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Newscast 02.26.24: Longtime Sioux City lawmaker Wes Whithead dies; Lamb Theatre partners with Morningside University in Klinger-Neal Theater as it considers new, permanent home

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A former northwest Iowa lawmaker has died.

Wes Whitead of Sioux City served five terms in the Iowa House as a Democrat before retiring in 2011.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott considered him a friend who was very independent while serving in the statehouse.

“Probably a representative for the labor people this community as good as anybody. Was a great guy when it came to labor and fighting for working people.”

Whitead served in the Korean War before owning a heavy machinery company. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 90.

Three of the four Iowa Republicans who serve in the U-S House filed their nomination papers Monday for the June Primary, It was the opening day of filing.
The House candidates who filed are Congresswoman Ashley Hinson of Marion, Congressman Zach Nunn of Bondurant and Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa.
It’s not known if 4th district Republican Representative Randy Feenstra has filed his nomination papers. Feentra says he is running for another term.
Candidates have until March 15 to file their nomination papers for the primary in June.

Lamb Theatre
Lamb Theater

Lamb Theatre is partnering with Morningside University to continue entertaining Siouxland. Lamb will temporarily perform at Morningside’s Klinger-Neal Theatre. Classes from the Lamb School will also transition to the Morningside campus.

Russell Wooley, managing artistic director of Lamb Theatre, said the decision to move all activities to Morningside University was the direct result of the deteriorating condition of the current building at 417 Market Street. 

The old Webster School was home to Lamb Theater for 38 years. Wooley says the building is no longer sustainable as a venue for productions and Lamb School classes.

Klinger-Neal Theater, Postcard, Morningside University Archives
Klinger-Neal Theater, Postcard, Morningside University Archives

Wooley says the move to Morningside University will allow Lamb to keep producing and performing as it pursues options for a completely new home.

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