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9/16/14 14-year-old Charged With Sexual Assault

          A 14-year-old boy was arrested Monday after Storm Lake police investigated the report of a sexual assault at the Storm Lake Middle School.

9/16/14 SL Weekend Arrests

          Assault, burglary, and drug charges filed in three incidents.

8/16/14 Pocahontas County Drug Arrests

          Two drug arrests were made by the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday evening.

9/16/14 Reckless Driving Arrest

          A Storm Lake man has been charged after police Sunday morning were dispatched to Buena Vista University to investigate a vehicle driving in a reckless manner.

9/16/14 CAASA is Raising Funds and Awareness for Domestic Violence

          October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault will hold some awareness events.

9/16/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Iowa’s corn and soybean crops, overall, are still in very good shape, but last week’s below normal temperatures slowed crop development.

9/16/14 BVU Best Value Rating

          Buena Vista University has retained its standing as the third best value school among Midwest regional colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Best Colleges Rankings publication.

9/16/14 Spencer Drug Arrests

          The execution of a search warrant last week at an apartment in Spencer landed two people in jail on drug charges.

9/16/14 One Driver Injured In Clay County

          A collision of two mini vans late Saturday afternoon near Dickens sent one person to the hospital.

9/16/14 SL Council Completes Rezoning

          The Storm Lake city council approved on final reading two re-zoning requests Monday afternoon.

9/15/14 Body Found At King's Pointe

          An Okoboji man… found deceased at King’s Pointe in Storm Lake Sunday morning… apparently died of natural causes.

9/15/14 SL City Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon is expected to approve the 2013-14 street finance report.

9/15/14 SL Firefighters Compete At State

          Nine Storm Lake firefighters completed in drill competition at the annual Iowa Firefighter’s Association Convention, held September second through the sixth in Grinnell.

9/15/14 DNR Investigates Fish Kill

          A fish kill in Orange City Slough Creek is being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

9/15/14 Ruge Sentenced

          A Marathon man… arrested in April after an investigation by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office into dependent adult abuse… has been sentenced.

9/15/14 Cuellar Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man arrested last April in connection with an investigation into the illegal sale of meth has received a suspended prison sentence.

9/15/14 EPC Meeting In Northwest Iowa

          The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission will consider recommendations from a stakeholder group on changes to topsoil preservation for construction sites at a meeting Tuesday in Sioux Center.

9/12/14 Food Bank IA Food Insecurity Series

          The Food Bank of Iowa will kick off a community dialogue series in Storm Lake. 

9/12/14 Farias Wanted Person Arrest

          The Storm Lake Police Department located a wanted person late Thursday night. 

9/11/14 SL United Ambush

          The Storm Lake United Investor Development Committee today successfully staged an “Ambush” at three local businesses. 

9/11/14 SLSM Middle School Constitution Week

          Students of Storm Lake St Mary’s Middle School will be observing Constitution Week from September 17 through 23.   

9/10/14 Board of Adjustment OKs Helipad Permit

          The Storm Lake Board of Adjustment has given approval for Buena Vista Regional Medical Center to relocate their helipad.

9/10/14 Housing Proposed For South School

          An Omaha developer is proposing converting Storm Lake’s South School into a senior housing project… but needs a partner to own the gym and auditorium.

9/10/14 Auburn Shooting

          A teenager was shot in Auburn on Tuesday afternoon. 

9/10/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Wednesday.

9/10/14 Attempted Murder Trial Delayed

          Trial for a Sioux Rapids man… charged with attempted murder for the stabbing of a Spencer teen… has been postponed.

9/10/14 Indecent Exposure Arrest

          Storm Lake police made an arrest after being dispatched Tuesday afternoon to 413 Ontario Street to investigate an indecent exposure report.

9/10/14 Alta School Levy Approved

          Voters in the Alta Community School District Tuesday approved a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

9/9/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Tuesday.

9/9/14 Death Threat Investigated

          A Storm Lake man has been arrested in connection with alleged death threat on Facebook.

9/9/14 Quad County Corn Processors Grand Opening

          Grand opening of the Quad County Corn Processors cellulosic ethanol facility is underway Tuesday in Galva.

9/9/14 SW Shoreline Repairs Continue

          Repairs continue to be made as needed on the Southwest Shoreline sewer system.

9/9/14 Wanted Man Arrested

          A wanted man was taken into custody Monday afternoon at the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office.

9/9/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Iowa’s corn and soybean crops were helped out by warmer weather last week, but a couple of key development phases remain slower than normal.

9/9/14 Alta School Levy Vote

          Voters in the Alta Community School District will vote Tuesday on a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

9/9/14 P & Z Decides Helipad Recommendation

          The Storm Lake Planning and Zoning Commission Monday afternoon approved the recommendation of a conditional use permit for the relocation of a helipad for Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

9/8/14 Galva Ethanol Plant Grand Opening

            Just days after the big grand opening of POET-DSM’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, another Iowa-based cellulosic ethanol project will take its turn in the spotlight.

9/8/14 Pipeline Plans Discussed

            Some additional information is beginning to trickle out about a proposed pipeline that would run diagonally across Buena Vista County.

9/8/14 P & Z Considers Helipad Again

          An application for a helipad at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center will be considered by the Storm Lake Planning and Zoning Commission Monday afternoon.

9/8/14 Domestic Assault Arrests

          A Council Bluffs couple face charges after Storm Lake police Saturday night investigated a domestic assault at Buena Vista Inn on North Lake Avenue.

9/8/14 Assault & Car Theft Arrest

          Several charges were filed after Storm Lake police early Sunday morning investigated an assault and theft of a car.

9/8/14 FSA Livestock Forage Program

          The USDA’s Farm Service Agency director says livestock producers need to request an appointment before September 30th if they are applying for disaster assistance in the farm bill’s Livestock Forage Program.

9/8/14 Holston Sentenced

          A Marathon woman has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court on a drug charge.

9/8/14 Krebbs Sentenced

          An Omaha man… arrested in Storm Lake in April… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

9/6/14 Randy Barney Trial Delayed

          Court proceedings against a Rockwell City man… charged in connection with an attempted escape from the Sac County Jail… have been suspended pending a competency evaluation.

9/6/14 Clay County Fair Opens Saturday

          The Clay County Fair gets underway Saturday and runs through September 14th.

9/6/14 Teal Season Opens Saturday

          Iowa’s new 16-day statewide early teal season beginning September sixth will provide waterfowlers an opportunity to hunt this fast flying early migrant before it leaves for the winter.

9/5/14 Trott Found Guilty

          A jury in Wright County has found a Rockwell City man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a police officer last year.

9/5/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Friday.

9/5/14 Sac City Drug Arrest

          A Sac City man faces drug and child endangerment charges following a narcotics investigation by the Sac City and Lake View Police Departments.

9/5/14 Trott Murder Trial

          Closing arguments are set to begin Friday in the murder trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott.

9/5/14 Sioux Central Request Approved

          The Buena Vista County Supervisors have approved a request from the Sioux Central school district to close roads later this month for a cross county meet.

9/5/14 BV County Questions City Project

          A planned sewer improvement project in Storm Lake has generated some questions from county officials.

9/5/14 Sapp Pre-Trial Conference Postponed

          A pre-trial conference that had been scheduled for Thursday in the murder case of an Orange City woman was postponed.

9/5/14 Lenoir Sentenced

          A Storm Lake woman charged in January with the theft of a wallet and unauthorized use of a credit card has received a suspended sentence.

9/5/14 Vincente Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man arrested in June on burglary and assault charges has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

9/4/14 Mom Charged In Pass-Out Game

          A Storm Lake woman faces charges after police investigated a report of child endangerment.

9/4/14 Sewage Spill At Wastewater Plant

          A construction accident caused a spill Wednesday afternoon at the Storm Lake wastewater treatment plant.

9/4/14 Reward In Spencer Firearms Theft

          A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for theft of firearms from Southern Archery in Spencer.

9/4/14 Nierling Sentenced

          An Early teen… charged in connection with a burglary to a Storm Lake apartment in April… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

9/4/14 Thongvanh Sentenced

          A Lakeside woman has been sentenced on a drug charge in Buena Vista County District Court.

9/4/14 Emmetsburg Ethanol Plant

            South Dakota-based POET-DSM opened a cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg Wednesday.

9/4/14 Driver Charged After Leaving Scene

          A Storm Lake man was charged after a one-vehicle accident on M-44 west of Truesdale on Sunday.

9/4/14 Horses Hit By Semi

          Six horses were hit by a semi last Friday night north of Newell.

9/4/14 Driver Injured On Highway 7

          A Fonda man was injured in a one-vehicle accident west of Newell Sunday morning.

9/3/14 Plan To Close 4 RR Crossings

          Four railroad crossings in Storm Lake will be closed under an agreement between the city and C-N Railroad.

9/3/14 County Against 90th Avenue Closure

          Buena Vista County officials didn’t approve a request from the city of Storm Lake to close 90th Avenue for the installation of a water line.

9/3/14 Cable Franchise Transferred

          A Storm Lake cable and internet provider is changing hands. 

9/3/14 Cellulosic Ethanol Plants

          The much-anticipated grand opening of POET-DSM’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg is taking place Wednesday.

9/3/14 Faith Lutheran Holstein Free Garage Sale

          Faith Lutheran Church invites everyone to come to the Faith Free Garage Sale on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church at 113 N. Main Street in downtown Holstein.

9/3/14 Pheasant Numbers Up

          Pheasant hunters can expect to have a little more success in Iowa this fall compared to recent years.

9/3/14 Trott Jury Seated

          Jurors were selected Tuesday for the murder trial of Corey Trott of Rockwell City.

9/3/14 Weekly Crop Report

          As they head into the home stretch, Iowa’s corn and soybean crops continue to look very good.

9/3/14 Rockwell City Teen Still Missing

          The search continues for a missing Rockwell City girl. 

9/2/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Tuesday.

9/2/14 BVU Announces Exchange Program

          Buena Vista University has signed an agreement with the Geneva School of Business Administration, located in Geneva, Switzerland, to enable an exchange program for students between the two institutions.


9/2/14 SL Woman Charged With Assault

          A Storm Lake woman was arrested after police Sunday evening were dispatched to 1025 Lake Avenue to investigate a report of people not wanted at the residence.

9/2/14 Reckless Driving Arrest

          A Storm Lake man faces several charges after police were called to Buena Vista University Sunday night to investigate a reckless driver.

9/2/14 Clay County Drug Arrests

          Several people were arrested after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigated suspicious activity at Kindlespire Park near Webb early Sunday morning.

9/2/14 Sioux Center Fire

          Firefighters continue to work a fire at the Farmers Coop Society in Sioux Center.

9/2/14 Trott Murder Trial Begins Tuesday

          The trial of Corey Trott… accused in the shooting death of a Rockwell City police officer in September of last year…begins Tuesday in Wright County.

9/2/14 SL City Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake City Council meets Tuesday afternoon. 

9/1/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Monday.

9/1/14 Severe Weather Sunday Night

          Severe storms Sunday evening caused some damage in northwest Iowa. 

9/1/14 Rockwell City Teen Missing

          Police are looking for a missing teenager from Rockwell City. 

9/1/14 Rolfe Burglary Arrests

            A mother and her son have been arrested on burglary charges. 

8/30/14 Ashley Hammen Speaks At St. Mary's

            Storm Lake St. Mary’s welcomed back 2003 graduate Ashley Hammen Friday morning for a showing of The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things which Hammen co-produced.

8/29/14 Tyson Agrees To Hillshire Conditions

            Tyson Foods has agreed to some conditions to allow it to proceed with its $8.5 billion acquisition of the Hillshire Brands Company.

8/29/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Friday.

8/29/14 Willful Injury Arrest

          An arrest was made after Storm Lake police late Thursday afternoon were dispatched to the Hillshire Brands Plant to investigate an assault.

8/29/14 Three Charged Thursday Night

          Three people were arrested Thursday evening after Storm Lake Police were dispatched to investigate suspicious activity.

8/29/14 Rumbles At Arnolds Park

            One of the longest-running bands in the Midwest, The Rumbles will kick off the Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular on Friday evening.

8/29/14 DNR Proposes Fishing Changes

          The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled four public meetings, including two in western Iowa, to discuss proposed changes to the state fishing regulations for 2015.

8/29/14 Johns Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man found guilty of driving while barred as a habitual offender this week received a suspended prison sentence.

8/29/14 Five-alarm Barn Fire

          Five fire departments helped fight a fire seven miles southwest of Alta Wednesday afternoon.

8/29/14 Ft. Dodge Beauty College Sued

          Iowa’s top prosecutor is accusing a Fort Dodge-based beauty school of scamming students.

8/28/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Thursday.

8/28/14 Wednesday Morning Fire Calls

          Storm Lake fire-fighters were called out twice Wednesday morning, within a few minutes of each other.

8/28/14 Tyson Hillshire Purchase

          The U.S. Department of Justice says it will require Tyson Foods to divest Heinold Hog Markets, its sow purchasing business, in order to proceed with its eight-and-a-half billion dollar acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

8/28/14 Injured Boys Remain Hospitalized

          Two teenage boys injured after the car they were in rear-ended a school bus Tuesday morning near Inwood remain hospitalized.

8/27/14 Board of Adjustment BVRMC Helipad Tabled

          The Storm Lake Board of Adjustment unanimously voted to table a request for a conditional use permit from Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for a new helipad.

8/27/14 BVU Dorm Room Burglaries

          A Buena Vista University student from North Carolina has been arrested in connection with several burglaries to dorm rooms in Pierce Hall on the BVU campus. 

8/27/14 Harkin USDA Grant

          Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin has announced that the University of Northern Iowa will receive a 77-thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant Program for the Iowa Waste Reduction Center. 

8/27/14 Wanted Persons Arrests

          A wanted person was arrested after Storm Lake Police arrived at the Arby’s restaurant on North Lake Avenue Tuesday morning around 8:30 regarding a burglary alarm.