July 29, 2020 @ 12:15 p.m. Race Car

This race car will be sold as is on July 29, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.   Interested bidders should meet at the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office prior to the sale time.  You will then be taken to the sale location.  Car will be available for viewing at that time.  Successful bidder should be prepared to pay by cash or certified check.  Successful bidder will receive a bill of sale.  Any questions may be directed to Lt. Steven Vander Veen at 712.957.3363.

Notice of Sheriff’s Sale and Levy



********** UPDATED 05-19-2020 **********

March 17, 2020


We are asking the public’s assistance in limiting the potential exposure to O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office employees. Our office will remain open to assist the public when necessary; however, we do ask that you call prior to coming into the office.  This will help to limit the exposure to you and our staff.


***** Effective May 20, 2020****   We will begin fingerprinting by appointment only! The cost is $20.00. You will need to wear a mask when entering the booking room and provide your own card for fingerprinting. Please call 712-957-5245 to make your appointment.


Effective March 18, 2020 the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office is suspending all inmate visitation at the O’Brien County Jail.


Attorney’s with clients at the O’Brien County Jail will not be allowed to use the legal room until further notice.  Visits will be done in the attorney/client room via phone through a glass barrier.


These actions are being taken due to the COVIS-19 virus threat and may be subject to change.



Allen Schuknecht, O’Brien County Sheriff


The O’Brien County Engineer has advised the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office that they are pulling the plows from the O’Brien County roads at noon today (January 17, 2020)

Until that time they will be doing blacktops only.  Visibility is decreasing and winds are increasing.  Travel at your own risk, as emergency personnel may not be able to assist you.  

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