Todays News

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A giant fireball and smoke erupt from a JBS lagoon in the 800 block of East Marion Street Saturday morning. Crews from the Marshalltown Fire Department were on scene. Streets in a several block radius were blocked off. Also assisting were Alliant Energy, the Marshalltown Police Department and Central Iowa Healthcare Emergency Management Service.

Blaze engulfs JBS lagoon

The investigation into a weekend fire that caused serious damage to the methane collection lagoon at the JBS pork producing plan remains ongoing. According to officials, the Marshalltown Fire Department was called out to the lagoon in the 800 block of Marion Street about 10:30 a.m. ...

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Marshalltown’s Isaac Medina, a University of Iowa student and intern with the state House Democrats at the Capitol, said he enjoys seeing representative democracy at work every day. His job involves working with media such as photos and videos, promoting the House Democrats’ agenda and doing legislative research.

Medina in the Capitol

DES MOINES — From Marshalltown to the State Capitol Building, Isaac Medina is ready for whatever comes his way in life, and is gaining skills to be successful. “My education isn’t gearing me toward a specific job, it’s more of me trying to get different skills, that way I can do a ...

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State Sen. Jeff Edler and state Rep. Mark Smith attended the MEA Legislative Breakfast Forum at the Marshalltown Public Library Saturday morning. Among the topics discussed were state funding oversight for home schools and non-public schools, IPERS and proposed legislation concerning education.

Legislators offer insight, share concerns, at MEA forum

The two state lawmakers representing Marshalltown offered their thoughts on proposed bills and education issues during the Marshalltown Education Association Legislative Breakfast Forum Saturday morning at the Marshalltown Public Library. Educators, administrators and school board members ...

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A crowd fills Independence Avenue during the Women's March on Washington, Saturday, in Washington.

Over 1 million join anti-Trump women’s marches

WASHINGTON — In a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity, more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches in the nation's capital and cities around the world Saturday to send President Donald Trump an emphatic message on his first full day in office that they won't let his agenda ...

Vandals destroy trees, plants in Davenport community orchard

DAVENPORT — Vandals have damaged or destroyed about three dozen fruit and nut trees and plants at an eastern Iowa community orchard. Vandals at the Quad-Cities Food Forest broke off about 30 trees at the base, and other plants and trees had tar poured over them, the Quad-City Times reported ...

Iowa town considering solar power project

MARATHON — A northwestern Iowa town is considering turning to the sun to provide power to its nearly 250 residents. The town of Marathon in Buena Vista County is considering building a 1.42-megawatt solar project on city-owned land to supply power to residents, the Sioux City Journal ...

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Civilians walk amid the rubble after a battle between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants in the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday. U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in "full control" of eastern Mosul, after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern city almost exactly three months since the major operation started.

Iraqi forces eye tougher fight in Mosul’s west

MOSUL, Iraq — A crowd of Iraqi officers looked out at the Tigris River Friday from a balcony of Mosul's Nineveh International hotel. Just over three months ago, the men were some 45 kilometers (28 miles) away in a cluster of desert villages on the edge of Nineveh plain. "Our message to the ...

Families lobby Malaysian minister to resume search for MH370

CANBERRA, Australia — Relatives of passengers and crew aboard the missing Malaysian airliner plan to present the Malaysian transport minister in Australia with letters urging that the search resume. Sheryl Keen, a supporter of the international victims' advocacy group Voice370, said Sunday ...

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., Saturday.

Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts

LANGLEY, Va. — On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump on Saturday berated the media over its coverage of his inauguration, and turned a bridge-building first visit to CIA headquarters into an airing of grievances about "dishonest" journalists. But it was Trump who spread ...

Mississippi tornado wreaks havoc; kills 4

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Rain was pouring down in the pre-dawn darkness, and the wind was picking up as Darryl McMorris ran for his daughters' bedroom. The windows started blowing out as he dove on top of his girls, grabbing one under each arm as he tried to protect them. "As soon as I did that ...

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Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday.

Trump takes charge

WASHINGTON — Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership. Under cloudy skies at the ...

Central Iowans tune in to watch inauguration

People across Central Iowa witnessed President Donald Trump take the oath of office Friday, and the weight of the ceremony was evident. “I don’t think he appealed to one specific party over another,” said Marshall County Republican Reed Riskedahl, referring to Trump’s inaugural ...

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Local man arrested in fatal arson fire

A Marshalltown man was charged with arson Friday in connection with a fatal Hartford house fire. At approximately 4:12 a.m. Friday, firefighters were dispatched to a dwelling on fire at 140 W. Paint St. in Warren County. When they arrived, the home was engulfed in flames, according to a news ...

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Pipeline inspection

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY Workers from the Hydro-Klean pipe-cleaning and inspection company are seen on the job late last week at the intersection of State Street and North 7th Street in Marshalltown. The company signed a $1.8 million dollar contract in 2015 for pipeline inspection services, ...

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Oak Estates tenant Bonnie Davis shares a dance with staff member Lynn Gieken during the 14th annual Snowflake Ball in Conrad.

Oakview Nursing Home holds 14th annual Snowflake Ball

CONRAD — A tradition that has been carried on for the past 14 years took place this week at Oakview Nursing Home in Conrad. Residents of the Oakview home and tenants of Oak Estates Assisted Living facility, staff members, families and friends attended the home’s 14th annual Snowflake Ball. ...

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15 Minutes

RHONDA SPELLMAN Resides: Marshalltown Hometown: Lamar, Colo. FAMILY LIFE  Family: Husband is Andy Spellman. We are blessed by sons Tanner, 17, and Oliver, 15. Pets: Bella and Max — two Schnoodles, joined by Stella, a grey tabby. Hobbies and interests: Writing ...

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Obama exits the presidency voicing optimism for the future

WASHINGTON — Closing out a barrier-breaking chapter in history, former President Barack Obama left the White House on Friday much the way he entered it eight years ago: insisting Americans have reason for optimism despite the national sense of unease. He was gracious to President Donald ...

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This frame from video shows Italian firefighters extracting a boy alive from under snow and debris of an hotel that was hit by an avalanche on Wednesday, in Rigopiano, central Italy, Friday.

‘Miracle underway’: Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

FARINDOLA, Italy — After two days huddled in freezing cold, tons of snow surrounding them in the wreckage of the avalanche-demolished hotel, survivors greeted their rescuers Friday as "angels." Among the 10 people pulled out alive was a plucky 6-year-old who just wanted her favorite ...

JBS lagoon on fire

Firefighters are in the midst of fighting a fire at lagoon at the JBS plant in Marshalltown. Details are sketchy, but there have been reports of a large fireball was seen at the lagoon Saturday morning. Authorities are asking members of the public to avoid the 10 block to the 600 ...

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LaMoille’s Toni Proescholdt hiked, climbed and even ziplined her way through the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States, a 2,189.1-mile journey that took over five months to complete. Most of her survival and living materials during the trek resided in her 65-liter Osprey pack.

2,189.1 miles

LAMOILLE — Rattlesnakes, bears, new friends, cold nights, peaks and valleys: Toni Proescholdt’s journey on the Appalachian Trail, or A.T., provided her lifelong experiences that helped her to grow as a person. “When you’re on the trail and you’re living outside day after day, you ...