November 22, 2017 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa (Radio Iowa) — Thanksgiving weekend is easily one of the busiest periods of the year on Iowa roads, and traditionally, the deadliest.

Patrick Hoye, chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says the congestion increases the risk for crashes.

Over the past decade in Iowa, the state’s Department of Transportation reports the Thanksgiving weekend has produced 25-percent more fatal crashes than any other holiday weekend. The night before Thanksgiving is a particularly dangerous time because of alcohol-impaired drivers.

Hoye says if alcohol is in your celebration plans, plan ahead and name a designated driver.

Last year in Iowa, five people were killed in traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday period – which began Wednesday evening and continues through Monday morning.

Northwest Iowa — Students who are on the Free & Reduced Lunch Program here in northwest Iowa, and across the state, will be the beneficiaries of a new program that aims to feed protein-packed sandwiches to needy children.

Allyson Ladd is marketing specialist for Iowa’s largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, which is starting what it’s calling the Power Snack program.

The program is now going statewide after it had been tried as a pilot program in several Iowa communities and Ladd says the coupons were a success.

She says recent studies find one in eight children in Iowa are food insecure, meaning they’re not sure where their next meal may be coming from.

To learn more visit the Iowa Select Farms Facebook page or their website at

November 22, 2017 - 9:50 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News



Osceola County Sharing Christmas 2017

  1. Please contact Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Sibley if you are willing to help make a family’s Christmas a little better this year. Please call during office hours which are Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:00 – 12:00 and 12:30- 3:30 to adopt a family or with any questions. UDMO’s number is 712-754-2573.
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    34. Family of 2. Elderly man wears size 38/30 pants and xl shirts and would like a pair of warm winter boots size 13. Elderly woman wears size 16 petite elastic waist jeans and xl shirts and would like a bath robe.
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    38. Family of 4. Girl age 14 wears size 5/6 pants and medium shirts and would like fuzzy socks, a Bible with a cover, or candles. Boy age 13 wears size 16 regular pants and medium shirts and would like a head set or controller for PS4 or a Bible with a cover. Boy age 12 wears size 12 husky pants and large shirts and would like a soccer ball, left handed baseball glove or a Bible with a cover.
    39. Family of 5. Girl age 11 wears size 14 pants and s/m shirts would like cowgirl boots size 9.5 or nail polish and perfume. Girl age 11 wears size 14 pants and s/m pants would like emoji items or a journal. Girl age 10 wears size 16/18 pants and m/l shirts and would like arts and craft items or card/board games. Girl age 4 wears size 6t and would like Barbie with accessories or My Little Pony items.


November 20, 2017 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — You can be a lifesaver by rolling up your sleeve and giving 20-minutes of your time this Wednesday in Sibley.

The Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will make a stop in Sibley on Wednesday of this week, at the Osceola Community Hospital. Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg talls us more.

Versteeg says the demand for blood picks up during the holiday season.

He says that just one pint of blood can potentialy save three lives.

Versteeg says there are just a few requirements for being able to donate blood.

Roll up your sleeve and save a life, this Wednesday, November 22nd, when the Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile visits the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. They’ll be accepting donations from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, and 2:30 until 5:00 pm, and Versteeg says walk-ins are welcome.

The Community Blood Bank is a partnership between Sanford and Avera, and is the SOLE blood provider to the Sanford and Avera networks.

November 14, 2017 - 3:03 pm - Posted in News

Ashton & Sheldon, Iowa — There were some tense moments, and angry motorists, Saturday evening when an Ashton woman allegedly led law enforcement officers from five agencies on a pursuit from the Ashton area to Sheldon.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says one of their deputies attempted to stop a vehicle near Ashton Saturday evening for a registration violation. Deputies say the driver refused to stop, and continued southbound on Monroe Avenue near Ashton. The deputy gave chase, and along the way, was joined by officers from the Sheldon Police Department, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. Deputies say the vehicle entered Sheldon, stopping in a residential yard near East Elementary School. According to authorities, the driver then fled on foot, and entered a Sheldon residence. Osceola County authorities say officers located the woman, who they identify as 37-year old Sarah Sue Schilling of Ashton, a short time later.

Deputies say Schilling faces charges of:  Eluding, and Driving While Barred, both Aggravated Misdemeanors; Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, both Serious Misdemeanors; and Driving While Suspended and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both Simple Misdemeanors.

Schilling was also reportedly cited for Fraudulent Use of Registration, No Insurance, and Violation of a Restricted License.

Cops say Schilling also had warrants out of O’Brien County and Palo Alto County for her arrest.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sheldon Police Department, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Sibley, Iowa — A 45-year old Sibley man faces a felony and several misdemeanor drug charges after his arrest on warrants this past Saturday.

Osceola County authorities say their arrest of Hue Phat Le stemmed from a search warrant that had been executed at a rural Osceola County residence. Items discovere during that search reportedly led to arrest warrants charging Le with Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony, as well as a Controlled Substance Violation, Possession of Methamphetamine, Gathering Where Marijuana is Used, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all misdemeanor charges.

Deputies say Le was booked into the Osceola County Jail and held on a $12,300 bond.

November 9, 2017 - 3:52 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day in the United States — a day set aside to give honor and thanks to the brave men and women who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces.

The observance started out as Armistice Day, to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France.

The veterans day program in Sibley will be on Friday, November 10th at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.

November 8, 2017 - 11:34 am - Posted in News

Allendorf, Iowa — A combine was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 near Allendorf.

According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, about 6:00 p.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a combine fire near 1623 Rose Avenue, on the east side of Allendorf, in the field.

The chief says the fire department saw the combine fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire, and the combine had to be partially dismantled as the fire was inside. He says there was also minor damage to the cut bean stubble under the combine, but no crop burned.

Huls says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined but may be related to the hydraulic system.

Chief Huls reports that the older combine was totaled in the blaze, and estimates the damage at $100,000.

He says they used 1000 gallons of water, plus foam concentrate to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until about 7:50 p.m.

November 8, 2017 - 4:19 am - Posted in News

Ashton Mayor: Pat DeVries (31) Others (13).

Ashton City Council: Vote for 3, top 3 write-ins were: Kevin Ommen (30); Dan Grote (27); Bill Honkomp (16).

Sibley City Council Ward 1: Mitchell Ackerman (50 write-ins); Ward 3: Misty Spooner (96 write-ins)

Harris City Council: Vote for 2, top 2 were Jeff Loring, 34 votes; Russell Meier, 33 votes

Sibley voters approved the city to issue general obligation loan notes in the amount of 1.6 million dollars for improving the city pool. The vote was 447 yes to 78 no.

Full Osceola County Results

November 7, 2017 - 10:08 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A George woman’s minivan was destroyed late Friday afternoon after being struck by a train near Ashton.

Osceola County authorities say their deputy arrived on the scene of a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of 210th Street and Highway 60 shortly after 4:30 Friday afternoon, and observed a 2003 Chrysler minivan, driven by 26-year old Rosalba Alatorre Padilla, of George. Deputies say the minivan had gone into the ditch, and drove over the top of the railroad track, coming to rest against a solid driveway, with the rear end of the minivan hanging over the railroad track.

As the scene was being investigated, the Deputy says he observed a southbound Union Pacific train north of the accident scene. He says the train was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the minivan. Fortunately, according to the deputy’s report, Albatorre Padilla was not inside the van when it was struck by the train.

According to authorities, Albatorre Padilla was treated, and released, for minor injuries at the scene, by the Osceola County Ambulance Service, and was not transported to the hospital.

Deputies estimate the minivan to be a total loss, and estimated damage to the Union Pacific train to be about $1-thousand.

Albatorre Padilla was reportedly ticketed for Failure To Provide Proof of Financial Liability.