LOCAL TALK 24 January 2023

Steve Lekwa shares some observations with his Naturally Speaking 


Al Womble - Political Director for the lowa Federation of Labor and the Chair of the lowa Black Caucus discusses items before the lowa Legislature, other areas of concern and ways Iowa citizens can become more informed and share/discuss their views with their representatives.


Susan Gwiasda Public Information Officer/Mental Health Advocate Julie Saxton shares information about the upcoming "Community Conversation on Mental Health" focusing on Resiliency. Guest speaker with be Lyndsey Fennelly. The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Ames Community School District Board Room.


Tammy Koolbeck Director of C.Y. Stephens discusses the many upcoming events scheduled in February and March 

LOCAL TALK 18 January 2023

Originally broadcast 01/18/2023 

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Local Talk for Wednesday. January 18, 2023 began with an Iowa Farmers Union Lunch and Learn.  Last Thursday Aaron Lehman, IFU President invited Michael Schmidt to speak on Confinement Animal Feeding Operations.  Mr. Schmidt is an attorney for the Iowa Environmental Council.

Further information can be found at iowafarmersunion.org.  

The second half of the hour was devoted to Jessica Potter, Director of the Blue Earth County Historical Society.  Ms. Potter provided some history concerning the hanging of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862.  Their crimes were breaking into a warehouse of food to feed a starving nation.  A recently completed Memorial Trail Ride of 330 miles took place from Brule, South Dakota to the hanging site in downtown Mankato, Minnesota.  Often you see the Trail Ride as 38 plus 2.  There were two Chiefs that had been harboring in Canada and were extradited to Mankato and hung in 1864.  The Blue Earth County Historical Society wishes only to create a space where Dakota people can tell their own story.

Further information can be found by Googling Dakota 38 plus 2 Memorial Ride; Blue Earth County Historical Society; a documentary film can be located at Smooth Feather Dakota 38.

LOCAL TALK 6 January 2023

Originally broadcast 01/06/2023 

Local Talk for Friday, January 6, 2023 started with a summary of the news for this week from the Ames Tribune by Dennis Hart. 

As an ongoing story, a third installment includes an interview with Hok Wicasa from Spirit Lake (Devil’s Lake to European settlers), North Dakota.  On the day after Christmas, December 26, 1862 38 Dakota Nation men were hanged at Mankato, Minnesota under the direction of President Abraham.  The convictions and hangings of the Dakota 38 resulted from the aftermath of the US-Dakota War of 1862 in Southwest Minnesota.  In addition to the 38 men hanged.  There were terrible injustices committed against 265 others in the form of military convictions and more than 3,000 Dakota people who were held captive, then were forced to march west.  Here’s a native man’s story about the big drum that accompanies the riders, and teachings about the Dakota culture. 

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