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Woodbury County LEC Goes Forward; City Council Declines Bid for Sign

Sioux City native and runner Shelby Houlihan, who holds the U.S. record in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, cannot compete for four years after testing positive for a banned substance. Houlihan announced yesterday that she consumed the substance by mistake by eating tainted pork in a burrito.

The 28-year-old made the revelation just days before the start of the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. 


Iowa state Rep. Ras Smith is running for governor in 2022, he announced Tuesday, becoming the first prominent Democrat to declare his candidacy.

Thirty-three-year-old Ras Smith is African American. He is a three-term representative from Waterloo who raised his profile last year by helping to broker a police accountability law that passed unanimously in the wake of nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd.

Since then, he has been critical of many of the Republican-controlled Legislature's actions that he says stand in contrast to the unity shown last year over police accountability. 


Yesterday, a joint city-county board accepted the low bid of nearly $58.4 million from Hausmann Construction for the proposed Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center. 

At a meeting of the Law Enforcement Center Authority, the group unanimously approved Hausmann's bid. The board moved ahead with the main construction phase for the project despite the low offer coming in about $15 million above previous estimates and uncertainly over using the county's share of federal COVID relief funds to help cover the higher price tag.

The Sioux City Council rejected a construction company's bid last night for a controversial new welcome sign near the Sergeant Floyd Monument. The council said the project was $125,000 above the engineer's estimate.

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