NW Iowa Teacher Dies from COVID-19; Extremist Groups and Violence: The Exchange

Jan 8, 2021

Woodbury Central Schools Teacher Cherie Dandurand, who died this week from COVID-19

This week on The Exchange, we remember a Woodbury County teacher who died from COVID-19. Cherie Dandurand taught at Woodbury Central Schools. She was the first teacher in northwest Iowa to die from the coronavirus.

Our congressional representatives and senators also make statements about the violence in Washington, D.C., this week. And we talk with the leader of a non-profit group that fights against extremist right-wing groups. Amy Spitalnick of Integrity First for America says this week's violence in the nation's capital should be no surprise after the many similar events we have seen in the United States.

And we talk with the outgoing Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew and with his successor Chad Sheehan about the past and the future of the office.

We get an update on efforts to get the state legislature to step up and help fund food insecurity efforts in Siouxland and the rest of Iowa.

Finally, why Iowa's relatively low unemployment rate may be obscure some deeper issues in Iowa's workforce. Many people have simply stopped looking for work, and many of them are women who are taking care of children and other family members.