Posts Tagged ‘flooding’

Morning Meeting: Earwigs & More

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 9:06 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Apparently there’s a lot of talk about a pesky insect known as the “earwig” — supposedly the population is at peak levels — and people just want to get rid of them.  We pulled up some photos of the bug during the meeting and it was met by oohs and ahhs.  Are you noticing more earwigs this summer?


Today we’re working on several stories including:

– We have a crew on the way to an accident that has closed I-90 near the Bridgewater exit.  More details to come.

– We’re in Rosebud talking to a family who’s been displaced because of storm damage Monday night.

– Keeping your pets safe from lawn chemicals.  What may be helpful for your lawn can be dangerous to your pets.

– Mold has set in after recent flooding, so how do you get rid of it safely and effectively?

Morning Meeting: Dogs & Mosquitoes

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 8:47 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- Charges were dropped last week and we talked with Dan Christensen last night about the case after the Humane Society of the United States and Second Chance Rescue Center raided his farm nearly a year ago.  So where are his dogs now?  We’re looking for answers.

– More flooding in Lake Poinsett and we’re also in Florence where they received four inches of rain.  The town is dealing with sewage in their basements.

– The City of Sioux Falls has been spraying for mosquitoes, but they’re not going down without a fight.  We’re talking to the city about their efforts and checking in on mosquito numbers.

Morning Meeting: Registry Changes

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 9:20 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- A little discussion this morning about changes that go into effect today for the sex offender registry.  The legislature approved the changes in this year’s session, creating a tiered system depending on the offense.  Some offenders will be removed today.  [Ben Dunsmoor covered the story last night at 10.]

A 34-year-old man was arrested in Sioux Falls this morning after he allegedly assaulted two women and attempted to break into another home.  We’ll have more details later today.

– Marty is still facing problems, even after floodwaters have receded.  We’re checking in with the small town in Charles Mix County.

-Water is still high on Lake Poinsett and some with cabins have lost their yards to the water.  Now, wind is causing more problems.


Morning Meeting: Hello Friday!

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 at 9:57 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We have quite a full Friday of news coverage … from more flooding concerns in Bonilla, a child identification initiative, a nursing home that’s closing in Pipestone … we’re tackling a variety of topics.

–> A couple crews are up in the Woonsocket and Bonilla area.  National Guard is helping the sandbagging effort in Bonilla.  And Woonsocket residents are trying to get the water and mud out of their homes.  It looks like more flooding could be headed their way.

–> A county-owned nursing home is closing in Pipestone.  We’re looking into the impact this will have on its residents.

–> A local mother is trying to get parents on board with a project called Child ID.  They will put together digital profiles of children to use in case they need to get this information to police.  We’re hoping to have some additional web content for you on this story as well.

Our meeting time is being moved ahead to 9 a.m. next week, so you can expect these entries a little earlier.

Morning Meeting: Flooding Angles

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 9:57 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Recent rains have helped make flooding quite the story lately.

With more water flowing through, Sioux Falls city officials issued an advisory Thursday morning recommending people stay away from and out of the flood waters.  The city specifically names the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek.

Just today, a mom and her son were rescued from the Big Sioux after their canoe tipped.  We’re talking to two canoeists who saw it all happen.

Where are you seeing increased water levels?  Has the flooding affected any of your summer plans?

While it’s causing problems for most, more water means quite the show at Falls Park.  One of our photographers says it’s the fullest he’s ever seen.

Also, Salute to the Troops is going on this week to honor past and present military.  We’ll have details on the event for you later today.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced another crib recall.  This time, two million drop-side cribs.  We’re looking into this recent recall and what it means for mandatory standards for crib-makers.  We have links to the CPSC and more details on this story.

Morning Meeting: iPhone Coming Soon?

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:59 am
By: Karen Sherman
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  • Rain last night added to the flooding concerns for communities in KELOLAND.  We’re near Orange City and Lake Poinsett, and we’re also checking out damage left behind by the strong winds.  Be sure to send your photos in: uShare or
  • Viewer photo

    Viewer photo

  • Officials have approved AT&T’s acquisition of Alltel … and this topic dominated our morning meeting.  What does this mean for Alltel customers?  How much longer before the iPhone makes its South Dakota debut?  We’re getting your thoughts on the topic on our Facebook page.  What are your thoughts?  Have you been waiting to get an iPhone?  If your current provider is not Alltel, would you leave them to get an iPhone?
  • We talked about the group threatening to sue McDonald’s if they don’t stop including toys in their kid’s meals.  Some of the parents in our newsroom talked about how the toys may be a positive reinforcement for kids who eat their meal.  Others discussed the toys as “collector’s items.”  It’s getting some discussion on our forums as well.  What do you think?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Morning Meeting: Of Burglaries and Bandits

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 10:11 am
By: Karen Sherman
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  • An interesting story out of Yankton: Residents think the Barefoot Bandit may be in KELOLAND. We had a question about this guy on our Facebook page, so we want to let you know we are covering that story today.
  • This past weekend’s police log lists quite a few larcenies and burglaries.  We’ve run several stories recently about theives targetting unlocked homes and cars. So take this as another reminder to make sure you lock your doors.
  • EROS has some recent imagery of our state that should show the impact of flooding from a different perspective.  Cherlene is looking into that today.
  • Our meteorologists are tracking more storms this week, in what they’re calling an “active weather pattern.”  Learn more about that over on their blog, “Weather or Not.”

Morning Meeting: Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:05 am
By: Karen Sherman
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People across KELOLAND are still feeling the effects of recent flooding, so expect this to be a big story for awhile.  We looked at the issues facing residents in Ravinia and Hitchcok yesterday.  Mitchell is a community that has been hit hard by the flooding.  One of our news interns, Kolbe Nelson,  stopped by a golf course in town to see how flooding has affected business.

Today, our coverage will extend from Waubay to Milltown to the James River.  Shawn Neisteadt left a bit ago and is already sending back photos from his cell phone.  [Follow him on Twitter]

Highway 44 under the James River

Highway 44 under the James River

Another hot topic in the morning meeting was city cell phones.  At a news conference to announce department head appointees Monday, Mayor Mike Huether briefly touched on city cell phones.

Mayor Mike Huether discusses changes at City Hall

Mayor Mike Huether discusses changes at City Hall

One of every two city employees has a cell phone, according to Huether.  This morning, the newsroom discussed everything from data plans to contracts, and whether these 500+ cell phones are necessary.  We’re making calls to other cities of comparable size to find out where we rank.  What do you think about the cell phones?

The oil spill continues to come up in our meetings.  Ahead of the president’s address from the Oval Office tonight, we’re out getting reaction to the leak.  We’ve also posted a question on our Facebook page where you can discuss your feelings on the situation and the federal government’s response to the disaster.  Or you can let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Morning Meeting: Talk About Flooding

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:18 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Rain was the story last week; it’s only logical that flooding is the story for this Monday morning.

We have crews covering the impact of the flooding across the state.  From Hitchcock to Ravinia, Parkston to the James River near Olivet.  We’re getting plenty of uShare photos of the flooding from across KELOLAND as well.  You can find those here:


uShare Photo - West of Wagner, SD

Flooding was the main topic of discussion at this morning’s meeting.  We also looked at the campground flood story out of Arkansas where a 20th victim has been found.  With the heavy rainfall our area has seen recently, are there any areas we could see a similar situation?

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.

The City of Sioux Falls issued a release moments ago with the names of three appointees to department head positions and the name of a new city attorney.  [Huether Announces City Attorney, Director Appointments]

Right now, we know two of the positions do not require approval from the city council — Director of Community Development and Public Parking and Director of Central Services.  But because the Public Health Director oversees more than 5 percent of the city’s budget, this appointee — Jill Franken — will need approval by the City Council at a meeting on June 21.  The appointee for city attorney will also need similar approval.

We’ll have the latest on this story tonight on KELOLAND News.