Sioux Falls

In The Moment ... January 24 2017 Show 015 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Lee Strubinger; Beth Kaltsulas, 2017 SD teacher of the year; Matt Burns, Sioux Falls Police Chief; Hugh Weber, The Potluck Society

Late Artist’s Work On Display At USD

Sep 28, 2016
Melinda Camber Porter Website

A world travelled artist’s collection is now on display at the University of South Dakota. The work includes art, film and literature.

Melinda Camber Porter was a correspondent for The Times out of London. She travelled everywhere from Paris to New York . . . and eventually South Dakota. Porter published one novel entitled Badlands . . . set on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Porter met John Flicek in New York and they eventually married. Flicek is a Sioux Falls native and earned his master’s degree in chemistry and business.

Terry Torkildson, General Manager of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.  The facility is now a year old.  Torkildson talks about attendance, statistics and other issues over the building’s first year of hosting sporting events, concerts and other major attractions.

Grant Money For Innovation

Aug 14, 2015

Amy Scott Stolz, Sioux Falls Education Foundation Board Chair, and Twaine Fink, principal at Whittier Middle School in Sioux Falls, discussed the decision to increase more innovation in the classroom by increasing grant money for new ideas.  The Board agreed to raise the grants from $1500 to $10,000.  The guests explained how the increase will affect students.

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.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Study

Dec 29, 2014
Sanford Health

Dr. Gene Hoyme is internationally known for his work with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. He also serves as president of Sanford Research and chief academic officer for Sanford Health. Hoyme has led FASD research studies in South Africa for the past 15 years. He co-authored a study that shows nearly five-percent of U.S. children may be affected by FASD.  The study explored the incidence of FASD among first grade students in Sioux Falls.

During World War II, Sioux Falls was home to the Army Air Forces Technical School. From 1942 through 1945, some 45 thousand men and women trained there and brought new wealth to the community, changed social attitudes, stimulated construction and created the city’s first modern airport.

The Kris Lager Band

Nov 7, 2014

The Kris Lager Band's mission is simple.  They're dedicated to good music and a Real Good Time!  The self-described "rock revivalists" from Nebraska groove through layers of rock, blues, soul, reggae, funk - almost everything!  Kris Lager's first time on stage was with multiple WC Handy award winner Magic Slim.  Lager was only 16!  The band leader has a longtime chemistry with keyboardist Jeremiah Weir.  Multi-talented drummer John Fairchild got behind the drums as a youngster at his Omaha church.  And Brandon Miller's bass chops are as cool as his high kicks.  The Kris Lager Band is instru

Sena Ehrhardt

Aug 5, 2014

Sena Ehrhardt is no stranger to South Dakota.  From the Twin Cities, Ehrhardt continues to perform throughout the area on a regular basis.  She was raised around the blues by her father/guitarist Ed Ehrhardt.  She performed at JazzFest 2012 in Sioux Falls and, a year later, released "All In" on Blind Pig Records.  It was produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines and yielded the song "Dreamin' of Dyin'" which received a 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Song of the Year.  A new CD from Ehrhardt entitled "Live My Life" is due to be released this

Sioux Falls Police Department

Sioux Falls Police are examining evidence in a homicide investigation which is now more than a week old. Authorities say someone killed 56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard in her home on Saturday, March 15th. Some tips came in through the weekend, but authorities haven't identified the person they believe is directly related to Kirkegaard's death.

Officer Sam Clemens says investigators are combing through surveillance video, looking for additional indicators.

Stopping Sex Trafficking In South Dakota

Jan 8, 2014

Stopping sex trafficking is a priority for U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson.  Johnson formed a sex trafficking task force last spring.  Law enforcement officials say Sioux Falls' location makes the city enticing to traffickers.  It's near the Twin Cities and close to the Sturgis motorcycle rally, hunting and North Dakota's oil fields.  Johnson said there are close to 100 victims in the Sioux Falls area alone.  He added that a collaborative effort among law enforcement can only help investigators who usually encounter resistance from women caught trying to sell sex.


Sep 4, 2013

A scheduled appearance by The Hegg Brothers band accompanied by "a star-studded array of Midwest artists" became a full blown Spooncat reunion last July at JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.  Months before the show, calls were made to the Hegg's musician friends as they wanted their second stage performance to be different from the main stage show they would perform earlier in the day.  One call led to another and another - to the point that nobody wanted to be left out!

Hot summer weather is taking its toll on most people in South Dakota, but it’s especially true for students. From preschoolers to college students, the high temperatures and thick humidity are prompting administrators to examine how best to keep kids healthy and hydrated.

Droplets of water catch the early evening sun’s rays as sprinklers launch them into the air. The beads cling to blades of grass and slide into the soil. Some drops shatter on the pavement. It’s a charming scene suddenly interrupted by baritones.

North Mississippi Allstars

Aug 23, 2013

Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996.  While growing up they soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy of R.L.

The City of Sioux Falls is changing the program with Student Resource Officers in schools. Police look to replicate what they did with their street patrols a few years back. This change is scheduled to increase the number of Student Resource Officers in the city.

Sioux Falls Continues Ice Storm Clean Up

May 20, 2013

Sioux Falls crews are still working to clean up branches around the city from an April Ice Storm. Contractors have been brought in to take care of breaking down all the broken up trees collected. This can be a very dangerous job to everyone involved.

A series of events Wednesday morning led the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Sioux Falls Police Department to seize about 9 pounds of methamphetamine and over $94,000 cash. A woman rented a hotel room in southwest Sioux Falls and upon checkout, forgot a large amount of cash under the mattress. Employees were suspicious of her story to re-enter the room and called police. Chief Doug Barthel says the amount of drugs seized equals about a half of a million dollars on the street.

Live interview with Night Ranger members including lead singer and bassist Jack Blades.  They discuss their involvement with the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy among other projects.

Steve Munsen

Live full-band acoustic mini-set from Night Ranger.  Night Ranger will perform in concert later tonight as part of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy’s grand opening fundraiser.  Night Ranger has sold over 17-million albums worldwide and is known for hits like “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America.”  Last October, they released a very special CD/DVD package which was recorded live in an intimate acoustic setting, at TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA.  It features live renditions of the band’s classic hits with new, refreshing arrangements. 

TU Dance

Feb 14, 2013

TU Dance has quickly become a leader in the Twin Cities dance scene.  Founded in 2004, TU Dance has garnered audience and critical acclaim for its diverse repertory, versatile artists and for engaging, dynamic performances.  TU Dance is coming to South Dakota for a week of performances and outreach beginning Saturday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City before traveling to Sioux Falls.  Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands stopped by SDPB's Rapid City studio for Dakota Midday on Thursday.  For more information, log onto  Also, s

New Burlap Wolf King EP

Jan 24, 2013

Sioux Falls singer/songwriter Thomas Hentges, stage name: Burlap Wolf King, plays Friday and Saturday night at Latitude 44 in Sioux Falls in an "EP Release Weekend."  Burlap Wolf King's new EP includes five new songs.  He played selections from the new EP live in SDPB's studio at the University of Sioux Falls Thursday while touching on his career and writing process and performing in front of an audience.

"North of Twelfth Street"

Nov 8, 2012

"North of Twelfth Street: The Changing Face of Sioux Falls Neighborhoods," is a new book by author, photographer and former state senator Tom Dempster.  The book focuses on three historic districts, as well as a collection of other north Sioux Falls sites that contain some of the city's best-known and most-revered buildings.  Dempster frames these neighborhoods with the lens of his camera, providing a glimpse into Sioux Falls, its iconic edifices and the people who live there.  For more information visit