Local News

12/17/14 SLES 4th Grade "Favorite Things" Video

          Since the Storm Lake High School fall musical was "The Sound of Music,"  elementary music teacher Deb Mortensen decided to adapt the song "My Favorite Things" for her students. 

12/17/14 Spencer Death Self-Inflicted

          The death of a 23-year-old Spencer woman has been ruled a suicide.

12/17/14 SL FEMA Project Nears Completion

          The Storm Lake city council this week approved several items involving the FEMA sanitary sewer project.

12/17/14 Council Hears Funding Requests

          Three agencies made funding requests to the Storm Lake city council this week.

12/17/14 Bach Memorial Dedication

          There will be a short Memorial Dedication Ceremony Thursday afternoon honor Buena Vista County Treasurer Kathy Bach.

12/17/14 Clay County Fair Awards

          The Clay County Fair received eight awards at the 124th Annual International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention held last week in Las Vegas. 

12/17/14 Driver Injured In Clay County Crash

          A Graettinger man was injured Monday evening when a pickup he was driving collided nearly head-on with a semi on Highway 18 near Dickens.

12/17/14 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

                Storm Lake St. Mary’s Parish had a packed house for the observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Friday evening.

12/17/14 SL School Board Agenda

          The Storm Lake School Board will hold their regular monthly meeting Wednesday evening.

12/16/14 BV Special Election Results

          Buena Vista County voters Tuesday elected a country treasurer to fill a vacancy created by a death of Kathy Bach.

12/16/14 Feauto Pleads Not Guilty

          A Clarksville teen has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection with an accident this summer that killed two Wall Lake girls.

12/16/14 Industry Seeks Road Improvements

          Buena Vista County is applying for state funds for improvements to a road in connection with expansion at an industry in the county.

12/16/14 Icy Roads Monday Night

          Northwest Iowa missed the snow Monday evening that hit South Dakota and Minnesota… but icy roads caused some problems.

12/16/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Tuesday.

12/16/14 Klahs Elected to FSA Committee

          Frank Klahs of Storm Lake recently was elected to the Buena Vista County Farm Service Agency Committee. 

12/16/14 BVU President's Honor Roll

          Buena Vista University has been named to the 2014 President’s High Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

12/16/14 West Fifth Street Final Acceptance

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon approved the final acceptance of the West Fifth Street overlay project.

12/16/14 Police Blotter


12/16/14 BV Treasurer Special Election

          A special election in Buena Vista County Tuesday will fill a vacancy for county treasurer.

12/16/14 Spencer Man Injured, Arrested

          A single-vehicle crash Saturday in Clay County sent a Spencer man to the hospital, then to jail.

12/16/14 Spencer Drug Arrest

          The execution of a search warrant Friday on a residence in Spencer resulted in the arrest of a teen on multiple drug charges.

12/15/14 Wanted Man Captured

          A wanted man was taken into custody by Storm Lake police on Saturday morning.

12/15/14 Criminal Mischief Arrest

          An arrest was made early Sunday morning after Storm Lake Police Department investigated a report of a prowler.

12/15/14 Police Blotter


12/15/14 SL City Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon will listen to funding requests from outside agencies.

12/15/14 Hunting Injury In Carroll County

          A Carroll man was injured Saturday when he was hit by a shotgun slug while deer hunting.

12/11/14 Telephone Scam Warning

            The Storm Lake Police Department is warning the community about a telephone scam that has presented itself in the area, which illegally uses the name of the Internal Revenue Service. 

12/11/14 Andrade Sexual Assault Charge

          A Storm Lake teen has been charged in a sexual assault case. 

12/11/14 BVU Cultural Leadership Conference Applications

          The Buena Vista University Office of Multicultural Engagement, and its Multicultural Engagement Leadership Team, are accepting applications for BVU’s 15th Annual Cultural Leadership Conference, “Illuminate The Vibrant Self Within.” 

12/11/14 Spirit Lake Fire Victim Identified

          The Iowa State Medical Examiner has released the identity of a body found Monday in the rubble of the Hill Avenue Apartments building in Spirit Lake. 

12/10/14 Manmiller Theft

          A woman has been arrested for misappropriating thousands of dollars worth of funds at an Odebolt business.

12/10/14 Finance Authority Local Housing Trust Funds

          The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors has approved a total of more than seven-point-three million dollars in grants to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds. 

12/10/14 Koster Murder Mistrial

          A mistrial has been declared in the case of a Georgia man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Sac City man. 

12/10/14 Sac County K-9 Buddy Bag

          The Sac County Sheriff’s K-9 program earlier this week received a FREE Buddy Bag for their K-9, Toby. 

12/10/14 Feliciano Vehicle Theft Arrest

          Storm Lake Police have made an arrest in connection with a vehicle theft that was reported back on November 29th. 

12/10/14 Crop Advantage Series Storm Lake Meeting

          Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a Crop Advantage Series meeting on January 14th at Siebens Forum on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

12/10/14 ICCC Welding Certificates

          Iowa Central Community College in Storm Lake last week awarded Production Welding Certificates to several students. 

12/10/14 Crooners Xmas Concert

          The Crooners will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 21st at 1:30pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Early. 

12/9/14 BV Treasurer Election Information

          A special election will be held next Tuesday, December 16th for Buena Vista County Treasurer. 

12/9/14 Body Found at Spirit Lake Fire Scene

          A body was found Monday morning at the scene of Hill Avenue Apartments in Spirit Lake. 

12/9/14 Htike Domestic Disturbance

          A Storm Lake man was arrested as a result of a domestic disturbance incident that took place this past weekend. 

12/9/14 Mendenhall Bar Disturbance Arrest

          A Sioux Rapids man was arrested last weekend in connection to a disturbance at Mo’s Bar at 707 Lake Avenue in Storm Lake. 

12/9/14 Robbins Marijuana Arrest

          A third arrest was recently made in connection with an incident involving the possession of marijuana by several students at Buena Vista University. 

12/8/14 Underage Drinking Arrests

            Several individuals were arrested after Storm Lake Police responded to a report of a possible underage drinking party early yesterday morning at King’s Pointe Resort. 

12/8/14 Luna-Hernandez Domestic Assault Arrest

          A father and his son have been charged in a domestic assault incident. 

12/8/14 BVU False Assault

          A Spirit Lake man was charged with filing a false report, after he claimed to have been assaulted on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.      

12/8/14 Spirit Lake Apartment Fire

          Fire has destroyed a Spirit Lake apartment building. 

12/8/14 Sioux Central National American FFA Degrees

          Two former Sioux Central High School students received the highest possible FFA honor recently at the National FFA Convention. 

12/5/14 Credit Card Fraud Arrest

          A Newell man faces charges in connection with the fraudulent use of a credit card.

12/5/14 Forgery, Burglary, Assault Charges

          A Storm Lake woman faces several charges after police investigated a disturbance at the El Mexicano parking lot on North Lake Avenue.

12/5/14 BVU All-Campus Christmas Dinner

            On Dec. 4, the Buena Vista University community gathered together for the 28th Annual All-Campus Christmas Dinner.

12/5/14 Hearing Planned On Drainage Repairs

          A public hearing will be held next month on plans to make repairs to a drainage ditch south of Rembrandt.

12/5/14 Cemetery Board Approves Bid

          The Storm Lake Cemetery Association is moving forward with tree removal and trimming… but has delayed taking action on plans for rehabilitation of the main entrance structures.

12/5/14 Supervisors Approve Projects

          The Buena Vista County Supervisors this week approved the final pay estimates for two culvert projects.

12/5/14 Police Blotter

12/5/14 Aeration Systems In Area Lakes

            Several northwest Iowa lakes are now equipped with winter aeration systems to keep oxygen levels from dropping during the winter, including Black Hawk Lake.

12/4/14 Hillshire Plant Reopening

            Officials from Tyson Foods thanked Storm Lake community leaders Thursday for their support of the company’s turkey processing plant in the aftermath of a fire earlier this year that idled the Hillshire Brands facility for eight months.

12/4/14 Newell Highway 7 Intersection

          It looks like improvements to the highway seven and South Fulton Street intersection in Newell won’t be happening in the near future.

12/4/14 More Zebra Mussels Found

          The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it’s found additional evidence of zebra mussels in the Iowa Great Lakes.

12/4/14 Miracle On Lake Avenue

            Make plans to attend Miracle on Lake Avenue on Thursday, December 4th in Storm Lake.

12/4/14 Police Blotter

12/3/14 SL Farm Bill Meetings Full

          All seats are taken for the December 4, 2014 Storm Lake afternoon and evening “Farm Bill” sessions where local Iowa farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs.

12/3/14 Meetings Held On Bakken Pipeline

            Informational meetings on the proposed Bakken crude oil pipeline were held Tuesday afternoon in Cherokee and Wednesday morning in Storm Lake.

12/3/14 Husband Accused Of Assault

          An arrest has been made in connection with a threat made towards a staff member at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

12/3/14 Domestic Assault Arrest

          A Storm Lake man faces charges after police Tuesday afternoon investigated a report of a domestic assault.

12/3/14 Wanted Man Captured

          A wanted man was taken into custody on the Buena Vista University campus Tuesday afternoon.

12/3/14 Downtown SL Facade Project

          Sixteen downtown Storm Lake buildings will be a part of the downtown façade renovation project.

12/3/14 USDA Energy Grants

          The USDA is making 5.6 million dollars in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels.

12/3/14 Police Blotter

12/3/14 10th Street Paving Plan Approved

          The plans to reconstruct a portion of East Tenth Street were approved by the Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon.

12/3/14 Pre-Registration Voting Deadline

          The Voter Pre-Registration deadline for the Special Election for Buena Vista County Treasurer is this Friday, December fifth.

12/3/14 Santillanes-Barraza Sentenced

          A Mexican man has been sentenced to seven months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to a count of illegal re-entry as a felon.

12/3/14 ICCC Lockdown Arrest Pleas

          Four men charged last month in connection with a lockdown at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge have pleaded not guilty to charges.

12/2/14 SL Library Literary Baskets

          The Friends of the Storm Lake Public Library are hosting their 17th Annual Friends of the Library Literary Basket Open House and Storm Lake United Business After Hours Wednesday evening.

12/2/14 Wanted Man Jailed

          A wanted person was located by Storm Lake Police on the Buena Vista University campus Monday afternoon.

12/2/14 SL United Ambush

            The Storm Lake United Investor Development Committee staged an Ambush at three local members Tuesday.

12/2/14 $25,000 Grant To OA-BCIG

          The OA-BCIG High School has been awarded 25-thousand dollars from State Farm Insurance.

12/2/14 Weimer Sentenced

          A Fort Dodge woman who conspired to use fire to commit wire fraud by causing a home to be destroyed by fire has been sentenced to federal prison.

12/2/14 Police Blotter

12/1/14 City Council Votes Down Closing RR Crossings

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon voted down an ordinance to close any railroad crossings in the city.

12/1/14 Vehicle Theft Under Investigation

          Storm Lake Police is asking the communities assistance in locating the person or person responsible for a weekend vehicle theft.

12/1/14 SL Juvenile Charged In Burglary

          A juvenile has been arrested in connection with a series of recent burglaries in Storm Lake.

12/1/14 Police Blotter


12/1/14 SL City Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon will consider voting down an ordinance closing railroad crossings.

12/1/14 Pipeline Meetings This Week

          Public meeting begin this week on the proposed oil pipeline that will run across Iowa from North Dakota.

12/1/14 Ridge View Sharing Meetings

          Students in the Galva-Holstein and Schaller-Crestland school districts recently completed assessment tests; sharings meetings planned this week.

12/1/14 Iowans At NFR Rodeo Finals

          Four Iowa natives have made it to the finals of the Wrangler National Final Rodeo, beginning later this week in Las Vegas.

11/29/14 BVU Media Students Honored

          Buena Vista University media students and organizations were recognized in three categories for the College Media Association Organizational Pinnacle Awards.

11/29/14 Schimmer Sentenced

          An Ida Grove man… arrested in January during a Storm Lake police drug investigation… has received a deferred judgment.

11/29/14 Schroeder Sentenced

          A Spencer man… arrested in connection with a drug investigation this summer… has been sentenced in Clay County District Court.

11/28/14 SL Railroad Crossing Recommendation

          A solution to the controversy over closing railroad crossings in Storm Lake may be forthcoming.

11/28/14 Small Business Saturday

          Storm Lake shoppers are invited to “Shop Small” Saturday… during the Shop Small Business promotion.

11/28/14 AC-T Elementary Engineering Projects

          Students at the Albert City-Truesdale Elementary School are learning about engineering in an after-school program.

11/28/14 Martinez Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man arrested in July after a disturbance has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

11/28/14 Jones Sentenced

          A Spencer woman… arrested by police in April in connection with several vehicle break-ins… has received a suspended sentence.

11/28/14 MLK Essay Contest

        In preparation for “MLK Day Celebration: A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.,” the Buena Vista University  is seeking entries for its “I Have a Dream” essay writing contest.

11/27/14 Low Temperatures Thursday Morning

          Storm Lake   -6

11/27/14 Spencer Man Charged

          A Spencer man was taken into custody this week for failure to appear in court and drug charges.

11/27/14 Santa's Castle Opens

          Santa’s Castle… the annual display of animated Christmas scenes… traditionally opens for the season on Thanksgiving Day.

11/27/14 Corridor Labor Survey

            Area employers are urged to keep an eye out for a letter from Iowa Workforce Development they'll be receiving in coming weeks requesting information for a laborshed survey.

11/27/14 Freier Sentenced

          A Lake View man arrested in July after the Sac County Sheriff’s Office investigated a forgery report has received a deferred judgment.