Celebrate National Manufacturing Day at Prince Hydraulics


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Celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6th! Prince Hydraulics located at 4600 S. Lewis Blvd. will have a Community Open House from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Stop by and take a tour and learn what it requires to produce a cylinder.

Bev and Jim Wharton Receive Siouxland Chamber’s Highest Honor


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Local Couple Recognized for Forty Years of Community Leadership

The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce presented the W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award to long-time community leaders Jim and Bev Wharton at their Annual Dinner this evening.  This marks the 27th consecutive year the Deming Award has been presented by the Siouxland Chamber dating back to 1991 when the initial recipient was Ted Waitt of Gateway.

For decades, the Whartons have been known for the numerous public and private sector leadership roles they have held throughout the Siouxland tri-state region.  Perhaps most significantly, Bev served as the President of Briar Cliff University for 15 years and Jim served in elected office on the City Council in Sioux City, including terms as Mayor, as well as Mayor Pro-Tempore.

The Whartons affirmed their commitment to their adopted hometown stating, “It is truly humbling to receive this honor and to share it with great leaders in our community.  Moving to Siouxland in 1976 was a short-term decision.  Staying in Siouxland for 41 years reflects our love for this community.”

In addition to her tenure as President of Briar Cliff University, Bev served for many years as a senior executive with the corporation known today as MidAmerican Energy.  Jim’s service as Mayor of Sioux City was complemented by his work in the local media, as well as roles in executive management, fundraising, marketing, and public relations with organizations including Gateway, the Diocese of Sioux City, Mercy Medical Center, and the Siouxland Community Health Center.

Not only were the Whartons engaged in the for-profit sector, but their collective contributions to local not-for-profits and regional charities has been equally impressive.  Over the course of their working careers, the couple served in a variety of incredibly broad and diverse volunteer leadership roles stretching from the United Way to the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.  Bev is a past Chair of the Siouxland Chamber’s Board of Directors and continues to serve on the organization’s Good Government Committee.  Jim served as the emcee for countless community philanthropic events including many years leading the program for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner.

Chris McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, expressed his appreciation to Bev and Jim for all they have contributed to this tri-state area saying, “Siouxlanders have been the beneficiaries of the Whartons’ extraordinary commitment to leadership, citizenship, and public service.  They have shown themselves to be role models within both the public and private sectors and we owe them a deep debt of gratitude for all they have contributed to our community.”

The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator.  This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business.

Dr. W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership &

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

Award Criteria: The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator.  This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business.


  • Ted Waitt, Gateway
  • Wrede Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  • Harold Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  • Fred Davenport, Davenport Companies
  • William Dible, Terra Industries Inc.
  • Byron Brower, Brower Construction Company
  • Sam Bernstein, State Steel Supply Company
  • Robert Williams, Williams and Company
  • Roland Junck, Prince Manufacturing
  • William Metz, Metz Baking Company
  • Robert Peterson, IBP, Inc.
  • Eldon Roth, Beef Products, Inc.
  • Chuck Long, Long Lines
  • Irving F. Jensen, Jr., Irving F. Jensen Company
  • Pat Boeshart, Lite-Form Technologies LLC
  • Ken Ackerman, K & B Transportation
  • Leonard Gill, LP Gill, Inc.
  • Allen Mahaney, Soo Tractor Sweeprake Company
  • Mike Bennett, Terra Industries
  • Roger and Jane Bomgaars, Bomgaars
  • James Yanney, Guarantee Roofing & Siding
  • Steve Schneider, Gerkin Windows and Doors
  • Mike Wells, Wells Enterprises, Inc.
  • Garrett Smith, American Pop Corn Company
  • Regina Roth, BPI
  • Richard A. Waller, Security National Bank

Nature Calls Event Features Craft Beer Tasting and More


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Sample craft beers, bid on unique auction items, and visit with artists about their work at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s “Nature Calls” fundraiser Saturday, September 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center.

The “blue jeans casual” evening includes nature art, beer tasting, food, raffles, silent auctions, and a live auction. Guests can sample more than 40 brews and craft beers including Oktoberfests, IPAs, ciders, lagers and beer alternatives. In addition there will be some select wines to sample at the event. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and delicious food will also be available throughout the evening.

“This event is extremely popular. People look forward to it every year because of the relaxed atmosphere and unique combination of artists, beers, and auction items,” said Dawn Snyder, Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Education Programs Director. “Our goal is to raise funds for conservation education programs and exhibits,” continued Snyder.

The Nature Calls event attributes its success to numerous sponsors and local donors, and has become a fun and profitable evening for the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center’s special projects such as the Nature Center indoor exhibits, the Raptor House, and the very popular Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.

A highlight of the event is the Live Auction which includes a one week stay and Fly-in Fishing Trip for six people to Ara Lake Camp in Ontario, Canada; an original Fourth Street Brewing Company of Sioux City Jacket; Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills football tickets; fine jewelry; custom made knife; original artwork; overnight cabin stays; and much more. In addition, more than 60 Silent Auction Items have been donated for the event.

Two gun raffles will be featured with proceeds to go toward Summer Youth Programs. The guns include a Kimber Micro 9 two-tone 9mm handgun and a Mossberg .243 caliber Patriot Rifle with a scope.

Eleven area artisans and nature-themed vendors will exhibit their items available for purchase at the September 23 event. Items include fused glass, bowls from reclaimed wood, wild honey and honey products, cutting boards, natural-edge slab furniture, graphite wildlife drawings, birdhouses, handmade duck calls and jewelry. Artists include Julia Licht from Artery of Sioux City; Justin & Tori Engelhardt from Wild Hill Honey of Sioux City; J. Mark Lary from Second Chance Woods of Sioux City; Lynn Jarvis of Snowflake Woodcrafts from Hornick; Susan McCulley from Sioux City; Doug Johnson from Johnson’s Mill of Sioux City; Jana Peterson from Autumn Prairie Designs Jewelry of Anthon; Chaeli Kohn from Shady Grove Pottery of Sioux City; Norma Lash from Birds of a Feather of Sioux City; Diane Culver from YLime Beads of Dakota Dunes and Logan Heissel from Buck Creek Custom Calls of Spencer.

Advance tickets for “Nature Calls” are available for $30 each by calling the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838 or online at http://www.woodburyparks.org.

Beginning September 22 and at the door the tickets increase to $35 each.

For more information on contact Dawn Snyder at 712-258-0838. View more auction items, sponsors, artists, and beers featured at the event at http://www.woodburyparks.org.

American to Add Second Flight to Dallas in November


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Sioux City, IA – Officials at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field in Sioux City announced today that American Airlines will add a second round trip flight out of Sioux City to their hub in Dallas/Ft. Worth from November 20-28, 2017.  This additional flight will help to accommodate holiday travel.  The scheduled time for the new flight is:

Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 8:30 a.m. – Arrive Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) 10:52 a.m.

Depart Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 8:55 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 10:54 p.m.

This flight is a nice complement to the current daily service at Sioux Gateway Airport:

Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 6:10 a.m. – Arrive Chicago (ORD) 7:46 a.m.
Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 12:34 p.m. – Arrive Chicago (ORD) at 2:09 p.m.
Depart Sioux City (SUX) at 2:49 p.m. – Arrive Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 5 p.m.

Depart Chicago (ORD) Sioux City (SUX) at 10:30 a.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) 12:03 p.m.
Depart Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) at 12:25 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 2:23 p.m.
Depart Chicago (ORD) at 8:20 p.m. – Arrive Sioux City (SUX) at 9:55 p.m.

“We’re excited about having the second flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth during the last week of November, perfectly timed for the holiday season, “said Darrell Jesse, Sioux Gateway Airport Board President.

“We have noticed a demand for the second flight and expect to see good ridership during this time. We hope to see Siouxland travelers support this temporary addition of a second flight to Dallas.  If you have been flying out of another airport we truly believe you will be impressed with the ease and convenience of flying from Sioux Gateway. “

Travelers are reminded that anyone flying on American Airlines must be checked in 45 minutes prior to departure.  For airline and flight information visit the Sioux Gateway Airport website at www.flysux.com.

Pre-Employment Background Screening 101 – How to Mitigate Your Risk


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What employers can do to mitigate risk with respect to their background screening program. By: One Source The Background Check Company

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) employers have two critical responsibilities when using the services of a third-party background screening firm to request background checks on prospective employees.

Employers must do the following in order to comply with the FCRA when requesting a background check:

  1. Employers must provide prospective employees a clear and conspicuous disclosure regarding the fact that you will conduct a background check AND you must get the individual’s written authorization to conduct such. This is typically called the disclosure and authorization notice and it must be in a stand-alone document. The FCRA requires that when an employer requests a background check (aka a “consumer report”) for employment purposes they must provide “a clear an conspicuous disclosure” in writing “before the report is procured or caused to be procured, in a document that consists solely of the disclosure” and “the consumer has authorized in writing….” (15 U.S.C. § 1681b(b)(2)(A)(i)-(ii))
  2. Employers must follow the adverse action process, which is potentially a two-step process. The first step is typically referred to as the “pre-adverse action step” and you cannot send a final “no hire” letter until you complete this step. So, hypothetically speaking, after completing step 1 above you receive the results of a background check from your background screening vendor. The report indicates a criminal history or some other adverse item of information.  Based on this information, you may decide not to hire the individual.  Now what?  Before you take any final adverse action you must first provide the individual with a copy of the report you are reviewing and a summary of their rights as prescribed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  This allows the prospective employee to review the report and alert you if any information contained therein is inaccurate or incomplete and also to act on that incorrect or incomplete information with the background screening company. You should wait at least five business days before taking any final adverse action although realize that in some states and cities, Fair Chance laws and ordinances (aka Ban the Box laws and ordinances) may impose greater time periods. For more about Ban the Box, click here.

At a minimum, employers must follow above two steps to comply with the FCRA.  Depending on what state or city you are in there may be additional requirements, but these are the basics when doing pre-employment background checks on prospective employees.

Which brings me to the class action litigation and a sampling of the cases brought against employers for alleged non-compliance with the FCRA related to steps 1 and/or 2 described above.

  • Class action complaint filed against an airline catering and provisioning company (Case No. 2:17-cv-1298) for allegedly not following the pre-adverse action process.
  • Class action complaint filed against a major retail pharmacy chain (Case No. 5:17-cv-6019) for not providing the proper disclosure that a background check would be conducted and failure to follow the pre-adverse action process.
  • Class action complaint filed against a plasma provider (Case No. 5:17-cv-6018) for not following the pre-adverse action process.

There is a very active plaintiff’s bar filing complaints against both employers and background screening companies for alleged violations of the FCRA.  They do not discriminate based on type of employer or size of your business.  You’ve been warned.

But not all is lost as these are curable compliance issues. You start by reviewing your background screening program–your policies and procedures–with counsel versed in the FCRA and state consumer protection laws and guidance that govern background screening. You need to go step by step through the hiring process to understand where you may have deficiencies and need to shore up your compliance. For instance–if, as an employer, you utilize an adjudication matrix or screening standards to automatically classify individuals as “ineligible” for hire and automatically proceed to send a no hire letter we should talk about your background screening program and whether it complies with the requirements of the FCRA.  Or, your FCRA disclosure and authorization has a lot of “extraneous language” such as a release of liability language, we should talk.  Willful violations of the FCRA are eligible for statutory damages of $100 to $1,000/violation, plus punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

One Source The Background Check Company provides TotalCheck screening on applicants, while maintaining superior turnaround time and customer service. Find out more about how One Source can help your company or organization with your background screening needs – call today 800.608.3645.

Lindsey Buchheit Named as Estate Planning Law Specialist and Accredited Estate Planner


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Attorney Lindsey Buchheit of Buchheit Law is newly certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist (ESPL) by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.  Her office is in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, where she practices law in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Ms. Buchheit is currently the only attorney in the State of Iowa to hold the EPLS designation.

To become Board-certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS), an attorney must have devoted at least one-third of her practice to estate planning for a minimum of five years.  In addition to passing a comprehensive examination in estate planning law, the attorney must also receive recommendations from five colleagues and must establish that she has at least 36 continuing legal education credits within the last three years.

By obtaining her EPLS, Attorney Buchheit also earned the designation as an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) through the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. The Supreme Court of Iowa does not certify lawyers as specialists and the certification is not a requirement to practice law.

Visit Buchheit Law at www.buchheitlaw.net


Greetings from Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley & Co. and TRN Settlement Services!


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Greetings from Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley and Co. and TRN Settlement Services! We hope you are having a pleasant and gratifying week!  As locally owned businesses and proud members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, we enjoy supporting Siouxland and our local economy by participating in community events and engaging in volunteer opportunities.

Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley and Co. offers abstracting and title services in order to guaranty clean title to the property you purchase and protect your property rights.  When the abstracting is finished, TRN Settlement Services takes care of the closing process to make sure your property purchase goes smoothly. The staff at TRN collaborates with all parties involved in the transaction to gather the necessary information, assemble the required documents needed to close on a home or to refinance an existing mortgage, and then present those documents for signing to each respective party.

Our Mission:  To provide our clients with accurate information and research to complete real estate transactions.  We will accomplish our mission through innovative solutions, systems, research, and people working together.

Our Core Values:

  • Integrity: We will do what we say we will do. We must be honest and forthright in all of our dealings.
  • Innovation: We will find a better way of doing everything that we do every day.
  • Respect: We will treat every person with dignity and courtesy.
  • Orderliness and Timeliness: We will provide our services by means of a systematic process which enables us to deliver our finished product in the timeframe promised.
  • Accuracy: The foundation of our business is accurate information.
  • Confidentiality: The confidential information we work with is highly sensitive. The information is entrusted to us, and we will maintain its private nature at all times.
  • Team Work and Synergy: Our success depends on contributions and involvement by everyone.
  • Attitude: We will strive to maintain a positive frame of mind. Our positive attitude should be contagious!

Our two companies are able to work together seamlessly to support Siouxland real estate transactions in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  Both Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley and Co. and TRN Settlement Services are certified as compliant with the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices. This certification demonstrates that our offices provide a safe and secure transaction, which protects the consumer from fraud.  It is accomplished by continuous monitoring of seven pillars:

  • Proper Licenses to conduct title and settlement services as required in each state
  • Escrow Trust Account Controls with daily reconciliation
  • Security Programs and Procedures to protect non-public personal information
  • Settlement Procedures that comply with federal and state consumer laws
  • Timely Delivery of title policies
  • Maintenance of Professional Liability and Fidelity Coverage to stand behind the products and services we provide
  • Procedures for resolving consumer complaints

Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley and Co. and TRN Settlement Services are made up of friendly and knowledgeable Siouxlanders committed to responsive, accurate, and comprehensive service. You can count on us to provide the most reliable and responsive title insurance, abstracting, closing, and escrow services.  We are located in the heart of downtown within two blocks of each other.  Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley and Co. is located on the main floor of the Ho Chunk Centre and TRN Settlement Services is on the corner of 5th and Jackson streets.

For more information and to explore our service options, please contact Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley and Co. at 712-258-4503 or TRN Settlements Services at 712-224-2828. You can also email SBT & Co. at SedgwickBrennan@thetitleresourcenetwork.com or TRN at SiouxCityOffice@thetitleresourcenetwork.com

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Our Team:

TRN Settlement Services                                                              Sedgwick, Brennan, Talley & Co.

Tami Hansen                                                                                  Elda Raudales

Aimee Jellema                                                                               King James

Rojean Scott                                                                                  Debbie McNaughton

Lorrie Bohlmann                                                                            Bennett Snyder

Kim Davis                                                                                      Matt Mayer

Emily Hinnah                                                                                 John Sandman



Iowa State University’s College of Design and Iowa State Extension Open House this Thursday


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Iowa State University’s College of Design and Iowa State Extension will host an open house just south of historic 4th Street in time for The Big Parade on Thursday, June 29th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at 1014 1/2 Design Place.  

Have some refreshments, view an exhibit from the College of Design, find out about the Iowa State University Studio Design course to be offered at Design West this Fall, and information about Extension’s 100th anniversary.  Doors open at 5 pm and will close in time for people to attend the post-parade activities. 

For more information, contact Steve Warnstadt at 712-274-8733 ext 1305.

A special way of helping Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SCAHT)


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The Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SCAHT) is a local non-profit whose mission is to work toward abolishing all forms of human trafficking through education, collaboration, and advocacy. We are an all-volunteer organization, and are blessed with many active and supportive contributors.  We would like to tell you about one of these people and her special way of helping SCAHT.

Karina Fast is a local real estate agent who uses the slogan, “Sell Houses, Save Humans.”  The idea was born while Karina sat in a strategic marketing class.  They were discussing how to improve the sustainability of non-profit organizations by having them partner with outside businesses.  As Karina began to think about how to develop her real estate business, she thought of organizations that she could partner with that shared similar goals. That is when she connected with Linda Holub, Co-Chair of SCAHT.


From a business perspective, Fast assessed what she could offer the organization: website views from her website, paid advertising with both her real estate business and SCAHT events mentioned, and blog posts to promote awareness. With each house that she sells, she has committed to contribute $100 to SCAHT.  She values safe, thriving communities as does SCAHT and desires to work together toward this common goal.  She would love it if other agents would join her in this effort.