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Newscast 08.26.22: Expo Center renamed Seaboard Triumph Expo Center; Drought continues in Siouxland

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Newly-named Seaboard Triumph Expo Center

The Siouxland Expo Center in Sioux City has been renamed the Seaboard Triumph Foods Expo Center, effective today.

The naming rights agreement includes a new name and logo for the facility, branding integration throughout the Seaboard Triumph Foods Expo Center space, and other internal signage to be unveiled later.

Since opening in September 2020, the Seaboard Triumph Foods Expo Center has hosted over 1,500 events,

Drought is lessening in parts of Iowa, but it’s getting worse in others. The new map shows how drought is impacting Iowa from last week, with moderate drought levels rising, while severe and extreme drought levels stayed the same.

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The map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows patches of red — representing extreme drought — in five Siouxland area counties: Cherokee, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury. Statewide, 66 counties are now in some form of drought. That’s down from 67 counties last week.

State officials say initial data about summer tourism in Iowa indicates the number of travelers is “down slightly” from last year, but visitors are coming from a greater distance, according to Travel Iowa. “

Air traffic represents Iowans traveling elsewhere as well as out-of-staters visiting Iowa. Passenger traffic at the airport in Des Moines is up 60% and passenger numbers at The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids is up 50% over last year. The only surrounding state with a higher tourism recovery rate from 2019, the year before the pandemic, is South Dakota.

A statewide poll conducted in late July shows that support for legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use in South Dakota has waned in the past two years and also appears to indicate that a referendum on legalization in November could fail.

The Argus Leader reports that the poll of 500 registered voters in July found that 43.8% of respondents support legalization of recreational marijuana, and that 54.4% oppose legalization.

South Dakota voters on Nov. 8, 2022, will go to the polls to vote on Initiated Measure 27, which would legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The ballot will also feature election of a governor, U.S. senator and U.S. representative, and other state and local officers.

The Sioux City School Board will meet at 6:00 tonight to vote on a new board member to replace Dr. Juline Albert, who retired earlier this month. There are seven applicants who presented their ideas to the board at Monday night’s regular meeting.

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