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Sioux City leaders raised concerns about waste and recycling containers during Monday’s meeting.

Some customers have trashed the process for the replacement of all containers that started a few weeks ago. SPM’s Sheila Brummer reports.

The two Republicans who represent Iowa in the United States Senate say today’s arraignment of former President Trump in Miami shows there are two standards for justice in America. Radio Iowa has more at this link. https://www.radioiowa.com/2023/06/13/iowas-us-senators-say-trump-should-not-face-charges/

The Spirit Lake School Board has voted to keep its longstanding Indian mascot.

Earlier this year, the Spirit Lake Tribal Council in North Dakota sent the district a letter, saying the mascot is offensive and calling for its removal.

The board voted 4-1 to keep the Indian mascot. Greta Gruys was the board member who voted no, suggesting the board should collect more feedback before making a final decision.

In 2021, the Camanche School District changed its mascot to “the Storm” after Camanche sports teams had been known as The Indians for 60 years.

The Des Moines Register has announced it’s dropping plans to shoot for a world record number of cyclists during the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa next month.

The event is known as RAGBRAI and this is the 50th year bicyclists will make the week long, statewide trek from the Missouri River to the Mississippi. RAGBRAI organizers had hoped to set a Guinness World Record mark for largest parade of bicycles on the day riders bike from Ames to Des Moines. However, the newspaper says new criteria from the publisher of Guinness World Records make it impossible.

Planners tell Radio Iowa they expect as many as 100,000 riders to be on RAGBRAI’s Wednesday, July 26 route from Ames to Des Moines. RAGBRAI will start in Sioux City on Sunday, July 23 and end 500 miles later in Davenport on Saturday, July 29.

The College World Series begins its annual run in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday. The opening games match Oral Roberts against TCU and Florida against Virginia. Openers on Saturday pit Wake Forest against Stanford and LSU against SEC rival Tennessee. Wake Forest is the first No. 1 national seed since 2018 to make the CWS. Oral Roberts will assume the underdog role as the first No. 4 regional seed to reach Omaha since Stony Brook in 2012. Bracket winners will play in the best-of-three championship series starting June 24.

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Sioux City Represented at White House Event

Sioux City Councilmember Alex Watters will attend the Communities in Action: Building a Better Iowa event on Wednesday, June 14 at the White House in Washington, D.C.

The event is part of a White House series that will feature local elected officials and community leaders working on behalf of their communities to create opportunities and improve people’s everyday lives.

Local elected officials and community leaders were invited to attend to share examples of how federal programs are positively impacting our community. Councilmember Watters will discuss programs utilized by the City of Sioux City, including assistance through the Department of Homeland Security, Economic Development Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing & Urban Development, Federal Aviation Administration, National Endowment for the Arts, American Rescue Plan, and more.

The meeting will be held in-person at the White House and will highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s investments and impacts in communities across Iowa.

Norwegian-Swedish folk music duo, Lynx Lynx, to perform on the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center’s Spirit of Discovery Stage

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (June 13, 2023) — On Saturday, June 24, at 7:00 PM, the Lewis and Clark outdoor Spirit of Discovery Stage will welcome to its stage a Norwegian-Swedish folk music duo, Lynx Lynx. Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg will join their Scandinavian fiddle forces together in this lively performance. Admission is free. The audience will be positioned in a grassy area of Center’s campus, so are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as well as refreshments.

The variety of strings includes fiddles, Hardanger fiddles, guitars, and even a mandolin. The mix of tunes is put together by both their original and traditional Nordic fiddle tunes. Vidar Skredeis, a Nordic folk musician and teacher from Haugesund, Norway, currently lives in Milwaukee, WI. He is a performer and a teacher of Harding-fiddle, fiddle, and guitar. He has a background in traditional music from his home area, Rogaland (southwest of Norway) and has a master’s degree in performing Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Vidar has numerous bands, projects, and record albums behind him, both in Scandinavia and in America. He has received nominations and awards for his albums in both Norway and Finland. He has toured all the Nordic countries, Scotland, Canada and the United States, and he has performed with a wide range of artists, such as Arja Saijonmaa (FI), Kevin Henderson (UK), Liz Carroll (US), Bruce Molsky (US), Natalie Haas (US), to mention a few artists outside of his own tradition. Vidar is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene and is well known for his own tune creations across the scene, which have been played and recorded by many artists besides himself.

Patrik Ahlberg is a multi-instrumentalist from Sweden. He regularly plays and performs music of both the United States and Sweden. His current projects include duets of contemporary tunes and arrangements with Nashville fiddler George Jackson, a duo with Norwegian hardanger fiddler Vidar Skrede, and a solo exploration of Swedish fiddle tunes on the classical guitar.

New Horizon’s Band

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (June 13, 2023) — Music will fill the air when New Horizon’s Band of Sioux City presents its concert under the direction of Benjamin Mauritz at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 25 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

The 30-member New Horizon’s Band of Sioux City began more than 10 years ago with six members. It is one of more than 200 U.S. programs in the New Horizon’s International Music Association, which originated in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. The Association’s sole purpose is to provide musical opportunities for adults.

New Horizon’s Band of Sioux City includes musicians with limited experience as well as those who participated in high school or college bands. Ray’s Midbell Music of Sioux City sponsors the band and hosts rehearsals on Thursday afternoons.

Source: Kwit News

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