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Vol. 21 No. 6 PO Box 118, Sioux City, Iowa 51102

August 2012 Building Siouxland Issue

Building boom Local commercial projects take shape

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Work is shown Aug. 21 at Sabre Communications’ construction site just south of Sioux Gateway Airport. The company is building a factory that will fabricate support structures for electrical transmission and distribution lines. The $18 million project is part of a commercial and industrial construction boom in metro Sioux City this summer.

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High court to hear refinery appeal Hyperion, opponents can make arguments Oct. 3 in Sioux Falls By Dave Dreeszen

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PIERRE, S.D. | The South Dakota Supreme Court has agreed to expedite a hearing on an appeal of a state air permit required to build the proposed Hyperion Energy Center. The high court will hear oral arguments on Oct. 3 on separate appeals from the project developer, Hyperion Refining and three groups opposed to the $10 billion oil refinery and power plant in Union County. Hyperion petitioned the court to hold the appeal as early as possible in the court’s fall term, which begins in August. The Dallas, Texas-based company had argued the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the permit was making it difficult to secure funding for the project. Hyperion must begin construction by March 2013, 18 months after an

amended permit was issued by the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment. Cable “ We ’ r e pleased the court has scheduled a date, and we look forward to presenting our arguments,” Hyperion spokesman Eric Williams said in a statement. In March, three opposition groups appealed a lower court’s ruling that upheld a state environmental panel’s decision to grant the permit, saying it is flawed because pollution-control technology is not sufficient to comply with federal environmental laws. Opponents also said the state’s environmental study should have been more thorough. Hyperion appealed

whether a prescribed limit on carbon monoxide emissions from the refinery’s process heaters is technically practical. The state Supreme Court will hear Hyperion’s arguments at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3 at the Jeschke Fine Arts Center on the University of Sioux Falls campus. At 11 a.m., arguments will be presented from the three opposition groups – the Sierra Club and two local grassroots groups, Save Union County and Citizens Against Oil Pollution. “We look forward to have the opportunity to verbally present the issues we have been raising for some time,” said Ed Cable, a spokesman for the opposition groups. Cable said the groups are pleased the case will be heard in Sioux Falls, making it easier for Union County residents to attend. Since 1975, the court has held one or two terms a year in cities other than the state capitol of Pierre. The plaintiffs argue the permit is flawed because the pollution-control technology is not sufficient to comply with federal environmental laws. They also claim the state should have conducted a more thorough environmental study, and Hyperion should have to restart the application process because it missed the original February 2011 construction deadline. The proposed Hyperion Energy Center would Pictured is a rendering of the proposed Hyperion Energy Center in Union County, S.D. Submitted photo

be built just north of Elk Point on more than 3,000 acres of Union County farmland that were rezoned in a emotionallycharged referendum in 2008. The refinery would process 400,000 barrels per day of heavy oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada. into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The building project, which would be one of the largest capital expenditures in U.S. history, would take an estimated four years to complete. Hyperion estimates it would create an average of 4,500 construction jobs per year. When up and running, the energy center would employ about 1,800.

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Hyperion Refining’s office in downtown Elk Point, S.D. is shown in this file photo. The South Dakota Supreme Court has granted Hyperion’s request for an expedited hearing on an appeal of a state air permit required to build a $10 billion oil refinery and power plant in Union County.

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Dr. Brian Bursick is a Sioux City native growing up in the Crescent Park area. He attended West High School and graduated in 1986. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Nebraska Dental School in 1994. After graduation he practiced briefly in Sergeant Bluff, IA. In 1997 he joined Dr. Wheelock as an associate. In 2004 he became a business partner. Away from the office Dr. Bursick is busy with his family. He and his wife Kristy have three young sons. Dr. Bursick is devoted to delivering quality comprehensive dentistry to the people of his hometown, Sioux City, IA.

Dr. Wheelock established his own dental practice in 1977. It originally was only 2 blocks from its current location at 4100 Morningside Avenue. Dr. Wheelock was born and raised in Sioux City graduating from Sioux City Central High School in 1969. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Science degree from Briar Cliff College in 1973. He attended dental school at the University of Iowa and earned his Doctor of Dental Science degree in 1976. After graduation Dr. Wheelock returned to Sioux City. Dr. Wheelock is involved in his community & church. Dr. Wheelock is married to his college sweetheart, Marilyn, and has three adult sons and three daughters in law. He is the proud grandfather of five incredible grandchildren. Dr. Wheelock is proud to call Siouxland home and enjoys providing quality dental care to the community.

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Jeb Bush to speak at Chamber dinner By Dave Dreeszen

Business Journal editor‌

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will headline the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s its 27th annual dinner meeting on Oct. 8 at the Sioux City Convention Center. The son of former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, and brother of former President George W. Bush, Jeb Bush served Jeb Bush as Florida’s governor from 1998-2007. As governor, Jeb Bush cut taxes every year and Florida led the nation in job growth. Bush is currently the head of his own successful consulting business and the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national organization focused on education reform. His remarks at the Chamber dinner will focus on the key challenges facing America today. The dinner typically draws 1,200 to 1,500 people. The first event was held in

If you go WHAT: Siouxland Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8. WHERE: Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth St. TICKETS: $80 for members; $95 for general public. MORE INFO: 712-255-7903 or chamber-annual-dinner. html

1988, with G. Gordon Liddy. Other notable past speakers have included Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the husbandwife political consultant duo of James Carville and Mary Matalin, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, and Washington Post political commentator George Will. In addition to a great evening out with a renowned speaker, the Chamber’s annual meeting allows the community to witness firsthand the benefits the Chamber brings to Siouxland and highlights the organization’s

multi-faceted mission. A video including brief testimonials from area business leaders highlights the Chamber’s activities over the past year. The event also provides an excellent networking opportunity. Business leaders currently serving on the Chamber board, as well as incoming board members are publicly recognized. The evening also includes the announcement of the recipient of the W. Edwards Deming Business Excellence Award, an award designed to recognize Siouxlanders who have exhibited originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business. The dinner begins with a social at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and the program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $80 for members and $95 for the general public. The cost for a table of 10 is $800 for members and $950 for the general public. For reservations, contact the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce at 712.255.7903 or visit: Guests are shown at the 2011 Siouxland Chamber of Commerce dinner and meeting at the Sioux City Convention Center. This year’s dinner on Oct. 8 will feature former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Photo submitted

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Wellmark CEO praises Sioux City work force Forsyth tours expanded local office By Dave Dreeszen

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Wellmark Inc. CEO John Forsyth recently toured the company’s newly remodeled offices in Sioux City. The upgrade was part of a major expansion for First Administrators, a Wellmark subsidiary that has added more than 30 jobs locally in the last year. Forsyth said Wellmark selected Sioux City over three other cities where it has had operations – Des Moines, site of its corporate headquarters, and Sioux Falls and Rapid City, S.D. “We didn’t need to be in Sioux City,” Forsyth told a large audience gathered in the offices at 1201 Zenith Drive on July 20. “We stayed here and expanded here ... because it’s a great community.” Flanking Forsyth at the podium were several local

First Administrators workers. “One of the main reasons we’re here is because of the people behind me,” he said. “It’s because we have such a great, dedicated group of employees.” First Administrators, a third-party administrator, processes health, dental, flex, short-term disability and pharmacy benefits, and handles claims payment and administration for a number of employee groups in western Iowa and South Dakota. The local office employs more than 100. Staff members work in a variety of areas that include administration, customer service and claims processing. A number of new Sioux City jobs were created as a result of First Administrators’ decision last year to close its Rapid City center. Wellmark, which has operated in Sioux City for 65 years, remodeled 34,000 square feet of space in its building, located near the

intersection of Hamilton Boulevard and Interstate 29. New additions included ergonomic furniture and a wellness center outfitted with exercise equipment. City officials in 2008 offered First Administrators a package of incentives to land the job-creation and expansion project. The company, which qualified for $700,000 in financing through the state’s Targeted Jobs program, pledged to create around 50 new positions and invest some $2.2 million to upgrade and modernize its local offices. During the event, Mayor Bob Scott presented Forsyth with the city’s “Growing Sioux City Award.” The award highlights businesses that provide significant growth and commitment in Sioux City. Phil Davis, president of First Administrators, and president and chief operating officer of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, also attended the presentation. Wellmark Inc. CEO and Chairman John Forsyth addresses an audience at the Sioux City offices of Wellmark subsidiary First Administrators on July 20. Forsyth is surrounded by First Administrators employees. The local offices were recently remodeled, and more than 30 jobs have been added. Dave Dreeszen, Siouxland Business Journal

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School meets student’s instructional needs for 21st century

Spalding Park Elementary School is located at 4101 Stone Park Blvd. The school replaces Joy and Longfellow.

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Students from the former Joy and Longfellow elementary schools started the 2012-13 school year in the new Spalding Elementary School at 4101 Stone Ave. in Sioux City. The new Spalding Park Elementary School opened to parents and students insert for Back to School Night on Aug. 14, and the students attended their first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 16. Built by general contractor L & L Builders and designed by FEH Associates, Inc., Spalding Park Elementary School houses kindergarten through fifth grades, special education and preschool. A separate entrance and exit was built for kindergarten and preschool students. The new school features a security entrance, administrative offices in the front of the building with a window where students can buy lunch tickets and other necessities for the school day without having to go into the office, a commons area that is set up with tables where children can sit to eat lunch, a separate gymnasium, and playground equipment designed for specific age groups. Alison Benson, communications director for Sioux City Community Schools, said having a commons area that is different from the gymnasium allows continual access to the gym. If the gym is available, students can access it when the

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to the gym, a media center where students can read at a table or use the computers to work on media project, two computer rooms — one on each level, elevators for handicap accessibility, and many other features that are necessary for a 21st century education. The building’s walls, floors and lockers in different sections of the building are color-coded in red, yellow or blue. Yellow is first grade on the lower level and third/fourth grades on the upper level. Blue is kindergarten on the lower level and second grade on the upper level. Preschool is red on the lower level and fifth grade on the upper level. It also separates the wings and distinguishes them when giving directions for finding someone. Benson said the new elementary schools have been designed with features not seen in the old buildings, including a commons area, separate rooms for art, music and band, and a media center, to best meet the instructional needs of today’s students. “Education has changed greatly. We go with what we know works best to educate students,” she said.

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Advertising Spalding Park Elementary Principal Mary Motz said some of the great features of the building include adequate parking, a huge playground with “wonderful playground equipment,” a gym, and two computer labs that students can access throughout the day. Motz said her favorite part of the new school is the media center. “It’s a wonderful place for children to pick up a book and read,” she said. For her, the moving moment during the construction project was when she saw the words “Spalding Park Elementary” on the building. “I said this is really Spalding Elementary,” she said. Kirk Bohlke, project manager/vice president of L&L Builders, said his favorite

Spalding Elementary School has a gymnasium, which is separate from the commons area, for continual access. The gym can be used for physical education classes, recess and more. Submitted photo

features of the new school include the arch in the front entry with bright colors, different ceiling structures in the media center and commons area, the

openness and natural light, the location of the playgrounds between the classrooms so students can see them, and the stair towers on the ends of the building.

“I like the colors and the nice two-story structure. It fits the property very well,” said Bohlke. He also gives credit for the project to job

superintendent Steve Larson and architect Matt Basye from FEH Associates Inc. “We were happy to work with the architect and school district on this project,” he said. Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman said what the new school means to the community and the students it will serve. “We are always excited to have the opportunity to share a new facility with our students and community. We recognize that our community made a significant investment in our children through this world-class facility, and we understand that we have the task of returning that investment to the community through heightened student achievement and proper

care and management of this wonderful community resource,” said Gausman. “We celebrate larger classroom spaces for learning, the properly powered building for learning through 21st century technology, the design that allows for educating students in new ways as supported by current research, and the true community facility that a building becomes when opened. Longfellow Elementary School opened in 1893 and proudly served students for 119 years. Joy Elementary School opened in 1912 and proudly served students for 100 years. We look forward to the journey of learning the students of the Sioux City Community School District will take for the next hundred years in Spalding Park Elementary School,” he added.

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OnTheMove First National Bank High Hopes names announces promotion medical director Melissa Sutton has been promoted to personal banker at First National Bank’s Sunnybrook branch at 5801 Sunnybrook Drive in Sioux City. Sutton has been working in the banking industry for 15 years, and was previously a ser- Sutton vice manager at First National Bank for five years. In her new position, she will be responsible for customer service activities, including the development of new business, consumer lending, deposit services and customer relations. Sutton received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from St. Paul University, with a major in accounting and minor in business management. Sutton is fluent in four languages – English, Spanish, Tagalog and Greek. Sutton and her three daughters currently reside in Sioux City.

Two join staff at Condon Auto Glenn Rager and George Davidson have joined the staff of Condon Auto Sales and Service Inc. Rager, of Bronson, Iowa, is general sales manager and is responsible for all operations of the new and used vehicle departments. He previously worked in Omaha. Davidson, of Sioux City, is director of finance. He worked for 41 years at Hoak Motors. The dealership is at 4625 Singing Hills Blvd.

Dr. Thomas Wente will serve as the volunteer medical director at Camp High Hopes. Wente has been in practice with F a m i l y Health Care of Siouxland clinics in South Sioux City and Moville, Iowa. Wente A Siouxland native, he earned his degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines. Camp High Hopes is a year-round recreational facility exclusively designed and operated for children and adults with special needs. A public grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 6, and camp registration is currently open for this fall’s sessions. “It’s so important to have specialized care available for the special campers that Camp High Hopes will be serving,” Camp High Hopes executive Director Ali Langseth said. “Some of our campers will require medication multiple times per day and others may require assistance with specialized medical devices. Dr. Wente will provide knowledge, direction and oversight to the camp’s medical policies and procedures, as well as be accessible to the camp’s onsite medical staff to help in guiding them as they care for the medical needs of individual campers.”

Services. He h a s ex p e rience as a re g i s te re d nurse to the Case Management Department Gibler to assess and coordinate in-home supports for clients. Gibler’s previous employers include Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, and Burgess Health Center in Onawa, as well as Pleasantview Care Center in Whiting, and Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa. Gibler, his wife and two teenage sons reside in Onawa.

All-Native Group hires vice president

WINNEBAGO, Neb. | Heath Rist has been named the new vice president of All Native Group, the government services division of Ho-Chunk Inc. The All N a t i v e Group is co m p r i se d of six com- Rist panies that provide a diverse portfolio of services to the federal government throughout the U.S. and overseas. Rist’s immediate responsibilities will be to lead a diverse executive management team that develops and implements a strategic plan to align the All Native Group with strategic partners to help market to the federal government and Siouxland Aging its agencies. Rist will work with group companies to adds Onawa RN identify opportunities and ONAWA, Iowa | Michael work with group managGibler has joined the ers to develop optimal and staff of Siouxland Aging cost-effective solutions for

government agencies for a variety of projects including information technology, professional services, training and operations and facility management. Most recently, Rist was chief executive officer of Concentric Methods LLC, a subsidiary of the Cape Fox Corp. in Manassas, Va. Cape Fox provides medical solutions, research, analysis, IT services and equipment to the U.S. Armed Forces, federal government and commercial customers. Rist received his bachelor of science degree in management from Robert Wesleyan College of New York and his associate in arts degree in engineering from State University of New York. From 1994-2001, Rist served in the U.S. Marine Corp, where he led a team of personnel that designed and managed programs to meet the needs of multiple agencies and ensure the preparation of units to support global operations. Ho-Chunk’s All Native Group, headquartered in Winnebago, Neb., also has offices in Bellevue, Neb. and Washington D.C., and operations in several states.

Gallagher adds to sales team Sioux City native Kevin Schultz has joined the Arthur J. Gallagher sales team. Schultz, returning to Siouxland after 10 years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, will Schultz focus primarily on providing commercial property and casualty insurance to mid-size companies in the tri-state area.

As a Marine public affairs officer, he worked extensively with the media including the Pentagon Press Corps and household names like Peter Jennings and Geraldo Rivera. During his career, Schultz obtained the rank of captain and served in a variety of locations including: the Pentagon; Baghdad, Iraq; U.S. Strategic Command; Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz; and aboard the amphibious assault ship USS WASP. Schultz, 32, was graduated from Bishop Heelan High School in 1998, and the University of Northern Iowa in 2002. Schultz and his wife, Katie (Rinnan) Schultz (Bishop Heelan ’98 and UNI ‘02) have been married for almost eight years and have two daughters, Emma, 4, and Lainey, 1. Katie will teach 5th grade at Lewis and Clark Elementary in South Sioux City beginning this fall. Kevin Schultz is the youngest child of Ron and Ann Schultz.

Mercy adds new cardiologist Dr. Rauf Subla has joined the staff of Mercy Cardiology. He will serve as an interventional cardiologist. S u b l a co m e s to Mercy from t h e M a yo Clinic sysSubla tem, where he has served in various capacities including his most recent role as a consultant in critical care at the Mayo Clinic sites in both Rochester and Mankato, Minn. Subla earned his medical degree at the Government Medical College in India and also completed fellowships

in Interventional Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center and Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He did his residency at the University of Hawaii in Internal Medicine

Briar Cliff names education chairwoman Kristen R. CrabtreeGroff has been named chairwoman of the Briar Cliff University Division of Education. She was previously assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Drake University in Des Moines; a school improvement consultant for Heartl a n d A rea CrabtreeE d u c a t i o n Groff Association 11 in Johnston, Iowa; an evaluator approval trainer; and an Iowa collaborative assessment modules facilitator for the State of Iowa Department of Education in Des Moines.

Blue Mountain adds pitmaster Chad Nelson has been named pitmaster at Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium in Orange City, Iowa. He joined Blue Mountain in the spring. The business, at 814 Lincoln Place, was closed for a year following a fire. It features Smokehouse Grille on the lower level and Passport Club on the upper level.


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Study to explore tri-state labor market By Dave Dreeszen

Business Journal editor‌

Plans are underway to update workforce data for the tri-state region. The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and its economic development division, The Siouxland Initiative, have partnered with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete what’s known as a laborshed employment study. The study will analyze

the potential labor force in which employees draw their workers, based on commuting patterns. “This analysis is a critically important tool in creating new jobs in this region.” said Chris McGowan, president of the Chamber and TSI. “This information is updated every other year to ensure accuracy and the importance of the need for cooperation from our regional employers to complete the study cannot be

overstated.” Siouxland’s laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals working in the Metropolitian Statistical Area or MSA. To help ensure the success of the study, area employers are asked to provide aggregate counts of their employees by ZIP code based on their place of residence. The reporting helps explain where the local work force lives and provides

information on typical commuting patterns. Once the laborshed area is determined, a confidential household phone survey will be conducted in those areas. Questions will cover topics like: employment status, wages, benefits, education and occupation. Survey results are then applied to demographic data to develop a total potential labor force, as well as estimates for various labor

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force characteristics. The study is expected to be completed within six weeks. Results for each county and regional analysis will be posted at: index.html For questions about the Laborshed employment study project, contact Workforce Development’s Ryan Murphy at 515-2817505 or McGowan at 712255-7903.

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BusinessPeople Club presents awards, at Perkins East. installs officers Sioux City insurance The Sioux City Breakfast agents honored Sertoma Club presented

special awards to Delores Sturgeon and Russell Clifford at its annual award’s banquet held recently at Kahill’s. Sturgeon was presented with the Service to Mankind Award for her outstanding volunteerism in the community. She and her late husband Dick took more than 100 foster children into their home over the years. They also sponsored free meals, bought food and event cooked energy Saturday at the Boys and Girls Home fore more than four years. Clifford received the Sertoman of the Year Award. A long-time member of the club, he has served as secretary for many years and co-chaplain and writes the weeky news letter. The banquet concluded with the installation of officers by Iowa State Sertoma Gov. Dennis Dufault. Officers elected included: Gerald Taylor, board chair; Mike Goodwin, president; Richard Lilly, first vice president; Pete Hathaway, second vice president; Jerry Houpt, treasurer; Clifford, secretary; and William Lyle, sergeant at arms. Breakfast Sertoma meets weekly at 7 a.m. Wednesday

American Family Insurance agents Julie Bower, LuAnn Eisley, Lorna Posey and Arlene Ummach have been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program. The honor is based on customer satisfaction surveys, job performance and other factors. Bower works in the 2015 Indian Hills Drive office, Posey works in the 1001 Pierce St. office, and Eisley and Ummach work in the 3500 S. Lakeport St. office in Sioux City.

Kruse receives Top of the Table honor Joseph Kruse, of Kruse Financial Group in Dakota Dunes, has qualified for the Top of the Table Million Dollar Round Kruse Table. The status is the highest level of the organization’s membership in the life insurance and financial services industries. It recognizes exceptional

professional knowledge, Opportunity in Remsen, ethical conduct and client Iowa. She also served as a registered nurse for the service. Orange City Area Health System while earning a Nursing instructor master’s degree in nursing earns doctorate from SDSU. ORANGE CITY, Iowa | M ichelle Van Wyhe, an instructor of nursing BCU nursing and nurse practitioner at professor published Northwestern College, has earned a Doctor of Nursing B a r b a ra C o n d o n , Practice degree from South professor of nursing at Dakota State University af- Briar Cliff University, has ter successfully defending had three articles published her doctoral project on July in interna12. tional pubThe DNP is the highest lications. degree available for nurse In repractitioners and empha- cent issues sizes the clinical aspects o f N u r s of nursing rather than aca- ing Science Q u a r te rly, demic research. Van Wyhe’s project in- a renowned Condon volved building a walking and highly trail around the northwest respected journal of nursing Iowa town of Ireton, with research and scholarship, the intention of demon- Condon had two articles strating the impact of an published. environment – like a walkIn “Celebrating Now in ing trail – on a population’s Teaching-Learning,” she physical activity. provides methods for eduVan Wyhe joined North- cators to encourage selfwestern in 2007 to teach reflection through activities nursing courses and serve that could easily be incoras a nurse practitioner porated in a busy nursing for the college’s Well- curriculum. ness Center. A graduate In her article “Thinkof Augustana College in ing Unleashed,” Condon Sioux Falls, she previ- examines limitations of ously worked as an ob- critical thinking in today’s stetrics nurse at St. Luke’s nursing curriculum and Regional Medical Center encourages implementain Sioux City and as an tion of new ways of thinkEarly Head Start health ing. coordinator for Mid-Sioux

Lions Club presents awards The Sioux City Noon Lions Club recently bestowed special awards to members for their community services. Citizen of the Year was given to Elmer (Skip) Stoddard for his many hours of community service with Salvation Army’s program to provide meals, and assisting with the Missouri River flood rescue effort and the Mapleton, Iowa, tornado disaster. Lion of the Year was awarded to Doug Siefker for his efforts with club meetings and social events. Lowell Chellew was honored with the Iowa Warren Coleman Progressive Award for length of service in heading up the Lions Eye Glasses/Hearing Aids Recycling program. Lions Past District Gov. Ken Hayward was awarded the prestigious International Lions Melvin Jones Humanitarian Award for his many years of leadership in starting new Lions Clubs and growing membership. SCNL members recognized for 20 years of service were Danny Lee Bradley and Melvin Clausen. Honored for 15 years of service was Eugene Sherman. Barbara Cogdill was recognized for 10 years of service.

The following officers were installed for 2012-13: Paula Damon, president; Tim Jacobs, vice president; Ann Hill, treasurer; Larry Benne, secretary; Doug Siefker, Lion tamer; and Lee Chamberlain, Lion tail twister. Directors are Mel Forsling, Bob Agee, Steve Cogdill and Lee Chamberlain. Sioux City Noon Lions meet each Monday at MidAmerican Energy, Co., 401 Douglas St., except on national holidays. Visitors are welcome.

Court reporter leads state group Misty Bubke has been elected president of the Iowa Court Re p o r te rs Association. S i n c e 2 0 0 0 , Bubke has been an official court Bubke reporter for District Court Judge John Ackerman in Sioux City and District 3B. She is a Certified Realtime Reporter and Registered Diplomate Reporter through the National Court Reporters Association. Bubke and her husband, Matt, reside in Kingsley, Iowa, with their two children.


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What if I told you that by drinking 40 or more ounces of water daily you may lower your current blood pressure and reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 41 to 54 percent? Would you feel empowered to make the daily choice to drink water? What if I told you the best and quickest way to energize your body and mind daily was by drinking water? Would your daily work and play be more enjoyable by having less pain and stiffness? Then stay tuned, because this article is all about one of the most important lifestyle habits you and your family can make. Our bodies are a wonderful and awesome creation, made with a high percentage of water. Different sources report that the body is 60 percent to 80 percent water. Your brain is 78 percent water, muscles are 76 percent water, blood is 84 percent and your bones are 22 percent water. With that said, our bodies lose between 64 to 96 ounces of water each day through sweating, breathing, urinating and even sneezing. There is no better lifestyle habit to improve your daily health than by drinking water. Research and physicians report that by drinking water you will energize your body’s muscles and brain, experience less pain and protect your heart. Those who drank 40 or more ounces of water daily have been found to reduce their risks of heart disease by 54 percent in men and 41 percent in women. It’s a great reason to drink more water daily.

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How much water should you drink each day? You should drink at least 40 or more ounces of water daily. To find the ideal amount of water right for you, take your weight in pounds and divide this number by 2. That’s one quick way to discover how much water to slowly work towards drinking each day. I currently weigh 192 pounds, so divided by 2, I should work to drink 96 ounces of water daily. That may sound like an awful lot of water, but I guarantee you, once you begin this lifestyle habit change and feel the daily benefits of increased energy and focus, reduced stiffness and pain, you’ll never leave water again. It is recommended that you work towards this number slowly and drink most of your water before supper, your last meal of the day. This becomes even more important as we age, to prevent waking up at night to urinate and improve your quality of rest and recovery. How should I go about drinking this much water every day? Drink eight to 16 ounces of water initially upon waking up from sleep. Drink another eight to 16 ounces with breakfast and lunch each day, and keep a water bottle with you at work, home and play to meet your daily water goal. The more active you are each day, the more

water you should drink. You should drink even more water the more you work and play in a hot and humid environment. It’s especially important to drink more water right now because of the heat and humidity. To assist you from overeating at your evening meal, I recommend drinking eight to 16 ounces of water 30 minutes to one hour before you eat. This will help you control your appetite for the last meal of the day. Sports drinks are another alternative for replacing fluids lost in sweat when it’s hot and humid. These drinks replace your vitamins and minerals and give you salt and energy to keep you working and playing at your best. Benefits of drinking 40plus ounces of water daily, working toward half of your body weight in ounces: • Will help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite naturally and help your body lose more body fat. • Will reduce muscle soreness by helping to rid the body of waste products such as lactic and uric acid which can be the cause of muscle, ligament and tendon pain. • Will reduce joint pain by lubricating your joints. It will also help to reduce daily joint wear and tear and the pain of arthritis • Will reduce and prevent daily fatigue and increase your energy level. We need water to breathe properly so our lungs can be moist, taking in more oxygen and getting rid of the carbon dioxide

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Be all you can be with vitamin D Home & Office Deb Twyford

a light–skinned person wearing a bathing suit will make about 15,000 IU of vitamin D in 15 to 20 minutes. Darker-skinned people can do the same, but it will take twice as long. • Sunscreen blocks the radiation and prevents your skin from making vitamin D. Brief sun exposure, said Dr. Robert P. Heaney, researcher and professor in the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University, is not enough to cause skin cancer. He suggested you apply sunscreen after the first 15 minutes in the sun. • Some food has vitamin D but not much. Vitamin D is added to many foods such as milk, some yogurt and orange juice, cheese, and breakfast cereals. Read the labels to see how much. • Because most of us do not get enough sun exposure (or choose not to) or enough vitamin D in food, Heaney suggests taking supplements of vitamin D3, the natural form. The label should say cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) or ask the pharmacist which


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supplement is best. • Vitamin D is safe to take. • You may take supplements daily, weekly, or monthly. The important point is that you need to maintain a high enough blood level of vitamin D. This is measured by a blood test. • Heaney recommends, based on his research, that the body needs at least 4,000 IU per day to meet that blood level. Even sun and food can provide no more that 2,000 IU per day. He says adults should take supplements providing from 1,000 to 3,000 IU per day. This number is higher than the Institute of Medicine recommends. But Dr. Heaney said the officially recommended intakes are a minimum level. • Talk with your doctor about testing your blood level and discussing how much supplementation you may need in both summer and winter. The bottom line is: consult with your physician, know your numbers, and take care of yourself so that you can be at your best. Source: Health-e Headlines Consumer Health News Service August 2012. Deb Twyford, RN, is an intrinsic coach for Worksite Wellness at Mercy Business Health Services. Contact her at 712-274-4334 or:


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The importance of vitamin D cannot be overemphasized. Whatever source vitamin D comes from, whether it be from the sun or dietary intake, studies prove most of us are lacking this important vitamin. At Mercy Business Health Services, vitamin D testing is offered with Wellness Screenings, and according to Dr. Rodney Cassens, Occupational Health Physician, more than 90 percent of vitamin D blood testing comes back as insufficient or deficient. This is concerning in that shortages of vitamin D can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and high blood pressure. Your bones may not grow strong without vitamin D because it used to improve calcium absorption. It’s more important to know where to get vitamin D and how much you need. Some facts: • Your skin produces vitamin D when you are exposed to certain rays of the sun. If you never get sunshine on your skin, you will not get enough ultraviolet radiation for your skin to make vitamin D. • Sunlight in winter in most of the U.S. is so weak, it does not allow you to produce enough vitamin D, even if you’re outside in winter during midday. • During summer months,

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SUMMER OF BUILDING Industrial and commercial projects keep contractors, workers busy By Dave Dreeszen

Business Journal editor‌

A bevy of commercial and industrial projects are giving the metro area construction industry a boost this summer. Here is a look at the status of some large-scale projects where construction workers are on site.

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A backhoe moves into position at a construction site at Ziegler Caterpillar on Aug. 21. Two construction workers are shown in front of a new addition, which is part of a $6 million of the Sioux City equipment dealership.


A 192,000-square-foot plant that will fabricate support structures for electrical transmission and distribution lines is rising out of the ground on former farmland just south of Sioux Gateway Airport. Sabre Communication’s sprawling seven-building campus is being built on a 150-acre site located northwest of Southbridge Drive and 225th Street. Nelson Engineering Construction of South Sioux City is the general contractor for the Sabre factory, which will be the first tenant in Sioux City’s 400-acre Southbridge Business Park. The city beat out several cities and states around the country for Sabre’s $18 million expansion project, which will retain 214 jobs and create an additional 192 full-time positions in the initial phase. Sabre, which has already started hiring additional workers, expects to start operations at its new factory early next year. The company also will maintain its existing Murray Street facility. An additional 130 jobs

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A cement mixer truck unloads at the construction site for the new Sabre Communications plant in Sioux City’s Southbridge Business Park. The factory, which will fabricate support towers for electrical transmission and distribution lines, is scheduled to open early next future Sabre Communications plant .

would be created as part of a second phase of expansion, expected to begin a year or two after the fabrication plant is completed. Phase II would include construction of a galvanizing plant.


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A bulldozer in the distance moves dirt at the future home of Titan Machinery. The dealer of Case IH and New Holland farm and construction equipment is constructing a 20,000-square-foot building site at the corner of Expedition Court and Discovery Boulevard in Sioux City’s Expedition Business Park

Titan, a dealer of Case IH and New Holland farm and construction equipment, has started grading work for a new Sioux City dealership at the corner of Expedition Court and Discovery Boulevard in the Expedition Business Park, near Sioux Gateway Airport. The 20,000-square-foot building, which will be built on a 12-acre site, will offer roomier, more convenient location than its current facility at 33952 Frelon Drive in Leeds. Once open, the new store will contain sales, rentals and service facilities. The current facility will become home to a Titan outlet store. Titan’s existing Sioux City location has added three jobs in the past four months. Once the move to the new site is completed,

another eight to 10 jobs will be added between the two Sioux City locations.


Just down the road from Titan’s site, a $6 million expansion of Ziegler Caterpillar is well underway. The dealership at 5300 Harbor Drive is increasing the size of its shop by 19,000 square feet, and its warehouse by 5,000 square feet. The project also includes a larger parking and equipment display areas. Up to 20 new jobs are expected to be completed following completion of the project, which will allow the Caterpillar dealer to better serve its western Iowa customers and improve its offerings of new and used equipment, service, parts, rental tools, and technology support for customers. The city assisted the expansion by vacating and turning over to the company two acres of unused rightof-way that lies between Ziegler’s existing facility in the Bridgeport Industrial Park and an equipment

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display area it owns along Interstate 29. T h e va c a t i o n c re ated a single parcel large enough for the expansion.


The aging slaughter floor at Tyson’s Dakota City beef plant will be replaced as part of a major modernization project that began early this year, and is scheduled for completion in mid-2013. The upgrades will significantly raise the number of cattle slaughtered at the plant, and is expected to create 200 new jobs. The sprawling plant, which also processes beef, is already metro Sioux City’s largest employer with about 4,000 workers. The ongoing con struction will replace or update areas of the plant that were built nearly 50 years ago. Besides building a giant new slaughter floor, the project includes upgrades to the plant’s carcass Jim Lee, Siouxland Business Journal cooler and rendering Tyson Fresh Meats is in the process of rebuilding the aging beef slaughter floor at its Dakota City, Neb. plant, shown above. The construction, which began a n d b o x h a n d l i n g early this year, is expected to be completed in 2013. operations, as well as employee lockers and cafeteria. A rendering of St. Luke’s


The Sioux City health care system broke ground June 12 on a $26.7 million medical campus in Morningside that St. Luke’s anticipates will increase its outpatient services by a third. Completion of the Sunnybrook Medical Plaza is scheduled for 2013. When finished, the two-story building will be home to various outpatient services, including a new primary care clinic with obstetrics, urgent care clinic, cardiology, digestive health, lab, imaging, infusion, pharmacy, maternal-fetal medicine for high-risk pregnancies and pulmonary care. Once up and running, all St. Luke’s medical

medical building planned at Sunnybrook Drive and Sergeant Road in Sioux City is shown. St. Luke’s broke ground on the $26.7 million project on June 12.

professionals will provide care there. Sioux City-based W.A. Klinger is the general contractor for the project, which is being built on 17 acres next to Sunnybrook Plaza, a commercial and shopping center that features big-box re t a i l e rs Ta rge t a n d Lowe’s. The new Morningside campus is about a 15-minute drive from St. Luke’s hospital at 2720 Stone Park Boulevard on the north end of town.


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Council gets update on Badgerow renovations By Lynn Zerschling

Business Journal staff writer‌

SIOUX CITY | The first major tenant should move into the historic Badgerow Building in downtown Sioux City in September 2013, the building’s owner recently told city lawmakers. “We’re very confident we can bring this to a successful conclusion,” Bruce DeBolt, the California-based developer, said. He gave the council an update on the project. He said his goal is to fill the upper floors of the 12-story building, at 622 Fourth St., with data centers. He said he is in serious negotiations with two multi-national companies. One owns and operates global fiber networks, while the second builds and operates data centers.

“Both of these firms have proven track records of success,” he said, adding he could not name the companies since he had s i g n e d n o n d i sc l os u re agreements. DeBolt’s company, Mako One Corp., already has done extensive renovations in the building, which was declared unsafe for occupancy when he bought it in 2007. No tenants were in the building. The project has been delayed about two years due to problems in obtaining federal and state tax credits, which will help pay for the renovations. Those issues have been resolved, DeBolt said. He cited national studies that predict the growth of data centers worldwide. Sioux City is an ideal

location to place such centers because of low electric rates and expansive highspeed fiber optics networks available here. Electric bills constitute a third to half of a data center’s operating costs, DeBolt said. The city has agreed to contribute $800,000 to the project, which would be financed with Tax Increment Financing dollars. TIF allows local governments to use the tax revenue generated by increased property valuations to pay for various improvements. The city has budgeted another $400,000 for additional phases of development. Built in 1933, the Badgerow Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered a premier example of the art deco style of architecture.

“We’re very confident we can bring this to a successful conclusion.” Bruce DeBolt,

Mako One Corp.

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The Badgerow Building, at 622 Fourth St., is shown in March 2010. A California developer has told the City Council the first major tenant could move into the renovated building in about a year. The council recently set the stage for approving the development agreement for the second phase of the renovations.

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Sioux City manufacturer humming along Maker of farm drainage tile expands plant

Sioux City leaders applaud after a ribboncutting ceremony Monday at Quality Farm Drainage. Shown in the middle is company owner Dr. Anup Sud, a heart surgeon from Flint, Mich.

By Dave Dreeszen

Business Journal editor‌

At an early age growing up in his native India, Anup Sud often tagged along with his father, a hydroelectric engineer, to job sites. Those memories of seeing and hearing machinery stayed with the younger Sud as he relocated to the United States and established a successful medical practice. “When we would go to those power stations, the humming of the machines was very pleasing to me,” Sud recalled. “I like the hum. That’s why I’m in manufacturing.” Sud, a heart surgeon in Flint, Mich., also owns a rapidly growing Sioux City plant that makes farm drainage tile from recycled corrugated plastics. Quality Drainage Tile, which started up two years ago in Riverside, recently invested $1.5 million in new equipment that will nearly triple the speed of its production line, allowing the company to help meet rising demand for farm drainage tile throughout the upper Midwest and other parts of the country.


A series of events led Sud to invest in Sioux City. In the mid-1990s, the surgeon partnered with a friend in a Flint, Mich. business that produced drainage tile for residential basements. As Michigan’s auto industry went into a tailspin, home sales started to dry up, idling Sud’s tile machine. “After the home industry went down, we shifted gears into recycling,” he said.

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Quality Farm Drainage Type business: Manufacturer of plastic farm drainage tile Site: 1640 Riverside Blvd., Sioux City Owner. Dr. Anup Sud Plant manager: Mike Galbenski No. of employees: Around 15

manufacturing line and equipment to top city officials and business leaders last week. Sud’s wife and three children were present for the event, where guests joined in celebrating his 60th birthday. Quality Farm Drainage’s

quality, page 20 While on a trip to recover plastics in Milford, Iowa, Sud learned about the explosive demand for farm drainage tile. As he scouted for a Midwest site to set up his idled machinery, he was directed to property for sale in Riverside that had formerly been the longtime

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square footage to 18,000. The business extensively cleaned and revitalized the abandoned warehouse, which had fallen on hard times. “We really brought it back to life,” Sud said. The company last week showed off the new

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Quality: Sioux City manufacturer humming along from page 19 growth has been impressive, Mayor Bob Scott said. The company currently employs about 15 people, and anticipates adding 8 to 10 additional jobs in the most recent expansion, sales manager John Barrett said. The privately-held business invested in Sioux City without asking for any local or state financial incentives, city economic development director Marty Dougherty noted.


In about two weeks, the manufacturer expects to start up its new production line, which will have the capacity to produce up to 120,000 feet of four-inch tile per day, Barrett said. The current line churns out about 40,000 feet. The tubing is made from recycled milk jugs, laundry detergent containers and other high-density polyethylene plastics known in the industry as HDPEs. A sister plant in Flint collects the recyclables, which are cleaned, washed and ground into pellets. At the Sioux City production line, the pellets are melted at a high temperatures, and then run through a machine that forms tile 4-, 5- or 5-inches in

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Farm drainage tile is shown coiled up Quality Farm Drainage in Sioux City.

diameter. After being cooled in water, the tubing is fed into a perforator, which cuts small slits into the plastic that allows water to drain into it. The finished product is rolled into giant coils, which are then stored or loaded on trucks for shipments to customers.


With farmland prices soaring to record levels, farmers are increasingly installing the corrugated

plastic tile to add value to fields that are seasonally to perennially wet. Buried about four feet below the ground surface, the tiles can help producers plant earlier, improve soil aeration and boost crop yields. Quality Farm Drainage competes in an industry dominated by larger manufacturers such as Prinsco of Willmar, Minn. and Advanced Drainage Systems of Hilliard, Ohio. Prinsco operated a drainage tile plant in nearby Beresford, S.D. in

2011. “We are small, compared to the really big players,” Sud said. Nine other plants operate within about a 500-mile radius of Sioux City, Barrett noted. What the company lacks in size, it makes up for in other areas, he said. “Because we’re smaller and leaner, we give exemplary customer service,” Barrett said. “We have good relationships with our customers, and they appreciate how we do business.”

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Quality Farm Drainage employee Vance Vonderlieth holds onto plastic drainage tile as it comes down the production line at the company’s plant in Sioux City. A $1.5 million expansion will allow the two-year-old business to keep pace with rising demand for its farm drainage tile.

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Area hospital breaks outdoor ground on new campus living at its best By DAVE DREESZEN

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SIOUX CENTER, Iowa | Through changes in the health care landscape, same-day surgery and outpatient services now account for 75 percent of revenues at Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera. Delivering those services in a hospital built in 1951 is a challenge, CEO Kayleen Lee said. “The area that we really struggle with right now is our ability to provide more ambulatory specialties in our own community in the physical constraints in a building that was built for inpatient services,” Lee said. That’s all about to change. The Northwest Iowa health center recently broke ground on a $48.5 million medical campus designed with outpatient and specialty services in mind. The ambitious project, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013, has been more than six years in the making. Before proceeding, hospital officials conducted 14 focus groups with 200 area residents to gauge support for the endeavor, Lee said. Local residents have shown strong support for the project with their pocketbooks. The hospital is closing in on its private fundraising goal of $12 million, with only about $1 million left to be pledged. “That’s huge for a community of 7,000 people,” Lee said. A $26 million direct loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural

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Development Program provided the largest source of funding. Remaining funds will come from local bonds and hospital reserves. “We did not want to start our groundbreaking and actually start building until we had all of our financing in place,” he said. More than 1,000 area residents turned out for a July 26 groundbreaking ceremony where a lunch was served. The new 123,500-squarefoot medical facility will be built on a 40-acre site on the edge of town, at the intersection of 13th Avenue and B-40. The layout includes 107,000 square feet of hospital space, and 16,5000 square feet for primary and specialty clinics.

The two sections will be connected. The new hospital will replace the existing 1951 facility located along Highway 75. An addition was added in a 1985 expansion, but even that project was more geared toward inpatient needs, Lee said. The new layout will include 19 inpatient rooms, and 10 rooms that serve outpatients. The new layout also will improve the hospital’s emergency services, Lee said. “We’re going from an emergency room with two bays and curtain in between them, to an emergency department with two trauma rooms and four other exam rooms,” she said. The campus also will feature amenities that include an aquatic therapy pool and a 3,000-square-foot rehabilitation gym. “I am very excited about this project because health care is the backbone of our schools, businesses and residents,” Sioux Center Mayor Dennis Walstra. “It’s very important that

our community continues evolving, and this project is necessary for our growing community and aging population to have access to quality healthcare for decades to come.” The Sioux Center hospital is affiliated with Avera Health, a regional health care system based in Sioux Falls. Sioux City-based Cannon Moss Brygger Architects and HGA Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis designed the new Sioux Center medical campus. Twin Cities-based Kraus-Anderson is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. Local subcontractors within a 15-mile radius of Sioux Center will perform 44 percent of the construction work. An estimated 153 construction jobs will be created, according to hospital officials, who also point out the project will bring other businesses to town that will spend money on materials, supplies and travel expenses.

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Knoepfler Chevrolet modernizes downtown location By Jean Hansen

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Knoepfler Chevrolet has updated their downtown facility with a $2 million modernization project to enhance the experience of customers and nearly 100 employees. Knoepfler Chevrolet in Sioux City unveiled their newly remodeled facility to the public during a ReGrand Opening Celebration on Aug. 15. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was conducted on site with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in attendance, and representatives from General Motors’ Chevrolet division were on hand throughout the day. Gordon Pynn, general manager of Knoepfler Chevrolet, said the ReGrand Opening celebration was a great way to showcase the newly remodeled facility, which is centrally located downtown in the middle of Sioux City. The Knoepflers considered moving the dealership to Singing Hills Boulevard, but the family and employees unanimously voted to stay put. “We have always been a downtown dealer. It’s where we needed to be. We’re a service dealership,” said Pynn. “We are so glad that the Knoepfler family has reinvested in Sioux City. The Knoepflers are committed to the future of Downtown Sioux City and it is shown with this remodeled facility and the addition of fourthgeneration Knoepflers: Ben and Joe, Charlie Knoepfler’s two sons. This tells me that the family is committed to continuing a family tradition.” The original Knoepfler Chevrolet building at 100

Jackson St. was built 41 years ago by W. A. Klinger, who also happens to be the general contractor on the remodel. The million dollar facility opened November 1971 and an open house was held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the dealership. Pynn said the modernized 58,000-square-foot facility will house new car sales and service. An addition was put on the building to create a new car delivery area and enhance the customer experience. The other two buildings on the property house the collision center and pre-owned vehicle sales. “The phenomenal location just needed a facelift,” he said. The focus was on the

showroom, customer amenities, and the service aisle, which was opened up and streamlined for customers’ convenience. “We’re all about service,” said Pynn. “With our central location, our customers can access us from all parts of Sioux City. In fact, we have picked up service business. The dealership was built with the idea of service.” The modernization includes all new bathrooms A Chevrolet Volt is shown in the new car delivery area, which was just added to the Knoepfler Chevrolet facility to enhance customers’ experience at the dealership.

Journal advertising photo by Jean Hansen

CONGRATULATIONS Knoepfler Chevrolet The Overhead Door Co. of Sioux City is PROUD to work with Siouxland’s new home for the Chevrolet

Congratulations KNOEPFLER CHEVROLET! from

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Advertising and offices, customer amenities for the waiting area, including comfortable leather seating, a beverage station with microwave, vending machines, Wi-Fi and TV, a new reception area, five sales stations, new service offices, a larger showroom, new ceiling lights and floor tiling, a two-level parts department and improvements to the service department. “It’s exciting,” said Pynn. “Not only will customers appreciate the new building. I know our employees do.” The dealership, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, was founded by Ryal Miller and Duane Kidder in 1922. In Miller-Kidder ads in the Sioux City Journal, they were referred to as “Siouxland’s Oldest Chevrolet Dealer” and a “Chevrolet Pioneer.” The dealership operated at several downtown Sioux City locations, including 506508 Nebraska St. in the 1920s, before moving in the 1930s to the intersection of Ninth and Pierce streets. It remained there until its relocation to the current 100 Jackson St. site in 1971. The Jackson Street location replaced seven buildings at Ninth & Pierce St.,

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Knoepfler Chevrolet remodeled its facility at 100 Jackson St. in downtown Sioux City.

Journal advertising photo by Jean Hansen

The Knoepfler Chevrolet facility features a remodeled reception area for greeting customers.

713 Nebraska St. and 305 W. Seventh St. Jim Knoepfler, who had joined the dealership as a

In 1979, after the death of Jim Knoepfler retired Duane Kidder, the Knoep- from active participation in fler Chevrolet name was the dealership in 1989. adopted. His son, Charlie, began


truck salesman in 1952 and was named its president in 1963, coordinated the move to the new location.

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University of South Dakota program places med students in five rural towns By Dave Dreeszen

Business Journal editor

VERMILLION, S.D. | Five South Dakota communities have been selected as the first clinical sites for the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s Frontier and Rural Medicine program. The sites include Milbank, Mobridge, Winner, Platte and Parkston. The selection was based on competitive Request for Proposals process. Communities with populations of less than 10,000 people were eligible. The program expands the Sanford School of Medicine’s class size to address rural health care needs in the state and is part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Workforce Initiative Program. The goal to increase the number of primary care physicians who practice in rural South Dakota



“We are tremendously excited about the opportunities that this program will provide our students as they are exposed to the rewards of practicing primary care medicine and living in a rural community,” said Dr. Susan Anderson, director of the FARM program. The program offers a select group of medical students a chance to obtain nine months of clinical training in a rural community. Active engagement in the community will be an important part of student experiences. The criteria includes

design and implementation by the student of a project to address a local health care concern. In the coming months, up to six students will be selected for the program. Anderson said she expects the program to generate high interest among medical students and hopes to eventually expand the program into additional rural communities throughout the state. “The number of inquiries we have already received from students indicates excitement about the program,” she said. “We anticipate strong participation and growth in the coming years.” For more information about the FARM program, visit:

Water: Energy your body, mind from page 14 • Gives you more energy by improving your digestive function. • Will reduce muscle cramping by maintaining proper muscle tone and giving your muscles the natural ability to work and prevent dehydration. • Prevent headaches. I hope this article has motivated and empowered you and your family to drink at least 40-plus ounces of water daily, slowly working toward half of your body weight in ounces. To help you keep track of how much water you are drinking, I recommend you track your

daily intake in a journal. Tracking what you’re drinking and how much will help you take notice of important changes in your health due to drinking more water. Water is a no calorie drink, so drink up. Sources: 1) Seven Absolutes You Can Trust by Dino Nowak Nov 13, 2005 taken from the website 2) Drinking Plenty of Water Can Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease by Donald R Hall DrPH, CHES taken from the website http:// vanderbiltowc.wellsource.

com 3) Water, Other Fluids, and Fatal Coronary Heart Disease by Chan J, et al. American Journal of Epidemiology 2002: 155(9); 82733. Jan 2002. 4) The Benefits of Stretching and Drinking Water from Methodist/ Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, IA Newsletter in 1999. Eri k Nieuwenhuis is St. Luke’s Health System WorkSmart Ergonomics Injury Prevention Specialist, Wellness Consultant and Health Coach. Contact him at 712-279-1842 or

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Cannon Moss Brygger Architects celebrates 100 years Although their first name has changed over the years to reflect ownership, Cannon Moss Brygger Architects (CMBA) has been providing architectural and engineering services for an entire century. CMBA, with offices in Sioux City and Spencer, Iowa and Grand Island, Neb., officially celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The foundation of the firm is directly connected to William Buettler, who in 1912 created a Sioux Citybased firm with fellow architect, Ralph Arnold. The firm has been in continuous operation since. Over the years, the firm founded by Buettler and Arnold took on various owners, acquisitions and name changes. In 2000, the firm merged with Cannon & Associates of Grand Island, Neb. In 2006, CMBA acquired a Spencer, Iowa location. “I’ve been with the firm a little more than a quarter of our history,” said Todd Moss, president and CEO. “While we’ve grown

over the years, our goal has never been about numbers, just excellence. Enhancing people’s lives through the design of our built environment is our core purpose.” The work of CMBA, through various owners, has been instrumental in shaping this region’s history. Some historic projects include the Masonic Temple, Martin’s store building, the YWCA building, East High School and many others. More recent noteworthy Siouxland projects include Sioux City Hall, The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. CMBA is an award-winning firm that employs 35-40 people throughout its Sioux City, Spencer and Grand Island office locations. Current principals include Todd A. Moss, president/CEO; Brian N. Crichton, Sioux City; Terry J. Glade, Sioux City; James R. Brisnehan, Grand


Here is the Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center, Sioux Center, Iowa.

Island; Bradley C. Kissler, Grand Island; G. Richard Dean, Spencer; and Matt N. Barstad, Spencer. “CMBA is a forwardthinking firm. While we have a long and influential history, we are focused on tomorrow,” said Moss. “Our world and our profession are changing rapidly. Sustainability and technology are integral to every project we do. Our firm values the experience of age, but we are also blessed with the creativity of youth.”

Central Bank would like to congratulate CMBA Architects on 100 years of Designing Siouxland!

CMBA does a wide variety of work, but has especially distinguished themselves in the area of healthcare and educational projects. They are also known for their civic buildings, corporate offices, banks and interpretive centers. Some of their current projects include Brookings City/County Government Building in Brookings, S.D.; Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center in Sioux

Cannon Moss Brygger Architects designed the Unity Architects, page 28 Elementary School building in Sioux City.


on 100 years in Business! Everyone at Pella Products and Specialites by Wilsey Company would like to congratulate you on 100 years of Designing Siouxland.

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Firm Timeline 1896: William LaBarthe Steele joins the Louis Sullivan firm under Chief Draftsman, George Elmslie. Frank Lloyd Wright and William Purcell were former employees of Sullivan. 1899: Steele leaves the Sullivan firm to gain additional experience. Over the next five years, Steele works for firms in Chicago, Illinois and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1904: Steele joins W.W. Beach in Sioux City. One year later, the firm Beach & Steele is established with the partnership staying together for two years, until Steele decides to go out on his own. 1911: William Beuttler and Ralph Arnold join W.W. Beach. 1912: Beuttler and Arnold leave Beach’s firm and form the Beuttler Arnold firm. Although the firm has had many name changes over the years, CMBA is directly connected to William Beuttler,

and it is considered the foundation of the firm. 1914: Steele, Elmslie and Purcell team awarded the drawing and superintending the building of the Woodbury County Courthouse. 1940: Arnold leaves firm and Beuttler practices on his own. 1953: The firm Beuttler & Son is formed. James Duffy joins the firm. 1963: William Beuttler’s son forms William Lee Beuttler Architect & Associates, after his father retires. Duffy forms James M. Duffy & Associates, Architects. 1971: The William Lee Beuttler Architect & Associates firm name changes to Beuttler Associates Architects. 1972: Cannon & Associates was founded in Grand Island, Nebraska by James Cannon. 1978: Beuttler Associates Architects change the firm name to Beuttler, Olsen, Lee Architects.

Duffy, Mannes, Brygger Architects/Engineers Partnership is formed. 1981: Architects Collaborative was founded by Paul Marker and Rick Dean in Spencer, Iowa. 1982: The Sioux City firm merges with Beuttler, Olsen, Lee Architects and the firm name becomes Duffy Beuttler Olsen Brygger Architects/ Engineers. James Duffy and partners purchase the firm that he originally started working for in 1953. 1987: The company name changes to Duffy Ruble Mamura Brygger to reflect current ownership. 1988: Architects Collaborative acquires Kenninger, Galvin & Associates of Spencer. 1990: Architects Collaborative adds engineering to their services. 1995: The Sioux City office changes to Ruble Mamura Moss Brygger (RMMB) Architects, re-

flecting stockholders. 1998: E. F. Kooker and Associates merges with Architects Collaborative. 2000: RMMB principals, along with two employees of Cannon & Associates purchase assets from James Cannon. The Grand Island office becomes known as Cannon Moss Brygger & Associates. 2004: The name Cannon Moss Brygger & Associates is adopted as the name of the Sioux City office. 2005: Architects Collaborative adds new office in Ames, Iowa. 2006: Cannon Moss Brygger & Associates purchases the assets of Architects Collaborative and adds Spencer location. 2012: CMBA celebrates 100 years!

Architects: Cannon Moss Brygger celebrates 100 years in business from page 27 Center, Iowa; Siouxland Freedom Park; Lark Elementary School in Onawa, Iowa; Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Neb.;

and the Northwestern College Learning Commons in Orange City, Iowa. Over the years, the Sioux City office of Cannon Moss Brygger

Architects has been located in the Insurance Exchange Building, Security Bank (inside), Lincolnshire Office Park and the Mid American Energy building. Today, it is


located at 302 Jones St., Suite 200 in the United Center, where it has been for 2 1/2 years. Cannon Moss Brygger Arc h i te c ts e m p l oys 35 - 4 0

people, 23 of them in Sioux City. The staff includes architects, engineers, interior designers, a graphic designer, technicians and administrative staff.

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CMBA Studio/The United Center receives 2011 Best Development Award DES MOINES, Iowa | 1000 Friends of Iowa presented Cannon Moss Brygger Architects (CMBA) with the 2011 Best Development Award, under the category of Mixed-Use for designing, investing in and becoming the first tenants in the United Center, a vibrant mixed-use office and residential building in the heart of downtown Sioux City. The award was presented to Todd Moss, president and CEO of CMBA, during the 1000 Friends of Iowa Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov.12, 2011 in Greenfield, Iowa. The judges praised the project for reinvesting in the central city location, the beauty of the rehabilitation of what was formerly

Paul Brokering

These are Cannon Moss Brygger Architect’s Sioux City offices inside of the United Center. Paul Brokering

Pictured is the reception area in Cannon Moss Brygger Architect’s condo in the United Center.

a grocery warehouse and the creative adaptive reuse of a building that might otherwise have been lost. They also noted the extra efforts made to follow best

practices with regard to green building techniques. 1000 Friends of Iowa established Best Development Awards to recognize quality development and

redevelopment projects and leadership in sustainable development in Iowa. Projects are reviewed and awards granted based on the project alignment with

Smart Growth principles. Smart Growth is the efficient use of our resources to develop sustainable communities that provide a high quality of life. To learn more about the recipients of the 2011 Best Development Awards, visit our website at

www.1000friendsofiowa. org. 1000 Friends of Iowa is a nonprofit, membership driven organization headquartered in Des Moines. The mission of the organization is to unite citizens for responsible land use and sustainable development.


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photos courtesy of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce VILLAGE COOPERATIVE Village Cooperative hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 25 to celebrate the new housing project, which will offer seniors independent living in a community setting. Village Cooperative of Sioux City plans to build 50 units on a vacant, wooded lot at 1400 Indian Hills Drive, directly south of First Covenant Church.

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NORTHWESTERN MUTUALSIOUXLAND Northwestern Mutual celebrateed the opening of its new office in Dakota Dunes with a July 2 ribboncutting ceremony. Pictured back row from left: Rich Renfro, financial rep, Nathan Schneider, intern, Corby McGlauflin, intern, Sharon Klug, office manager, John Reiff, financial rep and Jason Rainboth, financial rep. Front Row from left: John Weber, managing director, Jan Dehner, director of recruitment, Brenda Groves, assistant, Carolyn Ohlfest, financial rep, Vernon Meyer, financial rep and Rick Dehner,

OCTAPHARMA Octapharma, 2417 Pierce St., hosted a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. Shown cutting the ribbon is the center’s director, Nichole Morgan, along with Scott Brooks. CNOS CNOS PC Employees join in a July 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of its new clinic on Sioux City’s northside. Employees pictured are Heather Blom, Renee Wagner, Summer Cord, Shauna Hoak, Nancy Swanson, Brandee Koedam, and Mike Hurlburt. The clinic offers orthopaedic, neurologic, spine and plastic surgery care, as well as imaging and full rehabilitation services, including physical and occupational therapy.



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photos courtesy of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce

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CHAMBER DINNER The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce held a news conference on July 24 to announce that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the keynote speaker for the Chamber’s annual dinner meeting. The event will be Monday, Oct. 8 at the Sioux City Convention Center. Photo submitted

ChamberAnniversaries The following businesses and organizations in July observed anniversariees of one or more year as Siouxland Chamber of Commerce investors.

1 year

Alainn Kelli Engel 411 Pearl Street Sioux City, IA 51101 Cross Law Firm, PLC Jeremy Cross 600 4th St Ste 315 Sioux City, IA 51101 The Weston Group Patricia Dougherty 315 S. Phillips Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57104

5 years

Jimmy John’s – Morningside Mary McCabe

5001 Sergeant Rd Ste 20 Sioux City, IA 51106

10 years

Service Master of Sooland Scott Manley 1905 A St South Sioux City, NE 68776 Yellow Book USA Sally Bonrud 1741 S. Cleveland Ave Suite 301 Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Multi Care Physicians Group Dr. Scott Sneller, DC 3930 Stadium Drive Sioux City, IA 51106

25 years

Greenville/Leeds Pharmacy Tom Dodds 2729 Outer Drive North Sioux City, IA 51104

30 years

Drs. Douglas Wheelock DDS & Brian Bursick DDS Agan Tri-State Drywall Supply Douglas Wheelock 4100 Morningside Ave. Dan Pick Sioux City, IA 51106 1501 Tri View Ave

15 years

Sioux City, IA 51103

The following businesses and organizations in August observed anniversariees of one or more year as Siouxland Chamber of Commerce investors.

20 years

Alzheimer’s Association Terri Schroeder 201 Pierce Street Suite 110 Sioux City, IA 51102

25 years Sioux City Symphony Orchestra David G. Krogh 520 Pierce Street Suite 375 Sioux City, IA 51102

ChamberInvestors Ho-Chunk, Inc. Patrick Foley 1 Mission Drive Winnebago, NE 68071 Central Bank Morningside Carolyn Yockey 4201 S. Lakeport St. Sioux City, IA 51106 CNOS PC - Northside Brandee Koedam 2735 Outer Drive Sioux City, IA 51101

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Sioux City Explorers and Distinctive Gourmet hosted a recent Chamber Business After Hours at Lewis and Clark Park. The Chamber thanks the sponsors and local businesses purchased a half inning sponsorship and provided tickets to employees, families and friends. We are indebted to the nine people who spent one inning in the Community Leaders Dunk Tank, as well as the 18 people who initially agreed to place their name on the dunk tank ballot. Their collective efforts helped raise money for the United Way of Siouxland in a fun and unique way.

Iowa Hospice Christy Barnes 2912 Hamilton Blvd. Lower B #105 Sioux City, IA 51104 Pilot Travel Centers LLC David Wulf 2815 Singing Hills Blvd. Sioux City, IA 51111

South Sioux Animal Hospital Dr. Robert Billiar 301 W. 29th Street South Sioux City, NE 68776

35 years

Lessman Electric Supply Co. Harlan Lessman 805 W. 7th Street Sioux City, IA 51102

Sarah’s Candies Michelle Gehrke-Herwynen 508 Nebraska St. Sioux City, IA 51101 The Ugly Sister Boutique Judy Martin 516 5th St. Sioux City, IA 51101 sheshe Design & Catering Pamela Simonsen 1904 Locust St. Yankton, SD 57078

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Congratulations to CNOS on opening its new Northside medical clinic. CNOS now has offices on the Northside, Morningside and Dakota Dunes.  This transaction was brokered by Chris Bogenrief.

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Single, national Tenant investment property. 4,500 sf completely remodeled professional office bldg. 11 pvt. ofcs. (8 w/windows) & 22 off-street pkg spaces.



5742 Sunnybrook Drive 1,200 to 2,400 sf at Shoppes at Sunnybrook II. Next to Lowe’s. Great lease rate of $10/sf NNN.  Over 19,000 VPD.



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20,160 sf former Fareway Grocery Store for lease at Transit Plaza. Great storefront and excellent exposure with lots of parking at low lease rate.

This is ONE of TWO gentlemen’s clubs in Iowa Great Lakes area and sits on nearly 200 ft of Hwy 71 frontage. Inc. Morton bldg. in rear.  Business is offered Turn-key.



2442 & 2450 Transit Avenue

100 Futures Drive, SSC, NE

Transit Plaza Shopping Center just off Hwy 75. 4,000 & 5,250 sf spaces available w/good signage & lots of off-street parking.  Low lease rate.

24,000 s/f bldg used as a large group home. Can be converted for a large ofc. user.  42 bdrms/ ofcs w/windows, 4 kitchenettes, 5 conf. rooms, over a dozen storage rooms.  Also for lease.

2915 Rustin 5,000 sf w/ofcs & 2 RR on .55 acres. Great access to new Outer Drive bypass-connects on the north. Front half of shop is rented for $700/mo. 10’ door on so. side, 13.5’ door in front.

2802 Expedition This industrial gem includes a 9’ dock door, 14’x12’ drive-in door & large walk-in door w/ nearly 6,000 sf of working space in a FREE SPAN structure w/24’ sidewalls.


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2928 Hamilton Blvd

5,200 sf for lease at Transit Plaza. Good signage and lots of parking.  Low lease rate.  $5.00/ sf plus $1.56/sf CAM.  Available now.

Prime office space (2,615 sf) in Plaza Professional Condos. Bldg E Lower across from Marketplace.  Ready for medical office or other office, 8 offices plus reception & waiting room w/ parking in front.  Special lease terms.

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