Sheldon, Sibley, Sioux Center and Orange City have all jumped the first hurdle to being named a “Blue Zone Community” in Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative. Community members were to voice their support for their community to become a “Blue Zone Community”. Now, these northwest Iowa towns are among 58 Iowa communities chosen from the initial 84 to advance to the next level — submitting a full application.

We talked to Greta Giese, coordinator of the NCC Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center in Sheldon and asked her what being a “Blue Zone Community” is all about.

 

 

She says from the book, they developed a program.


 

She says they’re called the “power 9″ principles.


 

She says the idea is to change the whole community, including recreation programming, restaurants, businesses, and many facets of our lives. The Blue Zones Community model coordinates strong existing programs, brings in experts to inspire, train and provide innovative best practices, and ultimately organizes programs to provide greater options for physical, emotional, and social health.

The Sheldon Blue Zone Committee will meet Tuesday, December 6 to go over the application, delegate responsibilities and discuss their next steps. The deadline to submit the application is January 4. From there, finalist communities will be announced in February and in February and March 2012, a team will visit the communities selected to assess the community’s ability and desire to become a Blue Zones Community. The winning Blue Zones Communities will be selected and notified in May.

For more information, you can go to bluezonesproject.com.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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November 30, 2011 - 8:40 am - Posted in News

Arrests

OnNovember 27, 2011, Ricky Melvin Loeschen, age 58 ofHarris,Iowa, was arrested for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated, a Serious Misdemeanor.  Loeschen was booked into the Osceola County Jail and held on a $1,000 cash bond.

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OnNovember 25, 2011, Ivan Francisco Ayala, age 24 ofWorthington,Minnesota, was arrested for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated, a Serious Misdemeanor.  Ayala was also charged for allegedly driving without a valid driver’s license, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Ayala was booked into the Osceola County Jail and held on a $1,300 cash bond.

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On November 25, 2011, Eduardo Perez-Martinez, age 21 of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was arrested for allegedly Driving While Suspended, and Failure to Have SR-22 Insurance, both Simple Misdemeanors.  Perez-Martinez was booked into the Osceola County Jail and held on a $600 cash bond.  Perez-Martinez is also being detained for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

 

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November 30, 2011 - 8:35 am - Posted in News

Accidents

On November 21, 2011, at 3:02am, Taylor Marie Erwin, age 19 of Lakefield, Minnesota, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, southbound on Walnut Avenue, approaching 120th Street.  Erwin fell asleep and entered the west ditch and collided with a mound of dirt.  Erwin’s vehicle, owned by Shawn Boots of Rushmore, Minnesota, sustained approximately $3,000 damage.  No injuries were reported. 

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On November 21, 2011, at 7:45am, Austin Rhodes, age 15 of Sibley, Iowa, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, from a parking stall on 10th Street, east of 8th Avenue in Sibley, Iowa.  Rhodes could not see due to the frost on his windshield and struck a legally parked, 1991 Chevrolet S10 pickup.  The pickup, owned by Robert Graves of Sibley, Iowa, sustained approximately $3,000 damage.  Rhodes’ vehicle sustained approximately $1,500 damage and was given a citation for Failure to Maintain Control.  No injuries were reported. 

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On November 21, 2011, at 3:27pm, William Imhoff, age 71 of Ashton, Iowa, was driving a 2002 Mercury Sable, northbound on 2nd Avenue, approaching the intersection of 5th Street in Ashton, Iowa.  Gary Fox, age 23 of Ashton, Iowa, was driving a 1994 Buick Lesabre, eastbound on 5th Street and failed to yield to Imhoff’s vehicle and collided in the intersection.  Imhoff’s vehicle sustained approximately $3,500 damage.  Fox’s vehicle sustained approximately $2,500 and was given a citation for Failure to Yield to Vehicle on the Right.  No injuries were reported.   

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On November 21, 2011, at 6:32pm, Chynna Nguyen, age 21 of Sioux City, Iowa, was driving a 1997 Infiniti, northbound on Hwy 60, approaching the Hwy 9 exit and struck a deer on the roadway.  Nguyen’s vehicle sustained approximately $2,500 damage.  No injuries were reported.

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On November 23, 2011, at 6:01pm, Stanley Venne, age 75 of Gladstone, Michigan, was driving a 1999 Cadillac Deville, southbound on Hwy 60, approaching 130th Street and struck a deer on the roadway.  Venne’s vehicle sustained approximately $1,500 damage.  No injuries were reported.

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November 29, 2011 - 11:09 am - Posted in News

Unemployment numbers for northwest Iowa continue to be quite low compared to other areas of the state, and Lyon County again has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

The October 2011 numbers are just out, and compared with last year at that time, O’Brien County has no change, with 4.0 percent. Osceola County unemployment is down four tenths of a percent from 5.0 to 4.6. In Sioux County it’s up slightly from 2.9 to 3.1. Lyon County’s unemployment is down slightly from last year from 3.0 to 2.7 percent.

Interestingly enough, the northwest quarter of the state also has the highest unemployment. That’s Hamilton County with 9.0 percent. They also had the highest jump, from 7.2 percent last year. The county was dealt a blow when the Webster City Electrolux plant closed last March.

Meanwhile, the statewide unemployment rate held steady at six-percent in October despite an increase in jobs. Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, Kerry Koonce, says the number of unemployed dropped below 100-thousand for the first time since November of 2009. The problem is that jobs are like a Black Friday bargain — a lot of people are lined up for them — but the supply is limited.


Koonce says there were new jobs created.


 

 

Koonce says job losses were the highest in the leisure and hospitality industries.


Iowa had an unemployment rate of six-point-two percent at this time last year, so Koonce says holding in place is a positive.


 

 

The U-S unemployment rate dropped to nine (9%)percent in October from nine-point-one (9.1%) percent in September.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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November 29, 2011 - 11:05 am - Posted in News
A Sibley farmer now serves on the “Farmers for Ron Paul” national advisory board.
 
According to the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign office, Kevin Wolfswinkel joins a Virginia farmer who has been named to the board.
 
Joel F. Salatin raises livestock using chemical-free holistic methods and co-owns Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia.
 
Wolfswinkel says that he and Paul agree that liberty and big government cannot co-exist for very long.  He says that Government dislikes the idea of independent-minded individuals having free reign over their own lives.  But he says, QUOTE, “At the same time agriculture is one of the few remaining bastions of freedom loving entrepreneurs, and unless a new course is charted farmers risk losing everything they and their families have spent generations working for.” 
 
Wolfswinkel is a corn, soybeans and pork farmer from Sibley.
 
He says that the hard work and personal sacrifice required to succeed in agriculture is at risk of being erased either by crippling regulation, the government’s financial mismanagement, or a combination of both.   According to Wolfswinkel, Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who possesses the expertise, personal will, and integrity to get us on the road to regaining control of our lives and livestock.
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November 28, 2011 - 10:39 am - Posted in News

CITY OF SIBLEY COUNCIL AGENDA

SIBLEY, IOWA 

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Sibleywill meet in regular session on November 28, 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.    McCallum Museum

5.    Tax Increment Financing Indebtedness Certification to County Auditor

6.    Resolution Approving the Transfer of Funds

7.    Resolution Approving Post-Issuance Compliance Policy

8.    Business Economic Assistance Package

9.    Council Concerns/Committee Update

10.  Administrators Report

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November 22, 2011 - 10:00 am - Posted in News

Judgments:

On November 18, 2011, Joshua Aaron Kuester, age 25 of Sibley, Iowa, was found guilty of Operating While Drugged 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $725.00, the cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any.  The Defendants judgment is deferred, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of one (1) year.  On January 14, 2011, Joshua Kuester was stopped on 11th Avenue and 10th Street in Sibley, Iowa.  The Deputy observed Kuester’s eyes were glassy, his pupils were dilated, and an odor of burnt marijuana was on his clothing.  Kuester admitted he had just smoked marijuana and was arrested for Operating While Drugged.

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On November 18, 2011, Jay Alan Granstra, age 46 of Round Lake, Minnesota, was found guilty of Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a total fine of $725.00, the cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any.  The Defendants judgment is deferred, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of one (1) year.  On June 17, 2011, Jay Granstra arrived at 624 9th Street in Sibley, Iowa following a call from his son about a disturbance.  While talking with Granstra, an Osceola County Deputy observed Granstra’s eyes were bloodshot, watery, and his eyes were dilated.  Granstra failed sobriety tests and tested over .08.  Granstra was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. 

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On November 18, 2011, Seth Joseph Roos, age 23 of Rock Rapids, Iowa, pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  The Defendant is to pay a total 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.  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 July 24, 2011, Seth Roos was stopped on Hwy 9 for a traffic offense.  An Osceola County Deputy detected an odor of alcohol coming from Roos’ breath.  Roos failed sobriety tests and tested over .08.  Roos was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.

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Accidents:

On November 18, 2011, at 7:00am, Deborah Davis, age 43 of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was backing a 2011 Dodge Avenger from a parking stall in front of Jack Rabbit Junction, is Sibley, Iowa.  Jose Puc-Uc, age 34 of Texico, New Mexico, was driving a 2002 Ford van into a parking stall next to Davis’ vehicle.  Davis failed to see Puc-Uc’s vehicle pulling in and collided in the parking lot.  Davis’ vehicle sustained approximately $900 damage.  Puc-Uc’s vehicle, owned by Danny Van Horne of Pottsboro, Texas, sustained approximately $300 damage.  No injuries were reported.

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On November 18, 2011, at 6:40pm, Fredrick Bernard Matlage Jr., age 48 of Sibley, Iowa, was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger, westbound on A22, west of Hwy 59 and struck a deer on the roadway.  Matlage’s vehicle sustained approximately $2,500 damage.  No injuries were reported.

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On November 19, 2011, Antonio Alvarez, age 22 of Sibley, Iowa, was arrested by an Osceola County Deputy for allegedly being Intoxicated in Public, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Alvarez was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $300 cash bond.

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On November 20, 2011, Donni Jay Bugay, age 41 of Bigelow, Minnesota, was arrested on two (2) valid Osceola County Warrant for Failure to Appear for Hearing, a Serious Misdemeanor.  Bugay was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $2,000 cash only bond.

 

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November 21, 2011 - 8:58 am - Posted in News
An alleged illegal alien living in Sibley has been arrested on false information and licensing charges.
 
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested 25-year-old Aurelio Garduno-Garduno of Sibley for the offenses of Driving While Suspended (a Simple Misdemeanor), Providing False Information (a Simple Misdemeanor), and Failure to File SR-22 high-risk Insurance (a Simple Misdemeanor).
 
An Osceola County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an alleged equipment violation. During the stop Garduno-Garduno allegedly provided the Deputy with false information. A check of Garduno-Garduno’s driving record showed him to have a suspended Driver’s License.
 
Garduno-Garduno is currently being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $990 cash bond and on an Immigration & Customs Enforcement detainer.
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November 21, 2011 - 8:53 am - Posted in Obituaries

Tena Groote, age 89 of Sibley, IA died Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 21st at Zoar Presbyterian Church at rural George, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 20th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

Tena Wiertzema was born September 15, 1922 to Walter and Angeline (Groenwold) Wiertzema in Osceola County, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in rural Little Rock, IA where she attended country school. After her education, Tena worked for several families in the area.

Tena was united in marriage to the love of her life, George Groote on November 28, 1940. Tena and George shared 60 years together. They enjoyed farming, traveling and dancing, and spending time with their family. When George passed away in 2001, Tena moved to Sibley where she enjoyed volunteering at the daycare center in Sibley, exercising with the Silver Sneakers and baking pies for her family and friends. Most recently Tena was a resident at Country View Manor in Sibley.

Surviving Tena are her daughters, Sheryl (John) Heronimus and Sherlene (David) Krogman; six grandchildren, Sheila (Kirk) Smith, Timothy (Laura) Heronimus, Kent (Elena) Heronimus, Amy (Michael) Kolczak, Jeffrey Krogman, and Jennifer Krogman; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Viola Nash; one brother, Ollie Wiertzema; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Wiertsema and Delores Wiertzema; and many other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George Groote; her parents, Walter and Angeline Wiertzema; brothers and sisters, Rose Willemssen, Ann Buchman, Jane Houghton, Gert Groote, Harry Wiertzema, Walt Wiertsema, Angie Boekhout and Grace Gertsema.

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Four hundred jobs are coming to Sioux Falls — which could help job seekers in northwest Iowa.
 
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that Capital One Financial Corporation is buying HSBC’s domestic credit card business.  HSBC has had a financial services center in Sioux Falls since 2000.  They’ve had their ups and downs too, employing their highest number of employees in about 2002, with a thousand.  Today they have 400 employed in Sioux Falls, but Capital One plans to add 400 jobs by next year according to South Dakota’s Governor and congressional delegation.
 
Many northwest Iowans, especially Lyon County residents work for banking and credit card operations in Sioux Falls, where the state’s tax laws favor big banking.
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