July 31, 2012 - 10:49 am - Posted in News

Tea, South Dakota — It’s been a long time in coming — and it’s certainly not complete — but the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System reached a historic milestone Monday morning when it began producing water from its treatment plant near Vermillion for distribution to 11 of its 20 member cities and rural water systems. The system is to provide Missouri River aquifer water to it’s members. The project was incorporated in January 1990, so this milestone has been over 22 years in the making.

Chairman of the Board Red Arndt says that with the area unfortunately experiencing critical water needs in the face of a crushing drought, they are pleased that Lewis & Clark is able to begin producing water just in the nick of time.

Arndt says they will save the toasts and thank yous for the upcoming treatment plant ribbon cutting ceremony, but July 30 is truly a historic day for Lewis & Clark.

The 11 members receiving water include; Sioux Falls, Beresford, Centerville, Harrisburg, Lennox, Parker, Tea, Lincoln County RWS, Minnehaha Community Water Corporation (MCWC), South Lincoln RWS and Rock Rapids. For MCWC and Rock Rapids, service is only to one of their two connections. The Rock Rapids connection is the one worked out with Lyon and Sioux Rural water to serve the Grand Falls Casino. The Rock Rapids water supply will not actually see any Lewis and Clark water until the pipeline gets to Rock Rapids.

In addition to the second connections for MCWC and Rock Rapids, the members who will not be connected include: SD – Madison; IA – Hull, Sheldon, Sibley and Sioux Center; MN – Luverne, Worthington, Lincoln Pipestone RWS and Rock County RWD.

In the meantime, Arndt says he and Executive Director Troy Larson are to speak in Washington DC to see if they can persuade Congress to allocate more money — their fair share — for the completion of Lewis and Clark.

He says if it passes, Lewis and Clark would get a share of that $80 million.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the treatment plant is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, which is the nine year anniversary of Lewis & Clark’s groundbreaking.

July 31, 2012 - 10:47 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman has been sentenced to probation and a large fine after she was found guilty of Perjury during a deposition.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Felicia Marie White of Sibley was found guilty of Perjury, a Class “D” Felony. White is to pay a fine of $1236, court costs, and restitution of any court-appointed attorney fees. She will serve one year of probation, with a Deferred Judgment pending successful completion of the probation requirements. On December 10, 2010, White provided a false statement while testifying under oath at a Deposition Hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse in Sibley.

A Sioux Falls woman faces several charges after she was arrested on Friday (7/27). The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 25-year-old Brooke Ashley Mejia of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated, two counts of False Information, Failure to have a Valid Driver’s License, no proof of insurance, and Failure to Stop Vehicle at RR Crossing Device. Mejia also had an outstanding warrant from Osceola County for Assault. She was booked into the Osceola County Jail and is being held on a $2,000 cash only bond. A detainer was also placed on Mejia by Nobles County, Minnesota for an outstanding warrant for Giving Peace Officer False Name of Another Person.

In other news from the Osceola Osceola County Sheriff’s Office — on Thursday, (7/26) at 3:40 PM, they received a 9-1-1 call of a Domestic Disturbance in the town of Sibley. The responding officer found a male subject in the back yard of a residence threatening to commit suicide with a .22 caliber rifle. The officer was able to convince the subject to put down the weapon. He was then referred for appropriate medical care.

George, Iowa — A Sibley man was injured and then charged with three offenses, and his passenger faces a felony charge after an accident early on Saturday east of George.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:50 AM, 58-year-old Dennis Post of Rock Valley was driving a 2003 Freightliner semi owned by Hartland Farms of Doon, eastbound on County Road A34, about five and a half miles east of George. Twenty-eight-year-old Cesar Segura of Sibley was westbound driving a 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup. Just west of A26, Segura crossed the center line and was sideswiped by the semi truck. Segura’s vehicle went into the south ditch, went through a fence, and came to rest in a bean field. Post was able to control his semi and came to a stop on the roadway.

Cesar Segura was taken to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

The semi sustained about $1000 in damage. The pickup was totaled.

Segura was later arrested and charged with Driving with No Drivers License, Crossing the Center Line, and Failure to Have Insurance.

The Sheriff’s office reports that alcohol was a factor, so further charges are pending.

A passenger in Segura’s vehicle, Antonio Mares of Sibley fled the scene on foot. Later that day, about 6:00 PM, Mares was picked up by a Lyon County Deputy near the scene of the accident. He was subsequently arrested for Falsifying Public Documents, a Class D Felony — for possession of a fake ID and a fake social security card.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the George Fire Department and George Emergency Medical Service.

July 29, 2012 - 3:24 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Donald Brody, age 90 of Bigelow, MN died Friday, July 27, 2012 at his farm northeast of Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Friday, August 3rd at the United Methodist Church in Sibley, IA, with Pastor Shannon Pascual officiating.

Private burial for family will take place prior to the service in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 2nd from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

July 24, 2012 - 1:40 pm - Posted in Sports

Hot Weather Continues to Stress Fish

The hot and dry conditions across the state continue to take its toll on Iowa fish.

A fish kill in the Des Moines River is occurring due to low water flows and high water temperature. This fish kill is in the same area as the fish kill that occurred on July 6-7.

“River conditions are getting worse, increasing an already stressful condition for fish,” said Mark Flammang, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The combination of low water and high temperatures stresses fish, especially those susceptible to warmer water, like sturgeon, northern pike, yellow perch and walleye.

Channel catfish and bullheads, two species that are more tolerant of warmer water, are also showing signs of stress.

2011 Pheasant Harvest Tops 100,000 Roosters

The 2011 Iowa pheasant harvest reflected what the roadside counts had predicted, that the population was down after five winters with above average snowfall followed by five wetter than normal springs.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates that 109,000 roosters were harvested during the 2011 hunting season, the lowest since standardized estimates began in 1962. Harvest was highest in the northwest region, followed by central and southwest.
The harvest estimate is based on a random survey of hunters. The survey is used by the DNR to estimate the number of hunters pursuing small game, hunter effort by species and harvest.

The survey collects data on quail, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, partridge, and mourning dove, in addition to pheasants.

According to the survey, an estimated 57,285 mourning doves were harvested during Iowa’s inaugural mourning dove hunting season.

Predictions for Iowa’s 2012 pheasant population and season forecast will be issued based on the upcoming August roadside survey that will take place Aug. 1-15, on more than 200, 30-mile routes.

Weather patterns this past winter and spring suggest Iowa will see its first significant increase in pheasant numbers in 6 years.

July 20, 2012 - 4:15 pm - Posted in Sports

A white-tail deer at a hunting preserve in Davis County has become the first positive detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa. The positive sample was verified this week, and DNR is working closely with the State Veterinarian on this isolated incident.

There is no evidence that CWD can spread to humans, pets or domestic livestock such as pork, beef, dairy, poultry, sheep or goats.

The Davis County facility where the animal was held has been inspected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to ensure that any remaining deer remain contained. The facility is surrounded by an eight-foot fence. A quarantine has also been issued for the facility.

“Given all of Iowa’s surrounding states have confirmed cases of CWD, Iowa DNR was prepared to address this isolated incident,” said DNR Deputy Director Bruce Trautman.
The DNR and IDALS have a CWD response plan in place to address the disease.

“We have a CWD surveillance program in place to test deer, elk and moose at the facilities that raise farm deer and we have worked closely with DNR to plan for a possible finding of the disease,” said Iowa State Veterinarian Dr. David Schmitt.

Iowa has tested 42,557 wild deer and over 4,000 captive deer and elk as part of the surveillance program since 2002 when CWD was found in Wisconsin. The DNR will increase testing of wild deer in the area by working with hunters and landowners to collect samples from hunter harvested deer beginning this fall.

CWD is a neurological disease that only affects deer, elk and moose. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion, which affects the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions. Signs include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness and drooping ears and head.

The prions can attach to soil and spread the disease among deer. Chronic wasting disease was first identified in captive mule deer at a research facility in Colorado in 1967. Prior to the positive detection in Iowa, CWD had been detected in every bordering state.

July 17, 2012 - 2:26 pm - Posted in Sports

2012 Siouxland Conference Baseball Standings
Conference Overall
MOC-FV 13-3 19-10
West Lyon 11-5 17-9
B-H/RV 10-6 13-14
Central Lyon 9-7 16-11
Sheldon 8-7 12-15
Sioux Center 6-10 11-15
Okoboji 6-9 11-15
George-Little Rock 5-11 12-14
Sibley-Ocheyedan 3-13 5-17

1st Team All Conference 
Colin Sandbulte GLR 12
Trevor Johnson Sheldon 12
Cody Hatting Sheldon 12
Zach Jones Okoboji 12
Jon Van Beek West Lyon 11
Brandon Snyder West Lyon 10
Ethan Stofferan Sibley-Ocheyedan 12
Luke Grooters Central Lyon 11
Ross Ackerman Central Lyon 12
Christian Rozeboom Sioux Center 9
Caleb De Haan MOC-FV 12
Lawton De Jong MOC-FV 12
Casey Guthmiller MOC-FV 11
Colin Pennings MOC-FV 11

2nd Team All Conference 
Jacob Moser West Lyon 12
David De Haan MOC-FV 11
Jared De Bey Central Lyon 12
Brent Klingenberg GLR 10
Brandon Frick Sheldon 12
Jerod Hanson BHRV 10
Kyle Jensen BHRV 12
Alex Koepp Okoboji 12
Kamden Glade Sioux Center 11
Miles Kleinhesselink Sioux Center 12

Honorable Mention
Tyler O’Connor Sibley-Ocheyedan 11
Judd Rozeboom GLR 12
James Halbur Okoboji 12
Ty Brink Sioux Center 11
Chad Den Hartog Sheldon 12
Chris Ladd Central Lyon 12
Tyler Dolieslager BHRV 11
Tyler Kruse West Lyon 12
Tyler Harald MOC-FV 12

July 16, 2012 - 2:00 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Helen Schroder, age 92, of Sibley, IA died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012 at First Reformed Church in Sibley, IA with Rev. Gary Van Heukelom, officiating. Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery at Sibley, IA. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 18th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

July 13, 2012 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

Iowa Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5:00pm on today, July 13, 2012 until 8:00am on Monday, July 16, 2012 in honor of United States Army Sergeant James Skalberg Jr. originally of Emerson who died on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Afghanistan. All individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute.

July 9, 2012 - 11:00 pm - Posted in News

Windom, Minnesota — An Ocheyedan man is apparently accused in a meat theft case involving at least $1.6 million worth of meat.

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