Katie Peikes

Reporter

Katie Peikes is a Sioux City-based reporter for Iowa Public Radio.

Katie joined IPR in July 2018 as its first-ever western Iowa reporter. Before she moved to Iowa, Katie worked as a science reporter and fill-in host for Delaware Public Media, where she spent two years reporting on Delaware's coast and the region’s poultry industry.

Katie has also worked as a journalist in Utah, where she reported on a wide range of topics including local government, education and the environment. She is originally from Connecticut.

Katie's favorite public radio program is Science Friday.

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It’s been several days since high water forced the U.S. Coast Guard to close a 750 mile stretch of the Missouri River to boat and barge traffic. The closure is hurting some businesses that rely on the river.

Clay Masters / IPR file

A northwest Iowa city that was discharging untreated wastewater into the Little Sioux River has contracted with a manure hauler to stop the releases.

Courtesy of Fremont County Emergency Management

Progress is being made to repair the damage done to levees on the Missouri River by flooding this spring, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday.

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A Sioux City food pantry that is being evicted is looking at its next steps.

Staff at the Midtown Family Community Center are searching for a new home. The building they've used to serve people for the past 11 years has been sold, and they’re being evicted this month. The pantry serves more than 5,000 people each month, including at least 3,000 children.

Clay Masters / IPR file

Tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater are flowing into the Little Sioux River in northwest Iowa, resulting from a broken sewer line in Cherokee County.

Grant Gerlock / IPR file

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is asking each of the four Catholic dioceses in the state to submit their records on clergy sex abuse.

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The regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency was in Iowa Friday where he announced that gasoline with 15 percent ethanol will be sold year-round.

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An environmental group has bought a vast property in western Iowa’s Loess Hills. The purchase will allow them to preserve native prairie.

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People in some parts of southwest Iowa are preparing for more flooding, while other parts are already seeing it from the recent heavy rainfall. Officials worry that rising river levels could push even more water beyond now-useless flood barriers.

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The flood-damaged home of Fran and Jason Parr in Mills County has caught the interest of quite a few Democratic presidential candidates as they campaign in Iowa ahead of the 2020 caucuses.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law Friday that extends a statewide sales tax for school infrastructure improvements.

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An Iowa native who heads a national support network for people abused by priests is calling for a statewide investigation into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

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More than two months after the Missouri River and its tributaries flooded western Iowa, many people in southwest Iowa are still out of their homes. Former Maryland Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney toured a flood-damaged home on Tuesday and is touting policies to deal with climate change.

Photo by Amy Mayer

Tyson Foods and Tyson Fresh Meats have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa claiming a federal food safety inspector fabricated her inspection for thousands of hogs.

Courtesy of Orange City Tulip Festival

A northwest Iowa town will bloom with Dutch heritage starting Thursday as people celebrate the 79th annual Tulip Festival in Orange City.

Jessica Johnson / USFWS

A western Iowa wildlife refuge reopened Monday after it flooded nearly two months ago and was closed to the public.

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A western Iowa college has released results from a poll on some hot-button issues like immigration and legalizing recreational marijuana. More than 750 people answered public policy questions from the Col. Bud Day Center for Civic Engagement at Morningside College in Sioux City.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wrapped up his latest presidential campaign swing across Iowa on Sunday. He rallied a few hundred voters in Sioux City.

Courtesy of Iowa State University

New research from Iowa State University scientists found western Iowa has the state’s largest presence of a type of mosquito that carries West Nile Virus. Scientists are watching to see whether standing water from March’s flooding will bring more mosquitoes and the risk of the virus to western Iowa this summer.

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The largest population of monarch butterflies in over a decade could be headed to Iowa later this spring, according to Iowa State University researchers. Monarch butterflies covered almost 15 acres of forest canopy in Mexico last winter and are on the move north.

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Many people who evacuated their southwest Iowa homes last month because of flooding are now allowed to return, but standing water is preventing some from getting back.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to fix the enormous levee breaches caused by flooding along the Missouri River in March. The corps' Omaha District has awarded some contracts to fill massive holes in some southwest Iowa levees.

Amy Mayer / IPR file

Dozens of people in Sioux City turned out for a forum on protecting places of worship Thursday. The forum focused on a wide range of things from religious discrimination to active shooter training.

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In the community of Hamburg in southwest Iowa, people continue returning to their homes and businesses to assess the damage from last month’s widespread flooding.


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A new sober living home will soon open in Sioux City to help men struggling with addiction who may be homeless.

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More than 200 people attended a Senate committee hearing in southwest Iowa Wednesday, where U.S. senators and people who live near the Missouri River wanted answers on what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can do better to manage the Missouri River Basin in the future so drastic flooding does not happen again.

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On a campaign swing through western Iowa Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker met with students and teachers in Sergeant Bluff. Booker said he wants to prioritize public and special needs education.

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Flooding has heavily damaged some southwest Iowa county roads. The roads are a major hurdle preventing some displaced people from returning to their homes.

Photo Courtesy of the Iowa DOT

The Iowa Department of Transportation is working to assess damages to highways as water recedes in southwest Iowa. The damages look daunting in photos.

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Vice President Mike Pence toured flood damage in southwest Iowa on Friday. He is trying to help Iowa and other Midwest states affected by flooding get disaster relief funding that is stalling in the Senate.

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