badlands which reached the top spot on the Billboard blues chart.

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World
2:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dakota Midday: India and the U.S.

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On Tuesday Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Australian Parliament and said that India is the answer to their search for economic opportunities. In September, Modi met with President Obama at the White House and together they pledged a renewed partnership. A recent World Bank report said that India is benefiting from a “Modi dividend”  with economic activity buoyed by expectations from the newly-elected Modi government.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune

The U.S. Senate was one vote short on Tuesday of passing a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would cut through South Dakota. Republican Senator John Thune voted for the bill and retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson voted against it.

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies and discussed the vote. They also talked about the possibility of John Thune running for president in 2016 and the new state legislative leaders.

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Arts
2:44 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: The Enduring Legacy of 'Nancy'

Guy Gilchrist
Credit Guy Gilchrist

Cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller introduced the character Nancy to newspaper funny pages in 1933. Today Nancy is drawn by Nashville-based cartoonist Guy Gilchrist, who first started drawing the strip with his brother Brad in 1995.

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Arts
2:34 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: Historical Society Releases Laura Ingalls Wilder Autobiography

Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press

After much anticipation, the Laura Ingalls Wilder annotated autobiography, Pioneer Girl, is finally getting into the hands of readers. The South Dakota Historical Society Press started shipping it on Monday to readers who pre-ordered the book. It’ll be in stores later this month.

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World
2:17 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Firestone and the Warlord'

Liberian warlord Charles Taylor
Credit Patrick Robert/Sygma/Corbis

What are the moral responsibilities of a company doing business in a foreign country consumed by war? That’s the question at the center of tonight’s FRONTLINE/ProPublica documentary, Firestone and the Warlord. It airs tonight on SDPB1 Television at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT.

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World
4:25 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Black Hills State Professor Goes Inside Russia

Black Hills State University math education professor John Alsup stands in front of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow
Credit John Alsup

This weekend President Obama said the Russians were supplying heavy arms to separatists in Ukraine in violation of an agreement Russia signed with Ukraine a few weeks ago. The President said the Western campaign to isolate Moscow would continue. Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an economic meeting in Beijing last week and at the Group of 20 summit meeting this past weekend in Australia. The President’s words were among the toughest he has used about Russia’s actions during Ukraine’s crisis.

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Arts
2:40 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Augustana's American Gamelan

John Pennington, director of the Augustana Percussion Ensemble
Credit John Pennington

When John Pennington joined Augustana College's music department in 2008, he brought with him an American gamelan copied from one made by renowned composer Lou Harrison. It includes instruments created from PVC pipes and is based on the traditional Indonesian gamelans.

Augustana's American gamelan is featured in the percussion ensemble's fall concert this evening at the Chapel of Reconciliation on the college's Sioux Falls campus. Later this week the ensemble travels to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Percussive Arts Societies International Convention.

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News
2:22 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Feeding South Dakota Launches Sioux Falls Capital Campaign

Food at Feeding South Dakota's Sioux Falls facility.
Credit Hannah Olsen SDPB

Business leaders in the southeastern part of the state are committing to raising more than one million dollars for Feeding South Dakota. It’s part of a three million dollar campaign to expand services and combine facilities in Sioux Falls. The campaign is the third phase of the "Hand to Hand" capital campaign which is also raising money for expansions in Rapid City and Pierre.

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Arts
1:56 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Black Hills Travelin' Medicine Show

The Black Hills Travelin' Medicine Show is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  They variety show "with attitude" features well-knows South Dakota entertainers Gordy Pratt, Kenny Putnam and Paul Larson along with Markie Scholz of Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions and Sue Hey and Leonard Running of Butterfly Puppet Theatre.  The performers joined Dakota Midday from SDPB's Rapid City studio to give listeners a flavor of the show.

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Politics
1:46 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition

Jon Lauck.

The University of South Dakota is taking a trip through South Dakota's political history Thursday during "Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition," a conference sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of History and University Libraries at USD.  The day-long program includes the launch of the book "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (Vol.

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Arts
2:25 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

'According to Coyote' is a Tour de Force for Minneapolis Actor

George Keller in "According to Coyote"

The coyote is a familiar mischievous trickster figure in the folklore of Native Americans, including the Lakota people. John Kauffman’s one-act play, According to Coyote, features stories in which Coyote swindles a rock over a gift, steals fire for the benefit of humanity and howls in yearning for a star in the sky.

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Culture
2:07 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Exhibit Celebrates Tourist Attraction Art

As people travel across South Dakota, tourist attractions lure them in with such enticing things as petrified wood sculptures, animatronic cowboys,jackelopes and miniature Conestoga wagons. These attractions are sometimes dismissed as “tourist traps,” but Wall Drug, the Corn Palace, Kadoka Petrified Gardens, Reptile Gardens and other places are an iconic part of the South Dakota experience.

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World
1:51 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Israeli Peace Activist Says Two-State Solution No Longer Workable

Jeff Halper
Credit ICAHD

On Tuesday Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood. Jerusalem’s municipality told the Reuters news agency that it had carried out the demolition orders on partially-built structures put up without permits in an area where building is banned.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Shannon County Votes To Change Name

Along with statewide races yesterday, Oglala Sioux Tribal members elected a new president. John Yellow Bird Steele defeated incumbent Bryan Brewer. And Shannon County residents voted to change the name of the southwest South Dakota county to Oglala Lakota County. The name change now must be approved by the state legislature. Rapid City attorney Charlie Abourezk, who helped organize the get out the vote effort in tribal communities, and SDPB's Charles Michael Ray joined Dakota Midday election results on the Pine Ridge Reservation yesterday.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

State Legislative Leaders Comment on Election

Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Along with victories by Dennis Daugaard, Kristi Noem and Mike Rounds in a Republican sweep of statewide races Tuesday, the GOP will also maintain their dominance in the state legislature with supermajorities in both houses. State Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and State House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff joined Dakota Midday with their perspectives on yesterday's election results and what they mean for their respective parties.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Dakota Midday: Post Election Analyisis

Former Governor Mike Rounds gives his victory speech on Tuesday Night at the District in Sioux Falls, SD.
Credit Nate Wek SDPB

Around 54 percent of South Dakota's eligible voters went to the polls yesterday for the midterm elections. In the most closely watched race, former Republican Governor Mike Rounds won his bid to become South Dakota’s next U.S. Senator. He replaces retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Rounds’ win last night helped Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.

Republican Kristi Noem won a third term as the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Governor Dennis Daugaard was re-elected as part of a Republican sweep of all statewide offices.

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Science
3:16 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Step Aside Sue, Here Comes Spinosaurus

Workers at the National Geographic Museum in Washington grind the rough edges off a life-size replica of a Spinosaurus skeleton.
Credit Mike Hettwer National Geographic

Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered in South Dakota in 1990 was 40 feet long and one of the largest predatory dinosaurs. But a century ago, paleontologists found fossils of an even bigger dinosaur on the edge of the Sahara Desert, the Spinosaurus. The fossils were completely destroyed in a World War Two allied bombing raid, leaving the dinosaur something of a mystery and not as familiar as the T. Rex.

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Sports
2:59 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Is Paul Molitor the Answer for Twins Troubles?

Paul Molitor

Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor was introduced as the Minnesota Twins 13th manager Tuesday morning at Target Field in Minneapolis. Molitor replaces Ron Gardenhire who was fired at the end of the regular season – the fourth in a row in which the Twins lost 92 or more games. Molitor served as a coach for the Twins last season, but has no major or minor league managerial experience. Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports writer Matt Zimmer joined Dakota Midday and shared his thoughts on what Molitor as manager could mean for the Twins in 2015.

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Health
2:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Diabetes Coalition Raises Awareness of Disease

Nearly 7 percent of South Dakotans are affected by diabetes. Nationwide, diabetes affects one in ten people. For Native Americans that number is one in four. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month with next Friday, November 14 as World Diabetes Day. The evening before, both the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Falls of the Big Sioux River will glow blue to help raise awareness of diabetes.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

USDA Funding to Help Honey Bee Habitat

A honey bee, with pollen attached to its hind leg, pollinating a watermelon flower
Credit USDA

Honeybees are a backbone of agriculture production. An estimated $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by honey bees, including more than 130 varieties of fruits and vegetables. But the population of honey bees has been declining in recent years due to such causes as colony collapse disorder.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Fall Gardening Tips

Credit Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery

This week on Dakota Midday, Norm Evers answered listener questions about trimming apple trees, protecting trees in the winter, seeding lawns and soil moisture conditions in the eastern part of South Dakota. 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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Culture
2:12 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

South Dakotans Ponder Creativity in New Book

South Dakota is full of intelligent, energetic and creative people, from writers and artists to scientists and entrepreneurs. Retired South Dakota State University history professor John E. Miller spoke with some of them for the book, First We Imagine: 22 Creative South Dakotans Speak on the Subject of Creativity. They include writers Kent Meyers and Linda Hasselstrom; physicians Ed Perry and Rick Holm; and the co-founders of Daktronics, Duane Sander and Al Kurtenbach.

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-Arts
4:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

'Gruesome Faces, Ghastly Places'

In a new collection of horror stories by South Dakota authors, Gruesome Faces, Ghastly Places, readers are taken to tunnels below historical Deadwood for a bizarre exorcism and down I-90 on a rainy road trip leading to a nightmarish construction site. In their short stories, Adrian Ludens, Doug Murano and C.W. LaSart use such familiar scenes as fishing ponds and fireworks shows and twist them into the macabre.

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Sports
4:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Casey Tibbs Center Honors South Dakota Rodeo Greats

World champion saddle bronc rider Chard Ferley is one of six honorees for the Casey Tibbs Foundation's 25th annual tribute dinner
Credit PRCA

On Saturday the Casey Tibbs Foundation will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of South Dakota cowboys, cowgirls, families and animals during the 25th annual tribute dinner.

This year's honorees are saddle bronc champion Chad Ferley, legendary bronc rider Jack Alexander, barrel racer Nikki Steffes, rodeo promoters Georgia and Harlan Gunville, rodeo matriarch Iris Day and "animal athlete" Pony Baroni. Their photos and biographies are now a part of the Wall of Fame at the

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Politics
3:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Balancing the budget without raising taxes and criminal justice reform are among the accomplishments Governor Dennis Daugaard cites in his bid for re-election. Daugaard first became involved in politics in 1996 when he was elected to the state legislature. He served as Mike Rounds' Lieutenant Governor before South Dakotans elected him the state's chief executive in 2010. Daugaard faces challenges from Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers in Tuesday’s election.

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World
2:43 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NOVA Examines the 'First Air War'

Credit Bedlam Productions Ltd.

When World War I began 100 years ago, air forces were made up of a few rickety biplanes with opposing pilots occasionally taking pot shots at each other with rifles. But by the end of the war the basic blueprint of the modern fighter had emerged.

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