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National Weather Service

More winter weather will move through parts of Siouxland tonight through tomorrow. The National Weather Service Office says this fast-moving system could bring a couple of inches of snow to the area with strong winds up to 45 miles per hour.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect overnight through noon tomorrow for a large part of Siouxland, including Woodbury County, Dakota, and Union Counties.

The Sioux City Human Rights Commission has partnered with local agencies and groups to host a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Breaking Challenge. The goal is for the community to spend a few minutes each day to 

develop a deeper understanding how inequity and racism effect our daily lives. The Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission Karen Mackey shared insight with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer on how we could learn to expand our viewpoints.

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of those who need it has been a nationwide challenge. Governors of surrounding states, including Iowa, admit there is a shortage. The first community vaccination clinics planned for Woodbury County this month quickly filled up. 

Even though supplies are limited, the Winnebago Tribe in northeast Nebraska found a way to provide broader protection, as Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer explains.

“We are a very small tight-knit community.”

Today the Sioux City Police Department said “goodbye” to an important person in its management team. Lisa Claeys started as an officer 37-years ago and was the first woman to receive the rank of Captain in 2009. She talked to Siouxland Public Media about her future, the evolution of law enforcement, and her role as a trailblazer.

Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools

The Iowa Senate passed the education package prioritized by Governor Kim Reynolds that puts public funding toward independent charter and private schools.

Republicans supporting the bill say it gives students in poor-performing schools new options to go somewhere else. Speaker Pat Grassley says he expects the House to take more time to consider the proposal. There are no schools in the Sioux City Community School District that apply.

Facebook/IA Gov. Kim Reynolds

Schools will have to offer in-person classes full-time under a bill signed this morning by Governor Kim Reynolds.

She signed the measure at the state capitol with parents who have pushed for in-person learning.

The law gives school districts until February 15th to transition to all in-person classes.

Arnolds Park, IA
Bob Protexter

With winter in full force, baseball season seems so far away. But, fans can get a taste of the summer sport this weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes, in addition to the University of Okoboji Winter Games.

Bob Protexter of Total Baseball Development is hosting three different events including a baseball round table and wiffle ball tournament.

Sioux City Community Schools

The Iowa Legislature is deciding the future of an education agenda brought forward by Governor Kim Reynolds this year. One proposal allows school choice. This includes charter schools and tuition scholarships for students in under-performing schools.  The other requires school districts to provide an option for 100% in-person learning.

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reached out to the Superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District, Dr. Paul Gausman, for his thoughts on both issues.


Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says the state will get a boost in COVID-19 vaccine starting next week, however demand still far exceeds the current supply.

Iowa currently receives enough doses to vaccinate about 19 thousand Iowans per week. 

Gov. Kim Reynolds said starting next week that number should increase by 16%.

But the number is still far below the amount needed to vaccinate Iowans in the next phase. This includes those ages 65 and older as well as first responders, child care workers, and school staff, a total of more than 600,000 people. 

Associated Press

Some spots in Iowa and Nebraska are digging out from more than a foot of snow.

The National Weather Service reports 5.7 inches fell at the Sioux Gateway Airport. Current reports show Norfolk, Nebraska with the highest total in Siouxland with more than 7 inches. But, some area only received very little snow.  

National Weather Service/Sioux Falls

A major winter storm is expected to blanket a large section of the middle of the U.S with snow and travel troubles as more than a foot of snow falls in some areas, including western Iowa and southeast Nebraska.

The National Weather Service out of Sioux Falls says most of the heavy snow will stay south of Sioux City. 

Sioux City is forecasted to get up to 5 inches with up to 12 inches in Monona County.

Some schools did dismiss early today, including South Sioux City where there is a snow emergency in effect until 6 tomorrow night.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports the deaths of 33 more Iowans from COVID-19, including four more deaths in Woodbury County, for 181 in all. There were more than 1,300 positive test results statewide, and 18 in Woodbury County.

The 14-day test positivity rate for Woodbury County has fallen to 10.5%. That rate still indicates wide community spread.

Facebook/Taylor Family

On this Inauguration Day, with hope for a fresh start of unity, Siouxland Public Media reached out to a young Siouxlander who knows more about politics than most adults.

You might remember Maggie Taylor from Sioux City. The 11-year-old was featured in a special report during the Iowa Caucuses.

Maggie and her father, Nick, watched today's events in Washington, D.C. on television, and shared insight with Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer.  


Iowa public health officials posted an additional 62 deaths Wednesday as the state death total reached almost 4,400. That number includes two more deaths in Woodbury County.

Iowa had the 17th highest per capita death count in the nation and the second highest 7-day average positivity at 33% behind Idaho.

That’s according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS 1.19.21: SOMALI

Jan 19, 2021
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Macallimiinta Nebraska iyo shaqaalaha kaashka cuna waxay ka walwalayaan inay waqti dheer ku qaadanayso shaqaalaha muhiimka ah inay helaan tallaalka COVID-19 hadda kooxda xigta ee dadka la tallaalayo waxaa ku jira qof kasta oo 65 iyo wixii ka weyn ah. Hogaamiye urur waxbarasho ayaa sheegay in macalimiinta ay ka niyad jabeen maqalka in aysan toogan doonin ilaa iyo Maarso ugu horayn.

NEWS 1.19.21: OROMO

Jan 19, 2021
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Oromo News 01/19/2021

Barsiisonni Nebraska fi hojattooni meatpacking talaali Covid-19 hojattooni umriin isaani deeme umrii waggaa 65 ol ta’an kan jalqaba kennamu yoo tau hojattoota maraan wal gahuuf akka turu malu himan. Namni hojattoota barumsaa tokko marfee kana March as akka argachuu hin dandeenef baaye gadde.

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Amharic News 01/19/2021  

የነብራስካ አስተማሪዎች እና የስጋ ማሸጊያ ሰራተኞች አሁን ለሚቀጥሉት ሰዎች ክትባት የሚሰጠው ቡድን 65 እና ከዚያ በላይ የሆኑ ሰዎችን ሁሉ ያካተተ በመሆኑ አሁን አስፈላጊ ለሆኑ ሰራተኞች የ COVID-19 ክትባቱን ለማግኘት ብዙ ጊዜ እንደሚወስድባቸው ይጨነቃሉ ፡፡ አንድ የትምህርት ማህበር መሪ መምህራን እስከ መጋቢት መጀመሪያ ድረስ ጥይት እንደማያገኙ መስማታቸው ቅር እንዳላቸው ተናግረዋል ፡፡

አንዳንድ የደቡብ ዳኮታ አንዳንድ የጤና አጠባበቅ አቅራቢዎች በገጠር አካባቢዎች ተጋላጭ ለሆኑ ሰዎች በችኮላ ወደ ኋላ እንዲቀር ያስጠነቅቃሉ ፡፡ ሳውዝ ዳኮታ በአገሪቱ ውስጥ ከፍተኛ መጠን ካሉት ውስጥ አንዱ የሆነውን 6.5% ህዝብ ክትባት ሰጥቷል ፡፡ ግዛቱ ዕድሜያቸው 80 እና ከዚያ በላይ ለሆኑ ሰዎች ክትባት መስጠት ይጀምራል ፡፡

Jeremy Dumkrieger

On Wednesday, President-Elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States. One local political leader will be keeping close watch as he shares his hopes for the next four years during a time of political unrest.  Here’s Woodbury County Party Chair Jeremy Dumkrieger as he talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer on the eve of the inauguration.

Listen to the Presidential Inauguration tomorrow live on Siouxland Public Media with special coverage from NPR News starting at 10 a.m.


Nebraska teachers and meatpacking workers worry it will take longer for essential workers like them to get the coronavirus vaccine now that the next group of people to be vaccinated has been expanded to include everyone 65 and older.  An education association leader says teachers are disappointed to hear they won’t get their shots until March at the earliest.


Today, we remember and honor the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. His legacy lives on with an annual concert tonight in Sioux City. The head of the local NAACP, Ike Rayford, will be taking part, and Siouxland Public Media had a chance to talk to him today about Dr. King’s legacy and how his words still ring true today.




The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the way down in Woodbury County. But local officials say people still need to take the novel coronavirus seriously.

Siouxland District Health reported ten new cases on Monday and a 14-day test positivity rate of 13.3%. That’s down more than three percentage points from a week ago. Sioux City’s two hospitals are treating 42 patients, that’s a decrease of about 9% from last Monday and substantially less than the record-high of 108 patients set on December 1st.

Sioux City Community Schools

The Sioux City Community School District’s Weekly COVID-19 report shows only one new positive case among teachers and staff and no students.  The district also released information about total cases and quarantines and those numbers show 19 students and 17 teachers and staff were out with the illness.  Nine staff members were in quarantine and 245 students. The school district started the first two weeks of 2021 in virtual learning and will go back to five days of face-to-face learning next week.

National Weather Service

A blizzard warning continues through six o’clock tonight for a majority of the Siouxland area.

Snow is still falling in some spots with brutal winds.

Travel is not advised in southwest Iowa according to the Iowa 511 website.

The National Weather Service out of Sioux Falls says "If you must travel today, be prepared for poor visibility and slick roads. Check the road and weather conditions before you go".

From the Woodbury County Engineering Department:

National Weather Service

Siouxland is gearing up for the second Blizzard Warning in three weeks.  The warning starts tonight at 6 and extends until 6 p.m. tomorrow.  The forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches by tomorrow afternoon, with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour.

On social media, the National Weather Service says the severity of the storm will depend on how much snow falls. If we see more than an inch on the group with additional blowing snow, conditions will be more significant, especially for portions of Iowa and Minnesota.


Nebraska plans to expand the next phase of its coronavirus vaccine campaign to include everyone 65 and older. Previously, the state had planned to vaccinate people 75 and older during the next phase, but the federal guidance on who should be vaccinated next changed this week.

That phase also includes essential workers who cannot work from home.


UPDATE from the Sioux City Police Department:

On Jan. 13 the Sioux City Police Department arrested two additional men for the murder of Mia Kritis.

Detectives are charging 18-year-old Carlos Morales of Sioux City and 18-year-old Anthony S. Bauer aka Tony Diaz with 1st Degree Murder, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Going Armed with Intent, and three counts Reckless Use of Firearm.

Carlos Morales and Bauer were taken into custody after officers located them at 4:25 p.m. in a car in the 3100 block of Floyd Blvd.


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.


Woodbury County added two more COVID-related deaths in the past 24-hours for a total of 175 since the start of the pandemic. There were 46 additional cases. Siouxland District Health says mask up, keep your distance, wash your hands, stay home when sick, and avoid nonessential gatherings.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 10 more Iowans have died of the disease for more than 4,200 (4,232) and almost 1,900 additional cases for a total of 300,000 positive test results.

Sioux City Community Schools

The Sioux City Community School District's weekly coronavirus report shows only one staff member and no students testing positive the first week after winter break.

Two-hundred are out on quarantine. That's down from about 500 at the end of December. 

Class resumed on Monday and students have at least one more week of hybrid learning. 

That’s where they go to school two-days a week.  An update surrounding the learning plan is expected to come Monday night with the next school board meeting.

Woodbury Central School District

The community of Moville, Iowa and the Woodbury Central School District is grieving the loss of a beloved middle school social studies teacher and volleyball coach. 

Siouxland Public Media reached out to Woodbury Central School Board Member Donny Reblitz who shares more information about the life of 53-year-old Cherie Dandurand.

Reblitz is a contributor to the Siouxland Public Media Special Project “Going Viral: Lesson’s Learned During the Pandemic.