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Marvin Nelson, a resident at the Iowa Veterans Home, as a collection of more than 130 belt buckles. His oldest one dates back to 1919 and is made out of World War I shell casings. A variety of brand names are represented, as well as animals, patriotic events and semi-precious stones.

An accidental hobby

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series profiling the various personal collections of residents of Marshalltown and the surrounding area. Marvin Nelson, who has resided at the Iowa Veterans Home since 2003, has turned a passing fancy into a substantial collection. For over 10 ...

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From left, Cuban Deputy General Director Gustavo Machin Gómez speaks with Marshalltown residents and Cuban natives Hanny Garcia Huerta and Amb. Carlos Portes during a meeting between Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an Iowa trade delegation in Havana in January of 2016.

Policy shift

President Donald Trump announced a change in policy with Cuba recently, and the announcement itself, as well as intended changes, have caused some local concern. “It was archaic ... there’s no substance to what he said,” said Cuba native and Marshalltown resident Hanny García-Huerta ...

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Safety first

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshalltown Police Department joined forces Sunday afternoon to inspect and install car seats during the Central Iowa Safe Kids Coalition child car seat safety event. The MCSO and the MPD were working together in an effort to reduce the incidence ...

People who survived a sunken ferry, cry as they wait for more information about their missing friends and relatives, at a reservoir in Guatape, Colombia, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Nine people were dead and 28 missing after a tourist ferry packed with around 170 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, officials said. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Columbian tourist boat capsizes

GUATAPE, Colombia — A tourist boat packed with about 170 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, leaving nine people dead and 28 missing, officials said. Rescuers including firefighters from nearby cities and air force pilots ...

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An innovative solar car, artists, food, fun, music and restored vintage automobiles — all enjoyed by hundreds of Central Iowans — were found at the Solar Car on the Square event Saturday at the Marshall County Courthouse. Even young do-it-yourselfers could make a smaller version of Team PrISUm’s car.

‘Solar Car on the Square’

Under the watchful eyes of Marshalltown founder Henry Anson’s statue, hundreds of Central Iowans accompanied by droves of Iowa State University fans came to see an innovative solar car surrounded by a festival of food, arts, music and crafts Saturday morning at the venerable Courthouse ...

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Relay for Life

T-R Photo by Mike Burvee The Marshalltown high school track was home to the yearly Relay for Life on Saturday. Teams of participants took part in the relay, some walking the track before the opening ceremony. Cancer survivors were given purple shirts to honor having won their battles against ...

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Enjoying a snack at the Corn Carnival

T-R Photo by Mike Burvee Residents of Gladbrook came together for the third day of the annual Corn Carnival on Saturday. Sweet corn, watermelon and beef were all offered along with other carnival foods like tenderloin, sno cones and funnel cakes. Midway rides rounded out the carnival atmosphere.

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Marshalltown native Nick Beard is an artist who works primarily with ink. He also designs album covers. He likes to depict science-fiction and fantasy imagery, asking the question “what if?” He teachers art to K-8 grade students in the East Marshall School District.

Creating alternative worlds

Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series profiling artists in Marshalltown and the surrounding area, discovering what inspires and propels their creativity. For Marshalltown artist Nick Beard, creating art is an opportunity to step outside of the confines of reality and delve into ...

Proceeds to benefit IVH

During the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend, a local retailer will be donating a portion of its sales on select items to help the Iowa Veterans Home. From June 30 through July 4 at the Marshalltown HyVee, 10 percent of sales from Duke Cannon men’s personal care items will be donated directly ...

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Emergency personnel and local people work at the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Maoxian County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Saturday.

15 bodies found after landslide in China

MAO COUNTY, China — Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 100 more people remained missing. About 3,000 rescuers were using detection devices and ...

Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration's travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground. The biggest news of all, though, ...

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President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son and Barron Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, June 11, as they return from Bedminster, N.J.

Now in Washington, Melania Trump still no social butterfly

WASHINGTON — Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly. Not that she hasn't been busy fulfilling her duties as first lady and first mom. Her top priority has been settling in 11-year-old ...

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Residents are evacuated from the Taplow residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate, in the borough of Camden, north London, Friday. A local London council has decided to evacuate some 800 households in apartment buildings it owns because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise.

UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

LONDON — Britain's fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities said 34 high-rise apartment blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them "not safe for ...

CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker ‘worship’

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden. "In some ways, I do think it's accelerated," Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired Saturday. "I think there ...

British Parliament investigates cyberattack on user accounts

LONDON — British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts." A statement from the House of Commons said that as a precaution, remote email access for members has been ...

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Munch and More offers area children a free meal and the opportunity to read and be read to by volunteers from around the community. The children (and adults) enjoy the chance to read, and at the end of the week, the kids get to take home a free book.

Lunch and literacy

Munch and More has returned to Marshalltown elementary schools this summer, and the aim is to help area students get a good meal and read a good book. “There is a table full of books ... the students come in, they eat lunch, and there are about two or three volunteers at each site,” said ...

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‘Live After Five’

T-R PHOTOS BY JEFF HUTTON Music, food and fun was part of the festivities Friday at the first “Live After Five” event at the Orpheum in downtown Marshalltown this summer. The free 10-week event continues through Aug. 25.

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Show ‘n’ Shine

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE BURVEE Every year Lennox hosts an event to show appreciation for its employees and to provide a break away from the norm. This year the committee group provided lunch and hosted a car show on Friday. Employees Gary Catron, Dave Nicholson and Troy Schelling are regular ...

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The Union Pacific will be partnering with the Marshalltown Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Highway Patrol on Monday to monitor motorists behavior at local grade crossings.

Observing the crossings

Freight trains traveling 55 mph require more than a mile to stop, which is why drivers are urged to stop in designated areas when railroad signals, flashers and gates indicate a train is approaching. It is all part of Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) ...

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ERIC BOONE Resides: Marshalltown Hometown: Marshalltown FAMILY LIFE Family: Spouse is Monica Boone, joined by son Adam, 10, and daughters Isabelle 7, Sophie, 6, and Jillian 2. Hobbies and interests: Barbecuing, camping, and all things dealing with the kids. WORK Occupation: Systems ...