Baladino performs centuries-old melodies and revels in sound carried to Israel from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries.  With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino offers fresh, deeply authentic interpretations of traditional Jewish Saphardic and Ladino melodies.  During their week-long residency, the group is participating in workshops at South Dakota State University, the Children's Museum, the Brookings School District and the Brookings Activity Center.  A public concert is scheduled for Thursday (10/15) at the Performing Arts Center on the SDSU campus.

West River political junkies Denise Ross and Kevin Woster participated in the weekly Dakota Political Junkies segment.  Ross attended last night's "Daschle Dialogues" event on the South Dakota State University campus as the former Senator visited with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  The Junkies also visited about last night's Democratic Presidential Debate hosted by CNN.


Weiwei Zhang, professor of Sociology at South Dakota State University in Brookings.  Zhang is the new state demographer and director of the state data center.  She discusses immigration, growing diversity and changing demographics in South Dakota.

Dakota Midday: Pollinator Habitat

Sep 9, 2015

Pete Berthelsen, Director of Habitat Partnerships for Pheasants Forever, joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos to talk about the importance of pollinator habitat, changes happening to South Dakota's landscape and considerations for pollinator habitat within the context of wildlife habitat and farming practices.  Berthelsen, a wildlife biologist with more than 30 years of experience, brings his expertise and insight to South Dakota State University in a presentation tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the McFadden Biostress Lab.

Both SDSU and USD open their football seasons in Kansas on Saturday. The Jackrabbits travel to Lawrence for a late morning game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The Coyotes are in Manhattan for an evening game against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Matt Zimmer is the Sioux Falls Argus Leader beat writer for South Dakota State University athletics. Mick Garry covers University of South Dakota sports for the newspaper. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of the Jackrabbits' and Coyotes' 2015 seasons.


South Dakota State University wrestling has officially joined the Big 12. SDSU is one of six schools receiving an invitation, effective for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. North Dakota State, Wyoming, Air Force, Northern Colorado, and Utah Valley are also joining the newly formed alliance. The other schools are Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.


Satellites can take digital images of Earth, but if they’re not calibrated, those images are only pretty pictures. That’s according to Dennis Helder, head of the image processing lab at South Dakota State University.

Prairie Repertory Theatre

Prairie Repertory Theatre opens its 45th season on Wednesday with the doo-wop musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes. Other productions this summer include Boeing, Boeing, Dial ‘M’ for Murder and The Sound of Music.

Prairie Repertory Theatre is based at South Dakota State University in Brookings and its mission is to provide outstanding training for student company members and the best possible entertainment for audiences in Brookings and the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center.

Sanford Harmony Program

The Sanford Harmony Program is a research-based project designed to help improve how boys and girls think about and treat each other. The idea is that by facilitating harmonious relationships between boys and girls at a young age, the learning environment will improve and set the stage for positive relationships throughout a lifetime.

Dakota Midday: SDSU Hosts West River Nurse Camp

Apr 20, 2015
South Dakota State University

By the time many students are in middle and high school, they’re starting to consider more seriously what they would like to do for a career. South Dakota State University’s annual Jackrabbit Nurse Camp gives them the opportunity to find out what it would be like to be a nurse. The camp takes place in June in Rapid City and Sturgis. Sandra Mordhorst, instructor at SDSU West River Department of Nursing, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the summer nurse camp. For more information click here.

Photo by Jay Adkins

Kristen Iversen’s book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, is part memoir and part investigation. She grew up in the 1960s and 70s near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory. Her father was a lawyer and her mother a housewife. She and her brother and two sisters had dogs and horses and played outdoors in what seemed like an idyllic landscape. 

SDSU defeated USD in last night’s Summit League men’s basketball semi-final. The Jackrabbits take on the NDSU Bison in tonight’s championship game. This is the third time in four years that SDSU has made the tournament finals. This afternoon the top-seeded USD women face second seed SDSU in their championship game. The winners move on to the NCAA tournament.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer is covering the Summit League tournament. He joined Dakota Midday from the Denny Sanford Premier Center for a preview of the championship games.


During tough winters, hungry deer often eat hay and other stored livestock feed. South Dakota State University researchers are currently exploring fall cover crops that will attract deer and provide nutrient-rich winter forage. Preliminary results show that turnips and radishes are the top two choices followed by peas.

The research project is in its final year and focuses on eastern South Dakota. It’s funded by a three-year grant from the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration, administered by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Attitudes Toward Wind Farms

Jan 23, 2015

Sociologist Jeffrey Jacquet and graduate student Josh Fergen gauged community attitudes toward wind farms in South Dakota.  They said that a culture of support bodes well for a state that has great potential to exploit wind turbines as a source of renewable energy.  Respondents saw beauty in wind turbines that were moving because they view them as being economically productive.  Jacquet and Fergen are also doing research on wind farms in Minnesota, particularly near Lake Benton, which was one of the first communities to embrace wind energy.

Cyanide Detection

Jan 23, 2015

Cyanide poisoning can kill within 30-minutes.  Having a quick, easy means of detecting exposure can save lives.  Brain Logue, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University, and his team have developed a sensor that will detect cyanide poisoning in less than a minute through a National Institutes of Health/Department of Defense grant.  The current clinical standard is a 24-hour lab-based test.  The new technology would be used by emergency rooms and first responders.  A post-doctoral student on the project, Randy Jackson explained that multiple prototypes

Cruciferous Vegetables And Cancer Metastasis

Jan 23, 2015
South Dakota State University

Associate professor Moul Dey and her team have examined whether phenethyl isothiocyante, a dietary compound produced when people chew cruciferous vegetables such as watercress, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, can help prevent recurrence and metastasis of cancer.  Using cancer stem cells of human origin, they found that it may be effective as a dietary approach for preventing recurrence and metastasis and improving therapeutic outcomes for cancer patients.  Dr. Dey described her work and plans for future tests.

Strengthening Bridges

Jan 23, 2015
South Dakota State University

Nadim Wehbe, director of the Jerome L. Lohr Structures Lab, said that testing has revealed that a new means of joining precast double-tee bridges can dramatically increase a bridge's lifetime.


A robot that scans a tray of insect specimens in a few minutes is being tested at South Dakota State University's Severin-McDaniel Insect Research Collection. The scanning robot will help make the virtual images and tagging information available to the public online at, as well as national and international websites.

SDSU Students Fight Microaggressions

Nov 6, 2014
Submitted by: Semehar Ghebrekidan
Kaylen Larson

At South Dakota State University, student group I, Too, Am SDState aspires to conquer stereotypes on campus. This fall, the group continues its mission of educating students about microaggressions.

Semehar Ghebrekidan is a junior at South Dakota State University. She is Ethiopian, tall with straight, medium-length black hair. Since she was young, Ghebrekidan says she has had unwanted attention because of the different textures of her hair. She says she never thought of herself as different from other children, but others found her hair to be fascinating.

Beavers are ecosystem engineers that alter the landscape by cutting down trees, building dams and creating ponds. Many other species, from frogs to moose, rely on the habitat created by beavers. The animal is a “keystone species,” meaning they have a disproportionately large effect on their environment relative to their abundance.

SDSU Research Facilities Promote Learning and Service

Sep 24, 2014

When entering the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, a large window gives the public a view of what happens in the lab.  Inside, researchers run tests to diagnose animals. They determine if animals have a disease, like influenza or foot and mouth disease.

Russ Daly is a veterinarian with the SDSU Extension service. He says animal owners can send in samples or the animal itself to be diagnosed. Daly says this lab completes approximately 100,000 tests each year.

Biotech in South Dakota

Sep 18, 2014
South Dakota State University

Biotechnology experts from around the country are in Sioux Falls this week for the 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit. Among the issues under discussion include genetic technology research and development, FDA regulations, and advancing health, food and industrial applications of animal biotechnology. The summit kicked-off on Monday with tours of South Dakota State University and Brookings area facilities. SDSU’s vice president for research and economic development, Kevin Kephart, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the work of SDSU in the biotechnology field.

Coughlin Campanile Stands Tall With Tradition

Sep 11, 2014
submitted by Chuck Cecil

Bells that ring loud and proud can be heard all across the SDSU campus.  The music comes from a tall, slim tower made of brick and stone. On top is a light so bright it can be seen from miles away at night. 


The Coughlin Campanile is the face of SDSU. Its logo is on student IDs, envelopes, the school website, even tuition bills.

“A Camp-an-eel or Camp-in-eel-ie, whichever you want to call it,” says SDSU graduate Chuck Cecil.

SDPB File Photo

Through Saturday, 13.39 inches of rain soaked Sioux Falls. That's more than half the yearly average precipitation of 26.38 inches, and far above the previous wettest month on record (9.42 inches in May 1898). The rains have left some fields in southeastern South Dakota submerged.

Anthony Bly is soils field specialist with South Dakota State University Extension's Sioux Falls Regional Center. He says how long crops survive depends on how long the water sticks around.

SDSU Extension At 100 Years

May 27, 2014

South Dakota State University Extension is 100 years old this month and a recent Benchmark Survey shows SDSU Extension remains South Dakotans' trusted source for unbiased, research-based information.  The survey, conducted by a third-party source, includes information gleaned from extensive interviews with 400 South Dakota crop and livestock producers as well as users of one or more of SDSU Extension's five additional key program areas which include community development, food and families, urban/rural initiatives, Native American programs and 4-H Youth development.  A product of the Smith

Artists Discuss Last Week's Bike Tour

May 27, 2014
Karri Dieken and Michael Baum

Artists Karri Dieken and Michael Baum, both Black Hills State University graduates and adjunct art instructors, completed a five-day, 442-mile bike ride from Spearfish to Brookings last week.  Along the way they created a series of seismic drawings, a photographic journal and a video documentary.  Their work becomes part of a collaborative exhibit of 10 artist couples from around the United States.  Dieken and Baum are now completing their artwork to display in the Heart to Heart exhibition at the South Dakota State University Art Museum in January.

Artists Bike Across South Dakota

May 15, 2014

Karri Dieken and Michael Baum, both Black Hills State University graduates and adjunct art instructors, are taking their love of art and biking to a whole new level.  On Monday, the two embark on a five-day, 442-mile bike ride from Spearfish to Brookings while creating a series of seismic drawings, a photograph journal and a video documentary.  Their work will be part of a collaborative exhibit of 10 artist couples from South Dakota and elsewhere. After their cross-state ride, Dieken and Baum will com

State Demographer To Retire

May 15, 2014

After 14 years at South Dakota State University, Mike McCurry, State Demographer and supervisor of the SDSU Rural Life and Census Data Center, plans to retire after the 2014 Demography Conference (June 11-13).  The theme of the conference is "Everyone is a Demographer."  That's been McCurry's central message since moving to SDSU's Rural Life and Census Data Center in 2006.  He says we no longer need a university library to obtain demographic data as it's available anytime.  Governor Dennis Daugaard designated McCurry as South Dakota's state demographer in 2011.

One business agreement between a South Dakota company and a Chinese industry is a done deal. Business, education, and political leaders from South Dakota are in China this week on a trade mission. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the deal has been in the works, and it happened to come together while the delegation is in Asia. The governor hasn’t disclosed additional details.

Officials are still investigating a plane crash that occurred early Monday morning about fifty miles east of Pierre. The crash took the lives of four South Dakotans. Those left behind are remembering those who died.