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Local and national leaders joined forces at a “Healing Summit” hosted by the Siouxland Street Project and the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families on April 17, 2019.

The group first met on June 1, 2018, to find solutions to homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues.

“We need to give voice to those who have none.  And, I’m doing my part.  And, I want the rest of the community to step up.”

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Apr 17, 2019

A summit is taking place today in Sioux City to tackle the issues of homelessness, substance abuse and mental health concerns for the Siouxland Community.

The event is hosted by the Siouxland Street Project and the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families.

Here’s Co-Chair Frank LaMere.

“We need to give voice those who have none.  And, I’m doing my part.  And, I want the rest of the community to step up.”

Today’s event is a follow-up to a meeting that took place last June and LaMere says some progress was made but more work needs to be done.

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With homelessness on the rise across the country, public libraries across the country have felt the impact.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer checked out the situation here in Sioux City.

“I love to use the library, I come here fairly often.”

Linda Baker enjoys taking her 20-month-old granddaughter to the library in downtown Sioux City.

“Sally do you like the purple balloon book”?  

They come for books and a little socializing.

“Today we just went to the story time and we checked out something for her.”

PM Newscast 4.9.19

Apr 9, 2019
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Another major storm is headed towards the Midwest and may impact Siouxland starting Wednesday afternoon and evening.

This winter storm is expected to deliver the most snow to Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. Up to two feet of snow in some spots.   

The National Weather Service predicts the northwestern part of Iowa will stay warm enough to miss out on some of the heavier snow. 

Since snowpack has already melted in the region flooding shouldn’t be as severe or widespread as last month.

A Yankton man is facing criminal charges after a fight inside a Yankton pizza restaurant turned deadly over the weekend.

Twenty-two year old Jameson Mitchell is accused of shooting and killing Lucas Smith in an alley Saturday after the two were thrown out of Mojo's Pizza and Spirits because of a fight. 

Police say the Mitchell approached Smith with a gun shortly after they were kicked out of the restaurant, shot him several times and ran from the scene.

Police pinged the suspect's phone to find him. Mitchell was arrested at home in Yankton.

A center is open in Woodbury County to help people impacted by recent flooding or groundwater issues.  

The Multi Agency Resource Center opened over the weekend at The Security Institute on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College.  

It will be available this week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.   

The center was organized by Woodbury County Emergency Management and Community Organizations Active in Disasters.  

Some of the agencies taking part are the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Community Action Agency.

Siouxland Public Media Noon Newscast 4.4.19

Apr 4, 2019
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The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri say the Missouri River needs to be managed differently to prevent future flooding.

Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska says they’ve asked the Army Corps of Engingers to communicate with them about future solutions for managing the river together.  

 “All of us believe that we oughtta be prioritizing people and communities to make sure we’re keeping them safe.”

The governors met with representatives of Corp and FEMA yesterday.

The tables get turned on Sioux City Journal columnist, Earl Horlyk. Siouxland Public Media interviewed Earl about the one-year anniversary of his music show "Mix Tape Dance Party."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased releases this week from Gavin’s Point Dam.  The Corps is trying to release water before snowpack to the north starts melting.

Flood damage in Iowa and Nebraska this spring totaled about three-billion dollars.

The Siouxland Salvation Army opened a Disaster Resource Center at their main location near West 14thand Villa Avenue.

The center will help people impacted come and pick up flood-relief items like water, cleaning supplies, food and financial assistance.

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Three-thousand people gathered for a cultural fair in Sioux City on Sunday.  

The Faces of Siouxland Multicultural Fair served up a melting pot of ideas, food and entertainment at the Sioux City Convention Center.

A chance for people of all backgrounds and ages to join together, including 10-year-old Rain and her five-year-old friend Anna.

“Everyone and their nationalities and countries come together,” said Rain.

“There’s a lot of things to do.  There’s a lot of good things,” said Anna.

“What balloon do you have?”

Siouxland Public Media News Noon 4.1.19

Apr 1, 2019

State economic leaders announced a former Sioux City golf course as a certified location for future industrial development. 

The “27 Flags” site is located south of the Sioux Gateway Airport in the Southbridge Business Park.

The city bought the 183-acre golf course almost 11-years-ago for almost one-and-a-half million dollars.

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The Sioux City Community Theatre launched a new theater in memory of a long-time Sioux City broadcaster on March 28, 2019.  

“That is not what we do, that is not how this works.”

The curtain opened on the first production at the Tom Peterson Black Box Theatre.  A comedy called “Here We Sit”.

“It’s unbearable.”

“I think I’m going to scream.”

“It’s craziness with actors portraying the audience and some of the audience portraying actors,” said Rick Myers. 

The Exchange, "Growing the Magic," and Marijuana in Iowa, 03.27.19

Mar 28, 2019

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, a new documentary by Buena Vista University students tells the story of how Disney put Mickey Mouse in an Iowa cornfield  

Also, why the Iowa legislature’s move to expand medical marijuana has some law enforcement officers concerned. 

And we talk with a man that walked the length of the route of Keystone XL Pipeline, a trip that changed his views about the people who live in the Midwest.

That and more coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at nine a.m. on SPM.

Noon News 3.28.19

Mar 28, 2019

Authorities say human remains have been found along the Elkhorn River in northeast Nebraska's Stanton County.

The remains were spotted Tuesday night southwest of Stanton. 

The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says the remains appear to have been washed out of the river during recent flooding and appear to have been in the water for an extended period.

The remains have not been identified, but are not those of 30-year-old Scott Goodman of Norfolk.  He was last seen two weeks ago on top of his car near a levee in Norfolk before being swept away by a surge of water.


The Iowa Legislature is looking at expanding medical marijuana in the state.  And, the potential changes pose a real concern for the Sioux City Police Department.

Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller feels for people suffering from conditions covered by Iowa’s medical cannabis law.

“I don’t know how you can deny that from a cancer patient, that generally has cause that would merit that.”

However, Chief Mueller says medicinal marijuana often becomes a bridge for recreational use.

“So, once you open that door, it’s hard to close that door.”

A mistrial has been declared in a northeast Nebraska murder case.

Cuming County jurors had heard nine days of testimony surrounding the second-degree murder and other charges against Derek Olson. 

Prosecutors say Olson and his father, Jody Olson, killed 64-year-old Ernest Warnock more than 2-years ago, at Warnock's home in Rosalie.

The judge said the mistrial was warranted because a former Nebraska State Patrol investigator mentioned a lie detector test taken by Jody Olson. 

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The Iowa Senate has passed a bill to ban traffic cameras for the third year in a row.

Supporters of banning traffic cameras say they violate due process rights and are a money-making scheme for local governments.

Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale, the self-described “poster boy” on this topic, says it’s the right thing to do.

0326zaun1  :12   “I want to make it very clear: our traffic laws are there for a reason. They need to be obeyed. But I have to stand up when our citizens are being taken advantage by these gotcha cams.”

Three deaths have been blamed so far on flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries. Two men remain missing in Nebraska.

Yesterday authorities found the bodies of two men whose garbage truck was found in a flooded South Dakota river.  

The men were last seen Thursday driving away from a landfill in Mitchell. Crews spotted a damaged guardrail Saturday on a highway along the James River and later found the truck. 

The patrol says equipment failure likely caused the crash, but that the investigation is ongoing.   

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Mar 25, 2019

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This week on The Exchange, are you a helicopter parent?  A new study says you are laying the groundwork for future success, but doesn’t work the same way for everyone.

Also, we hear from some legends of the civil rights movement. That’s coming up on The Exchange Wednesday at noon and Friday at 3:00 on SPM.


You’re listening to The Exchange on SPM; I’m Mary Hartnett.  Today we talk with a researcher who’s new study shows the individual benefits and perhaps the societal discrepancies involved with helicopter parenting.  But first, 


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Coming up next on The Exchange, we celebrate the holiday season.  I talk with Morningside College professor Emeritus Bruce Fobes about the history of Christmas and preview a live, radio play production of A Christmas Carol, and we hear a new Small Wonder from Jim Schaap.

During this Christmas season the age-old question is “What do you want for Christmas?”  

A simple question with a deep meaning for substitute teacher, Bob Protexter of Sioux City.  

He put to paper a story he shared with an elementary school class at Hunt Elementary in December of 2018.  

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Coming up on The Exchange, the battle over immigration policy continues, A federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration authorities to reunite separated families on the border within 30 days, as Congress and President Donald trump continue a relative stand off on the issue.   we talk with an immigration attorney about the president’s decision last week to bring families together after much controversy.

Also, how Siouxland area woman helped win women’s suffrage,

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, the town of Sibley takes action to stop negative comments and is sued by the ACLU of Iowa over First Amendment concerns.

an Iowa steel business responds to President Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum,

And we talk with an  unlikely candidate for Governor in Nebraska

and we talk with the current Dimmit Fellow at Morningside College.

That and more on the Exchange, Wednesday at noon on Siouxland Public Media.

Guests include David Osterberg, former legislator and University of Iowa Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health who talks about the value of the Leopold Center For Sustainable Agriculture. Also, author Jordan Flaherty, who talks about his book No More Heroes. It's about the savior mentality and its limitations. We also have another segment of We Are Not A Monolith with Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford. Mary Hartnett visits a Laura Ingalls Wilder conference in Sioux Falls, and remembers a Siouxland lawyer and poltician, Michael Myers.

Coming up next on The Exchange, we take a look back at an historical event that still shapes our lives today.

We talk to a Morningside alumnus who took part in the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery Alabama more than 50 years ago.

Also we catch up with some of news from the Iowa legislature.  That and more after this news.