Todays News

Hazards of carbon monoxide

GILMAN — Experts call it the “Invisible Killer.” Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas which kills more than 150 people a year in the United States, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. One central Iowa family had a recent run-in with the gas early Friday ...

Carbon monoxide poisoning — know the symptoms

Carbon monoxide gas is a silent and deadly killer that can seep from fuel-burning home appliances. While it’s hard to detect the gas itself, the symptoms of poisoning can be spotted. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, they include: • Headache • Fatigue • Shortness of ...

Student in the spotlight – Ronaldo Mendez

For Anson Elementary kindergartner Ronaldo Mendez, there’s nothing better than solving an addition problem or helping his fellow students. “At Anson, our expectations are to be a respectful, responsible and active learner, and he is constantly being respectful, responsible and an active ...

Young Iowans in one small town could land jobs paying $75K

JEFFERSON — This north-central Iowa town of about 4,200 people faces many of the problems other rural communities face: shrinking population, deteriorating downtowns, aging homes and consolidating schools. But a unique agreement with a Des Moines technology consultant could change its ...

‘Together we are Marshalltown Strong’

Eighty-five days after a EF-3 tornado slashed and pounded its way through Marshalltown's northside and down Main Street, there was a spirit of "Marshalltown Strong" evident at several locations Saturday. The local Central Business District, Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors ...

Dean Fisher seeks fourth term as Iowa House District 72 representative

An ability to relate to his constituents is what Rep. Dean Fisher says makes him a strong candidate. “Being born and raised here on the farm, I think I’m pretty well grounded in the values of the average Iowans, especially in rural Iowa, which is what I serve,” he said. Fisher, who ...

Longtime local veterinarian opens family-owned clinic

Since 1998, Dr. Grant Jacobson has provided medical care to the pets of Marshalltown and the surrounding area. Now, he is opening a clinic of his own. The Hometown Veterinarian, 101 Iowa Avenue West, Suite 300, will officially open its doors Oct. 20 with a grand opening celebration from 11 ...

Mark Smith seeks 10th term as Iowa House District 71 representative

State House Minority Leader Rep. Mark Smith is seeking his 10th two-year term representing Iowa House District 71. First elected in 2001, Smith said if re-elected, he would continue to work on health care and mental health reform, job training and creation, the public school system and equal ...

Lawyer: Missouri farmer was leader of organic fraud scheme

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three farmers who pleaded guilty Friday in a large-scale organic grain fraud scheme were lured into participation by a Missouri businessman who was its mastermind, a defense lawyer said. The farmers "convinced themselves to look the other way" while Randy Constant marketed ...

Judge says Burlington violated records law in shooting case

BURLINGTON — The city of Burlington and the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division broke a state law by refusing to turn over all records after investigating a city police officer's accidental fatal shooting of a woman, a judge said. Administrative Law Judge Karen Doland said in a proposed ...

Surveillance video links man to burglaries

A surveillance camera helped Marshalltown police link a local man to a string of burglaries at a commercial strip on Linn Street, according to MPD reports. Earlier this week the MPD arrested Jimmy Allen Austgen, 49, on a host of charges ranging from burglary, theft-third degree, forgery and ...

Display of gun threatens neighbors

A local man was arrested by Marshalltown police and taken to Marshall County Jail earlier this week after he threatened neighbors by displaying a rifle. Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD said Devin Michael Lagrone, 18, displayed the rifle in such a way it intimidated neighbors and made them ...

Woodbury Elementary dual-language program offers unique learning opportunity

Having more than one language is a coveted skill in today’s world and there are local efforts underway to increase bilingualism. Woodbury Elementary School’s dual-language program makes it unique among the six Marshalltown Schools elementary buildings. “We are not tied to our ...

One woman dead after collision near Rhodes

RHODES — A West Des Moines woman is dead after a two-vehicle collision east of Rhodes Thursday morning. Amanda Lynne Wilken, 23, was killed as a result of the accident which occurred at 9:03 a.m. at the intersection of Durham Avenue and 295th Street according to a minimal crash report ...

State offering new resources for ‘critical repairs’ in Marshalltown

Damaged homes in Marshalltown are set for a boost in repairs to the tune of $400,000 from Volunteer Iowa. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the recovery effort Thursday. The money will be used “to equip and staff a mobile response unit that will make critical repairs to tornado-damaged homes in ...

ACCESS to hold open house at Marshalltown library

Community members are welcomed to an Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) open house next week. Agency officials will attend the open house set for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St., and refreshments will be offered. ACCESS ...

Animal cruelty forum next week part of statewide initiative

When cases of animal neglect and cruelty dominate news headlines, it can be easy to assume the perpetrators will be arrested and serve a long jail sentence. However, in Iowa that’s not always the case. To better education the public on Iowa’s animal cruelty, neglect and torture laws, the ...