June 21, 2018 - 4:32 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 in the mid 70’s. Bluegill – Fair: Try Town Bay, Ice House Point, and the North Shore. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 2-6 feet of water. Walleye – Slow:Try in Town Bay, the shoreline along Ice House Point, and near the inlet bridge. Use leeches fished under a bobber and twisters on the downwind shoreline where walleye are feeding. Black Crappie – Slow: A few have been picked up from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers and the inlet bridge. Catch fish up to 11 inches with crawlers and leeches fished under a bobber. Look for post-spawn crappie out deeper. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit on Musky at Black Hawk Lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait, cut bait, or crawler fished on the bottom along Ice House Point and in Town Bay.

Brushy Creek Lake
There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for Musky. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leaches in 15 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish along the vegetation to find perch. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky on Brushy Creek Lake.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are doing well trolling crank baits or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.

Swan Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties. Most fish are 6-7 inches. Look for fish to move closer to shore and the males sitting on nests.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Find bluegill spawning in the arm north of the swim beach and in the coves along the south shore. Yellow Smoke is known for its big bluegill consistently reaching 9 inches or more.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber in 2 to 4 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 73 degrees. Walleye – Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches or crawlers fished near the edge of vegetation in 3 to 6 feet of water. Yellow Bass – Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler at the edge of vegetation. Channel Catfish – Good: With recent rains, fish any spot where water is entering the lake with cut bait, chicken liver or crawlers. The best bite is late evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try a spinner or topwater bait in the open spots in the vegetation.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits fished near vegetation.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a improving panfish bite of bluegill and crappie. Try traditional baits fished in weed lines. Walleye – Good: Use crawlers or leeches. Yellow Bass – Good: Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs from docks during evening hours.

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

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Use bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches. Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Troll crank baits when there is a good walleye chop on the lake.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers report good action on the lake. Walleye – Good: Use live bait trolled on the bottom. Yellow Perch – Good: Try jigs tipped with wigglers along the weedlines.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

June 21, 2018 - 11:33 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for nine Iowa counties in response to flooding and severe weather — two of them in our area.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Scott and Story counties. A similar proclamation for O’Brien County was issued about five days ago. Two programs were activated.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

They tell us that residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained.

June 21, 2018 - 11:31 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — One of the towns experiencing major flooding in northwest Iowa is Sibley. In fact, Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls says it may be the worst flooding that he’s ever seen in the Osceola County community.

He tells us the situation in Sibley.


He says the evacuations were limited to one area of Sibley.


He says it started when the City of Sibley called him on Wednesday night.


City officials say that not only do floor drains dump into the sanitary sewer, but unfortunately, some people also have hooked their sump pumps into the sanitary sewer system or have them pump to a drain. They ask people not to do that as the sewer systems get overwhelmed. You are asked to pump the water in your basement onto your lawn, into your alley, or even into the street to the storm sewer.

Huls says the most important advice he can give is to not drive over flooded roads. He says not only do you not know how deep the water is, you don’t know if the road is okay underneath. He reminds people that it only takes a little moving water to float a car, and if that happens you’ll have no control whatsoever and your car may be taken downstream into deep water very quickly. We at KIWA have heard reports of people needing to be rescued from their vehicle during this flooding event and we echo Huls’ advice.

June 21, 2018 - 9:41 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The summer solstice has come, so we are officially in “summer” now. Summer is the time for summer camps — and Iowa State University Extension is offering several of them.

Laura Beyenhof with the Lyon County Extension office tells us about extension summer camps available in Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, and O’Brien Counties.


She tells us what’s available.


Beyenhof tells us how you can sign up for an extension camp.


She tells us that you don’t have to be in 4-H to go to Extension Summer Camps, but they’d love it if you’d like to join, and you can find out more when you go to the camp or by calling your local extension office.

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — No ribbon was cut on Tuesday — instead, commemorative glasses of water were used to toast those involved with bringing Lewis & Clark Water System water to the first Iowa community — Rock Rapids.

Lewis & Clark Executive Director Troy Larson says that Rock Rapids’ history with Lewis & Clark started when the system was just getting organized. However, on a 2 to 1 vote of the Rock Rapids Utility Board, Rock Rapids left the system in the early days. Years later, after the route had been planned, Rock Rapids Utility Board members decided they wanted back in. Rock Rapids Utility General Manager Jim Hoye says since the community joined late, Rock Rapids was not eligible to have the pipe coming directly to the town and had to take delivery of the water from points along the main line. Rock Rapids’ connection to the system is north of Lester on the state line.

Hoye says years ago, their customer, Lyon & Sioux Rural Water was making a connection between a water tower six miles west of Rock Rapids and the city of Lester. He says Rock Rapids heard about that and paid to have that line upgraded so they could also use it for the Lewis & Clark connection. Last year contractors working for Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities completed a million-dollar project to install six miles of 10-inch plastic pipe from Rock Rapids’ water treatment plant north of town to the Lyon & Sioux tower. A $500,000 Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture helped pay for the project.

When the Grand Falls Casino Resort was being built on the state line northwest of Larchwood, they needed a good water supply. Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities used their membership with Lewis & Clark to help out the casino resort. Rock Rapids gets the water from the Lewis & Clark main near the casino and sells it to Lyon & Sioux Rural Water, who then sells it to the casino and hotel. So in one way, Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities has been hooked up to Lewis & Clark since that connection went live in 2011. But the businesses, industry, and citizens of Rock Rapids have only recently been able to use Lewis & Clark water. Larson says that happened last October.

Larson says while they are happy that Rock Rapids is now fully connected . . .


He says that Rock Rapids water is a mixture of Lewis & Clark water and water from Rock Rapids’ wells, so they wanted to make sure they got the mix correct before scheduling the ceremony. He says they wanted to do it in the spring, but with the winter weather hanging on as long as it did, they had to wait until now.

Rock Rapids Economic Development Director Micah Freese says people may not realize the impact of this connection.


Larson says they hope to hold two more of these celebrations in 2018, one for Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water’s connection near Adrian, Minnesota and one for the city of Worthington.

He says that next for the Iowa part of the system is installing the pipe from Beresford, South Dakota to Sioux Center.


He says they’ll have enough money to do 50 to 60 percent of that this time. Larson says that once Sioux Center is connected, Hull will receive water too, as there’s already a line between Sioux Center and Hull. He says it is their hope to have Sioux Center and Hull connected in the next three to four years, depending on funding levels. And the line to Sheldon from Hull will be constructed after that.

He says this fiscal year, they received around $15 million from the federal government. He says that’s a lot better than the around $9 million per year they had been receiving — and that if that funding level continues, that could accelerate the timeline for Sioux Center, Hull, and Sheldon.

Larson says Sibley is the last Iowa community scheduled to receive water. (With Madison, South Dakota being the last community in the entire system to be connected) That’s the bad news. But …


Larson says that the meter building north of Lester was also named on Tuesday in honor of Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities manager Jim Hoye, who he says was instrumental in the decision for Rock Rapids to re-join the system.

The Sibley Public Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow in concert. The event will be held on Monday, July 16th at 7:00 PM at the Library 406 9th St. in Sibley. The program is sponsored by the Library and is free to the community.

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions.  His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.

“In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music.  “Jerry Barlow … a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting.  Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience.  It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.

Barlow’s latest CD, VOYAGE OF HOPE, was released in early September.  It features songs about the Irish immigration to America in the mid-1800s.   His 2011 recording, FIELDS AND FENCES, was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards. The Indie Acoustic Project selected the title song from Jerry’s CD, BRING DOWN THE STORM, as “one of the best songs of 2006.”

Music from all of Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations.  He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and was profiled in Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, TX.

 

For more information, contact the Library at 712-754-2888

June 19, 2018 - 10:11 am - Posted in News

ASHTON, IA – Due to excessive flooding that occurred on Friday, June 15, the Ashton, IA Post Office has been temporarily closed until repairs can be made.

No employees or customers were in or near the facility at the time of the incident.

Retail and Post Office Box mail operations will be temporarily relocated to the Sibley Post Office located at 412 9th Street. Retail window hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Saturday 8:30 AM to 9:300 AM. Post Office Box customers will be able to collect their mail from the window with photo ID until Centralized Box Units (CBUs) are installed in front of the Ashton facility this week.

There are no delivery routes based out of the Ashton facility. The blue collection boxes outside of the Ashton Post Office will remain in service for outgoing mail.

All mail was retrieved from the facility for Post Office Box customers to pick up without known damage.

The Ashton Post Office is a leased facility not owned by the Postal Service.

The Postal Service will do everything possible to continue providing uninterrupted service to the community while emphasizing the safety of our employees and customers as our first priority. At this time, it is unknown when services will resume at the Ashton facility.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

June 18, 2018 - 10:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — Regional softball brackets are out for Class 1A, 2A and 3A for the upcoming tournaments.

Sibley-Ocheyedan will take on Ridge View in Holstein for a Class 2A Region 1 play-in game on Monday, July 2nd at 7 pm.

Harris-Lake Park will play Kingsley-Pierson at Kingsley on Monday, July 2nd at 7 pm in Class 1A Region 1

3A Regional Pairings

2A Regional Pairings

1A Regional Pairings

June 14, 2018 - 10:58 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Norma Vander Meulen, age 81, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, Minnesota.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Rev. Bill Van Der Heide officiating.

Burial to follow at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.

Visitation will be Monday, June 18, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Christian Reformed Church in Ocheyedan.

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

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

 

 

 

June 14, 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.

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s. Water clarity is around 5 feet. Bluegill – Fair: The bluegill spawn is later than normal and not as condensed. Try Town Bay, Ice House Point, and the North Shore. Look for males in 2-3 feet of water with the females out a little deeper. Use a small hair or tube jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber. Walleye – Fair:Try in Town Bay, the shoreline along Ice House Point, and near the inlet bridge. Use leeches fished under a bobber and twisters on the downwind shoreline where walleye are feeding. Black Crappie – Slow: A few have been picked up from Ice House Point, the floating dock, the stone piers and the inlet bridge. Catch fish up to 11 inches with crawlers and leeches fished under a bobber. Look for post-spawn crappie out deeper. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. Many anglers have found good bass action at the Ice House Point, the east shoreline,and the lake side of the inlet bridge. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit on Musky at Black Hawk Lake.

Brushy Creek Lake
There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for Musky. Walleye – Fair: Use minnows and leaches in 5-15 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish along the vegetation to find perch. Largemouth Bass – Good: Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake. Muskellunge – Fair: There is a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky on Brushy Creek Lake.

Crawford Creek Impoundment
Bluegill – Fair: Catch bluegill near shore with a small jig tipped with bait fished under a bobber. Look for males guarding nests near shore. Fish are 6-8 inches.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Boat anglers are doing well trolling crank baits or drifting crawler harnesses on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in about 8 feet of water. White Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts.

Swan Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with crawler along the dam and off the jetties. Most fish are 6-7 inches. Look for fish to move closer to shore and the males sitting on nests.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Find bluegill spawning in the arm north of the swim beach and in the coves along the south shore. Yellow Smoke is known for its big bluegill consistently reaching 9 inches or more.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Good: Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber in 2 to 4 feet of water.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 70 degrees. Black Crappie – Slow: Crappies are done spawning and have moved to deeper water. Walleye – Fair: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass – Slow: Yellows bass have moved off the shallow rocky areas and are out in deeper water. Use a small jig with a minnow or cut bait in the early morning. Channel Catfish – Good: Use stink bait, chicken liver or crawlers on the bottom. Best bite is late evening. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try a spinner or topwater bait in the open spots in the vegetation.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Crappie are biting. Drift fish the dredge cut with tube jig or a small minnow 4 to 6 feet under a slip bobber. Walleye – Fair: Use leeches or nightcrawler in the old road bed. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Bass are biting spinners and plastic baits fished near vegetation.

Lake Smith
Largemouth Bass – Good: Largemouth bass are biting on a variety of baits. Bluegill – Good: Bluegill are biting. Use a small piece of crawler and a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.

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.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie – Fair: Anglers report a improving panfish bite of bluegill and crappie. Try traditional baits fished in weed lines. Walleye – Good: Use crawlers or leeches. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass activity has improved.

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

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Use bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches. Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Troll crank baits when there is a good walleye chop on the lake.

Spirit Lake
Marble Beach campground, including the boat ramp, is closed for the season for renovation. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Anglers report good action on the lake. Walleye – Good: Use live bait trolled on the bottom. Yellow Perch – Good: Try jigs tipped with wigglers along the weedlines.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.