October 31, 2018 - 3:51 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The dry spell has allowed farmers to make progress toward getting the 2018 crop out. Combines continue to roar through many fields.

We talked with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Joel De Jong and he tells us that the percentage of harvest that is complete seems to vary with location.

He says part of that is due to weather and field conditions.

De Jong says that he hopes we can stay rain-free for a while now. He says we have a full moisture profile, and any precip that falls now will just slow down harvest.

According to De Jong, this is the time that he urges people not to be careless — on the roads or in the field.

As of the latest crop report, 49 percent of Iowa’s corn and 71 percent of the state’s soybeans had been harvested.

October 31, 2018 - 3:32 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — One of the most frightening things about October 31st apparently isn’t the ghosts and goblins that may be appearing at your door.

John Pecchio, a spokesman for Triple-A-Iowa, says Halloween is one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and deaths.

A federal report finds 44-percent of those killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2012 to 2016 were in crashes involving an impaired driver. Getting caught driving under the influence on trick or treat night — or any other time — is no treat.

He recommends all Iowans drive slower through neighborhoods. Driving five miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit will give you extra time to react to children who may dart out in front of you.

October 31, 2018 - 3:29 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Edward Brandt age 95 of Sibley, IA, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley, with Reverend Terry Simm officiating.

Burial will take place prior to the service at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, IA. Family and friends will gather at Jurrens Funeral Home at 9:30 Tuesday morning before processing to the cemetery. Military honors provided by the George E. Mudge American Legion Post No. 324 and William F. Allard VFW Post No. 7373.

Visitation will be Monday, November 5th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

Family wish memorials to be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Sibley, IA.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

October 31, 2018 - 3:13 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate met with officials from the Iowa National Guard, Iowa Homeland Security, the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the chief technology officer for the State of Iowa to discuss election security earlier this week.

It’s an issue Pate has been discussing as he travels the state.

Pate says while votes are tabulated electronically, every Iowa voter uses a paper ballot and that is the ultimate election security measure for Iowa voters.

Pate’s Democratic challenger, Deidre DeJear, met with students at three Des Moines area high schools to explain the voting process and encourage 18-year-olds to participate in 2018.

October 31, 2018 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he supports the troop buildup on the U-S border with Mexico as a caravan of several thousand Central American migrants approaches.

Initially, 800 active duty soldiers were going to be dispatched to the border. Now, the number is over five-thousand troops, combined with another two-thousand-plus National Guard members who were already assigned there.

More than 73-hundred troops should be at the border before Election Day, which is reportedly more American soldiers than are now deployed in Iraq and Syria combined. Grassley says the U-S would welcome these people — if they’d follow the rules.

Grassley says he wouldn’t want anyone who’s already in the U-S legally to be “displaced,” but he believes there’s plenty of room — and opportunity — here for these migrants, should they choose to enter legally.

The troops are being deployed to three main staging areas in Texas, California and Mexico for what’s being called Operation Faithful Patriot. The armed troops include medical personnel, aviation units and engineering battalions, with one report saying they’re hauling 22 miles worth of barbed wire.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa is a highly agricultural state, so it’s little surprise Iowa’s among the top five states for the number of farmers who have applied for trade mitigation aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Iowa Farmers Union President Aaron Lehman says he expects even more farmers across the country to be seeking government help as the trade war with China persists.

Lehman says there needs to be a solid and clear plan to resolve the differences that are hurting America’s farmers and ranchers.

While hoping recent trade agreements like the U-S-M-C-A (United States Mexico Canada Agreement) will spark China to come to the table to help end the trade war, Lehman says the continued situation is damaging U-S agriculture.

The top five states for farmers seeking trade mitigation aid are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin.

The Siouxland Conference All Conference Volleyball Teams are out. Unanimous selections to the first team were Jadeyn Schutt and Jazlin De Haan of MOC-Floyd Valley, Sutton Schlumbohm of Central Lyon, Sheldon’s Mary Margaret Borer, and Alyssa Mulder from Sioux Center.

Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Emily Schutte earned honorable mention accolades.

For Complete Teams CLICK HERE



October 30, 2018 - 2:19 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ray Vander Naald, age 72, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Memorial Services will be Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Rev. Paul Van Maaren officiating.

Graveside Services will be Friday, November 2, prior to the Memorial Service, at 10:00 A.M. at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 1, from 3:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Ray Vander Naald.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — With trick-or-treating or “beggar’s nights” in most Iowa communities over the next few evenings, the Iowa Poison Control Center is prepared for a host of Halloween-related calls.

Registered nurse Jean Hammack says they hear from worried parents every year with concerns about their kids’ loot.

Hammack says an adult should always accompany young children while trick-or-treating and limit visits to local neighborhoods. She reminds parents to check over all treats before letting a child dig into their goodie bag.

Before heading out, make sure the child’s costume fits properly to prevent trips and falls. Use make-up instead of masks, if possible, and remove it as soon as you get home to prevent skin irritation. Accompanying parents should carry a flashlight, though some kids prefer to carry spookier-looking yellow-green glow sticks. Just don’t let younger kids have glow sticks or they may chew on them, releasing chemicals into their mouths.

She says a quick call can save you an expensive trip to the emergency room. The Sioux City-based hotline is staffed around the clock.

October 29, 2018 - 11:37 am - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man was jailed in Osceola County early Friday evening on a pair of charges.

According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, one of their Troopers attempted to stop a 2006 Audi, driven by 56-year old Jeffrey Allen Rieger, of Sioux Falls, but Rieger allegedly failed to stop, instead leading the Trooper on a short pursuit.

Troopers say the chase ended at the junction of Highways 9 and 59, north of Allendorf. According to the the report, Rieger was placed under arrest and transported to the Osceola County Jail in Sibley on charges of Eluding or Attempting To Elude Law Enforcement, and 2nd Offense Operating While Intoxicated.