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Siouxland Business Journal, August 2013

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

August 2013 Building Siouxland issue

Off to a Rockin’ start Work begins on Sioux City casino project INSIDE THIS MONTH’S ISSUE: Mega projects spark boom in construction PAGE 11

South Sioux lands firearms facility PAGE 14



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BusinessJournal Ron Peterson, publisher Dave Dreeszen, editor Siouxland Business Journal is published monthly by Sioux City Newspapers Inc., in cooperation with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. Requests for a free subscription or address changes should be sent to: Kevin McGarry Siouxland Business Journal Box 118 Sioux City, Iowa 51102

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Journal photo by Tim Hynds

Demolition and earth moving work continues Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino complex being built in downtown Sioux City.

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RibbonCuttings photo courtesy of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce


AWESOME BIKER NIGHTS Awesome Biker Nights Co-Chairs Troy Sonichson and John Jager cut the ribbon to begin the festivities, followed by the bike parade. The event was held June 13.

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UnityPoint Health UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Cardiology Services unveiled Siouxland’s newest cardiology labs on July 8 with the opening of the hospital’s newly constructed cardiac catheterization lab and EP lab. In addition to state-of-the-art technology, the labs are located near new pre-procedure and post-procedure rooms, creating an efficient layout that enhances patient flow. Pictured are Steve Church, director of Surgical and Cardiology Services, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s, and Lynn Wold, chief operating officer, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.


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OnTheMove Hotel appoints front office manager SIOUX CITY | Hilton Garden Inn-Sioux City Riverfront has promoted Ryan Pe re ra to front office manager Perera will be instrumental in staff development, h o te l o p - Perera erations and customer service. A Sioux City native, Perera has over three years of hospitality experience serving as a guest services agent prior to his promotion to front office manager.

Banquets and events director named

SIOUX CITY | Jordyn Lieber has been promoted to director of banquets and events at Bev’s on t h e R ive r. Prior to her promotion, Lieber had been serving as Bev’s on the River’s Lieber banquet manager. Lieber studied at Iowa State University where she received her bachelor’s of science in apparel merchandising and design. She also studied event management with an emphasis in hotel and restaurant instiKlocke joins Sioux tution management. Lieber also brings experience in City law firm international business marSIOUX CITY | Jeana keting which she studied in Goosmann, owner of the Florence, Italy. Before joinGoosmann Law Firm, PLC, ing the team at Bev’s, Lieber announces worked in public relations the hiring and event planning in New of an addiYork City. tional attorney, Amy E. SMEF taps Johnson Klocke. as director Klocke obtained her SIOUX CITY | Dr. Leah B.S. degree Klocke Johnson has been appointfrom the ed as the executive direcUniversity of South Da- tor/program director of the kota and earned her juris S i o u x l a n d doctor from the Creighton M e d i c a l University School of Law E d u c a t i o n in 2002. Upon gradua- Foundation, tion, Klocke joined the also known Woodbury County Attor- as The Famney’s Office as an assistant ily Medicine county attorney, focusing Center. on general prosecution. J o h n s o n Johnson For the past several years, will continue Klocke has specialized in to see patients in the Family Medicine Center at 2501 drug prosecution cases. She remained in this role Pierce St. until joining the Goosmann Johnson, an Albert Lea, Minn. native, received her Law Firm on July 10. With the Goosmann medical degree from the firm, Klocke will represent University of Minnesota individuals and families Medical School in Minnein cases involving legal apolis. She completed her separation, divorce, child residency in Family Medicustody and adoption, cine at the Siouxland Mediprenuptial agreements cal Education Foundation in and modification of family June, 2002. court orders. Johnson is a member of the

BusinessPeople American Medical Association, the Iowa Medical Society, the Woodbury Medical Society, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. She served on the Board of Directors at the Crittenton Center in Sioux City, and is the president of the Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City Board of Directors. She holds an academic appointment as clinical assistant professor through the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Pottebaum joins Condon Auto Sales SIOUX CITY | Marty Pottebaum has joined the sales team at Condon Auto Sales, 4625 Singing Hills Blvd. Pottebaum se rve d o n The Sioux City Police Department for 18 Pottebaum years working numerous assignments, including liaison officer at East High School, before an on the job injury forced him to retire. He then served as security director at Southern Hills Mall for 16 years prior to joining Condon. He served on the Sioux City Council from 1996 to 2000, The Sioux City Transit Board from 2000 to 2008 and currently serves on The Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa.

Bank names compliance officer SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Teena M. Dvorkin has been promoted to compliance officer at Iowa-Nebraska State Bank. Dvorkin will be responsible for developing, implementing and administering all aspects of the bank’s day-to-day administrative, lending and

operational compliance/ re g u l a to ry a c t iv i t i e s. She will be based at the bank’s South Sioux City Dvorkin office. She has been with IowaNebraska State Bank for 13 years and has a total of 15 years in the banking business, most recently as a real estate/ consumer loan administrator. A Sioux City native and graduate of East High School, Dvorkin has a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in finance from Morningside College.

Gurbuz joins Mercy Medical Center

National dental group honors Prince

25-month banking school provides senior management and leadership eduSIOUX CITY | The Acad- cation for communityemy of General Dentistry banking professionals. awarded its Mastership Craighead was among 164 Aw a r d t o graduates of the 63rd AnD r. D o n a nual School Session July W. Prince 14-26 on the campus of of Sioux the University of Colorado City during in Boulder. the assoCraighead began his caciation’s rereer with Security National cent annual Bank in May 2001 as a perPrince meeting in sonal banker. Nashville, Tenn. The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor. Health center names To earn the designation, H.R. director Prince completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental SIOUX CITY | Siouxland education. She joins more Community Health Center than 2,300 active AGD has announced that Susan Masters who have gone George has recently joined above and beyond the ba- the leadersic requirements to care for s h i p tea m their patients’ oral health. a s h u m a n Prince, who gradu- r e s o u r c e s ated from Loyola Univer- director. sity school of Dentistry in George 1981, currently practices has 20 years dentistry at 4220 Sergeant o f e x p e Road in Sioux City. r i e n c e i n George human reSecurity VP completes sources and staffing. She is a graduate of Califorbanking training nia State University at SIOUX CITY | Jeremy Long Beach and holds an Craighead, vice president H.R. Certificate through of retail services at Securi- Cornell University. She is Technical Services Certity National B a n k , re fied (TSC) and a Certified cently gradStaffing Professional (CSP) uated from through American Staffing the GraduAssociation. Prior to joining SCHC, ate School George served as senior of Banking at Colorado. vice president for Aventure T h e Craighead Staffing.

SIOUX CITY | Dr. Tayfun Gurbuz has joined the staff of Mercy Medical Center— Sioux City. Gurbuz, a cardiothoracic surge o n , h a d been been a visiting surGurbuz geon. He earned his medical degree at H a c e t te p e Un ive rs i ty Medical School in Ankara, Turkey and completed his residency in general surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. He also has had roles at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis and Albert Starr Academic Center for Cardiac Surgery in Portland, Ore. Gurbuz is board certified in general surgery and car- w i l l h e l p diothoracic surgery. K i n g s l ey S ta te Bank with LaFrentz joins growing Kingsley State Bank its customer KINGSLEY, Iowa | Kings- base. ley State Bank announce the He will be LaFrentz addition of Dean LaFrentz based at the to its lending staff. Sergeant Bluff office, but LaFrentz, who has 20 also will be available to years of banking experience, service customers in the Le

Mars and Kingsley offices. LaFrentz was previously a business development officer for Siouxland Economic Development Corporation, or SEDC. Prior to that, he completed formal credit training while at Norwest Bank/ Wells Fargo, in addition to his commercial and agricultural lending duties.


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Posture, lifestyle habits protect your knees How many of you would enjoy having less stiffness or pain in your knees? Wouldn’t you love to be able to squat down to pick up your children and not pay for it later with aching knees? How many of you have stairs at home or work and avoid them like the plague because of the stiffness and pain in your knees? Stay tuned everyone, because over the last 15 years as a physical therapist specializing in ergonomics, I’ve observed two of the most common awkward sitting posture habits. Pulling your legs back underneath your chair when sitting and crossing your legs or sitting on your feet are the leading causes of knee stiffness and pain. When you pull your legs back underneath your chair, which muscles are in a shortened position and therefore get stiffer and tighter? Your hamstring and calf muscles that is! The more often and prolonged time you pull your legs back underneath your chair, the tighter your hamstring muscles will become (muscle on the back of your leg from your hip to knee). When you pull your legs back underneath your chair, you are typically on your tiptoes which greatly shortens your calf muscle. This posture has the same

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impact that walking around on your tip toes would have. Which joint is between your hamstring and calf muscles: your ankle, knee or hip joint? The answer is your knee joint. The knee joint can cause stiffness and pain and may become injured over time. The more you flex your knees greater than 90 degrees, the faster you may wear out the cartilage in your knees. This is one of the leading risk factors for knee osteoarthritis and possibly a future total knee replacement. Here are a few awkward sitting postures to limit and avoid: 1) Pulling your legs back underneath your chair when sitting. 2) Crossing your legs.

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3) Sitting on your feet. Both the second and third awkward postures compress the sciatic nerve that runs down the back of your leg and leads to sciatica nerve pain, burning or may lead to a loss of muscle function over time. Working Smart Industrial Athletes sit with their feet flat on the floor and ideally alternate sitting with standing, perform daily worksmart dynamic stretching exercises for their hamstring, calf and piriformis, and when sitting, make sure to get up and move for 30 seconds to three minutes at least every hour. WorkSmart dynamic stretches help protect your knees, reduce pain and stiffness and improve your quality of life. The stretches below and others are highlighted on UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s WorkSmart stretching poster. To request your copy, contact me or visit Perform the following stretches one to two times each day to keep your knees healthy and flexible. 1) Calf stretch– Stand facing a wall in a staggered stance with your left foot forward and right foot back (toes facing the wall to stretch your right calf). Have both hands reaching forward at shoulder height and lunge forward until you feel a stretch; then, hold for three to five seconds. Shift your hips to the right side and hold three to five seconds; shift hips to left side and hold three to five seconds. Repeat twice on each side. Then, look back over your right shoulder and hold three to five seconds. Next, look back over your left shoulder and hold for three to five seconds. Repeat this twice on each side. To complete the stretch, repeat with the right foot forward and the left foot back to stretch your left calf. 2) Standing hamstring stretch-Stand up and extend your right leg in front of you onto a chair (without wheels and against the wall for stability) or the stairs, and gently pull the toes of your right foot back towards your head. Reach both of your arms in front of you towards your toes and hold for three to five seconds. You may want to perform this dynamic stretch by a wall, another chair or by the railing of the stairs as this stretch does challenge your balance. Roll your foot/ leg to the inside and hold for three to five seconds, then roll your leg to the outside holding for three to five seconds. Repeat this leg rotation for two to three repetitions. Another way to tweak this dynamic stretch is by reaching with both of your hands the opposite direction of your foot/ toe rotation. Note: It is very

common for you to feel more stiffness or pain when you rotate your leg/foot across the front of your body because the hip internal rotation is typically very limited due to how much we cross our legs or stand in the toe out position. 3) Sitting piriformis stretch-This stretch is performed by sitting up tall and crossing your right leg over your left knee to stretch the right side. Turn your body to the right and gently pull your right knee up towards your left shoulder and hold for three to five seconds. Repeat two times. Then, repeat with your other side. You will want to perform this WorkSmart stretch more often to the side that you find to be tighter while performing this stretch. The side that is tighter is the side you tend to cross or sit with your knees apart (men) and stand in a toe out posture for longer periods of time. Additional tips for protecting your knees: 1) When you are squatting, have your feet greater than shoulder width apart and staggered (one foot in front of the other), so that your painful knee is the front leg of the staggered stance. You may also reduce knee pain more by having your feet positioned in a toe out position between 30 to 45 degrees (“toe out”), instead of toes pointed forward. 2) Use a staggered stance when going from a sit to stand position or when lifting, pushing or pulling or reaching away from your body to lift anything. Your body will thank you, especially your knees! There are other steps you can take to enhance your overall health: 1. Eat a healthy breakfast such as scrambled eggs or boiled eggs, fresh fruit, whole grain cereal or oatmeal, Greek yogurt, whole grain toast with peanut butter or cottage cheese. 2. Drink 40 or more ounces of water each day, working towards half of your body weight in ounces. 3. Walk or perform any cardiovascular exercise or physical activity for 30 to 90 minutes daily. 4. Perform strength training exercises such as the lunge and squat matrix or balance and reach matrix two to three days each week. 5. Get seven to eight hours of rest and recovery daily. Erik Nieuwenhuis is the WorkSmart Ergonomics Injury Prevention Specialist and Wellness Consultant for UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s. Contact him at 712-279-1842. erik.nieuwenhuis@

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IOWA HOSPICE Staff for Iowa Hospice in Sioux City celebrate with a May 30 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pictured are: Karin Vomacka, music therapist; Jeanne Newton, secretary; Christy Barnes, nurse; Joshua Potter, chaplain/volunteer coordinator; Angela Nilles, social worker, bereavement coordinator; Jean Turner, RN, case manager; and Margo Nixon, patient care manager. Not shown are: Joyce Mead, aide; Rhonni Easton, care consultant; and Vicki Turner, massage therapist.


CHICK-FIL-A The Chick-fil-A location in the MidAmerican Energy Building, 401 Douglas St., in downtown Sioux City is opened June 20. The location is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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Breaking ground Tim Hynds photos, Siouxland Business Journal

Sioux City mayor Bob Scott, right, waves Aug. 16 during a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux City. Also shown are Bill Warner, left, president of Sioux City Entertainment, the project developer, and Mark Monson, president of Missouri River Historical Development, the casino’s nonprofit license holder.

Officials celebrate start of Hard Rock casino project DAVE DREESZEN

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SIOUX CITY | Several hundred people turned out Aug. 16 to celebrate the start of construction for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. As backers of the $128.5 million downtown project turned over ceremonial shovels of dirt, bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks rumbled in the background. Crews recently started razing buildings, clearing lots and working on utilities for Woodbury County’s first land-based casino. The gaming and entertainment venue remains on track to open next summer, most likely late July or early August, said Bill Warner, president of Sioux City Entertainment, the project developer. “ So m e t i m e b e twe e n Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’ll see a fully enclosed building that’s adjacent to the Battery

Building,” Warner told the audience. The 100,000-square foot will be designed around the Battery, a century-old warehouse at Third and Water streets. The four-story structure will be extensively renovated for some amenities and back office functions on the first level and hotel rooms on the two upper floors. Earlier in the week, Warner told the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission that the project design is almost complete, and nearly all the financing is secured. The remaining funding piece, $15 million in loans, for slots and other casino equipment, will be finalized closer to the opening of the facility, he said. The progress report was a condition of the state gaming license IRGC awarded to Sioux City Entertainment and its nonprofit sponsor, Missouri River

Historical Development, in April. Dubuque, Iowa-based Conlon Construction will be the general contractor for the project. The bulk of the construction, though, will be completed by local subcontractors, he said, creating hundreds of new construction jobs over the next year. At the groundbreaking ceremony, officials hailed the casino’s economic impact. It will have an estimated workforce of 500, and is expected to encourage development in a previously neglected section of town. “People now will have to come to our downtown. They won’t be able to drive through it and go somewhere else,” Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott said. “I think the brand here will have a significant impact on bringing people to the community, and I think it’ll make them want to stay a little longer.”

The venue and adjacent surface parking will be built on a 16-acre downtown site that includes portions of two vacated streets, Water and Pearl. One older structure, the former Dalton’s Pub, was razed in July, and demolition on another, a former Bomgaars store, was completed the week of Aug. 19. Three other structures, a former video store, a former flea market, and the Milwaukee Wiener House also will be torn down in the near future. The iconic wiener shop will eventually move to a new building on the former Bomgaars site at Third and Douglas streets. “What we want to make sure of is we minimize, absolutely minimize, the time that that’s closed,” Warner said. The Hard Rock complex is scheduled to replace the Argosy floating riverboat casino, docked on the Missouri River.

An excavator loads dirt into a dump truck as work continues on the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. Backers on Aug. 16 celebrated the start of construction of the $128.5 million gaming and entertainment venue, anticipated to open next summer.

Hard hats with the Hard Rock logo are shown at the Aug. 16 groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux City.

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Metro gets lift from mega projects Sabre Industries new fabrication plant, shown above in a January file photo, is part of a seven-building campus constructed in Sioux City’s Southbridge Business Park.


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SIOUX CITY | A slew of behemoth industrial and commercial projects are keeping the metro area contractors busy. The investments, totaling billions of dollars, are creating thousands of construction jobs and giving a major jolt to the local economy. Demolition and site preparation work recently began on the $128.5 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in downtown Sioux City. (See story on Page 10.) With key state and local permits now in hand, CF Industries also is slated to start construction on a $1.7 billion expansion of its Port Neal fertilizer plant. Here is a brief look at the CF expansion and some other large projects being built in the metro area.


At the time it was announced in November 2012, the CF project ranked as the single-largest capital investment in Iowa history. (It’s since been surpassed by MidAmerican Energy’s plan to spend up to $1.9 billion on more wind energy turbines in the Hawkeye state.) CF’s Port Neal expansion calls for construction of a second ammonia plant, which would produce up to 2,425-tons per day, and a 3,860-ton-per-day urea plant. The plants would be fueled by natural gas, the chief feedstock in the production of nitrogen-based fertilizer. The Iowa Department of

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Natural Resources in July gave final approval to 28 air permits for the plant, clearing the way for the company to begin moving dirt and putting in piling this year. Between 1,500 and 2,000 construction workers will be required to construct the new plants, which are scheduled to come on line in 2016. The mega project is projected to double full-time employment at the plant just south of Sergeant Bluff, creating 100 new jobs at a starting average salary of $55,000, increasing to $85,000 after the workers become fully certified Provided


Construction continues on a $90 million expansion and modernization of Tyson Fresh Meats’ Dakota City, Neb. plant above. Construction continues The project, which will increase the plant’s cattle slaughter capacity, is expected to be completed by early next year.

on a $90 million expansion of Tyson Fresh Meats’ sprawling complex in Dakota City, Neb. The work, which began in early 2012, and is scheduled for completion early next spring, company spokesman Gary Mickelson said. The modernization includes replacing the plant’s aging slaughter floor – parts of which dates to the plant’s opening in the 1960s – with a larger, more efficient line, More beef is packed in boxes at Dakota City than at any other plant in the world. The expanded kill floor will allow the complex to match its cattle slaughter with its processing numbers. The Dakota County plant currently receives carcasses from a satellite slaughter plant in Denison, Iowa. The increased production is expected to create more than 200 new jobs. The sprawling complex is

Journal photo by Jerry Mennenga

CF Industries has started work on a $1.7 billion expansion of its Port Neal plant, shown above in a file photo. The new ammonia plant, scheduled for completion in 2016, is expected to create more than 1,500 construction jobs.

Work continues on the $25 million Hepar Bioscience facility, shown above in North Sioux City in this file photo.

already metro Sioux City’s sprawling seven-building largest employer with some campus on a 150-acre site in Sioux City’s South4,000 workers. bridge Business Park. A SABRE INDUSTRIES 192,000-square-foot plant Work continues on Sabre’s that fabricate large support

structures for electrical transmission and distribution lines opened in December. Sioux City beat out several cities and states around the

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country for the multi-year expansion, which will eventually will more than double its local employment and put

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Local farmers market offers more than great food Did you know the average supermarket produce travels about 2,000 miles to your neighborhood grocery store? Farmer’s market produce travels less than 50 miles, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension experts who offer these buying tips. • Go directly home from the market. Foods will decline in quality, and perishable foods such as meat and eggs can pose food safety problems if left sitting in your car. Bring along a cooler with ice if you’ll be more than an hour or so getting perishables into your refrigerator. • Store bananas, melons, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash at room temperature. Store them in a clean, dry, well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight and away from areas where meat is prepared.

from vegetables. Fruits give off ethylene gas, which can shorten the storage life of vegetables. Some vegetables give off odors that can Deb Twyford be absorbed by fruits and affect their quality. • Refrigerate fruits and vegetables in perforated plastic bags to help maintain moisture yet provide airflow. • Ripen on the counter and Bags that are not perforated then put in the refrigerator: avocados, kiwifruit, nectarines, can lead to the growth of mold or bacteria. peaches, pears, and plums. Make your own: use a sharp Avoid placing produce in a sealed plastic bag on your coun- object to make several small holes in a food-grade plastic tertop. bag (about 20 holes per medium This slows ripening and may size bag). increase decay from the accuWash your hands and produce mulation of carbon dioxide and thoroughly. Wash produce bedepletion of oxygen inside the fore you use it, not when you bag. bring it home. • Most fruits and vegetables Fresh produce has a natural can be stored in the refrigerator. Use your refrigerator crisper protective coating that helps keep moisture and freshness. drawer for whole produce. Washing produce before storage Store fruits in a separate recauses it to spoil faster. frigerator crisper drawer away


Remove and discard outer leaves. Rinse under clean running water just before preparing of eating. Don’t use soap or detergent as it can get into produce and make you sick. Rub briskly--scrubbing with a clean brush or hands--to clean the surface. Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Rinse produce even when the peel is removed—such as melons and citrus fruits. Bacteria on the outside of produce can be transferred to the inside when produce is cut or peeled. Once you have cut through the protective skin of fruits and vegetables, bacteria can enter. Refrigerate cut or peeled fruits and vegetables within two hours. Take your own bags or baskets to the farmers’ market and be sure to wash them too. Bacteria can grow inside.

Did you know the average supermarket produce travels about 2,000 miles to your neighborhood grocery store? Farmer’s market produce travels less than 50 miles. Deb Twyford Source: health-e-headlines (July 2013) Buying at the local farmers’ market is a great way to support our Blue Zone efforts. This can also be an opportunity to teach our children how to develop a healthy lifestyle, which can take them into adulthood. Deb Twyford is a Registered Nurse and intrinsic coach at Mercy Business Health Services, Worksite Wellness. Contact her at 712-274-4334 or Twyfordd@

Long Lines to sell wireless network to AT&T Mobility CONRAD SWANSON‌

SERGEANT BLUFF | Long Lines wireless customers likely will switch to AT&T cellphone service in the next six to eight months, a move that will mean more choices of phones and 4G service plans, according to Long Lines executives. Long Lines announced July 25 it has agreed to sell its wireless network to AT&T Mobility. The deal is subject to Federal Communications Commission approval, Long Lines CEO Brent Olson said. Landline phone service, broadband Internet and cable TV programming won’t be affected, Long Lines said in a release. The Sergeant Bluff-based company, an early pioneer in providing local mobile

phone service, has provided communications service in Siouxland since 1941, according to the release. “We’ve been looking for a long time to give our subscribers faster speeds and up-to-date devices,” Olson said, adding that as a smaller company, Long Lines wasn’t able to offer the most recent models. Transferring the network assets and wireless subscribers to AT&T makes it possible, he said. “They’ve been our network partners for as long as we’ve been in business – seven, eight years,” Olson said. Closing the deal is expected to take six to eight months. Until then, customers won’t notice any changes, Olson said. Long Lines Wireless

stores will stay open for at least six months after the sale is complete, the release said. The transaction includes selling transport service on Long Lines’ fiber optic network to AT&T Mobility. Proceeds from the sale will be used to offer new features of the company’s nonwireless services and expanding service to a wider area, Olson said. “Through the reinvestments, people can expect different and more up-todate products, faster programming, things of that nature. We’ll also be looking into providing services to new areas,” Olson said. Customers could see those changes in three to six months, depending when the deal closes, he said.

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$5M athletic facility planned in South Sioux City ZACH BUCHHEIT

Left: Team Calibr8 Inc. President Jason Rainboth told dozens gathered Aug. 8 for the groundbreaking of his company’s $5 million gun range and athletic complex in South Sioux City that he aims to “offer an environment where everyone feels comfortable learning.”

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY | A $5 million multipurpose firearms training and athletic facility is coming to South Sioux City. The 90,000-square-foot complex, planned at College Way and Commerce Way, will include a 24-lane shooting range, a gun shop, a 24-hour CrossFit gym and multiple banquet halls. “We’re just humbled and excited to be part of the Siouxland and South Sioux City community,” said Jason Rainboth, president of Team Calibr8 Inc., the Nebraska company behind the development. “We can’t say enough about how the city has embraced our business idea and just welcomed us to the community.” Though interviews for a construction contract are ongoing, Rainboth, of Sioux City, plans to begin developing in October for an opening by next summer. The complex is estimated to initially employ about 45 people and as many as 120 employees when fully operational. “To say what this means to the community would be far less than what it really

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means,” South Sioux City Mayor Bill McLarty said to the dozens gathered. Calibr8 acquired the four acres for roughly $200,000 from the South Sioux City Community Development Agency, which used tax increment financing funds to buy the land, City Administrator Lance Hedquist said. The TIF method of public financing uses expected future gains in taxes to finance current improvements that boost property values. The added tax revenue is set aside to repay money borrowed for the

improvements. The $200,000 Calibr8 paid for the land is a forgivable loan, meaning the company won’t have to repay it if the facility is completed, Hedquist said. Rainboth cited heightened numbers in gun sales and permits in the region for choosing Siouxland. But the decision ultimately came down to more lenient gun laws in Nebraska when choosing South Sioux City over an Iowa location, he said. “For lack of a better term, they’re just more

Above: Members of Team Calibr8 broke ground Aug. 8 for a $5 million athletic complex in South Sioux City. The facility will house a 24-lane shooting range, a gun shop, a CrossFit gym and multiple banquet rooms.

gun-friendly,” Rainboth said. The Calibr8 complex will include a tactical range where police and military members can train to be certified, a perk Dakota County Sheriff Chris Kleinberg plans to employ within his ranks.

Kleinberg hopes the concealed-carry classes offered to the public will improve citizens’ aim and rein in the number of permit applications. Rainboth estimated gunrange membership will cost between $35 and $40 per month for an individual and

between $50 and $60 for a family. The CrossFit-style gym featured in the three-level facility will offer group classes, dietary plans and personal trainers. Membership fees are estimated at between $40 and $60 per month.


outpatient services, including a new primary care clinic with obstetrics, urgent care clinic, cardiology, digestive health, lab, imaging, infusion, pharmacy, maternalfetal medicine for high-risk pregnancies and pulmonary care.

Resonance Imaging scanner that will replace an older unit. The new MRI, with a 3.0 strength Tesla magnet, will offer enhanced image clarity, allowing Mercy staff to scan additional areas of the body, such as the brain, spinal column, and cardiovascular systems. Mercy will spend $13.8 million to add more space to the fifth floor intensive care units and renovate the existing space. The new 20-bed unit will feature new equipment, nurse stations, and all private patient rooms and family waiting space.

Construction from page 11 all of the company’s local Sioux City operations under one roof. The first phase, with an investment of $18 million, retained 214 jobs and create an additional 192 full-time positions. A new administration building is currently under construction, with a completion date anticipated for later this year. An additional 130 jobs would be created in a second phase of expansion, which will allow Sabre to shift production of its

communications towers from Murray Street to the Southbridge site. Phase II also would include construction of a galvanizing plant. Sabre is the first tenant in Southbridge, a 400-acre industrial park the city carved out of former farmland and a one-time golf course just south of Sioux Gateway Airport.

Business Park. The project is anticipated for late this year, or the first quarter of 2014. Jefferson, S.D.-based Hepar develops biochemicals from animal byproducts. The venture is backed by Mark Nylen, who formerly headed Mobren Biological, a pharmaceutical ingredient supplier in Sioux City. Hepar’s three-story, 30,000-square-foot building is under construction on HEPAR BIOSCIENCE a 50-acre site in North Sioux Construction continues City’s 160-acre Flynn Busion the $25 million biosci- ness Park, located just off ence business development Highway 105. in North Sioux City’s Flynn

The health care system broke ground June 12, 2012 on a $26.7 million medical campus in Morningside. The Sunnybrook Medical Plaza, scheduled to open in midSeptember, is expected to increase UnityPoint’s outpatient services by a third. The new campus was developed on a 17-acre site adjacent to Sunnybrook Plaza, a commercial and shopping center that includes big-box retailers Target and Lowe’s. The two-story medical center will house various


Work began recently on a $16.8 million project that will expand and improve Mercy’s critical care and imaging services. The investment includes a new $3 million Magnetic

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PROPERTY PROS Property Pros owners Lisa Wagner and Jim Gergeni hosted a July 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally announce the opening of a branch office in downtown Sioux City. Property Pros, which also has an office in Le Mars, Iowa, is licensed in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, has 16 agents serving Siouxland.

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