October 26, 2016 - 7:21 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Two hearings regarding the smell coming from the Iowa Drying and Processing or IDP plant in Sibley have been postponed.
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A hearing on the City of Sibley vs. Iowa Drying and Processing case, which was to have taken place in August was pushed back to November 1st and 2nd. Now, according to court records, Harold Dawson, the city attorney, has asked that the hearing be postponed again.

A counter suit was also filed by Iowa Drying and Processing against the City of Sibley, requesting that the court not allow Sibley to continue to cite IDP for nuisance violations. Court records indicate that Dawson also asked the court to postpone a hearing on the counter suit as well, which was to have been on the same dates.

According to the Osceola County Clerk of Court Stephanie Wollmuth, the court has granted the requests, and a scheduling conference will be set up to come up with dates that will work for all parties involved. However, the scheduling conference hasn’t been scheduled yet either.

The City of Sibley has been in an ongoing battle to try to get the odor problem fixed so IDP can continue providing jobs for Sibley residents.

According to commercial real estate broker William Stazzoni with World Group Commercial Real Estate, the plant and property in Sibley has been listed for sale. On the firm’s web site at worldgroupllc.com, the 160,000 square foot plant is listed at $5.5 million.

We spoke with Dawson in September, and at that point he emphasized that the City’s goal is to get the odor issue resolved so the plant can continue to operate — not to force them out of town.

October 24, 2016 - 12:28 pm - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man’s vehicle was damaged after rear-ending a trailer near Sibley in the evening hours of Saturday, October 22nd.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:00 pm on Saturday, 55-year-old Michael Block of Sibley was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram hauling trailers of round bales westbound on 170th Street, west of Sibley. Forty-year-old Arvin Krahlin of Sibley was driving a 2015 Nissan Murano behind Block. According to the report, Krahling was unable to see the Block vehicle due to the lack of lights and orange sign on the back of the vehicle and rear ended the Dodge.

The Nissan received $2,500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

October 19, 2016 - 10:21 pm - Posted in News

Lake Park, Iowa — A heads-up if your travels take you east of our area on Iowa Highway 9.
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The intersection of M34 and Highway 9 is under construction. Crews are re-doing the intersection, and while that takes place, it is closed to traffic.

They plan to remove the old concrete and while replacing the intersection, make it larger.

With good weather, the intersection is scheduled to reopen on Monday or Tuesday, October 24th or 25th.

However, the Iowa Department of Transportation is planning some work in that area as well. According to construction engineer Darwin Bishop, there is work planned in November between County Road M20 near Lake Park and US 71 in Spirit Lake. There will be single-line traffic in alternating directions due to the road construction work. We are told the traffic will be directed by flaggers. A pilot car will be in operation, and a width limit of 14 feet will be in effect.

That work on Highway 9 is set to start on November 1, 2016 and is hoped to be completed by November 15.

October 11, 2016 - 6:14 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa – Hands-on learning and fun activities are in store once again for northwest Iowa elementary and middle school students.
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Registration is now open for area fourth through eighth graders to attend Fall STEM Fest 2016 hosted by Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs.

Extension Youth Program Specialist Ben Pullen says that fall STEM Fest 2016 is free to attend, and will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at NCC in Sheldon.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in Building A on the NCC campus, with sessions starting at 9:00 a.m. Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the day, and a public showcase will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Pullen highlights some of the activities.

He says other topics will include Rockets to the Rescue; Cooking with Chemistry; Exercise Science; Welding Technology; Dairy Science; Electricity and Magnetism; Building Bridges; and Pottery Puzzles.

If your child or children are interested, Pullen says they’ll need to select their first, second and third choice color track which consists of different sessions and activities. Organizers will attempt to honor color track choices, but sessions fill up quickly. No changes to color tracks will happen the day of the event.

Online registration can be completed at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/2016-fall-stem-fest-november-12 or visit with your local ISU Extension and Outreach Youth Coordinator to register.

Click here for a flyer about the event.

October 11, 2016 - 5:52 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Domestic violence impacts many women, men, and children in northwest Iowa every year. October has been designated “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
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Domestic violence advocates with the agency that assists domestic violence victims in northwest Iowa — the Family Crisis Centers, based in Sioux Center — say that from July of 2015 to June of this year, they assisted 228 victims. Amber London with that agency says that the number of actual victims of domestic violence in their area may be much higher.

But London says it’s important that the community is aware that domestic violence is a problem, and that talking about domestic violence helps to erase stigma and shows survivors that they will be supported if they do come forward.

She says they provide many resources for survivors of domestic violence.

She says most contacts come via phone. Their Sioux Center number is 722-4404. She says they also have a crisis line at 1-800-382-5603. Plus, she says there is a statewide number that people can call when they need help, which is called Help Line Iowa. That number is 1-800-770-1650.

However, London says there is also a new text number. She says you can get help by texting “iowahelp” to 20121.

London says you can also find out more by visiting their web site at familycrisiscenters.org. She says the site also has a safe exit button in case you need it.

October 10, 2016 - 3:05 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A hearing has been postponed in one of the cases regarding an alleged robbery in Osceola County.
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Court records indicate the four people are accused in the armed robbery of an occupied home on Third Avenue in Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reported that on August 21, 2016, their deputies arrested 35-year-old Jose Manuel Maldonado Castillo of Sibley on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony; two counts of Assault while Participating in a Felony; Going Armed with Intent; Interference with Official Acts with a Dangerous Weapon; and Unauthorized Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, all class D Felonies. They said they also arrested 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley, as well as 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios and 38-year-old Nicomedes Montanez Cruz, both of Sioux City — and charged them all with Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony.

In Nazario Alvira’s case, a pretrial conference is scheduled for November 10th, with a jury trial on December 20th. His attorney, John Sandy, has asked for the trial to be postponed. The court has not ruled on that motion, but had set a hearing for this Friday, October 14th. Sandy moved that the hearing also be postponed. Judge Carl Petersen approved that motion and ordered that the hearing be pushed back two weeks to October 28th.

October 6, 2016 - 3:56 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — An evening meal featuring local food and local farmers is being offered near Ocheyedan later this month.
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Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a “Flavors of Northwest Iowa Harvest Dinner” featuring local foods and local producers on Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Willow Creek County Park and Recreation Area. That’s at 5945 Iowa 9, near Ocheyedan.

The evening will begin with appetizers and wine tasting, followed by short remarks from the featured producers.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach regional extension educator Cheryl Heronemus tells us about the dinner.

She tells us about the local food on the menu.

She says spiced apple cider and locally-roasted coffee will also be available throughout the meal.

Heronemus tells us about the local producers providing the food.

Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator and Regional Food Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach says that the harvest dinner is meant to be a fun and tasty time for local food lovers to join together and share fellowship. Plus, those in attendance will learn more about the delicious foods that they’re enjoying from the people who produced it.

The Harvest Dinner is open to the public, but seating is limited to the first 40 registrants. Register online at by clicking here or by calling your local extension office. The cost for the dinner is $35 per person.

October 5, 2016 - 2:16 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A foundation that provides money for non-profit groups in Osceola County is again accepting grant applications for its next round of funds.
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We talked with Osceola County Economic Development Director Mike Earll, who tells us they feel fortunate that they are able to help out projects in Osceola County.

Earll says organizations have until November 10th to submit their grant applications.

He tells us how they receive funds.

Earll says the grants will be announced at a ceremony which is tentatively scheduled for February 16th, 2017.

You can visit osceolacountyfoundation.org for more information, including samples of applications that have been successful in previous years.

October 4, 2016 - 4:26 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Motorists on one street in Sibley will encounter an electronic device that will remind them to check their speed as they approach.

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Pictured are Osceola County Chief Deputy Kevin Wollmuth and Dispatcher Sande Smith

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office,  in conjunction with the City of Sibley, has installed a radar sign on 5th Street in Sibley.  Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber tells KIWA that the sign is located atop a speed limit sign, about 2 blocks east of the Lewis Drug location in Sibley.

The radar sign was acquired through the Iowa Special Traffic Enforcement Program , or sTEP, Grant.

Weber says the county has a second, trailer-mounted device that is deployed at various locations throughout Osceola County.  Weber says the 5th Street location was chosen for the new radar sign, partially because it’s one of the town’s busier streets, and partially due to no parking being allowed along the entire length of the street, making it difficult to place the trailer unit in a safe location along that street.

In addition to the radar sign mounted on 5th Street in Sibley, Weber says there are plans for an additional unit to be placed somewhere in Sibley in the future.  He says the trailer-mounted unit will also continue to make appearances around Osceola County.  These units are not used for enforcement of the speed limit, but are intended to serve as a reminder to motorists to pay  attention to their vehicle’s speed.

October 4, 2016 - 11:16 am - Posted in News

Halloween Rec Race

5K Costume Family Fun Run, Walk & Bike

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Saturday, October 29th – Register by October 21st to guarantee a shirt

Entry Fee: $20/person before race (5 & under – FREE), $25 day of race

5K Bike – 9:00 a.m. start

5K Run/Walk – 9:15 a.m. start

Registration begins @ 8:30 a.m.

Photo Booth, Awards to top finishers in 3 divisions, Shirts & goodie bags

Registration for can be downloaded at rec.sibleyiowa.net, picked up from the Rec Director, or at the City Office. Please contact sibley.rec@gmail.com with questions.

hosted by Sibley Recreation Department