It’s such a good feeling to know your loved ones in the military are back, safe on US soil. But it still doesn’t compare to being reunited. The families of around 200 with the South Dakota National Guard members will experience that today in Sioux Falls. The 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is returning from Afghanistan. They’ll be welcomed home through a ceremony at 2:00 p.m., which we will stream live on KELOLAND.com. Then we’ll have a team report on the homecoming later tonight on KELOLAND News. David Brown and Ben Dunsmoor will bring you the reunions and Don Jorgensen is talking to the soldiers to get their reaction to the recent death of Osama bin Laden.
Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether has recommended a Sioux Falls Events Center be built at the Arena site. (Watch the Mayor’s presentation) So what does the “Build It Downtown” group have to say to that? Well, in October one of its members said if the economic impact study showed it would be best elsewhere, he’d support it. Shawn Neisteadt is following up on that today.
Red Cross volunteers from the Black Hills are headed to Alabama today to help respond to tornado damage in Alabama from last week. It’s now considered the second-deadliest day of tornadoes in history with a rising death toll of 340 people. Volunteers are now working quickly to get food, water and other items to the region, including Alabama. So, Austin Hoffman will show you how the South Dakota group plans to aid those efforts.