This diverse program started with Dana James, founder of the online publication "Black Iowa News," telling how her personal experience inspired her to provide information about healthcare for minorities during the COVID crisis. Our second guest, Eddie Andrews, newly elected Republican representative from IA district 39, described his election strategy during a pandemic as well as his most important concern, which is mental health practice, especially for children. Switching to Norwegian heritage we interviewed Diane Tott, who sought to make Lefse rolling pins from a beloved walnut tree destroyed in last summer's Derecho. For this project she enlisted "Lefse King" Gary Legwold. They joined with Paul Wierson to reminisce about Norwegian food and customs. Pat Schlarbaum's phenology about the Great Horned Owl closed out the show.
In deference to Tuesday's snow, we started the show with New Year's Eve snow stories. Then, reflecting concerns over the effect of the COVID relief bill that Congress just passed, we checked in with Mark Jackson, City Administrator of Story City, who gave us the good news that forethought and careful planning, plus incentives for shopping local, had resulted in a healthy Christmas economy with no stores closing in Story City. In the spirit of adaptation, we then filled in the features of KHOI's virtual dance party "2020 Begone." Carole Horowitz introduced the Family Activities starting with the Ames Children's Choirs and concluding with Cynthia McClure's "Toy Box" of novelty songs from 5 to 8 p.m., Meredith Francom described how the ZOOMWAY Maskerade from 8- 8:30, and Michael Murphy introduced the DJ's who'll take us to 1 p.m.
Ending on an imaginative note, our last guests, Nathan Edwards and Rachel Moylan introduced the virtual ISU "Wearable Design Show" to a viewing audience online. It will start on December 21 and expand each day through December 30. (See more on FACEBOOK CollegeofDesign).
Mike Meetz, hosted the hour, with engineer Mike Murphy, and Milford township neighbor, Pat Schlarbaum
Dan Culhan, Ames Chamber of Commerce
Discussed how local businesses are fairing this holiday season, the limitations imposed by the pandemic affected local businesses and shared some examples of innovative ways that have helped businesses cope.
Discussed Revitalization Grant: city considering an aquatic center; discussed the ways businesses are attempting to take advantage of this opportunity.
President’s Executive Order making Dec 24th a federal holiday impact on businesses, delivery abilities of USPS?Providing for the Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on December 24, 2020 Signed:12/11/2020
Erica Place, Outreach Coordinator for Story County Conservation Reviewed the SCCB activities during the holiday seasonOutdoor opportunities: ice fishing, ski/snow shoeing ,winter hikes; with safety in mind. Update on the photography contest?
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa news from this past week.
Susan Dinsdale, Executive Director of Iowa Citizens Action Network, a grassroots public interest organization working with individuals, communities, and organizations in Iowa and nationally, for social change and a progressive vision. Susan describes two campaigns ICAN was addressing prior to the pandemic, that have gained even more importance with the onset of Covid-19: the Paid Leave for All campaign - calling for regulations and federal support for paid leave for workers, when necessary, and the Lower Drug Prices Now Coalition - raising awareness and combating the rising cost of prescription drugs.
KHOI naturalist Pat Schlarbaum re-introduces us to that reddest of brds - our cardinal!
Julia, who works at Transform Gift shop on Fridays, gives a minitutprial on stones and crystals and explains why relating to these beautiful stones is meaningful to her.
Anna Banana's Heart toHeart message is about authenticity.
Today's Local Talk featured Big 12 Championship discussion by Mario Chothen and history of Jack Trice by Brendan Dunphey, Susan Gwiasda and Merry Rankin discussed Climate Action report and Anna Bananna included Carole Puckrose poetry.