July 20, 2017 - 12:41 pm - Posted in Sports

James K. Rud, age 61, of Ashton, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon.

He will be cremated and private Memorial Services will be at a later date.

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

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for James K. Rud

July 20, 2017 - 8:30 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. Despite the heat, people are still catching fish! Here’s the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report. Plus, remember all our Shad Raps are “family priced” at $5.99! Please 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) Walleyes fair to good.
Big Stone Lake Perch and bluegills 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) 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 Walleyes fair.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair to good.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleye.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleye.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleye.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry Walleyes slow to fair.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair along with a few crappie and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair late afternoon and evening.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Lake Alvin Crappie and Walleyes fair, along with a few perch.
Diamond Walleyes fair.
Scott’s Slough A few crappie, perch, and walleye.
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) N/A.
Thompson Walleyes fair to good. A few perch 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, crappie, 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 Walleyes fair.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. Walleyes fair. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake Walleyes fair to good.
East Okoboji Few walleyes, perch and bluegills.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair; A few perch and walleyes.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Sarah Walleyes fair to good.
Benton Few walleye.
East Twin Walleyes fair.
Round A few walleye.
Okabena Few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair to good for walleyes.
Pierre Walleye bite is getting better.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair to good.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux A few cats.
July 19, 2017 - 8:26 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The Siouxland All Conference Softball teams are out with 4 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley players on the 1st team. They are joined by 3 players from Sioux Center and West Lyon, 2 from GLR/CL, and one player each from Sheldon, MOC-FV and Okoboji.

1ST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE
Sammy Blum -BHRV
Cassie Van Beek -BHRV
Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag- BHRV
Joanne Luevano -BHRV
Jessica Harald -SC
Kaylea Van Regenmorter -SC
Shayla Post -SC
Chayden Metzger -WL
Kami Te Grootenhuis -WL
Jordyn Kramer -WL
Annie Klatt -OKO
Zoe Heemstra -MOC-FV
Nicole Johnson -Sheldon
Ashley Boer -GLR/CL
Kayla Gergen -GLR/CL

2ND TEAM ALL CONFERENCE
Alexis Mousel -BHRV
Taylor Richter -BHRV
Camryn Cleveringa -SC
Hannah Dykshorn -SC
Madysn Grotewold -WL
Rachael Joachim -WL
Sierra Seeders -OKO
Blair Pekelder -MOC-FV
Tayler Weber -Sheldon
Jada Carlson -S-O

HONORABLE MENTION
Brianna Brandt -BHRV
Aubrey Sandbulte -SC
Tessa Van Beek -WL
Abbie Klatt -OKO
Jadeyn Schutt -MOC-FV
Makenzie Wagner -Sheldon
Becca Roskam -GLR/CL
Jill Berkland -S-O

July 19, 2017 - 8:24 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The Siouxland Conference All Conference Baseball Teams are out and Ben De Boer of MOC-FV, Cody Van Meeteren of Sheldon, Okoboji’s Matt Eckard, Shane Solberg and Zach Noble of BHRV, and Jaden Snyder and Monte Pottebaum of West Lyon were all unanimous selections to the 1st team.

1ST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE
Ben De Boer* -MOC-FV
Cody Van Meeteren* -Sheldon
Matt Eckard* -OKO
Shane Solberg* -BHRV
Zach Noble* -BHRV
Jaden Snyder* -WL
Monte Pottebaum* -WL
Isaac Heyer -WL
Noah Van’t Hof -WL
Gable Sieperda -CL
Riley Van Wyhe -CL
Payton Boone -SC
Jacob Cleveringa -SC
Mitchell Rentschler -WL
Isaac Vietor -SC

2ND TEAM ALL CONFERENCE
Brett Moser -BHRV
Mitchell Diekevers -BHRV
Dylan Snyders -WL
Bryce Peter -OKO
Tanner Olseson -WL
Alex Albrecht -Sheldon
Preston Marco -S-O
Dalton Van Briesen -GLR
Josh Van Beek -WL
Eli TeGrotenhuis -MOC-FV

HONORABLE MENTION
Blake Johnson -GLR
Lars Ackerman -S-O
Ben Zeutenhorst -MOC-FV
Brendan Huisman -CL
Tyler Johnson -Sheldon
Isaac Fritsch -OKO
Cade Bleeker -SC
Jackson Mulder -BHRV
Nate Grotewold -WL

July 18, 2017 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank will hold a blood drive at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley this Thursday, July 20th. And it’s a milestone blood drive.

Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg tells us about it.


He says that the blood drive comes at a good time, since they are in need of blood.


He tells us why your donation now is so important.


Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org, weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. You are asked to bring an I.D. with you. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. For more information you can visit www.cbblifeblood.org or call Osceola Community Hospital at 712-754-2574.

Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit cooperative of Sanford and Avera Health and the sole blood provider to 34 local hospitals. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

July 18, 2017 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

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Northwest Iowa — A convoy of big rigs will be hitting some northwest Iowa roads this weekend in an effort to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

Paul Schelling is one of the organizers of the annual Commercial Chaos For A Cure, and he tells us the day will begin, and end, in Sioux Center.


He tells us about the entry fee for the trucks.


Schelling says 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City.


Schelling says registration starts at 10 and the trucks take off at 11 this Saturday, June 18th.

July 17, 2017 - 1:31 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Timothy “Tim” Fisher age 59 of Sibley, IA died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at at his home in Sibley.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at First Reformed Church in Sibley, IA with Rev. Luke Schouten, officiating. Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery at Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 19th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

July 15, 2017 - 7:19 am - Posted in Obituaries

Randy Willemssen, age 60, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017 at his home in Ocheyedan.

Memorial Services will be Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Terry Simm officiating.

Scattering of cremains will be at a later date. There will be no scheduled visitation.

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

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Public Library will turn 100 years old this year, and the celebrations continue, with one planned on Monday.

Library officials tell us that the original part of the building was a Carnegie library. A Carnegie library is one that was built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929.

Sibley Public Library Director Mary Earll gives us some history.


She says another donor also helped with the library.

She says they’ve got a celebration happening on Monday, the 17th of this month, and the big celebration coming up a month later, on August 17th.


For more information about the Sibley Public Library, visit them on the web at www.sibley.lib.ia.us or you can call them at (712) 754-2888.

Other side of the building

Location of Centennial Garden

July 14, 2017 - 11:58 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa (Radio Iowa) — The monthly Water Summary Update from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources shows things have dried out significantly as Iowa entered the second half of the year.

The D-N-R’s Tim Hall helps compile the summary.

Rains in May and June kept the word drought out of the water report, but it has now returned.

Part of the problem recently has been the storms that drop the rain are spotty and not widespread.

Hall points out this is the early stage of drought.

He says Iowa’s situation is better than other nearby states.

Hall says for now it’s important to keep an eye on the situation and be prepared.

Hall says things could turn around as quickly as they dried out with some sustained rainfall.

Photo caption:  The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows yellow for abnormally dry conditions and light brown for moderate drought.