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PM News 8.11.20: Flights to Denver, Campaigning During COVID and More Storm Damage


Air service from Sioux City to Denver will take flight again starting in October.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon Mayor Bob Scott announced the addition of United Express flights operated by Skywest Airlines.  The first flight from the Sioux Gateway Airport is scheduled to take off on October 14th.  The daily flight will be onboard 50-passenger CRJ200 jet aircraft.

From Denver, United Airlines provides 460 daily flights to more than 170 destinations.

The last time Sioux City had a direct flight to Denver was in 2015 when Frontier exited the market.

The Siouxland Initiative says the new development is the result of a lengthy team effort between the public and private sector.  And, adding air service will have a positive impact on economic development in the tri-state area.

The daily flight will leave Denver at 2 p.m. and arrive in Sioux City at 4:30 p.m. and then take off around 5:30 and arrive in Denver around 6:15 p.m.

Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, J.D. Scholten launched a new way to campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He is planning two parking lot rallies in northwest Iowa starting with one tonight at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. 

There is also another event tomorrow night in Sioux City at the parking lot at North High School at seven.  The parking lot rallies will also be live-streamed on Facebook as well.  People who attend will be required to stay in their vehicles and listen to Scholten’s campaign speech on the radio over a shortwave frequency.

Scholten faces Republican challenger long-time state senator Randy Feenstra in the November election.  A recent poll gave Feenstra a 20% lead.  Listen for more with candidate Scholten Wednesday at noon during “The Exchange” with host Mary Hartnett.

Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without electricity after a powerful storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region. Monday's storms caused widespread property and crop damage, and the deaths of at least two people in Indiana and Iowa. The storm known as a derecho tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. In Iowa, three mobile coronavirus testing sites were temporarily closed after suffering storm damage. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a Disaster Proclamation that included 20 counties on Tuesday afternoon. 

Credit Associated Press

Yesterday’s widespread storms and heavy winds potentially impacted 10 million acres of the state’s agricultural land as the system moved across the state. The estimate comes from Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture. 

Secretary Mike Naig told reporters he’s been visiting some of the damaged sites. He says this next week will reveal more about how crops will fare.

“There's a lot of corn that's laying down and some of that corn will still make a crop, it will be able to stand up and still produce. And other corn crops, other parts of the crop will in fact be damaged and not be able to be harvested.”

Naig also estimated the derecho impacted, destroyed or severely damaged tens of millions of bushels of commercial grain storage and millions of on-farm grain storage.

He says it will take some time to fully understand the financial impact to agriculture.