Sibley, Iowa — Information and entertainment — that’s basically the business of a county fair. But Osceola County’s fair is adding “honor and gratitude” to that group on Friday.

Steve Voss, with the Osceola County Fair Board, tells us about Friday’s activities at the fair.

He says they’d like to honor military veterans on Friday too.

Voss says they’d also like to show their gratitude to the wives, mothers, and other women with a special event.

Highlights of the weekend at the Osceola County Fair are a bean bag tournament and monster trucks on Saturday and on Sunday a 4-H Council Breakfast and an ecumenical worship service are planned.

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Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Fair is in full swing in Sibley.

We had a chance to visit with Steve Voss from the Osceola County Fair Board. He says things are looking good for the fair of late.

He tells us about the 4-H and FFA shows on Thursday.

Inflatables will also be available Thursday from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Plus, the McCallum Museum will be open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., thanks to the museum volunteers.

Highlights of the rest of the fair include Women’s Day and Veterans’ Day on Friday, plus pro wrestling. Saturday there’s a bean bag tournament and monster trucks and Sunday there’s a 4-H Council Breakfast and an ecumenical worship service.

Sibley, Iowa — Northwest Iowa county fairs continue to inform and entertain fairgoers. Next, it’s Osceola County’s turn. The fair gets underway this Wednesday, July 18th.

From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., there’s a freewill donation meal, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension in celebration of the centennial of extension this year. At 6:30, it will be the opening ceremonies for the Osceola County American Cancer Society Relay For Life. That will be in the grandstand.

The Little Miss Osceola County and Miss Osceola County Fair Queen Contest will be at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand. And during intermission, there will be a special Relay For Life speaker talking about her cancer journey.

After the queen contest, the Relay For Life luminaria ceremony and survivor lap will be held in the commercial building.

When it gets dark, about 9:30 p.m., Iowa State University Extension will host a Glo Run/Walk/Bike Ride, starting at the commercial building.

Highlights of the rest of the fair include figure eight races and a demolition derby on Thursday, veterans day and women’s night on Friday, a barbeque contest and all-star monster trucks on Saturday, and a 4-H Council breakfast and ecumenical worship on Sunday.

July 18, 2018 - 12:34 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — It’s summer, and that means two things. There is more need for blood due to people being outside and more active. It also means that people tend to forget to give blood because they’re so busy.

So giving blood at blood drives this time of year is even more important. Ken Ver Steeg, executive director of the Community Blood Bank tells us about a blood drive this Thursday in Sibley.

He says it’s easy to donate, and he gives a few guidelines.

He says in the summer it’s always important to make sure you drink enough fluids, but especially if you’re going to give blood.

You can call the Osceola Community Hospital Laboratory to make an appointment at 712-754-2574 ext. 260. Blood drive organizers say that the Community Blood Bank is the sole supplier of blood and blood products for Osceola Community Hospital. They say no hospitals in our area get blood from the American Red Cross.

July 13, 2018 - 6:37 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The celebration and ceremony will be a little different, but the cause is the same. The Osceola County American Cancer Society Relay For Life is going to be part of the Osceola County Fair this year.

One of the organizers of the festivities, Jackie Kannegieter tells us about it.

She says it’s going to be “a little bit different but similar” to past years.

She says luminaria bags are available around Osceola County.

Kannegieter says if you need more information you can call her at 712-461-1919 or look for them on Facebook.

July 11, 2018 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — Northwest Iowa families can now visit six libraries throughout the region and check out STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational backpacks.

The backpacks were created by Iowa State University students and are sponsored by local county extension councils and an Excellence in Extension grant, according to ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie DeJong.

She says there are two books in each bag.

DeJong says that each library is free to determine their own plan for checkout and use of the backpacks. Some of them may offer them for checkout, some may have patrons use the backpacks and their materials only at the library. But she encourages people to “check out” the backpacks. Again, they are available at the public libraries in George, Hull, Sibley, Sanborn, Everly, and Milford.

Photo caption: Mackenzie DeJong (left) and Sue Boettcher (middle) deliver four STEM backpacks to Gillian Anderson (right), Milford Public Library Director.

July 10, 2018 - 1:58 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Fire Department has responded to three fire calls in recent days. They helped with a crash, put out a structure fire, and extinguished a truck fire on Highway 60.

A semi-trailer and most of its load were destroyed in a fire on Monday, July 9, 2018, near Sibley.

According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, about 4:40 p.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a vehicle fire on Highway 60 just south of the Minnesota state line, north of Sibley.

The chief says the fire department saw a semi-trailer and load of wood shavings on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Huls says no injuries were reported.

He says that the call was actually in the Bigelow, Minnesota Fire Department’s territory but it was in Iowa and Sibley arrived first.

Huls says as the truck was entering Iowa, a tire blew. He says remnants of the tire got under the trailer and the friction with the remaining tires caused the rubber to start on fire. He says the trucker was advised of the issue by another trucker on the CB radio, and that when he stopped to check it out, it burst into flames. Huls says the driver immediately disconnected the semi-tractor from the load and drove it to safety, so the tractor was not damaged.

Huls says Highway 60 needed to be closed due to visibility issues. He says the Iowa State Patrol and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office assisted with diverting traffic.

Chief Huls reports that the trailer and 90 percent of the load of wood shavings were totaled.

He says they used 5,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the approximately 11 firefighters from Sibley were on scene for about two hours.

Incidentally, Huls says this was the only time he can remember filling a drop tank right on Highway 60 for a vehicle fire.

The previous evening, the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a barn fire near Sibley.

According to Huls, they received the call about 10:10 p.m., to 1731 Oriole Avenue, just south of Sibley. He says the original call was of a barn fire, but they found out that the barn had burned and had caved in previously with no one calling the fire department. He says that fire was caused by embers from a trash fire near the barn, and he says they said that since the barn was dilapidated, they just let it burn. But they became concerned when an adjacent building with a tractor inside started on fire. He says the fire was mostly on the roof, and they extinguished it and the remains of the barn.

Huls says no injuries were reported to people, pets, or livestock.

He says they used about 1,000 gallons of water to fight that fire.

July 8, 2018 - 8:29 am - Posted in News

Hunters can help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with its annual population estimates by reporting all the turkeys seen in July and August.

The DNR has mailed survey cards to select turkey hunters who are asked to provide the date and county in which the turkey was seen, if it was an adult female or adult male (males have beards on their breast), and whether there are young poults (baby turkeys).

There is a link to an online survey and survey card at for those who did not receive a card.

Annual population surveys conducted by the DNR are an important component of the species management plans, which includes providing hunting opportunities. Hunter participation is appreciated.

Iowa Congressman Steve King says he’s getting signals from the White House on the president’s preferred path on immigration policy.

King suggests with a “rifle-shot” approach, there would be bills that address just one topic, like border wall funding in one bill and another that addresses so-called “DACA” recipients who were illegally brought into the country by their parents when they were children.

President Trump is scheduled to reveal his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy on Monday night. Last month, Congressman King was among the Republicans who helped defeat two immigration bills advanced by House G-O-P leaders. King says the failure of those bills improves the chances future proposals will be in line with his views.

J.D. Scholten of Sioux City, King’s Democratic opponent, says it’s time to “modernize” the country’s immigration policies.

Scholten says it’s frustrating to watch the D.C. debate on this topic.

Trump tweeted Thursday that Congress should “FIX OUR INSANE IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW.”

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the U.S. Senate will have “plenty of time” to confirm a new justice before the U.S. Supreme Court starts its next term. President Trump will reveal his nominee Monday night. The Supreme Court will begin considering new cases 84 days from now. Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicts the full senate will have confirmed Trump’s pick by then.

Earlier this week, Grassley told reporters it would be “pushing it” but “not impossible” to have the next Supreme Court justice seated by October 1st. Grassley’s offering a more optimistic assessment Thursday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee already has a staff of 21. Grassley says more lawyers will be hired to “thoroughly review” the record of whomever Trump nominated.

Grassley indicated there will be “several days” of public hearings in his committee for whomever the president nominates.