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.

Click here for shows that aired PRIOR to August of 2012.

The landscape of South Dakota is often stark with a beauty that’s subtle and sometimes unapproachable. In the new book, Visibility: Ten Miles, poet Sharon Chmielarz and photographer Ken Smith capture the spirit of life on the prairie through images and verse.

Nate Wek SDPB

Two laws passed by the legislature this year won’t go into effect today, but instead will go before voters next year. Senate Bill 177 established a youth minimum wage at $7.50, a dollar less than that set by voters in 2014. Senate Bill 69 is an election reform package that includes a provision preventing members of registered parties from signing petitions of independent candidate.

Kealey Bultena SDPB

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage; the youth minimum wage and election reform measures being referred to voters in 2016; renaming Harney Peak; the controversy over the Rainbow Family gathering in the Black Hills; and Senator John Thune's regulatory rail bill.

Thomas Pitz

All across the nation on Saturday, people will celebrate Independence Day with parades, band concerts and fireworks. It was on July 4, 1776 that the 13 American colonies declared that they were no longer a part of the British Empire, but instead a new country.

The principal author of the Declaration of Independence was Thomas Jefferson, who also served as the nation’s third president from 1801 and 1809. One of his major accomplishments in office was the Louisiana Purchase, a huge swath of territory including the future South Dakota.

Advance Health has announced it's locating a new office and customer service center in an unused building at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Company officials say the new site is its third location and they expect to fill more than 200 jobs during the next three-to-five years.

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The story of Caitlyn Jenner has brought a flood of attention to transgender issues over the past few weeks, but tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary goes beyond the celebrity tabloids and takes a thought-provoking, intimate and complicated look at children who are transgender.

South Dakota State University

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 clematis, blue spruce trees, planting onions, corn suckers and fall planting.

Chynna Lockett SDPB

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

In 2006, voters in South Dakota approved an amendment making same-sex marriage illegal in the state. But following the high court’s ruling, state attorney general Marty Jackley said that same-sex marriage is now the law in state. Many couples were issued marriage licenses hours after the ruling and got married over the weekend.

CDC/Jim Gathany

The state health department is reporting the first West Nile virus detection case of the season. It was detected in a mosquito pool in Meade County last week.

Since its first human West Nile virus case in 2002, South Dakota has reported 2,168 human cases and nearly 700 hospitalizations with 32 deaths. In 2013 there were 149 human cases of West Nile with three deaths. Last year 57 cases were reported.

South Dakota Dashboard

South Dakota had begun to narrow the education spending gap with neighboring states at the start of this decade, but state budget cuts in 2011 widened the difference and the gap has continued to grow in recent years. That’s according to an analysis of data by South Dakota Dashboard.

Sioux Falls School District

Tuesday is the last day on the job for Sioux Falls superintendent Pam Homan. She’s retiring after 11 years leading the district. Kearney, Nebraska public schools superintendent Brian Maher replaces her in July.

Chynna Lockett SDPB

Two weeks ago, about 45 Rapid City-area community leaders spent five days traveling by bus to culturally-significant sites within the boundaries of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. The “Lakota Lands and Identities” bus trips were part of the Oceti Sakowin cultural ambassador program and led by Craig Howe, director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies near Martin.

Hope River Entertainment

After playing in other bands and their own impressive solo careers, Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk  formed a new group together two years ago. It wasn’t anything they planned, though. They just started writing together and enjoyed the chemistry that resulted. Their debut album, Adkins and Loudermilk, was released in March.

Karl Gehrke SDPB

Now that we’re well into the summer, people are spending more time out on the state’s lakes and rivers. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is encouraging boaters to be safe on the water and wear life jackets. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of people who drowned in boating fatalities were not wearing life jackets.

This Friday through Sunday is also Operation Dry Water’s national heightened awareness and enforcement weekend for boating under the influence.

Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Governor Daugaard's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students; marijuana legalization in South Dakota; and the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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The northern lights were visible in South Dakota Monday night. The aurora borealis put on a stunning show for those who stayed up through the wee small hours. A severe geomagnetic storm created a colorful display that could be seen as far south as Texas. It was the strongest northern lights display in more than a decade. Mike Fuhs meterologist with the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls joined Dakota Midday said that those who missed the spectacle should have another chance Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Amy Benson US Geological Survey

South Dakota was one of the last states east of the Rocky Mountains to be free of invasive zebra and quagga mussels. But that changed last fall. A single adult zebra mussel was detected at the Midway Boat Ramp on the Missouri River's Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton. Larval quagga mussels were discovered in water samples collected in the Cheyenne River's Angostura Reservoir.

Mike Rounds

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling any day now in King v. Burwell. The ruling will answer the question of whether health insurance subsidies are limited to those states with their own exchanges. If subsidies are limited to the 17 states that established exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, 6.4 million people could lose their insurance subsidies, including some 19,000 South Dakotans.

Patrick Dobson was a novice canoer when he launched his boat in Montana and began a journey down the Missouri River to Kansas City. A woman in Helena told him he was doomed. “That river’s gonna’ eat you,” she said. But Dobson had just finished a ten week walk to Montana from Kansas City and the Missouri was his way back home.

At the time of his journey in the summer of 1995, Dobson was tired of a dead-end job and feeling empty inside. His journey was a search for redemption and a way to help him reconnect with his life.

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Last week leaders of the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe moved to legalize marijuana on the reservation. The executive board approved the ordinance after examining how other areas handle legalized marijuana.

Patrick Edwin Moran

Dakota Wesleyan University is spider central over the next several days as the Mitchell campus hosts the 39th annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society. The event includes participants from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic.

Brian Patrick, Dakota Wesleyan assistant professor of biology, is organizing the conference. Patrick has published numerous findings on his research on spiders on the South Dakota prairie and identified several new species.

Dakota Midday: A Year After Fall Of Mosul

Jun 18, 2015

The fall of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, to the militant group ISIS a year ago startled the world. Scenes of thousands of Iraqi army troops fleeing as the jihadists seized the city brought renewed attention to Iraq after the U.S. withdrawal in late 2011.

: Photo courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.

A new exhibit at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, “Banding Together: The American Soldier’s Musical Arsenal,” explores the role of music from the Revolutionary War to the war in Afghanistan.

Reptile Gardens

When the United Nations was born in November of 1945, it didn’t have a home. Rapid City businessman Paul Bellamy thought the Black Hills would be the ideal place for world delegates to deliberate in peace and quiet. He even flew to war-torn London to make his case for making the Black Hills the Capitol of the World.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 17, 2015
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Veteran journalist Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. He discussed the controversy over the planned Rainbow Family gathering in the Black Hills; legalization of marijuana by leaders of the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe; the ACLU challenge of a South Dakota election law change; and Governor Daugaard’s editorial saying that states like South Dakota couldn’t set up their own insurance exchanges if the Supreme Court rules against a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

This year marks the centennial of renowned South Dakota artist Oscar Howe. He was born May 13, 1915 at Joe Creek on the Crow Creek Reservation. He was an art professor at the University of South Dakota from 1957-1980 and one of the most important Native American artists of the 20th century. He’s credited with helping change the direction of Native American art by advancing the cause of personal expression and not conforming to the strictures of what was considered the “traditional Indian style.”

Wikimedia photo by Mark Dumont

This summer visitors to the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls can see a rare Komodo dragon. Four-year-old Natasha made her public debut earlier this month and is on display until September.

The Komodo dragon is a ferocious, carnivore from the islands of southeastern Indonesia. It’s the world’s largest living lizard. Females can get up to six feet long with an average weight of about 150 pounds. The average size for males is eight to nine feet and about 200 pounds.

South Dakota State Medical Association

The South Dakota State Medical Association has a new president. Tim Ridgway, MD of Brandon was elected during the organization's annual meeting May 29. Dr. Ridgway is dean of faculty affairs and associate professor of medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He has an active gastroenterology practice and serves as director of endoscopy at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls.


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 clover in lawns, linden trees, hydrangeas, shade plants and Shasta daisies.

South Dakota Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol was born one week before Pearl Harbor after volunteers with a love for aviation lobbied for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of the country. After World War Two, the Civil Air Patrol was given the mission areas of aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.