July 18, 2017 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank will hold a blood drive at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley this Thursday, July 20th. And it’s a milestone blood drive.

Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg tells us about it.

He says that the blood drive comes at a good time, since they are in need of blood.

He tells us why your donation now is so important.

Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org, weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. You are asked to bring an I.D. with you. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. For more information you can visit www.cbblifeblood.org or call Osceola Community Hospital at 712-754-2574.

Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit cooperative of Sanford and Avera Health and the sole blood provider to 34 local hospitals. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

July 18, 2017 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

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Northwest Iowa — A convoy of big rigs will be hitting some northwest Iowa roads this weekend in an effort to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

Paul Schelling is one of the organizers of the annual Commercial Chaos For A Cure, and he tells us the day will begin, and end, in Sioux Center.

He tells us about the entry fee for the trucks.

Schelling says 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City.

Schelling says registration starts at 10 and the trucks take off at 11 this Saturday, June 18th.

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Public Library will turn 100 years old this year, and the celebrations continue, with one planned on Monday.

Library officials tell us that the original part of the building was a Carnegie library. A Carnegie library is one that was built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929.

Sibley Public Library Director Mary Earll gives us some history.

She says another donor also helped with the library.

She says they’ve got a celebration happening on Monday, the 17th of this month, and the big celebration coming up a month later, on August 17th.

For more information about the Sibley Public Library, visit them on the web at www.sibley.lib.ia.us or you can call them at (712) 754-2888.

Other side of the building

Location of Centennial Garden

July 14, 2017 - 11:58 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa (Radio Iowa) — The monthly Water Summary Update from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources shows things have dried out significantly as Iowa entered the second half of the year.

The D-N-R’s Tim Hall helps compile the summary.

Rains in May and June kept the word drought out of the water report, but it has now returned.

Part of the problem recently has been the storms that drop the rain are spotty and not widespread.

Hall points out this is the early stage of drought.

He says Iowa’s situation is better than other nearby states.

Hall says for now it’s important to keep an eye on the situation and be prepared.

Hall says things could turn around as quickly as they dried out with some sustained rainfall.

Photo caption:  The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows yellow for abnormally dry conditions and light brown for moderate drought.

July 12, 2017 - 3:21 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — An Oklahoma man was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash northwest of Sibley Tuesday afternoon.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened when a 2010 Ford F-250 pickup, driven by 75-year old Ross Barnett of Skiatook, Oklahoma was traveling eastbound on Highway 9, near the intersection with Nettle Avenue.  Authorities say Barnett’s pickup drifted off the roadway and entered the north ditch, then veered across Highway 9, entering the south ditch, where it rolled over and knocked down a road sign.

Officials say Barnett sustained injury to hid neck, and was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Sibley Ambulance.

Damage to Barnett’s pickup was estimated at $18-thousand.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Sibley Ambulance and Sibley Fire Department.

July 12, 2017 - 9:27 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Board of Supervisors has offered the Osceola County Attorney position to a man currently practicing law in Plano, Texas, and he has accepted the position.

According to the Osceola County Auditor’s office, the board has offered the position to Nolan McGowan, who is a 2014 Drake Law School graduate.

McGowan will start on or before August 15th.

The search for a new county attorney began after current Osceola County Attorney Bob Hansen announced he would retire from the position as of July 21st, 2017. Hansen says he will be moving to Colorado after 21 and a half years as Osceola County Attorney.

The auditor’s office says a 28E agreement is in the works with another county to share the services of their county attorney for a few weeks between when Hansen retires and McGowan starts.

July 11, 2017 - 2:16 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Do you plan to retire someday? Most of us do, but will you have enough money and investments to keep you going? That’s the topic of an upcoming workshop in Sibley.

“Welcome to Retirement: Will you be ready?” is on Monday, August 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch in Sibley. Participants are invited to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a free supper before the program begins.

We talked to Jan Monahan, who is the workshop presenter and is an ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist in family finance. She tells us about it.

She says that the workshop includes a hands-on activity that enables participants to get a taste of all the variables that affect retirement well-being.

She says some participants come away reassured that they are on the right track, while others leave with motivation to step up their retirement savings.

One of the variables you’ll have to take into account in retirement planning is how long you will live. Monahan says there’s even a tool for that.

She says they’ll also have a number of brochures and other resources available for you to take home.

You’re asked to pre-register by Friday, August 4th by calling Sandy at 712-754-3648 or emailing slamfers@iastate.edu to allow for proper planning for meals and materials.

Further questions on retirement readiness can be directed to Monahan at 712-336-3488 or jmonahan@iastate.edu.

July 11, 2017 - 11:04 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A 70-year old Sibley man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison on charges stemming from an incident that took place in November, 2015.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says the charge of Felony OWI came about as the result of a report they received on Thursday, November 15, 2015.  Authorities say they received a report of an intoxicated individual leaving a restaruant in Sibley a little before 7:00 that evening.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested Kenneth David Fransen of Sibley and charged him with Operating While Intoxicated – 3rd offense, a class D Felony; Assault on a Peace Officer with a deadly weapon, a class D Felony; Interference with Official Acts causing injury, a Serious Misdemeanor; and Driving While Revoked, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Authorities say Fransen was convicted of the 3rd Offense OWI charge, and was sentenced in Osceola County District Court to serve up to five years in the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, with credit for 16-hours already served.

July 11, 2017 - 9:10 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — An Allendorf man has been sentenced to a five-year prison term after he was found guilty of a felony offense.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, 27-year-old Scott Thomas Nasers of Allendorf, was found guilty of Operating While Intoxicated and/or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Injury, a Class D Felony, and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident Resulting in Serious Injury, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Nasers was committed to the custody of the Director of the Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed five years on the felony count. He was also sentenced to two years for the Aggravated Misdemeanor count, with both sentences to be served concurrently. On each offense, the minimum fine and surcharge were assessed but suspended. They say Nasers was also ordered to pay victim restitution in an amount to be determined.

According to Osceola County officials, Nasers caused a crash on July 28, 2016. They say he was driving a 2006 Chrysler 300 southbound on Oriole Avenue when he ran the stop sign at the intersection of 240th Street and Oriole Avenue, two miles east of Ashton. They say he struck a 1991 Chevrolet Corsica, driven by 35-year old Natalie Hieronimus, of Ashton, that was traveling eastbound on 240th Street.

They say he then fled the scene on foot, and that all three occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Sanford Sheldon, with one of them being transferred via helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital.

July 11, 2017 - 12:08 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Monday is the first day to take out papers to run for public school board positions in Iowa. The election is on Tuesday, September 12th. There are board members at each area school whose terms will be expiring this fall. For example:

Two members of Sheldon School Board have terms that will expire this fall. They are At-Large member Randy Merley, and District 1 member Susan Rensink.

At Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, the school board seats of District 2 Director Lynn Younie, District 3 Director Marne Schiphoff, and District 5 director Scott Vollink are all up for election.

In the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District, the District 1 chair held now by Tasha Bos will be up for election, as will the District 3 chair held by Tim Helmers and the District 4 chair, held by Tracy Van Diepen.

In the Harris-Lake Park School District, Mike Bosma’s District 2 position is up for election, as is Tim Harmon’s district 4 position.

Two school board members’ terms are also expiring at George-Little Rock — those of District 2 Director Wade Netten and District 3 Director Ryan Klingenberg.

Since it’s early in the filing period, it’s not known yet which school board members will file for re-election.

For the most part, school board members serve four-year terms. The deadline for filing papers is August 3rd, and paperwork can be obtained from the county auditor’s office, each school office, and on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.