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3:07 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Rapid City's Jean Kessloff Receives State History Award

Jean Kessloff

During this weekend’s annual history conference of the State Historical Society in Pierre, Jean Kessloff will receive a Governor’s Award for History. She’s being recognized for her work in historic preservation in Rapid City. Kessloff is president of Historic Rapid City and has been a member of the Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission since 2003.

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Culture
2:56 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Book of Twos'

To help make sense of our world, we often rely on systems of twos – comparisons, contrasts, contradictions, polarities and dualities. We’ve got male and female, Democrats and Republicans, salt and pepper, up and down, light and dark, full and empty, hard and soft. In his new Book of Twos, Joseph Amato reflects on how we use twos to take the world apart and put it together. He considers twos in nature, language, myth, religion, philosophy, history, art, politics and other disciplines.

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Culture
3:40 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: South Dakota Magazine

The cover of the May/June 2015 issue of "South Dakota Magazine" features a photo of a longhorn scrapyard sculpture by John Lopez

With summer season officially underway, many South Dakotans are making plans for camping. In the May/June 2015 issue of South Dakota Magazine, special projects coordinator Rebecca Johnson writes about a few of the state's “primitive” campsites for those who want a more rugged adventure. The magazine also features a cover story about John Lopez’s “bone yard sculpture” and some advice for graduates from a South Dakota perspective. Johnson and managing editor John Andrews joined Dakota Midday and discussed a few of the current issue's highlights.

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Culture
3:26 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: BEAR Project Founder 'Tiny' DeCory

Yvonne "Tiny" DeCory
Credit Chynna Lockett SDPB

The Pine Ridge Reservation is struggling with a rash of youth suicides. There have been at least 10 since December. And according to the federal Indian Health Service, there have been 103 attempts by people ages 12 to 24 this past December through March. In February, Oglala Sioux Tribe president John Yellow Bird Steele declared an emergency on the reservation in response to the suicides.

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Culture
1:36 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Millennials Asked To Capture State's Beauty In Photo Contest

Chad Coppess a well known photographer with the South Dakota Department of Tourism is judging the student contest. He took this photo of a mountain goat near Mount Rushmore.
Credit Chad Coppess / SD Department of Tourism

With the passing of Memorial Day Weekend the official start of tourism season is here.   
 
But if you notice strangers snapping photos of your favorite places in South Dakota this summer there is a chance they are not visitors but locals.  
 
Officials with Black Hills State University and the South Dakota Department of Tourism are sponsoring a photo contest for students this summer.    The contest aims to help celebrate South Dakota as a vacation destination.

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Culture - History - Veterans
3:36 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Deadwood History Part Of Blue Star Museums

The "Blue Star Museums" program permits active-duty military personnel and their families to visit participating museums free-of-charge from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Credit Courtesy NEA

Museums across the country will offer free admission to active duty U.S. military personnel and their families beginning on Memorial Day. The nationwide program is part of an effort to provide military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after relocating to a new duty station.Deadwood History, Inc. is among the 2,000 sites across the country involved in the launch of “Blue Star Museums”.

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Culture
3:11 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Spearfish Woman Shares Story In 'Chicken Soup For The Soul'

Marsha Warren Mittman

Over the past two decades, the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series has compiled inspirational, true stories from regular people’s lives. The latest edition in the series, Time to Thrive: 101 Inspiring Stories about Growth, Wisdom and Dreams, includes a story by Marsha Warren Mittman about her bold decision to move to Spearfish. Friends and family took bets on how quickly she’d return home to New York City. 17 years later, she’s still in South Dakota.

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Culture
2:38 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Dakota Midday: Local Brewers Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

A glass of porter
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

Last summer, according to the American Brewers Association, the number breweries in the U.S. topped 3,000 for probably the first time since the 1870s. The majority of them are small, local craft breweries and numbers are expected to increase as the resurgence in American brewing continues to grow. South Dakota has at least fourteen microbreweries and brew pubs.

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Culture
3:12 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Neither Wolf nor Dog'

In his book, Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, Minnesota writer Kent Nerburn reluctantly agrees to a meeting with Dan, a Lakota elder who asks him to construct a book from a motley collection of notes and commentaries written over seven decades and kept in an old shoe box. Dan and his friend Grover take Nerburn on a ride through Lakota country in Dan's Buick.

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Culture
2:39 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Nova' Uncovers Secrets of Nazi U-boat Sunk in Gulf of Mexico

Docked German U-boats
Credit NOVA

In the months after Pearl Harbor, “Operation Drumbeat” sent Nazi U-boats to American shores. The German naval command caught the U.S. unprepared and their subs sunk hundreds of tankers and freighters supplying the European war effort. The U-166 is one of the few U-boats sunk in U.S. waters. It went down in the Gulf of Mexico after attacking a passenger ship, the Robert E. Lee.

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Culture
2:13 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Dakota Midday: Tim Giago's Boarding School Memories

Tim Giago
Credit Tim Giago

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, many American Indian children were sent away from their homes and families to attend government or church-operated boarding schools. Students were forced to cut their hair, give up traditional clothing and forbidden to speak their own language. The idea was to assimilate them completely into American culture. As the founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School Richard Henry Pratt said in 1892, “… all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man."

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Culture
3:48 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Dakota Midday: Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Dayton Hyde
Credit Running Wild Films

South of Hot Springs, some 600 mustangs run free in the 11,000 acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. It was established in 1988 by rancher, author and conservationist Dayton O. Hyde as a home for wild mustangs that were being rounded up and sometimes sold for slaughter.

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Culture
6:38 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Spearfish Canyon Tours Ready for Second Season

Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon
Credit Spearfish Canyon Tours

After taking a guided tour of Glacier National Park in Montana, Jon Pochop was struck by the lack of a guided tour of the natural beauty of the northern Black Hills. So last year the Spearfish businessman started Spearfish Canyon Tours. He worked with local author and historian Paul Higbee to give guides the local stories and historical background of the Spearfish area.

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Culture
6:16 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Legends of Spearfish

State Normal School President Fayette L. Cook, 1887
Credit Black Hills State University

Local writer and historian Paul Higbee says Spearfish is the most western town he knows. Although it doesn’t dress “cowboy,” it was founded on the gold mining, cattle and lumber economies of the Old West and prospers in the farming and tourism economies of the New West.

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Culture
3:28 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Native Recalls Fall of Saigon

Mobs scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam April 1975
Associated Press

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. The United States had just a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives left in the country in the wake of the Paris Peace Accords. With a North Vietnamese victory inevitable and the U.S. prepared to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried about the safety of South Vietnamese allies, family and friends and scrambled to get them out of the country. After the Tan Son Nhut airport was hit by rockets, Vietnamese were evacuated via helicopters from the U.S.

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Culture
1:57 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Rock Poster Artist To Speak in Rapid

Jay Ryan

An artist who uses animal caricatures to promote rock concerts is speaking in Rapid City this week.

Jay Ryan has been making small batches of screen printed posters to promote entertainment events for over 20 years.  He’s based in Chicago where he runs the a print shop named "The Bird Machine."

Ryan’s work has promoted mainstream bands from Pearl Jam to the Flaming Lips along with lesser known underground bands like Fugazi.  

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Culture - Youth - Lakota
12:55 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Lakota Youth Summit Explores Talents

Lakota Youth Summit poster
Credit Courtesy Lakota Children’s Enrichment

A Youth Summit is scheduled to take place on the Pine Ridge Reservation this Saturday. Hosted by the non-profit Lakota Children’s Enrichment, the gathering will offer guidance in everything from gardening to art to spoken word poetry.

If you’re looking for someplace to have good food…expand your mind…and lay down some grooves…by speaking out poems or creating some art…Rockyford High School’s the place to start.

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Culture - Lakota - Petroglyphs
4:49 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Petroglyphs Bring Lakota Origins To Life

Vance Blacksmith passes on the Lakota oral traditions of the petroglyphs that have been handed down through the ages to student from the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Credit Photo by Audrey Jacobs

In this high-tech world of instant communication it may be hard to imagine leaving a message for someone that might take hours or even days to compose…and that the recipient might not receive for hundreds of years.

But as we learned, along with a group of Lakota students, that’s exactly what ancient Indigenous people did in what’s come to be known as “rock art”.

The early spring sun is rising steadily in the sky as I board a school bus for a journey into the past.  

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Culture - Petroglyphs - Lakota
3:49 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Lakota Students Find Past In Petroglyphs

Red Cloud Indian School’s Heritage Center Museum Educator Audrey Jacobs explains history of petroglyphs to Lakota students.
Credit Photo by Karla LaRive

In this high-tech world of instant communication it may be hard to imagine leaving a message for someone that might take hours or even days to compose…and that the recipient might not receive for hundreds of years.

But we learned, along with a group of Lakota students, that’s exactly what ancient Indigenous people did in what’s come to be known as “rock art”.

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Culture
2:58 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Dakota Midday: April Fools' Day

In 1957 the BBC news program "Panorama" broadcast an April Fools' Day story about Swiss farmers' bumper spaghetti harvest
Credit BBC

The origin of April 1st as a day for pranks and practical jokes is something of a mystery. The most commonly cited explanation is that it goes back to the 1500s when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, moving the new year from April to January. People in rural areas who were slow to get the news and continued to celebrate New Year in the spring were called April Fools. But this story is something of a hoax itself. There are references to April 1st as a day for pranks and jokes that date well before the 16th century.

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Culture
2:24 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Thieves' Road'

In the summer of 1874, George Armstrong Custer led a military expedition into the Black Hills to choose a site for a new Army fort and investigate the area’s natural resources. The expedition’s discovery of gold attracted thousands of whites to the Black Hills in violation of the 1868 Laramie Treaty which protected Lakota ownership and hunting rights.

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Culture
3:26 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: Swamp Thing Collector Seeks World Record

Swamp Thing is a humanoid mass of vegetable matter that fights to protect his swamp home, the environment and humanity from supernatural and other threats. The DC comic book character has been the subject of two movies, a television series and a five-part animated series.

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Culture
2:58 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: British Writer Contemplates Old Age in South Dakota Winter

Fraser Harrison
Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press

English travel writer Fraser Harrison is back in South Dakota for his sixth trip to the state in six years, but his first during winter. He turned 70 last fall and a return to the state during winter seemed like a good time to ponder old age and death.  Harrison says he's interested in that period when one considers oneself as old, or oldish, but when one still retains mot of one's physical and mental powers, or enough to maintain a flourishing life.

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Culture
2:37 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Fassbender Photographs Preserve Black Hills History

Iron Creek/Spearfish Canyon
Fassbender Collection

Five years ago the cities of Lead, Deadwood and Spearfish purchased the Fassbender photo collection. The  800,000 Black Hills photographs capture historic events such as presidential visits and the Spearfish Canyon Road grand opening as well as day-to-day life in the gold mines and on reservations. There are also wedding, graduation and family photos.

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Culture
2:33 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: South Dakota Magazine Celebrates 30 Years

Flute maker and champion traditional dancer Bryan Akipa was featured on the cover of the January/February 2006 issue of South Dakota Magazine

For the past thirty years, South Dakota Magazine has explored the state's varied cultures and landscapes. The magazine has captured the past and the present. It's shared stories from the main streets and back alleys and farms and ranches across the state. It's celebrated both the well-known and lesser-known South Dakotans who've the state unique.

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Culture - MStSquare - Beach
3:49 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Main Street Square Beach Party

Ice skaters of all ages are expected for the 4th annual Last Day to Skate Beach Party at Rapid City's Main Street Square.
Credit Courtesy Main Street Square

The weather’s supposed to be “seasonable” in Rapid City this weekend…which, if you’ve lived here for any length of time you’ll realize, can mean almost anything. But some people think it’s actually a perfect opportunity for…a beach party.

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Culture
2:20 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Temples of Justice'

Stained glass in the Codington County Courthouse in Watertown.
Credit SDPB

South Dakota has 66 counties and 64 courthouses. The buildings are both majestic and beautiful. But their history is deeper than architecture. It’s an often colorful history including tales of deception and bribery as towns battled over county seats.

A new SDPB-TV documentary, Temples of Justice, tells the stories of the state’s county courthouses from territorial days to the present. It airs Thursday, February 26 at 8 pm, CT; 7 pm, MT.

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Culture
2:02 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'American Denial'

Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks / Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation

In 1938 Swedish economist and sociologist Gunnar Myrdal was commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation to lead a massive study on Jim Crow racism. Myrdahl’s research explored a troubling question: How can a nation that espouses such forward-thinking, human and democratic visions as embodied in the American creed justify the exploitation of its black population.

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Culture
2:51 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Food Network Host Alton Brown Brings Live Show to Sioux Falls

Food Network host Alton Brown live on stage
Credit Alton Brown

Fans of the Food Network know Alton Brown as the wry, quirky host of Good Eats, a show combining classroom and comedy to help demonstrate how to make a tasty food. Brown also hosts Iron Chef America and the newer Cutthroat Kitchen, a competition in which chefs have to outwit and sometimes sabotage their opponents.

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Culture
2:40 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: Comparing Martin Luther King and Malcom X Speeches

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, DC

On August 28th, 1963  Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” to over 250 thousand civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Nearly a year later, in April, Malcom X delivered his “Ballot or the Bullet” speech at the Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

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