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Council says ‘Yes’

Despite objections in writing from two residents, the city council unanimously approved by 7-0 vote a resolution which certified plans, specifications, form of contract, and cost for the West End Park Futsal Courts project. Futsal is a form of soccer played with a smaller ball, on a smaller ...

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AT LEFT: Mary Kline and George Miller professed their love for one another during a commitment ceremony held Monday afternoon at Hawkeye Care Center. David Shearer, minister of the Marshalltown Church of Christ, served as officiant. A reception followed, where a tiered blue and white wedding cake was served.

Happily ever after

Theirs is a romance years in the making. Mary Kline and George Miller once met years ago through mutual friends, and earlier this year, their friendship blossomed into a romance. Monday afternoon, they professed their love for one another in a commitment ceremony, held in Hawkeye Care ...

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That’s some sheep

Iowa State Fair attendees stop to see and pet Reserve Champion Maynard, who took second place in the Biggest Ram contest late last week. Maynard was presented by Seelow Sheep Farm of State Center, and weighed in at 385 pounds. He competed against six other rams in the contest, won by Big Billy ...

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Purk granted new trial

TOLEDO – Tait Otis Purk, 51, had his 1st degree murder by an Iowa County Jury in May of this year set aside by Tama County District Court Judge Mitchell E. Turner and a new trial granted. He was convicted by the jury in the death of his fiance, Cora Ann Okonski, then age 23, in 2000. The ...

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Meet the candidates

While 2017 doesn’t bring a presidential or mid-term election, there are still choices for Marshalltown residents to make in the next month. The first of two public forums to meet Marshalltown School Board candidates Bea Niblock, Mike Miller, Karina Hernández, Laura Eilers and Ben Fletcher ...

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Child car seat safety event returns

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshalltown Police Department will again join forces from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday to inspect and install car seats during the Central Iowa Safe Kids Coalition child car seat safety event in the parking lot of Hy-Vee, 802 S. Center St. The ...

This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Jerry Drake Varnell, of Sayre, Okla., who was arrested Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb in an alley adjacent to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City. Authorities said Varnell is expected to be formally charged Monday, Aug, 14. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

‘Out for blood’

OKLAHOMA CITY— A 23-year-old man who was "out for blood" when he attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma bank in a plot similar to the deadly 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, authorities said Monday. During a meeting with ...

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Garrett Goodman of Marshalltown poses at the former Standard Oil building, 502 S. First St. He purchased the building in 2015, and plans to restore the historic structure into a entertainment venue serving beverages and food. The entrepreneur said previous experience working in Central Iowa restaurants and other businesses will be an asset.

Historic Standard Oil building to have new life

Two young Marshalltown entrepreneurs are thrilled to be joining the ranks in fulfilling the American dream — having their own business. Garret Goodman and his fiance, Dani Cameron-Cruz have deed in hand, blueprints on the walls, and started what will be a lengthy process in turning the ...

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Pictured is Sarah Uthoff who will present “Packing Up”, a program about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, on Aug. 19th at the Marshalltown Pubic Library.

Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation Aug. 19

TIMES-REPUBLICAN In honor of the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth, the Marshalltown Public Library will host Sarah Uthoff, who will present “Packing Up,” a program about the life of Wilder. The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 in the library’s ...

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a joint press conference with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos at the presidential guesthouse in Cartagena, Colombia, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Cartagena is the first stop of Pence's weeklong trip to Latin America, that will also take him to Argentina, Chile and Panama. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

In Colombia, Pence tries to strike balance on Venezuela

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Vice President Mike Pence, traveling Sunday in Colombia, tried to strike a balance between Latin American opposition to U.S. military intervention in neighboring Venezuela, and President Donald Trump's assertion that military action is an option. During a news ...

Protesters listen during a "Peace and Sanity" rally Sunday Aug. 13, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, during a rally about white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, Va., (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Protests, vigils around US

SEATTLE — Protesters decrying hatred and racism converged around the country on Sunday, saying they felt compelled to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia. The gatherings spanned from a march to President Donald Trump's home in New York to ...

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

White nationalist rally linked to 3 deaths

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting more than a dozen others and ratcheting up tension in a day full of violent confrontations. Shortly after, a Virginia ...

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Monroe Miller of Kalona comes to the end of a furrow in the 2016 Iowa Plowing Association’s State Plowing Contest held in Marshall County last August. The 2017 contest returns to Marshall County on Saturday, Aug. 19 on land farmed by Kevin Holl on Underwood Avenue.

State Plowing Contest returns to Marshall County

Residents from Iowa and the surrounding states will have the chance to see a lost art once again on Aug. 19 as Marshall County hosts the 2017 Iowa Plowing Association’s State Contest for the second consecutive year. According to Kevin Holl, host for the event and Iowa Plowing Association ...

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Sparkle and shine

Members of the Marshalltown High School Dance Team kept busy as they washed cars and trucks during an event-sponsored car wash Saturday.

Hundreds of people march along a levee toward the Rio Grande to oppose the wall the U.S. government wants to build on the river separating Texas and Mexico, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Mission, Texas. The area would be the target of new barrier construction under the Trump administration's current plan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Advocates stage first big protest

MISSION, Texas — Hundreds of protesters wearing white and chanting in English and Spanish marched Saturday in Texas' first major protest against a border wall, crossing the earthen Rio Grande levee where President Donald Trump's administration wants to build part of the first phase. The ...

Texas Senate restricts insurance coverage for abortion

AUSTIN, Texas — The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching choices because no exceptions will be made in cases of ...

Families could be seen moving in and out of school supply sections of stores like Wal Mart in Marshalltown Thursday with the first day of school only a few weeks away. Juanita Valdez was one parent collecting items and looking for sales, and she was joined by her fourth grade twins Maricarmen and José.

Spending on supplies

Parents in the Marshalltown school district are bustling around several area stores, searching for school supplies to outfit their children for the coming academic year. But how much do new school supplies cost families? The T-R looked at supplies on sale in Marshalltown on Aug. 10 to get an ...

Trump: Kim ‘will regret’ if he acts against ally

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will regret it fast" if he continues his threats to U.S. territories and allies, in another warning that the U.S. is willing to act swiftly against the nuclear-armed nation. In remarks to reporters, Trump ...

A variety of dances are performed each day of the powwow at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., including the Meskwaki Dance, followed by the Friendship Dance (pictured).

103 years of tradition

TAMA — Food, music, traditional dances, and lots of handmade jewelry and clothing items abounded. The 103rd Annual Meskwaki Powwow drew hundreds of attendees on Friday, during day two of the four-day long celebration, held at the Powwow Grounds, located four miles west of Tama. The ...

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Zip to it!

Aaron Pencil, 6, tried out the freshly-installed Mega-10 Park zipline Thursday afternoon. No sooner had Miracle Recreation Equipment Company employees finished the project than youngsters swarmed the new equipment. The piece is the latest in the $250,000 Marshalltown Parks and Recreation ...