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The Storm Lake boys basketball team lost to Lakes Conference rival Spirit Lake at home Tuesday. The Tornadoes (7-10) fell 91-69 to the Indians for their second defeat in a row. Storm Lake head coach Heath Stille chalked the...
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But we don't want to get arrested! (02/09/16)
As the macho, gun-toting, testosterone-addled cowboys who took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon call it quits, their pitiful whine can be heard all the way to Florida: "Waaahhh...but we don't wanna get arrested..." So much for the rugged-individualists and badproponents of personal responsibility...
Stepping up for your roots (02/04/16)
Many Iowans grew up and were raised in a rural small town setting. We started out in the neighborhood, were supported by the church setting and later educated by the school system. The eighteen years passed by quickly, frequently interspersed with part time jobs at the local stores, service facilities and maybe the local business or production center. ...
Be the voice (02/01/16)
At only a couple days away from the Caucuses in Iowa, the emotions are high. There's a lot of commotion and a lot of attention to what Iowans are thinking in regards to a wide variety of national issues. I personally cannot vote but I'm trying to do my part by asking questions and encouraging people to participate in the electoral process...
American success (01/26/16)
I saw the movie Concussion and personally believe Will Smith should at least be nominated for best actor. The movie is also worthy of a best picture nomination. I am not basing this opinion on the color of Will Smith's skin. Smith is a brilliant actor who happens to be black. I didn't watch Concussion thinking this is a good movie because Smith is black. Concussion is an extremely well made movie with a star actor...
What's the matter with America? (01/19/16)
Prior to the American Revolution only the wealthy elites ruled nations. When our forefathers setup a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people", the idea that the common man could run a country was shocking and frightened the wealthy elites of the world. ...
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Turkey continues assault on Syria Kurds
A Turkish assault on positions claimed by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria continues into a second day.
VIDEO: Moment earthquake hit New Zealand
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday.
UK band Viola Beach 'killed in Sweden'
Five British nationals die in a car crash in Sweden, the Foreign Office says, and it is understood members of the indie band Viola Beach were killed.
Hammond: EU talks will go down to wire
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Britain needs a "robust deal" for staying in the EU, which will only be decided when European heads of government meet on Thursday.
Row over US Supreme Court future
The death of one of the most conservative members of the US Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, sparks a battle for its control.
Venus Williams wins 49th title
Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams beats Misaki Doi in straight sets to win the inaugural Taiwan Open on Sunday.
Cyprus aims to heal its great divide
Hope is growing that decades of division between northern and southern Cyprus could be coming to an end, says Greg Dawson.
The dating apps taking on Tinder
Valentine's Day drives big audiences to dating apps - but with market leader Tinder boasting 26 million matches daily, is there room for competition?
Cliffs fall in New Zealand earthquake
Cliffs collapse in New Zealand during an 5.7 magnitude earthquake in the city of Christchurch, days before the anniversary of the deadly 2011 quake.
Rowers rescued from Atlantic crossing
Four British rowers trying to cross the Atlantic are rescued after their boat capsizes and they lose their oars.
State news
Attorney: Drop charges against coach over missing video
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An attorney for Des Moines high school coach Gerald "Tig" Johnson says sex abuse charges against him should be dismissed because video evidence that could have exonerated him has been destroyed....
Man accused of shooting officer has bond set at $300,000
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- An 18-year-old man suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer has had his bond set at $300,000....
Clive Learning 4th-graders get therapy dog to keep in class
CLIVE, Iowa (AP) -- Fourth-graders at Clive Learning Academy are getting a new addition to their classroom - and this one has four legs....
University of Iowa says hunt for goat less than $10,000
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- University of Iowa officials say the 10-day hunt for an escaped research goat has likely cost the institution less than $10,000 in staff time, business continuity and related expenses....
Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete "isolation boxes" for days or weeks and wouldn't let them out unless they sat in a specific posture for 24 hours, according to several former students....