October 26, 2011 - 9:46 am - Posted in News

On October 21, 2011, Donald Keith Krogman, age 61 of Sibley, Iowa, pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $1,797.50, 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 two (2) days, and 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 August 6, 2011, Donald Krogman was stopped on L40, north of NW Blvd for a traffic violation.  An Osceola County Deputy could smell an odor of alcohol coming from Krogman’s breath, and Krogman admitted that he had been drinking.   Krogman failed sobriety tests and tested over .08.  Krogman was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. 

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On October 21, 2011, Sebastian Eleazer Arcos-Arcos, age 37 of Worthington, Minnesota, pled guilty to Identity Theft, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $968.75, 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 twenty-five (25) days, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years.  On May 25, 2011, Sebastian Eleazer Arcos-Arcos was stopped on Hwy 59 for a registration violation.  During the course of the stop, Arcos-Arcos presented the Osceola County Deputy with a fake Mexican driver’s license.  Arcos-Arcos admitted to the deputy that he did not obtain the identification legally.  Arcos-Arcos was arrested for Identity Theft. 

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Weather is on everyone’s mind this time of year — and the two questions being asked the most are — when is it going to rain — and — what is this winter going to be like?

We had a chance to visit with Todd Heitkamp, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, and posed those two questions.

Heitkamp says unfortunately — at least for those concerned with fire protection in this dry time — we’re not expecting any significant rain any time soon.

In fact he says — we might not see a soaking rain before the snow flies — so we may have to get our moisture in the form of snow.


 

Speaking of winter, Heitkamp says we’re looking at an “average” winter.

Of course, the question is — what is a “typical” winter?


 

Heitkamp says it is an “El Niño” year, but it’s hard to tell what the effects of “El Niño” will be in our area. But in North Dakota and northern Minnesota, Heitkamp says the effect will probably be more pronounced, as they are expecting it to be colder and snowier than normal in those areas.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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October 25, 2011 - 9:33 am - Posted in News

Burning bans remain in effect for a number of northwest Iowa counties. State Fire Marshall spokesperson Ron Humphrey says dry vegetation is only part of the problem. He says strong winds can add to an already dangerous situation.

Many of the counties have had the bans in place for three weeks due to little or no rain. Humphrey says much of Iowa could use a good soaking.

 

 

Officials this month have responded to several fires in farm fields that were sparked by the combination of dry vegetation, overheated machinery and wind. And it doesn’t look like relief is coming any time soon.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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October 24, 2011 - 9:53 am - Posted in News

On October 21, 2011, Kurt Robert Hoffmann, age 30 of Sibley, Iowa, pled guilty to Operating without Owner’s Consent, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $1,015.25, 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, with all time suspended except for seven (7) days.  The Defendant is place on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of two (2) years.  On June 25, 2011, Kurt Hoffmann was given permission by his employer to borrow the work truck to go back and forth to work.  Hoffmann failed to return back to work for several weeks and kept the truck.  Hoffman was charged with Operating without Owner’s Consent.

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October 24, 2011 - 9:27 am - Posted in Obituaries

Joyce Shattuck, age 82 formerly of May City, IA of Nashville, TN died Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 28, 2011 at the First Reformed Church in Melvin, IA with Pastor Al Honken officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrison Township Cemetery rural May City, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 27th from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Joyce Jean Shattuck was born on June 4, 1929 at home in OBrien County Iowa, the eldest child of Isaac and Eva (Koster) Poldervaard. She lived most of her life in northwest Iowa. Her childhood and school years were spent in the Sheldon area until her family moved to May City in 1948. She was proud to call May City her home, even after she moved to Nashville to be with family in 2008. Joyce was united in marriage to Charles W. Bill Shattuck on the 21st day of March 1950. Joyce was a tireless worker, as a mom, housewife and member of the church. Her domestic talents will always be remembered by all of her family and friends. During her lifetime she worked as a nurses aide, grocery store clerk, fry cook and for over a decade at Berkley and Company in Spirit Lake, IA. In 1980, Joyce realized a longtime desire when she and Bill purchased the May City store, where she also acted as Postmaster, and as always the Avon Lady. In 1992, she sold the store. She stayed active with her many hobbies, and of course her granddaughter Shannons musical career. She was a sixty year member of the First Reformed Church in Melvin; singing in the choir, serving on committees, Ladies Guild Auxiliary and a term as an Elder. Joyce was always active in the church and making many visits weekly to bring cheer to friends and others in nursing homes in the area. She was a co-founder of the Duo Decem Club in May City, and loved singing in The Musicale. Her favorite pastimes included early morning walks, flowers, music, bowling and most importantly her family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Haeberle of Long Beach, CA, Suzi (Tom) Brown of Nashville, TN and Sheri Patrick of Nashville, TN; three grandchildren, Shannon (Shaun) Silva, Wendy (Jim) Schauer and T.J. (Sarah) Brown; eight great-grandchildren, Tanner and Triston Silva, Eddie, Brittany and Summer Schauer and Mitchell, Sam and Annie Brown; four sisters, Leona, Arlene, Marcella and Joanie; and one brother, Loren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Bill.

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A Worthington man is behind bars in Sioux County on felony drug charges.
 
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday evening (10/19), their Canine Unit assisted the Iowa State Patrol on a traffic stop northeast of Alton on Highway 60. The Sheriff’s Office canine alerted to the trunk of a passenger vehicle where over two ounces of marijuana was found.
 
Eighteen-year-old Keophothone Rounobon of Worthington, MN was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, speeding and no insurance.
 
Possession with intent to deliver and failure to affix a drug tax stamp are both class D felonies.
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October 21, 2011 - 12:07 pm - 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 October 24, 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

 4.    Public Hearing on the Submittal of a Community Development Block Grant Application for City of Sibley Water Main Project

              – Resolution Authorizing Application to the Iowa CDBG Program,              Designating Official Signators and Authorizing NWIPDC to                   Prepare and Administer the Grant for the City of Sibley

5.    Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority

              – Review Annual Report

              – Resolution Appointing Representative to the Housing Authority

6.    Golf Clubhouse 2011 Season Report

7.    Resolution for Sale of Real Estate

              – 319 3rd Avenue

8.    Council Concerns/Committee Updates

9.    Administrators Report

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October 21, 2011 - 9:43 am - Posted in News
On October 17, 2011, Timothy Nieuwendorp, age 30 of Sibley, Iowa, pled guilty to Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $60.00, 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 thirty (30) days, with all time suspended, and placed on informal probation to the Magistrate Court for a period of two (2) years.  On September 18, 2011, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call about an assault that took place in Sibley, Iowa.  Timothy Nieuwendorp became upset with a male victim and pushed the victim out of a chair.  Nieuwendorp then began hitting, wrestling, and attempted to bite the victim which caused scratches to the victims chest and hands.
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October 21, 2011 - 9:41 am - Posted in News

An Ashton woman was injured in an accident on Monday morning (10/17) near Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9 AM, 35-year-old Bradley Loerts of Sibley, was driving a 2012 Kenworth truck eastbound on 170th Street, approaching the Highway 60 on/off ramp.  Thirty-year-old Nancy Burnett of Ashton, was driving a 1995 Chrysler northbound on Highway 60, and took the off ramp to 170th Street.

Burnett failed to stop at the stop sign and broadsided the Loerts vehicle on the roadway. 

 Burnett was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital by Sibley Ambulance.

Loerts’ vehicle, owned by Cooperative Energy Company of Sibley, sustained about $10,000 damage.  Burnett’s vehicle sustained about $3,000 damage.

Burnett was ticketed for Failure to Obey Stop Sign, no proof of insurance, and Failure to Wear a Seatbelt.

 Sibley Fire and Rescue, and Sibley Ambulance assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

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October 19, 2011 - 10:04 am - Posted in News

It’s the harvest season — and that means more risk of car-deer accidents in northwest Iowa. For the next month, Iowa’s whitetail deer will be more active and more visible to drivers. November is the month with the highest number of deer/vehicle collisions in Iowa. Still, that trend is down, since antlerless hunting tags were significantly increased a few years ago. Those increased sightings will come as bucks become more active; even in the daytime, leading up to the mid-November peak of the rut, or breeding period. It also comes as Iowas crop fields are laid bare by harvest; pushing deer into remaining cover. A third factor is that sunrise and sunset the most active periods for deer anyway now fall in the morning and evening commute for humans. Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena says that there are several ways to stay safe this car-deer season. Staying alert tops the list, he says.


  There are peak times for deer accidents too, he says.
  There are special deer crossing zones marked on several highways in the area — but he says drivers tend to ignore those signs.     The Sheriff says you should keep scanning for deer in the ditches as you’re driving.


  He says if you do see one deer, there are probably more than one — so slow down and be especially on the lookout for deer for the next stretch of road. Altena also advises that no one really knows if deer whistles work or not. He advises not to rely on them. Also, he advises people to wear seatbelts so that if you do get in an accident, you’ll minimize the risk of serious injury. Plus, Altena says, veering for deer is never a good idea.
  Vehicle/deer crashes have dropped significantly in the last few years. For 2010, Iowas traffic deer kill was over 10,000; down from more than 13,000 in 2009and 15,000 in 2004. That period was also when more county-specific antlerless tags were issued to hunters to harvest more does and bring the herd down to mid-1990s levels across Iowa. By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

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