October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.


She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.


Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.


She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.


Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.


She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.


Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:


Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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October 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you need to register to vote for the November 4th General Election, or absentee vote in person at your local county auditor’s office, you have a couple of Saturday opportunities coming up.voting optical reader machine

In Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties, the Auditors’ Offices are going to be open from 8 AM to 5 PM this Saturday for early voting and voter registration.

Voter registration ends this Saturday, October 25th. However, if you are registered, their offices are going to be open next Saturday, November 1st too for early voting. Osceola, Sioux, and Lyon County Auditors’ Offices will be open from 9 to 5 next Saturday, November 1st, and O’Brien County will be open from 8 to 5 that day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 1st too, but election officials stress that there would be a time crunch if you wait that long to request a mailed ballot because returned ballots need to be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Iowa does have election day registration, but the auditors strongly encourage you to be registered by this Saturday, October 25th.

soup and pieBoyden, Iowa — A soup and pie supper is planned to benefit an Ashton man who suffered a stroke this past summer. The supper is at the St. John Lutheran Church of Boyden. We talked to St. John pastor Daniel Hart, and he tells us about Eric Johnson.



Johnson and his wife Kim have one child at home near Ashton.

Pastor Hart says the church has a soup supper every year.



The supper is this Saturday, October 25th at St. John Lutheran Church of rural Boyden. That’s at 3941 280th Street, four miles north of Boyden on Kennedy Avenue, and a little west. They’ll have homemade soups and pies, and they’ll be serving from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Thrivent Sioux County will provide supplementing funds.

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October 21, 2014 - 4:01 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work closely with local public health and health care professionals, state entities and the CDC in response and preparation to the West African Ebola situation. Despite what you might read on social Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHmedia or hear around the water cooler, there are and have been NO cases of Ebola in Iowa.

Last week, screening of travelers coming from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia began at international airports at the time of arrival in the U.S. They are asked about things like current symptoms and possible exposures to patients with Ebola while in West Africa. If needed, appropriate action is taken at that time; for example, travelers with symptoms consistent with Ebola are not being allowed to continue until they are medically assessed. If they are well, they are given information about what to do once they arrive at their final destination – such as Iowa. Meanwhile, in Iowa, public health officials are notified of the arrival of the traveler. Iowa officials then re-interview the traveler to confirm their health status and their risk of exposure to Ebola. Appropriate action is then taken in Iowa, such as the traveler staying at home and away from others for 21 days, or taking their temperature and reporting this to public health for 21 days.

This will lower the risk of Ebola spreading in Iowa, and should reassure the public that extraordinary action is being taken by the U.S. Public Health system to protect them.

Other actions taken by IDPH over the past several weeks include several webinars for local public health agencies, emergency responders, hospitals, health care providers, and state agencies regarding transmission of the Ebola virus and how to prepare for any suspected cases.

Iowans should remember that Ebola is not transmitted through water, air, food or casual contact. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. In addition:

  • People are not contagious after exposure unless they develop symptoms.
  • Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

For more information about Ebola, visit the CDC’s web site at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html or the IDPH web site at http://bit.ly/1wmnEWa.

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man is behind bars after he allegedly drove into a pickup — owned by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

The sheriff’s office reports that they filed a charge of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, a Class “C” Felony against 26-year-old Ricky Robert Jeppesen of Sibley.

They report that on Monday, October 13, 2014 about 8 PM, Jeppesen allegedly 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.

Jeppesen is being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $10,000 bond. The Iowa State Patrol assisted with the investigation.

Little Rock, Iowa — A house was damaged in a fire on Saturday, October 4, 2014 near Little Rock. Little Rock Fire Truck FD

According to Lyon County Emergency Manager and Little Rock firefighter Arden Kopishke, about 12:40 PM, the Little Rock Fire Department was called to the report of house fire at 1047 Marsh Avenue, three and a half miles north of Little Rock

He says the fire department saw flames coming out of a door as they approached the scene.

Kopishke reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

The fire department was assisted by Sibley Fire Department, as both departments were initially paged to the fire.

He says the fire was behind the fireplace and got up into the attic. He says firefighters got the smoldering pieces out and doused the fire. He says they were able to contain the fire to the fireplace and the storage room behind it.

He says the cause of the fire was undetermined.

Kopishke reports that there was moderate damage to the house.

He says they used 500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for two hours.

October 6, 2014 - 5:24 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Citizens of Sibley are invited to a meeting tonight to talk about some possible new projects — specifically tonight, a new pool.sibley pool

Sibley City Administrator Glenn Anderson says that the city’s pool and golf clubhouse need to be replaced, and there may be more projects that could be undertaken to improve the community. Anderson says significant work lies ahead of the community if the current pool and clubhouse are to be replaced. He says that a group of willing participants will need to look at completing the process of fund raising.

Anderson gives us a preview of tonight’s meeting.


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He says some of the work of planning a new pool has already been completed.


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The administrator tells us the current status of the Sibley pool.


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Anderson tells us what he expects people at the meeting will do tonight.


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He says of the possible upcoming projects, the pool seemed to be the most urgent. Another possible idea, according to Anderson is an events center. But he says they think the best plan is to do one project at a time.

The meeting is tonight, October 6th at 6:00 PM.

October 3, 2014 - 12:20 pm - Posted in News

sibley chamberSibley, Iowa — It’s time for our monthly report from the Sibley Chamber. We talked to Sibley Chamber Director Sheryl Peters recently.

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You can get more information by going to sibleyiowa.net or by calling the Chamber at 712-754-3212.

Sibley, Iowa — If you’ve always wanted to see what they do out at the bag plant in Sibley, now’s your chance.

Founded in 1972 and operated under several names in the past including Chase Bag and Exopack, officials at the Coveris bag plant in Sibley are opening up their facility to the public for an open house and tours this Thursday, October 2nd.

Plant manager Bill Helms tells us about it.


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Helms tells us why they’ve decided to have this open house and offer tours.


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The open house is Thursday, Oct. 2 from 4:30-6:00 PM at their plant at 1400 Chase Boulevard in Sibley. Food will be provided. If you plan on taking the plant tour, in order to meet food safety requirements, they ask that you do not wear sandals, sleeveless shirts or jewelry.

Plant officials say that the bulk of their business is bags for seed corn, popcorn, and charcoal.

More information from Coveris:

As a leading international manufacturing company, Coveris is dedicated to providing solutions that enhance the safety, quality and convenience of products we use every day. In partnership with the most respected brands in the world, Coveris develops vital products that protect everything from the food we eat, to medical supplies, to the touch screen device in our pockets, contributing to the lives of millions every day.

With over 60 manufacturing locations and more than 9,000 dedicated employees, Coveris is a global leader in the manufacturing of packaging and engineered coatings for a variety of consumer and industrial end-use markets

Sibley, Iowa — A $7 million urban renewal plan that was to involve wind turbines and economic development projects at a farm, a trucking company, and the old Ocheyedan school has been shelved in Osceola County.money cash bills dollars

According to the plan, the idea was to develop and stimulate economic development through the Endeavor Wind Farm consisting of 60 wind turbines, along with economic development projects at Sunrise Farms and D & K Transportation, and the urban renewal and rehabilitation of the old Ocheyedan School building.

The county intended to use the new tax revenue generated from improvements within the urban renewal area to provide for tax incentives to assist with public improvements and to provide Osceola County with a valuable financing tool in encouraging private development. The plan was to create a Tax Increment Financing district, or TIF.

The plan says that Sunrise Farms is proposing a major expansion of their egg production facility that will cost an estimated $8 million dollars. It says D & K Transportation is proposing a project to add new buildings to the Ocheyedan location. The old Ocheyedan School building is determined to be blighted due to its many structural and aesthetic condition issues, and the money would have gone toward that project as well. Plus, Osceola County had planned to use some of the money to do some road infrastructure work that would have helped both Sunrise Farms and D & K Transportation.

However, critics of the plan said that other taxing entities stood to lose money on the deal. Harris-Lake Park Schools say they would have stood to lose $230,000 per year in taxes redirected due to the TIF. Critics also say that TIF is supposed to be for new projects. They also say that they think the projects would have happened with or without the TIF money.

We talked to Osceola County Board Chair Jayson Vande Hoef and he read from a prepared statement.


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The public hearing was to have been on Tuesday.