Dean Borg

Correspondent

Dean Borg is an Iowa City based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio. He joined IPR in 2000, but his broadcast news career began at WOI Radio as an Iowa State University student.  Later in Cedar Rapids, he led a 32-person news, sports, weather and farm radio and television staff for The WMT Stations. His experience includes daily coverage of the Iowa General Assembly, news and documentary reports from South Vietnam and the Paris Peace Talks, moderating nationally televised presidential candidate debates, and interviewing every President since John F. Kennedy.

He holds journalism and political science degrees from Iowa State and The University of Iowa. ISU conferred its Distinguished Achievement Citation to him, the highest award given to alumni.  He is also the winner of lifetime achievement awards from The Iowa Broadcast News Association and the Northwest Broadcast News Association.

Dean's favorite public radio program is Car Talk.

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Prospects for a new casino along Interstate Highway 80 on Davenport’s north side may be stalling as the city considers a lawsuit.

        

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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is experiencing an increase in patients without health insurance.                   

UI Hospitals Chief Financial Officer Ken Fisher says the growth in uninsured patients coincides with the state stopping any further enrollment in the Iowa Care program for low-income residents.

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Iowa State University is reporting more students on campus this fall than ever before.  The University of Northern Iowa has more students than expected. And the University of Iowa reports its fall enrollment held steady.

Reporting to the State Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa State President Steven Leath said ISU’s enrollment of 33, 241 students is 7 percent more than last year’

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Harvesting is underway in Iowa of corn grown for specialized purposes.

In a field near Ankeny, Paul Mens was operating one of two corn pickers this week, specially designed for harvesting the corn ears that will be shelled at a nearby Monsanto seed corn processing plant.

“In my opinion, for what this has been through, the yield is real good," he says, referring to challenging weather this year. "You can tell where the wet spots were, where it was too wet this spring, but overall, it’s doing real well."

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The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly update shows drought worsening and spreading across  the state. The monitor’s report includes Iowa in a Midwest section badly needing rain.  

Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor says this week’s report is listing more of Iowa in a severe drought category.

“And it includes now almost all of the southern part of Iowa, and almost all of the central,” he says.

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Sioux City’s garbage contractor is asking the City Council to discontinue collecting glass for recycling.

The City Council will vote next week on the request to exclude glass from the city’s curbside pickup of recyclable materials.

Glass is easy to recycle, but expensive to haul to a recycling center - and inexpensive to make new.

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 Iowa’s ultra-high ethonal, E-85, fuel pumps are increasingly popular. Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports.

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The U.S. evacuated non-essential personnel from 19 embassies in response to a heightened threat of terrorist attack this week.  And, back in Iowa, debate is renewed over the future of the Ames Straw Poll, and the Iowa Precinct Caucuses as new allegations emerge about Senator Kent Sorenson's endorsement of 2012 Presidential hopefuls.  Host Dean Borg discusses these and other issues with ISU Political Science Professor Jim McCormick and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.

After nearly 25-years of being docked in the Mississippi River, the Rhythm City Casino adjacent to Davenport’s downtown business district is moving to dry land.

The impending relocation comes with prodding from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which is worried the gambling boat isn’t competing well with casinos in nearby Bettendorf, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois. The Commission wants the casino near I-80, and that is where veteran casino operator, Dan Kehl has options on land where he plans to open a new facility in 2015.                                    

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President Obama spoke in Galesburg, Illinois Wednesday as part of a swing through the Midwest to talk about the economy.  Host Dean Borg gets an update from that appearance, and talks with Bruce Gronbeck, Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa about the other speeches the President has been making in recent weeks.  Then, Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa explains why the political geography of Iowa heavily favors Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley in his bid to replace U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.

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On Politics Wednesday on River to River, guest host Dean Borg talks about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.  Guests include political analysts Donna Hoffman, Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.  Iowa Congressman Steve King also gives his reaction to the rulings and gives an update on the Farm Bill from Washington D.C.

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Farmers in Winnebago, Worth, and Cerro Gordo  counties have been stymied by frequent, heavy rains. Now well past optimum planting dates, thousands of acres will be unproductive this year as farmers hope to be able to seed cover crops to prevent wind and water from eroding the barren top soil.


 

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The University of Iowa will soon begin demolishing its flood-damaged Hancher Auditorium. UI has shut-down the climate control that has been heating and cooling the building during the past five years.

Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.

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Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.

Politics Day

Mar 20, 2013
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Future presidential candidates in Iowa, Board of Regents, Iowa state legislature, the search for a replacement for Senator Tom Harkin, and the self-reflection of the Republican Party. Guests are Dennis Goldford, Professor of Politics at Drake University and Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa.

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Often when we hear about unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, it pertains to military strikes and surveillance.  However unmanned aerial vehicle technology is bringing UAVs into our everyday lives right here in Iowa.   Today on "River to River" we explore the domestic uses of UAVs.

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There’s a lot of interest in expanding casino gambling in Iowa.        

Linn County’s referendum next Tuesday decides whether to allow a casino in Cedar Rapids.

There’s a similar initiative in Warren County for  Norwalk, at the southwest edge of Des Moines.

Neither have casinos now. But in the Quad-Cities - where there are three casinos along the Mississippi River - the City of Davenport is moving to purchase and operate one of them.

Politics Day

Feb 20, 2013

It's Politics Day on "River to River". We touch on national and state issues, from the looming sequester to Linn County's casino plans. Political analysts, Bruce Nesmith of Coe College and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa, join our discussion.

The Iowa Department of Education is seeking state funding to expand on-line education for high school students. The Department is now operating what’s called “Iowa Learning Online” with federal funding that’s expiring.

State Education Director Jason Glass says the program is serving students who aren’t doing well in traditional classrooms.

“We have students that are bullied. We have students that are medically fragile. We have students that need to be home for any number of reasons, “ Glass says. “Those are the kind of students we want to make this an option for.”

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Like many Midwestern states, Iowa is closing the 2012 calendar year with soil moisture deficits after this summer's drought. But with the new crop year at least four months away, Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor is seeing some spotty

Taylor credits abundant fall rains with helping mitigate the drought, at least for now.

The Iowa Board of Regents is declining to renew a contract with University of Iowa President Sally Mason. Regents President Craig Lang confirms that Mason is working without a contract.

“Her contract – five-year contract – was up in August,” he says. “We did not renew a new contract with President Mason. She is employed at will.”

Lang says the Regents are asking Mason to improve the University’s statewide outreach, improve relations with the Iowa Legislature, and establish goals.

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We hear from the two candidates vying to represent Iowa's new 2nd congressional district, which covers the southeast corner of the state. Incumbent Democrat from Iowa City, Dave Lobesack, will defend his three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives against challenger John Archer, a Republican and corporate attorney from Bettendorf, who tells us why he thinks he would be better for the people of Iowa in the second district.

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The Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Congressman emphasized his Catholic faith and brought his wife and three children on stage with him at Loras College in Dubuque.

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With Halloween approaching, attention is turning to pumpkins. But not all pumpkin fields are filled with orange.

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It’s a transition that isn’t all that easy: military veterans often have a tough time leaving the front line and moving back into life on a college campus or a job back home.

Iowa law enables anyone obtaining one-hundred voter signatures to get a satellite voting at a site of their choosing.  Election officials must hold balloting at that location for at least one day before the November 6th general election.

Drought And The Economy

Sep 14, 2012
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What is the economic impact of this year’s drought? When it comes to food prices, agricultural experts and analysts say it means a spike due to soaring corn prices, but consumers may not see higher prices in the grocery store until 2013. Then we look at other economic factors in the Midwest, including how the 2012 Presidential Election could affect crude oil prices.

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wraps up his two-day visit to Des Moines as President Barack Obama gets ready for a three-day stop in Iowa next week. IPR's Dean Borg talks with two political science experts about the heavy candidate presence in Iowa and the issues the candidate's are driving home during their stay.

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