June 26, 2014 - 3:22 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)

The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Water levels were six inches below crest as of Tuesday.  Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are still being caught with traditional catfish baits.  Walleye – Good: Walleye fishing has slowed down some compared to the last several weeks, but anglers are still picking up fish on leeches under a bobber.  A lot of the walleye are slot fish, but there are some legal fish mixed in.  Some anglers are still picking up walleye with a jig and minnow while drifting in 8-10 feet of water. The daily bag limit for walleye is three.  All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fishing deep rock piles will produce excellent action. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass bite reported. Fish deeper docks and weed beds will produce the best action.  Walleye – Fair: Some action reported in the early morning, fish weed beds and deeper water for the best action.

East Okoboji Lake

The Spirit Lake spillway began flowing on June 20. Anglers fishing the current area entering East Okoboji Lake will find consistent angling with the action picking up as the flow increases.   Channel Catfish – Good: Fish traditional baits after dark for plenty of pole bending activity.

West Okoboji Lake

Recent storms in the Iowa Great Lakes has limited angling on West Okoboji Lake.  Weed growth is limited; anglers are encouraged to focus on the weed lines as they continue to develop.

June 26, 2014 - 2:52 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

sibley chamberSibley City Offices will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 for the Independence Day Holiday.

Garbage will not be picked up on Friday, July 4.  Friday’s garbage route will be picked up on Monday, July 7, in Sibley.

June 26, 2014 - 12:08 pm - Posted in Obituaries

candleT. Robert Nelson, age 93 of Spencer, Iowa, formerly of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at a nursing home in Spencer.

Memorial Services will be Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Sibley. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating.Private family burial at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for T. Robert Nelson.

Theodore Robert Nelson was born on November 22, 1920 in Boone, Iowa to Paul and Violet (Ericson) Nelson. He attended country school until the age of 10 when the family moved to Sibley, Iowa. He graduated from Sibley High School in 1938.

Upon graduation Bob worked for the Sibley utility crew for a summer and was a Civil Service Postal employee as a city carrier. He then entered Iowa State University in 1941 until enlisting in the Air Force in August of 1942.

Bob was married to Jean Yappen in December of 1942 and was called to military service in February 1943. Upon entering the service he trained to be a pilot and flew a B-24 Bomber for 50 missions with the 14th Air Force being stationed at Manduria, Italy; flying his missions over Europe and the Balkin countries. He was group leader in the last 25 missions while becoming a Captain. He was honorably discharged in August of 1945, having spent 11 months overseas.

Upon his discharge for the service Bob returned to Iowa State College. He taught in the Engineering Department in his senior year. He accepted a position at the Sibley State Bank for 4 years and then was partner in the Ford garage in 1951 where he spent the next 11 years. Bob went back in the Sibley State Bank in 1962 and stayed for 13 more years. He worked for Mauch Oil in 1976 as a salesman for farm tires until 1987.

Bob and Jean had three children, Stephen, Deborah and William.

Real Estate was something he really loved and will be remembered for the many buildings he remodeled or built during his life in Sibley. He also loved horses and raised and boarded them for a number of years.

Bob was a member of the Sibley Methodist Church since 1930 and served on the Administration Board and sang in the choir. Bob and Morris Snow purchased and planted all of the evergreen trees at the current Methodist Church. He was active in community affairs, belonged to the Rotary Club and served as President of the School Board for 6 years.

In 1987 he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he worked at the Tournament Players Club golf course for 10 years as a ranger and worked for Safeway Grocery Store for the next 7 years. He also did handy man work for lots of senior citizens. In 2004 he moved back to Spencer, Iowa and worked for Ace Hardware for 3 years assembling furniture, etc.

Bob is survived by daughter, Deborah Eckerman RN (Lindsay) of Forest City, IA, son, WilliamNelson DDS (Diane) of Larkspur, CO, daughter-in-law, Westy Nelson of Council Bluffs, IA, 7 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, one sister, Anita Billings of Scottsdale, AZ, friend, Elaine Orthmann of Spencer, IA, and many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Violet Nelson, a son, Dr. Stephen Nelson, brothers, Norman Nelson and Dean Nelson, and sisters, Imogene Tillotson and Joan Lane.

June 26, 2014 - 11:25 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman has been arrested on a felony assault charge.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they assisted the Iowa State Patrol in arresting 41-year-old Andrea Lynn Block of Sibley on Tuesday, June 24th.

Block is charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, a Class “D” Felony. She is alleged to have assaulted a 20-year-old woman.

Block is currently being held in the Osceola County Jail.

Class “D” Felonies carry a penalty of up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $7500.

June 25, 2014 - 4:26 pm - Posted in Obituaries

WILDEMAN, Janet picJanet Wildeman, age 58 of Sibley, IA died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 27th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, with Rev. Barb Kopperud officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation will be Thursday June 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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

Janet Wildeman was born November 29, 1955 in Sibley, IA to Charlie and Jean (Dammenn) Behrens. She was raised and received her education in Sibley, graduating from Sibley High School in 1973. She continued her education in secretarial studies at Sheldon. On May 31, 1975 she was united in marriage to Jerry Wildeman at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley. Janet worked as the secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley for 20 years. She then returned to school in Sheldon and studied Medical Transcription. Janet traveled to the Spirit Lake hospital and worked as a transcriptionist for 18 years. For the last several years she was able to work that same job from home. She enjoyed making greeting cards for her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards and baking. Her family was most important to Janet. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her family will cherish many special memories of her. This past Wednesday Janet passed away unexpectedly at the Osceola Community Hospital at the age of 58. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Wildeman of Sibley, IA; her children, Chris (Wendy) Wildeman and their children Caitlin and Michael of Linn Grove, IA; Craig Wildeman of Brandon, SD; Brad Wildeman of Brandon, SD; and Tracy (John) Mburu of Eden Prairie, MN; sister-in-law, Marsha Behrens of Shakopee, MN; brother, Ryan (Libby) Behrens of Northfield, MN; Glenn (Carol) Behrens of Northfield, MN; and Kathy (Darren) Akrie of Centennial, CO; nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Jean Behrens; and brother, Larry Behrens.

Sibley, Iowa — A George man has been sentenced after he was charged with Criminal Mischief.gavel_sxc

The Osceola County Sheriff’s office reports that 27-year-old Joseph Lee Daggett of George has pled guilty to Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree.

He was ordered to pay a fine of $625 plus court costs, surcharges, restitution of all court-appointed attorney fees.

Daggett was also sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail with all time suspended during a 2-year formal probation to the Dept. Of Corrections.

However, as a condition of this suspended sentence, Daggett was ordered to complete the Residential Treatment Facility program at the RTF in Sheldon.

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 additional counties, including Osceola County, in response to last week’s storms. Other counties included are Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Hancock, Ida, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Sac, Woodbury and Wright.Hawarden Flooding 2014

The Governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

On Wednesday, June 18, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) made a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct damage assessments in 14 counties impacted by the June 13 and continuing storms. Results of the damage assessments could be used to determine if a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration is warranted. Damage assessments are being evaluated for Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Ida, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux, Woodbury and Wright counties.

June 23, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

osceolasheriffOcheyedan, Iowa — A Watertown, SD man’s Pontiac was damaged in an accident on Monday, June 16th near Ocheyedan .

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:30 pm, 22-year-old Jordan Brist of Watertown, SD
was driving soutbound on Silver Avenue, 6 miles west of Ocheyedan in a 1997 Pontiac. Brist lost control of the vehicle, driving through a large mud puddle.  He collided with a utility pole on the east side of the road.

There were no injuries reported

June 23, 2014 - 4:58 pm - Posted in News

osceolasheriffSibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman’s Saturn was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, June 18th near Sibley

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:45 am, 45-year-old Clint Metzger of Larchwood was pulling a 1989 Merrit Trailer eastbound on A22 , ¼ mile west of 2nd Avenue in Sibley. Forty-seven -year-old Lori Renken was behind Metzger in a 2003 Saturn Sedan. According to the report, Metzger missed his turn and started to back up on the roadway.Renken saw the trailer backing up and started to backup also but had to stop because there was a third vehicle behind her.  Metzger backed into the Renken vehicle.

Metzger’s trailer received no damage damage. Renken’s Saturn received $5000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

June 23, 2014 - 4:50 pm - Posted in News

osceolasheriffSibley, Iowa — A Sibley man  and an Ocheyedan woman’s  vehicles were damaged in an accident on Wednesday, June 18th near Sibley

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 5:25 pm, 82-year-old Norman Wheeler was driving a 2010 Chrysler and stopped at the intersection of Ag Street and Pierce Avenue, turning south onto Pierce Avenue, 1 mile east of Sibley. Thirty-seven -year-old Melanie Van Gelder was stopped on Ag Street, behind Wheeler. According to the report Wheeler observed another vehicle northbound and began backing up. Wheeler backed into Van Gelder as she honked her horn trying to get his attention.

There were no injuries reported.