Ragbrai

Sutherland will be an optional gravel route pass-through community for Ragbrai 2017.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Mayor Elizabeth Peters at 712-363-3178.

Information and updates will be made as more information is made available so please check back often.

About Sutherland

We are “A Community of Caring and Sharing”

Sutherland is a quaint town located in the southeast corner of O’Brien County. It was established in 1881 and incorporated in 1883. With a population of 649 residents, Sutherland is a cozy community able to provide residents with a large city park, an indoor pool complex, housing to meet all tastes and budgets, and so much more. We are committed to helping our community thrive and grow with the addition of our Industrial Park along Highway 10, giving our community space to grow industry and homes. Sutherland hosts a 3 day Labor Day Celebration every year. It’s a tradition that began in 1934, only placed on hold during the war years, 2017 will mark the 75th Annual Labor Day Celebration for our community.

A Touch of History & Interesting Facts

¨ In 1893 Sutherland’s City Fathers bought a 400 square foot block for park purposes located in the center of town. That same year they planted Maple, Ash and Elm trees with the help of citizens. The park with its enclosed and open shelter houses is the hub of Labor Day activities and many other events.

¨ On August 27, 1933 it was suspected that the Borrow gang (Bonnie & Clyde) was holed-up in a wooded area east of Sutherland. Will Brady reported seeing the gang on his land. Lawmen from around the state converged upon Sutherland, but the gang was not found.

¨ In 1967 the O’Brien County Board of Supervisors constructed a 40 acre lake and named it Dog Creek. It is located two miles southeast of Sutherland. Dog Creek hosts camping, swimming, and fishing. It is also part of the Iowa Glacial Trail.

¨ On October 31, 1985 the American Legion Post 152 of Sutherland dedicated the cannon, located on the NW corner of the City Park, in honor of all veterans.

¨ Sutherland’s Industrial Park was established in the early 1990’s and many new businesses have been built along with our Fire Station which was built in 2008.

¨ Sutherland erected a new water tower in 2001.

Historical People & Buildings

¨ June E. (Wiese) Nylan, founder of the June E. Nylan Cancer Center in Sioux City, IA graduated from Sutherland Consolidated School in 1942.

¨ James P. Martin lived in Sutherland and was Iowa’s last surviving Civil War veteran. Born in 1847 he reached the age of 101 years, 10 months, and 10 days, passing on September 20, 1949.

¨ Joshua Stamer played for the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns as a linebacker. He was raised in Sutherland and graduated in 1996 from South O’Brien High School.

¨ Sutherland has the oldest Library in the State of Iowa in a town of its size. In 1874 William Houston Woods and his wife Roma traveled to Des Moines to set up Library by-laws. The Library has its beginnings in the Woods cabin, but in 1881 was moved to Sutherland.

¨ Sutherland’s Opera House was located at 107 Main Street. Vaudeville Troops traveled from town to town entertaining citizens. Eventually the opera house became the movie theater, a youth center and today it is Mugshots Bar & Grill.

¨ The Pear Tree House, on the corner of Ash & Second St., is filled with Sutherland memorabilia. The old station to the south was moved from First St where it was a gas and service station for many years.

¨ The ornate brick building located at 119 Main St was built in 1882 and housed one of Sutherland’s first two banks. Dr. John E. Dahlbo practiced family medicine in the building from April 20, 1920 until he was in his nineties. The building then became a laundromat and then a beauty salon.

¨ Sutherland, Paullina and Primghar consolidated schools in 1991. Eventually, both of Sutherland’s school buildings were closed. The grade school is now home to the Willoway Complex with a pool, fitness center, and elderly apartments. The high school building is now the home to Bogenrief Studio, known widely for its stained glass windows and art.

¨ The Covey Church is a landmark that was built in 1874. It is the oldest frame church in O’Brien County and is located seven miles north of Sutherland on county blacktop M-12.

 

RIDER INFORMATION:

Welcome to the City of Sutherland! We are very glad you have braved the gravel and decided to join us! Check out all of the wonderful things we have planned for your visit!

Cool down with our Fire and Ambulance Team and have all your bumps, scrapes, sores or other health concerns checked out by our wonderful EMT staff.  We are lucky to have such a large number of our department members also certified as EMT’s.

 

Bike Route

Entertainment

Provided by the Sutherland Commercial Club – to be announced

 

Committees & Contacts

Food Committee
Contact: Dan Wetherell at (712) 446-3839 or genbakrlibr@midlands.net

Entertainment Committee – Sutherland Commercial Club

EMT Committee – Sutherland Fire & Ambulance Department
Contact Barb Wheeler with any questions at home: 712-446-2159 or cell: 712-260-1466

Food

All food will be served in the Park or at the bars on Main St.

Volunteers from several local non-profits will be serving homemade baked goods (pie, cake, cookies, etc.), homemade ice cream and root beer floats.

 

Vendors & Vending Applications

Additional vendors will be limited to non-dessert items and have to meet all health department and City licensing requirements.
Contact Dan Wetherell, head of the food committee, at (712) 446-3839 or genbakrlibr@midlands.net with any questions you may have. Links to all documents for the City and State are listed below.

Food Vendor Application

Non Food Vendor Application

Electrical Service Request

Food Safety is paramount when preparing food. Contingent on your approval as a food service vendor, a Temporary Food Service Establishment License application will need to be completed and submitted to:

Siouxland District Health Department
1014 Nebraska Street
Sioux City, IA 51105
712-279-6119 or 800-587-3005
SDHD@sioux-city.org
www.siouxlanddistricthealth.org

Important Items 

You may obtain a Temporary Food Service Establishment License application on-line HERE or from the City Hall office no later than June 1, 2017. All food service vendors will be inspected by staff from the Siouxland District Health Department.

Pricing
It will be up to each group to set its own prices. All registered RAGBRAI participants will have a wristband, RAGBRAI officials recommend that a lower price is charged to those participants with a wristband. It is suggested to charge an extra 20% for those without wristbands, than the  price offered for participants with a wristband.

Clean Up
We ask all food service vendors to clean up their areas prior to leaving.

Signage
Food service vendors are responsible for their own signs at their booths. We recommend printing neatly; signs should include menu items and prices. Vendors are not allowed to use the name RAGBRAI on their signs; however, you will receive an official RAGBRAI vendor sign prior to serving. It is also recommended that the vendor has a sign already made indicating “Out of Food”.

Pre-Meeting
After you are approved as a vendor you will be contacted regarding a pre-event meeting to be held in July. This meeting will cover parking, set-up, food safety and other operating information. It is extremely important that you attend. More details will be given at a later date.

 

Beverage Garden

Will be located on Main St between First and Second Streets

 

Community Announcements

Ragbrai – Miscellaneous Permits Ordinance

 

Bathrooms & Water

Bathrooms will be located at the City Park

 

How to purchase a town shirt

Information pending – please check back

 

 

RESIDENT INFORMATION:

Residents, please check back or get in touch with the Mayor, Dan Wetherell, Commercial Club or any other local club/church if you would like to volunteer to help.

 

Volunteer Recruitment & Assignments

To volunteer or donate to the food committee contact Dan Wetherell at (712) 446-3839 or genbakrlibr@midlands.net

 

How to become a food vendor

Food Safety is paramount when preparing food. Contingent on your approval as a food service vendor, a Temporary Food Service Establishment License application will need to be completed and submitted to:

Siouxland District Health Department
1014 Nebraska Street
Sioux City, IA 51105
712-279-6119 or 800-587-3005
SDHD@sioux-city.org
www.siouxlanddistricthealth.org

Important Items 

You may obtain a Temporary Food Service Establishment License application on-line HERE or from the City Hall office no later than June 1, 2017. All food service vendors will be inspected by staff from the Siouxland District Health Department.

Pricing
It will be up to each group to set its own prices. All registered RAGBRAI participants will have a wristband, RAGBRAI officials recommend that a lower price is charged to those participants with a wristband. It is suggested to charge an extra 20% for those without wristbands, than the  price offered for participants with a wristband.

Clean Up
We ask all food service vendors to clean up their areas prior to leaving.

Signage
Food service vendors are responsible for their own signs at their booths. We recommend printing neatly; signs should include menu items and prices. Vendors are not allowed to use the name RAGBRAI on their signs; however, you will receive an official RAGBRAI vendor sign prior to serving. It is also recommended that the vendor has a sign already made indicating “Out of Food”.

Pre-Meeting
After you are approved as a vendor you will be contacted regarding a pre-event meeting to be held in July. This meeting will cover parking, set-up, food safety and other operating information. It is extremely important that you attend. More details will be given at a later date.

 

Entertainers

Contact the Sutherland Commercial Club members
Secretary – Darin Johnson – Security State Bank
Treasurer – Ed Johannsen

 

Bike Route and Parking Restrictions

Parking Restrictions – will be announced at a later date. Please plan on all roads highlighted in yellow above to be closed.

 

Bike Safety

BICYCLE REGULATIONS
Sutherland City Code

76.02 TRAFFIC CODE APPLIES
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by the laws of the State declaring rules of the road applicable the vehicles or by the traffic code of the City applicable to the driver or a vehicle, except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application. Whenever such person dismounts from a bicycle the person shall be subject to all regulations applicable to pedestrians.

76.03 DOUBLE RIDING RESTRICTED
A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular sent attached thereto. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

76.05 BICYCLE PATHS
Whenever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.

76.09 RIDING ON SIDEWALKS
            The following shall apply to riding bicycles on sidewalks:

  1. Business District
    1. No person all ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within the Business District.
  2. Other Locations
    1. When signs are erected on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person, no person shall disobey the signs.
  3. Yield Right-of-way.
    1. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking a passing.

76.13 EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
Every person riding a bicycle shall be responsible for providing and using equipment as provided herein:

  1. Lamps Required
    1. Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least three hundred feet to the front with a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of three hundred feet the rear except that a red reflector on the rear, of a type which shall be visible from all distances from fifty feet to three hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle, may be used in lieu of a rear light.
  2. Brakes Required
    1. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

PENALTY: Any person violating the provisions of this chapter may, in lieu of the scheduled fine for bicyclists or standard penalty provided for violations of the CODE OF ORDINANCES, allow the person’s bicycle to be impounded by the City for not less than 5 days for the 1st offense, 10 days for the 2nd offense and 30 days for a 3rd offense.

Community News

Ragbrai – Micellaneous Permits Ordinance

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