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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Arts
3:15 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Longtime Pierre Educator Honored for Support of Arts

Jeannette Beemer

Last month, longtime Pierre music teacher Jeannette Beemer was honored for her lasting legacy with a 2015 Governor’s Award in the Arts for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual.

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Arts
2:36 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Poet Tells Stories of Hiawatha Asylum

Hiawatha Asylum
Credit South Dakota State Historical Society

In the early 20th century, hundreds of Native Americans from tribes around the country were sent the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians. Located in Canton, South Dakota, the institution wasn’t so much a place to treat people with mental health problems as a place for Native Americans who refused to assimilate in white society.

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Business
2:20 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Economic Growth Ahead in Midwest

Mid-America Business Conditions index

A new survey of business leaders in South Dakota and eight other Midwest and Plains states suggests that economic growth lies ahead over the next three to six months. That’s according to the latest monthly report  from Creighton University’s Mid-America Business Conditions Index.

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Arts
2:42 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Rogue Musical Therapist' Performs at Augustana

Kyshona Armstrong
Credit Kyshona Armstrong

Before committing herself to music full-time six years ago, singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong was as a musical therapist working with infants, autistic, inmates and the elderly. Today she describes herself as a "rogue musical therapist" who brings the healing power of music to audiences around the country.

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Arts
2:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Met Opera Baritone Returns Home

Louis Otey

Baritone Louis Otey grew up in Flandreau, South Dakota dreaming of being a basketball player, not an opera singer. In fact he'd never heard an opera until he sang in one. But during his 35 year career, Otey has performed with leading theaters around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.

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News
1:48 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: TRIP Study on South Dakota's Roads and Bridges

Brown County road damaged by flooding in 2011
Credit SDPB

A national transportation group says South Dakota’s roads and bridges are deteriorating and a major contributing factor is lack of funding. Researchers for TRIP say numbers from local reports and studies show the state’s roads and bridges continue to break down.

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Arts
2:46 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: Music of Southern India

Nirmala Rajasekar plays the veena

Nirmala Rajasekar is regarded as a master of the an Indian stringed instrument called  the veena. Her music comes from the Carnatic tradition of her native southern India. She now lives in Plymouth, Minnesota. She’s giving a concert Thursday evening at the National Music Museum in Vermillion. Museum's director Cleveland Johnson has studied music in India. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed Carnatic music and the artistry of Nirmala Rajasekar.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Wrestling Championship Preview

The 56th annual South Dakota State High School Wrestling Championship Tournaments take place in Sioux Falls and Rapid City on Friday and Saturday. Over a dozen individual state champions are returning as well as defending team champions Parkston and Aberdeen Central.

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Politics
2:02 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Barrack Obama
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's veto of a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the debate over transportation funding in the state legislature, the defeat of several concealed weapons bills, and Rapid City's upcoming vote on expansion of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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Arts
2:34 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: The Barefoot Movement Comes to Spearfish

The Barefoot Movement

CMT Edge called the Barefoot Movement one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.  In October, the Nashville-based quartet received the Momentum Band of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Culture
2:20 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Temples of Justice'

Stained glass in the Codington County Courthouse in Watertown.
Credit SDPB

South Dakota has 66 counties and 64 courthouses. The buildings are both majestic and beautiful. But their history is deeper than architecture. It’s an often colorful history including tales of deception and bribery as towns battled over county seats.

A new SDPB-TV documentary, Temples of Justice, tells the stories of the state’s county courthouses from territorial days to the present. It airs Thursday, February 26 at 8 pm, CT; 7 pm, MT.

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U.S.
2:03 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: U.S. Counterterrorism Strategies

This still image from September 2014 was made from video released by the U.S. military on Tuesday and shows a building hit by a U.S. airstrike in Tall Al Qitar, Syria. The U.S. described the bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq as a counterterrorism operation and not a war.
Credit U.S. Central Command AP

The U.S. has been striking targets against ISIS in Syria and Iraq since last fall. As the U.S. and others continue to bomb ISIS targets, the group is calling on followers in Western nations to conduct deadly attacks at home. Meanwhile a new video from the Somali-based jihadist terrorist group Al Shabaab purportedly calls for an attack on the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Arts
2:38 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Collector of Names'

The past 12 months have been big ones for Augustana College writer-in-residence Patrick Hicks. A year ago, he published his debut novel, The Commandant of Lubizec. He also came out with a new poetry collection, Adoptable. Hicks has just released his debut book of short stories, The Collector of Names.

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News
2:28 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist

Highway 14 near Hayes, South Dakota
Credit Photo by Jeffrey Beall

When Governor Dennis Daugaard opened the 2015 legislative session with his State of the State address last month, he said his top priority was roads and bridges. Lawmakers are still working on the governor’s highway and bridge funding proposal.

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News
1:26 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Keystone Pipelines: A Battle Of Contradictory Politics and Economics

Early work on the Keystone I pipeline that is now finished in eastern South Dakota.
Photo by Victoria Wicks

The Keystone XL Pipeline debate is a battle of contradictory facts. And it has polarized the nation in ways that no other pipeline project has. As it stands this week, President Barack Obama expects to receive a bill for his signature, passed by both chambers of Congress, authorizing TransCanada to build the pipeline across the U.S.-Canadian border. And Congress expects him to veto it, as he has said he will.

If built, the pipeline will cut diagonally across the western half of South Dakota.

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News
2:28 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Jewel Cave Passes 175th Mile

Cavers at the 175th Mile. Blase Lasala, Ian McMillan, Carl Bern, Dan Austin, Rene Ohms, and Chris Pelczarski.
Dan Austin NPS

Jewel Cave is now 175 miles long. The new mile marker was reached this past weekend. Jewel remains the third longest cave in the world.

Six cave explorers mapped the 175th mile near a room called the “Crushing Deep”  during a four day trip into newly discovered areas. On Valentine’s Day, team members named one the of the new passageways they found "The Heartland Express." The next day they pushed into a previously unexplored area in the far southwest corner of the cave and mapped a new deepest point at 677 feet below the surface.

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Arts
2:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: Guitarist Trace Bundy

Trace Bundy
Credit Photo by Dean Zulich Photography

Colorado guitarist Trace Bundy doesn’t play the guitar the way most do. He frequently uses both hands on the fretboard, tapping out notes with his fingers to create an intricate mix of melody, harmony and rhythm. His guitar skills have earned him the nickname “Acoustic Ninja.”

Before pursuing a full-time music career, Bundy taught rock and ice climbing and was an adjunct civil engineering professor at University of Colorado Boulder.

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Culture
2:02 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'American Denial'

Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks / Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation

In 1938 Swedish economist and sociologist Gunnar Myrdal was commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation to lead a massive study on Jim Crow racism. Myrdahl’s research explored a troubling question: How can a nation that espouses such forward-thinking, human and democratic visions as embodied in the American creed justify the exploitation of its black population.

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World
2:54 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Dakota Midday: Ukraine Cease-fire Collapses

Ukrainian servicemen ride on a military vehicle as they leave the area of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine Wednesday. The troops, some in columns, some in cars, began leaving the besieged town today.
Credit Gleb Garanich/Reuters /Landov

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is collapsing in a battle over a key transportation hub. The Ukranian government has withdrawn its forces after weeks of fighting against Russian-backed separatists to hold on to the strategic location of Debaltseve. The main rebel group fighting at Debaltseve insists the town was encircled before the cease-fire began Sunday, making it an internal part of the rebel-held region rather than part of the front lines where envoys agreed the fighting would stop. 

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Environment
2:28 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Dakota Midday: New Study Predicts Extreme Drought for Central Plains

A report published last week in Science Advances predicts extended and severe drought for the American Southwest and central Great Plains. The analysis says the drought will be the worst in nearly 1,000 years with drying even more extreme than previously predicted. According to the study, the drought period is expected to begin between 2050 and 2100.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

US Attorney Brendan Johnson announces his resignation. / February 18, 2015
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard editor Denise Ross joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson's resignation and his political future; Senator Mike Rounds' comments that the Hot Springs VA medical center would be a good place for PTSD treatment; pay raises for state lawmakers; and gun legislation.

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News
3:02 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: New Foundation to Help Pine Ridge

Twila True
Credit Twila True

Twila True is co-founder, president and CEO of True Investments, a real estate private equity business. She’s also a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Over the past couple years, she’s traveled between her home in Irvine, California and the Pine Ridge Reservation to identify the needs of the Oglala Sioux people and to figure out what she could do to help. She founded the True Sioux Hope Foundation to create new opportunities for the people of Pine Ridge. She joined Dakota Midday and discussed the foundation and its goals.

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Arts
2:52 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Broadway Star Audra McDonald to Perform in Brookings

Audra McDonald
Credit Photo by Michal Wilson

Singer and actress Audra McDonald has won six Tony Awards. Her most recent came for last year's performance as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. She received her first Tony in 1994 for her role in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

In the two decades since that break-out performance, McDonald has appeared on both Broadway and opera stages and on film and television.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Balanced Budget Amendment and the Debt Crisis

Bill White
Credit Bill White

South Dakota House Joint Resolution 1001 asks Congress to call a constitutional convention for a federal balanced budget amendment. It would make it unconstitutional for the federal government to run annual budget deficits. The House passed the resolution earlier this session, but it fell one vote short of passage in the Senate last week. A second vote is expected today.

Supporters say the amendment would reign in fiscally irresponsible behavior. Opponents say it could limit the government’s ability to respond to national emergencies.

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Arts
3:14 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Banjo Songstress Erin Inglish

Erin English
Credit Brittany App: App’s Photography

Before she became a full-time musician, California banjo playing singer/songwriter Erin Inglish worked as sustainability engineer. Her work took her to the the Balkans, India, Madagascar and other countries. Today she addresses environmental concerns through music.

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Arts
2:48 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Art Legacy Project

Artist and storyteller on stage for the Art Legacy Project
Credit Art Legacy Project

On Tuesday, February 17 at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, artists will share the stage with storytellers as they illustrate, in real time, stories as they unfold. It’s a part of a new, quarterly event called the Art Legacy Project. The purpose is to capture stories with the visual arts and remind us of the art we too easily take for granted in our everyday lives. Art Legacy Project organizer Peter Franz joined Dakota Midday.

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Arts
2:33 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Exploring the Multifaceted Music of Miles

Miles Davis

From his cool jazz sessions through his modal jazz explorations to his rock experiments, trumpeter Miles Davis had a tremendous impact on music. Although he died 1991, his musical influence continues. The JAS Quintet explores the music of Miles Davis from 1954 to the early 1970s in a sold out Friday night concert at the Prairie Berry East Bank in Sioux Falls. Trumpeter Jim Speirs joined Dakota Midday and discussed the legacy of Miles Davis and efforts to create a thriving jazz community in Sioux Falls.

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News
2:24 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Dakota Midday: Voices of Rapid City Anti-Racism Rally

Signs from the Stand Strong Against Racism Rally in Rapid City
Credit Charles Michael Ray SDPB

The Stand Strong Against Racism Rally in front of the Rapid City Civic Center drew a crowd of roughly 350 people Tuesday night. The rally was in response to an incident at a January hockey game in which students from the American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation were reportedly showered with beer and racial slurs.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota State Capitol

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest news in state politics.

With the 2015  session in its fifth week, they examined legislation that would have repealed South Dakota's death penalty and increased the number of signatures needed to bring initiatives and referendum to the ballot. They also talked about a proposal allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit and another that would repeal the "Daschle law."

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World
3:48 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Dakota Midday: Journalist Reese Erlich Goes Inside Syria

Reese Erlich
Credit Reese Erlich

President Obama is expected to ask Congress this week for authorization for the use of military force to fight the militant group ISIS. Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich says the authorization is an example of mission creep and he hopes Congress votes it down.

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