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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 12, 2018

Sioux Center Arts presents The Shoemaker and The Christmas Elves

The Shoemaker  the Christmas Elves Pic (3)

Help the whole family catch the Christmas spirit as you follow the lively adventure of two elves hoping to earn their place as Christmas Elves with Santa.

Sioux Center Arts is kicking off the Christmas season by bringing the Virginia Repertory Theatre to S...

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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 5, 2018

Where to Vote on Election Day in Sioux Center

Vote-2018

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Sioux Center residents all vote at Terrace View Event Center, 230 St. Andrew’s Way. 

On the midterm election ballot are the District 4 U.S. Congressional race, several state races including the governor, s...

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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 21, 2018

Long-time Sioux Center Police Chief to Retire

Police Chief Paul Adkins

Sioux Center’s Police Chief Paul Adkins plans to retire May 31, having served Sioux Center for 45 years.

Adkins joined the Sioux Center Police Department in May 1973, working the night shift. He accepted the police chief role in 1975, becoming th...

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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.

“We are ...

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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 30, 2018

Repaving Begins for Part of Recreation Trail

Rec Trail Work

A 23-year-old part of the recreation trail is being replaced this year.

The trail from Kinsey Elementary School east past the hospital to Sunrise Trails is being replaced with a new 8-foot concrete path.

Before this work, the surface of this 4,750-foot port...

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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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Posted on: March 21, 2018

New Arts Director Brings Experience, Passion for Arts

Arts Director Suzanne Doubet-Schuld

Bringing leadership and creative experience, Suzanne Doubet-Schuld has begun her role as the new Sioux Center Arts Director.

As director, Suzie will organize the Sioux Center Arts events and programs, provide educational arts opportunities, and collaborate...

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Posted on: March 21, 2018

Fresh Paint Planned for North Water Tower

North water tower

Sioux Center’s north water tower will likely get a fresh coat of new paint this year.

This past week, the Sioux Center City Council held a public hearing on bids for the project, which includes painting the exterior and spot painting the interior...

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Posted on: March 15, 2018

Water Rate Increase Considered as Community Grows

Water Project

As Sioux Center continues to grow, the community’s water system must also grow and be improved to best serve local residents, businesses and industries.

Recent upgrades and planned improvements are factors in a proposed water rate increase this summer. The...

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Posted on: March 12, 2018

Council Approves Lower Property Tax Rate

The City of Sioux Center property tax rate will be dropping by about 2.2 percent.

The Sioux Center City Council approved the lower tax levy rate, $11.54 per taxable $1,000, as part of approving the 2018-19 city budget this week. Last year, the rate was $11...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

Construction Begins on New Wastewater Plant

 Construction work at new wastewater plant site.

Earth is moving and cement is being poured as construction begins on the community’s new wastewater plant.

“They’ve started on the operations building and the clarifiers. There is a lot of excavation to do, and they’...

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Posted on: February 24, 2018

Utility Meter Upgrade Planned for Sioux Center

utility meter

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is planning to upgrade the community’s utility meters and electric load control system.

This proposal includes updating utility customer’s meters with advanced meters designed to improve reliability for customers and effici...

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Posted on: February 23, 2018

Fifty New Lots Approved Along Golf Course

10 green of The Ridge Golf Course

Fifty new residential lots are opening up along the southeast side of The Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center.

The Sioux Center City Council approved the final plat of the new residential addition, which includes 50 lots on about 25 acres, with lots ranging ...

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

New Shelter House, More in the Future for Children’s Park

Updates are planned for Children’s Park to improve accessibility and use.

“Using public input from the parks master planning process last summer, we are working toward using the space at Children’s Park better for everyone,” said Sioux Center Parks Directo...

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Posted on: February 19, 2018

Council Considers Lower Property Tax Levy Rate

The Sioux Center City Council is considering decreasing the property tax levy rate by 2.2 percent for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The city’s tax rate continues to be among the lowest of non-metro communities of similar size in Iowa.

In the proposed ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Improvements Included in Utility Budgets

North water tower

The Sioux Center City Council looked ahead at several capital projects for the community during a review of the city’s proposed enterprise funds’ budget for 2018-19. 

The enterprise funds include the city water, wastewater, ele...

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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Sioux Center Field Chosen Baseball Field of the Year

Baseball Field of the Year 2017

Sioux Center’s baseball field at Open Space Park was chosen as the 2017 Iowa Baseball Field of the Year.

The award recognizes excellence in turf management and honors the turf manager and staff’s efforts in leading the sports turf indus...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

Local Organizations' Funding Requests Approved

The Sioux Center City Council approved several funding requests from community organizations at last week’s council meeting.The council voted to fund a $5,000 request from Mid-Sioux Opportunity. The city has contributed $5,000 each year for the past 15 ye...

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