Local News

1/31/15 Winter Weather Advisory

          Winter weather advisory for northwest Iowa from 3pm Saturday to noon Sunday.

1/31/15 Storm Lake Snow Emergency

          The City of Storm Lake is calling a SNOW EMERGENCY effective starting Sunday, February 1, 2015 and running thru 6:00AM on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Also the Storm Lake Police Department is POSTPONING the DARE Omelet Breakfast until a later date. 

1/31/15 St. Mary's Can Collection Project

          Storm Lake Saint Mary’s School collected 900 cans for Upper Des Moines Opportunity during Catholic Schools Week as a service project.

1/31/15 Wastewater Dumping Conviction

          A northwest Iowa man has been convicted in federal court of dumping wastewater in a river.

1/31/15 SL Library February Contests

          The Mystery Book Club and the Friends of the Storm Lake Public Library present two fun contests for February.

1/31/15 DNR Liquid Manure Rules

          Starting Feb. 1, animal producers with totally roofed (confinement) facilities face limits on land applying liquid manure if the ground is frozen. 

1/30/15 Rural Alta Armed Robbery

          An Alta man was arrested Thursday evening in connection with an armed robbery at a rural Alta residence.

1/30/15 Storm Lake House Fire

          There was ten-thousand dollars damage in a house fire in Storm Lake Thursday evening.

1/30/15 St. Mary's Homecoming

          Homecoming royalty were crowned for 2015 at Thursday night’s Storm Lake St. Mary’s High School Homecoming Coronation.

1/30/15 BVRMC ER Disturbance Arrest

          A Storm Lake man was arrested Thursday night after police were dispatched to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

1/30/15 BV County Traffic Accidents

          Minor injuries in 2 accidents on icy roads Tuesday morning.

1/30/15 Teacher Salary Proposal

          The Storm Lake Education Association presented their initial salary proposal for the 2015-16 school year to the school board Thursday morning.

1/30/15 Police Blotter

1/29/15 Bagsby Lottery Winner

          A Storm Lake woman has won a 50-thousand dollar top prize in the Iowa Lottery's “Super Crossword” instant scratch game.


1/29/15 BVU Omelet Breakfast

          The Buena Vista University Office of Civic Engagement will be hosting an omelet breakfast on Sunday, February 8th from 8am to 1pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Storm Lake.


1/29/15 Schenk Guilty Of Murder

          A jury in Crawford County Wednesday found a Denison man guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths two elderly people near Deloit last year.

1/29/15 St Mary's Catholic Schools Week/Homecoming

          Storm Lake St. Mary’s School has been buzzing with activity – even more than usual – during the combined Catholic Schools Week and homecoming week.

1/29/15 Pocahontas Arrest

          An Iowa City man faces several charges after he was stopped in Pocahontas for a traffic violation.

1/29/15 BV County RAGBRAI Route

          When ten-thousand RAGBRAI bicyclists leave Sioux City July 19th... they will travel through Hanover... stay overnight in Storm Lake... and go through Newell and Fonda.

1/29/15 Facebook Helps Police ID Suspect

          Some help from Facebook assisted Storm Lake police in identifying a suspect in a theft from Wal-Mart.

1/29/15 Credit Card Theft Arrest

          An Albert City woman has been charged after the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office investigated a report from a rural Albert City resident has someone used her credit card without permission.

1/28/15 Alta Assault Arrest

          An arrest has been made in connection with an assault in Alta.

1/28/15 SL Theft Arrest

          A man from Chicago was arrested after Storm Lake police investigated the report of theft from Wal-Mart.

1/28/15 Storm Lake Wal-Mart Theft Arrests

          Three people were charged Saturday afternoon after Storm Lake police investigated a theft in progress at Wal-Mart.

1/28/15 King's Pointe Fight Arrests

          Two people were charged Saturday night after Storm Lake police investigated a fight in a room at King's Pointe.

1/28/15 Sunrise Campground Reservations

          Campers can start to book their stays for the 2015 season at the Storm Lake campground online.

1/28/15 Knife-Wielding Woman Charged

          Two people were arrested after an incident at a rural Rembrandt residence Friday night.

1/28/15 Burglary, Harassment Arrest

          A Storm Lake man was charged with harassment after police investigated an incident Saturday afternoon.

1/27/15 10-Year Old Charged In Stabbing

          A ten-year-old Storm Lake boy has been charged with stabbing his younger brother.

1/27/15 BVU Student Honored

          Sloane Morrow... a junior elementary education major from Fort Dodge... has received the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.

1/26/15 BVU Media Festival

          Buena Vista University’s digital media department is seeking entries for its third-annual SHOWOFF Student Media Festival.

1/26/15 SL Overnight Stop On RAGBRAI

          Storm Lake will be the first overnight stop for the Ragbrai bike ride this summer.

1/26/15 Soil Conservaton Essay Winners

          Storm Lake Saint Mary’s eighth grade student Alex Merten was the overall county winner for the 2015 Power of Conservation Buena Vista County Soil Conservation Essay contest.

1/26/15 School Board Seeks To Improve Foundation

          The Storm Lake school board hopes to increase the effectiveness of the district's Foundation.

1/24/15 Four Charged In Odebolt Home Invasion

          The Sac County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four people after investigating a home invasion Monday evening at 536 Second Street in Odebolt.

1/24/15 School Board Approves Improvements

          The Storm Lake school board has approved several improvements projects... part of a five-year facility plan.

1/23/15 Calhoun County Fatality

          A 90-year-old woman from Knierim was killed in a two-vehicle accident in rural Calhoun County Thursday afternoon.

1/23/15 School Board Naming Policy

          The Storm Lake school board has approved on first reading a policy for naming facilities.

1/23/15 SL School Bus Problems

          One Storm Lake school bus involved in an accident last week can be repaired, but the other could be totaled.

1/23/15 Drug Charges Filed

          A rural Newell man has been arrested after his residence was searched by law enforcement.

1/23/15 Storm Lake Godfather's Pizza Closes

          Godfather's Pizza in Storm Lake closed abruptly this week.

1/22/15 Northey: DMWW Lawsuit Meeting

          Iowa ag secretary Bill Northey held a meeting in Storm Lake Wednesday morning on the threatened lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works against three area counties.

1/22/15 City Council Rejects 10th Street Bid

          The proposed reconstruction of East Tenth Street in Storm Lake will be re-bid after bids came in well above estimates.

1/21/15 DARE Omelet Breakfast

          The Storm Lake Police Department and Storm Lake Knights of Columbus are sponsoring 
the Annual DARE Omelet Breakfast. 


1/20/15 Storm Water Project Bid Approved

    A bid was accepted Monday afternoon by the Storm Lake city council for the  Expansion Boulevard storm water project .   

1/20/15 Lake Study Approved

    The Lake Improvement Commission has approved hiring an engineering firm to conduct a study on further improvements to Storm Lake.

1/19/15 Worthan Favors Gas Tax Hike

    This may be the year the gas tax is raised by the Iowa Legislature.

1/19/15 Women In Denim

    The 2015 Women in Denim conference was held in Storm Lake Friday and Saturday.

1/19/15 St. Mary's Ball and Charity Auction Tickets Available


1/16/15 SL Cemetary Receives Grant, Repairs Planned

          The Storm Lake Cemetery Association has received a five-thousand dollar grant from the B-V County Community Foundation… and will use the money to help fund a restoration of the cemetery entrance.

1/16/15 S&P Gives BVU 'A' Rating

          Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services has affirmed its ‘A’ long-term rating and stable outlook for Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

1/16/15 Minor Fire At Godfather's

          Thursday night, the Storm Lake Fire Department was dispatched to Godfather’s Pizza on Lake Avenue… where a fire was reported in an electrical box on the north side of the building.

1/16/14 Sac County Drug Arrest

          The Sac County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Wisconsin woman on a drug charge.

1/16/14 Two Arrested In Clay County

          Two people from Des Moines wanted on warrants out of Polk County also face charges in Clay County stemming from an investigation earlier in the week.

1/16/15 Estherville Assault Arrest

          Estherville police say they've arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the alleged assault of a woman on Monday.

1/15/15 Northey To Visit Area Counties

            Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey next week will visit the three Northwest Iowa counties subject of a potential lawsuit by Des Moines Water Works.

1/15/15 Newell-Fonda We Term

          The Newell-Fonda High School is completing “We Term”... two weeks of project-based learning.

1/15/15 Iowa Receives Conservation Money

            Iowa pulled in a big chunk of money Wednesday as part of a new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

1/15/15 Attempted Burglary Arrest

          A Storm Lake man has been charged in connection with an attempted burglary Wednesday morning.

1/15/15 Injuries In Construction Accident

          A construction accident Wednesday afternoon on the north edge of Milford injured four men.

1/15/15 Police Blotter


1/15/15 Sutherland Sentenced

          A Spencer man… arrested last April on sexual exploitation charges… has been sentenced in Clay County District Court.

1/14/15 Power Outage, Fire After Truck Hits Wires

            A truck hitting some electrical lines caused a power outage in Storm Lake Tuesday afternoon.

1/14/15 Police Blotter

1/14/15 Legislative Coffee Saturday

          The first 2015 Legislative Coffee… sponsored by Storm Lake United… is scheduled for this Saturday morning at the Regatta Grill at King's Pointe Waterpark Resort in Storm Lake.

1/14/15 Pedestrian Arrested

          A Spencer woman faces drug charges after a Storm Lake police officer on patrol made contact with her early Wednesday morning.

1/14/15 Assault Arrest

          A Cherokee man was arrested Tuesday night after Storm Lake police investigated a report of an assault.

1/14/15 Leedahl Pleads Guilty, Faces Ten-Year Sentence

          A woman from Royal…. who in December of 2013 received over 50 charges in connection with allegations of possessing and attempting to sell illegal drugs… entered a guilty plea this week in Buena Vista County District Court.

1/14/15 Murder Trial Delayed

          The murder trial of a Denison man accused of killing two people in March of last year has been delayed and moved from Crawford County.

1/13/15 Drainage Ditch Cleanout Planned

          A public hearing was held Tuesday morning on the repair and cleanout of a drainage ditch southeast of Rembrandt.

1/13/15 SL Man Sentenced In Daughter's Death

          A Storm Lake man…. who was convicted last fall of killing his four-year-old daughter… has been sentenced to 72 months in federal prison.

1/13/15 Credit Card Theft Arrest

          An Ida Grove man has been charged in connection with the use of a stolen credit card at Storm Lake businesses.

1/13/15 Wanted Man Found

          Monday afternoon, Storm Lake police located a wanted man at 200 Superior Street.

1/13/15 Police Blotter


1/12/15 SL School Bus Accident (update)

          Two Storm Lake school buses were involved in a minor accident before school Monday morning.

1/12/15 Fire At Meridian Plant

          There was about ten-thousand dollars damage in a fire at the Meridian Manufacturing plant in Storm Lake Friday evening.

1/12/15 Two Charged After Fight

          Two people were arrested Friday night after a Storm Lake police officer found a fight in progress in the 500-block of West Seventh Street.

1/12/15 Disturbance Leads To Arrest

          A Storm Lake woman was arrested Saturday night after police investigated a disturbance at the Budget Inn motel on North Lake Avenue.

1/12/15 Police Blotter


1/12/15 Vorasith Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested in September for allegedly making a death threat and stealing a car… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

1/12/14 SLSM Students Diocese of SC Band Festival

        Four Storm Lake St. Mary’s students will participate in the annual Diocese of Sioux City Band Festival on Wednesday, January 14th at Buena Vista University. 

1/12/15 Pesticide Applicator Training

          The Iowa State University Extension is launching a series of training sessions for private pesticide applicators.

1/9/15 FCS Growing On Meetings

          Farm Credit Services of America is hosting 17 Growing On meetings in Iowa in January to help farmers plan for the 2015 growing season.

1/9/15 Aung Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested last February for allegedly threatening people at Wal-Mart with a handgun… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

1/9/15 Rojas Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man arrested for assault in March has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

1/9/15 Weather Advisories

          Wind chill advisory until noon Friday; then from 6pm Friday to 9am Saturday.

1/9/15 SL Council Approves Video Agreement

          Videos showcasing Storm Lake will be produced by a Rochester, New York-based business under an agreement approved this week by the city council.

1/9/15 North Lake Trail Hearing Planned

          A public hearing on the North Lake Avenue recreational trail will be held during the February second Storm Lake city council meeting.

1/9/15 BV County Trails Advisory Council

          Signs for the Buena Vista County Drive Trail should be erected this spring.

1/9/15 Police Blotter


1/9/15 Water Utility Sueing Area Counties

          The Des Moines Water Works board of directors has voted unanimously to put officials in Buena Vista, Sac, and Calhoun Counties on notice they'll be sued for failing to control the "discharge of pollutants" into the Raccoon River.

1/9/15 Green Trial Moved To Boone

          The second first-degree murder trial of John Green is being moved from Sac County to Boone County District Court on a change of venue.

1/8/15 Man Threatens To Harm Himself

          Wednesday afternoon, Storm Lake Police Department investigated a report of person who had made threats to harm himself.

1/8/15 Domestic Disturbance Arrests

          Two arrests were made after Storm Lake police Wednesday night investigated a domestic disturbance.

1/8/15 Stork Pleads Not Guilty

          A Breda man… charged with supplying beer to a teen who then was involved in an accident that killed two Sac County teens… has entered a not guilty plea.

1/8/15 Police Blotter


1/7/15 DM Water Threatens Lawsuit

          Three area counties… Buena Vista, Sac, and Calhoun… could be sued by the Des Moines Water Works due to high concentrations of nitrates in the Raccoon River.

1/7/15 Iowa Pork Youth Leadership Participants

          The Iowa Pork Producers Association has announced that 15 young people from around the state will be vying to become a member of the Iowa Pork Youth Leadership Team later this month at the Iowa Pork Congress. 

1/7/15 City & RR Continue Negotiations

          Negotiations continue between the city of Storm Lake and the Canadian National railroad to move the railroad’s operations out of downtown Storm Lake.

1/7/15 SL Power Outage

          A car hit an electrical transformer box Tuesday evening in Storm Lake, causing a power outage.