Archive for May 2011

Morning Meeting: It’s That Time Of Year…

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:55 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Whether its for kids or an adult league, it’s baseball season. That means more people are out swinging the bat. But what kind of bat is it? Ben Dunsmoor took a closer look at the differences on the Nightbeat last night. That’s after a Minnesota boy was hit in the head with a ball that came off an aluminum bat and had to be put into a medically-induced coma with head injuries. But you don’t have to be a child to be seriously injured. Today, Perry Groten is talking with a former amature baseball player who was hit in the head with a ball during a game 20 years ago this month.

Whether it’s college or high school, it’s also graduation time. Along with prom season, it’s a time notorious for drinking and driving-related arrests, crashes and deaths. It’s now been five years since South Dakota saw a rash of teenage drunk driving deaths that brought about a massive state-wide campaign and increased awareness about the problem. Today, Ben Dunsmoor is speaking with the mom of one of the girls who died as she visits her daughter’s grave.

More than 100 South Dakota World War II Veterans and their guardians have landed in Washington, DC for SD Honor Flight #11. I streamed the departure ceremony live from the Sioux Falls Airport this morning on KELOLAND.com. Click here to watch Governor Dennis Daugaard, Senator John Thune and the Brandon Valley Band send off the group and see some photos from the event. It sounds like they’re going to have good weather out there for this trip. KELOLAND’s Kelly Bartnick is traveling with the group as they tour the monuments and memorials and will bring back their stories for KELOLAND News next week.

Morning Meeting: A Father’s Warning

Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:04 am
By: Karen Sherman
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KELOLAND News received a phone call from a dad Wednesday who wants to share a warning with all parents. His 11-year-old son was recently playing with some friends when he was struck in the head with a ball that was hit with a metal bat. He seemed alright at first, but was later brought to Avera McKennan and had to be put in a medically-induced coma. It was a accident that happened so quickly but changed this family’s life forever. Shawn Neisteadt talks with the dad who wants to warn parents about keeping children safe.

It’s been months now since flooding concerns first started to rise and many are still battling the damage.  At Lake Thompson, the wind is damaging cabins around the shore. Hailey Higgins will show you what’s happened over the past few days.

And in Edmunds County, crews are still working to fix road damage. Apparently the roads that are no longer covered in water now need help because they’re eroding. Erich Schaffhauser will show you how crews are taking action to slow that down.

The next Honor Flight doesn’t take to the air until early tomorrow morning, but the veterans have already started their trek to Washington, DC. They boarded a bus in Rapid City and are headed to Sioux Falls, where they’ll board the plane Friday. Austin Hoffman was at the ceremonial sendoff West River and will have the details of the latest flight later tonight on KELOLAND News.

I’ll also be at the Sioux Falls Airport early tomorrow morning to bring you the ceremony to send off the veterans live on KELOLAND.com. That’s scheduled for 5:45 a.m. so be sure to have your computer handy when you wake up in the morning.

Morning Meeting: Osama bin Laden’s Body

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:17 am
By: Karen Sherman
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US officials say Osama bin Laden’s body was processed and sent to sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The brother of a Sioux Falls man was aboard the ship when it all happened. Ben Dunsmoor will find out more about what it’s been like on the ship tonight on KELOLAND News.  

Top White House Officials are still deciding whether to release photos of the body to prove his death.  But White House aides say they’re “gruesome”.   Let us know whether you think they should be shared with the public on our KELOLAND Facebook page.

As we learn more about the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, some are questioning parts of the operation.  I’m specifically referring to the fact the US military used the code name “Geronimo” for bin Laden. The Apache leader fought the Mexican and US armies after his family was killed and was able to evade capture until 1886. Some Native Americans and those with the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee are speaking out against the code name. Hailey Higgins is getting reaction from Native Americans in KELOLAND.

And, it has the signature of a local official, but if you’ve received an e-mail going around that says someone’s buying up UPS uniforms for a possible terrorist attack, police say there’s no reason to be alarmed. Shawn Neisteadt has a warning about the “warning” tonight on KELOLAND News.

Morning Meeting: Troops Welcomed Home

Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 9:49 am
By: Karen Sherman
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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.