Sibley, Iowa — Normally, about this time of year, the Community Foundation of Osceola County board tells us that they will begin accepting applications for their annual grant cycle on October first. But that will not happen this year. Read The Full Story…

September 28, 2022 - 3:55 pm - Posted in News

Milford, Iowa — A Hartley man was involved in an accident that injured a Wisconsin couple in western Dickinson County on Sunday, September 25th.

According to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, at about 10:10 a.m., 59-year-old Kevin Reverts of Hartley was northbound on M27 driving a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado at a point eight miles west of Milford That’s also eight miles east of May City and eight miles south of Lake Park. They tell us that 75-year-old Paul Montague of Middleton, Wisconsin was westbound on 220th St driving a 2017 Volkswagen Golf.

The sheriff’s office says Montague apparently stopped at the intersection and then proceeded to enter the intersection in front of Reverts. Reverts was unable to stop in time colliding with the Montague Volkswagen. Reverts’ vehicle spun around and came to rest in the northwest corner of the intersection. Montague’s vehicle continued northwest and came to rest in a cornfield.

Paul Montague and his passenger, Joan Montague, were trapped in the vehicle and were extricated by mechanical means. The Montagues were suspected of having serious or incapacitating injuries. They were both transported by ambulance to the hospital.No injuries were reported by Reverts or his passenger.

The deputy says both vehicles were considered totaled.

Ames, Iowa — Now’s the time to plan for winter weather, and the Iowa Department of Transportation is doing just that — and if you own farm ground along state highways, you may be able to help them.

They are asking farmers who have ground along state highways to leave some corn standing as a snow fence. Former northwest Iowan Craig Bargfrede, who is now the Winter Operations Administrator for the Iowa DOT in Ames tells us about the program.

Bargfrede tells us that the bonus is that not only will the DOT pay you for the value of the corn, but you can also still harvest it by hand in the fall or by hand or machine in the spring. Plus, Bargfrede says they now also work with farmers who place bales along the highway instead.

He tells us who to call if you have corn or could put bales on some ag land that might be helpful to the DOT.

Bargfrede says if you don’t know what garage to call or who to ask for, you can just call him at 515-290-2713 and he will help you get in touch with the person who handles the program at the local level.

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Sibley, Iowa– A newer combine and 40 to 50 acres of soybeans were destroyed in a fire on Sunday, September 25, 2022, near Sibley.

According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, at about 1:30 p.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a combine fire near Redwing Avenue and 130th Street, two and a half miles east of Sibley and four north.

The chief says the fire department saw a combine and a bean field on fire as they approached the scene. He says they responded as mutual aid, as it was actually Bigelow’s call. He says the Sibley firefighters responded with three trucks and found Bigleow on scene. He tells us the soybeans around the combine had started on fire, and with the high winds 40 to 50 acres of beans were burning when they arrived.

Huls tells us two local farmers with disks and rippers got ahead of it and “saved the day.” He says Sibley firefighters then got into those firebreaks and put out hot spots. He says the combine was pretty much extngushed by that time.

Huls says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be something hot in the combine, but he suspects it may have been something mechanical in nature.

Chief Huls reports that the newer combine was totaled and was probably worth a half a million dollars in damages. If the bean crop had an average yield, it would be worth about $33,000 at today’s prices.

He says the Bigelow firefighters who responded were on the scene for about an hour and Sibley for about a half an hour.

Sibley firefighters were also called out on Friday afternoon to 220th Street and Redwood Avenue, about four miles south and three east of Sibley for a side-by-side UTV on fire. Huls says someone was transporting the side-by-side on a trailer after a belt had failed, when something inside ignited, probably due to the heat produced by the failing belt. He says they used water and foam to put it out.

Huls says the 2019 CanAm was destroyed in the fire as was the 16-foot wooden trailer it was being transported on. He estimates the CanAm was worth about $20,000 and the trailer about $10,000.

Huls tells us the firefighters were on the scene for about a half an hour on Friday.

Johnston, Iowa — The Democratic candidate in Iowa’s fourth congressional district says proposed carbon pipelines are not the right way to cut carbon emissions. Ryan Melton is the Nevada Democrat challenging Republican Congressman Randy Feenstra.

Melton says there are better ways to use the federal tax credits developers of the carbon pipelines hope to secure. And Melton says emergency responders in rural Iowa are ill-equipped to respond if there are ruptures to carbon pipelines.

Melton says the carbon capture pipeline projects would be a boondoggle. He’s also opposed to President Biden’s move last spring to temporarily allow the year-round sale of E-15 — gasoline with a 15 percent blend of ethanol. Melton says ethanol could be part of the mix, but it’s time to develop other energy sources that aren’t an additive to fossil fuels.

Melton made his comments during the taping of “Iowa Press,” which aired Friday night on Iowa PBS. Congressman Feenstra’s campaign manager issued a written statement, calling Melton an out-of-touch ally of President Biden who will continue the attacks on our way of life.

Northwest Iowa — Harvest is getting underway in earnest, and that means it’s time for a reminder about how to share the road with farm equipment.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kevin Krull says since we live in Iowa, we should always be looking for slow-moving farm equipment, but especially during the busy harvest season.

Krull also reminds us of the other thing that is going on in the fall — kids are back in school. Around here, kids have been back in school for a month already, but people need to be aware of their presence.

Krull says troopers continue to try to keep the number of fatal accidents down. But unfortunately as of earlier this month, 228 lives had been lost in fatal crashes in Iowa this year. He says that is 5% or 11 people more than average. Krull encourages everyone to wear their seatbelts, put down the phones, don’t drink and drive or drive distracted — and slow down. Those things will go a long way toward saving more lives, says Krull.

September 23, 2022 - 4:37 pm - Posted in News

Merna, Nebraska — A Sibley resident was involved in a fatal accident near Merna, Nebraska on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office in central Nebraska reports that at about 1:00 p.m., 39-year-old Nathan Rosentrater of Arnold, Nebraska was driving a 2005 Lincoln westbound on Nebraska Highway 92, two miles west of Merna. They tell us that 53-year-old Robi Brose of Sibley was eastbound on 92 in a 2016 Peterbilt semi.

The report says that Rosentrater crossed the center line and struck the semi tractor near the driver’s door.

An ambulance took both Rosentrater and Brose to Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow. Rosentrater was pronounced dead at the hospital. Brose was treated and released.

Authorities tell us that Brose was wearing a seatbelt, but Rosentrater was not.

Sheldon, Iowa — If you’re an entrepreneur looking to start a business or grow one, there’s an opportunity for you to get some funding through a contest that’s going on now.

SCDC Development Dircton Curt Strouth tells us about the “BIG Challenge.”

He says a Sheldon resident got pretty far in the contest last year.

He tells us how it works.

That site again is iawestcoast.com. He tells us what happens next.

He says if you have any questions, you can call the SCDC at 712-324-2813, or feel free to check out the website he mentioned at iawestcoast.com.

Sibley, Iowa — It’s the finale to the 150th anniversary of both Sibley and Osceola County, and it’s taking place this Sunday. Organizers tell us they’re going to bury the time capsule again, to be excavated in 2072.

Beth Thole is with the committee that’s in charge of the project. She says they dug up the capsule buried in 1972 during festivities this summer.

The ceremony will be this Sunday, September 25th, at 2 p.m. says Thole. She tells us more about it.

She tells us the ceremony could last up to an hour, and you can bring your own lawn chairs.

Thole says this isn’t the only time capsule buried there.

Again, the ceremony is on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Osceola County Courthouse in Sibley. Among other speakers, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will speak.

September 21, 2022 - 3:44 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Your next chance to help bolster the blood supply is this Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 in Sibley.

Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank officials tell us their bloodmobile will be at the Osceola Regional Health Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They ask you to take some time out of your day and give the gift of life, and as they say, “the life you save may be someone you know.”

They say you can call the Osceola Regional Health Center Laboratory to make an appointment at 712-754-5358, and at this blood drive, appointments are mandatory.

Community Blood Bank executive director Ken VerSteeg tells us some things to keep in mind if you’re going to donate.


He says you can donate blood every 56 days.

The Community Blood Bank reminds us that they are the sole supplier of all blood and blood products for Osceola Regional Health Center as well as most other hospitals in our part of northwest Iowa.

No hospitals in our area, including Osceola Regional Health Center, receive any blood or blood products from the American Red Cross.