Sioux City

Spring Friendraiser Fun

Apr 19, 2017

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

Part of the lineup for Saturday in the Park was announced today. Headliners include jazz-blues-funk player Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, rock hybrid The Revivalists and soul sensation Joss Stone. 

The 27th annual free music festival will be held in Grandview Park on July 1.

Stone was set to perform at Saturday in the Park in 2012 but dropped out due to a delay in her recording schedule.

Flight 232 Model at Local Museum

Mar 27, 2017

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The Sioux City Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation has acquired a model of the DC-10 plane like the one that crashed at the Sioux Gateway Airport in 1989.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

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A new program will allow Siouxland students to complete coursework at Iowa State University Design West and Western Iowa Tech Community College before transferring to Ames.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett as the details.

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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.

My Grandpa Albert lives in San Antonio, Texas.  I interviewed him over Facetime on my Ipad as there was no time to meet with him face to face.  His life is interesting and full of surprises!


Kevin Kling is a master storyteller and down-home philosopher from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. He takes on a serious tone quickly cracked by humor, and while you’re softened by laughter, that’s when he’ll go straight for the heart and pulls those strings like a puppet master.


My grandfather was named Farid Jabre. He was born in Beit Chebab, Lebanon. He changed his birth date to March 19 to show his devotion to Saint Joseph. My dad doesn’t remember my grandfather’s real birth date, except that he was born in the year 1921. Grandfather died before I was born. He died from a stroke and heart attack because of heavy cigarettes smoking. So, please, don’t smoke.

At age 92, our great uncle Howard Horii has many stories to tell, but one of the most compelling is his story of the Japanese- American internment camps during WWII.  Because of their Japanese-American heritage, after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, many Americans viewed the Japanese, even those born in this country, with suspicion, and thousands were taken to prison camps to remain for the duration of the war. Howard’s family was in a camp at the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona and while they tried to make it seem normal, they did feel like prisoners.

A Conversation with Your Muslim Neighbor

Feb 9, 2017

More than 200 people showed up last night at the Sioux City Public Museum for the Conversation with a Muslim Neighbor gathering.  The venue had to be changed from a smaller site because so many people signed up. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

The event is a part of the Sioux City Human Rights Commission’s new on-going series, “Who Are the People in Our Neighborhood.” Two muslim doctors answered questions from the crowd about religion, the current immigration ban, terrorism and the role of women in Islam.