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NEWS 1.27.23

Siouxland could see the second winter storm so far this year. Snow and temperatures are expected to fall. Meteorologists say the region could see 5 to 9 inches. A Winter Storm Warning kicks in for a large part of Siouxland starting tonight at 9 through 6 pm tomorrow.

The National Weather Service out of Sioux Falls held a social media briefing this afternoon and shared this message with all who live in the area potentially impacted by the weather.

“People need to keep an eyes on current conditions and try not to travel, but if you need to travel, pack a winter survival kit.”

Due to the forecasted winter storm, a snow emergency has been declared to take effect in Sioux City starting at midnight. The snow emergency declaration prohibits parking or leaving a vehicle unattended on an emergency snow route street, noted by a blue and white sign with a snowflake. Vehicles should park on the even-numbered side of the street tomorrow and then move to the odd side of the street beginning on Sunday. No parking is permitted on the side of the street where parking is prohibited. The Sioux City Police Department says officers will start enforcing the Odd/Even parking beginning at 7 a.m. tomorrow. Spokesperson, Sgt. Tom Gill says vehicles are still being towed that are snowbound from the last snowstorm. SCPD has had to tow over 60 vehicles that were snowbound since Tuesday, January 24.

City of Sioux City

News release from the City of Sioux City:

Snow Emergency to Begin Saturday, January 28 at 12:00 a.m.

Due to the forecasted winter storm, a snow emergency has been declared by Mayor Scott to

take effect beginning at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28. The snow emergency

declaration prohibits parking or leaving a vehicle unattended on an emergency snow route

street, noted by a blue and white sign with a snowflake.

Citizens should park on the odd side of the street on odd days of the month after seven

o’clock (7:00) a.m. until seven o’clock (7:00) a.m. the following day. Vehicles should be parked

on the even street-numbered side of the street on even days of the month during the same

time period. No parking is permitted on the side of the street where parking

is prohibited. Residents are encouraged to remove vehicles from on-street parking where

possible. Vehicles may park on the even numbered side of the street overnight Friday

into Saturday. Enforcement will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28. Vehicles

should be moved to the odd side of the street beginning Sunday, January 29 at 7:00


Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive snow emergency alerts via text,

phone and email through the CodeRED platform. An option to receive updates

regarding public transit delays and garbage and recycling delays is also available.

To sign up, text AlertSiouxCity to 99411 to receive a direct link to Sioux City’s Community

Notification Enrollment (CNE) page. Residents may also sign up to receive notifications to

their email or home phone by visiting www.sioux-city.org/alerts. Required information includes

first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code and

primary phone number. Additional phone numbers and email addresses can be entered as

well. CodeRED provides an easy and secure method for inputting information and the data

collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.

Any vehicle found in violation of the snow emergency parking restrictions found in chapter

10.84.040 and 10.84.060 will be towed at the owner’s expense. The emergency snow route

map can be found at www.sioux-city.org/snowmaps. Sioux City Municipal Code is located at

www.sioux-city.org under the Government tab.

Questions regarding parking restrictions should be directed to the Sioux City Police

Department Facebook page or www.siouxcitypolice.com.

Several other Siouxland communities also announce snow emergencies, including South Sioux City, Dakota City, North Sioux City, Elk Point, Moville, and Storm Lake.

South Dakota’s congressional delegation has written a letter to President Joe Biden in support of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations’ requests for a major disaster declaration following winter storms that left six people dead. U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune, and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, say the declaration would assist tribes recovering from destruction that tribal leaders say could have been prevented had more resources been available. Tribal members expect the declaration would support emergency costs and damages related to the December storms.

An emerald ash borer infestation has been discovered in Union County, according to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR).

The emerald ash borer infestation was found in the Dakota Dunes. The insect was also recently found in Sioux City.

It’s taking the concept of “Iowa Nice” to the next level, as today is the first-ever statewide day designated to nice. For more on the story from Radio Iowa click here.

News release from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds:

   Gov. Reynolds Statement in Response to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten

DES MOINES – Today, the American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave the following statement to Fox Business:  

“Parents and families, no matter where they live, want safe, well-funded public schools, not schemes to funnel taxpayers’ money to the wealthy few. The Governor of Iowa is risking real political damage by doing the bidding of Betsy DeVos. After her midterms failure in Michigan, DeVos has leaned on the Iowa legislature to ram through a reckless spending spree opposed by conservatives and liberals alike. 

“This program will syphon close to $1 billion in public money into private hands, while leaving communities holding the bag. Eighty percent of voters back improvement in public schools over privatization. It seems that the donors who wrote this bill support school choice, except if that choice is the one favored by most American parents—their neighborhood public school.” 

In response, Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement: 

“Randi Weingarten is wrong about this, just like she was wrong about locking our kids out of the classroom during the pandemic – leading to widespread learning loss and setting back our kids for decades. Education is not a zero-sum game. And shame on Weingarten for thinking that political outcomes are what matters here. In Iowa, we’re funding students over systems and putting kids first. If the teacher’s union started thinking that way, families would be better off. With Weingarten at the helm, I know that will never happen.” 

Submitted news release:

UnityPoint Health Nurses Named 2023 ‘Great Iowa Nurses’

(SIOUX CITY, IA – January 27, 2023) UnityPoint Health is honored to have 50 nurses named to the 2023 Great Iowa Nurses list. This prestigious award annually recognizes nurses at healthcare organizations across the state for their outstanding contributions to their patients, team members, and the nursing profession.

“I’m inspired by and extremely proud of all our nurse honorees this year,” said UnityPoint Health Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President D’Andre Carpenter. “Their skill and passion for nursing shows in the high-quality, compassionate care they provide every day to our patients and communities. Each one of these nurses is deserving of this recognition, and it’s a privilege to have them represent the exceptional hospital, clinic and home care nursing teams at UnityPoint Health.”

This year’s list includes five nurses working for UnityPoint Health – Sioux City. They are:

  • Amy Feddersen, MSN, RN. Amy has been with UPH since 2014 and currently works as a clinical practice expert. 
  • Cynthia Running, MSN, RN. Cynthia has been with UPH since 2011 and currently serves as a clinical practice expert. 
  • Karen Annis, MSN, RN. Karen has been with UPH since 1982 and currently works as a quality technician. 
  • Le'Ambra Dotson, RN. Le’Ambra has been with UPH since 2018 serving as a nurse in the emergency room. 
  • Shelby Yates, RN. Shelby has been with UPH since 2018 working in the ICU. 

“Each one of these nurses is a great representation of our values here at UnityPoint Health – Sioux City,” says Wendy Lindley, Chief Nursing Officer at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s. “They all go above and beyond to provide high-quality care and nursing excellence for each individual they serve.”
Award recipients will be honored during a virtual ceremony in February. For more information, visit greatiowanurses.org.

For individuals interested in joining our team, search the career page on our website: unitypoint.org/joinourteam.