An Ocheyedan man and an Ocheyedan woman were both arrested for OWI, second offense on Monday.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 43-year-old Scott Alan Harms of Ocheyedan for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, and Open Container, a Simple Misdemeanor. The charges stem from a traffic stop south of Ocheyedan.  Harms was booked into the Osceola County Jail and held on a $2,300 cash bond.

Meanwhile, they also arrested 23-year-old Ashley Jessica Voss of Ocheyedan for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  The charges stem from a traffic stop south of Ocheyedan.  Voss was booked into the Osceola County Jail and held on a $2,000 cash bond.

 An alleged illegal alien living in Worthington has been arrested on identity theft charges.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 35-year-old Eleazar Arcos of Worthington last week.  Arcos was stopped for a traffic violation on Highway 59.  Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Arcos had been working with a Melvin construction firm since April 15, 2010, by using someone else’s identity and social security number.

 Arcos was charged with Forgery and Identity Theft; both are Class “D” Felonies.  Arcos was also charged with Driving Without a License, no insurance, and Operation Without Registration, all Simple Misdemeanors.

He was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $10,900 cash bond and a detainer has also been placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 A Sibley man is behind bars after authorities allege he threatened a woman with a knife.

 The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a 9-1-1 call from a female at a Redwood Avenue address, near Sibley. The female stated she was afraid because her husband was intimidating her with a filet knife during a domestic abuse assault.

 Deputies arrested 28-year-old Nathan Willis Silberstein of Sibley for allegedly committing Domestic Abuse Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

 Silberstein was booked into the Osceola County Jail with a bond of $2,000 and is awaiting his initial appearance.

On May 28, 2011, Osceola County Deputies arrested Colton Lee Richards, age 20 of Sibley, Iowa; and James Lee Richards, age 49 of Ocheyedan, Iowa, following a complaint about trespassing.  At 12:35am, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from 5570 130th Street, about two male subjects that were asked to leave the residence and refused.  Once on scene, Osceola County Deputies were informed the two male subjects, had left the residence.  After the deputies left the residence, another 9-1-1 call was made at 2:11am, about a fight at 5570 130th Street.  Colton Richards and James Richards were both arrested for allegedly Trespassing, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Colton was additionally charged with Person Under the Legal Age, Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, Assault, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all Simple Misdemeanors; and Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor.  James Richards was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $300 cash bond.  Colton Richards was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond.

On May 20, 2011, Kenneth Sterling Benz, age 57 of Melvin, Iowa, pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $2,507.50, the cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any.  The Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of one (1) year, with all time suspended except for seven (7) days and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years.  The Defendant shall undergo an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and comply with the treatments recommendations.  On February 20, 2011, Kenneth Benz was stopped on 240th and Taft Avenue for a driving violation.  During the course of the stop, an Osceola County Deputy could smell and odor of an alcoholic beverage on Benz’s breath.  Benz failed sobriety tests, and tested over .08.  Benz was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.


On May 23, 2011, at 4:45pm, Jeffrey Beckman, age 34 of Jackson, Minnesota, was driving a 2003 Chervolet pickup northbound on Hwy 60, north of 260th Street and struck a deer on the roadway.  Beckman’s vehicle sustained approximately $8,000 damage.  No injuries were reported.

The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s Board of Directors has awarded contracts for two construction projects. These are the last two projects needed in order for Lewis & Clark to begin delivering water in the spring of 2012 to eleven of its twenty members. A $2,105,800 contract was awarded to Hoogendoorn Construction of Canton, SD, for meter houses at Beresford and Parker as well as one in Sioux Falls on Benson Road. A $1,595,000 contract was awarded to Judds Brothers of Lincoln, NE, for the pipeline commissioning. The pipeline commissioning involves flushing and disinfecting the pipelines to get them ready to deliver potable water. Construction on both projects is expected to begin in the summer and be completed by the end of the year. Executive director Troy Larson says that due to the federal government’s extremely low funding level of Lewis and Clark for the next two years, they had to re-direct funding to even complete these projects.

Larson says that based on the $1,996,000 in federal funding received for FY11 and the $493,000 proposed for FY12, no more construction projects can be awarded until federal funding is restored. The future construction schedule is entirely dependent upon federal funding, as the $153.5 million in pre-payments by the 20 local members and three states (which is 99.7% of their cost share) has been spent or obligated toward current construction projects. The federal government to date has appropriated $202.1 million (51% of its cost share) and has a remaining cost share of $194.5 million, which is indexed each year for inflation.

The eleven members who will receive water in 2012 include: Beresford, Centerville, Harrisburg, Lennox, Lincoln County Rural Water System, Minnehaha Community Water Corporation, Parker, Sioux Falls, South Lincoln Rural Water System, Rock Rapids and Tea. For Minnehaha Community Water Corporation and Rock Rapids, this will include only one of their two connection points. Only the Rock Rapids connection point near Grand Falls Casino will be connected in 2012. When the remaining nine members will be connected depends upon future federal funding levels. In our area, the members hoping to receive water include the City of Sheldon, the City of Sioux Center, the City of Hull, the City of Sibley, and the City of Rock Rapids.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

A Sibley man and a passenger in his vehicle were transported to the hospital as the result of an accident on Monday (5/23) in Sheldon.
The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:15 AM, 52-year-old Robert Perry of Sibley was westbound on Highway 18, near Hy-Vee in a 1996 pickup.  Twenty-five-year-old Kyle Porizek of Belle Plaine, Iowa was also westbound on 18 in a 2007 Peterbilt semi, owned by KP Trucking of Belle Plaine.
The pickup was waiting for a vehicle that was not involved in the accident to make a left turn onto Sixth Avenue.  According to the report, Porizek was not paying attention and was driving too fast when his semi struck the pickup.
Perry and a passenger in his pickup, 12-year-old April Perry of Sibley were transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.
Perry’s pickup received $2000 damage.  Porizek’s semi received $500 damage.
Porizek was charged with failure to maintain control.
May 27, 2011 - 9:45 am - Posted in News
On Friday, May 27, 2011, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female at 2010 Redwood Avenue, Sibley, IA.  The female stated she was afraid because her husband was intimidating her with a filet knife during a domestic abuse assault.  Deputies arrested Nathan Willis Silberstein, age 28, Sibley, IA for allegedly committing Domestic Abuse Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  Silberstein was booked into the Osceola County Jail with a bond of $2,000 and is awaiting his initial appearance.
May 24, 2011 - 8:59 am - Posted in News

The Court of Appeals is coming to northwest Iowa next month.

On Wednesday, June 1, the Iowa Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Spirit Lake and on Thursday, June 2, the court will hear oral arguments at the Lawyers Chautauqua in Okoboji. All oral arguments are open to the public.

On June 1, the arguments will begin at 1:00 PM in the Dickinson County Courthouse located at the junction of Highways 71 and 9 and Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake. The oral arguments will be held in the community room on the ground floor of the courthouse. The court of appeals will hear six cases, from Butler, Cherokee, Plymouth, Webster, and Woodbury counties. On June 2, the arguments will begin at 11:30 AM in the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, 1405 Highway 71 South, in Okoboji. The court will hear two cases, from Buchanan and Sioux counties.

For more information about the Iowa Court of Appeals, visit the judicial branch website at

May 23, 2011 - 10:08 am - Posted in News



 Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Sibley will meet in regular session on May 23, 2011 at 5:00 o’clock PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall.


 1.    Call to Order, Roll Call

 2.    Approve Agenda

 3.    Consent Agenda

              – Approve Minutes from Previous Meetings

              – Approve Bills and Bills Paid in Vacation

              – Appoint Recreation Board Member

 4.    FY11 Budget Amendment Hearing

 5.    Resolution Certifying Unpaid Mowing and Utility Bills for        Collection

 6.    Snow Removal Policies

 7.    Land Offer

 8.    Council Concerns/Committee Updates

 9.    Administrators Report

May 23, 2011 - 10:00 am - Posted in News

The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System finally learned this week it will receive even less in federal funding for Fiscal Year 2011 than was originally thought. The system is to provide Missouri River Aquifer Water to communities and rural water systems in 3 states, including the cities of Sheldon, Sioux Center, Hull, Sibley, and Rock Rapids.

Executive Director Troy Larson says the amount they are set to receive is a record low amount of funding since $1.6 million was approved in Fiscal Year 2001 , which was part of the projects initial authorization.

This amount is the $2 million proposed by the President in the FY11 Budget, minus an across the board cut of 0.2%. No consideration was given to the $10 million approved by the Senate or $5 million approved by the House. We asked Larson how that came about.

The project at this point is just past half done.

Larson says they will be able to get water to 11 entities by 2012 with the current funding, but until changes are made at the federal level, everything else is at a standstill. Except for one special situation, all the completed connections will be in South Dakota.

We asked Larson who he thinks is to blame for where we are now. He says since the Republicans pushed through the earmark ban, even on authorized projects, there’s no help from earmarks on other bills so Congress can’t “come to their rescue” like they’ve done in previous years. But some of the blame rests with the Democratic Obama administration as well.

He says the record low funding causes great concern and frustration on the part of the 20 member cities and rural water systems that have pre-paid 99.7% of their cost share, and creates further uncertainty as to when this critically needed water project, which will benefit an estimated 300,000 people in the tri-state region, will be completed. Meanwhile, there was some uncertainty as to how the new Grand Falls Casino was going to get water as well.

Larson says the “emergency connection” that will use Lincoln County water from Sioux Falls will not be operational until the first part of July. After that time, the casino will have water from two sources — the “emergency connection” and Lyon/Sioux Rural Water. And after nine months or so when the connection is made to Lincoln County, the “emergency connection” will be part of Lewis and Clark and will carry the same Missouri River Aquifer water as the rest of the system.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

May 23, 2011 - 9:55 am - Posted in News

The Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the Sound of the Trumpet concert with Joel Finnesgard from Sioux Falls, SD which will be given on Sunday evening May 29th at 5:00 p.m. in the Sibley Christian Reformed church. Come for a time of worship and reflection of our Lord and Savior in the unique setting of instrumental music. The music includes a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary praise and worship songs in an easy listening style. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message he will be giving.

May 23, 2011 - 9:44 am - Posted in Obituaries

Grace Hromatko, age 87, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, formerly of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on February 12, 2011, at the Lakes Regional Health Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Memorial Service will be Friday, May 27, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sibley. Rev. Gary Van Heukelom officiating.

Graveside Service at 1:15 P.M. Friday, May 27, at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Grace Hromatko, daughter of Henry and Anna (Buntjer) Huls, was born on May 31, 1923, in Rushmore, Minnesota and later moved to Allendorf, Iowa. She attended school in Sibley, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Arlie Hromatko of Ocheyedan, Iowa, on April 9, 1940, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They lived in Horton Township on the Hromatko farm until 1943, when they moved to their own farm south of Ocheyedan.

Grace was a very active member of Trinity Reformed Church in Sibley. She enjoyed singing with her husband, Arlie, and other small groups. She later transferred her membership to the First Reformed Church in Sibley.

Grace enjoyed playing her organ, cooking, gardening, fieldwork, and writing poetry; for which she won an award at the Poetry Convention in New York, New York. It was one of the greatest times in her life.

She passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Lakes Regional Health Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Those left to cherish her memories are her daughter and son-in-law: Leola and Mike Malone of Spirit Lake, IA; one daughter-in-law: Marlys Hromatko of Worthington, MN; 3 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 6 step-great grandchildren; 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Arlie; one son: Lovell Hromatko; one grandson: Larry Hromatko; 2 brothers and one sister.

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May 20, 2011 - 8:50 am - Posted in Obituaries

Kathryn “Katie” Hanna, age 82 of Sibley, IA died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Monday, May 23rd at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, IA, with burial following at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 22nd from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

Also there will be a rosary at 5:00 PM and vigil service at 7:30 PM at the funeral home Sunday night.

Kathryn “Katie” Anna (Houwen) Hanna was born May 5, 1929 at Ashton, IA the daughter of Irene (Sluetel) and Herman Houwen. Katie grew up in Ashton where she attended country school and in 1942 her family moved to Sibley where she finished her education, graduating from Sibley High School. On April 23, 1949, Katie was united in marriage to Donald Hanna at Sibley, IA. They made their home in Sibley where they raised their family. Katie worked at the Sibley Egg and Poultry and later was the head of housekeeping at Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center. She was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters, VFW and the Coffee and Card Club. Katie was a devoted and loving wife, loving mother and grandmother and outgoing friend to others. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, traveling on bus trips, square dancing, camping and watching Survivor. Of all the things she enjoyed the most she loved to spend time with her family and friends. Don and Katie spent many winters in Texas during their retired years. After fifty-seven years of marriage, Don died on April 28, 2006. On May 16, 2011, Katie became a resident at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center where she died this past Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the age of eighty-two.

She is survived by her children, Debra Goettig of Mt. Pleasant, IA; Patty (husband, Terry) Ferguson of Sioux City, IA; Sandra (husband, John) Smith of Sibley, IA; Dale (wife, Karla) Hanna of Sibley, IA; Donna (husband, Mark) Torkelson of Windom, MN and Barbra (husband, Ritchie) Chieves of Huxley, IA; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; sister, Joyce Tjaden of Sibley, IA and brother, Herman Houwen of Dickens, TX and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Irene; her husband, Donald; son-in-law, Jim Goettig; brother, Frank Houwen and sister, Charlotte Davis.

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