Archive for July 2010

Covering Sioux Falls Flooding

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:37 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Our crews have been out gathering the flooding stories you’ll see on Midday and tonight on KELOLAND News.  Thanks to all of you who have sent in photos and videos of the flooding in your area.

The flooding isn’t only affecting people, though.  Chief photographer Kevin Kjergaard captured this rescue just west of Spring Creek Golf Course this morning:

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I was able to go out to Falls Park this morning after we noticed the lower overlook area was actually underwater.

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Highway 11 has been hit hard, southeast of Sioux Falls.  There are roads washed out and closed and that’s causing a headache for drivers.

The heavy rain from overnight is also creating sewage backups.  The City of Sioux Falls held a news conference this morning to talk about the situation.

Stay with KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com for the latest.

Morning Meeting: Your Thoughts On Iowa Casino

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 9:19 am
By: Karen Sherman
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A court has ordered a new trial for former police chief Ken Huber.  He was convicted of killing his wife at their home in Highmore in October 2007.

There was a bit more discussion on the newly renamed Iowa casino and resort in our morning meeting.

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 Wednesday, we learned the South Dakota gubernatorial candidates’ views on the casino.  While Democrat Scott Heidepriem laid out plans to keep money in South Dakota, Republican Dennis Daugaard says it’s still unclear whether the new casino will harm South Dakota’s economy.

In a release, Kehl Management said over $7.5 million worth of contracts will go to Sioux Falls and South Dakota and the casino resort will employ about 700 people.

So what are your thoughts on the casino?  How do you feel it will impact the region?

Morning Meeting: The Cost Of Back To School

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 9:32 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- We’re talking to Minnehaha County commissioners about an accounting error of more than $500,000.  The group had narrowed down the budget increase, but now they have to work in these expenses before September 28.

- The famed Vivian hailstone from Friday unofficially set a world record in weight and size.  And it’s already a most-read story on KELOLAND.com.  Over 37,000 views in the short time it’s been online!  You can watch the story below:

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- I was surprised to see school supply lists near the entrances of stores a couple weeks ago.  While I don’t have to worry about it anymore, it’s on the minds of plenty of families across KELOLAND.

A new survey shows that the cost of sending a high school student back to school is around $1,000.  ($474 for elementary and $545 for middle school)  This takes into account basic supplies and extra curricular fees, etc.  We’re going to take a closer look and see how we compare to the national average.

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How much do you typically spend on back-to-school shopping?  (Don’t worry about including fees for activities or other related costs.)  Do you have any tips for someone looking to save on school supplies?

Check out Your Money Matters tonight at 10 for the story.

Morning Meeting: Record Hail

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 9:10 am
By: Karen Sherman
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A hailstone that fell Friday night near Vivian could be a world record.  Today, we’re waiting for the official measurement from the National Weather Service.  Record or not, the hail that fell left plenty of damage to cars and and trucks.

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We’re at a news conference where Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will announce some changes in city government.  Erica Beck and Brent O’Neil will be transferred from Planning and Building Services to Community Development/Public Parking.

Today’s supposed to go down as one of the hottest this summer.  With a heat index reaching into the triple-digits, we’re going to find out how hot playground equipment gets (and how dangerous it can be) in this weather.

Morning Meeting: Fish Kill At Wall Lake

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:58 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- We’re following up on the Wall Lake story — the wet weather last week created low oxygen levels and the fish are dying.  So what does this mean for the future of Wall Lake?

- The 41st Street bridge is opening ahead of schedule, which is good news for drivers.  All lanes are open and crews are putting finishing touches on the project.  But it’s also good news for the contractor, which is getting a nice bonus for beating the deadline.

- The bus system in Sioux Falls is seeing more riders.  In fact, the numbers are up 5%.  We’ll find out why tonight on KELOLAND News.

- We went for a ride on Lake Poinsett this weekend and have some incredible images to show you tonight.

Morning Meeting: Investigation Update

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 at 8:37 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We’re awaiting a “significant update” on the death investigation near Lake Alvin.  Authorities are expected to release more details at a news briefing this morning.  We’ll bring you the information as soon as it’s available.

Looks like there’s a chance for severe weather this evening.  These storms could also bring heavy rain to areas already dealing with flooding problems, like George, Iowa.  However, even with all the rain we’ve received, some places could use more moisture.

We’ll be keeping a close watch on the conditions — which, at this point, are favorable for severe weather over much of eastern South Dakota — and bring you updates on KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com.

Morning Meeting: Where Do You See Flooding?

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 9:24 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Several communities were hit hard by the heavy rain last night.  We have lots of photos from across the area showing some major flash flooding.  We’re wondering where these areas most prone to flooding are.  Where do you see the worst flooding?  Let us know on our Facebook page.

These photos were submitted on uShare from the Mitchell area.

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We’ll also be in George, Iowa, where we’ve received numerous reports of flooding.  I took a call this morning from a woman in George who said the bridge is washed out and the school is surrouded by water.  Brian Kushida is there and we’ll have the story tonight on KELOLAND News.

We’ll also know more about a death investigation near the Iowa-South Dakota border near Larchwood.    Last night, authorities said they believe this case is linked to a fire that happened in Sioux Falls on Monday.

Morning Meeting: Big Lots Coming To Town

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 9:28 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- A big story is from recently obtained documents citing Ted Klaudt has renounced his citizenship from the U.S.  He argues that he cannot be held in prison as a non-citizen.  We have the letter he wrote to President Barack Obama online.  Can you just renounce your citizenship?  Does it get a person out of punishment for crimes committed?

There’s some discussion on the topic on the forums and on our Facebook page.  You can also leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

- Something I couldn’t figure out was the excitement over Big Lots coming to Sioux Falls (especially among the females in our morning meeting).  I’ll need to do some more research, but if you’re excited, leave a comment below.  It seems the new store will open in the old Linens-and-Things building.  We’ll tell you all about it tonight on KELOLAND News.

Morning Meeting: Skydiving

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 9:37 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- Former Senator George McGovern celebrated his 88th birthday by jumping out of a plane.  You can watch the video below.  We’ll hear from him tonight on KELOLAND News.

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- Have you had to water your lawn as much this summer?  It seems like we’ve had a rainy one, so we’re checking in to see what water usage looks like for the city.

- Tonight on Your Money Matters, we’re taking a look at net worth.  Do you know your net worth?  We’ll tell you how to calculate your net worth and show you websites where you can compare yours to others in your field.

Morning Meeting: Okoboji Clean Up

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9:11 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- We’ve seen the power of straight-line winds already this summer (Tea and Lesterville, to name a couple).  Now, people at Lake Okoboji are cleaning up after a storm ripped through the area leaving behind quite a mess.  Volunteers are out working to get things back in order.  Check out the damage photos at the end of this post.

- Sam Lint is expected to enter a plea and be sentenced today. He’s the Sioux Falls man arrested in the death of Michael Stevens. Stevens’ body was found at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds at the beginning of the year. We’ll have the story tonight.

- Final numbers of JazzFest:  The free event wrapped up Saturday night and we’ll see if the extra day of the event helped with attendance.

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Photos courtesy: Dale & Julie Elgersma