MOC/FV Senior In Contest To Sing National Anthem At Iowa Games

Orange City, Iowa — The second annual Iowa Games National Anthem Contest is underway, and again, a northwest Iowa singer is in the running.

Eighteen-year-old Kate Pomrenke, a senior at MOC/Floyd Valley, tells us how she became involved in the contest.


Pomrenke tells us about her musical background.


She says she’ll be studying music in college too.


Pomrenke is the daughter of Scott and Colette Pomrenke.

To vote for Pomrenke, go to the Iowa Games Facebook page at

Sibley Woman To Spend 60 Days In Jail, Serve Suspended Prison Term, Probation After Felony Conviction

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman will spend 60 days in jail, and serve both a suspended prison term and probation after she was found guilty of felony theft and misdemeanor forgery.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they determined that from April 2008 through June 2011, 56-year-old Debra Jeddeloh of Sibley falsified documents and misappropriated funds belonging to a female victim and cashed them.

Jeddeloh pled guilty to 2nd Degree Theft , a Class “D” Felony; and Forgery, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

She is to pay a fine of $425, court costs, restitution of any court-appointed attorney fees, and any victim restitution. On the Theft charge, Jeddeloh was sentenced to a suspended 5-year prison term and will serve three years’ probation. On the Forgery charge, she was sentenced to 60 days in the Osceola County Jail.

Uittenbogaard Construction Discovers Broken Window

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest report from Sheldon Police, Uittenbogaard Constrution reported that sometime on Wednesday or Thursday of this past week(4/25 or 4/26), someone broke a double-pane window and screen at their place of business on North Second Avenue. The window and screen were valued at $500. The police are investigating. If you have any information on the crime, you can call Sheldon Police at 324-2525.

UPDATE With Names: Explosion And Massive Fireball Erupt As Gas Line Is Hit In Plymouth County

Hinton, Iowa — Two people were injured Wednesday (4/25) when their trenching machine hit a gas line in rural Plymouth County. Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo says the explosion and massive fireball happened just before two o’clock about 14 miles south of Le Mars.

He says 33-year-old Christopher Derocher of Le Mars and 28-year-old Jacob Brown of Sioux City who were running the machine suffered burns and were flown by Mercy Air Care to the hospital. He says it didn’t appear their injuries were life threatening.

Sheriff Van Otterloo says the heat was so intense that crews at first could not get close to the fire.


Utility crews were able to shut down the gas line and contain the fire in around one hour. Witnesses say the blast created a huge fireball and flames and smoke were visible from two miles away.

Northern Natural Gas officials say the explosion could have been prevented. A quick call to 8-1-1 is all that’s required for utilities to come out and mark the locations of gas, electric, and other utility lines. It’s a toll-free call, and all you have to do is dial the three digits.

The Northwest Iowa Power Coop was also called out as the fire burned one of their poles and took out power to the area.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.

New State FFA President, Vice President Are Both From Sibley-Ocheyedan

Ames, Iowa — Big honors for members of the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter.

Chapter FFA advisor Mike Earll reports that at the 84th annual State FFA Leadership Conference April 23 & 24th, Steven Brockshus was elected state FFA President and Josh Earll was elected State FFA Vice-President. They are two of the 9 elected officers to serve the 15,000+ members of the Iowa FFA Association for this next year. Brockshus is the first State FFA President ever elected from Sibley-Ocheyedan in the 75 years their FFA Chapter has been in existence. Brockshus is a 2011 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan and Earll will be graduating this May. Advisor Mike Earll says there have been only 11 other Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA members ever elected to a state office and this is the first time the chapter has had two elected in the same year.

Also, Josh Earll (Senior) and Marissa Pham (Freshman) won the State FFA Talent Competition singing a vocal duet before the 5000+ people attending the State FFA Leadership Conference in Ames. Marshall Eddy (Senior) won the State FFA Poultry Proficiency Award, and Carson Gradert (Senior) and Kevin Berkland (2011 Graduate) were recognized for Second place in the State FFA Diversified Crop Proficiency and Specialty Animal Proficiency Award areas. Twelve members earned the Iowa FFA Degree.

2012 FFA Officer Team

Front Row (Left to Right)

President-Steven Brockshus, Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA; Secretary-Matt Hefti, CAL FFA @ Latimer; Reporter-Cassie Galm, Spencer FFA; NE VP-Nolan Zumbach, West Delaware FFA @ Manchester

Second Row (Left to Right)

SW VP-Marshall Dolch Reno Smith FFA @ Villisca; SE VP-Heidi Andresen, DeWitt Central FFA; NC VP-Theresa Fitzgerald, Boone A & M FFA; SC VP-Michael Knight, North Polk FFA @ Alleman; NW VP-Josh Earll, Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA

Josh Earll
Steven Brockshus

Rural Kingsley Boy, 12, Found Dead; Suicide Suspected

Cherokee, Iowa — Just a week after a Primghar student took his own life, another northwest Iowa student has apparently taken his own life.

Unlike the situation with Primghar 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn, where family and friends say his suicide was directly related to relentless bullying; it’s not known if bullying had any role in the death of 12-year-old Tristen Allyn of rural Pierson, who was found dead on Sunday night (4/22 ).

The cause of death is still being investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and Cherokee County Medical Examiner.

Allyn was a sixth grader at Kingsley-Pierson Middle School.

Counselors have been helping students and staff deal with the loss of their classmate and student.