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Morning Meeting: Record Hail

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 9:10 am
By: Karen Sherman
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A hailstone that fell Friday night near Vivian could be a world record.  Today, we’re waiting for the official measurement from the National Weather Service.  Record or not, the hail that fell left plenty of damage to cars and and trucks.

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We’re at a news conference where Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will announce some changes in city government.  Erica Beck and Brent O’Neil will be transferred from Planning and Building Services to Community Development/Public Parking.

Today’s supposed to go down as one of the hottest this summer.  With a heat index reaching into the triple-digits, we’re going to find out how hot playground equipment gets (and how dangerous it can be) in this weather.

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:  http://www.keloland.com/photogallery/PhotoAlbumPreDetail6278.cfm?SubCategoryId=42

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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.