Archive for September 2010

RIP KELOLAND.com Forums

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 10:15 am
By: Karen Sherman
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The forums on KELOLAND.com have been a place where people could share their opinions on local and world news.  Shortly after I started at KELO, the forums transitioned from the old school message boards to a full-fledged vBulletin system.  Along with the many advantages of the new system, it just felt more like an online community.

But the online world is always changing and there has been a shift away from message boards and this style of communicating and sharing.  As we are always looking for better ways to allow our viewers to share their comments, we’ve phased out the forums in favor of comments at the bottom of stories on KELOLAND.com.

We did mourn the loss of the forums in the newsroom Monday.

Web World mourned the loss of the forums in the newsroom Monday.

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Facebook comments at the bottom of stories on KELOLAND.com.

You’ll notice that we’re utilizing a plug-in that allows you to post comments and share these stories directly with your friends on Facebook.

Look for this addition to our site as we include the option in more stories.

Morning Meeting: Distracted Drivers

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 9:00 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We hear so much about distracted teen drivers — texting, tweeting, etc — but what about distracted adult drivers?  I’ve seen them everywhere, and I’ve even been guilty of it in the past.

One study shows texting (or using your mobile device for any other activity) while driving could be worse than drunk driving.  But do more experienced drivers feel they’re invincible and they couldn’t possibly be in a crash?

What’s so important that it can’t wait until you reach your destination — is it e-mail or looking up a phone number or reading about Lindsay Lohan on TMZ.com?

Why do we feel the need to be so connected?  I read yesterday that some people think something’s wrong if they don’t get a reply to their message within five minutes.  Have we become that impatient?

There are tools out there to help.  A service called DriveSafe.ly reads your text messages out loud while you’re driving and lets the sender know you got the message.

But nothing beats putting the phone down.  I know that’s something I’ve been working on.  And you know what?  No one was upset with me for making them wait for a reply.

What do you think about distracted driving?  How many times do you see adults typing away on their phones while driving?

We’ll hear from drivers tonight on KELOLAND News.

Morning Meeting: Where Is Everyone?

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 8:59 am
By: Karen Sherman
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It was a very quick meeting today, with just a handful of participants.  Everyone else was out gathering stories for the day including:

USD Sexual Assault:  Vermillion police are investigating a sexual assault that happened early Sunday on campus.

Gubernatorial Candidates and Education:  We’re talking to the gubernatorial candidates about their plans for education in South Dakota.

Colder September:  We could see lows in the 30s toward the end of this month.  We’ll explain tonight.

Weight Loss Before Surgery:  You won’t want to miss this in tonight’s HealthBeat.  A man has to shed over 100 lbs before he can have a surgery needed to save his life.  He’s already lost 90, but he still has some more to lose.  Hear that story tonight.

Last night the Sioux Falls City Council approved $500,000 for the development and design of a Sioux Falls events center.  Quite a few people have sounded off on our Facebook page on the topic.  What do you think?

Morning Meeting: SF Events Center

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 9:05 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Today, we’re talking to the Events Center Task Force about Mayor Mike Huether’s vision for an events center in Sioux Falls.  We learned more about the vision from a meeting last night.

What are your thoughts on an event center, how it should be funded and where it should be located?

As part of their 150th anniversary, Augustana College is ringing a 150 year old bell to welcome students back to campus.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and we’ll take you to a support group where local men are helping each other through the battle.

Morning Meeting: LifeLight Festival Weekend

Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 at 8:42 am
By: Karen Sherman
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LifeLight Festival Webcam

LifeLight Festival Webcam

Our LifeLight Festival camera is up and running (though it has had a few technical hiccups) and ready for a weekend of music in Worthing, South Dakota.  You can find this, along with webcams from other areas, on KELOLAND.com.  Just click on the radar and the webcams tab.

This is the first year for the festival at their new location.  We’ll tell you about what kind of traffic and parking to expect in the area.

After a few delays, River Boulevard is set to open one lane in each direction in the westbound lanes today.  We’ll talk about when the entire project is expected to be finished.