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The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states remains strong in the wake of a devastating global pandemic.  However, The Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Survey shows inflation is still a problem.

A Polk County jury resumed deliberations today in the murder trial of a farmworker accused of abducting and fatally stabbing 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018.

Twenty-six-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. 

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It began in the 1830s, when President Andrew Jackson blazed “The Trail of Tears” and deported “the Five Civilized Tribes” (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole) far out west to what eager white politicians called “Indian Territory.” The plan was simple: stick the whole bunch together out there on open land (it wasn’t) to prosper in their own native ways (pipe dream).  

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. 


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.

This is Jessi Wakefield with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Today I would like to take a moment to suggest the creepy and unsettling page turner, The Chestnut Man by the internationally acclaimed Danish screenwriter turned novelist Soren Sveistrup.

James C. Schaap

"What places do I really have to see when I'm here?" I asked her. 

"Oh, you have to see our church," she told me from behind the desk at the Osage visitor's center. She was clearly herself at least part Osage. I liked the way she had pushed the church at me, as if it was simply not to be missed--"our church," she said. I knew she meant the tribe's. 

"Our church," is Immaculate Conception, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, a red-brick cruciform built in 1910 and 

  added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Lately, I’ve been really drawn to reading wintery works of crime fiction and wanted to share with you, two of my favorites. Today, I’m recommending The Hunting Game by Helene Tursten and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Apparently, I’m also a fan of books with the word “hunting” in the title, but I won’t even try to analyze what that says about me or my reading habits.

Check It Out: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Dec 10, 2019

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Probably best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series (which is one of my personal favorites), Alexander McCall Smith dives into a new mystery series set in Sweden in The Department of Sensitive Crimes. Dubbed “Scandi-Lite” by his publisher, this book doesn’t have the bleakness of Scandinavian noir, but it isn’t quite a cozy mystery either.

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The trial for a homeless man accused of killing a former Iowa State University female golfer has been moved to northeast Iowa. A judge today agreed to set trial for the Winneshiek County Courthouse in Decorah on Sept. 10.

Twenty-two year old Collin Richards was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Celia Barquín Arozamena.  She was the 2018 Big 12 Conference women's golf champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The civil engineering student was found dead with multiple stab wounds Sept. 17 at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.  

Voting Rights, Legislative Wrap Up, Jon's Story, 05.01.19

May 2, 2019

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Coming up on The Exchange, we talk with a law professor who says the relatively low turnouts at the polls in some elections may have something to do with voter apathy, but that’s only part of the story.

Also, we talk with an expert on the future of business and jobs in America who says if you fear that your position may be taken over by computers,  you may be right.

Justice for Jon

Apr 23, 2019
Siouxland Public Media

A Sioux City native lost his life in a brutal attack at his workplace in Iowa City two-years ago.  Another senseless act led authorities to a man some say shouldn’t have been out in the streets in the first place. 

In a Siouxland Public Media Special Report, Sheila Brummer explores the life of the victim through the eyes of loved ones.  Also, find out why his mom says her son didn’t have to die.   

“I am Jon Wieseler’s mom, or I was.”

A mother finds it hard to talk about her child in the past tense.

“Jon was the best son ever.”   

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.

The Bloody Benders

Oct 31, 2017

For reasons that likely have to do with desired ends, the Oregon Trail has a more wholesome reputation than its southern sidekick, the Santa Fe. The Oregon Trail once carried the hopes and dreams of whole families. The wagon trains leaving Missouri carried hundreds of thousands of little girls in sun bonnets and boys in bibs bobbing along beside the oxen, Mom holding the youngest up on the seat of the wagon.