The people who run this State Farm agency are the best. If you have a problem -- they'll help you figure it out. NO hard sells here---only help and a willingness to aid their customers. Located on the south side of Sioux Center--be sure to stop in when you move to town for your first check on rates for about any kind of insurance.
Catering to the growing Mexican/Hispanic population working in this part of the area, Las Palmas has about every kind of exotic mexican food you'd want to find---and not the stuff you'd normally find in a grocery store, either. Drinks that you've never ever seen before----they've got them--and usually at pretty good prices. largely deals with a hispanic clientele but from what I can tell welcomes anglos.
You know how some dentist offices that you need to wait for ever and ever? And you still never get in? Bylsma does a good job getting to patients in a timely fashion. They even have TVs in the offices--so that when they're cleaning your teeth--you can choose what to put on cable while you're watching!! Not a bad deal in my opinion.
A new library with a great selection of non-fiction, books on tape and kids movies, in my opinion, make this worth the drive. In this area of the country, even if you're not from the library...but from nearby....you can still get a card and check things out. While the decor and shelving doesn't seem to match the new insides of the building (also, like everything else in town) the outside matches Dutch style of architecture.
Just over two years ago, now, the Sioux Center Library burned down--started by some arsons throwing combustibles into the return slot for books. Since the original building burned down, they've moved to the Civic Center in Sioux Center and done well to make this a temporary location. Many of the books were rescued. Great selection of fiction--that is its strength.
Located right next door to a state park outside Paullina IA, this golf course is perfect for taking the kids out for a short little game while camping. I wouldn't make this a destination course --- but if you're looking for a cheap resort type weekend--stay in the nearby campground and you can walk over to the course (if you don't mind lugging your bags!)
Located on teh outskrits of the Ice Cream Capital of teh world, the LeMars Golf Course has a great layout even if the upkeep is not the best. That would be the biggest knock against the course. The greens are so-so, and the fairways could use some attention. But as far as nice developed routing and trees, etc....a nice challenge for Northwest Iowans.
Though listed as Orange City, this old and very nice little hilly course is in Alton, IA. If you watch for specials during the summer, if you show up prior to noon during the week days--you can get a 2 for 1 special---so that with cart--two people can golf for a total of about 15 dollars---it can't be beat! It starts out with a par three that goes straight downhill pretty steep---watch out for how you club!
Nice, well kept links style course in the heart of Dutch country in NW Iowa. Built along rolling hills on the outskirts of Orange City, IA, Landsmeer is the best course in Northwest IA hands down. No doubt about it. Not the cheapest course, by any means, but the best value in my opinion. The driving range attached to it is rather pricey, however---for the price you do not get many balls.
A 9 hole course on relatively flat ground with a stream winding its way through the holes. Mostly up and back type routing---with several going back and forth over the creek. Relatively expensive for what you get, however. Watch out that you don't go during league nights--or you'll be backed up forever. #s 6 and 7 and perhaps the nicest holes on the course.