Sibley Man Sentenced On Burglary Charges

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced on burglary charges.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 40-year-old Chad Anthony Schmitt of Sibley pled guilty to two counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, Class “D” Felonies. On each of the burglary offenses he was sentenced to five years in prison, with all time suspended. Schmitt will serve three years probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

These sentences are imposed concurrently with each other but consecutively to the sentence for an OWI conviction. That sentence was for six months in jail, with all time suspended except for 45 days, with credit for time served. Also, on each burglary offense Schmitt is to pay a fine of $750 and surcharges and court costs. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim.

Parents Of K-12 Students Eligible For Tax Credit

Sheldon, Iowa — If you live in Iowa and have a child or children in school, you may be eligible for a tax credit, according to a local Sheldon accountant.
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We had a chance to talk with Joel Westra of Cain Ellsworth, and he tells us that some people may be missing out on the credit.

Westra says this credit is often missed by parents of students.

If you’d like more information, you can call Cain Ellsworth or click here for more information.

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Help Needed Solving Accident Case

George, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with a hit and run accident that occurred southwest of George on Saturday night, March 7, 2015.
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On Sunday afternoon, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single motor vehicle hit-and-run accident on a private drive in the 2300 mile of Jay Avenue. That’s about a mile and a half south of George and two miles west. The previous night, investigators believe a red Pontiac Grand Prix with a model year sometime between 1997-2003 was southbound on Jay Avenue. The vehicle is believed to have the words “Grand Prix” stickered on top of the front windshield.

Deputies believe the vehicle crossed the 230th Street intersection and entered a dead end private drive. They believe it then struck a utility pole and gate causing damage to both.

Deputies say the vehicle sustained significant front end damage and appears to have been removed from the scene by someone using a pickup, trailer and possibly a Case skid loader.

The vehicles left the accident scene eastbound on 230th Street and were last seen going southbound on L-14 (Kennedy Avenue) near the Sioux County/Lyon County border.

If anyone has information about the accident, they are asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (712)472-8300.

Dream Big, Grow Here Finalists Selected

Northwest Iowa — Five northwest Iowa businesses and pre-revenue businesses have been selected as finalists to pitch for $5,000 of start-up capital at EntreFEST in Iowa City on May 21st, and one of them is from our four-county area.

American Hero Clothing, Larchwood
American Hero Clothing, Larchwood

The finalists are American Hero Clothing in Larchwood, Jackson Street Brewing in Sioux City, in Akron, Marto Brewing Company in Onawa, and Triple Threat Threads in Spencer.

Contestants submitted their ideas online and posted a video for voters to learn more about their businesses and plans. For two weeks, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were used to spread the word. The top business in each category was guaranteed a trip to Iowa City for the pitch-off event, and four others in each category were chosen based on the quality of their application and votes.

Cash awards will be given to first through third place on May 21st in Iowa City. Winners of each category will then go on to pitch for grand prize money of $10,000.

EntreFEST will be held in Iowa City from May 20th – 22nd.

Dream Big Grow Here is made possible through sponsorship by a mix of private and public sector agencies, including the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa, Advance Iowa, VentureNet Iowa, Iowa Bankers Association, IASourceLink, and Veridian Credit Union. Dream Big Grow Here is a program of UNI Business and Community Services.

For more information about the Dream Big Grow Here program, visit

SBA Disaster Loan Deadline Approaching

Northwest Iowa — Time is running out for northwest Iowa businesses who were affected by last year’s floods to apply for an SBA loan.
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Director Jayne Armstrong of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office says is reminding businesses of the April 8, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes in Lyon and Sioux counties that occurred June 14 – 23, 2014.

According to Armstrong, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. She says that these particular loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. She says assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Cherokee, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux counties in Iowa; Nobles and Rock counties in Minnesota; and Lincoln, Minnehaha and Union counties in South Dakota.

The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

More information from the SBA:
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

For owners of these impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or emailing Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit

Akron Murder Trail Pushed Back Again

Akron, Iowa — The trial for an Akron man who is accused in the death of his mother has been postponed again.Neunaber

Jonathan Neunaber pled not guilty to the murder charge in August 2014 in Plymouth County District Court. A trial was to have begun on March 31st. However, court records now indicate that both the trial and the pretrial conference, which had been set for March 27th, have been “continued”. That’s legal language for “postponed.” Originally, the trial was to have been in December, 2014.

A judge allowed the trial to be postponed this time to give Neunaber’s attorney more time to prepare. New dates for the pretrial conference and trial have not been set. Court records say that will happen in a separate order of the court.

Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond has said that Neunaber previously admitted to causing the death of Esther Neunaber, but eventually pled not guilty. Both 80-year-old Esther, and her husband, 83-year-old Don Neunaber, were found dead at their rural Akron home on July 9th, 2014.

Jonathan Neunaber was not charged in his father’s death, which investigators say was a natural death.