Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola Community Hospital, as part of their 50th Anniversary Celebration, is sponsoring several events at this year’s Osceola County Fair, July 16th through 19th at the Fairgrounds in Sibley.

Click Here for a complete listing of the events sponsored by Osceola Community Hospital.

July 10, 2014 - 12:56 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A few days ago, we told you about millions of gallons of highly-flammable Bakken crude oil that is etc_logo_r
being transported by rail through the KIWA listening area.  Now, a Texas company has proposed the construction of an underground pipeline that will run from the North Dakota oil fields where the crude is produced, to a refinery near St. Louis.  The plan calls for the pipeline to run across the state of Iowa from northwest to southeast, entering Iowa in Lyon County.

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. is the company proposing the pipeline, and according to the company’s website, the pipeline would carry at least 320,000 barrels of oil each day through the KIWA listening area on it’s way to the refinery.  The company’s Board of Directors has already approved the construction of the 30-inch diameter pipeline, and hope to have it online by the end of 2016.

The proposed pipeline still needs approval from the Iowa Utilities Board, and Iowa DNR, as well as agencies in other states, before it can become a reality, however.

And, not surprisingly, various environmental groups have expressed concerns over the proposed project.

Osceola County, Iowa — A man wanted in connection with a Wednesday evening stabbing incident in Sioux Rapids law enforcement lightbarhas been arrested in Osceola County.

It all started when Clay County deputies responded to a traffic accident on Highway 71, south of Spencer.  According to authorities, while deputies were investigating this accident, they discovered that a passenger in the vehicle was suffering from numerous stab wounds, and was being taken to the Spencer Hospital.

Further investigation revealed that the stabbing incident had happened at a residence in Sioux Rapids, in northern Buena Vista County.  Buena Vista County deputies, and officers from the Sioux Rapids Police Department responded to that residence and determined that there were no other injured parties.  Police say preliminary investigation indicates that an altercation took place between the victim and another male subject at that residence.  They say the suspect had left the scene upon the officers’ arrival.  Buena Vista authorities say that, after further investigation, a charge of Willful Injury, a Class C Felony, was filed against 43-year old Pedro Orozco of Sioux Rapids.  Information early Thursday morning reportedly led to the arrest of Orozco by Osceola County deputies, and is being held on bond awaiting transfer back to Buena Vista County.  Authorities say the investigation is continuing.

Buena Vista Sheriff’s authorities identify the victim of the stabbing as 19-year old Chayton Quail of Spencer.  Quail was first taken to the Spencer Hospital, then transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital for surgery.  No condition report is available.

July 9, 2014 - 10:27 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A new deputy will begin work with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office next week, according to Sheriff Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Doug Weber.

Weber says Deputy Hunter is a chocolate lab, and will be partnered with Osceola County Deputy Tyler Bos.  Bos and Hunter have spent the past couple of weeks in Des Moines for training, and are scheduled to hit the streets of Osceola County next week.

Weber says Hunter is trained in drug detection and tracking, and replaces the department’s recently retired canine, Kyzer, a german sheperd, who recently retired after serving the citizens of Osceola County since 2004.

June 26, 2014 - 11:25 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman has been arrested on a felony assault charge.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they assisted the Iowa State Patrol in arresting 41-year-old Andrea Lynn Block of Sibley on Tuesday, June 24th.

Block is charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, a Class “D” Felony. She is alleged to have assaulted a 20-year-old woman.

Block is currently being held in the Osceola County Jail.

Class “D” Felonies carry a penalty of up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $7500.

Sibley, Iowa — A George man has been sentenced after he was charged with Criminal Mischief.gavel_sxc

The Osceola County Sheriff’s office reports that 27-year-old Joseph Lee Daggett of George has pled guilty to Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree.

He was ordered to pay a fine of $625 plus court costs, surcharges, restitution of all court-appointed attorney fees.

Daggett was also sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail with all time suspended during a 2-year formal probation to the Dept. Of Corrections.

However, as a condition of this suspended sentence, Daggett was ordered to complete the Residential Treatment Facility program at the RTF in Sheldon.

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 additional counties, including Osceola County, in response to last week’s storms. Other counties included are Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Hancock, Ida, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Sac, Woodbury and Wright.Hawarden Flooding 2014

The Governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms.

On Wednesday, June 18, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) made a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct damage assessments in 14 counties impacted by the June 13 and continuing storms. Results of the damage assessments could be used to determine if a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration is warranted. Damage assessments are being evaluated for Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Ida, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux, Woodbury and Wright counties.

June 23, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

osceolasheriffOcheyedan, Iowa — A Watertown, SD man’s Pontiac was damaged in an accident on Monday, June 16th near Ocheyedan .

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:30 pm, 22-year-old Jordan Brist of Watertown, SD
was driving soutbound on Silver Avenue, 6 miles west of Ocheyedan in a 1997 Pontiac. Brist lost control of the vehicle, driving through a large mud puddle.  He collided with a utility pole on the east side of the road.

There were no injuries reported

June 23, 2014 - 4:58 pm - Posted in News

osceolasheriffSibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman’s Saturn was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, June 18th near Sibley

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:45 am, 45-year-old Clint Metzger of Larchwood was pulling a 1989 Merrit Trailer eastbound on A22 , ¼ mile west of 2nd Avenue in Sibley. Forty-seven -year-old Lori Renken was behind Metzger in a 2003 Saturn Sedan. According to the report, Metzger missed his turn and started to back up on the roadway.Renken saw the trailer backing up and started to backup also but had to stop because there was a third vehicle behind her.  Metzger backed into the Renken vehicle.

Metzger’s trailer received no damage damage. Renken’s Saturn received $5000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

June 23, 2014 - 4:50 pm - Posted in News

osceolasheriffSibley, Iowa — A Sibley man  and an Ocheyedan woman’s  vehicles were damaged in an accident on Wednesday, June 18th near Sibley

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 5:25 pm, 82-year-old Norman Wheeler was driving a 2010 Chrysler and stopped at the intersection of Ag Street and Pierce Avenue, turning south onto Pierce Avenue, 1 mile east of Sibley. Thirty-seven -year-old Melanie Van Gelder was stopped on Ag Street, behind Wheeler. According to the report Wheeler observed another vehicle northbound and began backing up. Wheeler backed into Van Gelder as she honked her horn trying to get his attention.

There were no injuries reported.