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Vacant Cedar Rapids house damaged by fire

Cedar Rapids firefighters battled a blaze at a vacant home on the city's southeast side on Monday morning. Public Safety spokesman Greg Buelow says they were first called out to 393 15th Street SE at around 8:30 a.m. Smoke was…

posted 2014-08-18 13:10:47 by KXEL

Harlan statue will be unveiled at Iowa Wesleyan

A statue of former U.S. Sen. James Harlan will be officially unveiled at Iowa Wesleyan College. Gov. Terry Branstad says the statue will be unveiled on Aug. 28 at the college in Mount Pleasant.  The statue previously had been on…

posted 2014-08-18 13:03:11 by KXEL

Smulekoff’s leaving downtown Cedar Rapids

A downtown Cedar Rapids retail icon will leave downtown at the end of the year after selling its building to the city. Smulekoff's started business in 1889.  The large furniture retailer moved to its current building on the east side…

posted 2014-08-18 11:47:17 by KXEL

New Hartford creates gardens in vacant spaces

After natural disasters left the northeast Iowa city of New Hartford with a number of vacant parcels, residents responded by creating nine public gardens with more on the way. Some residents are calling New Hartford the "City of Gardens" because…

posted 2014-08-18 11:41:40 by KXEL

Clintons to attend Harkin Steak Fry

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential campaign. Sam Roecker, a…

posted 2014-08-18 11:05:44 by KXEL

Iowa's unemployment rate increases to 4.5 percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent in July…

posted 2014-08-18 10:01:37 by KXEL

Floyd County attorney Normand Klemesrud dies

The top prosecutor in Floyd County, Normand Klemesrud, has died at the age of 67. Fullerton Funeral Home said Klemesrud died Sunday at Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City. Klemesrud was first elected Floyd County attorney in 1992 but…

posted 2014-08-18 09:31:26 by KXEL

Pleasant Hill woman calls for lift of FDA donation ban

An Iowa mom is speaking out against the Food and Drug Administration's ban on donations of some tissue from gay men after her son died and some of his organs were rejected. Sheryl Moore of Pleasant Hill was told that…

posted 2014-08-18 09:05:19 by KXEL

22 Iowa jails refusing immigration detainers

Officials at 22 Iowa county jails are refusing to accept requests from federal immigration authorities to hold people in jail without a court order. It has been common practice for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to ask jails to hold…

posted 2014-08-18 09:03:22 by KXEL

Des Moines plans services for ousted homeless

The deadline has arrived for homeless people to leave their camps along the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines. Earlier this month, an administrative law judge ruled that the city can legally evict homeless residents who received notices.…

posted 2014-08-18 08:14:15 by KXEL

Fort Dodge man accused of robbery, fraud, theft

A 28-year-old Fort Dodge man faces robbery, fraud, theft and several other charges. Kearie Patterson is accused of writing more than $14,500 in fraudulent checks and robbing a man at gunpoint last month. A Webster County jailer said Patterson remains…

posted 2014-08-18 06:16:25 by KXEL

Marion police investigate pair of robberies

Police in Marion are investigating robberies at a pair of convenience stores. The first robbery was at the Road Ranger in the 900 block of Eighth Avenue at 2:25 Sunday morning.  An employee told officers a slender, black man wearing…

posted 2014-08-18 05:21:11 by KXEL