February 29, 2012 - 12:27 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Theodore Pranger, age 90, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating. Burial will be at 9:30 A.M. Saturday at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, March 2, 2012, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan.

In Lieu of Flowers the family would like memorials directed to Alzheimer’s Research.

Theodore “Ted” Pranger was born on November 4, 1921 in rural Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of John and Jennie (Schwier) Pranger. He lived his youth in the Sibley, Iowa and Bigelow, Minnesota areas. In 1943, Ted moved with his parents to a farm in the Ocheyedan, Iowa area now known as the Willow Creek Park. He attended the same country school for all eight years of his education.
He was united in marriage to Sadie Smits of Round Lake, Minnesota, on October 26, 1944. They moved to their farm in rural Ocheyedan in 1946, where they continued to live and farm. Ted enjoyed traveling, gardening and tinkering in his shop. He enjoyed working on his own machinery and also did electrical and plumbing work for his friends. He was the Wilson Township Clerk for 40 years. During the years of their married life, Ted and Sadie, read the entire Bible 58 times. Sadie passed away on November 12, 2002. Ted continued to live on the farm until October of 2005, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and moved to the Country View Manor in Sibley.
He was a member of the Christian Reformed Church of Ocheyedan where he served as an elder. He was a former member of the Christian Reformed Church of Bigelow, Minnesota where he served as a deacon. Ted also served as the Christian School Treasurer.

He passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Country View Manor of Sibley, Iowa.
Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter and son-in-law: Lorene and Ted Bruxvoort of Middleville, MI; two sons and daughters-in-law: John and Deb Pranger of Wyoming, MI, Bill and Renee Pranger of Ocheyedan, IA; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie, and his parents.

 

February 28, 2012 - 7:49 pm - Posted in News

You may have received a card in your mail recently about the redrawing of district lines and your voting precinct. We talked to O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer about the cards.

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February 28, 2012 - 7:49 pm - Posted in News

You may have received a card in your mail recently about the redrawing of district lines and your voting precinct. We talked to O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer about the cards.

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February 28, 2012 - 7:49 pm - Posted in News

You may have received a card in your mail recently about the redrawing of district lines and your voting precinct. We talked to O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer about the cards.

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February 28, 2012 - 7:49 pm - Posted in News

You may have received a card in your mail recently about the redrawing of district lines and your voting precinct. We talked to O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer about the cards.

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A wintry mix of precipitation will fall over this area Tuesday morning causing light icing. However with temperatures warming, this ice will likely melt Tuesday afternoon and evening. We talked to meteorologist Billy Williams from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. Read The Full Story…

February 27, 2012 - 7:03 pm - Posted in News

Two northwest Iowa school districts are receiving money to help their bus fleets to reduce diesel emissions.

The Rock Valley School District is among six school districts that Read The Full Story…

February 26, 2012 - 9:05 am - Posted in Obituaries

Robert Heiliger age 81 of Sibley, IA died Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, with Father John Vakulskas as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Monday, February 27th from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley. There will be a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Robert Philip Heiliger was born on March 13, 1930 in Sheldon, IA, the son of Joseph and Emma (Mory) Heiliger. He grew up in Sheldon and graduated from Sheldon High School. Following his graduation he attended Northwest Iowa Junior College in Sheldon for two years. After college, Bob worked for the railroad for a short time and then served two years in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the Marines, he went to work for Northwestern Bell where he worked for 31 years. While working for Northwestern Bell, Bob met his wife-to-be, Patricia Burke. They were married on February 7th 1959, and lived in Sheldon and then Hawarden for a short time before moving to Sibley where they raised their five children. Following his retirement, Bob worked as a dispatcher at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office for a number of years. Later, he was self-employed, doing phone work for various people in the community. Bob was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and the George E. Mudge American Legion Post #324. He enjoyed going for coffee with his friends each day and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Bob is survived by: his five children, Tim (Bev) Heiliger of Sibley, IA, Tom Heiliger of Pagosa Springs, CO, Susan (Martin) Thomas of Beaufort, SC, Nancy (Mark) Bruns of Sibley, IA and Terry (Julie) Heiliger of Urbandale, IA; twelve grandchildren, Maggie, Tessa, Ethan, Megan, Christopher, Adam, Mattie Joe, Andrew, Emma, Jacob, Joseph and Kathleen; sister, Edith “Sis” Bilsland of Marcus, IA; one brother, David (Sandy) Heiliger of Houston, TX; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Patricia, on April 14, 2002; and brothers, Wayne, Bill and Lee; and one sister, Beverly.

February 23, 2012 - 9:55 am - Posted in Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Vellema, age 64, of Lake Park, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 23, 2012, in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

Funeral Service will be Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 10:30 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating. Burial in Union Cemetery in Harris, Iowa.

Visitation will be Monday, February 27, from 2:30 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. all at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Robert Eugene Vellema was born on September 10, 1947 in Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of Henry and Bertha (Walburg) Vellema. He lived his youth in rural Harris, Iowa on the family farm. He attended school in Ocheyedan where he graduated from high school. Bob served in the United States Army, for one tour of duty, during the Vietnam Conflict, and was honorably discharged.

He married Paula Nebelsick of Harris, Iowa on January 7, 1978. They later divorced.
Bob lived in Lake Park, Iowa where he was an over-the-road truck driver. He had driven for Smith Company, Sather’s Candy Company, and was presently an independent contractor working with Anderson Trucking out of St. Cloud, Minnesota, as a pilot car driver.

Bob was a baptized member of the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan. He had attended the Presbyterian Church in Lake Park, Iowa.

He was a member of the American Legion in Round Lake, Minnesota.

Bob enjoyed tinkering with his 1969 GMC truck and collecting baseball and other kinds of hats. He enjoyed his family and friends, making new friends, and chatting around a coffee table. He was excited about working on a new relationship with his sons and making time for his grandchildren.

Bob passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 23, 2012, in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

Those left to cherish his memories are his two sons and daughters-in-law: Tony and Cheryl Vellema and their son, George Vellema of Iowa City, IA, Nick and Terra Vellema and their son, Weston Vellema of Ankeny, IA; eight sisters and brothers-in-law: Sylvia and Jerry Bosma of Harris, IA, Dela and Dennis Daggett of Longboat Key, FL, Carol and Bob Murphy of Durham, NC, Phyllis and Dennis Bosma of Ocheyedan, IA, Cindy and Lynn Van De Brake of Sheldon, IA, Janie and Jeff Vande Griend of Sibley, IA, Donna and E.J. King of Sioux Falls, SD, Lori and Paul Kroeze of Orange City, IA; one brother and sister-in-law: Paul and Phyllis Vellema of Harris, IA; and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Kenneth Vellema, his niece, Sara Van De Brake.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to http://www.andringafuneralhome.com

February 20, 2012 - 12:14 pm - Posted in Sports

Morningside College crowned four champions en route to a second place finish at the 2012 NAIA North Qualifying Group Wrestling Tournament held Saturday in Sioux City.

Brian Block, a junior from Sibley earned a title at 184 lbs. Block also received the tournaments Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Block, ranked second in the nation, won a 5-4 decision against No. 1-ranked Kody Kersten of Midland in the 184 lb. final in the feature bout of the tournament. Block, who raised his seasons record to 20-3, had been ranked No. 1 earlier this season before Kersten, 25-7, pinned him in a dual on Jan. 27. Block pinned his way to the title bout with fall times of 1:56 against Dan Harvey of Briar Cliff and 3:30 against Seth Crane of Concordia.

The Mustangs other champions were Kory Kistner, a junior from Sioux City at 125 lbs.; Garret Lambrecht, a freshman from Wood River, Nebraska at 141 lbs and Joe Sievert, a junior from Akron, Iowa, at 174 lbs.

The Nationals are up next March 1st through the 3rd in Des Moines.