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. 

A Christmas baby, born in Long Island, Kansas in 1929, my maternal grandmother, Joanna Kats, came into this world in the wake of Black Thursday, the worst stock market crash in United States’ history, signaling the onset of the Great Depression.

When the Dust Bowl devastated the region, her displaced farm family moved to this little corner of Iowa in 1938, a few short years before the U.S. entered World War II.

The oldest of 12 children, she married my grandfather, Albert Groeneweg, on February 22, 1950. Their legacy is farming, faith and family.

Sweethearts on the Prairie

May 1, 2017

In the barest of outlines, their getting together seems a marriage of convenience. If you stop at the Homestead Monument, you might just think the gravestone up on the hill marks something cold. Pioneers like Daniel Freeman were incapable of expressing their feelings, if they have feelings at all. Isn’t that right?

Besides, old Daniel had to be flat out lonely. The Civil War was finally over and he’s got a place of his own, a homestead, first one anywhere. What he needs is woman.

The Exchange April 16, 2017 at Pierce St. Coffeeworks

Apr 27, 2017

The Exchange was live at Pierce St. Coffeeworks with City Council members Dan Moore and Rhonda Carpon, as well as Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew and the Chair of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors Mathew Ung.  We talked about the economy, building downtown, tax incentives, creating a national historic district downtown and public safety, among other issues.

Suzanne Hendrix-Case grew up in Charles City, Iowa and traveled the world as a self-employed opera singer. She recently moved to Sioux City with her husband, a photographer and web designer.


What took her back the place where pigs outnumber people? Was it the “Field of Dreams” claim to fame? The promise of never being more than 20 miles from cattle and corn? Or perhaps, the reputation of a college in one corner of the state that offered the kind of educational environment she could thrive in?

Morningside College was where she wanted to work.

Spring Friendraiser Fun

Apr 19, 2017

The fund drive continues through Wednesday. Make your pledge today, and as always, stay tuned.

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I’d like to think of them as ours, but they aren’t—not really. Bison will be forever associated with our own Great Plains, but evidence of their roaming has turned up from Florida to Alaska, Maine to Mexico. They don’t “belong” only to those of us who live here.

Siouxland travelers who fly out of Omaha’s Eppley Airfield are in for two years of parking changes that start this Thursday. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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The Omaha World Herald reports that the surface lot north of the garage will close for public parking beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday. The adjacent canopy lot south of the terminal will also close.

Iowa's Summer Reading Program is No Longer an Option

Apr 17, 2017

Iowa has plans to eliminate its third grade summer reading program.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its bi-annual impaired waters report last week. The report showed that the factory farm industry is a major contributor to Iowa’s water pollution crisis.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Iowa Senate Passes Sanctuary Bill

Apr 13, 2017

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The Iowa senate has passed a bill that would prohibit Iowa cities and counties from enacting "sanctuary" policies to provide safe havens for undocumented immigrants.

Most Democrats opposed the bill saying it would burden taxpayers and encourage racial profiling.  Local government would be barred from receiving state funds if they violate the law. Iowa law enforcement agencies would have to comply with federal immigration detainer requests. 

The bill’s floor manager, Republican Julian Garrett, of Indianola