August 30, 2011 - 10:06 am - Posted in News


On August 26, 2011, Tiffany Lee Ann Nasers, age 34 of Sibley, Iowa, pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, and Serious Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $650.00, to cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any.  The defendant is placed on informal probation for a period of one (1) year, with a Deferred Judgment pending successful completion of the probation requirements.  On February 20, 2011, Nasers was stopped on 5th Street and 2nd Avenue in Sibley, Iowa, for an equipment violation.  An Osceola County Deputy observed Nasers’ eyes were bloodshot; pupils were dilated, and detected an odor of alcohol on Nasers’ breath.  Nasers’ failed field sobriety tests, and tested over .08.  Nasers was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.


 On August 26, 2011, Jose Armando Ayala Lopez, age 23 of Sibley, Iowa, pled guilty to Possession of Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $1,012.50, 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 hundred eighty (180) days, with all time suspended except for two (2) days, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years.  On February 15, 2011, the Osceola County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at 809 5th Avenue, in Sibley, Iowa.  Osceola County Deputies uncovered several baggies containing traces of marijuana residue and plant material.  Ayala was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. 


On August 27, 2011, at 6:34pm, James Dean Johnson, age 55 of Sheldon, Iowa, was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger, southbound on 3rd Avenue, south of 4th Street in Ashton, Iowa.  Kimberlin Ann Roder, age 17 of Ashton, Iowa, was backing a 2001 Ford Taurus from a residential driveway on 3rd Avenue, and did not see Johnson’s vehicle approaching and collided with Johnson’s vehicle on the roadway.  Johnson’s vehicle sustained approximately $2,000 damage.  Roder’s vehicle sustained approximately $750 damage and was given a citation for Failure to Yield upon Entering through Highway.  No injuries were reported.

August 29, 2011 - 9:59 am - Posted in News

Landowners, you can help keep wildlife S.A.F.E  With State Acres For wildlife Enhancement

Owners and operators of certain cropland in designated geographic areas may enroll eligible land in continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practice titled State Acres For wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), also known as CP38.

Iowa recently received 4,600 acres statewide to address state and regional high-priority wildlife objectives. Osceola and Lyon county landowners have a great opportunity to improve and create quality wildlife habitat as several areas in both counties lie within the eligible geographic area.

Producers within this area can voluntary enroll acres in CRP for 10-15 years. In return, producers will receive annual rental payments, financial incentives, and cost-share assistance to help establish native habitat on eligible lands. By the time it is all said and done cost-share and incentives will cover approximately 80-90% of the producers establishment cost.

For lands to be eligible it must lie within the designated SAFE project area and meet cropping history (planted to an agricultural commodity four out of six yrs from 2002-2007).

Any producers interested in participating in the CRP SAFE program are encouraged to contact myself, Jared Elbert, to set up a meeting to discuss the program, size of the project, rental rates, further eligibility requirements, and cost share in more detail.

Again, please feel free to stop in or call the Sibley NRCS office at (712) 754-2111 or call me personally on my cell phone at (712) 260-5041 (preferred).

By Jared Elbert
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Pheasants Forever

August 24, 2011 - 9:52 am - Posted in Obituaries

Nina E. Trei, age 92 of George, IA died unexpectedly Friday, August 19, 2011 at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels, TX.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, Aug. 26th at Zoar Presbyterian Church, rural George, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 25th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

Nina Elisabeth Trei was born August 17, 1919 to Louis and Velva (Folkers) Larson at Sibley, Iowa. She was raised on a family farm southwest of Sibley. She attended country school and graduated from Ashton High School. After her education she worked as a bookkeeper at the Sibley Creamery.

Nina was united in marriage to Arthur Trei on June 6, 1946 at Zoar Presbyterian Church. They made their home in George, IA and to this union four children were born. Nina did in home babysitting, helped with bookkeeping for Arthur’s feed grinding business, and cleaned the elementary school. Later Nina worked as a waitress for several restaurants in the George area, such as the White Shop Café, Ron’s Café, George Café, John’s Steakhouse and the Pizza Ranch.

Nina’s husband, Arthur died on March 29, 1997, after 50 years of marriage. Nina loved visiting with friends and family, and sitting in the kitchen, in her favorite chair watching out the window. A big highlight for Nina was her 90th birthday. She loved living in George, and later in life with her two daughters in Texas and spending time with their families. She attended many of her great-grandchildren’s sporting events. She also was an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, which she watched on TV and attended some of the games. She enjoyed chatting on the phone with her sister, Lois Odens. She very much looked forward to her Tuesday outing with family friend, Richard Lynch, going antiquing, shopping and out for lunch. Nina passed away unexpectedly this past Friday, August 19, 2011 at the age of 92.

She is survived by two daughters, Karol (Ret. Col. Robert) Bruns of Garden Ridge, TX and Colleen (Dr. Steven) Beito of New Braunfels, TX; one son, Paul (Karen) Trei of Ashton, IA; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Odens of Little Rock, IA; one brother, Don (Verla) Larson of Sibley, IA; and many other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Trei; her parents, Louis and Velva Larson; step father, Alex Behrens; one daughter, Linda Kay; one granddaughter, Tristin Ray Trei; one brother, Elgin Larson; and several nieces and nephews.

August 24, 2011 - 8:46 am - Posted in News
A Spirit Lake Man who was working on a wind turbine near Harris for Nextera energy has died in an industrial accident.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:20 AM on Monday (8/22), they received a 9-1-1 call about a Nextera Energy employee that had fallen and was injured at one of their windmill sites south of 110th Street and Van Buren Avenue.  That’s about 4 and a half miles northwest of Harris.  Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Louis William Paulette of Spirit Lake was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.
Ocheyedan Ambulance and Sibley Ambulance assisted the Osceola County Sheriffs Office at the scene.
August 24, 2011 - 8:41 am - Posted in News

In a money saving move, the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is moving its office from downtown Sioux Falls to the industrial park east of Tea.  The move is scheduled to take place on Monday, August 29. 

 Lewis & Clark was planning to build a shop/garage for the distribution operations at the reservoirs and pump station currently being built two miles northwest of Tea.  Rather than spending the estimated $150,000 to $180,000 on a separate building and still maintain an office in downtown Sioux Falls, the Board of Directors approved the purchase of a building that will combine both functions, thereby eliminating the need to build a separate $150,000 to $180,000 shop/garage.  Lewis & Clark found it would be less expensive to purchase an existing building that could combine both the administrative and distribution functions, rather than constructing a new one.  Even with the additional space and creating equity by owning a building instead of renting, Lewis & Clark’s payments are still expected to be $8,000 less a year.  “We are always striving to be as good of stewards as possible of the public funds entrusted to us.  This really was one of those no-brainer decisions that will save money in both the short-term and long-term,” said Executive Director Troy Larson.

New Contact Information:

As of August 29, the new address will be 46986 Monty Drive, Tea, SD  57064.  The new telephone number, which is scheduled to be installed on September 1, will be 605-368-2400 and the fax number will be 605-368-2800.  If you need to reach me next week, my cell phone (605-310-0560) is the best option.


Take Tea Exit 73 and go west past the yellow Black Cat building.  Take your first left (south), which is 470th Avenue.  Go south a half mile and then go one block west at Monty Drive.

August 24, 2011 - 8:38 am - Posted in News

The sale and redemption of Iowa Lottery games has resumed in the four northwest Iowa counties after a communications problem shut them down early Saturday. Iowa Lottery spokeswoman, Mary Neubauer, says the problem involved the communication link between the lottery and the terminals in Lyon, Osceola, Sioux and O’Brien counties.

Neubauer says some of the retailers in those counties are linked to the lottery via a satellite connection and they were able to continue running, but the others had to wait for a fix.

Neubauer says that the non-functional terminals did not have to have their hardware switched to satellite delivery hardware — something Lottery officials were contemplating. A change was made by the contractor that the Lottery uses for their communication links, and the cellular terminals were back online.

The counties involved have local sales, but also get sales from neighboring states across the border, from Minnesota and South Dakota, and notably from Sioux Falls. Neubauer says it’s too early to tell how much the three-day downtime may’ve cost.

The retailers were able to sell and redeem pull-tab tickets as they don’t require the lottery terminal. But the terminals are required to redeem the other lottery games.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

RadioIowa contributed to this report.

August 24, 2011 - 8:36 am - Posted in News


On August 22, 2011, at 11:22am, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call about a Nextera Energy employee that had fallen and was injured at one of their windmill sites south of 110th Street and Van Buren Avenue in rural Osceola County.  Christopher Louis William Paulette, age 33 of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital where he was pronounced deceased from his injuries.  The accident remains under investigation.  Ocheyedan Ambulance and Sibley Ambulance assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene. 

On August 22, 2011, 9:20am, Norman Leo Freking, age 66 of Ashton, Iowa, was driving a 2005 Buick Lesabre, westbound on 180th Street, stopped at the stop sign at Northwest Blvd.  Danielle Marie Haggin, age 33 of Kingsley, Iowa, was driving a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan, northbound on Northwest Blvd, approaching the 180th Street intersection and did not realize the street came to a dead end.   Haggin struck Freking’s vehicle as it pulled away from the stop sign.  Freking’s vehicle sustained approximately $4,000 damage.  Haggin’s vehicle sustained approximately $3,000 damage and was given a citation for Failure to Maintain Control.  No injuries were reported.

On August 22, 2011 at 08:00am, Elizabeth Hoekstra, age 29 of Ocheyedan, Iowa, was driving a 2006 Ford Freestyle, westbound on Hwy 9, and stopped to wait for oncoming traffic before turning left onto Truman Avenue.  Dereck Allen Hurst, age 35 of Orleans, Iowa, was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry, westbound on Hwy 9, approaching the intersection of Truman Avenue and did not see Hoekstra’s vehicle in time to stop.  Hurst attempted to pass Hoekstra’s vehicle on the left while Hoekstra began to make a left turn, causing both vehicles to collide on the roadway.  Hoekstra’s vehicle sustained approximately $1,200 damage.  Hurst’s vehicle sustained approximately $1,500 damage and was given a citation for Unsafe Passing.  No injuries were reported.


On August 22, 2011, Chad Lee Wollmuth, age 37 of Little Rock, Iowa, pled guilty to two (2) counts of Theft 5th Degree, both Simple Misdemeanors.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $548.35, the cost of this action, restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution, if any.  The Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a period of 3 days, with all time suspended and placed on informal probation to the Magistrate Court for a period of two (2) years.  In July of 2011, Chad Wollmuth uttered several checks for merchandise which was not paid due to non-sufficient funds.

August 23, 2011 - 10:15 am - Posted in News

Most lottery terminals in the four northwest Iowa counties — O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola, and Sioux are down. Mary Neubauer with the Iowa Lottery says that’s due to a cellular phone tower issue that arose at 12:01 AM Saturday morning.

She says five of the locations have been switched to satellite, but 43 remain offline. She says they had to call in more help.

She says there are a few terminals where you can still do lottery transactions, but one county was hit hard.

Neubauer says the changeover by the new cell phone company was not anticipated by Lottery officials.

She says the outage means lotto tickets cannot be sold or redeemed and scratch tickets can be sold, but not redeemed. Pull-tabs don’t depend on the system and remain available both for purchase and redemption.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

August 22, 2011 - 9:45 am - Posted in News

On August 18, 2011, at 3:30am, Joe DeBoom, age 30 of Sibley, Iowa, was driving a 2010 International Lonestar truck, eastbound on Hwy 9, east of Starling Avenue and struck a calf on the roadway.  DeBoom’s vehicle sustained approximately $3,500 damage.  The calf, owned by Charles Faber of Ocheyedan, Iowa, is valued at $500.  No injuries were reported.

August 22, 2011 - 9:43 am - Posted in News




Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Sibley will meet in regular session on August 22, 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

              Reappoint Park Board Members


4.    Alliant Energy & Trees Forever Presentation


5.    Swimming Pool 2011 Review


6.    Public Hearing – Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance of        Sibley, Iowa by Amending Article XIII: Additional Use Regulations,        Section 13.3 Accessory Building and Garages


7.    Public Hearing – Ordinance Amending Title 1, Chapter 9, Section        2 of the City Code, Changing Boundaries of Election Wards


8.    Revolving Loan Fund Application


9.    Water Supply System Improvements


10.  Property Improvement Incentive Program


11.  Traffic Control Request


12.  4-H Foundation Update


13.  Council Concerns/Committee Updates


14.  Administrators Report