April 3, 2014 - 10:08 am - Posted in Church News

Mass/Events Schedule

Sat Apr 5

4:20 Rosary for the Unborn

5pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun Apr 6

9am Saint Mary

11am Spanish Saint Andrew

Mon Apr 7

6:30pm Saint Mary

7pm CDA Meeting Ashton

Tue Apr 8

8am Saint Andrew

Wed Apr 9

2pm-6:30pm Pick up Easter Lilies at the Faith Formation School Sibley

7:20pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Mary

Thu Apr 10

9am Saint Andrew Eucharistic Adoration & Confessions

10am Saint Andrew Healing Mass & Anointing of the Sick

Fri Apr 11

8am Saint Mary

Sat Apr 12 Palm Sunday

5pm Saint Mary

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun April 13 Palm Sunday

9am Saint Andrew

11am Spanish Saint Andrew

Hwy 60 Confessions

1:30pm Sibley

3pm Ashton


April 2, 2014 - 4:50 pm - Posted in News

image001OCHEYEDAN, Iowa – Osceola County farmers Paul and Miriam Hibma have directed a $2,500 donation to Osceola County Ambulance. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the service update equipment.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“We chose the Osceola County Ambulance for this donation because they’ve helped us before with a combine fire, and we would like to give back to them and help them with their equipment updates,” Paul Hibma said.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like Osceola County Ambulance, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Paul and Miriam Hibma.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.

April 1, 2014 - 6:10 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced to five years in prison after he pled guilty to fraud charges.gavel_sxc

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 50-year-old Dale Timmerman of Sibley pled guilty yesterday (March 31, 2014) to two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, one a class D Felony and one an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Timmerman was ordered to pay a a fine of $1375, Surcharge of $481.25, court costs, correctional fees, and court-appointed attorney fees.

Timmerman was sentenced to to a five-year incarceration and a two-year incarceration to be served concurrently with credit for time already served.


Iowa DNRThe State Forest Nursery has a great selection of quality trees and shrubs for sale to improve your property.  These conservation seedlings are fantastic for aiding in erosion control, improving wildlife habitat, establishing food plots for you or wildlife, and for creating personal timber/forest area.

Nursery manager Aron Flickinger said the nursery has been accepting orders since August 1, 2013.

“We sell two different sizes for each of our 50 types of trees, and much of our smaller, lower priced seedlings are still available for most species,” Flickinger said.

A diversity of plant species in combination with a variety of vegetation types (trees, grass, wetlands) increases the amount of wildlife a property can support.

“If your goal is to improve wildlife habitat on your property, keep in mind which shrubs and trees can provide not only shelter, but also foodstuffs to get them through the winter,” Flickinger said.

For help planning the latest cost-sharing opportunities and/or to plan a successful personalized tree/shrub planting, contact your local forester or wildlife biologist.

For more information on ordering trees or seedlings available, contact the State Forest Nursery at 1-800-865-2477 or go to www.iowatreeplanting.com

April 1, 2014 - 12:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe electrifying gobble of wild turkeys will grip hunters, beginning with youth season hunters, who head to the woods as early as Saturday in pursuit of Iowa’s big game bird.

“It should be a great year. We had an excellent turkey reproduction during the 2012 drought year. There should be quite a few two year old gobblers out there, this spring,” forecasts Todd Gosselink, wild turkey research biologist with the Iowa DNR.

Iowa’s youth season runs April 5-13; allowing an under 16 hunter and a licensed, adult mentor, first crack at a spring tom.  The first of four regular seasons dawns April 14-17 across the state. Ensuing seasons are April 18-22, April 23-29, and April 30-May 18. Paid combination gun/bow tags are valid statewide in the season selected. Archery-only tags are valid statewide, throughout the four regular seasons.

A late bonus for youth hunters was approved by the Iowa Legislature several weeks ago, allowing that hunter to hold on to an unfilled youth season tag, to utilize it in one of the later seasons. The hunt on that youth tag is still to be treated as a mentored hunt; just as through the earlier youth season.

“Last year we went with the longer ‘two weekend’ youth hunt and set a record for the number of hunters,” notes Gosselink. “This year, we should see another good jump in young hunters who want to pursue turkeys.”

As Iowa slips slowly away from the long winter, hunters should look for active birds. Toms will gobble year round, but that intensity turns up as the calendar gets closer to breeding season.

“You will see a lot more strutting turkeys; more gobbling. They will be ready for spring,” emphasizes Gosselink.

For many of the 40,000 or so spring hunters, that will mean being in the woods well before dawn, to gauge turkey roosting spots and flydown locations to get their decoys out and to start the day.

“I suggest a variety of calls; the box call is easy; but slate calls and mouth calls provide a variety out there,” suggests Gosselink. “Use a mouth call and one of the others and you can create the sound of a couple hens calling over each other.”

Heading into the later seasons, strategy can change; maybe hunting through midday or into the evening, especially as hens become less responsive and move off to nest.

Still, there’s no guarantee that any of that will lure in love struck gobblers. Most turkey experts urge hunters to try a variety of calls, and at various times of the day.

Keep in mind safety through the turkey hunt, where hunters are in full camouflage.

Setting up with your back against a wide tree provides good concealment, but also a safe seat in the woods. Avoid any red, blue or white clothing showing; the shades found on a tom’s head and neck in the spring. And never shoot at a movement in the brush. Identify your target as a bearded turkey, and know what lies beyond the path of your planned shot.

And after taking your turkey, have a blaze orange vest or other item to display, on your way out of the woods.

March 31, 2014 - 1:26 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

fire truck genericThe Ocheyedan Fire Department is having their annual pancake brunch on Sunday, April 6 at the town hall from 10 am-1 pm. Due to popular demand they have added French toast to the menu along with scrambled eggs and sausage. A freewill donation will be taken. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation to the department, drop it off at the fire department.

Register for your chance to win two flashlight packages, two combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, two 2 1/2# ABC Fire Extinguishers, and one 5# ABC Fire Extinguisher.

Please ask for prices for new and recharging fire extinguishers. Feel free to bring them along with you if you need to have one serviced. as there are many different kinds on the market, they cannot guarantee they can take care of them all, but will make every effort to do so.


March 31, 2014 - 9:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

crossThe Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of the Browns Family from Le Mars, IA which will be given on Sunday afternoon April 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.

March 27, 2014 - 2:19 pm - Posted in Sports

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at (712) 336-1840.




Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are detraining, foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.    Bluegill – Fair:   Crappie – Fair:


East Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions are detraining, foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.


West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions are detraining foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.  Northern Pike – Fair: Try putting a tip-up out while bluegill fishing for a bonus pike.  Bluegill – Fair: Most activity has taken place in Millers and Emerson bays.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Continue to look in 30 plus feet of water.


Five Island Lake

Ice conditions are detraining foot travel is recommended.  Try fishing the edges of the dredge cuts for crappie, perch, walleye, and catfish.


March 27, 2014 - 1:32 pm - Posted in Church News

Mass/Events Schedule

Sat Mar 29 Special Collection Catholic Relief Services

5pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun Mar 30 Special Collection Catholic Relief Services

9am Saint Mary.

Omelet Breakfast after Mass-Ashton Rectory

11am Spanish Saint Andrew

Mon Mar 31

8am Saint Andrew

7pm Liturgy Meeting @ Saint Andrews

Tue Apr 1

8am Saint Mary

Wed Apr 2

8am Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting @ Saint Marys

Thu Apr 3

8am Saint Mary

Fri Apr 4

8am Saint Andrew

Sat Apr 5

4:20 Rosary for the Unborn

5pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun April 6

9am Saint Mary

11am Spanish Saint Andrew



March 27, 2014 - 9:14 am - Posted in Obituaries

Gerrit Van Der Plaats, age 82, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Bruce Wilderdink officiating. Burial to follow at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. Visitation will be Friday, March 28, from 2:00 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 www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Gerrit Van Der Plaats.

Gerrit Van Der Plaats was born on August 5, 1931 in Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of Arjen and Sadie (Damstra) Van Der Plaats. He lived his youth in Sheldon, Iowa and attended Sheldon Christian Grade School. In his early teens Gerrit was employed by Millard McNut with farming until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1955 and was honorably discharged on February 24, 1955 after serving during the Korean Conflict.

He was united in marriage to Hattie Rens of Sioux Center, Iowa on August 8, 1956 in Sioux Center. After their marriage, they lived on farms in Primghar, Hospers and Ocheyedan, Iowa, before moving to Sheldon, Iowa, in 1992. After farming until 1970, Gerrit was self-employed in general construction until he retired in 1992. Upon retirement, he drove truck for White Wolf Web in Sheldon and American Beauty in Boyden. He completely retired in 2005, due to his health. Hattie passed away on March 10, 2007.
Gerrit was a former member of the Melvin Reformed Church, where he served as an elder. He was presently a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon.

The most important part of Gerrit’s life was his family. He enjoyed telling stories, playing card games and family reunions. Gardening, especially growing tomatoes, was something he was proud of also.

He passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Gerrit W. and Connie Van Der Plaats of Kentwood, MI, Ellen R. Korver of Sioux Center, IA, Arlen R. and Rebecca Van Der Plaats of Sheldon, IA, Harold G. and Laurie Van Der Plaats of Tarkio, MO, Lora B. and Jerry Kroon of Bellingham, WA, Lisa B. and Richard Schwanke of Rock Valley, IA; 16 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; one sister: Myrna and Courtney Elbers of Alvord, IA; one sister-in-law: Katherine Vander Plaats of Sheldon, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie; his parents; and 3 brothers: Harold, John and Wilton.