February 26, 2015 - 4:24 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Andy Schiphoff, age 82, of Sibley, passed away at his home in Sibley on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Melvin, with burial at Baker Township Cemetery near Melvin.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, with the family present at that time, at the Hartley Funeral Home of Hartley, which is in charge of the arrangements for 82 year-old Andy Schiphoff of Sibley.

February 26, 2015 - 4:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Alfred Vogel, age 87, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Whispering Heights Nursing Home in Rock Valley, Iowa.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley, Iowa.

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

February 26, 2015 - 4:03 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, 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 contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

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West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch caught are coming from anglers who are staying on the ice past sunset.

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Few anglers have been successful fishing for bluegills on the south end. Reports show few quality fish in the 8 inch range. Much sorting is needed.

Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill – Good: Fishermen are reporting an increase in activity for quality bluegill.  Fish size ranges from 6-10 inches. Anglers are using similar presentations everywhere, using small jigs varying in color and size tipped with wax worms. Keep the jig about a foot off the.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are said to be schooling in deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps are proving to produce the most success.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 16 -21 inches of ice; there are reports of several small areas of open water: one near College Island, one just north of the big island, and one just off of the Chautauqua Park jetty.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near the Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point.   A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows work best.

ElderbridgeElderbridge Agency on Aging will hold a public hearing to obtain comments and input from citizens in regard to the Elderbridge Agency Plan for State Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on March 4, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Any Iowa resident in the 29 counties in the Elderbridge service area is encouraged to take part. Those counties are Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Franklin, Wright, Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Hamilton, Greene, Guthrie, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Sac, Carroll, Audubon, Crawford, Osceola, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux.

The is a 2nd hearing scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on April 1, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the 2016-2017 Elderbridge Area plan please call Doug Merbach at 641-424-0678 extension 7079 or e-mail dmerbach@elderbridge.org

February 26, 2015 - 11:03 am - Posted in News

If you have some experience with Microsoft Word, it is time to get hands-on experience discovering the tools and features of Microsoft Excel 2013. Excel is a powerful program that helps users to create and organize spreadsheets that will save you time, help you communicate better and have a professional look. In this class, the instructor will guide you through the steps of building a user-friendly worksheet, both for the reader and the creator. Then you will be introduced to the important formula/function feature in Excel. Learning how to use Excel formulas is very critical for the successful use of spreadsheet software. The more you learn about formulas, the more you will want to know!

This class will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College in Room 514H, Section #43940 on Tuesdays, March 17 and 24 from 5:30—9:30 pm. OR in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab, Section #43939, on Thursdays, March 19 and 26 from 12:30—4:30 pm.

Twyla Vogel will be the instructor for the class. The cost is $59.

To register, call Northwest Iowa Community College at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 and ask for Continuing Education.

February 26, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Elderbridge Agency on Aging will hold a public hearing to obtain comments and input from citizens in regard to the waiver to provide options counseling as a direct service, review “Priority Services” (Access, In-Home and Legal) and to review the Elderbridge Area Plan for State Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on April 1, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Any Iowa resident in the 29 counties in the Elderbridge service area is encouraged to take part. Those counties are Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Franklin, Wright, Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Hamilton, Greene, Guthrie, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Sac, Carroll, Audubon, Crawford, Osceola, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the 2016-2017 Elderbridge Area plan please call Doug Merbach at 641-424-0678 extension 7079 or e-mail dmerbach@elderbridge.org

The hearing may also be accessed toll-free via telephone by calling prior to the hearing at 1-800-243-0678. Request to talk to Jennifer for instructions

February 24, 2015 - 12:04 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets can be obtained in the Northwestern music department’s office in DeWitt Music Hall Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or by visiting www.armyfieldband.com/tickets.

February 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Senator David Johnson from Ocheyedan says he’s introducing a bill that would increase the state sales tax .375 of a percent. Johnson says his idea is to use the extra revenue for soil and water conservation.
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The .375 percent hike would make the state sales tax 6.375 percent, and would raise an estimated $150 million a year, according to Johnson. Johnson said he wanted to introduce the legislation “after the fuel tax issue was settled.”

He says the Iowa House may have a similar bill, but differences between the bills would have to be hammered out.

The Senator says he believes Iowans want quality of life and clean water. He says the way to get cleaner water is through soil and water conservation; something that is being cut on the national level. He says the state needs to monitor more rivers, streams and lakes.

February 23, 2015 - 2:57 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Sibyl Seymour, age 97, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Neil Wehmas officiating.

Burial to follow at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Friday, February 27, from 4:00 to 7:30 P.M. with the family present at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Sibyl Seymour.

February 22, 2015 - 8:09 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The man who authorities say rammed his vehicle into a Sheriff’s pickup in Sibley last year has been sentenced.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Ricky Robert Jeppesen of Sibley pled guilty to Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. He had been originally charged with First Degree Criminal Mischief, a Class “C” Felony.

On October 13, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office says Jeppesen intentionally drove his 1997 Lincoln into a parked and unattended 2014 Ford Pickup belonging to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Jeppesen allegedly drove into the pickup twice causing the 2014 Ford to strike another parked and unattended 2007 Ford belonging to an on-duty dispatcher. The incident occurred in front of the sheriff’s office in the parking/driveway area.

Jeppesen was immediately taken into custody by an Osceola County Deputy. All three vehicles involved received extensive damage.

In addition to other fines and fees, Jeppesen was ordered to pay restitution to the Osceola County Sheriff in the amount of $597. He was sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail with all of that time suspended except for 15 days which must be served. He will also serve two years probation.