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National Park Reserve designation causes controversy in western Iowa's Loess Hills

A renewed push for a federal designation for western Iowa's Loess Hills is raising concern among Siouxlanders who live in them, farm them and own land in them.  The Loess Hill Alliance is requesting the land be designated as a National Park System affiliate.  Any such designation would be years away, but many landowners fear they would lose control of their property to the government.  The alliance says the designation would provide funding and program assistance to landowners, who would still retain ownership of their property.

Sioux City budget cuts aren't enough to avoid a tax increase

Property taxes will be going up in Sioux City.  The council is set to approve a final budget next week that includes a tax levy of $16.37.  That's an extra $31 per $100,000 property valuation for the city's share of property taxes.  The city asked every department to cut their operating budget by one-percent, but mayor Bob Scott says the tax hike couldn't be avoided.  Scott blames part of the increase on the state rollback formula that will actually cut tax rates for businesses.

Several northeast Neb. school districts look at ways to fight declining enrollment

With a threat of declining enrollment on the horizon, several Siouxland school districts are discussing ways to fight that trend.  School leaders from Creighton and Plainview believed it was in the best interest of the districts to get an outsider's perceptive before making any decisions about the future.  Bloomfield, Wausa, and Osmond were also included in the five school feasibility study.  The study looked at things such as enrollment trends, school facilities, educational programs, and financing, and included options for the district to consider.
   

Iowa schools may soon be required to test for radon

The Senate education subcommittee has approved a measure requiring radon testing in schools.  The bill would require school districts to carry out the testing in all buildings where students and teachers are regularly present by June 30, 2016.  School boards must then address the situation if high radon levels are found.
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