February 28, 2014 - 11:48 am - Posted in Obituaries

Willard Tracy, age 77 of Sibley, IA, formerly of Ocheydan, IA died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, with Reverend Barb Kopperud officiating. Burial will follow the lunch in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 2nd from 4-7 p.m., with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

Willard Leroy Tracy was born on April 15, 1936, the son of Eugene and Gertrude (Eveland) Tracy. He grew up in Ocheyedan, Iowa and attended school there. Willie enlisted in the U.S. Army and did his basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He served in England, France and Germany and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant on May 3, 1957. On May 26, 1957, Willie was united in marriage to Donna Mae Grubaugh at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA. The couple lived in New Jersey for three months, Worthington, MN for two years, Sibley until 1977, Ocheyedan until 1995, and then Sioux Falls until retirement and moving back to Sibley in 2002. Willie worked in a service station on the New Jersey Turnpike, Nelson Garage in Worthington, MN, Kass Philip 66, as a self-employed mechanic, Sibley Steel Buildings, and then owned Sibley Agri Builders. Willie finished his working years at Murray Property Managements in Sioux Falls, SD where he and Donna managed an apartment complex. He was a past member of the Wood-Miller American Legion Post 326 of Ocheyedan and Charter member of the Osceola Color Guard. He also served as the Justice of the Peace in Osceola County for numerous years. Willie loved to garden, enjoyed woodworking and watching TV. He always looked forward to riding around town with his good friend Andy Mouw and having coffee with his brother-in-law, Jerry Ferguson.

Willie is survived by his four children: Duane (Lynette) Tracy of Ocheyedan, Gary (Julie) Tracy of Ocheyedan, Donald (Sharon) Tracy of Eagan, MN and Lori (Lavern) Metz of Yankton, SD; eleven grandchildren: Daniel (Samantha) Tracy, Seth Tracy, Greg (Tami) Tracy, Jill (Dusty) Handley, Jodi Tracy, Kyle Tracy, Ethan Tracy, Michael Tracy, Justin (Richie) DePaolis-Metz, Staci (Andrew) Miller and Jason Metz; four great-grandchildren: Lindy Tracy, Kash and Mia Handley and Quintin Tracy; five siblings: John Tracy of Sibley, IA, Dorthea Morgan of Concord, CA, Eugene Tracy of Round Lake, MN, Clinton Tracy of Worthington, MN and Dick (Janice) Tracy Rothsay, MN; sisters-in-law Shirley Thiesen and Joyce Ferguson; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae Tracy in 2007; his parents, Eugene and Gertrude Tracy; father and mother-in-law, George “Bud” and Lorraine Grubaugh; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

February 27, 2014 - 2:35 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

Big Spirit Lake

There is 28-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed.  A few bluegills and crappies are being caught in Anglers Bay, with early morning or late afternoon being best.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed

West Okoboji Lake

There is 26-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed.  Bluegill – Slow: Most fishermen have been targeting Emerson and Millers Bay and weeds have been a key factor.  The fishing has been hit or miss with some days being much better than others.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish have been 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.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

There is a large open water area in the southeast corner of the lake.  Channel Catfish – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.  White Bass – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.  Walleye – Good: Fish in 5-7 feet of water using a spoon tipped with a minnow head or live minnow on a dead stick rod.

February 27, 2014 - 7:21 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Granville man has died in a Tuesday morning accident.fatal ambulance II

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 7 AM, 61-year-old Dennis Anthony Croatt of Granville was traveling southbound on Nettle Avenue, about two miles west of Sibley. They report he lost control of his 1995 Ford pickup.

The pickup entered the west ditch and came to rest on its top.

Croatt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assisting was the Sibley Ambulance and Sibley Fire and Rescue.

The incident is still under investigation.

Spirit Lake, Iowa — Two men, one of them from Harris have been arrested on drug charges.

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The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office has just released information on the arrests, which happened earlier this month.

They report that a vehicle was pulled over around 9 PM on Sunday, February 16th for an alleged moving violation. Upon further investigation, the deputy requested the K9 Unit be deployed. The dog discovered drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The driver, 46-year-old Jaime Crosby of Spirit Lake, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and no valid insurance.

A passenger, 44-year-old Kevin Duis of Harris, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

February 25, 2014 - 4:03 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRAnother polar vortex has the Midwest in its crosshairs but Iowans’ attention is focused squarely on spring and going camping. The reservation window for the Memorial Day Weekend campsites for a Friday arrival opened on Sunday.

By 9 a.m. Tuesday, six state parks had filled all reservable campsites for Memorial Day Weekend that offer electricity or full hook ups.

Camping options for the big holiday weekend in a state park are quickly shrinking.

Campers wanting to spend the holiday weekend at Elinor Bedell, Lake of Three Fires, Lewis and Clark, Pleasant Creek, Viking Lake, and Waubonsie should plan to arrive a few days early for one of the walk up sites with electricity – all the reservation sites have been taken.

Other parks are close to hanging up the no reservations sign.

Ledges, Green Valley, Prairie Rose, Lake Anita and Rock Creek state parks only have the handicap accessible site available. Brushy Creek had one equestrian site; Backbone, McIntosh Woods and Walnut Woods have three; Fairport, Maquoketa Caves and Union Grove have four; Dolliver, George Wyth and Wapsipinicon have six and most include a handicap accessible site.

Lake Geode is not taking reservations until construction on the wastewater system is complete. The park is open and accepting campers while the work is underway.

Most parks will have nonelectric sites available for the Memorial Day Weekend.

“We had a flurry of reservations when campers began getting their sites for a two week stay that includes Memorial Day Weekend,” said Todd Coffelt, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau. Campers can make reservations for a site three months ahead of their first night stay.

Not every campsite is available on the reservation system. Parks maintain between 25 and 50 percent of the electric and non electric sites as non-reservation sites, available for walk up camping.

Information on Iowa’s state parks is available online at www.iowadnr.gov including links to the reservations page.

Iowa DNRIowa has 50,000 acres available under a new Conservation Reserve Program called Iowa Pheasant Recovery SAFE.  This new CP38 practice requires top quality winter habitat and food for pheasants.

That top quality winter habitat and food is in demand after last Friday’s blizzard devastated pheasant habitat across central and north central Iowa.

About half of Iowa received 3 to 10 inches of wet heavy snow that collapsed most grassy cover. Falling temperatures then turned the wet snow into a white layer of ice.  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, birds likely trapped under the frozen wet snow.”

For much of northern Iowa most waste grains are now frozen below the snow and birds will be very visible searching for food which will increase their predation.  “We need a 50 degree thaw to reduce the ice layer but the forecast calls for fridge temperatures for the next week,” said Bogenschutz.

Landowners have the opportunity to enroll in this program first come first serve until the acres are gone.  For more information click on the Iowa Pheasant Recovery link on the DNR’s website at www.iowadnr.gov/habitat

February 25, 2014 - 1:25 am - Posted in News

Merrill, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested on drug charges in Plymouth County.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:20 AM on Wednesday, February 19th, one of their deputies had contact with an occupied vehicle in the Casey’s General Store parking lot in Merrill. During that contact, a search was conducted with the assistance of the sheriff’s office K9 and the Le Mars Police Department.

As a result, 44-year-old Gordon Leroy Foreman of Sibley was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Plymouth County Jail.

Sibley, Iowa — It used to be called “Farmer Night School” at Sibley-Ocheyedan. But that caused a lot of people who weren’t farmers to stay away. adult education notebook

Mr. Brian Gottlob, Ag Teacher at Sibley-Ocheyedan says several of the sessions appeal to more than just farmers. For instance, tonight’s session might interest anyone who drives a truck.

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Again, that will be at Cooperative Energy in Sibley at 7:30 tonight (Thursday, February 20th). It is completely free.

The next session is on March 6th, and it’s at the Ag Room of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley. Gottlob says it would be interesting for anyone involved in agribusiness or farming.

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The final session of this year’s adult education series will be Friday, March 14th at 7:30 PM at the Ag Room. It deals with fruit trees.

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For more information, you can call Sibley-Ocheyedan High School at 712-754-3601. And remember, the Adult Education program is for anyone who’s interested — not just farmers.

February 20, 2014 - 2:33 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

Big Spirit Lake

There is 28-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed.  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.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed

West Okoboji Lake

There is 26-30 inches of ice and walleye season is closed.  Bluegill – Slow: Most fishermen have been targeting Emerson and Millers Bay and weeds have been a key factor.  The fishing has been hit or miss with some days being much better than others.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish have been 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.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

There is very little fishing pressure at this time.

Spencer, Iowa — The way mental health services are handled in Iowa is changing, and in our area six county Boards of Supervisors continue to hammer out an agreement.

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We talked to Dickinson County Supervisor Bill Leopold, who has been heading up the group that’s working on a 28E agreement to comply with Senate File 2315, the law that made all the changes. Leopold gives us some background.

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He says their work started over a year ago in January 2013. He tells us how things progressed from there.

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Leopold says since then, Emmet County has decided to partner with counties further east and has dropped out of this particular group.

Kim Wilson is the current Central Point Coordinator for Clay County.

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She says that they don’t plan much in the way of personnel changes.

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Leopold says as usual, one of the big sticking points is funding.

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Wilson says that representatives of the six counties will meet this Friday, February 21st, and it is hoped they will approve the agreement and send it to the Iowa Department of Human Services for additional review. When it comes back, if no changes are needed, the counties will then need to adopt the agreement.