Spencer, Iowa — The organization that provides leadership and management for the regional system of care for mental health and disability services for six northwest Iowa counties has switched providers for their crisis line.
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Northwest Iowa Care Connections serves residents of Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Palo Alto Counties. They report that they have recently switched providers for the region’s 24/7 crisis phone line from Foundation 2 in Cedar Rapids to Spencer-based Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

Bill Leupold, Northwest Iowa Care Connections’ Goverance Board Chair and the official spokesperson for the region, says that the Regional Governance Board felt that the $60,000 annual cost of Foundation 2’s service was exorbitant for the number of calls received by Foundation 2.

Northwest Iowa Care Connections Region Chief Executive Officer Kim Wilson says that Seasons Center, as a private, non-profit organization, provides a safe, confidential option for people to seek assistance with social, emotional, behavioral and family issues. Since a crisis can come in many forms, Seasons Center seeks to empower people to develop their own skills and confidence in meeting life’s challenges.

Leupold says that there should be no impact to those who call the crisis line as the phone number will remain the same, the only difference being the clients will now be speaking with Seasons Center personnel.

They say the Northwest Iowa Care Connections toll free crisis line,( 844-345-4569) is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with Seasons Center, whose emergency services are accredited by the Iowa Department of Human Services Chapter 24. Callers can expect to receive assistance from trained staff who help to develop a collaborative safety plan, arrange follow-up, and make referrals to local providers as needed.

Sibley, Iowa — Three individuals face alcohol-related charges in two separate incidents in Osceola County in recent days.

Two Estherville men were jailed Thursday (July 14th) in Sibley, following an investigation into a pair of suspicious males at the Ocheyedan Pits.  Osceola County authorities say 51-year old Parish James Reed, and 62-year old Wesley John Lyons, were both charged with Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.  In addition, Lyons was reportedly charged with OWI, a serious misdemeanor.  Deputies say both men were booked into the Osceola County Jail in Sibley, with bond for Reed set at $300, and $1,300 for Lyons.

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A Sheldon man was arrested Friday (July 15th) as the result of the investigation into the report of a suspicious male on Northwest Blvd in Sibley.  According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year old Cory Allen Wright was booked into the Osceola County Jail on charges of Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

July 12, 2016 - 2:00 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Osceola County is next in line for county fairs. The Osceola County Fair runs from Wednesday through Saturday of this week, the 13th through the 16th.
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Osceola County Fair Board Chairman Steve Voss says they’ve got something for everyone this year, and he starts by highlighting some Wednesday night activities.

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He says they’ve got some fun and different events going on Friday and Saturday as well.

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You can find out more at theosceolacountyfair.com.

July 7, 2016 - 3:25 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Another hearing date has been set in the case of a group of Osceola County taxpayers versus Osceola County and the City of Harris. But it remains to be seen if it will happen as scheduled.

Osceola County Courthouse Closeup_SVAThe group of taxpayers allege that — an agreement to use Tax Increment Financing from a group of wind turbines in Osceola County for a waste water project and lagoon in Harris and for improvements to White Avenue — was illegal.

A hearing on the case has been scheduled for Friday, July 22nd. But the taxpayers have asked for additional time to resist the County and City’s motion for summary judgement. Meanwhile, the County and City are asking to postpone a telephonic hearing that according to court records was to have happened on Friday, July 15th.

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Sibley, Iowa — If you’re a pork producer, you know that there are more and more hoops to jump through to get your product to market.
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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension wants to help pork producers create a good, wholesome product that is raised in a humane way, so they are offering a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) workshop in Sibley on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Osceola Community Hospital Wellness Center.

Iowa State University Extension Swine Specialist Dave Stender says the Common Swine Industry Audit is all about standards set up by the packers.

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He says that’s the good news. But . . .

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Stender says workshop attendees will have the opportunity to walk through the questions of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farm(s), and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to best prepare for the audit process.

The first two hours of the workshop will be a discussion of how to successfully answer the 92 questions on the packer welfare audit instrument. There will be an optional lunch at a cost of $5 per person, followed by an optional workshop where operational welfare policy statements and SOPs will be developed. If attendees cannot stay for the afternoon session, SOP templates will be available on data drives for pork producers to take with them and utilize at a later time.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to work on customizing their SOPs during the workshop. A limited number of computers will also be available for use. Attendees will be provided with a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, compliments of ISU Extension and Outreach, U of MN Extension, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required to ensure an adequate supply of workshop materials. Attendees can register by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach – Cherokee office at 712-225-6196.

June 28, 2016 - 5:12 pm - Posted in News

AccidentGenericSibley, Iowa — A Sibley man was hospitalized, then charged, after crashing a moped in Sibley Saturday afternoon.

According to Osceola County authorities, the accident happened about 2:20 Saturday afternoon when a 2009 Bash moped, owned by Tanya Waggoner of Sibley, and driven by 44-year old Steven Robert Lenderts, also of Sibley, was northbound on 11th Avenue.  Deputies say Lenderts attempted a left turn onto 9th Street.  According to the report, Lenderts leaned the moped too far during the turn, and lost control.  The moped went on it’s side and slid into the intersection, according to authorities.

Deputies say Lenderts was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by Sibley Ambulance, with what were described as “non-incapacitating” injuries.  The moped sustained an estimated $500 in damage.

As a result of the accident, deputies say Lenderts was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, a Serious Misdemeanor, as well as Failure To Maintain Control, and No Insurance.

June 28, 2016 - 7:40 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa– Another accident in Lyon County has claimed a life — this one of a Sibley man.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 3:00 PM on Monday, June 27, 2016, 63-year-old Merle Broesder of Sibley was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile SUV northbound on Larch Avenue, two miles north and three miles east of George.

The report says that the SUV entered the ditch, where it ramped 190th Street and rolled coming to rest in a field. The trooper says the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trooper says another trooper, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, and the George Fire Department and Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.

June 23, 2016 - 1:58 pm - Posted in News

crimeOsceola County, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a crime that took place sometime Tuesday morning, June 21st.

Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber says the residential burglary happened sometime between 6:15 and 10:20 Tuesday morning at a rural residence in Osceola County.  Weber says 23 miscellaneous firearms were taken in the burglary, as well as a black 2001 Dodge pickup truck.  Sheriff Weber says the truck was discovered abandoned at the intersection of 170th Street and Jefferson Avenue (Ellsworth blacktop) in Lyon County on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Authorities have offered a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for this crime.  You may submit information to Text-A-Tip at www.sheriffosceolacounty.org or by calling 712-754-2556.

June 22, 2016 - 2:57 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A fundraising supper is coming up on Friday night in Sibley to raise funds to renovate the swimming pool.
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Kim Van Der Sloot with the Sibley Outdoor Aquatic Center- Fill It Up Committee tells us that the original plan was to replace the pool with a new aquatic center, but she says plans have changed a little.

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She tells us about the Dinner and Auction planned for Friday night.

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She says tickets for the supper are $25 and are available at The Porch on Main or by calling Van Der Sloot. But you don’t need a ticket to come to the auction portion of the evening.

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Again the dinner and auction is this Friday night at Mulligan’s in Sibley.

June 21, 2016 - 3:58 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — More motions have been filed in the case of a group of Osceola County taxpayers versus Osceola County and the City of Harris — three by the taxpayers group and one by the County and City.
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The group of taxpayers alleged that — an agreement to use Tax Increment Financing from a group of wind turbines in Osceola County for a waste water project and lagoon in Harris and for improvements to White Avenue — was illegal.

The taxpayer group says that the court’s order denying summary judgement talks about a material fact question regarding Ordinance 47, but they say it makes no mention of Resolution 10-15/16, and they say they are not the same thing. They say the proposed ordinance 47 deals with division of revenue in the TIF district. Meanwhile, the resolution established the Urban Renewal Area (7). They say resolutions don’t need three readings as they become effective upon the first vote, which in this case happened on October 20th, 2015, and their objection was filed within the time allowed, on November 3rd. They want the court to include Resolution 10-15/16 in the decision for summary judgement.

They also filed a motion asking the court for permission to amend the date of their filing to include challenging the October 27, 2015, consideration of Ordinance 47 and the November 10, 2015, consideration of that ordinance and to have the objection filed after the November 10, 2015, reading and adoption.

The plaintiffs also are asking the “expert witness” designation to be removed from the defendants’ witness, John Danos. They say Danos’ expert opinion is “based largely on inadmissible opinions on the legal meaning of Iowa Code Chapter 403—the ultimate issue in the case.”

Osceola County and the City of Harris, the defendants in the case filed a motion that states that the parties have been “undergoing discovery in this matter,” and basically asks to have the full time to do their due diligence.

At this point a trial is scheduled on the case on September 20th, 2016.

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