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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U.S.
2:17 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Cold War in a Cold Land'

The United States and the Soviet Union were allies in the fight against Nazi Germany during World War Two, but after the war in Europe ended the alliance fell apart. The Soviets set up Communist regimes in Eastern Europe while the U.S. embarked on a policy of containment to prevent the spread of communist influence. With Mao’s Communist victory in China, North Korea’s invasion of South Korea, and the Soviet’s successful test of an atomic bomb, there were fears of internal subversion in the U.S.

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Environment
2:06 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: Craig Childs and the Everending Earth

Craig Childs
Credit Photo by JT Thomas

Colorado writer Craig Childs travels to some of the world’s most desolate and challenging places and reflects on the millions of years of change on Earth. In his latest book, Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, Childs goes from the driest deserts of Chile to the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea to understand what could be next.

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Education
2:36 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: BHSU Forges Partnership with African University

Black Hills State University President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., left, and Ravi Srinivasan, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director for Botho University in Botswana, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, March 10.
Credit Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is forging a partnership with Botho University in Botswana. On March 10th, the two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a special ceremony on the Spearfish campus. BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. says that the agreement will allow the two universities to help each other on the international stage.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: The Joy of Birding

Meadowlark
Credit South Dakota Missouri River Tourism

According to a recent survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service, birding ranks as the 15th most popular outdoor recreational activity in the country. And the interest in birding is expected to grow over the next 50 years. Spring is perhaps the most exciting time for birders as they welcome the return of their feathered friends after a long winter.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Obama is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown on May 8.
Credit Lake Area Technical Institute

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's upcoming visit to Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown; a new marketing campaign comparing South Dakota to Mars; and the legacy of  "gentleman politician" Walt Conahan who died over the weekend.

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News
3:48 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Combating Sexual Assault in Rapid City

This is Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For years Rapid City has shown higher than average numbers of reported rape according to FBI crime data. In 1993 and again in 2003 Rapid City was the number one city in the nation for reported rape per-capita. Since then the community has taken on a number of efforts to combat the problem. A few members of the community explain their work on the issue.

You can find more information and resources by visiting the Working Against Violence website.

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World
3:39 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'American Terrorist'

David Coleman Headley
Credit Courtesy of Frontline

Two years ago, a federal judge sentenced American-born David Coleman Headley to 35 years in prison for his role in planning the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 160 people.

Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary produced in collaboration with ProPublica, American Terrorist, reveals how secret electronic surveillance missed catching Headley and the Mumbai plotters and how Headley planned a Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.

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Culture
3:28 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Native Recalls Fall of Saigon

Mobs scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam April 1975
Associated Press

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. The United States had just a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives left in the country in the wake of the Paris Peace Accords. With a North Vietnamese victory inevitable and the U.S. prepared to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried about the safety of South Vietnamese allies, family and friends and scrambled to get them out of the country. After the Tan Son Nhut airport was hit by rockets, Vietnamese were evacuated via helicopters from the U.S.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Gardening with Norm Evers

Pansies are among the hardy flowers that can be planted in early spring
Credit Wikimedia commons

Norm Evers joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about fruit trees, grass seed, trimming mulberry trees, early spring planting and more. 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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Health
2:12 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: SDSU Hosts West River Nurse Camp

Credit South Dakota State University

By the time many students are in middle and high school, they’re starting to consider more seriously what they would like to do for a career. South Dakota State University’s annual Jackrabbit Nurse Camp gives them the opportunity to find out what it would be like to be a nurse. The camp takes place in June in Rapid City and Sturgis. Sandra Mordhorst, instructor at SDSU West River Department of Nursing, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the summer nurse camp. For more information click here.

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Environment
2:02 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Finding Climate Clues in Ancient Polar Ice

Ed Brook

Four years ago researchers in Antarctica completed drilling a nearly 11,000 foot column of ice. It's the second deepest ice core ever drilled and the longest ever done by U.S. scientists. Some of the ice is up to 100,000 years old. Researchers have been studying the gas bubbles trapped in the ancient polar ice to get answers to key questions about past climate changes.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2015.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the announcement that President Obama will visit Watertown next month; the possibility of 2016 presidential candidates visiting the state; the likelihood of Republican Senator John Thune running unopposed in his re-election bid; and the rise of registered independents.

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World
2:47 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Korea and U.S. Economic Partnership

Tony Stangarone
Credit Korean Economic Institute

According to the Korea Economic Institute, South Korea is the 7th largest destination for exports of South Dakota goods, the majority from food manufacturing. Exports from the state have grown by more than a third since the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed in 2011.

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Education
2:34 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Voters to Choose School Start

On Tuesday, Sioux Falls voters will decide on whether public schools should start before or after Labor Day. For most of the past decade, the Sioux Falls School District has started classes on the third Monday in August, but members of the parent-led Voice in Local Control believe classes shouldn't begin until after Labor Day. Others say starting earlier is better for students.

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Arts
2:15 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Jami Lynn Releases New CD

Jami Lynn
Credit Photo by Dario Acosta

Homegrown singer/songwriter Jami Lynn's new album, Fall is a Good Time to Die, is filled with songs that  musically and lyrically reflect the landscape and culture of South Dakota. She says the songs on the album are the best she’s written, many of which had been around for years waiting for the perfect home. 

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Arts
2:55 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: New Exhibit Illustrates History of North Central South Dakota

The title piece for the Sea of Grass exhibit was painted by Peter Kilian of Aberdeen

The new, permanent "Sea of Grass" exhibit opening on Saturday, April 11 at the Timber Lake and Area Museum features the work of 24 artists illustrating the history of north central South Dakota. The majority of the paintings were created for the exhibit with subjects ranging from the age of the dinosaurs and Native American stories and legends to the coming of the railroad and homesteaders.

The exhibit opening features an art show and sale with an introduction of the artists at 2 pm. For details click here.

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Health
2:31 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: Tourette Syndrome

Dr. Michael Kruer
Credit Sanford Health

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics, such as repeated eye blinks, heard and shoulder jerks or unwanted sounds. Signs and symptoms of Tourette Syndrome typically show up between ages two and twelve. As many as one in five children may have a tic disorder. But recognizing Tourette’s can be difficult.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Senator John Thune

KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster and Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard editor Denise Ross joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest in state politics. Topics this week included new leadership for state senate Republicans; controversy over the new 80 mph interstate speed limit; Democrats search for a candidate to oppose Senator John Thune in 2016; and the state congressional delegation's opposition to the listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as a threatened species.

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Arts
2:23 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Jazz Singer Kathy Kosins to Perform in Sioux Falls

Kathy Kosins

Kathy Kosins grew up in Detroit during the golden era of Motown. Her father owned a high-end clothing store and outfitted Motown stars such as Marvin Gaye and the Miracles. She grew up listening to soul and rhythm and blues, but didn't start singing until she was 20. 

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Science
2:07 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Apollo 13 - NASA's Successful Failure

Apollo 13 crew -- Fred W. Haise, Jr., John L. Swigert, Jr. and James A. Lovell, Jr.
Credit NASA

On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center for what was to be the third mission to land on the moon. But within two days after lift-off, an oxygen tank exploded crippling the spacecraft and putting the crew in danger. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat and shortage of drinkable water, the crew returned safely on April 17.

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World
1:49 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Vladimir Putin and New Russia

A map of Novorossiya (New Russia), c. 1897.
Credit Wikimedia commons

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a referendum that could give more autonomy to the eastern regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare. That’s a reversal of his government’s earlier position. But the Russian-backed separatists dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless.

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Arts
2:23 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in a still from the band's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was an unexpected hit in late 1991. The band, its record label and management didn’t consider it a "crossover" song that would move from college and modern rock radio to pop stations. The success of the single propelled the band’s album Nevermind to number one in January of 1992, displacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. The event marked the moment that alternative rock found a large, mainstream audience.

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Health
2:04 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Father of Tamoxifen'

Dr. V. Craig Jordan

Tamoxifin has been credited with saving millions of women’s lives. But the story of how an abandoned contraceptive was turned into an effective treatment cancer is a fascinating tale of a failure transformed into a medical breakthrough.

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Sports
1:54 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: Can the Minnesota Twins Win in 2015?

As the Minnesota Twins open the 2015 Major League Baseball season, fans are hoping that new manager Paul Molitor can turn the team around after four straight seasons of 90 or more losses. Most baseball writers are doubtful and predict another fifth-place finish for the Twins in the American League's Central Division. Whatever optimism there is for the team this season dimmed late last week when pitcher Ervin Santana was suspended for half the season because of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Farm Water Management Study

Installing an agricultural tile drainage system
Credit SDSU Extension

A new $5 million drainage water management research project is exploring the economic and environmental benefits, as well as costs, of on-farm water storage. The project is investigating practices that can reduce crop losses from increasing drought and can improve water quality from drained farmland.

SDSU Extension Water Management Engineer Chris Hay is among researchers from seven other Land Grant universities participating in the project funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Chris Hay joined Dakota Midday and discussed the water research project.

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Arts
2:02 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Lakota Artist Renelle White Buffalo

Renelle White Buffalo

Artist Renelle White Buffalo wants to communicate traditional symbols in a modern contemporary and abstract way. "I paint between the lines of what is expected as a Native American, in a pop-culture driven world, and abstract what I feel as a Lakota woman,” she says in her artist statement.

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Education
3:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Student Leaders Share Opinions on Issues

South Dakota student leaders discuss issues in Pierre
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

This week in Pierre, the South Dakota High School Activities Association hosted the State Student Council Convention. Over 900 of South Dakota’s best and brightest high school students gathered in the state capital. As aspiring future leaders many of the students are keeping an eye on what’s happening in politics at the local and national level. 12 students shared their opinions on major government issues at the state and national level, including new youth minimum wage legislation, education funding and transgender policies.

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Culture
2:58 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Dakota Midday: April Fools' Day

In 1957 the BBC news program "Panorama" broadcast an April Fools' Day story about Swiss farmers' bumper spaghetti harvest
Credit BBC

The origin of April 1st as a day for pranks and practical jokes is something of a mystery. The most commonly cited explanation is that it goes back to the 1500s when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, moving the new year from April to January. People in rural areas who were slow to get the news and continued to celebrate New Year in the spring were called April Fools. But this story is something of a hoax itself. There are references to April 1st as a day for pranks and jokes that date well before the 16th century.

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Politics
2:27 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed veto day which wrapped up the 2015 session and the resignation of Senate majority leader Tim Rave and assistant majority leader Dan Lederman. Other topics included South Dakota’s status as the only state President Obama hasn’t visited during his six years in office and an invitation to Watertown.

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Arts
3:10 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: Dahl Mountain Photo Exhibit

"The Eye" by Seth Harwood

A new exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City reflects the mountain lifestyle, with images of the landscape, wildlife, sports and people. The 11th annual Dahl Mountain Photo Competition and Exhibit features 52 photographs by both amateurs and professionals selected from over 100 entries. The exhibit is a part of the Dahl Mountain Culture Festival and runs through April 25. A list of winners is here. Dahl curator Denise DuBroy joined Dakota Midday and discussed the competition and show.

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