February 8, 2016 - 1:34 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — Icy roads caused an accident that sent a Little Rock woman to the hospital on Friday.

Osceola County authorities say the accident happened on 230th Street, just west of Ashton, when a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 20-year old Julia Schaa of Little Rock went out of control on the icy roadway.  Deputies say Schaa overcorreted and the truck slid into the ditch and rolled, coming to rest on it’s wheels.

The Ashton Ambulance transported Schaa to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Damage to Schaa’s pickup was estimated at $5,000.

February 5, 2016 - 10:30 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident at a Sibley intersection on Thursday, February 4th in Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:55 am on Thursday, that 31-year-old Danika Jo Schmidt of Ocheyedan was driving a 2012 Dodge Durango westbound on 5th Street in Sibley. Forty-eight-year-old Sheryl Kay Zylstra of Ocheyedan was driving a 2010 Ford Taurus northbound on 4th Avenue. According to the report Zylstra stopped for the stop sign on 4th Ave but failed to see the Schmidt vehicle and pulled into the intersection causing the Durango to hit the Taurus broadside.

The Durango received $1500 damage; the Taurus received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported

February 4, 2016 - 5:10 pm - Posted in News

sibleySibley, Iowa — If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, head over to February Follies, which will be taking place Saturday in Sibley.

Sheryl Peters of the Sibley Chamber of Commerce tells us that this week’s blizzard has caused a few changes to the February Follies line-up, but there will still be plenty to do.
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She says there will also be a “Bible Bowl” competition beginning at 10 Saturday morning at the American Legion Hall in Sibley.
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Peters say that, at mid-day, from 11 to 1, you can sample various varieties of chili during the February Follies Chili Bowl.
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She says there are various other activities scheduled, as well, including a 500 Tournament starting at 1:00 Saturday afternoon.
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Peters tells us other activities will include a wine tasting and chocolate tasting at A Porch On Main downtown, and a Poker Walk from business to business in downtown Sibley.
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Much of the proceeds from Saturday’s February Follies in Sibley will go to support both the Swimming Pool Project, and the Osceola Rec Trails Project.

February 4, 2016 - 10:36 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — It’s been held for four years now and while it focuses on learning, it’s a big hit with kids.
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“STEM Fest” hosted by Dordt College, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs, and the Northwest Iowa Governors STEM Initiative is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dordt College’s Science and Technology Center. Mike Compton from the Osceola County Extension office is one of the main organizers of the event. He reminds us that “STEM” in this case is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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He says the STEM Fest is for all youth ages 9 to 14, grades 4th to 8th, and you don’t have to be a 4-H member to attend.

He says Dordt College faculty and students, Iowa State University students, and ISU Extension and Outreach staff offer fun-filled, mind-blowing, “STEM-ulating” activities to help area youth experience the exciting applications of STEM.

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Check-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with sessions starting at 9 a.m. The day includes lunch at the college food service, along with morning and afternoon snacks.

Online registration found at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/DordtSTEMFest2016. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 16. Tracks fill up quickly; first come, first served. There is a limit of 168 participants.

Contact your local Extension and Outreach youth coordinator for brochure and registration form: Lyon County: Jill Postma 712-472-2576jpostma@iastate.edu; Sioux County: Danielle Zuidema 712-737-4230dzuidema@iastate.edu; Osceola County: Michael Compton 712-754-3648mcompton@iastate.edu; O’Brien County: Sarah Fiddelke 712-957-5045sfiddelk@iastate.edu; Cherokee County: Debbie Erpelding 712-225-6196deberp@iastate.edu; Plymouth County: Ann Schoenrock 712-546-7835schoenro@iastate.edu.

February 2, 2016 - 10:01 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — An Ocheyedan man was taken to the hospital after an accident recently near Sibley.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s office reports about 5:50 PM on January 28th, 85-year-old Cornelius Wolterstorff of Ocheyedan was driving a 2002 Buick Park Avenue northbound on Highway 60 near Sibley. They report that 31-year-old Timothy Ryan Cook of Sheldon was driving a 2014 Peterbilt semi, registered to AD trucking of Hull northbound on Highway 60 behind the Wolterstorff vehicle.

The semi rear-ended the Wolterstorff vehicle according to the sheriff’s office. They say the impact caused the Wolterstorff vehicle to skid out of control before coming to rest in the east ditch on Highway 60.

The Sibley Ambulance crew took Wolterstorff to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. Cook did not report any injuries.

Wolterstorff’s vehicle received about $8,500 in damage, and the semi Cooke was driving received about $4,000 in damages.

Cook was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control.

The Sheriff’s Office reports the Sibley Fire Department also assisted on the scene.

January 24, 2016 - 8:51 am - Posted in News

Osceola co courthouseSibley, Iowa — On January 22nd, 2016, Devin Paul Groeneweg, age 23, of Ashton, IA pled guilty to Gatherings Where Marijuana is Unlawfully Used, a Serious Misdemeanor. Groeneweg is to pay a fine of $650.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $227.50, all court costs and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any, a $125.00 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge, and a D.A.R.E. surcharge. Groeneweg is further sentenced to thirty (30) days in the Osceola County Jail with twenty-eight (28) days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff.

On January 22, 2016 Tara Marie Ferguson, age 24, of Ashton, IA pled guilty to Gatherings Where Marijuana is Unlawfully Used, a Serious Misdemeanor. Ferguson is to pay a fine of $650.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $227.50, all court costs and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any, a $125.00 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge, and a D.A.R.E. surcharge. Ferguson is further sentenced to thirty (30) days in the Osceola County Jail with twenty-eight (28) days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff.

On January 22, 2016 Matthew Alan Williams, age 34, of Hartley, IA pled guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine, Second Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor. Williams is to pay a fine of $650.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $227.50, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any, and a $125.00 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge. Williams is further sentenced to sixty (60) days in the Osceola County Jail with all but two (2) days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff.

January 22, 2016 - 5:16 pm - Posted in News

Cedar CabinAshton, Iowa — A northwest Iowa landmark is scheduled to go up in flames Saturday morning.

The Cedar Cabin Restaurant closed it’s doors in June, 2013, after operating in their Ashton location since 1938.  On December 1, 2014 the Osceola County Secondary Road Department bought the property at auction, with plans to raze the restaurant building and construct a new County Shop.  But about a week later, plans changed again, when someone approached the Osceola County Board of Supervisors indicating an interest in re-opening the restaurant.  At that time, the board decided to finalize the purchase of the Cedar Cabin Property by the Secondary Road Department, but said they would sell it to someone interested in re-starting a restaurant in that location.  Nothing came of that, however, so the county decided to move forward with the new shop.

As a result, Saturday morning, the restaurant building that served steaks, chops, seafood and more to multiple generations of northwest Iowans will be burned to the ground to make way for the new County Shop.

Firefighters from Ashton, Sheldon and Sibley are expected to take part in Saturday morning’s controlled burn as a training exercise to keep their fire fighting skills sharp.

Kyzer_EOWSibley, Iowa – EOW, or End Of Watch, is the term used by law enforcement to describe the date that an officer passes away.  Thursday, January 14th marked the EOW for a long-time 4-legged member of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

K9 Kyzer had been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2004, according to Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber.

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Weber talked about the process of acquiring Kyzer.

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The Sheriff says Kyzer was, what is called in law enforcement, a “dual purpose” dog.

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Weber says Kyzer was retired in 2013, and had lived at the Sheriff’s Office since that time.  He says that, even in retirement, Kyzer’s nose for narcotics still worked just fine.

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He says that time and age finally caught up with Kyzer, and Thursday, a veterinarian recommended that it was time to end the dog’s pain and suffering.

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Sheriff Weber says having to put Kyzer down has been hard on the Sheriff’s Office staff, the people with whom he had interacted every day since his 2013 retirement.

The year after Kyzer retired from life on the street, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office acquired another K9, named Hunter, who is a chocolate lab/bloodhound mix.  Unlike Kyzer, who was a dual purpose dog, Hunter is strictly a narcotics detection canine.

In 2005, Kyzer was awarded the top rookie trophy at the Iowa K-9 trials


January 14, 2016 - 4:16 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines,gavel_sxc Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed a Harris man’s conviction for first-degree kidnapping and second-degree sexual abuse.

The Iowa Supreme Court wrote that they found ample evidence that in November 2012, 48-year-old Walter Norem removed his wife Dawn from a Milford parking lot, transported her to their rural residence, confined her there, and—as a consequence of that removal and confinement—she was intentionally subjected to sexual abuse and torture. Norem had argued insufficient evidence for the kidnapping charge among other issues in his appeal.

Norem’s attorney had argued that because Norem pulled over and offered his wife a chance to get out of the vehicle that the kidnapping ended there, and that she continued with him by her choice. The court did not agree since the offer happened in a secluded, uninhabited area where it would have been difficult for Dawn Norem to find help since she didn’t have her cell phone.

January 14, 2016 - 2:08 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A former Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Teacher and Administrator has just released his second novel.  Jeff Zwagerman’s novel, “A Full Bubble Off Plumb” is available online.

Zwagerman says “A Full Bubble Off Plumb” is the continuation of a story that he began with his first novel, “Always A Kicker”, which was released last spring.
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The protagonist of Zwagerman’s novels is a character called “Zander”.  Zwagerman tells us a little about Zander.
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He says that, while he’s always wanted to write a novel, he has no idea where the idea for these books, and the characters, came from.
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We asked Zwagerman how long it takes him to pen each novel.
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Zwagerman’s 3rd novel in the “Zander” series is scheduled to be released later this year.
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If you’ve read any of the Virgil Flowers or Prey novels by Minnesota author John Sandford, or the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child, you’ll most likely notice the influence each of those authors have had on Zwagerman when you read A Full Bubble Off Plumb.

Both of Zwagerman’s novels, Always A Kicker, and his most recent release, A Full Bubble Off Plumb are available from Amazon, both in standard and Kindle format, from Barnes & Noble for the Nook e-reader, and from the books’ publisher, Oak Tree Press.