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Cedar Rapids man gets 4 years for bank robbery

A Cedar Rapids man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for robbing a bank in Ely. Robert Melton pleaded guilty in May to one count of bank robbery.  He had faced up to 20 years in prison…

posted 2014-09-04 05:55:38 by KXEL

Camp Fire Camp Hitaga closing

A Camp Fire camp is closing after 83 years of summer fun in eastern Iowa. Camp Fire officials say Camp Hitaga's financial obligations can no longer be met.  They blamed increasing expenses for maintenance and declining attendance. Officials say 200…

posted 2014-09-04 05:54:39 by KXEL


Meservey man dies after fall from roof

A 48-year-old northern Iowa man has died of injuries he received after falling off a roof. Kalin Kuhlers of Meservey died Tuesday at a Mason City hospital, where he was taken after being injured Monday. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's…

posted 2014-09-03 14:42:17 by KXEL

Netherlands king attends ethanol plant opening

Officials at the opening of one of the world's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants say it signifies a shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution. The opening of Project Liberty Wednesday was marked with cutting ribbons…

posted 2014-09-03 14:41:19 by KXEL

British Olympic silver medalist rowing for charity

A British man who won a silver medal in the 1980 Olympics is rowing down the Mississippi River to raise money for a charity. John Pritchard earned the medal at the 1980 Olympics and competed four years later.  He has…

posted 2014-09-03 12:57:23 by KXEL

Caribou Coffee is coming to Cedar Falls

Caribou Coffee is opening a new coffeehouse in Cedar Falls Thursday. The new location at 6719 University Avenue, Suite 1, will welcome the community by offering the first 100 guests free coffee for one year.  The location has an outdoor…

posted 2014-09-03 12:29:34 by KXEL

House, 2 vehicles struck by bullets in Waterloo

Waterloo police say no one was injured in a shooting that left bullets in two vehicles and a home early Wednesday. Officers were called to the 100 block of Argyle Street at about 12:55 a.m. after neighbors heard gunfire.  Bullet…

posted 2014-09-03 12:25:50 by KXEL

Auditors warn Iowa State about Clery Act problems

An internal audit report has warned that Iowa State University was out of compliance with federal law for years in the limited way that students were informed about sexual assaults and other crimes on campus. The June 17 report says…

posted 2014-09-03 12:17:19 by KXEL

Grinnell College awards annual $100,000 prize

Grinnell College has announced the winners of a $100,000 prize honoring young innovators in social justice. The private liberal arts school said Wednesday that Adam Kircher, Kiah Williams, Lindsay Stradley and Ani Vallabhaneni were selected among more than 200 nominees…

posted 2014-09-03 12:16:22 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids airport director leaving for job in Virginia

Tim Bradshaw, airport director for The Eastern Iowa Airport since June 2010, has accepted a new position as the executive director of the Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport in Roanoke Virginia. During his 4-plus years at The Eastern Iowa Airport, Bradshaw made…

posted 2014-09-03 10:40:40 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids splash pads closing this Sunday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will close the park splash pads for the season on Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m. Splash pads are located at Cedar Valley Park, Cleveland Park, Daniels Park, Hayes Park, Hidder Park, Jacolyn…

posted 2014-09-03 10:22:37 by KXEL

Cedar Falls PD seeks help in theft investigations

Cedar Falls Police are asking for the public’s assistance to help solve two on-going theft investigations. The two persons in the photos below are believed to be involved in recent thefts at Wal-Mart, 525 Brandilynn Boulevard, and the Kwik Star…

posted 2014-09-03 09:59:17 by KXEL