• Patrons of The Freeze, located at 915 S. 11th St., in Marion, braved the cold temperatures in order to enjoy warm welcomes from nine Marion Independent and two Linn-Mar students and eat chocolate and vanilla ice cream cones for $1. Due to seasonably cold temperatures, this year’s chill-out event lasted four days. The final amount hasn’t been tallied, however, it appears the total will exceed last year’s of $1,600. The proceeds will be presented to the Marion Independent School District Foundation. — Marion Times

Van Buren County

• Official from the Iowa Hospital Association, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Van Buren County Hospital met with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg in Keosauqua recently to discuss parity in reimbursement for tele-medicine that has been growth in recent years. VBCH is a pioneer in tele-medicine after it entered into a partnership with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to utilize their specialists to help treat patients at the hospital. VBCH is one of the first rural hospitals in Iowa to utilize tele-medicine. — Van Buren County Register


• In the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Okoboji you will find exhibits and artifacts from bands, musicians and radio personalities that shaped Iowa’s musical history. You will also see Colfax-Mingo represented through a first place finish of a newly decorated guitar done by some of the C-M’s talented art students. Two students, one familiar with art the other a bass guitarist in the C-M band completed the winning guitar’s transformation. Colfax-Mingo will receive $250 in art supplies due to their top place finish. The guitar will be on display in the museum for one year and then it will be auctioned off and the money used for music scholarships. — Jasper County Tribune

West Liberty

• On Oct. 28, West Liberty witnessed a Ghost Tour pass through the downtown stirring up paranormal history of West Liberty. West Liberty’s downtown area is a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. With such a long and rich history on the rail line, it wasn’t hard to find ghosts. The tour was limited to 35 people. The tour began at the McFerren home which was used as a boarding house during prohibition. Guests to the house have experienced spooky happenings which they attribute to a ghost named Jim. It ended at the town’s oldest building, the Liberty Social Club. — West Liberty Index