December 29, 2017 - 1:40 pm - Posted in Obituaries

George Bents, Jr. age 100, of rural Rushmore, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at his home in rural Rushmore.

Funeral Services will be Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Terry Simm officiating. Burial to follow at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley. Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of arrangements for George Bents, Jr.

December 28, 2017 - 2:05 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa– A car was totaled and a garage was damaged in a fire on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Sibley.

According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, about 10:10 a.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a car on fire at 917 Second Avenue West in Sibley.

The chief says the fire department saw a car fully-engulfed in fire under its hood and the outside of the garage on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire. He says the 2000 Buick was on fire from the windshield forward, but they were able to save the rest of the car. But Huls says the car was only three feet from the one-stall detached garage. He says the fire extended into the upper portion of the garage. He says while it is damaged, he thinks it is repairable. He says their quick response probably saved the garage and the house, which was also nearby.

Huls says no injuries were reported. He says they had initially asked for help from the Ashton Fire Department but told them they could disregard as they had the fire under control.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be mechanical in nature. The victim told Huls that she had just turned the key to start the vehicle and heard a loud “poof” and the car started on fire, and that’s when she called 911.

Chief Huls reports that the car was probably totaled.

He says they used about 600 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the approximately 10 firefighters who responded were on scene for about a half hour.

December 27, 2017 - 4:41 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — So you’ve got all that wrapping paper and boxes from Christmas. What should you do with it all? You know you shouldn’t just throw it in the garbage . . .

We talked with Larry Oldenkamp, who’s the manager where they accept almost all of northwest Iowa’s recycling — The Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency, north of Hospers. He says they accept recycling and trash from haulers and municipalities in Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties as well as several communities in Clay County and the City of Akron in Plymouth County.

Oldenkamp says most of what people throw away after a Christmas party is recyclable.

Since Christmas cards and letters are made out of paper, those are recyclable. He says that cardboard and paperboard (think the type of material used for pop and beer or cereal boxes) are recyclable too.

But he says some of the cardboard to be recycled in the United States, including some cardboard sent to their facility from northwest Iowa homes and businesses — actually goes to China before it’s recycled.

And he says China is cracking down on contaminants in cardboard bundles sent to them. It seems that there are a lot of contaminants that get sent with cardboard. One of the things they see a lot is the packing materials like styrofoam, plastic bags, and packing peanuts, as well as ribbons and bows being sent right out in the cardboard box. He says that’s bad because if it’s not noticed, China could send a whole load back, and that is upsetting the recycling industry.

Of course, packing materials are only part of the problem. Since our recyclables are co-mingled, all kinds of other stuff — even non-recyclable stuff — sometimes makes it through the sorting process and gets mixed in the bundles sent to China. So when you recycle that box from the online superstore, make sure you don’t send it with the packing material inside. For that matter, they’d prefer if you collapse the box before sending it for recycling.

December 26, 2017 - 7:20 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — You’ve got about a month left to purchase a brick to help the fundraising effort for the new Osceola County Aquatic Center that’s going to be built in Sibley.

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. A ballot measure passed in November in Sibley, helping to provide the funds needed for the pool. Sibley voters approved the City of Sibley to issue general obligation loan notes in the amount of $1.6 million for improving the city pool. The vote was 447 yes to 78 no.

Earlier, the deadline for the brick fundraiser was the end of this month. But that deadline has now been extended, according to Candi Norgaard, who’s in charge of the brick fundraiser.

She says about 90 percent of the money for the bricks goes toward the pool project. Norgaard tells us the bricks will become part of the new aquatic center’s bathhouse wall, in a section by themselves. She tells us how to purchase a brick or several.

Norgaard says you can also call the Sibley Chamber of Commerce for more information at 712-754-3212.

December 22, 2017 - 3:33 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — The holiday season is busy with parties, shopping, and gathering with family and friends, but it’s also a very busy time of year for food banks.

Brenda Collier at the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Bank in Primghar and Sibley says demand is very heavy at this time of year.

She says despite the increased donations this time of year, the UDMO Food Pantry can still use more.

Collier says there are a few items that the UDMO food bank is completely out of.

She says donations can be dropped off at the UDMO offices in Primghar or Sibley, from 8 am to 4 pm Monday, through Friday, or call ahead to set a specific time to drop off your donation.

December 21, 2017 - 2:21 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Sarah “Sally” Pedley, age 85 of Ocheyedan, IA died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 27th at United Methodist Church of Ocheyedan, with Reverend Steve Swenson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery of Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 26th, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is handling arrangements.

A complete obituary and online registry will be available at:

December 21, 2017 - 12:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ron Willemssen, age 60, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Rev. Terry Simm officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, December 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. with the family present from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

There will be no burial, Ron will be cremated after the funeral service.

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Ron Willemssen.

December 21, 2017 - 12:16 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marlyn Van Tol, age 59, of Lake Park died on Wednesday, December 20th at the Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 23rd at the Cross Winds Church in Spirit Lake. Burial will be at the Silver Lake Cemetery in Lake Park.

Visitation will be Friday, December 22nd after 4:00 pm with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Cross Winds Church in Spirit Lake.

The Turner Jenness Funeral Home of Spirit Lake is in charge of arrangements.

December 21, 2017 - 10:22 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 Holiday Version of the Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Northeast South Dakota

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

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Few walleyes, perch, and crappie.
Vermillion Few walleyes.
Lake Herman Few reports.
Wall Lake Few perch and walleyes.
Lake Alvin Few perch and crappie.
Diamond Few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few walleye and perch.
Island A few perch south lake.
81 Ponds A few walleyes and perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Fair for crappie. A few perch & walleyes.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood Perch and walleye fair.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, and crappie.
Mitchell A few bluegill.
Menno Iced over.
Beaver Iced over.
Sinai A few crappie and walleye.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Few walleyes.

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.
December 19, 2017 - 12:48 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest IAWrestle polls are out and West Sioux is ranked #7 as a team in Class 1A. Hunter De Jong of Sibley-Ocheyedan is ranked 3rd in 195 Weight Class, along with Trey Schuck ranked 9th in 126. Spirit Lake Park’s Dakota Powell is ranked 3rd in 220, and Kyler Rieck is ranked 7th in 152.

3A Tournament Team Rankings
1. Fort Dodge (10)
2. Waukee (8)
3. Southeast Polk (8)
4. Valley, West Des Moines (6)
5. Glenwood (5)
6. Iowa City High (7)
7. Johnston (5)
8. Iowa City West (5)
9. Des Moines East (4)
10. North Scott (5)

2A Tournament Team Rankings
1. New Hampton (7)
2. Dubuque Wahlert (5)
3. West Liberty (4)
4. South Tama (5)
5. Ballard (4)
6. Webster City (5)
7. PCM Monroe (6)
8. Davenport Assumption (2)
9. Clarion-Goldfield (5)
10. Williamsburg (3)

2A Individual Rankings

8. Johnny Hua MOC Floyd Valley So

3. Gable Sieperda Central Lyon GLR Sr

5. Austin Rozeboom Boyden Hull/Rock Valley Sr
7. Kyler Rieck Spirit Lake Park Jr

5. Tyler Zeimen Cherokee Sr
6. Lincoln Coakley Estherville Lincoln Central Jr

5. Luke Jenness Sheldon Jr

3. Dakota Powell Spirit Lake Park Jr

1A Tournament Team Rankings
1. Don Bosco (7)
2. Lisbon (8)
3. Missouri Valley (7)
4. Denver (7)
5. Underwood (3)
6. Martensdale-St. Mary’s (3)
7. West Sioux (3)
8. Interstate 35 (5)
9. Woodbury Central (5)
10. Wapsie Valley (2)

1A Individual Rankings

2. Beau Klingensmith Woodbury Central Fr
5. Jose Flores Sibley-Ocheyedan Sr

1. Adam Allard West Sioux So

9. Christian Nichols Emmetsburg Sr

9. Trey Schuck Sibley-Ocheyedan So

7. Nate Monahan Woodbury Central So

4. Kolton Roth Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Sr
7. Spencer Griffin Emmetsburg Jr

2. Kory Van Oort West Sioux Jr
4. Wade Mitchell Woodbury Central So

4. Austin Eilers Lawton-Bronson Sr
8. Mason Griffin Emmetsburg So
10. Garrett Arment Woodbury Central Jr

1. John Henrich Akron-Westfield Jr

9. Neddy Montes West Sioux Jr
10. Jake Dennison Woodbury Central Sr

3. Hunter Dejong Sibley-Ocheyedan Sr

4. Nick Gaes Alta-Aurelia Jr