In The Moment ... August 7, 2018 Show 395 Hour 1

Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed today Purple Heart Recognition Day in South Dakota.

Secretary Larry Zimmerman from the State Department of Veterans Affairs joined In The Moment with a summary of the event. 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 28, 2017 Show 228 Hour 1

Paul Weckman is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and the current director of Sanford Health’s new department of veterans and military services. He joins us to discuss the goals of the initiative.

in The Moment ... July 18, 2017 Show 136 Hour 1

U.S. Army Major Chris Mercado had virtually no computer background when he decided technology might help save lives. “The Military Times name the South Dakota native Soldier of the Year for his work with Objective Zero. It's a nonprofit dedicated to saving veterans lives . . . one swipe at a time.

Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... June 9, 2017 Show 111 Hour 1

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Cole Allen is a gifted blues guitarist, fronting his own band - and as Sena Ehrhardt's guitarist.  As a songwriter and vocalist, he also has the gift of being able to tap into the hearts of his listeners. Cole Allen joins us in our Sioux Falls studio.

Graphic design involves creativity, technology and…attention to detail. Artists can spend hours or days sitting at computers while they work on a piece. SDPB’s Chynna Lockett took a look behind one desk to speak with a designer.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... June 1, 2017 Show 105 Hour 1

Judd Hoos is an American rock band based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The band has been fine-tuning a full-length album set for release tomorrow. It's called “Music in the Dark.” Their single "Breathe In" charted number 23 on the iTunes New rock charts when it was released a year ago. Tyler Bills, Andy Young and Chris Hornick join us from the SDPB studios at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

In The Moment ... May 25, 2017 Show 101 Hour 1

Tonight on SDPB-TV, you can watch a new feature film on Independent Lens. "Farmer/Veteran" follows a U.S. Army combat vet as he struggles to survive his ongoing mental health crisis. It's a compelling, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking look at the cost of war and the search for sanctuary. Alexandra Blair, co-director of "Farmer/Veteran" joins us.

Nate Wek is a digital content strategist at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He joins us today to discuss the state tennis and upcoming state track.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 18, 2017 Show 074 Hour 1

“Vietnam Vets: Still Coming Home” is a monumental book that chronicles the monumental lives (as well as the mundane details) of Vietnam veterans before, during, and after the war. Joining us today in the studio are photographer Steve Feimer and Larry Tentinger.

In The Moment ... April 17, 2017 Show 073 Hour 2

Larry Zimmerman is Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. He joins us to talk about benefits for those who served, including free undergraduate college tuition at state institutions.

Ethan Bortnick returns to South Dakota for "Generations of Music." It's a live concert experience and filming of a national PBS special. Bortnick tells us about his affection for the state, his non-musical family, and about his passion for serving others with music.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

One report shows the number of South Dakota families without homes increased in 2016.  Federal officials say there are many variables at play when considering homelessness in South Dakota.             

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development 2016 Homeless Report is based on a single night in January of this year.

On that night, over one thousand people experienced homelessness throughout the state. That’s a nearly 47 percent increase from 2010.

South Dakota Secretary of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman joins Dakota Midday for a look at topics that pertain to veterans throughout the state. He also talks about his "Veterans Bucket List" which encourages citizens to reach out to vets in a variety of ways during the year.

Sunday Celebrates Purple Heart Recipients

Aug 1, 2016
Kealey Bultena

Sunday, August 7th is Purple Heart Recognition Day nationwide.  

In South Dakota officials are holding a rededication ceremony for the state’s Purple Heart memorial in Pierre.

The Purple Heart is awarded to veterans who were either wounded or killed in combat.

Dakota Midday's Lori Walsh sat down with Sioux Falls Air Show coordinator Rick Tupper and Augustana professor Patrick Hicks to talk about the powerful history of aircraft. From heavier topics of World War II aircraft to a lighter mood of the annual hangar 1940's swing dance, the Joe Foss squadron aims to maintain the intergrity of traditional warbirds. The guests also stress the opportunity to appreciate military history and the accomplishments of veterans.

South Dakota Charters New Navy League Council

Jul 11, 2016

South Dakota may not have any sea ports, but it has a large number of veterans who served in the Navy. The state is about to have its own chapter of the Navy League.  The public organization supports service members and their units and families. 

South Dakota is forming its first Navy League Council.  Officials are holding a public ceremony to charter the council July 18 at the South Dakota Battleship Memorial in Sioux Falls

US Representative Krisit Noem joins Dakota Midday for an extended conversation about leadership, connection, and the role of impatience in Washington.

Congresswoman Noem and Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh discuss the importance of a personal vision statement, the trials of military sexual trauma, and how coming home to South Dakota serves as antidote to both urban strain and inside-the-Beltway complacency.

VA's Choice Act: Helping Or Hurting Rural Vets?

May 2, 2016

Some veterans in rural America say a new system designed to better serve their health care needs is failing.

The Choice Act passed congress in 2014 in the wake of a scandal at Department of Veterans Affairs.   Lawmakers stepped in when the VA was criticized for long waiting lines and poor service.

Today a company called Health Net does some of work formerly done by the VA.  It’s a privatized part of the health care system for veterans authorized by the Choice Act.

In recognition of the opening of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, Mike Fitzmaurice sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about 50 years beyond Vietnam, staying connected with veterans over the years, and the Medal of Honor. 

Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels joins Dakota Midday to discuss  the opening of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home. Lt. Gov. Michels highlights the state's history during the Civil War era to the current military service in conflicts across the globe by state residents.

Brad Richardson is a retired Colonel and the current superintendent of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. They join Dakota Midday to talk about the history of the home, the difference between a nursing home and a veterans home, and how the state strives to care for those who served.

Retired Lt. Col (USAF) George A. Larson shares insight from "South Dakota War Stories." It's a look at the contributions of South Dakotas in combat throughout the centuries, including personal stories of Larson and his own father as they retrace the steps of the men they once were during times of war.

Korean War Veterans Honored In Ceremony

Jan 12, 2016

Korean War Veterans were honored in a first of its kind ceremony Tuesday. Hundreds of veterans in Pierre and across the state received Korean Ambassador for Peace Medals to recognize their service in what is sometimes called the “forgotten war.”

Courtesy Wreaths Across America

Black Hills National Cemetery will host the annual Wreaths Across America wreath laying ceremony this weekend at its facility located just outside the town of Sturgis. 

This is the 10th year the cemetery has taken part in the nationwide event which dates back to 1992.

It began as a “happy accident” when the Worcester Wreath Company had extra wreaths available at the end of the 1992 holiday season.

Businesses Offer Vets Veterans Day Discounts

Nov 10, 2015
Courtesy American Legion

Veterans Day is the time we honor those men and women who have served our country as members of America’s armed forces. And though communities across the country participate in this national day of recognition with parades and a variety of other celebrations, hundreds of businesses – large and small – also do their part to say “thank you” to our veterans. SDPB’s Jim Kent has more.

Rancher Builds Memorial To Nation's Veterans

Nov 10, 2015
Photo by Brenda Kleinjan, SDREA

A South Dakota rancher has created a memorial to America’s military veterans on land that’s been in his family for generations. What started as a simple dedication to his father who was a Korean War veteran…has expanded into an elaborately designed tribute to men and women of all races and backgrounds who’ve served the nation. SDPB’s Jim Kent traveled to Eden, South Dakota to view the veterans memorial and has this report.

VA Accidentally Tosses Veterans Records

Aug 10, 2015
Courtesy VA Black Hills Health Care System

The VA Black Hills Health Care System Administration has confirmed that personal information for hundreds of area veterans, including social security numbers, was “accidentally” made accessible to the public.

Sometime between May 15 and May 17, a list of some 1,100 veterans was discarded in a trash can at the Hot Springs VA health care facility. The list contained veterans’ personal information including full names, social security numbers, telephone numbers and addresses.

VA Begins Initiative for more Volunteers

Jun 28, 2015
Erin Mairose

The VA needs more volunteers. A nationwide initiative called a “Summer of Service” hopes to attract more volunteers to assist at Veteran facilities. 

Brenda Stevens is a spokesperson for the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System. She says fewer people are volunteering and she hopes a nationwide initiative will encourage more people to donate a few hours of their time to assist a veteran.

Purple Heart Veterans Hold Annual Conference

Jun 21, 2015

The military order of the Purple Heart chapter of Sioux Falls held its 6th annual conference on Saturday. The 30 some purple heart Veterans were all wounded in combat from WWII to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

From their bright purple shirts, to their wheelchairs, canes, and service dogs, Purple Heart veterans share a bond. Department Commander Mark T. Williamson says the experience of being wounded in action lasts long after the conflict stops. 

Deadwood History Part Of Blue Star Museums

May 23, 2015
Courtesy NEA

Museums across the country will offer free admission to active duty U.S. military personnel and their families beginning on Memorial Day. The nationwide program is part of an effort to provide military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after relocating to a new duty station.Deadwood History, Inc. is among the 2,000 sites across the country involved in the launch of “Blue Star Museums”.

World War II Veterans Honored At Luncheon

May 22, 2015
National Archives and Records Administration

Veterans of World War Two were recently honored at a luncheon in Rapid City. The gathering brought more than one hundred members of “The Greatest Generation” together to share stories, laughter, good food, fond and fearsome memories and even shed the occasional tear.

Seventy years after the end of World War Two, the men and women who took part in those hostilities are leaving us at a rate of 1000 every day.

Hot Springs Sanitarium On 11 Most Endangered List

Jun 24, 2014

The National Trust for Historic Preservation put Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs on a list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places. The facility is part of the VA hospital in the southern Black Hills. The VA is proposing to close the facility. David Brown is the Executive Vice President for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He says his group opposes the closure.