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PM NEWS 6.14.21: Neighborhood Network Outreach, Slight C19 Increase, Pipeline Easement, & More

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The Neighborhood Network held outreach events at Sioux City’s three pools on Monday night. Families enjoyed free swimming, food, and met with members of the Sioux City Police Department. The event is normally held in January at the Long Lines Rec Center but was postponed and reimagined due to COVID.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported no new deaths due to complications of COVID-19 in the past 24-hours and 110 new cases.

The 14-day positivity rate is is 1.9%, the same as it was the previous day. The seven-day positivity rate has risen from 1.9% to 2.2%. In Woodbury County, there were a dozen new cases recorded in one week according to the state coronavirus website.

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are asking Nebraska state regulators to revoke the land easements granted to the company across private land now that the project has officially been scrapped. Attorneys for Bold Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska made the request in a letter to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which approved the pipeline’s proposed route in 2017. Attorneys say the commission has an obligation to protect the property rights of landowners that are threatened as long as the route approval remains in effect. The attorneys say the current situation with developer TC Energy limits landowners’ ability to use and develop their property and has a negative impact on its economic viability.

The FBI has arrested an Iowa man and his adult son after they discussed on social media their involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Agents arrested 50-year-old Daryl Johnson who lives in north central Iowa and 29-year-old Daniel Johnson of Austin, Minnesota, on Friday morning. They made initial appearances in federal courts in Iowa and Minnesota and have been released from custody pending further proceedings in Washington, D.C. They are charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct, violent entry, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Officials at the public water system for the city of Des Moines are asking customers to begin using water wisely and cut lawn irrigation by 25% as water usage climbs and drought conditions reduce the flow of rivers feeding the plant. Des Moines Water Works serves 500,000 customers in central Iowa. CEO Ted Corrigan says the Raccoon River, a major water source for the city, is flowing at less than 300 cubic feet per second compared to the median flow of 4,000 cubic feet per second. June temperatures have been much higher than average and there's been almost no rain when normally the city would have had more than 5 inches by now.

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday has marked the 150th anniversary of the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. Ricketts proclaimed “State Museum Day” to the acknowledged the contribution of the museum and others throughout Nebraska. The University of Nebraska State Museum is a staple of the university’s flagship campus, with displays of history, wildlife and geology, among other features. This year also marks the 60-year anniversary of the Trailside Museum in the Panhandle and the 30-year anniversary of Ashfall Fossil Beds in northeast Nebraska.

Renowned spiritual leader and Native American rights activist Chief Leonard Crow Dog has died at age 78. Indian Country Today reports that the Sicangu Lakota Oyate man died June 6 at Crow Dog’s Paradise on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Crow Dog attended and spoke at countless rallies, marches and protests over the years. He's credited with helping add the renewal of cultural traditions to the American Indian Movement’s goals. In 1972, he took part in The Trail of Broken Treaties, which included the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ headquarters in Washington. He also participated and was arrested in the 1973 occupation at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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