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A burst of last-minute campaigning hitting the state of Iowa this weekend.

On Friday, two top-tier candidates stumped for support in Sioux City.

First, at Western Iowa Tech Community College surrogates held an event for Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren.   

A few dozen people listened to Congresswoman Katie Porter of California who is a native of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Iowa Democratic leader John Norris.

Then, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke to a crowd of about 200 at the Orpheum Theatre.

As the Feb. 3rd presidential nominating caucuses loom on Monday, the candidates are making a last run through Siouxland.  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Mayor of South Bend, In. Pete Buttigieg are in Sioux City Friday morning.  And Vice President Mike Pence is in Sioux City this morning.  

Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden was at Western Iowa Tech where a crowd of more than 250 potential caucus-goers cheered him on.

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The Democratic Candidates for president are making a last-minute push across the state of Iowa less than a week before the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

A few more challengers have announced plans to visit Sioux City.  Tomorrow, former Vice President Joe Biden will hold an event at Western Iowa Tech Community College.  He will appear at the Rocklin Center at 1:15 p.m.  A previous appearance by Biden earlier this month was canceled because of bad weather.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will be in town Thursday.  

Trace Taylor

Following script is a longer version of a Siouxland Public Media special report:

The Iowa Caucuses are about a week away and for the past several months the candidates have sought out the support of Siouxlanders.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer covered many of these campaign events and found insight from a young, but informed source with aspirations of her own.  

Disco lights and an occasional Disney tune set the scene for roller skating night at Girls Inc. in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I’m Maggie, I’m 10.” 

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A winter storm dropping several inches of snow and sleet and also bringing in high winds lead to cancellations of classes, activities, and services across Iowa today.  Half of the flights from the Des Moines International Airport, where more than 4 inches of snow fell by midday Friday, were canceled or delayed. More cancellations were likely as the National Weather Service issued winter weather and storm advisories for most of the state. The northwestern corner of Iowa, including Sioux City and Storm Lake, is under a blizzard warning through Saturday. 

Storm Hits Siouxland, Mayor Pete Visits Sioux City

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Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 piglets after a semi-trailer overturned on a freeway just north of Des Moines. The crash happened Thursday afternoon when the truck and trailer overturned on a ramp to Interstate 35. Iowa State Patrol troopers had to close the ramp at times as crews worked to capture and unload hundreds of pigs. The Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a tweet, “authorities working to corral and transport 1,738 piglets!" 


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Democrat Cory Booker has dropped out of the presidential race after failing to qualify for the December primary debate. Booker announced Monday that he was ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to gain traction in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety. 

On this week's program, we will hear from the author of a new book that tells the wide-ranging history of the Lakota people, who have lived in Missouri River Valley for hundreds of years.

Also, we have an interview with presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg spoke with the hosts of the podcast We Are Not A Monolith Ike Rayford and Shelby Pierce at the Siouxland Public Media studios last week.

This week on The Exchange, 

Presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg meets with potential caucus-goers in Siouxland.  We have a report.

Also, some of the Democratic candidates who are vying for an opportunity to oust US Senator Joni Ernst next year say they feel the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump should go forward.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and a couple hundred supporters braved a snow storm on Tuesday night to attend a town hall meeting at West Middle School in Sioux City.    

Buttigieg told the crowd he is the candidate who can unite the country.  He also answered questions on many different topics including the national debt, vaping, the cost of living and rights for the LGBTQ community.

A new national poll shows Buttigieg pulling into second place in the race for the White House.