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The growth of modern photography coincided with the settlement of the American frontier. Historical photographs provide a fascinating and sometimes haunting view of the Old West.

Books Tout Midwestern History

Jan 28, 2014

Jon Lauck argues that the American Midwest is an orphan among regions.  In comparison to the South, the far West and New England, its history has been sadly neglected.  Lauck said the Midwest has played a crucial role in the development of the entire country.  Lauck, an attorney, historian and senior advisor to Senator John Thune, is the author of "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."  He was joined by South Dakota State University emeritus professor of history John Miller.  Miller tells the stories of men who grew up in the middle of America and transformed the nation

Marketing Spying?

Sep 3, 2013

Is there anything companies can learn from the recent controversy over revelations of the National Security Agency's spying activities?  Eric Holtzclaw, CEO and founder of Laddering Works, a marketing and product strategy firm, argues that the NSA's mistake wasn't the surveillance itself, it was the spin.  Holtzclaw says that we live in an era where the boundaries around privacy and date sharing are being continually eroded.  He says it's not going away and the hard part for companies and institutions is how they handle it.  Holtzclaw is the author of "Laddering: Unlocking the Potential of

"Thunder Over Dakota"

Aug 29, 2013

"Thunder Over Dakota: The History of Ellsworth Air Force Base 1941-2011" is the latest book by Lt. Col. George Larson (USAF-Ret.).  Larson returned to Dakota Midday to discuss his research about Ellsworth's units, planes, personnel and place in history.

Marty Robbins & Faron Young Biographer

Aug 26, 2013

Diane Diekman visited about country music legends Marty Robbins and Faron Young.  Diekman is the author of "Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins" and "Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story," both published by the University of Illinois Press.  Diekman is in LeMars, Iowa, Wednesday for a festival and book signing.  She's also appearing at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron on Friday to give a talk before a Sherwin Linton show.  Robbins received the Academy of Country Music's Man of the Decade Award in 1970.  Young was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall

"Dude To Dad"

May 31, 2013

About 100 days before the birth of his daughter Sioux Falls resident Hugh Weber began to panic about becoming a first-time father.  He decided to send a video of his concerns and questions to his closest friends.  The video went viral so Weber started a website.  He was then approached by a publisher to transfer his experiences into book-form.  Weber's "Dude to Dad" is built around 40 lessons for the 40 weeks before childbirth.

"Murder On The Missouri"

May 31, 2013

"Murder on the Missouri" is a coming of age novel written by John English who resides in Belle Fourche and Spearfish.  Known nationally for how-to writing, especially in the woodworking field, English's first novel takes place in the fictional town of Clinton, South Dakota, on the banks of the Missouri River.  English introduces readers to John Henry Higgins who discovers secrets of Clinton's past as he begins to relate to older members of the community of an adult level.

"Surfaces: A History"

Apr 25, 2013

Joseph Amato, Emeritus Professor of History at Southwest Minnesota State University, discussed his new book, "Surfaces: A History."  In his book, Amato traces the human relationship with surfaces from the deep history of human evolution, which unfolded across millennia, up to the contemporary world.

"Brilliant Blunders"

Apr 25, 2013

Dr. Mario Livio, an internationally known astrophysicist, bestselling author and lecturer, will talk about the major mistakes made by five scientific giants during a presentation at Black Hills State University Thursday night in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.  Livio joined Dakota Midday to discuss his most recent book, "Brilliant Blunders," which focuses on the mistakes made by great scientists including Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Lord Kelvin.

National Poetry Month

Apr 19, 2013

April is National Poetry Month.  Lee Ann Roripaugh, professor of English at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday to share a few of her poems.  She is the author of "Beyond Heart Mountain," "Year of the Snake," and "On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year."

A Seabee's Story

Apr 11, 2013

Lt. Col. George A. Larson (USAF-Ret.) is giving a talk about his sixth book, "A Seabee's Story: Tinian and Okinawa B-29s and the Air War Against Japan," to the Black Hills Veterans Writers Group Saturday morning at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.  The book includes the stories of his father, George W. Wilson, who was a Navy Seabee during WWII.  Larson shared some of what he learned from his father about his military service on Dakota Midday.

"Henry's Adventure At The Franklin Hotel"

Apr 2, 2013

On June 4, 1903, the Franklin Hotel opened to the public with an elaborate reception and ball.  But what happened in the days leading up to the event?  "Henry's Adventure at the Franklin Hotel" brings to life the time, manners, and cultural roles of everyday life in the gold boomtown of Deadwood.  The book by authors Joanna Jones and Nancy Cartwright is on the 2013-14 South Dakota Prairie Pasque book list from the South Dakota Librarians.

Meyers To Write In France

Mar 7, 2013

Kent Meyers, Black Hills State University Associate Professor of Humanities, is leaving to spend five weeks as a writer-in-residence in two French cities.  Meyers, who is currently on sabbatical from BHSU to work on his next novel, will spend four weeks as a writer-in-residence in Clermont-Ferrand.  He'll spend his final week in the city of Grenoble.  While the majority of his time will be spent working on his next novel, Meyers will also meet with French school, civic and government groups to discuss his work as well as American literature in general.

"Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding"

Feb 27, 2013

February 27 is the 40th anniversary of the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota.  Author and journalist Stew Magnuson wrote about the occupation and last year's tense Dakota Conference at Augustana College which was attended by many of the key players from Wounded Knee in his book, "Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding."

"Twenty One Days Later: The Journey"

Feb 19, 2013

A family tragedy propelled Tony Baccarini on a journey towards healing and discovery.  He was admitted at Kenilworth Psychiatric Clinic and spent the next 21 days coming to terms with a failed relationship, bipolar disorder and grief.  The process made him discover his love and talent for writing poetry.  "Twenty One Days Later: The Journey," is the story of Baccarini's coming to terms with his mental illness and finding true inner peace.  Baccarini joined Dakota Midday from London, England.

"666 The Devil's Number"

Feb 7, 2013
Cara Hetland

Military historian and artist John Mollison talked about his new project, "666 The Devil's Number: The Amazing Service of Col. Hank Snow," a look into the military service of a man who endured three wars and 666 combat missions.  Snow received the Legion of Merit, six Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Bronze Star and 24 Air Medals during his service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

"A King Family Tribute"

Feb 4, 2013

In her new book "Martin Luther King Jr.: A King Family Tribute," Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, King's niece, has gathered the King family for the first time to share their reflections and memories of the civil rights leader.  Combined with never-before-published family photos, warm and affectionate testimonials provide fresh insight into the family and personal life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Watkins shared her personal memories on Dakota Midday.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan 24, 2013

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the day Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.  Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, has just finished his first novel, "The Commandant of Lubizec."  It's loosely based upon what happened at Treblinka, the Nazi extermination camp in German-occupied Poland, as well as other "Operation Reinhard" camps.

"Merciless"

Jan 16, 2013

In her latest mystery, author Lori Armstrong's character Mercy Gunderson is back in "Merciless."  A former Army sniper, Gunderson investigates a highly-trained military assassin who may have his sights set on Mercy as his next victim.  Anderson will sign copies of her new book Saturday at 2 p.m. at Books-A-Million in Rapid City and Tuesday, January 22, at 5 p.m. at the Sturgis Public Library.  Armstrong currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America.

Huron Author Steve Riedel

Dec 11, 2012

Steve Riedel's new book is "Dr. Joe and the Snowman."  The author has worked in the human services field all his adult life and is the associate director at Our Home in Huron.  Riedel drew on his experiences both professionally and personally in writing his follow-up to "A Homestead Holiday."  Riedel is signing books Tuesday in Pierre and speaking at the Cultural Heritage Center at 7 p.m.

"Greet The Dawn: The Lakota Way"

Nov 30, 2012

"Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way," the latest children's book collaboration between the South Dakota State Historical Society Press and nationally renowned illustrator S.D. Nelson, has won a Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Best Illustrator.  Written and illustrated by Nelson, its the second book the Press has published from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member.  "Greet the Dawn" is aimed at young readers and offers them a way to take a moment and appreciate their natural surroundings and to revel in the joy that each day brings.

"Through Dark Spaces"

Nov 30, 2012

Black Hills Writers Group president Karen Hall's new book is "Through Dark Spaces," her second Hannah Morrison mystery.  In "Through Dark Spaces," which takes place in Deadwood and Lead, Hannah has quit her job at the refinery and started her own consulting company, Morrison Engineering.  The book also introduces a new cast of interesting characters.  Hall also visits about the Black Hills Writers Group's new anthology, "Granite Island, Amber Sea: Writings from the Black Hills and Plains."

"The Christmas Plains"

Nov 30, 2012

The mad joys and wild emotions of Christmas are captured in Joseph Bottum's new book, "The Christmas Plains."  His memoir of growing up on the South Dakota plains include the sweet, comic, sentimental and serious snapshots of the holiday.  Bottom is one of the nation's most widely published essayists and poets, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers from the Atlantic to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and National Review.  Bottum is the former editor in chief of the journal First Things and former literary editor of the Weekly Standard, where he remains a contributing

McGovern Essayist

Oct 24, 2012

Former South Dakotan Josh Garrett-Davis wrote an essay for the New York Times this past weekend, "The Lost World of George McGovern."  In the essay, Garrett-Davis writes about South Dakota as a destination for young liberals in the mid-1970s.  Garrett-Davis grew up in Aberdeen, Hot Springs and Pierre (where he graduated high school in 1998).  He joins today's program from his home near Philadelphia.