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Sioux City considers winter recreation park

Residents in northwestern Iowa could soon have their own winter wonderland. The Sioux City Council will consider on Monday a $2.3 million proposal for a winter recreational project at the city's new Cone Park. The project would be built on…

posted 2014-11-22 18:09:16 by KXEL

Crash leads to diesel spill in western Iowa

Crews were busy cleaning up a 100-gallon diesel spill in western Iowa's Council Bluffs following a collision between a pickup and semitrailer. Authorities say that the crash happened Friday afternoon on the westbound Interstate 80 ramp going into Omaha, Nebraska…

posted 2014-11-22 12:41:48 by KXEL

Akron man is arrested after threatening White House

Police have arrested a 37-year-old Akron man after they say he twice threatened to blow up the White House. The man called the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon and asked to speak with sheriff. Authorities say that when the…

posted 2014-11-22 12:39:55 by KXEL


Jury orders Irish man to pay $2 million over ethanol deal

Jurors are ordering a wealthy Irish investor to pay $2 million in damages to an Iowa doctor in a dispute over an ethanol development in eastern Europe. A federal jury in Sioux City found that Branimir Catipovic proved his civil…

posted 2014-11-21 18:30:55 by KXEL

Jury convicts Oakland man in shooting death

A jury has convicted a 63-year-old western Iowa man of first-degree murder in the killing of a woman after a night of drinking. A Pottawattamie County jury Friday convicted Robert Reynolds, of Oakland, in the April 8 shooting death of…

posted 2014-11-21 17:30:54 by KXEL

Delays continue for new Iowa State Penitentiary

The director of the Iowa Department of Corrections says he still doesn't know when a long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary will open. Director John Baldwin says Friday that the Fort Madison prison — which has been held up by construction…

posted 2014-11-21 17:29:58 by KXEL

Cleanup of Fairfield hog manure spill under way

Cleanup of a hog manure spill near Fairfield is under way and is expected to be completed by Saturday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a tanker truck hauling manure for Porter Farms went off a road and into…

posted 2014-11-21 17:26:20 by KXEL

Burlington fire started by child with lighter

Officials say a Burlington fire was accidentally started by a child playing with a cigarette lighter. Firefighters responded to the call shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday and saw smoke billowing out of the second floor of the wood-frame house.…

posted 2014-11-21 10:25:48 by KXEL

Council Bluffs planning Fairmount Park restoration

Council Bluffs officials are planning a nearly $1 million restoration of the historic Fairmount Park with the help of $100,000 from a Rotary club. Mayor Matt Walsh announced the project Thursday.  The 90-acre park features a greenhouse, ice skating, sledding,…

posted 2014-11-21 09:29:57 by KXEL

Burlington family packs meals for students to take home

An Iowa family has begun a program that provides food for students on Fridays to ensure they have something to eat over the weekend. Josh and J.J. Caston started Homeplate Iowa, a nonprofit, to feed elementary students at several schools. …

posted 2014-11-21 08:39:39 by KXEL


Teen arrested after bomb threat at Spencer school

A 16-year-old has been arrested in connection to a bomb threat at a northern Iowa high school. Spencer police say the teenager was arrested Thursday morning.  He has been released into his parents' custody. Police say the teenager is suspected…

posted 2014-11-20 22:21:51 by KXEL

2 school districts opt to not share grades

Two Iowa school districts have decided not to share grades in the upcoming school year. The decision means the Remsen-Union and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn school districts will have to make big budget cuts. Together, they face budget cuts totaling about $600,000. Remsen-Union…

posted 2014-11-20 15:13:37 by KXEL