Officers Stop Every Vehicle Northbound Out Of Sioux Center For Three Hours, Net 68 Violations

Sioux Center, Iowa — It looked like a construction zone. But it was something much different.

Over 20 officers from the Iowa State Patrol, Sioux Center Police Department, Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic safety checkpoint in Sioux Center on Wednesday (5/30) from 3 to 6 PM. All northbound traffic out of Sioux Center on Highway 75 was stopped. Officers were trying to keep the delay down to 10 minutes per vehicle.

Iowa State Patrol Education Officer Vince Kurtz says the effort was a continuation of the multi-department saturation efforts from 2010 and 2011.


Statistics show that Sioux County continues to rank in the top 22 counties in Iowa for fatality crashes. The traffic safety checkpoint served as another tool to reverse this trend.


The multi-agency approach allowed officers to address a wide variety of violations based on their training and experience, says Kurtz. He says it is completely legal for them to stop every vehicle, but it takes a lot of thought.



May 30, 2012


Citations:                                        Warnings:

Seat belt:           8                           Seat Belt:           4

Insurance:          24                         Insurance:          28

No DL:   7                                    Other:    29

Equipment:          11                         Equipment:   96


Towed vehicles:   0


Other violations:

MCSAP inspections:    10

CMV out of service:              4

Driver out of service:          3

CMV alcohol violation:           1

From advance traffic counts, officers estimate anywhere from 700 to 1000 vehicles may have passed through the checkpoint.

Uncertainty In Health Care Reform Law Caused Sioux Center Plant Shutdown Says Company Spokesman

Sioux Center — A Sioux Center factory that makes furniture for hospitals and other health care facilities will close in mid-September. Nemschoff Chairs in Sioux Center is part of Herman Miller, Incorporated. Mark Schurman, a company spokesman, says one-hundred-11 workers will lose their jobs.


Nineteen workers at the Sioux Center plant were laid off two months ago. The company makes furniture for waiting rooms, children’s pediatric units, the side tables in hospital rooms and other furniture found in health care settings.


Employees at the factory in Sioux Center will get a severance package.


Leonard Nemschoff founded the company in 1950 in Wisconsin, focused on building furniture for libraries and colleges. In the late 1980s it shifted its focus to making furniture for the health care industry. In 2009 the company was purchased by Herman Miller, a Michigan furniture manufacturer.

Sheldon Police Arrest Two, Cover Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from Sheldon Police:

The police arrested 28-year-old Anthony Fobb of Sheldon on Monday (5/28). They charged him with one county of Domestic Assault.

On Tuesday (5/29), the police arrested 38-year-old Stacey Waldner and charged her with making a false report.

Both were taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

A car and a crossover-type vehicle, both driven by Sheldon women were damaged in an accident on Wednesday (5/30) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:30 PM, 57-year-old Nancy Stangland of Sheldon was westbound on Seventh Street in a 2000 Mercury. Fifty-eight-year-old Mary Gilbert of Sheldon was southbound on Fifth Avenue in a 2002 Buick.

The vehicles met in the uncontrolled intersection and collided, with Gilbert’s vehicle striking Stangland’s in the passenger side.

Stangland’s Mercury received $2000 damage. Gilbert’s Buick received $900 damage.

Stangland was charged with failure to yield to vehicle on the right.

Most Sheldon School Board Members Approve Of 28-E Agreement For City/School Ballfields

The Sheldon Community School Board has approved a 28-E agreement with the City of Sheldon for the creation and operation of new recreational facilities on the school grounds.  The motion to approve the agreement passed with a four to one vote, with Glenn Goedken casting the dissenting vote.   Goedken did not want to enter into the agreement until they had a more definitive estimate on the cost of the facilities.  However, the other members felt that the agreement was necessary before they could proceed any further with plans and cost estimates.  The agreement will have to be approved by the City council and will be on their agenda for their meeting next week.

The School Board also approved a revision to the current budget.

We will have more school board information coming up….

Sioux Center Plant To Close, Leaving Over 100 Jobless

Sioux Center, Iowa — After word less than a month ago that one factory would be closing this fall, causing 300 people to lose their jobs, it’s not the economic news Sioux County needed right now.

Now more than 100 more Sioux County workers will be without a job this fall. Nemschoff Chairs in Sioux Center plans to close their plant this September, and has already begun laying off workers.

Officials with parent company Herman Miller cite uncertainty about the new health care reform law and a soft market for their products as the reasons for the plant closing.

They do say that employees are being offered a comprehensive severance package and the company will use a career service to help employees find new jobs.

Michigan-based Herman Miller says the plant will close on September 15, 2012.

Sioux County Community Foundation Awards Over $90,000 In Grants

Boyden, Iowa — Some Sioux County non-profit organizations have received some nice grants.

The Sioux County Community Foundation has just awarded grants totaling $92,330 to twenty-four organizations in support of projects and programs throughout Sioux County. This brings the total grants awarded to over $540,000 since the first grants were made in 2006. Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation passed in 2005 which provides that a percentage of state gambling revenues be distributed among all Iowa counties that do not have a gambling entity.

Lori Wolkow, SCCF Advisory Board Chair says that the foundation board is pleased to have provided support for so many worthy projects over the years that have truly made a difference in Sioux County communities.

Among the grants were two for ten thousand dollars, and one for nearly ten thousand. The first went to the City of Granville, whose $10,000 grant will support the purchase and installation of new playground equipment that will be handicap accessible.

The Sioux County Library Association will use their $10,000 grant to purchase computers, network equipment, and A-V equipment to provide some meeting rooms with current technology.

The Sioux County Fireman’s Association received $9,819 that will go to purchase one handheld radio for each Fire Station that responds in Sioux County. The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that all public safety entities must switch all their radios to narrowband technology by 2013.

Receiving $5000 grants were:

  • Alton Fire Rescue & Ambulance
  • Boyden Area Fire Department
  • City of Boyden (Park & Rec Department)
  • City of Ireton
  • City of Rock Valley
  • Sioux County Dive Team
  • Family Crisis Centers of Northwest Iowa

Fourteen other projects received smaller grants, ranging from one to three thousand dollars.

Here’s the full list:

Arts and Culture

Orange City Arts Council – $1,500

Funding toward the costs of the first ever Festival Latino which will include dance and music groups, “activity stations” targeted primarily to Hispanic and Anglo young people.

Civic and Community

Alton Fire Rescue & Ambulance – – $5,000

Funding to assist with replacing communication pagers in order to be in compliance with the Sioux County Communications Center by 2013 and updating 2 self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA’s).

Boyden Area Fire Department – $5,000

Funds will replace aging personal protective equipment to ensure firefighter safety.

City of Boyden (Park & Rec Department) – $5,000

Funds toward the resurfacing of the town’s only walking/biking trail (1.5 miles of trail in Centennial Park).

City of Granville – $10,000

Support for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment that will be handicap accessible.

City of Ireton – $5,000

Funding toward the installation of camping pads with electricity on the former tennis courts site and replacing the cement on the basketball court area, along with two adjustable basketball backboards.

City of Rock Valley – $2,000

Funding will be used to assist in the replacement of old wooden benches with aluminum bleachers at the Rock Valley Baseball Center.

City of Rock Valley – $5,000

The Rock Valley Fire Department will use the funding to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Existing units can no longer be certified.

Hull Kiwanis Club – $2,000

Funding toward a new electronic scoreboard for the ballfield that was recently constructed.

Maurice Volunteer Fire Department – $1,000

Funding will assist with the retrofitting of outdated emergency lighting on mini pumper with new LED lighting.

Orange City Park and Recreation Department – $2,000

Funds will assist with the purchase of the playing surface for three new baseball/softball fields for children in grades TK-2nd.

Sioux County Conservation Board – $2,500

Funding for the purchase of three 4’x 3’ Allumicore trail maps to be placed throughout Oak Grove Park as well as colored signs affixed to trees along hiking trails.

Sioux County Dive Team – $5,000

Funds toward the purchase of six full face diver masks with built-in communication abilities and a surface kit to enable communication with other divers or with safety officers on the surface.

Sioux County Fireman’s Association – $9,819

Funding to purchase one handheld radio for each Fire Station that responds in Sioux County. Sioux County fire departments must have all radios narrowband compliant by 2013.

South County Youth Fair Association – $3,000

Funds to assist with the installation 1,500 plus feet of 8 inch tile line to properly drain the parking lot and livestock exhibit area.


Inspiration Hills Camp and Retreat Center – $1,000

Funding will assist with the expansion to the camp’s current Rope Course by building a High Rope “The Raider Bridge”.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. / Head Start – $1,400

Support for the purchase of materials and labor to replace an existing storage shed on the Head Start playground used to store outdoor equipment and toys.

Northwest Iowa Community College – $2,111

For the purchase of two Airway Management Trainer Torso manikins to train EMT’s and provide continuing education for First Responders, EMT’s, Paramedics, and other medical professionals.

Sioux County Library Association – $10,000

Funding will purchase computers, network equipment, and A-V equipment to provide meeting rooms with current technology.


West Sioux Schools – $2,000

Funding to purchase items to be placed in sack lunches as part of the Weekend Sack Pack program. 107 students that qualify for free & reduced lunch have signed up to participate in this new program.

Human Services

Car Ministry of ATLAS – $2,000

Car Ministry of ATLAS’ (CMA) mission is to assist those who need help securing transportation in order to secure or obtain employment or education. CMA will have volunteer mechanics get donated vehicles in best working condition before given away to those in need. Funding will assist with obtaining the dealers license, insurance, tools, and parts.

Family Crisis Centers of Northwest Iowa – $5,000

Funding toward the purchase of furniture and appliances for the Center’s new emergency housing units for victims of violence and human trafficking.

Justice for All, NW Iowa Chapter – $2,500

Funding will assist with purchasing a clothing and cardboard recycling baler. Instead of discarding the extra clothing, will recycle it and create a revenue source by selling the bales.

The Bridge: Transitional Housing – $2,500

Project provides professional rehabilitative and crisis intervention services to disadvantaged, vulnerable, single parent families. Support will assist with purchase of play therapy materials and parent mental health course and materials.


The SCCF was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation and is governed by a local twelve-member advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in Sioux County: Alton, Boyden, Granville, Hawarden, Hospers, Hull, Ireton, Matlock, Maurice, Orange City, Rock Valley, and Sioux Center.

The mission of the SCCF is to encourage and provide opportunities for charitable giving, to manage and distribute funds in a responsible manner, and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Sioux County.