Primghar, Iowa — Starting this Monday, those who are elderly or disabled can apply for winter heating assistance through the 2017-18 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP.

LIHEAP was established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. Brenda Collier of Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Primghar tells us about LIHEAP.


She says the program is income-based.


For instance, a one-person household can make up to $1759 per month or $21,105 per year and still qualify. A family of four could make up to $3588 per month or $43,050 per year and still qualify for LIHEAP.

Collier says those age 60 or over and those who are on SSI or Disability can apply starting on Monday, October 2nd. Other low-income Iowans can apply starting on November 1st. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2018, or until funding runs out. She tells us what you will need when you apply for LIHEAP assistance.


Officials say the program is not designed to pay your household’s total energy costs but will provide supplemental assistance based on several factors, including household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

For more information, O’Brien County residents can call Upper Des Moines in Primghar at 712-957-1023. Osceola County residents can call the Upper Des Moines office in Sibley at 712-754-2573. Lyon and Sioux Counties are among the counties served by Mid-Sioux Opportunity, and for more information or to set up a LIHEAP appointment in those counties, you can call the Sioux Center office at 712-722-3611 or on Wednesdays you can call the Rock Rapids office at 712-472-3746.

Again, at this time, they’re only taking applications from elderly or disabled Iowans. Starting November 1st, they’ll take applications from all low-income Iowans.

 

LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Income Guidelines
(October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018)The total household income for an applicant must be at or below 175% of the 2017 federal poverty guidelines which are listed below:

Size of Household 30 Day Gross Income* Annual Gross Income*
1 $1,759 $21,105
2 $2,368 $28,420
3 $2,978 $35,735
4 $3,588 $43,050
5 $4,197 $50,365
6 $4,807 $57,680
7 $5,416 $64,995
8 $6,026 $72,310

For more information click here.

September 28, 2017 - 3:40 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest IGHSAU Volleyball Rankings keeps Gehlen at #3 in Class 1A, Harris Lake Park moved in to the 12th position. Class 2A features Western remaining at #2, Unity falling to the 8 spot, and Hinton staying at 10. Sioux Center is the new #1 in Class 3A, and MOC-FV makes their first appearance in the rankings at the 12 spot.

Class 1A

1 Janesville 16-6 1
2 Springville 26-2 2
3 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-4 3
4 Starmont 13-4 4
5 New London 22-3 5
6 Tripoli 16-5 7
7 Holy Trinity Catholic 19-3 6
8 North Tama 19-3 8
9 Montezuma 18-3 9
10 Iowa Valley 16-9 10
11 Algona Bishop Garrigan 15-9 12
12 Harris-Lake Park 11-4 13
13 Dunkerton 16-5 11
14 HLV 12-4 NR
15 Essex 12-4 NR

Dropped Out: Iowa Mennonite (14), Central Elkader (15)

Class 2A

1 Dike-New Hartford 30-3 1
2 Western Christian 16-3 2
3 Grundy Center 24-2 3
4 Council Bluffs St. Albert 15-2 4
5 Sidney 21-3 5
6 Lake Mills 29-1 7
7 Treynor 17-3 8
8 Unity Christian 9-7 6
9 Tri-Center 16-2 12
10 Hinton 13-8 10
11 Iowa City Regina 21-7 11
12 Wilton 19-4 11
13 Clarinda 12-7 13
14 Bellevue 14-5 14
15 Van Meter 12-3 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

1 Sioux Center 20-4 2
2 Kuemper Catholic 26-2 1
3 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 20-6 3
4 Mount Vernon 11-5 5
5 Tipton 20-3 6
6 Gilbert 18-9 7
7 Osage 10-6 8
8 Davenport Assumption 14-5 4
9 Red Oak 9-8 9
10 West Liberty 17-3 10
11 Beckman Catholic 18-9 11
12 New Hampton 16-3 13
13 MOC-Floyd Valley 17-6 NR
14 Iowa Falls-Alden 16-3 12
15 Forest City 19-2 NR

Dropped Out: Humboldt (14), Shenandoah (15)

Class 4A

1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 23-4 1
2 Pella 19-2 2
3 Waverly-Shell Rock 22-4 3
4 Dubuque Wahlert 10-4 4
5 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 20-6 5
6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 24-1 8
7 Center Point-Urbana 21-7 7
8 Lewis Central 22-4 6
9 Independence 20-2 9
10 Charles City 10-8 10
11 Dallas Center-Grimes 17-4 11
12 Marion 13-7 12
13 North Scott 15-7 13
14 Fort Madison 16-5 14
15 Fairfield 17-5 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 5A

1 Cedar Falls 25-2 1
2 West Des Moines Valley 24-7 3
3 Ankeny Centennial 17-3 4
4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 21-2 2
5 Linn-Mar 21-6 5
6 Dubuque Hempstead 18-5 6
7 Pleasant Valley 18-1 7
8 Bettendorf 17-2 8
9 Iowa City West 16-10 9
10 Dowling Catholic 21-6 10
11 Indianola 17-6 11
12 Ankeny 16-12 12
13 Urbandale 14-6 14
14 Waukee 15-11 13
15 Johnston 9-8 15

Dropped Out: none

September 27, 2017 - 10:50 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 latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report and also watch Todd’s Tackle tips for an insight on what’s new for the ice season!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes and perch fair.
Horseshoe A few walleyes and smallmouth.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and perch fair.
Big Stone Lake Perch and bluegills fair to good along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye and perch.
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 perch, largemouth bass, and perch.
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 Perch good. Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Bluegills fair.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair along with a few crappie and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair along with a few perch.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Lake Alvin Crappie and largemouth bass 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 Walleyes fair along with a few perch.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Perch fair. A few walleyes.
Thompson Walleyes fair to good. A few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes and perch.
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 and perch.
Sinai Walleyes, perch, and crappie fair.
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.
September 26, 2017 - 5:40 pm - Posted in News

UPDATE:
Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley City Council has decided not to offer another night for a public forum regarding the Osceola County Aquatic Center vote.

After the council on Monday considered an additional night due to many parents being busy this Wednesday night, Sibley City Clerk Susan Sembach says they decided against it at this time. She says the public is encouraged to attend one of the three available evenings. According to Sembach, te forum nights will be relatively the same format each night. She says these nights are for the public to come and ask questions and learn about the project itself.

According to Sembach, in order to have a pool next year, the bond referendum must pass, and she says, “That’s up to the public, so we highly encourage everyone to come out and learn as much as they can about the project.”

The public forum nights will be on Wednesday, September 27th; Wednesday, October 18th; and Wednesday, November 1st. She says all meetings will tentatively be held at Mulligans at 6 p.m.

Sembach says that the public is also encouraged to email questions or drop them off in writing to City Hall at 808 Third Avenue. They can be emailed to sibleyadmin@premieronline.net.
————————————————
Original story posted September 25, 2017 at 4:39 p.m.:
Sibley, Iowa — Along with municipal candidates, the city of Sibley will have a ballot question for the November election. Voters will be asked whether the city should issue general obligation loan notes in the amount of 1.6 million dollars for improving the city pool.

Three public forums are coming up at which people can get more information. According to Sibley City Clerk Susan Sembach, the pool forums are public meetings that will be held at Mulligan’s, the clubhouse at the golf course. Right now, three meetings are scheduled — on Wednesday, September 27th; Wednesday, October 18th; and Wednesday, November 1st. She says the forums are being held to give the public a chance to speak with and ask questions of engineers, city officials, department heads, and others in relation to the upcoming pool project and the public vote in November.

The Sibley City Council is scheduled to talk about the forums tonight at their regular meeting because it was brought to the attention of city officials that Wednesday night is not an available night for many parents due to other activities says Sembach. So it’s been requested that council have an additional meeting on another evening so more parents are available to attend.

Members of the Osceola County Aquatic Center Committee say that the plan is to re-use some of the pool items, but have an almost entirely new pool.

September 25, 2017 - 5:48 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Bill “Jackpot” Top, age 63 of Sibley,  died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 23rd at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 28th at the First Presbyterian Church of Sibley, with Reverend Terry Simm officiating.

Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 27th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

September 25, 2017 - 12:02 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The latest Football Rankings from Radio Iowa is mostly unchanged after 5 weeks of play. BHRV is at #6 and Sioux Center at #8. West Lyon stays top ranked in 1A, along with Western Christian at #3. Class A features West Sioux in the 4 spot, and in 8-man, Remsen St. Mary’s is in the 3rd spot, Harris-Lake Park in 5th, GT/RA jumps to 6th and Newell-Fonda falls to #9 from 4th.

Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic (5-0), LW #1 @ DSM Lincoln
2. Iowa City West (5-0), LW #2 @ Burlington
3. WDM Valley (4-1), LW #4 vs #10 S.E. Polk
4. Bettendorf (4-1), LW #7 vs Clinton
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie (4-1), LW #3 vs Ottumwa
6. Johnston (4-1), LW #6 vs DSM Roosevelt
7. Cedar Falls (4-1), LW #8 vs Cedar Rapids Washington
8. Waukee (3-2), LW #10 vs Sioux City East
9. Pleasant Valley (4-1), LW (X) @ Davenport West
10.S.E. Polk (3-2), LW #9 @ #3 WDM Valley

Class 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-0), LW #1 @ Independence
2. Solon (5-0), LW #2 vs Fort Madison
3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (5-0), LW #3 @ Algona
4. Sioux City Heelan (4-1), LW #4 @ Spencer
5. Dallas Center-Grimes (5-0), LW #5 vs #6 Webster City
6. Webster City (5-0), LW #6 @ Dallas Center-Grimes
7. Pella (4-1), LW #7 @ Knoxville
8. Harlan (4-1), LW #10 @ Carroll
9. Boone (5-0), LW #9 @ Greene County
10.Decorah (4-1), LW #8 vs Waverly-Shell Rock

Class 2A
1. Williamsburg (5-0), LW #1 @ Mid-Prairie
2. Cascade (5-0), LW #2 @ Oelwein
3. Mount Vernon (4-1), LW #3 @ Anamosa
4. Union (LaPorte City) (4-1), LW #4 @ Waterloo Columbus
5. Waukon (4-1), LW #5 @ Monticello
6. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (4-1), LW #6 @ Cherokee
7. Clear Lake (4-1), LW #7 vs Hampton-Dumont
8. Sioux Center (5-0), LW #8 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
9. South Central Calhoun (4-1), LW #10 vs Carroll Kuemper
10.PCM (Monroe) (4-1), LW (X) @ Chariton

Class 1A
1. West Lyon (5-0), LW #1 @ Hinton
2. Pella Christian (5-0), LW #2 @ Woodward Academy
3. Western Christian (4-1), LW #3 vs Okoboji (Milford)
4. Van Meter (5-0), LW #4 vs Manson NW Webster
5. Pleasantville (5-0), LW #5 @ Mount Ayr
6. Iowa City Regina (3-2), LW #7 @ #10 Wilton
7. AHSTW (Avoca) (5-0), LW #8 vs IKM-Manning
8. West Branch (5-0), LW #9 @ Durant
9. Bellevue (4-1), LW #6 vs Tipton
10.Wilton (5-0), LW #10 vs #6 Iowa City Regina

Class A
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-0), LW #1 @ Grand View Christian
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert (5-0), LW #2 @ Martensdale-St. Marys
3. Lynnville-Sully (5-0), LW #3 vs #8 Pekin
4. West Sioux (5-0), LW #4 vs LeMars Gehlen
5. Algona Garrigan (5-0), LW #6 @ South O’Brien
6. Hudson (5-0), LW #7 @ BGM
7. Wapsie Valley (5-0), LW #8 vs Lisbon
8. Pekin (6-0), LW #9 @ #3 Lynville-Sully
9. Saint Ansgar (5-0), LW #10 @ Grundy Center
10.East Buchanan (4-1), LW (X) vs Postville

8-man
1. Don Bosco (5-0), LW #1 vs Lansing Kee
2. Audubon (5-0), LW #2 vs Boyer Valley
3. Remsen St. Mary’s (5-0), LW #3 vs #6 Graettinger-Terill/Ruthven-Ayrshire
4. Sidney (5-0), LW #6 @ East Mills
5. Harris-Lake Park (3-1), LW #5 vs West Bend-Mallard
6. Graettinger-Terrill/Ruthven-Ayrshire (3-1), LW #8 @ #3 Remsen-St. Mary’s
7. Tripoli (5-0), LW #9 @ Central City
8. AR-WE-VA (Westside) (5-1), LW #10 vs River Valley
9. Newell-Fonda (4-1), LW #4 @ Clay Central-Everly
10.Midland (Wyoming) (4-1), LW (X) vs Baxter

September 22, 2017 - 3:39 pm - Posted in Sports

Midland University recently inducted its newest members into the Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame. The 1987 Warrior football team was inducted Friday, Sept. 15, at a special banquet during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Among those inducted to the Midland Hall of Fame was Chris Godfredson of Sibley.

Induction into the Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame is determined by outstanding athletic performance and leadership during an athlete or team’s tenure at Midland.

The 1987 Midland Football Team was one of the top teams in the nation, qualifying for the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals and ranking No. 16 in the country. Under the direction of legendary Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Watchorn, the ’87 Warriors finished the regular season with a 7-2 overall record, posting victories over Sioux Falls, Chadron State, Nebraska. Wesleyan, Hastings, Doane, Concordia, and Northwestern.

The Warriors clinched the coveted Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) championship with a 43-21 victory over Concordia in the regular season finale.

Midland travelled to Pacific Lutheran, ranked No. 6 in the country, for their NAIA Quarterfinal playoff matchup. While Midland did score first in the game, the Warriors lost to the eventual national championship team that day.

For the season, Midland’s vaunted wishbone offense averaged 382.3 total yards per game, including 269.5 yards rushing per game (ninth in the country) and 112.8 yards passing per game. The Warriors averaged 27.2 points per game. Defensively, the Warriors held opponents to 329.7 total yards per game, including 147.1 yards rushing per game and 182.6 yards passing per game. Opponents scored an average of 19.4 points per game.

Several of the players from that 1987 team as well as Assistant Coach Ron Johnson spoke during the Hall of Fame Banquet. Current Warrior Coach Jeff Jamrog accepted a plague that will be placed in the Watchorn Football Complex.

September 22, 2017 - 9:42 am - Posted in Sports

The latest IGHSAU Volleyball Rankings have Gehlen sliding into the 3rd position in Class 1A, along with Harris-Lake Park moving into 13th. Class 2A keeps Western at 2nd, Unity at 6th, and Hinton in 9th. Sioux Center remains at 2nd in Class 3A.

Class 1A

1 Janesville 12-4 1
2 Springville 20-1 3
3 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 14-4 5
4 Starmont 9-4 4
5 New London 16-3 6
6 Holy Trinity Catholic 14-2 2
7 Tripoli 15-6 7
8 North Tama 17-3 8
9 Montezuma 16-3 10
10 Iowa Valley 13-7 12
11 Dunkerton 14-3 9
12 Algona Garrigan 11-6 13
13 Harris-Lake Park 11-4 15
14 Iowa Mennonite 8-7 11
15 Central Elkader 10-4 NR

Dropped Out: East Union (14)

Class 2A

1 Dike-New Hartford 23-2 1
2 Western Christian 11-3 2
3 Grundy Center 21-1 3
4 Council Bluffs St. Albert 15-2 4
5 Sidney 15-3 5
6 Unity Christian 6-4 6
7 Lake Mills 22-1 7
8 Treynor 17-3 10
9 Hinton 10-4 9
10 Iowa City Regina 18-5 13
11 Wilton 19-4 8
12 Tri-Center 14-2 15
13 Clarinda 12-6 11
14 Bellevue 11-3 NR
15 Van Meter 10-3 NR

Dropped Out: Pella Christian (12), Sumner-Fredericksburg (14)

Class 3A

1 Kuemper Catholic 23-0 1
2 Sioux Center 15-2 2
3 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 16-4 3
4 Davenport Assumption 11-3 4
5 Mount Vernon 10-5 5
6 Tipton 14-2 6
7 Gilbert 14-7 7
8 Osage 9-6 8
9 Red Oak 7-5 9
10 West Liberty 12-2 10
11 Beckman Catholic 17-9 11
12 Iowa Falls-Alden 12-1 13
13 New Hampton 15-3 14
14 Humboldt 19-3 NR
15 Shenandoah 15-3 NR

Dropped Out: South Central Calhoun (12), Camanche (15)

Class 4A

1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 17-3 1
2 Pella 18-2 2
3 Waverly-Shell Rock 17-3 4
4 Dubuque Wahlert 10-3 3
5 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 13-6 5
6 Lewis Central 14-3 6
7 Center Point-Urbana 17-5 7
8 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 18-1 9
9 Independence 19-2 8
10 Charles City 8-6 10
11 Dallas Center-Grimes 12-3 11
12 Marion 12-7 12
13 North Scott 14-7 13
14 Fort Madison 15-4 NR
15 Fairfield 12-5 14

Dropped Out: Bondurant-Farrar (15)

Class 5A

1 Cedar Falls 18-2 1
2 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 16-1 3
3 West Des Moines Valley 26-4 6
4 Ankeny Centennial 16-3 2
5 Linn-Mar 17-4 4
6 Dubuque Hempstead 13-4 5
7 Pleasant Valley 17-1 7
8 Bettendorf 12-1 9
9 Iowa City West 12-7 8
10 Dowling Catholic 17-4 10
11 Indianola 16-6 11
12 Ankeny 13-10 12
13 Waukee 18-12 13
14 Urbandale 13-6 14
15 Johnston 9-7 15

Dropped Out: None

September 21, 2017 - 5:22 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — Construction continues on a $22 million feed mill for the Cooperative Farmers Elevator at Ocheyedan.

Construction on the new mill started this spring. We talked to CFE Vice President of Feed, Steve Petersen, who tells us about the mill, which will provide feed for a large area.


He says the mill will have a large throughput.


He says it will bring jobs to Ocheyedan.


He says the new mill will be across the street from their current grain facility, which has about five million bushels of storage, which is one of the reasons they decided to build it there.

He says the weather has been favorable for construction this past summer.


He says they’re pretty much on-timeline to finish about one year from now, in September of 2018. He says it will take about a month of startup time to get the mill running at capacity.

September 19, 2017 - 4:31 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Elaine Wellendorf age 90 of Ashton, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Country View Manor in Sibley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Fr. Timothy Hogan, celebrating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Ashton.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.  There will be a Rosary at 5:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Ashton is in charge of arrangements.