October 29, 2016 - 4:33 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The four defendants in the Sibley home-invasion robbery case look to have accepted plea bargains.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reported that on August 21, 2016, their deputies arrested 35-year-old Jose Manuel Maldonado Castillo of Sibley on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony; two counts of Assault while Participating in a Felony; Going Armed with Intent; Interference with Official Acts with a Dangerous Weapon; and Unauthorized Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, all class D Felonies. They said they also arrested 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley, as well as 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios and 38-year-old Nicomedes Montanez Cruz, both of Sioux City — and charged them all with Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony.

Montanez Cruz will face a plea hearing on Thursday, November 10th. Maldonado Castillo and Nazario Alvira are both scheduled for plea taking and sentencing on Friday, December 9th.

The fourth defendant, Figueroa Rios had a plea hearing on Friday.

October 27, 2016 - 4:06 pm - Posted in Obituaries

leslie-consoer4Mr. Leslie Consoer, age 89, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Township, Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Neil Wehmas officiating.

Burial to follow at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Horton Township, Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Monday, October 31, 2016 from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Mr. Leslie Consoer.

October 27, 2016 - 12:28 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — One of the defendants in the Sibley home invasion burglary case faces a hearing on Friday.
Osceola courthouse 2 - summer
According to court records, 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley is one of four people accused of the armed robbery of an occupied home on Third Avenue in Sibley in August.

All four are facing charges of First Degree Robbery, a class B felony. Nazario Alvira entered a plea of “not guilty” on September 16th, 2016.

In Nazario Alvira’s case, a pretrial conference is scheduled for November 10th, with a jury trial on December 20th. His attorney, John Sandy, has asked for the trial to be postponed. The court has not ruled on that motion, but had set a hearing for October 14th. Sandy moved that the hearing also be postponed. Judge Carl Petersen approved that motion and ordered that the hearing be pushed back two weeks to this Friday, October 28th.

October 27, 2016 - 11:12 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Republicans from a six-county region of northwest Iowa will be on hand for a major fundraising event Saturday night (October 29th) at the Lifelong Learning and Rec Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College.

Kris "Tanto" Paronto

Kris “Tanto” Paronto

The major speaker at the rally will be former US Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto.  Iowa State Republican Party Co-Chair, Dr. Cody Hoefert says Paronto will be telling the story of what really went on in Benghazi that fateful night.

Hoefert says he doesn’t think Paronto will point the finger of blame for Benghazi at anyone specific.

In addition to Paronto, Hoefert says there will be some Republican heavyweights on hand for Saturday night’s rally, as well.

Hoefert says he is very proud of the six counties that are coming together for what promises to be the largest Republican rally in Iowa.

Hoefert says you can still get tickets, online, at eventbrite.com.  He says there will also be some tickets available at the door.

Doors for the event will open Saturday evening at 5:45 pm, with a VIP reception at 6:15, and the main event at 7:15 at the LLRC, located on the northeast part of the campus at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

October 27, 2016 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

parking banNorthwest Iowa — Even though we don’t like to think about it, winter is right around the corner, and with it comes snowfall.  Several cities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances on the books regarding overnight parking during snow removal season.

In Sheldon, Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that motorists are not allowed to park on any street in the city between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am from November 1st to April 1st.  Violation of Sheldon’s overnight parking ban will be subject to a citation that carries a $10 fine.  Chief Bolkema also urges Sheldon residents to advise any overnight guests of the ordinance.

In Sanborn, there is no parking allowed from 2:00 am to 6:00 am, year-round, on Main Street.  In addition, from November 1st through March 31st, no parking is allowed on any city street in Sanborn from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.  Violation of Sanborn’s overnight parking ban carries a $15 fine.

In Sibley, City officials say their overnight parking ban calls for no parking on any city street between 2:00 am and 6:00 am, from November 1st through April 15th.  The fine for violating Sibley’s overnight parking ban is $25.

Orange City Police tell us that in their city, no parking is allowed on any city street between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am, from October 15th through April 1st.  The fine for noncompliance in Orange City is $10.

There are a couple of cities in our area that don’t have an actual overnight parking ban, but do have an ordinance that’s effective when snow falls.

Hartley City officials tell us there is no overnight parking ban in that city.  However, their ordinance says that vehicles must be off the streets when snowfall begins, and must remain off the streets until the streets are cleared of snow.  Failure to do so will result in a $15 fine from the City of Hartley.

Rock Rapids officials say their ordinance bans parking on all city streets and alleys from 2:00 am to 6:00 am during peak snow removal times.  The fine for non-compliance in Rock Rapids is $25.

Motorists should be aware of the ordinance in whatever town you live.  If you have overnight guests for the holidays, please be a gracious host and advise them of your city’s ordinance, so they don’t end up with a citation and fine.

October 27, 2016 - 7:54 am - Posted in Obituaries

reene-millerReene Miller, age 60, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at her home in Ocheyedan.

Funeral Services will be Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan. Pastor Greg Jorgensen and Pastor Steve Swenson officiating.

Graveside Services will be Monday, October 31, at 1:00 P.M. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville, Iowa.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 30, from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

October 27, 2016 - 7:50 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing 10fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes and perch fair and Bluegills good.
Horseshoe Smallmouth bass fair; A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Pike good. Walleyes and Perch fair.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair to good. Walleyes 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. A few perch.
Waubay Walleyes and smallmouth bass fair.
Reetz A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few Walleyes.
Pickerel Lake A few walleyes and crappie.
West Oakwood A few Walleyes.
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 A few pike and Walleyes.
Lake Henry A few Walleyes.
Roy Lake A few smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Buffalo Bluegills fair to good.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison A few Walleyes, crappie, and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair during the evening. 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 and perch.
Scott’s Slough Perch fair to good a long with a few 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) Perch fair to good. 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 Walleyes, perch, and crappie fair to good.
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, perch, and bluegill good in morning and evening hours off bridges and docks. Also look for rock piles.
West Okoboji Bluegill fair to good fishing the weed line.
Lake Pahoja Bluegill fair along with a few crappie.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Walleyes fair along with a few perch and crappies.
Sarah Perch fair to good with a few walleye.
Benton A few walleye and pike.
East Twin Walleyes fair.
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.


October 26, 2016 - 7:21 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Two hearings regarding the smell coming from the Iowa Drying and Processing or IDP plant in Sibley have been postponed.
Iowa Drying and Processing IDP
A hearing on the City of Sibley vs. Iowa Drying and Processing case, which was to have taken place in August was pushed back to November 1st and 2nd. Now, according to court records, Harold Dawson, the city attorney, has asked that the hearing be postponed again.

A counter suit was also filed by Iowa Drying and Processing against the City of Sibley, requesting that the court not allow Sibley to continue to cite IDP for nuisance violations. Court records indicate that Dawson also asked the court to postpone a hearing on the counter suit as well, which was to have been on the same dates.

According to the Osceola County Clerk of Court Stephanie Wollmuth, the court has granted the requests, and a scheduling conference will be set up to come up with dates that will work for all parties involved. However, the scheduling conference hasn’t been scheduled yet either.

The City of Sibley has been in an ongoing battle to try to get the odor problem fixed so IDP can continue providing jobs for Sibley residents.

According to commercial real estate broker William Stazzoni with World Group Commercial Real Estate, the plant and property in Sibley has been listed for sale. On the firm’s web site at worldgroupllc.com, the 160,000 square foot plant is listed at $5.5 million.

We spoke with Dawson in September, and at that point he emphasized that the City’s goal is to get the odor issue resolved so the plant can continue to operate — not to force them out of town.

October 24, 2016 - 12:28 pm - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man’s vehicle was damaged after rear-ending a trailer near Sibley in the evening hours of Saturday, October 22nd.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:00 pm on Saturday, 55-year-old Michael Block of Sibley was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram hauling trailers of round bales westbound on 170th Street, west of Sibley. Forty-year-old Arvin Krahlin of Sibley was driving a 2015 Nissan Murano behind Block. According to the report, Krahling was unable to see the Block vehicle due to the lack of lights and orange sign on the back of the vehicle and rear ended the Dodge.

The Nissan received $2,500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

October 24, 2016 - 11:15 am - Posted in Sports

football 4The latest Radio Iowa High School Football Poll has Storm Lake at the #3 spot in Class 3A, while Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley remains at the 2 spot in Class 2A, and Central Lyon/George-Little Rock jumps back into the rankings at #10. Western Christian edges up to 3rd in Class 1A, and Hinton keeps their position at #7. In Class A West Sioux is at the 7 spot, and in Eight-Man, Harris-Lake Park moves to the 3rd spot.

Class 4A
1. WDM Valley (9-0), LW #1 vs Lewis Central
2. Dowling Catholic (8-1), LW #2 vs Johnston
3. Ankeny Centennial (8-1), LW #3 @ Ankeny
4. Cedar Rapids Washington (8-1), LW #5 vs Western Dubuque
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie (8-1), LW #6 vs #7 Waterloo West
6. Bettendorf (7-2), LW #7 vs #10 Iowa City West
7. Waterloo West (8-1), LW #4 @ #5 CR Prairie
8. Waukee (7-2), LW #8 vs S.E. Polk
9. Iowa City High (7-2), LW #9 @ North Scott
10.Iowa City West (7-2), LW #10 @ #6 Bettendorf

Class 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (9-0), LW #1 vs Davenport Assumption
2. Pella (9-0), LW #2 vs Oskaloosa
3. Carroll (9-0), LW #3 vs Sergeant Bluff-Luton
4. Storm Lake (9-0), LW #5 vs Glenwood
5. Solon (8-1), LW #6 vs Benton
6. Webster City (8-1), LW #10 vs #7 Norwalk
7. Norwalk (8-1), LW #7 @ #6 Webster City
8. West Delaware (8-1), LW #9 vs Waverly-Shell Rock
9. Creston/O-M (8-1), LW #4 vs #10 Boone
10.Boone (7-2), LW #8 @ #9 Creston

Class 2A
1. North Fayette Valley (9-0), LW #1 vs #5 New Hampton
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (8-1), LW #2 vs South Central Calhoun
3. Mount Vernon (7-2), LW #3 vs Centerville
4. Union (LaPorte City) (8-1), LW #6 @ Crestwood
5. New Hampton (8-1), LW #5 @ #1 North Fayette Valley
6. Carroll Kuemper (8-1), LW #7 vs #10 Central Lyon/GLR @ Denison
7. PCM (Monroe) (8-1), LW #8 vs Roland-Story
8. Dike-New Hartford (7-2), LW #9 vs Southeast Valley
9. Williamsburg (7-2), LW #4 vs Central Lee
10.Central Lyon/GLR (7-2), LW (X) vs #6 Carroll Kuemper @ Denison

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (8-1), LW #1 vs West Branch
2. Pella Christian (9-0), LW #2 vs #9 Sigourney-Keota
3. Western Christian (8-1), LW #4 vs West Lyon @ Sioux Center
4. Van Meter (9-0), LW #5 vs AHSTW (Avoca)
5. Denver (9-0), LW #6 vs Clayton Ridge
6. Madrid (8-1), LW #3 @ Pleasantville
7. Hinton (8-1), LW #7 @ #10 Logan-Magnolia
8. Bellevue (9-0), LW #8 vs South Winneshiek
9. Sigourney-Keota (8-1), LW #9 @ #2 Pella Christian
10.Logan-Magnolia (8-1), LW #10 vs #7 Hinton

Class A
1. Saint Ansgar (9-0), LW #1 vs Wapsie Valley
2. Algona Garrigan (9-0), LW #2 vs Earlham
3. Council Bluffs St. Albert (9-0), LW #3 vs Akron-Westfield
4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (9-0), LW #4 vs #10 Lynnville-Sully
5. East Buchanan (7-2), LW #6 vs Lisbon
6. West Hancock (7-2), LW #7 vs #8 Hudson
7. West Sioux (8-1), LW #8 vs South O’Brien
8. Hudson (8-1), LW #9 @ #6 West Hancock
9. Montezuma (7-2), LW #10 vs BGM (Brooklyn)
10.Lynnville-Sully (8-1), LW #5 @ #4 Gladbrook-Reinbeck

1. Fremont-Mills (9-0), LW #1 vs Lenox
2. Turkey Valley (9-0), LW #3 vs #4 Don Bosco
3. Harris-Lake Park (9-0), LW #4 vs #6 Audubon
4. Don Bosco (8-1), LW #5 @ #2 Turkey Valley
5. Central Elkader (7-2), LW #8 vs AGWSR
6. Audubon (8-1), LW #2 @ #3 Harris-Lake Park
7. Coon Rapids-Bayard (8-1), LW #6 did not qualify
8. Twin Cedars (9-0), LW #9 vs #9 Iowa Valley
9. Iowa Valley (7-2), LW #10 @ #8 Twin Cedars
10.Newell-Fonda (7-2), LW (X) @ AR-WE-VA