July 31, 2015 - 9:46 am - Posted in Community Calendar

dale carnegie workshop

Workshop Planned – How Smart Leaders Create Engaged Employees
Consider this quote: “Throughout my career, I’ve found that the leaders that I trusted the most and whom I felt trusted me the most were those that communicated up, down and across the organi-zation; who actively solicited feedback and pro-vided it in a non-judgmental way; who were visi-ble, accessible and approachable; who were the best of role models; who ‘knew’ their employees; and who had a sense of humor – in short, they were ‘human.’” ~ Anonymous.

On August 27th  from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. there will be a workshop hosted at the Clay County Regional Events Center aimed at how to engage your employees and create a favorable work environment. To register for the workshop or to receive additional information you can contact Brooke Mass at brooke.maass@dalecarnegie.com


July 31, 2015 - 8:37 am - Posted in Community Calendar

sibley golf courseThe Sibley Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the annual meeting on Monday, August 10th, at the Sibley Golf Course. Guest speaker is Bill Boer (Superintendent at S-O School) & will speak about the finances of the school.

Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., the meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the speaker will be at 7:00 p.m. Meal will be family style serving lasagna or chicken broccoli alfredo. Cost is $10.

Businessman of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards will also be presented during this time. Nominations can be turned in at the Chamber office. Please call 754-2729 and RSVP by August 7th with the Chamber office.

July 31, 2015 - 8:21 am - Posted in Community Calendar

bean baf toss tournament

Saturday, August 8th, Mulligan’s at Sibley Golf Course will be holding a bean bag tournament. Sign up is at 7:00 p.m. and the tournament will begin at 7:30 p.m. Get your team together and call the golf course at 754-2729 to sign up. Entry fee is $10 per team.

National Night OutSibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in National Night Out 2015, which is set for Tuesday, August 4th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says National Night Out 2015 is designed to heighten crime, drug and violence awareness; generate support for and participation is local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will be observing National Night Out 2015 from 6:00 until 8:30 Tuesday evening, August 4th at the Sheriff’s Office in Sibley.  They invite you come by, meet the Sheriff, Sheriff’s Deputies and Dispatchers, and Hunter the drug dog.  They’ll have a guided tour of the Osceola County Jail, as well.  In addition, they’ll have Child ID Kits available, you’ll be able to register your bicycle, and ask any questions about hot the Sheriff’s Office works.  They’ll even have cookies and refreshments on hand.

Again, National Night Out 2015 will be observed Tuesday, August 4th from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in Sibley.  For more information, call the Sheriff’s Office at 712-754-2556, or visit www.sheriffosceolacounty.org.

July 30, 2015 - 3:54 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.



West Okoboji Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth can be found under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Fish these spots with football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish the rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Fish with jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. Walleye – Fair: Many anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and are picking up these walleyes as they come up the point. Yellow Bass – Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch – Fair: A perch bite is going on in Millers and Emerson bays with 9-11 inch fish caught in 12-18 feet of water.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye – Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms.


Big Spirit Lake

Largemouth Bass – Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Go out into 8-9 feet of water and fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits. During the evening smallmouth are hitting top water along the west shore. Walleye – Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Fish jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch – Excellent: Yellow perch are biting on the south end right in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead – Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.


Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler. Crappie – Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center Lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch – Fair: While setting hoop nets 10+ inch yellow perch were seen in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay. Channel Catfish – Fair: Over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish were caught while setting hoop nets. These fish were found along the west shore of the south bay.


Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.


Five Island Lake

Walleye – Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.


Lost Island Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Large yellow bass can be caught under the overhang at the outlet of little lake. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead – Excellent: A large number of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.

July 30, 2015 - 10:12 am - Posted in Community Calendar
VBS 1Ashton Bible Church will have Vacation Bible School Monday, August 3rd, through Friday, August 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Children ages 4 through Youth Group and Jr. High through High School age are invited. The theme for the week is “Road Trip to Heaven”. A picnic and short program will be at the church Friday evening for everyone.

July 30, 2015 - 10:01 am - Posted in Community Calendar


Monday, August 3rd there will be a meeting at 7:30 p.m. for anyone interested in bowling in the 2015 – 2016 season at Merry Lanes in Sibley. A league meeting will follow immediately after. Bring a friend! You can call 712-754-2322 with questions.

July 28, 2015 - 9:25 am - Posted in News

osceolasheriffOn July 27, 2015 an Osceola County Deputy arrested Michael Wade Walker, age 37, of Sheldon, IA on an outstanding warrant.

Walker is charged with alleged Criminal Mischief – 5th Degree, and Theft 5th Degree, both Simple Misdemeanors. Walker is alleged to have stolen a coin box from the car wash in Melvin, IA this past January. Walker was booked into the Osceola County Jail and released after posting a $600 bond.

July 27, 2015 - 2:39 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ruth Schiphoff, age 73 of Sibley, IA, formerly of May City, IA, passed away at the Sibley Nursing and Rehab Center in Sibley on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Melvin, IA. Visitation will be held at the Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley, IA on Wednesday, July 29th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with the family present form 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. Burial will take place at Baker Township Cemetery near Melvin, IA.

The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 73 year-old Ruth Schiphoff of Sibley, IA, formerly of May City, IA.

July 27, 2015 - 10:15 am - Posted in News

Osceola Co SO CarSibley, Iowa — A Sibley man was arrested on July 26th in Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested Edward Mahlon Gonshorowski Jr., age 45, of Sibley, IA. Gonshorowski is charged with allegedly Operating While Intoxicated – 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop at 5th Ave and 5th Street in Sibley. Gonshorowski was also cited for Failure to have a Valid Driver’s License. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail and is currently being held on a $5000 bond