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
4:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

'Gruesome Faces, Ghastly Places'

In a new collection of horror stories by South Dakota authors, Gruesome Faces, Ghastly Places, readers are taken to tunnels below historical Deadwood for a bizarre exorcism and down I-90 on a rainy road trip leading to a nightmarish construction site. In their short stories, Adrian Ludens, Doug Murano and C.W. LaSart use such familiar scenes as fishing ponds and fireworks shows and twist them into the macabre.

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Sports
4:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Casey Tibbs Center Honors South Dakota Rodeo Greats

World champion saddle bronc rider Chard Ferley is one of six honorees for the Casey Tibbs Foundation's 25th annual tribute dinner
Credit PRCA

On Saturday the Casey Tibbs Foundation will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of South Dakota cowboys, cowgirls, families and animals during the 25th annual tribute dinner.

This year's honorees are saddle bronc champion Chad Ferley, legendary bronc rider Jack Alexander, barrel racer Nikki Steffes, rodeo promoters Georgia and Harlan Gunville, rodeo matriarch Iris Day and "animal athlete" Pony Baroni. Their photos and biographies are now a part of the Wall of Fame at the

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Politics
3:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Balancing the budget without raising taxes and criminal justice reform are among the accomplishments Governor Dennis Daugaard cites in his bid for re-election. Daugaard first became involved in politics in 1996 when he was elected to the state legislature. He served as Mike Rounds' Lieutenant Governor before South Dakotans elected him the state's chief executive in 2010. Daugaard faces challenges from Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers in Tuesday’s election.

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World
2:43 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NOVA Examines the 'First Air War'

Credit Bedlam Productions Ltd.

When World War I began 100 years ago, air forces were made up of a few rickety biplanes with opposing pilots occasionally taking pot shots at each other with rifles. But by the end of the war the basic blueprint of the modern fighter had emerged.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

SDPB debate with U.S. Senate candidates Gordon Howie, Larry Pressler, Mike Rounds and Rick Weiland
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

With less than a week before Election Day, several recent polls are showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds with a comfortable lead over Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader/KELO-TV poll has Rounds leading with 42 percent, followed by Weiland with 33 percent, Pressler 13 percent and Howie at 2 percent. 10 percent are undecided. This is in contrast to polls from earlier this month that suggested a much tighter race.

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Health
2:46 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Treating Multiple Myeloma

Dr. Kelly McCaul
Credit Avera Health

According to the American Cancer Society, over 24 thousand adults in the U.S. will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year. Over 11 thousand will die from the disease. There’s no cure for multiple myeloma, but the cancer can be managed in many patients for years.

On Saturday, November 1st, the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls hosts “Living with Multiple Myeloma." The education program features discussions about treatment and care of multiple myeloma.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

SDSU Ecologist Receives Grant for Beaver Research

North American beaver

Beavers are ecosystem engineers that alter the landscape by cutting down trees, building dams and creating ponds. Many other species, from frogs to moose, rely on the habitat created by beavers. The animal is a “keystone species,” meaning they have a disproportionately large effect on their environment relative to their abundance.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

U.S. House Candidate Kristi Noem

Congresswoman Kristi Noem

Republican Kristi Noem says if she’s re-elected to Congress, she’ll focus on policies that would help grow South Dakota’s economy. She wants to overhaul the tax code to help job creators and repeal what she calls “job killing regulations.” Noem was first elected to serve as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the House Agriculture Committee and House Armed Services Committee. Noem faces a challenge from Democrat Corinna Robinson.

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Environment
2:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Reducing Animal-Car Collisions

Credit USDA photo by Scott Bauer

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, there were over four thousand vehicle collisions with wild animals last year, mostly deer. 59 people were injured and one person killed. Across the nation there are about one million collisions each year that kill some 200 people and cause more than ten thousand personal injuries. The peak for collisions is in the fall when animals are on the move and drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk.

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World
2:16 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

FRONTLINE Investigates Rise of ISIS

Iraqi anti-government gunmen from Sunni tribes in the western Anbar province march during a protest in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on April 26, 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Frontline

A year ago few people in the U.S. year had heard of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Today the group has a presence from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad and controls some of Iraq’s biggest cities, including Mosul. The U.S. and coalition forces have conducted airstrikes in both Syria and Iraq while debates continue over whether American ground forces are needed to defeat ISIS. The Obama administration’s efforts in the fight against ISIS have become an issue in the mid-term elections.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Mike Myers

Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers
Credit Mike Myers for Governor

Among independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers’ top issues are health care and education. He taught health care law and administration at the University of South Dakota for 26 years. He also hosted the “Elder Law Forum” radio show for more than a decade and provided free advice to senior citizens. He was CEO of Mayo-St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, and an executive at other hospitals. Mike Myers faces incumbent Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard and Democrat Susan Wismer on November 4th. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the issues in his campaign.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Black Hills Artist and Environmentalist is Subject of New Film

Dick Fort

Dick Fort is an environmental activist who has been called the caretaker of Spearfish Canyon. He’s also a painter, sculptor composer, teacher, cross-country skier, fly fisherman, World War Two code breaker and winemaker. He was born in Mitchell in 1922 and was a professor of humanities at Chicago City college for 28 years. He is well known for his efforts to protect the beauty of the Black Hills as the founder of ACTion for the Environment.

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U.S.
2:08 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

PBS Series Explores Oil Boom Impact on North Dakota Reservation

Oil and pump rig on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota
Credit America by the Numbers

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota is in the heart of the Bakken oil field. There are more than 1,000 wells on the reservation and the oil boom has brought jobs and affluence for many. But it's also brought increased drug trafficking, crime, traffic fatalities and a huge influx of non-Indian oil workers.

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Arts
5:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Great-Grandmother Inspires South Dakota Homestead Novel

In the opening of Dawn Wink’s novel, Meadowlark, 16-year-old Grace is an excited young bride looking forward to a life with her new husband, Tom. But any ideas of she has of an idyllic life together are shattered during their trip from the wedding to western South Dakota. Without warning, Tom pulls her off the wagon, punches and kicks her, and leaves her to walk the rest of the way to their sod hot.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the latest news in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson along with the unfolding EB-5 saga.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Warm Temps Good for Fall Yard and Garden Work

With a forecast of temperatures in the 70s across much of South Dakota, this promises to be a good week for some fall lawn and garden work. Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about fertilizing lawns, trimming dead tree limbs, apple trees, fertilizing house plants, amaryllis and more.

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U.S.
3:32 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Diplomat in Residence to Visit USD

Robert Andrew

As an army officer, Robert Andrew supervised joint patrols on the border of East and West Germany at the time the Berlin Wall was coming down and the Cold War was ending. He next served in the First Gulf War. As a Foreign Service Officer, he covered non-proliferation and arms control issues in Moscow and provided counter-narcotics assistance to the government of Costa Rica.

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Arts
5:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

SHEL Brings Sisterly Sounds to Americana Music Festival

SHEL

SHEL is a quartet of sisters from Fort Collins, Colorado: Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook. They were all born within five years of each other and raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother. They’ve been performing together for around a dozen years.

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Health
4:56 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Genomic Medicine Transforms Breast Cancer Treatment

Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones
Credit Avera Health

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones is among those working to eradicate breast cancer. He’s a native of England and an internationally-known cancer researcher. He leads a team at Avera Health in Sioux Falls working to decode human genetics for individualized breast cancer treatments. Dr. Leyland-Jones joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest developments in genomic breast cancer research.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

In his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Mike Rounds says voters have a very clear choice between philosophies on how government should run and which direction the nation should head in the future.

Rounds served in the state legislature before first being elected governor in 2002. Following his second term in office, he returned to his insurance and real estate business. Rounds faces Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie in the November 4th election to fill the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

50 Years Later, Billy Mills Recalls Olympic 10K Win

Billy Mills at the finish line at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo

Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of what is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history when the virtually unknown Billy Mills won the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Games. In the final lap, the 26-year-old Marine from the Pine Ridge Reservation passed 10K world record holder Ron Clarke of Australia and Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia with a sudden burst of speed as NBC analyst Dick Banks screamed "Look at Mills! Look at Mills!"

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Environment
2:21 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

More Pheasants Expected for Hunting Opener

Credit South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Saturday is South Dakota's pheasant opener and hunters should find more ringnecks in comparison to last year. The state Game, Fish and Parks annual brood count survey showed a 76 percent statewide increase in the pheasants-per-mile index over 2013. Last year’s sharp decline in pheasant numbers led to Governor Daugaard’s creation of the Pheasant Habitat Work Group. The group presented its recommendations in September.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Larry Pressler
Credit Pressler for Senate

South Dakota's contest for U.S. Senate is receiving national attention as a race that was considered safely Republican but is now seen as closer than expected. Some recent polls have Republican Mike Rounds in first at around 35 percent with either Democrat Rick Weiland or independent Larry Pressler in second place just a few points behind the former governor.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Susan Wismer

Democratic State Representative Susan Wismer is campaigning to replace Republican incumbent Dennis Daugaard as South Dakota governor. She grew up in the northeast South Dakota community of Britton. She's an accountant who has been doing bookkeeping and taxes in her home town for the past three decades.

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Health
3:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

'FRONTLINE' Investigates Antibiotic Use on Farms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated two million people in the United States are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year. Of them, at least 23 thousand die.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

U.S. House Candidate Corinna Robinson

Corinna Robinson
Credit Corinna Robinson for South Dakota

If she’s elected to Congress, Democrat Corinna Robinson says she’ll make creating jobs for South Dakotans a priority. She’s critical of Washington politicians who she says put politics before people. Robinson is a Rapid City native and retired military officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. After twenty-five years in the army, she led the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Directorate at the Pentagon. She says she has the leadership skills that will allow her to work across the aisles in Congress. Robinson is challenging Republican incumbent Kristi Noem in the November 4th election.

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News
1:56 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Former USA Today Editor Receives Neuharth Award

Peter Prichard

Former USA Today editor Peter S. Prichard receives the 2014 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media at USD today. The award honors lifetime achievement in the media.

Prichard was editor-in-chief of USA Today from 1988 to 1995. He also served as president of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum Institute, an interactive news museum in Washington, DC. Prichard is also the author of The Making of McPaper: The Inside Story of USA Today.

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News
2:52 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

'NOVA' Program Takes Informative Approach to Ebola

Treatment center
Credit WGBH

The Texas Ebola patient who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia has died. Liberia is among the West African countries suffering from an outbreak of the disease. Over three thousand people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have died from Ebola in the current outbreak.

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News
2:32 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Veteran Journalist Says Economics Are Biggest Challenge to Press Freedom

Gene Policinski
Credit First Amendment Center

Freedom of the press is one of the guarantees of the First Amendment along with speech, religion, assembly and petition. Without this protection the press could not criticize the government. But nearly 225 years since the Bill of Rights went into effect, the government isn't the biggest challenge to press freedom in the U.S. It's economics. That's according to veteran journalist Gene Policinski.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

EB-5 was the main topic of discussion with the Dakota Political Junkies again this week. Denise Ross, web editor and reporter for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle examined a California arbitrator's dismissal of a case related to the EB-5 immigrant visa program and what it means for former Republican Governor Mike Rounds' campaign for U.S. Senate. They also reviewed recent polls of the Senate race and previewed Thursday evening's gubernatorial debate hosted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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