Sutherland Labor Day Celebration

SutherlandSutherland, Iowa — Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the summer season, and is the climax of the summer celebration season, as well.  Sheldon Celebrataion Days is going on this weekend, but in addition, Sutherland is holding their Labor Day Celebration, as well.

Events begin Saturday in Sutherland with a Sausage & Pancake Breakfast.  Events continue throughout the day Saturday, and continue Sunday with events such as the car and motorcycle burnout, car cruise, and antique tractor ride.  There will be street dances on Main Street both Saturday and Sunday nights.

Monday features the 10:30 am parade, volleyball and horseshoe tournament, Saddle Club fun day and horse show, and musical entertainment in the park.

The Labor Day Celebration is held each Labor Day weekend in Sutherland.

2015 Sutherland Labor Day Celebration

Sheriff’s Office And Interns Produce Video Series

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of two interns, has completed a public relations video series.
Altena Sheriff
Sheriff Dan Altena says his office worked with the Franken Leadership Center, which is affiliated with Northwestern College in Orange City. The Center also manages the Carlson Internship program, which connects highly-motivated and intellectually-curious students with top internships throughout the country.

Altena tells us how it got started.

He says the two interns, Amber Beyer and Julia Van Dyk, worked closely with the Sheriff and his staff to produce nine public relation and educational videos. He says some of them will show what each department at the sheriff’s office does.

The professional-quality videos will be posted on the Sheriff’s Office YouTube Channel, with links on their Facebook page and website. A new video will be posted every few weeks.

Altena says that the NWC interns “did a fantastic job in creating the videos.” He says they were very pleasant to work with, and their staff really enjoyed the partnership.

Click here to go to the Sheriff’s Office’s YouTube page.

Here is the first video in the series — about Sioux County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, Waylon Pollema.

Lyon County Farmer Is Finalist For National Honor

Larchwood, Iowa — A Lyon County farmer is one of four finalists to be named America’s Pig Farmer of the year.
Marti Knoblock
The National Pork Board says they created the America’s Pig Farmer of the Year contest to recognize the best of the best in pig farming. This prestigious honor is being awarded annually to the pig farmer who best demonstrates and lives by what they call the “We Care” ethical principles.

Videos have been created to tell people about the finalists. In his video, Marti Knoblock says that the possibility of connecting more with the public about how he and his family raise pigs is something he looks forward to doing more of.

He says it’s about telling today’s consumers about modern pig farming and how farmers can care for their animals as they address the consumers’ questions.

For more information about Knoblock’s farming operation and to vote for him to be the National Pork Board’s America’s Pig Farmer Of the Year, click here.

Groundbreaking For New Sutherland City Office/American Legion

CC3Sutherland, Iowa — Ground was broken Friday afternoon for a new Community Center building that will be the new home of the American Legion Post and City Offices in Sutherland.

The R.L. Johannsen Center will be a 9,000 square foot facility with a large meeting room, small meeting room, and a full kitchen, and will house American Legion Post 152 along with the Sutherland City Offices.

Dirt work is expected to begin within the next couple of weeks, with the structure scheduled for completion sometime next summer.


Here are some images from Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony.  A special thank you to Jill Jurgensen for providing the photos.






Grant Received For New Tourism Brochure

Primghar, Iowa — A new O’Brien County tourism brochure is in the works thanks to a state grant.

Old O'Brien County tourism brochure
Old O’Brien County tourism brochure

Kiana Johnson, Director of O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation tells us about the grant.

She says it is a very competitive grant process.

O’Brien County Tourism produced their first brochure in 2008, says Johnson.

She says they hope the brochure will attract tourists to O’Brien County and encourage local residents to vacation locally as well. Again, they hope to complete the brochure by June 1st, 2016.

Troopers Out In Force This Weekend

Iowa State Patrol logoSheldon, Iowa — Iowa State Troopers will be out in force this Labor Day holiday weekend, to enforce the state’s traffic laws, and help make sure the state’s travelers have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says that declining gasoline prices are expected contribute to putting even more people on the road this weekend.

Trooper Kurtz says there are a number of things you can do this holiday weekend to help keep yourself and your family safe on the road.

He says you should enjoy your celebration, but make sure you have a sober driver.

Kurtz says excessive speed is also a factor in many of the crashes he sees.

Kurtz says troopers will be out in force on Iowa roadways this weekend to not only enforce the traffic laws, but to assist motorists who need help.  He reminds us that a trooper’s primary job is to keep people safe on Iowa’s roadways.