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Fire destroys Elwood house; no one injured

Three fire departments battled a fire that destroyed a rural Elwood house. The fire was first reported about 1:30 a.m. Friday.  Lost Nation Fire Chief Bill Brauer says his firefighters returned to the station about five hours later. Brauer says…

posted 2014-11-15 19:48:34 by KXEL

Judge OKs Sioux City's franchise fee lawsuit deal

An Iowa judge has approved the settlement of a class-action lawsuit in which the city of Sioux City agreed to pay nearly $6.5 million it overcharged in franchise fees to city residents and businesses. Judge Jeffrey Neary of Woodbury County…

posted 2014-11-15 14:28:35 by KXEL

Council Bluffs animal shelter to open next year

A new western Iowa animal shelter to be used by the Midlands Humane Society and the Council Bluffs Animal Control Department is set to open early next year. Society spokeswoman Michelle Miller says that it could open the first week…

posted 2014-11-15 14:25:22 by KXEL

Police: Man barricades self in Davenport house

Authorities in eastern Iowa say a man wanted on numerous charges kept police at bay for six hours while he barricaded himself in a Davenport house. Scott County Sheriff's Maj. Thomas Gibbs says that investigators attempted to talk to 32-year-old…

posted 2014-11-15 14:24:35 by KXEL

Iowa, Nebraska dealing with wintry weather

Residents in Nebraska and Iowa are getting a shot of snow more than a month before winter official begins. Northern and eastern parts of Nebraska and all of Iowa are under a winter weather advisory for Saturday.  In Nebraska the…

posted 2014-11-15 14:19:34 by KXEL

Nebraska man killed in southwestern Iowa crash

A 55-year-old Nebraska man has died in a crash in the southwestern corner of Iowa. Patrick Tobin of Tabor, Nebraska was found dead Friday morning after investigators say his vehicle left the road and crashed in a spillway. Tobin was…

posted 2014-11-15 13:07:41 by KXEL

Sioux City casino still trying to fill 40-45 jobs

Those looking for a job at Sioux City's newest casino can count on more than Lady Luck. The downtown Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City that opened nearly three months ago is still looking to fill 40 to 45…

posted 2014-11-15 12:12:26 by KXEL

Convicted ex-therapist in Burlington gives up license

A former Burlington therapist found guilty of sexually exploiting a patient has surrendered his state license. Scott Bair, 42, recently turned in his license to practice and agreed not to seek reinstatement for at least five years.  That's according to…

posted 2014-11-15 10:38:20 by KXEL

Sentencing set for disgraced Iowa egg producers

A judge has scheduled a February sentencing for the father and son whose Iowa egg farms were linked to a huge 2010 salmonella outbreak. U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett ruled Thursday that Quality Egg owners Austin "Jack" DeCoster and…

posted 2014-11-15 07:33:00 by KXEL


Callender officials to discuss old grain elevator

The small city of Callender is unsure what to do with an old grain elevator that was partially dismantled by a company that went out of business. The grain elevator has been in Callender since the early 1900s and was…

posted 2014-11-14 14:55:44 by KXEL

Wells Fargo to build home for Osprey birds

Two osprey birds who nested in construction equipment this summer at the Wells Fargo complex in West Des Moines will find their nest atop a 55-foot-tall pole when they return in the spring. The birds had built a nest atop…

posted 2014-11-14 14:54:48 by KXEL

Officials: Person died in Mahaska County blaze

Officials say a person has died in a fire that damaged a home in northern Mahaska County. The blaze in Taintor was reported about 7 p.m. Thursday and was fought by fire crews from several departments.  The small community sits…

posted 2014-11-14 10:34:31 by KXEL