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Woodbury County supervisors are considering an ordinance that would prohibit trucks from using loud compression brakes on some county roads, but other western Iowa counties that have a similar ordinance in place say it’s difficult to enforce.

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A northwest Iowa man who burned four LGBTQ library books in Orange City in October has received a fifth-degree criminal mischief charge.

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A University of Iowa scientist is studying different ways to manage flooding in northwest Iowa’s great lakes.

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The company that runs two of Iowa’s medical cannabis dispensaries is calling their first weekend of sales an “absolute success.”

Iowa’s only medical marijuana manufacturer MedPharm Iowa reports it served about 120 patients at its Windsor Heights dispensary in suburban Des Moines and at least 15 in Sioux City over the weekend.

MedPharm’s General Manager Lucas Nelson was at MedPharm’s Windsor Heights dispensary. He said opening day was “a whirlwind of emotions.”

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Iowa’s long awaited medical cannabis program began Saturday, as people with certain medical conditions were able to buy medical marijuana at five dispensaries in the state.

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Five dispensaries across Iowa will begin distributing medical cannabis products for approved patients on Saturday.


The head of Iowa’s Department of Human Services says the state’s regional mental health system is working, despite some counties leaving their regions and joining others. In Iowa, counties group together to manage and deliver their own mental health and disability services.

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Sioux City council members have passed an ordinance giving officers a way to take action against someone misusing a toy firearm like a BB gun. The weapons are not being banned within city limits.

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Iowa’s 4th District Rep. Steve King spoke to a rotary club in Sioux City Monday about what he’s looking forward to when he returns to Capitol Hill. The lame-duck session starts Tuesday.

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A northwest Iowa family is bringing holiday cheer to their part of the state with a massive country Christmas lights display.

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Members of the Native American community journeyed on foot through Sioux City on Wednesday to memorialize Native children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care.

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Iowa’s Department of Human Services says the state’s foster care system has come a long way in helping children in unsafe home situations, but there’s more that needs to be done. The state is embracing a federal law passed earlier this year that supports keeping families together.

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Sioux City officials are in the process of changing the city’s weapons code to prohibit people from carrying toy firearms like BB guns in city limits. Local police say these guns look like real firearms, and banning them could curb crime.

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A ship named after Sioux City will be commissioned as a Navy warship at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland Saturday

Iowa’s junior Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst will deliver the principal address at the commissioning ceremony, marking the beginning of the ship’s service. Ernst says it’s an honor for the ship to share a name with the state’s 4th largest city and engage with Iowa’s heritage.

"So we certainly want to share that with the sailors of that ship and make sure they understand how important they are to us," she says. 

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Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources is working on finalizing a plan to improve a northwest Iowa lake plagued by poor water quality.

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Veterans from western Iowa gathered at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City Monday to talk about the challenges in starting or growing a small business and the resources they can use after reentering civilian society.

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Former congressional candidate J.D. Scholten says he’s not sure what the future holds after he was beaten by Republican Congressman Steve King to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

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Two of Iowa’s congressional incumbents won reelection Tuesday, though one of them ended up in a closer-than-usual race.  In the 4th District in northwest and north-central Iowa, Republican Steve King beat out Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten, 50 to 47 percent.  Libertarian Charles Aldrich got 2 percent of the vote. In his previous eight wins, King never received less than 53 percent of the vote.

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Many people in western Iowa are among those throughout the state taking advantage of the last few days of early voting before Election Day.

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Three corporations that donate to Republican Congressman Steve King’s campaign have decided not to make future contributions over his comments on race and support of white nationalists. An Iowa State University professor says it’s possible this could affect the 4th Congressional District race.

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A northwest Iowa library has been inundated with donations from in and outside of the state after a man burned several LGBTQ children’s books during a gay pride festival.

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There’s an old saying in baseball that “good pitching beats good hitting.” In Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, a former minor league baseball pitcher is hoping to bring enough heat to defeat eight-term Republican Congressman Steve King, R-Kiron. But it’s a big challenge in a district that is reliably Republican.

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Environmentalists are protecting 500 acres of southwest Iowa’s Loess Hills prairie from future development by turning it into a public area for hiking and birding.

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A mental health region in western Iowa won’t disband now that its two remaining counties are taking in a neighbor to the north.

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State environmental officials plan to monitor some sport fish along the Missouri River despite closing Iowa’s only monitoring station on the river earlier this month.

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A library in northwest Iowa is considering its next steps after a religious activist burned several books.

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A Sioux City family-owned eatery known for its hot dogs is celebrating a century in the community this week. The co-owners attribute the business’s success to its customer base.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has been traveling the country to rally for candidates he says could make a difference. One of those candidates he believes in is J.D. Scholten, the Democrat running to represent Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

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Work has wrapped up on a 60-year project to widen a state highway stretching from eastern to western Iowa. Officials will celebrate the conversion of U.S. Highway 20 to a four-lane road on Friday.

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During the second gubernatorial debate held in Sioux City Wednesday night, the candidates fought over their positions on the state’s fiscal situation and the future of Medicaid.