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Volunteers needed for Waterloo high school dropouts

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In Waterloo, over 100 high schoolers dropped out in 2013. To combat that, the "Reconnect to Graduate" event is seeking volunteers for 3 hours on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 6.
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Black Hawk County 4-H collects 500 lbs of food for Food Bank

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During the Black Hawk County Fair last month, 4-H clubs across were challenged to bring canned food items for donation to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. More>>

Waterloo Police: Dennis Washburn's cause of death 'undetermined' Video included

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Waterloo Police may never know how Dennis Washburn, 69, of Waterloo died. More>>

Waterloo East High student tased in scuffle Video included

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A Waterloo high school student faces charges after an incident in a school hallway. More>>

Cedar Rapids artist featured at Waterloo Center for the Arts

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A Cedar Rapids-based artist is being featured at the Waterloo Center for the Arts this month. More>>

UPDATE: Air Show sputters; turnout well below 2011 event Video included

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Excitement filled the air, but the problem was on the ground: Attendance for Thunder in the Valley was down significantly from the last show three years ago. More>>

Future uncertain for laid-off John Deere worker Video included

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Last week, John Deere announced 460 layoffs at their Waterloo facilities. Among them was Danny Murphy. More>>

United Way kicks off new campaign with Rally in Valley

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The Cedar Valley United Way will start their 2014 campaign at "Rally in the Valley" on August 27. More>>

Someone You Should Know: Florence Dittmer Video included

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At 84 years old, Florence Dittmer could be retired; possibly relaxing on a beach, taking up hobbies she's always wanted to try or simply spending all of her free time with family and friends. More>>

Humane Society: Protect pets from air show noise

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Experts warn that with the Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Waterloo, pet owners should take extra precautions for their pets' safety. More>>

Man shot and killed outside Waterloo nightclub Saturday morning

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Waterloo Police say one man was shot and killed outside the El Senor Tequila Night Club in Waterloo early Saturday morning. More>>

Some worry more Deere layoffs ahead Video included

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After word of 462 indefinite layoffs at Deere Co. facilities in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, many in the community say they believe more layoffs could come in the upcoming months. More>>

UPDATE: Deere & Co. provides new information about Waterloo layoffs

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Approximately 460 John Deere employees in Waterloo learned on Friday that they are being laid off indefinitely beginning in October.

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Employees worry about job outlook after John Deere announces layoffs Video included

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About 460 John Deere employees in Waterloo have been told they'll be without a job indefinitely come October 20th.Most of the cutbacks will happen in two facilities -- the Tractor Cab Assembly Operations and Drivetrain Operations.Matt Bauler didn't get a layoff notification, but he's worked at John Deere's downtown facility for about 10 years."It pays well. The benefits are good for jobs around here in the Cedar Valley for anybody that doesn't have a college education or degree," he said.Baul... More>>

Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack reacts to Deere layoffs Video included

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is looking ahead to positive signs from the ag industry in the wake of John Deere layoffs in Waterloo.

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John Deere Layoffs in Waterloo: "Big Blow to Cedar Valley"

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For the first time since 1999, Waterloo is seeing massive layoffs at John Deere, something the Cedar Valley Chamber and Alliance calls a "big blow to the Cedar Valley."  More>>

Deere comments on Dubuque and Davenport facilities

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A John Deere spokesman says the Dubuque and Davenport facilities are not included in Friday's announcements. More>>

John Deere stock loses ground following layoff announcement

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John Deere and Company stock lost ground on Friday following the announcement of approximately 460 indefinite layoffs in Waterloo and another 190 temporary layoffs in East Moline, Illinois. More>>

New teachers hired in Waterloo thanks to grant

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Waterloo Schools announced Wednesday they have hired 89 new teachers for the 2014-15 school year. More>>

Waterloo Police look for suspects in armed robbery Friday

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Waterloo Police confirm an armed robbery took place at the Kwik Star in Waterloo, located at Washington and 9th Streets, around 4 a.m. Friday. More>>

Thunder in the Valley II ready to take flight in Waterloo Video included

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A popular air show is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the Waterloo Regional Airport this weekend. More>>

More than 2,000 without power in Waterloo

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MidAmerican Energy says more than 2,000 people in Waterloo and the surrounding areas are without power.
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ALS family speaks out about "Ice Bucket Challenge" Video included

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The Iowa Chapter of the ALS Association estimates there are only 250 Iowans with ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.People with ALS will often times be able to think clearly, but not be able to communicate or move the way they'd like to because the disease leaves the mind alone, but kills off the muscles. More>>

Evansdale Police start dedicated Lyric and Elizabeth web page Video included

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An eastern Iowa agency has created a new web page to keep the public updated on a high-profile case where two girls were abducted and killed. More>>

'Green Bridge' in Waverly to temporarily close next week

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City officials in Waverly say the "Green Bridge," located on 3rd Street SE, will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 28 beginning at 9 a.m. More>>

Slight risk of severe storms Thursday in northeast Iowa

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A warm front will be the main force behind the slight chance of severe storms today. More>>

School administrators explain heat-related closings Video included

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When classes are canceled because of heat, school administrators say they're ready to implement a communication plan to notify parents which includes notifications via email and cell phone. More>>

Rick Coleman: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Rick Coleman: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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"Okay I've accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Bryan Goettel currently living in Washington DC, former KWWL Sports Anchor and Reporter. And I'm asking to accept the challenge --my good friend Brent Matthias current head baseball coach at Denver High School and Joe Surma who will be joning me this Fall on Friday Heroes and also the Hall-of -Famer--the wrestling official--Mike Allen. so guys you have 24 hours to step up to the challenge--right now I am going to accept a bucket over my he... More>>

West High dance team holding dance clinic

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The Waterloo West High School Dance Team is holding a dance clinic from elementary students on Sunday, August 24. More>>

Former UNI Panther Ali Farokhmanesh headed to Nebraska

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Former UNI Panther basketball player Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Midwest, but this time in red. More>>

Wartburg receives $2 million for endowment and housing renovation

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Wartburg College has received a $2 million gift that will help renovate a first-year residence hall and build the college’s endowment.The gift from includes farmland, machinery and more than $300,000.  More>>

Waverly Health Center recognized with national designation

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For the past six years Waverly Health Center has been working towards achieving Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).On Tuesday, Waverly Health Center was granted the recognition, making it the first independent Critical Access Hospital in the country to obtain the designation.A Magnet recognition identifies an institution that attracts and retains nurses and recognizes healthcare organizations for patient care, nursing excellence and a positive work environ... More>>

Police Chief resigns, accused of unethical spending Video included

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In the wake of allegations that he was misusing city money, Dunkerton Chief of Police Tim Schultz has resigned. More>>

Waterloo teens claim top spots in Iowa State Fair yo-yo competition

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Two Waterloo teens took first and second place in the Advanced Freestyle class of the 2014 Iowa State Fair Yo-Yo competition. More>>

School zones: Police stress safety this week Video included

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Schools in northeast Iowa are back in session, and law enforcement officers are reminding people to be careful. More>>

Hundreds support family of late toddler who died after falling from window

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A weekend fundraiser drew in about 400 people, according to friends of the McOmber family.Carter McOmber, 3, died after accidentally falling from a window in his Cedar Falls home in July.Friends of the family held a fundraiser to help with medical and funeral expenses."We raised enough to pay for a good portion of their expenses," said Lisa Ortner, a colleague and friend who helped organize the fundraiser.The fundraiser was held on Saturday at the UAW Hall in Waterloo.Last week, the McOmber f... More>>

UPDATE: Boa constrictor found on Waterloo bridge has pneumonia Video included

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A UNI biology professor says the snake may not survive. More>>

Cedar Falls issues a moratorium on rental home conversions Video included

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The Cedar Falls City Council issued a moratorium on converting single-family homes into rental properties Monday night. More>>

Iowa's Child is 13-year Brandon Video included

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“I think a family would like me, because I am a good child and I don't have a home and I need a family.,” says 13-year old Brandon, our latest KWWL Iowa's Child. Brandon loves sports and pretty much any outdoor activity. When speaking of Brandon, Julie Allen of Lutheran Services in Iowa says, "Any family who chooses to work with Brandon is going to have to have patience and try to understand where he's coming from and too work with him in that capacity. But, it's very doable and I think th... More>>

Looking to spice up a dinner? Kabobs could do the trick

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Whether the goal is to achieve a fancier presentation when cooking a rather ordinary weeknight meal, or searching for a healthier fair favorite, woven kabobs might be the answer. More>>

Waterloo residents demand justice in Ferguson Video included

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People in Waterloo will hold a non-violent demonstration Saturday at 2 p.m.

It will be held at Sullivan Park in Waterloo in an effort to show support for and be in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, and to speak out against police brutality nationwide.

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Fill the Boot campaign celebrates 60 years in Waterloo

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More than 90 Waterloo fire fighters are taking to the streets to “fill their boots” for the 60th time.The annual Fill the Boot campaign started Friday in Waterloo, kicking off the first of three days. The campaign between the Waterloo Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #66 and Muscular Dystrophy Association is celebrating 60 years this year.Waterloo fire fighters will be at four intersections asking for donations on August 15, August 22, and August 29 from 3 until 6 p.m. Those inter... More>>

Family issues statement after late toddler falls from window Video included

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More than a month after his death, a Cedar Falls family is speaking out about saying goodbye to their 3 year-old son, Carter McOmber.Police believe Carter died after accidentally falling 20 feet from his bedroom window in Cedar Falls on July 5th.Friends have organized a fundraiser to help offset funeral expenses for the McOmber family.In a statement, the family said the following:"It is difficult to describe our son, a little boy that brightened our world. Though Carter was only on this Earth... More>>

Waterloo Police: Still can't say Dennis Washburn was killed

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Waterloo Police still don't know how Dennis Washburn, 69, died early in the morning on Memorial Day. More>>

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  • UNI Women's soccer opens season on Friday

    UNI Women's soccer opens season on Friday

    UNI Women's soccer opens season on Friday

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:28:42 GMT
    The UNI Women's soccer team is coming off a disappointing 4 and 15 season marred by injuries and a lot of close losses. In fact the Panthers were either tied of had the lead in the second half of 15 of their 19 games last fall. Despite their efforts uni soccer has been picked to finish in last place in the conference this fall--but the Panthers did have one voter pick them to finish in first place.UNI head coach James Price said, "Well that would be me--but I do that every year--i am a little...More >>
    The UNI Women's soccer team is coming off a disappointing 4 and 15 season marred by injuries and a lot of close losses. In fact the Panthers were either tied of had the lead in the second half of 15 of their 19 games last fall. Despite their efforts uni soccer has been picked to finish in last place in the conference this fall--but the Panthers did have one voter pick them to finish in first place.UNI head coach James Price said, "Well that would be me--but I do that every year--i am a little...More >>
  • Waterloo Columbus Football team puts new coach through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Waterloo Columbus Football team puts new coach through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Waterloo Columbus Football team puts new coach through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:28:06 GMT
    At the end of Waterloo Columbus Sailors football practice on Thursdaynew sailor head coach Brad Schmidt got caught up in a bit of a challenge---as the entireSailor football team dropped a couple of buckets of ice water on him for the ALS Challenge. Friday we will have an interview with the new Columbus head coach.More >>
    At the end of Waterloo Columbus Sailors football practice on Thursdaynew sailor head coach Brad Schmidt got caught up in a bit of a challenge---as the entireSailor football team dropped a couple of buckets of ice water on him for the ALS Challenge. Friday we will have an interview with the new Columbus head coach.More >>
  • UNI Volleyball picked to finish second in the MVC

    UNI Volleyball picked to finish second in the MVC

    UNI Volleyball picked to finish second in the MVC

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:27:20 GMT
    The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team has been pegged to finish second in the 2014 preseason Missouri Valley Conference coaches' poll. The Panthers nabbed a pair of first-place votes but came up two points short of favorite Wichita State in the poll.Panther head coach Bobbi Petersen believes the conference will be very competitive again--but she's thankful the MVC Postseason tournament will be held in Cedar Falls. "Very pumped that during one of the most competitive conference races...More >>
    The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team has been pegged to finish second in the 2014 preseason Missouri Valley Conference coaches' poll. The Panthers nabbed a pair of first-place votes but came up two points short of favorite Wichita State in the poll.Panther head coach Bobbi Petersen believes the conference will be very competitive again--but she's thankful the MVC Postseason tournament will be held in Cedar Falls. "Very pumped that during one of the most competitive conference races...More >>
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  • Hawks expect another battle with UNI

    Hawks expect another battle with UNI

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:53:13 GMT
    Five years ago, it took a pair of blocked field goals for the Hawkeyes to escape the Panthers. Two years ago in another competitive game Iowa needed 3 Mark Weisman touchdowns to pull out an 11 point win. Now with the Panthers at full strength Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knows his team's in for another battle. “When these guys are healthy and ready to go, they're going to be a challenging opponent,” said Ferentz, “and we'd better be at our best, I know that.” The Hawkeyes expect some big things as...More >>
    Five years ago, it took a pair of blocked field goals for the Hawkeyes to escape the Panthers. Two years ago in another competitive game Iowa needed 3 Mark Weisman touchdowns to pull out an 11 point win. Now with the Panthers at full strength Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz knows his team's in for another battle. “When these guys are healthy and ready to go, they're going to be a challenging opponent,” said Ferentz, “and we'd better be at our best, I know that.” The Hawkeyes expect some big things as...More >>
  • Kollmorgen named starter as UNI gets set for Iowa

    Kollmorgen named starter as UNI gets set for Iowa

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-08-26 04:09:21 GMT
    Mark Farley decided on a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Iowa, and that will be Sawyer Kollmorgen -- Kollmorgen, a junior, won the starting job over senior Brion Carnes. He'll be entering his third season as the Panthers regular starting quarterback. Carnes, however, is expected to get time under center as well. Coach Mark Farley says he will play this weekend against the Hawkeyes, but specifically when that happens is up in the air. “It's more who's got the hot hand, who's m...More >>
    Mark Farley decided on a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Iowa, and that will be Sawyer Kollmorgen -- Kollmorgen, a junior, won the starting job over senior Brion Carnes. He'll be entering his third season as the Panthers regular starting quarterback. Carnes, however, is expected to get time under center as well. Coach Mark Farley says he will play this weekend against the Hawkeyes, but specifically when that happens is up in the air. “It's more who's got the hot hand, who's m...More >>
  • UNI's Williams set for big season

    UNI's Williams set for big season

    Saturday, August 23 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-08-24 02:26:16 GMT
    Just by taking the field, UNI senior Xavier Williams makes the entire Panther defense better. "If he's not double teamed, he's making the play,” says defensive line Coach Bryce Paup, “When he gets double teamed, the linebackers make the play." Known as the X-Man, Williams recorded 12 tackles for loss last season, just one year after picking up just 2 as a sophomore. If you ask him what caused that improvement, he'll tell you it was the chance to play for an NFL veteran and former league defen...More >>
    Just by taking the field, UNI senior Xavier Williams makes the entire Panther defense better. "If he's not double teamed, he's making the play,” says defensive line Coach Bryce Paup, “When he gets double teamed, the linebackers make the play." Known as the X-Man, Williams recorded 12 tackles for loss last season, just one year after picking up just 2 as a sophomore. If you ask him what caused that improvement, he'll tell you it was the chance to play for an NFL veteran and former league defen...More >>

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