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News 9.11.20: Deadly Stabbing in Sioux City, Remembering 9/11, Sioux City School Update and More


SPM NEWS 9.11.20 - 5:32PM

A Sioux City man faces charges of 1st Degree Murder and Willful Injury after a double stabbing in Sioux City overnight.

First responders found a 37-year-old man and 43-year-old woman with several stab wounds.  Both went to MercyOne where the man died and the woman is being treated for serious injuries. 

Credit Woodbury County Jail

The suspect was found about an hour-and-a-half later walking near 21st and Nebraska near the location of the suspected attack.

Fifty-four-year-old Michael Landrum is behind bars this afternoon at the Woodbury County Jail.

Authorities aren’t able to release any more information at this time, including the name of the two victims.

However, the Sioux City Journal reports the criminal complaint says the disagreement started over a missing cell phone. 

This is the second homicide of the year in Sioux City.

The Sioux City Community School District reports eight new cases of COVID-19 infection from students and staffs.  A news release says Siouxland District Health conducted contact tracing surrounding the four students and four staff members.  Anyone with close contact will be notified.  The district isn’t releasing where the cases were located.  However, yesterday school officials did report that a 2nd grade class at Nodland School in the Morningside neighborhood did move to emergency response virtual learningafter several in the classroom tested positive.  They are scheduled to return to class on Wednesday, September 23rd.

Three more people have died of complications of COVID-19 in Iowa for a total of 1,211.  There are more than 850 new cases for almost 73,000 in all.  The state coronavirus website shows almost 40 new positive cases.  There have been 58 deaths. 

Meanwhile, South Dakota is tracking 263 new case and four deaths.  And, there are six additional deaths in Nebraska and more than 450 new cases; including 8 new ones in Dakota County.

The location of tonight's 9/11 remembrance ceremony has been changed. 

The ceremony will now be held at the Dakota City Fire Hall at 7 p.m.  

The service is held to honor and remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced. Everyone is encouraged to wear masks. 

Credit Woodbury County Democrats

This weekend the Woodbury County Democrats gather virtually for their annual Harry Hopkins celebration.  Local party leaders plan to attend as well as candidates running for supervisor, the state legislature and even Congress; including J.D. Scholten and Theresa Greenfield.  The event will take place on Zoom tomorrow night at 7.  

Credit U.S. Government

Also, joining the event is Texas Congressman Colin Allred, who is a former player for the Tennessee Titans NFL Football Team.  Harry Hopkins was born in Sioux City back on 1890.  He was U.S. Secretary of Commerce and FDR’s closest advisor on foreign policy during World War II.

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Nebraska voters won’t get the chance to legalize medical marijuana this year after the state Supreme Court ruled that the measure set to appear on the November ballot is unconstitutional.  However, the court says residents can vote on legalizing casino gambling.  That’s a win for Ho-Chunk Inc.  The company is looking at putting a casino in South Sioux City.

The Big 12 has secured access to COVID-19 antigen testing that produces rapid results and will be used on players, coaches and staff before tomorrow’s kickoff.  Results are expected in about 15 minutes. 

They are opening the season against an opponent from the Football Bowl Subdivision for the first time since 2012. The Cyclones originally were set to ease into the season against South Dakota from the Championship Subdivision. The coronavirus pandemic caused postponements and cancellations across college football, and the Cyclones had to scramble to line up Louisiana-Lafayette for Saturday.

ISU coach Matt Campbell hopes the Cyclones don’t get more than they bargained for in a game that will net the Ragin’ Cajuns $350,000. Lafayette is coming off an 11-win season that ranks as its best in program history.

Despite the snow and rain South Dakota experienced earlier this week, parts of the state are in a moderate to severe drought. The state fire meteorologist says the precipitation will pause the drought situation, but not for very long. He says temperatures were cold enough in higher elevations to kill vegetation, making the those areas more receptive to fire in the coming days and weeks. Lower-elevation prairies saw more rain and still remain dry. The southwestern corner of the state is in a severe drought, while areas to the west and in the northeast and southeast are in a moderate drought.

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