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NEWS 3.29.23

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors approved increasing wages. Check out the full story from the Sioux City Journal by clicking here.

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors also approved of sending a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board stating opposition to eminent domain for carbon capture pipelines proposed by three companies.

However, a bill that would have required more voluntary landowner participation before eminent domain could be used to build a carbon capture pipeline will not be advanced ahead of an Iowa legislative deadline this week, according to a report by Radio Iowa.

The bill — House File 565 — would require 90 percent of impacted landowners to voluntarily allow a pipeline to be constructed on their land before the pipeline company could use eminent domain to force agreements with other impacted landowners.

Republicans on a House panel have advanced a bill that would bar the state auditor’s office from accessing certain information, like health and education records, unless the agency that’s being investigated agrees to provide it.

The auditor’s office says they need that information to make sure tax dollars aren’t being wasted or misused. And that the bill could jeopardize federal funds and hurt the state’s bond rating.

Republican Representative Michael Bergan of Dorchester voted to advance the bill but says it needs to be changed.

“I recognize there might be some challenges with the language the way it is. We’re certainly open to looking at amendments that can correct some of those issues. So thank you for highlighting some of the points that are of concern.” 

Senate Republicans proposed the bill, saying it protects personal information that’s not relevant for audits. Democrats are against the bill, saying it unfairly targets State Auditor Rob Sand, the only Democrat in statewide elected office.

Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that’s designed to establish data privacy rights for Iowans.

The bill first passed the Iowa House last year and it cleared both the House and Senate unanimously this year.

Five other states have similar laws, but Iowa is the first state in the Midwest to make this move. It goes into effect in 2025.

Amid their late session Tuesday night, Nebraska lawmakers again voted in favor of a bill legalizing conceal carry without a permit.

LB77 would let anyone who can legally purchase a gun to also conceal it in public without needing a permit to do so or a safety training class.

State senators voted 30-10 in favor. The bill now moves to a third round of debate.

A group of Nebraska lawmakers are filibustering all bills that come before the Nebraska Legislature in protest of a bill that would ban gender-affirming medical treatments for minors. Democratic lawmakers say they'll filibuster every bill through the end of the 90-day session unless the anti-trans bill is defeated. The bill would ban hormone treatments, puberty blockers, and other procedures. Supporters of that bill, mostly Republicans, say they’re trying to protect children from making healthcare decisions they may later regret as adults. But opponents say the proposal is an unconstitutional overreach and part of a nationwide push by conservatives to marginalize LGBTQ+ people.

Former Vice President Mike Pence is back in Iowa, the day after a federal judge ruled Pence must testify before a grand jury investigating January 6th and former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Radio Iowa reports Pence told a conservative club in Des Moines this morning, he was nothing to hide.

Pence, has not yet announced whether he’ll run for the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination. He answered audience about the economy, partisan rancor and the war in Ukraine

An Iowa State University study shows inflation is hitting rural residents harder than those in urban areas.

Officials say inflation has cost the average rural household a total of more than $8,000 and they don’t see inflation letting up anytime soon.

Submitted news releases:

SIOUX CITY – The Board of Directors for Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) has named David Gleiser as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Gleiser is a Siouxland native and has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit and public sectors. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

“We’re pleased to name David Gleiser as our new Executive Director,” says Steve Huisenga, President of MRHD. “His knowledge of the community and work experience will be a great asset to MRHD.”

Gleiser will succeed Katie Colling, who has served at the post since 2019 and was the 2nd Executive Director in the history of the organization.

“Katie has been an amazing Director and she will be sorely missed,” says Huisenga.

“It truly has been an honor to serve the MRHD Board of Directors and see the wonderful benefits that gaming revenues have had in our community,” says Colling. “I’ll continue to support MRHD’s good work from afar, especially while enjoying retirement and travelling to visit family and friends.”

Gleiser assumes his new role as Executive Director effective today.

“I’m excited to continue MRHD’s history of partnering with the non-profits and local governments in the community, and I look forward to working with the leadership at Hard Rock,” says Gleiser. “It’s a great privilege to have a gaming license in Iowa, and so is being able to serve our community in this capacity.”

MRHD is the non-profit organization that holds the license for gaming in Woodbury County. Its funding is generated from an agreement between MRHD and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City which allows Hard Rock to run a gaming operation in Woodbury County using MRHD’s gaming license.

For more information about MRHD, contact MRHD Executive Director, David Gleiser at: (712) 899-6631, or execdir@mrhdiowa.org.


Sioux City, IA (March 29, 2023) – Oak View Group, the providers of Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships to the Tyson Events Center and Orpheum Theatre has announced Nick Palmiotti as the new General Manager. His first day on the job was March 27.

Nick started his career in events putting on large-scale outdoor concerts and festivals at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. He also spent time working for Professional Bull Riders (PBR), where he promoted events in arenas and stadiums across the country.

He joined OVG360, formerly Spectra, in 2019 as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Pueblo Convention Center and Pueblo Memorial Hall in Colorado. In this role, Palmiotti led the sales team to achieving the Convention Center’s highest gross revenue in its 25-year history and accomplished Pueblo Memorial Hall’s highest ticket sales in recent years. In 2021, he was also promoted to District Marketing Manager for OVG360 where he supported marketing teams at 11 different venues in the US and Canada.

Nick is looking forward to this next step in his career as a General Manager and moving his family to Siouxland.

"I'm incredibly excited to lead the team at the Tyson Events Center and Orpheum Theatre. I look forward to working with the City of Sioux City and the Orpheum Board of Directors to aggressively attract top quality sports and entertainment to this market”, said Palmiotti.

“Nick’s high energy, ability to drive revenue growth, and commitment to fan experience make him standout as a leader in the industry”, says OVG360’s Rick Hontz, Regional Vice President. “His desire to continue to grow and creatively bring in new entertainment position him as the perfect candidate for the Tyson Events Center and Orpheum Theatre.”

As General Manager, Nick will be responsible for the overall management and staff of both the Tyson Events Center and Orpheum Theatre. We are excited to welcome Nick to Siouxland!

About OVG360:  

OVG360, a division of Oak View Group, is a full-service venue management and hospitality company that helps client-partners reimagine the sports, live entertainment, and convention industries for the betterment of the venue, employees, artists, athletes, and surrounding communities. With a portfolio of more than 200 client-partners spanning arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions, and state fairs around the globe, OVG360 provides a set of services, resources and expertise designed to elevate every aspect of business that matters to venue operators. Service-oriented and driven by social responsibility, OVG360 helps facilities drive value through excellence and innovation in food services, booking and content development, sustainable operations, public health and public safety and more.