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.

September 19, 2017 - 3:16 pm - Posted in News

The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that about 11:25 Sunday morning, they were called to the scene of a crash between a 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer rig, and a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup.

According to the report, the 2013 Freightliner was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 when it entered the median and went into the westbound lanes of Interstate 90. The 2017 Dodge Ram was traveling westbound and struck the side of the Freightliner’s trailer. Both the Freightliner and Dodge Ram entered the north ditch. The trailer and Dodge Ram both caught fire. The driver and passenger of the Dodge Ram were pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

KIWA has learned that the victims of the crash were the driver of the pickup, 64-year old Terrie Roede, along with her 59-year old husband Randy Roede, both of Pierre, South Dakota.  Both Terrie and Randy Roede were former residents of Sibley.

Funeral service information for Randy and Terrie Roede may be found HERE.

September 19, 2017 - 3:03 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Terrie Roede age 64 of Pierre, SD formerly of Spencer and Sibley, IA and Randy Roede, age 59, of Pierre, SD formerly of Sibley, IA died Sunday, September 17, 2017, near Okaton, SD, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 25th at the First Reformed Church in Sibley, with Reverend Luke Schouten officiating.

Burial will follow in the Baker Township Cemetery rural Melvin, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 24th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., with family present from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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

September 18, 2017 - 9:13 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The need for blood donors remains constant. Blood donors are needed in Sibley on Wednesday of this week (September 20th). And in addition to the good feeling that comes from helping someone in need, this time you get a little more when you donate.

Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken VerSteeg says the bloodmobile will be in Sibley for an All-American Blood Drive on Wednesday.


He says a free gift and a meal are available to all donors.


VerSteeg says there are a few requirements to donating blood.


Again, the All American Blood Drive in Sibley will be at the Osceola Community Hospital on Wednesday, September 20th from 10:00 to 1:00 and 2:30 to 5:00.

September 18, 2017 - 10:44 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The latest Radio Iowa High School Football Poll has Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley sliding up to the 6th spot in 2A while Sioux Center stays at #8. Sheldon fell out of the rankings from the 6th position. Class 1A keeps West Lyon in the top spot along with Western at #3. Class A features West Sioux retaining their ranking at the 4 spot in Class A, and in 8-man, Remsen St. Mary’s, Newell-Fonda, and Harris-Lake Park are ranked 3, 4, and 5, while GTRA is in the 8th position.

Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic (4-0), LW #1 vs Sioux City West
2. Iowa City West (4-0), LW #2 vs #3 Cedar Rapids Prairie
3. Cedar Rapids Prairie (4-0), LW #3 @ #2 Iowa City West
4. WDM Valley (3-1), LW #4 @ Fort Dodge
5. Lewis Central (4-0), LW #6 vs Urbandale
6. Johnston (3-1), LW #5 @ DSM East
7. Bettendorf (3-1), LW (X) @ Muscatine
8. Cedar Falls (3-1), LW #8 vs Mason City
9. S.E. Polk (2-2), LW (X) @ Indianola
10.Waukee (2-2), LW #9 @ DSM Roosevelt

Class 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (4-0), LW #1 vs #8 Decorah
2. Solon (4-0), LW #2 @ Oskaloosa
3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (4-0), LW #3 vs Spencer
4. Sioux City Heelan (3-1), LW #4 vs LeMars
5. Dallas Center-Grimes (4-0), LW #5 @ Perry
6. Webster City (4-0), LW #6 vs Ballard
7. Pella (3-1), LW #7 vs Grinnell
8. Decorah (4-0), LW (X) @ #1 Xavier
9. Boone (4-0), LW #10 vs Gilbert
10.Harlan (3-1), LW (X) vs Adel ADM

Class 2A
1. Williamsburg (4-0), LW #1 vs Mediapolis
2. Cascade (4-0), LW #2 vs Monticello
3. Mount Vernon (3-0), LW #4 vs Northeast (Goose Lake)
4. Union (LaPorte City) (3-1), LW #5 vs Dyersville Beckman
5. Waukon (3-1), LW #3 vs Columbus Jct.
6. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (3-1), LW #7 vs Pocahontas Area
7. Clear Lake (3-1), LW #9 @ Forest City
8. Sioux Center (4-0), LW #8 @ Estherville Lincoln Central
9. West Marshall (3-1), LW #10 vs Dike-New Hartford
10.South Central Calhoun (3-1), LW (X) @ Clarinda

Class 1A
1. West Lyon (4-0), LW #1 vs Alta-Aurelia
2. Pella Christian (4-0), LW #2 vs Mount Ayr
3. Western Christian (3-1), LW #3 @ Hinton
4. Van Meter (4-0), LW #4 @ Eagle Grove
5. Pleasantville (4-0), LW #5 vs Woodward Academy
6. Bellevue (4-0), LW #6 @ #9 West Branch
7. Iowa City Regina (2-2), LW #7 vs Highland (Riverside)
8. AHSTW (Avoca) (4-0), LW #8 vs Treynor
9. West Branch (4-0), LW #9 vs #6 Bellevue
10.Wilton (4-0), LW #10 vs Louisa-Muscatine

Class A
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-0), LW #1 vs BGM
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert (4-0), LW #2 vs Earlham
3. Lynnville-Sully (4-0), LW #3 @ Winfield-Mt. Union
4. West Sioux (4-0), LW #4 @ West Monona
5. Lisbon (4-0), LW #5 vs East Buchanan
6. Algona Garrigan (4-0), LW #6 vs MMCRU
7. Hudson (4-0), LW #7 vs GMG Garwin
8. Wapsie Valley (4-0), LW #8 @ Edgewood-Colesburg
9. Pekin (5-0), LW #10 vs Cardinal (Eldon)
10.Saint Ansgar (4-0), LW (X) vs West Fork

8-man
1. Don Bosco (4-0), LW #1 @ Central Elkader
2. Audubon (4-0), LW #2 @ River Valley
3. Remsen St. Mary’s (4-0), LW #3 @ #4 Newell-Fonda
4. Newell-Fonda (4-0), LW #4 vs #2 Remsen-St. Mary’s
5. Harris-Lake Park (3-1), LW #7 Idle
6. Sidney (4-0), LW #9 vs CAM (Anita)
7. Lone Tree (5-0), LW #10 vs Baxter
8. Graettinger-Terrill/Ruthven-Ayrshire (2-1), LW #8 vs Kingsley-Pierson
9. Tripoli (4-0), LW (X) @ West Central (Maynard)
10.AR-WE-VA (Westside) (4-1), LW (X) @ West Harrison

September 15, 2017 - 6:43 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The unofficial results from Tuesday’s election are now official.

The county boards of supervisors of the four northwest Iowa counties met on Friday, some for a slightly-rescheduled regular meeting and some for the special purpose of canvassing the results of this past Tuesday’s school election.

The O’Brien County Board of Supervisors met at 9 a.m. on Friday. County Auditor Barb Rohwer reports that other than a few changes to write-ins, everything stayed the same, and those who appeared to have received the most votes have been officially declared the winners.

The Sioux County Board of Supervisors met at 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Sioux County Election Clerk Lisa Rowenhorst says the situation was similar in Sioux County. After the canvass, Gary Witt was the confirmed write-in winner for West Sioux District 2. He is the incumbent but did not file papers, and won anyway.

The Lyon County Board of Supervisors met at 9 a.m. on Friday. Lyon County Election Clerk Carrie Johnson says there were no changes to the Lyon County results, and those who appeared to have the most votes were officially declared the winners there as well.

The Osceola County Board of Supervisors met at 8:45 a.m. on Friday and there were no changes there either according to their auditor’s office. The Osceola County Auditor’s office only handles the Sibley-Ocheyedan district. There are portions of other districts within the county’s borders, but they are administered by surrounding counties. For instance, the Harris-Lake Park results are canvassed by the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors, and according to the Dickinson County Auditor’s Office, there were no changes there either from the numbers reported on Tuesday night.

September 15, 2017 - 6:40 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Monday is shaping up to be a busy day in northwest Iowa courtrooms.

If all the events happen as scheduled, there will be events in six cases that we’ve been covering.

In Lyon County, Cassandra Joy VanBerkum of Rock Rapids is accused of theft of medication. According to court documents, Van Berkum has filed a written arraignment and plea of “not guilty” to the charges. Her pretrial conference is this Monday. The trial is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids.

Julian Barrientos of Doon is charged with felony eluding among several other offenses after a chase in Lyon County in April. Barrientos filed a plea of “not guilty” on May 30th. His court dates have been postponed several times. His pretrial conference is also this Monday. No trial date has been set.

Trysten Robinson, formerly known as Trysten Ramsey of Rock Rapids is accused of sexual contact with a girl who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged incident in December, 2016. Dates have been pushed back in his case as well. A hearing on the case is scheduled for this Monday. A suppression hearing is scheduled for October 2nd. No further dates have been set.

In Osceola County, David Lee Buss of Ashton is accused of a felony Controlled Substance Violation. He faces an initial appearance on his charges this Monday.

In Sioux County, Nina Spaans of Hawarden is charged with three counts of Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a class D felony in connection with alleged child abuse. She has pled “not guilty.” The pretrial conference has been pushed back several times. It is now scheduled for this Monday morning. No trial date has been set.

Gretchen Scott (also known as Gretchen Gardner) of Hudson, SD is accused of writing over $1000 in bad checks to two Sioux Center businesses. She is scheduled for arraignment this Monday in Sioux County District Court.