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A school year started with uncertainty.  Will cases spike with children back in the classroom?  How will parents be able to navigate changes that might emerge with the need to protect the community?  

One thing as a parent you might notice is the excitement for students to return class and their friends. 

Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer discovered that while driving her seven-year-old to school for the first time since March 13th.  

Public Media Journalism Awards

Siouxland Public Media received first place for News/Public Affairs Program by the PMJA.  The award was announced on June 25, 2020.  "50-Years Later: The Moon Landing and Flight 232" aired on July 20, 2019.  The program was part of award-winning News Director Mary Hartnett's weekly program called "The Exchange".  Each episode explores significant issues impacting the region and celebrates local arts and culture.  Reporter/Special Projects Producer Sheil

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The Iowa Broadcast News Association honored Siouxland Public Media with nine First Place awards during the organization’s annual banquet in Pella, Iowa on Saturday, June 27, 2020. 

Siouxland Public Media competed in the large market and student radio categories and picked up several accolades for Overall Excellence, anchoring and reporting for work completed in 2019. 

Coming up on the exchange, we have a wrap up of the 2020 legislative session with Republican Siouxland State Senator Jim Carlin and Siouxland Democratic State Represenative Chris Hall. Carlin and other Republicans voted for a budget that is basically status quo in the age of COVID 19.

However, Chris Hall says republicans basically handed over decisions about the 8 billion dollar state budget to the governor and her staff.  

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May 28, 2020

Welcome to this special edition of The Exchange.  I’m Mary Hartnett and with Sheila Brummer.  On Wednesday, we held a we held a live Zoom forum with the Republican 4th District Congressional candidates.  The primary election is next Tuesday, June 2nd.  The 4th district is the largest geographically, spanning 39 counties.  Here is that forum.

Candidate List

4th District Congressman Steve King of Kiron

State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull

Former Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor,

Okoboji real estate broker Steve Reeder 

Siouxland Public Media received major accolades with the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association (MBJA).  On, April 4, 2020 - Siouxland Public Media won nine Eric Sevareid Awards.  Siouxland Public Media picked up more “First Place” awards (7) than any other radio or television station in the tri-state area.  The station also received two “Awards of Merit”.

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On March 3, Woodbury County Voters are being asked to approve a 49 million dollar bond to pay for a new jail.  

County officials say the current jail in downtown Sioux City is crowded and has multiple air quality, plumbing, and environmental toxin problems.    

Siouxland Public Media is hosting a live edition of The Exchange about the need for a new jail, the community influences that lead to the incarceration of so many people, and the possible alternatives. 

Join us for The Exchange, Wednesday, February 26 at noon at Sioux City Public Library. 

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The start of the new year also brought a change to the Sioux City Council.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports.

On Thursday, January 2nd, 2020  a few city leaders took the oath of office at City Hall in downtown Sioux City.

Mayor Bob Scott was sworn in for a third consecutive term. 

Also, new to the council, the owner of SoHo Kitchen and Bar, Julie Schoenherr.

Schoenherr beat incumbent Rhonda Capron in November.

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Nov 1, 2019

Comedy Rocks or..."Rox", coffee is pretty great too plus there are a few art shows to check out and SPM hosts another candidate forum, this time it's for next week's Sioux City School Board election.

A Siouxland native is helping pork producers go high-tech. Chris Bomgaars created an app called “EveryPig”.  “EveryPig” says it helps farmers manage their livestock and improves the health of hogs.

The Exchange went live Friday morning at the Sioux City International Film Festival.  Films are being shown on Friday and Saturday at the Promenade Theater on 4th Street.   This year's them is Women in Film.  We talk with a group of women who will discuss women and film on Friday night at the Sioux City Convention Center.  Writer Sarah Nicole Jones, writer, and producer Melissa Blake, and historian and actress Rhiannon Koehler all discuss the history of women in film and how women navigate the world of film and television today.

Coming up on The Exchange, we have an update on the continuing concern over the Renewable Fuel Waivers that have reduced the amount of corn-based ethanol that is mixed into the nation’s gasoline.  It is hurting farmers and ethanol producers.  

We talk with North Dakota State Agriculture Economist David Ripplinger, who says exporting more ethanol to Brazil will be of some help, the problem of ethanol waivers remains. 

Also, we talk with an instructor from Morningside College about new Spanish textbook that mixes in culture with grammar.

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Aug 2, 2019

We've got two county fairs, blues at Vangarde Arts, Samantha Fish does a show at Preservation Plaza. Also at the Lakes, legendary comedy troupe, The Second City plays Pearson Lakes Arts Center, and Okoboji Summer Theatre heads into the home stretch. Back in Sioux City it's African Night at 1st United Methodist Church.

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Adrian was out of town and we were already at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center so Sheila Brummer took a few extra minutes to talk to naturalist, Dawn Snyder about foraging for food in the great outdoors! 

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On June 14, 2019 the Morningside Branch of the Sioux City Public Library System held a grand opening and ribbon cutting to celebrate a long-awaited renovation.  About 100 people showed up to take a look at the updated library.  


The Morningside branch library features a children's area, an expanded area for private computer use, new lighting, shelving and seating. 

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Apr 12, 2019

We talk about the culinary traditions of Easter and Passover on this an informative and entertaining edition of Food For Thought. Chef Gasaway talks about the egg and its significance to the season, as well as how the traditions of others have been co-opted into what we are familiar with today.

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Floodwaters may be receding in Siouxland, but many are still trying to recover from devastating damage.  Today we hear from several experts on getting help from FEMA, from the Iowa State University Extension Service and from national and state realtors.

Also, gay marriage was officially declared legal in Iowa ten years ago on April 3, 2009.  We’ll take a look back at that decision and what it means for us today.

Also, the sometimes tense situations caused when Sioux City's homeless take refuge in the public libraries around town. 

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Coming up this week on The Exchange, with all the flood damage in the Siouxland area, we talk with an expert about how to save drenched and sticky photos.

Flooding and family heirlooms

Also, a look at new theater dedicated to long-time Sioux City broadcaster Tom Peterson.  

An explanation of the historic changes in next year’s Iowa caucuses.

And we talk with a Holocaust survivor.

That and more on The Exchange,


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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. 

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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.

Economic Prediction for Southern Hills Mall

Mar 15, 2019
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Megan Gubbels sets out to find some deeply-discounted deals, two-days before Sears closes after more than 90-years in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I am a little disappointed especially, since we lost Younkers not too long ago.  It does worry me a little bit because the mall is becoming a little more limited on what we can buy.”

Gubbels, a mother of two, with one on the way, traveled a half hour each way from Emerson, Nebraska to run a few errands. 

“Well, I had a doctor’s earlier today and then me and my daughter decided to stop by the mall.”   

Coming up this week on The Exchange, Sears, a lynchpin of the Siouxland retail economy is leaving after 90 years, perhaps because it failed to keep up with the times.

The evolution of the local economy and why your property taxes might be going up.  That an more on the Exc Wednesday at noon, Friday at 9 a.m. on SPM.


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Coming up this week on The Exchange, Sears, a lynchpin of the Siouxland retail economy is leaving after 90 years, perhaps because it failed to keep up with the times.

Local Economist with Insight on Sears Closure

Mar 13, 2019
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Statements released by represenatives of the Southern Hills Mall and parent company Washington Prime Group:

“Along with our more than 80 national and local tenants, we remain focused on delivering a dynamic experience for our guests. As for the announced closing of Sears, we are exploring opportunities to redevelop that space.” – Matt Pawlowski, General Manager of Southern Hills Mall

Ash Wednesday Makes Modern-Day Updates

Mar 4, 2019
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A century’s old-tradition meets modern-day convenience.    

Pastor Swanson from St. John Lutheran Church coordinates the “Ashes 2 Go” program.  It started in Sioux City a few years back.

“Drive through locations are fun and simple people don’t even have to get out of the car.”

A simple service at several locations includes churches, a college, homeless shelter and food pantry.

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The Catholic Diocese of Sioux City releases a list of priests who were credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. However, some victims of abuse by Catholic priests say it may be too little, too late.

Also, as we celebrate Mardi Gras, a look at the 300-year history of New Orleans. 

That and more coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at 9:00 at SPM>

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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, 

Rising Drug Cost Concern

Feb 12, 2019

Medicare rule changes could trigger a spike in out-of-pocket drug costs for patients with multiple sclerosis. reports because of restricted access, researchers found some patients will be left to cover more of the cost, at a price tag of thousands of dollars.

“It’s part of a disturbing trend.  That has made it that these very expensive and very necessary drugs for MS are getting harder and harder to access.”

60th Anniversay of the day "The Music Died"

Feb 6, 2019
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The past weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the day “The Music Died”. 

The crash of a plane in a cold cornfield in northern Iowa remains frozen in time.  The day, February 3rd, 1959, forever remembered through the song “American Pie” and descendants of those who witnessed the aftermath.

“My grandpa would tell stories, it was probably maybe 500 yards from their home and just about seven miles north of Clear Lake. He was wondering what all the commotion was all about so he just walked over there to see,” said Brian Mastre.

You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett. 

A major renovation is underway at the historic Warrior Hotel in Sioux City.  Closed for more than 40 years, the real estate company Restoration St. Louis is giving the old building near 6th and Nebraska new life.  Siouxland Public Media Sheila Brummer toured the Warrior building yesterday with the owners of Restoration St. Louis and talked to them about the transformation of a Sioux City landmark.  Here’s her conversation with Amrit (auhm-rit) and Amy Gill.

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