March 10, 2021 at 12:15 – 151 1st St SW, Hartley, IA

This property will be sold at Sheriff’s sale on March 10, 2021 at 12:15.  The sale will take place in the lobby of the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.  The successful bidder should be prepared to pay for the property at the time of the sale.  The property is not available for viewing prior to the sale.  As with all Sheriff’s sales you are encouraged to seek legal opinion prior to bidding.  If you have any questions please contact Lt. Steven Vander Veen at 712.957.3363.

Notice of Sheriff’s Levy and Sale

Sheriff Allen Schuknecht to retire


O'Brien County Sheriff

Allen Schuknecht

Celebrating 46 years in law enforcement

Due to COVID 19 and the inability to have a retirement party, we are asking that cards be sent to

O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office

PO Box 260

Primghar, Iowa 51245

This is not how we would plan on celebrating Allen and his 46 years in law enforcement but, due to the corona virus, here we are.

Born and raised in O'Brien County, Allen graduated from Paullina High School in 1972 and then attended WIT in Sioux City where he graduated with a degree in Police Science.  He began his career in law enforcement in September of 1974 when he was hired by the Sanborn Police Department.  Allen worked for the Sanborn Police Department for 2 years before being hired by O'Brien County Sheriff Michael Anderson.  Allen worked for 15 years in patrol and investigation and then moved to detective for 15 years.  When Chief Deputy Von Kilts retired, Sheriff Anderson appointed Allen Chief Deputy.  He was head of the civil division, jail, and deputies.  When Sheriff Anderson resigned in September of 2016 Allen was appointed sheriff for the end of Anderson's term.  Allen ran a successful campaign for sheriff and was elected to a term starting January 1, 2017. His retirement date is December 31, 2020.

Allen has dedicated endless hours over the past 46 years to O'Brien County.  When you think of Allen's service you have to include his family.  Wife Janelle, sons Adam and Scott and daughter Hillary.  How many times did the work schedule or an emergency call disrupt a family dinner, a birthday celebration or prevent him from attending a school function?

If you know Allen at all you know that he has always wanted the best for everyone.  His integrity is impeccable and those qualities were instilled in him from his parents, Eugene and Betty Schuknecht.

It will be difficult to watch Allen walk out that door for the last time but we wish him well.  We thank him for being a leader throughout his life and we wish him well in his retirement years.  We expect him to stop in and share a joke, a story and a cup of coffee.  We will miss those daily debriefings!


01-14-2020 – Arrest for large quantity of methamphetamine’s


News Release

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM, the O’Brien County Communications Center received a report of a roll-over accident approximately half a mile east of Silver Ave and Highway 18.  A Sanborn police officer responded and found the vehicle unoccupied.  The Sanborn Officer later found the driver of the roll-over vehicle at the Sanborn Casey’s Convenience store.

The driver, Amber Lynn Dickinson of Sioux City, Iowa, informed the Sanborn Officer that she had a passenger named Zach.  An O’Brien County Deputy located 23 year old, Zachary Robert Thomas Hayes, hiding behind Don’s Coop in Sanborn. The deputy found that Hayes was wanted on a $20,000 cash only warrant from Woodbury County for Parole Violation.  The deputy arrested Hayes and later found that Hayes was in possession of approximately 180 grams of crystal methamphetamine’s.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office has charged Zachary Robert Thomas Hayes with the following:

Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine’s,  124.401(1)(B)(7), a class “B”felony.

Drug Tax Stamp Violation, 453B.12, a class “D” felony.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, 124.414, a simple misdemeanor.

Hayes appeared before the O’Brien County Magistrate and is being held in O’Brien County Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond for the O’Brien County charges.  Hayes is also being held on the Woodbury County Warrant, $20,000 cash only bond.

An accident report was filed and Amber Lynn Dickinson was charged with Failure to Maintain Control 321.288