September 28, 2011 - 10:24 am - Posted in Obituaries

Jerome “Jerry” Clarence Kuiper, age 77, passed away September 26, 2011 at Dougherty Hospice.His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (5500 E. 57th St.), with public visitation one hour prior to service.

Jerome was born in Sibley, IA on November 9, 1933. He graduated from Sibley High School in 1951, where he lettered all four years in sports. Jerome grew up attending the First Baptist church in Sibley.

Jerome was united in marriage to Arlene Kanengieter in 1952. He worked various jobs throughout his life and spent over twenty years working for UPS before retiring in 2001 at the age of 67.

Jerome was a big fan of Nascar and keeping up on sports, especially following the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Twins games. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting, particularly pheasants and deer, with his friends. Jerome was also very fond of spending time with his grandchildren.

Grateful for sharing his life are his children, Jeff Kuiper (Teri) from Marshall, MN, Jerolyn (Scott) Huisenga from Sibley, IA, Jeremy (Jeannine) Kuiper from Sioux Falls, SD, and Andrea (Lonny) Bucher from Hartford, SD, his sisters, Delores (Harold) Hanke and Shirley (John) Dekkenga, his grandchildren, Jackie, Blaine, Miranda (Michael) Jurrens, Caitlin Stewart, Shelby Huisenga, Andrew (Lisa) Schager, Jordan, Ashley, Jocelyn, Kenzie, Rachel, and Taryn, his great grandson, Raife, and a special friend, Kathy Eich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great grandson, Cooper.

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September 27, 2011 - 10:34 am - Posted in News

A Hull woman was arrested on Sunday after authorities allege she threatened her husband with a gun.
 
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that early on Sunday — in the 1 AM hour, they responded to a reported disturbance at 3310 Hickory Avenue, one mile south of Hull.
 
Upon further investigation the sheriff’s office found that  49-year-old Sonya Friedrichs,  of Hull had displayed a .22 caliber rifle during the course of a domestic dispute with her husband.
 
Friedrichs was arrested and charged with Aggravated domestic abuse assault, an aggravated misdemeanor.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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September 27, 2011 - 10:31 am - Posted in News

A Hull man has died as the result of a tragic farm accident near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 1 PM on Monday(9/26), 81-year-old Leroy Dykstra, of Hull was driving a 1950′s Harry Ferguson tractor up a steep hill while pulling a tree in a field, five miles northwest of Hull. Dykstra’s tractor overturned and landed on top of him, pinning him underneath.

Dykstra was freed by rescue crews at the scene and taken to the Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley by the Hull ambulance, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull and Sioux Center ambulances, and Hull fire department.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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September 26, 2011 - 9:47 am - Posted in News

CITY OF SIBLEY COUNCIL AGENDA

SIBLEY, IOWA

 Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Sibley will meet in regular session on September 26, 2011 at 5:00 o’clock PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall.

 TENTATIVE AGENDA

 1.    Call to Order, Roll Call

 2.    Approve Agenda

 3.    Consent Agenda

              – Approve Minutes from Previous Meetings

              – Approve Bills and Bills Paid in Vacation

              – Approve Merry Lanes Class C Liquor License W/Outdoor Service            and Sunday Sales

 4.    Public Hearing Water Supply System Improvements

 5.    Golf Cart and ATV Request

 6.    FY11 Road Use Tax Report Resolution

 7.    Resolution Creating Election Precincts Agreement Between the City of    Sibley and Osceola County

8.    2nd Avenue Reconstruction Project Engineering Agreement

9.    Resolution Approving Application for the 2011 Safe Routes to School    Planning Project Grant

 10.  Council Concerns/Committee Updates

 11.  Administrators Report

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September 26, 2011 - 9:45 am - Posted in News

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On September 23, 2011, Jeffrey Dennis Lausen, age 47 of Ocheyedan, Iowa, pled guilty to Assault Causing Bodily Injury, a Serious Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $525.25, 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 term of one (1) year, will all time suspended except for ten (10) days.  The Defendant is placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years.  On May 9, 2011, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call about a male that was assaulted in Ocheyedan.  Following an investigation, Osceola County Deputies arrested Jeffrey Lausen for striking a male victim on the arm with an aluminum baseball bat. 

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On September 23, 2011, Jaclyn Rae Bachmeyer, age 50 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 11, 2011, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Jaclyn Rae Bachmeyer residence in Sibley, Iowa.  Osceola County Deputies located marijuana in a chair.  Bachmeyer was arrested for Possession of Marijuana. 

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On September 23, 2011, Marc Leon Brauhn, age 44 of Ocheyedan, Iowa, pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $2,541.25, 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 (7) days.  The Defendant is placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years.  The Defendant shall undergo a substance abuse evaluation and comply with the treatments recommendations.  On May 16, 2011, Marc Brauhn was stopped on 2nd Street and Ash Street in Ocheyedan, Iowa for a driving violation.  An Osceola County Deputy observed Brauhn had bloodshot and water eyes, and could smell an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  Brauhn refused all sobriety tests and was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. 



On Saturday, September 24th, 2011, Brandon Lee Dolphin, age 29 of Hartley, Iowa, was arrested by an Osceola County deputy for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor). Dolphin was also charged for allegedly Driving While Suspended (Simple Misdemeanor). Dolphin was booked into the Osceola County Jail and was later released after posting bond.



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On September 23, 2011, Joshua Alan Fields, age 24 of Harris, Iowa, pled guilty to Driving While Revoked, a Serious Misdemeanor; and Violation of a No Contact Order, a Simple Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $1,450.00, the cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any.  On the Driving While Revoked charge, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of one (1) year with all time suspended.  On the No Contact Order charge, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of seven (7) days, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years.  On September 17, 2011, an Osceola County Deputy witnessed Joshua Alan Fields driving a vehicle on Hwy 9, heading east from Harris, Iowa.  A check of Fields’ driving record showed him to be revoked.  During the course of the traffic stop, a passenger in Fields vehicle was identified to be a protected party on a valid No Contact Order filed on Fields.  Fields was arrested for Driving While Revoked and Violation of a No Contact Order.

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September 26, 2011 - 9:32 am - Posted in News
The pilot of an experimental airplane was taken to a hospital after the plane crashed near the Le Mars airport Saturday night.
 
Authorities report the accident happened about 7 PM.  They say the plane apparently encountered trouble shortly after takeoff, and then when the pilot attempted to turn around — that’s when the crash happened.  The plane crashed into a cornfield.
 
The extent of the pilot’s injuries and the pilot’s identity were not released.
 
FAA officials are expected to investigate today.
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September 26, 2011 - 9:19 am - Posted in Obituaries

Dorothy Hassebroek, age 79, of Des Moines, IA, formerly of Sibley, IA passed away peacefully on Thurs., Sept 22, 2011 at Kavanagh House on 56th in Des Moines, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:30 PM Sat., Sept. 24th, 2011 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, IA with Rev. Dale Lint officiating.

Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley. Family will be receiving guests from 1:30 PM to time of service at 2:30 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home on Sat., Sept. 24th.

Dorothy was born January 22, 1932 in Little Rock, IA to the late Fritz and Esther (Symens) Thiesse. She graduated from Little Rock High School. She married Lloyd Hassebroek on February 28, 1952 at her parents home in Little Rock. They lived in Sibley until 1963 when they moved to Sioux City, IA. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, sewing, and her family. She was active as a Brownie leader and a member of Eastern Star. She found great joy in helping others and spent many years self-employed in care taking and cleaning for her customers. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999, she moved to Des Moines to be closer to her family. She continued to enjoy meeting new people, and participating in many activities at the Lodge of Ashworth, and Silvercrest at the Woodlands. She dealt with her illness with grace and courage, as it progressed in limiting her mobility.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Diane (Jim) Hedden of West Des Moines, IA; LuAnn Jeppesen and her friend John Munyon of Kissimmee, FL; her grandson, Jeff Hedden of West Des Moines, IA; her sister, Marian Kruger of Little Rock, IA; her brother, Edward (Joyce) Thiesse of Springdale, Ark; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Hassebroek on Sept 19, 1983; her brother, LaVerle Thiesse, and her parents.

The family wishes to give special thanks for the many caring staff and volunteers at the Kavanagh House on 56th. They continued to give Dorothy joy in their daily conversations and caring ways.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Hospice of Central Iowa.

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September 23, 2011 - 9:31 am - Posted in News

Found in Sibley Central Park:  pair of child’s glasses.  Please contact City Hall at 754-2541 to claim.

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September 23, 2011 - 8:39 am - Posted in News

Judgment

On September 19, 2011, Samuel Henry Seivert, age 33 of Sibley, Iowa, pled guilty to Driving While Suspended, a Simple Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $397.50, the cost of this action, and restitution for any court appointed attorney fees, if any.  On September 5, 2011, an Osceola County Deputy observed Samuel Seivert driving a motor vehicle in Sibley, Iowa.  A check of Seivert’s driving record showed him to be Suspended for Non-Payment of Iowa Fine.  Seivert was charged for Driving While Suspended. 

Accidents

On September 19, 2011, at 11:20pm, John Tracy, age 22 of Orange City, Iowa, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup, westbound on 230th Street, west of Nettle Avenue and met an unknown traveling eastbound that crossed over into the westbound lane.  Tracy drove onto the north shoulder of the roadway to avoid a collision, overcorrected and entered the north ditch.  Tracy’s vehicle struck a field fence before the vehicle tipped over onto the driver’s side.  Tracy’s vehicle sustained approximately $7,500 damage.  The field fence, owned by Larry Strouth of Ashton, sustained approximately $500 damage.  Tracy sustained incapacitating injuries and was taken by Ashton Ambulance to the Osceola Community Hospital.  The accident remains under investigation. 

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On September 20, 2011, at 2:00am, Zachary Hollowell, age 22 of Hartley, Iowa, was driving a 2008 Cat Challenger tractor, pulling a 2006 Houle manure wagon, northbound on Polk Avenue, north of 260th Street when the tractor started to experience some steering problems.  The Cat tractor veered to the right and partially entered the east ditch when the momentum of the loaded wagon caused the tractor to jack knife and come to rest perpendicular on the roadway.  The Houle wagon rolled onto its right side, into the east ditch, causing the load of manure to spill out into the ditch.  The Cat tractor sustained no damage.  The Houle wagon, owned by Chad Sybesma or Rock Rapids, sustained approximately $100,000 damage.  No injuries were reported. 


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Ag land prices are at an all-time high. Those in the know say that we are in a farmland price “bubble”. But what do the experts say?

We talked to one expert who agrees that we are in a “bubble”, but he has more to say too.

Dr. Ernie Goss is a professor of economics at Creighton University in Omaha. He says we are probably in a bubble, and explains why.

Goss says even though we are in a bubble, it doesn’t mean farmers will have a hard time.


Goss says the high price of corn and soybeans have been affected by ethanol and biodiesel production, but not as much as you might think.

He says the farmland price bubble, in his opinion, may have a tougher skin than some people think.


Dr. Goss says farmers can hedge their bet against the probable repercussions of any upcoming burst in the ag land price bubble by accepting forward contracts on the sale of their commodities — in other words agreeing on the price with the buyer months before the actual sale. And he says they are seeing a LOT of that sort of contracting right now.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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