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
8:38 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Dakota Midday: A Celebration of Grete Bodogaard

"Flirtations Female Flounder" on loan from Eirik Heikes

The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City has a new retrospective celebrating the life and work of South Dakota textile artist Grete Bodagaard, who is currently in hospice care. The work in the show comes from the collections of her friends, family and others.

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World
2:42 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: Restoring Relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Alan Gross, who was en route to the United States from Cuba, in the Oval Office, Dec. 17, 2014.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama made a surprise announcement on Wednesday restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba after five decades. The U.S. severed ties with Cuba in 1961 two years after Fidel Castro and his communist rebels took power. The President said, "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests.”  In Havana, Cuban leader Raul Castro, who took over the country when his brother fell ill in 2008, welcomed the new ties with the U.S. while acknowledging numerous issues remained.

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Education
2:10 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Dakota Midday: New Program Provides Scholarships for Tech Students

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Dennis Daugaard has announced the creation of a new scholarship aimed at growing the state's work force. South Dakota has the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation, but Daugaard says that’s a double-edged sword because the pool of workers is already small. He says businesses can’t expand because skilled labor is lacking.

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News
3:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: BBC Pop Up Team Tells Sioux Falls Stories

BBC Pop Up van and journalists Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand
Credit BBC

A team of producers and journalists from the BBC is in Sioux Falls this month. Members of the BBC Pop Up mobile bureau are asking local residents about which issues and stories they want shared with an international audience.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. Senate candidates debate in the SDPB studios, October 2014
Credit SDPB Television

Senator-elect Mike Rounds has received his committee assignments and is ready to get to work after he takes the Oath of Office next month. Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper discuss what those committee assignments mean for both the incoming Senator and South Dakotans. They also review the top political stories of 2014.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Senator-Elect Mike Rounds

Senator-elect Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Senator-elect Mike Rounds takes the Oath of Office on January 6th. He’s hired staff and received his U.S. Senate Committee assignments. He’ll serve on the Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works; and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Republican Rounds served as South Dakota’s Governor from 2003 to 2011. He was elected to the U.S. Senate last month and replaces retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Rounds joined Dakota Midday and discussed how new leadership and rules could change how work gets done in the U.S. Senate.

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News
2:54 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: Lewis and Clark Water Project Vies for Funding in Budget

Credit Lewis and Clark Water System

The budget just passed by Congress includes an additional 31 million dollars for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Rural Water Program. Bureau officials will have to decide how to divide the money among six water projects.

The Lewis and Clark Rural Water System is vying for dollars along with two projects in Montana, two in New Mexico and one in North Dakota. The Lewis and Clark pipeline serves southeastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa and southwestern Minnesota. It's currently 65 percent complete and delivering water to 11 of 20 members.

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Arts
2:42 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere'

Credit 32-20 Productions

In the summer of 2006, Dr. Steven Haataja arrived at Chadron State College in northwestern Nebraska. That winter the mathematics professor disappeared without a trace and 95 days later his body was discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition on a private ranch in the remote hills south of campus. Theories about what happened ranged from murder or suicide to even space aliens.

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News
2:25 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: South Dakota Ranks #7 for Volunteering

Volunteers drop food items into plastic bags for children who benefit from Feeding South Dakota's Backpack Program
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

South Dakota tied with Iowa at #7 for volunteering  last year. That's according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report issued today by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Nearly 35 percent of South Dakotans volunteered through formal organizations in 2013, contributing 21.5 million hours of service. Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Service joined Dakota Midday and discussed the report.

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News
2:09 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Dakota Midday: New Tribal Relations Secretary Steve Emery

South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations, Steve Emery
Credit South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations

Earlier this fall, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Steve Emery as the new secretary of Tribal Relations. He comes to the job after serving as judge for the Crow Creek, Rosebud and Yankton tribes. He’s an enrolled member of Rosebud and served in the U.S. Army from 1980 to 1993.

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World
3:15 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Sacred Journeys'

Bruce Feiler in Lourdes, France
Credit PBS

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, an estimated 300 to 330 million people go on  spiritual pilgrimages around the world each year. But why? And what are they searching for? Those are among the questions best-selling author Bruce Feiler explores in a new PBS series, Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.

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Arts
2:53 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Dakota Midday: Humor Columnist Dorothy Rosby

In her newspaper columns, Rapid City humorist Dorothy Rosby shares personal foibles, faults, mistakes and misfortunes. But they’re common, often mundane things her readers can relate to. She writes about such experiences as feeling needlessly nervous and guilty during airport screenings and the responsibility of trying to maintain and bake friendship bread.

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Health
2:37 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Dakota Midday: Flu Season Could Be Treacherous

H3N2 flu virus
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Along with parties and presents, the holiday season can also bring the flu. In the most recent report for the week ending December 6th, influenza activity in South Dakota was rated as "sporadic,” among the lowest in the country.

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Arts
3:03 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'The Monster Who Ate the State'

Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press

Cartoonist Chris Browne was inspired by Godzilla in the creation of his first illustrated book for children, The Monster Who Ate the State. The book is published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press and tells the story of a hungry dinosaur named Soozy who travels across South Dakota, from the Black Hills to Sioux Falls, looking for something to eat and a new place to call home.

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Culture
2:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Dakota Midday: Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy

Jennifer Ford Reedy
Credit Bush Foundation

Over the past 61 years, the Bush Foundation has made over $1 billion in grants to thousands of individuals and organizations across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native Nations within those states. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth.

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World
3:21 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Dakota Midday: School of Mines Professor Advises Mongolia on Dams

Dr. Scott Kenner
Credit South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The people of Mongolia are considering damming some of their rivers.  The United States saw a huge push to build dams in the 1950’s, including series of dams on the Missouri River. While dams in the U.S. brought huge benefits, they also brought problems, including changing the natural balance and displacing residents.

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Culture
3:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'We Are a Horse Nation'

Image from "We Are a Horse Nation"

The new film, We Are a Horse Nation, is a documentary about efforts to revive connections between the Oceti Sakowin (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota) peoples and Sunka Wakan Oyae (Horse Nation). It tells stories of how closer relationships with horses are helping children and young adults on reservations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson

South Dakota's congressional delegation split along party lines on the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices. The partisan divide reflects the Democrat and Republican split throughout Congress.

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News
7:38 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Midday: PUC And EPA Explain Views On CO2 Reductions

Chris Nelson

December first was the deadline for comments on a new Environmental Protection Agency rule designed to cut national carbon dioxide emissions. On that same day, the state Public Utilities Commission met with representatives of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, which delivers electrical power to the country’s midsection, from Montana to Indiana and Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The very eastern edge of South Dakota is included in that service area.

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World
2:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Dakota Midday: Local West African Community Prays to End Ebola

Credit WGBH

According to the latest report from the World Health Association, more than six thousand people have died of Ebola this year in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and  Sierra Leone. Incidences of Ebola in Liberia are stable or declining, but that the transmission of the virus is still intense in Sierra Leone.

On Sunday, December 14 in Sioux Falls, the Economic Community of West African State in South Dakota is holding an intercessory service for Ebola affected nations. It begins at 3 pm at the First Baptist Church.

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Arts
2:23 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Dakota Midday: Jami Lynn

Jami Lynn
Credit Nightengale Photography

Over the past couple years, South Dakota singer/songwriter Jami Lynn has steadily established a career with music that stretches from rustic, rural songs to suave jazz. As a reviewer for No Depression wrote, her voice is sweet enough to melt the hardest heart of stone one moment and powerful enough to cut down a circus strong man the next.

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Culture
3:40 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

"Push Someone"

Bob Pardo (left) and Steve Wayne, the F-4 pilots from the famous "Pardo Push."
Credit www.johnmollison.com

Sioux Falls aviation artist and historian John Mollison visited about the latest project from Old Guys and their Planes, "Push Somone," the incredible story of F-4 Phantom pilots Bob Pardo and Steve Wayne.  Mollison also discussed his work as it pertains to preserving aviation history through art and the audio/visual projects on which he works with Rick Lingberg of Sioux Falls.

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Business
3:28 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Tolstoy Farm Operation Diversifies For Success

Eric Johannsen is a fourth-generation farmer/rancher/outfitter near Tolstoy. He, along with his father and brother, operate their 5000 acres which have been in the family since the 1920s using a highly managed and sophisticated combination of no-till farming of corn and wheat, CRP grasslands, natural sloughs, wooded shelter belts and food plots.  The land generates profits and maximizes wildlife populations.  SDPB's Joe Tlustos visited the Johannsen's operation last week.

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Kids and Family
3:11 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

What's Next After Tribal Nations Conference?

Last week, President Obama announced an initiative aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth.  Josie Raphaelito, Program Manager at the Center for Native American Youth attended the event.  Marilyn Fox, a Native Youth Ambassador and high school student on the Standing Rock Reservation, had the opportunity to speak at the conference.  They joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos to visit about the initiative's next steps.

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Arts
3:51 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dakota Midday: Holiday Jam 2014

Jeremy and Jonathon Hegg and the Holiday Jam musicians
Credit Hegg Brothers

Now that the holiday season is upon us, those familiar songs are once again filling the airwaves and concert halls. But, of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without those timeless hymns, carols and seasonal standards.

Over the past few years in their series of Holiday Jam Concerts, Jeremy and Jonathon Hegg have taken those sometimes stale chestnuts and re-arranged them to sound fresh and exciting. They also mix in a few lesser-known Christmas tunes.

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Science
3:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dakota Midday: NASA's Orion Spacecraft Launch

Dec. 4, 2014 -- At Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket stands ready to boost NASA's Orion spacecraft on a 4.5-hour mission. During the flight, Orion will orbit Earth twice, covering more than 60,000 miles and reaching an altitude of 3,600 miles on the second orbit.
Credit NASA

This morning’s scheduled launch of NASA’s next generation Orion spacecraft was scrapped, but officials will try again Friday.  No one will be aboard when it launches, but Orion is designed to take astronauts into deep space, including Mars. NASA wants to test the most risky systems before flying with a crew.

The last time a spacecraft designed for human travel left Low Earth Orbit was the 1972 Apollo 17 mission, which was also the last time astronauts walked on the moon.

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Arts
3:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Return to the Farm'

In his new book, Return to the Farm: A Christmas Journey, Sioux Falls author and storyteller Tom Roberts takes readers on a sentimental visit inspired by his childhood growing up on a farm near Ipswich, South Dakota. The book also features scrapbook-styled art and photography by Jim Brummond and his 8-year-old son Zack. Return to the Farm is Roberts’ fourth Christmas book created as a benefit for the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. Roberts joined Dakota Midday and discussed the book and his Christmas memories.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Dakota Politcal Junkies

Dennis Daugaard during a press conference following Tuesday's budget address
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard has proposed a modest budget for the fiscal year beginning July 2015. Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter David Montgomery discussed the governor's budget proposal on this week's edition of the Dakota Political Junkies. They also weighed in on the Government Operations and Audit Committee's final report on the EB-5 scandal, candidates for chair of the state Democratic party and Senator-elect Mike Rounds' choices for committee assignments.

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News
2:32 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Dakota Midday: Finance Chief Discusses Governor's Budget Proposal

Jason Dilges is South Dakota chief financial officer and Commissioner of the State's Bureau of Finance and Management

Governor Dennis Daugaard proposed a modest budget to lawmakers yesterday in Pierre. The  $4.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 includes $49 million in new spending, but a lukewarm economy with slow growth in revenue left little room for the governor to request larger spending hikes. The major increases were for education, medical assistance and state employee salaries.

Jason Dilges is South Dakota’s chief financial officer and Commissioner of the State's Bureau of Finance and Management. He joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of Governor Daugaard's budget proposal.

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Arts
1:42 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Dakota Midday: King's Singers

The King's Singers
Credit The King's Singers

The King's Singers open their North American Christmas tour in Brookings this evening at South Dakota State University. The renowned a capella group was founded in 1968 by six choral scholars from King’s College in Cambridge, England. The group’s repertoire ranges from classical and religious music to folk songs and pop tunes. Over the group’s 46 year history, 24 men have sung with the King’s Singers. Baritone Chris Bruerton has been a member of the King’s Singers since 2012.

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