The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is considering land-based casino proposals for Sioux City. The three groups behind four proposals presented their financing plans to commissioners on Thursday in Johnston. The proposals include a Hard Rock Casino by Sioux City Entertainment, a Warrior Hotel and Casino by Ho-Chunk, Incorporated, and two alternate Hollywood Casinos by Penn National Gaming. In January, the groups will present their plans in detail to the IRGC. The commission will decide who gets the license in April.
An out-of-this-world experience for some northwest Iowa teens. Students from Ridge View High School in Holstein and OA-BCIG got to speak to astronauts on the International Space Station. They were among 23 schools across the country that took part in a live webcast with the astronauts on Thursday. The Ridge View students asked about the "Students Space Flight Experiments" program, which two of their seniors took part in.
Norfolk, Nebraska dedicates a new railroad bridge to replace one that is 120 years old. Local leaders and officials with Nebraska Central Railroad cut the ribbon Thursday on the span near Third Street. The bridge crosses the Elkhorn River and is supported by steel spans, as opposed to the wooden spans on the original bridge. The railroad says the new bridge will support larger loads which should be good for local businesses.
They've decked the halls to help a good cause. The Siouxland Tour of homes is underway. Five homes in Dakota Dunes are showcased this year and decked out in elaborate Christmas decorations. This year's tour benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland. The cost is $25 and the tours leave every half-hour from the Stoney Creek Inn, starting at 10 a.m. and running through 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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