August 22, 2017 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — The first Iowa high school volleyball rankings are out. Defending 2A Champion Western Christian will start out in the number two spot. Unity Christian is in the five spot to start the year with Hinton ranked number nine. In the 1A poll LeMars Gehlen opens at number five. In Class 3A Sioux Center is number six with Spirit Lake number nine.

Class 1A

School 2016 Record
1 Janesville 35-8
2 Holy Trinity Catholic 36-3
3 Springville 29-8
4 Starmont 32-9
5 Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 25-12
6 Algona Bishop Garrigan 17-17
7 New London 28-10
8 Montezuma 27-9
9 Tripoli 16-19
10 Iowa Valley 21-15
11 Edgewood-Colesburg 28-12
12 Lamoni 23-8
13 Harris-Lake Park 21-16
14 Marquette Catholic 18-14
15 Southeast Warren 19-11

Class 2A

1 Dike-New Hartford 48-5
2 Western Christian 41-6
3 Grundy Center 25-17
4 Council Bluffs St. Albert 27-5
5 Unity Christian 35-5
6 Sidney 33-4
7 Sumner-Fredericksburg 33-6
8 Jesup 21-14
9 Hinton 24-9
10 Pella Christian 25-13
11 Lake Mills 41-1
12 Treynor 28-7
13 Des Moines Christian 19-13
14 Wilton 32-6
15 Belle Plaine 18-11

Class 3A

1 Kuemper Catholic 29-2
2 Osage 23-12
3 West Delaware 42-5
4 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 29-13
5 Tipton 25-10
6 Sioux Center 34-5
7 Red Oak 30-10
8 Davenport Assumption 28-9
9 Spirit Lake 30-9
10 Beckman Catholic 27-10
11 Gilbert 31-9
12 Mount Vernon 34-8
13 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 22-14
14 South Central Calhoun 27-13
15 West Liberty 16-18

Class 4A

1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 32-10
2 Dubuque Wahlert 28-6
3 Pella 38-5
4 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 35-9
5 Charles City 37-6
6 Lewis Central 30-9
7 Waverly-Shell Rock 34-18
8 Center Point-Urbana 24-16
9 ADM 23-11
10 Fort Madison 22-10
11 Independence 30-10
12 Clinton 22-14
13 Marion 34-10
14 Fairfield 21-12
15 Western Dubuque 22-15

Class 5A

1 Ankeny Centennial 35-3
2 Cedar Falls 40-4
3 West Des Moines Valley 41-5
4 Linn-Mar 33-9
5 Dowling Catholic 27-16
6 Bettendorf 20-12
7 Dubuque Hempstead 23-11
8 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 18-18
9 Des Moines Roosevelt 31-20
10 Johnston 26-13
11 Urbandale 23-11
12 Indianola 23-21
13 Iowa City West 23-15
14 Ankeny 38-6
15 Pleasant Valley 19-13
August 22, 2017 - 12:16 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A “Safety Camp” was held Monday at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Sibley.  One of the booths the kids flocked to was the one from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Seth Hoffman, and Deputy Lee Vellema manned the Sheriff’s Office booth. Vellema says they took the opportunity of the Safety Camp to talk to kids about “Stranger Danger.”

Deputy Vellema says he and Hoffman handed out fingerprint kits to the kids.

Vellema says they also gave the kids the opportunity to explore one of the department’s patrol vehicles, which was on display.

He says the patrol car’s siren was very popular with the kids in attendance.

Vellema says everyone who attended Monday’s “Safety Camp” seemed to enjoy themselves.

Monday’s “Safety Camp” was held from 9:00 until 2:00 at the Osceola County Fairgrounds, and was organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Osceola County, and sponsored by Pioneer Seed.

Above Photo:  Lt. Seth Hoffman (l), and Deputy Lee Vellema (r), talk with kids at Monday’s “Safety Camp”

Both photos courtesy Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

Photo Below:  Lt. Seth Hoffman (l), and Deputy Lee Vellema (r), pose with youngsters attending the “Safety Camp”

August 21, 2017 - 2:28 pm - Posted in News

Melvin, Iowa — Some farmers in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota are tallying their losses after four tornadoes touched down in the region Friday night.

Todd Heitkamp, is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, and he says the biggest twister hit near Melvin around 8:30 Friday evening.

Many buildings on those two farms were destroyed, but Heitkamp said the homes on the farms were NOT badly damaged. The tornado had a maximum width of 250 yards and left a path of destruction that covered six miles.

The three other tornadoes, all EF1s, were in Minnesota. In addition to toppling farm buildings, Heitkamp said the four twisters flattened crops and ripped apart trees.

One of the tornadoes that passed through Rushmore, Minnesota took down a hog confinement barn, killing dozens of animals.


Above Photo Courtesy National Weather Service

Photos Below: Tornado four miles west of Bigelow on the state line, taken by Jill Heidebrink of Sibley. Two anonymous pictures sent in by listeners — hail near Melvin and storm damage a mile west of Highway 59 on A34.

Ames, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Transportation has unveiled which of the three license plate designs was chosen to replcae Iowa’s current county standard vehicle plates.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the public chose the City and Country Reboot design for the new license plates.

Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Givernor Adam Gregg and Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe revealed the three potential plate designs at this year’s Iowa State Fair.  The public voted for their favorite design through an online poll, and and at the DOT’s boot at the state fair.  DOT officials say the City and Country Reboot design won the public vote with 113,299 of the poll’s 291,095 total votes.

DOT officials say there was a big late push Sunday (August 20th), that brought the “Flying Our Colors” design to a close second, garnering 110,352 votes,  In third place was “The Great Wide Open” design, with tallied 67,444 votes, according to the DOT.

Officials say the new plate design will be available sometime next year. Plates with the new designs will be issued to vehicle owners whenever they add or change vehicles and obtain new county standard plates, or whenever they replace lost, stolen, or damaged county standard plates.

To avoid unnecessary cost, Iowans who currently have county standard plates will receive replacement plates with the new design when their current plate reaches the end of its 10-year replacement cycle. Vehicle owners who want a new plate sooner may purchase a set from their local county treasurer’s office for $5.

August 21, 2017 - 12:24 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest, Iowa — The first Radio Iowa High School Football poll is out and in Class 2A, defending 2A State Champs Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is ranked #2, with Central Lyon/George-Little/Rock ranked 10th. Class 1A features West Lyon ranked #2 and defending Class 1A State Champion Western Christian is in the 3 spot. West Sioux is ranked #4 in Class A, and Harris-Lake Park is #1 in 8-man.

Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic vs Ankeny
2. Ankeny Centennial vs Johnston
3. Iowa City West @ S.E. Polk
4. WDM Valley @ Bettendorf
5. Cedar Rapids Washington vs #8 C.R. Prairie
6. Lewis Central @ Harlan
7. Waukee vs Urbandale
8. Cedar Rapids Prairie @ #5 C.R. Washington
9. Pleasant Valley vs C.R. Jefferson
10.Cedar Falls vs Fort Dodge

Class 3A
1. Pella @ Oskaloosa
2. West Delaware vs Independence
3. Sioux City Heelan @ Sioux City East
4. Norwalk vs Indianola
5. Cedar Rapids Xavier @ 1A-#1 Iowa City Regina
6. Sergeant Bluff-Luton vs MOC/Floyd Valley
7. Creston/O-M @ Boone
8. Webster City @ Humboldt
9. Solon @ 2A-#6 Mount Vernon
10.Storm Lake @ Cherokee

Class 2A
1. Williamsburg @ Fairfield
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley vs 1A-#3 Western Christian
3. Carroll Kuemper @ Greene County
4. Union (LaPorte City) @ Marion
5. PCM (Monroe) @ Pella Christian
6. Mount Vernon vs 3A-#9 Solon
7. South Central Calhoun @ Carroll
8. Aplington-Parkersburg (1-0), vs Sumner-Fredricksburg
9. Waukon vs MFL-MarMac
10.Central Lyon/GLR vs 1A-#2 West Lyon

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina vs 3A-#5 C.R. Xavier
2. West Lyon @ 2A-#10 Central Lyon
3. Western Christian @ 2A-#2 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
4. Denver @ Dike-New Hartford
5. Van Meter @ A-#10 Earlham
6. Panorama vs DSM Christian
7. Bellevue vs Camanche
8. Sigourney-Keota vs Pekin
9. South Winneshiek @ Wapsie Valley
10.Pleasantville vs Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont

Class A
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck @ Grundy Center
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert @ Logan-Magnolia
3. Lynnville-Sully @ Colfax-Mingo
4. West Sioux @ Unity Christian
5. Lisbon @ Winfield-Mount Union
6. Algona Garrigan @ Pocahontas Area/L-M
7. West Hancock @ Garner-Hayfield/Ventura
8. Hudson vs East Marshall
9. East Buchanan vs Jesup
10.Earlham vs 1A-#5 Van Meter

1. Harris-Lake Park @ North Iowa
2. Don Bosco vs #8 Midland (Wyoming)
3. Audubon vs Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton
4. Fremont-Mills vs Lenox
5. Newell-Fonda @ Coon Rapids-Bayard
6. Turkey Valley @ Lansing Kee
7. Graettinger-Terril/R-A @ Glidden-Ralston
8. Midland (Wyoming) @ #2 Don Bosco
9. HLV (Victor) (1-0) vs Iowa Valley
10.East Union @ Essex

August 21, 2017 - 9:39 am - Posted in Obituaries

Keith Jettie, age 77, of Seal Beach, California, passed away on July 18, 2017 in Seal Beach.

Graveside Services will be Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Jennifer Hesebeck officiating.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley on charge of arrangements for Keith Jettie.

Second UPDATE on Sunday morning, August 20th:
Melvin, Iowa — According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, the tornado that struck near Melvin on Friday, August 18th, was rated an EF-2 on the Fujita scale and had winds of 125 miles per hour.

According to the preliminary damage survey results, from the National Weather Service, the tornado was one of several that evening associated with that storm complex. The Melvin tornado was on the ground for six miles, according to the National Weather Service, and at its maximum, it was 250 yards wide. The weather service says that particular tornado touched down at 8:07 p.m. and lifted at 8:27 p.m. for a total of 20 minutes on the ground. The weather service says it damaged several homesteads. It caused large tree damage and significant crop damage.

The storm that gave birth to the tornado was part of a line of thunderstorms that formed across portions of western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota during the late afternoon hours of Friday. The weather service says these thunderstorms initially were capable of very large hail and damaging winds, with 67 mph winds measured in Minneota, MN.

They say that while strong storms continued to move through the Lake Shetek area, a strong cyclic supercell that formed on the tail end of this line, which became the main weather story. This supercell produced large hail and strong winds, but also became a prolific tornado producer with multiple tornadoes moving across far southern Minnesota and into Northwest Iowa during the evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service says that damage from these tornadoes was reported near Rushmore, just west of Bigelow, with the strongest tornado taking place further south near Melvin. Three other tornadoes were part of this storm, says the weather service. Click here for more information about the weather event including several pictures from the public and weather service damage surveys.

UPDATE: From The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday morning, August 19th:
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance. Due to last night’s storm there are approximately 80 head of black angus cattle roaming between A34 & A50 and Hwy 59 & L40 (Pierce Ave). If you do not need to be in that area please stay out as we do not want anyone to hit any cattle with their vehicles. We have people searching and trying to collect the cattle but need anyone not helping to stay out of the area PLEASE. if someone does see some of these cattle please call the Sheriff’s Office at 712-754-2556.

Original Story posted at 9:30 p.m., Friday, August 18th:
Northwest Iowa — Severe weather has been rumbling through northwest Iowa this Friday night.
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August 18, 2017 - 5:08 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — If you are a caregiver of an adult, or a child or children with special health and behavioral needs, there is a workshop coming up in Sibley that you may like to attend.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach says that caregivers need to remember to take care of themselves. They’re hosting a free “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” course at the Osceola Community Hospital every Tuesday night, Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The program is free to participate in, but interested individuals are encouraged to pre-register soon to guarantee a spot in the class. To register or for more information, stop by the ISU Extension and Outreach office at 110 Cedar Lane in Sibley or contact Sandy at 712-754-3648 or email

Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services to older adults or adults with chronic conditions. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is an educational series designed to provide caregivers – family members, hospital staff, nursing home staff, volunteers and anyone else – with the tools they need to take care of themselves.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie DeJong tells us about the program.

She says that by funding this program, the Osceola County Extension Council wishes to thank caregivers in Northwest Iowa by providing them with resources and knowledge to empower them personally and help them be successful professionally. It is hoped that employers and other family members will encourage caregivers to participate in this free course.

Extension experts tell us that classes will consist of six 90-minute sessions held once a week. Two trained, experienced facilitators will lead the class in interactive lessons, discussions and the sharing of helpful tools and resources.

Sibley, Iowa — A local funeral home is partnering with a company providing a service that aims to help out during a medical emergency.

Andringa Funeral homes of Sibley, Sheldon, and Ocheyedan is owned by Larry Andringa, and he says he recognized a way to assist local first responders and medical personnel that could help save lives. He says it is called the Vitalboard initiative.

Basically, on one side, it’s a typical whiteboard for wet-erase markers. It has a Monday through Sunday planner, shopping list, note area and important phone numbers section. A wet-erase marker with mounting clip will accompany the board, which they want you to place on the front of your refrigerator door.

But on the BACK side, is an area for the resident to write critical health information. Vitalboard representatives say that this vital information includes questions taken from surveyed EMS / Fire / Police and ER staff and represents a portion of the required documentation needed in the event of a medical emergency. They say that this “need to know” information could help save a life if the resident is unable to speak or is otherwise incapacitated.

Homeowners are instructed to fill out this information as accurately and legibly as possible. A small weatherproof sticker is also included, which they want you to affix on or near your front door so that first responders know to look for the Vitalboard.

They say the EMT’s can then take the Vitalboard with them to the hospital. The Vitalboards are available at the Andringa locations in Sibley, Sheldon, and Ocheyedan.

Andringa also says you can download the Vital ICE App from your app store for your smartphone and enter in their code: #2230. He says Andringa Funeral Homes are making this potentially life-saving app available for free to download in the community as a way of showing their gratitude for allowing them to serve you.