Sheila Brummer

Reporter & Special Projects Producer

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.

 

She grew up on a farm on the borders of Crawford, Shelby and Harrison counties in west-central Iowa.  Receiving a typewriter at the age of five launched a life-time love of journalism.

 

While attending Morningside College, Sheila worked in television production and as a disc jockey.  The highlight of her collegiate career came as a foreign exchange student at Edge Hill College outside of Liverpool, England. 

 

After college graduation, Sheila landed a job as a radio news reporter for KSCJ in Sioux City, Iowa.  When budget cuts slashed hours, she turned to television.  She first worked “behind the scenes” as a photographer and editor, then reporter, for KTIV-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.  Her on-air career took her to Wausau, Wisconsin, Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.  While working as a producer in Las Vegas, Nevada, KTIV-TV offered an opportunity to return “home."  Her career came full circle when she took over as main anchor five years ago.

 

The Upper Midwest Emmy Awards, Iowa Broadcast News Association and Associated Press honored Sheila for her reporting. 

 

Sheila thrives on giving back to her community.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Sioux City and is a member of Junior League, Perry Creek PTA, FBI Citizens Academy and Sioux City Press Club.  She has volunteered for even more charities; including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Camp High Hopes, Little Giants Foundation, MS Society, Iowa Caregivers Association and Easter Seals of Iowa.

 

Sheila lives in Sioux City with her husband, Ed, and their five-year-old daughter, Anna.  

 

Sheila loves talking and telling stories, so public radio is the perfect place for her enthusiasm and talent.  You can hear her afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. and with news coverage throughout the day on Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reporting 73 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the state total of confirmed cases to 497.

Fifty-seven counties have confirmed cases including the first case in Clay County.  There were two more confirmed in Sioux County for a total of 15 in Siouxland.

Testing is still quite limited in the state, so the actual number of cases is likely much bigger and more widespread.

One more Iowan has died from the novel coronavirus, the seventh death in the state.

Woodbury County Emergency Management

On Sunday, members of the National Guard delivered a pallet of personal protective equipment from the Iowa Department of Public Health to Woodbury County.

Emergency Management Coordinator, Rebecca Socknat says the gowns, surgical masks, gloves and even foot coverings will be distributed to medical providers and first responders like police officers and fire fighters.

And, more is needed as the pandemic continues.

“With the protocols that are in in place to protect the personnel we’re going to use all of the PPE because it is disposable.”

State of Iowa

More than 42,000 people in Iowa filed for unemployment after the Governor ordered some Iowa businesses to close to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus.  That number continues to grow.  Many work for small businesses.  

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer with details on potential help for those facing economic hardship.

The deadline for small businesses to apply for a special relief grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority is Tuesday, March 31 at 12 p.m.

Twelve Clans Unity Hospital

The new coronavirus has put pressure on medical facilities from the very large to smaller, rural operations, including Twelve Clans Unity Hospital in Winnebago, Nebraska.  

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports.

Laura Gamble is the COO of Twelve Clans Unity Hospital in Winnebago, Nebraska.  She has extensive experience in the medical field in northeast Nebraska.  Gamble joined Twelve Clans about nine months ago.  The Winnebago Tribe took over operations a year earlier, in July of 2018. 

State of Iowa

The state of Iowa reports two more people have died from complications of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of deaths to three.

On Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health added 56 more positive cases for a total of 235.  There have been a total of more than 3,700 negative tests.

The number of Siouxlanders impacted increased as well.  There are new confirmed cases in Woodbury, Monona and now Dickinson County for a total of eight people.  All the new cases involve people 61-years or older.

Woodbury County Auditor

The contenders are ready in the race for Woodbury County Sheriff and three Supervisor seats. 

The filing deadline for candidates ended at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.  

Two Republicans are running to replace Sheriff Dave Drew who didn’t seek re-election.

Todd Wieck, is a major with the sheriff’s office and will face-off with Chad Sheehan a retired Sioux City Police Officer who operates a consulting firm in school and business safety and security.  They face off in a primary on June 2.

         

IA DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The state of Iowa reports 21 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a total of 145. 

This comes the day after Governor Kim Reynolds announced the state's first death linked to the coronavirus outbreak.

The victim is a resident of Dubuque County who was between 61 and 80 years old.

Another news conference is planned for 2:30 this afternoon.

Woodbury County

Because of concerns surrounding the new coronavirus, Iowa’s Secretary of State Paul Pate pushed back the date of a special election for Woodbury County Supervisor.  

Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, a Republican, stepped down after residency issues.  

Two candidates vying for the seat, Democratic State Representative Tim Kacena and Republican Justin Wright, a teacher at North High, will face off in an election pushed back from April to July 7th.  

SIOUX CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Before the threat of the new coronavirus, the biggest concern of school districts this time of year might be “how do you make up snow days”?  

Snow days are nothing compared to the current reality facing students, staff, teachers and administrators. 

The head of Sioux City Community Schools, Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman, gives us more information about what the area’s biggest school district faces right now. 

Alex Watters/City of Sioux City

The COVID-10 pandemic has forced many local governments and groups to find creative ways to conduct official business.  On Monday, the Sioux City council held a meeting with social distancing.  Council Member Alex Watters chose to attend the meeting by phone.

He is in self isolation and shares his thoughts on the new coronavirus, the state’s response and what issue is keeping him up at night.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reached him by phone the day after the council meeting.

CDC

There are 19 more confirmed cases of COVD-19 in Iowa for a total of 124.  None of the new cases involve anyone in the Siouxland area.  Governor Kim Reynolds is planning a news conference for 2:30 this afternoon that you can hear her on Siouxland Pubic Media,

More COVID-19 cases have been reported in five Nebraska counties, bring the state total to 61. One of the new cases involves a woman in her 30s from Madison County who has underlying medical conditions.  She has not left her home since symptoms started on March 18th.

City of Sioux City

The COVID-10 pandemic has forced many local governments and groups to get creative when it comes to conducting official business.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports, Sioux City leaders briefly talked about the virus during a social-distancing meeting on Monday.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott says he has heard concerns over the city not issuing an order forcing people to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Scott says it’s not legally possible.  

IA DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI is working hard to provide people in Siouxland information they need to stay informed on the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you have anything you would like to add to this list please send our newsroom an email at news@kwit.org. Thank you.

HOTLINE NUMBERS FOR THE TRI-STATE AREA

Iowa: For general questions about COVID-19 call 211 or (800) 244-7431

Nebraska: DHHS Covid-19 Information Line (402) 555-6645 (Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

South Dakota: Covid-19 Information Line (800) 997-2880

FEDERAL INFORMATION

For a video link for the governor's news conference click here.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem warns up to 30% of the state could become infected with the corona virus.

“Our population could get sick that is literally 10’s of thousands of people in our state.”

On Monday morning, she announced seven more cases in the state for a total of 28.  One patient died and three are currently hospitalized.

Noem says that’s a sign the illness is spreading.

CDC

Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI is working hard to provide people in Siouxland information they need to stay informed on the COVID-19 Pandemic.  If you have anything you would like to add to this list please send our newsroom an email at news@kwit.org.  Thank you.

Information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Latest information from the Iowa Department of Public Health including a “Case by County” Map:

FACEBOOK/Woodbury County Emergency Services

Officials with Siouxland District Health say the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Woodbury County involves a woman between the ages of 41-and-60.

“There is travel associated with this person, but it is not 100% determined that ‘yes’ this is the cause.”

That is Deputy Director of Siouxland District Health, Tyler Brock, who spoke at a news conference on Sunday. 

Health officials say because of privacy concerns they can’t say where the woman lives or where she might have visited within the county.  She is currently in self-isolation.

We began planning this show last week, but, in these times, the amount of change from day-to-day is stunning, if not disorienting. Since then, we have seen school’s close; fitness centers, restaurants, bars, casinos are having to close or limit service; grocery stores are having difficulty keeping shelves stocked. It’s one of those moments when you feel the world is different from what you thought it was only days ago. One of our concerns is the disinformation surrounding COVID-19, and, hopefully, we can bring some balance back today with our table of experts.

Siouxland District Health Department

Associated Press

 

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an emergency declaration today concerning COVID-19.

She ordered restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters and casinos to close for two weeks as part of a public health emergency plan designed to ease the community spread of the illness.

Reynolds also prohibited mass gatherings and events of more than 10 people including parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers.

Senior citizen centers and adult day care facilities have been closed.

The closures are intended to last through March 31.

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CDC

The head of Siouxland District Health tells Siouxland Public Media there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County. 

Kevin Grieme says his department is keeping in close contact with state health officials and health providers locally.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts released new guidelines today when it comes to the coronavirus.

They include limiting public events and gathering to 50 people or less. 

Siouxland Public Media

Officials in Woodbury County say they want the public to be more educated about COVID-19. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has the story.

So, far there isn’t a local case of COVID-19 but that could change at a moment’s notice.

“We want to assure the community we are there monitoring that is a case does develop, we got them tracked.”

That’s Kevin Grieme, the Director of the Siouxland District Health Department. 

johnnya.com

Guitarist Johnny A. is scheduled to hit the stage at Vanguarde Arts on Thursday, April 2nd.  The long-time musician talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about his career, his early influences and what Sioux City can expect to hear during his solo show "Just Me and My Guitars" A Celebration of British Songbook of the 60s.

For more on Johnny A. check out his website johnnya.com.  

North Central Nebraska Health Department

Health officials in northeast Nebraska confirm the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Siouxland.

The person is a high school student in Crofton, Nebraska who attended the Girls State Basketball tournament.  They were transferred to the biocontainment unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment.

Because of a potential risk of exposure schools have been closed Crofton, Hartington and Newcastle.

FEBRUARY 2020
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The owner of Marto Brewing Co. and Executive Chef Nick Goodwin talk about beer, burgers and more with Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer.

Siouxland Public Media / Gov. Pete Ricketts/Twitter

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is warning that Nebraska could be dealing with the coronavirus outbreak for the next nine to 12 months.

He’s urging the public to take precautionary steps to keep it from spreading.

Ricketts says the number of known cases in Nebraska has risen to three, but there aren't yet indications that it's spreading.  There are also three cases in Iowa.

The Plattsmouth school district in eastern Nebraska has joined schools in Fremont and Hooper in canceling classes this week as a precaution against the spread Covid-19.

Two people in northwest Iowa have died after a collision between a semitrailer and a pickup truck.

The crash happened yesterday afternoon =on U.S. Highway 71 on the north end of Spencer.

Authorities say pickup turned into the path of the semi.

The couple in the pickup have been identified as 85-year-old Patricia Juber and 86-year-old Harvey Juber.

They lived in Melvin. The semi driver and his passenger weren't injured.

A Colorado man who threw a cup of water on Iowa Congressman Steve King has been sentenced to two years of probation.    

National Weather Service

A windy day across Siouxland as the region is under a Wind Advisory until 6 tonight.

The National Weather Service says winds could reach 50 miles per hour.

There is a red flag warning for the rest of the state of Nebraska. 

That means there’s a potential for brush fires because of low humidity and windy conditions.

The medical examiner in Johnson County had identified the body of University of Iowa student David Le. 

Le, is from Sioux City and was 19 when he was last seen on campus in November. 

Voters in Woodbury County said “yes” to a new jail and law enforcement center. 

Unofficial results in Woodbury County show 57 percent of the voters wanted a new jail in yesterday’s special election.

It only needed 50 percent plus 1 vote to pass.

But, it will be a couple of years before the facility is up and running. In that time, Sheriff Dave Drew says there’s a chance the jail’s worn heating, cooling and ventilation systems could fail. 

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Over the weekend it was an end of a 128-year era for graduates of “The Castle on the Hill”.  The Castle on the Hill Association no longer resides in the building where members once roamed the halls as high schoolers. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer shows us the legacy still living in those who attended Sioux City’s Central High.

“When you were a senior you were a cheerleader?  Yes, in 1960.”  

Debra Kunze and Joan Dodds, are two of the four Ferguson sisters, who attended Central High back in the day.

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Voters are going to the polls in several Siouxland communities today.  Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill expects turnout out to be about 10% for a $50 million dollar preproposal for a new jail and law enforcement center.

Polls in Woodbury County close at 8 p.m.

People in Monona County are deciding the fate of a $6.2 million jail.  That measure needs 60% approval to pass.

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