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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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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Education
2:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Celebrating Science at Neutrino Day

SDPB's "Science Steve" Rokusek shares an experiment with kids at Neutrino Days
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Science takes center stage in Lead on Saturday for the 7th annual Neutrino Day. Last year an estimated one-thousand people attended activities at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and throughout town. Constance Walter is communications director for the underground lab. She joined Dakota Midday to share some of the highlights of the family event. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

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Education
2:22 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

USD Med Students Begin Rural Training

Dr. Susan Anderson
Credit University of South Dakota

A shortage of physicians is a problem in South Dakota's small towns. But a new initiative at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is designed to help fix the problem by sending medical students to rural South Dakota hospitals.

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News
4:23 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Ellsworth Officer's Humanitarian Efforts in Sierra Leone

USAF Lt. Col. Jennifer Rollins

From 1991 to 2001, the West African country of Sierra Leone went through a brutal civil war that left over 50,000 people dead. In September of 2010, the UN Security Council lifted its last remaining sanctions against the country, saying the government had fully re-established control and former rebel fighters had been disarmed and demobilized. But the disastrous effects of the civil war are still felt as reconstruction efforts slow economic recovery.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

Just when it seemed like the 2014 campaign season was calming down a bit, things have gotten interesting again. On Tuesday independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers held a press conference announcing that his new running mate is former Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers announces Republican Lora Hubbel as his running mate.

Also former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s husband Chad Haber has announced his intentions to challenge Attorney General Marty Jackley in the fall.

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Culture
2:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Calvin Coolidge's Black Hills Summer Vacation

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge is on horseback to attend the dedication ceremony of the Mount Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota, Aug. 15, 1927.

A plaque commemorating President Calvin Coolidge's use of the old Rapid City High School as his executive office has been dedicated by Historic Rapid City. The plaque features photos of Coolidge and his wife, Grace, arriving in Rapid City by train and Coolidge on the steps of the school, which has since been torn down. It was from those steps that Coolidge announced that he chose not to run for re-election.

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Arts
3:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Band Pays Tribute to South Dakota's First Poet Laureate

The Badger Sett Band
Credit The Badger Sett Band

Guitarist and singer Pegie Douglas says the poetry of Badger Clark fits naturally to music. She's the leader of the Badger Sett Band which wants to keep the poetry of Clark alive.

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Arts
3:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Remembering Acclaimed Young Adult Author Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers
Credit Malin Fezehai

Best-selling young adult author and literacy ambassador Walter Dean Myers died last Tuesday at the age of 76. His books often told the stories of young African-Americans who dealt with troubles in the streets, in school and at home.

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News
2:36 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Project AWARE Tackles Big Sioux River

Project AWARE volunteers with river trash.
Credit Project AWARE

This Saturday over 35o volunteers begin a week-long project pulling trash out of the Big Sioux River from Sioux Falls to north of Sioux City. They'll load tires, car parts, old scrap metal, chairs, household appliances and other discarded items into canoes as they paddle down the river.

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News
3:23 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Deadwood Resident Gives Insight Into FBI Behavioral Science Unit

Greg Vecchi
Credit Victoria Wicks SDPB

The popular television drama Criminal Minds follows a team of FBI behavioral analysts from Quantico, Virginia as they assist in criminal investigations. Greg Vecchi was a member of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. He left Virginia for a job with the FBI in Rapid City before retiring earlier this year.

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Culture
3:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Early Basketball Heroes of Fort Shaw Indian School

Credit University of Oklahoma Press

Some of the first basketball players to gain national attention for new sport at the turn of the 20th century were young women from an isolated government American Indian boarding school in Montana. They dominated teams from around the region and went on to be declared World Champions at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. But their triumphs were forgotten until a pair of women’s history scholars found a photo of the Fort Shaw Indian School team and wanted to know more about the young women.

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Health
2:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

West Nile Virus Returns to South Dakota

Credit Jim Gathany CDC

The South Dakota Department of Health  is reporting the first human West Nile cases of the season. As of July 3, three human cases if West Nile virus had been reported in Hughes, Codington, and Lincoln Counties. Last year there were 149 human cases of West Nile, including three deaths.

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