Girls Inc. of Sioux City

The White House Coronavirus task force is again recommending Iowa establish a statewide mask mandate.

The White House task force says Iowa should establish a statewide mask mandate, and notes that COVID-19 is being brought into nursing homes through community transmission.

Last week’s White House report said masks should be required in Iowa metro areas and places where schools have coronavirus cases.

Coming up on The Exchange, we hear from newly minted Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris, in an interview with SPM last summer when she visited Sioux City.

Also, we talk with Democratic 4th district Candidate JD Scholten, who goes up against Republican state Senator Randy Feenstra in this falls’ general election. 

Plus, Sioux students go back to school on a hybrid plan, a drought is bearing down on western Iowa counties, and suspect Chinese seeds show up in Siouxland. 

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The Iowa Broadcast News Association honored Siouxland Public Media with nine First Place awards during the organization’s annual banquet in Pella, Iowa on Saturday, June 27, 2020. 

Siouxland Public Media competed in the large market and student radio categories and picked up several accolades for Overall Excellence, anchoring and reporting for work completed in 2019. 

Iowa Department of Public Health

Health departments in the Sioux City metro report very few new cases of COVID-19.

There were no deaths.  The current total for Woodbury and Dakota Counties is 73.

Woodbury saw two additional positive cases, for more than 3,000 in all.  Dakota County recorded one more for more than 1,700.  Union County recorded 113 positive cases.

Siouxland Public Media received major accolades with the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association (MBJA).  On, April 4, 2020 - Siouxland Public Media won nine Eric Sevareid Awards.  Siouxland Public Media picked up more “First Place” awards (7) than any other radio or television station in the tri-state area.  The station also received two “Awards of Merit”.

Trace Taylor

Following script is a longer version of a Siouxland Public Media special report:

The Iowa Caucuses are about a week away and for the past several months the candidates have sought out the support of Siouxlanders.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer covered many of these campaign events and found insight from a young, but informed source with aspirations of her own.  

Disco lights and an occasional Disney tune set the scene for roller skating night at Girls Inc. in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I’m Maggie, I’m 10.” 

Coming up this week on The Exchange,

We hear from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds who was in Siouxland yesterday to open a new fiber-optic network center downtown. She also met up with teachers and students in a Western Iowa Tech program that teaches students how to build homes.   It’s part of the Future Ready Iowa Initiative.

A report on the needs of the nurses at Mercy One, who are involved in a contract dispute with their employer.   

We talk with a Siouxland native who has created an app to help farmers monitor the health of their pigs.

This Saturday, rain, snow or shine, Girls Inc. of Sioux City will be hosting “The Great Halloween Festival” at Cook Park in Sioux City. 

The Executive Director of Girls Inc. Mandy Engel-Cartie sat down with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer for more information about the event. 

She also shared tips on how parents can connect with their children in this age of social media, tablets and smart phones.

(Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer also sits on the Board of Girls Inc.)  

The Interviewer becomes the Interviewee

Aug 7, 2019
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The summer members of Girls Inc. took part in the Siouxland Media Lab to get a feel for the world of broadcasting. 

In this occasion, Tina flew solo and had the opportunity to tour a local television and talk to one of Sioux City’s most popular news anchors, Larry Wentz.  Larry talked about his career, memorable stories and even his favorite music.  Usually, he’s the one doing the interview.

Special thanks to Siouxland Public Media’s Jorge Quezada for helping produce this segment and for leading the Siouxland Media Lab project. 

We talk with 4th district democratic candidate JD Scholten about his second try at winning the race against veteran

Young Voices: The Answer to the Question of the Day

Aug 6, 2019
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“Who is someone you look up to?”  It was the question of the day for Miss Sarah and Miss Morgan’s 10-year-old class at Girls Inc. on Friday, August 2, 2019.  They invited Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer who is a board member at Girls Inc. to come talk to the young ladies about media and more.  She then heard the answer to that important question.

The young women were open and honest with their answers. 

Almost all of them mentioned family members and friends as people they most look up to. 

This week on The Exchange we hear from three of the four candidates competing to challenge Republican US Senator Joni Ernst in 2020.  Kimberly Graham, Michael Franken and Eddie Mauro were in Siouxland Tuesday for a lunch event and forum sponsored by Siouxland Progressive Women.  

We also have another interview by the Girls, Inc. members who are part of the Siouxland Media Lab.  This week they talk to Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott.


This summer members of Girls Inc. are learning the “ins and outs” of radio broadcasting and reporting through the Siouxland Media Lab with Siouxland Public Media.   

Three of the young ladies taking part in the program recently traveled to R.E. Scott Company in Sioux City to talk to owner Bob Scott who also happens to be the Mayor of Sioux City.

They asked him questions about his position and a few personal questions (only they could get away with).


As we remember the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Siouxland Public Media helped produce a special segment with members of Girls Inc.   

Throughout the summer a group of young ladies are learning about reporting and radio through the Siouxland Media Lab.

Three of the girls spent time at the Center for Active Generations in Siouxland to talk to seniors as they remember and reflect on this half-century milestone.

Girls Inc

We sat down with Mandy Engel-Cartie, executive director of Girls Inc. In this interview she talks about her perspective of Girls Inc. and about her position. 

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Welcome to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett. 

The Iowa Legislature this week is deciding which measures will make it to the House and Senate floor.  There have been several contentious bills concerning social and criminal issues, but the so-called educational choice bill brought out dozens of supporters and opponents during recent committee yesterday.  

Under the school choice bill, the state would take most of the money that would normally cover one student’s education in a public school and give it to a family to cover private school tuition instead, up to 5000 dollars. 

The bill’s author estimates that 50 million state dollars would be diverted from public to private schools each year.  The bill was scaled back from a more expensive proposal last year that would have given grants to all private school students in the state.  Cedar Falls Republican Representative Walt Rogers is the

House Education Committee Chairman.   Rogers says the bill is really an effort to give parents of all income levels to afford to send their children to the best school possible.

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That was Cedar Falls Republican Representative Walt Rogers is the House Education Committee Chairman.  He was talking about the school choice bill that will likely go the full house and senate for debate soon.

Republicans and Democrats have spilt down party lines on the school choice bill and several other bills that are facing committee deadlines this week. Sioux City Democratic Representative Chris Hall   also opposes the measure. He also has concerns about the viability of other Republican sponsored measures.  First, he gives his take on the school choice bill.


That was Sioux City Democratic Representative Chris Hall, talking about the school choice bill.

Youre listening to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, Im Mary Hartnett.

Today we often say that technology has transformed communication, but that’s not a modern phenomenon.  From the printing press to IPads, advances in printing technology have played a huge part in changing how we connect and the path of history.    Author Martin Puchner writes about this and the role of literature world worldwide in his book, The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization” leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. 

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  That was Martin Puchner, library critic and author of the book, “The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization.”You’re listening to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.Western Iowa Tech’s Lifelong Learning regularly provides Siouxland with programming that enriches our lives.  This coming spring continues that tradition. Program coordinator Mara Hall joined Mark Munger to talk about what’s ahead.

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You’re listening to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett. Just ahead, the story of two people from different sides of the world meet on a mysterious bus, misunderstand each other, and fall in love.  Before that, however, the young women participating in our Siouxland Media Lab project at Girls, Inc. recently asked each other what would make for the perfect Valentine’s Day.

Valentines Day Piece 9:30

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