Sioux County is tops in Iowa when it comes to health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which rates every county and every state in the U.S. in terms of length and quality of life, ranks Sioux County number one of Iowa's 99 counties. This is the second time in three years that Sioux County has topped the list. Lyon County ranks second in Iowa. In Nebraska, Wayne County is number two and in South Dakota, Lincoln County ranks third.
Sioux City's Blue Zone initiative effort is underway. On Wednesday, the four-member Blue Zone team was introduced. They are responsible for putting programs in place to help make Sioux City become a certified Blue Zones community. It's part of the state-wide effort to promote well-being within the community by working with businesses and policy making. The team will work out of an office in city hall.
The fundraising effort continues for an Ag and Expo Center at the Woodbury County fairgrounds in Moville. The $6 million facility would host events including livestock and equestrian competitions. Project organizers say $2.5 million have been raised so far. They're hoping to get the rest of the money through federal and state funds.
Sioux City crews are doing some spring cleaning. They've been picking up litter that has piled up during the winter months from streets and at parks. Officials say more than $23,000 has been spent so far on the cleanup. The city is reminding people that littering is not only costly, it's illegal. If you get busted for littering, you could face a fine.
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