Archive for June 2010

Morning Meeting: Watching the Sky

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 9:57 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Brian Karstens gave us a brief rundown before our morning meeting on what to expect today, in terms of severe weather. Be sure you keep a close watch on this, as parts of KELOLAND could likely get pounded.

While we anticipate covering more severe weather today, we’re taking a look at the damage left by tornadoes that hit Dupree last night.  Take a look at a few of the photos sent in and submit your own on uShare.

Photo courtesy: Roger Hill

Photo courtesy: Roger Hill

In other news, GOP gubernatorial candidate Dennis Daugaard announced his running mate choice today, so we’ll be taking a look at Matt Michels and what that means for the campaign.  In what his campaign called a historic move, Democrat Scott Heidepriem chose a Republican running mate, which he announced on June 1.

Morning Meeting: Potpourri

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:20 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We had a wide variety of ideas come up this morning, and it didn’t seem like one topic took over the discussion this morning.

Here are a couple tid-bits that will take us outside on this gorgeous day:

  • > We’re at the zoo where two rhinos were moved to a new exhibit.  Since the old and new exhibits are on opposite ends of the zoo, they crated up the rhinos, loaded them onto a flatbed and drove them to the other side.  It’s quite the process.  You can watch that in the video below:
  • > Yesterday afternoon turned out nicely, and many people spent the afternoon/evening at Falls Park.  With the nice weather again today, we’re taking a look at the rushing water from recent rains and safety when visiting the park.
  • > While it may be nice out for some of you, severe weather could be an issue out west.  As those storms move east into night, it’s important to have (and know how to program) a weather radio.  We’ll take a look at that tonight, but in the meantime you can learn more on our weather radio page here on

Morning Meeting: Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:05 am
By: Karen Sherman
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People across KELOLAND are still feeling the effects of recent flooding, so expect this to be a big story for awhile. We looked at the issues facing residents in Ravinia and Hitchcok yesterday. Mitchell is a community that has been hit hard by the flooding. One of our news interns, Kolbe Nelson, stopped by a golf course in town to see how flooding has affected business. Today, our coverage will extend from Waubay to Milltown to the James River. Shawn Neisteadt left a bit ago and is already sending back photos from his cell phone. [Follow him on Twitter]

Highway 44 under the James River

Highway 44 under the James River

Another hot topic in the morning meeting was city cell phones. At a news conference to announce department head appointees Monday, Mayor Mike Huether briefly touched on city cell phones.
Mayor Mike Huether discusses changes at City Hall

Mayor Mike Huether discusses changes at City Hall

One of every two city employees has a cell phone, according to Huether. This morning, the newsroom discussed everything from data plans to contracts, and whether these 500+ cell phones are necessary. We’re making calls to other cities of comparable size to find out where we rank. What do you think about the cell phones? The oil spill continues to come up in our meetings. Ahead of the president’s address from the Oval Office tonight, we’re out getting reaction to the leak. We’ve also posted a question on our Facebook page where you can discuss your feelings on the situation and the federal government’s response to the disaster. Or you can let us know what you
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Morning Meeting: Talk About Flooding

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:18 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Rain was the story last week; it’s only logical that flooding is the story for this Monday morning. We have crews covering the impact of the flooding across the state. From Hitchcock to Ravinia, Parkston to the James River near Olivet. We’re getting plenty of uShare photos of the flooding from across KELOLAND as well. You can find those here:


uShare Photo - West of Wagner, SD

Flooding was the main topic of discussion at this morning’s meeting. We also looked at the campground flood story out of Arkansas where a 20th victim has been found. With the heavy rainfall our area has seen recently, are there any areas we could see a similar situation? — UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. The City of Sioux Falls issued a release moments ago with the names of three appointees to department head positions and the name of a new city attorney. [Huether Announces City Attorney, Director Appointments] Right now, we know two of the positions do not require approval from the city council — Director of Community Development and Public Parking and Director of Central Services. But because the
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Public Health Director oversees more than 5 percent of the city’s budget, this appointee — Jill Franken — will need approval by the City Council at a meeting on June 21. The appointee for city attorney will also need similar approval. We’ll have the latest on this story tonight on KELOLAND News.

Morning Meeting: Storm Damage

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 at 9:49 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We’re sorting through all the storm damage reports from the overnight hours.  Thanks for sending in your photos and reports.  We were able to piece together a few of them in our story “Storms Rip Through Parts Of KELOLAND” this morning.

This photo just came in from Louella in Brandon, SD.


You can send photos and videos to us on uShare or

Damage, damage, damage resonated in our morning meeting.  And while our main focus will be covering the impact from the storms, we’re also working on the Matt Adamski/Sioux Empire Fair story that hit the wire this morning.

Morning Meeting: The Rain Is A Pain

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Coming off of some intense election coverage earlier this week, our morning editorial meeting was full of some interesting non-political stories.

  • -It’s raining.  Storms are moving across our coverage area today and our team of meteorologists have briefed us on what to expect throughout the day.  [Check the forecast and conditions for your area] We’re looking at some areas that may face flooding from the heavy rain.  We should get a break from it a bit later, but plan for another round of strong storms tonight.
  • -The oil spill in the Gulf has been brought up a number of times by reporters and producers, but we’re looking for a way to localize it.  We talked to local BP gas station owners a couple weeks ago, but the situation in the Gulf is ongoing and remains a topic of interest.  What are your thoughts on the oil spill?  How does it affect you?
  • -A wire story from Iowa caught our attention:  A report shows that Iowa public universities are seeing an increase in alcohol-related offenses.  We’ll be talking with an alcohol abuse counselor today about what we’re seeing locally.
  • -Following up on the Tea dogs case:  The State’s Attorney says no charges have been filed and a local vet says no new cases have been reported.