Sheldon, Iowa — Three area students of Northwest Iowa Community College got to go to a leadership and skills conference due to the generosity of TV’s Mike Rowe.
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Jordan Walhof of Rock Valley, Dylan Noyes of Sibley, and Christian Krejci of Sheldon each received mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarships to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 20-24.

Walhof, Noyes, and Krejci are all IOWA gold medalists in their areas — Walhof in Automotive Service Technology, Noyes in Diesel Technology and Krejci in Automated Manufacturing Technology.

Mike Rowe, former host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and current host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Got To Do It,” created the foundation in 2008 to, in his words, “give something back and challenge the prevailing definition of a ‘good job.’ He says that for decades, we have put a premium on a four-year degree, and told an entire generation that trade schools and skilled labor are alternatives to higher education. He says QUOTE “Hyperbole aside, the skills gap is real. Our infrastructure is crumbling. And, our country is scrambling to put itself back together.”

The scholarship provides support for SkillsUSA state contest winners who have insufficient personal resources to travel to and participate in the 2016 National SkillsUSA Championships. This year’s scholarship award amounts were determined by the geographic travel distance to Louisville, Kentucky. The winners will also have the opportunity to meet with a member of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation staff during the conference.

NCC officials report that this is the sixth consecutive year that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, has offered scholarships for SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state’s SkillsUSA Championships and who otherwise would not be able to attend the national SkillsUSA Championships for financial reasons. The scholarship is awarded based on a student-written narrative describing the need for the scholarship and lack of school or community resources. A student may be nominated with a letter of recommendation written by his or her SkillsUSA advisor or the SkillsUSA state association director.

They say that this year, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation had a priority focus on high school and college/postsecondary students who are working toward careers in manufacturing, construction, automotive, engineering and STEM-related trade occupations.

According to NCC, since 2011, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has provided scholarship support to 354 SkillsUSA students, representing an investment of more than $356,000 in America’s future skilled workforce.

July 31, 2016 - 6:42 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A George man has died in an accident near Ashton.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says that on Saturday morning, July 30, 2016, they received the report of a vehicle in the ditch on Nest Avenue, south of 250th Street, about a mile south and a mile and a half west of Ashton.

The vehicle in the ditch was a red 2000 Pontiac Grand Am registered to Heather Wilkerson of George. The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old James Otto Bruns of George, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office says Bruns appeared to have been southbound on Nest Avenue when he lost control. They say the vehicle rolled in the east ditch and landed on its wheels.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Pontiac was a total loss.

They say that the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Ashton Ambulance crew, Sibley Ambulance crew, and the Ashton Fire Department assisted at the scene.

July 29, 2016 - 3:53 pm - Posted in News

Relay-for-life-RFL-luminaria-bagsSibley, Iowa — It’s time for the 16th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Osceola County.

We had a chance to talk to Jackie Kannegieter with the Osceola County chapter of the American Cancer Society. She tells us what they have planned.

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She tells us how you can get a luminaria bag to honor a loved one or a loved one’s memory.

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She says they also have special events planned for survivors of cancer and caregivers this Monday night.

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She tells us you won’t go away hungry.

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Kannegieter says they’ve got something fun and new planned for this year.

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Again, that’s the Osceola County Relay For Life — Friday night, August 5th, at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Track in Sibley.

July 28, 2016 - 9:54 am - Posted in News

AccidentGeneric 2Osceola County, Iowa — The driver of a tractor-trailer rig was hospitalized as the result of an accident that happened in Osceola County on Wednesday, July 27th.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, about 12:40 pm Wednesday, a 1998 International semi pulling a load of grain, driven by 23-year old Justin Smith, of Iona, Minnesota, was eastbound on 100th Street.  Smith told deputies that an unknown problem with the truck’s steering caused the truck to pull hard to the right, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

Deputies say the truck entered the south ditch, and after the trailer shifted and slid into the ditch, the rig overturned, coming to rest on it’s left side.

Smith was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, with what authorities are describing as “minor” injuries.

The tractor-trailer rig, owned by Smith Farms of Wilmont, Minnesota, sustained an estimated $60-thousand in damage.

July 27, 2016 - 2:43 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Osceola County is planning a Shooting Sports Camp, coming up on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Sandy Lamfers, of ISU Extension and Outreach of Osceola County says the camp will run from 5:00 to 8:00 pm next Wednesday, at Willow Creek County Park near Ocheyedan.  The Shooting Camp, which will be conducted by conservation specialists, will involve slingshot, air rifle, archery, and shotgun.

This camp is for children that have completed 4th grade, and up. Lamfers says the date for the Shooting Sports Camp was misprinted in the iCamp book as July 27th, but the correct date is, in fact, August 3rd.

The camp is free, but you’ll need to register online, if possible.  You can find the registration by visiting www.extension.iastate.edu/osceola/.

July 26, 2016 - 10:39 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Two people were airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and four more were taken to Sanford Sheldon after a head-on accident on Sunday evening, July 24th, near Sibley.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:00 p.m., 17-year-old Mattea Lauren Van Kalsbeek of Sioux Falls was driving a 2016 Honda Civic eastbound on Highway 9. They say 47-year-old Vance J. Timmer, also of Sioux Falls, was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot westbound on Highway 9.

According to the report, Van Kalsbeek crossed over the center line and collided with the Timmer vehicle head-on east of the intersection of Highway 9 and Olive Avenue. Olive Avenue is L36, the county road west of Sibley.

Van Kalsbeek and her passenger, a juvenile, were taken to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by ambulance and later they were each air lifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Timmer and his three passengers, Dianne Timmer and two juveniles, were taken by ambulance to the Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Both vehicles were totaled with the Van Kalsbeek vehicle receiving approximately $18,640 in damage and the Timmer vehicle receiving approximately $19,000 in damage.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department investigated the accident with the assistance of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. Also assisting at the scene was Sibley Fire and Rescue, the Osceola County Ambulance Service and the Little Rock Ambulance. The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is still ongoing.

July 25, 2016 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — If you need federal help or if you’d like to give your opinion on a federal matter, your opportunity is coming up in Sibley this week.

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Grassley Regional Director, Jacob Bossman

Iowa United States Senator Chuck Grassley’s regional director, Jacob Bossman, will be holding open office hours in Sibley on July 28th. The office hours provide an opportunity for Iowans to obtain casework assistance or to express views.

Bossman will be at the Sibley Public Library at 40 Ninth Street on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 10 until 11 a.m. If you have questions you can call Grassley’s Sioux City office, or the library in Sibley at 712-754-2888.

Bossman will also be available in Lake Park from 11:30 to 12:30 that day.

Bossman says Grassley’s offices in Iowa regularly help constituents contact federal agencies to sort through problems with Social Security payments, military service matters, immigration cases and other issues. His state offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.

Senator Grassley says that open office hours are designed to help more Iowans access the assistance that is available from the office of their United States Senator. He says that he hopes anyone with federal agency-related casework will take advantage of Bossman’s visits.

Again, if you have any questions, you can contact Grassley’s Sioux City office at 712-233-1860.

Spencer, Iowa — The organization that provides leadership and management for the regional system of care for mental health and disability services for six northwest Iowa counties has switched providers for their crisis line.
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Northwest Iowa Care Connections serves residents of Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Palo Alto Counties. They report that they have recently switched providers for the region’s 24/7 crisis phone line from Foundation 2 in Cedar Rapids to Spencer-based Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

Bill Leupold, Northwest Iowa Care Connections’ Goverance Board Chair and the official spokesperson for the region, says that the Regional Governance Board felt that the $60,000 annual cost of Foundation 2’s service was exorbitant for the number of calls received by Foundation 2.

Northwest Iowa Care Connections Region Chief Executive Officer Kim Wilson says that Seasons Center, as a private, non-profit organization, provides a safe, confidential option for people to seek assistance with social, emotional, behavioral and family issues. Since a crisis can come in many forms, Seasons Center seeks to empower people to develop their own skills and confidence in meeting life’s challenges.

Leupold says that there should be no impact to those who call the crisis line as the phone number will remain the same, the only difference being the clients will now be speaking with Seasons Center personnel.

They say the Northwest Iowa Care Connections toll free crisis line,( 844-345-4569) is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with Seasons Center, whose emergency services are accredited by the Iowa Department of Human Services Chapter 24. Callers can expect to receive assistance from trained staff who help to develop a collaborative safety plan, arrange follow-up, and make referrals to local providers as needed.

Sibley, Iowa — Three individuals face alcohol-related charges in two separate incidents in Osceola County in recent days.

Two Estherville men were jailed Thursday (July 14th) in Sibley, following an investigation into a pair of suspicious males at the Ocheyedan Pits.  Osceola County authorities say 51-year old Parish James Reed, and 62-year old Wesley John Lyons, were both charged with Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.  In addition, Lyons was reportedly charged with OWI, a serious misdemeanor.  Deputies say both men were booked into the Osceola County Jail in Sibley, with bond for Reed set at $300, and $1,300 for Lyons.

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A Sheldon man was arrested Friday (July 15th) as the result of the investigation into the report of a suspicious male on Northwest Blvd in Sibley.  According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 24-year old Cory Allen Wright was booked into the Osceola County Jail on charges of Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

July 12, 2016 - 2:00 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Osceola County is next in line for county fairs. The Osceola County Fair runs from Wednesday through Saturday of this week, the 13th through the 16th.
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Osceola County Fair Board Chairman Steve Voss says they’ve got something for everyone this year, and he starts by highlighting some Wednesday night activities.

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He says they’ve got some fun and different events going on Friday and Saturday as well.

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You can find out more at theosceolacountyfair.com.