Annual Statewide Poetry Contest Deadline December 1st

Nov 23, 2016
SD State Poetry Society

The state poetry society is holding its annual contest. Writers across South Dakota are encouraged to submit.  The South Dakota State Poetry Society was founded in 1927.  It includes a range of writers and poets from across the state.  

Brad Soule  is a retired physician who now manages the annual poetry contest.

Kent Osborne joins Midday to discuss the SDPB Picture South Dakota photo contest.  Our theme is simple: show us what being South Dakotan means to you.

We’ll award prizes to three categories: Professional, Amateur/Hobbyist, and Student.  Winning photos will appear in the 2017 Picture South Dakota Calendar.  Photos must be originals taken between May 24-31, 2016 and must be submitted by June 5, 2016. 

Wind Cave Uses Tech To Engage Young People In The Outdoors

Apr 27, 2016
National Park Service

Officials at Wind Cave National Park are finding ways to engage young people in outdoor activities with the use of technology.  Wind Cave held a find your park video contest for middle school students.  The contest encouraged young people to submit videos of their experience in the park. 

Two middle students from Hot Springs tied as winners of the find your park video contest at Wind Cave. 

The winning videos are on the park's Facebook page.

The State Visual Arts Event In Sioux Falls

Mar 22, 2016

The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls hosted thousands of people over the weekend for the state Class AA basketball tournament. But it wasn’t the only contest happening in the building.

The second annual Visual Arts competition includes hundreds of artwork pieces on display in the main concourse area of the center. Fans attending the games took in artwork from 307 individual entries representing forty schools at this year’s competition.

Millennials Asked To Capture State's Beauty In Photo Contest

May 26, 2015
Chad Coppess / SD Department of Tourism

With the passing of Memorial Day Weekend the official start of tourism season is here.   
But if you notice strangers snapping photos of your favorite places in South Dakota this summer there is a chance they are not visitors but locals.  
Officials with Black Hills State University and the South Dakota Department of Tourism are sponsoring a photo contest for students this summer.    The contest aims to help celebrate South Dakota as a vacation destination.

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12 Year-Old Wins Trip To White House

Jul 14, 2014

Twelve year-old Sabrina Swee of Beresford won a trip to the White House later this week for her Hawaiian Kale Wraps recipe. Swee’s meal was chosen as a healthy, tasty option for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. 54 winners were chosen nationwide. Swee says a family vacation to Maui inspired the wrap.

“It’s kind of Asian like it has a lot of Thai ingredients, and what makes it more Hawaiian like is because it has pineapple grained and chopped in it, and it has a lot of vegetables, and lean ground beef, and it’s wrapped in kale,” says Swee.

Stephanie Arne Wins Mutual Of Omaha Contest

Jul 15, 2013

Stephanie Arne is the winner of the Mutual of Omaha competition. She wins $10,000 and a job as the Wild Guide for the internet television series, Wild Kingdom, premiering this fall. This has been a long but rewarding journey for Arne.

This competition started with over 200 applicants and eventually was cut down to just three finalists. Today the Wild Kingdom announced Stephanie Arne as the winner to become their next Wild Guide host. Arne is a Pierre Native and a graduate of South Dakota State. She says she is happy and thankful for this opportunity.

We The People Winners

Dec 17, 2012

Spearfish High School took first place at the 2012 South Dakota We the People competition in Pierre last month.  It was the school's second win in a row.  They'll compete at the National We the People Finals in Washington, D.C., in April, 2013.  Spearfish High School seniors Elise Reid and Brady Jones joined Dakota Midday along with instructor Patrick Gainey.

SD Bachelor of the Year

Oct 4, 2012

Cosmopolitan magazine recently released its Bachelor of the Year 2012 finalists, one from each state, with Newley Kartak, a BHSU admissions counselor, voted as South Dakota’s bachelor of the year.  Originally from Colome, S.D., Kartak graduated from BHSU last May with a degree in communication arts and business administration. In 2010, Kartak was named BHSU homecoming king.  As a student, Kartak was also active in the BHSU track and field and rodeo teams. He is now vying for Cosmo’s top honor of Bachelor of the Year 2012 along with $10,000. The contest ends Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 a.m. EST.