September 28, 2013 - 4:31 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Imogene TillotsonImogene Tillotson, age 91, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Sibley. Rev. Shannon Pascual and Rev. Dr. Steven H. Pohlman officiating.

Friends may visit with the family following the Memorial Service during fellowship and lunch.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent through

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Imogene Tillotson.

September 27, 2013 - 12:34 pm - Posted in News

unemploymentDes Moines, Iowa — Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 4.9 percent in August, as more Iowans continued to enter the labor force. The August rate was up from 4.8 percent in July, but down from the year ago rate of 5.3 percent. In contrast, the U.S. unemployment rate for August decreased to 7.3 percent from 7.4 percent in July because fewer people were looking for work.

The Director of Iowa Workforce Development, Teresa Wahlert says that more Iowans are entering the labor force, encouraged by the upward trend in total employment for the year. She says that Iowa’s labor force reached its highest level for the year in August at 1,655,300.

Iowa’s pool of unemployed persons increased to 80,800 in August from 79,000 in July. The comparable estimate of unemployed for August 2012 was 87,000.

The total number of working Iowans grew to 1,574,400 in August, which was up from 1,573,300 in July. The current level is 27,000 higher than one year ago.

Lyon County continued to have the lowest non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the state in August, at 2.5 percent — down a tenth of a percent from the July rate of 2.6 percent. Holding second place for August was Mills County at 3.0 percent.

Tied for third place for lowest unemployment for August was Sioux County and Shelby County at 3.2 percent. Sioux County was at 3.4 percent in July.

O’Brien County isn’t far behind with only 3.8 percent unemployment, up a tenth of a percent from 3.7 percent in July.

And still almost a full percent lower than the state average was Osceola County with 4.0 percent unemployment, down from 4.1 percent in July.

garbage can tub_sxcDes Moines — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced this afternoon he has filed a lawsuit against the Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency near Sheldon.

Garbage haulers haul waste from residents of Sioux, O’Brien, Osceola, Clay and Lyon Counties to the landfill. The lawsuit alleges landfill managers did not install proper liners or a collection system to ensure hazardous liquids and other materials from about 300,000 tons of garbage didn’t leach into the soil. Prosecutors point to a 2007 state law that requires the liners and “leachate” collection system for landfills.

The lawsuit also alleges two cells for garbage went under construction before the landfill got the required state permits.

Landfill managers referred questions to Des Moines lawyer James Brick, who was not available late Thursday afternoon for comment.

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September 26, 2013 - 12:45 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral-female1Jean Schmidt, age 83 of Sanborn, IA, formerly of Melvin, IA, passed away at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 5th at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin.  Pastor Trudy Peterson will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin on Friday, October 4th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  Inurnment will be at Baker Township Cemetery in Melvin.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 83 year-old Jean Schmidt of Sanborn, and formerly of Melvin.

September 26, 2013 - 2:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral - femaleJoyce Z. Kruse, age 79 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Faith Lutheran memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday September 28, 2013 at United Methodist Church in Sibley, IA with Rev. Tim Nappe officiating. Private family committal service will take place prior to the memorial service in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday September 27th, 2013 from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, IA.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:

September 24, 2013 - 11:54 am - Posted in Obituaries

Robert Harold Truckenmiller, age 69, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating. There will be no burial at this time. Robert’s body was cremated.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 26 from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Memorials will be given to Osceola Community Hospice and The Myeloma

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Robert Harold Truckenmiller.

September 23, 2013 - 11:33 am - Posted in News

Karina FastClippings

A Weekly Column about Plants, Gardens, & Yards

ISU Extension and Outreach Consumer Horticulture • Lyon-O’Brien-Osceola-Sioux Counties

 Divide and Conquer

By: Karina Fast, Agriculture and Natural Resources Intern for Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola & Sioux Counties


Still itching for another challenge yet this growing season? If you are itching to do more in your garden, you may want to consider dividing perennials that have become too large, need rejuvenating or that you want to propagate. Division is a great way to double your favorite garden plants (or share them with fellow gardeners).

The best time to divide perennials varies with the type of plant. Although spring is the ideal time to divide and transplant many perennials, several can or should be divided in late summer or early fall.  A good time to divide plants is after it rains when the soil is soft and digging will be gentler on the roots. Once you decide on the plants that you are going to divide, dig up the entire plant and using a knife, scissors, dividing fork, or spade divide the root ball in two. Remove the part you plan to transplant, and put the original plant back into the ground and fill in the soil around the plant. When transplanting the division, make sure shade plants are transplanted in shade and full-sun plants are planted in a sunny spot. In addition, planting at a similar depth in a similar soil will help the roots adjust to their new environment with as little stress as possible.  Make sure to keep both plants adequately watered but be careful not to overwater.

In her article, Fall is for Planting and Dividing Perennials, Karen Neill of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension notes that there are different types of roots that need to be handled in different ways. Geraniums and coneflowers, for example, have spreading, matted roots. This type of root is fairly easy to divide and can usually be pulled apart. Hostas and daylilies have clumping root systems. In order to separate them you will probably need a knife. A plant with a tuberous root or one that grows by rhizomes is a little trickier to divide. In each of these situations, a dividing fork will likely come in handy and, if you plan to divide many plants, would be a worthwhile investment. More information on dividing a tuberous or rhizomatous root system can be found in Neill’s article (

Jennifer Schultz Nelson suggests in her University of Illinois Extension article, Planting Fall Perennials, that one should not transplant perennials any later than September. It is important to allow the roots time to get established before the first frost so the plant has a better chance to survive the winter. Nelson also suggests that fertilizing the new transplant is not necessary, but if fertilizer is added, the focus should be on phosphorus and potassium, which fosters root growth. Nitrogen can encourage new leaf growth too late in the season, which may not harden off before frost. Finally, Nelson suggests mulching your fall transplants. Mulch will help protect the plants through their first winter. The mulch should be applied after the ground freezes, late October or November. Winter mulching protects the roots from frost heave by helping to keep the ground more uniformly cold.

Perennials that can be divided in late summer or early fall include coral bells, coreopsis, speedwells, creeping phlox, periwinkle and daylilies. Hostas and peonies can be divided now if additional plants are wanted though these plants can be left undisturbed for many years.

One of the easiest ways to propagate a perennial is to divide it. So take advantage of the opportunity to add plants to your garden. I hope you get a chance to divide and conquer your perennials yet this fall!

For more information on when to divide many widely grown garden perennials, see Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication, When to Divide Perennials, (RG 319, revised February, 2013). For questions or comments feel free to contact me at email or horticulture educator, Margaret Murphy at or your local County Extension office.

Contact information: Margaret Murphy 712 472-2576(office) •605 521-7893(cell) •

September 20, 2013 - 6:29 pm - Posted in News

Here are the names of those who have filed papers to get their names on the November 5th City Election Ballots in Osceola County:



(Vote for no more than 1)

Patrick H. DeVries – Incumbent


City Council

(Vote for no more than 3)

Daniel R. Grote – Incumbent

William H. Honkomp – Incumbent

Kevin L. Ommen

Kay Winkel – Incumbent




(Vote for no more than 1)

Gregory A. Spaethe


City Council

(Vote for no more than 2)

Russell Meier – Incumbent






(Vote for no more than 1)

Lee Dau


City Council

(Vote for no more than 3)

Mike Alesch

Galen Bootsma

Michael Wynja





(Vote for no more than 1)

Arlyn Duane Pedley-Incumbent


City Coucil

(Vote for no more than 2)

Clyde Hoekstra

Joe McElroy – Incumbent

Scott Wiersma





(Vote for no more than 1)

Jerry L. Johnson- Incumbent


City Council at Large

(Vote for no more than 1)

Larry Pedley-Incumbent


City Council Ward 1

(Vote for no more than 1)

Mike Groote- Incumbent


City Council Ward 3

(Vote for no more than 1)

Gail Buchholtz – Incumbent

September 19, 2013 - 9:22 am - Posted in Obituaries

Wayne W. Loerts, age 84 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21st at First Reformed Church of Sibley, with Reverend Bruce Wilterdink officiating.  Burial will follow at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 20th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

An online registry and full obituary will be available

September 17, 2013 - 12:51 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Robert M. “Bob” Pietz, age 76 of Sibley, IA died Monday, September 16, 2013 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 20th at First Reformed Church in Sibley with Rev. Bruce Wilterdink officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 19th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.