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SHERIFF DREW PARTICIPATES IN 2017 RIVERCADE PARADE WITH SCPD CHIEF YOUNG

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HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY SHERIFF DREW

The office had to wait one day to help the Sheriff celebrate his birthday.  He wisely took his birthday off to celebrate with his family.  We laid off the candles on the cake so the fire alarms wouldn't go off in the LEC.  Gotcha Sheriff!

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WELCOME DEPUTY BILL BROOKS

Congratulations to Deputy Bill Brooks who was sworn-in this morning, July 18, 2017, by the Honorable Judge Duane Hoffmeyer.  Bill has been a long time Reserve Deputy with Woodbury County and the Asst. Chief of Police with Moville, Iowa, prior to taking the deputy position.  Bill is an outstanding person and we expect great things from him.

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CONGRATULATIONS JEANA DAVIS

 We are very proud of Jeana Davis.  Jeana is a clerk with our office and she was nominated for the Excellence in Protection Award with the State of Iowa and was recognized at the 2017 Iowa Sex Offender Registry Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa recently.  Jeana handles our Sex Offender registrations and everything included.  She also processes our gun permits.  She stays very busy between the two responsibilities and we are thankful we have her.  Congrates Jeana!

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 PIERSON DAYS PARADE

Got to participate in the annual Pierson Days Parade again this year.  Pulled out the new Can Am Commander UTV that Sioux City Yamaha/Can Am so graciously loaned to us this summer.  Despite the extreme heat, there was a good turnout for the parade and we got the chance to throw plenty of candy.  Thanks again for the invite Pierson!

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 2017 ARC SUMMER PROGRAM AT NORTH MIDDLE

We want to thank the ARC Program for inviting us to their summer program this year.  Deputy Dustin DeGroot and Lt. Don Armstrong had a blast showing off their patrol vehicles, handing out candy and answering questions.  They had a great time!  God Bless all of you.

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K9 DIVISION HONORED

The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office has a long and storied history with our K9 Division dating back to 1975. A special thanks to our K9 Sgt. Jim Bauerly, who, with the help of the K9 Association, presented this badge and plaque commemorating the 39 dogs and K9 handlers that have valiantly served the Office since 1975. These will be displayed proudly.

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BRONSON 4TH OF JULY PARADE

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 GREAT TIME HAD BY ALL AT THE CAMP HIGH HOPES RIB FEST FUNDRAISER

Camp High Hopes had their Rib Fest Fundraiser on June 24th at Battery Park, Hard Rock Casino.  Camp High Hopes asked the Sheriff's Office to provide two staff members for the rib eating contest. It wasn't difficult to get C.O. Tracy Nelson and C.O. Arther Doakes to go when they found out there was free food involved.  Even though Tracy and Arther didn't win the contest, the Sheriff's Office was a clear winner by getting a chance to participate in a great fundraiser.  Thank you Camp High Hopes for everything you do.

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THANK YOU CAPT. LYNETTE PHILLIPS FOR GIVING BACK TO THE LESS FORTUNATE

Recently, Capt. Lynette Phillips lost her mother.  Shortly afterward, Lynette made the decision to donate many of her mothers belongings such as furniture and other household items to domestic abuse survivors that were getting a fresh start in life.  Some of the SO personnel helped Lynette load up the belongings and deliver them to a domestic abuse survivor at her new apartment.  God Bless you Lynette for thinking of others during a very difficult time in your life.

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 THE WHEELHOUSE BAR & GRILL MAKES A DONATION

Special thanks to The Wheelhouse Bar & Grill for making a $500 donation to the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office K9 Division to help defer the cost of feeding, vet care, and maintaining training standards for our four legged partners.  Without the generosity of donations, the little things like extra training, etc., are not possible.  It is greatly appreciated.

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WELCOME DEPUTY MIKE SIMONI

Deputy Mike Simoni is Woodbury County's newest deputy sheriff.  Mike came over to the Sheriff's Office from the Sioux City Police Department where he had seven years of experience.  We all welcome Mike and wish him the best of luck with his career with Woodbury County.

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LT. TODD HARLOW WENT "OVER THE EDGE" FOR BBBS

Thanks to the generosity of Siouxland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lt. Todd Harlow got the opportunity to participate in the fund raiser by rappeling down the side of the Howard Johnson Hotel in downtown Sioux City.  The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team has assisted with the event for two years, and this year, BBBS offered up a spot to rappel and Todd took advantage of it.  Siouxland BBBS is a great organization and our office enjoys working with them year round on all of their events.

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WELCOME CARA WOOD, OUR NEW JAIL ADMINISTRATION CLERK

Cara is the Sheriff's Office Jail Administration Clerk.  She comes from Dakota County, Nebraska with a great deal of experience.  We are excited to have her and hope her the best!

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CHIEF DEPUTY JIMMIE BIGGS' FAMILY DISPLAYS HIS BADGE AT THE LEC

The family of former Chief Deputy Jmmie Biggs stopped by the Sheriff's Office on June 12, 2017 and presented the Sheriff's Office with the badge the Chief Deputy was wearing on March 11, 1959, when he and County Attorney James Brodie and Matron Mary Eileen Heilmann perished in a plane crash in Sac County, Iowa, after transporting a female inmate to the Des Moines area.  It can easily be said the badge means the world to this family and we are grateful they have entrusted the Sheriff's Office with displaying it in the lobby of the LEC in rememberance of Chief Deputy Biggs.  Thank you. 

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WELCOME BRIANN CHURCH, WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST C.O.

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COPS-N-BOBBERS

Event held at Bacon Creek Park on June 3, 2017, in conjunction with Rivercade and River City Anglers.  Kids got the opprotunity to fish with Cops.  The theme is to get hooked on fishing and not on drugs! 

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MOVILLE DAYS PARADE

The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office got the opportunity to participate in the annual Moville Days Parade on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  The community had a great turnout for the parade!  We had fun throwing candy and meeting people.  Thank you to the City of Moville for allowing the Sheriff's Office to participate in the parade!

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 TOUCH-A-TRUCK AT THE COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Deputy Andy Vogt, Lt. Don Armstrong, and Major Todd Wieck participated in the Touch-A-Truck event at the County Fair Grounds Grand Stand.  Woodbury County took out their SWAT Truck, a marked patrol car and the Viking UTV.  The event allowed youngsters to get up close to large equipment, law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, military vehicles, and other interesting vehicles.  Kids were allowed to operate a back hoe, climb on the fire trucks, sit in a squad car and run the siren, and do other fun stuff with the vehicles.

The event is organized by Bryan Mesz, the County Fair President, and helps buy backpacks and school supplies for kids going to school in the fall that can't afford to purchase the supplies on their own.  We had a great time! 

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MOVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT PANCAKE FEED

Major Tony Wingert helped with the Moville Fire Department Pancake Feed on Saturday morning, June 10, 2017.  Below are a couple of photos of Major Wingert talking with a youngster on how to stay in the lines when they color.

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NATIONAL DONUT DAY

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LT. TODD TROBAUGH COMPLETES BASIC DOG PATROL INSTRUCTORS COURSE

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, Lt. Todd Trobaugh completed a very extensive dog patrol instructors course hosted by the St. Paul, Minnesota Police Department.  Lt. Trobaugh will by supervising the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit.  Congratulations Lt. Trobaugh!

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SGT. DAVE BENSON AND RESERVE DEPUTY BRENT JENSEN SUPPORTING SIOUXLAND SOLDIERS

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HELPING OUT WITH SIOUXLAND COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY'S READING DAY

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2017 RESERVE UNIT FUNDRAISER

On Monday, May 22nd, Woodbury County held its second annual fundraiser for our Reserve Unit at Whispering Creek Golf Course.  There were 100 golfers and everyone had a great time.  Woodbury County would like to thank everyone involved.  For the second year, local merchants sponsored the event.  Without their support, the fundraiser would not be possible.  Golfers showed up to fill the course and make it a fun event.  Thank you to Whispering Creek for hosting the event.  They are always very good to us.

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2017 LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL CEREMONY

On Wednesday, May 17th, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office and the Sioux City Police Department commemorated Law Enforcement Memorial Week with our annual local rememberance.  This year it was held in the Sioux City City Hall Council Chambers because of inclimate weather.  Sheriff Dave Drew and Chief of Police Doug Young hosted the ceremony.  Charlie Stone from KSCJ News Radio was the guest speaker and gave a powerful and thought provoking address to the standing room only gallery.  Father Mike gave the invocation and benediction and Rochelle Clark and Sandra Pearson provide the always beautiful music.

At the completion of the joint ceremony, Sheriff's Office guests and personnel moved to the basement of the Courthouse for food and refreshments.  Captain Phil Heimbecker's daughter Penny and son Phil Jr., read moving poems in rememberance of their father and the other fallen officers from Woodbury County.

Sheriff Drew then presented the awards for the Sheriff's Office to the very deserving personnel that received them.  Below are pictures of the events of the day.

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OMAHA GROUP TOURS WOODBURY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

On Saturday, May 13th, a group from Omaha, Nebraska, interested in architecture, toured the Woodbury County Courthouse.  The Courthouse is a national historical landmark and is unique in the midwest.  The design is Prairie Style, made famous by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Courthouse was designed by architect George Elmslie and architect William Steele.  It was completed in 1918 and remains in remarkable condition.  The group from Omaha enjoyed the tour and we enjoyed having them.

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 ORANGE CITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TOURS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

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SACRED HEART VISITS THE COURTHOUSE

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SPECIAL THANKS TO NICOLE VANSICKLER

On Wednesday, May 10th, Nicole VanSickler stopped by our office and presented Sheriff Drew with an oak shadow box that is filled with .40 caliber spent shell casings.  At the top of the box is a thin blue line American flag painted on the glass and a Woodbury County Sheriff's Office shoulder patch mounted at the bottom.  We have proudly displayed the shadow box in our display case in the atrium of the Law Enforcement Center.  Nicole is a parttime Correctional Officer with Plymouth County.  She came up with a great idea and now makes these for anyone that wants them.  Nicole can be contacted on Facebook at Nino Kilyo Vinyl.  Thank you Nicole!

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IN-SERVICE TRAINING

On May 9, 2017, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office and invited members of the Sioux County Sheriff's Office attended quarterly in-service training in the new LEC Conference Room.  During this particular in-service, the training was for mental health first aid.  The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office routinely invites surrounding agencies to participate in our in-service training and Sioux County takes advantage.  It's great working and training with other agencies from the area.  Stay safe.

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R.I.P. POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY DEPUTY MARK BURBRIDGE

On May 1, 2017, Deputy Burbridge was killed in the line of duty during an inmate transport from the Pottawattamie County Courthouse to the County Jail.  Deputy Burbridge's service was held at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs on May 8th with over 2,500 law enforcement officers and a large contingency from the public attending.  Thousands of people lined the streets of Council Bluffs during the processional back to the funeral home.  The support from the community was truly inspiring. Members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office, Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, Sioux City PD, LeMars PD, and other agencies from Northwest Iowa attended and showed their respect. 

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GOOD LUCK MAJOR GREG STALLMAN!

On May 4, 2017, members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office held an appreciation party at Buffalo Alice's for Major Greg Stallman.  Greg is leaving the Sheriff's Office on May 12th to take the reigns as the Chief of Police in Altoona, Iowa.  Greg served the Sheriff's Office in varying capacities throughout his career.  He started in the Jail as a C.O., became a Patrol Deputy, handled two K9's, was a member of the SWAT Team, was a member of the Tri-State Drug Task Force, worked in OPR and ended his career in Administration under Sheriff Dave Drew.  Thank you Greg...you put a lot of great work into making the Sheriff's Office a better place. 

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IRVING ELEMENTARY 4TH GRADE TOURS THE COURTHOUSE

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MERCY'S EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDERS APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

On Thursday, May 4th, members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office were invited to a wonderful luncheon put on by Mercy Medical Center.  The food was fantastic.  During the luncheon, Dr. Jerome Pierson gave a very informative talk on coronary artery disease and the devastating effects it has on people worldwide.  Dr. Pierson is also a volunteer Woodbury County Reserve Deputy Sheriff and we are fortunate to have him giving his time to our office and community.  Thanks again to Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Pierson.

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2017 ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK

Sheriff Drew, Major Wieck, Captain Wingert and Lieutenant Harlow treated the office staff to cookies from the Sugar Shack for all of the hard work they put in every day at the Sheriff's Office.  The administration is always and forever grateful for what they do for us.  Thank you again!

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SHERIFF DREW ADDRESSES THE 2017 FBI NA ASSOCIATES

Sheriff Dave Drew gives opening remarks and welcomed over 45 law enforcement excutive members of the Iowa Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates to Sioux City.  The associates are here for their annual conference and training being held at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. 

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DEPUTY HEATHER HOLSTEIN-BUKOVICH GRADUATES FROM THE ILEA

Deputy Heather Holstein-Bukovich graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, April 14, 2017 after completing the fourteen week training program at Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa.  Deputy Holstein-Bukovich will begin her Field Training Program on Monday, April 17, 2017.  Sheriff Drew and all the members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office congratulate Heather on graduating and wish her luck with her career in law enforcement.

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Sheriff Dave Drew with Captain Tony Wingert, Deputy Heather Holstein-Bukovich, and Major Todd Wieck.

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Deputy Holstein-Bukovich with her Primary Field Training Deputy Gerad Lukken

 

MERCY'S WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT

On 04.06.2017, Sheriff Drew, along with SCPD Chief Doug Young, SCFD Chief Tom Everett, Milt Avery, and Jim Fitzpatrick had the opportunity to open the doors and greet guests entering the Sioux City Convention Center for Mercy's Women's Night Out event.  Everyone involved had a great time!

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NO SHAVE NOVEMBER PROCEEDS TO UNITY POINT - ST. LUKES HOSPITAL

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Sheriff Dave Drew will be riding to raise money for Unity Point's Neonatal Care Unit with donations going towards a Vein Viewer, Cub Crib and Crash Cart.  Woodbury County Deputies & Detention Officers kicked off the Sheriff's fundraising today with the Sheriff's Office proceeds from No Shave November.  The 2nd Annual Unity Point Health St. Luke's Ride for Miracles is set to take place September 18th through the 29th. The Siouxland Miracle Riders have a new route to help benefit the Children's Miracle Network.  This time they're going to go on a road trip on Route 66. Their 5,000-plus mile journey will start in Sioux City and end in Los Angeles.

They plan to visit kids at other Children's Miracle Networks hospitals along the way. Organizers say they're excited to be doing a second ride, and hope to raise even more money.
The goal is to raise $50,000.00 and all donations benefit UnityPoint Sioux City.

 

THANK YOU UNITY POINT HEALTH - ST. LUKES HOSPITAL

The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office wants to thank Unity Point Health - St. Lukes Hospital for donating two AED's to the Sheriff's Office.  The machines have been issued to patrol deputies where they can be utlilized in very effective manner.  Often times, deputies are the first on scene to medical calls in the county.  Thank you Unity Point - St. Lukes! 

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BRYANT ELEMENTARY 4TH GRADE TOURS THE COURTHOUSE

On March 24, 2017, Bryant Elementary 4th Grade got the chance to tour the Woodbury County Courthouse.  Board Chairman Matthew Ung greeted the students and their teachers in the atrium of the historical courthouse.  Chairman Ung talked to the students about the history and architectural significance of the building.  He then went on to explain the different offices and business that takes place in the building everyday.  He also explained his role in county government as a board member. 

From there, the students were taken to the second floor of the Courthouse to Courtroom #201 where Sheriff Dave Drew spoke to them about the duties and responsibilites of the Sheriff's Office.  Sheriff Drew talked about the importance of the jail and the patrol division and keeping the public safe.  The Sheriff then turned it over to Sgt. Jim Bauerly and his K9 partner Bosco.  Sgt. Bauerly talked about what K9's do, how they are trained, and their importance in keeping officers and citizens safe. 

The Honorable District Court Judge Steven Andreasen then addressed the students about how his courtroom functions and what all of his duties and responsibilites are as a judge.  Judge Andreasen spoke about some of the history of the U.S. court system and the number of cases he presides over every year.  There was a short question and answer session with the Judge that included some great questions from the students. 

All of the students were very well mannered and it was a joy to have them at the Courthouse for the tour.  Below are some photos of their visit.    

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AN ACT OF KINDNESS FOR KIRSTEN HERMANN

Kirsten "Kris" Hermann is the mother of Corporal Jon Hermann of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.  Jon was killed in the line of duty on June 11, 1993, along with Captain Phil Heimbecker, during a prisoner transport in Fort Madison, Iowa.  Capt. Heimbecker was piloting the plane that he and Jon were using to transport a prisoner back from Fort Madison State Penitentiary to Sioux City, Iowa for re-trial.  Shortly after take-off, the plane crashed.

Kris Hermann and her family, and the family of Capt. Phil Heimbecker, remain in the thoughts and prayers of all the members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office to this day.  Jon and Phil were loved by all at the Sheriff's Office and their families will always remain a part of the Sheriff's Office family.  The sacrafice they have endured over the years is obviously indescribable.  After the tragic loss of Jon and Phil, Kris played a key role in having the Public Safety Memorial built in downtown Sioux City between the Woodbury County Courthouse and City Hall.

On Friday, March 17th, Deb Poss, the Volunteer Coordinator at Care Initiatives, along with volunteers, Lorraine Schroder, Leona Olsen, Caroline Torno, and Mike Inman the Spiritual Counselor, presented a photo album to Kris that detailed her wonderful and interesting life from birth to present.  Sgt. Pat Hinrichsen and Major Todd Wieck were asked to attend the presentation of the photo album to represent the Sheriff's Office.  It was a wonderful gesture on the part of the volunteers and it was clear to everyone Kris thoroughly enjoyed receiving the album. 

Below are photos of the album presentation.

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WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST C.O.'S

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C.O. ARTHUR DOAKES

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C.O. SABRINA WARD

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2017 IOWA/NEBRASKA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB YOUTH OF THE YEAR AWARDS

On 03.17.2017, Sheriff Drew participated in judging for the Iowa/Nebraska Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Awards.  Lead-Succeed-Inspire.  Sheriff Drew is honored to do this annually and talks highly of all of the amazing stories these young people have overcome.  Congratulations to all of the young people involved in this great event.  Below are some photos of this years event.

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2017 RESERVE DEPUTY GRADUATION

On Tuesday, February 22, 2017, the Sheriff's Office celebrated the Reserve Deputy graduation at the Anthem in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  Fifteen Reserve Deputies received the Oath of Office from Sheriff Drew after sitting down to a delicious dinner provided by the Hard Rock.  Prior to the Oath of Office ceremony, Scott Knudsen, the Security Director for the Hotel & Casino spoke.  He thanked the new Reserves for putting on the badge and uniform and for volunteering to protect the community they live in.  Knudsen stated that it can't get much better than that.  From the Sheriff's Office, thank you to all of our Reserves and special thanks to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the hospitality.

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM SHERIFF DREW

Sheriff Drew spoiled his office staff this morning with handmade cookies from Sugar Shack.  The Sheriff and the administration cannot say enough about the wonderful job the office staff does to keep our office running smoothly.  We are truly blessed to have these ladies working for us. Thank you!

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SIOUXLAND YOUTH FOUNDATION DONATES $1000

The Siouxland Youth Foundation donated $1000.00 to the Woodbury County Sheriff's Foundation to support local youth programs.  The goal of the Youth Foundation is to provide rehabiliation for young people that are physically and emotionally injured.  The Youth Foundaiton also supports community based activities for healthy youth.  The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office thanks the Youth Foundation Board Members for the donation and we look forward to providing for the Siouxland youth.

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SHERIFF DAVE DREW SWORN-IN FOR SECOND TERM

After running unopposed for his second term, Sheriff Drew was sworn into office on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 prior to the regular Board of Supervisors meeting.  The Sheriff is anxious to get back to business moving the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office forward and continuing to provide service and protection for the residents of Woodbury County.  Thank you to the Honorable Judge John Ackerman for handling the swearing-in duties with grace and professionalism. 

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2016 SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS EVENT

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WELCOME DEPUTY HEATHER HOLSTEIN-BUKOVICH

On Monday, December 19, 2016, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office had their newest Deputy Sheriff, Heather Holstein-Bukovich sworn in by Honorable Judge Duane Hoffmeyer at the Woodbury County Courthouse.  Deputy Holstein-Bukovich previously worked for the Sioux City Police Department as a Crime Scene Technician.  She starts the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  We welcome Heather and wish her the best with her career at the Sheriff's Office.

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2016 SHOP WITH A COP EVENT

On Saturday, December 17th, the Sioux City Police Department and the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the two Walmart Stores in Sioux City for the Shop with a Cop event.  It was a great success!  Approximately 30 children were given $100 gift cards by Walmart and they shopped with a law enforcement officer for Christmas.  The kids purchased Christmas gifts for family members.  At the end of the shopping, each one of the children were surprised with a bicycle, also provided by Walmart.  It was a great time had by all!  Thank you Walmart for your generosity.   

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MVAO BIKE WINNERS

This years bike winners at Maple Valley - Anthon Oto Community Schools are shown below with Principal Jane Ellis and Deputy Vince Dvorak.  Thanks to everyone involved for making it a great day for these two kids!

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THOUGHTFUL MESSAGE LEFT ON WOODBURY COUNTY PATROL CAR

On 11.08.2016, Woodbury County Deputy Nate Sands went to his patrol car and found a note under the windshield wiper.  The note he found is posted below.  Deputy Sands and the members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the person(s) who left this thoughtful message.  All the members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office are proud to serve this community and appreciate all of the support we receive everyday.  God Bless and thank you.

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THANK YOU FOR A COMBINED 81 YEARS OF SERVICE

Today, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office said goodbye to Sgt. All Shinkunas, Officer Sherry Skaff, and Office Shelly Michaud.  Combined, they served the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office for 81 years.  It's tough to replace that much experience all at the same time.  These three will be missed.  From left to right pictured with Sheriff Drew below are Officer Sherry Skaff, Officer Shelly Michaud, and Sgt. Al Shinkunas.  Thanks for the service, dedication, professionalism, and the memories.

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WELCOME TO JEN DEAN, WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST JAIL NURSE

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SIOUX CITY THANKS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESERVE UNIT

At the October 24th Sioux City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Scott presented the Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit with a commendation plaque for their assistance over the past eight months in the downtown area of Sioux City.  The Reserve Unit assisted the City on weekends and special events in keeping the 4th Street and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino areas patrolled, allowing city officers to focus on calls for service in other areas of the city.  The additonal patrols and visibility cut down on crime in the area, making 4th Street and the Hard Rock Casino area a more enjoyable, safer place for patrons.  The Sheriff's Office would like to thank Mayor Scott, the Council, and the City of Sioux City for recognizing the hours and effort these volunteers put in.

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WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CORRECTIONAL OFFICER HEIDI REISING

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PLANT DONATION FOR THE LEC LOBBY

The Sheriff's Office would like to give a special thanks to Detective Sgt. Chris Garthright-Chwirka and her husband Zac Chwirka for donating five beautiful, large plants for the lobby of the LEC and Sheriff's Office lobby.  They look great and help add some color to the lobby.  Thank you Chris and Zac!

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HEROES DAY AT BRONSON ELEMENTARY

On 09.29.2016, Bronson Elementary invited local law enforcement officials to a school assembly to show thanks for what officers and deputies do in their community.  The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the staff and students for thinking of us and brightening our day.  It was a wonderful gesture and we enjoyed every second of it.  Thanks again Bronson Elementary and God Bless.

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RETIREMENTS

During the Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Board meeting, the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Office honored Deputy Auditor Jean Jessen and Sioux City Assistant Fire Chief Jim Clark on their retirements.  They will both be missed.  Jean was always a great help anytime the Sheriff's Office needed assistance from the Auditor's Office.  She was always upbeat, positive and wonderful to work with.  Asst. Chief Jim Clark was much the same.  Working at The Security Institute and with Emergency Management, he was always there to assist with incidents requiring mulitple agency responses.  He always got the job done.  Thank you to Jean and Jim for their dedicated service to Woodbury County and Sioux City.  

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THANK YOU TIRES TIRES TIRES AND POWELL BROADCASTING FOR SUPPORTING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

Recently, Tires Tires Tires and Powell Broadcasting wanted to show their appreciation for local law enforcement and came up with an idea to have black t-shirts printed with a blue stripe across the chest that say, "I Support Law Enforcement."  They sold the t-shirts to the public and all of the money generated from the sale of the shirts was donated to the Sioux City Police Department and the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.  Everyone with the Sheriff's Office wants to thank Tires Tires Tires and Powell Broadcasting for absorbing the cost of making the t-shirts, and the public for buying the shirts and supporting the men and women that work in law enforcement here in Sioux City and Woodbury County.  The project generated $5,381.00.  Below is a photo of Sheriff Dave Drew and SCPD Detective Brad Echter accepting the donations.   Thank you to all and God Bless.

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WELCOME DEVIN GROENHAGEN AND BRANDON CHAPPLE - WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST C.O.'S

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C.O. Devin Groenhagen

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C.O. Brandon Chapple

 

2016 C.E.R.T. CHALLENGE X

On September 7, 2016, members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office participated in a statewide competition for SWAT teams.  Different stations were set up that tested SWAT members shooting skills, physical agility, cardio, and strength.  Some stations combined all four and were timed.  The competition was conducted in Lehigh, Iowa and included twelve tactical teams from all over the state.  Below are some photos taken by Major Greg Stallman during the competition.  As we receive the testing results, we will post them.  We are all proud of them for participating!  Thank you!

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(Front Row Left to Right) Zane Chwirka, Sage Lewis, Dustin DeGroot, Kevin Horsely, Willie Garrett, Don Groves

(Back Row Left to Right) Tyler Milton, Nate Sands, Andrew Vogt, Gerad Lukken, Brad Rose

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(From Left to Right) Gerad Lukken, Tyler Milton, Dustin DeGroot

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Zane Chwirka.  Oh...the pain!!!

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Kevin Horsely

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(From Left to Right) Willie Garrett, Nate Sands, Brad Rose

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Dustin DeGroot waiting to shoot.

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(From Left to Right) Tyler Milton, Gerad Lukken

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Dustin DeGroot...It burns!!!

 

2016 WESTERN IOWA LABOR FEDERATION LABOR DAY PICNIC

On Monday, Sept. 5th, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office attended the Western Iowa Labor Federation Labor Day Picnic held at Riverside Park in Sioux City.  We displayed the Mobile Command Post and our SWAT deployment vehicle.  Sgt. Jim Bauerly and his K9 partner Bosco and Deputy Nate Sands and his K9 partner Rico gave a demostration on obedience and apprehension.  We had fun doing badge tattoos for the kids and giving tours of the vehicles.  Below are photos of our displays and Deputy Sage Lewis applying a tattoo to a young lady.  Thank you Western Iowa Labor Federation for inviting us to the picnic!

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FACEBOOK THANK YOU FOR DEPUTY KYLE CLEVERINGA

The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office received a Facebook thank you message from a young mother wanting the Sheriff's Office and the public to know about a kind act perpetuated by Woodbury County Deputy Kyle Cleveringa.  Just recently, Deputy Cleveringa was working his patrol shift in the early morning hours and stopped a vehicle for non functioning lights.  He discovered a young mother was on the way to the hospital with her one year old son that was having trouble breathing.  What transpired is better explained below in her Facebook post.  Thank you Deputy Kyle Cleveringa for being compassionate and caring when this young mother and her son needed it.

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THANK YOU FOR THE NICE LETTER CODY!

Earlier this summer, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office sponsored Cody Bottjen for the YMCA Summer Camp in Boone, Iowa.  The Iowa State Sheriffs' and Deputies' Association helps fund the trip.  From the sounds of the letter, Cody had a great time and is very appreciative of the efforts of the Sheriff's Office.  We want to thank Cody for taking the time to write us a letter expressing his feelings. 

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PHOTOS FROM THE 2016 COUNTY FAIR

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ILEA GRADUATION

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Congratulations to Woodbury County's newest ILEA graduates.  From left to right, Deputy Eric Smith, Deputy Sage Lewis,  Deputy Frederick Beckman with Sheriff Dave Drew.

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From left to right, Lt. Don Armstrong, Lt. Charlie Hertz, Major Greg Stallman, Deputy Eric Smith, Deputy Sage Lewis, Deputy Frederick Beckman, Sheriff Dave Drew, and Major Todd Wieck.

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS 2016 SUMMER MATCH EVENT

On 07.30.2016, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office had the chance to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help with a "Match Event" for the second summer in a row.  "Bigs" and "Littles" got the opportunity to eat hotdogs, chips and drink some soda while playing carnival style games provided by Deputy Sergeant Dave Benson.  Deputy Sergeant Jim Bauerly, Deputy Nate Sands and Deputy Troy Tadlock brought their K9 partners and Lieutenant Don Armstrong displayed the SWAT truck and the Sheriff's Office rescue boat.  Reserve deputies also assisted with the event.  Everyone had a great time and the Sheriff's Office looks forward to next years event.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO MARK STOCKTON & STOCKTON TOWING

Recently, Mark Stockton, owner of Stockton Towing, made a substantial donation to members of the Woodbury County, Plymouth County and Sioux County Sheriff's Office Honor Guards to help defer the cost so members from all three offices could make the trips to honor and show respect for fallen officers in Dallas and Kansas City.  Without Mr. Stockton's generosity, Honor Guard members from all three counties would not have been able to make the trips. It is important for the law enforcement community and the communities and families of the fallen, to stand as one to show their respect, grieve the loss, and celebrate the lives of the fallen and to show the nation that good does and will triumph over evil.  Thank you and God Bless Mark Stockton for helping send that message. 

Pictured below (top photo) is Mark Stockton and his son Bronc, holding the Recognition plaque, surrounded by (left) Deputy Willie Garrett and (right) Deputy Brad Rose, both Honor Guard members of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office.  The second photo is one of Mr. Stockton's trucks depicting artwork supporting our military.  The bottom photo is the plaque presented to Mr. Stockton thanking him for his support. 

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WELCOME TONI HAEFS...WOODBURY COUNTY'S NEWEST CLERK

You will see Toni's smiling face at the front window of Jail Administration on the second floor of the Law Enforcement Center.  Toni will be handling all the duties of the front desk and will be the first point of contact with the public during business hours if you call or have business at the Woodbury County Jail.  The Sheriff's Office staff welcomes Toni to the family!

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BBBS OVER THE EDGE FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS

On June 15th, Big Brother Big Sisters held their Over the Edge fundraiser at the Howard Johnson Hotel in downtown Sioux City.  Participants donated money to rappel down the side of the building.  Members of the Woodbury County SWAT Team assisted the company that provided the gear and expertise in rappeling.  The fundraiser was a huge success, raising $85,000.00 for BBBS.  Below are a couple of thank you's and some photos of the SWAT Team members helping with the event.  Thank you BBBS for allowing the Sheriff's Office to help out!

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COUNTY GOVERNMENT DAY

Everyone had a great time at the inugural Woodbury County Government Day, Tuesday, May 24th.  All of the county offices and departments participated.  The Sheriff's Office displayed our Mobile Command Unit, SWAT Vehicle, Rescue Boat, UTV, and the Deputies and Correctional Officers Union gave us the use of their dunk tank where we raised a little bit of money for the Couthouse Restoration project.  We had volunteers sit in the dunk tank.  They are pictured below.

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Sasha Downs on the left and Jennifer Beeson on the right from the Sheriff's Office volunteered first to get into the ice cold water to help raise a little money for the Courthouse Restoration project.  Jeana Davis ran the dunk tank and collected the donations all afternoon.  Thank you Sasha, Jennifer, and Jeana for helping out.  Our office staff is always there to help out with projects like this and we greatly appreciate it!

 

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Board member Matthew Ung was next up in the dunk tank.  As you can see, Mr. Ung got into the spirit and did it in his best Sunday suit.  It was great!  Getting dunked in a suit to raise money for a good cause.  Thank you Mr. Ung!  We will do it again.

 

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Board Chairman Jeremy Taylor took the third shift in the dunk tank for us.  I can't say enough about Mr. Taylor and the Board members getting involved in these community activities.  We only had to ask once and they were all for climbing into that cold water to make it a fun and enjoyable day!  As I mentioned above, we will do this again.  Thank you to everyone that participated and came to County Government Day.

 

UNITY ELEMENTARY SECOND GRADE STUDENTS SEND THANK YOU'S TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Below is a sampling of the thank you cards Mrs. Brooks' second grade class from Unity Elementary sent to the Sheriff's Office for National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.  These are wonderful cards and the Sheriff's Office loves getting them.  Thank you to all of the Unity Elementary second graders that took the time to make these great cards.  You put smiles on our faces at the Sheriff's Office everytime we get them. 

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SIOUXLAND SPOUSES BEHIND THE SHIELD DROP OFF TOKENS OF APPRECIATION

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 Deputy Nate Sands' wife, Juanita, and his two children, dropped off delicious snacks for the deputies and correctional officers to show their appreciation for local law enforcement.  The snacks are prepared by members of Siouxland Spouses Behind the Shield.  Thank you very much for being so thoughful. God Bless.

 

PHOTOS FROM THE 2016 WOODBURY COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL CEREMONY

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LONG LINES FAMILY REC CENTER FAMILY DAY, SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016

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2016 SPALDING PARK ELEMENTARY SPRING CARNIVAL

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Sgt. Dave Benson at the 2016 Spalding Elementary Spring Carnival.  Sgt. Benson has his own midway games that he maintains and transports to different events.  The cool thing about Sgt. Benson's games is everyone's a winner.  Thank you Sgt. Benson!

 

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MAY BASKET FOR SHERIFF DREW FROM THE SC BOY'S CLUB

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Five members of the Sioux City Boy's Club stopped by the office today to drop off a May basket for Sheriff Drew.  Great kids!  Great program! Thank you very much from Sheriff Drew and the Sheriff's Office staff.  

 

NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICER WEEK

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This week is National Correctional Officer Week.  So if you know a Correctional Officer, thank them for doing the toughest job in law enforcement!  Pictured above is Sheriff Dave Drew with Sgt. Dennis Wilson holding one of several cakes Major Greg Stallman had made for all 58 of the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office C.O.'s to enjoy during their breaks while working the jail.  The Administration can't say enough about the jail staff and all of the tough, long hours they put in keeping our community safe.  Thank you and God Bless all of you.

 

MVAO 7TH & 8TH GRADE CAR WASH

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Deputy AJ Fundermann helped out the MVAO 7th and 8th graders by donating money to have her patrol pickup washed at the Anthon Fire Department on April 23, 2016.  The kids did a great job and raised $750 to help defer costs for a trip to the nations capital.  In the bed of the truck is Dallas Knudsen and Sydney Fundermann.  Next to the truck are Jade Hadley and Jake Welte.  That is the cleanest we have ever seen Deputy Fundermann's vehicle.  Great job kids!

 

PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE DAY LUNCHEON AT 4 BROTHERS

2016 Professional Admin Day

We had a great time celebrating Professional Adminstration Day with our staff at 4 Brothers.  From left to right, Sheriff Dave Drew, Deb Heath, Randi Campbell, Tammy Casper, Sasha Downs, Jennifer Beeson, Loxi Arndt and Captain Tony Wingert.  Thanks for all of your hardwork and dedication ladies!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO DEPUTY DARIN FAY AND HIS PARTNER DOZER

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Deputy Darin Fay and his partner Dozer competed in the 2016 USPCA Region 21 Narcotics Trials in Independence, Iowa this past week.  Deputy Fay and Dozer competed against 56 other dogs and placed second overall with a score of 196.33 out of 200.  Great job Deputy Fay and Dozer!

 

WELCOME DEPUTY'S SAGE LEWIS, ERIC SMITH AND FRED BECKMAN

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From left to right Eric Smith, Sage Lewis, and Fred Beckman.  Woodbury County's newest deputy sheriff's were sworn in April 8, 2016 by the Honorable Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer at the Woodbury County Courthouse.

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Woodbury County's three newest deputy sheriff's with Sheriff Dave Drew.  From left to right Deputy Eric Smith, Deputy Sage Lewis, Sheriff Dave Drew, and Deputy Fred Beckman.  We expect great things from these three and know we will get it. 

 

MAJOR GREG STALLMAN GRADUATES FROM THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY

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Major Greg Stallman graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy Friday, March 18, 2016 with other members of the 263rd class.  The FBI National Academy is located in Quantico, Virginia and the program is approximately 3 months in length.  The academy requires a great deal of academic and physical work to graduate.  The mission of the academy is to promote, support and enhance the personal development of law enforcement leaders.  Congratulations to Major Greg Stallman on his success and hardwork!

 

CLAY COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEEDS ASSISTANCE WITH HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

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