Partnership Promotes Iowa Grown Natives for Wildlife Habitat

DNR logoA partnership unique to Iowa is working to get more Iowa grown native grasses and forbs on the landscape to the benefit of wildlife and pollinators.

Prairie Partners is a partnership between the Iowa Native Seed Growers Association, the Iowa Chapter of Pheasants Forever and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that was formed 15 years ago to encourage more Iowans to plant Iowa grown native seed for wildlife habitat projects.

The partnership was designed to give landowners a lot of flexibility for habitat options. The process is pretty simple and the site visit usually only takes a few hours.

Staff with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Private Lands Program will meet with landowners, tour the site and develop a wildlife plan based on the landowner’s objectives. They will also help the landowner apply for funding to pay for the project, help them with site preparation planning and handle all the paperwork.

Landowners working with the Prairie Partners can get projects completed with a 50 percent cost-share on native seeding and the mixes can be developed to fit within each landowner’s budget.

Landowners wanting to install native seeding mixes that benefit monarchs would be eligible for funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would cover the landowner’s share of the seed. Landowners would be responsible for preparing the site, seeding it and long term maintenance of it.

Peak planting times are May and in the late fall.

“Ideally, planning should start now for fall projects,” said Kelly Smith, coordinator for the Iowa DNR’s Private Lands Program. “Interested landowners should call their private lands staff that will walk them through it and handle much of the work.”

A list of Iowa contacts and other assistance available to landowner in online at

Weekly Dakota Angler Fishing Report

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Here’s the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report as Owner, Todd Heitkamp, tells you where they’re biting and what people are using. Also Todd discusses the infamous Shinee Hinee in Todd’s Tackle Tips.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes and smallmouth.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) N/A.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) N/A.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough N/A.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake N/A.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) N/A.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair.
Vermillion Walleyes fair late afternoon and evening.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin A few bass, crappie, and perch.
Diamond A few walleye.
Scott’s Slough N/A
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) N/A.
Thompson A few walleyes and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood A few walleye.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake few reports.
East Okoboji Few perch and bl;uegills.
West Okoboji A few perch and bluegills.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Few perch.
Sarah Few reportas.
Benton Few reports.
East Twin Few reports.
Round Few reports.
Okabena Few reports.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.

Sioux County 2017 Sportsmen’s Club Gun Winners

img_0497Each Wednesday throughout the year, the Sioux County Sportsmen’s Club will draw the name of one individual who purchased a Club’s 2017 Gun Calendar.  The name drawn will win their choice of the Club’s “Gun Of The Week”, or a cash prize.

Check back weekly for the name of the latest gun winner.

Here are the latest Sioux County Sportsmen’s Club 2017 Gun Calendar winners:

April 26th — Mark Baker, Ashton #0578 Marlin 60 SS 22lr or $155

Next drawing will be May 3rd

April 19th — Justin Postma, Orange City #0621 Calvary 12ga O/U or $275

April 12th — Craig Wenande, Sioux Center #0523 Mossberg 243 or $180

April 5th — Jeff Schwarz, Sheldon #1210 Anniversary Gun Silver Boy .17 Cal. or $300

March 29th — Barb Hansen, Alton #0486 Marlin XT17 or $200

March 22nd — Michael Arens #1608 Mossberg 300 or $200

March 15th –Ron Schreiner, Sioux Center #0721 CZ 912 or $300

March 8th — Jacob Pottebaum, Hospers #1412 Winchester SXP or $230

March 1st — Brent Van Beek, Orange City #1453 Anniversary Gun Silver Boy 17 Cal. or $300

February 22nd — Lyle Den Herder, Sioux Center #1236 Heritage Rough Rider 22lr/22mag or $170

February 15th — Mike Andersen, Laurens #1525 Tristar G2 12ga or $270

February 8th — Randy Meester, Wilton #1712 Ruger 22/45 or $240

February 1st — Doug Brunsting, Hawarden #0441 Anniversary Gun Silver Boy 17 Cal. $300

January 25th– Nyla Harskamp, Orange City #1422 Martin 60 SS 22lr or $155

January 18th — Jake Korver, Sheldon #0167 Calvary 12ga O/U or $275

January 11th — Todd Visscher, Hull #1402 Mossberg 243 or $180

January 4th — Roger Armstrong, Merrill, Silver Boy .17 Cal Anniversary Gun or $300

MOC Floyd Valley Wins Siouxland Conference Girls Golf Meet Monday

moc_Floyd Valley logoRock Rapids Iowa — MOC Floyd Valley won the team title at the Siouxland Conference girls golf meet hosted by Central Lyon Monday. The Lady Dutch fired a team total 192 followed by Sioux Center at 208. Sheldon was one shot back at 209. West Lyon was next at 211 with Okoboji at 217 to round out the top five.

Medalist honors went to Emily VandeKop of Central Lyon. She won a tie breaker with Megan Grimes of Sibley Ocheyedan with both golfers shooting 43. Hannah Butler of Okoboji was next at 44. Abby Vander Laan of G-LR and Rainie Hoogendorn of West Lyon were both at 45. Jaden Zenor of MOC Floyd Valley fired a 46 to round out the top six. Sheldon was led by Sierra Seivert at 47.

For complete results click on the link below
Siouxland Conference Girls Golf C-Lyon 4-24-17

Sports Scores From Monday April 24th

golf 5Northwest Iowa — The start of another busy high school sports week featured golf, track and soccer on Monday.

Boys Soccer
MOC-Floyd Valley 1, Spirit Lake 0
Spencer 3, Sioux City, West 2 (PK 3-2)

Girls Soccer
Spirit Lake 1, MOC-Floyd Valley 0
Unity Christian 4, Sioux Center 1
Western Christian 2, Storm Lake 1

Okoboji Relays
Boys Team Totals
1. Spirit Lake 195
2. Sibley-Ocheyedan 124
3. Sioux Center 89
4. Okoboji 70
5. South O’Brien 46
6. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 30
7. Trinity Christian 20
8. Harris-Lake Park 11
9. Okoboji JV 2

Girls Team Totals
1. Okoboji 131
2. Sioux Center 99
3. Spirit Lake Park 96
4. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 90
5. Emmetsburg 60
6. Sibley-Ocheyedan 54
7. Trinity Christian 30

MOC-FV Takes Sibley Invite; Orabs 2nd

Another tough night of fierce competition in Siouxland Boys Conference Golf. Conditions started out quite windy for everyone but half way through the meet, the wind laid down a bit and turned out to be a decent evening for golf. MOC Floyd Valley held in there to take the top spot at Sibley.

As a team MOC-FV scored 155 and were lead by Trenton DeHaan and Justin Skipper who both brought in 36’s.

The Orabs were lead by Tyler Merley, who carded a 36 for the 5th place medalist, and as a team finished 2nd, shooting a 157.

Top medalist honors went to Davis Van Roekel of Boyden-Hull who went into the clubhouse with a 35.

For complete results click the link below:
Sibley Invite 4-24