January 31, 2013 - 2:39 pm - Posted in Sports

The recent yo-yoing weather is making fishing somewhat inconsistent, but overall, ice anglers have had a pretty good run once Iowa lakes had finally frozen and the wax worms arrived.

“Once we had ice, everyone was scrambling to get out, just in case we had a repeat of 2012. Unfortunately, there was a bait shortage. Bait shops were cautious about getting in a large supply of wax worms and being unable to sell them like last year when the ice really never came,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau.

Last year, ice anglers had little opportunity to fish over much of the state with Iowa’s record warm winter. Many area bait shops opted for the wait and see approach this year to see if “normal” winter weather would return to avoid getting stuck with a large inventory of bait.

“At first ice, there were people driving 50 miles just to get wax worms,” he said.

The bait has arrived and the panic subsided.

“We have had consistent ice fishing reports for quality sized bluegills and crappies coming from across the state,” said Larscheid. “The winter trout stocking program has been really popular and we are seeing a lot of activity on lakes and farm ponds.”

The recent rain likely eroded some of the ice gained during last week’s cold snap. Anglers should be cautious when heading out and test the ice with a spud bar or auger frequently.

“We are about at the mid-point as far as the season goes, which means that the best fishing takes place around sunrise and sunset,” Larscheid said. “You may need to mix up your tactics a little, try some different depths to see what is working.”

January 30, 2013 - 3:09 pm - Posted in Sports

The brackets are out for boy’s basketball tournament games in Class 1A and 2A. In Class 2A district 2 Sheldon got the first round bye in the upper bracket and will host the winner of Emmetsburg and Sioux Central in the semi finals on Thursday February 14th. First round games in the lower bracket on Monday February 11 include North Union at Spirit Lake and Okoboji at HMS.

In 2A District 1 Western got a bye into the semis on Thursday the 14th and will host the winner of the opening round game between Ridge View and Unity being played at the Unity Gym. The lower bracket bye went to South O’Brien who will meet the winner of Cherokee at Sioux Center being played on the 11th.

In Class 1A District 1 a play in game on Tuesday the 11th Clay Central Everly will be at Sibley Ocheyedan. The winner moves on to the quarter finals Thursday the 14th against Harris Lake Park who got a first round bye. That game will be at Lake Park. The other upper bracket quarterfinal on the 14 has Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire at Trinity Christian. In the lower bracket it’s G-LR at West Lyon and Central Lyon at Rock Valley.

In 1A District 2 there are a pair of play in games. In the upper bracket on Tuesday the 11th its Akron Westfield at West Sioux. The winner will be at Boyden Hull on Thursday the 14th. The Comets got a bye into the quarterfinals. Also in the upper bracket quarters Thursday the 14th it’s Hinton at Remsen Union. In the lower bracket a play in game on the 11th has Remsen St Mary’s at Spalding. The winner will be at LeMars Gehlen in the lower brackets quarter finals on Thursday the 14th. The other lower bracket quarterfinal has Kingsley Pierson at MMC.

January 30, 2013 - 1:05 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Paul T. Plehall age 84 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Country View Nursing Home in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, February 4, 2013 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, with Father Timothy Hogan as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 from 2-8 PM with family present from 6-8 PM at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley. There will be a rosary at 5:00 PM and a Vigil service at 7:30 PM Sunday evening at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

Radio Iowa Boys High School Basketball Poll 1/28/13

Class 4A
1. Iowa City West (15-0), LW #1 vs Waterloo EastTue)
2. Bettendorf (15-0), LW #2 @ 3A #2 Assumption (Tue)
3. Dubuque Senior (14-1), LW #3 vs Xavier (Tue)
4. Sioux City East (16-0), LW #4 vs Sioux Falls Washington (Tue)
5. Western Dubuque (17-0), LW #5 @ Central DeWitt (Tue)
6. Sioux City North (14-1), LW #7 @ Sioux Falls O’Gorman (Tue)
7. DSM Hoover (11-2), LW #8 @ Johnston (Tue)
8. Ankeny (11-3), LW #5 vs Marshalltown (Tue)
9. North Scott (14-2), LW #10 vs Davenport North (Tue)
10.Urbandale (12-4), LW #9 vs Ames (Tue)

Class 3A

1. Vinton-Shellsburg (16-0), LW #1 @ Waterloo Columbus (Tue)
2. Davenport Assumption (12-3), LW #2 vs 4A #2 Bettendorf (Tue)
3. Dallas Center-Grimes (16-0), LW #3 vs ADM Adel (Tue)
4. Atlantic (15-1), LW #4 vs Harlan (Tue)
5. Creston (13-2), LW #6 vs Red Oak (Fri)
6. Centerville (13-1), LW #7 vs Oskaloosa (tonight)
7. Waverly-Shell Rock (12-4), LW #10 @ Oelwein (Fri)
8. MOC-Floyd Valley (14-3), LW #5 @ Rock Valley (Tue)
9. Carroll (11-2), LW (X) vs Boone (Tue)
10.Crestwood (13-2), LW #8 vs Waukon (Tue)

Class 2A

1. West Fork (17-0), LW #1@ Aplington-Parkersburg (tonight)
2. Western Christian (16-1), LW #2 vs Emmetsburg (Tue)
3. Cascade (17-0), LW #3 vs Maquoketa Valley (Tue)
4. Sheldon (17-1), LW #4 vs Sioux Center (Tue)
5. Nodaway Valley (16-1), LW #5 vs Mount Ayr (Tue)
6. West Branch (15-1), LW #6 vs Wilton (Tue)
7. IKM-Manning (17-1), LW #7 @ West Monona (tonight)
8. PCM Monroe (16-1), LW #8 vs North Polk (Tue)
9. North Cedar (14-3), LW #10 vs Iowa City Regina (Tue)
10.New Hampton (12-3), LW #9 vs Decorah (Tue)

Class 1A

1. Danville (18-0), LW #1 @ Burlington Notre Dame (Thur)
2. Boyden-Hull (14-3), LW #3 @ Okoboji (Tue)
3. Storm Lake St. Mary’s (15-1), LW #2 vs Remsen St. Marys (tonight)
4. Lone Tree (18-0), LW #4 @ WACO (Tue)
5. Harris-Lake Park (15-1), LW #5 @ Clay Central-Everly (Tue)
6. Dunkerton (16-0), LW #6 @ #9 North Tama (tonight)
7. Lawton-Bronson (19-0), LW #7 vs Woodbury Central (tonight)
8. Oakland (Riverside) (16-1), LW #8 @ Missouri Valley (Tue)
9. North Tama (18-1), LW #10vs #6 Dunkerton (tonight)
10.Murray (18-1), LW (X) vs Mormon Trail 2/5


January 28, 2013 - 3:02 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mrs. Tillie Tensen, age 96, of Hull, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

Arrangements are being completed by the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

January 24, 2013 - 4:17 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Alma Van KleyAlma Van Kley, age 85 of Sibley, IA died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Monday, January 28th at First Reformed Church in Sibley, IA, with Reverend Bruce Wilterdink officiating.

Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 27th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, with family present from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the First Reformed Church.

January 23, 2013 - 1:14 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral - femaleLois Luton, age 92 of Sanborn, IA, passed away at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Tuesday, January 22nd.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin, IA.  Pastor Judy Johnson will be officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday, January 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin with the family present at that time. Burial will be held at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin.


The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 92 year-old Lois Luton of Sanborn.

January 23, 2013 - 1:11 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Malcolm T. Hunt, 94, of Clare, formerly of Ocheyedan, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel in Ft. Dodge, with the Rev. Jim Davis officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Barnum, IA.

The visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Ft. Dodge.  Memorials may be directed to Trinity Hospice, Elderbridge or to Calvary Missions.

Gunderson Funeral Home in Ft. Dodge is in charge of the services for 94 year old Malcolm T. Hunt of Clare, formerly of Ocheyedan.

A complete obituary is available online at  www.gundersonfuneralhome.com

Zachary ThronsonSibley, Iowa — A Fargo man was arrested after he allegedly entered a closed Sibley business, but authorities are not charging him with burglary.

Officers allege that 24-year-old Zachary James Thronson of Fargo, ND had entered Sibley Super Foods through an unlocked rear door, some time before 3 AM on Tuesday morning (1/22). An in-store surveillance camera revealed what appeared to be an intoxicated suspect sleeping in the store and then breaking the front door glass to exit the building. Officers were alerted to the fact that something was not right when a County Deputy discovered broken glass at the entry door of the building. At approximately 7:00 AM, investigating officers located the alleged suspect — Thoronson in Sibley. Read The Full Story…

January 22, 2013 - 11:30 am - Posted in News


A Weekly Column about Plants, Gardens, & Yards

By: Margaret Murphy • ISU Extension Horticulture Educator • Lyon-O’Brien-Osceola-Sioux Counties

Gardening with a Community

Every year, new community gardens are created through the efforts of churches, hospitals, and countless other organizations and individuals. There are many benefits of gardening at a community site. Read The Full Story…