July 28, 2015 - 9:25 am - Posted in News

osceolasheriffOn July 27, 2015 an Osceola County Deputy arrested Michael Wade Walker, age 37, of Sheldon, IA on an outstanding warrant.

Walker is charged with alleged Criminal Mischief – 5th Degree, and Theft 5th Degree, both Simple Misdemeanors. Walker is alleged to have stolen a coin box from the car wash in Melvin, IA this past January. Walker was booked into the Osceola County Jail and released after posting a $600 bond.

July 27, 2015 - 10:15 am - Posted in News

Osceola Co SO CarSibley, Iowa — A Sibley man was arrested on July 26th in Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested Edward Mahlon Gonshorowski Jr., age 45, of Sibley, IA. Gonshorowski is charged with allegedly Operating While Intoxicated – 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop at 5th Ave and 5th Street in Sibley. Gonshorowski was also cited for Failure to have a Valid Driver’s License. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail and is currently being held on a $5000 bond

July 27, 2015 - 10:11 am - Posted in News

Osceola County Courthouse Closeup_SVASibley, Iowa — Christian Lee Wunder, 34, of Storm Lake, IA, plead guilty to Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Offense, which was committed on May 26, 2015.

Wunder is to pay a fine of $625, a 35% surcharge of $218.75 (however, this fine and surcharge are suspended) the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees.  He is also to pay an additional drug abuse resistance education surcharge of $10 and a law enforcement initiative surcharge of $125.

Wunder is sentenced to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Dept. of Corrections for a term not to exceed 2 years, however, this sentence of incarceration is suspended except for 58 days and Wunder is placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of 2 years.

July 27, 2015 - 10:11 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A Sibley man was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on Sunday afternoon, July 26, 2015.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:35 PM, 25-year-old Levi Garrett Christensen of Sibley was driving a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle northbound on L40, three miles east and a mile north of Ashton. They report that 17-year-old Virginia Joann Reyes of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee registered to David Greene of Sioux City eastbound on A34. Reyes stopped at the stop sign at the intersection but thought it was a four-way stop and continued east through the intersection.

Christensen attempted to stop but the motorcycle slid on its left side and struck the rear of the Jeep.

The Sibley Ambulance took Christensen to the Osceola Community Hospital. Reyes was not injured.

The Kawasaki received approximately $4,000 in damage. The Cherokee received approximately $500 in damages.

July 27, 2015 - 10:09 am - Posted in News

Osceola_County_Courthouse_(Iowa)Sibley, Iowa — Brisa Ivone Ramos DeLa Cruz, 29, of Sibley, IA, plead guilty to Driving While Barred as a Habitual Offender, which was committed on March 20, 2015.

Ramos DeLa Cruz is to pay a fine of $625, a 35% surcharge of $218.75, all court costs, the Sheriff’s room and board fees, and court appointed attorney’s fees.

She is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for 90 days with 86 days suspended during a 2 year formal probation to the Sheriff.

July 21, 2015 - 2:04 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The highest point in Iowa is being celebrated this week.
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Among the highlights is that a national organization that promotes gaining access to, and developing each of the 50 highest points in the United States — has selected Osceola County and Iowa’s highest elevation, Hawkeye Point, as the site of their 2015 National Convention. Between 250 – 300 highpointers from all 50 states and several foreign countries will descend on the community.

Osceola County Economic Development Director Mike Earll says the highpointers will be touring area points of interest, enjoying special meal functions, climbing Iowa’s highest point and conducting the business of the organization.

He says Hawkeye Point and Iowa were selected as the site of their 2015 annual convention in part to highlight the unique cooperation of area youth and adult supporters in the development of Hawkeye Point as well as honor the Donna Sterler family for their donation of the highpoint to the citizens of Osceola County.

Earll gives us an idea of the schedule of events.

Earll says on Saturday, the public is invited to join the Highpointers for several events in and around Sibley and Hawkeye Point.

The Hawkeye Point Foundation will also be drawing the winner of their raffle for the Henry Golden Boy Rifle with the Hawkeye Point logo engraved on the stock. The raffle is made possible with the special assistance of Sibley Hardware and the Capital Armament Company. Raffle tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased through July 25th by contacting any Hawkeye Point Committee member or the OCEDC Office.

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Highpointers National Convention Schedule at a Glance


July 24-26, 2015


  • Thursday–July 23, 2015 Convention registration and informal “Ice-breaker”                                                      social at Worthington, Mn. Events Center.                                                                      (Convention attendees only)


  • Friday–July 24, 2015 Individual tours and stops at area points of interest by                                                             convention attendees


5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.          Hog Roast & Iowa Picnic @ Sibley Country Club

                                                (Convention attendees and invited guests)


  • Saturday–July 25, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.          Pancake Breakfast in Sibley Central Park served by

FFA, 4-H & Hawkeye Point Committee members–                                                       McCallum Museum open– Sibley Rec. Dept. Croquet                                                  Tournament

Free-will donation for breakfast

                                                (Convention attendees and public invited)


10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.        Watermelon feed @ Hawkeye Pt. (Caravan from park                                                  following breakfast)  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

*   Climbing wall from Iowa National Guard

*   Machinery display (Noteboom Equip.)

*   Kids train / display booths / other

*   Rep. John Wills to address the convention

*   Dedication of Memorial to Kirk Grau at                                                   11:30 a.m.

                                    (Convention attendees and public invited)



5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.          Club Banquet at Worthington Event Center –5:00 p.m.                                                social hour—6:45 p.m. meal–program to follow

(Convention attendees and invited guests)



For additional information contact Mike D. Earll–OCEDC Director @ 712-754-2523.

July 19, 2015 - 3:19 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A North Dakota man is behind bars on felony OWI charges.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday morning, July 19, 2015, one of their deputies arrested 41-year-old Eduardo Rene Palos-Vazquez of Williston, ND.

He is charged with allegedly Operating While Intoxicated, Third Offense, which is a felony.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on Fifth Street and Second Avenue in Sibley.

At last report, Palos-Vazquez was being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

July 19, 2015 - 2:16 pm - Posted in News

Lake Park, Iowa — A Spencer woman has died as the result of an accident near Lake Park.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 3:04 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2015, 80-year-old Beverly Steuben of Spencer was driving a 1999 Buick southbound on M27, and had stopped for the stop sign at Highway 9. Twenty-three year-old Kayla Foushee of Ocheyedan was westbound on Highway 9 in a 2000 Chevy.

The report says that Steuben pulled out from the stop sign into the path of the Foushee Chevy. The Chevy struck the Buick on the driver’s side.

Steuben received fatal injuries and died at the scene.

A friend took Foushee to Lakes Regional Hospital.

The patrol says the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office and Lakes Regional Hospital Ambulance assisted at the scene.

July 17, 2015 - 3:09 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Fair continues in Sibley.
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We had a chance to talk to Steve Voss with the Osceola County Fair Board. He says things start this morning with the Beef Show, but there’s lots of fun planned tonight and tomorrow.

Voss says anytime from now until Saturday night if you’d come to the Osceola County Fair, they’ve got something interesting or fun going on.

He says you can check out their Facebook page for more information.

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Sheldon, Iowa — With Presidential hopefuls parading through the area these days, we want to remind you that voters will be going to the polls for vote_hereother elections within the next few months.

Voters in the Sheldon Community School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, September 8th in an election for School Board.  Three of the Board’s five members have terms that expire this year.  They are At-Large member Glen Goedken, District 3 Board member Kecia Hickman, and District 2 member Mark Brown.  You may recall that Brown was appointed in November, 2013 to fill the unexpired term of former Board President Gary Ihnen, when Ihnen moved out of state.  Goedken has told KIWA that he will not be seeking reelection.

School Board Secretary LaDonn Hartzell says candidate paperwork for the School Board election may be picked up from her office at the Sheldon High School.  Deadline for filing the paperwork is 5 pm, Thursday July 30th, with voters going to the polls September 8th.

A map of the Districts comprising the Sheldon Community School District can be found by clicking here.