relay for lifeThe Sibley State Bank’s Relay for Life team is having a Pampered Chef Fundraiser.

Orders can be placed with an employee of the bank or by stopping by the bank to look at a catalog to place any order until  May 16th.  All proceeds to Relay for Life.

Together we can “HELP TO WHIP CANCER”!

relay for lifeYou are invited to a Community Mother/Daughter Brunch hosted by Relay for Life Team TEAM TRINITY at 9am Saturday, May 10, Trinity Lutheran Church, Sibley.

A presentation will be given by Vi Bella Jewelry, whose mission is providing life-changing jobs for women in need. Check out using party #12 to order by May 25.  A percentage from sales will go to the American Cancer Society.  Jewelry and Team Trinity crafts and pies will be also sold at the brunch.

Tickets are $6 and available from The Porch On Main, Trinity Lutheran Church office (am only) or call Brenda at 712-461-0687.

Sibley, Iowa — An Ocheyedan woman is accused of driving drunk for the second time on Saturday, April 26th.drunk driving OWI DWI iStock

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that an Osceola County Deputy arrested 54-year-old Donna Lee Hanson of Ocheyedan on Saturday. She was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop for a moving violation east of Sibley on A22. At last report Hanson was being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $2000 bond.

April 29, 2014 - 12:27 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNR

Conifer trees across Iowa are showing signs of stress from last winter, including browning or bleaching needles, needle loss and some tree death.  This condition is known as winter desiccation, or winter burn.

“This past winter may have been one of the colder winters on record, but we still had several days where the air temperature was above freezing and the soil remained frozen.  When this happens, trees use the water reserves in their needles but are unable to absorb new water from the frozen soil,” said Tivon Feeley, forest health program leader with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “The tree literally runs out of water.”

The symptoms become more apparent as the days warm and tend to be worse on the windward side of the tree.  Reports indicate arborvitae, white pine and white fir have moderate to severe damage from winter burn.

Feeley said if the needles on the tree are dead but buds are alive, new plant foliage will replace foliage lost from winter burn. “However, if both the buds and needles are dead the tree will not recover and will need to be removed,” he said.

There is no way to prevent winter burn.  However, tree owners can reduce the risk by properly mulching and watering in the fall prior to the tree going dormant.  Watering is especially important in drought years.

April 29, 2014 - 12:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRIt’s as predictable as August heat.  From border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa.  From May until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding “orphaned wildlife.”

Most calls begin with something like, “We were walking in the park when . . .,” or “I looked out my window and saw. . .”  In nearly every instance, the scenario ends with something [or several somethings] being rescued from their mother.

During a typical season, the species will range all the way from baby robins and squirrels to spindly-legged white-tailed fawns.  At this time of the year it is not at all uncommon for biologists to discover that complete litters of baby raccoons, foxes, or even skunks have mysteriously appeared on their doorsteps.

Why this happens is no real mystery.  >From fuzzy yellow ducklings to tiny baby bunnies, nothing appears more cute and cuddly than a wildlife baby.  But in reality, most of the wildlife reported to DNR field offices is not really orphaned at all.  And while the people who attempt to “rescue” these babies have the best of intentions, they are in fact dooming the very creatures they intend to help.

The babies of most wildlife species leave their nests or dens well in advance of being able to care for themselves.  Although broods or litters may become widely scattered during this fledgling period, they still remain under the direct care and feeding of their parents.

For many songbirds, the transition to independence comes quickly and may take as little as four or five days.  For other species such as Canada geese, kestrels, or great horned owls, the young and parents may stay in contact for weeks — even months.

At the beginning of the fledgling period, young birds appear clumsy, dull-witted, and vulnerable.  The reason for this is because they really are clumsy, dull-witted, and vulnerable.  But as the education process continues, the survivors smarten up fast, while slow learners quickly fade from the scene.  Most birds have less than a 20 percent chance of surviving their first year.  While this seems unfortunate or cruel, this is a normal occurrence in Nature.  In the real out-of-doors, it’s just the way things are.

Most mammals employ a slightly different strategy when it comes to caring for their adolescents.  Since most mammals are largely nocturnal, the mother usually finds a safe daytime hideout for her young while she sleeps or looks for food.  Consequently, it is perfectly normal for the young to be alone or unattended during the daylight hours.

Nevertheless, whenever a newborn fawn or a nest full of baby cottontails or raccoons is discovered by a human, it quite often is assumed that the animals are orphaned.  The youngster’s fate is usually sealed when it is promptly “rescued from the wild.”

Many wildlife babies die soon after capture from the stress of being handled, talked to, and placed into the unfamiliar surroundings of a slick sided cardboard box.  Should the animal have the misfortune of surviving this trauma, they often succumb more slowly to starvation from improper nourishment, pneumonia, or other human caused sicknesses.

Whether they are adults or young, all species of wildlife have highly specific needs for survival.  “Rescuing a baby from its mother” not only shows bad judgment, it also is illegal.

Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is always a unique privilege.  Taking a good photo or two provides an even more lasting memory.  But once you’ve done that, let well enough alone.  Leave wildlife babies where they belong — in the wild.

April 28, 2014 - 11:03 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHospers, IA — An Ashton man’s pickup was damaged in an accident on Thursday, April 24th near Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 3:00 pm, 38-Year-old Adam Reinke of Ashton was driving northbound on Highway 60, two miles north of Hospers, in a 1982 Chevrolet pickup when, according to the report, the front passenger tire ruptured. After the tire malfunction, the vehicle entered the east ditch and
rolled onto its side.

Reinke’s Chevrolet received $3,000 damage

There were no injuries reported

April 24, 2014 - 2:42 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 fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Spring gillnetting efforts indicate a good population of walleye with a lot of fish in the slot.  Fishing for walleye has been slow over the past week.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Fish shallow water rock piles early on clear sunny days as these areas warm first, attracting and concentrating fish early. Fish slowly; a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species as channel catfish will typically go on the feedbag after ice out.  Bluegill – No Report: Fish the north end for bluegill and crappie action early.  Fish the wooden docks on the west side of the lake early, as the water warms fish docks located on the east side.  Cast a mini jig to locate panfish, persistence and patience will be rewarded with a mix bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.

West Okoboji Lake

Crappie – No Report: Fish the canal areas for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, best action will occur during sunny warm days.

All lakes in the Spirit Lake District are ice free.

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s two walleye hatcheries are filled to capacity as netting crews caught and spawned 1,020 quarts of walleye eggs at the Spirit Lake hatchery and more than 760 quarts at the Rathbun hatchery.

“We had a really good year,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of fisheries for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “The late ice out helps us increase our catch rates and catch more fish that are ready to spawn.  That shortens the netting season for the staff, even though we increased our egg take this year.”

Northern pike netting in the sloughs connected to Spirit Lake occurred April 6-7. Muskies were netted along with walleyes in Spirit Lake East Okoboji Lake and West Okoboji Lake beginning April 14. Both species exceeded their egg requests as well. Northern pike were netted on the Mississippi River beginning April 8, and the pike fry were stocked on April 18.

Walleyes were caught at Lake Rathbun, Storm Lake and Clear Lake during the nightly operation from April 6 to 20. The effort from all the lakes combined collected more than 200 million eggs.

“We took more walleye eggs this year so we can try some experimental fry stocking. Fry are cheaper than fingerlings and if the stocking works, it will produce a huge year class of walleyes,” Larscheid said.

The DNR plans to release more than 140 million walleye fry in May. Larscheid said fry stockings are successful every three or four years and the DNR uses larger and more expensive fingerlings to fill in the gaps between the good fry stocking years.

Most of the fry are returned to the traditional walleye lakes. The experimental fry stockings will go to lakes like Big Creek that has been releasing around 1.7 million fry each year since 2011.

“That 2011 fry stocking had excellent survival and is the biggest year class of walleyes since I arrived in 2006,” said Ben Dodd, fisheries biologist with the DNR. “We have had some success with the fry stocking and plan to continue it after the experiment concludes in 2015.”

Dodd said walleyes from the 2011 stocking will be approaching the 15-inch minimum length later this summer.

Ocheyedan, Iowa — The cause of death of an Ocheyedan man has been ruled accidental in an autopsy.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

According to Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation investigated the death of 46-year-old Steven Bruce Noble of Ocheyedan on Monday, April 21st.

The sheriff’s office reports that they responded to a 911 call about 4:15 PM on Monday, April 21, 2014.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that an autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on April 22, 2014 by Dr. Jonathan Thompson, who determined the cause of death to be blunt force head injuries from an accidental fall in the victim’s home.

Click here for Noble’s obituary.

April 23, 2014 - 11:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

Steven Noble

Steven B. Noble, age 46, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at his home in Ocheyedan.

Funeral Services will be Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Rev. Steve Swenson officiating. Burial to follow at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 24, from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Steven B. Noble.