5 deaths from COVID-19, 441 cases in Minnesota; 298 cases in Iowa, 3 deaths

Minnesota reported two deaths Friday. One was a resident of Hennepin County while the other lived in Martin County.

Minn. man arrested in Iowa for harassing bank employees with toy gun

Jobless claims soar as Iowa sees biggest jump in virus cases

Iowa coronavirus cases now 145; hospitalizations rise to 23

Iowa State cuts ties with aide at center of blackface uproar

Iowa AG: Groups involved in puppy-laundering ring to disband

Iowa announces its first death linked to coronavirus

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Officials: Dental student is first U of Iowa COVID-19 case

Iowa reschedules 3 special elections in light of outbreak

Iowa health officials: 9 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed

Authorities: Likely human bones found near Des Moines home

Iowa governor orders restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters to close

Iowa schools closing, lawmakers suspending work at Capitol

Iowa’s January unemployment rate holds at 2.8%

Iowa’s rate is tied for the 10th lowest in the nation.

No sign virus is spreading in key Iowa county, official says

Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa now has 17 cases, with one additional western Iowan added.

Iowa’s state budget panel slightly reduces 2021 revenue estimate

That means lawmakers must make a slight adjustment to their plans for the 2021 fiscal year starting in July.

Des Moines schools cutting classes; new virus cases reported

The move will affect the district’s 33,000 students and 5,000 employees.

  Iowa bride-to-be reunited with stolen wedding dress, SUV

Registration open for summer kayaking sessions in Okoboji

Iowa Lakes Community College offering spring welding classes for anyone interested

Police: Man trying to rob armored car wounded in shootout

  Minn. man arrested in connection to passing counterfeit bills in Iowa

5 more Iowans test positive for virus; 1 works at restaurant

Iowa father charged with murder for infants death

The case stems from Aug. 3, when the Charles City Police Department started investigating a possible child abuse case involving the 3.5-month-old

Northwest Iowa collision with semi kills 2 in pickup

The couple in the pickup have been identified as 85-year-old Patricia Juber and 86-year-old Harvey Juber. They lived in Melvin.

Iowa high school graduation rate hit record high last year

The Iowa Education Department says the class of 2019 figure was up two-tenths of a percentage point from the 91.4% in the class of 2018.

Iowa bill ties restitution payment to felon voting right

Iowa is the only state that automatically takes felon voting rights away.

  Man arrested, charged in connection to counterfeit money being used in Spencer

The Spencer Police Department announced Friday evening that it has arrested a man in connection to counterfeit money being used in the community.

Iowa Lakes Community College offering combined CNA, ESL course

The course will be hosted on the Spencer campus for 16 sessions starting on March 17.

Iowa Lakes Community College students attend trade show in Las Vegas

The event featured more than 54,000 registered professionals and 1,300 exhibits from the industry’s leading suppliers.

Iowa republican senator to challenge Rep. Steve King

Congressman Steve King has not said if he’s running in 2020. King was first elected in the November 2012 election.

Iowa Lakes Community Colleges awards $515,000 in scholarships to students

The program is available to high school graduates and adults who are seeking to improve their skills.

Iowa Lakes Community College, others earn top Military Friendly designation

The “Top 10 Gold” designation is the highest honor a school can achieve through the Military Friendly program.

Authorities ID employee who was killed in barn collapse

A Worthington, Minnesota, man was killed when equipment collapsed on him in a barn in northwest Iowa.

287 airports to receive infrastructure grants from Department of Transportation

Gray DC talked with FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell about what the grants mean for the airports.

911 service restored in Emmet County

Officials in Emmet County say its 911 service has been restored after a brief outage in a small portion of the county on Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tons of adorable southern Minn., northern Iowa babies, submit your pics!

In honor of the photo search, KEYC News Now put a call out for pictures of babies from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa!

  Black Hawk County businessman testifies on “child care crisis” in Washington

As local lawmakers and state officials say they are attempting to lower the cost of child care, federal officials are discussing its’ impact on the economy.

Amazon confirms it’s moving into Des Moines suburb warehouse

The Seattle-based company said it plans to hire 1,000 people for what it calls a fulfillment center.

  Super Tuesday Primary to replace Minnesota caucus

The Iowa Democratic Party released 62% of results from all 99 counties after a daylong delay sparked by technical problems.

  Iowa caucuses expected to look different than in years past with new rules

The Iowa caucus is the unofficial start of the campaign year. And this year? There are new rules that mean things will look different this go around.

  KEYC News Now to launch on Monday

KEYC will be getting a new look starting on Monday, Feb. 3.

Polaris will close Spearfish plant, moving work to Iowa

The Minneapolis-based Polaris will consolidate the paint operations in Spirit Lake.

Iowa Lakes Community College to host ‘Mamma Mia!’ auditions for spring musical

Iowa Lakes Community College announced that it will be performing the musical “Mamma Mia” as its 2020 spring musical.

Iowa man arrested in Minnesota on vehicular homicide warrant

If convicted, Katka faces up to 25 years in prison.

Iowa State Patrol: Traffic stop nets 431 lbs of marijuana

The 32-year-old driver from Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of several drug violations.

  Driving hazards won’t end with snow, officials warn

Here locally, snow isn’t supposed to stop until just before sunrise, but officials say that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet.

Six staff members injured, four juveniles arrested after alleged assault at Forest Ridge Youth Services

Six people are injured and four juveniles are charged in Emmet County, Iowa following an alleged assault at the Forest Ridge Youth Services facility.

Iowa Lakes Community College to host annual high school jazz band contest

The annual Jazz Band Contest is free and open to the public.

VanDenBroeke announced as Dickinson County RSVP Coordinator

VanDenBroeke will begin her new role on Monday, Jan. 6., at Iowa Lakes Community College’s Spirit Lake campus.

  Teens save man who fell through ice from drowning in Lake Okoboji

Sixteen-year-old Riley Rockman and 15-year-old Gannon Rockman were fishing on a lagoon near Triboji Beach when their day suddenly took an unexpected turn.

Public invited to conversation, book signing with Algona author

Current Algona resident and former Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne science teacher Bill Funnemark will be discussing his new book, “Last Lunch,” at the event.

Spirit Lake man killed in semi vs. minivan crash in Clay County

A Spirit Lake, Iowa, man has died after a motor vehicle crash on Highway 71 in Clay County on Monday morning.

Nature Tots scheduled to return to the Dickinson County Nature Center

While at the Nature Tots program, children may get the opportunity to touch a live animal or pelt, go outside and explore for signs of wildlife in Kenue Park or even create a craft to take home.

Dickinson County Nature Center scheduled to launch new monthly program

“Since we’re open on Saturdays now, I thought it would be fun for families with children in school to come to the nature center to engage in some programs they might miss on weekdays,” Kuhlman said.

  Year in Review: Top local stories of 2019

Lauren Andrego shares the top local stories from 2019.

Klobuchar scheduled to visit Emmet, Kossuth and Humboldt Counties

The Minnesota Senator will become the first presidential candidate to visit all of Iowa’s 99 counties before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses.

EPA releases finalized rule on required renewable volumes for RFS program in 2020

The United States Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule establishing required renewable volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2020, but some organizations and producers said it falls short of promises made in the Oval Office.

Dickinson County Nature Center to host final Family Nature Night of 2019

The theme for this Family Nature Night will be tropical.

Horseshoe Bend Tubing Hill to open for weekend

The Dickinson County Conservation Board noted that the tubing hill will be open on scheduled days when the hill has at least six inches of snowpack.

Iowa Lakes to offer a combined CNA, ESL course

The course will be available on the Algona Campus for 16 sessions between Jan. 13 to March 5 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  Parolee charged with robbery, murdering bank employee in rural Iowa

Authorities have charged a Coralville, Iowa, man with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Lu Verne, Iowa.

Clay County Fair receives international awards, recognition

"The World's Greatest County Fair" was the recipient of 14 awards, which beats the previous record of 12 awards that was set in 2015 and 2018.

Longtime Iowa political operative announced as Klobuchar’s Caucus Advisor

In his new role, Sterzenbach will advise the Klobuchar Campaign on caucus strategy and engagement efforts ahead of the February contest.

Iowa State Rep. Bruce Bearinger endorses Amy Klobuchar for President

Bearinger, who has represented Iowa District 64 since 2019, cites Klobuchar’s achievements in the Senate and bipartisan track record as his reasoning for endorsing Klobuchar.

  Biden campaigns through rural Iowa

The ‘No Malarkey Tour’ will be stopping in 18 rural Iowa counties during the next eight days.

Two Iowa Lakes students selected to perform at Carnegie Hall

Two students from Iowa Lakes Community College have been selected to participate in The Great Christmas Ring at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Two northwest Iowa healthcare facilities receive national award for patient satisfaction

The 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award® was presented by Press Ganey, a national company that monitors patient satisfaction in over 41,000 healthcare facilities across the country.

Presidential Candidate John Delaney to visit Iowa Lakes Community College

Delaney will visit the Sustainable Energy Resources and Technologies (SERT) facility for a tour, brief address and an open forum.

  Iowa Lakes Community College students participate in hands-on learning opportunity

Iowa Lakes students begin classes again next week, but some will be returning to the classroom seats after taking the driver's seat in the field.

  Salvation Army finds a solution for those who don’t carry cash

Google and Apple Pay are now available for you to place a donation at the kettle.

  Citizens Utility Board recommends these tips for saving energy this winter

The Citizens Utility Board is recommending several tips for saving energy this winter.

Families invited to interact with live animals at Family Nature Night

Family Nature Night will feature six stations with live animals that families can learn about and interact with.

Final 2 Iowa K-Mart stores to close

The 3 remaining stores in Minnesota are not impacted by the latest closures

Hy-Vee to host Veterans Day breakfast at all locations

Hy-Vee has partnered with the nonprofit organization A Million Thanks and has set a goal of sending 100,000 cards.

  Plows deal with first snow event

MnDOT wants to remind motorists that our district does not run 24 hours like the Twin Cities or Rochester. Roads might not get plowed quite as early around the greater Mankato area, so motorists should stick to driving in lanes that have already been cleared.

Arnolds Park Amusement Park announces Winter Games concerts

Tickets are available for purchase by visiting and

Iowa Lakes programs host ‘Pasta of the Prairie’ fundraiser

The fundraiser will help support the Iowa Lakes Student Food Pantry on the Spencer campus and to help with travel costs for students to attend various conferences.

Iowa Lakes Community College plans festivities to honor veterans at all 5 campuses

Iowa Lakes Community College announced that it has organized special events to honor veterans throughout the southern Minnesota and northern Iowa region.

  Minnesota harvest progress stays behind five-year average in latest crop report

The latest United States Department of Agriculture crop progress report stated Minnesota’s soybean and corn harvests are both 30 percent behind the state’s five-year average, and with winter weather settling in, the clock is ticking on harvest 2019.

Casey’s General Store invites customers to support military families, veterans by rounding-up purchases

Customers of Casey’s General Store are invited to support Hope For The Warriors by rounding-up their purchases to the nearest dollar amount to support military families and veterans.