Todays News

UnityPoint to close Cath Lab

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown President Dustin Wright announced Monday the hospital’s Catheterization Lab will close July 1. Wright cited several factors contributing to the decision, including right-sizing the organization after the former Central Iowa Healthcare filed for bankruptcy, ...

Local business, county official object to city’s Urban Renewal Plan

A special noon City Council meeting Monday only required 17 minutes, but could generate a lot more time for discussion on the topics at next week’s regular meeting. Central to Monday’s meeting was a required public hearing on a council proposal to expand the Urban Renewal Plan for Area ...

Student nurse visits increased by 20K

Marshalltown Schools health data shows student visits to nurses’ offices increased by thousands in the 2017-18 school year. “Last year, we saw 77,610 students in our health offices throughout the district ... that is up by about 20,000 from the last time I did a report,” said District ...

Gilman Public Library gets full accreditation from state

GILMAN — In small, rural Iowa towns, public libraries are centers for community events, Internet access, research and more, and Gilman residents can look forward to more services from their library. That’s because the status of the Gilman Public Library will see a boost in Fiscal Year ...

City of Burlington to pay $2M

BURLINGTON — A city in southeastern Iowa has agreed to pay $2 million to the family of a woman who was mistakenly killed by a police officer. An attorney for the estate of Autumn Steele announced the dollar figure of the settlement with the city of Burlington on Monday. A federal court was ...

Taking inspiration in the divine

Most nonagenarians spend their days doing quiet activities, but Venita Connley, 90, is always on the move. An author, poet and painter, she is hosting an art exhibit this month at the Fisher Community Center Auditorium, with a public meet and greet slated for June 24 from 2-4 p.m. The ...

Iowa court reduces government liability for road safety

DES MOINES — A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision involving a 2013 car accident on a northwest Iowa county road could make it more difficult for citizens to hold city, county and state officials responsible when people are hurt as the result of unsafe road conditions. The court in deciding ...

Iowa Republicans pick Mike Naig as ag secretary nominee

DES MOINES — Iowa Republicans have picked a state agriculture secretary nominee, but it didn't come easy. The Des Moines Register reports that incumbent Mike Naig was selected Saturday at the Iowa GOP state convention after four rounds of voting. After each round, the bottom candidate was ...

Former Iowa airport becomes drag racing facility

ONAWA — Drag racing has begun at a former western Iowa airport following the site's $2 million transformation. Nearly 200 racers and 600 spectators gathered at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex last weekend for its opening, the Sioux City Journal reported . The city closed the seldom-used ...

Hubbell chooses farmer, legislator Hart as running mate

DES MOINES — Democratic governor nominee Fred Hubbell has chosen eastern Iowa farmer and legislator Rita Hart as his running mate. Hubbell announced Saturday morning that Hart, a state senator representing Clinton and part of Scott counties, as his pick for lieutenant governor. Hart is ...

NASA’s record-breaking spacewoman retires

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired Friday less than a year after returning from her last and longest spaceflight. She's spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three space station missions. She's also the world's ...

Making the time

Sean Heitmann knows the importance of maintaining a healthy work/home life balance. A local attorney, he stays involved in his children’s sports and activities, but also serves on a variety of committees and boards. A native of Victor, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business ...

60th annual Rose Fest a hit

STATE CENTER - Weather reports of high heat didn't stop a large crowd from lining Main Street in State Center Saturday morning - candy bags at the ready - for the annual Rose Festival grand parade. Children shrieked with delight when assortments of candy were tossed their way during the ...

Sports exhibit to appear in Conrad

CONRAD — The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” is coming to Conrad on its last Iowa stop from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2018. The exhibit will be on display at the Conrad Public Library’s Alexander meeting room and in the main library. ...

Restored rural church in Iowa to serve as inn

GRAF — Perched atop a hill in rural Dubuque County sits a small stone church. The exterior walls show the age of the building, which was constructed in 1867. But inside, the structure resembles a brand-new, three-bedroom home. Now, owner John Whalen invites people to rent the Lattnerville ...

A Rose Queen is crowned

STATE CENTER - Every year since 1959, the community of State Center has come together to witness the crowning of local royalty, a tradition which continued Friday evening. A look of happy surprise flashed across Darah Willis' face as she was announced as the 2018 Rose Queen. She and Rose ...

Red Sand Project comes to Marshalltown

All over the country and the state, human trafficking is recognized by authorities as an ongoing problem — one local group is doing what they can to raise awareness of such criminal acts. “It’s a forum to bring an end to human trafficking and modern day slavery,” said Marshalltown Red ...

A renovation of history

The effects of weather and time had taken a toll on the crucifix monument and altar located at the Catholic II lot of Riverside Cemetery. Members of the local Knights of Columbus Marshall Council 966 have spent the last 18 months cleaning and repairing the structure, recently restoring it to ...

Chief: Violent crime low in Marshalltown

Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said he’s encouraged by the 2017 police department report released this week. The Marshalltown Police Department fielded more than 31,000 calls last year, thousands more than in 2016. Officers made more arrests and traffic stops in 2017, too. “One ...

Marshalltown Regional Partnership CEO resigns

Marshalltown Regional Partnership Chief Executive Officer David Barajas, Jr. announced Friday he is resigning his position as CEO. Barajas, Jr. was the first CEO of the upstart Partnership and has been in his position since Jan. 2, 2014. "I am proud of the work that we did together at the ...