Iowa

Police look into reported Missouri sighting of Iowa student

KEARNEY, Mo. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a report that a missing Iowa college student might have been seen in northwest Missouri. Police in Kearney, Missouri, say an employee at a truck stop reported Sunday that she saw a young girl resembling Mollie Tibbetts. The department said in a statement that it spoke to witnesses and reviewed video footage before…

Iowa Hospital System Alerts Patients to Cyber Breach

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – A major Iowa hospital and medical clinic system has notified about 1.4 million patients and former patients about a computer breach that might have exposed their personal information. UnityPoint Health officials say hackers used broke into the company’s email system and could have obtained medical information. UnityPoint’s privacy officer, RaeAnn Isaacson, said Monday the company…

New Teletype Machines Coming Online for Deaf and Blind Veterans

OMAHA, Neb. – The health care system for Nebraska and western Iowa veterans has ordered teletype machines so deaf or blind veterans can contact the Veterans Affairs Department. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System said last week that it’s ordered some of the machines. One will go in the lobby of the VA hospital…

A Favorite Tourist Destination Among Locals Prepares for the Fourth

The population Okoboji, Iowa absolutely booms over the summer months, with the 4th of July holiday week being one of the most popular. Traveling to the Iowa Great Lakes destination is not only a favorite trip each year, but a tradition for many families throughout the Sioux Empire. Learn more about what’s in store for visitors this week in the video clip…

Celebrating 100 Years at West Lake Okoboji Resort

Fillenwarth family carries on tradition of hosting families to the Iowa Great Lakes region

In-between boat rides, time on the dock, fun places to dine, and the sounds of the season in West Lake Okoboji, it’s worth stopping to talk with the owners of Fillenwarth Beach. The resort has been in the Fillenwarth family for ten decades and the current caretakers are thrilled their guests keep coming back so that they may carry on the tradition….

Rock Valley Gears Up For More Flooding

ROCK VALLEY, I.A. – A travel ban has been lifted for Rock Valley, Iowa after experiencing back-to-back floods in just one weekend. However, residents may not be out of the woods yet. With a rainy forecast glooming over the town, flooding is still a mayor problem. As the relentless rain pounds the pavement, floods are taking over the town. It…

SD Highway 46 Open

SD Highway 46 Now Open at the Iowa State Border

YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Transportation officials say South Dakota Highway 46 is now open at the Iowa state line by Haywarden, Iowa. The roadway had been closed due to flooding. Motorists are encouraged to still drive safely through that area. Get the most up-to-date information on road conditions at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by calling 5-1-1 before heading out….

Flooding Causes Issues for Residents in Rock Rapids

ROCK RAPIDS, IA- In northwest Iowa, Lyon county has received the brunt of the rainfall with the city of Rock Rapids experiencing the serious flooding. They’ve received almost five inches of rain within the past 48 hours. Parks and farmland were submerged in water due to flooding from the rock river. It rose more than 18 inches barely missing major…

Primary Election Results Have Iowa Democrats Hopeful Heading Into Fall

DES MOINES, Iowa – A wealthy businessman who has never been elected to public office will challenge Iowa’s Republican governor in November, offering voters two candidates with contrasting backgrounds and visions for the state. Fred Hubbell, a retired insurance executive, secured the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary by winning a crowded five-candidate contest. He’ll face Gov. Kim Reynolds, who ran…

Iowa To Require Voter ID At the Polls

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s upcoming primary will mark the first statewide test of a new law that requires voters to show identification at the polls. State officials and voting advocacy groups say they’re keeping a close watch on its rollout Tuesday. The law, which was passed last year and is being phased in, requires voters in 2018 to be…

Former Iowa Teacher To Change Plea in Sexual Exploitation Case

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – A former northwest Iowa fifth-grade teacher charged with multiple acts of sex abuse is expected to change his plea in a federal case filed against him. Court records say a plea hearing is scheduled June 11 in U.S. District Court in Sioux City for 36-year-old Curtis Van Dam. He’s already pleaded not guilty to a count…

2018 Tulip Festival Underway

ORANGE CITY, IA – For the 78th year Orange City celebrates it’s Dutch heritage. The Tulip Festival started as a small celebration of Dutch culture in 1938, but has since grown to become one of the biggest attractions for the area. Volunteers and organizers say there’s something for everyone at the festival, and the community takes great pride celebrating the…

Iowa Farmers Catching Up on Spring Planting

DES MOINES, Iowa – Although spring storms initially slowed spring planting progress in Iowa and Nebraska, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers have nearly caught up to five-year averages in the past week. Iowa farmers have 40 percent of the corn crop planted, about three days behind the average at this point in the season. Three percent of corn…

“Heartbeat” Bill Passes Through Iowa Statehouse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers have passed what could be the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country. Republican lawmakers with control of the statehouse passed the so-called “heartbeat” bill early Wednesday, with back-to-back chamber votes along party lines. The legislation would effectively ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with exemptions for cases of rape and…

Iowa Receives $51 Million From Tobacco Companies

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa received nearly $51 million Thursday from tobacco companies – the state’s annual share of a 1998 landmark legal settlement in which tobacco companies pay states for smoking-related health care costs. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office says that in the last 20 years, Iowa has received more than $1.2 billion in payments under the settlement. The…

Flood Warning Issued on Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Flooding continues to be a possibility on the Big Sioux River. Water levels have been high for the past week and now a warning has been issued from Dell Rapids to the Iowa Border. So far, flooding from the Big Sioux River has been minor, and hasn’t affected much. However, some farmers need to be aware of…

What Happened to Saturday’s Snow?

Waking Up... You May Have Noticed A Lack of Snow...

Waking up Saturday, you might have noticed that there wasn’t a lot of heavy snow falling across the Sioux Empire. Even though a Colorado Low was moving through the KDLT forecast area, and the KDLT meteorologists had been forecasting heavy snow, it wasn’t there. That might have you asking why? The answer laid to our southeast. Wednesday AM Futurecast Showing…

Death Toll Mounts in Iowa Due to the Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Public Health Department says in its latest report that 157 Iowa residents have died of flu-related illnesses since Oct. 1 – the worst flu season since the swine flu outbreak in 2009. The department says that at this point last flu season, just 50 confirmed flu deaths had been reported in Iowa. A federal…