September 30, 2018 - 8:22 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marge Veen, age 86 of Sibley, IA died Friday, September 28, 2018, at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center in Sheldon, IA.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Sibley, IA with Pastor Doug Noonkester officiating.

Burial will be at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 2nd at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA.

Visitation will be Monday, October 1st, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sibley.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley is in charge of arrangements for Marge Veen. Read The Full Story…

September 30, 2018 - 1:34 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — There’s a fun race coming up in Osceola County, and you can learn more about the area while you’re participating.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will again host its Osceola County “Amazing Race” on Sunday, October 7th beginning at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Sibley at 2:00 p.m. The event, which resembles the popular television show “The Amazing Race” requires teams to drive across the county completing challenges as they go. The team to reach the finish line first is crowned the winner.

Ashley Peters, the event coordinator and Osceola County Youth Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach tells us about it.

She says the race has two key purposes. First of all, it is a way for local 4-H clubs to kick off their new 4-H year, and secondly, it provides a fun, family-friendly activity that brings together families, friends, and community members.

Teams can register online at or you can register or ask questions by calling 712-754-3648, emailing or by stopping by the office located at 110 Cedar Lane in Sibley.

Northwest Iowa — (RI) — Iowa 4th District Republican U.S. Representative Steve King convened a hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C. to examine complaints that conservatives are being censored on college campuses and by social media companies.

King led the hearing in the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. He says conservative voices are being “stifled” on college campuses.

King accused YouTube, Facebook and Google of banning users based on their conservative political views.

Tech-company executives say it’s in their business interests to have people of all viewpoints use their products. Democrats on the panel said this was the third Republican-led hearing this year on the issue and accused Republicans of using it to rally voters for the midterm elections.

September 28, 2018 - 1:17 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Railroad companies and the shippers that use them in northwest Iowa are saying with varying levels of certainty that this year’s derailments should not affect the transportation of this year’s harvest.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (or BNSF) Railroad had a major derailment near Doon this summer. Early on the morning of June 22, 2018, a freight train hauling crude oil from Alberta, Canada derailed 33 cars just south of Doon due to track that had been washed out due to flooding. The BNSF railroad says it appears ten cars leaked oil for a total of 160-thousand gallons. Some of the crude got into the Little Rock River. The railroad said that over 100,000 gallons were recovered. But the track was soon cleared and the line, which goes between Willmar, Minnesota and Sioux City was soon back in service.

This past Sunday, a Union Pacific train derailed in Alton. There were 95 cars on the train and 37 rail cars derailed. Several rail cars went into the Floyd River. The train was carrying sand and soybean oil. None of the cars were carrying hazardous materials. Officials say the cause of the incident has not been determined, but recent flooding was likely a factor. Sand and soybean oil were released into the river as a result of the derailment. Cleanup continues.

We asked the railroads what effect, if any, the derailments would have on the fall harvest.

A spokesperson for the BNSF says that their line is in service and they don’t anticipate any issues transporting the harvest.

Justin Jacobs, a spokesperson for the Union Pacific Railroad, says that a temporary plan has been put in place regarding freight traffic. Rail traffic is being rerouted, as applicable, and he says they are maintaining constant communications with their customers regarding their shipments. He says more information regarding that can be found at But Jacobs says that it would be inappropriate to speculate the effects this incident may have going forward.

Meanwhile, we asked John McDaniel, the CEO of one of the large farmer cooperatives in the area — the Farmers Coop Society — what effect the derailments might have on the harvest for them. He said that like many coops in northwest Iowa, they don’t do any “rail marketing” of grain. That means they send all of their grain to market on trucks and don’t use the railroad. Last year we spoke to another Farmers Coop Society spokesperson who told us that the railroads all want 110-unit grain trains now, and that’s not possible at many northwest Iowa locations.

September 28, 2018 - 8:23 am - Posted in Obituaries

Lowell Schultz, age 76, of Sibley, formerly of Little Rock, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley.

Memorial Services will be Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa. Rev. Dustin Sperlich officiating.

Burial to follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, Iowa.

Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Lowell Schultz.

September 27, 2018 - 3:55 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 upper 60’s. Water levels are 7 inches over the crest of the spillway. Bluegill – Fair: Use a small jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water in Town Bay from the stone piers along the north shoreline of Town Bay, along Ice House Point and near the inlet bridge. Walleye – Slow: Try crawler rigs or crankbaits around Ice House Point, the dredge cut near Denison Beach, and around the rock piles near Gunshot Hill, Cottonwood Point and the East Basin. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. 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, and along shore near the outlet. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use crawlers fished in 2-4 feet below a bobber on the lake side and marsh side
of the inlet bridge.

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: Drift or troll slowly crawler rigs, minnows or leaches in 15-20 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Fair: Find perch along the vegetation and deeper structure. Largemouth Bass – Fair: 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. Bluegill – Fair: Try tube jigs tipped with crawlers in 10-15 feet of water.

North Twin Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid 60’s. White Crappie – Slow: No Report – A recent survey showed most crappie are 6-10 inches with a few up to 14 inches. Walleye – Slow: Walleye up to 27 inches have been seen in recent netting surveys.

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: Use crawler rigs and troll crankbaits along the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake in 6-10 feet of water. White Bass – Fair: Troll crankbaits or fish crawlers along the dredge cuts. Black Crappie – Fair: A recent survey showed crappie up to 10 inches can be found near shore; use a crawler or minnow fished on a small jig below a bobber.

Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish or troll with a tube jig or small minnow. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift fish or troll with a small jig. Shore anglers should fish a small piece of crawler or cut bait off the bottom.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 60 degrees. Channel Catfish – Fair: Use crawlers or cut bait in the areas where water is entering the lake. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift or troll a small jig tipped with cut bait or a minnow over the reefs until you find fish. Muskellunge – Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and near docks.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs or a minnow in the dredge cut or on the edge of vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Use crankbaits.

Lake Smith
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift or troll a small jig or minnow in deeper near the outlet.

East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Excellent bite continues with good numbers of fish being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs or use small baits tipped with wigglers. Don’t overlook the evening bite from docks as these fish will move shallow at dusk. Walleye – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers report northern pike action on the lake; Best area where there is flow into the lake.

Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught trolling. Don’t overlook public areas to fish using traditional “cat” baits which will provide excellent action.

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

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish – Good: Report of angles catching fish from the river.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish approaching 7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie – Good: Recent surveys show numbers of angler acceptable size fish up to 10 inches in the lake.

Ocheyedan Pit #1
Channel Catfish – Fair: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good: Expect the fall walleye bite to start soon. Troll crankbaits during the day; wader fishing is your best chance to catch trophy size fish.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Good: The fall walleye bite has started with action improving. Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch continue to be caught in the outside line of the weed beds. Bonus bluegill will be mixed in the catch. Northern Pike – Good: Angler reports of northern pike action on the lake; best area where there is flow into the lake.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

Luverne, Minnesota — Bands from five northwest Iowa high schools will be among those competing in the Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne, Minnesota this Saturday, September 29th.

Participating in the parade will be the George-Little Rock High School Marching Band and the Boyden-Hull High School Marching Band.

Participating in the field events will be the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Marching Band, the South O’Brien High School Marching Band, and the West Lyon High School Marching Band.

Luverne Chamber of Commerce Director Jane Lanphere tells us what to expect if you go.

Some band competitions sort bands by the number of members in the band. But Lanphere tells us that at Luverne, schools are sorted by the number of students that attend the ninth through the twelfth grades at that school.

She says while the restaurants in town are ready for you, there are also some other opportunities.

Luverne is 18 miles straight north of Rock Rapids on Highway 75, or 32 miles straight west of Worthington on I-90, and again it all gets underway with the parade starting at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — This week, the U.S. imposed 10-percent tariffs on another $200-billion worth of Chinese goods, which was met with retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods.

Kirk Leeds, president and CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, says hopes for a short-term resolution to the trade war with China are fading.

USDA Trade Undersecretary Ted McKinney told reporters this week that the dispute between the U.S. and China could go on for months. A study released this week by Iowa State University estimates, because of new tariffs, Iowa’s soybean industry faces loses between $159-million and $891-million. Leeds says it’s possible the situation will get worse before it gets better.

China, which uses one-third of the world’s soybeans, placed a 25-percent tariff on U.S. soybeans in July. Iowa is the second-leading soybean producing state in the U.S. behind Illinois. The study from ISU’s Center for Agriculture and Rural Development claims overall losses from the tariffs to Iowa’s gross state product range from $1-billion to $2-billion.

You can view the ISU study by CLICKING HERE.

Sibley, Iowa — A construction worker was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital Wednesday following a construction accident in Sibley.

Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls says that, around 10:00 am Wednesday, 32-year old Victor Barrios-Maldonado was working for Gabino Drywall and Siding, and was working on the roof of a building on 3rd Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets in Sibley, installing a rain gutter system, when the mishap occurred. Huls says Barrios-Maldonado was holding a 10-foot length of downspout pipe when the pipe came into contact with a 72-hundred volt powerline. Huls says the electric shock knocked Barrios-Maldonado off the building, causing him to fall approximately 20-feet onto the concrete alley below.

Barrios-Maldonado was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital with what Chief Huls describes as “life-threatening” injuries.

Huls says the incident knocked out power in the area for a period of time.

September 26, 2018 - 11:02 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Some Sheldon businesses have reported receiving email invoices from KIWA Radio, and other Sheldon businesses. 

The issue was brought to our attention Wednesday morning by a Sheldon organization that had received one of these bogus statements. KIWA’s Technology Specialist, Justin Hellinga, says the emails are designed to infect your computer with a virus of some kind. Hellinga says the action of opening the pdf file that is supposedly the invoice, will launch a virus on your computer.

Hellinga says the email aren’t being sent from an email address, but are made to look like they are coming from the radio station. He says before you open any “billing statement” emails that appear to come from KIWA, check the actual email address of the sender. If it is not, you should immediately delete the email WITHOUT OPENING THE ATTACHMENT.

KIWA Office Manager Rachel McDonald reminds people that KIWA’s billing is done only once a month, on or about the 1st, and they always come from either, or McDonald urges you to check and verify that the email is originating from one of those email addresses.