Archive for March 2011

Morning Meeting: Flood Preparations

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 9:12 am
By: Karen Sherman
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49, 50, 60! The high temperatures in Sioux Falls the next three days are what everyone’s been waiting for. There’s a 70 in the forecast for Rapid City. And it looks like they’ll top out around 50 on Wednesday in Aberdeen.

But the warm temperatures will also bring a threat of flooding for some areas around KELOLAND and our crews are working to show you what areas are at risk and how people are preparing.

Today, Shawn Neisteadt is headded to Dell Rapids where Minnehaha County officials have mentioned they could see flooding first. We’ll show you how they’re preparing there .  Nicole Winters is in Renner today where they’re coordinating sandbagging efforts for later this week. 

Are you doing anything to get ready for extra water?  That’s what asking people on our KELOLAND Facebook Page today.

We’re already getting reports of ice jams causing problems… but this one is farther west.  Austin Hoffman is going to talk with a rancher whose property is underwater.  We already have some pictures of the situation on the Cheyenne River.  You can see the photo gallery here.

It’s a big day for Jackrabbit fans. The South Dakota State University women’s basketball players will find out today at 6 p.m. CDT who they will take on in the first round of the NCAA tournament. SDSU is holding a selection party at Frost Arena that’s open to the public.

Katie Janssen is talking with students today about the Jackrabbit’s third straight trip to the big dance. Then KELOLAND Sports Director Matt Holsen and reporter Ben Dunsmoor will be at the selection party to bring you team and fan reaction live tonight on KELOLAND News at 6.

Morning Meeting: SDSU Women Defend League Championship

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 10:44 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Disclaimer: I am an SDSU alumnus.

Disclaimer #2: I don’t follow basketball (as much as baseball, anyway).

However, with those two points aside, I really wish I could be at today’s women’s basketball Summit League Championship game as the #3 SDSU women take on #4 Oakland. But it’s going to be a rush helping bring you coverage of the post game later today on KELOLAND News.

We’re coordinating crews to bring you live coverage from the Sioux Falls Arena tonight on KELOLAND News at 5 and 6, with Sports Director Matt Holsen. Since the game is being broadcast elsewhere, Jim Madalinsky will live blog from the arena on our Sports Page on KELOLAND.com. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. so, if you can’t make it to the game either, you can get the play-by-play from Jim.

A possible reduction in education cuts is offering some good news for South Dakota schools. Ben Dunsmoor had the details of how that may be possible last night on KELOLAND News at Six. Tonight, education reporter Katie Janssen is following up with some school districts to get reaction on what that might help save.

Disclaimer #3: I am on the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Board of Directors. It’s helped me stay connected with the pet population’s needs while helping an important organization in the community. I talked with it’s executive director, Kori Baade, yesterday who says the shelter is full, full, full and they need dog and cat food donations. Its website says they’ve taken in 74 pets in four days. Not only are people surrendering their pet, which can be very difficult to do, they’re bringing in three or four at a time. Jon Wilson is talking more with her today about what’s behind the population increase.

Morning Meeting: Monitoring Lawmakers’ Every Move

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 at 10:13 am
By: Karen Sherman
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It’s the final full week of South Dakota’s 2011 Legislative Session, but lawmakers still have a lot of work to do. We’re keeping a close eye on several bills, including Senator Larry Rhoden’s bill (SB 152) to leave property taxes at the same levels, instead of cutting them at the same rate as education funding. The bill has been amended and is scheduled for a vote today. We’ll keep you posted.

The pressure is on for local high school and college basketball teams now that it’s tournament time. A couple sudden star athlete deaths, one in Michigan and one in Colorado, are gaining national attention; both were heart related.

Today, Austin Hoffman is talking with a family whose son died of the same enlarged heart problem as the Michigan student. The Rapid City Stevens High School football player died following a practice.

And David Brown is headed to a reported fire near Colton.   We’re hearing a lot of scanner traffic, which KELOLAND News does not report.  But we’ll get any confirmed information posted to KELOLAND.com as soon as possible.

Morning Meeting: Deadly House Fire

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10:47 am
By: Karen Sherman
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A little girl is in serious condition at a Sioux Falls hospital following a house fire last night that killed a man in the central part of town. Today, Perry Groten is following up on the investigation into the cause and we’ll continue to check on the little girl’s condition.

Lawmakers have the day off in Pierre but they may notice an increase in messages from constituents. We’re hearing that more school principals are asking parents to contact their legislators about education funding. Katie Janssen will have that story.

Gas Station Humor

Gas Station Humor

What are you willing to give up to pay for gas? A local gas station is suggesting an arm, leg, and other anatomy and on another sign has internet acronyms. The signs are going viral in Sioux Falls. We’ll talk with the owner who’s trying to bring some comic relief to drivers as they deal with rising prices.

(I was kind of concerned about how parents are explaining what WTF is to kids… But a producer mentioned her kid thinks ‘funny’ is the ‘F’ word. So I guess that works too.)

Morning Meeting: Gas Prices And River Levels Rise

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:43 am
By: Karen Sherman
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The 2011 South Dakota legislative session is wrapping up and lawmakers still have a lot of important decisions to make. After today, lawmakers have five days to come up with a budget before taking a two-week recess.

Much of the discussion at today’s morning meeting was about all that is left to be worked on. Coming up this morning, KELOLAND’s Peggy Moyer will ask Governor Dennis Daugaard about the progress legislators have made and get his thoughts on the big decisions that are still coming.

Many of us noticed gas prices jumped again overnight. On Wednesday, I saw gas was at $3.29 a gallon; this morning, it was up to $3.45. Why didn’t I fill up yesterday? I found that nationwide, prices went up four cents overnight and the nationwide average is now at $3.40. It adds to how much the average driver has to pay and also to how much cities pay to fuel up vehicles. Kelly Bartnick is checking in on how Sioux Falls is affected by rising gas prices.

A new flood outlook has been released for South Dakota. And not much has changed. It still looks like the state will see flooding this spring. Meteorologist Scot Mundt will review the outlook and Shawn Neisteadt will be talking with people preparing for flooding.

Morning Meeting: Frontier To Start Flying Into Sioux Falls

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:18 am
By: Karen Sherman
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What will likely be the story of the day broke just moments into Wednesday’s morning meeting.
Frontier Airlines has added a Denver to Sioux Falls flight to its route map online. Executives are in South Dakota today to talk with Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether and members of the Airport Authority. They are scheduled to meet Wednesday morning.  KELOLAND’s Perry Groten will have more on what comes out of the discussion and reaction from travelers to the new airline at the Sioux Falls airport.

Concern over proposed cuts to education funding spurred a group of parents and others to plan a rally at the capitol in Pierre. Some of those attending spoke early Wednesday at a House Appropriations Committee meeting. They are urging lawmakers avoid the cut or at least reduce the size of the budget cut to schools. Katie Janssen is in Pierre and will bring you more about what happened later on KELOLAND News.

It was another slick drive for people on Interstate 90 this morning. Photographer Mike Simundson saw a number of cars in the ditch as he headed west from Sioux Falls. KELOLAND’s Shawn Neisteadt is out checking on the road conditions.

Morning Meeting: Abortion Bill Moves Forward

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:35 am
By: Karen Sherman
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An abortion bill in Pierre is headed to the full senate for debate this afternoon. HB 1217 would increase the required counseling steps a pregnant woman takes before having the procedure.

Nicole Winters explained the proposed changes in this story last month. 

Today, Peggy Moyer is going to look at what happens right now and how this bill would change the process for a pregnant woman.

But on a side note, what do you think about the proposed abortion bills in South Dakota? The people voted on a ban a couple years ago but we seem to keep getting bills that make changes here and there. Do you support the efforts to change regulations since there is not a ban in place, or is enough, enough. Add your thoughts below, but also, please keep them on subject.

Also today, Katie Janssen continues her report on teacher pay in the state. As she told you last night at 10, some claimed too many school administrators make too much money in the state. But she found a conflict among reports of those numbers. Today she’s talking with a lawmaker who explains why, whether it’s in administrator salaries or elsewhere, it’s important for the state and districts to look into cost savings where ever possible.

South Dakota Senators also passed a bill Monday to increase registration fees on vehicles, which would raise $31 million for roads and bridges. I listened to the discussion on the floor. Lawmakers said they heard from a lot of constituents while campaigning who complained about the conditions of roads and were willing to pay more to fix them if they saw results. Today, Shawn Neisteadt is going to talk to drivers to find out whether that’s the case.

Northeast Sioux Falls isn’t the only area in town dealing with a growing deer population. Jon Wilson has more on the concerns Sioux Falls Police have with an area near 57th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

And we have some more improvements at KELOLAND.com to share.  Our photo gallery has a new more visual look and layout to help you see and share what’s going on around KELOLAND. 

  • - The most recently uploaded photo is what you’ll see right away
  • - The thumbnails are also now the most recently shared photos
  • - A button on the top-right of the page allows you to upload yours
  • - And below, you’ll find the categories we had before

Check it out and share away!