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A Sioux City man faces charges of 1st Degree Murder and Willful Injury after a double stabbing in Sioux City overnight.

First responders found a 37-year-old man and 43-year-old woman with several stab wounds.  Both went to MercyOne where the man died and the woman is being treated for serious injuries. 

The suspect was found about an hour-and-a-half later walking near 21st and Nebraska near the location of the suspected attack.

Fifty-four-year-old Michael Landrum is behind bars this afternoon at the Woodbury County Jail.

Mary Sue Moore

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 in the state of Iowa since the start of the pandemic.  More than half were residents of long-term care facilities, including Chris Mennen.  His family tells Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about their brother and the need to protect people at higher risk for the devastating disease.

“We are so heartbroken.”

Chris Mennen died on August 6th of complications of COPD and COVID-19 at the age of 62. 

Sioux City Journal/Tim Hynds

The last remaining logo for Sue Bee Honey was removed from the headquarters of the Sioux Honey Association this summer.  The image shows a Native American woman and adorned the side of the building along Lewis Boulevard in Sioux City for the past 50 or so years.   

Mark Mammen is the president and CEO of the Sioux Honey Association.  He talks to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the Sue Bee Logo change, the cooperative and about protecting the honey bee.


Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Department of Public Health shows another dozen Iowans have died from COVID-19.   Five-hundred more have tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period.

Facing the nation’s second-most coronavirus cases per capita over the last two weeks, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has defended her coronavirus strategy as a “balanced approach” that has kept the state’s economy humming.

Chris Mennen died on August 6, 2020 of respiratory failure and COVID-19 infection
Mennen Family

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of almost 1,200 in the state of Iowa since the start of the pandemic.  More than half were residents of long-term care facilities including a Siouxland man, Chris Mennen.  

Chris had Down Syndrome and lived in Sanborn at Prairie View Nursing Home; the site of an outbreak.  

Chris died on August 6, 2020 at the age of 62 of repiratory failure and COVID-19 infection.  His sister, Mary Sue Moore, who lives in Milford shares details of his inspiring life. 


One more person has died from complications of COVID-19 in Woodbury County for a total of 58 deaths.  The Iowa Department of public health reports 20 new cases for more than 4,300 in all.  Dakota County is reporting ten more cases.  There have been 43 deaths.

The spread of the coronavirus continued at a rapid pace in Iowa over the Labor Day holiday as state data revealed increases in hospitalizations and rising numbers of patients treated for the virus in intensive care.

Sioux City Community Schools

The Sioux City Community School District reports a dozen positive cases of COVID-19 from students and staff this week.

Five students and seven staff members, according to a weekly update.  

A news release says Siouxland District Health conducted contact tracing and anyone in close contact has been told to self-isolate or quarantine.

School officials will not talk about specific cases or schools impacted.

Siouxland Public Media

On Sunday night it will be an end of an era for long-time Siouxland Public Media announcer Isaac Quinonez, also known as D.J. Tapatio.  He has been the long-time host of the program South of the Border.  For 16-years Isaac has been spending Sunday nights with listeners and sharing their requests with a high-energy and entertaining show.  He moved to Sioux City in the 1990s and studied broadcasting at Briar Cliff.  Isaac plans to return to his home of Guadalajara, Mexico and says leaving is bittersweet because he enjoys making a difference in the community.

Omaha Fashion Week

This past weekend a Sioux City woman hit the runway at Omaha Fashion Week with other models 20-30 years younger.  Before the big show, Erika Hansen shared her modeling journey with her friend, Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer.  The 46-year-old explored the changes in society and fashion that allow her to break barriers.

Sioux City Community Schools

Even though there is a positive case of COVID-19 at an elementary school in Sioux City, summer school will continue.  A spokesperson for the Sioux City Community School District says a positive COVID-19 case was reported at Morningside STEM Elementary. The person who tested positive and others who came in close contact have been told to self-isolate or self-quarantine.  Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day of summer school for certain and in the district.

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Associated Press

The U.S. government has put to death an Iowa chemistry student-turned-meth kingpin convicted of killing two children and three adults.

Dustin Honken, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at a Federal Prison in  Indiana this afternoon.

His Federal Capital Murder Trial took place in Sioux City with Ret. Federal Judge, the Honorable Mark Bennett on the bench.

“Dustin Honken was an evil man.”

Buena Vista County

The number of COVID-19 cases in Buena Vista County jumped by more than 400 on Tuesday, making it the county with the highest number of cases per capita in the state.

Governor Kim Reynolds says so far no businesses have met the criteria for an outbreak, which is 10 percent of workers testing positive.

Reynolds says the state is not planning to list business outbreaks on its COVID-19 website where long-term care outbreaks are published. Also, business outbreaks will not be announced publicly unless the question is raised by reporters.

At her daily news conference on Tuesday Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced the easing of more restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

On Thursday bars can reopen at 50% capacity.  Next Monday, casinos, speedways, racetracks bowling alleys, amusement parks and outdoor music venues can open. Also, sports gatherings of more than 10 people will be allowed. 

However, there some restrictions in place and guidance for people at higher risk of the disease.

Governor Reynolds says the number of positive testing has trended down in the state.

Now that the Governor just opened up Test Iowa for anyone who requests a test, there is concern not everyone can actually receive one. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer with more on an issue faced by some in the disability community.

You may know J.J. Stone as the producer of Siouxland Public Media’s Hip Hop Show Moonwalk Radio.

Erica DeLeon

This week the Sioux City community lost a committed and caring voice for immigrants and the Vietnamese Community. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer takes a look at the life and legacy of a major community leader through the memories of two of her friends.

“I can say I love my work.”

Hong Cuc Thi Nguyen talked about her passion for helping people with a local television station after winning one of many honors for her selfless commitment to the community.

Sioux City Community Schools

Parents of many students across Siouxland are now wrapping up a fifth week of trying to teach from home.  An award-winning educator provided Sheila Brummer with advice on helping our young ones during this national health crisis.

Many parents might feel a bit overwhelmed taking over the role of teacher and Sioux City Principal Amy Denney says that’s expected.

“Allow yourself some grace with this. This was something we didn’t have time to prepare for or plan ahead.”

Jose Garcia

This past weekend graduation ceremonies took place for all three high schools in the Sioux City Community School District. 

Students received diplomas in a class showcasing lingual diversity.

Jose Garcia graduated from North High School and can’t wait for the future.

“I plan to go to Western Iowa Tech and transfer to USD and maybe Briar Cliff.”

REPORTER: What do you think of your high school years going to school in SC?

“They went fast especially these last two years.”

State of Nebraska

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved a new $9.3 billion, two-year state budget.

The budget calls for a $51 million annual boost to the state's property tax credit fund, for a total of $275 million a year.

That’s nearly double the amount distributed to taxpayers in 2015.

With the extra funding, the owner of a $150,000 home will get a $106 discount on their property tax bill.

State spending under the new budget will increase by an average of 2.9 percent per year, which is less than average.

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.

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The Justice Department today posted a redacted version of the Mueller report.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he supports today’s release.  He says tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money went into the report so it should be made public, with the exception of a few key area.

Grassley told Radio Iowa he won’t join with Democratic leaders who are calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.

Trisorn Triboon

Tariffs have been making it difficult for farmers to pay off loans. To learn more about how higher tariffs are affecting farms, we spoke with Allen Featherstone. 

Allen Featherstone is the head of Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. He says for over a year the farm economy has been struggling. Some of the struggles include increase in collateral, negative incomes, and the buildup of farm incomes over the years. 

Economic Prediction for Southern Hills Mall

Mar 15, 2019
Siouxland Public Media

Megan Gubbels sets out to find some deeply-discounted deals, two-days before Sears closes after more than 90-years in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I am a little disappointed especially, since we lost Younkers not too long ago.  It does worry me a little bit because the mall is becoming a little more limited on what we can buy.”

Gubbels, a mother of two, with one on the way, traveled a half hour each way from Emerson, Nebraska to run a few errands. 

“Well, I had a doctor’s earlier today and then me and my daughter decided to stop by the mall.”   

Ash Wednesday Makes Modern-Day Updates

Mar 4, 2019
Sheila Brummer


A century’s old-tradition meets modern-day convenience.    

Pastor Swanson from St. John Lutheran Church coordinates the “Ashes 2 Go” program.  It started in Sioux City a few years back.

“Drive through locations are fun and simple people don’t even have to get out of the car.”

A simple service at several locations includes churches, a college, homeless shelter and food pantry.

Buffalo Soldiers

Feb 28, 2019
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Jim Schaap shares about all black cavalry units created by Congress in 1866. These units were called Buffalo Soldiers, and their purpose was to clear lands for white settlers. They were sent to places like Florida, San Juan Hill, and the battlefields included in both World Wars. 

Where's the Snow?

Feb 15, 2019

If you think it has been a weird winter for weather you are right.  

This weekend we are expecting 4 inches of snow for Sioux City, but if you look at the season as a whole, frozen-precipitation falls way behind average.  

“Sioux City just kind been one of those areas missing out on the heavier snowfalls. They either go to the south or the north.”

Mike Gillispie is a Service Hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rising Drug Cost Concern

Feb 12, 2019

Medicare rule changes could trigger a spike in out-of-pocket drug costs for patients with multiple sclerosis.  

HealthCareNews.com reports because of restricted access, researchers found some patients will be left to cover more of the cost, at a price tag of thousands of dollars.

“It’s part of a disturbing trend.  That has made it that these very expensive and very necessary drugs for MS are getting harder and harder to access.”

60th Anniversay of the day "The Music Died"

Feb 6, 2019
Brunswick Records

The past weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the day “The Music Died”. 

The crash of a plane in a cold cornfield in northern Iowa remains frozen in time.  The day, February 3rd, 1959, forever remembered through the song “American Pie” and descendants of those who witnessed the aftermath.

“My grandpa would tell stories, it was probably maybe 500 yards from their home and just about seven miles north of Clear Lake. He was wondering what all the commotion was all about so he just walked over there to see,” said Brian Mastre.

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Welcome to The Exchange, I’m Mary Hartnett.  This week, there were major decisions made on the state and local level.  First, we hear about the lawsuit that’s been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland yesterday.  

The law would effectively ban most abortions after about six weeks into pregnancy. The plaintiffs say the law needs to be struck down as unconstitutional. 

The Exchange, May 9, 2018, Legislative Wrap Up

May 9, 2018

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Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  The 2018 Iowa Legislative Session wrapped up on Saturday, two weeks overdue.  This was another historic year for Republican lawmakers who control the House and the Senate.  They passed a major tax overhaul, an abortion bill that is the strictest in the nation, and.

With me to discuss the session are four Siouxland area lawmakers.

Democrat Chris Hall of Sioux City represents the 13 House District.