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Developer plans apartments in Register building

An Indianapolis-based development firm plans to convert the former Des Moines Register Building into apartments. The Des Moines Register reported Friday that The Whitsett Group wants to begin a $36 million renovation of the downtown building around March 2015.  The…

posted 2014-10-18 07:05:38 by KXEL

Group reminisces about Des Moines' streetcar era

The streetcar era ended in Des Moines in 1951, and more than six decades later only about six of the 400 or so former operators are still alive. Most are in their 90s, and each month three or four of…

posted 2014-10-18 07:03:02 by KXEL


Planned boycott prompts Dunkerton to forfeit game

A plan by some Dunkerton High School players to boycott a football game has prompted officials to forfeit the match. District Superintendent Jim Stanton said Friday that some students decided to boycott the game to show support for another player…

posted 2014-10-17 13:38:46 by KXEL

State offers incentives for 3 company projects

Iowa economic development officials have approved incentives for three companies that promise to create 281 jobs and spend $39 million to locate new facilities or expand in Iowa. The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday says it approved tax credits…

posted 2014-10-17 13:30:36 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids police make burglary arrest

Cedar Rapids police have made an arrest in connection with a residential burglary that occurred Wednesday on the city's northwest side. Police have charged 25-year-old Erik Williams, of Chicago, Ilinois, with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft. Investigators…

posted 2014-10-17 12:44:19 by KXEL

Marion apartment fire extinguished by residents

Damage from a fire at a Marion apartment building Friday morning was limited by the quick response of the residents. The Marion Fire Department responded to 701 9th Avenue for a report of a fire in an apartment.  Upon arrival,…

posted 2014-10-17 12:28:30 by KXEL

Drake student arrested for making threats

An 18-year-old Drake University student has been arrested for posting threats of gun violence on a social media website. Michael Zachary Crisp has been charged with first-degree harassment.  He has posted bond and has been released from the Polk County…

posted 2014-10-17 10:48:52 by KXEL

Student found with gun near Charles City high school

A student with a firearm has been taken into custody on a recreational trail near the high school in Charles City. Police say the boy displayed the firearm to officers who found him Thursday on the Charlie Western Recreational Trail. …

posted 2014-10-17 09:33:45 by KXEL

Cedar Falls man wins second lottery prize in 6 months

A Cedar Falls man has claimed his second big lottery prize in a little more than six months. On Monday, 67-year-old Richard Eifert claimed the first of 13 top prizes of $10,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s new “Cash Flurries”…

posted 2014-10-17 08:28:48 by KXEL

Iowa City student charged in school gun incident

A student has been charged with carrying a weapon the grounds of a high school in Iowa City. A city news release says the 16-year-old student was charged on Wednesday. Iowa City police say officers were sent Oct. 10 to…

posted 2014-10-17 06:26:43 by KXEL

Man surrenders after Iowa City standoff

Police have reported a peaceful ending to a 3½-hour standoff with a man who said he had a gun in his Iowa City mobile home. A city news release says officers were sent to the home a little after 8…

posted 2014-10-17 06:25:58 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids man gets prison time in heroin death

A Cedar Rapids man who supplied heroin to someone who was found dead the next day has been sent to prison. Prosecutors said Thursday that 24-year-old Austin Martens was given 11 years and three months behind bars.  Martens also must…

posted 2014-10-17 05:22:07 by KXEL