Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 016 End of 2017 Party Part 2 Party Harder

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 016 End of 2017 Party Part 2 Party Harder

Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guests: Kyrie DuMarce, Deleon Iron Hawk, Greg DeMarrias, Ryan Rundell, Taralyn Blue, Seren Wentz, Nate Foote, Chase Manhattan

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:  

“My Tribe” by Chase Manhattan



Hustle Tribe




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Tornado Path in Worthington, Minnesota

The South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol took this photo Sunday west of Worthington, Minnesota of the path of one of the EF1 tornadoes that touched down Friday evening. The photo was taken about 20 miles west of Worthington and a few miles north of I-90 by Cadets Ethan McCormick and David Willison.

Worthington Minnesota EF 1 Tornado Path 8/20/2017 - Photo by South Dakota Civil Air Patrol

Worthington Minnesota EF 1 Tornado Path 8/20/2017 – Photo by South Dakota Civil Air Patrol

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 002 – Racial Appropriations

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With Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, and Char Green-Maximo

Guest Lisa Amesoli

Producer Robert Mehling

Art To Art: Robert Mehling

Native Hip Hop Spotlight – B of Dakota South – Come And Get Your Love

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Dignity Sculpture:


Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 001 - Urban Indianz Podcast

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 002 – Urban Indianz Podcast


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Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer

PIERRE, S.D.- Spring is the best time of year to plant new trees to get them established. With that in mind, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry Division (RCF) encourages South Dakotans to plant different varieties of trees.


May 21-27 is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week. The ash tree species are commonly used as urban street trees, wind breaks and shelter belts. Native ash species have no natural defense against the EAB.


“Although EAB has not yet been confirmed in South Dakota, it’s estimated that about one-third of our urban and community trees in the state are ash,” said state forester Greg Josten. “Now is a great time to consider planting trees for any reason, but one good reason is to ultimately replace ash trees that may later succumb to emerald ash borer.”


Native to Asia, the emerald ash borer only attacks true ash trees. The larvae feed beneath the bark, disrupting the movement of water and nutrients and killing the tree within several years. EAB is now found in 30 states, including neighboring Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer

Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer – Photo from news.sd.gov


“Since trees can take decades to grow but provide a lifetime of benefits, homeowners want to take special considerations when deciding what to plant,” said SDDA forest health specialist Dr. John Ball. “The good rule of thumb is we don’t want to see more than 10 percent of a community’s trees in any one genus. That means no more than 10 percent maple, 10 percent oak, 10 percent any other genus of tree. My recommendation is to look and see what’s being planted down your neighborhood and plant something else. We never know what the next threat might be.”

For more information, go to http://sdda.sd.gov/conservation-forestry/forest-health/emerald-ash-borer/default.aspx

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit SDDA online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter. SD Ag Chat podcasts can be found http://sdda.sd.gov/news. You may subscribe to SD Ag Chat, free of charge, through Google Play Music, iTunes or from https://sdagchat.podbean.com/.

Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer

Increase Diversity, Plant Trees to Prepare for Emerald Ash Borer – Photo from news.sd.gov

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Minnesota Measles Outbreak Continues, Keep Immunizations Current

PIERRE, S.D. – As a Minnesota measles outbreak nears 50 cases, a South Dakota health official urges state residents to make sure their immunizations are up to date.

South Dakota reported its last measles cases in late 2014 when an outbreak centered in Mitchell sickened 10 state residents and four out-of-state residents. Prior to that outbreak, it had been 17 years since South Dakota reported a measles case.

Minnesota Measles Outbreak Continues, Keep Immunizations Current

Minnesota Measles Outbreak Continues, Keep Immunizations Current

“The good news is that South Dakota’s overall immunization coverage rate for measles vaccination is high, which is why we were able to contain the 2014 outbreak with so few cases,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the Department of Health. “Unfortunately, there are some pockets where rates are not as high as they should be and that opens the door for measles to spread.”

He encouraged health care providers and parents to check their children’s immunization records to make sure they have the recommended two doses of MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine – the first dose at 12 months and the second between ages 4 and 6. Kightlinger also asked health providers to be alert for measles in anyone presenting with fever, cough, runny nose and pinkeye followed by rash three to five days later.

According to the latest National Immunization Survey, 94.1 percent of South Dakota’s 19-35 month olds have had one dose of MMR and 90.4 percent of teens 13-17 years have had two doses. The department’s recent kindergarten survey shows 97.1 percent of kindergarten students in the state have had the recommended two doses of MMR vaccine. Three percent of the schools in the survey had 50 percent or fewer of their kindergarten students vaccinated with two doses of MMR.

Those who have received two doses of measles vaccine or were born before 1957 are considered immune to the disease.”

Learn more about measles under the disease tab at http://doh.sd.gov.

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Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Medal Of Honor Recipient Leo Thorsness

PIERRE, S.D. – Flags at the State Capitol will fly at half-staff on Monday, May 8, 2017, to honor the life of Leo Thorsness, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, who passed away on May 2.


Thorsness, 85, was born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, in 1932. He attended South Dakota State College, and served in the United States Air Force from 1951-73.


On April 19, 1967, Thorsness took part in a mission for which he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. A description of the mission from his Medal of Honor citation is included at the conclusion of this release.


Eleven days later, on April 30, 1967, Thorness’ plane was hit and, after ejecting from the plane, he was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. Among his fellow prisoners was future U.S. Sen. John S. McCain. Thorsness was released nearly six years later, in March 1973.


Thorsness returned to South Dakota, where he was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 1974, losing to incumbent Sen. George McGovern, and then for an open U.S. House seat in 1978, losing to Tom Daschle by 139 votes out of more than 129,000 cast. Thorsness later served in the Washington State Senate, and was living in St. Augustine, Florida at the time of his death.

Leo Thorsness

Leo Thorsness

Congressional Medal of Honor citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. As pilot of an F-105 aircraft, Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness was on a surface-to-air missile suppression mission over North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness and his wingman attacked and silenced a surface-to-air missile site with air-to-ground missiles and then destroyed a second surface-to-air missile site with bombs. In the attack on the second missile site, Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness’ wingman was shot down by intensive antiaircraft fire, and the two crewmembers abandoned their aircraft.


Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness circled the descending parachutes to keep the crewmembers in sight and relay their position to the Search and Rescue Center. During this maneuver, a MIG-17 was sighted in the area. Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness immediately initiated an attack and destroyed the MIG. Because his aircraft was low on fuel, he was forced to depart the area in search of a tanker.


Upon being advised that two helicopters were orbiting over the downed crew’s position and that there were hostile MIGs in the area posing a serious threat to the helicopters, Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness, despite his low fuel condition, decided to return alone through a hostile environment of surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft defenses to the downed crew’s position. As he approached the area, he spotted four MIG-17 aircraft and immediately initiated an attack on the MIGs, damaging one and driving the others away from the rescue scene. When it became apparent that an aircraft in the area was critically low on fuel and the crew would have to abandon the aircraft unless they could reach a tanker, Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness, although critically short on fuel himself, helped to avert further possible loss of life and a friendly aircraft by recovering at a forward operating base, thus allowing the aircraft in emergency fuel condition to refuel safely.


Lieutenant Colonel Thorsness’ extraordinary heroism, self-sacrifice and personal bravery involving conspicuous risk of life were in the highest traditions of the military service, and have reflected great credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.


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Pavement Repair to Begin on I-29

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says crews will begin concrete pavement repair work on Interstate 29 from south of Exit 86 (Renner/Crooks) to north of Exit 109 (Colman/Madison) on Monday, April 3, 2017.


The contractor will be setting up traffic control devices to reduce traffic down to one lane through work zones at various locations and the lane closures will move as the work progresses.


The contractor will also be installing drain tile along the edge of the driving lanes in another operation as well as replacing guard rail. This work is being done in preparation for placing asphalt concrete pavement over the existing concrete pavement set to begin in mid-June.


The speed limit through the work zones will be reduced to 65 mph and further reduced to 45 mph where workers are present. Motorists are reminded that trucks and other construction traffic will be moving in and out of the work zones.


Drivers are urged to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be prepared for suddenly slowing and merging traffic, lane shifts and construction equipment and workers adjacent to the driving lane.


The field work completion date for the project is Nov. 9, 2018, but the contractor is anticipating having the majority of the work completed by Nov. 1, 2017. The prime contractor for the $22.5 million project is Central Specialties, Inc. from Alexandria, Minnesota.


For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511.

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SEP052 – 2017 We made it! With Ross Wickman Part 1

Happy New Year and welcome back Sioux Empire!  The Sioux Empire Podcast is hitting the ground running with Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, and Emily Gheorghiu on deck.  Our guest host this week is Ross Wickman, host of the outstanding Technically Living Podcast.  We cover all sorts of local stories like crafty six-year-old criminals, doomsday west river bunkers, why your vote doesn’t matter in South Dakota, and much more.  Our local music spotlight for this week is artist Bob Phelan with the song “When You’re a Farmer.”  This week’s episode is sponsored by the Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival, February 16th-18th. Three nights, three venues, and thirty comedians all benefiting the Special Olympics of South Dakota. Tickets and info at www.SiouxFallsSnoJamComedyFest.com.  The Sioux Empire Podcast would like to remind parents with Alexa in their home that Alexa has parental controls.

Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Fest

Technically Living Podcast



Bob Phelan Music



The secret is out



In case the whole 2017 thing doesn’t work out:



Can police hear your Echo?



Child Cyber Criminals







Drinking age 25?



Does voting mean anything in South Dakota?




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SEP051 – Perkins Politics Post-mortem with Paul Schipper

So this is it friends, the last episode of The Sioux Empire Podcast before we go on break for the holidays.  Host Robert Mehling invited Paul Schipper on the show to talk a little bit about this, not at all controversial election.  The rest of “The Zoo Crew” (Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, and Emily Gheorghiu) used it as an opportunity to mock Paul about him losing his race in the election this year.  Hilarity and awkwardness ensue.  We did get to talk some about the election fallout along with the usual heaping dose of obscure pop culture references and inside jokes you’ve come to expect from us.  This week’s local music spotlight is the talented Cade Thompson with his beautiful new single “Faithful and True.”  Enjoy this episode and have a fantastic Christmas, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Yule, Black Friday, St. Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, and any other Holiday season holiday I missed.  The Sioux Empire Podcast will be back with a new season and episodes on January 7th, 2017!

Paul Shipper



Cade Thompson


So… That happened…


Celebrities react


Goodbye Medicaid


Hamilton and Pence


Nesiba embarrassment, and psychic KELOLand Reporters


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Sioux Falls Pride Festival 2016

Sioux Falls Pride Festival 2016 - TheSiouxEmpire.com - Emily Alexander

Sioux Falls Pride Festival 2016 – TheSiouxEmpire.com – Emily Alexander

The Sioux Falls Pride Festival 2016 was vibrant and full of love and acceptance. Just stepping foot onto Terrace Park I immediately smiled, because the energy was so strong. People of all ages were out celebrating love on Saturday, June 18. The community came together and provided a loving experience for our LGBT community and its supporters. My favorite part of the festival was the tribute to the Orlando massacre victims. Volunteers passed around stickers that said #LoveWins, #OnePulse, and #OrlandoStrong. I couldn’t help but over hear people express their grief over the shooting but reminded that love wins. Safety was a large concern for the festival because of the recent terrorist attack but the SFPD had the area well covered. Thank you to the SFPD for keeping the people of Sioux Falls safe and protected during this festival. The activities set for the festival were fun and inspiring for our community. Our community came together for an exciting day of activities at the Sioux Falls Pride Festival and the beautiful feeling of comity and acceptance.

Activities at the SuFu Pride

Sioux Falls Pride 2016 - TheSiouxEmpire.com - Emily Alexander

Sioux Falls Pride 2016 – TheSiouxEmpire.com – Emily Alexander

        The festival started early in the afternoon around 12:45 pm and opened with a flag ceremony and the national anthem; a very respectful tribute to what America really is the land of the free. Then around 1:00pm Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether gave a welcoming speech to the people of the festival. During this speech he recognized Senator Angie Buhl O’Donnell and Speaker Paula Hawks for U.S House. After that the Drag Show started and some of our own local talent and talent from Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Dakota were all dancing in the drag show. Those ladies were superstar divas and twerked it to some iconic songs. The drag show went on for quite some time but afterwards, musical talent such as Amber Simpson from St. Paul and Minnesota’s band Tender Tomboys. Even our very own Sioux Falls musical talent the band VALLYHILL. There were a few words from the primary sponsor Wells Fargo and also from Sioux Falls city councilwoman, Michelle Erpenbach. Thomas Christiansen from The Center of Equality was there to share a few words with the people. I was pleasantly surprised by out community’s outreach to the LGBT community at the Pride event. Churches, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Sioux Falls Police, among many other organizations had booths engaging with the public. Around 6:30 there was a commitment ceremony with an after party at Club David.

The Festival wouldn’t be a festival without vendors of course. The Pride Store was the main accessory vendor, selling rainbow flags, phone cases, bowties, suspenders, tee shirts, tank tops, and lots of jewelry. People of all ages were dressed head to toe in rainbow gear wearing it loud and proud. There weren’t a lot of variety in Food and drink accommodations. There was however a BBQ vendor selling hotdogs, burgers, and pulled pork sandwiches, there was also an authentic Mexican food vendor, and also a small food truck selling snacks. There was only one beer vendor that I saw, but had limited choices. I believe the best vendor was the shaved Ice or snow cone vendor. There certainly was a lot of rainbow shaved ice coming out of that tent cooling down people. I think overall the vendors and booths could have been better. Next year I would like to see more clothing and crafted Items, possibly even local LGBT artist selling their artwork and crafts. More food and beverage vendors would be a nice improvement as well. I noticed two out of the three vendors had like items which narrowed down the variety. The community’s outreach to the LGBT community is what made this experience the best it could have possibly been. The Sioux Falls Pride Festival was a success because people came together to accept and love people in our community, no matter their sexual orientation or identity. I look forward to celebrating at the Pride event again, next year.

Sioux Falls Pride 2016 - Facebook - Sioux Falls Pride

Sioux Falls Pride 2016 – Facebook – Sioux Falls Pride

If you attended the Pride Festival tell us what you liked most about it! And if anything, what you would like to see improved? You can also check out more events at Sioux Falls Pride’s Facebook page, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DonHa4pySsM. Also check out the Sioux Falls Pride Festival event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1569584846687852/.


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