January 30, 2018 - 10:28 pm - Posted in Sports

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs were able to take both games against the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals Tuesday night at the O-Rena. The girls game went to Sheldon 70-35, and the boys game went to the Orabs 81-35.

The Generals started the girls contest on an 8-0 run, but Sheldon responded with an 8-0 run of their own, and after one the game was tied 8-8. Sheldon then held Sibley-Ocheyedan to five second quarter points, and went on a 15-0 run. Heading into the half the Orabs led 27-13. After three, Sheldon extended their lead to 50-30, and went on to win 70-35.

Sheldon got a game high twenty-two points from Brooklyn Grady, Emily Meyer added ten points. The Generals got a team high eleven from Megan Grimes, and Kelli Greenfield added ten points.

The Orabs improve to 4-15 overall, and 3-13 in the Siouxland. The Generals fall to 2-16 on the year, and 1-15 in the conference.

The Orab boys started off the game on a 10-0 run, and after one led 20-8. Jaden Kleinhesselink of the Orabs had thirteen first quarter points. Heading into the half, Sheldon’s lead was 38-14. After three the score was 62-24 Sheldon, and the Orabs went on to win 81-35.

Sheldon got a game high nineteen points from Kleinhesselink. Ryan Van Marel added twelve, and Kyle Boerhave had ten points. The Generals got a team high nine points from Grant Brouwer.

Sheldon improves to 16-2 on the season, and 14-2 in the Siouxland. Sibley-Ocheyedan falls to 7-10 overall, and 5-10 in conference play.

Up next for the Orabs is a road trip to take on George-Little Rock Friday night. Sibley-Ocheyedan travels to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Thursday night.

January 30, 2018 - 1:17 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Dr. Warren “Walt” Herrmann age 91 of Sibley, IA died Monday, January 29, 2018 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD

Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 3rd at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA, with Reverend Barbara Kopperud officiating.

Private family burial will take place prior to service in the Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of arrangements.

January 26, 2018 - 11:09 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Diane Huls, age 69 of Sibley, IA, passed away at the her home in Sibley, IA on Thursday, January 25th.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with the family present at that time. Burial will be held at Baker Township Cemetery near Melvin.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 69 year-old Diane Huls of Sibley, IA.

January 25, 2018 - 2:05 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines, Iowa — Brackets for the upcoming regional girls basketball tournaments are out. Sibley-Ocheyedan is in Class 2A Region 1 and will take on Boyden-Hull in Hull on Saturday, February 10th at 7:00 pm. Harris-Lake Park is playing host to GT/RA on Thursday, February 8th at Lake Park in Class 1A Region 1.

For complete 3A brackets click on the link below

For complete 2A brackets click on the link below

For complete 1A brackets click on the link below

January 25, 2018 - 11:10 am - Posted in Sports

Boone Iowa — Iowa District Football assignments are out for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The landscape for the most part in northwest Iowa remains unchanged from the past two seasons.

In Class 2A District 1 the cast of characters remains about the same with Sheldon still joined by Boyden Hull Rock Valley, Central Lyon George Little Rock, MOC Floyd Valley and Sioux Center. Returning to the district after a cycle in 1A will be the Okoboji Pioneers. Spirit Lake moved back to 2A from Class 3A but they will complete in Class 2A’s District 2.

In 8 Player District 1 teams will include Ar-We-Va, Westside, Clay Central-Everly , Harris-Lake Park
Kingsley-Pierson , Newell-Fonda , River Valley Correctionville , Remsen St. Mary’s and West Bend-Mallard.

Class A District 1 will be made up of Akron-Westfield , Gehlen Catholic, LeMars, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Hinton, MMC-RU, and South O’Brien.

Class 1A District 1 includes Emmetburg, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Unity Christian, West Lyon, West Sioux Hawarden and Western Christian.

Class 3A District 1 includes Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Denison-Schleswig, LeMars, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Spencer and Storm Lake.

Class 4A District 1 will be made up of Ankeny, Des Moines  Hoover, Des Moines Lincoln, Dowling Catholic, Sioux City East and Sioux City North. Sioux City West was assigned to 4A District 2.

For Complete Class 8-Man through Class 4A Districts CLICK HERE


January 25, 2018 - 9:47 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The execution of a search warrant in Sibley on Tuesday has resulted in the arrests of several individuals on various drug-related charges.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office identifies those arrested in the raid as: 46-year old Deidra Lynn Osberg, 50-year old Scott Alan Harms, and 47-year old Tamara Linn Ford, all of Sibley, as well as 45-year old Jerry Lee Seivert of Ashton, and 41-year old Julius Dean Kracke of Sioux City.

Authorities charged Osberg with the following alleged offenses: Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent To Deliver-More Than 5 Grams, a Class B Felony; Possession of Cocaine With Intent To Deliver-Less than 100 Grams, a Class C Felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor; Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony; and Gathering for Use of Controlled Substances-Other Than Marijuana, a Class D Felony. Authorities say Osberg was taken to the Osceola County Jail, and held in lieu of a $120,300 bond.

Cops say Harms was arrested for seven outstanding Osceola County warrants, and charged for allegedly possessing  drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Harms was held in the Osceola County jail without bond.

Seivert was charged for the alleged offenses of: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor; Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense – Marijuana, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd offense – Methamphetamine, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. He was taken to the Osceola County Jail on a $43-hundred bond.

Ford was charged with the following alleged offenses: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor; Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Offense – Methamphetamine, a Serious Misdemeanor. Authorities say Ford was arrested and held in the Osceola County jail on a $13-hundred bond.

Kracke was arrested on a pair of felony Osceola County warrants and charged with the following: allegedly Gathering For Use of Controlled Substances-other than marijuana, a class D felony. Deputies say Kracke was held in the Osceola County jail without bond.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement.

January 24, 2018 - 5:08 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s almost time for the Iowa party caucuses again. Contrary to popular belief, caucuses are not only held on Presidential election years. In northwest Iowa, both parties are holding caucuses this year on Monday, February 5th.

On the Republican side, party leaders tell us that the caucus attendees will:
1. Vote for members of the Central Committee
2. Vote on delegates and alternates to the County Convention
3. Propose County Platform Planks

All eight Osceola County Precincts will meet at the Osceola County Courthouse, 300 7th Street, Sibley, at 7 p.m.
On the Democratic side, they have basically the same purposes:

1. Discuss and adopt proposed resolutions to be added to the county platform
2. Elect Delegates and Alternates to the County Convention
3. Elect Precinct Committee Persons to the County Central Committee.

In Osceola County, the Democratic Party Caucus will also start at 7 p.m. They also say you must be in line or signed in by 7:00 p.m. to participate. All Precincts will meet at the Sibley Senior Center 612 8th Street in Sibley. You are asked to call Kathy Winter at 712-754-2237 if you have a question.

BOONE, Iowa – At its monthly meeting on January 24, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control approved changes to the sport’s playoff qualifying system, and to allow out-of-state contests starting in the 2018 season. Classifications and a new two-year district format were also approved at Wednesday’s meeting.

“Player safety is the number one priority,” IHSAA executive director Alan Beste said, “and we are also committed to playing early round postseason games on Friday nights. Keeping 16 qualifiers per class allows for maximum recovery time between games and maintains high school’s Friday night tradition.”

The number of regular season games and playoff teams per class will remain unchanged for 2018 and 2019. Recommendations from the Iowa Football Coaches Association and playoff football advisory committee were to expand the postseason field to 32 teams in Classes 3A, 2A, 1A, A, and 8-Player, and 24 teams in Class 4A after a nine-game regular season. However, the Board of Control unanimously opted to maintain the current schedule with nine regular season games and 16 postseason qualifiers per class, which will allow the season to end before a holiday break, and avoid further overlap with winter seasons. Teams will continue to have nine home games and nine away games over the two-year district cycle. The IHSAA’s football playoffs featured 32 qualifiers per class from 2008 until 2015. It returned to its prior format of 16 postseason squads in its six classifications in 2016.

The Board of Control followed other provisional recommendations made in last month’s advisory committee meeting in voting to distribute football districts and alter the 16-team qualifying structure

District Breakdown
Based on classification changes made in October, the Board discussed and voted to approve football districts that will allow all classes to add non-district contests and reduce district travel. Classification and district assignments will be finalized and released on Thursday, January 25.

The new format for 2018-19 is as follows:

Class 4A: 42 teams, 7 districts, 6 teams per district; 4 non-district games per team.
Class 3A, 2A, 1A: 54 teams, 9 districts, 6 teams per district; 4 non-district games per team.
Class A: 62 teams, 8 districts with 6 teams, and 2 districts with 7 teams; 4 non-district games per team in 6-team districts and 3 non-district games per team in 7-team districts.
8-Player: 65 teams, 7 districts with 8 teams and 1 district with 9 teams; 2 non-district games per team in 8-team districts and 1 non-district game per team in 9-team district (Week 0 possible).

Postseason Qualifying System
A provisional recommendation approved by the Board changes how the 16 teams in each class will qualify for their playoffs starting in 2018.

The new format for 2018-19 is as follows

1. Only the district champion or teams tying for a district championship receive automatic

2. For the first time since the debut of district football, all nine games will count toward postseason

3. The 17-point district tiebreaker will be eliminated and not factor into qualification.

4. Remaining at-large qualifiers will be determined by a Ratings Percentage Index formula. The RPI
will use three criteria to determine postseason qualification.
a. Team’s overall win-loss percentage (accounting for 37.5% of the index)
b. Team’s opponent’s win-loss percentage (37.5%)
c. Team’s opponent’s opponent’s win-loss percentage (25%)

5. Classification differences between non-district opponents do not affect RPI.
The NCAA uses RPI in several men’s and women’s sports. The Colorado High School Activities Association debuted a similar RPI system in 2016.


“Our goal is to have the best 16 teams in each class qualify for the playoffs,” Beste said. “We believe we get closer to that goal by having only district champions as automatic qualifiers, and the remainder of qualifiers determined by their success and the success of their opponents and other successful teams.”

Out-Of-State Competition
The Board of Control approved an additional recommendation allowing varsity football teams to play games against nearby opponents in border states – Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin – and Kansas.

“We will protect Iowa teams first, ensuring they have games each week,” Beste said. “However, we do have schools on our borders and other Iowa schools expressing interest in traveling for out-of-state competition. Accommodating those requests for competitive and geographical purposes is a reasonable thing to do.”

Iowa varsity squads last played out-of-state opponents in non-district games in 2011.

January 24, 2018 - 4:14 pm - 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 2-Minute Fishing Report from Dakota Angler! Plus Todd talks cameras and their uses in Todd’s Tackle Tips. Feel free to share!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Bluegills fair and a few walleyes.
Horseshoe Limited reports.
Pelican Few reports.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Few walleyes and perch.
Big Stone Lake Few perch and walleyes.
Poinsett Few perch and walleye.
Lake Hendricks A few walleyes.
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 Few pike.
Lake Kampeska Few walleyes.
Piyas Few perch.
Blue Dog Few walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few Bluegill.
Fish Lake Few perch and pike.
Indian Springs Few walleyes.
Lynn Lake Few reports.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) Few walleyes.
Traverse Few walleyes.
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 and walleyes.
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 A few walleyes.
Sinai A few crappie and walleye.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Walleyes, bluegills, crappie, and yellow perch fair.
Silver Lake Few reports.
East Okoboji Walleyes and perch fair.
West Okoboji Bluegill and crappie fair.
Lake Pahoja Bluegil fair.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few perch and walleye.
Sarah A few walleyes.
Benton Few pike and walleye.
East Twin A few walleye.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few walleyes, pike, and crappie.

Missouri River

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

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Few reports.
Big Sioux A few crappie at 60th Street Bridge.
January 24, 2018 - 3:30 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Clara Dagel age 85 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley, IA.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, IA with Rev. Terry Simm, officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be prior to the service, January 27th from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. with the family present, at the First Presbyterian Church of Sibley.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of arrangements.