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Fertilizer plant chooses Illinois over Iowa

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois. Department spokesman David Roeder said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just…

posted 2014-10-28 10:14:28 by KXEL

Waterloo man arrested in August shooting

A Waterloo man is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting in August. On Monday, Waterloo police arrested 36-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez Pena in the shooting death of 35-year-old Celio Antonio Posada of Minneapolis. Pena’s bond was…

posted 2014-10-28 09:38:40 by KXEL

Fire destroys New Hampton furniture store

A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa. Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey's Furniture and Floors in New Hampton.  They remained on the scene several hours later. No one was inside the building at the time…

posted 2014-10-28 09:17:19 by KXEL

Man sentenced in Cedar Falls home invasion

A Saudi Arabian man studying at the University of Northern Iowa has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for breaking into a woman's home and attacking her. Hamad Abdul Aziz Alsalman entered an Alford plea on Monday,…

posted 2014-10-28 07:16:12 by KXEL

James Taylor to appear at rally for Braley

James Taylor will appear at a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Des Moines on Saturday. Braley spokesman Jeff Giertz says the singer-songwriter will perform at a rally headlined by former President Bill Clinton at the Brenton Skating…

posted 2014-10-28 06:23:41 by KXEL

Plugged pipe in Dubuque causes wastewater release

Officials in Dubuque say a plugged sanitary sewer pipe caused a sanitary sewer manhole to overflow untreated wastewater into the city's storm sewer system. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the city's public works department was notified of the…

posted 2014-10-28 06:20:48 by KXEL

Blast forces closure of Stacyville fertilizer plant

A Mitchell County dry fertilizer plant rocked by an explosion will be closed for a short time. Scott Janssen manages the Northern Country Co-op's plant in Stacyville, and he says the cause of Monday's blast is being investigated. Janssen says…

posted 2014-10-28 06:18:34 by KXEL


UNI student reports sexual assault in dorm

The University of Northern Iowa Police Department is investigating a sexual assault at a residence hall. The student told police she was assaulted at around 1:30 a.m. Monday. Campus Security Authority told UNI police of a third-party report of sexual…

posted 2014-10-27 12:50:23 by KXEL

Authorities find 2 men dead in Wellman

Authorities are investigating what happened to two men found dead in eastern Iowa. The Washington County Communications Center says it received a report Friday afternoon of a possible electrocution near a road in the community of Wellman. Emergency personnel responded…

posted 2014-10-27 12:25:34 by KXEL

Hatch back on air with TV ad

Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is back on television with a new ad. Hatch stopped airing television advertising in late September.  Campaign spokesman John Hedgecoth says Monday that a new ad, titled "Fresh Start," will run through Nov. 3…

posted 2014-10-27 10:25:01 by KXEL

Woman dies from injuries in Oct. 8th fire

A 58-year-old woman has died more than two weeks after being burned in a fire at her northeast Iowa home. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg says Sandra "Sandy" Hamann died Thursday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in…

posted 2014-10-27 08:25:17 by KXEL

Kwik Star robbed at gunpoint

Waterloo police are investigating the armed robbery of the Kwik Star at West 4th Street and Kimball Avenue. Police say at 3:18 this morning, a man wearing a mask robbed the convenience store with a weapon in his hand.  No…

posted 2014-10-27 05:57:23 by KXEL