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Newscast 09.08.23: North and West High Schools back in class after lockout today; A new candidate for the Sioux City School Board; Summit pipeline proposal hits roadblock in South Dakota

A social media threat caused a brief lockout today at North and West High Schools. The lockout was cancelled after about half hour and was lifted shortly before noon. The Sioux City Community School district issued a news release saying all students and staff remained safe, and classes continued as normal.
No further information is available on what the social media threat concerned.

Lance Ehmcke today become the 4th candidate to file papers to run for a seat on the Sioux City School Board.

Ehmcke is a local attorney. He joins Trisha Rivers, Phil Hamman and Margueritte Cortez as candidates running for a full four year term. There are four full term seats and one partial term seat, on the ballot this November.

Two current board members, Bernie Scolaro and Monique scarlet say the are not seek re-election
Board president Dan Greenwell and Taylor Goodwin’s seats are also up for re-election.
The deadline to file to run is September 21st.

A dispute over how far a pipeline must be set back from homes could lead regulators in South Dakota to deny a construction permit for Summit Carbon Solutions’ carbon capture project.

The Summit pipeline is also proposed to cross Iowa. A final hearing before the Iowa Utilities Board is wrapping up a third week of testimony in Fort Dodge.

But in South Dakota, staff members with the state Public Utilities Commission filed a motion today (Friday) to deny Summit’s construction permit.

They claim the pipeline’s route does not meet setback laws in several counties.

If the motion is granted, Summit could renew its application after getting waivers from the counties or changing the route.

The motion comes just days before Summit is scheduled to begin the final hearing process before the South Dakota P-U-C.

The police and security presence at tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Cy-Hawk football matchup will be greater than usual as Republican presidential candidates join the gameday scene.

Former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Vivek Ramaswamy are all planning events surrounding the annual rivalry game between Iowa State and Iowa.

ISU Police Chief Michael Newton says some disruptions in the traffic and the crowd around Jack Trice Stadium are likely unavoidable.

He says university police made mutual aid requests with other state, local and federal agencies be sure enough law enforcement officers will be on hand.