Todays News

Branstad confirmed; on to China

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's upcoming departure to Beijing marks the end of a career in state politics that spans several decades. As the longest-serving governor in the U.S. at more than 22 years, Branstad oversaw Iowa throughout the farm crisis of the 1980s ...

‘Someone who should never be underestimated’

In a move that has been predicted for months, Gov. Terry Branstad was confirmed Monday by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, and local lawmakers said he was a good pick for the job. “I wish him well with this new endeavor,” said state Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown. ...

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Hard work paying off

Seniors at Marshalltown High School were celebrated Monday night as dozens of scholarships were awarded to students from various organizations, including several recipients of the Gwendolyn and Lucian L. Hinecker Scholarship.

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City council bans ‘consumer’ fireworks use

The Marshalltown city council voted unanimously 7-0 at Monday night’s council meeting to prohibit use of “consumer” fireworks such as bottle-rockets. fire-crackers and other exploding products. Locals are also prohibited from shooting-off “display” fireworks. Councilors passed ...

Judge sets media rules for trial of former ‘Bachelor’ star

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A judge who's already authorized a contempt of court action against one reporter is setting strict rules for journalists covering the trial of "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules. Judge Kellyann Lekar warned Monday that violations may result in contempt proceedings or a ban ...

Beaman to observe milestone Memorial Day Weekend

BEAMAN – For the past 134 years the community of Beaman has been observing Memorial Day, and this year is no exception. According to Deb Ashton, this year’s 135th celebration includes many family activities on Saturday; a community church service on Sunday; and a special 135th observance ...

Buckle up!

Now through June 4, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshalltown Police Department, as well as other state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation, will be stepping up seat belt enforcement with the approaching Memorial Day Weekend. The holiday weekend kicks off ...

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National Veterans Awareness Ride

Riders with the National Veterans Awareness Organization made their way through Marshalltown Monday as part of the National Veterans Awareness Ride. The primary event for the NVAO each year is a 10-day motorcycle journey across the United States. Each day, the travel involves stops at veterans ...

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A view looking east of Marshalltown’s Main Street recently. Businesses and others occupying Main Street and side streets are key components of the Central Business District. The organization’s staff and volunteers have been working since 2002 to enhance downtown through physical improvements, recruitment, events, and other initiatives according to promotional material.

Local CBD to host meeting on May 25th

Marshalltown’s Central Business District organization is sponsoring a downtown building owner meeting May 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the public library. The purpose: Explain what a Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District is, and how it can effectively be used to improve ...

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Ni Hta Blay, 8, a first grader at Hoglan Elementary School, works on building his English vocabulary and reading skills, as he is a native Karen speaker. Instructor Sara Nichols assists the child with those efforts. “He’s a sponge. He’s been soaking up all this information and is catching on so quickly,” Nichols said.

First grader builds English skills

When Ni Hta Blay, 8, first arrived at Hoglan Elementary School in August 2016, he knew very little English. But with the aid of dedicated teachers, and his own inner drive, the first grader has made leaps and bounds with his progress. Sara Nichols works with the child regularly, building his ...

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Local entrepreneur part of documentary

Not all contributors in cinema are shown on screen, in fact, many are behind the scenes that the audience never sees. Marshall County native Zach Dannen is one of those people, either behind a camera, editing a video clip or getting footage with his drone. A national documentary, “Project ...

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Competitive shooting

The Iowa Police Combat League gathered at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend for competitive shooting events, fellowship and the league’s annual award luncheon. The Iowa Police Combat League (IPCL) was established in 1982 and is comprised of active and retired law ...

New poetry group organizes

Where can people go to read and listen to poetry, surrounded by fellow poetry enthusiasts? The Orpheum Theater will play host to the new “Oral Poetry Edition Night” (OPEN) events, with the first meet-up being held Thursday, May 25, starting at 6:30 p.m., inside the Orpheum’s gallery, ...

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MHS Junior Matthew Drummer has earned 8 class credits in less than a school year in the Pier program, and could earn as many as 3 more before year’s end.

‘A chance to be a student’

For some students at Marshalltown High School, life comes with barriers that make attending class and performing well extremely difficult, and there’s a program designed to get them back on track. “It’s an accelerated way of earning credits for the already credit-deficient student,” ...

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Terry Briggs of Marshalltown, far left, president of TRAILS, Inc., speaks before a group of local elected officials, business representatives and a host of Iowa River Trail supporters at Friday’s Bike to Work Day. A steady rain and cold temperatures required event organizers to gather inside a Trails, Inc. building on Wilson Circle. Briggs and Kim Schryver also of TRAILS, Inc., briefed the group on construction progress of the Marshall County portion of the 34-mile recreational trial which, when completed, will connect Marshalltown with Steamboat Rock.

IRT success concludes Bike to Work Week

Four years and $4 million dollars. That is the time and capital raised by TRAILS, Inc. a Marshall County group of volunteers working in tandem with Iowa River Trail/Hardin County to construct a 34-mile Iowa River recreational trail from Marshalltown to Steamboat Rock. TRAILS President Terry ...

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Walking a mile in her shoes

The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event took place Saturday afternoon, beginning at the Marshall County Courthouse Square. It assembled men, women and children of all backgrounds, who walked a mile through downtown Marshalltown — with the males donning high heeled shoes — as a way of ...

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Late-night accident

T-R PHOTO BY JEFF HUTTON The Marshalltown Police Department investigated a late-night accident shortly before midnight Friday after a car struck a parked vehicle in the 300 block of West Meadow Lane. No injuries were reported, but the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody. No other ...

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Helping neighbors

T-R PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY Robert Hicks of Marshalltown tosses a piece of lumber into a dumpster during the City of Marshalltown’s “City Clean-Up Day” event Saturday in the 900 block of South Second Street. Hicks said he was helping a neighbor. Despite a steady rain and cold ...

Trump in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security ...

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Family members celebrate as they embrace a relative, one of the released kidnapped schoolgirls, in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday.

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls meet families after 3 years

ABUJA, Nigeria — The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity reunited with their families Saturday as anxious parents looked for signs of how deeply the extremists had changed their daughters' lives. Brightly dressed families rushed ...