November 30, 2012 - 9:31 am - Posted in News

Senator Chuck Grassley’s Regional Director based in Sioux City, Jacob Bossman, will be holding open office hours in Woodbury, Cherokee, Plymouth, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux counties on Thursday, December 12.

The office hours provide an opportunity for Iowans to obtain casework assistance or to express views. Bossman’s schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

8:00-9:00 a.m. Woodbury County, Correctionville City Hall, 312 Driftwood Street, Correctionville

9:30-10:30 a.m. Cherokee County, Cleghorn Public Library, 200 West Grace, Cleghorn

11:00-12:00 p.m. Plymouth County, Remsen Public Library, 211 Fulton Street, Remsen

1:00-2:00 p.m. O’Brien County, Sanborn City Hall, 102 Main Street, Sanborn

3:00-4:00 p.m. Lyon County, Inwood Community Center, 103 South Main Street, Inwood

4:30-5:30 p.m. Sioux County, Rock Valley Public Library, 1531 Main Street, Rock Valley

Grassley’s offices in Iowa regularly help constituents contact federal agencies to sort through problems with Social Security payments, military service matters, immigration cases and other issues. His state offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

Here is a comment from Grassley about his staff’s upcoming office hours:

“Open office hours are designed to help more Iowans access the assistance that is available from the office of their United States Senator. I hope anyone with federal agency-related casework will take advantage of Jacob’s visits.”

For more information contact Grassley’s Sioux City office at 712-233-1860

Des Moines, Iowa — Counties interested in evaluating proposed confinement facility locations must adopt and file a construction evaluation resolution, then submit the resolution to the DNR between Jan. 1 and 31.

About 87 counties pass a resolution each year, allowing the county to review the master matrix for totally roofed animal feeding operations that need a construction permit before building.

Gene Tinker, the DNR’s animal feeding operations coordinator says that this is an opportunity for counties to provide input to producers on site selection, and the type of structures and facility management being proposed. He says that county supervisors can review and comment on the master matrix that producers submit.

Producers in counties that file the resolutions must meet higher standards than other permitted sites. They must earn points on the master matrix by choosing a site and using practices that reduce effects on the environment and the community.

Counties that participate in the master matrix process may accompany the DNR on site visits to proposed locations. The county board of supervisors may also appeal the DNR’s preliminary approval of a permit to the Environmental Protection Commission.

Sibley, Iowa — A Spirit Lake man decided not to go to the hospital after an accident near Sibley early on Wednesday.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:30 AM, early on Wednesday, 29-year-old Jeremiah Wayne Davis of Spirit Lake was driving a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, southbound on Northwest Boulevard, approaching the on-ramp to exit 48 of Highway 60 northbound. That’s the Second Avenue exit in Sibley.

Davis reached in the back seat of the vehicle to retrieve a sweatshirt. He didn’t see the curve ahead, and his SUV left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest on the driver’s side.

Davis’ vehicle sustained approximately $8,000 damage, and he was ticketed for Failure to Maintain Control and no proof of insurance.

Davis refused medical attention at the scene.

For a decade, DNR wildlife workers and other volunteers have combed the countryside during Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons; collecting samples to test for the deadly Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). That effort will expand this year, to concentrate on portions of Wapello, Davis, Pottawattamie and Cerro Gordo counties, following positive tests from deer in hunting preserves and breeding facilities there this summer and fall.

“We will do some added surveillance of free ranging deer here (Davis, Wapello counties), in Pottawattamie County and in eastern Iowa, too,” outlined Dr. Dale Garner, DNR wildlife bureau chief at a November meeting with landowners and hunters in Bloomfield.

Iowa’s first positive CWD test was confirmed this year; from a buck taken at a shooting preserve just north of Bloomfield.

Many of the samples will be collected during the first half of December, as more than 120,000 hunters take part in Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons.

“Our goal is to obtain 300 samples from a five mile radius around the facility. We will also obtain another 200 between Bloomfield and Ottumwa; as well as added samples from Jefferson, Van Buren and Monroe counties,” outlined district DNR wildlife supervisor Bill Ohde, noting they need to know the section from which the deer was harvested, also. “We want adult animals. We will not cut into a trophy buck that is to be mounted.”

Sampling—which involves removing and testing the brain stem and lymph nodes–has been done on free ranging deer across Iowa for years. That attention has been heaviest in northeast Iowa, after Wisconsin and Illinois yielded positive cases in recent years. Sampling there will continue at a slightly lower intensity, to accommodate the additional testing in Davis and Wapello Counties. Since 2002, samples have been taken from 42,557 wild deer in Iowa; with no positive CWD result and from 2,630 animals from hunting preserves, before the positives were returned this year.

Most samples are obtained by wildlife staff, checking with hunters in the field or at home processing points. Others are obtained at meat lockers. In a few instances, sampling is done at pre-announced stations. One will be at Lake Wapello State Park on Dec. 1 and 2, from noon to 6 p.m. Hunters may contact Jeff Glaw (641-799-0793) or Bill Ohde (319-591-1244) for information about the station or if they harvest an adult deer in Davis or Wapello counties.

“We are hopeful CWD has not spread. The only way to know this is to collect samples and do the testing. We will work through all hunting seasons; with the peak being the shotgun seasons in December,” said Garner.

Anyone observing a sick deer is asked to contact their local conservation officer or a wildlife biologist, so that a sample can be obtained.

There are links on the Iowa DNR website to explain CWD, the Iowa response plan, now that it has shown up in the state, and other information on infectious disease. The direct link is

November 27, 2012 - 10:23 pm - Posted in Sports

Sheldon and Sibley Ocheyedan split a Siouxland Conference Basketball Double header Tuesday night in Sibley. The girl’s game went to the Generals 37-31 with the boys game going to the Orabs 65-48.

In the girls game Sibley Ocheyedan led at all the breaks 9-4 at the end of the first quarter before Sheldon pulled to within three at halftime 17-14. At the end of three the Generals were up 26-21 and went on to win 37-31.

Bridget Doeden led all scorers with 18 points. She went 8-of-10 from the free throw line and hit five field goals. Sheldon was led by Krista Bousema with 13 points. Bousema went 2-of-3 from the line and hit five field goals including one three-pointer.

With the win Sibley Ocheyedan stands at 1-1 in the conference and 2-1 for the season. Sheldon is even at 1-1 in both the conference and for the season.

The boys game went to Sheldon 65-48. The Orabs jumped out to a 19-5 first quarter lead and behind a 14 point second quarter by Dallas Ennema led 37-17 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter Sheldon led 53-26 before going on to win it 65-48. Ennema led all scorers with 29 points hitting 11 field goals and 7-of-7 free throws. He was joined by Collin Wolthizen who pumped in a dozen.

Dillon Thies led the Generals with 14 points including 10 in the fourth quarter. On the night he hit 6 field goals and went 2-of-3 from the line. Grant Juber hit double figures as well knocking down 10 points on the night.

It was the season opener for both boys’ teams. Up next for Sheldon is the home opener with George Little Rock Friday night. The Generals will travel to Rock Valley for a conference doubleheader.

Class 4A

1. Iowa City West, vs 3A #3 Assumption (Thur)
2. WDM Valley, vs DSM Lincoln (Tue)
3. Dubuque Senior, vs Clinton 12/4
4. Ankeny, @ Ottumwa (Tue)
5. North Scott, @ Dubuque Wahlert (tonight)
6. Urbandale, vs DSM East (Fri)
7. Cedar Falls, vs Decorah (Fri)
8. Johnston, vs DSM North (Fri)
9. Bettendorf, vs CR Washington (Fri)
10.Linn-Mar, @ Waukee (Tue)

Class 3A
1. Sioux City Heelan, vs Sioux City West (Fri)
2. Waverly-Shell Rock, vs Waterloo West (Tue)
3. Davenport Assumption, @ 4A #1 Iowa City West (Thur)
4. Atlantic, @ Glenwood (Fri)
5. Grinnell, vs South Tama (Fri)
6. Vinton-Shellsburg, @ Dyersville Beckman (Tue)
7. Solon, vs Waterloo Columbus (Tue)
8. Iowa Falls-Alden, vs Webster City (Fri)
9. Creston, @ Lewis Central (Fri)
10.Keokuk, vs Burlington (Tue)

Class 2A
1. West Fork, vs Garner-Hayfield (Fri)
2. MFL Mar-Mac, @ Sumner-Fredricksburg (Fri)
3. Western Christian (Hull), vs Sioux Center (Fri)
4. West Branch, vs Mediapolis (tonight)
5. Fort Dodge St. Edmond, vs Algona Garrigan (Tue)
6. Nodaway Valley, @ Clarinda (Tue)
7. New Hampton, @ Sumner-Fredricksburg (Tue)
8. Carroll Kuemper, vs Carroll (Tue)
9. Sheldon, @ Sibley-Ocheyedan (Tue)
10.IKM-Manning, vs Audubon (tonight)

Class 1A
1. Boyden-Hull, @ Rock Valley (Tue)
2. Danville,vs Harmony (Tue)
3. Storm Lake St. Mary’s, @ Denison-Schleswig(Tue)
4. North Iowa, vs West Bend-Mallard (tonight)
5. Iowa Mennonite, vs Highland Riverside (Tue)
6. Harris-Lake Park, @ Estherville/LC (Tue)
7. Dunkerton, vs Clarksville (Tue)
8. Riverside (Oakland), vs Bedford (Tue)
9. Lone Tree, vs Pekin (Tue)
10.West Lyon, @ Sioux Center (Tue)

November 26, 2012 - 10:06 am - Posted in Obituaries

Dr. Richard (Doc) Franklin Derby, 90, died at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island, MN where he had resided since July, 2011.

The funeral service for Dr. Richard Derby will be Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Zwingli United Church of Christ located in Berne, MN (rural West Concord) with the Rev. Victor Jortack officiating.

Visitation will be for one hour before the church service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, MN with military graveside services provided by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.

A memorial service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, George, IA on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

Richard was born February 24, 1922 in Milton Township, Dodge County, Minnesota to Walter and Esther (Alberts) Derby.

During World War II, Richard served in England and France (participated in the battle of Normandy) from 1942 through 1945 in the Signal Corp with a final rank of communications chief. He received the American Service medal, Good Conduct medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service medal and World War II Victory medal.

Although Richard didn’t graduate from high school, it didn’t mean that he hadn’t had a thirst for knowledge. He had read the complete set of World Book Encyclopedias from cover to cover. After the military, Richard attended and graduated with an AA degree from Rochester Community College in 1948. He continued his studies to be an engineer, attending the University of Minnesota. Because engineers weren’t finding employment, he decided to study at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis to be a tool and die maker. He was one of the first to be employed at the IBM plant in Rochester, MN, when it opened in 1956. Richard decided to change careers when he enrolled at Northwestern Chiropractic College in Minneapolis in 1960, where he was a member of the Nu Eta Chi Honor Society. After completing his studies there, he was a practicing chiropractor in Rochester, MN.

On November 18, 1966, Richard married Virginia Buxton at First Baptist Church, Stewartville, MN. Richard and Virginia lived in Rochester, MN, Stewartville, MN, Canton, SD, Sheldon, IA, George, IA, Marietta, GA and Ashton, IA where he practiced his profession over a period of 46 years. He was still working many hours daily as a chiropractor until he was 86 years old when he was forced to retire due to health reasons. Dr. Derby was always willing to take care of his patients whenever they needed help from his healing hands. He would work around his patients’ schedules, whether that would be 5:00 am or midnight, on any day of the week, including holidays.
After his marriage, Richard was very active in the Baptist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher and also frequently sang duets with his wife at church services. He was a member of the American Legion in Canton, SD and Ashton, IA for many years. He also belonged to the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, South Dakota Chiropractic Association, and the Iowa Chiropratic Association at various times.
Richard loved to travel with his wife and was an avid reader, especially books or articles of a scientific nature. Richard always thought “outside of the box”. He was constantly thinking of how something could be made better, always inventing. His talents ranged from putting in a water system on the family farm as a teenager; building a hay bale elevator; inventing a part for an airplane, a self-adjusting step ladder, and a better chiropractic adjusting table; as well as ideas as to how to extinguish oil well fires. He also had his own unique ideas about better ways to adjust his chiropractic patients. Richard was a man of small stature with giant ideas, always saying that nothing was impossible.

Survivors include two daughters, Sara (Peter Shane) Derby-Burras of Essex, VT and Laura Derby of Los Angeles, CA; and one grandchild, Breanna Derby-Burras. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Lien of West Concord. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; his parents; brothers, Charles of Yankton, SD, Lester of Byron, MN and Howard of rural West Concord, MN.

Harris, Iowa — A Harris man is behind bars in the Dickinson County Jail, facing several charges, including kidnapping after an incident in Harris.

Just into Thursday morning, a little over a week ago, according to court records, 44-year-old Walter Norem assaulted his wife. Records show he broke out a window in her car, and told her she was coming with him. They also allege that Norem threw her to the ground. That caused scrapes and cuts on her knees and her chin. Then he took her back to his home in Harris, where the assault continued. He also would not let her use the phone or leave.

In addition to a class “A” felony count of kidnapping, Norem is also charged with Read The Full Story…

Des Moines, Iowa — The state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in October, to five-point-one percent. Kerry Koonce with the Iowa Workforce Development agency says there were 17-hundred fewer unemployed Iowans in October compared to September.

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Northwest Iowa — The big retailers get “Black Friday” — the day many can say they are now operating “in the black.” Online retailers have come to expect big sales on “Cyber Monday”, the Monday after Thanksgiving. A few years ago, the concept of “Small Business Saturday” started to take hold.

Kelly McCarty from the Iowa Small Business Development Center in Spencer tells us how it got started.

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