March 14, 2018 - 5:16 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The trial in the criminal case of a former Sibley-Ocheyedan teacher and coach accused of sex abuse — has been pushed back to August.

In Osceola County District Court, 39-year-old Kyle Ewinger is charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse, which is a Class B Felony, in connection with an incident that happened in 2015 at Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School, where Ewinger was a middle school Social Studies Teacher. Ewinger was allegedly found, by Sibley-Ocheyedan Superintendent Bill Boer, asleep in his classroom with a 10-year-old male student, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. The boy eventually told authorities that something of a sexual nature occurred during the encounter.

The trial has been pushed back a couple of times. Most recently it was scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th. Court records indicate that the trial has now been reset for Tuesday, August 28th.

The victim and his mother have also brought a civil case against the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District and two other districts where Ewinger previously taught. The civil trial is scheduled at this point for October 23rd, 2018 at the Osceola County Courthouse in Sibley.

March 14, 2018 - 2:10 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The Sibley Acquatic Center ad the Sioux County Nature Center at Hawarden are two of the three projects that have been awarded Community Attraction and Tourism, or CAT, Grants by the Enhance Iowa Board.

According to a release from the Enhance Iowa Board, the Sibley Acquatic Center received a CAT grant in the amount of $250-thousand, the exact amount the group had asked Enhance Iowa to provide. That money will go toward the $2,568,488 required to complete the project, which includes the rehabilitation and expansion of Sibley’s existing swimming pool. The aquatic center will feature a new splash pad, zero-depth entry, water play structures, water bench, sunshades, a water therapy seat, volleyball net, lap lanes, log roll, climbing wall, a drop slide into the pool, and three-quarter-meter diving stand. The project also includes the complete remodel, rehabilitation and reuse of existing pool facilities like parking, concession stand, and bathhouse, and replacement of the existing clubhouse with a new facility that will host community celebrations, meetings and special events.

The Sioux County Nature Center at Hawarden received the $600-thousand grant they had applied for, which will go toward the $4,269,318 cost of the new two-story nature center at Oak Groves Park. The nature center will provide office space for conservation staff, exhibit spaces and classrooms for educational programming.

The CAT Grants were announced during Wednesday’s (March 14th) meeting of the Enhance Iowa Board.

The Enhance Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. To date, 31 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $10,808,802. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2018, in Sheldon.

March 14, 2018 - 11:25 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 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) Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Big Stone Lake Few walleyes & perch fair.
Poinsett Fair for perch and walleye.
Lake Hendricks A few walleyes.
Bitter Lake Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Waubay Walleyes and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) Walleyes fair.
Pickerel Lake Few walleyes and crappies.
West Oakwood Few perch.
Swan Lake Few pike and walleye.
Lake Kampeska Few walleyes and perch.
Piyas Few perch.
Blue Dog Few walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few Bluegill.
Fish Lake Few perch and pike.
Indian Springs Few walleyes and perch.
Lynn Lake Few walleye.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) Few walleyes.
Traverse Few walleyes.
Lake Albert Few pike, walleye, and perch.
Lake Henry Few walleyes..
Roy Lake Few walleyes and smallmouth.
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 Fair for crappie and a few perch.
Diamond Few walleyes.
Scott’s Slough A few walleye and perch.
Island A few perch and walleyes.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair and a few perch.
George WPA Few reports.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Few walleyes and perch.
Thompson Fair for walleyes. A few perch & crappie.
Brandt A few perch and walleyes.
Whitewood Perch and walleye fair.
Clear Lake (North of Colton) Fair for walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few pike, bluegill, and crappie.
Mitchell Bluegills and Crappie fair.
Menno Bluegills fair.
Beaver A few perch, pike and walleyes.
Sinai Crappie fair and a few walleye.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Perch fair along with a few walleyes.

Northwest Iowa

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

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek A few perch and crappie.
Sarah A few perch.
Benton Few pike..
East Twin Few Reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena A few 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.
March 13, 2018 - 2:16 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Geraldine Vander Meulen, age 93, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating.

Burial to follow at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Saturday, prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Geraldine Vander Meulen.

March 13, 2018 - 1:13 pm - Posted in News

Little Rock, Iowa — A Harrisburg, SD teen was taken to a hospital after a crash east of Little Rock on Saturday morning, March 10th, 2018.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:10 a.m., 16-year-old Violet Rose Den Hoed of Harrisburg, SD was driving a 2011 Dodge Avenger eastbound on Highway 9 near the Osceola/Lyon County line. They report that 67-year-old David Marvin Amendt of Sutherland was driving westbound on 9 in a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta.

According to the deputy’s report, Amendt lost control of his vehicle, which started to spin into the eastbound lane. Den Hoed attempted to avoid the Amendt vehicle but they ended up colliding in the middle of the roadway.

The Den Hoed Avenger broadsided the Jetta as Amendt attempted to regain control of the vehicle. The Amendt Jetta entered the north ditch and the Den Hoed Avenger was left disabled in the middle of the roadway.

The Little Rock Ambulance took Den Hoed to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

The Sheriff’s Office says Den Hoed’s Avenger received about $6,000 in damage and Amendt’s Jetta received about $5,000 in damage.

Amendt was not injured and was cited on a charge of Failure to Maintain Control.

March 12, 2018 - 1:09 pm - Posted in Sports

The Defender Gold/American State Bank High School All-Star Basketball Games have been scheduled for Saturday, March 17 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt College’s campus in Sioux Center, Iowa. The girls game will start at 5:00 with the boys game to follow.

Players from the War Eagle, Siouxland and Lakes Conferences who have committed to play include:


Brendan Zeutenhorst (Sioux Center)

Cole Wiltgen (Gehlen)

Isaac Vietor (Sioux Center)

Malachi Van Wyhe (West Lyon)

Alex Van Dyke (Spirit Lake)

Jonah Vander Kooi (Unity)

Tyler Van Beek (Sioux Center)

Jason Taylor (Rock Valley)

Nicholas Ruden (Remsen St. Mary’s)

Brody Ricke (Remsen St. Mary’s)

Will Pottebaum (Le Mars)

Cade Moser (Rock Valley)

Micah Meyer (West Lyon)

Jayden Mauldin (George Little Rock)

Jaden Kleinhesselink (Sheldon)

Caleb Harmsen (Western)

Josh Haken (George Little Rock)

Ben Granstra (Western)

JT Engebretson (Le Mars)

Gabe Eckstaine (Le Mars)

Sam Byker (Unity)

Tyus Arends (Sioux Center)



Makayla Witt (Central Lyon)

Grace Wintz (Okoboji)

Lindsay Williams (Cherokee)

Katie Wagner (Sheldon)

Ashtyn Veerbeek (Western)

Jordyn Van Maanen (Sioux Center)

Wynona Steenhoven (George Little Rock)

Brianna Soto (Storm Lake)

Brianna Sleezer (Cherokee)

Shayla Post (Sioux Center)

Keeley Petzenhauser (Spencer)

Josie McKee (West Sioux)

Toni Lonneman (Sibley Ocheyedan)

Jordyn Kramer (West Lyon)

Mia Hoogeveen (West Lyon)

Bryce Klein (Hinton)

Paityn Hagberg (Cherokee)

Megan Grimes (Sibley Ocheyedan)

Jessi De Jager (Western)

Lily De Haan (MOC Floyd Valley)

Sidney Baumgartner (Le Mars)

Emily Alger (Spirit Lake)

March 12, 2018 - 9:14 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will be holding their next blood drive on Thursday March 22nd at the Osceola Community Hospital.  Please take some time out of your day and give the gift of life, the life you save may be someone you know.  If you donated on January 26, 2018 you are not eligible to donate at this drive. Then next drive will be Wednesday May 23.

Please call the Osceola Community Hospital Laboratory to make an appointment at 712-754-2574 ext. 260. All donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. You can donate blood every 56 days. The Sioux Falls Blood Bank is the sole supplier of all blood and blood products for Osceola Community Hospital.

No hospitals in our area, including Osceola Community Hospital receive any blood or blood products from the American Red Cross.

March 9, 2018 - 3:28 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Have you noticed that the sun is coming up earlier in the morning and staying up later at night? The longer days are a sure sign that spring is on the way. The days are about to seem even longer at sunset, however.

Daylight Saving Time returns at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday morning, March 11th. You’ll have to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour if you don’t want to be an hour late for church on Sunday morning.

Daylight Saving Time is 100 years old this year. The law authorizing Daylight Saving Time was signed into law on March 15th, 1918 with the Calder Act, which was implemented to help conserve fuel during WWI. It’s been modified several times, including year-round “War Time” during WWII. The latest modification happened 11 years ago. While it was called the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks, it actually didn’t take effect until 2007.

Fire safety experts remind us that as long as you’re going around your house changing clocks, you might as well take some batteries with you on your journey around the house and change out your smoke alarm batteries as well.

Fire safety experts say that not only should you have smoke alarms installed on every floor of your home but in every bedroom as well. The U.S. Fire Administration says that you should change the batteries at least every year unless the alarms are over ten years old. If that’s the case, the whole alarm should be replaced.

March 9, 2018 - 3:22 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The case against a Bigelow, Minnesota man who faced a serious felony drug delivery charge — has been dismissed.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that one of their deputies arrested 45-year-old Raul Flores Marin of Bigelow on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, on a charge of Possession with Intent to Deliver More Than Five Grams of Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony; and Carrying Weapons, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Class B felonies are the second-most serious crimes in Iowa and Iowa code says the penalty for such crimes is 25 years in prison.

They say the arrest stemmed from the report of a suspicious vehicle at a rural home, which resulted in a traffic stop at 190th Street and Nettle Avenue, a mile south and two west of Sibley.

Osceola County Attorney Nolan McGowan recently moved to dismiss the case. Judge David Lester granted the motion, and the case was dismissed.

We asked McGowan about the case but he stated that his office does not comment “on pending litigation.”

March 9, 2018 - 1:35 pm - Posted in Sports

Sibley Iowa — Nick Buysman of Sibley Ocheyedan has signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Bethel College. The Royals are a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with the campus located in the Twin City’s suburb of Arden Hills Minnesota.

Buysman was part of an offensive line that blocked for a thousand yard plus passing offense for the Generals this past season.