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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Culture - Spearfish - Cowboy
1:28 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Spearfish Museum Celebrates National Cowboy Day

Branding cattle on the Great Western Cattle Trail.
Credit Courtesy High Plains Western Heritage Center

As citizens across the country celebrate our nation’s independence tomorrow, the High Plains Western Heritage Center is also putting time aside to recognize the American Cowboy. We visited the Spearfish museum to learn what it was like to raise cattle for a living and to discuss efforts by a 9-state coalition to mark the historic trail that brought cattle north from Texas to South Dakota and beyond.

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2:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lincoln's Bishop

In August and September of 1862, violence erupted in southwest Minnesota in what is often referred to as the U.S-Dakota War. The deadly attacks by the Dakotas against white settlers exploded out of frustration and anger over starvation and broken promises. In the aftermath of the conflict an Army court sentenced 303 Dakota men to death, 38 of whom were executed.

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3:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Fourth of July Safety

The legal sale of fireworks in South Dakota continues through Sunday. Officials are reminding people to be safe and use common sense as they celebrate the Fourth of July.

Pennington County Fire Administrator Denny Gorton urges residents to follow the instructions on the fireworks packages, plan for the unexpected and always have a bucket of water or garden hose ready. Gorton told Dakota Midday that his office’s main concerns over the next week as people shoot off fireworks is public safety and fire prevention.

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3:05 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

An Englishman in Yankton

Meridian Bridge over the Missouri River in Yankton, SD
Credit Jesse Kagarise

When English travel writer Fraser Harrison first visited Yankton in May 2011, he wasn’t impressed. His guide book promised a "gem-like historic town," but he was instead disappointed by what seemed to be a rather moribund community.

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Culture - Wind Cave - Signage
3:16 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Wind Cave Signage Now Historically Accurate

New signage at Wind Cave National Park reflects Native American culture and history.
Credit Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

A sign recently installed at the natural entrance of Wind Cave National Park is the result of consultation meetings with tribal representatives that date back to 2006.

The verbage of the original sign didn’t accurately reflect Native American cultural history related to the cave.  

Millions of people have visited Wind Cave National Park. For most, says park spokesperson Tom Farrell, the origins of the southern Black Hills tourist site were pretty limited if solely based on the sign that used to stand by the cave’s natural entrance.

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3:32 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

A Conversation With The Rhubarb King


Jan Sanderson of Sanderson Gardens in Aurora has come to be known as "The Rhubarb King." He joined Dakota Midday to talk about all things rhubarb: its history, recipes, and how it's now being used by several area wineries. Leola, SD, celebrates the Rhubarb Festival every year, and the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion is hosting "Rhubarb Day" on Saturday.

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3:23 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Kitchen Sisters Explore Secret Cooking in America

The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson (left) and Nikki Silva (right)
Credit The Kitchen Sisters

Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, otherwise known as NPR's Kitchen Sisters, are the Peabody Award-winning producers of Hidden Kitchens. The program explores the world of secret and unexpected cooking across America. A new season of Hidden Kitchens airs every Tuesday in June during Morning Edition. Davia Nelson joined the program to discuss the way communities come together through food.

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11:51 am
Tue June 3, 2014

SF Mayor To Travel To Germany

Sister Cities Assoc. Sioux Falls President Ginny Beck, Mayor Mike Huether, and Augustana German Instructor Monica Lhotzky offer details about Potsdam, Germany.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A German streetcar is slated to be christened with the name "Sioux Falls." The ceremony happens next week in Potsdam, Germany – which is a sister city of Sioux Falls. Mayor Mike Huether is traveling to Europe for the dedication and a short visit.

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2:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Summer Beers

Cory Vilhauer calls Weihenstephaner's Vitus a "five star" beer.

With the warmer temperatures, craft beer fans are turning to lighter beers for the summer.  Cory Vilhauer, writer of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader's "Beer We've Been Drinking" blog, says he craves a little more than the average post-lawn mowing, post-biking beer.  He discussed some of his favorite lighter, summer-friendly beers, including Kolsch and helles beers and cream ales.

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3:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Recognizing Mount Rushmore's Forgotten Sculptor

Mount Rushmore

Was Italian sculptor Luigi Del Bianco just another worker on Mount Rushmore, or the man who brought the monument to life? Del Bianco’s name isn’t mentioned in Rex Alan Smith’s 1985 book, The Carving of Mount Rushmore. His name is etched on a stone slab at Mount Rushmore along with the other 400 men who also worked on the monument, but Del Bianco’s grandson, Lou, says his grandfather deserves more recognition as Gutzon Borglum’s chief carver.

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2:43 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Verifying American Indian Burial Mounds In SD

As of 2008, there were 19 sites believed to be American Indian burial mounds recorded in Brown County, eight in neighboring McPherson County, two in Edmunds and five in Faulk. But ongoing survey work this summer in those four counties will try to verify those sites while also attempting to determine if there are others that have never been recorded - part of South Dakota's ongoing effort to preserve its past. Meanwhile, a separate survey will look at Marshall and Day counties, which are believed to have 35 mounds and nine mounds, respectively.

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4:38 am
Mon April 28, 2014

CASA Receives $11K From Rotary

A Sioux Falls service group is giving the CASA program $11,000. Rotary West members raised the money to benefit an organization that advocates for children in the court system.

Rich Lauer says Rotary is about putting service above self. He says that mission prompted the club to choose the CASA program to receive 11-thousand dollars. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Volunteers work for judges to support children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Lauer says members recognize the importance of putting child advocates in court.

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2:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Bordeaux Takes Post At Crazy Horse Memorial

The Indian Museum of North America.

Mary Bordeaux of Pine Ridge is taking the post of Museum Curator and Cultural Coordinator at Crazy Horse Memorial.  Bordeaux will be responsible for programs of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center and an ever growing collection at the Indian Museum of North America.  Bordeaux has an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design as well as a BA in Museum Studies.  She leaves her position as Curator and Interim Director at the Heritage Center in Pine Ridge to work on the most extensive collection of Native American artifacts in North America.

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4:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

RC Volunteer Helps With WA Mudslide

A Rapid City Red Cross volunteer is in Washington state helping with a devastating mudslide. It happened a week ago Saturday. Now aBlack Hills professor is working with family members and survivors.

South Dakota’s Red Cross volunteers often help with local crises – blizzards, fires, and other extreme circumstances near home. But when major incidents happen, the American Red Cross reaches out across the country to find the right volunteers for people’s needs.

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3:42 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Hotels Donate Stays To Red Cross

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

American Red Cross leaders say 19 hotels in the Sioux Falls area are partners in the new Rooms for Red Cross campaign. The businesses make rooms available at no charge to help people in need. That frees up other resources for Red Cross dollars.

This first year, hotels in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area are donating 245 individual nights in their facilities. Tony Burke is Community Chapter Executive Officer of the Red Cross in Sioux Falls. He says the Rooms for Red Cross campaign serves people who are suddenly homeless.

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3:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Goal: 500 New Mentors For Kids

A new initiative in southeastern South Dakota needs 500 mentors for students who need encouragement. The program serves kids in public schools throughout Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties.

Lutheran Social Services coordinates 1,100 people in two counties who mentor kids. But more than 700 students are on a waiting list for a positive, attentive influence. That’s one reason for a new effort in the Sioux Falls area to mobilize 500 more mentors in the next three years.

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Culture - Lakota - Memorial
10:51 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Anniversary Of "Warriors' " Deaths

Poster for Memorial Dinner shows Lyle Eagle Tail and Madison Wallace
Credit Courtesy Wallace family

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Madison Wallace and Lyle Eagle Tail. The Lakota man and the non-Native teen drowned in Sioux Falls as they attempted to save Madison’s younger brother from the Big Sioux River’s churning waters.

Native Americans in the community are holding a memorial dinner tonight to remember Wallace and Eagle Tail and to honor all those who helped in attempting to save and then recover them.

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1:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

NPR Music Presents: Live From SXSW 2014

Lady Gaga donned luxurious plastic bags for her SXSW Keynote on Friday.
Michael Buckner Getty

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:04 am

The most controversial woman in pop will address the SXSW audience at noon ET/11 a.m. CT today, and you can watch it unfold live right here.

3:09 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

FRONTLINE: Generation Like

Doug Rushkoff.

Thanks to social media, today's teens are able to directly interact with their culture - artists, celebrities, movies, brands and even one another - in ways never before possible.  But is that real empowerment or do marketers still hold the upper hand?  In "Generation Like," author and FRONTLINE correspondent Doug Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media - and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers.  "Generation Like" can be seen Tuesday, February 18, at 9:00 p.m.

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3:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Sex Abuse Survivors Talk To Lawmakers

Survivors of child sex abuse and advocates for those victims want lawmakers to address the abuse. Senate Bill 154 establishes a task force to study the impact of sexual abuse of children. Not one lawmaker in committee opposes the effort.  

Mary Beth Holzworth is in the state Capitol for her sons. Two of her three boys survived sexual abuse.

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5:50 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Keeping the Mine Clean

SDPB's Cara Hetland with Robin Varland at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Lab at Homestake
Credit SDPB

Gold mines are dusty dirty places; full of mud, seeping water and grime.  It’s a different place if that mine is turned into a world-class underground science lab. Stepping off the lift and into the Sanford Underground lab at Homestake is like stepping into a hospital operating room only cleaner.  The walls here are vacuumed regularly and even grated stairs are meticulously scrubbed with alcohol wipes by hand.  Here we’ll introduce you to the woman whose job it is to keep the lab clean and the experiments dust free.

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