Educator and activist Jean Carlson talks about this weekend's statewide healthcare discussions; one of them is in Sioux City Saturday morning, Woodbury County Democratic Party leader Jeremy Dumkrieger talks about encouraging grassroots organizing, John Giorgio of Siouxland Hospice talks about a camp for bereaved youth that's coming up in September, one-time Sioux City Journal reporter Bill Zahren talks about his new novel, John Wills describes an upcoming Prairie Lakes Conference in Okoboji and we hear from Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford of We Are Not a Monolith.
The state legislature has been in session seven weeks and a lot has happened. Lawmakers passed the controversial Chapter 20 measure that largely ended collective bargaining for public employees in Iowa, changing the way their healthcare will be managed and might eventually affect their pension system.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says the state will have to dip into its emergency fund to meet funding needs, and this comes after deep cuts passed by the Iowa Legislature this year. It looks like students may be attending a new Bryant Elementary next August. There are people gathering at West Lake Okoboji who are getting together to keep the lake free from pollution.