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.

June 23, 2014 - 4:40 pm - Posted in News


Sibley, Iowa — An Ocheyedan man’s Ford and a Melvin man’s Chevy were damaged in an accident on Saturday, June 21st in Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:25 am, 17 -year-old Kendall Boernsen was driving a 1992 Ford Ranger  while exiting and exiting a fenced area from the Osceola County Fairgrounds, in Sibley. Forty-two -year-old Matthew Helmers was driving a 2004 Chevy K2500. Because of the high fence, Boernsen failed to see Helmers, who  slammed on the brakes and was completely stopped when Boernsen collided with his vehicle.

There were no injuries reported.

Northwest Iowa — The Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa are in northwest Iowa on Thursday, June 12.

One of the places they will visit is Hawkeye Point. The public is invited to attend.

Governor Terry Branstad committed to visit the state’s highest elevation following a presentation by members of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter who have been actively involved in the development of the site over the past five years. He and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will make good on that promise this Thursday.

Recent improvements include the addition of a 14′ x 32′ observation deck and picnic area attached to the existing silo, a walk-through agricultural museum in the refurbished corn crib on the property and improvements to the Hawkeye Point campground located just to the north of the high point. The bathhouse has recently been enclosed with plans to open the facility later this summer. Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA members have also begun work on a 24′ x 32′ shelter house and more than seventy trees planted last fall have leafed-out this spring. Lt Governor Kim Reynolds

During the executive pair’s visit, members of the Westerners/Those Crazy Kids 4-H Club will assist the Governor and Lieutenant Governor in completing the last of 12 picnic tables the organization donated to the Hawkeye Point Campground with financial assistance from the Community Foundation of Osceola County. The last table completed will be referred to as the Governor’s table and will be dedicated with a special plaque during the event.

Refreshments will be served by the Hawkeye Point Committee and visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Hawkeye Point is located 2 miles north of the junctions of Highways 9 and 60.

Earlier in the day, Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds are set to appear in Primghar at 11 AM. They will tour O’Brien County Ag Supply at 320 South Hayes Avenue in Primghar.

The governor and lieutenant governor plan to be in Inwood in the afternoon. At 2 PM, they will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at Oak Street Station in Inwood. It will be held at the new site on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 182.

Sibley, Iowa – The president of the Iowa Soybean Association says the agreement signed last week in Des Moines with the leaders of China’s ag ministry will bring great opportunities for Iowa growers. Brian Kemp, who farms near Sibley, says the memorandums of understanding will lead to more business and trade exchanges between Iowa and China.young soybean plants in field

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(As above) “I think we’ll need even better cooperation as far as exchanging trade missions, exchanging information, becoming more knowledgeable of each other’s processes,” Kemp says. “It’s always helpful when we have producers go to China and better understand their culture and their livestock industry.”

Kemp says China’s trade team also traveled to a central Iowa farm which he thinks will lead to more exports of soybeans to the Asian nation.

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(As above) “The group toured the Kimberly farm near Ankeny and it just really helps that they can see what we’re doing to produce high-quality soybeans to be shipped internationally,” Kemp says. “Anytime we can improve communications, it makes for better business.”

Memorandums of understanding were also signed by the Chinese delegates with the Iowa Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development. In the deals, the Chinese agreed to a 100-million dollar contract that covers soybeans planted this spring for delivery after harvest. It represents 200-thousand tons of soybeans.

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent arrests.
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A Sibley man was arrested on an assault charge early on Sunday.

They report that about 1:30 AM, they arrested 28-year-old Criserio Perez Vazquez of Sibley and charged him with Domestic Abuse, a Simple Misdemeanor. He is accused of assaulting his girlfriend at their apartment in Sibley. At last report, Perez Vazques was being held at the Osceola County Jail on a $300 bond.

An Ashton woman was arrested on a criminal mischief charge.

They report that they arrested 31-year-old Tamara Ellen Kruger of Ashton and charged her with Fifth Degree Criminal Mischief, a Simple Misdemeanor. She is accused of causing damage inside a home east of Ashton on Friday evening, June 6, 2014. Kruger was released after posting a $300 bond.