May 15, 2015 - 11:58 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley will be having a Pork Loin Picnic on Sunday, May 31st, starting at 5:00 p.m. Come kick off the summer season – enjoy the picnic; play bean bag toss, ladder golf & other games; bring your lawn chair and enjoy the camp fire; have a sandwich and stroll through the county’s favorite tractors on display! A free will donation will be taken.


Want to learn the fine art of canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables? Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Osceola County is offering a program that will benefit both beginning and experienced preservers. Food Preservation 101 will be held Wednesday, June 24 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Education Room at the Osceola Community Hospital, 600 9th Ave N in Sibley.

The class will include food safety information, guidelines for canning, freezing and drying, an overview of equipment and utensils for canning and freezing and up to date resources and recipes for safe and tasty food preservation. Participants will also learn about Preserve the Taste of Summer the food preservation course available from ISU Extension and Outreach.

First time preservers are encouraged to attend this class as well as anyone who would like to update their canning, freezing, and dehydrating skills.

“Canning the way grandma did it may not be safe,” said Sweers. “Everyone needs to be using up-to-date canning and food preservation processes and recipes.”

May 13, 2015 - 11:06 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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The American Legion Post 470 in Melvin invites everyone to observe Memorial Day services at Baker cemetery, two miles east and two miles north of Melvin, on Monday, May 25th beginning at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Marge Remmers, Auxiliary member.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Legion building/community center in Melvin.

May 12, 2015 - 10:51 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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The Osceola Community Hospital will be holding a blood drive on Thursday, May 21st at the hospital. Their blood donations have dropped off greatly and they ask that everyone consider donating.

The Sibley Pizza Ranch is helping to encourage donations by offering a coupon good for $2 off their buffet for all blood donors.

Please contact the Osceola Community Hospital Laboratory at 712-754-2574 ext. 260 to make an appointment. All donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs and be in good health. You can donate blood every 56 days. The Sioux Falls Blood Bank is helping with this blood drive and is the sole supplier of all blood products for the Osceola Community Hospital.

May 12, 2015 - 8:49 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The McCallum Museum will be holding a Tea Time Fundraiser, with proceeds going towards the replacement of the heating/cooling system in the museum.

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Tea Time includes a sandwich, sweets, tea, and a program on “Romance of Hats” for $8.00 (payable prior to the tea)

Fundraiser will take place at Sibley Central Park, on the corner of 5th Street & 8th Avenue from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Make a reservation for any of the following dates  by calling Jan Stofferan at 712-754-3710 or Therese Tremmel at 712-750-1002

June 7, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 2, August 16

Students Can Register Now For Red Cross Summer Scholarship Program

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This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.

The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card.

“The Leaders Save Lives program is a great way for students to learn valuable leadership skills while helping hospital patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions,” said Red Cross North Central Blood Services CEO, Geoff Kaufman. “Summer can be a challenging time to maintain a sufficient blood supply. With this program, students are helping the community by recruiting their friends and family to donate during this crucial season.”

A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit

 How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.

May 6, 2015 - 3:11 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

red crossThe American Red Cross will be holding their blood drive on Monday, May 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, located at 120 11th Ave NE in Sibley.

To schedule an appointment online go to

May 6, 2015 - 3:00 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

sibleytowerThe Sibley City Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th, 2015 fro Memorial Day.

THERE WILL BE NO GARBAGE PICKUP on Monday, May 25th. Monday’s garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26th.

May 6, 2015 - 2:52 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

flowers 2The Sibley Betterment Council is looking for donations of flowers to be planted in Island Park in the flower bed by the railroad trestle.

The flower bed was destroyed in the flood & has been refurbished.

If you want to donate, drop them off at the Chamber office. Any kind or amount is appreciated.

May 6, 2015 - 1:31 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

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This Saturday marks the 23rd annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger food drive. It’s a great opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, and everyone can help make a difference in the lives of others.

The Letter Carriers in Sibley, Iowa will once again be participating in the food drive.  Please place nonperishable food items at/near mail box this Saturday, May 9th, or bring them in to the Sibley Post Office.  There is a receptacle in the office lobby for donations.  The donations will go to the Upper Des Moines office located in Sibley.

According to the most recent information from Feeding America, there were nearly 49 million food insecure people in the United States in 2012, including nearly 16 million children and 4.8 million seniors. There are many people who often have to make the difficult decision of whether to pay for electricity, water, and rent or to buy enough food for the table. You have the chance to improve lives by donating essential food items this Saturday.

Thank you to the Sibley letter carriers and others who help with this year’s food drive.