November 30, 2016 - 8:49 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Quick thinking prevented a fire in Sibley on Friday, November 25th.
Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls says it was a smoke-in-the-house call at 925 Eighth Street. He says the homeowner noticed the smoke, and called 911. Then she discovered the cause of the smoke. An old stove that wasn’t used anymore in the basement must have been nudged on when she placed a plastic pot on it, says Huls.

He says when she found it, she put the pot in the sink and doused it with water. So the firefighters just made sure everything was OK and used exhaust fans to rid the house of smoke.

Huls says the stove had been hard-wired into the electric system, so since she said she never used it, firefighters disconnected it from the system so it didn’t happen again.

Huls says they were on-scene for between a half hour and forty-five minutes.

November 29, 2016 - 6:12 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — We recently told you that we’re going to have to wait a while to find out what happens regarding the smell coming from the Iowa Drying and Processing or IDP plant in Sibley. The matter has been put off in the court system– until July 2017.
KIWA Radio had a chance to discuss the matter with Sibley City Attorney Harold Dawson. Dawson says that neither side is pushing the issue very hard at this point. He says IDP has agreed to only do limited drying at the plant from now on and not to do any rendered product, which he says is the product that people find the most offensive.

He says the plant does still cause offensive odors from time to time, and when it does, the city has been issuing a citation.

We asked him why the case was put off for nearly eight months in the court system. He says there’s no real reason on either side to wait until July except that both sides hope the plant will be sold before that time.

The original suit was The City of Sibley versus Iowa Drying and Processing. 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 the trials in both cases have been scheduled for July 18th, 2017.

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Osceola County Sharing Christmas

Below is a list of participants in the annual Upper Des Moines Opportunity Sharing Christmas program which provides holiday gifts to low-income children, seniors and disabled residents of Osceola County.  If you or your group wishes to adopt, call our office at 754-2573 between 8:00 and 3:30 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Please be ready with more than one selection as the list is updated continually. Before you bring the gifts in, we ask that you wrap each item and attach a tag with the family number and which member that gift is for, and also put the family number in LARGE, BOLD numbers on all sides of the container in which you place the gifts.  This will help us tremendously!  If you want to help but do not care to adopt, we appreciate any donation amount so that we may help families!


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November 28, 2016 - 8:27 am - Posted in Community Calendar


Santa Claus is coming to the Archer Public Library! Come down to the library on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. with your wish list to visit with Santa. Moms and Dads, don’t forget the camera!

imgresThe Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of the Master’s Voice Quartet from Sioux Falls, SD which will be given onSunday afternoon, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.

November 24, 2016 - 1:34 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A hearing for one of the defendants in the case of four people charged with robbery in Osceola County has been postponed. gavel_sxc_3Court records indicate the four are accused of the armed robbery of an occupied home on Third Avenue in Sibley.

On August 21st, 2016, Osceola County Deputies arrested four people after an alleged robbery. One of the four, 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios of Sioux City filed a motion that says his fourth amendment constitutional rights were violated, and he wants certain evidence suppressed.

Court documents say officers believe that Figuera Rios and another defendant were allegedly inside the dwelling while the robbery took place, and officers say they believe the two were aiding and abetting.

The motion to suppress, filed by Figuera Rios’s attorney, Jared Weber of Orange City claims that the out-of-court identification of Figuera Rios was “impermissibly suggestive.” It also claims that “A mixture of language barriers; impermissible collaboration of witnesses; the custodial line up on a street, without control subjects; the lack of alternative choices for witnesses; and other factors contributed to the substantial likelihood of irreparable misidentification.”

The motion says the use of a non-line up or non-photo array, violated Figuera Rios’s due process rights. It goes on to say that all evidence secured after this identification is “therefore fruit of the poisonous tree, and therefore should be suppressed.”

District Judge Carl Peterson had scheduled a hearing on the matter for Thursday, November 10th, but it was continued to November 23rd, and it’s now been continued to December 22nd.

Figuera Rios’s jury trial was to begin on December 20th. According to court records, no new date has been set.

November 24, 2016 - 1:33 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — We’re going to have to wait a while to find out what happens regarding the smell coming from the Iowa Drying and Processing or IDP plant in Sibley. The matter has been put off in the court system– until July 2017.
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The original suit was The City of Sibley versus Iowa Drying and Processing regarding what should be done about the smells that many find offensive coming from the plant. 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 the trials in both cases have been scheduled for July 18th, 2017. The available records do not indicate why the trials were postponed for several months.

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.

November 23, 2016 - 8:25 am - Posted in Sports

wrestling-gearNorthwest Iowa — The first IAwrestle rankings of the year are out and Sibley Ocheyedan is in the number three spot in Class 1A. Sergeant Bluff Luton opens the season with the number seven ranking in Class 2A.

1A IAwrestle Tournament Team Rankings
1 Alburnett (6)
2 Missouri Valley (4)
3 Sibley-Ocheyedan (5)
4 Lisbon (4)
5 Martensdale St. Mary’s (2)
6 Logan-Magnolia (5)
7 Westwood (4)
8 Don Bosco (6)
9 Southeast Warren (3)
10 Wapsie Valley (5)

2A IAwrestle Tournament Team Rankings
1 Solon (6)
2 New Hampton (6)
3 Atlantic (6)
4 Davenport Assumption (6)
5 Creston, Orient Macksburg (5)
6 South Tama (5)
7 Sergeant Bluff-Lutton (3)
T8 Clear Lake (2)
T8 West Liberty (2)
T10 Cresco, Crestwood (4)
T10 Washington (5)

3A IAwrestle Tournament Team Rankings
1 Southeast Polk (9)
2 Valley, West Des Moines (8)
3 Fort Dodge (5)
4 North Scott (7)
5 Epworth, Western Dubuque (6)
6 Glenwood (5)
7 Waverly-Shell Rock (7)
8 Dowling Catholic (4)
T9 Dubuque, Hempstead (4)
T9 Clinton (6)

November 22, 2016 - 6:34 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will be holding a blood drive in Sibley this Wednesday, November 23rd.
Community Blood Bank Blood Mobile
Kathy Winter at Osceola Community Hospital says blood donations have dropped off greatly and they need everyone to consider donating. She asks people to please take some time out of their day and give the gift of life. She says the life you save may be someone you know.

Winter says it’s always important to give blood, but she tells us why they need your help now.

She says there are a few restrictions.

She says you do have to weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. She says you can donate blood every 56 days. You are asked to bring an ID with you when you come. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating too.

According to Winter, the blood drive will be at Osceola Community Hospital, and they take walk-ins, or you can make an appointment.

The Community Blood Bank is the sole supplier of all blood and blood products for Osceola Community Hospital. Winter says no hospitals in our area, including Osceola Community Hospital receive any blood or blood products from the American Red Cross.

The hours for the blood drive are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but the bloodmobile staff takes their lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., so no donations will be accepted during that time.

November 22, 2016 - 6:33 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s about time to roast or fry the bird, prepare the traditional family side dishes, and sit down to a huge feast to be thankful for our blessings.
But the National Fire Protection Association (or NFPA) says Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. In 2014, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.

We talked with Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls about it. He says one of the most dangerous Thanksgiving cooking activities is deep-frying a turkey in a propane fryer.

Some experts advise not using turkey fryers to begin with. The NFPA says turkey fryers pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil, so they don’t recommend them.

Huls says even cooking your turkey the traditional way poses some fire risk, especially if your oven is not clean. He gives us some other tips about kitchen safety. He says a big one involves stove top cooking.

The NFPA says people should stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top so they can keep an eye on the food, and stay in the home when cooking the turkey and check on it frequently.

Of course the end of Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the Christmas season. Huls recommends not running extension cords for outdoor lighting if you can avoid them, and especially not to run them across sidewalks as they can be a hazard for walking or snow removal. Of course he also says you shouldn’t plug too many lights into the same outlet.

Huls recommends frequent watering of any real Christmas trees.

He also says there are going to be a lot of people on the road this busy holiday season, so people should be careful, keep up to date with the weather, and drive accordingly.

Photo: Moore