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Spencer residents celebrating historic status

Residents of the northwest Iowa city of Spencer are celebrating the designation of Grand Avenue to the National Register of Historic Places. The Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation on Monday unveiled one of three plaques that will mark North Grand Avenue…

posted 2014-10-14 14:21:18 by KXEL

Iowa minimum-security inmates move to lockup unit

Inmates in a minimum-security prison at the Iowa State Penitentiary complex are moving down the road to a unit originally designed for the state's most dangerous offenders. More than 170 inmates from the John Bennett Unit in Fort Madison boarded…

posted 2014-10-14 11:57:50 by KXEL

Clear Lake motel owner wants tenants evicted

The owner of a Clear Lake motel is in a dispute with long-term residents over their attempted eviction. Silver Boot Motel owner Ted Christensen says he's trying to sell the property while residents say they have paid rent and should…

posted 2014-10-14 08:32:48 by KXEL

Iowa Supreme Court to hear traffic camera case

The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday that Sioux City's ordinance on traffic cameras is unconstitutional. Michael Jacobsma challenged the ordinance after a traffic camera recorded his vehicle speeding in August 2012 and he was ticketed.  He…

posted 2014-10-14 07:44:07 by KXEL

Iowan drops appeal of bullying lawsuit dismissal

A woman has dismissed her Iowa Supreme Court appeal of her bullying lawsuit against the Mason City school district. Heather Conti had filed the lawsuit in June 2012 on behalf of her teenage daughter.  The lawsuit says that during the…

posted 2014-10-14 05:58:39 by KXEL

Fort Dodge man pleads guilty in August shooting

A Fort Dodge teenager has taken a plea deal after a drive-by shooting. Xavier Rhone pleaded guilty Monday to going armed with intent.  Charges of carrying weapons, fourth-degree criminal mischief and assault were dropped. The 18-year-old Rhone says in August…

posted 2014-10-14 05:20:18 by KXEL


Clear Lake police say woman stole about $30,000

An Iowa woman has been accused of stealing about $30,000 from a pharmacy company where she worked. Clear Lake police say 29-year-old Abigail Roberts was arrested Sunday.  She is charged with ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft. Authorities say a…

posted 2014-10-13 20:03:51 by KXEL

Prosecutors shield plea deal with Orange City babysitter

Prosecutors are keeping secret, for now, the details of a plea agreement with an Iowa daycare provider charged with fatally injuring a three-year-old girl in her care. The Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Sioux County attorney refused Monday to…

posted 2014-10-13 14:50:43 by KXEL

Wapello County attorney says no charges in killing

The Wapello County attorney says no charges will be filed in the shooting death of a 49-year-old man last summer. County Attorney Gary Oldenburger released a statement saying Bobbi Leedom shot and killed her husband, Clinton Gus Leedom, early on…

posted 2014-10-13 14:49:48 by KXEL

Diner may have new home at Muscatine High School

Muscatine High School may be the proud new owner of a diner that dates back to the 1930s if the school board approves the gift. The Clamshell Diner, a portable model of Valentine Diners, has been in Muscatine for about…

posted 2014-10-13 14:48:35 by KXEL

LeClaire distillery expands with new warehouse

A LeClaire distillery is expanding with work to build more warehouse space and create a patio spot for visitors. Mississippi River Distilling Co. has begun a $125,000 project that will create more storage space where barrels containing Cody Road Bourbon…

posted 2014-10-13 12:20:13 by KXEL

Iowan suspected of shooting officer dies in Omaha

A man suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer has died at an Omaha hospital. A Nebraska Medical Center spokesman on Sunday evening confirmed the death of Noah Ironshell. Police say the 27-year-old Ironshell shot officer Jill Ohm on…

posted 2014-10-13 08:53:34 by KXEL