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The Sioux City Council is expected to vote today to vote on an ordinance that would amend water rates for South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes.

According to the Sioux City Journal, the City of Sioux City entered into agreements for water service with South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes in 2002. The agreement with Dakota Dunes was amended in 2004.

The 2020 rates for South Sioux City will decrease by 7.3 percent, while Dakota Dunes' rates will decrease by 4.8 percent. The minimum monthly charge is set at $1,000 per community. 

 The Sioux City Police Department is investigating a homicide from over the weekend.

A Sioux City man died in a shooting near the city's downtown on Saturday night.

Detectives say 42-year-old Chad A. Thomas was killed after being shot serval times.

Someone discovered Thomas lying unconscious on a sidewalk.

Winter weather turned deadly on the roads in Nebraska yesterday.

Two people died in a multi-vehicle crash on I-80 during snowy conditions near Ashland, outside of Omaha.     

Three others went to the hospital in critical condition.

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Aug 21, 2019

We hear from several of the candidates at this week’s Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City at the Orpheum Theater Monday and Tuesday, August 19 and 20. 

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren apologized for her mistaken belief that she was truly part native American. She also talked about the need to take on the tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous native American women.

A controversial figure during pioneer times was a woman from Sioux City.  Annie Tallent originally came from the east coast and was the first white woman to enter the scared grounds of the Lakota people in the Black Hills of South Dakota.   

Tour guide Karen Bucholz, also known as “Kare Bear” shared her story with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer. 

She co-owns Black Hills Above and Beyond Tours.


If you plan to travel out to the Black Hills of South Dakota this summer, there’s one spot that might be worth the extra drive.  

Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is a geological wonder full of historic folklore.   

Black Hills expert and tour guide Karen Bucholz gives Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer enthusiastic information about Devil’s Tower and a lesson about the trees of the Black Hills.

Siouxland Public Media

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer recently visited the Black Hills in South Dakota.  Several people suggested she meet with local tour guide Karen Bucholz.  Bucholz who is also known by her nickname "Kare Bear" talked about the history of the region's biggest attraction, Mount Rushmore.

Sheila Brummer and Karen Bucholz encountered a couple of bull snakes on the road while exploring the Black Hills and Bear Butte.   Here's an audio recording done by Karen.  Sheila is extremely scared of snakes and stayed in the vehicle.  

Woodbury County Jail

A man facing charges related to the death of a Sioux City man will be brought back from Mexico to face charges.

Police arrested 24-year-old Ray Avila in Mexico earlier this week.

He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing injury in the death of 31-year-old Pete Johnson after a deadly assault in downtown Sioux City in July of last year.

A former lawyer with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office is the newest justice on the Supreme Court in South Dakota.

Patricia DeVaney has been sworn in.

Custer's Gold Rush

Sep 12, 2017
Humboldt State University

There was no good reason for General George Armstrong Custer to ride into the Black Hills in 1874, nefarious reasons abound, however, including Washington’s determination to set yet another fort out there to make sure untoward things didn’t happen to that multitude of white folks on their way west.