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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
Sheila Brummer


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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Grand Plans for Sioux City's Warrior Hotel

Feb 6, 2019

Grand plans are underway for a multi-million dollar project in downtown Sioux City.

For the first time in decades, The Warrior Hotel near 6th and Nebraska, sees new life.  

Construction crews started a major renovation in early January, that also includes the nearby Davidson building.

“I think the beauty in this, is we’re bring back the elegance and beauty that was lost in Sioux City,” said Amy Gill.  

Tackling Tax Time Changes

Jan 30, 2019

We always hear the saying “nothing is certain, except for death and taxes.”  But, uncertainty seems to surround this year’s tax season.

“There are quite a few changes, some good and some bad.  We will have to see wait and see how it shakes out in the end.”  

Brian Jensen is a CPA with Houlihan and Associates is an expert in his 35th year of doing taxes.

“Starting in 1984, they were a lot easier we could actually do them without a computer.  Now they are so complicated.”