jail behind barsSibley, Iowa — A 19-year old Sibley man turned himself in to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Thursday (August 18th) on felony sex offender charges.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies arrested 19-year old Talon Thomas Drown, of Sibley, for an alleged violation of Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry law, 2nd Offense.  The 2nd offense raises the charge to felony status.

Authorities allege that he had been living in Osceola County for more than five days without registering his address as a sex offender.

At last report, Drown was being held in the Osceola County Jail in Sibley in lieu of a $5-thousand bond.

August 15, 2016 - 6:47 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — Next in line in the summer celebration schedule is the town of Ashton. Ashton Town andAshton sign Country Days are this Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th.

We talked to one of the people putting the event together — Kevin Ommen. He tells us what’s going on on Friday night.

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Ommen highlights some Saturday activities.

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Ommen says there is a 40-team limit for the bean bag tournament, and you can call 712-461-0978 to pre-register. He says you can pre-register for the cook-off by calling him at 712-461-0828. Ommen suggests you come early if you want to participate in either of those events. He says there are cash prizes for the cook-off.

According to Ommen, for more information you can check out the Ashton Town and Country page on Facebook.

August 10, 2016 - 10:05 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center-based telephone, cable, and Internet provider has purchased several telephone exchanges in northwest Iowa, and the sale is set to become final upon regulatory approval.
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Premier Communications is set to acquire the Iowa telephone exchanges of: Akron, Boyden, Doon, Hawarden, Hull, Ireton, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley and Sibley, which are currently owned by Consolidated Communications. These exchanges were part of the original Northwestern Bell area and for many of the last several years were owned by a company called “Hickory Tech.”

We had a chance to talk with Premier CEO Doug Boone. We asked him what the acquisition would mean to those involved. First of all, we asked him how adding nine exchanges would affect their workforce.

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Consolidated currently has an office in Rock Rapids and other infrastructure in other communities. Boone says time will tell what happens to those facilities.

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Boone says that out of the nine exchanges they are purchasing, Premier is only new to two of them.

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Boone says that at the start of service, they will offer the same products that were offered through Consolidated, such as telephone service and DSL Internet. However, he says they will continue to make improvements to the old network to upgrade their services. He says while they do offer subscription cable TV service in some communities, it remains to be seen if they will add that service in areas where they don’t already offer it.

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According to a press release from Consolidated in May, the agreement is an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $22.5 million, subject to certain contractual adjustments.

August 10, 2016 - 4:18 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — Another northwest Iowa community is celebrating their 125th birthday. The Ocheyedan quasquicentennial starts on Friday in the Osceola County community, and it’s in conjunction with theOcheyedan 125th logo town’s annual Days of Olde celebration.

We talked to one of the people who’s helping put the festivities together — Greg Atherton. He tells us about Friday night’s activities.

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The kiddie parade starts at 6 p.m. at the CRC parking lot. The tractor pull starts at 6:30 p.m. on North Main Street.

Atherton says Saturday’s Ocheyedan 125th Anniversary schedule starts with the 5K Walk/Run. Registration for that begins at 7:30, with the start at 8. He gives us some activity highlights.

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He says there are some great opportunities on Sunday too.

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That’s all for the 125th Anniversary of the town of Ocheyedan this weekend. For more info check them out on Facebook. Look for “Ocheyedan’s 125th Celebration 2016.”

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August 10, 2016 - 10:01 am - Posted in News

Osceola County Courthouse Closeup_SVASibley, Iowa — Four Sibley men were sentenced in Osceola County Court in unrelated cases in the past week.

On August 8, 2016, Gregory Warren Koster, age 31, of Sibley, IA was found guilty of Interference with Official Acts and Assault, both Simple Misdemeanors.  On each offense, Koster is to pay a fine of $65, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $22.75, the costs of this action and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees.  On each offense, Koster is sentenced to thirty (30) days in the Osceola County Jail with twenty-three (23) days suspended during a two (2) year informal probation to the Sheriff.

On August 8, 2016, Marvin Claus Lopau, age 43, of Sibley, IA pled guilty Driving While License Under Suspension and Fraudulent Use of Registration. Lopau is to pay a fine of $450, a criminal penalty surcharge of thirty-five percent (35%) and the court costs of this case.  The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop in Sibley on July 30, 2016.

On August 5, 2016 Daryl Dean Heibult, age 47, of Sibley, IA was found guilty of the crime of Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor committed on May 19, 2016. Heibult is ordered to pay a fine of $1,250, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $437.50, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees. Heibult is sentenced to sixty (60) days in the Osceola County Jail with all time suspended except for two (2) days during a to (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff with credit for time already served.  The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop in Sibley.

On August 5,2016 Julio Armando Ayala Lopez, age 25, of Sibley, IA pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense an Aggravated Misdemeanor committed on December 13, 2015. Ayala Lopez is ordered to pay a fine of $1,850, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $647.50, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees. Ayala Lopez would be sentenced to one-hundred eighty (180) days in the Osceola County Jail with all but ten (10) days suspended during a two (2) year formal probation to the Sheriff with credit for time already served.  The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop in Sibley.

August 5, 2016 - 3:04 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A northwest Iowa state Senator has been chastised by the Republican Party Chairs in each of the counties he represents.

You may recall that Senator David Johnson, of Ocheyedan, withdrew from the Republican party back in June, in protest of some comments made by Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  In a letter to Johnson, the Republican chairs of Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola, and Palo Alto counties, took the Senator to task for his comments in June, which they say compared “the GOP to racists and fascists”, and was, in their words, “unworthy of you, and us, as your constituents.”

They also chastised Johnson for his, “rush to the media, eagerly creating a fanfare of celebrity” for himself, saying it was “insulting and hurtful to every voter who ever supported you.”

The chairs let Senator Johnson know, in no uncertain terms, that they felt he had, “deserted our District as our Republican Senator.”  They wrote that, as a result of his actions, he would receive no support, of any kind, from the County Republican Parties in the 1st District.

They closed the letter with, “we will make every effort to elect persons who support the party of Lincoln, and the values we hold dear.”

If you’d like to read the entire letter, you can find it by clicking here.

Sheldon, Iowa — Three area students of Northwest Iowa Community College got to go to a leadership and skills conference due to the generosity of TV’s Mike Rowe.
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Jordan Walhof of Rock Valley, Dylan Noyes of Sibley, and Christian Krejci of Sheldon each received mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarships to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 20-24.

Walhof, Noyes, and Krejci are all IOWA gold medalists in their areas — Walhof in Automotive Service Technology, Noyes in Diesel Technology and Krejci in Automated Manufacturing Technology.

Mike Rowe, former host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and current host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Got To Do It,” created the foundation in 2008 to, in his words, “give something back and challenge the prevailing definition of a ‘good job.’ He says that for decades, we have put a premium on a four-year degree, and told an entire generation that trade schools and skilled labor are alternatives to higher education. He says QUOTE “Hyperbole aside, the skills gap is real. Our infrastructure is crumbling. And, our country is scrambling to put itself back together.”

The scholarship provides support for SkillsUSA state contest winners who have insufficient personal resources to travel to and participate in the 2016 National SkillsUSA Championships. This year’s scholarship award amounts were determined by the geographic travel distance to Louisville, Kentucky. The winners will also have the opportunity to meet with a member of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation staff during the conference.

NCC officials report that this is the sixth consecutive year that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, has offered scholarships for SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state’s SkillsUSA Championships and who otherwise would not be able to attend the national SkillsUSA Championships for financial reasons. The scholarship is awarded based on a student-written narrative describing the need for the scholarship and lack of school or community resources. A student may be nominated with a letter of recommendation written by his or her SkillsUSA advisor or the SkillsUSA state association director.

They say that this year, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation had a priority focus on high school and college/postsecondary students who are working toward careers in manufacturing, construction, automotive, engineering and STEM-related trade occupations.

According to NCC, since 2011, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has provided scholarship support to 354 SkillsUSA students, representing an investment of more than $356,000 in America’s future skilled workforce.

July 31, 2016 - 6:42 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A George man has died in an accident near Ashton.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says that on Saturday morning, July 30, 2016, they received the report of a vehicle in the ditch on Nest Avenue, south of 250th Street, about a mile south and a mile and a half west of Ashton.

The vehicle in the ditch was a red 2000 Pontiac Grand Am registered to Heather Wilkerson of George. The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old James Otto Bruns of George, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office says Bruns appeared to have been southbound on Nest Avenue when he lost control. They say the vehicle rolled in the east ditch and landed on its wheels.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Pontiac was a total loss.

They say that the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Ashton Ambulance crew, Sibley Ambulance crew, and the Ashton Fire Department assisted at the scene.

July 29, 2016 - 3:53 pm - Posted in News

Relay-for-life-RFL-luminaria-bagsSibley, Iowa — It’s time for the 16th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Osceola County.

We had a chance to talk to Jackie Kannegieter with the Osceola County chapter of the American Cancer Society. She tells us what they have planned.

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She tells us how you can get a luminaria bag to honor a loved one or a loved one’s memory.

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She says they also have special events planned for survivors of cancer and caregivers this Monday night.

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She tells us you won’t go away hungry.

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Kannegieter says they’ve got something fun and new planned for this year.

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Again, that’s the Osceola County Relay For Life — Friday night, August 5th, at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Track in Sibley.

July 28, 2016 - 9:54 am - Posted in News

AccidentGeneric 2Osceola County, Iowa — The driver of a tractor-trailer rig was hospitalized as the result of an accident that happened in Osceola County on Wednesday, July 27th.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, about 12:40 pm Wednesday, a 1998 International semi pulling a load of grain, driven by 23-year old Justin Smith, of Iona, Minnesota, was eastbound on 100th Street.  Smith told deputies that an unknown problem with the truck’s steering caused the truck to pull hard to the right, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

Deputies say the truck entered the south ditch, and after the trailer shifted and slid into the ditch, the rig overturned, coming to rest on it’s left side.

Smith was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, with what authorities are describing as “minor” injuries.

The tractor-trailer rig, owned by Smith Farms of Wilmont, Minnesota, sustained an estimated $60-thousand in damage.