April 17, 2014 - 3:31 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.  For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.


Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Fish shallow water rock piles early on clear sunny days as these areas warm first, attracting and concentrating fish early. Fish slowly, a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling as channel catfish will typically go on the feedbag after ice out.  Bluegill – No Report: Fish the north end for bluegill and crappie action early.  Fish the wooden docks on the west side of the lake early, as the water warms fish docks located on the east side.  Cast a mini jig to locate panfish, persistence and patience will be rewarded with a mix bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.

West Okoboji Lake

Crappie – No Report: Fish the canal areas for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, best action will occur during sunny warm days.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – No Report: Wader fisherman angling after dark traditionally produces good catches of walleye. Fish slow early, a jig tipped with a minnow slowly retrieved will produce nice catches. As the water warms cast twister tails and minnow intimating baits for consistent action.

All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free.  Gill netting activities started April 14th on Big Spirit Lake.

April 17, 2014 - 12:07 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral-female1Evelyn Reiste, age 93, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. Visitation will be prior to the Memorial Service from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan.

Private Family Burial will be at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland, Iowa. Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Evelyn Reiste.


April 9, 2014: The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge.

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2014.

Iowa’s winning video for 2014 was submitted by a group of five teens from the Sibley Public Library, Paige Hurlburt, Mariah Elser, Ben Wollmuth, Skylar Rueter and Rachel Poppen. The teens who submitted their video were sponsored by youth services librarian Rachel Loutsch.

This video competition is in its fourth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, “Spark a Reaction.” Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

The winners were announced on April 9, 2014 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners were named from the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

To view this year’s winning videos, please visit CSLP’s website at www.cslpreads.org <http://www.cslpreads.org/> . The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

The winning videos exemplify the diversity of our country and of the teens that created them. Whether produced by an individual teen, groups of teens, a teen library club, or a teen school group, all exhibit creativity and illustrate quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers. Many videos use humor or literary references to communicate the “Spark a Reaction” idea. Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions. In addition to promoting reading and the “Spark a Reaction” slogan, it is clear from all these videos that teens value their public libraries.

For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $275 and the associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Upstart. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit.

CSLP plans to continue the Teen Video Challenge for 2015. Please check the CSLP website (www.cslpreads.org <http://www.cslpreads.org/> ) in early fall for information on the 2015 Teen Video Challenge.

CSLP is a consortium of states working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

April 15, 2014 - 1:24 pm - Posted in Church News

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Sibley, Iowa — Charges have now been filed against a Sibley man in the case of several stolen items being found on a farm place in rural Osceola County.Block, Michael

The Osceola County sheriff’s Office reports that they have filed criminal charges against 52-year-old Michael Lawrence Block of Sibley. Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen agriculture and construction equipment.

Block is charged with seven counts of Theft in the First Degree a Class “C” Felony; ten counts of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class “D” Felony; one count of Theft in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen property from Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties.

On March 21, 2014 an Osceola County Deputy was investigating the theft of some hay bales from O’Brien County which led to the application and execution of five search warrants at Block’s acreage on Highway 59 and his home in Sibley. Investigating officers seized a New Holland baler, wagons, construction equipment, trailers, four motor vehicles, and other items.

April 11, 2014 - 10:25 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Osceola County Historical Society will meet at McCallum Museum, Sibley, Monday April 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited. Refreshments served afterwards.

April 9, 2014 - 10:11 am - Posted in Community Calendar

garden2Looking for a garden plot?

Come to an informational meeting for Sibley community garden on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 4:30p.m. at the Osceola Employment Services/Hope Haven 1206 11th Avenue’

Your completed registration and $20 will reserve a 10 x 20 plot for a garden in the spring of 2014. We have available water! Questions? Call Carol at 712-754-2635

April 8, 2014 - 3:05 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe annual spring fish netting is underway at Lake Rathbun, Spirit Lake and Guttenberg and will begin Tuesday night at Storm Lake, as the spawning season picks up steam.

Staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources collects walleye, northern pike and muskies soon after ice out to provide quality sport fishing in Iowa lakes and streams that otherwise could not support it.

“If we didn’t stock walleyes and northern pike, the only place you could catch them would be on the Mississippi River,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa DNR. “And our muskie population is totally reliant on stocking.”

The DNR’s goal is to catch enough walleyes to fill hatcheries with about 750 quarts at Rathbun and 1,000 quarts at Spirit Lake. With a good hatch, that should equate to about 200 million walleye fry.

The muskie goal is to produce 1.5 million eggs and to produce 2 million northern pike each at Guttenberg and Spirit Lake.

Northern pike collection is in full swing collecting adult fish from the shallow water sloughs at Spirit Lake and backwaters of the Mississippi River near Guttenberg. Walleye and muskie collection is expected to begin next week at the Iowa Great Lakes after the ice off the main lakes.

Hatcheries are running 24/7 during this time as fish are spawned and released. The fish are handled as little as possible and once spawned, are returned to the waters where they were caught, usually that same day. These large adult fish are highly valued because they can produce a large amount of eggs.

Walleyes, muskies and northern pike do not successfully reproduce in the wild even in the highest quality lakes.

April 8, 2014 - 3:03 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — The search for a missing man in the Ocheyedan area Tuesday ended with the discovery of his body.  The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says thatofficers from their agency, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue, and Osceola County Emergency Management investigated the report of a missing individual Tuesday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office says the search ended in the discovery of the body of 48-year old John Michael Dirks in a road ditch along Highway 9 near Ocheyedan.  Dirks was pronounced dead by the Medical Examiner.

No other information is available at this time.

April 8, 2014 - 1:15 pm - Posted in Church News

Mass/Events Schedule

Sat Apr 12 Palm Sunday

5pm Saint Mary Ashton

7pm AA Meeting SA

Sun April 13 Palm Sunday

9am Saint Andrew Sibley

11am Spanish Saint Andrew Sibley

Hwy 60 Confessions

1:30pm Sibley

3pm Ashton

Mon Apr 14

8am  Saint Andrew Sibley

Tue Apr 15

8am Saint Mary Ashton

Wed Apr 16

4:10 Saint Andrew Sibley

5pm 1st Communion Learning Centers in the Church Basement for Students & Parents

7pm AA Meeting Saint Mary Ashton

Thu Apr 17 Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lords Supper

7pm Saint Mary Ashton

Fri Apr 18 Good Friday Special Collection for the Holy Land

12:05pm SA

3pm Saint Mary Ashton

7pm Spanish  Saint Andrew Sibley

Sat Apr 19 Holy Saturday Special Collection for Retired & Infirmed Priest

5pm Saint Andrew Sibley

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew Sibley

Sun April 20 Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Special Collection for Retired & Infirmed Priest

8am Saint Mary Ashton

10am Saint Andrew Sibley

12pm Spanish Saint Andrew Sibley