December 30, 2015 - 2:30 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

Ice conditions: 1-2 inches of snow covered the ice on millers and smiths bay. Use caution while checking for safe ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 3-5 inches of snow covered the ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 3-5 inches of snow covered the ice. Use caution while on the ice.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 2-4 inches of snow covered the ice. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 3-4 Inches of snow covered the ice. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Reports of 4 inches of ice this week. Ice thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use.

Ingham Lake

Ice conditions: 3-5 inches of snow covered the ice. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

River levels remain high, as of Wednesday, discharge around Linn Grove is 1060 cfs (97th percentile) and around Correctionville is 2900 cfs (98th percentile).

Five Island Lake

Ice conditions: 2-4 inches of snow covered the ice. The geese have kept a small pocket of the lake open. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity has been minimal.

Upper Gar Lake

Ice conditions: 3-5 inches of snow covered the ice. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Fair: A few nice bluegills are being caught on the north end of the lake. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some nice perch have been picked up while bluegill fishing.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Several anglers have picked up some crappie in the Marina; little other fishing information is available at this time. Ice is unsafe; anglers continue to wait for suitable ice. 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.

Scharnberg Pond

Scharnberg Pond will be stocked with trout around noon on January 9th.

December 30, 2015 - 9:09 am - Posted in Community Calendar

churchThe Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of the Cornerstone Quartet which will be given on Sunday afternoon January 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church.

Jesus describes Himself as the Cornerstone that His church, a unified body of believers, would be built upon. Therefore, the members of this group have chosen ‘Cornerstone’ as their name to honor Jesus.

The group consists of four men from Leota, MN. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.

December 28, 2015 - 4:41 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Rylan PalmerRylan Harvey Palmer, age 3 of Sibley, IA died on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at the Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 30th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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

 

December 27, 2015 - 6:52 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Lola Luinstra, age 73 of May City, Iowa passed away at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, December 26, 2015.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 31st at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in May City, IA.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 30th from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel in Hartley with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Burial will be held at Harrison Township Cemetery near May City.

The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 73 year-old Lola Luinstra of May City, IA.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sanborn-hartleyfuneralhomes.com.

December 23, 2015 - 2:40 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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Big Spirit Lake

As of the 21st there was 2 inches of ice on the north grade, trickles, and hails. The main lake was covered with an inch of ice or less. Use extreme caution as ice conditions can change rapidly due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Fishing activity has been minimal.

 

East Okoboji Lake

As of the 21st there was 2 inches of ice on the north side of the lake. The south end of the lake was covered with skim ice. Use extreme caution as ice conditions can change rapidly due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Fishing activity has been minimal.

 

Minnewashta Lake

As of the 21st there was 1.5-2 inches of ice. Use extreme caution as ice conditions can change rapidly due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Fishing activity has been minimal.

 

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

As of the 21st there was 2.5-3 inches of ice. Use extreme caution as ice conditions can change rapidly due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Fishing activity has been minimal.

 

West Okoboji Lake

As of the 21st there was 2 inches of ice in the canals and Smith’s bay was covered with skim ice. Use extreme caution as ice conditions can change rapidly due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Fishing activity has been minimal.

 

Upper Gar Lake

As of the 21st there was 2.5 inches of ice. Use extreme caution as ice conditions can change rapidly due to unseasonably warm temperatures. Fishing activity has been minimal.

 

Scharnberg Pond

Scharnberg Pond will be stocked with trout around noon on January 9th.

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Several anglers have picked up some crappie in the Marina; little other fishing information is available. Anglers continue to wait for suitable ice. 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.

 

 

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

River levels remain high, as of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove is 2630 cfs (97th percentile) and around Correctionville is 5040 cfs (98th percentile).

 

December 22, 2015 - 10:12 am - Posted in Sports

wrestlingDes Moines Iowa — The latest Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association Dual Team Rankings are out. In Class 1A the Generals of Sibley Ocheyedan are ranked number  10 with a 5-1 dual record at the time of the poll.

For the 1A poll click on the link below

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For the 2A poll click on the link below

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For the 3A poll click on the link below

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pancakes and sausageTrinity Lutheran Church in Sibley will be holding a Speck N Dicken meal on Sunday, December 27th, and will be serving from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. German pancakes with sausage in them. Open to everyone!

December 21, 2015 - 2:34 pm - Posted in News

Osceola Rec TrailSibley, Iowa — The Osceola Recreational Trails Association has succeeded in raising a $50,000 match for a Wellmark Foundation Matching Grant that was announced in August.

The grant was awarded in part because the trail system promotes wellness in the community and safe access to schools.  The requirement for receiving the grant funds was that the Rec Trails Association had to raise $50,000 to match the grant amount.

Doris Hoffman is Treasurer for the Osceola Recreational Trails Association, and she tells us that more than just cash could be counted in the local match.

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She says the Trails Association only had about 4 months from the time of the grant announcement, in which to come up with the matching funds, and she says they came right down to the wire.

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When asked what she had to say to everyone who donated their time, or their money, Hoffman had this to say.

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She says the Wellmark Foundation Grant, along with the local matching funds, will go a long way toward expanding the rec trails in Osceola County.

December 17, 2015 - 3:51 pm - Posted in News

Harris, Iowa — The City of Harris is one of fifteen Iowa cities that will benefit from a combined total of more than $9.1 million in low-cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Loan Fund.

The City of Harris has been awarded a Sewer System Planning and Development Loan of up to $192,000.  Harris City Clerk Holly Wilson tells us more.

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She tells us what the loan can be used for.

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Wilson talks about how the loan works.

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The Planning and Development Loans are zero-percent interest loans that are designed to assist with the first phase of project expenses.  The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources jointly administer the State Revolving Loan Fund in Iowa.

Once the planning and development work is done, the City of Harris can apply for a low-cost State Revolving Fund Construction Loan to help pay for the construction of the project.

Several weeks ago the Osceola County Board of Supervisors, in a controversial move, voted to allocate Tax Increment Financing dollars to help pay for the Harris Sewer project.

December 17, 2015 - 3:03 pm - Posted in Sports

DNR logoSpirit 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.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Water levels are high. Few anglers have been out this last week, but some crappie and a few perch have been picked up in the marina. 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.

Clear Lake

The lake is still ice-free as of December 17.

Big Spirit Lake

The lake is still open at this time. Walleye – Fair: Wader fishing on the old foot bridge has been producing a few walleyes.

East Okoboji Lake

With the warm weather and windy conditions the past week, the lake has become completely open.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Most of the lake is covered with a thin layer of ice. Fishing activity has been low due to unsafe ice conditions.

West Okoboji Lake

West Lake is completely open. Fishing activity has been minimal.