Memorial Day

Dow City, IA - May 26, 2019
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The Lewis and Clark Festival takes place at Lewis and Clark State Park near Onawa Iowa Friday, June 7th through Saturday the 9th. 

The event celebrates early American heritage and transports people back in time to the early 1800’s.  

One of the characters bringing this history back to life shared insight on the art of buck skinning with Siouxland Public Media.

Richard Rose from Dunlap, Iowa is an expert in the Native American art of brain tanning.

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Soybean farmers continue to hope for a break in the weather, facing soggy fields and chilly days,  They also have hopes that a new North American trade agreement will help them sell their crops in the midst of an ongoing trade war with China.

Also, some of the issues surrounding a possible new jail in Woodbury County. 

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Story written and told by Bob Protexter of Sioux City, Iowa and produced by Siouxland Public Media orginally for Memorial Day 2019.

This is my father's flag; of Donald Homer Protexter. 

This is my father's flag in memoriam . . . of his dedicated and diligent service to the United States of America.

I have to write this because I knew he never would.

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Crews have contained a large fire at a Hastings fertilizer plant.

The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the CPI Dry Fertilizer Plant and was contained just before 4 a.m. Friday.

The blaze forced authorities to close U.S. Highway 6, but the road was reopened early Friday. A news release from the Adams County Emergency Management office says railroad tracks just north of the plant also were closed for a time during the fire, but have reopened.

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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 House last week passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

Today we hear about some efforts by the federal government, the air national Guard and a local solar power vendor to help those devastated in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of a hurricane in 2017.  

Collateral Damage

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Karen Edelman Williams had never been here before, never seen unending fields of corn and soybeans amid the tawny prairie grass, never seen anything like the yawning openness all around. So when, sometime later, she wrote a letter to those people she’d met on a visit out here, she told them she’d never forget the place. “I will never forget the kindness of the people we met there,” she told them, “or the beauty of your Nebraska skies.”