City of Sibley
Glenn Anderson, City Administrator
Address: 808 3rd Ave. PO Box 126, Sibley, Iowa 51249

Sibley Chamber of Commerce
Ashley Ackerman, Executive Director
Phone: 712-754-3212


Sibley was settled in 1872 and incorporated in 1875. Sibley was named after General Henry Hastings Sibley. He was a renowned Indian fighter who became the first territorial governor of Minnesota. He is also the namesake of our high school's mascot, The Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals. 

For many years this area of Iowa was considered un-farmable because of the lack of trees. However, when the railroad decided to lay tracks between Sioux City and Minneapolis settlers came and discovered the rich soil. The soil is the backbone to our agricultural community.

When you enter Sibley you will find yourself in a friendly town near the highest point in Iowa, which has an elevation of 1,670 feet. Recently the main street in Sibley was beautifully restored with historical authenticity. The downtown area now says: "Welcome, Enjoy our town", with its cobblestone streets, old-fashioned lamp posts, and decorative flags.

Sibley has a strong agricultural base augmented by its healthy retail community, thriving Industrial base, excellent schools, exceptional medical community, and numerous churches.

In 2018, Premier Communications finished rebuilding the greater Sibley fiber optic network.  The $8 million investment meant all of the company’s facilities within the community and rural area were upgraded with a fiber optic connection to every farm, home and business. With the improved infrastructure, the Sibley area is now amongst a handful of rural communities in Iowa that can boast having “fiber to the home.”  The new fiber connections gives access to Premier Communication’s latest products and services along with Internet speeds of up to 1 GB/second. 

Sibley (population: 2600) is the county seat and home to the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District , a new outdoor aquatic center, Carnegie Library, movie theater, 9-hole golf course, McCallum Museum and Brunson Heritage House, extensive trail system and camping.

City of Sibley Property Incentives:

  • Building Permit Fee Refund - available for residential projects indicating a cost of $25,000 or more.
  • Housing Demolition Incentive Program - $1,000 available (up to $500 for accessory structure demolition).
  • Refund of up to $10,000 on lots purchased from the City of Sibley.
  • City lots for sale in Feldkamp Estates in northeast Sibley.

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