Archive for February 2011

Morning Meeting: Day Care Provider’s License Questioned

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 at 10:24 am
By: Karen Sherman
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The first time I dropped my child off at day care, someone told me, it may not get easier leaving them in someone else’s care, but you’ll become more comfortable doing it. I did also find comfort in knowing I did the appropriate research and took the time to get to know my provider before deciding who to trust with my children. But even officials will tell you, you should also trust your gut when you feel something isn’t right.  Have you ever had that happen?

Well, it makes me wonder why the City of Aberdeen is considering whether to revoke Michelle Knebel’s (AKA Michelle Becker) home day care license. Erich Schaffhauser is looking into that today and we’ll post information on KELOLAND.com on what he finds. Then he’ll be at the Aberdeen City Council meeting tonight as they discuss the issue.

Governor Dennis Daugaard and school administrators have been going back and forth on the Governor’s proposed budget cuts. Last month, Daugaard spoke at the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club, where he’s been a member for more than 17 years. And now today, Sioux Falls Superintendent Pam Homan is addressing the group of business people. David Brown is going to be back at today’s meeting to bring you more from her perspective.

I was surprised to see the Brandon Valley School District called off school today, apparently for some roads that drifted over. We’ll have more on what happened there.

And out west, the Northern Black Hills got 30 inches of snow since Friday! That’s good news for winter tourism businesses. Austin Hoffman’s going to show you how it’s helping the economy out there.

In the newsroom, we’ve decided we can make it through this latest cold snap if our Meteorologists keep promising the warm up this weekend. Are you making any special plans yet? Hopefully the weather will deliver something perfect to get people out of this long winter “funk”.

Interview Question Leads To Popping The Question

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm
By: Erich Schaffhauser
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From calls in the middle of the night to constant deadlines to people yelling at you on the street for covering something they don’t want on the news, reporting has its downside. But it has its perks too. This week my reporting job threw me into a scenario so awesome, it trumped the downsides I’ve experienced a thousand times over.

I woke up to a bitter 29 degrees below zero Wednesday morning. My obvious story for the day was the cold weather. One of the people I interviewed for my story was Lily, a woman from Colombia visiting her boyfriend Dan in Aberdeen. Being from South America, this was by far the coldest weather she’d experienced, and she told me she hated it. During the interview I asked what she’d say if her boyfriend asked her to marry him but said they’d be living in Aberdeen. Check out what she had to say.

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Dan and I go to the same church so we know each other. After the interview, I got a text from him saying he’d bought a ring the week before and was trying to think of a cool way to propose. He said he wished he had the ring with him when I asked Lily if she’d agree to marry him if it meant living in the cold. If he had the ring, he would have jumped in and asked her.

I said I’d shoot the interview again but Dan didn’t have enough time to run home and get the ring before he had to be at work. We were trying to figure something out and finally came up with a plan.

Dan didn’t get off work until 11:00 p.m. so we couldn’t re-shoot the interview until then. But Lily’s story was scheduled to run on the 6:00 p.m. news. So I told Lily I might have to shoot her interview again because there were video and audio problems. Dan’s sister spent the day with Lily to make sure she didn’t watch the news at 6:00 p.m.

Dan’s step-mom picked up the ring and dropped it off with me. I set up for the “interview” in downtown Aberdeen across the street from Lily’s Floral at 11:00 when Dan was off work. Dan brought Lily there to redo the interview. We planned before hand that as I was setting up I’d ask Dan to grab my microphone from the camera bag in the back of my car which also had the ring in it.

As Dan brought the microphone to me with the ring now in his pocket, I apologized to Lily for messing up the interview the first time and warned her I’d basically have to ask the exact same questions over again. And you can watch what happened from there.

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Congratulations to Dan and Lily. I am so happy for them and will be forever honored I got to play a part in Dan’s great proposal idea.

Morning Meeting: The Day After

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11:01 am
By: Karen Sherman
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It’s the day after rescue crews pulled more than 150 cars and hundreds of people off of Interstate 29. And we’re still getting answers on what went wrong. We talked with the Highway Patrol about who makes the call to close the roads when the weather gets bad.

Do you know someone who was involved? I hope you saw Erich Schaffhauser’s story yesterday with the family of five who were stuck in their car for nearly 12 hours and had to be rescued. We’re hoping you’ll share some of those stories on our KELOLAND Facebook page.

Erich is also headed back to the “war zone” where the Roberts County Sheriff is still warning people of the road conditions.

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball coach got caught up in the mess and is sharing his story today.

And with as much as we tell you to check 511 or Safe Travel USA for road conditions, today we’re going to put it to the test to see just how accurate the reports are with what’s really out there.

Fighting The Doughnut Urge

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm
By: Nicole Winters
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In my last blog I wrote about all the ‘good’ foods I’ve been eating, and how I’m trying to stay away from the fatty, sugar-filled treats I love so much. Well, that’s true; I am trying.

But today someone left a box filled with chocolate covered doughnuts in the break room. I swear they were calling my name. My mouth was watering, and I even tiptoed over to get a better look, but I didn’t do it. I saw them out of the corner of my eye each time I filled my coffee cup this morning, which I may have chosen to do more today just to get a look at the delicious treats. And just when I noticed they were gone, and I finally thought I defeated my doughnut urge, our managing editor showed up with bags full of bagels and cream cheese. I was defeated. I gave in and ate a bagel. It’s better than a doughnut isn’t it??? (Travis, no need to answer that)!

I guess I’ll just have to do a few extra crunches tonight during my “fun” Thursday workout tonight!

Morning Meeting: Interstate 29 A “War Zone”

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 10:44 am
By: Karen Sherman
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The big question today… what happened in Northeastern South Dakota that led to more than 150 drivers getting stuck overnight on the Interstate? Getting that answer for you is just the beginning of our coverage today on what a Highway Patrol Trooper says looks like a “war zone” over a stretch of Interstate 29 south of Sisseton.

Erich Schaffhauser is coming into the danger zone from the west. He’s headed to the Summit area to talk with people who’ve been rescued and are now stranded at a convenience store.

Our Photojournalist Kevin Kjergaard headed up I-29 from the south and met up with this sign at Watertown.  He’ll talk with people on that end of the situation.

Interstate 29 At Watertown Exit

Interstate 29 At Watertown Exit

We’re hearing that officials started getting calls that the roads were bad in the area before 10pm last night, yet KELOLAND News did not get an e-mail from the South Dakota DOT that the interstate was closed from Watertown to the North Dakota border until 6:37 this morning. Shawn Neisteadt’s going to look into why the section of interstate stayed open for so long.  He’s also going to talk with Governor Dennis Daugaard shortly.

It’s one of those situations that’s going to change constantly throughout the day. We have at least seven reporters working on gathering details for you today, so keep coming back to KELOLAND.com between newscasts for the latest developments.

You can help also through viewer reports by e-mailing us at news@keloland.com or sending photos to photos@keloland.com. If you or someone you know was stranded, give us a call on our KELOLAND News Tipline at 800-888-KELO.

Evening Wrap-Up: Move your car or pay the price.

Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm
By: Karen Sherman
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According to the story Don Jorgenson wrote on Wednesday night for KELOLAND News at 6, 248 tickets have been issued by the city of Sioux Falls since Monday night, and 18 of those vehicles were towed.

I want to remind you all to be aware of where you park your car and when/if snow alerts are issued. If you are unfortunate enough to be ticketed, it’ll cost you $35, however, if you are towed it will cost you another $120 to get your vehicle back.

Now, I don’t know about you but I can think of many other things I would like to do with $35. Here’s a list of my top 5.

1. Seasons of The Office. The old ones are on sale for $39.99 at Target, so you can almost buy one.

2. Get my hair done at Stewart’s. A cut and color costs me roughly $35.

3. Go to ten movies at West Mall 7. Hey, they only cost $3 each plus tax.

4. Pay my gas bill. Not that it’s fun but I like to be warm.

5. Buy groceries. Do you know how much you can eat on $35?

(I know the list is random but you get the picture).

And, on the rundown for tonight is an exciting Eye on Keloland about recycling in Aberdeen by Erich Schaffhauser, information from Pierre about an immigration law similar to Arizona’s by Ben Dunsmoor and Jon Wilson will tell you about the struggle to keep township roads clear with the drifting snow.

Morning Meeting: February Freeze

Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 10:16 am
By: Karen Sherman
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So, it’s not so much a snow day as it is an extremely cold day. There were far fewer cars on the roads and at local businesses on my way in this morning which has us wondering what you are doing today? Let us know on our KELOLAND Facebook page. We’re a bit curious whether kids will head outside this afternoon even though it’s too dangerous to be at school.

Sioux Falls School Superintendent Pam Homan sent out an automated phone call after nine last night to close school today. Our Katie Janssen is going to follow up with the district today.

Erich Schaffhauser is in one of the coldest areas where the air temperature alone reached -30 degrees. He’s going to show you how people are coping in Aberdeen.

It may not have snowed, but this extreme cold is also making most highways in the state slippery Check out the latest conditions here.  Kelly Bartnick was at the scene of the massive accident that shut down part of Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls today. UPDATE: Check out the great photos posted on the story: Crash Slows Traffic On Interstate 29.

Crews Respond To I-29 Crash

Crews Respond To I-29 Crash

And we have an update on the investigation into the closure of Interlude Bridal Shoppe in Sioux Falls. Officials now have dozens of more reports from brides who have having problems with the company and it’s owner. Again, if you’re one of them, call the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Protection at 800-300-1986 if you’re in South Dakota or (605) 773-4400 from out of state.

And we’re also celebrating at KELO-TV today because our Facebook page has reached more than 10-thousand fans! Thanks for joining in the conversations and keep the responses coming!

Morning Meeting: Hundreds Of Closings

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 10:48 am
By: Karen Sherman
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There were likely hundreds of people glued to their TV screen or our KELOLAND Closeline this morning waiting to see if their school was delayed or canceled. We received 256 submissions as of 9:30 this morning. And more than 200 of those were closings. One not listed: the Sioux Falls School District.

We all know it’s not very often that the state’s biggest district calls off or even delays school, but the forecasted overnight temperature for tonight is -18 degrees and the expected high is a bleak zero. Today, Peggy Moyer’s going to take a look at how the district has to weigh student safety when changing the school schedule.

Our Hailey Higgins is also riding with a school bus driver to show you some of the challenges they face on rough winter roads.

We’re also asking people today what they think about Sioux Falls Representative Hal Wick’s proposal in Pierre to require South Dakota’s over the age of 21 to have a gun. (HB1237) He figures, if the Federal Government can require people to have health care, why not guns? We’ll look into the point he’s trying to make and get reaction. UPDATE: People were quick to sound off on our KELOLAND Facebook page.  What are your thoughts?

And Photojournalist Kevin Kjergaard was on the scene of a plow that got hit by a semi truck on Interstate 90 between Hartford and Humboldt yesterday. Check out the great video here and then join us later today when David Brown will have an update on the crash.

It’s a good reminder that if you do have to go out today, give yourself some extra time and take it slow. It may not be snowing, but that blowing snow is still causing some problems and the temperatures are making things slick.

Try to stay warm!

Week 3: Eating Healthy

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 7:42 am
By: Nicole Winters
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Last week was a jam-packed week for me, so I am once again playing catch up on my blog. (I swear you won’t always see that message from me, I hope).

I’ve had a request from a co-worker to write about food and what I’ve been eating. I’d much rather write about what I shouldn’t eat and what I want to eat, but I’ll save that for another time. 

Basically, what I’ve learned so far is drink lots of water and eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals. I’ve also tried to cut down on fatty foods and things filled with sugar i.e. cereal, cookies and juices. In place of the sugars, I’m trying to eat more protein, which you can get through foods like lean meats, nuts, eggs, and fish (though I don’t personally eat seafood).

Here’s an example of what I eat on a typical day during the week:

4:00 a.m.:  Yogurt, handful of almonds (sometimes a bowl of oatmeal instead of the yogurt)

7:00 a.m.:  Protein shake, handful of grapes

9:00 a.m.:  1 Orange

11:00 a.m.:  Some kind of snack, fruit or veggies

1:00 p.m.:  Chicken or turkey burger and veggies.

3:00 p.m.:  Carrots or cottage cheese

5:00 p.m.: Small salad or small snack 

This is just an example. I do switch things up from day to day. On the weekends when I have more time in the morning, I’ll make things like eggs and turkey sausage for breakfast.

My crazy work hours do make it hard to stay on a consistent eating schedule. To get around that, I make sure to bring lots of healthy snacks and a protein shake to work. That helps tie me over until I can eat lunch or dinner (not sure what it is for me).

I’ll admit I haven’t cut everything bad out of my diet because it’s not realistic for me to eat a 100% healthy diet because I would fail if I gave up EVERY food I love. But I am really trying to eat a balanced, healthy diet.

If anyone has any healthy recipes they’d like to share, please do. I’m always looking for new healthy meals!

Nicole