Farm vehicles now weigh almost as much as heaviest dinosaurs – here’s why that’s a problem

What does a modern combine harvester and a Diplodocus have in common? One answer, it seems, may be their big footprints on the soil. A new study led by researchers from Sweden and Switzerland has found that the weight of farming machinery today is approaching that of the largest animals to have ever roamed the Earth – the sauropods.
TIGHT SPOT — Wendy Kaufman stands at the entrance to her packed garage with her daughter Jaedyn, 19, and son Julian, 14, Tuesday, April 12, in Doral, Fla. The Kaufman’s moved from Germany and have been unable to find a home big enough that they can afford.

Homebuyers stymied by fewer homes, high prices

Shortly after moving to South Florida for a new job with the U.S. military, Shannon Kaufman and his wife, Wendy, signed up for a whole other mission: buying a home. For months, they scoured listings, …

Nationwide battle heats up over remaining federal rental assistance

In her office at a nonprofit in central Nebraska, Karen Rathke routinely encounters residents still stung by the pandemic and hoping to get help with their rent. Rathke, president of the Heartland …
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Local Nature & Outdoors

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Lawn & Garden

Award-Winning Gardening Programs Provide Timely Resources for Growers

(SBA) - When gardeners have questions – they can get answers – thanks to two popular gardening resources offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Public Radio. …

Master Gardener Fall Training Application Now Open

(SBA) - The application window is opening July 12 for the 2024 Fall Master Gardener training cohort, which will be offered in 44 counties or extension regions by Iowa State University Extension and …

Pioneer Valley Days
August 9th & 10th

     (SBA) - Many of the events will be located at the Parks & Recreation Complex, 903 Topaz Drive, in Sergeant Bluff. Bring your coolers and chairs. No hard alcohol or glass bottles allowed. Events are subject to change due to weather or participation requirements.
     A schedule of events and details regarding their location and requirements for participation will be published in the Sergeant Bluff Advocate and listed on the Advocate website and may be viewed on city website: under the “Community” tab and on the Community Action Team’s Facebook page.

Friday, July 19th

4 Person Best Ball at Green Valley Golf Course. Shotgun Start at 12:30pm

Friday, August 9th

Parade – 6:30pm
Sergeant Bluff Fire Dept. 100th Celebration Open House & Hometown Heroes/Ice Cream Social immediately after the parade at the Fire Department.
Drive-in Movie – At Dusk (Approx 9pm)

Saturday, August 10th

Color Fun Run – 9:00 am
Show-N-Shine Car Show 9am to 1pm
Adult Bags Tournament-12 noon
Family Fun Day – 12pm-4pm
(Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Inflatables, Food Trucks, Face Painting, SBFR Water Fights and more!)
Foam Party from 12pm-2pm!
Kids Bags Tournament – 2pm
Horseshoe Tournament – 12pm
Kids Bags Tournament 2pm
Music @ Eddies – 7pm-11pm
Free Swim @ Pool (first 300) – 6-8pm

Bags Tournament Flyer
Color Run Flyer
Parade Flyer
Parade Route

City of Sergeant Bluff
One Month Until the 2024 Iowa State Fair Begins
(SBA) - Get ready to catch Fair Fever at the Iowa State Fair, August 8-18, 2024. With 11 groovy, fun-filled, action-packed days of food, games, rides and music – there's something fun for …
Secretary Naig Encourages Farmers to Utilize, Update the State’s Free Hay and Straw Directory
(SBA) - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging Iowans to take advantage of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s free, searchable online directory for hay …
CLAAS FARMPOINT grows mobile service footprint
(SBA) - LE MARS, IA -  CLAAS FARMPOINT, a division of global farm machinery manufacturer CLAAS, is expanding into the Midwest with the opening of a new dealership in Le Mars, Iowa. The new …
USDA Announces Emergency Relief Program Assistance for Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2022 Natural Disasters
(SBA) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the deadline for commodity and specialty crop producers to apply for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) for 2022 natural disaster …
Manure settling basin. Separating solids from open feedlot runoff is important in managing manure movement caused by rainwater and melting snow. Using gravity to remove solids by settling them to the bottom of a small pool (basin) is the most common and cost-effective method for feedlot runoff solids separation.
Effective Runoff Management for Open Lots and Outdoor Manure Storage
(SBA) - Many areas of Iowa have experienced higher-than-average precipitation events with a string of continued wet weather. This abnormally wet weather pattern has caused drainage and flooding …

Iowa Hawkeye Baseball and Octane Camps Partner to Bring Youth Baseball Skills Camp to Des Moines Metro

(SBA) GRIMES, Iowa  - The Iowa Swarm Baseball Program and Octane Camps are thrilled to announce the Iowa Hawkeye Baseball Skills Camp!  This camp, featuring Coach Heller and Iowa Hawkeye …

2024 IGHSAU Girls State Softball Championships

(SBA) - Don’t miss any of the girls state softball action! As Iowa girls battle to get their tickets punched to the state tournament, Iowa PBS is preparing for live coverage of the championship …

Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warriors Triumph Over Sioux City East:

GAME #1  (SBA) - In a good match, Sergeant Bluff-Luton (SB-L) overcame Sioux City East with a score of 11-4. Despite an early setback in the first inning, trailing 1-0, the Warriors quickly …

Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warriors Sweep Doubleheader:

(SBA) - In a five-inning match, Sergeant Bluff-Luton (SBL) Warriors swiftly took control against Bishop Heelan with a 10-0 victory. The Warriors started strong, scoring three runs in the first …

SB-L Softball’s Rollercoaster Ride

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 15 Sioux City West 1 (5 Innings)      (SBA) - In a 5-inning game, Sergeant Bluff-Luton (SBL) triumphed over Sioux City West with a score of 15-1. The Warriors …
Special Features
A Place to Discover and Dream
Parts of this feature appeared in the May 11, 2023 Advocate      (SB) - If you are looking for a place to explore the history and wonders of aviation and transportation, look no …
Kyle Daniels, Special Forces veteran and founder of Firebrand Flags, brought a special, vintage 48-star flag to Normandy to celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.
Former Special Forces veteran creates American Flags that don’t burn
(SBA) - In many ways, Kyle Daniels is your typical Midwestern American. He grew up in a patriotic household, many of his family members joined the military, and his father was very meticulous about …
A-10 fighter jet connects to the refueling boom. Photo by Tim Loftus.
185th Hosts KC-135 Media Flight
(SBA) - This week journalists from Western Iowa were invited to fly with the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing where they witnessed an inflight refueling with a group of A-10 …

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Outdoor Yoga at the Nature Center

Yoga at the Nature Center

(SBA) - Wednesday, June 26: Outdoor Yoga Class ,  5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. If you enjoy yoga and nature, give this class a try! We will go for a short hike …

New Birding Opportunities at Nature Center

     (SBA) - The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is excited to announce that it has received Birding Backpacks from the Loess Hills Audubon Society. They have donated two backpacks for …

Nature Center Extends Summer Hours

(SBA) - Beginning June 9 th  the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center will be open 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.  The extension in hours is to allow visitors more access to the nature center …

School news
7 Tips for Planning for Student Loans
Many families turn to federal and private student loans, like those offered by ISL Education Lending, to cover remaining college costs after savings, earnings and other financial aid. But the options …
2024 Summer Adventures
(SBA) - The 2024 ISU Extension and Outreach Summer Camps are back, gearing up to empower and educate the youth of today for the challenges of tomorrow. With a diverse array of programs aimed at …
Western Iowa Tech Mass Communication Program Granted LPFM Construction Permit
(SBA) - The Mass Communication Program at Western Iowa Tech is excited to announce that it has been granted a Low Power FM (LPFM) construction permit by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). …
Museum Announces Family Summer Programming
(SBA) - Opportunities at the Sioux City Public Museum to explore history through classes and family activities are available this summer. Classes are available on ancient games and pioneer lives, as …
EPA Announces $3.6 Million in Rebates for Clean School Buses Across Iowa
(SBA) - LENEXA, KAN. (MAY 29, 2024) – Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced the recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2023 Clean School Bus Program …

Education & Awards
Iowa Lakes Foundation Awards Over $800,000 in Fall 2024 Scholarships
(SBA) - With more than 150 scholarships available and a high average award, students planning to attend Iowa Lakes Community College can overcome financial obstacles and receive a quality education. …
National Nonprofit Petco Love Invests in Siouxland Humane Society
(SBA) - Siouxland Humane Society is set to receive a $35,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for animals in the Siouxland Area. Petco Love …
Michael Widjaja Named to the University of Hartford's Dean's List
     (SBA) WEST HARTFORD, CT - The University of Hartford is pleased to announce that Michael Widjaja of Sergeant Bluff has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2024 semester. …
Dr. Jenni McCrory (center) received a plaque from Sergeant Bluff Public Library Board President Michael Aguirre (left) and Library Director Mary Torgerson.
Local library board honors McCrory
(SBA) - The Sergeant Bluff Public Library Board of Trustees recognized member Dr. Jenni McCrory, a longtime champion for Sergeant Bluff Public Library, at the monthly board meeting on June 19. This …
6,600-plus Huskers named to spring Deans' List
(SBA) - More than 6,600 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have been named to the Deans' List for the spring semester of the 2023-24 academic year. Qualification for the Deans' List varies …
Spotlight on Business
Front Entrance of Pioneer Valley Living & Rehab
Pioneer Valley Living and Rehabilitation
     (SB) – Pioneer Valley Living and Rehabilitation (PVLR) located at 400 Sergeant Sq. Drive, in Sergeant Bluff, is the newest, most modern, and best-equipped and staffed …
Floyd Senior Living Front Entrance.
Sergeant Bluff’s Floyd Senior Living
     (SB) – Everything about Floyd Senior Living tells you that you’re at home. Quiet, warm sunlight, well-appointed tables for breakfasts (8 a.m.), lunches (Noon), and …
Sioux City Sprinkler
    (SB) – A successful business always, always, provides superior customer service. No matter what the business is, whether a grocery store, barber shop, restaurant, auto body …
The SB Advocate puts the Spotlight on LOCAL Businesses
The Sergeant Bluff Advocate’s Spotlight on Business are Local stories on LOCAL businesses.
Enhancing lives through Respect, Dignity and Kindness
(SB) – Embassy Rehab Care Center of Sergeant Bluff has been a part of the community for many years and the center of professionals take pride in that fact.

2024 Iowa State Fair coverage on Iowa PBS

(SBA) - August is nearly here, and that means it’s time for the Iowa State Fair, and for fair coverage on Iowa PBS. This year’s programming begins August 7 with a live broadcast of the …

Web extras
The 5 most popular international summer travel destinations in 2024
Airalo compiled a ranking of the five most popular international summer travel destinations using information from Google Flights.
Give Your Grilling Game a Flavor Boost: 3 tips to make summer meals deliciously memorable
(Family Features) Make sure your grill game is on fire this summer. The right prepping, seasoning and grilling techniques can help you serve your favorite foods.
Netflix cancels cheapest plan as subscribers have to choose
Giant Freakin Robot reports that Netflix is phasing out its cheapest ad-free subscription tier for existing subscribers and asking them to choose a new plan to stay tuned into the world's largest streamer.
How does sleep affect the weight loss journey? We asked a husband-and-wife team of medical experts
(BPT) - As a sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Christopher J. Allen knows well the importance of sleep health, which is not only defined by the number of hours the individual sleeps, but also the …
Hurricane Beryl’s rapid intensification to Category 5 is alarming: Here’s why more tropical storms are exploding in strength
Hurricane Beryl hit the island of Carriacou, Grenada, on July 1, 2024, with 150 mph sustained winds. NOAA Hurricane Beryl was the latest Atlantic storm to rapidly intensify, growing quickly from …