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Prairie Walk and Talk

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A Prairie Walk and Talk will be going through the Cedar Hills Sand Prairie.
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Waterloo band to play final concert

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The Waterloo Municipal Band will play their final concert of the season on Thursday, July 24. More>>

Waterloo students selected for Virtual Youth Choir

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Some Waterloo students will find internet fame singing in a video that will premier at the Glasgow 2014 United Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom. More>>

4H clubs push hunger awareness at fair

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\Local 4-H clubs are stepping up support for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank at the Black Hawk County Fair. More>>

Have a fan you aren't using? Salvation Army needs help

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It's extremely hot outside and some people can't afford or don't have air conditioning.
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Waterloo Fire crews pull car from Black Hawk Creek

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Waterloo Fire and Rescue crews were called to Black Hawk Creek, just off of Falls Avenue, early Tuesday afternoon after a car was found floating in the water. More>>

Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair starts Tuesday

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The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair starts this week in Waterloo.
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UNI brings back homecoming parade after 7-year hiatus

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The University of Northern Iowa is bringing back its annual homecoming parade this year after a seven-year break. More>>

Early RAGBRAI stop peddles advice to eastern Iowa hosts Video included

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As the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa rolls on, Monday featured one of the shortest legs along the route. That's a good thing considering the heat.
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Constable wins Waterloo Open in a sudden-death playoff Video included

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Last year at this time, Donald Constable of Minnesota was struggling mightily in his first year on the PGA tour. On Sunday, Constable won the Waterloo Open championship and the $55,000 first place prize in a playoff with Jeffery Kellen of Oklahoma.
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Waterloo Police Dept. recruiting volunteer officers

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Waterloo area residents are being encouraged to apply to be volunteer police officers.
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Fareway Dietitian: RAGBRAI Nutrition Video included

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During extensive endurance training, an athlete needs proper nutrition before, during and after the workout. Carbohydrates, fat and protein are essential in meeting three main goals:


1. Provide calories


2. Restore glycogen


3. Repair lean body mass
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RAGBRAI riders roll out of Waterloo

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RAGBRAI riders are ready to roll out of Western Iowa Sunday to start the big ride across Iowa. More>>

BBQ takes over downtown Waterloo

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Barbeque lovers from all over brought their appetites to Lincoln Park downtown Waterloo. More>>

Police identify two of four men caught on camera burglarizing Waterloo church Video included

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Police need your help to find and identify four men caught on surveillance video burglarizing and vandalizing Burton Avenue Baptist Church in Waterloo. Two of the suspects are identified as 21-year-old Taylor Gray and 20-year-old Jalan Culpepper. More>>

RAGBRAI means big business for Cedar Falls repairman Video included

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Brent Johnson, owner of Bike Tech in Cedar Falls, has been working around the clock for months.He said RAGBRAI is the busiest time of year for his business doing tune-ups, repairs and selling bikes.Johnson is also going to work with one of ten official RAGBRAI repair trailers that'll help riders on the route."Pretty much everything we do here at the store is what we can see out there, so it's trying to pack a mobile repair department inside a pick-up truck," he said.Johnson said he's prepared... More>>

Waterloo to consider letting police hold vehicles used in crimes

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Waterloo officials may soon consider a proposal that would allow authorities to seize vehicles used in certain crimes and hold them until the owners pay a fine. More>>

Rare albino barred owl undergoing rehab in Cedar Falls Video included

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Linda Nebbe has been rehabilitating animals for decades, but said she's never seen an albino barred owl. More>>

Warrants bring new details in Hogan murder investigation

Shaun Hogan, 36, has been charged with the murder of Crystal Gaffney. Shaun Hogan, 36, has been charged with the murder of Crystal Gaffney.
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Search warrants detail the items seized from the home of Shaun Hogan, a suspect in the murder of a Waterloo woman. According to the warrants, Crystal Gaffney's children were reportedly overheard saying they saw Hogan stab their mother. More>>

Former Covenant employee admits taking photo of naked patient Video included

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A former hospital employee admits she took a photo of a naked patient in Covenant Hospital's emergency room. More>>

Waverly Health Center prepares for RAGBRAI Video included

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RAGBRAI kicks off Sunday with bike riders making their way across the state to the Mississippi River. For the first time in 15 years, Waverly is hosting an overnight stop. The 20,000 RAGBRAI participants will triple the size of the community. The Waverly Health Center is gearing up for the town's overnight stop. More>>

Dan Morrissey appeal of 90-year sentence denied

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The Iowa Court of Appeals has denied Daniel Morrissey's appeal of his 90-year prison sentence on drug-related charges. More>>

UPDATE: Suspected hit-and-run driver found Video included

Juwon Culpepper Juwon Culpepper
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UPDATE: Waterloo police say as of Wednesday morning, Juwon Culpepper has been found. More>>

More than 150 tractors to tour Northeast Iowa

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More than 150 tractors will roll into Waverly this week as part of the 7th annual North Iowa Tractor Ride.The ride, presented by Auto Edge of Mason City and hosted by North Iowa Broadcasting, begins on Thursday, July 17th with registration at Waverly-Shell Rock Senior High School in Waverly.Students with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) will host the riders and raise money for their school projects.The ride will tour some of the most scenic areas in Northeast Iowa, including winding back a... More>>

Cool temps slow summer staples Video included

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If you can't stand the heat, well, that's not really a problem. More>>

4 children honored as Caring Citizens for saving 8-year-old

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The Waterloo Police Department is honoring four area children for their role in a recent water rescue. More>>

Hospital celebrates with tea party

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Sartori Memorial Hospital will host a 100th Anniversary Tea Party on August 27. More>>

UPDATE: Teen taken into custody in Waterloo retaliation shooting Video included

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A minor was taken into custody after an apparent retaliation from a July 4 incident in which the suspect himself was shot in the back of the leg. More>>

Rasberry Williams, sentence commuted by Gov, paroled Monday

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A Waterloo man who was convicted and served decades for killing a man for a gambling debt and had his sentence commuted by the governor got out of prison today. More>>

Someone You Should Know: Rod Hamer Video included

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After nine years and thousands of volunteer hours, Rod Hamer still gives his time and heart to the American Red Cross.

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Family and friends honor Crystal Gaffney's life Video included

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Family and friends gathered Sunday night in Waterloo to honor the life of Crystal Gaffney. More>>

Nature reserve hosts turtle exhibit

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The Hartman Reserve Nature Center is will host the traveling exhibit "Turtles: Secrets of the Shell." More>>

"Run or Dye" 5K brings hundreds to Waterloo Video included

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Hundreds of people got doused in color dye as the group celebrated the end of the Waterloo "Run or Dye" event. More>>

Evansdale Police Chief 2 years later: "We lost our innocence." Video included

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Sunday marks two years since Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins went missing during a bike ride at Meyers Lake in Evansdale. More>>

Boys & Girls Club goes camping at George Wyth

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Members of the Boys Girls Club will participate in a summer camping program at George Wyth State Park. More>>

Waterloo car show to raise money for Retrieving Freedom

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The 6th Annual Rydell Car Show Benefit is scheduled for July 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. More>>

Benefit in Evansdale for woman battling cancer

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 A benefit will be held Sat., July 12, at 5 p.m. at the Millenium Hall in Evansdale for Colleen Rambo. More>>

Nigerian woman speaks out about terrorists groups

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Dozens gathered in South Waterloo Church Friday evening to learn more about Boko Haram and other terrorists groups in Nigeria. More>>

Shaun Hogan appears in court, victim's family reacts Video included

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Crystal Gaffney was just 29 years old when her body was found on a rural Linn County road. "Crystal was a good person," said John Maynard, Crystal's uncle. "She didn't deserve to die, and especially the way she went." More>>

Fund set up for daughters of Crystal Gaffney, funeral pending

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Family members have opened an account for Crystal Gaffney a day after authorities announced the 29-year-old was killed. More>>

Shaun Hogan family statement: 'We loved Crystal, and we love the girls'

The body of Crystal Gaffney, 29, of Waterloo was found earlier this week in Walker, IA. The body of Crystal Gaffney, 29, of Waterloo was found earlier this week in Walker, IA.
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The family of Shaun Hogan issued the following statement to KWWL on Friday: More>>

UPDATE: Shaun Hogan bond set at $1 million cash only

Shaun Hogan, now charged with first-degree murder in death of Crystal Gaffney Shaun Hogan, now charged with first-degree murder in death of Crystal Gaffney
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The man accused of killing a Waterloo woman had his initial appearance in Linn County court today. More>>

Hundreds expected at memorial ride for Evansdale cousins

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The annual "Memorial Ride Drive for the Girls" is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th. All motorcycles and cars are welcome. More>>

Shaun Hogan showed up at stepfather's door Video included

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When Shaun Hogan showed up at the door of Calvin Jones' apartment, he didn't know what to think. More>>

Recent Facebook posts from murder victim Crystal Gaffney Video included

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We looked at the Facebook page belonging to the woman whose body was found in Linn County, Crystal Gaffney. On June 30th, Crystal Gaffney ended a relationship. More>>

Crystal Gaffney and Shaun Hogan: What we know Video included

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Here's what KWWL has learned about Crystal Gaffney, the woman found dead Wednesday morning, and Shaun Hogan, the man accused of killing her: More>>

Shaun Hogan and Crystal Gaffney would have met in court

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The man who is suspected to have abducted three girls and wanted for questioning in a woman's death was supposed to appear in court in Waterloo on Thursday. More>>

Hudson man arrested for shooting

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A man was arrested for pointing a gun at another man and firing it after hunting. More>>

UPDATE: Walker woman found dead also mother of AMBER Alert kids Video included

Shaun Hogan, 36, is being sought by the Linn County Sheriff's Office Shaun Hogan, 36, is being sought by the Linn County Sheriff's Office
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Family members say a woman found dead in Walker is also the mother of three children involved in an AMBER Alert Wednesday, and 36-year-old Shaun Hogan is being sought for questioning in both incidents. More>>

Cedar Falls honored as an affordable college town

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Cedar Falls has been honored as number 22 on a list of 50 Great Affordable College Town by Great Value Colleges. More>>

Hartman Nature Reserve hosts "Paddle in the Park"

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Hartman Reserve Nature Center is offering an opportunity to canoe or kayak at Big Woods Lake. More>>

Mexican man convicted of assuming U.S. citizen's identity

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 An illegal alien from Mexico has been convicted of living in Cedar Falls under the assumed identity of a U.S. citizen, according to a representative at the U.S. Department of Justice. More>>

Downtown Waterloo goes to the dogs with Wiggly Field

Jim Walsh cuts the ribbon at Wiggly Field in downtown Waterloo on Wednesday, surounded by the Cedar Valley Ambassadors. (Amie Steffeneicher, KWWL) Jim Walsh cuts the ribbon at Wiggly Field in downtown Waterloo on Wednesday, surounded by the Cedar Valley Ambassadors. (Amie Steffeneicher, KWWL)
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Nicole Dunham lives right in the heart of downtown Waterloo, but every time she wants to take her corgi, Boswell, off-leash to play with other dogs, she has to drive to one of the area's two dog parks. Not anymore. More>>

Hudson fire destroys hog building, firefighters save most pigs

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A farm owner says firefighters saved hundreds of pigs from a fire that destroyed one building and damaged another at the farm south of Waterloo, near Hudson. More>>

Irish Fest 5k Walk & Run Registration Underway

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Registration is underway for the 2014 Irish Fest 5k Walk Run, set for Saturday, August 2, in downtown Waterloo. Participants can register online until July 31 at SignMeUp.com/98690, or by visiting the Irish Fest website at IowaIrishFest.com. The early registration period has concluded, so registration is now $25.00. After the online registration ends July 31, walk/run participants will need to register in person. The 4th annual Irish Fest 5k Walk and Run is just part of the Irish Fest weeken... More>>

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  • Prime Time League Basketball comes to the Cedar Valley

    Prime Time League Basketball comes to the Cedar Valley

    Prime Time League Basketball comes to the Cedar Valley

    Friday, July 4 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-07-04 15:23:24 GMT
     The Prime Time League is in its 28th season of giving some of the best college basketball players in the state east of Ames a place to play summer ball.More >>
    The Prime Time League is in its 28th season of giving some of the best college basketball players in the state east of Ames a place to play summer ball.More >>
  • 2014 UNI Athletics Hall of Fame announced

    2014 UNI Athletics Hall of Fame announced

    2014 UNI Athletics Hall of Fame announced

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-02 03:39:02 GMT
    2014 UNI Athletics Hall of Fame announced and it features Jill Arganbright the Missouri Valley Conference volleyball career assists leader.... Tony Davis an NCAA champion and runnerup in wrestling. Rachel Jansen a four-time All-American in - track field. Brad Meester, a two-time All-American in - football..who just finished a 14 year NFL career with Jacksonville. And Tyler Mulder an NCAA champion in the 800 meters in track field--also the 1975UNI wrestling team.More >>
    2014 UNI Athletics Hall of Fame announced and it features Jill Arganbright the Missouri Valley Conference volleyball career assists leader.... Tony Davis an NCAA champion and runnerup in wrestling. Rachel Jansen a four-time All-American in - track field. Brad Meester, a two-time All-American in - football..who just finished a 14 year NFL career with Jacksonville. And Tyler Mulder an NCAA champion in the 800 meters in track field--also the 1975UNI wrestling team.More >>
  • UNI Volleyball signs two

    UNI Volleyball signs two

    UNI Volleyball signs two

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-02 03:38:44 GMT
    University of Northern Iowa head volleyball coach Bobbi Petersen has announced the signing of two more players for the 2014 Panther volleyball squad.The Panthers have added Lexi Astor (Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge HS) and Kennedy Gaffney (Urbana, Iowa/Center Point-Urbana HS). Astor is a 5’10” outside hitter, while Gaffney is a 6’0” middle hitter/outside hitter.More >>
    University of Northern Iowa head volleyball coach Bobbi Petersen has announced the signing of two more players for the 2014 Panther volleyball squad.The Panthers have added Lexi Astor (Fort Dodge, Iowa/Fort Dodge HS) and Kennedy Gaffney (Urbana, Iowa/Center Point-Urbana HS). Astor is a 5’10” outside hitter, while Gaffney is a 6’0” middle hitter/outside hitter.More >>

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