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.

Noon News 5.14.19

May 14, 2019

On this date, May 14, 1969 the 174th Tactical Fighter Squadron a unit of the 185th Tactical Fighter Group returned from a one-year mission in Vietnam.

“They were working hard. And, these were incredibly complicated close air support in harm’s way.  Putting bombs on target close in.”

That’s the new Wing Commander of the 185thRefueling Wing Colonel Mark Muckey.

“We are very proud of the service they did 50 years.  That’s who they were 50 years ago and who we are today.  The same great airmen executing their mission around the globe.

Siouxland Public Media

Congressman Steve King visited the 185th Air Refueling Wing and new commander Colonel Mark Muckey on Monday afternoon.  

“It’s an opportunity to give him an update on the things we have going on.  What we are supporting around the globe and give him an update and a strategic thought on where the 185th Refueling Wing is headed in the future.”

Colonel Muckey took over for outgoing commander Colonel Larry Christenson at a “change of command” ceremony in March.

Noon News 5.13.19

May 13, 2019
Nebraska State Patrol

The investigation continues into a deadly officer-involved shooting over the weekend in South Sioux City, Nebraska.  

The Nebraska State Patrol is in charge of the investigation into the incident outside Los Amigos, a bar and liquor store on Dakota Avenue around 2 a.m. on Saturday. 

The Sioux City Journal identifies the injured officer as Brian Van Berkum.  He has been with the South Sioux City Police force for about 19 years.  

Siouxland Public Media

Sioux City Singer-Songwriter Mike Langley shared a Mother’s Day song called “Born to Love” you during “All Things Considered” on Siouxland Public Media.  He also shared details on two upcoming shows also featuring his father, Jack.

http://mikelangley.com  

Full song "Born to Love" can be found at this link: https://www.reverbnation.com/mikelangley/song/30772281-born-to-love-you?source=artistMusic

Noon News 5.10.19

May 10, 2019
Nebraska Farm Bureau

A new report says a nearly $200 million decline in Nebraska's agricultural exports in 2017 was driven by President Donald Trump's threats to impose tariffs on U.S. trading partners.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau report attributes the drop to decreases in soybean and corn exports, while beef and pork exports both increased in 2017.

The findings come as Trump imposed his latest tariff hike on Chinese goods Friday. 

A bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Nebraska has advanced out of a legislative committee.  It will now go to the full Unicameral for debate.

Siouxland Public Media

“Back to Ickey Nickel Trivia, I am your host Big Daddy.  Thank you so much for coming out tonight.” 

Usually, on Wednesday nights at the Ickey Nickel, the focus is on 20 questions over a beer or two.

“Which musical film has the opening lyrics ‘I have chills they’re multiplying’?” 

“I think we won this round.”

But, on a recent visit, the owner of the establishment wants the answer to a more challenging topic.

“The value went from $480,000 to $700,000 and something.”  I am floored they can even say that is possible.”    

Associated Press

The economic toll from Mississippi River flooding in Davenport could run as high as $2.5 million a month.

That’s according to local economic officials.  That number includes lost wages and business loses but doesn’t include property damage.

The statement is part of an application sent to state and federal officials for assistance. 

A temporary flood barrier failed on April 30, allowing floodwaters to cover several downtown blocks.

Scott County is still waiting for federal officials to declare the area a disaster zone.

Noon News 5.9.19

May 9, 2019
State of Iowa

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law judicial selection changes that will give her more power in the nominating process for judges appointed to the Iowa Supreme and appeals court.

The new law immediately removes the senior justice from the 17-member panel that selects names to send to the governor and allows the governor to choose the majority of nominating commision members.

In a statement, Reynolds said this gives “all Iowans a greater voice in the process.”

Iowa Public Radio

A judge is considering his verdict regarding a 19-year-old Sioux City resident accused of stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and another man.

Testimony ended this week in the nonjury trial of Tran Walker. He's accused of killing 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr. Police say Walker was in a car with the other two in January of last year when he stabbed Sullivan and then Negron when he tried to intervene.

Walker has pleaded not guilty to the two counts of first-degree murder.

City of Sioux City

The Dakota County officials approved paying $1.5 million to cover damage done during flooding back in March.

The Sioux City Journal reports the plan passed yesterday by Board of Commissioners would allow the county to borrow the money to pay for roads and bridges.  

The move was done to help pave the way for federal money to eventually cover the costs.

The Sioux City City council approved paying for a new scoreboard for the Tyson Events Center. The cost $877,000.  It’s expected to be installed by the first of September.

Iowa Public Radio

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wrapped up his latest swing across Iowa last night.

He spoke to a crowd of a few hundred last night at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City.

Tragically instead of seeing good paying jobs, education and health care coming to our rural communities, we are far too often seeing despair, depression and people losing hope.

Sanders repeated common themes like Medicare for all and investing in rural America.

A friend of a 19-year-old Sioux City resident accused of stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and another man testified that the defendant said he wanted to talk to the girl about their breakup and that he needed closure.

The defendant, Tran Walker, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. 

He's accused of killing 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr. Police say Walker was in a car with the other two in January of last year when he stabbed Sullivan and then Negron when he tried to help.

Siouxland Public Media

The Sioux City Farmers Market launched its 11th season on May 1, 2019.  

“Elsie, look at the flowers.”

The local Farmers Market is a family affair for Cassie Chilton of Sioux City.

“I brought my daughter Elsie and mother Karen.”

Chilton strolls along with her 5-month-old with grandma looking on. 

“We love it.  Last summer we came almost every weekend.  I usually don’t come on Wednesday, but today I was able to.  We get some honey, some coffee, maybe popcorn and fresh eggs.  

Becky Kempers is the Market Manager. 

Offutt Air Force Base

 

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill today laying the groundwork for the first statewide children’s mental health system. 

The law directs the state’s mental health regions to come up with a plan to provide comprehensive services for children by April 2020. 

Among other things they must give access to therapy, medication management, crisis response and inpatient treatment.

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to repair and replace structures damaged at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding.

Offutt Air Force Base

 

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill today laying the groundwork for the first statewide children’s mental health system. 

The law directs the state’s mental health regions to come up with a plan to provide comprehensive services for children by April 2020. 

Among other things they must give access to therapy, medication management, crisis response and inpatient treatment.

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to repair and replace structures damaged at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding.

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden continues his tour across Iowa today with stops in Iowa City and Des Moines

The former vice president was in Cedar Rapids Tuesday where he told a group of a few hundred he wants to rebuild a crumbling middle class.

A new report says an April survey of business supply managers suggests there will be solid economic growth over the next three to six months in all three Siouxland states.

Iowans 21 and over could soon legally place bets on professional and college sports.

Last night, the state House of Representatives passed the sports gambling legalization bill 67-31 with support and opposition from Republicans and Democrats. If Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signs it into law, Iowa will become one of at least 11 states with legal sports betting.

Many states have taken this step since the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 struck down a federal ban on the practice in most states.

Justice for Jon

Apr 23, 2019
Siouxland Public Media

A Sioux City native lost his life in a brutal attack at his workplace in Iowa City two-years ago.  Another senseless act led authorities to a man some say shouldn’t have been out in the streets in the first place. 

In a Siouxland Public Media Special Report, Sheila Brummer explores the life of the victim through the eyes of loved ones.  Also, find out why his mom says her son didn’t have to die.   

“I am Jon Wieseler’s mom, or I was.”

A mother finds it hard to talk about her child in the past tense.

“Jon was the best son ever.”   

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The Justice Department today posted a redacted version of the Mueller report.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he supports today’s release.  He says tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money went into the report so it should be made public, with the exception of a few key area.

Grassley told Radio Iowa he won’t join with Democratic leaders who are calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

Siouxland Public Media

Local and national leaders joined forces at a “Healing Summit” hosted by the Siouxland Street Project and the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families on April 17, 2019.

The group first met on June 1, 2018, to find solutions to homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues.

“We need to give voice to those who have none.  And, I’m doing my part.  And, I want the rest of the community to step up.”

Noon News 4.17.19

Apr 17, 2019

A summit is taking place today in Sioux City to tackle the issues of homelessness, substance abuse and mental health concerns for the Siouxland Community.

The event is hosted by the Siouxland Street Project and the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families.

Here’s Co-Chair Frank LaMere.

“We need to give voice those who have none.  And, I’m doing my part.  And, I want the rest of the community to step up.”

Today’s event is a follow-up to a meeting that took place last June and LaMere says some progress was made but more work needs to be done.

Siouxland Public Media

With homelessness on the rise across the country, public libraries across the country have felt the impact.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer checked out the situation here in Sioux City.

“I love to use the library, I come here fairly often.”

Linda Baker enjoys taking her 20-month-old granddaughter to the library in downtown Sioux City.

“Sally do you like the purple balloon book”?  

They come for books and a little socializing.

“Today we just went to the story time and we checked out something for her.”

PM Newscast 4.9.19

Apr 9, 2019
National Weather Service

Another major storm is headed towards the Midwest and may impact Siouxland starting Wednesday afternoon and evening.

This winter storm is expected to deliver the most snow to Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. Up to two feet of snow in some spots.   

The National Weather Service predicts the northwestern part of Iowa will stay warm enough to miss out on some of the heavier snow. 

Since snowpack has already melted in the region flooding shouldn’t be as severe or widespread as last month.

A Yankton man is facing criminal charges after a fight inside a Yankton pizza restaurant turned deadly over the weekend.

Twenty-two year old Jameson Mitchell is accused of shooting and killing Lucas Smith in an alley Saturday after the two were thrown out of Mojo's Pizza and Spirits because of a fight. 

Police say the Mitchell approached Smith with a gun shortly after they were kicked out of the restaurant, shot him several times and ran from the scene.

Police pinged the suspect's phone to find him. Mitchell was arrested at home in Yankton.

A center is open in Woodbury County to help people impacted by recent flooding or groundwater issues.  

The Multi Agency Resource Center opened over the weekend at The Security Institute on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College.  

It will be available this week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.   

The center was organized by Woodbury County Emergency Management and Community Organizations Active in Disasters.  

Some of the agencies taking part are the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Community Action Agency.

The tables get turned on Sioux City Journal columnist, Earl Horlyk. Siouxland Public Media interviewed Earl about the one-year anniversary of his music show "Mix Tape Dance Party."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased releases this week from Gavin’s Point Dam.  The Corps is trying to release water before snowpack to the north starts melting.

Flood damage in Iowa and Nebraska this spring totaled about three-billion dollars.

The Siouxland Salvation Army opened a Disaster Resource Center at their main location near West 14thand Villa Avenue.

The center will help people impacted come and pick up flood-relief items like water, cleaning supplies, food and financial assistance.

Tom Stock/KCAU-TV

Three-thousand people gathered for a cultural fair in Sioux City on Sunday.  

The Faces of Siouxland Multicultural Fair served up a melting pot of ideas, food and entertainment at the Sioux City Convention Center.

A chance for people of all backgrounds and ages to join together, including 10-year-old Rain and her five-year-old friend Anna.

“Everyone and their nationalities and countries come together,” said Rain.

“There’s a lot of things to do.  There’s a lot of good things,” said Anna.

“What balloon do you have?”

Siouxland Public Media

The Sioux City Community Theatre launched a new theater in memory of a long-time Sioux City broadcaster on March 28, 2019.  

“That is not what we do, that is not how this works.”

The curtain opened on the first production at the Tom Peterson Black Box Theatre.  A comedy called “Here We Sit”.

“It’s unbearable.”

“I think I’m going to scream.”

“It’s craziness with actors portraying the audience and some of the audience portraying actors,” said Rick Myers. 

Noon News 3.28.19

Mar 28, 2019

Authorities say human remains have been found along the Elkhorn River in northeast Nebraska's Stanton County.

The remains were spotted Tuesday night southwest of Stanton. 

The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says the remains appear to have been washed out of the river during recent flooding and appear to have been in the water for an extended period.

The remains have not been identified, but are not those of 30-year-old Scott Goodman of Norfolk.  He was last seen two weeks ago on top of his car near a levee in Norfolk before being swept away by a surge of water.

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