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Dakota Midday was heard Mondays-Fridays, noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT - the show was replaced by In the Moment in January of 2017. 

Click here for shows that aired PRIOR to August of 2012.

Paper Bird

Nov 1, 2012

Mark and Sarah Anderson of the Colorado band, Paper Bird, talk about their rare and beautiful approach to music which has led them to be featured on NPR's All Things Considered.  Paper Bird has also been named in the Denver Post's Top 1o Best Underground Bands three years in a row.  Paper Bird will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House and Arts Center in Spearfish.

Sanford Lab Safety Officer Retires

Nov 1, 2012

Sanford Laboratory Safety Officer Tom Regan leaves his position on November 2, exactly 43 years after he started working at Homestake as a student in 1969.  Over the years, Regan has been an underground laborer, a locomotive operator, a miner, a heavy equipment operator and a scheduler.  Regan was among those who worked with the state to help establish the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, which would eventually secure the former Homestake Gold Mine pr0perty for development into a federal underground laboratory.  Regan visits with Karl Gehrke from the Sanford Underground Lab.

Writer Adrian Ludens

Oct 31, 2012

Adrian Ludens, he’s the author of the new book “Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles.” In this debut collection of dark short fiction, Adrian Ludens has revised nineteen of his favorite previously published stories. A horde of insects invade one unfortunate man's stomach and make it their home, a blind woman guards a cavern full of Civil War-era zombies, and a troubled teen digs up her father's corpse, hoping to get some closure.

Today, Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic; and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics this week include George McGovern’s memorial services; the “corm dog” video by the GOP attacking Democratic Congressional candidate Matt Varilek that’s gone viral and also embraced by the Varilek campaign;  the Public Utilities Commission races; local legislative campaigns; and ballot issues.

Feeding South Dakota

Oct 31, 2012

Interview with Matt Gassen, executive director of Feeding South Dakota. After the death of George McGovern last week, his family asked that donations be made in his memory to an organization that distributes food to needy people across the state. The family's request is paying off for Feeding South Dakota, which has received donations of about $16,000 in the week since McGovern's death. Matt Gassen says the organization has been processing a lot of donations since McGovern's family asked for such donations instead of flowers.

Charles Michael Ray interviews Dr. John Turner. Turner a research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His research is primarily concerned with enabling technologies for the implementation of hydrogen systems into a sustainable energy infrastructure. This includes direct conversion systems (photoelectrolysis) for hydrogen production from sunlight and water, materials for advanced fuel cell membranes, and corrosion protection for fuel cell metal bipolar plates.

Convicted child killer Donald Moeller is set to die by lethal injection at 10:00 tonight. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the latest request for a stay of execution. Moeller was convicted for the 1990 murder of 9-year-old Becky O’Connell. For twenty-two years Moeller denied that he killed O’Connell and lodged nearly every appeal in court battles. Moeller gave up his last appeal several weeks ago when he admitted his guilt and said that he accepts lethal injection as justice.

Tony Post , Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party discusses the work the Republican party is doing to get out the vote. He also discusses how both social media and traditional door knocking have a role in modern campaigns. Ben Nesselhuf, Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party discusses the work his party is doing in the last week of the campaign to get out the vote. 

David Owen, president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry is in favor of Referred Law 14. State Representative and House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff is opposed to the measure. If passed, Referred Law 14 would direct 22 per cent of contractor’s excise tax revenue to an economic development fund. A board could give grants to incentivize new or expanded business with a cost exceeding five million dollars. The law would replace an expiring program that automatically refunded portions of the contractor’s excise tax to large projects.

Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery joins Dakota Midday's semi-regular gardening segment for tips on getting lawns and gardens ready for winter.

Referred Law 16

Oct 25, 2012

In less than two weeks voters will decide whether Referred Law 16 should be implemented in South Dakota.  Referred Law 16 puts together five key elements of education reform.  These include a scholarship program for college students who commit to teaching in South Dakota schools, a bonus program for math and science teachers and bonuses for teachers chosen as "top performers."  South Dakota Education Secretary Melody Schopp and South Dakota Education Association President Sandy Arseneault debate Referred Law 16 on today's Dakota Midday.

Education Funding

Oct 24, 2012

Doug Hall, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network in Washington, D.C., joins Kealey Bultena on Dakota Midday to discuss how education funding in South Dakota compares to surrounding states and whether investing more money in schools actually leads to better education.

McGovern Essayist

Oct 24, 2012

Former South Dakotan Josh Garrett-Davis wrote an essay for the New York Times this past weekend, "The Lost World of George McGovern."  In the essay, Garrett-Davis writes about South Dakota as a destination for young liberals in the mid-1970s.  Garrett-Davis grew up in Aberdeen, Hot Springs and Pierre (where he graduated high school in 1998).  He joins today's program from his home near Philadelphia.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 24, 2012

Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic talk about the passing of former Senator George McGovern and his relationship with the city of Mitchell.  They also discuss the Kristi Noem/Matt Varilek race for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat along with local legislative races and whether Democrats can expect to see gains in the state and nation.

Dave Kranz Remembers McGovern

Oct 23, 2012

In 2005, Hetland interviewed long-time Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter, editor and columnist Dave Kranz about former Senator George McGovern. Kranz, now retired, told Hetland she couldn’t release the interview until after McGovern’s death.  McGovern died Sunday morning at the age of 90.  

American Indian Activist Russell Means

Oct 23, 2012

Robert Warrior, Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois and Elizabeth Castle, Native Studies assistant professor at the University of South Dakota, talk about American Indian activist Russell Means. Hollywood actor and American Indian activist Russell Means died early Monday morning at his ranch near Porcupine on Pine Ridge. Means was 72 years old and had battled cancer for the past few years.

SDPB news producer Kealey Bultena explains the Attorney General's brief of Measure 15.  Bultena talked with Andy Wiese, a representative of Moving South Dakota Forward, a coalition in favor of Initiated Measure 15, and  Jeremiah M. Murphy, who represents groups against Initiated Measure 15.  Initiated Measure 15 increases the state sales tax by one percent and designates that money to K-12 education and Medicaid providers.  Some groups say it's the most effective way to serve schools and Medicaid service providers after legislative cuts that haven't been restored.

This special edition of Dakota Midday is dedicated to the late Senator George McGovern. Three guests join the show today to discuss the life, leadership and legacy of McGovern. We first hear from grandson Matt McGovern who's first experience in South Dakota politics was traveling the state as a child during his grandfather's 1980 Senate campaign. Donald Simmons joins the conversation - he's the Executive Director of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. McGovern graduated from Dakota Wesleyan after World War II.

South Dakota Chat Pack

Oct 18, 2012

Paul Lowrie, co-creator of Chat Pack, joins the program to talk about his creative and thought-provoking cards. With a little box of cards called "South Dakota Chat Pack: Fun Questions to Spark South Dakota Conversations," South Dakotans have the perfect excuse to engage in some entertaining and enlightening conversations about the Mount Rushmore State. The conveniently small plastic container holds 156 cards, each one featuring a fun question that will get people of all ages chatting about a topic related to South Dakota.

Polling in South Dakota

Oct 18, 2012

Paul Nielson, President of Nielson Brothers Polling and Sam Hurst, advisory group member for the Dakota Poll, discuss the polling in South Dakota. Both organizations have released polling data over the last week, relating in particular to South Dakota Referred Laws 14 & 16 and Ballot Measure 15. They discussed their results and why polling is needed in South Dakota.

"The Mystery of the Pheasants"

Oct 17, 2012

Former South Dakota Attorney General Mark Meierhenry and five-time State Treasurer David Volk have written a new children's book, "The Mystery of the Pheasants," which tells the history South Dakota's state bird, from its arrival from China, through its successful adaptation to the plains, and onto the traditions of hunting throughout the region.  Learn more at

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 17, 2012

Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and Denise Ross of the Mitchell Daily Republic talk about former Senator George McGovern who has been admitted into hospice care.  They also discuss last Friday's debate between Representative Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek, a judge's order that Secretary of State Jason Gant include an opposition statement from Senator Stan Adelstein in the ballot issues guide among other topics.

Poet Taylor Mali

Oct 16, 2012

Taylor Mali's mastery with words has inspired many to go into the teaching profession.  He has traveled throughout the world to perform and lecture for teachers.  Mali recently published a book of essays, "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World," which chronicles his life from teacher to advocate.  Mali spoke Tuesday at Black Hills State University as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.

Execution of Eric Robert

Oct 16, 2012

SDPB News Director was part of the media pool that covered the execution of Eric Robert on Monday night.  Robert had pleaded guilty in the April 12, 2011, slaying of prison guard Ronald Johnson during a failed escape attempt.  Robert asked to be put to death, saying he would kill again.  He was put to death by lethal injection at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.  He was pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m.

Fall Gardening

Oct 15, 2012

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora joins Karl Gehrke for Dakota Midday's semi-regular gardening segment.  Today, Evers discusses fall lawn and garden work and takes questions from listeners.

Teacher of the Year

Oct 15, 2012

Katie Anderson has been named South Dakota's 2013 Teacher of the Year.  Anderson teaches science and reading at East Middle School in Rapid City.  Part of her award is a technology package valued at $11,000 to use in her classroom.  She'll represent South Dakota as a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.  The National Teacher of the Year is announced during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., each April.

Eric Robert Execution

Oct 15, 2012

SDPB News Director Cara Hetland is part of the media pool that is covering tonight's execution of Eric Robert.  Robert, 50, pleaded guilty to the April 12, 2011, slaying of a prison guard during a failed escape attempt and asked to be put to death, saying he would kill again.  He is scheduled to die by lethal injection tonight at 10 p.m. at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.  Hetland visits with Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke.

Osborn Reunion Concerts

Oct 11, 2012

Susan Osborn is returning to South Dakota for several reunion concerts with old friends including Boyd Bristow, Kenny Putnam, Hank Harris and Eddie Dunn.  Osborn began her career in the early 70's singing in bands like Blueberry Buckle, Rosewater and the Red Willow Band.  Later, she was the lead singer with the Paul Winter Consort between 1978 and 1985.  Osborn joins Dakota Midday en route to Rapid City while Bristow and Putnam play a 40-year-old Osborn inspired song live from SDPB's Rapid City studio.

South Dakota Peace and Justice Center

Oct 11, 2012

Karl Kroger, President of the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center visits with SDPB's Karl Gehrke about the Center's reaction to two scheduled executions later this month in the state.  Joining Kroger is long-time Peace and Justice Center member Mark Sanderson of Sioux Falls.  Sanderson is organizing the group's vigils which will take place during the scheduled executions of Eric Robert and Donald Moeller.

South Dakota Executions

Oct 11, 2012

Richard Dieter, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., discusses the scheduled executions of Eric Robert and Donald Moeller this month.  He also touches on the differences between lethal injection by a single drug process and a three-drug protocol along with the cruel and unusual punishment arguments in South Dakota.