Local News

7/25/14 Holstein Bank Robbery

          Ida County authorities are searching for the suspect in the robbery of a Holstein bank.

7/25/14 Area Rainfall

          for the 24 hours ending at 7am Friday.

7/25/14 Two Arrested After Traffic Stop

          Two people were arrested Thursday night after a Storm Lake Police Officer stopped a vehicle near the intersection of West Ninth and Ontario Street for a traffic violation.

7/25/14 SL Theft Arrests

          Two men from Alabama have been charged with theft of Storm Lake city property.

7/25/14 Tyson-Hillshire Deal Questioned

          A coalition of more than 80 organizations has sent a letter to the U.S. Justice Department opposing the antitrust process for Tyson Foods planned acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

7/25/14 Huls Ten-Year Sentence

          An Odebolt woman was sentenced to ten years in prison this week in Buena Vista County District Court.

7/25/14 Bainter Sentenced To Prison

          A Fort Dodge man has reeived a 20-year prison sentence for a drug conviction in Buena Vista county.

7/25/14 SL Council; Interest Cost, Road Project

          The Storm Lake city council took action this week that could save some interest costs, and approved a DOT agreement.

7/25/14 M-27 Bridge To Be Repaired

          A damaged bridge on M-27 northwest of Alta should be repaired yet this year.

7/25/14 Disaster Declaration

          More than two dozen Iowa counties are covered under a presidential disaster declaration including Buena Vista County.

7/24/14 SLSM New Security System

          Staff, students and parents of St. Mary's school will feel a bit safer when the school year starts on August 20th.

7/24/14 National Night Out

          22 block parties have been confirmed in Storm Lake for National Night Out, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5th. 

7/24/14 Alta Man Seriously Injured

          A rural Alta man was seriously injured when a vehicle he was working on struck him Wednesday afternoon.

7/24/14 Cords Arrest

          A wanted person has been located by the Storm Lake Police Department.

7/24/14 Plymouth County Farm Fatality

          A Westfield man died in a farm accident Tuesday afternoon. 

7/24/14 Injury In Storm Lake Accident

          One person was injured and one driver charged after a two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening in Storm Lake.

7/23/14 BVRMC Groundbreaking

          Groundbreaking for a 26-million dollar expansion project at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake was held Wednesday morning.

7/23/14 ID Of RAGBRAI Victim Announced

          An internationally known bicycle designer died while riding on RAGBRAI Monday.

7/23/14 Traffic Sign Replacement

          New traffic signs will be going up in Storm Lake.  This week, the city council approved the city’s application for a DOT grant to help pay to installing new signs, required by the Federal Highway Administration.

7/23/14 Council Appointments, Annexation

          Three small parcels of land… owned by the city of Storm Lake adjacent to the water treatment plant… are being annexed into the city.

7/23/14 Wanted Man Found In Illinois

          A man wanted by Storm Lake police has been apprehended in Illinois.

7/23/14 Two Arrested After Fight

          Two people were arrested Saturday night after Storm Lake police were dispatched to the Knights of Columbus Hall to investigate a fight.

7/23/14 NW Iowa Man Sentenced On Child Porn

          An Ashton man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison on a child porn charge.

7/22/14 Man on RAGBRAI Dies

          A RAGBRAI participant died Monday on the second leg of the route, from the Iowa Great Lakes to Emmetsburg.

7/22/14 Subdivision Infrastructure Plans

          Bids will be taken next week for infrastructure work in a new Storm Lake subdivision.

7/22/14 Facebook Photo Helps Police

          A photo on Facebook helped Storm Lake police identify a suspect.

7/22/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Last week may have been cooler and drier than normal around Iowa, but it was a good week for crops.

7/22/14 BVRMC Groundbreaking Wednesday

          Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake invites the public to a ground breaking ceremony Wednesday morning at 9:30.

7/22/14 SL Storm Water Ordinance

          The final reading of Storm Lake’s storm water ordinance was approved Monday afternoon by the city council.

7/22/14 Wanted Woman In Custody

          An Alta woman… wanted by both Buena Vista and Cherokee Counties… was taken into custody Monday evening by Storm Lake police.

7/21/14 Heat Advisory

          in effect from 11am to 9pm Monday.

7/21/14 Orozco New Charge

          A Sioux Rapids man has received a new charge for the stabbing of a Spencer teen.

7/21/14 Sac Inmate Attempts Escape

          An inmate in the Sac County Jail now faces felony charges for attempted escape after the inmate scaled a security fence in an outdoor exercise area Friday morning.

7/21/14 BV Farm Service Agency Nomination Deadline

         The nomination deadline to submit candidates for the Buena Vista Farm Service Agency county committee is August 1st. 

7/21/14 SL CommUNITY Education Moved

          Storm Lake CommUNITY Education is now located south of the Early Childhood Center off Flindt Drive.

7/21/14 Neunaber Death Investigation

          A Plymouth County death investigation is continuing.

7/21/14 SL City Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake city council will hold five public hearings during their meeting Monday afternoon.

7/18/14 Second Public Forum Coming Up for Legends of Great Plains Project

            A second public forum for the Legends of the Great Plains Public Art Project hosted by the Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission, Pocahontas County Foundation, and RDG Planning & Design of Des Moines, will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, July 30th.

7/18/14 SLHS Project Costs Lowered

          The cost of the Storm Lake High School renovation project has been reduced by over one million dollars since construction began.

7/18/14 SL ELL Test Assessment

          Nearly 15-hundred Storm Lake public school students are English Language Learners.

7/18/14 Explosion At Arthur Ethanol Plant

          No one was injured in an explosion Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Arthur.

7/18/14 Iowa Central Trains For Industry

          Fourteen industrial maintenance and nine welding students received their certificates Thursday afternoon… after completing a three-month course at Iowa Central Community College in Storm Lake.

7/17/14 Harkin Urges Disaster Assistance Approval

          Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin sent letters today to President Obama and the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, urging “expeditious approval” for disaster assistance requested by Governor Branstad. 

7/17/14 Laurens Business Owner Will Be Part of Retail Event in Washington DC

          Julie Wurr, owner and creative designer of Heart ‘n Home in Laurens, Iowa, knows retail.

7/17/14 SL Schools Migrant Coordinator

          A migrant coordinator has been named for the Storm Lake school system, beginning August first.

7/17/14 Supervisors Discuss Pipeline Proposal

          Few details have been released about a proposed oil pipe line originating in the Bakken oil field in North Dakota that would go through Buena Vista County.

7/17/14 Cellulosic Ethanol From Galva

            A farmer-owned facility in northwest Iowa has produced the first gallons of “cellulosic” ethanol in the state and, perhaps, the world that’s made from the fiber of a corn kernel.

7/17/14 SL Schools Tech Purchase

          Nearly 100-thousand dollars in technology purchases was approved Wednesday evening by the Storm Lake school board.

7/17/14 BV Buddies Receives Grant

            The Buena Vista University organization BV Buddies-Teammates has received a $1,500 grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.

7/17/14 St. Mary's New Reading Curriculum

            Storm Lake St. Mary’s School is preparing to roll out a cutting-edge reading curriculum for their Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms next month.

7/16/14 SXC FFA New Chapter Advisor

          The Sioux Central FFA has a new Chapter Advisor. 

7/16/14 Mann and Kelly Jailed

          Two wanted men were taken into custody by Storm Lake police Tuesday afternoon.

7/16/14 Carnine Prison Sentence

          A Sac City man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting four girls.

7/16/14 SL School Board Agenda

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

7/16/14 BV Extension Babysitting Clinic

            The Buena Vista County Extension Office held their annual babysitting clinic on June 18th.

7/16/14 Federal Meth Sentences

          Three men who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota have been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

7/16/14 BV Solid Waste Commission

          The Buena Vista County Solid Waste Commission will receive a completed report from the engineering consultant on how to improve efficiency at the recycling center.

7/16/14 Storm Lake Ridiculous Days

          Thursday and Friday are Ridiculous Days in Downtown Storm Lake.

7/15/14 Flood Damage Repairs

          The Buena Vista County Supervisors Tuesday gave approval for the final payments to several projects.

7/15/14 Law Enforcement Contracts

          Law enforcement contracts were approved Tuesday morning by the Buena Vista County Supervisors for the communities of Marathon and Truesdale.

7/15/14 Methodist Manor Community Meeting

          Methodist Manor will hold their final community meeting Tuesday evening on a major building project … adding a 48-bed unit on the west side of their property.

7/15/14 West 5th Street Update

          Beginning Tuesday, the north side of Michigan Street in Storm Lake at the intersection of West 5th Street and Michigan will be closed for approximately two weeks.

7/15/14 Wanted Man Captured

          A wanted man surrendered himself Monday morning at the Storm Lake Police Station.

7/15/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Iowa farmers welcomed drier weather last week, which allowed them to get back in the fields.

7/14/14 Wanted Man Caught In Indiana

          A man wanted by Storm Lake police is in custody in Indiana, and a vehicle stolen from Storm Lake recovered.

7/14/14 Arrest After Disturbance

          A Storm Lake man was jailed after police investigated a disturbance Sunday night at 1104 West Fifth Street.

7/14/14 Wal-Mart Theft Arrests

          Three arrests were made after Storm Lake police were dispatched Friday evening to Wal-Mart to investigate a theft.

7/14/14 MidAmerican Reports Scam

          Area law enforcement agencies have been alerted to calls about a scam using MidAmerican Energy customers as targets.

7/14/14 Khamsai, Rosado Sentenced

          Two people from Webster City… arrested in Storm Lake in April on drug charges… have been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

7/12/14 BV Fair Schedule

          The 2014 Buena Vista County Fair continues at the fairgrounds in Alta.

7/12/14 Vilas Road Project

          Installing subdrains on Vilas Road in Storm Lake has been completed.

7/12/14 Injury In Spencer Collision

          Minor injuries were reported Thursday morning when a semi and a UPS truck collided at the north intersection of Highways 18 and 71 in Spencer.

7/12/14 Johnson Sentenced

          A Storm Lake woman… arrested in February for reckless driving and OWI… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

7/12/14 Soto Sentenced

          A man arrested in April by Storm Lake police for working under an assumed name has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

7/11/14 Investigation In Akron Deaths Updated

          A man wanted for questioning in the slayings of two people in northwest Iowa is now in custody... and the identities of the deceased have been released.

7/11/14 USDA Farm Payments

          U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA has processed 106-thousand payments to farmers in 40 states who suffered livestock and grazing losses since October of 2011.

7/11/14 Reaction to Proposed Pipeline

          A pipeline proposed this week by a Texas company to carry crude oil from North Dakota would go through Buena Vista, Cherokee, O’Brien, and Calhoun Counties.

7/11/14 Runway Project Proceeds

          The contract has been approved for a runway rehab project at the Storm Lake airport.

7/11/14 BV Fair On Friday

          The Buena Vista County Fair continues Friday at the fairgrounds in Alta.

7/10/14 Spencer Man Stabbed In Sioux Rapids

          A Sioux Rapids man is being held in connection with the stabbing of a Spencer teen.

7/10/14 Disaster Declaration

          Ida County has been added to the list of Iowa counties with a state disaster designation.

7/10/14 Pipepine Proposed

          A Texas company is proposing an 11-hundred mile oil pipeline from the Bakken oil filed in North Dakota to an existing pipeline in Illinois.

7/10/14 Well Bid Accepted

          The bid for drilling a new well was awarded this week by the Storm Lake City Council.

7/10/14 SL Juvenile Charged

          Two arrests were made after Storm Lake police stopped a vehicle in the Wal-Mart lot early Thursday morning for a traffic offense.

7/10/14 Council Approves Requests

          Requests were approved by the Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon for two events planned next week.

7/10/14 BV Fair Queen Crowned

          The Buena Vista County Fair Queen and Little Miss Coronation was held Wednesday night.

7/9/14 Albert City Park Board Receives Donation

          The Albert City Park Board was recently awarded a 500-dollar financial donation from LocalMotion.

7/9/14 St. Mary's Parish Bell Reinstalled

          Storm Lake St. Mary’s Parish’s 50-year-old bell is back in operation after many nonfunctional years. 

7/9/14 BV Road Damage

          Work continues on repairing Buena Vista County secondary roads damaged by heavy rains and flooding.

7/9/14 Larios Captured

          A woman wanted by the Iowa Department of Corrections was located by Storm Lake Police Tuesday evening.

7/9/14 County Attorney Staffing Approved

          The Buena Vista County Supervisors have approved moving a part-time employee in the county attorney’s office to full-time.

7/9/14 Milford Cycle Fatality

          An Arion man was killed Tuesday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a pickup on highway 71 in Milford.

7/9/14 Council Rejects Trail Bids

          The Storm Lake city council has rejected the bids for the North Lake Avenue Trail project.

7/9/14 Additional Forgery Charges

          Additional charges have been filed against a Storm Lake man… who was arrested for allegedly using questionable documents.

7/9/14 New Subdivision Approved

          The Storm Lake city council Monday afternoon approved a new subdivision.

7/9/14 Wanted Man Surrenders

          A wanted person surrendered at the Storm Lake Police Station Tuesday morning.

7/8/14 SL Teen Charged

          A Storm Lake teen faces charges after police acting aggressively towards police.

7/8/14 Spencer Teen Arrested

          A Spencer teen faces charges following a pursuit earlier this month in Clay County.

7/8/14 Storm Lake Drug Arrests

          Several arrests were made early Friday morning by Storm Lake police after a local residence was searched.

7/8/14 BU University Students Honored

            Buena Vista University student organization and an individual from the campus community were recognized by Iowa Campus Compact.

7/8/14 Graettinger Fatal Fire

          A house fire in Graettinger early Monday morning claimed the lives of two young children.

7/8/14 West Milwaukee Widening Project

          An engineering agreement has been approved for widening a portion of West Milwaukee Avenue.