May 30, 2017 - 11:04 am - Posted in Community Calendar

May 26, 2017 - 11:31 am - Posted in Obituaries

Ercell Marco age 85 of Sibley, IA died Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Sibley, with Reverend Larry Laskie officiating.

Burial will follow at the Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley.

Visitation will be Monday, May29th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

In lieu of flower family prefers memorials be directed to: Kindred Hospice of Spirit Lake, IA.

Northwest Iowa — With the new fireworks law having been signed by (now former) Governor Terry Branstad, fireworks and what is allowed has been a topic of discussion by the public and by local government leaders.

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that some northwest Iowa towns are considering stricter restrictions on fireworks than the new state law, and at least one is choosing to ban them altogether.

We recently spoke with county officials in our area to ask them if they plan any stricter rules on fireworks than the state law. To date, none of the four northwest Iowa counties have enacted any more rules on fireworks, but of course, that’s subject to change.

In O’Brien County, Auditor Barb Rohwer says the Board of Supervisors has talked about the issue and have decided not to pursue tighter restrictions at this time. She says if it becomes an issue, they have said they will re-address it at that time. Rohwer reminds people that the county does have a permit process in place for larger displays such as town or large-group celebrations.

In Sioux County, officials report that the county board has not discussed the issue, but note that it could come up in the future.

Lyon County Auditor Jen Smit says the Lyon County Board has not discussed the issue either, but it could come up for discussion at their next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, June 12th.

In Osceola County, auditor Barb Echter says the issue was on their agenda at their last meeting, but they tabled it until their next meeting, which is on Tuesday, June 13th. She says so far they have done nothing with it.

Law officers are noting more fireworks calls. They remind people that even under the new law, fireworks are not allowed during most of the year and are only legal to use during two windows: for about five weeks between June 1st through July 8th, and for about three weeks between December 10th through January 3rd.

May 25, 2017 - 4:57 pm - Posted in News

seasons-logo[1]Spencer, Iowa — Soon, when a mental health or substance abuse crisis happens in northwest Iowa, there will be another option.

Seasons Center in Spencer reports that they have received funding from Northwest Iowa Care Connections to provide mobile crisis services in six counties in northwest Iowa beginning January 1, 2018. The mobile crisis services will cover Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Palo Alto counties.

Christina Eggink-Postma, Vice President of Program Coordination and Compliance at Seasons says they are really excited to be able to start offering this service next year.

She says that the purpose of the proposed project is to provide a call center, on-site screening, consultation, treatment engagement, brief treatment, and referral for residents of Northwest Iowa Care Connections who are in need of crisis services regardless of funding.

She says before, it was a mixed bag of responses, and sometimes they were actually able to send someone out. And she says their home health team deals with crises too when they’re on-site, but this will take it to a new level.

She says that Seasons will begin recruiting and training staff and providing education on the mobile crisis prior to implementing services beginning January 1.

Kim Scorza, President/CEO, for Seasons says Seasons staff are excited and grateful to be chosen as a recipient of these grant funds. She says the funding will allow them to better meet the needs of their clients and patients in a community-based setting. She says they also greatly appreciate Kim Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Iowa Care Connections, for her leadership and the board for making the money available to those in crisis.

For more information on services provided by Seasons, Autumn’s Center, and Camp Autumn, you can visit: or call 1-800-242-5101.

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 - 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.

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