January 11, 2016 - 9:30 am - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — A Sanborn woman was injured after rolling her van into a ditch near Allendorf late Thuesday evening.

Osceola County authorities say that shortly before 11 Thursday night, a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, driven by 36-year old April Lynn Lauer of Sanborn, was northbound on Highwway 59 near the intersection of 200th Street.  Deputies say Lauer lost control of the van due to snow on the roadway, attempted to correct, and the snow pulled the vehicle across the northbound lane into the ditch, where it rolled over, coming to rest on it’s wheels.

Lauer was reportedly transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Sibley Ambulance after the crash.

Damage to Lauer’s minivan was estimated at $3500.

January 11, 2016 - 8:55 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged after a collision at a Sibley intersection Thursday, January 7th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:21 am on Thursday, 33-year-old Timothy James Ellerbroek of Sibley was driving a 2011 Chevy Silverado eastbound on 4th Street in Sibley. Twenty-seven-year-old Jackelin Paola Monzon Reyes of Sibley was driving a 2006 Toyota 4Runner northbound on 4th Avenue. According to the report, due to the fog and mist, the roads were icy and both vehicles collided in the intersection.

The Chevy received $3000 damage. The Toyota received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported

January 6, 2016 - 1:51 pm - Posted in News

Melvin, Iowa — A machine shed and shop was damaged in a fire on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 near Melvin.
According to Melvin Fire Chief John McDougall, about 5:25 PM, the Melvin Fire Department was called to the report of shop on fire at Gary Vander Lee’s place at 2673 Taft Avenue, two miles east, and one and three quarter mile south of Melvin.

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The chief says the fire department fought the fire by pulling tin off of the structure and spraying it with water. He says the fire had gone up the walls and into the attic of the building. Chief McDougall says they ventilated the building and doused the fire in the attic.

McDougall says no injuries were reported.

The Sanborn and May City fire departments were paged for mutual aid. He says they asked them to bring water. According to the chief, they used Sanborn’s water but didn’t need May City’s when all was said and done. He says in all they used about 10,000 gallons of water to fight the fire.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Chief McDougall reports that there was moderate damage to the building and contents, which did include vehicles.

He says firefighters were on scene for two and a half hours.

December 21, 2015 - 2:34 pm - Posted in News

Osceola Rec TrailSibley, Iowa — The Osceola Recreational Trails Association has succeeded in raising a $50,000 match for a Wellmark Foundation Matching Grant that was announced in August.

The grant was awarded in part because the trail system promotes wellness in the community and safe access to schools.  The requirement for receiving the grant funds was that the Rec Trails Association had to raise $50,000 to match the grant amount.

Doris Hoffman is Treasurer for the Osceola Recreational Trails Association, and she tells us that more than just cash could be counted in the local match.

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She says the Trails Association only had about 4 months from the time of the grant announcement, in which to come up with the matching funds, and she says they came right down to the wire.

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When asked what she had to say to everyone who donated their time, or their money, Hoffman had this to say.

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She says the Wellmark Foundation Grant, along with the local matching funds, will go a long way toward expanding the rec trails in Osceola County.

December 17, 2015 - 3:51 pm - Posted in News

Harris, Iowa — The City of Harris is one of fifteen Iowa cities that will benefit from a combined total of more than $9.1 million in low-cost water quality loans through the State Revolving Loan Fund.

The City of Harris has been awarded a Sewer System Planning and Development Loan of up to $192,000.  Harris City Clerk Holly Wilson tells us more.

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She tells us what the loan can be used for.

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Wilson talks about how the loan works.

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The Planning and Development Loans are zero-percent interest loans that are designed to assist with the first phase of project expenses.  The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources jointly administer the State Revolving Loan Fund in Iowa.

Once the planning and development work is done, the City of Harris can apply for a low-cost State Revolving Fund Construction Loan to help pay for the construction of the project.

Several weeks ago the Osceola County Board of Supervisors, in a controversial move, voted to allocate Tax Increment Financing dollars to help pay for the Harris Sewer project.

December 11, 2015 - 9:18 am - Posted in News

cattle feed feeding isu extensionA Milford man struck two cattle on Thursday, December 10th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:55 pm, 54-year-old Brent Robert Beck was driving a 2001 Ford F350 eastbound on Highway 9. According to the report, two black cattle, belonging to Michael Rolfes of Sibley, were on Highway 9. Due to the dark color of the cattle and the darkness outside, Beck was unable to see the cattle and struck both of them.

The Ford received $15,000 damage. The cattle were valued at $20,000 and $15,000.

No injuries were reported.

December 10, 2015 - 2:25 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — An outbuilding and its contents were heavily damaged in a fire on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 near Sibley.
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According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, about 2:20 PM, the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a structure fire at 5238 190th Street, which is about a mile and a half south of Sibley and a little east of Highway 60. Huls says the place is owned by Phil Timmers. A passerby called in the blaze.

The chief says the fire department saw half of the building engulfed in flame as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire. He says the fire got into walls, and was difficult to get at due to the construction of the building.

Huls reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

He says that the building was being used for a seamless gutter business, and although they were able to save the shop part of the building and some tools, many of the supplies for the business, including gutters and downspouts were destroyed.

The fire department was assisted by the Ashton Fire Department. They provided five or six firefighters and a tanker says Huls. He thanked them for their help.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be a space heater near some papers.

Chief Huls reports that there was $35,000 worth of damage to the building, with an estimated $10,000 in damage to the contents.

He says they used about 6000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and although crews had the fire under control within an hour, they were on scene for about three and a half hours altogether.

Huls says, however, that firefighters were called back to the scene on Thursday morning due to high winds that had blown embers into flame again. Again another passerby called in the blaze. Firefighters were there for another hour on Thursday morning.

December 9, 2015 - 11:35 am - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is trying to figure out if an animal shot by a coyote hunter in Osceola County Sunday is a wolf or dog, or a mixture of some sort.

D-N-R spokesman Kevin Baskins says the hunter quickly determined it was NOT a coyote and called a conservation officer.

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Baskins says they’ll look at the animal’s D-N-A and do some other standard testing.

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D-N-R wildlife biologists say the genetic lineage between dogs and wolves is about 95 percent the same or more, and Baskins says that makes it difficult to tell what an animal is just by looking at it.

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Baskins says wolf sightings in Iowa are not common, but do occur. An animal shot in Buchanan County in February 2014 was confirmed to be a wolf.

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Minnesota and Wisconsin are home to several hundred packs of Great Lakes wolves and if this animal if found to be a wolf, it could have come from those packs.

December 8, 2015 - 9:23 am - Posted in News

siouxsheriff2Alton, Iowa — A Sibley man struck a deer on Sunday, December 6th near Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:53 pm on Sunday, 59-year-old Michael Blochowitz was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on Highway 60. According to the report, he struck a deer on the roadway.

The Tahoe received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported

December 6, 2015 - 9:23 am - Posted in News

deer_sxcA Spirit Lake resident’s vehicle was damaged after an accident on Friday, December 4th.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:50 pm, 67-year-old Donne Marie Fisher of Spirit Lake was driving a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country westbound on Highway 9. According to the report, she struck a deer that ran onto the roadway.

The Chrysler received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.