July 31, 2016 - 6:42 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A George man has died in an accident near Ashton.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says that on Saturday morning, July 30, 2016, they received the report of a vehicle in the ditch on Nest Avenue, south of 250th Street, about a mile south and a mile and a half west of Ashton.

The vehicle in the ditch was a red 2000 Pontiac Grand Am registered to Heather Wilkerson of George. The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old James Otto Bruns of George, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office says Bruns appeared to have been southbound on Nest Avenue when he lost control. They say the vehicle rolled in the east ditch and landed on its wheels.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Pontiac was a total loss.

They say that the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Ashton Ambulance crew, Sibley Ambulance crew, and the Ashton Fire Department assisted at the scene.

July 29, 2016 - 3:53 pm - Posted in News

Relay-for-life-RFL-luminaria-bagsSibley, Iowa — It’s time for the 16th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Osceola County.

We had a chance to talk to Jackie Kannegieter with the Osceola County chapter of the American Cancer Society. She tells us what they have planned.

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She tells us how you can get a luminaria bag to honor a loved one or a loved one’s memory.

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She says they also have special events planned for survivors of cancer and caregivers this Monday night.

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She tells us you won’t go away hungry.

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Kannegieter says they’ve got something fun and new planned for this year.

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Again, that’s the Osceola County Relay For Life — Friday night, August 5th, at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Track in Sibley.

July 28, 2016 - 9:54 am - Posted in News

AccidentGeneric 2Osceola County, Iowa — The driver of a tractor-trailer rig was hospitalized as the result of an accident that happened in Osceola County on Wednesday, July 27th.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, about 12:40 pm Wednesday, a 1998 International semi pulling a load of grain, driven by 23-year old Justin Smith, of Iona, Minnesota, was eastbound on 100th Street.  Smith told deputies that an unknown problem with the truck’s steering caused the truck to pull hard to the right, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

Deputies say the truck entered the south ditch, and after the trailer shifted and slid into the ditch, the rig overturned, coming to rest on it’s left side.

Smith was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, with what authorities are describing as “minor” injuries.

The tractor-trailer rig, owned by Smith Farms of Wilmont, Minnesota, sustained an estimated $60-thousand in damage.

softballDes Moines Iowa — The IGCA All-State Softball Teams are out. In Class 1A War Eagle Conference Champion Akron Westfield had two players named to the first team. Katie Johnson and Ann Hedlund both earned spots. Payton Ahrenstorff of Harris-Lake Park was named to the third team.

In Class 2A Micayla Ter Wee of West Lyon earned a spot on the first team. Abbie Klatt of Okoboji was named to the second team. Named to the third team were Emily Wintz of Okoboji along with Anna Christians of Unity and Kylie Vant Hul of Western Christian.

In Class 3A Cassie Van Beek was named to the first team All-State. Jessica Harald of Sioux Center was named to the third team.

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July 28, 2016 - 7:53 am - Posted in Sports

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

Northeast South Dakota

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

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few Walleyes, crappie, and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair. A few crappie and pike.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake A few Walleyes, bluegull, catfish, and 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 along with a few perch, smallmouth bass, and musky.
George WPA A few Walleyes.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) A few walleyes.
Thompson Crappies and walleyes fair, along with a few perch and pike.
Brandt A few crappie and walleye.
Whitewood Few reports.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Few walleye.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few trout, crappie, and bluegill.
Mitchell A few bluegill and walleye.
Menno A few bluegill.
Beaver A few crappie and Walleye.
Sinai A few Walleyes, perch, and crappie.
Brush A few Walleyes.
Loss No reports.
East Oakwood A few Walleye.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Perch good. Walleye, bluegill, and Yellow Bass fair. Fair for smallmouth bass.
Silver Lake Fair for walleyes.
East Okoboji Yellow bass good. Perch, Crappie, and Bluegill fair. Also fair to good for catfish!
West Okoboji Crappie good. A few walleye. Bluegill fair.
Lake Pahoja A few crappie and bluegill.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few walleyes, perch 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 A few walleyes pulling plugs or spinners.
Chamberlain Walleyes slow to fair in deeper water.
Platte Walleyes slow to fair in deeper water.
Pickstown Walleyes slow to fair in trees and deeper water.
Yankton A few walleyes and crappie.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Good for Cats!
Big Sioux Catfish fair along with a few pike.
July 27, 2016 - 2:43 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Osceola County is planning a Shooting Sports Camp, coming up on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Sandy Lamfers, of ISU Extension and Outreach of Osceola County says the camp will run from 5:00 to 8:00 pm next Wednesday, at Willow Creek County Park near Ocheyedan.  The Shooting Camp, which will be conducted by conservation specialists, will involve slingshot, air rifle, archery, and shotgun.

This camp is for children that have completed 4th grade, and up. Lamfers says the date for the Shooting Sports Camp was misprinted in the iCamp book as July 27th, but the correct date is, in fact, August 3rd.

The camp is free, but you’ll need to register online, if possible.  You can find the registration by visiting www.extension.iastate.edu/osceola/.

July 27, 2016 - 10:21 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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Pillow Cleaning will be available Tuesday, August 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Sibley American Legion Building. Bring in your feather, foam, down or fiber fill pillows and have them cleaned at the Sibley American Legion Building!

July 26, 2016 - 10:39 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Two people were airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and four more were taken to Sanford Sheldon after a head-on accident on Sunday evening, July 24th, near Sibley.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:00 p.m., 17-year-old Mattea Lauren Van Kalsbeek of Sioux Falls was driving a 2016 Honda Civic eastbound on Highway 9. They say 47-year-old Vance J. Timmer, also of Sioux Falls, was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot westbound on Highway 9.

According to the report, Van Kalsbeek crossed over the center line and collided with the Timmer vehicle head-on east of the intersection of Highway 9 and Olive Avenue. Olive Avenue is L36, the county road west of Sibley.

Van Kalsbeek and her passenger, a juvenile, were taken to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by ambulance and later they were each air lifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Timmer and his three passengers, Dianne Timmer and two juveniles, were taken by ambulance to the Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Both vehicles were totaled with the Van Kalsbeek vehicle receiving approximately $18,640 in damage and the Timmer vehicle receiving approximately $19,000 in damage.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident with the assistance of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. Also assisting at the scene was Sibley Fire and Rescue, the Osceola County Ambulance Service and the Little Rock Ambulance. The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is still ongoing.

July 25, 2016 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — If you need federal help or if you’d like to give your opinion on a federal matter, your opportunity is coming up in Sibley this week.

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Grassley Regional Director, Jacob Bossman

Iowa United States Senator Chuck Grassley’s regional director, Jacob Bossman, will be holding open office hours in Sibley on July 28th. The office hours provide an opportunity for Iowans to obtain casework assistance or to express views.

Bossman will be at the Sibley Public Library at 40 Ninth Street on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 10 until 11 a.m. If you have questions you can call Grassley’s Sioux City office, or the library in Sibley at 712-754-2888.

Bossman will also be available in Lake Park from 11:30 to 12:30 that day.

Bossman says Grassley’s offices in Iowa regularly help constituents contact federal agencies to sort through problems with Social Security payments, military service matters, immigration cases and other issues. His state offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

Senator Grassley says that open office hours are designed to help more Iowans access the assistance that is available from the office of their United States Senator. He says that he hopes anyone with federal agency-related casework will take advantage of Bossman’s visits.

Again, if you have any questions, you can contact Grassley’s Sioux City office at 712-233-1860.

July 25, 2016 - 11:05 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Bible Games LogoAshton Bible Church will be having Bible school Monday, August 1st through 5th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  with a program for parents and family on Friday night.  Kids from 4 years old through youth group are invited to come. There will be games, treats, prizes and Bible lessons.  Lots of fun for all!