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Noon Newscast 9.26.19

Iowa Public Radio/Katie Peikes

A community in northwest Iowa is using state flood recovery money to build a berm around town in hopes it will protect people from future flooding.

At a meeting last night, Mayor Scott Mitchell of Hornick announced the town of 220 people got close to $2.1 million dollars from the state’s flood recovery fund.

"So there’s a lot more to go, but the big step’s made. We got our money. We’re going to have a big ol’ berm around Hornick. You guys all don’t know how happy I am, you really don’t”

Mitchell said he hopes for the berm to be complete in the next 2 to 3 years. He added eventually city officials would like to put a walking trail on top of it, but that would need to be paid for with city funds and donations.

Democrats in Woodbury County are getting ready for a big event Saturday night that’s attracting the attention of a few presidential candidates.

The candidates speaking at this year’s annual Harry Hopkins dinner will be former Maryland congressman John Delaney, former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak and businessman Andrew Yang.

Tickets for the Harry Hopkins dinner have already sold out.

Hopkins, who was born in Sioux City was a politician, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and assistant to FDR. (Franklin Delano Roosevelt).

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to speak to Nebraska Democrats at a party fundraiser next month.

The Nebraska Democratic Party announced Thursday that Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at its annual Morrison Exon Fundraiser on Oct. 26 in Omaha.

The announcement comes days after Pelosi said the House will open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The party fundraiser will also celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote.