Southeast Polk Students Charged

Three students from Southeast Polk Schools have been charged in threats made on the social media app Yik-Yak.  Pleasant Hill police held a press conference Friday afternoon and announced the charges.  Suspect #1 is 16 years old and has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony, threats of terrorism, a class D felony, and harassment 1st degree, which is an

Iowa Central Suspects Remain Held

Four suspects in an Iowa Central Community College robbery will be arraigned in district court December 1st.  Garhoth Dak, Juma Deng, Molong Deng, and Joseph Odir are all charged in an incident on the Iowa Central campus last week.  All four allegedly committed an armed robbery on the Iowa Central campus on November 10th.  That incident caused the campus to go on lockdown for

Unemployment Rate Drops

The unemployment rate in Iowa dropped slightly to 4.5 percent. in October according to figures recently released by Iowa Workforce Development.  Iowa Workforce says that Iowa's labor force is at an all-time high of 1.7 million workers.  The Iowa October rate compared to 4.4 percent in October of 2013.  The national unemployment rate for October was 5.8 percent.

Penitentiary Delayed

John Baldwin, director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, doesn't know when a new Iowa Penitentiary will open.  Construction is underway on the new prison in Fort Madison, but there have been construction delays.  Most recently, issues with the smoke detection system are being worked out.  Baldwin is asking Gov. Branstad for nearly $379 million in the next budget cycle,

Cherokee Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

A 35 year old Cherokee man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to a stand off with police.  Josh Allender entered a written plea Wednesday in Cherokee County District Court.  He faces charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a domestic violence offender, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, assault while participating in a felony, and assault on

Branstad Working on 2015 Budget

Gov. Branstad is set to begin budget hearings this week.  Branstad is preparing his 2015 budget and will present to the Legislature in early 2015.  Department of Management Director David Roederer says that Branstad must be caution, because revenue growth has slowed, in part because of falling corn and soybean prices.  The stats general fund budget currently includes nearly $7

President Obama Talks Immigration Reform

President Obama addressed the nation on Thursday night on immigration reform.  The President indicated that he would act without Congress by using executive orders to keep 5 million immigrants from being deported.  Part of the plan is to focus on deporting gang members, felons, and suspected terrorists rather than law-abiding families.  Obama explained that anyone who qualifies

Madison County Sherrif Investigates Possible Link to Pleasant Hill Shootings

The Madison County Sheriff is looking into a possible link between a stolen truck and weapon case from last weekend and the recent shootings in Pleasant Hill on Monday. According to KCCI, a truck was stolen last weekend in Earlham Iowa and when recovered in Clarke County, a gun was missing.  Investigators in both cases are currently comparing serial numbers to see if the missing gun was used

Southeast Polk Students Arrested

School officials at Southeast Polk High School report that police have caught two students allegedly responsible for the threatening messages posted to the social media app Yik-Yak.  The students will make their initial appearance today.  In  a notice posted on the school website, school superintendent Craig Menozzi said that security will remain heightened through the school

Officials Release Names of Shooting Victims

Officials have released the names of the victims in Monday's shooting spree in Pleasant Hill.  Officials report that Zachary Whitehill and Mark Mitchell were injured.  Matthew Stephenson was not shot or injured during the shootings.  Mark Mitchell is a civilian employee of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  Officials do not believe that the victim's place of

Pharmacy Board Will Decide on Marijuana in January

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy will wait until January to consider a recommendation to change state law regarding marijuana.  At a board meeting on Wednesday, members recommended a change to current law, where marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medical use.  It is also classified as a Schedule II drug, which means it has medicinal value.  In 2010, the board

Iowa Man Arrested at White House

An Iowa man was arrested outside the White House Wednesday, armed with a hunting rifle and dozens of rounds of ammunition.  The Secret Service reports R.J. Kapheim, 41, of Davenport approached uniformed officers and said someone in Iowa told him to drive to the White House.  He showed them to his car and allowed officers to search the vehicle.  Inside, officers found the rifle and

Bryson Reaches Plea Deal

An 18 year old Fort Dodge man has reached a plea deal in an attempted murder case.  Jerique Bryson, of Fort Dodge, accepted the plea deal on Tuesday.  Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson said that, in the deal, Bryson plead guilty to 2 Class D Felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, and 1 aggravated misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of 2

Tuition Freeze Discussed

A proposal to freeze tuition for all students at the states three public universities could cost the state $14.5 million.  The Iowa Board of Regents is set to meet December 3rd to set tuition rates and members have indicated that while they would support a free for in-state undergraduate students, at a cost of $4.5 million, they say extended that freeze to graduate and out-of-state

Father of Des Moines Shooter

Hours after a Pleasant Hill man was arrested for a 12 minute shooting spree, his father was arrested on drug charges.  Pete Polson Jr. is facing several charges, including attempted murder while his father now faces charges of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver.  Pete Polson Jr. remains held in the Polk County Jail on $840,000 cash bond.  Pete Polson

Keystone XL Pipeline Fails in Senate

A controversial pipeline bill failed in the US Senate Tuesday by just one vote.  The Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to refineries in Illinois and Texas.  The pipeline faces criticism from members of Congress and voters alike because of health and environmental concerns.  In January, a Republican Congress will be sworn in and the pipeline faces better

Syngenta Faces Lawsuits

Agrochemical giant Syngenta is facing several lawsuits regarding the sale of a genetically modified corn seed.  The seed in question, agrisure viptera, is altered to kill corn-eating bugs and is approved by the US. It was marketed to US farmers in 2011.  China, which is a major corn market that refuses to buy genetically modified crops that it hasn't tested, did not agree to

Fort Dodge Police Investigate Death

According to a press release, the Fort Dodge Police Department are investing a death.  Officers responded to 1900 5th Ave South at approximately 1:07 pm Monday afternoon in response to an unresponsive individual.  They found 52 year old David Peck unresponsive and he was declared dead at the scene by Webster County Medical Examiner Dr. Dan Cole.  Officials do not believe that foul

Slauson Plea Deal Released

The details of a plea deal have been in released in the case of Leatha Slauson.  Slauson is accused of faking her daughter's cancer diagnosis and taking money from her community to pay for treatment.  Slauson reached a deal with prosecutors in which she pled guilty to five of the twenty five counts she was facing.  Slauson pled guilty to two counts of child endangerment,

Middle School Students Attend Engineering Day at ISU

Fort Dodge Middle School Students will be heading to Ames Tuesday to take part in Middle School Engineering Day at Iowa State University.  Instructor Nicole Ahrens says the students will participate in lectures and demonstrations during the day [What the Kids Will Be Doing].  The purpose of the event, Ahrens said, is to get students interested in STEM: science, engineering, and

Collision Kills One in Clay County

A head on collision near Spencer, Iowa, on Saturday killed one person and sent another to the hospital.  According to the Iowa State Patrol, 64 year old Dollene Kinnetz of Hartley, was killed in the crash.  49 year old Carolyn Alger of Spencer, was transported to the Spencer Hospital.  The accident remains under investigation.

Blowing Snow Forecast for Monday

Fort Dodge received 3.5 inches of snow on Saturday, in the first major snowfall of the season.  Winds on Monday are forecast to gust out of the Northwest at up to 30 mph, sending wind chills into the double digits below zero.  A winter weather advisory has been issued for the northern counties in Iowa, including Humboldt and Kossuth, for blowing snow, which could limit visibilites on

National Guard May Deploy to West Africa

The Iowa National Guard may deploy approximately 80 members of the 294th Area Support Medical Company to West Africa to assist in the Ebola outbreak.  If deployed, the Guard members would provide medical support to Defense Department personnel for six months to one year.  The guard would not be treating residents of West Africa.  Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West

Police Investigate Threat in Pleasant Hill

 KCCI reports that police in Pleasant Hill will be stepping up security at Southeast Polk High School today.  A threat was made via the social media app Yik-Yak that there would be a shooting at the high school.  Police have been unable to track down the message, but are using caution and therefore increasing officer presence at the school.  Earlier this month, a Drake

Gales to Play TItle Game

The St. Edmond Gaels will play for a title spot today at the UNI Dome.  They will take on West Lyon in a game starting at 1:06PM.  This is the second trip to the dome for the Gaels, who first went to state in 2013, when they made it to the state finals.  Today's game can be heard live on Sunny 99.7.

Kossuth County Couple Killed in Crash

A Kossuth county couple was killed in an accident late yesterday afternoon.  88 year old Edward Foertsch and his wife, 84 year old Agnes Foertsch of Algona were killed when the minivan they were riding in ran a stop sign and was hit by a truck driven by 42 year old Brooke Strom of Wells, Minnesota.  The impact sent the minivan into the path of a semi driven by 60 year old Terry Alt of

Eagle Grove Man Charged with Child Endangerment

According to a press release, an Eagle Grove man has been charged with Child Endangerment.  In February of 2014, 30 year old Jordan Olson allegedly assaulted a young boy.  Eagle Grove police enlisted he help of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to assist them in the investigation of the case. Charges were filed on November 6th and a warrant issued for Olson's arrest. 

Snow to Impact State on Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory Saturday from 9am to midnight.  A low pressure system is expected to bring wide-spread snow to the state today.  Snow will start in the western part of the state by sunrise and spread eastward, bringing snow to the Fort Dodge area by midday.  Forecasts call for 2-4 inches of snow, with possible local amounts up to 5

State Fire Marshall Issues Heating Guidelines

The State Fire Marshall has issued safe heating guidelines for families.  The fire Marshall says to keep flammable materials three feet away from any heating equipment, such as a fire place or furnace.  Ovens should not be used for heating and you should always have a qualified professional install any heating equipment in your home.  Make sure chimneys are inspected and cleaned

Parking Ordinance Information

The City of Fort Dodge reminds residents that when snow reaches two inches or more, parking is prohibited on all emergency snow routes.  Snow routes are designated with a sign posted on each block.  The parking prohibition will be in place for 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling.  Parking notices will be issued on the city Facebook page and website.


Slauson Will Not Stand Trial

An Iowa mother accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis will not stand trial.  30-year-old Leatha Slauson accepted a plea deal the details of which will be released on Monday.  Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer and collecting money for treatment.  Slauson had previously pleaded not guilty to several

First Major Snowfall to Impact Iowa Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory starting Saturday at 9am, expiring Saturday evening at 9pm.  A low pressure system will move into the state late tonight and is expected to bring wide-spread snow to the state on Saturday.  Snow will start in the western part of the state in the morning and spread eastward, bringing snow to the Fort Dodge area by

Iowa Atheist Groups Sponsor BIllboards

Two Iowa groups are sponsoring billboards in the Davenport and Des Moines areas to reach out to atheists, agnostics, and nontheistic people. According to Rory Moe, head of the Central Iowa Coalition of Reason, the Coalition was formed to bring together groups scattered throughout the state.  The billboards were paid for with a $10,00 grant from the United Coalition of Reason based in

Iowa Central Suspects Held on Bond

The four suspects in an alleged armed robbery Monday at Iowa Central Community College made their initial appearance in magistrate court today.  18 year old Garhoth Dak is charged with 2nd degree Robbery, which is a class C felony.  If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.  The case was forward to district court and he was ordered held on $10,000 cash

Former Senator Fails Third Drug Test

Former Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson recently failed his third drug test .  Sorenson pleaded guilty in August to concealing payments he received to work for Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign, as well as a check and other payments from Ron Paul's campaign.  He is on probation while he awaits sentencing on the charges. Sorenson failed two other drug tests, one on

Pipeline Would Create Jobs and Revenue

A proposed pipeline that would cut across much of Iowa would provide $1.1 billion to the state during its two years of construction, according to the Des Moines Register.  Strategic Economics Group for Energy Transfer Partners wants to build an 1100 mile underground pipeline across Iowa and three other states.  The pipeline would carry up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily from

Eastern Iowa Airport Server Breached

A data breach at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids may compromise credit card information for customers who paid to park at the airport.  Customers who paid to park between September 29th and October 29th should closely monitor their credit and debit accounts.  Airport officials have taken steps to isolate the server and stop any further problems.  No other servers were

Union Asks for Ruling to be Overturned

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is asking a court to overturn a ruling that bans state workers from wearing pins critical of Gov. Terry Branstad.  The Public Employment Relations Board ruled in October that pins worn by employees at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center represent 'special circumstance' that interfere with prison decorum. 

Suspects in Iowa Central Incident Charged

The four suspects in an alleged armed robbery Monday at Iowa Central Community College made their initial appearance in magistrate court today.  18 year old Garhoth Dak is charged with 2nd degree Robbery, which is a class C felony.  If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.  The case was forward to district court and he was ordered held on $10,000 cash

Four in Custody Following Iowa Central Incident

Fort Dodge Police have arrested four male subjects in relation to an incident at the Iowa Central Community College campus yesterday afternoon.  20 year old Joseph Odir, 22 year old Molong Deng, both of Des Moines, and 21 year old Juma Deng of Urbandale, are currently in custody.  18 year old Garhoth Dak, of Storm Lake, turned himself into police Tuesday night.  The subjects will

Sewer Rates Increase Advances

The Fort Dodge City Council advanced a rate increase Monday night dealing with a community sewer initiave.  A recent study discovered over $80 million in repairs that were needed to the city's sanitary sewer.  It was recommended that the city start by repairing $30 million of sewer. Raising sewer rates over a three year period would help pay for a loan being used to finance

Data Breach Affects Airport Customers

A data breach at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids may compromise credit card information for customers who paid to park at the airport.  Customers who paid to park between September 29th and October 29th should closely monitor their credit and debit accounts.  Airport officials have taken steps to isolate the server and stop any further problems.  No other servers were

Neunaber Trial delayed

The trial of a Northwest Iowa man accused of killing his mother has been delayed.  44-year-old Jonathan Neunaber plead not guilty to first-degree murder in connection to the July slaying of his mother Esther.  The bodies of Esther and her husband Donald were found in their Akron home on July 9th.  Nenuaber was set to stand trial starting December 9th.  A new trial date has not

Pharmcy Owner Pleads Guilty to Felony Drug Charges

The Des Moines Register reports that a Des Moines pharmacy owner has had a misdemeanor drug charge dismissed.  Mark Graziano was charged with illegally selling painkillers.  A Polk County District Court Judge dismissed the misdemeanor charge on Monday.  Last Thursday, Graziano pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts of drug conspiracy and tax evasion after admitting to

Union Asks for Ruling to be Overturned

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is asking a court to overturn a ruling that bans state workers from wearing pins critical of Gov. Terry Branstad.  The Public Employment Relations Board ruled in October that pins worn by employees at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center represent 'special circumstance' that interfere with prison decorum. 

Two in Custody After Incident at Iowa Central Community College Monday Night

According to Lt. Chuck Guthrie, the Fort Dodge Police have made two arrests in connection with the incident at Iowa Central last night. More information will be available after the subjects make their initial appearance in magistrate court this morning.

Fort Dodge Police Investigate Gunman on Iowa Central Campus

Fort Dodge Police were called to the Iowa Central Community College campus at approximately 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  According to a press release, a female  student reported a group of males had entered her dorm room and pointed a gun at her and the others and then left the area.  The school went into  lockdown while the investigation was conducted.  At approximately

Upper Des Moines Taking Applications for Heating Assistance

Upper Des Moines Opportunity is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 energy assistance programs.  Residents who struggle to pay their heating costs can apply for the program, which is designed to give assistance with heating bills.  The program looks at several factors, including household size and income as well as the type of home and type of heating fuel.  If people are

Slauson Trial Moved to Mills County

The trial for a 30 year old mother accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis will be moved to another county.  Leatha Slauson's attorney had filed the motion due to extensive media coverage and gossip among residents, which would prevent her getting a fair trial in Cass county.  Slauson is accused of lying about her daughter having terminal cancer and collecting

AFSCME Asks For Raises Over Two Years

Contract negotiations began on Monday for AFSCME Council 61, the largest union representing state employees.  President Danny Homan is asking for repeated 2 percent raises over the next two years.  The Iowa Department of Management says the raises would cost the state an extra $523 million over two years.  The last time union workers got raises was in the 2011 and 2012 fiscal

Dahl's Foods Applies for Bankruptcy

According to a press release, Dahl's foods has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The grocery store chain, based out of Des Moines, had previously closed stores in Ames and Ankeny and told former workers not to expect retirement payments.  In a statement, the company said that they have sold their assets to Associated Wholesale Grocers, based in Kansas City.  Stores will remain

Police Investigate Alleged Gunman At Iowa Central Community College

According to scanner traffic, police were called to Iowa Central Community College at approximately 3:30pm this afternoon.  The campus then went into lock down and canceled evening classes.  Police were on the scene most of the afternoon.  The all-clear was sounded at approximately 6:50pm this evening.  More information will be available in the morning, according to Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge Man Injured at OHV Park

A 30 year old Fort Dodge man was injured in an accident at the OHV park this weekend.  Mitchell Frank was assisting a rider on the back jump at the park when another rider struck Frank in the head with a motorcycle.  Frank was transported to Unity Point-Trinity Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center with a head injury.

Former Superintendent Fights Charges

A former Shenandoah School District Superintendent charged with fraud has hired a layer to fight the allegations made against him following a district investigation. Jeff Hiser was fired earlier this month.  Hiser is alleged to have submitted fraudulent reimbursements for expenses, violated district policies and obstructed the board's investigation.

Lead Dust Discovered in State Building

The Des Moines Register Reports that the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines has been tested for lead dust.  The tests have revealed that the first two levels of the building are contaminated with the dust.  The building houses 495 state employees.  According to testing, the highest levels were in an indoor shooting range on the second floor.  State officials do not

WInter Arriving in Iowa Early

Winter temperatures are arriving in Iowa two weeks ahead of schedule.  The Arctic blast, coming in from Canada, is set to send daily highs into the 20s and 30s and overnight lows into the teens.  Areas of Minnesota could see up to a foot of snow and far northern Iowa could see a light mix and light snow accumulations. Winds will switch to the NW gusting up to 30 mph.  Areas of

Gaels Headed Back to UNI Dome

The St. Edmond Gaels are headed back to the dome after defeating South Central Calhoun 35-13 on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.  The Gaels are currently ranked third in class 1A and will take on Central Lyon next Saturday in their first game. Teams from Waukee, Newell-Fonda, Dowling Catholic, and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn also earned trips to the dome after defeating their

Branstad to Consider Raising Fuel Tax

Gov. Terry Branstad says providing more funding to fix Iowa's crumbling roads is a top priority and that he is keeping an open mind to all options, including raising the state's fuel tax. Branstad said in an interview Thursday that he wants to get input from lawmakers in advance of the next legislative session, with hopes of reaching bipartisan consensus. Branstad did not back any

Iowa Teen Charged in Death of Foster Brother

An Iowa teenager charged in the death of his foster brother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. A Harrison County District Judge issued the ruling Friday in the bench trial of Cody Metzker-Madsen, who was charged with first-degree murder in the August 2013 death of Dominic Elkins. Authorities say Metzker-Madsen killed Dominic while the two played outside of their home in western

Air Choice One to Serve Fort Dodge

Air Choice One has announced that commercial air service to Fort Dodge will begin in early 2015. CEO Shane Storz says that February 23, 2015 will be the official starting date for service. More information will be released in the following weeks, including Air Choice One's fare structure and flight schedule from Fort Dodge to St Louis.

Casino Ruling Upheld

The Sioux City Journal reports that a Polk County District Court Judge has upheld a ruling in the case of the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City.  Belle of Sioux City, who had operated the Argosy Sioux City Riverboat, had sued the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to reinstate its license and to rescind the new one issued to the Hard Rock developer.  The judge dismissed claims by Belle that

Union to Present Proposal Monday

Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the largest employee union in the state, is set to make an initial contract proposal to Branstad Monday.  The union currently represents 20,000 state employees.  Danny Homan, president of the union declined to say what was in the proposal, but the current contract maintained benefit plans without

Iowa Public Health: 13 Being Monitored for Ebola; No Risk to Public Safety

The Iowa Department of Public Health said Thursday that 13 travelers who were in West African countries are being monitored in Iowa for Ebola. The travelers were in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea in the last 21 days and are now in Iowa. Twelve had low risk of having been exposed to Ebola in those countries health officials said, so they are being allowed to resume normal activities. The

St Ed, South Central Calhoun Set for Quarterfinal Clash

Two local teams are meeting for the second time this season tonight for the right to advance to the state football semifinals. The third-ranked and unbeaten St Edmond Gaels will host South Central Calhoun in a Class 1A quarterfinal. The game kicks off at 7:00pm and will be held at Dodger Stadium. Earlier this season, the Gaels knocked off the Titans 38-22 at Dodger Stadium. If you can't make

Expect Low Temperatures Early Next Week

 high temperatures in the 50's that we experience today are about to suddenly disappear. Forecasters say highs in the mid 50's today will turn into to a high in the mid 30s by next Tuesday. Overnight low temperatures will dip down to the 20s and even teens, forecasters said. The change is expected to arrive without a lot of precipitation.

DSM Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty to Illegal Sale of Painkillers

A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of illegally selling tens of thousands of addictive painkillers has pleaded guilty to charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. The Des Moines Register reports Mark Graziano said today in court that his popular pharmacy was a major source of narcotic pills for drug dealers. He pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts of drug conspiracy and tax evasion.

Portion of I-29 to be Closed as Overpass Demolished

Iowa officials are warning drivers of a detour while they demolish an overpass on Interstate 29 that has been repeatedly struck by vehicles hauling tall loads. The Iowa Department of Transportation will close the interstate in both directions starting at 8 p.m. tonight at the Port Neal interchange to destroy the bridge near Salix.  Officials plan to reopen the interstate at 6 a.m. on

Breda Man Accused of Providing Alcohol to Teen Involved in Deadly Crash

A Breda man was arrested Tuesday on accusations that he provided alcohol to a teenager involved in a fatal crash. 21 year-old Matthias Stork is charged with two counts of supplying alcohol resulting in death, which is a Class D felony. It is alleged that he supplied beer to 17 year-old Clarksville resident Trevor Feauto on August 22. Feauto is charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle for a

Metzker-Madsen Claims he Killed 'Goblin' in Death of Foster Brother

An 18-year-old has testified that while in his fantasy world he killed a goblin but didn't realize until later he'd actually killed his 5-year-old foster brother in western Iowa. Cody Metzker-Madsen testified Wednesday he visits a different world whenever he plays a game with someone and that only he can visit those worlds. His lawyer is using an insanity defense to combat the murder

Pleasant Hill Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of 13 Year-Old

A 29-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. The Des Moines Register reports Pleasant Hill resident Daniel Ward was found guilty of third-degree sexual abuse after charges of kidnapping, lascivious acts with a child and enticing a minor were dropped. Authorities say Ward met the girl on a messaging app called Kik. They say he took

Former FD Hotel Manager Wanted on Theft, Ongoing Criminal Conduct Charges

the Fort Dodge Police Department says a national arrest warrant has been issued for the former manager of a Fort Dodge hotel. 44 year-old Arvind Manubhai Patel, a former manager of the Quality Inn Hotel, is charged with Theft By Misappropriation and Ongoing Criminal Conduct. Patel is accused of regularly identifying himself as the owner of the hotel and instructing guests to make payments

Iowa Republicans Have Strong Showings at the Polls

By the time the polls in Iowa had closed, the GOP had already picked up five U.S. senate seats, needing just one to claim the majority. Joni Ernst gave the Republican party that majority, defeating Democrat Bruce Braley in the race to claim the retiring Tom Harkin's seat. In her victory speech, Ernst said the country's problems won't go away on their own, but change is possible

Goldfield Woman Reaches Plea Deal in Sex Abuse Case

A Goldfield woman has made a plea deal in a child sex abuse case. 50 year-old Diana Guido has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of sex abuse. She's expected to make the plea at a hearing on Nov. 26 in Wright County District Court in Clarion. Prosecutors have agreed to drop related misdemeanor charges in exchange for her plea. Her trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Murder Trial Scheduled in Fort Dodge for Northwood Man

A May trial has been scheduled for a 40-year-old Northwood man accused of killing his former girlfriend last year. Tyrone Washington Jr. is charged with stabbing to death 30-year-old Justine Smith. Washington's trial is set to begin May 11 in Fort Dodge. The trial was moved to Webster County from Worth County after Washington's lawyer argued that with so few blacks in Worth County,

Big Day at the Iowa Polls

Today is Election Day and voters will decide key races at the local, state, and federal levels. The polls are open until 9:00pm and Iowa voters will decide a new U.S. Senator and the race for Governor. The senatorial race between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley figures to be one of the key races nationwide as the Republicans look to regain control of the U.S. Senate. and Governor

Webster County Inmate Pleads Guilty to Escape

A Fort Dodge man has admitted to his role in escaping from the Webster County jail in August. 32 year-old George Johnson pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of escape from custody and second-degree criminal mischief. During the escape, Johnson said he fell three stories and broke his arm, which caused him to spend several weeks in the hospital. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is

Webster City Man Killed in Boone County Crash

A Webster City man was killed in a Boone County crash on Monday morning. The Iowa State Patrol reports 37 year-old Matthew Graham was killed in the crash that occurred shortly before 9:00am at the intersection of T Avenue and 190th Street. Investigators say Graham was headed southbound on T Avenue and attempting to turn left when he was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Stratford resident

Oleson Park Blaze Under Investigation

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze that burned through nearly 5 acres of a city park in Fort Dodge. The two-alarm fire broke out on Sunday at Oleson Park. Crews responded to the fire shortly before 2:00pm. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett says it took a little more than two hours for 13 firefighters to put out the flames. No structures were burned and no injuries were reported. Hulett says

Audit: Sac County Employee Promoted Personal Business While at Work

An audit shows a former employee at the motor vehicle department in Sac County was fired because officials suspected she was promoting a personal business while at work.  A state audit released Monday says the department for the Sac County Treasurer's Office had more than $3,500 in improper disbursements and deposited collections between January 2010 and the end of February of this

At Least One Dead in Boone County Crash

Boone County officials say at least one person is dead following a crash this morning. The crash occurred at Highways 17 and E26, which is about 5 miles northeast of Boone. The Iowa State Patrol says a DOT enforcement vehicle was helping a broken down vehicle there when the crash occurred. The DOT worker was reportedly ok, but one other unidentified person was killed.

Owner of La' James Schools Wants Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Dismissed

The owner of cosmetology schools in Iowa is asking a judge to dismiss a consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the Iowa attorney general's office. State attorneys filed a petition August 28th alleging Cynthia Becher, owner of a company that operates La' James International Colleges violated Iowa's Consumer Fraud Act. Miller alleges the schools failed to adequately staff classrooms and

Ernst Opens Up Lead in Latest Poll

In a new Des Moines Register poll, Republican Joni Ernst has taken 7 point lead among likely voters over Democratic candidate Bruce Braley. In the Register's final poll before tomorrow's election day, Ernst garnered 51% among likely voters while Bruce Braley received 44% support among likely voters. This race figures to be an important one in the GOP's quest to regain control of the

McElroy Sentenced to Life in Prison

A Fort Dodge man was sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 death of 19 year-old Brandyn Preston. 28 year-old Derrick McElroy's mandatory sentence, which was handed down by Judge Kurt Wilke, does not include the possibility of parole. McElroy was convicted of first-degree murder in Preston's death, after he was shot at a bonfire party in May of 2011. He died in early of 2012.

Fundraiser for Gateway to Discovery is Tonight

The Fort Dodge Community Orchard will host "it's a Chocolate Thing", which seeks to raise funds for a local faith-based recovery program. The event is tonight from 6:00-8:00pm, with proceeds going towards Gateway to Discovery. Program Director Carmen Clavin says the home provides two years of support to women seeking positive changes in their life. Cost is $5 for the first three

Webster County Democrats Cut Ties with Halvorson

Webster County Democrats have begun to distance themselves from a county supervisor candidate following his open letter to District 4 voters. On Thursday night, the Webster County Democratic Central Committee withdrew their support of Rod Halvorson, who is running against Republican incumbent Merrill Leffler. Committee members also voted to ban Halvorson from Webster County Democratic

'Walk in the Park' to Raise Funds for Stabbing Victim

Fort Dodge residents are invited to attend "a Walk in the Park", a fundraiser for the October 18 stabbing victim on the Snell-Crawford Trail. The even will be held this Sunday at Snell-Crawford Park with registration beginning at 1:00pm and the walk at 2:00pm. The cost is $20 for individuals, $40 for family, and $100 for area businesses. Matt Cosgrove, Webster County

Iowa Republicans Gearing Up for Recount Procedures

With Election Day just around the corner in the competitive Iowa Senate race, Republicans are requesting information from state and local voting officials about polling places, voting rules and recount procedures.The GOP says it just wants to be prepared in case there is any question about the outcome between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley. The National Republican Senatorial

Citigroup to Lay Off 370 Des Moines Area Employees

Citigroup says it plans to lay off 370 employees in the Des Moines area by the middle of next year. The company says the decision came from ``ongoing efforts'' to increase efficiency of its operations. Affected employees come from the company's consumer banking business section. They represent more than two-thirds of Citigroup's workforce in the Des Moines area. Employees were

Fort Dodge HR Director Resigning Position

The city of Fort Dodge's Human Resources Director is resigning his position to take a job in Minnesota late next month. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that Jim Vollmer, who has served as HR Director since March of 2007, will head to Minnesota for a job with the St Paul Public Schools. His job will reportedly deal with contract negotiations, grievance work, and labor relations. Vollmer's

City of Hampton Bans Resdient from City Buildings for "Threatening Letter"

A northern Iowa city council has banned a resident from city buildings after it said he sent a threatening letter to elected officials and employees. The letter to the Hampton City Council requested that officials declare August 18th as ``Cookie Thornton Day,'' in memory of a man who killed six people at a 2008 city council meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri. City officials say they viewed the

Schaller Man Accused of Threatening to Shoot other Employees at Storm Lake Busin

Storm Lake Police say a man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly threatening to shoot other employees at a local business. 36 year-old Schaller resident Warren Simpson is facing charges of Threat of Terrorism, 1st degree Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct. Shortly before 2:30pm Tuesday, officers were dispatched to Marketlink, where Simpson allegedly threatened several co-workers that he

Drake University Plans $65M in Facility, Curriculum Improvements

Drake University says it is moving forward with a $65 million project that will include construction of two new buildings, renovation of four existing halls and the addition of new degree programs.Construction could start on the buildings including a school of education center as early as next summer. Completion is expected in two years. The university says its board of trustees has approved

Leffler: Halvorson Letter "Nameless and Baseless Accusations"

Webster County Supervisor Merrill Leffler has responded to an open letter to residents from Democratic challenger Rod Halverson, which he says are "nameless and baseless accusations". In an open letter to Webster County residents, Halvorson included a list of five "facts and substantive rumors about the character of Merrill Leffler". Halvorson later writes the list shows a

Feds, State Search FD Iowa Home Care Office

An investigation by federal and state agencies is under way at Iowa Home Care, and the search included its Fort Dodge office. Pete Deegan, spokesman with the U.S. Attorney's Office, could only confirm that government personnel were at Iowa Home Care offices in Fort Dodge, West Des Moines, and Clive, but released no other information. A statement from Iowa Home Care said they were cooperating

Beall, Kraayenbrink Field Questions in Tuesday Forum

Candidates for Iowa's senate district 5 seat took part in a Tuesday night election forum held at Iowa Central Community College. Senator Daryl Beall and Republican challenger Tim Kraayenbrink fielded questions from the audience on topics including education, taxes and regulations for new businesses, and economic development. Kraayenbrink pointed to his faith, conservative values, and

Fort Dodge Burn Ban will be Temporarily Lifted

The open burn ban for the city of Fort Dodge will be temporarily lifted next week to allow residents to dispose of yard waste. The burn ban will be lifted from Saturday, November 1 thru Sunday, November 9. Only yard waste is allowed to be burned, and no burning of trash, including garbage, food, and furniture is permitted. Burning should be extinguished by 8:00pm nightly and no gasoline or diesel

Trial Starts for Teen Charged in Foster Brother's Death

A murder trial has begun for an 18-year-old charged in the death of a 5-year-old boy outside a home where they were foster children. Lawyers for Cody Metzker-Madsen plan to use an insanity defense in the 2013 death of Dominic Elkins. Authorities say Elkins was killed while the boys were playing outdoors at their home near Logan. He died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.

DNR Investigating Manure Spill in Hamilton County

Officials are investigating a manure spill in north-central Iowa caused by a pipeline break. The state Department of Natural Resources says the spill was discovered Monday by a farmer harvesting corn near Williams in Hamilton County. The farmer reported finding liquid manure pooled in his field. The DNR says a break in an underground manure pipeline at a Prestage Farms operation led to the spill.

Air Choice One to Serve Fort Dodge

The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Air Choice One to provide commercial air service to Fort Dodge. The airline will operate daily flights through St. Louis, which has direct flights to 18 of the top 25 cities identified in a survey done by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The actual start date of service, which can take anywhere from 60-90 days, will be released by Air

Fort Dodge Thanks Senator Harkin for Support

The city of Fort Dodge took time Monday to reflect on the support that U.S. Senator Tom Harkin has shown over the years. City officials unveiled a new wayfinding sign at the corner of 9th Street and Central Avenue downtown that thanks the retiring senator for his support in several development projects. Community Development Manager Vickie Reeck says three key projects, the Park View and Lincoln

Slauson Wants Trial Moved from Cass County

The attorney for an Iowa mother accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis has requested a change of venue for her trial. Attorneys for 30 year-old Atlantic resident Leatha Slauson say that extensive media coverage and gossip among residents would prevent her from getting a fair trial in Cass County. The trial is set to start Nov. 12. Slauson is accused of telling her community

Clarksville Teen will be Charged as Adult in Sac County Fatal Crash

A judge says a 17-year-old facing vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of two teenagers will be prosecuted as an adult.  District Associate Judge Adria Kester says Clarksville resident Trevor Feauto does not have reasonable prospects of rehabilitation if he remains in juvenile court. Feauto is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in Sac County Juvenile Court. Court records do

Buffalo Wild Wings, Marshalls Ready to Make Fort Dodge Home

The city of Fort Dodge is celebrating the opening of two big-time chains in the corridor of commerce this week. Buffalo Wild Wings is celebrating the grand opening of its restaurant Monday while Marshalls retail store celebrates its grand opening on Thursday. The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and 29th Street and Marshalls home is at 275 South 29th

Public Meeting on Future of Des Moines River Scheduled

Fort Dodge city officials have scheduled a meeting next Monday to discuss the future use of the Des Moines River. The meeting will be held at 6:00pm next Monday, and City Manager David Fierke says it is an opportunity for the public to help guide future planning for the river

Several entities, including Webster County, the city of Fort Dodge, and Iowa DNR, are working on a vision and plan for

Webster County Election Forum is Tuesday

Fort Dodge and Webster County voters will have one final chance to hear local candidates in a public setting this week. Tomorrow, the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance will host an election forum at Iowa Central Community College from 5:45pm-8:30pm. The forum will be broken up into segments, with each local race having its own block of time. County recorder candidates Lindsay Boeckman and Shari

Iowa Clean Water Rule now in Effect

A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies. The rule establishes new inspection and permit procedures. It does not impose mandatory permits for farms that repeatedly spill manure, a measure some environmental groups wanted.

Forest City Postmaster Charged with Theft of Mail

A northern Iowa postmaster has been accused of stealing prescription pain medications from the mail. Forest City postmaster Danny Miller has been indicted and is scheduled to be in U.S. District Court in Sioux City on Wednesday. Court documents say Miller is charged with theft of mail by a postal service employee. He was appointed Forest City postmaster in 2012.

Storm Lake Man Charged With Money Laundering

A Storm Lake man has been convicted of making and using counterfeit credit cards. Federal prosecutors say Yoirland Rojas was found guilty on Thursday after a three-day trial in Sioux City. He was convicted of multiple charges including two counts of using a counterfeit access device, one count of money laundering,  and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say Rojas

Ames Middle School DIsables Chat Feature

Administrators at Ames Middle School are disabling some chat functions on students' school-provided laptops after finding some students were abusing the features and not paying attention in class.  School leaders found some students were using the Chromebooks' chatting and video features as a way to bully, harass and send inappropriate messages to each other.  Other students

Residents Voting Early

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that so far, 5005 absentee ballots have been requested in Webster County.  May residents are taking advantage of early voting this year.  The election is just two weeks away and to accommodate early voting, the Auditors office is open today from 8-5 for voting.  Voters can request absentee ballots until October 31st.  After the 31st,

Carlisle Teacher Faces Drug Charges

The Des Moines Register reports that a long-time Carlisle Middle School teacher and high school coach has been charged with crack cocaine possession, possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.  55-year old Jim Flaws is a social studies teacher at Carlisle Middle School. He's taught for more than 30 years and as varsity girls' softball coach won four state titles. The drugs were

More Webster County Voters Requesting Absentee Ballots

Webster County officials say early voting is more popular this year. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that over 5,000 absentee ballots have been requested ahead of election day on November 4. The Webster County Auditor's Office will have extended hours tomorrow and next Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00 if people would like to vote early in person. On Tuesday at Iowa Central Community College, the

No Cases of Ebola Locally or Statewide

As the concern over the spread of the Ebola virus continues to grip Americans, Iowa health officials again say there are no cases locally in Webster County or statewide. The Webster County Health Department says they, along with other health agencies, continue to work together in preparedness and response should that need arise. It is important to remember that Ebola is not transmitted through

Owners of Closed Marion Group Home Facing Charges

The owners of a closed elder group home in Marion have been arrested on several charges, including neglect and abandonment of a dependent person. Donald and Peggy Berns also face charges of dependent adult abuse-exploitation. Peggy Berns says that she and Donald intend to fight the charges. In August the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals revoked the license of the Berns' facility,

Regents Could Vote to Raise Public University Tuition

The governing board for Iowa's three public universities will discuss a plan that would raise tuition and fees by 1.75 percent next school year. Regents are expected to consider the tuition plan today but not vote on it until December. The board froze tuition rates for the previous two school years.

Suspicious Vehicle Spotted

According to a press release, Fort Dodge Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of 4th street NW on Thursday.  At approximately 630PM, an unknown male made contact with two young children.  According to the report, he offered the children candy.  When approached by the parent, the vehicle drove away.  The man is described as an older white male with white

Investigation into Fatal Crash Underway

A two vehicle collision occurred Thursday evening just outside of Randal on the curves of highway 69 in southern Hamilton County.  According to a press release,  a Ford Fusion driven by 32 year old Joy Niklasen of Alleman, Iowa was eastbound in the southbound lanes of highway 69.  A Ford F150 pickup driven by 32 year old Natasha Johnson of Ellsworth was westbound in the northbound

Two Vehicle Crash in Hamilton County Under Investigation

The Iowa State Patrol State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday evening.  According to a press release, a vehicle driven by 18 year old Michael Ashman of Stratford was westbound on county road D-20.  Ashman slowed down and attempted make a left turn or u-turn in the driveway of Van Diest Supply.  A second vehicle, driven by 18 year old Evan Wolfgram

Police Seek Missing Fort Dodge Woman

Fort Dodge Police are seeking the public's help with a missing person's case.  35 year old Tina Cooper has not been seen or heard from since August 25th, 2014.  She is described as a white female, approximately 5'7" and 100 pounds.  She has short brown hair and hazel eyes.  No foul play is suspected but the family is concerned for her welfare.  Anyone

Missing Teenager Found

A Rockwell City teenager has been found. Rockwell City police report that, at t approximately 930pm Thursday night, police received a tip as to the whereabouts of Simkins and 20 year old Chance Kinney.  A short time later, law enforcement surrounded the location and made contact with Simkins and Kinney.  Kinney was arrested on an unrelated warrant and Simkins was taken into protective

AFES Reaches Fundraising Goal

A local non-profit group has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to build a new gymnasium.  The Fort Dodge Athletics for Education and Success program raised $370,000 for the new gym and held their ground breaking Thursday evening.  Director Charles Clayton explains that, while the goal has been met, funds are still needed.  The program serves area youth of all ages. 

Prosecution and Defense Rest in Trott Case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have rested their cases in the trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer last year. Both sides rested their cases Thursday in the trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Closing arguments will be delivered today. Trott is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2013 death of 37-year-old officer Jamie Buenting. Authorities say Trott

Honor Flight to Depart Saturday

Over 100 local veterans will fly to Washington, D.C. on Saturday as part of the Honor Flight Tour. Saturday's trip will be the ninth tour of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight since 2010. The flight allows veterans to tour several sights in Washington, including the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. 102 veterans, including nine World War II and 93

Fort Dodge Police Investigate Home Invasion

According to a press release, Fort Dodge Police are investigating a reported home invasion.  Officers responded to a home on 5th avenue north, where residents reported that between 330 and 4 in the morning on Friday, three black males forced entry into the home and demanded money.  Nothing was taken during the incident.  Four residents of the home sustained injuries and were

Storm Lake Police Investigate Assault

Storm Lake Police are investigating an alleged assault at the Hillshire Brands Plant.  According to a press release, 22 year old Victor Vela allegedly attempted to assault another worker at the plant with a shovel at 1130 Wednesday evening.  The victim sustained an injury to his arm.  Vela was terminated and asked to leave the plant.  Police were called the plant on Thursday

Suspect Identified in Drive-by Shooting Investigation

The Fort Dodge Police Department has released the name of a Fort Dodge man believed to be responsible for gunshots that were reported fired on Monday. Police Chief Tim Carmody says 18 year-old Xavier Rhone is the person believed to be responsible and is currently at large. He is wanted on several warrants for charges including going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. On

Suspect Sought in Home Invasion

According to a press release, Webster County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported home invasion in Coalville at approximately 12:05pm today.  According to the release, a female resident was home when the suspect entered the residence.  She struggled with and then discharged a firearm at the suspect.  The suspect is described as a bald white male with a stocky build

Ekstrom Pleads Guilty

A Fort Dodge woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the murder of a Fort Dodge man last year. 22 year-old Holly Ekstrom entered guilty pleas on Wednesday to aggravated misdemeanors of accessory after the fact and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent. Ekstrom said she saw Ronald Dilley kill 22-year-old Steven Fisher with a hatchet in July of 2013. She admitted to driving Dilley

STEP Program in Place for Holiday Weekend

Iowa law enforcement agencies are stepping up their efforts on roadways this Independence Day weekend. The Iowa Department of Transportation says over 250 city, county, and state agencies are participating in a special traffic enforcement program to help keep holiday travelers safe. The STEP projects are funded by the governor's traffic safety bureau, which enables officers to work overtime

Investigation into Mitchellville Mayor Complete

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has wrapped up their investigation into a complaint against the mayor of Mitchellville. On June 2, the Mitchellville Police Department received a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct with children. The DCI conducted and completed the investigation. Through multiple thorough interviews it was determined that no criminal activity took place. After

Caution Urged with Contractors

In the wake of recent severe weather, local officials are urging citizens to use caution if approached by a door-to-door contractor.  In order to work in Fort Dodge, such contractors must be licensed and registered with the city, which also insures that they are bonded.  Officials urge citizens to use local contractors to repair storm damage and to ask their insurance adjustor to

Fort Dodge Man Charged with Firearm Posession

Fort Dodge Police say a man was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of at least one firearm. On Friday, officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department and Webster County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in the 1700 block of 13th Avenue SW and arrested 34 year-old James Michael McCane. Through an ongoing investigation, it was alleged that McCane was in possession of

VEISHA Task Force Votes to Change VEISHA

The future of VEISHA is closer to being decided at Iowa State University.  The task force convened in the wake of riots that brought 2014 VEISHA to an early end recommended Thursday that VEISHA change how it operates.  According to KCCI, task force chairman Thomas Hill acknowledged that heavy work is still ahead for the task force.  The task force will now narrow down their options

Disaster Declaration in Several Counties

Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency and activated an assistance program for four Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad said in a news release Friday that the Iowa Individual Assistance Program has been activated for Cass, Harrison, Montgomery, and Ringgold counties. Pottawattamie County was declared under a disaster emergency on Tuesday and

Household Waste Accepted This Weekend

Residents in eastern Iowa can safely dispose of hazardous household waste this weekend. A mobile household hazardous waste collection event has been set for Saturday at the East Side Recycling Center in Iowa City. The collection, sponsored by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and there is no cost to participate. Residents of Iowa City, Johnson

Webster County Supervisors Approve Construction Contracts

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved two construction contracts during its business meeting yesterday. The supervisors agreed to a $1.39 million contract with Fort Dodge Asphalt to resurface a portion of Webster County Road D43. The work, to be completed this summer, will be done from the railroad crossing in Callender east to U.S. Highway 169. In addition, the supervisors also

Webster County Health Ready to Help Families

The Webster County Health Department is stepping in to help residents after Planned Parenthood of the Heartland closed in December.  After receiving a $300,000 grant in March, The Webster County Health Department will provide family planning services for area families.  Planned Parenthood closed in December after seeing a decline in the number of people using their facility. 

Des Moines Inmate Captured

Des Moines officers say an escaped inmate has been captured in Warren county. Polk County Sheriff's Lt. Brent Long says that 37-year-old Kenny Bevard escaped around 4:50 p.m. Thursday in Clive while being driven to Adel in Dallas County.  He was last seen at a Guthrie Ave Kum & Go shortly after 11:00pm that night. Just after 3:20pm Friday, official apprehended Bevard, following a tip as

Annual Easter Hunt A Success

In just over 150 seconds, over 500 kids cleared Dodger Stadium of candy.  The Fort Dodge Moose Lodge’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt was a big success this year with more money, prizes and candy.  Kids could pay just 50 cents to participate in the hunt and no one was turned away if they couldn't pay.  Kids lined the football field’s sidelines, waiting for the signal to

Inmate Esacpes Work Release

The Des Moines Register reports that a 24 year old man has been placed on escape status after failing to report back from work release.  Tyler Lampe of Davenport is currently serving a 15 year sentence for intimidation with a dangerous weapon and escape of a felon.  Lampe was transferred to work release earlier this year, after starting his sentence in 2010.  Lampe is white,

Teen Dies Trying to Climb on Train

A Des Moines teen has died after falling from a train.  KCCI TV reports that the teen was allegedly attempting to board a slow-moving freight train early Sunday morning when he fell and was run over.  Witnesses at the scene were taken to the police station for interviews.  Several streets were closed following the accident but those have since reopened.  Authorities are

Microsoft to Build Data Center

State and local officials announced that Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines. Gov. Terry Branstad announced the project Friday. ``Project Alluvion,'' is expected to total more than $1.1 billion. Branstad said Iowa's central location makes it an attractive location for Microsoft and other companies that have recently opened data centers. Google

Waterloo Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Former Boyfriend

A Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty in the 2013 stabbing death of her former boyfriend. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 40-year-old Keisha Magee pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder for the death of 28-year-old John Bass on September 29th.

Inmate Charged with Escape from FD Residential Facility

A former Jefferson man was ordered held on $5,000 bond after allegedly escaping from the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility. 22 year-old Matthew Spaulding made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Tuesday on a Class D felony escape from custody as a convicted felon charge. According to criminal complaints, Spaulding left the residential facility on January 10

FD Council Approves 2014-15 Budget

Fort Dodge residents will see a slight decrease in property tax rates in the coming fiscal year. With little discussion, the Fort Dodge City Council approved the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts on July 1. The budget calls for spending in the amount of $72.72 million, down from the current year's budget of $75.75 million. City Manager David Fierke said the budget

Mid American Proposes Rate Increase

MidAmerican Energy is proposing its first rate increase since 1995 that would reportedly generate $135 million over three years. The Iowa Utilities Board discussed the electric rate increase at its meeting Friday morning. The Board is asking that the rate increase be phased in over 3 years. The first phase already went into effect last year with the average household paying about $2.73

Brandstad Opposes Cuts to National Guard

Governor Terry Branstad is joining with the rest of the nation's governors to oppose any cuts to the National Guard. Branstad said Friday that all 50 governors had signed a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concerns about proposed cuts to the Guard in the federal budget. Branstad raised these issues with Obama this week during a meeting of the National Governors Association in

Southeast Iowa Man Charged with Animal Neglect

A southeast Iowa man has been arrested on more than three dozen charges related to more than 300 animals found at his home. The Davis County Sheriff's Office arrested 45-year-old Drakesville resident Roger Blew on Thursday, a week after officers searched his home and found 339 animals, including many dead animals. Blew is charged with 28 counts of animal neglect. The Department of Natural

Baseball Clinic Next Saturday

The North Central Iowa Baseball Clinic will be held at the Phillips middle school gym on Saturday, March 8th.  Grades 1-4 will meet from 9-noon and grades 5-8 will meet from 1-4.  During the clinic, students will learn throwing, hitting, pitching, catching and other fundamentals of the game from coaches throughout North Central Iowa.  The clinic will also focus on the basic

Newell Man Accused of Inappropriate Contact with 9 Year-Old

A Buena Vista County man has been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate contact with a 9-year old girl. 23-year old Newell resident Aaron Hazen was arrested Thursday after a month-long investigation. Police say Hazen had inappropriate contact with the child several times over the last year. He is charged with two felony counts of lascivious acts with a child and two counts of indecent contact

Cedar Rapids Police Investigating Third Homicide This Year

Authorities are investigating the death of a Cedar Rapids man as a homicide. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says 31-year-old Clifton Sparks was found lying on a street shortly after midnight Tuesday. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say Sparks sustained a traumatic injury, but additional information was not released. An autopsy is pending. The death marks the third homicide in