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The Exchange, Villisca Murder House, Sioux City Mural Project, 10/18/17

The Exchange  101817

Coming up on The Exchange, Tyson Foods is heading up a new program that introduces college interns to non-profits, to promote civic responsibility and work experience.

Also, a new recurring segment on faith in Siouxland.  Today we learn about the B’Hai faith.

And we talk with the owner a successful overnight desitination in Southwest Iowa, the Villisca Murder House.

The Woodbury County Democratic Party's Harry Hopkins Dinner, Saturday, October 21, 2017

Welcome to the Exchange. I’m Mary Hartnett.  The Democratic Party has been working hard this year to try and rebuild confidence and optimism after the many defeats of the 2016 election.  The Woodbury County Democratic party is holding its second annual Harry Hopkins Harry Hopkins Democratic Dinner and Celebration this Saturday.  Jeremy Dumkreiger is the leader of the Woodbury County Democrats.  He says the event is basically to raise money and awareness.


That was Jeremy Dumkreiger, the leader of the Woodbury County Democratic Party and local historian Gary Lipshutz.  The Harry Hopkins Democratic Dinner Saturday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Carpenters Union Hall.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.  

Tyson Foods is involved in a new program that chooses paid interns from local colleges and universities and pairs them with non-profits.  The Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program is taking applications for internships that will begin next summer.  The Iowa Campus Compact promotes community involvement and civic responsibility for college students, is taking applications for the program.

Emily Shields of the ICC says students from all over Siouxland are eligible for the program.


That was Emily Shields, the coordinator of the Iowa College Compact.  The program matches college interns with local non profits.

The program is being funded by Tyson Foods.  Garret Dolan is with Tyson Foods, where he is the senior manager for corporate social responsiblity.  Dolan says the dual goal to connect with the community, and also to specifically match interns to local organizations.


Garret Dolan is with Tyson Foods, where he is the senior manager for corporate social responsiblity.  Dolan spoke about the Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship program.

Villisca Murder House

It’s almost Halloween and a lot people like to visit haunted houses to celebrate the holiday.  Some even visit houses where terrible crimes have been committed, like the small southwest Iowa town of Villisca.  It’s is the home to a very famous murder house.

The Villisca axe murders occurred there between the evening of June 9, 1912, and early morning of June 10, 1912.  The six members of the Moore family and two house guests were found bludgeoned in the Moore residence.  The crime remains unsolved.  The Moore’s house has become a big draw for visitors from around the world who pay to spend a night in the murder house.  Martha Innes is the proprietor. She says Halloween is as especially busy season and she’s booked through the end of the month.  Martha says the process of turning the very old house into a tourist site was a long and difficult one.


That was Martha Innes, owner of the Villisca Murder House in Southwest Iowa.  The house is open year-round and there are tours daily.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.

Molly and Ryan Dowell Baum

Soul Searching: Seeking Faith and Spirituality in Siouxland is a new segment with Molly and Ryan Dowell Baum. Through it, they seek to introduce Siouxlanders to the diversity of faith and spirituality, to and discover the many ways faith and spirituality are a force for good in Siouxland and beyond. 

Ryan and Molly are a clergy couple who have called Sioux City home since 2013. Molly is a musical theatre artist by training, a Presbyterian minister by ordination, and is currently occupied full-time as a radical homemaker and parent of their two phenomenal little kids. Ryan is the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ and the host of Beer & Theology, a forum for the exploration of spiritual and theological themes on Sunday afternoons at Jackson Street Brewing in Sioux City.

Their guest today is Mark Scheffer, a writer with the Baha'i International Community United Nations Office. He lives in Sioux City. Mark plays bass with the Sioux City Symphony, studies the martial art of Judo, and spends a good amount of his time thinking about the spiritual, social, and material advancement of society. 

Soul Search

Sioux City Buffalo Mural

The Sioux City Mural Project is bringing more public art to the downtown area.  The large-scale paintings are expected complement the outdoor sculptures and create a more inviting environment.  Siouxland Public Media’s Ally Karsyn met up with the artists to learn more. 

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