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Posted on: December 3, 2022

City Prepares for Highway 75 Replacement

Concept for reconstruction of road

The multi-year reconstruction of Highway 75 in Sioux Center will begin in the spring. The project has been designed based on safety, improving roadway function, and showcasing Sioux Center’s character.

City staff and DGR Engineering previewed the...

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Posted on: October 27, 2022

First Development Planned for Brookview Addition

Construction site

A retail and services complex is planned for a part of Brookview Addition, a new commercial area along Highway 75 north in Sioux Center. 

The Sioux Center City Council approved the sale of a 2.08-acre lot in Brookview Addition to CAC Properties Ma...

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City News
Posted on: October 26, 2022

Proposed Project Could Provide Locally-Produced Natural Gas

Cattle stand in grass

A new natural gas line could connect Sioux Center to a source of locally-produced natural gas. 

Several Sioux County dairies are working on a plan to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) with the construction of methane digesters. The company produ...

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City News
Posted on: October 20, 2022

SCMU Advises Customers of Winter Natural Gas Prices

blue flames inside furnace

Wholesale natural gas prices are much higher than the past several years, and Sioux Center Municipal Utilities wants to inform customers of what to anticipate this winter.

The market price for natural gas has increased by 150% over the past 12 months. Ther...

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City News
Posted on: October 6, 2022

Wastewater Rate Change Will Help Improve Collection System

Two men in room with pipes

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities will be able to improve and maintain the wastewater collection system throughout the community with the help of a wastewater rate increase over the next two years.

“Wastewater collection and treatment is one of the most imp...

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City News
Posted on: September 30, 2022

Two Sioux Center Linemen to Assist with Hurricane Relief in Florida

Two men stand by utility truck

Two blue Sioux Center hardhats will be among those worn by linemen in Florida working to restore power due to damage caused by Hurricane Ian. 

Lorn Wielenga and Troy Kunnari, Sioux Center linemen, are leaving for New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Frid...

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City News
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Ten Pas Named to State's City Finance Committee

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The City of Sioux Center’s Finance Director has been named to a state leadership committee. Darryl Ten Pas was appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds to Iowa’s City Finance Committee.

The City Finance Committee establishes guidelines for ci...

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City News
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Proposed Wastewater Rate Change to Improve Collection System

Water running to a sink drain

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is considering a wastewater rate increase over the next two years to maintain and support the wastewater collection system that spans the town.

“We completed a study of our collection system in 2022 – th...

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City News
Posted on: September 1, 2022

Gonzalez Begins as Building Code Official

Man's face and drawing of buildings

Joel Gonzalez-Sandoval has begun in his role as the Building Code Official for the City of Sioux Center.

In this role, Gonzalez will administer and enforce all the construction codes which have been adopted by the City Council, manage the City's R...

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City News
Posted on: August 30, 2022

Intersection Work Begins to Improve Safety and Function

Aerial view of area showing construction location

Construction will begin the week of Labor Day 2022 on the intersection of 16th St. and 1st Ave. SW near Dairy Queen. 

Traffic traveling east and west will be allowed through the intersection, limited to one-at-a-time, alternating traffic. The inte...

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City News
Posted on: August 23, 2022

First Phase of Highway 75 Reconstruction Ahead

Street construction concept drawing

Sioux Center’s Highway 75 reconstruction potentially may begin in summer 2023. 

“We’re looking forward to the benefits of this – safety for travelers and pedestrians, better function, replacing aging pavemen...

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Posted on: August 23, 2022

City Land Sales Prepare for New Commercial Development

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New commercial and biotech construction is ahead for Sioux Center.

In addition to the sale of the former hospital site in Sioux Center, three other new developments were shared as part of this week’s City Council meeting.

The council approved the ...

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City News
Posted on: August 22, 2022

New Development Ahead for Former Hospital Site

Grassy lot

A development group is purchasing City-owned property in central Sioux Center to create a new professional office area there.

The Sioux Center City Council approved the sale of the lot on the 600 block of South Main Ave./Highway 75, formerly site of the Si...

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City News
Posted on: August 18, 2022

All Invited to Arts Picnic Aug. 25

Arts picnic sign

Sioux Center Arts is hosting an arts picnic with activities, vendors and food trucks on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The picnic will be from 5-8 p.m. at Children's Park, in Sioux Center. 

People can enjoy live music, craft vendors, swing dancing, an...

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City News
Posted on: August 16, 2022

City Office Hours Change on August 22

New Office Hours sign

The Sioux Center City Office hours will be shifting to be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The change will begin Monday, Aug. 22. Previously, the hours were 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition to customer service at the City Office, the City of Si...

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City News
Posted on: August 11, 2022

Water Tower Celebration Marks Lewis & Clark Progress

Three people with scissors

The ribbon cutting for a 2.5-million-gallon Lewis & Clark Regional Water System water tower marked more than three decades of collaboration and a project nearing completion.

“We can see the finish line from here,” said Lewis & C...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

New Seeding Allowed this Fall, Water Conservation Continues

Lawn sprinkler sprays grass

Although Sioux Center remains in a Water Warning, requiring water conservation, areas of new construction can now be approved for new seeding and watering.

The City Council approved this exception to allow seeding of construction-related areas, so they can...

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City News
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Matthews Begins as Sioux Center Arts Director

Woman's face

Cailan Matthews’s appreciation for how the arts bring people together is taking center stage in her new role as Sioux Center’s new Arts Director.

“Beauty and creativity have always been really important to me, especially in ho...

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City News
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Intersection Work to Pave Way for Highway 75 Reconstruction

Overview map of construction area

This fall, the intersection of 16th St. SW and 1st Ave. SW, near Dairy Queen and Walmart, will be under construction. The City Council approved a bid for this work on Wednesday. 

The project will widen this intersection to help prepare the area fo...

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City News
Posted on: August 3, 2022

School Expansion Anticipated to Have Economic Impact

Aerial view of neighborhood and school building

The Sioux Center City Council approved creating an economic development agreement with the Sioux Center Christian School for the expansion of the school’s facilities.

The planned economic development agreement will include $750,000 over five year...

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City News
Posted on: July 12, 2022

Rezoning Prepares Building for New Home Daycare

Three children play near adult

A building just south of Central Park has been rezoned to help prepare for a new home-based daycare.

The City Council approved rezoning City-owned property at 419 1st Ave. NE from general commercial to multi-family residential as part of an ongoing collabo...

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City News
Posted on: July 12, 2022

Food Truck Ordinance Provides Consistency, Flexibility

Food vendor serves customer

Sioux Center’s new ordinance provides for continuing to welcome food trucks to the community, promote safety, and continue fair competition.

The new ordinance goes into effect Aug. 20, 2022, and helps ensure food trucks are in a location that is ...

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

New Commercial Area Planned in Sioux Center

Drawn plat of land

Zoning and plat updates were approved for a 10-acre property in northern Sioux Center, preparing the site for new commercial development. Formerly farmland, the City-owned property is being prepared to be the home for commercial and retail businesses.&...

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City News
Posted on: July 6, 2022

Hulstein Presented Lewis & Clark Trailblazer Award

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Sioux Center’s Utilities Manager has been awarded the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s highest honor. Murray Hulstein, who has been part of the organization since its beginning and is currently chairman of its board, was prese...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Utility Scholarship Awarded to Wielenga

Three people hold certificate

Marissa Wielenga, of Sioux Center, has been awarded a $500 Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities scholarship. Wielenga will be a sophomore at Dordt University. 

Students who are the child or grandchild of a person employed by one of IAMU&rsq...

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City News
Posted on: July 1, 2022

Sioux Center Declares Water Warning

Text declaring Water Warning

The City of Sioux Center has elevated the water conservation level to a Water Warning. Previously, conservation was voluntary, but this level prohibits using water outside of set times and purposes.

The purpose of the Water Warning is to decrease the deman...

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City News
Posted on: June 27, 2022

Replacement Well Will Bolster Water System

Three men operate large well drill

Work is underway to build a new Sioux Center well to supply the community’s use, replacing a damaged well. 

Crews began drilling the new deep well this past week, tapping into a local aquifer more than 300 feet below ground level. This w...

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City News
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Development Agreement Promotes Growth, Jobs

Workers work at construction site

The City is offering a development agreement promoting a company’s significant investment in Sioux Center. New Tec, an area equipment dealer and remanufacturing company, is planning to relocate to Sioux Center and expand their operations, servic...

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City News
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Food Truck Ordinance Offers Streamlined Process for Vendors

Person receives box of food

Sioux Center is considering an ordinance to continue to welcome food trucks to the community, promote safety, and continue fair competition.

“We enjoy food vendors in Sioux Center and the service they provide citizens. We’re excited to ...

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City News
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Residents Asked to Help Conserve Water

Lawn sprinkler sprays grass

The local raw water supply remains lower than usual, and Sioux Center remains in a Water Watch. 

“This spring, our east wells started at 3 feet below their average level of water,” said Sioux Center Water Department Head Harlan...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Sculpture Dedication Celebrates Collaboration

Two people stand by metal sculpture

Sioux Center’s new sculpture honors the legacy of local leaders Maurice and Vera Te Paske and points the community toward a passion they lived out: progress through cooperation.

The sculpture in the Te Paskes’ name was dedicated Friday in Open Space Park. ...

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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Energy Update Shared with City Council

natural gas flame

Forward planning will help buffer Sioux Center Municipal Utilities customers as natural gas prices rise, but higher wholesale costs will still likely have a local impact, according to Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein. Hulstein shared an energy update at ...

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City News
Posted on: June 1, 2022

No Parking Signs to Add to Safety Near Rec Fields

No Parking sign by street

With safety in mind, the City of Sioux Center is adding “no parking” signs along the north side of 12th Street NE where it runs along the youth soccer and recreation fields.

“We’ve had people request that we look at ways to improve the safety on this busy ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Dedication Planned for Sculpture Honoring Local Leader

Metal sculpture with metal square

All are invited to the dedication of a sculpture honoring Maurice and Vera Te Paske and their vision and service to Sioux Center, set for Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m.

The sculpture, in Sioux Center’s Open Space Park, reflects the idea of “Progress through Co...

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Posted on: May 18, 2022

Sioux Center Collaborating on Grant Application for Regional Trail

Satellite image of several towns

The City of Sioux Center is working to join forces with the goal of completing a regional connector trail. 

The proposed trail would connect from Sandy Hollow to Orange City, and link to new and existing trails in Sioux Center, Orange City, and ne...

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Posted on: May 17, 2022

City Approves Sale of Former Airport to Sioux County

Wooden sign in rural area

The Sioux Center City Council approved the sale of the former Sioux Center Airport to Sioux County, for the planned use as a future location for the Sioux County fairgrounds and other activities.

The Council agreed to sell the 78.56 acres to Sioux County f...

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Posted on: May 16, 2022

Highway 75 Construction Stages and Streetscape Considered

Overhead drawing of street and sidewalks

The design for Highway 75 and the planned construction process for the project are centered on safety and function, as well as aesthetics that showcase Sioux Center’s character.

Project staging and streetscape design were the focus of a Highway 7...

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City News
Posted on: April 28, 2022

Speed Limit Change in Southern Sioux Center

45 mph speed limit sign

The speed limit along two roads in southeast Sioux Center is decreasing to 45 miles per hour. 

The speed limit change includes 13th Ave. SE, from the 9th St. SE to 20th St. SE, and 20th St. SE, from 13th Ave. SE to the existing 25 mph zone in sout...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Director Hired for American State Bank Sports Complex

Woman's face and concept of indoor turf facility

A director has been selected to provide leadership for all programming at the American State Bank Sports Complex.

Carrie Krohn, of Orange City, has accepted the position for Sioux Center’s new indoor turf facility, which is under construction and...

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Posted on: April 25, 2022

City, Chamber Receive Iowa Tourism Award for Marketing

Chamber and City Iowa Tourism Award 2022 WEB

The City of Sioux Center and Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce received a 2022 Iowa Tourism award for Collaboration in Marketing. 

The award was presented in Des Moines at the 2022 Iowa Tourism Conference by Iowa Economic Development Authority and ...

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City News
Posted on: April 21, 2022

Council Considers Water Conservation Changes

Hand holding hose spraying grass

The local raw water supply remains lower than usual, and Sioux Center remains in a Water Watch. The City Council is considering a change to Sioux Center’s water shortage conservation rules that may help people maintain lawns. The proposed change...

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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Dog Park, Trail Connections Planned for Local Park

Dog runs in grass

The City of Sioux Center is planning for a dog park to enhance a local park.

Sioux Center Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren shared the proposal to add a dog park to the eastern side of Country View Park with the City Council this week. 

“We want to p...

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Heritage Village Invites Community for Volunteer Day

Buildings with Volunteer Day sign

Community members are invited to help settle Heritage Village into its new home. The Heritage Board and volunteers are hosting a volunteer day on Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. 

“We are excited to have this opportunity for the c...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Housing Survey Responses Fuel Future Planning

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Community responses to the recent housing survey will help shape action plans to help meet housing needs in Sioux Center. More than 1,050 residents and commuters completed the survey, which is part of the community efforts to address gaps in available hou...

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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Local Response to Emerald Ash Borer

top of tree

The presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Sioux Center by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Once the EAB infests an ash tree, it can kill the tree within 2-4 years.

“Over a number of years, this inse...

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Heritage Village Building Move Nearly Complete

Aerial photo of historic village

All but a few of the buildings moving to the new Heritage Village site have made the journey across town. Twelve buildings representing centuries of local history are in place at the new site in western Sioux Center. Two chicken coops have been moved to a...

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Posted on: February 21, 2022

Highway 75 Reconstruction Slated to Begin Next Year

Concept drawing of city street with vehicles

Sioux Center has been preparing for the reconstruction of Highway 75 for many years, and now work is scheduled to begin sometime next year. 

The 2.5-mile project will stretch nearly end-to-end along Sioux Center’s main street, replacing ...

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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Softball Diamond Named Field of Excellence

Softball Field with players lined up

The softball diamond in Sioux Center’s Open Space Park athletic complex has been named a 2022 Field of Excellence.

The field was one of 100 nationwide to be recognized. Only two others in Iowa were also honored.

“We are always working to maintain safe and h...

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Posted on: February 16, 2022

American State Bank Sports Complex Moving Forward

Exterior of air-inflated dome for sports turf

A local contractor will lead the construction of Sioux Center’s new indoor turf facility.

After receiving bids to construct the American State Bank Sports Complex, the Sioux Center City Council approved sending a letter of intent to the low bidde...

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Posted on: February 15, 2022

State Awards Grant for Childcare Project

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A state grant could help open a new home-based daycare in Sioux Center, a collaborative effort among local leaders seeking to address daycare needs.

The Sioux Center City Council recently approved accepting an $88,000 grant from the State of Iowa Future Re...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Governor Announces $12 Million for Lewis & Clark Water Expansion

Woman speaks to group

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg visited Sioux Center’s water treatment plant to announce $12 million in funding for the expansion of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.

“As residents of northwest Iowa will be first to say, depen...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Council Considering Decrease in City Tax Rate

City Budget

The City of Sioux Center is looking at a lower rate for the city portion of property taxes in the 2022-23 budget. The City Council is considering decreasing the city’s portion of the levy rate to $11.135 per $1,000 of taxable valuation, a 0.27% ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2022

Public Invited to Hearing for Proposed Levy

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The City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year City property tax levy on Feb. 21, 2022, at 4 p.m., at the City Office council room.

At the public hearing any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor ...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Pella Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant for Indoor Turf Facility

People hold large check

Construction of the American State Bank Sports Complex will be boosted by a $50,000 grant from the Pella Rolscreen Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pella Corporation.

The foundation announced the award this week, offering the $50,000 grant to help with...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Library Sees High Use, Looks Toward Future Growth

Four youth look at books in library

Among Iowa libraries in towns of 5,000-10,000 people, the Sioux Center Public Library is the highest used.

Library Director Becky Bilby told the City Council that the library sees 195,839 check outs of physical books and other items a year, in addition to ...

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

Sioux Center Retail Sales Leading Northwest Iowa

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Sioux Center retail sales showed strong growth in the 2020-21 fiscal year, continuing to lead the county and area in annual retail sales. The community’s retail sales set a new high at $180.8 million for July 2020-June 2021, a 6% increase from t...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Council Members Brought Vision in Service as Leaders

Faces of two men

Two City Council members will be passing the torch as they complete their term this December: W. Dale Den Herder and Jamie Van Ravenswaay.

Councilman Den Herder has served in City leadership for 52 years, with 36 years as a council member and 16 years as m...

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Favorable Bid Received for Fabric of Indoor Turf Dome

Interior of sports turf facility

The fabric membrane covering the planned American State Bank Sports Complex will be made by a company in Minnesota. The Sioux Center City Council approved offering a letter of intent on the low bid for the fabric dome from Yeadon Domes, of Minneapolis, Mi...

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Posted on: December 16, 2021

Wastewater Plant Recognized for Design Excellence

Two men hold plaques

Sioux Center’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, completed in 2020, has been recognized for excellence in planning, engineering, and design. 

The project was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2021 Outstanding Projec...

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Posted on: November 24, 2021

Siouxnami Waterpark Sees Record-Breaking Summer

boys at swimming pool

Sioux Center’s destination for summer fun broke records across the board in 2021.

The Siouxnami Waterpark at the All Seasons Center saw a record breaking year for attendance, memberships, and rentals this summer. Total attendance from June to Labor Day 202...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

$500,000 Grant Awarded for New Indoor Sports Complex

outside of air-inflated sports dome

A $500,000 state grant has been awarded for Sioux Center’s new indoor turf facility.

The Enhance Iowa Board approved the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Grant for the American State Bank Sports Complex on Dec. 2. The board awarded a total ...

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Posted on: November 24, 2021

Indoor Turf Sports Complex Moving Forward

Inside an indoor turf dome

The first part of Sioux Center’s new indoor turf facility will likely be bid in December.

Construction on the 118,000-square-foot American State Bank Sports Complex could likely begin in March or April of 2022. The shared project between the City...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Highway 75 Planners Discuss Key Intersections, Pedestrian Routes

Concept drawing of street intersection

Safety and function are driving planning for several important pieces of Sioux Center’s Highway 75 redesign. This week, the City Council discussed several significant design details as the community moves toward the highway reconstruction in 202...

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Electric Department Head Completes Leadership Course

Two men hold framed certificate

Ezra Weikert, electric department head at Sioux Center Municipal Utilities, recently earned his leadership certification as part of the LEAD Course, a workshop presented by Missouri River Energy Services. LEAD stands for Leadership, Excellence and Develop...

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Posted on: November 9, 2021

Sioux Center Elects Council Members

Three adult faces

This month, Sioux Center residents voted in two new members and one returning councilman to the City Council: John Brantsen, Jenn Vermeer, and Randy Vreugdenhil. On behalf of the community, we want to thank these three for being willing to serve and lead ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

Development Agreement with Dordt Reflects University's Local Impact

Three people walk on by buildings

The City of Sioux Center is offering a $1.725 million development agreement for a number of significant building projects by Dordt University.

The City Council recently approved this agreement, which is designated for a number of facilities, many of which ...

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Heritage Village Begins Historic Move

Work crew preparing basement for cement

A big transition for Heritage Village is taking shape. Prairie plants were the first part of history to move to the new site - a significant amount of plants and flowers have been transplanted. Footings and foundations for many of the buildings are in pla...

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Posted on: October 21, 2021

Sioux Center Water Disinfection Process to Change in 2022

water being poured

In preparation for receiving water from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities will be changing its method of water disinfection to chloramination in or after January 2022.

“Disinfecting our drinking water is an impor...

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Posted on: October 18, 2021

New Homestead Invites Community to Use Gazebo

Gazebo at night

A new gazebo at the intersection of 4th Avenue and North Meadow Drive was designed by the New Homestead Low Rent Housing Agency to be a meeting place.

It’s there for residents of the New Homestead’s nearby apartments, for school and uni...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

SCMU Advises Customers to Prepare for Higher Heating Costs

Natural gas burner

With the wholesale price of natural gas at a multi-year high, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is advising customers to prepare for winter heating costs that are higher than recent years when the market saw lower-cost natural gas prices.

Sioux Center Munic...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

Award Honors Sioux Center Wastewater Facility's Design

aerial view of wastewater plant with award imprint

Sioux Center’s Wastewater Treatment Facility is receiving high recognition for innovative design and construction.

The City of Sioux Center, along with engineering firm Bolton & Menk, Inc., won an Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for the S...

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

City Supports Safe Exchanges with Planned Family Visit Center

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The Sioux Center City Council took action to support safe family interactions through the Family Crisis Centers’ planned Family Visitation Center.

The new center will provide a location for safe, supervised visits and exchanges for children and t...

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Posted on: October 11, 2021

Sculpture to Honor Te Paske's Vision for Sioux Center

Men stand by work of art

A proposed sculpture for Sioux Center’s Open Space Park will reflect the idea of “Progress through Cooperation,” honoring the legacy of a man who pushed for big-picture thinking for Sioux Center.

The sculpture, designed as a t...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

SCMU Delivers Energy Efficiency Rebate for High School

men hold large check

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities recently presented Sioux Center Community School a $66,220 rebate check at the new high school for choosing energy-efficient technology in the new building.

The energy rebates are part of the Bright Energy Solutions program...

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Fire Station 2 Open House on Oct. 7

Fire station

All are invited to an Open House at Sioux Center’s new Fire Station 2 on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-7 p.m.

The Sioux Center Fire Department will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs and giving the public an inside look at the new station, located a...

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Posted on: September 15, 2021

Final Pipe Section Laid for Sioux Center Water Connection

Men stand by construction equipment

Sioux Center officials joined engineers, contractors, pipe suppliers, Hull officials, and staff from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System on September 14 to celebrate the final section of 24-inch ductile pipe being constructed in the 33.8 mile stre...

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Sioux Center's Population Shows Dynamic Growth in 2020 Census

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Sioux Center’s population grew by more than 1,000 people in the past decade, coming in at 8,229 in the 2020 US Census.

In the 2010 US Census, Sioux Center’s population count was recorded at 7,048. The 2020 Census, just released, shows t...

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Posted on: August 12, 2021

City Sells Land to be Used for New Development

Residential area development concept drawing

The City of Sioux Center is selling about 18 acres of city-owned property for the development of a new residential area in southeast Sioux Center.

The City Council approved the sale of the land near 7th Ave to Sioux Center Land Development this week for th...

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Posted on: August 9, 2021

Information Meeting for Highway 75 Centers on Property Owners

Public Info Meeting sign

The City of Sioux Center and the Iowa Department of Transportation are hosting a public meeting designed to equip property owners along the planned Highway 75 redesign with information for the next steps of the process.

The meeting on Thursday, Aug. 19, at...

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Posted on: August 5, 2021

Free Sioux Center App Offers Quick Access to Local Life

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A quick connection to local info, events, updates, notifications, and more is in the palm of your hand with the new Sioux Center mobile app.

The free new app, launched by the City of Sioux Center and Sioux Center Municipal Utilities, gives users immediate ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Water Rate Changes Help Prepare for Future

water in glass

Seeking to continue to provide for the growing community’s water needs, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities water rates are increasing slightly this fall.

The rate change, which will go into effect in customer’s October bills, starting wit...

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

Highway 75 Redesign Enters New Phases

Vehicles on roadway

Sioux Center’s Highway 75 redesign – focused on safety, function, and aesthetics that represent the community’s character – has met some significant milestones as it moves toward 2023-24 construction. Trent Bruce, o...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Indoor Turf Facility Design Features Multi-Use Flexibility

Concept drawing of indoor turf facility exterior

The design of Sioux Center’s planned indoor turf facility is focused on serving a variety of users in this new year-round space. The facility, planned for 2022 construction, is being designed to allow for activities like youth and adult soccer, ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Heritage Village Mapping Out New Location

Man points to concept map on large screen

A town square with shops around green space that may be used for weddings or other gatherings.An agricultural area with space for a working farm exhibit.A new museum that can greet visitors and showcase local history displays. Green space and pla...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

City Council Continues to Support Growth in Housing Options

Construction crew builds house

The Sioux Center City Council continues to take action to promote housing that meets a variety of needs. Expanding housing options in Sioux Center was identified during the council’s strategic planning session last spring as one of 10 key ongoin...

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Property Purchases Look Toward Parks, Trail Growth

Two children walk on paved trail

The City Council approved purchasing three parcels of property in Sioux Center this week, looking toward future park and trail additions and community growth.

Two of the purchases are currently residential properties and one is an empty lot. The first resi...

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City News
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Water Rate Study Reviewed by City Council

Water Tower

The Sioux Center City Council recently reviewed a water rate study with a professional rate analyst exploring the local water utility’s costs and future needs as it serves the growing community.

Tim Miller, director of rates at Missouri River Energy Servic...

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City News
Posted on: May 13, 2021

City Applies for Grant for New Segment of Rec Trail

Aerial map with trail segment drawn

The City of Sioux Center is applying for $660,000 in a COVID-19 relief grant to add about 1 ½ miles of recreation trail along the southeastern edge of the community.

The proposed section of recreational trail would start near 3rd Ave. on 20th Street SE and...

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City News
Posted on: May 11, 2021

Highway 75 Preliminary Design Concepts Online to Review

Concept drawing of street

Residents have the option to review preliminary design concepts for Highway 75 and share feedback online.

This follows the public information open house on April 20, when people had an opportunity to review the Highway 75 concepts, which show the prelimina...

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City News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Code Update to Guide Sign Use in Sioux Center

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An update for Sioux Center’s sign ordinance is being considered to help guide the usage and design of permanent and temporary signs in the community.

“If you look around, signs are everywhere. They share information and shape the way ou...

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City News
Posted on: April 27, 2021

New Sculpture Honors Vernon Legacy in Sioux Center

Metal sculpture near park shelter

The City of Sioux Center will join the community in dedicating a new sculpture honoring the leadership and contribution of a pair of difference-makers.

The new sculpture, installed at Sioux Center’s Vernon Park, honors Ross and Velma Vernon and will be ded...

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City News
Posted on: April 8, 2021

All Invited to Highway 75 Public Information Open House

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The public will have a chance to review the Highway 75 preliminary design and discuss it with the design team at a public information meeting set for Tuesday, April 20, from 5-7 p.m.

The open house will be a come-and-go event at Terrace View Event Center, ...

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City News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Sidewalk to be Added to 7th Street NW Rail Crossing

Sidewalk near railroad crossing

After a year of the City of Sioux Center working with BNSF Railway, the City has secured an agreement for a sidewalk crossing at the 7th Street NW rail crossing in Sioux Center.

Assistant Utilities Manager Adam Fedders has been working with BNSF and bought...

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City News
Posted on: March 31, 2021

Council asks for Medians, Parking in Downtown Highway Design

Overhead concept image of downtown street

Community feedback continues to shape the redesign of Highway 75. The Sioux Center City Council incorporated both public input to prioritize safety and downtown property owner input to keep on-street eastside parking into a recent decision on downtown des...

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City News
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Council Approves Decrease in City Property Tax Rate

City Budget

The City of Sioux Center’s portion of the property tax rate will be decreasing slightly.

The Sioux Center City Council approved the lower tax levy rate, $11.165 per taxable $1,000, as part of approving the 2021-22 city budget this week. Last year...

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City News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

Next Steps for Highway 75 Redesign Discussed

Vehicles travel on roadway

Preliminary design for the reconstruction of Highway 75 in Sioux Center continues, working toward anticipated completion in 2025. City staff updated the City Council on next steps for the project:

Streetscape planning

On March 30, the Council plans to hear ...

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City News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

Council Approves Turf Facility and New Site for Heritage Village

Inside an indoor turf dome

An indoor turf facility is planned for Sioux Center and changes are ahead for the community’s Heritage Village.

The City Council approved the construction of an indoor turf dome at Open Space Park, east of the existing All Seasons Center parking...

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City News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

New Arts Director Brings Enthusiasm

Woman smiling

Kaitlyn Baljeu has a passion for the arts and she’s bringing that to her work as Sioux Center’s new Arts Director.

“The arts offer an opportunity for people of different backgrounds to come together,” Baljeu said. “I’m looking forward to seeing that here a...

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City News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Free App Offers Access to Utility History and Payments

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Sioux Center Municipal Utilities (SCMU) is offering a free new app that allows customers to access utility usage/history and pay bills in one place. The new MyCivic Utilities app is available for free to all customers and is a one-stop option for monthly ...

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City News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Acts to Decrease Impact of High Natural Gas Prices

Natural gas burner

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities (SCMU) has taken action to lower the impact of February’s extreme natural gas prices for our customers.

Widespread frigid temperatures across the Midwest and Texas drove natural gas prices to record highs February...

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City News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Council Supports Local Industry's Plan to Expand, Create Jobs

Man works at manufacturing station in building

A Sioux Center manufacturer is announcing plans to grow, and the Sioux Center City Council agreed to be part of making that plan reality.

Link Manufacturing shared plans to add a 50,000-square-foot expansion and potentially 54 jobs in Sioux Center with the...

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City News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Community Feedback at Center of Council's Heritage Village Discussion

Open House Open Space Park master planning sign

Community feedback was at the center of a Sioux Center City Council discussion on Open Space Park master planning. The council spent nearly an hour sharing thoughts, reflecting on feedback, and hearing comments on three concepts regarding location of a pr...

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City News
Posted on: February 11, 2021

Park Improvements and Planning Ahead for 2021

Park with Westside Park sign

The Sioux Center Parks Department is preparing for park updates in 2021, with significant improvements planned for a park in the west side of the community. Westside Park, at the corner of 7th St. and 6th Ave. NW, has new playground equipment and a new pl...

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City News
Posted on: February 4, 2021

Public Invited to Hearing for Proposed Levy

Soybean field and houses

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year City property tax levy on Feb. 15, 2021, at 4 p.m., at the City Office council room.

At the public hearing any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor ...

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City News
Posted on: February 3, 2021

Growth Leads to Decrease in Proposed City Levy Rate

City Budget

Ongoing growth means the City of Sioux Center is able to look at decreasing its portion of the property tax levy rate, which will be the 11th decrease in the past 12 years. The City Council is considering decreasing the city’s portion o...

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City News
Posted on: February 2, 2021

Leaders Continue Listening to Feedback on Open Space Park Planning

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More than 200 people shared feedback at an Open Space Park master planning open house Monday with members of the Sioux Center City Council, the Heritage Village Board, Parks Board, and the Joint Use Committee. For those unable to attend, response is being...

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City News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

2021 Funding to Bring Lewis & Clark Water Closer to Sioux Center

large blue pipe on the grass

A total of $17.5 million in federal funding for FY21 will help propel ongoing construction of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, bringing it closer to delivering water to Sioux Center.

“This is really good news and we are very pleased,&...

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City News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

New All Seasons Center/Rec Director Makes Relationships Priority

Man's face near waterpark

In a job that impacts almost everyone in Sioux Center and many across the region, new All Seasons Center and Recreation Director Dave Egdorf is bringing a relationship-focused mindset from day one. Egdorf, of Sioux Center, begins in the role Feb. 15.&...

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City News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Wynja to Represent Sioux Center on Iowa League Board

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Sioux Center City Manager Scott Wynja has been elected to serve on the executive board for the Iowa League of Cities, which includes more than 870 member cities in Iowa. He was elected to a 2-year term by member city representatives.

“It is an honor to ser...

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City News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Residents Recommit to Serving on Local Boards

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Eighteen residents have been approved for re-appointment to city boards, committees and commissions. Their voluntary service includes boards such as the Park Board, Low Rent Housing, the Library Board, the Recreation & Arts Board, Heritage Board, and ...

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City News
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Open House Planned to Discuss Open Space Park Concepts

Open House for Open Space Park planning Feb. 1

An Open House to give residents an opportunity review and discuss proposed master planning concepts for Open Space Park is set for Monday, Feb. 1, at the Sioux Center Public Library. 

At the Open House, residents will be able to review prints of p...

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City News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

Hulstein named to MRES Board of Directors

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Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Missouri River Energy Services.

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is an organization of 61 member municipal utilities in Iowa, Minnesota, N...

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City News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Community Feedback Reviewed on Highway 75 Redesign

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Community feedback on the streetscape concepts and overview of the redesign of Highway 75 in Sioux Center is helping shape the look of the planned new roadway.

At the recent council meeting, the Sioux Center City Council reviewed results from a recent stre...

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City News
Posted on: November 24, 2020

Council Deliberates on Long-Term Best Option for Open Space Park

Concept drawing of park and athletic fields

City council members would like to engage public feedback on options for the future use of portions of Open Space Park, specifically the location of Heritage Village and a proposed indoor turf facility.

As they consider three proposed concepts, which range...

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City News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Community Feedback Sought on Highway 75 Streetscape Concepts

Three people look at street drawing on easel

Sioux Center residents and business owners are invited to reflect on proposed streetscape concepts for the Highway 75 corridor and share feedback through a survey. More than 200 people were able to attend an Oct. 29 community open house for the Highway 75...

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City News
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Long-time Rec Director Blazes Trail for Sioux Center Recreation

Man talks to children sitting on grass

Chances are, if you’re participating in a Sioux Center recreation program, the person who started it was Dave Ruter. Ruter, who has led as the city’s Recreation Director for 45 years and overseen the launch of many programs and facilit...

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City News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

Council Discusses Key Elements for Highway 75 Redesign

Concept drawing of road with crosswalk

Preliminary design concepts for Highway 75 improvements feature safety, functionality, and aesthetic elements to reflect Sioux Center’s character.

Sioux Center is partnering with the Iowa DOT to redesign Highway 75 as an enhanced 4-lane roadway. ...

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City News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Community Partnership Award Honors Airport Collaboration

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The City of Sioux Center, along with the City of Orange City and Sioux County, has been awarded an international honor for collaborative efforts to create the Sioux County Regional Airport. The project is receiving a 2020 Program Excellence Award from the...

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City News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Council seeks Insight for Open Space Park Planning

Aerial photo of park and athletic fields

The Sioux Center City Council approved exploring master planning to help guide the long-term layout for part of Open Space park, including the placement of a possible new indoor turf facility.

Placing the indoor turf facility in Open Space Park is being co...

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City News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Planning Continues for Highway 75 Design, Utilities, and Streetscape

vehicles travel a highway in town

Progress continues, including utility, design, and streetscape planning, as Sioux Center moves toward the redesign and reconstruction of Highway 75, changing the aging roadway into an enhanced four-lane roadway with a center lane for turning and medians.

T...

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City News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Survey Feedback Shared on Highway 75 Planning

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Feedback from 975 survey responses will help shape the streetscape vision for the Highway 75 redesign in Sioux Center.

Landscape architect Jon Jacobson, of the planning and design firm Confluence, reviewed the responses from the recent community survey wit...

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City News
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Land Use Planning Sets Vision for Three Sites

Concept drawing of business buildings

Positioning Sioux Center for healthy growth is the focus of commercial site planning for three pieces of city-owned property.

Community Development Director Dennis Dokter and representatives from planning and design firm Confluence shared concepts designed...

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City News
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Council Discusses Speed Limits for Highway 75 Redesign

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Some speed limit decreases are being considered as part of the Highway 75 redesign in Sioux Center.

City staff and Trent Bruce of DGR Engineering shared speed limit recommendations to include in the design of Highway 75 with the City Council this week. The...

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City News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Highway 75 Streetscape Survey Seeks Public Input

Hand holding pencil ready to complete survey

Moving toward the 2023-24 reconstruction of Highway 75 in Sioux Center, the City of Sioux Center is seeking public input with a survey focused on streetscape design and safety.

The city continues to work with the Iowa DOT, DGR Engineering, and Confluence t...

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City News
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Master Planning to Help Shape Highway 75 Design

Highway traffic in snow

As engineers begin to sketch out Highway 75 improvements, Sioux Center is going to take a careful look to ensure the design fits the community’s needs and identity.

“This is a once in a generation investment in our community,” said Mayor David Krahling aft...

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City News
Posted on: December 18, 2019

Zoning updates to go into effect in 2020

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The City of Sioux Center has updated its zoning code and map with the future in mind.

“Our community is growing, and these updates help ensure that our zoning reflects current and future growth,” said Assistant City Manager Dennis Dokte...

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City News
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Local Softball Diamond Takes Top Honors in Nation

aerial view of softball diamond

The softball field at Open Space Park in Sioux Center has been selected as top in its class in the nation.

The diamond was named Softball Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association. It was selected as the number one softball diamond at the K...

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City News
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Iowa All-Star Community Award Honors Collaboration

Iowa All-Star Community Award 2019 - Regional Airport FOR WEB

The City of Sioux Center, along with the City of Orange City and Sioux County, was honored for joint efforts to create the Sioux County Regional Airport with a 2019 All-Star Community Award from the Iowa League of Cities.

The All-Star Community Awards are ...

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City News
Posted on: September 25, 2019

City to Add Flashing Sign at Pedestrian Crossing

Pedestrian crossing sign

The City of Sioux Center will be installing new button-activated rapid flashing pedestrian signs on 20th Street SE at the 3rd Avenue intersection. This pedestrian crossing connects about 90 homes in the South Ridge residential area to the rest of Sioux Ce...

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City News
Posted on: August 23, 2019

Planning Continues for Highway 75 Improvements

Highway 75 improvements concept

Sioux Center is preparing for a major Iowa Department of Transportation investment in improving Highway 75. 

The DOT has committed more than $20 million in its five-year improvement plan to address needs on Sioux Center’s main roadway: removing th...

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City News
Posted on: May 17, 2019

DOT Considers Highway 75 Improvements

Highway 75 improvements concept

Improvements to establish Highway 75 for safe and efficient travel for years to come are being considered by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The proposed project, which would include removing the existing, aging pavement, replacing it with an enhanc...

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City News
Posted on: August 3, 2016

Council discusses Highway 75 improvement

Preliminary concept drawing of Highway 75 improvement idea: Perspective view at 6th Street S looking south. The Sioux Center City Council discussed the need to enhance the community’s Highway 75 corridor Tuesday. Council members and city staff noted as Si...

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