Congressional Candidate Turns to Drive-In Campaigning During the C-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced candidates running for office try and become creative in reaching out to potential supports. Democrat J.D. Scholten gassed up his RV, nicknamed "Sioux City Sue" and hit the road after a hiatus of several months. He goes head-to-head in the 4 th Congressional District after his challenger, Randy Freenstra of Hull beat long-time incumbant, Steve King. Scholten was on the road when he talked to Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer about the campaign, a strained

Congressional Candidate Turns to Drive-In Campaigning During the C-19 Pandemic

ANOTHER LISTEN: Campaign Speech By Vice Presidential Pick Kamala Harris

On Tuesday afternoon, Former Vice President Joe Biden named onetime rival Kamala Harris as his running mate. The California senator, was one of about two dozen Democrats who spent time in Iowa and even here in Siouxland trying to secure the nomination for President. Harris dropped out of the Presidential race in December, just two months before the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses. It was back on July 5 th of last year, when candidate Kamala Harris spoke to an overflow audience of around 350

ANOTHER LISTEN: Campaign Speech By Vice Presidential Pick Kamala Harris

News 8.12.20: More C-19 Deaths in IA, Drive-In Political Events, Continued Power Outages and More

A dozen more people in the state of Iowa have died of complications of COVID-19, including two more deaths in Plymouth County. The statewide death toll is now 950. During a 24-hour period that ended at 10 this morning, there were more than 450 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Iowa. Siouxland District Health reported five new additional cases in Woodbury County. Health officials in Dakota County are tracking two more cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile, football practice is on hold in South Sioux

News 8.12.20: More C-19 Deaths in IA, Drive-In Political Events, Continued Power Outages and More

PM News 8.11.20: Flights to Denver, Campaigning During COVID and More Storm Damage

Air service from Sioux City to Denver will take flight again starting in October. During a news conference Tuesday afternoon Mayor Bob Scott announced the addition of United Express flights operated by Skywest Airlines. The first flight from the Sioux Gateway Airport is scheduled to take off on October 14 th . The daily flight will be onboard 50-passenger CRJ200 jet aircraft. From Denver, United Airlines provides 460 daily flights to more than 170 destinations. The last time Sioux City had a

PM News 8.11.20: Flights to Denver, Campaigning During COVID and More Storm Damage

SC Council Discusses Fireworks Complaints

Fireworks 1 081020 After a large increase in complaints on and around the Fourth of July, the Sioux City Council today discussed a new ban on fireworks, but took no action. Fireworks complaints increased 80 percent for the month of June compared to a year ago. Currently, fireworks may only be legally discharged within city limits between the hours of 1 and 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4, on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. But residents say they have heard fireworks going off in their neighborhoods

News 8.10.20: Stormy Morning, C-19 Update, Another Tyson Lawsuit and More

A line of thunderstorms Monday morning sent high winds, along with some rain and hail, over eastern Nebraska and into Iowa, knocking down tree limbs and causing power outages. High winds did blow down a few light poles on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College. The storms raced over parts of eastern Nebraska before 9 a.m. Monday, bring wind gusts of up to 70 mph. Omaha Public Power District reported more than 55,500 customers without power in Omaha and surrounding communities. By 10 a

News 8.10.20: Stormy Morning, C-19 Update, Another Tyson Lawsuit and More

News 8.7.20: C-19 Positivity Rates, Internet Aid, 4th District Poll and Tax Free Holiday

An open letter today to Iowans from Governor Kim Reynolds says "now isn't the time to let our guard down". She released a video statement this afternoon, reflecting on the five months since the first positive cases of COVID-19 cases in Iowa. "COVID-19 has tested each of us, and it will continue to. But we can't let it deter or divide us. When emotions are high and opinions are strong, it's important to take a step back and realize that we're all working toward the same goal. And even though we

News 8.7.20: C-19 Positivity Rates, Internet Aid, 4th District Poll and Tax Free Holiday

News 8.6.20: Oromo Protest, Schools Update, Drought and More

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds provided a few more details on Thursday about requirements for school districts for in-person learning this fall. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is requiring schools to hold at least half of their core lessons in person. Reynolds held a news conference this morning in Des Moines where she was joined by a superintendent of a small district in southeast Iowa. Reporters who attended questioned Reynolds about issues facing larger districts in the state. She says talks have

News 8.5.20: Felon Voting, Local Mask Mandate?, C-19 Price-Gouging Case, Hit & Run Boating and More

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an executive order this morning restoring voting rights to felons. "This is a cause so many Iowans worked on for years. It boils down to our fundamental right for redemption and second changes." Iowa was the only state banning felons from voting, unless they appealed directly to the governor. The order applies to people who have completed their sentence, including probation and parole. It excludes people who convicted of murder or manslaughter, but they can

News 8.5.20: Felon Voting, Local Mask Mandate?, C-19 Price-Gouging Case, Hit & Run Boating and More

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Candidate Theresa Greenfield Talk About Goals, Priorities

This week on The Exchange, we talk with Republican Senator Joni Ernst and her opponent Theresa Greenflield. Both candidates have been raising record levels of campaign funds, and recent polls show Ernst and Greenfield in a very tight race. Also on the program, the Sioux City Council this week approved the purchase of body cameras after years of debate. Supporters say the re-evalution of police tactics and equipment after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May was a motivating factor in

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Candidate Theresa Greenfield Talk About Goals, Priorities

News 8.4.20: Iowa School Update, Riverfront Project, River-Cade Cancellations, Tyson Concerns & More

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says if schools ignore her order to provide at least 50 percent in-person learning, they'll have to make up the time at the end of the year. "Schools that choose not to return to school for at least 50 percent in person instruction are not defying me. They are defying the law." A law passed late in the legislative session states that schools cannot primarily use virtual learning unless the governor allows it by proclamation. Reynolds says individual families can choose

News 8.4.20: Iowa School Update, Riverfront Project, River-Cade Cancellations, Tyson Concerns & More

Iowa Adds Seven More COVID-19 Deaths; 181 New Cases

Health officials have reported nine new positive cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County. The Siouxland District Health Department said Tuesday the new cases were reported out of 73 new tests. No deaths were reported, a day after two deaths increased the county's death toll to 50. Iowa Department of Public Health data showed that as of this morning, Woodbury County has had 3,653 total cases of COVID-19. The Dakota County Health Department reported three new cases today, increasing the county's

Sioux CIty Council Votes Unanimously to Approve Purchase of Police Body Cameras

Body Cam Vote 080320 Today the Sioux City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution awarding a purchase order of more than $260,000 dollars for 120 body worn camera units, and all necessary equipment to operate and maintain the system. Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller said the body cameras will be operational by the end of the year. "So we are going to make this transition as soon as possible, but set fall as a date, because there are unanticipated things, the delivery piece. But as

Sioux CIty Council Votes Unanimously to Approve Purchase of Police Body Cameras

News 8.3.20: Woodbury County C-19 Deaths, NE Education Plan, Sioux City Summer School and More

The number of deaths in Woodbury County due to complications of COVID-19 has now reached 50, according to Siouxland District Health. The health department reported the two who died were a middle-aged woman between the ages of 41 and 60 and an older man between 61 and 80-years old. However, the state coronavirus website showed another death for a total of 51 in Woodbury County. There have been a dozen deaths in Buena Vista County, eight in Plymouth, four in Dickinson and 2 in Sioux and one in O

News 8.3.20: Woodbury County C-19 Deaths, NE Education Plan, Sioux City Summer School and More

Woodbury County Has One New COVID-19 Death; 19 New Cases

Just a day after officials launched an effort to increase enforcement of distancing orders in bars and restaurants, a state agency reported there had been 705 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. As of this morning, another 11 people had died of the virus in Iowa. Governor Kim Reynolds announced yesterday that a $1,000 fine would be imposed on bars that fail to enforce social distancing requirements when more than ten are gathered. Restaurants will get a warning. Repeat offenses could result

More than 700 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Iowa Today

The coronavirus continues to spread in Iowa. Another 11 people with COVID-19 have died, and there have been nearly an additional 705 confirmed cases, the state reported Friday, according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website. There have been 865 deaths because of the coronavirus in Iowa. Polk and Woodbury Counties continue to have the highest number of cases of the virus. Woodbury County has tallied 3612 cases and 47 deaths, and no new deaths or cases yet today. Nebraska had accounted for

More Guidance for Iowa Schools from Gov. Kim Reynolds

304 news. 073020 Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds released guidance this morning saying that Iowa schools would have to see a coronavirus positivity rate of at least 15% in the county where they are located before they could request to transition a school building or district to fully online learning. The guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Education includes four levels of community transmission of COVID-19 within a school, requiring escalating response measures as

Back to School with Sup. Paul Gausman; Remembering Irving Jensen

This week on The Exchange, as students, teachers and parents prepare to go back to school after nearly six months interruption becuase of the Coronavirus, we talk with Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman. Gausman talks about how the schools will stay safe, and part of that strategy is requiring face masks for everyone. He also discusses contingency plans if the virus does ramp up in Woodbury County. Some students will learn virtually from home. Also today, we remember

Students, Staff to Wear Masks in SC Schools; Regents' Cuts

Iowa has added 247 new cases of the coronavirus since yesterday, reported 43,144 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 839 deaths. In Northwest Iowa, Woodbury County has tallied 3,576 cases and 47 deaths. The Sioux City Community Schools will be back in session on August 25 th . Teachers, parents and students have been wondering about facemask requirements as the coronavirus continues to spread. Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says today masks will be required most of the time, with a few

The SC Community Schools will Require Masks

404 News 072920 Iowa has added 247 new cases of the coronavirus since yesterday, reported 43,144 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 839 deaths. In Northwest Iowa, Woodbury County has tallied 3,576 cases and 47 deaths. Nebraska had 258 new cases since yesterday and a total of 25,157 cases, and 321 deaths. South Dakota has 48 new coronavirus cases today with a total of 8,492 cases and 123 deaths. The Riverside Aquatic Center was abruptly closed yesterday. That was after city officials announced a

More Iowans Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase

There has been another jump in confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Iowa, as well as another death today, as the state continues to see a rise in hospitalizations. The state health department's virus tracking this afternoon shows 280 new cases and one death. Total deaths since the beginning of the outbreak stood at 794 today and total number of cases reached 38,917. This morning, 221 people were hospitalized for the virus — a number that has been slowly increasing over the last few weeks. The

COVID-19, Siouxland Updates, Future of School Closures, Stimulus Package

On this edition of The Exchange, we talk with Tyler Brock of Siouxland District Health about the number of COVID-19 cases in Woodbury County and how to keep ourselves safe during the pandemic. We also speak with Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman about the outlook for students, who are currently out of school because of the coronavirus, to get back to class this school year. The Senate has passed a two-trillion dollar stimulus package to help employers, workers, and others

COVID-19, Siouxland Updates, Future of School Closures, Stimulus Package