June 25, 2012 - 4:47 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Caroline Wheeler, age 87, of Sibley, Iowa passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Church of Christ Congregational. Rev. Kelly Volk officiating.

Burial at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, June 29, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley. Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Caroline Wheeler.

 

Central High School in Omaha Nebraska has named Jerry Kreber the new varsity baseball coach for the 2012-2013 school year.

Kreber was a 1995 Sibley-Ocheyedan graduate and has served as an assistant coach for the past 13 seasons at four metro-area schools. They are North High Magnet, Central High, Lewis Central High, and Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High.

Kreber has also served as an associate scout for the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. In 2010, Kreber authored a book entitled “Coaching on the Big Diamond.” Prior to his coaching career, Kreber played collegiate baseball at Briar Cliff and Graceland University. In addition to coaching, Kreber will teach in Central’s Special Education Department.

The 12th annual American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Osceola County is only five weeks away; mark your calendar for the “Go For The Gold” event to be held on Friday, August 3 at the Sibley-OcheyedanHigh School track.

The special Survivor Dinner is scheduled for Monday, July 30 at the Sibley First Presbyterian Church. If you are a cancer survivor and have not received an invitation to this event by July 15, please contact any of the committee members mentioned in this article. Even if you have not responded, please know that any and all survivors are welcome; this is your special night.

Jackie Kannegieter, committee chair person, is pleased to welcome several new members to assist in the planning of this year’s Relay For Life. As announced earlier, Glenda Reinke of Spirit Lake and Pauline Van Engen of Sibley have Read The Full Story…

June 20, 2012 - 3:25 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Delbert Fliear passed away December 11, 2011 in Mesa Arizona at the age of 86.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23rd at 3pm at the Matlock Cemetery, located 1 mile south  and 1/2 mile west of Matlock. The family invites everone for fellowsip and lunch at the Matlock Fire Hall following the service.

Delbert Fliear was born December 20, 1924, the son of Arthur and Laura Fliear.

Delbert is survived by his wife of 65 years, Berylois; 2 daughters, Anita (Dennis) of Cedar Falls and Rhonda of Carroll; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also surviced by his brother Galen (Sharon) of Cherokee, and sisters Aletha (Wendell) of Los Angeles, and Gwenda (Elmer) of Matlock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Larry (Carol) of Matlock and Bill of Des Moines, and sisters Beverly (Gene) of Sheldon, and Marlys of the Detroit area.

Delbert Fliear passed away December 11, 2011 in Mesa Arizona at the age of 86.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23rd at 3pm at the Matlock Cemetery, located 1 mile south  and 1/2 mile west of Matlock. The family invites everone for fellowsip and lunch at the Matlock Fire Hall following the service.

Delbert Fliear was born December 20, 1924, the son of Arthur and Laura Fliear.

Delbert is survived by his wife of 65 years, Berylois; 2 daughters, Anita (Dennis) of Cedar Falls and Rhonda of Carroll; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also surviced by his brother Galen (Sharon) of Cherokee, and sisters Aletha (Wendell) of Los Angeles, and Gwenda (Elmer) of Matlock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Larry (Carol) of Matlock and Bill of Des Moines, and sisters Beverly (Gene) of Sheldon, and Marlys of the Detroit area.

The July 4 holiday annually is the busiest time for boating on Iowa waters and with the holiday landing on Wednesday, boaters can expect heavy traffic to last all week long.

If the water is the busiest place for boats, waiting in line at the ramp is probably the second busiest and patience and ramp courtesy will be at a premium, said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

“Boaters can help minimize the ramp wait time by preparing to launch before it’s their turn because there will likely be a line of traffic behind them,” Stocker said. “Be patient and respectful to other boaters. Everyone has the same goal of getting on the water.

“That being said, we don’t want boaters to have to leave the water because of things that could have been corrected simply by going through the boat and trailer before the leave home,” Stocker said. “Give the boat a good going-over in the driveway. It only takes a few minutes and is well worth it.”

Once on the water, boaters are encouraged to operate in a way that keeps their passengers safe while watching out for other boaters.

“The top safety tip is for boat operators to avoid drinking alcohol because of how it impairs their reaction time and the ability to make quick, sound judgments. Wind, sun, glare off the water and wave action enhance the effects of alcohol so boaters are encouraged to know their limits,” Stocker said. “Boaters should also review the rules and wear a properly fitting lifejacket.”

There are about 229,000 registered boats in Iowa. 2012 Boating Statistics thus far have included 6 fatalities, 10 boat incidents, 15 personal injuries and 2 property damage reports.

Operation Dry Water is set for June 22nd through the 24th. This three day event is part of a national ad campaign on the effects and dangers of drinking and boating. Campaign includes increased law enforcement on the water, safety checks and boater contacts. In 2011, 50 officers contacted 799 boaters, performed 209 safety checks and issued 45 citations or warnings.

Brackets are out for the regional softball tournaments. With the expansion to a 5 class system in Iowa this year fans will notice some of their teams playing up a class compared to previous years.

In Class 3A Region 1 play begins on Tuesday July 3rd. Sheldon is in the upper bracket and will open at home against George Little Rock Central Lyon. Also in the upper bracket Sioux Center will be at Boyden Hull Rock Valley. In the lower bracket it’s Algona at Humboldt and Spirit Lake at Estherville Lincoln Central.

In Class 3A Region 2 Unity and MOC Floyd Valley open against each other in the lower bracket. The other game has Cherokee against OA-BCIG. In the upper bracket it’s JSPC – Jefferson at East Sac County and Kuemper at Huxley Ballard.

In Class 2A opening on Tuesday July 3rd area teams are in Region 1. In the upper bracket it’s Sibley Ocheyedan at West Lyon with the winner advancing to a Thursday July 5th game at Western Christian. The Wolfpack got a first round bye. South O’Brien is at HMS with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals at Emmetsburg Thursday the 5th. In the lower bracket Pocahontas Area is at West Hancock with the winner at Lake Mills Thursday July 5th. Sioux Central opens at Okoboji with the winner at North Union on Thursday the 5th.

In Class 1A play begins on Monday July 2nd. In Region 1 in the upper bracket Spalding opens at Harris Lake Park. The winner will be at Remsen St Mary’s Thursday July 5th as Remsen St Mary’s got the first round bye. Also in the upper bracket Whiting is at Kingsley Pierson with the winner at LeMars Gehlen on July 5th. In the lower bracket it’s West Sioux against River Valley with the game played at Remsen Union. The winner will go against Remsen Union who got a bye and will host the quarterfinal on Thursday the 5th. Also in the lower bracket Trinity Christian will be at Lake Park to go against Clay Central Everly. The winner will be at Akron Westfield on Thursday July 5th.

June 18, 2012 - 4:12 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A Sibley man has some new wheels, courtesy of Grand Falls Casino Resort near Larchwood.

On Sunday, June 17, the winner — identified only as “Greg from Sibley” was the lucky winner of a 2012 Chevy Cruze at the casino’s Sunday Car Spectacular Promotion. The promotion runs through July 22nd and there are still 3 cars left to give away.

For more information on the promotion, visit www.GrandFallsCasinoResort.com

Hartley, Iowa — Juvenal Hernandez-Montanez, age 39, from Hartley, Iowa was driving a 1997 Ford pickup and was eastbound on gravel road 310th Street. Michael Huls, age 51, from Melvin, Iowa was driving a 1996 Chevy pickup and was northbound on Vine Avenue (County road M12). Hernandez-Montanez did not stop for the stop sign at 310th Street & Vine Avenue and struck Huls in the driver’s side causing Huls to enter the east ditch and then flip over and come to rest on the roadway on the passenger side of the truck. Hernandez-Montanez sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Spencer Hospital by Hartley Ambulance. Passenger in Hernandez-Montanez vehicle, Juvenal Hernandez-Luna, age 6, also had minor injuries and was transported to the Spencer Hospital by Hartley Ambulance. Michael Huls had minor injuries and was transported to the Sibley Hospital by Sanborn Ambulance. Passenger in Huls vehicle, Diane Huls, age 64, also reported minor injuries and was transported to the Sibley Hospital by Sanborn Ambulance. Damage to the Hernandez-Montanez vehicle was estimated to be approximately $5,000 dollars and damage to the Huls vehicle was estimated to be $8,000.

June 17, 2012 - 11:03 am - Posted in Obituaries

Margaret Harper, age 81 of Sibley,IA died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday June 21st, 2012 at United Methodist Church in Sibley with Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating.  Burial will follow at Lennox Cemetery in Lennox, SD.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of  Sibley.

June 16, 2012 - 11:05 am - Posted in Obituaries
Rex Ditto, age 84 of Urbandale, IA, formerly of Sibley, IA died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Urbandale Nursing & Rehab Center in Urbandale, IA.
Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 19th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA, with Rev. Jim Berka officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church Tuesday morning at the church.
Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of services.