Archive for June 2010

Morning Meeting: Wednesday Trail Mix

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:32 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- We have two reports of young girls who were asked to get into a car with a male driver.  One in Brookings, one in Volga.  We’re talking to Brookings police about the incidents.

- Motions hearing today for Jason Larsen-Smith.  He was involved in a high speed chase that ended in a crash that killed a 62-year-old man.

- The City of Sioux Falls is working with businesses to help minimize mosquito breeding grounds.  Sioux Falls has already stepped up its spraying efforts.  Have you noticed more mosquitoes this year?  What do you find works best to keep them away?

- We’re talking firework safety and tourism in the Hills ahead of the holiday weekend.  And speaking of which, we’re compiling a list of community events for the Fourth.  You can find that on our website and help populate it by sending us your community’s event(s).  (Unfortunately, the forecast doesn’t look too firework-friendly!)

Morning Meeting: Cars Caught In Tornado

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:21 am
By: Kealey Bultena
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The EF4 tornado that went through northeastern Iowa Friday caused signficiant damage. We’ll show you a farm where a home and bulidings were destroyed. We took you to Little Rock, IA this weekend. You can see a story about a farm where everything was destroyed but the house wasn’t touched and a piece about a man whose family home was damaged by the storm.

Also in Iowa, some cars pulled under an overpass during the tornado, but the winds pulled the cars from under the bridge.  We’ll show you the images tonight on KELOLAND News. Have you been caught on the road in severe weather? Some safety myths exist about what you should do if you’re driving during a tornado. What would you do?

Schools in South Dakota are downsizing tobacco prevention programs. That’s because tobacco tax money is going to be used in other areas. KELOLAND’s Katie Janssen will bring you the story tonight.

Morning Meeting: Storms & More

Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 at 10:51 am
By: Karen Sherman
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A lot of discussion this morning about the cleanup in Iowa after a couple tornadoes left behind a path of destruction.  Areas around Sioux Falls also faced flash flooding and damage from straight-line winds. We’ve received lots of photos from viewers of the damage and we’re working to put them together for you on KELOLAND.com.

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We’re also looking into what’s next for these areas — in terms of getting a hold of insurance agents, etc.  And we’ll be explaining the microburst that hit the Tea and Lake Alvin areas.

Three people died in a canoeing accident on the Belle Fourche River. We’ll have more details tonight on KELOLAND News.

We’re also following a search on West Okoboji Lake where a man jumped out of a boat to retrieve something.

Former city councilor Kermit Staggers will be testifying before the Public Services Commission today over a concern brought by two police officers.  We’ll have the story tonight.

Morning Meeting: Hello Friday!

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 at 9:57 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We have quite a full Friday of news coverage … from more flooding concerns in Bonilla, a child identification initiative, a nursing home that’s closing in Pipestone … we’re tackling a variety of topics.

–> A couple crews are up in the Woonsocket and Bonilla area.  National Guard is helping the sandbagging effort in Bonilla.  And Woonsocket residents are trying to get the water and mud out of their homes.  It looks like more flooding could be headed their way.

–> A county-owned nursing home is closing in Pipestone.  We’re looking into the impact this will have on its residents.

–> A local mother is trying to get parents on board with a project called Child ID.  They will put together digital profiles of children to use in case they need to get this information to police.  We’re hoping to have some additional web content for you on this story as well.

Our meeting time is being moved ahead to 9 a.m. next week, so you can expect these entries a little earlier.

Morning Meeting: Flooding Angles

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 9:57 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Recent rains have helped make flooding quite the story lately.

With more water flowing through, Sioux Falls city officials issued an advisory Thursday morning recommending people stay away from and out of the flood waters.  The city specifically names the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek.

Just today, a mom and her son were rescued from the Big Sioux after their canoe tipped.  We’re talking to two canoeists who saw it all happen.

Where are you seeing increased water levels?  Has the flooding affected any of your summer plans?

While it’s causing problems for most, more water means quite the show at Falls Park.  One of our photographers says it’s the fullest he’s ever seen.

Also, Salute to the Troops is going on this week to honor past and present military.  We’ll have details on the event for you later today.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced another crib recall.  This time, two million drop-side cribs.  We’re looking into this recent recall and what it means for mandatory standards for crib-makers.  We have links to the CPSC and more details on this story.

Newsroom Treats

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 7:53 am
By: Karen Sherman
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I’m not sure which happens more often:  I say I’m going to cut back on the junk food or somone brings treats for the newsroom.

It may be a tie; but it’s a horrible way to live when they both happen on the same day.

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Our new morning show producer, Safeer, brought in these oatmeal raisin cookies.

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And Darcy brought in Candy Bar Brownies.

OK, maybe I’ll have just one …

Morning Meeting: iPhone Coming Soon?

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:59 am
By: Karen Sherman
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  • Rain last night added to the flooding concerns for communities in KELOLAND.  We’re near Orange City and Lake Poinsett, and we’re also checking out damage left behind by the strong winds.  Be sure to send your photos in: uShare or photos@keloland.com.
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  • Officials have approved AT&T’s acquisition of Alltel … and this topic dominated our morning meeting.  What does this mean for Alltel customers?  How much longer before the iPhone makes its South Dakota debut?  We’re getting your thoughts on the topic on our Facebook page.  What are your thoughts?  Have you been waiting to get an iPhone?  If your current provider is not Alltel, would you leave them to get an iPhone?
  • We talked about the group threatening to sue McDonald’s if they don’t stop including toys in their kid’s meals.  Some of the parents in our newsroom talked about how the toys may be a positive reinforcement for kids who eat their meal.  Others discussed the toys as “collector’s items.”  It’s getting some discussion on our forums as well.  What do you think?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Morning Meeting: Casino Update & More Weather

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 9:53 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Morning Meeting: Of Burglaries and Bandits

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 10:11 am
By: Karen Sherman
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  • An interesting story out of Yankton: Residents think the Barefoot Bandit may be in KELOLAND. We had a question about this guy on our Facebook page, so we want to let you know we are covering that story today.
     
  • This past weekend’s police log lists quite a few larcenies and burglaries.  We’ve run several stories recently about theives targetting unlocked homes and cars. So take this as another reminder to make sure you lock your doors.
     
  • EROS has some recent imagery of our state that should show the impact of flooding from a different perspective.  Cherlene is looking into that today.
     
  • Our meteorologists are tracking more storms this week, in what they’re calling an “active weather pattern.”  Learn more about that over on their blog, “Weather or Not.”

Morning Meeting: Finally Friday

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 at 10:29 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We made it through another week, and this morning’s meeting really did feel like a Friday.  But that doesn’t mean we aren’t covering a wide range of topics today.

  • We discussed the situation at the Leif Ericson camp and plan to explore a couple more angles of this story.  The camp is reviewing its safety procedures after the incident.
  • While we didn’t see the strong storms expected yesterday, Minnesotans took a pounding from multiple tornadoes Thursday (possibly a record, according to WCCO).  Storms moved through many parts of Minnesota in the afternoon, toppling power poles, destroying structures and leaving behind a mess of debris.  Our Sports Director Jay Elsen found himself face-to-face with one tornado outside of Albert Lea.
  • As Minnesota cleans up after their storms, the town of Dupree can relate — they’re picking up the pieces after storms on Wednesday.  We’re back in Dupree and will have more tonight on KELOLAND News.
  • We’re also checking with the Empire Mall to see what procedures they have in place for severe weather.  Storms can hit at any time, and we’re wondering how a business keeps their customers safe.