November 28, 2014 - 4:41 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ike Adreon, age 76, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at his home in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley. Rev. Shannon Pascual officiating, with burial to follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 30, from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. with the family present from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

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The Andringa Funeral of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Ike Adreon.

Ivell Arne “Ike” Adreon was born on June 5, 1938 in Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of Illan Maylon and Louise (Lursen) Adreon. He lived his youth in Sibley where he attended school, was one of the first Boy Scouts in Sibley, and graduated from high school in 1956. He proudly served in the United States Air Force as a Tail Gunner on a B36 with the 6th Bombardment Wing Heavy Strategic Air Command. Ike worked at the Sibley Cement Plant, joined the Sibley Sheriff’s Department, started Ike’s Tree Service and “End Of The Trail Saloon”. He was a distributor for car products and was a gun enthusiast.

He was united in marriage to Leesa Renken of George, Iowa on January 23, 1982 in Sibley. They lived on an acreage east of town and developed it into a rustic wildlife sanctuary. They enjoyed fishing, planting trees, traveling to gun shows, going for rides, and being together.

Ike’s life revolved around his family, the outdoors, nature, hunting, and fishing which was instilled in him by his father, grandfather and uncle. He was extra fond of his hunting dogs, special cats, and mule of which many memories and stories were created.

Ike became an expert on gun knowledge, mostly antique guns, and their manufacturing, workings, who owned them, and total history.

Ike will be remembered for all he accomplished. He was very talented with his hands and worked hard. He liked to pass along knowledge, was a great story teller and loved to reminisce. He was an interesting individual, who would have been truly happy living in the 1800’s.

Ike had a lot more he wanted to do but his declining health started taking him down, so he ended up relying on his memories and stories to account for all he had done in his life.

He passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at his home east of Sibley.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife: Leesa Adreon of Sibley, IA; his sister and brother-in-law: Ilea and Dave Herbert of Sibley, IA; his aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

November 28, 2014 - 2:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Norman D. Klaassen age 80 of Sibley, IA died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.

A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30th at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA. Private family burial will be prior to the service at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 29th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., with family present at Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley, IA.

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Norman Dale Klaassen was born August 8, 1934 near Sibley, IA to Fred E. and Elma F. (Kruse) Klaassen. He received his education in country school. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was united in marriage to Sheila Spieker on August 12, 1955. Upon his discharge from the service, Norman and Sheila moved back to the Sibley area where he was employed by the ASCS office. In 1960, he started farming near Little Rock and remained a farmer at heart to the end. That same year, he started auctioning and was active in the area for over 50 years conducting over 2700 auctions. He relaxed his schedule only when Parkinson’s started affecting his voice. He was a lifetime member of Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, served on the Consistory many times over the years and was a lifetime member of the Little Rock Buss-Johnson American Legion Post No. 316. He loved to help people and especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events. This past Thursday, Norman passed away at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls at the age of 80.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sheila Klaassen of Sibley; daughter, Kim (Orris) Gevik of Sioux Falls, SD and their children, Kristen (Chris) Thorkelson also from Sioux Falls, and Erin Gevik and special friend Hector Ortiz both of Minneapolis, MN; son, Kevin (Laurel) Klaassen of Sibley, IA and their children Hannah Klaassen of Brookings, SD and Ellie and Natalie Klaassen of Sibley, IA; 2 great grandchildren, Harper and Oliver Thorkelson; brothers, Robert Klaassen and Larry Klaassen both of Sibley, IA; sister, Crystal (Dennis) Clark of Little Rock, IA; sister-in-law, Bernita Klaassen of Little Rock, IA; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Christian Gevik Thorkelson; brother, Burdell Klaassen; sister, Donna Alberts; brother, Garry Klaassen; and sister-in-law, Melvina Klaassen.

November 28, 2014 - 12:18 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ellen “Mae” Voss age 97 of Sibley, IA died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 3rd 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.

Private family graveside will be Thursday, December 4th at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA. A celebration of Mae’s life will be held at a later date in April of 2015.

A complete obituary and online registry is available at:

Ellen Mae Voss was born September 19, 1917, the daughter of Harry and Sylvia (Bowen) Counsell and was raised on a farm near Little Rock, Iowa. She was one of four siblings. Her sisters, Maxine Rachuy of Baraboo, Wisconsin, Maesel Albertus of Rock Rapids, Iowa and her brother, James Counsell of Sibley, IA., all preceded her in death. After graduation from Little Rock High School, Mae moved to Sibley to work at J.C. Pennys. On April 12, 1936, she was married to Christie B. Voss, who preceded her in death in June, 2002. Together they raised four daughters. They are Peggy Day and husband, Barry of Sibley, Iowa, Linda Sheldon and husband Steve of Orlando, Florida, Miriam Plucker and husband Wade of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Madelyn Duarte of Arlington, Texas. During her lifetime, Mae was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.

Mae and Christie were lifetime members of the First Baptist Church in Sibley, Iowa. They were also actively involved with many missionaries, both foreign and domestic, offering any support they could to further the efforts of those who had dedicated their lives to this ministry. They often opened their home and their cabin in northern Minnesota to visiting missionaries, and on several occasions traveled to mission fields to observe and assist in ongoing projects. The highlight of their travels was two weeks spent deep in the Amazon jungle in Brazil with their daughter, Linda and family, who are missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Mae and Christie loved to travel and were able to visit all the US states including Alaska and Hawaii. They also spent many winters in their motor home in southern Texas, enjoying the company of many friends in that area

Mae radiated love, peace and joy throughout her lifetime. One of her greatest pleasures in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom loved and adored her. Entertaining family and friends brought much joy to both Mae and Christie throughout their married lives.

November 26, 2014 - 4:57 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Dorothy Johannes, age 86 of Ashton, IA died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, IA.

Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 3rd, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Father Alan Reicks officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ashton.

A complete obituary and online registry will be available

Dorothy was born at home in Ashton on July 2, 1928 the daughter of the Late Rosemary (Opegenorth) and William J. Johannes.

Dorothy graduated St. Joseph High School in Ashton. She went on to graduate from Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA. She worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in Minneapolis, MN for several years before returning to Ashton to care for her widowed father up until the time of his death.
She spent her remaining years in Ashton. She was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Church. Dorothy served on the board of the Ashton Public Library and a member of the Ashton American Legion Auxiliary. She was devoted to her pets. Earlier in life she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family at their cottage on Hayward’s Bay at West Lake Okoboji. Like her father Bill, Dorothy kept an active interest in politics and current affairs throughout her life.

She is survived by her sister Eileen (Johannes) Martel of Lynn, MA and her niece Mary Taylor, and nephews Daniel, James and Michael Martel.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her sister Mary Clare (Johannes) Shupe, her brother in law Carl Shupe and their children William Shupe, John Shupe.

November 26, 2014 - 2:48 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.



Big Spirit Lake

Poor ice conditions. Open areas reported last week are expanding in size on the main basin due to the mild weekend weather and high winds experienced this week. Crappie – No Report:


Center Lake

Aeration system is active on the northwest corner, caution is advised as thin ice and open areas exist in this area. Channel Catfish – No Report:


East Okoboji Lake

No fishing activity. Due to high winds the very large open area on the south end of the lake is expanding this week. Channel Catfish – No Report:


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Aeration system is active on the east side of the lake.  Caution is in order as thin ice and open water exists in this area. Crappie – No Report:


West Okoboji Lake

As of Nov. 24 West Okoboji remains ice free. Crappie – No Report:


Ingham Lake

Aeration system located on the south west corner is active with open water and thin ice exists in this area. Crappie – No Report:


Five Island Lake

Aeration system is active in Town Bay. Caution is advised as open water and thin ice exists in this area. Bluegill – No Report:


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

There are scattered pockets of open water on Storm Lake.  Travel on the ice is not advised.  Channel Catfish – No Report:


No fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District.  Most lakes are ice covered; however, ice conditions are poor with 4 inches or less measured on area lakes.

Sheldon, Iowa — There are two arms of the federal farm program, and producers are going to have to choose one of the two. Several meetings are planned in northwest Iowa including one at Northwest Iowa Community College.corn on stalk plant sxc

We had a chance to talk with Iowa State University Extension expert Melissa O’Rourke, who is facilitating some of the meetings.

She tells us about the next step.

She says there are some tools to help you do that on the ISU Extension Ag Decision Maker web site. Then, O’Rourke says farmers will need to select either Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage.

She stresses that all of this is in addition to whatever private crop insurance farmers may decide to buy. She says that there are meetings planned to help farmers and landowners make these decisions.

O’Rourke says they’ve been averaging over 200 people per meeting, and she tells us about some of the meetings in our area.

Again, for more information you can call your local extension office. There are several other meetings planned as well if one in a different location or on a different date works better for you. You don’t have to go to the meeting in your home county, as O’Rourke says they’re all basically the same.

Incidentally, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is also hosting a number of meetings about the same topic. Those meetings start December 15th and run through February 3rd. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. A complete list of the meetings and their locations can be found at If you have questions about the Farm Bureau meetings, you can call 515-225-5633.

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November 21, 2014 - 8:01 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — An Ashton teen has won a state level pageant.BriannaHuff

Eighteen-year-old Briana Huff of Ashton has recently been selected as Miss Hawkeye State Junior Miss at the America’s US Miss Iowa pageant in Davenport. She will represent Iowa at the America’s U.S. Miss National Scholarship Program finals, in July 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Huff is the daughter of Lyle and Lisa Huff of Ashton. She tells us about herself.

She tells us about the pageant.

Pageant officials say that emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills and setting and achieving personal goals. They say that the America’s U.S. Miss Scholarship Program seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each national finalist, while encouraging her to set goals for the future.

Huff says she couldn’t have done it without support from northwest Iowa.

Huff says that you can contact her if you are interested in having her appear at an event or if you’d like to sponsor her. Her email address is

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November 19, 2014 - 3:14 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Emilene “Clem” Kleinwolterink, age 84 of Sibley, IA, passed away at the Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Sibley Christian Reformed Church in Sibley, IA.  Burial will be prior to the service at 9:45 a.m. at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, IA.

Visitation will be at the Sibley Christian Reformed Church on Friday, November 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 84 year-old Emilene “Clem” Kleinwolterink of Sibley.

Emilene “Clem” Kleinwolterink, daughter of Peter and Lydia (Huizenga) Faber, was born September 8, 1930 in Doon, IA and grew up in Orange City, IA. She passed away on November 19, 2014.

As a young woman, through her married and mothering years, and into retirement, Clem found satisfaction in whatever she put her hand to. As a single, young lady, she waited tables at the Corner Café in Orange City, where she was given the nickname Clem. After earning a teaching certificate from Northwestern Academy, Clem taught at Sanborn Christian School. It was during that time she met, and eventually married Edwin Kleinwolterink on August 18, 1954; they were married for over 50 years.

Clem and Edwin started out married life on a dairy farm near Sheldon, IA. While Barry, Bradley and David were little she stayed at home to raise the boys. In 1960, the family moved to Sibley where she began to try her hand at several successful business endeavors and developed her creative, profitable entrepreneurial skills. Many have fond memories of bus trips she organized, the popcorn wagon she and Edwin ran, rummage sales, decorating cakes and vending routes. She and Ed enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and thoroughly enjoyed their grandkids, each in a special way. In 2005 Clem was widowed and moved from her home of over 45 years in Sibley to the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon. After a year there she moved to Sibley Nursing and Rehab which was her home for 7 years.

Throughout her life, Clem faithfully served the Lord at Sibley Christian Reformed Church. Clem loved to make music. For years she exercised her talent of playing the piano and organ to lead the congregation in worship and the children in praising the Lord. Teaching Sunday School, coordinating Coffee Break Bible Study, and volunteering in her community were part of Clem’s life for over 50 years. Clem feared the Lord and her faith in God’s goodness sustained her in times of trouble especially losing their son Barry when he was only 21.

Clem was a people person through and through and she was a master of hospitality. She enjoyed and was skilled at coordinating and planning large or small gatherings for family and friends. She deeply loved, cared for, and knew well all her family, friends, birthday club members, and neighbors.

Survivors include her sons and grandchildren: Bradley of Sheldon, IA, his children: Cody (Shannon) Kleinwolterink of New Bern, NC, and Carter Kleinwolterink of Brandon, SD; David (Donna) of Sibley, IA, and their children: Amos (Heather) Kleinwolterink of Okinawa, Japan, April Kleinwolterink (fiance, Brian Blair) of Minneapolis, MN, Ethan Kleinwolterink of Orange City, IA, Kendra and Kelsey Kleinwolterink both of Schenectady, NY; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Karen Bergsma of Milford, IA; sisters-in-law: Judy (Gerald) Jongerius, Marge (Orville) Beltman, Lorna Reinders, and Norma Kleinwolterink; brother-in-law, Myron (Marilyn) Kleinwolterink; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Edwin; step-mother, Lucy Faber; son, Barry Kleinwolterink; and grandson, Brock Kleinwolterink.

November 19, 2014 - 9:54 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced to two years in prison on a number of charges after an arrest in Sibley.Jail Door2

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 37-year-old Samuel Henry Seivert of Sibley pled guilty to Driving While Barred as a Habitual Offender, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana), Third or Subsequent Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Failure to Appear, a Serious Misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed two years on the driving while barred and possession of marijuana charges. On the failure to appear charge, he was sentenced to one year.

However, the sentences for all three charges will be served concurrently and also concurrent to the sentence for a Dickinson County case.

November 18, 2014 - 10:46 am - Posted in Obituaries

Geraldine “Gerry” Brower, age 89, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

Funeral Services will be Friday, November 21, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon. Rev. Kevin Gingerich officiating. Private burial at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. There will be no visitation.

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The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Geraldine “Gerry” Brower.

Geraldine “Jerry” Brower was born on September 29, 1925 in Sheldon, Iowa. She was the daughter of Bart and Mary (Reekers) Van Roekel. She lived her youth in Sheldon where she attended school and graduated from high school.

She was united in marriage to Franklin J. Brower Sr. of Sheldon, Iowa on February 9, 1946 in Sheldon. They lived in Sheldon and worked at Brower Bakery for many years before moving to Grand Island, Nebraska where Frank worked as a baker and salesman for J.W. Allen Company in Chicago. Frank passed away on March 15, 1981 in Grand Island. Jerry moved back to Sheldon and worked at Wolf’s Department Store until it closed and then she retired.

She was a baptized member of the United Methodist Church in Sheldon.

Jerry enjoyed working, sewing and playing golf.

She passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.

Those left to cherish her memories are her son and daughter-in-law: Jerrie Joe and Marlise Browerof Rapid City, SD; one daughter and son-in-law: Virginia Lee and Richard Cregar of Clayton, NC; daughter-in-law: Joni Brower of Omaha, NE; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; one brother: Abe Van Roekel of Sheldon, IA; one sister: Martha Oester of Mesa, AZ; many nieces and nephews and especially Darla Schuler, who gave so much of her time helping Jerry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; daughter, Mary Jane Ecret; son, Frank BrowerJr.; one granddaughter, Lynn Brower; one great-granddaughter, Mariah Brower; her parents; two sisters and their husbands, Nancy Sanders and Rena Caldwell; one brother, Art Van Roekel; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Van Roekel; one brother-in-law, Ken Oester.