November 22, 2015 - 9:32 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderA Sibley woman slid into a semi trailer on Friday, November 20th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:30 am, 21-year-old Michael Keller of Sibley was driving a 2000 Buick LaSabre westbound on Highway 9. Thirty-three-year-old Michael Koth of Alta was driving a 2008 Peterbilt pulling a 2009 Great Dane trailer was also westbound on Highway 9 in front of Keller. According to the report, Koth was slowing down to turn south on K-60/ Indian Avenue. Keller failed to provide a safe distance between herself and the vehicle in front of her. Keller struck the rear end of Koth’s trailer.

The Buick received $3,500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

November 16, 2015 - 11:56 am - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — It’s the holiday season. Many people are making Christmas plans this time of year, but for some people they just hope to be able to survive as a family from day-to-day.
Upper Des Moines Opportunity sponsors and runs a program every year in Osceola County called “Sharing Christmas”. We talked to UDMO’s Amber Jederberg. She says it’s a program that lets community members and groups or organizations provide holiday gifts for low-income families.

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The list of families can be found here.

November 13, 2015 - 2:55 pm - Posted in News

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Sibley, Iowa — A new Sibley hotel held an open house and First Dollar Celebration Thursday.

The AmericInn at Sibley opened it’s doors to the public two weeks ago, and held the ceremony Thursday afternoon.


Hotel investors Harris Kruse and Wade Ellerbroek credited a group of thirty five local investors, along with the three Sibley area banks, for making the project a reality.

Sibley Chamber of Commerce Director Sheryl Peters presented the hotel’s Manager, Marshall Doeden, with the hotel’s symbolic first dollar.  Peters says the new hotel offers visitors to the area a new place to stay that will draw attention to Sibley.

The 36-room hotel boasts a hot tub suite, as well as a meeting room, business center, heated pool and jacuzzi.

November 12, 2015 - 9:31 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa -vote voting ballot- Last week’s election could not decide who would be the Mayor of Harris or who would sit in one of the council seats.

Since both races ended in ties, the only way to decide who would serve was for the Osceola County Board of Supervisors to draw names from a hat.

Incumbent Harris Mayor Greg Spaethe was the only candidate who filed papers to be on the ballot. He received 21 votes. But so did write-in Dean Phillips. Council incumbent Amy Muftah’s name was the only one on the ballot. She got 18 votes. But so did write-in Jeff Loring.

During this week’s regular Osceola County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, both incumbents’ names were drawn, so Spaethe and Muftah will continue to serve.

November 9, 2015 - 9:52 am - Posted in News

osceolasheriffOcheyedan, Iowa — An Ocheyedan teen lost control of her vehicle on Friday, November 6th near Ocheyedan.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:30 am on Friday, 15-year-old Hayley Ann Miller of Ocheyedan was driving a 2000 Chevy Impala, that belonged to Anita Miller of Ocheyedan, northbound on Vine Avenue, southeast of Ocheyedan. According to the report, Miller lost control on the gravel, hit the west side of a bridge, bounced off and then hit the east side.

The Impala received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Miller was issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control.

November 9, 2015 - 9:46 am - Posted in News

deer-gravelSibley, Iowa — A Sibley resident struck a deer with her vehicle on Sunday, November 8th southeast of Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:30 pm, 36-year-old Brin Andrew Monier of Sibley was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer registered to Jerry Monier of Sibley, westbound on 180th Street, west of Pierce Avenue. According to the report, a deer ran onto the roadway and the Explorer struck the deer on the roadway with its front end.

The Ford received $4500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

November 6, 2015 - 1:29 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Fire Department saved a tractor from going up in smoke on Thursday night.
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Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls says the fire department was paged about 9:12 PM on Thursday night to a tractor fire a mile south of the state line on Highway 60.

He says they arrived to find a 2011 four-wheel-drive tractor with smoke coming from it. Huls says the tractor was owned by Terry Schuck. He says Schuck’s bother had been disc ripping with the tractor when he noticed some smoke and called 911.

When firefighters arrived, Huls says they did see some smoke near diesel exhaust fluid tank. He says there was a wiring harness above tank that apparently shorted out and started on fire, and that started the tank on fire.

Huls reports that there was about $3000 loss to the tank and the wiring harness.

He says they were on scene for about a half an hour.

Hulls says the Sibley Fire Department has had a busy fall with about 14 calls since October 1st, including a structure fire.

November 3, 2015 - 6:22 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Spencer man was injured and a ready-mix truck was damaged in an accident near Sibley on Monday, November 2, 2015.

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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 33-year-old Wayne Grimes of Spencer was driving a ready-mix truck owned by Great Lakes Concrete, southbound on Highway 59, a mile and a half south of Allendorf or five miles east of Sibley. The report says Grimes attempted to make a right turn onto A30 or 180th Street. Due to the speed and shifting load of the vehicle, the report says Grimes lost control and the truck rolled into the south ditch and came to rest on its right side.

A private vehicle transported Grimes to the Osceola Community Hospital.

The sheriff’s office reports there was $60,000 in damage to the truck.

Grimes was cited on a charge of Failure to Maintain Control.

November 2, 2015 - 10:20 am - Posted in News

Osceola County Courthouse Closeup_SVAOn October 28th Steven Bryce Simmons, age 35, of South Sioux City, NE was found guilty of Operating While Under the Influence, second offense, Possession of Marijuana, and Driving While License was Suspended, Denied, or Revoked.

For the charge of Operating While Under the Influence Simmons is to pay a fine of $1,850, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $647.50, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees. For the charges of Possession of Marijuana and Driving While License Suspended, Denied or Revoked the Simmons is to pay a fine of $1,650, and a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $577.70. However, the fine and surcharge are suspended. Steven Bryce Simmons is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for one hundred ninety (190) days with all but thirteen days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections. Simmons was arrested after a traffic stop on December 27, 2014.

October 29, 2015 - 10:44 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — A Little Rock man was able to miss hitting a cat with his pickup, but not a parked minivan, in an accident that happened Wednesday, October 28th in Sibley.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, about 6:40 Wednesday morning, 30-year old Joseph Michael Pedersen, of Little Rock, was eastbound on 7th Street in Sibley in a 1991 Chevrolet pickup when a cat ran out in front of him.  Pedersen told deputies he avoided the cat, but failed to see a legally parked 1999 Ford Windstar minivan belonging to James Wasmund of Sibley.  Deputies say Pedersen’s pickup struck the Windstar in the rear driver’s side, causing about $3,000 in damage.  Damage to Pedersen’s pickup were estimated at $2,500.

There were no injuries reported.