Sioux County is the kind of place that favors candidates who speak plainly, signal their intentions early and demonstrate an appreciation for northwestern Iowa’s immutable rhythms.
State Sen. Randy Feenstra plays basketball with his son Taylor, 14, at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Feenstra enthusiastically accepted help with his state Senate campaign last year from then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. Not long afterward, Pawlenty began courting Feenstra's support in the 2012 presidential race..Melina Mara/The Washington Post