October 29, 2015 - 4:27 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit 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.


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 having success in the shallower areas near east shore. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish near shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on shad, crawlers, and crankbaits.

Clear Lake

Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers have been having action near the Baptist Camp area and the MacIntosh swim beach fishing with cut bait. The rock humps by the State Dock area on the north shore have been producing yellows and an occasional walleye. Yellows seem to want a slow moving bait rather than a still bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being caught while slow drifting for yellows bass. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some perch have been caught near the south Ventura jetty.

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye – Fair: Evening bite from shore is producing walleyes, but it has slowed the past week. Jigs tipped with minnows work best.

East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: Fishing near the bridges in late evening/night with jigs tipped with plastic or minnows has been producing walleyes above and below the slot. Casting crankbaits has also been producing fish. Yellow Bass – Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary in size. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the Highway 9 bridge and the narrows are also catching numbers of yellows using small jigs tipped with soft plastics.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Fair: A few walleye have been picked up on the north side of the lake. Use jigs tipped with minnows or soft plastics.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been catching decent numbers of fish in Smiths and Haywards bay along the weed line. Pilkie style lures tipped with Belgium worms or maggots seems to work the best.

October 29, 2015 - 10:44 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — A Little Rock man was able to miss hitting a cat with his pickup, but not a parked minivan, in an accident that happened Wednesday, October 28th in Sibley.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, about 6:40 Wednesday morning, 30-year old Joseph Michael Pedersen, of Little Rock, was eastbound on 7th Street in Sibley in a 1991 Chevrolet pickup when a cat ran out in front of him.  Pedersen told deputies he avoided the cat, but failed to see a legally parked 1999 Ford Windstar minivan belonging to James Wasmund of Sibley.  Deputies say Pedersen’s pickup struck the Windstar in the rear driver’s side, causing about $3,000 in damage.  Damage to Pedersen’s pickup were estimated at $2,500.

There were no injuries reported.

October 29, 2015 - 10:08 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman was transported to the hospital as the result of a two-vehicle accident that happened Monday afternoon.

Osceola County authorities say the accident happened when a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 47-year old Maria Delpilar Croatt of Sibley, pulled from a private drive into the path of a 2000 Freightliner semi, driven by 29-year old Arnold George Vanpelt of Spirit Lake.

Deputies say Croatt was ejected from the Malibu on impact.  She was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Sibley Ambulance, with what are described as “incapacitating injuries”.  Vanpelt was not injured.

Damage to each vehicle was estimated at approximately $5,000.

In addition to Osceola County Deputies, Sibley Ambulance and Sibley Fire assisted at the scene.

October 27, 2015 - 9:52 am - Posted in Community Calendar

veteran's daySibley City Offices will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 for the Veteran’s Day Holiday.

There will be NO GARBAGE PICKUP on Wednesday, November 11th. Wednesday’s garbage route will be picked up on Thursday, November 12th.

October 27, 2015 - 9:44 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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The American Legion Post 470 of Melvin will be hosting a Legion Brunch on Sunday, November 8th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pancakes, french toast, omelets, sausage & drinks will be served at the Melvin Legion Hall. Cost of the brunch is a freewill offering with funds going to support the Legion & their efforts to support our military.

October 27, 2015 - 8:51 am - Posted in News

ImportantDateEmergency water main repairs will be taking place in the Broadmoor Addition, west of the railroad tracks, in Sibley on Thursday, October 29th, 2015.

There will be NO WATER SERVICE available on Thursday, October 29th beginning at 8:00 a.m. You can contact the city office at 712-754-2541 with questions.

October 26, 2015 - 5:55 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Donna ImhoffDonna Imhoff, age 76 of Ashton, IA died suddenly Monday, October 26, 2015 at her home in Ashton, IA.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 29, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Father Siby Punnoose as celebrant.

Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 28th from 2:00 to 7:00 PM, with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton. There will be a Rosary at 5:00 PM and a Vigil service at 7:00 PM that evening.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

October 26, 2015 - 3:44 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — On the Osceola County Board of Supervisor’s agenda for their meeting this Tuesday, October 27th is the second reading of an ordinance proposing the establishment of an Urban Renewal Plan that would provide the City of Harris to use Tax Increment Financing to pay for upgrades to their sanitary waste system, as well as improvements to a section of White Avenue.
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A public hearing on the issue was held last week, with several people speaking against the plan.

At issue is the utilization of TIF funds from a wind farm project in northeastern Osceola County to finance the improvements and upgrades needed by the City of Harris.

At the hearing last week, Al Brueggeman chastised the Board of Supervisors for failing to answer any questions about the project.  He told the Supervisors that, “if you approve this, I guess we’ll have to see you in court”, before tossing a draft copy of his group’s proposed lawsuit filing onto the table in front of the Supervisors.

Board members assured the gathered crowd that the decision on this issue was not an easy one.

A motion was made and seconded to establish a Resolution to Declare Necessity and Establish an Urban Renewal Area, and approve the Urban Renewal Plan and Project for the Osceola County Urban Renewal Area #7.  The measure passed 4-1 on a roll call vote, with Supervisor LeRoy DeBoer casting the lone dissenting vote.

According to the county auditor’s office, the measure needs to have three readings at three separate meetings unless one or more of the readings are waived; and then needs final approval and publication before becoming official.

Click here to see a draft copy of the threatened lawsuit.

October 26, 2015 - 11:58 am - Posted in News

osceolasheriffSibley, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sibley on Saturday, October 24th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 3 pm on Saturday, 48-year-old Steven Mulder of Sibley was driving a 2005 Chrysler Van southbound on Highway 60. Sixteen-year-old Stephanie Vipond of Sibley was driving a 2006 Chevy westbound on 130th Street. According to the report, Vipond crossed the northbound lanes of Highway 60 and approached the yield signs, looked but did not see the Van approaching and continued west across the southbound lanes. Mulder attempted to avoid the collision but hit the left rear of Vipond’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

The Chrysler received $2000 damage. The Chevy received $1500 damage.

October 26, 2015 - 10:38 am - Posted in Community Calendar

music 5The Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of Because Christ Came (Barb, Clark & Corky) which will be given on Sunday afternoon, November 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. Invite your friends to come and hear the message they will be giving.