Dakota Midday

Victoria Wicks

Drunk-driving laws have been on the books for more than a century. But after all those years of legislation and case law, the bugs still haven't been worked out.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the opinion in Missouri v. McNeely. The court ruled that before compelling a blood test, law officers at routine stops have to get consent or a warrant. That changed procedures that had been in place nationwide for almost 50 years.

And it invalidated parts of states' implied consent laws, including South Dakota's.

Tech Radio

Sep 16, 2016

  On this Techradio - is municipal wifi a good idea? The EU seems to be taking the bull by the horns. We discuss a variety of cell phone issues, and ask if wearables are finally ready for prime time.

Augustana University

Art and poetry go hand in hand. Artist Nancy Losacker and and poet Norma Wilson show just how to combine the two creative outlets in their joint-exhibit and new written collection "Rivers, Wings, and Sky." The South Dakota Arts Council has supported the duo since 2008, displaying their work at galleries throughout the region. Their final exhibit is on display at Augustana’s Center for Western Studies until October 22. The two join Dakota Midday to discuss their partnership, their friendship, and how inspiration is shared and expanded through collaboration.

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As a top industry in the state, agriculture is on the minds of many South Dakotan voters. U.S. Representative Kristi Noem visits Midday to provide her insight on agriculture as she represents local farmers and producers in Washington, D.C. She also discusses the ongoing search for a compromise regarding Country of Origin Labeling, the importance of food supply to national security, and how South Dakotans consistently farm beyond next year’s crop.

Federal Defender

Federal public defender Neil Fulton joins Midday to dive into the issues of racial disparity in federal sentencing. Using Victoria Wicks’ conversation with Judge Viken as a starting point, Fulton explores the complexities from his perspective as a public defender.  He touches on Indian Country, the data collection problem and the perception of justice.

Hawks for U.S. House

As one of South Dakota's largest industries, agriculture sows its way into the political landscape. Paula Hawks is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives. She cites country-of-origin labeling and loss of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program acres as major issues in state agriculture. She discusses the agriculture conversation in Washington, the Farm Bill, and preparations for the November election.

South Dakota Department of Corrections

Meth is continuing to be present in South Dakota. State officials are tasked with taking on the problem on a number of levels.

Denny Kaemingk is the Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Corrections and Amy Iverson-Pollreiz is the Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. They join Dakota Midday to talk about the state's drug policy and the people effected.

East River Nursery

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joins Dakota Midday to take questions about everything from getting rid of earwigs to getting seeds out of milkweed.

Kevin Woster

Dakota Midday hits  the road this week. Host Lori Walsh asked Dakota Political Junkie Kevin Woster to record some thoughts on driving across the state.

Democratic National Convention

The Dakota Political Junkies are back on Dakota Midday to talk about the week in politics. Kevin Woster is with the KELO-TV Rapid City Bureau and Jon Hunter is the publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.

They discuss everything from a possible meth epidemic in South Dakota to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Paula Hawks

The Democratic National Convention is taking place this week in Philadelphia. The convention is attended by South Dakota delegates including State Representative Paula Hawks.

Hawks joins Dakota Midday to discuss the convention so far and where the party stands in South Dakota and as a whole.

Civility Experts Worldwide

Does it ever seem like people have a different mentality online? An expert says being civil online is just as important as being civil face to face.

Lew Bayer is CEO of the multicultural training group Civility Experts Worldwide. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about social media manners and how people treat each other online.

Charles Michael Ray

The Off-Broadway Women's Project Theater is the  oldest and largest theater company that promotes women artists in the US. In business since 1978, the organization celebrates and incubates projects by theater artists who might never otherwise be heard.

Lisa McNulty is in her second year as producing artistic director for the theater. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about the industry and about how women should resist waiting for permission before producing their own creative work.

Veteran Benefits Administration

The Veterans Benefits Administration provides veterans with compensation and vocational rehabilitation. The Dakotas Regional Office covers more than 154,000 veterans and their families in South Dakota, North Dakota and parts of Minnesota.

Shawn Bohn was appointed as director of this office earlier in the year. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about trends in compensation and what VA is doing to reach veterans and respond to their needs.

SaveYour.Town

Deb Brown and Becky McCray join Dakota Midday to discuss SaveYour.Town, a rural resource organization design to support innovation, leadership, and connection in rural America.

From upcoming webinars, to the power of Brain Gain, the popular bloggers discuss how small towns are thriving.

Dakota Resources

Last week the Rural Experience (X) Summit took place in Aberdeen. The gathering was meant to bring together ideas about improving rural South Dakota.

Beth Davis is the president of Dakota Resources, the organization that hosted the Rural X Summit. She talks about what people took away from the summit and possible solutions to rural problems.

The study of sustainability is much more than recycling. According to Dr. Sandra Marker, the study focuses on problem solving in a complex world.

A new online master's program at Black Hills State University is the first of its kind in the western United States. Marker, the program's coordinator, joins Midday to talk about the new degree program, growth in sustainability careers, and the wide array of interested students.

Kenzie Wagner

Architects are closing their slideshows to study hands-on innovation and collaboration in the Black Hills area. Design in the Hills is a conference of architecture professionals largely held outdoors. We’re joined by three architects to discuss the unique elements of design in the Black Hills spaces and the nature of the design professions in South Dakota. They also talk about exciting new projects in engineering, sculpture and design.

A historic home holds a past full of architectural surprises and stories. Kevin Ganz of Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls discusses a chance for South Dakotans to experience some of the community's rich history during the 2016 Historic Homes Tour. Tour attendees will visit three historic homes in the Cathedral district of Sioux Falls. Ganz also mentions some interesting historic details and styles to expect on Thursday's tour.

Vivian Fullerlove

The roar of the crowd and adrenaline rush from flipping on two wheels is a familiar setting for live action sports athlete James Carter.  Carter grew up in Rapid City, dreaming of becoming a professional motocross athlete. He stops by Midday to discuss the lessons he has learned throughout his career, including staying focus, finding a positive mindset through accidents and tragedy, and interacting with fans of all ages.

Dakota Midday's Lori Walsh sat down with Sioux Falls Air Show coordinator Rick Tupper and Augustana professor Patrick Hicks to talk about the powerful history of aircraft. From heavier topics of World War II aircraft to a lighter mood of the annual hangar 1940's swing dance, the Joe Foss squadron aims to maintain the intergrity of traditional warbirds. The guests also stress the opportunity to appreciate military history and the accomplishments of veterans.

Denise Ross from the Black Hills Knowledge Network and Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal lend their voices to the weekly Midday segment Dakota Political Junkies. Some topics of discussion include the memorable face palm from one South Dakotan, the GOP's platform, figures missing at the GOP national convention, and agriculture's role in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives between Kristi Noem and Paula Hawks.

Ryan Budmayr, executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party, is at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and he joins Midday to share some insider details. He describes the event as both high-energy and genuine. He also mentions controversy over the GOP's platform, South Dakota's reaction to a Trump nomination, and memorable speakers at the convention.

Candy may feel like a sinful pleasure, but its past is not so sweet. Susan Benjamin spent time with Dakota Midday to talk about the history of candy, including cane sugar's role in enslavement, candy's medicinal origins, and the evolution of marketing innovations. She also reveals her preferred treat and what "historic candy" really is.

Meth, according to Sgt. Dale McCabe, is a drug without barriers. McCabe has worked with the Rapid City Police Department since 1990, overseeing all violent crime cases the past eight years. Rapid City has seen a record number of homicide and violent crime cases in 2015, directly connected with increased illegal drug use. McCabe joined Dakota Midday to discuss meth, criminal justice reform, and how to the cycle of meth addiction and crime through deterrence, education and prevention.

Dakota Midday's Book Nerds Lori Walsh and Jacqueline Palfy Klemond sat down for a chat about the highlights of this summer's book releases. The Book Nerds also feature some listeners' current favorites.

Klemond is an editor for the Argus Leader alongside leading the  Argus Leader Life Book Club. She discusses how to continue a successful book club long term and summer reading trends.

Dakota Midday: Pam Moret On Charity's Role in Communities

Jul 18, 2016
Numad Group

Bush Foundation Board Chair Pam Moret has plenty of experience in both leadership and philanthropic efforts. She has led two Fortune 500 companies and has served on numerous nonprofit boards to maintain an active role in her community.

Ellen McGirt is an award winning long-form journalist who also covers race, culture and leadership for Fortune. Her reporting has taken her inside the C-Suites of Facebook, Nike, Twitter, Intel, and Cisco; to the campaign trail with Barack Obama; to Lagos, Nigeria in search of tech entrepreneurs.

Hugh Weber is the founder and CEO of OTA, an organization focused on sparking regional transformation through creative connections in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Weber is presenting at the 33rd annual South Dakota Governor's Camp for the Gifted and at the RuralX Summit. In his interview during Dakota Midday, Weber stresses the importance of balancing high values of working, playing and doing good.

USD Law's Grace Day Dies At 89

Jul 15, 2016
SDPB News

Grace Day died on Wednesday, July 13 at the age of 89. She was considered a pioneer for women in law.  Day was the only woman in the 1949 University of South Dakota School of Law graduating class.  She went on to lead a successful legal career.

"I enjoyed being around people, trying to help people. I didn't really know at the time what it'd be like practicing law, but I wasn't afraid to move into a new avenue and see what it was going to be."

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