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Welcome. Sit. Stay. Lacy.

Feb 23, 2018

Lacy is a beautiful 8 week old Domestic Shorthair Tabby kitten that came into the station meowing up a storm. She is very energetic, playful, happy, curious, and also has a brother named Thomas. They are both looking to be adopted at the Siouxland Humane Society. 

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community. Legal services in both Spanish and English. For more information, the telephone number is 712-224-2371.


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Cultural Continuum 2-23-18

Feb 23, 2018

There are many things to do at area colleges this week, including a chance to see a one-hour opera for free at Morningside College and the Lewis & Clark Jazz Festival at WITCC. There are at least three different theatres in action and a look at the Homestead Act.

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Coming up next on The Exchange, we take a tour of the Sioux City’s beloved Warrior Hotel, which is soon to be returned to its former glory. 

Also, we talk with author a new book about her grandmother, who 100 years ago paved the way for women to play important roles in organized labor.

Also, the Woodbury County Board of Supervisor’s changes its mind about allowing guns in the courthouse, the history of homesteading in Iowa and more.  That’s coming up on The Exchange but first this news.


Welcome to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett. 

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors last night rescinded its order to allow guns at the courthouse and other county buildings.

The board voted 3-to-2 last night to restore a ban on firearms in the courthouse.  There has been a steady stream of people at county meetings and in the media asking for a ban on guns the courthouse.  Several county officials, including County Sheriff Dave Drew and County Attorney P.J. Jennings, have said people become impassioned in some heated court cases and could become deadly if they had guns in the courthouse.

Supervisor Jeremy Taylor at one time was in favor of allowing guns in the courthouse. Taylor said it was the right way to respond to a new firearms law that allowed guns in public places.  Last night, Taylor said he changed his mind.

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“I think the practical implications of bringing guns into the courthouse with varying functions has become unfeasible, I think its impractical, it adds cost even though maybe not as much as has been purported, but is no longer tenable, considering.”

The new gun law, among other things, broadens the state’s so-called stand-your-ground provision, so a law-abiding citizen does not have a duty to retreat in a public place before using deadly force when confronted with danger to life or property.  The final 3-2 vote included Jeremy Taylor, Marty Pottebaum and Rocky De Witt voting to return to the ban on guns in the courthouse, while Matthew Ung and Keith Radig voted against the measure. 

Taylor said he wanted to make sure that people understand how important security is in the courthouse, and how much effort goes into creating a safe environment.

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“ . . . . behind the scenes.”

There have been two important supervisory orders from the Iowa Supreme Court since June on the guns in courthouse issue.

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady issued the latest supervisory order in December, to update his weapons prohibition order of June 2017.

Cady's more recent order from December says the other elements of the June order remain, but after consultation with chief judges, sheriffs and other county officials, there can be a way for weapons to be taken in floors without court system elements.  Board Member Mathew Ung disagreed with banning weapons once more in the courthouse, and saw the issue as one of judicial overreach.

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Judge Duane Hoffmeyer, the Chief judge of the Third Judicial District,  was at last night’s meeting.  Hoffmeyer applauded the board’s action to rescind the order.

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In other business, The Woodbury County supervisors announced last night that they had made enough changes to the fiscal year 2018-19 budget plan to ensure the property tax levy will drop for a fourth straight year.

In other news, the Orange City Public Library Board of Trustees heard commentary from a packed room about a petition to separate materials that deal primarily with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning -- or LGBTQ -- themes, as well as to halt any new such acquisitions without public input.   Others said they supported the library's integration of such materials, even if they don't personally endorse the content.

The board took no action yesterday,  but plans to have its policy committee review the public input and compare its current collection development policy to other libraries to see if changes are warranted. 

The Warrior

Roger Caudron gave some interested locals who were willing to brave the 15 degree temperatures in the building under renovation a look at the old, and much admired hotel.

Caudron stood in front of the dilapidated original front staircase of the building, saying the hotel had trouble from the very beginning, because it was finished at the start of the depression because it was finished right after the stock market crash of 1929.

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“It struggled for its early existence, because of the Great Depression, and it was built as a hotel, a semi-Grand Hotel.”

Caudron said the lobby and the first three floors were indeed grand, but that ornamentation was necessarily found in other parts of the hotel.

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“The hotel rooms where about 25 square feet, and I mean it was a single twin bed, a desk and a bathroom, that was it pretty much, we had apartments on floors nine and ten.”

Despite its YMCA like rooms, some famous folks slept at the Warrior.  Theater people, for instance Sidney Blackmer, the devil worshiper next door in Rosemary’s Baby, and the King.

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“Ah Elvis has slept here, we don’t know where, we assume it was on the upper floors, but we’re hoping as we go through this, someone who’s old enough will step forward and say “I was a maid at the Warrior and Elvis stayed in room such and such.”

In the 1950s, Caudron says the Warrior turned into a motor in, with a loading area for cars, by tearing down part of the lobby.

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“So they tore down the corner of the building, put that little awning over the top of it, so that this was the drop off point. So we’re going to restore the full size of the building, back into, pretty much back into its original condition.”

I give a lot of planetarium shows to kindergartners and at the end of each program, I like to ask them if they have any questions about space and astronomy.  Most questions I receive are usually not questions and more about how they want to be an astronaut, which is fun. But, occasionally, someone asks a really good question.

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Max.

Feb 16, 2018

Max is welcomed in the Siouxland Public Media radio station with open arms as he is a 8-year old dog looking for a new home right now. He is available for adoption at the Siouxland Humane Society.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community.


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Cultural Continuum 2-16-18

Feb 16, 2018

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Welcome to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett. 

The Iowa Legislature this week is deciding which measures will make it to the House and Senate floor.  There have been several contentious bills concerning social and criminal issues, but the so-called educational choice bill brought out dozens of supporters and opponents during recent committee yesterday.  

Under the school choice bill, the state would take most of the money that would normally cover one student’s education in a public school and give it to a family to cover private school tuition instead, up to 5000 dollars. 

The bill’s author estimates that 50 million state dollars would be diverted from public to private schools each year.  The bill was scaled back from a more expensive proposal last year that would have given grants to all private school students in the state.  Cedar Falls Republican Representative Walt Rogers is the

House Education Committee Chairman.   Rogers says the bill is really an effort to give parents of all income levels to afford to send their children to the best school possible.

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That was Cedar Falls Republican Representative Walt Rogers is the House Education Committee Chairman.  He was talking about the school choice bill that will likely go the full house and senate for debate soon.

Republicans and Democrats have spilt down party lines on the school choice bill and several other bills that are facing committee deadlines this week. Sioux City Democratic Representative Chris Hall   also opposes the measure. He also has concerns about the viability of other Republican sponsored measures.  First, he gives his take on the school choice bill.


That was Sioux City Democratic Representative Chris Hall, talking about the school choice bill.

Youre listening to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, Im Mary Hartnett.

Today we often say that technology has transformed communication, but that’s not a modern phenomenon.  From the printing press to IPads, advances in printing technology have played a huge part in changing how we connect and the path of history.    Author Martin Puchner writes about this and the role of literature world worldwide in his book, The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization” leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. 

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  That was Martin Puchner, library critic and author of the book, “The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization.”You’re listening to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.Western Iowa Tech’s Lifelong Learning regularly provides Siouxland with programming that enriches our lives.  This coming spring continues that tradition. Program coordinator Mara Hall joined Mark Munger to talk about what’s ahead.

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You’re listening to the Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett. Just ahead, the story of two people from different sides of the world meet on a mysterious bus, misunderstand each other, and fall in love.  Before that, however, the young women participating in our Siouxland Media Lab project at Girls, Inc. recently asked each other what would make for the perfect Valentine’s Day.

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Recently in the news there was an announcement that astronomers had discovered planets orbiting stars in other galaxies.  This is both expected and amazing at the same time.  Last week we discussed how it was expected because it is part of the star formation process that planets also form around the star.  What is amazing about this discovery is how it was discovered. 

Cultural Continuum 2-09-18

Feb 9, 2018

Friday is Writing Day examines what makes a great children's book. The Conservatory welcomes Cello Fury. The Morningside College Jazz Festival features a sax player and a multi instrumentalist. The Symphony has a world premiere, LAMB does The Vagina Monologues...and that's all before Sunday!

Welcome to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media I’m Mary Hartnett.

Since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, women have been more politically vocal and politically active.  In fact, an Iowa State University center for Women and Politics says more Iowa women are running for office and winning.  Diane Bystrom is the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Bystrom says the women have felt the need to get involved after the loss of the first female presidential nominee.