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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds called new revised guidance from the CDC surrounding wearing masks “not grounded in reality or common sense.”

Reynolds issued a statement shortly after the CDC recommended fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas of the country where the virus is circulating widely.

She still encouraged people to get vaccinated, but went on to say she’s concerned the guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools, something she does not support.  

Cultural Continuum 7.23.21

Jul 23, 2021

Downtown has a ton of stuff happening tonight with the Art Walk, a couple of grand openings and Downtown Live all taking place within a few blocks.  Sioux City Community Theater, Okoboji Summer Theatre and Boji Bantaam Kids Theatre all are on stage plus a chance to try kayaking, a Pride Prom and so much more!

The week on The Exchange, we tell stories of people and groups who have searched from their place in the world and found it.  

But first, we preview RAGBRAI as it returns to the road after being sidelined last year by the coronavirus pandemic.  This year, the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa begins in Le Mars.  We talk with one of the local organizers. Mitch Christoffel helps chair the local committee.

Iowa PBS

The Iowa Department of Health recorded 43 more deaths due to complications of COVID-19, including two more in Woodbury County. The state also added more than 600  new cases. The number of hospitalizations at Sioux City’s two medical facilities has doubled in a day to a dozen patients. However, that number is less than 10% of the record high of 108 set back on December 1st.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has announced the state will not move forward with plans to contract with Microsoft to build a centralized COVID-19 vaccine registration system.

Siouxland District Health Department

Iowa posted another 35 deaths from the coronavirus, continuing the high levels related to the pandemic according to the state coronavirus website.

The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Iowa has risen over the past two weeks from 29 deaths per day on Nov. 22 to 45 deaths per day on Sunday, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The state’s total death count of more than 2,700 is the 28th highest in the country and the 20th highest per capita.


The Iowa Department of Public Health reported three additional deaths in 24 hours due to COVID-19 for a statewide total of 681 people and almost 400 additional cases.  The current total is almost 25,300 positive cases.

There were almost one dozen new cases of COVID-19 reported in Woodbury and Dakota counties on Friday for a total of 3,052 in Woodbury County and 1,751 in Dakota County.  There have been a total of 75 deaths.  There are still 113 cases in Union County and no deaths.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa’s meatpacking plants will stay open.

She warns shutting them down would be devastating for farmers and the food supply.

“At some point we’re going to be talking about euthanizing hogs and we’re not that far from it.” 

On Monday, the state confirmed four new death and 257 new cases for a total of 3,100.

Woodbury County saw the biggest one day jump in cases of COVID-19.  There are 32 new positives for a total of 75.  More than a third are between the ages of 18 and 40.

Siouxland Public Media

Many Siouxlanders spent the day digging out from a winter storm that cancelled schools and dumped several inches of snow. 

Others, especially kids decided to go sledding.

Spencer, Iowa saw the biggest amount at ten-and-a-half inches, Spirit Lake, eight inches and the Sioux Gateway Airport almost six inches. 

Today’s sunny weather helped melt some of the snow on roads. 

However, with temperatures falling well below freezing tonight could create slick conditions.

Some Nebraska and Iowa businesses are still struggling to recover from flooding that damaged their properties or otherwise kept customers away from their doors.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that in Nebraska alone, more than 1,000 businesses were affected by March’s severe weather.

Flooding continued into May and June in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, especially along the Missouri River.

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The Missouri River is closed to all commercial and recreational vessels, from St. Louis to just north of Sioux City, mile marker 750.  The US Coast Guard says the closure is due to existing hazards such as drift and high water.  Boats may cause damage to or overtopping of levees. The closure will remain in effect until water levels decrease to a safe condition. 

Untreated wastewater has stopped flowing into the Little Sioux River at Cherokee County.

Dave Herholz

Brent Stockton, who sits on the executive planning committee for RAGBRAI, chats with Gretchen about a range of diverse offerings available for thousands of cyclists descending on Sioux City tomorrow. From Mexican and  Mediterranean to Vegan and beyond, there’s great food ahead!