April 24, 2014 - 2:42 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.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Spring gillnetting efforts indicate a good population of walleye with a lot of fish in the slot.  Fishing for walleye has been slow over the past week.

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 for this species 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.

All lakes in the Spirit Lake District are ice free.

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Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s two walleye hatcheries are filled to capacity as netting crews caught and spawned 1,020 quarts of walleye eggs at the Spirit Lake hatchery and more than 760 quarts at the Rathbun hatchery.

“We had a really good year,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “The late ice out helps us increase our catch rates and catch more fish that are ready to spawn.  That shortens the netting season for the staff, even though we increased our egg take this year.”

Northern pike netting in the sloughs connected to Spirit Lake occurred April 6-7. Muskies were netted along with walleyes in Spirit Lake East Okoboji Lake and West Okoboji Lake beginning April 14. Both species exceeded their egg requests as well. Northern pike were netted on the Mississippi River beginning April 8, and the pike fry were stocked on April 18.

Walleyes were caught at Lake Rathbun, Storm Lake and Clear Lake during the nightly operation from April 6 to 20. The effort from all the lakes combined collected more than 200 million eggs.

“We took more walleye eggs this year so we can try some experimental fry stocking. Fry are cheaper than fingerlings and if the stocking works, it will produce a huge year class of walleyes,” Larscheid said.

The DNR plans to release more than 140 million walleye fry in May. Larscheid said fry stockings are successful every three or four years and the DNR uses larger and more expensive fingerlings to fill in the gaps between the good fry stocking years.

Most of the fry are returned to the traditional walleye lakes. The experimental fry stockings will go to lakes like Big Creek that has been releasing around 1.7 million fry each year since 2011.

“That 2011 fry stocking had excellent survival and is the biggest year class of walleyes since I arrived in 2006,” said Ben Dodd, fisheries biologist with the DNR. “We have had some success with the fry stocking and plan to continue it after the experiment concludes in 2015.”

Dodd said walleyes from the 2011 stocking will be approaching the 15-inch minimum length later this summer.

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Ocheyedan, Iowa — The cause of death of an Ocheyedan man has been ruled accidental in an autopsy.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

According to Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation investigated the death of 46-year-old Steven Bruce Noble of Ocheyedan on Monday, April 21st.

The sheriff’s office reports that they responded to a 911 call about 4:15 PM on Monday, April 21, 2014.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that an autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on April 22, 2014 by Dr. Jonathan Thompson, who determined the cause of death to be blunt force head injuries from an accidental fall in the victim’s home.

Click here for Noble’s obituary.

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April 23, 2014 - 11:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

Steven Noble

Steven B. Noble, age 46, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at his home in Ocheyedan.

Funeral Services will be Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Steve Swenson officiating. Burial to follow at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 24, from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Steven B. Noble.

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April 22, 2014 - 3:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRDES MOINES – The Iowa DNR will hold the 2014 spring auction on May 10, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines.  Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8 a.m. The public may view the items for sale and pre-register for the auction from 4 to 6 p.m., on May 9. There will not be any buyer’s premium fee added to the sale. Items up for auction only include about 700 firearms, bows and tree stands, traps and related gear. No other equipment will be sold.  The items are sold “as is” with no guarantee or warranty. Any person interested in purchasing a firearm at the auction must have either a valid Iowa permit to acquire pistols or revolvers, a federal firearms license, or a professional or non-professional permit to carry concealed weapons.  The Iowa permit to acquire can be obtained from a sheriff’s office.  Allow two to three weeks to receive the permit. Payment must be made on auction day.  All sales are final.  All items must be removed from the site within one half hour after the sale completion. The Iowa DNR reserves the right to reject any bids and withdraw any item from the sale at any time. A sale bill is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting.aspx and will be updated if inventory is added.  The DNR will not be mailing any sale bills.

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Iowa DNRSIOUX FALLS – Volunteers will have an opportunity this summer to spend their vacations working as aquatic garbage collectors – cleaning up, learning about and exploring 90 miles of the Big Sioux River between Sioux Falls, S.D., and Westfield, Iowa, from July 12 to 19.

Project AWARE, which stands for A Watershed Awareness River Expedition, is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) annual volunteer river cleanup event. In addition to muscling trash out of the river, participants learn about watersheds, water quality, recycling and other natural resource topics.

This year’s expedition marks AWARE’s 12th year. This year’s event is unique in that the Iowa DNR and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will team up to focus efforts on the Big Sioux River, which borders both states.

“South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks is excited to partner with the Iowa DNR to provide resources and assist with cleanup along the Big Sioux River this coming July,” says District Park Supervisor Eric Vander Stouwe of South Dakota. “The objectives of this event complement our Department’s mission statement to protect and enhance South Dakota’s natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities.  We look forward to our two states working side by side to clean up the section of the Big Sioux River from Gitchie Manitou to Westfield, Iowa.”

Volunteers participate by paddling down the river in canoes and cleaning up river trash along the way. Opportunities for land-based volunteers are also available. While the expedition lasts a week, volunteers may stay and help for as little or as long as they like.

Project AWARE is family-friendly and provides the opportunity to experience a different river each year.  “This is a great opportunity for people around the state to see and experience the northwest corner of Iowa,” said Mark Bohner, a Le Mars resident and nine-year veteran of Project AWARE. “I got involved when Project AWARE was on the Little Sioux River in 2005. I’ve been hooked ever since and look forward to it each year.”

In addition to river cleanup, Project AWARE also offers a unique blend of educational programs and demonstrations, volunteer camaraderie, camping and other outdoor recreation opportunities that enrich the experience.

“The Sioux County Conservation Board is excited to have the opportunity to be part of Project AWARE.  This event has a reputation of being an outstanding program and provides stewardship, awareness, and newfound friendships,” said Sunday Ford, assistant director and naturalist for the Sioux County Conservation Board.

In the past 11 years, more than 2,800 AWARE volunteers from across the state have cleaned up more than 877 river miles, removing 277 tons of trash – 72 percent of which has been recycled – from rivers all across Iowa.

For more information on this event and to download the registration materials, visit www.iowaprojectaware.com.

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bikeThis Ride Rocks, a 22 or 45 mile road bike ride, will be on May 17, 2014 and begins at Ashton City Park, registration is from 7:00 to 8:30 AM. Ride begins at 8:45 AM.

The $25 Entry Fee will benefit Osceola County’s Freedom Rock; this is a great tune up ride for RAGBRAI! Forms found on Ashton Town & Country Facebook Page.

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April 21, 2014 - 9:26 am - Posted in Church News

The Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of Sound of the Trumpet which will be given on Sunday afternoon April 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church.

Sound of the Trumpet features Joel Finnesgard, his wife June and their children Joy & Josiah from Sioux Falls, SD. Come for a time of worship and reflection of our Lord and Savior in this unique setting of instrumental music. The music includes a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary praise and worship songs in an easy listening style.

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April 20, 2014 - 2:08 am - Posted in Obituaries

Cynthia IedemaCynthia Sue Iedema, age 56 of Sibley, died, April 19, 2014, at her home near Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. April 23, 2014, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley with Fr. John Vakulskas and Fr. Tim Hogan as concelebrants. Inurnment will follow at St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be April 22, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home Walton Chapel of Sibley. There will be a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. and a Vigil service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cynthia (“Cindy”) Sue Iedema was born August 20, 1957 in Sibley, IA to Robert and Beverly (Swalve) Nasers. She was raised on her family farm outside of Sibley. She attended Kindergarten through 7th grade at St. Andrews Catholic School in Sibley and graduated from Sibley High School. Cindy continued her education at Mankato State University, in Mankato, Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. She was a social worker for the Iowa Department of Human Services and retired in January 2013.

On September 29, 1979, she was united in marriage to Clark Iedema. The couple made their home on the farm north of Sibley, where they remained the entire 34 years of their marriage. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, a member of The Catholic Daughters of America, and regularly attended Bible study at St. Andrews. She loved attending sporting events for her daughters, Nicole and Kally, and also for her many nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed genealogy, country music and attending country music concerts, Broadway musicals, cross-country skiing, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

Important moments in her life included seeing her daughters graduate from college, Nicole and Nathan’s wedding, and family vacations. Most recently, in February of 2014, 16 members of the family traveled together to Cancun, Mexico. It was a wonderful and memorable time for all. In May of 2011, Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer, a battle that she fought for 3 years. Cindy passed away at her home surrounded by family at the age of 56. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Clark Iedema of Sibley, IA; daughters, Nicole (Nathan) Rockman of Sibley, IA and Kally Iedema (Brad Norwood) of West Des Moines, IA; her parents Robert and Beverly Nasers of Sibley, IA; sister, Deb (Jeff) Kohn of Harris, IA; brother, Greg (Michelle) Nasers of Sibley, IA; and brother, Scott (Mindy) Nasers of Sibley, IA; many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Cindy was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Roy and Genevieve Nasers; maternal grandparents, Edwin and Isabelle Swalve; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Martin and Thilda Iedema.

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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.

NORTHWEST

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.

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