...The early days of the Northwestern Railroad brought many passengers to town. One of those passengers was a railroad official by the name of George Granville William Sutherland Levenson-Gower, the Duke of Sutherland, Scotland. At the time the new town had yet to receive a name and the Duke offered Sutherland, the land and Dukedom name as the new name fro the town.
Other local lore involves infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde and their gang once holed up outside of Sutherland for about a month. The story goes that the local doctor was brought to the hideout at gunpoint to treat an injured member of the gang, and was soon joking and laughing with the group ...
Sutherland is located on Highway 10 in southeast O'Brien County, 25 minutes north of Cherokee and just a 50-minute drive to the Iowa Great Lakes region. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 km (0.9 mi), all land.
Sutherland is a city in O'Brien County, Iowa, United States. The population was 707 at the 2000 census. There were 348 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 98.44 percent White, 0.14 percent African American, 0.71 percent Native American, 0.28 percent from other races, and 0.42 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 0.42 percent of the population.
There were 315 households out of which 22.2 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4 percent were married couples living together, 7.0 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5 percent were non-families. 33.7percent of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.71.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.2 percent under the age of 18, 5.7 percent from 18 to 24, 20.5 percent from 25 to 44, 22.5 percent from 45 to 64, and 31.1 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,985, and the median income for a family was $39,250. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $19,432 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,345. About 2 percent of families and 3.9 percent of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.6 percent of those under age 18 and 3.8 percent of those ages 65 or over.
Pioneering their own way -
Last August Doug Sickelka,along with his two sons Cory and Chris Sickelka (pictured), began Ag Service in Sutherland.
Many area farmers have known Doug for over 20 years.
Doug was Pioneer seed dealer at CS Ag Grow in Calumet for 12 of those years. In 2008 CS Ag Grow entered in a partnership with Ag Partners and no longer sold the Pioneer Brand of seeds.
Seeing the need of supplying farmers who prefer Pioneer Seeds Doug left CS Ag Grow in July of 2009. After talking to his sons, Chris-who until recently was a manager at Sheldon Bomgaars - and Cory, who worked at the Sutherland Co-op, decided to go out on their own and began organizing their own Ag Service...
...Located at 400 E. Southern St., or simply on Hwy 10, Sickelka Ag Service offers farmers seed, fertilizer, crop protection, application, crop scouting, mapping, seed treatments and much more.
They have 10 varieties of soybean seed and 20 varities of corn that is suited for Northwest Iowa. They cover farms north of Hwy 18 to south of Cherokee. Whatever their customer's needs or preferences are, Sickelka Ag will meet their needs.
As you can imagine thing are quite busy for the young company. Now that spring is here they been busy out in the field working from the early hours at the beginning of the day until late into the evening.
Besides the three Sickelkas, the company has five part-time employees. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can contact Sickelka Ag Service at 712-446-2400.
Security State Bank ranked top in Iowa -
On Jan. 1 Darin Johnson became the new President of Security State Bank of Sutherland, Calumet and Paullina.
Johnson's family had recently bought the shares of former President Chuck Kummerfeld and Johnson's father, Jim Johnson, became the CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Darin, a Sutherland native, graduated from South O'Brien High School in 1992, and is a 1996 graduate of Iowa State University. He spent three years at a bank in Kansas City, Mo., and in 1999 Johnson and his wife started thinking about raising a family and wanted to raise them in a safe and secure environment.
His wife Jenny worked for Modern Identity (formerly known as K-Products, and now know as Staples), and when she transferred to Orange City, Johnson stated that his father offered him a job at Security State Bank.
When asked what type of changes he'll be making at the Bank, Johnson replied, "Not many, we're going to stick with what works, Chuck did quite a bit of good stuff here. Including making an opportunity for our employees to move up," said Johnson...
..."We're just trying to help the local people, were locally owned and can make a decision right here and now. Not having some board somewhere makes decision just on numbers. We know the person who we're loaning to and that makes all the difference.
Iowa Baking Magazine recently ranked Security State Bank #1 in Return on Equity of all S-Corporation banks in the State of Iowa for 200.
Return on Equity is the ratio of a bank's net income as a percentage of shareholders' funds, and along with Return on Assets, is a common measure of a bank performance.
"We owe our success to the dedication of our knowledgeable, caring employees and our loyal customers," said Jim Johnson, CEO and Chairman of the Board. "We are committed to the communities we serve and the communities have supported us in return," Jim Johnson continued.
Darin Johnson added "Our focus has always been t he family farm operation, local retailers, and the residents of our towns. Unlike many other banks, we do not invest in risky loans out of our market or securities that are outside of our core business.
Our profitability is a result of t he strength of our loan portfolio. In the current economic downturn, agriculture has been one of the few bright spots. It's a great time to be a rural community bank."
Security State Bank is a $70 Million locally owned bank with locations in Sutherland, Paullina and Calumet.
Stop on by the Sutherland Garden Center -
Now that spring has arrived many people's thoughts turn to their gardens. Be it a bed of flowers or large garden with rows of tomatoes.
Gardeners have a connection to plants and in many ways a person's garden reflects each gardener's personality.
For Allen and Mary Anne Vogel of Sutherland, their passion for gardening has taken them one step further. Back in 1986 the couple started the Sutherland Garden Center.
The couple has since filled the simple needs of the fare amount of gardeners in the Sutherland/Calumet area.
Her husband, Allen, minor in collage was ergonomics and has spent most of his career in that field and Mary Anne was farmed raised and couple's love of plants never waned.
Mary Anne stated how the Sutherland Garden Center began. We moved to the Sutherland area in the mid-70's, and a lot of this began when our kids were in 4-H, we did several projects, and after some encouragement from friends we got our start."
Mary Anne (pictured) also described how the business started downtown Sutherland and after several other location in Sutherland over the years the couple built a small green house using plans from the internet...
...The late Mike Syndergaard along with his wife Judy also shared the belief of filling that simple need that the Vogel fill. They allowed couple to put the small green house in the parking lot of their Car-Go office in Sutherland right along side Hwy 10.
"Mike and Judy were great to us. Mike recognized many need of this community and filled them. He would see an old building, most people would say 'just tare it down;' but not Mike, He'd say 'We can still use that' and sure enough he would find some use for it," said Mary Anne.
"That what was so great about him. He knew you had to keep what you had in a community, especially in a small one like this."
"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the local people." said Mary Anne.
Allen and Mary Anne get most of their plants and other gardening supplies from Joyce's Greenery in Storm Lake and do the bulk of their work out on the near by acreage. When the plants mature they bring them into the green house in town.
You can find mostly bedding plants along with annuals at the Sutherland Garden Center along with tomatoes, cabbage and your green vegetables.
The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. So the next time you're in Sutherland just stop on by and see for your self what the Sutherland Garden Center can do for you.
The Sutherland Garden Center is located on Hwy 10 in the parking lot of Car-Go Express's office building located in Sutherland.
South O'Brien (Sutherland,Calumet, Primghar and Paulina) spring concert -
The fifth and sixth grade classes sang together in a program with a theme called "On the Radio" singing some tunes from the twenties to the eighties last week in the Primghar gym. With each segment, smaller groups depicted the year the songs came from. The chorus director Alyda Haack had the whole group move their bodies to the beat to the delight of the audience ...
(Photo by Nancy Hohbach)
South O'Brien 5th grade band -
... These 26 band students were proud of their developing skills to play tunes with a toe-tapping beat under the direction of Becky Meyer last week to a packed house.
(Photo by Nancy Hohbach)
Come Explore the Willoway Complex -
The Willoway Pool Complex offers a variety for all your fitness needs. Located at 409 Ash Street in the lower level of the Willoway Complex offers a clean and secure environment that is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What makes the Willoway Complex so unique is the fact that it located in an old school building.
In 1995, the people of Sutherland had an opportunity for purchasing the old school.
Two years earlier, the school had seen the last of the students that had walked its halls since 1921. As with so many school buildings in small towns here in Iowa, it probably would have been torn down and become just another memory. But new life came to the old building in 1995, when the Sutherland Recreation Corporation bought the building to make a recreation center for Sutherland and the Willoway Pool & Fitness was started ...
During that time, they put a 24 ft. x 50 ft. swimming pool that is 6 inches to 5 ft. deep in the basement. Exercise equipment was added, and today there are treadmills, elliptical, recumbent bike, recumbent stepper, chest press, shoulder press, leg press, leg curl, free weights and a spa. Other services provided by the Willoway Pool & Fitness are equipment orientation, personal training and personal exercise prescriptions.
The Willoway complex was re-designed for office space for business and city government on the first floor of the building, and that floor is now the home to the administrative offices and a large Activity Room. The Sutherland City Hall and the Sutherland Police Department have also called the complex home since 1996 ...
... In 1997, an elevator that reaches the third floor of the building was installed in the complex, and the following year, the next phase of the Willoway started, as eight luxury senior citizen living apartments were built after receiving a grant.
The eight units are large and have all the conveniences of home, and also has a communal kitchen and lounge in the main hallway on the third floor, and it is handicap- accessible.
Membership fees are as follows: Single Membership is $80.25 for three months, $160.50 for six months and $192.60 for 12 months. Couple Membership is $112.35 for three months, $224.70 for six months and $296.64 for 12 months. Family Membership is $139.10 for three months, $278.20 for six months and $333.84 for 12 months.
Personal Training fees require membership fees plus $50 for three sessions, $95 for six sessions and $160 for ten sessions. Two tandem session is $70, six tandem session is $135 and 10 tandem session is $230. Exercise Prescription member is $25.
Sutherland Trade Show -
Recently the town of Sutherland held its annual Sutherland Trade Show at Bogenrief Studios (the former Sutherland school gym). Area businesses showcased to the public was services they had to offer.
Having some fun -
... Darin Johnson, front right, Security State Bank President, is pictured with Security State Bank customer Darla Bailey, front left, at the Security State Bank's booth at the recent Sutherland Trade Show. Johnson, along with fellow bank employees (back row, left to right, Shirley Fessler, Cindy Barnes and Nicole Nelson) brought a little bit of fun to the trade show with a carnival-like atmosphere, providing games, balloons and popcorn for visitors at the Trade Show.