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Cedar Falls City Hall

Cedar Falls Council Approves Rental Conversion Ban

Cedar Falls Council Approves Rental Conversion Ban

he Cedar Falls City Council has approved a six-month moratorium blocking the conversion of single-family homes into rental properties. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the ban. The moratorium can be extended to a year, but there are exceptions for people experiencing financial hardship. People can also still rent to their family members. The

Branstad signing law

Two Counties Added to Disaster Declaration

Two more Iowa counties have been added to a federal disaster declaration issued recently in response to severe weather. Governor Terry Branstad announced Tuesday that Crawford and Shelby counties have been added to the disaster declaration granted two weeks ago to 22 Iowa counties that experienced damage due to storms and flooding. The governor requested the

Woodbury County Jail

Woodbury County Considers More Nurses at Jail

Woodbury County officials are considering whether to add more nurses to treat inmates at the jail, after its sheriff pleaded for more support. The county board met Tuesday to consider the proposal. They will look into costs before making a decision in September. County Sheriff Dave Drew told board members he needs the additional personnel

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Jury in Murder Trial Finds Iowa Man Guilty

A jury has found a Fort Dodge man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of a teenager at a party. The Webster County jury reached the verdict Tuesday in the trial of 28-year-old Derrick McElroy. McElroy was accused of shooting 19-year-old Brandyn Preston at a bonfire party in May 2011. Preston survived the shooting

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Charges Are Filed in Boating Accident

On August 4th, KIOW News reported a rare boating accident that took place on Clear Lake. The boat pilot, William Nicholas, allegedly rammed his craft into a docked boat according to officials. Nicholas was reportedly intoxicated at the time and over the legal limit. He was carrying 10 passengers at the time and all reportedly


Winnebago County Now Striping Roads

The Winnebago County Road Department is painting edge and center lines on county roads near Buffalo Center, Thompson, Scarville, Lake Mills, Forest City, and Leland.  When painting, a paint truck will be trailed by a signed vehicle warning motorists of wet paint.  Officials warn that wet paint may cause damage to vehicles.  Motorists are encouraged to avoid

Taste of Forest City

Taste of Forest City to be held at Waldorf College

For over five years, Waldorf College has been host to the annual Taste of Forest City community fair. This year, the event will be held on Wednesday, September 3 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Atrium. “This event is a great way for students to see what Forest City has to offer,” Anjaih Clemons,

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Summer Stargazing Program Scheduled

Do you sometimes wonder what that bright star is that you keep seeing in the nighttime sky? Maybe it’s not even a star at all! To find out what you’re seeing, plan to attend the Winnebago County Conservation Board’s Summer Stargazing program at the Pilot Knob State Park tower. The program will be held on

Iowa State Fair

Officials: Attendance Down at Iowa State Fair

More than 1 million people went to the Iowa State Fair this year, but attendance was down. Fair spokeswoman Lori Chappell said that preliminary records show nearly 1,016,000 people attended the fair during its 11-day run. The fair ended Sunday. It’s the lowest attendance since 2010, when just over 967,000 people went to the fair. About

Northwest Iowa Manure Spills Kill Many Fish

The Department of Natural Resources says a manure spill at a northwest Iowa dairy has likely caused the death of thousands of fish. The DNR announced Monday that the spill at Summit Dairy near Paulina apparently happened Friday during a rainstorm. On Saturday, a citizen reported seeing dead fish in Mill Creek. The DNR responded