Local News

10/24/14 Tome-Rojas Found Guilty

          A Storm Lake man has been convicted on two counts of credit card fraud by a jury in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

10/24/14 SLHS U of I Scholarships

          Scholarships to the University of Iowa were offered to several Storm Lake High School 2014 seniors… and it looks like that will be repeated for the class of 2015.  

10/24/14 King & Mowrer Debate In Storm Lake

            The two major party candidates in Iowa’s fourth congressional district engaged in a bit of verbal combat Thursday night during a televised debate held at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

10/24/14 SL School Financial Report

          The annual Storm Lake School District financial report shows the district had an 11-million dollar unspent balance at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

10/24/14 Storm Lake Fight Arrests

          Two arrests were made after Storm Lake police Thursday evening investigated a fight in the Sail Inn Motel parking lot.

10/24/14 Deputy Retiring

          A former Buena Vista County Deputy is retiring after 25-years in law enforcement. 

10/23/14 Two Vehicle Injuries Accident

          A two-vehicle accident southwest of Storm Lake resulted in both drivers being injured. 

10/23/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Thursday.

10/23/14 SL School Progress Report

          The Storm Lake school district met most of their academic goals for last school year, according to the annual progress report.

10/23/14 SL High School Renovations

          The new classrooms at the Storm Lake High School should be finished by Thanksgiving.

10/23/14 Forgery Arrest

          A burglary report led Storm Lake police Wednesday evening to arrest a teen on a felony forgery charge.

10/23/14 South School Burglary

          Several juveniles were arrested Wednesday afternoon, after Storm Lake police investigated a report of a break-in at the South School cafeteria.

10/23/14 Objections To Confinement Plan

          Objections were raised during a manure management plan hearing Tuesday morning for a chicken confinement facility.

10/22/14 UnityPoint HomeCare Elite

          “UnityPoint at Home” has announced that seven of its locations, including Storm Lake, have been named to the 2014 HomeCare Elite, which is a compliation of the top-performing home health care providers in the United States. 

10/22/14 SL School Board Agenda

          The Storm Lake school board holds their monthly meeting Wednesday evening.    

10/22/14 Chef At SLHS

            Tortellini Primavera, Cajun Shrimp, Chicken Penne Pasta, Beef Teriyaki Stir Fry, and Fresh Ravioli Primavera - these are some of the fresh entrees that have been prepared in front of students by Chef Joe Fannon.

10/22/14 Trick-or-Treat This Saturday

          Storm Lake’s annual Halloween event, Chills & Thrills Trick-or-Treat, will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.

10/22/14 Commercilization Center Grant

          The Storm Lake City Council is hoping to develop a center to assist local businesses and provide experience to college students.

10/22/14 Lively Sentenced

          A Laurens woman has been sentenced in Sac County District Court on a drug charge.

10/22/14 Council Approves Fees

          The Storm Lake City Council Monday afternoon approved an update to city fees.

10/21/14 Turkey Facility Hearing

          Several concerns were raised during a public hearing Tuesday morning on a manure management plan for a turkey site south of Sioux Rapids.

10/21/14 M-27 Bridge Repair

          The final price for repair of flood damage to a bridge on M-27 northwest of Alta is 165-thousand dollars.

10/21/14 13-Year-Old Arrested

           A Storm Lake father turned his son into police for being in possession of marijuana.

10/21/14 Arrest In Adult Abuse Investigation

          A Storm Lake man faces several charges after police investigated alleged multiple incidents of abuse of an adult, Storm Lake woman.

10/21/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Fieldwork stalled early in the week due to rain, but farmers were able to harvest during the rest of the week ending October 19th.

10/21/14 Wanted Man Captured

          A wanted man was taken into custody early Saturday after his car was stopped by Storm Lake police in the 600-block of Lake Avenue for a traffic violation.

10/21/14 Suspicious Activity Arrest

          An arrest was made after Storm Lake police Friday morning investigated a report of suspicious activity at the Hy-Vee / Bedels Pharmacy on West Fifth Street.

10/20/14 Drug Search At East Sac High School

          On Friday, the Sac County Sheriff’s Office and Lake View Police, with the assistance of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a K-9 search of East Sac County High School in Lake View for controlled substances.

10/20/14 Storm Lake House Fire

          There were no injuries in a house fire Saturday morning in Storm Lake.

10/20/14 Concerns Over Sewer Project

          Buena Vista County officials are expressing some concerns with the design of a Storm Lake water project.

10/20/14 BV County Foundation Grant Applications

            Applications for the 2014 Fall Round of Grants are available on the Foundation’s web page at www.bvcountyfoundation.com or by email at info@bvcountyfoundation.com. 

10/20/14 Injury In Collision In Pocahontas County

          A two-vehicle collision Thursday at the intersection of two county roads in Pocahontas County sent one person to the hospital.

10/20/14 Farm Accident Fatality

          A northwest Iowa farmer died Friday evening in a combine accident on a gravel road and the next morning over three dozen of his neighbors showed up for work in Gene Sitzmann's field.

10/20/14 Fatality In Emmet County

          An Estherville woman was killed in a rollover accident Friday night. 

10/20/14 Pedestrian Injured

          A pedestrian was injured when hit by a vehicle at a Marcus convenience store Thursday morning.

10/18/14 Farmers Report Big Yields

                The USDA is predicting bin-busting crops of corn and soybeans and some Iowa farmers are using terms like "best ever" to describe their yields.

10/18/14 Cherokee Drug Arrests

            The Cherokee Police Department has made multiple arrests after several months of a narcotics investigation.

10/18/14 Soria Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested on an assault charge in May… has been sentenced.

10/18/14 Esthervile Arrest

          A former Estherville man has been charged in connection with a break-in, burglary and assault at an Estherville residence.

10/17/14 Charges Pending In Rolfe Bomb Incident

          A teen and an adult are facing charges after it was reported the boy was making bombs in his house in Rolfe.

10/17/14 Ernst Campaigns In Storm Lake

          Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst brought her campaign to Storm Lake Friday morning.

10/17/14 SL School Enrollment Up

          Enrollment is up this year in the Storm Lake School District.

10/17/14 Babysitter Sentenced

          An Orange City daycare provider has been sentenced to prison in the death of a toddler in her care.

10/17/14 Cherokee Police Narcotics Arrests

            The Cherokee Police Department has made multiple arrests after several months of a narcotics investigation. 

10/17/14 Hazardous Materials Found In Rolfe

          The Pocahontas Area Middle School and High School were evacuated Thursday after a report of hazardous materials.

10/16/14 Motel Shooting Arrests

            Two men have been arrested in connection with an early morning disturbance and shooting at a Storm Lake motel. 

10/16/14 Odebolt Drinking Water Advisory

          The City of Odebolt is under a Drinking Water Advisory starting at 8am Friday until further notice. 

10/16/14 Five Arrested After Disturbance

          An argument over an air mattress early Wednesday led to the arrest of five people in Storm Lake.

10/16/14 Serious Injuries In Van-Semi Crash

          A Storm Lake woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident southwest of Albert City Tuesday afternoon.

10/16/14 Supreme Court Meets In Storm Lake

          The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday evening on a Sioux City case involving traffic cameras.

10/16/14 Corridor Business Recognition

            The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is once again gearing up for its annual Business Recognition Luncheon.

10/16/14 Sioux Central Building Project

          In April, voters in the Sioux Central school district approved a seven-and-a-half million dollar bond issue… and Superintendent Scott Williamson says the project is moving along as planned.

10/16/14 Peterson Sentenced

          A Rolfe man has been sentenced in Pocahontas County District Court for assault on a peace officer.

10/16/14 Recent Injury Accidents

          Two people received minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident southwest of Storm Lake last Friday night.

10/16/14 Fire Damages Deck

          There was two-thousand dollars damage when a wooden deck caught on fire Wednesday morning in Storm Lake.

10/15/14 Supreme Court In Storm Lake

          The Iowa Supreme Court is on the road today… and will gavel into session in Storm Lake.

10/15/14 Wal-Mart Theft Arrests

          Two arrests were made after Storm Lake police investigated a report of theft at Wal-Mart.

10/15/14 Dorm Burglary False Report

          An arrest was made after Storm Lake police investigated a report of a burglary at Buena Vista University.

10/15/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Mostly dry weather allowed farmers to harvest 30 percent of Iowa’s soybean acreage during the five-point-one days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 12th.

10/14/14 Thefts From Car Dealership

          A former employee has been arrested in connection with a series of thefts from Rasmussen Ford in Storm Lake.

10/14/14 Albert City Truck Route

          Albert City would like to create a truck route around the city, and have asked Buena Vista County for a truck route designation.

10/14/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Tuesday.

10/14/14 Day Care Provider Plea Agreement

          A plea hearing is planned later this week for an Orange City day care provider who is charged with killing a three-year-old girl.

10/14/14 SLHS Marching Band

          The Tornado Marching Band participated in the Dakota Days Parade in Vermillion, South Dakota.

10/14/14 Five-Year Prison Sentence

          A Spencer woman was sentenced to five years in prison in connection with thefts from two Storm Lake stores.

10/14/14 Heating Assistance

            Sign up is getting underway for the 2014-15 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

10/13/14 Man With Gun Investigated

          An arrest was made early Sunday morning after Storm Lake Police were dispatched to the La Perla Night Club at 200 East Railroad Street to investigate to a man with a gun.

10/13/14 Disturbance Arrest

          A Laurens man faces several charges after an incident in Storm Lake early Sunday morning.

10/13/14 Palo Alto County Arrest

          A Spencer man wanted on warrants stemming from an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was arrested Friday night in Palo Alto County.

10/13/14 Missouri River Level To Rise

            The Missouri River will be rising at least three more feet over the coming weeks as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares for next year with above-normal releases from Gavins Point Dam.

10/13/14 SL Fire Department Visits St. Mary's

            Storm Lake Fire Department Firefighter Josh Fevold discussed fire safety with Ms. Abby Carlson’s Kindergarten class at Storm Lake St. Mary’s School Friday morning.

10/13/14 Braun Sentenced

          An Archer woman… arrested in Storm Lake in March on drug charges… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

10/13/14 Beckman Sentenced

          An Odebolt man has received a deferred judgment in Buena Vista County District Court on a drug charge.

10/10/14 SL Cemetery Tree Replanting

          The Storm Lake Cemetery Association hopes to revitalize the trees on the cemetery property.

10/10/14 Storm Lake Car Fire

          The Storm Lake Fire Department was called to C-49 and 90th Avenue west of Storm Lake early Friday morning, where a vehicle was on fire.

10/10/14 Concession Stand Inspection Fees

          New fees for health inspections may cause problems for school concession stands.

10/10/14 Crop Walk Sunday

          The annual Crop Walk in Storm Lake will be held Sunday… starting at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church.

10/10/14 Revolving Fund Water Savings

          The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently announced that 27 Iowa communities with current State Revolving Fund loans for water quality initiatives will be saving a total of one-point-three million dollars.

10/10/14 Muzzleloader Deer Season

          Iowa’s popular early muzzleloader deer season begins Saturday.

10/10/14 Hartley Man Sentenced

          A Hartley man has been sentenced on a federal methamphetamine charge.

10/10/14 NW Iowa Man Sentenced On Meth Charge

            A man involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in northwest Iowa has been sentenced in federal court in Sioux City.

10/9/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Thursday.

10/9/14 SL Cemetery Improvements

          The Storm Lake Cemetery Association continues to discuss making improvements to the cemetery on the east side of Storm Lake.

10/9/14 SL Students: "Healthiest State Walk"

            Storm Lake Elementary and Saint Mary's students participated in the Healthiest State Walk on October 8th.

10/9/14 The Reserves Apartments Opening Soon

          A new 32-unit apartment complex in Storm Lake will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting later this month.

10/9/14 Clay County Drug Arrest

          A traffic stop Tuesday at the intersection of Clay County Road M54 and 405th Street landed a Spencer man in jail on drug charges.

10/9/14 Spencer Woman Injured In Crash

          A Spencer woman was seriously injured Wednesday in a single vehicle crash on a Clay County road.

10/9/14 City Energy Audits

          Energy audits will be conducted for Storm Lake city-owned buildings under an agreement approved this week by the city council.

10/9/14 USDA Farm Loan Changes

          The U.S. Department of Agriculture is improving farm loans.

10/8/14 EPA Fines Spencer Recycling Firm

            EPA officials have announced a settlement with a family-owned, scrap-metal recycling facility in Spencer after complaints about a polluted pond in a city park.

10/8/14 Pipeline Inspection Concerns

          County engineers are concerned about proper inspections during construction of the planned Dakota Access Pipeline.

10/8/14 Meridian Expansion Agreement

          A development agreement between the city and Meridian Manufacturing was approved this week by the Storm Lake City Council.

10/8/14 Letsche's Breast Cancer Ride

          Letsche’s Bike Shop in Cherokee is one of nearly one-hundred Trek Bicycle Dealers across the United States and Canada that has scheduled a bike ride to help fight breast cancer. 

10/8/14 Bridal Bliss Open House

          The Retail in Action Committee of Storm Lake United announces its first ever Bridal Bliss Open House event on Saturday, October 18th. 

10/8/14 St. Mary's Grandparents & Special Friends Day

              Storm Lake St. Mary’s Elementary students delighted a packed house with their musical numbers, readings, actions and percussion instruments in this week’s Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day.

10/8/14 Rodriguez-Lopez Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested in May after police investigated a threat… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

10/7/14 Healthiest State Storm Lake Walks

        The effort to get people in the state moving to make them healthier continues tomorrow on Wednesday, October 8th with the fourth annual “Healthiest State Initiative walk.” 

10/7/14 Public Help Needed In Prowler Case

          The Storm Lake Police Department is asking assistance in identifying and locating an early morning prowler.

10/7/14 SL Sidewalk Assessments

          The Storm Lake city council has accepted a bid for sidewalk assessment projects.

10/7/14 Manure Plan Hearings

          Public hearings on two manure management plans will be held later this month by the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors.

10/7/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Last week’s wet weather caused Iowa’s corn and soybean harvests to fall even further behind normal.

10/7/14 Mowrer-King Debate

          The Democrat challenging Congressman Steve King Monday said he won’t stop running an ad that King calls dishonest. 

10/7/14 Apolito Sentenced

          An Alta woman… arrested last December as part of a Storm Lake police drug investigation… has received a deferred judgment.

10/7/14 Vasquez Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man has received a deferred judgment on a drug conviction.

10/6/14 SL Council Tables RR Crossing Decision

    The Storm Lake City Council Monday evening tabled action on a plan to close four railroad crossings after over 50 people attended the council meeting... with several speaking out against closing the crossings.

10/6/14 Entrance Changes At BVRMC

          As construction progresses in the Emergency and Main Entrance area at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center… changes are being made in patient and visitor parking.

10/6/14 Little Sioux River Water Trail

          Plans to develop a water trail on the Little Sioux River in Buena Vista and other counties are underway.

10/6/14 SL City Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake city council will hold two public hearings Monday afternoon… one on a plan to vacate the right-of-way for closing four railroad crossings… the other on a development’s agreement with Meridian Manufacturing.

10/6/14 BV Drive Trail Signs

          Signs for the Buena Vista County Drive Trail still plan to be erected later this year.

10/6/14 BVRMC Pregnancy Infant Loss Remembrance

          Buena Vista Regional Medical Center First Embrace Obstetrics will be holding a “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day” event on Wednesday, October 15th from 4:30 to 5:30pm. 

10/6/14 Food Price Survey

          The cost for a bacon cheeseburger is higher.  Shoppers are paying slightly more for food at the grocery store compared to the first half of 2014.

10/6/14 Zimmer Sentenced

          A woman arrested in March after Storm Lake police investigated a report of an internal theft of cash from a local business has received a deferred judgment in Buena Vista County District Court.

10/6/14 Davis Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested in February for assault… has been sentenced on a reduced charge.

10/4/14 Security Questions At Prison

          Inmates at the Rockwell City prison involved in a series of incidents last month have raised some security questions.

10/4/14 Animal Blessings At St. Mary's

            Fr. David Esquiliano of Storm Lake St. Mary’s Parish delighted the St. Mary’s Elementary School students Friday by blessing the furry, stuffed and other animals.

10/3/14 Robbery Arrests and Arson Investigation

            Storm Lake Police have made two arrests in connection with a robbery early this morning, and an arson at an apartment complex that is believed to be related to the robbery remains under investigation. 

10/3/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Friday.

10/3/14 BV County Bike Trail Plans

          Plans are still underway by the Buena Vista County Trails Advisory Council to develop county-wide biking trails.

10/3/14 Rail Car Shortage

            The nation’s top agriculture official is raising alarms about the looming shortage of rail cars to carry grain from Midwestern fields to market.