A Sibley man has been charged with OWI and Failure To Maintain Control after an accident on Saturday west of Sibley.

At approximately 3:00 AM Saturday morning, Joseph Lee Klaassen, age 21 of Sibley was arrested by an Osceola County Deputy for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense (Serious Misdemeanor) and Failure to Maintain Control (Simple Misdemeanor). Klaassen is currently being held in the Osceola County Jail with a $1,300 cash bond. The arrest stemmed from a report of a traffic accident west of Sibley. Klaassen reportedly swerved for a deer Read The Full Story…

Sibley, Iowa —

April 23, 2012, David Patrick Christoffer, age 40 of Harris, Iowa, was found guilty of Interference With Official Acts, and Violation of No Contact Order, both Simple Misdemeanors. The Defendant is to pay a fine of $60, the cost of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees, if any. On each offense, the Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for a term of thirty (30) days, with twenty-three (23) suspended, and placed on informal probation to the Osceola County Sheriff for a period of one (1) year. Read The Full Story…

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman will spend 60 days in jail, and serve both a suspended prison term and probation after she was found guilty of felony theft and misdemeanor forgery.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they determined that from April 2008 through June 2011, 56-year-old Debra Jeddeloh of Sibley falsified documents and misappropriated funds belonging to a female victim and cashed them. Read The Full Story…

Sheldon, Iowa — The moratorium on post office closings ends May 15th. That date means different things to different post offices in northwest Iowa. Northwest Iowa Development, a six-county economic development marketing region, has just completed an impact analysis on eleven proposed post office closures in their region. Osceola County Economic Development Director Kirk Grau has been spearheading the impact analysis and has been following the situations of the different offices very closely. He says that on May 15th, when the moratorium on post office closures is over, these post offices will again be considered for closure
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April 26, 2012 - 3:43 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Irene Leinen, age 87 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, April 30, 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 Sunday, April 29th from 2-6 PM with the family present from 4-6 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.  There will be a rosary at 3 PM and a vigil service at 5:30 PM Sunday evening.

Irene Mary Leinen was born on August 7, 1924, the daughter of Emil and Margaret (Gaul) Hansen in Lismore, MN. She attended grade school in Oyens, Iowa. On September 9, 1947, she was united in marriage to Florian Stoffel and following his death in 1972 she married Walter Leinen on February 19, 1982 in Sibley, Iowa. Irene worked as a daycare provider out of her home for a while, then worked for Sibley Egg & Poultry and later Merrick Printing (now Keith M. Merrick Company) and retired from there after seventeen years. She was a member of the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, where she was active in the Catholic Daughters and Women’s Guild. Irene was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. Irene had an extremely strong faith and met all of life’s challenges without fear. She was a hard worker and always seemed to be busy doing something. Irene really enjoyed people, loved to fish, travel, and garden; do word puzzles, weave rugs and crochet.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Nancy (Arthur) VanBruggen of Boyden, IA, Jean VandeGarde of Katy, TX, Becky (Stan) McAndrews of Ames, IA and Nick (Debbie) Stoffel of Inola, OK; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; six siblings, Jerome Hansen of LeMars, IA, Emil Hansen Jr. of Slayton, MN, Mary Ann Streff of Slayton, MN, Rita Pottebaum of Yuba City, CA, Mildred Gearke of LeMars, IA, and Sister Margaret Hansen of Auburn Hills, MI; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Florian Stoffel; second husband, Walter Leinen; very special adopted grandson, Samuel Harris Kruger; and seven siblings, Cletus Hansen, Alfred Hansen, Gerald Hansen, Lawrence Hansen, Ambrose Hansen, Leonard Hansen and Delores Ludwig.

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

April 24, 2012 - 3:26 pm - Posted in Sports

DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR will hold the 2012 spring auction on May 19, at the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Pre-registration starts at 7 a.m., the doors will open at 8 a.m., when the public may view the items for sale and the auction will begin at 9 a.m. There will not be any buyer’s premium fee added to the sale.

Items up for auction only include about 550 firearms, bows and tree stands. No other equipment will be sold. The items are sold “as is” with no guarantee or warranty. Any person interested in purchasing a firearm at the auction must have either a valid Iowa permit to acquire pistols or revolvers, a federal firearms license, or a professional or non-professional permit to carry concealed weapons. The Iowa permit to acquire can be obtained from a sheriff’s office. Allow two to three weeks to receive the permit. Payment must be made on auction day.

All sales are final. All items must be removed from the site within one half hour after the sale completion. The Iowa DNR reserves the right to reject any bids and withdraw any item from the sale at any time. A sale bill is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/uploads/files/2012sale_archery.pdf http://www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/uploads/files/2012sale_firearms.pdf and will be updated if inventory is added. The DNR will not be mailing any sale bills.

April 24, 2012 - 3:21 pm - Posted in Sports

SPIRIT LAKE – The next crop of Iowa muskies are nearly finished hatching beginning their one year tour of hatchery life before being stocked as foot-long fish in the spring of 2013.

These newly hatched fry came from muskies collected from the Iowa Great Lakes during the walleye gill netting effort in early April.

“Muskies are pretty amazing fish,” said Donna Muhm, hatchery manager at Spirit Lake who cares for the fish during their first seven months of life. “The adults we bring in here are spectacular; they’re big, gorgeous specimens.”

Muhm said they striped 10 females and 31 males this year, which is a typical female to male ratio.  Each female produces are large amount of eggs and each male produces very little milt.

“Muskie fertilization, in general, isn’t the greatest,” Muhm said.  She said it is better when the fish are naturally ready to spawn and do not need any help, like this year.  Of the 1.2 million eggs taken this year, 40 percent were viable and of that 35 percent actually hatched, both excellent percentages.

Iowa hatcheries produce 4,000 muskies each year that are stocked in 10 Iowa lakes. The lakes rotate and are stocked in alternating years.

Excess fish are traded with other states once they reach four inches. “Very few states can raise them on dry feed like we can,” she said. “They either lack the facility, the expertise or both.”

States considered regular customers for Iowa muskies are Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and, occasionally, Michigan.  In exchange, Iowa receives channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass and yellow perch.

Iowa muskie diet is dry feed until they reach five inches when it switches to minnows.  In October, muskies leave Spirit Lake for the Rathbun hatchery where they will live until spring when they are stocked an 11 to 14-inch fish.

Muskies are known as a fish of one thousand casts among their loyal anglers, adding to their mystery and appreciation. With a 40-inch statewide minimum length limit, these trophies do not come easy.

Target the 2012 class in 2020

How long does it take for a muskie to grow to 40 inches? Females can make it in seven or eight years, but Muhm said males may never reach it.  “If they do, they would likely be in their teens,” she said.

Muskie-Pike hybrid

The hybrid tiger muskie was stocked across Iowa lakes until the idea was scrapped in 1989. The hope behind the hybrid was to have the muskie size and the pike aggressiveness to offer a trophy that was more commonly caught than muskies and larger than pike.

But the reality was tiger muskies took on the pike trait of intolerance to warm water and many did not survive.  While rare, the mixing of the species does occur in nature.

Iowa Muskie Lakes

Spirit Lake

West Okoboji Lake

East Okoboji Lake

Clear Lake

Brushy Creek Lake

Big Creek Lake

Three Mile Lake

Pleasant Creek Lake

Lake Macbride

Lake Sugema

April 24, 2012 - 9:49 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The April 19 issue of the Water Summary Update shows that despite recent statewide rainfall, northwest Iowa is still an area of concern. The intense rainfall in some areas caused water to run off rather than infiltrate into the groundwater.

Shallow groundwater levels throughout Iowa benefited from the heavy rainfall that occurred between April 12 and April 15. Shallow groundwater levels recovered approximately 0.5 feet in the Floyd River watershed in northwest Iowa. Shallow groundwater levels are still near seasonal lows in the Rock River, Floyd River and Ocheyedan- Upper Little Sioux watersheds.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources received reports that before April 12, 11 private wells in northwest Iowa were not providing water and the owners had to find alternative sources. This typically would be either constructing a new well or connecting to a rural water system. After April 12 only one well was not providing water.

With the much-needed rain, stream levels in the small streams are increasing slightly. Many of them had been dry or had isolated pools and are now flowing again. Most tile lines are still dry but a few have been observed with a small amount of flow. The National Weather Service was quoted in the Des Moines Register as saying northwest Iowa needs at least 6″ to 9″ above normal to get caught up.

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April 23, 2012 - 9:30 am - Posted in News


Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Sibley will meet in regular session on April 23, 2012 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

4.     Water Distribution Improvements and Construction of the South Elevated Tank

– Public Hearing and Letting of Bids

5.     Not to Exceed $275,000 General Obligation Refunding Capital Loan Notes

– Resolution Fixing Date for a Meeting on the Authorization of a Loan  Agreement and the Issuance of Not to Exceed $275,000 General Obligation  Refunding Capital Loan Notes of the City of Sibley, State of Iowa and                              Providing for Publication of Notice There of

6.     Resolution Amending Fire Service Fees for Hazardous Materials Response

7.     Resolution Endorsing Application for State Aviation Funding and Guaranteeing Local Matching Funds

8.     Central Park

9.     Trail Update

10.   Council Concerns/Committee Updates

11.   Administrators Report

April 18, 2012 - 11:42 am - Posted in News

First Baptist Church, 402 6th Street in Sibley, Iowa, will be having a Soup and Pie Supper on Wednesday 18, 2012 serving from 5:00 to 7:00.

Serving chili, broccoli cheese, vegetable beef, and chicken noodle soups, all homemade, and ham and/or cheese sandwiches, and various pies and desserts.  A freewill offering will be accepted to send area youth to Camp Shetek.  Come and join us that evening.