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.

Tech Gadget Gift Ideas

Dec 20, 2012

"Mac Guru" Joel Broveleit and 9 Clouds co-founder John T. Meyer of SDPB's Tech Radio with "The Computer Guys," talked about last minute tech gadget gift ideas.  Among their suggestions were The Nest Learning Thermostat and the Philips WiFi aware light bulb.

Weather Not Expected to Hinder Holiday Travel

Dec 18, 2012

South Dakota still hasn’t received large amounts of snow for being halfway through December, but areas near the Interstate-90 corridor received more than three inches of snow and the Vermillion-Yankton region saw freezing rain Tuesday morning. Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says a storm system moving through Nebraska and Iowa will brush the southeastern corner Wednesday, but no other systems are expected until Christmas day.

South Dakota Acoustic Christmas

Dec 14, 2012

It's the holiday season, and every family has their Christmas traditions. For many years a holiday tradition here in South Dakota was a South Dakota Acoustic Christmas. From 1990-2008 this dedicated group of musicians, friends and spouses traveled the state sharing all kinds of music fit for the season. Every year they'd have a special musical guest or two, and the concerts would raise money for local charities. Back in 1997, SDPB Television recorded a South Dakota Acoustic Christmas concert in Yankton and broadcast it the following year as a two-hour special.

Christmas At The Capitol

Dec 4, 2012

The annual display of Christmas trees can now be viewed at the State Capitol building in Pierre.  Mike Mueller, special projects coordinator for the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, talked about the history of the display as well as restoration and preservation projects.

"The Christmas Plains"

Nov 30, 2012

The mad joys and wild emotions of Christmas are captured in Joseph Bottum's new book, "The Christmas Plains."  His memoir of growing up on the South Dakota plains include the sweet, comic, sentimental and serious snapshots of the holiday.  Bottom is one of the nation's most widely published essayists and poets, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers from the Atlantic to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and National Review.  Bottum is the former editor in chief of the journal First Things and former literary editor of the Weekly Standard, where he remains a contributing

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."

Tech Radio: Black Friday Buying

Nov 16, 2012

On this week's Tech Radio, "The Computer Guys" talk about hot items as the holiday buying season approaches.  Whether its a tablet, smart phone or the latest game, "The Computer Guys" have the answers!