February 28, 2017 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

chickensNorthwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa poultry producers are again on-guard for avian influenza after a wild duck in Montana was recently diagnosed with the illness. Iowa had more losses than any other state after a bird flu outbreak in 2015, with many of those losses coming here in our area.

USDA Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Jack Shere, says producers need to be watchful for any problems in their flocks.

Shere says ramping up biosecurity is one answer but that’s hard to do after an outbreak is already underway.

A large bird flu outbreak was reported recently in South Korea and 30-million birds were destroyed, boosting demand for the export of eggs from Iowa producers. It’s believed the disease is spread by migrating wild waterfowl like geese and ducks. Given the latest case in Montana, Shere says the USDA is continuing to monitor for the virus.

During the 2015 bird flu outbreak, cases were confirmed at 77 Iowa poultry operations in 18 counties. It resulted in the destruction of more than 31-million birds and an economic loss to the state of one-point-two billion dollars.

February 27, 2017 - 3:49 pm - Posted in News

Minnesota State Patrol MnSPWorthington, Minnesota — A Sibley woman was taken to the hospital after an accident just outside of Worthington.

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that about 12:45 PM on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 85-year-old Jeanette Vantassel of Sibley was driving a 2016 Chevy northeast-bound on Highway 60, about four and a half miles southwest of I-90. They say that 41-year-old Salomon Fajardo of Sibley was southwest-bound on 60 in a 2002 Oldsmobile.

The report says that Vantassel attempted to make a left turn onto Nobles County Road 10, when her car struck the Fajardo Olds.

Vantassel was taken to Sanford Worthington Hospital.

The trooper says the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Worthington Police Department, Worthington Ambulance, and the Worthington Fire Department and Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.

Northwest Iowa — The Boys Siouxland Conference All-Conference Basketball Teams are out. Sheldon and West Lyon each put two players on the the first team.

1st Team
***Isaac Heyer -West Lyon Sr.
Micah Meyer -West Lyon Jr
Tyus Arends -Sioux Center Jr.
Kyle Boerhave -Sheldon Jr.
Jaden Kleinhesslink -Sheldon Jr.
Marcus Rens -Boyden-Hull Sr.
Riley Van Wyhe -Central Lyon Sr.

2nd Team
Brayton Van Kekerix -Rock Valley So.
Brendan Zeutenhorst -Sioux Center Jr.
Josh Haken -George-Little Rock Jr.
Trenton De Haan -MOC-Floyd Valley Jr.
Bryce Peter -Okoboji Sr.

3rd Team
Ryan Van Marel -Sheldon Jr.
Jaden Snyder -West Lyon Jr.
Jason Taylor -Rock Valley Jr.
Tyler Van Beek -Sioux Center Jr.
Shane Solberg -Boyden-Hull Sr.

Honorable Mention
Sam Wagner -Sheldon Sr.
Mitch Rentschler -West Lyon Jr.
Kobe Lutjens Rock -Valley Sr.
Isaac Vietor -Sioux Center Jr.
Mitchell Diekevers -Boyden-Hull Sr.
Caleb Terhark -George-Little Rock So.
Tate Arends -MOC-Floyd Valley Sr.
Ryan Metzger -Central Lyon Sr.
Kip Hurd -Okoboji So.
Grant Brouwer -Sibley-Ocheyedan So.

February 27, 2017 - 10:05 am - Posted in Sports

Siouxland Conference logoNorthwest Iowa — The Siouxland Conference All-Conference Girls Basketball Team is out. Conference Champion Sioux Center put three players on the first team including a pair of unanimous selections.

1st Team
*** Sammy Blum Rock Valley Sr.
*** Lexi Toering Sioux Center Jr.
*** Jordyn Van Maanen Sioux Center Jr.
Jessica Harald Sioux Center Sr.
Jessica Mayer West Lyon Sr.
Tessa Van Beek West Lyon Sr.
Kallyn Stumbo Okoboji Fr.

2nd Team
Torri Van Beek West Lyon Sr.
Hannah Dykshorn Sioux Center Sr.
Morgan De Jong MOC-FV Sr.
Cassie Van Beek Rock Valley Sr.
Magan Christopherson Okoboji Fr.

3rd Team
Kaylee Anderson Boyden-Hull Sr.
Shayla Post Sioux Center Jr.
Lily De Haan MOC-FV Jr.
Alexis Mousel Rock Valley Sr.
Hope Rasmussen Central Lyon Sr.

Honorable Mention
Camryn Cleveringa Sioux Center Jr.
Kate Groeneweg West Lyon Sr.
Hailey Korver MOC-FV Sr.
Taylor Richter Rock Valley So.
Camry Jones Okoboji Fr.
Makayla Witt Central Lyon Jr.
Brianna Kleinwolterink Boyden-Hull So.
Bryn Groff Sheldon Sr.
Jill Berkland Sibley-Ocheyedan Sr.
Mariah Leemkuil George-Little Rock Sr.

February 27, 2017 - 10:04 am - Posted in Sports

Siouxland Conference logoNorthwest Iowa — Siouxland Conference Champion Sibley Ocheyedan dominated this years All-Siouxland Conference Wrestling Team taking eight of the nineteen available spots on the first team.

1st Team All-Conference
106 Jose Flores JR Sibley-Ocheyedan 37-7
113 Cesar Sandoval SO MOC-Floyd Valley 30-4
120 Trey Schuck FR Sibley-Ocheyedan 34-7
126 Hunter Abrahamson FR Okoboji 28-12
132 Gable Sieperda JR Central Lyon/GLR 27-0
138 Austin Rozeboom JR BH/RV 28-1
145 Caleb Kramer SR Central Lyon/GLR 23-3
152 Dylan Schuck SR Sibley-Ocheyedan 41-0
160 Garrett Sayler SR Sibley-Ocheyedan 42-2
170 Trent Kruger SR Sibley-Ocheyedan 39-2
182 Luke Jenness SO Sheldon/South O’Brien 28-4
195 Hunter De Jong JR Sibley-Ocheyedan 38-2
220 Travis Te Grotenhuis SR MOC-Floyd Valley 28-7
285 Elijah Van’t Hof SR Sioux Center 33-3
At-Large Matt Dahl SR MOC-Floyd Valley 25-6
At-Large Matt Naig SR Sibley-Ocheyedan 34-2
At-Large Mitch Van Beek SR Central Lyon/GLR 20-8
At-Large Logan Koedam SO MOC-Floyd Valley 31-4
At-Large Erick Olvera SR Sibley-Ocheyedan 31-5
  2nd Team All-Conference
106 Johnny Hua FR MOC-Floyd Valley 23-9
113 Cain Hansen FR Okoboji 21-13
120 Jacob Canales SR Sheldon/South O’Brien 16-12
126 Zak Stanton JR Sibley-Ocheyedan 27-13
132 Blake Abrahamson FR Okoboji 19-10
145 Colbin Larue SR Okoboji 22-8
170 Conner Huss JR MOC-Floyd Valley 28-3
182 Dexter Hooyer SR Sioux Center 29-10
195 Austin Winkel JR Central Lyon/GLR 20-7
At-Large Austin Roemeling JR BH/RV 16-9
At-Large Ross Wiertsema JR Central Lyon/GLR 22-8
At-Large Riley Anderson SR Okoboji 21-13
At-Large Caleb Kempema SR Sioux Center 32-11
At-Large Dilan Huyser SR West Lyon 33-6


February 24, 2017 - 10:48 am - Posted in Community Calendar

books 2

The Sibley Public Library will have a display at the Sibley Farm & Home Show on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 am to 2:00 p.m. Information about the upcoming Sibley Public Library Centennial will be featured. This will be at the Sibley Ocheyedan Elementary Gym.

February 24, 2017 - 10:44 am - Posted in Community Calendar

shamrockThe Sibley Public Library will have a “Make and Take” day on Friday, March 17th. Come any time during the day to make your St. Patrick’s Day project.

February 24, 2017 - 10:41 am - Posted in Community Calendar

book club

The Osceola County Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 pm. at the Sibley Public Library. They will be discussing the book “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok.

February 24, 2017 - 10:38 am - Posted in Community Calendar

toddle on overToddle On Over will be held at the Sibley Public Library every Monday evening during the month of March from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

February 24, 2017 - 10:33 am - Posted in Community Calendar

story hour

Story Hour at the Sibley Public Library will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7th and on Tuesday, March 21st.