The Exchange, "Growing the Magic," and Marijuana in Iowa, 03.27.19

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, a new documentary by Buena Vista University students tells the story of how Disney put Mickey Mouse in an Iowa cornfield  

Also, why the Iowa legislature’s move to expand medical marijuana has some law enforcement officers concerned. 

And we talk with a man that walked the length of the route of Keystone XL Pipeline, a trip that changed his views about the people who live in the Midwest.

That and more coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at nine a.m. on SPM.

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, we talk with the producers of a new documentary by Buena Vista University students that tells the story of how Mickey Mouse came to an Iowa cornfield 30 years ago.

Also, why the Iowa statehouse vote yesterday to expand medical marijuana use has some law enforcement officers worried about the possible repercussions.

That and more coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at nine a.m. on SPM.

You’re listening to The Exchange on SPM; I’m MH. Today we will hear about a new documentary that tells the story of how Mickey Mouse appeared in an Iowa cornfield thirty years ago.

The Iowa House yesterday passed a bill 96 to 3 that would make some changes to the state’s medical marijuana program. 

The bill allows physician assistants and nurse practitioners to approve patients to seek a medical marijuana card. And it expands access to people with felony drug convictions, who are currently barred from the program, and to people with a terminal illness. 

The bill also removes the 3 percent cap on THC in medical marijuana products and instead limits patients to 25 grams of THC over 90 days. But it’s not yet clear how that new limit would apply to individual products, or if more potent oils, pills, and creams would be allowed. 

Republican Representative Jarad Klein of Keota says changes to medical marijuana laws should stem from medical professionals on a state board.

0327klein: 12   “We allow it to work, we take their recommendations, things we can find agreement on, and we put it into a piece of legislation to give Iowans a better life. I think that’s what this bill is doing in the end.”

Democrat Wes Breckenridge says the bill isn’t perfect, but he thinks it’s a move in the right direction.

As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports, the potential changes are a real concern for the Sioux City Police Department.

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You’re listening to The Exchange; I’m Mary Hartnett.

Flooding has been devastating large portions of Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa for the past few weeks.  Many home and business owners first turn to their insurance policies for help in rebuilding.  However, they can also turn to the Small Business Administration for low-interest loans on their home or business.   Cynthia Cowell is a public information officer for the SBA’s office of disaster assistance.  Cowell says the SBA provides more than just business loans.

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That was Cynthia  Cowell, a public information officer for the SBA’s office of disaster assistance.  Cowell is spending time in Iowa in the aftermath of the recent floods that have affected several areas of Western and Northwest Iowa.  For more information, go to sba.gov/disaster

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You’re listening to The Exchange, on SPM, I’m Mary Hartnett.  

The legal and environmental battles continue over the creation of Keystone XL Pipeline that runs from Canada through the Midwest down to Gulf coast of Texas.  Most of us would be exhausted from driving near the route, but one man walked the entire 15-hundred miles a few years ago.  Ken Iguanas did that and he wrote a book about his trip called Trespassing Across America.  Ilgunas has a degree in history from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Duke University.  He has worked as a teacher, a tour guide and backcountry forest ranger.  Ilgunas visited Sioux City and talked with students at Morningside College this month.  He dropped into the SPM Studios and talked about his trek along the XL pipeline.  Ilgunas says his trip was exhilarating, humbling and eye-opening.  

Author Ken Ilgunas in South Dakota

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That was environmentalist and author Ken Ilgunas talking about 15-hundred mile trek along the XL Keystone Pipeline in 2012.  His new book, Trespassing Across America, tells the story of his trip.  Ilgunas was in Sioux City earlier this month, visiting with students at Morningside College.

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The Sioux City Human Rights Commission will host the “Faces of Siouxland Multicultural Fair” this Sunday at the Sioux City Convention Center.  

The fair celebrates diversity within the community through music, dance, and art.

Local groups and individuals will perform cultural dance and music all afternoon.

There will be over 70 organizations with a wide variety of free informational booths.  I talked about the event with, Pastor Richard Moore, who is a member of the board of directors of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission.  

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That was pastor Richard Moore, who is also on the board of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission, which presents the Faces of Siouxland Multicultural Fair this Sunday afternoon at the Sioux City Convention Center.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on SPM, I’m MH. When you hear Wish Upon A Star you think of Disney, maybe Disneyland, but about 30 years ago you could find a significant Disney star in a northern Iowa cornfield. ‘Growing Magic: The Mickey Mouse Cornfield Story’ was, written and produced by Buena Vista University digital media students. Last night, students from BVU premiered a documentary film more than three years in the making.  

It’s the story of Disney, and an Iowa farmer created a 520-acre “card” in a cornfield for Mickey Mouse’s birthday in 1988.  

The field mouse generated international news and acclaim for the Walt Disney Company and hundreds of northern Iowa residents. 

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The 60-minute documentary written and produced by BVU digital media students under the direction of Jerry Johnson, assistant professor of digital media and avowed Walt Disney fanatic.  I talked with Jerry and two of his students who have been working on the documentary for the past three years.  

I talked with two of the students who worked on the film. 

Beuna Vista assistant professor of digital media and Disney fanatic Jerry Johnson, and students Olivia Weisler and Mason McGrew

That was BVU assistant professor of digital media and Disney fan Jerry Johnson, and students Olivia Weisler and Mason McGrew, who worked on the documentary,‘Growing Magic: The Mickey Mouse Cornfield Story’about the creation of a Mickey Mouse shape in a northern Iowa Cornfield thirty years ago.   Students gave a premiere showing of the documentary last night at BVU. There will be a second screening in southern California Saturday night at Chapman University. 

Disney memorabilia in Jerry Johnson's office at BVU