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Weekend fire damages Marshalltown home

TIMES-REPUBLICAN A faulty outlet was to blame for a weekend house fire in Marshalltown. According to the Marshalltown Fire Department, at 1:37 a.m. Saturday, firefighters were called to a reported house fire at 406 Orchard Drive. On arrival, fire crews determined all occupants were out of ...

Fire can be seen by the swimming pool of the Campement Kangaba, a tourist resort near Bamako, Mali, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Suspected jihadists attacked the hotel resort Sunday in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Gunmen attack resort

BAMAKO, Mali — Jihadis attacked a hotel resort Sunday in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. More than 30 people managed to escape though at least two people were killed, authorities said. Moussa Ag Infahi, director of the national police, told ...

FILE - This April 30, 2017, file photo provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shows fighters from the SDF looking toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 on Sunday, June 18, after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. The shootdown was near the Syrian town of Tabqa. (Syrian Democratic Forces via AP, File)

Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for the first time

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. The U.S. had not shot down a Syrian regime ...

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Kevin Lageschulte has been involved in a variety of civic causes, participates in community theater, and has been employed at Fisher Controls for over 40 years. Along with wife Janel, he has three grown children who cite his civic-minded nature as inspiration in their lives. Son Kraig Lageschulte, far right, works as a police office on the MPD, while daughter Jill McDonnell, bottom left, works as a physical therapist in Grimes, and daughter Kelli Thurston, is a real estate agent in Marshalltown.

Leading by example

Kevin Lageschulte is a familiar face around town. Since 1975, he has worked and lived in Marshalltown, been involved in a variety of civic causes, sporting events, community theater and is a 40-year member of the Marshalltown Evening Lions. His three adult children — Kraig Lageschulte, 33, ...

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Annual Grand Parade was a crowd pleaser

STATE CENTER — The 59th Annual State Center Rose Festival celebrated the town’s historic Rose Garden, it’s people and its founding 150 years ago, in a celebration spanning four days. On Saturday morning, the Grand Parade down Main Street drew a crowd numbered in the thousands. “This ...

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Bicycling to give kids and families hope

Youth & Shelter Services of Marshall County Executive Director David Hicks, far right, gestures while speaking to staff and attendees at the organization’s 15th annual Cycling for YSS event Saturday at Grimes Farm. Hicks said YSS has served more than 60 youth who have “aged out” of ...

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Carrie Grimes Barr, far left, with the help of like-minded individuals, recently established the Friends of Marshall County Conservation, a non-profit organization aimed at supporting the operations of the Marshall County Conservation Board. It held its first public meeting June 15 to elect a board of directors. The group’s goal is to: support the mission of the Marshall County Conservation Board (MCCB) through volunteering time, talent, fundraising, leadership and ideas.

Friends of Marshall County Conservation forms new group

“This is something we have wanted to form since my parents donated the land, but we just never got around to forming a group until now.” These are the words of Carrie Grimes Barr, whose parents, Leonard and Mildred Grimes, donated the land which became known as Grimes Farm and ...

The damage of the right side of the USS Fitzgerald is seen off Shimoda, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, after the Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship, Saturday,  June 17, 2017.   Seven Navy sailors are missing and one was injured after a U.S. destroyer collided early Saturday morning with the Philippine-registered container ship  off the coast of Japan, the country's coast guard reported. (Iori Sagisawa/Kyodo News via AP)

The search persists for US sailors

YOKOSUKA, Japan — The U.S. Navy said Sunday that the search is continuing for seven missing American sailors in the sea off Japan, after a huge cargo ship collided with a Navy destroyer. U.S. and Japanese vessels and aircraft have been looking for the missing crew members of the USS ...

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.   Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bill Cosby faces second trial after jury deadlocks

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, avoided a conviction on Father's Day weekend as a jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ...

The remains of Grenfell Tower stand in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017. Police Commander Stuart Cundy said Saturday it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the public housing block that was devastated by a fire early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

58 people confirmed or presumed dead from tragic London tower fire

LONDON — London police on Saturday raised to 58 the number of deaths either confirmed or presumed following the horrific inferno that turned the city's Grenfell Tower public housing block into a charred hulk. Public anger is mounting as residents and neighbors demand answers for how the ...

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A sign designating the future home of the city’s police and fire headquarters in the 900 block of South Second Street is shown. To the left is the former Knights of Columbus Hall and property, purchased earlier this year by the city. The buildings are scheduled to be demolished in August.

Police and fire facility site demolition and earthwork scheduled for August

A project many years in the making might see the first spade of dirt turned in less than two months. It is the joint police and fire station project in the 900 block of South Second Street. Jim Classe of Prochaska & Associates told the Times-Republican demolition of the Knights of ...

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UP locomotives are shown in the Marshalltown yard. The company announced earlier this year it will be investing $68 million dollars in rail infrastructure throughout the state.

UP: Investing $68M in Iowa rail infrastructure

Beginning the week of June 18, the Union Pacific will be working on its main track between Marshalltown and Nevada. “The first element of the two-part project includes using a Continuous Action Tamper (CAT) to harden the right of way by packing/tamping the ballast, making the tracks more ...

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Considering congress

Another name is floating around the 2018 midterm elections in Iowa, and Waverly native Thomas Heckroth said he’s been busy gathering thoughts of First Congressional District voters. “I’m trying to get around and talk to as many people as I can in the district about what their thoughts ...

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Keeping Marshall County safe and aware

Eighty-four of the Iowa’s 99 counties, including Marshall County are either part of Alert Iowa or have made steps to incorporate the program. The Iowa Homeland Security Department financed Alert Iowa in 2015, which is used to keep the public in the loop of any potential crises. Marshall ...

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The 2017 Corn Carnival Grand Marshals Judy and Marvin Wendel are pictured by one of their trucks. The couple has been hauling lime and quarry materials in the Gladbrook area for more than 50 years.

Wendels named Corn Carnival Parade grand marshals

GLADBROOK — The Gladbrook Corn Carnival Corporation has named Marvin and Judy Wendel as the 2017 Corn Carnival Parade grand marshals. “Judy and Marvin have been longtime local business owners as well as being involved with the success of Corn Carnival for many years. We are honored to ...

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DUSTIN WRIGHT Resides: Marshalltown Hometown: Primghar FAMILY LIFE Family: My mother is Pat Wright. I have a brother, Michael, and a sister, Ashley. Pets: A dog named Nile. Hobbies and interests: Physical fitness, such as “running, bicycling and “Cross Fit” training. Additionally, ...

Trump ‘canceling’ Obama’s pact with Cuba

MIAMI — Pressing "pause" on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility Friday with a blistering denunciation of the island's communist government. He clamped down on some commerce and travel but left intact many new avenues ...

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Supporters of Philando Castile hold their fists up in solidarity during a gathering Friday, outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The vigil was held after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Castile last year.

Officer acquitted in Castile shooting; thousands protest

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. Castile's family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict ...

Iowa Supreme Court: Required minimum juvenile sentences should be rare

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ruled that mandatory minimum sentences for juveniles before the chance of parole should be "uncommon," making it among the most aggressive states in curtailing such required prison time. The 4-3 opinion illustrates how heavily divided Iowa's ...

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In this April 17, file photo, U.S. forces and Afghan security police are seen in Asad Khil, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander-in-chief.

Troop plan for Afghanistan seeks to regain battlefield edge

WASHINGTON — A coming deployment of up to 4,000 more U.S. forces to Afghanistan, expected as part of a new Trump administration approach to America's longest war, reflects the Pentagon's view that beefing up its training-advising role and its counterterrorism effort can help turn around ...