Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School

Voters in Woodbury County said “yes” to a new jail and law enforcement center. 

Unofficial results in Woodbury County show 57 percent of the voters wanted a new jail in yesterday’s special election.

It only needed 50 percent plus 1 vote to pass.

But, it will be a couple of years before the facility is up and running. In that time, Sheriff Dave Drew says there’s a chance the jail’s worn heating, cooling and ventilation systems could fail.

Voters are going to the polls in several Siouxland communities today.  Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill expects turnout out to be about 10% for a $50 million dollar preproposal for a new jail and law enforcement center.

Polls in Woodbury County close at 8 p.m.

People in Monona County are deciding the fate of a $6.2 million jail.  That measure needs 60% approval to pass.


The city of Sioux Falls is reeling after a likely tornado struck late last night, leaving behind a trail of damage and debris.

“There is a level of destruction up here that we’re not use to seeing.” 

That’s news anchor Brian Allen who works for KSFY-Television in Sioux Falls who says the twister touched down about a mile from his home.    

“Roofs have collapsed, windows have been blown out.  There is tree damage area.. power poles are down and trees are down.”

Allen is a former anchor at KCAU Television in Sioux City.

Voters in two northwest Iowa school districts are going to the polls today to decide the fate of two school bond issues.

Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff voters will have a chance to approve or reject the plans.   

School officials say enrollment is growing and more space is necessary.  

In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed.

The Storm Lake measure calls for a $15 million plan to build a new early elementary school and a new middle school gymnasium.

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Voters in Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff-Luton will vote tomorrow on school bond issues.  School officials say growing enrollment means the districts will run out of space.  The bond issues require a 60 percent "supermajority" to win approval. In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed overwhelmingly. The proposal calls for $26.6 million for a new lower elementary school and around $4.7 million for a new athletic complex. About $1.6 million, would go for site improvements.

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On a campaign swing through western Iowa today (yesterday/Tuesday), Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker met with students and teachers in Sergeant Bluff.

Booker wants to prioritize public education and special needs education.

At a roundtable discussion at Sergeant Bluff-Luton (LOOT-tin) Senior High School, Senator Cory Booker told teachers that special needs education should be federally funded at 40 percent.

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is campaigning for president in western Iowa today. It’s his third trip to the state as a Democratic presidential candidate.

At a high school in Sergeant Bluff, Booker talked about the need to invest in public education.

Booker says teachers and other professionals in the school system should be paid more for what they do.

He added the nation’s tax code allows people who work for a hedge fund to pay a lower percentage of their salary in taxes than people in education jobs.

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The state of Iowa would launch a review of whether prescription drug industry middlemen are overcharging the state’s Medicaid program under a proposal approved by the Iowa House of Representatives.

Democratic Representative John Forbes proposed the audit after doing an initial review that he says indicates this might be a problem in Iowa. Forbes says the state of Ohio found pharmacy benefit managers overcharged its Medicaid program by more than 200-million dollars.