Backers of the Northwest Iowa Outdoor Sporting Complex had received approval from Sioux County Planning and Zoning, but opponents formed a group known as “Park Green” to oppose the idea. Many of them were not opposed to the idea of a gun range per se — they just didn’t want Sandy Hollow to become a gun range.
A district judge ruled that Planning and Zoning didn’t have the final say on the issue — that was up to the Sioux County Board of Supervisors.
In August, the issue came before the County Board, and they tabled it indefinitely.
The issue came off the table at the February 28th County Board Meeting, and by a 3 to 2 margin, the county board rejected the gun range proposal.Those in favor were supervisors Al Bloemendaal of Sioux Center and John Degan of Hawarden. Those opposed were Mark Sybesma of Sioux Center, Dennis Wright of Hull, and Arlyn Kleinwolterink of Orange City.
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A Sibley native is running for Osceola County Sheriff.
Matt Block, a 1998 Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Graduate has thrown his hat in the ring.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Block1.mp3|titles=Block1]
He says he intends to run for the Republican nomination for sheriff of Osceola County, and believes he will make a great sheriff for the people of Osceola County. He says that he pledges to serve the people with the highest professionalism, integrity, and honesty.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Block2.mp3|titles=Block2]
Block says he has over ten years of experience in law enforcement.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Block3.mp3|titles=Block3]
He says that with his ten years’ experience and knowledge of the job, he’s confident he can also perform the job cost-effectively for the people of Osceola County. Block says that while his experience in management is limited, he has several professional connections with sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders, and will also depend on advice from staff. He says he would be an open leader.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Block4.mp3]
To find out more about the candidate, you can visit this story’s page at kiwaradio.com.
Press Release from Block For Sheriff:
Police Officer Matt Block Announces
Candidacy for Osceola County Sheriff
For More Information: Matt Block March 2, 2012
Ph 712-261-3106, MattBlockforSheriff@gmail.com
Spencer, IA – My name is Matt Block and I am announcing my intention to run for the Republican nomination for sheriff of Osceola County. I believe I will make a great sheriff for the people of Osceola County. I pledge to serve them with the highest professionalism, integrity, and honesty. If elected, I commit to be a sheriff that will be fair, dedicated, will uphold the laws of Iowa, and respect the Constitutional freedoms of all the county’s citizens. My benchmark is to be a sheriff that will apply the law equally to all, showing no favoritism.
I was born and raised in Sibley and graduated from Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in 1998. My wife Crystal and I have been married 13 years and would love to come back home to raise our six children and give them the same roots and morals that we were brought up with.
My dream as a child was always to become a peace officer; I started that dream as a jailer at the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office in 2001. In 2002, I accepted a position as a patrolman for the Sanborn Police Department and in January 2004 graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. After serving Sanborn for 3 years, I joined the Spencer Police Dept in 2005, where I’m currently employed. With my ten years experience and knowledge of the job, I’m confident I can also perform the job cost effectively for the people of Osceola County.
If elected, one improvement I would like to implement is to place myself into the patrol rotation with my officers (especially evenings) in an effort to reduce any over-time costs to the county. Also, Buena Vista County and Cherokee County don’t patrol 24 hours per day. I’d like to survey even more counties, then research this and see if it’s something we could implement to reduce costs in Osceola County, while still having an officer on call and able to respond quickly to the few late night needs.
With my experience, help from the current staff and by seeking advice from current and past Sheriffs that I have professional acquaintance with, I’m confident I will get the job done right.
Again, I pledge to be a sheriff for all the people of Osceola County. I would appreciate your support on June 5. Thank you.