March 31, 2011 - 10:40 am - Posted in Obituaries

Barbara Seivert, age 87 of Ashton, IA died Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, April 4th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Father John Vakulskas as Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ashton.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 3rd from 2 PM to 8 P.M. with family present from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with a Rosary at 4 P.M. and a Vigil Service at 7:30 P.M. Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Barbara Seivert was born February 7th, 1924 in Ashton, IA. She was raised and educated in the Ashton area and attending and graduated from St. Joseph’s School in Ashton. On March 7, 1944, she was united in marriage to William”Willie” Henry Seivert, while Willie was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Virginia. After their marriage they returned To Ashton until they moved near Sanborn IA, where Willie worked for a farmer. In 1949, Barbara and Willie began farming for themselves southwest of Ashton. They lived on the farm for twenty-three years until Barbara and Willie built their new house in Ashton in 1972. Barbara was a very creative woman and loved to make things. She made and sold large ceramic pieces, and very much enjoyed crocheting, sewing and making dresses and shirts for her family. She was also a wonderful cook and made sure there was always plenty of food for everyone.

She is survived by daughters, Anita (EJ) Poss of Omaha, NE and Janet (Kent) Lohrenz of Sheldon, IA; son, Daryl (Dana) Seivert of Newwell, IA; daughter-in-law, Monica Seivert of Farmington, MN; son-in-law, Terry Huisman of Boyden, IA; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willie Seivert; infant daughter, Barbara; son, Dennis Seivert; and daughter, Mary Huisman.

In lieu of flowers, family wishes memorials be directed to Second Chance Rescue Center, 26707 466th Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57106-6902.

Severe weather awareness week is coming up next week in Iowa. We talked to Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga.

Huizenga says it’s important for northwest Iowans to not only think about what they would do in a weather emergency such as a tornado warning, but to actually act it out — and that’s why we at KIWA are bringing up the topic this early — to give you a chance to plan how you will do the drill next week.

He says you should have some things available in your shelter.


He says there are a number of ways to get information about severe weather.

He says it’s easy to sign up for Nixle — and you can give both your email address and a cell phone number for text messages. When there’s an emergency, the Sheriff’s Office can alert you. He says you can sign up at

In addition, we also talked to Huizenga about severe thunderstorms. He says they can be just as dangerous as tornadoes, with their severe winds and lightning, and he advises taking cover for them, just as you would for a tornado.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

The water system that is supposed to provide Missouri River aquifer water to Sheldon, Sibley, Rock Rapids, Sioux Center, Hull, and a number of other cities and rural water systems in the tri-state area needs funding to continue their work — promised funding that they’re not getting from the federal government.

Saying they can’t wait any longer on the federal budget figures, the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System is taking matters into its own hands, so-to-speak. Executive Director Troy Larson says they have little choice.

He says this year they were allocated only enough money to cover half of their administrative costs, with no money at all for construction. He says their hands are tied, so they found a new way of meeting their goal to start delivering water by 2012.

He says a new way of funding does not mean more money — it means connecting the northwest Iowa towns, as well as the outlying Minnesota and South Dakota systems later than was planned.

Larson says they are working with the tri-state congressional delegation to try to figure out what they can do to get around the moratorium on earmarks. He says many believe that fully authorized, fully vetted projects that have been approved by Congress and signed by the President should be exempt from the earmarks moratorium. Even Senator John McCain, who wanted to get rid of earmarks is now expressing those same thoughts, he says. Larson says that fact and a few others are their glimmers of light in an otherwise bleak outlook. Larson says he’s given up trying to figure out what Congress is going to do, and when.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

March 30, 2011 - 12:25 pm - Posted in News

There’ll be a “big reveal” at the statehouse Thursday morning. Maps that outline new boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts will be released. Staff in the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency have taken population data from the 2010 Census and redrawn the lines for the state’s congressional district and for state legislative districts. It means high drama when the maps are unveiled at the statehouse, as members of the Iowa House and Senate scramble to see whether they may be forced to run against another legislator. Brent Siegrist, a Republican from Council Bluffs, was in the legislature in both 2001 and in 1991 when previous redistricting plans were revealed.


Siegrist was first elected to the Iowa House in 1984. In 1991, Siegrist was gobsmacked when he saw that year’s redistricting map and discovered that in 1992 he’d have to run against a Democrat from Council Bluffs who’d already been elected to nine terms in the House. He says that got his attention very quickly. He says it felt like a punch in the gut. But Siegrist won that 1992 race.

Siegrist was still in the legislature in 2001 when the last redistricting plan was considered. Siegrist was Speaker of the House by then and he visited with legislative leaders from other states who didn’t understand why he’d agree to the process Iowa uses to redraw district lines.


The process for “redistricting” in Iowa calls for legislators either to accept or reject the maps unveiled Thursday. The lines cannot be adjusted by legislators. A vote on the redistricting plan will happen later this month, after a series of public hearings. Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman Sue Dvorsky is married to a long-time legislator who has been through redistricting twice, in 1991 and 2001.

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Two people from Worthington died in a 3-vehicle crash near Luverne on Tuesday.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that about 6:40 AM, 24-year-old Rocio Dominguez of Worthington was westbound on I-90 westbound in the right lane, five miles east of Luverne in a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo.  Road conditions were icy at the time.  Fifty-one-year-old Larry Briles of Hastings, MN was eastbound on I-90 eastbound in a 2007 Peterbilt semi. Fifty-five-year-old John Eich of Des Moines was also eastbound on I-90 in a 2001 Volvo truck.
Dominguez lost control of his SUV, which skidded across the median and into the eastbound lanes, where it struck the trailer axles of Briles’ semi. The SUV was disabled in the roadway and the semi had overturned onto the right shoulder.  At that point, the Eich truck came along and struck Dominguez’ SUV again, sending it into the median. The Volvo truck then jackknifed into the trailer of the Peterbilt.
Dominguez and a passenger in his vehicle, 54-year-old Olga Diaz-Dominguez of Worthington were both killed in the accident and died at the scene.  Briles and Eich were both treated and released. 
Dominguez’s Isuzu Rodeo was totaled.  Briles’s Peterbilt semi and Eich’s Volvo truck both received severe damage.
By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

March 30, 2011 - 9:01 am - Posted in Obituaries

Ella Juffer, 88 of Hills, MN died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell, SD.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Friday, April 1st at United Reformed Church in Hills, MN, with Rev. Douglas Barns officiating. Burial will follow at the United Reformed Cemetery in Hills.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills is in charge of services.

Ella (VanderWerff) Juffer was born on September 26, 1922 in Hull IA. She was the fifth of 10 children born to William and Theodora VanderWerff. She grew up around Hull helping on the farm and doing odd jobs for area people while attending school through the 8th grade. On January 20, 1944 she married Albert Juffer. After World War II they moved to Hills, MN. Their son, Gene, was born in 1953. They adopted a daughter, Debra, in 1966. Ella worked at various odd jobs until she began working for the postal system, first as a clerk in the Hills office and later as the rural mail carrier in the Steen, MN office. In the early 1960s she partnered with her husband in founding Midwest Steel Spiral Binding Co. During all this time she was known to fix hair for almost every woman in the area. With her spare time she was extremely active in her church and the Hills Christian School. She did volunteer work at the Tuff Memorial Nursing Home. She loved gardening and was known to always be doing something constructive; in her leisure time she loved to crochet. She crocheted an unknown number of blankets for anyone and everyone, always with the proceeds going to the Christian School in Hills. Many of those blankets were gifts for family.

As a memorial to Ella, if you received any of her crocheted blankets, the family requests you to photograph the blanket, write who it was for, when it was received, and for what purpose it was made (i.e. birth of baby, Church sale, etc.), and bring the picture to her funeral. If you are unable to attend the funeral, please mail the photograph to Gene Juffer, 25823 409th Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301, or email it to email address: In lieu of flowers all cash memorials will be given to the Hills Christian School and United Reformed Church.

Ella is survived by her son Gene and wife Audrey of Mitchell, SD; one brother, John VanderWerff and wife Delores of Sanborn; six sisters, Tena Pollerna of Hull, Grace Hartog of Sanborn, Wilma DeWild, Theodora Lockhorst and husband Pete, Esther Rozeboom and husband Dick and Roberta Boogerd and husband Jim all of Hull; sisters-in-law Gertrude and Stephina VanderWerff; grandchildren Nicole Gerlach and husband Scott of Mitchell, Kim Olson and husband Ryan of Onida, SD, Brad Juffer and wife Bridget of Madison, WI, Amber DeSmet and husband Luke of Sioux City, IA; great grandchildren Jordan and Amelia Gerlach, Olivia, Jonas, and Lincoln Olson, and Nolan Juffer; along with many nieces and nephews. Ella was preceded in death by her husband Albert Juffer, her parents, and two brothers, William and Cornie VanderWerff.

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March 30, 2011 - 8:42 am - Posted in Obituaries

Teofilo Trevino M., age 77 of Sibley, IA, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at his home near Sibley, IA.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30 AM, Friday, April 1st at St. Marys Catholic Church in Ashton. 

Visitation will be Thursday, March 31st from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Teofilo Trevino was born December 4, 1933 in Madero Mexico to Herculano and Maria del Pilar Moreno Trevino. He was raised and received his education in Ciudad Madero Mexico. On April 7th, 1967 he was united in marriage to Luisa Fantini in Reynosa, Mexico. Together they lived in Reynosa, MX, McAllen, TX, Worthington, MN and Sibley, IA. To this union 3 children were born. Teofilo worked with the PEMEX Oil Co. in Mexico before retiring and moving to the United States. He enjoyed going to the movies, especially westerns and going out to eat. He also enjoyed traveling and spending the holidays with family. His family will remember him as a wonderful father and husband. He was always very caring, encouraging and protective of them. Teofilo was a great role model for his children and grandchildren always willing to lend advice. He was a true patriarch for the family. They will remember his love and happy smile. He enjoyed playing with and teasing his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Luisa; daughter, Maria del Pilar (Robert) Croatt of Sibley, IA; daughter, Maria Militza Soler (Jose Lopez); son, Mario Teofilo Trevino all of Worthington, MN; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Amelia Trevino Oviedo; brothers, Leonardo Trevino, Andres Trevino, Antonio Trevino, Armando Trevino and Pedro Trevino all of Mexico; and other extended family members.

Teofilo was preceded in death by his parents, Herculano and Maria del Pilar Trevino; brother, Juan Trevino; sister, Amelia Trevino; brother, Carlos Trevino.

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March 29, 2011 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

A Rushmore, Minnesota man will pay a fine and serve probation after he pled guilty to felony theft charges.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 49-year-old Marlin Lee Jensen of Rushmore, Minnesota, has pled guilty to Theft 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.  Jensen was ordered to pay a fine of $1,437.50, court costs, restitution of any court-appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution, if any.  Jensen was sentenced to 5 years in prison, with all time suspended.  He will serve 2 years’ probation.  Jensen was ordered to undergo a Victim Empathy Program and a Criminal Thinking Class and comply with the treatments’ recommendations. 
In January, Jensen had stopped in the Super 8 motel parking lot in Sibley, while operating a snowmobile.  Jensen told an Osceola County Deputy that his vehicle, trailer and snowmobile went in the ditch so he used his snowmobile to get to town.  A check of Jensens vehicles showed the snowmobile and trailer were stolen.  That’s when Jensen was arrested.

Northwest Iowa Community College’s ability to continue to offer a high-quality, technology driven education to students is on the ballot next week.

In an April 5 special election, voters in the college’s four-and-a-half-county service area are being asked to approve a $13.4 million general obligation bond over 15 years for the College.

College president, Dr. Bill Giddings says that this is the only way they have to renovate and improve buildings and facilities in which they teach students.


The bond would support four main areas: Facility upgrades to enhance student learning, advanced technology, high school partnerships and college-wide energy systems. A total of $7.25 million will be spent on improvements in classrooms and student support areas, including expansion of the heavy equipment, diesel technology, and nursing program areas. An additional $2.3 million would support advanced technology which includes a minimum of $750,000 to be invested in high school partnerships. The remaining $3.1 million will enhance college-wide energy systems. Giddings says that the NCC Board of Trustees directed college administration to conduct a facilities assessment in 2008 to evaluate the planning processes for growth, development and renovation of college facilities. The extensive research and analysis resulted in a final report that recommended the board of trustees explore funding options to address the immediate facility needs.

Giddings says a third or fewer of the community colleges in Iowa have not had a general obligation bond at some time in their history. In fact many of them have had several general obligation bonds for construction, and NCC has never needed one until now. Plus, he says bond issues are not renewable; they are used to generate money for specific projects that will help address the specific needs of the school’s growing student population.

Cost of the bond is 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. For example, for a property with $100,000 assessed value; the cost is about $16.42 per year. The bonds impact on an average bare acre of agriculture land is 31 cents a year, or $49.60 per quarter section of land.

Giddings stresses that the sources of funding for the Lifelong Learning Center and construction of instructional facilities are completely separate, and neither funding source could be used to construct the other type of building. He says the Lifelong Learning Center funding sources were many and varied, and had nothing to do with the bond.

He says Northwest R-E-C made a low-interest loan available and the S-C-D-C made a $50,000 no-interest loan available, too.

He says these sources of funding are not available for instructional facilities, nor would the college have been able to bond for the Lifelong Learning Center.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Two Iowa Republicans are questioning the motives of former G-O-P gubernatorial candidate and Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats, suggesting he has embarked on a campaign to politicize Iowa’s judicial system. Sioux City attorney Dan Moore served as treasurer of Vander Plaats’ campaign for governor.


Vander Plaats led the successful effort to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices in the 2010 judicial retention election, then he became chief executive of The Family Leader late last year, a group that has been at the center of the crusade against gay marriage in Iowa. Moore cited a recent Des Moines Register poll which found 45 percent of Iowans “disapprove” of Vander Plaats and his agenda and Moore suggested Vander Plaaats is “out of touch” with the “real issues” Iowans face.

Three days after the November election Vander Plaats began calling for the four justices to resign. Those four justices — along with three who were voted off the bench — signed onto the unanimous 2009 ruling which essentially legalized gay marriage in Iowa. According to Moore, Vander Plaats is using the political skills he’s gained from running for governor over the past decade to build negative public attitudes about the courts.

Former Lieutenant Governor Joy Corning, who is also a Republican, has called upon Vander Plaats to “come clean” and release the names of donors to the effort to oust supreme court justices.

Click here to read about Vander Plaats’ response.