July 27, 2016 - 2:43 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Osceola County is planning a Shooting Sports Camp, coming up on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Sandy Lamfers, of ISU Extension and Outreach of Osceola County says the camp will run from 5:00 to 8:00 pm next Wednesday, at Willow Creek County Park near Ocheyedan.  The Shooting Camp, which will be conducted by conservation specialists, will involve slingshot, air rifle, archery, and shotgun.

This camp is for children that have completed 4th grade, and up. Lamfers says the date for the Shooting Sports Camp was misprinted in the iCamp book as July 27th, but the correct date is, in fact, August 3rd.

The camp is free, but you’ll need to register online, if possible.  You can find the registration by visiting www.extension.iastate.edu/osceola/.

July 26, 2016 - 10:39 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Two people were airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and four more were taken to Sanford Sheldon after a head-on accident on Sunday evening, July 24th, near Sibley.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:00 p.m., 17-year-old Mattea Lauren Van Kalsbeek of Sioux Falls was driving a 2016 Honda Civic eastbound on Highway 9. They say 47-year-old Vance J. Timmer, also of Sioux Falls, was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot westbound on Highway 9.

According to the report, Van Kalsbeek crossed over the center line and collided with the Timmer vehicle head-on east of the intersection of Highway 9 and Olive Avenue. Olive Avenue is L36, the county road west of Sibley.

Van Kalsbeek and her passenger, a juvenile, were taken to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by ambulance and later they were each air lifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Timmer and his three passengers, Dianne Timmer and two juveniles, were taken by ambulance to the Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Both vehicles were totaled with the Van Kalsbeek vehicle receiving approximately $18,640 in damage and the Timmer vehicle receiving approximately $19,000 in damage.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident with the assistance of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. Also assisting at the scene was Sibley Fire and Rescue, the Osceola County Ambulance Service and the Little Rock Ambulance. The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is still ongoing.

July 25, 2016 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — If you need federal help or if you’d like to give your opinion on a federal matter, your opportunity is coming up in Sibley this week.

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Grassley Regional Director, Jacob Bossman

Iowa United States Senator Chuck Grassley’s regional director, Jacob Bossman, will be holding open office hours in Sibley on July 28th. The office hours provide an opportunity for Iowans to obtain casework assistance or to express views.

Bossman will be at the Sibley Public Library at 40 Ninth Street on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 10 until 11 a.m. If you have questions you can call Grassley’s Sioux City office, or the library in Sibley at 712-754-2888.

Bossman will also be available in Lake Park from 11:30 to 12:30 that day.

Bossman says Grassley’s offices in Iowa regularly help constituents contact federal agencies to sort through problems with Social Security payments, military service matters, immigration cases and other issues. His state offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

Senator Grassley says that open office hours are designed to help more Iowans access the assistance that is available from the office of their United States Senator. He says that he hopes anyone with federal agency-related casework will take advantage of Bossman’s visits.

Again, if you have any questions, you can contact Grassley’s Sioux City office at 712-233-1860.

Spencer, Iowa — The organization that provides leadership and management for the regional system of care for mental health and disability services for six northwest Iowa counties has switched providers for their crisis line.
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Northwest Iowa Care Connections serves residents of Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Palo Alto Counties. They report that they have recently switched providers for the region’s 24/7 crisis phone line from Foundation 2 in Cedar Rapids to Spencer-based Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

Bill Leupold, Northwest Iowa Care Connections’ Goverance Board Chair and the official spokesperson for the region, says that the Regional Governance Board felt that the $60,000 annual cost of Foundation 2’s service was exorbitant for the number of calls received by Foundation 2.

Northwest Iowa Care Connections Region Chief Executive Officer Kim Wilson says that Seasons Center, as a private, non-profit organization, provides a safe, confidential option for people to seek assistance with social, emotional, behavioral and family issues. Since a crisis can come in many forms, Seasons Center seeks to empower people to develop their own skills and confidence in meeting life’s challenges.

Leupold says that there should be no impact to those who call the crisis line as the phone number will remain the same, the only difference being the clients will now be speaking with Seasons Center personnel.

They say the Northwest Iowa Care Connections toll free crisis line,( 844-345-4569) is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with Seasons Center, whose emergency services are accredited by the Iowa Department of Human Services Chapter 24. Callers can expect to receive assistance from trained staff who help to develop a collaborative safety plan, arrange follow-up, and make referrals to local providers as needed.

Sibley, Iowa — Three individuals face alcohol-related charges in two separate incidents in Osceola County in recent days.

Two Estherville men were jailed Thursday (July 14th) in Sibley, following an investigation into a pair of suspicious males at the Ocheyedan Pits.  Osceola County authorities say 51-year old Parish James Reed, and 62-year old Wesley John Lyons, were both charged with Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.  In addition, Lyons was reportedly charged with OWI, a serious misdemeanor.  Deputies say both men were booked into the Osceola County Jail in Sibley, with bond for Reed set at $300, and $1,300 for Lyons.


A Sheldon man was arrested Friday (July 15th) as the result of the investigation into the report of a suspicious male on Northwest Blvd in Sibley.  According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year old Cory Allen Wright was booked into the Osceola County Jail on charges of Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

July 12, 2016 - 2:00 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Osceola County is next in line for county fairs. The Osceola County Fair runs from Wednesday through Saturday of this week, the 13th through the 16th.
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Osceola County Fair Board Chairman Steve Voss says they’ve got something for everyone this year, and he starts by highlighting some Wednesday night activities.

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He says they’ve got some fun and different events going on Friday and Saturday as well.

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You can find out more at theosceolacountyfair.com.

July 7, 2016 - 3:25 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Another hearing date has been set in the case of a group of Osceola County taxpayers versus Osceola County and the City of Harris. But it remains to be seen if it will happen as scheduled.

Osceola County Courthouse Closeup_SVAThe group of taxpayers allege that — an agreement to use Tax Increment Financing from a group of wind turbines in Osceola County for a waste water project and lagoon in Harris and for improvements to White Avenue — was illegal.

A hearing on the case has been scheduled for Friday, July 22nd. But the taxpayers have asked for additional time to resist the County and City’s motion for summary judgement. Meanwhile, the County and City are asking to postpone a telephonic hearing that according to court records was to have happened on Friday, July 15th.

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Sibley, Iowa — If you’re a pork producer, you know that there are more and more hoops to jump through to get your product to market.
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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension wants to help pork producers create a good, wholesome product that is raised in a humane way, so they are offering a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) workshop in Sibley on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Osceola Community Hospital Wellness Center.

Iowa State University Extension Swine Specialist Dave Stender says the Common Swine Industry Audit is all about standards set up by the packers.

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He says that’s the good news. But . . .

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Stender says workshop attendees will have the opportunity to walk through the questions of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farm(s), and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to best prepare for the audit process.

The first two hours of the workshop will be a discussion of how to successfully answer the 92 questions on the packer welfare audit instrument. There will be an optional lunch at a cost of $5 per person, followed by an optional workshop where operational welfare policy statements and SOPs will be developed. If attendees cannot stay for the afternoon session, SOP templates will be available on data drives for pork producers to take with them and utilize at a later time.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to work on customizing their SOPs during the workshop. A limited number of computers will also be available for use. Attendees will be provided with a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, compliments of ISU Extension and Outreach, U of MN Extension, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required to ensure an adequate supply of workshop materials. Attendees can register by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach – Cherokee office at 712-225-6196.

June 28, 2016 - 5:12 pm - Posted in News

AccidentGenericSibley, Iowa — A Sibley man was hospitalized, then charged, after crashing a moped in Sibley Saturday afternoon.

According to Osceola County authorities, the accident happened about 2:20 Saturday afternoon when a 2009 Bash moped, owned by Tanya Waggoner of Sibley, and driven by 44-year old Steven Robert Lenderts, also of Sibley, was northbound on 11th Avenue.  Deputies say Lenderts attempted a left turn onto 9th Street.  According to the report, Lenderts leaned the moped too far during the turn, and lost control.  The moped went on it’s side and slid into the intersection, according to authorities.

Deputies say Lenderts was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by Sibley Ambulance, with what were described as “non-incapacitating” injuries.  The moped sustained an estimated $500 in damage.

As a result of the accident, deputies say Lenderts was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, a Serious Misdemeanor, as well as Failure To Maintain Control, and No Insurance.

June 28, 2016 - 7:40 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa– Another accident in Lyon County has claimed a life — this one of a Sibley man.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 3:00 PM on Monday, June 27, 2016, 63-year-old Merle Broesder of Sibley was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile SUV northbound on Larch Avenue, two miles north and three miles east of George.

The report says that the SUV entered the ditch, where it ramped 190th Street and rolled coming to rest in a field. The trooper says the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trooper says another trooper, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, and the George Fire Department and Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.