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The COVID-10 pandemic has forced many local governments and groups to get creative when it comes to conducting official business.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports, Sioux City leaders briefly talked about the virus during a social-distancing meeting on Monday.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott says he has heard concerns over the city not issuing an order forcing people to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Scott says it’s not legally possible.  

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The Sioux City Council will be asked today to approve a pre-construction agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the reconfiguration of Iowa 12/Riverside Boulevard to a three-lane roadway, according to the Sioux City Journal.

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Iowa’s first in the nation presidential caucuses take place one month from tomorrow and Democratic candidates are visiting Siouxland in preparation.  Minnesota US Senator Amy Klobuchar talked with potential caucus-goers today at Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater.  Klobuchar said her campaign was surging and she had raised more than one million dollars the day after the Dec. 19th presidential debate.  She answered a question from the crowd about “recovering” from President Trump’s trade war.  Klobuchar said the country needed consistent trade policies.

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The Sioux City Council is expected to vote today to vote on an ordinance that would amend water rates for South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes.

According to the Sioux City Journal, the City of Sioux City entered into agreements for water service with South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes in 2002. The agreement with Dakota Dunes was amended in 2004.

The 2020 rates for South Sioux City will decrease by 7.3 percent, while Dakota Dunes' rates will decrease by 4.8 percent. The minimum monthly charge is set at $1,000 per community. 

The Sioux City Council deferred a vote on a consulting services agreement related to the redevelopment of the Badgerow Building for the second time yesterday.

There was no discussion among council members before the 4 to 0 vote to further delay the matter. Mayor Pro Tem Dan Moore abstained from voting, citing a conflict of interest.

The council is now scheduled to vote on the resolution regarding the consulting services agreement with Chicago-based Hunden Strategic Partners (HSP) on Dec. 16.

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Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s disappointed that a federal judge temporarily blocked a new law critics call “ag-gag two-point-oh”.

The law creates a specific trespass crime for people who go undercover to investigate livestock operations and puppy mills. The ACLU of Iowa says the temporary hold on the law is a victory for free speech.

The South Sioux City Fire Department has been awarded a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from FEMA. 

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The three survivors of a South Dakota plane crash that killed nine members of an extended family from Idaho are in stable condition today.

Brothers Jim and Kirk Hansen, who founded the nutritional and wellness products company Kyani, were killed. The crash also killed their father, Kirk Hansen's children, his sons-in-law, and Jim Hansen's son and grandson.

Kirk's son Josh and Jim's son Matt and son-in-law Thomas Long survived.

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The Sioux City Council will be asked today to approve a consulting services agreement related to the redevelopment of the historic Badgerow Building.

City staff is proposing that the city enter into a contract with Chicago-based Hunden Strategic Partners (HSP) to assist with the process of selecting a developer for the project. According to documents filed with the city, interest in the Badgerow Building from "a variety of developers" continues to grow.

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The state budget director is urging caution as Iowa revenue growth is expected to be much slower this budget year than in the previous one.

Members of the state revenue estimating panel pointed to recent changes in state and federal tax laws, unfinished trade agreements, and a slowdown in national economic growth. 

Department of Management Director David Roederer (roe-der) says he doesn’t think a recession is right around the corner, but he has concerns.

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Corn growers and ethanol producers may get some good news soon, according to Iowa’s senior senator. 

Republican Chuck Grassley says President Donald Trump was surprised that his decision to exempt 31 refineries from their ethanol obligations generated a lot of opposition. Grassley and others met at the White House last week and presented a plan to correct the problem: waived gallons from small refineries need to be re-assigned to someone else. Grassley says the White House had its own proposal.

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The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the record set during the historic 2011 flood, and another round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream.

Heavy rains dumped more than four times what is normal in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska last week — triggering flood warnings.  The forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River has, in turn, jumped to 58 million acre-feet.

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The ousted Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven says he has discussed his resignation with authorities, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Iowa State Auditor, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Foxhoven says Gov. Kim Reynolds asked him to resign publicly without explaining why last month.

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The ongoing trade war with China shows little indication of wrapping up, even with negotiators back at the table. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he’s not putting stock in rumors or predictions about when an agreement might be reached.

 Now I’m going to be very careful about being positive about things coming out.  

Both countries’ economies are feeling the pain from tariffs, Grassley says, but the whole world will ultimately benefit from a resolution.

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The Sioux City council will vote today on a plan that some Siouxlanders are actively opposing on environmental grounds.  The plan would clear soil away from a high hill that lies north of 41st Street, near North Middle School,  If the council agrees, Rodney Lieber and his excavation company could soon be moving most of the soil to make way for construction.

Woodbury County has officially departed the Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health and Disability Services agency.  As of. July 1, now belongs in the Rolling Hills Community Services Region.

 

A proposal to clear soil away from a high hill that lies north of 41st Street, near North Middle School, has drawn opposition from some citizens concerned about the environmental impact of the development plan. 

If the Sioux City Council agrees today, Rodney Lieber and his excavation company will be one step closer to removing most of the soil away from the hill to make way for future construction.

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The city of Sioux City and the owner of a popular summer hangout are working together to try and come up with a resolution over a campground.

Recently, the Ickey Nickel received notice that camping on the property isn’t allowed according to city zoning laws.

Several supporters of the Ickey Nickel appeared at yesterday’s City Council meeting to keep the campsite open. 

City Council Member Rhonda Capron is one of them.