There are new regulations in regards to the storage, transportation, handling, and use of flammable liquids, combustibles, FIREWORKS and explosives.

— Licensed retailers and community groups will be allowed to sell the fireworks out of permanent structures to adults between June 1 and July 8, and again between Dec. 10 and Jan. 3.
— They will be allowed to sell from temporary structures, such as tents, from June 13 to July 8.
Fireworks can be set off from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 1 to July 8 and again on Dec. 10 to Jan. 3 each year, but with some expanded hours on certain dates.
— Those expanded hours will be between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. July 4 and the Saturday and Sunday before and after it; between 9 a.m. Dec. 31 and 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1; and between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on the Saturday and Sunday before and after Dec. 31.

Please read Senate File 489 for additional information  Senate File 489 – enrolled

Prior to setting off any fireworks within city limits, contact your local city office.   Fireworks are NOT allowed in O’Brien County parks.   


2017 South O’Brien Bike Safety

The tradition continues!  For almost 15 years the Primghar Jaycee’s, Primghar Ambulance Team, and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office have worked together to provide bike safety to South O’Brien 3rd graders.  The Jaycee’s purchase the helmets through Shea’s True Value in Primghar and the Primghar Ambulance Team fit the helmets to each student.  Deputy Brad Stevens instructed the students in the classroom on bike safety.  After class, the students went outside to practice what they learned, including the correct hand signals.  Here are a few pictures from the day.


South O’Brien fingerprinting

Nathan Harms and Sheriff Allen Schuknecht
William Brown and Sheriff Allen Schuknecht

Every year the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office works with the Primghar Jaycee’s and the South O’Brien School to fingerprint 2nd graders.  With parental permission, students are fingerprinted and the fingerprint cards are sent home with the students.

Luke Swanson and Sheriff Allen Schuknecht


Estella Blanca Solano and Sheriff Allen Schuknecht

New Deputy Sheriff

Congratulations Dan!
Dan with his wife Nickie, sons Kaden and Bentley, and his mother Ann.
Deputy Dan Bracy and Sheriff Allen Schuknecht








The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office has hired Daniel L. Bracy to fill a vacancy of Deputy Sheriff.  Bracy had worked as a jailer at the sheriff’s office since October of 2009 and assumed his new duties on April 10, 2017

Dan has a BA degree in criminology and a minor in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa.  He is a resident of O’Brien County and is active in the community.  Dan will be an excellent addition to the sheriff’s office and we congratulate him on his promotion.


Communication Center Upgrade

Do you ever wonder where the money goes when you pay the E9-1-1 service charge on your phone bill? The money makes its way to Homeland Security and comes back to local Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP’s) throughout the state

The current equipment was 17 years old and was original to the building. O’Brien County Sheriff, Allen Schuknecht, Emergency Management Director, Jarod Johnson, and the E911 Service Board worked together to plan and design the upgrade.  The project was paid for entirely by 911 surcharge funds and no O’Brien County property tax monies were used.

Careful planning had to be done to make sure that there would be no loss of service while the project was being completed. The first step was to set up a backup dispatch unit in the basement.

Work then began on dismantling 1 of 2 dispatch positions. Carpet and tile was installed by Northwest Iowa Décor from Sheldon.  All of the wiring for the communication center run beneath the floor so carpet squares were used allowing for easy access. Once the new console, monitors and radios were installed the process was repeated for the second position

The 911 console furniture is made by Evans and was purchased from Racom. Alpha Wireless from Spencer completed the radio install.

O’Brien County Information Technology (IT) Tony Untiedt, and maintenance Randy Thompson and Dan Gay played a key role in the installation process. The project was completed without any major problems.  O’Brien County Sheriff Allen Schuknecht would like to thank the 911 Service Board for their vision and support with this project.  The vendors and technicians did an excellent job.

A special thanks to the employees at the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office for making this project a success.  Photos will be updated as the finishing touches are completed.

Lighting upgrade

O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office is upgrading the lighting in the jail as part of an energy savings program.  Pixler Electric is installing new LED light fixtures in the jail pods and exercise area.

A table had to be removed in order to accommodate the lift used to reach the top of the ceiling. The table will be reinstalled after the lights are installed.

Newly elected O’Brien County Sheriff

Allen Schuknecht is sworn in as O'Brien County Sheriff by Tom Farnsworth, O'Brien County Supervisor Chairman


January 3, 2017 Allen Schuknecht was sworn in as O’Brien County Sheriff.  Schuknecht won the Republican Primary on June 7, 2016 and won the general election in November of 2016.  On August 31, 2016 he was appointed acting Sheriff to fulfill the unexpired term of Michael Anderson who retired.  Anderson was one of the longest acting Sheriff’s in the State of Iowa at the time of his retirement.



O’Brien County Auditor, Barb Rohwer notarizes documents with Supervisors, Nancy McDowell and Dan Friedrichsen.