October 30, 2014 - 3:23 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa —  The 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 of fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.




Big Spirit Lake

Walleye – Fair: Cooler daytime and overnight temperatures have dropped the water temperature on Big Spirit. This shift has started to get fish more active and moving into the shallows.  Wader anglers fishing after dark will enjoy excellent catches; fish the traditional wader sites for the best action.


East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Last week’s fish management survey of East Okoboji Lake reflected good numbers of large channel catfish sampled at the East Okoboji Lake beach area. Fish cut bait or any traditional catfish bait in this area will produce some excellent pole bending end of the year action.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: With the drop in water temperatures Wader fishing action will increase with good numbers of fish harvested this fall. Excellent opportunities exist to catch that trophy walleye as reports of 10+ pound walleye is common from this lake in the fall. With the clear water, action will be best after dark.


West Okoboji Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Reports of limits of small yellow approximately 7.0 – 8.0 inches being harvested from West Okoboji Lake.


October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.

She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.

Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.

She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.

Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.

She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.

Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:

Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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October 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you need to register to vote for the November 4th General Election, or absentee vote in person at your local county auditor’s office, you have a couple of Saturday opportunities coming up.voting optical reader machine

In Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties, the Auditors’ Offices are going to be open from 8 AM to 5 PM this Saturday for early voting and voter registration.

Voter registration ends this Saturday, October 25th. However, if you are registered, their offices are going to be open next Saturday, November 1st too for early voting. Osceola, Sioux, and Lyon County Auditors’ Offices will be open from 9 to 5 next Saturday, November 1st, and O’Brien County will be open from 8 to 5 that day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 1st too, but election officials stress that there would be a time crunch if you wait that long to request a mailed ballot because returned ballots need to be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Iowa does have election day registration, but the auditors strongly encourage you to be registered by this Saturday, October 25th.

October 24, 2014 - 3:07 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Esther M. Moet, age 92 of Ocheyedan, IA died Friday, October 24, 2014 at Country View Manor Nursing Home in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28th at Trinity Lutheran Church of Sibley, IA, with Rev. Barb Kopperud officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 27th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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

Esther Mary Helmers Moet was born on October 18, 1922 in Cloverdale, Iowa to Hio and Anna (Freeseman) Helmers. She grew up on the family farm near Sibley with one sister and five brothers. She married Wayne Moet on June 8, 1952, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. They lived and farmed near Allendorf, Iowa for 60 years, raising six children. She was a life-long, active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA. Esther will be remembered by all who knew her for her kind and compassionate heart.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Wayne Moet of Ocheyedan, IA; six children, Ruth of LaVista, NE, Paul (Vern Becker) of The Woodlands, TX, Dona (Wade Ellerbroek) of Sibley, IA, Lisa (Lionel Brown) of Castle Rock, CO, Mary of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Gary (Amy Kruger) of North Liberty, IA; four grandchildren, Jim Ellerbroek (Angie) of Littleton, CO; Jennifer (Jeff Goodman) of Omaha, NE, Tim Ellerbroek of Sibley, IA, and Michael Bachtel of Cedar Rapids, IA; three great-grandchildren, Reece Ellerbroek, Jackson and Sydney Goodman; one brother, Lornie Helmers (Jeanne) of Ashton, IA; five sisters-in-law, Helen Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Verna Zylstra (Glenn) of Sheldon, IA, Mary Jacobson (Dean) of Camarillo, CA, Irene Helmers of Sibley, IA and Audrey Moet of Luverne, MN; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hio and Anna Helmers; four brothers, Raymond, Albert, Irvin and Marlin; and one sister, Phoebe Pay.


soup and pieBoyden, Iowa — A soup and pie supper is planned to benefit an Ashton man who suffered a stroke this past summer. The supper is at the St. John Lutheran Church of Boyden. We talked to St. John pastor Daniel Hart, and he tells us about Eric Johnson.

Johnson and his wife Kim have one child at home near Ashton.

Pastor Hart says the church has a soup supper every year.

The supper is this Saturday, October 25th at St. John Lutheran Church of rural Boyden. That’s at 3941 280th Street, four miles north of Boyden on Kennedy Avenue, and a little west. They’ll have homemade soups and pies, and they’ll be serving from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Thrivent Sioux County will provide supplementing funds.

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October 23, 2014 - 4:43 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

comedy tragedy masks theater theatreOff Off Broadway presents “Escanaba In Da Moolight” which will be held at the Ashton Legion Hall on November 6 – 9, 2014.

“Escanaba In Da Moonlight” is written by Jeff Daniels, and directed by King Hickman

For reservations call The 1015 Steakhouse at 712-754-3540 between 2:00 and 9:00 pm Tues-Sat

THE STORY: When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.

October 22, 2014 - 11:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

Cornelia Jassey, 76, of Sioux Center, IA, formerly of Sibley, IA died Monday, October 20, 2014, at Crown Pointe Assisted Living in Sioux Center.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8PM, with the family present from 5-7PM at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center. A graveside committal service will be held on Thursday at 11:30AM at the Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley, Iowa. A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2PM at the Netherlands Reformed Church of Sioux Center with Rev. Everett Adams officiating.

The Jassey family prefers memorials to the Netherlands Reformed Christian School or Sioux Center Hospice.

Complete obituary at www.MFHonline.com.

Cornelia (Kleyweg) Jassey, 76, of Sioux Center, IA died at 2:30 PM on 20 Oct 2014 at her home after a brief battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Elizabeth Kleyweg, her spouse of 50 years, Robert Leroy Jassey Sr; a son, Richard Neal Jassey; a daughter,Lisa Lea (Jassey) Stultz; and two brothers: Henry Kleyweg and Cornelius “Neal” Kleyweg.

Cornelia was born on January 31, 1938 in Sioux City, Iowa where she grew up and graduated from Central High School. She was united in marriage to Bob Jassey on April 13, 1957 in Sioux City. After a brief period in Mapleton, Iowa, they moved to Sibley, Iowa where they made their home for 45 years and raised four children. She worked for Merrick Printing and in home health for Osceola County. Following the death of her husband, she moved to Sioux Center, Iowa where she has resided for the last 6 years.

Cornelia is a member of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening. Cornelia had a giving heart and was a wonderful example of selflessness to those whose lives she touched. She remained strong in her faith and dedicated to the Lord until the end of her days.

She is survived by her son, Rob (Tami) Jassey of Huntsville, AL; daughter, Deborah (Noel) Roberts of Elk Grove, CA; a sister, Barbara Kleyweg of Evanston, IL; two brothers, Nick (Della) Kleyweg of Sioux City and Marty (Peggy) Kleyweg of Downers Grove, IL; sister-in-law, Mary Kleyweg of Plainfield, IL; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

October 22, 2014 - 11:21 am - Posted in Obituaries

Derwood L. Getting, age 87 of Sibley, IA, formerly of Matlock, IA died from complications of Parkinson’s disease on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday October 25, 2014 at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church of George, IA with Rev. Paul Fischer officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George.  Visitation will be Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to time of service at 2:00 p.m. at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church.

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

Derwood Getting was born December 13, 1926 on the family farm near Matlock, IA to Floyd and Dena (Meester) Getting. He attended Dale Township Country School near Matlock and graduated from George High School in 1944. After graduation Derwood helped his father farm until he entered the military in 1952. He was stationed in Korea until his discharge in 1954. Coming home after the war, Derwood again returned to work on the farm with his father. On November 22, 1956 he was united in marriage to Carol Bothof at the First Reformed Church parsonage in Matlock. To this union 4 children were born. Derwood enjoyed wood working, fishing, tinkering around the farm and playing his player piano. Derwood was on the Matlock and Sheldon Elevator Boards for 24 years and was also a township trustee and a boy Scout leader. He enjoyed spending time with his family very much, especially his grandchildren. This past Tuesday, Derwood passed away at Country View Manor in Sibley from complications of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 87. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Getting of Sibley, IA; children Greg and his wife Laura Getting of Sheldon, IA , David Getting of Sheldon, IA; Lora and her husband Kurt Prange of Sioux Falls, SD; Steve and his wife Kelli Getting of Mesa, AZ; 6 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren.

Derwood was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Dena Getting; step-grandson, Brock Kleinwolterink; 2 sisters-in-law, Martha Kruse and Harriet Bothof; 2 brothers-in-law, George Muller and
Henry Kruse.

October 21, 2014 - 4:01 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work closely with local public health and health care professionals, state entities and the CDC in response and preparation to the West African Ebola situation. Despite what you might read on social Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHmedia or hear around the water cooler, there are and have been NO cases of Ebola in Iowa.

Last week, screening of travelers coming from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia began at international airports at the time of arrival in the U.S. They are asked about things like current symptoms and possible exposures to patients with Ebola while in West Africa. If needed, appropriate action is taken at that time; for example, travelers with symptoms consistent with Ebola are not being allowed to continue until they are medically assessed. If they are well, they are given information about what to do once they arrive at their final destination – such as Iowa. Meanwhile, in Iowa, public health officials are notified of the arrival of the traveler. Iowa officials then re-interview the traveler to confirm their health status and their risk of exposure to Ebola. Appropriate action is then taken in Iowa, such as the traveler staying at home and away from others for 21 days, or taking their temperature and reporting this to public health for 21 days.

This will lower the risk of Ebola spreading in Iowa, and should reassure the public that extraordinary action is being taken by the U.S. Public Health system to protect them.

Other actions taken by IDPH over the past several weeks include several webinars for local public health agencies, emergency responders, hospitals, health care providers, and state agencies regarding transmission of the Ebola virus and how to prepare for any suspected cases.

Iowans should remember that Ebola is not transmitted through water, air, food or casual contact. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. In addition:

  • People are not contagious after exposure unless they develop symptoms.
  • Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

For more information about Ebola, visit the CDC’s web site at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html or the IDPH web site at http://bit.ly/1wmnEWa.

October 21, 2014 - 1:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa’s Pheasant season begins Saturday and runs through Jan. 10. A harvest delayed by fall rain will give the birds plenty of hiding places on opening weekend.  As of Monday, 19 percent of corn and 61 DNR logopercent of the soybeans were harvested statewide.

The DNR will be busy releasing trout over the next several days. On Oct. 23, trout will be released at Petoka in Bondurant at noon and Big Lake in Council Bluffs at 3 p.m.; on Oct. 25 at Discovery Park in Muscatine at 10 a.m. and Wilson Lake in Fort Madison at noon. On Oct. 31, trout will be release in Ottumwa park pond at noon.

Anglers will need to have a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.  The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10.

Iowa’s trout fishing season is open year round.

Duck hunters had the late season open in the South Zone last weekend and this Saturday will open in the North Zone and the Missouri River zone. Canada goose hunting season is currently open in all three zones.

Hunters who need to satisfy the hunter education requirement can search for and sign up for a course at www.iowadnr.gov. Hunter Education – Online Registration is the top link under Popular Pages. Fall classes are limited and fill quickly so register today.

As of Tuesday morning, hunters have reported harvesting 10,207 deer during the 2014 seasons.  The archery deer season is open through Dec. 5, when it closes during the two shotgun seasons.

Trapping and fur harvester hunting seasons begin Nov. 1.

A favorable forecast will likely mean state park campgrounds will be near capacity again this weekend. The combination of fall colors and nice weather will postpone many from putting their camper away for one more week.

As a reminder, restrooms have been closed at most state parks for the winter. Hydrants are still on and portable toilets are available in the campground.

The high school team from Eddyville/Blakesburg was the winner of Indian Hills’ Culinary Arts competition using invasive silver carp as the key ingredient.

They bested teams from Burlington, Mediapolis, Fort Madison, Ottumwa, Cardinal and Mount Pleasant for a chance to earn a scholarship to the nationally recognized, award winning culinary arts program.