Vets-and-Flag-Memorial-Day[1]In Sibley, the Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Holman Township Cemetery. Officer of the day will be Gary Kleve. Pastor Steve Swenson of the Sibley United Methodist Church will have the prayer and the address. The Ritual Service will be performed by the VFW and Auxillary of Post #7373. The firing squad will be provided by members of VFW Post #7373 and American Legion Post #324 of Sibley. The Sibley-Ocheyedan Band will play Taps and the Star Spangled Banner.

In Ashton, the Memorial Day observance begins on Saturday morning at 10 when crosses and flags will be placed on veterans’ graves. On Monday at 6 a.m. flags will be placed in the Avenue of Flags at the cemeteries. Events at the Ashton Legion Community Center will begin with coffee and rolls at 8:30 and a Service of Remembrance at 9:30 a.m. Featured speaker will be Retired Major Josh Haack of Primghar. At 10:30 citizens will gather at the cemeteries for a Roll Call of Departed Veterans and a rifle salute. Plans are to retire the crosses and flags at 4 p.m. on Monday. The Ashton Town and Country Committee will serve a Pork Loin meal at the Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free will offering. All are welcome.

In Melvin, American Legion Post 470 invites everyone to observe Memorial Day services at Baker Cemetery, two miles east and two miles north of Melvin, beginning at 10:30 a.m on Monday, May 29th. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the American Legion Community Center in Melvin.

May 24, 2017 - 12:35 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Good Ole Summertime will be taking place in Sibley on Saturday, June 10th 2017. Events include the parade at 10:30 a.m., wine tasting & craft vendors in the park, a tractor show starting at 11:30 a.m., lots of games and tournaments, and wraps up with “Party at the Pit” featuring Judd Hoos. Make plans to come out and join in this all day celebration!

Good ole Summertime

May 24, 2017 - 9:46 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux 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. As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, Dakota Angler Owner, Todd Heitkamp, provides the latest 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 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 Walleyes fair.
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 Walleyes fair, but have to sort.
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 walleye and perch.
Sarah Few walleye.
Benton Few walleye.
East Twin Few walleye.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few walleye.

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.
May 23, 2017 - 4:29 pm - Posted in News

gavel_sxc[1]Northwest Iowa — All state court offices in Iowa will be closed this coming Friday, May 26th, due to budget constraints.

According to an order from Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, all court offices, including district court offices and the office of the clerk of the appellate courts, will be closed, and all court personnel except judges and magistrates will be placed on unpaid leave status for May 26th.  Cady writes that judges and any magistrate scheduled to work on that day will work in their chambers or take vacation on that court closure day.

Cady’s order went on to say that any filing of a motion in a pending action, or if an appeal falls on the day when the clerk’s office is closed, the time will be extended to include the next day the clerk’s office is open.

The Iowa Judiciary’s budget was cut by more than $5-million for fiscal year 2017, with another $3-million being cut after lawmakers resumed their work in January of this year, according to Cady.  He says that, after the initial budget cuts, the Supreme Court approved a hiring freeze for all vacancies on the judicial branch, holding open judicial vacancies for an average of 6-months, reducing travel by 10%, reducing furniture and non-IT equipment by 50%, shifting some funding for IT operations to the Court Technology Fund, and instituting a moratorium on the expansion of specialty courts.

Cady says the additional $3-million budget cut led to the one-day closing, this Friday, of all court offices in the state.

Northwest Iowa — Monday’s crop report from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service says 92% of the state’s corn acreage has been planted.  Here in northwest Iowa, we’re slightly above that level at 95%.  The report says this year’s corn planting is 3-days behind last year, but 2-days ahead of the 5-year average.

Soybean planting has reached 62% complete, 2-days behind last year, but 1-day ahead of average.

Iowa State University Agronomist Paul Kassel, who is based in Spencer, monitors 10 counties here in northwest Iowa.

Farmers had only two days suitable for field work during the past week, according to the USDA report. Kassel says standing water in some fields is causing problems for farmers.

Corn planted after mid-May often yields less and Kassel said cool temperatures are impeding corn plants already in the ground. The USDA report shows planting progress is slowest in south-central Iowa, where 78-percent of the corn and 42-percent of soybeans were in the ground as of Sunday.  Northwest and central Iowa are at the top end of the spectrum, with 95% of corn, and 68% of soybeans planted through this past weekend.

sibley-pool-1[1]Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Aquatic Center Committee is getting closer and closer to their goal of “filling it up,” and another fundraiser is planned to push them in that direction.

We talked with Kim Vander Sloot, who’s on the committee. She tells us that in addition to the pool needing aesthetic updates, it’s also losing water and chemicals due to leaks, which means the City of Sibley is losing money.

A liner had been discussed as a separate option, but Vander Sloot says the liner is now part of the aquatic center plans.

She says the Sibley City Council has agreed to bond for $1 million after the Aquatic Center Committee raises $500,000. According to Sibley City Clerk Wendy Ewoldt, the Sibley City Council is considering whether to use a reverse referendum and do the project as urban revitalization or if they will put a ballot issue to the voters, since they would be using general obligation loan notes.

In addition, Vander Sloot says the Osceola County Board of Supervisors voted earlier this month to give $50,000 toward the project in $5,000 annual increments. She says the committee is getting closer to the half-million-dollar goal.

She says they’ve had several fundraisers in the years that they have been trying to get the half-a-million together.

She says that fundraiser will be during Sibley’s Good Ole Summertime festivities, and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Vander Sloot says that after the initial half million is raised, the final selections will have to be made and plans will have to be drawn up by city officials, engineers, and others. She says she’s not sure what kinds of toys and water features the aquatic center will have, but she gives us the basics.

She says at last report, work was still scheduled to begin this year.

May 22, 2017 - 2:26 pm - Posted in Obituaries

GROENENBOOM, Jeanette picJeanette Groenenboom, age 93 of LeMars, IA, formerly of Sibley, IA died on Sunday May 21, 2017 at the Prime Living Apartments in LeMars, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00PM, Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley, IA with Rev. Luke Schouten officiating.

Private family burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be prior to the service Wednesday from 12:30 PM to time of service at 2:00 PM at the Funeral Home in Sibley.

A complete obituary and register can be found at www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

May 17, 2017 - 10:41 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux 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. Check out the post-Mother’s Day edition of the Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report! Plus Todd also talks about Line Counter reels in this week’s edition of 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 Walleyes fair.
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 Walleyes fair, but have to sort.
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 walleye and perch.
Sarah Few walleye.
Benton Few walleye.
East Twin Few walleye.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few walleye.

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.
May 16, 2017 - 12:42 pm - Posted in News

gavel_sxc[1]Spirit Lake, Iowa — An Ashton woman who was accused of passing stolen, forged checks in multiple jurisdictions in western Iowa has now been sentenced to prison time for her Dickinson County crimes.

In all, 24-year-old Nikarra Macmain of Ashton is facing or has faced over 30 counts of forgery, ten counts of identity theft, three counts of theft, and seven counts of lottery forgery, plus various other charges, several of which were dismissed in plea agreements.

Macmain was supposed to be arraigned in Dickinson County on June 5th. But a written plea of guilty to counts 7 and 8 in her Dickinson County case changed that. Her charges in Dickinson County included five counts of forgery, one count of identity theft and two counts of third-degree theft. In exchange for her guilty plea to the theft counts, her forgery and identity theft charges were dismissed.

On the two theft counts, Macmain was sentenced to two years in prison per count, to be served consecutively to each other, but concurrently to her sentences in Clay and Palo Alto counties. She was also sentenced to a fine of $625 per count, and a suspended fine of $625 per count, and she must submit a DNA profile.

May 15, 2017 - 11:28 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest, Iowa — District track meets were held Thursday across Iowa. In Class 3A and 2A, the top two place winners in each event, plus the next eight (8) performances statewide from the qualifying meet place winners (1st-8th place) advanced to the state meet.

In Class 1A, the top place winner in each event plus the next fourteen (14) best performances statewide from qualifying meet place winners (1st – 8th place) will advance to the state meet. If there are ties, the highest qualifying meet place winner will be the qualifier.

The Orab boys qualified in the 4x800m with a time of 8:36.98, Tyler Lode qualified in the High Jump with a jump of 6′; Brandon Winkel qualified in the Long Jump with a jump of 20-7.50, Ryan Van Marel qualified in the Discus Throw with a throw of 145-10, and the 4x110m Shuttle Hurdle qualified with a time of 1:00.99.

For a complete list of the boys qualifiers, click on the links below.

Boys

Class 1A

Class 2A

Class 3A

The Orab girls qualified in 5 events. Kacy Kamphoff qualified in the 400m with a time of 1:04.20, Anessa Schoo qualified in the 3000m with a time of 12:00.03, Brynn Groff qualified in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 16.24, Ashlyn Albrecht qualified in the Girls Long Jump with a jump of 17-01.00, and Madison Zoelle qualified in the Discus with a throw of 111-01.

For a complete list of all the state qualifiers click on the links below.

Girls

Class 1A

Class 2A

Class 3A