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Fire truck, station damaged in Floyd

A former fire department member is suspected of being drunk when he drove a fire truck into some concrete between two doors of the fire station in Floyd. The accident occurred a little before 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 at…

posted 2014-09-04 09:14:42 by KXEL

Charles City man sentenced in federal weapons case

A man who police say led them through Floyd and two other counties on a high-speed chase has been sentenced to federal prison on a firearms conviction. Twenty-two-year-old Franklin Foster, of Charles City, on Monday was given 71 months and…

posted 2014-09-04 08:17:08 by KXEL

New trial date set for former Forest City officer

A judge has set a new trial date of Oct. 29 for a former Forest City police officer charged with burglary and arson. In May the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for 37-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker.  The Appeals…

posted 2014-09-04 06:23:25 by KXEL

Resident wants election to pick Oelwein mayor

An Oelwein resident says he's gathering signatures to force a special election to choose the northeast Iowa city's mayor. John Walker vowed to collect enough signatures to hold a special election. His effort followed the City Council's decision last week…

posted 2014-09-04 05:58:09 by KXEL

Judge: Health fund can't sue Iowa's 3 universities

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force Iowa's public universities to pay into a fund that subsidizes insurance for Iowans with health risks. Judge Dennis Stovall says the Iowa Individual Health Benefit Reinsurance Association doesn't have the authority…

posted 2014-09-04 05:56:30 by KXEL

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