Sibley, Iowa — Information and entertainment — that’s basically the business of a county fair. But Osceola County’s fair is adding “honor and gratitude” to that group on Friday.

Steve Voss, with the Osceola County Fair Board, tells us about Friday’s activities at the fair.

He says they’d like to honor military veterans on Friday too.

Voss says they’d also like to show their gratitude to the wives, mothers, and other women with a special event.

Highlights of the weekend at the Osceola County Fair are a bean bag tournament and monster trucks on Saturday and on Sunday a 4-H Council Breakfast and an ecumenical worship service are planned.

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Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Fair is in full swing in Sibley.

We had a chance to visit with Steve Voss from the Osceola County Fair Board. He says things are looking good for the fair of late.

He tells us about the 4-H and FFA shows on Thursday.

Inflatables will also be available Thursday from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Plus, the McCallum Museum will be open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., thanks to the museum volunteers.

Highlights of the rest of the fair include Women’s Day and Veterans’ Day on Friday, plus pro wrestling. Saturday there’s a bean bag tournament and monster trucks and Sunday there’s a 4-H Council Breakfast and an ecumenical worship service.

Sibley, Iowa — Northwest Iowa county fairs continue to inform and entertain fairgoers. Next, it’s Osceola County’s turn. The fair gets underway this Wednesday, July 18th.

From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., there’s a freewill donation meal, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension in celebration of the centennial of extension this year. At 6:30, it will be the opening ceremonies for the Osceola County American Cancer Society Relay For Life. That will be in the grandstand.

The Little Miss Osceola County and Miss Osceola County Fair Queen Contest will be at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand. And during intermission, there will be a special Relay For Life speaker talking about her cancer journey.

After the queen contest, the Relay For Life luminaria ceremony and survivor lap will be held in the commercial building.

When it gets dark, about 9:30 p.m., Iowa State University Extension will host a Glo Run/Walk/Bike Ride, starting at the commercial building.

Highlights of the rest of the fair include figure eight races and a demolition derby on Thursday, veterans day and women’s night on Friday, a barbeque contest and all-star monster trucks on Saturday, and a 4-H Council breakfast and ecumenical worship on Sunday.

July 18, 2018 - 12:34 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — It’s summer, and that means two things. There is more need for blood due to people being outside and more active. It also means that people tend to forget to give blood because they’re so busy.

So giving blood at blood drives this time of year is even more important. Ken Ver Steeg, executive director of the Community Blood Bank tells us about a blood drive this Thursday in Sibley.

He says it’s easy to donate, and he gives a few guidelines.

He says in the summer it’s always important to make sure you drink enough fluids, but especially if you’re going to give blood.

You can call the Osceola Community Hospital Laboratory to make an appointment at 712-754-2574 ext. 260. Blood drive organizers say that the Community Blood Bank is the sole supplier of blood and blood products for Osceola Community Hospital. They say no hospitals in our area get blood from the American Red Cross.

July 13, 2018 - 6:37 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The celebration and ceremony will be a little different, but the cause is the same. The Osceola County American Cancer Society Relay For Life is going to be part of the Osceola County Fair this year.

One of the organizers of the festivities, Jackie Kannegieter tells us about it.

She says it’s going to be “a little bit different but similar” to past years.

She says luminaria bags are available around Osceola County.

Kannegieter says if you need more information you can call her at 712-461-1919 or look for them on Facebook.

July 12, 2018 - 3:23 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 around 80 degrees. Water levels are 7 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill – Slow: 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 3-6 feet of water. Target deeper fish this time of year on the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point, and the East Basin. Walleye – Fair: Try leeches or crawler harnesses around Ice House Pt, the dredge cut near Denison Beach, and around the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point and the East Basin. 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. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait, cut bait, or crawler fished on the bottom along Ice House Point and in Town Bay. Look for fish along rocky shorelines this time of year.

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 15-20 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows on a jig in 10-20 feet of water near submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Fair: Find perch along the vegetation and deeper structure. 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.

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 picking up fish trolling crankbaits 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 in 3-6 feet of water. Most fish are 6-7 inches.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish or troll with tube jig or a small minnow.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is 3.5 inches above crest. Surface water temperature is 76 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Troll spinners near the edge of vegetation in 3 to 6 feet of water. Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a small piece of crawler at the edge of vegetation. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use stink bait or cut bait after dark.

Crystal Lake
Bluegill – Fair: 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. Black Crappie – Good: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.

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.

East Okoboji Lake
The boat dock at Hattie Elston (North ramp) has been pulled. Yellow Bass – Good: The bite has picked up; good numbers of fish are being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs in the evening. Walleye – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Bluegill – Good: Anglers report an improving panfish bite of bluegill and crappie. Use small jigs tipped with waxworms in the weed lines.

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

Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Good: Walleye action has improved; reports of the best action in areas with flow. Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair: Walleye action has slowed on the lake; persistence will be rewarded with nice fish caught.

Spirit Lake
The south boat ramp (Orleans) is closed. Walleye – Good: The good walleye bite continues; troll live bait in the morning. Yellow Perch – Good: Report of yellow perch action “picking up” on the lake; sorting is needed.

West Okoboji Lake
The Triboji boat ramp is closed due to flooding. Bluegill – Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

July 11, 2018 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — Northwest Iowa families can now visit six libraries throughout the region and check out STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational backpacks.

The backpacks were created by Iowa State University students and are sponsored by local county extension councils and an Excellence in Extension grant, according to ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie DeJong.

She says there are two books in each bag.

DeJong says that each library is free to determine their own plan for checkout and use of the backpacks. Some of them may offer them for checkout, some may have patrons use the backpacks and their materials only at the library. But she encourages people to “check out” the backpacks. Again, they are available at the public libraries in George, Hull, Sibley, Sanborn, Everly, and Milford.

Photo caption: Mackenzie DeJong (left) and Sue Boettcher (middle) deliver four STEM backpacks to Gillian Anderson (right), Milford Public Library Director.

July 10, 2018 - 9:03 pm - Posted in Sports

Larchwood, Iowa — #2 West Lyon advanced to the Class 2A District 2 final after defeating the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals 10-0 in five innings Tuesday night in Larchwood.

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The Wildcats struck first in the bottom of the opening inning when Jaden Snyder doubled to center, and was later driven in by a Monte Pottebaum single. Pottebaum then came in to score off of a Mitchell Rentschler triple, and Dylan Snyders hit a two-run inside the park home-run. After one, it was 4-0 West Lyon. The Wildcats added another two runs in the bottom of the second to extend their lead to 6-0. West Lyon added four runs in the fourth and come away with the 10-0 win in 5 innings.

Snyder got the win for West Lyon after giving up just 4 hits in 4 innings of work.

Isaac Habben took the loss for the Generals. Habben went 3 1/3 innings, while giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, and struck out 3.

West Lyon improves to 28-1, and will play West Sioux on Saturday at 7 pm in Larchwood. Sibley-Ocheyedan ends their year at 10-13

July 10, 2018 - 1:58 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Fire Department has responded to three fire calls in recent days. They helped with a crash, put out a structure fire, and extinguished a truck fire on Highway 60.

A semi-trailer and most of its load were destroyed in a fire on Monday, July 9, 2018, near Sibley.

According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, about 4:40 p.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a vehicle fire on Highway 60 just south of the Minnesota state line, north of Sibley.

The chief says the fire department saw a semi-trailer and load of wood shavings on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Huls says no injuries were reported.

He says that the call was actually in the Bigelow, Minnesota Fire Department’s territory but it was in Iowa and Sibley arrived first.

Huls says as the truck was entering Iowa, a tire blew. He says remnants of the tire got under the trailer and the friction with the remaining tires caused the rubber to start on fire. He says the trucker was advised of the issue by another trucker on the CB radio, and that when he stopped to check it out, it burst into flames. Huls says the driver immediately disconnected the semi-tractor from the load and drove it to safety, so the tractor was not damaged.

Huls says Highway 60 needed to be closed due to visibility issues. He says the Iowa State Patrol and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office assisted with diverting traffic.

Chief Huls reports that the trailer and 90 percent of the load of wood shavings were totaled.

He says they used 5,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the approximately 11 firefighters from Sibley were on scene for about two hours.

Incidentally, Huls says this was the only time he can remember filling a drop tank right on Highway 60 for a vehicle fire.

The previous evening, the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a barn fire near Sibley.

According to Huls, they received the call about 10:10 p.m., to 1731 Oriole Avenue, just south of Sibley. He says the original call was of a barn fire, but they found out that the barn had burned and had caved in previously with no one calling the fire department. He says that fire was caused by embers from a trash fire near the barn, and he says they said that since the barn was dilapidated, they just let it burn. But they became concerned when an adjacent building with a tractor inside started on fire. He says the fire was mostly on the roof, and they extinguished it and the remains of the barn.

Huls says no injuries were reported to people, pets, or livestock.

He says they used about 1,000 gallons of water to fight that fire.

July 8, 2018 - 8:29 am - Posted in News

Hunters can help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with its annual population estimates by reporting all the turkeys seen in July and August.

The DNR has mailed survey cards to select turkey hunters who are asked to provide the date and county in which the turkey was seen, if it was an adult female or adult male (males have beards on their breast), and whether there are young poults (baby turkeys).

There is a link to an online survey and survey card at for those who did not receive a card.

Annual population surveys conducted by the DNR are an important component of the species management plans, which includes providing hunting opportunities. Hunter participation is appreciated.