March 3, 2015 - 10:39 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A hotel/motel tax in the rural areas of Osceola County has apparently been approved by voters there.
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The measure passed 88.8 percent to 11.1 percent. 198 ballots were cast, with 178 voting “yes,” and 22 voting “no.”

The tax will only be paid by people who stay at motels in the rural portions of Osceola County.

The text of the measure read, “Shall the Board of Supervisors, Osceola County, Iowa, be authorized to impose a hotel and motel tax at the rate of five percent (5%) in the unincorporated area of Osceola County, effective July 1, 2015 which shall be used by Osceola County according to Iowa Code Section 423A.7(4), 2013 Code of Iowa.”

According to that code section, at least half of the money raised through the tax has to be used for tourism-related activities. The other half can go in the county general fund.

March 2, 2015 - 6:20 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Voters in the rural portion of Osceola County are going to the polls this Tuesday, March 3rd to decide the fate of a hotel/motel tax.

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This is coming to a vote because the new AmericInn will be outside of Sibley, which already has a tax. Because the motel is in the rural area, only the rural people can vote on it.

This is a vote for a tax that would be paid only by people who stay at the motel.

The text of the measure reads, “Shall the Board of Supervisors, Osceola County, Iowa, be authorized to impose a hotel and motel tax at the rate of five percent (5%) in the unincorporated area of Osceola County, effective July 1, 2015 which shall be used by Osceola County according to Iowa Code Section 423A.7(4), 2013 Code of Iowa.”

The code says the county has to spend at least fifty percent of the revenues from the tax for recreation, convention, cultural, or entertainment facilities including but not limited to memorial buildings, halls and monuments, civic center convention buildings, auditoriums, coliseums, and parking areas or for the promotion and encouragement of tourist and convention business in the county and surrounding areas. The other half can go into the general fund of the county.

February 26, 2015 - 11:03 am - Posted in News

If you have some experience with Microsoft Word, it is time to get hands-on experience discovering the tools and features of Microsoft Excel 2013. Excel is a powerful program that helps users to create and organize spreadsheets that will save you time, help you communicate better and have a professional look. In this class, the instructor will guide you through the steps of building a user-friendly worksheet, both for the reader and the creator. Then you will be introduced to the important formula/function feature in Excel. Learning how to use Excel formulas is very critical for the successful use of spreadsheet software. The more you learn about formulas, the more you will want to know!

This class will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College in Room 514H, Section #43940 on Tuesdays, March 17 and 24 from 5:30—9:30 pm. OR in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab, Section #43939, on Thursdays, March 19 and 26 from 12:30—4:30 pm.

Twyla Vogel will be the instructor for the class. The cost is $59.

To register, call Northwest Iowa Community College at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 and ask for Continuing Education.

February 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Senator David Johnson from Ocheyedan says he’s introducing a bill that would increase the state sales tax .375 of a percent. Johnson says his idea is to use the extra revenue for soil and water conservation.
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The .375 percent hike would make the state sales tax 6.375 percent, and would raise an estimated $150 million a year, according to Johnson. Johnson said he wanted to introduce the legislation “after the fuel tax issue was settled.”

He says the Iowa House may have a similar bill, but differences between the bills would have to be hammered out.

The Senator says he believes Iowans want quality of life and clean water. He says the way to get cleaner water is through soil and water conservation; something that is being cut on the national level. He says the state needs to monitor more rivers, streams and lakes.

February 22, 2015 - 8:09 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The man who authorities say rammed his vehicle into a Sheriff’s pickup in Sibley last year has been sentenced.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Ricky Robert Jeppesen of Sibley pled guilty to Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. He had been originally charged with First Degree Criminal Mischief, a Class “C” Felony.

On October 13, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office says Jeppesen intentionally drove his 1997 Lincoln into a parked and unattended 2014 Ford Pickup belonging to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Jeppesen allegedly drove into the pickup twice causing the 2014 Ford to strike another parked and unattended 2007 Ford belonging to an on-duty dispatcher. The incident occurred in front of the sheriff’s office in the parking/driveway area.

Jeppesen was immediately taken into custody by an Osceola County Deputy. All three vehicles involved received extensive damage.

In addition to other fines and fees, Jeppesen was ordered to pay restitution to the Osceola County Sheriff in the amount of $597. He was sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail with all of that time suspended except for 15 days which must be served. He will also serve two years probation.

February 20, 2015 - 11:15 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Sentencing has been postponed for a former Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy who pled guilty in a plea agreement in the case of several stolen items being found on a farm place in rural Osceola County.

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According to court records, sentencing for 52-year-old Michael Lawrence Block of Sibley has been pushed back a month, to March 20th, 2015. Block pled guilty earlier this month in Osceola County District Court to seven counts of first-degree theft, as well as a serious misdemeanor charge. Block is alleged to have been in possession of several pieces of stolen agriculture and construction equipment from Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties.

As part of the plea agreement, eleven other charges were dropped.

February 13, 2015 - 4:05 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Chad and Lora Pettit of Sheldon receive their Grand Prize Package from KIWA’s Tom Traughber

Sheldon, Iowa — Chad and Lora Pettit of Sheldon were the Grand Prize Winners in KIWA’s Sweetheart Giveaway promotion.  Chad’s name was drawn Friday morning on the KIWA Morning Show, and he and Lora picked up their Grand Prize Package, valued at more than $1200.00, Friday noon at the KIWA Studios.

Chad and Lora’s Grand Prize Package was comprised of the following items:

Mastbergen Jewelry Ladies 14 karat white gold genuine garnet and diamond pendant with chain. Retail value is $319.

Evie’s Hallmark – Fashion Gift Basket

Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits – Valentine Spirits Basket $100 Value

Holiday Inn Express – A plush and Comfortable suite fit for winning couple to enjoy, including the comfort of a king size bed, hot tub, kitchenette and lounging area. $240.00 Value.

Old 60 Steaks and Chops – A culinary delight fit for the winning couple. Includes Appetizers, Entree for 2, desserts and beverages. $100.00 Value

Bliss Salon and Spa – for services supplied to make her feel special. $100.00

A Country Florist – 1 deluxe Dozen Bouquet of Roses with a beautiful Vase.

Missy’s – $50 Gift Certificate for her and $50 Gift Certificate for him.

Fareway – $100 Gift Card can be used any where in the store.

Impressions Salon – $100 Gift Certificate to pamper her on that special day.

Prairie Queen Bakery – 1 Dozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries and GOODIE Basket.

In addition, all those  registered in the contest received a 4 pack of Chocolate covered Strawberries from Prairie Queen Bakery.

 

George, Iowa — Four underage people were charged with alcohol offenses after a party near George on Saturday February 7, 2015.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:30 PM that night, they received an anonymous tip regarding a party with possible underage drinking in the 2100 mile of Log Avenue near George.

When officers arrived at the scene, they say there were about four people standing near the front door of the house. When they saw the officers, three of the four allegedly ran into the home. While officers were speaking with the owner of the home they say they heard the sound of breaking glass from the rear of the house.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that there were four people attending the party under the age of twenty-one. Two seventeen-year-olds from Sibley were cited into juvenile court. Also cited were 20-year-old Trenton John Enger of Rock Rapids and a 20-year-old woman from Texas.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.

February 7, 2015 - 4:00 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has pled guilty in a plea agreement in the case of several stolen items being found on a farm place in rural Osceola County.Block, Michael

According to court records, 52-year-old Michael Lawrence Block of Sibley pled guilty Friday, February 6th in Osceola County District Court to seven counts of first-degree theft, as well as a serious misdemeanor charge. Block is alleged to have been in possession of several pieces of stolen agriculture and construction equipment.

Before the agreement, Block, a former Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy, was charged with 17 felony counts.

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.

Block’s sentencing is set for February 20th.

February 7, 2015 - 3:55 pm - Posted in News

Fort Dodge, Iowa — The area agency that helps senior citizens is going to hold a public hearing next month in regard to their future plan for funding.
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Elderbridge Executive Director, Mick Tagesen gives us an idea of how the agency helps seniors.


Tagesen says you may know them as the people who administer the Dinner Date Program in northwest Iowa, but they do much more than that.

He tells us about the public hearing.


He says that while the public hearing is in Fort Dodge, you don’t necessarily have to drive to Fort Dodge to have an impact.


The public hearing will be at 1:00 PM on March 4, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa. You can find out more about Elderbridge at www.elderbridge.org.

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