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Sioux City leaders once again commented on the importance of wearing masks at this week’s city council meeting. Council Member Alex Watters expressed concern after attending the Greater Siouxland Home Show 

over the weekend at the new Expo Center.

The city manager says staff members from Spectra were handing out face masks and encouraging people to use them. Watters says he quickly left the Home Show.

Mayor Bob Scott and Council Member Julie Schoenherr weighed in. Here is part of their exchange in addtion to more reaction from Watters.

Sioux City, IA - March 1, 2021
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Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott declared March 1st COVID-19 Memorial Day.

“To remember the survivors and victims of the COVID-19 Pandemic and to acknowledge the sacrifices and service of all first responders, medical providers, and others who have stepped up during this global pandemic.”

Council Member Alex Watters questioned if more could have been done to prevent deaths in the community.

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The Sioux City council took action surrounding COVID-19 and face coverings.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports, they wish more could be done as local health officials track an increase in cases.

The Sioux City Council strongly recommends citizens wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, a group of concerned citizens presented a petition asking the council to take action with a resolution for a mask mandate.

Council members say their hands are tied with the state when it comes to a mandate.

The number of deaths in Woodbury County due to complications of COVID-19 has now reached 50, according to Siouxland District Health.  The health department reported the two who died were a middle-aged woman between the ages of 41 and 60 and an older man between 61 and 80-years old.

However, the state coronavirus website showed another death for a total of 51 in Woodbury County.

There have been a dozen deaths in Buena Vista County, eight in Plymouth, four in Dickinson and 2 in Sioux and one in O’Brien, Emmet, Clay, Cherokee and Pocahontas. 

Iowa Department of Public Health

Mayors in the Sioux City metro area put out a statement calling for all public health organizations to increase the level of transparency in reporting COVID-19 cases to the community after a surge of new cases. 

The mayors of Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, North, South and Dakota Cities signed the statement.

They also urge all tri-state-governors to use caution when lifting current restrictions across the region and for the public to be vigilant in following all health and safety guidelines.


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).

Today on The Exchange we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, on July 20th, 1969.  We talk with Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College about the importance of the moon landing, and why the space program is so important to our future. 

We also talk with some older Siouxlanders who recall watching the moon landing live on television all those years ago.  And we reminisce with Mary Hartnett and local historian Russ Gifford about their memories of the moon landing.

Newscast, 4:32, Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jun 13, 2017

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says the state is still financial straits but should be able to pay all it of its bills through the end of the year.  The Sioux City Council has approved a plan to do a reconstruction job on Pierce St. between 24th and 30th Streets.  Bryant School is once again on track to open next August.  

SC Council Approves Convention Center Hotel Project

Jun 5, 2017

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Last night the Sioux City Council approved a plan to build a $20 million-dollar hotel downtown next to the Sioux City Convention Center.  The Council approved the development of a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, as well as management and parking rental agreements for the project.  Mayor Bob Scott cast the one dissenting vote.  Scott noted that the hotel will be built on land that’s being used for convention parking and by those attending movies at the Promenade Cinema across the street. 



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Last night the Sioux City Council discussed a draft of an ordinance that would govern the sale and discharge of fireworks. Fireworks sales will be legal in Iowa just over two weeks. The council is asking for public input and a vote at next Monday's meeting. Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill legalizing the sale and discharge of fireworks a week ago. Mayor Bob Scott said lawmakers pushed the law through, and now cities have very little time to come up with a plan. 

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