Sioux County

Des Moines Local History

That it was a government in absentia was not unusual. Several freshly-born northwest Iowa counties were run from afar in the 1860s, if run has any meaning. 

Sioux County's first government declared such jobs as bridge-building and road-construction to be their work and paid themselves royally for their labor, even if there wasn’t any. Government was a hoax, a racket, a fraud, a scam--but if you were part of it, you could pocket some cash.

The MOC-Floyd Community School Board has its first Hspanic board member, Hermencgildo Reyes Rodriguez of Orange City. At a recent organizational meeting of the Board of Education, a new member was sworn in: Hermenegildo Reyes Rodriguez.

Doug Calsbeek of the Sioux County Capital Democrat has this report.

OCWasteWaterRates 09117

In order to offset the costs of a new sewage treatment plant, Orange City residents are paying higher sewer rates.  Doug Calsbeek of the Sioux County Capital-Democrat has this report.

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Sioux County, Iowa
Ally Karsyn

 

He claimed hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Mexico have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” He advocated for an electrified fence along the United States-Mexico border to discourage crossings, adding, “We do that with livestock all the time.”

 

They were all wooden-shoe clad. I’m told klompen are wonderful insulators and they had to be because that morning the temperature was --22, if you can believe the stories, which is risky.

Snow quilted everything, and there was no road, nothing really but experience to guide those sleighs all from Orange City west to Calliope, 23 miles in insufferable cold. It was January 22, 1872.

NW Iowa Counties Registered Voters

Nov 7, 2016

In Northwest Iowa, registered Republicans far outnumber Democrats.  However, there is also a large number of undeclared voters.

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.