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Thursday Morning Headlines

Settlement worked out over land in Storm Lake, IA

A vote Thursday by the Storm Lake city council could change the look of a piece of land that has sat idle for years. At issue is a $300,000 settlement over back taxes on the site. A developer bought it in 2008 with plans to build condos on it. After that company went bankrupt, another firm bought the land, but got stuck with $1 million in back taxes. Under the deal being voted on Thursday, the city will buy the property and pay back money to the county.

Confusion about dual casinos in Sioux City following an IRGC study

A new study on gambling in Iowa shows that Woodbury County may not be able to sustain two casinos. A new non-profit group recently applied for a second gaming license in Woodbury County to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. However, the president of Greater Siouxland Improvement Association, Bob Knowler, said the group doesn't intend to have a second casino. Knowler said they're applying so they can collect gambling funds and distribute them to non-profit organizations.

Fire races through UNO dorm

A two alarm fire that broke out around 3:15 afternoon Wednesday has caused some students living on the University of Nebraska-Omaha's campus to find somewhere else to spend the night. Winds gusting up to 30 miles-per-hour fanned the flames at the top of the dorm. The third floor of one of UNO's Scott Village dorms had the most damage. There's no word on what caused the fire and no injuries have been reported.

Le Mars Catholic parishes plan merger

With changes in resources and parishioners, churches in Le Mars, Iowa are merging. A decline in priests and population is causing St. Joseph and St. James Catholic churches to merge. The two parishes already partner on a number of projects, like supporting Gehlen Catholic School. The parish will adopt a new name at the time of the merger. At lease one of three rural churches in Merrill, Struble, and Ellendale eventually will close as well.

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