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JULY 4, 2019

One of the top democratic candidates for president is in Sioux City this afternoon.

A town hall started an hour ago with California Senator Kamala Harris.

California Sen. Kamala Harris make her case to become the next U.S. president in central Iowa yesterday.

Harris slammed the current administration’s trade policy, noting its impact on Iowa farmers. She said China does need to be held accountable for stealing trade secrets and intellectual property. But the way to do that is to strengthen the U.S. economy and support American workers, including farmers.

“We want a strong America and that means having a president of the United states who invests in our natural resources and one of our strongest and best natural resources is the American worker. “

Listen for continuing coverage this afternoon during “All Things Considered.”

The water level at Powder Creek Reservoir in northeast Nebraska's Dixon County will drop next week to begin a restructuring of the lake's fish population.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the fishery has been dominated by small panfish.

A drawdown to reduce the lake volume by 40% will crowd predator and prey species.

The desired effect is higher predation on panfish, a reduction in the panfish population, and, in the near future, faster-growing and larger fish.

Officials say the move "is an attempt to hit the reset button on the fishery."

The boat ramp likely will be unusable during the drawdown.

The lake will be allowed to refill in mid-September, and supplemental stocking of bass and walleye will take place in October.

A 4th of July tradition hit the streets of a tiny town in northwest Iowa.

The family started driving tractors to Oyens 26-years ago.   

They have an extensive collection of John Deere tractors some going back 100 years.

And, many were on display during a tractor parade that stretched a mile-long through the community of 100 people in Plymouth County.

Mark Loutch says there were just as many tractors as residents.

“It gets to be a lot of work but it’s fun.  And, when you drive through town you know it’s all worth it because the streets are lined with people.”

After the parade people who took part in the parade were invited to a big potluck at Mark Loutsch’s farm just outside of Oyens.

One of the biggest events of the summer takes place tomorrow at Grandview Park in Sioux City.

It’s the 29th annual “Saturday in the Park Music Festival”.

“It’s just a huge event people are always excited for Saturday in the Park.  People put it on their calendar.  People who have moved away come back for this event.  It’s just a huge event for the community.”

“It’s still free, that on its own is huge.  You don’t see free festival  anymore.  Not of this caliber.  Maybe, some little festivals.  But, nothing like this that is free.”

That’s Saturday in the Park Committee Member, Erika Newton.

The festivities kick off at noon and end with fireworks around 10:30 p.m.

There’s even more than music, there’s food, drinks and a Kids Zone.

“Huge hit.  You have face painting up there, inflatables, pony rides.  It’s just a big day of entertainment.  So,  bring your kids, they’re going to have a great time.”

Wristbands for the Kids Zone cost $20.  You can buy individual tickets for a dollar.

The headliners for this year’s “Saturday in the Park” are Flor Ida and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.  

Some of the other acts on the big stage include Liz Phair,  Con Brio, the Michigan Rattlers and local group Ben Grillet and the Black Bloods.  

Hear more from Erika Newton coming up this afternoon on “All Things Considered” and tonight during “World Café”.

Some of the groups playing the “Abe Stage” include Artificial Stars, Arson City and headliner Matisyahu.

Because parking can get a little crazy around Grandview Park for this free event people are encouraged to take shuttles from the Tyson Events Center for a small fee.