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Oromo News 06.03.21

Jun 3, 2021

Oromo News 06/03/2021


Akaam, galatoomi caqasuu dhaaf, kuni Oduu Siouxland Public Miidiyaa Oromiffan Anii Fatiya.

Seera raawata naanna Woodbury County tti waagaa hin eegamneen baaye kan guddate qarqaarsa project Covid-19 dhaaf kennamu kan ilaalatu akka jiru himan.

Gaazexan Sioux City akka gabaasetti boordi gama isaattin guyyaa kaleessa gara million $15.6 kaleessuudhaf gara mana hidhaatif kan kalaahan tarkaanfi hin fudhanne.

Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center Authority

State Auditor Rob Sand is alleging Governor Kim Reynolds’ appearance in COVID-19 public service announcements last year was a violation of Iowa’s self-promotion law. Reynolds denies this.

The law prohibits state officials from using public money to promote their name and image. But it contains an exception for disaster emergencies, and Iowa has been under a disaster emergency proclamation for more than a year because of the pandemic.  

Các trường hợp nhiễm COVID-19 đang hoạt động ở South Dakota đã giảm đáng kể trong tuần này, khi có thêm 5 trường hợp tử vong vào thứ Tư, trong tổng số năm 2019 kể từ khi bắt đầu đại dịch. Có 36 trường hợp bổ sung.

Kiisaska firfircoon ee COVID-19 ee Koonfurta Dakota ayaa si aad ah hoos ugu dhacay usbuucan, maaddaama shan dhimasho oo dheeri ah lagu daray Arbacadii, wadar ahaan 2019 tan iyo bilowgii cudurka faafa. Waxaa jiray 36 kiis oo dheeri ah.

One week ago, students across the state of Iowa were allowed to attend class without a mask for the first time this school year, after the Governor of Iowa signed a bill into law banning districts from issuing mask mandates.

Community advocate and anti-violence movie producer Cindy Waitt has worked behind the scenes to help with the COVID-19 Pandemic through the Kind World Foundation. 

She talks to Siouxland Public Media about her concerns and a new petition condemning Governor Reynolds and the Legislature.



One week ago, students across the state of Iowa were allowed to attend class without a mask for the first time this school year, after the Governor of Iowa signed a bill into law banning districts from issuing mask mandates.

Community advocate and anti-violence movie producer Cindy Waitt has worked behind the scenes to help with the COVID-19 Pandemic through the Kind World Foundation. 

She talks to Siouxland Public Media about her concerns and a new petition condemning Governor Reynolds and the Legislature.

A jury has found a farm laborer guilty of murder in the abduction and killing of a University of Iowa student who vanished while out for a run in 2018.

The jury on Friday found Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Mollie Tibbetts, a friendly and bright 20-year-old who was studying to become a child psychologist.

According to NPR News, one-quarter of U.S. households experienced a shortage of food on their tables in 2020. That rate is more than double pre-pandemic numbers. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has details on a federal program providing help for hundreds locally.

A food giveaway in Sioux City on Thursday morning highlighted the issue of food insecurity in the community.

Deliberations will resume Friday morning in the Mollie Tibbitts Murder Trial.


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.

Associated Press

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.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced during his last news COVID-19 news conference he signed an executive order suspending all previous executive orders issued during the pandemic.

The Governor is also ending the states participation in the $300 federal COVID-19 benefits, due to the low number of unemployed Nebraskans. The program ends on June 19th.

Nebraska is tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.8%, along with South Dakota and a few other states.

Iowa plans to end federal benefits on June 13th and South Dakota on June 26th.

Tony Michalski is known by listeners of KSUX  Radio as Tony Michaels. He is the author of a new book called “Tacos and Beer Atmosphere.” He discusses the radio industry and his collection of essays with Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer.


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.


Students across the state of Iowa went to school yesterday for the first time without the requirement of wearing masks. This also included the Sioux City Community School District where Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer caught up with parents for and against the change.

Early Thursday morning, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a law passed by Republican members of the legislature banning cities, counties, and school district form issuing mask mandates.

A majority of students at Perry Creek Elementary lined up for class Thursday morning without their masks.


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. 


Iowa school districts are reviewing their policies on mask wearing after the Iowa Department of Public Health issued new guidance late last week.

However, several major school district, including Sioux City are still requiring them.

The Department of Public Health says masks should be optional and that kids exposed to COVID-19 should not have to stay home.

That’s in conflict with the CDC which says masking and quarantine should continue until more adults and children are vaccinated.

Mason Dockter/Sioux City Journal via AP

An evacuation order remains in place for part of a northwest Iowa town as firefighters work to extinguish a burning train after a weekend derailment. About 47 cars derailed Sunday afternoon near Sibley, including several cars that were carrying hazardous materials. The resulting fire created a thick plume of black smoke but no injuries were reported. Sibley is a town of about 3,000 people roughly 200 miles northwest of Des Moines, and the evacuation order was in effect Monday. The west end of the town had been evacuated.

May 12, 2021
Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer

A long-time tradition in Siouxland is back after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. On May 12, 2021 a news conference took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino detailing this year’s Saturday in the Park Music Festival on July 2nd and 3rd at Grandview Park.  

News Release from Saturday in the Park:


John Fogerty and AJR to Headline 2 Day 2021 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux        City’s Saturday in the Park Festival

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Governor Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to end additional federal unemployment benefits

Reynolds and business groups say the extra payments to unemployed Iowans are keeping them from taking new jobs at a time when businesses can’t find enough workers.

However, Reynolds says employers need to step up and offer more to attract employees. She made her comment today the Food Bank of Iowa where she also announced the end of the Iowa Food Protection Task Force.

State of Iowa


Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa will join a group of Republican-led states ending pandemic-related federal programs that give extra cash to unemployed workers.

Reynolds says the state will end the federal boost, including additional $300-a-week unemployment payments.

Reynolds says benefits are keeping people from returning the work and are hindering the state's economy — a charge echoed by Republican governors in several other states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina.

The benefits will end June 12. 

Mike Meister/WITCC


This week is National Police Week with Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15th. President Biden directed entities across the country to fly their flags at half-staff. He also called upon Americans to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities during a year of turmoil. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer takes us to one event uniting several generations of law officers for a common cause.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall in all three Siouxland States.

The Iowa Department of Public Health showed no new deaths and about 100 new cases statewide. There were no new cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County. However, the number of cases did drop by one since yesterday.

May 5, 2021
Siouxland Public Media

The Sioux City Farmers Market kicked off on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A downpour of raid didn’t stop a stream of people from checking out produce, plants, food, and other offerings.

Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer has more on this rite of spring.

The Sioux City Farmers Market continues every Wednesday and Saturday through the end of October from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. 


Last week the Sioux City Police Department investigated a suspected case of murder-suicide. Evidence at the scene showed a husband killed his wife before turning the gun on himself. A spokesperson for the police force

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health added 18 more deaths due to complications of COVID-19, and almost 400 new cases with three in Woodbury County.

The number of deaths and cases may not have occurred during the past 24-hours as the state does add backdated information.

Currently there are almost 190 people hospitalized in the state with the virus with five patients being treated in Sioux City.

The 14-day test positivity rate statewide is 3.8%, in Woodbury County the level is 3.5%.


The Iowa Department of Public Health added two more deaths due to complications in a 24-hours period and more than 700 new cases with 15 in Woodbury County and a positivity rate of 3.8%, slightly below the statewide average.

Meanwhile, health officials in Winnebago, Nebraska continue to report high numbers of vaccinated tribal members. Currently, 70% have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That rate does not include a clinic that took place yesterday.


The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awarded Siouxland Public Media with two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence and Writing. Regional winners advance to the national round.  

Among the most prestigious awards in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.


The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would ban state and local governments from issuing ID cards that say whether someone got a COVID-19 vaccine. It now goes to Governor Kim Reynolds for her signature.

The bill also says businesses will be ineligible for state-funded grants and contracts if they require visitors to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. There’s an exception for health care facilities, and employers will still be allowed to ask their employees if they’ve been vaccinated. 


State health officials have confirmed two cases of a COVID-19 variant, commonly known as the India variant, in Iowa.

The cases were identified in two adults in Jefferson County in southeast Iowa.

Officials say they are still learning about the characteristics of the strain. But they say there is no evidence it is more easily transmitted or more likely to cause severe illness.