December 31, 2012 - 6:07 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Russell Renken, age 74, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley. Rev. Terry Simm officiating.

Burial in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley

December 31, 2012 - 1:06 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Harold Potter, age 77 of Sibley, IA died Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 3rd at United Church of Christ Congregational in Sibley, IA, with Rev. Larry Laskie and Pastor Doug White officiating.

Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA, with full military honors.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 2nd from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Harold Arlyn Potter was born July 24, 1935 at Worthington, Minnesota, the son of Harold E. and Dorothy E. (Emerson) Potter. He was raised in the Worthington area attending school and playing football in high school. On October 23, 1952 Harold entered the United States Navy. While serving on the USS Grady he worked as a boiler operator, fireman and welder. He received his honorable discharge on July 19, 1956 and returned home and was united in marriage to Anna Jean Van Beest on May 25, 1956 at the Church of Christ in Worthington, MN. They moved to Oakland, CA where he continued his education at Oakland Senior College and worked at a paper mill. He then began working for a Ford Dealership in the body shop department. While working there he continued his education through the Ford Motor Company School. In 1990 Harold and Anna Jean moved to Sibley, IA and Harold worked at Ace Hardware. On June 10, 2007 Harold’s wife Anna Jean died after 51 years of marriage. After his wife’s death he remained active in the community. He was a member of Christian Church of Worthington and was a member of the Osceola County Color Guard. He enjoyed model airplanes, electronics, hunting, fishing with friends and playing guitar at family get togethers.

In early December he was diagnosed with cancer and was admitted to Osceola Community Hospital this past Friday, where he remained until December 30, 2012 when he died at the age of 77.

He is survived by his four children, Siena Potter of Sibley, IA, Harold A. Potter of Manteca, CA, John M. Potter of Fremont-Newark, CA and Patrick H. (wife Patty) Potter of San Jose, CA; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Burdell O’Darisen of Worthington, MN, Ethel Van Beest Linden, MI, Leah Hiereonimus of Worthington, MN and Janet Ward of Houston, TX; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Potter; and parents, Harold and Dorothy Ethel Potter.


December 30, 2012 - 9:33 am - Posted in Obituaries


August “Auggie” LaCour, age 91,of Sibley, Iowa passed away on Friday December 28, 2012 at Sibley Nursing & Rehab Center in Sibley.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Wednesday January 2, 2013 at FIrst Presbyterian Church in Sibley with Pastor Terry Simm officiating. Interment will follow in Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be after 1:00pm Tuesday January 1, 2013 with the family present from 3-5pm at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

December 28, 2012 - 3:45 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Stanley “Stan” Jansen age 69 of Sibley, IA died Thursday December 27, 2012 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2012 at the First Reformed Church in Sibley, with Al Honken officiating. Burial will follow in the Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 30th from 2-7 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

crime genericNorthwest Iowa — There have been a number of business burglaries in northwest Iowa recently, and authorities are wondering if there’s a connection.

In Sheldon, Los Tulipantes restaurant on Highway 18 East was burglarized on December 11th or 12th. Taken in the burglary was an undetermined amount of cash. Damaged in the break-in was a door jamb and filing cabinet. Damage was estimated at $125.

Three northwest Iowa men are behind bars in connection with a burglary that took place at the Little Rock grocery store on December 20th.

In Le Mars, Taco Johns Restaurant, Bob’s Drive Inn and Northwest Iowa Auto Center were all burglarized this month. Other break-ins have occurred in Remsen, Akron, Orange City and Storm Lake.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, you’re encouraged to call law enforcement.

December 26, 2012 - 4:10 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marian Bremer, age 77, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church Horton Township, Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Russell Anderson officiating. Burial in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Horton Township, Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, December 28, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Marian Bremer.

December 26, 2012 - 1:21 pm - Posted in Sports

Winter has arrived. The storm that ushered in winter last week brought with it cold temperatures covering most area lakes with a layer of ice. Since most lakes froze after the snow storm, there is a good chance for rapid ice development.

That’s good news for the ice fishing crowd who have spent most of December looking at green grass and open water. As a reminder, a minimum of four inches of quality ice is recommended for fishing and at least five inches for snowmobiles and ATVs. “Ice fishing is one of our great winter sports and is really a fun, social activity best enjoyed with a group of friends,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Early ice offers an excellent chance for success. If fish are finicky, plan to cut a series of holes and spend 15 minutes at each hole targeting active fish. Make sure to use small baits and light line.

Getting the equipment ready should also include ice safety tips. “Now that we have ice, we need to go through our mental safety check list. Go with a friend and be sure to cut some test holes for ice thickness as you go out,” Larscheid said.

Safety Tips on the Ice

There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.

New ice is usually stronger than old ice.

Ice fishing is a social activity, don’t go out alone. If the worst should happen, someone would be there to call for help or to rescue.

There could be pockets of thin ice or places where ice recently formed, so it would be wise to check ice thickness as you go out.

Ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Things like current and springs slow ice growth. Rocks, trees or docks that poke through the ice like will conduct heat and make the ice around it less stable.

Avoid off-colored snow or ice. It is usually a sign of weakness.

The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process.

Safety items in the bucket: Ice picks, about 50 feet of rope and a throwable floatation seat cushion for use in case of rescue.

December 26, 2012 - 9:19 am - Posted in News

A storm system will move across the northern plains Thursday and Thursday night and will produce widespread snow across the region. Snowfall amounts Thursday and Thursday night will vary from 2 to 3 inches north of Interstate 90, to 3 to 5 inches to the south.

We’ll have further details about this upcoming winter storm later today.

A blizzard was not the way Iowa’s pheasant and quail wanted to start winter. About half of Iowa received 6 to 12 inches of wet heavy snow that collapsed most “grassy” cover. The cover that did not collapse was drifted full of snow from the high winds.

“This was a bad storm for upland game birds,” said Todd Bogenschutz, state upland game biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “It’s very likely we saw some bird mortality with this blizzard.”
Winter snowfall from December 1 thru March 31 is a good predictor of whether upland bird populations will increase or decrease the following year, and to have upwards of one foot of snow only 20 days into December does not bode well for pheasants, said Bogenschutz.

“Iowa had only 17 inches of snow last winter. Parts of Iowa are close to that total already with this first storm,” he said.

Iowa’s pheasant and quail populations were decimated by five consecutive winters of 30-50 inches of snow from 2007 thru 2011. The winter of 2011-12 with only 17 inches of snow led to the first increase in pheasant numbers in years.
“Upland bird hunters were hopeful this winter would also be dry and mild to speed a population recovery. Let’s hope there are no more storms like this for the rest of the winter,” Bogenschutz said.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Pheasants Forever chapters will meet jointly next month to discuss methods to improve winter habitat for pheasant and quail.

Iowa has 50,000 acres under a new Conservation Reserve Program called Iowa Pheasant Recovery SAFE. Landowners have the opportunity to enroll in this program first come first serve until the acres are gone.

Unfortunately county FSA offices cannot enroll Iowa landowners until Congress gives USDA authority to begin enrollment under a new farm bill.

December 20, 2012 - 2:17 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Christopher Presthus, age 39 of Ashton, IA died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Sanford Hospital Sheldon, IA.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, Dec. 22nd from 6 – 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA with a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. with Fr. John Vakulskas officiating.

In Lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to the family for later designation.

Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley is in charge of arrangements.

Christopher “Chris” Alex Presthus was born January 26, 1973 in Algona, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Sandra (Haag) Presthus. He was raised in the Rolfe and Pocahontas, IA area and graduated from Spencer High School in 1991. He attended Iowa State University for one year before entering the United States Army in 1993.

On February 7, 1994 Chris was united in marriage to Kimberly Kay Lamfers in Seoul, South Korea. In 1999 Chris received his honorable discharge from the United States Army and they moved to Ashton, IA. Four children were blessed to this union. Chris graduated from Northwestern College in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education. He worked as an insurance agent until this past year, when he worked as a Para-Professional Aide at Boyden-Hull Community Schools.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Presthus of Ashton, IA; four children, Ashley, Alexander, Addison and Ainsley, all of Ashton, IA; his mother, Sandra Presthus of Elizabethtown, KY; three brothers, Ben Presthus of Windom, MN, Andy Presthus of Fort Dodge, IA and Josh Presthus of Elizabethtown, KY; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Presthus.