April 20, 2018 - 4:39 pm - Posted in News

Omaha, Nebraska — A man who faces a similar charge in Osceola County has just been sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Nebraska.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, 39-year-old Kyle Ewinger has been sentenced to 55 to 85 years in prison. He must serve a mandatory 15 years. He will be eligible for parole after 35 years and can be released after 50 years, according to Nebraska’s good time law.

Ewinger was convicted of the Nebraska crime of first-degree sexual assault of a child in January. Prosecutors said Ewinger sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy who considered him “a father figure,” according to the Omaha World-Herald. They report that the judge in the case estimated that the boy was sexually assaulted at least 52 times in 2012 and 2013.

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 in Osceola County is set 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.

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April 20, 2018 - 9:10 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Students at Sheldon Middle School were reminded what to do in an active shooter situation or another intruder emergency recently.

Sheldon Middle School Principal Cindy Barwick tells us that students were told about the A.L.I.C.E. methods.


She says it was time for a refresher.


She tells us what A.L.I.C.E. stands for.


She says while bringing up the subject of an active shooter may have caused some uneasy feelings, that was not evident to her.


Barwick says she led the training at Sheldon Middle School.

The ALICE approach to dealing with a violent intruder came from the lessons learned in the aftermath of the April 20, 1999, mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

April 20, 2018 - 8:08 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A fundraiser is scheduled for this Saturday for a much-loved Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School teacher and coach who is battling a rare form of cancer. The illness that Mike Kraayenbrink of Sibley is fighting has no known cure, and is, reportedly, so rare that very little research is being conducted.

Brad Williamson is one of the organizers of the Kraayenbrink Benefit, and he tells us more.

There will be a great variety of food and activities during Saturday night’s benefit, as Williamson explains.

He says the event will even include a version of the basketball game, “Pig”.

If you’d like to sign up for the 2-person basketball tournament, you can call Amie Elser at 712-461-1720, Sara Hibma at 712-330-4721, or Kent Douma at 712-348-2026.

The event will be held at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley. Williamson says the doors will open at 4:00, with the basketball tournament beginning shortly after 5:00.

For more information on the event, just CLICK HERE.

April 19, 2018 - 5:42 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are around 41 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers in Town Bay. Most action has been in Town Bay and along Ice House Point, the floating dock, and from the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up from the floating dock in Town Bay and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and from the floating dock. Walleye – Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister along the Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature is around 40 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Expect good walleye action along the east and north shores as water temperatures continue to climb.White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Some western Iowa lakes are providing good shore fishing action. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Beeds Lake is ice free.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 75 percent ice free. The boat ramp at city beach is accessible.

Lake Cornelia
Lake Cornelia is ice free. The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Lower Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
River levels are up. Try fishing the slack water areas below a dam with live bait.

Upper Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Winnebago River
River levels are rising with the melting snow.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. There is open water at the spillway and bridges; Lower Gar Lake has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught.

Lakes remain ice covered. Very limited fishing activity on the Iowa Great Lakes. Forecasted warmer temperatures will help melt the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 19, 2018 - 1:13 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ester Adkins, age 90 of Ashton, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21st at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Fr. Siby Punnoose, celebrating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Ashton.

Visitation will be Friday, April 20th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with the family present at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.  There will be a rosary at 4:30 p.m. with a vigil service to follow at the church.

Ester Adkins was born October 10, 1927 at the Philippines the daughter of Cicelia DeLara Romulo.  Ester grew up at Philippines where she received her education.  She was united in marriage to Donald Adkins on February 24, 1960 at the Philippines.  They made their home at Clarion, IA and in 1980 they moved to Asthon.  While living in Clarion, she worked as a cook for the Clarion school district.  When she and Don moved to Ashton, Ester stayed at home and took care of their home along with some babysitting for local families.  She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.  This past Tuesday morning, April 17, 2018, Ester passed away at the Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, at the age of ninety.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Adkins of Ashton; one brother, in California, and one sister in New York.

Ester was preceded in death by her parents.

April 16, 2018 - 12:01 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Hubert Stofferan, age 72, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Memorial Services will be Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Rev. Terry Simm officiating.

Burial to follow at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with the family present at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Hubert Stofferan.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The US Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD is changing the way the homeless are served. There is now going to be a “coordinated entry system,” which will match the homeless with available housing and services. If your organization provides services to homeless and other vulnerable people, it will need to be included in the system and you are invited to a meeting explaining it in more detail. This particular meeting is aimed at community action agencies, law enforcement, churches, service organizations, veterans organizations, and more in Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Ida, and Cherokee counties. The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids (across the street from Subway on Highway 9). If you have any questions, call Julie De Ruyter at 712-472-3896.

April 13, 2018 - 3:13 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Melvin ‘Mel’ Uden, 91, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, formerly of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Country View Manor in Sibley, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church, L.C.M.S. in Le Mars. Reverend Tim Geitz will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post 241 in Le Mars. Burial will be in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation with the family present will be after 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 at Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements are with the Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.

April 12, 2018 - 2:02 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Bluegill – Good: Use waxworms and crawlers in Town Bay and along Ice House Point, the floating dock, and from the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some perch are being picked up from the floating dock in Town Bay and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and from the floating dock.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Expect good walleye action along the east and north shores as water temperatures continue to climb.White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Some western Iowa lakes are providing good shore fishing action. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 40 percent ice free. The boat ramp at city beach is accessible, but that can change as the ice moves.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
River levels are up. Try fishing the slack water areas below a dam with live bait.

Winnebago River
River levels are rising with the melting snow.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. There is open water at the spillway and bridges; Lower Gar Lake has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught using twister type lures.

Very limited ice fishing activity on the Iowa Great Lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Sibley, Iowa — A Spirit Lake woman who is accused of Vehicular Homicide in connection with a traffic crash in Osceola County last summer has entered a plea of “Not Guilty” to the charge.

Authorities say Ann Vanderpool was eastbound on Highway 9, near Nettle Avenue, on Saturday morning, June 10th of last year, when her car crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound vehicle, killing that vehicle’s driver, 48-year old Travis Mier of Spirit Lake, and his passenger, 5-year old Elliot Mier.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Vanderpool was charged with two counts of Vehicular Homicide in connection with the deaths. Troopers say Vanderpool consented to providing a blood sample, which was tested by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Authorities say that test revealed that Vanderpool’s blood alcohol level was 0.145. Iowa law sets the threshold for drunk driving at 0.08.

Yesterday (Wednesday, April 11, 2018) Vanderpool’s attorney entered a written “Not Guilty” plea on Vanderpool’s behalf. Following the plea antry, the judge in the case set Tuesday, June 26th as the date for Vanderpool’s jury trial to begin.