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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Spirit of Community Night to Include Awards, Entertainment

Awards Night Invitation

The community is invited to attend "Spirit of Community-An Evening Celebrating Sioux Center" on Tuesday, April 23  at the Terrace View Event Center. This event, which begins at 6 p.m. is co-hosted by the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce...

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Posted on: March 9, 2019

Council Approves Lower Tax Levy Rate

City Budget

The Sioux Center City Council approved the 2019-20 general fund budget, which decreases the city's tax levy rate by 1.8 percent. The levy rate for the city portion of property taxes will be $11.335 per taxable $1,000.

“We have decreased or held s...

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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Wetland Project Considered for Improving Water Quality

Wetlands area

The City of Sioux Center is considering using grant dollars to create a wetland area that would help improve water quality.

When the city borrowed from the State Revolving Fund to build the new wastewater treatment plant, staff applied for money from a com...

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

Safety is the Focus of New Partnership

Electric work on aerial power lines

Safety will be in the spotlight as the City of Sioux Center begins a new safety-focused partnership.

Sioux Center city staff helped lead an effort to pool resources with eight other northwest Iowa communities to start the new partnership to help city and u...

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Posted on: February 11, 2019

City Website Redesigned for Better User Experience

City website on mobile phone

The redesigned City of Sioux Center website offers more than a fresh look.

Using analytics and public feedback, the website is updated to be more inviting, easy-to-use, and accessible for all users.

The City website receives more than 100,000 visits per yea...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Council Considers Tax Levy Decrease in Budget

Budget Review

The Sioux Center City Council reviewed a proposed budget for 2019-20 that would decrease the tax levy by 1.8 percent. The new levy rate for the city portion of property taxes would be $11.335 per taxable $1,000.

“This will be the 10th year we&...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Work to Begin on Local Pipeline for Lewis & Clark Water

Water Plant Front

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on a 10-mile section of pipeline that will be part of connecting Sioux Center to the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.

Sioux Center may begin receiving water from the Lewis & Clark system as soon as...

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Posted on: January 24, 2019

Trail Planners Share Vision for New Connections

Walking on Recreation Trail

With new areas of Sioux Center developing, recreation trail planners are proposing trail additions to connect new areas and add to recreation options. Members of the Sioux Center Trails Council shared priorities for adding to the city’s existing...

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Posted on: January 22, 2019

Sioux Center’s softball field named Diamond of the Year

Open Space Park Softball Diamond

Sioux Center’s softball field at Open Space Park was chosen as the 2018 Iowa Diamond of the Year. This comes a year after the baseball diamond was named Iowa Baseball Field of the Year.

The Diamond of the Year award recognizes excellence in turf ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2019

Former Parking Lot to be Redeveloped as Professional Office

Former SC Clinic Parking Lot

A parcel of land once used as a parking lot for the former Sioux Center medical clinic along Highway 75 is being sold to be the new home for a chiropractic office.

The city council approved selling the parcel just south of the corner of 7th Street SW and H...

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Posted on: January 18, 2019

Council Discusses Future Sioux Center Health Development

Sioux Center Health area

Sioux Center Health representatives shared the organization's plans to grow a number of services in Sioux Center with the City Council this week.

Sioux Center Health CEO Cory Nelson discussed some goals that have risen out of the organization’s l...

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Posted on: January 18, 2019

Firefighters Train Hard, Record Safe Year

FIrefighter climbs ladder

The Sioux Center Fire Department responded to more than 105 calls in the past year and recorded an injury-free year.

“Our firefighters have been safe throughout the whole year, cautious of the dangers driving to the scene. We’ve had no ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2019

Council Discusses Process to Improve Highway 75

Highway 75 communications phase sequence

Sioux Center City staff continues to work with Iowa Department of Transportation staff to seek funding for Highway 75 improvements in Sioux Center.

City Manager Scott Wynja shared with the City Council this week that this continues to be a priority for Sio...

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Posted on: January 15, 2019

SCMU Advises Customers of Winter Natural Gas Price Increases

natural gas

As reported across the nation, wholesale natural gas prices have increased recently as winter settles in to the region.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities was able to lock in a favorable price in advance for a large portion of our winter natural gas supply. ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Police to Use Body-Worn Cameras to Increase Protection

body worn camera

Sioux Center Police officers will soon be donning body-worn cameras as part of their uniforms.

The Sioux Center City Council approved a proposal to purchase body-worn cameras and the related equipment for the police department this week.

Police Chief Mike H...

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Posted on: November 15, 2018

Regional Airport Grand Opening Draws Hundreds

Dennis Muilenburg speaks

More than 750 people gathered on Wednesday to mark the grand opening of a regional airport that will fuel growth and national connections to northwest Iowa.

Gov. Kim Reynolds flew in for the ribbon cutting of the Sioux County Regional Airport, a nearly $32...

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Posted on: November 13, 2018

Meter Update is Underway in Sioux Center

water meter

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is in the process of updating electric, natural gas, and water meters for local homes and businesses.

“The updated advanced meters will allow us to have more accuracy and efficiency in the way we read meters,&...

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Paint Updates Water Tower’s Look, Protection

Water Tower with New Paint

New paint and an interior cleanup have given Sioux Center’s north water tower a fresh look and long-lasting protection from the elements.

“Anywhere metal is exposed, it will rust,” explained Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Wa...

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Survey Draws Positive Input for Community Planning

Comunity Survey respondents

The Sioux Center City Council reviewed the results of the 2018 Community Survey, which gathered feedback on city amenities, services, infrastructure, and development from more than 700 people.

“We had a very good response,” said Dean Ga...

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Posted on: October 30, 2018

Public Invited to Regional Airport Grand Opening

Sioux County Regional Airport aerial photo

SIOUX COUNTY – A new regional airport that will broaden the transportation future of the region will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

All are invited to the ceremony at the Sioux County Regional Airport, a nearly $...

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Posted on: October 11, 2018

Land Sale to Memory Care Facility Group Approved

Land sale request

The Sioux Center City Council approved the sale of a former parking area to a group which plans to build a memory care facility.

After a public hearing, the council approved the sale of the city-owned parcel west of 1st Avenue SW, just west of the former h...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Sioux Center Celebrates Public Power & Natural Gas Week

Public Power and Natural Gas Week 2018

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is celebrating its distinctively local service during Public Power & Natural Gas Week, Oct. 7-13, 2018.

“We are proud to be community-owned and community-focused,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager M...

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Posted on: October 4, 2018

Planning Group to Continue Heritage Village Discussions

Heritage Village gas station

A planning group looking into future ideas for Sioux Center’s Heritage Village will begin meeting.

The group was developed at a Sioux Center City Council meeting regarding an estate gift to Heritage Village and discussion about future Heritage Village plan...

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Local Dordt Student Selected for Scholarship

Dordt Scholarship winner M Wynia

Myriah Wynia, a senior at Dordt College, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Sioux Center Municipal Utilities and SCMU’s energy partner Missouri River Energy Services.

“As Sioux Center’s municipal utility provider, we l...

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Posted on: September 25, 2018

Project to Improve Accessibility at Children's Park Begins

Excavation and grading at Children's Park

Construction is underway to improve accessibility and add a modern gathering space to Children’s Park.

The project will include paving a main parking area and adding paved connections to the trail and sidewalks in the park, plus building a climat...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Highway 75 Improvement Planning Continues

Highway 75 travel

The City of Sioux Center is continuing to pursue improvements for Highway 75 in the community.

 

Members of the city staff have been working with Iowa Department of Transportation staff. Next month, they will be asking the DOT Commission to place H...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Painting Work Begins on North Water Tower

Water tower

Sioux Center’s north water tower will receive a fresh paint job and interior cleaning.

"This is regular maintenance, extending the life of the tower, and it will make it look much better," said Sioux Center Water Department Head Harlan ...

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Posted on: September 5, 2018

Groundbreaking Kicks Off Children's Park Improvements

Childrens Park Groundbreaking

A project that will improve the accessibility at Children's Park and add a new gathering space is officially underway. 
Today Mayor Dennis Walstra, Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren, and Denny Van Zanten, plant manager at Sioux Center's Pella Corp b...
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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Recognized for Mutual Aid after Hurricane Irma

Resetting a pole with other trucks in Moore Haven

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities has received a national commendation from the American Public Power Association for its support in electric power restoration efforts in Moore Haven, Florida.

On September 11, 2017, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities sent two...

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Posted on: August 28, 2018

In-home Meter Update to Begin this Fall

water meter

Homes and businesses in Sioux Center will be receiving a meter update beginning this September.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is preparing to update electric, gas, and water meters and electric load control switches for local residents and businesses.

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Grant from Pella to Help Build Shelter House

Pella grant for shelter house

A major grant made possible through a local industry is going to help build the new shelter house at Children's Park.

The Pella Rolscreen Foundation has announced a grant of $50,000 for the shelter house project. This grant was requested by Pella Corp. Ope...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

Meter Upgrade Planned for Sioux Center Utility Customers

water meter

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities will begin updating electric, natural gas, and water meters for local homes and businesses beginning this fall. Load control switches will also be updated in the future.

“The updated advanced meters will allow us ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2018

Library’s Work to Offer Classes for English Language Learners Recognized

Student writing notes

The Sioux Center Public Library is being recognized in a report by the American Libraries Association for their work with a grant program that supports services for adult English language learners.

Local library staff led efforts to partner with Northwest ...

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

New Pedestrian Signals to Improve Safety Along Highway

pedestrian crossing signal

The City of Sioux Center is looking to enhance pedestrian safety by adding button-activated flashing crossing signals at four crosswalks on Highway 75.

The sites for the planned pedestrian signals on Highway 75 are the crosswalks at:

• 10th Street North (we...

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Posted on: July 26, 2018

Sioux Center Prepares for Lewis & Clark Connection

Lewis and Clark softening basin

Approving easements for a water pipe was a small item for the Sioux Center City Council last week, but it brings Sioux Center closer to a connection with a major source of quality water.

That source is the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, which dra...

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Regional Airport Runway Paving Nears Completion

Airport Paving 2018

A paving crew is laying the last long strips of concrete to finish the 5,500-foot runway at the Sioux County Regional Airport.

The final, north half of the runway is being paved in four side-by-side half-mile-long strips, each 25 feet wide.

Each strip would...

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Vernon Park May Gain Green Space

Vernon Park

A park in southeast Sioux Center may be growing.

This week, the Sioux Center City Council asked staff to work toward finalizing plans with Sioux Center Health, which owns the property, to add to Vernon Park near Crown Pointe and Royale Meadows.

“We are inte...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Construction Making Progress on New Wastewater Plant

Wastewater plant aeration basin work

Construction is rolling on major parts of Sioux Center’s new wastewater treatment plant.

“We are on schedule moving toward the 2020 completion date to meet the new, more stringent DNR standards,” said Utilities Manager Murray ...

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Open Space Park Achieves Environmental Certification

Parks director checks soil moisture

Care for the environment is being recognized at Sioux Center’s largest park. Open Space Park, home to local baseball, softball and football fields, and other sports facilities, has been recognized as a Certified Facility for Environmentally Resp...

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Posted on: June 23, 2018

Pool Digging Begins for Aquatic Center

Aquatic center construction

Work is underway to enhance a favorite Sioux Center spot for summer fun.

The construction crew is digging into the area where Sioux Center’s new outdoor aquatic features will be added, including a lazy river, a variety of water slides, and more.

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Gymnastics Program Ownership to Transition to New Company

Galaxy Gymnastics

As of July 1, the city’s Galaxy Gymnastics program will be closed down, replaced with a new private venture, Rise Gymnastics.

Last week, the Sioux Center City Council recommended closing the city program and selling the equipment to the local group.

City Ma...

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Posted on: June 11, 2018

City Anticipates Land Sale for New Residential Area

The City Council is considering selling about 17 acres of land for a private townhome-style residential development.

A private developer, Vision Builders, would like to create a new residential area along 13th Ave. just south of Sioux Center Health, featur...

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Posted on: June 10, 2018

Council Gives Green Light for New High School Site

Possible School Site

The Sioux Center City Council is in favor of using the current city-owned dirt racing track area as a site for a new public high school.

The council directed city staff to work toward selling city property to the school district to build the proposed schoo...

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

Halma Appointed Chief of Police

Mike Halma sworn in as chief of police

Mike Halma was appointed Sioux Center’s chief of police by Sioux Center's mayor on Thursday.

Halma, of Sioux Center, has been with the Sioux Center Police Department since January of 1984. He was named the department’s investigator in 2...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Summer Celebration 2018 Packed with Fun

Summer Celebration 2018

The three days of festivities are packed with activities for all ages, and many are free!

This year the crowd-favorite Johnny Holm Band will be bringing the fun to downtown Sioux Center in a FREE outdoor concert Friday night. Music begins at 7 p.m. with lo...

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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Water Main Replacement Brings Benefits to Area

East First street water main replacement

The new water main along East 1st Street will bring increased water volume, less water pressure drops, better fire protection, and reliability to the area.

Sioux Center Water Department Head Harlan Kruid said the cast iron pipe being replaced from &nbs...

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

Students Team Up with City for Cleanup Day

Cleanup day paint fire hydrants

The City of Sioux Center staff teamed up with 275 Sioux Center Community School high school students to spruce up Sioux Center on Thursday, May 24.

The students worked with city staff from all departments on more than 15 projects throughout the community f...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

School Asks City to Consider New Location for High School

The Sioux Center City Council is considering a request regarding land for the site of a new high school to meet the needs of a growing student population.

Sioux Center Community Schools Superintendent Pat O’Donnell asked the council Tuesday if the school d...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Local Student Selected for MRES Scholarship

MRES scholarship winner 2018

Derek Ten Pas of Sioux Center is a recipient of a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) scholarship. Ten Pas is a 2018 graduate of Sioux Center High School.

Graduating high school seniors whose families are customers of MRES’ 61 member mun...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Water Connection is Closer with Federal, State Allocations

Nearly $15 million in federal dollars will help bring the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System to the Big Sioux River, bringing it much closer to a Sioux Center connection.

In addition, about $7 million in a “federal fund advance” from the Iowa Legislat...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Aquatic Center Financing Comes at Favorable Rate

Digging at outdoor aquatic center site

The financing for Sioux Center’s enhanced outdoor aquatic center has been secured.

The Sioux Center City Council approved a $6.5 million general obligation bond with an interest rate of about 2.98 percent to finance the project.

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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Upgrades to Improve Accessibility at Children's Park

Childrens Park Layout Concept Phase 1

Changes are ahead for one of Sioux Center’s largest parks.

The Sioux Center City Council approved adding paved parking and a trailhead in Children’s Park.

Sioux Center Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren said these improvements will help mee...

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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Aquatic Center Construction Begins

Aquatic center utility work

Construction is beginning on a project that will add a splash to Sioux Center’s summer fun.

Work is rolling on the expanded aquatic center at the All Seasons Center, which will offer a lazy river, a variety of water slides, an aquatic zip line, a climbing ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

DOT Awards Grant to Pave Street in Development Area

Commercial Development Area RISE Grant

A street in Sioux Center’s commercial park will be paved with help from a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The DOT awarded a $257,000 RISE (Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy) grant to help extend 16th Street Northeast 720...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Staff Meets with DOT on Highway 75 Improvements

Highway 75 traffic

Members of the Iowa Department of Transportation commission visited Sioux Center this week to take an in-person look at the condition and congestion on Highway 75.

Their tour was part of a visit to northwest Iowa, including a commission meeting in Orange C...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Five Percent Water Rate Increase Approved

Water Project

Water rates are increasing by 5 percent in Sioux Center to help pay for growth and improvement of the community’s water system.

All water users will see the 5 percent increase in their water rates starting in June. Water bills are made up of a mo...

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Posted on: April 11, 2018

Outdoor Aquatic Center Project is Approved

Outdoor Aquatic Center Expansion Project

Breaking ground for Sioux Center’s new outdoor aquatic center is just a few months away.

This week, the City Council approved a construction bid for the expanded outdoor water play area, which will include a lazy river, a variety of water slides,...

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Posted on: March 30, 2018

Cost Savings Sought on Aquatic Center Project

Council visits outdoor pool in 2017

Sioux Center’s City Council is continuing discussion about a bid to build the new outdoor aquatic center enhancements at the All Seasons Center.

The council held a public hearing Thursday after a bid opening for the project, which is designed to ...

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