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Fire damages three Sioux City businesses

An early morning call for Sioux City firefighters.  Shortly after two Wednesday morning, they were dispatched to the building at 1954 Riverside Boulevard, which is connected to two others through an attic.  The structure houses several businesses, including Darrell's Used Cars and Protective Coatings & Sandblasting.  Nobody was injured and investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.

Northwest Iowa city receives recognition for workforce initiative

With the help of about a dozen businesses and employees, the city of Onawa, Iowa, was honored by Iowa Workforce Development as the first in the state to achieve the "Skilled Iowa Community Status."  The initiative, which was started by Governor Terry Branstad, works to develop a workforce in cities and counties, by encouraging workers to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate.  Skilled Iowa aims to have 10 percent of businesses in certified communities support the program by hiring workers who are certified.  Some businesses in the city taking part in the initiative include Schenkelberg Implement, Stangel Pharmacy, and Burgess Health Center.

Sioux City budget negotiations focus on recent water main breaks

Sioux City's public works department is calling for an increase in funding to help curb the large number of water main breaks experienced this winter.  This comes after a massive water main break forced students from their residence hall at Briar Cliff University on Sunday.  The city has repaired 38 breaks since January.  Now Sioux City's Public Works Director Jade Dundas is calling for a $125,000 increase to their materials budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

Tornado survivor shares experience in the eye of the storm

October 4, 2013 is a date many in Siouxland will never forget.  That's the night several strong tornados tore through Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  Tuesday, Wayne, Nebraska's John Dunning shared his survival story.  He suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and a skull fracture from the tornado.  Dunning spent 12 days in a medically-induced  coma and another three months in a rehab hospital.  When he finally returned home on January 10, he was met with an outpouring of support from the entire community.
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