gavel_sxcSioux City, Iowa — A Sibley man who admitted to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, 49-year-old Esmelin Belloso-Valle of Sibley received the prison term after he pled guilty in September to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

At the guilty plea, Belloso-Valle admitted his involvement in a conspiracy from 2011 through April 2012 that distributed more than 150 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine. On one occasion in February 2012, once in March 2012, and once in May 2012, Belloso-Valle along with others involved in the conspiracy distributed more than 200 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine during controlled drug transactions with law enforcement. One of these distributions occurred within 1000 feet of Dale Street Park in Sioux City, Iowa. During the execution of a search warrant, law enforcement officers located over 208 grams of actual (pure) methamphetamine that was for future distribution as part of the conspiracy.

Belloso-Valle was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark Bennett. Belloso-Valle was sentenced to 81 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Belloso-Valle is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

nixleSibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is using a new technology.

Sheriff’s Office personnel say that the system, called “Nixle” will allow them to send important, valuable community information directly to residents. The system lets authorities create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email.

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Elijah Ihnen of Round Lake Minnesota has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Northwestern College next year.

Ihnen is a 6’3” guard who played four years for the Harris-Lake Park basketball team. Ihnen averaged a team-high 23 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, earning second team all-state honors for the second straight year. He was an all-Cornbelt conference selection all four years ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,644 points. An all-district selection three years, Ihnen helped lead his team to a 21-3 record, losing in the district final.

Ihnen is an honor roll student and plans to major in education at Northwestern. He is the son of Bruce and Kim.

“Eli is a competitor and a winner,” commented Northwestern head men’s basketball coach Kris Korver. “Eli can score in a number of different ways and loves and knows the game of basketball well. We are very excited to have Eli join us and look forward to seeing him improve as a player and teammate the next four years.”

March 27, 2013 - 10:35 am - Posted in Obituaries

Bill Bergman

William “Bill” Bergman age 56 of Harris, IA died Tuesday March 26, 2013 at the Sibley Nursing & Rehab in Sibley, IA.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at United Methodist Church in Sibley with Pastor Tim Nappe of the Faith Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow the meal in Union Cemetery at Harris, IA.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.


Osceola Sheriff CarSibley, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien living in Sibley is behind bars, facing possible deportation after an alleged domestic assault.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports their deputies arrested 34-year-old Araon Gomez-Gonzales of Sibley on charges of Domestic Assault, a simple misdemeanor. Gomez-Gonzales was arrested after an investigation found that he allegedly had struck his live-in girlfriend after an argument.

Gomez-Gonzales is currently in the Osceola County Jail on a $300 cash bond and is being detained for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.

March 25, 2013 - 2:58 pm - Posted in Sports

For the next six summers, fisheries staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be mapping Iowa lakes using some sophisticated equipment that will provide more accurate maps for anglers and information for the lake restoration program.

Visitors to Iowa lakes may see the operation in progress. A DNR fisheries boat loaded with two lap top computers, a flat screen, a suitcase that contains the brains of the program, and equipment hanging off the side running about five miles per hour crisscrossing the lake.

The software will record lake depth plus information on what type of material is on the lake bed (sand, gravel, muck) and, if aquatic vegetation is present, the height and density of that vegetation. It will also collect information for lake restoration projects.

Lewis Bruce, fisheries technician working on the project, said they plan to map 115 of the significantly publicly owned lakes in Iowa.

He said they can set up the software so when the information is collected it will generate a file where they can add existing habitat and background information to create new lake contour maps.

The DNR recently placed new maps for Arrowhead Lake, Badger Lake, Avenue of the Saints Pond, Binder Lake, and Center Lake online at In 2013, they will begin collecting information on Clear Lake, Carter Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Mariposa Lake, Blue Lake, Springbrook Lake and Volga Lake, if conditions allow.

Bruce said they will avoid mapping on windy days because the waves could cause accuracy issues. He said water level in many lakes is also a concern.

“Low water levels could play a role in what we can and can’t map,” he said. “Mapping Clear Lake is important but in its current condition with extremely low water level and much of the lakebed now dry land, we may need to wait until the water level improves to have an accurate product.”



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A Spencer man was injured in an accident near Ocheyedan on Thursday (3/21) and authorities are still looking for the other vehicle.

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March 23, 2013 - 7:04 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Brenda GottBrenda Gott, age 64, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Ocheyedan Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating. Burial in Lakefield Minnesota Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be Monday, March 25, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

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The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Brenda Gott.

March 22, 2013 - 3:11 pm - Posted in News

Okoboji Docks-300Des Moines, Iowa — It’s time to register your boat if you haven’t done so already. Iowans have until April 30th to register their boat, using a new system that has a new look and includes registration information, title and decals on one document. Boat owners should take their current registration with them when they renew as the new system requires additional information, much of which is on the current registration including make, model, model year, hull identification number, boat length, width and more. Boat registrations are handled by Iowa’s county recorders in the county where the individual resides. Nonresidents who register their boat in Iowa will go to the county where the boat is primarily used. Owners who purchased a boat from a private seller and are registering it in their name should bring the signed registration and make sure the title is signed over to them, if applicable. “Our recorders are familiar with the new system so the registration process should go smoothly, provided owners bring their current registration with them,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Boat registrations are good for three years. The fees go to support water trails, navigation enforcement, aquatic invasive species, boater education and safety, and for the new registration system.

March 18, 2013 - 2:07 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man is behind bars in Sibley, charged with felony Operating While Intoxicated.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested 39-year-old Dean Allen Sargent of Sioux Falls on Saturday, and charged him with Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense, a Class “D” Felony. Sargent was also charged with 2 Counts of Child Endangerment, which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor; 2 Counts of Failing to Secure Child Under 18 years of age, no proof of insurance, and Failure to Have Valid Driver’s License, all Simple Misdemeanors.

Sargent is being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop northwest of Sibley.