Todays News

Incumbent Supervisor Thompson talks county issues ahead of primaries

Growth, savings, services. Those are three areas incumbent Republican Marshall County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Dave Thompson said he wants to focus on this election season. "I first ran because I felt the county's finances needed assistance and my business background could be of ...

Century and Heritage Farm applications due June 1

June 1 is the deadline to apply for the 2018 Century and Heritage Farm program. The Century Farm program recognizes families that have owned their farms continously for 100 years, and holding at least 40 acres of the original farm. The present owner must be related to a person who owned the ...

Iowa GOP accepts funds from disgraced Bill Dix

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The abrupt downfall of Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix quickly turned into a cash windfall for the Republican Party of Iowa. The party's central committee accepted a $522,000 contribution from Dix's campaign on March 26, two weeks after the Shell Rock farmer quit the ...

Riding for remembrance

Dozens of motorcycles rumbled into the Iowa Veterans Home courtyard Monday morning, the riders braving poor weather to meet with residents and honor their service. It was one of many stops for the National Veterans Awareness Riders (NVAR) as they travel across the country, from Sacramento, ...

Graffiti Wall draws artistic talent to city park

The use of graffiti in a city park is typically frowned upon but the use of the artistic expression at Marshalltown's Skate Park is now open for the creative use and enjoyment of the public A view of the wall currently shows the work of A-Boss, K-Clean, J-Dog and J-Spray, and no doubt there ...

Funeral directors are becoming more difficult to find in Iowa

DES MOINES — Growing up, Richard Slade knew what he didn't want to do with his adult life. It's largely what he's doing now. He has spent almost four decades running Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home, his family's third-generation venture in the Decatur County seat of Leon. His 86-year-old ...

Iowa legislator vying for seat in Congress

Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque is one of four Democratic candidates vying for the right to take on incumbent U.S. Congressman Republican Rod Blum, R-Dubuque, in the November general election. But first, she must win the June 5 primary. And what is her game plan? "I will be honest with you," ...

MFD responds to deck fire

The Marshalltown Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the area of North 10th Avenue and East Main Street on Saturday. At 4:17 a.m., fire department personnel found a fire in the rear of the structure on the deck threatening to extend into the residence. Firefighters quickly ...

Making friends, sharing concerns

This year's CommUNITY Potluck drew people from around the Marshalltown area for two very different events. Visitors to the event at the Midnight Ballroom Sunday evening were not only treated to a potluck meal, but also an information session on immigration law, and what a new state law means ...

‘Intrinsically motivated’

Erin Stanley, 14, an eighth grader at Miller Middle School, doesn’t shy away from hard work. “Erin takes a lot of advanced level classes and is in XLP (Extended Learning Program), so she has a pretty challenging course load,” said social studies instructor Anna Miller. “She is a very ...

Benefits of Iowa’s tax cuts could be delayed by slow growth

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Republicans said it was essential to pass $2.8 billion in tax cuts in part due to federal tax changes, but those state reductions might not be implemented for years under a plan awaiting the governor's signature. Iowa has an unusual tax system in which federal tax ...

Stepping it up

There are several issues Democratic candidate for governor Cathy Glasson has seen in the state over the last few years. “I grew up in northwest Iowa, in Spencer, and then went to school at the University of Iowa, got my nursing degree and helped organize my hospital; my fellow coworkers and ...

Igniting a passion for blacksmithing

HAVERHILL — “Every time you watch a demonstration you learn something new, and I’ve been a blacksmith since the 1980s.” These are the words of Jim Ribordy, president of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association. Members of the association were on hand Saturday to lead hands-on ...

Oujiri ‘Our mission is to take care of our veterans’

On May 22 of last year, Col. (Ret.) Timon Oujiri reported in as the 17th commandant at the Iowa Veterans Home. He walked into what some would have diplomatically labeled a challenging situation. Or, what others would have called an inauspicious start. Only four days before, a storm ...

Local residents clean out and drop-off

Marshalltonians and Marshall County residents were busy cleaning out attics and garages while dropping off hazardous waste Saturday morning. Six dumpsters were lined up at the old Econo-Foods parking lot at 101 Iowa Ave. W. for local residents to drive up and drop off courtesy of the city of ...

Degner wants to take action in Des Moines

Prior to 2016, Dave Degner of Clutier never had an interest in politics, but today he believes he can best represent the interests of those who live and work in Iowa House District 72. Degner, one of four Democrats vying for their party’s nomination to challenge Republican and incumbent ...

Beginning another journey

A matter of months after seeing its first graduate move forward, two more Enhanced Supervision Court participants were celebrated Friday for passing the program. “You both have developed support systems outside of this program that will help you be successful in the future,” said District ...

Making memories

The St. Henry Catholic Church/St. Francis School parking lot was a bustling place to be Friday afternoon and evening as hundreds of folks enjoyed games, activities, food and music in a carnival atmosphere at the school’s annual Fun Fest fundraiser. “Everyone pitches in and helps. It’s a ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing 10 people

SANTA FE, Texas — A 17-year-old boy carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida that gave rise to a campaign by teens for ...

‘Uniquely qualified’

It’s back to the political arena for Jim Mowrer. The Des Moines Democrat is running to become Iowa Secretary of State who, among other things, acts as the state’s chief elections official. “These set of issues, on voter access and elections, have been very important to me for a long ...