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We again this year welcome teams and fans to Sioux City for our local version of "March madness," the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Championship.

The city's signature entertainment venue, the Tyson Events Center, is hosting the 21st consecutive visit to our community.

Through the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Championship each March, the NAIA Volleyball National Championship each December and, for two years, the NAIA Softball World Series, Sioux City and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics have formed a strong relationship we hope continues to flourish because these events have become anticipated highlights of our local calendar and have provided both direct and indirect benefits for our community.

As we do each year, we applaud the tireless efforts of Tyson staff, sponsors and volunteers who combine to produce a first-rate experience for tournament participants and ticketholders.

The championship will be decided on Tuesday night.

Council support

The City Council on Monday voted to submit a letter to the state in support of companies seeking to open a licensed cannabidiol, or medical cannabis, dispensary in Sioux City.

Under the state's medical marijuana law expansion approved by the Legislature last year, the Department of Public Health requested proposals for dispensaries. Five state licenses will be awarded by April 1.

As of Monday, three proposals received by the state involve location of a dispensary in Sioux City, City Manager Bob Padmore said.

For the benefit of affected individuals and families in Northwest Iowa, our hope is the state approves a license for a Sioux City medical marijuana dispensary. In our view, the council was right to get behind a local site.


Despite undergoing outpatient surgery last Friday, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley nonetheless returned to work on Monday, marking 9,000 days since he missed a Senate vote.

The last time Grassley, 84, didn't cast a vote was in 1993.

That is, in a word, remarkable.

We're No. 1 - again

For the third consecutive year and for the fifth year in the last six years, the Sioux City metro region ranks first in the nation for economic development activity in areas with populations between 50,000 and 200,000, according to Atlanta-based Site Selection magazine. (Sioux City metro ranked second in 2014).

In 2017, our metro region boasted 26 qualified projects involving either the location of new or the expansion of existing businesses and industries - double the 13 projects for second-place finishers Bowling Green, Ky., Owensboro, Ky., and Gainesville, Ga. To be included, projects must meet one of three criteria: Capital investment of $1 million or more, creation of a minimum of 20 new jobs or the addition of at least 20,000 square feet of new floor space.

Again today, we applaud the public and private sectors of each community within our tri-state metro area for, in cooperative fashion, embracing the vision and aggressive commitment necessary for collective success in the competitive arena of economic development.

All of us who live and work here benefit from accomplished efforts to create a positive environment for economic growth.

A big hit

More than 20,000 people have used the Cone Park sledding hill since the new park opened in late December, The Journal reported on Tuesday.

A unique addition to our community's impressive, diverse system of parks, Cone Park proved itself a consequential boost to local quality of life. Thanks to the vision, civic spirit and generosity of late namesake Ruth Cone, generations of families will enjoy this wonderful amenity.

By the way, this weekend marks the final weekend of sledding at the park for the season.


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