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Saturday Morning Fishing Report

For lake locations, maps and other information, go to www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/FishingReports.aspx   The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and

Survey suggests Midwest economy losing steam

An Omaha -based economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest states suggests the regional economy is losing steam.   The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped below growth neutral in the February survey, hitting 48.4, compared with 50.8 in January and 56.1 in December.   The survey indexes range from 0 to 100, with 50

Tests confirm virus outbreak sickened 30 Ames library employees

Tests have confirmed that norovirus is to blame for the illnesses of more than 30 employees at the Ames Public Library.   Officials said Thursday that results from a state hygienic lab confirmed officials’ suspicion that norovirus was responsible. The illnesses caused the library to close its doors Wednesday. It was also closed Thursday.  

Mississippi River

Des Moines officials say runoff has affected water

Officials in Des Moines say recent runoff caused by warmer weather has affected the taste and odor of water.   Des Moines Water Works says extra runoff in the water supply has caused the utility to use more chlorine in its finished product. The change has been going on for three weeks.   The Raccoon


Iowa Panel OKs Texting-while-driving Legislation

Iowa lawmakers advanced a bill that would further crack down on texting while driving.   The Senate Transportation Committee approved the measure Thursday on an 11-1 vote, with Republican Senator Jerry Behn of Boone voting against it. The bill is now up for debate on the Senate floor.   Current law prohibits texting while driving,

Northwood fire

Officials Applaud Help During Northwood Evacuation

Officials have applauded the work of volunteers who helped with the evacuation of a small northern Iowa city following a chemical fire.   Authorities in Northwood used buses Thursday morning to transport residents to a community center in nearby Kensett. The buses were later used to bring residents back when the evacuation was called off

Power Outage Effected North Iowa

A power outage has effected hundreds of customers of Heartland Power in North Iowa, including KIOW Radio.  The power was lost at KIOW at 8:15pm on Thursday, and remained off until 12:30am Friday.  Heartland Power officials said crews have been working on restoring power to areas like Buffalo Center and Thompson, but the heavy snow

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Northwood Fire Contained and Out

Residents were startled by a series of explosions coming from an out building at the Northwood Municipal Airport. The resulting fire sent fumes blown around by winds into Northwood. Law enforcement scrambled to evacuate the entire town because of the seriousness of the smoke. The building on fire was storing fertilizer that contained sulfuric acid.


BREAKING NEWS: Explosion and Fire in Northwood Forcing Evacuation

The Worth County Emergency Management, the Worth County Sheriffs Department, all Northwood Emergency Services have responded to an explosion and fire at the Northwood Municipal Airport. Residents are ordered to evacuate the city because the fire involves sulfuric acid containers. Residents have to report to the Kensett Community Center approximately six miles south of Northwood


A Blizzard Warning for the Forest City Area

At this hour, the National Weather Service has put a Blizzard Warning into effect for the listening area. Winds overnight have been in the 20 mile per hour range, but are expected to increase to nearly 44 miles per hour after 9am out of the northwest. Precipitation is expected to increase in the form of heavy snow.