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Pictured is an artist’s rendering of a Holiday Inn Express which broke ground recently in the 100 block of Iowa Avenue West. Hawkeye Hotels, an Iowa-based consortium, is owner. The Marshalltown project marks the firm’s 18th in Iowa, and its first foray locally. The hotel will contain 93 rooms and is slated to open in January 2018.

Hawkeye Hotels expands reach to Marshalltown

Travelers coming to Marshalltown will have another lodging option. Hawkeye Hotels — an Iowa based hotelier — announced they have broken ground on a four-story, 93-unit facility in the 100 block of Iowa Avenue West. The project only became reality after two years of work by Marshall ...

Sanctuary city bills discussed

First introduced in February, House Study Bill 67, an “anti-sanctuary city” bill, caused a stir among many immigrant-focused entities; now such legislation is moving in both chambers of the state legislature. “It looks to me like it’s an unfunded mandate,” said state Rep. Mark ...

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Marshall County Chief Jailer Pat White says serving in the U.S. Marine Corps helped to shape him into the man he is today.

‘It’s about being proud of who you are’

Editor’s note: This is the latest in an ongoing series of articles profiling those who have ever served in the U.S. military, be it overseas or stateside. Every Thursday, a new profile will be published in the T-R. He was “just an Iowa kid” looking for a challenge? Well more than 20 ...

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‘Bikes for Blue’

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY Marshalltown Police Department Officer A.J. Accola straddles a new patrol bicycle in the local Hy-Vee store Wednesday morning. Accola posed for the photo shortly after Hy-Vee Store Director Ric Anderson presented three TREK custom police-equipped bicycles to the MPD ...

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LUNA (Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer) in Marshalltown, is collecting shoes to be displayed in the storefront windows of Sub City from April 1-14, and then in Zamora Fresh Market from April 15-29, in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The shoes will represent local victims.

Display to spotlight sexual assault

In 2016, there were 73 victims of sexual assault, according to reports from the Marshalltown Police Department. Of the victims, nine were minor males, plus one adult male, 21 adult females and 42 minor females. To give voice to the plight of these individuals, LUNA (Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo ...

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Suspects’ identification sought

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS The Marshalltown Police Department is investigating a number of thefts involving two unidentified subjects who are using stolen credit card numbers to make purchases in the Marshalltown area. The Marshalltown Police Department is requesting the public’s help in ...

Iowa Republican lawmakers scrap ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion bill

DES MOINES — Republican lawmakers in Iowa on Wednesday scrapped legislation that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, retreating just one day after announcing the proposal. The move marked a blow for conservatives in the state seeking to enact among the nation's toughest ...

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The proposed lagoon system is currently planned to be placed at the edge of one of Smith’s farm fields just west of the unincorporated community of Green Mountain, according to county officials.

A septic situation

GREEN MOUNTAIN — A plan to install a lagoon septic system just outside of Green Mountain faces resistance from an area landowner. “It doesn’t seem like a good thing to do anywhere with the taxpayers’ money,” said area native and farmer Matt Smith of the proposed system that could ...

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From this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Larry Kester serves Char Mayer and Leland Wiseman, both of Marshalltown, during the Matins Kiwanis annual spaghetti dinner during the  Oktemberfest celebration at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Oktemberfest makes extensive use of the VMC during its four-day run.

Coliseum revitalization plan advances

Significant improvements might be in store for the venerable Veterans Memorial Coliseum. While there is still a lot of work to do, Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Director Anne Selness is excited about what the future holds for the 88-year old historic structure. This week, Selness said ...

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Steve Storjohann with the American Legion Post 46 presented Deb Lang with a Gold Star lapel pin and Certificate of Honor during a recent ceremony. Lang’s brother, Stephen Hass, died in Vietnam on June 21, 1967. The Legion is sponsoring a large-scale ceremony for Sunday, June 4th at Post 46 headquarters to thank and honor area Vietnam veterans and their families.

Honoring those who served in Vietnam

The American Legion Post 46 of Marshalltown is a commemorative partner in a new program created by the U.S. Department of Defense in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and of those who served. The new program provides certificates of honor and lapel pins for the ...

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Tuesday afternoon inside the Y’s Horne Henry Center, Johnathan L. Buffalo, historic preservation director/tribal historian of the Meskwaki Nation, gave an hour-long history of the tribe, as part of the YMCA-YWCA’s Health Forum Series Spring 2017. The forums, free and open to the public, are held each Tuesday in March and April, from 11 a.m. to noon.

‘We enrich Iowa as a people’

All people have an origin. Tuesday afternoon at the Horne Henry Center, Johnathan L. Buffalo, historic preservation director/tribal historian of the Meskwaki Nation, gave an hour-long history of the tribe, as part of the YMCA-YWCA’s Health Forum Series Spring 2017. “We have two volunteer ...

Marshall County Democrats elect new officers

The Marshall County Democrats met recently at their Biennial Organizational Caucus to elect new officers and fill precinct vacancies for 2017 and 2018. Prior to the meeting, Chairman Tom Swartz had asked for new volunteers to step forward as officers. Elected were: Matthew Herrick, chairman; ...

Iowa GOP backs ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion bill

DES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are backing newly filed legislation that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, prompting Democrats to criticize the move as a "sneak attack" because a procedural vote was scheduled shortly after its introduction. A GOP-led ...

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. is pursued by reporters as he arrives for a weekly meeting of the Republican Conference with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership, Tuesday, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won’t step down

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House intelligence committee refused Tuesday to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations brought new cries of protest from Democrats. Asked if he should recuse himself, committee chairman Devin ...

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In this Nov. 15, 2015 photo, Geri Huser, chairwoman of the Iowa Utilities Board, speaks during a hearing in Boone. A review by The Associated Press shows that Huser maintained a busy and profitable private legal practice even though a law mandates she devote her "whole time" to state business.

Iowa regulator keeps busy private law practice

IOWA CITY — A powerful Iowa regulator has maintained a busy and profitable private legal practice even though a law mandates she devote her "whole time" to state business, a review by The Associated Press shows. Iowa Utilities Board Chairwoman Geri Huser has been involved in 50 cases as an ...

Iowa Senate OKs bill limiting law enforcement cash seizures

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would add restrictions to how authorities can seize money and other items from people suspected of illegal activity. The bill comes amid efforts around the country to reform a system known as civil asset forfeiture, ...

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In this Sept. 19, 2014 file-pool photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska while visiting the RusVinyl plant in Kstovo, in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region. Deripaska says he is willing to take part in U.S. congressional hearings to discuss his relationship with President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress

WASHINGTON — A Russian billionaire close to President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he is willing to take part in U.S. congressional hearings to discuss his past business relationship with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Last week, The Associated Press ...

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

BAGHDAD — U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, U.S. and Iraqi military officials acknowledged Tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties have been loosened despite a recent spike in civilian ...

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, center, listens as the committee's ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. requests a one week postponement for the panel to vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, as she displays a list of appointments made during presidential election years, Monday, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

McConnell: Dems won’t keep Gorsuch off high court

WASHINGTON — A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Gorsuch would be confirmed next week regardless of the Democratic ...

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City pledges $20,000

With a $20,000 pledge at Monday night’s council meeting, city councilor unanimously gave a huge boost to a Marshall County Crime Stoppers request to install security cameras at locations in town. The pledge was in response to two recently CrimeStoppers presentations emphasizing the need of ...