Gov. Reynolds Praise US-Mexico-Canada Deal, Tulip Festival Treats, 4:04

May 17, 2019

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The Trump administration has reached agreements with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on metals imported from those countries, resolving a yearlong standoff that inflamed North Atlantic tensions and complicated efforts to ratify a revised trade deal.

Gov. Kim Reynolds commented on the agreement today, saying that it represents a significant step forward for Iowa’s agriculture and manufacturing industries.” Mexico and Canada are Iowa’s top two trading partners, and the removal of steel, aluminum, and retaliatory tariffs will increase exports of Iowa products.  

Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.4% in April for the 10th month in a row.

Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday the jobless rate held steady, where it has been since July 2018.

Iowa has the nation's third-lowest rate, behind only Vermont and North Dakota, and tied with New Hampshire.

And, it’s Tulip Time in Orange City, Iowa.  The annual Tulip Festival runs through tomorrow and includes street washing and parades twice a day. 

One of the top tasty attractions are poffertjes (Puffer-g-s). 

"Be patient with us because people love Poffertjes.  The line can be a little long sometimes.  But, we make every tray of puffergies fresh and hot.”

That’s Ann Minnick (Min-ick) one of a few hundred volunteers helping make the Dutch delicacy.

(Sound describing the treat).  

Siouxland Public Media News traveled to Orange City on the opening day of the Tulip Festival.  Hear the highlights from this annual Siouxland event on “All Things Considered” at 4:44 p.m.  (kill tag in later casts).