Todays News

Study finds Tornadoes have been spinning up farther east

WASHINGTON — Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why. Tornado activity is increasing most in ...

Khashoggi sends warning in last column

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate." The Post published the column Wednesday, more than two ...

Renovations could consolidate county offices, save taxpayer money

The July 19 tornado caused 22 non life-threatening injuries and millions of dollars in damage to local homes, businesses and government buildings. However, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors found a silver lining when it was announced earlier this month the county’s insurer’s would ...

Sodders drops out of auditor/recorder race

State Center Mayor and former two-term state senator Steve Sodders announced Tuesday he is dropping out of the Marshall County Auditor/Record race a few weeks before the Nov. 6 general election. Sodders was the Democratic candidate running against incumbent Republican Nan Benson and entered ...

Democratic Sec. of Ag candidate rallies supporters

Iowans have not elected a Democrat to the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture post since Patty Judge won in 2002. Tim Gannon wants to pick up where Judge left off. Gannon was in Marshalltown Tuesday afternoon to meet fellow Democrats while giving a pep talk about supporting Democratic candidates ...

Animal cruelty laws the focus of town hall meeting

Topics like animal torture, state laws and certain types of hunting were discussed at an animal cruelty town hall meeting at Fisher Community Center Tuesday. The meeting was led by Preston Moore of the Human Society of the United States. He was joined by Shelly Deal of the Animal Rescue ...

Man charged with domestic abuse

A Marshalltown man was arrested by the Marshalltown Police Department earlier this week on three criminal counts stemming from a domestic abuse incident. Lendle Blelai, 31, was charged with domestic abuse assault-first offense, child endangerment and obstruction of emergency communication, ...

Hurricane is blamed for 16 deaths in Florida

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. The scope of the storm's fury ...

Local agency grants $500,000 for services at three Marshalltown schools

Five hundred thousand dollars a year. That’s how much Mid-Iowa Community Action is set to spend in federal grant money over the next five years to provide coordinators to help connect Anson, Rogers and Woodbury elementary students and their families with needed services. “These three ...

By the numbers — Anson, Rogers and Woodbury free- and reduced-price lunch

Some Marshalltown Schools students with challenging financial situations qualify for federal free or reduced-price school meals, including many at Anson, Rogers and Woodbury elementary schools. The district approved $500,000 a year for five years in additional grant funding from U.S. ...

City identifies almost 500 trees to be removed

While many tornado-damaged commercial and residential properties have been repaired or are partially fixed, the city’s tree stock in northern neighborhoods remains devastated. Prior to the July 19 tornado, many of the tree-lined streets north of Boone Street — State and Main were but two ...

School Board approves changes to Roundhouse Phase II project

Phase II of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse construction continues to sprout up and despite changes in the timeline of the project, the school district still remains in its set budget. The Marshalltown School Board heard a project budget update at Monday’s board meeting. Kevin ...

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Auxiliary Quilt Auction Nov. 1

Credit the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Auxiliary for working to keep the momentum going. With a recent sell-out of 1,000 hand-made chicken pot pies earlier this month, the auxiliary is gearing-up for a 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 1 quilt auction at the Medical Park, 55 Central Iowa Dr. — ...

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

SEATTLE — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. He died in Seattle from complications of ...

Driving lessons lead to arrest

A Marshalltown man was arrested by the Marshalltown Police Department earlier this week for giving a false report to an officer. Glen Edward Menter, 22, reported he was hit by a car and the vehicle left the scene, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Marshall County ...

Hazards of carbon monoxide

GILMAN — Experts call it the “Invisible Killer.” Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas which kills more than 150 people a year in the United States, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. One central Iowa family had a recent run-in with the gas early Friday ...

Carbon monoxide poisoning — know the symptoms

Carbon monoxide gas is a silent and deadly killer that can seep from fuel-burning home appliances. While it’s hard to detect the gas itself, the symptoms of poisoning can be spotted. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, they include: • Headache • Fatigue • Shortness of ...

Student in the spotlight – Ronaldo Mendez

For Anson Elementary kindergartner Ronaldo Mendez, there’s nothing better than solving an addition problem or helping his fellow students. “At Anson, our expectations are to be a respectful, responsible and active learner, and he is constantly being respectful, responsible and an active ...

Young Iowans in one small town could land jobs paying $75K

JEFFERSON — This north-central Iowa town of about 4,200 people faces many of the problems other rural communities face: shrinking population, deteriorating downtowns, aging homes and consolidating schools. But a unique agreement with a Des Moines technology consultant could change its ...