South Dakota

070319 504

Despite earlier predictions of dry weather, rain and hail could threaten Sioux City-area Fourth of July celebrations tomorrow. 

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says strong winds and hail are possible tomorrow night with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. The Sioux City area could be in a "pattern" of thunderstorms over the next several days. 

The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will remain high throughout the summer and fall, and that water will likely continue to exacerbate flooding downstream.

070319 404

The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will remain high throughout the summer and fall, and that water will likely continue to exacerbate flooding downstream.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to keep releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border near current levels — which are more than double the average amount.

The high releases will likely continue worsening flooding downstream — in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas — where many levees were damaged during severe March flooding.

070119 432

Environmentalists asked a federal judge today to cancel permits and other approvals issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, opening another legal fight over a long-delayed energy project backed by President Donald Trump.

Attorneys for the Northern Plains Resource Council, Sierra Club, and other groups filed the latest lawsuit against the $8 billion tar sands pipeline in Montana, where they've previously won favorable rulings in related cases.

PM Newscast 6.21.19

Jun 21, 2019

The first official summer weekend will be a soggy one for most of Iowa.

Potential heavy rain will be mixed with severe weather over the next few days.

In Siouxland, scattered thunderstorms are possible tonight with hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service says the most severe weather could strike parts of southern Iowa.

Three years after South Dakota lawmakers changed the state's education funding formula to boost teacher pay,  school leaderes say the new system isn't delivering as promised.

Siouxland Public Media


Attorneys for the state of South Dakota and the American Civil Liberties Union appeared before a federal judge today to argue their positions on a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations.

The ACLU is suing Gov. Kristi Noem and others saying the new law — which was enacted in anticipation of the Keystone XL pipeline blocks protected speech.

Supporters of the legislation sought to head off protests of the Keystone XL like those mounted against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017.

Deluge Delays Crop Planting, Causes Hail In SE Nebraska, 5:04

May 28, 2019

052819 504

Strong thunderstorms that affected eastern Nebraska and western Iowa dumped heavy rain and, in southwest Omaha, piles of hail that temporarily stranded some motorists.

The Omaha World-Herald reported dozens of cars pulled off Interstate 80 with broken windshields. North Platte also received reports of baseball-sized hail.

Woodbury County Jail

A man facing charges related to the death of a Sioux City man will be brought back from Mexico to face charges.

Police arrested 24-year-old Ray Avila in Mexico earlier this week.

He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing injury in the death of 31-year-old Pete Johnson after a deadly assault in downtown Sioux City in July of last year.

A former lawyer with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office is the newest justice on the Supreme Court in South Dakota.

Patricia DeVaney has been sworn in.

An investigation is underway after authorities say a man shot his wife in western Iowa after mistaking her for an intruder trying to get into their home.

The Monona County Sheriff says  48-year-old Jackie Krier had been outside the family home about 3 miles  west of Soldier when she was shot Tuesday evening by 49-year-old Brian Krier.

Jackie  Krier was taken to an Onawa hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Sioux City.

A last-minute push to pass a property tax package has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature.

Associated Press

The economic toll from Mississippi River flooding in Davenport could run as high as $2.5 million a month.

That’s according to local economic officials.  That number includes lost wages and business loses but doesn’t include property damage.

The statement is part of an application sent to state and federal officials for assistance. 

A temporary flood barrier failed on April 30, allowing floodwaters to cover several downtown blocks.

Scott County is still waiting for federal officials to declare the area a disaster zone.

Visitor7 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (] / Wikimedia Commons

I'd never heard of 3.2 beer until I got to college. Never was much of a drinker either. I had my first real beer the summer before coming to Iowa for school. Pulled one from an old refrigerator in the basement office of the state park where I worked, a fridge we kept stocked with six packs we’d confiscated from under-agers on the beach. If that fridge got short, we'd go on patrol some Saturday afternoon to restock.