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The Modern Pioneer

Definition of pioneer

1: a member of a military unit usually of construction engineers

2a : a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development

b : one of the first to settle in a territory

3: a plant or animal capable of establishing itself in a bare, barren, or open area and initiating an ecological cycle

This photo above is a picture taken from my hometown of Sioux City, Iowa. What you see is the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center on the banks of the Missouri River. Sioux City was a pivotal stop in Lewis and Clark's trek to map out our nation's newest land acquisition, as one of their men, Sgt. Charles Floyd, died there (the only death on the years-long journey).

Life in this particular city, completely surrounded by the history of where our nation's first pioneers traveled, has set the tone and foundation for future generations that live on the Iowa-Nebraska-South Dakota border.

For example, the park where the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center now stands is called Chris Larsen Park, named after my great-grandfather who pioneered and worked to place Interstate 29 through Iowa instead of Nebraska as originally planned. Thanks to his work, Sioux City became a town of commerce and growth with the new interstate traffic.