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The "shop local" cause has a high-profile advocate this holiday season. South Dakota’s governor is encouraging people to do their last-minute shopping in communities across the state instead of with retailers outside of South Dakota.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is popping into different retail shops and restaurants in downtown Sioux Falls. He asks a local restauranteur what the best meal on the menu is. The owner says the governor can't go wrong.

Daugaard says he’s finished shopping for Christmas gifts in Pierre and in Sioux Falls.

Black Hills State University

Officials say Black Hills State University in Spearfish is the only South Dakota school selected by to be featured in its higher ed holiday card 2016 edition.

In the virtual card, BHSU student Paige Michael paints a picture of a snowy landscape while a video of Black Hills scenery plays.

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Public safety officials say this year’s holiday weekend breaks a trend in fatal crashes on South Dakota roads. Lee Axdahl is director of the state’s Office of Highway Safety.

"We always head into Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start of summer, with our fingers crossed, and this year that worked," Axdahl says. "Apparently, from the information that we have so far in South Dakota, we don't know of any roadway fatalities that have been reported in the state for the official Memorial Day weekend, which is good, because in 2014 we had six fatalities and in 2015 we had four."

A son of Chinese immigrants (his parents came to the U.S. via Cambodia during the war in Vietnam) Lim Bun grew up celebrating Chinese New Year.

Lim Bun sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about lucky money, the largest human migration on the planet, and how to maximize the volatility of the upcoming Year of the Fire Monkey.

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A visible member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says work between Indians and the rest of the state is not done. While much of the country took Monday off for Columbus Day, South Dakotans celebrated Native American Day. Leaders made the decision to change the holiday years ago. One man says some people still don’t use the holiday’s proper name.

JR LaPlante spent nearly four years as South Dakota’s first Secretary of Tribal Relations. He says changes made in 1990 were not answers to Native-white relations, but starting points. He says issues still exist.

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

Dec 29, 2014
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Law Enforcement officials across the state are increasing their presence over the holidays from rural South Dakota highways to busy city streets.

Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints are planned across the state--the goal is to stop drunk driving accidents and reduce holiday fatalities.

 And it’s not just South Dakota, a national campaign with a slogan called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is underway.   

South Dakota Troops are returning home just in time for the Holiday Season. The National Guard hopes the deployment of troops to Afghanistan is coming to an end.

South Dakota military families are anxious for their loved ones to return home from tours overseas. Major Anthony Deiss with the National Guard says getting troops home before Christmas is important.

Hegg Brothers Holiday Jam

Nov 29, 2012

The Hegg Brothers kick off their series of Holiday Jam concerts this weekend.  The musical showcase features the talents of a 10-piece band playing holiday classics as well as contemporary new arrangements in the signature lush and rhythmic horn band sound of Jeremy and Jon Hegg.  Jeremy Hegg stopped by the Dakota Midday studio Thursday to talk about this year's tour and perform a few numbers including Adolphe Adam's "O Holy Night."

Celebrating Native American Day

Oct 8, 2012

This is a special edition of Dakota Midday observing Native American Day. In this hour, you'll hear stories produced by SDPB Radio on issues important to the Native American community.