August 31, 2017 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — This is the time of the year that the Cub Scouts are looking for more members.

Jennifer Meyer, the Thundercloud District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, of which the Cub Scouts are a part, tells us that her district includes eight counties, including O’Brien and Osceola Counties. She says many communities in her area are having scouting signup nights in the near future. She says they include Cub Scout Packs in Sheldon, Sibley, Hartley, and Paullina.

She tells us what Cub Scouting is all about.

Meyer tells us about the signup nights.

She says that while Lyon and Sioux Counties are not part of her area, that same website works for information on packs and signup nights in those and other counties. Again, it’s

Also, for more information on Sheldon’s Cub Scout program, you can contact Jeremy Lode at 712-348-0956 or

Photo Caption: Cub Scouts at 2017 Thundercloud District Twilight Camp

August 31, 2017 - 4:01 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Lois Abels, age 90, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Orange City Area Health System in Orange City, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Rev. Maggie Gisch officiating. Burial to follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Saturday, prior to the Funeral Service, from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. with family present at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Lois Abels.

August 31, 2017 - 8:25 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 last Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report for the month of August! Todd also discusses the differences between wax worms and maggots 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) 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.
August 30, 2017 - 1:14 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa (Radio Iowa ) — School is back in session around the area, and we’re again seeing those big yellow buses on the road, often with their lights flashing and their stop arms extended.

Last year there were 581 convictions in Iowa for passing a stopped school bus. Iowa Department of Transportation director Mark Lowe says the best way to avoid a ticket — or a crash — is to obey the speed limit and keep your eyes on the road.

According to the Iowa DOT, there have been “at least two incidents in the past two years” in which drivers have been killed when their vehicle smashed into the back of an Iowa school bus.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg says the 10-foot perimeter around a school bus is sometimes called the “danger zone.”

Drivers are to prepare to stop when the yellow lights on a school bus are flashing, unless the bus is on a road that’s four-lanes wide. In that instance, vehicles on a four-lane road that are BEHIND the bus must stop.

Five years ago, the penalties for passing a stopped school bus were raised and first-time offenders lose their driver’s license for 30 days. “Kadyn’s Law” was named after seven-year-old Kadyn Halvorson of Northwood. She was struck and killed by a pick-up while she was crossing the road to board her school bus.

August 29, 2017 - 3:03 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — The 2017 Sheldon Community High School Homecoming Queen and King candidates have been announced.

Candidates for Sheldon Homecoming Queen candidates include:  Nicole Johnson, the daughter of Jason and Lisa Johnson; Kacy Kamphoff, the daughter of Denny and Sandy Kamphoff; Katie Wagner, the daughter of Jeff and Jeff and Myrna Wagner; Paige Young, the daughter of Brett and Betsy Young; and Maddie Zoelle, the daughter of Tony and Sara Zoelle.

Orab Homecoming King candidates for 2017 are:  Kyle Boerhave, the son of Steve and Renea Boerhave; Dawson Jacobsma, the son of Kory and Krissa Jacobsma; Austin Kavanagh, the son of Greg and Julie Kavanagh; Jaden Kleinhesselink, the son of Kevin and Staci Kleinhesselink; and Hunter Lang, the son of Chad and Sara Lang.

The candidates will all be riding in the Celebration Days Parade next Monday afternoon.  The King and Queen will be crowned on Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:30 pm in the Sheldon High School Gym.  Sheldon’s Homecoming football game will be played Friday night, September 29th at Orab Field against Estherville-Lincoln Central.

Sibley, Iowa — Speed is being blamed for a rash of mishaps that have befallen truck drivers in the bridge construction area on Highway 60 south of Sibley.

Osceola County Chief Deputy Kevin Wollmuth says there have been seven or eight incidents in which tractor-trailer rigs had trouble navigating the narrow lane left for motorists to use, with some of them striking the concrete barriers and others losing control and overturning in the road ditch.  Wollmuth says he thinks that in each incident the blame can be placed on the speed the truckers were travelling going into the construction zone.

Wollmuth says there are multiple signs as far north as a mile north of Jackpot Junction warning motorists of the bridge construction. Wollmuth concedes that the traffic lane through the construction area is very tight, but he says he believes that, if trucks enter the area slow enough they should have no problems.  He says the Iowa Department of Transportation has now installed a light to illuminate the area at night, in hopes of preventing more mishaps.

The good news, however, is that as many collisions as have taken place, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported.

August 28, 2017 - 3:00 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Darlene Hansen age 90 of Sibley, IA died Monday, August 28, 2017 at her home in Sibley, IA.

Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 3rd at the United Methodist Church in Sibley, with Reverend Steve Swenson officiating.

Family will receive family and friends from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service at the United Methodist Church of Sibley.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:

The latest Radio Iowa High School Football Poll has Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley maintaining their #2 ranking in Class 2A with Sheldon entering the rankings in the spot. West Lyon jumped one spot to the 1 position in Class 1A, with Western Christian fell to #4. West Sioux stays ranked 4th in Class A, and 8-man is still topped by Harris-Lake Park, along with Remsen St. Mary’s makes an appearance at #9.

Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic (1-0), LW #1 @ Urbandale
2. Iowa City West (1-0), LW #3 vs Muscatine
3. WDM Valley (1-0), LW #4 vs #7 Waukee
4. Cedar Rapids Prairie (1-0), LW #8 @ CR Jefferson (Thur)
5. Johnston (1-0), LW (X) vs S.E. Polk
6. Lewis Central (1-0), LW #6 vs CB Abe Lincoln
7. Waukee (1-0), LW #7 @ #3 WDM Valley
8. Pleasant Valley (1-0), LW #9 @ Iowa City High
9. Cedar Falls (1-0), LW #10 @ Ames
10.Ankeny Centennial (0-1), LW #2 vs Ankeny

Class 3A
1. Pella (1-0), LW #1 @ Dallas Center-Grimes
2. West Delaware (1-0), LW #2 @ 2A-#7 Mount Vernon
3. Sioux City Heelan (1-0), LW #3 vs Carroll
4. Cedar Rapids Xavier (1-0), LW #5 vs Linn-Mar
5. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (1-0), LW #6 @ Sioux City East
6. Solon (1-0), LW #9 vs 1A-#2 Iowa City Regina
7. Webster City (1-0), LW #8 vs Clear Lake
8. Storm Lake (1-0), LW #10 vs Pocahontas Area
9. Boone (1-0), LW (X) @ Bondurant-Farrar
10.Washington (1-0), LW (X) @ Mid-Prairie

Class 2A
1. Williamsburg (1-0), LW #1 vs South Tama
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (1-0), LW #2 @ 1A-#1 West Lyon
3. Carroll Kuemper (1-0), LW #3 vs 1A-#2 St. Albert
4. Aplington-Parkersburg (2-0), LW #8 at Iowa Falls-Alden
5. Waukon (1-0), LW #9 @ New Hampton
6. Cascade (1-0), LW (X) vs Central DeWitt
7. Mount Vernon (0-1), LW #6 vs 3A-#2 West Delaware
8. Sheldon (1-0), LW (X) vs South O’Brien
9. Union (LaPorte City) (0-1), LW #4 @ Vinton-Shellsburg
10.South Central Calhoun (0-1), LW #7 @ IKM-Manning

Class 1A
1. West Lyon (1-0), LW #2 vs 2A-#2 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
2. Iowa City Regina (0-1), LW #1 @ 3A-#6 Solon
3. Denver (1-0), LW #4 vs Wapsie Valley
4. Western Christian (0-1), LW #3 vs Akron-Westfield
5. Panorama (1-0), LW #6 @ Woodward Academy
6. Bellevue (1-0), LW #7 at Northeast (Goose Lake)
7. Van Meter (1-0), LW #5 vs Woodward-Granger
8. Pella Christian (1-0), LW (X) @ Albia
9. Pleasantville (1-0), LW #10 @ Centerville
10.AHSTW (Avoca) (1-0), LW (X) @ Lawton-Bronson

Class A
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-0), LW #1 vs Dike-New Hartford
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert (1-0), LW #2 @ 2A-#4 Carroll Kuemper
3. Lynnville-Sully (1-0), LW #3 vs BGM (Brooklyn)
4. West Sioux (1-0), LW #4 @ HMS (Hartley)
5. Lisbon (1-0), LW #5 @ North Cedar
6. Algona Garrigan (1-0), LW #6 at Southeast Valley
7. Hudson (1-0), LW #8 @ Nashua-Plainfield
8. East Buchanan (1-0), LW #9 @ Sumner-Fredricksburg
9. Earlham (0-1), LW #10 @ Madrid
10.Pekin (2-0), LW (X) vs Davis County

1. Harris-Lake Park (1-0), LW #1 vs River Valley
2. Don Bosco (1-0), LW #2 @ Iowa Valley
3. Audubon (1-0), LW #3 @ CAM (Anita)
4. Fremont-Mills (1-0), LW #4 @ Stanton
5. Newell-Fonda (1-0), LW #5 vs Glidden-Ralston
6. Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire (1-0), LW #7 vs Northwood-Kensett
7. Turkey Valley (1-0), LW #6 vs West Central (Maynard)
8. East Union (1-0), LW #10 vs East Mills
9. Remsen St. Mary’s (1-0), LW (X) vs Baxter
10.AGWSR (1-0), LW (X) vs Dunkerton

August 28, 2017 - 10:34 am - Posted in Sports

Sibley Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs opened the season on the road with a 55-0 non-district win over Sibley Ocheyedan Friday night.

Sheldon scored on their first offensive play of the season. Quarterback Jaden Kleinhesselink found tight end Kyle Boerhave down the middle of the field for a 64 yard score. Brian Bernal added the extra point and Sheldon was up 7-0 with 11:46 left in the first quarter. The Orabs would ride that momentum the rest of the way.

Sheldon held a 27-0 first quarter lead and had pushed that to a 48-0 lead at half time. At the end of the third quarter Sheldon led 55-0 and that would be the final score.

Unofficially Kleinhesselink was 14-of-20 for 243 yards and five touchdowns. Phil Cain caught 5 balls for 95 yard and three scores on receptions of 8, 26 and 22 yards. Tyler  Merley caught 6 passes for 68 yards including a 32 yard score.

The running game was productive as well with Brady Prescott rushing 20 times for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns. Prescott found the end zone on runs of 8, 5 and 4 yards.

Freshman kicker Brian Bernal converted 7-of-8 extra point attempts.

Next Friday Sheldon will host South O’Brien in the home opener while the Generals will play their second in a row at home as they host LeMars Gehlen.

August 25, 2017 - 10:37 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — It’s opening night Friday night for most Iowa high school football teams. The Sheldon Orabs open at Sibley Ocheyedan on KIWA AM 1550. The Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks open at home against Western Christian on KIWA FM 105.3.

Sheldon renews the old Highway 60 rivalry in the first of two non-district games to start the season. Along with a win Sheldon Head Coach Tyler Lloyd looks at execution and tempo as the goals for the season opener.

Coach Lloyd sees turnover margin as the biggest key to an Orab win.

Sibley Ocheyedan Head Coach Dan Spooner talks about his players understanding the need for a total team effort.

Spooner feels good decision making will be the key for the Generals.

The Coach Kory Roos and LA will bring you season long coverage of the Orabs on KIWA AM 1550.


Boyden Hull Rock Valley opens the year with a non-district game hosting Western Christian. It’s a match up of two defending State Champions with the Nighthawks winning the 2A title and the Wolfpack claiming the 1A State title last season. The high school athletic association has said it’s the first time two defending State Champions have opened the season against each other.

Nighthawk Head Coach Corey Brandt has been most proud of his teams attitude and effort leading up to the season opener.

Brandt feels effort will be one of the biggest keys to getting a win in the season opener.

Wolfpack Head Coach Travis Kooima likes the way the different personalities of his team are coming together.

Along with a win Friday night Kooima would like to see his team begin to define it’s identity.

Jon and Justin Hellinga bring you season long coverage of the Nighthawks on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame for both of our broadcast games begins with the Radio Iowa Scouting Report at 6:05 with kick off at 7:00. Following our game coverage listen in for scores and highlights from across the state with the Scoreboard show on KIWA FM 105.3. Both games will be streamed from the website as well at