May 29, 2016 - 8:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

Betty Kruger, age 84 of Sibley, IA died unexpectedly Saturday, May 28, 2016 at her home in Sibley.
Betty Kruger
The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the First Reformed Church in Sibley, with Reverend Luke Schouten officiating.

Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley, Iowa.

Visitation will be Monday, May 30, 2016 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:

Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day will be observed in the United States on Monday, May 30th.Sheldon Avenue Of Flags

Originally called “Decoration Day”, and celebrated on May 30th, the day was created to honor Civil War dead. It has since been expanded to honor all veterans who have died in service to the United States; and Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May — which this year happens to BE on May 30th.

In addition to national observances, many local communities will hold Memorial Day services in Northwest Iowa.

In Sheldon, flags will be displayed at Sheldon City Park, weather permitting. Volunteers are needed to help put the flags out at 7:00 AM and take them back down at 5:30 PM. Twenty-five to thirty volunteers are needed. If you are able to help, you are asked to meet at the City Park.

Sheldon American Legion McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 will be holding Memorial Day Services at the Sheldon High School at 10:00 AM in the auditorium. The public is invited to come out and attend the free service honoring our veterans.

In Sioux Center, the Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:15 AM at the Sioux Center Public Library on Highway 75, and will process toward Memory Gardens Cemetary. Veterans will be honored. The HS band will play. The color guard, firing squad, scouts, youth groups, and the saddle club will take part, as will bicyclists and bikes in the bike decorating contest. Pastor Ryan Govig from New Life Church will give the invocation. Bob Hoogeveen of Sheldon will speak. Plus a mens quartet will perform. There will be a flag raising ceremony, and the roll of honor for dead will be read. You are asked to bring lawn chairs.

In Sibley, the Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 11 AM at the Holman Township Cemetery. American Legion Post 324 and VFW Post 7373 are in charge of services. The speaker will be retired Air Force Colnel Patrick Hatting. The Sibley/Ocheyedan High School band will play. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of rain the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion building in Sibley.
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The American Legion Post 470 in Melvin invites everyone to observe Memorial Day services at Baker cemetery, two miles east and two miles north of Melvin beginning at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 30th. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the American Legion Community Center in Melvin.

At Rock Rapids, the new Veterans Memorial will be dedicated during the Memorial Day ceremony at Riverview Cemetery. It will start at 10 AM. Rock Rapids VFW Post 6960 and American Legion Rex Strait Post 103 and their auxiliaries will participate, as will Boy Scout Troop 190. The Central Lyon High School Band will perform. Representative and veteran John Wills will be the speaker. You are asked to bring lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the Forster Community Center.

The George American Legion, Jack Souter Post 404 will put up the Avenue of Flags at the Evergreen Lawn Cemetary in George at 7 AM on Memorial Day. They will take them down at 4 PM. Listen to KIWA in the event of rain for any updates.  The Memorial Day service will start at 10 AM at the George/Little Rock High School, and will proceed to the cemetery for the laying of the wreath and honoring all veterans with a special honor this year for four vets who served their country. Doug Hilbrands is the speaker. The George-Little Rock High School band will play, under the direction of Mark Swartz.

As always, the United States Flag will be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, and it should then be raised to full height from noon until sundown.

The US Flag Code says that the flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position.

May 26, 2016 - 8:10 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing 2fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes.
Horseshoe Smallmouth bass fair; A few walleyes.
Pelican Slow.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and Pike fair to good.
Big Stone Lake A few perch and walleyes.
Poinsett Walleyes fair and a few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair to good.
Waubay Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Reetz A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Walleyes fair.
Pickerel Lake A few walleyes and crappie.
West Oakwood A few walleyes.
Swan Lake Walleyes and pike fair.
Lake Kampeska A few walleyes.
Piyas Slow.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair.
Lake Cochrane No reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs A few walleyes.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes and pike.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake A few smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Buffalo No reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair, but mainly small.
Vermillion Walleyes fair. A few crappie.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes fair. A few crappie.
Lake Alvin A few largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill.
Diamond A few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few small perch and walleyes.
Island A few walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and A few musky.
George WPA A few Walleyes.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson Crappies and walleyes fair, along with A few pike.
Brandt Walleyes fair.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few walleye.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout and bluegill.
Mitchell A few bluegill and walleye.
Menno A few bluegill.
Beaver A few walleyes.
Sinai Walleyes fair.
Brush Walleyes fair.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Walleye to good! Many slotted fish being caught lately. Fair for smallmouth bass, crappie, and bullheads.
Silver Lake Good for walleyes from shore and boat.
East Okoboji Yellow bass, Crappie, and Bluegill fair to good. Also good for catfish!
West Okoboji A few walleye, but Crappie and bluegill fair to good.
Lake Pahoja A few crappie and bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few walleyes and crappies.
Sarah A few walleye.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
West Graham Few walleye.
Round Bullheads fair.
Okabena A few walleyes and crappie.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair on jigs and minnows.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good. Jigs & Minnows, as well as plugs. Floating Raps from shore!
Platte Walleyes slow to fair.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few catfish and walleyes.
Big Sioux Catfish fair along with a few walleyes.


May 25, 2016 - 8:11 am - Posted in Sports

OrabsSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs would outlast the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals 12-10 in Sheldon Tuesday night.

The Orabs would come out of the gate swinging putting up 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st highlighted by a bases clearing double by Alexa Vanden Hall and take an early 5-0 lead. The Generals would edge their way back into the game with Jill Berkland scoring on a balk in the 2nd inning, but the Orabs responded with a solo home run by Sydney Iedema to make the score 6-1 after 2 innings of play. Jada Carlson would drive in a run in the 3rd, and Sibley-Ocheyedan would get to within one run in the top of the 4th with aggressive base running along with a 2-run double by Charlie Palsrock. Heading into the bottom of the 5th, the Orabs lead was 6-5. Sheldon would then have 6 players touch home plate after Vanden Hall and Macy Jacobmsa would each drive in a run, along with Van Aalsberg and Nicole Johnson each batting in two runners, making the score 12-5. Sibley-Ocheyedan would tighten things up in the 6th off of the bat of Palsrock as she would hit in two with a double to center, cutting the lead to 5. The Generals would manage to score 3 runs in the top of the 7th, but fall short 12-10.

Nicole Johnson got the win for the Orabs, going 6 2/3 innings giving up 9 earned runs on 13 hits and 6 walks while striking out 9. Haley Wagner got the save with 1/3 IP.

Peyton Crichton took with loss. She gave up 10 earned runs on 12 hits and 3 walks. Crichton struck out 5.

The Orabs improve to 1-0 on the season and in the conference.

Sibley-Ocheyedan falls to 0-1 on the year and in the conference.

May 24, 2016 - 10:01 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Parts of northwest Iowa experienced severe weather on Monday night.
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According to the National Weather Service, the storms entered our area from the south, with the first report being a tornado that was spotted by law enforcement two miles north of Granville at 4:41 PM.

Tornado sirens were sounded in Hospers at about 4:44 PM.

Hail estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter three miles south-southeast of Matlock at 5:42 PM. That spotter also reported winds estimated at 45 miles per hour.

At 5:58 PM, hail that was estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter five miles west of Ashton, into Lyon County. That report was followed by another report of inch-sized hail in the same area about seven minutes later. That report came from five miles west-northwest of Ashton. Just a few minutes later, another spotter report came in of inch-sized hail five miles south of Little Rock. About 6:20 PM, that same size of hail was repoted six miles north-northeast of Sibley. The report notes that most of the hail in that area was pea to dime sized, with a few quarter size.

About 6:55 PM, the Weather Service received a spotter report of hail estimated at 0.88 inches in diameter from five miles south-southwest of Paullina.

Along with the severe weather came the threat of flooding in some communities. Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga says Orange City received two inches of rain on top of 0.8″ received earlier in the day.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Philip Schumacher reported that stations in Sheldon and Ocheyedan also reported receiving upwards of two inches of rain. A flash flood warning was issued for Sioux, O’Brien and Plymouth counties until 9:30 PM. The rain was quite spotty, however, as Rock Rapids, while they received 0.4″ overnight Sunday into Monday received no rain on Monday evening.

May 23, 2016 - 2:28 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Grace VeenGrace Veen, age 85 of Sibley, IA died Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Sibley, IA, with Reverend Larry Laske officiating.

Private burial for family will take place prior to the service at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25th 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 in Sibley, IA.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit:

May 22, 2016 - 9:34 am - Posted in Community Calendar

papa murphy'sSibley State Bank will be selling Papa Murphy’s take & bake pizza to raise funds for Relay for Life. Order dates run from Monday, May 23rd through Monday, June 6th, with pickup on Wednesday, June 15th from 3:00 – 5:15 p.m. at the bank. Contact the bank at 712-754-2561 for more information.

May 22, 2016 - 9:28 am - Posted in Community Calendar

figure 8 races

Saturday, May 28th marks the date for the 3rd Annual Figure 8 races at the Osceola County Fairgrounds! The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. Call Jared Van Engen at 712-260-7517 with questions or for more information.

May 22, 2016 - 9:21 am - Posted in Community Calendar

baseball 3The Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals Baseball Fun Night is this Friday! Come out and enjoy a night of fun with the baseball team on Friday, May 27th. The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Varsity game at 7:15 p.m. There will be a free will donation, free admission, and fireworks after the game!

May 20, 2016 - 4:12 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Sharon PedersenSharon Pedersen, age 85 of Milford, IA, formerly of May City, IA, passed away at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Memorial services will be held Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hartley Funeral Home Chapel in Hartley, IA. Visitation will also be held at the Hartley Funeral Home on Sunday, May 22nd from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., with the family present at that time. Burial will take place prior to the service on Monday at Harrison Township Cemetery near May City, IA.

The Hartley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 85 year-old Sharon Pedersen of Milford, IA, formerly of May City, IA.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at