Todays News

Courthouse dome nears completion

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The massive old Marshall County Courthouse dome was plucked from the top of the historic building in May and the new dome is set to replace it in several weeks’ time. The dome was famously damaged in the 2018 tornado, which toppled the spire at the top of the courthouse. ...

Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force arrests man

A Marshalltown man was arrested earlier this month by the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force on two felony criminal counts — a controlled substance violation and failure to affix drug tax stamp. The offenses are Class D felonies. Benjamin Jon Arends, 39, was taken into custody after the MIDTF and ...

School food service director shares insights on student nutrition

The last school board meeting before students return to class included an in-depth presentation about the district’s food service department. That department and its director, Lynn Large, are responsible for ensuring around 5,000 kids are fed nearly every week day for nine months out of the ...

Annual ice cream social slated for Sunday

Our Savior Lutheran Church’s ice cream social and dinner has been a Marshalltown tradition for 21 years. Good food, good friends — all for a good cause — with proceeds given to local charitable groups. This year’s event will take place Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 3001 ...

Man charged with felony theft

A Marshalltown man who allegedly wrote nearly $1,700 in bad checks was arrested by Marshalltown police Sunday on a warrant and charged with theft second degree, a Class D felony. Shane Anthony Johnson Sr., 42, was taken to Marshall County Jail after an investigation by MPD detectives ...

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s acting president and CEO, said the ...

A DAY IN THE LIFE — Public health nurse

As a child growing up in Marshalltown, Patricia Thompson didn’t imagine she would devote over 30 years of her career to working as a nurse. Now, she can’t imagine her life any other way. For the last 12 years, she has been employed as a public health nurse. In July 2019, she transitioned ...

Below normal July rainfall as part of state heads toward drought conditions

DES MOINES — A second consecutive month of below normal precipitation has about 36 percent of the state rated as abnormally dry, according to the latest Water Summary Update. “It seems surprising that after the wet winter and spring that we would be thinking about drought conditions, but ...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

WASHINGTON — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their ...

Far-right and antifa groups both claim victory at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. City officials were mostly relieved that a downtown gathering ...

Out of sight, out of mind

Katrina. Sandy. Harvey. Maria. Each was a disaster of shattering magnitude, battering America’s shores over the past two decades. But between these pivotal storms lie hundreds of smaller disasters that garner a fraction of the national attention and the billions of federal dollars that ...

Hundreds participate in Corey Brown’s Memorial 5K

Legacies are determined in a thousand ways. From triumphs in sporting arenas, to unforgiving battlefields and in the halls of government. But the parents and brother of the late teen Corey Brown hope part of his legacy will be new uniforms for the Marshalltown High School Track and ...

Century and Heritage Farms recognized at State Fair

The late President Harry Truman said, “The only thing new is the history you didn’t know yet.” And after Thursday, nearly 500 farm families knew their farms has played a major role in feeding and fueling the world while making a significant contribution to Iowa’s economy. Fittingly, ...

Classroom connection

Summer break is winding down for thousands of area students, and several dozen teachers spent the week exploring local businesses to make connections with students when they come back to the classroom. The teacher externship program, hosted by Marshalltown Schools, exposed more than 50 ...

Historical Society of Marshall County focused on preservation

When Madelyn and Steve Irvine donated Madelyn’s childhood home at 503 W. Main Street — the Mowry Irvine Mansion — to the Historical Society of Marshall County in July 2017, the intention was to eventually make the mansion the official headquarters of the HSMC. However, the July 2018 ...

Area farmers recognized as Iowa Environmental Farm Leaders

DES MOINES – Two long-time Central Iowa farm families were recognized as Iowa Environmental Farm Leaders during a ceremony Wednesday at the Iowa State Fair. The recipients were SR Anderson Farms (Steven and Ferron Anderson and family) who farm in Grundy and Marshall counties and Jeffery, ...