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
2:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Pioneers Of Television Season 4

Jerry Seinfeld appears on tonight's episode of Pioneers of Television (7:00 p.m. Central, 6:00 p.m. Mountain) on SDPB-TV.

The fourth season of Pioneers of Television begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV with the episode "Standup to Sitcom."  Future episodes include "Doctors and Nurses," "Breaking Barriers," and "Acting Funny."  Steve Boettcher, President of Boettcher Media Group and co-owner of BT Media in Milwaukee, where Pioneers of Television is produced for PBS, joined Dakota Midday to preview the new season.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

National Water Trails Designation

Credit South Dakota Kayak Challenge

The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail was added to the National Water Trails System last November.  The designation applies to 147 miles of the river between the spillways at Ft.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds.
Credit Human Events

U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds is one of five Republicans running to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  Rounds served as Governor from 2003-2011 after a decade in the South Dakota Senate.  In his current campaign Rounds says he wants to bring "South Dakota common sense" to Washington, D.C.  He says Congress is broken and needs to regain the discipline to get budgets and farm bills done on time so business owners have some predictability.  He also wants to scale back regulations to get the economy moving again.

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Environment
1:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gardening Answers With Julie Hoffman

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined the program to answer listeners' horticultural questions.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"An Anxious Age"

According to Joseph Bottum, public life is now a supernatural game and as such, for many Americans, how we vote has become how we are saved. In his new book, "An Anxious Age," Bottum argues that the notion of politics as a mode of spiritual redemption stems from the collapse of the Mainline Protestant churches over the last fifty years. Where those churches once defined the liberal consensus of the nation, they have nearly disappeared from public life, and in their place have risen strange new beings.

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Arts
1:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"THE ADDRESS"

Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. Central, SDPB-TV will broadcast Ken Burns' newest film, THE ADDRESS. The Learn the Address Initiative launched in November calling for Americans, namely schoolchildren, to recite the Gettysburg Address and post it at www.learntheaddress.org. Numerous school children and citizens from the South Dakota area participated in the initiative.

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Arts
3:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ashwin Batish Ensemble In Spearfish

Ashwin Batish Ensemble

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center in Spearfish presents a live performance by the Ashwin Batish Ensemble on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The band members are in Spearfish classrooms today and tomorrow explaining the origins of their instruments and Indian music. Ashwin Batish is a sitarist and table player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso and funk.

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Arts
3:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Pringle Rancher Publishes First Anthology

Pringle Rancher Amy Kirk

Pringle rancher and columnist Amy Kirk writes the weekly humor column, "A Ranchwife's Slant." She recently published her first anthology, "A Ranchwife's Slant: Cowboy, Kids and Ranch Life." Her columns candidly profile the big things in life in small but humorous ways: marriage, parenting, the gender gap, and problem solving, all under the premise of living and working with cattle. She gives an entertaining perspective of what it's like being a ranch wife raising a family and livestock alongside her husband Art.

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Arts
1:50 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

35th Annual Young Artists Competition Winners

Jamuna Buchanan
Credit Black Hills Symphony

Jamuna Buchanan (violin) and Madison Wieczorek (piano) are winners of the 35th annual Young Artists Competition, sponsored by the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra and the Black Hills Symphony League. Competition is open to high school instrumentalists in grades 9 through 12 and living within a 180-mile radius of Rapid City. The junior division is open to students in 9th or 10th grades with a maximum age of 17. The senior division is open to those in 11th and 12th grade with a maximum age of 19.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics include the Sioux Falls mayoral election results, Pat Miller's candicacy for Secretary of State, former Republican State Senator Gordon Howie's announcement that he's running as an Independent for U.S. Senate and the April 12 debate featuring the Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

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Arts
3:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

"Disney's Beauty And The Beast" In Sioux Falls

Actor Kevin Kelly

Actor Kevin Kelly has a supporting role in the touring Broadway production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" playing at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls today and Wednesday. Kelly grew up in Aberdeen. Both of his parents were active in community theater and his late father taught drama at Aberdeen Central High School. After high school, Kelly majored in theater at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and is now based in New York City. Kelly joined Dakota Midday to discuss the Broadway production and his career in theater.

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Business
2:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Train Shortage Creates Ag Crisis

Soybeans pile up at grain elevator
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

As the weather warms up and farmers prepare to get into the fields, some of the harvest from last season is still in storage and in piles. Bath, South Dakota farmer Dennis Jones says the situation has reached a crisis level because railroad equipment and crews aren’t available to haul grain to market because of the demands in the Bakken Oil Fields.

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Sports
1:37 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Northern League

Aberdeen Pheasants Ballpark

Aberdeen native Paul Gertsen has given his entire collection of Northern League baseball memorabilia to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The collection features artifacts such as the plaque from the cornerstone of Aberdeen Athletic Field, home of the Aberdeen Pheasants, built in 1937 by the WPA; game-worn uniforms from the Aberdeen Pheasants, St. Cloud Rox and Winnipeg Maroons; team autographed baseballs and game-used bats; and more than 560 autographs of major league players, coaches and umpires who were at one time associated with the Northern League.

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Science
1:30 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Refurbishing B-1 Bombers

Last month the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ellsworth Air Force Base signed an agreement formalizing a relationship for collaborative projects such as the application of a revolutionary research technology to refurbish aging bombers. The university's partnership with Ellsworth has already helped return four B-1s to service and could save the military millions of dollars.

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Education
3:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

A History Of The Mickelson Trail

Guy Edwards was a leader early in the development of the Mickelson Trail. He knew the people and the politics involved. The Parks and Wildlife Foundation raises funds for Mickelson Trail and is currently raising funds to do bridge repairs on the trail. "Piece of Heaven: A Brief History of the Mickelson Trail" tells the story of the development of the Mickelson Trail, from the end of its useful life as a rail corridor through the tough legal battles that put the land in public hands, to the ongoing work of promoting and maintaining what many call a world-class recreational trail.

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U.S.
2:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Researching Reasons for Wrongful Convictions

Jon Gould
Credit American University

Over the past couple of decades though DNA testing, hundreds of people in the U.S. have been exonerated of crimes they didn’t commit, including eighteen people serving time on death row. But why were they convicted in the first place? That’s something Jon Gould has researched as the principal investigator of the Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project at American University in Washington, DC.

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Arts
2:12 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Mark O'Connor: American Fiddler

Mark O'Connor
Credit Jim McGuire

Violinist Mark O'Connor is one of today's most remarkable and versatile musicians. He plays jazz, county, bluegrass, folk and classical. He's also an accomplished guitarist and mandolin player. He's composed a number of orchestral works, including his "Fiddle Concerto" which has become the most-performed modern violin concerto of the last forty years. As an educator, he's developed the O'Connor Violin Method. The thread holding all of O'Connor's musical endeavors together is a distinctly American approach.

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Arts
1:48 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

"This American Life" Host Coming To Sioux Falls

"This American Life" Host Ira Glass

Built around the innovative personal vision of host Ira Glass, "This American Life" has pioneered a new kind of radio. The weekly program explores a theme - fiascos, conventions, frenemies - through a mix of documentaries, radio monologues, investigative stories and occasional fiction. Usually the program applies the tools of journalism to everyday life. But sometimes it tackles news stories, leading to some of its most distinctive and acclaimed show. The stories can be engaging, intimate, surprising, funny, disturbing and bittersweet.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Biennial Indian Law Symposium At USD This Week

USD Indian Law Professor Frank Pommersheim

The USD School of Law is hosting its long-standing Biennial Indian Law Symposium through Friday in its Courtroom facilities. Along with USD Law's Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), the School of Law will present "Public Safety in Indian Country: Tribal, Federal & State Responses." Students, practitioners, judges, scholars and the general public are invited to join this year's events that will focus on public safety, the protection of women and the recent Tribal Law & Order Act. This year's symposium begins at 7 p.m.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Seth Tupper, publisher of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics this week include Veto Day's quiet end to the 2014 session, the controversy over Mike Rounds' use of stock footage in a television campaign ad and Democrat U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson.

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Culture
2:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Bordeaux Takes Post At Crazy Horse Memorial

The Indian Museum of North America.

Mary Bordeaux of Pine Ridge is taking the post of Museum Curator and Cultural Coordinator at Crazy Horse Memorial.  Bordeaux will be responsible for programs of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center and an ever growing collection at the Indian Museum of North America.  Bordeaux has an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design as well as a BA in Museum Studies.  She leaves her position as Curator and Interim Director at the Heritage Center in Pine Ridge to work on the most extensive collection of Native American artifacts in North America.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Jason Ravnsborg For Senate

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Ravnsborg.

First-time candidate Jason Ravnsborg wants to be known as a statesman and not a politician.  In his December campaign announcement, Ravnsborg said he was answering the call from the citizens of South Dakota to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tim Johnson.  Ravnsborg, a Yankton lawyer and a Major in the U.S.

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Environment
1:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Training Complex Expansion

The Department of Defense wants to increase the airspace it uses to train its B1 bombers and other aircraft.  The proposed expansion quadruples the training airspace the military currently uses, covering a huge swath over parts of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Air Force officials say expanding the training airspace for military aircraft makes practice missions more like the real world.  But farmers like Anita Lee in Meade County are urging the federal government not to approve the expansion project.  Pilot and South Dakota aviation historian Norma Kramer also expressed h

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Environment
1:41 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Gardening Tips With Norm Evers

After a weekend with highs in the 50s and 60s, heavy snow is now closing schools and offices in several western counties and making travel difficult. There could be a couple of inches of lighter snow in the eastern part of the state. Cooler conditions are expected for the rest of the week. But even if it's snowy and windy today, gardening season is right around the corner with the first day of April tomorrow.

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Environment
1:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Talk About Hydraulic Fracturing In Brookings

Dr. Patty Limerick

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas and oil out of shale rock in the ground. It's been in development for a few decades, but only recently has become technologically feasible. Fracking fueled the oil boom in North Dakota and has boosted U.S. oil output to a twenty-five year high and pushed the country closer to energy independence. But fracking has also created fears and worries over water contamination and environmental destruction.

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Business
1:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Increasing The Tourism Travel In South Dakota

SD Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen

South Dakota Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen is one of 13 new additions to the federal Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The 32-member panel offers guidance to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on national tourism policy. It includes members from across the country, including representatives from public and private sectors. Hagen says he wants to ensure that travel industries in all states are considered in national strategy and policy. He says he looks forward to helping increase travel to and around the country.

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Environment
2:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Sustainable Tourism

Dr. Kelly Bricker.

Dr. Kelly Bricker, interim chair and associate professor at the University of Utah in the department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, is the keynote speaker at today's 16th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium on the Black Hills State University Campus.  Her talk is titled "Sustainable Tourism - A system for positive change?"

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Sports
2:49 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Talkin' Twins Ball

Minnesota Twins home Target Field.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer discussed the outlook for the Minnesota Twins as the 2014 Major League Baseball season gets underway this weekend.  The Twins open their season against the Chicago White Sox on Monday.  Zimmer said this season looks like it could be another downer for Minnesota.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Stace Nelson Touts Conservative Bona Fides in U.S. Senate Bid

Stace Nelson
Credit stacenelson.com

Stace Nelson describes himself as a broken-down Marine who didn’t have aspirations to run for U.S. Senate. But he says he has an obligation to serve the people of South Dakota and fix the problems he sees in Washington, DC.  He's one of five Republicans seeking the seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson. 

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Health
1:58 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Rates Of Colon Cancer Declining Among Older People

CNP and Gastroenterology Specialist Ashley Oliver

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to a new report from the American Cancer Society, rates of colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, are decreasing steeply among older people in the U.S. Over the last ten years, colon cancer incidence rates have fallen by thirty percent among people 50 and over, with the largest fall in those over 65. The report says that those rates are falling because of colonoscopy screening, which can detect and remove precancerous growths. Screening has nearly tripled among those aged 50 to 75, from nineteen percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2010.

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