2020 Presidential Caucuses

Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri River, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced later this month.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will start to gradually be reduced on Nov. 23 as part of its plan to cut releases for winter.

The river has remained high ever since the spring flooding because the amount of rain and melting snow flowing into the river was near record levels this year.

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Democratic Presidential Amy Klobuchar campaigned in northwest Iowa this weekend.

On Saturday morning, the US Senator from Minnesota joined a caucus training session at the Sioux City Public Library.

At the event, Klobuchar said she wanted to help Iowa farmers and ethanol producers who have struggled because of the ongoing trade war with China and ethanol waivers to oil refiners.  Those changes have led some farmers to file for bankruptcy.

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Today is Veterans Day and vets, city and county officials and residents met this morning at the Woodbury County Courthouse to honor those who have served in the military.   Director of the Sioux City Vet Center Mary Jordan told those gathered in the courthouse rotunda that when the Vet Center started in the 1970s vets were not always treated with respect. 

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Today is veterans day and vets, city and county officials met this morning at the Woodbury County Courthouse to pay tribute.   Mary Jordan is the director of the Sioux City Vet Center.  Jordan told the group of around 125 people that her organization serves combat veterans, and helps them readjust to civilian life.

A Sioux City teacher accused of sending critical letters to her superintendent and other district leaders is appealing her firing.      

Julie Fischer's petition for judicial review says the Sioux City Community School District board's decision to terminate her employment violated her First Amendment right to free speech.

Fischer is asking for a reversal of the board's decision, reinstatement and an award of back pay and benefits. No hearings have been scheduled.

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Floodwater from the Missouri River has forced officials to close a portion of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

The Iowa Transportation Department said Friday the 10-mile stretch extends north from the Crescent exit to the Missouri Valley area. A detour is in operation. Several I-29 interchange ramps are closed in southwest Iowa as well.

The river continues to rise and flood mostly rural land in Nebraska and Iowa and is expected to crest Saturday near Omaha.

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A second Siouxland area ethanol plant is shutting down. The first was Plymouth Energy in Merrill, and now Sioux Center-based Siouxland Energy,  a farmer-owned cooperative, has also stopped operations. The closures at both Iowa ethanol plants are temporary.   A written statement blames the Trump Administration’s waivers so ethanol doesn’t have to be blended in gasoline produced at what the board said were “many large oil refineries.” 

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It looks like virtual caucuses won’t be happening next year in Iowa. 

The Iowa Democratic Party is scrapping the process that would have allowed participants to caucus with their phones. The decision comes following recommendations from the Democratic National Committee. State party chair Troy Price says they take the DNC’s concerns over hacking seriously. 

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Several Democratic presidential candidates have appeared at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum today at Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater.      

Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney took questions on wide range of issues from rescinding medals given to soldiers who took part in Native American massacres to opioid addiction.  

Delaney was also asked how he would try to improve the chronically underfunded Indian health service hospitals and clinics.

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It’s a busy week for Presidential candidates in Siouxland.

Tomorrow, the former Vice President Joe Biden plans to discuss rural health care in Le Mars.  He’s also holding a community event tomorrow night in Sioux City.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has scheduled a Town Hall at Morningside College for Thursday night.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker plans to discuss environmental justice at an event on Thursday night at the downtown Sioux City Public Library.

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