December 9, 2017 - 9:33 am - Posted in Obituaries

Melinda Newkirk, age 66 of Sibley, IA died Friday, December 8, 2017 at Sibley Specialty Care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, December 13 th at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sibley, IA, with Father Siby Punnoose as Celebrant.

Burial will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the St. Andrew’s Church.

A complete obituary and online registry will be available at:

Ocheyedan, Iowa — The Ocheyedan Indians 4-H Club has teamed up with the Trace House Museum to bring a new set of banners to be displayed in Ocheyedan.

We talked to Jodi Bremer of the Ocheyedan Indians 4-H Club, and she tells us the club became involved in the project after being approached by the museum.

Bremer says the first set of four banners feature the Ocheyedan 125th, the old school, the Ocheyedan Mound, and the old Ocheyedan Depot. She says that, unlike the old banners, the new ones are maintenance-free metal banners that should last a lifetime. The banners are fairly expensive, each of them costing more than $1-thousand, but will promote Ocheyedan’s history, as well as be a beautiful additions to Ocheyedan’s downtown.

Bremer says plans are in the works for four additional banners, which will honor the town’s original churches.

She says there’s currently a fundraising campaign being ocnducted to pay for the additional banners.

Bremer explains how the group is raising funds.

Bremer says donations can be dropped off at any Ocheyedan business, or you can call her at 712-461-0785, or you can send your donation to:
Tracy Museum
P.O. Box 454
Ocheyedan IA 51354

And, she says, you don’t have to be an Ocheyedan resident to contribute.

Bremer says she’s excited that the Ocheyedan Indians 4-H Club, who represent Ocheyedan’s future, are involved in this project to honor the town’s past.

December 6, 2017 - 2:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Brian Daiker age 44 of Ashton, IA died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 9th at First Reformed Church is Sibley, IA, with Rev. Luke Schouten and Fr. Siby Punnoose officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, December 8th from 2:00 to 8:00 PM, with family present from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at First Reformed Church in Sibley.

A complete obituary and online registry will be available at:

December 6, 2017 - 11:40 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News



Osceola County Sharing Christmas 2017

  1. Please contact Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Sibley if you are willing to help make a family’s Christmas a little better this year. Please call during office hours which are Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:00 – 12:00 and 12:30- 3:30 to adopt a family or with any questions. UDMO’s number is 712-754-2573.
  2. All families have now been adopted! Upper Des Moines Opportunity of Osceola County says thanks and Merry Christmas to all who adpoted a family!!
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December 6, 2017 - 11:37 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. As Old Man Winter arrives, Dakota Angler owner, Todd Heitkamp, provides the latest fishing report for the area.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Iced over.
Horseshoe Iced over. .
Pelican Iced over.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Iced over.
Big Stone Lake Iced over.
Poinsett Iced over. .
Lake Hendricks Iced over.
Bitter Lake Iced over.
Waubay Iced over.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Iced over. .
Pickerel Lake Iced over.
West Oakwood Iced over.
Swan Lake Iced over.
Lake Kampeska Iced over.
Piyas Iced over.
Blue Dog Iced over.
Lake Cochrane Iced over.
Casey’s Slough Iced over.
Indian Springs Iced over.
Lynn Lake Iced over.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) Iced over. .
Traverse Iced over.
Lake Albert Ice Forming.
Lake Henry Ice Forming.
Roy Lake Iced over.
Buffalo Iced over..

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Ice Forming.
Vermillion Ice Forming.
Lake Herman Ice Forming.
Wall Lake Ice Forming.
Lake Alvin Ice Forming.
Diamond Ice Forming.
Scott’s Slough Ice Forming.
Island Ice Forming.
81 Ponds Ice Forming.
George WPA Ice Forming.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Ice Forming.
Thompson Ice Forming.
Brandt Ice Forming..
Whitewood Ice Forming.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Ice Forming.
Henry WPA Ice Forming.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Ice Forming.
Mitchell Ice Forming.
Menno Ice Forming.
Beaver Ice Forming.
Sinai Ice Forming.
Brush Ice Forming.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Ice Forming.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Ice Forming..
Silver Lake Ice Forming.
East Okoboji Ice Forming.
West Okoboji Ice Forming.
Lake Pahoja Ice Forming.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Ice Forming.
Sarah Ice Forming..
Benton Ice Forming.
East Twin Ice Forming.
Round Ice Forming..
Okabena Ice Forming.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Ice Forming..
Pierre Walleye fair.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair to good.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Ice forming
Big Sioux Ice forming.

Ashton, Iowa — The search is still underway for the person or persons who damaged an HTC Communications pedestal in Ashton, knocking out cable and internet for the southern part of town.

A reckless driver is being blamed for the damage, which destroyed the equipment owned by HTC Communications.

Dave Raak of HTC says the company has received some tips that have been passed on to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, but the company has yet to discover the names on any suspect. Raak says the citizens of Ashton are quite upset over the situation, an observation echoed by Osceola County Chief Deputy Kevin Wollmuth.

As of late Tuesday (December 5th) morning, no arrests have been made in the case.

Raak asks anyone with information about the incident, or those involved, to contact HTC Communications at 712-752-8100.


Original story posted at 3:51 pm 12/4/2017

Ashton, Iowa — Folks in Ashton were without cable and internet service Saturday morning after some of HTC Communication’s equipment in Ashton was destroyed by an apparent reckless driver.

According to a post on the HTC Communications Facebook page, a reckless driver struck and heavily damaged a cable pedestal, which took out cable and internet to the south side of Ashton.

HTC Communications is asking anyone with information on the person or persons responsible to please contact HTC at 712-752-8100. HTC says this kind of damage impacts all customers with the inconvenience of no service, along with higher costs.

Northwest Iowa — Northwest Iowans who hold an Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons came one step closer yesterday (Thursday, November 30th) to being allowed to carry their firearms in every other state in the nation that allows concealed carry.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed H.R.38, otherwise known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill that would amend the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into, or possess a concealed handgun in, another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms, according to the website

A qualified individual must meet a few requirements: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, according to, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King is one of the bill’s sponsors, and voted in favor of the bill during Thursday’s committee vote.

After the vote, King noted that law-abiding Iowans with concealed carry licenses are exercising their rights under the Second Amendment, and recognize that Second Amendment rights do not end at our state’s borders. King said that H.R.38 “serves notice to gun-grabbers that their efforts to restrict the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms through excessive and burdensome state licensing schemes will not be tolerated.”

The legislation now moves out of committee and is eligible for consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives.

If you’d like to read the entire text of H.R.38, you can find it here.