Sibley, Iowa — A Little Rock man faces felony drug charges after a recent traffic stop.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, one of their deputies arrested 41-year-old Anton Eugene Alsip of Little Rock last week.

During a traffic stop at Pierce Avenue and 170th Street on the east side of Sibley, the deputy reports they found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Alsip was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance third offense, a class D felony; and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

They tell us Alsip was booked into the Osceola County Jail and, at last report, was being held on a $5,000 bond. According to records filed at the Osceola County Clerk of Court office, he faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on Monday, September 26th. Court records indicate Alsip was arrested on the same felony charge in Lyon County last month.

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September 10, 2022 - 8:46 pm - Posted in News

Ankeny, Iowa — The Ankeny-based Casey’s convenience store chain reported a strong first quarter this past week, in a report to investors.

Casey’s President and CEO, Darren Rebelez, says total revenue was up across the board as the pandemic recovery continues.

Casey’s gross profit was nearly 724 million dollars in the first quarter — an increase of more than 100 million dollars from the prior year. Rebelez says the increased traffic help increase sales.

Sales of their pizza slices were up close to 29 percent in the quarter. Fuel gallons sold were up nine percent with the fuel margin of 35-point-one cents per gallon. Breakfast sales were a key area where the company saw a bounce back.

He says supply chain issues and inflation continue to be issues they face.

He says the supply chain issues don’t appear to be getting better.

The company has Casey’s convenience stores located in communities throughout northwest Iowa.

September 9, 2022 - 3:26 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The first installment of your 2022-23 property taxes (also called real estate taxes) is due. County treasurers in northwest Iowa are reminding you that the payment may be made without penalty on or before Friday, September 30th.

If you own real estate you’re required to pay a half year’s taxes on that real estate every six months. Or you can elect to pay the full year’s taxes in one payment. The first payment is due now, in the fall of the year, with the last payment due the following spring. If you have a mortgage, your property taxes are probably paid by your lender through an escrow account.

Most property owners receive a mailing about the taxes. The paperwork includes two stubs — one for the fall payment and one for the spring payment, clearly marked “1” and “2.” The one marked with the “1” gives you the option of paying the full year amount or just what is due as of September 1st.

Taxes can be paid online, in person, or by mail. The treasurers advise that if you want to pay your taxes online, the website to use is www.iowatreasurers.org. Paying online requires the payment of a convenience fee. If you pay by credit card, the treasurer’s offices say that the fee is a percentage of your tax payment plus a flat fee. But if you pay with an e-check, the entire fee is usually less than a dollar.

The county treasurer’s offices in the four-county area are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you’re going to pay your taxes in person at your county treasurer’s office, the treasurers want you to bring them the proper stub. If you’re mailing, the stub should be included in the envelope.

For more information, call your county treasurer’s property tax department.

September 8, 2022 - 9:26 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa– A Sheldon man has died in the aftermath of an accident near Ashton on Wednesday evening, September 7, 2022.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at about 7:35 p.m., 22-year-old Tyler Fisk of Holcombe, Wisconsin was driving a 2023 International semi northbound on Highway 60, four miles south of Ashton. The report says he was pulling an oversized load. They tell us that 84-year-old George Klein of Sheldon was also northbound on 60, in front of the semi on a Silver King farm tractor.

According to the trooper, the semi rear-ended the farm tractor near 250th Street.

Klein was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Osceola County Medical Examiner. Fisk was not injured.

They tell us Klein’s body has been taken to the Iowa Medical Examiner’s office in Ankeny.

The Iowa State Patrol says the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement assisted at the scene.

Northwest Iowa — It costs more to rent cropland in Sioux County than in almost any other county in Iowa. That’s according to the most recent cash rent survey.

According to the latest report released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, non-irrigated cropland cash rent averaged $256 per acre in Iowa during 2022, $23 higher than 2021.

Pasture rented for cash averaged $59.50 per acre, $1.50 above 2021.

Grundy County had the highest cash rent for non-irrigated cropland at $304 per acre, followed by Sioux County at $295 per acre. Ida, Black Hawk, and Bremer rounded out the top five. In the other three northwesternmost Iowa counties, the average Lyon County cash rent was reported as $269 per acre. In O’Brien County, it was $286, and in Osceola County, it was $241.

Davis County, at $154 per acre, had the lowest average cash rent for non-irrigated cropland. Sioux had the highest published pasture cash rent at $83 per acre, followed by Page and Shelby at $81 per acre. Louisa County had the lowest pasture cash rent at $28 per acre.

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Ocheyedan, Iowa– A fire at the Cooperative Farmers Elevator in Ocheyedan on Friday, September 2, 2022 is under investigation.

According to Ocheyedan Fire Chief Dan Hartwig, at about 4:35 p.m., the Ocheyedan Fire Department was called to the report of a fire at the elevator in Ocheyedan.

The chief says the issue was in a grain leg that for some reason got hot. He says a belt and some wires melted, but they’re not exactly sure why.

Hartwig says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for three and a half hours.

August 27, 2022 - 9:58 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa – Four area individuals were inducted into the 2022 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair last weekend.

Cheryl Heronemus has served, guided, and provided leadership to Sioux County for 45 years. She started her career as the Sioux County Youth Coordinator in 1977 for five years. She then moved into the county director position for 27 years. For the last 13 years, Heronemus has served as Regional Director for Region 1 which currently includes Lyon, Osceola, Sioux and O’Brien Counties.

Ninety-eight Iowa counties participated this year and selected 133 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation President, Julie McGonegle, and State 4-H Program Leader, Debbie Nistler, as they were introduced on stage.

Earlier, we told you about the O’Brien County inductee, Denny Mars, as well as the Lyon County inductee, Alvin Smidstra.

In addition, Osceola County veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Berkland, was that county’s inductee for 2022. Dr. Berklandhas worked as a fair veterinarian, sheep superintendent, workshop presenter, served on the Osceola County Extension Council, helped the Westerners 4-H Club with their projects at Hawkeye Point, and educated the 4-H members and youth about honeybees.

In his role as a sheep superintendent, Dr. Berkland is a part of the Share-A-Sheep program, which allows 4-H and FFA members who do not have experience with sheep to care for and train sheep for show. Dr. Berkland, through the Sibley Veterinary Clinic, purchases animals for each Share-A-Sheep participant and provides feed. He helps put on workshops to prepare the exhibitors for the show.

The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A summary of previous honorees was on display at the 2022 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building. These summaries are also available at the Iowa 4-H Foundation office in the Extension 4-H Youth Building at Iowa State University. Information about previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is also available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website.

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Rock Rapids & Sibley, Iowa — Senator Chuck Grassley held town meetings in two of our four counties on Wednesday. He was at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids to speak with the public and at the Sibley Pizza Ranch to speak with Rotary, Kiwanis, and Chamber members.

Grassley says there are unique topics at every event he attends when he does his 99-county visits every year, but many topics come up frequently, and they were all discussed on Wednesday.

Grassley took questions on a wide variety of topics in Rock Rapids, from energy policy to why we aren’t pursuing the Chinese in regard to COVID. Grassley was asked about his quote in which he mentioned all the new IRS agents being hired and an advertisement he saw looking for new IRS employees and stating that they should know how to use a gun. He also said that with the high number of new agents being hired, he feels like they will be targeting the middle class.

One person thanked him for his support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed recently. Grassley says he had taken some heat for his support of that bill, but he says he voted for it to help productivity.

We asked Grassley for an update about his beef packers bill.

Grassley says that makes it difficult to sell beef cattle.

The news of the day on the federal front was President Biden’s plan to forgive some student loan debt. Grassley says he doesn’t think it’s fair.

Grassley was also asked if he would debate with his November opponent, Sioux Center native Mike Franken. Grassley says he will, and the first one is scheduled for October 6th.

Washington, DC — A court date has been chosen for a federal case that accuses former northwest Iowa Congressman Steve King and his campaign of the unauthorized use of an internet meme.

Lacey Griner, owner of the copyright of the internet meme commonly called “Success Kid,” in which a toddler appears to be pumping or clenching his fist in a confident manner, says King used the meme without permission in an attempt to solicit campaign funds online. In creating the image, the creators appear to have lifted the boy’s image from the background beach of the original image and have instead placed the boy’s image in front of the US Capitol, with a headline that asks people to “Fund our memes!!!” It asks would-be donors to help “keep the memes flowing and the Lefties triggered.”

The case, filed in the final days of 2020, has had several proceedings, motions to dismiss, motions for extension, and more. The most recent document, a trial management order filed last week, says both sides have agreed to a trial date of November 14, 2022, in Sioux City.

August 19, 2022 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A couple of the smaller towns in northwest Iowa are celebrating this weekend. It’s Lester Days and the Melvin Summer Send-Off.<

In Lester, it starts this Friday night (August 19th) with a Rescue Squad Fundraiser Meal, inflatables, fire truck rides, a glow run, and fireworks. On Saturday, there’s a smoking competition, a breakfast, a parade, lunch, live music, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, face painting, inflatables, concessions, a car show, a golf ball release, cow pie bingo, a chuck wagon presentation, a kiddie tractor pull, a bean bag tournament, a community home run derby, and a street dance. There’s even an outdoor community church service in the park on Sunday.

At Melvin’s Summer Send-Off on Saturday (August 20th), they’ll have the last cruise night of the summer and a drive-in movie at the ball field. They’ll show The Great Outdoors and the Melvin 313 Snack Shack will serve movie-time snacks. They invite you to meet them on main at 7:00 p.m. with the movie starting at dusk.