- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Sioux City are keeping an eye on winter weather to help determine when a children’s museum under construction will be ready to open to the public.

The Children’s Museum of Siouxland had initially been scheduled to open by next summer, The Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1wzuavq ) Saturday. But officials later said it would open by October 2015.

Darren Macfee, the museum’s newly appointed interim director, said the organization will have a more concrete date of project completion once the weather warms up.

“We’re assessing how aggressive to be before winter,” said Macfee, who served as executive director of the Lincoln’s Children Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, for six years before being named interim director of Sioux City’s museum. “At this point, we’re really going to be in full construction mode once the winter season has passed.”

After a decade of planning, officials broke ground in October for the $7 million, 16,000-square-foot museum.

The museum was the idea of four members the Junior League of Sioux City, which isn’t formally involved with the museum project. The women started a conversation with the city, business owners and the community to build a creative and recreational hub for area youths.

“As a volunteer organization that does benefit the Siouxland community, we do think it’s great something like this is coming to town for youths to enjoy,” said Karrie Hruska, the organization’s president.

The planned 16,000-square-foot museum is something that Siouxland has lacked for many years, Macfee said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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