Todays News

Forty-one years to the day

Over four decades after working as an electrician on the top of the Marshall County Courthouse, Iowa City man Bruce Christensen recovered a relic from his work on which he had etched a small message: “Electrician, Bruce Christensen, 7/19/77.” Christensen notched those words exactly 41 ...

Getting back to school

Nine weeks ago, students all over Marshalltown Schools were racing through school doors, ready to experience summer — now, it’s time for them to get ready to return, some of them to new and unfamiliar buildings. That’s why the district will host two back-to-school night events. The ...

Council approves re-allocation of $40,000 to CBD

The Marshalltown Central Business District will have an extra $40,000 in its budget to help not only its members, but all downtown businesses. Specifically, councilors voted unanimously to re-allocate $40,000 from the city-funded Facade Grant program to CBD operations during its regular city ...

Community petitions to save local park in northwest Iowa

SERGEANT BLUFF — Residents in northwest Iowa have banded together to save their local park. Jon Anderson told the Sioux City Journal that he and his neighbors recently petitioned to save the Oak Hills park in Sergeant Bluff. The pocket park is small and consists of basketball courts and ...

Area Fair Queens participate in annual Iowa State Fair Queen contest

DES MOINES – Four area girls were included among the 101 Iowa fair queens that participated in the annual Iowa State Fair Queen Contest held this past week in Des Moines. They were Madelyn (Maddie) Green of the Central Iowa Fair (Marshall County), Westin Hansen (Grundy County); Claira Sams ...

Man charged with domestic abuse second offense

A Marshalltown man involved in a domestic abuse incident last month was arrested recently by Marshalltown police on a warrant and taken to Marshall County Jail. Eli Alan Eller, 40, was taken into custody on two criminal complaints according to MPD and Marshall County District Court records. ...

Man charged with possession of meth

A dispute which took place near a vehicle in the 700 block of Noble Street Saturday would lead to charges of domestic abuse assault and possession of controlled substance — methamphetamine first offense — filed against a local man, according to Marshalltown Police Department and Marshall ...

St. Mary’s Catholic Church hosts resource meal for tornado victims

After Spanish-language Mass concluded on Sunday afternoon, parishioners impacted by the tornado gathered together for fellowship, enjoying a potluck lunch and learning about resources available to help them process trauma, with guest speaker Iowa Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown offering some ...

Courthouse relic signed, dated exactly 41 years before tornado

Over four decades after working as an electrician on the top of the Marshall County Courthouse, Iowa City man Bruce Christensen recovered a relic from his work on which he had etched a small message: “Electrician, Bruce Christensen, 7/19/77.” Christensen notched those words exactly 41 ...

Car sales boom

With everything from tree limbs to chunks of houses flying in every direction during the July 19 tornado, it’s no surprise many Marshalltown residents recently found themselves in need of a new vehicle. Local dealers have seen an uptick in car sales as a result, but the post-storm car ...

Local dance director wins national award

More than 300 people, ranging in age from toddler to senior citizens, pass through the doors of the Dance Konnection studio each week, located at the YMCA-YWCA Cultural Center. At its helm is dance director Kimberlee Kups-Benson. She recently took home the Outstanding Director of the Year award ...

Ethan’s Tractor Run slated for Saturday morning at MCC cross country course

August in Marshall County means its almost time for the annual Ethan’s Tractor Run 5k Run/Walk at the Marshalltown Community College cross country course. “There will be a kids’ fun run first — a short run — and then the 5k,” said run coordinator Tim Hungerford. Despite the ...

Lennox offices moving around town

The Lennox plant on the east side of town continues in cleanup and recovery, but office staff have to go somewhere to keep things operating smoothly in the meantime. Right now, much of the staff has found a temporary home at Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 3702 S. Center St., but are ...

History and mystery

"History is Alive at Riverside" is not only the cemetery's slogan, but also the mindset behind the preservation of the life stories of the 23,000 plus people buried on its grounds. Saturday morning, cemetery general manager Dorie Tammen led a group through the cemetery as part of the ...

Letter and donation from organ recipient surprises local woman

Dozens of stories have come out of the devastating July 19, EF-3 tornado. Many have been sobering, others lift the human spirit. Recently, some information came to light which not only exuded good news, but also proved the generosity of being an organ donor lives on. It caught the attention ...

A spot for tea

Editor’s note: This is part of a series profiling the various personal collections of residents of Marshalltown and the surrounding area. Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and teapots — the vessels in which this beverage is served — evolved from having merely a ...

Marshalltown Police warn against Craigslist rental scams

Although it is not a new fraud nationwide, rental scams have recently shown up in Marshalltown. A scammer will list a home for rent on Craigslist that is also legitimately listed for sale on multiple listing services. The scammer will use false email addresses and telephone numbers that appear ...

IVH employees, residents celebrate new laundry facility

Iowa Veterans Home Laundry Supervisor Hope Harvey, holding giant clothespin/scissors, cuts a ribbon celebrating the grand opening of the $6.2-million dollar laundry complex on the campus Friday while Mayor Joel Greer, IVH officials and Veterans Administration officials look on. IVH maintenance ...

Property tax info under review

Tornado damage to the Marshall County Courthouse forced several county offices to move their operations to other buildings — despite the move, property tax processing is still under way at the Marshall County Treasurer’s Office. “We are reviewing them (property tax statements) right ...