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Posted on: June 18, 2019

Krahling Accepts Appointment as Mayor

Swearing in new mayor

The Sioux Center City Council has appointed seasoned community leader David Krahling to serve as mayor, filling the seat of the late Mayor Dennis Walstra.

As mayor, Krahling will preside over city council meetings and work with the council and city leaders...

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Posted on: June 15, 2019

Water Rate Change Considered as Community Grows

Water Pipes

With a growing community and ongoing maintenance of older parts of the water system, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is recommending that the City Council consider increasing water rates.

“On one hand we have new development areas opening, and t...

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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Highway 75 Improvements Approved in DOT Five-Year Plan

Highway improvements street view concept drawing

Improvements for safe and efficient travel on Highway 75 in Sioux Center have been approved as part of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s five-year transportation improvement program.

The work will include removing the existing, aging pavement, replac...

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Excitement Building for Siouxnami Waterpark

water slides

Sioux Center is getting a better look at what the new Siouxnami Waterpark will offer when it opens in a few weeks!

The water slide tower with three slides is up, along with the diving platforms, and the zip line at the outdoor waterpark, which is being bui...

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Posted on: June 10, 2019

New Shelter House Design is Part of Bigger Park Vision

Putting siding on shelter house

The new enclosed shelter house at Children’s Park is shaped by a goal: to encourage people and families of all ages to enjoy the park.

“We designed this shelter house to be a great space for people to gather, surrounded by green space a...

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Posted on: June 9, 2019

Fireworks Use in Sioux Center

fireworks

Use of fireworks will be allowed in Sioux Center during set hours from June 13 to July 8.

“While Sioux Center residents have the opportunity to use fireworks, you still need to be safe and use common sense,” said Sioux Center Police Chief Mike Halma. “We w...

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Sioux Center Mayor Leaves Lasting Legacy

Mayor Dennis Walstra

Sioux Center’s Mayor, Dennis Walstra, passed away at the age of 70, leaving a legacy of visionary leadership for the community.

Walstra served as Sioux Center’s mayor since January 2004 and, before that, he took office as a City Council...

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Sioux Center's Summer Celebration Packed with Fun June 6-8

Marching band in parade

A variety of fun, free, family-friendly events are scheduled for 2019 Summer Celebration, hosted by the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sioux Center June 6-8! Here's the online schedule.

The weekend festivities begin on Thursday evening wi...

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

SCMU Receives Mutual Aid Commendation

Crew works on electric pole

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities received a national commendation from the American Public Power Association for its support in electric power restoration efforts in Sibley following an April winter storm.

Over the days of April 11-14, Sioux Center Municip...

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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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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Local $1,000 Scholarship Awarded

2019 MRES scholarship winner Mitchell Jacobsma

Mitchell Jacobsma, of Sioux Center, is a recipient of a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) scholarship. Jacobsma is graduating this year from Sioux Center High School. 

Graduating high school seniors whose families are customers of MRES&...

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Posted on: May 9, 2019

New Residential Development Area Planned

Country View North plat

The Sioux Center City Council approved the sale of city land for a new 20-lot residential addition in northern Sioux Center.

“With 20-30 homes being built each year in town, efforts to provide residential properties are ongoing,” said S...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

City Approves Land Sale to School, Retains Portion for Green Space

High school concept plan

As plans for the new high school in Sioux Center unfold, they continue to showcase local collaboration.

On Monday,  the Sioux Center City Council approved the sale of city land for the planned new high school building, setting aside some land for ...

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Posted on: April 23, 2019

Residential Growth Prompts Proposed Sale of Land

Homes in residential development area

Demand for residential properties in the community has led the Sioux Center City Council to consider selling land for a new residential addition.

Last week, the council set a public hearing to consider selling land to Sioux Center Land Development, which w...

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Renewable Energy is at the Core of Sioux Center's Power

Sioux Center's Power Supply Resource Mix chart 2019

Environmental care goes beyond Earth Day for Sioux Center Municipal Utilities. Nearly half of the electricity daily powering Sioux Center homes and businesses comes from renewable resources.

“As a community-owned utility, SCMU was making environm...

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

Sioux Center Utility Crew Assists Neighbors in Outage

Crew works on electric pole

After ice and high winds left many in the area without power, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities sent personnel and utility vehicles to help.

Five local utility employees worked with Sibley Municipal Utilities to repair close to 4 miles of transmission line,...

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Posted on: March 26, 2019

City Considers Opportunity for Added Green Space

Children play soccer

The City of Sioux Center is working with the Sioux Center Community School District on a site plan near the new school that could include much-needed playing fields and green space for the community.

With the district in final design stage for the planned ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2019

City considers selling lot to Habitat for Humanity

Grassy lot

A city-owned lot in northwest Sioux Center may be sold to Habitat for Humanity.

The Sioux Center City Council set a public hearing for April 16 to consider the sale of the city-owned residential lot near the north end of 8th Ave. NW to the organization.

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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 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: 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.

E...

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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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