March 27, 2017 - 2:41 pm - Posted in Sports

bowlingSibley, Iowa — The fall/spring season for sporting events is slowing, however the lanes at Sibley’s Merry Lanes have been very busy. The bowling season started in September and runs through April for many area leagues.

Merry Lanes also hosts many events called King of the Hill bowling tournaments that run Friday night and Saturday. Shifts of single guys and gals can bowl a 4 game set in a handicapped format making the competition exciting for all. 50-80 entries give it a shot each event. This season there has been a presence on the lanes in Sibley whom has worn the the Crown all but one of the organized events. That one went to the owner of the Merry Lanes Breck Wasmund. The King for the past few seasons has been Sheldon’s Ron Prostrollo.

This year alone he has captured the title for 5 of the 6 tournaments that have run. KIWA has talked about his accomplishments before because he now has many 300’s, which are always a thrill. Ron has been consistent and focused on winning. With a 220+ average on 2 leagues in Sibley, he outlasts the competition with hard work and focus. He holds the Honor of King of the Hill title for the Sibley Sheet Metal held back on October 28-29, Sibley Hardware back on November 18-19, Breck Grabbed the Kelly’s Catering king on December 16-17, Ron held top spot again at the Otis Electric on January 13-14, Krogman Snow Removal on February 10-11, and now the Hohwenstein Septic Co. on March 24-25. 2 more tournaments are left, Schotty’s Liquor on March 31-April 1st, and on April 14-15 its th Bud Shootout.

Ron and his bowling buddies also headed north to Fargo, North Dakota earlier in March down to Alexandria, Minnesota for 9 games each day, plus tons of fun. Last weekend was spent at Huron, South Dakota, where Breck’s father Daryl owns and operates. Ron and his mixed doubles partner Sheila garnered 4th place overall with over 80 entries. Others placed at that tournament was KIWA’s Mark Rector and Breck’s Daughter Ally Prins placing 7th.

Coming up the group is headed to Eastway in Sioux Falls for some more doubles action and then later in April, off to Winnebago, Minnesota for a 6 game sweeper. Many from Sibley’s Merry Lanes make the trip to chase the Nationals each year, which were in Las Vegas and collided with the same weekend as the Sheldon group’s North Dakota and Minnesota trip. Shots on these levels can be tough but the thrill of being there is awesome.

Breck Wasmund has operated the Lanes in Sibley for many years and enjoys the competition from all whom come to his establishment to be entertained. Looking for a little bowling action? Head to Merry Lanes and watch or show them what you got. Congratulations to all who participate and enjoy your winnings.

March 27, 2017 - 1:30 pm - Posted in News

WeaverLogoSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon woman has announced her candidacy for the Democrat nomination for the right to challenge 4th District Republican U.S. Representative Steve King in the 2018 general election.

Democrat Kim Weaver of Sheldon made the announcement Sunday on national television.  Earlier this month, she announced that she would formally declare her candidacy if she was able to raise $100-thousand by September of this year.  In the three weeks since making that announcement, the Weaver campaign raised more than $150-thousand from over 6-thousand individual donations, and received the high-profile endorsement of former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Weaver ran against King in the 2016 general election, but failed to unseat the long-time representative.

Weaver is a Des Moines native, who graduated from Roosevelt High School. She then graduated from Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communications. A single mom, she works as an advocate for seniors in nursing homes, assisted living programs, and residential care facilities, overseeing a territory that includes thirteen counties and 109 care providers in Northwest Iowa.

Weaver has served as the Democratic Chair for O’Brien County since 2012.

unemploymentDes Moines, Iowa — It’s crowded at the top this time. The latest unemployment figures have been released and three of our four northwest Iowa counties are in the top five for lowest unemployment rates.

The latest county figures to be released are from January of this year. The lowest seasonally-unadjusted county unemployment rate in the state was Story county, with 2.3 percent. Tied for second-lowest were Lyon and Mitchell counties at 2.6%. Plymouth, Dallas, and Carroll were tied for third at 2.7%. Osceola was tied for fourth at 2.8% with Greene, Johnson, and Taylor. Sioux had 3.0% and was tied for fifth place with Boone and Buena Vista counties. O’Brien was not in the top five but was in the top ten. O’Brien County had 3.4% unemployment and was tied with Decatur and Shelby counties for eighth place.

Lyon County unemployment is up four-tenths of a percent from the previous month. Osceola is down three-tenths of a percent. Sioux County unemployment is up six-tenths of a percent, and O’Brien County unemployment is up three-tenths of a percent. Iowa Department of Labor officials remind us that these figures are not adjusted for seasonal work so those who work in farming, construction, and outdoor entertainment industries, and others for whom there is less work in the winter could be included in the “unemployed” category even though they may be back to work in the spring and summer.

Meanwhile statewide, more Iowans went off the unemployment rolls in February as the rate dropped for the fifth straight month to three-point-two percent. Iowa Workforce Development spokesman, Cory Kelly, says the state is pushing toward full employment — but that number is not exactly known.

Full employment means most of the people who want a job have one and those who don’t are in transition between jobs. Kelly says they don’t know if the unemployment rate has hit bottom yet.

The rate was three-point-eight percent last February. He says the private sector led the move that saw some three-thousand jobs created in February.

The construction industry added 16-hundred jobs last month and Kelly says the weather continues to be a big positive for the industry.

He says the leisure and hospitality sector was one area that lost jobs.

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 53-thousand-600 in February from 56-thousand-900 in January. The total number of working Iowans increased to one-million-639-thousand-700 in February. This figure was 27-hundred higher than January and 19-hundred higher than one year ago.

February 2017 numbers

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March 27, 2017 - 7:32 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — A Tennessee man is behind bars in Sibley on several charges including a felony after being arrested by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, March 26th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says that they received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Redwood Avenue near 190th Street, about four miles southeast of Sibley. After that, they stopped a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Joshua Bruinekool of La Vergne, Tennessee on Chase Boulevard in Sibley.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Bruinekool and charged him with Operating While Intoxicated, third offense, a class D felony. He was also charged with Open Container, Speeding, and Driving Without a License.

The Sheriff’s office says after the arrest, they took him to the Osceola County Jail where he was booked in, and at last report was being held on a $5000 bond.

March 24, 2017 - 3:31 pm - Posted in News

railroad tanker carsOmaha, Nebraska — Railroad trains on what Union Pacific calls their “Worthington Sub” are moving a little faster through our area.

Union Pacific officials say they are increasing the maximum track speed limit from 40 to 49 mph on the rail line paralleling Highway 60 in northwest Iowa.

We talked to Union Pacific spokesperson Calli Hite, who tells us the reasons behind the speed increase.

She says not only do the upgrades allow them to increase speeds, they also support the state’s current and future freight transportation needs, and enhance safety and efficiency.

Hite says the increased speeds shouldn’t have a large impact on safety.

She says train speeds at Sibley, Ashton, Sheldon and Hospers area crossings are increasing gradually.

Hite says trains do not have to move at the full 49-mile-per-hour rate. She says it’s a speed limit just like a speed limit for cars. And just like car drivers need to adjust their speed for certain conditions, conductors and engineers sometimes need to adjust the train’s speed as well.

Hite also says that the line that parallels Highway 60 in our area is under what they call “track warrant control,” which has a speed cap of 49 miles per hour. She says the speed limit could not go any higher than 49 without changing the method of traffic control, which would take significant infrastructure upgrades.

March 24, 2017 - 1:42 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Randall Dean “Randy” Bruns, age 59, of Ashton, IA died Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM, Monday, March 27 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Ashton, IA with Rev. Dale Lint officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Ashton.

March 23, 2017 - 11:28 am - Posted in News

Sibley SignSibley, Iowa — Exhibitors and the public are looking forward to this Saturday, March 25th in Sibley. The Sibley Farm and Home Show is at the Sibley/Ocheyedan Elementary School on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We had a chance to visit with Sibley Chamber of Commerce Director Sheryl Peters, who tells us a yummy breakfast will start the day.

Peters says of course there will be a wide variety of exhibitors promoting their businesses, but she says there will also be a number of non-profits, government entities, and more, all telling people their message.

Peters tells us about the “extras” available at the Sibley Farm and Home Show on Saturday.

Again, the Sibley Farm and Home Show is at the Sibley/Ocheyedan Elementary School on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 23, 2017 - 9:44 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2May City, Iowa — A Lake Park woman escaped injury after hitting a deer near May City on Wednesday, March 22nd.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 7:40 am on Tuesday, 31-year-old Jamie Jo Maxine Stoll of Lake Park was driving a 2008 Pontiac Torrent southbound on White Avenue, near May City. According to the report, a deer came from a grove of trees on the east side of the road and crossed into the path of the vehicle.

The Pontiac received $5,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

March 23, 2017 - 7:57 am - Posted in Sports

ice fishingSioux 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. Well as the ice fishing season comes to close in eastern South Dakota, Dakota Angler Owner, Todd Heitkamp, provides the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report. Feel free to share!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for walleye and pike. A few perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes, fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Unsafe ice.
Vermillion Opening up.
Lake Herman Unsafe ice.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin Opening up.
Diamond Unsafe ice.
Scott’s Slough Unsafe ice.
Island Unsafe ice.
81 Ponds Unsafe ice.
George WPA Unsafe ice.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Unsafe ice.
Thompson Unsafe ice.
Brandt Unsafe ice.
Whitewood Unsafe ice.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Unsafe ice.
Henry WPA Unsafe ice.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Unsafe ice.
Mitchell Unsafe ice.
Menno Opening up.
Beaver Unsafe ice.
Sinai Unsafe ice.
Brush Unsafe ice.
Loss Unsafe ice.
East Oakwood Unsafe ice.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Unsafe ice.
Silver Lake Unsafe ice.
East Okoboji Unsafe ice.
West Okoboji Unsafe ice.
Lake Pahoja Unsafe ice.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Unsafe ice.
Sarah Unsafe ice.
Benton Unsafe ice.
East Twin Unsafe ice.
Round Unsafe ice.
Okabena Unsafe ice.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.
March 22, 2017 - 3:34 pm - Posted in News

Fire LightbarNorthwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa fire departments are seeing some action.

Calumet, Iowa — Some round bales were destroyed in a fire on Monday, March 20, 2017 near Calumet.

According to Calumet Fire Chief Mike Jensen, about 6:00 p.m., the Calumet Fire Department was called to the report of a grass fire that was out of control at 6171 500th Street, a mile south and a mile and a half west of Calumet. The report called in said there was no one home at the time.

The chief says the fire department saw the bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used a tele-handler to break apart the bales and water to fight the fire.

Jensen says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted by the Sutherland Fire Department. Jensen says the Sutherland Fire Department responds to the majority of Calumet calls.

He says fire from a burning pile somehow caught grass on fire, and that ignited the bales.

Chief Jensen reports that the damage was limited to the approximately 20 round bales that burned, and nothing else of value was lost.

He says they used 18,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 11:00 p.m. on Monday night, but were called back twice on Tuesday to put out the fire when it reignited.

Harris, Iowa — The Ocheyedan and Harris Fire Departments responded to a fire call on Tuesday evening, March 21st. It was paged out as a house fire on Warbler Avenue, a mile west of Harris and a quarter mile north of Highway 9, about 6:15 p.m.

But according to Harris Fire Chief Randy Rost, when they got there they found nothing but a small in-control grass fire.

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Fire Department responded to a fast-moving pasture fire on Tuesday about 12 noon. We are told the fire burned about ten acres of land. No further details are available at this time.