Morning Meeting: Preparing For Floodwater

Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:11 am
By: Karen Sherman

In a matter of days, the concerns over flooding along the Missouri River at Pierre and Fort Pierre have extended down river to Yankton and Dakota Dunes. The National Guard is active, volunteers are filling thousands of sandbags and they’re building levees along the banks in Pierre. Preparing for the disaster has multiplied several times over and the call for help is being answered.

KELOLAND News has crews up and down the river to bring you the latest throughout the day and what will likely become a matter of weeks.

We know many of you have questions about how the snowmelt elsewhere became a problem in South Dakota. We expect to talk with the Army Corps of Engineers to get some of those answers today.

In Fort Pierre, people are still packing up their homes and moving out. Around 3,000 people are expected to be impacted by water on both sides of the river there. We’ll talk with people who are doing what they can as fast as they can.

The race is on to protect businesses in both communities, but one business owner in Pierre also needs to protect her home. We’ll show you how they’re doing double the work to protect their livelihood and where they live.

Farther down the river In Yankton, we’re talking with the Emergency Manager about the situation, what they expect and how they’re preparing for it. We’ll also hear from homeowners who are taking action to protect their belongings and volunteers who are there to help.

And as people Dakota Dunes work to evacuate by Thursday, the state is bringing in a Black Hawk helicopter to move large sandbags to protect homes. 

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Morning Meeting: School District Decisions

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 9:55 am
By: Karen Sherman

People in Sioux Falls and Yankton are voting on two school elections. In Sioux Falls, voters get to elect a new member to the school Board. In Yankton, they’re deciding whether to approve an opt out of the state property tax freeze to help with a lack of state education funding. Katie Janssen, David Brown and Jon Wilson have team coverage on the process. Then we’ll bring you the results tonight on KELOLAND News at Ten.

And we understand a couple of South Dakota natives were among those huddled in a walk-in cooler at a convenience store when the tornado hit Joplin, Missouri this weekend. Check out the video on You Tube. You can’t see much but the audio is pretty intense. Peggy Moyer is working on that story today.

There are only two Oprah Winfrey Shows left. One local couple was on the show just a couple years ago and received money to help with their cause to help the homeless. Don Jorgensen will have an update on their mission. Plus, a Sioux Falls woman was at Oprah’s massive celebrity celebration which continues today on KELO-TV at 4:00 p.m. We’ll talk with her about what it was like to be at the event and see all the stars who came out to honor Oprah.

Morning Meeting: Police Investigate Shooting

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:57 am
By: Karen Sherman

It’s a busy day in the newsroom as our reporters work on several stories that are already developing today.

Overnight in Sioux Falls, a call for a suicidal person led to a shooting in an east side neighborhood. The man was walking around with a gun and police say he pointed it at them and fired it. They shot back, killing him. And it all happened while neighbors slept in their homes. Police expect to release more information during the daily 10:30 a.m. police briefing. We’ll stream that live on and Shawn Neistetad will bring you the details throughout the day on KELOLAND News. And Kelly Bartnick was out in the neighborhood this morning and talked to some people who heard the shots and say they sounded like fireworks.

The South Dakota Supreme Court also just released its opinion on what should happen to a Rapid City judge who was accused of misconduct. The justices decided Judge A.P. Fuller should either retire or be put on probation for his actions. We’ll also take you through the decision later today on KELOLAND News.

Carbon monoxide problems caught up with some hockey players in Sioux Falls earlier this week. Ben Dunsmoor talked with parents last night who said the carbon monoxide detectors at the Sioux Falls Ice and Recreation Center didn’t go off. Today he’s going to talk to a doctor about some of the health concerns parents now have.

And people in the Rapid City area are preparing for a massive amount of rain and the potential of flash flooding. Austin Hoffman will show you how the Red Cross is helping as the rain starts to fall.

Morning Meeting: Last Day Of School

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 10:13 am
By: Karen Sherman

It’s the last day of (public) school in Sioux Falls, not only for students, but also for dozens of teachers. Nearly 90 teachers with the district are taking advantage of an early-retirement incentive.  Hailey Higgins is working on a story with one of those teachers and the students in the classroom.

The newer South Dakota law that requires students to stay in school until they’re 18-years old was expected to impact graduating class sizes. That was the case at Joe Foss School, the alternative high school in Sioux Falls. Katie Janssen is headed there to talk with students today about their accomplisments in following through with their education.

What do your teenagers have planned for the first night of summer vacation? Students ages 16 to 20 are invited to a special dance party. The ‘Light the Night Black And White’ event is the second Teller Entertainment has held in Sioux Falls this year. The one in march had around 1,000 teenagers. Peggy Moyer will show you the purpose behind the party.

And it’s not the end of the school year, but the end of an era for the Oprah Winfrey Show. The final show airs one week from today. Have you ever been to one? We’re taking people’s stories on our KELOLAND Facebook page today. Check them out and post your memories.

Morning Meeting: Baseball Loses A Great, Roads In Rough Shape

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 10:00 am
By: Karen Sherman

Some breaking news came down as I was writing the blog.  The baseball world has lost another great legend.  Former Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew has died.  It was just this past Friday that we found out he was giving up his long battle with esophageal cancer.  Keep monitoring for more information as it comes in.

Things are heating up in Yankton in the final week before the community votes on an opt out for the school district. I believe it’s the first to be held in the state since the state budget cuts to education funding. Katie Janssen is in Yankton today and is working to get details on both sides of the issue.

Despite attempts to smooth things out on Sioux Falls’ roads, I think potholes and bumpy roads are the most consistent complaint I’ve noticed about mentioned on our KELOLAND Facebook page. And now with an extra $3.8 million dollars in its pocket, the city council is considering putting that money to use on roads. That includes three projects that could happen this summer:

– 41st Street: Western Avenue to Minnesota Avenue

– Minnesota Avenue: 22nd Street to I-229

– Marion Road: Madison to 60th Street

But in our Newsroom Morning Meeting, we came up with some others we thought were also in pretty rough shape. What do you think? What would top your list for road repairs in Sioux Falls? Let us know on our KELOLAND Facebook page and Ben Dunsmoor will hit the streets to talk to drivers.

First there was flooding. Now, rain is delaying farmers from working in the fields and the clock is ticking to get crops planted. But the next two days will offer a window of opportunity before another round of rain moves into Eastern KELOLAND. Shawn Neisteadt will have that story.

Morning Meeting: Following Up On The Concert Concerns

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 11:47 am
By: Karen Sherman

Preparations apparently paid off for Sioux Falls Police who monitored the situation at the Vault Friday night. The bar hosted an outdoor concert with Papa Roach, which was open to all ages.  Police anticipated a lot of traffic and possible alcohol-related problems.  Shawn Neisteadt showed you the concerns Friday. Today he’s following up on how things went and how many arrests police made.

The City of Sioux Falls has an extra nearly $4 million and will discuss tonight how it could put it to use. Some council members would like it to go toward streets and projects, but some with the City have ideas for the Events Center. KELOLAND News will stream the meeting live on at 4:00 p.m. Then, Ben Dunsmoor will bring you the council’s discussion tonight on KELOLAND News.

200th Engineer Company

200th Engineer Company

The 200th Engineer Company out of Chamberlain and Pierre are headed to training this morning before they ship off to Afghanistan.  David Brown met up with them in Mitchell where they stopped by a BBQ Restaurant for a hot meal before leaving South Dakota.

And the next time you’re in Downtown Sioux Falls, take your photo with Captain 11. A bronze representation of KELOLAND TV’s former kids show host Dave Dedrick is now displayed outside our studios as part of the Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk. Then share your photos by posting them at uShare on

Evening Wrap-Up: Rosey Quinn Fired From Second Chance Rescue Center

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm
By: Karen Sherman

Around 6:30 tonight KELOLAND News heard reports that Rosey Quinn had been fired.  A short time later a report came over the scanner of people being harassed at Second Chance Rescue Center in Sioux Falls. We sent photographer Jesse Goebel there to uncover the story.

He found out that Rosey Quinn had indeed been terminated as the executive director of  Second Chance Rescue Center because the board wants to move in a new direction. Nightbeat reporter Ben Dunsmoor will tell you more about this decision tonight on KELOLAND News at 10.

Also at 10, Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killebrew’s giving up his fight with the incurable cancer of the esophagus. We have reaction from some of his fans.

A man who took on 50 jobs in 50 states three years ago is traveling the country promoting his book. Daniel Seddiqui just finished writing about his journey which took him to some fascinating adventures.

And, Austin Hoffmann explains the “inconsistent and aggressive” inspections of surface mines by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. He tells us about both sides of the story.

These stories and more on KELOLAND News at 10.

Morning Meeting: Bicycle Safety

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 9:21 am
By: Karen Sherman

KELOLAND News received an e-mail warning of an expected jump in gas prices over the next 24-48 hours. Jon Wilson is talking with the gas station owner who is urging people to fill up now to find out what’s really behind the push to the pump.

Whether it’s because of gas prices or just to get some exercise now that the weather’s warmed up, drivers are likely to see more people on bicycles this time of year. But a crash that hospitalized a Sioux Falls bicyclist and sent a driver to jail has police urging bicycle safety. Whether you’re new to cycling or just need a reminder, Nicole Winters will take you through some safety advice for those on two wheels.

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A Sioux Falls officer who’s giving bike safety lessons to 4th and 5th graders today will soon retire from the force. It’s hard to not miss Officer Denny Pottebaum; he’s the school resource officer who drives around in the Volkswagen Beatle painted up like a police car. Peggy Moyer will have more on his long career with the department.



You may remember the bank robbery in Centerville this past January where officials closed the roads in and out of town, alert citizens helped track down the suspect and a high-speed chase led to the suspect’s arrest. That man, Jeremy Bullock of Inwood, Iowa, pleaded not guilty to robbing the bank. He’s apparently reached a plea agreement and is scheduled to be back in court today to change his plea. KELOLAND’s David Brown will be there.

And we’re being told the waves are really eating away the shore in areas of Lake Poinsett. Shawn Neisteadt is back in the area to show you what’s become a serious erosion problem.

Evening Wrap-Up: Happy Mother’s Day

Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm
By: Karen Sherman

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you all spoiled your mom’s on this day dedicated just to them. KELOLAND News has a mix of mother-related stories coming up tonight at 10.

A couple who adopted this year after years of trying to get pregnant celebrates their first Mother’s Day. David Brown takes you to Canton to hear their story.

And, an Eye On KELOLAND by Kelli Grant airs tonight about a sister who is pregnant and is carrying a baby for the other sister. Find out why they chose this option.

On a non-mother related note, Jon Wilson tells us about new junior football fields taking shape near the Sioux Falls Airport  and a sports complex that will house an indoor tennis center.

These stories and more on KELOLAND News at 10.

Evening Wrap-Up: Warm Weather In KELOLAND

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm
By: Karen Sherman

I hope everyone is out enjoying the nice 70-degree, gorgeous weather in KELOLAND. On the night beat at 10, Ben Dunsmoor takes us to the streets of downtown Sioux Falls and talks to people and business owners about the traditional ‘First Friday.’ The first Friday of the month, downtown businesses have special promotions and stay open later.

Authorities are investigating a crash that happened this evening.  A car was west bound on I-90 when the driver lost control, going over the bridge viaduct, crashing onto I-229 below. Two victims, a female driver and a male passenger, were taken to the hospital with undisclosed injures. Both were conscious when crews arrived at the scene.

Also at 10, Austin Hoffmann takes you to Mount Rushmore and introduces you to the newest employee, a bomb dog named Aba. She is the fourth bomb sniffing dog the park has had.

And finally, flooding is still and issue in parts of South Dakota. Erich Schaffhauser talks to homeowners in Waubay about the devastation and reality they are facing. Bitter Lake doesn’t have an outlet so as it rises, it doesn’t go back down. Hear about the turmoil on KELOLAND News at 10.