April 27, 2017 - 7:44 am - Posted in News

LIHEAPPrimghar, Iowa — The deadline to apply for winter heating assistance for northwest Iowa residents through the 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP is this Friday, April 28th.

LIHEAP was established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season.  Val Moermond of Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Primghar says the program is based on income.

Moermond says applications will only be accepted until Friday, April 28, 2017.  The deadline is actually the end of April, but since the 30th falls on a Sunday, the deadline is effectively Friday.

She tells us you need to have certain documents with you when you apply for LIHEAP assistance.

She says the program is not designed to pay your household’s total energy costs, but will provide supplemental assistance based upon several factors, including household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

Moermond says if you live in O’Brien County and want more information, or wish to apply, contact her office in Primghar.

In case you missed it the Primghar phone number is 712-957-1023. Upper Des Moines Opportunity also serves Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hamilton, Humboldt, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster, and Wright counties. Their Sibley number is (712) 754-2573.

Other parts of our coverage area are served by Mid Sioux Opportunity. They serve Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth, and Sioux Counties. Their Sioux Center number is (712) 722-3611. They also have an office in Rock Rapids, but it’s only staffed on Wednesdays.

April 26, 2017 - 4:53 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Lois MahlmanLois Mahlman, age 93, of Little Rock, died Wednesday, April 26th at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 4th, at First Baptist Church of George, with Rev. Mike Hagan, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery at Little Rock.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:  www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

The Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley is in charge of the arrangements for 93-year old Lois Mahlman of Little Rock.

April 26, 2017 - 10:56 am - Posted in News

National Weather Service NWS logoNorthwest Iowa — The calendar says spring, but winter may not quite be done with us yet here in northwest Iowa.  The National Weather Service Forecast Center in Sioux Falls says there is a chance of frost Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and again Thursday night into Friday morning.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says that’s because of the cooler temperatures following our recent rains.

In addition to the frost in the short-term forecast, Heitkamp says there’s also a chance of snow from Saturday night through Sunday night.

He says that snow this time of year is not unheard of here in northwest Iowa.

We have seen snowfall accumulations as late as May here in our area.  In fact, just 4 years ago, there was a major storm that dropped between 3 and 5 inches of snow on May 1st throught 3rd, 2013.

SibleyPublicLibrary pictureThe Sibley Public Library Centennial Garden Kick-Off will take place on the front lawn of the library on Wednesday, May 17th at 12:17 p.m. The program will include a Proclamation by Mayor Jerry Johnson and Centennial Garden information by David Olson from Del’s Garden Center.
April 26, 2017 - 10:15 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux 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. Here’s the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report as Owner, Todd Heitkamp, tells you where they’re biting and what people are using. Also Todd discusses the infamous Shinee Hinee in Todd’s Tackle Tips.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes and smallmouth.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) N/A.
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 N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) N/A.
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 N/A.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake N/A.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) N/A.
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 Walleyes fair.
Vermillion Walleyes fair late afternoon and evening.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin A few bass, crappie, and perch.
Diamond A few walleye.
Scott’s Slough N/A
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) N/A.
Thompson A few walleyes and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood A few walleye.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake few reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bl;uegills.
West Okoboji A few perch and bluegills.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few perch.
Sarah Few reportas.
Benton Few reports.
East Twin Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

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.
April 24, 2017 - 2:44 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Angeline Calsbeek, age 88, of Balaton, Minnesota, formerly of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Colonial Manor in Balaton, Minnesota.

Funeral Services will be Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sibley. Rev. Luke Schouten officiating.

Burial at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 30, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

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


The Sibley Public Library will be hosting at Succulents & Terrariums Program in their meeting room on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. This program will be presented by Margaret Murphy of ISU Extension.

sheldon-civic-music-associationThe Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of The Kempers Quartet from Sioux Center, IA which will be given on Sunday afternoon, April 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.

April 21, 2017 - 4:34 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — Jada Carlson has signed a letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Northwestern College next year.

Carlson is a 5’6” sprinter/hurdler who is in her fourth year competing for Sibley-Ocheyedan High School. Carlson qualified for the state meet in multiple events three straight years, finishing fourth as a member of the shuttle hurdle relay as a sophomore. She is also a two-time Drake Relays qualifier and holds the school record in the 100m hurdles and 4×100 and shuttle hurdle relays. Carlson has a personal best of 15.87 in the 100m hurdles. Also a state qualifier in cross country and two-year letter winner in softball, Carlson is a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society. She plans to major in physical education at Northwestern and is the daughter of Peter and Angie.

“Jada is a very talented hurdler,” commented Northwestern head coach Scott Bahrke. “Jada is a hard worker and an outstanding teammate who had had a great deal of success at the high school level. We are thrilled to have her Jada join our women’s track and field team and look forward to watching her compete over the next four years.”

April 21, 2017 - 1:03 pm - Posted in News

Recycling binSheldon, Iowa — Earth Day is tomorrow on the planet, and with many people thinking about the environment, it’s a perfect time to remember “reduce, re-use, recycle.” That’s according to Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency manager Larry Oldenkamp.

He tells us about the recyclables they accept through northwest Iowa communities’ curbside recycling programs.

Oldenkamp says people are recycling a little more than they used to, but it’s not a huge increase.

The increase in plastic bags is a little ironic because Oldenkamp says at this time they’re having an issue processing them.

He says while they don’t take electronics through the curbside recycling programs, you can deliver them to their facility yourself.

Again, Oldenkamp stresses that those types of things need to be delivered to their facility near Hospers.

They also accept household hazardous materials such as paints and pesticides at their facility and via their Household Hazardous Materials trailer that travels to many sites in northwest Iowa.

He says they also accept mercury items like thermometers, fluorescent tubes, and CFL (curly) light bulbs. Disposal of these is free for individuals, but there is a charge for businesses.

Oldenkamp also reminds northwest Iowans that while glass is a recyclable material, since it would come commingled with other recyclables, it presents a cut hazard for their employees so they don’t accept it. He says another reason is it is not worth the cost of transporting it to a facility that can handle glass. There are however other programs that have been accepting glass in individual communities.