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Iowa Public Television in Siouxland

25 Oct

Sometimes when I talk about being Lost in Siouxland, it is an easy thing to do. Sometimes while driving on back county roads, either those with blacktop or gravel roads, it is easy to lose one’s direction as you cruise the country. However, Iowa roads are laid out very well in a grid, county roads included, and are numerical or by name always alphabetical.

Sioux City sits on the western edge of Iowa. Cross the Missouri River and you are either in South Dakota or Nebraska. Not many people really visit this part of the state since locals believe no one else, but former residents, really care or are interested. This week at the local farmers market, an Iowa Public Television crew was in town filming. Normally that would be a good thing. But the day of the market, it was raining, it was cold, and it’s late October. Meaning, there are only two more days the market will be open this season. I kind of wonder why IPTV even bothered to come to film, unless it was doing something specific. They didn’t say. This Saturday the weather is supposed to be sunny and nice and warmer than it was earlier this week. And so late in the season there are fewer vendors and customers that it makes this market look like no one attends it, which is contrary to the truth.

Having worked in the media, I am sometimes surprised by the poor judgement that sometimes is applied for covering events or stories. And rather than covering a story at an appropriate time, it seems organizations sometimes choose a time convenient for them, not the story. Which brings me back to being “Lost in Siouxland”. Did this film crew wander the back roads for months trying to find this city, situated on an interstate and major state highways, or just decide nothing was going on in another part of the state that they needed to visit this city, on a rainy, cold day, when for certain attendance at the farmers market would be nonexistent.  I even wonder if there was enough for the crew to film and give them the ability to do a “good” story or accurate one, depending on what that story is.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


Siouxland’s Stormy Morning Skies, Woodbury County

27 Jun

The weather again in Siouxland has been vacillating between stormy and clear, but hot and humid all the time. But stormy morning skies can be beautiful, especially when the sun breaks through to help accentuate the landscape. I found that true this morning. The other benefit is that I don’t have to water any plants for another day with some rainfall. And when the sun is coming up and the clouds are passing through, one doesn’t always get the chance to get to an area to capture what might be a spectacular photograph, but you sometimes feel like you are settling for what you see at that moment and capturing what is happening before, so transient and fleeting as the morning light can be.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


Siouxland’s Rainy Farmers Market, Sioux City

22 Jun

The first official day of summer brought the typical Iowa summer weather with it, hot, muggy with high humidity, and plants stressing from no moisture. A lot of promise, but the weather people were not delivering. This year has been nothing if not unusual in the weather department. Snow falling in early May and seven days later, temperatures hitting the 100 degree mark. But today, Saturday, June 22, 2013, the weather has changed. It’s raining. The better part of yesterday watering my plants didn’t happen in vain, but, I could have saved a few dollars.

It seems though the vendors at the farmers market in Sioux City are not catching that good weather break. Today and last week the rain dampened the normally enthusiastic crowd. I find the wet weather doesn’t dampen (pun intended) my enthusiasm, but eating breakfast there can certainly be soggy. But one has to admit, the food couldn’t be any fresher with just a quick rinse before the buyer takes it home.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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