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11/26/14 SL Snow Emergency

          In effect for downtown Storm Lake until 6am Thursday.

11/26/14 Area Snowfall

          as of 7am Wednesday.

11/26/14 Nude Photos Lead To Teen's Arrest

          An Aurelia teen has been charged after Storm Lake police Tuesday investigated a report of a 12-year-old girl receiving obscene photographs via the internet.

11/26/14 Jailer Charged

          An Emmet County jailer faces charges in Clay County in connection with a single vehicle crash in October that claimed the life of a Spencer woman.

11/26/14 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.

11/26/14 Police Blotter

11/26/14 St. Mary's Check Presentations

                Storm Lake St. Mary’s School supporters were treated to two check presentations at Sunday’s Meet the Team Night in the gym.

11/26/14 Dredging Update

          The dredging on Storm Lake was completed for the season earlier this month… with 261-thousand cubic yards dredged from the lake.

11/26/14 Savell Sentenced

          A Missouri man… arrested in Storm Lake on September 30th after police investigated a disturbance at the Budget Inn Motel… has been sentenced.

11/26/14 Reyes-Morales Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested in July after a three-year-old called 911… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

11/25/14 Forecast: Snow & Wind

          Many Iowans may need to schedule their Thanksgiving holiday travel plans around those of Mother Nature.

11/25/14 Police Seek Clues In Burglary

          Storm Lake Police are asking for assistance from the community in connection with a weekend residential burglary and vehicle theft.

11/25/14 False Assault Report

          Emmetsburg police say two different assaults reported by a 22-year-old female never took place.

11/25/14 Women In Denim Registration

            The 11th Annual Women in Denim Conference is set for January 16-17, 2015 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

11/25/14 Seminarians Visit St. Mary's

          Two seminarians from the Diocese of Sioux City spent Monday afternoon visiting classrooms at Storm Lake St. Mary’s School.

11/25/14 Police Blotter

11/25/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Cold temperatures and snow halted most field activities early in the week, according to the USDA crop report.

11/24/14 Lee Pleads Not Guilty, Trial Set

         A Storm Lake man accused of terminating his wife’s pregnancies has entered a not guilty plea in Buena Vista County District Court.

11/24/14 SL Meth Arrest

          An arrest was made Sunday in connection with the alleged sale of methamphetamine in Storm Lake.

11/24/14 Newell Intersection Improvements

          State funds are available to partially pay for improving the highway seven and South Fulton Street intersection in Newell.

11/24/14 Sibling Fight Leads To Arrest

          An arrest was made early Sunday morning after Storm Lake police were dispatched to investigate an assault.

11/24/14 Wanted Man Found

          A Storm Lake man was arrested after police Saturday night conducted a pedestrian check near the intersection of West Ninth Street and Ontario Street.

11/24/14 Police Blotter


11/24/14 East Sac High Computers A Success

          East Sac High School in Lake View is seeing success in its first year with “one to one” computers.

11/24/14 Fire Safety Tips

            Winter is the peak season for home fires in the United States.

11/24/14 Marsh Sentenced

          A Lake City man… arrested on an exploitation charge in July… has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

11/22/14 Arrest After Making Threats

          An Akron man has been charged after allegedly twice threatening to blow up the White House.

11/22/13 Marroquin-Asturias Sentenced

          A man who illegally re-entered the country and used a false social security number to obtain employment in Buena Vista County was sentenced to time served in federal court in Sioux City.

11/22/14 Iowa Lakes Corridor Awards

            The Iowa Lakes Corridor held its fifth annual Business Recognition Luncheon on November 19th at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer.

11/22/14 Governor Suspends Diesel Regs

          Governor Terry Branstad has approved an emergency proclamation suspending the regulatory provisions pertaining to hours of service for drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting diesel products.

11/22/14 Storm Lake $10K Lottery Winner

          A Storm Lake woman has won a ten-thousand dollar lottery prize.

11/21/14 Three Arrested For Burglary

          Three Ida County men have been arrested for a burglary that occurred near Odebolt. 

11/21/14 BV County 4-H Awards

          The annual Buena Vista County 4-H Awards Program was held Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Buena Vista County Extension Office in Storm Lake.

11/21/14 Hillshire Plant Reopens

          The Hillshire Brands turkey plant in Storm Lake returned to operation Thursday.

11/21/14 SLPD Gloves Of Love

            The Storm Lake Police Association announces  the Annual 2014 Gloves of Love Program will begin on Monday.

11/21/14 Spencer Bomb Threat Arrest

          An arrest has been made in connection with a bomb threat Wednesday that resulted in the evacuation of Spencer High School.

11/21/14 County Bridge Projects

          The Buena Vista County Supervisors this week accepted two federal aide agreements for bridge projects.

11/21/14 East Tenth Paving Project

          A public hearing on plans to reconstruct a portion of East Tenth Street will be held during the Storm Lake city council meeting on December first.

11/21/14 Cemetery Board Seeks Grant

          The Storm Lake Cemetery Board is seeking a five-thousand dollar grant to help complete the rehabilitation of the main entrance to the cemetery.

11/20/14 Allender Not Guilty Plea

          A Cherokee man has entered a not guilty plea to attempted murder and other charges filed late last month after a standoff with police.

11/20/14 Brothers Arrested After Fight

          Two people were arrested after Storm Lake police Wednesday evening were dispatched to 603-D West Eighth Street to investigate a fight.

11/20/14 SL Middle School Arrests

          Two Storm Lake Middle School students were arrested after police investigated a report of harassment.

11/20/14 Two Taken To BVRMC

          Two people were hospitalized after a one-vehicle accident southwest of Linn Grove last Friday.

11/20/14 SL Man Injured In Rollover

          A Storm Lake man was taken to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident Monday morning.

11/20/14 Spencer School Bomb Threat

          A bomb threat was received at the Spencer High School Wednesday morning.

11/19/14 Hillshire Wins Large Business Award

          Hillshire Brands of Storm Lake was the “Large Business Excellence” winner today at the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Awards Banquet at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. 

11/19/14 Miracle on Lake Avenue Parade

          Storm Lake United is now taking float entries for this year’s “Miracle on Lake Avenue” parade. 

11/19/14 BVU Students Iowa Collegiate Honor Band

          Three Buena Vista University band members have been selected to participate in the 21st annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. 

11/19/14 SL Airport Plan Approved

          A five-year capital improvement plan for the Storm Lake airport has been approved by the city council.

11/18/14 SL School Thanksgiving Meal

          Lunchtime Solutions is planning a special Thanksgiving meal in Storm Lake schools Thursday.

11/19/14 Quintero Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man charged in June with felony burglary and assault has been sentenced.

11/19/14 Manure Plan Hearing

          No objections were raised to a planned hog confinement expansion in Buena Vista County.

11/19/14 Reese Sentenced

          A Laurens man… arrested on a drug charge in August… has been sentenced in Pocahontas County District Court.

11/19/14 Miracle On Lake Requests

          Requests for the Miracle on Lake Avenue were approved this week by the Storm Lake City Council.

11/19/14 Clay Fair To Manage Events Center

          The management of the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer will change next year.

11/19/14 Police Blotter


11/18/14 School Board Charter School

          A Charter School update was given this week at the Storm Lake Board of Education meeting. 

11/18/14 School Board Bullying Policies Procedures

          Anti-bullying policies and procedure information was given this week at the Storm Lake School Board meeting. 

11/18/14 School Board High School Renovation Auditorium Change Order and Update

          A change order for increasing the cost of the high school renovation and auditorium was approved this week by the Storm Lake School Board. 

11/18/14 School Board Football Field Naming Discussion

            The Storm Lake School Board this week discussed a request to name the football field after a long-time coach. 

11/18/14 No Objection To Alley Closing

          The Storm Lake city council has approved on first reading an ordinance vacating an alley requested by Saint Mary’s Catholic Church.

11/18/14 School Board Parent Teacher Conferences

          Parent Teacher Conference turnout numbers were given this week at the Storm Lake Board of Education meeting. 

11/18/14 Albert City Truck Route Approved

          An agreement establishing a designated truck route around Albert City has been finalized.

11/18/14 Weekly Crop Report

          The latest USDA crop report says farmers harvested one-tenth of the state’s corn crop during the week that ended Sunday.

11/18/14 Police Blotter


11/17/14 SL Council RR Crossing Study Session

          An overflow crowd of well over 100 filled the Storm Lake council chamber and spilled out into the hallway Monday... as the city council held a study session on closing railroad crossings.

11/17/14 Opposition To Closing RR Crossings

          Tom McClinton spoke before the council, outlining reasons to keep all the crossings open.

11/17/14 Orozco Sentence

            A Sioux Rapids man has been sentenced in Buena Vista County Court to a maximum of 25-years in prison for a stabbing incident that occurred this past summer. 

11/17/14 Fonda Fire Department Safety Equipment Funds

          The Fonda Fire Department was recently awarded a financial donation of 17-hundred and 80-dollars from LocalMotion, a companywide program offered by Ag Partners,

11/17/14 No School Threat

          Storm Lake Middle School administration received information Monday morning from a student regarding a possible threat at the middle school and high school.

11/17/14 Spencer Fatality

          One person was killed and one person injured in a two-vehicle collision in Clay County Saturday morning.

11/17/14 KCs Distribute Funds

            On Monday, November 10, at the KC Hall, funds were distributed to four different charities in Storm Lake.

11/17/14 Marijuana Arrests

          Four people were arrested after Storm Lake police discovered they were allegedly smoking marijuana in a vehicle Saturday night.

11/17/14 Harassment Arrest

          A Storm Lake man has been charged after police investigated a report of harassment.

11/17/14 Police Blotter

11/17/14 SL School Board Agenda

          The Storm Lake school board will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

11/17/14 SL City Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon will hold a study session on closing railroad crossings.

11/17/14 Meninzor Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested on several charges by police in June… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

11/17/14 Alvarez Sentenced

           A Storm Lake man… arrested on drug charges in August… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

11/15/14 Alley Closure Hearing Monday

          A public hearing on vacating an alley will be held during the Storm Lake City Council meeting on Monday afternoon.

11/15/14 Mailbox Damage Arrest

          A Spencer man has been charged in connection with an investigation into vandalism done to some street signs and mailboxes in Ruthven.

11/14/14 SLSM Scrip

          Storm Lake St. Mary’s Parish and School are celebrating the 10th birthday of their Scrip program and celebrating the nearly half million dollars earned in revenue since the program’s inception in November 2004.

11/14/14 Weapon Seized, Charge Filed

          A Storm Lake man… arrested last month for termination of a pregnancy and sexual abuse… now faces a weapons charge.

11/14/14 Spencer Chiropractors Face Hearing

          Two northwest Iowa chiropractors face a state hearing over allegations that they were billing Medicaid and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for services that had never been provided to patients.

11/14/14 Police Blotter


11/14/14 $100K Lottery Winner

          An Emmet County man has won a 100-thousand dollar lottery prize.

11/13/14 Council To Hold RR Crossing Study Session

            The Storm Lake city council is planning a study session on railroad crossings during their meeting next Monday afternoon.

11/13/14 International Game Day @ SL Library

          The Storm Lake Public Library will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country this Saturday for the seventh annual celebration of gaming in libraries.

11/13/14 BVU Students Present At Regional Conference

          Three Buena Vista University students gave presentation on the BV Buddies mentoring program.

11/13/14 SL Drug Arrest

          Two arrests were made after Storm Lake police early Thursday morning investigated a hit-and-run accident.

11/13/14 911 Problems Repaired

          Authorities in northwest Iowa say 911 services are restored in several areas… although it’s uncertain what caused the trouble late Wednesday.

11/13/14 St. Mary's Veterans Day Program

            Storm Lake St. Mary’s School students honored area military veterans at their annual Veterans Day program in the school gym Tuesday.

11/13/14 Police Blotter


11/12/14 BVRMC P.I.N.K. Fund Offering Free Mammograms

          The new P.I.N.K. fund at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is now offering free mammogram services to qualifying women to help manage their breast health. 

11/12/14 Conspirators Sentenced

          Four Buena Vista County residents have been sentenced in U.S. District Court for their roles in a conspiracy to obstruct justice.

11/12/14 SL United Honors Hillshire Brands

          Hillshire Brands was honored Tuesday night at Storm Lake United’s annual members’ banquet.

11/12/14 SL United Annual Banquet

          Storm Lake United’s annual members’ banquet was held Tuesday night… honoring businesses who have helped make Storm Lake better in the past year.

11/12/14 Theft Arrest

          A Storm Lake woman was arrested Monday after police investigated the alleged fraudulent use of checks via a mobile banking system.

11/12/15 Special Election Called

          A special election will be held next month to elect a Buena Vista County Treasurer.

11/12/14 Iowa Central Lockdown Arrests

          Four young men, including a Storm Lake teen, are now facing charges in connection with an incident on Monday that led to the lockdown of the Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort Dodge.

11/12/14 2014 BV 4-H Awards Program

            Some 90 Buena Vista County youth and adults will be honored Sunday, November 16th, 2014 from 2 to 3pm at the 2014 4-H Awards Program: 4-H Your Ticket To Success!

11/12/14 Police Blotter

11/11/14 Rettig Speaker at SXC

          The President and co-owner of Rembrandt Foods spoke to a group of juniors and seniors at the Sioux Central High School on Monday of this week. 

11/11/14 13-Year-Old Arrested

          An arrest was made Monday night after Storm Lake police investigated a report of a seventh-grade student threatening to take a knife to the Storm Lake Middle School and assault another student.

11/11/14 Gun Reported On ICCC Fort Dodge Campus

          Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge implemented its emergency response plan once it was notified a gun was seen on campus about 3:30 Monday afternoon.

11/11/14 ISU Veterans Ceremony

          A ceremony will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Memorial Union at Iowa State University to honor five ISU students who died serving our country, including one from Storm Lake.

11/11/14 Clay County Assault Arrest

          A Rossie woman faces charges for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend.  

11/11/14 SL Drug Arrests

          Arrests were made Sunday night after Storm Lake police detected the odor of marijuana.

11/11/14 SL School Turkey Shoot

          The 15th annual Community Ed Turkey Shoot was held at the Storm Lake Elementary on Saturday, Nov. 8.

11/11/14 Sex Offender Registry Arrest

          Two arrests were made Sunday evening after Storm Lake police investigated a incident which occurred earlier.

11/11/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Iowa farmers used the 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork to harvest just over one-fifth of the State’s corn crop during the week ending November ninth.

11/10/14 Elston Sworn-In As Sheriff

          Buena Vista County’s new sheriff took the oath of office Monday afternoon.

11/10/14 Domestic Assault Arrest

          A Storm Lake woman faces charges after police investigated a fight in the 800-block of Oneida Street Friday morning.

11/10/14 Clay County Drug Arrests

          A traffic stop by a Clay County Deputy landed two people in the Clay County Jail on drug charges along with charges against juvenile female.

11/10/14 Wanted Man Captured

          A wanted man was taken into custody Friday night by Storm Lake police after a vehicle was stopped in the 600 block of Flindt Drive for a traffic offense.

11/10/14 Police Blotter


11/26/14 Area 4-Hers to National 4-H Congress

            Twenty-one 4-H'ers have been selected to represent Iowa as delegates to the 2014 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.