Local News

4/19/14 Dependent Adult Abuse Arrest

          Charges have been filed against a man from Marathon… accused of dependent adult abuse.

4/19/14 The Tack Wins National Award

          Buena Vista University’s student newspaper, The Tack, placed first in the nation for online news website overall excellence.

4/19/14 Federal Road Funds For C-49

          Federal funding will be available for resurfacing the east five miles of C-49 in Buena Vista County.

4/18/14 Green Pleads Not Guilty

          The man accused of killing a Sac City man nearly five years ago has entered a not guilty plea.

4/18/14 Pocahontas Area Mock Trial Fundraising

          The Pocahontas Area Mock Trial program’s “Team Law” is seeking financial support as they gear up for the National Tournament next month. 

4/18/14 Sheldon Arson Arrests

          Sheldon police have arrested two Sheldon residents for arson after an 11-month-long investigation.

4/17/14 Teen Charged With Sex Abuse

          A Storm Lake teen has been charged after police Wednesday night investigated the report of a sexual assault.

4/17/14 Matthews Trial Set

          A Minnesota man… arrested in connection with sexually abusing an Alta girl ten years ago… has entered a not guilty plea.

4/17/14 BVU Digital Creativity Contest

            Buena Vista University’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Center  has begun their eighth annual “Show Us Your Stuff” Digital Creativity Contest.

4/17/14 IPad Helps Police

          An I-Pad helped Storm Lake police investigate a theft.

4/17/14 Meth Arrest

          A Storm Lake man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with an investigation into the illegal sale of meth in Storm Lake.

4/17/14 Thongvanh Additional Charges

          Additional charges have been filed against a Storm Lake man who was arrested last Friday night.

4/17/14 Wanted People Arrested

          Two wanted people were taken into custody by Storm Lake Police on Monday.

4/16/14 Car-Semi Collision

          One driver was taken to the hospital after a car-semi accident south of Albert City Sunday evening.

4/16/14 Maple Valley Bridge

          A call for replacing a closed bridge in Maple Valley township, west of Storm Lake.

4/16/14 Troug/Bailey Drug Arrests

          An investigation which lasted several months has led to the arrests of a Pocahontas man and a Laurens woman on various drug charges. 

4/16/14 BVU Student Media Festival

          Buena Vista University's digital media department hosted the second annual SHOWOFF Student Media Festival last Friday.

4/16/14 Spencer Burglary Arrests

          Spencer police say two people have been charged in connection with some recent vehicle break-ins.

4/16/14 Sexual Assault Arrest

          A Lakeside man was arrested after Storm Lake police investigated a report of sexual assault early Saturday morning.

4/16/14 ID Theft, Forgery Arrest

          Numerous charges were filed after Storm Lake police investigated a report of suspicious activity at Citizens First National Bank.

4/16/14 Domestic Assault Arrest

          Storm Lake police arrested a man from Omaha Saturday night after investigating a report of a person threatening to damage a vehicle.

4/16/14 Surplus Dredge Equipment

          Some no longer needed dredge equipment will be sold at auction later this month.

4/15/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Portions of western Iowa, the driest part of the state, received some welcome rain this past weekend.

4/15/14 USDA Disaster Assistance Sign-Up

          Eligible farmers and ranchers can now sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. 

4/15/14 REAP Restores Black Hawk Lake

          Black Hawk Lake in Lake View attracts more than a quarter million visitors every year.

4/15/14 BVU Scholars Day

          Buena Vista University’s tenth annual Scholars Day will be on Friday, April 25th from 3 to 8:30pm in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum on the BVU campus. 

4/15/14 Johnson Drug Charges

          A Gilmore City man has been arrested for various drug related offenses. 

4/15/14 Thongvanh Arrest

          A Storm Lake man faces charges in connection with an investigation into the ongoing sales of meth.

4/14/14 Hillshire Fire Ruled Accidental

          The Storm Lake Fire Department and the state fire marshal’s office have completed their investigation into the fire last month at the Hillshire Brands turkey processing plant in Storm Lake.

4/14/14 Alta Residence Fire

          A fire at a residence in Alta over the weekend caused several thousand dollars in damage. 

4/14/14 Area Rain and Snow

          Precipitation for 24 hours ending at 7am Monday.

4/14/14 Robbery Suspect Sought

          Storm Lake Police is asking the community’s assistance in solving a reported attempted robbery on the Buena Vista University campus.

4/14/14 National Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drug Day

          Area Sheriff’s Offices, including Buena Vista and Sac, along with area police departments will be part in “National Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drug Day” on Saturday, April 26th.  

4/14/14 Miller Drug Arrest

          A Laurens man has been arrested on multiple drug charges. 

4/14/14 SL Rental Housing

          Training sessions for Storm Lake landlords are planned for next month.

4/14/14 SL Water Plant Improvements

          Some improvements are planned at the Storm Lake water plant, which will ultimately save the city money.

4/12/14 Child Porn Arrest

          A 10-month investigation has culminated in the arrest of a Spencer man on sexual exploitation of a minor and distributing child pornography.

4/12/14 Farm Equipment Thefts

          A Sibley man faces multiple theft charges after authorities found stolen farm equipment and vehicles.

4/12/14 Author Speaks On Autism

          Northwest Iowa native Bruce Mills returned to the area  for book discussions and signings for his new book.

4/11/14 ICCC HS Technology Competition Area Winners

            Iowa Central Community College’s Annual Industrial Technology High School Competition was held on Wednesday, April 2nd. 

4/11/14 Sac/State Patrol Traffic Enforcement

          The Sac County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol conducted three special traffic enforcement projects this week in Sac County. 

4/11/14 SL School Tech Plan

          Over 350-thousand dollars in technology purchases are planned for Storm Lake schools during the next year… with 350 more student devices.

4/11/14 Two 16-year-olds Charged

          Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with a fire burning under the railroad trestle at 200 Memorial Road in Storm Lake Thursday evening.

4/11/14 SL Schools New Personnel

          A new curriculum director has been hired for the Storm Lake school district.

4/11/14 Chromebooks Replacing Text Books

          Chromebooks are beginning to replace traditional text books in some Storm Lake classrooms.

4/11/14 SLPD Names Chaplain

          Storm Lake Public Safety is announcing the appointment of Father David Esquiliano-Diaz as a chaplain for the department.

4/11/14 St. Mary's Poster Contest

          Storm Lake St. Mary’s School Soil and Water Conservation contest winners were announced this week.

4/11/14 Dains Enters Plea Agreement

          A woman charged in connection with a double homicide in Crawford County has entered into a plea agreement.

4/11/14 SL Teacher Contract

          An agreement with the Storm Lake Education Association for next school year was approved Wednesday night by the school board.

4/11/14 Alta-Aurelia, Newell-Fonda Jazz Bands

          The Alta-Aurelia Jazz Band won their third-straight class two-A title Tuesday evening in the Iowa Jazz Championships in Des Moines.

4/11/14 Storm Sewer Improvement

          An easement has been approved that will allow storm sewer improvements on Shoreway Drive in Storm Lake.

4/10/14 Faith Hope & Charity Kicks Off Annual Campaign

Faith Hope & Charity held a Storm Lake United Coffee Wednesday morning to kick off their annual fundraising campaign.


4/10/14 BVU Computer Hacking Challenge

          Twenty students from the Buena Vista University computer science department faced off against each other and students from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

4/10/14 School Board Approves Budget

          There were no public comments during a hearing Wednesday evening on the Storm Lake school district budget for next fiscal year.   

4/10/14 Solution to Vilas Road Problem

          Problems have developed on a newly-constructed portion of Vilas Road in Storm Lake.

4/10/14 Sac County 4-H'ers In DC

          Four 4-H members… including two from Sac County… were selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference being held through April 10 in Washington, D.C.

4/9/14 LakeFest Vendors Needed

          The LakeFest committee is currently looking for vendors for the concert event on June 21st.

4/9/14 Poky Art Integration Project Forum

          A public forum was held last week in Pocahontas to discuss the 
Legends of the Great Plains Art Integration Project. 

4/9/14 Sioux Rapids Man Hospitalized

          A single vehicle crash early Wednesday morning on highway 86 two miles north of the Iowa-Minnesota border sent a Sioux Rapids man to the hospital.

4/9/14 Barn Fire Near Storm Lake

          The Storm Lake Fire Department was dispatched to 1232 620th Street, east of Storm Lake, shortly before 6:00 Tuesday evening to a barn fire.

4/9/14 City Council Approves Land Purchase

          The purchase of land needed for the North Central Storm Water Project was approved this week by the Storm Lake city council.

4/9/14 Spring Fish Netting Begins

          The annual spring fish netting began Tuesday night on Storm Lake… and is also underway at Lake Rathbun, Spirit Lake and Guttenberg.

4/9/14 SL Coffee With a Cop Schedule

     Storm Lake Police Department announces their Coffee With a Cop Program will become a monthly event.

4/9/14 Body Of Missing Man Found

          The search for a man who was reported missing Tuesday in the Ocheyedan area has ended on a tragic note.

4/9/14 Arrest After Standoff

          A rural Quimby man has been arrested on a weapons charge.

4/9/14 SL School Board Agenda

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

4/9/14 Permeable Pavers For Seneca Street

          The city is planning on using some “green” paving material when a portion of Seneca Street is reconstructed.

4/9/14 SL Solicitors Ordinance Changes

          The Storm Lake city council has approved on first reading some changes in the city’s solicitors and peddlers ordinance.

4/8/14 Weekly Crop Report

          Warmer temperatures allowed some farmers to do fieldwork last week, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

4/8/14 Monday Rainfall

          Storm Lake  .07

4/8/14 Honor For Fiesta Latina

          The Buena Vista University student organization RAICES has been honored by the National Association of Campus Activities Northern Plains Conference.

4/8/14 Marathon Woman Wins $50,000

          The first 50-thousand dollars top prize in the Iowa Lottery’s new “Mike’s Picks” instant-scratch game was claimed Monday by a Buena Vista County woman.

4/8/14 Pizza Ranch Development Agreement

          A development agreement between the city of Storm Lake and Pizza Ranch was approved by the city council Monday afternoon.

4/8/14 BVRMC Nurse Honored

          Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Nurse Jan Mason has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 100 Great Iowa Nurses Award.

4/8/14 Sapp Trial Venue Change Request

            There could be a change of venue in the trial of a northwest Iowa daycare provider who is accused of first degree murder in the death of a child.

4/8/14 Ford Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man has received a suspended sentence on a harassment charge.

4/7/14 Money Smart Kids Read In Sac City

          Elementary students in Sac City can learn about saving and investing at a “Money Smart Kids Read” program offered at the Sac City Library this Thursday.

4/7/14 FAFSA Workshop in Storm Lake

          A workshop to help college students apply for financial aid will be held Monday evening in Storm Lake.

4/7/14 SL Vehicle Fire

          The Storm Lake Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle on fire Saturday morning.

4/7/14 SL Council Agenda

          The Storm Lake city council will hold a public hearing Monday afternoon on a proposed development agreement for Pizza Ranch.

4/7/14 Turkey Seasons

          It should be a good year for turkey hunters. Iowa’s youth turkey season began Saturday and runs through next Sunday.

4/7/14 Gracia Sentenced

          A Storm Lake man… arrested last December in connection with a domestic dispute… has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court.

4/7/14 Botine Sentenced

          An Alta man… arrested by Storm Lake police in September for manufacturing of meth… has received a suspended sentence.

4/6/14 Freedom Quilt Event Saturday, Video & Pictures

          Freedom Quilts were presented to the families of several area veterans Saturday afternoon.

4/6/14 SL United Business Expo Saturday

          Storm Lake United held the second Members Expo Saturda in the Storm Lake Public High School Gymnasium.

4/5/14 Burglary Items Recovered

          A large number of items believed to have been stolen in burglaries have been recovered by the Sac County Sheriff’s Office.

4/4/14 Chica Sex Crimes Sentence

            An Early man has been sentenced to up to fifteen years in prison in Buena Vista County District Court after pleading guilty to two sex crimes. 

4/4/14 Area Precipitation, Snowfall

          Storm Lake:  0.34 precipitation, 4-inches snowfall.

4/4/14 Nelson Young Professionals Spotlight

          The Young Professionals Spotlight is aimed at giving attention to adults ages 18-30 in the Corridor region.



4/4/14 Cherokee Wastewater Release

          The city of Cherokee had a small wastewater release Thursday after a relief valve failed on a force main.

4/4/14 Shots Fired At Pickup

          The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident in which multiple shots were fired at a pickup in Gillett Grove.

4/4/14 Expansion Blvd. Storm Water Project

          The Expansion Boulevard storm water project is almost ready to go the bid.

4/4/14 City Seeks Volunteers

          Annually in July several positions on the City’s various volunteer boards and commissions become available.

4/3/14 Methodist Manor Announces $7-million Expansion

            Methodist Manor in Storm Lake Thursday morning announced a major building project… adding a 48-bed unit on the west side of their property.

4/3/14 SXC Students in Business Competition

          Sioux Central Community School's Business students competed in the Iowa Central Community College Business Competition Day.

4/3/14 SL Dog Waste Stations

          Dog waste stations… installed in Storm Lake city parks… have proven popular.

4/3/14 Drug, Burglary Arrests

            Six people were arrested after Storm Lake Police completed their investigation into a vehicle burglary that took place in February.

4/3/14 SL 2nd Grade Water Education

          Storm Lake city officials are pleased with efforts to educate youngsters about the importance of clean water.

4/3/14 Winter Weather Advisory

          from 7pm Thursday to 7am Friday.