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Officials investigate fire at Wells ice cream plant

Authorities are investigating the cause of a small electrical fire at a northwest Iowa plant owned by the makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. Wells Enterprises says efforts are underway to figure out the cause of the Monday night fire…

posted 2014-11-25 17:45:46 by KXEL

Fort Dodge teen sentenced in drive-by shooting

A Fort Dodge teenager has been given five years in prison for his involvement in a drive-by shooting. Eighteen-year-old Xavier Rhone was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court on a charge of going armed with intent.  Judge Kurt Wilke…

posted 2014-11-25 12:52:25 by KXEL

2 plead guilty in connection to Sioux City house fires

Two people have pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a string of house fires in Sioux City. A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree arson as part of a plea deal that will dismiss a third-degree burglary charge. Thirty-two-year-old…

posted 2014-11-25 12:51:04 by KXEL

Burlington school sends gifts to poor kids overseas

An Iowa school has filled more than 3,500 shoeboxes with items like toys and clothing intended for impoverished children overseas. On Monday, the shoeboxes filled by Great River Christian School students were loaded into a semitrailer destined for Minneapolis, where…

posted 2014-11-25 10:43:58 by KXEL

Man injured in jail escape gets 15 years

A 32-year-old man who broke an arm while climbing out of a vent to escape the Webster County Jail been given 15 years in prison. George Johnson was sentenced on Monday in Webster County District Court.  He'd pleaded guilty on…

posted 2014-11-25 10:42:33 by KXEL

Police: 1 killed, 1 injured in Davenport crash

Police say one person has died after a UPS semitrailer hit a minivan in a Davenport intersection. Capt. Paul Sikorski tells the Quad-City Times that the truck was headed north on Monday when it struck the van, which was headed…

posted 2014-11-25 06:27:07 by KXEL

Man charged with Eldon bait shop slaying

A 24-year-old man has been charged with killing a man whose body was found inside a southeast Iowa bait shop. Authorities say Ricky Davidson was arrested around 1 p.m. Monday.  He's charged with murder and burglary in slaying of 64-year-old…

posted 2014-11-25 06:26:21 by KXEL


Webster City Boy Scout troop restores nativity scene

A Boy Scout troop has restored a barn-like structure used for many years as a nativity scene in Webster City. The structure was built as part of an Eagle Scout project by Brandon Hayes in 1989.  Local organizations contributed to…

posted 2014-11-24 15:57:12 by KXEL

Bottled water advisory issued for Churdan

The Department of Natural Resources and the city of Churdan in Greene County have issued a bottled water advisory following loss of water pressure shortly after noon on Monday. The pressure loss occurred as a valve started leaking as the…

posted 2014-11-24 13:33:09 by KXEL

Officials: 3 still hospitalized after crash kills 5

Authorities say three people remain hospitalized following a two-car collision that killed five people near Sloan. The Iowa State Patrol says 70-year-old Larry Malone and 37-year-old Jessica Malone are being treated at Mercy Medical Center Sioux City.  Fifty-three-year-old Shishay Gidey…

posted 2014-11-24 12:58:55 by KXEL

Northwest Iowa man pleads not guilty in wife's abuse

A northwest Iowa man accused of sexually abusing his wife and forcing her to terminate pregnancies has pleaded not guilty to charges. The 54-year-old man entered the written plea Monday in Buena Vista County District Court.  He is charged with…

posted 2014-11-24 12:08:18 by KXEL

Mason City elderly get Thanksgiving meal after all

Volunteers have held an annual Thanksgiving meal for the elderly after having to scramble when health officials objected to a food preparation plan. This year's free Mason City Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner was canceled after the Cerro Gordo County's public…

posted 2014-11-24 11:39:46 by KXEL