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Disaster aid in the wake of March floods has finally been passed by Congress, but Siouxlanders continue to have questions about what do with the damage to homes and property. And Farmers are still struggling with the wet weather, trying to get their crops in the field.
And last week, Siouxlanders said goodbye to one of it’s oldest elementary school buildings, as Hunt school will be torn down and rebuilt.
Also, the story of a long forgotten Missouri River trail that is now being remembered and rededicated.
And the line up for the main stage at Saturday in the Park.
That and more on the exchange but first this news.
You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.
After many delays, Congress has passed a large 19.1 billion dollar disaster aid package with help for communities nationwide, including many in Iowa that are recovering from floods and other disasters.
President Trump, who initially opposed the bill, freezing its progress in the Senate, now says he will sign it, although it includes $900 million for Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts from hurricanes in 2017 that he did not want and does not include $4.5 billion that he requested in supplemental aid for the southwestern border.
Iowa Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says some on-farm losses not automatically covered by disaster aid now will be eligible.
Grassley says the Department of Agriculture will be working out the details. The flooding ruined many bushels of corn and soybeans that farmers were holding in hopes of fetching a better price than they could get at harvest time.
Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s grateful the U-S Congress has finally approved a 19-billion-dollar disaster aid package that includes money for Iowa communities affected by flooding.
Floodwaters devastated western Iowa in mid-March, and floods have been affecting more and more of the state since then.
Reynolds says officials haven’t been able to get a complete damage assessment yet.
Reynolds adds she’ll ask President Trump when he visits Iowa next week to re-open the presidential disaster declaration to include more counties.
Up until this week, dismal weather conditions with heavy rain and cooler days prevented many Siouxland farmers from finishing their planting this season. Siouxland Public Media reports it’s a critical time for producers to get into the fields.
The recent floods and tornados in Iowa have left many people displaced or having to deal with major repairs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota helping residents since the floods of mid-March. They are still in town, this week at the Lowes store on Sunnybrook Road.
Andy Mathes is a FEMA worker who answers questions for those who are dealing with disasters, large and small.
That was Andy Mathis, community education and outreach specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the Lowes store in Sioux City. He is there for the rest of this week, offering advice for those affected by floods, tornadoes and other disasters. .
Summer break is finally here for students in the Siouxland Community School District. Last week also marked the end of an era for one elementary building as Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer explains.
TAG: The new Hunt Elementary will span a couple of blocks with a parking lot to the south. The city will also close 20th Street to allow for more space for the new facility.
This past weekend graduation ceremonies took place for all three high schools in the Sioux City Community School District. Students received diplomas in a class showcasing lingual diversity as Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports.
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TAG: Jose Garcia was also chosen to greet parents at the beginning of the graduation ceremony at the Tyson Events Center on Saturday in this native language of Spanish.
INTRO: The Lewis and Clark Festival takes place at Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa, Iowa Friday, June 7th through Saturday the 9th.
The event celebrates early American heritage and transports people back in time to the early 1800s.
One of the characters bringing this history back to life shared insight on the art of buck skinning with Siouxland Public Media.
TAG: Richard Rose from Dunlap, Iowa is an expert in the Native American art of brain tanning.
Rose is a re-enactor who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of history for anyone who would like to listen.
Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer recorded and photographed Rose at the Dow House in Dow City. Iowa. You can see some pictures of Rose and the Dow House on our website kwit.org.
(Optional) Sheila is a native of Dow City, Iowa. The Crawford County community celebrated 150th years on Memorial Day Weekend
Sometimes we forget how old this land is and how many peoples have lived here, along the banks of the river we call the Missouri. We forget even when we take action to remember. Jim Schaap tells the story of a trail that had been known for millennia, celebrated not so long ago, forgotten, and, just recently, re-found.
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A long-abandoned stone monument to that trail in War Eagle Park will be rededicated this Sunday afternoon, with some help from the Sioux City Parks and Recreation Department,
The city has cleared an access path to the Old Missouri River Trail monument, a small gray boulder in a thicket on the eastern side of War Eagle Park. The Sioux City Daughters of the American Revolution built the monument in the late 1920s to commemorate the Old Missouri River Trail, which had been used by local Native Americans since at least the 19th century. Though the trail was once well-known among locals, the trail and stone marker was forgotten in the 20th century.
Michael O’Connor will also be part of the dedication of the trail. Michael is a member of the Ontawana Sioux Tribe who has adopted War Eagle Park and has made it his mission to haul away trash and keep the place pristine. O’Connor says he wants to honor all those who have lived and died at the park, including people, animals, and trees.
That was Michael O’Connor who will also be part of the dedication of the trail. Michael is a member of the Ontawana Sioux Tribe.
Rapper Flo Rida and blues rocker George Thorogood will headline the 29th annual Saturday in the Park on July 6, it was announced today.
The free music festival at Sioux City's Grandview Park also will feature indie rocker Liz Phair, soul and rock artist Con Brio and the country duo Michigan Rattlers.
In the past, headliners usually were announced by April, but organizers recently acknowledged that booking top acts this year was more difficult due to the proximity of the festival to the 4th of July, and the decision by some artists to either take that time off or perform in Europe.
Flo Rida is best known for his 2008 breakout single "Low," which was No. 1 on the U.S. charts for 10 weeks and broke the record for digital download sales at the time of its release.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers rose to fame in the early 1980s with the bluesy rock hit “Bad to the Bone." The band also won acclaim for covering Hank Williams’ “Move it On Over” and Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”
Liz Phair was a break out indie rock star in the early 2000s, with songs like Why Can’t I
SITP previously announced the lineup for its secondary stage, known as the Abe Stage for its proximity to a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the park. The headliners will be reggae singer, rapper and beatboxer Matthew Paul Miller, known by his Hebrew and stage name of Matisyahu, and Claudia Alexandria Feliciano, a San Jose rapper who goes by the name Snow Tha Product.
Other Abe Stage performers will include Trufeelz, Arson City, Artificial Stars, Brady Raps/Psychedelic Sidekick, Gallivant, Winter Wayfarer and the Sioux City Conservatory of Music.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is again the title sponsor for this year's festival.