Siouxland Public Media Interviews and Features

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We talk with the people in our community who are making art, news, music, and more. 

South Dakota Lawmakers Vote to Raise Teacher Pay

Mar 13, 2017

SD Teacher Pay

On the final day of the legislative session, South Dakota lawmakers on Friday approved small raises for teachers and health care providers.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Coming up this weekend, LAMB Arts Regional Theatre presents “Death of a Salesman,” a 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller. In this drama, Willy Loman has spent his life following the American way, but somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. He lives in a fragile world of excuses and daydreams. He desperately attempts to make sense of himself and of the world around him that once promised so much.

Siouxland Public Media’s Ally Karsyn talked with the lead of the show, who was, in fact, a salesman himself.

150 People Show Up at Public Hearing on Minimum Wage

Mar 6, 2017

Hearing on Minimum Wage

More than 150 people signed up to speak about House Bill 295 last night at a public hearing.  The measure would allow the state to set a minimum wage and preempt counties that have higher wages.  Polk, Johnson, Linn and Wapello counties have already raised the minimum wage.  

Jessica Dunker was one of two people who spoke on favor of the measure. Dunker is with the Iowa Restaurant Association.  She said the state should set the minimum wage and not the counties.



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More than 240 eople signed up to give testimony last night at a statehouse hearing on a bill that would require Iowa voters to present ID’s at the polls.  House File 516 brought out large numbers supporters and opponents.  Secretary of State Paul Pate is the author of the measure and he spoke first.  He said the bill should make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. Pate said that no one would be denied the right to vote if the bill becomes law.



Go up the gentle hill west of LeMars sometime. Take a right when you get up the rise, and you'll find an abandoned place with an old house square enough to be a dorm. 

Once upon a time, it was.

Up there, you could well be on top of the world. East, the Floyd River snakes around the city of LeMars, which was far smaller back in 1880 when Captain Reynolds Moreton built the place where you're standing, a place he called Dromore Farm, named after a castle in Scotland. In his day that house was twice as big, but it’s still lordly, although silent now, abandoned. 

Nebraska Voter ID Bill Faces Opposition

Mar 2, 2017

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While Iowa legislators ponder a voter ID bill, a similar measure is drawing criticism in Nebraska.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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The Lincoln Star Journal reports that the new proposal is in the form of a constitutional amendment that would be submitted to Nebraska voters in 2018.  If voters approved the amendment, the Legislature would determine the voter ID requirements. 

Iowa Death Penalty Bill Laid to Rest

Mar 2, 2017

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State lawmakers have scrapped plans to resurrect the death penalty in Iowa this year. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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A house committee approved a bill repealing Iowa's bottle deposit program yesterday, but it could be several years before the bill would become law. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.


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South Dakota Reservation Tax Exemptions

Mar 2, 2017

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A Nebraska lawmaker proposed a bill yesterday to encourage more business and economic growth on the Native American reservations. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Our Tia-Mama said she was way too young to be a grandmother when her first grandchild was born, so she became Tia-Mama.  In Spanish “tia” actually means “aunt”…and an aunt is a very special relative to a young child.  Our Tia-Mama is very special to us and we love that she has a very special name.