Oelwein AM Update (Jan. 30): Cold snaps in place, wrestlers qualify for state

Good morning, it’s Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.

Today: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 3. Wind chill values as low as -14. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -14. Wind chill values as low as -26. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 11. Wind chill values as low as -26. South wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.


The jury began deliberations on Friday in the Vagts Dairy lawsuit against Northern Natural Gas in Fayette County District Court. The West Union dairy claims stray voltage from a system protecting a gas pipeline from corrosion has hurt milk production and led to cow deaths. Vagts is seeking more than $3 million in damages.


Oelwein sophomore Ryley Hartman (31-9) is the Region 7 champion of the 110-pound weight class.

Sumner-Fredericksburg junior Hillary Trainor (39-4) is the 105 champion in Region 8.

They are among the area girls to qualify for the State Wrestling Tournament that will be Feb. 2-3 at Xtreme Arena in Coralville. The top 4 from each weight class at regional tournaments across Iowa qualified. Regions 7 and 8 had their tournaments on Friday at Luther College in Decorah. (Read more)


The owner of a house next to the Oelwein Public Library wants to replace a ground floor hair salon with an apartment. The change would make the house entirely multi-family housing. The Oelwein Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall for Mike Lewis’s request regarding 215 Charles.


The Oelwein City Council will discuss employee pay at its workshop session at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall. (Click here for salary report)

The City Council’s regular business meeting is at 6 p.m.


A West Union man accused of causing the death of a passenger last fall when he crashed the BMW Mini Cooper he was driving while fleeing law enforcement will go on trial in March. 

Curtis Allen Williams, 38, is charged in Chickasaw County District Court with vehicular homicide (Class B felony), attempting to elude while operating while intoxicated (Class D felony), first-offense OWI (serious misdemeanor) and driving while suspended or revoked (serious misdemeanor). (Read more)