SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E4 BUSINESS Regional airport to open in November Will provide flights out of Sioux County BY LANA BRADSTREAM LBRADSTREAM@NWESTIOWA.COM MAURICE—Facilities for the $28 million Sioux County Regional Airport are about to take flight as the long-awaited 493-acre airfield is set to open in November. Located southeast of the intersection of highways 75 and 10, the regional airport will serve Orange City and Sioux Center as well as the county. Some of the projects under construction are: g A 100-by-100-foot airport hangar; g A 55-by-100-foot terminal facility; g 10- and 14-unit tee hangar buildings; g Medium approach lighting system on the runway. g Second-phase paving for the runway and taxiway, which is the north half portion of the 5,500-foot runway. The paving for the runway, which carries a total cost of $8.8 million, is being done by Cedar Valley Construction of Waterloo. Sioux County Regional Airport Board chairman Harold Schiebout said the terminal, which is attached to a two-box hangar building, should be finished at the end of May or early June, and an all-weather observation service structure should be completed by the end of July. Most of the projects will be completed by the end of summer. “Weather is always a factor,” Schiebout said. “We are planning and expecting to have it up and running in November, and we are depending on the DOT and FAA for their participation.” The chairman is not sure how many personnel will be needed to operate the airport when it opens, but he is estimating 10-14. However, it is difficult for him to say as he does not know how many people the fixedbase operator will employ. An FBO is a business that is granted the right by an airport to operate on the premises and provide maintenance, fueling of aircraft and instruction. No entity has been chosen for the FBO position, yet. Sioux Center administrator Scott Wynja, who also is a member of the airport board, said he expects the airport board will be discussing the issue during the next few months. “The airport is currently on schedule to be completed by November of 2018, but there are many projects that need to be finalized and completed, and also concurrence and approval from the Federal Aviation Administration,” Wynja said. Some of the construction AT A GLANCE: Business: Sioux County Regional Airport Agency Address: 335 First Ave. N.W., Sioux Center Phone: 712-441-1824 projects that have not yet started are: g An aviation fuel facility; g A 100-by-100-foot conventional box hangar; g Terminal and vehicle parking pavement areas. Grading for the regional airport began in 2015, but talk for the project has been going on for almost 20 years. In 2004, a partnership be - tween the city governments of Orange City and Sioux Center, and the government of Sioux County, was formed to create the airport. While the majority of the $28 Construction is progressing on facilities at the Sioux County Regional Airport south of Sioux Center. Photo by Tom Kane million cost is attributed to grants from the FAA, the local governments committed a total of $2 million. Once completed, the regional airport is expected to be a boon to area companies. Schiebout said neither airport at Orange City or Sioux Center were adequate to accommodate the increasing business flight traffic the county has seen, which created some hurdles for businesses Employees would have to go to Sioux Falls, SD, or Sioux City to catch a flight or cancel the business meeting. Through a new airport, Sioux County businesses will no longer have to make that choice, he said. 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SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E5 BUSINESS Rock Valley Dental all smiles over its new location Beautiful building offers more room for services BY MARK MAHONEY MMAHONEY@NWESTIOWA.COM ROCK VALLEY—Rock Valley Dental always wants to give its patients a reason to smile when they visit. Dr. Sam Koth and his wife, Katy, own the general dentistry clinic, which opened a new location in July at 1302 10th St. in Rock Valley, a Sioux County city of about 3,730. “Superb,” Sam said of the business’ beautiful building along the south side of Highway 18. “It’s easy to see, that’s for sure. We’re growing, so we really needed the extra space. Just having a more welcoming environment was another good thing. “The addition of light and windows and stuff like that just makes it a more comforting place for patients to show up,” he said. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly good response with the patient population as far as just liking to come here.” In addition to Sam as an on-site dentist, Rock Valley Dental is home to a team of people who know teeth — dental assistants, dental hygienists and office management personnel, whom Sam is thankful to have work with him. “The team has really liked it a lot more as far as just more space and more light and just a better environment,” Sam said of the business’ new location. “People in Rock Valley in general have a great community sense of pride of having a new building in town.” In the past couple of years, the city has seen a new building constructed for Rock Valley Dental and Hegg Health Center undergo a major expansion and renovation project. “With a new hospital and a new dental office, things are going in the right direction as far as growing versus AT A GLANCE: Business: Rock Valley Dental Owners: Dr. Sam and Katy Koth Address: 1302 10th St., Rock Valley Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Thursday; by appointment Friday Phone: 712-476-2749 Online: www.rockvalleydental. com where a lot of towns are kind of having trouble keeping some of that stuff around,” Sam said. Sam, a Rapid City, SD, native, joined the Rock Valley dental clinic of Dr. Jim and Kathleen Jespersen in 2010 after graduating from the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE. The Koths bought the business nearly six years ago from the Jespersens, who had owned the dental facility for about 35 years inside a building that was connected to Rock Valley’s hospital. “It was a really good opportunity for us,” said Katy, a LeMars native, of the purchase of the dental clinic from the Jespersens. “Since that time, we’ve expanded so much of what we do here.” Sam and Katy renamed the dental clinic as Rock Valley Dental and eventually moved the business to its new location in 2017. The facility’s new roughly 4,400-square-foot home is about twice as large as its old one — with room for a second dentist. “We just had little tiny windows in each operatory,” Sam said, noting that an operatory is what a dental treatment room is called. “It was a big, redbrick building, so all our offices were downstairs, where there was no light or anything. “My office was in the basement, the Rock Valley Dental opened a new location in July. The business is located inside a building at 1302 10th St. along the south side of Highway 18. Sheryl Van Beek of Rock Valley, holding her 2-year-old daughter, Becca, listens as Dr. Sam Koth talks about the teeth of her 5-year-old son, Jaxten. Koth and his wife, Katy, own Rock Valley Dental, which opened a new location in July. breakroom was in the basement, a lot of the supply stuff was all in the basement,” he said. “Upstairs was where the operatories were. There was one tiny little window in each operatory, and there was one window upfront, but there was no natural, ambient light whatsoever.” Rock Valley Dental’s new location has six treatment rooms set up — each one has windows to the outside world — with the capacity to grow to nine, if needed. The chair in which a patient sits in each operatory has massaging capabilities. “There’s personalized music in each room, so they can listen to whatever the patient wants,” said Katy, a licensed physical therapist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist as well as a mother to her and Sam’s three children, with a fourth one on the way. There also is a room for active myofunctional therapy, which is a program of evaluation and exercises used to treat incorrect patterns of muscle functions. The exercises help restore strength and coordination and retrains muscles of a person’s face and tongue. The goal of myofunctional therapy is to optimize functions such as breathing, chewing, swallowing, speaking, Dental hygienist Kali Van Veldhuizen uses a high-powered dishwasher to clean dental instruments as the first part of the sterilization process. Rock Valley Dental opened a new location in July at 1302 10th St. Photos by Mark Mahoney oral hygiene, sleep, facial aesthetics, posture and facial skeletal growth, plus many others. The dental clinic also is home to Sam’s office, consultation rooms, a sterilization room and a dental laboratory. In addition, there is a space that doubles as a breakroom and a conference room, which has an outdoor patio connected to it. “It’s a little area to sit outside for lunch and get some fresh air,” Sam said of the patio. “It helps morale.” Katy is planning to plant a garden behind the business’ building full of flowers and other pretty plants. The dental facility also has a welcoming, wide-open waiting room with windows galore as well as a fireplace. “Basically, we’re trying to get pa - tients to feel as comfortable as they can because they’re coming to a place where they’re not comfortable,” Sam said. “That’s our goal.”