The Siouxland Conference All Conference Boy’s Basketball Teams are out with Dalton Moser of Boyden-Hull and Levi Jansen of MOC/FV being unanimous selections.

Kyle Boerhave, a Sophomore from Sheldon, earned 2nd Team Honors. Jaden Kleinhesselink earned 3rd Team Honors and Ian Jongewaard earned Honorable Mention accolades.

Here is a look at the selections.

*** Dalton Moser Boyden-Hull Sr.
*** Levi Jansen MOC/FV Sr.
Alex Heller Okoboji Sr.
Marcus Winterfeld Sioux Center Sr.
Matt Van Engen Sioux Center Sr.
Chandler Brunsting Boyden-Hull Sr.
Christian Korver MOC/FV Sr.

2nd TEAM
Tyus Arends Sioux Center So.
CJ Roths Central Lyon Sr.
Myles Van Maanan Rock Valley Sr.
Kyle Boerhave Sheldon So.
Riley Van Wyhe Central Lyon Sr.

3rd TEAM
Jaden Kleinhesslink Sheldon So.
Isaac Heyer West Lyon Jr.
Jaden Snyder West Lyon So.
Cade Knobloch Central Lyon Sr.
Brady Schutt MOC/FV Sr.

Karsten Marker MOC/FV Sr.
Kyle Bakker Boyden-Hull Sr.
Tyler Van Beek Sioux Center So.
Pete Menage Central Lyon Sr.
Jason Taylor Rock Valley So.
Ian Jongewaard Sheldon Sr.
Colton Hage West Lyon Sr.
Josh Haken George-Little Rock So.
Carson Marco Sibley-Ocheyedan Sr.
Jake Dodge Okoboji Sr.

February 29, 2016 - 3:23 pm - Posted in Sports

Basketball scoreboardNorthwest Iowa — The 2015-16 All Conference Siouxland Conference Girls Basketball Teams have been released. Also out is the Siouxland Conference Winter Sports Academic All-Conference honorees.

Junior Sammy Blum of Rock Valley was a unanimous selection for the second year in a row, and she was joined by Megan Peschong and Molly Mitchell of Okoboji as the other unanimous selections. They were joined on the first team by Lexi Toering and Jordyn Van Maanan of Sioux Center. Also on the first team was Bre Schuiteman of MOC/FV and Maddie Meyer of West Lyon.

Sheldon’s Kayla Van Meeteren earned honorable mention accolades.

For a complete list of All-Conference teams click below:
GBB All-Conference 2015-16

For a complete list of the All-Conference Academic recipients click below:
Winter Academic 2015-16

February 29, 2016 - 8:36 am - Posted in Obituaries

Wallace Ostermann

Wallace Ostermann, age 94, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center in Milford, Iowa.

Wallace will be cremated and services will be at a later date.

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Wallace Ostermann.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

February 25, 2016 - 5:21 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Funeral - femaleIda “Ruth” Bloes, age 91 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Memorial Mass will be 11:00 AM, Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, with Father Siby Punnoose as celebrant.

Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:

February 25, 2016 - 3:51 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)

As of Feb. 24th, anglers were out on the main basin of the lake. If you do venture out, use extreme caution as ice conditions will only continue to deteriorate every day. There are areas of open water near shore, near the islands, and the inlet.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake has around 16-18 inches of ice but the warm weather coming this weekend will make water run down the access on the little lake and melt ice quickly. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh; be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake. This week and beyond will likely be great for portable or open ice fishing. Yellow Bass – Fair: Baptist camp to the west edge of the aerator was one of the better spots last week again. Anglers moving around near Farmers Beach did ok. Walleye – Good: Anglers have had good success on structure on the east end of the lake this (East aerator, Hy-Vee Reef, Fisherman’s Reef, Gilmore Reef). An occasional walleye is being caught near the aerator or west to Baptist camp. Use jigging spoons, small lipless cranks, or 1/8 oz. jigs with minnows. Crappie – Good: Some crappies caught in 16 feet of water on the little lake on minnows. Yellow Perch – Fair: Occasional larger perch (9.5-10 inches) have been caught on the little lake. Channel Catfish – Good: No reports, but catfish activity picks up during late ice conditions. Use light jigs tipped with a small piece of cut bait or three to four spikes or wax worms. Farmers Beach and the island have been good in the past.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions: 16 inches of ice but thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Perch – Slow: The perch bite has slowed some the past week. Anglers are still picking up some nice perch off of Bakers point and north of marble beach in 20 feet of water. Try small silver spoons or gold tear drops tipped with maggots or wax worms.

Center Lake

Ice conditions: 15-16 inches of ice but conditions varied. The aeration system is in use. Use caution while on the ice. Fishing activity was minimal the past week.

East Okoboji Lake

Ice condition: 15-16 inches of ice but thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Bass – Good: Some nice yellow bass have been caught on the north end of the lake off of Peppermint point and in front of Parks Marina. Bright tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms work well. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers have been picking up some nice perch on the drop of Gingles point and in front of Parks Marina. Pilkie type lures tipped with maggots work well.

Minnewashta Lake

Ice conditions: 15-17 inches of ice. Use caution while on the ice. Yellow Bass – Slow: Christys point has been producing some nice yellows in 10-12 feet of water. Try small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but thickness varied. Use extreme caution during ice activities. The aeration system is in use. Walleye – Slow: A few walleyes have been caught along the south shore line. Evenings seems to be the best bite. Try glow spoons tipped with minnow heads.

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions: 14-16 inches of ice but thickness varied. Use caution while on the ice. Bluegill – Good: The north shoreline in Millers bay has been producing some nice bluegills in 8-10 feet of water. The north end of Haywards bay has also been producing some nice bluegills along with nice crappies. Gold tear drops or small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms work well. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are finding some nice perch on the north hump in Millers bay. Mornings seem to be the best bite. Manhattan point has also been producing some perch in 30-35 feet of water.

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The University of South Dakota Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. David Holdhusen, will be in concert on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 601 6th Avenue, Sibley, IA.

The 2016 USD Chamber Singers will present a program featuring music from a wide variety of composers and historical periods and will showcase new choral music, as well as standards of the classical repertoire and several settings of spirituals and folk songs from around the world.  A freewill offering will be received.

February 23, 2016 - 1:59 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Melvin Fire Department


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Serving pancakes, sausage, omelets

coffee, juice, milk

Sunday, March 6

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

At the Melvin Legion Building

Cost: $5 for adults & $2 for children under 12. Donations accepted, all proceeds will go to purchase equipment.

February 22, 2016 - 9:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

soupFirst Presbyterian Church of Sibley will be holding a Soup & Pie Supper on Wednesday, February 24th. Serving will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

February 22, 2016 - 8:53 am - Posted in Sports

wrestlingDes Moines Iowa — The Iowa State Wrestling Tournament came to a close Saturday. The morning session opened at 10:00 and ran until early afternoon. That’s where wrestlers from the immediate KIWA listening area saw action with 7 place winners among the contingent.

Area wrestlers competing in 1A Saturday

145 Dylan Schuck of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost 2-0 in the consolation semi finals. He won his final match by fall in 2:33 and finished 5th

170 Trent Kruger of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost by fall in 5:13 in the consolation semi finals. He was decisioned 11-3 in the 5th place match and finished 6th

195 Skylar Bonestroo of Western Christian wrestled for 7th place Saturday and won 14-4

220 Matt Naig of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost 7-5 in the consolation semis. He wrestled for 5th and won his final match by fall in 3:32

Area wrestlers competing in 2A Saturday

132 Austin Rozeboom of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley  won 4-2 in the consolation semis. Wrestling in the consolation final he was pinned in 1:48 and finished 4th

220 Ko Kieft of Sioux Center finished 7th place by a 6-2 decision in his final match

285 Elijah Van`t Hof of Sioux Center lost 6-5 in the consolation semis. Wrestling for 5th he won by fall in just :31 seconds in his final match at the State Tournament

February 19, 2016 - 4:02 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — An Okoboji man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Ocheyedan on Thursday, February 18, 2016.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 10:20 AM, 66-year-old Dean Strub of Okoboji was driving a 2004 Chevy SUV westbound on Highway 9, a mile north and a little east of Ocheyedan.

The report says that due to the slushy and slick road conditions, Strub lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the center line, sliding sideways over the eastbound lane, and into the eastbound ditch. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on its passenger side.

The Ocheyedan Ambulance crew took Strub to Lakes Regional hospital.

Strub’s Chevy was totaled with $10,000 in damages.

Strub was charged with failure to maintain control.

The trooper says the Ocheyedan Fire Department assisted at the scene.