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Storm Lake, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Storm Lake, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°38′37″N 95°12′7″W / 42.64361°N 95.20194°W / 42.64361; -95.20194Coordinates: 42°38′37″N 95°12′7″W / 42.64361°N 95.20194°W / 42.64361; -95.20194
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Buena Vista
 - Total 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 - Land 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,421 ft (433 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,076
 Density 2,521.2/sq mi (973.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50588
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-75630
GNIS feature ID 0462017

Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 10,076 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Buena Vista County[1]. Storm Lake is home to Buena Vista University, originally Buena Vista College. Tyson Foods operates a large hog slaughterhouse here, and Sara Lee has a turkey processing plant.



Storm Lake is located at 42°38′37″N 95°12′7″W / 42.64361°N 95.20194°W / 42.64361; -95.20194 (42.643493, -95.201968)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), all of it land.


Storm Lake has one main school district which is composed of 1 high school, 1 middle school (grades 5-8), and 1 elementary school (grades K-4). The new elementary school opened in 2009 and replaced four separate elementary buildings. There is also a private K-12 school district system run by St. Mary's Catholic church and a K-4 Concordia Lutheran elementary.

The school district has an increasingly diverse community. In the school district, over 50% of students are hispanic, and over 10% are Asian. Most students are coming from California and rural areas of Mexico because of new job opportunities. And because 40% of the district's students are migrant, the schools struggle to match needs set by the No Child Left Behind Act. However, the school district is known throughout the state for its excellence in fine arts. In 2003, the Iowa Music Educators Association (IMEA) awarded Storm Lake the Exemplary Music Program of the year. In 2006, Buena Vista University created a documentary about the Storm Lake music program and its accomplishments called "Notes: A Noteworthy Story of Music." Storm Lake schools also excel in art, speech, and the National History Day competition.

Emergency services

The Storm Lake Police Department provides law enforcement services Storm Lake, Iowa. The department currently consists of 19 sworn officers, 2 community services officer, and 2 park rangers. The department responded to 51,148 calls of service in 2009. The current Chief is Mark Prosser.

The department is located at 401 East Milwaukee Ave. in Storm Lake, IA 50588.

The departments patrol division currently has 13 officers. Each patrol is supervised by a Lieutenant. These officers patrol in a patrol vehicle, on bike, or on foot. There is currently one K9 officer who assists the department as well as surrounding agencies with narcotics detection, suspect apprehension, evidence and subject searches, building searches, and crowd control.

The department also has a investigative division, administrative division, narcotics unit, and a swat team.

The police department also has a Park Ranger program. These rangers patrol the parks around the lake in the city. They serve as the eyes and ears of the department in these areas and report any crimes. They also back up officers in the area.

The department was also honored by the VERA Institute for showing some of the best practices while dealing with a multilingual community.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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