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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Culture
3:27 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

South Dakota Mayors Pick Top Town Attractions

Bowdle, SD water tower

For South Dakota Magazine's  July/August cover story, “Mayoral Likes,” the publication's staff spoke with mayors across the state from Aberdeen to Winner to find one thing in each community that might surprise or entertain travelers and readers.

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News
3:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Frontline Report Explores What Went Wrong in Iraq

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stands guard at checkpoint near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014
Credit Reuters/Corbis

More than two years after the U.S. left Iraq, the country is falling into chaos and threatening to pull the Obama administration back into the conflict. Parts of Iraq including Mosul in the north and much of Anbar Province in the west are now under control of ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile political leaders in Baghdad are struggling to keep the country together. “Losing Iraq,” a new PBS Frontline report airing Tuesday on SDPB-TV, explores how events reached this point. It explores the U.S.

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Arts
2:52 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

NSU Coach Don Meyer Subject of Upcoming Film

Coach Don Meyer leads his Northern State Wolves men's basketball team.
Credit Northern State University

Three months after Don Meyer's death, filming begins in Nashville in August on a new movie about the former Northern State University basketball coach. Over the course of a 38-year career spent mostly at Lipscomb University in Nashville and NSU in Aberdeen, Meyer had over 900 wins, making him one of college basketball’s most successful coaches.

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News
2:58 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Dakota Midday Gardening Tips from Norm Evers

Credit SDSU Extension

Horticulture expert Norm Evers answered listener questions about seeding bare patches in lawns, cone flowers, bulbs 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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News
2:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Farm Rescue Founder Named Money Hero

Volunteer Charlie Hardie brings in the 2008 soybean crop at Corona, SD, for a farmer injured with a shattered leg.
Credit Farm Rescue

Bill Gross comes from three generations of North Dakota farmers. But by the time he graduated from high school, his parents encouraged him to leave the farm. He went to college and now flies a 747 for UPS. However his heart never left the farm. As he flew across the country and looked at the farms below, he was concerned with the changing demographics of rural America and thought of ways he could help.

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News
2:28 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Gas Prices Lower than National Average

Gas prices have been falling in South Dakota and the nation over the past month. According to GasBuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of gas in South Dakota on Monday was $3.48. The national average was $3.50. A month ago South Dakotans were paying an average of $3.57 for a gallon of gas. The national average is at its lowest point since March of this year. Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the reasons for the mid-summer gas price decline.

  

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Culture
2:09 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Stories of Redfield

Redfield's Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot was originally dedicated on October 23, 1914. It's now home to a museum and visitors center.
Credit City of Redfield

As part of SDPB's Landscapes of South Dakota series, Thursday's Dakota Midday broadcast live from the historic Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot in Redfield, South Dakota.

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News
1:54 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Biologist Expects Pheasant Rebound

Credit South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Chinese ring-necked pheasants were first successfully introduced in South Dakota in 1908 in Spink County. That was also where the state’s first pheasant hunting season took place.

Today pheasant hunting is big business in the state. According to the South Dakota Department of Tourism, pheasant hunting generates an estimated 223 million dollars annually. But pheasant numbers have been falling since 2007. Concern about the declining pheasant population and its statewide impact led Governor Dennis Daugaard to form a pheasant habitat task force.

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News
4:40 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Legacy of Corn Palace Continues

2104 Mitchell Corn Palace
Credit Mitchell Corn Palace

When Mitchell’s first Corn Palace was built in 1892, it was only one of at least 34 grain palaces in the Midwest from the 1880s to the 1930s. The current Mitchell Corn Palace was built in 1921 and it’s the only one of the “prairie palaces” that’s survived. The familiar Moorish-style minarets and turrets were added to the building’s roof in 1937 to recreate the look of the earlier corn palaces.

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Science
4:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Researchers Continue to Expand Corn Potential

Credit SDSU Extension

When farmers first arrived in Dakota Territory, they assumed the growing season was too short for corn and it was planted as a sod crop. But an agronomist writing in a 1909 report said that men who once scoffed are now buying South Dakota farms on which they expect to grow corn. That year, farmers in the state planted over two million acres of corn with a harvest of 65 million bushels.

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News
4:14 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Corn: Food, Fuel, And The Future

POET biorefining plant
Credit POET

Although the first image that comes to mind when thinking of corn is a freshly buttered ear, most corn doesn’t make it to the dinner table. Whole-kernel sweet corn is only about one-percent of the crop. The rest of it is field corn. Some is processed for food ingredients, but it’s primarily used as livestock feed and ethanol.As demand for renewable fuel has grown in recent years, South Dakota has emerged as the fifth largest ethanol producing state with over a dozen biofuel plants.

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Culture
4:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Yankton and the Missouri River

Looking down river from Randall Creek Recreation Area.
Credit NPS photo by Linda Gordon Rokosz

Throughout its 157 year history, life in Yankton has centered around the Missouri River. Steamboat traffic on the river helped the town grow after its founding in 1857. But both Yankton and the river have changed over the years, most dramatically with the construction of dams on the Missouri, including the Gavin’s Point Dam west of town. The dams brought an end to navigation, but controlled flooding, generated electricity and created new recreational opportunities, with visitors camping, boating, swimming and fishing at Lewis and Clark Lake.

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Culture
2:02 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Yankton: Capital of Dakota Territory

Dakota Territory coat of arms, 1876

Yankton became the capital of Dakota Territory in 1861, when the town was only two years old. The designation brought new settlers and businesses and the river town quickly expanded. The original capitol building was two stories, with territory offices on the bottom floor and territorial legislators on the second. In 1883, Yankton lost the territorial capital to Bismarck. And six years later when South Dakota became a state, Yankton tried to become the state’s capital, but lost to Pierre.

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Culture
1:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

WNAX: Regional Voice for 92 Years

WNAX transmitter building, 1936

Since 1922, Yankton's WNAX radio has broadcast throughout the upper Great Plains with a signal that can reach as far south as Kansas City and as far north as Fargo. During the station’s early days, WNAX was an important connection to the outside world for isolated farm and ranch families throughout the region.

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News
2:11 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Freeman Receives Grant for Arts/Earth Center

Freeman Arboretum

The southeast South Dakota town of Freeman has received a $150,000 grant for the design of an arts/earth center. The award is one of 66 Our Town grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center will use the grant to determine the feasibility of a facility incorporating a producing greenhouse configuration with an arts center supporting the area’s arts, heritage and agricultural traditions. John Koch is project director of the Freeman Arts/Earth Center. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed what the NEA grant means for the project's future.

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News
1:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival

Surviving passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 232 gathered in Sioux City this past weekend to mark the 25th anniversary of the plane’s crash. On July 19th, 1989 the flight from Denver to Chicago slammed into a runway at the Sioux City airport and exploded into flames. Of the 296 people aboard, 184 miraculously survived.

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Arts
3:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Master Trombonist Inspired by Louis Armstrong

Wycliffe Gordon

Wycliffe Gordon is one of today’s finest trombonists . He has an expressive approach to the instrument involving a wide variety of sounds and effects. In the latest issue of DownBeat magazine, critics named him Best Trombone for the third consecutive year. But he also plays trumpet, tuba and other instruments and sings. And he’s also a bandleader, composer and educator.

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Culture
3:02 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Enduring Legend of Al Capone

Al Capone's Florida mugshot
Credit John Binder

More than eighty years after the peak of his power, the legend of mobster Al Capone endures. His name still evokes images of pin-stripe suits and white fedoras.

A new PBS program airing Tuesday on SDPB-TV, Al Capone: Icon, follows the gangster's rise from a two-bit hustler to the king of Chicago’s underworld and examines why he continues to fascinate so many Americans.

Bill Margol is senior director of programming and development at PBS and joined Dakota Midday to discuss the program.

  

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News
2:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

USD Professor Examines Gaza Conflict

Palestinians walk by the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli missile strike on Monday.
Credit Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Israel and Hamas held a brief cease-fire on Thursday as fighting went into a tenth day. The two sides agreed to the pause following a request by the United Nations so that supplies could be delivered to Gaza.

Air strikes and rocket fire quickly resumed following the cease-fire. The nearly two weeks of cross-border fighting has so far killed more than 220 Palestinians in Gaza and one Israeli, according to officials.

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Arts
3:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Australian Guitar Virtuoso Plays Two South Dakota Venues

Tommy Emmanuel
Credit Allan Clarke

Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel says he's not in the music business, but the happiness business. He's a master finger picker and essentially a one-man band. He plays bass, rhythm and melodic lines along with percussion all on a single acoustic guitar.

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Sports
2:51 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Is There Still Hope for the Minnesota Twins?

Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins
Credit Randy Stern

Last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star game in Minneapolis was one of the few occasions that fans at Target Field have had much to cheer about this season. At the mid-season break, the Minnesota Twins are in last place in the American League’s Central Division with a losing 44-50 record. With a half a season yet to go, the Twins are facing their fourth year of trying to avoid an embarrassing 100 losses. Matt Zimmer writes about the Twins for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and joined Dakota Midday and discussed the Twins prospects for the rest of the 2014 season.

  

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Politics
2:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. House of Representatives chamber
Credit Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader; and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Democratic U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson's struggles to raise funds in her attempt to unseat Republican Kristi Noem. Other topics included state Libertarian's upcoming convention and Chad Haber's plans to seek the party's nominee for attorney general. Haber is the husband of former Republican U.S.

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Culture
2:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Gentlemen Bootleggers of Templeton, Iowa

The Prohibition Era is filled with stories of bootleggers who defied the law to produce liquor for thirsty Americans. In his new book, Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition and a Small Town in Cahoots, Bryce T. Bauer brings to life the tale of Templeton, Iowa with its townspeople peacefully cooperating in the production of a special rye whiskey known for its quality and safety.

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News
2:23 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Will LeBron James Inspire Prodigal South Dakotans to Return Home?

LeBron James
Credit nba.com

Last week the man regarded as the best basketball player in the world announced that he was returning home to Ohio. Four year after leaving Cleveland for Miami, LeBron James said he’s signing a two-year, 42 million dollar contract with his old team.

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News
2:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

FRONTLINE Examines Resurgence of School Segregation

Students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Credit Courtesy of FRONTLINE

Sixty years ago in the Brown vs Board of Education ruling, the Supreme Court declared racially segregated unconstitutional. Ten years later President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which guaranteed all Americans equal protection under the law. Under Johnson, the federal government began an aggressive push to integrate schools. But the racial divide in schools has grown over the past couple decades.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Trees, Bugs, Clover and Cold

Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, answered listener questions as part of Dakota Midday's semi-regular lawn and garden segment. Topics included clover and mushrooms in lawns, staking and mulching trees, cool weather and bugs.

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Arts
2:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Play JazzFest

Josh Hoyer

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers' music is straight out of Memphis, Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans, but the musicians come from Lincoln, Nebraska. Hoyer grew up in Lincoln, but lived in the Pacific Northwest and New Orleans before returning home.

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News
1:50 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Unseasonable Temps Not a Return of Polar Vortex

State climatologist Dennis Todey

Mid-July is usually one of the hottest times of the year in South Dakota. But with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s in much of the state, it feels more like fall. Although some are referring to the unseasonably chilly air as a return of the polar vortex, it’s not. Climatologists and meteorologists say it’s simply a cooler than normal Canadian air mass hitting the region. South Dakota. State climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and discussed what’s causing the cool temperatures and what their impact could be.

  

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Arts
3:29 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Black Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Orlando Chamber Soloists
Credit Orlando Chamber Soloists

The Orlando Chamber Soloists are back for the 7th annual Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills. The group first came together in 2004 with professional musicians from the Boston Pops, New Jersey Symphony, Curtis Institute, Louisiana Philharmonic and orchestras throughout Florida.

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Arts
3:04 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

"A Day in South Dakota" Photo Contest

The Badlands of South Dakota
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is asking people to document the state's unique identity. On August 19th, 2014 everyone is invited to photograph a scene capturing what South Dakota means to them. It could be a photo of home, work or a favorite place. The theme of the contest is "A Day in South Dakota." SDPB will accept submissions on August 19th and select photographs for a gallery of images available via Flickr, and published in a 2015 SDPB Landscapes Calendar.

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