Morning Meeting: Bystanders Stop Kidnapping

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:22 am
By: Karen Sherman

Some good samaritans in Sioux Falls are credited for helping catch a suspected kidnapper. Police say the mother left the car running with the child inside when she ran into a convenience store and a 45-year-old man jumped in and drove away. Shawn Niesteadt is gathering more details today. Then Hailey Higgins is talking with a woman who saw it happen and why the neighbor says the suspect frightens her.

The Aberdeen City Council is once again scheduled to look into an in-home day care that the city attorney says should have its city license revoked. We looked into Michelle Knebel’s background last week when it was originally scheduled to be discussed. Erich Schaffhauser will be at tonight’s meeting to bring you the discussion on KELOLAND News at 10.

Happy Valentine’s Day. How much are you spending on your sweetie today? The deliveries are rolling into the newsroom. It’s 10:20 AM and I count four. Let us know how you’re celebrating on our KELOLAND Facebook page. Then because there are critics of the holiday, Nicole Winters is looking into whether it’s a made-up celebration for the sake of consumerism. What are your thoughts?

Also, the Sioux Falls City Council will get an update on the progress on bringing an events center to town at 4:00 PM today.  We’ll stream that live for you on KELOLAND.com and then David Brown will bring you more on whether the project is still running behind schedule.

Morning Meeting: We’re Having A Heatwave

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:45 am
By: Karen Sherman

When ever it gets warm in the winter, it reminds me of the scene in ‘Grumpy Old Men’ when Walter Matthau starts singing “we’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave”.  Great movie.

We’re covering several warm weather angles today on the snow melt. But we’re also still seeing fire hydrants covered in snow, some across the street from local schools on city property. Perry Groten’s heading out to find out why the hydrants are still hidden.

Have you checked your credit report since Peggy Moyer’s story last night? In a nutshell, late fees on video rentals at a couple bankrupt stores are now coming back to haunt people because the collection agency was reporting the suspected unpaid fees to people’s credit reports. Let us know what you find.

And Egypitan President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. Later today, we’re going to talk with the Augustana Band students who were just in Cairo a few weeks ago. They’re discussing their trip during a weekly social gathering on campus for American and international students. That’s today at 3 p.m. At the Kresge Recital Hall at Grange Avenue and 30th Street in Sioux Falls.

So, take a walk this afternoon and then join us tonight for the news.  “We’re having a heat wave…”

Evening Wrap-Up: My Big T.V. Debut

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm
By: Karen Sherman

Tonight I will make my big television debut.

Well, kind of. Angela Kennecke interviewed me about income based student loan payments for tonight’s Your Money Matters. Since I have worked at a couple newspapers during college, I know what it’s like to be the interviewer, but it was a whole different experience being the interviewee. I found being in front of a camera adds a certain pressure to everything I said. If you would like to see my interview and are wondering how to pay for your looming student loans, be sure to tune into KELOLAND News at 10 for alternative options.

Also on KELOLAND News at 10, Ben Dunsmoor takes us to the Grand Casino being built in Larchwood, IA. As Ben explained on KELOLAND News at 6, with the casino over 80 percent built and a proposed tax increase, people are wondering if the project will be able to be completed. Dunsmoor will be showing viewers the reaction to the proposed tax hike.

Erich Schaffhauser is in Corson County tonight investigating the mistreatment of about four to six thousand buffalo on a ranch near McLaughlin. See what is being done to care for these buffalo.

All of these stories and more on KELOLAND News at 10.

Morning Meeting: Colds, Cell Phones & Cuts

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:14 am
By: Karen Sherman

You’re awake. You’ve started the day. Now, how are you feeling? I hope you’re not one of the many contemplating a trip to the doctor’s office. A couple people here at KELO have noticed the waiting rooms at local clinics are getting full and waits at acute care facilities are getting lengthy. Kelli Grant is going to look into what’s going around this time on today’s HealthBeat.

It’s “new cell phone” day” for thousands in KELOLAND now that Verizon Wireless has released the iPhone. That can come with a learning curve if you haven’t read the manual. Who does that anyways? Okay, I do. But I picked up a co-worker’s Droid recently and had no idea how to even send a text message. So as you play around with your new phone today, let us know below what you think of it in the comment section below. Then Hailey Higgins will introduce you to people who braved the cold this morning and lined up to get their hands on one.

And Shawn Neisteadt is in Pierre today where Sioux Falls Superintendent Pam Homan is meeting with Governor Dennis Daugaard about his proposed cuts to education. We’ll have reports today at the Midday, Five and Six o’clock News.

On Monday we profiled the Faith School District and the funding challenges it’s faced.  Then yesterday, the district received a major donation that’s going to help the district build a new school. We’re also learning of a local hotel that’s helping raise money for the district. Austin Hoffman will show you how the school is benefiting later today.

And the Minnesota committee that oversees the Metrodome is considering today whether to replace the entire roof or just parts of it after it collapsed in early December.  What would you like to see done?  Share your thoughts on our KELOLAND Facebook page today.

Evening Wrap-Up: Grandpa’s On Facebook

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm
By: Karen Sherman

Are you sick of getting forwards and jokes e-mailed to you from your grandparents? Did you ever think of the possibility that you may be too young for e-mail? Kelly Bartnick found a recent study showing that may be the case. More young people bypass e-mails in favor of social media. However, among those ages 54 and up, e-mailing is becoming more common. Hear his story tonight on KELOLAND News at 10.

Ben Dunsmoor is back from the final FEMA meeting Wednesday night in Brookings. He is going to tell viewers about what FEMA is doing for final flood preparations. And, Angela Kennecke has prepared a Money Matters about the Dow Jones industrial’s rising numbers and what that means for your 401(k).

Tune in tonight to KELOLAND News at 10.

Morning Meeting: Discussing Education Funding

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10:43 am
By: Karen Sherman

South Dakota Lawmakers have been in session just days short of a full month. And as we told you earlier this week on KELOLAND News, tomorrow the Governor and Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Pam Homan will meet to talk about the proposed 10% cuts to education funding.

Curious what they’ll talk about? KELOLAND’s Peggy Moyer is going to ask parents today what they hope will be accomplished in that meeting. But we also want to know from you, what message should Homan bring to the table on behalf of parents? You can share your thoughts on our KELOLAND Facebook page.

Our Erich Schaffhauser is also in Watertown where the school superintendents from Northeast South Dakota are discussing the possible budget cuts.

And here’s a story for people of all ages. But first let me ask this: would you agree that email is for old people? A recent review of users found people younger than 54 used it less last year because they’re spending more time on social networks to communicate. But people 55 and older are using email more often. Depending on your age, would you say that holds true for you?

Morning Meeting: Thune For President?

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 10:58 am
By: Karen Sherman

What do you do for a living? Is it something you aspired to do all your life or did “life” lead you there? If your life took you down a path to your job, you have something in common with Senator John Thune.

I just finished approving tonight’s Eye on KELOLAND, which features Thune and his wife, Kimberly. KELOLAND’s Ben Dunsmoor sat down with them as the Senator contemplates a run for the presidency.

Growing up, it’s something Thune says he never aspired to do. He never even planned on becoming a US Senator or, for that matter, seeking office. But decades later, the clock is now ticking as he and his family decides whether to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Barack Obama for the Presidency.

We’re also working on a team report for you today on Thune’s possible run. On KELOLAND News at Six, Ben will talk with Thune about his timeline in making the final decision. And Shawn Neisteadt is talking with a political analyst about the impact a run could have on the people of South Dakota.

Remember that referee who collapsed during halftime of the O’Gorman girls basketball game a couple weeks ago? Well, he’s doing much better today and is back at home. Kelli Grant is going to talk with him and his wife for HealthBeat tonight at Five and Six.

The weather also has people talking in KELOLAND and school districts figuring out how they’re going to make up snow days. That’s the case for Tiospa Zina where administrators are talking with teachers today. Erich Schaffhauser will have that story.

And how’s your car running today? The tow truck crews are staying busy and they expect to get even more calls as the day goes on. Hailey Higgins caught up with one company as they helped get drivers going in this extreme cold.

Morning Meeting: Day Care Provider’s License Questioned

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 at 10:24 am
By: Karen Sherman

The first time I dropped my child off at day care, someone told me, it may not get easier leaving them in someone else’s care, but you’ll become more comfortable doing it. I did also find comfort in knowing I did the appropriate research and took the time to get to know my provider before deciding who to trust with my children. But even officials will tell you, you should also trust your gut when you feel something isn’t right.  Have you ever had that happen?

Well, it makes me wonder why the City of Aberdeen is considering whether to revoke Michelle Knebel’s (AKA Michelle Becker) home day care license. Erich Schaffhauser is looking into that today and we’ll post information on KELOLAND.com on what he finds. Then he’ll be at the Aberdeen City Council meeting tonight as they discuss the issue.

Governor Dennis Daugaard and school administrators have been going back and forth on the Governor’s proposed budget cuts. Last month, Daugaard spoke at the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club, where he’s been a member for more than 17 years. And now today, Sioux Falls Superintendent Pam Homan is addressing the group of business people. David Brown is going to be back at today’s meeting to bring you more from her perspective.

I was surprised to see the Brandon Valley School District called off school today, apparently for some roads that drifted over. We’ll have more on what happened there.

And out west, the Northern Black Hills got 30 inches of snow since Friday! That’s good news for winter tourism businesses. Austin Hoffman’s going to show you how it’s helping the economy out there.

In the newsroom, we’ve decided we can make it through this latest cold snap if our Meteorologists keep promising the warm up this weekend. Are you making any special plans yet? Hopefully the weather will deliver something perfect to get people out of this long winter “funk”.

Interview Question Leads To Popping The Question

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm
By: Erich Schaffhauser

From calls in the middle of the night to constant deadlines to people yelling at you on the street for covering something they don’t want on the news, reporting has its downside. But it has its perks too. This week my reporting job threw me into a scenario so awesome, it trumped the downsides I’ve experienced a thousand times over.

I woke up to a bitter 29 degrees below zero Wednesday morning. My obvious story for the day was the cold weather. One of the people I interviewed for my story was Lily, a woman from Colombia visiting her boyfriend Dan in Aberdeen. Being from South America, this was by far the coldest weather she’d experienced, and she told me she hated it. During the interview I asked what she’d say if her boyfriend asked her to marry him but said they’d be living in Aberdeen. Check out what she had to say.

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Dan and I go to the same church so we know each other. After the interview, I got a text from him saying he’d bought a ring the week before and was trying to think of a cool way to propose. He said he wished he had the ring with him when I asked Lily if she’d agree to marry him if it meant living in the cold. If he had the ring, he would have jumped in and asked her.

I said I’d shoot the interview again but Dan didn’t have enough time to run home and get the ring before he had to be at work. We were trying to figure something out and finally came up with a plan.

Dan didn’t get off work until 11:00 p.m. so we couldn’t re-shoot the interview until then. But Lily’s story was scheduled to run on the 6:00 p.m. news. So I told Lily I might have to shoot her interview again because there were video and audio problems. Dan’s sister spent the day with Lily to make sure she didn’t watch the news at 6:00 p.m.

Dan’s step-mom picked up the ring and dropped it off with me. I set up for the “interview” in downtown Aberdeen across the street from Lily’s Floral at 11:00 when Dan was off work. Dan brought Lily there to redo the interview. We planned before hand that as I was setting up I’d ask Dan to grab my microphone from the camera bag in the back of my car which also had the ring in it.

As Dan brought the microphone to me with the ring now in his pocket, I apologized to Lily for messing up the interview the first time and warned her I’d basically have to ask the exact same questions over again. And you can watch what happened from there.

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Congratulations to Dan and Lily. I am so happy for them and will be forever honored I got to play a part in Dan’s great proposal idea.

Morning Meeting: The Day After

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11:01 am
By: Karen Sherman

It’s the day after rescue crews pulled more than 150 cars and hundreds of people off of Interstate 29. And we’re still getting answers on what went wrong. We talked with the Highway Patrol about who makes the call to close the roads when the weather gets bad.

Do you know someone who was involved? I hope you saw Erich Schaffhauser’s story yesterday with the family of five who were stuck in their car for nearly 12 hours and had to be rescued. We’re hoping you’ll share some of those stories on our KELOLAND Facebook page.

Erich is also headed back to the “war zone” where the Roberts County Sheriff is still warning people of the road conditions.

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball coach got caught up in the mess and is sharing his story today.

And with as much as we tell you to check 511 or Safe Travel USA for road conditions, today we’re going to put it to the test to see just how accurate the reports are with what’s really out there.