Local News

10/1/14 Sioux Central Homecoming Postponed

          Homecoming activities at the Sioux Central High School have been postponed for two weeks after the Monday deaths of two students.

10/1/14 September Weather Stats

            Despite the recent warm temperatures across Iowa, the month of September was slightly cooler than normal, according to state climatologist Harry Hillaker.

10/1/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Wednesday.

10/1/14 BVU Footprint Project

          Buena Vista University held its fifth annual Footprint Project exercise in August as part of its Welcome Week activities, with the winning project idea focused on how to deal with disposing of used electronic devices and e-waste.


10/1/14 Arrests After Motel Damages

          Two people were arrested Tuesday night after Storm Lake Police were dispatched to the Budget Inn Motel at 1504 Lake Avenue to investigate a disturbance.

10/1/14 Questions About Pipeline Plans

          Buena Vista County Engineer Jon Ites hopes to get answers to several questions about plans to build an oil pipeline across Buena Vista County.

10/1/14 Illegal Tattooing Arrest

          An Estherville teen has been charged after allegedly tattooing at least four other teens without a license.

10/1/14 Dredging Changes

          Continued problems with the booster pump caused a change in plans for dredging operations on Storm Lake for the rest of the season.

10/1/14 Hernandez Sentenced

          An Alta man… arrested in connection with a theft from the Storm Lake Wal-Mart in July… has been sentenced.

10/1/14 Buford Sentenced

          An Alta woman… arrested in June by Storm Lake police… has been sentenced.

9/30/14 Two Teens Killed In Crash NE of Storm Lake

          Names of two teens killed a in a two-vehicle accident northeast of Storm Lake Monday morning have been released.

9/30/14 Weekly Crop Report

          The recent run of above-normal temperatures has helped push Iowa’s crops closer to maturity.

9/30/14 CAASA Denim Day

          October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault will be holding a call to action to protest against domestic violence. 

9/30/14 Storm Lake Fields of Faith Event

          Students from Storm Lake will be among the thousands of youth on athletic fields all across America during the tenth annual national Fields of Faith events. 

9/29/14 Community Colleges Grants

            A consortium of Iowa community colleges have been awarded grants totaling 15-million dollars for targeted job training and workforce development, with a focus on the information technology, healthcare, utilities, and manufacturing industries. 

9/29/14 Armed With Intent Charged

          A Storm Lake man was jailed after police Sunday night were dispatched to 715 Ontario Street to investigate a disturbance.

9/29/14 Galva Woman Wins Corvette

          A Galva woman was the grand prize winner in a drawing for a new Corvette, given away by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City.

9/28/14 Lewis & Clark Water System Expansion

          The Lewis and Clark regional water system has awarded a 16 million dollar pipeline contract to expand the system into Minnesota.

9/29/14 Landscaping Project At St. Mary's

          Storm Lake St. Mary’s parent teacher organization Parents and Teachers of Panthers (PTP) organized a work day after school Friday to spruce up the landscaping around the school.

9/29/14 Area Unemployment

          Unemployment rates in area counties dropped from July to August.

9/29/14 Flores-Corona Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man arrested in February for domestic assault has received a deferred judgment in Buena Vista County District Court.

9/29/14 Verleye Sentenced

          A Michigan woman… arrested in Storm Lake in May… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

9/27/14 Trott Sentenced To Life In Prison

          Friday, Corey Trott of Rockwell City was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder of Rockwell City police office Jamie Buenting.

9/27/14 O'Brien County Investigates Burglaries

          O’Brien County authorities are offering a reward for information in connection with a string of burglaries in the Sheldon area.

9/27/14 Cherokee Touts Expanding Businesses

          On the eve of the closing of the Cherokee Tyson plant… community leaders Friday morning saluted leading Cherokee employers that are growing.

9/26/14 Storm Lake All-Star Community

          The Iowa League of Cities recognized the city of Storm Lake as a 2014 All-Star Community at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit.

9/26/14 Sac City Drug Arrest

          A Sac City man faces several charges after an investigation by the Sac City and Storm Lake police department.

9/26/14 Lee 10-Year Prison Sentence

          A Minneapolis man… captured in Storm Lake last March… has been sentenced to ten years in prison for theft and money laundering.

9/26/14 Spencer Utility Grant

          Spencer Municipal Utilities has been awarded a 300-thousand dollar grant to help renovate an existing building and expand therapy and counseling services.

9/26/14 Hammer Sentenced

          An Alta woman has received a deferred judgment on a charge of lottery fraud.

9/26/14 Drug Take Back Saturday

          The state Office of Drug Control Policy is asking you to take some time and look through your home for outdated and unused medications.

9/26/14 Livestock Facility Master Matrix

          A request to expand the Rembrandt Enterprises egg facility received more than enough points on the master matrix used for livestock facilities.

9/25/14 Thanks With Franks Success

          A total of 37-hundred hot dogs were served last week during Storm Lake’s annual customer appreciation night, “Thanks with Franks."

9/25/14 Homicide By Vehicle Charges Filed

          Charges have been filed in connection with the accident last month that took the lives of two Wall Lake girls.

9/25/14 Electric Bill Hike Worries County

          Buena Vista County officials are worried about what a recent hike in electric rates will do to their budgets.

9/25/14 Wellmark Anniversary Winners

          Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has announced its 75th anniversary celebration award winners. 

9/25/14 Shriver Assistant County Attorney

          The Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office has appointed Brianna Shriver as an assistant county attorney. 

9/25/14 SLSM Big Raffle Tickets

          St. Mary’s $100 Big Raffle tickets are now on sale to the general public. 

9/25/14 Mendoza Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court for child endangerment.

9/25/14 Garcia Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man arrested in May by the Sac County Sheriff’s Office on a drug charge has received a deferred judgment.

9/24/14 Election Voter Registration

          The Voter Pre-Registration deadline for the General Election is October 25th. 

9/24/14 Election Absentee Ballots

          Absentee ballots are now available in the Buena Vista County Commissioners Office for the November 4th General Election. 

9/24/14 GEAR UP Picks Storm Lake

            Storm Lake has been selected again for the GEAR UP program… which helps low income students finish high school and go on to college.

9/24/14 Battle Creek Man In Kansas Fatality

          A Battle Creek man died of injuries received in a traffic accident in southeast Kansas Sunday morning.

9/24/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Wednesday.

9/24/14 Domestic Assault Arrest

          An arrest was made Tuesday after Storm Lake police investigated a domestic assault.

9/24/14 St. Mary's Holds Election Convention

    Storm Lake St. Mary’s Elementary School held its first Election Convention last Friday.

9/24/14 Cherokee County Mental Health Services

          Cherokee County is interested in joining the Rolling Hills Community Service area, formed by six area counties as part of the state’s reorganization of mental health services.

9/24/14 LeMars Man To Federal Prison

          A LeMars man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison.

9/24/14 Injury In Spencer Accident

          A two-vehicle collision last Friday at the North Y in Spencer sent one person to the hospital.

9/24/14 Intoxication Arrests

          Storm Lake police charge two with public intoxication in seperate incidents.  

9/23/14 Farm Accident Fatality

          A farm accident near Truesdale has claimed the life of a teenage boy.

9/23/14 Holstein Man Killed in Crash

          A Holstein man was killed in a two-vehicle accident. 

9/23/14 Investigation Of Pills Found At Prison

            The Iowa Department of Public Safety has revealed the potential type of illegal drugs that were found inside the Rockwell City prison facility earlier this month.

9/23/14 Storm Lake & Sioux City Receive Grants

          Storm Lake and Sioux City are receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

9/23/14 4th Grade: Ag Citing

            Buena Vista County ISU Extension and Outreach are working with fourth grade classrooms in Buena Vista County in a program called Ag Citing Making the Ag Connection. 

9/23/14 SLHS Renovation Progress

          Recent rains have slowed some of the work on the new auditorium at the Storm Lake High School.

9/23/14 Farmland Values Drop

          Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year.

9/23/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Iowa’s corn and soybean crops continue to run behind normal in their final stages of development.

9/23/14 Sac City Girl Injured

          A Sac City teen was injured in a one-car accident about 10:30 Saturday night, four miles south of Early on highway 71.

9/23/14 Sac County Drug Arrest

          Sac County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year old Mason Glenn Walter of Nemaha on Sunday evening after going to his residence on a follow-up investigation.

9/22/14 Suspect Sought In SL Assault

          The Storm Lake Police Department is asking the community’s assistance in locating a suspect in a weekend assault.

9/22/14 23 Arrested In Drug Investigation

          Investigations into the illegal sales and use and methamphetamine and marijuana culminated in twenty three arrests over the past few days.

9/22/14 Domestic Assault Arrest

          A Storm Lake man was charged after a police officer on patrol saw a man and woman arguing in the Super Eight parking lot Sunday morning.

9/22/14 SL Schools Hire EduCare for Tutoring

          The Storm Lake School District has contracted with an Iowa-based company to provide supplemental education services.

9/22/14 Corn Disease Problems

          A crop specialist with Iowa State University Extension says some late-season diseases are showing up in northwest Iowa fields.

9/22/14 New Corridor CEO On The Job

            The new President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is settling into his new job.

9/22/14 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.

9/22/14 Johnson Sentenced

          A Gilmore City man… arrested in April for various drug-related offenses… has been sentenced in Pocahontas County District Court.

9/22/14 Godinez Sentenced

          A Lakeside man has been sentenced on theft and drug paraphernalia charges.

9/20/14 SL School Migrant Coordinator On The Job

          Storm Lake Schools’ full-time migrant coordinator began her duties the first of August.

9/20/14 King, Mowrer To Debate In Storm Lake

          Republican Congressman Steve King has agreed to debate his Democratic challenger, Jim Mowrer.

9/20/14 SL Hydrant Flushing

          Storm Lake will begin fire hydrant flushing Sunday night. 

9/20/14 Sunrise Park Road Closed Monday

            The City of Storm Lake will close Sunrise Park Road on Monday, September 22, 2014 beginning around 8:00AM and continuing through 5:00PM that same day.

9/19/14 SL Wastewater Discharge

          A wastewater discharge occurred in Storm Lake on highway seven just east of Tyson Fresh Meats Thursday.

9/19/14 School Board Declines South School Plan

          The Storm Lake school board has decided to take time to explore various options for South School… rejecting a proposal made last week by an Omaha developer to turn the building into senior apartments.

9/19/14 School Board Approves Gay-Straight Club

          The Storm Lake school board Thursday night proceeded with a request for a Gay Straight Alliance Club at the high school.

9/19/14 Rembrandt Enterprises New Headquarters

          A northwest Iowa company specializing in egg products is operating out of its new headquarters in Spirit Lake.

9/19/14 State Helps Cherokee Tyson Workers

          Iowa Workforce Development held four meetings Thursday in Cherokee for hundreds of Tyson employees who will lose their jobs later this month when the company’s deli foods plant closes.

9/19/14 Cherokee Housing Inspections

          The Storm Lake city council this week approved an agreement to help Cherokee begin a rental inspection program.

9/18/14 SLHS Homecoming Coronation (Video)

          The 2014 Storm Lake High School Homecoming Coronation and Pep Rally was held in the Tornado gym Wednesday night. (Pictures and Video)

Hannah Olson... daughter of Terry and JoLayne Olson... was crowned homecoming queen.
Kevin Elizalde... son of Rebeca Almazan... was crowned homecoming king.

9/18/14 Dad Charged With Child Endangerment

          A Storm Lake man was charged after police Wednesday night investigated his two small children wandering around in the Hy-Vee lot.

9/18/14 SL School Board Agenda

          The Storm Lake School Board holds their regular monthly meeting Thursday evening.

9/18/14 Clay County Fair Attendance

          Final attendance figures for this year's Clay County Fair are in.

9/18/14 City Buys Land For Storm Water Project

          A parcel of land is being purchased by the city of Storm Lake for the Expansion Boulevard storm water project.

9/17/14 Cooper Sentenced To Five Years

          A Storm Lake man was sentenced to five years in prison this week in Buena Vista County District Court for willful injury.

9/17/14 Meridian Development Agreement

          A public hearing will be held next month on a development agreement between the city of Storm Lake and Meridian Manufacturing.

9/17/14 Thanks With Franks Thursday

          Thanks with Franks… Storm Lake’s annual customer appreciation night… will take place Thursday evening.

9/17/14 Street Finance Report

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon approved the street finance report for the fiscal year that ended on June 30th.

9/17/14 14-Year -old Arrested

          A Storm Lake boy was charged after police early Wednesday morning were dispatched to the BVRMC emergency room to investigate a report of an assault.

9/17/14 SL Drug Arrest

          A Storm Lake man was charged Tuesday night after police officer on patrol in the alley at the rear of Mo’s Bar in the 700 block of Lake Avenue detected the odor of marijuana.

9/16/14 BVU Enrollment

          Buena Vista University has started the fall semester with a total of 2,288 students enrolled at the Storm Lake campus and its Graduate & Professional Studies program.

9/16/14 Anders Hospice Volunteer Award

            UnityPoint Hospice volunteer Steven Anders of Storm Lake was recently recognized as a 2014 Honored Volunteer.

9/16/14 SLSM Ball and Charity Auction Co-Chairs

          Storm Lake St. Mary’s School has announced that Tim and Erin Smith will be co-chairing the 2015 St. Mary’s Ball and Charity Auction.

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 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.