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Officials link fish kill in southeast Iowa to lake

Officials have linked a fish kill in southeast Iowa to a Des Moines County lake. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says an investigator found a white material flowing from Big Hollow Creek into Flint Creek north of Burlington on…

posted 2014-11-09 19:37:13 by KXEL

Fired Shenandoah school superintendent hires lawyer

A western Iowa school superintendent fired last week has hired a lawyer to fight fraud and other allegations made against him after a district investigation. Former Shenandoah Community School District Superintendent Jeff Hiser has hired Council Bluffs attorney Eric Hansen.…

posted 2014-11-09 19:34:19 by KXEL

Small Iowa church founds own radio station

A small country church in northern Iowa has launched its own radio station. Elk Creek Lutheran Church in rural Kensett will soon celebrate its 150th anniversary.  But it only this month began broadcasting nightly at 91.7 FM under the call…

posted 2014-11-09 19:33:08 by KXEL


Airline to begin Fort Dodge flights in February

The Fort Dodge airport will again be able to offer commercial flights in February. Air Choice One will begin offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Feb. 23. Airline spokeswoman Cassie Davison says that date was chosen because of…

posted 2014-11-08 18:26:31 by KXEL

Move of Mason City 'international' home started

After several years of planning, a nonprofit group has begun moving an unusual Mason City home that was once threatened with demolition. The delicate moving process has begun, but only the garage portion of the house is ready to move.…

posted 2014-11-08 14:09:28 by KXEL

Former Iowa township clerk placed on probation

A former township clerk in western Iowa accused of mishandling $60,000 over several years has been placed on probation. Woodbury County District Judge Edward Jacobson suspended a 10-year prison sentence for 65-year-old Peggy Powell after she pleaded guilty Thursday to…

posted 2014-11-08 06:24:57 by KXEL


Small fish kill linked to county lake near Burlington

The Department of Natural Resources investigated white material in Flint Creek north of Burlington Tuesday through Thursday this week. A DNR investigator found a white material flowing from Big Hollow Creek into Flint Creek, and several locations with dead and…

posted 2014-11-07 14:01:04 by KXEL

Iowa judge upholds commission's actions on casino

An Iowa judge has upheld actions of the state's gaming commission over its decision to issue a casino license last year to a new developer in Sioux City. Polk County District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom's ruling Friday upholds actions by…

posted 2014-11-07 13:58:29 by KXEL

Logan teen found not guilty in brother's death

An Iowa teenager who claimed he killed his 5-year-old foster brother because he thought the child was a goblin has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Harrison County District Court Judge Kathleen Kilnoski issued her ruling Friday in…

posted 2014-11-07 12:37:29 by KXEL

Officials: Man at Villisca 'murder' house stabs self

Authorities say a man staying overnight at a southern Iowa house where several brutal murders took place in 1912 has been hospitalized following a self-inflicted stab wound. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says Robert Laursen Jr., of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was…

posted 2014-11-07 12:35:57 by KXEL

Solar power to reduce Waco school district's energy costs

A southeast Iowa school district is nearing completion of an $800,000 solar power system that will drastically reduce its energy costs. The system could save the Waco School District $100,000 each year in energy costs. Superintendent Darrell Smith estimates Norman…

posted 2014-11-07 08:48:15 by KXEL

Shenandoah superintendent fired over fraud allegations

A western Iowa school superintendent has been fired following allegations he committed fraud and policy violations. Members of the Shenandoah school board unanimously voted to immediately remove Jeff Hiser this week after a nearly two-hour closed session.  Hiser didn't attend…

posted 2014-11-07 05:25:22 by KXEL