January 30, 2014 - 3:57 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.   For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest Iowa

West Okoboji Lake

There is 18-22 inches of ice. Northern Pike – Slow: Tip-ups fished near weed beds have provided some action. Bluegill – Slow: Most have been targeting Emerson and Millers Bay and weeds have been a key factor. The fishing has been hit or miss: some days are much better than others.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish are in 40 plus feet of water and lots of small fish have been caught.  Keep in mind that fish coming out of deep water have a higher mortality rate.

Big Spirit Lake

There is 22-24 inches of ice.  Bluegill – Slow: Anglers Bay has put out a few bluegills all winter; the numbers are not great but they are quality fish.  Most activity is early and late in the day. Crappie – Slow: Like the bluegills crappie activity has been best early and late in the day in Anglers Bay.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Adult perch numbers are low but many five-inch perch have been observed with underwater cameras. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has been very slow with only a handful being caught. Underwater cameras have shown many fish coming in with no interest in the offering.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

There is 22-24 inches of ice and a few shacks on the main lake basin.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice conditions range from 15-20 inches. Walleye – Slow: Fish are being caught on small spoons tipped with minnow heads. Most are around 10 inches with a few slot fish also being caught. Best areas have been near the Methodist Manor and Chautauqua Park jetty. Geese have a small open hole between the islands. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be immediately released and no more than one over 22 inches may be kept per day.  The daily limit is three.

City Of Sibley Council Proceedings

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January 28, 2014 - 2:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRBy Joe Wilkinson

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Future fishing sits in trays and raceways, in the DNR trout hatchery near Manchester this winter. With the final spawning of rainbow trout, the stocking class of 2015 is taking shape.

Already, tiny brook trout and brown trout move like dark clouds in the indoor raceways…aware of any movement as they wait for aluminum feeders to clang open. Every 20 minutes, the timer hits and commercial feed drops to feed them. The first of the season’s rainbow trout are now sac fry. They and the late spawned eggs sit under a constant, cold stream of spring water. This hatchery, originally a federal facility, was sited here in the late 1800s because of the volume and quality of the water.

“Typically, we rear between 300-350,000 rainbow trout and 50-75,000 brook trout to catchable size annually; with adjustments for fingerling availability, changes in stream management and weather,” explains Manchester hatchery manager Dave Marolf. “We also produce between 125,000-175,000 brown trout fingerlings to stock as two-inch fish in May into watersheds that do not already have natural reproduction. That supplements reproduction of browns, in about half of the spring-fed watersheds in northeast Iowa, which do not have to be stocked.”

So, about once a week from October through January, it’s time to spawn fish. Late in the rotation now, that means netting 6 to 8 pound ‘ripe’ female rainbows. The brood fish are stripped by hand, as workers gently but firmly rub bellies to steer streams of bright orange eggs—up to 4,000 to 6,000 per fish– into a net and then plastic bowl.

With similar motions, sperm is extracted from two smaller males—to provide genetic diversity—and mixed into the egg mass. Stirring for 30 seconds with a turkey feather produces 95-99 percent fertilization…dozens of times better than leaving it up to Nature in the stream.

Sometimes, the week-to-week chore turns into a field trip destination, for potential biologists-in-training.

“Pretty interesting. I’ve never held a trout that big before; really slimy, really small scales. It was difficult to grab on to the tail and support her head,” reports Zach Hall of Council Bluffs–a student in Dr. James W. Demastes’ Field Zoology class.

Each of a dozen junior or senior University of Northern Iowa biology or education majors pulled on a raincoat and elbow-length rubber gloves to coax a stream of eggs into the waiting net.

“We just started our fish unit. They have been studying specimens for about a week. This gives them a chance to go out and look at animals in the middle of winter,” notes Demastes.

The hands-on approach was overseen by hatchery technician Randy Mack.

“Once fertilized, eggs go into trays; then to the incubator unit for 30-45 days (depending on water temperature) before they hatch,” says Mack. “From there, it is four or five months indoors before being moved to the big raceways outside…or at the Decorah or Elkader rearing stations.”

It takes about a year and a half for them to reach 11-inch, half-pound catchable size. Fish spawned this fall and winter will be in the stocking class of 2015. Come this spring, fish hatched last winter will be on the trucks.

Up to 40,000 of us go after trout each year. That number has grown, with the expansion of Iowa’s cold weather urban trout program. Unable to survive in warm weather, trout can make it through the winter in 17 small lakes, ponds or renovated quarries throughout the state. Some of the new anglers enjoy the new pastime locally…while others hear the call to head to the bluffs of Trout Country in northeast Iowa.

 

January 28, 2014 - 1:58 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRIowa’s midwinter bald eagle surveys indicate high numbers of eagles in areas of open water where gizzard shad are plentiful, but the Mississippi River has the greatest concentration.

The Mississippi from Fort Madison to Keokuk reported as many as 2,300 eagles. During Keokuk’s Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, upwards of 900 eagles were in the area, many perched on the giant cottonwoods and oaks along the bluffs.

Bald eagles will provide spectacular eagle viewing until the spring thaw. Bald eagle watch events are scheduled into mid-March.

2014 Bald Eagle Watch Events

O’Brien County Bald Eagle Watch on March 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave., Peterson
  • There will be spotting scopes and binoculars available.
  • Ty Smedes will be presenting his book “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagle” at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • For more information call Charlene Elyea 712-295-7200

Sioux Rapids on March 22

American Legion Building, 200 Main Street, Sioux Rapids

  • Registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Speakers from 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Refreshments will be served in the morning. There will be a free will offering lunch at 12:15 p.m.
  • Outdoor viewing at selected sites.
  • Can pre-register by contacting Wonders of Nature
  • For more information call: 712-296-4920 or 712-295-7200
January 27, 2014 - 4:35 pm - Posted in Sports

basketballThe Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has released parings for Girls Regional Basketball Tournaments.  Tournament action begins in Class 1A on Thursday February 13th.  Class 2A and 3A teams will see first round action Saturday February 15th, with 4A and 5A Regionals getting underway Wednesday February 19th.

You can follow the links below to see when your favorite teams are in action:

CLICK HERE for Class 1A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 2A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 3A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 4A Pairings

CLICK HERE for Class 5A Pairings

Sibley, Iowa — Iowa safety officials have cited a Sibley electrician business for violations that occurred when a flash explosion sent five people to a hospital in July, 2013.

The Iowa Division of Labor Services Occupational Safety and Health Bureau, or I-OSHA says the accident happened when workers were switching over electric lines at Timewell Drainage in Sibley.

Three entities have now been cited, including the City of Sibley Electric Department, Timewell, and now Current Electric of Sibley.

According to the citation, the issue occurred when workers were installing new electrical wiring to an 800 amp interior panel board. They say work was being performed while the wiring was energized and people were allowed in the immediate area without personal protective equipment. After installation of wiring to the panel board, the employer was confirming that proper function of the equipment had been achieved. They say s lock and tagout was not applied ensuring deenergization of equipment prior to installation of the panel cover. They say people were in the immediate area and were exposed to an arc flash and/or arc blast, and life-threatening injuries were sustained.

I-OSHA says that Current Electric should have conducted frequent and regular inspections of job sites, materials, and equipment. They also allege that Current Electric did not instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the applicable regulations.

Last fall, Timewell Drainage was cited for not instructing their employees in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions, and for employees not wearing personal protective equipment.

Also last fall, the City of Sibley Electric Department was cited in connection with the incident. I-OSHA says controls deactivated during the course of work on energized or de-energized equipment or circuits were not tagged on the worksite involving the energizing and deenergizing of a transformer with an incoming line voltage of thousands of volts.

When more than one independent crew requires the same line or equipment to be deenergized, the law requires a prominent tag for each such independent crew to be placed on the line or equipment by designated employee in charge, and according to I-OSHA, that didn’t happen.

January 25, 2014 - 10:43 am - Posted in Sports

The 2014 – 2015 district football assignments are out. Some changes happened across the area.football

Class 3A DISTRICT #1 
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Denison-Schleswig
LeMars
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Spencer
Storm Lake

Class 2A DISTRICT #1 
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
Cherokee, Washington
MOC-Floyd Valley
Okoboji, Milford
Sheldon
Sioux Center
Spirit Lake

Class 1A DISTRICT #2
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Hinton
Ridge View
Sibley-Ocheyedan
Unity Christian, Orange City
Western Christian, Hull
West Lyon, Inwood

Class A DISTRICT #2
Akron-Westfield
Alta-Aurelia
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
Lawton-Bronson
Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
South O’Brien, Paullina
West Sioux, Hawarden
Woodbury Central, Moville

8 Player DISTRICT #2
Clay Central-Everly
Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire
Harris-Lake Park
Laurens-Marathon
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn
Remson-Union
St. Mary’s, Remsen
West Bend-Mallard

January 23, 2014 - 3:53 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ruth Johnson, age 92 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, January 23, 2014 at the Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA with Rev. Barb Kopperud officiating.

Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Family will be greeting guests Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. to the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA.

Ruth Helen Johnson was born October 10, 1921 in Algona, Iowa. She was the daughter of Walter and Cora [Lenz] Will. Ruth grew up and attended high school in Algona. On September 7, 1941, Ruth married Glenn A. Johnson in Algona. Following a few years of military service, where Glenn served in active duty in WWII, Ruth & Glenn moved to Sibley, Iowa where they remained for all of their married life. Ruth’s strong work ethic was ever present as she raised her six boys while baking and keeping books for the family restaurant, greeting her customers at the family neighborhood grocery store and later working as the supervisor in the shipping department at Chase Bag Company, She enjoyed her many friends playing bridge and pinnacle and serving on various committees in her church and community, Ruth set a lasting example for her family, always placing first priority on the needs of her family and the her spiritual life at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley. She will always be remembered for her generosity to others, her calm demeanor and her engaging smile.

In the fall of 2002, Ruth and Glenn became residents of the Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center. Following Glenn’s death in December of 2003, Ruth fell victim of acute Alzheimer disease and died on January 22, 2014.

Those left to cherish her memory are her six sons: Doug and Cheryl of Oacoma, SD, Chuck and Susan of Waterloo, IA, Tom and Jane of Pierre, SD, Richard and Carol of Centennial, Co, Scott and Janet of Sioux Falls, SD, Max and Sharon of Tacoma, WA, with ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by a their first, stillborn daughter, her parents, three sisters Barb Oppold, Reta Stratton and Doris Adams, and three brothers, Wayne, Don and Jim.

January 23, 2014 - 3:47 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff.   For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest Iowa

West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike – Slow: Tip-ups fished near weed beds have provided some action. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slower than previous years but a few are being caught. Moving around and drilling a lot of holes may provide the best action. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish have been in 40 feet plus of water and lots of small fish have been caught. Keep in mind that fish coming out of deep water have a higher mortality rate.

Big Spirit Lake

There is 22-24 inches of ice. Bluegill – Slow: Try fishing Anglers Bay in early morning and late afternoon. Crappie – Slow: Similar to the bluegills a few have been caught in Anglers Bay and the best bite is early and late in the day. Yellow Perch – Slow: The perch bite has been very slow with only a few fish being caught.  Try fishing in transition areas such as the edge of rock piles or look toward the basin.  Walleye – Slow: Most fishermen have been fishing around rock piles early and late in the day.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

There is currently 22-24 inches of ice and a few shacks are on the main lake basin.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice conditions range from 15-20 inches. White Bass – Fair: Small white bass are being caught by walleye anglers.  Walleye – Slow: Fish are being caught on small spoons tipped with minnow heads. Most are 7-8 inches, but a few slot size fish are also being caught. Geese have a small open hole between the islands. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be immediately released and no more than one over 22 inches may be kept per day. The daily limit is three.

January 23, 2014 - 12:28 pm - Posted in Sports

footballIn its monthly meeting, Wednesday, January 22nd the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Control acted on football recommendations coming from the Iowa Football Coaches Association and the IHSAA Football Playoff Committee. The recommendations had been tabled by the Board of Control from their December meeting.

At the center of discussions and action was a proposed 8-game regular season which would allow the playoffs to fold into a weekly format. Since December, Board members had contacted constituent groups and in a unanimous vote agreed to stay with the 9-game regular season format.

Other football items that were approved included two main items. The first will discontinue “sister districts” for the regular season and post season classes in 8-player through 3A and to have a 125-mile limitation for first round games.

The second would have no preset pairings made for the playoffs and pairings will be determined after each round of the playoffs. Reasonable attempts will be made to find non-district playoff opponents for the first and second round games, but district match-ups could reoccur if an opponent cannot be found within a reasonable distance.

The Board of Control also approved allowing one practice session of no more than four hours during the heat acclimatization period with nor more than three hours of physical activity allowed. The Board also granted an allowance of up to four teams to be at a scrimmage site, with each team only being allowed to scrimmage one other team. All current scrimmage rules would remain in effect.

A change in the forfeiture of season policy was also approved to read “The continuation of the season for a team forfeiting a regular season game shall be determined by the IHSASA administrative staff and the school administration.”