bikeThis Ride Rocks, a 22 or 45 mile road bike ride, will be on May 17, 2014 and begins at Ashton City Park, registration is from 7:00 to 8:30 AM. Ride begins at 8:45 AM.

The $25 Entry Fee will benefit Osceola County’s Freedom Rock; this is a great tune up ride for RAGBRAI! Forms found on Ashton Town & Country Facebook Page.


April 9, 2014: The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge.

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program. Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2014.

Iowa’s winning video for 2014 was submitted by a group of five teens from the Sibley Public Library, Paige Hurlburt, Mariah Elser, Ben Wollmuth, Skylar Rueter and Rachel Poppen. The teens who submitted their video were sponsored by youth services librarian Rachel Loutsch.

This video competition is in its fourth year of encouraging teens to get involved with promoting summer reading and public libraries with a focus on the CSLP 2014 slogan, “Spark a Reaction.” Each participating state selected one winning video to be named the official CSLP Teen Video Challenge state winner for 2014. Twenty-six states and over one hundred teens participated in the creation of these winning videos.

The winners were announced on April 9, 2014 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winners were named from the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

To view this year’s winning videos, please visit CSLP’s website at <> . The winning videos can be used by all teens and all public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.

The winning videos exemplify the diversity of our country and of the teens that created them. Whether produced by an individual teen, groups of teens, a teen library club, or a teen school group, all exhibit creativity and illustrate quality work on the part of the industrious teen film makers. Many videos use humor or literary references to communicate the “Spark a Reaction” idea. Others use more introspective and informative approaches, incorporating inspirational quotes and original music compositions. In addition to promoting reading and the “Spark a Reaction” slogan, it is clear from all these videos that teens value their public libraries.

For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition will receive a monetary award of $275 and the associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Upstart. The awards can be used as each winner sees fit.

CSLP plans to continue the Teen Video Challenge for 2015. Please check the CSLP website ( <> ) in early fall for information on the 2015 Teen Video Challenge.

CSLP is a consortium of states working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

April 11, 2014 - 10:25 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Osceola County Historical Society will meet at McCallum Museum, Sibley, Monday April 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited. Refreshments served afterwards.

April 9, 2014 - 10:11 am - Posted in Community Calendar

garden2Looking for a garden plot?

Come to an informational meeting for Sibley community garden on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 4:30p.m. at the Osceola Employment Services/Hope Haven 1206 11th Avenue’

Your completed registration and $20 will reserve a 10 x 20 plot for a garden in the spring of 2014. We have available water! Questions? Call Carol at 712-754-2635

April 7, 2014 - 11:14 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Join Jake’s Meat Market in downtown Sibley Friday for their Spring Open House they will be grilling Ribs, Chicken and Brisket from 1 to 7 pm using Lil Angel BBQ sauce and making mouth watering tasty samples. Lil Angel is a truly wonderful sauce all on the Green Mountain Grill. Checkout all the delicious, gourmet custom meats and cheeses and Gourmet Pizza… good foods for the whole family. Its all happening this Friday starting at 1 till 7 at Jake’s in Sibley find them and enjoy.

April 7, 2014 - 9:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

crossThe Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of the Cornerstone Quartet which will be given on Sunday afternoon April 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. Jesus describes Himself as the Cornerstone that His church, a unified body of believers, would be built upon. Therefore, the members of this group have chosen ‘Cornerstone’ as their name to honor Jesus. The group consists of four men from Leota, MN.  Kent Van’t Hofs, Ron Chistians, Myron Hulstein and Milo Van Dyke. The pianist Leona Hoek is from Edgerton, MN. The quartet has been together about three years.

March 31, 2014 - 1:26 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

fire truck genericThe Ocheyedan Fire Department is having their annual pancake brunch on Sunday, April 6 at the town hall from 10 am-1 pm. Due to popular demand they have added French toast to the menu along with scrambled eggs and sausage. A freewill donation will be taken. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation to the department, drop it off at the fire department.

Register for your chance to win two flashlight packages, two combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, two 2 1/2# ABC Fire Extinguishers, and one 5# ABC Fire Extinguisher.

Please ask for prices for new and recharging fire extinguishers. Feel free to bring them along with you if you need to have one serviced. as there are many different kinds on the market, they cannot guarantee they can take care of them all, but will make every effort to do so.


March 31, 2014 - 9:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

crossThe Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of the Browns Family from Le Mars, IA which will be given on Sunday afternoon April 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.

March 25, 2014 - 2:42 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

The Osceola County Trails Committee is trying to get the word out about their trails.

You can link up with them and find out more on their Facebook page. Just go to Facebook and search for “Osceola Recreation Trail” If you have any questions, you can contact them on Facebook.

March 25, 2014 - 10:10 am - Posted in Community Calendar, School News

4HOsceola County 4-H Carnival will be on Saturday, March 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Sibley Legion.

All ages are invited! Cost is only $0.25 to attend and game tickets are also only $0.25! Featuring: Carnival Style Games, Prizes, and Food Stand! Hosted by Osceola County 4-H Clubs.

Questions contact Michael Compton Osceola County ISU Extension & Outreach office @712-754-3648. All proceeds go to Osceola 4-H Clubs. See you there!