City of Sioux City

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On Wednesday, September 15th the city of Sioux City launches a new Community Speak-Out series to serve as a citizen listening session for city departments.

The first one starts at noon at the Sioux City Public Museum with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett talked to Sioux City’s new Inclusion Liaison Semehar Ghebrekidan about this open dialogue and her thoughts on the current atmosphere of the community.

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On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, a gathering to address homelessness took place in Sioux City. This meeting came about after protests following the removal of a camp near 4th and Wesley Parkway just outside of downtown.

All sides brought their concerns to city hall with a dialogue between advocates and professionals tasked with helping the homeless.

Sioux City’s new Community Inclusion Liaison Semehar Ghebrekidan moderated the conversation.

A public meeting is scheduled this afternoon to address homelessness in Sioux City. The gathering at City Hall scheduled for 1:15 comes after a protest at last week’s City Council Meeting surrounding the removal of a homeless camp near 4th and Wesley Parkway.

The information gathered will be shared with the Inclusive Sioux City Advisory Committee who will then provide recommendations to the City Council on ways to improve current practices.

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Tonight, the Sioux City Community School Board meets to discuss the district’s Return-to-Learn plan and Pandemic relief funding.

Students started last school year with a hybrid model of learning with two days in the classroom. That continued for a few weeks and again after the winter break.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

A trial date has been set for the South Dakota attorney general who struck and killed a man along a highway in Hyde County. Jason Ravnsborg will go on trial Aug. 26 on three misdemeanor charges, including careless driving, operating a vehicle while on an electronic device and driving outside of his lane.

The state Department of Public Safety says Ravnsborg was distracted when he swerved out of his lane near Highmore in central South Dakota and hit 55-year-old Joe Boever who was walking on the shoulder with a flashlight.

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The head of Sioux City’s NAACP reflects on the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.

“We have seen change that people are talking about, but I don’t know we can put our teeth into it, because things are still happening.”

That is Ike Rayford who is talking about incidents involving injustice against Black men across the country.

He say accountability is important and is happening in the case surrounding Officer Dereck Chauvin convicted in the murder of  George Floyd and the upcoming litigation involving the other officers in the case.

COVID-19 cases continue to fall in all three Siouxland states.

COVID-19 positivity rates continue to go down in the state of Iowa. The current level is below 3%, with Woodbury County slightly higher at 3.2%.  The Iowa Department of Public Health recorded 176 additional cases, with four in Woodbury County. There were seven additional deaths added to the total number of deaths statewide since the pandemic. Siouxland Public Health urges anyone 12 or older to get vaccinated.


As of this morning, students, teachers, and staff in the Sioux City Community School District and across the state are no longer required to wear masks. That action was taken to comply with a law passed last night by the Iowa legislature in the final hours of this year’s session.  Early this morning, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill that prohibits mask mandates in Iowa schools. 

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The city of Sioux City says following the latest guidance shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks and protective face coverings are no longer required in City buildings if you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are still required in Sioux Gateway Airport, City Transit buses and the Martin Luther King Ground Transportation Center. Masks are still encouraged in City facilities when social distancing isn’t possible.



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Iowa reported another 35 COVID-19 deaths and an additional 713 confirmed cases today as the number of counties with a high 14-day positivity rate continued to decrease.

At 10 a.m. today, the state was reporting 5,145 COVID-19-related deaths, according to the state's website.  In Woodbury County, there have been 18 new cases added to the total case count in the last 24 hours and no new deaths.

The year 2020 did bring a bright spot for the city of Sioux City. In a news release issued today, the city reported last year set a record for residential growth.

A total of 521 housing units were built, the highest number in the past 15 years. The previous high was 363 units in 2019.

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Sioux City Transit passengers will be required to wear protective masks or face coverings on buses, beginning Wednesday and continuing until further notice.

Also, while passengers are in the bus or at city facilities, they will be asked to practice social distancing as much as possible.

Also by Wednesday, Sioux City officials have decided to require masks or face coverings while in city buildings.

A heat wave is impacting Siouxland.  A heat advisory will continue through tomorrow night for a large portion of the region, including sections of northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota and Dixon and Dakota counties in northeast Nebraska.  The heat index will reach into the triple digits.

The National Weather Service says drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioning if possible, keep out of the sun and take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. 


Getting outside for a walk is encouraged by health experts during the COVID-19 outbreak. Even though Sioux City parks are closed for now, trails are still open.  Sioux City Parks and Recreation staff even posted signs to encourage people using the parks to follow guidelines to keep people safe.  

Interim Recreation Supervisor John Byrnes talked to Siouxland Public Media about the issue and popularity of the parks during the pandemic. 


Thursday marked the highest single-day death toll Woodbury County has yet seen from the virus. There were three additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 recorded in Woodbury County. Seven lives in the county have been claimed by the virus to date. 

Dakota County reported two more deaths for a total of 5.

However, at her daily coronavirus news conference, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds defended her decision to allow Woodbury county to open some retail businesses.   

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The state of Iowa reports two more people have died from complications of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of deaths to three.

On Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health added 56 more positive cases for a total of 235.  There have been a total of more than 3,700 negative tests.

The number of Siouxlanders impacted increased as well.  There are new confirmed cases in Woodbury, Monona and now Dickinson County for a total of eight people.  All the new cases involve people 61-years or older.

The coronavirus continues to spread across the United States and the rest of the world, and Iowa is not immune.  So far there are 13 cases in Iowa and no deaths. 

The City of Sioux City is encouraging residents to use online services as much as possible in light of the global spread of COVID-19. 

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Three of the five Republicans who have announced their candidacy for Iowa’s 4thcongressional district seat have filed papers to be on the June primary election ballot. 

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It's an end of an era for an alumni group at the Sioux City’s old Central High School.

The Castle on the Hill Association must leave the building they called home for years. 

Frank Conkey is a volunteer with the organization.    

“We have been here for 15 years and really took care of our spaces. I’m sure it won’t be the same.”

The alumni association sold the former school to the developer from Woodbine, Iowa for $1 in exchange for a 15-year lease that ran out at the end of the year.

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says high water levels from the Missouri River likely played into a drinking water violation in Sioux City involving disinfection byproducts.

Samples collected mid-August at one of the city’s eight testing sites showed it was a little bit above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for trihalomethanes. The city’s running average for that site for the last year is also above the standard.

Julie Sievers is an environmental specialist senior with the Iowa D-N-R.