May 21, 2018 - 8:45 am - Posted in Obituaries

Gary Lee Bremer, age 72, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at his home in rural Ocheyedan.

Private Family Funeral Service will be Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan. Rev. Mark Schreiber officiating.

Burial to follow at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 23, from 2:00 to 7:30 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Gary Bremer.

May 18, 2018 - 2:55 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Gertrude Behrens age 103 of Buffalo, MN, formerly of Sibley, Iowa died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Parkview Care Center of Buffalo, MN.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 22nd at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley, IA. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, IA

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 22nd one hour prior to the funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sibley.

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Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Fire Department responded to two separate calls on Wednesday.

At 9:35 a.m., they were called to the report of a vehicle fire at Highway 9 and L40. That’s a mile and a half due north of Sibley. Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls says that when they got there, the car was fully engulfed in flame. In fact, he says the driver didn’t even have time to pull the car all the way off the road.

He says the engine compartment and interior were destroyed by fire, totaling the vehicle. He says the exact cause of the blaze is unknown, but he says it was probably mechanical and started under the hood. He says perfect circumstances existed for an aggressive fire. In fact, he says the highway might even have sustained some damage.

Huls says about six firefighters were on-scene for about 45 minutes. He says the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Later that day, shortly before 4:00 p.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called again. This time the call was for a tractor fire near 160th Street and Redwing Avenue. That’s about two and a half miles northeast of Sibley.

Huls says when they arrived they found a front-end loader-type tractor fully engulfed in fire. He says the operator was the owner’s son and when he saw smoke behind the cab he called his dad, who then called 911. He says while the 1990 Ford New Holland tractor received enough damage to total it out, the round bale that it was transporting was not damaged. The cause of the fire is undetermined but Huls says it may have been related to the hydraulic system.

The chief says they used between 450 and 500 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze, along with some foam concentrate.  He says the nine firefighters who responded were there for about a half hour.

May 17, 2018 - 3:36 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.


Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid 60’s. Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill in Town Bay and near the inlet bridge. Expect shore fishing action to pick up again as water temperatures increase and bring bluegill back near shore. Walleye – Fair: Use twisters, leaches and minnows in Town Bay and from Ice House Point.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Walleye – Fair: Pick up walleye in about 8 feet of water using crawlers and crankbaits. Yellow Bass – Fair: Crankbaits and crawlers work well in about 8 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 66 degrees. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows bass are moving into the shallow rocky areas to spawn. Use a small feather jig in the early morning. Channel Catfish – Fair: With recent rains, any spot where water is entering the lake is worth trying for catfish. Fish a dead chub or crawlers on the bottom. The best bite is late evening.

Crystal Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Use nightcrawlers fished from shore. Walleye – Slow. Black Bullhead – Fair: Try nightcrawlers fished from shore. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Rice Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in the edge of the vegetation.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on plastic baits. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

Center Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Report of a very early bite from the pier; expect action to improve soon as these fish move to the inshore cover.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a panfish bite of bluegill and crappie from docks; sorting is needed. Walleye – Good: Report of anglers catching fish from the south end; best bite during the evening hours.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Using traditional baits during evening hours. Walleye – Fair: Action is picking up with numbers of angler acceptable size and larger being caught.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye are being caught close to shore. Try fishing from a dock or wader fishing after dark. Black Crappie – Good: Reports of crappie and yellow perch being caught. Fish shallow water areas such as the canal. Yellow Bass – Fair: Report of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Report of large fish being caught during the late evening hours. Cast a white twister for the best action. Black Bullhead – Good: Good action reported of angler acceptable sized fish. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some activity reported.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Use a jig tipped with a minnow in shallow rock structures. Action is best during sunny, calm days. Black Crappie – Good: Good numbers of fish continue to be harvested from the Templar Park lagoon; Buffalo Run has been “hit or miss.” Walleye – Good: Best action is during the night off the docks. Fish leeches under a bobber or cast a twister tail. Black Bullhead – Good: A good bite is reported at the north grade; fish traditional baits on the bottom

West Okoboji Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Some fish are being caught from the Triboji lagoon. Bluegill – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught from Lazy Lagoon (Triboji). Sorting is needed; persistence will result in good numbers creeled.

May 17, 2018 - 11:59 am - Posted in Obituaries

Kelly Monier age 65 of Sibley, Iowa died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at his home after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

A memorial service will be 10:30 AM, Monday, May 21st at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Sibley, IA, with Father Siby Punnoose and Father Richard Reese concelebrating.

A rosary and vigil service will be at 5:30 PM Sunday, May 20th with public visitation following until 8:00 PM at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Sibley.

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May 16, 2018 - 3:09 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A crash near Sibley on Tuesday, May 15th caused a diesel fuel leak from a semi-tractor, to which the Sibley Fire Department was called to help with containment and clean up.

According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, the fire department was called out about 11:25 a.m. to Highway 60 southbound a little north of the exit 51 offramp. That’s the exit for A22, near Jackrabbit Junction.

Huls says that the semi received significant damage to the right side on both the tractor and trailer. He says the fuel leak happened when the steps on the tractor gouged into the fuel tank. He says the tank contained about 175 gallons of diesel at the time of the crash, and between 50 and 75 gallons were spilled.

He says the fire department made a dam to retain the fuel and pumped it into a truck provided by Cooperative Energy Company. He says they used absorbent clay to absorb the spill. Huls tells us that they closed one lane of Highway 60 southbound to clean up after the crash.

Huls mentioned that the Iowa Department of Transportation will probably need to collect some of the contaminated soil at the site of the leak. He says the firefighters were able to contain the fuel to a 10-foot by 3-foot area and prevented it from leaking into the ditch and risking it getting into water.

Huls says personnel from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Sibley Fire Department, DOT Maintenance, DOT Enforcement and Cooperative Energy Company helped with the response to the accident.

May 14, 2018 - 12:44 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Michael James “Jim” Mayer age 47 of Sibley, IA, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Mercy Health / St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, OH.

A celebration of life service will take place at 5:30 PM, Friday evening, May 18th at the United Methodist Church in Harris, IA, with Pastor Steve Swenson and Pastor Emmanuel T. Naweji officiating. Inurnment will follow at Union Cemetery, rural Harris, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, May 18th from 4:30 until the hour of service at the United Methodist Church in Harris, IA.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of services.

The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will be holding their next blood drive on Wednesday May 23rd.  Please take some time out of your day and give the gift of life, the life you save may be someone you know.

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.

May 14, 2018 - 9:37 am - Posted in Community Calendar

May 13, 2018 - 12:27 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Wilbur “Bill” Bennett, age 75 of Sibley, IA passed away at his home in Sibley on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sibley, IA. Visitation will also be held at the church on Monday, May 14th, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening.

Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery near Sanborn, IA.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 75 year-old Bill Bennett of Sibley, IA.