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Dakota Midday: Stampede Poised to Win Championship


The Sioux Falls Stampede could win the Clark Cup final Friday night on their home ice at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center. The hockey team leads the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the best-of-five series 2 to 0. The Clark Cup is presented each year to the playoff champions. The Stampede last won the cup in 2007.

The Stampede is is a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the West Division of the United States Hockey League. The USHL is a development league that provides an opportunity for players to reach their goals of playing in the NHL while also providing an opportunity to play NCAA hockey.

Stampede head coach and general manager Cary Eades joined Dakota Midday and discussed the team's season and Friday's game.

Karl was born to northeastern South Dakota crouton farmers, but was orphaned as a toddler during the Great Salad War (1966-67). Rescued by a flock of chickadees, he grew up in the woodlands of Sica Hollow. Legends of a bird boy living in the trees attracted the interest of renowned ornithologist and amateur bandoneon repairman Dr. Vogel Gehrke. With a handful of suet, Dr. Gehrke coaxed the timid boy down from the trees. He adopted him, named him Karl and taught him not to molt on the carpet. Dr. Gehrke’s book, The Bird Boy of Sica Hollow, was a best seller and Karl became a minor celebrity and teen idol. He appeared as a guest star on numerous television programs, most notably an awkward role on The Love Boat as the boyfriend of Captain Stubing’s daughter, Vicki. After critics panned his 1980 album, Bird Boy Does Disco, Karl retreated from public life and returned to Sica Hollow. Living in an isolated tree house, Karl achieved a reputation as a mystic. Pilgrims and seekers from around the world came to ask him about the meaning of life and for vinaigrette recipes. Growing tired of answering questions, he climbed down from his tree, shaved his massive white beard and took a job as the host of SDPB Radio’s Dakota Midday where he could ask the questions instead. After three years in that position, he ran out of questions and became host of Jazz Nightly instead. Karl makes his home in Vermillion with his charming wife Kari and three delightful children, Kodey, Kasey and Spatula. His hobbies include reciting the alphabet, combing his hair and doing volunteer work with delinquent songbirds.
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