Archive for February 2011

Morning Meeting: Build It Where?

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 10:46 am
By: Karen Sherman
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The debate over where to build an events center in Sioux Falls rages on. And today the Build It Downtown group says it has four possible locations selected. Shawn Neisteadt will take you on a tour of the sites they’re asking the City Council and Mayor to consider.

As we told you yesterday, President Obama has proposed cutting federal funding to the Lewis And Clark Regional Water System, which project officials say would bring it to a screeching halt. Later today, we’ll talk with South Dakota’s US Senators about the budget proposal and the impact it could have in KELOLAND.

Our snowy winter may have you itching to go someplace warmer. But some aspiring travelers have found air fare hikes are making that difficult. Nicole Winters is talking to a travel agent to find out what’s behind the increase in rates.

Morning Meeting: Sump Pumps Running

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Don Jorgensen mentioned yesterday that his sump pump has already kicked in. We’re hearing the same from other people too. It’s the middle of February!

The disappearing snow is increasing flooding concerns in some areas of KELOLAND. That’s the case in Lincoln County where they had serious problems last spring. Shawn Neisteadt will be with county officials today as they check out some areas and get their plan on how to minimize the problem this year.

Aberdeen bureau reporter Erich Schaffhauser is also looking into the flooding outlook for the northern part of South Dakota and whether the warmup is good news.

If you start to notice water rising or flooding, please take a picture and share them through our uShare Photo Gallery.

The Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake could lose all of its National Science Foundation funding if President Obama’s proposed budget is approved. It calls for the termination of the deep underground science and engineering laboratory. As KELOLAND News reported in December, state funding for the lab was secure through next year, but that’s when the NSF was supposed to take over.  Without those funds, the future of the lab is in question. KELOLAND’s Austin Hoffman is gathering reaction from lab officials today.

A bill regarding abortion in South Dakota and requiring women to consult with pregnancy help centers in advance is headed to the State House of Representatives. Nicole Winters will have the details on the proposal.

Halfway Through 8 Week Challenge

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:41 am
By: Nicole Winters
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I’m now halfway into my eight week workout class. It’s hard to believe I’ve been working hard for four weeks already! And the best part, I’m finally starting to see some results. I have lost a few pounds, but I really notice the difference in my strength. I can easily do exercises, like pushups, that I couldn’t do the first week. It’s amazing to me how much strength, stamina and flexibility I have gained in just a few short weeks. The workouts have also made me excited about exercising. I actually look forward to going to class three times a week!! I still have four more weeks to go but so far, so good. Also, my clothes are starting to feel a little looser; that’s the best feeling in the world!

I’ll be sitting down with KELOLAND Healthbeat Anchor Kelli Grant to do an interview about my halfway point progress today. Find out how much weight I’ve lost, and check out all my progress in tonight’s Healthbeat on KELOLAND News.

Nicole

Morning Meeting: Bystanders Stop Kidnapping

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:22 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Some good samaritans in Sioux Falls are credited for helping catch a suspected kidnapper. Police say the mother left the car running with the child inside when she ran into a convenience store and a 45-year-old man jumped in and drove away. Shawn Niesteadt is gathering more details today. Then Hailey Higgins is talking with a woman who saw it happen and why the neighbor says the suspect frightens her.

The Aberdeen City Council is once again scheduled to look into an in-home day care that the city attorney says should have its city license revoked. We looked into Michelle Knebel’s background last week when it was originally scheduled to be discussed. Erich Schaffhauser will be at tonight’s meeting to bring you the discussion on KELOLAND News at 10.

Happy Valentine’s Day. How much are you spending on your sweetie today? The deliveries are rolling into the newsroom. It’s 10:20 AM and I count four. Let us know how you’re celebrating on our KELOLAND Facebook page. Then because there are critics of the holiday, Nicole Winters is looking into whether it’s a made-up celebration for the sake of consumerism. What are your thoughts?

Also, the Sioux Falls City Council will get an update on the progress on bringing an events center to town at 4:00 PM today.  We’ll stream that live for you on KELOLAND.com and then David Brown will bring you more on whether the project is still running behind schedule.

Morning Meeting: We’re Having A Heatwave

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:45 am
By: Karen Sherman
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When ever it gets warm in the winter, it reminds me of the scene in ‘Grumpy Old Men’ when Walter Matthau starts singing “we’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave”.  Great movie.

We’re covering several warm weather angles today on the snow melt. But we’re also still seeing fire hydrants covered in snow, some across the street from local schools on city property. Perry Groten’s heading out to find out why the hydrants are still hidden.

Have you checked your credit report since Peggy Moyer’s story last night? In a nutshell, late fees on video rentals at a couple bankrupt stores are now coming back to haunt people because the collection agency was reporting the suspected unpaid fees to people’s credit reports. Let us know what you find.

And Egypitan President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. Later today, we’re going to talk with the Augustana Band students who were just in Cairo a few weeks ago. They’re discussing their trip during a weekly social gathering on campus for American and international students. That’s today at 3 p.m. At the Kresge Recital Hall at Grange Avenue and 30th Street in Sioux Falls.

So, take a walk this afternoon and then join us tonight for the news.  “We’re having a heat wave…”

Evening Wrap-Up: My Big T.V. Debut

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm
By: Karen Sherman
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Tonight I will make my big television debut.

Well, kind of. Angela Kennecke interviewed me about income based student loan payments for tonight’s Your Money Matters. Since I have worked at a couple newspapers during college, I know what it’s like to be the interviewer, but it was a whole different experience being the interviewee. I found being in front of a camera adds a certain pressure to everything I said. If you would like to see my interview and are wondering how to pay for your looming student loans, be sure to tune into KELOLAND News at 10 for alternative options.

Also on KELOLAND News at 10, Ben Dunsmoor takes us to the Grand Casino being built in Larchwood, IA. As Ben explained on KELOLAND News at 6, with the casino over 80 percent built and a proposed tax increase, people are wondering if the project will be able to be completed. Dunsmoor will be showing viewers the reaction to the proposed tax hike.

Erich Schaffhauser is in Corson County tonight investigating the mistreatment of about four to six thousand buffalo on a ranch near McLaughlin. See what is being done to care for these buffalo.

All of these stories and more on KELOLAND News at 10.

Morning Meeting: Colds, Cell Phones & Cuts

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:14 am
By: Karen Sherman
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You’re awake. You’ve started the day. Now, how are you feeling? I hope you’re not one of the many contemplating a trip to the doctor’s office. A couple people here at KELO have noticed the waiting rooms at local clinics are getting full and waits at acute care facilities are getting lengthy. Kelli Grant is going to look into what’s going around this time on today’s HealthBeat.

It’s “new cell phone” day” for thousands in KELOLAND now that Verizon Wireless has released the iPhone. That can come with a learning curve if you haven’t read the manual. Who does that anyways? Okay, I do. But I picked up a co-worker’s Droid recently and had no idea how to even send a text message. So as you play around with your new phone today, let us know below what you think of it in the comment section below. Then Hailey Higgins will introduce you to people who braved the cold this morning and lined up to get their hands on one.

And Shawn Neisteadt is in Pierre today where Sioux Falls Superintendent Pam Homan is meeting with Governor Dennis Daugaard about his proposed cuts to education. We’ll have reports today at the Midday, Five and Six o’clock News.

On Monday we profiled the Faith School District and the funding challenges it’s faced.  Then yesterday, the district received a major donation that’s going to help the district build a new school. We’re also learning of a local hotel that’s helping raise money for the district. Austin Hoffman will show you how the school is benefiting later today.

And the Minnesota committee that oversees the Metrodome is considering today whether to replace the entire roof or just parts of it after it collapsed in early December.  What would you like to see done?  Share your thoughts on our KELOLAND Facebook page today.

Evening Wrap-Up: Grandpa’s On Facebook

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm
By: Karen Sherman
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Are you sick of getting forwards and jokes e-mailed to you from your grandparents? Did you ever think of the possibility that you may be too young for e-mail? Kelly Bartnick found a recent study showing that may be the case. More young people bypass e-mails in favor of social media. However, among those ages 54 and up, e-mailing is becoming more common. Hear his story tonight on KELOLAND News at 10.

Ben Dunsmoor is back from the final FEMA meeting Wednesday night in Brookings. He is going to tell viewers about what FEMA is doing for final flood preparations. And, Angela Kennecke has prepared a Money Matters about the Dow Jones industrial’s rising numbers and what that means for your 401(k).

Tune in tonight to KELOLAND News at 10.

Morning Meeting: Discussing Education Funding

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10:43 am
By: Karen Sherman
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South Dakota Lawmakers have been in session just days short of a full month. And as we told you earlier this week on KELOLAND News, tomorrow the Governor and Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Pam Homan will meet to talk about the proposed 10% cuts to education funding.

Curious what they’ll talk about? KELOLAND’s Peggy Moyer is going to ask parents today what they hope will be accomplished in that meeting. But we also want to know from you, what message should Homan bring to the table on behalf of parents? You can share your thoughts on our KELOLAND Facebook page.

Our Erich Schaffhauser is also in Watertown where the school superintendents from Northeast South Dakota are discussing the possible budget cuts.

And here’s a story for people of all ages. But first let me ask this: would you agree that email is for old people? A recent review of users found people younger than 54 used it less last year because they’re spending more time on social networks to communicate. But people 55 and older are using email more often. Depending on your age, would you say that holds true for you?

Morning Meeting: Thune For President?

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 10:58 am
By: Karen Sherman
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What do you do for a living? Is it something you aspired to do all your life or did “life” lead you there? If your life took you down a path to your job, you have something in common with Senator John Thune.

I just finished approving tonight’s Eye on KELOLAND, which features Thune and his wife, Kimberly. KELOLAND’s Ben Dunsmoor sat down with them as the Senator contemplates a run for the presidency.

Growing up, it’s something Thune says he never aspired to do. He never even planned on becoming a US Senator or, for that matter, seeking office. But decades later, the clock is now ticking as he and his family decides whether to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Barack Obama for the Presidency.

We’re also working on a team report for you today on Thune’s possible run. On KELOLAND News at Six, Ben will talk with Thune about his timeline in making the final decision. And Shawn Neisteadt is talking with a political analyst about the impact a run could have on the people of South Dakota.

Remember that referee who collapsed during halftime of the O’Gorman girls basketball game a couple weeks ago? Well, he’s doing much better today and is back at home. Kelli Grant is going to talk with him and his wife for HealthBeat tonight at Five and Six.

The weather also has people talking in KELOLAND and school districts figuring out how they’re going to make up snow days. That’s the case for Tiospa Zina where administrators are talking with teachers today. Erich Schaffhauser will have that story.

And how’s your car running today? The tow truck crews are staying busy and they expect to get even more calls as the day goes on. Hailey Higgins caught up with one company as they helped get drivers going in this extreme cold.