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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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Culture
2:40 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Dakota Midday: New History Group Promotes Study of Midwest

Jon Lauck and John Miller
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

The Midwestern History Association was created this past fall to advance the study of the American Midwest and to give the region a stronger voice in the American historical profession. The organization's first president, Jon Lauck, says he thinks the association will be the inspiration for many future books, articles and dissertations focusing on the Midwest. Lauck is author of  The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History.

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Culture
2:36 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Dakota Midday: Black Hills Stock Show And Rodeo

Credit Back Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

Cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers and their animals are gathering in Rapid City this week for the annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. Over 330,000 people from around the region and beyond are expected to attend the event at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Central States Fairgrounds. Organizers say it’s the second largest event in South Dakota, following the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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Culture
2:17 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: 2015 Super Bowl Ads

Image from Budweiser's "Lost Dog" ad
Credit Budweiser

Sunday's Super Bowl was an exciting match-up that saw the New England Patriots defeating the Seattle Seahawks in the final minutes. The ads, on the other hand, were more somber and emotional with a particular focus on dads. One of the top audience favorites was a Budweiser spot that showed a lost puppy rescued by Clydesdale horses. Brandon Nutting, assistant professor of Media and Journalism at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday and discussed  the Super Bowl XLIX  ads.

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Culture
5:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'South Dakota's Challenges Since 1960'

In his book, South Dakota's Challenges Since 1960, Charles Rogers explores nearly a half-century of South Dakota’s most recent history. Rogers taught American history at Scotland High School, Washington High School and Kilian Community College in Sioux Falls. His book focuses on energy development, population, well-known South Dakotans, and the state’s economic ups and downs. He’s giving a presentation about the book on Tuesday, February 3 at the History Club of Sioux Falls.

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Culture
2:18 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Better Cooking through Failure

Christoper Kimball
Credit America's Test Kitchen

Christopher Kimball says the reason many people don’t cook or cook well is because they’re scared of failing. But the host of America’s Test Kitchen and the founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine says that good cooking starts with failure. Kimball believes that finding the best way to cook takes practice and time.

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Culture
2:21 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane'

Calamity Jane is probably the best known woman of the Wild West. She arrived in Deadwood in 1876 and captured the attention of writers and journalists. They shared with newspaper readers across the nation stories about this fearless, unorthodox young woman who cussed, smoked, chewed tobacco, and drank.

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Culture
2:04 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: The 1980 Deadwood Brothel Raid

On May 21st, 1980 federal officials raided Deadwood’s infamous brothels, which led to their closure. The brothels had been open since the Gold Rush days when prostitutes first arrived in the mining town with Charlie Utter’s wagon train in 1876.

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Culture
1:51 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: A Quarter-Century after the Year of Reconciliation

Governor George Mickeslon
Credit SDPB

25 years ago, Oglala Lakota newspaper publisher Tim Giago wrote a column challenging then-Governor George Mickelson to proclaim 1990 a Year of Reconciliation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wounded Knee. That same year he wrote an editorial calling for the state to change Columbus Day to Native American Day. In an interview for Dakota Midday, Giago reflects on the last 25 years and the current state of race relations in South Dakota.

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Culture
2:03 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Fighting Muslim Stereotypes through Comedy

Negin Farsad
Credit Negin Farsad

The Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris this month have heightened Islamophobia. Over the past several years, comedian Negin Farsad has been fighting Muslim stereotypes over the past several years through jokes. She directed the movie The Muslims Are Coming! which follows a group of Muslim-American comedians as they tour, do shows, meet the locals and fight stereotypes.

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Culture
2:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Dakota Midday: Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy

Jennifer Ford Reedy
Credit Bush Foundation

Over the past 61 years, the Bush Foundation has made over $1 billion in grants to thousands of individuals and organizations across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native Nations within those states. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth.

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Culture
3:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'We Are a Horse Nation'

Image from "We Are a Horse Nation"

The new film, We Are a Horse Nation, is a documentary about efforts to revive connections between the Oceti Sakowin (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota) peoples and Sunka Wakan Oyae (Horse Nation). It tells stories of how closer relationships with horses are helping children and young adults on reservations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.

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Culture
3:40 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

"Push Someone"

Bob Pardo (left) and Steve Wayne, the F-4 pilots from the famous "Pardo Push."
Credit www.johnmollison.com

Sioux Falls aviation artist and historian John Mollison visited about the latest project from Old Guys and their Planes, "Push Somone," the incredible story of F-4 Phantom pilots Bob Pardo and Steve Wayne.  Mollison also discussed his work as it pertains to preserving aviation history through art and the audio/visual projects on which he works with Rick Lingberg of Sioux Falls.

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Culture
2:23 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Dakota Midday: What Do Women Want?

The question of what women want is one that both men and women find frustrating. Rapid City author and counselor Evelyn Leite asked women the question and used insights gathered from their answers along with decades of counseling experience for a new book delving into the issues that plague many relationships, Women: What Do We Want?

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Culture
2:23 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Wounded Knee - A Line in the Sand'

Kevin McKiernan with Tom Bad Cob and Oscar Bear Runner during the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation
Credit Kevin McKiernan

On the night of February 27th, 1973, American Indian Movement activists seized buildings in Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Rookie journalist Kevin McKiernen sneaked past FBI agents and U.S. Marshals and spent several weeks inside the compound. With a back-pack full of cameras, film and a tape recorder, McKiernan documented much of the 71-day occupation from inside the perimeter. His reports were broadcast on National Public Radio.

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Culture
2:27 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Reveille for Sioux Falls'

During World War II, Sioux Falls was home to the Army Air Forces Technical School. From 1942 through 1945, some 45 thousand men and women trained there and brought new wealth to the community, changed social attitudes, stimulated construction and created the city’s first modern airport.

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Culture
5:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Red Spirit Fashion Weaves Indigeneity Into Modern Style

Models were silhoutted by a spotlight against a projected red moon.
Photo art by Victoria Wicks

Fashion designers and their models put on a show at the School of Mines and Technology late last week, but this show had a twist. The Red Spirit fashion show features contemporary clothing created by Native designers and uses Native models.

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Culture
2:07 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Exhibit Celebrates Tourist Attraction Art

As people travel across South Dakota, tourist attractions lure them in with such enticing things as petrified wood sculptures, animatronic cowboys,jackelopes and miniature Conestoga wagons. These attractions are sometimes dismissed as “tourist traps,” but Wall Drug, the Corn Palace, Kadoka Petrified Gardens, Reptile Gardens and other places are an iconic part of the South Dakota experience.

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Culture
2:12 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

South Dakotans Ponder Creativity in New Book

South Dakota is full of intelligent, energetic and creative people, from writers and artists to scientists and entrepreneurs. Retired South Dakota State University history professor John E. Miller spoke with some of them for the book, First We Imagine: 22 Creative South Dakotans Speak on the Subject of Creativity. They include writers Kent Meyers and Linda Hasselstrom; physicians Ed Perry and Rick Holm; and the co-founders of Daktronics, Duane Sander and Al Kurtenbach.

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Culture - Lakota - Harney
2:36 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Move To Rename Harney Peak

Harney Peak - highest point in the U. S. east of the Rockies - was named for U.S. Army General William S. Harney.
Credit Wikipedia file photo

Lakota tribal members from the Pine Ridge Reservation are calling for a name change of the highest point East of the Rocky Mountains. The designation “Harney Peak” has been offensive to Native Americans across the region for more than a century.

General William S. Harney was “honored” by a fellow U.S. Army officer in 1857 by having a 7.000 foot-high peak in the Black Hills bear his name.

The dedication came as a result of Harney’s actions in the 1855 Battle of Ash Hollow, in Nebraska, where more than 80 Lakota men, women and children were killed.

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Culture
2:06 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Sharing Lakota Heritage and History

Credit SDPB Television

In a broadcast from Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Wilmer Mesteth and Mike Her Many Horses joined Dakota Midday and discussed stories, songs and legendary leaders from Lakota history. Mike Her Many Horses is a tribal historian who is also executive director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a member of the Lakota Fund board of directors. Wilmer Mesteth is a spiritual leader, musician and instructor of Lakota Studies at OLC. He is a direct descendent of Chief Red Shirt, who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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