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

Today I would like to recommend the newest novel by National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman. 

Thomas M. Easterly

Had I gone to school in Iowa, perhaps, I’d have known a headman, a chief, named No Heart; after all, his people left their name behind when they travelled west and south. We're Iowans because of him--and them. They left their name behind, but little more we design to remember.

Nonetheless, you should know that No Heart’s descendants are a proud people who live in Oklahoma and have for years, despite their name. They call home just outside the town where my son's family lives, just across the Cimarron. 

Coming up on this edition of The Exchange . . .. legislation at the statehouse has been moving fast, cutting budgets, cutting ties and possibly dismantling state workers collective bargaining system.  House and Senate Democrats are raising concerns about the bill. We’ll also take a look at the opposition to Republican efforts to standardize the minimum wage statewide.  Opponents say that could hurt workers in counties where the wage has already been raised.